SpartanNerd Photos

Here are some recent photos.  I have recently purchased some “Vykron” barbarian armor.  But I have a few other pics to share as well.  And a little commentary.

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When I first got Battleground Teela, I thought right away that she fit in with Vikor.  I like putting Vikor’s cape on her.  Now that Vikor is wearing the Vykron armor, Teela will be wearing that a lot more often.

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Vykron’s armor is just two shin guards and a brown He-Man armor, with white fur on the back that is reminsicent of the the beloved “Ice Armor He-Man.”  there was also a helmet, that has straight black hair sculpted, and looks OK on Battleground Teela.  (Remember, I modded my BG Teela, removing her hair so that she could wear the snake armor.)  I don’t want to show you that pic of her wearing it because it doesn’t fit snuggly.  I will have to do some sanding on her head.  In fact, underneath the “wig,” is very unsightly, and looking at her wearing the Snake Armor from behind is a little disturbing.

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This picture says “Hey, look at me too!”  Vikor really just has too much of a peasant face.  That would really be my only complaint about the figure.  If I sold them all, I think I would keep him behind.  (Probably He-Man and Skeletor, Battlecat and Panthor too.)

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One of my original ideas when I bought the Griffin was that Vikor could ride on it.  I’m not willing to mod his loin cloth.

But…Teela looks even better on the Griffin!  check her out with the red axe and shield.  This could absolutely be a janky MTG card.

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Switching gears…I have really enjoyed the “Battle Ram” blog.  If you don’t read that, you need too, oh Hub City Geeks.  It was that awesome blog that inspired me to take a few more pics of my own Battle Ram.

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The pic below is a scene almost out of Mike Young’s cartoon.  Remember when Skeletor pretty much beat down Duncan?  But you can see, I have some story built in here.  Skeletor has the Havoc staff aimed at the back of his head.  There has clearly been a tough battle, armor pieces scattered all around.  But of course, Skeletor cheated, by bringing in Beast Man.  You can see, though, Man-At-Arms is reaching for his pistol…

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So there you go!  Keep reading, Hub City Geeks.  My next post will hopefully be the unboxing of the Japanese Atraxa, Praetor’s Voice deck.  I’ve decided I am going to get some transparent sleeves, and write the english text on them in Sharpy, to help me be able to play it.  That process will help me understand the cards a little better, I think, before I review.

SC ComicCon…SpartanNerd Thoughts

I had never heard of the SC Comic Con.  But when I learned about it, I knew my weekend destination!

The SC Comic Convention took place at the TD Convention Center on the weekend of March 25 and 26.  I arrived at about 2:00, and was greeted with a LOOOOONNNNGGGG line for admission.  Luckily, the line moved quickly, and by 2:30 we were in.  People were dressed to the max…I was wearing my humble Ace the Bathound shirt from the Legion of Collectors Box.  But there were cosplayers everywhere.

I do have a frame of reference for comparison.  The SpartanCon  is little more than an event at the public library, where they have some authors and creators show up.  It packs the library.  Which isn’t small, but isn’t humongous either.  I used to attend the MonsterCon.  That was sizable, taking up floorspace at Furman University.  And then HicloryCon was even bigger than that.  But this event DWARFED those.  Never have I seen so many vendors, artists, photo opportunities, and shop representatives in one place.

Me and the SpartanChildren walked around the place first, to take it all in.  Then we started getting specific.  SpartanTeen didn’t want to be there…he wanted to stay home and play Battlefield 4 all day.  But the SpartanKid wanted some MegaMan stuff, and I was looking for sealed MTG product, as well as Masters of the Universe related items.

The quest for MegaMan was dismal.  Right now, he just isn’t that hot of property, apparently.  We found a place that had five different stuffed MM toys.  But the SpartanKid passed on those.  He has one anyways…stuffed things really aren’t his thing anymore.   Eventually we found a metal bookmark.  Shiny!

