Princess Mononoke 🐺

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Princess Mononoke, Studio Ghibli (1997)

   So, I guess, I’ve been living under a rock for roughly 20 years now. I have never seen this movie. Sure, I’ve heard of it, but when I watch Japanese Animation it’s usually containing Ninja, Samurai or Giant Mechs & Kaiju. It is entirely understandable how a movie about a “Princess” could fly under my radar. Last week it was being played in select theaters, and a much younger co-worker was all about it. I was curious so that evening I went home and found a trailer for the film. I was surprised to find out that it was just my sort of thing. My wife was impressed as well. I found it on Netflix, the next thing you know it’s here and we’re enjoying it immensely.

   According to the young man that I work with, I have more to look forward to in other titles from Studio Ghibli. I cannot wait!

Star Wars: TIE Fighter

   Am I tardy to the party? Nope, but somebody brought this little gem back into my consciousness, today. This short film is some of the best Star Wars traditional animation that I’ve ever seen. It was uploaded to YouTube back in 2015, and has garnered over 6,742,808 views! OtaKing77077 is a master of his craft.

Go Nagai’s Mazinger Z: Dynamic Super Battle Robots | AniMonday

  While I am not familiar with all of the robots, two of them are new to me, I love some animated giant robot on Kaiju action. This has made Monday a bit more bearable. I may have to make every Monday an AniMonday.

  1. Mazinger Z
  2. Great Mazinger
  3. Jeeg
  4. Govarian
  5. God Mazinger
  6. Grendizer
  7. Shin Getta
  8. Mazinkaizer

Let’s Go, Voltron…

   Voltron: Legendary Defender, was released on June 10th. I cannot recommend this new show enough. I was 15 when Voltron: Defender of the Universe was released in North America from a retooled Beast King: Go Lion. Back then, I enjoyed the show a lot, it wasn’t my favorite but is was fun… until they tried splicing in Armored Fleet Dairugger XV. They quickly re-retooled their show and phased out the “Vehicle Voltron” for the more popular lion version. Clever as it was, they milked the footage for all they could. Coupled with the specialty shops importing Go Lion toys, Matchbox releasing a version then Panosh Place taking a shot at the license, the world seemed to be crazy for Voltron.

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#Animation #Nostalia: Battle of the Planets, the original #Sentai

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   Being a creature fueled by nostalgia, from time to time I am haunted (in an awesome way) by memories from all of my childhood favorites. This evening I flashed on “Battle of the Planets“. An adaption of Kagaku Ninja Tai Gatchaman, produced by Sandy Frank productions, It follows the adventures of G-Force. In a battle against Spectra, an alien force bent on destroying/taking over the world, five teens work together as a task force in defense of the planet.

   I am more of a fan of the Japanese version of the show now, but that has a place in my heart that will never go away.

#Toy Blasts from My Past

Hotwheels - Science Friction: Space Cop!
Hot Wheels – Science Friction: Space Cop!

   So I once had this Hot Wheels car… I was out looking for it and actually found it after I had given up. I didn’t remember the name so I never found it on the internet. THIS was my favorite car toy when I was a child. Heck this piece comes in a number two spot to a real Bugatti Veyron SS on my list of favorite things on wheels. Now I have it, no internet needed, unless I want a better quality version.

   I’ve added a few new items to Toy blasts from my past. Give it a look-see and maybe you’ll find what all we have in common ^_^

   Some of these things we’ve sold on eBay or Etsy… some I’ll be keeping once I re-find them, like my car.

Cheers,
Live Long and Prosper,
and May the Force Be with You.

Darran “Jedi_Knut” Hight

#Toy Blasts from My Past.

Sci-Fi Dream Team #Challenge

   It’s no surprise that I watch a lot of Sci-Fi. Tonight I am watching an episode of Star Trek: Voyager that is focusing primarily on the character of Neelix. A Talaxian “Jack of all trades”, expertly portrayed by Ethan Phillips. It is actually the final episode that Neelix is in. I reflected on how the character has grown over the years and became an integral part of the crew. This character inspired me to create a Sci-Fi Dream Team. For my team I am going to be avoiding the easy choices such as Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker or Lt. Commander Worf and other absolute favorites of mine.

   Who would you choose to man your ship or station, and at what position? You can be in command, part of the crew or just the geek who chooses the team.  Any and all Sci-Fi/Fantasy is up for grabs, including TV, Movies, Old Radio, Books, Comics and Animation from any country. I went a bit nuts and took a while to flesh out my list. You don’t have to go into as many characters as I did 😉 The challenge here is to have fun!

   There are a number of ships to choose from. All shapes and sizes from dozens of sources. I prefer small and fast ships. That rules out the Yamato/Argo (Space Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers), the Executor (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) and the SDF1 (Macross/Robotech). Long story short, I choose the U.S.S. Defiant from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It would have to be a bit larger to accommodate my fighter squadron of Valkyries/Veritech Alpha Electronic Attack VE-6 Fighters from Mospeada/Robotech and perhaps a few dozen Space Marines too.

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A Veritech Alpha Fighter in all three of its modes.

My crew roster:

    So there we have it. My Sci-Fi Dream Team crew roster. It may grow a bit in the new few weeks. If you decide to make one of your own, I would LOVE to see it. Leave a comment with a link to your list. If you don’t have a blog, use Pinterest since it is free and easy to use. Check out my wife’s list here: https://www.pinterest.com/mistydawn7877/my-star-ship-crew/ plus I also decided to create a Pinterest list too: https://www.pinterest.com/Darran_Hight/sci-fi-dreamteam-challenge/ 🙂

My #Multiverse by @Jedi_knut

My #Multiverse by @Jedi_knut

   Last year I cobbled this together for fun. I was inspired by the bLog, Space1970.