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Friday, July 5, 2024

WANTLIST - Hasbro SDCC 2024 G.I. Joe Classified Series: Cobra Commander (Once a Man) Figure


When I first started my action figure collection, I tried to keep it within the 3.75" realm because that's what scratched by nostalgic itch. I never got into the 12" figures from the original G.I. Joe line or any other franchise I collect. I do recall having a 12" Darth Vader when I was a kid... but I never really played with it since it was so much bigger than all the rest of my toys.

A few years ago, I got suckered into collecting from the Classified series of G.I. Joe from Hasbro. I don't open them for display or play with them, but I do enjoy looking at them through the plastic window of the packaging. And then Hasbro started doing their stupid no plastic packaging, and that upset me. I still purchased the figures I liked, but I wasn't 100% happy about not being able to see them.

But aside from that, I do collect the G.I. Joe Classified line; or at least the characters I like and can afford. While I like Serpentor, unfortunately is was just not in the budget. I was able to get Chuckles last year and have 0 regrets.

This brings me to the reason for this post. Recently, Hasbro announced that their San Diego Comic Con exclusive for the Classified line this year is going to the the Cobra Commander (Once a Man) Figure.

While I am not a fan of the Cobra-La aspect of the G.I. Joe animated movie, I did appreciate the movie nonetheless. It was definitely better than the 2009 Rise of Cobra live action movie.

When I first saw the promotion images of the Cobra Commander figure, the tug at my nostalgia bones hit and I feel that I need to include this in my collection.

For any of my readers who will be attending SDCC this year, if any of you would be willing to pick one of these figures up for me, I would greatly appreciate it. Of course I would pay for the shipping along with the cost of the figure. If you're willing and able, please send me a message so we can work-out the details.

MtG Decklist - Sauron, Lord of the Rings


I have been a fan of the Lord of the Rings series since I was a kid, so when Magic released the LotR set, I had to create a deck around it. I tried to stay with cards that were primarily sourced from the set, or were related to the theme... but we ended-up taking some liberties in the final cut.

As with most of my constructed MtG decks, this was a collaboration with my ex-wife.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Rose City Comic Con 2024 - I'll Be There


SEPT. 6-8, 2024

777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

I've said it several times before, and I get to say it again this year. I will be covering Rose City Comic Con as a member of the press. So very excited!

Friday, May 24, 2024

Tony Grove - Memorial


On the afternoon of May 16th, 2024, it was announced that LCS owner, and pillar of the community, Tony Grove had passed away.

Those that knew him were blessed by his loving and giving spirit. The events he ran at Tony's Kingdom of Comics always carried an aspect of charity to them. He would help fundraise for local charities, but would always ask for food donations to the local food bank. His passing will leave a hole in our hearts that may never fully heal.

Before his passing, Tony was working towards retirement and selling his shop. At the Free Comic Book Day even on May 4th, 2024, Tony introduced me to the potential new owner so that Tony's contributions to my non-profit (Comic Book Covers 4 Cancer) would be continued through the new ownership.

On Thursday, May 23rd, it was announced that the store was closing. There's no word as to if it will be reopened at the time of writing.

Tony will be missed by everyone that knew him, and would community will feel the loss of the store.

RIP Tony Grove

Sunday, March 24, 2024

MtG Decklist - One Deck to Rule Them All


A few years ago, I was watching a video on The Commander's Quarters YouTube channel, and I remember loving the concept so much, that I had to grab the decklist in hopes of constructing and playing it. Unfortunately, my playgroup didn't really get into Commander until recently, so I never got around to building it.

I wish I could remember what exact video I watched about this deck, but I do know that it was posted years before WotC even announced that they were going to be making a LotR set for MtG. I would love to be able to find the video and rewatch it to see if my feeling on wanting to play it have changed.

If any of you happen to find the video, please post a link to it in the comments section.

Friday, March 15, 2024

YouTube Recommendation - Ginny Di


As my loyal readers know, I have been a TTRPG player since I was 10 years old. At the time of this writing, that means I have been playing TTRPG's for 39 years.

I have been on both sides of the fence; as a player and as a dungeon master / storyteller / game master. For several years, I was full of inspiration about enjoyed running games. Since the original release of Vampire: The Masquerade by White Wolf, I have been primarily playing storyteller games of the original World of Darkness. A few years ago, I started to lose my inspiration for fantasy RPG's and I really wanted to run a Dungeons & Dragons game.

I have the desire to be a DM for D&D, but the spirit is weak. So, with all this YouTube viewing that I have been doing recently, I have been trying to find something to get me back to where I once was.

From all the channels I have watched with D&D content, I feel that Ginny Di has been the most inspirational to me. I love her enthusiasm and her ability to entertain. There have been a number of her videos that have made me want to get back into that saddle and get a game up and running.

If you need some enjoyable D&D content with a fair amount of humor, look no further than Ginny Di.

MtG Decklist: Angels


When I was originally playing Magic the Gathering, one of my favorite cards was Serra Angel. Over the years, angels have expanded quite a bit and there are so many options available.

As you can guess, lifegain is just one of the major components of this particular deck. As of writing this, I had a recent game session where I played against another angel deck, and this is a screenshot of my lifetracker when the game ended.

In this specific game, I had the following card combination on my battlefield:

Brisela had several +1/+1 counters on it due to a level 3 Cleric Class that was also on my battlefield since early in the game. When Brisela was transformed, I exiled The Book of Exalted Dead to add the enlightened counter on it. Then I cast Aegis Angel and chose Brisela to be indestructible.

At the last few turns of the game, Brisela was doing 43 points of damage per attack. This has been the most monstrous combination I think I have ever played.

As with most of my constructed decks, it would not have been possible without the help of my ex-wife. While I pull a bunch of cards that I feel work with the concept for the deck, she helps to pair everything down into a manageable 60 card deck.

WANTLIST - Hasbro SDCC 2024 G.I. Joe Classified Series: Cobra Commander (Once a Man) Figure

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