Toy Meets World Magazine: Brand New Old School Cool!

Today we’re taking a peek at a brand new magazine on the geeky block, Toy Meets World!  This shiny print publication is clearly an immense labour of love (and probably blood, sweat and tears too, because a project like this is one hell of an undertaking) from the good folks behind the Toy Meets World Blog. I’ll admit it’s been a while since I picked up any kind of glossy-print magazine so the leafing through this bumper debut issue managed to be at once a satisfyingly novel experience and a blast from the past in more ways than one…

Rodimus is a big fan!

Rodimus is a big fan!

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Off to Optimus…

Hi folks! It’s been a while hasn’t it? We had such great plans for this blog at the start of the year and precisely none of it has come to fruition. Apologies for that. The truth is I’ve had a few health problems this year and I just didn’t have the energy to blog for a couple of months so I had to give myself a break. Sometimes in life you just have to admit that you can’t do it all and give yourself permission to take a step back. It’s a healthy thing to do but – if your personality is anything like mine – often a very tough call to make. I’m doing a lot better now, though, and am keen to get typing here again so hopefully our normal geeky service will resume here soon.

I may not have been blogging, but I certainly haven’t been idle in the past couple of months. Rather, it’s been full steam ahead when it comes to cosplay creation. I’ve been working on our humanised Transformers More Than Meets The Eye costumes. These are really for TFNation but I figured it might be fun to finish them well in advance of that gathering and take them out to a few other events too…. starting tomorrow. So if you’re heading to Bristol’s Optimus Con on Saturday then do watch out for B and I as we début our Brainstorm and Rodimus respectively. These cosplays are a bit more stylised than my Slipstream or Arcee costumes but I had a blast making them and I hope they’re true to the much-loved characters if not to every aspect of their design. I’ll be posting photos and also a bit more of a ‘cosbloggy’ write up on the trials and tribulations of #ProjectMTMTE after the event.

But in the meantime, if you’re heading over to Optimus do watch out for us and come and chat if you see us! You never know, I may even award you a Rodimus Star

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Yes I have spent most of the past week brandishing scissors and sticky-back plastic!

Looking back: 2015 and our First Year of Blogging

Greetings! We’ve had a little break for the festive season, but now we’re back and in reflective mode. The end of the year is customarily a time to sum up and reconsider the events and happenings if the past 12 months and that’s doubly the case here on Addaltmode, since not only is it almost 2016, it’s also our one year blog anniversary. We set up the site just before Christmas last year and made our first proper post on New Year’s Day 2015, so we’ve just turned one!

Spot the Transformer!

In this post we’ll be reflecting on some on the highs and lows of the year gone by, both in on this blog, and in pop-culture more generally. We’d love to hear your highlights too, so do let us know in the comments or on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

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‘Tis the season….

Deck the halls, etc.

Megatron: “Get those glittering spheres onto the tree!”
Vehicons: Finally! A mission that we Vehicons will probably all manage to survive.

We’re likely to be offline for a few days over the festive period, so we wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for all your support for Addaltmode in the past year, our blog has just reached its first birthday and it’s been a blast! Here’s to the next 12 months…

Hello October: creepy content incoming!

October has to be one of the best months of the year, not only does it bring us many of the most strikingly beautiful sunrises and sunsets, it also usually provides plenty to see and do for fun-loving geeks. The local convention circuit is in full swing and it’s also the time of year when many bands have recovered sufficiently from the summer festival run to head out on a proper tour, so October usually brings a few gigs to look forward to as well. This year is no exception; B and I are hugely looking forward to seeing the legendary Alice Cooper live later this month! And then of course there is Hallowe’en, also known as the annual non-convention-related excuse for putting on a silly costume, as if an excuse was needed!

Photo by Dennis Taufenbach

Photo courtesy of Dennis Taufenbach

Speaking of excuses, the imminent approach of the spookiest day of the year seems like as good a reason as any to do what I’m sure many in the WordPress community will be doing this month, that is, sharing some posts of a more scary/horror themed nature. To get in the mood for Hallowe’en we’ll be discussing some of our favourite spooky music and literature as well as tackling the burning questions of the day such as:

  • batWhich Magic the Gathering cards have the scariest art?
  • Which Transformers cartoon episodes are the spookiest?
  • Which rat-inspired Hallowe’en decorations/props are most offensively un-ratlike?

 

Our Creepy Countdown posts will be interspersed among some of the more regularly themed content we’ve got planned for AddAltMode during the coming month, so watch out for the bat image, then you know things are getting spooky.  Join us… if you dare!

Blog Milestone: our 100th post!

Yes, we’ve reached our first big blogging milestone here on AddAltMode, post number 100. Let’s celebrate!

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Ultra Magnus can’t entirely deal with this celebration business right now, but he’s making an effort for us.

We started this blog at the beginning of this year, January, that month of good intentions so many of which quickly morph into failed resolutions. AddAltMode could easily have been another abandoned project on that list, but instead 8 months on, here we are, still blogging, massively enjoying doing so, making friends and slowly growing the site. Thank you to everyone who has read, followed, liked or commented so far. Beyond doubt the most rewarding aspect of blogging on WordPress has to be the sense of community here and though we are still a very tiny site and will probably always remain that way we’ve met some great people as a result of writing here and enjoyed some really good discussion, both here on AddAltMode and on some of the other blogs we follow.

100 posts in seems like a good time to pause and reflect on some of the things we’ve done, what has worked, what hasn’t and what we’ve learned as a result…

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Upcoming posts here on AddAltMode

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We like to update 3 times a week on AddAltMode, but unfortunately real life has got in the way of robot life a bit too much in the past week or so. How do all you amazing A-Z Challenge bloggers manage it?

Still we’re absolutely buzzing with ideas and are working on a number of posts, so don’t worry Ultra Magnus, we’ll be on schedule again very soon.

Posts coming soon include:

  • Robo Reads: a review of the genre’s greatest classic I Robot
  • Toy Reviews: (Combiner Wars Megatron should be arriving soon as well as some more funny little Arms Microns)
  • Some musings relating Transformers to the world of Numenera 
  • Top Tens: Vehicon deaths in Transformers Prime
  • New feature: CUGIBs (Criminally Underrated Geek Inspired Bands)
  • Custom Transformers: TFP Slipstream, TFP Skullcruncher, and the completion of the Mismatch project.
  • “Billy the Botcase”: a little DIY project
  • Plus, the big reveal of the finished TFA Slipstream cosplay. Not long now!

As a famous robot once almost said…..

We’ll Be Back!