Halloween Roundtable 2015

Halloween is a fantastic time for horror, monsters, scary stories, good eats, and all sorts of late night shenanigans. In the spirit of togethers and perspective, we’re going to go through some of our favorite things about Halloween!

What is one of the things about Halloween that creeps you out?

Yeksson: Google image search Halloween from back in the day.  Those kids in costume look creepy.

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Brian: I don’t like clowns.

Shayna: Nothing. Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. Each year I try to scope out the best local haunts and find something scarier, but it seems to get more difficult as I get older. 

If I had to pick though, something for this year in particular that terrified me was a ride called the “giant swing” at a local haunted trail. Basically, it was a tall, skinny wooden pole with metal pegs in it that you had to climb up. You’re attached to a bungee cord. At the top there’s a creepy guy waiting. You sit on a small wooden slab, he counts to 5, and the wooden slab drops. I was the first of the night to ride it so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I plummeted to the bottom then it fell into a swinging motion. It was pitch black outside and at the top all I saw was people waiting for me to drop to my death (ha).

Erin: I am quite frightened of anything in the dark, so haunted houses and tours and stuff scare the shit out of me.

Alex: Getting food and candy from random places. I was a young eyed innocent who enjoyed trick or treating until one fateful Halloween when I was told to check the candy to make sure it’s new. Knowing that people giving you free food one a special holiday can lead to serious harm ruined the event for me.

Do you believe in the supernatural and do you have any favorite ghost stories?

Yeksson: Yes, and I thoroughly enjoy reading supernatural stories. La Siguanaba is a classic ghost story in Central American folklore.  She appears to weary male travelers at night as an attractive woman.  Then, she lures the traveler into danger by revealing herself to be a skull or a horse head.  Either death or insanity are certain.

Brian: I do believe in the supernatural, as I think there are some things that simply cannot be explained otherwise, but no I don’t have any favorite ghost stories.

Shayna: I go back and forth on it. The only time I’ve really gotten close to believing in the supernatural was when my dog, Coco, was alive. Every now and then, maybe once a month, he’d bark and growl at the corner of a room or at “something” on the stairs. It creeped me out a bit.

Erin: I honestly do believe in supernatural/spiritual phenomenon. There are lots of crazy and interesting ghost stories about Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, and those will keep you up at night.

Alex: While I’ve never been witness to any event, occurrence, or evidence, I think the supernatural exists in ways we cannot understand. There’s plenty of good stories in a book series called Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, so do yourself a favor and check it out; the art has haunted me forever.

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What is your go-to Halloween tradition?

Yeksson: Lately, it’s been haunted houses/trails.  I also enjoy a good costume party.

Brian: Dress up in a badass costume.

Shayna: I wish I kept a yearly tradition, but my Halloween festivities change every year. I seriously envy the people who live in neighborhoods/cul-de-sacs. I’d be one of those neighbors who would decorate my whole lawn and house and compete with other people in the neighborhood for the best Halloween display. When I own a house, that will be my tradition.

Erin: Take lots of pictures of people in their costumes.

Alex: Trick or treating has been a fun tradition and while I enjoyed it as a kid, I love giving back. Setting up the yard and giving out candy is a lot fun and scaring kids out of a creepy looking house is well worth the effort.

Let’s say the world has as we know it as gone and some type of monsters have taken over. Picking the lesser of all evils, what world would you want to be in (living in a zombie apocalypse, trapped in the land of the dead, stuck in Transylvania, working with a dial-up modem, etc)?

Yeksson: I’m going to go on a limb here and say I fear a world run by idiots (The Kardashians).  However, a lesser evil would be living in the world set in the Last of Us video game.  You’re basically confronted by a whack job government or evil, decaying monsters.

Brian: Hmmmm, the dial-up modem sounds pretty rough, but depending on what kinds of zombies roam the planet, I might go with that. If we’re talking World War Z zombies, that’d be pretty damn scary considering how fast they were running and swarming, but The Walking Dead zombies are slow but kill/turn you in such gruesome and horrible ways. Meh, maybe I should just pick something like being a werewolf.

Shayna: My attempt to be original here: All of the sea turtles in the ocean rise up to seek revenge on humanity. They become land-walking, extremely fast mutants, triple in size, are covered in green ocean-gook, and ferociously scour the earth for every last being, ripping them apart with their razor teeth. As the turtles’ lifelong friend, I would be in a turtle-shaped tank and fight for their honor.

