Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Guest Post: Video Game Review - Injustice: Gods Among Us by Evil

Welcome to yet another awesome Guest Post here on Needless Things! I really appreciate the Phantomaniacs who are willing to help me out in my time of need (and here I thought I was needless – HA!).
Today’s post is from my old pal, Evil. We’ve had many adventures together, but this is the first time he’s contributed to the site. Or any site, for that matter. I’m proud to be the first to publish his words.
What follows is a review of Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game that looks sort of interesting but features some of the most hideous character designs I have ever seen. It’s like the producers looked at the Schumacher Batmans and thought, “Nah – too reserved.” I suck at video games and I’m really bad at fighting games, but I was definitely curious about this one. I mean, no matter how much DC Comics may suck right now, I’m still a DC guy. Evil answered pretty much all of my questions and piqued my curiosity. I might have to buy this thing now.
Thanks, fucker.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Toy Review Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Face By Mattel

I suppose these are going about as well as I expected. The videos aren’t getting as many hits as the posts, but I think that’s because the casual Googler has been somewhat eliminated over there. And I can only assume over time that audience will build; though I’m hoping to bring them here. That’s part of the reason why I’m keeping the pictures on this page rather than doing any kind of slideshow in my video reviews. I don’t want to be a YouTube toy reviewer. Not my bag.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Vintage Troublemaker: The Monday Night Wars II (or not)

I’m having to pad things out for the next couple of months, so I am going back through all of my old MySpace blog posts and finding ones that I think are interesting or entertaining; or entries that just seem like a shame to not have on Needless Things.
Today’s post is from the Summer of 2009 (most of these are from 2009) and was written right before TNA’s big move to Monday nights. I think it’s an interesting read given where the company is today. I also think I was right about almost everything I said.
I might have been a little too harsh about ODB, though. It’s been almost four years and her balls still haven’t fallen out during a match, so maybe I was wrong.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Toy Review: DC Signature Collection Larfleeze By Mattel

I think it’s entirely possible that doing these as video reviews is going to allow me to get reviews out in a more timely manner.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Movie Review – The Lords of Salem

***SPOILER ALERT***
I’m not yet sure how I’m going to write this one. But there will definitely be spoilers. I’m not sure I am going to do a full recap, but there might be a bit more than a regular review here.
I am a huge fan of everything Rob Zombie does.
Well, almost everything.
I’ve listened to the first two White Zombie albums – the ones before La Sexorcisto – once. And that was more than enough. I can safely say that I am not a fan of sludge core or whatever that is. I can also admit that there are a few songs from the guy that simply don’t hit the mark. His cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” is terrible and the extra track on the Greatest Hits album – Blacktop something-or-other – sounds like “More Human Than Human” with different lyrics and less soul. Of course, the argument could be made that most White/Rob Zombie sounds an awful lot alike, but to me that’s not always a bad thing.
On the movie front I have pretty much loved Zombie’s stuff, though in a couple of instances it has taken repeated viewings.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Toy Review DC Signature Collection Monsieur Mallah and The Brain By Mattel

Hot diggity damn! It’s about time I did a video review, right?
Well believe me, it’s not something I ever intended on doing. I don’t care much for video reviews, as experiencing them is not as flexible as a written review. I can read something almost literally anywhere. But I can only watch videos in certain situations. And I don’t particularly like watching internet videos anyway. I know that makes me sound like some kind of maladjusted freak, but it’s true.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Needless Things Podcast Episode 3: Le Sexoflex

It's very late and I am frazzled. All you need to know is that I have already achieved my ultimate podcasting goal: interviewing Le Sexoflex.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Guest Post: Nostalgia by John

Hey everybody - I'm here to introduce another Guest Post from our pal, John. He's back again to share some thoughts with the Phantomaniacs. You might remember John from his last guest post, all about camping. Not a frequent subject here on Needless Things, but a very entertaining post and one that dealt with the unfortunate condition that is aging; something that is a frequent topic here.

