Pop Culture League Challenge: Buying Blind


Buying Blind

Who doesn’t love gambling on a blind box or mystery package?

This weeks topic fell in perfect with a rant I was about to post. This past weekend I found some Funko Horror Mystery Mini’s and seriously thought about picking them up… Then I looked at the back of one of the individual boxes.


There was a point where you could buy a case of Mini’s and be able to get the full base set (Variants and Exclusives are another matter…) but with this series only a total of 6 of the mini’s are of a ratio that would mean you should get one in everycase… I dont know why, but this was the breaking point for me. I like the Minis… but I think I am done. I think I will be sticking to cheaper items in blind bags that my kids and I can feel and try to figure out what they are before buying… we have more fun doing that anyway.


(Actually I think I know why this pushed me over the edge… in was the 2nd Sci-Fi series… while trying to get a full set of that series I ended up pulling a grand total of 9 of the stupid Bender figures… Dont want to deal with that again.)

EDIT: It has been pointed out to me that a lot of the Mini sets are like this… I guess I have just been lucky in that the majority of the ones I have wanted to collect so far have been sets where all but the exclusive and variants are 1/12 so that when I buy a case I get the full set…


Fellow Poppers…

Green Plastic Squirtgun – A fellow Funko Mini Fan.

Collectors Universe

20 Years B4 2000 – Garbage Pail Kids

The Harvey Mercheum – Lego Mini-Figures

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2 Minute Toy Break



LOEB – Top Ten favorites of Geekdom

leaguelogo_medium-150x150Been a while since I took part in the LOEB posting… Time to join in again.

This weeks topic was


I was going to do a whole bunch of lists… but the week got away from me as usual…


Faves listed are not in any real order… just the ten that came to me when I thought about the topic…



  1. Dawn of the Dead
  2. Guardians of the Galaxy
  3. Star Wars: A New Hope
  4. Grosse Point Blank
  5. Planet of the Apes
  6. High Fidelity
  7. Raiders of the Lost Ark
  8. Poseidon Adventure
  9. The Land that Time Forgot
  10. Casablanca


  1. Usagi Yojimbo
  2. Hulk (1980’s was the best era)
  3. Bone
  4. Kamandi
  5. Guardians of the Galaxy (any of the incarnations so far! Have loved them all!)
  6. X-Factor (original series)
  7. Queen and Country
  8. TMNT
  9. Batman (From the Mid 1990’s)
  10. Conan


Usagi Yojimbo
The Spirit (current title)
Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
Queen and Country
Marvel Annihilation / Annihilation Conquest
Crogan’s Adventures series
Mouse Guard



  1. Doctor Who
  2. Battlestar Galactica
  3. The Last Ship
  4. Logans Run
  5. Survivors
  6. The West Wing
  7. NewsRoom
  8. Planet of the Apes
  9. Johnny Quest
  10. Strikeback

XMEN Members

1. Beast
2. Gambit
3. Havok
4. NightCrawler
5. ArchAngel
6. Colossus
7. Bishop
8. BoomBoom/Meltdown
9. Magneto
10. Iceman

Comic StoryArcs

1. Uncle Scrooge – Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck
2. Batman – Cataclysm/Aftershock
3. Batman – No Mans Land
4. XMEN – Xtinction Agenda
5. XMEN – Days of Future Past
6. Hulk – Planet Hulk/World War Hulk
7. Batman – Contagion/Legacy
8. Wolverine – Enemy Of The State
9. Avengers – The Red Zone
10. Wolverine – Old Man Logan

Other Members:

Knives Tales

Go Play Listen

Goodwill Hunting

Cool and Collected

League of Extraordinary Bloggers – Who Are you… Who Who???

leaguelogo_mediumHello, my name is… Tell us a little about yourself — even if we all know who you are, there are plenty of new folks wondering if you’re in fact a dog.

Truth be told, I am not a Dog.

I am a goldfish.

(Falls over and dies from lack of water…)

Seriously though.

I am Charles. Stay-at-Home Dad, Husband,Draw-er of Things,Geek and All Around Cool Cat.

