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The above video pretty much says it all. This is not the standard, informative Loot Crate Unboxing guide that I regularly post. This is mayhem! This was my brain on Four Loko.

I would like to say that when I contacted Loot Crate about the defective box, they were very nice and helpful. They let me exchange it for another one. Top notch customer service!

Loot Crate Doc Brown

We are a couple, who lives together, so we didn’t actually need duplicates of the BTTF stuff. They were gifted to my dad along with his other Christmas presents and he was ecstatic! He’s also a huge BTTF fan.

If you want to subscribe to Loot Crate, you can do so here. (Note: This is a referral link.)

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This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

Marvel Talent Form

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I’m not going to lie, I procrastinate. Not on a very frequent level, mind you, but just enough to make me not type as many of these as I want to. I have a thousand and one different subjects in my head, and not nearly enough time to cover them all. So, I think I’m going to just start by covering one that my lovely Emma has wanted me to do, the Philadelphia Wizard World Comic Con art contest. As many of you who frequent the site probably know, the two of us stopped over in Philadelphia for a couple of days to enjoy the magic that is the Wizard World Comic Con. There were so many amazing things there, the food, the community, the artwork. I can go on forever.

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But, speaking of art work, yours truly is a bit of an amateur artist. I mainly work on pencil sketches, but I love to draw. I’ve loved drawing since I was in kindergarten. Crayons and markers are always fun, but I will always enjoy the precision of pencils and the permanency of pens. Moving on, the two of us scavenged through some of my artwork and put together a small portfolio for me to enter into the contest along with a Marvel Standard Talent Incentive Enrollment Form. Believe it or not, not a lot of people really entered into this little showing. I didn’t win, because I can only imagine the pure skills everyone else had in front of me. But, to be honest, I didn’t mind.

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I was told that I was in the top ten candidates, but that only a couple of people would have a personal interview with the talent agent who was looking through all of our paperwork. Now, on my end I don’t really know exactly how many people signed up altogether. I was told that day it was between 50 and 60. So, ending up in the top ten kinda felt pretty good, considering. What that did for me was fuel my passion even more for drawing, sketching, and just plain doodling. Now I’m going to shamelessly add the artwork onto this blog.

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I’ve include some of the ones I submitted (above), along with some more recent drawings, and others I thought about putting in (below). If you think I should have added these pictures, taken some out, or quit art all together, and get a normal job like flipping burgers for minimum wage, I am open to criticism.

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In the meantime, I’m going to read an incredible art book from my local book store called DragonArt Collector’s Edition (Amazon affiliate link). This book is filled with incredible how to’s for sketching out and creating these incredible works of beauty. This book is worth every penny you spend, believe me. I recommend buying it.

In the meantime, I’m going to go grab 3 cans of Red Bull and a nice piece of paper, and then crumble it up after 2 hours of work. Then, grab another piece of paper and break down into tears. Until, I grab a third piece of paper, and go fuck it, good enough. Because, that’s how I roll.

You can check out more of Robert Sunshine’s art here on Deviant Art.

Thanks to Wizard World for providing Robert Sunshine and I with a complimentary weekend press pass to the 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. For info on Wizard World’s upcoming cons, please go here.

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GOTG Box Front

GOTG Box Back

The theme of the Marvel Collector Corps’ box for December 2015 was Guardians of the Galaxy. I am a huge fan of this movie and look forward to the sequel(s) with great anticipation. I’ve also been interested in subscribing to this box since the spring of 2015 when it was first released, but it was a combo of waiting for the right theme to come along and having a few bucks when it did that caused me to wait until the December box.

Believe it or not, this box is a great source of controversy, among both geek box subscribers and the huge Funko community of fans. Why? When the original idea for this series of boxes was released, it was stated that each box would contain an exclusive Pop and a shirt. Up until this box, every other box has delivered this original promise. This box contained neither.

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Initially, I was also disappointed. I did change my mind when I saw the fun items. That combined with the movie, quality and value, had me keeping this box (and not flipping it on eBay, like many others). Since then the description of future boxes has been changed, but I would still say that this was marketed with a bait and switch mentality. Emails and other promo pics and videos leading up to the release, did strongly hint at conventional Pops being included.

 

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Groot and Rocket Pop Bobblers Hanging Christmas Ornaments
approximately $20
Rocket Raccoon Pop Ornament

Groot Pop Ornament
Are these technically Pops? Well, they are Christmas ornaments for sure. However, they are also bobblehead Pops. They are smaller than typical Pops, but much larger than Pop mystery minis. If you sit them just so, they will support their own weight. I do not yet own the Christmas Groot Pop, but if someone did, I could see them getting a bit miffed at these. I would value this set at about $20, because I can often find full size Pops around the $10 price point and minis are usually up to around $8 a piece now. If you want this particular set, you can buy them from an Amazon seller for under $30 including shipping here.

