22/10/2014

LootCrate unboxing October FEAR theme






Soo,,,, With the days growing colder, nights growing longer and Halloween creeping closer the theme of Fear feels like a really nice fit. So this month’s Lootcrate was literally packed like hoard of zombies in to a very small mall. It also see the jubilant return of a shirt, and boy it is a creepy one.
If you are unfamiliar with what a subscription box is take a look at my previous unboxings.

So first up we take a look at the shirt, it is a skull… made up of kittens. Adorable It is a little kittens. Now that is seriously weird. It is also one of the ferw shirts I have seen out of a sub-box so far that is sort of neutral. It could work in pretty much any setting. I will still look at it as a sly nog to the first Alien movie since in that movie Jones the ship cat tended to herald dealt by pointy bits. Still a very cool item.

Next up we have a tiiiiny little candy… Supersour Toxic waste… Have not dared to try it. But it is supposed to have watermelon flavour. It is after all Halloween soon. Got to have some weird candy.


Right from Capcom´s brain munching Dead Rising 3 we get the Sledge-saw pen. Because if you like to kill zombies there is no better way than with a sledge-saw. Buy one now and we throw in a free umbrella and a towel… Keep calm. Any way I like this item and while I have no use for it myself it will make for a really nice gift down the line and it Is actually very nice as a display item.



Ok… First let me say this… The next item is a SPOILER for the Walking Dead storyline. So if you are not up to date on it you might want to scroll on down.















Ok this is an art print for the fateful final reunion of the Dixon brothers done by artist JSalvador. The style is very chibi-fied and simply adorable. Not sure there I will put this up but up it goes. It also give a nice and somewhat lighter tone to the pitch black Walking Dead.


And speaking of the Walking Dead. We get a full size comic with a special edition cover just like we did with the Rocket comic. I am not really read up on the comics but I have watched the TV series up to the current season. Still I like these comics and it does indeed remind me that I should pick up the trade paperbacks or the digital version and get back in to reading them.


As a kid I always liked temporary tattoos so the next item holds a sort of nostalgic value to me. We get a set of costume temporary tattoos depicting different bites and a zombie “face” that I have no idea how to get to work. But still very nice and fitting for the time of year. 

We also get another digital item for the game SMITE. While this is not a game I play it will go in to my digital loot pile to be given away at a later date. 

The coolest item this month is without a doubt the book “how to survive a sharknado and other unnatural disasters” this is a nice spoof book and bestiary of the weird and fantastic. It is also I think the only Sharknado related item I would ever consider to pick up. I refuse to put forth even one single Swedish krona in anything that can support that franchise. Sorry… But I simply loath it. But this book on the other hand is bloody brilliant and has the right balance of humor and snark. I will even go as far as to say... Pick it up if you happen to come by it.


We round off with the magazine and pin… this time around with the bonus item of a pair of retro style “3-d” glasses to get the full effect of the cover. The nostalgia is through the roof. They are simply adorable.


Again we wrap up the box on a happy note, I feel I got my value worth but you really should not get these boxes for the value per se. Ge them because they are fun and you like to have something to look forward to each month with a bit of mystery attached. 

Have fun and take care. 

NerdBlock unboxing October


Video review for people on the move.

So… Another Nerd Block. Mostly because the fact that it was curated by Kevin Smith and have a super hero theme. How could I pass it up? Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with that a subscription box is, it is the bags you usually get at conventions and trade shows, but actually filled with good stuff and not just pens… and sent to your door once a month. I have unboxed a few of these already and feel free to check them out.



So the first thing I looked at was the T-shirt. Nerdblock have a shirt in each boc and they are usually pretty awesome. This one was imply awesome beyond words if one happen to be a Kevin Smith fan. It features Jay and Silent Bob as Batman and Robin. Now Kevin Smith is perhaps the biggest Batman fan I have heard about and have on several occasions incorporated Batman in to his on-screen persona Silent Bob such as the famous utility belt and the very meta in-universe comic versions of Jay and silent bob called “Bluntman & Chronic”… Yes… Fun fact… Kevin Smith was in fact not a weed smoker when he wrote his stoner jokes… But has since picked up the habit.


Next up is a very clear VS item with the biggest names in DC and Marvel facing off. These now sit on my backpack because honestly… Fuck growing up boring.  They are nice pins but also just pins. Not the big ticket item.


SmodCo stickers, this was a expeted item but I am happy non the less. It is a stickersheet with various Kevin Smith productions on it such as fatman on batman…Not as pervy as it sounds… and his new movie called Tusk. Not bad, mostly as shipping for stuff like this to Sweden would be insane normally compared to the price of the product.


Arkham  Asylum Post-It pad is absolutely adorable but I am a bit sad there is no special printing on the sticky notes them self. Still it is a very cool little office item and I has been claimed by H and I think it will fit perfect on H´s desk. That place is a mad house to begin with.


Now for the second to best item in the box. A pack of trading cards replicating the ones that agent Coulson carried in the Avengers. They seem to be a bit scaled down but they claim it is a prop replica so I will take their word for it. It will look awesome on my shelf and if I ever get a chance to meet Clark Gregg or Chris Evans I will have them sign them for me.


