Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors: Batman: the Animated Series

I just got the latest DC Legion of Collectors subscription box from Funko today.  This month’s theme is Batman: the Animated Series, the modern classic that kicked off a wave of superhero cartoons that prized good storytelling over selling toys.   I have been looking forward to this box so lets takae a look.

IMG_1746The box features the silhouette of the Penguin (from his 1997 redesign when the series was revived on the WB) done in blue.  The box is rather large this month.  Other than that, it is just a box.

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Opening the lid, you can see the box’s interior is decorated with art done in the DC Animated Universe style, which Batman: The Animated Series started.

On the top flap are the pin and patch, as always.  The patch features the Joker (in his original design for the series).  As you can see, it is a nice looking patch.  The pin features Catwoman (again in her original design) on top of a diamond-shaped background.

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Under the flap we have the comic book.  It is a reprint of The Batman Adventures #1, which tells stories in the style and set in the BTAS universe.  This was originally published in 1992 and I remember actually having this issue.  It is a self contained story written by Kelley Puckett with art by Ty Templeton and Rick Burchett.

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The T-Shirt this time features a Pop version of the Batman the Animated Series logo.  Done in black, white and red, it looks awesome on the black t-shirt.  I think I have a new favourite shirt.

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Next is the Pop!  We get a Mr Freeze pop vinyl, which was the most requested pop for the BTAS pop line.  Mr Freeze’s colours are cartoon accurate and even has a dome over his head.  The body is well done, if in the standard pop stance, but there is some nice detail with his gun, and the tank on his back.  This definitely the Pop to have for any Batman fan.

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Finally, we get to… the Dorbz Ridez?.  We get a Dorbz Batman along with a little Batmobile for him to ride in.  The Batman can be taken out of the Batmobile easily enough, but the tires to not roll.   I think it is great.  I like Dorbz well enough, it is just I am running out of room with my Pops and this…this isn’t helping.  Oh, the trial of being a collector…

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That is all for this box.  There was a lot of awesome stuff this month.  My favourite has to be the T-shirt, though.  The next DC Legion of Collectors box ships late August and will feature DC’s Most Wanted, centering on the villains.  If you wish to get the next box, you can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ .  The deadline is 1 August 2017.  By subscribing, you can order boxes from previous months like this one. (supplies are limited.)

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This Review is for entertainment purposes only.  I have not received anything from Funko, DC, or Warner Bros for doing this review.  The item was purchased with my own funds.  All opinions are mine and any pictures taken are for review purposes only.

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Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty- Jan 2017- The Empire Strikes Back

Finally, the next Smuggler’s Bounty box has arrived.  Funko decided to base this month’s theme on one of the better, if not best of the Star Wars movies, Empire Strikes Back.  Lets see how they decided to celebrate one of the most exciting chapters in the Star Wars saga..

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First off, this box is huge.  It is definitely the largest of the boxes so far.  Besides the size, the only noticeable difference is the image of Luke in his Dagobah fatigues.  Other than that, it is the standard box.

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Opening it up you see the standard patch and pin.  The patch is of Yoda with Empire Strikes Back written on the side.   The pin features Lando Calrissian, though, if you look at it at a certain angle, you would swear it’s a pin of Lionel Ritche.  I can’t be the only one, right?

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Beneath the flap, we find another little Star Wars plushie.  This time, we get a Wampa, the creature thar captured Luke on Hoth.  It is very cute and has nice soft fake fur.  Including the Boba Fett one from a half a year back, I now have two from this line.

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Funko has given us hats and shirts so what other clothing items will they branch into?  How about socks?  Yes, we get a pair of Pop! Socks, with a Star Wars theme, featuring Pop heads of Darth Vader and Storm Troopers..  They fit me fine (size 10 1/2 feet) and are mostly polyester.

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Last is the much hyped Han on a TaunTaun.  This was revealed at least a far back as November and it looks fantastic.  Han is wearing a brown coat (which I thought was blue; even my action figure of him had a blue coat) but obviously, Funko falls into the brown camp.  It doesn’t bother me but I’d hate to start a debate like the blue and gold/white and gold dress from the internet last year.  Anyways, the Han Soo Pop is not removable from the TaunTaun, but it comes with a large base with pegs to plug into the Tauntaun’s feet.  Finally, the Han figure is a bobble head, but the Tauntaun isn’t.

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It’s brown! It’s blue!  WHO CARES!

This newest box may seem a bit light, but it is still a good value.  The deluxe Pop definitely is of the most value and is the best part of the box.  The socks are nice and I could always use more (they get lost so easily.)  The plushie is nice.  I’d give it to my dog, but he’d destroy it in seconds.

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The next Smuggler’s Bounty box will ship in March 2017.  January’s theme is Star Wars Rebels, the current animated show on Disney XD.  The Smuggler’s Bounty page promises an exclusive Darth Maul Pop! bobble head in that box..  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for the Empire Strikes Back box is 15 March, 2016.