But the real, honest answer: Zombie Apocalypse, obviously.

Erin: I think I’d be down for those weird, zany aliens from Mars Attacks! to come here and take over government and stuff. It would be pretty hilarious seemingly easy to get rid of them so would be pretty calm in terms of all “world take overs”.

Alex: If I could be thrown into the world of Castlevania where I get awesome powers for defeating the creatures of the night, I’d sign up immediately. Sure, everything is grim and my bloodline would be doomed to hunt Dracula ad infinitum, but it would be worth it to do cool stuff like….

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In your opinion, whether it be in a movie, a game, a show, or a book, what is the scariest scene of all time?

Yeksson: There is a scene in Season 5 of The Walking Dead where a character named Bob is captured by a group of cannibals.  See for yourself.

 

Brian: Off the top of my head, I’d probably have to go with the Killer Croc sequence in Arkham Asylum, the amount of butt clenching that happened when I was playing that part could have produced diamonds.

Shayna: The first thing that comes to mind is that scene in The Ring where Samara actually comes out of the TV (if you haven’t seen The Ring, you must watch it this year for Halloween!).

Erin: The first ones that come to mind are scenes from Bioshock or Silent Hill and honestly like the entire The Shining movie.

Alex: I don’t think I’ve ever been more terrified in a single moment than when I was playing the first Resident Evil. Early in the game, you are exploring a mansion on a stormy knight. As you walk one of the hallways, you see lightning and a zombie infected dog bursts through the window. I immediately dropped the controller and witnessed my character mauled to death. Even hearing the chainsaws in the recent iterations is frightening, but nothing is like the shock and terror of the dog in comparison to the slow zombies that perpetuate the games.

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ICYMI – Force Friday

Force Friday – Star Wars’ New Line of Goodies

The next installment in the Star Wars series isn’t due in theaters until December.  Yet, as of midnight, September 4th, Disney has released several new toys, tied to The Force Awakens.  Dubbed as Force Friday, this pseudo holiday had fans lined up outside of all major retailers well before midnight.  I really had no idea about Force Friday until I casually made a late night Target run.  The toy aisle was taped off and there were dozens of people lined up, most wearing Star Wars gear.  The store manager talked about raffle tickets and extremely rare items.  As I checked out, I saw many people with bags upon bags of Star Wars toys.  I’m talking about people in their 30s, gleefully shopping for toys.

 

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How amazing is that?  People lined up before midnight for the release of toys.  On top of that, for a movie that isn’t due for another two and a half months.  Nerd Swole thinks these new line of toys are like getting a glimpse of leaked footage.  It inspires fans to speculate on the contents of the upcoming movie.  Plus, it’s rather hard to pass up on a new LEGO Millennium Falcon or the BB-8 droid.  ICYMI, the BB-8 is a small robot that is controlled through a smart phone app.  It exploded on social media on Thursday, creating even more hype for its release the following day.  Being a global event, fans in Australia and Japan were among the first to unbox and upload videos.  Force Friday unofficially kicks off the holiday season while Nerd Swole eagerly anticipates the release of The Force Awakens.

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Not the actual gizmo. but still lovable.

 

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GIVEAWAY: SDCC 2015 EXCLUSIVE Futurama Gold Bender Funko Pop

We’re no strangers to giveaways and this Friday holds a new and exclusive giveaway. We at Nerdswole were fortunate enough to pick up some exclusives at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and we’re giving away a Futurama – Gold Bender SDCC 2015 Exclusive Funko Pop figure!

Before you get all excited, check out the rules on how to be entered to win!
Before you get all excited, check out the rules on how to be entered to win!

The Rules

We’re featuring multiple ways to enter for this new giveaway. However you decide to enter, make sure to follow the rules below:

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To enter the giveaway on Facebook you need to do 2 things:

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To enter the giveaway on Tumblr you need to do 2 things:

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To enter the giveaway on Instagram you need to do 2 things:

  • Follow The Official NerdSwole Instagram
  • Comment on the photo with the hashtag#NerdSwoleBenderGiveaway, or
  • Posting a picture @Nerdswole with the hashtag#NerdSwoleBenderGiveaway, saying why you should win!

