July 31, 2009
Scary-Crayon’s Five Most-Wanted Toys Unveiled at SDCC 2009! (content pages)

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HOT NEW TOYS FROM SDCC '09!

Yes! But while there were tons of new toys on display at the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con, this article doesn't cover them all -- only the ones we want most. Read on for our five most-wanted toys unveiled at SDCC '09.  (7/31/09)

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Dusty Plastic HELLside #2 (content pages)

Clash of the skullheads!

Dusty Plastic HELLside #2!

The Grim Reaper is back again, and this time he's visiting Snake Mountain in the land of Eternia! Is Skeletor about to take a dirt nap, or is something else amiss? To find out, you'll have to read Dusty Plastic HELLside #2.  (7/31/09)

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Scary-Crayon’s SDCC ’09 Want List!

Indeed -- but first we've got a new Dusty Plastic HELLside comic for you to enjoy! Who knew Grim was well versed in beauty secrets, eh? I don't plan on adding new backgrounds to all of these comics, by the way -- only when I'm able to do so quickly and more/less easily. 😉

As noted above, today's more substantial entry is Scary-Crayon's -- or rather, my, but "Wes's blah" struck me as a bit lame -- Five Most-Wanted Toys Unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con 2009. It's really just me rambling on about why I want specific toys, which I understand could be quite boring! Or it could be really fascinating, depending upon your point of view and how much you care about why people want certain figures. And I'm serious about what I wrote in that article -- vote for Fantomex.

Along these toyrific lines, I've got a guest Toy Haul entry over at Articulated Discussion -- so you should check that out if I don't completely bore you to death rambling about toys and why I like them in the SDCC feature. There's also a similar presentation of my latest toy haul in my personal blog, but that's more geared towards people who are fairly familiar with my obsessions but probably wouldn't be interested in further explanation regarding the Who figures -- kind of like how a girl might say, "Eee, look at my pretty new earrings!" but wouldn't necessarily proceed to tell you about the mining and refining processes involved in their creation even if she was quite knowledgeable about them. That post does, however, have photos of Bacardi! Everyone loves Bacardi.

That's all I've got for now -- stay tuned for more Scary-Crayon content! I've still got that Spectare entry to post, and I'm hoping to start reviewing those Doctor Who figures next week... but we'll see how that goes. 😛

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July 25, 2009
Dusty Plastic HELLside #1 (content pages)

Supernatural terror meets supervillain terrorist!

Dusty Plastic HELLside #1?!?

Behold, readers: the very first installment of Dusty Plastic HELLside! Okay, it's really just the Hot Flash comics with a new name... but that doesn't make it any less fun. It's always a party when Grim's around, after all...  (7/25/09)

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Dusty Plastic HELLside #1!

So, I finally settled on a name! Thanks for those of you who offered suggestions and input -- I really did consider going with HELLion, but the Hell Lion confusion seemed more appropriate for a character than a comic series (unless said comic were about the king of an infernal jungle). Anyway, I like HELLside because the name more/less exemplifies my view of these comics -- they're like fringe tales from the greater Dusty Plastic HELL universe, and also like side orders to pad the sparsely distributed main courses. In keeping with the side order thing, the title graphic also includes an order of fries. Except instead of fries, there's just fire shooting out of the carton. Yes.

Anyway, in Dusty Plastic HELLside #1, today the Grim Reaper visits Cobra Commander. Fairly simple stuff. The title is a reference to a scene in the old cartoon in which Destro happens upon Cobra Commander eating and is apparently repulsed -- prompting CC to remark, "It takes a strong stomach to watch me eat, eh Destro?" And presumably, having a strong stomach would have prevented...

The fact that all of my jokes must be explained is probably why not too many people find me terribly funny. 😛 (more...)

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July 18, 2009
G.I. Joe Sigma 6 Valentines! (content pages)

Sword brothers forever! Or at least until I kill you.

G.I. JOE SIGMA 6 VALENTINES!!!

Apparently -- for one day out of the year -- the G.I. Joe and Cobra forces make love, not war! In this feature, guest author Monte Williams treats us to a delightful valentine-themed toy photography narrative.  (7/18/09)

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G.I. Joe Sigma 6 Valentines!

