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The Toy Water Guns of Entertech

Entertech was a subsidiary company of LJN, most popularly (or infamously) known for making low quality video games for the Nintendo Entertainment System, many of which were based on popular movies in the 1980′s. While LJN is known for their video games, in actuality most of their business came from the production and distribution of toys.  During the 1980′s, they made several lines of action figures and many other toys that were very popular, making LJN a powerhouse in the toy industry.

In 1985, the company MCA Inc bought out LJN, which gave LJN the power to buyout smaller toy companies and create several subsidiary companies.  One of these companies was Entertech, founded shortly after the MCA buyout.  Entertech invented and produced a line of children’s water guns that went above and beyond the water gun technology of the day. Rather than just being your typical squirt gun, Entertech’s guns used a battery powered motor to pump and fire the war.  In addition, Entertech’s guns used detachable magazine’s filled with water, making loading realistic to a real firearm. With the electric pump, the toy guns could fire fully automatic, with a rate of around 60 squirts per minute with a range of around 30 feet. Several models were produced, made to resemble common military firearms such as assault rifles, submachine guns, machine pistols, rocket launchers, grenade launchers,shotguns, and pistols.

Entertech’s slogan was “The look! The feel! The sound, so real!” Problem was, the guns did look very real, especially with it’s matte black finish. In a few incidents, teenagers toting the toy guns were shot by police who mistook them for the real thing. Some other incidents occurred in which robbers armed with the water guns robbed stores and banks. As a result, states and local governments passed laws banning toy guns that looked like real firearms, mandating they were finished in bright colors or had an orange barrel cap so that they could stand out.  Entertech attempted to remedy the situation by finishing their water guns in different colors, or with blaze orange caps. However by then, the damage had been done. Entertechs sales decreased by 79%.

In 1990 Acclaim Entertainment purchased LJN, and decided to reduce LJN to video game production and distribution only. As a result, Entertech was sold in September of 1990, and eventually dissolved. LJN’s run as video game produced was short, as Nintendo only authorized licensed game developers to produce five games a year. LJN was eventually folded into Acclaim in 1995, and thus LJN ceased production of crappy NES game. Inexplicably, Acclaim produced a game with the LJN name brand in 2003, called Spirit of Speed 1937. It was the last LJN title.

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hp aesthetic + grumpy-moony ​text talk

Was it… was it fireworks? ” In the darkness behind his eyelids, Remus heard a shy laugh, and an answer that set his heart racing. “ Remus, it was an explosion. ”

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Zarya skins I just made up that would probably be better than her Anniversary skin:

-Wartorn (Origins): A variant on Weightlifter, or on civilian clothing, showing her just after defending her hometown and enlisting. Her clothes are all scratched and battered, and her cannon visibly has wires and metal hanging off of it from being torn free, with scratches in the metal down the sides, with most of the decals missing. She’s splattered with motor oil, and (if won’t bump the rating up) her scar is visibly bleeding.

-Medieval: Old, scratched medieval armor, probably once silver steel, now faded to a rough grey, covered with the pelt of a bear, serving as an improvised cloak. Her cannon has a similar design to Mercy’s Valkyrie set weapons, although slightly less ornate.

-Punk Rock: In keeping with the punk theme of her Cybergoth set. Her armor is replaced with a leather jacket covered in patches for various bands, jeans, and dark combat boots. Her gun has a simple matte black paint finish, with the decals replaced with the same logos that are on the jacket.

-Aleksandra the Great: Literally fucking old Greek/Macedonian armor with ornately finished bronze on the armor and cannon. Don’t give me a character named after Alexander the Great and then not use the opportunity you’ve made for yourself.

-1812: A Napoleonic era Russian military uniform, with a captain’s rank markings and an officer’s sword at her side. The cannon is designed after a rifle or musket, made from wood or steel.

-Cyberdemon: Cyberdemon.

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B L A C K E S T BLACK

This is the ultimate pairing for the blackest of lashes!
This week I received these beauties in the post and I’m super excited to share them with you.
You know I’m a lover of all things Natasha Denona, and she has now created a brilliant mascara called #Mascarade which is the newest addition to the Blackest Black collection!

I like to work some of her matte finish Blackest Black eyeshadow at the root of the lashes and then apply a couple of coats of Mascarade mascara!
This creates very dark, luscious, full looking lashes! The formula is rich in pure pigments with zero carbon black.

FYI, Natasha Denona is a cruelty free makeup brand! You can’t get better than that.

In the UK you can purchase Natasha Denona products from @beautybaycom-blog
Elsewhere you can purchase directly from her site, @sephora and @beautylish

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I Tried A Shitload of Black Eyeliner So You Don't Have To

I figured for my first real post I could focus on my ongoing obsession with finding the perfect black eyeliner. I swatched 30(!) different black liners and did a rub test and a water trial for all of them, so we could really get an idea of what all this goth-water will wear like. hit the cut if you wanna paint it paint it paint it black, BLACK AS NIGHT, BLACK AS COAL. 

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Porsche Macan GTS – The Thoroughbred Sports Car of SUVs

Like all Porsche models that bear these three letters, the new GTS version of the Macan is inspired by motor racing. A reengineered chassis, 20 hp more power than the Macan S and reinforced brakes supply the wherewithal. In terms of power and torque, its 360 hp (265 kW) and 500 Nm place the Macan GTS1 between the Macan S2 and the Macan Turbo3. The technical basis for this comprises the three-litre V6 bi-turbo engine of the Macan S accompanied by the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with power distribution between front and rear axles. Thus, the Macan GTS completes the sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds – and in just 5.0 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package. Top speed is 256 kph (159mph). Features in the typical GTS styling round off the sporty impression.

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Smith & Wesson 629 Stealth Hunter

Chambered in .44 Magnum and sporting a 7.5″ long Magna Ported barrel, the 629 Stealth Hunter is one of Smith & Wesson’s Performance Shop models. It has a very distinct tapered barrel and matte black finish unlike your standard 629. The barrel does allow for the mounting of a revolver scope if you plan on hunting with it. (GRH)