Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Kickstarter.

This month saw the first ever Kickstarter campaign we've ever backed, reach it's funding goal.

This is the project we backed, for a hardcover artbook by Evan Burse, who runs his own YouTube channel: CartoonBlock. Evan is wildly skilled, and we really enjoy watching his videos. So as soon as Allan discovered that he was running a Kickstarter, he instantly turned to me and asked if we had any money to spare. Luckily, we did (which is unusual for us!).

We backed the $100 option, which entitles us to a signed hardcover copy of the artbook, as well as getting our names and website printed in it as Co-Producers, and a limited edition print of Kid Goku (yay!).

We are very excited for this, as CartoonBlock is one of the main things that keeps on pushing Allan to draw more (and in turn, me too). Obviously, Kickstarter works by you funding the item to get it made, so we still have months to go before we will actually receive the finished item, but it is great to be a part of it, and help Evan reach his goal of actually having his very own, published artbook.

This leads me into a small(ish) rant about Kickstarter though.

Kickstarter is a wonderful concept. I completely endorse it, and think it's a fantastic way to go about trying to get money for a project you want to do, when no other avenues are open for you. However, many celebrities and big named companies are now looking to it as a worry-free way to make movies, games, etc.

Not too long ago, Rob Thomas created a Kickstarter in order to raise funds to create a Veronica Mars movie. It beat all previous Kickstarter records, and if I remember correctly, was fully funded in 10 hours of it being posted online (and went on to reach almost 300% of it's initial goal).

This then meant that the production of Veronica Mars is of no risk to the companies behind it. If the initial cost is paid for through Kickstarter, by fans, then all of the money that is made afterwards (or not) is profit for the makers. Makers who had plenty of other avenues to go down to get the funding for their project, and could most likely have put some money into the project themselves.

If the movie bombs, oh well, no loss to them, since they don't have to pay back the initial costs.

Same goes for Zach Braff. He made a Kickstarter a while back with a goal of $2,000,000. He ended up getting over $3,000,000 in the end.

From the beginning of 2007, till early December the same year, he was being paid $350,000 per episode of Scrubs. In that time frame, he did at least 20 episodes. $350,000 multiplied by 20 is $7 million. And that's just for ONE season of Scrubs. Obviously he probably spent a fair chunk of it on general stuff, house, car(s), etc. But $7 million... You can't honestly tell me you don't think he still has millions left in the bank now, can you? So he could have easily afforded to fund his project himself without the use of Kickstarter.

These are just a few examples of Kickstarter being "abused" in a sense, by the rich and famous.

Now, don't get me wrong. If someone famous I really loved was making a Kickstarter for something I really wanted to see happen, etc, then yeah, no doubt I'd probably back it. And they know this! So this is why they do it.

But in an ideal world, Kickstarter would be left for the people who actually need it, and not for the people who just want to use it, to cover their own asses in case their project goes south.

/end rant.

What do you think about celebs using Kickstarter? Have you ever backed a project?
Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

30,000 Views!

Wow, just logged on and have seen I now have over 30,000 views!
Thank you so much for continuing to read my blog, guys :)

Will have LOADS more for you all to read very soon, so keep checking back.

V.

Friday, 26 July 2013

CollectING Update.

Instead of a collection update, this is a collecting update.
Due to situations beyond our control (ie: release dates for things being crammed together, and things coming out in a much quicker succession than normal) we have decided on a few changes to our collecting habits.

We are no longer collecting statues such as First4Figures, GamingHeads and Sideshow Collectibles (etc, etc).
- This doesn't mean that the few that we already own will be sold, we will still be keeping those (we are still awaiting replacements for our Portal 2 Turret Exclusive and Ganondorf Exclusive) and we may add a few more to our collection in the future. However, we won't be preordering every single one in the lines we like, just to have a complete set (especially since the first in the Zelda line, Zant Exclusive, would cost a fortune to get). We will maybe in the future (when CEs no doubt take a nose-dive in popularity, therefore reducing the number that are produced, etc) start to collect statues again (at which point we may regret giving up, since some will be harder to come by!), but for now, we are giving up.

