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HOME MEDIA: Amazing Spider-Man Walmart Exclusive Mask Blu-ray/DVD Case

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While Walmart is not on my choices of places to shop (especially online) I was suckered in to dropping some loot their way because of this nifty exclusive; a Spider-man Mask DVD Case with Bonus Disc. When The Amazing Spider-man was announced on home media I kept my eyes open for something cool like this. It's a limited edition Walmart exclusive plastic case is in the shape of Spider-man's face from the movie.

The back of the mask/case is where the discs are held. Opened up, one can see the 20 minute Bonus Disc "Enter The Lizard" (which I'll dissect in another post) tucked away. The peg on the case will also hold the other discs should you want to use this case instead of the standard one. Note the Bonus Disc won't fit in the regular case, as it's the same version that is widely released.
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Overall the case looks pretty sharp.  I do have to call out a defect on the one I received, though - on his eye it looks as though some paint wasn't applied.
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I also have the Iron Man blu-ray disc case that was a Target exclusive a few years back and in a side by side comparison, they look pretty cool. Too bad there are not more hero cases like these. I have a Batman one from The Dark Knight and I know a few exist from The Watchmen.
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Aside from the defect on his eye, not a bad presentation of The Amazing Spider-man. I would have picked this up even if didn't have the Bonus Disc, so that was a nice...bonus.

Note: while Target does not have as cool as a gimmick as this, they do have an exclusive disc packed with their Amazing Spider-man release as well. As soon as I get my hands on it

HOME MEDIA: Delivery Fail of The Week Award - Wal-Mart

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I knew my wife wanted the ET Extra Terrestrial Blu-ray, moreso I knew she wanted the little stuffed toy that came with it as part of the Wal-mart exclusive box set and the ET Extra Terrestrial Blu-ray. And knowing I would not be able to get to Wal-mart on release date, I would run the risk of it selling out. Couldn't have that, now could I? My other option was to pre-order it and have it delivered to the pad.

So I did, with the slight expectation that the product I had ordered from Wal-mart would arrive in a "straight off the store shelf" condition.

Which was not the case. You see, I'm use to ordering from Amazon, which I do on the regular, and I have never had an issue with their shipping. They usually pack whatever product I am ordering in a secure cardboard box. However from Wal-mart, this was not the case. This is how my set arrived. Crushed.
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Wal-mart shipped my E.T. set in a padded mailing envelope. Gee, thanks guys.
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Now, in my youth I use to work shipping and it doesn't take much thought to know how to properly pack something. So, it boggles my mind why some one at Wal-Mart shipping thought that this thinly padded envelope would protect my purchase. Either they suck at their job or they just didn't care. Either way that is not encouraging me to again order from Wal-mart.

Let this be my cautionary tale if you plan on ordering from these clowns. Your product will not be packed with care.

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GALLERY: Images From Designer Con 2012 Collectible Vinyl Toy Convention!

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I headed down to Designer Con in Pasadena and have to say, it was an awesome gig. For those not in the know, Designer Con is a convention dedicated to vinyl art, figures, collectibles, plush toys and more. So basically, a lot of cool stuff.

I have been to many geek-centric events and was pleasantly surprised by this event. Not because I expected it to suck, but because I didn't expect the level of participation, the amount of unique vendors, the creative people I meet, the real positive energy Dcon had. Yeah, it was that cool. I spent a couple of hours there checking things out, bought a few pieces and had a great time. I'm newer to the vinyl buying gig, but even for a newbie like me, I was able to have an incredible time. Good job to the Designer Con team. I even got to hang with popular cosplayer Tanya Tate.

So here are my pictures from the gig which you can probably get a better sense of the Designer Con experience from than me trying to describe everything. Enjoy.

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COMICS: Marvel's Avengers Assemble #1-8 Review

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Not a bad start for this newer Avengers title.

In a sea of monthly Avengers titles this one caught my eye. While Avengers Assemble is 616 Universe proper, it really does cater to the Marvel Cinematic Universe crowd, which is actually kind of fun and a selling point for me.

A mad plan by Avengers movie post credit sequence star Thanos is set in motion as he tries to attain a "Cosmic Cube" for universal domination. The Avengers step in to save the day with an assist from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Black Widow do battle with baddies on earth and in space.

The story moves along briskly and we go from Avengers knocking around some Zodiac powered villains to a cosmic jaunt that involves the Guardians and Celestial entities. It's a fun read that works on several levels. Brian Michael Bendis is obviously well versed in the characters and does an amazing job in their interactions and keeping the humorous tone from the movie, while still staying within the Marvel U.

The art by Mark Bagley is incredible. Nice detail work. His Hulk is spot on, there is a lot of depth and it feels big, which is perfect for this arc.

I had a good time with this arc. Like I mentioned Avengers Assemble is a solid read for fans of the Marvel Movies and casual comic readers. It's also a nice Guardians of The Galaxy and Thanos primer, who will obviously be seen in future Marvel Movies, which is probably what it was intended for.

EVENT: Designer Con (Pasadena) 11.3.12

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This Saturday in Pasadena is the Designer Con. It's a cool event that brings together Artists, Designers and Manufacturers of collectible vinyl toys. I'm pretty excited about this gig and look forward to seeing all the creations that will be on display and for sale. Several artist have announced special limited editions of their work that will be exclusively available at Designer Con and you can have a look at some of them here.

This Designer Con (or D Con, for the cool kids) is going down at the Pasadena Convention Center at 300 East Green Street in Pasadena, of course. One thing I especially dig about it, is that doors open and 9am, so I can roll in there early. AND it's only $5 if you order tickets online, $7 at the door. Either way, that's an awesome deal that leaves plenty of loot in your pocket to pick up plenty of cool vinyls.