Monday, March 25, 2013

Consolidation

Thanks for stopping by!

I've been hosting some of my thoughts, ideas, and opinions here on Blogger for nearly eight years now, but the time has come to keep everything contained in one place. Now that I've installed Wordpress, posting updates on the main site won't require so much time. I've even relocated from GoDaddy to a faster, more reliable hosting provider, InMotion. As of today (March 25, 2013), all future content will be located at Compulsive Collector.com. In addition to what I've done here, I'm adding plenty of image galleries with photos of my collection after several years of only uploading those to Flickr. Everything has been completely redesigned, and the new site is ready to rock and roll.

Monday, December 17, 2012

And the winner is...

This guy!

Cobra Mamba
I got this Cobra Mamba back in 1987 in El Paso, TX for Christmas. Still have it and is still in great condition!
- Gilbert B. of Arlington, VA

I got some great stories, too. Here are a couple of the submissions:

I don't actually have any photos from when I was collecting Joes as a kid, but I do have an amazing memory.

When I was a kid, I had some difficulties - I moved around a lot, between Florida and Massachusetts - and as a result, most of the people I was 'friends' with were in another state. When I lived in Massachusetts, my friends were all in Florida. When I was in Florida, everyone I was friends with was in Massachusetts. When the Tiger Force line debuted, Joe helped me bridge that gap. I was able to bring my toys to school, and it helped me open up to my classmates, and make new friends.

I was 8 or 9, I think, that Christmas. My Mom always went out of her way to make sure I had an incredible Christmas - there were years I got 10 - 15 video games for my NES, and I only got them because she constantly saved money throughout the year for me to be able to have an amazing holiday. So, the year the Tiger Force wave came out, I was already knee deep in Joe, and I'd mentioned to her at Toys R Us one day that I really liked the Tiger Force helicopter, hoping that might give the hint that I'd get it for Christmas.

She bought the whole wave. Every vehicle. Every figure (along with a Night Striker and Rolling Thunder from my grandfather). That was, without question, the greatest Christmas ever. And all because my Mom never wanted me to have a bad holiday.

Thanks, Mom. You are, without question, the best ever.

- Jay

It was Christmas of 1986, and I was 10 years old. My best friend (and fellow G.I. Joe fan, of course) had gotten a Cobra Terrordrome for his birthday that year, which happened to be in the same month as mine. I was wildly jealous, but loved the opportunity to play with it at his house whenever I could. I had a pretty imaginative basement set-up for my Joes at home, but having no shot at getting as high end an item as the Terrordrome, I had been using Castle Greyskull to house my Cobras. Masters of the Universe was the first toy line I collected in the early 80s before I discovered G.I. Joe.

My parents did the best they could on a cop and bank teller’s salaries, and they surprised me with a Hydrofoil (Moray) that Christmas. From that day on, I used it as a mobile water-based homebase for my Cobra leaders. The memory stands out to me to this day because it was the first time I remember knowing for a fact that there was no chance Santa was real, so anything I got for Christmas was due to the hard work, research, and genuinely thoughtful effort of my parents. I hope I can give my children that exact experience when that day comes for them.

- Howie

And since others are sharing, here's one of my own G.I. JOE present photos with my Laser Defense Patrol Power Cycle by Coleco.
G.I. JOE Laser Defense Patrol

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Merry Jinxmas! SDCC in December Giveaway

Everyone's heard of "Christmas in July," but SDCC in December? That's not possible, right?

Think again! The Toy Gods have smiled upon me this year, so I'm going to pass along some of my good fortune to a lucky G.I. JOE collector. What good fortune, you ask? It just so happens that I have an extra SDCC-exclusive Jinx figure (masked version), so I'm going to play Santa Claus and give her away this holiday season. After having such a great 2012, I want to share a little hobby goodness with someone else, so that means it's contest time.

So what do you need to do to get this Jinx figure? I'm glad you asked!

Just send an email to jinxmas@compulsivecollector.com with your name (can be your real name or your online screen name), city, and state, and share a photo of you opening a G.I. JOE gift as a kid and a little story about the memory (doesn't need to be a novel; a sentence or two is fine). It can be Christmas, Hanukkah, Festivus, your birthday, or whatever. It just needs to be a photo of you with your awesome JOE present and a description of that moment. I'll post the images and stories here on the blog when the winner is announced. No such photos, you say? No problem. You can just send in a story (a paragraph or so) about your favorite JOE holiday gift memory, and I'll post good ones with any submitted photos. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, though, every submission with a photo will receive two entries. Text-only submissions will receive one entry.

