Thursday, 24 December 2015

STCPOD #64 - Playstation 5, Kijiji Douche Bags & Not Going To Star Wars With BuriedOnMars

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! Our Christmas gift to you, ANOTHER episode with the forever engaging,  charming and devastatingly beautiful Kevin from BuriedOnMars!  

  • Update on some Cartridge Club news
  • Is Kevin doing too much in his life?
  • Has Joe picked up lately?
  • SNES game talk
  • Do we need a PS5 to come out so soon? And why is that?
  • Is the Apple model a good template for game systems to follow?
  • Will new game consoles push towards the Pay Services only or is there another option?
  • Kevin's Black Friday fiasco story for a 2nd Xbox One
  • When will Bill ever get a new system?
  • Passing on Kijiji deals or is it better to buy the lot & resell what you don't need?
  • Hard to find deals on Kijiji
  • Kijiji douche bags
  • As collectors, are we spending too much time searching for items?
  • New Star Wars thoughts
  • Howard Stern thoughts on him renewing for a final 5 years
  • How concert ticket prices are out of control
  • Bill doesn't understand baseball & why Kevin & Joe celebrate it

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Retro Game Shopping In Southern Ontario DEC 2015

Howdy, Bill here!  Hit up quite a few Buy and Sells in Southern Ontario the last couple of weeks and figured I'd share a few photos of the retro gaming stock.  Hopefully you can make out the prices, I'm sure they will raise a few eyebrows! At least some disc based games are reasonable.


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

STCPod #63 - Boldly Watching Hollywood Trailers, TV Hopefuls, Xbox Modding & The 1 Console Challenge

  • We're starting to think maybe the issue was never Google Hangouts
  • Bill and Kevin reminisce about the good ol' days
  • Fantastic 4 reboot sequel has been canceled...does anyone care?
  • Our thoughts on the new Star Trek Trailer
  • Batman vs Superman trailer
  • Off-the-rocker Hollywood stories
  • Thoughts on the Creed (Rocky) movie
  • Is Rambo coming to TV and how can they do it?
  • Joe's has started watching Limitless and is liking it so far
  • We discuss why less shows have been canceled this season than normal
  • Are we loving Supergirl? (Yes, we know Joe loves her)
  • Walking Dead season thoughts so far
  • We talk Xbox One and Xbox modding
  • 1 Console Challenge (#1ConsoleChallenge)
  • Is the SNES going to be a realistic option for Joe to only play for the year?

Friday, 11 December 2015

Blog Changes & The 1-Console Challenge

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Yes, I know.

I've been a little lax in my actual Transformer blogging, but I can honestly say that it hasn't been due to lack of trying or laziness.  Rather, it's been due to a variety of factors I think that are more on the positive side.

Ever since I returned to collecting back in 2011, I hit the Transformer scene hard doing my best to make up for lost time and catch up to my numerous years of absence, and for 4 years I did quite well. But, as with all things; time, wisdom, life and money have all played a factor in getting to where I am now.  I have two young children that require attention.  I moved last year and renos kept me busy for a god part of 2015.  I think my OCD in terms of only buying items in a certain condition is only getting worse I fear. eBay prices have become absolutely ridiculous, and along with the exchange rate and shipping charges I've had to become more picky in what I buy online.  My two weekly podcasts, Transformers & Beer and STCPod are fun but time draining. And on top of it all, I've returned to retro gaming.collecting which pulling some of my budget away from my Transformers buying.

As such, I've had to re-evaluate my collecting habits, as well as to how I'll be proceeding with my future postings.  If I will be splitting my purchases, then logically my posts will be reflection of this as well.  Never fear Transformer collectors, this blog started off as a Transformer blog and it will still predominately be one.....just one sprinkled with my video game pick ups whenever they occur.

To pick a single console and only play video games on it for the entire year of 2016. 

I have been called out....

......though not in the sinister way that you might see in the movies. Nope. Not even close.  In actuality, it could be considered a punishment of some sort (if you are into playing multiple systems at the same time) that the boys of the Retro Fandango Podcast wish to "share" with others; though they will deny this and officially call it a challenge.

As a member of the Cartridge Club gaming community (, I have had the sincere pleasure of meeting and talking to a wide variety of exceptional individuals, all who share a common interest in video gaming.

