Sunday, September 24, 2017

Review: Wonder Woman

Official Synopsis: "Gal Gadot stars as the title character in the epic action-adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Eugene Brave Rock and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny."

I've been waiting for this movie well over 25 years. I've been a Wonder Woman fan my entire life, and while her Justice League teammates got their movies (heck, even Jonah Hex and Constantine got movies first!) the first thing I'd always ask was "WHERE'S MY WONDER WOMAN MOVIE!!!" I mean, I'm a fan of Jonah Hex and Catwoman and all but if they get a movie, surely Diana isn't too far behind? Well, it took a very long time coming anf st times frustrating, but ya know what they say "good things come to those who wait". And in our case, this was true. After years of hearing rumors of directors coming and going,t he rumors of Chyna, Sandra Bullock, Lucy Lawless and even Mariah Carey, we finally got confirmation in 2014: Gal Gadot will be our Wonder Woman. It's happening. We'll finally get our wish and hopefully it will be done right.

When it finally came out, I was elated. I was over the moon. I, much like so many others had waited so long for this and was absolutely not going to consider to be let down. Sure, I went in with an open mind, but I was more excited than I was even for Batman vs Superman. And you guys know how excited and happy I was to see that and how happier I was when I walked out. But a year later, would Patty Jenkins big blockbuster leave me with the same fanboy-ish glee? Would I be let down?

Walking out after the movie, clutching my Wonder Woman promo cup, I almost burst into tears. After all these years of naysaying, dead ends, "she won't be a good blockbuster", and other doubts from higher ups, Wonder Woman fans like myself were saying what we've been saying for years: The Amazon is here to stay. In my opinion, this was a perfect movie in every way. The cast was terrific, the story was great, the action was unbelievable and the light humor interjected was necessary at times. It made for a very pleasant viewing experience and I wish I saw it more times on the big screen.

A lot of people were worried about Gal Gadot taking on the mantle of Wonder Woman. Silly qualms too. She was too skinny, she wasn't muscular enough, she was Israeli, she can't speak English properly. A bunch of stupid, presumptuous arguments that held very little weight and it turned out all that work in her favor. No she wasn't Lynda Carter. She wasn't even Ronda Rousey, who had called her out for her appearance, she wasn't anyone else. She was her own actress who brought her own strengths to the role. She had empathy, love, sympathy, bravery, boldness, and warrior spirit made her the most believable Wonder Woman to date, in my opinion. That's no disrespect to anyone who played her before. Lynda did a phenomenal job and made us all believe in the character, but Gal opened up and embraced the character and all the characteristics and morals she believes in. Any doubt anyone had beforehand was quickly squashed. If you have any of these worries walking in, you'll be turned around very quickly. This franchise is on the shoulders of great women and I'm very excited to see it's future.

I sincerely can't suggest this movie enough. This is the movie I had almost waited a lifetime for and it was well worth it. Buying this bluray is a great investment, as you'll be getting a lot of repeat watching value and the bonus features, including a great documentary on the history of making this project happen, is well worth your time. You can pick it up at the

I can't wait for the next movie and hope it's even bigger and better!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Graham And Chad Talk Rasslin: 25th Anniversary of SummerSlam 1992

Yessir, another episode of Graham and Chad Talk Rasslin' is live! In today's fun episode we discuss the event and spectacle of SummerSlam 1992, an event that left quite the impression as fans on both Graham and I.
Heck, if it wasn't for this event, may never have been born!

Other than Rick Martel's awesome tennis outfit, what else do we discuss?

-Graham's love of one of the HBK fangirls in the opening video.
-Why wouldn't Bulldog want to win the match?
-George Michael Sports Machine-wrestling connection.
-Wow, it's Virgil again.
-Sweaty Big Bossman.

These are just some of the fun topics we touch on! We also reveal what our next episode will be...


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Target's Monsterous Halloween Shop!

