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Building Sets Review

So for Christmas, I got 3 different types of building kits so I thought I’d review all 3 and rank them.

#3

I have to give the spot at the bottom to the UGears set. While I was happy with the end result and would possibly do another set like it the actual building was horrible. There were a few times I just wanted to smash it because I was getting super frustrated. All of that is definitely because of the material, not only was it hard to push it into its slot I also always felt like something was going to break. Which I did end up breaking one piece(luckily it was one of like 2 pieces that had a spare) because I thought I fucked something up because it wasn’t spinning. The one positive is that its directions were pretty understandable.

#2

The second spot goes to this metal scorpion set from a company called Gonmoso(I think). I really liked this one because it is super unique, instead of the thin sheets of metal sets you can get everywhere this one is thick pieces of metal and you use tiny screws to put it together. Where the UGears set was annoyingly difficult this one was a fun type of difficult. The only problem this one had was that its directions weren’t the best. There were some parts where the pictures weren’t very clear, the order of the directions would have been better if the were switched, and there was one section were you had to infer that you use certain pieces instead of it just telling you. But if I was able to find another set like this I would 100% do another one.

#1

And of course, the #1 spot goes to the Lego set! I don’t really need to explain why this one gets the top spot since if you know you know but for those who don’t here’s why. First, the material is perfect, it isn’t hard to put together and it’s also very easy to take apart. Second, the directions are perfect they’re extremely easy to understand and the pictures are very clear. So in my eyes, Lego sets are the GOAT of all building sets so obviously it’s the best one.

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody Review

With the amount of musician biopics coming out you’d think I would try and learn a little bit more about the singers but I enjoy learning things about them for the first time during the movie. Which is what I’d consider the best part about these types of movies, learning about their crazy lives on the big screen.

On another note, this music biopic(along with Bohemian Rhapsody) succeeded where all of the others kind of dropped the ball. They succeeded because they created a good balance of switching the focus between the music and the singers’ lives. Other movies seemed to lean more one way or the other which always left me wanting more. The best part of I Wanna Dance was that I felt like I got the whole story, I was never left wondering what happened. Altogether it was a really good movie and I would give it an 8 out of 10.

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BattleBots S07 E02: Predictions

So, last week I got 4 out of 7 fights correct so not too bad but let’s see if I get more right tonight.

Hypershock Vs. Sawblaze

Since Sawblaze is my all-time favorite bot I of course have to say Sawblaze will win.

Fusion Vs. Emulsifier

I’m not sure about this one, I don’t really know anything about Emulsifier but Fusion doesn’t have the best track record so far so I have a feeling Emulsifier will win.

Mammoth Vs. Valkyrie

This is another difficult choice since I could reasonably see either one win but my gut is saying Valkyrie will win.

Madcatter Vs. Whiplash

Whiplash is my second favorite bot so obviously, I’m going to say they will win.

Banshee Vs. Switchback

Switchback’s another bot with and iffy track record so I’ve got to give this one to Banshee.

Hijinx Vs. Big Dill

Not sure why but I feel like if Big Dill is quick they could win this one.

Blip Vs. Endgame

I know Endgame is really good but so is the team that made Blip so I’m going to say Blip will win.

As always let’s how many I get this week.

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Vision Quest (The Demon’s Apprentice 3) Review

Slowly making my way through this series and so far it hasn’t disappointed. As always I’m loving the characters and the magic but I noticed something that I really like about this series after reading this one. What I realized is that to me this series toes the line perfectly between being considered an adult fantasy book and a YA fantasy. It has that feeling that it could be a great book for all ages, which I love. Another thing that I’m a big fan of is Chance being the type of character that both does it on his own but also uses any help he can get. It always leads to the bad guy being fucked because they don’t expect the MC to bring help which is always entertaining.

While I’m loving this series so far there was one thing that annoyed me in this book. That, of course, is my disappointment that Winthrop didn’t stay a massive douche the whole time! I was looking forward to having that one character who’s a douche but not an asshole(there’s a difference). You know, the type of character that everyone loves to hate but still doesn’t want to see die? That’s what I was hoping Winthrop was going to be, but sadly he had to go and be a semi-decent person. But in all seriousness, I give this book an 8 out of 10 and I can’t wait to see what else happens, especially when Chance goes to magic school.

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A Man Called Otto Review

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie, I thought it was going to be boring but I was wrong. The best way to describe this movie is that it is an emotionally cute movie. There’s just something really great about the character that acts all grumpy but everyone knows they are just a big softy underneath. And that’s exactly the type of person Otto is. This movie has 2 things that make it a good movie, number one is the variety of characters. Each character is not only unique in their own special way, but collectively they are also unique in this genre of movie. I feel like in this type of movie you don’t get to see a group like this together often which makes it pretty entertaining.