I hope you enjoyed this review.  Excuse me as I look for my Lando pin.  I seem to have misplaced it.

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Hello?. Is it me you’re looking for?

 

Subscription Box Review- DC Legion of Collectors- DC Legacy- Jan 2016

It’s 2017 and Funko has shipped out its first DC Legion of  Collector’s box.  What better way to ring in the New Year than by looking into DC’s 80+ year history with the DC Legacy box.  Let’s see what inspiration Funko has pulled from this long and varied history.

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The box is the standard box that we’ve seen so far.  This month showcases Batman, because, if you slap Batman on something, it’ll sell.  And he is a legacy character, being around since 1939.

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Opening the box, we see the patch and pin.  The patch features Green Arrow in his classic silver age look he had from 1969 to about 1986.  The pin features my favourite Earth elemental, Swamp Thing. Swamp Thing first appeared in the comics in 1971 during rise in popularity of horror comics.  Both the patch and pin are pretty good this time.

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The comic included is a reprint of Adventure Comics 452, from 1977.  In it, Aquaman and Aqualad take on Black Manta to try to save Aquaman’s son.  This is a pretty pivotal issue in Aquaman’s history and the outcome affected him for years.  I won’t spoil it for those who don’t know Black Manta and Aquaman’s history.

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The T-shirt for this month has a variant.  You can either get a Krypto the Superdog or an Ace the Bat-Hound ringer t-shirt.  The t-shirts themselves are in a retro style, but the art on both shirts seems to be taken from the Krypto the Superdog cartoon from 2005.  While both canine counterparts of DC’s biggest heroes are definitely legacy characters, I would have  preferred them in more of a retro style.  Still, I prefer the Ace shirt.

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We also get another item from Funko’s POP! Home line.  These Batman and Robin salt and pepper shakers are presented in their classic silver age look and invoke memories of the old T.V. show, though I don’t think there are specifically supposed to be “Batman ’66” items.  The openings on the top of the figures are rather large so I do not know it they would be any good if used, but they would look good on a shelf.

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Lastly, it is the Pop! that makes the box.  This time it is Plastic Man.  This classic character first appeared in Police Comics in 1941 and at the time was published by Quality Comics.  DC acquired the rights to him and other Quality Comic characters in the 1950’s.  The figure’s body is unique for a Pop ad his arms are long and his hands are big.  His torso is even twisted and elongated.  This is definitely a character that needed to be shown in Pop form.

This box is a good start to the new year.  The pop is definitely the best thing about this box.  The T-shirt is not as exciting to me, as it shows a version of a character that I don’t consider classic (sure the cartoon was 10 years ago, but it is not a definite version of either characters.)  If they were Popified, maybe I’d like it more.  It is not bad shirt, though.

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I hope you enjoyed the review.  The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early March 2017.  The next theme is Superman, as show in the pictured card.  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 Mar 17.  Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.

Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty – Rogue One (Nov 2016)

The next Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box is out now.  This month’s theme is the upcoming movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  The movie tells the story of a group of Rebels who set out to steal the plans for the Death Star before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope (the original movie).  Will this box help to build the excitement for the movie?

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The box have the same over all look as the other boxes we’ve gotten.  This month has the title Star Wars: Rogue One on the top flap, with a picture of a storm trooper variant of some kind.  While not as large as some of the last boxes, it is a bit longer than a standard box.

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Opening it up, we see the pin and patch for this box.  They are of… characters from Rogue One I guess.  The pin is of a droid (K-250) that has been featured in some of the Rogue One trailers.  He is an enforcer droid, so he’ll be doing more than C-3po has even done.  The patch is of Cassian Andor as best I can tell.  I think the likeness is a bit off.  It looks like David Tennant in a beard (David Tennant is NOT in Rogue One) than whoever plays Cassian.

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We also get a shirt.  Seen above is the image on the shirt, with the characters from Rogue One done in the Funko Pop style.  It s cool shirt and I’m sure I’ll like it more after I know more about the characters.  Most of what I’ve read or seen have been focused on Jyn Erso.  The image of Darth Vader’s helmet reminds me of Darth Stewie from the Family Guy parodies.

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We also get a special collectible vinyl this month.  It is from the min-Hikari line of Japanese style vinyl figures.  Darth Vader came in 5 different colours randomly inserted in the box.  There is black, while, gold blue or red (seen above).  The paint is also a bit sparkly.  It is different but I probably won’t actively seek out more.

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Finally, we get two Pop vinyls this time.  One is the Imperial Death Trooper, the fierce new flavor of Storm Trooper featured in the movie.  We als get a vinyl of main heroine Jyn Erso, in a helmet and poncho outfit echoing the rebel outfits on Endor,  Both a new to the line so they definitely would be new to your Pop collection and they look good.

