Tuesday, July 25, 2017

John Cena vs Shinsuke Nakamura

You’re telling me this will be on SmackDown LIVE for free?  Vince McMahon has lost his mind.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nintendo Disappoints me Again

Tomorrow is the release day of the next installment of the 30th anniversary Zelda amiibo which features 3 different versions of Link which are from Twilight Princess, Skyward Sword and Majora's Mask.  For some unknown reason Nintendo decided to release each amiibo as a store exclusive to EB Games (Twilight Princess), Best Buy (Majora's Mask) and Amazon (Skyward Sword) here in Canada.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to reserve any of these amiibo, and most likely won’t be able to buy them.  While I was aware of the pre-order dates, I decided to not pre-order because as a collector I prefer the experience of entering a store and selecting the best version I want.  It’s something I have been doing ever since the first amiibo released.  I never imagined that Nintendo Canada would make these so limited that they would sell out on pre-orders.  Online they sold out within minutes, and in-store some stores received between 8-10 figures while other locations didn’t receive any at all.

I’m now left angry and disappointed by Nintendo for using these evil marketing strategies to garner hype for its brand.  And I do mean hype because it’s not about the money.  If it were about the money, the NES Classic Edition would have been released in large quantities and made Nintendo millions.  While I’m sure Nintendo must have some reasoning behind its marketing strategy, I feel like there are times when intentionally depriving the market of some popular item can have negative consequences.  Beyond disappointing loyal fans, and leaving profits on the table I feel like it consequently creates a need for piracy.


As a disappointed Nintendo fan I now feel justified in looking for NFC enabled amiibo cards.  NFC (Near Field Communications) cards are unofficial Nintendo cards that contain all the data from one particular amiibo figure.  You then basically scan the tag on the card and it works as if it were the original amiibo figure.  If you can’t even buy the original figure in a store, then this is the best option for people who want to enjoy the full amiibo experience from their Nintendo games.  So this is my only option now, especially because the resell market is too expensive and profits don’t support Nintendo either.  I can imagine this is how people who weren’t able to get the NES Classic Edition must feel when they resort to getting a NES Raspberry Pi in order to play those games.

By the way, how can Nintendo consider itself a kid’s company when in order to get Skyward Sword Link amiibo you need to have an Amazon account, linked to a credit card, with a shipping address?

Friday, June 16, 2017

World of Nintendo The Legend of Zelda Skull Kid Toy

Skull Kid was first seen in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.  I remember the first time I came across him; it was a spooky moment.  I say this because he was a young boy dancing alone in the woods.  His dancing movement was so life-like, I almost felt sad that I wasn’t able to approach him and help him (assuming he was lost in the woods).  Ocarina of Time was really one of the first video games I felt emotional towards the characters; characters that I cared about and wanted to befriend (Zelda, Malon, Saria, Epona, etc…), this is why Ocarina of Time is one of my most beloved games.
Officially though, Skull Kid didn’t become an official Zelda franchise character until Majora’s Mask.  This is the version that Jakks Pacific released for their World of Nintendo toy line; which includes Majora’s Mask as an accessory.   This toy is part of series 2-2 from the line, and was released in 2016.  I am utterly impressed by the quality of this figure because it has numerous articulation, is made of distinctive colourful plastic pieces, and the paint job is very clean.  I’d go so far as to say this is the best figure Jakks Pacific has released from their World of Nintendo toy line.
While I wasn’t planning on collecting this toy line (outside of a couple Link figures) the quality of this Skull Kid has ignited in me the desire to collect more figures.  While I have read other complaints about loose joints, my view is that their figures are for adult collectors (not going to play with them); and as such these figures are excellent for displaying along with the original games in a nice display.
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Friday, May 26, 2017

Casio G-Shock DW-6900CS-1CU

Here’s a watch I’m sure would have been highly sought after if it would have been nicknamed the Xbox G-Shock.  I say this because the colorway reminds me of the colors used on the original Xbox released in 2001.  That console, just like this watch comes in a black colorway with green and white highlights.
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Nike Air Foamposite Pro Asteroids

Here’s my first pair of Nike foamposites Pro’s: nicknamed Asteroids.  I never thought I would own a pair because they retail very expensive at $250 US.  You can blame Gentry Humphrey for the skyrocket price on retail because he took over the Hardaway line in 2012.  But like most of his awful leadership, after milking a sneaker line of terrible ideas and cheap quality, the hype dies and eventually the sneakers hit outlets.  That’s where I came in and was able to scoop this pair up for significantly less.
I’m not terribly in love with this colorway, but it is a foamposite and I figured I might as well see what all the hype is about.  Truthfully I don’t remember this model when it first released; and only became interested in it once I heard others talk about it on forums.  One thing I do like about this sneaker is how it’s built to last and how it molds around your foot over time; that’s pretty impressive for sneaker technology that is over 20 years old.  While (thankfully) Gentry is long gone, and the foamposite line has gotten back on track in prestige I’m still glad I was able to get this pair and experience a classic Nike sneaker firsthand.
Brand: Nike
Name: Nike Air Foamposite Pro PRM “Asteroid”
Year: 2013
Product Code: 616750600
Additional: Foamposite Pro models carries a Swoosh on the side, and lack Hardaway insignias.  This model was supposed to be part of the “Area 72” sneaker line that feature the Nike character RayGun.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

NES Classic Edition Box variation

Here’s something I noticed this week; the final release box of the NES Classic mini is slightly different from the original release.  First, the golden “Official Nintendo Seal” has been moved from the bottom right corner to the left just above the red Nintendo logo.  Second the bottom right corner now has the ESRB rating label.  I’m not a hacker so I’m not sure if this final release NES mini console is different from the first batch.

