Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top 11 WWE Flashbacks that Mattel Should Make

  The Mattel WWE Legends line never had a chance at retail or online. As a result many classic wrestlers never got made or had a chance of being made. So Mattel really needs to make these figures.
1. Pat Patterson. Now Pat Patterson is a WWE Hall of Famer and was the first Intercontinental Champion in the WWE he also was one of the Corporate Stooges during the Attitude Era. May I remind you that Pat Patterson never had a figure ever so Mattel needs to do him justice and make a Pat Patterson.
2.Gene Snitsky. I am in the minority on this one. Gene Snitsky has a connection to my area, because he is from Nesquehoning PA and I am from Hazleton which is nearby where I live. Also He is my favorite wrestler ever. He could come with a baby and steel chair. It would be Mattel's fault if they don't make him.
3. Xanta Klaus. Now I know that Balls Mahoney isn't signed to a legends contract so the odds of Mattel making a figure of one of Balls Mahoney's old WWF gimmicks would be slim to none. But nevertheless, Xanta Klaus never had a figure made of him. Sure the idea of an evil Santa Claus is stupid but it sure deserves a figure. Maybe it can be a Ringside Collectibles exclusive.
4. Dr. Issac Yankem. Ok this is another wrestler who never got a figure. Before Kane was known as Kane, he had a gimmick as Jerry The King Lawler's personal dentist, Dr. Issac Yankem. This flashback probably won't sell well but whatever, I just want one for my evolution of Kane collection.
5. Vito Lograsso. Yeah that's right I want a Vito Lograsso figure wearing a dress. I may be in the minority on this one again. But as I have stated in the past 1, 3, and 4 figures they never even had a figure of their gimmick. Vito Lograsso never had a figure when he was in WCW or WWE. Also I highly doubt Mattel would want to make a figure of a male wrestler wearing a dress. I want a Vito Lograsso Dammit.
6. The Mountie. Nuff Said
7. Hulk Hogan. Need I say more?
8. Gerald Brisco. Yeah you can't make a Pat Patterson without a Gerald Brisco as the Corporate Stooges. I would love to see them in their King of The Ring 2000 attire. Gerald Brisco had a Jakks Classic Superstars figure but his figure was one of the last ones from the CS line released and is really hard to find and expensive.
9. GI Bro. I love obscure and terrible WCW gimmicks. GI Bro happens to be one of them that was given to WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.  Now we need this figure. But Mattel will never make it.
10. Queen Sharmell. We need her to go alongside E14 King Booker.
11 Lita. If Trish Stratus got a flashback, Lita should too. Lita had a huge role in the Snitsky/Kane feud.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

1934 Diamond T Doodlebug

  One of my favorite trucks of all time is the elusive 1934 Diamond T Doodlebug tanker. It's one of the most popular Texaco truck banks made by Ertl. Anyway, the Diamond T Doodlebug was one of the most unique and unusual tanker designs of all time. It was way ahead of its time and it still is. The Doodlebug was lower than most tankers and still is standing at a height of 72 inches. The Diamond T Doodlebug's body was made by Heil Co who specializes in tanker bodies. Anyway the 1934 Diamond T Doodlebug wasn't mass produced unlike it's Ertl Bank counterpart was. In real life, Texaco had 6 Doodlebugs made for them. Oddly enough none are known to exist today, so finding one in a barn somewhere would be like finding the Holy Grail or a lost civilization. 
   It is one of my goals on my bucket list to find a Diamond T Doodlebug. If you want to find more info on the Doodlebug here are two links to scans of an article from Hemmings Motor News from 1995 about the Doodlebug.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Funny Mall Santa Pictures

  Since Christmas is just around the corner I thought I would post some funny mall santa pictures. So here we go.

Mike McQueary and Jerry Sandusky

What are you going to do to me Santa?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Don't Donate to Goodwill

  Recently I wrote about why you shouldn't donate to The Salvation Army. Well today I'm telling you of another so called Charity to avoid, Goodwill. Why shouldn't you donate to Goodwill? Well Goodwill exploits the disabled, paying them less than minimum wage, at around $0.22 an hour. That is just as bad as being anti gay. In PA where I live Goodwill pays $0.22 an hour.
  Now how in the hell can Goodwill get away with paying workers $0.22 an hour? Well it's due to an outdated US Law called 14c. Anyway it permits employers to pay its disabled workers less than minimum wage. This law dates back to the great depression and is called subminimum wage. So basically subminimum wage is obsolete and should be abolished.
  What agitates me is that the CEO of Goodwill makes $725,000 a year which is too much for a CEO of a nonprofit organization. So don't donate any goods to Goodwill thrift stores because they markup the prices of stuff that is donated for free, for a high price, like the Salvation Army Thrift stores do. I think Goodwill should be renamed Badwill.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Fiat 500L Wedding Commercial

  One of the many commercials that gets on my nerves is that Fiat 500L commercial where the two girls get dressed for a wedding in the backseat of the car. Now it's not possible to get dressed in a compact back seat of a car like they did in the commercial. If two people actually tried to undress themselves and change into a fancy bridesmaids gowns in the backseat of a car, you would get pulled muscles and cramps. Not to mention you would probably accidentally rip the expensive bridesmaids gown as well. There goes $250 down the drain.
  I also would like to think what if they were stopped by a police officer for some random traffic law the driver broken, and he saw the girls changing in the backseat. The police officer would probably give them a hefty citation for indecent exposure on top of the traffic citation as well as make them late for the wedding they were attending. The thing that scares me the most is the ending to the commercial when they reveal there was a boy no older than 10 years old in middle of the backseat where the girls were changing into their bridesmaid dresses. The look on the kids face was kind of sick and twisted if you tend to notice it. I think this would be a perfect opportunity for someone to Photoshop Brian Peppers head on the little kids body. It would make the perfect YTMND site.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Why You Shouldn't Donate to The Salvation Army

