Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 136: Your Platform…

So there is a lot talk about using your platform. A platform can really be anything. It doesn’t need to be a national stage. It can be something as simple as parenting your kids. It’s an opportunity for your voice to be heard. What you do with that is key. There are universal truths all of us, well most of us, believe in and stand up for. How about when something you believe in isn’t the most popular stance? Do you still represent? Do you use your platform? Whether you’re speaking with co-workers, posting in an online community or maybe doing something much more public, are you being a force for good? There’s a big movement to be “woke”. Now I’m not saying go out and topple social injustice tomorrow. However, there are a lot of causes that could use our help. I used to volunteer a lot when I was younger and I really miss it. The world can be a better place. All it takes is you, using your platform.

The G.I. Joe Collectors’ Club has had an international platform for 25 years. Not that they’re using it to end hunger or anything, but I for one will miss them. They released their last JoeCon brochure and I was ecstatic about Python Patrol, but a little sad too. The creators of the new She-Ra cartoon are using their social media platforms to spread some news about the upcoming Netflix show. The Star Wars team at Hasbro has another chance with The Vintage Collection and this is the best Wave 1 they could come up with? I was really hoping we would have a Transformers story about Hasbro hitting it out of the park to counter my previous link, but alas it’s all 3rd party. At least this TLK Hound upgrade kit is an example of using someone else’s platform.

Use it or lose it…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 135: The Reckoning…

Finally, some progress. I spent all last week unsubscribing from emails. I turned off all my Facebook group notifications except for from friends and of course our group. Since I had not unsubscribed from email and more importantly, I had Facebook emailing me every post from every group, I was receiving over 300 emails a day. Now I am down to less than 100. I finally have a zero todo list in my email. Completed my first two rounds of training and built my first new additions to my portfolio since I started looking. I found a few viable options for longterm training, including an amazing Masters program. Mrs. McFavorite is even kicking and giving two nights a week to do anything I feel I need to get done. This week I used them to start cleaning out my office and toy storage. I also noticed that since I’ve been unemployed I’ve been getting 8+ hours of sleep every day. I used to average 4-6. I know, I know, it’s healthier to get more sleep. However, when you don’t have enough time, it must come from somewhere. Next on the list is to post/sell a toy day.

What’s next for you? If you’re a Joe fan, the Nok Stinger from the club will be the first official vehicle hitting since last year’s Joecon and it a beaut. The next TRU Masterpiece figure is in their system and we’re not talking Ironhide, well we might be, but not the Ironhide you think. I don’t know if this is our next oversized MOTUC toy, but one of my all-time favorites was number 1 on He-Man.org’s crazy multi-round poll thing. You can’t very well have Hordak without his Mantisaur, right? Our friends over at Jedi Temple Archives always seem to know what’s coming next for the big SW. Check out this casual hint to look back at some older posts.

I’ve got next…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 134: End of the Line…

Remember a couple of shows ago, I talked about a new site? Well as you can tell that hasn’t happened. There has been a lot of other things that needed to get done, that just haven’t got done. Every day I wake up, get Lil’ Miss McFavorite ready, take her to school, come home, clean up, check email, check the groups, eat some breakfast. Then it’s time to start checking job sites, add any new jobs to the list, apply for a job or two, make lunch, check email and the groups again. Then I start trying to up my skill set, then it’s time to pick up the cutie. Then I spend some time with her and it’s off to cook dinner. Then I take some time to be with Mrs. McFavorite. Now it’s time to clean up the kitchen. Then “2 shows” with the boog before she goes to bed. Maybe a little more time with the Mrs. and finally bedtime. What’s missing there? Any kind of time to create, innovate and in general do the things I know need to get done to get hired in my competitive market. I won’t lie, there’s plenty of goofing off in there and it’s not as straightforward as it sounds, but the point is I am not adding to my portfolio, I am not increasing my skillset fast enough, and just in general not getting shit done. All I know right now is major changes are coming.

I do know I love little guys, I know I love Duocons. So these little guys are a no-brainer. Seems like most people know Hasbro is really killing it with their Legends line. From some of the cheapest toys out there to one of the most expensive. We know, for now at least, everytime the UCS Falcon goes up, it’s going to continue to sell out. That’s just crazy knowing it’s $799 price tag. No new toy news for MOTU or Joe, but at least there’s something for each. Nothing to really know yet, but She-Ra is going to have a little anime flava to her and Joe is going to be rebooted in 2020.

I don’t know much, but I know that I love you…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 133: Merry Kiss My Ass…

By that title, you might think this is another poor me post. Actually, I just think it’s funny and if you can’t smile at Christmas, when can you? I think I got that from my friend Carlos. His birthday is actually on Christmas. I thought I got a raw deal with the 21st. However, the older I get, especially this year, I appreciate it as a doubly special time. I go right from my birthday to my favorite holiday. It has been pretty amazing. Mrs. McFavorite seemed to enjoy it more than she has in a long time. Lil’ Miss McFavorite is turning into a Christmas junkie. The joy in her eyes while she opens presents could melt the coldest of hearts. What are we are really trying to drive home with her, is the music, movies and presents are wonderful, but what really matters is love. Love for her family, love for her friends and most importantly love for her fellow man.

You know what I love? That we are getting more Mega Construx Masters guys. I really enjoyed the He-Man and Skeletor courtesy of AliasAngelAlias and Lil’ Miss McFavorite. I also dig the Megatron Rules option on the upcoming G2 Megs.  Not quite sure how I feel about a female Snake Eyes, but I do love that her premiere issue sold out. Something I have no doubt about loving is this ridiculously limited Echo Base collection from Columbia. The Han Paraka might be my favorite jacket ever.

Hope yours was the best yet…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 132: Incoming…

So this has been planned for the past year, but as with most things in my life, it just kept getting put off. Well after a couple of months of job hunting it is very clear I need to update my skillset. This will be my first real project (i.e. not a tutorial, online course or experiment) since I got laid off. I’m really excited. It’s my old proven process, but using new software, new frameworks and more importantly a new CMS. Unless you develop for the Web that won’t mean much, but for you, it means a new mobile-first (i.e. built for your mobile device) design. There will also be a ton of new features and just a better experience in general. Oh, did I mention a new logo? Yeah, I’m kinda sad about that one, but it’s time.

It’s also time we get some MOTU movie news. We possibly have a director and I’m personally excited. I’m also excited that the AT-ACT has hit a reasonable price. It’s about time. Who would have ever thought Street Fighter Transformers would get the time of day. They did, unfortunately. Something else that is unfortunate is the FSS 7.0 Crystal Ball. My god GJCC, please don’t mess up this time.

Can’t wait…Slick

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