RUSH ORDER 09/07/15 – Deadline: 16:30 10/07/15

Hey folks!  That time again where I put together items that are in with my supplier and I need to confirm numbers to finalise my order.  Some pretty awesome items this week (as always)!

So, here’s what’s available:

American Horror Story: Coven

Cordelia Foxx (No Eyes) Limited Edition

Fiona Goode (Bloody) Limited Edition

 

The Book of Life

Manolo Remembered

 

Lilo & Stitch

Stitch 626

 

Star Wars

Figrin D’An Exclusive

K-3PO Limited Edition

 

The X-Files

Fox Mulder

 

 

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It’s A Mystery

I’ve been toying with the idea of offering mystery boxes on the store; one-offs as well as recurring subscriptions.  My only reservation is that there is an increasingly saturated market for these and standing out from the crowd will be an issue – especially as a newcomer who operates solo as opposed to a team of diligent workers.  One other issue in terms of bringing a unique take on the mystery box world is the fact that it is very limited in what can be done to be different as it’s a very simple principle at the heart of it.

In regards to the monthly recurring scheme: if I do step into this venture it’ll be opened up to a small number as a means of piloting the service and gaining valuable feedback to see whether it’s worthwhile.

I’m looking at implementing the one-offs relatively soon as there is no risk involved in it.  Just a simple case of adding an option to the store to purchase a mystery item.  I’m also looking at doing a cheaper option for any box damaged items – I have a couple I’ve been holding onto until I decided what to do with them (Crow GITD and the SDCC 2014 Flocked Rocket Raccoon).

Ultimately, this hangs on the customer base (you) and the value you gain from this and I would love to have ideas/comments in regards to these propositions.  Any feedback is welcome – drop a comment below!

 

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Elder Scrolls Online Basic Tips

Hey folks!

I’m no stranger to MMO/MMORPG games but I’m no expert either.  Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) is probably the most addictive one I have played.  With non-invasive tutorials and a pick up ‘n’ play style, it seems to be quite a rich game for MMO veterans and noobs alike.  Getting started in any MMO can be quite daunting – if you’ve played any of the previous Elder Scrolls titles (Morrowind/Oblivion/Skyrim) you will feel a bit more at ease, at least I did anyway.  With an immersive storyline and stunning visuals, it’s difficult not to love this game.

My main character is currently level 38 and I have to alts (additional characters) who are level 8 and 6.  This provides a good segway into my tips:

  1. Create multiple characters (you can have up to 8).  Why?  Because one thing you will find when trekking all over Tamriel is that you run low on inventory space.  So what do you do?  Go to the bank and if the bank runs low, have your alts withdraw items to make room.  You can also use this a means of helping them level their crafting skills or give them kick ass weapons you found and don’t need.
  2. Linked to the first point, save your gold for bag upgrades (certain settlements have bag vendors and you can buy extra space), bank upgrades (again, you can pay the bank gold to increase capacity within your ‘vault’) and, if you have a mount, visit the stables every 20 hours to upgrade your mounts stats – I would work on capacity until you hit the max of 60 then work on the other stats.
  3. Almost every house, delve, dungeon, keep and any other type of building have bookcases – examine them ALL.  Not only can you gain valuable skill points to various ‘lines’ but you may reveal locations on your map and quests to complete.  Also, after you complete the Mages Guild quest line the books get added to your Lorebooks where you can keep track (don’t worry,you don’t have to re-read any books prior to that unlocking).
  4. Work on your crafting – don’t waste gold buying/repairing armour and weapons.  Get by on what you scavenge.  Once you’ve used and abused them, use the deconstruction ability at the clothing/woodworking/blacksmith station.  This yields a lot more XP for your crafting as well as gives you items you can use to forge your own items.
  5. Examine EVERYTHING, take as many useful items as you can (food items, weapons, clothing, ores, ingots etc.) – as well as giving you items for crafting you will unlock achievements for harvesting and taking items.  Stealing is also advised – I started off not stealing (trying to be good) but you miss out on achievements and it’s quite lucrative in terms of picking up treasures to then sell to ‘fences’.  If you’re going to steal, crouch and make sure you’re hidden so as to avoid a confrontation with the guards.
  6. There are many dungeons and other locations to find.  Try to avoid using wayshrines to travel (at least to begin with) otherwise you will miss locations, achievements, Lorebooks, crafting items and other goodies.  Plus, a scarp every now and again will help boost your skill lines with your chosen fighting techniques.
  7. If you spot an arrow on your compass indicating a quest-giver is nearby, go to it.  Try and fill your active quests to the max of 25.  Why?  A lot of quests in the various regions can overlap meaning that you can tackle multiple quests when you’re in the vicinity maximising the experience required to level up .  This is handy for more than the XP , mind – you can gain skill points for certain quests, you may receive gold and/or a weapon or other item you can either wield, sell or deconstruct,
  8. Watch out for items that say they have a bonus for deconstruction inspiration or if they sell for x% more than usual and make sure you either deconstruct or sell the item as it guides to reap the rewards.
  9. One thing I didn’t do early on and ensured I started doing it at around level 25 is the Soul Trap ability.  If you have empty soul gems, ensure you put this to good use so that if you die you don’t have to start all the way back at a wayshrine or the entrance to a dungeon.
  10. Get your crafting skills to level 3 – you can then unlock the ‘Hireling’ ability – this can be levelled up as well.  Why?  Daily, you will receive items such as ore, wood etc. from the hirelings on their respective crafting line.  Sometimes you may get some rarer materials to work with or sell.