Anyway, this post is about the Ninja Turtles and it's a lot of fun.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Concert Recap - They Might Be Giants 4/14/2013

I'm going to sit here and crank out as much as I can in the limited time that I have. It's what I'm going to be doing for the next three months.
Speaking of which, if any of you Phantomaniacs wants to help your ol' pal out and submit a Guest Post, please do. It can be commentary, prose, comics, a review; anything. By the time I'm done training this nitwit I'll be ready to post your naked pictures if you want to send those. Just wear a purple and green hat or something so there'll be a theme.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Television Review: Doctor Who – The Cold War

I haven’t done a Doctor Who recap in a long time (because the number of people reading them versus how labor-intensive they were for a single day’s post didn’t work out), but the vastly differing levels of entertainment that I got out of “The Rings of Akhaten” and “The Cold War” have inspired me.

Friday, April 12, 2013

They Might Be Giants

The first time I ever heard They Might Be Giants was during the closing credits of a Jake Johannsen comedy special – This’ll Take About An Hour. The song was “We Want A Rock” and I loved it.
This was 1991, and at that point I’m not sure I had heard anything quite like that song. It was bizarre and catchy and didn’t make a bit of sense. It was somewhat reminiscent of Weird Al, but not really. That was just the closest reference point I had for any kind of odd music. But all of Al’s stuff told stories and had a cohesive narrative. This thing was about prosthetic foreheads and hammering piglets. It was delightfully incomprehensible.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Vintage Troublemaker - Movie Review: Rob Zombie’s The Haunted World of El Superbeasto

This is probably going to happen a good bit over the next month or so. I have a trainee at work and that severely limits my ability to write. Fortunately, I sat down the other night and extracted all of the old posts from my MySpace blog, which is where Needless Things got started. I know most of you have not read these before because the highest number of views I saw while getting the posts was "7".
I have a lot of these and I hope I don't burn through all of them at once. I feel kind of shitty having to recycle so much content, but I'd rather do that than just not post.
There are movie reviews, toy reviews, commentaries, and even a thing I wrote about TNA for one of their many attempted "comebacks".
Also, I have this huge gash on my pinky from when I foolishly tried to repair my lawnmower. I took the lawnmower to get fixed and it's fine now. My pinky is still jacked up and it makes it slightly more difficult to type. So there's that, too.
Oh, and obviously I would be open to some Guest Posts if any of you guys would be interested. For now, enjoy my review of Rob Zombie's animated epic,

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto
I finally got to watch this thing the other night. It came out a few weeks ago, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Best Buy’s website claimed that they had it in their stores, but two different locations’ worth of Best Buy dipshits didn’t know what I was talking about and couldn’t find it after looking it up. Thanks, idiots! After confirming that Target and Walmart didn’t have El Superbeasto (no surprise, there) I finally remembered MovieStop. I don’t know why it always takes me a while to think of going there for hard-to-find stuff, especially considering my good buddy Big Jason runs one. D’oh. Lucky for me, Big Jason had one in stock on Blu-Ray. He was out of Phantasm II, though. I had to get that one from Best Buy. Dammit.

I was pretty sure I was going to be on my own for watching Zombie’s animated epic. Mrs. Troublemaker hadn’t exactly loved the comic. Come to think of it, I really wasn’t that impressed with it, myself. I mean, it’s Zombie through and through, it’s just a bit… unwieldy. There is entirely too much shit going on. Try to imagine if this hyper-productive guy with a bottomless well of genre knowledge and a mass of varying artistic talents just blew a mental load into a comic book series. That is EXACTLY what the Superbeasto comic is. An interesting mess.

The movie, thankfully, works a lot better than the comic. I don’t know if this is because of Zombie having more experience with film or perhaps that the medium of animation just requires more focus than print; either way, it is a huge improvement.

Since I’d be viewing this one on my own, I waited until around 3:30 in the morning last Saturday to start it up. I turned it off maybe five minutes in. I just wasn’t ready to deal with this kind of thing. The opening scene is our hero, El Superbeasto, nailing two chicks in an “adult feature” that he is directing. That was just too hard a start for me at 3 in the AM. Also, I didn’t really agree with Zombie’s choice to supply Superbeasto’s voice. I didn’t have anything against Tom Papa, he just wasn’t working for me as the big guy. I took the disc out and played some Smackdown, instead (I’ll get around to a review one of these days. Suffice it to say for now – it hasn’t pissed me off. Yet).

At some point during that weekend I saw a stand-up special featuring none other than the afore-mentioned Tom Papa. The guy is really, really funny. I still wasn’t convinced he was the right guy to voice ‘Beasto, but it did make me eager to give the movie another chance. And so I did Thursday morning.