Guardians of the Galaxy Knit Scarf
approximately $15
Xmas GOTG Selfie

GOTG Scarf Groot

GOTG Scarf Cast

This scarf is huge and incredibly well made. It definitely fits well with the Christmas theme of the box. It is very nice and bright. Robert Sunshine and I have taken turns wearing it over the holiday season. I would value it at about $15, because normally I would say, don’t pay more than $10 for a scarf, but this is knit and huge, so I could see it selling for $20. So, I split the difference. There is an Amazon seller who has it for $17.10 here.

Star-Lord Pop Mug
approximately $15
Starlord Funko Pop Mug

So, I do remember hearing that Funko would be releasing Pop mugs in the fall, but then I promptly forgot about it, as life got in the way. This is a nice, heavy duty mug, with great detailing. P.S. The smell went away right after I removed it from the box. It was actually the packaging that smelled. I still washed it prior to use though. I have not heated any beverages in it yet, so I don’t know how it stands up to heat yet. Pop Funko mugs are currently retailing for anywhere from $11-$20 online. This particular mug can be purchased on Amazon for $17.38 here. If you are a big fan of Star-Lord, but not Pops (say what?!?), this mug is also awesome. There is news that more GOTG mugs will be released this year.

Guardians of Infinity #1 Comic
MSRP $4.99
Guardians of Infinity Comic
I haven’t had a chance to read this comic yet, mainly, due to my current terrible attention span. However, Robert Sunshine did and he assures me that it’s good, but odd. Plus, it’s not really Christmas themed, that’s just for this variant cover, which is adorable. You can buy this issue for your Kindle on Amazon here.

Guardians of the Galaxy Pin and Badge
approximately $5 per piece
GOTG Badge Pin
These are what I would consider fluff or filler in most nerd boxes. They are cute but unless I start wearing some new type of style, they will probably go unused for at least a while. The $5 price point is just imho, as I wouldn’t pay more. I don’t see these on Amazon, after all they are exclusives. However, you can buy neat GOTG pins here and patches here.

Actual Price
about $31.95 (including shipping to the US)

Approximate Retail Value
$59.99

Would I recommend buying a Marvel Collector Corps box in the future? Yes, but only if you really love the franchise that they are featuring, because you may be very surprised by the contents. The next box’s theme is Deadpool (February 2016). I’ll be buying it…if I have a few bucks.

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This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

 
Warning: Spoilers Abound (for the first film, as well)

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Hello, children. Today, I have a special little story for you. Recently, missemmamm, my lovely temptress, and I decided to go see a movie. What movie did we go see, you ask? Well, keep reading and I might tell you. Man, you guys can be impatient sometimes, you know?

Anyway, we went to go see Hotel Transylvania 2. It’s that movie with Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg, whose names sound extremely close to each other. The fact that they both were musical talent on SNL also seems a little more of a coincidence. But, oh well, back on to my ravings of a mad man.

The story of the first Hotel Transylvania took place in the year whatever the fuck. Dracula builds a castle for the protection of all monsters, including his newborn baby girl, to save them from the horrors of the human race. As years pass, his child wishes to leave the castle and explore the world. Fearing for her safety, Adam Draculer builds a fake city using zombies as townsfolk to scare her from leaving. It works. Yada, Yada, Yada.

Andy Sandberg shows up and is like “dude”. The daughter, having never met another man her age, falls in love instantly. Now, the reason I’m talking about the story of the first movie isn’t really to give you a lot of backstory. It’s to show that this movie is already giving a bit of a racial undertone. Dracula is afraid of Andy Johnnystein because he is a human and humans are not to be trusted. Now, we don’t really see any hints of racism show up until his daughter starts to express her feelings. Dracula says that it’s unheard of, disgusting, and fearful. In the end, they fall in love. Dracula accepts Andy into his vampire heart and accepts his daughter is going to love him, regardless of his opinion.

Now, let’s turn to the second movie. I just want to point out that I know everything in this movie was in all good fun. I’m not trying to derail you from watching this movie, because I personally loved it. The message they were getting across isn’t the blatant racism, but how they react to it. It’s how in the end, it didn’t matter the race of species. Whether monster or human, mattered, but how they were able to accept each other, rather than just tolerate them. The story of the movie itself is incredible. The general racism in the movie is only there to show that in the end, none of it mattered. Then again, as I said, earlier, these are probably just the ramblings of a mad man who pays too much attention to these movies. Okay, now that that’s out of the way…

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Now, fast forward a few years. The young couple are married. They have a half-breed baby, half vampire and half human. Now, I wont go into too much detail about this movie, except for a couple key parts. Mavis wants to move to Andy’s hometown. Dracula wants them to stay for two reasons: he wants to protect the baby from the outside world and he wants to try to get the child’s baby fangs to grow. Everyone believes the boy is human, but Dracula is determined to prove otherwise.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally in Hotel Transylvania 2

Okay, so there’s the general plot. Now, Andy’s parents are your typical suburban couple, who are now in the movie series to show their tolerance of monsters. Thinking they are abnormal and that their grandson shouldn’t be in that kind of environment, because they think that he is a human as well. Now to try to convince them to stay, they brought two “mixed couples” to show how “progressive there community is”. One of the couples was supposed to be a werewolf and a woman. The man who they thought was a werewolf just had a big beard. So, it was generally just typical monster profiling. There’s another scene, in which Dracula’s father made it very clear how disgusting he thought it was that humans and monsters were mingling together. There is actually a straight shot of his face saying that it’s wrong. That’s when it went from subtle to in your face.

