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Something Old, Something New: Visiting The Cartoon Network Hotel

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A few weeks ago, I drove down to MD to visit family for the weekend and on the way back home, I decided to stop off in Lancaster, PA for a quick stretch and sight seeing. Growing up, Lancaster was a big summer vacation spot for my family. We'd always stay there for the weekend, stop by the outlets, the local theater and enjoy some local food. It was a great place to visit and stay. One of the things to look forward to was always the hotel we'd ALWAYS stay at: The Continental Inn, a fine little motor inn right in the heart of town. As fun as it was to stay there, it was a wee bit outdated by say 1995. It was more of a motor inn you would've seen in a 1980s John Hughes road trip movie. The carpet, the decor, the game room, the...well...everything. I always remember looking forward to staying there but always curious what would happen if someone were to modernize and update it. Well...I think I got my wish thanks to Cartoon Network: Wow...I guess be careful what you wish for..

Horror Movie BBQ Podcast: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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 This year's Thanksgiving episode of the Horror Movie BBQ Podcast is all about the classic Thanksgiving special, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! Following last year's episode about  Garfield's Thanksgiving it seemed like a natural choice to follow up with the other big titan of animated holiday specials! Corey Chapman and Jayme Kilsby sit down with me to discuss what we love and maybe don't love about this special! You can download this episode here or check me out on iTunes!     -Chad

Some Mighty Macho Merch!

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   Oooooh yeah, it's the birthday of the late great Macho Man Randy Savage who would've been 68 years old today. Randy, for a lot of us (myself included) was one of the first performers to inspire so many to live their life to the max and influenced so many kids and adults to just be themselves with the volume turned all the way up which is still how I live my life. Probably to my own detriment but hey, why not stand out by being myself? I've always preferred to wear bright loud clothing more than I should but I blame that on growing up in a time when everyone thought it was appropriate to dress like giant walking Macy's Christmas Displays and there was none more colorful and inspiring than Randy.   As you'd imagine I've accumulated quite a few pieces of Macho Man memorabilia through the years. Randy's face has literally been on everything you can imagine from cups to coloring books to underwear to toothbrushes and everything in between! Today, I thought it

Feel The Power of HAUNTED HELLGLOW!!!!!!

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 A few months ago I became so frustrated after a deal went sour over a very rare Masters of the Universe figure. It was SCAREGLOW, perhaps the rarest single carded figure in the original line. This little old lady had him listed for $35 which I immediately jumped on and set up a meeting place and time. However she quickly became inundated with offers and told me she received a whopping offer of $400 for the toy and couldn't turn it down. Part of me understood since she was just trying to make some extra cash and then part of me was so bitter that she went back on her word. In the end, much like AC/DC said, Money Talks... What's that phrase? "Necessity is the mother of invention"? So I started thinking to myself "Chad, old bean, you like customizing. Find a Scareglow head and make him yourself.". See, I'm not just good looks, dear friend, I sometimes have a good idea. Of course! Why drop 300 on a figure when I can just get a friend to mold me the head and

MOTU Mystery Minis!

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 I'm a big fan of "mystery mini" figures that have been gaining popularity over the past few years. Seems to be really fun ways to get your favorite characters in a smaller scale to easily display on your shelf or your desk at work! But the real thrill is not knowing who you'd get! It's like buying an empty cereal box just for the prize. It's pretty fun! Now, I've picked up quite a few from WWE to Garbage Pail Kids to Nicktoons, but none made me as excited as the ones I found today!      MOTU MYSTERY MINIS!     Made by Mattel, these little guys are no bigger than an inch or two and are very colorful and delightful! Just as fun as the figures themselves, are the fun Castle Grayskull packaging they come in! Admittedly, at first, I thought they were one of those old figural Topps candy containers from the 80s. Same hollowed plastic, one colored paint job and containing a special surprise! While cheap sugary chiclets weren't awaiting me, the Power of Grays

Feel The Hellglow of The Undertaker!

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In my last entry, I covered the new MOTU: Origins figures and gushed over just how amazing they were but if you noticed, I included a little photo of the amazing WWExMOTU figures hanging out with He-Man and Skeletor simply because I believe the amount of creativity and fun that goes into both lines should be celebrated. While I'm sure I could've saved this for SlamFest in January, I simply couldn't wait to sit back and talk about my current favorite of the bunch: UNDERTAKER SCAREGLOW! I applaud Mattel for bypassing an Undertaker-Hordak or an Undertaker-Skeletor mashup because that would've been my choice, but going the Scareglow route is one I wouldn't have seen coming and after seeing it with my own eyes, I'm glad they made it happen! This particular figure showcases the super evil/quasi Satanic priest era of the Undertaker's career where he'd sacrifice people, hang them from cages and shoot lightning at his opponents. Yeah, 1999 was a wild time to be a

VIEW: He-Man and Skeletor MOTU Origins Figures

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 Well, time to eat crow... When I first saw Mattel's new "Masters of the Universe: Origins" line, I initially wrote them off as just another set of unarticulated trash, along the lines of the Super7 figures, which were good looking figures, but other than a new headsculpt, offered almost nothing to me personally as a collector. But after seeing these Origins figures in person? I'm ready to admit I was wrong. VERY wrong.   From the packaging to art on the back, we're already hitting it out of the park. Here we see old Bonehead's card and unless I'm blind, I don't see any difference between the card art and the original figures. Well, other than the "Retro Play" and "New for 20" labels. I'm fully aware those weren't on the package in 1981. The back of the cards also feature brand new, updated art featuring the characters. Skeletor art usually swings toward the more cartoony, kid friendly Skeletor and while this maintains a tou