A fine blend of all things Nuts: Multimedia Collections, Toys, Foods, Concerts, Occasional Petting Zoo Visits, etc.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Power Rangers Action Card Game
Universe of Hope Starter Deck (2013)

I know, I know, symmetry is king.
But, I still think I would have gone with Hyper Shinken Red.

Right now, these can be found amidst the Ninja Steel and Power Rangers movie merch that is currently clogging up the shelves of a US outlet chain. Its name starts with the letter 'O.' And, if you're a fan of Goseiger/Megaforce or Shinkenger/Samurai, I think you should consider getting one. The reason is very simple: this contains cards for the Super forms of both teams, as well as ones for Gosei Knight, Genta, and DaiGoyou! Or, Robo Knight, Antonio, and Lightzord. Representations of all of those characters, in one super cheap box!!

I'll list the complete contents below the cut, and ramble some more.

Grab one of these to put them in, if you decide to bite.

4½ Out of Respect to Datas out of 5

Friday, March 30, 2018

Hero Patrol: Precincts—Central Intelligence Agency
1:64 Scale 2010 Chevy Tahoe (2012)

2012, eh? I love it when things feel like destiny. This is the weightiest model vehicle I've ever held, at this scale. The windows aren't tinted, but the interior creates the illusion that they are, when you aren't holding it at eye-level to peer straight through them. The front doors and the back hatch open to reveal said (detailed) interior and a set of chests with painted handles/latches! The hatch will open partially if you hold it vertically, but, just don't hold it up at 90°, ya weirdo... The wheels probably aren't rubber, but they feel rubberized, and they're treaded! It's a little sluggish to roll, but that's because of the heft.

I found one that had became bereft of its markings, but don't take that as an indication of their durability. Based on this, they seem to be tampos. I wanted an E.M.C.-05. Which, I've become aware may be a Suburban and not a Tahoe. No sweat off my back! Yes, I am crazy, but I'm proud of that.

Guilty as charged, Milady~
5 On Its Own Merits out of 5
Hey, weirdos like me, head below the cut to read about more options.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Studio Décor 14" X 18" Lifestyles Frame ()

Jin's Life-Philosophy is covered here. 

These pretty much split the difference between their inferior and superior brethren. They have the former's glass panes and the latter's poster frame-like, toothed hooks. BE CAREFUL IF YOU HAVE TO HANDLE THE PANES. The edges aren't as polished as I'd argue they should be. I had to engage in some trial and error to get that thing in there in a presentable enough manner and paid the price. No blood to speak of, but hair-line lacerations, yes.

UPDATE: In repeating the process, I discovered that the panes can be razor sharp. I didn't come to personal harm, but I literally felt the danger. Are the panes on all frames like that? If so, then let's go with: leave panes in their frames, leave framing shirts to the professionals, leave fearlessly mutilating them to Josie.

4 Refrains of 'Yeeeeaah, the World Would Swing, If J Were King' out of 5

Friday, January 26, 2018

The Lone Wolf and Cub Collection

Also sometimes referred to as the 'Baby Cart' series, the Lone Wolf and Cub films tell the story of a skilled rōnin (sword for hire) named Ogami Ittō (Tomisaburo Wakayama). They're characterised by extreme acts of violence, minimal dialogue and highly stylised framing that closely resembles the manga it's based on. When not dishing out vicious and bloody samurai action to the people that deserve it, Ogami wheels his young son Daigoro (Tomikawa Akihiro) from place to place in an iconic wooden baby cart.
The journey of the pair in the original six films was cut short before it could end naturally, but please don't let that put you off from watching. There's more than enough bloodshed and vengeance to satisfy fans of the genre. If you do need closure, then Kazuo Koike's original manga can provide it.

The original six films on In a Nutshell:
01. Sword of Vengeance (1972)
02. Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
03. Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
04. Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
05. Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
06. White Heaven in Hell (1974)

Other LW+C films on In a Nutshell:
07. Shogun Assassin (1980) (US cut and dub)
08. Lone Wolf and Child: Assassin on the Road to Hell (1989)
09. Lone Wolf and Cub: Final Conflict (1992)

Manga on our sister site, Nut Ink:
01. Lone Wolf and Cub Manga - Omnibus Editions (Vols 1-5 only)

Monday, December 25, 2017

The Bunny Collection

Is there someone in there....................Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit............I bet with those long ears you can hear the voices....................Be careful, you're handling a VIP, after all...............................I don't have regrets about anythin' anymore...................It'd be bad if Yoko got even stupider............................I know, you can be strong, too..............Put....the.....bunny....back.....in.....the box......What's the matter, snuggle-bunny, finding out the world isn't all sunshine and rainbows?

Click the red link, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.........

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Four or More Collection

I mentioned in The Trilogies Collection that film series that had gone past three entries were excluded from being listed therein, so Four or More was born. Below the cut you'll find links to film series that probably should've ended sooner and, in some rare cases, ones that ended too soon.
If there was an existing Collection post with links to all relevant films in a particular series, I've linked directly to it instead because it made my life easier... and making my life easier is my new favourite pastime.

