Hi there and thank you for taking a look at my blog! A little about myself: I am a writer and a musician who loves sci-fi, comic books, and action figures. I dabble in photography. I reside with my girlfriend, our children, two dogs that hate everyone and a cat that hates me, specifically.
The goal for this blog was to provide an outlet for me to post pictures of action figures and reviews as well as give me an outlet to post my various writings. With any luck, by the time you’re reading this, I am super famous and rich and no longer need my fellow man’s approval.
All joking aside, thank you once again. Without you guys, I am just shouting into the void. My Science Fiction Novel, Insurmountable, appears to be on schedule for a first quarter 2018 release with Golden Bell Studios.
My particular action figure tastes revolve around Star Wars, super heroes, and some pop culture icons. As far as toy lines go, Marvel Legends, DC Collectibles, Marvel Select, Revoltech, Mafex, S.H. Figuarts, Figma, Black Series and some NECA. If you dig that stuff, we will probably get long just fine.
You can follow me on my various social media pages:
- Instagram (@toywithtude)
- Twitter (@toyswithtude)
- Tumblr (@toyswithtude)
- And last but not least, my author page on Facebook, if you’re interested in any of my other work
I am trying to keep this site somewhat organized and as I start to find my footing, this is what I am planning on doing:
500 600 1000 words or less – This one speaks for itself. As a society, we have begun ingesting massive amounts of entertainment in smaller quantities. How many of us follow a link to a video and see it’s 8 minutes long and decide we don’t have 8 minutes (yes, I know it’s ridiculous, but here we are) to watch it? How many of us follow a link to an article and decide its too long to read, but “Maybe I’ll circle back to it tonight when I have time” and never do? I can’t speak for anyone but me, but I do it a lot. This was the impetus for doing reviews that were short and sweet. What do we all want to know about a figure? “Is it worth it?” I try to answer that through my own lens, and hopefully you find the information a little useful. Sometimes I come in at just over 500 words, but its always my goal. Update: I found myself coming in over 500 more often than not, so I had to adjust.
Plastic on Plastic Reviews: These are more tongue in cheek. Captain America has volunteered to handle those. Unfortunately, Toyville (more on that in a moment) Cap often times inserts his own foot in his mouth. These take a little longer to produce and I tend to focus more on the humor aspect the opportunity affords me (and Cap).
In Retrospect – Still thinking on that title. “Retrospect” is a big word for a 140 character mindset. Regardless, these will be figures that are older, perhaps not worth a review or perhaps they have an emotional tie to me for some reason. This will give me a chance to talk about not just the figure, but the character and aspects of their fictional history. In other words, it will just be me babbling about something I enjoy and hopefully, you do as well.
Toyville- This is my favorite and also the most complicated to do. These are stories (much like the old Twisted Toyfare Theater) that are scripted, props and settings are acquired, photographs are taken and much digital manipulation is done. The sole purpose of these are to make me laugh. With any luck, they’ll make you laugh as well. The characters are fun house caricatures of themselves. The laughs are immature and its self-awareness, depending on the character, is lacking.
You will notice links to purchase items. Full disclosure, I get a small commission if you purchase anything from those links at no extra charge to you. So far, I’ve made $0 doing it, but every bit helps. I just don’t like the idea of any one thinking I’m tricking them into purchasing something for my betterment.
In closing, I am not a photographer. I am just a guy that enjoys action figures and uses the pictures as a medium to tell stories. I am actively working on getting better at taking pictures but I obviously still have a long way to go. However, this process has helped me grow my skills in that realm. I am also not a Photoshop master, but much like the picture taking, I am enjoying the new skillsets I am picking up and at the end of the day, these are all vehicles for me to make poop jokes, so let’s not take anything too seriously.
Thank you for reading, thank you for “liking”, thank you for sharing, and most of all, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to stop by and share in my obsession.