 One of the things that you shouldn't do this Christmas season is donate to The Salvation Army. Why? well The Salvation Army is anti gay. That's right, part of the money that is donated in the red kettle campaign,goes to anti gay lobbying. So The Salvation Army's Doing The Most Good slogan is kind of ironic if you ask me. They should have a new slogan that says Doing the Most Evil instead.
  Anyway an Australian Salvation Army official stated in an interview that all gay parents should be put to
death. I find that rather appalling that an Organization would say something like that. First off if you think The Salvation Army is a charity, you are sadly mistaken. The Salvation Army is not a charity at all. As a matter of fact they are a church. Churches and charities are two different things.
  So basically you shouldn't put any money in their red kettles or donate goods to their thrift stores.
Here is legal proof that The Salvation Army is anti gay. "[Homosexual activity is] as rebellion against God's plan for the created order... Homosexual practice, however, is, in the light of Scripture, clearly unacceptable. Such activity is chosen behaviour and is thus a matter of the will. It is therefore able to be directed or restrained in the same way heterosexual urges are controlled. Homosexual practice would render any person ineligible for full membership (soldiership) in the [Salvation] Army." That quote was taken from the Australian branch of The Salvation Army.
  As an American I find it wrong for somebody or organization to discriminate on someone based on if they are LGBT. It's not just right at all. Think of it this way, Jesus had two dads and turned out alright. One of my classmates brought up that point at a Business Club Meeting.
  So please think twice before donating money to The Salvation Army's red kettle campaign, or donating goods to and shopping at their thrift stores.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Censored NASCAR Diecast

  As you may already know or do not know, I collect many different things. One of those things is NASCAR diecast. Mainly I collect the 1:64 scale cars, however I do have some 1:24 scale cars. One of the things that makes no sense in diecast cars is the censorship of sponsors. I know what you are probably thinking. Censoring sponsors? Well they do that on certain types of cars in certain places. I'll explain.
  If a car is sponsored by an alcoholic beverage or tobacco or ED drug and they make a diecast of it that is sold in stores where kids can buy the cars, then they have to censor it. Usually the censorship is pretty humorous. I'll give some examples of the non censored and the censored versions. Lets begin here.  Uncensored will be in bold and censored will be in italics.
  • Viagra, Pfizer (Mark Martin's Viagra 6 Ford.
  • Coors Light, Sterling Marlin Team Sabco. Coors Light 40 Chevrolet/Dodge
  • Miller Light, Rusty Wallace/Rusty
  • Skoal Bandit. Would just be left blank, Harry Gant's 33 Chevrolet
  • Budweiser. Ricky Craven, Dale, DEI, Various drivers including Dale Earnhardt Jr and Ricky Craven
  • Timber Wolf, Purvis,, Jeff Purvis' 37 Chevrolet
  • Kodiak, Stacy Compton, Melling  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Mattel Basic 34 Ricardo Rodriguez

  Ok first off I didn't buy this figure when I had the opportunity to buy him when I was at Walmart on Thursday. I just thought the headscan was horrible. His Build a Figure's headscan is a lot better looking than his B34 figure.
  I find it odd that Mattel is now making suited basic figures now. I remember a time when they said they would never make them. However with B34 Ricardo Rodriguez and Battle Pack 35 Paul Heyman, it seems like Mattel has changed their minds about them.
  Mattel seems like they cheaped out on this one. For instance his microphone doesn't have the WWE logo on the flag which reminds me of the generic microphones that came with the Jakks Rocky line.
  I'm glad I passed on this figure because it's not Mattel's best because I think they kinda halfassed it. If you want a Ricardo Rodriguez buy his Build a Figure.

The Face Of Evil

  I'd thought I'd post a picture from one of my favorite movies called The Stupids. It's a picture of Charles Sender, played by Bob Keeshan.
The Face of Evil, Seems Legit

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Irony of The Day Number One: Shipping

  I am a huge fan of the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away. Ever since I saw it in English class in 9th grade, I fell in love with it. Everybody knows about Wilson the Volleyball. He was Tom Hanks' costar in Cast Away. So Wilson Sporting Goods made a Wilson the Volleyball replica with the bloody face handprint on it.
  I've always wanted a Wilson of my own so I decided to buy one from Amazon. Here's the ironic part, In the movie Cast Away, Wilson was shipped through FedEx. However, Amazon shipped my Wilson through UPS. Go figure that one. Anyway my Wilson should arrive at my door on Monday. So I'll be having a volleyball to talk to if I ever get stranded on an island in the South Pacific