At times on the internet I have been known as CrashedNeon, Eboladuck, Crayduck, BobaDuck and now just CRPechonick.

I love this shot of all three of my girls ThinkingIn real life, I am the only male in a house of Females. That does not bother me though. Because my Wife and Children (Internet Codenamed: Wife, Red and Gold) are wonderful. I have been a stay at home father since a little after the oldest, Red, was born. Making the choice to stay at home with the kids is one of the few smart choices I have made in my life.

Being a stay at home Dad has had a side effect though. My Oldest has turned into a bit of a Tom-Boy Geek because of it. (see picture later in post) she would much rather watch Super-Hero Cartoons and goto Comic Conventions then any of your stero-typical girl stuff. Lucky for me though Goldie has turned out to be a girly girl there by redeeming me with my wife. 🙂

I am someone who is rushing through his 40’s at an alarming pace and trying to stay a kid.

I do this by drawing cartoons reading comics and being an over all geek.

I have way to many projects in development. I have enough outlined and plotted ideas to last a lifetime but very few finished pages.

My goal is to some day make some of these ideas into a comic of my own…

I am a collector.

No real central focus like some people have, but anything that catches my eye.

I do have a series of Mini-Collections, Small obsessions with certain characters or themes that have ended up in them having little displays of their own.

Some of those include Famous Cartoon Ducks, Hulk, Lego Mini-Figures, Boba Fett, Greedo, Gammorean Guards, Bossk and Green Toys.

So That is all I feel like writting right now… The house is a DISASTER and I really should be cleaning… Maybe I will return and expand on this more later… No Promises though.

Mini-Figure Collection
The Infamous Green Shelf. This collection has grown much bigger during Garage Sale season.
The Infamous Green Shelf. This collection has grown much bigger during Garage Sale season.
Greedo, Kamandi and Some Hulks.
Greedo, Kamandi and Some Hulks.
More of my Hulks.
More of my Hulks.
Bossk, Fett, Some Gammorean Guards and Hulks
Bossk, Fett, Some Gammorean Guards and Hulks

Be sure to check out posts by other members of LOEB:

Geek-Daughter at Local Comic Con with me Spring 2013.
Geek-Daughter at Local Comic Con with me Spring 2013.


League of Extraordinary Bloggers – “Where are they now?”

RETROleaguelogo_mediumThe 80′s and 90′s were filled with kids and teens in the movies. Which movie would you like to see a sequel made in 2012 with the original cast members, who have aged the same as you and me.

I love end of the world movies. Have since I first saw Dawn of the Dead and Where have all the People Gone? on an afternoon double feature back in the early 80’s (maybe even the late 70’s).

So is no real surprise my all time favorite Teen Movie from the 80’s was the 1984 Night of the Comet. There was a summer back then where it seemed like every time you turned on Showtime Night of the Comet was playing. Needless to say every time it played I watched it.

Night-of-the-Comet-Kelli-Maroney-Mac-10-5Night of the Comet was the story of a comet that returns to Earth for the first time since the age of Dinosaurs. Everyone is excited to see the comet and big parties are being held all over. Of course this is a movie so this can not end well. The morning after the comet, almost all people on earth have been turned into what looks like Cherry Kool-Aid Drink Mix. 

Two people who do survive are sisters Regina “Reggie” and Samantha “Sam” Belmont.

night-of-the-comet-new-280x367The movie is their story as the fight to survive. Along the way they pick up other survivors, A Truck Driver and a little boy and girl.  In their quest for survival they face off against mutated half survivors and evil scientist from a military bunker.

2014 would mark 30 years since the release of Night of the Comet and I would love more then to see them release a sequel to Night of the Comet to celebrate that 30th anniversary.

The movie could pick up the story of our five survivors and show how they have struggled to survive in the time since. Showing how they have teamed with others they have found to form a community only to find that they must now go head to head with another group of survivors who want to take over all they have built up.

I know the odds of ever seeing that happen are about the same as me winning the Lottery though so I am not holding my breath.