The Haunted World of El Superbeasto is just batshit insane. It is crude, pornographic, sexist, racist and offensive in almost every way imaginable. And it is very, very good. Ralph Bakshi should wish he could have made this movie. The story is basically about ‘Beasto wanting some pussy, and his fight with the villainous and dorky Doctor Satan to get him some.


All of the voice work is excellent. Paul Giamatti stands out as Doctor Satan, Papa totally won me over with his Superbeasto and Sherri Moon Zombie does her best and most natural work yet as ‘Beasto’s sexy superspy sister, Suzi X. Along with those three, you also get Zombie’s standard cast of favorites – Brian Posehn as Murray the pervert robot, Danny Trejo as a Mexican stereotype, Ken Foree as a cat and Bill Moseley and Sid Haig as Otis and Captain Spaulding. Hell, you even get a live (animated) performance of Dick Soup by Jesse Dayton as Banjo and Sullivan! The cast is huge, and everyone does a great job. None of the voice actors come across as stilted or just in there because Zombie wants them.

The animation is very solid. Far superior to what I was expecting, as a matter of fact. El Superbeasto is easily comparable with any non-Disney 2-D stuff that has come out in the past ten or so years. The consistency is amazingly good, especially considering just how much crazy shit is on the screen at any given time.

Amazingly, none of the gags seem stale. I don’t know how you make such a dirty cartoon without dipping into the cliché well too many times, but Zombie did it here. This is truly a fresh experience, there really hasn’t been anything like Superbeasto since the seventies; and even those Bakshi features always had as much serious social commentary as humor. Superbeasto doesn’t go for that shit. This flick is all-laughs all the way.

The special features are pretty weak. There’s a version of the movie that is all animatics. I’m not sure why anybody would watch that, but whatever. There are also some deleted scenes that are fine, but nothing special. Really, all you would need to make this disc more satisfying would have been a couple of commentaries. One featuring Zombie doing his usual everyman play-by-play on the creative process and another with the cast. If the Blu-Ray had cost more than the twenty bucks I paid for it I would have been pretty irritated. Especially considering the Snow White I just bought Mrs. Troublemaker had DVD, Blu-Ray, a digital copy, more special features than you could shove up a dwarf’s ass and take home aaaaand it was only ten bucks with the coupon I got from Disney. THAT is a fucking DEAL! (that really has very little to do with Superbeasto. I just can’t get over what an awesome deal that Snow White was, right?)
Once again, we arrive at the fact that if you are a Rob Zombie fan, you have already found this and bought it. If you aren’t, but are a fan of animation or really blue humor; I recommend you at least give it a rent.

I almost forgot to mention that Hard N' Phirm did all the music and that said music is truly one of the best parts of a really good movie.

4 out of 5 Scurrying Ass Rats


-Phantom

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Movie Review – Evil Dead 2013

Note: There might be minor spoilers here, but I am not going to do my usual review/recap. I strongly feel that everybody should go into this relatively unaware of what’s going to happen. Also, pay attention through the credits and stay all the way until the end.
Evil Dead is a better movie than The Evil Dead.
Yeah, yeah. I know some of you will think that’s ridiculous or might be outraged, but when I look objectively at the newest entry in the Evil Dead franchise that’s how I feel.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Guest Post - Thoughts on the Passing of Roger Ebert By Chad J. Shonk

As a movie geek and filmmaker it is hard imagining a world without Roger Ebert, but that world has come. For my entire life he has been part of the movie landscape, at first alongside Gene Siskel, then Richard Roeper, and then, online and on Twitter. His copyrighted phrases ‘thumbs up’ and ‘thumbs down’ are part of the lexicon and have been since before I was born. Most people don’t give a shit what film critics have to say; someone who goes to ten movies a year wants something completely different from a film than one who sees a hundred or more in that same span. But a lot of people listened to Roger Ebert, even when they disagreed with him, even when he was wrong (which he was plenty of the time). If you ask a hundred people anywhere to name the first film critic that crosses their minds, ninety-nine of them will say Roger Ebert.
I met him once.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Why You Should Watch WrestleMania This Sunday