You can also tweet your submission to @Caped_Crusader. You can break up a story about your JOE gift memory into multiple tweets if necessary.

A few ground rules:

  1. Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. I have a car full of toys going to Toys For Tots next month; this one's for the collectors!

  2. Photos must be of you with your G.I. JOE gift as a kid. An image of thirty-something you in your sweatpants with a 30th Anniversary Skystriker will not be counted. Photos of your kids with modern toys won't count, either.

  3. All submissions must be received no later than 1:00 PM EST on Sunday, December 16, 2012. Winner will be selected randomly later that evening from all entries received.

  4. This contest is global! If the winner lives anywhere in the U.S. or Canada, I'll cover the shipping. If the winner lives outside the U.S. or Canada, he/she will be responsible for $10 of the postage costs. I'll pay the rest.

  5. I reserve the right to disqualify/ignore/toss out/laugh at any entries from habitual whiners. That includes people who complain incessantly about exclusives like this, gripe about "elitists" going to cons, or whine about the difficulty of any previous trivia contests. This is a fun contest for people who like to have fun with this hobby.
So if you missed out on Jinx, here's another (and better, 'cause it's free!) opportunity to get her. Or if you already got one to keep carded, and you want another to open, this is your chance. And hey, if you already have two, enter anyway. Maybe you want the figure for a custom project, you want to trade her for something else you missed, or you want to sell her on eBay. Once you win, she's all yours!

Merry Jinxmas, everybody!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Another Year, Another G.I. JOE Wish List

DarklonNearly a year after I last made one, Hasbro and the G.I. JOE Collectors' Club have chipped away at another G.I. JOE wish list.


2) Jinx - SDCC exclusive x2, Retaliation, and G.I. JOE Collectors' Club Figure Subscription Service

5) Darklon - JOECon 2012 exclusive

6) Big Boa - G.I. JOE Collectors' Club Figure Subscription Service

8) Blind Master - Retaliation


And that's to say nothing of the Oktober Guard, Voltar, Dice, Cover Girl, and Sgt. Major, all courtesy of the Club. We collectors can never get enough, though, so that means it's time for an updated list of plastic hopes and dreams for 2013 and beyond. There are still so many characters I would enjoy adding to my collection, so where to begin?


Characters With Modern Figures Who Need Updates

Let's start with all three characters who were produced with one of the first 25th Anniversary heads, Gung-Ho, Cutter, and Leatherneck. Gung-Ho is a pretty important character who needs an upgrade in the worst way, something modern that moves him past the open vest look. While Leatherneck wasn't quite as bad, Gung-Ho's hat was completely wrong for Cutter. Even an existing head with a newly tooled hat would suffice for the W.H.A.L.E. pilot. Major Bludd and a classic-styled Lady Jaye are perfect for the Pursuit of Cobra treatment. And even though I didn't realize just how badly he needs a new figure before New Orleans this year, the concept Zartan figure has to happen.


ARAH Characters With No Modern Figure

Everyone will have their own favorites, but I'll pick and choose by year. My top candidates from 1988 are Budo, Hardball, Muskrat, Spearhead and Max, Blizzard, and Lightfoot. Remember that hat I wanted for Cutter? It would work perfectly for Hardball, too. T.A.R.G.A.T., Frag-Viper, H.E.A.T. Viper, Recoil, and Dee-Jay would be my picks from 1989. With a roster of Laser-Viper, S.A.W.-Viper, Undertow, Pathfinder, Rampart, Bullhorn, Stretcher, Metal-Head, Freefall, and Salvo, 1990 provided even more characters I'd scurry to toy aisles to buy. There's only one 1991 figure I'd care to see a fresh take on, and that's Big Ben, but give me Ninja Force T'Jbang, Nunchuk, and Dojo from 1992 all day. That was also the year General Flagg saw his first release in the toy line. Sorry, '93, but you just didn't hold any appeal. '94 saw the first release of a Joe Colton figure, though. As much as I'm looking forward to the Retaliation Bruce Willis figure, a comic-style Colton would be grand.