We are only buying CEs/steelbooks/games/movies that we really want/need on release date.
- This will therefore mean that there isn't as many things to cram into the one month's pay, especially in the busier months. It also means that we will save some money by being able to pick up the rest once they've had a price drop (something we are too guilty of not doing right now).

By doing both of the above, we will have less to worry about money-wise, and hopefully it will free up money each month to be used on clothing, etc., things which we are in dire need of, but rarely buy due to our "addiction".

Obviously we will still have a steady influx of new releases, etc, so that, along with the huge backlog of things I've still to unbox/review for you all, means that we won't run out of content anytime soon. We will also be posting more frequent news updates, regarding new announcements of games, editions, movies, steelbooks, etc and where to preorder them. So keep an eye out for those :)

V.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Rayman Legends coming to PC!

Ubisoft have revealed that Rayman Legends will be coming to PC this Autumn, alongside the console and handheld versions on August 30th.

This is big news for many fans of the franchise who'd been hoping to see it get a PC release, and for myself, it's just another platform for me to consider getting it on as I will definitely be wanting it on 360, plus I want to get it on Vita (once I get one), and now I want to try it out on my new laptop.

Ah, how you love to please your fans Ubisoft!

Here are some screenshots from the PC version, just to let you all see how awesome it looks:

(Click the images to enlarge)





People who preorder the PC version through the Ubisoft Store will also get a free copy of Rayman Origins!
Link can be found here.

Please just announce a CE for it already, though! That would make it all perfect :)

Which platform will you be getting Rayman Legends on? Do you want to see a CE release?
Let me know in the comments below!

V.


Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Journey to a better body.

Since our son was born, both myself and Allan have put on a fair bit of weight. For months we've been saying "right, that's it, the diet starts tomorrow" followed by "oh, but look, Pizza Hut/Just-Eat/our local takeaway has an offer on". 

But enough is enough.

Yesterday, we both started the Insanity Workout. Initially, when we discovered it, we were pretty suspicious about it, since all those "get fit fast" type things are usually bullshit, but after only 1 day, our bodies are in agony and we can feel it in our muscles. It is intense.

It takes 60 days for the full course to be done, and during that time you follow the workout plan by watching the DVDs. We are definitely hoping to see a fair change in our bodies, since day one was brutal enough, never mind 60 days of it! 

I'm hoping that there will be a noticeable difference in me during the 60 days, as I'd like to look semi-decent for September 7th, when we go to the Scotland MCM Comic Con. That will be day 48 of the 60 day cycle, so providing that the workout works as it says it does, I should definitely have dropped some lbs by then (as if you have a look on the official website, some people have lost massive amounts of weight (obviously it's all proportionate to how much weight you need to lose in the beginning), but one woman lost 90lbs in the 60 days! That's more than I want to lose, so if I can even just get half, or 3/4 of the way to my goal weight, then I will be super happy.

Have you tried the Insanity Workout? How much weight did you lose overall (or how much muscle did you pack on, if that was your aim)?

Let me know in the comments below!
V.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Cry of Fear - Semi-Review.

A few nights ago, I decided to try out Cry of Fear, one of the games I've recently downloaded on Steam.

It's a first person horror game, which immediately worried me.
If you know me in real life, then you'll know that I really cannot handle being frightened.
"Jump scares" are my kryptonite. Not only do they make me scream, but they make me violently shake, and sometimes even cry.

I suck at games where I feel like something might jump out at me. Heck, even less scary games I can suck at, purely for not trusting that everything is as simple as it seems.

Well... this is where Cry of Fear totally shattered me.

In the game, it opens with a cut-scene of a city, and presumably the protagonist's voice narrating some inner thoughts. Not long after, he sees a man lying on the ground, and as he goes over to assist, BAM, he's hit by a car.

Now, since this is a cut-scene, I'm perfectly fine with that. It wasn't sudden, and it didn't scare me. Heck, even sudden "jump scares" in movies, I can handle, since I'm not as involved as I am when playing a game.