And here's that guest article I mentioned -- a G.I. Joe valentine-themed toy photography narrative by Monte Williams of Geek Creek! It really is a touching entry, if for no other reason than the final image, and if you've never seen the Sigma 6 valentines before you'll no doubt find those amusing as well. Storm Shadow's "Candy is sweeter than revenge!" valentine is probably my favorite, but that's not the only one that elicits a chuckle or a raised eyebrow. For instance, take Snake Eyes's "Sword brothers forever!" declaration. Given that being sword brothers hasn't kept Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow from battling each other violently and even to the death across their various incarnations, I'm not sure how much that brand of brotherhood is worth.

If you're interested in reading more of Monte's written material, he's also got Retrobate, Lowbrow Literati, and the all-new Frog Monkey Juice Box. (How's that for a name?!) All of these pages feature worthy reading, even if Monte is completely and totally wrong in his assertion that TMNT (2007) is better than Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). 😉

Okay, that does it for now. See y'all next time!

P.S. Still looking for input regarding the new name for Hot Flashes, and don't forget about the clown bubble challenge thingy! Read this post for more info about those.

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July 15, 2009
Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #114! (content pages)

Operation: Extermination

Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #114!

Superiority is claimed by numerous beings sentient races throughout the universe... particularly when those beings use vocoders. When Decepticon Soundwave faces down a Dalek, who will prove more convincing?  (7/15/09)

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Soundwave versus Dalek!

That's what's going down in Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #114, though admittedly this fight (at least as depicted here) is strictly verbal. May the superior robotic-sounding being win!

We've still got those more substantial features I mentioned last time on the way (and speaking of which, your input is still requested regarding those matters!), but in the meantime here are some plugs. Over at Maroon X, Justin (formerly of Dyslexic Penguin) has posted a review of Seinfeld: A XXX Parody and thus saved us the trouble of watching it ourselves... not that I would have watched it anyway. If you read Justin's piece, you'll see a quote from me concerning Re-Penetrator. Now, porn does absolutely nothing for me -- I find it kinda gross even when it doesn't involve disemboweling and buckets of blood -- but the premise sounded strange enough that I thought I might want to review it for the site. And then after I nearly threw up watching it once, I realized I'd have to watch it again to review it and decided against it. I'd rather eat fucking Pup Corn than watch that video again -- just thinking about it has me feeling queasy.

Other plugs: Articulated Discussion, where I comment and serve as a guest reviewer from time to time. It's on the sidebar, but I wanted to give special attention to Updatedude's guest review of the Motion Revive Series Kamen Rider Blade figure since I think the format is kinda brilliant. I don't think I'd ever forgo text reviews completely, but I would totally like to steal borrow that format for the occasional piece. Maybe that's how I should do the Power Rangers roundup I keep meaning to write?

There's lot's more creative toy-related coolness over at Updatedude's site, Turquoise Version, including a review of the Revenge of the Fallen Soundwave figure written entirely in haiku. Considering how much I enjoy haiku, you can imagine what I think of that feature! Heck, it even makes me want to write more features in haiku... or at least see if we can't break 200 this year after all. Hrm.

Anyway, see y'all next time! 😀

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July 13, 2009
Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #113! (content pages)

Shoryuken versus scythe!

Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #113!

They say that death and taxes are inevitable -- and while you likely won't find tax-related comics here, Death is back again in Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #113! This time, ol' Grimmy visits Ryu of Street Fighter fame...  (7/13/09)

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A new Hot Flash comic!

Yes -- and in today's installment, Ryu meets the Grim Reaper. I told you he'd be back! And he'll be back again and again and again and again.

I'm still calling them Hot Flashes for the time being, but I think I've narrowed it down to a few names that I want to pick -- all of them starting with "Dusty Plastic HELL" (mostly because I don't want to have to change the category title). So let me know which of the following you prefer:

Dusty Plastic HELLfire
Dusty Plastic HELLbox
Dusty Plastic HELLhole
Dusty Plastic HELLion
Dusty Plastic HELLsmoke

Personally, I'm leaning toward HELLhole, if only because it reminds me of donut holes and that goes in with the theme of the Hot Flashes being smaller, bite-sized versions of the longer Dusty Plastic HELL comics (and no, I haven't forgotten about Krang's bodily quest). HELLbox also seems appropriate in that it's a box for a tailor's scraps; it's just that that term isn't quite as widely used.

