WIZARD WORLD PHILLY 2014 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO [ALBOTASTV]

Wizard World Philly was a blast as always. We saw some outstanding cosplayers and even got to interview a few including the stunning & talented lilyledeux. We saw some rad toys, spent way too much money on comics, and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Enjoy a short video of our Wizard World adventure below and subscribe to us on YouTube if you like what you see.

We have some more Wizard World Philly 2014 videos coming soon, so stay tuned!

Yo, How You Gifting This Year?!?
It gets pretty lonely when you’re spewing out content on a Tumblr dashboard for people to reblog and like and never comment on. I’ve been writing for Albotas since 2009. I see cool stuff, I post it — Robby and Marc do the same.
But I’ve been needing some action. We need some feedback. We want people to talk!
So I think I’m going to post a weekly question to get some discussion going in our comments. I will be doing a quick write-up on some discussions if they’re entertaining enough, and everyone who chimes in will be getting their name out there in said write-up. Let’s tighten up, guys! We’ll make ya feel good. ;)
I’m kicking things off tonight because I’m bored out of my mind and would love to speak with some of our readers for once.
My question to everyone is: How are you guys gifting this year? How kickass is your present giving? Are you giving people shitty gifts on purpose or do you have a really cool, inventive, touching backstory to your presents for others this holiday season? I wanna see photos, I wanna hear stories, I wanna see discussion.
Don’t embarrass me. Hit the read more button to jump to our page and reply in the comment section. I might even be generous enough to gift one of you guys something for a good enough comment.

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Yo, How You Gifting This Year?!?

It gets pretty lonely when you’re spewing out content on a Tumblr dashboard for people to reblog and like and never comment on. I’ve been writing for Albotas since 2009. I see cool stuff, I post it — Robby and Marc do the same.

But I’ve been needing some action. We need some feedback. We want people to talk!

So I think I’m going to post a weekly question to get some discussion going in our comments. I will be doing a quick write-up on some discussions if they’re entertaining enough, and everyone who chimes in will be getting their name out there in said write-up. Let’s tighten up, guys! We’ll make ya feel good. ;)

I’m kicking things off tonight because I’m bored out of my mind and would love to speak with some of our readers for once.

My question to everyone is: How are you guys gifting this year? How kickass is your present giving? Are you giving people shitty gifts on purpose or do you have a really cool, inventive, touching backstory to your presents for others this holiday season? I wanna see photos, I wanna hear stories, I wanna see discussion.

Don’t embarrass me. Hit the read more button to jump to our page and reply in the comment section. I might even be generous enough to gift one of you guys something for a good enough comment.

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Blindboxed.com Officially Launches
Today, A Little Bit on the Awesome Side, AKA Albotas.com, evolves and expands. While Albotas has been covering the designer toy scene since its inception and predates many of today’s popular designer toy blogs, our priorities have shifted based on our fans’ and readers’ feedback. As hardcore fans of the scene, we’re not willing to just drop that topic, so we’re spinning off the designer toy stuff into a new site, Blindboxed, where we can have a more dedicated and focused set of content for all the vinyl, resin, and plush fans out there.
What Can I Expect from Blindboxed?
We will be posting daily updates on industry news, upcoming releases, new reveals, and the latest work from our favorite artists and designers. As you might have seen, we’ve been filling up the site with pre-launch content already.
We’ll also be posting plenty of original content, such as artist interviews, DIY tips and tricks from established designers and customizing pros, event coverage, toy reviews, and more.
Finally, we’ll keep you on your toes with cool surprises. Keep an eye out for a special Blindboxed launch celebration sponsored by some of our awesome designer toy friends and artists.
Who Runs and Writes for Blindboxed?
Blindboxed.com is run and written by Robby “browkidd” Weiss and Marc DeAngelis.
browkidd is the founder and editor in chief at Albotas.com.
Marc is the senior content editor at Albotas.com and is a contributor for Clutter Magazine.
How Do I Get My Toys / Customs / Designs on Blindboxed.com?
If you have something you’d like us to feature on the site, introduce yourself via email [marc ~ at ~ albotas (dot) com] and include high res images of what you’d like us to post as well as a link to your site. If you’d like us to review a toy or something relevant to the designer toy scene, contact us via email for a mailing address and review guidelines.
Can I Place Ads on Blindboxed.com?
We do offer ad placements. If you’d like to be featured in our Sponsors sidebar, please contact us via email [marc ~ at ~ albotas (dot) com] for quotes and guidelines.
Now What Do I Do?
Subscribe to us on Tumblr, follow @blindboxed, check out our facebook page, watch our soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel, and visit the homepage as much as you’d like!

