Monday, September 15, 2014

Hokey Halloween Horror: Dead End Zone from Yankee Candle

     Fall means two of my absolutely favorite things in the World: Halloween and Football.  This year for their annual Halloween series Yankee Candle has decided to combine both with the Dead End Zone.    The headless player stands about 5 inches tall and was one of the sturdiest pieces in this year's Yankee Candle Halloween line.  The candle is designed for a tea light either authentic or electronic.  The Legendary Candle company does a great job with these as you can see the little touches that set these pieces apart such as: the #13 jersey and the Dead End Zone play on words on the tombstone.  You also have to love how the headless player cradles his head like a pigskin with an old school helmet to top it all off.  This line from Yankee Candle is the perfect blend of slightly horrific and the cutesy Halloween that alot of families are looking for.  Thus making it the perfect first Halloween decoration for my fiancee' and I's new home.  If you would like to score in the Dead End Zone this Halloween season you can pick up this guy for $20 at,  Also if you spend over $35 dollar at Yankee Candle now you get $25 grave candy dish in this line for only $10.  

Confirmed: EPIC

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Richard Kiel, A.K.A. Jaws from James Bond, Has Passed Away

     Just wanted to pay a quick tribute to the awesome Richard Kiel who was probably best known for playing the giant metal mouth henchmen Jaws in both The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker and in some of the more recent Bond video games. He also played Kanamit in The Twilight Zone episode "To Serve Man," Mr. Larson in Happy Gillmore, and dozens of other roles in both television and film. Mr. Kiel passed away yesterday. Mr. Kiel: You were by far one of the most iconic Bond villains ever and will never be forgotten so long as spy movies exist!

     For Bond fans keeping count, actor Gottfried John who played General Arkady Grigorovich Ourumov in GoldenEye also passed away earlier this month. This is just really odd because this past month or so I've been on such a Bond kick again. I even have pulled out my Nintendo 64 and have been playing GoldenEye on it.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hokey Halloween Horror: Caramel Apple Jolly Rancher Crunch 'n Chew

     I'm not sure if these are new or not this year, but this is certainly the first time I recall seeing Caramel Apple flavored Jolly Ranchers. More specifically, these are Caramel Apple flavored Jolly Rancher Crunch 'n Chew candy. Yeah, they're an odd mix between the traditional hard, square little Jolly Ranchers and the soft, chewy little Jolly Ranchers bites that come in a bag. Honestly, I'm not the biggest fan of Jolly Ranchers but when I saw the purple and green fall themed bag I knew I was going to have to buy these. While purple and green are most definitely the George and Ringo of Halloween colors, I have to say I really like them. These aren't full on Halloween candy; they're more of a simple fall specialty and thus function as gateway drug to the harder stuff. Anyways, I'm going to write more on these and show you some pictures of these candies interacting with various toys after the break. Why wouldn't you read this?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Toys in Costume: Raph the Barbarian from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates

     Since I'm watching the new TMNT series on DVD, I'm a little behind (we just watched the first episode of season 2 last night) and so I haven't yet had the privilege of watching the LARP episode "Mazes and Mutants." While the original TMNT toyline features some bizarre fantasy variations of the turtles, it's kind of cool that Playmates used the animated series for inspiration here. Today I'm looking at the first of the four LARP (live action roleplaying) turtles, Raph the Barbarian. I have to say that the barbarian or fighter class makes perfect sense for an angry bruiser like Raphael; he seems like a guy who just enjoys smashing stuff. I found these in the wild over the weekend and decided that the turtles decked out in costumes make perfect sense for a toy review that's helping to pave the way to Halloween. Ready to smash some trolls with Raph the Barbarian? Then join me after the break...

Fall is Just Around the Corner: Autumn by Vivaldi

It's never too early to start thinking about Fall. I'm actually home feeling pretty cruddy today, so I thought I'd put this up to cheer everyone up!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Haunt the Halls: "Hey There!" Fall Sign from Hobby Lobby

     This year I'm going to put up one Halloween/ Fall themed decoration a day. I'm not allowed to put stuff out in the yard yet, so I'm having to put things up in the house. At this point, everything I'm putting up is kind of tasteful so far as Halloween decorations go. This is my favorite time of the year and I want to make the most of it. On September 1st I put up a glittery green owl on my daughter's bedroom door. I bought it for her last year two weeks after she was born and this year she is extremely impressed by it. Since she's really getting into the whole "pointing at cool stuff" phase, a glittery green owl definitely receives a fair share of pointing. Yesterday's decoration, however, is a bit more subdued. In fact, it is actually on front door of our house. Read more about this after the break....

Scary Toy Review: Bob Wilson (Now in Color) from The Twilight Zone by Bif Bang Pow

    "Portrait of a frightened man: Mr. Robert Wilson, thirty-seven, husband, father, and salesman on sick leave. Mr. Wilson has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, the onset of which took place on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner very much like the one in which Mr. Wilson is about to be flown home - the difference being that, on that evening half a year ago, Mr. Wilson's flight was terminated by the onslaught of his mental breakdown. Tonight, he's traveling all the way to his appointed destination, which, contrary to Mr. Wilson's plan, happens to be in the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone."

     "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" is without a doubt one of the most memorable episodes of The Twilight Zone. This fifth season episode (#123) has a lot going for it to make it stand out in the minds of fans: It's based on a short story by horror and sci-fi legend Richard Matheson, it was directed by Richard Donner, it starred a pre-Kirk William Shatner, and it was remade with John Lithgow in the starring role for a segment of 1983's Twilight Zone: The Movie. It also is a darn fine episode of the show. In their new Twilight Zone action figure line, Bif Bang Pow! has released two characters from this episode: The monstrous Gremlin and, the subject of today's review, Bob Wilson. While the standard figures in this line are done in a black and white paint scheme, Bif Bang Pow! released a limited run of 456 figures as SDCC as a "Now in Color" exclusive. Since I'm planning on displaying these along with other retro-inspired lines, I opted for the color variants. Ready for a look at poor Bob Wilson? Then join me after the break...