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  • 09/05/13--05:12: Unsung Heroes Of Our Lives
  • Teachers Day

                                   Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Gurur Devo Maheshwara

                                  Guru Sakshat Parabrahmah Tasmai Shree Guru Veh Namah

    The above Sanskrit verse puts forth the message – A teacher is our God. They are the ones responsible for guiding and enlightening us. When we date back to the history, we have stories of the guru Dronacharya and his students Arjun and Eklavya. They simply portray one thought - Teachers are the unsung heroes of our lives.

    "Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own."

    This quote by Nikos Kazantzakis sheds light on the impact a teacher can make. Teachers are the influencers in every individual’s life. They act as a catalyst and a role model. They are like the backend developers of a functioning website. They shape the future of our societies.They transform people into responsible citizens.

    Closer home, Savitribai Phule’s struggle and Ramabai’s courage to impart education are tales of heroism.They were the ones who uplifted the minds of people through their teachings. It is their efforts that paid off to make a country like ours.

    Dwelling on the above thought it would only be apt to appreciate and acknowledge these gurus. They make a difference in our lives. For someone rightly said, “A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others."

    It need not necessarily be your school teacher. It is any person who inspires you. May be it is the guest lecturer who urged you to read something or a friend who guides you through. It is your parents who stand by you through thick and thin or an employer who motivates. It is anybody that fosters learning.

    We have ignored the very foundations of our relationships. These days we need a reason to celebrate them, rather we look for one. On this occasion, one should take the liberty to take five minutes off. Write an appreciation letter or a thank you note to that one person who guides you to the path of wisdom.

    Happy Teachers Day!


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      Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these […]

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    Thanks to youtuber Optibotimus who has posted a video review for Darksteel, the Transformers Beast Hunters Predacons Rising voyager class figure. Get the scoop on this new toy just making its way into store. See the figure in his robot mode and transformed to beast mode with all the details in between by watching the Darksteel video review below.

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    XOS will sponsor free webinar on September 26 at 2 p.m. EST. The webinar’s featured speaker is attorney Quin Dodd, noted CPSIA expert and former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Dodd will provide an overview of new and proposed CPSC regulations and requirements pertaining to the testing and certification [...]

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    Joe Ledbetter's ZOMBIE BUNNY will see a Release Party @ Meltdown Comics (7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046) this coming Saturday, September 7th 2013, from 1pm-3pm PDT.
    "Joe Ledbetter will be on hand to sign. Enjoy complimentary Zombie tacos, cupcakes, cookies and drinks. Also, be the first of your friends to secure a Zombie Bunny! Limited qtys available. Other cool prizes and surprises available at the Event. The online sale starts 1p PDT - special bonus kickback - FREE SHIPPING inside the US =) See you all Saturday!"

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    And while I was intrigued, I had not been specifically keen on the GID JEFF from Bwana Spoon … but now with the reveal of BLACK JEFF, me toy-desires perked up, and my hands touch the laptop screen ever so gently … releasing this coming friday, this would be a Jelly Factory Club exclusive.

    What is the "Jelly Factory Club", you ask? Check out grasshutcorp.com to find out more about this US$30 membership club, which gets you "a tee, membership card, and first dibs on all kinds of goodies, paintings, skatedecks, toys, prints, and other unmentionables."

    You know things be rocking if they are "unmentionables" - MUAHAHAHAHAHA

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    Just in via TF Upgrader is a new images of the Maketoys project "Quantron" combiner figure that pays homage to the G1 Computron character. Following the design images, we have some new looks at the combined Quantron in prototype forum that includes Blindfire NOT Strafe, Celeritas NOT Lightspeed and Metalstorm NOT Scattershot for the full reveal below. Stay tuned for more images of this figure soon.

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    The Zukie Graphitti shirts by Miss Zukie (Alison Perez) and OutsmART Originals is now available for pre-order. Screen printed on ultra cotton and soft style tees for superior comfort, fit and construction, they are available for both men and women on Black or White t-shirts. You can pick one up for $20.00, and look for […]

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    Pre-Orders are currently available for Amanda Visell's WOOD PANDALOPE, with this customized 10 inch Labbit vinyl figure (originally by Frank Kozik x Kidrobot) coming in a limited edition of 25, hand painted and featuring real bamboo. Priced at US$500 PER, they would be shipping before end-ish September 2013.


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    Phil Jimenez has been in the comics business for a long time, and hell probably be one to tell you that hes very lucky to have his job of choice. Having put in his time, hes now capitalizing on his tenure, and choosing which projects hes drawing based on the fun factor, meaning passing the Phil Jimenez litmus test is part of the selection process. What catches his eye the most? One of those ideas that made the cut was IDWs Transformers: Dark Cybertron (SEP130332), and in this interview Phil talks about what the gig entailed.

