Star Trek Phaser

So, don’t ask me why it took me 41 years to get one of these:

For those who haven’t seen these before, Diamond Select Toys makes them. They’ve been making them for years, but the one I got has a 2019 copyright on it. As you can see in the second image, the smaller phaser 1 separates from the phaser 2 pistol, just like on the TV show. The phaser 1 houses most of the electronics. I think the phaser 2 has an LED in it, but that’s about it. When you pull the trigger on the phaser 2, a post goes up and presses the button the phaser 1, making it fire. It’s got, 5 settings: safe, stun, heavy stun, kill and disintegrate, (at least, that’s what I’m guessing they’re supposed to be) each associated by a different pitch sound. (except for safe, obviously) This also causes the light to blink faster or slower, with disintegrate being fastest, and so-on. The dial on the left of the phaser 1 makes the little aiming thingamajig pop up and the dial towards the back of the phaser 2 caused the phaser to overload. which is really cool. The switch towards the front of the phaser 2 swtiches the emitter LED on and off. You can also twist the silver ring around the emitter to make the light more or less intense. Size wise, this is supposedly smaller than the ones on the show, or so some YouTuber said. However, to me, it looks like it’s about the same size, just based on watching episodes where they hold the phasers. The rear of the phaser 2 on the show went just past Leonard Nimoy’s wrist, which is where the toy one goes to on me. So, if it’s smaller, it’s only slightly smaller. Build wise, it feels a little flimsy, but not too bad. Besides, I’m an adult and know how to take care of my stuff. 😉

So, not too bad for $40, with 1 day Amazon Prime shipping. My inner nerd is happy and that’s all that matters. 😀

Still More Transformers

So, this is where my Transformers Generations collection currently sits, or at least most of them. I have a few that aren’t on this display, but they don’t fit the theme. Most of these are from the Siege line, but some are from Combiner Wars, Power of the Primes and Titans Return. I got the bookcase from my parents, as it was in their basement not being used and it makes a great display. I still have a shelf I can use before I have to expand again.


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More Transformers

Yes, this is a thing now. That’s also why the blog is called my Hobby Den now, as opposed to my old name “Starship Factory.”

So, this is how my War for Cybertron collection is shaping up. First, the Autobots:

Now, the Decepticons:


(yes, there are two Megatrons)

So far, collecting Transformers again after years upon years of not doing so has been fun. What really drew me to this line is the really G1 looking robot modes. And, mostly, the vehicle modes are pretty close too. The Decepticon jets are based on the original Cybertron configurations seen in “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1,” which is greatly appreciated. Red Alert looks like a Cybertronian Lamborghini, as he should. Ratchet also has a nice minivan vibe to him, and Mirage looks a Cybertronian Formula 1 car. Hound looks like a military vehicle, as he always has, and Prowl, Barricade and Bluestreak resemble Cybertronian Datsuns. Laserbeak and Ravage look more or less like cassettes. Megatron’s alt mode looks like a tank, but that’s been a thing since GI Joe VS Transformers, which came out just before the launch of G2. Cobra modified him to resemble a tank. The green and gray Megatron is an unreleased G2 color scheme. Refraktor (formerly Reflector) looks like a spaceship, which is just OK. But, when I get two more, I can make the camera that is accurate for his G1 alt mode. Soundwave is a space ship, rather than a tape recorder. He’s just OK in his alt mode, to be honest. There’s an official alt mode where he’s a lamp post from one scene in “More Than Meets the Eye, Part 1” and a fan mod that will make him into a more or less tape deck shape. But, I don’t bother with either of those and usually just leave him in robot mode.

As far as buying them, I’ve gotten some good deals on some, less so on others. Bluestreak I paid too much for. He’s a Walmart exclusive, but we never had him in stock. So, I paid an eBay scalper for him. Then we got a huge display in for the holidays, complete with lots off Bluestreak figures. 🙄 I also had an issue with mine, his crotch piece kept coming off. I didn’t have that issue with Prowl or Barricade, which are the same design. So, I carefully super glued his crotch back together. Ratchet was a similar story as far as price. He’s a Walgreens exclusive. I paid eBay prices only to find out I could have just ordered him from the Walgreens website. But, most of the rest I paid retail or less for. Some I got at Walmart, where I get my employee discount. Others I got at Walmart’s website because they were cheaper than in store prices, plus I got my discount. Some were from Amazon as they were cheaper there. And, that G2 colored Megatron was a steal on eBay, so I bought him there.

So, that’s it for now. I’m having lots of fun with the Transformers. I have more on the way. 😀

I Was Bored….

I don’t really care if anyone else who visits here likes Transformers, I love them. 😀 I’ve been collecting them lately, having a blast doing it too. Here’s some fun I was having with just a couple of my bots from the War for Cybertron: Siege line.

Also, I’ve determined that my iPhone 6S takes way better pictures than my Moto G6. The comparison is shocking. That same photo taken with the G6 was too bright and washed out, plus just generally worse quality. So, even though I have the sim card in the Moto G6 and use it as my daily phone, it’s nice to know that the old iPhone can still serve a purpose.