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To enter the giveaway on Twitter you need to do 2 things:

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That’s all the options! A few more important details:

  • We will be awarding one winner with one pop figure.
  • These Pop figures are unopened in their boxes. However, the box has experienced some rain damage in transit from San Diego. The figure shows no visible signs of detrimental damage. We will pack and ship the items as is to the winner. (NOTE: WE CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS THAT OCCURE DURING DELIVERY). 
  • Make sure to use the updated hashtag #NerdSwoleBenderGiveaway. This will help us separate previous contests from the current.
  • You can enter once on every social media outlet, giving you a possible five entries!
  • The contest will be closed on August 8th, 2015 at 11:59 PM we will close the entry and a winner will be picked August 9th, 2015!

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Don’t forget to check out some of our favorite pops in our Amazon store! Good luck and stay tuned to all our social media when we announce a winner!

 

Funko POP – Funko POP Everywhere

Funko POP Vinyl Figures can be found everywhere,  You may have noticed that there are POPs for just about every franchise known to man,  If you can name a franchise that isn’t in POP form, chances are it will be soon.

What is it that makes these 3.75 inch figures so adorable and collection worthy?  Really, it’s a number of reasons.  The usual price tag is $9.99 and the availability throughout retail stores helps.  Their lines include popular franchises such as Star Wars, Breaking Bad and Harry Potter.  In addition, notice the huge, square head with black beady eyes and no visible mouth.  These figures can pretty much sit in an office, a room or in a box amongst others of its kind.

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For those that are serious collectors, the figures in an unopened box are a must.  Some figures have been discontinued while others were distributed in limited quantities.  At San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), Conan O’Brien held his TV show and distributed four variations of his persona in POP form to members of the audience. Each one goes for at least $100 on eBay and the set of four is easily listed at $600 or more.

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Think this is crazy? Check out some of the Freddy Funko POP variations.  These are usually released every year at SDCC in extremely limited quantities.  As the years go by, the usual asking price on eBay is a whopping $1000 or more!

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Nerd Swole recently experienced the long lines and craze for Funko POPs in our recent trip to SDCC.  We were given a checklist of which Funkos we wanted and in the end, we got most of the items on our list.  Sadly, some POPs sell out rather quickly.  The tiny SDCC sticker on the box is what makes them so sought after as they are labeled as “exclusives”.

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While we could never dream of possibly ever collecting all the POPs variations in existence, we do feel these figures make a great gift for any age.

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Pre San Diego Comic-Con 2015 Roundtable

What are you most looking forward to this year?

Brian: Honestly, I really want to see Justice League Gods and Monsters. I know it’s not a Hall H or even Ballroom 20 panel, but the DC animated movie panels are always one of my favorite things to go to at SDCC. Plus, I’ve been pretty hype for awhile. 

Alex: DC’s tease of Batman v Superman last year was a shock, so I’ve been anticipating the full show, a greeting for the cast, and further reveals of the cinematic universe DC is planning. However, I’m always ready for surprises, cosplay, and enjoying the city in full nerd mode.

Erin: STAR FUCKING WARS! The hype has been real since the first trailer dropped, and now that Lucasfilm has a dedicated Hall H panel Friday night, there is even more energy surrounding Star Wars this year. We are still 5 months away from The Force Awakens, but this year’s panel will hopefully keep the momentum going. Director J. J. Abrams will be the main attraction at the panel, and I just can’t wait to hear what he has to say and what his vision is.

How do you feel about Marvel Studios’ absence this year?

Brian: A little disappointed, but at the same time it makes a lot of sense considering how their movie schedule came out.

Alex: Marvel’s full showing of both Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring new footage and full cast appearances, was one of the biggest highlights from last year. However, with Agents of Shield and Agent Carter still holding down the fort, Marvel still has a presence. And there’s always surprises so who knows.

Erin: Definitely tones down the excitement a little bit, but at the same time there is a lot that balances it out. Ant-Man is releasing in a week, Star Wars is here, and we’re all still digesting Age of Ultron, so Marvel’s panel is not as necessary as it always has been. Plus, that hopefully means the line will be shorter.

Which celebrity would you most like to run into on the floor?

Brian: It’d probably be pretty cool to run into Stephen Amell considering his track record with fan interaction.

