August 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Hello everyone and welcome for another Funko Pop Haul post. We made it to September and you have no idea how much I got from August’s purchase. With Summer ending pretty soon, you got to take advantage of the summer sales. Brace yourself because I got a lot this month.

115-6. Magneto (Walmart Exclusive) + MIckey Mouse with Popsicle (Hot Topic Exclusive)

I got two exclusives today and they are Disney and Marvel. Technically speaking, they are all Disney since Disney was able to purchase Fox in a inquisition and that means Disney owns a portion of 20th Century Fox and that also means Disney has the rights to X-Men. I was surprised that it took us this long for Funko to release some X-Men figures. Despite the movies being popular, there’s not much from figures based on the movies. This Magneto is a younger version from the modern trilogy (First Class, Days of Future Past, etc.). Magneto is a force to be reckoned with in the X-Men world with his magnetic powers. He believes the mutants shall reign over the normal humans. As a Mickey Mouse fanatic, I had to get this Mickey Mouse figure. This is a figure of Mickey holding a posicle. I am not sure if it’s a reference to a cartoon short or Disneyland or even a National Popsicle Day event, but this looks cute. If Mickey gave you a popsicle, would you accept it?

117-8. Kirito and Asuna from Sword Art Online

I don;t usually pre-order Pops, but this is where I felt I needed to get these figures. Unlike the previous I have, these are up to date.  These two have Kirito and Asuna in different poses and Kirito is wielding one sword instead of his iconic dual blades. I also pre-ordered Leafa, but according to Hot Topic, she is getting delayed until October. Did you know Kirito was my first figure I have bought and having him kick started my hobby of collecting Pops. I would later get Asuna from Allison and at that time, we were friends.

119-21. Sonic the Hedgehog (GameStop Exclusive) + Venom and Carnage 

I ordered these three figures online from GameStop. This Sonic figure is based on the classic game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega Genesis. The box comes with a hard protective case with sonic capturing the pose like the game. It also has the cover behind him. The box display is a taller than an average figure, but it is also more slim. As a sucker for Venom, I went ahead and bought these two figures. Based on the movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage, this is the first time we got Pop versions of this Sony antihero. As of now, these are the characters that is being sold. There is a jumbo version of Carnage exclusively sold at Walmart, but good luck and trying to snag one. In this movie, we have Venom being the protagonist in this Marvel movie and this is the first time we will ever see Carnage be in a live-action movie.

122-3. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Advanced Tech Suit and Programmable Matter Suit exclusive) + Artist Deadpool (GameStop exclusive)

These are the last one for August. While doing errands with my mom, I went ahead and went shopping at GameStop so I can use my last of my giftcard. I had a $40 giftcard when I bought that PS5 bundle. GameStop was having a buy 3 for $30 deal, I got these three Marvel figures; two of which is Miles Morales and Deadpool. Based on the popular Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I got two versions of Miles. According to the Wiki, the advanced tech suit resembles the MCU’s version of Peter’s Iron Spider suit and the Anti-Ock Suit whilst retaining the iconic black and red colors; it is also a free suit if players updated the game. The Programmable Suit is unlocked when the player completes the hideout missions. With the suit equipped, Miles can perform new finishers which will allow his suit to unleash four extra robotic legs. This figure is also an exclusive which allows it to glow in the dark. Last but not least, I have this Deadpool figure. Just like the others, this is a Deadpool figure that is part of the 30th Anniversary. As you can tell, Deadpool likes to chill and visualize and express his passion.

I have a total of 123 figures! Notice the numbers 123. 1-2-3?

