Friday, November 17, 2017

Top ten game wants for N64 Mini


The SNES Mini has come and gone. I was one of the lucky few that was able to find one at a retail store and I LOVE IT! In fact, just the other day me and the kids were playing Super Mario World, F-Zero and Street Fighter II: Turbo Edition. I just wish there was a way to add more Super Nintendo games to it? Well, now all the talk and speculation has come to Nintendo releasing a Nintendo 64 Mini! If this happens, I want one! Here's my top ten list of games that I would like to see on an N64 console based on how much I enjoyed them as a kid.

 Conker's Bad Fur Day
(2001, Rare)

Banjo-Kazooie
(1998, Rare)

 Mario Kart 64
(1996, Nintendo)

 Paper Mario
(2000, Nintendo)

 Pokémon Snap
(1999, HAL Laboratory/Nintendo)

 Spider-Man
(2000, Activision)

 Star Wars: Episode I Racer
(1999, LucasArts)

 Super Mario 64
(1996, Nintendo)

 Super SMASH Bros.
(1999, HAL Laboratory/Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
(2000, Nintendo)
Honorable Mentions go to: Killer Instinct Gold, GoldenEye 007, Mario Party, NBA In The Zone '98, Pokémon Stadium and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. I hope you enjoyed the above Nintendo 64 commercials. What games would make it onto your N64 Mini wish list? 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Comic Book Pick: 11/15/17

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
BATMAN #35
"Dream of Me" part three! Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? Turns out he's going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman's true intentions will be exposed.
(W) Tom King (A) Jo?lle Jones (CA) Tony S. Daniel
SRP: $2.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Friday, November 10, 2017

My Collector's Wish List #1

I collect a lot of things from the 80s & 90s. Mostly stuff that reminds me of my childhood like toys, comics and cards. Some of these items can be pretty scarce or out of my price range. I have compiled a list of these items in the hopes that I will find them and be able to cross them off that list some day. Here are 5 items that I have on my wish list that I hope to add to my collection.

The Real Ghostbusters Play-Doh Set
Average Price: $30
I have been wanting this set for a long time now. I had this when I was a kid and me and my brother spent hours making ghosts from the containment unit mold. I will never forget how blown away we both were when we found out that this set came with GLOW IN THE DARK PLAY-DOH! As a kid anything that glowed in the dark was a special find! I want to get this set again and see what kind of awesome fun my kids can have with it. Of course I will be right there next to them using the sweet Ecto-1 mold!

Gremlins Water Hatchers
Average Price: $50
I was a huge fan of the movie "Gremlins" when it came out in 1984. My Dad took my family to see it in the theaters and I was hooked! It was really too bad that we never got a proper action figure set for this exceptional holiday movie. It wouldn't be until a few years ago when we got the Re-action set in stores that I felt this classic flick got it's due in the toy aisles. Sure we had those PVC figurines, stuffed Gizmos and this Water Hatcher toy! My neighbor had one and I was amazed at how huge these guys got after you left them in the water for a few hours and the cocoon that you stored the hatchers in was pretty cool looking too!

Masters of the Universe Toothpaste Toppers
Average Price: $30 each
I have vivid memories of seeing these "Toothpaste Toppers" in the bath & beauty department at our local grocery store as a kid. I always wanted them, but my parents didn't see the necessity that was squeezing toothpaste out of the head of the most powerful man in the universe. Obviously I can! These toppers would increase the desirability of teeth brushing so much, plus I mean look at those graphics on the packaging! Who could resist owning a piece of artwork where Skeletor is about to pummel He-Man with a gigantic toothbrush? 

Milton Bradley T.H.I.N.G.S. Eggzilla
Average Price: $30
I vaguely remember owning one of the games from the Milton Bradley T.H.I.N.G.S. line. I can't remember which one it was, but in my opinion this "EGGZILLA" game is the cream of the crop. If I never get this game, I wouldn't be too sad. But if one ever crossed my path, you better believe I would snatch that bad boy up!

