LEGO Brand Retail
Dec 052013
 

My normal collecting mania is Star Trek, but lately I have been sticking to just getting LEGO stuff instead. Then of course Hasbro came out with the Kre-o Star Trek line and I had to have it all!

Look at all this cool stuff! (Some of which Target has on clearance…I almost wish I had waited. But maybe now I can get doubles of everything.)

 

Dec 042013
 

I am an admitted brickoholic.

This past month has been a whirlwind of LEGO buying and building. Started with the LEGO store’s annual VIP event. Which is an invitation only event that I have been going to for the past 3 years now (guess because I buy so much from them…if only there was a way to get credit for all the sets I buy from Toys R Us and Target too). In the past we were given a discount at the register, so this year I had planned on buying the two big sets I have wanted for the past year but never got.  So as November neared an end I never got my invite from LEGO. I gave the store a call and I was on their list so they told me when it was and to come on in they would have my invitation there for me. YEAH!

So off I went had a grand time and met some great folks from DelVaLUG and a very nice BrickLink dealer who is starting up a blog. Got me some great LEGO sets and had some fun.

Afterwards I hopped online and joined the online forums for both PennLUG and DelVaLUG. Maybe I will start going to meetings and get to hang out with other AFOLs and learn a few tricks on building. Right now my attention is geared more toward LEGO trains. I have been setting up my 9 volt track under our tree for years and I want to expand it.

I bought my first remote controlled (power functions) train this month too and set it up under the tree at work. So I will have to find a way to work out the battery operated trains into my new train world. But I don’t know if you can do good old fashioned steam locomotives or if it is just new-fangled trains that are big enough to house all the power functions gadgets.

Lego Adventure Vol 2 Also got a pretty cool book: The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More! Now I need to make me a TRAGON. That’s a train dragon.

But wait the LEGO purchasing madness does not stop there. LEGO.com had a great black friday sale so I scooped up a bunch a storage boxes, a 2014 calendar, and a few sets. They should be arriving soon.

Yesterday, Target.com had a sale on LEGO sets so I grabbed a few there too. Now to find room for all of them and time to build them all!

Jul 312013
 

This set has been a long time coming. It was a fan made set presented to LEGO via the site CUUSOO. Where you can submit your sets and if they follow the guidelines and get enough support they can be made into a real LEGO set as is the case with the cool Delorean Time Machine set. Sadly I have to wait until tomorrow to actually buy it at LEGO.com though.

 

Back to the Future LEGO

 

Check out the original Back to the Future LEGO CUUSOO project to compare the fan model with the LEGO model.

The official announcement and news about the project are available over at the LEGO CUUSOO blog.

Dec 192012
 

Here is my review that Yelp.com seems to have flagged/filtered/removed for their own stupid reasons.

Five Stars ***** for 1Up Collectibles

This is the best comic shop in the area hands down!

I have had issues with other shops giving you attitude (think Comic Book Guy in the Simpsons). NOT HERE.

The owner is super friendly and knowledgeable about his products (and customers). I went in looking for back issues because my previous store had screwed up my subscriptions so bad I was missing loads of issues. When they did not have them in stock he went out of his way to find them for me and I have been a regular ever since.

Since I have started getting my subscriptions here there have been a few hiccups but every single one of them was dealt with promptly and with superior customer service.

For one of the best in shop comic book experiences around head to 1Up Collectibles.


I feel censored by them when I come in and give a good review only to have it disappear because they feel my review (my thoughts, my opinions) are not valid. Instead of removing these supposedly bought/paid for reviews why not simply require us to put in a FCC disclaimer at the end of every review (we have to do it for blog posts why shouldn’t they have to do it as well?) Then the world could judge for itself if the review is valid or not.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: I was not given anything in exchange for this review. Unless you count the bag full of comics I come home with every time I visit 1Up Collectibles, but I pay for those…oh yeah…I do get a discount but that’s part of my subscription service (anyone will get that if they subscribe), so I don’t think that counts as a gift. Besides it was not in exchange for this review.

Aug 062012
 

Selling this to help the Blind Cat Sanctuary. Please bid.

Aug 062012
 

Selling this to help the Blind Cat Sanctuary. Please bid.

Aug 062012
 

Selling this to help the Blind Cat Sanctuary. Please bid.