Blindboxed.com Officially Launches

Today, A Little Bit on the Awesome Side, AKA Albotas.com, evolves and expands. While Albotas has been covering the designer toy scene since its inception and predates many of today’s popular designer toy blogs, our priorities have shifted based on our fans’ and readers’ feedback. As hardcore fans of the scene, we’re not willing to just drop that topic, so we’re spinning off the designer toy stuff into a new site, Blindboxed, where we can have a more dedicated and focused set of content for all the vinyl, resin, and plush fans out there.

What Can I Expect from Blindboxed?

We will be posting daily updates on industry news, upcoming releases, new reveals, and the latest work from our favorite artists and designers. As you might have seen, we’ve been filling up the site with pre-launch content already.

We’ll also be posting plenty of original content, such as artist interviews, DIY tips and tricks from established designers and customizing pros, event coverage, toy reviews, and more.

Finally, we’ll keep you on your toes with cool surprises. Keep an eye out for a special Blindboxed launch celebration sponsored by some of our awesome designer toy friends and artists.

Who Runs and Writes for Blindboxed?

Blindboxed.com is run and written by Robby “browkidd” Weiss and Marc DeAngelis.

browkidd is the founder and editor in chief at Albotas.com.

Marc is the senior content editor at Albotas.com and is a contributor for Clutter Magazine.

How Do I Get My Toys / Customs / Designs on Blindboxed.com?

If you have something you’d like us to feature on the site, introduce yourself via email [marc ~ at ~ albotas (dot) com] and include high res images of what you’d like us to post as well as a link to your site. If you’d like us to review a toy or something relevant to the designer toy scene, contact us via email for a mailing address and review guidelines.

Can I Place Ads on Blindboxed.com?

We do offer ad placements. If you’d like to be featured in our Sponsors sidebar, please contact us via email [marc ~ at ~ albotas (dot) com] for quotes and guidelines.

Now What Do I Do?

Subscribe to us on Tumblr, follow @blindboxed, check out our facebook page, watch our soon-to-be-launched YouTube channel, and visit the homepage as much as you’d like!

Aw Shit. Albotas Is Evolving

October 1, 2013. Stay tuned.