If you are in the mood for some pure camp fan though, I would highly recommend checking the film out!

Turns out the full movie is posted on Youtube, so you can do just that!

Taken from the League page on the Topic:

  • Reis O’Brien at the Lair of the Dork Horde wants to see an intergalactic rematch in The Last Starfighter.
  • Shawn Robare, of Branded in the 80′s would love to see more hairy situations with a sequel to The Peanut Butter Solution.
  • Christopher Tupa thinks David Bowie still has what it takes and wants to revisit Labyrinth.
  • Dex at AEIOU and Sometimes Why also wondered whatever happened with the Labyrinth.
  • Michael May’s Adventureblog thinks Tom Cruise should make a followup to Legend (maybe they could call it “Legend-wait for it-ary”).
  • TL at Flashlights are Something to Eat wonders whatever happened to the kids from Shermer High’s Breakfast Club.
  • Brian at Cool & Collected (that’s me!) was also curious about how the Breakfast Club spent the last 30 years.
  • Iok from That Figures chooses to forget the Crystal Skull even happened, and wants to see another Indiana Jones movie.
  • Paxton Holley at the Cavalcade of Awesome imagines Matthew Broderick as a top NSA cryptographer in the sequel to War Games.
  • The Claymation Werewolf was surprisingly the first to chime in on The Monster Squad (but not the last!).
  • Soon after, Double Dumbass on You quickly turned in his report on The Monster Squad.
  • And Kevin over at Team Hellions also imagined a sequel to The Monster Squad. (Hollywood, make this happen!)
  • Fiji Mermaid at Sideshow Cinema wants to revisit those nice young boys from Kids.
  • Tom at Freak Studios was the only one brave enough to tackle a Goonies reunion.
  • I haven’t seen Olivia Newton John in a while, but John at Revenge from the Cosmic Ark would love to see a modern sequel to Xanadu (he also had a couple of honorable mentions:Message from Space and Star Crash).
  • The Sexy Geeks House of Swag wants to go Back to the Future a fourth time…
  • While Colin at Fairplaythings looks into the future 30 years, in anticipation of a Kick Ass sequel with a 75 year old Nic Cage.
  • BubbaShelby at Toyriffic also cheated a little and wondered what Scott Pilgrim would be up to in 30 years. (That’s okay guys. The League encourages cheating. We call it “being creative!”)
  • Harley at the Eidetic Memory tackled the only animated entry this week in choosing Hey Arnold!
  • And finally, Jeff at Siftin’ came up with a documentary idea that absolutely NEEDS to be made: Shermer, Illinois.

League of Extraordinary Bloggers – What a nightmare!


leaguelogo_mediumThis weeks theme over at the LOEB is

“What a nightmare!”

Nightmares are an easy one for me. I have been a bad sleeper my whole life, plagued by nightmares on a regular basis.

I blame my dreams for how little I sleep.

One of my Nightmares that pops up over and over again is a nightmare of being hung…

I think this nightmare goes back to when I was very young and an older cousin who was babysitting us decided to take us to a drive-in theater to see a movie with her boyfriend.

At first it was pretty exciting.

We got to play at the playground at the Drive-in and then when we went back to the car the back seat had been laid down for us and we had a cool little camp out in the car going.

Then it started. A cartoon countdown to the movie with commercials for the snackbar…

But that is where the fun ended… turns out the double feature that evening was The Omen and Race with the Devil.

I do not remember how old I was, but it could not be more then four or five…

much to young for those movies.

There was a number of parts of both films that bothered me, but the one that stood out and still haunts my dreams to this day is the Suicide of Damion’s Nanny in The Omen.




UPDATE: I just looked up the release date for the Omen, the first feature that night. The Omen came out June 25, 1976. That means that when I saw the movie I was at most a month shy of being five.

Retro-League of Extraordinary Bloggers – Deserted island

RETROleaguelogo_mediumYou are stranded for 10 years on a deserted island. You can take with you the following:

One food item (in a never-ending supply), one movie, one game, and one pop culture character.