Friday, December 6, 2013

I Hate Christmas Music

  Ok I really don't hate Christmas music because I own Christina Perri's Christmas EP. However I do hate Christmas music because every store you go into, is playing Christmas music nonstop. The day after Thanksgiving the music becomes a staple in all stores music playlist. If you work in a store, you feel the pain and get sick and tired of the same Christmas songs being played nonstop.
  If there ever happened to be the best music to use for music torture at Guantanamo Bay, Christmas music is the best choice. Christmas music isn't even original anymore. Practically all Christmas songs performed by today's artists are 99.9% covers of classic Christmas songs. So basically the originality has lost his luster since every Christmas song has been covered a million times over by so many artists.
  I think that some Christmas songs are good, such as Something About December by Christina Perri, and Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas by John Denver. Then there is the terrible stuff, such as The Christmas Shoes by Newsong, and Christmas Time by Paul McCartney, or any Christmas song recorded by Justin Bieber.
  Christmas Albums are the biggest direct to dumpster genre next to dog movies. Yeah I'd rather be tortured in a Turkish Prison than have to listen to Christmas Music. Another reason I hate Christmas Music is that there is a Salvation Army Bell Ringer who sings Christmas songs way out of tune. If you work outside of a major big box store and have to put up with him for a 6 1/2 hour day, you'll see my point.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Mattel Elite 22 The Giant

  Today I finally was able to receive one of my most highest wanted Mattel Elite Flashbacks, Elite 22 The Giant. Now The Giant is a flashback Big Show from when he was in WCW, hence the NWO shirt. he comes with. Anyway The  Giant isn't a first time in the line figure, which is very odd since this is a different gimmick Big Show figure.
  The Giant is one of Mattel's best flashbacks since it is a WCW debut Big Show. Also The Giant's headscan is pretty cool. It looks just like he did when Big Show was younger. At first I thought The Giant had a cloth singlet, but instead he had a molded singlet. The NWO shirt, is cloth which is pretty nice since Mattel seems to favor rubber shirts nowadays. Mattel needs to make more WCW flashback figures. Also this figure is packed one per case and is not present in Revision Cases

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Mattel Elite 25 Bruno Sammartino

  Well I was informed that Walmart put out a case of Elite 25 from a member on There is a whole board dedicated to figure findings and there so happens to be a thread for Pennsylvania findings. So today by dumb luck I decided to see if somebody had posted anything in the PA thread. So by dumb luck a fellow member who lives in my city said that the local Walmart put out a case of Elite 25 and that there were two Bruno Sammartino's there. Also he said there was Battle Packs 24 but no Naomi and Cameron and that there was remnants of B34 which I did not need.
   So I went to Walmart to see if the Bruno Sammartino was still there and indeed he was. Elite 25 Bruno Sammartino is an unusual figure, because he was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame just like Trish Stratus was this year. Oddly enough she was the flashback in Elite 24. Now what makes Bruno Sammartino unusual is the accessories he is given. He comes with a WWE Hall of Fame plaque and podium and microphone. I am not complaining about the accessories but Mattel could have gave him the original WWE title belt that Bruno had during his longest title reign.
  Bruno Sammartino's body is perfect, it shows off his muscular body that he has in real life. Also his headscan is just perfect, and looks just like him in his youth. It's odd that Mattel would make a flashback in older attire and looks and give him modern accessories.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The Worst Video Game of All Time

  In the history of video games, there has been great games and on the other hand there has been the absolute worst. Many people think that ET for the Atari 2600 is the worst video game of all time. I can assure you that it is not the worst.  While others say Superman 64 and Shaq Fu are the worst. However, one game tops them all at being the worst video game of all time.
  The Sega Genesis is perhaps the best 16 bit era console, it had better graphics and music than the Super Nintendo, however the Sega Genesis was home to a truly awful abomination that happens to be called Barney's Hide and Seek. Barney's Hide and Seek is the worst video game in the history of video games. This game is awful. It has bad graphics and bad sprite animation and to top that it has a terrible musical score. I am embarrassed to say that for once a Sega Genesis game has a bad soundtrack.
  To top that Barney's Hide and Seek is so easy a Caveman can beat it. Heck even a blind deaf and dumb person can beat the game. Basically Barney has to play hide and seek with kids through 3 levels, a forest, underwater and musictown. Good Lord is this game awful. I bet if there is any video games in Hell, this is the only video game you get to play in Hell.
  June 1st 1993 was a sad day for video games. I can't believe that Allgame gave this game a 4 out of 5 stars. What were they smoking when they gave Barney's Hide and Seek that rating? Also if you want to kill Barney in this game, you'll be very disappointed because Barney can't die in the game. Also if you see this game, destroy it.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Mattel Basic 33 Tamina Snuka

  Today I stopped into Toys R Us and happened to find one of my biggest Mattel wants, Basic series 33 Tamina Snuka, I finally am caught up on the Mattel WWE Diva collection.  So Let's get to the Basic 33 Tamina Snuka.
  Tamina Snuka is one of Mattel's best Diva figures that came out in 2013. Tamina is has different boots than most divas because she has plates on the front of her boots. Also Tamina's headscan is pretty accurate. Her hair sculpt is excellent. Her attire is based on what she wore in 2012 In addition her figure's attire is shiny just like the one pictured to your right.