The quest for MOTU was hardly better.  I eventually DID find some vindage items, but they were asking WAY TOO MUCH.  Basically, polybagged figures for $20.  I did see some other cool toys.  One standout was G1 MEGATRON in package.  Yes.  The PISTOL version!  $300!  IN BOX.  G1 MetroPlex was there as well, with a $600 price tag.  It didn’t appear to be complete either.  There were a few GI Joes of note…Cobra Commander, Zartan, and others.

It came down to sort of impulse buys.  I ran across the ATRAXA, PRAETOR’S VOICE deck, but in JAPANESE!  The vendor said $59.  I said I might return, and I did.  Homeboy tried to bump the price up to $79.99.  But nope.  I got it for $59.  This is a deck I have been waiting to land at a big box store, knowing the uninformed workers at Wal-Mart and Target either don’t know or don’t care about the asking value.  But I keep checking.  And no luck.  But to find this at the con, and in a foreign language, to me that is AWESOME.  I have a review coming soon!

Finally, just before we left, some impulse purchases.  The SpartanKid saw the Ocarina vendor…Now we haven’t played “Ocarina of Time.”  But it is soon to be on our WII…(or maybe I’ll wait and download it on the Nintendo Switch? I think that might be my next big purchase.)

But the SpartanKid had never realized it was a real instrument.  He was enamored with it.  So we got it.  And now he can play a few tunes.  My final right-before-I left purchase was some armor pieces for MOTUC figures.  It was the barbarian armor for VYKRON.  It was a special find…I never wanted that stupid figure, but thought the barbarian look was a real compliment to Vikor.  To find that Barbarian Armor polybagged for $10 was really nice.  And the armor compliments the normally shirtless Vikor very nicely.  I haven’t even put it on He-Man, like I thought I would!  The helmet fits on Battlefield Teela…Longtime readers might remember that I modded my Teela, removing her hair so that she could wear the snake armor.  That helmet fits pretty nicely on her head, making her a proper wife or sister for Vikor!  (That same vendor had MOTUC Talon Fighter Teela polybagged for $75.  No sale.)

I will definitely be going back to SC ComicCon.  It was fun for me and the SpartanKid.  And something cool to do!

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Modern Masters 2017…SpartanNerd Experience

I pre-ordered my box of Modern Masters 2017 for a steep discount…(information respectfully withheld.  Thanks!  You know who you are!)  Put it this way, I got a serious good deal.

Like the other “Masters” sets, this box only came with 24 packs.  But every pack contains a foil.  AND this time the set was loaded up with re-prints people have been asking for!

How did I fare?

This time I only have one picture, which will tell most of the story.

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I already put my rares away…sorry guys.  These are the commons and uncommons.  The story is “Return to Ravnica/Innistraad” srandard.  You could even draft deck archetypes with this set.

Maybe you can’t tell from the picture, but the stack of “gold” cards is about 1/3 taller than the traditional cards.  This is a set that wants you to build multi-color decks.

So what rares did I pull?

The notable ones were.

Marsh Flats

Gifts Ungiven

Linvala, Keeper of Silence

Griselbrand

Cavern of Souls

Goblin Guide

Abrupt Decay

Zur the Enchanter

Notably, I didn’t pull Snapcaster Mage, Liliana of the Veil, or Damnation.  I didn’t pull a Serum Visions or a Path to Exile either. But two awesome lands, Griselbrand, and the angel were all great pulls.

I decided to build a “cube commander” deck for Zur the Enchanter.  Basically a singleton deck with Esper colors.  I haven’t played it yet, but I know it will be janky when I do because there are only two valid enchantments!  (Seal of Doom and Gift of Orzova)

So did I draft?  Both me and the SpartanKid did so at the Tangled Web…$35 per entry fee…that’s steep!  But at $10 a pack, that’s why.

I think we both drafted traditional draft style decks.  Mine was based on “bloodrush”  Which was incredible Green Red strategy back in RtR block.  The SpartanKid drafted mono-white.  Probably not a great choice…but he crafted a successfully annoying Soul Sisters deck.  In fact, mine was annoying too if you were lucky!  Giantbaiting + Dragon Fodder+ Revive = YOU WIN.  But most of the time the opponent just had an early flier that I could only hold off for so long before I was ran over.

