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April 13, 2016
Recent stuff and a quick film review

Hey — so Scary-Crayon isn’t dead! The blog’s probably a bad place to be focused if you’re keeping tabs on the site (I *really* haven’t used it much since I’ve been posting articles such that folks can comment directly on them; Facebook or Tumblr are probably better for updates), but I’ll still post here from time to time. Like now! If you missed the most recent article, here’s a link to my impassioned defense of Batman v Superman.

In other news, since I just watched Unfriended, here’s a super-quick film review! The movie was… actually pretty decent. The gimmick — the entire movie unfolds on the computer screen of one of the characters: all character interactions take place on Skype and Facebook/Gmail messages, all flashbacks are done via YouTube and Facebook memories, etc. — was surprisingly effective, all things considered. There’s not a lot of depth here in terms of story or characterization, but somehow that just makes the result that much more impressive. There’s even a fairly pronounced anti-bullying message!

I can’t imagine having watched this in a theater, though; I’d wager that the film plays much better — or at least seems more convincing — on a computer (and perhaps even better on a laptop).

All for now, kiddies. I say this every time, but seriously — there’s more content on the way. One word: Booyakasha.

-posted by Wes | 1:12 am | Comments (0)
June 6, 2015
Scary-Crayon LIVES!!!

That’s right — after over a year without any official updates to the front page, Scary-Crayon actually finally does have a bona fide NEW ARTICLE! It’s about my experience with Sci-Fi Speed Dating at this year’s Awesome Con, and… well, yeah, just read the article if you want my detailed thoughts. The short of it: save the undisclosed $20 fee and the way paying it colored my attitude towards the event and its organizers, it was okay.

Anyway, new Scary-Crayon article. YAY! And there are more to come. DOUBLE YAY! Of course, I say that every time I write something here — so clearly my word isn’t to be trusted — but tonight? Tonight there really is fresh content on Scary-Crayon. Please raise your glasses and join me in a celebratory drink. We’ve all earned it.

Until next time, whenever that is. <3

-posted by Wes | 12:36 am | Comments (0)
September 8, 2014
Dude, where’s my blog?

Heyyyyy, folks!

So — I know — it’s been forever since there’s been a Scary-Crayon update. It’s been so long, in fact, that I’ve kinda forgotten things about the site. Did you remember that SC has a blog? (Of course you did; that’s what you’re reading now.) Well, I didn’t. Seriously. I haven’t been posting because I really haven’t been up for composing the longer entries that I prefer the articles to be, but I forgot that I’d created the blog here precisely so that I’d be able to post to the site without necessarily needing to spend as much time on content as a full article requires. I think part of the reason I forgot is that a few years ago — remember? — I was still uploading the articles outside of the WordPress environment, so readers couldn’t actually comment on them; comments had to be left on a blog entry that I posted at the same time as the article. Once I started posting articles that lived in the WP structure, though, comments could be posted directly on those pieces… and, since I wasn’t required to post blog entries every single time I updated, I kinda forgot that the blog existed. (Not that I wouldn’t have forgotten anyway, considering how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything.)

Anyway, now I remember — so yay! Expect more blog content, if nothing else. I do have a review of a recent “Doctor Who” episode (“Into the Dalek”) nearly finished, and I’ll probably start posting my thoughts on episodes in the blog from here on out, so yeah. I’ll post other stuff, too. SERIOUSLY. I’LL POST STUFF.

(And, yes, I know I say that every time I post something here — and then I disappear for like six months. Not gonna happen this time. I hope. If it does… see you in six months. ๐Ÿ™ )

-posted by Wes | 3:03 pm | Comments (0)
February 21, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #8

$1.00 worth of thrift store toys!

It’s (actually) Thursday, so let’s do things up with another installment of Thrift Store Thursday! In the eighth edition, we’ll be looking at two bags of thrift store toys totaling $1.00 in cost. Click through for a look inside today’s plastic sandwich bags, and let’s hope that the grossness is kept to a minimum! (more…)

-posted by Wes | 2:48 pm | Comments (0)
February 13, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #7

$2.20 for three bags of thrift store toys.

Yep — it’s been a while, but it’s finally time for another installment of Thrift Store Thursday! Today we’ll be delving into three plastic baggies totaling $2.20: two 60-cent bags and one for a whole buckaroo. Take a good, long stare at the bags in the above pic to see if you can figure out what’s in ’em… and then click through (or scroll down) to find out if you’re right.

