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Yea, I’m Still Alive

August 4, 2010 Comments off

So its been a while since I’ve posted anything here…

So what have I been up to?

Well I made the Photo Staff on TFW. *joy* Which was apparently a big concern of mine around the time of my last post.

In other news, I’ve been making progress with my own site: Fallen Empire Toys Plastique Freak where I’ve put my photography skills to use. I review toys, everything from Transformers to Marvel figures, and enjoy every minute of it. 😀 Fresh back from BotCon in Orlando, I’ve slowly been making my way through reviewing my “toy haul” from the convention so keep an eye on the site and enjoy the fruits of all my hard work. 😀

Hopefully this is something that I can keep up with, I really enjoy having a place to post all my personal crap and just get stuff off my chest.

In them mean time, check out ma Seekhaz!

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Just Me Being A Geek

February 23, 2008 Comments off

OK, so my laptop finally crapped out on me the other day. It didn’t stop working all together, but for some reason my mouse pad and keyboard just decided that they no longer liked their stations in life and just weren’t going to participate anymore… go figure. *shrug* The easy work around was to snag the mouse and keyboard off of my home PC and hook them up to my laptop, but that’s more or less rendered my laptop “not so portable” anymore. I do a lot of my writing at work or on the road, so until I bite the bullet and find replacement parts or just go out and get a new laptop (I’m really pulling for the new laptop BTW), I really don’t have a convenient way to write right now… so my apologies for the lack of posts here lately.

So what’s been going on in my life here lately, other than a broken laptop? Oh where should I begin? Lets start with what’s new on the Transformers collecting scene, that always puts me in a good mood.

All the stuff from my “I sold my 25th Anniversary G.I. Joes Haul” came in, Devil Satan 6 is the awsum! He’s in better shape than he looked like in the pictures and that made me extremely happy. The TF Jr’s were indeed unopened, and I was indeed the first person to free them from their “Styrofoam Prisons”, and when I posted about it on TFW it sparked an offer from another collector for two of the six figures that form Raiden Jr. *SCORE* And the Collector’s Club Exclusives were everything I thought they would be, so all in all it was a great series of transactions; I made way more off of my Joe’s than I thought I would, and when it came time to spend it I got a lot of ridiculous deals on the stuff I wanted.

Here recently, I’ve stumbled into some great deals too. I snagged five of the six figures that form Piranacon from the original Generation 1 Transformers series for a fraction of what they were worth, due to the seller not knowing how to spell his name correctly. I’ve had the sixth figure needed to complete him laying around for a while now and never figured I’d be able to complete it because of his ridiculous price so I’m not complaining. On top of that I was able to work out a deal with another collector for a bunch of the parts I needed to complete my newly acquired Piranacon, along with parts for my G1 Metroplex and Trypticon, so now I just need to get the big gun for Pirranacon, and the smaller guns for Scamper and Full Tilt, and I’ll have all three figures 100% complete. If all goes well with this deal, I should be able to get most, if not all, of the parts I need to complete Scorponok from the same guy too… so n00b3rz eatz0r your heart out, lol. I’ve been wheeling and dealing so much here lately, I feel like a fucking Ferangi 🙂 , but so far 08 has been turning out to be a great year for collecting, at least for me anyways. Here’s to hoping it continues *cheers*

I’ve been trying my hand at photography here lately too, not so much like professional photography but more like product photography (?). I built a small light tent and have been taking pictures of some of my TFs to try and hone my skills. I’m having a little trouble with the white balance and getting my backgrounds to turn out completely white, they tend to have a slightly blue tint to them but I’m encouraged by the results so far. My wife’s been a major help, she the Photographer not me; I just take pictures, and yes there is a difference. Here’s a few I took with little or no Photoshoping, other then cropping the pictures down to size.

I’d really like to get good enough to submit some of my stuff to the TFW galleries, because I have quite a few figures that they are missing from there and they have been such a great help in collecting for me I’d like to give something back. Other than that I don’t really know what I would do with those said skills other than have really good looking images for anything I sell on eBay, lol. I guess I’ve always been like that; I just like to know how things work, see if I can do it, and then I lose interest in it. Kind of like, way back, when I only had a webTV and I decided to write my own IRC chat program for it completely in HTML. I worked day and night on it for about a month, and once I finished it, I never gave it a second thought. The key with that is that WebTV recognizes one HTML command that normal computers don’t: wtvchat or wtv.chat or something like that (It’s been a reeeeealy long time ago), but once I did it I quickly lost interest in it because there was no challenge left behind it other then coming up with snappy little saying to pop up when someone clicked the little button.

