Sunday, December 11, 2011

Go Texans!!

While doing my Fall of Cybertron post, I watched my Texans win against the Bengals and will now go to the playoffs for the first time ever!! Whoohoo!! Being realistic, it will be hard for them to go far I think with all the injuries, but I am just ecstatic they made it!

Fall of Cybertron Official Trailer

Below is the official "movie" trailer for the "Fall of Cybertron" that was shown last night at the Spike VGA awards last night. Didn't watch the show, but almost peed my pants when watching the trailer earlier today. This game has jumped to the top of my wanted list. Check out the pictures I have scavenged for it and thrown up on my page here: Fall of Cybertron

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I have been watching over the summer

Thinking back, I have watched a lot of movies/shows over the spring and summer as time has permitted that I really enjoyed. While I doubt most others care, thought I would list them as more of remembrance for myself...

Movies: (in the order that I am thinking they came out, but could be wrong...)
I Am Number Four
Red Riding Hood
Green Hornet
Fast Five
Battle: Los Angeles
Super 8
X-Men: First Class
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (almost didn't put this on the list, but it was better than 2)
Pirates of the Caribbean 4
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
Green Lantern
Hangover 2

Shows: (more or less in the order I watched them)

Batman Beyond complete series

Teen Titans (Complete Cartoon Network series)

Young Justice

Tenchi Muyo - OVA

Xmen (Fox '90s animated series) Seasons 1 and 2


Samurai Gun

Spawn (The complete HBO series)

Gun X Sword (now watching)

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie (now watching)

Met Stan Lee

I met Stan Lee, the god of Marvel comics (creator of Spider-man, X men and many other superheroes) on Saturday at Baltimore Comic Con. I didn't really get much time to be very personal with him, but he was nice and I am thankful for the once in a lifetime chance! Had him sign my Spider-man Omnibus with his work in it as shown in the photo

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Autobot Pretenders

Added my Autobot Pretenders Landmine and Sky High to my collection. More to come...

Friday, July 8, 2011

Metroplex now in my collection

Well, he is soon to be since I just got him today on eBay. Created my page for him Metroplex. I got him complete, and that's about all I have to say at the moment. Happy to get him, but its late and I am tired, so lets move on. Peace

Transformers 3 movie

Well, this is really a placeholder if you see this post as written, because while I want to write my personal feelings on the movie, I am tired and it is kind of late. I will most likely update tomorrow. I will leave saying that while I didn't think it was the best movie ever, I was mostly pleasantly surprised. Later...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Out to lunch...

Well, I finally added something else a little different to my collection. A metal Transformers lunchbox. I have already had the red plastic one that has the original box art scene with Optimus Prime for a while, but haven't gotten around to getting this one until now.

This is mostly due to several things. Starting at the beginning, as a kid I never got it because of the other lunch boxes I had at the time. I had the red plastic one mentioned above, but also I remember having the metal Pac-Man one and I think a G.I. Joe one. I feel like I might have had another, but it escapes me at the moment. Anyway, there weren't too many years I actually carried a lunch box, and I think this one kind of fell in at the end of that run and couldn't make it in. I always thought it was very cool though and wished I had got it years later. Anyway, moving to more recent, I occasionally have remembered to look for it, but every time I have (mostly on eBay) they are usually really beat up and rusty, and are either missing a thermos completely, or have the wrong one with it (the old Optimus Prime/Megatron thermos). If it has been in good shape and complete, it has gone for way more than I wanted to pay for it.

Well, I found the one I just bought now finally on eBay in pretty good shape (far from perfect, but pretty good I think. The best I have seen in a while. It also came with the real thermos that I am pretty sure it was suppose to come with that has Powermaster Prime and other Headmasters etc on it. I will add it to my "Others" page, but you can also see a couple of pics below...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Transformers Whirl

I completed my first run (1984) portion of Gen1 a while ago, and will now mainly start focusing on Wave2 (1985). I really already have most of this wave as well, but looking to focus on filling in the spots that are missing. That being the case, I started this new run with getting a Whirl. I got him complete, and except for some unfortunate discoloration on one side of him, he is in great shape and is complete.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Philadelphia Comic Con

I got to go to Philadelphia Comic Con with a couple of friends on June 17th and it was a lot of fun. I have been to Pittsburgh Comic Con many times now, as well as some smaller conventions in Houston, but this was the first "Large" convention for me. It was cool to meet or at least see so many big name celebrities at the convention. The most notable experiences for me was that one of the friends I went with had a family member who worked the Zenescope Comics both and hooked us up. Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge Grimm Fairytales fan so that was unbelievable. I got to meet many of the creators as well as pick up many variants at good prices. I was really excited to get to actually pick up the Philly Comic Con exclusives there in person and at their prices instead of second hand as I have most all of the other convention exclusives I own.

