A fine blend of all things Nuts: Multimedia Collections, Toys, Foods, Concerts, Occasional Petting Zoo Visits, etc.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Silent Hill Homecoming Playing Cards ()

This set is a goddamn mess. A picture of the cards can be found below the cut, as they contain spoilers for the game. If you've played it, go down there and have a look before reading on. "Neg, you're only showing half of the cards!" Yeah, because the red suits are both the same, and so are the black suits. Lazy. Would anyone care to explain to me why only three of the bosses are present, and they aren't all on the aces? Why are two of the parents missing? Why is there a hammer? Why is that not Alex's combat knife or the Ceremonial Dagger? Where's my boy, Curtis? You think his circular saw is enough? You're wrong.

This is an insanely sloppy offering and the only reason I own it is because I like cards and I'm a fanboy. Also, because Silent Hill merch usually amounts to $300 (before shipping) statues with shitty face sculpts. Thanks Konami.

The 1 Boss You Left Out is My Favorite. GJGJ. out of 5

Monday, September 5, 2016

Kobalt 36" Hexagonal Wrecking Bar ()

Unlike the other items in my Silent Hill collection, this one is very real. That works in my head, given Alex's status as the most combat oriented protagonist in the series. I'm very used to scaled down weapons, to the point that when I see props in actors' bare hands it feels intensely alien to me. Undeniably awesome, but still alien. Consequently, it's pretty trippy to hold this. The weight is intense and the metal makes minute sounds when my fingers leave its surface. The kind of thing that has to be added in post because it's waaaaay too quiet to capture on a microphone. I know the color of the one in-game is debatable at the very best and entirely capable of making this one completely incorrect at worst. It's all cool, mang.

I'd love to have an accurate Ceremonial Dagger, but that'd require hitting up a professional customizer, or more likely a straight-up prop maker. I'm good.

3 Proficient Porcelain Pryers out of 5

Horror Double Axe (2014)

It's not at all a perfect replica, and the fire axe is a more apropos choice for Murphy, I fully admit. Yet, it was there in front of me, and I was taken with it. I could stand to bring it closer to form with some electrical tape and I just might, at some point. I'll always respect the developers for not simply throwing a one-time use breakable weapon into the game as a Game Stop pre-order bonus. No, the codes were leaked and result in your chosen pair of weapons being consistently strewn about town. Your decision lives in your game's meta-data until you delete it entirely, on the chance that you want to experience another of the three available sets. Good show! Back to the business at hand: As with the black detailing on Travis's hammer, the level of blood splatter and smudging varies WIDELY on these and I consequently suggest even more strongly that you examine them in-store. The handle on this one has the least amount of coverage of any I've seen over the years.

The codes, other secrets, and spoilers can be found here.

3 Coattail Riding Nailguns out of 5

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Foam Sledge Hammer ()

We might as well continue on today by rounding out the protagonists of Silent Hill's central storyline with a weapon for Travis Grady. This fine fine hammer is reminiscent of the ones found about town in Origins, even if it's the type designed to be used with one hand. It looks properly scaled at a glance (when not next to size references...) and takes up less room than a long-handled one would command. It's pretty awesome that way. It's also a sturdy core (metal rods perhaps?) covered by painted foam, and while I know that's very likely to degrade over time, it's absolutely perfect given that Travis's do the same! As with all of the prop weapons I'll be covering that originate from Spirit Halloween, the level of wash and paint detail will vary from piece to piece. If that aspect of the detailing is critically important to you, I recommend choosing one in-person, instead of ordering from their website.

