Friday, August 25, 2017

Batman Year One Part 1 Issue #404

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Advice for getting the SNES Classic Edition in Canada

The SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) mini will release on September 29th for $99.99.  Nintendo has stated that it will be a limited release and will stop production by the end of the year.  While it might seem ridiculous to most that Nintendo is making the SNES mini limited, you have to remember that Nintendo has always made certain items limited since 1985.  As a life-long Nintendo fan this has been frustrating, but I understand it.  Hype Sells.  Also, all these retro games will eventually be sold on the Virtual Console (a service that lets you download retro games onto modern consoles).

Saturday, August 5, 2017

New Era MLB Retro Classic Collection

New Era’s MLB Classic Collection is a throwback to their 90’s Pro Model fitteds.  These retro hats feature 100% wool material, a New Era tag, grey underbrim, white sweatband, flat embroidery, and are made in the USA.  This release has revitalized my interest in New Era fitteds after years of poorly made polyester hats.  I knew it was time to quit collecting on-field fitteds as soon as the MLB batter man was missing his hat, and occasionally the ball on the logo.  Thankfully New Era has corrected all their quality control issues and has made an immaculate product.  Every stitch is perfect, the crown is true the original, and the sizing is correct (past hats could be off by 3 sizes).
Please note that unlike their Heritage Wool series from a few years back the MLB Classic Collection doesn’t have 3D embroidery, the New Era logo on the side of the hat, or a black sweatband.  Admittedly these are more subjective preferences on a fitted that I’m personally indifferent about.  Although I do love seeing the return of the white sweatband, a feature that I used to hate but I have now grown to love.  Just seeing a brand new pristine white sweatband just makes it look so much better.  For now I have only purchased the Away blue, Blue Jays fitted but I do plan on getting the whole Jays collection eventually.
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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.

Friday, July 21, 2017

World of Nintendo: The Wind Waker Toon Link (Wind Waker version)

When I first started collecting World of Nintendo figures from Jakks Pacific I never imagined the toy line would go so deep as to include various versions of Link.  Especially considering Nintendo having such strident restriction on licensing Nintendo figures other than Super Mario in the past.  Thankfully the prosperous toy line has been allowed to blossom and we’re now getting Toon Link from The Wind Waker game.  Actually to be correct, we’re getting two versions of Toon Link; one with the Wind Waker accessory and another one with just his shield as an accessory.
This version of Toon Link with the Wind Waker was the only version I could find in my city.  Unfortunately World of Nintendo figures are unpredictable and difficult to find when a new wave is released.  Sometimes certain figures that are abundant in the US, aren’t even released in Canada.  Regardless of that, I’m just so happy to finally add Toon Link to my collection.  The quality of this toy is astonishing because the only way you can get toys like this now is through importing them from Japan.  So it’s amazing that Jakks Pacific is delivering this high quality for a reasonable price of $12-$17 in Canada.

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.  Officially this watch is a Casio G-Shock model DW-6900CS-1CU.
While the colorway and the model type is nice, my one complaint about this watch is that it’s a negative display.  I hate negative displays because in direct sunlight they’re difficult to read.  Of course all of this goes away in the dark when you shine that lume and it gives you a clear reading.  However this isn’t enough for me to recommend this model and I hope that the popularity of negative display watches goes away because I’m left with having to pass on nice colorway watches simply because they’re negative displays.
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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.

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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:
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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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