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Yep, another picspam review. I mean, with this episode, how could I not? I was broken for a full two days, so of course it warrants me repeatedly smashing my face into the keyboard… which is pretty much what this entire post is. Face smashes and screencaps. (And boy howdy, do I mean screencaps. There’s a LOT. *rolls around in all of the caps*)

I actually did not have all that much time to get online yesterday, so this time around I don’t believe I’ll be unintentionally quoting any of you guys. \o/

First, I will share this… I get my legal digital copies from Google Play (I have Android everything, including a fucking television that’s running Android… of course I use Google Play and also ‘cuz fuck a whole lot iTunes). Someone at Google knows exactly what they’re doing because THIS is the picture they decided to use as the thumbnail of this episode. And I am DYING because this exact moment is when Cas says, “get out” and Sam is just staring like, “omg mental note do not fuck with Cas right now.”

Yah, that’s perfect. YOCKEY: I am Cas. Get the fuck out, you broke me. I am also Sam. I cannot believe you just did that jesus fuck.

(Side note: that picture is taken with my Android phone of my Android TV.)

That said.

Number of Obligatory Dean Wall Slams: TWOOOOO!!! Yockey, you speak to my heart.

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Battle Action or Pokemon Hero Greninja by Tomy Takara. This figure I was waiting and hoping to be awesome, size is good, sculpt is alright, paint is generic and articulations are ok. I would have chosen a different design approach but…anyways. Head is on a ball joint which is render obsolete by the scarf which by the way is a fixed piece so the tongue is stuck on that pose, head will only go 360 around,  arms are hinge on swivels, somewhat confusing but they work and can get you a decent range of motion. the hands just have a swivel that I wish it was a ball but I want to warn you is kinda thin and fragile so dont try to bend it. Torso is a ball joint I believe…it goes side to side front and back however, it only goes very little. Legs are on a ball joint have decent range and knee on a hinge swivel, cant go very far.


the figure can be pose in lots of ways however, the character is a ninja and there is no a lot of ninja poses you will wish to do but you can not do, thats my main disappointment. those are the best poses I could come up with and some of them are cheated with the head remove and sticky tag because your greninja will most likely be looking to the ground if you try to go fancy, a lot of his signature poses can’t be done without cheating the figure and other poses only work on specific angles. his torso goes to the back almost nothing… but goes to the front ok which just helps him look to the floor even more so no help there.

he is not terrible but it isnt awesome either.  definitely a good size and great inclusion to the smash collection, I say get it if you are collecting Smash or Pokemon. I say pass it if you want a fun figure to pose. I might try to get anotherone and change all the articulations.

12x19 Picspam Review (LOUD NOISES)

Paper bag to breathe into? Check.

Espresso? Check.

Gently worn trench in my floor suitable for my inevitable pacing? Check.

I am so ready to start this review.

*presses play*

THEN: ALL OF THE DEAN PINING

*immediately jumps up from chair to pace, breathe heavily, and chug espresso*

Yep, this is gonna go just swimmingly


(Trigger warning for the beginning of this review. I was going originally going to skip it as to avoid the triggery content, but then I realized I had shit to say about it. Also a spoiler warning for Dexter in the beginning. If you want to skip that stuff, just… scroll really fast.)

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Chicago’s “Hamilton” may have also created a few new stars: Joshua Henry practically burned down the room where it happened, so impressive were his star turns as Aaron Burr; Chris De’Sean Lee was both mellifluous and hilarious in his twin roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson; and Jonathan Kirkland’s George Washington was an imposing and charismatic presence. Like our nation’s first president, Kirkland is a tall man who towers over his compatriots, all of whom are believably prepared to follow him into battle.


Given its location, perhaps it’s especially appropriate that the Chicago take on “Hamilton” is both forthright and sincere. It’s a mistake to assume that Midwesterners don’t appreciate irony; the laughter that erupted every time Burr raised a skeptical eyebrow is proof of that. And of course, Chicago knows all about bruising political battles; residents of the city Carl Sandburg called “the hog butcher for the world” are intimately familiar with how the sausage gets made.


