Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Order of Battle: Cobra!



This will be an ongoing post of my G.I. Joe, Cobra Team, as I obtain them.

Cobra Commander
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Cobra Commander (V2)
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Cobra
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Cobra Officer
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Destro
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Baroness
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Xamot and Tomax
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Storm Shadow
Obtained: December 9, 2017

B.A.T.S.
Obtained: December 9, 2017

Crimson Guard
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Firefly
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Major Bludd
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Tele-Vipers
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Cobra Commander (V3)
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Snow Serpent
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Zartan
Obtained: March 18, 2018

Scrap Iron
Obtained: April 29, 2018

Vipers
Obtained: May 24, 2018

Eels
Obtained: May 24, 2018

Wild Weasel
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Big Boa
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Serpentor
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Ripper
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Torch
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Copperhead
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Zandar
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Dr. Mindbender
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Strato-Viper
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Zarana
Obtained: July 7, 2018

Buzzer
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Croc Master
Obtained: August 16, 2018

Monkey Wrench
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Iron Grenadiers
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Thrasher
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Golobulus
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Nemesis Enforcer
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Crystal Ball
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Zanzibar
Obtained: October 19, 2018

Royal Guard
Obtained: October 20, 2018

Motor Viper
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Sea Slug
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Cobra Stinger Driver
Obtained: November 11, 2018

A.V.A.C.
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Cobra H.I.S.S. Driver
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Destro (V2)
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Ice Viper
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Road Pig
Obtained: December 8, 2018

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Retro Spins: Matthew Wilder - I Don't Speak The Language



Matthew Wilder
I Don't Speak the Language
1983

Matthew Wilder may have had a smash hit with Break My Stride, but that's kind of where this album starts and stops in terms of being good - Literally. It's the first song and you can pretty much stop there if you want to have heard the best there is to offer on the album.
The album, which was released in July of 1983, was the first album for Wilder and didn't find immediate success. It wouldn't be until September that Break My Stride would enter the charts and it would take until February of 1984 before the song would gradually climb to the number five spot on the charts (February 4) where it would stay for three consecutive weeks before drifting off.

The Kids American, which is coincidentally the second track on the album (What, did people only listen to the first two songs before calling it quits?) charted in February of 1984 and would eventually peak at number thirty-three. However, this would be the last track from the album to chart.

Wilder would only see the charts one more time with the title track of his 1984 follow up album, Bouncin' Off the Walls which hit the charts at number seventy-eight in September, but disappeared the week after. Much like the song being Wilder's last "hit", it was the last album he released before disappearing from the spotlight. He now spends most of his time behind the scenes and has been credited for producing such bands / singers as No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and Miley Cyrus (and admittedly I don't know who any of these people are beyond No Doubt).

Okay, the album isn't the best, but it's not terrible. Of course Break My Stride is the stand out from it, but there's others which are tolerable. The Kid's American has a cheesy 80's dance beat to it and you can picture kids in their neon clothes tapping their Van or Converse covered feet to the beat. I Don't Speak the Language also sticks out as decent. Unfortunately that's about where it ends.

Stand out worst track has to be Ladder of Lovers. This ballad is cringe worthy bad. Wilder comes off as creepy how his voice sounds. It was so bad I actually had to skip it - Something I really try not to do for my Retro Spin playthroughs.

This is definitely not an album I'll need to hear again in the future, but Break My Stride will always be a part of my play list.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Order of Battle: Yo Joe!



This will be an ongoing post of my G.I. Joe, Joe Team, as I obtain them.

Duke
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Commando (AKA Snake Eyes)
Obtained: July 1, 2017

Snake Eyes (V2)
Obtained: August 9, 2018

Hawk
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Torpedo
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Doc
Obtained: August 14, 2018

 Junkyard and Mutt
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Lifeline
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Spirit and Freedom
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Sci-Fi
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Gung-Ho
Obtained: August 14, 2018

Bazooka
Obtained: August 14, 2018

 Sgt. Slaughter
Obtained: August 16, 2018
 Shipwreck
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Beach-Head
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Barbecue
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Wild Bill
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Cover Girl
Obtained: August 25, 2018 

Alpine
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Tunnel Rat
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Lady Jaye
Obtained: August 25, 2018

Gung-Ho (V2)
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Leatherneck
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Tripwire
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Frostbite
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Snow Job
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Wet-Suit
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Storm Shadow (V2)
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Dial-Tone
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Low-Light
Obtained: October 14, 2018

Quick Kick
Obtained: October 26, 2018

Dusty
Obtained: October 26, 2018

Recondo
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Roadblock
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Cutter
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Crankcase
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Hardball
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Blowtorch
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Blizzard
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Iceberg
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Roadblock (V2)
Obtained: October 27, 2018

Scarlett
Obtained: November 3, 2018

Flint
Obtained: November 7, 2018

The Fridge
Obtained: November 11, 2018

Keel-Haul
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Sgt. Slaughter
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Super Trooper
Obtained: December 8, 2018

 Star Duster
Obtained: December 8, 2018

Chuckles
Obtained: December 8, 2018

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