Monday, 20 February 2017

Pick-Ups - Last Few Months....(part 2)


Blimey! It's tomorrow today already! So let's get straight back into looking at the next set of pick-ups! 


First today are these The Real Ghostbusters comics from Marvel UK, to add to my already sizable collection from when I was 12 and used to have the comic ordered at the shop down the road! The stories in these ranged from okay to terrible, with more terrible ones towards the end of its run. The best bits were the text stories and, of course, Spengler's Spirit Guide...which was a page supposedly written by Egon about the various entities the Ghostbusters would come up against in their adventures. I'll probably look at the comic in a bit more depth in a later blog post, when I get round to shifting my collection into boxes! But yeah, these were about 50p each....





Some PS2 games next, and these ones are a bit of a mixed bag...all picked up for about £1 or £2...




Impossible Mission is a version of the classic C64 game that includes a few upgraded graphics, although you can play it in the original style if you like...and you probably will, as there's little difference really! Anyway, it's alright, but ultimately pointless if you have the original...

 Final Fantasy VII - Dirge Of Cerberus  is a third-person shooter set three years after the events of FFVII, and I have yet to play it properly despite wanting it for ages! I played it briefly and it seems a little odd control wise, but I'm sure I'll be able to work it all out after a while...





Sub Rebellion is a submarine-based shoot-em-up, and is actually quite interesting and a bit different to the usual shooty-fare! Definitely almost a bit of a hidden gem, but not quite worthy of that status....maybe it's a hidden shiny-pebble!




Legion - The Legend Of Excalibur is a real time strategy / action RPG game, that I only picked up at the weekend, so again have had little time to actually play it yet. First impressions are that the voice acting seems a bit iffy, and that although gameplay seems to be okay, it probably isn't going to hold my interest for long enough to give the game much time...might be wrong though...we'll see...





Downforce is a slightly-futuristic, arcade style F1 racing game, and a reasonably decent one! There's not really much more to say about it other than it does what it sets out to do, and is a fair amount of fun...






For Christmas, one of the presents I got from my mum was this Madball annual/comic combo! It seems that the annual features reprints of the first two issues, and the comic is Issue 3...a fact that my mother was unaware of! She was also unaware that I already had the Marvel UK reprint of issue 4, meaning that I now have the full first four issues in readable print! How's that for Deadpan Flooky-ness!? 




It's pretty cool being able to read the supposed origin of the Madballs, as I love the toys! I'll need to remember to put up some pics of my collection of those at some point on here too....








Some DVD pick-ups now, and I've yet to watch any of these, although I have seen parts of Babycart in it's mashed up Shogun Assassin version, which was made famous by Tarantino in Kill Bill! That collection was a charity shop find for £2.50! 

Triangle is a film that I saw the trailer for years ago and have been looking forward to watching ever since, but suddenly finding it extremely hard to find...I finally found it in a charity shop for £1 a week or so ago, and will most likely be watching it tonight!

 (And yes, that is Angel from Home & Away in the starring role!)







Next pick-up....a Fighting Fantasy Gamebook called Armies of Death to add to my gamebook collection! Haven't played it yet, but apparently it's a bit different in that you and your army have attributes for combat.... 



Lastly for today's post are some Minecraft books, the first being a straightforward Strategy Guide.....



The other one is a bit more interesting...It's the 2017 Official Minecraft Annual, which was on sale in Poundland for, yes..a pound!


It's filled with lot's of tips from Youtubers on how to build things, ideas for challenges and information about various Minecraft stuff, including how it's helping to improve slum areas around the world with it's Block by Block programme...





But yes, that's enough for now....I reckon I should fit the rest into one final post tomorrow! Pop back then to see my last lot of stuffs and things!
























Sunday, 19 February 2017

Pick Ups - Last few months....(part 1)




I was going to post some more scans of things I'd found, but then I realised I haven't put any pictures up of my pick-ups since June last year! I've picked up a fair amount of stuff since then, so I thought I'd better share some of it with you over a few posts...this being the first of such (obviously) ! 


First up are these cool little collected-comic books of old Marvel stories! I found them in a charity shop for £1.50 each.....






This hardback Dark Souls Strategy Guide (complete with greasy fingerprints) should prove useful when I decide to go back and have another crack at the famously brutal game! Only made it to Blighttown in my first playthrough! Anyhoo, this cost me about £3.99....







Picked up quite a few 360 games as usual....here's a look at the first lot!