ARAH Vehicle Drivers

I'll start by saying Vapor was among my favorite ARAH figures, and he was also the pilot of one of my favorite vehicles, the Cobra Hurricane V.T.O.L. It and another 1990 release were probably the last two vehicles I got before the 25th Anniversary line debuted. The other was the Dictator, which included the very cool Overlord character. I loved that this guy's story involved ambitions to take over Cobra for himself, so consider me a fan who'd really like to see a modern version. A few others who would get my vote are Backstop, W.O.R.M.S., Ferret, Ghostrider, Wild Boar, and Track Viper.


Later Releases With No Modern Figure

Dr. Link Talbot is a veterinarian, and having one of those on the team when you're taking animals into combat just seems like a no-brainer, doesn't it? I don't know why Link got shafted on being assigned a code name, but we can make it up to him with a new figure. Speaking of those in need of medical care, can Cobra get someone to treat their wounded? A modern Scalpel is overdue at this point. Bombstrike is another who should see an update, especially with one of her brothers making his way into the FSS. While we're at it, let's toss in some Plague Troopers, a faction that's too cool to omit from the modern style. And while Sparks was released in the 2007 con set, O-ring figures just don't count.


Marvel-Era Characters With No Figures

Are we still begging Hasbro for Billy in 2012? Yes, we are. We still don't have a Soft Master to hang with our Hard Master, either. I can't make much of a convincing case for Candy, sometimes known as Bongo the Bear, but it would be great to get a figure of her father, Professor Appel. For my money, General Austin and General Hollingsworth both deserve to be immortalized in plastic, but Magda, the White Clown, and Orlovsky are a tough sell.


DDP-Era Characters With No Figures

Topped by Firewall, Daemon, Mayday, Heart-Wrencher, Mistress Armada, and Alexander McCullen, I could write an entire blog post about all the great toys that could be pulled from the pages of DDP books. Hell, I could fill at least a couple paragraphs with pleas for a DDP-style Spirit. I'll stop here, though, and get on with it.


Narrowing that down to my top ten wants, here's what I have:


1) Billy

2) Zartan from Hasbro's concept case at JOECon 2012

3) modern, urban combat Stalker with no beret or dreadlocks

4) female Cobra Troopers, Vipers, Crimson Guards, or Iron Grenadiers

5) Soft Master

6) General Flagg

7) General Philip Rey

8) Firewall

9) Scalpel

10) Dr. Link Talbot


It's not easy to leave Vapor, Overlord, or Heart-Wrencher off this new list. In addition to the concept Zartan, though, the other three I've added just seem more essential to the mythos. Firewall played an important role in the DDP books, Cobra Troopers are walking cannon fodder, and Timber, Junkyard, and Order will at least need to get their shots.

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Real American HeroesCon 2012: A Who's Who of G.I. JOE Talent

HeroesCon 2012
JOECon is June 28 through July 1 in New Orleans, but this year's can't-miss event for G.I. JOE comic creators takes place a week earlier, June 22 - 24. After doing this in 2009 and 2010, it completely slipped my mind in 2011. I'm on top of it this year, though, so here's a who's who of G.I. JOE contributors appearing at the 30th Anniversary HeroesCon 2012 in Charlotte.

G.I. JOE #0 signed by Robert AtkinsRobert Atkins - Artist on DDP's G.I. JOE: Dreadnoks: Declassified, Special Missions, and The Data Desk Handbook, as well as IDW's G.I. JOE (reboot) ongoing and the 2011 G.I. JOE: Snake-Eyes series.

Nelson Blake II - Penciller on G.I. JOE: America's Elite and The Data Desk Handbook.

Jeremy Dale - Artist on several of the Hasbro comics released in 25th Anniversary two-packs.

Marc Deering - Inker on G.I. JOE: Snake-Eyes (2009).

Tommy Lee Edwards - Cover artist on IDW's G.I. JOE #13 (2012, RIA & RIB) and #14 (2012, A & RI).

Christos Gage - Cowriter of G.I. JOE: Cobra.

S.L. Gallant - Artist on IDW's G.I. JOE ongoing, The Rise of Cobra prequel books, and now IDW's A Real American Hero.

Michael Golden - Artist behind the incredible cover of G.I. JOE Yearbook #2. He also drew covers for ARAH #s 23, 27, 29, 36, 116, 117, and 118.

Tony Harris - Cover artist on G.I. JOE: Frontline #s 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Adam Hughes - One of the most accomplished artists in modern comics, JOE isn't a property for which Hughes is best known. His Baroness cover for IDW's G.I. JOE #2 is definitely something you'll want to get signed, though.

Rick Ketcham - Inker on IDW's G.I. JOE ongoing.

Eric Layton - Inker on DDP run.