1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

July 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Howdy partners! I hope everyone had a good July this year. Besides 4th of July, July has been a hot and busy month. With my job getting busier everyday, this means I get more hours for my pay. Besides hours, July is also a good month for summer sales. I didn’t buy much anime from Rightstuf’s birthday sale, but I did buy some Pop Funko figures. In this post, here is my haul of July purchases:

110-111. (Hot Topic Exclusives) Ballerina Deadpool and Lust

As always, Hot Topic is my good to go place to buy Pops. Around the same time where Rightstuf was having their birthday mega sale month, Hot Topic was having their two week Hot Cash sale. Fortunately, I had some Hot Cash ready to spent. I actually got three Pops in my transaction but the third one is a gift. As you can tell, I got two exclusive figures. I got Deadpool in a ballerina outfit and Fullmetal Alchemist’s deadly Homunculus Lust. Deadpool is one of my favorite Marvel characters because of his goofy personality and him being awesome. As soon as I saw Lust, I had to get her. It feels like the FMA figures are hard to get these days. My first figure was King Bradley which was a HT exclusive and then I got Winry from GameStop. I need to find the Elric Brothers. If I ever get Edward, I hope I can get it signed by Vic Mignogna.

112. (Hot Topic Exclusive) Miles Morales in Winter Clothes Gamerverse

I bought this Miles Morales figure during the last few days of the Hot Cash sale from Hot Topic. This Miles Morales figure is based on the recent PlayStation game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PS4/PS5. Taking place after the events of the first game, you play as the young new Spider-Man and protect New York against a new threat. Just like the first game, as you play the story and accept challenges, you unlock new costumes. This costume has Miles suited for the cold winter days with a cap, ear muffs and scarf. This is one of my favorite suits in the game.

113. Marvel Spider-Man Gamerverse

I randomly purchased this figure along with another one while shopping at Walmart site. This Spider-Man is based on the video game Marvel’s Spider-Man. I remembered seeing this figure years ago when Marvel and Funko was promoting the game and released other figures like an unmasked Spider-Man, Mary Jane, Mister Negative and a Negative Suit version of Spider-Man. This isn’t an exclusive but this figure looks like a standard figure. The back of the box is blank and doesn’t have words like collect more.

114. (7-Eleven Exclusive) Deadpool in a cake

I got this special Deadpool figure from my friend Ezra. It was a birthday gift he gave me. As part of the 30th anniversary, Funko released many versions of Deadpool. This figure is fitting for this 30th anniversary and being my birthday gift. Thank you Ezra. This is actually the first I got on July.

This is all I got from July. I have a total of 114 figures.

June 2021 Funko Pop Haul

It’s that time where I share with you my Pop collection. While June has been a busy month since I had to prepare for Father’s Day, I made some time to take advantage on snagging some rare Pops. As you all know, I am above 100 in my collection. Let’s see how far I can go from here.

106+107. The Vision and Scarlet Witch from WandaVision

I finally got the chance to use my birthday giftcard for Hot Topic. I got it from my birthday this year and I been wanting to use it for a shopping day. While my mom and sister went shopping, I went straight to Hot Topic. I pick these two together since I enjoyed WandaVision. Without going into details and to avoid spoilers, I am going to be brief. This is a new Vision which occurs near the end of the series along with Wanda in her Scarlet Witch outfit. I didn’t spend a lot with my giftcard and I would use it again in July.

108: Batman Beyond (Deluxe Limited Edition Exclusive)

In order to get this figure, I had to buy the Batman Beyond Blu-Ray Complete Series box set. This box set was pricey, because not only you get all episodes of Batman Beyond, but you get some art cards, the movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker and an exclusive Pop figure. This Batman is not Bruce Wayne, but rather it’s the young teen Terry McGinnis. Batman Beyond is a story that takes place in the future after the events of Batman The Animated Series.What makes this Batman figure look unique is that it has a shiny chrome-like appearance. I got all this from Walmart online.

109. Yami Yugi 

I was finally able to get Yami Yugi to add to my Yu-Gi-Oh! Pop collection. I got him again from Walmart from a vender. Out the Yu-Gi-Oh! characters I have, this one was something I needed. I have Yugi, Joey, Kaiba, Pegasus, Dark Magician, Dark Magician Girl, Obelisk, Exodia, Blue-Eyes White Dragon and Red Eyes Black Dragon. I heard there’s more out there such as Slifer, Ra and Marik.

I have a total of 109 Pops!

Who’s your favorite Sonic the Hedgehog voice?