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Finally, at the end of the movie, the grandfather’s henchman, realizing that the baby was a half-breed, screamed his own personal disgust. After threatening his friend, the boys vampire blood awoke to kick some serious racist ass. Following, was an incredible fight scene of bats versus humans and monsters working together. The whole movie moving to a head, into a full blown race war, goddamn. Now, in the end of the movie, they won, kicking ass. Good triumphs over evil.

Like I said, I really, really liked this movie, including the art style and the story. Usually, whenever it comes to sequels, I’m very touch and go. However, this one really was an enjoyable ride. As I said earlier, I’m not discouraging anyone to see this movie. Racial undertones were definitely in it, but only to show a positive message that it is not okay to treat somebody differently. Whether they are human, monster, or unicorn.

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Photos are from the official Hotel Transylvania Facebook

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This post was written by correspondent Robert Sunshine and edited by me.~missemmamm

photo is by Steve Cranston

photo is by Steve Cranston

Matthew Miller, also known as Mathew Motherfucking Mercer, is a voice acting icon and legend, lending his voice to many television shows and video games, Oh god, so many video games. He’s worthy of gushing over as one of my personal favorite voice actors, right up there with Tara Strong, the sexy vixen of a thousand voices.

Now, personally I’m a rather big fan of animated television shows. One is a show called Attack on Titan, a post-apocalyptic anime about the life of an emotionally unstable teenager, bent on vengeance against an army of naked, man-eating giants. Sound fun? Well it should be, especially when introducing the most bad-ass, titan killing motherfucker this side of the wall.

Now, this time around, I’m not really going to talk about every show he’s been in. I’ll save you the list, believe me. Instead I’m going to tell you about my personal experience with meeting this man.

My lovely partner missemmamm and I were in Philadelphia, enjoying the delights of Wizard World Comic Con. It was day two and dear god, I was tired as hell. I had just been walking around in a jester costume, posing for pictures, and running from panel to panel-to see all of the famous actors, answering scripted questions asked by the panel’s moderator. The only reason why I’m so perturbed is mainly, because I didn’t get to ask my obviously important question involving a drinking game for Arrow.

Any who, I was a little more than tired. We were in a line to meet Cary Elwes for a picture. Now, I kinda knew who he was at the time and she was super excited to meet him. I was half in and out before she had mentioned there was going to be a meet and greet for a man who plays on Attack on Titan. So, we parted ways, and I started my little adventure of maneuvering through all of the Doctor Who posters and tattoo artists.

The room he was in was in the building, but so far from the actual convention that there was no music playing. Only a few people actually knew he was there, so the conversations were actually a lot more personal. After a small chat with everyone, a a fitness/combat training instructor walked into the room, and it turned from a meet and greet into a self defense class.

It was fucking incredible, but I was sore from the day, so I only made it about halfway through the class. I decided to call it quits and stepped out. Matt was actually just right outside of the room texting on his phone. I thought it was probably the closest thing to an interview I was going to get, except it wasn’t an interview. Plus, I had absolutely no questions whatsoever, as I was distracted by the fact that I was talking to Levi from Attack on Titan. We stood there for a good part of 10-15 minutes just bullshitting. The guy is seriously down to earth. Most voice actors are. They are a severely underrated class of actor, but what are you gonna do, right?

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Robert Sunshine with Matthew Mercer

In the end, I got a good couple of pictures with him, none of which had my face. I gotta say, I kinda regret not getting one. However, before the picture was taken, he made the suggestion that I wear the mask, because it was both creepy and awesome. I obliged. When an actor tells you to do something, you do it. Especially, when it is followed after a compliment.

After I went back to the main part of the convention, I told my story to missemmamm, like an excited 10 year old who just saw his favorite cartoon character live!!! Except, I was a 23 year old man, who saw his favorite cartoon character live. So, all in all it was a pretty good day.

Thanks to Wizard World for providing missemmamm and I with a complimentary weekend press pass to the 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con. For info on Wizard World’s upcoming cons, please go here.

You may also enjoy:
missemmamm’s 2015 Wizard World Philadelphia Diary
Meeting Evan Peters
An Overview of Season 8 of Doctor Who (also by Robert Sunshine)
An Overview of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire Series (also by Robert Sunshine)

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