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Marvel Heroclix: The Incredible Hulk Poster Leaked

Marvel Heroclix: The Incredible Hulk Poster Leaked

Just as the buzz was circling for September’s Superman and HALO Heroclix releases, a poster on Facebook named Levy leaked some information regarding Wizkids/NECA’s December release of Heroclix: The Incredible Hulk.

This poster is amazing and I’m very exited about this up and coming new release from Wizkids/NECA.

Image courtesy of Id Levy on www.facebook.com/wizkids

Going clockwise from the top and center are Hulked-Out versions of Captain America, Wolverine, and Iceman. These characters are from the Marvel’s Hulked Out Heroes. The comic book covered a pretty large selection of Hulked out characters so I wonder how many of them will show up.  As information becomes available I plan to share it here and via our online store website which should be completed soon.

If you purchase a brick, 10 boosters sealed, then you get a “Buy it by the Brick” figure free of charge.  This “Buy it by the Brick” figure: A.I. Marine Hulk (Hulked out A.I.M. agents) looks fantastic.

On the right-hand side of the poster we have a couple of Hulk’s best (or worst) villains: Abomination and Leader. Very cool!

And last, but most definitely not least, smack-bang in the middle of the poster is ol’ Jade Jaws himself and his human counterpart.

Feel free to contact us via our store or this website to get your pre-orders in for Heroclix: The Incredible Hulk!

WizKids Announces Sell-out of “DC Heroclix: Superman”

WizKids Announces Sell-out of “DC Heroclix: Superman”

August 10, 2011 (HILLSIDE, NJ) — WizKids/NECA announces the manufacturer sell-out of their most recent set, DC HeroClix®: Superman. WizKids’ entire inventory of DC HeroClix: Superman, releasing September 28th, 2011, has been completely sold to distributors worldwide.

 The DC HeroClix: Superman expansion will feature more than 50 figures in standard five-figure boosters. Celebrating over 70 years of history, Superman brings all of the action and amazing power that only the Last Son of Krypton can deliver, and where Superman treads his greatest villains and allies cannot be far behind! Popular sub-themes in the set will include: All-Star Superman, the World of New Krypton, the Legion of Super Heroes, the exciting and pivotal Flashpoint mini-series and more!

The DC HeroClix: Superman standard booster product also features an all new, in-pack Buy-It-By-The-Brick Robot Superman figure! For the first time ever, the Buy-It-By-The-Brick figure will be available in the brick itself contained within an unmarked 6 figure booster!

“The growth of HeroClix in 2011 has been extraordinary,” said Lax Chandra, President of WizKids. “Sales for each set this year has outdone the last with Superman being our biggest release in many years. Despite the increase in our supply, retailers can’t keep the product on their shelves. We would like to thank all of our retail partners and customer base for their continued support.”

If you are still looking for Superman bricks/cases contact my office at 217 864 6485 or contact me directly via this blog.  My corporation Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. has a store that provides gaming products to the area as well as mail order.  My store still has Captain America boosters available but at a very limited quantity.  The website for The Lair is under construction and I plan to announce its re-launch soon.

About Bradshaw Consulting, Inc.
Bradshaw Consulting, Inc. has been providing quality content on the internet for over 10 years. Providing services such as web design, web hosting, copy, search engine optimization, programming and management skills designed to increase the companies bottom line.

About NECA/WizKids:
A wholly owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 100 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit www.wizkidsgames.com.

