March 25, 2011

Hasbro Toy Shop Coupon Code: 20 Percent Off

UPDATE: See this article for more stock updates and a NEW Promo Code -

DISC10 still works for 10 percent off as of July, 2011.

At, use promo code SPRING2011 at checkout to have 20 percent knocked off of your purchase! With this, the shipping and tax you pay will be minimal at best. The code expires on March 28th.

This was quite useful for those looking for Transformers Generations Wheeljack and Thundercracker, both of which went on sale today...and quickly sold out!

Take a look around and see what else you can find!

March 22, 2011

Venture Brothers Seasons 5 and 6 Confirmed!

From the Jackson Publick LiveJournal:

We've recently signed a new contract with adultswim to produce two more seasons of The Venture Bros.

Doc and I officially started writing last week. Though, in truth, we technically started writing season 5 last year when we accidentally brainstormed a handful of (we think) pretty hot new stories while we were writing the season 4 finale. Our goal is to have enough scripts to comfortably begin pre-production by June.

But wait...that's not all!

Our contract also includes a long-form (60-90 min.) Venture Bros. special. Don't ask me when we'll make it, what it's going to be about, or whether it'll be on TV or direct-to-DVD, because we don't have a clue yet. Nevertheless: good news!

Tell them what else they get, Jackson...

We've been secretly working on an 11 minute Venture Bros. special for the past couple of months. A sort of light-hearted, one-off little aperitif we're producing and animating entirely in-house at Titmouse Studios in NY and LA. It will premiere some time this summer.

I think that's enough for you to chew on for a while. More news later as it develops. Now go buy some DVDs or something...

Great news if you're a Venture fan! If I must say, The Venture Bros. has remained one of the very best shows on television and I'm quite glad to see that more is coming. Hilarious, cleverly written, and rarely for an Adult Swim program: well animated! This news comes right on top of the Season 4 Bluray release today, so it's a total sensory overload. Perhaps the old idiom that too much of a good thing is somehow total bullshit. Bring on the waves of pleasure, I say. Here's to feeling good...all the time!

If you haven't picked up your Season 4 BluRay, Amazon has a lovely price for it. Check 'er out:

Go Team Venture :D

March 16, 2011

Transformers Collectors Club "G2" Classics Ramjet Packaging

From TFW2005:

The Transformers Collectors Club have updated with yet more cool new information on their upcoming exclusive toys - this time it is the turn of their Generation 2 Ramjet! A continuation to last year's Botcon set, Generation 2 Ramjet's packaging has now been revealed on the Transformers Collector's Club homepage - it's a wonderfully retro Generation 2 style packaging right down to the font, logo, and even the starburst behind the artwork! Click on the link above to check out the awesome box art, and click here to see the actual figure.

Whoo baby! Nostalgic bliss. I was born right in the midst of the original Transformers' climb to fame and retail toy-shelf POWER. As such, my puny human brain remembers G2 toys hanging on the shelves more vividly than the 80s series. It's only natural that seeing this packaging has really drawn me in. Wildberry Poptart shall be mine. I will never judge your blinding colors. No. I understand you. You're safe here. Ahhhhhh. Yes.

March 14, 2011

Blaster Armor Thor by Hasbro

From Marvelous News, as you can tell by their handy dandy watermark:

What the hell is this? Thor cosplaying as...Seaspray from Transformers? Look Hasbro, your Marvel/Transformers crossovers were far better than the Star Wars ones up till now, but this? Way to ruin it. RAGE. RAGE SO INTENSE I NEED NOT BOLD MY CAPS FOR DRAMATIC EFFECT, AS THE IMAGINARY READERS CAN FEEL IT EVEN WITHOUT SUCH TRICKERY.

Ok, yeah. Pathetic attempt at "toy-related comedy for the sake of blogging without a single relevant thing to say" over.

If you think you're wacky enough to handle such a toy, BUY ONE:

March 13, 2011

Rick Grimes and the Temple of the Walking Dead

Hey kids, wouldn't it be fun to create a mash-up between Indiana Jones and The Walking Dead?

the walking dead tv series

You bet it would.

If you need more Indy and Walking Dead in your lives, you should probably consider pre-ordering the Indiana Jones Blu-ray Collection ($69.99) and grabbing The Walking Dead Season 1 Blu-ray ($21.22) if you haven't by now. Do it. They're good and stuff.

March 9, 2011

Troop Building...IS IT MYTH?

When toy collectors buy up tons of the same generic "soldier" toy to amass an army, like say an A.I.M. Soldier, this is the fine art of troop building...or "army building." This is often an impressive sight. Wanting to marvel at the displays of toy addicts wealthy and patient enough to buy 500 storm troopers and line em up in pretty little cannon fodder rows, I did an image search for troop building. Much to my dramatically over-reacted disdain, all I got was shit like this:

Sigh. I suppose some of the images are perhaps vaguely related. You COULD troop build that Bayformer-y Insecticon from the first two results, but it's still only a picture of ONE. And a fucking dog? I love dogs, but what the hell? THAT IS NOT A PICTURE OF ONE THOUSAND COBRA TROOPERS.

I realize I should have simply changed my search to an even more specific term to get the "right" results, but man, troop building is a pretty common term for what I want. GIVE ME WHAT I WANT. ARGH. It's as if the fact that people make armies of little 4 inch dudes is trying to be covered up somehow. CONSPIRACY. I will fight this madness, and I will win.

Internet, I am disappoint. Disappoint so hard. I am faux-rage for the sake of blogging about *something*, to insane degrees never known before. Die.

March 4, 2011

Life Lessons

Oh, the things you learn.

This is probably inappropriate for a half-baked, mostly deserted blog about toys and other geeky nonsense, but since approximately no one really checks this out, it's probably the safest means I have for expressing myself. 

I'm not much of a sports guy. However, my mom loved baseball and I'd watch games with her quite often. She always took control of the television, so hey, it was there. I generally felt I could tolerate that one more than some of the others. Even so, watching it was not a habit I took on for myself. I became fairly baseball free once I started living on my own. I didn't even give it a thought, but it wouldn't be long before it unexpectedly crept back into my life.

Sometime last year I read comedian/actor/late-night television personality Craig Ferguson's autobiography about becoming an American citizen. Great book. Within those well written and entertaining pages he mentioned that American baseball truly exemplifies what he liked most about the American way of thinking. Guys with a 300 batting average are super stars, MVPs, hall of famers. That's only 3 out of 10, folks. You hit the ball 30 percent of the time and you're gold. Despite all odds, you give it a fucking go, and there's little shame in missing.

That's amazingly inspiring to me. Maybe it's corny, but for some reason, that game has a lot to offer in terms of life analogies. In my own life, I've encountered various situations where I let fear control me. Knowing a negative outcome may lie around the corner has kept me tied down. Let's jump in the game. Instead of going up to the plate and taking a swing, I've kept myself on the bench. That fear of striking out has paralyzed me. It's given me nothing but long term regret. There are so many things I wish I could do over.

From now on, I'm going up there and at least taking a chance. I could still fail, but at the same time, I might get a hit! No matter how brutally life will remind you that it is not biased towards you, you absolutely can't roll over and let every opportunity pass you by. It's monumentally better to try than do nothing. It seems like total common sense, but sadly, I'm only figuring it out now.

If only I'd learned all of this much earlier...ah, what could have been. At least now I know better.