I did manage to draft Terminus, Obzedat, Goblin Guide, and Misty Rainforest.  But since I was in red green only the latter two made the cut…This set is so good that Misty Rainforest was actually passed to me!  I don’t know what they pulled….???

I wound up trading for a foil Damnation, and so I am all around happy with my investment.  If you read my blog, you know I have been burned a few times buying MTG boxes.  I felt confident that it would work out, and it did reasonably.

However, I did see “Rudy,” some You-Tube guy open a totally wack box, and follow that up with a box that contained all five fetch lands, Liliana, and Blood Moon.  So the potential for this to have gone either way in the other direction was there.

I was encouraged as one of my regular opponents sat beside me while I opened the packs from my box.  I was unaware of some of what I had.  I have a foil Grafdiggers Cage now.  Somehow that is a card that hasn’t been on my radar.  But I see incredible play value there now.  That guy also proclaimed jealousy when I opened Goblin Guide, and then drafted him as well!

I don’t know that I will get to draft this set anymore.  Opportunity dries up as the supply will.  If you read my previous post, you know I was looking forward to drafting Gifts Ungiven, or possibly pulling a foil Liliana of the Veil.  But I also realistically knew those were long shots.

I am going to refrain from rating this set based on my experience.  I have opened 27 packs and played with 24 of the cards, rather unsuccessfully.  I was fighting against myself as well, as I was really sick and started to get tired at around 10:00 PM.  I was making bonehead mistakes, like Traitorous Instinct on Ogre Jailbreaker, when I didn’t own a gate, for instance.  That really doesn’t say much for me and my skills on that day, and so I can’t rate it.  I do think the draft environment really wants you to aim for three colors.  At the Tangled Web, there are a few “fixer hogs.”  They take all of the fixers, and then they get to pick the best stuff on the last pack.  I can’t draft that way.  Maybe I should try it out.  But it seems I would rather know my strategy from the first twenty cards I draft.

Legion of Collectors Box (March 2017)…SpartanNerd Unboxing and Review

The SpartanWife got me the subscription to the Legion of Collectors box, and I opened the January one without blogging about it.  It was terrific, featuring Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Aquaman, Batman and Robin, and Ace the Bathound.

Just so you know…

  • Green Arrow- A Pin and an iron-on embroidered Patch
  • Aquaman- A vintage comic reprint, which showcased the original origin story of Black Manta (Spoiler…”They don’t call me BLACK MANTA for no reason!”
  • Plastic Man- The Funko POP!  Vinyl figure, (A  POP! vinyl figure is to be included in every box.)
  • Batman and Robin- Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers in the Funko style.
  • Ace the Bathound- a T-Shirt.

Sorry I didn’t photo and review…I was so excited.

And you can tell the wife correctly ordered the DC Comics box!

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March’s box came in this nifty box…itself something you might want to re-use.  I am going to show you as I unpacked it.  This month’s box features only Superman.

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The inside of the box has comic-book style graphics printed all over.  Conspicuously placed is the patch and the pin.  The words “Welcome to the DC Legion of Collectors” greet you as you know you have much more nerdery inside!

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It’s like, I couldn’t wait to see what the shirt was this time!  I wore the Ace the Bathound shirt every week since I opened it in January.  Turns out that the shirt features the Funko POP! Superman.  (Sorry, you don’t get a pic of me wearing it…my identity is a secret, remember…)

You can see the “Classic Superman” Funko POP! figure beside the shirt.  As with Plastic Man, this item promises to be exclusive to the Legion of Collectors box.

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So then you remove those two items, and see this stuff underneath.

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Pocket POP! Keychain!  What a great bonus.  (Says the guy with a Powerpuff Girl hanging on his briefcase!)