Asian pear tree vs Japanese beetles

Asian pear tree vs Japanese beetles
 Back in April, 2011 I planted my first Asian pear tree, Pyrus pyrifolia, and until now I have had great luck weathering things,(no pun intended).  As my luck goes, the year I plant my tree is the year the Cicadas show up and attempt to destroy the newest addition to my yard.  With a little help, (some cheese cloth to protect it), my Asian pear tree won against the Cicadas!  No sooner had I won that battle when the next enemy was up and ready to fight!  The Japanese Beetle….. This small, ornate beetle has turned out to be a more dangerous foe than I had originally thought.  I went out every morning and dutifully picked off the beetles. I also used a little trick I learned last year while protecting my blueberry bushes from this evil foe.  You take a bowl of soapy water and hold it under the branch and shake the beetles to the water.  They are unable to get out and they drown.  If you leave their dead bodies around the plant, it helps to deter other beetles from coming near. This is a bit time consuming, but allows you to avoid using a pesticide. What makes these nasty bugs so bad is their multistage existence.  They start in the ground as a grub feeding on the roots of your grass where they burrow deep to survive the winter.  Around late June to July, and after they have killed your grass, they emerge to feed and breed.  They love the leaves of soft wood and fruit trees/bushes and the female will land first in order to eat.  Once there, she will send off a pheromone which attracts any male beetles within a 5 mile radius.  They will come to her location, eat ,and then breed with her.  Once the female is ready to lay eggs, she will drop to the ground and implant her larva, (future grubs), which start the cycle all over again.  After some time, I got a little lazy in pulling off the beetles each day. I was only seeing one or two beetles per day and there were no more than a few even if I skipped a day of removing them. I had a short 2 day trip and I was not overly concerned with the beetles at this point. After all, we had survived those nasty cicadas! However, to my dismay, when I returned home the tree was 100% stripped of all her leaves!  I was utterly devastated! I should have taken a picture right away but I was too crushed to even look at her. After so much hard work,  I felt that I had failed. My little Asian pear tree had survived the planting, cicadas, and the horrible heat but after all of this, the Japanese Beetle prevailed. Shortly after this incident, it was time for us to go on another trip. I decided to just deal with the tree when we got back  as I was sure I would be digging her up and starting over.

To my surprise, when I got back a few days ago from my trip, the tree was doing better than ever!  I have to credit this to the quality of the plant.  I have had other experiences with plants that have not gone as well. Last year, when I purchased plants from Walmart, (which was a bad idea),  I found that they were inexpensive, but I lost half of them.  One of the plants purchased at Walmart did not even make it to winter and the other died during winter.  I had to replace these plants, so they did not end up being so cheap after all….  I did a great deal of research before purchasing more plants.  In response to my bad experience with cheap plants, cost was not the biggest deciding factor.  I wanted a company that had quality trees and plants and a knowledgeable staff to assist me, ( I had many questions). The company that I settled on was a place called Clifton’s Nursery.  They had a nice website, reasonable prices, and when I called, they were happy to answer my questions. Also, this was the only place that had my Asian Pear tree in stock!  The company is in California so I was a bit worried about shipping but it was still affordable even with the shipping included and I have had absolutely no regrets.

When my little Asian pear tree arrived, I wish I would have taken photos but I was so happy to have gotten my tree I did not even think about it.  It came so nicely wrapped and even had instructions on its care. I will say, going forward, I plan to purchase everything from Clifton’s.  I still need to replace my blueberry plants that died and my kids really want an Apple tree. I will keep you posted when we plant some more this fall!!

Northeast Community Fund

Northeast Community Fund

 

Northeast Community Fund

The Northeast Community Fund, located in Decatur, IL, is a non-profit agency that strives to help as many families as possible by providing much needed food each and every month.  They have a Facebook page and would love a friend invite.  The store is located at 825 N Water Street in Decatur, Illinois 62523   This astounding organization provides support for over 1600 families per month and have already served 730 new families in 2011. The work they do is quite impressive and they make good use of their limited resources!  This organization not only provides food to our local families in need, they also provide clothing, used furniture and many other living essentials.  They have a free clothing room, which of course provides much needing clothing.  So if you have things just filling up your garage, please remember the Northeast Community fund. They take donations of clothes and household items everyday.  However, the need for food is growing in the Decatur area.  Right now, due to the over whelming  response they are getting from families in need, non-perishable food items are urgently needed.  They collect these much needed items every day from individual families and also through collections from churches, schools, and food drives. They need your help to keep their food shelves filled so that they can continue their ministry.  If you have some can goods lying around your pantry or have a few minutes to stop by the grocery store, please consider grabbing a few items after work and dropping them off at their water street location. Your efforts will be greatly appreciated.  Please, also take a few seconds to share this page using the social media links below and help spread the word! Thank you for your consideration!

Happy 16th Birthday to Jacob Clark

Happy 16th Birthday to Jacob Clark
This past weekend we celebrated a combined 16th birthday party for Jacob Clark and Joey Bartmann.  Most of the photos have been uploaded to Carmen’s facebook profile.  The great photos were taken by Ted, Carmen’s step-dad and he did a fantastic job!  The party was based on a Barbecue/cook-out theme with a pool, thanks to Carmen’s mom, Linda Hoppe. Carmen’s mother was nice enough to open her house up so we could have a pool party.  Good food and great company is a very important thing and it was nice to see everyone together. The party was a great success and we all got to celebrate both Jacob’s and Joey’s entry into the driving years of life!

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