The second thing I thought was great in this movie was how they handled the flashbacks. The way they decided to have Otto actually relive/remember the flashbacks instead of just going to a flashback was really cool. Doing it that way made the importance of the flashbacks 10 times more impactful. So I’d give this movie a 7 out of 10.

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Fate of the West (The Helsing Society book 4)

I absolutely loved the first 3 books so it’s no surprise that I adore the 4th just as much. So, instead of talking about how much I love the whole book vaguely, so as to not spoil anything, this time I’m just going to share my thoughts on specific parts of this one. I’m going to get this one out of the way first… if Dylan and Megan don’t finally have an actual real date in the next book I’m rioting! But really, I love how they both are acting like they’re not already a couple when they clearly are. Forget “enemies to lovers”, I love “we both madly love each other and just need an hour by ourselves to confess our undying love” and Dylan and Megan fit that perfectly.

I am also all for the fact that it’s looking like Krista is being saved to be the big bad endgame instead of some super-powerful monster we don’t know yet. There’s just something I like about when the cockroach character keeps getting away until they inevitably get what’s coming to them. It makes that moment when karma finally gets them that much sweeter.

The last thing I have to say about this amazing book and series is that I know when I truly love a series when I start creating my own head-cannon scenes about the characters, and surprise surprise have now reached that point in this series! So obviously, I give this book a 10 out of 10.

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Glass Onion Review

I really enjoyed this one, I think I even liked it better than Knives Out. Besides the great cast and characters, two more highlights stood out for me. The first of course is the perfect blending of the ridiculous and the serious. You get to enjoy the seriousness of a murder mystery(and the fun of trying to solve it before the characters do) all while laughing at the crazy antics the characters get up to. And there was never a moment where one feeling overshadowed the other, they seesawed back and forth perfectly.

The other highlight for me was the progression of the narrative, specifically how the movie went back in time halfway and then focused on another character. Doing it like that made me first feel like one of the confused suspects then after the switch, I felt like I was also a detective who was one clue away from solving the case. Basically, it made me feel immersed in the story and made the movie even more entertaining to watch, so I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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BattleBots S07 E01: Predictions

It’s Robot Fightin’ Time! So here are my predictions for tonight’s episode.

Witch Doctor vs. Ribbot

With these types of fights with two bots that are pretty equal, I always have to go for the bot with less vulnerable wheels so Witch Doctor.

Captain Shrederator vs. Quantum

I got to say Quantum will win this one if they can get a good grip.

Gruff vs. RIPperoni

I’m not sure about this one since I don’t know anything about Ripperoni but I think Gruff’s tried and ture durability will win this one.

Shatter! vs. Huge

On one hand, I want Shatter to win this one since I like it but on the other hand, I think it would be hard for them to beat Huge. But low to the ground bots have beaten Huge before so there is some hope.

Glitch vs. Riptide

I think Glitch’s low ground will get them the win in this fight.

Gigabyte vs. Free Shipping

Once again I think Free Shipping’s low ground will help them beat Gigabyte.

Minotaur vs. Tantrum

This is a tough one but I feel like Tantrum will win this one.

As always let’s see how many I get right.

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Echo Volume 4: The Last Edge of Darkness

Last but certainly not least, time for the final review of the Echo series. Right off the bat, I have to say thank fucking god this book had a good ending! By a good ending, I don’t mean satisfying(cliffhangers can be satisfying so that’s different), I mean an ending where everyone(mostly) is happy and healthy. I’ve said this in other reviews but I will forever be a massive sucker for a happy ending, especially after the mc has been through hell and back. And this book definitely gave that to me. On another note, the descriptions of the fights and anything in the mindscape were excellently confusing. By that I mean I could practically imagine how trippy it would be in movie form.

The one thing that I was conflicted about was the amount of existentialism in this volume. One on hand it was a little too much for me while on the other hand, it was pretty entertaining thinking about something I’ve never thought about before. But what I think I settled on was that even if it was confusing at times it was a nice change from the usual books I read. Altogether this book was a great finale for this series and I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Violent Night Review

I know it’s not Christmas anymore but I still wanted to do a review for Violent Night albeit a short one but still one. This movie was really fun to watch first off, but I think the best part was how it was super violent(obviously) but not in the horror/evil Santa way. Usually when there’s a bloody Christmas movie the bloody part comes from some super evil Santa monster so I really enjoy Santa being a badass hero taking out the bad guys. It was also a really cool idea to have Santa be a Viking in his past, it was a clever bit of lore to add to the Santa story.

The one thing though that kept this from being my new favorite Christmas movie was that it was a little too real for me. I was hoping there was going to be a bunch more magic in it. I wanted Santa to absolutely denominate the bad guys. I wanted them to have zero hope! But instead, they had like a 40/60 chance of winning. Santa’s humanness made a good movie but I would have really loved it if he was even more magical than he was. So, because of the lack of magic used in the fighting, I’d give this movie a 7 out of 10.