And this 3 3/4 inch Superman action figure…stylized as Action Comics #1 Superman.  You can tell from the celebrated “S” design on his shirt!  This is another product that can’t be had except by getting this box!

 

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I intend to keep this figure on-card…I don’t collect 3 3/4 size figures…but those that I have, like the GI-Joe figures, are on display at work.  I will keep in box and feature it prominently!  It looks cool as it is.  (Which is the whole point of the POP! sensation anyway, right?)

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And finally the comic, which I have yet to read.  But it is the original telling of Superman’s origin, as far as I can tell.  64 pages…back in the day, they knew how to do it right!

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Here are a couple of final pics, with comments.

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Classic Superman is just that.  No long hair from the 1990’s.  No blue jeans from the New 52.  Not the animated version.  Actually, maybe the Christopher Reeves version.  Because he represents actually the most iconic version of the character.  I love the detail of the cape blowing behind him!  As with other POP! figures, the only articulation is at the neck.  He feels nice in your hands, and looks good on your shelf.  That’s about it.

The keychain…

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Basically the same figure, but only an inch, and huge head with undersized body.  There is no articulation here.  He is currently on my keyring, but it seems a shame for him to stay in my pocket.  I believe I will hand him on my bag beside Buttercup!

I can’t be anything but thankful to the SpartanWife for her gift, which will ensure I have something every two months to blog about!  I rate this box at 4/5…only because last month had a variety of characters, but this one was all Superman.  But I really like Superman, so that isn’t much to complain about!  The only complaint I can have is the shirt is just about the cheapest material that can be had…It isn’t warm at all, and it is just very thin stuff.  Before the day was over it took a pic from a cat’s claw.

So how do you rate the DC Legion of Collectors box (March 2017)?  Let me know in the comments!

SpartanNerd Thoughts…Modern Masters 2017

OK.  WOW!

What has me so enamored?

Liliana of the Veil

Snapcaster Mage

Damnation

Enemy Fetch Lands

Cavern of Souls

Gifts Ungiven (Can you imagine drafting this card?)

Double D (Desecration Demon…again, an amazing card to draft.)

Blood Moon

Tarmogoyf

Abrupt Decay

Domri Rade

Harmonize  (Green card draw…draft this!)

Path to exile

I mean…these are just some of the main cards everyone is talking about.  The reprinting of the top four…these have been called for by fans for a long time.  Liliana, Damnation, Snappy, and enemy fetches have all only ever been printed one time.  Their aftermarket values are super high.  Oh and Cavern of Souls too.

I think MTG has been in trouble.  At least Standard and Modern have been.  Standard, because “Stale Standard.”  Modern…It is so expensive to get the above staples, coupled with the Wizards stopped running Pro-Tour Modern events, and then the little fad called “Frontier.”  (Is is really just a fad?)  And MTG players love EDH…the top selling product for the Wizards is reportedly their yearly Commander release.

I look forward to drafting with these cards…that’s going to be great.  The cards scream ARCHETYPES!.  (Reanimator, Red-Green beatdown, Esper Blink, and so many more.)  And the box I pre-ordered…that is already an epic win.  If I don’t get Liliana or the D-word…I will pull something I want to trade for them.

I just keep going back to the card image gallery, and salivating.  Never have I been so pleased with a set.  I was psyched for Theros block releases.  But this goes beyond any hype…  Liliana and D….have been on the radar for a re-print.  The Wizards even said they considered her for M-15.  How that other card didn’t make it into “From the Vault: Annihilation,” I just don’t know.  We didn’t need another Wrath of God, especially with Heliod on it.

Back when they did the other two Modern Masters sets…people said, “Nah.  They won’t re-print Blood Moon or fetch lands.  That would be crazy.”  They have, people.  Draft and buy this thing.  And get back into Modern.  I’m getting bored!

(Technically, Tarmogoyf is the most valuable card up there in my list.  Not sure how…it has seen a few re-prints.  Yes.  Great card.  But in Modern, you pretty much need four copies of that $200 card in order to play the Zoo or Jund archetype decks.  Just saying!)