Ace Combat - Assault Horizon is a pretty groovy, arcadey-flight-sim-shooter....I don't usually go in for such stuff much, but I played the demo and it impressed me enough to warrant a purchase...






I'd also played a demo of Call Of Duty : Ghosts multiplayer, and enjoyed it way more than any of the other COD multiplayers I'd tried, so I bought this too...





Metal Gear Rising Revengeance is a bit of a departure for the series in that it's an all out hack-n-slash...Only picked this up yesterday, but it seems bat-shit crazy and loads of fun, so I look forward to playing through it...





Venetica is an odd game....sometimes the graphics look beautiful, sometimes they look like they should be on an N64...the gameplay can be a bit fiddly, the voice acting and script leave a lot to be desired, but somehow it's still interesting enough to seem like it needs to be played through. It's the type of game that probably would have been awesome if it came out on original Xbox, but it didn't, so....





Quake 4 is just...well....decent. It seems to have lost a lot of soul since the previous games, and become just another generic space-shooter filled with military grunts. It's not a bad game, it's only that it's far from the sequel that the previous Quakes deserve...and feels very much like an add-on to Doom 3! Very average....




Assassin's Creed 3 is pretty much what you'd expect, only with more free-roaming, and added hunting and boat battles! Still, it's a pretty good series of games...it's just Ubisoft could do with releasing less of them and spacing them out a bit! But I'll need to get back to this...I just sort of stopped playing, and I've got the 4th one where I get to be a pirate waiting for when this one's done! :)






Next in the pick-ups is this rather groovy Art Of Darkwatch book that I found yesterday for £3 in a  charity shop....



It's filled with interesting info on the design of the game, including the slightly odd revelation that it was originally going to be a lot less serious...





Anyways, here's a look at some more pages....





The next pic is cool..it shows how they were thinking ahead of potential future games in the series, with various designs based on other periods in history! I'd love the series to make a comeback and get some sequels..I've always felt it was a bit under-rated....






Another game next, and this is one I picked up purely because it was sealed, and also had packaging that pushed my nostalgia buttons! Zorro on the ZX Spectrum for £2.99 on Ebay! I'm usually more interested in playing the games than keeping them in sealed boxes, but I have many fond memories of popping down to Toys R Us to get some new Speccy games every other weekend...and I feel that this just makes my Spectrum collection more complete somehow! But I'm not going to be buying up loads of sealed copies of everything...






Last for today's lot, is this nice book of collected strips from DC Thompson's back catalogue...




Dennis & Gnasher & Friend's Cartoon Capers is filled with various strips from masses of different comics, and I especially like the fact that it usually tells you which comic the strips actually came from, by means of a handy added box at the top of the pages! There's lots of obscure characters featured, and I heartily recommend hunting this book down if you're at all interested in the history of British comics! I got mine for £1.95 in a local charity shop!






Right, that'll do for now I reckon! I'll be back with more stuff tomorrow..
...until then, stay groovy, stuffers!! :)





















Sunday, 12 February 2017

The Belstow Weekly "Do It" Supplement!




For about 4 years, from 1984 to 1988, there was a show that came on Children's ITV called Do It, which was based around the idea of a filing clerk at fictional newspaper The Belstow Weekly trying to come up with ideas for a special supplement to be given away with the paper to increase circulation...




Sheelagh Gilbey came up with the idea for the show, and presented it for most of the run, often helped by the ever arty Neil Buchanan who would go on to other shows like No.73 and his own Art Attack....

The show itself was never a favourite of mine, as even as a seven year old I found it quite annoying and stupid! However, at the end of the episodes, they always mentioned you could get your hands on a copy of the supplement itself....and being a collector of all things comic-like, I always wanted one of these supplements!



Luckily my friend Graeme always seemed to get such things, and after I told him about my interest in the mag, he sent off for one for me! It arrived filled with pages of how to make and do all the stuff on the show, without all the stupid dancing and singing and annoyance! It was great!




And that brings us to now, where whilst looking through the ever fruitful flat boxes, I discovered a rather tatty, but still quite readable supplement, which I'm now sticking on here for you lot to enjoy! It's missing a few pages at the front and back, but at least most of it is here!  

As always, click the pics to go big! :) 






















I'll be back later in the week with some more finds from the flat! I'm planning on moving soon, so there's going to be lots of finds whilst I sift through what stuff to keep and what to throw out!