Eaglemoss Starships

So, when I start a collection, I don’t do things in half measures. I got hooked on these little Eaglemoss Star Trek ships a few months ago, and I haven’t been able to stop buying them. I have a dozen of them now:

Most of these are direct from Eaglemoss, though a few are from Ebay and Amazon.
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Transformers Studio Series 38 Optimus Prime

So, I’m a fairly big Transformers fan. Not quite as big a fan as a buddy at work, but I do like them a lot. I was born in 1979, so I grew up on the ’80s Transformers cartoon and I had numerous toys from the series. I still have some, but they’re not in the best shape. They got played with a lot. Well, working at Walmart, I find that the toy department is alluring. We have a lot of cool stuff back there. While some of it is toys aimed at kids, some is obviously geared more towards us adult kids. Some of the cool stuff we’ve been carrying the last few years is recreation Generation 1 Transformers stuff. It started with Hot Rod back in 2017, which I got when it was on clearance. I was amazed to find out that the toy was just like the ones back in the day, and Hot Rod was one I never had, though I did have (and still have) Rodimus Prime. After Hot Rod, we were carrying Optimus Prime, but only his cab, and various of the tiny Autobots. There’s also a Starscream that I didn’t get, but we have it on the website and I’m going to order it from there. Most recently, we had Soundwave, who comes with the Buzzsaw cassette, the other original cassettes are supposed to be sold in two packs, but we never have those in stock. I ordered those off of Amazon earlier. Anyway, we’ve got some other stuff too, including some of the cool modern style Transformers. Now, I don’t think the Michael Bay films are all that good. I like the first one, but the second one had too much dumb dialog for me, as did the third, so I tapped out after those. But, I like the movie Bumblebee, which I hope is turning the series back around. I love that they went back to the 1980s setting, and I love that the Transformers got a great retro look to them. So, I’ve been staring at this Optimus Prime figure for a while now. Funnily enough, I scanned it with the Walmart app on my phone, and it said we didn’t even have it in the store. 😛 So, I bought it. This is what it looked like in the package:


(not my image, I got it off the web)

And, here are some photos of my Prime in truck mode:

As you can see, I threw my G1 Optimus reissue in there for size. The Bumblebee one is slightly larger. Here it is in robot mode:

And, all of my newer Transformers together:

This Bumblebee Optimus Prime is pretty badass. The figure is not only more poseable, but has a much more accurate tranformation than the ’80s toys. Though, to be fair, the old toys were toys first and comics/cartoons second, so it’s more fair to say the animation didn’t match the toy. Though, this new one is also very complex. It took me a while of struggling over the less than clear instructions to realize that I needed a more comprehensive guide, so I turned to YouTube. I generally despise YouTube (and all things Google) but that was the best place to find a tranform video for this toy, so that’s what I used.

Anyway, I think this is cool, so I figured I’d share. We have some more Transformers at work that I plan to get and I’ll share them here if there’s any interest.

Star Trek Blueprints, Part 1

So, look what I found in really nice shape on Ebay:

These are awesome blueprints. Sheets 1-5 pertain to the Enterprise, external views and the bridge blueprints. Sheets 6-9 are the Klingon Battlecruiser, external and bridge. (no bottom view, unfortunately) Then there’s the shuttle that brought Spock to the Enterprise, the work bee and the travel pod. All told, a lot of great designs from one of the most visually stunning Sci-Fi films of all time. I was really happy to find these on Ebay, especially in such remarkable shape. They’re 39 year old blueprints and the pages are almost all in pristine shape. They sat on a shelf for years, so the blue cover sheet has a mark from the snap on the plastic case, but that was clearly described and shown in the listing. Also, there’s some slight browning on the paper on all the sheets, particularly at the crease lines and a few of the sheets have some small brown spots on them. Sheet 14 also has a folded corner and some slight fold lines. But, given their age and how a lot of this sort of stuff wasn’t preserved so well, these have fared remarkably well. I’m a year older than them and I’m not exactly in perfect shape myself. 😉 The best part is, they were only $21.99 plus tax, free shipping.

So, I’m pretty happy with this purchase. I also have the TOS blueprint set on the way, they look to be in about the same condition. (that’s why this post is part 1) That set was 4 cents less than this one. 🙂

Eaglemoss Phase II

So, I got this little beauty from an Ebay seller. The ship was sold out on Eaglemoss’s web store, that’s why I went to Ebay. It’s a 5.5 inch recreation of the Phase II Enterprise from the lost series in the 1970s.

Overall, I’m very pleased with this purchase. The model sells for $25 from Eaglemoss, when it’s in stock, plus shipping. I got it for $28, free shipping. So, not bad at all. The quality of the model is really nice. The saucer is die cast metal, the rest is plastic. I don’t know why it uses two different materials, but it does. The paint is pretty nice, but the windows on the underside don’t match up with the indentions for them. Apparently, this is an issue with Eaglemoss ships. But, it’s actually not bad and mostly isn’t that visible unless you look closely. The only minor negative is the seam in the engineering hull, but it is what it is. I still like the model, and it’s nice to see that Eaglemoss is doing even concept ships and other ships that have been seen less in Star Trek. The CGI model that this is based on was created by Ed Giddings, and I really like his rendition. The model also came with a cool magazine:

The magazine is nice. It’s not really long, but it’s got some cool info on it, including a write-up on David Gautreaux, who was going to play Lt. Xon, Spock’s replacement. He did play the commander of Epsilon IX in the movie, but Xon was written out of the film at his request when Leonard Nimoy agreed to come back as Spock. Unfortunately, the person who sent me the magazine and model put them in too narrow of a box and bent the magazine. I hate it when people are that careless when shipping stuff. But, otherwise, it’s a cool set and I’m glad I bought it. I have other ships and magazines on the way from Eaglemoss. 🙂

The Oregon Trail

So, it’s been a while since I posted. To be Honest, CGI just hasn’t been exciting me of late. I have some other projects I want to do, but just getting them started is a chore. I spend a lot of my time off playing playing games and watching movies. On that note, here’s something a little different.

So, anyone who was in school between 1985 and about 2005-ish probably played The Oregon Trail in school. It was first created in the ’70s by a few student teachers who wanted a fun way to teach the history of that trail, and it’s become a favorite since then. It was included on all computers sent to schools by 1985. (at least in North America) These days, you can play it in a web browser for free. Or, you know, play it on a handheld:

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