Super Mario "I Saved The Princess" Poster
Average Price: $88
This exact poster hung on the wall of my brother's and my room for at least a decade! From the late 80s to mid 90s, this classic representation of our heroic plumber greeted us when we walked into our room. After a while this Mario poster migrated from our room to our "Nintendo Room". My Mom allowed me and my brother to turn her sewing room into our very own game room, complete with NES, TV and fold out couch! We decorated the room with Nintendo Power posters, but Mario was always the centerpiece. I remember we got this poster for Christmas one year and when I look at it I can still smell the pine needles and feel a brisk winter chill in the air. This is definitely one of the top 5 items I would like to have again in my possession. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Comic Book Pick: 11/8/17

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/GHOSTBUSTERS II #2
As the teams split up to evade their spectral pursuers, Michelangelo and Peter Venkman enter a dimension populated by anthropomorphic animals... including Turtle Ghostbusters!
(W) Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (A) Pablo Tunica (A/CA) Dan Schoening
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Friday, November 3, 2017

Wax Pack Revolution: All Topps Edition

A recent obsession of mine has been collecting old wax packs of trading cards from the 80s & 90s. Sure, I have a ton of these non-sport cards from when I was a kid, but the artwork and design of the packaging is something I missed. When you would buy one of these packs you would tear it open and throw away the wrapper. Never giving it a second thought. Seeing these again brings back memories of feeling the slick paper in your hands, seeing the simple artwork and the smell of bubble gum. Let's dive into a few of these packs that I have on display...YET AGAIN!
Nintendo Game Pack (Topps, 1989)
I absolutely loved these cards as a kid! Any time we went shopping with my Mom for either clothes or groceries, we would get a pack of Nintendo scratch off cards. For 25 cents you got 3 scratch off cards to entertain you and 2 stickers to decorate your books, trapper keepers or even your Nintendo! But, the biggest draw was the secret tips on the sticker backs. How else would we have known to hit Bald Bull on his 3rd jump for a KO?

Superman: The Movie (Topps, 1978)
To many people Christopher Reeve will always be THE Superman. These cards came out before I was even born, so needless o say, I did not collect these as a kid. As a collector though I can really appreciate the simple design of the cards.

Tiny Toon Adventures (Topps, 1991)
Tiny Toon Adventures was a staple in my house. After we would get home from school we would turn on the local Fox5 station out of New York and watch it along with some other great 90s toons. Surprisingly I never did own any of these cards growing up, but had to add a pack to my growing collection.


Supergirl (Topps, 1984)
I have not seen the Supergirl movie in at least 25 years. The only memory I have of this movie was that it was on TV during a sleep over at my house with friends. One friend got homesick and had to go home. Totally a bummer!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 2nd Series (Topps, 1990)
If you have read this blog before, you know I love me some Ninja Turtles. Me and my brother collected these cards so we would have cardboard versions of the cartoons we loved so much! Of course it didn't hurt that Usagi Yojimbo was featured on some of the cards. We loved that guy!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Comic Book Pick: 11/1/17

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES/GHOSTBUSTERS II #1
The two beloved franchises reunite for a new adventure more action-packed and hilarious than ever! The Turtles are stuck in a ghost dimension by an old adversary and only the Ghostbusters can save them. The ensuing adventure will be an inter-dimensional romp like never seen before! The sequel to the surprise crossover hit! From the creative teams of both TMNT and Ghostbusters!
(W) Erik Burnham, Tom Waltz (A/CA) Dan Schoening 
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Movie Recap 2017: Part 2

 Every October me and my wife hold a "Scary Movie Marathon". This year was no different. We try to pick a new movie or show each day that gets us ready for the Halloween season. This year the majority of movies we watched were on Netflix. Here is another short list of some of the films we have watched and what I thought of them. Please don't be upset if I didn't like something you liked, we all have our own opinions and tastes in horror movie cinema. Here comes part 2 of my Halloween movie recap 2017!

Cave (2016)
This movie was watched because of confusion. Let me tell you now this is not the movie "The Cave" where Morris Chestnut and Piper Perabo get hunted by monsters while exploring underground! No, this is dubbed foreign film about a guy who wants to kill his best friend so he can get with his friend's wife! A total let down not only because there were no monsters, but because it just wasn't very good. It was boring, slow in some spots and some of the suspenseful moments never really paid off. I do not recommend this one! 