This was a good box.  Great on value if a little light on content.  Like the Force Awakens box from last year, we are going on hype whether or not the movie will be any good.  There hasn’t been as longa as a build up for Rogue One than Force Awakens, and there is no new bad guys to hype (we get some Imperial dressed in white and Darth Vader is kicking around.  We got Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso) and she’s hot and the promise of delving into the history of the Star Wears universe.  I have high hopes ans so far I haven’t seen a Jar Jar or equivalent in the trailer.

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The next Smuggler’s Bounty box will ship in January 2017.  January’s theme is The Empire Strikes Back, the second Star Wars movie released.  The ad above promises an exclusive Han Solo on a Tauntaun in every box.  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for the Empire Strikes Back box is 15 January, 2016.  May the Force be with you!

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Subscription Box Review: Star Wars Smuggler’s Bounty- Death Star (September 2016)

Once again, Funko has released the next installment of its Smuggler’s Bounty subscription box.  This month’s theme is the original bad-ass killer space station, the Death Star.  Will the contents live up to this reputation?  Let’s see.

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The box is what we have come to expect from the line, with its black, white and red colour scheme.  Darth Vader is the featured character  on the box since his memorable duel with Obi-Wan was on the Darth Star.  Maybe we’ll get a new Vader pop to go with the Obi-Wan from a few boxes back?

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Inside the box, we get our standard pin and patch .  We get an awesome Darth Vader patch and an original storm trooper pin.  Both look good and fit in the them of the box..  Nothing surprising, but not disappointing.

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Next is the T-shirt.  After two month of non-pop themed shirts and a hat last box, it is nice to get a shirt with Funko-ized characters.  As you can see it features Vader and Kenobi facing off in a theme designed to look like an old boxing match announcement.  I like the “Battle on the Death Star” announcement.  This has to be my favorite shirt (that I got) thus far.  I doesn’t look like there are variants this month so everyone who got the box will have this one.

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We also get a luggage tag.  It is Death Star shaped with a tag to write you address showing on the back.  It is kind of cool, though it would not go well with most of my luggage I take while travelling.

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And, finally, we get to the Pop vinyls.  As expected, we do get a Darth Vader as well as a Grand Moff Tarkin, who was in overall command of the first Death Star.  Vader is in a new pose, with his light saber lowered and his left hand stretched out, perhaps doing a force choke.  Tarkin (or as I like to call him, The Moff) is standing at ease, with his hands behind his back. The card included with the box noted that the Moff has a unique head sculpt, with sunken cheeks to have him look more like the character.  Both of them are great additions to my collection.

Overall a pretty solid box.  It was like on the extras but it delivered us two solid Pops so it balances out.  It can’t all be Jabba-sized boxes, right.  The shirt is what made the box for me.  Funko has kept my interest with this subscription and I hope they continue to do so.

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Smuggler’s Bounty will ship again this November.  The next box will be based on the upcoming Star Wars film, Rogue One and features a specialized Storm Trooper of some sort on the box.  You can subscribe to Smuggler’s Bounty at https://www.smugglersbounty.com/  You can also purchase the previous boxes like the one just reviewed, but supplies are limited.  The deadline to subscribe for the Rogue One box is 15 November, 2016.  May the Force be with you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription Box Review: DC Legion of Collectors- Women of DC box (Sep 2016)

Legion of Collectors, Funko’s DC comics-themed collector’s box has released another installment.  This month’s theme is “Women of DC,” celebrating the sensational heroines and perilous villainesses of the DC Universe.  Funko did a similar theme with their Marvel box a few months back and delayed this one for a bit.  Let’s see if it was worth the wait.

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As expected, the box features art that reflects this month’s theme.  As it is Women of DC, what better character to feature than DC most iconic and longest running female superhero?  Wonder Woman is celebrating her 75th anniversary so it is fitting she is on the box.

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Inside we get the standard pin and patch.  The patch features Batgirl, depicting her cowl and her bright blue yes.  The pin is of Harley Quinn, in her classic costume.  Fans of Harley Quinn will appreciate that, as there has been much division over her current comic getup and her movie outfit (featured in the previous collector box).  Both look great and, with Wondy on the box, all three DC women from the preview have been featured.

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Moving under the flap, we get this month’s t-shirt.  There are two versions:  one featuring Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman and one featuring Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman.  All the shirts come in a dark grey colour.  The art has a classic 80’s art look (I can’t place the artist.  George Perez, maybe?)  and almost looks like a stamp.  I got the Heroes shirt, but I think the villains one could use less Bat-Villains.  Really, no Cheetah?

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Next is the comic.  We get a copy of Batgirl #35, the first part of the Batgirl of Burnside story arc.  The cover features Pop version of several DC heroines, including Batgirl, Katana and Wonder Woman.  The comic itself is pretty great, too, as Batgirl has been one of the better parts of DC’s Nu-52 reboot.  You can find it collected in Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside.

