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Tri-State Gazette, Issue 81

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Tri-State Gazette                
The Official Phineas and Ferb Wiki Newsletter, Issue 81: December 5, 2012
 
News and information from the world of Phineas and Ferb.
 

Contents
1 ...And a Partridge on a Perry
2 Crat Corner
3 Hands on With the 2012 Christmas Ornaments
4 Vanessa's date is shiny
5 Hands-on with the P&F merchandise, part 56


...And a Partridge on a Perry

A Partridge on a Perry

Remember how Doofenshmirtz trapped Perry the Platypus with Christmas lights during the Christmas Vacation special? Mouseinphilly has the latest scoop on an tree ornament based on this scene along with some others that are available this year, and RRabbit42 has another holiday item in this issue.

Current forum discussions

Crat Corner

RRabbit42
by RRabbit42

Nominated and Featured

In the last newsletter, I pointed out that we didn't have enough pictures to vote on for December so I had to pick the rest. As it turns out, only three pictures had been nominated by the time I looked at them a couple of days ago.

When I was selecting pictures to add to the nominations, I remembered that our Era template has a selection for Featured Pictures. When the template was made, we had less pictures to choose from each month and the way we voted was different, so it wasn't that hard to pick one. But what of the pictures that didn't win? You can look on the Nominations page to see the ones for the past few months, but to see all of them, you have dig through the archives.

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We now have two more ways to find out which ones have been nominated. The first is that each nominated picture now has the lovely checked star symbol on it that you see to the right, courtesy of an update to the Era template. All we have to do is add {{Era|PNOM}} to the file's page. Once that's done, the picture is automatically added to the Nominated Pictures category, and that's the second place you can see what's been nominated. The featured pictures get the star with the eyebrows around it (the green laurel leaves), and all 73 of the current and previous featured pictures are in the Category:Featured Pictures of the Month, with two more to be added when December's winners are confirmed.

This should cut down on pictures being re-nominated. Not completely prevent, just reduce, because certain times of the year like Christmas will have specific kinds of pictures that will be nominated. So re-nominating a picture at that time that wasn't selected before would be okay.

Odds 'n' Ends

  • The winter coat for the wiki (the "skin") will go up in a day or two, with a special effect courtesy of the people from Wikia's Community Central.
  • From Mouseinphilly: Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh have received a prestigious nomination from the Pro­duc­ers Guild of Amer­ica in the category of Outstanding Children's Program and was the lone animated series to be recognized as such. The four remaining nom­i­nees (all live-action) in the cat­e­gory are fellow Disney Channel program Good Luck Char­lie, the recently ended iCarly (Nick­elodeon), Sesame Street (PBS) and The Weight of the Nation for Kids: The Great Cafe­te­ria Takeover (HBO). The awards will be given out January 26th in Beverly Hills, California.
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Hands On With the 2012 Christmas Ornaments

Mouseinphilly's avatar
by Mouseinphilly

Well it's time to decorate that tree for the season. No matter what type of pine you have, a small Charlie Brown type or a large one, natural, artificial or even aluminum, the legend of the Christmas tree (or tannenbaum as it is noted from the Christmas hymn sung to the melody of Ilovebartmorethanyou16's official state song, "Maryland, My Maryland"), goes back to Germany and Martin Luther. Candles have given way to LED lights, and tinsel is optional. So let's look at what Phineas and Ferb fans can look at this season.