Alex: Even though Marvel won’t be showing up, seeing any cast member from the MCU would be great. It would also be great to see Conan O’Brien, who is taping shows this week for SDCC.

Erin: Forever and always will be Stan Lee.

Who do you think will “win” the con this year?

Brian: Just by the nature of Marvel’s absence, essentially DC just has to just not lay a goose egg and they’ll win the con this year. Unless Star Wars: The Force Awakens absolutely hits it out of the park.

Alex: Ultimately, there seems to be more excitement for the upcoming television shows, both new programs and ongoing shows.

Erin: I think Lucasfilm and all things Lucas will kill it this year. Even besides the panel for The Force Awakens, I think the energy around all the Star Wars merchandise, books, comics, etc. will be really high this year and even if you’re not here at Comic Con for Star Wars, you will feel it.

Which exclusives are you most excited about?

Brian: I’ll be trying my hardest to get the Funko POP! exclusives. Obviously there are really great ones that I want for myself, but there is a pretty good chance they might leak into giveaways/contests wink wink.

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Alex: There’s some throwback figures from the Loyal Subject line that features the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Transformers, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Erin: Hasbro for sure. I think this year Hasbro has really got their stuff together, and they have a wide slew of toys this year that cover everything from Magic The Gathering to Barbie. The creativity seems really high this year too, with a tiny Ant-Man figure and a collection of Doctor Strange figures that comes in a box that is just like the Book of Vishanti.

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ICYMI: Toy Story Honest Trailer

Pixar is pretty beloved. For various reasons, they’ve made a bunch of movies that are just incredible, lovable, and really revolutionized animated features in general. Everyone has a favorite Pixar movie, and it might not be Toy Story, but I’d be willing to bet Toy Story are in more top 5’s than not, and justifiably so. It was the first, and is a fantastic movie. So when I saw there was going to be an Honest Trailer for it, I imagined a lot of people would hate it and just go for the throat, but Screen Junkies pays a lot of respect and questions and makes some very valid points. Let’s watch the Toy Story Honest Trailer.

Pretty interesting isn’t it? I mean I never thought about the moments I had while watching this movie over the years, but there definitely were some very big philosophical and existential debates. Obviously it’s part of why the series in general has very powerful and emotionally charged moments, but when describing Toy Story to someone, I doubt your description includes, “it’ll make you take a real hard look at your life and your choices”. On top of this, maybe Sid is really the most tragic character in the entire series, he just needed some attention and love!

There is a lot of fun food for thought in this video, and you may never see Toy Story the same way again, but that’s okay if you don’t because neither do I, and you’ve got a friend in me.

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Amiibo – Wave 4

Nintendo just released what they call Wave 4 of amiibo.  In past releases, some variations of amiibo proved to be hugely popular and high in demand.  Therefore, scalpers have become an issue.  To address this, Amazon set a certain schedule to purchase the new set.  Basically, throughout the day on May 29, characters like Pac-Man and Lucina would be available for purchase at retail price via 30 minute windows.  One- click purchasing was disabled and customers were limited to one amiibo per purchase.

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Consumers everywhere

According to various reports, Lucina and Robin sold out on Amazon within seconds.  What is it that makes amiibo so high in demand?  For one, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has stated that certain amiiboo would be produced at certain quantities for a limited time.  Amiboo like Robin and Lucina were promoted on that unicorn status (ultra rare).  In other words, people had one chance to purchase these rare variations at retail price.  In turn, this influenced online retailers and scalpers to swoop in and resell at much higher prices.

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Others like Ness were exclusive to GameStop, Jigglypuff to Target and Greninja to Toys ‘R’ Us.  A silver version of Mario was thrown into the mix not to long before the Wave 4 release, just to make consumers’ mouth water.  So there you have it.  You basically needed a team to successfully collect all of the Wave 4 release.

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Personally, I was never on board the hype pipe that is amiibo.  These items are meant to be played with and bring joy to Nintendo fans everywhere.  All this consumer craze to acquire amiibo reminds me of the Beanies Babies craze of the 90s. Back then, the Ty company began to “retire” and produce limited quantities of certain designs.  By the late 90s, these hot items began to fade out and I believe this is what will happen to amiibo.

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Gift Box? You Mean Marvel Collector Corps Box!