 Also Tamina is packed one per case since she is a diva figure.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Mattel Shield 3 Pack

  Kmart is WWE Fan Central, that means they get exclusive figures and playsets. Some of those exclusive figures are 3 packs. 99.9% of the time the 3 packs don't make any sense whatsoever since some have three random figures picked out for it, such as John Cena Big Show and,  Sheamus, you get the drift. Anyway Mattel made one for Kmart that finally made sense, it''s The Shield, consisting of, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose.
  The Kmart exclusive Shield 3 pack is a great alternate to buying Battle Packs 24 Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns and B33 Dean Ambrose in stores since Mattel's distribution isn't the best in the world. The Shield 3 pack is essentially the same figures as the Battle Pack and B33 figures are, so they are technically First Time in The Line figures but they are straight up repaints being their "Second Release".
  Their tactical vests aren't removable at all. So if you are thinking of making an attitude era Big Bossman from one of the Shield members, you will be disappointed since none of them have the same body type as the E14 Big Bossman. All of the Shield's members headscans are dead on accurate to their real life counterparts. I think Dean Ambrose has been done perfectly. His hair mold is absolutely perfect. Seth Rollins scan looks just like him. And Roman Reigns scan is a perfect rendition of him. Also Each of their vests have different molds. I highly recommend this 3pack.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Mattel Best of 2013 Kaitlyn

  Today I finally got  my Mattel Best of 2013 Kaitlyn figure from another member for $15. It wasn't a bad price considering how Kaitlyn is really hard to find. Kaitlyn isn't a bad figure, her headscan isn't too bad since her figure's likeness is pretty accurate. A lot of collectors seem to complain about her arms being too skinny compared to Kaitlyn in real life being muscular. Anyway. her figure has a few flaws such as tending to have a loose head.
  You have to be careful with Kaitlyn since she has a loose head. She is also pretty hard to stand up for some reason. She can tip over if you are not careful with her. Overall Kaitlyn is pretty solid for her First Time in The Line figure. Kaitlyn is also the first Diva to have a Best of 20xx figure and is also the first Best Of 20xx figure to have a first time in the line sticker on it.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Useless Fact of the day Number 3: Gene Snitsky

Gene Snitsky Punting Babies since 2004
  Ok, it looks like I am on a roll with the useless fact of the day posts since I haven't bought any new WWE figures in a while. So I guess I am on a two day streak of writing useless WWE facts. So here is today's useless fact of the day.
  Gene Snitsky is the only person from Northeast Pennsylvania to wrestle in WWE. He was the only Superstar to punt a baby.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Useless Fact of the day number 2: Pat Patterson's Evening Gown

  Since I haven't bought any new figures today I thought I would continue with the Useless Fact of the day. Today's fact is a WWE fact. At the King of The Ring pay per view in 2000, the Corporate stooges, Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco had a match for the WWF Hardcore Championship, however the match was an Evening gown match. That means it was a bra and panties match. Anyway long story short, Pat Patterson's evening gown still had the price tag on it. Jerry The King Lawler pointed that out in the commentary. 
You can see the tag just slightly below Pat Patterson's left arm

  Now here is the kicker, why would Pat Patterson keep the tag on his evening gown? Did he plan on returning it if he defeated Gerald Brisco? However since Crash Holly came out of nowhere with a referee and trash can, he stripped both Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco to their bra and panties, thus destroying Patterson's evening gown. So Pat Patterson couldn't have returned it to the store. Anyway Crash Holly defeated Pat Patterson and Gerald Brisco, by pinfall and winning the WWF Hardcore Championship thanks to the 24/7 rule.
  On a side note, this wasn't the first Hardcore Evening Gown match in WWE History, even though Vince McMahon told Patterson and Brisco that they will be in the first ever hardcore evening gown match. Back on Monday Night RAW on July 12th 1999, Droz battled Al Snow in an evening gown match, that fell under hardcore rules.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Useless Fact of the Day Number 1: Freightliner Keys

  Today I thought I would start a new thing on my blog that will pop up periodically. I'm starting a useless fact of the day. It won't be a daily thing, maybe once a week or twice since my blog is mostly about Toy Reviews now. So let's start off the Useless Fact of the Day.
The Rubberhead Is a Freightliner Grille
  The rubberheads on the OEM Freightliner keys symbolizes the Freightliner grille.  So If you are a trucker who drives a Freightliner you probably wondered why your Freightliner key doesn't say Freightliner.
The Resemblance is shocking
  To the right is a picture of a Freightliner grille for comparison.

Once you see it, you won't unsee it.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mattel Paul Heyman Build a Figure

  Today I finally received the final parts to complete the Toys R Us exclusive BoPPV Paul Heyman build a figure. I bought the head and jacket from another member for $15. They finally arrived today. I also got the legs and arms from another member in exchange for a B13 Vickie Guerrero. All I had to do is buy 1 figure in the store this time, and that was John Cena for the torso piece.
  Now onto the Paul Heyman build a figure. Paul's torso is much wider than John Laurinaitis' Michael Cole, Teddy Long's and Ricardo Rodriguez's torsos are. This is because Paul Heyman is huskier than the others that I mentioned in real life.  His headscan is excellent. It's dead on accurate to the real Paul Heyman. Anyway he will be getting a basic in Battle Pack Series 25 with Brock Lesnar. The BP Paul's headscan is just terrible from the prototype pictures.
   I guess I am now officially a Paul Heyman Guy.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mattel Elite Best of Pay Per View John Cena

  Today is a quickie post. I never thought in the history of my blog that I would write about a John Cena figure. Well I was wrong. You see folks, I'm trying to build Paul Heyman and I needed the torso since I already got the legs and arms from another member and I am waiting to get the head and jacket parts from another member. Anyway I was getting desperate for the Torso piece, so I went to Toys R Us to see if they had any BoPPV figures, and sure enough they had two Cena's there. So I bought a Cena and made sure he had the torso part, and sure enough it wasn't stolen.
  Now onto the figure. This Elite John Cena is one of the Best Cena's I've seen. It's worth getting for several reasons. Reason 1 is that he comes with the new WWE title belt. The second reason is the awesome headscan, The third reason is the hat and dog tags which are nothing new for a Cena elite. Finally you get the Paul Heyman Torso. So for $25 you can't go wrong with the Elite John Cena. You get a lot there for $25.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Mattel Battle Packs 24 Naomi and Cameron