Kevin (@Buried_On_Mars) & Richard (@TheRamVox) have issued out a challenge to the gaming community, based upon a question proposed to them by co-founder, P2 (@CartridgeBrosP2), of the Cartridge Club  of whether it was now possible to play just one game console for an entire year?

And thus the challenge was made....

For a full list of the rules of the contest CLICK HERE

At first, I didn't have any inclination of being a part of this since I already kind of do it.  I have tended to play with the latest system that's out until the next generation of it appears.  A little bit of this is out of my OCD since all my old systems are put away, and thus once put away, stay put away.  I just figured there would be no point in me doing the contest then since it wouldn't really feel like one to me.  But after thinking about it for some time, and with a little bit of advice from my co-host of, I've decided that I will accept this challenge. but I'm really going to make it a challenge for myself.

I have decided to play the............

 This may seem like nothing really significant to some as it's just another gaming system. Yes, that's true....except for one thing.


For some reason, it had just been one of the systems that I had skipped buying, probably because I was a teenager at that point and just never saved up enough for it.  I did do the old Blockbuster 7 day rental program numerous times so I have played it along with many of its games.  I regret not buying it originally, but the serial number version I have of it now isn't 1st gen so it did work out, though the 3rd release of it would have been the best one to get as that is the 1-chip version (check for a serial number UN3XXXXXX). Almost all serial numbers starting with UN3 are a one chip.  Essentially, the 1-chips has the motherboard which produces the best picture.

Anyway, the one I have now was picked up for me by my brother from Kijiji for $50, no yellowing at all, 2 controllers and all hookup accessories.  He also gave me a few doubles; Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart, Super Castlevania IV & The Legend of Zelda : A Link to The Past.

LEFT : Custom paint job my brother did to one of his SNES'
RIGHT : The one on the right is the one my brother picked up for me

So I don't have that many games to play at the moment, and I think that is the charm of deciding to go with this system.  I could have gone the route of the PS3 until I get the PS4, as I certainly own enough PS3 games to start. Also, if you have checked out the rules for this 1-Console Challenge, if the system has backwards capability, which mine does, I would also be able to play PS2 games on there of which I also have a number yet to finish.  Thus the decision to go SNES makes this a way more intriguing challenge since for me to continue playing all year, as to continue with the challenge I will have to further my SNES collection by continuing to buy games for it.  This also gives me the opportunity to do some more game write-ups as well.

So that's it for now.  Thanks for catching up with me.  Please continue to come back for Transformer posts and for my new game posts as I progress, or try to, through the entire new year of 2016 by just playing the SNES.

Keep on collecting!


Thursday, 10 December 2015

STCPod #62 - Girlfriend Vs. STCPod

The two boys of STCPod go head to head against Boyfriend of Girlfriend Vs. fame.

Listen in as we found out what it's like living the life of a working actor, You-Tuber, gamer, and boyfriend in Los Angeles.
  • Google Hangouts doesn’t want us to start the show
  • Find out how Curtiss thought we looked
  • Curtiss thinks we talk softly and carry big mics
  • Joe gets a congratulations from Bill on his Transformers & Beer Podcast 1 Year Anniversary
  • What does Feb 13, 2014 mean to Curtiss
  • Joe talks about making the leap and working on joining the video world
  • Curtiss' gives STCPod a never before told story & why you shouldn't let him into your closet
  • STCPod gets really excited about Curtiss’ “ditch magazine rack” pick-up
  • Show opening & guest introduction…..with a little bit of cahone juggling
  • Girlfriend Vs. Season 2 update
  • What was the concept behind Girlfriend Vs. & what it takes to produce an episode
  • Where Curtiss came from and how did he get to Los Angeles?
  • How did Boyfriend meet Girlfriend?
  • Curtiss’ video footage of his trip to Portland Retro Gaming Expo & some stories
  • Intermission; Curtiss gets a power cord & Bill begs Joe to stop eating for one second
  • How is the commuting in L.A. and what is a day in the life of Curtiss like
  • What is Curtiss playing right now
  • We discuss the 1-Console Challenge and will we do it
  • Where Curtiss is going to focus his collecting next
  • so where can a guy buy some games in Los Angeles?
  • Curtiss wonders where Joe buys his stuff from
  • We crush Curtiss with a few hard hitting questions