Ohhhh,'re one of the best providers of Halloween feels. And I'm all about the Halloween Feels. This is nothing new. I've written about how much I love Target's Halloween offerings before. And the feeling of happiness always washes over me whenever I first lock eyes on their amazing Halloween setups every year. So this year, Target has completely lost their minds. First off, the theme of this years tremendous event is "Trickus Treatus". Now, I haven't seen anything related to the Roman Empire other than Roman Reigns figures in the toy aisle, but I'm pretty sure I dig the name and the theme anyway.

As soon as you see the entrance, you know things are gonna be insane this year..."BOOPORIUM"? Whoa. Hit the brakes there, Target. I gotta take all this in. This is amazing! Look at that! A cemetary gate, straight out of...well, I'd say Stephen King, but it's more or less along the lines of Monster High. Gotta keep it appropriate for the kids, amirite?

So we've come into our proverbial treasure chest. But what goodies await our discovery?

Ok, so a good warmup. The annual offerings of home and party goods. For some, Halloween is all about the party, and Target is hooking you up with the essentials for that party in spades, brah. Plates, napkins, decorations, and more! Pretty sweet deal. I know a couple people who love Halloween so much, they'd probably keep these up all year round. Do I blame them? Nope. I can't fault anyone for keeping up those sweet pumpkins and a Trick or Treat sign out in March!

For those into lawn decorating, you're in luck. There's some new pieces for your display! This adorable ghost and his buddy the equally adorable Creature Fromt he Black Lagoon are here to light up your day. Now seriously, how can I truly worry about anything else in this world knowing these two are in such a good mood celebrating Halloween?

Hungry? Some of the year round snacks have been given the temporary Halloween facelift. Colors, themes, and even new shapes and flavors for your favorite treats. My favorite? Well, duh. The black and orange Annie's graham bunnies! Although, I can't help but fall in love with Halloween Goldfish.

Ok, I want them all now.

Got a pet? Target doesn't discriminate. Good! They want to ensure your pet will have a delightful season as well as us. Although, I must confess to wanting a squeaky Dracula for myself. Especially when it looks like he's stuffed in a sleeping bag. My gosh, how do they expect me not to want that?!?! They know the demographic for pets and humans and they have no problem exploiting it!

It would be silly of me not to mention the yearly tradition of my fiance becoming overjoyed by the Halloween Pyrex. This year, the favorite seems to be adorable monsters. In previous years, it's been sugar skulls, cats, and ghosts. We have stacks of these bowls and usually use them for our bunnies to drink water out of. In fact, I spy a Christmas themed bowl in their pen right now.

Also, I'm in love the green lid. I like green, what can I say?

On a budget this Halloween? Are you a teacher looking to plan a Halloween party? Target's no fool. They know their shoppers are going to need some items that are more affordable and these items are absolutely perfect for kids of all ages!

Plastic fangs, maze games,  buckets of slime, pencils, pens, coloring books and more. Man, these send me back to a first grade Halloween party. All that's missing is scratch and sniff stickers and a Entenmanns Halloween cupcake to nibble on while watching that Halloween short with the dancing skeletons in the cemetery on a film projector. I love that companies still offer these. Just packs an extra nostalgic Halloween punch!

Well of course it wouldn't be Halloween without the big props! A tv that features a head bulging out, a spooky phone, a microphone and this year, we seem to be getting a projection set! I always love seeing these items. I can't always afford those big items at Spirit Halloween, but these are more affordable and much easier to store than a gigantic Exorcist dummy on a swing. Plus, I'd totally keep that microphone out all year round!

