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CapWolf finds a new home (May 21, 2017)

05/21/2017 Leave a comment

Ah, CapWolf.

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The CapWolf head joins my other artifacts.  | Want a challenge? Can you name all the 19 artifacts in this picture? How about the toy lines that I took them from?

Another addition to my personal collection.[i]

For those of you who may be too young or unaware of the history of CapWolf, it is a Captain America (Volume 1) story that ran for six issues (#402-#407) way back in 1992.   The gist of the story: Captain America turns into a werwolf and dukes it out with Logan.  After the dust settles, Cap manages to regain human form.

I know.  It not one of the better ideas of the early 90’s but it was certainly one of the more memorable ones…so memorable in fact that it was released as a graphic novel a couple or so years ago. Read more…

Jomar Bulda Fundraising Drive (May 10-23, 2017)

05/20/2017 Leave a comment
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Superior (Issue #4 | Page #15) summary: “Chris, Simon Pooni’s best friend, is roughed up by Sharpie and his gang while attempting to take an ill-advised shortcut through “Sharpie’s neighborhood.”

As a way to join in on the collective efforts of the comic book community, I have donated this original inked Superior page (Issue #4 | Page #15) and left it with the kind people of Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. over at their Fort branch.

Art by Leinil Francis Yu and inked by Gerry Alanguilan, Superior (2010) holds the Guinness Book of World Records for being the fastest comic ever produced as well as having the most number of creators working on a single comic.

Sir Gerry signed the piece at the Komikero Komiks Museum in San Pablo City on August 13, 2016, while Leinil added his signature during Free Comic Book Day 2017 at Filbar’s Megamall.

Contact Druid’s Keep/DK Collectibles, Inc. for pricing and other details. Read more…

Happy Mother’s Day! The Village People 40th Anniversary concert (May 14, 2017) 

05/15/2017 Leave a comment
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Clockwise: The Village People honor the Philippines during their song, “In The Navy” (1978). | Promo Poster of The Village People and Bjorn Again. | The KIA Theater prior to the start of the show. | Our tickets are printed out and ready!

MOM = Maker of Miracles

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

Whenever I give a talk and ask participants what they do, there have been some occasions wherein the mother’s in the audience find it difficult to share that they are housewives.

Should that ever happen, I always make it a point to tell everyone that being a housewife–being a mother–is the most important job in the world!

Think about it.

No days offs.

No pay.

Rinse and repeat.

So hats off to all the mom’s out there and enjoy your special day.

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Review Alien: Covenant [Non-Spoiler Edition] (May 8, 2017)

05/10/2017 Leave a comment
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Clockwise: Tedi squares off with the Xenomorph. | Poster of Alien: Covenant. | A couple of tickets to the big show.

Lots of firsts with watching Alien: Covenant this evening:  First advance screening for 2017 and my first time to catch a movie in Trinoma.

If you’ve never watched a movie in Trinoma, now would probably be the time to do so as their cinemas[i] have several rows of La-Z-Boy recliner chairs!

Word of advice though, don’t recline your chair during quite moments in the movie.  They can make the most embarrassing sounds.

Review: Alien: Covenant (2017) 

As a fan of the Alien franchise[ii], there was no doubt that I would catch Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant as soon it came out in theatres–if not before.  And on that note, thanks again to my brother and everyone at 20th Century Fox Philippines for having me. Read more…

Review: ‘Alien Covenant In Utero’ VR Experience in Trinoma (May 8, 2017)

05/09/2017 Leave a comment
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Clockwise: I have arrived…at the ‘Alien Covenant In Utero’ Exhibit. | The VR Experience. | Happy smiles. | Alien Covenant in Utero poster. | D by the sign.

Before catching the advance screening of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, our group made it a point to drop by the ‘Alien Covenant In Utero‘ Virtual Reality (VR) Experience/Exhibit located right outside the Trinoma Cinema area.

The small exhibit featured a visual history of the Alien franchise as well as posters charting the life cycle of the Xenomorph: Starting with the Xenomorph egg, followed by the facehugger, then the chestburster[ii], and finally the Xenomorph.

But the highlight of the exhibit was the free, 360 degree virtual experience that puts moviegoers inside the body of an alien Neomorph just as it bursts from the back of Ledward.[i] Read more…

A Dying Medium: Compact Discs (May 8, 2017)

05/08/2017 Leave a comment
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Spyro Gyra’s Access All Areas (top) and Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1 compact discs.

I almost forgot.

In addition to the two Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons that I lucked out in getting yesterday, I also picked up a couple of used discs: Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1[i] and Spyro Gyra’s first live album entitled, Access All Areas.

These albums were without their inserts but I knew what I was holding in my hands and scooped them up right away at a fraction of the cost.

To think, this was how everyone used to listen to music.[ii]

Short history lesson 

Back in the early 90’s, Compact Discs (CD) were the thing!  A literal upgrade in quality from the bulky Vinyl, 8-track, and cassette tapes.  It was the only way to get music back then as digital downloads were still in its infancy.  CD’s also had a long lifespan–unless you left them under direct sunlight–and were reported to be good for a couple of thousand plays before encountering any problems.

Well enough of that and back to the albums that I got. Read more…

A Grendizer kind of day: Review of Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons (May 7, 2017)

05/07/2017 Leave a comment
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Clockwise: Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection literature on the gashapon machine. | The Grendizer Spazer. | The Grendizer part prior to attaching it to the Spazer. | The Grendizer UFO robot pieces after I removed them from their plastic container. | Some new toys to add to my collection.

Exposure to the past

In my book, part of being a good parent is taking the initiative to expose your children to the things that you grew up with.  There are quite a few, starting with: Values, Customs, Interests, etc.

Did I say interests?

Back in the Betamax days and when I was still in single digits, I remember watching a cartoon called Grendizer[i].  It was awesome![ii]  It featured a flying UFO saucer (called Spazer) that spit out a single-pilot robot.  Much like other earth protector robots before him, Grendizer would cut up his enemies by the end of each episode.  UFO Grendizer also had cool weapons like Double SickleScrew Crusher Punch, and Space Thunder!  Lastly, the show even had Mazinger Z’s Koji Kabuto serve as a sidekick of sorts.

As I dial back my thoughts to those moments, we really had the best cartoons…with all due respect to Adventure Time, Rick and Morty, Clarence and whatever else the kids are watching these days on Cartoon Network.

Anyway, I decided to dig up those old Grendizer tapes and show them to my son.  So far, we’ve gone through 1 1/2 episodes so the jury is still out if he is going to like it as much as say The Real Ghostbusters.

Review: Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons

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