Episode 068.5: God Hates Us: The 2019 Nerd Blitz New Year’s Spectacular

maxresdefault-700x392In this episode, the fellas are feeling festive and decide to do their 1st annual (maybe!) post-Christmas/New Year’s show!

They talk about all of the gifts they got for Christmas, including what they got each other and why they picked those specific things, a Christmas morning wubble bubble bursting causes a meltdown of biblical proportions for one of them as the other somehow gets completely Evil AND Dead.

Gather round and kick off 2019, the 50th anniversary of the Scooby-Doo franchise, in style with this short but fun episode of your favorite podcast hosted by us, gang!

URL: Episode 068.5: God Hates Us: The 2019 Nerd Blitz New Year’s Spectacular
Direct Download: tnb068_5.mp3

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #23

Our final Christmas themed QotW is here, gang.
Grab some cookies and let’s dive in!

This week, after weeks of it, we’re askin’: Christmas music, yay or nay?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

We hope you all have a great holiday, gang.
Thanks for reading, listening, and spreading the word this year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Fitz’s Toy Chest #9: Superion

Hey guys welcome back.

This week I’m going to break format slightly.

Up until now every installment of Fitz’s Toy Chest has showcased an item that’s been in my collection since childhood. But this week will be a little different…

Every year around Christmas I’m reminded of the one that got away. My “Moby Dick” if you will. This year was no exception, and so I thought for this edition of the Toy Chest I’d share one of the few, possibly ONLY, item I had my heart set on as a child that Santa didn’t deliver on.

I’ve mentioned before what a hardcore Transformers kid I was between ’84 and ’87. It’s hard to believe that all of those Transformers memories took place in 3-ish years.

Transformers were awesome. And yet in 1985 they figured out a way to make transformers robots even AWESOMER.

How could they accomplish that you ask? Simple. By taking transforming robots and giving them the ability to combine together to form and EVEN BIGGER robot. Genius.

The first of these “combiner” teams was the evil Constructicons who, naturally, transformed into various kinds of construction equipment. Dumptrucks, cranes, cement mixers, etc. They could then combine together to form the titanic 50 foot tall Decepticon, Devastator!

When they debuted on the cartoon our minds were completely blown. How would the poor Autobots be able to fight off such a behemoth? And more importantly what would the toy look like? It didn’t take long to find out.

Hasbro release the constructicons both seperately and boxed together in a complete set gift box. I can still see the bright green and purple Constructicons singles hanging on the pegs at Sears (yes at one time Sears was an awesome toy store).

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Is it bad but I can’t recall for sure whether I got the gift set or if I got them individually, but either way I got them and even though the toys didn’t quite fit together as nicely as they did on the cartoon, they were still badass and towered above the puny autobots. (Stay tuned for a future Toy Chest where I dig out my Constructicons…)

Then not long after the Constructicons were released, the answer to my second question came and as usual it came via the cartoon. How would the autobots defeat Devastator? Easy. By creating a combiner team of their own. The Aerialbots.

Aerialbots (Superion)
Company: Hasbro
Acquisition Year: 1985
Acquired via: n/a
Years In Possession: 0

 

Air Raid, Fireflight, Slingshot, Skydive, and their leader Silverbolt (who I shit you not transformed into the Concord)

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These robots in disguise (as various airplanes) could combine together to form Superion, the natural enemy of Devastator.

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I wanted Superion SOOOOO bad. The anticipation for this toy’s release was crazy high. My friend and I would call both Toy Chest AND Children’s Palace multiple times a week to pester the poor clerks there about whether they had Superion in stock just so we could go look at it.

Every time we were met with confusion, irritation, and an inevitable “no”-click.

See the thing is, that first year they were available, it was almost impossible to find them. Like the constructicons, the aerialbots were released as a gift set containing all 5 planes and the pieces to form Superion.

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But UNLIKE the Constructicons, they weren’t release as single toys until later. They were also (if memory serves) released late in the year which made them one of the hottest toys that Christmas.

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I think I managed to see the bundled set once in the store. Ever.