The main event, in my opinion. All roads lead here. Universal Monsters have taken over Target and I'm ok with that. When I was a kid, the Monsters were everywhere. In fact, my all time favorite food promotion was the Pepsi/Doritos promotions, which I wrote about years ago. The Universal Monsters are always a perfect fallback for Halloween. I mean what's more Halloween than a Frankenstein costume?  Now, in the most recent years, it seemed that they were being used sparingly by companies and only brought back when they couldn't get the rights for Freddy or Jason. I always loved seeing these characters in stores, especially around this time. I love the more contemporary horror icons, but we gotta still show some love for those who brought us to the dance.  Masks, costumes, makeup kits (that is definitely welcome throwback!) and fun accessory packs to ensure a great Halloween had by all. The highlight though is the beautiful plastic masks.

 For only $5 each, you too can become a 6 year old kid again and become a trick or treating Frakenstein, Bride of Frankenstein and my favorite of the three, The Creature From The Black Lagoon. These masks are pretty fantastic and a metric ton of fun to wear. I can also envision using these as decorations on my wall in the spare room. They're so great and brings out the kid in all of us!

Target has brought the Halloween goods and my confidence in celebrating Halloween is at an all time high. I can't wait to see what the rest of the season brings us. If you're like me, you're constantly checking every store for more goodies, and this is your best starting point!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Chad Report With Corey Chapman!

In today's "lost episode" (read: I got wrapped up with other stuff), I present to you a fun conversation between UnderScoopFire alum, Chap Report Host and Garbage Plate connoisseur, Mr. Corey Chapman. Recorded in July 2017, Corey's been on a very brief hiatus from podcasting and since Corey has always made time for me to appear on his show, I'm more than honored to be the show he decided to make my show his jumping off point to return to the podcast world.

In today's episode, Corey and I discuss:

  • Where has Corey been?
  • D23 Announcements.
  •  Our favorite Disney related announcements.
  • SDCC overview.
  • Hot dogs.
  • What I refer to my bathroom as. 
 So have fun, enjoy and forgive me for taking so long to post this great episode!

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Celebrating Umbrella's Love Of Cannon Films

If you know me, you know that I am what most therapists would refer to as "in need of help". Why, you ask? Because I have a deep love for Cannon Films.

Yes, while most people love their minds over the next big Marvel blockbuster or a new Adam Green movie, I'm still digging through old video stores and thrift stores for the most obscure and forgotten Cannon Films. Now, Marvel and Adam Green certainly know how to take care of their fans, but for me, nothing says "entertainment" than plots that involve monkeys and flame throwers backed by terrible music. I think it takes a special breed of human to really appreciate a very, very bad movie and oh boy, did Cannon release some real bad movies.

This year, mega Australian movie distributor Umbrella Entertainment has been feeding the need of Cannon Fans worldwide. Now, by now you've already picked up or watched that amazing documentary on the history of Cannon called "Electric Boogaloo". And it is indeed a great doc but the American dvd release left so much to be desired. Our friends in Austrailia took on that unenviable task and pulled out all the stops. However, be warned, you're not just getting EB as Umbrella also paired it with Machete Maidens, an equally perfect documentary about Filipino exploitation movies of the 70s and 80s, done by the same team responsible for EB. Now, you get TWO mindblowing docs on disc.

But since today's entry is all about revisiting my love of this doc, as I had previously reviewed this set, let's just take a gander at the amazing bonus features. The extended interviews and trailers on the US release are great and all, but Umbrella really went the extra mile for us by delivering some sweet features:

  • A Word With Frank Yablans (4 mins)
  • Michael Dudikoff Extended Interview (12 mins 30)
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (37 mins)
  • Cannon Trailer compile (35 mins)
  • Behind The Scenes gallery (6 mins) 
  • Cannon Stills & Poster Gallery (18 mins)
  • Electric Boogaloo Trailer

Remember, that's just the features for Boogaloo. The bonus features for Machete Maidens are just as mighty. I mean, if this were released in America, you'd at least need a second disc.  I applaud Umbrella for this amazing release because in my opinion, this is the release Cannon fans should've gotten before.

Oh but we're not done...

