Monthly archives: December, 2015

Happy New Year Folks (and the Bowies)!

The first calendar year of Totally Rainbow is wrapping up and it’s been a lot of fun (and a lot of work)! After a few weeks of mostly “just kickin’ it” during the holidays, I’m starting to ramp up with new content. I have a bunch of new Lego sets I’ll be reviewing and a slew of odds and ends that I’ve been holding back on.

In cool news, there was a mixup at the local Toys R’ Us and I was able to purchase three Lego Star Wars sets before they are to go officially on sale, which would be 1-1-16, so I’m working on a video review of one of the sets now and hope to have it up later tonight! (I’m waiting for the battery on my Ninja to charge while I write this).

In other great news, it’s awards season at Totally Rainbow and I’m proud to announce this year’s winners of “The Bowies” (because rain”bows” and all).

There are three categories this year:

Best Movie
Best Series (TV, or otherwise)
Best Comic (Comic Strip, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Web Comic)

And the Winners are *cue drumroll of the mind*:

For Best Movie, the winner is Mad Max: Fury Road!
Easily the most fun I had watching a movie in forever! I loved Ant-Man, Thrilled at The Avengers, enjoyed Star Wars (the second time I saw it) but Mad Max: Fury Road is easily Movie of the year!

For Best Series (TV, or otherwise), the winner is … “the bunny is in the hutch …
” it’s Marvel’s Agents of Shield!
This was a tough one. Rick and Morty are my jam, DareDevil and Jessica Jones rocked hell’s kitchen, and no one walks with the dead like me, but Agents of Shield is so good on so many levels! If you’ve never binge watched a series, I definitely recommend A.O.S. It’s even better the second time around because there are so many little things you’ll pick up that you missed the first time around! Love it!

Winner for Best Comic (Comic Strip, Comic Book/Graphic Novel, Web Comic) is The Last Mechanical Monster by Brian Fies!
This one is very special to me for a number of reasons and I may do a separate post about this comic at a later date. The story is a continuation of an amazing Max Fleischer theatrical cartoon based on Superman. That series of cartoons has always held a special place in my heart (and was a foundation to perhaps the greatest cartoon series ever, Batman the Animated Series). The episode that The Last Mechanical Monster picks up is one of the best in the Fleischer Superman series. Basically what I’m stating is that it’s a continuation of maybe the single best super hero cartoon ever.

The story is amazing and you owe it to yourself to check it out. It’s a beautiful, brilliant work of fiction. Here’s a link to check it out:
The Last Mechanical Monster

So that’s it folks! The 2015 Bowies. Hopefully next year we’ll have a budget to do this in video.

In closing, I just wanted to thank everyone that has checked out this site, read through one of my Lego enhanced movie reviews, favorited a Totally Rainbow photo on Instagram, or watched one of my oddball videos on YouTube! There are very few folks out there that have, and it means the world to me when somebody does. So thanks so much and happy new year!!!

Rainbows,

Eric


Checkout my first toy review!

Just in time for the Star Wars Episode 7 opening … my Lego Scooby-Doo! Mummy Museum Mystery toy review! Wait … what? There’s also a stop-motion animated short “How I Met Your Mummy” in the review as a super bonus!

After checking out the review, if you’d like to purchase Lego Scooby-Doo! Mummy Museum Mystery, please click the Amazon link below. TotallyRainbow.com gets the teeniest, tiniest slice of that action! :)

LEGO Scooby-Doo 75900 Mummy Museum Mystery Building Kit


Hearthstone is a heck of a drug …

A couple of weeks ago I discovered the joys and pains of the highly addictive digital card game Hearthstone by the fantasy wizards at Blizzard Entertainment! From the exhilaration of winning with dragons to the bitter lows of having a Ice Block extend the game one more turn only to get your face burned off with a fireball! From the super cool, pop culture referencing V-07-TR-0N to those filthy, toxic, dirtbag, face hunters. The OP wonders of Dr. Boom and his Boom Bots and the cruel twists of fates of the RNG (that’s the Random Number Goddess to you and me.)

And the cards, all those glorious cards! I gotta get all the cards!!! I plunked down for a 40 pack in my journey to catch the metaphorical dragon. Here’s the video of me opening all 40 packs. There’s some ultra rare legendaries in there so check’em out! If you stick around till the end, you’ll even see Roy made up like Grom Hellscream!




What the 90’s Were Like … Sifl and Olly Edition

Howdy folks! Believe it or not, back in the day, MTV was a champion of low brow pop media, that and they actually played music videos throughout the day … I know, crazy right? The swan song of that era was a tiny, tiny sock puppet show called Sifl and Olly that featured big, big talent.

Created by the criminally under-appreciated Liam Lynch (whom you can think of as a skinny, talented version of Jack Black) and Matt Crocco, Sifl and Olly was the bookend that closed out 90’s slacker-dom that The Higgins Boys and Grubber opened. To me, the show embodied everything that was silly, fun, and weird about the 90’s and I regard it as an ancestral precursor to Rick and Morty (currently the best show on TV!)

I have a tough time describing Sifl and Olly the show … there were a lot of songs and non-sequiturs … a lot of short gags with cheaply made puppets and purposely cheesy graphics. I stumbled onto this clip over Thanksgiving from an episode that I’d never seen. I can’t believe I never knew this song existed! I think it exemplifies what made Sifl and Olly so great. The silly indie charm that’s missing from media these days. I must have watched the clip 10 times that day and I wanted to share it with you!

(Just a heads up, this clip contains some “salty” language of the Ron Burgundy variety. Tame by today’s standards but you probably don’t want to blast it at work … if that is your lot in life …)

p.s. Researching this piece I discovered that Sifl and Olly live on at Liam Lynch’s podcast, Lynchland!