Hello! As you can tell by my very generic title (actually, it's not very generic since it's pretty specific, but you get the idea...), this post is going to be about my recent comic book, Pokemon card, and (a very fortunate) Mega Bloks purchases. Recently, I think I've been in a super, well, "girly" (not that comic books and Pokemon cards are inherently "manly", I'm just being stereotypical for conveniences sake) rut, what with all my fashion and beauty posts to the neglect of my other hobbies. I even made a video of me opening all the booster packs of Pokemon cards I'm going to show you here, but it ended up being a half an hour long and since everything was already opened, I didn't think it was worth refilming. I didn't purchase all of these things at once; this is kind of a highlights reel of the last month or so.
I'll start with the comic books, since there were some of my earlier acquisitions this month. Every year, there's a special day where you can get free comic books from your local comic book shop. It's on the first Saturday in May and is called "Free Comic Book Day" (creative, no?).
Lucky for me, I live very close to one of the biggest comic book stores in my state, so there was no way I was going to miss Free Comic Book Day. Unfortunately, my husband works Saturdays and since he wanted to go as well, we weren't able to stick around very long after getting our comic books since he had to leave for work. My comic book store also had a 20% off of everything sale, free soda and snacks, and a bunch of drawings/raffles you could enter. There were also a handful of people in costume, including someone in a Santa suit, which was pretty awesome. I've been to a few different stores for Free Comic Book Day, and they all seem to have their own system for giving out the free comic books. Some places just have them all sitting out and you take whichever ones interest you, some shops have a limit of how many you can take, and some put together themed bags for people to take. My comic book store did the latter; you could pick between a bag full of children's comics or a bag filled with adult comics (though I spotted a Watchmen comic in the children's bag so I'm not sure how solid of a divide it was...). My husband and I both picked up an "adult" bag, though in retrospect one of us should have gotten a children's bag. Oh well.
While my husband does buy more comic books than I do, I do have a few series I'm actively and inactively working on. Namely, Adventure Time (I also have issue #1 of the Marcelene/Princess Bubblegum spin off series), Tank Girl, and My Little Pony. Adventure Time I somehow fell behind on and now am missing some issues and, since I can't stand having gaps in my collections, I probably won't buy any new issues until I hunt down the old ones. I also fell behind on Tank Girl, and now I think they've moved on to a new sub-story. I love Tank Girl and since I found it through the movie, I don't harbor the same kind of hate for the movie that other fans tend to. Granted, the movie has very, VERY little to do with the comic books beyond the fact that there's a lady who drives a Tank, but if you view them as two separate entities, it's not so bad and even kind of amusing in a campy sense (I think this is how I managed to actually like the live action Super Mario Bro. movie; it's just so stupid and has next to nothing to do with the game that it's easy to enjoy it for what it is). As for My Little Pony, however, I have managed to keep up to date, which is kind of an accomplishment for me. These are my four most recent issues I've picked up from the main story:
I also picked up some pins on impulse last time I was at my comic book store.
Another thing I like to pick up at my comic book shop is Pokemon cards! I actually tend to buy more boosters from Target, but that's only because I'm there basically every day (there was a time in my life where I could go grocery shopping once a week and be fine, but now it seems like I have to go three, four times a week. I think it's because I'm eating more fresh fruits and veggies now and since I'm the only one who eats them, I only buy small amounts so they stay fresh and don't go bad before I can eat them all). I prefer to buy them from the comic book shop not only because they're cheaper ($3.99 versus $4.20; Toys R Us sells packs for $5 which is just plain stupid), but because I like giving my money to my local comic book shop and supporting them. I haven't been buying cards like I used to since my interest in collecting them has kind of faded; they crank out new expansions so quickly now that it's pretty hard to keep up and collect full expansions without breaking the bank. It also feels like there are a lot more "filler" cards now, cards you seem to get in every single pack. I got a pretty large amount of doubles in my recent mass-opening, which is a little disheartening. Over the last few weeks, these are the booster packs I've picked up:
Finally, I got three boosters from my comic book shop.
And then I opened them all! I really wish my video had turned out better; I like watching people open up Pokemon cards because it's exciting to see people pull rares (and I did get a very good card!). Oh well. Maybe if I save up enough to buy a booster box, I can do a series of shorter videos opening those up.
Going in order, I'll start with my "Legends of Justice" box.
These are the three promos; they're the three "kind of sort of" legendaries from Black and White. I say "kind of sort of" since there are a few other legendary "sets" (the weather trio for one) and just, I don't know. I miss there being just one legendary trio and then one crazy powerful Pokemon (yeah, I know, it's silly nostalgia, but when I was a kid, Pokemon made sense, damnit!). These are holo promos (they have the little black promo stars in the bottom right corners) of Virizion (which is kind of a silly name if you ask me), Terrakion, and Cobalion.
The three boosters included in this box were Black and White: Noble Victories, Black and White: Boundaries Crossed, and Black and White: Plasma Storm (so this is a very recently put together box set).
Next, I opened my Plasma Freeze booster from Target, where I got my best pull of the day.
Finally, I opened my boosters from my comic shop. I opened the Plasma Freeze packs first hoping for another great pull, but alas, my luck was used up getting that Thundurus.
Overall, I'm pretty okay with my pulls. I'm super happy I got a full art EX, but my other pulls were a bit on the "meh" side with a lot of doubles. I didn't buy too many Plasma Storm boosters when they first came out because I didn't like the Team Plasma Pokemon, and now I may avoid the Plasma Freeze ones as well and focus on Boundaries Crossed and my older expansions.
As one last item of business, I just wanted to quickly show a World of Warcraft Mega Bloks set I was lucky to find (on clerance even!) at Marshal's.
And that's all I wanted to talk about in this post! Another long one, and I even edited out a lot of other things I wanted to say. Not sure how people manage to keep their blog posts so short and sweet; I know that I sometimes click away from walls of text, so I hope this isn't too much of me blathering on.
Thanks for reading! <3!