Around 1980, Cannon became ntrigued by NINJAS. As if breakdancing and having sex in outer space wasn't enough, they just had to corner the martial arts market. Now, we can all sit here and mock Cannon but they definitely helped initiate the ninja movie sensation sweeping Hollywood in the early to mid 80s. I'd actually be hardpressed to say something bad about their foray into this genre.

Enter The Ninja was one of their finest moments. Absolutely. A great story and fantastic action. I'm no martial arts film expert, but I think that's a win in Cannon's book. The sequel "Revenge of the Ninja" though? Not bad, it's certainly not as good as the first but shouldn't be overlooked. It's pretty clear Cannon wanted to make the star Sho Kosugi, their Bruce Lee, and find a way to make him more profitable in future films. Sadly, it just didn't work out that way as Cannon didn't know how to make homegrown talent and make them blossom into the next John Wayne or Burt Reynolds but that's just the way it was with that studio.  But that leads us the first installment of "Cannon Classics", a bluray featuring two of Cannon's finest movies. The first two movies of the "Ninja Trilogy" have been given a beautiful bluray transfer and theatrical trailers as bonus features.

Now, I know what you're thinking: "Ok, Chad, that's enough Cannon for me.".


So how do you follow up two fun Ninja movies in the Cannon Classics set? Simple...DEATH WISH 2 AND 3.

I mean...that's what you were thinking right? Right.

Early confession: I've never even seen Death Wish 1. Yes that's right. I'm a big phony. Be that as it may, I also never saw the sequels until I received this two disc set. Something about Charles Bronson always bothered me, so I never truly went out of my way to watch these movies and I'm glad I was able to get my hands on this set, because I can see how wrong I truly was. And yes, I am fully aware the first Death Wish and these are on totally different levels. But, I like mindless action flicks with lots of explosions, and these movies offer them up in volumes, so I'm ok with these.

As someone who has never seen them, I gotta say I was very impressed with the presentation of these movies. The picture was crisp, the audio was perfectly clear and the bonus features were tremendous.  Scream Factory released a fine edition of Death Wish 2 before this with a commentary track, trailer and an extended cut, but Umbrella is offering you even more:

  • DISC 1:
  • Death Wish 2 Trailer
  • Death Wish 2 TV Spot version 1
  • Death Wish 2 TV Spot Version 2
  • Death Wish 3 Trailer
  • Death Wish 3 TV spot
  • Interviews with cast members Alex Winter, Robin Sherwood, screenwriter David Engelbach - and Todd Roberts, son of producer Bobby Roberts.
  • Extended interviews from Mark Hartley's ELECTRIC BOOGALOO 
  • ACTION II: 52 minute making-of featurette with Behind the Scenes footage of Death Wish 3, Runaway Train and House
  • DISC 2 (DVD):

Yes, you're getting FOUR count 'em FOUR versions of Death Wish 2. All that crazy rape and violence TIMES FOUR. I always love when we get multiple releases on a single disc(Sleepaway Camp 3 workprint is my all time favorite) but this is insane. Out of all 4, I gotta tell ya, the Greek VHS Cut, which is not of the highest quality due to it's sources, is my favorite. Not because of what's in the movie, but because it's so unique and unusual to include such a random VHS cut on a bluray.

Best part? The blurays you see above WILL PLAY ON US BLURAY PLAYERS. Fear not. You can see Chuck Bronson in all his angry glory on your machine just fine!

Umbrella has really been bringing the Cannon love and as a lifelong Cannon fanatic, I couldn't be happier. Keep your eyes peeled on this company, as their releases seem to be getting even bigger and better with recent announcements of RazorBack, Suspiria, Devils Rejects, Cat's Eye and so much more. The sky is the limit for Umbrella and I don't think that'll stop them either! Don't forget to hit Umbrella's website and Facebook page to keep up on these great releases!

Hopefully we get more Cannon Classics!


