Today I added one of the biggest Transformers ever made to my collection. The new Amazon-exclusive Unicron 25th anniversary Transformers movie edition arrived in a huge box and despite the fact that Unicron eats planets, I for some reason wasn’t expecting the toy version to be quite this big. The photo below shows the figure, still in the box, next to a G1 Soundwave reissue. Unicron stands around 15-16″ tall, with the box adding another couple inches. It’s HUGE. I haven’t taken it out of the box yet, but I will soon. And I will transform him into a planet, naturally.
Surprisingly, this is not the biggest Transformer toy ever produced. That honor goes to Fortress Maximus. But this one sure is close. The colors match his appearance in the animated Transformers movie fairly well and apparently he makes sounds and his eyes and fist light up as well, once I put some batteries in there. This character was one of Orson Welles’ last roles before he died, so that makes the toy extra special.Tweet
Even in the rain, a Florida sunset can be gorgeous. While driving to Publix to pick up some dinner last night, I couldn’t resist snapping this quick cell phone photo of the colorful sky in front of me. Sunsets around here have been particularly vibrant in recent days. While we don’t really have seasons in Florida, we do often have amazing views like this.Tweet
It took me a few weeks, but I finally moved a bunch of things around on my office shelves to make room for my new Thundercats toys. A couple are new releases based on the old series (including the Comic-Con exclusive Lion-O) and the rest are from the fantastic new series that I look forward to watching every Friday. These new toys from Bandai are some of the best action figures I’ve seen in a long time. They look just like the characters, they’re highly articulated with well-hidden articulation points, they come with exactly the right accessories, they hold their poses well, and they stand up easily. Many of the figures have interactive features, courtesy of “ThunderLynx” technology – basically a magnet inside each figure that activates movements and sometimes lights/sounds. They’ve really done a great job with all of these figures.Tweet
I can’t remember what started it, but Michelle has been wanting me to make her a souffle for several weeks. But things kept coming up that would delay the dish. Finally, after dinner, tonight was the night to whip up some chocolate souffles for dessert. I’d never made a souffle before, so I found a Food Network recipe online and took a shot. The result wasn’t too bad, though they didn’t quite puff up as high as a good souffle should. The recipe was for 6, which I made, assuming that at least one would come out correctly. Almost! 5 of the 6 broke apart while rising in the oven, but one stayed intact. It deflated a bit when I took it out, but was still quite tasty. Not bad for a first attempt.
And here are some of the “failed” souffles, which still tasted good, but didn’t look as nice:Tweet
I couldn’t have been more excited to spot a Spirit Halloween store open for business today. I was driving down 436 near the airport and saw the giant banner, did a U-turn, and happily walked inside for some Halloween shopping fun. I didn’t buy anything today, as they haven’t received all of their goodies yet, but it was a great surprise to find them open more than two months before October 31. I happened to stumble upon them on their opening day too! The rest of the Orlando-area stores should open soon. Now to start planning my Halloween decorations for this year…Tweet