Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 084: Toy Fair 2013, PSYCHE (I know, its been done)…

I bet you thought this would be our Toy Fair episode and I think if we were any other podcast it would be. See my mom always taught me to finish what I started. We started this show about a week before Toy Fair and due to some unforeseen circumstances that we’ll discuss on the actual Toy Fair episode; we just finished it last night. So no, this is not our Toy Fair episode, but yes we will be recording a Toy Fair episode in the next couple of days. If you want some immediate satisfaction, you can hear some our thoughts about the big reveals on one our favorite shows, Dave and Devall’s Toys and Collectibles. We had a great night rocking with D&D. So much so we’ll be joining them for all major yearly toy milestones (i.e. Toy Fair and SDCC). This is great news because they’re much timelier than we are.

So what got us excited before what was one of the best Toy Fairs to date? The biggest news in years was the announcement of the Gentle Giant sculpted Star Wars Black Series 6 inch line. This has got me incredibly excited. Robot Kingdom once again teased us with a preorder outta left field for the Transformers brand. While not necessarily a preorder, a major retailer’s computer system revealed yet another amazing item, this time for the G.I. Joe franchise. While not necessarily action figure related, Masters of the Universe had some great new items as well and it’s finally something Mrs. McFavorite can appreciate.

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No seriously, we will definitely see you sooner rather than later this time…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 083: Be okay with yourself, okay…

Tomorrow is our 9th Annual Homie Christmas at Casa de McFavorite. You read that right, Homie Christmas. This post is not old, it is very very new. Homie Christmas is our yearly opportunity to kick it with our closest friends and “party like we used to”. When we first started the celebration it took place during the holidays, but a few years back it slipped into January and it’s actually nicer that way. Besides, it’s Homie Christmas so we don’t worry about it. It’s also a day we break from our strict January regiment, but it’s usually not the only day. With the new year we try to abstain from sugar, booze and smoking (3 of our favorite vices) for at least a month. I also do not buy toys. Similar to most people’s resolutions, we try to stick with it and eventually fail and that’s okay. The point is to make life resolutions and just because you slip up now and then, don’t give up. While we may never forgo drinking completely and definitely not sugar, we’re working on the smoking at least and that’s okay.

You know what else is okay, it’s been almost 2 months since our last show. That being the case though, we got mad news. Project Genesis continues to amaze us. Now we just need some alt mode pics. On the opposite end of the size spectrum are these new Lego Star Wars polybags. I’m loving the Umbarran MHC, both scales. One of my favorite figures this year is this guy. Find out if he was worth the almost $100 price tag and if you should hunt him down on the secondary market. Bringing up the rear yet again is G.I. Joe, but at least Wave 2 of the Retaliation was in stock at one retailer.

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 082: Black Friday 2012…

Here’s our fifth annual Black Friday cast. As your gorging on turkey and/or deals, remember as collectors we have hundreds, sometimes thousands of things to be thankful for. But, please do not forget to be thankful for the things that really matter, friends and family.

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Shortest show ever…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 081: Taking a break…

If you saw my last post, you know I’m not really feeling these as of late. So I’m taking a break. We’re not taking a break, just me in regard to writing posts to accompany the shows. I just need to want to do these and I right now I don’t. FYI our 5th Annual Black Friday show will be out tomorrow. Spoiler, there’s not that much on sale at least in the stores. Here’s hoping my online research turns up more deals tomorrow.

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Now that feels good…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 080: I am sick of writing these things…

Have you ever just gotten so sick of doing something you dread doing it. For some it might be yard work. For others unfortunately it’s their job. For me it’s these posts. For the most part I actually like writing about what I’m thinking. However, more often than not lately the show has taken too long to get it out, the show itself is much longer than I would like and I’m just ready to be done with it. Then I have to write this. As much as I like writing, I just want it done.

So let’s get it done. Perhaps the biggest news, literally, is the MOTUC Castle Grayskull. The thing is massive and we’re creeping up towards the minimum. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, do so NOW. G.I. Joe actually had some news this time around. Hasbro announced Kre-O is finally repping Joe-style. Most of it looks pretty bad, but there are a few pieces I can’t wait for. So everyone knows this is a thing. I’m excited about the game, but I could care less about the toys. Finally, I’m so happy to see that we’ll be getting the GDO G1 Deco ROTF/HFTD Leader Starscream. Man that’s a mouth full.

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I’m so happy that’s done…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 079: Missed it by that much…

There’s an interesting paradigm when you do a homegrown news podcast. Do you try to enjoy the experience and post shows at your convenience or do you let the “pressure” of getting things out in a timely fashion dictate your life? We choose the previous for the most part. The truth is we love doing this, but we love doing so many other things too. We’re foodies that cook as much as possible, movie and TV buffs and most recently caring, nurturing parents. These things regularly trump and probably will always trump the cast. While some may see this as a disadvantage in regard to other shows, we see it as balance. That’s why you won’t hear any talk of literally the biggest news in Transformers collecting in years, at least yet. You also won’t hear about G.I. Joe finally making its debut Kre-O-style and that’s okay at least to us.

What you will hear about this episode is the amazing reveal at the MOTUC panel at Power-Con. Did you know there was a missing Star Wars figure? Me neither. G.I. Joe was abysmal this week. No wonder they preempted their NYCC event with the Kre-O news. Finally, Transformers, as usual, had a slew of news. Not quite as exciting as what we found out after the cast, but still interesting nonetheless.

