Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 150: Overshadowing…

Hey, we’re at 150 episodes! Mrs. McFavorite is back! I am absolutely ecstatic. How could it get any better? Well, the next show is our 10th ANNIVERSARY! Can you believe it has been 10 years of talking toys? It has been and for some reason, it puts a little damper on my excitement for this episode. Why? I find this popping up in real life all time. One event overshadows another to the point of almost ruining the level of excitement that should have been felt. This is a perfect example of why we need to live in the now. Please quit worrying about the past. While you can plan for the future, don’t pin your hopes on it. Love the now. Make the most of your every moment.

To their credit Super7 is definitely living in the now. There’s not months and months of teases and in turn, complaining. We got Wave 2 and I’m loving them so far. Something that is a throwback, but just is absolutely blowing my mind is the new Grimlock statue. It does have some ties to the present because the ’86 movie was just played in over 500 theaters around the US and Canada, many that were sold out and that also just blows my mind. Similarly, something that is now, but the oldest school of all old school is the pretty amazing McQuarrie-inspired “The Star Wars” trailer. Lastly poor G.I. Joe had no news this week again. Can something be overshadowed if it has no presence at all?

Don’t overshadow, shine…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 149: So Close…

Man, so close to getting it under 2 hours. I had such a good feeling about this one. Show notes only took my 30 minutes, it was just two of us, and still breached that 120-minute mark. Granted, it’s all my fault, but man, so close. You know what else is close? Our 150th episode and the return of Mrs. McFavorite. Yeah boyee, my baby is back. For how long, we’ll see. She’s had a few short-lived returns in the past. This almost guarantees we’ll have special guest appearances by Lil’ Miss McFavorite. 150 isn’t even the biggest milestone coming up. Our 10th anniversary is right around the corner.

The amazing next wave of Super7 Classics is almost here. I’m am super ( pun intended 🙂 ) excited for these, more so than the Filmation wave. Something that was imminent when I did the show notes and arrived the day before we recorded, was the latest installment of FSS 7.0. While Crystal Ball does have a little bit of giraffeness, he’s still a cult classic and in my opinion, this only adds to it. I have been counting the days until the special one-day screening of the ’86 Transformers movie. If you hadn’t notice, time has been somewhat of a running theme. If you wanna keep track of yours, there is no better way than a vintage Star Wars calendar.

Exciting times…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 148: You Picked a Fine Time…

Timing is everything. I have some serious experience with bad timing, especially in the last couple of days. These instances are partly due to running late of which I am a maestro. However, it’s more about behavior in situations, called for or not. I don’t pretend to understand the finer implications or all acts in social situations, but I do understand common courtesy. I practice consummate consideration and expect the people I surround myself with to do the same. There’s a time to look out for number one. There’s a time to put yourself before others. Yet in a group setting or a special occasion, there is no place selfishness. I at times find myself contradicting my own convictions when reiterating this expectation. That’s not okay either. Please remember, while you feel like you’re fighting the good fight, you’re still just fighting.

Something that was mildly divisive in the group, but I personally still love was the Cocks of the Universe. These customs/blind bags were shown/available at Power-Con and are definitely not for everyone. Something just as controversial, at least for our group, was the reveal of the new UCS/Master Builder Lego Star Wars Cloud City. New designs for a possible G.I. Joe mobile game also garnered some difference of opinion. Luckily we can all find some sort of common ground. Especially when it comes to these amazingly engineered custom Constructicon cassettes.

Be the best you, you can be…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 147: It’s About Time…

Sorry it’s been almost a month. Especially considering this is our SDCC 2018 show, it seems like that was an eternity ago. However, I think it was worth the wait. It was really important for the whole crew to represent on what is still the biggest event for action figure collectors in the world. Mutha fudgin’ Comic-Con byothces! Feels amazing to have everyone on just talking toys. I get a little a tipsy, but hey that’s how I do SDCC. The only thing missing is a Fillipi’s pepperoni and sausage with salami. If you ever make it to the “big show” this is a must. Located in Little Italy, just north of the convention center. Grab it to go and eat in the park just west of the con. They always have geeky concerts on the pier in the evenings. It is hands down some of my most favorite times in San Diego, ever.

When it comes to my most favorite things this year, Joe is easy considering there were only really three things. The 1/4 scale Pop Culture Shock Storm Shadow is what a statue should be. Star Wars is easy too. The return of Clone Wars is easily the standout, but especially for a collector like me, the confirmation of animated-style figures is the true dream. Transformers was a bit of a mixed bag. The confirmation of the G1 reissues is great, but not the line-up I would have picked. The Cyberverse stuff is just crap. While I dig the WFC line, the price and size are killing me. The one shining exception is the gorgeous RID homaging Magnus. MOTU had some great reveals as well. However, it’s not the confirmation of Snake Mountain that was my favorite. I’ve always been a Mantenna fan, I especially always liked his Filmation character, as goofy as it was. So his Club Grayskull version is definitely the star of the show for me. Until next year.

Stay classy San Diego…Slick

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Open Your Toys Cast – Episode 146: Vacation, All I Ever Wanted…

So for over 30 years, I thought the quintessential vacation song from the GoGos went, “Vacation holiday I want it // Vacation had to get away.” It was only after double checking the lyrics for this post did I discover the correct version as reflected in the post title. I was originally going to talk about how I’m on vacation from a job I don’t have. However, I’m kinda done with the depressing unemployment posts. So let’s talk about depressing misconceptions.

Since its Comic-Con weekend, let’s dispell some myths about this show of shows. It is definitely not as glamorous as people that attend make it out to be. There are long lines, annoying people, expensive exclusives, and apathetic staff. You get so excited when anything goes your way because so many things don’t. You literally wait in lines more than you experience things. With all that said, I would most definitely recommend that anyone that has an opportunity to attend, does, just check those expectations at the door.

I think a lot of people have misconceptions about how great a toy G1 Transformers were. With Walmarts reissues coming, I think they’ll be getting a wake-up call about how amazing modern Transformers are. There are huge expectations when it comes to Hasbro’s Sail Barge. Their newest update doesn’t disappoint. Super7 seems to be doing a lot of things right lately. This includes offering their most popular and now sold out SDCC exclusive for pre-order to non-attendees. Unfortunately, those pre-orders are now closed. Joe even has a bit news in this week of weeks for news. There are new posters available for pre-order. They’re cool propaganda ones to boot unfortunately, they’re “sky” based.

I still haven’t gotten over you yet…Slick

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