Kmart PnF Ornament
Let's begin with something from the the Christmas Vacation special. Last year, RRabbit42 showed us a Christmas stocking with the words "WELCOME SANTA" from the rest stop/clubhouse the boys made to attract St. Nick to the Tri-State area. This year, Kmart has this ornament based on that scene. It's only a mere 3.14 inches (listed at 80 mm for those in metrics) done in a decoupage style and worth the $6 online and in-store price.
Walmart PnF Set
Now, we're off to Walmart with a five-pack of flat ornaments with Phineas, Ferb, Candace, along with a pair of Perry in both his pet and agent modes. And it's a great value at a cost of $6.50.
Agent P Lights Ornament
Completing our trip to the discount mass marketing stores, you might recognize this scene from Christmas Vacation where Doof wrapped up Agent P in Christmas lights, which also happened in One Good Scare Ought to Do It! Just $7 at your local Target location. (Partridge sold seperately.)
2012-2013 Perry Ornament
Next, we visit The Disney Store for this one. Perry is represented in a sketchbook ornament as he's dangling to a Christmas wreath while wearing a Santa hat. Just hang in there, Perry, December 25th is coming, and costs $12.50 at the stores and online.
Zazzleornament
For those who are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind ornament, the folks at Zazzle.com are present with thirty different designs. You pick the artwork, background color, and for an extra fee, get it personalized starting from $14.95 plus shipping and handling.
P&F Hallmark Ornament 2012
Our next stop is the Hallmark Gold Crown stores, where the second annual Keepsake Ornament designed by Cullen Brown, titled Perry Christmasis available for $17.50. Sorry folks, it isn't available online.
Phineas and Ferb Disney Parks ornament
Last, and certainly not least, is a trip to Disney theme parks for a pair of ornaments.
Mouseketeer Agent P ornament
There's the boys on the left dressed ready to go into said parks as Phineas has his Mouseketeer ears and Ferb wears a Goofy hat. The other on the right features Agent P swinging on your tree while wearing his own Mouseketeer hat, and both are priced at $18.95.

There you have this year's Christmas tree ornaments. May they stay on your trees for a long time like all of your other family ornaments.


Vanessa's date is shiny

by RRabbit42

About a year ago, it used to be the norm that both episodes in a half hour premiered on the same day. Now it seems like they get split up more often than are broadcast together. But back in June, two episodes in a pair did premiere back to back. Let's take a look at what is a rarity.

329a - Coffee Date

"Sipping with the Enemy" opens with Phineas and Ferb trying to convince Buford that phones used to not be mobile and he can't quite wrap his mind around the concept. This difficulty is reinforced by Baljeet, who has appointed himself to be Buford's "hype man" for the mind games Buford wants to play. This leads to the brothers deciding to put on a Criss Angel-inspired magic show where Baljeet can continue to promote the "mind flips".

The episode also reunites Vanessa Doofenshmirtz with Monty Monogram. They end up at a coffee shop together, ordering the exact same thing in unison. After some initial nervousness as to whether they should be seen together, given their respective fathers, they end up talking and it turns into a date. Agent P had been sent to the coffee shop to intercept Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Vanessa enlists his help to make sure Heinz doesn't see her with Monty. But as Perry the Platypus ensures that Heinz doesn't see them as he makes about a thousand trips in and out to fill up his espresso-powered "Cool-inator", Vanessa and Monty have an argument. In the end, they agree to talk again, despite of the problems their fathers' jobs cause them.

Escaping with the Treasure

In "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets", a trip to the Semi-Annual Tri-State Area Antique Show and Swap Meet turns into quests to find lost items for both Lawrence and Candace. Lawrence has a chance to find a very rare 1807 Dorcham and Wesley boot scraper. Candace has her eyes on a very rare Ducky Momo figure. So what's it going to take for both to get what they want?

For Candace, it takes tracking down several dozen different items that the vendors at the swap meet want in trade. And she does it. She's seconds away from her goal, but the mysterious force snatches it away from her, leaving her crestfallen.

For her dad, it's delving into the myths and legends of ancient bootscraper society and getting around their ingenious and vengeful inventions and traps, with side trips through National Treasure and two of the Indiana Jones movies. Though Phineas and Ferb are along to help him out, he must also deal with his old antiquing nemesis, Worthington Dubois.

I really appreciated how the scene that plays during the credits tied back into "Sipping with the Enemy". I think I like those kinds of continuation scenes more than when a song is repeated for the credits. (The exceptions, of course, would be things like when the song broke away from being a straight repeat at the end of the credits for "Moon Farm".)

"Tri-State Treasure" is a really good episode, because it's difficult to figure out at exactly which point the trip to the swap meet became the film, especially since Candace was off doing her own thing at the same time. I haven't figured it out yet.

One final thing I also haven't figured out is what character Alan Tudyk did the voice for. Whatever one it was for, it was a nice surprise to see his name in the credits, and it helped make these episodes very shiny.


