Sunday, March 30, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The sculpt and paint are very nice. Peter Jackson's glasses are great, and the bronze vest and brown coat and pants are a very hobbit-like ensemble. The figure itself makes a bit of a nitpick, though: no real Hobbit has so full a beard. Of the three varieties of Hobbits only the Stoors have any facial hair, and that is a light down on the chin, not anything like Jackson's furry chinpelt.
Monday, March 24, 2008
This is Lezard Valeth, from Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. The action figure line is produced by Square Enix Products. Although the articulation is limited, the sculpt and paint are exquisite, especially considering the size of the figure, which is only about five inches tall, far shorter than other Square Enix figures I've got before. And he has a book, which doesn't seem removable.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Well, it's a fantasy character. And a pig in an overcoat. And my nephew when he saw it lighted up with excitement, and he seems to love the movie of The Spiderwick Chronicles. So I'll let him play with it, and maybe later if he still likes it and the new is rubbed off, maybe I'll let him keep it.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
1975. The Planet of the Apes. Sets, horses and vehicles we could only dream about getting. I mean, $15.79 for a tree house/fort? Outrageous!
Seriously, in the wake of the Mego Star Trek re-issues they are now set to do Planet of the Apes. This picture is from a page in a 1975 Christmas catalog at a great website called Welcome to WishbookWeb.com (http://wishbookweb.com/). It shows many different Christmas catalogs page by page, and not only can you see the toys at these amazing pre-inflation prices, but by looking at the clothes and 'kitsch' you can really remember what life was like back then.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Quote from the card: "Legacy: Carl Jung was one of the most influential psychiatrists in history. His lifelong devotion to the study of the mind resulted in some seminal theories about the human unconcious that he articulated in numerous articles, essays and books on the subject. He is directly responsible for a great number of psychological concepts including the Collective Unconscious, The Complex, The Archetype, and Introvert/Extrovert."
I also have some vague recollection of him using toys and play in his therapy to help unlock and work through deeply buried issues. But don't quote me on that.
I bought the figure itself at Hastings, for $8.99. It's 5&1/4 inches tall, comes with a brown and gold pipe accessory, and is perhaps the only action figure I've ever seen with a pair of glasses molded to its forehead rather than over its eyes.
Saturday, March 8, 2008
Terry Pratchett's Death (who is the more traditional skeleton in robes with scythe) says a line very similar in one of the Discworld novels. Pratchett and Gaiman collaborated on the novel Good Omens, and seem to enjoy referencing each other's work now and then. Who wrote it first? Don't know; can't say; daren't speculate.
Thanks again to Tom at Z's Toys for hunting her down for me.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
First pipe, top row: Came with Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Neca).
Second pipe, top row: Came with Captain Nemo (Mezco).
Third pipe, top row: A bit of a cheat here. This pipe came with a cheap plastic Topo Gigo mouse from the county fair. We used it for years as a prop in Mego playings.
First pipe, bottom row: This black pipe came with Sherlock Holmes (Accoutrements).
Second pipe, bottom row: This brown and gold pipe came with Carl Jung (Accoutrements).
Third pipe, bottom row: Before Toy Biz came along with the LOTR movie action figures, Toy Vault started a line of figures designed from descriptions from the books. This brown pipe came with their Gimli action figure.
Fourth and fifth pipes, bottom row: These white pipes came with two variant Gandalf figures from Toy Vault. The top of one and the bottom of the other is shown. Interesting detail: the action figures had a little hole placed strategically in the beard so you could actually show him with the pipe in his mouth. The Sherlock Holmes figure has the same thing, but because he has no beard to hide it in the hole looks like a mole on his lip.
This Post dedicated to my friend AlanDP over at The Briar Files (http://briarfiles.blogspot.com/).
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Here he is: Super-poseable Smeagol the Stoor Fisherman, with 22 points of articulation. This is Gollum as he appeared before being corrupted by the Ring, and Andy Serkis's one chance to act in the movie without being painted over with CGI. You can't see it in this picture, but the Ring is molded into the palm of one of his hands.
This is part of Tommy at Z's Toys efforts to help me get the few LOTR figures I don't have. Total price with shipping and whatnot: a little over $17. Hama is on his way, and there's a bid on a Peter Jackson as a Hobbit--from Scotland.
I was amused by the bi-lingual English and French labeling on the packaging; apparently this was sold originally in Canada. Though most of the characters had the same name, Frodo was "Frodon" and Sam Gamgee was "Samsagace".
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
Jin (pronounce jeen) comes with the long sword and the short sword traditional to samurai, a base, and a spare head equipped with "wet weather gear" (looks like a 'do-rag to me).