3½ Stairwell Armories out of 5

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
Leonardo('s) Katana (2015)

As with the Light Saber already in my Silent Hill collection, I care not for the actual origins of this piece. I was bought plenty of 'Turtle' toys as a child, but I've never had a real connection to the characters, emotional or otherwise. This is all orgasmically fitting given that this is my weapon choice for Harry Mason, Heather's father. You know, that foul-mouthed, Beam Saber-wielding girl in the running for greatest character ever? I'm super pleased with this katana. There's a number of variants out there, Halloween props and otherwise. This one can be found at Party City, yes, but some of the tooling is actually toy-aisle worthy! The blade isn't bent, that's just how it's sculpted, as it's rather thick. It's costume accessory quality but definitely at the high-end of that range. The hilt is what resides in Toy Town, as it's held together with screws! I know, I know, Hollywood-style square guard, but I'm not going to be rolling over it in the shadows. It's resting next to the Light Saber (in the same manner as my Spin Sword was stored, actually) and that's all it needs to do.

The price WAS overly steep, but acceptable enough given that it completes the collection—especially considering the parallels afforded by its lineage.

3½ Good, Then Bad (Or Was It The Other Way Around...) Endings out of 5

Friday, August 26, 2016

Kyoryu Red Carnival /
T-Rex Super Charge Red Ranger Figure (2015)

Daigo and Gabutyra's Carnival form is an infinitely rare example of a Red-only power-up done oh so right. If you're going to do it (which, you shouldn't, Toei/Saban/Bandai >:-O), this is the way to go. Here's an essay! Right, onto the toy itself: I don't deduct for unpainted Mobuckles, because the Sentai Hero figures lack that paint themselves. It's the teeth overhanging the arms and the yellow gauntlet detailing that's troubling. Not to a large degree, though. I could be upset about Mini-tyra*, but it's a BoA figure weapon, so I'm not surprised by it. Plus, Gabutyra is already represented here by the chest detailing, which is well in hand. The arms can't move straight upward, but that's a reality imposed by the suit design. The lack of bicep and thigh swivels hurt him, like every other ranger figure in the line, but for the price point it's still damn good.

I'm going to score this one higher than Ramirez/James and Tessai/Phillip because I'm impressed by the paint that IS present.

4 Bad-ass Ladies Ushering In A Sexy Shirt Ripping out of 5

*Mini-tyra's combined form with the Gaburevolver is the incentive to buy the third(?) Charged Up Action Pack. The one that includes this figure, Yayoi/Kendall, Plezu-Oh/Plesio Charge Megazord, Ramirez/James, Aigaron/Wrench, and Snide. This one.

Gaburevolver/Dino Charge Morpher not included.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Trilogies Collection

Who doesn't love a threesome? When it comes to film, there's something oddly satisfying about a trilogy. If the first one is lucky enough to be a success then a sequel can build upon it or tie up any threads that were left hanging. A third film can serve as a timely farewell. Or may in fact exist solely to milk cash from completists.

Because what's below the cut is alphabetical, to make life simpler for myself I'm not including the titles of individual films. Instead, I'll put the title by which they're known collectively, followed by links that'll take you to the relevant post on the relevant blog (opens in new window each time). It's a BIG list.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Ultra Pro Screwdown Card Frames ()

These come in a few readily available configurations. I own singles, 1x3s, and this 2x3.

  • They wipe down quickly and easily, especially by hand.
  • Larger ones have tabs akin to carded merchandise for hanging purposes.
  • They come in some handy capacities for regular card collectors.
    • the 3x3 is directly akin to a standard card sheet!
    • singles are infinitely classy, especially as...
  • Single-height frames can balance on acrylic display easels, yet...
    • 2x3s and 3x3s CANNOT.
  • The screws can be a mite finicky, especially with larger, clear variants.
    • So long as you don't over-tighten them, you can easily back them out and line up the halves of the frame again.
  • The backs ARE open, but doubling up on cards will lead to damage.
    • The guide squares are only a single-card deep.
    • You can line them up but the screwing process invariably misaligns them, inviting disaster.
    • If you're okay with affixing cards back to back, as these are, go ahead.
  • They don't seem to offer 1x6s for Sentai/Power Rangers purposes.