Ready? Let’s go! (more…)

-posted by Wes | 3:09 pm | Comments (2)
January 25, 2013
It’s Scary-Crayon’s birthday!!!

Aaaaaand, sadly, I don’t have an update ready for today. ;___;

But don’t fret! Things have been kinda slow, but the site’s not going anywhere — I’ve just been kinda busy fooling around with new peripherals and stuff that will hopefully facilitate the generation of new content in the very near future! In fact, I should have some new articles to post in the next few days, including a review of the (official) inaugural ball that followed the 57th Presidential inauguration. (Getting prepped for that also kept me kinda busy in the days immediately preceding Monday; otherwise I’d totally have had content ready for today.)

Tickets to the inaugural ball!

Anyway, yeah — more content soon, and also CONTESTS! So stay tuned for that stuff, mmmkay? ๐Ÿ™‚

-posted by Wes | 8:00 pm | Comments (2)
January 12, 2013
Thrift Store Thursday #6

Wow, it’s been a while — I almost feel like I’ve forgotten how to do these things. ๐Ÿ˜€

So I mentioned in the last brief update that I’ve been a bit distracted by customizing. That’s true, but I’ve also been messing with this smartphone I got over the holidays — trying to figure out what it can do and whether I’ll be using it to handle certain tasks around the site. If you’ve been following Scary-Crayon on tumblr and Facebook (and Twitter, to a lesser extent), you’ve seen some of my experimentation with that — posting snaps from the toy aisles and random musings while I’m on the go. And while I’m thinking that I’ll probably keep using the old digital camera for studio snaps and convention appearances (it’s just got better photography capabilities, even though it technically boasts fewer megapixels), I’m thinking I’ll transition over to the cellphone camera for shots that don’t need to be super awesome.

$1.30 of thrift store toys (following discounts but before tax). What lies within these dusty plastic bags?

Along those lines, here’s the cellphone camera-captured Thrift Store Thursday #6! Today we’ll be looking at two bags of toys: one that cost 40 cents (the tag says 60, but I got it on one of the 1/3 off days) and another that cost 90 cents. Aaand yeah, let’s just delve right in.

A one-armed Green Goblin and... Dumbo?

The first bag — the 60 40-cent one — didn’t have much in it: just a Spider-Man Classics Green Goblin (missing his left arm from the bicep on down) and an unarticulated Dumbo rattle thing. Obviously, I grabbed this for the Goblin! I can probably eventually find some use for the rest of the figure, but I’m mostly interested in the head: if you saw the last post, you know that I’m working on a HIM custom… and I think that the Goblin’s head might work well for that. I’d planned to use a Joker, but hey — we use what we have, and Goblin’s already got the pointy ears. (And if it doesn’t work out, I can always track that Joker down later.)

Holy crap, that's a lot of dolls.

Next up, the 90-cent bag, which was filled with… wow. Okay. I knew there were more than a couple of dolls in that bag, but I was NOT expecting to pull doll after doll after doll after doll out of it. There’s 15 freakin’ dolls in there — and that’s not even counting the baby, the three headless bodies, and the two pairs of legs! (And a sticker set for girls who really love their mothers.) I wanted a few Polly Pocket-sized dolls with rooted hair for a goofy project of mine, but holy shiz. Ah well; I’m sure I’ll figure something out! I do like the look of the larger dollhouse chick… maybe with some modification she could be a decent Mary Jane or something.

Totally looks like Skyler Samuels. Don't you agree?

Also, this doll totally looks like Skyler Samuels.

(That’s all I’ve got — see ya next time!)

-posted by Wes | 3:53 pm | Comments (0)
December 30, 2012
Still alive! And makin’ stuff.

Soooo… just a real quick note to say that, yes, we’re still alive! I haven’t fallen into any gaping pits o’ fire or anything — things are all well and good (or at least not too terrible) behind the scenes at Scary-Crayon.

As is often the case when I disappear for a bit, I’ve been bitten by the customizing bug something fierce lately — probably as a result of my participation in TheFwoosh’s annual Secret Santa customizing event. Hopefully I’ll post a writeup in the near future (which will cover two years, since I never got around to doing my writeup of last year’s event)! In the meantime, though, here are a couple of work-in-progress shots from two of the too many projects I’ve got going on right now. Any guesses regarding the identities of the characters I’m making?

