Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Insert Coin Clothing Review!

Apologies guys, for how long this has taken for me to upload! I was ill for a while after receiving the stuff, and then kept forgetting to take photos (and you can hardly review clothing without photos of the actual items!)

So here is my Insert Coin Clothing review!

There are a couple more things left to be photographed, the Fisher shirt and the Ryu dressing gown, so pics for those will go up within the next few hours (need to wait on Allan coming home from work to model the shirt and the dressing gown for me). The other kids t-shirt will have to wait unfortunately, as I've left it at my parents' house, so pics of that will be added as soon as I get it back :)

The quality of all of the pieces I've received so far has been fantastic. Here is a little run down of the products and a little insight into them all :)

The t-shirts are lovely and bright (in both the kids, and adult ranges - I have three t-shirts, I'll get photos of those up on here at some point soon, one of them matches the Dead Space one AJ is wearing!) and really good material.


AJ gives Insert Coin Clothing a double thumbs up!

Slightly better view of the t-shirt, so difficult to get him to stay still for a photo!

The Fisher shirt, which is the only shirt we've ever had from IC, is beautiful. The material is very high quality, and it looks amazing on. The colour bled something awful when it was first washed, and still does slightly now (I tend to handwash it due to this) but it doesn't affect the colour in the shirt itself at all. I imagine if I ran it through the machine, then the colour-run would stop, but I don't really have a lot of dark things to put it in with haha.

[FISHER SHIRT IMAGE WILL BE POSTED HERE TONIGHT]

The Ryu dressing gown is lovely and cosy, very thick and just, uhh! Honestly, it's brilliant for just curling up in when your cold, or when you're just out of a bath :)

[RYU DRESSING GOWN IMAGE WILL BE POSTED HERE TONIGHT]

LEGGINGS. What can I say about the leggings? I love them. Reading my blog, you'll know that I'm a big fan of leggings. I own leggings from both IC, and Black Milk Clothing. The Insert Coin ones are fantastic quality, lovely and bright, and finally give my bottom half that much needed gaming injection. The material is slightly thinner than Black Milk's leggings, but it's not a big problem. If they were a bit thicker, to match up with the thickness of BM ones, that would be perfect, as the IC ones do tend to go a little sheer on the butt at times (but that might be because my ass is massive lol) but they are honestly amazing. Got my eyes on a few more pairs right now!

Here are my beautiful "Power Up" leggings, obviously based on Pac-Man :)

Insert Coin Clothing's "Power Up" Pac-Man Leggings, paired with my River Island "Hesienberg" Breaking Bad jumper :)

But where's Pac-Man?

THERE HE IS!

WAKA WAKA

Assassin's Creed III "Betsy Ross" Leggings, by Insert Coin, paired with a preorder bonus T-shirt for ACIII.

Different angle to show how the legs line up to create the AC logo (which I actually have tattooed on my back!)

Sonic the Hedgehog "Sonic Speed" leggings, by IC - paired with an old Primark T-shirt from the men's section :)

There's the blue blur there!
The Dreamcast bag is one of two bags that Insert Coin do, and the only one I have so far. It is amazing. A brilliant size for fitting in everything I need during the day, and it gets SO MANY compliments. We attended a Comic Mart event last week and the amount of people that were like "omg, I love your bag!" was unreal. I pointed them all in the direction of Insert Coin Clothing, naturally.

Insert Coin's Dreamcast bag. I love it!
Preorders for the latest pieces from ICC are LittleBigPlanet, which are up on the site now, and the rest of their Fable Anniversary range will go live very soon. I am majorly lusting after the Sackboy leggings, the Albion map leggings and the Jack of Blades jacket, but sadly I have no money to spare right now, boo! So if anyone wants to send those my way, I'll love you forever :P 

I believe the next line to be going up for pre order after the second batch of Fable stuff will be inFAMOUS: Second Son, which myself and Allan are really looking forward to - he really wants the jacket and hat as they look amazing. Hoping we get a PS4 soon so we can actually play the game too, as it is super high on our list of things to get, but sadly, money issues mean we can't right now.

Do you have any pieces from Insert Coin Clothing? Do any of the new things take your fancy?
Let me know in the comments below! 

- V x



The links to buy the items I have reviewed above are down below! :)

Pac-Man "Power Up" Leggings can be found here.
Sonic the Hedgehog "Sonic Speed" Leggings can be found here.
Assassin's Creed III "Betsy Ross" Leggings can be found here - and are 50% off right now!
Splinter Cell: Blacklist "Fisher" Shirt can be found here.
Street Fighter II "Ryu" Dressing Gown can be found here - and is 20% off right now!
SEGA Dreamcast inspired bag can be found here.

Sadly the kids line has been discontinued, but you never know, they might bring it back one day if enough people talk about how much they want it back :)


Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier Review!

Allan and I went to the cinema on Saturday to see this, after being excited about it for what feels like forever. I was appropriately dressed, in my new Captain America jumper (which I'll post pics of in this post later today) :)

So here is my review! I have kept it as spoiler free as possible, in fact, I don't refer much to the actual story, and more about the characters and their actors, as I don't want to ruin anything for those of you that haven't yet seen it!