Ok, this blog is on my Transformers website, so the other really big part of that convention I mentioned was meeting Mark Ryan, who did the voices of Jetfire and Bumblebee in the movies. He was really great and friendly and talked with me for much longer than I expected. I bought a print from him which he signed, and managed to get him to also sign the cover of my Revenge of the Fallen Blu-Ray I had brought along. In hindsight, I probably made an ass out of myself by saying I was more of a Gen 1 fan and not so big on the movies, but he was friendly about it, and didn't seem to be bothered. Sure I was being honest and was just saying what I felt at the time, but maybe I should have gone about that differently.... Well, anyway, he was cool and I have his autographs on display in my mancave.

Well, I met or saw many other celebrities, but can't say there is much to talk about. Well, I did almost get tackled by some girls that went crazy on me when I came around a corner saw Bruce Campbell, and tried to take a picture of him with my iPhone I had in my hand at the time. I didn't know you couldn't take his picture!!! Well, I think you can, but you have to pay for it... :p I know they are there to make money, but that was crazy. I also got to meet Lou Ferrigno (Hulk) He was nice but I don't think he wanted to be bothered, Jake Lloyd (Anakin of Star Wars Episode 1) hanging with Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett). Both seemed nice but seemed bored. I said Hi to both and they did the same back, but I didn't have the money to spend at that point and you have to remember they are there to make some cash. Speaking of Star Wars and money, I got to meet Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and he was really nice. I actually wanted to pay for his autograph, but they only took cash, and I was out. Credit card wasn't going to work. He was very friendly though, and I will probably regret it. Especially because I hear and could somewhat see he has some health problems. Hope he hangs in there. I didn't get to talk to him, but I got a friendly nod from John Schneider (Dukes of Hazard/Smallville). He was really busy with a bunch of others around him. Some noticable other TV/movie celebrities were there that I either missed entirely or were too far away was Burt Ward and Adam West of Batman fame (I did get pictures of the Batmobile though), Bill Goldberg from my watching WCW days, Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Margot Kidder (Lois Lane from Superman), and Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3). As for comic creators, it was cool to see EBas again and many of the other Zenescope creators. I also saw and took pictures of the already mentioned Batmobile, the Torino from Starsky and Hutch (a personal family favorite), the Delorean time machine from Back to the Future, the General Lee and a cop car from The Dukes of Hazard, and also the Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo. I took many pictures on my phone and maybe at some point I will upload them to a page and post the link here.

This post got way longer than it was suppose to, so I am going to cut it off. In case you didn't notice, I had a ton of fun!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Not Transformers Update - Anime

I noticed I have really been neglecting all of my different collection list for a while now. I will work to update all of them as soon as I can, but took a few minutes tonight to update my Anime collection.

I am probably missing some updating still, but think I got most that where missing. The most notable part was updating to reflect that I now have an almost complete collection of all Tenchi. All 3 different series (OVAs, Universe, and Tokyo) as well as all 3 movies. I am only missing GXP, but everything I have read leads me to believe I need to stay away anyway from it. That is about as bad as the end of the OVAs... I did also update to show GunXSword collection, Mahoromatic collection, Samurai Gun collection and Voltron collection. Now I just have to make time to watch a lot of this.... won't be starting this weekend with the Philadelphia ComicCon here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gobots DVD!

Last month, Warner Archives released a "Challenge of the Gobots" mini-series DVD, and when I heard about it, I made sure to pick it up right away.

As anyone who has read on my Gobots page knows, Gobots were actually my first love over the Transformers, so they hold a special place in my heart. They and G.I. Joe were my friends in some less than ideal times. Anyway, I have been looking for Gobots for years on DVD, and had no luck getting the bootlegs that were out there. The torrents I downloaded were okay, but most of the time there were problems, as well as things being out of order and an overall poor video/sound quality. I really thought that was the best I was going to get too, since Hasbro bought Tonka and now owns the Gobots rights. It seems like they would just leave them buried.

Fortunately, unknown to most Warner owns the Hanna-Barbera rights, thus owns the rights to the cartoons too (unfortunately, things still look grim for the toys). Anyway, that enables them to still re-release the show as they are at least trying out with this 5 episode miniseries that was first launched.

