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Wait – They actually let me in at Toy Fair?!

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Yeah, I’m still surprised. And even more surprising, I got to go to Toy Fair for work. So that hopefully explains the lack of updates (and that horrible blizzard that hammered Boston didn’t help things either).

So while many of my blogger compatriots have been showing off photos of stuff, here’s some of the weirder stuff (well, besides TMNT) that should be seen! Sadly, I wasn’t able to take photos of the cool stuff like LEGO Man of Steel (very nice looking sets), Iron Man 3 LEGO sets and Minimates (what you’re expecting, but Stark’s house is really cool) and Diamond totally ruined a chunk of Thor 2 for me by spinning around an image of the upcoming Minimates series (it’s awesome).

Not-LEGO Mug by ThinkGeek Nerd Candles by ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek was fun with their new LEGO-esque mug which I probably need. As for the upcoming candles, I want some Middle Earth for my apartment. Read the rest of this entry »

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February 13th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

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State of the Site: Stuff has been changing and here’s why

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I don’t usually talk too much about my personal life here, except for the occasional aside in the middle of a review. It’s just a weird separation that exists in my head of me the person and Jester Goblin.

But over the last few months a lot has changed in my life and it is really impacting my site and my time.

When I graduated from college, it was in the middle of the “worst time to graduate ever” since the economy was essentially nonexistent. I started this blog as a way to stay writing (and to spread my love of the Super Hero Squad) and way to escape. But real life made me settle for a job in an industry I had no passion about. It was great for a while and allowed me a comfortable lifestyle in the confines of the 9-5 workday. But after a while, I grew weary of it and began searching for new employment and in September, I finally made the jump.

So now I handle marketing local toy store here in the Boston area. It’s kind of absurd since I haven’t worked in the toy industry since my senior year of high school (back when Marvel Legends were $7 each and Xevoz were just going on clearance), but it is also completely awesome.

But this awesomeness comes at a cost and the most impactful one for those of you reading this site is that I have a lot less time to write about toys – and even less money to spend on them. So while my completist gene will always be there for some lines, like the Super Hero Squad and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my collection is going to face some drastic reductions and my LEGO budget is going to get slashed.

This isn’t all bad, I might finally be able to sell off some of the figures in my closet that I still haven’t opened (anyone want a JLU SDCC Giganta?), but it does mean some changes for JesterGoblin.com.

I haven’t stuck to a review a day in over a year, and even a review each weekday hasn’t happened for the last few months. But starting this Wednesday, I’m going to try my best to stick to a Monday-Wednesday-Friday review schedule.

It’s been fun working on this site for over three years now (I completely missed the 3-year mark back in September) and I want to thank all my readers for sticking with me. I’m not going anywhere, I just don’t have the same amount of time. I wanted to bring this up before I get swallowed whole by Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday in a few weeks.

On the other hand, I get to go to Toy Fair this year.

Thanks for reading,

Jesse

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November 12th, 2012 at 8:00 am

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Have you entered into Geeks for Tots yet?

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It’s December which means the holidays are actually here and there’s no more chance to hide from them. It also means those Toys for Tots bins have been showing up everywhere to accept donations! Just yesterday I dropped off my donation and you should too! If you need some incentive, Geeks for Tots is offering up an amazing prize for people who go above and beyond for donating.

There’s lots of kids out there that aren’t fortunate to receive gifts during the holiday season. That’s where Toys For Tots comes in. People donate toys to the organization and kids who otherwise wouldn’t have a fun holiday can get some kick butt presents. And to help encourage people to donate, we’re pleased to announce the Geeks for Tots contest where you can win lots of cool prizes just for donating to Toys for Tots!

Here’s what you can win:

Grand Prize:

  • (1) Premium Format Clone Trooper from Sideshow Toys
  • (1) $50 Gift card to Big Bad Toy Store
  • (2) $10 Gift cards to 80sTees.com
  • (9) Star Wars Action figures from Brian’s Toys
  • (1) Gentleman Octopus necklace from Bling Squared
  • (2) Bars of geeky soap from Yeung Moxey (50s style robot and R2-D2)
  • Spider-Man Minimate theme assortment from Luke’s Toy Store:
    • Spider-Man and Green Goblin Minimates 2-Pack
    • Six-Armed Spider-Man and Lizard Minimates 2-Pack
    • Big Time Spider-Man and Iron Fist Minimates 2-Pack
    • Sewer Wall Minimate Diorama
    • Sewer Fan Minimate Diorama

2nd Place:

  • (1) $50 gift card to Big Bad Toy Store
  • (1) $10 gift card to 80sTees.com
  • (9) Star Wars action figures from Brian’s Toys
  • (2) Bars of geeky soap from Yeung Moxey (50s style robot and R2-D2)
  • (1) Gentleman Piggy necklace from Bling Squared

3rd Place:

  • (1) $10 gift card to 80sTees.com
  • (2) Bars of geeky soap from Yeung Moxey (50s style robot and R2-D2)
  • (3) Star Wars action figures from Brian’s Toys

4th Place:

  • (1) $10 gift card to 80sTees.com
  • (2) Bars of geeky soap from Yeung Moxey (50s style robot and R2-D2)
  • (3) Star Wars action figures from Brian’s Toys

Now how do you get a chance to win all this amazing stuff? It’s simple!

There are two ways to enter:

  1. You can take a picture of yourself donating to a Toys for Tots drop off box and send it in.
  2. Send proof of an online cash donation to the Toys For Tots website (they send an email receipt that can be forwarded).

Both entries should go to geeksfortots@gmail.com. Please include “Geeks for Tots Entry” in the subject line.

You can find drop off locations here or you can call your local Toys For Tots representative.

Now I realize that you might be shy, so if you do the picture thing you can blur out your face or wear a mask, we’re not picky. Entries must be received by 12/31/11 in order to qualify. Winners will be picked randomly by by an impartial third party judge.

We’d like to send a big thank you to our sponsors:

Small Print: Contest winners will be notified on 1/14/2011. One entry per person. This contest is not sponsored nor endorsed by Toys For Tots. Shipping is free to winners located in the continental U.S., except for the Sideshow Premium Format Clone Trooper. Shipping must be paid for that item by the winner. Shipping outside of the U.S. will have to be paid by the winner. Not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Past winners of the contest “Joes for Tots” are eligible to win Geeks for Tots. The contest is open anywhere there is a Toys For Tots drop off box. If you can’t donate to Toys for Tots (for example, you live in Canada), exceptions can be made on a case by case basis to donate to other worthy causes. Email your requests for exceptions to GeeksForTots@gmailcom with the subject heading “Contest Exception Request” as the subject line.

What are you waiting for? Get donating some toys you know kids are going to love!

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December 2nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm

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Game Review: LEGO Creationary

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Something a little different, but I wrote a review of LEGO Creationary over at my other website Castles and Cooks. Check it out!

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January 18th, 2011 at 11:27 am

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Merry Christmas!

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December 25th, 2010 at 9:57 am

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Harry Potter House Sorting Shots

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This post has been moved over to Castles And Cooks, you’re automatically getting redirected!

Tomorrow, December 8th, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD. There are plenty of ways to celebrate. Down a flagon of homemade butterbeer! Throw back some fire whiskey. As the fandom continues to get older though, there seems to be more of a reason to celebrate in adult ways. So I’ve taken it upon myself to craft four shots, one of each house, that embodies the colors and spirit of each house!

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December 7th, 2009 at 7:00 am