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

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Magnificent Seven Collection

It doesn't matter to me whether or not the Western genre is representative of how life really was back in the day. I don't care if it's been exaggerated, romanticised or straight up invented. What matters is that it provides a recognisable framework within which many different types of story can be told: the frontier town, the bandits, the selfless hero, the guns for hire, etc, are versatile tools in the hands of experienced writers. The original Magnificent Seven film is that versatility in action. It's a remake that's respectful to both its Japanese source material and its own parent genre, proving that some stories truly can be universal at heart and it's just the telling that changes. The western appropriation of the seven hired hands is so good that it even spawned a number of imitators and sequels of its own:

The Source:
01. Seven Samurai (1954)

The Films:
01. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
02. Return of the Magnificent Seven (1966)
03. Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)
04. The Magnificent Seven Ride (1972)

The TV Series:
01. The Magnificent Seven: TV Series (1998–2000)

Films Influenced By TMS:
01. Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
02. The Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1983)

The Remake of the Remake:
01. The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Uno Pizzeria & Grill's Dough Bites (2017)


In my experience, garlic knots are a gross proposition, even if I’m still willing to indulge them. I might as well lick the garlic off, because beyond that, they’ve always been nothing more than blatant hunks of dough. Not so, here. These are airy and closer to hollow shells than wads of carbohydrates. The seasonings are nuanced and distinct. You’ll find some familiar environs when you reach the bottom of your dish, but even then it’s worlds lighter than what traditional garlic knots marinate themselves in.

A word of warning: the garlic bread wedge that accompanies some of their dishes looks similar but may be heavier on the seasoning and a decent amount saltier. The one I tried was, on the visit in question. The appetizer itself, though, is the best example of this general ilk that I’ve ever had.

4 Inappropriately Generic Names out of 5

Monday, May 29, 2017

Robot Heroes Galvatron (2008)


"This is bad comedy.
(Spoilerrific)

(Just like a parody dub...except it's the real deal...)

I love both portrayals of Galvatron. Pitting a rookie leader up against a madman is such a smart decision! They're both their own worst enemies. They're almost like Riders, in a sense. I love how in the show they'll sometimes not even cross paths. Because of that, and because Transformers isn't Sentai, it doesn't matter to me that this in no way matches even a single one of my Rodimuses. Rodimi? I wasn't about to buy a shit toy (the Universe mold) or give Hasbro money for their current, hollow abominations.

This iteration of the apoplectic psychopath seems well pleased with himself, and as with Momotaros, I can't say that I mind. His arms move to little effect, but being able to turn his head to look where he's aiming is much appreciated. If you get him new, he comes packaged with Sunstreaker. I wouldn't have complained about that either, had I gotten him. You know I have a bit of a thing for yellow and black.

3 Psychiatrist Visits To Rival Dr. Kaufmman's out of 5

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Studio Décor 11" X 14" Logan Frames ()


These don't have glass; the translucent panes are plastic. I can't honestly claim that that bothers me, though. The wood-type-product making up the frames themselves is pretty lightweight, too. They have two simple, toothed hanging tabs akin to the movie poster frames available at Mega Marts everywhere. A leg up on their brethren, already! When matting is inserted the fit afforded by the bendable restraints is pleasingly plump. You'll notice I'm using plural pronouns. You get two in a pack! I'm having a hard time finding any drawbacks to these. They come in some cool colors and while cheap, they are actually worlds better than their more expensive counterparts.

5 Counterintuitive Realities out of 5

Friday, April 28, 2017

Santa Suit & Hat for Wine Bottles ()



This is Dollar Store/Poundland tat of the worst best kind. Yeah, they are made of material capable of irritating human skin. If you follow my advice, though, no part of you will ever have to be inside them. I know what you were thinking, Uncle Lenny. NO. See the coat? Get rid of that. Donate it, or give it to someone who actually has a taste for this tier of shit. Step 2: Stick the hat on one of your Kyoryuger mecha, thusly:

An essential component of the greatest of combinations.

2 Plot Points Chip Lynn Managed to Turn Into Plot Holes out of 5

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Sword and Sorcery Collection

Wiki describes the term as 'a subgenre of fantasy generally characterised by sword-wielding heroes engaged in exciting and violent conflicts,' with elements of 'romance [...] magic and the supernatural.' It mentions also that it often overlaps with Heroic Fantasy films, as does my list below.
The Hyborian Conan is the undisputed king, but there are plenty of other heroes for hire; you'll more than likely find them standing stoutheartedly on hills while the sun sets; temporarily chained in dank castle dungeons; or jovially drinking and wenching in taverns. I still love the genre, but I feel that modern film techniques have sucked most of the soul out of it – its heyday is over, sadly. Here's what we've got so far (arranged alphabetically):

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Primitives By Kathy Box Sign - Imperfection ()


That's the door to the NegLiner. I'm not a fan of the term "man cave." It has nothing to do with gender politics; I just personally find it to be a silly turn of phrase. You may find the practice of hanging affirmations about your abode to be equally silly. I generally do, too, and for a few years I contented myself with having a picture of this on my phone. One day, though, I suddenly felt that my Jin collection was falling behind. It's still behind, and will ever be.