Anyway, here’s hoping I’ll finish some of my customs before too long! And here’s hoping I can pull myself away from it long enough to get some new content up here on SC. I know how much y’all miss it! ๐Ÿ˜›

-posted by Wes | 10:47 am | Comments (2)
November 13, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #5

Hidey-ho, readers! It’s been a little while, but we’re finally back with another installment of Thrift Store Thursday. Yay?

Some thrift store toys don't even get bags.

In today’s episode, we’ll be looking at three bags — well, two bags and one loose item — ranging from 60 cents to 1 dollar in price. Unlike much of what I find at the thrift store, I actually recognized all of the items this time around, and I have a feeling these findings will be pretty familiar to you readers as well. Perhaps they’ll evoke some fond childhood memories? (If they do, feel free to share via a comment.) (more…)

-posted by Wes | 5:07 pm | Comments (2)
October 19, 2012
A Quick Halloween Custom!

In your heeeeeeee-eead, in your heee-eeeaa-aad

So as I put the finishing touches on my package for the AEIOU and Sometimes Why Great Pumpkin Gift Exchange, I wanted to briefly highlight my favorite included item: a custom painted screaming zombie toy. The screaming zombies (as well as screaming ghosts, devils, and other creatures) are available at Party City and cost $5 — and while they’re pretty neat without modification (their screams are pretty horrific and their eyes are red LEDs), I wanted to make this thing extra special for my patcher. I think it turned out pretty well! (more…)

-posted by Wes | 11:04 pm | Comments (0)
October 18, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday: Video Edition

Hey there! So in keeping with my video posting experiments, here’s a special video installment of Thrift Store Thursday. Do let me know what you think!

Also, in keeping with the Killjoy cameo, here are the links to the Full Moon Direct website and the product page for Killjoy. I’ve also included the link for Full Moon’s Killer Toy Sale lot — ’cause if you’re willing to drop $20 for Killjoy, why not get a couple other toys for free as well? The Pimp from Blood Dolls also kinda looks like a clown, so if you dig Killjoy you’ll probably enjoy having the Pimp too.

http://www.fullmoondirect.com/
http://www.fullmoondirect.com/KILLJOY-DOLL-12_p_121.html
http://www.fullmoondirect.com/KILLER-TOY-SALE_p_505.html

And that’s it for this post! Thanks for watching this video installment of Thrift Store Thursday — if you actually managed to sit through the whole rambling thing. And if you couldn’t, thanks for giving it a chance! Hopefully I’ll deliver more focused and streamlined commentary as I get more vlogging experience.

-posted by Wes | 11:10 am | Comments (0)
October 17, 2012
Video content preview…

So a while back and periodically since then, I’ve mentioned the possibility of having some video content on the site… and here’s a preview of how that content will work. Nothing really involved, and I still want text and photo content to be the main thrust of the site, but I do think there are times when video content will better serve the items I’m spotlighting (as I note in the above clip). And while I misspoke slightly in the video — I clearly feel it’s possible to convey one’s passion for items in writing; otherwise I wouldn’t be so passionate about text! — smileys and onomatopoeia don’t quite have the same effect as real life smiles and squeals.

Anyway, your feedback on this preview will be appreciated! Among other things, I’m thinking I really need a better camera for video.

-posted by Wes | 2:24 pm | Comments (0)
October 11, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #4

And here’s some relief from the Scary-Crayon content drought with Thrift Store Thursday #4! (Dig this — it’s actually Thursday, too!)

Bags of toys for Thrift Store Thursday #4!

Today we’ve got three bags to look into: one that cost 60 cents, another that cost 80, and one that went for a buck — at least according to the tags on the bags. I want to say that at least one of them was discounted, but it’s been a while since I bought them. I can’t remember whether I picked them up on a Sunday or Monday… and if I did, I can’t remember whether their tag colors were discounted 50% that day. I’m thinking not. (more…)

-posted by Wes | 10:23 am | Comments (2)
October 4, 2012
A birthday update!

Yeeah, it’s my birthday today! I usually like to spend a good chunk of my birthday working on the site — you wouldn’t know it from the posting frequency these days, but I really do enjoy creating content for Scary-Crayon — but I’ve got some errands to run and a job to get to so I can’t do that right now. (Hopefully I’ll have more time tomorrow and Saturday, when the birthday celebration will still be in effect as far as I’m concerned.) Just wanted to check in and let y’all know not to abandon SC, ’cause there’s more content on the way! Specifically:

UV cake-flavored vodka!

