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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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 141: I Hate Wasting…

Insert whatever you want at the end of that title. I tend to think it’s whatever we feel we don’t have enough of or that we think we may run out of. That could be food, maybe water, even opportunities. There are some universals out there. I don’t think anyone likes wasting money. I guess unless you have so much you can derive joy from getting rid of it, but there’s probably something deeper going on there.

Now people’s idea of wasting money can vary considerably. For one person it could be a material item. I remember my mom constantly saying, “don’t wast your money on that”. For another person, it may be extravagant dinners or for another, it may be as simple as buying store brands because they feel it is just as good the name brand. I think I have found my balance. I am super frugal (i.e. cheap), but I know when it’s worth buying the name brand or when to splurge on a great meal. If you’re listening to our podcast, then you know I got the material item thing down. Well, from a certain point of view.

The one thing at my age that I am still trying to find balance with is time. I have so many things on my life’s to-do list, that when something wastes my time it can be infuriating. Now if you combine that with money, you have a recipe for disaster. I’m usually a pretty emotionally stable guy. Never going too high, but never hitting rock bottom either. However, if something or worse yet, someone, is wasting my time and my money we got problems. I tend to go through a mini 5-Steps of Grief. Denial that my time and money are being wasted. Anger that my time and money got wasted. Trying to make myself feel better by bargaining or rationalizing that it’s not a big deal. Not feeling any better and giving into depression. Finally accepting that money and time have been wasted and trying to move on.

Something I didn’t waste any time or money on was the Solo toy drop that happened with barely a whisper from the community. If you’re hunting, Yakface.com did waste some time making a checklist just for you. For some, stop-motion animation may feel like a complete waste of time, especially considering it takes on average an hour to film one second. I really love it and I’m excited that a Joe stop-motion film festival is debuting in my hometown. Hopefully, something that is not a waste of time and money is Super7 being back in China doing QC reviews of the Power-Con Filmation exclusives. Our first taste wasn’t great. With these coming in just under $200 (with tax, shipping and handling) for three figures, they had better be on point. Looks like Takara wasted an opportunity with their Encore God Fire. This $270 abomination is being recalled due to some serious QC issues. Sorry for the longer than usual diatribe this time around, let’s not waste any more of your time.

I got 99 problems, but a podcast ain’t one…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 140: Don’t Be Down on Yourself…

There are enough exterior forces in this world working against you. The last thing anyone needs is to contribute to them. Life is hard enough. Why would you ever want to help it by thinking you’re anything but amazing? Now, of course, we have all things we would like to change about ourselves. Change is hard. Many times it is so much easier to maintain the status quo. The key is to not come down on yourself even if you’re not killing it. Be happy with small steps, hold your head high when you stumble and never, I mean never, give up. Tomorrow is always another day, another chance to be the you you want to be.

I guess there is always another day, unless your Toys”R”Us. Their last day is coming. We talk about what that means and what the first day of the liquidation looked like. IDW’s Transformers run is also coming to an end. It’s a conclusion to an era and I’m excited for the next incarnation. Another thing that is approaching its last day is G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club. You can now purchase their last incentive figure. Something that looks like it has many days to come is HasLab. Their flagship product has been back by over 5,000 people. The Star Wars 3.75 community came together and crowdfunded a 2.5 million dollar project. Another thing that continues to have its day is Power-Con. This small but passionate convention consistently brings it and this year is no different. 3 Filmation exclusives are coming our way. They definitely have the power.

Excited to be the me I want to be, well, almost…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 139: I Don’t Wanna Grow Up…

I can still remember vividly several trips to Toys”R”Us as a kid. Now, of course, I probably went there over a hundred times, but if you’re like me there are just a handful of times that really stand out. One is very sad. I was 12 years old My grandma passed away while I was in Wyoming. My aunt came and got me and on the way to Albuqueurque, my home town, we stopped at a Toys”R”Us in Denver. I bought a Starriors Cosmittor Deadeye. It was a remote-controlled T-Rex that shot discs. Come on, what’s cooler than that? It was on clearance (of course) and I played with it non-stop for the next 2 days during all of the services. When I purchased a boxed version a few years back, it brought a huge smile to my face. Inversely, my other most vivid memory is the classic sprawling shelves of every figure you can ever remember, or at least it seemed like it. This makes all us extremely happy right? It was when I first started discovering Transformers and all I wanted was the Devastator boxset. Of course, I didn’t ever get it, but the visit sold me on combiners and they became an obsession for me to this day.

I actually appreciate obsession. I feel it can be healthy if taken with a grain of salt. Kind of like this Hasbro Abominus. It looks amazing, but that’s probably not the truth. It’s most likely going to be very mediocre. If your Star Wars EU obsession hasn’t been satisfied, now you can buy Darth Revan by the case. With Super7 not really pushing the envelope, or even maintaining the quality of MOTUC, Masters fans may find their new obsession in these upcoming Mondo figs. Finally, it’s an interesting paradigm when one boxset has figures you are completely obsessed with and figures you could completely care less about. Great job G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club.

No matter what, we will always be Toys”R”Us kids…Slick

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