To Review...

Again, I come to you all with an apology about the lack of updates for the Rocket Blog. As I explain in today's article, Bel and I have been having a funny old time with things since we moved out of our apartment a couple of months ago, so it's made updating the Hideout as a whole more challenging than we'd like. While we've been able to get material of the Hideout for the most part, the Blog has suffered- mostly because I kind of forget to create a blog, then when Bel asks me about it, I let out an expletive as I apologise for forgetting. I don't have any excuse, just an apology.

Since the last update to have a blog, I compiled a Team of Evil, gave my views of the Guardians of The Galaxy movie in an hour long rant, published an interview with voice actor, Wally Wingert, and posted some of my latest fictional work over on the fanfiction page. So, while the Blog has been quiet, the website as a whole sure hasn't been. As for today's update, I decided to change things up a bit and write an article based on the different pieces of news that I've read over the last couple of weeks or so. I've decided to dub these news articles "From The Mind of Marty", since I'm going to read the news pieces, then give you my thoughts on them.

From the Mind of Marty: Vol 1
Now, for another piece of news- next Sunday, I'm going to be going away for a week or so, so I'll be leaving the Rocket Hideout in Bel's capable hands. I'm not sure if she's got anything planned for the week I'm away, but if she does have an idea for something she wishes to add, there's your explanation as to why she'll be posting something in my stead. So with that, it's goodbye from me for a while, and I'll update y'all when I get back from my trip.  

Comments | Posted by Marty | September 7th, 2014

Welsh Turtle Power!

Hey, dudes and dudettes, welcome back to the Rocket Blog. It's been a while since we've actually updated this part of the website. Don't get us wrong, it's not that we don't care- we've just had a lot going on over the past few weeks. To name just a few things, Bel and I have relocated to a temporary hideout and we've been dealing with stuff to do with that. As I'm sure you know, moving can be a big stressful hassle, and it sure was for us, but thanks to Bel's efforts (because she organized everything), we're a little more stable. We've done our damndest (is this a word) to ensure the Hideout has been updated as much as possible with articles while struggling with internet outages, the death of our family's Golden Retriever, Kelly (she was such a sweetheart; Bel and I miss terribly), me being sick, and the fiasco of me getting my passport renewed for a trip I'm going on soon- one that I'm keeping a secret from the Hideout until I surprise you, the reader, with where I've been after the fact. You'll never know when it's coming!

Speaking of the passport fiasco, that's where this week's update comes in. See, for me to get my passport renewed promptly, I paid an obscene amount of money to go to South Wales to get it renewed in 4 hours. While down there, Bel and I found ourselves in the local Asda (British Wal*Mart), where I scored not one, but ALL FOUR of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles "Best Of..." DVDs. These British exclusive DVDs showcase a Turtle per DVD, with three episodes showing what our heroes in the half shell can do. As I looked over them, when I bought them, I wondered which DVD would end up being the best of the bunch, and that gave me the idea for a helluva article. I'm going to review and compare each DVD for your entertainment and enlightenment. Prepare to be shellshocked.

TMNT: "The Best Of" DVDs
Now I know- there's been a lot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles content on the site lately, but I can never get enough of the Ninja Turtles. Can you? If your answer is "yes", you've got some attitude, mister.

We'll see what other subject I can pull out of my arse to talk about next week, but until then, stay lean, stay green and stay part of the Turtle machine.

Comments | Posted by Marty | July 27th, 2014

Happy 23rd Birthday, Sonic!

I remember being 23.  Ah, the days of my youth... two years ago...  Have a chilli dog on us, pal! - B.

Sonic the Hedgehod birthday
Comments | Posted by Bel & Marty | June 23rd, 2014

Running and Unfortunate Passings

The Ultimate Runner!
You will be shocked to realize that there is no Rocket Hideout article today. I'm sorry to disappoint those of you who enjoy coming to get your weekly fix of my many ramblings, but I have a good reason. You see, for the last week I've been preparing for a running event which took place. The Dorridge Fun Run, which was located in Dorridge, a little village some miles away from Birmingham city, is a 3 mile or 8 mile course where you can run, walk or cycle to the finish. As you might imagine, I chose to run the entire distance, which you'll be happy that I accomplished! It was an extremely different course from the course I ran during the Birmingham Half Marathon last year, most notably because I ran along countryside roads as opposed to city streets this time.