Notice I titled this article “Why you should watch” and not “Why you should buy”. You should definitely go to either a wing joint that is showing the PPV or your chump buddy’s house. But give your chump buddy a few bucks to help out. I say this because I am the chump buddy. WWE’s pay-per-views have achieved a price level that goes far beyond ridiculous. Regular PPVs are now $55 and I’m not even sure how much WrestleMania is supposed to be. There was a time when I ordered all of the PPVs. WCW and WWF, or WWE and TNA. A few years ago I whittled it down to WWE’s Big Four – the Rumble, ‘Mania, Summer Slam, and Survivor Series. Now I pretty much only get Rumble and ‘Mania. Not only are they too expensive to afford, they are rarely worth it.
But if there is one pay-per-view all year that you can count on to be worth at least your time, it’s The Showcase of the Immortals – WrestleMania. And I am here today to convince you of that. Not because I have any great love for WWE right now. I don’t. I find a large amount of what my DVR records every week to be uninteresting. But WrestleMania is the one show that you can count on to be entertaining regardless of the depth of the storylines or the amount of build-up the company has thought to put into the show.
I’m also writing this because I’ve been sick for the past week and am behind and this is the first thing that popped into my head for a post for today.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics King He-Man By Mattel

While I am certainly not opposed to the concept of King-He-Man, I wasn’t ecstatic about the idea of getting one. Then I thought about it and I realized that aside from last year’s Shadow Weaver, I think that all of the other Sub Exclusives have been He-Mans. Wun-Dar was first in 2010 (and I still need him), then Preternia He-Man in 2011 (the first year I had a sub). Shadow Weaver is a great figure and all, but to be honest I wasn’t even familiar with the character when they announced her. I really think they should have stuck with special He-Mans as the Sub Exclusive. That way it’s never going to be an essential character, but it will always be something special and a sort of figurehead for the line. I still think Shadow Weaver should have been a regular figure and they should have done Oo-Lar or something.

So after thinking about all of that I realized that King He-Man was a solid choice. I don’t really mind the characters from different eras. I have a whole shelf of time-displaced figures and characters that just don’t quite fit with the “modern” continuity. King He-Man would look spiffy right in the middle.

Now might be a good time… well, I guess there will never be a good time… to admit that I don’t pay a whole lot of attention to the Masters of the Universe Classics bios. I don’t want to be mean about them because I know how much effort and love went into writing them. And there are a lot of neat ideas if you dig through them. But there are certain factors about those bios that I just can’t get past. So I kind of skim over them and then throw them out. And I’ll admit right now – if Matty ever manages to release them as a book or something I’d probably buy it. I’m curious to see the narrative in chronological order.

My lack of awareness of the bios means that sometimes I don’t know where a character is coming from. This was the case with King He-Man. But that’s okay because he looks neat, and that’s really all I want out of any of these figures.
First Glance: Looks like Triple H as He-Man. Which is a fine thing to look like.
Articulation: King He-Man has the standard male MOTUC articulation. 

Head – ball joint
Shoulders – ball joint
Biceps – swivel
Elbows –pivot
Wrists – swivel
Waist - swivel
Hips – ball joint
Thighs – swivel
Knees – pivot
Boot tops - swivel
Ankles – pivot

King He-Man’s head does not move a whole lot aside from swiveling. The up and down motion just isn’t there. And it isn’t his hair or anything. The joint just doesn’t have much of a range of motion.

I wish the Horsemen had invested more time at the beginning of the line in figuring out how to reduce the profile of the seams on armor. It drives me nuts that so many of these MOTUC figures cannot put their arms down in a natural position.

My guy’s knees are a little loose. Not too bad, but looser than any other figure I’ve received in the past several months. But he can still stand up just fine.

His rocker ankles seem to work a bit better than recent figures. There’s a bit more side-to-side motion.

Otherwise King He-Man’s joints are all good. Nothing stuck and nothing extremely loose.
Sculpt: King He-Man has a new head. That’s it. But the other parts work so well together to create a pretty cool new look.

The base is obviously just He-Man, but with He-Ro’s boots. It works.

The new head is awesome. The crown looks great with the Not Iron Cross on the front. The way it sits on the hair is good – it looks like it has weight and is pushing down. The face looks a bit craggier than we’re used to seeing and the beard is full and long. The scar says a lot about what’s happened to our hero. With all of the things that He-Man has been through and come out unscathed, what in the world could have left a scar like that?
Coloring: The new color scheme looks great, but I do have to wonder why there’s no orange. Orange is a big part of Randor’s color scheme and even the original He-Man’s. It would have made sense. Now, don’t get me wrong – orange is not the best, most regal color in the world, but within the Universe that the Masters occupy it kind of is. King He-Man’s colors are better, but I want to know what happened to the orange, dammit!

