This Blog of Mine

I’ve been making around nine posts a month on this site, usually talking about whatever strikes me at the moment that I’m inspired to post (like now). I’ve been struggling to find an identity for my blog, and I think if I had a more consistent approach to writing posts it’d be better for the handful of readers, and this writer.

My buddies derryX and The Fat Lantern have their niches –dining and comic books, respectively. Do I need to carve one out for myself too? I’m not sure what that’s going to be. I collect different types of toys (mostly Transformers, LEGO, and Marvel figures), so I could do posts about new things as I get them.

Last week, I picked up the turtles that I said I wanted just under a month ago, and I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with them. I’m really in the mood to take some pictures and talk them up, and I’m probably going to do that this weekend. So there’s one new post, and we’ll see how the figure reviewing pans out. I don’t know if that’s what I really want to delve on, though.

I’m 29 and I’ve listened to Howard Stern since I was ten or eleven, and I’ve always been inspired to be open and honest about things happening in my life. The problem is, I don’t actually open up about things the way I should, and shit tends to fester and get out of control. Then, it gets to a point where I’m entirely over-stressed and miserable, and it all comes out in a fervor of rage and anxious energy. Thanks, Mom, I got this from you!

It’s unhealthy and I need to break out of that habit. Maybe this will become a private journal that I publish publicly for ridicule and mocking. I’ve done it a few times in the past (check out posts I’ve tagged as ‘bio’), and they’ve been the least viewed posts on the site. I’m entertained by the idea of sharing things most people wouldn’t, but the reception hasn’t been as significant as I hoped. I like getting reactions to the things I do, and it seems that the really personal things aren’t what get the attention I want.

It seems to be the stories I tell about the things I encounter that really shine, so I guess I just need to have more interactions with people so I can tell more stories.

So this Lou Ferrigno maquette looks ridiculous

I’m a huge fan of the sometimes campy, but always intriguingly charming The Incredible Hulk series from the late-70s. I think they did a fantastic job telling the story of the Hulk, and you really got a sense of the pain Bruce Banner was fighting through every day of his existence.

I follow Marvelous News (as referenced in other posts around my blog), and I saw that a new 22″ maquette of the “Lou Ferrigno Hulk” was coming out, exclusively distributed through Big Bad Toy Store.

What an absolute disgrace this thing is. I mean, it just looks absolutely absurd, especially when compared to how decent Lou looked. Keep in mind that Lou donned a huge fluffy wig and fake eyebrows for the role. It’s almost like they found a generic picture on a Google Images search, stretched it out to a disproportionate size and used that to start the sculpt. Maybe they just hired a caricature artist, and they sculpted from that drawing. I see this as a shameful mocking of Lou, and they should have done much better.

I’m not a big bust/maquette guy to begin with, but this is just insanely terrible. Poor Lou. What I liked about that show was how Lou looked like a massive human being, but he was still human and had regular proportions. If I wanted a larger-than-life statue to add to my collection in his honor, I’d want it to actually look like him, not like it was a cheap comic-book adaptation of what that Hulk looked like. For shame!

YES. SDCC Time!

I’m literally salivating over some of the new stuff shown off by Hasbro in the Marvel Universe and Marvel Legengds lines! Take a look at these things that I will want to procure in late-Q3/early-Q4.

Images stolen from Marvelous News (ML, MU), as you can see from their watermark. I’m a thief, oh well.

I absolutely hate that they gave him that over-sized web-slinging hand from the Freedom-Foundation/Big Time Spider-Man that came out earlier this year. I like it when he’s got an open hand so you have him bitch slap people, but this is a bit silly. I might finally be forced to try my hand –Ha, get it? Hand? Ahhhh?– at some Apoxie sculpting. HRM. HRM I SAY. Hopefully they’ll do a variant in his classic green/yellow threads too, but I can dig the white/gold if necessary.

Look at all the glorious figures in this box-set! Apoc (whom I never saw hit retail in our area, which is fine because the paint work on this release is far better), Mr. Sinister (previously only in a two pack with a Gambit that had terrible QA issues), Angel, Ice Man (who looks really cool), and redecos of Jean/Cyclops (available in a two-pack with more modern colors, of which I’m not into). I’ve got a spot in my room planned for this amazing fight scene already.

Now all I need is a Stryfe in this scale so I can set up an Executioner’s Song section on one of my shelves. I should probably pick up Cable while he’s still around too, so I don’t regret not having one to fight Stryfe if they ever decide to make one.

MMMMMMMM! Cannot wait for this set to drop, seriously.

Next up are some of the two-packs coming out, and I want three of the four announced. The Cap/Magnus one is pretty cool, but that’ll be the one I buy last, if at all. I will not miss out on the Spidey/Rhino and Silver Centurian/Mandarin duos though, even if I have to pay a bit more through Entertainment Earth or BBTS.

Rhino looks incredibly beefy.

Mandarin looks surprisingly good, and I’ll gobble up SC when I see him. My favorite armor will be mine!

This Spidey/Doom pack is really interesting to me. I’m looking forward to reading the issue bundled with them, as I’ve never seen these costumes before. I assume they’re tied into the Freedom Foundation arc, but I haven’t read it yet.

Make sure you check out the diorama Hasbro set up too. It makes me really jealous that I only wound up with one Sentinel, since they gave me some really cool ideas on how to deconstruct and display a few of them at once.

I Can’t Wait for the New GI Joe Movie

Not because it looks bad –because it doesn’t; it looks pretty amazing– but the toy line is going to be a lot of fun. They’ve been steadily improving articulation and detail over the years, and the 35th Anniversary line looks cool, but the new movie line is where it’s at.

New Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Red Ninjas? Okay, cool. How about a Bruce-Mother-Fucking-Willis in GI Joe scale, though?

Can you say, “Yipee ki yay?” Well, can you? I couldn’t. I had to Google it to make sure I had the correct spelling.

Can’t wait to put him on my desk with my Ultra-Poseable Amazing Spider-Man(I got mine for less than $10 at Walmart, but it’s not a bad deal at $12.40.) Maybe I should finally track down an A-Team van from the movie and have him drive that, since aside from KITT, it’s the only vehicle bad enough for him to drive, and while I’ve got an awesome KITT on preorder, I don’t know if he’ll be the right scale to drive the thing.

This Just In, The S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier Wouldn’t Fly (As Depicted)

Some dude over at Wired just took way too much time and effort analyzing the home-base of the Avengers for most of their movie.

It’s a fun read, and I’m not picking at him for doing it, but seriously? Of all the things to debunk from a movie in which a team of super heroes fight off an alien invasion led by a magician from another realm?

Go figure that the science wasn’t up to snuff.

I’m more interested in how a dude with a bow and a chick with a gun lasted as long as they did in the battle…