Saturday, May 18, 2024

Barbecue's Cache: The Great Frontier from The Geocoin Club

 
   
   Last week I showed off a geocaching trackable item that I found in a geocache and that I took some pictures of and moved along. This week I'm showing off a newer piece from my collection: The Great Frontier geocoin from The Geocoin Club. The Geocoin Club has been making amazing trackable coins for almost 20 years now and I've recently joined the club, so I get a coin sent to me every month. The Great Frontier geocoin is the monthly coin for March 2024 and was designed by Chris Mackey. It's a 3.5 mm thick coin with a shiny silver finish and soft enameling with an epoxy dome. The coin is trackable (the code is on the side, so you can take pictures of it without having to hide the code) and comes with a pathtag companion. 

   While the majority of geocaches are on dryland, they can absolutely be hidden underwater, requiring scuba gear to get to. I haven't found any like this yet but I'd love to someday. I mean, 71% of Earth's surface is water, so that's a lot of space. The front of the coin shows off a giant octopus in front of a compass rose whose tentacles are extending out to some little designs on the sides that represent different aspects of nautical exploration. There are a couple different knots, a paper map, a spyglass, an anchor, a hook, propeller, an anchor, and maybe some oars. The blue and white rings actually have little bubble like designs in them, which is a great effect. Let's check out the other side of the coin after the break...
   


Sunday, May 12, 2024

Action Figure Review: Wolverine & Psylocke from Marvel Legends Series: Wolverine by Hasbro

 

   Another Wolverine two pack today? Yup! Another Wolverine two pack. This time we get Wolverine in his sleek black outfit from his time operating in Madripoor and Japan and Psylocke in her armored outfit. Well, this is Betsy Braddock as Psylocke, but, thanks to the machinations of The Hand and Spyral, she's inhabiting the body of the assassin Kwannon and going by the name of Lady Mandarin. Huh. I think quite a few collectors were wanting to see Betsy's earlier armored costume, but this one is a solid pick as well. It really offers up something quite different. This Wolverine seems to be tied with the Brood Wolverine as the least popular of the four new Wolverine figures as he was released in the Retro Series a few years back, though this is clearly a much better figure than that one. Still, wouldn't a figure of Matsu'o Tsurayaba have been a cool addition? Of course, then the pack wouldn't have fit in to the Wolverine theme. Ready to check out these two ninja level warriors? Then join me after the break...

Friday, May 10, 2024

Just Passing Through: Delfts Blue Tulip from DutchTagZ

 


   I've been geocaching since 2005 and, while I've mentioned it once it once or twice before, today I'm going to start a series of posts focusing on Geocaching trackables. I'll probably try to do some posts related to the subject a couple times a month, some with trackables I've found or discovered ("Just Passing Through") and others with coins and trackables from my personal collection. Today I'm checking out a trackable I discovered in a geocache about a month ago: A DutchTagZ "Delfts Blue Tulip" that began it's journey in North Holland, Netherlands in 2016. 

  If you are unfamiliar with Geocaching, it's basically a worldwide high-tech treasure hunt using a handheld GPS receiver or smartphone to track down containers that other geocachers have found. While there are some variations, typically you use the coordinates and GPS receiver to reach the location and then have to find the geocache, or cache itself. Caches can come in all sizes and while the classic example is an ammo box, over time most caches have become smaller. Inside is typically a paper log which you date, sign, and then log online at Geocaching.com. Some larger caches have items in them which you can trade for. Usually little trinkets like pins, keychains, minifigures, etc. Geocaches stay in place and aren't meant to move, but they can house little trinkets called trackables or travel bugs, which are intended to move. 

   Trackables and travel bugs are usually a metal item, like a dogtag, keychain, or coin, and they have a code on them. Typically you don't share these codes online. Instead, if you find the trackable item in person you can use the code to discover it online. You can either discover it and put it back or you can pick it up and take it with you. Some trackables and travel bugs have missions while others just go where ever anyone takes them. They can be tracked online as geocachers discover them and log their journeys. Some hang around and travel for years while others quickly disappear.

   Today I'm looking at Delfts Blue Tulip trackable from DutchTagZ. This particular trackable departed from North Holland, Netherlands in 2016 and was placed in a cache in Minnesota, USA by the owner. Since then it has been travelling the United States. I've not found a cache large enough to accommodate it yet, but I'm hopeful I will tomorrow. Let's take a closer look at this trackable after the break...