Jonboy Meyers - Cover artist for IDW's Classic G.I. JOE trade paperbacks.

Pat Quinn - Penciller on G.I. JOE: Declassified and G.I. JOE: America's Elite.

Brian Shearer - Inker on G.I. JOE: Cobra Civil War #5 and IDW's A Real American Hero #173.

Ben Templesmith - He is certainly better known for his work on 30 Days of Night, but he produced a variant cover for IDW's G.I. JOE #0 (2008), did two different covers for G.I. JOE Origins # 12, and pencilled, inked, and colored that same issue of Origins. You can also find his work on the covers of Cobra #s 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

G.I. JOE and the Transformers #1 signed by Herb TrimpeHerb Trimpe - A legendary artist in the world of comics, Herb Trimpe pencilled Marvel's A Real American Hero #s 1, 3, 50 ("Best Defense"), and 99, pencilled and cowrote #s 4, 6, and 7, pencilled and wrote #s 8 and 119, and provided the covers for #s 1, 2, 7, and 14. He also pencilled twenty-five issues of G.I. JOE: Special Missions (all except #s 22, 24, and 27), drew the covers for #s 12 and 23, and wrote #24. He pencilled "Trade-Offs" in G.I. JOE Yearbook #4 and provided the book's cover. He pencilled all four issues of the G.I. JOE and the Transformers miniseries and drew the covers for #s 1 and 2. Since IDW relaunched A Real American Hero, he has done covers for #s 161, 162, 163, 165, 166, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 176, 177, and 178. His pencils also appear in this year's G.I. JOE Annual. How's that for G.I. JOE pedigree?

David Williams - Cover artist on IDW's G.I. JOE (2008 & 2011), Cobra (2011), Snake-Eyes (2011), and G.I. JOE: Special - Helix.

Marv Wolfman - While I personally think of him as the writer of Crisis on Infinite Earths first and creator of Blade second, Marv Wolfman wrote the Sunbow episodes "Nightmare Assault" and "Lasers in the Night." He also cowrote the DiC episode "Message From the Deep."

John 'Waki' Wycough - Inker on IDW's G.I. JOE.

Update 06/12/2012: Mike Zeck - Wait, what? The Mike Zeck? The definitive G.I. JOE cover artist Mike Zeck? The Mike Zeck who never does cons anymore? Yep! He'll be at HeroesCon on Saturday only, so I'll be setting aside all other goals for that day to get my copy of Yearbook #3 (already autographed by Larry Hama) signed.


Don't forget to stop by and grab a plush doll or two from the Handmade Stuffs table (AA-125, where I'll be hanging out for much of the three days) and some adorkable art from Beck Seashols (AA-338).


And the non-JOE comics guest list? It's also ridiculously impressive, featuring Bernie Wrightson, Mike Mignola, Ed McGuinness, Paul Levitz, George PĂ©rez, Cat Staggs, Allison Sohn, Jamal Igle, Stephanie Buscema, Cully Hamner, and many, many more. Oh, and one Mr. Stan Lee will also be there. I hear he's kind of a big deal.


Check out the complete HeroesCon guest list, and prepare for the only Charlotte convention that really matters in 2012.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

A Few Steps Toward Safer Online Shopping

As toy collectors, many of us shop online regularly. For some items, that's the only chance we have to acquire them. Sure, you could hold off and hope to find something at a convention somewhere, but that often means never tracking down what you want or paying more than market value when you do. Besides, what's more convenient than a few clicks and delivery to your front door? So to the interweb we go. One of the unfortunate realities of online shopping is the risk of credit card fraud, and the collecting world has been reminded of that reality once again. There's no stopping it. The best locks can be picked, and the best virtual security can be breached. It happens every day to companies large and small. All we can do is protect ourselves as best we can while preparing for the possibility of our card numbers falling into the wrong hands. For anyone who may be interested, here are a few steps you can take to guard your finances as effectively as possible.
  • The first step you should take is to avoid shopping online with a debit card, or at least with a debit card connected to your bill money. Credit cards offer an extra buffer between your money and criminal activity, as you're not actually out anything while waiting on your bank to reverse fraudulent charges. If you cannot qualify for - or simply don't want - a credit card, you may wish to consider opening a second checking account for online purchases. You can move money into another account instantly via online banking with most institutions and keep your rent, mortgage, utility, or car payment cash separate from the secondary account. Even though your bank will return the money to your account, you don't want to be caught in the middle of that process when bills are due. You could also keep the bulk of your money in a savings account, but some of those have restrictions on the number of outgoing transfers in a given time period. Short of a credit card, two checking accounts might be the best option for many people.