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    There's more than meets the eye to these Transformers Generation 1 lunchboxes! Made of tin with Autobot or Decepticon logos, these lunchboxes will both carry and protect your lunch on a daily basis! The vintage style lunchboxes feature embossed G1 Autobots or Decepticons character surrounding their faction insignia symbol. These will be released on September 4, 2013 for an MSRP price of $12.99 USD. See the images below for the full details.

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    Great news for all you Diaclone, Micro Change and Japanese Transformers collectors. Toy Store have listed the Browning M-1910 KO Blue Version and a Browning M-1910 KO Red Version that is LIMITED to 100 pieces. These are listed at a nice price of $40 USD for blue and $50 USD for the Red version. These will be available sometimes this month, September 2013.

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    Wow.... WOW! The big news with the Bat-Blog right now, and the BATMAN TOY DRIVE we're doing for the School Teacher who lost her Batman Toy Collection during the May 20th Tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, got some major press last night. It's all been pretty exciting! 

    Yesterday, I was contacted by Michael Konopasek, a News Reporter for our local Channel 9 TV News Station, here where I live, and he said he was doing a follow-up story on Becky Joe Evans who is now starting to become known as the "Plaza Towers Batman Teacher". Last month they did a story about her and after being inspired by their broadcast I started a Toy Drive to see if me and my readers could help. Somehow they found out about the Bat-Blog doing this and decided to add me to the broadcast. So, I went to their building to be taped. Yeah, crazy right?!

    Wow! It was crazy! To be honest, I really hate having my photo taken, even by friends or family. But I knew it would be great press for our event so I went to be interviewed. Now, knowing that you're gonna be seen by a ton of people... is completely nerve-racking, ha! The funny thing is that they interviewed me, on camera, for approx. 30 minutes... and then, after editing, I only appear for roughly 30 seconds, ha! But they did mention the Bat-Blog and how we're trying to raise donations so that was completely wonderful.

    But the best part of the whole thing, honestly (for me anyway) was that they went to the Moore Elementary School and they filmed some of the stuff that has been donated by Loyal Bat-Blog Readers. Oh man! This is the first time I have got to even see this stuff. it's been incredible. I'm so thankful and grateful for the amazing generosity of the Bat-Blog's readership. I mean, I know that the response rate has been pretty good because everyone who has sent stuff, first, had to contact me for a mailing address. So, I knew those numbers were more than I expected (way beyond expectations) but to actually get to see all the great stuff people have sent... it's beyond words. 

    OK, I'm starting to realize that I'm almost writing a novel here, ha ha, sorry about that, but I'm really emotional about this and at the same time very excited! Some Fans of this site have really gone the extra mile towards acting in a very giving way and I'm deeply touched by it. Honestly, I'm extremely grateful, Thank you everybody... Thank you SO much. 

    Please check out the News 9 Video down below and you will see what people have been sending in. Keep in mind that those bookcases were practically empty!

    HEY, WAIT! ONE LAST THING!! 

    The BATMAN TOY DRIVE is still going on and if anyone wants to know how they can get involved then please just read the post right under this one. There you will see special instructions on how YOU can help. Please do. It's a great cause and it create some wonderful karma for you. 

    Also, we want to thank the Reporter Michael Konopasek and TV News 9 for the boost in awareness of our cause. They've been great!

    News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports |



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    Super7 and Funko have announced a deal to bring Super7′s retro Alien 3.75″ figures to the mass market. The idea with these figures is that they’re done as if they were made in the 1980s, the heyday of 3.75″ figures (visit Kevin Lentz’s 3 3/4-Inch Archives to see some – most – of the crazy stuff that […]

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    The Toy Industry Association Inc. (TIA) is accepting toy, game, and property submissions across 12 categories for the 2014 Toy of the Year (TOTY) Awards. The nomination period will close at 5 p.m. PST on October 11. Finalists will be unveiled on November 25; winners will be announced at the TOTY Awards ceremony in February [...]

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    VTech has added to its evolving line of Switch & Go Dinos. The new toys combine two of kids’ classic playthings—dinosaurs and vehicles—with a transformation feature and motion-activated lights and sounds. The new Switch & Go Dinos are suitable for kids ages 3 to 8, and available at www.vtechkids.com, amazon.com, target.com, toysrus.com, and walmart.com. Meanwhile, parents [...]

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    Here are a few new paintings that Joey Chou created for the Pop Fusion exhibit at WonderGround Gallery. I love the fact that the other characters are hovering around. On September 7, he will be joining artists Chris Reccardi and Michelle … Continue reading 

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