Holiday Gift Guide 2014: A Few Fun Things From the UK…

For me, there’s something really cool about a lot of products made in the UK that makes them quite desirable. No, it’s not got anything to do with my current Doctor Who fascination, folks. I think it’s the fact that you can look at them and right away see exactly what they’re used for. I call it a form and functionality sense of design and in the case of well-made gear, it’s always fun to look at items and have that “click” thing happen in your head and a smile appear on your face.

Bayan Soundbook GO Blue

Bayan Soundbook GO

Bayan Soundbook BlackOrange

Bayan Soundbook

        Bayan Soundbook X3 White

Bayan Soundbook X3

Meeting Bayan Audio’s Cameron Wilson and Taylor Whittamore at the #getgeeked show a few weeks back was one of the highlights of my trip downtown. As soon as I saw their Soundbook line of wireless speakers, I smiled because they nailed the form/functionality thing perfectly right down to the name. Each model (Soundbook, Soundbook GO and Soundbook X3) features a simple open to play design and all are portable and ready to get your favorite music just about wherever you want it.

While each unit sounded fine up close and personal, it was a bit tough to hear how they performed at range thanks to the cacophony of noise from attendees and other exhibits (including a few competing speakers blasting away nearby). Still, what I did hear made me grin because I could only imagine how they sounded in a quieter room or outdoors on a fine day where they could be played at the perfect volume…

Bayan StreamportWhile it wasn’t at the event, Bayan also makes the Streamport Universal, a nice and compact device that allows users to turn any audio system with a 3.5mm or RCA audio input into a wireless audio system. I’ll just let you consider the possibilities there for a minute…

My finding out about this little wonder while poking around the Bayan Audio site really made me want to give one a try at some point. But we’ll see what the review deities say in a bit, I suppose… Continue reading

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Hikari Friday: Transform Your Collection With These Transformers!

Hikari logo Okay, so you’re a bit lazy this week for whatever reason. You COULD go shop online or hoof it out to your nearest Funko retailer to pick up one or both of these new Hikari Sofubi Transformers figures, but nope. You want to take a BIG chance on just clicking around to WIN one. No worries, I’ve got you covered. Well, Funko actually has you covered… but only for ONE of these two limited edition collectibles. Enter now on one of Funko’s social channels:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

and you just might win either this cool Metallic Optimus Prime Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 of 2000):

Metallic Optimus Prime Hikari Sofubi Figure OR this Metallic Bumblebee Hikari Sofubi Figure (also #1 of 2000):

Metallic Bumblebee Hikari Sofubi Figure 

If you want those OG G1 paint schemes in the house, or at least the chance to win one of these beauties, you know what to do, correct? Go get lucky and add one of these to your collection!

Hikari Friday (On a Saturday, Oops!): Spidey 2 The Rescue!

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Okay, my email inbox was SO packed this week that I’d not even seen the note from Funko about this week’s Hikari Friday giveaway. OOPS. That said, this week’s potential freebie is a HUGE one you’ll always see if it lands on your doorstep. Say hello to the…

New Dimension Spider-Man Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure:

New Dimension Spider-Man Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure

You KNOW how to get a chance to win this one, right? Yup, boogie on over to one of Funko’s social media channels, enter and start making room on a shelf or in a cabinet somewhere.

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

 

If you don’t win, you can buy one of these limited to 1500 pieces collectibles this month at a Funko retailer near you.

Hikari Friday: Funko Wants You To Win A Movie Mutant!

I’d bet a bunch of you are either too young to remember This Island Earth or only know it from the humor hack job done on it in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie. Anyway, this week’s Hikari Friday giveaway is none other than the sole monster from that 1955 classic, but presented here as Metaluna Mutant Hikari Figure! He’s not cute, but he’s #1 of only 1500 made and yes, he sure is colorful:

Metaluna Mutant Hikari Sofubi Figure 

Anyway, before you run out to snag and snack on too much Halloween candy, make sure to enter for your chance to WIN over at one of Funko’s social sites:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

If you don’t win and still want one of these stalking your shelves, set your time machine for January and pop on in to your favorite Funko retailer, wallet in hand.

MAN CRATES Wants to Check Your Horror Scenario Survival Skills. There Just May Be a Test Later…

Photo: MAN CRATES

Photo: MAN CRATES

Okay, given that the world is both looking like and turning into a real-life horror movie, it’s best to be well prepared for all sorts of emergencies. Fortunately, we have the fine folks at MAN CRATES (which always needs to be spelled in BOLD caps when written and yelled out loud when said, by the way) to help out in a pinch.