Friday, 4 December 2015

STCPod #61 - Dirty Underwear, Fast Food & Some Jessica Jones

  • Reminding the listeners how to correctly get the show from now on
  • Joe's son enjoyed his birthday car
  • Joe's get angry at dog poop
  • A Jr. Kindergarten story
  • Joe's poop cleaning story
  • Bill throws his kids underwear out and wishes ill towards Joe's buttocks
  • Joe takes his kid to a brithday movie with another mom
  • Bill can't understand Joe's logic in not letting his 4 yr old wear 3-D glasses
  • Bill learns why not to use brown paint on the walls
  • Bill's A&W coupon fiasco
  • Putting a moratorium on A&W
  • Show open / Fandango ball bustin'
  • We discuss the 1-Console Challenge & will we be doing it?
  • Thinking about getting the Framemeister
  • We go game hunting for a day together
  • Is Jessica Jones worth watching?
  • A few music documentaries to check out
  • Kingsmen movie vs Bond concept
  • Non-spoiler thoughts on Walking Dead mid-season finale
  • Bill gets free shelves & then regrets bringing it up
  • Joe needs a collecting intervention

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

STCPod #60 - Lifestyles of the Mint In Box

  • Joe gets angry at Google
  • How Joe's 4 year gets a car for his birthday
  • Remembering what we had to ride as kids
  • STCPod's new hosting site
  • Thoughts on how they could have improved Shadow of the Colossus
  • Outrageous PPV prices
  • Bill's thoughts on playing From Russia With Love on PS2
  • Show open
  • Transformers & Beer now on iTunes
  • A listener question gets answered by Bill
  • What kind of protective cases are best for game boxes?
  • Joe doesn't understand why CIB is used to describe games and not MIB?
  • Why the AFA grading is so subjective
  • R.I.P. to Bill's PVR and why he has to have that specific model

Friday, 20 November 2015

STCPod #59 - Breaking News !! Japan Invades Canada !!

The boys of STCPod sit down with one half of Retro Fandango, Richard (aka RAM VOX), and discuss his life in Japan and how a boy from Jersey ended up there.  

Listen in to hear about all his collecting habits, how less is more and everything else that makes him tick.

We also grill Vox with our Collectors Questionnaire......can he handle the pressure...or will he writhe in pain just like Joe does watching Bill play a video game? 

All this and more in this weeks STCPod episode!!! 


Find Ram Vox in the following places : 

Twitter : @TheRamVox

Monday, 16 November 2015


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Friday, 13 November 2015

STCPod #58 - The Spectre of Superbad

  • Teen angst movies
  • How super good it is watching Superbad again
  • Falling asleep while getting the poison out
  • First time buying beer
  • Why Joe mainly buys wine in the winter
  • Bill gives some kudos to the last Transformers & Beer Podcast
  • Kijiji expectations in terms of selling
  • Show intro
  • NES Blinking Light win
  • Spectre and Charlie Brown news
  • Can Harry Potter save the upcoming Frankenstein movie?
  • Halo 5 news
  • Why we are loving the new Ash Vs Evil Dead tv show

Sunday, 8 November 2015

STCPod #56 - Being The Last Man on Earth with Tiffany

  • A Retro opening
  • Bill springs a record on Joe and ruins his night
  • Shadow of the Colossus playing
  • More Fandango ball-bustin'
  • The Tiffany backlash?
  • Joe actually gets props from Bill!
  • Bill is incredulous at the magazines Joe has kept
  • Listen to Bill getting ready for winter...
  • Joe goes video game hunting
  • What is the proper driving ettiquette when hunting for games?
  • Bill rants on Buy & Sell prices!
  • Planning a new game buying strategy
  • Who is @GardenGloves1 on Twitter?
  • Show intro
  • Should we have watched the Star Wars trailer & when do we see the movie?
  • Spoiler-free Walking Dead review
  • Eliminating shows off of the PVR
  • What are guys at the gym thinking about when they look in the mirror?
  • We answer a listener question
  • Next Cartridge Club Game of the Month
  • Best show on TV right now.....
  • Remembering porn on Beta tapes
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Thursday, 5 November 2015

