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  • 5 Toys We Loved (and Our Parents Hated)

    0 CommentsPosted by on July 10, 2011 under Lists, Toys
    Parents hate toys. However, parents do, at best, like to see their kid happy - and at worst see them shut up (and most are a mix of both). There are many toys your parents got for you, but there are some that will stick in our hearts for all our remaining years. The toys that defined our youth, the action figures we incorporated into every scenario our yet-uncorrupted imagination could think up. T...

    (To be fair, Blastoise is pretty fucking cool.)

    Magic: the Gathering

    Parents: don't let this happen to your kids.

    Admittedly, MtG is more popular amongst older buyers, buyers who don’t pester their mothers for cash to buy new cards. However, MtG is the game I came to love and there are franchises like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! that employ the same mechanics that annoy parents. See, trading card games like these operate on the idea that you get cards to build up a deck to play against other players in a game of preset rules and goals. It’s heavy on strategy and math and all that good stuff parents want to instill in their spawn, but you don’t get cards just for getting good grades. You have to pay.

    Stop pawing at the screen, it's only a picture!

    In the game of MtG, a good deck is about 60 cards. You can either buy a pr-emade desk, which most do to get started, or make your own – which is where the fun begins. The best way to do is via booster packs, which hold 15 cards and are about $3.00. So that takes about four packs to make a deck. However, the packs are random, and so you’re going to need a lot more than four packs to make the deck you want. This comes out to a lot of cash. But wait, you figure, eventually you’ll get all the cards and that’s it. Perfect deck made, everything’s done. Wrong.

    Like most everything else on this list, trading card games come out with new series and new generations, which means new cards to buy, and the older ones get more expensive as time goes on. When Pokemon was huge, I was also into the trading card game, though not for very long. What I do remember of it, however, was going to comic shops, begging to buy a booster pack, and being damn lucky if I could get one – which was fine because they had a one-pack-per-customer rule. I wont even get into the madness of the Foil Charizard (the greatest bargaining chip ever created).

     

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  • Flowchart for ’80s and ’90s Cartoons

    8 CommentsPosted by on July 9, 2011 under Cartoons, Featured
    My word, this flowchart was a pain in the ass to make! Yes, I'll get questions about why I didn't add Batman: The Animated Series or Eek! The Cat or Rugrats or any of tons of shows not included here. This is confined to roughly the '80s and the first half of the '90s, doesn't include superhero series or Nicktoons, and also omits a bunch of more comedic series (Garfield, Beavis & Butthead, Flin... read.
  • Cosplay Thursday – Power Girl

    0 CommentsPosted by on July 7, 2011 under Cosplay, Women
    Power Girl's a tricky cosplay to pull off. While most superheroes have impossible bodies, Peej goes even further with her huge rack front and center, shown off by her "boob window" costume. This cosplay by srsRazzmatazz manages to pull the look off perfectly, using her hourglass figure to its full potential to really succeed as Power Girl. Add in the cape and a perfect wig, and you've got ... read.
  • Commercial Break – WWF Talkin’ Tough Action Figures – 1991

    0 CommentsPosted by on July 6, 2011 under Advertisements, Toys
    Commercials can be annoying, they can be very annoying, and they can feature Rowdy Roddy Piper screaming at you to buy toys. Yeah, this is the last one. (more…)... read.
  • Cosplay Thursday – Poison Ivy

    1 CommentsPosted by on June 30, 2011 under Cosplay, Women
    Yeah, I'm a shameless Poison Ivy fanboy, so I might as well have some Ivy cosplay as the first post of the new Cosplay Thursday feature. I have no idea who this girl is, but she looks the part in the green dress and gloves while also rocking red hair and lipstick. And while it looks more like a modified tiara, that wrist crossbow added to her costume gives her plenty of bonus points.... read.
  • Commercial Break – Skeletor Dragon Blaster

    0 CommentsPosted by on June 29, 2011 under Advertisements, Toys
    There's no denying that He-Man was one of the most popular action cartoons of its time, and with it comes a very expansive toy line. With this line of action figures (don't call them dolls!) is "Dragon Blaster Skeletor!" Sounds awesome right? Before scrolling down, imagine what that toy would be like. Maybe Skeletor is riding on a dragon, shooting out spring-loaded, plastic fire balls at He-Man, t... --> read.
  • Commercial Break – Sega World Series Baseball (1994)

    0 CommentsPosted by on June 28, 2011 under Advertisements
    Sports games have always been popular to some extent, although it seems the '90s were a better time for baseball games. It's likely because there was more variety, from the official MLB-licensed games to sneakier ones like Ken Griffey Jr.'s Winning Run, which I'll cover in a later article. This one focuses on World Series Baseball for the Sega Genesis, which was a pretty awesome game. I've found t...

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  • Inhumanoids – 01 – The Evil That Lies Within, Part 1

    0 CommentsPosted by on June 25, 2011 under Cartoons, Featured, Reviews
    What lies before you is the precursor to something truly magical. I can't speak for Inhumanoids' popularity in the '80s, but the name certainly doesn't carry the same amount of weight as something like TMNT (I don't even have to define it, you know what it stands for). Inhumanoids only ran for 13 full 22-minute episodes, but it didn't start out that way. According to Wikipedia (apply your grain of... read.
  • Flashback – Floam

    1 CommentsPosted by on June 25, 2011 under Toys
    Back in the '90s, Nickelodeon and Mattel had a hit with their creation, Gak. Gak came in a "splat"-shaped container, was fun and slimy, and could even make fart sounds. What kid wouldn't love that shit?! Nickelodeon also made a substance called Floam; it was not fun. It was made of foam beads and gel and despair. Floam may not have been responsible for any known deaths, but it was responsible for ...

    Floam mixed well; you could combine colors and while they’d become inseparable as with Play-Doh, they could result in some cool blends. That’s about it. Floam hardened when left out, which was considered a perk since you’d have a sturdy creation left over. However, it was a pain to turn back into something usable, and adding water would just turn it into a slimy, unworkable mess. Floam stank. Floam stained. Floam ran over your cat.

    Floam Dinosaur

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  • Commercial Break – Chippy Chews

    0 CommentsPosted by on June 23, 2011 under Advertisements
      Our commercial starts the same way a tragic story does on the evening news, with two bright-eyed children following an eccentric man, who made promises of sweets, into the woods alone. Nancy Grace, if you're reading this, calm down and I'll explain. Two children and what we're told is the Sunshine Baker-Man stroll into a Bob Ross painting on a cloudy day. Why is he the Baker-Man and ... --> read.