‘Insidious: Chapter 2' - The Albotas Review
Opening to the box office tune of $40.3 million, Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up immediately where the first film left off, but does it surpass its predecessor, or is it just more of the same?
Minor spoilers ahead.
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AWESOME
A different kind of ghost story. The first Insidious was so well-received because it had an intriguing spin on the ghost story genre. Insidious: Chapter 2 takes you deeper into The Further and the story surrounding the ghosts that haunt the Lambert family.
Ghostly time travel. At the end of the first Insidious, Josh Lambert went into a spirit world called The Further to retrieve the enslave soul of his comatose son, but something else came back in his place. In Insidious 2, we get to watch Josh’s lost spirit travel through time and revisit some of the cooler scares from Insidious, but this time, we get to see what was going on in the spirit realm side of things. Although scarce, these time travel scenes were perfectly executed and totally seemed planned since before the first film even started shooting - never once did they seem half-assed or forced.
Danielle Bisutti. She’s the actress who plays the mother of Parker Crane, the film’s main baddie possessing the dad. Her character doesn’t even have a name (seriously, she’s listed as Mother of Parker Crane in the IMDB credits),  but she rocked the hell out of every scene she was in and played the perfect mix of creepy and batshit insane. The only problem was, she’s so much of a babe that I was too busy admiring her gorgeous blue eyes to be scared. Let’s just say she could haunt my house any day of the week.
NOT AWESOME
Super derivative. Every single door in this movie creeks. If you see a closeup of a main character standing in a long hallway, you can totally expect to see a ghost walk across the hall. Pianos play themselves, stuff moves on its own, and creepy voices are heard on baby monitors. The first film definitely had me on the edge of my seat way more. This just felt like generic, paint-by-number horror scenes playing out.
The comic relief. Remember those nerdy ghost hunter dudes from Insidious 1? Yeah, the movie was pretty much all downhill once they were introduced. This time around it’s the same case, only they show up pretty early on. While they occasionally earn a decent chuckle or two, their overly forced geeky quirks are unbearable for the most part. Example: when trying to decide which of them should go down a creepy basement stairway first, they play a game of Hunter, Ninja, Bear - it’s like Rock, Paper, Scissors, but, you know, geeky and quirky. It’s also from a really old Fed-Ex commercial.
Too much happening at once. So, you have the typical family haunting story, but there’s also this creepy Shining thing going on with the possessed dad, then the grandmother goes on her own adventure with the paranormal investigator dudes, meanwhile, the real dad’s spirit is wandering around in ghost world being all sad and playing the piano. It jumps around between plots throughout the movie and you can tell the writers really tried to cram a lot of story elements into to 106 minutes.
Pretty much everyone makes the worst decisions. ”Oh, you want me, a frail old man, to try and sedate a man possessed by the ghost of a serial killer? Sure, no problem. You guys stay in this van parked at the end of a long driveway. I doubt he’ll come at me with a knife or anything.” Okay, horror movies are known for having characters make terrible decisions. It gives ethnic people a reason to yell at the screen. But horror film making has come a long way and we deserve smarter main characters to root for. This isn’t a slasher flick where we just want gore and sweet kills, this is the story of a family going through a traumatic event. It’s hard to sympathize when the wife is a subservient ass-head who lets her husband convince her that all the weird shit going on is just her imagination. Honey, did you see the first movie? You were in it and you know damn well that shit wasn’t your imagination. Also, there’s seriously a part when the grandma and investigators find a room filled with maybe 20 or more corpses of murder victims and instead of calling the cops, they root through a chest of old newspaper clippings to learn more about the ghosts.
VERDICT
While I definitely enjoyed Insidious: Chapter 2, it was nowhere on par with the scope of originality in the first film which had way more at stake emotionally since it was about a family scared of losing their child. There were some good cheap jump scares and really creepy atmospheric stuff, but most of the focus was on the story which was part of a balancing act between plot and scares. Sadly, the scares fell short and you’ve probably already seen most of them in every other haunted house movie.
If you want to see a scary movie with a good plot, good scares, and Patrick Wilson, go see The Conjuring.

Insidious: Chapter 2' - The Albotas Review

Opening to the box office tune of $40.3 million, Insidious: Chapter 2 picks up immediately where the first film left off, but does it surpass its predecessor, or is it just more of the same?

Minor spoilers ahead.

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Thigh High Thursday

Leather Belt Flooring

It’s an undeniable fact that hardwood floors are the freshest of all floorings, but getting your pad all wooded out is mad pricey. You know what’s not mad pricey? Picking up a buttload of belts from a thrift shop and getting the same look. If you’re too lazy for all that noise, you can score your own belt flooring from the designers over at Ting in London for $75 per square foot. Imagine how heavenly that ish would feel on your bare feet!

(Source: hiconsumption.com)

Albotas.com Live Hangout Sesh Starts NOW!

Come hang out with us, ask us stuff, talk about Final Fantasy, and other assorted shenanigans. Here’s a link to the direct feed where you can chat with us and junk.

We’re Doing A Live Google+ Hangout Tonight @ 8PM EST!
Want to hang out with the Albotas crew and ask questions about video games, movies, and all things geeky while we sip on the finest on whiskeys (except for Marc, he’s a Coolatta kind of guy)? Check back at 8PM for the stream. Hold on to your butts.

We’re Doing A Live Google+ Hangout Tonight @ 8PM EST!

Want to hang out with the Albotas crew and ask questions about video games, movies, and all things geeky while we sip on the finest on whiskeys (except for Marc, he’s a Coolatta kind of guy)? Check back at 8PM for the stream. Hold on to your butts.

A Little Bit On The AwesomeCast Episode 5- How We Became Such Nerds

For this week’s main topic, the Albotas.com podcast crew discusses how they fell in love with gaming.