  • Bank of America credit card holders can enjoy an additional layer of security for their cards by taking advantage of the company's ShopSafe feature. This allows you to generate a temporary card number with a spending limit and expiration date of your choosing. Your actual credit card number is never exposed to retailers or would-be bandits, thus protecting you from the hassle of even having to get a new card if data is compromised.

  • Prepaid cards are another option for people looking to take more precautions. These will certainly limit your exposure, but they're not terribly convenient for everyone. If none of the above options work for your situation, however, this could be a viable payment method that would allow you to feel more secure when shopping online.

  • Credit card numbers aren't the only potentially sensitive information stored in our online profiles. There's been some concern about user account passwords in recent discussion. Many would be surprised by the number of large companies that store customers' account passwords without any encryption. Passwords used for your checking accounts, credit cards, mortgages, auto loans, investment accounts, and PayPal should never be the same as the passwords you use for forums, e-tailers, social networking, or entertainment portals (Netflix, iTunes, etc.). There are laws that require financial institutions to protect online login information with certain safeguards, but those laws do not apply to other sites.

It's only a matter of time before another collector-driven business becomes the target of thieves. Credit card theft will strike those of us who enjoy this hobby once again, but we can learn from these incidents and take steps to minimize the impact it can have on our lives. Knowledge, preparation, and a bit of personal responsibility can go a long way. At the end of the day, using a credit card instead of a debit card means a bit of frustration, a phone call, and a short wait for a new card when it happens again. If you're looking for some extra peace of mind, though, hopefully some of the above suggestions will help you find it.

One final note: If you're going on vacation, don't forget to let your card issuer know about your travel plans. This is especially true for those of us who had to get new cards recently, as banks could place more scrutiny on our purchases. Many of us will be heading to New Orleans in June, and I speak from experience when I say it's no fun to have a card locked down while on the road. This simple step can save you a lot of aggravation.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Little Drummer Boba

The Little Drummer Boba
Cloned on Kamino (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

Only son of Jango (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

A Jedi killed my pops (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

He sliced his head right off (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum).

I will avenge him (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

With laser guns.


Do what I must do (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

To get to Mace Windu (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

And bring about his doom (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

Plant a bomb in his room (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum),

Blow him to pieces (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

Jedi scum.


Disguised as a cadet (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

My name is Boba Fett (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

It seemed all hope was lost (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

But I was rescued by Bossk (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum),

I end up sarlacc food (pa-rum-pum-pum-pum),

That's no fun. :-(

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011: The Year My G.I. JOE "Wish List" Was Massacred

With Hasbro's NYCC reveal of a BBTS-exclusive Dreadnoks seven pack, they've managed to cover over half the figures on my wish list this year.

1) Zanya
2) Zarana
3) Zandar
4) Road Pig
5) Thrasher
10) Lifeline

That just leaves four of my top wants I've previously listed waiting their turn.

6) Billy
7) Jinx
8) modern, urban combat Stalker with no beret (add "no dreadlocks" to that request)
9) female Cobra Troopers, Vipers, Crimson Guards, or Iron Grenadiers (any of these will do)

Zanzibar, Burnout, and Mercer are all icing on the cake. Gnawgahyde ranks near the bottom of my least favorite G.I. JOE characters, but he won't be hurting anyone packed away in a box somewhere. While not as big a deal to me as Mercer, Red Dog and Taurus will certainly be welcome additions to my collection. I'm more thrilled about Zanya than anything; it's great that Hasbro is still reaching into those comics for figures. That's something I've really wanted to see them do. I still want more DDP-era characters like Firewall, Daemon, Mayday, Sparks, Heart-Wrencher, Mistress Armada, and Alexander McCullen, but none of them are a real priority for me. It is time for a new wish list, though, even if most of the characters on it won't be as big a deal to me as what we're getting in the Dreadnoks pack.

