Monday, July 24, 2017

Kubo & the Two Strings Moon Beast Replacement Face Prop

Woot! Another Moon Beast Stopmotion Replacement mouth. A collector needs to pick all these Pieces up to keep the collection together.
Auction Here, sold by 99sputnik

Kubo & The Two Strings Replacement Face Prop

Stopmotion Kubo Replacement Face prop being sold Here by ME. Unfortunately, I have let this go. 

Kubo & The Two Strings Monkey Totem Cast & Crew Gift

Monkey Totem Cast & Crew Gift. My personal favorite. I am guessing this is a 3D printed replica of the miniature Totem seen on screen, enlarged to be life-size so it could be passed out as gifts, but don't quote me on that. Anyways, it's available Here, being sold by djcouscous

Kubo & the Two Strings Moon Beast Cast & Crew Gift Prop

The Third Moon Beast Replacement mouth I've seen sell on eBay.
Grab this one Here, being sold by Timoia0

ParaNorman Cast & Crew Gift Stopmotion Face

Norman's head mounted on a mini plaque. This cast & crew gift differs from the three heads in one box. definitely unique.
eBay Auction Here, being sold by 99sputnik

ParaNorman Cast & Crew Gift Replacement Faces

Another opportunity to get your hands on three stopmotion replacement faces from ParaNorman
eBay Auction Here, being sold by 99sputnik

Kubo & the Two Strings Cast & Crew Gift

Cast & Crew Gift of the Moon Beast Mouth.
eBay Auction Here being sold by grizzlybrice

ParaNorman Norman Stopmotion Puppet Prop

Norman Stopmotion Puppet being Auctioned off on eBay. Photos have come from Heritage Auctions where it is currently available as a BIN $45,000
I am suspect that the eBay seller is the same individual who is selling it on HA.com, but it's possible.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Star Wars Han Solo Independent Movie Speeders

Just saw the article about the new Han Solo movie on www.starwarsnewsnet.com that published some photos of new speeders.
I gotta say, I am continually disappointed with the new designs of the vehicles/ships in the Disney Star Wars films (Prequels too to be honest, but not going there). They do not have a "Star Wars" feel to them, but still look like flying bricks. There is nothing aesthetically pleasing about these designs. I've said it before, function needs to drive the design. These speeders do not look like someone actually built them or designed them to function as speeders in the real world. No aerodynamics, restraints, proper seating, visibility, etc. In addition to boring designs, it would be nice to see something new instead of mish-mash of other ships to make new ones. Using X-Wing engines on Han's speeder doesn't automatically make it "Star Wars". Just feels lazy and safe. I know the design team is using Ralph McQuarrie designs as their bible for all things Star Wars, but I would argue that his designs were an inspiration for the final designs. His designs never made it to screen AS-IS. They are more 60's Sci-Fi like Flash Gordon, or Buck Rogers style and don't really match the lived-in feel that George wanted for A New Hope. I am also unsure why the-powers-that-be feel that the main characters need to wear the same clothes they had been wearing since the beginning. I mean, why cannot we see Han Solo wearing something different than is traditional white button shirt, stripped pants, and jacket/vest? Don't people change clothes/styles, throughout their lives? Look at Nien Nunb, wearing the exact same thing in The Force Awakens that he wore in Return of the Jedi.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Cherry City Comic-Con


Saturday April 8th through Sunday April 9th at the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center! Any employees / artists from Laika who will be attending? I would love to meet up!

Kubo and the Two Strings Cast & Crew Gifts

First Auction is from tron-ja-307020 offering a Cast and Crew Gift from Kubo. I like this set as it offers a replacement face for the three main characters.


Next, Propabilia has a Moon King mouth piece from when he turns into a giant Beast.


Lastly, we have another Cast & Crew Gift from Kubo offered by movieheaven1968

ParaNorman Cast & Crew Gift Face Replacements

Box dimensions are 11.5" x 4" x 2"

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pokemon Go "New" Tracking Rant

The tacking in the olden days worked...for most people. It has since been retooled to what it is now, after months of testing in San Francisco. With that said, I am surprised that the Tracking is still broken.

Tracking now shows near-by Pokestops and the Pokemon that is near them. When you click the Pokemon you want, it tells you which Pokestop that the Pokemon is at. This feature works great and is extremely helpful in tracking Pokemon now.

What doesn't work about this:
1. It will show Pokemon up to a mile away from your position who will have fled by the time you walk to their position.
2. It shows all same species Pokemon Near-by. I am not really sure why Nianitc when back to this style when players complained so much about it already. When the Tracker showed ONE Rattata to represent all four that where Near-by is a much better way of organizing them. No need to show each one.
3. It is more likely to show Pokemon a mile away than all ones that are in 50 feet of your location. A little story to make my point. I was tracking a Magikarp with the tracker. It took me 700 feet from my current location to find it at a near-by Pokestop. Only 7 of the 9 positions where filled with near-by Pokemon. A mix of Pedgey's, Rattata's, Spearrows, and Venonats. I walked another 10 feet from where I caught the Magikarp, and a Snorlax spawned in front of me. A rare and highly desirable Pokemon, within feet of my original position, and it was no where to be found on my Tracker that still had spots open. This alone tells me that the tracker is still broken.

I have seen the Tracker sometimes show both Near-by and Sightings, however the Sightings doesn't show up as often as I believe it should. I know for a fact that there are Pokemon all over the Parking lot at my work, but with this new Tracker, none of them show up. None.

For people who are in more rural areas, where Pokestops are far in between (unlike a heavily populated area like San Francisco) I cannot see this new tracker to work for them at all.