That’s it so far, I may do a more comprehensive list as I become better skilled within the game.  There are lots of guides and what-not out there but most speak to those that are fully or at least well versed in MMO games and for a lot of people, this is all new to them.  I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of people picked this game up having loved Skyrim or an earlier title and wondered “WTF?” when they got started.  Hopefully some of these tips prove useful!

Oh, and don’t forget to join my guild if you’re on Ebonheart Pact – it’s Infinite Scroll.  Just drop me a message on PSN: Nerdgazzum84.  You can also join the Facebook group so we can arrange meet ups in-game to take on quests in Cyrodil (the PvP – Player vs Player) area or to help out with dungeons etc.

 

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Nerdful Things 04/07/15

Welcome to this week’s Nerdful Things!  I’m going to break stride for a sec and congratulate the winner of the 1,000 likes competition for the awesome Play Arts Kai Harley Quinn Variant.   So, congratulations goes to Shona aka Ellie Jayden!  It feels good to offer up some awesomeness but especially when the person shows true appreciation – her Twitter reaction says it all.  As disappointed as I was with the small number of entries, I am glad I had people put some effort in as a prize like this should go to someone who makes an effort and not just a lazy like, share and that’s it.  Below is the winning entry:

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I really want that Joker doll…

Before I delve into some of the awesomeness available, I also wanted to announce the integration of a new scheme on the store: certain pre-order items will have discounts applied within a certain window of time before they revert to the regular price.  To qualify for the discount, all you have to do is order within that time – the price will show as discounted on the respective product page/in your cart/at checkout.  Simple.  Bear in mind that this is not on ALL pre-orders and the window of time may be a few days to a week or two so if you want to save a little bit of cash then get in there quick!

So, that being said, here is the first (and only item at the time of writing this) item available at a discounted price.  This GITD Vaultboy from the newly announce Fallout series from Funko!  This guy has clearly been hanging out with The Glowing One.  Or he’s been wandering around the Wasteland without the correct gear and has a stupidly high RAD reading.

Next up, we have the American Horror Story: Freakshow POP!s.   I posted a RUSH ORDER towards the end of last week and a lot of the items are (thankfully) still available to order in, including this series.  Elsa Mars & Ma Petite seem especially popular (4 times more than any of the others)!  Also available are: Bette & Dot (Tattler Twins), Pepper & Twisty The Clown.

How awesome are these newly announced Doctor Who POP!s?

