Odds ‘n Ends (+ Sword of Ages update)

  • As some of you know, Ecrater accidentally oversold the Sword of Ages and the Dread Axe of Darkness during the last sale. I chose to honor those sales and requested replacement ones from SMC (after contacting the individuals to make sure they didn’t mind waiting); the replacements arrived over the weekend, but our apartment got flooded AGAIN (fifth time in five years) on Sunday, so there’s going to be a bit of a delay while all that gets in order. I apologize for the wait.
  • As I mentioned last week, I’m a guest on this week’s OrccaCast. Tune in to hear some more stories from my time at Toy Fair, speculation on the “secret accessories” for Man-E-Faces and Megator, and find out what this is!
  • I didn’t realize that the guy who got picked to direct the next G.I. Joe movie, Jon M. Chu, directed the Justin Bieber movie (as well as two Step Up sequels). Here’s my take on it, though. Of course it could totally suck, but karmically, I’m thinking it might just turn out okay. Plenty of directors got their start directing forgettable movies (or rather music videos, which is really more in line with what Chu was directing).* I guess I’m just saying I’m giving Chu the benefit of the doubt. Of course, I really should see the first G.I. Joe movie at some point.
  • Remember, the Scarabus 10-pack goes up for preorder tonight at 9pm EST. I’d planned to get you guys a review of the Toypocalypse Scarabus, but the aforementioned flooding interfered. Fortunately, I found this review on YouTube for you.

* On the other hand, the two directors who come immediately to mind as having started their careers in music videos are Michael Bay and McG, so I could be very, very wrong about this.

Poe Goes Podcast, Again

The excellent folks at Orccacast had me on again a couple weeks ago, and after some technical difficulties, the podcast has finally made it on the air. Topics include the Mego revival, Mezco’s rough run of luck with their licenses, and general toy geekery. You can check it out at the link below (or get it via Itunes).

Be warned, this one is a long one–I gab with the Orccacast guys for about two hours. And yet, in all that time, I never once remembered to ask them where the heck their show’s name comes from. I’m going to guess/hope it’s not because they’re diehard fans of the 1977 JAWS rip-off. Or maybe it is, and now I owe them an apology.