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The next item is what they delayed the box for.  It is a Wonder Woman Invisible Jet.  Inspired by the classic 1970’s TV show and the 75th anniversary of the character, this set invokes the classic 70’s and early 80’s era of Wonder Woman (before they decided Amazons having invisible jet technology was too ridiculous)  The jet is made of clear, durable plastic .The figure is tiny, with only four points of articulation and, although Funko says she was inspires she from the TV show, she features the later double “W” symbol, not the eagle on her bustier.  Minor nitpick.  Though I wish she was the size of the Suicide Squad figures from the last box.

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Finally we come to the Pop vinyl. Funko did not have to loo far for a female character that they did not do a Pop of and they chose Hawkgirl.  Based on her classic comic book look, not the TV version, Hawkgirl has the wider stance of the male figures and is pretty easy to get standing.  Collectors of comic accurate pops will appreciate her look and she will fit in their collections.  I think Hawkgirl was a good choice, as she is getting some exposure, both on Legends of Tomorrow and in DC Super Hero Girls.

So this was a solid box for me.  The shirt is good, the pop is good and the extras held the them together.  I’m a bit disappointed in the size of the Wonder Woman figure, after last box debut of their new action figures, but then the jet would have been too expensive to make.  Still, as it is, you can’t deny the value you get in the box.

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The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early November.  The next box’s theme is Batman villains.  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 Nov 16.  Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.  I hope you enjoyed this review.

Subscription Box Review: DC Legion of Collectors- Suicide Squad box (July 2016)

Since I am thoroughly enjoying Funko’s Star Wars-themed Smuggler’s Bounty Box, I have decided to try another one.  This time it is DC Comics-themed Legion of Collectors subscription box.  I had heard good things about this subscription  box and I was curious what different Funko items would be offered for this box  Let’s take a look at July’s box, Suicide Squad.

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Like the other subscription boxes from Funko,. the box reflect the month’s theme.  This month features a silhouette of Harley Quinn, who is featured prominently in both the current Suicide Squad comics and in the upcoming movie.  My box obviously experience some wear and tear as it make its way to the Great White North.

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The inside of the bot features pictures off the cast of the Suicide Squad movie.

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Here we see the patch and pin, which are standard in the Funko boxes.  Keeping with this month’s theme, the pin features  long-time Squad member, Deadshot and the patch is of Katana, who wasn’t involved with the Squad until recently.

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Going under the flap, the first thing I pulled out was this comic.  It is a reprint of Suicide Squad #1 (from 1987) featuring a Popified Harley Quinn.  If you open and read it, however, you would see that Harley Quinn is nowhere in the story (in fact, she wasn’t created until 1992 on Batman: The Animated Series)  The only character from the movie in it are Deadshot (decidedly not the Will Smith version), Rick Flagg, Captain Boomerang and the Enchantress.  It would have made more sense to reprint the 2011 series, since it had Harley in it, but, what the hell.  You’d just be as confused.

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Here we see the shirt for the box.  It features a popified version of the characters from the Suicide Squad movie (L to R Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Joker, Katana, and Rick Flagg.)  There was no variant for the shirt this month.  I think it looks cool and is made from a soft, light material.

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These next two items really sold me on this box.  We get two 3.75 inch Suicide Squad figures of Harley and the Jared Leto-fied Joker from the film.  These figures are more detailed than the Re:Action retro Kenner-style figures Funko had made with Super 7.  They boast 9 points of articulation (Re:Action has 5, like the old Star Wars toys they mimic.)

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And finally, we come to the driving force behind the subscription;  The Pop vinyl figure.  We get a Po of the movie version of Enchantress.  According to the info sheet in the box, Funko got the reference images for this character last.  So they decided to have her as an exclusive to this box.  She looks creepy, as I assume she does in the movie, though different from her comic incarnation.  But, I think she nails the woman-possessed-by-the-spirit-of-an-evil-sorceress look.

Being a comic book fan in general and a DC fan in particular, I wish I had gotten into this subscription much sooner.  Like the Star Wars box, you get a lot of Funko products for a great price. Sometimes it is hit or miss, but this box was all hit for me.  I hope the action figures will be a part of these boxes going forward as they are well done.

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The next Legion of Collectors box will be shipping in early September.  From the image above, it will be a Women of DC theme.  You can subscribe at https://legionofcollectors.com/ in order to get your box.  The deadline is 1 Sept 16.  Subscribers can order any of the previous boxes, but supplies are limited.  I hope you enjoyed this review.  Keep fighting the good fight!

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Comparison of Joker and Harley with the Re:Action figures of Arrow (ARROW) and Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

 

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Me an’ Mistah J are going to borrow this, ‘Kay?