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Remembering The 2004 She-Ra Figure

2004 was a fun year for toy collecting. WWE Classic Superstars just debuted, Marvel Legends and JLU figures were on fire, GI Joe was back in the fold and so were Transformers. But, by mid 2004, the MOTU 200X line came to a close due to lack of interest. Yeah, that was a hard pill to swallow. Toy collectors had such a variety of toy lines to pick from, but one of our childhood icons, which we thought would set the world on fire once again, was now being cancelled?!?!?

Using MS Paint for this is appropriate, considering this is something I'd create in 2004.

I guess there's nothing else to do. We had a good run. The cartoon was the best to date, the toys were superbly sculpted, we even got Mario Lopez palling around with He-Man! I mean, what else would we have to accomplish with this line? thing was missing: SHE-RA.

Come on! You can't have a new He-Man line without She-Ra. It'll be a complete failure, I mean who in their right mind would consider trying to put out...

Oh. Right. Um. Bad example.

To be fair, we were at least given an appearance by the Horde in the second season of the 200X cartoon, which naturally, lead to speculation that She-Ra and the Rebellion would join in on the fight. After all, Hordak was She-Ra's greatest opponent. You can't give us Hordak without She-Ra! But sadly, with both the cartoon and toyline dead in the water, it just wasn't gonna happen.


One day in mid Spring, it's announced in a Toyfare magazine that Mattel WILL be offering a She-Ra figure! Yes! It's actually happening we finally have a chance to truly close this chapter on He-Man and to a degree, She-Ra too. Now, even though this figure was a convention and store exclusive, the fact that we were even getting it was a real blessing. Don't get it twisted, I would have loved to have seen this figure hit the Toys R Us shelves alongside another line of MOTU figures, but I took what I could get. Finding out about this news, I called my friend Ryan, an equally insane MOTU collector and we put plans in motion to get out to Wizard World Chicago (one of the shows designated to sell the figure) just to get the figure itself. Oh sure, we would've taken full advantage of meeting our favorite artists and writers and some celebrities, but She-Ra was the main motivator. We were really looking forward to the trip, had our road trip mapped out, and even purchased enough cigarettes to get us from MD to Chicago and back. Sadly, that fell apart two weeks before the show and we were left She-Ra-less. Neither of us had any connections on the boards anymore, and we had no friends attending the shows themselves. We were crushed.

For reference, had I attended the show, this is a what I would've looked like. Yes, I thought that was a good look in 2004. I have no excuse.

Even after the show, I was never able to score one. eBay, trading, toy shows, whatever the case was, I couldn't find one! For a good 13 years, I'd still consider this a "holy grail" of toy collecting. I know that sounds ridiculous to some, but if I was willing to drive out to Chicago for it, it must mean something. But thanks to a seller on the forums, I was finally able to get my hands on it. No longer would I be outbid, told "sorry, I just sold my last one" at a toy show or just not being able to afford one at an inflated price. Even better, it's still sealed in it's mailer box. Never been opened? This is even better.


There it is! After all these years, it's mine! And it was well worth the wait!

So, now that I own it, does it hold up? Is it compatible with the rest of the line? The answer is an emphatic YES.

One of the big draws of the 200X series, for me at least, was the fact that it wasn't an overly cartoony toy line. It was much different and it kept the universe simple, based in fantasy and sci-fi. Doing a tooned out She-Ra just wouldn't have done it any favors. The sculpt by the Four Horsemen, is pretty solid. If I was to picture a She-Ra that was placed in that line, it's certainly going to be this. Still similar enough to the original, but not straying too far. I especially love the head. Keeping the doll head/doll hair combo is a nice touch and the perfect homage to the original. Her costume isn't that bad either. If anything stands out the most, I think it's this. It does look more accurate to her Filmation cartoon appearance but still retains that "badass warrior" theme. It's almost as if you merged She-Ra and Xena and this is what we were given. Which is a good thing!

