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toy showcase: kre-o microchangers combiners - constructicon devastator

I *love* the Kre-O microchangers series. And when they came out with 4 packs of combiner/gestalt goodness? I had to rush to the nearest Toys R Us the moment there was confirmed sighting of their stock arrival.Now, I understand that there are Transformers fans out there who are rather disappointed with this series - they'd rather see more awesome bots and figures being produced by Hasbro. I am not against them, cooler bot toys would be awesome, too. But I do love me some Lego minifig-style bots. They're easy to play with and bring around and take silly pictures with!There are a total of 4 different Combiner packs so far: Decepticon Bruticus, Constructicon Devastator, Predaking, and Superion. That's 3 Decepticon gestalts versus 1 Autobot gestalt. Not fair, Hasbro! :P But whatever, I guess they went by popularity? I don't know.Here are the main covers of the boxes:And the front flaps that showcase the individual Kreon bots:Notice how they only make use of 4 bots for each …
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the 2012 holiday greeting cards

Work has been kicking my ass these past few months - I have never been as busy in my job as I have been these recent times! But I really wanted to get some cards printed out to mail to friends this year. I keep wanting to do it every year, but something almost always comes up. Somehow, I got the motivation this year to really, really do it. Even if I practically have no free time.Not sure how that works out for my brain and motivation, but hey, here we are. Two sleepless nights of setups and picture-taking, and a few trips to various printers to find one that printed decently and was open during hours when I could actually be around, and here is the result:The subjects are a mix of Transformers, Avengers and Minecraft. Plus Deadpool, who was a last-minute inclusion because he just happened to be there. I'm slightly disappointed in myself for not having one with DC Superheroes minifigs. Maybe next year.One of my friends remarked, "Who sends cards these days?"  Hah! I love…

a tiny trooper story

The little Stormtrooper in my minifig collection was getting anxious about being cooped up in my apartment all the time. He begged to come with me to the Singapore Toys, Games and Comics Convention.He went on his merry little way for the most part, but asked to have his picture taken when we both found the Star Wars booth.Here he is with a TIE Pilot.And of course, he couldn't resist a picture with a life-size version of him. "I feel so small," he said.We spent an entire afternoon looking at things at the convention, but it was fairly crowded and hot (both inside and outside the convention center) and I wasn't feeling well, plus I hadn't eaten yet that day so we decided to stop by a cafĂ© for some "afternoon breakfast".Here he is checking out our window table. Thankfully the window shades were pulled down so the blaring sun from outside wasn't burning us.I ordered a cold glass of apple cider. He wasn't allowed to drink from my cider, but he at lea…

bumblebee away from home (again)

I'm not sure why, but my henkei Bumblebee seems to always find himself stowed away in my backpack when I manage to travel somewhere.This one was when I went to the Philippines for a friend's wedding. It was in a resort-like place with a beach and a swimming pool.So, while I was away doing random wedding-y things, Bee woke up, and decided to do his usual waking up things. Even in unfamiliar surroundings.But since it was quite the walk to get there, he waited until I got back and hitched a ride in my pouch. I guess he really likes riding in my bags? I dunno.The wedding color theme was yellow. Someone thought that maybe Bee might've been part of the bridal entourage.He managed to escape bridal duties, but being bright and yellow and most importantly, being a TOY kind of attracted one of the kids in attendance. Poor bee.It took a little while before the kid finally found something else more interesting. Bee probably got sand in all sorts of different parts of his body, so he d…

grimlock is a growing dinobot - my toys are alive 13

This is the 13th comic from my old comic series, My Toys are Alive!All that candy can’t be good for Grimlock! But maybe it isn’t bad, either. This comic was made and posted originally a few days after Christmas 2011, hence the tiny Christmas trees and the candy. Grimlock is always looking for candy in my apartment and usually just takes a tiny nibble or so before Prowl or someone else stops him, but this time he gets to consume an entire overflowing jar.But is there something special in that jar of candy? Why is it labeled ‘Do not eat!’? Hmm!Hope you enjoyed the comic!---Post-comic notes:Hasbro Masterpiece Grimlock was gifted to me by a very good friend during my birthday in 2010. He is a huge Grimlock fan, and the only Transformers toys he collects are anything Grimlock-related. I can’t exactly remember when it was, but for sometime he wasn’t having any luck finding a Titanium War Within Grimlock, and I got it for him on his birthday.He often asked me why I wouldn’t buy the Masterpie…

fun with a personal bat signal

On my second viewing of The Dark Knight Rises (awesome movie, by the way!), the cinema was selling a popcorn and soda combo that came with a projector pen. Yes, I am well aware that cinema popcorn is highway robbery in disguise. But I like my movie munchies, so there. :P Anyway, about that projector pen -- I thought it would just be a random pen with a flashlight on one end, and the writing tip on the either, except that since this is a TDKR promo, it would have a Batman logo on the side.When I got home and tried the flashlight out, it projected a Dark Knight Rises Bat logo! Freaking awesome! I now have a personal mini bat signal. :D Woot!Batman and Robin were more than willing to pose with the new toy.Here’s Batman with a solo, err, trio shot of bats.Even Catwoman wanted in on the action. Something about black also being her color, and loving shadows and being adaptable. Yeah, something like that.She actually wanted her close-up picture featured instead, but she was in a frantic hurr…

primed double blasters - my toys are alive 12

This is the 12th comic from my old comic series, My Toys are Alive!I love the Transformers Device Label series – real gadgets that look and transform into a Transformers counterpart. This comic features Device Label Broadblast (aka Blaster), as well as World’s Smallest Transformers Blaster.And here, we see a little bit of what maintaining the long distance relationship between Optimus Prime and Elita-1 is like.If you’re interested in seeing a few more pictures of Device Label Broad Blast, check out our small album of pics in our Facebook page, with special guest appearance from Device Label Ravage! :D