4th Doctor with Jelly Beans

11th Doctor with Fez & Mop

12th Doctor with Spoon

 

And finally, here is the last of my picks – the Star Wars Jawa re-release!

That’s just a taster of some of the goodies added this week.  For more, check the store homepage.

 

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RUSH ORDER – DEADLINE 01/07/15

This deadline is very tight and it’s been hard work trying to cram all the goodies in for this one!  You may notice some of the items from the last RUSH ORDER post are here along with other items from their respective series’ and also a lot of others.  Orders need to be in (either by placing on the store or dropping me a message on the Facebook page with your PayPal details so I can send you an invoice) by 09:30 on July 1st.

I decided to stop posting items on Facebook today as there were just too many and I wasn’t expecting such a large Funko drop so close to the last one!

Links to each item are below to go directly to the respective product page(s).  You can also purchase the items on eBay (a portion of my listings are at the bottom of this post) if you prefer .

21 Jump Street


Greg Jenko

Morton Schmidt
American Horror Story

Elsa Mars & Ma Petite

Pepper

Tattler Twins

Twisty The Clown
Arrow

Arrow

Arrow Unmasked/Oliver Queen

Black Canary

Deathstroke

Deathstroke Unmasked

 

Batman

Batman Eclipse Light

Batman POP! Vinyl Keychain

Blue Rainbow Batman Exclusive

Green Rainbow Batman Exclusive

Orange Rainbow Batman Exclusive

Pink Rainbow Batman Exclusive

Purple Rainbow Batman Exclusive

Yellow Rainbow Batman Exclusive
The Boondock Saints

Connor MacManus

Murphy MacManus
The Flash

The Flash 
Daredevil

Daredevil

Dogma

Buddy Christ Plush Doll
Dragonball Z

Limited Edition Metallic Vegeta

Family Guy

Peter

Brian

Stewie

Ray Gun Stewie
Guardians of the Galaxy

Rocket Raccoon (Ravagers variant)

Yondu
My Little Pony

Princess Celestia
The Nightmare Before Christmas

Jack Skellington with Snowflake

Penguins of Madagascar

Short Fuse

Spider-Man

Spider-Man 2099 Exclusive
Star Wars

Chewbacca Snow Drift Exclusive

Han Solo Hoth Outfit Exclusive

R2-B1 Exclusive

Slave Leia
Ted 2

Ted with Beer

Ted with Remote
The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead POP! Tin

The X-Files

Dana Scully

Cigarette Smoking Man

Alien

 

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RUSH ORDER 24/06/15 – DEADLINE: 26/06/15

It’s that time again where Facebook and Twitter get a hammering with updates in lieu of my next shipment.  There’s a lot of exciting items that are available and I need to confirm what numbers I need to finalise it.  The deadline is to be confirmed.   The deadline is Friday, June 26th so the shipment would be expected to reach me around the end of next week or start of the following week.

So, in case you missed the various posts that I tried to space out using the scheduling features, here’s what’s available to get in.

Adventure Time

Marceline

Lemongrab
American Horror Story

Twisty The Clown
Batman

Batman Eclipse Light

Batman POP! Vinyl Keychain
Penguins of Madagascar

Short Fuse

Dogma

Buddy Christ Plush Doll
Dragonball Z

Limited Edition Metallic Vegeta

Family Guy

Peter

Brian
Guardians of the Galaxy

Yondu
My Little Pony

Princess Celestia

Spider-Man

Spider-Man 2099 Exclusive
Star Wars

Chewbacca Snow Drift Exclusive

R2-B1 Exclusive

Slave Leia
The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead POP! Tin

 

I’ll update this post with the cut off date but in the meantime, if you are interested in any of the above items, click the respective links and place your order via the store, order via eBay or drop me a message on the Facebook page with your PayPal details and what item(s) you want and I can raise an invoice.

 

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Infinite Scroll – The Official Nerdgazzum ESO Guild

As I mentioned in the last Nerdful Things post, I have gotten hooked on The Elder Scrolls Online.  Yesterday, I decided to create my own guild on Ebonheart Pact.  I’d love to have enough members to open up the bank and other features as well as tackle the campaigns in a less haphazard fashion.