Anyways, I’ve rambled on long enough… Peace!

Penny Free Shopping Spree

January 31, 2008 Comments off

So I did it, after less than a week of deliberating I decided to sell off most of my G.I. Joe collection. I got rid of my entire 25th Anniversary line of Joes, variants and all, save my MOC 2007 SDCC Pimp Daddy Destro. I just couldn’t bring myself to get rid of him, I like the story behind him too much and it’s kind of like owning a piece of history.

After asking around on some of the forums that I frequent, I was kind of skeptical about how much money I could get for them, but as usual eBay never lets me down. I’m not gonna tell you exactly how much I got for them, but it was defiantly more than what most of the collectors on the boards said I would get. The one that really suppressed me was my MOC “Yellow Variant” Sgt. Stalker… geezus! I should have set my “Buy It Now” price a lot higher, it sold in less than 12 hours at what I thought was a ridiculously high price. I guess with there only being one other one listed on eBay at the time and only had full sold for the entire month on January, I shouldn’t have been surprised, but I only pad $5.00 for the damn thing. 🙂

So now it’s time to say goodbye to my, short lived, stint in G.I. Joe collecting, and start looking forward to all those packages that’ll soon be arriving in the mail… w00t!

So what did I get in exchange for a full year’s worth of Joe collecting? I’m glad you asked, here he is the piece that started it all… a MIB Japanese “Pre Go-Bots” Devil Satan 6.

 

He’s the original version of Monsterous, my “childhood grail”, that I was able to complete over the summer. I’ve spent quite a bit of time looking through other people’s collections, and I’ve never even seen one before, let alone found one for sale… so I’m happy! He’s single handedly the second most expensive piece that I’ve bought, second only to my Brave Maximus. I did come across a blog where the writer said he paid well over $500 at a convention for his, and it wasn’t in as good of shape as this one, so he’ll stand tall for a long time as the most valuable piece I own.

But that’s not all folks! I also got a MIB set of Transformer JR’s, a short lived Japanese only line of “shrunken” G-1 Transformers, containing: Chromedome, Optimus Prime, and Fortress Maximus. The guy I got them from says that the box has never actually been opened, but due to age the tape has lost it’s adhesion and it’s technically no longer sealed. So no MISB for me, but that’s ok: I would have just opened em up anyways.

MISB Collector’s Club exclusives: Astrotrain, Landquake, & Skyfall

And a set of lenses and filters for the camera that I bought my wife for Christmas. (A Sony Alpha A-100 if you’re wondering)

SCORE! Not a bad little haul, if I do say so myself, and it didn’t even cost me a penny out of my pocket. Now all that’s left is to wait for the mailman to drop them off on my doorstep: all bought and paid for but still no pay off… LOL.

Lockdown

January 22, 2008 Comments off

OK, yea I’m still alive. *lol* So where have I been you may ask. Well that’s not such a long story, and I aim to tell ya… those fuckin iPods are evil! I’ve spent the better part of a month building my iToons library, obsessively ripping every DVD I own, editing the ID3 tags for damn near every goddamned Mp3 I have, and manually getting the album art for every fuckin movie and song in my library (before I realized that iToons will do that for you automatically if you register an account).

I’ve neglected almost everything in my personal life, my office is a shambles, I haven’t so much as dusted my toy collection, and other than checking the stats to my blog every once and a while, I haven’t done anything on the computer in weeks. Seriously: Why the fuck do I need to have every episode of Babylon 5 in Mp4 format? Do I really need to carry around all seven seasons of Deep Space 9 in my pocket? And I just finished watching every episode of Entourage, in order, less than a month ago!

*Fuckin OCD*

Geeezus, if you have OCD or even OCD-like tendencies, seriously stay the fuck away from these things they’ll destroy your life. I’ve turned into some sleep deprived audio/video-phile fruit cup. I stay up all night, until I can’t keep my eyes open anymore, ripping movies, I haven’t shut my laptop off since x-mas, and whenever I’m away from it; I have my iPod on… I sleep with the damn thing on for fucks sake!