But it didn’t matter. I knew Santa would come through. (Yes, I know I was 12, stf up).

Christmas came and I did not. There was no Superion for me.

It sounds really terrible to talk about how disappointed I was. I got plenty of great stuff that year, and every year. We were lower middle class, we weren’t made of money, but my parents always made sure we never wanted for anything (well, for the most part we never missed out on stuff). So it feels really shitty to still be lamenting this after 30+ years (albeit in an exaggerated way to be humorous)

But still, this was a real bummer. And to make matters worse, my best friend DID get one. Jealous.

So at least I got to play with “a” Superion even if it wasn’t “my” Superion. It was better than nothing.

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With the exception of maybe the Kenner Return of the Jedi sarlacc pit skiff (which was pretty much advertised and never produced meaning it would literally have been impossible to get) I can’t think of anything I wanted for Christmas and didn’t get other than this stupid hunk of metal and plastic.

Looking at it now, that toy is pretty awkward and kind of ugly as hell. I can also remember it being even harder to keep put together than Devastator. The design of its connections were definitely not well thought out, and the big robots body (which was Silverbolt) always had loose joints and stuggled to stay standing upright. Of all the many combiners they would eventually make, I think Superion had the most issues with this and was by far the most fragile.

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To this day, from time to time I circle ebay like a creepy old dude in a van, scoping out prices for a complete Superion. Out of the box it’s really not that pricey relatively speaking. Especially compared to MIB specimens.

One of these days I’m going to pull the trigger on one and fill the hole in my collection.

But for now I’m content just occasionally day dreaming about of one that got away.

Well that’s all for this special edition of the Toy Chest gang. Possibly the last entry of 2018. Thanks for joining me and I look forward to more vintage toy talk in 2019!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays. May you all get the Superion you were wishing for!

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #22

What up, gang!
Are you ready for some new questioning?
Here it goes…

This week, for our 2nd holiday themed question, we want to know: What is your favorite Christmas movie and why?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo

TNB Commentaries 027: The Wizard Of Oz

wizdec13ebayPlease turn off your cellphones and join our sepia toned asses on the journey down the yellow brick road to Sunday Jeff’s favorite Christmas movie.

For our 27th commentary, we dive head 1st into the tornado spun fantasy classic from 1939 starring Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, & Terry the Dog!

The fellas are having the most awkward fun they possibly can, Doom lays a trap that Fitz cannonballs into, Fitz questions Doom, & the mistreatment of Munchkins.

So grab a copy and listen along as we point out that everybody in this movie is dead…fa la la la la la la…

 

 

 

 

URL: TNB Commentaries 027: The Wizard Of Oz
Direct Download:tnbc-027-the-wizard-of-oz.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2018

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #21

Time for the 21st Nerdy Blitzy Questiony, are ya ready!?

Given the fact that the holidays are upon us, we are going holiday themed for the rest of the year!
So with that in mind, we wanna know: What was the best Christmas present you got as a kid?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo

Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.: Services Rendered Review

Back to the offices of Chambeaux & Deyer we go for more fun & spooky cases in this collection of 9 new stories.
The whole gang is along for the ride too!
Dan Chambeaux: Detective extraordinaire & Zombie.
Robin Deyer: Precedent-setting lawyer for all unnaturals & all around sweetheart.
Sheyenne “Spooky”: Receptionist & Dan’s ghost girlfriend.
Officer Toby “McGoo” McGoohan: Beat Cop & Dan’s BFF, emphasis on the 2nd F.
Let’s see what kind of trouble is about to go down in the UQ, shall we?

For the 20th time, this your official ***SPOILER ALERT***

Let’s get this out of the way right here at the top, just so we’re all clear.
This a Dan Shamble book so we really don’t need to pretend that I may not like it.
There is a 95% chance that I was going to love it and I damn well did.
With that all out in the open I have to say the worst part of this book is that it ended so quickly, and it’s getting sadder and sadder when the adventures in the Unnatural Quarter come to an end.
I just can’t get enough of this oddball family, their interactions, and this entire universe.
Flat out, I fuckin’ love this world and these characters.
It’s creeping dangerously close to Scooby & Star Wars levels of love.