And speaking of stuff about which I'd like your input, don't forget about the Clown comic challenge thingy (right-click the link to save the image)! I've got a couple of awesome submissions from Monty/Rawpower95 of RawToys, but I need more before I can start posting these. MORE! So come on people -- let's see some creativity! Or just plain weirdness. Yep.

Another comic next time... and probably another guest article. Hooray!

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July 7, 2009
Circus Figure (CLOWN) on Unicycle Review! (content pages)

Can't sleep... clown'll eat me

EVIL CLOWNS RIDE UNICYCLES.

As a typical dollar store toy, the Circus Figure on Unicycle doesn't seem like much... but he is a clown, and we do so love the delightful horror of the painted smile! Run quickly, my children -- this clown's got wheels.  (7/7/09)

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Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #112! (content pages)

Irresistible versus unstoppable!

Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #112!

Over a decade after Chun-Li and the Juggernaut first met in X-Men vs Street Fighter, they return to the scene of their first battle for a rematch. However, things have changed since that long-ago fight... and so have they.  (7/7/09)

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New Hot Flash and a scary clown review!

Hey, hey, we've got some new content for you today! Yes. First up, Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #112 -- in which we see that two stars from Capcom's Versus games have been counting calories. I was a fan of the initial Spider-Man Juggernaut that Hasbro released, but I'm even more partial to this redeco -- something about the reddish brown and the yellow belly just works for me. That said, both Juggies seemed a tad undersized for the character, so I had to poke a bit of fun at that! And of course I've lamented the lack of massive thighs on SOTA's Chun-Li since the figure came out -- that was probably the main reason I didn't buy it until much, much later. Even though NECA's Chun looks a bit freakish, I'm looking forward to getting her... even though she'll make poor Juggernaut look even smaller. Which of course I might have to revisit in another comic. 🙂

Speaking of the comics, I'm (once again) considering changing the name. I'd originally gone with Hot Flash because it seemed like a quick flame burst -- as opposed to the full HELL comics -- but the full name does seem a bit long. What do you think of Dusty Plastic Limbo or Dusty Plastic Purgatory? Names along those lines would suggest the floating nature of the comics (I regard them as sort of filler in between the more substantial pieces on the site) while avoiding any unflattering associations generated by the term "Hot Flash." And if you've got any other suggestions, I'd like to hear them!

Next up, another toy review -- this time of the Circus Figure on Unicycle! Of course, the figure in question is really a CLOWN, which is the primary reason for the review. We love clowns here, yes we do. If you love them too, there's a "blank" one-shot comic to which you can add your own dialogue and/or exposition! w00t!

Finally, I've got a guest It Figures comic over at Poe Ghostal's site that I encourage y'all to check out. Poe's always got great toy news -- particularly when it comes to Mattel's MOTUC and DCUC lines -- so if that interests you you should be sure to visit at other times, too. 🙂

And that's all for now! Next time, I'll have another comic for you -- whether it'll be a Hot Flash or feature another name remains to be seen. There'll be a new Spectare summary review in the near future as well (though perhaps not in the very next update), so be on the lookout for that! Ja!

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July 2, 2009
Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #111 (content pages)

The Honor of the Ninjabot

Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #111!

"We'll find another way!" Jazz cried as Prowl rose into the air, intent upon merging his spark with the power of the AllSpark fragments. Prowl's plan would generate enough power to protect the city... but at what cost?  (7/2/09)

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Dusty Plastic HELL: Hot Flash #111!

Yep! Today's Hot Flash comic references Prowl's noble sacrifice in the Season 3 finale of "Transformers Animated"... as well as Jazz's highly unfortunate role in the first live-action Transformers film. No, I haven't seen the sequel yet. And no, given how much I despised the first film and what I'm hearing about the second, I'm in no hurry whatsoever to do so.

'Till all are one.

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