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Funko POP!: A Completists Paradise…or Nightmare (July 22, 2018)

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Despite the growing popularity of the Funko POP! Vinyl line in the Philippines, I’ve held off[i] buying any of their products largely due to their simplicity and lack of articulation.  I think I may have also reached a point wherein I swore I would never buy anything Funko.

Well, that all change in 2017 when I was introduced[ii] to Adult Swim’s animated science fiction adventure comedy series called Rick and Morty.  If that introduction wasn’t enough, I was completely hooked after watching this video below (Note: This is the uncensored version.):

I know right!  This show has everything!  An 80’s nod here and there.

I could totally relate.

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My Rick and Morty Funko Pop! Collection Checklist (Part 1 of 3): Finding the GameStop and Hot Topic exclusives will be a tall order.

Interest leads to Want

But like with many other things in life, interest oftentimes leads to Want. With Want sometimes gets confused with Need.

That’s where Funko comes in—supplying that void called Want/Need.  The toy manufacturer gained the licensing rights to produce Rick and Morty merchandise and boy, did they produce.  As of this post, there have been 45 regular and exclusive Vinyl figures, 2 regular and exclusive POP! Rides, and a 2-pack exclusive that have been released into primary and secondary markets. Read more…

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Comic Odyssey’s Captain America (2018) #1 Signing Event (July 8, 2017)

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Captain America #1 Signing 2018

Clockwise: Leinil (Right) and Gerry share a moment. | Photo opportunity with Leinil and Gerry. Thanks guys for signing my books and pages. | Photo with Bucky Captain America! | The stuff I had signed at the event.[ii]

Earlier this afternoon, I proceeded to Comic Odyssey’s newest branch on Level 3 of Robinson’s Galleria for the Captain America (Volume #9 | Issue #1) signing event featuring Leinil Francis Yu and Gerry Alanguilan.

The event, scheduled from 1pm onwards, was held in the common area directly in front of Comic Odyssey.  The open space not only gave the guest artists and patrons more breathing room but also served to attract fans/passersby who were otherwise unaware of the Captain America signing.[i] Read more…

Marvel Run Philippines 2018 (July 7, 2018)

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Marvel Run Philippines 2018

Clockwise: Part of our Premium Race Pack (not pictured is the Marvel-themed drawstring bag) | Making my way though a sea of runners. | We did it!

One of the things that my son wanted for his birthday was to participate in the very first Marvel themed run in the Philippines.  Now how could any parent–especially this parent–say no to that request!

Held at the Block 16, SM Mall of Asia Event Grounds, we arrived in time for a number of ColorRun Manila pre-run activities such as the “Stan Lee” interview and the Asgardian stretching exercises led by The Amazing Spider-Man and Loki: The God of Mischief.

Not long after the 10K runners sped off, our Captain America themed group positioned ourselves near the starting gate and the next thing we knew, confetti flew through the air to signal the start of our 5k race.

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Starting your Starbucks Card Collection [Yoda Style Jedi Training] (December 31, 2017)

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Clockwise: Just some of 30+ cards that I have in my personal collection. | My last Frap for the year…and until November 2018 for that matter.  They got the spelling of my name wrong but it’s all good.

During the latter part of 2017, I noticed that I’ve slowly amassed a stack of Philippine issued Starbucks Cards.  It was never my intention to collect them–it just happened.  But I am getting ahead of myself; for you guys to understand the genesis of this collection, we need to go back to the beginning.

2013

Four years ago, I purchased the first two local card designs released in the country with the intention of maximizing their new My Starbucks Rewards Program.  The rewards program offered a number of enticing incentives such as a free drink–of the patron’s choice-when they registered their Starbucks Card over at www.starbuckscard.ph; a free Grande drink for every accumulated twelve (12) Beverage Stars; the option of pooling all of your future Starbucks Cards into a single account; and a free slice of cake during the registered card holder’s birthday[i]. Read more…

Not a popular opinion: My take on Star Wars: The Last Jedi (December 13, 2017)

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Star Wars Movie Night: We caught the 4:00 pm showing on Day 2 of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. | The Skywalker Genogram: Prior to watching Episode VIII, I explained the lineage of Ben Solo with the help a Genogram.  In hindsight, I should have also put in Anakin’s Mom–Shmi Skywalker Lars and her husband Cliegg Lars.  If it were to be even more detailed, Owen (Cliegg’s only son with his late wife Aika) and his wife Beru would also be included.

Disclaimer: If you haven’t watched Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, don’t read any further.

Are you sure you want to know what I think?

Well, you have been warned.

The Internal Debate

Before I begin, I just wanted to say that this was probably one of the most difficult posts that I’ve ever written to date. Largely in part to the fact that I’ve broken the first rule in blogging—I stopped writing solely for myself and have taken into account what others may feel about my opinions on the film.

And there have been many. Read more…

Review: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (December 12, 2017)

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My favorite photo: One of Uncharted 4’s many new features is the ability to take in-game photos.  The game is filled with a number of stunning visuals from places like Italy, Scotland, Madagascar, etc.  However, this framed photo (from inside the Drake house) is arguably my favorite.  It simply resonates with me.

So…what ever happened to moving onto Uncharted: Among Thieves (2009)?

Well, life happened.

Outside of a few games of NBA 2K18 with my uncle, my PS4 had sadly gone into semi-retirement.

That is until our US vacation last November wherein I had some downtime and was able to try out a few levels of PS4’s Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016). Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the little that I saw: Improved gameplay (e.g., For instance, Nathan Drake can now use a grappling hook and (as the game progresses) a piton to scale those hard-to-reach places); seamless transition between the aforementioned gameplay and motion-captured dialogue scenes; and—what was probably the highlight for me—top notched writing[i]. Read more…

That Steady Starbucks Diet: Procuring that 2018 Starbucks Planner (December 10, 2017)

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2018 Starbucks Planner

Ready for 2018: Pictured are large and pocket-sized 2018 Starbucks Planners and their Special Edition debt cards. They are housed in the brown pouches that came with the 2017 Starbucks Planner.

As I write this entry, I am immediately reminded of Michael Coreleone’s (Al Pacino) famous line from Godfather III,

Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

Granted, Coreleone was referring to his waning attempt towards legitimize his business and professional affairs, but I have always felt that my annual quest to procure yet another Starbucks Planner (or two) resonates just as loudly.

Every year it is the same story and—for better or for worse—it usually results in the same outcome…with just a different year on the cover.

The thing is, as much as I like the annual planners, I know that this cannot go on forever.  There is only so much joy (and calories) that a watered down Green Tea Frappuccino and Roasted Chicken Pesto and Shitake Mushroom sandwich[i] can bring. Factoring in the financial cost, it makes it just that more difficult to sustain indefinitely. Read more…