Oh yeah, they kept that weird jewel in the center of her chest. I guess it's true, diamonds are a girl's best friend.

Now let's talk about her accessories. Much like the original figure released 19 years prior, our Princess of Power comes with a cape, headdress, shield, her power sword and a...comb?!?! Well, sure. You don't get beautiful locks like those just by sitting on a couch. Heavens no! She-Ra knows what's up.

Her sword may have been the most unique of her accessories. The shield looks cool and all, but this sword is probably my favorite accessory. It seemed a theme in the line was "technology" as a lot more characters had wires and other techie stuff integrated into their costumes, vehicles and weapons. She-Ra's sword stood out though and actually looked more like the Power Sword of the original series than anything else.

And there's that darn jewel again...

I guess my only complaint is the fact that she has such a weird pose. I don't exactly why they have her standing so odd and couldn't find a better stance but that's not my business. I do find it rather irritating that it says the figure won't stand right on the back of the box. Why would you tell people the figure they just bought won't even be able to displayed? Seems fishy to me.

So after all this time, She-Ra is mine. I'm so happy, I feel like I can finally end the collecting of the 200X series for good. I've got all the figures I wanted. Although, I really don't want to stop so maybe I'll pick up the others out of sheer love of the line. But if I do stop here, I'm happy to say it's for a good reason. Upon finally owning this figure, I can finally let go of my anger towards Mattel for cancelling the line and I can finally say I found the crown jewel of the line, certainly in my opinion.

 Well...then there's the Stactions...

That's another story for another time. ;)



Horror Movie BBQ Podcast Episode 7: MOTU Vehicles and Playsets and Bonus!

It's a double sized episode! Today, Graham of and of Graham and Chad Talk Rasslin' joins the #MOTUMonth festivities with a hearty discussion on the vehicles and playsets in Masters of the Universe! And of course, off topic conversations! Oh and you bet we discussed our favorite wrestler: VIRGIL!

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And for fun, I've included an interview with legendary voice actor Michael Bell! I conducted this brief interview at TFCon in July (report coming after my trip to TFCon in Virginia next month!). It was an absolute thrill for me. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I did living it!

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Take Me Out To The...Maxx?!?!?!

Rochester, NY became Bayside this evening thanks to the local minor league baseball team The Red Wings. Why? Well, they were rolling out the red carpet for a star of one of my all time favorite tv shows, Saved By The Bell. Screech? Nah, Red Wings are above that silliness. No, sir. Mr. Belding himself, Dennis Haskins was invited to ring in the new school year with "Back To School Night"!

 Sure, I wasn't expecting Max to sit around pulling his thumb off and pulling a burger out a hat or see Zack Attack making a music video, but I was expecting a good time. Thankfully, I left my neon pink tank top and neon shorts at home. No one needed to see that. I leave that to the more popular Bayside allstar.

Happy dance aside, it was time to hit the bricks and head out to the ballgame!

Got the stadium a little before 5 pm. Dennis was to start signing at 6 and I knew I had to be the first in line. I'm no nerd like Screech or Ollie, but I pride myself on being the number 1 SBTB fan, so it was non negotiable. Call it a Zack-sized ego, but it had to happen. And happen, it did. Within almost 30 seconds of me getting my spot , a few more people showed up. Then...more than a few. I was also  getting hungry and it was $1 Hot Dog Day, so the temptation of delicious stadium dogs was in the air. But, I knew if I dared move from my 12 inch of concrete, someone would take my spot quicker than Lisa could take her dad's credit card.

Mr. B was late. By 6:10, our favorite bodacious principal was late. Oh the irony. He's busted Zack multiple times over the years for these shenanigans. Maybe he was calling the Teen Line or getting wrestling lessons from Slater. I mean, what other excuses could he have? How could such a great figurehead of authority be so tardy? While Belding has displayed his fun loving side over the years, he'd never let his fans down. Besides, The Red Wings wouldn't have gone to the trouble of getting his desk all the way from Bayside High to Rochester if he was gonna be late.