Within the first few minutes of the movie, there is a butt-load of action and amazing fighting going on. A few moves from the Cap that are actually pretty hilarious due to his strength, but already we can tell that this movie is somewhat different to the first.

I'd actually go as far to say that this is the best standalone movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (by standalone, I mean "not Avengers Assemble").

The effects in CA2:WS are mostly practical effects, rather than CGI, which really does make a difference. It makes the movie, and the action in it, so much more believable. Kudos to the directors for that! It obviously required a lot more work, from the production team and the cast, but it certainly was worth it.

Chris Evans was fantastic, as always, as Steve Rogers, the main man Captain America. Brilliant little nod to his "adapting to modern life" within the first few minutes of the movie, with a notebook that he writes in, filled with things people have obviously told him that he needs to check out. Star Wars was on the list, but is now crossed out, to suggest he's done that one now, a little nod to the Disney take-over of Star Wars :)



Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, was phenomenal in his role. Prior to seeing the movie, being a big Gossip Girl fan I just kept saying "Carter Baizen" (his character in GG) any time I was talking about him. I would go on about how weird it was for "that d*ckhead Carter Baizen" to now be  playing one half of a 2 character title-role. But my God was he good. I didn't really care for him much in the first Captain America movie, but this time he just blew me (and Allan) away.

Since seeing the movie, he is now known as Bucky Barnes, rather than Carter Baizen.

He went through months of training for the role, and it definitely paid off. The Winter Soldier, as a character, was just fantastic. From the little things, like the way he moves, to the big fight scenes, he pulled it off marvellously (apologies for the slight pun). Of course, we all knew that Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier prior to seeing the movie, but one woman behind us GENUINELY gasped when he took off his mask, which was a little funny.

It was great to see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) getting more screen time - and story - this time round. I always feel like, in Nick Fury's case, he is just a background character. He never gets any real action, or whatever, in the movies. In the case of the standalone movies, he is pretty much just a cameo. And with the big Avengers Assemble movie cast, he again didn't serve much purpose. Of course, he got more screen time there, but again, all eyes were on the actual "Avengers". 

With Black Widow, she just seems to be the little bit (or, rather huge bit, in Scarlett Johannson's case) of sex-appeal, in a very male-orientated cast. She stops it from being, well... a sausage fest. But in this movie, we got to see a good bit more of the softer side of her, a little bit less bravado, and a little more heart. And by the end, you definitely feel more connected with her character.

Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) was a great addition to the cast. His character was brilliant, and he suited the role perfectly. I hope to see him in another Marvel movie at some point soon :)

And my last pointer that I should mention, there is, as usual, an end-credits scene. BUT, there is also an end-end credits scene, so don't leave as soon as the first end credits scene has happened, because if you stick around till the end, you'll be treated to a first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, prior to their debut in Age of Ultron :)

Anyway, I'd definitely recommend that you go see this movie now, as it is brilliant, and you will love it!

Have you already seen it? What were your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Monday, 31 March 2014

Reviews incoming!

I know guys, I'm sorry! I have utterly sucked ass at getting regular content up on here, but now I'm buying less games, and getting more time to actually complete the games I've already got (since my last post, about completing my first ever game to 100%, I have now completed all of the story of Fable Anniversary and am just doing the last couple of achievements!), I will have lots of new stuff to post on here, and lots more time to do so :)

So here is a quick run down of what is getting reviewed/unboxed, and when you can expect to see it (and of course, there will be other random posts in between them)!

31st March 2014 (today)

Insert Coin Clothing review.
Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier review.
South Park: The Stick of Truth first thoughts.

2nd April 2014

In Fear review.
Monsters review.
Fable Anniversary review.

4th April 2014

South Park: The Stick of Truth Grand Wizard Edition unboxing.
Collection Room overview.

6th April 2014

Disney Infinity review.

Mid-April (no definite date yet)

Divergent movie and book review.
Trials Fusion review.

There will be other things reviewed and/or unboxed, and posted about in between all of these items, as well as my normal posts about general things, what has entered the Asylum, etc. but this is the definite plan so far :)

Hope you all enjoy the reviews, and continue to read my blog :)
Even if I suck at updating it.

Anything you want to see reviewed/unboxed, that I haven't mentioned above?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Completion.

Today I completed a game, for the first time. Ever.

I don't mean just finish the story, as I've done that plenty of times, but this time I fully completed the game. All collectibles, everything. 100% completion.

It was only for The Lego Movie Video Game, not a massive open world RPG or anything, but it's a start.

This is an after-effect of my new ways of collecting. I'm actually getting to enjoy the games I'm receiving, and I'm actually getting to play them - instead of just putting them straight on the shelf.

Since the start of 2014, I have bought less than five new games (by this I mean new releases, I'm not counting the cheap pick-ups I got in Tesco at the start of the year).

- Tomb Raider Definitive Edition.
- Fable Anniversary.
- The Lego Movie.
 - South Park: The Stick of Truth.

