Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halo Mega Bloks Drop Pods Wave II

A second wave of the immensely popular and economical Drop Pods from Mega Bloks hit stores recently. Unlike the first wave, this series has a little more variety, including two elites in addition to the archetypal human ODSTs. In addition, the ODSTs themselves are the new and improved versions, which include the new clip on armor accessories, rather than the older molded on versions.

As always, its a nice deal, and a real sign that Mega Bloks pays attention to what their fans respond to.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

I Found Jesus At Half Price Books


And you too, can find Jesus there, provided you come equipped with $5.99 USD, and perhaps a bag, if you live in California (since we are now the land without courtesy). I was so excited to find Jesus, I just had to share it with all of you. I'm actually not kidding. I've been looking for a reasonably priced action figure of the big man Himself for a while now, and this came along at a pretty good time.

I have so many silly ideas for bendy Jesus that I might have to start another whole blog just for His exploits. In fact, I was originally going to open Him up and not photograph the packaging, until one of my coworkers pointed out that the hang card depicted Him walking on the Sea of Galilee. Even the manufacturer cannot pass up on the photo op fun!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Gaming With LEGO - Gnome Enchanter Jory Brownstaff

"Tremble in fear, evildoers, at the powerful aroma of the Brownstaff!"
Okay, so this one will take a bit of explaining. My wife and son had friends over last night, but since my daughter was ill and had stayed home from school, it was deemed that she had to stay in her room so as not to spread the virulent Bunny Pox. Since that made me feel super awful, I went in there to hang out with her the whole time. Conversely, it was the most fun I've had with playing LEGO since I was that age myself.

One result was this. Jory Brownstaff, wielder of THE Brownstaff. My daughter is big on Skyrim, so even though there are no Gnomes, we made an exception. And for those of you not too sure, yes, the Brownstaff is one long running poop joke. What can I say, she's ten, and I never grew up that much.

Eventually, it morphed into a whole Brown Panoply, with a Brownstaff, a Brown Blade (which is a chainsword that growls 'brrrrrrrrown!' when you swing it!), and even a battle cry. Jory is quite the adventurer and hero of justice. The Brownstaff's powers include a fireball spell called 'The Blue Flame,' a poison spell to incapacitate enemies called 'The Brown Note,' and lastly, an illusion spell to make guards believe someone else had committed Jory's actions called 'Who Smelt It Dealt It.'

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dragon Age - Inquisition

Welp, it looks like the long anticipated (by me anyway) Dragon Age III will be out in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. For a while, it seemed like I was the only person in the world who liked DA II, but the Bioware Hype Machine™ seems to have a goodly number of folks interested in it at this point. I had managed to not get too whipped into a lather yet, since I had turned into such a raving Mass Effect fan boy for a while there.

But I have to admit, a lot of this Inquisition stuff is looking pretty good. Leliana is going to at least make a cameo, Morrigan is in it. Hawke seems to make an appearance. Varric is in it. Cassandra will finally be a full cast member rather than a narrator's assistant, which will be nice since her voice actress makes me warm and tingly. Wait, I didn't type that...quick, pretend you didn't read that.

In any event, it's looking pretty darn cool, and me wanty. I might have to have a hard look at what games I need to buy right at release, since I was REALLY planning on picking up Persona Q at the end of this month. And they cost about the same. And some of those special edition add-ons with pre-order look pretty spiffy...

Ouch.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Minifig Monday - Those New LEGO Blind Packs


Well, so they finally arrived. I know they came out like a week and a half ago, at this point, but I found them for the first time yesterday, and we took the bullet and bought like $60 worth.

And I got...the doubles and stuff my wife didn't want. That's fair enough, I mostly was looking for them for her. Plus, I got some pretty sweet parts for the 'Rise of the Dread Knight' that I am working on. In particular, the Hun has what looks an awful lot like the Dawnguard armor (which is a brigandine, which does look pretty similar to the lamellar that the Hun is supposed to be wearing), not to mention the best LEGO representation of a Skyrim Iron shield that I have seen thusfar.

Now, the miner is pretty boring, but his color palette is useful for decal modification. The gamer is funny because he kind of looks like a younger, thinner, less bald version of me. So okay, he looks nothing like me. The miner and swashbuckler have limited use, but do have some nice parts. I don't know what I will use the Greek Goddess for, but she's so rad it hurts! The Space Miner just screams 'space marine,' and in fact shares many parts with the earlier wave's release. He had a cool drill bit to go with the space pistol, but it got...appropriated.

Anyway, just wanted you all to get a good look at some of these. I'll post more as they arrive.

Gaming With LEGO - Unbound (Part I)


So, you remember how Skyrim starts with that long, boring, tedious conversation in the wagon? Well, I don't, because I tune it out and pour myself a drink or something, but I hear tell that once it's over is when the Fus starts to hit the fan.

Here we see our Dread Knight once she loots that poor, dead Stormcloak's body (I can't think of his name...Gunjar maybe?), and gets her first taste of arms and armor. And boy is it ever bitter. Light armor and one handed? You mean I don't get an initial choice? Come on now Bethesda! I am quite proud with the head I chose for this project. It's like she's saying "This gear blows, and it's in the wrong colors!"

And before anyone gets on my case about the armor being from a Markarth guard instead of a Stormcloak...I know, I just didn't have the right color sticker. And you all know I'm not getting into my wife's collection if I can help it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

My Current Thing - The Dread Knight - LEGO Skyrim

Ok, I know this is Minecraft and not LEGO, but since there is LEGO Minecraft it sort of makes sense.
Yeah, so, I have been playing an awful lot of Skyrim. But since Suzuno, my most recent character, has been more and more taken over by my wife, I'm thinking of starting over. I do that a lot. I've been playing a lot of sneaky, archery, finessy type characters in Skyrim of late, so I kind of feel like going back and playing an honest to goodness bruiser.

I'm thinking of a particular character archetype, which I have taken to thinking of in my head as 'The Dread Knight.' Sort of like the Dread Pirate Roberts, but with a bigger sword. Since this is me we're talking about, I am planning to showcase said character's development in LEGO form. Because, I can.

Also, bonus internets to anyone who can guess what I'm using as inspiration!