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In these past couple of weeks, we have had some exciting Sonic news. We’re getting some new Sonic content in Sega games, an updated remastered version of Sonic Colors and a brand new Sonic project game for 2022. Plus, Netflix is currently working on a brand new animated series called Sonic Prime for next year. Just like the title says, I want to start this fun discussion article with this question: who is your favorite Sonic voice?

Sonic is a very popular character in Sega’s franchise. He first started off in 1991 in the video games, but then later evolved throughout in media such as anime, cartoons, comics and even a live action movie. While there are different versions of Sonic, there is also many voices for this blue hero. When it comes voices, I am more familiar with the video game versions and also the movie from 2020.

Ryan Drummond

 

Sonic [Voice clips] ~ Ryan Drummond (Sonic Adventure) - YouTube

Making his grand debut in 1998, Ryan lends his voice as Sonic in Sega’s last console, the Dreamcast and in the game Sonic Adventure. As time passes, Ryan would later voice Sonic again in other Dreamcast games such as Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Shuffle. His last roles as Sonic was in 2004 where he voices him again in Sonic Heroes, Sonic Advance 3 and Sega Superstars. I really like his voice and I felt like his voice was fitting. It made Sonic sound confident despite the odds against him. He almost sounds like a leader among his group and he always had his trust on his friends.

Jason Griffith

Sonic X" Sonic vs. Shadow (TV Episode 2005) - IMDb

Another favorite voice I like is Jason Griffith. Ryan’s voice for Sonic didn’t last long, but he did leave an impact for the fans. Jason first started voicing Sonic in 2003 when the anime Sonic X launched in America; in video games he voiced Sonic in 2005 in games such as Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic Rush. Not only he did Sonic, but he also voiced Shadow the Hedgehog and Jet the Hawk. Jason voiced in many iconic games such as Sonic 2006, Sonic Unleashed and even the storybook games like The Secret Rings and The Black Knight. According to Wikipedia, his last role as Sonic was in 2010 where he voiced as Sonic in the racing game Sonic and Sega All-Stars Racing. For a Sonic game, it was in 2009 where he was in Sonic and the Black Knight and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games. Jason’s voice was another great choice for Sonic. Not only for Sonic, but Jason’s voice was in my opinion very versatile. He could either sound like an upbeat hedgehog, a hardcore distant hedgehog or a cocky hawk. I especially like his Werehog voice in Unleashed. Sonic as a Werehog made Sonic sound intimating. As a kid, I always imagine Werehog Sonic sounding like Super Saiyan 4 Goku’s voice.

Roger Craig Smith

Sonic voice actor Roger Craig Smith says it was his decision to retire from the role | Nintendo Wire

Besides voicing Chris Redfield in Resident Evil and Ezio in Assassin’s Creed 2, Roger is currently the blue hedgehog in video games. Making his Sonic game debut, he showed in 2010 and worked on games such as Sonic Generations, Sonic Colors, and Sonic Forces. He also voiced animated series Sonic Boom along with the games with it. Surprisingly in the past news, it was revealed Roger was going to step down as Sonic, but then in a surprise turn of events, he returned in the past weeks. Like the rest, I grew fond of this Sonic voice. Roger’s voice made Sonic sound so cool and made his character feel like he could call your bro. I can’t wait to see what he does in the future in Sonic projects.

Ben Schwartz

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Not in a video game, this voice made an appearance in 2020. Actor and voice actor Ben Schwartz takes the shoes of Sonic in the big screen. Ben has appeared in TV shows and cartoons such as Parks and Recreation, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the current/reboot Ducktales. I may not have seen/heard all of his works, but I think he fits well as Sonic. His voice is perfect for the teenage Sonic. This Sonic conveys a variety of emotions from being happy and ecstatic to scared and concerned. This voice shows that Sonic is young and inexperienced in the movie where he is excited to learn everything, but whole also showing negative emotions when he deals with loneliness. I can’t wait to hear Ben’s voice again in the sequel.

These are my favorite voices for Sonic. Which ones are your favorites?

May 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Greetings Pop lovers, it’s me Matthew and I am once again to showcase you my overall progress of my Funko Pop collection. In case you didn’t know, I made it 100 figures. Can you guess how much will I have in total by the end of this post?