1) Billy
2) Jinx
3) modern, urban combat Stalker with no beret or dreadlocks
4) female Cobra Troopers, Vipers, Crimson Guards, or Iron Grenadiers
5) Darklon
6) Big Boa
7) Soft Master
8) Blind Master
9) General Flagg
10) General Philip Rey

I realize those last four are wishful thinking, but it is a "wish" list. While we might see a Blind Master figure in the movie sequel line, I'm sure it won't look anything like the comic character. To be perfectly honest, though, seeing Jinx and Billy would make me a completely content G.I. JOE collector. Everything after those two would just be gravy. Darklon, however, is a tremendously cool character and comes with a unique concept as the ruler of his own nation. I would love to see a Darklonian faction become a major player in the G.I. JOE universe.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We're Not Hasbr-Owed Exclusive Toys

So Hasbro's Comic-Con exclusives were sold at HasbroToyShop this morning, and many people were unable to complete the checkout process. This is nothing new. The same thing happened when we were all trying to buy the variant Cobra Commander from 2008. That didn't stop the internet from overflowing with Nerd Rage, though. All the, "I'm done with G.I. JOE!" anger really isn't much of a surprise, but some people seriously need a bit of perspective.

1) These are limited edition items. No one was guaranteed anything, and the word from the show was that quantities would be - wait for it - limited.

2) Just a few short years ago, manufacturers didn't make exclusives available online to people who had not attended the shows. The exclusives were, you know, exclusive. This is an opportunity for a few people to get the items at the original price, not a promise of a Zarana for everyone at $15.

3) All those of us who didn't go to SDCC did this morning was sit on our asses in front of computer screens. People paid to travel to San Diego, paid to get into SDCC, stood in lines for hours, and still missed them. If people who invested a ton of time and money to attend the event for which the exclusives were created in the first place missed out, then exactly why should anyone be feeling sorry for themselves over missing what was already a slim chance online this morning? And more importantly, why should anyone else have any sympathy for you?

Hobbies are supposed to be fun. If yours makes you angry or unhappy, you really, honestly should find something else to occupy your time. And no, I wasn't successful in trying to get what I wanted this morning, either. And yes, I had what I wanted in my cart for over forty-five minutes while I tried to get through the checkout. Big. Fucking. Deal. It's just a toy, and if I want it badly enough (which I do), I'll pay market value to acquire one. If I didn't want it enough to pay that much, I'd be fine living without it. Would it have been nice to get a limited variant for way less than market value? Obviously. Not getting it for the low price is no reason to get angry, though. Not getting a toy is no big deal. What is disappointing is seeing adults who share my interests behaving like spoiled, self-entitled brats.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to add some Cold Slither Zarana auctions to my watch list on eBay.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Fighting for Freedom Wherever There's Trouble

Americans like to celebrate our independence by blowing up stuff, and I'm no exception. Here's my contribution to the destruction, my Independence Day Assault set on Flickr.

Direct Hit
Trust me, it gets worse for that Cobra H.I.S.S. I tried using M-150s first, but as you can see in the COBRA H.I.S.S. vs. M-150s video, that didn't cause nearly enough devastation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Some HeroesCon 2011 Photos

I go to HeroesCon every year with the intention of taking more photos. And every year, I get so caught up chatting with people, buying art, looking at toys, and digging through boxes of comics that I pretty much forget I even have a camera on me. I did manage to take a few pictures this year, which you can see in my HeroesCon 2011 Flickr set. When I say I took a few photos, though, that's exactly what I mean.

Welcome to HeroesCon 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Listening Is Half the Battle

What’s on JOE Mind?I don't listen to many podcasts, but I thought I'd let people know about one I do enjoy, What’s on JOE Mind? Starring Greg (Crosshair), Gary (cmderinchief), Chuck (chuckdawg1999), and Justin (General Hawk) of GeneralsJoes.com, What’s on JOE Mind? covers the hobby of G.I. JOE collecting. The focus is on the Hasbro action figure lines, but they also discuss the cartoons, comics, and all other aspects of the hobby. Everything from interviewing special guests to talking about this week's new toy acquisitions, they bring the G.I. JOE property to your speakers and/or headphones every week. Most importantly, they have fun with it, and that makes for a fun listening experience. They're up to their eighth episode, so if you haven't checked out their show yet, this is a great time to catch up on everything you've missed.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

X-Force

More Crossing the streams additions, this time featuring Asajj Ventress and Wolverine.
Dark Acolyte Meets the Wolverine

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mortal Kombat

More additions to Crossing the streams, my photoset on Flickr. This time it's Spider-Man vs. Storm Shadow, and someone isn't walking away from this one.

Last Mistake by Compulsive Collector
The Last Son of Krypton goes up against the Devourer of Worlds.

This looks like a job for... by Compulsive Collector

Tuesday, April 05, 2011