So what snapped my outta my self imposed iPod isolation? Go-Bots! That’s right, those little generic half-assed transformer wannabe toys from the 80s. While waiting for a movie to download (legally, of coarse), I found an auction on eBay for the Go-Bots Power-Suit Combiner: Grungy with the box, Styrofoam, and enough bots to fill the suits for what I thought was a good price, so I did the “Buy It Now” and now I’m eagerly awaiting a package in the mail (LOL). But that got me thinking about some of the Go-Bots I had as a kid, and started looking for some of them too.

That brings me to my current dilemma. Much like Transformers, Go-Bots were originally sold under another name in Asia, Machine Robo, before they were re-branded and brought over to the States. I found the Japanese version of one of my favorite Go-Bots, Mint In the Box (MIB), from a toy store in Asia for a decent price and now I’m trying to figure out how to finagle enough money to snag him up before somebody else does. I don’t have too many bots that I want to part with, but I’ve been playing with the idea of selling my G.I. Joe collection to get enough money to buy him. I’ve got the entire 25th Anniversary line (Mint On the Card) all the way up to wave 5, including all of the variants except Snake Eyes with the black Timber, that should net me enough to pay for it plus some.

I really haven’t had much of an interest in them lately, but I don’t know if it’s because I haven’t been able to find them for a while or if it’s because I’ve genuinely lost interest in them. I originally wanted to get the complete line and keep them all MISB/MOSC, but I’ve been looking at all of the planned releases for the line, and those little buggers are gonna break me. It was fine when I thought they were just going to be a filler line until the next line was ready for production, but they’re starting to look like they may be Hasbro’s main line for a while. I’ve got the entire line pre-ordered through BBTS all the way up to wave 7, along with all the comic book 2 packs, and I can see these getting really expensive in the future.

On the other hand, I’ve got a really good start on the line and if I sell what I’ve already got, I may never be able to afford to get them back.

It’s a stupid thing to have to worry about, especially with the economy the way it is and all, but… DAMN IT, I REALLY WANT THAT BOT!

Pimp My Optimus

December 10, 2007 Comments off

A friend pointed me to this the other day, I’m not big fan of G4 and what they’ve done to TechTV, but as a “Transformers Geek” I had to share it.

“I AM the goddamn truck!” – LMAO

BotCon 2008

November 30, 2007 2 comments

Hey all! I just checked my eMail and guess what I found? Got an eMail from Brian at the Transformers Collectors Club with details about BotCon 2008. Read it and weep fellas, read it and weep!

 

Hello **** ***********!

Here is the start of the information you have all been waiting for:

BotCon 2008 will be held in Cincinnati, OH at the Duke Energy Center.

Convention dates are: April 24-28, 2008

The hotel is across the street and is the Hyatt Regency.
You can make your reservations online by using the link at BotCon.com or call:

888.421.1442

Note: There will be tours and classes offered on Wednesday April 23 and
Thursday April 24. Currently Shawn will be teaching his class on Wednesday and again on Thursday so we will have 50 slots. We are also working on potential classes in sculpting and or molding as well. We can’t answer any specific questions currently but we wanted to give you a heads up for your hotel reservations needs.

Convention registration and details to follow….

Don’t delay as last year’s rooms went in less than a day….

Thanks for your support!

Brian

PS. The con set is really going to shatter your world….
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Cincy, that’s drivabel for me! I could do that on a tank of gas. 0f coarse given current gas prices, it still might be cheaper for me to fly. lol

As much as I hate to give that city any of my money, with all the trouble I’ve had out of there latly… I’m soooooo there! Anybody else going?

I can’t believe Ohio got a second one, that’s so awesome it warrents a “Breakdancing Soundwave” LOL

Take It To The “Max”

November 9, 2007 Comments off

OK, Transformers geek time!

So, the other week I totally flipped my fuckin’ nugget! I splurged and bought a rather expensive Transformer, I didn’t pay “eBay” prices for him, but he defiantly wasn’t cheap. I got a rather good deal on him from another collector, and I just couldn’t pass it up. No I’m not going to tell you what I actually paid for him… you’d either laugh at me or rob me. LOL

It took me a week or two to come up with the money, and had to sell a few thing on eBay to pay for him, but he finally arrived earlier this week and he is awesome!

BEHOLD… BRAVE MAXIMUS!

Yea he’s as big as he looks, the largest Transformer ever made! A city-former that’s truly deserving of being called a city. Over two feet tall, 100% complete, minty fresh, and he’s all mine.

I’ve finally crossed that threshold from casual collector to serious collector, not that I was casual about my collecting before but now… well now, I’ve got a “Max”. Here’s a few more pics of him and all his awesomness.