  For my 24th birthday, I decided to give myself a birthday present of a WWE figure. Well since I bought a Diva last year for my birthday, I wanted to follow tradition of buying a diva figure every year. This year I bought the Funkadactyl's, Naomi and Cameron.
  Now Naomi and Cameron are first time in the line figures. Their figures aren't too bad for first figures. Their headscans are dead on accurate to their real life counterparts. Since they are diva figures, they are shortpacked at 1 per case. Their attire is a tad bit outdated since they now wear NFL cheerleader styled attire. Anyway since the figures have high heeled boots, they have a bit trouble standing up. That's not a real big problem with the figures since you have to position them just right so they can stand up with out tipping over.
   Naomi is taller than Cameron, so that shows that Mattel is starting to care about the Divas scale again. Mattel seemed to be slacking off on the divas scale over the past few basic series. The disco ball accessory is one of the weirdest accessories that Mattel has made. How is it weird? Well for starters the Disco ball has to be snapped together and you can hang it with a suction cup. Here's the problem with the suction cup. If your a kid playing Tons of Funk and have a WWE ring, what on earth would you hang the disco ball on? Whatever. It's better than re releasing a unpainted pink Divas Title.
  Overall I would highly recommend Naomi and Cameron to any Mattel WWE collector. They're great additions to the Divas roster and come with an unusual accessory.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hot Wheels Needs To Make More Rolls-Royce's

  You know what Hot Wheels needs to make more of? Rolls-Royce's. There is simply not enough of them in the line. In the entire history of Hot Wheels there have been only two Rolls-Royce's. The first one was a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow which came out in 1969. The car hasn't been released since 1971. The second Rolls-Royce is the Phantom II which came out in 1984 and hasn't been made since 1995 which was when it was in the inaugural Treasure Hunt Series.
  Now my main argument here is that Hot Wheels clearly needs to make more Rolls-Royce's. Why? Well, Rolls-Royce is a very popular brand of ultra luxury cars. They have some of the hottest cars on the market and they generate alot of buzz in the automobile world. For instance, the Rolls-Royce Phantom is a very hot and marketable car. Hot Wheels could create buzz along the collecting community by making one. I don't want to spend $40+ for a damn Minichamps one.
  It wouldn't hurt Mattel to try to make one because they could make some money on a Rolls-Royce license. Heck they already have the Bentley license and they already have two different Continental GT's between the Hot Wheels and Matchbox brands. It would be best for business to make a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, especially a Diecast of John Lennon's customized Silver Cloud. Collectors would eat that up in a heartbeat. I don't get why they don't release more Rolls-Royce Diecasts.

Monday, October 21, 2013

What To Do With An Old Bridesmaid Dress

  One thing that really grinds my gears is that people spend a ton of money on dresses for a wedding. 99.9% of the time they are only worn once and then they are forever banished to an eternal hell in a closet. I am a man writing my opinion about what you can do with an old bridesmaid dress. Men don't like to spend money on clothes they are going to wear once so this is why I am writing this post.
  So what can you exactly do with an old bridesmaid dress? Well here is a list I came up with to help you decide what to do with that eyesore in the closet.
  1. Donate it to charity
  2. Donate it to a prom dress charity
  3. Make a cape out of it
  4. Make a flag out of it
  5. Use it to upholster a chair
  6. Turn it into a pillowcase 
  7. Halloween Costume
  8. Burn it
  9. Give it to a local theater group/High School Drama Club
  10. Turn it into a car seat cover
  11. Have an evening gown match with it
  12. Sell it on eBay
  13. Cut it up and use it as a handkerchief 
  14. Use it as a bandage
  15. Put it on a mannequin
  16. Curtains
  17. Tree Skirt
  18. Matador cape
  19. Hand towel
  20. Cleaning rags
  21. Use it as toilet paper
  22. Make a banner out of it
  23. Chair cover
  24. Shroud
  25. Dustcover
  26. Dishrag
  27. Napkins
  28. Bandana 
  29. Tablecloth
  30. Leave it hang in your closet for all eternity 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dr. Talk by Jerry Springer

  I can bet you any amount of money right now that you probably don't know that talk show host Jerry Springer had an album. In fact this album is pretty much forgotten and unknown today. In 1995 Jerry Springer released a country album titled Dr. Talk on CD from a record label called Fiddle Fish Music. Dr. Talk is technically an EP since it is about 23 minutes in length and has 8 tracks.
  Now only one song on Dr. Talk is not a cover, that song is Dr. Talk which was cowritten by Jerry Springer. This song talks about your life being so miserable or unusual that you might be a talk show guest. The song is hilarious. It has the Weird Al Yankovic vibe to it. Jerry Springer would actually play this song on his show when he had hick guests on his show. As a matter of fact, Jerry Springer has a passion for country music so this is why the album is a country album.