Before we get too deep, go read my review of High Midnight, the 4th story in this collection.
I go a bit more in-depth on that than I may on some of the others.
Anywho, let’s get started on the other stories in here.

There are 2 entries in this collection that I was 100% fascinated by, 1st and foremost would be Paperwork.
This is the shortest of the 9, at about 8 pages long, and it’s basically a short way to get you introduced to this universe & this collection.
An Unnatural divorce sees the spurned husband, a poltergeist, tearing up the office and slinging case files all over the place.
The main cast comes together to reminiscence about the cases as they straighten up.
It feels like pure sitcom clip show set up fun, only without recycling old content.

I hesitate to call the following an issue, because I don’t really feel it’s a complaint as much as it is a hope/suggestion.
But having gotten used to how @TheKJA has done the intros to each story with his Selected Stories series, I would’ve loved to see this one story be multi-part intros to each of the following stories to give us a little bit more fun and help us learn more about these characters.
It really would have brought home the sitcom feel.
It works as is though, and we do learn about these characters and their personalities through the other 8 stories.

The other story that I was fascinated by would be Wishful Thinking.
As KJA said when I interviewed him in Series 5, Ep 2 of TNB Book Club, keen observers will realize that this is the Shamble half of the Kolchak crossover comic that he wrote (hear both Fitz and I review the comic in Episode 43).
The second he told me that I started wondering “now how the hell is that gonna work?”, and to answer that question…pretty damn well!
Obviously while reading this, I could see the changes clear as day, but even more interesting than that is seeing the switch from a visual story to pure prose.
I love comics, but the theater of the mind that simple words on a page can prompt can not be beat.
That alone makes this the better version of this story for me.
Not to mention the singular focus on Dan and this world gives it a less disjointed feel.

I only want to mention 2 other stories in this review, and part of me wanted to rip out 1 of them and make it a special review of its own as it’s seasonally appropriate.
Cold Dead Turkey gives us a story that must be an anthropologist’s wet dream!
Set at Christmas (you know, to take advantage of the extra magic), an Aztec Mummy and an Egyptian Mummy are at odds over a sacrifical turkey being specifically raised to fulfill a centuries long wish.
This one perfectly encapsulates why I love this series.
It is unabashedly and unapologetically ridiculous.
This is what I’m talking about when I say that this series feels like a mix of The Munsters & The Rockford Files.
It’s the perfect balance of humor, monsters, & detective footwork.
It’s up there with Role Model, Hair Raising, & Death Warmed Over as one of my favorite stories in the franchise.

Another one up there would be Game Night.
There’s really no mystery here at all, this is one of those stories that helps us learn a bit more about who these characters are.
This is pure horror, a new spin on this world.
After a rough day in the office for both Dan & Robin, Spooky decides they all need a break, invites McGoo over, and organizes a family game night.
McGoo, hot off of a case of his own, and due to some confusion, rushes over before heading back to UQPD Headquarters to catalogue a vial of evidence.
Contained in the vial is a wish substance a genie tried bribing him with.
They start playing a Zombie Outbreak board game and due to a mishap and some poor wording, the entire crew gets transported into the world of the game.
Seeing the entire gang thrown into a dire situation and how they handle it throws this up there with the stories I mentioned above!

Normally, in a collection this short, I would break down every story and give you reasons why I love each, but I think I’d rather leave some of them for you to discover.
Kevin J. Anderson’s love for this series is clear, the sly world building skills are razor sharp.
A few characters from previous books and stories come back for small cameos that go a long way.
And on a more personal note, as a fan of KJA, I absolutely loved the throwaway mention of the librarian who looks like she “suffers from chronic hemorrhoids”.
If you don’t get that reference, watch this and join the cool kids club.

I want you all to check this out, half because I’m greedy and great sales means I’ll get more.
And half because I genuinely think if you like me, my YouTube channel, Fitz, the Pod, and our collective sense of humor, you will love this series.
It’s so damn good and deserves your attention gang.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.