Showing posts with label blogs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label blogs. Show all posts

October 29, 2015

Castle Geek-Skull's Halloween Dummy Shenanigans

Oh, hello there.

I've been spending quite a lot of time with family this year. While it's often firmly in serious business territory, a bit of fun rears its head now and then. The best example I could possibly provide lies on the shoulders of the handsome Halloween dummy above. Don't mind the googly-eyed felt spider; he's cool.

August 31, 2015

The First Spooky Sightings Of Halloween 2015

Complete with Creepy, Crappy Collages!

The end of August is always a magical time. Summer and its nasty humidity-filled heat are slowly dying down, and the Halloween season is right around the corner. I'm about to friggin' squee.

In fact, the glorious fall holiday has already begun to rear its head. I'm seeing beautifully tacky decorations and fun candy assortments pop up all over the place. It would be impossible to keep my excitement in check, so I might as well share it with the internet! Here are some of my first spooky sightings of Halloween 2015!

February 8, 2015

Transformers 3rd Party G1 Hound Showdown!

Decisions, decisions.

In the wild world of 3rd Party Transformer toys, it's not uncommon for several companies to release their own versions of the same characters. However, the practice has been most common with "sexier," high-concept ideas like combiners. That's now completely out the window. Within the same day, new images surfaced of two different nods to the oft-overlooked and under-appreciated Hound.

Begun, the Hound War has.

February 2, 2015

Wacky Wonders: Marvel Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Prop Replica Mug

Harness the power!

Does Castle Geek-Skull really need another feature? You bet it does, and I can't think of anything more perfect for the inaugural installment of "Wacky Wonders" than the Thanos Infinity Gauntlet Prop Replica Mug. This thing reaches glorious heights of "dumb" and I absolutely love it.

February 1, 2015

The Targeted Ad Experience Of Castle Geek-Skull

Action figures, video games, food?

During my routine bouts of frenzied internet browsing, I've noticed more and more targeted ads creeping their way into the margins of each page. I shouldn't be surprised, as pretty much everyone is bound to get bombarded with advertisements related to their recent search history these days. Still, it seems more prevalent than ever, and I've become increasingly amused at the niche various networks have filed me under.

So, in a classic display of over-sharing (and posting shit no one cares about), here are a handful of the targeted ads recently thrown my way!

January 27, 2015

I Want To Collect Skylanders Now. Thanks, Krypt King.

He's got the edge!

During my latest visit to a local retail store's wall of Mario amiibo, I did an amazing thing. I turned around.

Arranged before me was a beautiful display of Skylanders with a degree of variety I no longer thought possible. While I've found plenty of items in the line's history intriguing, I've always been more than happy to admire them from a distance. I'm afraid that might be out the window now. I have witnessed the full glory of Krypt King, up close and personal. I have the sneaking feeling that his allure may be inescapable.

I think I'm going to finally buy a Skylander. I think I'm going to buy a Krypt King.

January 26, 2015

The Combiner Wars Aerialbots Get Their Slingshot After All!


As featured in Castle Geek-Skull's latest Weekly Want post, Takara Tomy is bringing an actual Slingshot our way. "Combiner Wars" Superion has always looked promising, but it was definitely a bummer that one of the original crew had been replaced. I chalked up the inclusion of placeholder 'Bot Alpha Bravo to necessary cost cuts, but now I'm not sure what to think!

January 25, 2015

Street Fighter V Might Be For Younger Audiences? So What?!

Eww, kid stuff.

In a recent interview, Street Fighter V producer Yoshinori Ono mentioned hoping the title would bring younger players into the series. The statement pretty much ended there, but it still managed to spark several discussions online. Some have had a sense of respectable back and forth, with various viewpoints and overall grounded opinions being shared. Of course, there were also overly-reactionary responses that assume the quote means the game might be "aimed towards kids."

January 24, 2015

Transformers: Robots in Disguise Has A Much Better Name In Japan

Autobots, transform and ADVENTURE!

Yesterday, Takara Tomy updated their website with some new information on the 2015 Robots in Disguise series. The overseas name of the upcoming Prime sequel is Transformers: Adventure. I can't help wishing that was universal. I usually try not to immediately jump on board the "Japan does it better" train, but here I am doing exactly that. Sigh.

January 23, 2015

Big Trouble In Little China ReAction Figures? Take My Money Now!

Have you paid your Pre-Orders, Jack? Yes sir, the check is in the mail.

Entertainment Earth recently sent me an e-mail filled with thumbnails of the upcoming Big Trouble in Little China ReAction figures, and I'm pretty certain it's the best one I've ever received. I've already thrown ol' Jack Burton a nod in the latest edition of Weekly Want, but the entire assortment deserves some time in the spotlight. Here they are in all their glory:

Jack Burton ($9.99, Feb. 2015)

January 20, 2015

The Marvel Universe Is "Coming To An End"? So What?!

"Time runs out. Everything ends. The Secret Wars commence!"

Some of you stumbling across this probably already hate me from the title alone. Hear me out!

One of today's hottest topics is Marvel's announcement that the upcoming Secret Wars event will bring the Ultimate and 616 Marvel Universes together. One of the most commonly reported phrases is that the "Marvel Universe is coming to an end." How dramatic!