  The rest of the seven tracks are covers of other songs. Many of the cover songs feature other artists that I honestly never heard of before. Pretty much they are unknown artists on my behalf. Dr. Talk's tracklisting is as follows.
  1. Dr. Talk
  2. Let It Be Me
  3. Cold, Cold Heart
  4. Mr. Tambourine Man
  5. Changing Partners
  6. You Lay So Easy On My Mind
  7. Talk Back Trembling Lips
  8. Please Help Me, I'm Falling
  Now the covers are pretty well done. Jerry Springer seems to have given a lot of effort into them. One cover that is one of the best on Dr. Talk is Mr. Tambourine Man. Jerry Springer's version is much better than the original version. The other cover's I am not too familiar with. The songs are pretty amazing.
  I would have loved to see Jerry Springer do more country albums but this seems to fall into the obscure one album category that Macho Man Randy Savage and John Cena fall under. Dr. Talk is so rare that it is not currently available online to download on iTunes. I was lucky enough to buy a brand new copy of Dr. Talk from Amazon for $8. Dr. Talk is only available on CD or cassette.
  Overall I give Dr. Talk a 8 out of 10 stars. I think the CD could have had many more covers on it. Being at 23 some minutes it's kinda short for a cover album. I think the Unknown singers who are featured on the album are there because I believe that a lot of country singers didn't want to work with Jerry Springer due to the controversy of his show. If you see this album at a record store, pick it up. You won't regret it.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mattel Elite 23 JBL

  Today I went to Walmart to discover a Mattel Elite 23 JBL. I never thought I would find this figure at retail. I somehow managed to find it though. I am still looking for an E22 Giant though. I won't give my hopes up though. Anyway JBL is one of the 4 flashback figures from Elite 23. The other 3 flashbacks are Macho Man Randy Savage, Triple H, and The Undertaker.
  JBL is the only figure in this set that has the First Time in The Line sticker on the packaging. Now a lot of collectors complained that JBL has the wrong type of torso, or his jacket stained the figure, or his left fist was loose. In that case my JBL's left fist is loose. I don't play with my WWE figures, I just display them on my dresser. So i could care less that his left fist is loose.
  JBL is a pretty good figure in my opinion. The scan is perfect. here is the attire that the JBL is based on. Also the box art is based on that picture to your right as well. JBL wore that attire in 2004.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hot Wheels Needs to Make More Lexus's

  It got me thinking the other day, how Hot Wheels only has one Lexus in their line. That Lexus would be the SC400. The Hot Wheels Lexus SC400 is so outdated by today's standards that they really can use more Lexus's in their line. One is not enough. If I am not mistaken Matchbox, has one Lexus as well. I've always wondered why they don't make Lexus's enough. They are a very popular luxury car in the USA. So why don't they make many of them?
   Well Mattel already has the Toyota license, and the Scion license. I guess they still have the Lexus license since they have the Toyota and Scion licenses. And since Toyota owns Lexus, they probably got a package deal on all three. I blogged about Hot Wheels needing to make more Acura's and Hyundai's. So this is a followup to that. Hot Wheels always seems to neglect certain car brands, such as Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Kia, Land Rover, Jaguar, Buick, Oldsmobile. The list goes on and on. It will never end.
  I would like to see Hot Wheels make the Lexus LFA, which is a very expensive luxury car. That is right up Hot Wheels' alley. The Lexus LFA is one of those cars that was very much well talked about in the automotive world and in magazines and blogs alike. So with all of the buzz about the LFA one would think that Hot Wheels or Matchbox (both made by Mattel) would at the very least try to make a diecast of it. Stuff like this really grinds collectors gears alike. I just don't know what to do sometimes.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Mattel Elite 23 Undertaker

  Today I went to Walmart after class and I found out they had finally put out Elite 23. However There weren't any JBL's there. I was letdown that there were no JBL figure. However there was 2 Undertakers there. Elite 23 Undertaker is based on a circa 1994 Undertaker when he wore purple gloves.
  This Undertaker is one of Mattel's finest figures they have made to date. Not only does his tie come included, you also get his mask that he wore for a brief period of time. It's not often you get his hat and coat with a Mattel Undertaker, if you count his Entrance Greats figure he had back in 2010. The Entrance Greats figure was a basic.
   Elite 23 Undertaker is the Best Mattel Undertaker yet. The headsculpt is a perfect 10. The coat is removable as all elite coats are removable. The mask is very small and can be lost very easily. All we need now is a Paul Bearer figure to go along with E23 Undertaker.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Why Isn't The Nissan Skyline Street Legal in the US?

  Many people wonder why the Nissan Skyline isn't street legal in the US. Some people say it's because it's right hand drive. While others claim it's because its too fast. Then there is the theory that the Nissan Skyline doesn't meet US emissions requirements.
  Actually the real reason the Nissan Skyline isn't street legal in the US is because it doesn't meet US crash test standards. So We can put an end to the why the Skyline isn't street legal in the US debate right here. So what can I do if I want to buy a Nissan Skyline? Well there are a few options out there. I'll explain them in the next paragraph.
  Option 1 is you can buy a Infiniti G35 coupe. That car is the same damn thing as a Nissan Skyline, only rebadged as an Infiniti. A major loophole in logic is if you can buy a Infiniti G35 in the US which is the same exact thing as a Nissan Skyline, why can't you buy a Nissan Skyline in the US? That's automaker's logic at its finest folks.
  Option 2 is you can buy an older Nissan Skyline from Japan that is at least 25 years or older. NHTSA allows any older car that is at least 25 years or older to be allowed into the US as an import. So a Ken and Mary Skyline would be Ok to import to the US because it is from 1972.
  The third and final option is the cheapest one. Buy a toy Nissan Skyline. If you can't afford the real thing, just buy the Hot Wheels version of it or whatever toy company makes a Nissan Skyline. For $1 you can't go wrong. Hot Wheels makes several Nissan Skylines from a Ken and Mary Skyline, an HT 2000GT-X, an R34, and a R32. Tomica also makes several Skylines.
  So now you know why the Nissan Skyline isn't street legal in the US and a list of 3 available options to owning a Skyline in the US.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Mattel Superstar Entrances Series 2 Daniel Bryan

