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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Oh, the Wonder of it...

     It's not often that a movie gets it just right. I'm not talking 100% comic-book-according-to-hoyle accurate, because... which retcon or reboot of the character?

     I'm talking about right. Right in that spot in the upper left part of your chest that says..."yeah, that was what I wanted" even if you didn't know until that very moment.

     Captain America did that. Ant-Man did that. Doctor Strange did that. And now, Wonder Woman did that.

     The DCEU has had a bumpy start, with the cool kids at Marvel/Disney mocking them from further on and the DC TV shows cheering them on and shaking their heads asking "why are you making it so complicated???" Wastchmen was a hit, but not really connected to the DC Universe at large. Green Lantern was fun for me but largely reviled- a stone cold franchise-killer. Man of Steel, almost but not quite. In baseball terms, a single that put a runner on base. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was a walk that advanced the bases. Suicide Squad and the bases are loaded.

     And Diana of Themyscira, Swung, Connected and calmly hit that ball out of the park and through the window of the BMW that currently has the alarm going off. She walked her bases, not because she had to, but because she totally could. She gave us hope that Justices Dawning would be golden, not cloudy and dark.

     If you haven't seen it, I'm not going to spoiler but one thing. you see glimpses of her costume...before she dons it, through a gap in her long black robe. A titillating glance here and a tease there, until the no-mans land scene. This was a brilliant move by a brilliant director.

     There comes a moment in every great superhero film, when the hero truly becomes the hero- Amazing SpiderMan had the cranes scene. Captain America had marching back with the POWs. the original Spiderman had the rescue of the child from the fire. Iron Man had the rescue of Gulmira's people. That moment when the music swells, the hero heros, and the heart in your chest skips a beat, as tears rise to your eyes.

     Wonder Woman has the no mans land scene, and it makes the boss-battle to follow somewhat anticlimactic. you see her, in all her glory...

     I have fallen in love with Wonder Woman over and over, in different generations, on comics, on TV. This was the moment I was waiting for, and I fell in love all over again. This is a must see. And Must see again and again.

Note. I would have published this yesterday, but wanted to wait and unbox this figure with my buddy Tango. This is the exclusive toysr'us version of the Wonder Woman figure without the long black robe. I was happy to find her this weekend.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

On This Date in 2017

I finally used the last of the bulk package of Italian Sausage- I also Garnished something with Raw Tomatoes.

    Just finished a dinner of Italian sausage, Zucchini, Orange and Yellow bell pepper and Portabello mushrooms over Four cheese tortellini, garnished with grape tomatoes. It may have been the best thing I ever cooked, and was pretty simple to make

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

In Memoriam Telephonis

     This is a Memorial for my first Smart-phone, the LG Optimus Fuel which bricked last monday

     The pictures are courtesy of my new LG Rebel LTE which takes better pics and is generally an upgrade.

    I'm a little sentimental about the old one because it was my first, and it was a great story- I bought the phone brand new for $5 on sale, brand spanking new. It also had an awesome hard case (now casket) that I bought it.

     The new phone was a price point of $30 on sale through my provider, with free overnight shipping, so the only real inconvenience is the loss and subsequent recapturing of some contacts.

     The moral here, is twofold. Plan on replacing every year or so, as that phone lasted just under two years(August 2015) and back up my damn contacts.

     Here endeth the lesson.

Sunday, June 4, 2017


     As of this moment, he is sitting on the back of my office chair and inviting me (against all logic and sense of balance) to "come here" He often does this, invites me into his cage or to join him on whatever narrow thing he is perching on. Dream on, Tango, Dream on.

     And now he's jumped over onto my shoulder. Better plan.

Still here

    I am still here, everything is all right, just haven't felt much like writing. Tango and Cappy went through Spring Hormones... well think of it kind of like having a loud toddler who is also a teenager and is armed with a pair of wire-cutters. Multiply that by two and they both HATE each other...and you will see why I have been a little tired. They are mostly back to normal now.

     Movie reviews coming on POTC5 and Wonder Woman in the not too distant. new toy Pics soon as well. Otherwise, thanks for bearing with me and talk to you soon

Monday, May 8, 2017

Barricaded in my Office...

     Not so Dramatic, I am just in my office, surrounded by Barricades

Sort of a Barri-brigade

     The first one I got was actually the Recon Barricade Figure from the first movie(2007). He is disguised as a security vehicle because a black-and-white police car would be too...conspicuous...? He has Frenzy folded up inside his grill. He's a good representation.

But then I heard about Interrogator Barricade from 2009- He had the original deco plus these nifty fold-out claws to mimic the interrogation scene from the first movie-perfect for finding out if if someone is ebay user Ladiesman217
Good representation again, Nigh perfect

     With the Dark of the Moon line (2011), they released Barricade with a mech-tech weapon- I love and hate these- Kind of wish they all locked instead of just most of the voyager ones. His is a Gatling gun-wolverine claw arrangement which suits him. His transformation is a little fiddly.

Which brings us to last night...or rather The Last Knight (2017) and what has become my favorite of the four. He comes with an arm mounted cannon, a pistol and a police baton(tonfa-style) His Motto, To Punish and Enslave, is on the rear quarter panel, giving us the same chuckle as when we first sat it in Transformers, but his hands(hopefully you can see them in the second pic) now have Brass-knuckle-type deals with "SERVE" on one hand and "PROTECT" on the other.

 Barricade- making us re-read the motto on police cars and check for faction badges since 2007.

ask yourself...Are you ladiesman217?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

     No spoilers- It fulfilled all the promise of the first one and more in my estimation- I loved it. I will post more in depth when the DVD comes out and more folks have seen the film.

For your listening entertainment

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May the Fourth Be With You

     A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...;


Princess Leia was carrying the Death Star Plans to Alderaan when her ship was captured by 

Darth Vader...

So Leia gave the plans to Artoo Detoo and See-Threepio

who took them to Tatooine in an escape pod

They were taken by Jawas and sold to the uncle of Luke Skywalker

Together with Han Solo and Chewbacca, 

they traveled to Alderaan in the Millennium Falcon

 and found that Alderaan had been destroyed. They were taken aboard the Death Star, escaped, and took Leia to Yavin 4. From Yavin 4, a taskforce of X and Y wings 

Side Note:P This Y-Wing car was found toy-shopping on my birthday

were launched to fire a proton torpedo into the exhaust port of the Death Star-These Snubfighters were met by Tie Fighters
And Darth Vader in his Tie Advanced X1

I found this last night just in time to add it to the post

But Luke fired his Torpedo using the force as his guide and destroyed the Death Star. That led to a bunch of other adventures, other characters and a whole franchise- Happy Star Wars day, folks!

Jabba the Hutt and Han in Carbonite came as a set found at random at Ross-
Never even knew this one was out there

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Fembots 2017

      Two years ago I posted about female autobots- the circle has expanded a little so I present Many Girls and Two Kups for your enjoyment
This is Transformers Prime Kup

With Strongarm, and Windblade from RID and Prime Arcee

The new Titans Return Kup
With MMC Arcee and Elita 1

With Generations Chromia and Windblade

With Titans Return Nautica and Generations Arcee

I think I like this use of the mold more than the original RID Arcee

I love this use of the very popular Blurr mold, too