Archive for January 2012

I think the last Stephen King book I read was either the final volume of The Dark Tower or Under the Dome, whenever they came out. It’s been a while since I’ve read King, but he’s always been one of my favorite authors, ever since I cracked open Christine way back in middle school. After a long binge of epic fantasy books, I decided it was time for something different, so I grabbed the e-book of 11/22/63, which I just finished last night.

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Time for another new collectible! This time it’s the new Faith statue, made by Sideshow Collectibles. Eliza Dushku played Faith on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and she first appeared in the third season of Buffy as a deeply trouble rogue Slayer. Sideshow Collectibles has the Buffy license and has made a bunch of 12″ action figures and large-scale collectibles in the past. More recently they’ve been producing a line of really cool Buffy statues based on the most iconic characters from the show. The first release was Buffy herself, sitting on a gothic styled throne, and the second was Willow with her school backpack. Faith is the third in the series and stands around 18″ tall, including the base. The regular version of the statue comes with a crossbow in Faith’s right hand, but the Sideshow exclusive edition has interchangeable hands, one of which holds Faith’s knife the Mayor gave her in season three. That’s the one I have her holding in these photos. The pose and design are loosely based on Jo Chen’s cover art for one of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic books (linked in the image gallery below).

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Time for a nerd milestone! Back in November 2005 my friend Keenan and I sat outside the local Best Buy all night long so that we could each get a then-brand new Xbox 360 on launch day. With a little time share help from my parents, we made it through the night and eventually stumbled home the next morning with our shiny new game systems. I can’t remember which games Keenan picked up, but my first batch was Perfect Dark Zero, Amped 3, and Condemned: Criminal Origins.

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At last, I clamber up from the depths, undead-like! Pale and dessicated, I shamble onward into a land that has become foreign in my time among the dead. It is I, survivor of that most vile of afflictions… food poisoning!

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We’ve been watching Once Upon a Time since it premiered last year, and I’ve had so-so feelings about it all along. I think it’s a show that has a lot of potential, but it just hasn’t had enough forward movement to be truly engaging. It came back from its holiday break this week with a new episode. Ava is doing the official Fandomania reviews for this show, so I’m putting my own thoughts here instead of there. If you haven’t seen up through the newest episode (“Desperate Souls”), beware of spoilers beyond this point.

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One of the many things I collect is the DC Superhero Figurines Collection made by a company in the UK called Eaglemoss. They make small scale figurines of all the heroes and villains from DC Comics. The figurines typically are painted lead miniatures, and they are usually around 3 3/4″ tall. They kind of look like really cool chess pieces… so much so, in fact, that Eaglemoss’s newest series of collectibles is actually a line of Batman chess pieces. I don’t plan to collect those, but I’m way deep into the regular figurines, and I’m going to try to log all of them with photos. So far I’ve only managed to shoot ten of the many figurines I have, but you can see those in my Flickr gallery.

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Back in August when we went to Dragon*Con 2011, I recorded video of the Star Wars costume contest. I was super busy after we got home, and I completely forgot that I had the video. As such, I never had a chance to publish it or include it in the Fandomania Dragon*Con coverage. I was organizing some stuff in my office today and came across my Flip cam. That’s when I remembered the video and decided to toss it up onto YouTube, sight unseen. This is the entirety of the contest, including the judge intros (with an appearance by Peter “Chewbacca” Mayhew), the mid-contest lightsaber demonstration, and the awards presentation at the end. There’s even a C-3PO flasher to be seen.

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A week ago I posted my list of movies I watched during 2011, reaching a total of 47 films for the year. I set a goal of 52 for 2012, which would raise me to an average of a movie a week. My tentative plan is to keep track of most of the movies I watch here. These won’t be full reviews like I write for Fandomania. Rather, they’ll just be some brief observations about the movies.
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Thursday was sayonara to my car, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get a little emotional about it. The actual sequence of events leading up to my final glimpse of the old Grand Am are actually kind of amusing, though, so that’s the story I’ve decided to relay to you.

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Yesterday we received our press pass confirmations for MegaCon 2012, so we’ll be back there again this year. MegaCon is held in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center each year, and it’s a multimedia con but has a pretty strong focus on comic books. I’ve seen a pretty big anime presence there in the past few years, but I tend to steer clear of that programming.

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