Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Halloween and Drug Stores

I don't know what it is about drug stores, but they're absolutely awesome during Halloween. The rest of the year... not so much. Except for Walgreen's, they've managed to nail down that 'hey, I'd like to shop there aside from when I need a prescription' aesthetic. CVS though? CVS sucks. Unless it's Halloween time and then suddenly I'm ok with buying a Pepsi for a million dollars as long as they've got mellow creme pumpkins. You know they do, that's a drug store staple. Old timey stuff and like the most ratchet Halloween merch available. Back in the day though, drug stores gave bigger stores a run for their money. I've never been to a LaVerdiere's, but if it's one thing I've learned about them is that they were a pretty great place to get your Halloween on.

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Today (yesterday for you) marked the 35th anniversary of the original Transformers cartoon. I'm just going to take a moment to appreciate a show I've been watching over and over for 35 years. I kinda I have to at this point. My strongest memories of the show was right around when it first started airing and my family had recently moved to a neighborhood in Statesboro GA. Like most kids around my age, I was obsessed with all the various cartoons and toys. For some reason this one stood out. It just did, I am who I am, and I like what I like. I like Transformers.

There's a few moments that are the type of thing that only happen when you're a child (normally). Megatron pulls a swerve and my brother and I looking at each other in surprise and disbelief with our mouths wide open. Or Megatron says something sinister and my cousin standing straight up yelling at the tv "THAT'S WHAT YOU THINK MEGATRON" shortly before my uncle tells him to shut the hell up. You never really get those moments back. If anything, that's what I have nostalgia for.

That Halloween, thanks to my local K-Mart, I was Snarl in my cool Collegeville costume. The kind with the name of the character on the chest so you could point it out to the old lady who asked what you were. Later that old lady went to a closed store, read the store was closed on the sign, then proceeded to beat on the door only to ask the cleaning crew if the store was closed. While the smock has long dissolved to time (my parents probably threw it away), I still have the mask somehow. Somehow. It slowly evaporates year after year. It wasn't meant to last a lifetime and it's eventually just going to fade from existence.

We lived in a neighborhood across the street from a college. Just behind the college was a tiny movie theater that we later saw the 1986 movie at. A kid from the bus who seemingly had his Perceptor with him everyday managed to watch every showing. He was a little older than me and one of my brothers friends. Sometimes I wonder if that kid grew up to be another one of us in what became the Transformers fandom. I was the only kid in my 3rd grade class to see the movie and got to have that cool moment of telling everybody what happened just in time for the new season to start. That kid who cried every morning was pretty upset.

We moved out of Statesboro and into the suburbs of Atlanta by the end of season 3. That following fall The Rebirth aired ending the show (for us in the US anyway) before beginning the reruns of season 5 and G2... or just reruns on odd channels. The comic continued for a while and the toys chugged on, but that cartoon never went away. I'm not being wistful, you can watch it on Tubi. But seriously, here I am 41 and still talking about it just like I was in second grade on the bus. Just a little more sarcastic.

Did I ever imagine I'd still be talking about that show all these years later? No. I don't think it ever occurred to me that I'd grow up. It's a surprise to some people that I spent my spare time with this old cartoon and talking about it online. I guess it isn't normal, though now in the time of social networking talking about old shows is common place. I'm not sure what my life would be like now without that cartoon. I don't mean that in any phony pseudo deeper meaning type of way. I mean that as outside of my wife and co-workers, the people I talk to most are because of that cartoon. I'm not ashamed of that either. I'm happy, I like who I am. So, like I said, I kind of owed it to that old cartoon to take a moment to talk about it a little. It's part of my life and part of me.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Let's go to Woolworth

Look guys, I know it's only mid-September and that means one thing... THE CLOCKS TICKING! We need to get our costumes picked out. We need candy and some of those damn paper people with the long stretchy arms. Get your shoes on, we're going to Woolworth!

Robots and Rangers

This weekend a new episode of Cyberverse premiered on CN as well as Beast Morphers returning from it's mid-season hiatus. Cyberverse continues to be great. I really like how the shorter time of the episodes keeps the story tight without much filler. Sure, filler time can be great when used right. They can expand on characters, do some world building, that kind of thing. But honestly, the bite sized Cyberverse allows for more direct story telling and more punchy action. Which I really like. At this point Transformers doesn't need to be re-established, so the core concept is usually enough to drive the action. Fortunately the first season did enough of the world building to make it work. Cyberverse is essentially core concept Transformers as is, probably more of the reason I like it. There's been too much over convolution and unnecessarily over complicating things in Transformers as is. Thank goodness for simplification.