This will also ever be the most concise statement of Jin's life-philosophy (assembled from pieces of broken memories). Don't go throwing it about, because I suspect you could start splintering the wood pretty easily. Well, don't drop it is the more appropriate warning. It really is a box with the back missing, so I've got the top edge resting on three equally spaced nails. Of course it ended up being crooked 😁

5 Lovable Eccentrics Who Were Never Really Yours out of 5

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Dino Charge Red Ranger (2015)


This is from a sub-sub-sub-line that I'm pretty sure doesn't even have a name. It was a gift and I'm not going to complain about having a regular Daigo. The sculpting on the unpainted Gabutyra Fang is great. It fits snugly in his hand, to boot. Without it on, this still pleasantly evokes his role-call pose. That's good, because he's missing the Armed On bracers and therefore shouldn't have it to begin with 😰  The paint that is present is crisp and clean, as well as the tampo work for his chest sigil. The legs and arms swivel but don't pretend you'll ever forget about me get more than this general look because the feet are very specifically sculpted.

If you see this thing for ~$1 USD and are in such need, grab it. Supporting pics are below the cut, because Photobucket got the boot.

2 Realizations That He ALWAYS Just Clobbers Whatever Comes At Him out of 5 😂

Thursday, April 6, 2017

3D Printed Feather Edge (2017)


BoA did include a Feather Edge with their Kyoryu/Dino Charge Silver figure, but it was pliable and unpainted. The problem is while I expected the latter out of this, given my choice of materials, I did not expect it to match it in the former as much as it does. Still, I abide the blade on Yayoi's Gaburicannon. It's a bit stiffer than that one, so I'm a bit foolish to have been initially enraged.

That'll do...bird. That'll do.

If you'd like to read about the narrative significance of it, and some of my other favorite Sentai weapons, click here.

3 Sword Strokes, Three Hearts, Three Timeless Wishes out of 5

Monday, April 3, 2017

Zyudenchi Plezuon Spirit Ranger Purple Version (2013)

As packaged with the Oct 2013 issue of TeleviMagazine.
Could we just call them Summer Spirits Zyudenchi?

What a name... They made Daigo call it that at the end of the DVD special. The more I watch it, and the show itself, the more I'm convinced that things were ready to go at exactly the right time, WAY too much of the time. The music, the plot points, the appropriateness of Daigo's Plezuon-associated weapon being a bashing implement and one-time use. Further, Yayoi's more resembling a plesiosaur in its general shape, being improvised from available resourcessimilar to Sieg'sand playing more to Plezu-Oh's giant cannon than his rocket fist(s).

Sometimes I think they planned EVERYTHING, all along. From the very beginning. If that's the case, I should be irrevocably upset given the mental and emotional turmoil that it put me through, but the truth is that the ends unquestionably justify the means.

TEAM VIOLET FOR LIFE.

5 BYUUUNS and DONNNS out of 5

Candy Toy Zyudenchi Set 06:
Pteragordon (Spirit In ver.; 2013)


This is meant to be the Zyudenchi used in Brave 10. Prior to being loaded, it existed as the damaged Sengoku Era Pteragordon Zyudenchi, which was also made (supporting pics are below the cut). It suffers because of the use of regular orange-ish plastic as opposed to the metallic copper paint that adorns it in the show. It's not quite Spirit Ranger bronze. Though, unlike the Raigeki disc I own, I don't think this is good enough for its intended purpose. For me, it's the Summer Spirits version from the DVD special, instead. It's not translucent or as yellow as the pictures promised me, but it's the closest variant they've made (that I'm personally aware of).

Re-purposed as such, it's worth the standard 3. Considering the intendment, it's...

1 Refusal to Exclude Utchy out of 5
I'm not going to be the one to make him cry.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The PTU Collection

The real PTU (Police Tactical Unit) are a special unit within the Hong Kong Police Force that perform a number of roles, such as patrolling streets, providing backup to other divisions when needed, aiding disaster response teams, and participating in riot control, among other things. This PTU do all of that, too, but they're fictionalised. Their methods aren't always legal, but they cover their asses well, looking out for each other by stalling for time and hiding truths, except when there's a personal rivalry taking precedence.
The original film was by Hong Kong filmmaker Johnnie To (aka To Kei-Fung) in 2003 and remains to this day one of his best works. The five subsequent TV Movies used some of the same actors but as different characters.

The Original Film:
01. PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003) Dir. Johnnie To

The Tactical Unit TV Movies:
01. Tactical Unit: The Code (2008) Dir. Wing-cheong Law
02. Tactical Unit: No Way Out (2009) Dir. Lawrence Ah Mon
03. Tactical Unit: Human Nature (2009) Dir. Andy Ng
04. Tactical Unit: Comrades in Arms (2009) Dir. Wing-cheong Law
05. Tactical Unit: Partners (2009) Dir. Lawrence Ah Mon