But this is a “Hamilton” in which considered restraint often prevails, except in rare moments when anguished emotions break through the barriers of polite behavior. In that sense, the entire production — directed by Thomas Kail, who staged it on Broadway — reflects the considered approach of Miguel Cervantes, who offers a very different Hamilton than that of musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who played the title role in the Broadway production until he exited the show in July.


The most notable aspect of Cervantes’ performance is its attentiveness. His Hamilton ponders and listens; he yearns more than he burns. Physically, the actor gives Hamilton a coiled intensity, especially in the first act, when the hard-charging immigrant is building his reputation as one of the rising stars of the American revolution. Where Miranda’s Hamilton was insistent, insecure and quick to anger, Cervantes’ version of the man is anxious and watchful.


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The first act’s core foursome of Lafayette, Hamilton, John Laurens (José Ramos) and Hercules Mulligan (Wallace Smith) instantly established a winning rapport, and their occasional moments of group harmony were a treat. “The Room Where It Happens,” which Henry filled with very effective operatic flourishes, may well have been the night’s apex; the wounded ferocity of his Burr, who stalks the stage with upright dignity and sinuous grace, is something to behold.


George Washington’s entrance in “Guns and Ships” supplies a frisson of excitement as well. Kirkland’s version of America’s president is more forceful Gospel preacher than smooth R&B crooner, but there was a winning sensitivity to his performance, especially during the spectacular “One Last Time.” His Washington is, in some respects, a square but kindly First Dad who cares a lot about how his “kids” are doing.


According to his cast biography, Lee just completed his junior year of college, but the actor playing Lafayette and Jefferson looked perfectly at home on stage with veteran performers, and his bounding energy was infectious. Given how much broad, sly and subtle humor the entire cast found in almost every scene, it’s almost unfair to single out the comic timing of Lee and Alexander Gemignani, who plays King George, but it’s hard to believe anyone on stage was having more fun than those two.


One priceless comedic moment came when Hamilton gave Eliza a stunned look as she began beatboxing during “Take a Break.” Hamilton’s deadpan shock was understandable. Afsar’s smiling Eliza is like one of Disney’s most upbeat princesses come to life, and though her voice is impressive, a little more shading in her performance would make her wholesome, pure version of the character a more logical fit with Cervantes’ pensive Hamilton.


In his dual roles as Philip, the youngest Hamilton, and John Laurens, the most idealistic of the revolutionary soldiers, Ramos deserves special notice for the supple strength and sweetness of his voice. As a whole, the company displays a crisp polish and the dancers executed Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography with elegant energy. The music sounded terrific, though there were one or two moments in which it came close to drowning out the performers on stage, a slight hiccup that’s very likely to be worked out quickly.


As productions of “Hamilton” ripple out through the world, it’ll be fascinating to see what qualities and themes are highlighted in each new incarnation of the show. Few works of art are more concerned with the malleability of narratives, and it’s refreshing that the Chicago show, while remaining true to Miranda’s eclectic and optimistic vision, has several marked differences from the one that planted the original seeds of “Hamilton” mania. “Hamilton” will endure and evolve because the ideas that power it are as restless and contradictory as its title subject, and ideally each new group of performers will be able to create their own legacies of revolution and regret. That mutability feels appropriate for the story of a man who couldn’t stop creating and who lived several lifetimes in less than half a century.


“Vive la différence,” as Lafayette might say, and in that spirit, the case can be made that this production’s signature number is not “Hurricane” or even the always enjoyable “My Shot,” but “Dear Theodosia.” In the Chicago show, the primary emotion animating the fraught Burr-Hamilton relationship is wonderment: At various points, each man can’t quite believe how angry, annoyed, or grudgingly impressed he is. As their personal and political battle progresses, both men alternate between stoic determination and surprise at the fact that they care about each other’s antics as much as they do.


But hope has a way of undoing both men’s carefully constructed defenses; you can see it when Hamilton finally gets to command troops in the field, and it’s plain on Burr’s face when he’s certain his rival is about to endorse his presidential bid.


No spoilers on how that goes, but in “Dear Theodosia,” their strategies of repression lift for the best possible reasons. Both actors give the sentiments of the song shadings that are subtle but no less moving for their lack of pyrotechnics. To see their shared sense of wonder used in service of a song so hopeful and sweet felt indicative of where this production’s heart is: Camouflaged, perhaps, but right out in the open.