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Action Figure Review: Tri-Klops from Masterverse: Masters of the Universe: New Eternia by Mattel

 

   Today I'm looking at another Masterverse figure from the Masters of the Universe: New Eternia assortment, and this time it's a villain to add to Skeletor's Evil Warriors: Tri-Klops! Tri-Klops is evil, sees everything, and differed a little bit in his earliest minicomic appearance when compared with the vintage figure. He was also, according to Roger Sweet, originally a Heroic Warrior. Tri-Klops definitely might be the most well known character with the fewest number of unique looks, so it's quite fun to get a version of him that tries to add a bit of old and a bit of new into the mix, leaving us with a rather cool New Eternia take on Trydoor Esooniux Scope. No wonder he goes by Tri-Klops, huh? Let's hop in and check out the Masters of the Universe figure preferred by 4 out of 5 optometrists. Oh, and the other 1 out of 5? They dig Optikk. More Tri-Klops and optical humor after the break...




Sunday, May 5, 2024

Action Figure Review: Logan vs Sabretooth from Marvel Legends Series: Wolverine by Hasbro

 

   If there's one of the four new Wolverine 50th anniversary 2-packs that everyone seems to be going nuts over, it's this one: Logan vs Sabretooth. Who doesn't love these two guys? In this set you get Logan in his casual duds, looking like he's hanging out in some country road dive bar or a smoky old pool hall, and Sabretooth at his biggest and baddest. Seriously, he's a pretty big dude! I didn't collect many Toy Biz Marvel Legends back in the day (and I only own one or two of the ones I did collect), but Sabretooth was one of them. Having grown up with the X-Men Sabretooth with the "healing" wound, the Toy Biz Marvel Legends Sabretooth was an insane upgrade! This new version of Victor Creed just makes the guy even more menacing. This is an excellent set and I'm excited to review it in what is definitely one of the best years for the X-Men to date. Let's check out Logan vs Sabretoooth after the break...




Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Action Figure Review: Mekaneck from Masterverse: Masters of the Universe New Eternia by Mattel

 

   It's been a couple weeks since I last reviewed a Masters of the Universe action figure and since I failed to put anything up for Masters of the Universe Day this year (oops!), consider this look at the Masterverse: New Eternia Mekaneck a belated Masters of the Universe Day review. I love Mekaneck and I've always been obsessed with doodling him. For some reason in middle school and high school I just got pretty good at doodling Mekaneck. Well, at least his head and helmet. I'd often give him different bodies, but I'd usually stick with his classic and cool helmet. Why? I don't know. Mekaneck is one of the New Eternia themed figures, so he's somewhat of a classic Masterverse take on Mekaneck with some new accessories and features that help him stand out a bit more. Ready to sneak a peak at Mekaneck, the Heroic Human Periscope? Then join me after the break...



Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Action Figure Review: Angel from Marvel Legends Series: X-Men by Hasbro

 

  Over the past couple years I've largely focused my Marvel Legends collecting on just the X-Men and I tend to grab them as quickly as I can. While most of Hasbro's product has been easier to come by in recent years with reliable online retailers and Hasbro Pulse itself, I still try not to snooze on X-Men releases. You never know what's going to disappear quickly and skyrocket in price when it comes to mutants. Today I'm looking at the new "deluxe" Angel figure, who is priced about $10 dollars higher than your average Marvel Legends figure because of his wings. I managed to bundle a GameStop sale with my Pro discount and some reward points, so I decided to go ahead and snag him. It's been a long time since this costume was made in Marvel Legends (all the way back in series 10 of the Toy Biz era!), so it's definitely time for it to be revisited. This is the costume Warren wore during his time with The Defenders/ The New Defenders in the early to mid 1980s, before his return alongside the original five X-Men in X-factor. Hasbro could easily turn this into the blue costume Magneto gave him after Angel was attacked by Sauron's minions (which this costume is inspired by) or his X-Factor costume, though the question remains if we need multiple variants of a deluxe figure. If X-Men '97 continues to be as well received as it is now and the Marvel Cinematic Universe starts to lean fully in to the mutant side of Marvel, odds are we'll see many more versions of one of the X-Men's original team. Let's check out this version of Warren Worthington III, better know a the highflying Angel, after the break...