Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 146: Vacation, All I Ever Wanted…

So for over 30 years, I thought the quintessential vacation song from the GoGos went, “Vacation holiday I want it // Vacation had to get away.” It was only after double checking the lyrics for this post did I discover the correct version as reflected in the post title. I was originally going to talk about how I’m on vacation from a job I don’t have. However, I’m kinda done with the depressing unemployment posts. So let’s talk about depressing misconceptions.

Since its Comic-Con weekend, let’s dispell some myths about this show of shows. It is definitely not as glamorous as people that attend make it out to be. There are long lines, annoying people, expensive exclusives, and apathetic staff. You get so excited when anything goes your way because so many things don’t. You literally wait in lines more than you experience things. With all that said, I would most definitely recommend that anyone that has an opportunity to attend, does, just check those expectations at the door.

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about how great a toy G1 Transformers were. With Walmarts reissues coming, I think they’ll be getting a wake-up call about how amazing modern Transformers are. There are huge expectations when it comes to Hasbro’s Sail Barge. Their newest update doesn’t disappoint. Super7 seems to be doing a lot of things right lately. This includes offering their most popular and now sold out SDCC exclusive for pre-order to non-attendees. Unfortunately, those pre-orders are now closed. Joe even has a bit news in this week of weeks for news. There are new posters available for pre-order. They’re cool propaganda ones to boot unfortunately, they’re “sky” based.

I still haven’t gotten over you yet…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 145: Motivation…

Where the hell is mine? It’s been a year since I was laid off and still can’t seem to find it. Every day I get stuff done, it just never seems to be the things I want, nay, need to accomplish. Selling toys, redesigning the site, redesigning a bunch of other sites, updating my programming projects, never seem to get done. I have tried booze, the other stuff, no booze, no other stuff, nothing seems to motivate me. My house has never been cleaner. I’ve never been so caught up on email or laundry for that fact. The yard work is done. Now, I just need to get done what really needs to get done. I just need a little motivation.

Convention exclusives used to motivate me, however this year the closest it gets is Laughing Adam from Super7. As amazing as it is, that’s a little sad. Masterpiece figures used to motivate me. Unfortunately, we’re over 40 deep and all the new ones are either repaints, Movieverse or Beastwars. New Star Wars movies used to motivate me. Now, that we get one every year, I’m just not that excited anymore. Jedi Temple Archive readers seem to feel the same way. It seems like no one is really motivated by G.I. Joe anymore except for me. Between the JoeCon exclusives and all the new announcements, I’m more motivated to collect Joe than any of the other lines right now.

You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 144: Let’s Get it Started…

As I reveal on the show, I have graduated from my Full Stack Web Development Immersive. 480 hours of in-class time with over 400 hours of homework in 3 months. It was no joke. I took a couple weeks off, but now its time to get serious. My only major obstacle is ageism. I didn’t think it existed and I do think it is just surface, however, it affects what you do. Take the title of this article. Sing it to yourself. I almost guarantee most people sing Black Eye Peas anthem from 2003. I sing MC Hammer’s 1988 debut single. That’s right 2 Legit 2 Quit may have been the break out hit, then Can’t Touch This took him to icon level, but Let’s Get it Started is where it began. This is how I feel about my work. If you knew where it came from it would blow your mind. However, compared to modern-day counterparts, it looks dated. That’s about to change. So what am I getting started? I am using my experience to set me apart not hold me back.

Companies are finally learning from their experience. Hasbro Toy Shop has finally listed their SDCC exclusives months in advance of the on-sale date that they also specified. Only took them 15 years to figure that out. Hasbro/Takara also seem to be learning from their past. The new MP Optimus Prime looks amazing. How many versions of it to you foresee buying? Super7 is a quick a learner as well. They have been fine-tuning their MOTU messaging through their He-Man.org Q and A. Unfortunately, to a point where they’re pretty much useless. A company that has never learned their lesson is FunPub. There’s not even a link on their site, but they have delayed their first FSS 7 shipment supposedly due to US Customs. Yet, they are delaying it for almost two months. JoeCon ran just as unsmoothly as usual as well. Considering this is their last year, I guess they’ll never learn.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 143: Oblivious…

I tend to pride myself on being considerate… and, I mean to an annoying degree. That is why it is upsetting when people are less so. We experience this in many ways. When driving you should be making every attempt to not alter another driver’s course. There are exceptions like merging, but not many more. Now think, how many times was your course altered this morning or worse, how many times did you alter another driver’s course? Being oblivious can be even more frustrating when it comes to social or emotional cues. Especially when people are just going on and on and I’m making every attempt to show how uninterested I am (in the politest way), please take the hint. The worst one, in my opinion, is hurting someone’s feelings. I am guilty of doing this over and over with Mrs. McFavorite. I would never want to intentionally hurt her, but quite frequently I say something very insensitive. I tend to hope that it just means that we are oblivious to these indiscretions, not that it makes it any better. However, it is better than thinking that we all are actively being inconsiderate to the people around us.

So many things to ensure that you’re not oblivious to. First, The Toys That Made Us is killing it. Their TF episode wasn’t perfect, but it was great. Something that has never been perfect, but I haven’t hated is the Joe movieverse. Looks like it will continue. MOTU had some great reveals of its own in the form of a couple new Mega Construx sets. EE has those and quite a bit of other MOTU items I was oblivious to. Finally, Lando is someone that was never a focus of mine, but his Skiff Guard disguise is something I couldn’t ignore. Okay, that was a stretch.

Just remember to pull your head out of your ass…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 142: I Love You Man…

There are all different kinds of love. Some so amazing they are life changing and some we just want to forget. Shared experiences can shape what kind of feelings you have for someone. Being part of a family or a job where you’re on a close-knit team forces you to become intensely intertwined with a multitude of diverse people. Your shared experiences really remind you what kind of person you connect with. For some, you will simply feel no connection. They are there and then gone. Some are fun, make you laugh and you like being around. Then there are the ones at both ends of the spectrum. At the wrong end are people you could go your whole life with never seeing again. No matter how hard you have tried, something or maybe multiple things just rub you the wrong way. And that’s okay. What you need to focus on are the people you never want to lose. Those people you truly want to hold onto, not for what they can do for you, but because they make you a better person. Do you have people like that in your life? If not, that’s okay. They’re out there, just don’t stop looking.

Does that remind you of anything? Maybe collecting? Maybe how you feel about certain pieces in your collection? Okay, that may be a stretch. Something I have never stopped looking for is the perfect version of Leia as Boushh. Is it weird I thought she was sexier as a bad-ass bounty rather than a submissive swimsuit model? This Legends-scale thing in Transformers seems to be neverending. However, I’ll never ask anyone to stop making Magnus figures. Something that is stopping is this FSS thing. I love Joe, I mean really love Joe, but how many of these characters do we need modern/$35 versions of? The Master’s movie seems unstoppable, even if some of us wish it would.

Don’t stop believin’…Slick

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