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Clueless Gamer: Conan Reviews “Super Smash Bros.”

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‘Super Smash Bros’ Nintendo 3DS Review: Smash 'N’ Grab

If you have never played a Smash Bros game, you might not even understand that the aim here is to knock your opponents off the screen by first weakening them with different moves, and not just pummelling them into submission. Leaving aside the complexities of how to pull off special moves, combos and time your defensive and offensive strategies to perfection, you might just not get what is happening. The game makes no obvious attempt, beyond totally missable hints on the loading screen, to teach you how to play, what to do to win, or why any of this is supposed to be fun. You pretty much have to pick it up yourself.

But ONCE YOU DO (big breath) this game is unbelievable. 

For the full review go here. 

(Gif Source: Youtube via Nintendo)

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Wii-k in Review - Every week is getting better and better and better.  How did Sakurai top himself this week, Monday started off the great week with explaining the gravity pull attack of Rosalina leaving only one more we are waiting on but we all assume it is just summon Luma and possibly also control Luma after summoned.  Tuesday brought us the Beetle item and this one looks like it will be fun to play around with sending opponents to the air.  Next up came my favorite post of the week being the new Kid Icarus Stage on Wii U which I am calling Palutena’s Temple.  I just love how Sakurai is trolling us with the Palutena “leak” with showing off Viridi last week and a statue of Palutena this week.  It look beautiful.  Thursday showed off how much Sakurai is really going after every aspect of the game and looking into it and how much possibly could be improved.  Taking into account ever aspect is just incredible.  Friday might be one of the more popular posts of the week with the inclusion of Lucario back in the roster and with a more powerful version of his Aura ability, he could be down right devastating after 200 even 300 damage so watch out.

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I was able to dig deep a write a review for the new super smash game!

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Wii-k in Review - Well this was the weak of Double posts where 3 of the 5 days had a double post as well as the lovely mistake post on Thursday.  Monday showcased two pics showcasing a new feature of the Boxing Ring stage allowing the lighting rack to fall on the heads of the fighters and the screen goes darker.  Tuesday brought two enemies of Smash Run to the front in Octorok and Met showing off their shooting attacks and that the enemies can be grabbed.  Wednesday was the most controversial pic of all with showcasing Wonder Red giving the impression he is not playable but never explicitly saying so.  Thursday was a weird day as we got a first post showcasing the Polar Bear from Ice Climbers but was quickly taken down for the Bullet Bill item which looks amazing with giving the fighters awesome speed and power,  It is unknown currently of how controllable it is.  Friday ended the week with the Dragoon showcasing the new reticle for lining up your shot followed by a pic of the actual Dragoon.  Sakurai has finally found the right balance between showing new information and stuff we learned in the Smash Direct.

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Jakks Pacific World of Nintendo 4″ Fox McCloud from Starfox

Fox is finally released in his first ever action figure! Based on his Starfox 64 3D appearance, he looks great! From his headset, to his nameplate, to his boots (or prosthetic legs, depending on who you ask) the details are all there just as they are in the artwork for the game!

4.25 inches exactly in size puts him only ears above Jakks and Figuarts Mario, meaning yes, he is perfectly in scale for your Smash Bros. lineup. That being said, all 8 original Smash Bros are now released in some figure form or another and that’s quite exciting! Fox was the last hold out for a figure since Figma Samus was released! 

13 points of articulation are here, and some far more useful than others. His head and waist swivel, Shoulders and elbows are what we’ve come to expect from Jakks, and the knees and ankles are quite useful too. His hip joints are extremely limited for some reason. And that brings us around to that lustrous, golden, fluffy…oh wait…the tail is a huge letdown. It’s basically a nub with some up and down motion via a hinge. I can see many collectors such as myself modding this or sculpting onto it somehow down the road. His tail should be almost the size of a leg! 

Hips and Tail are my only gripes here though! Unless you count the useless Arwing accessory that should have been left out with perhaps a blaster, reflector or myriad of other power ups in it’s place. No more than 2 inches long, it looks like a model Fox may have sitting on a shelf in his quarters. 

