You found me…

Yes, I’ve been gone for 5 months, i didn’t mean to abandon you my Nerd Knights, but it was not in vain!!! I moved to a new country 5 months ago (now living in Sydney, Australia), and you’ll be proud to know that I’ve been doing my geek duty of catching Pokemon near the Opera House (among other things)…

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

I’ve hit up most the comic book and games shops already, and had my go at some arcade games, i was killing it with Terry Bogard!

Arcade killing

Arcade killing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My friend and i destroyed a dinosaur FPS too, high scores on a few things, and i won a plush Pikachu ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Winning smile...

Winning smile…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The geek culture and fandom following here is definitely way higher than it is in Africa, so it’s really awesome to finally find a like-minded community to roam with.

Batman

Batman

Yes yes, i touched it when they said i mustn’t… you would have done the same! Anyhow, you found me! And I promise i wont disappear again any time soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Phoenix Orb Project

If you are in need of some cool Pokemon merchandise, head on over to The Phoenix Orb Project

Light Up Poke-ball Crystals Squirtle Charmander Bulbasaur

Light Up Poke-ball Crystals Squirtle Charmander Bulbasaur

They make custom made Poke-balls as well as the gym badges. They seem to focus on the original – Indigo League merchandise.

Pokemon League Badges

Pokemon League Badges

The also have metal and battle damaged Poke-balls which look really cool. I always start with fire type though, so i’ll probably end up with the Charmander crystal Poke-ball. Who is your starter?

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Merchandise Monday #52

It’s my Mewtwo Amiibo! I decided to take him out of the box, because life is just more fun that way!

Mewtwo Amiibo

Mewtwo Amiibo

Did you know that Mewtwo is 2m tall :0 ? Gene splicing at its finest – I never knew Mewtwo was genderless, I always thought he was male? But no big deal, Mewtwo is still super cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Mewtwo Amiibo

Mewtwo Amiibo

Follow this link to see myย Charizard Amiibo!

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Star Wars Identities Exhibition

My brother and his wife were recently holidaying in Vienna, Austria, and they had the wonderful opportunity of experiencing the Star Wars Identities Exhibition. The actual costumes and model/ diorama sets which were used in the Star Wars films were on display. There was also Star Wars concept art on display, which I will save for a later blog post:

Actual Armor worn by the Characters

Actual Armor worn by the Characters

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Anakin's pod from the Tatooine Pod Race

Anakin’s pod from the Tatooine Pod Race

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Background Characters - One of these things is a Pokemon - see below:

Background Characters

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Chernobyl Bayleef

Chernobyl Bayleef

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Cloud City Costumes

Cloud City Costumes

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Costume and props from Jabba's Palace

Costume and props from Jabba’s Palace

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Darth Vader Costume

Darth Vader Costume

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Gungan Expression

Gungan Expression

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Jawa and Tusken Raider costume

Jawa and Tusken Raider costume

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Look at that detail

Look at that detail

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Luke Skywalker Pilot Costume

Luke Skywalker Pilot Costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Original Yoda *angelic music plays*

Original Yoda *angelic music plays*

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Racers from the Tatooine Pod Race

Racers from the Tatooine Pod Race

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These posters are made up of multiple vehicles/ scenery/ species - look closely

These posters are made up of multiple vehicles/ scenery/ species – look closely

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Transport Model Fleet

Transport Model Fleet

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Various Helmets

Various Helmets

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Various Model Transports

Various Model Transports

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Various Character Costumes

Various Character Costumes

 

Imagine having that life-sized racing pod in your man cave?! I wouldn’t mind trying on Luke Skywalker’s pilot suit either ๐Ÿ˜Ž What item would you be keen to have/display in your home?

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Merchandise Monday #50

Let’s go back to the 90s with ย Star Wars Micro Machines! I know Micro Machines is still making Star Wars merchandise today, but I don’t feel the quality is the same as it was in the 90s:

Star Wars Micro Machines Cases

Star Wars Micro Machines Cases

The helmet cases open up to reveal specific scenes from the Star Wars universe. Some of the Micro Machine characters are so small, but the detail is still pretty good on that scale. Look how cute the little Ewok is below โค :

Star Wars Micro Machines

Star Wars Micro Machines

Some machines are bigger and have moving parts. The speeder below can ‘explode’ and disintegrate when you push a button (I think it’s about 4 parts assembled):

The Empire in my Passage

The Empire in my Passage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s my favorite place in the Star Wars universe: Jabba’s Palace! This is so cool, the trapdoor that Luke stands on actually does fall open when Jabba’s throne hits a weighted-lever. Of course the Rancor is waiting to receive Luke in the pit:

Jabbas Palace - Rancor Pit Micro Machines

Jabbas Palace – Rancor Pit Micro Machines

The next Micro Machine scene is the garbage compactor on the Death Star. Again, the chute to the garbage area actually opens and the figures can slide down. The walls also actually move to close in on the characters:

Garbage Compactor - Death Star Micro Machines

Garbage Compactor – Death Star Micro Machines

Where would we be without our two trusty droids, hmm? Let’s not leave out R2-D2 and C-3PO. Here they are in their escape pod headed for Tatooine:

Class 6 Escape Pod - R2D2 and C3PO

Class 6 Escape Pod – R2D2 and C3PO

The various Star Wars Micro Machine vehicles also have opening/ closing doors and cockpits for the figures to sit in, with other moving parts:

Star Wars Micro Machines Transports

Star Wars Micro Machines Transports

Do you have any of these/ other old school Star Wars Micro Machines? Please share yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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Merchandise Monday #48

Where’s the Wookiee! I got this awesome search and findย book where you have to spot a Wookiee in the chaos of each destination’s theme:

Where's the Wookiee

Where’s the Wookiee

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Find these characters and more

Find these characters and more

The destinations take on some of our favorite planets and places from the Star Wars universe. I really love the cross-section details of buildings and vehicles throughout the book:

Hoth

Hoth

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Cloud City

Cloud City

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Ewok Village

Ewok Village

Finding the Wookiee was pretty easy for most destinations, except for the obvious Kashyyyk (where there are only Wookiees abound):

Kashyyyk

Kashyyyk

Don’t worry if you find the Wookiee on every page, there is a whole list of other characters at the back of the book that you can go back and look for. I recommend Where’s the Wookiee for any Star Wars fan/ anyone ho appreciates detail, oh and of course the kids will love it too.

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Merchandise Monday #47

Happy Monday everyone! There is nothing greater than warming your Monday blues up with a basket of cute and cuddly Ewoks:

Ewok Basket

Ewok Basket

They are of course one of the most loved species in the Star Wars universe. I got this limited edition Ewok celebration basket from the Disney store. There are six Ewoks in total (Wicket, Chief Chirpa, Teebo, Logray, Romba and Princess Kneesaa):

Ewok Celebration Basket

Ewok Celebration Basket

My mom keeps talking to them when she comes in and out of my room; saying things like, “come Wombles, you must pay rent Wombles, you can’t live here for free…” So I was like, ‘WTF is a Womble?’ I looked these things up, and I was pretty insulted – I’m sure the Ewoks would tear these Womble things to shreds:

Wombles

Wombles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who do you prefer, Ewoks or Wombles?

Logray and Wicket

Logray and Wicket

Oh, and I’m also petitioning to have the banishment of Logray overturned.

 

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Merchandise Monday #45

Happy Monday! Wooo! So, since thereโ€™s still a lot of hype around Star Wars with the Force Awakens being released, I thought Iโ€™d share some more old school action figures (still in the boxes):

Ben Kenobi Action Figure

Ben Kenobi Action Figure

Old Ben Kenobi is a 1995 release.

Emperor Palpatine Action Figure

Emperor Palpatine Action Figure

Emperor Palpatine is a 1996 release.

Back of Kenobi and Palpatine Boxes

Back of Kenobi and Palpatine Boxes

I wish I had collected all the figures and vehicles in these sets, they look really awesome, and of course you donโ€™t beat old style and quality, but I was only 4 or 5 years old back then, so my collection habits were heavily reliant on mom and dad.

Did everyone enjoy The Force Awakens? I thought it was ok, but I wasnโ€™t totally satisfied.

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Tribal Wars 2 Progress

This is an update for where I’m at in Tribal Wars 2. Remember, I am playing as Ace Hardlight:

Inside my Main Village

Inside my Main Village

I have almost fully maxed out my population space as you can see above (meaning I have a full offensive nuke ready to launch). I find the speed of Tribal Wars 2 much faster than TW 1 – or maybe it’s just the world i’m playing on.

My Village Under Attack

My Village Under Attack

I haven’t had much opposition. 3 members of a different tribe tried to conquer 2 of my villages, but they failed dismally (mostly due to them not having a church in the province within which they were attacking. I ended up killing 9 nukes (full offensive armies) and 6 noblemen (the unit used to conquer villages – and he’s very expensive to lose). Here is an overview of one of these attacks which I defended:

Battle Report

Battle Report

After I defended all of these attacks and killed off all their units, I got the ‘Butcher of the Day’ achievement ๐Ÿ˜Ž :

Butcher of the Day

Butcher of the Day

I just conquered my most recent village. I have been naming my villages after planets/ moons. I’m starting to form a nice solar system of villages on the map lol. Here is what my overall profile is looking like:

Ace Hardlight Player Profile

Ace Hardlight Player Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is anyone else playing? I’d be keen to team up if you are…

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Merchandise Monday #44

Star Wars episode 7 is coming! So soon… I can taste it!

Biggs Darklighter Action Figure

Biggs Darklighter Action Figure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My brother and I dug up this action figure of Biggs Darklighter. The copyright year on him is 1997.

Biggs Darklighter Back of Box

Biggs Darklighter Back of Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, in keeping with the Rebel Fleet theme, we also unearthed these micro-machine Star Wars goodies (more to come in future posts):

Rebel Snowspeeder Toy

Rebel Snowspeeder Toy

The rebel Snowspeeder with 2 Rebels inside! They are from 1995 ๐Ÿ™‚

Rebel Snowspeeder

Rebel Snowspeeder

This Friday; my fan art is also dedicated to a very handsome Rogue Leader of the Star Wars Rebel fleet, so stay tuned ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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