I am on PS4 and my PSN is Nerdgazzum84 so feel free to message me if you want to join!  All are welcome!  The Cyrodil section (campaigns) are pretty solid going solo and the group finder takes an age to actually match you up with folks so clearing all the dungeons and acquiring Alliance Points are a hard grind unless you have a decent pack of folks to work with.  If you’re a trophy whore like myself, the guild can be used as a means of trophy boosting too!

Check out the newly formed Facebook Group for a dedicated place to chat ESO and arrange game sessions etc!

 

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Nerdful Things 21/06/15

Oh, hello!  A slightly later post this week…you can thank The Elder Scrolls Online for that.  I am hooked.  5 days in and I’m addicted majorly!

But that doesn’t mean there’s been no store updates!  So what are the picks this week?  Stick around and I shall tell thee.

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Dogma Plush Figure Buddy Christ

From the fantastic Kevin Smith flick, Dogma, comes the Buddy Christ!  ‘Christ didn’t come to Earth to give us the willies.  He came to help us out!’  Available to pre-order now.

 

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Star Wars POP! Vinyl Bobble-Head Gamorrean Guard Black Box Re-Issue

[Insert grunts and snorts here].  ’nuff said really.  This awesome Funko POP! is available for pre-order now!

 

Minion USB Flash Drives

These awesome Minion flash drives can help you take over the world.  Or at least carry your files and any other important digital content with you!  Hit the store for more details!

 

DC Comics ARTFX+ PVC 1/10 Batman: Arkham Knight statues

No weekly update would be complete without some Batman items and considering how big next week is gonna be, it seems fitting to have some Arkham Knight products!  Both Batman and the Arkham Knight are available to pre-order (sold separately).

So, those are my picks for this past week.  Check out the store for more new items!

 

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Traipsing Tamriel – My First Few Hours On The Elder Scrolls Online

Slight change of plan.  Batman: Arkham Knight was meant to be my birthday present but, as I had decided I wanted The Elder Scrolls Online Crown Edition (ESO) last week, I figured I would have that for my birthday (16 June) and as Arkham Knight (AK) won’t arrive until the 23rd June at the earliest it made sense that that be my Father’s Day pressie.

So, after a lengthy install – a 15.86GB day one patch had been released, and not playing it at all last night – instead, I played Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7 on my Vita and then a spot of Saints Row IV (prior to me installing my 2TB HDD, I had inadvertently formatted my PS4 in order to try and resolve display issues on 2 of my TVs – it didn’t work so I ended up getting a PSTV in order to play on the main TV in the living room using Remote Play – and lost a lot of game saves.  SR IV was one of them).

Anyhoo, I digress!  Talia (middle child) had us up at around 3am, after getting her back to sleep it was a struggle to get back to sleep myself.  I won’t discuss my ailment much but I think the pain had caused me to become wide awake so i thought I’d play ESO as it would have downloaded in rest mode (I love the fact the PS4 can download in standby).

And, henceforth, I began my quest.  I normally spend ages working on my character – I spent maybe ten minutes after reading the various traits of races and the alliances.  I created my Nord, Aldo Storm (took that from my FF XIV character that I had used a name generator for).  I hate coming up with character names.  I used to use my favourite movie characters (for example, in the original GTA game, I called myself Castor Troy), but all manner of inspiration has escaped me.  Pick a shitty name and, for the most part, you’re stuck with it.

After the character creation, you begin a staple for the Elder Scrolls series – you begin in a prison.  Only this time you’re not in Tamriel.  You’re on the other side.  As usual, the opening scenes pave the way in the form of a tutorial.  Unlike other MMORGs, the tutorial is very fluid with very unintrusive screen pops and tips.