No Daniel Bryan is not bald, its flash glare
  Walmart has an exclusive WWE action figure series called Superstar Entrances. Basically it's a basic figure with their entrance T-shirt molded on. The only one worth getting out of that set is Daniel Bryan. I love Daniel Bryan's No! T-shirt. It's the only WWE T-shirt I own. So once I heard that Mattel was making a Daniel Bryan figure with his No! shirt I had to get it.
 So the Daniel Bryan from the Superstar Entrances series has the same head as the Basic 30 Daniel Bryan. The head is a tad bit outdated since Daniel Bryan's hair and beard are much longer since he debuted the No! shirt. Anyway the head is an angry scan which is pretty darn good. Even though the head is outdated, It's still worth picking up.
  So what about the No! shirt? Well the No! shirt is pretty dead on accurate to it's real life counterpart. The only thing that the shirt is missing is his Daniel Bryan Logo on the right sleeve. It even has Stop It on the back of the T-Shirt.  It's one of Mattel's Finest.
  Oh Yeah, Daniel Bryan is packed one per case.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mattel Elite 24 Trish Stratus

  On Thursday I ordered a Mattel Elite series 24 Trish Stratus from a seller on for $29.99. The best part is that it wasn't on backorder at all. So I don't have to wait until November to get one if I ordered her from Ringside Collectibles. No offense, to Ringside, I just couldn't wait that long to get a Trish Stratus figure.
   Anyway, Trish Stratus is a flashback meaning that she is packed one per case and since she is a diva figure, that also makes her shortpacked. Trish Stratus comes with the WWE Women's Championship belt. The belt is a little tiny compared to the other Mattel belts for figures. The beltplate is smaller than the Divas Championship belt. I have no complaints about the belt because I am happy to get the Woman's Championship belt, it will probably be the only time Mattel will make the belt. Kind of like what they did with the Legends series 6 Ultimate Warrior's Custom WWF Championship belt and Defining Moments John Cena's US Spinner belt.
  Trish Stratus is perfectly scaled to other Mattel figures. Since Trish is about 5Ft 5 inches in real life, her figure is taller than Miss Elizabeth. Now Trish might feel like a basic Diva figure to the untrained eye but since Trish is an Elite figure she has the articulated ankles that basics don't have. Apparently there is a variation of E24 Trish Stratus's hair color. One version has blonde hair and the other has a darker blonde hair. I got the Darker blonde haired version.
  Overall I think the figure is very well done and the headscan is a home run. Mattel really got her likeness captured perfectly. I think she is the best one in E24 since she is the only one worth getting out of that whole set. Who needs another Rey Mysterio Elite? I think nobody since he's gonna warm the shelves anyway.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The Best Film Scores of All Time

  I am a huge film score buff. Film scores set the mood of the film and also capture the emotion of the characters and their surroundings in a film. So without a score, the film is just dry with talking and no music. Some movies don't have a score because it feels more realistic and dramatic. Anyway here is my list of the best Film Scores of all time.
1. The Molly Maguires by Henry Mancini. This film and it's epic score has a connection to my area because the movie was filmed around where I live. The score is one of those that captures the hardships of an Irish coal miner in Northeastern Pennsylvania during the 1870s, it also brings the surroundings to life when the mines are being sabotaged by the Molly Maguires. It is one of those scores that is truly underrated and should have been nominated for an Academy Award for best score.
2. The Social Network by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. I knew off the bat that Trent Reznor would win the Academy Award for best score when it was announced he was scoring The Social Network. Not only did the industrial score capture the dark emotion that went into the founding of Facebook, it also was the perfect type of music for a film about computers and the internet.
3. The Brave Little Toaster by David Newman. This score is one of the many that defined my childhood. Not only would I hum the score sometimes throughout my day, I would know every part of it with a passion. Fortunately I am lucky enough to own the CD release of the soundtrack which is long out of print. It's supposedly one of David Newman's favorite scores he worked on and it's one of mine as well.
4. Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog by John Scott. This film was one of my favorites growing up as a child. The score was one of the best ever composed for a children's film. Not only does John Scott capture the emotion and mood of a teenager and his dog getting shipwrecked in British Columbia, it captures the emotion of their various dangerous encounters with the wildlife in the wilderness and the epic search and rescue music is one of my all time favorite score tracks of all time.
5. Midnight Express by Giorgio Moroder. This score is one of the best Academy Award for best Original score winners of all time. It was way ahead of it's time using synthesizers which pioneered the disco era of music. It also captured the dark and depressing mood of being an American locked up in a Turkish prison. This is one of those scores that paved the way for The Social Network to win best score.
6. Jaws by John Williams. Do I need to explain this one?
7. The Good The Bad and The Ugly by Ennio Morricone. I don't need to explain the best western score of al time do I?
8. Star Wars by John Williams. I don't need to explain this one.
9. Batman Forever by Elliot Goldenthal. As much as this film gets a bad rap from Batman fans alike, however I love the score, its one of the many I would hum everyday. The score is better than the film.
10. Jurassic Park by John Williams. If I have to explain this to you. I will facepalm myself.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Batman Classics 1966 TV Moments Batman and Robin 2pack