So, my birthday was back in March and we here at Nerdswole celebrated in predictable fashion:

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Anywho, with any birthday comes gifts in multiple forms, whether it’s physical items, good company, or a nice evening out. Luckily, fellow Nerdswole writer Shayna Winkel ordered me a Marvel Collector Corps Box (the Marvel equivalent of a Man Crate) and it just came in today! Let’s see what’s inside!

First off, we have an awesome retro look on the box design, with the Avengers theme taking cues from the 60s and 70s roots. The pins are a nice touch that made me feel a bit like a little kid who was just inducted into a secret club (like an honorary Avenger.

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I was bombarded with surprise after surprise in this box. The 1st issue of Guardians Team-Up Variant was a nice touch, although I wish it had been placed in a comic sleeve to prevent the slight damage seen on Captain America’s wing.

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The new Funko collector toy, Dorbz, debuted with this box, as Ultron smiles devilishly for all to see.

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The T-Shirt was my favorite, as we see a classic bout depicted between Hulk & Ultron. I discovered online that there were multiple versions featuring Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in Hulk’s stead.

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Last, but certainly not least, we have the most coveted item. The Hulkbuster Iron Man Pop has arrived and, praise Odin, it’s beautiful. A noteworthy piece, it features a bobblehead like all Marvel Pops and is considerably heavier than most other Pop figures.

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Definitely one of the best birthday gifts! What a crazy way to follow up all of our coverage of Age Of Ultron, huh? For more on the Marvel Collector Corps, check out their website.

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Cool Stuff: Avengers Age of Ultron Trailer Done With Legos

We’ve posted about some pretty cool lego stuff before and that was an iconic scene in Back to the FutureThis clip is a recreation of the Avengers Age of Ultron trailer done with Legos.

I’d say that was a pretty damn good job, wouldn’t you? I honestly appreciated how much work this probably was considering all of the backgrounds as well as the timing for the lines is still in tact. Great job, Toscano Bricks, looking forward to seeing more things legofied.

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Thoughts About Stuff: Things You Can Do At Your Desk

I sit at a desk quite often. The nature of my work is also very up and down, some days are frantic and others can be quite slow, so why not learn something cool while you’re at your desk? That was my thought process at least, plus I figured plenty of Nerd Swole readers sit at desks with free time as well (keep spending it reading, or even better writing for Nerd Swole please!) Is this your ordinary type of article at Nerd Swole? Probably not, but occasionally (probably more than occasionally, I’ll be the first admit we get pretty tangential) we’ll write about something pretty out there. So here is what I learned about things you can do at your desk.

Speed Cubing

Don’t know what speed cubing is? It’s solving a Rubik’s cube as fast as you can. Apparently there is also competition for doing it with one hand.

Pretty awesome, but I’m not sure I’m ready to commit the time to learn this, just yet. However, if you’re interested, there is a guide for solving with one hand. Seriously.

Practicing Ambidexterity

A little bit surprising, but this is honestly something people do at their desks, they scroll and read through e-mails with their dominant hand and just practice doing stuff with their other hand. Whether it be writing, drawing, or anything. My regular handwriting looks a chicken that became a doctor wrote something, so you can imagine how worthless my left hand is when it comes to writing, drawing, etc. Plus who doesn’t want to be like this guy?

I, too, love me some Tetris.

Deskercise

Apparently this is a thing. It’s exercises you can do at your desk. I’m not really all that interested in deskercising though, so pass.

Grip Training

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Okay, so while i’m not so much about deskercising, I think grip training is a great thing to do at your desk. Namely for guys, because most guys have an ahem imbalance in their forearms.

Butterfly/Balisong Knife Flipping

No, I’m not recommending you use a real knife. In fact, I’m telling you the opposite, DO NOT USE A REAL KNIFE. You can’t tell me you don’t wish you could be doing this while sitting at your desk though.

It’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll be the best Hit-Girl cosplayer.

You can buy a trainer knife (it’s completely dull so you can’t cut yourself), or you can get one with a non-blade inside. There are Balisong knives that are combs, forks, and even bottle openers out there! I may or may not have bought a trainer knife after looking this up (hint: I did).

Was this article pointless and random? Sure, you could make the argument. However, I’m guessing there is one of these things you want to do/learn now, and if not that’s cool, sometimes Nerd Swole needs a little random.

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