It’s not long before you level up a few times and, by the time you actually reach Tamriel, you’re probably about level 4 or 5, having defeated your first boss.  Graphically, it takes Skyrim’s visuals and gives it a major kick up the ass.  Staying true to the Elder Scrolls series, your typical options are there – looting corpses, searching urns and so on.  Lockpicking threw me off slightly – I didn’t get a tutorial pop (not sure I was meant to) and unlike previous lockpicking sequences in the series where you turn the sticks in the direction to apply force and judge by the vibration whether you’re on the money or not – here, you have to work the various tumblers in a particular sequence to unlock doors and chests BUT, you also have a time limit.  After a couple of attempts, I had it sussed but it wasn’t great going in relatively blind – my first attempt had the timer running out as I wasn’t paying full attention – kinda like when your ambling along in a game and then an unexpected QTE (Quick Time Event) occurs.

From what I’ve seen in about 3 hours worth of gameplay is impressive.  I had a go at fishing – all you need is bait.  This was quite refreshing considering the fact you need to access the Fisherman’s Guild in FFXIV and equip a rod etc.  Here, you’re straight in.  I’m not sure about other features like crafting and so on as I haven’t tried.  Although I’ve spoken to a couple of NPCs (Non-Playable Characters) who sell items like saws etc and it just seems that the limitation is having enough gold.

Quests seem rather abundant.  After waking up in a township that I discover I was brought to after floating around in the sea, I had covered little ground before I had about five or six different quests under way.  Nothing particularly groundbreaking here – go here, do this, come back, receive this and scene!  This is inescapable in MMORPGs as this is what they are, but some of the set ups are pretty cool and different.  One quest had me use a dog whistle in a certain spot to summon a dog and follow it back to its owner and help him out.  Another had me reversing a wizard’s spell after he had turned 3 companions of this woman into Skeevers.

One thing I quite enjoyed while exploring the map (I ended up heading off to Bleakrock Isle) is the standard location indicator on the compass bar – you know, the outlined image of a mine or town and then you get the typical “X LOCATION DISCOVERED” across your screen.  I know other MMORPGs do a similar thing and rewards XP (Experience Points) for doing so but it just feels more…homely.  You’re in this new world, this new concept but there are many familiar staples from previous games to immerse you.  Most open world games, especially totally new games, daunt me.  The feeling of anxiety wondering where do I go? What should I do next?   So having these little pieces of the previous games puts that to bed as it feels like it’s more of the same but just bigger, better and with a ton more to do.

So, despite it having some heavy criticism from friends and other tidbits I have seen online I am loving it so far and if you will excuse me…I’m going back in.  If you wanna join me, my PSN is Nerdgazzum84.

 

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Nerdful Things 12/06/15

It’s been a pretty big one this past week and I’m sure, on the run up to SDCC, it’s gonna be that way for a good few weeks to come.  Picking the coolest items has been difficult this time around and there are lots of other awesome items newly added to the store that you can check out too!

First up this week, we have the awesome Hanna Barbera POP!s and POP! Ride.

The series includes: Mean Machine & Muttley, Dick Dastardly, Muttley, Secret Squirrel, Morocco Mole & Lil Gruesome and are available to pre-order now.

 

Next, there’s these awesome new additions to the Vinyl Idolz range:

The Walking Dead – Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon & Michonne.

Hot Fuzz –Danny Butterman & Nicholas Angel.

All of these are available to pre-order now.

Then we move onto these awesome Little Big Planet Sackboy statues crossing over into The Order 1886 and Infamous: Second Son which are both available to pre-order now.

 

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Now, so far I have managed to avoid any DC related items.  I continue that trend here with the limited edition Wolverine (Brown Costume).  Available to pre-order now.

 

Speaking of limited edition – these American Horror Story: Coven Cordelia Foxx and Fiona Goode POP!s are available to pre-order.

 

Finally, I just wanted to reiterate the RUSH ORDER post by saying these awesome Punisher, Spider-Man (Black Suit) and Venom Exclusive POP!s are IN STOCK with my supplier NOW and I need to have my confirmed numbers in by the end of TODAY.  Completed orders will be in my shipment next week and out to you on the same/following day of them coming in!

Check out the original post here to see other items also available!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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