Thursday, October 16, 2014

Castle Dracula - Wildwood, NJ (Guest Post by Sean Gallagher)

When I was a child, my family and I often traveled to the Jersey Shore to bask in the Summer sun.  For us, a trip to Pt. Pleasant or Seaside, NJ was a quick break from the everyday hustle and bustle of the real world.  But, just a bit further south, was Wildwood, NJ.  My time there was rare, but one thing I'll never forget was this giant castle that stood out head and shoulders above the other attractions.  I was far too small and even more afraid to get anywhere close to it, but I'll never forget my Father and cousin entering what I considered Hell's gates.  Although I was too young to understand, I was looking at one of the most beloved New Jersey landmarks of all time!  Given that I don't have the memories or knowledge to truly capture what this place was, I reached out to one of my best friends, Sean Gallagher.  Today, in this very special guest post, I invite you to sit back and read from his point of view.

Take it away, @Writer_Sean

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Caramel Apple Twizzlers

No way, another Caramel Apple product?? Oh yeah, get used to it because it's surely been the theme of the season!  Everybody is getting involved, everybody is throwing their hat into the ring, and we're all reaping the rewards of their hustle.  Over the last few years, I've demanded companies to go above and beyond to bring us more seasonal products.  Many people have and although I'm merely a tiny goldfish in this deep ocean, I like to think we've all collectively gotten our message across.  Things like this make Halloween more enjoyable and obviously our voice makes an impact.  Look at the return of Surge, for example.  That's the power people hold, especially in this day and age of social media. Together, at the risk of flavoring every single thing on earth either Pumpkin or Caramel Apple, we've asked for more and have received just that.  That's why this nerd isn't complaining about yet another Caramel Apple candy!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

One of my favorite products from Pepperidge Farm are their Caramel Apple cookies.  When it comes to cookies, Pepperidge Farm knows how to do it right.  Have you ever had their Oatmeal Raisin?  Have you ever popped their chewey Chocolate Chip cookies into the microwave for that fresh out of the oven taste?  They do a phenomenal job of capturing flavor, texture, and appeal all in one bag.  Sure, they may be a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.  I must have spent at least $40 on Pepperidge Farm Caramel Apple cookies over the course of two years.  Yeah, they're that good and that's why I finally decided to give their Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies a chance!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Brach's Caramel Apple Candy Corn

While I'm obviously having a blast bringing you my Holidaze Pop! collection, that's merely a bonus during this amazing time of year.  The Holidaze, at it's very core, thrives on products, new and old, that bring out a certain emotion.  Whether it be that of nostalgia or making completely new memories with family and friends, a few bucks spent on junk can actually go a really long way.  In today's case, I can't find much nostalgia attached, but it's fun to say "Brach's" like I'm Paul Heyman introducing you to the next big thing.  When I scream it out loud to nobody in particular and all 4 of my readers, it makes this post feel much more special than it actually is.

Funko Holidaze Pop! - Carrie

Today's Holidaze Pop! figure is inspired by a film that I don't necessarily care for in terms of story, but have always loved for it's imagery and the idea of revenge.  In my opinion, the recently released Carrie far surpassed Stephen King's original, but I admit I'm probably in the minority.  Truth is, I never liked horror movies that feature supernatural abilities like being able to move things telepathically.  I can accept Michael Myers being immortal and Jason Voorhees constantly coming back to life, but the plot behind Carrie simply loses my interest.  However, I do think that the scene in which pig's blood is dropped on Carrie's head is one of the most iconic in Horror history and deserves to be released in Pop! form.  Here's my crack at it!

In addition to the Pop! itself, I'm digging the box art even more!  Not to toot my own horn, but I think this is something Funko would and should release.  It would probably be a hell of a lot better than what I have to offer, but I'd take it nonetheless.  The Horror genre deserves to be immortalized in as many ways, and through as many characters, as possible!

Now I'm going to tweet this to Chloe Grace Moretz and hope she RT's it.  She'd make it a hit, girl!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Funko Holidaze Pop! - 8-Bit Freddy Krueger

Picking up where we last left off, I'm bringing you another 8-Bit Pop! figure inspired by both Funko and NECA.  It's no secret that NECA has paved the way for these stylized figures and brought their popularity to levels we'd never expected.  Jason was first, but Freddy soon followed suit in a unique, but not quite as odd, physical appearance.  Yet again, this is another figure I'd expect to see released by Funko at some point, although I'm not sure how he'd sell compared to Jason.

Freddy's red & green sweater is just as iconic as Freddy himself but, for whatever reason, Nintendo released their Nightmare on Elm St. video game with a different look.  Freddy was featured in a red and orange color scheme, from top to bottom, but it actually looks really cool.  In fact, there are images out there of Robert Englund wearing this exact sweater in various promotional shots.  I'm not enough of a NOES expert to tell you if it ever appeared in the films or if it was the original concept for his sweater, but it certainly brings back memories and I honestly don't mind the look.  I wonder how it would have translated on screen!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Funko Holidaze Pop! - 8-Bit Jason Voorhees

Ever since NECA introduced the first 8-Bit NES Jason Voorhees figure in 2013, the Horror community has been obsessed with the odd colorway in which Jason was presented by Nintendo.  At the time, I can only imagine how pissed off people were to see that Jason was nowhere near his actual likeness in the films.  They somehow went from a white mask with red accents and a dirty blue / green outfit to neon purple and turquoise.  It never made any sense but, in 2014, nostalgia says it doesn't have to.  Today, those crazy colors represent the childhood of millions around the world and owning a figure designed to represent that is a way of celebrating the past.  That's why I love nostalgia and the memories that come with.

Funko has already followed in NECA's footsteps and released a few 8-Bit figures, but we've yet to see him in Pop! form.  So, that's what I'm here for!

If you look around, you'll find plenty of customs for sale online and they're all pretty damn good.  By simply re-painting the actual Jason Pop! figure, you get as close as you probably would if Funko were to do the same.  With my design, I added a few tweaks here and there to separate myself from them.  The marks on his mask are squared to resemble his 8-Bit Sprite and I changed his outfit.

If Funko were to release any of my designed figures, this would most certainly be the one.  I truly believe, one day, we'll all be able to own an official 8-Bit Jason Pop! from Funko
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