The Babadook (2014)
I had heard a lot of hype around this movie and it was one of the first movies we watched this year. I really do have to say that I was impressed with what was able to be done on such a small budget. The story revolves a round a young boy who is being terrorized by a supernatural being called The Babadook. Things get a little crazy when a book about the monster shows up at the child's house. The scares were satisfying and the story was actually pretty solid. I just think it was a little slow in some parts and the ending was not what I expected. Not terrible, just not what how I would have ended it. I say give it a watch, it won't be a waste of your time!

The Veil (2016)
I was a little disappointed with this movie. When I found this on Netflix and saw that it starred Jessica Alba & Thomas Jane, I was in! I have been a fan of these actors for a while and to see them together in a supernatural scary flick should have been AWESOME! The story actually had some promise as Alba played a documentarian who brings the lone survivor of a cult murder back to the scene of the crime. The story unfolds as Alba and her team discover some old movie reels that show Jane's cult taking part in some crazy rituals. Once again "The Veil" had some great promise, but the final act and ending was a let down. This could have been a good one.

Death Note (2017)
First off I have to say that I have never seen the anime version of "Death Note" so I really have nothing to compare it to. That being said, I actually enjoyed this movie. The premise is cool, where a bullied boy named Light Turner discovers a book that can cause death to anyone whose name is written in it. But even when Light attempts to use the book for good a demon named Ryuk changes the game and things start to unravel for our would be hero. The effects were solid, the pace was good and the ending left me wanting to see more. I will definitely check out the anime soon!

The Rezort (2015)
This was another horror movie with a great concept and this time it was carried out competently! Years after the zombie apocalypse, humanity is starting to rebuild the world. One enterprising person has decided to turn a zombie inhabited island into a vacation destination where people can live out their revenge fantasies and hunt these creatures for a small fee. It's like a zombie safari. Things get flipped upside down though when sabotage leads to a high tech security system breach and now the zombies are on the loose! At this point the film kind of becomes a zombie version of Jurassic Park. If you are a fan of the undead genre, I truly recommend this film. The acting is solid and the twist at the end of the film is a pretty sweet payoff. Needless to say, I enjoyed this one!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Comic Book Pick: 10/25/17

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ONGOING #75
"Trial of Krang," part 3 of 3. The oversized conclusion to the Turtles' greatest extra-dimensional story arc is here! Both the prosecution and the defense have tricks up their sleeves as testimony gets emotional. Meanwhile, a war rages outside the courtroom as the Malignoid swarm engulfs Planet Neutrino! An oversized epic that starts the road to TMNT #100! Courtroom drama and extra-dimensional war action all in one issue!
(W) Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (A) Cory Smith (CA) Kevin Eastman
SRP: $7.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com

Monday, October 23, 2017

Halloween Movie Recap 2017: Part 1

Every October me and my wife hold a "Scary Movie Marathon". This year was no different. We try to pick a new movie or show each day that gets us ready for the Halloween season. This year the majority of movies we watched were on Netflix. Here is a short list of some of the films we watched and what I thought of them. Please don't be upset if I didn't like something you liked, we all have our own opinions and tastes in horror movie cinema.

The Void (2016)
The movie starts out with a man escaping from a house where he and a girl were being held captive. He is found on the side of the road by a bored local officer named Carter. Deputy Carter brings the man to a hospital and is followed by some cloaked figures that surround the hospital. That's when the terror comes in! This movie was a crowd funded project, so I tried to give it the benefit of the doubt, but the story went a little crazy towards the end and was kind of hard to follow and understand. I've got to say that I really did enjoy the practical effects and monsters were pretty cool looking. Overall, I came away from this one pretty disappointed.

Cult of Chucky (2017)
First of all I want to state that I am not a huge fan of Chucky's movies, but I did watch the "Curse of Chucky" last year and enjoyed it. This movie "Cult of Chucky" picks up after the events of Curse which was nice because they didn't have to waste a whole lot of time setting up the characters. The film makers just went straight into the craziness on this one. The story takes place in an asylum where Chucky tries to finish the job he started in the last film. I was not a huge fan of the way Chucky was able to so easily create new versions of himself and transfer his personality into other dolls/people. In my opinion the film was okay and not a total waste of my time. I saw it once and more than likely not again. It's okay if you like gore and want a decent Halloween scare.