He-Man seems to have regained his tan in the time between living in Subternia and becoming King. His hair and beard are definitely lighter, denoting some aging.
The paint apps on my figure are tight. There's no splotching or errors of any kind.
Flair: The Horsemen used Randor’s chest armor and added a new cloak and skirt; though I always hate to call such things skirts. 

Using Randor’s armor makes sense to me.

While the new cloak looks awesome and even features a sculpted furry hood:
I very strongly feel that it should be removable. 

The new skirt has sculpted, layered plates, a stylized “H” and overall looks very cool. It is a pliable plastic so it doesn’t hinder leg movement. I like the illusion that the blue portion is a belt and the gold is a continuation of the armor on King He-Man’s abdomen.
Accessories: The King comes with a battle damaged Techno Power Sword, a repainted version of Randor’s staff, and a minicomic - "The Secret Origin of Skeletor". Also included but not actually packed in with the figure is a map of Subternia.
The sword looks really cool and beat up. It reminds me of Mick Foley’s original WWF Hardcore Championship belt:
(picture from BleacherReport.com)
But I have to wonder – he’s King He-Man. Couldn’t he have this thing fixed?
I know, I know – it’s just a cool variation because they wanted to make a different-looking weapon. I get it.

I am also constantly irritated by the fact that there is apparently a China on Eternia and that they make everything there as well:
That drives me FUCKING CRAZY.

Randor’s staff looks great with the new paint job. Astonishingly, mine was not bent. Much.
It really sucks that they have to fold these maps up. I can only imagine how much shipping would increase if they sent them rolled in tubes. Knowing the assholes at Digital River it’d probably be thirty bucks.

"The Secret Origin of Skeletor" is a new minicomic written by Scott Neitlich. I read it. I will be reviewing all of the minicomics soon. Don't get too excited.

The map itself is my favorite so far. It’s just awesome. 
I love Procrustus in the middle and the relations between the three towers, Grayskull, and Snake Mountain. I might actually consider having this mounted (to get rid of the fucking folds) and framed. It’s awesome.
Packaging: It’s the regular MOTUC blister card. Still neat and still effective. Here’s his bio:
I find it interesting that this is “King He-Man” and not “King Adam”.
Value: With the added value of the map, King He-Man lands in the Acceptable Value bracket. He’s a pile of well-managed farmed parts and the map is just outstanding. I probably would have paid ten bucks for a non-folded version from a store or Amazon or somewhere.
Overall: I could have definitely lived without King He-Man and might even put him up on eBay in my soon-to-be-coming purge. But he is a solid figure and despite my little nitpicks looks good on the shelf. He just doesn’t excite me all that much. 

4 out of 5

I would imagine King He-Man is going to cost a pretty penny if you want one. Especially if you want the map of Subternia. I might sell my King, but that things stays here.

-Phantom

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Movie Review - GI Joe: Retaliation

To this day I have no problem telling people I that thoroughly enjoyed GI Joe: Rise of COBRA. The only real problem I had with it was the forced and absurd relationships between Duke, the Baroness, and Cobra Commander. I watched it the other day before going to see Retaliation and I still think it’s a fun movie that pays proper tribute to the Real American Hero franchise while updating certain things and telling a compelling story. Plus, COBRA wins at the end. Sure, the Commander and Destro end up captured and their awesome underwater lair is blown to smithereens, but Zartan replaces the President of the United States. Bold move.

