Blind Collectables : Holding Endorphines Hostage?

Before I start this off I hasten to add that I am not saying blind boxes are bad. That would be amazingly hypocritical of me as I am addicted to the Pokemon Trading Card Game. This is simply me putting across a viewpoint I thought of for people to mull over. Please don’t kill me. 

Blind boxes, blind bags, booster packs, even random lots from places like eBay. As nerds, we love them. We can’t wait to grab massive armfuls of the things and then proceeding to bound home to free them from their cardboard/foil holding cell and release the beautiful contents. They are literally Schrodingers box of small plastic wonders. Before you open them they could be anything (within reason. You wouldn’t expect to open a TMNT mini figure blind box and find a live Komodo dragon. That would be a bit weird). 

When you open the box, there are three feelings you can get. You open the bag to feel happiness when you find a regular item you don’t have, you feel amazing when you find a special rare item you don’t have, but then there is the feeling of annoyance when you open the box and find something you already have, especially if it’s a rare variant and out of all the ones it could have been, it has to be the one you already have (and having pulled 4 Kyogre EX and 3 Groudon EX from Pokemon Primal Clash boosters, I know those feels).

The very reason that there are rarities in these boxes is for the purpose of making you have to buy more boxes than there are collectables, making sure you get the majority of common items quickly and then having to hunt down the rare ones. There are some companies that release boxes that are guaranteed to contain a full set, giving die hard collectors a way to ensure a whole set, but these are few and far between.

I mentioned a very scientific word in the title didn’t I? Yes, Endorphines are basically things in your brain that make you feel VERY good about something, for example, like pulling that 1/100 clear with glitter pony. There is a negative to this however, as not only can the rush be addictive, but it can be exploited. When you open a blind box you always hope for something good, and if you don’t get it you’re tempted to try again and again. You get the urge to buy more and more until you get something you really want, only then getting the positive endorphine feedback that you crave. This can take a long time, and also a large amount of money, sometimes costing multiple times more money than entire sets of regular figures or sets of living card games (card games with an entire set in a box) will cost.

You may be thinking that it sounds like gambling, and in many ways it’s very similar. Once in Japan, Bandai got into trouble when they did a blind figure Gundam promotion with Coca Cola, hiding small figures on the bottle caps, covered by a plastic shield. These figures gained such high values that the Japanese government considered the difference between the cost of the drink and the potential value of the item to be breaking their gambling rules, and forced them to make the domes clear, thereby making the figures much less valuable. 

Random packed games also have their own negative side too, with the rarer cards or figures tending to be more powerful than their common counterparts. This makes competitive play very challenging as you could have a very good collection, but someone who has paid more money for their collection will have a much more versatile and powerful library to choose from.  

So, the question were left with is, even knowing all of this, why do we still love them? Well this topic is much bigger than just me, and so I’m opening the floor to all of you. What do you think about the topic? Do you think they’re a waste of money, or does the endorphine Rush defeat any negatives you might think of? I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I look forward to hearing your discussions with eachother in the comments ūüôā

– Dave

Dime Novel Legends on this episode of the Nerdrahtio podcast

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We sat down with JE Russel and Paul Mundheim to learn more about their upcoming Kickstarter campaign for their Western Themed toyline, called Dime Novel Legends. These guys partnered together, got help some from other big namess in the community and have made something we are excited about!

Listen via itunes or stitcher, (Links can be found in the drop down menu) or you can just click the embedded player below!   Make sure to keep scrolling after the player to see the press release. (additional images and links will be added too)

http://www.podcastgarden.com/episode/022-dime-novel-legends_87572

Announcing a LEGENDARY Western-Themed 1:18th Scale Toy Line Kickstarter Campaign!

Dallas/Forth Worth — When searching for highly articulated action figures in 1:18th scale, aisle 3C is looking like a modern ghost town these days. Therefore it’s no surprise that a number of small companies are striving to fill the gap for collectors of this action figure scale.

To this end, Chicken Fried Toys (CFT) is proud to introduce their Dime Novel Legends (DNL), their first-ever lineup of 3.75-inch, fully articulated, collectible action figures that bring back the essence of the American Frontier West. These 15 realistic reproductions of iconic Western archetypes feature authentic styling and looks, and include numerous accessories and gear that historically reflect the period between 1835 and 1895. This line will be introduced via Kickstarter campaign on October 1, 2016 and will run for six (6) weeks.

The Dime Novel Legends lineup will encompass characters drawn from the rich history of Frontier America during its expansion westward. While easily identifiable, these characters do not represent any single person from history, film or literature. Rather, they are an amalgamation taken from the collective imaginations of enthusiasts who have long dreamed of accumulating an entire Western community of cowboys, townsfolk, lawmen, bandits, and Native Americans from an often ignored and nigh-forgotten part of America’s unique and rich history.

Chicken Fried Toys will introduce these iconic action figures intended for the adult collector featuring 16 points of articulation as part of a Kickstarter campaign beginning October 2016.
Wave 1 will include:

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latest Podcast interviews Jason and his kickstarter for THE KINGDOM action figures

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Sam, Silent Tom, and Drew interview Jason from Spero. He gives us the lowdown on the property, from comic book, and now action figures via kickstarter.  You can listen via the embedded player below, or use the drop down menu above to subscribe to us on Itunes or Stitcher for easy mobile listening. Be sure to check out his KICKSTARTER HERE and the SPERO FB PAGE HERE.

the images that we talk about can be seen HERE.