Afterwards you wake up in a room (with a Half Life 2 poster on the wall, since this is modded from the HL2 engine) holding a camera. Alarm bells ringing in my head, I knew what this was going to lead to.

You leave the room (the brightly lit room, that was oh so safe!), into the darkness, with nothing but the flash of your camera to light the way. 

If you've seen Saw (oh, I can't remember which one), then think of the scene where Adam is using his camera to try and see the Jigsaw killer in his house. That's what this is like.

There are white crosses dotted about in the distance, which you've to go up to and photograph to reveal something, be it a message on a wall (scrawled in blood), a dead body lying on the floor, doors, windows, or holy-mother-of-God, a creepy person shaking their head violently.

You only see the flash of the things you have to photograph for a second (minus the doors/windows, which somehow stay illuminated), so if you're not expecting a scare, and you are me, then it will make you shit your pants (not literally, don't worry).

This is where my first playthrough ended.

I couldn't handle it. So I quickly paused the game, exited and shut down Steam. I was absolutely terrified, and no longer trusting my real life surroundings.

Adamant that I was not an absolute baby, I replayed with Allan by my side, later, to show him just how scary it was. When the shaky-head-guy was revealed in the shadows (albeit I'd given Allan sufficient warning), I was still scared, but Allan's reaction was "Is that it!?"

Still determined to prove that it's much scarier when you don't realise what's coming, we plodded on through - unfortunately for me, I was still the one in control of the game - still going along through this darkness with my not-so-trusty camera, a white X appeared, what seemed to be miles in the distance.

Straight away, Allan was like "something is gonna jump out, that's too far away to just be the next checkpoint thing". So, we kept going, and true enough, something did jump out. 

We both screamed loud enough for it to echo in the street outside.

Almost in tears and shaking violently, I refused to play anymore, so Allan took over the controls. We didn't play much further, bar chasing a shadow down a corridor and finding two sheets of paper for the username and password of a computer, by which point I was back in control, and after using the in-game computer, you hear something coming into the room you are in.

Well... that's where my second playthrough ended.

And I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.
I really like the concept of it, and I want to play it, but my body physically won't allow me to, so unfortunately, this is as good as my review is going to get.

I dread to think how bad I'll cope when The Evil Within comes out (as I really want to play that, too).

Have you played Cry of Fear yet? Did you get further than I did?
Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

MCM Scotland Comic Con.

With only 8 weeks to go, I am super excited about the Scotland MCM Comic Con.

Sadly, due to other commitments, preorders and the like, I won't have much money to take with me to the convention, but I do still expect it to be amazing.

I had been planning on cosplaying, but that has slightly been put on the back burner. Depending on if I can manage it or not, I plan on maybe doing an Alterna-Harley costume, eg: my own imagining of Harley Quinn, but still recognisably her (or at least, I hope so!)

Hoping to see lots of info in the weeks to come about guests, etc. because as of right now, there are only three guests listed :( !

Are you going/have you been to any conventions this year?
Did you cosplay?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Drawing.

Since Glasgow Comic Con last weekend, both myself and Allan have been really in the mood for drawing a lot. Meeting lots of successful artists, and getting to chat to them, and watch them as they sketch... it was awesome. Seeing the amazing artwork that some of them can fire out in a few minutes was bizarre, and seriously made us want to improve our drawing skills (more so for Allan, as he adores drawing anyway).

Since then, we have both drawn a few things, we tend to draw the same thing/person but in our own styles. So far, we've both drawn:

- Deadpool.
- Rorschach (Watchmen).
- Walter White (Breaking Bad).

Allan has also drawn a cartoon Batman as well, plus he has been testing out different styles on a sheet of paper (with various pens, etc).

It has been quite good getting back into drawing again, especially for me as it normally takes me quite a lot of effort to be in the mood to draw, and my drawings normally always have the exact same style (realistic), so to try out new styles, such as comic/cartoon, etc, it's been pretty cool.

