Star Trek on Quidd

Quidd is an app that lets you download and trade digital 3D figures, stickers, emojis, and trading cards from various licenses. There’s a full version for Apple phones and a beta version for Android phones.  The app gives you 4,000 coins every three hours that you can use to purchase these items, and you can also buy more coins with actual money. So far I’ve done quite well on the free coins and haven’t actually purchased any coins.

What sucked me in to Quidd is that they have a deal with Funko so you can get digital versions of many different Funko Pop! vinyl figures.  By far, the Star Trek figures are my favorite.  Not only do they have digital versions of figures released in the real world, but they also have never before made figures from Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and even Enterprise!  As someone who loves Pops but can’t afford to buy or store all the ones I want, Quidd is a great alternative.

Here are some (but not all) of the figures available so far.

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Strange, Strange Things

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If you haven’t watched Stranger Things on Netflix yet, here are a few suggestion:

  1. Don’t start watching it if you have anything to do in the next 24 hours.
  2. Don’t watch right before going to bed.

I saw the first season last fall when I was home sick one day.  I heard good things about the show and thought I’d give it a try.  I was stuck in bed anyway.  I thought I’d nod off during the show and get some sleep.  Next thing I knew, I’d finished the season.

Then the second season debuted a few weeks ago.  Would it, could it, be as good?  Definitely yes.  Although this time, I had to break it up over three days, since I was perfectly healthy and couldn’t bring myself to ditch work to binge watch a show.  (I was sorely tempted though).  I finished the last episode right before bed time, but was too wired to go to sleep for another two hours.

I picked up Dustin from the Stranger Things Funko Pop! Pens collection (which also includes Barb, the Demogorgon, and Eleven complete with Eggo).  I decided that I already had Pop! Pen versions of the other three boys who were in costume.  Which kid is in which costume? Why are they dressed up?  Maybe we’ll find out in Season 3…

 

Geek on the Cheap

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I found some pretty good deals lately.  Everything in the this picture cost about $5 total.  I found the Hot Wheels R2-D2 and the Batman Unlimited Mighty Mini at the local dollar store, and the Darth Vader and Boba Fett Funko Pop Pens were on clearance at Target for $1.48 each.  I cut the pens off the figures so I could display them.

The dollar store had the last series of Batman Unlimited Mighty Minis (also including Nightwing, Red Robin, Polar Batman, Clayface, and Killer Croc) as well as the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Hot Wheels Character car set.

 

 

THANK YOU FUNKO!!

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Funko, makers of Pop! Vinyls, Pint Size Heroes, and more, won the 2017 Toy Industry Association Collectible of the Year and People’s Choice Award. As a thank you, they sent this exclusive glow in the dark Freddy Funko to 5000 of the voters.  I was one of the fortunate 5000.  I’ve never had a company send me one of their products for free as a thank you.  Thank you in return Funko!!

Here’s a link to the announcement of the award.

3D Printing a Pint Size Hero

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I was floored when my local library got 3D printers for public use.  After I picked my jaw off the floor, I signed up for the recommended free software (TinkerCad).  After a few tries, I came up with this little green guy.  The head isn’t quite round enough on the bottom, so I will probably revisit this idea when my skills improve.

Still, I can’t believe I can design and print off my own toy.  Amazing.

Pint Size Heroes with Spider-man DVDs

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Saw this at my local Wal-Mart yesterday.  You can pick up the Tobey Macquire Spider-man movies packed with three Pint Size Heroes from the first Spider-man line (not the Spider-man Homecoming line).  I didn’t actually buy one of these sets, but the packaging tells exactly which PSH’s come with which DVD.  Here’s the breakdown according to the box:

Spider-man I: Spider-man (Normal), Venom, and Doctor Octopus
Spider-man II: Spider-man (Normal), Anti-Venom, Peter Parker
Spider-man III: Spider-man (Normal), Spider-Gwen, and the Miles Morales Spider-man

I do find it interesting that the characters don’t match the movies.  You’d think Doc Ock would come in Spider-man II and Venom would come with Spider-man III.  Each set was $14.96.

UPDATE:

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I was back and Wal-Mart today and saw another pack, this time featuring both Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies.  It comes with the following PSHs: Spider-man (Normal), the Lizard, and the Green Goblin.  Finally, one of the packs comes with the villian from the movie!  I also forgot to mention that the Tobey Macquire packs also come with DVDs of the Spectacular Spider-man cartoon.

Pint Size Heroes: Spider-man Homecoming Set

While this set from the new Spider-man Homecoming movie hasn’t shown up locally for me yet, I did find it at Toys R Us while out of town.  Instead of the normal blind bags, this set comes in two three packs.  One pack comes with Spider-man and the Vulture with Tony Stark as the mystery figure.  The other comes with Iron Man and Homemade Suit Spider-man with Peter Parker as the mystery figure. Each pack was $9.99, which actually makes each figure $1 less than the normal blind bag price.

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I am amazed at the amount of detail on these figures.  From the detail sculpted into the Vulture’s and Iron Man’s helmets down to Peter’s back pack and the webbing on Spider-man’s costume, Funko has packed a ton of detail into a pint of a package (insert “That was a horrible joke” groan here).  My favorite though is Tony Stark. The sunglasses, the goatee, and the kitten T-shirt all capture that Robert Downey, Jr. persona.

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Pint Size Heroes: Captain America and the Red Skull

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Funko produces subscription boxes with exclusive content for various interests, including Marvel. Their last box featured the first Pint Size Heroes in any of the boxes, Captain America and the Red Skull. Cap comes with his WWII triangular shield. Red Skull comes with a scowl.

Unfortunately, I’m not a subscriber. So I contacted a comic shop and asked the owner if they sold the contents of the box separately. He told me that he didn’t, and that was that.

Then a few days later, the comic shop owner contacted me to say that someone came in and sold him both Cap and the Red Skull, which he then sold to me. Score!

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Custom Pint Size Heroes: Agent Coulson

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I’ve really been enjoying Funko’s new Pint Size Heroes figures. So I decided to make one from scratch. The PSH figures have a simplified figure that I thought my meager but budding sculpting skills could actually replicate.

I decided on Agent Coulson because he’s one of my favorite characters, and he has a fairly simple design. He’s seen here with his trademark sunglasses, a communication earpiece, and his Theta Protoc0l lanyard (given to him by Agent Sam Koenig).  Maybe I need to make an Agent Koenig PSH so he can make sure my PSH collection is secure and that they all have lanyards.  At least those that deserve a lanyard.  Riddler, Two-Face, don’t get your hopes up.

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