January 18, 2015

Mortal Kombat X's Gameplay Continues To Impress

Princess Kitana from MK X's latest gameplay trailer

Even from the earliest glimpses at E3 2014, I thought Mortal Kombat X looked like a promising progression for the franchise. My last real MK experiences were with the clunkier PlayStation 2 era games like Deadly Alliance, none of which really did it for me. I find the faster paced 2.5D approach of the upcoming installment much more appealing. MK X has only looked better with each new reveal.

Perhaps I'm being too easily swayed by the editing, but the latest trailer featuring Kung Lao and Princess Kitana has some of the best looking Mortal Kombat gameplay I've ever seen. If you look past the goofy story bits and ridiculously violent Fatality teases, the characters appear to have tons of maneuverability with a decent sense of momentum in tow. Feel free to check out the footage below if you're curious:

January 17, 2015

The Gridman Anime Short From Studio Trigger Is "Giant Hero" Bliss

Gridman, the Anti-Virus superhero.

In 1993, the wonderfully cheesy tokusatsu program Denkou Choujin Gridman erupted onto the scene. Each episode of its Brave-meets-Ultraman goodness found the titular hero battling various Kaiju alongside the kick-ass GodZenon and DinaDragon in a digital world. DIC Entertainment soon adapted the series into the short-lived Power Rangers competitor Superhuman Samurai Syber Squad. While I was never a huge fan of the show itself, I've always loved the obligatory toyline and its corresponding mecha designs.

For the recent Japan Animator Expo, Studio Trigger (best known for Kill la Kill) has produced a Gridman anime short that pays glorious tribute to the "Giant Hero" classic. The kinetic animation style is right up my alley, and I can never get enough mecha versus Kaiju battle scenes. You can check it out on Youtube below:

January 16, 2015

Affordable GameCube To Wii U Adapter Options From Play-Asia

Motivational word of the day: ADAPT!

With Super Smash Bros. for Wii U all the rage, there's more demand than ever for Wii U GameCube controller adapters. Unfortunately, many of the listings from various online retailers and third party sellers veer well into "overpriced" territory. Ever the penny-pincher, I recently stumbled across a variety of affordable and thus-far well reviewed options from Play-Asia. If you've also been on the look out, you might want to consider one of the following:

Mayflash 4-Port GameCube Controller Adapter for Wii U and PC - $19.99

January 10, 2015

I Love The Duck Hunt Dog More Than Ever Thanks to Smash Bros. 4


The Duck Hunt dog is often considered one of the most annoying video game characters ever. After every failed shot, the little devil famously pops up on screen to laugh at your ineptitude. This two frame animation has haunted millions:

Your suffering is delicious.

January 9, 2015

I've Been A Greg Capullo Fan Even Longer Than I Realized

I've seen this group shot almost every day for over 20 years.

Several years before taking notice of Greg Capullo's artwork in the pages of Spawn and Wizard Magazine's monthly "Krash Course" instructional features, I received this framed X-Men poster as an unexpected gift. It was hung proudly in my room where I admired it day and night, and I still have it all these years later. Behold:

January 5, 2015

I'm Going To Admire Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 From Afar

The ever-handsome logo of GDQ.

If you pay attention to any sort of social media buzz, you've surely seen that Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is now underway. For the handful of you in the dark, this is a bi-annual event with a nonstop barrage of video game speedruns held to raise funds for charities such as Doctors Without Borders and the Prevent Cancer Foundation. An ongoing Twitch stream shows off the gameplay (complete with commentary) and the status of the donations so far.

Games Done Quick events tend to have a lot of entertainment value if you care about seeing the likes of Super Mario Bros. and other classics played on an expert level. There are also a lot of runs that take advantage of oddities like super specific glitches, offering up strategies you may have never seen before. Every now and then the runners or commentators are pretty humorous as well. There might be some awkward moments here and there, but the positives (such as helping raise millions of dollars for great causes) outweigh such issues significantly.

January 4, 2015

The Plumber-Filled Pegs Of Nintendo Amiibo

A mob of Marios.

While the limited availability of various amiibo figures helped draw me towards the craze, staring at pegs filled with nothing but Mario is really starting to wear me out. Online retailers like Entertainment Earth and Amazon have helped pick up the slack, but I can't shake the preference of tracking down collectibles in person. It's a shame that there's no variety in my local stores right now.

I know amiibo figures are only two waves in, but there are plenty of characters that feel completely mythical at this point. I'm not only talking about the elusive Marth, Wii Fit Trainer, and Villager either. I've seen Peach and Pikachu around...and that's pretty much it. Otherwise, I'm drowning in a sea of Marios.

January 3, 2015

Robots in Disguise Thunderhoof Is My Favorite New Transformer

This is crazy. Everything's crazy.

I haven't been the most diligent in keeping up with the developments of the upcoming Transfomers: Robots in Disguise series, but I was stopped dead in my tracks when clips of the cartoon's intro hit the Youtubes. The all-too enticing thumbnail consisted of what you see above: Thunderhoof, an impossibly magnificent new Decepticon with giant freaking antlers.

January 2, 2015

The PlayStation Store's "Just For You" Recommendations Need Work

How thoughtful~

I'm sure I'm the last person alive to notice given the scarcity of my sign-ins, but PlayStation Network's store has a "Just For You" category now. It looks to be inspired by the practices of online retailers like Amazon that suggest products based on recent orders. Whereas the big A-Z is usually spot on, the PlayStation Store recommendations need a bit of work.

When parrying Hadokens in Street Fighter III, I've often wondered what it'd be like if snails were fast.