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Funny enough, I just ate a bag of Snyder's pretzels and now I'm beginning to dread why you are asking.
I was considering owning a little of the stock (Campbell Soup Co that owns all these brands)  for the 3% dividend yield but wasn’t sure what the perception of the brand was. Wasn’t sure if it were a brand for old people or something.

Off Topic / Re: What Was The Last Movie/Anime You Watched?
« on: Today at 09:55:20 am »
Michael Clayton - Hadn't watched it since release and I've got more of an appreciation for it now.

In the Mood for Love - Beautiful and moving.  Just terrific.

General / Re: Tomb Raider 25th Anniversary
« on: May 05, 2021, 12:41:20 pm »
I've only played the new modern trilogy, which I really enjoyed, but felt that it was a victim of diminishing returns.  It just felt like it was losing focus as it went along, and had a few questionable settings and scenarios as it went on.  Still fun, but didn't grab me like the beginning did.

Finally got around to the final season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..  The first half was super fun, but it got kinda bogged down with lame villains in the back half.  Overall way better than Season 6.

I think we'll probably still see some here and there, but there won't be a ton of them.  It's not like they haven't made any games without amiibo functionality recently (Bowser's Fury leaps immediately to mind), so they are still cognizant of them, but they aren't hyping them up like they were.

Off Topic / Re: The Toy Collectors
« on: May 03, 2021, 07:43:47 am »
The other day I wound up finding a good deal on a case of trading card packs for one of the CCGs I played when I was a kid, the Star Trek CCG. After opening them up, I decided to dig all my old cards out and reorganize them, getting what I've got into some nice binders and holy shit do I have a lot of cards:

That's everything sorted by set (not pictured is a full storage tub of Holodeck Adventures commons and uncommons from a misguided ebay auction years ago). I do know I will never have a complete collection as prices have skyrocketed for some of the sets. While some remain cheap, others are up to $1,500 a box. Looking at it all, if I had to guess, I'd say out of the 4,100 cards made, I'm missing probably about 200 of them, but I'll know for sure once I start organizing the individual sets.

I'm only like 4 cards short of an entire retail set.  I think it's just a foil from Blaze of Glory, then the UR from Motion Pictures, and one or two alternate border cards from the same set.  The TMP cards are crazy expensive.

I'm also missing the All Good Things boutique set, bit I've kind of resigned myself to never having it.

General / Re: 52 Games Challenge 2021
« on: May 02, 2021, 03:44:44 pm »
April Update

Games Beat in April
Super Mario World - Wanted to try out my HDMI streaming set-up.  Worked great.  Beat the game in a single sitting.  Still a masterpiece.  Beat Apr. 1

Games played in April
Finished some rail systems I was working on in Minecraft.  Then got bored again.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 has eaten up most of my time this month. It's incredible.  I should be finishing in the next couple of days, then maybe I'll get back on track for 52.


I went to a sidewalk sale at a collector / music shop.  Mostly got DVDs and CDs, but I did get 2 PS2 games
Need for Speed: Most Wanted
True Crime: Streets of LA

General / Re: Resident Evil
« on: April 30, 2021, 10:55:05 am »

Then RE5 happened. I’m not sure I can put into words how much I hated it. I played it once for maybe 20 minutes and never played it again. It was a co-op action shooter with the RE name slapped on it
Oh boy, here I go...


RE4 was the same, but without the co-op...


That doesn't mean I dislike RE4. On the contrary, I love that game.

The forced co-op is a huge part of the problem, though.

For a bit of background, the Millennium Edition for the first SaGa (salsa if ya nasty)

General / Re: VGC's Anonymous/"General" Topic:
« on: April 28, 2021, 07:46:56 pm »
Just a question: is there any appetite for a dedicated "reviews" thread, where we post our own reviews of games we've played, or is it considered part of the "what games are you playing?" thread and leave it at that?

People tend to review games they've played at-length in the 52 Games Challenge threads, as well. I'm not so sure if a dedicated review thread is necessary.

There is also the "Recently Completed" thread, but it's kind of been phased out in lieu of the 52 games one.

Off Topic / Re: The Toy Collectors
« on: April 27, 2021, 12:56:24 pm »
I've actually seen lots of the Shadow Master variant of Super Shredder, but never any of the movie accurate ones.  I'm just hoping April won't be impossible to get when she's out in the next couple of months.  NECA has actually been a lot better about their stock over the last few months, with the occasional hiccups, still.

I like the Shadow Master variant slightly more given the standard version kind of looks like those pixel-based figures from NECA (Contra, Castlevania, Rambo, et al) due to the highlights on the figure's abs and leg muscles. Not a deal breaker by any means, I still like it; I was surprised to find it, if I'm being honest - it was the only one left.

No one in my area has seemingly gotten the Super Shredder that I've seen.  There was supposed to be an absolute ton of them showing up Walmart, but I haven't seen any.  I wasn't sure if I was gonna get it, I just wanted to look at it in person, but I haven't been able to lol

Oh yeah, I definitely think the Shadow Master looks way cooler.

They released the final images and packaging for April this morning, and she has gone up for pre-order on the NECA store.  The Signature Edition has already sold out of the 2000 pieces (I'm in for my one - definitely already feeling some regret because of the price), and the standard is $30.  My mom actually found me the movie Foot Soliders this morning as well, so now the only movie line figures I'm missing are Tokka and Rhazar, and I'm getting shelves from Ikea next week.  Maybe I can finally stop spending money on them.

Off Topic / Re: Music thread
« on: April 27, 2021, 09:40:39 am »
I've mostly been podcasts lately, but when I have gotten the itch for music it has generally been the Breathe / Firestarter era of Prodigy.

Off Topic / Re: The Toy Collectors
« on: April 25, 2021, 01:09:38 pm »
Gogeta came from GameStop and the Super Shredder from Walmart, which happens to be the first TMNT-related figure I managed to score at Walmart after looking for so long; I've heard, as well as read online that some employees have been hiding/stashing certain items away, particularly the NECA TMNT stuff, for other people - friends/relatives, probably resellers. To be honest, I wouldn't doubt it since I've actually caught employees doing it on more than one occasion before. Par for the course, I'd say; it is what it is.

I've actually seen lots of the Shadow Master variant of Super Shredder, but never any of the movie accurate ones.  I'm just hoping April won't be impossible to get when she's out in the next couple of months.  NECA has actually been a lot better about their stock over the last few months, with the occasional hiccups, still.

Amazon had physical copies of Hades for $30, so I'll get to play that soon!

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