Monday, April 1, 2013

So Long, and Thanks For All the Dorkery

I was going to do this big fake-out today, but it turns out it just isn’t in my nature to be deceitful like that. I don’t like being messed with and I don’t like messing with people. It’s just not a thing I’ve ever really been able to get behind. So I wrote this whole thing and about halfway through decided I couldn’t do it. But I’m not one to waste perfectly good writing, so it’s still my post for today.
Also, there’s a certain grain of truth to this. A portion of what’s here is always on my mind at least a little bit. But I can’t imagine changing who I am or what I do. So read on and laugh at how ridiculous the whole thing is.
I said last week that I had a big announcement to make today, and I do. It’s not that I’ve been hired by some big, corporate website to be their hip, funny toy/pop culture guy. It’s not that anybody from Nerdist contacted me and they want to fly me out to Sand Diego Comic Con this year to cover the show. Geek and Sundry didn’t call to say they would be interested in a YouTube show featuring Phantom Troublemaker.
It’s not even that I will be at Dragon*Con as an Attending Professional due to the countless hours I spend writing, photographing, posting, podcasting, and editing.
None of those things happened. Nor will they ever.
I’m out.
I’m done with the geek game. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately and while so many great things have been going on over the past year; I’m finally realizing that I need to focus on more realistic goals. It’s time to move past all of these childish, material things that are sucking away all of my time and money. Don’t get me wrong – I’ll always have a soft spot for this stuff and I’ll definitely keep track of the toy world through Lil’ Troublemaker. But it just isn’t practical for me to be involved in this sort of thing anymore. Not only do I spend thousands of dollars on toys, movies, and video games every year; I have this massive collection just sitting in the Man Room… Well, the basement… collecting dust and doing me no good.
I’ve got a fortune down there. And it could be doing me some good rather than just compelling me to waste more money on such things. So in addition to halting my collecting of toys and comics, I’m putting the collection up on eBay. I’d much rather sell it all at once to an individual, but so far the quotes I’ve gotten are ludicrous. Everything I own is loose, so I’m going to make at least three times as much selling lots and pieces on eBay than I would selling to a dealer.
I know this all sounds crazy, but it’s been brewing inside me for quite some time. When I look at all of the money I spend on toys, cons, costumes, comics, and even just web hosting it is overwhelming. And what do I get in return? A house full of junk and the occasional pat on the back from a guy in a Spider-Man costume. Don’t get me wrong – I definitely have fun doing what I’ve been doing. Heck, I love it. But it’s just self-destructive. There are so many other things I could be investing my time and money in.
One of the key things that led to this is Monstrosity Championship Wrestling’s upcoming shows at Six Flags of Georgia’s Fright Fest. There will be shows every Friday and Saturday in October and because of my shitty work schedule I will not be able to host all of them. And I don’t want anybody else doing it. That’s my fucking job and if I can’t do every one I don’t want to do any. That’s what it comes down to with all of this. I can’t give these hobbies everything I’ve got, so what I am putting into them seems like such a waste. I have to keep the day job (that is also a night job). No choice there. And the reality is that it will always interfere with the things I want to do. As long as I pursue these hobbies I am never going to be satisfied. So I am going to stop those hobbies and just change my expectations. Life isn’t about goofing off and buying He-Man figures and reading X-Men comics. It’s about working hard and maximizing your financial intake while minimizing your output. This isn’t something I want to accept, but I have to.
And no – I can’t just scale down. I’ve always been an all-or-nothing guy. When I quit smoking I quit cold turkey and never looked back. When I go on a diet, I follow the diet. No cheating, no cookies when nobody’s looking. I have to be the same way with this. As long as I have a single toy in the basement my brain will be able to justify buying another. As long as I have even the smallest stack of comics I will be able to talk myself into buying more. Just look at the Saga situation from last year. That one book allowed me to rationalize the continual buying of over twenty books a month. That doesn’t even make sense, but I know how my mind works. Same thing with the podcasting. As long as I am expected to talk about geek stuff every couple of weeks I will be able to justify involvement with the toys, comics, and books. And it all just has to stop.
I’m going to be thirty-seven years old next month. I have responsibilities. Long gone are the days when it was reasonable for me to put a mask on and go to a convention. Or hunt down a toy online or at retail. I could be doing so many more productive things. With the amount of time I invest geeky hobbies I could have a second job and be pulling in real money. Even if it’s just a little part time retail, that’s money coming in instead of going out.
So while I’ve had fun being a grown-up kid these past few years, it’s time to grow up and face reality. I truly appreciate every single one of you that has visited Needless Things and I know there are hundreds of other sited out there that can scratch your dorkery itch. Probably better than I ever did.
I’m not taking the blog down. I am proud of what I’ve done here and I want it to remain as a record of the last several years of my life. Same with the Facebook page. No reason to take it down. I’ve had a lot of fun as Phantom Troublemaker. I’ve had a lot of fun interacting with you guys and taking pictures of toys and making fun of lousy comics and movies. I’ll miss it all, but it’s time to move on.
Ha! April Fool! What a load of nonsense. I’ll never grow up. Come back tomorrow for more GI Joe stuff.
-Phantom