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m not very much prepared for any disaster because I tend to avoid them by curling up under a few blankets and not looking out the window until it’s SO quiet that I hear nothing but the butterflies flitting by and the morning dew drying on the leaves seven floors below. But that’s no longer an option in this age of potential panic situations popping up without so much as a moment’s notice.

MAN CRATES to the rescue? Oh, yes indeed… Continue reading

Hikari Friday Giveaway: Funko’s Got Two Stay Pufts Who’d Like to Stay Put In Your Collection!

HIkari Premium logoIt’s that time of the week again and as Halloween is rolling up like a spooky candy-filled fog next Friday, Funko is giving two of you out there a chance to win.

This time out it’s a double dose of the not so friendly Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man in two different paint schemes. Get lucky here and you’ll soon be a winner of either this cool Stay Puft Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 of 1500):

Stay Puft Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure 

Or this Entertainment Earth exclusive Pink Glitter Stay-Puft Figure(#1 of 1000):

Pink Glitter Stay Puft 

Of course, you need to do a little digital legwork and pop over to one of Funko’s social media channels:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

If you’re NOT a winner, the first figure is available in December and the other can be pre-ordered at Entertainment Earth using that link above. As always, Good Luck!

PlayStation Store Flash Sale Time: 60 Games and Movies Up For Grabs!

PlayStation Store 

Amusingly enough, I actually forgot that there was a Heavenly Sword movie made well after the game made its PS3 debut. That said, seeing it in this latest PlayStation Store Flash Sale made me want to maybe check it out. Maybe. I kind of prefer owning physical media, so I may end up seeing if I can snag this on DVD for a song somewhere. As for the other stuff on that lone list? Well, here you go – take a look and maybe grab your self a deal this weekend – prices go back to normal on Monday (October 20) at noon:

GAMES
Title, Sale Price/Original Price
Battle Princess of Arcadias (PS3) $7.49/$29.99
Bayonetta (PS3) $7.99/$19.99
Beyond Good and Evil (PS3) $3.49/$9.99
BloodRayne: Betrayal (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Fat Princess (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Full Game Unlock (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PS Vita) $11.99/$29.99
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva (PS3) $19.99/$49.99
Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory (PS3) $7.49/$29.99
Knytt Underground (PS Vita) $2.49/$9.99
Knytt Underground (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Mirror’s Edge (PS3) $2.25/$14.99
Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection (PS3) $2.49/$9.99
Portal 2 (PS3) $4.99 /$19.99
Remember Me (PS3) $11.99/$39.99
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (PS3/PS Vita/PSP)
$1.49/5.99
Resident Evil Code: Veronica X (PS3) $5.99/$19.99
Sacra Terra: Kiss of Death (PS3)
$2.99/$11.99
Sanctum 2 (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Scott Pilgrim Ultimate Edition (PS3) $3.49/$14.99
Skull Girls Encore (PS3) $4.99/$14.99
Time & Eternity (PS3) $6.99/$19.99

MOVIES
Title, SD Sale Price/SD Original Price – HD Sale Price/HD Original Price

All Cheerleaders Die SD $7.99/$12.99 HD $7.99/$16.99
An Empress and the Warriors SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/NA
Bedevilled SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Black Rock SD $5.99/$12.99 HD $6.99/$17.99
Boarding Gate SD $3.99/$5.00 HD $6.99/NA
Catwoman SD $7.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Colombiana SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Fast Girls SD $9.99/$12.99 HD $9.99/$16.99
Girlfight SD $7.99/$8.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Grindhouse: Death Proof SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99 /$12.99
Grindhouse: Planet Terror SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Haywire SD $6.99/$14.99 HD $8.99/$19.99
Heavenly Sword SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$12.99
Kill Bill Vol. 1 SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Kill Bill Vol. 2 SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Killshot SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$13.99
La Femme Nikita SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/NA
Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$17.99
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider SD $6.99/$9.99 HD $10.99/$17.99
The Long Kiss Goodnight SD $7.99/$14.99 HD $9.99/$19.99
Million Dollar Baby SD $7.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/ $12.99
Painted Skin: The Resurrection SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
Raging Phoenix SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Resident Evil SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99 /$12.99
Resident Evil: Afterlife SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Apocalypse SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Extinction SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Resident Evil: Retribution SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Salt SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
The Four SD $2.99/$9.99 HD $4.99/$12.99
This Girl Is Badass SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Ultraviolet SD $6.99 /$7.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Underworld (2003) SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld Awakening SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld Evolution SD $8.99/$9.99 $9.99/$12.99
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans SD $8.99/$9.99 HD $9.99/$12.99
Vanquisher SD $4.99/$9.99 HD $6.99/$12.99
Violet & Daisy SD $5.99/$9.99 HD $7.99/$12.99

And nope, you can’t watch and play everything here by Monday unless you’ve a time machine that works properly.