We'll eventually get lots of our drawings up here for you all to see, and you can all give some constructive criticism and/or praise :)

Do you like to draw? If so, what was the last thing you drew?

Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

The Future is Digital.

As usual, apologies for my absence recently, things have been pretty manic here in the Asylum with Glasgow Comic Con recently, as well as it being the summer holidays, so Allan has had a few days off work, and as you'd expect, we've been out enjoying the sun!

Got lots of good stuff to show you all very soon, I just need to set up a little photography corner for myself beforehand, so I can get things photographed adequately :)

Anyway, back to the topic I am here to discuss.

DIGITAL.

Yes, digital. The future is digital - apparently - and it's already happening more and more within our daily lives. 

21 years ago, when I had not long been born, my parents didn't have internet (heck, didn't even have a computer!), didn't have mobile phones, didn't have Virgin Media TV, none of the hi-tech things they have now (well, they still don't have a computer...).

Approximately 10 years ago, I had a computer, I had internet, I had a mobile phone. We had Virgin Media in our house, and I had (or had previously had) a few games consoles (albeit ones that didn't focus on online play). But back then, we (as in, the 11 year old kids of that day) still played outside, in the non-digital world, with our friends.

And now, well... we have internet, we have Sky TV, we own a PC, a laptop, an Xbox 360, a PS3, a Wii, multiple DS/DSi/3DS consoles, etc. as do many other people, these "kinds of things" aren't restricted to the upper classes anymore. And with all these techonological advancements, and with us being further into the digital age than ever before, most kids rarely see the light of day now, other than the digital rendering of a sun shining in the sky in the middle of a Call of Duty map.

Things have been becoming more digital over the years, our LIVES have become more digital over the years.

But now, even the digital is becoming more digital.

Video games, which, lets face it, are digital in their basic form. Yes, the discs themselves, and the boxes, and other content are physical, but the content on the disc itself is digital, in some sense of the word.

DLC is making these games become more and more digital, and micro-transactions, too. Leading us further from the physical side of gaming, and futher into the digi-world.

And with the original DRM plans that Microsoft had in place (which have since been scrapped), things looked to get even more digital (wow, how many times have I used that single word in this post!). It has been postponed for now - I say postponed as it is inevitably going to happen one day - but the era of digital downloads is definitely upon us.

Movies have Netflix, Lovefilm, Ultraviolet, and all of the other various ways of non-disc based media. Pay £5/£6 per month on Netflix and Lovefilm to watch as much as you want, digitally. A good deal, yeah, but for us, it's more just a way to see movies/TV shows to try them out prior to buying them to add to our collection. Ultraviolet, on the other hand, is one way to tempt consumers over to digital copies from the physical, as codes are often bundled in with DVD/Bluray copies. 

Games are, and have been, available to download on both the Xbox Live Marketplace and the PSN Store for a while now, heck, years even, but more so now than ever, they are being presented as the best way to own your games - despite this, the prices for digital copies are often the same price - or more expensive! - than brand new retail copies in stores, meaning that many consumers that prefer a physical copy will not have any reason to purchase the downloadable copy instead of the disc based.

With the demise of physical copy media looming over our heads, what does that mean for general consumers? What does that mean for collectors?

Well, for a standard consumer, what it means is that pricing will be far less competitive than before, as you'd then be purchasing direct from the company itself, therefore instead of them just issuing an RRP to retailers, and allowing them to dictate their own prices, they would be the only seller, meaning they could make their offerings cost as much or as little as they want - and let's face it, they all want a profit.

For collectors, it could mean one of two things. 1, it could be the end of all Collector's Edition copies of everything, with the occasional exception of, for example, an "anniversary" edition, or whatever. Or 2, it could mean that more and more things get a Collector's Edition release, as companies know that a lot of people like physical copies, and by making ALL physical copies be CEs, they can charge what they like, just by adding a few extra items to the package.

Both options are pretty worrying.