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More than an hour shorter, promised fulfilled…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 078: Longest. Show. Ever…

It’s been over a month and I still can’t believe I’m father. Every time I look into her eyes and hold those tiny hands in mine all I think of is that I need to be a better me. No longer just for me, but much more importantly for her. The next thing I think about is all the plastic I have in containers throughout our house. I know have be talking about this for almost a year, but now is the time. My massive sell off starts this weekend. If there is anything, and I mean anything, you have been looking for let me know. While I am willing to part with most things for cost, some items are to going to have to go to the Bay to recoup the cost of thousands of other items that have nearly no value now. However, if you’re reading this I know you’re a true collector and will try to help you out as much as possible.

With that out of the way, now on to the happy. Here are my favorite things from the show. First up, Celebration VI gave us our first in hand look at the Vintage Collection Royal Guard. I bought an extra opener and now I wish I had bought ten. I talk about focus characters during the show and the Royal Guard is to Star Wars as Soundwave and his minions are to Transformers. That makes this an absolute must. Joe news is almost non-existent as usual, but another focus character rears his beautiful shoe? Finally while I couldn’t keep the focus character train rolling, we did review one of my favorite Masters of the Universe Classics piece of the entire line.

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I promise the next one will be shorter…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 077: SDCC 2012! (For Reallies)

That’s right. They’re doing that again. Unfortunately this year it was without The McFavorites. Can you believe it? There was a little bit of shock from not getting on a plane Tuesday. Not having our traditional Joe’s Crab Shack pint to kick off Preview Night was a little much. However, following the show via the socials actually made me appreciate the lack of lines we would have to deal with. I think what hurt the most is missing the roar of the crowd during panels as toy fanatics are shown their first glimpse of something amazing that managed not to get leaked. Oh well, I guess we’ll just have to live with all of the great toys we’re getting until next year.

Because come on, if you can’t think of at least a half of a dozen things you’re excited about you need to find a new hobby. I don’t think I said this on the show, but here are my favorite announcements from each line. For Masters this guy was killing it for me. Nostalgia will usually trump everything and Jitsu was one of my favorites as a kid. While Joe fans got the shaft once again panel-wise, fan sites got the opportunity to talk to the man with the plan, Derryl DePriest. He sounds excited for the 50th anniversary next year. He let it be known while it’s the 50th for the brand, it will still focus on ARAH and that makes me excited. For the transforming giant robot lover in me, the news that we’ll be getting the Asian Exclusives/China Imports trumped even a mechanized space dinosaur from a video game. And you know how much I love all of those things individually, let alone all in one toy. Lastly Star Wars was pretty lackluster, but again the nostalgia came through. We didn’t just get the nostalgia of a Speeder Bike that explodes, for the first time it will come with a flight stand. While I’ve got my issues with the stand itself, it’s a welcome addition to the line. All in all it was a great show. Can’t wait until next year.

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Lets hear it for the toys, lets give the toys a hand…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 076: SDCC 2012! (Psyche)

Unfortunately this isn’t our Comic-Con episode. Even more unfortunate is we’re not even at Comic-Con. What we are is 3 in about 4 weeks. So that basically means we’re busy as hell. We will do a recap like we always have in about a week. If you wanna hear my initial thoughts I will be doing a SDCC wrap up with Dave and Devall of Toy World Order this Sunday. Meanwhile, Mrs. McFavorite is in full on nesting mode. She painted half the nursery today by herself. Mad props go out to anyone that is painting anything at 8 months pregnant. While we missed The Con this year, we still feel amazing. 4 weeks and counting, then shit will be real for real.

This week is mostly catch up with all the craziness leading up to SDCC. Not a lot news, but ridiculous amounts of sightings and new pre-orders which is about par for the course. With Joecon came The Concept Case. This thing has instigated a lot of discussion and as with all fandoms a good share of negativity. These two Kreon “combiners” kicked off what we would find out at SDCC is basically an amazing new direction for Kre-O Transformers. Star Wars has been a little lack luster as of late, but we have a little more Vintage on the way, but not much else. SPOILER, the first part of 2013 is going to suck. Lastly, Matty had an amazing (in my opinion at least) albeit expensive month. The Griffin, Atrocitus, Green Lion, Horde Prime and Snake Man-At-Arms were superb.

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 075: Talking the talk…

I am about talked the hell out. If you didn’t know this is the first time we’ve actually had a booth at a con . Denver Comic Con was absolutely amazing and far exceeded our expectations for its inaugural year. Our table was located in Podcast Peak. It was us and a whopping one other podcast, Reel Nerds . They were great guys (and lady) and do a great show. They’re primarily movie based, but span all of geekdom. The movie episodes are awesome because they do a spoiler free review, then play the trailer and from then on all bets are off. We also met Josh and John of the Points of Interest Podcast Network . I’m already digging their Geek Speakeasy and Staying Off Topic casts.

We didn’t get to speak a lot toys, at least not with a lot hardcore collectors, but we did talk to a ridiculous amount of people. As usual, we get plenty of toy talk in during the show which was recorded in its entirety at the con. In Masters news, we’re getting a great quarterly variant in one of my favorite vintage toys, Dragon Blaster Skeletor . While we’re in a holding pattern with Joe for the next 7-8 months, we got an amazing Joe compatible product in Marauder "Gun-Runners" Series 6 . In the "coolest thing I’ve seen in a while" category is this Star Wars Lego hologram display . My favorite news of the show? Masterpiece Soundwave with a MP Laserbeak and his other minions are not only confirmed, but displayed. While the uncharismatic bore is a pretty simple Masterpiece relatively, the Laserbeak is amazing. His guns actually fold in on his cassette mode. I CANNOT wait for this, no pun intended, masterpiece.

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I talk the talk and I walk the walk…Slick

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