101. Marvel Studios Thanos (Hot Topic exclusive)

Excuse me for the picture quality, but here is a picture of the Mad Titan, Thanos from the Marvel universe. I got this figure from Hot Topic thanks to some Hot Cash I saved for shopping. This Thanos is based on the MCU films and it’s part of the 10th Anniversary of the MCU. Before he was well-known for wiping half the population, he was well-known for sitting in this throne and doing nothing in the movies. This figure is bigger than an average Pop figure. This figure costed $32 bucks by itself.

102-104. 

  • Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist)
  • Exodia the Forbidden One (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
  • Classic Sonic (Sonic the Hedgehog)

I got these three figures from GameStop online, but they came in different times and packaging. I got Winry first and days later I got Exodia and Sonic. Fullmetal Alchemist is a great anime series and I highly recommend watching it. I haven’t gotten Edward, Alphonse or the others yet. The only FMA characters I have is her and King Bradly. I got myself another big figure from the Yu-Gi-Oh! series. You don’t need to buy five pieces to assemble this powerful monster. As part of the 30th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega and Funko teamed up again and released a Pop version of Classic Sonic. This version Sonic has himself in a running animation.

105. Silver the Hedgehog (Hot Topic exclusive)

One again, I got this figure from a purchase from Hot Topic. Just like Classic Sonic, Sega released another figure from Sonic’s universe and it’s the telekinetic Hedgehog, Silver. Making his debut in the video game Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), Silver is another addition to Sonic and his friends. While he may not be fast like Sonic or edgy like Shadow, he is an optimistic hedgehog who wants to protect people with his powers. This Hot Topic version gives this figure the ability to glow in the dark. I might post some pictures in the future, but I would recommend getting him whenever you get the chance before Silver disappears.

As of now from May, I have 105 figures!

April 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Here we go again for another fun and exciting post where I share with you my Pop collection. As a fan of Funko Pops, it’s my duty to hunt and collect the rare items for my collection. April is a shorter month than March, but I was able to snag some rarity via purchases. Whether they were online or in person, I will take what I want. Check it out!

96. Donald Duck (BN Funko Exclusive 2019 Fall Convention LE)

Besides Mickey Mouse, I also like Donald Duck. I got this Donald figure from a Barnes and Noble purchase from online shopping. I wanted to get this exclusive Disney figure along with trying to collect the Sword Art Online Progressive manga. I don’t know what episode/short is this Donald is from, but he looks cute in his firefighter gear. I am huge fan of Disney and I couldn’t resist this duck.

97. Deathstroke (Hot topic Exclusive)

From another exclusive, I got these items from Hot Topic. I bought myself a Sonic the Hedgehog water bottle filled with Sonic stickers and the DC character Deathstroke Pop figure. Deathstroke is one of my favorite DC villains. He may look like Deadpool, but Deathstroke is no laughing joke. This guy is equipped with a deadly arsenal and healing factor and he is incredible skilled in fighting that could be compared to Batman. Slade Wilson is a force to be reckoned with.

98. Battle-Scarred Kong from Godzilla vs Kong

Based on March’s 2021 film, Funko created Pop figures based on the recent monster brawl movie Godzilla vs Kong. I saw this movie on HBO Max and I enjoyed every minute of it. Seeing the powerful monsters Godzilla and King Kong duke it out was pure fanservice. I bought this figure on my dates at Barnes and Noble. I was shopping with my girlfriend and I saw this Kong figure along with other Pop figures in a little section. I didn’t find Godzilla, but I find this version of Kong. This Kong has fresh battle scars on his chest and a piece of a broken crane.

99-100. Ponyta and Raichu from Pokemon

On the same date where I bought Kong from Barnes and Noble, I went shopping at GameStop. GameStop was having a buy two and get one free Pop Funko sale for Pro Day. I bought these two Pokemon figures and I got the Flash figure from the CW show The Flash. I don’t have the Flash since I gave it to my sister who is a huge fan of the show. I did keep these two Pokemon. These two Pokemon are from the Kanto region. Ponyta is a fire type Pokemon and Raichu is electric and the evolved form version of Pikachu.