You can see some prototypes at Alyosha’s both at Joe con this upcoming week. You can also see me and Drew there! (Say Hi!)¬†¬† We will be doing some live youtubing, and recording some short podcasts and videos from con, so be sure to subscribe to our youtube, like our fb, follow on twitter etc, if you want the latest, all through the main menu above.

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New Kickstarter from The Drawn Word featuring the Incredible Change-Bots

Incredible Change BotsA new Kickstarter is underway for a card set featuring¬†Jeffery Brown’s The Incredible Change-Bots.¬†The campaign, started last week by The Drawn Word , runs until July 7th. Featuring the Awesomebots led by Big-Rig versus the Fantasticons led by Shootertron, rival groups of robots who can change in to vehicles from the planet Electrocybercircuitron¬†. While in premise it sounds a lot like another certain transforming brand these are the characters featured in the Top Shelf Productions graphic novels, described as part parody, part nostalgic tribute, part moral fable.

Up for grabs in the Kickstarter are a series of cards, 24 regular cardstock cards in a tuck box featuring new artwork and then a subset of 5 Heavy Metal cards and further down the line 2 oversized cards lasercut onto hardwood and metal featuring Big-Rig and Shootertron, and some signed versions thrown in for good measure. And there are promises to “keep throwing things” should stretch goals are met. For more info drop by Kickstarter and check out the campaign!

New Kickstarter to bring Animals of The Kingdom to life

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Spero Studio’s Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gray are looking to bring a new line of action figures based on the graphic novel The Kingdom.

“Spero Studios was founded by Jason Bienvenu and Brandon Gary, inspired by the 3 3/4 inch toy lines of the mid 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, Spero focuses on bringing back the fun and joy from these eras with high quality products featuring modern articulation and accessories!
Our first offering is inspired by The Kingdom Comic book featuring the animal warriors from the first story arc.
Series one features the main Protagonist “Pale” and his Clear “Spectral” variant as well as 4 army builder characters to fill out the ranks of your ape armies! Each figure stands a little over 4 inches tall; features 18 points of articulation as well as weapons and accessories.”

The figure line is in the 4 inch scale and presented in a “cartoon style of the comic book source material” and don’t look too out of place next to some of the TMNT offerings in stores today. The Articulation is on par with what today’s collectors and kids are used to with 18 points of articulation for great play and possibility.

Looking for more info? Check out Kickstarter or their Facebook page for graphics, prototypes, all the great details and of course to pledge for your own cool Warriors of The Kingdom figures!

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I Have a The Loyal Subjects BARONESS in Hand (pics and thoughts, with more to come)

First (brief) Look at The Loyal Subjects G.I.Joe Wave 2 Baroness! This is a fully colored Prototype, it is not a production final, so some changes could occur.

Keep reading, or scroll down to see a short VIDEO.

13262415_10207697864581891_1144445454_o¬† Here the Beauty is, and the first thing you will notice is that the glasses come off! As does her backpack, even though it would have been easy to mold on as you can’t see all the detail behind the hair. To me that makes extra awesome the time was taken to make sure you could remove it (somewhat flexi head as it is removable) and examine it, maybe even swap it with someone else!

13231133_10207697863181856_1724851621_nHer Gund looks like the original. Only the handle and trigger give it a way, and I look forward to doing some comparison shots when I get home. Now check out a different angle:

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You can see her armor pieces are more silver, like sideshow.¬† Her cobras are not sculpted on, but are Tampo’d so well it works great and means more customizing potentially, (especially for the blue single pack version you can get online) I can already see a way¬† (with some dremeling) to make a Helix and more on top of my planned “Snow bunny”, Crimson Asp, Iron Grenadier and Classic comic versions. (Glad I pre ordered plenty of the blue ones)

14 points of articulation. It appears the right hand has a swivel but not the left, or mine might have been stuck. (1 of 3 I’m aware of, with the other 2 at TLS HQ and another the glasses were a bit tight, may be similar here.)

Her eyebrows are sculpted by the way, and she is frankly the most beautiful female Joe figure under 12″s I have seen.

Feel free to ask for specific shots or comparisons and I will do my best to do so when I get home from this training trip.

For those who do not like chases, Yes this baroness will be a chase, but a blue baroness will be available single carded right off the bat, and future baroness figs are coming too

For those who do love the chase, unlocking this super intelligent, helicopter flying, tactical European bad @$$ sniper will make your day.

I will update this post with more pics. But I know I will also be uploading HERE and I already have a bunch in that TLS Folder so feel free to take a look!

A Review of the Graphic Skinz vacuum chamber and decals

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With help from my lil’ nerd I check out the graphic skinz vacuum chamber and it’s abilities to add small decals to toys. The footage was recorded about a year ago! I can echo what I said then, if you want to use it for toys, they have to be smallish, and a clear coat is a must. After the videos below there are some still images. If you like what you see, you can use my affiliate link Here (for pink) and Here (for blue) to purchase one on amazon. (I will get a tiny referral fee.)

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You should be watching Stan Lee’s Lucky Man

  
I tried to review the first episode. It didn’t happen. I tried to do a rundown of the series so far and again, it didn’t happen. Not for lack of trying, I went through many drafts, pages and pages of writing that just didn’t do it justice, so I’ve decided I’m not going to bother. All I’m going to do is give you a link to the opening and give you a message. 

Here’s the main theme, and here’s the message. 

Stan Lee has made a believable hero with the power over fortune, featuring some of the best actors and comedians British TV has ever made (yes the amount of comedians I spot each episode is amazing, and they play straight roles so well!). James Nesbitt is perfect, and my question to you isn’t whether you’re going to watch it, it’s why you haven’t started yet.