I would personally class it as a harder course than the Birmingham course, mainly because the country course had many gradients and slopes, and while many of them weren't really big or anything, when I run up and down hills, I find myself almost changing gears to tackle them. Because of my knees, which aren't the greatest, I have to be careful not to run too quick down hills, or I risk banging them up pretty badly. Aside from that, and all the horse shit that littered the roads, it was a good time all around! While I was amused running the course, Bel and my dad were amused by the mini fete (I dunno if the American term is festival, or something) that was going on at the start/finish line. There was a band, there were cakes, there were drinks and there were lots and lots of dogs. Many, many dogs. It was a dog lover's paradise, so my dad was pretty amused while he and Bel were waiting for me to get back. There are pictures below for you to enjoy!

Sprinting to the finish
The Finish!
As you might notice from the pictures, my visage is based on a certain face painted, body slamming former professional wrestler. When I was asked to do this run, I decided it would be a hoot to dress up as The Ultimate Warrior, and dub myself The Ultimate Runner. As you can see by the pictures, I had the facepaint, the tassles and some colourful shorts to run in. I assure you that I was a unique sight running the course. Many people were amused, some shook their heads in disapproval of my outrageousness, and some even recognized who I was portraying! It was awesome! The only disappointment is that I lost out winning "outfit of the race" to a family dressed as Smurfs! They weren't as colourful as I was! I call bullshit. Still, it was a great time.

Something that isn't so great however, is the fact that there have been a couple of notable deaths over the last week that I feel compelled to write quickly about before I go. Unfortunately for all of us, tv and radio personalities Rik Mayall and Casey Kasem passed away; Rik at the beginning of the week, and Casey just today. I'm very upset upon hearing this.

Those reading this outside of the UK might not know of Rik Mayall, but heed me when I tell you that you should know of him, especially if you like comedy. Rik starred in many British comedies throughout his life, but made his claim to fame in a comedy called The Young Ones, where he played Rik (Rik having a silent "P" at the beginning!), a university student who prided himself on being a poetic anarchist who loved writing poems about Cliff Richard. In fact, this was such a notable trait of Rik's, that Cliff Richard tweeted he was sad to hear of Rik Mayall's passing. From there, Rik went on to play the role of Richard Richard in the British comedy, Bottom. Bottom is in many ways an unofficial sequel to The Youngs Ones. As Richard Richard, Rik was a sex crazed and extremely sex starved degenerate. The majority of the series saw him alongside his frienemy, Eddie (played by Ade Edmondson) as they concocted many schemes to either get laid, get rich, or even both! Bottom is something that Belinda and I have a passion for, and this show served as a great ice breaker when we first met in person.

Rik Mayall
One thing you might recognize Rik from, now that I think about it, is his role in the movie, "Drop Dead Fred". Rik plays Fred, the titular character, who is the figment of a child's imagination, who returns when the child (now grown up) begins to become unhappy in her life. As it turns out, Drop Dead Fred isn't an isolated incident, as every child has an imaginary friend in that world. When the children grow up, the imaginary friends usually disappear. This movie put Rik on the map globally, as did his role in the tv ads for the Super Nintendo back in the day. He made so much money from those ads that he was able to buy a house in London, which he named "Nintendo Towers". This guy was the best.

Now that we've taken a moment to remember a man famous among the British, it's time to turn the tables. Many British people might not be familiar with name Casey Kasem, but rest assured that many American people are. Casey got his start in the entertainment world most notably as a radio DJ where he rounded up The American Top 20 and American Top 10 charts from 1970, until he retired in 2009. His distinct voice, along with his flair, led him to transitioning to becoming a voice actor for television. His most famous role to date is his portrayal of the original Shaggy from Scooby-Doo all the way back in 1969. Before that, he was notable as playing the role of the boy-wonder, Robin in "The Batman/Superman Hour" in 1968, until 1969. Other cartoons Casey had rolls in through the 70's included Josie & The Pussycats, Hong Kong Phooey and Super Friends, where he played Robin again. Still, it wouldn't be until 1984 when he took on the roles of characters that mean the most to me, throughout the many in his illustrious career. In 1984, Casey signed on to The Transformers, playing the roles of the Autobots, Bluestreak and Cliffjumper, as well as providing the voice of Teletran-1, the Autobots super computer. As I'm sure you can imagine, as a Transformers nut, Casey had a big role in my childhood, just as James Avery and The Ultimate Warrior did.

These are two men who have been taken away from us far too soon. Still, as long as we remember them, then they'll live forever. But there is a silver lining in every cloud- today is Father's Day. So, with that in mind, to all the dads out there- Happy Father's Day! Especially mine.   

The Ultimate Runner and His Dad

Comments | Posted by Marty | June 15th, 2014

Have a Slice...

