July 2021 turned out to be the biggest month for expanding the media collection with movies, games, memorabilia, and theme park-related purchases.
Future Publishing/My Favourite Magazines are always good for a laugh, even if the joke is on the customer, as can be seen with this replacement for the damaged one of last month and again a subscription-only cover for someone who didn’t have a subscription anymore… only to find out that I somehow have one, but the single issues I ordered weren’t sent due to payment problems.
This is probably the biggest joke of all: receiving two subscription-only cover versions of magazines I have no subscription for and with single issues not sent? A total mess I haven’t found time yet to figure out, which isn’t really my responsibility but customer service’s…
Twice the new Star Wars figurine fun in LEGO form.
I still don’t know what to make of the Gantz series, as there isn’t a lot of story or character development in these hundreds of pages, but more “hah hah”, “huff huff” expressions that I haven’t encountered in any other comic/manga before.
My wife’s favorite movie got a manga spin-off, and this Jack keyring complemented the package.
Another addition to my wife’s collection of gaming-related memorabilia.
Going shopping at Gamestop usually results in many figurines or plush toys that become difficult to put on shelves or in any other free spaces.
Despite not having been able to go to Europa-Park this year, the online shop made this name day present possible.
Our honeymoon in Disneyland Paris obviously meant some new theme park-related additions, although the first ones might not have the park’s signature on them.
The first time we went to Disneyland Paris, there weren’t any books available to buy, so I was very happy to finally get a hold on these. Hopefully more are coming soon.
It’s unbelievable, but good postcards in theme parks aren’t easy to come by, at least in case of Disneyland Paris, as there weren’t even any of our hotel.
Star Tours was probably the coolest attraction when it came to going on a ride and having a different viewing experience each time, and as a fan of Episode VI – Return of the Jedi, I somehow had to buy both the keyring and plush toy.
Speaking of the classic Star Wars movies, this poster collection made my old fan heart quite happy.
It might not be theme park material, but these collectible postcards showing classic Disney movie posters proves that it’s something of a missed opportunity that Disneyland hasn’t any more of them.
My first and only David Hasselhoff CD, but for just 2 EUR it was a good deal for a nostalgic trip back to the 90ies, even if these are only cover songs of better artists.
It’s been a while since I used my 3DS, but this Circle Pad Pro peripheral I got from my wife should make gaming that bit more comfortable with some titles.
The trip to Disneyland Paris obviously involved taking a lot of photos, so an extra battery pack, preferably an original Canon one, was required.
Going through the Nintendo DS and Wii U section at Gamestop is always a delight when finding some bargain games.
Ah, those were the days when one simply had to shoot these pesky grouses in the 90ies.
Our local MediaMarkt had a sale that was unprecedented with so many Nintendo titles for just 5-15 EUR each.
There weren’t only 3DS games, but many current Switch titles as well for bargain prices, so we kind of bought them all, except for the Zelda titles and Super Mario 3D All Stars which were Spain imports, in addition to Luigi’s Mansion 3 being a gift from my wife’s brother.
Together with the Moorhuhn collection, these two Xbox One titles were part of a 3 for 2 offer.
Even more bargains thanks to the local MediaMarkt sale.
Not from the bargain bin, but suprisingly cheap at the MediaMarkt store that usually only has pricey titles. It’s always great to have physical goodies.
Board games based on classic movies, a theme park attraction or gaming icons are always nice to have or import.
Moving over to movies and starting with the action genre.
It’s been ages since I watched Jackie Chan movies, and this month was certainly a good start for the collection (as can be seen later in August with 88 Films acquisitions).
Next up: animation movies for younger and older cinemaniacs.
A fast and furious anime?
I don’t remember much of this comic adaptation, only that Jim Carrey was pretty annoying when I first watched it. But I’ll give it another chance.
While panned by critics and the audience alike, I found Tank Girl quite entertaining back in the days.
A wide selection of different styles of comedy, and I actually liked The Hungover Games much more than the sci-fi series it was based on.
Classic and modern drama. Giving Casablanca another chance, as I found it quite boring before.
Who could have known that horror director Eli Roth would do a children’s movie? Shape of Water once again proves that del Toro is pretty full of himself as a director, making a dance scene with a monster so unintentionally funny. The movie might not be that bad, but it’s certainly a rather forgettable experience, with me choosing a classic monster flick over this anytime.
You simply have to love those 80ies bad fantasy movies with their extravagant cover artwork.
Time for some more horror in various forms.
It’s been such a long time since I watched Moonwalker (or played the arcade game), and even if it’s unfortunately the cut version, with none other available on BD, this should still be fun in a weird way.
The same goes for this strange 80ies music video/movie mix.
Sci-fi can also be trash or full of good ideas, who can say?
Mostly older thriller material.
Arrow Video releases often offer some strange delights and the unexpected.
Some of Tarantino’s favorite movies that have influenced his work on Kill Bill.
A flying and battling turtle featured in sublime packaging is already a winner in my book.
Arrow Video knows how to pick those cult movies few people have heard of.
I remember having had headaches from Southland Tales due to its complicated storyline, but maybe the Cannes cut will make more sense?
I still prefer 88 Films releases, maybe because the movies are sometimes easier to digest.
Shout! Factory is obviously a great company to release better-looking movies and include some special editions in their catalogue, as can be seen with In the Mouth of Madness‘s new transfer and Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The New Generation with its director’s cut.
3D releases might have become fewer in the age of 4K, so I’ll just try to grab them while they’re still available and made.
Not sure what to expect from this TV show, but David Duchovny is a cool dude, after all.
So here we have it: one of the longest photo galleries in a while, hopefully being an exception due to the costs last month. Let’s see how August turns out to be… with at least fewer cardboard boxes to store all the purchases in.