After most likely writing up expulsion reports for his students, he finally came out to greet his fans. He was given a very well deserved applause and cheers. No matter the reason why he was delayed, we were all pretty darn excited to meet him. He even gave us a "HEY HEY HEY WHAT'S GOING ON HERE!!!". What else could you ask for?

Being first in line also lead me to hear his frustration with hearing that 8x10 photos were being sold, not given away. On top of that, Haskins also instituted a photo op for everyone rule. Normally, due to time restraints, these appearances are relegated to autographs only. A very common rule set in place to make sure everyone gets time with the guest. I understand and totally respect that rule, but when Dennis started pushing his makeshift desk up against the wall and telling staff to take photos with every fan, I was blown away. Dennis does conventions quite often so he understands how crazy lines can get, so I was super appreciative for him to bend the rules.

He greeted me with a handshake, asked my name and proceeded to sign my item, a 11x14 poster i had printed up at Walgreens. Hopefully, I'll be able to get some more cast signatures on this!

It was my absolute pleasure and thrill to meet someone who I have spent most of my life enjoying and loving. I simply can't tell you how happy of an experience this was. Dennis was a class act all the way and lived up to my hopes. Saved By The Bell has always been a show I've had a deep love for, even when it wasn't the cool thing to watch. Many Saturday mornings were spent laughing and making gaga eyes at Kelly Kapowski (which has never truly gone away). To this day, I watch it and continue to have a fond love for it. I think it's just one of those shows I'll always watch and never get tired of. Some people have Golden Girls or Game of Thrones, I've got SBTB.

I really wanted to stick around root for the home-team, but it rained and the game was on a delay and I had rabbits to feed. That and I wanted to watch that SBTB episode with Johnny Dakota!

Oh and I got my dogs and some peanuts! Not bad for just $3! I'd say this capped off an already perfect trip to the ballgame, preppy!


To read more Saved By The Bell articles I've proudly written, check out the following:

ShitMas 2013: A Saved By The Bell Christmas
AC Slater and He-Man!
The Kelly Kapowski Tribute
25 Years of Saved By The Bell
The Reunion! 
Darrel Guilbeau (actor from Silent Night Deadly night 2 and was in an episode of SBTB!)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Figure Review: 200X MerMan

Ahhhh, MerMan....the mighty warrior from the swamps of Eternia. We have a lot to discuss here...

The original MerMan was pretty cool looking. He looked liked a frightened alien from War of the Worlds. Far from a demonic sea creature, his sculpt was better suited for Stinkor, the mighty warrior of stank, but he was still a figure memorable enough to become a favorite over the years from the most diehard fans.

Off the bat, he's given an advantage. He comes from the sea! Everyone loves underwater characters. It's a given. Now while this figure never represented everything MerMan can be in my opinion, it's his 2002 facelift that truly makes me wanna do a cannonball into the MOTU pool...

Now that's a real splash! Also, yes, I'm done with the pool puns.

The 2002 MerMan pays more tribute to the Creature from the Black Lagoon,  a character that no doubt inspired his creation. Where as the original figure was a little more cartoony and silly, much like the entire line itself, this seemed to to take the character more seriously.  A more frightening looking face sculpt and a more "monster" type body, scales and all. Indeed, he looks more like something coming from a b-movie. I can already picture Tom Savini's mask and effects!

Also included were some nifty weapons. In his first release, MerMan simply came armed with a sword. Not a bad weapon by any means, considering there's some weird fascination with being an amazing swordsman on Eternia. I guess "sword defense" classes are taught at an early age in Eternia, but be that as may, those lessons seemed to have made it all the way to depths of the sea in Merman's family too. Now sadly, before taking the photo of this figure, I actually had the sword he came with, but it seems either I lost it or my rabbits ate it. Who knows? But, that wasn't the only weapon is his arsenal. No sir. His other weapon is his trusty trident to spear right through the hearts of his enemies. Swords are cool but a trident? Now we're talking...I don't know what it is about giving creatures from below tridents, but I always thought they were cool weapons. Even though I lost his sword, he looks more intimidating with that sweet trident. Take that, Aquaman...