1. Food

It is an island… that means it is surrounded by water, which means seaweed. not the most attractive sounding food, but a source for minerals and vitamins. There would also be an assortment of indigenous fruits and nuts, not to mention fish in the water… so I have a good stable food base. That means my one food item does not have to be a common sense item. It can be a comfort food. Normally I would say Tuna Salad… but since Fish is going to be my main meat source on the island I am going to pass on that one and go with a different comfort food. I think I would go with an endless supply of Everything Pizza… Not only is it a comfort food, but it has a little of all the food groups in it. It would help maintain my health.

Photo by Bryan and Sarah Zera
Photo by Bryan and Sarah Zera

2. Movie

Would bringing the entire series of Lost count as a movie? No? Ok then I will pick something else! I am going to cheat on this one and say STAR WARS, start to finish. Prequels and Original trilogy. I am one of the few people who do totally hate the prequels. Yeah, they are not the best movies in the world. I do like them though and It would make for some good entertainment on a regular rotation.


3. Game

I think I would choose a Waterproof, solar powered, Electronic Chess game. I love playing chess, and the challenge of the game would go a long way to helping maintain my mental state. It would keep my wits sharp, which I will need to survive my exile on the island.

4. Companion

swissMy choice for companion skirts the definition of Pop Culture. I would choose William Robinson. No, not the one from Lost in Space. The father from the source material for that show, The Swiss Family Robinson. That man seriously knew everything you would need to survive when you are trapped on an island. I can think of no better person to have by my side. Swiss Family Robinson is actually one of my favorite books. One of those stories that you return to and read every couple of years.

Bonus Answer for Extra Credit:

5. Book

This one was a little harder to come up with… I thought of all my favorite books and reads. Then I came to a conclusion. Forget entertainment, go for useful. My book would be U.S. Army Field Manual 3-05.70
. With that book my chances of surviving would increase greatly.

6. Music

The complete Catalog of Johnny Cash. I could listen to the man in black until the end of time…

Be sure to check out the other Leaguer’s post on the topic :

League of Extraordinary Bloggers – I have a Dream…


The theme this week  (like most weeks… 🙂 ) is very open.


I have a dream…

I love this shot of all three of my girls ThinkingMy core dream has already come true, even back in High School I dreamed of having a happy family with a couple kids… and I have that! I have a wonderful wife who I am about to celebrate being married to for ten years (and having been friends for almost 20!) and two gorgeous daughters. This photo is almost two years old so the two girls are much bigger now, but it is still one of my favorite photos of the three of them!

So I guess in fairness I should list my secondary dream.

As far back as first grade when I saw first saw Star Wars I remember wanting to tell a story of my own. Back then all that really entailed was retelling the movie the best I could in my first grader handwriting with new names for all the roles.


I have had tons of ideas over the years, have multiple notebooks and sketchbooks filled with ideas, outlines, and sketches… I have never been able to make something come together into one solid idea though. My greatest inspiration and influence in this quest to create the EPIC story are Stan Sakai and Jeff Smith. I would nothing more then to tell a story of such grand scale as Usagi Yojimbo or Bone.


I love the idea of Epic Chivalric romance stories. Where there is the hero going on a quest, his teacher… and so forth.

usagi yojimbo_0

So that is my dream… to write and illustrate and epic tale.

A story my children could read and enjoy.

Post Script: Quick little look at one of the ideas out of my idea book…

A lot of my early notes involve writing a Chivalric romance story that takes place in an Insane Asylum. This is a story that I would love to tell, because I was told I could not. In my 12th grade Literature class the teacher had a question on a test asking which setting a Chivalric romance tale could not be set in. He list a number of choices as well as “all of the above” and “none of the above”. I choose none, and got it wrong… I argued my case that you could meet all the standards of a Chivalric romance with the setting but he stood his ground and would not change his mind… I have always dreamed of doing that story and send good old Mr. G. off a copy of it.

Be sure to check out fellow LOEBers

Needless Essentials Online

The Mos Espa Collection

The Infinite Hollywood