Unboxing: Nerd Block Classic April 2015 Growing Up 80s

Check out my above unboxing video. Plus, view the below photos, links and additional info. This is my first Nerd Block.

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bttf tee
Back to the Future 88MPH Tee
by Shirt Punch, exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $10
This is an okay tee for a great movie. Personally I would have liked something more innovative. I can’t find this particular tee online. Here’s one on Amazon that includes 88MPH. This one is more of a cosplay style. It actually has Marty’s shirt and vest printed on it. Now I would have LOVED something like this! BTTF tees seem to retail online for about $10-20. This actual shirt was made exclusively for Nerd Block from Shirt Punch. Shirt Punch is a site that has a tee for a limited amount of time. Tees on there go for $10.

kevin smith book
Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (paperback book)
by Kevin Smith
retail $13.49
I love Kevin Smith, but I have a huge stack of books to read. Hopefully this will be entertaining when I actually get around to reading it. IMHO-Books shouldn’t be a main item in a crate because it’s been my experience that they have the lowest resale value right after you buy one, even if it’s brand new. For instance, you can buy this used for 15 cents right now on Amazon. Why do I mention resale? I will resell items that I don’t want.

ecto 1
Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Car
by Titan(s) Vinyl Figures exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $20
This is exclusive to Nerd Block. I immediately resold on eBay for $10, because it’s not my style. It would probably have a projected retail price of around $20. This is the Funko that I refer to in the video. If I had received this, it would be proudly displayed in my home right now.

pacman mug
Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug
by Paladone Products
$10.99
This mug sells for $10.99 on Amazon. The design changes with heat, which is cool, but I most likely would not pay over $5 for it.

nerd block cards
Nerd Play Cosplayer Playing Cards
by Nerd Block
approximately $1
I’m being generous at estimating these at any type of price point as I think they are a ridiculous product.

Actual Price
almost $30

Approximate Retail Value
$55.48

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This box did not live up to my expectations. It proves that even if the items are technically worth an adequate amount, if they are not worth it to you, then it’s a waste of money.

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Style File: Strawberries Forsythe-includes a Ghostbusters cosplayer

Style File: Strawberries Forsythe

Last month they were having the Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival Convention at the Monroeville Convention Center. When I found out that William Forsythe (Sheriff Wydell in The Devil’s Rejects) was going to be there I had to go just to meet him. The only other person that I was interested in meeting was Fred Williamson (From Dusk Til Dawn/Pittsburgh Steelers) since I had already met John Russo (writer of Night of the Living Dead and Return of the living Dead) a couple of times. The first time that I met him, I uh, mixed him up with (now) late Dan O’Bannon, oops, quell embarrassing.

black tank tops-Beoebe Clothing Co.-Gabriel Brothers, Bebe-thrifted, black polyester tailored shorts-Dots, necklace-Target, Paulo Corelli booties-thrifted

 

Fearless by Jenny McCarthy for ShoeDazzle

 

Paulo Corelli booties

 

I had planned to wear an awesome Lip Service OOAK sample dress I had bought a while back but I wasn’t feeling a dress that day so I threw on my stand by see thru, black tank tops and some new dressy shorts with fishnets and Jenny McCarthy’s Fearless heels from ShoeDazzle. However, I also took these awesome Paulo Corelli booties too because I wasn’t sure if my feet could handle the heels. When I got there and thought of walking through the painful (if you fall on it) parking lot and remembering how much my feet hurt and how many times I almost fell over while wearing my Esther platforms recently I chickened out and went in wearing the boots.

I needn’t have worried though as, despite it being the second day of this event, the place was a ghost town. (So I could have worn any shoes as I could have walked around there slow as fuck). I have been there before for previous small conventions but those had been busier. There weren’t even many vendors set up and the only celebrities I spied were John Martino, and luckily(!), William Forsythe. There was a woman chatting him up about John Wayne Gacy since he had recently played him in Dear Mr. Gacy. I was glad because she was able to take a picture of us for me and I did the same in return. Plus he didn’t even charge me, which was awesome.

William Forsythe, dude in a Ghostbusters costume

 

Then I did a couple of laps around the place to check out the dealer’s tables but they were scarce. I did manage to buy a DVD called The Italian Zombie Movie Parts 1 & 2 for $5. The guy (director/actor, IDK?) who sold it to me told me that they screened it the previous night. I sort of got the impression that the audience hadn’t been big that night either so maybe it was slow the whole weekend. I did read a review a few days later by a girl who said that it was packed when she was there but she didn’t include any photos so I remain skeptical. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet but it looks fun. I also ran into the woman from Forsythe’s table again (not surprising since there were so few people there) and she told me that I looked like Reese Witherspoon and that it was a compliment. It was nice, not accurate, but I’ll take it, xd. Before I left I snagged a picture with a guy who had come in Ghostbusters gear. I heard him telling the chick who was selling tickets that his friends were supposed to show up in costume too but didn’t. That bites.

Since I am a big fan of The Devil’s Rejects I have gotten pictures with a lot of the cast at previous Horrorfind Weekend conventions. Ken Foree gets his own collage because he is really fun, always remembered and chatted with us.

clockwise from top left: Bill Moseley, Sid Haig, Lew Temple, Priscilla Barnes

 

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I had also found out that later that day a nearby church was having a Strawberry Festival. That sounded yummy so I hurried up after I returned home from the horror convention, changed and spent a few bucks on a yummy cake with strawberries and a slab of ice cream on top. Plus I bought chocolate covered strawberries for us to eat later. This outfit was just thrown together (I’ve worn this top a lot too), mainly to showcase the yummy strawberries!

two tone pink lacy tank top by Bisou Bisou Michele Bohbot-thrifted, pink shorts by Route 66-eBay

Of course a Strawberry Festival reminded me of To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar so I had to watch that the night before.

John Leguizamo

So while I was watching that I remembered that I used to have the ballerina dress that John Leguizamo wore in the film since I’ve sporadically been an eBay seller over the years. So I tweeted something like “I know I used to be as thin as @JohnLeguizamo in #ToWongFoo cuz I used to own that dress, xd”. because I thought that it was funny. I’ve had a lot of celebrities respond but I didn’t expect him to since he’s been performing his one man show on Broadway, Ghetto Klown. However the next morning he tweeted me the following reply back. It was super cool because I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, (Super Mario Bros. forever!)

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Note: These outfits are from last month and are not part of the 30 for 30 challenge.