The Invitation (2015)
I watched this movie on a recommendation from a friend at work and was not disappointed. The movie involves the character Will heading back to his home where his ex-wife now lives with her new husband for a dinner party. After the death of their son Will and his wife separated and she hadn't been seen for 2 years. What has she been doing in that time? I did enjoy the suspense of the movie, but I felt the showed their hand a little too early. I knew something was crazy about these people at the party, but what? Were they vampires, werewolves, a cult? I didn't know! But once a video was played at the party it was pretty clear where this film was going. The one thing that I felt was scary about "The Invitation" was that the protagonists in the film were just people. Everyday people with a terrible agenda! I would recommend checking this film out, just to see the twist at the end of the movie! What's the deal with that red light anyway?

Tales Of Halloween (2015)
This was probably my favorite new movie we have watched this season. It's an anthology sort of like "Trick R Treat" where all the stories can be tied together by one single Halloween night. There are ten stories in this anthology and the majority of them are pretty damn good! My faves would have to be "This means War", "The Ransom of Rusty Rex" and "Friday The 31st". I highly recommend this film, especially for your Halloween movie marathons!

The Babysitter (2017)
Wow! This movie was a surprise! It starts out so sweet with a young boy, Cole who has a crush on his babysitter, Bee. They have lots of fun together when Cole's parents are out of town, but things take a grim turn for the worst when Cole stays up past his bedtime and witnesses the unspeakable acts of Bee and her friends! The friends find out Cole had seen them and The Babysitter becomes a tense game of cat & mouse with some humor sprinkled in just at the right time! My favorite part of the movie is when Cole is caught and about to be murdered when his house starts getting egged. The would be killer has a moment of sympathy for the boy and gives him a pep talk on how to confront his bully! The humor and gore are mixed so well that you really don't notice the plot holes or question the characters motives. It was a fun watch and I would recommend it!



Friday, October 20, 2017

My Faves: Figure Collection #6

I have a fairly big collection of loose figures from the 80s & 90s. I would like to share a few of my faves with you at this time and since it's the Halloween season, I'm gonna make this one an ALL BAD GUYS EDITION! Here we go!

Toon Shredder (Playmates, 1992)
I never had this version of the Shredder as a kid, but always wanted him. He was released around the time I stopped buying toys and hit puberty. This version of Shredder is what we should have got the first time around instead of that purple and dark blue suited imposter that was released in 1988. I just wish he wasn't so damn hard to pose!

 Mumm-Ra Mini-Figurine (Kid Works, 1986)
These mini versions of the Thundercats characters were a favorite of me and my brother. They had no articulation, but they were travel size and always made the shopping trips with our Mom all that more epic and exciting!

Kang from Treehouse of Horror XVI (Burger King, 2011)
I have a soft spot for this Treehouse of Horror series from Burger King. They were released around the time my twins were born. Myself and the wife had been stuck at the hospital for a few days and my wife's parents were cool enough to watch our oldest daughter. She was going to become a big sister, but wasn't able to visit the hospital yet so I still wanted to keep her involved and do something special. I picked her up from the house one day and took her to Burger King and we got some Kids Meals that had these toys inside! Good memories.

Target Exclusive Titanium Darth Vader (Kenner, 2010)
I don't have too much to say about this figure except that I picked up this Titanium Darth on clearance while I was working at Target. I'm a big Star Wars fan and Mr. Vader is my favorite character. How could I pass up this toy?

Battle Armor Skeletor (Mattel, 1984)
I absolutely loved this guy as a kid! To this day I still feel giddy every time I roll back his battle damaged chest plate and then punch it to reveal dents and scratches! It really makes me feel like the most powerful man in the universe! This version of Skeletor is great, but he still comes in at a close second to my number one pick, Dragon Blaster Skeletor.

Did you enjoy this post? If you missed the first few parts of the 20 Years Before 2000 "My Faves: Figure Collection" series you can view them at the links below!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Comic Book Pick: 10/18/17

This week the comic book I am most excited to read is...
RUGRATS #1
Hang on to your diapies, babies! We're teaming up with Nickelodeon for all-new Rugrats adventures with the most intrepid toddlers to ever bust out of a playpen! Tommy, Chucky, Phil and Lil have noticed something-they are being watched. Somehow their parents can see every little thing that they can do. They're going to have to find a way to have fun while avoiding the electronic eyes of the babycam!
(W) Box Brown (A) Lisa DuBois (CA) Jorge Corona
SRP: $3.99
Synopsis provided by PreviewsWorld.com