Hikari Friday: Funko Frees Funky Frankensteins For Fortunate Few!

Hikari logo 
Oh, these two Funko Hikari giveaways this week are pretty cool-looking takes on the Universal version of Frankenstein’s Monster. First up, that Glitter Shock Frankenstein Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 0f 1200) looks as if he fell out of a passing UFo and landed on is flat head, doesn’t he? Those eerie black eyes, that almost glowing green complexion… yeah, he’s Space Frankenstein’s Monster for sure:

Glitter Shock Frankenstein Hikari Sofubi Figure 

Meanwhile, poor Premium Distressed Frankenstein Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 of 600 and an Entertainment Earth EXCLUSIVE, by the way) looks pretty pissed off because he’s just woken up and there’s not a cup of coffee or Egg McMutton to be found anywhere and everyone knows you HAVE to feed the monster or else he gets cranky. Either that, or he’s already had breakfast and is all ready to head out and play. Um, I’d get any little flower-picking girls away from any bodies of water, folks.

Premium Distressed Frankenstein 
As usual, you know the drill – hit up one of Funko’s social network spots:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

Enter and get to the crossing of fingers and wearing of assorted good luck charms in order to bring some lucky luck your merry way. If you lose this time out (again?), you can always hit up your favorite Funko retailer for Glitter Shock Frankie in November and Entertainment Earth in December for that Premium Distressed Frankie. Good luck otherwise!

Hikari Friday Time! Funko Foists FOUR Figures For Free!

Hikari logo 

Yes indeed, Funko wants to make FOUR lucky winners very happy this week, one each will nab the first one off the line of these cool Hikari Sofubi Vinyl figures. This week it’s more Transformers up for grabs. Check out the Distressed Optimus Prime Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure and Distressed Bumblebee Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure:

Distressed Optimus Prime Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure 

Distressed Bumblebee Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure 
Get your chance to win at one of Funko’s social network sites:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

As usual, those first two figures will be available at your favorite Funko retailer in case you’re not a lucky winner. And yes, the reason those two robots in disguise are distressed is because they’re temporarily homeless and are getting a bit desperate to find a shelf or space to camp out on as they plot their revenge against the Decepticons who destroyed their planet!

On the other hand, the even MORE limited edition (and exclusive) Books-A-Million transformers, 24k Optimus Prime Hikari Sofubi Figure and 24k Bumblebee Hikari Sofubi Figure are only available online and are limited to 600 pieces each. Have a look at these shiny beauties:

Books-A-Million Exclusive 24k Optimus Prime Hikari Sofubi Figure 

Books-A-Million Exclusive 24k Bumblebee Hikari Sofubi Figure 

And before you even ask, NO, they’re NOT REAL 24K gold at all. I’d not even want to imagine the weight of one of these figures or if an actual gold Transformer figure existed, who’d have enough disposable cash to buy one. Then again, there ARE gold and silver encased PlayStation 4′s for sale in Dubai, so it’s not a total impossibility… Anyway, good luck!

Hikari Friday Time! Homeless Skeletor And Universal Monsters Want To Get Boxed Up And Sent Your Way!

Hikari logo

The Hikari madness continues! Funko is giving away THREE figures this week (one per winner) and this time it’s a terribly collectible trio up for grabs. Check out the Grey Skull Skeletor Hikari Sofubi Figure(#1 of 1000!):

Grey Skull Skeletor Hikari Sofubi Figure

and these two super exclusive Gemini Collectibles figures, Gemini Collectibles Exclusive Gold Secret Base Creature Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 of 500!):

Gemini Collectibles Exclusive Gold Secret Base Creature Premium Hikari Sofubi Figure

And his good buddy, Gemini Collectibles Mythos Frankenstein Hikari Sofubi Figure3 (#1 of 750!):

Gemini Collectibles Mythos Frankenstein Hikari Sofubi Figure
 
As usual, entering is SIMPLE. Just zoom that mouse hand or whatever you use to surf over to one of Funko’s social-type sites:

http://www.facebook.com/OriginalFunko
http://www.twitter.com/OriginalFunko
Instagram @OriginalFunko

Follow the rules and hold your breath for as long as you can (well, that’s NOT a rule, but if you DO follow it, you may end up unexpectedly giving up your chance to win a prize to someone who won’t attend your funeral) and you just may win BIG! If you lose BIG, well… it’s not necessarily a bad thing, as you can score (as in BUY) Skeletor in October at your nearest Funko retailer and hit up Gemini Collectibles (use that link above) for the other two figures. As always, Good Luck!