NOTE: If text is coloured pink, it means no review currently exists for it.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Viable Options Collection

Here on the Nut Blogs, we’ve covered plenty of Remakes, Reboots, and Reenvisionings. We’ve even tackled our fair share of adaptations (1, 2, 3, 4). As rare as it is for any of those to actually improve on their original works, it could be argued that the chances of them being equally worthwhile are even more astronomical. While these pairs (or, in a few cases, trios) may not share the exact same scores, they are considered to be comparable in quality and veritas by at least one of our authors. They are the narratives and experiences for which multiple incarnations deservedly stand side-by-side on our shelves.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

Brimstone and Treacle (1982)

Worlds of Power: Castlevania II — Simon's Quest

















Saturday, December 2, 2017

The First Nut is the Deepest - Music Version

Following on from my The First Nut is the Deepest - Film Version post, this time it's Music. There's no 'Favourites' list on Nut Suite to choose from, so I engineered an alternative. Narrowing music down to a Top 10 would be an impossible task for me, anyhow, so I'm going with a more expansive A-Z instead. It's the First Nut – Music Version A-Z. Which BAND, ARTIST or ALBUM would I pick from my worryingly overstuffed shelves and offer to a willing participant who'd not heard that particular band, artist or album before?
In many cases I had multiple perfect options and just had to choose one or the other. I realise the resultant list probably won't be of interest to anyone who isn't me, but I plan to enjoy it enough for all of us. :D
NOTE: each one opens in new tab, so prob best not to click 'em all at once.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Final Fantasy VII Collection

Admittedly, VII, and the universe that grew out of it, exists exalted in the minds of fanboys and those for whom nostalgia is not only king, but verily, everything. While I do have nostalgia for the game itself, I am not actually one of either of those numbers. I have experienced the below items—that I’ve personally reviewed—multiple times over the intervening years. In fact, I engaged with them, and their myriad faults, immediately prior to the time of this writing. As a critical fan, I see not only their shortcomings, but also the strengths buried therein. I am able to continually find inspiration, joy, and emotional resonance in this world’s characters, without having to turn a blind-eye to the problems the individual releases have as interactive and non-interactive pieces of media.

The track is far from the smoothest, but for me,

"There ain’t no gettin’ offa this train"~

Final Fantasy VII
Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide

Sequel Film:
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete

Prequel Anime:
Last Order: Final Fantasy VII

Spin-Off Game:
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII

Copyright-Skirting Costume Accessory:
Spirit Deluxe Wide Blade Sword

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Ju-on Collection

The Ju-on franchise began life in 1998 as two short films directed by Takashi Shimizu that formed part of a TV Movie named Gakkô no kaidan G (1998); they were Katasumi (In a Corner) and 4444444444 (Ten Fours), respectively.
It then moved to V-Cinema for The Curse I II (2000, both) before finally making the leap to a full theatrical release with Ju-on: The Grudge (2002).
Its success was such that Hollywood soon followed with a series of English language remakes, two of which were even helmed by Dir. Shimizu himself.
If you only want to experience the best that each region has to offer, the Nut Blogs contributors recommend number 03 in the Japanese language selection below, and number 02 in the English language selection:

Japanese Language Films:
01. Ju-on: The Curse (2000)
02. Ju-on: The Curse 2 (2000)
03Ju-on: The Grudge (2002)
04. Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)
05. Ju-on: Shiroi Rojo (2009)
06. Ju-on: Kuroi Shojo (2009)
07. Ju-on: The Beginning of the End (2014)
08. Ju-on: The Final Curse (2015)
09. Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

English Language Films:
01. The Grudge (2004)
02The Grudge: Director's Cut (2004)
03. The Grudge 2 (2006)
04. The Grudge 3 (2009)

NOTE: Sadako vs. Kayako (2016) is a crossover with the Ringu franchise. For short reviews of films in that series see the Ringu Collection.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Spirit Deluxe Wide Blade Sword (2017)

I was pretty sure I was going to learn something from this experience that I honestly already knew: NEVER order from the website. Shop in-person. Though, to be fair, this seems like a bad idea even if you find one without a hole in the tip. The paint is ghastly. Those two giant spots look to have been simply slathered on, after the fact. The support rod isn't nearly wide enough; the outer-thirds are super pliable. Not literally as pliable as, say, the blade on the Spin Sword, but it is the equivalent amount for a blade of this size. There were small random chunks missing from hilt, as well. By far and away, the worst Spirit product I've ever touched. I guess I applaud them for their ambition, but it didn't work out.

If you're impatient, into gambling, and okay with losing out on the shipping charge, you can at least return online orders in-store.

0 QC out of 5

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Neg's Costume Accessory Weapons Collection

While I painstakingly parted with every one of my toku role-play toys (I’ll always miss the Li-Oh Blaster 😣 ), it was the right thing to do. I rarely played with them after receiving them. Besides, I have figure-scale representations of the Rider and Sentai weapons that mean the utmost to me. As is the norm, however, Silent Hill found a way to bend the rules. I’m a huge fan of Spirit brand costume weaponry, and because of that association, I’m a-okay with them being perpetually on display with little responsibility in the way of keeping them clean. It’s only fitting!
I do tend to them every once in a while; it’s who I am.

For the very most part, I recommend examining these carefully, in-person, before purchasing. While Spirit's QC may be a slight bit dodgy, if you can find a well-constructed piece with a level of detailing that appeals to you, I think you'll be pleased. They beg to be displayed long after you've built and worn your costume.

0. Spirit Foam Sledge Hammer (hehe, Spirit Hammer 😄 )

1. Harry and Rose
       a. Spirit Deluxe Katana
       b. TMNT: Leonardo(’s) Katana
       c. Spirit Kitchen Knife

2. Silent Hill 2 spoilers, ahoy!

3. Bladebuilders Luke Skywalker Lightsaber Heather Mason Beam Saber

4. Spirit Bloody Axe w/Holster

5. Kobalt 36’’ Hexagonal Wrecking Bar (For real real, not for play play.)

6. Murphy and Anne
      a. Spirit Horror Double Axe
      b. Spirit Battery-Operated Toy Gun

Also, this. Don't buy one.