Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I was looking through my old Tomart's Action Figure price guide and found my toy collector buying lists that I had written in the front and back pages. This would have been 1991-1993 and list some items I wanted to add to my collection and what stores I had seen them. Lots of GI Joes and Transformers at places like Children's Palace, Pamida, Gibsons and 1/2 Price Store.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Picked up this bootleg Gobot / Machine Robo figure recently. I used to be fascinated by the various bootleg robot toys of the 1985-1986 transforming toy boom. I think 9 year old me used to think they were imports (I had bought a couple of Macross imports at the time Robotech was hitting big from a local comic shop and was told they were from Japan). So, basically anything that didn't look like a normal Transformer or Gobot packaged toy was probably an import in my kid-brain. (Also didn't help that some bootlegs still had Japanese text on the instructions or packaging)
Anyway, Buggyman was my first and favorite Gobot figure, so when these started popping up at the local TG&Y and even gas stations and craft stores, I wanted one badly. Why? I guess because it was different than the usual Gobots. But, since I all ready had Buggyman, I was repeatedly told to pick another figure out to buy.
27 years later, I finally got one.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Its been a bit of a dry spell for dvd screeners, but things have picked up this last couple of weeks. The folks at Lions Gate sent a few things and one I watched this afternoon was "The Collection".
The Collection is the 2012 sequel to The Collector (2009) and follows the Alien/Aliens pattern of sequels, where you ratchet up the thriller into a full-on action, roller coaster ride. And boy does it work out well. The Collection is a breathless sprint from an insane opening sequence at a rave/club to the escape from the Collector's house of traps.
The basic set up: a serial killer, who's keen on booby traps and keeping one victim as part of his collection, must go head to head with one of his escaped captives and a team of mercenaries sent to rescue his latest victim. Its tense. Its actiony. Its gory. Its got likable characters. Its a well shot, well acted, 82 minutes blast. If your a horror fan, its a "buy" as far as I'm concerned.
Buy The Collection for $17 on Blu Ray, $13 on dvd. And snag the original The Collector for $7 on Blu and $4 on dvd at Amazon.com