Also, it would mean that previous CE releases, and maybe even normal copy releases could become sought-after in the future, much like how N64 games, etc are very popular (especially when CIB, MIB or sealed!) nowadays. It would probably take a fair amount of time for the items to appreciate in value, especially as I foresee many people completely selling up at the point where things go all digital (leading to a drop in the items overall value), but it could possibly happen (but not to the extent of N64 games, since most items have a much larger print run these days than what N64 releases did).

Personally, for us in the Asylum, when things go all digital, we will still keep our collection as is, but we will have far less "need" to buy every game that is released, since it's not like a digital copy of a game is gonna sell out, eh?

We'd probably continue to collect, by picking up the older things we've missed over the years, and also any new CEs that get released, if they do.

But it will definitely be the end of an era, for us, at least.

What do you think about moving into the digital age?
Are you looking forward to it, or awaiting it with a sense of dread?

Let me know in the comments below!
V.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

A Taste of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

Here is a short gameplay video of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, to give you a better look at the game :)

Can't wait for this to be released. November is far too far away, haha.

Enjoy!


Are you looking forward to Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag? Let me know in the comments below!

V.

What is a Collector?

This is a question that I notice popping up every now and then.
What is the true definition of a collector?

In it's simplest form, a collector is someone who collects. Be it games, movies, stamps, bottle caps, badges, or even something like tattoos, they are still a collector.

Obviously, what you collect boils down to something you enjoy (or else, what would be the point, really?), and this is the part that often sparks some debate within the collecting community (the game/movie ones, at least).

There are two "types" of collector within the gaming/movie collectors, although one is usually berated for their "way".

The first, is the pretty standard type:

"I buy things that I like, and add them to my collection to enjoy them. I may eventually sell some of the items if I no longer enjoy them as much, or if I am in dire need."

Some collectors in this "type" will never sell or trade their items. We fall into that little sub-type, as we never sell or trade any of our things. We sold one item waaaay back in 2010, purely because we'd managed to get a better condition version of it, therefore no longer needed the old one (although since this, we have received quite a few doublers, and have never sold any of those!) and last year, we traded a doubler steelbook we had (albeit this one was funky and unusual as it's J-Card didn't match the steelbook - Kick Ass steelbook, Incredible Hulk J-Card). We were very hesitant about doing so, but the deal we were offered was too good to pass up, especially as the person we traded with is really interested in misprinted, or mispackaged items. So at least we knew that it was going to a better home.

We got Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and Sucker Punch SDCC steelbooks in return, so a very good ttrade in my eyes.

The other "type" of collector, is the ones who are often looked down on by other collectors for their actions:

"I buy things that I like, or items that I don't like (but are rare), and add them to my collection, but will easily sell them on for profit if the opportunity arises. I may or may not keep them sealed, but sealed items will sell better on the secondary market. If something is cheap and will sell out, I will buy 20+ copies to shift on eBay for at least 50% extra on top of RRP, and I won't help any other collectors out if they are lacking an item I'm reselling."

Of course, there are some slight crossovers between the two, as some collectors that will never sell will still keep their items sealed, and some resellers will still assist a fellow collector if they want an item.

What is your definition of a collector?
Let me know in the comments below!

V.

Monday, 8 July 2013

For every 100 good ones, there's always one bad.

Every now and then, something about the collecting community (in any of it's various "divisions") shocks me.

Now this is normally restricted to one of the following:

- A less than desirable (in my opinion) selling out almost instantly.
- A massive price drop on something pretty rare.
- Managing to buy any of my "grail" items, and add them into my collection.
- The ridiculous prices that scumbag eBay sellers ask for items, some of which are utter crap (and not at all rare!).

Now, most of you will already know my opinion on "resellers". I don't mean people who decide that they no longer want an item from their collection, and sell it at cost price + shipping, nor do I mean "Group Buy" runners, people who assist in the purchase of items otherwise unavailable to us, at cost, plus maybe a few quid for petrol, plus shipping.

I mean the people who buy items purely because they deem them to be sought over by collectors, and then list them on eBay at more than double the price.

Of course, I do have a slight exception to this rule, in which if it is somebody who does this, but is willing to assist fellow collectors (such as on CE.org) by removing an item from sale on their eBay (at the higher price) to sell to the member in need at cost price.