Hands-on with the P&F merchandise, part 56

by RRabbit42

This issue's look at what's available is a mixed bag. I have a couple more items for your room, a new activity book and some shower accessories. Let's take a look at that last one first.

Atomic Tangerine Body Care Basics

Right around Halloween, I stopped in at Walmart and noticed that they were already starting to carry Christmas items. There were a few items, mostly ornaments, so I picked up the five-pack of flat ornaments that Mouseinphilly showed us earlier in this issue. On another trip, a larger section of the store was set aside for Christmas, and in there I found the Body Care Basics set.

This is a bath and shower set made by MZB Accessories. You'll find lots of these kinds of products in various themes like Spider-Man, The Transformers, SpongeBob and Disney Princesses. For the Phineas and Ferb set, it's all Agent P and his Atomic Tangerine body spray, shower gel and hair gel. Use the shower gel in place of a regular bar of soap, style your hair with the hair gel, and spritz of the body spray to take the Atomic Tangerine scent with you as you head out for the day. But, as the Dilbert comic strip has pointed out a few times, colognes and perfumes shouldn't be treated as dosages. Let it be subtle. Others will thank you for it if you don't go overboard.

Walmart has it for $10 and it's available online and in their local stores. The website also shows that they have a foaming hand soap for $5 that comes in an Agent P dispenser.

Die-cut Lamp Fierce Perry trash can
Table lamp
Trash can

The next two items are yet more examples of why it pays to go into the local stores. Toys R Us has various room decorations and this desk lamp and trash can were there when I stopped in earlier last month. I don't remember if they were on the website before, but they are not there now. As such, I don't remember how much I paid for either of them.

The lamp comes with a two-level die cut shade and a pullchain with the logo at the end. The starburst cutouts let you see the characters shine through. You can see Phineas in my picture. The other two are Ferb and Agent P. The lamp is only designed for a 40 watt bulb, so if you want it to be brighter, you will need to switch from a regular incandescent bulb to either a halogen or compact flourescent bulb, with halogens taking longer to get to full brightness than flourescents. (I have a desk lamp next to my bed so I can focus the light on my book when I read. I put a halogen light in it so that when I turn it on, it gradually brightens up. It's a bit more relaxing this way, instead of having the light come on instantly, especially if I happen to be looking in the direction of the lamp when I turn it on.)

The trash can is made by Jay Franco & Sons, who also made a lot of the items featured in the last newsletter. It's a pretty thick plastic trash can, so as long as you don't kick it or hit it really hard, it should hold up pretty well. It has a different kind of "Perry face" on it, showing Perry with a fierce look, almost as if he is warning people not to mess with the garbage inside the can. Note that the garbage can isn't larger than the lamp. That's just from trying to make sure that the pictures of both of them are the same size.

Panini Sticker Album

Every time I go into Target, I see all those sports and collector's cards next to the cash register. Phineas and Ferb are finally joining their ranks via a sticker album made by Panini America, Inc. $2 will get you the sticker album showing scenes from quite a few episodes in Season 1 like "The Fast and the Phineas" and "One Good Scare", but as you add stickers to the pages, the story it tells may be something different. They give you ten stickers to get you started and a poster showing Agent P and Dr. Doofenshmirtz on one side, and Phineas and Ferb on the back with spaces for several more special stickers.

The sticker packs are a dollar for seven stickers, so Panini gives you a couple of ways to complete your set. The first is they encourage you to trade with a friend for stickers you don't have. The second is that you can order up to 40 stickers for 20¢ each plus $2.00 for shipping (price in Canada is 22¢ each / $2.75 for shipping). According to the order form, you can order the stickers up to a year after the book was published, which appears to have been September 2012, based on the "P09/12" that's on the back cover. So, if you don't have all the stickers by next summer, I'd get your order in before the end of July.


That wraps up this review. With Christmas coming up, chances are someone's going to get something P&F-related that hasn't been in a newsletter yet. If that happens, feel free to share your thoughts with us on what you got, and if you can find out which store or website it came from, that's even better.


Coming in two weeks:
  • Hands-on with the New Merchandise
  • Recent episodes review
  • Other articles to be determined (submissions wanted - send to RRabbit42 or use the Newsletter submissions page)


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