Nintendo:
www.nintendo.com

Sunday, April 2, 2017

WrestleMania 33

Congratulations Randy Orton on your 13th time as WWE Champion!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Nintendo Switch Arcade

Here’s an idea that totally blew my mind; a mini arcade cabinet for the Nintendo Switch.  This custom made cabinet (which is now sold out) was made by ShigeryuShop on etsy.com.  I love this idea because I grew up going to the arcade as a kid, and seeing this NEO GEO really brings back memories.  I can’t even imagine how many custom themed arcade cabinets I would love to see.  For example; you have to have an original Donkey Kong (the one that started it all), Super Mario Bros., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel vs Capcom, etc.  And I’m sure Nintendo could also release a special arcade controller to add an even greater arcade feel.

Nintendo Switch socle Arcade cabinet:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/517830489/nintendo-switch-socle-arcade-cabinet-3d

Friday, March 17, 2017

Southpaw Regional Wrestling Shirt

Dear WWE,

When y’all have Southpaw Regional Wrestling t-shirts, size extra large?  I am ready with my $10, plus shipping.  It's still real to me dammit!

Your #1 fan,

Piper2381


Friday, March 10, 2017

Nike LeBron 13 USA

On a recent trip to a Nike outlet I was able to buy this pair of Nike LeBron XIII’s that were on sale.  The model is called USA because it’s inspired by the Team USA Olympic team, which unfortunately LeBron was not a part of in Rio 2016.  While I usually prefer the comfort of retro’s I decided to buy these to check out the latest in sneaker technology.  Unfortunately I find the sneakers uncomfortable because they’re narrow, and I have wide feet.  I also dislike their minimal breathability, and a strap-like piece that presses down on my feet.  While the shoes do look very beautiful this is one model I recommend people passing on.
Brand: Nike
Name: Nike LeBron 13 USA
Year: 2016
Product Code: 807219-461
Additional:  Team USA Olympic inspired colorway
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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Release day

Finally after years of waiting... I now have Breath of the Wild.  I love the packing for this Special Edition.  (I hope Mario Odyssey gets the same treatment)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Royal Rumble 2017

Congratulations Randy Orton... again… on winning the Royal Rumble.  That win was straight out of nowhere!

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Legend of Zelda 20 inch Link Figure

A while back I was able to find an action figure of Link from the Legend of Zelda.  That find was incredible because growing up Nintendo never made any toys.  The only one I remember was the version shown in the Ocarina of Time N64 insert.  Flash-forward 20 years and Nintendo is finally franchising their video game characters.  Besides action figures, Nintendo is also allowing a plethora of toys and merchandise to be released.
One of these unique items is this 20 inch giant figure of Link made by Jakks Pacific.  This version of Link is based off of the Skyward Sword version, just like the previous 4 inch figure.  Besides the size, the only difference between the two is that the giant version has less articulation.  This is my only criticism of the figure because less articulation makes it difficult to pose Link.  But other than that the figure is highly detailed and well made.  The paint is nicely applied with very little run off, and Link’s outfit even has textured chainmail.
Included as accessories are a shield, sword and a sheath (a holster); all of which are highly detailed.  Jakks Pacific did a great job on packaging as well because Link can be displayed without having to remove him from his open display box.  Its great releases such as this one that makes me happy that Jakks Pacific has the World of Nintendo toy line because you can tell they want to please their fans; by going beyond the minimum and including all these details at a great price.  As long as they keep up the great job, I’ll keep collecting (if only they weren’t that difficult to hunt for).
Jakks Pacific:
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Star Wars Rise of the Jedi

Last week I got a little bored and started thinking of Star Wars.  I thought of how great Rogue One was, and how it paid so much fan service.  The movie fit so nicely into the Star Wars universe by adding to the story, expanding the story and most importantly binding loose ends together.  The fan service was so high that I was able to predict the ending of the movie; Spoiler Alert, everyone dying and their efforts resulting in the beginning of A New Hope.  I had hoped (no pun intended) that it would end with Princess Leia (R.I.P.) because that’s how episode IV started, and when it did I felt rewarded.

Well moving on to last week and thinking of Rogue One, I thought how nice a movie that went even further back in the Star Wars universe would be.  Of course it would also tie in with the past movies and also expand and define the current Star Wars universe.  My story abbreviated would be of a very young Yoda and Darth Plagueis The Wise.  It would be the classic story of good vs. evil, where it would show how Yoda (the good) became a Jedi and Darth Plagueis (the evil) became corrupt with power.  Eventually Darth Plagueis own thirst for power became his own agony as he was defeated by his own apprentice.  Though it was believed he had died, his spirit remained, tortured by his betrayal; he would stay in purgatory until one day he would rise again as Snoke.

As I started to develop my story I was able to connect parts from other films to my story.  But then I thought to myself that this was probably one of the nerdiest things I have done in a long time; develop my own Star Wars movie.  So I decided to forget the story.  Then suddenly yesterday I was surprised by the announcement that the next Star Wars film would be called The Last Jedi.  I thought it was funny because I would have called my movie the First Jedi; in honor of Yoda.  But now that the official title of episode VIII has been released, I would like to call my movie, Star Wars Rise of the Jedi.  In the future I hope to one day write the story of my movie and post it on here, but for now the build up to The Last Jedi will keep me fantasizing.