Awesome sculpt, gnarly weapons, wicked feed that look like they haven't been touched a pumice stone in centuries, MerMan has it all. One of the bests offerings in the series, I personally think this is a prime example of the potential the 200X line had to offer. If I was to point to any figure and say "this is why I love this line", MerMan would certainly be one of the first, if not the first.



Thursday, August 17, 2017

Scare Glow Invades SDCC!

I can't believe I'm typing this, but we officially live in a world where a Scareglow Funko Pop exists!

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For the uninitiated on today's subject, ScareGlow was released in the 1987, when the line was winding down. His figure was most unique, just a giant glow in the dark skeleton with a giant purple Dracula cape. I'm a long time fan of action figures that glow in the dark, so naturally Scareglow has always been one I've been on the hunt for to no avail. Being one of the last figures released, his numbers were much lower than say a TrapJaw or Battle Armor He-Man. Now, as cool as the figure is, it's his backstory that gets weird. He was originally introduced as a spirit from the future that Skeletor brought to the present to scare people and invoke fear into his enemies. A cool idea but fans took this as it was Skeletor's future ghost after he died. Personally, I always just saw him as a hitman of Skeletor and never really thought of him as his future form. No matter his origin story, Scareglow, armed with his green "Scythe of Death" was just too cool for his own good and found a way to stand out of an already outrageous line. While he didn't get a figure in the 200X series, which I thought he would've made a darn fine addition to, he did make a special appearance in a charity comic called The Power Of Fear. ScareGlow was not seen again in figure form until 2009's MOTUClassic line.

So that brings us to today:

Scareglow was given the Funko Pop treatment as an exclusive for San Diego Comic Con, something I still can't believe. Of all the characters to receive a Funko Pop, ScareGlow is hardly a name I'd ever imagine. Sure, every license gets a Funko Pop these days, but such a minor character from MOTU? Come on. We'd get Snout Spout before we get any consideration for ScareGlow! But thankfully, it happened! He was also offered as an exclusive to Barnes and Noble the first day of SDCC, for fans who couldn't make the big show and boy, once he was announced, he was a must own for all collectors. Thankfully, I work at a mall that has a B&N and know some of the staff, so they were kind enough to put one aside for me. It pays to work at the mall and have a network going! So the morning it opened, I raced down from my store to get this beautiful figure. And what a beauty it is.

Such terror but such cuteness!

Best part about this figure isn't his fantastic and detailed sculpt. Or his terrifying weapon


Say what you want about Funko jumping the shark with it's multitude of properties, but they still know how to deliver the goods and they really delivered with this one, folks. I mean come on, can you imagine if they released Scareglow without the glow in the dark paint? Uh-uh. Nobody would truly care. I mean, eBayers wouldn't care, but that's their prerogative, bless their hearts. Scareglow without his most memorable feature would be a no-no and including it definitely sends this figure over the top in terms of uniqueness, which is what it's draw was in 1987 and now.

Don't they just look like they're planning to egg King Randor's palace?

30 years later, we're still talking about this guy. Who'da thunk it? Of all the characters I would've expected to be discussing a new figure of, I surely would've not guessed him! But after 30 years, I'm glad to have finally gotten my grubby mits on him to put with the rest of my MOTU collection. Sure, he may not be the original figure, but he's still downright amazing, nonetheless! I guess that's the true feature of this character: his ability to stand out and be memorable.

Plus, if I'm ever working late, I got the sweet glow of this bad boy to keep me all warm and fuzzy...or fearful. One or the other.