I know that that could be deemed as slightly hypocritical, as it's as though I'm turning a blind eye to their eBay dealings, due to the fact that I am receiving their assistance myself. But I even don't mind it if the person isn't helping me at all, but I know that they do help out others - (what I can't stand though is if someone is selling a £15 item on eBay for £30, and if you ask for help, they only drop it to £25 + postage, argh!)

Anyway, back on topic.

The particular situation that has riled me today, is that someone has opened a Group Buy (which, as said before, is supposed to be to help others get items at cost, plus maybe a small fee for petrol + time, plus shipping costs, overall not costing any more than maybe 10% extra on top of the item cost for the "fee").

This person is requesting an extra 100% of the orders that they take, as their fee. I am not interested in ordering anything from them, not just because of this, I just wasn't in the first place, however, had I been interested in $1000 worth of items, they'd have charged me $2000. $1000 for the items, plus the same again for their time. If I wanted a $10 item, then I'd be charged $20 (which is far more acceptable of course, but still!)

And then to not only get angry and say it's just business, when people queried his "methods", he also boasted that he was glad he now knew what international people are interested in, therefore which items he'd quickly snap up to resell.

I am sorry, but no matter how manic SDCC is, there is no excuse for charging double per item. Maybe a flat $10 per item, or a $50 fee for an item that would be particularly cumbersome, such as a bust, or something similar.

I went to Gamescom last year, and I am in no way saying that Gamescom is as busy as SDCC is, but when I was over there, I had intended on getting extra freebies for others, and planned on sending them to people for the cost of postage. No extra. However this fell apart as it was a nightmare to even get freebies for myself, never mind anybody else!

I plan on doing this again next year if we manage to get to Gamescom, both for specific requests, as well as just general freebies (so I'll see if anybody has anything they'd like me to keep an eye out for whilst in Germany for me to help them with at cost price, as well as pick up as many freebies as possible and dish out the extras to everyone on the forums for shipping costs). And I know that others will do (and have done previously!) the same for me at other various gaming events, shop sales, preorders, etc.

I guess I'm just trying to say...
I wish everybody was as awesome as the REAL Group Buyers over on the various forums I'm on: CollectorsEdition.org and SteelbookHunterz.com - I'm looking at you!

But as the title of this post says...
For every 100 awesome people, there's always one scumbag.

V.

Birthday goodies!

As you'd expect, I got a lot of games and movies for my birthday. Most of which you've already seen in the photos in my previous post, however I also got some other things :)

- Money (which has been spent on a Defiance Press Kit - thanks ingmar :D) from friends, as well as Allan's family.
- A butterfly necklace with a diamond in it (my first actual diamond!) from my Auntie.
- Perfume, also from my Auntie.
- A gift card, which I used to get a new pair of jeans (long overdue!) and a nice top, from my parent's neighbour.
- Chocolate, from my parents.
- Some booze for me for my party, from Steven & Courtney, as well as a promise of some sand from Australia (my request, haha).
- Papa Roach tickets, from Allan .
- Some money to take with me to Glasgow Comic Con, from Allan.
- A Wii U, from Allan (not yet purchased, just in case a LE one gets announced for Wind Waker HD. So we'll wait until October, and if there's no LE one, I'll get a normal one, and some games, as there aren't too many games before then that I desperately want to play - too huge a backlog as it is :P) .
- A 21st Birthday wine glass, from my parents.
- My Alienware laptop, of course, from my parents (still hasn't arrived, but has shipped so shouldn't be much longer).
- Alienware keyboard, for our PC, from my parents (same story as the laptop).
- Gaming mouse, for our PC, from my parents (again, same story as the laptop).
- Alienware backpack, from my parents.

So yeah, I definitely was spoiled this year. Spoiled beyond belief.
But, this is my final year of receiving extravagant presents, since I'm now 21. So, definitely went out with a bang!

V.

Post Birthday Update, Part One.