Small gripes aside, this guy was a long time coming. Even more exciting, Falco and Slippy are confirmed to be following, with Peppy surely close behind. Fox should be hitting stores in the coming month, with Falco planned for Fall and Slippy in the winter. Keep your eyes on Jakks Pacific. They are doing amazing things! 

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Guys, this is amazing. You should check it out. 

Something Rotten is on Broadway and you should see it

Recently there has been a hue and cry about the lack of original musicals on Broadway. They are now based on movies or books that are well known in some circles. There are very few surprises because the viewer has seen or read it before. Where are the original works? Where is the Broadway that surprises and entertains without the audience knowing the whole story before they enter?

I can tell you that it is currently in the St. James Theater and it is brilliant to behold.

Honestly the first time I heard about this play was when it showed up in my facebook feed. I liked it and saw all kinds of things they were posting. A lot of these things made me smile or laugh. But I still didn’t really have any idea what the play was about really except it was billed as a new musical of the first musical.

Peter and I decided on a whim to go see it during previews and got really nice seats for a really good price. We sat down and looked at the Playbill.

“What’s this play about?” Peter asked.

“I honestly have very little idea but they don’t like Shakespeare,” I replied.

“How do you know that?”

I pointed to the song title ‘I hate Shakespeare’.

The curtain went up, the show began, and I haven’t laughed that hard in an age.

Imagine Shakespeare as a rock god, imagine how the other playwrights felt about Mr. Rock god. Imagine a struggled theater company trying to come up with the next big thing before Shakespeare does. Add Nostradamus (kind of) to the mix and you get Something Rotten. Oh and there are Puritans threating the theater for good measure and a rather nice subplot.

It is a slick production that both makes fun of the musical form and expands upon it. It starts one way and then turns another and then another turn.

The songs are great. There is a show stopper in act one that had everyone on their feet after it was done.

Directing is solid.

And the actors do know all their lines as promised in the promotional material. Side note that three of the four male leads were all in the TV series Smash.

I really don’t want to give more of the plot away than what little bits I have because I want the audience to go in as clueless as I was and walk out with a smile as big as mine was mulling over what I just saw.

So put it on your list of Broadway shows to see for it is the first MUST SEE in my book in quite a long time.

I am grateful that we just happened into Something Rotten.

My Review for Corrin as a Smash Character!

I’ll be blunt….they are fucking awesome! I have chosen my favorite color to be the pink Corrin, she is the best! (actually just got done doing a 99 stock match with my buddy who was also Corrin, it took us 2.5 hours)

At first I thought their color pallet to be kind of bland but once you play as all the colors you see that each one looks amazing and every color makes their dragon form that much cooler.

Their standard B has amazing range and also gives you a little bit of a shield when charging the bite that it has.

Their over B was tricky to get use too since to make the best of it you need to pin yourself or your opponent then choose a side to kick. Its nice to pin yourself to the side of the stage and get a low sweep of your opponent.

Their up B has some kick to it if you hit your opponent, but if you find yourself far from the stage it is going to be a bitch to get yourself back on.

Their down B is a counter that actually hits on both sides so its easy to use.

Charging your forward smash is great since you get the chainsaw effect that keeps your opponents close while you charge and then inevitably hits them with a fully charged smash. Also you can angle which way your smash hits whether it be tilted up, straight ahead, or tilted down. It also has good range.

Their down smash had less range than I thought, but it still works for me since it hits both sides.

Their up smash is, in my opinion, the worst of Corrins smashes. I found the range horrible and it was tricky to hit people with so I rarely used it.

I really enjoyed their air down A because instead of hitting just once like Link’s and Toon Links, it hits multiple times on the way down.

One moved that I love using is the in air back A, where Corrin’s wings come out and hit your opponent. I found this move very powerful and even emits a little gust of air that, even if you don’t hit your opponent it may push you and your enemy away.

Both male and female versions say different things when taunting which I found enjoyable. But the one that stands out to me is Female Corrin’s down taunt. Which says “Are You Ready For This” in the cadence of the song “Y’all Ready For This” which is the theme for Space Jam! My friend and I started to sing this every time we taunted.

All the other moves didn’t really stand out per say, but I didn’t find them to be a inconvenience.

Overall I give Corrin a 9/10! I can easily see me getting very good with this character and may even put them in my top 5 already!