The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #95

95 question of the weeks on the wall, 95 question of the weeks!
Take one down, answer it around, and wait for next week’s question of the week or try to engage my friends and followers in the 95th cause this is fun and I wanna help The Nerd Blitz guys reach a bigger audience…what?
*breathes heavily*
Let’s get to it, gang!

Hi everybody.
This week we have decided to ask you about a topic near and dear to our hearts, BOOKS!
So we want to know: What Are Your All-Time Favorite Book And Author?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 095.5: No Fat On This Bone

UntitledIn this extra special .5 episode, we gather together to say goodbye…again…for the third, and most likely final time…we think, probably…to a friend that set us on the course to coming together as concluded, The Clone Wars have!

We dive in deep on this discussion of the final season, arc, and episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, chart the growth and change of the series and particularly the journey of the, once hated and now beloved, former padawan Ahsoka Tano and her conclusion of this long imagined tale of war.

It hit Doom in a weird way he never expected and Fitz is super satisfied by this tale that was told over 133 spectacular episodes, encompassing 6 seasons and a movie, we try to figure out if Cheep is Chopper, ponder if we’ll see the 30 odd episodes that were left unmade, and just gush about an overall enjoyable experience.
Strap in and enjoy, gang, and may the force be with you…always…

URL: Episode 095.5: No Fat On This Bone
Direct Download: tnb095_5.mp3



The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #94

Strong with the force young Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week is, hmmm.
94 straight weeks, posted we have.
Answer, you must, yes.
Dive in we will.

As if that intro didn’t make it plain enough, we’s talkin’ Star Wars this week, mother scratchers!
Officially concluded, The Clone Wars have, so this week we are asking: What Did You Think Of The Final Season And The Series Finale Of Star Wars: The Clone Wars?

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Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

Episode 095: A Pretty Glorious Mullet

mulletIn this episode, grab a shovel and join in as one of the fellas tries to dig himself out of a hole with a haircut as the other is still backfilling that sum bitch with a vengeance, all while playing the World’s Favorite Game “I’m Old And Things Were Better In My Day”!

A Joke Corner that was teased long ago leads to a discussion of childhoods, upbringing, and the exponential growth of technological communication, before we dive into the latest and not so greatest of news and happenings in that magical and color filled Marvel universe.

We wrap up this grumpy old man fest by talking about a grumpy old man show set in the Star Trek universe, then we bring this ep, full of never before spoken sentences, to a close by teasing what our next couple of shows may stuff in your pod stockings, so buckle up, gang, as the careening toward Ep 100 has officially begun to kick into high gear!

URL: Episode 095: A Pretty Glorious Mullet
Direct Download: tnb095.mp3

Fitz’s Toy Chest #15: Han Solo (Hoth)

Few action figures trigger sense memories for me more than the subject of this installment of Fitz’s Toy Chest.

Welcome back guys, this time around we’re going to take a look at one of the coolest, yet curiously inaccurate figures in the Kenner Empire Strikes Back collection. Straight from the frozen halls of Echo Base, my first ever ESB figure, Han Solo in Hoth Gear.

Han Solo
Company: Kenner
Acquisition Year: 1980
Acquired via: Purchase (Venture)
Years In Possession: 40

The summer of 1980 was filled with Star Wars memories. For some reason this Han Solo figure has always been a key to accessing many of those memories. I can feel the humidity outside, smell cut grass and rain in the air.

These memories are all fragments, but the clearest one is of a stormy day spent visiting a nursery center with my mom, grandma, aunt and cousins. It was common for this group to spend several days a week together going shopping or to the zoo. We would all crowd into our station wagon, the cousins in the back seat or the “back back” of the car (i.e. the cargo space between the back seat and hatchback, which was totally safe).

On this day, I can remember being in the back of the station wagon with my cousin who had already scored 2 of the new Empire figures. He had the rebel hoth commander (which we would always consider to be Luke until they finally made a Luke Hoth figure much later), and Han Solo in his Hoth gear.

I can still see us huddled in the backseat in the gravel parking lot of the nursery, the adults having bought some kind of flowers or another. It suddenly got really dark, like night time dark as black clouds rolled in and we had to shelter in the car waiting for one of the usual tornado/hail producing severe thunderstorms we have at least every other week here in the midwest.

I was scared shitless (I’ve always had a fear of bad storms, it’s only been less of a problem in recent years thanks to many pharmaceuticals). I focused all my attention on that Han figure. He was like my guide through a bad acid trip. The more I focused on him the less I heard the crazy thunder and hail beating down on the car.

Finally it was safe enough to drive home, but I will never forget those intense minutes, and the piece of sculpted plastic that kept me from having a meltdown.

I eventually got my own Han Solo in his blue parka. Yes, blue. It was blue in the movie right? Kinda looked blue to me. Except Harrison Ford’s actual costume parka was not blue at all. It was actually brown. I lived my entire life believing the lie that his Hoth coat was dark blue in Empire Strikes Back. It wasn’t until I got the Star Wars costume book a few years back and saw the real garment used in the film that I realized it was brown.

Apparently there was a color timing issue with the original theatrical prints that made the coat look blue. It even fooled Kenner, obviously. It wasn’t until later modern r-releases where the problem was cleaned up. Even then it’s really hard for me to tell it’s not blue (and no I’m not colorblind). I felt like such a moron for never knowing that.

As you can see my Han has considerable paint wear. This is most likely from playing with him in the snow. Unlike Snow Job, I actually did get to use the Hoth figures outside in snow banks during the winter of 80/81. The paint wear on his legs is probably from having him “ride” the Kenner Tauntaun, which meant sticking the figure hip deep into a to tight trap door on the Tauntaun’s back. You would scrape a figure’s legs across the edge of the opening every time you inserted or removed the rider.

Another thing about my particular Han figure is that this is another member of the Broken Neck club in my collection. Not sure how it happened but one day his head came right off. It’s been super glued in place ever since.

I’m not sure if this is an official “feature” or not, but something I always liked about this figure was that you could pop his DL-44 blaster’s ammo clip into the molded holster loop on his hip and have him carry his weapon that way. Pretty cool.

I’m surprised and a little sad about how poorly the color on his face has aged. It’s turned quite yellow and jaundiced looking over the years.

Over all I really loved this figure and it’s probably just behind the Bespin Han in terms of my favorite Kenner interpretation of the character (but it’s a dead heat, Bespin Han was always just more versatile in different play scenarios).

Well, that’s enough oversharing for this week, I hope you enjoyed the baring of my soul. Come back next time for another dose of (probably at least mildly) toxic plastic playthings.

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #93

93 and still not shitting our pants, will you be able to say the same when you reach our advanced age?
I think the hell not!
Oh yeah, and we’re gonna ask questions and what not…

This week, we want you to reach back to the many hours you spent watching all of those beloved hours of TV, ages ago.
We want to know: What TV Show House/Set Is Your Favorite?

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Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #92

After 92 weeks, we have decided it’s time to build a team of heroes.
So that means it’s time to cry “to me, my Knights Of Nerd Blitz-Dom!” and dive in for some nerdy ass questioning!

If that intro didn’t tip you off, we are talking about everybody’s favorite mutants, The X-Men!
So we are throwing this scenerio in your laps this week: You Are Asked To Assemble Your Ideal X-Men Team, What 5-7 Marvelous Mutants Are You Throwing Together In The Blackbird?

Leave your answer down in the comments below or tweet it over to us on the Twitter @NerdBlitzPod or by using the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks goes out to the good sir @SteBoost for creating our eye catchingly sexified QotW logo.