These are possibly the only 2014 releases I've actually bothered to get so far. Whereas normally, I'd have bought every new release there was, and shelved them all.

I didn't play any of Tomb Raider once it arrived, as I'd not long completed the Xbox 360 copy I own, so didn't feel up to diving back into the story right away. Once Fable Anniversary arrived, I played it constantly. From the second I got up in the morning, till the second Allan arrived home from work (can't rule over the consoles 24/7 now, can I?), any spare moment I got, I'd be playing. Unfortunately, with the arrival of The Lego Movie game, I switched over to that, and Fable Anniversary was left behind (don't worry, I'm going back to that now!)

It feels good to actually play my games again, instead of just opening up the package once they're delivered, and filing them away, never to be thought of again.

Of course, even before I slowed down on collecting, I would still play my games, but many of them would never even see themselves reach 50% completion, let alone 100%. Prior to today, I'd never gotten 100% on any game (achievements/trophies-wise, I mean), bar episode 1 of The Walking Dead, which later removed itself from my 100% completion list upon me downloading episode 2 (argh!).

I'd receive a game, and depending on the game, I'd either put it away on a shelf, or I'd open it and play. So my usual routine would end up something like this:

- Receive game.
- Open it and begin playing.
- Soon after, receive another game.
- Place on shelf.
- Receive another game.
- Stop playing first game, add to shelf, and start this game.
- Receive another game.
- Stop playing previous game, add to shelf, and start this game.

And so on.

So most games would be getting played for a short period of time, sometimes it would be enough to complete the basic story (Tomb Raider, I'm looking at you) and sometimes, it would barely be enough time to just design my character and get out of the beginning level (*cough* Skyrim *cough*).

Now that the collecting habits here in the Asylum have drastically slowed down, due partly to choice, and partly to lack of finances *sobs*, I'm getting a chance to work through my massive backlog of games. Both unplayed and unfinished.

I'd have loved to review Titanfall for you all, since that's the next big release due out, but sadly my lack of funds means that it won't be entering the Asylum for a while now, but I'll definitely review it as soon as I can afford to (and daaayyyum, that Collector's Edition is awesome, but I definitely cannot afford that right now).

Anyway, stay tuned for my double-review, of both The Lego Movie, and it's video game counterpart!

Anything you want to know specifically about the movie and/or game? Anything you'd like to suggest for future reviews and/or unboxings?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Boo :(

So I planned on getting a quick overview video of the collection room up for you all yesterday, but I've come down with a bug (caught from my son) so have been curled up in bed for most of yesterday and today.

Not actually been sick or anything, luckily, but have been super hot, followed by freezing cold within a matter of minutes, with the most agonizing sore head and shakiness ever.

Starting to feel a bit better, thankfully, but my throat is still very rough and I keep coughing, so the video will still have to wait unfortunately.

I am however, going to do a review of both The Lego Movie, and it's video game counterpart later tonight, so if you have yet to see the movie, and don't want spoilers, I suggest you don't read the post (the game follows the exact same storyline as the movie, sorry!)

I have also been doing a lot of work on my collection spreadsheet, so that should be available for viewing pretty soon :)

Got South Park: The Stick of Truth on the way, so an unboxing of that may be in order on Friday! 

Are you waiting on any games/movies right now? If so, which ones?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Once again...

I'm baaaaack!

As per usual, super sorry for my extended period of absence. But I am back, and I'm back for good!

Over the next few days I shall be doing regular blog updates, with new collection pics, some reviews and maybe an unboxing or two! Haven't bought/received many editions since 2014 started, however I do have loads of things in the collection that I haven't gotten round to showing off to you all yet, so I promise to show you some awesome stuff :)

I have started up a bloglovin' account, so if you have one too, feel free to follow me through it :)


Okay, anyway, I shall get to work with my collection spreadsheet, which I will also post on here, so you can all see what is currently in the Asylum, and it will give you all ideas of what unboxings and reviews will be coming up in the future! And also, you can suggest things from the spreadsheet if you'd rather see those unboxed/reviewed sooner :)

Anything you want to see unboxed or reviewed soon (before you get access to my spreadsheet), let me know in the comments below!

- V x

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Insert Coin Clothing - Care Package Inbound!

Well, not so much inbound anymore, as it is already here!

If you have me on Facebook, you'll already know that I had a "Care Package" on the way from Insert Coin Clothing a few days ago, with some items for me to review and put up on here.

Well, here is a list of what I received in it:

- SEGA Dreamcast Bag (obviously inspired by the SEGA Dreamcast!).


- Fisher Shirt (Inspired by Splinter Cell: Blacklist).


- Power Up Leggings (Inspired by Pac-Man).


- CEC/Ishimura Kids Tee (Inspired by Dead Space).


- Ryu Dressing Gown (Inspired by Street Fighter).


and another T-Shirt for AJ (however I can't find this one on the website!)

I will upload all of the real life pics, as well as an unboxing video onto this post later on tonight, followed by a Review post!

Have you ever bought anything from Insert Coin? What did you choose?
Let me know in the comments below!

- V x