Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Booster Gold

In case you didn't know, Booster Gold rules.

Check it out at your local comic shop.

Toy Fair--Get Your Wallets Ready

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard about the recent Toy Fair in New York. And if you have been living under a rock, you're probably the sort of invertebrate creature that wouldn't really care about such mammalian endeavors, unless you're Patrick Star. Patrick Star might care about the small plastic distractions we call action figures. But I digress....

Anyway, Toy Fair is a time for manufacturers to show off what they've got planned for the new year. If you really haven't heard about this, check it out at sites such as www.cooltoyreview.com.

In a nutshell....why do people say that? what nutshell? I'm not eating nuts right now, in fact I seldom do, especially the kind you have to crack yourself....uh...anyway in a nutshell, here's my take on the upcoming year:

AT-TE---whoa! Gotta have that.

Star Wars in general: gotta love the vehicles, we'll see about the rest...burned out lately.

DC Universe: I'm completely geeking out over this stuff. Especially the 3 3/4" DC line!

Indiana Jones: I love Indy, but I can already see the massive clearance section at Wal-Mart. This will be the overkill toy of the year that fights everything else for shelf space. It happens every summer with at least one toy line. (think Spidey.)

That's enough for now. Gotta get to work on that second job to pay for this stuff.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

How am I supposed to collect toys if nobody sells them?

The DC universe and JLU figures are really driving me crazy. I've only found 1 DCU figure at my local Target. I drove 45 minutes to find 1 Orion at another Target. I found 1 Red Tornado at TRU. My brother found an Etrigan for me. I've never seen more than one of these figures. I've never seen Penguin at all. I had to get the Metamorpho build-a-figure piece off ebay.

As for JLU, still no sign of Hawkman. I was lucky enough to get Mr. Miracle recently, but I bought the only one I've ever seen. If I hadn't made it to Target that day, I'd be out of luck. Same for the Grodd 6-pack. Glad I went shopping that day.

I'm sure other people have the same problem. They have to...there's such a shortage of figures I don't see how anybody can collect anymore. And think of the kids...there's no way a kid can get all of these.

Galactica 1980 (or, The Fanboy's Nightmare)

I received the dvd of Galactica 1980 for my birthday. I asked for it. Really, I did. I'm a BSG fan from way back.

I've seen Galactica 1980 before, and I knew it was bad, but the dvd has made that clearer than ever before. It's a bad show when you watch one episode per day or week. It's a terrible show when you try to watch 4 hours of it all at once.

Honestly, someone should do a study to see if purchasers of the dvd have a higher suicide rate, or perhaps a higher incidence of depression. Heck, they probably have higher rates of substance abuse as well. You need something to get through more than 5 minutes of "The Super Scouts." (if you don't know what that means, consider yourself lucky)

I spent today catching up on V the series. Now that's good TV. It picks up right where the mini-series left off, with the same characters, and moves in a reasonably logical direction. Plus there's lots of 80's style action...you know...slick soldier-of-fortune type dudes running around with submachine guns in improbable yet eerily realistic plots. Kinda like the A-team with reptilian aliens.


Spider-Man: I haven't given up.

Okay, the more I think about the "One More Day" thing, the more I hate it. But what's done is done.

The "Brand New Day" stories have been decent. I actually kind of enjoy them. Simple, old-school Spidey action. The problem, however, is that despite copious explanations from Joe Q. I still don't get the whole OMD thing. I still don't like it, either. So no matter how good the new stories are, they will always be tainted by OMD. Like many fans, I'm still unsure how this connects with the last 20ish years of continuity.

But maybe we're jumping the gun...maybe there's a "punch line" yet to be seen that will make it all better.


(But I kind of doubt it.)