4 Across? I Can Think of a Few Rider Uses for Those out of 5

Miniature and Large Acrylic Display Easels ()

These are pretty indispensable for collections of many different flavors. If you need something to stand up and it's small enough to not cause these to instantly fall over backwards, these are perfect. I've used them to hold a few 1:12 scale weapons and accessories, but most prominently, I use them in conjunction with Ultra Pro Screwdown card frames. There are some cautions I must make in regards to both, however. Depending on the quality of paint on the former, and the average temperature of your display space, items can become slightly stuck to these. I've never had paint come off of the one piece of mine that this occurs with, but it easily could in a hotter climate or on something bearing a lesser quality of paint/finish. In regards to the latter, single height frames work great. 1x3s are easily held with a single easel, but 1x4s may require two. I can't personally say. 2x3s and 3x3s, however, DO NOT work with these, even the larger variety.

You may be able to find these someplace that shares its name with the fourth Rider series of the Showa era~

3½ Vastly Under-appreciated MCU Movies out of 5

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Goseiger Gashapon Headder Series 1:
Visored Phoenix Headder (2010)

It can be seen attached to the Gosei Mic here.

It’s something that’s not focused upon often, but the Goseiger’s main Headders undergo a change when they’re summoned specifically to be attached to their Gosei Blasters or Microphones. The most consistent transformation entails the Headders’ visors sliding down over their eyes. Gosei Dragon’s mouth opens to a noticeable degree, but Phoenix is physically altered the most. Spiked protrusions raise up and the semi-circular design cues on the sides become more angular. 

The front of this gashapon release lacks black paint but the same is true for the regular DX version, on Gosei Great. The side detailing is absent, as well, and no stickers are provided. However, it does have that purple sheen I adore~ There are wheels on the bottom and if you turn them (they don't catch well on surfaces) they make the mouth open and close. The Visored Headders are more things that are absolutely not necessary, but it should be pretty clear at this point that I simply cannot say no to Goseiger.

Availability is discussed below the cut.

2 Plex/Bandai/Toei Executives With Bigger Boners For Eri Than Even I out of 5

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Go-Busters Gashapon Series 1: Yellow Buster (2012)

On a technical level, this particular vending machine rendition of Yoko is lacking. Part of my disappointment was admittedly the result of the ambient heat it was exposed to on its journey to the NegLiner. It was very gummy when I first laid hands upon it. It feels much more solid now, but it's still a mite soft for my tastes. Positioning the supporting block by twisting her foot is of utmost importance, as if it's not at exactly the right angle this will topple over readily, even if you set it down carefully. Her head is strangely on a swivel and comes apart in halves, even though it arrives already attached. It's entirely unnecessary, to be frank. I'd love to wax philosophical about this as Brother Roberts of Bardic Broadcasts does with his statues, but I've done that enough, here and elsewhere. Plus, this isn't a pose that evokes her emotional and narrative significance.

It's really just kinda sexy, innit?

Sometimes That IS Enough Reason 2 Buy Something out of 5

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Power Rangers Action Card Game Series #1-4 (2013)

Given that toku fans in the West don't have access to Dice-O machines, it was a serious boon (for those of us who like cards) that BoA saw fit to release the four waves of the Power Rangers Action Card Game. These not only reproduced some Dice-O cards, but also provided many Western exclusives! Best of all, some of them are straight up Gosei Cards!!! I'll list some notables below the cut, by wave, but I'll gladly mention the highlights for a Goseiger (and Shinkenger and Go-Onger) fan like myself:
  • I like the female molds, but the male Ultra Megaforce molds are a bit too bulky, for me.
  • Outside of sofubis and cell phone straps, Super female Shinkengers are hard to come by. I'm not sure a Super Kaoru exists, at all.
  • The above may be the ONLY physical piece of Hyper Go-On Red merchandise.
Basically, for forms that are hard or impossible to get physical representation of otherwise—or for ones that exist unsatisfactorily to one's personal tastes—these series are great. Also, if you're in the market for the most central Gosei Cards. There is a place online selling a lot of these cards individually, if you look hard enough. Otherwise, I imagine you can think of something~

These cards will not fit in the Tensouder.
Gosei Cards do fit in the US version, however, for delightfully random effects.

4 Locked Doors Blissfully Dissolved Out of Existence out of 5