Next to last we have an I think Windwaker… Mascot dangler for your phone, bag or intimate piercing. I got link holding a urn… I admit... I have not played Windwaker… I fail as a human being.


And the big ticket item this month is a Funko POP! Vinyl of Deadpool. Unmasked and creepy as usual. Thanks to these boxes there is a small collection of bobble heads building in my home, so far we have Groot and now Deadpool. Very nice indeed.


So that was it, I think I got good value out of this box and to be honest I never get them for the value, I get them for the fact that it is Christmas every month. My inner child just bounce around like a maniac every month. I am still not sure how the Windwaker figure fit in to it all but hey, it is still a cute little dangler… and that somehow feels very familiar.

Take care and be safe.

19/10/2014

Who you said…? S08E09 ”Flatline”



Could not sleep, early blogpost... Enjoy.


And we are back in sort of scary episode mode, and to be honest it was a very good episode. Perhaps not as chilling as some of the others but the lack of jump scares alone made it worth it and there was a fresh spin on things. Heck even Clara was likeable this time around. It was also fun to see the Doctor taking a backseat and having to rely on others, a welcome development in his case.

So the story as we know it: The episode opens with a man losing a dimension. Rather jarring I would say. With that mystery afoot we cut to the Doctor and Clara who is still… Well… cheating on Danny as much as one can do in a platonic relationship with a Time-Lord.  That is to say she is lying about going on adventures through time and space by getting back to the very moment she disappeared so that Danny does not notice that she is gone. The Doctor being an unwitting pawn driven by his desire to have a relationship with Clara, no matter the kind.  Any way they set down a bit rough and find them self with a kiddy sized TARDIS. 
Now that would be a awesome playhouse

Something is leeching the dimensional energy in the area. The Doctor sends Clara out to do some recon while he researches what in a small blue box could have gone wrong as this is not one of the TARDIS usual hijinks. Clara comes back to a pocket sized TARDIS with the Doctor trapped inside and have to pick up the mantle of the Doctor. So with the Doctor in her bag she sets out to find out what is wrong, the Doctor following everything from a small bug in her head. Now in good order she soon picks up a companion in the form of a graffiti artist doing community service. Turns out a lot of people have disappeared and the only thing left behind are some weird art. So after some confusion and psychic paper the trio have figured out that they are dealing with two-dimensional beings and before you know it Clara is leading a band of penal workers trying to solve the mystery without getting killed at the same time. The TARDIS get pushed down a shaft and end up on the train tracks, even after some hands-on solution form the Doctor he has to activate something called the “siege mode” in order to survive, turning the TARDIS in the cube form Hellraiser and making it impervious to harm but also shutting the Doctor in with no way out. Left to her own Clara figures out a way to re-power the TARDIS that had been drained by the 2-D creatures as they upgraded them self to 3-D and in one last desperate attempt to give the Doctor a chance to live she tricks the beings to pump their dimension altering powers in to a fake door and by extension the TARDIS. Once free the Doctor says one last prayer for both his own soul and the beings outside before he banish them back to their own dimension and potentially kill them in the process. The episode ends with Clara demanding that the Doctor admit she was a good doctor, his answer is a rather chilling one…. You where an exceptional doctor… Goodness had nothing to do with it. 

Is that a Doctor in your pocket or are you just happy to see me.

So as I said this episode is very much a suspense episode, not an outright horror episode but rather one playing with a low frequency tension  that keep you on the edge of your seat, even if you know that things will in fact work out to the best. It was also nice to see Clara take a more pro-active role and actually doing things rather than being a pawn of the universe that she so often ends up as. The insight on to what it is to be the Doctor also seems to be a bit sobering for her even if her success quickly goes to her head and I am sure that there will be no end of her bringing this fact up. The Doctor as I said was for the most part relegated to the sofa, following the action from afar so to speak until he had to activate the latest in silly TARDIS gimmicks, after that it was pretty much just a slow death for him.

Poor Danny on the other hand was just being cheated on and had no relevance outside that fact but I sense a fairly big conflict coming up there. Or at least I hope there is because in all honesty I usually call the Doctor an arse but in this specific case Clara is a as big if not bigger arse and stunningly selfish. I´d say that the Doctor being a lot less of an arse was refreshing as his behavior as of late is gruff and quirky-hostile far beyond what is needed or motivated.
 
It is indeed adorable
So if I am going to look at a theme for this episode I’d say it is very much perspective, both in the very literal way and the switching of roles between the Doctor and Clara. Both having to reevaluate what they know about each other and what their respective roles means. Again we see some nice character development in Clara during the episode only to have it wiped out in the last couple of minutes bringing us back to status quo for the next episode. I hope it will have some relevance beyond another thing for Clara to be smug over. The Doctor showing remorse in the face of an enemy is nice to see as he have  come off a lot like a man with almost Cyberman like detachment to the planet he has taken upon himself to protect.  

Now it is worth noting again that this season have been literally submerged in small nods to earlier seasons, I think I brought it up in my E01 review but it is worth mentioning again as it is a fun read to try and find them all.

This is it for this time, take care and be safe.