STCPod #57 - Crazy Rationale & The Greatest American Supergirl

  • Joe's a bear again
  • More zombie hypothesizing
  • Bill on Shadow of the Colossus
  • Joe's rationale why he doesn't want his kids watching him play video games
  • We recap what happened on Halloween
  • Why Joe hates Halloween & Bill's life Trick 'o Treating on the farm
  • Show open
  • New Walking Dead is still kicking ass
  • Joe finally gets to talk about the new Supergirl show
  • Thoughts on the remake of The Greatest American Hero
  • Crazy facts on Stephen J. Cannell
  • Will Mark Wahlberg mess up The Six Billion Dollar Man?
  • Star Trek is returning to TV.......digitally that is

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Wacky TV I've Been Paid To Watch Pt4

Bill here, back for the next instalment of wacky television history.  Back in the late nineties I was lucky enough to work for small local television station that resisted scheduling infomercials throughout the night.  By this time most every broadcaster on the media landscape had given up on overnight programming and filled the time with paid programming.  That is except my little channel which wanted to offer an alternative for all those shift workers, night watchers, and parents with nonsleeping babies that looked through the dial in the middle of the night.  Our Programming Director took advantage of cheaply acquired vintage television and filled the overnights with the likes of Kojak, Adam 12, Six Million Dollar Man....but hands down the most successful for us was the thrilling action drama EMERGENCY! 


Friday, 23 October 2015

STCPod #55 - Portland Retro Gaming Expo Review with Dean of Round 2 Gaming

The boys of STCPod sit down with Dean from Round 2 Gaming Channel and discuss his adventures at this years Portland Retro Gaming Expo.  Listen in to hear about all the do's & don'ts if you're planning on going next year, what craziness you can expect, and what life is like for one of the biggest game and memorabilia collectors in our community.

We also grill Dean with our Collectors Questionnaire......can he handle the pressure...or will he melt just like Bill being forcibly held in Joe's arms?  

All this and more in this weeks STCPod episode!!! Boom.

Check out Dean's new video showing off his PRGE pickups!

Dean at Round2Gaming:

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Monday, 19 October 2015

STCPod #54 - Field Trippin With Viral Joe

  • Joe’s a bear when he has a cold
  • Grateful Dead fill in
  • Audio clip from Joe’s ride on the yellow bus
  • Bill falls asleep…….and forgets to pick up his kids
  • Bill lives vicariously through his kids volleyball team
  • We discuss what martial art to enroll Joe’s son in
  • Bill’s secret weapon for fighting colds
  • Show intro
  • Action Figure Expo videos
  • Joe’s iRig2 moves one step closer to being used
  • Joe obsesses (a lot) over MightyQDawg’s game shelves
  • Joe goes Costanza with his Tribute movie mags and TV Guides
  • We discuss the EXCELLENT show finale of Strike Back
  • Bill get wood over some new Bob Dylan news…..(this is where Joe falls asleep)
  • We discuss the failure of the Pan movie; will we see The Martian, and Godzilla vs King Kong
  • James Bond movie arguments
  • Bill has another dispute with Kijiji people
  • Is it time to get out of video game buying?
  • Kevin “volunteers” to mod our Xbox’s for us

Friday, 9 October 2015

STCPod #53 - Joe Gets Framed & Bill Gets Creamed

  • Bill gets creamed a bad way
  • Joe has to get a police check done and ends up getting finger-printed because of his name
  • Bill can't believe Joe has volunteered to supervise a bunch of Jr. Kindergarten kids
  • Bill (and everyone else) thinks Joe has sleep apnea and really wants to get him tested
  • Bill gets an update on Joe's Transcendental Meditation progress
  • Joe gets "Soup Nazied" by Mucho Burrito 
  • We discuss some possible game pickups from EB Games
  • We fawn a little bit over @MightyQDawg and his smooth voice
  • Remembering The Fable series
  • How Bill proves once again how he is the oldest man alive
  • Goodwill tries to rip people off again
  • Age of Ultron thoughts
  • How movies need recognizable music in them

