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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We’ll see you sooner rather than later…Slick

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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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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 074: Priorities…

I feel like I’m truly getting old. Not physically, but mentally. What’s funny is I’m not really getting old, my priorities are just changing. I used to think, I’ll never do this or I’ll never worry about that. The truth is there are things in my life that need to change. No longer just for me, but now for my family. Gone are the days where my actions wouldn’t affect anyone else in a meaningful way. Now every decision I make needs to be based on a priority. What does this have to do with toys? If you don’t know now, you’ll know eventually.

By the way, did you know we’re finally getting Mekaneck? Oh and what a neck it is. Speaking of Meka’s, we’re also getting a mechanized Darth Maul in a Battle Pack with one of the hardest to find Clone Wars figures and a fan favorite. Even if the Voyager Fall of Cybertron Soundwave poops out his data discs (never knew difference of disc vs. disk), I still love him with all my heart. Something else I love is YoJoe.com’s new Toy Archive. It’s amazing when the best get better. They obviously have their priorities, do you?

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If not, get you some…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 073: What’s on Joe Movie/Conathon…

What started out to be a couple quick segments to promote the upcoming G.I. Joe sequel, Retaliation, and What’s on Joe Mind’s (WOJM) coverage of Joecon 2012 turned into a marathon of good times. That is at least for Gary “Commander and Chief” Godsoe, Mike “Beach Head” Irizarry and I. While Mrs. McFavorite hung in there for more than half the show, she finally got tired of the “con experience”. What’s that you say, “But you guys love going to cons?” We do LOVE going to cons, but there’s one aspect that Mrs. McFavorite doesn’t enjoy so much. This is when I completely ignore her while geeking out with other hardcore fans. However, she knows how much I enjoy it and loves to see me so excited about my hobby. This post serves two purposes, first a very public apology to Mrs. McFavorite and secondly, a warning to everyone else. Never take your loved ones for granted, not even for one show.

With that said, we both had an amazing time with Mike and Gary. The reason why we normally don’t do interviews or have guests on is we love the dynamic of just “kicking it”. From the get go Gary and Mike fit right in. It was literally seconds until we were all laughing and that’s what really matters. We all felt so at home that just our con segment took over one and a half hours. So we decided to just scrap our regular format and spend the next hour talking about the postponement of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. We talked what it meant for the movie, the franchise and most importantly the toys. Since Gary and Mike didn’t say too much on the What’s on Joe Mind’s Special Edition 13: The Retaliation Reaction, this is the first opportunity to hear all their thoughts on what is arguably the most significant news in the Joe fandom in recent history.

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Thank you guys!…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 072: BOTCON 2012!

Five years in a row. Just thinking about it makes my wallet want to cry and my heart soar. Although I always exercise amazing restraint in the dealer room, I always buy all the exclusives. That right there puts you $300+ in the hole before the show even starts. However, this year I got to live vicariously through my show buddies Optimus Andy and Tylertron. They definitely took advantage of their first Botcon. I definitely took advantage of kicking it with two amazing guys. From cutting lines to being duped by a fast talking con man, from partaking in my “water” habit to getting lost in Dallas for hours. I couldn’t have asked for a better last hurrah. We even got to spend time with long time Botcon bro, Saber, or as he calls himself nowadays, Bruce.

I know I say it all the time to the point that it’s becoming a cliche, but it really is the people that make a show. Yeah, there are toys galore, both new ones and ones from our childhood. You even get an opportunity to see toys that will not be out for months. Yet my most favorite memories year after year are the people: friends, guests, attendees, dealers and even the staff. However, because those types of memories are hard to capture because they don’t stand still for long, here are some pics and vids from the show.

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I already miss the good times, thanks again Andy and Tyler….Slick

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Botcon 2012: Hasbro Panel

Just refresh the page every once in awhile to see updates.

Kre-O

  • 7 different sets each has a piece to build a dark energon weapon
  • 29 new Kreons

Transformers Prime

  • Just showing all the leaks so far
  • From Transformer Exiles novel Thunder-something? Amazing Leo Prime-style lion with a peg leg

Cyberverse

  • Legion Flameware

Commanders

  • Ultra Magnus
  • Blades OP

2013

  • Legion Arachnid (more accurate to show)

Bot Shots

  • More of stuff that has been leaked already
  • Ironhide launcher

MP10 (Masterpiece Optimus Prime) - US release will be Animated Movie Deco

Generations (WFC)

  • Kickback
  • Starscream
  • Sideswipe
  • ULTA MAGNUS! (with sword and gun)
  • Fireflight
  • Voyager SOUNDWAVE! with datadisc Laserbeak - Datadiscs shoot and on impact transform
  • Also Soundblaster with Buzzsaw
  • Legends Rumble, Frenzy, Ravage and RatBat

SDCC 2013 Exclusives

  • Game accurate deco WFC Bruticus!
  • Just had vote for artwork for the boxset (it was fake)
  • Rust in Peace Cliffjumper - red battle damaged FE Cliffjumper
  • Showing concepts for zombie Cliffjumper packaging
  • Final is Zombie head for Cliffjumper taken from animation models

August - Generations Deluxes, Cyberverse OP Commander Base

Q&A

  • No announcement today about WFC Dinobots, all five are doubtful
  • MP10 will be a TRU exclusive
  • "Classics" Springer is on a short list, Arcee not likely since she is in Prime and they don’t want to confuse kids
  • Ironhide probably won’t show up in Prime, but probably in other places
  • Bruticus will be the measure of whether they do more combiners

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