To celebrate my birthday, I bought cake-flavored vodka! I’m totally going to review it. (more…)

-posted by Wes | 1:05 pm | Comments (2)
September 13, 2012
Quick Review: Marvel Legends Dark Wolverine

Hey, readers — and welcome to yet another blog feature on Scary-Crayon. I’m still going to be doing full figure reviews chock full o’ pics (when I can find the time, natch), but — since I buy way more toys than I can hope give the in-depth treatment — I’m also going to start doing quickie reviews of some recent acquisitions on the blog. The format should also help to keep content flowing at a semi-regular pace, which you know is something I struggle with here. @_@

Anyway, read on for my quick thoughts about Hasbro’s (Return of) Marvel Legends Dark Wolverine figure! (more…)

-posted by Wes | 3:03 pm | Comments (2)
What is your favorite TMNT toyline?

So over on The Technodrome Forums, there’s a poll running in the toy section on users’ favorite TMNT toyline — the choices being the original line (1988-1997), the Next Mutation line (1997-1998), the 2K3 line (including Fast Forward; 2003-2006), the TMNT movie line (2007-2008), the NECA line (2008-2009), and the current Nickelodeon line (2012-). (The new classic figures weren’t mentioned separately, but I guess one could include them with the Nick offerings.) Which would you choose?

My answer is below. It was kinda lengthy and it’s totally in line with stuff we discuss on Scary-Crayon, so I figured I’d post it here as well. ๐Ÿ˜›

As much as I like certain offerings from many of the others, none of them come close to the original TMNT line. It was just so expansive, the sculpts were and remain among the neatest and most detailed of any toyline… and so many of the figures were just weird and novel. Universal Monsters and Star Trek Turtles? Turtles with birthday and military themes? (SUPERMUTANT TURTLES?!) Tons of figures with wild and play-enhancing action features in addition to the normal versions? It was just crazy awesome.

It was also consistent, which is something the 2K3+ Playmates lines have lacked. One might have felt that a particular sculpt was more detailed than another or a particular action feature was more effective, but every figure had more/less the same poseability and level of painted detail — so you didn’t have instances like the later Playmates lines where the Turtles figures were so markedly superior to every other release in the line. The NECA figures were consistent, but that’s hardly an impressive feat since they all used the same body. ๐Ÿ˜›

Now, it’s possible that the Nick line will eventually grow to the extent that the vintage line did, but I highly doubt it — as I doubt that we’ll ever see offerings from it as unique as what we got back in the 90s. I’d love to be proven wrong on that front, but until that day I have to cast my vote for the vintage line.

(Which isn’t to say that all of my favorite figures come from the vintage line — I love the NECA Turtles, and the new Nick figures are probably my favorite standard versions of the boys yet — but the vintage TMNT line is still easily the best line of the aforementioned choices. I’d even argue that it’s one of the best toylines ever.)

In retrospect, I guess I was answering the question of which was the best overall line rather than my favorite — but even then I’d have to go with the vintage line. Sure, some of my favorite TMNT figures ever come from the NECA and Nickelodeon lines (I am totally digging the new Nick Turtles), but I’ve got more favorites from the vintage line than those lines (thus far) even have figures. I hope the Nick line lasts long enough to change that, at least!

-posted by Wes | 3:45 am | Comments (4)
September 12, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #3

Yeah, yeah — it’s Thrift Store Thursday again. It’s getting kinda tough to be unique with these intros. ๐Ÿ˜›

More bags of thrift store toys...

So today we have two bags to explore — one that cost 60 cents and one that cost 90 cents. As with the intro, I’ve got nothin’ in terms of further stuff to add: so let’s open ’em up already. (more…)

-posted by Wes | 6:04 pm | Comments (2)
August 22, 2012
Thrift Store Thursday #2

It’s Thursday, right? Liar — of course it’s Thursday. THRIFT STORE THURSDAY, that is! Check out the initial installment if you don’t know the drill — otherwise we’ll jump right into this time’s thrift store selections. Here goes!

More bags of toys from the thrift store!

Today we’ll be looking at three bags o’ thrift store goodies toys that I’d probably rather not touch but might someday end up being useful for my customizing activities. As the orange tags in the image denote, the three bags carried prices of $1.00, $0.70, and $0.60 — for a grand total of $2.30 before tax. That’s not much at all — and you might be surprised to find what two bucks and some change will net you in dusty unloved toys! (more…)

-posted by Wes | 4:01 pm | Comments (5)
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