Friday, 2 October 2015

STCPod #52 - The International Gastrol Incident

  • Promoting new content on some of the shows we watch & listen to
  • Did Kevin's outing of Bill on Periscope have a calming effect on him? 
  • Why won't Bill listen to Joe Rogan?
  • Duke's tribute video to the Cartridge Club Bros.
  • Bill starts investigating what's behind Joe in his garage
  • Joe's international golf incident
  • Joe downsizes with his new lunch bag
  • Joe finally uses up all of his Canadian Tire money he had hoarded
  • We discuss the demise of paper Canadian Tire money & its history
  • Bill explains why he doesn't like to eat thighs
  • We try to figure out when our official 1 year anniversary is
  • We discuss Marvel film news & exciting new possibilities
  • Joe and his wrestling VHS tapes and his decluttering
  • Should Bill finally start to watch Falling Skies
  • Remembering "V"

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Action Figure Expo Pics - Video Games, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, G.I. Joe

Recently, I was able to get over to the AFX (Action Figure Expo) here in Toronto and used some of my time there to take a large amount of photos and video to share my experience with everyone in our STCPod community. Personally, I prefer these mixed shows over the toy-line specific promotions because I can generally find more unique treasures at the these shows, along with rummaging through all the past show memorabilia that I grew up with.

Enjoy checking the photos out !


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Friday, 25 September 2015

Start To Continue Podcast #51 - Joe Gets Angry & Bill Finally Has His Waterloo

Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo - Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you
Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo

  • Boom….cold open
  • Joe is #1… his Fantasy Baseball pool and tries to explain the concept to Bill
  • Joe gets really excited about cooking pumpkin seeds
  • Bill's Dairy Queen coupon fiasco & why Joe says DQ ice cream is "just too much"
  • Joe buys a few games
  • We get angry at how new games prices have risen even more
  • A quick review of our anniversary episode
  • Best time of the year….new tv shows
  • We answer some Twitter fan questions
  • Bill recounts his adventure at the Waterloo Game Swap
  • Some more Twitter questions get answered

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Waterloo, Ontario Video Game Swap Fall 2015

Finally made it out to the famous Waterloo Video Game Swap and it didn't disappoint!  Meeting up with good friends and fellow Cartridge Clubbers, Buried on Mars (famous YouTuber) and Sarca Sim (famous blogger) we headed west to the college town of Waterloo which seemed to have earned the moniker of Retro Video Game Capital of Canada (for this weekend at least).

The event was packed with gamers buying and

Monday, 21 September 2015

Start To Continue Podcast #50 - We Made It To 50!!

A 50th episode celebration! Listen for the special guests, hilarious memories and ball busted hosts among all the surprises.
What is the future for Start To Continue?
A warm THANK YOU goes out to all the listeners that have kept this podcast going for 50 episodes. We could never express how much we appreciate all of you, for allowing our voice to penetrate your lives and still come back for more each week.

Start To Continue Podcast #49 - The Great Deli Debate

  • Why do Bill's fingers smell like Polish ham?
  • Joe buys Bill a yardsale board game, but Bill doesn't appreciate it
  • Joe gets furious over the mics we use
  • Not another sunflower seed episode
  • Explaining our Google Hangouts issue
  • Bill wants to know why all the blog secrecy?
  • Joe explains some of the process behind his Transformers & Beer Podcast
  • Finally…the show opening
  • Bill's appears as a guest on the latest Cartridge Club show and we think we have solved who the mystery burper is
  • Joe finds some new storage and is trying a new arrangement for his office (hope you have lots of space in your trunk…because he's going to put his bike in it!)
  • We get all hard and geeky over storage units

Monday, 7 September 2015

Start to Continue Podcast #48 - The Sunflower Seeds Incident

More barbaric on-air professionalism
Bill returns from a month of vacation
Joe’s recording in the dungeon again
We review our last episode with special guest P1
Retro Fandango likes to poke the bear
We agree to disagree on which Star Trek movies are good
Recap The Projectionist episode with Cousin Luke
Show open
Stay tuned for Joe’s pickup next episode
Bill goes hunting in Belleville
Joe gets angry at some Kijiji finds
What’s a Sega Mega Drive worth?
Joe is taking P1’s collecting philosophy to heart

Another classic STCPod technical issue blows the show up at the end...or did Bill just have enough??