I officially have 100 figures!

Unboxing: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever Bundle (Walmart Exclusive)

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Even though I am known for loving anime, I also have a soft spot for cartoons. Currently running in Nickelodeon, the animated series SpongeBob SquarePants is the most popular cartoon on TV and other media. From TV episodes, toys, video games and even the memes, SpongeBob is popular all over the world. From time to time, if I am not watching anime, I usually have SpongeBob on TV and I let the talking yellow sponge keep me entertained. Despite the show being popular, I wanted to grab this SpongeBob DVD bundle. With streaming services rising such as Paramount Plus and even the notorious news that an episode or two got removed for sensitive content, it’s highly recommended to buy shows on physical copy just in case if DVDs becomes obsolete or other episodes becomes removed based on content.

Back in late March, I placed an order from Walmart online and I purchased SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever Bundle. I specifically chose this Walmart bundle because for $70, you get the first 200 episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants from season 1 to season 9 and SpongeBob behind the scenes book called the SpongeBob SquarePants Experience Book. The DVD discs also includes the TV specials such as SpongeBob B.C. (Before Comedy), the Lost Episode (the Sponge Who Could Fly). As an added bonus, this also includes scenes that were briefly aired on TV on release, but later removed. For example, the episode “Shanghaied” had alternate scenes on the first airing, but as time passed, Nickelodeon removed them and gave us one scene. Scenes that were removed due to graphic imagery like the gasoline scene in “Just One Bite” are restored and can be viewed in the discs. Rest assure to you fans that the episode “Mid-Life Crustacean” is still intact. In case you didn’t know, Paramount Plus has removed this episode from the streaming services due to sensitive content for kids because there is a scene where SpongeBob, Patrick and Mr. Krabs are trying to do a panty raid. This DVD bundle also includes a huge poster containing the main characters and side characters from the SpongeBob cartoon.

Like I mentioned earlier, I spent a lot for this bundle. Besides the episodes, I also got this interesting book called The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience Book. This book includes sketches and storyboard notes on each episode of SpongeBob from the people who helped made the show. We got information and comments even from the character’s voice actors. The book also has some funny gags in to such as replica picture of Squidward’s “Bold and Brash” art and Mr. Krab’s “Secret Formula”.

If you want to be the envy of your friends and obtain some awesome SpongeBob collector’s goods, I recommend buying this bundle from Walmart. For 70 bucks, you get the first 200 aired episodes of SpongeBob and you get a book detailing all the info on cartoon’s production team. I will leave a link to Walmart if you are interested.

Walmart:

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Best 200 Episodes Ever Bundle (Walmart Exclusive) (DVD + Spongebob SquarePants Experience Book) – Walmart.com – Walmart.com

 

7 Years writing a journey

It has been seven years since I started writing on my blog. I started my blog in 2014 at my University for an English Class. I believe the day was April 2nd. In my college class, we were supposed to use this to write about the public sphere and share news. After I completed this class, I was ready to leave this blog behind. But after a while, I realized that I could use this blog to voice my opinions and speak where I couldn’t speak in public. By the end of 2014, I revived this site and then started my blog on my interest. These past seven years has been quite a journal. I had this ever since I was in college and I haven’t stopped writing. From the end years of college, from moving to a new home and new jobs, I always had time to write. Despite writing news, reviews and memes, I rarely talk about my personal life; ironically, I was originally going to use this blog as a personal journal log about my life. A lot has happened in my seven years. I graduated, moved to a new area, got new jobs (before and after the pandemic), got a girlfriend and even became an uncle. Even though we are still in a pandemic and life gives me a headache as I continue to grow, I always have this urge to write. If it’s not about news about anime, movies or video games, I want to use myself as the topic. I didn’t make this site to gain popularity and be a celebrity. I wanted to blog because I wanted to be heard and talk with others who appreciate the same interest. I’m not good as public speaking, but I can use this electronic log to shout from the heart. I don’t know what the future holds for the eighth year in 2022, but I am hoping you’ll stay with me and read what I want to say. Thank you guys for the epic journal. I appreciate your time. God bless you all.