Well, my birthday is now over so it's back to business time :)
Here are the first batch of photos in my post-birthday update (again, remember that not everything here is for my birthday, I've also taken pics of other recent purchases, etc).

Some time in the next week or so, I plan on buying another set of shelves, to accomodate the growth in the collection of late. This should hopefully free up the corner of our bedroom to be turned into a photography corner (since my previous one is no longer usable). Providing all goes well, and I get my photography corner set up, I will be doing a lot of unboxings, reviews, etc quite soon after, due to the lack of them that I've managed to get on here previously.

So all of the pictures shown below are just temporary images. They are all mine, I've not borrowed them from other people. I just mean that, I took them all quickly with my camera on my phone, and I only took one photo of each item (rather than my standard arrangement of: a photo of each side of the outer box, a photo of the inside, and photos of each individual item, etc). 

So apologies in advance for any less-than-perfect photos here :)

Enjoy!

Dead Space 3 EU Steelbook

Crysis 3 EU Steelbook

SimCity Collector's Edition (Polish)

Bioshock Infinite EU Steelbook

Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen E-Capcom Edition

The Great Escape Steelbook

Independence Day Steelbook

I, Robot Steelbook

Commando Steelbook

Black Swan Steelbook

Aladdin Steelbook

Assassin's Creed II White Edition

Xbox 360 Wired Controller (to use on my laptop when it arrives!)

Injustice: Gods Among Us Press Kit

The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary LE 3DS Console (w/ Ocarina of Time 3D)

Dishonored (and Skyrim: Dawnguard) Launch Kit

Deadpool Exclusive Mercenary Edition

Wolverine: The Adamantium Collection

Dead Rising 2 High Stakes Edition

The Art of Mass Effect Collector's Edition

The Art of Dead Space Collector's Edition (looks odd as it still has a poly bag over it, as well as cello seal underneath)

Batman: Arkham City Guides, both variants

New addition to the shelf: D-Arts Forte (Bass)

New addition to the shelf: S.H. Figuarts Final Form Frieza

New additions to the shelf: D-Arts Lizardon (Charizard) and Kamex (Blastoise)

D-Arts Metal Garurumon
Hope you enjoyed my little update :) I'll be posting some more collection update pics in the next few days (again, still temp. ones until my "corner" is set up).

Thank you to all of the people from CE.org who have helped me get some of the items above:

Ryaku
CrixDoomsday
Questate
flatout
BIGGAV4000
bbki
gu8

You are all legends :)

And thank you to my family and friends for all of my birthday wishes, presents and just in general being there for me.

V.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Another year older...

So, the day has finally arrived.

It's my 21st birthday today!

Got lots of lovely presents, and had a fab time last night with friends (albeit we were all drunk before it had even hit 9pm, haha!)

Laptop still hasn't arrived, however it shipped yesterday, so the wait should be over soon :) 

Gonna upload a collection update later tonight hopefully, with stuff from both my birthday, as well as recent purchases :)

So you all better check back later!

V.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Sooo tired.

Stayed at my parent's house last night, had an early birthday semi-celebration - got a takeaway, had some cake and watched some TV/played some games.

Parents took AJ to bed, giving me and Allan a rest, so we played some games and then watched This Is 40. Didn't even realise what time it was, until we headed up to bed (it was past 3AM), so after getting up at 6.30 this morning, I'm understandably shattered.

And AJ is wide awake.

This is gonna be a loooooong day.

V.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Entries to the Asylum - July 4th 2013.

Three entries to the Asylum today, all three of them from Japan :)

Digimon D-Arts Metal Garurumon.
Rockman D-Arts Forte.
Dragonball Z S.H. Figuarts Final Form Frieza.

Our figure collection is fairly building up now!

Already got those three set up on the shelf in AJ's room, which is now fit to bursting! And that's before I even open up D-Arts Charizard on Sunday for my birthday! (He's currently sat on top of the shelves, still in his box).

Definitely need to get more shelves soon!

V.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Classic Video Game Steelbook Sale @ Futureshop Canada.