Hey dude, welcome back to my styling pad here! Sit down and have a slice of pizza. So like, I got this totally radical idea to sit down and watch Season 2 of the mucho awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2. It was so bodacious that I decided to make a video out of it by picking my most favourite five flicks from the season. So why don't y'all sit around the computer, grab some eats and enjoy my video as I present to you TMNT: The Top 5 Slices of Season 2! Cowabunga!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Top 5 Slices of Season 2
So yeah, today's update is a Rocket Vlog of me gushing over my favourite 5 episodes from season 2 of the 1980's TMNT cartoon. This season is the season I saw the most as a kid because of how British tv would play it over and over for the longest time- not that I'm complaining. Another thing to note is how common episodes from season 2 were on VHS tapes back in the day. In fact, now that I think about it, all the official Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles video tapes I saw back in the day were just episodes from season 2. I guess the UK had a real love for the second season. I guess that might be the season the BBC played the most on their Children's BBC slot in the afternoon, but one thing I do remember is that later seasons would be played on the D.J. Kat Show on satellite tv over here, so maybe the majority without satellite tv were only getting the scraps of what we with BSkyB enjoyed.

If you were a kid growing up in late 1980's Britain, I would be interested to hear your memories on Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles. I'm quite fascinated by how hosed we in the UK were because of the heavy editing that was done to the show. It was so heavy that eventually, Michelangelo's nunchuks had to be taken out of the show completely and replaced with a grappling hook, just so that the episodes could air in their entirety over here. Were you aware of the Hero Turtles being Ninja Turtles outside of Europe? Or were you blissfully unaware of the truth, just like I was? Did you watch TMHT on CBBC or Sky One? Or were you someone who only got your Turtles fix exclusively on VHS? Also, do you remember those old exclusive Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles comics from back in the day that we got over here in the UK... as well as all the other shit ton of Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles merchandise we got? I wonder if that Hero Turtles branded stuff is worth any decent amount of money, due to the fact the Turtles are allowed to be recognized as Ninjas now.

There are so many questions in this blog. I could talk about the Turtles, and my childhood memories of them all day, but if I talk too much about it here on the Rocket Blog, I could miss out on writing another article on it! With that being said, I'll close this now, and leave it there. I do have another Turtles based Rocket Vlog in me though, and we'll get to that eventually. Until then, enjoy today's Rocket Vlog, and I'll catch you later.

Comments | Posted by Marty | June 1st, 2014

May I Have a Moment? Month
Well, it's come time to post the final interview in this month's interview series!  We hope you've enjoyed reading them as much as Marty has enjoyed talking to these lovely folk.  This week's spotlight is pointed in the direction of Lia Sargent, a very noteworthy voice actress who's played the role of many beloved favourites including Chun-Li, Milly from Trigun, as well as the android Dorothy from Big O (one of MY personal favourites)!  Read, enjoy, and we'll see you next week for one of our regularly scheduled articles...

Comments | Posted by Bel May 25th, 2014

May I Have a Moment? Month
It's that time again.  Today, we post Marty's interview with Neil Ross, voice of many favourites such as Springer (Transformers), Leoric (Visionaries), and Green Goblin (Spiderman 1994) to name a few.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to make a custom drawing for this interview this time around, but I'll hopefully be updating it within the next week.  Anyway, on to the interview...

Click here for our latest interview with Neil Ross. 

Comments | Posted by Bel | May 18th, 2014

May I Have a Moment? Month
Bel again with this Sunday's newest interview!  This is quite an interesting one because this man's been involved in quite a number of projects, from writing for various comic book and cartoon series to directing his own Spider-Man movie...  I'm talking about, of course, Donald F. Glut - also famous for penning the novelization for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.  It's just as well that we're not very big Star Wars fans here, because you'll find the interview focuses primarily on his work in Transformers and Spider-Man.  ;)  Enjoy, and tune in next week for the next installment!

Click here for our latest interview with Donald F. Glut.

Comments | Posted by Bel | May 11th, 2014

May I Have a Moment? Month
Today's our first May update, and SURPRISE - it's a theme month!  Not just any theme month, either.  This month, Marty will be gracing you all with a brand spankin' new interview every week of May!  The first interview is quite the treat, and I hope you'll all tip your hats to Petrea Burchard, the one and only Ryoko of Tenchi Muyo! fame.  As you can imagine, Marty (and I) was very excited to speak to her, and she turned out to be a very lovely woman.  Enjoy the interview, and we'll see you next time when our next super secret interview will be hitting the website.  I wonder who it could be?

Click here for our latest interview with Petrea Burchard.

Comments | Posted by Bel | May 4th, 2014