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

Copyright 1984

2 Minute Toy Break



Pop Culture League Challenge: House of Wax


House of Wax

The local Wax Museum is having a fire sale and you have the opportunity to add a life-size, life-like action figure to your collection. Who do you choose?

Been a busy week… finally getting to the point where I can sit down and write something out now.  If I could get my hands on a Life-Size Action Figure I would make one of two choices…


Assuming when we say Life-Size we mean HUMAN size I would love to have a Godzilla standing in the corner of my living room. It would have to be one of the early versions of Godzilla, that is when I thought he looked his best.


Now if it really meant life size, I obviously would not be able to fit good old Gojira into the corner… so in that case I would have to go with Director Phil Coulson from Agents of SHIELD.  Coulson has become my favorite Marvel character since he first started appearing in the Marvel movies. I love the normal, everyday person aspect of the character in a world full of super-powers and abilities.

That is what I have for now… I will try to start adding some links to other league posts tonight…

Pop Culture League Challenge: First Quarter



First Quarter

What’s your earliest arcade or video game memory?

I remember the very moment that I discovered Video Games exsisted. It was a spring day in 1981. In the small town that I grew up in there was a small pub, Patties Pub, and they had the best burgers around. grilled with onions and cheese and served with the best fries I had ever had. Every so often my father would go get a sack of these burgers for us to have for dinner. This particular evening he did something a little different, he told me to put on my shoes and come with…

We got in the car, and drove downtown. As he was parking the car he told me. “They have something new here, I think you are really going to like this!”

Patties Pub was a long narrow pub. it was smushed into the space between the hardware store and the parking lot for the drug store. The bar ran down the left hand side with the grill right up by the front door so that you could not walk down the street without smelling the smells of the burgers.On the right hand side sat a hand full of tables and booths, and in the far back of the pub is where the pool tables and pinball machines sat.

This day when we walked in I immediately saw this monolith of beauty sitting there in all of its glory.

Space Invaders

Space-Invaders-Arcade-GameMy father walked me to the back of the pub, pulled a bar stool up to the machine and sat me down. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a handful of quarters and gave them to me…  Gave me his sidewise smile and told me “have fun!”

I will never forget that afternoon of playing Space Invaders, as my father sat at the bar waiting for our food. The first quarter came and went pretty fast as I worked out what the game was all about, but the second lasted a little longer and the third even longer.

It is a great memory.

(you can play Space Invaders online here!)

The Other Members of the Pop Culture League.

Mr. Smiths Plastic Bubble

Retro Ramblings

Green Plastic Squirt Gun

The Nerd Nook

The Toy Box

Marc Allie

20 Years b4 2000

Rediscover the 80’s

Collectors Universe – A fellow Space Invaders player

Cool and Collected

G.I. Jigsaw

Retro Robot Review


Calvins Canadian Cave of Cool

D.I. Treasures

AEIOU and Sometimes Why

The Rebel Page

Team Hellions


Pop Culture League – Gold Medal Winner

PopCultureLeague-Logo-BigIf _____ was an Olympic sport, I’d have a gold medal around my neck.


 I really have no idea to go with this one and keep it on the path of “Pop Culture”

If clutter on the desk was an Olympic Sport…

If Unfinished Projects was an Olympic Sport…

If Binge Watching Netflix was an Olympic Sport…

When it comes down to it, I am not overly obsessive about much of anything… I have little micro-collections on themes, but no major awe inspiring collections…

IMG_20160822_191706584-1024x576I have my Bossk’s (I also have one of Gamorrean Guards, but it is packed away right now…)

IMG_20160822_191659603_HDR-1024x576I have my Raph collection…

and of course I have my Hulks…

I have a lot of Hulks, but mostly they are things I picked up off clearence racks or Garage Sales. I have never really slapped down the big bills like the Gold Medal collectors do…

So when you get right down to it, it is far more likely that I would be sent home with a participation ribbon over a gold medal… but I am fine with that… I like my little collections.

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.