Beast Morphers is a great Power Rangers show. Really fun and well written (for the most part) show obviously intended for children, but still enjoyable for a middle aged dork. I really enjoy the setting of Grid Battle Force and the overall vibe of the show. Considering the tradition of PR holiday specials, I'm really curious about how their Halloween specials will work out. I really like the action figures being made. While not premium figures, they're still super nice. You have to wonder if Hasbro is making a point to make the toys so nice as it's essentially their first go with the brand. Or maybe they'll just have great Ranger toys.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Dracula doesn't know how to use the M+ button

What's he calculating? Bet he's just making it say asshole.

Battle at Big Rock

The new Jurassic World short 'Battle at Big Rock' is out and it's a pretty fun little adventure. Taking place after the events of Fallen Kingdom, the dinosaurs are now causing trouble on the main land! I personally enjoyed the clips of dinosaur mayhem during the credits. Made me really think of those old Dinosaurs Attack trading cards.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The cool costumes of 1986 and every thang

The crew of WDEF 12 news sure have a problem with kids not dressing as monsters. Children dressing as their favorite cartoon characters are a cause for concern, so much that mask example lady made a point to do an expose on the issue. I guess they weren't concerned with Libya. Though look around that store during the time, even if the employees have some questionable costumes on... looking at you green wig lady. Not cool, but that wall of Madballs is. But we can all agree that the kid at :50 rules.

"They got blood running down their face and every thang"

Combat Optimus Prime and Megatron

Still some of the best Transformers ever made.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Friday on the 13th is some spooky shit

Friday the 13th is like having a mini Halloween randomly during the year. Though when a F13th is during the Halloween season it's extra special! There's all that great spooky stuff on the shelves and those dollar hockey masks everywhere! So when you get some great scary edition snacks sure to make your next bowel movement extra colorful and sit down to watch that horror marathon. Make sure to find whatever channels playing Friday the 13th instead of Wishmaster because seriously FX ... not cool. The hell even.

There's universal rules. You don't spit in the wind, you don't put metal in the microwave, and it's always Friday the 13th part 5 on tv. The listing said part 7 is on now, but it's going to be part 5. It's always part 5. The entire marathon is just part 5. You know, the one with the fake Jason... Roy. Part 5. Now that's not a complete negative, Roy's mask had cool blue stripes and he kills a guy while he's on a porta potty. Part 5.

After Reggie visits his brother Demon, Demon realizes he must visit the euphemism. Like Euchariah, he's on fiya. After an Oscar worthy recreation of your mom after Thanksgiving dinner... I can't even... like his girlfriend and him start singing and... just watch. Yes, that's Juwanna Mann.

The movie is not all about dying whilst pooping, it's also about... so yeah dying on a toilet. Part 5. Oh yeah, it has this awesome song in it! Somebody dies while it plays. Kinda what happens in these movies. Whole lot of murder.

Diaclone Trivers Combat Simulation

I swear every time they make a new Diaclone video it makes me wish for a series. These great little exhibitions of the Diaclone equipment in action is just great. I really enjoy the feel of military equipment in action and the little things like various crew doing their individual parts of the operation. A video game would be great too, though I'm sure it would be some kind of RTS or turn based game. I don't car for those very much, but at least it would be something. It'd be great if modern Diaclone was offered in the US. I'm sure it'd cost a fortune though... not unlike the Takara releases.. but at least more availability.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Beetleborgs Halloween Bash

I don't know if going trick or treating with Flabber would be such a great idea. After 20 minutes of that voice you'd be figuring out how to ditch him somewhere. Though it'd be pretty great to go trick or... Anyone else just want to win the toys? I mean, sure, going trick or treating with the Beetleborgs sounds cool and all... but kinda hoping to win a figure. Of course it's going to take me a few viewings of this commercial to get the address written down.


I intend to put some extra attention towards Robotech in the not too distant future. It's been forever since I've watched more than an episode at a time. I've got a few DVD sets and the whole series is on Netflix, I just need to set aside the time to do so... which is the challenge. For the record, I'm specifically talking about Robotech, not regular Macross or anything. Never been that concerned with the Harmony Gold situation either to be honest. I just want to re-watch Robotech at some point, I like it.

Thinking I want to stock up on some of the Robotech keshi Super 7 has been making. They've done a great job as usual. They've done some ReAction figures as well, but I'd rather just keep it small. I have some older stuff and anything new I buy wouldn't be... Look, I have a mini figure addiction.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Tomb of Doom

I've often compared fantasy toys to Halloween decorations, have you ever looked at Skeletor? Often these lines are filled with all sorts of creeps from the local haunted house ran by the heavy metal guys from the high school (I heard the sacrifice kids in the woods). Scary snake people, bat armor, full satanic panic. Super Naturals saw that and told Hordak to hold their beer. Using holograms as a means to display the warriors transformations into powerful magical forms and the bad guys from ... corpses to demons...

The Tomb of Doomb.. doom... play set is a freaking crypt so your ghost monsters can hang out and be scary when they're not driving their spike covered 50's hot rods around. It features such amenities as ledges for the figures to stand on and a wall of lost souls. Of course the weapons glow in the dark, so it's a ten.