  Today I finally received my Mattel 1966 Batman and Robin 2 pack. I ordered them from Amazon for $30. They are some of Mattel's finest work since they acquired the DC Comics license. Every Batman collector has wanted 1966 Batman figures for a long time. It has been worth the wait. The figures are extremely detailed and articulated.
   Now Adam West finally gets a Batman figure. It's good if you love YTMND or are a fan of the 66 TV series. Anyway onto the toy. The 2pack recreates the classic scene of Batman and Robin climbing up a highrise where the celebrity cameo would peek out the window.
  The figures are a bit skinnier than the Mattel Movie Masters figures. It's not a bad thing but, It may be a problem if you want to stand them up. The costumes are superb. Not to mention the capes. The capes have wire support on the edges which is a first for a Batman action figure. It would have been nice if Mattel would have made the capes out of satin, but that would be too expensive. The capes in the TV series were made out of satin.
  The scale is the same as the Movie Masters line. Robin is the same height as Faora from Man of Steel. Mattel seems to be giving some effort in making the Movie Masters line having scale for a change. Their headscans are excellent representations of Adam West and Burt Ward.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Worst Action Figure Ever

Here is an actual photo of Rodman in Drag
  I think I may have found the worst action figure ever made. It's technically a doll but I will call it an action figure because its Dennis Rodman. Back in 1996, Dennis Rodman released his Autobiography, Bad As I Wanna Be. While promoting his autobiography, Dennis Rodman wore a wedding gown. So some collector doll company thought it was a good idea to make a doll of Dennis Rodman wearing a wedding gown. That company was Street Players Holding Corp. They happened to name the doll Dennis Rodman Wedding Day. However they were sued by Dennis Rodman because they made the doll without his permission. Strangely enough, Street Players had a license agreement to make Dennis Rodman dolls but somehow didn't obtain permission to make the Wedding gown one

Friday, September 13, 2013

Top 5 Jurassic Park Action Figures that Should Have Been Made

  This got me thinking a couple days ago, Jurassic Park action figures that should have been made. Kenner really missed the ball on some important movie characters from the series. So who should've got a figure? Well here is who deserved action figures.
  1. John Hammond. Why on earth didn't Kenner make him? He was a very important character in the book and the movie. Let's face it he could have came with his amber cane and maybe a dinosaur skeleton. I guess the folks at Kenner thought that no kid wanted to play with an old man figure.
  2. Donald Gennaro. If there was anyone who deserved a figure, it would be Donald Gennaro. What kid wouldn't want a figure of a lawyer who got eaten on the Toilet. Donald Gennaro could have came with a toilet and a T-Rex Hatchling. Kenner you missed the ball again.
  3. Ray Arnold. Now why didn't Samuel L. Jackson get a figure for this line? He outright deserved it. I guess the fact that he was a chain smoker kind of screwed his chances of getting a figure. Ray Arnold could have came with a Raptor hatchling and some kind of computer thingy. I guess Kenner didn't say the Magic Word.
  4. Lex Murphy. Why didn't she get a figure? If Tim Murphy got a damn figure, she should have too. You know what's funny about her not getting a figure, she had an important role in the movie and still didn't get a figure. I guess Kenner only wanted to make Dr. Sattler. Damn You Kenner. I guess Lex Murphy could have came with some weapon and maybe a T-Rex?
  5. Dr. Lewis Dodgson. I can see why he didn't get a figure made, but he deserved one because he was Hammond's rival in the book and in the movie. He had a crucial role in making Jurassic Park go awry. He could have came with the money bag and the Barbasol can with embryos. Dammit Kenner.
  As you can see Kenner really missed the ball with some of the characters from the movie.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Does Walmart Own Lowes?

  It seems like many people believe that Walmart owns the home improvement store chain Lowes. However that is an outright lie and an urban legend. Today in my technical writing class somebody did an ethics speech on Walmart. One student happened to mention that Walmart owns Lowes. I raised my hand and said that is a misconception. Everybody told me that they do own Lowes. I didn't want to start an argument about and left them to be wrong.
  So how did this rumor start anyway? I don't know the answer to that particular question but I will post my theories on how it came to be. It is rumored that some of the members of the Walton family owns stock in Lowes. They might have had stock in Lowes at one time but not anymore. Basically this is just one of those boycott either store rumor. 
  Here are five ways to discredit this rumor.
  1. Lowes Sponsors a NASCAR Full time. Walmart has sponsored a NASCAR a few times on and off but they were mostly partial sponsorships or a one time deal, such as the number 50 car driven by Bill Elliot for one race to honor Walmart's 50th Anniversary in 2012.
  2. Lowes has been around longer than Walmart.
  3. Lowes does not have Walmart Private Fleet trucks pulling freight to their stores. Lowes doesn't have a private trucking fleet.
  4. A Walmart discount card won't work at Lowes, Neither will a Walmart credit card.
  5. Lowes sells Kobalt Tools which are exclusive to Lowes, and are not sold at Walmart or Sam's Club stores. 
  So long story short, Walmart does NOT OWN Lowes

Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Best of Bad Joke Eel

   Today I thought I would write about one of my other favorite memes, Bad Joke Eel. His jokes are the best. Amiright?
I dedicate this post to my nephew