Getting to my point, I finally got around to watching it tonight, and it was fun. Sure, a lot of it seems really silly now, but it was great as a kid. They also really cleaned up and "remastered it" so the colors and lines were pretty good. I loved it and highly recommend it to any former Gobots fan. It is not as good as Transformers I admit, but it is still fun!!

See the link to the Warner Archive site for more info: Gobots on Warner Archive

Saturday, May 28, 2011

20th Anniversary (Masterpiece) Optimus Prime "re-stacked"

Getting my Masterpiece Megatron and seeing him with my Masterpiece Optimus, it became very obvious to me that Optimus was .....lacking, in certain areas...

Well, to restore his manhood and make him the Autobot supreme, I got on eBay and purchased the long smokestacks like those issued with Takara/Japan. Took his arms apart and replaced them, and he is now ready to kick some Decepticon bootie.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Masterpiece Megatron

This comes a couple of weeks after the fact, but was busy with vacation, family etc. I finally got and added Masterpiece Megatron to my collection. He was one I was afraid I would never get due to his price, the US laws in regards to him (his gun mode looks too real), and also just the overall scarceness of finding him until her was released by Takara.

Anyway, I did finally order one and got him, and he is great. While I opened the box and took him and his accessories out of the clear shell he was packed in, I haven't transformed him yet. That is both because of fear of breaking him (he seems to be somewhat fragile, but also after working with Masterpiece Optimus and various Alternators I know it will take some time I haven't had. I don't want to get into a rush and risk breaking him. He is great though, and blows away even the Gen1 Megatron. Definitely the #1 release to me. I found this great article on him someone else posted on their site with great detail/information on him for anyone interested.

I really am going to make an effort to get good photos of him and all my other Transformers that need pics up on my pages soon.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Alternity and Predaking

Probably my last major update/additions for a while. Got and added Alternity Bumblebee & Cliffjumper. I probably won't get the other Alternity figures because to be honest, as cool as they are, they don't compare to the Alternators. The thing I liked about the Alternators is that they feel and for the most part looked like updated versions of Gen 1. The Alternity figures are all cars and most of them weren't in Gen 1. Optimus, Megatron, Starscream, etc. I do really like Bumblebee & Cliffjumper though and hoped that they would blend in with the Alternators since they didn't make Alternators of these characters. It works for the most part, except the scale...

Also finally got the 2010 reissue of Predaking for my collection. Of course the set consist of Divebomb, Headstrong, Rampage, Razorclaw, and Tantrum. This was a significant vacancy in my collection that finally is filled.

Friday, March 25, 2011

More Alternator/Masterpiece additions..

Got and added Masterpiece Starscream. Also added a custom built Alternator Inferno to my collection. I hope to get more info on the custom Inferno from the eBay seller I purchased him from. I can say from the listing that it is a Binaltech Optimus Prime with custom labels that I believe were gotten from Reprolabels. Looks like he has overhead siren lights from a Prowl.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


I finally got and added Astrotrain to my collection. While I was at it, cleaned up my Blitzwing page. Good times!!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blurr and Kup

Getting Arcee and creating her page last week made me realize I never made pages for the other movie old timers in my collection Blurr and Kup, who have been there for a while. I guess there were many reasons for this; my focus has generally fallen on the earliest releases (like wave 1, etc), as well as not having weapons and accessories for these guys among other things.

Anyway, I created pages for them this morning, and cleaned up some things I noticed were kind of sloppy in my code. Did the same type of code refresh for Arcee and Hot Rod, though their content is the same.

While doing code cleanup, I took another look at the Bumblebee page and was really bothered that the artwork wasn't red to match the toy I have. I knew I had to fix this. After numerous searches with no luck, I saw the only way this was going to happen was if I modified it myself. The problem is, I have no (0) Photoshop skills. The one thing I do know to do, was just because someone showed me a while back. Anyway, I looked for web tutorials, and played with them mostly unsuccessfully for a while. Finally, with trial and error, I was able to do a makeshift change, and it is what is presented at the top of the new Red Bumblebee page. Maybe I will try the techspec at some point, but right now, I am glad to just be done with the main image. It isn't the greatest, but its awesome for me. If anyone can do better, please help!!

**EDIT** Code cleanup for all Autobots whose name starts with A through H....

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


I finally added Arcee to my collection. For many years that didn't seem possible, but thanks to a third-party company who makes "unnamed" customs, it is now possible. I have been looking for a great deal, and finally found an open one for less than half price on eBay.