Jul 132012
 

With the new Batman Dark Knight Rises film coming out this summer, I really wanted to get a Batman costume this year for Halloween. Heck there is even still time to get one before the film hits the theaters if you wish to go to the midnight showing dressed as the Dark Knight.

Batman Costume For a great selection of Batman costumes check out Costume Discounters. The have a great selection of Batman (classic), Batgirl and Dark Knight costumes.

I got the Dark Knight costume hoping it would actually fit me this year after having lost some weight. (Yay it did, mostly.) This costume includes everything you need to jump in your Batmobile and hit the convention, movie or party right out of the package. Costume comes complete with the iconic Batman cowl with attached cape, one piece costume, boot covers and utility belt.

All the adult costumes have a padded muscle chest piece, which looks nice but doesn’t feel great wearing it. For women this can act as further disguise of who you are underneath that cowl, but the chest piece is rather broad across the shoulders and does not allow for easy moment. Idela if all you want to do is strike a superhero pose with shoulders back and hands on hips (like the photo). This is not a big deal if you are only going to be in it for a few hours at a party or the movies, but if you plan on spending all day at a comic con you might want to see about altering it.

The material is a light weight polyester (stretchy material) that makes the costume easy to get on and should not make you over heat too quickly. However, it is not too thin of a material that it would make you uncomfortable wearing it.

Some much needed accessories would be gauntlets (gloves) and Batarangs, but not necessary for a good Batman look.

I highly recommend that you take the costume out of the package long before you want to wear and reform the cowl and utility belt as they are not ready to go straight out of the box, so to speak.

This is an official DC Comics licensed Batman costume.

Disclosure: I was sent this Batman costume by Costume Discounters for this review. This in no way guides this review or my opinion of the products. All comments and remarks are my own.

Mar 262011
 

Being a child of the 80s the Go-Go’s are a big deal to me. They were one of the first bands I really liked and I still like their music even if it isn’t like all the other dark, gloomy, heavy stuff I usually listen too. The Go-Go’s will remain a favorite band of mine. That being said, it is with extreme pleasure (and a little bit of jealousy as I would like to keep this) that get to give away this autographed CD insert from the Go-Go’s signed by all five band members. This was given to me by band member Jane Wiedlin (you can also win signed copies of her Lady Robotika comic over at ScifiSlacker.com).

She donated these great prizes to help us raise money for One By One Cat Rescue during SCIFIpawty (a virtual science fiction convention my cat Boris holds every year).

So how do you go about entering our contest? Just answer the trivia question in the comments below and you are entered into our random drawing for this super awesome prize.

Want more chances to win? Donate to our charity using the same email address as the used to answer the question below and you’ll get another entry for every $5 you donate.

Donate herehttp://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/kelly-hoffman/boriskitty1×1

Answer this Question in the comments: Where was Jane on March 11th to 13th? (hint)

Fine Print: No purchase necessary, void where prohibited, odds of winning depends on number of entries. One entry per person, household, email address, etc. Contest ends 4/5/11.

Oct 202010
 

Call me crazy (hahaha very funny), but I love this Wampa Rug. It is an officially licensed Star Wars product made by ThinkGeek.com (gotta love those geeks).

I already have the TaunTaun sleeping bag (and I have to make a lightsaber noise every time I open it too). It keeps me toasty warm on those cold Hoth winter nights.

Apparently the slave girl is not included with the Wampa Rug, sorry fan boys.

Feb 192010
 

Collecting gold coins is not only a fun hobby but a great investment too. You can share the fun of buying gold coins with the whole family.

Check out Goldline.com for some very interesting facts about gold coins as well as informative price quotes on the current value of your gold collection.

If only I had collected gold coins instead of Star Trek action figures my collection could actually be worth something now instead of just sitting in my storage locker taking up room and costing me money. Sadly I know more about Star Trek than I do about trading gold. Thank goodness for Goldline International and their very informative site. Now I will have some knowledge should I decide to change those Trek toys into gold, literally.

Sponsored by Goldline International

Jun 032009
 

A co-worker pointed out the pointy eared little buggers to me last week and the more I think about them the more I want them!

Spock Bear is of course my first choice if I were to only get one.

Spock Bear Kirk Bear

My niece told me that everybody should own a Vermont Teddy Bear and I must say I think I agree with her!