Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 086: StarFest 2013!…

Hey, hey, hey, it’s con season and we got some reporting to do, and we are going to talk about a panel or two. You’ll have some fun now with me and the Mrs. here. Learning about StarFest while we drink some beer. Na, na, na, we had a good time. Na, na, na, your gonna have a good time!

It’s been awhile since I busted out the lyrics, but I thought it was fitting for the occasion. That’s right, we’re back with a recap of our favorite local convention, Starland ’s StarFest 2013. As usual we had a blast. Due to the generosity of Dave, John and the rest of the Media crew, Mrs. McFavorite and I were able to attend all three days with Press credentials. This was the first time in the six years we were fortunate enough to attend more than one day. This really allowed us to absorb the full experience. From the opening of the dealer room on Friday, to the keynote panel Saturday evening, to Mrs. McFavorite’s annual massage, this year well earned and timed as it was the last we did before bidding 2013’s StarFest adieu.

2013 seemed to be the year of the cosplayer. While StarFest has always had the highest ratio of costume enthusiasts to attendees we see all year, this year’s show was inundated with characters, literally. As usual, these brave souls dominate our photographic coverage of the show . If you missed it, here’s last year’s pics as well. The creativity of people is really at the heart of the con. As with past years we visited all of our favorite exhibits at the con, including the Art Show and Model Show. The best thing is you can vote for your favorite entry for the coveted Best of Show award. While we love art, we don’t tend to purchase any. However, we did buy some of these amazing pop culture posters . While not necessarily up our alley, this artist also blew us away we her talent, especially in relation to her age. At only 15, she has already won a ton of awards and is working professionally as a concept artist. As you can imagine, this is only a small taste of what this convention has to offer. Best thing yet? They have already announced the dates for next year’s show. So mark your calendars for May 2nd through the 4th of 2014. We hope to see you all there.

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Open Your Toys Cast - Episode 085: TOY FAIR 2013!…

Timely as usual. Here’s our Toy Fair coverage only a few weeks after the fact. You’ve heard everyone else chime in. You may have even heard some of our thoughts on Dave and Devall’s show, but now hear our opinions unedited, unmoderated and on our own show. This is one my favorite shows of the year. As usual we had some amazing announcements this year.

Mattel prematurely blew their load involuntarily and in those leaks was one of my favorite things from show. It is perhaps one of my favorite figures from the entire line in his best homage yet. While most of the G.I. Joe toys had already been shown, we did get this treat. No matter how many versions of this figure we see, every time he just gets better and better. Transformers had my best of show yet again. No it wasn’t the largest Transformer to date; it was one of my favorite characters from the ‘86 movie. Finally Hasbro rocked the community with its announcement of a new Star Wars 6″ line. Black Series is possibly the “crossover” that may save the Star Wars line. Only time will tell.

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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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We will definitely see you sooner rather than later…Slick

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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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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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