Well today is the beginning of the Video Game Steelbook Sale over at Futureshop in Canada. They are selling all of their older release Video Game Steelbooks for $5 each, or 3 for $10. Online only. You must have a Canadian address and Canadian bank account to purchase though, I believe.

And I have a confession...

I went a little Steelbook crazy.

I bought 14!

Here is my list of Steelbooks that will be joining the Asylum in the near future:


- New Super Mario Bros 2
- Assassin's Creed III
- Assassin's Creed Liberation
- Forza Horizon
- Epic Mickey 2
- Far Cry 3
- Halo 4
- Assassin's Creed Collection
- Mass Effect Collection
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Resident Evil 6
- Hitman Absolution
- Battlefield 3
- Prototype 2

Lots of titles I've really been wanting, so very, very happy about this sale, as that is a total bargain. No idea how much they'll cost to be forwarded to me in the UK yet though.

V.

EDIT: Got another four to add to the list:

- Call of Duty Black Ops II.
- New Super Mario Bros U.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2.
- Dead Space 3.

Thank God it's my birthday on Sunday!

Five days to go.

Five days left until I hit the big 21, and guess what?

My laptop is finally in production!

So once it arrives, this place will be back at full speed, with posts more frequently, as well as lots more unboxings, reviews, etc!

I will do a review in the next few days for State of Decay, as I am absolutely addicted to that right now, and am almost finished with the main story (although I am going to replay it after I complete it, as some of my people have died, and I wish they didn't!)

I will be doing a massive collection update after my birthday, so lots of pics to come then :) 

And I can assure you, you won't be disappointed! 

V.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Entries to the Asylum - July 1st 2013.

Single entry to the Asylum today.

Aladdin steelbook - Zavvi.com Exclusive.

An absolute stunner. Stock photos do it absolutely no justice, but here they are below (until I get a proper photo taken for you all).





V.

Latest Arrivals to the Asylum!

I've not updated this for the last few items that have arrived, so here they all are, in condensed form :)


Tuesday 25th June 2013.

A rather large package full of goodies from Questate over at CEo.

Thursday 27th June 2013.

Deadpool Mercenary Edition.
D-Arts Blastoise.

Saturday 29th June 2013.

A package from gu8 over at CEo.
Xbox 360 Play & Charge Kit (last one broke, so had to get a new one).


The packages from CEo members will be revealed at the end of this week/early next week in my massive post-birthday update :)

V.

Almost 21...

So July is finally here, woop!

Only six days left until my 21st birthday... and my laptop still isn't in production.

I'm actually getting a little fed up waiting to be honest, we bought it right at the start of June, in order to give it plenty of time to get made, and ship on time for my birthday (the estimated arrival date during the order process was June 18th!). But now, the estimated arrival date is July 16th, so not only will I not have it on time for my birthday, I won't have it until over a week later. And that's only if it doesn't get delayed any more!

Argh.

On this past Saturday (July 29th), me, my mum and AJ went to the "Grand Opening" of a toy shop here in Glasgow. Located in Buchanan Galleries, it is called The Entertainer. AJ got to meet one of the characters from Ben 10 (someone dressed up in a big suit), which he wasn't too pleased about, just stared at it like (O.o) haha. 

They were handing out gift cards at the door to families, so AJ got to choose one, his had £5 in credit on it, so we went inside and got him something. He wanted a Minion (from Despicable Me) as we'd seen them in the window the week before (when it had all the "Grand Opening - Next Week!" signs over it) however, they had sold out of Minions that morning. So instead, he got a plushie of Jake from Adventure Time (which cost £8, so only £3 after the gift card), which he has been cuddling since. 

They also gave out goodie bags to everyone who made a purchase - inside was a Limited Edition Lego City DVD, a Trash Pack toy, some holographic cards, a Lego Star Wars poster and a Beyblade wristband (one of those rubber ones like what you wear for charities).

So all in, not a bad day's work :)

V.

Asylum Reviews; A Quiet Place.

We’ve always been big fans of John Krasinski. Loved him in The Office, and were very glad when he started to break out from the comedi...