News topics this week include our top 5 most reblogged stories by our Tumblr followers, our thoughts on the new Amazing Spider-Man teaser, Tumblr filtering out porn, EarthBound for the Wii U, what characters we wish were in Ultra Street Fighter IV, and designer toy empire Kidrobot’s new crossover with Marvel.

This week’s chiptune is “Titty Taco” by Double Hex from the album Volume = FF which you can snag over on Bandcamp for just $4. Check out our full review of the album here.

Download the MP3 version of this episode and listen to it whenever your little heart desires.

A Little Bit On The AwesomeCast Episode 4: Erick Scarecrow Special

This week our special guest, Erick Scarecrow, founder of the designer toy brand ESC-Toy LTD., chats with us about his love for anime and manga, how he started his collectible figure empire, the current state of the designer toy scene, and he dishes a buttload some inside info on his upcoming animated project, 9DKP, that he’ll be taking to Kickstarter later this year.

Also be sure to check out issue 19 of Clutter Magazine in a few months to check out an exclusive interview with Erick Scarecrow by Albotas.com’s very own Marc DeAngellis!

This week’s chiptune: “Demoman’s Adventure” by algar
Download it here: http://chipmusic.org/algar/music/demomans-adventure

Download the MP3 version of this episode and listen to it whenever you damn well please!

A Little Bit On The AwesomeCast Episode 3. - The Generation’s Best

Tune in to this week’s AwesomeCast to hear the AwesomeCast Crew discus our favorite video games of the past console generation.

Other things featured in this installment include, but are not limited to:

-HOLY CRAP WE HAVE A QUARTER OF A MILLION TUMBLR FOLLOWERS!

-Wes Anderson movies (and movies in general)

-Comic books

-Chip music

-Vin Diesel in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

-Japanese pop idols with questionable morals

-Video games, video games, and more video games

This week’s chiptune is “PONPONPON” by x critical strike x. Download it for free from ChipMusic.org.

Next week the Albotas.com Podcast Crew will be back to talk about what we think were this past console generation’s best hidden gems and underrated games. Let’s hear it for the underdogs!

Download the MP3 version of this episode and listen to it whenever you damn well please!

Check Us Out In This Huffingting Post Video
Guess who was featured in a HuffPo video? Yeah, we’re kind of a big deal. Watch for us at the 0:37 mark where they quote our own Kevin Cortez a.k.a. itsgorilla.
Special thanks to t0fu for pointing this out to us.
Click here to see our article that was featured in the video.
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Check Us Out In This Huffingting Post Video

Guess who was featured in a HuffPo video? Yeah, we’re kind of a big deal. Watch for us at the 0:37 mark where they quote our own Kevin Cortez a.k.a. itsgorilla.

Special thanks to t0fu for pointing this out to us.

Click here to see our article that was featured in the video.

Follow Albotas on Twitter | Like Albotas Facebook
We’re Kind of a Big Deal
As of today, Albotas has over a quarter of a million tumblr followers. Thanks to everyone who follows us. Onward to the half a million mark!

We’re Kind of a Big Deal

As of today, Albotas has over a quarter of a million tumblr followers. Thanks to everyone who follows us. Onward to the half a million mark!

ALBOTAS Suggestion Box
As I write this post, Robby and I are chatting on Gmail about what we can do to make Albotas way better. We’re trying to conjure up some new article and feature ideas, as well as editorials to blab on and subjects to rant on. But we need more input and suggestions, and we need to hear it from the source of our site’s power: the readers.
We asked on our Facebook page earlier and now we’re asking here: What would you like to see on Albotas? Would you like a podcast? More comic book or anime features? More video? How about image galleries, link dumps, and reviews? We need answers! We’re listening!
What do you want guys?!?

ALBOTAS Suggestion Box

As I write this post, Robby and I are chatting on Gmail about what we can do to make Albotas way better. We’re trying to conjure up some new article and feature ideas, as well as editorials to blab on and subjects to rant on. But we need more input and suggestions, and we need to hear it from the source of our site’s power: the readers.

We asked on our Facebook page earlier and now we’re asking here: What would you like to see on Albotas? Would you like a podcast? More comic book or anime features? More video? How about image galleries, link dumps, and reviews? We need answers! We’re listening!

What do you want guys?!?

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