Friday, May 27, 2011

Hangin' in McDonaldland!



I've been meaning to do a post on this for ages, and I finally remembered to snap these shots at our local Mcdonald's in South Paris before they go all "cafe hipster bourgeois" on our asses. The mural has a date of 1980 on it, and is super sun-bleached, but still gorgeous! I call dibs on Grimace! I want the mural too, but I have no idea where I would put it. It should definitely be preserved for posterity, though.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My "Black Beauty" Could Be YOURS!!!







I finished my project BMW yesterday, and finally got some nice pics done today. I have it for sale on Craigslist.
It's listed at $2000, which I'm pretty firm on for most, but if any of you guys are interested, I'll knock 10% off.
If it doesn't sell by Saturday, I'll probably put it on Evil-Bay.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EPIC PARTY!!!


WANT!! (Plus, an amusing anecdote)

Here's what the latest Star Wars mailaway figure looks like - - Boba Fett in protoype armor. 

What the?!? I didn't even know there was prototype armor.

Funny story; months ago, I scoured the aisles of all of the toy stores and Wal-Mart's for weeks looking for the Boba Fett in the TESB retro packaging, finally finding a single one. Two weeks ago, I am picking up my youngest son from school when he runs up to me and says excitedly; "Dad, DAD! Can I ride with Brettan and his mom to the pool party now?!?!"
At that moment I experienced a familiar twinge of terrible realization that every parent knows and dreads; I've forgotten about a classmate's birthday.
That's right - no plan and no present. And luckily, we live right in the middle of absolutely frickin' nowhere, so a break-neck trip to Wally world is out of the question. Luckily, I offer to fetch the "present" and my son's swimming gear for him and bring it over to the pool directly; therefore buying a bit of time to come up with a fully-wrapped and not-at-all lame birthday gift for a 7-year old boy.
So here I am; racing through my office trying to find something that I already own, that's age-appropriate, not worth $100, still in the package and not thirty years old.

Long story short - I need another Boba Fett in retro TESB packaging :-(

This Seems About Right....


My Choice of Vehicle For The Zombie Apocalypse





Some art transcends the human experience, elevates its viewers to a higher state of consciousness—the glory of the Sistine Chapel, the gaze of the Mona Lisa. This astounding tracked VW bus has launched my mind into the stratosphere, has changed my worldview. It’s a life-altering experience. And it’s for sale.
This appears to be a VW bus riveted to a 1945 M29 Weasel, a tracked military vehicle designed to traverse snow and, well, pretty much anything.
The M29 Weasel was built by Studebaker for service in WWII, which pins the needle on all the awesome gauges everywhere. It’s powered by a 70-horsepower, 196-cubic-inch, L-head inline six. It can cross a 36-inch ditch and roll over a 24-inch-tall barrier. It carries 35 gallons of fuel and can cruise for 196 miles. Top speed: 35 miles per hour. And it floats.
But here’s the thing: It looks like it trundled out of the VW factory this way. It all . . . just  . . fits.
This brilliant vehicle is for sale at Vehicle Liquidation in Littlerock, California. Price? Not listed. But can you really put a price on something so perfect, so beautiful?

Modern Family


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

An Instant Classic!!!

Here's an excerpt;

The cats nestle close to their kittens now.
The lambs have laid down with the sheep.
You're cozy and warm in your bed, my dear
Please go the fuck to sleep.

Check Out My New Toy!

I picked up this 1994 Kawasaki KE 100 this weekend, and took it out in the woods yesterday. HOLY CRAP - this is fun beyond words! I haven't been on a dirt bike since I was twelve, and I totally forgot just how awesome it is! I even took my youngest out on it and we chased wild Turkeys through the woods!

Friday, May 13, 2011

This Looks AWESOME!!! (And perhaps a little too familiar)


Even the title is perfect!

Calvin is All Grown Up!

In this delightful comic strip by Pants Are Overrated, it's been 26 years since Calvin and Hobbes rode off into the sunset in search of further adventures, and Calvin is a married adult and father to young Francis Bacon (continuing the tradition), who is introduced to Hobbes for the first time when she can't sleep. I would love to see this as an ongoing web-comic!

HOLY CRAP! WTF is Going on Up In Here?!?

I think my nightmares will include teeth this evening.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Time to Step Up & Help Out!

I was recently contacted by auctioneer Chris Noon, who asked me to help promote "Convoy of Hope's" charity toy auction to benefit the Tsunami victims of Japan. It's a great way to help out those in need and score some great new swag as well! I will also include a link to the auction site on the right side of the blog and keep it there for the duration. Now, let's all get together to help out a country who has given geek-dom so very much!
Here is the press release;

Toy Collectors Unite to help Japan.
 
As a community, toy collectors are known for being a particularly vocal bunch.  When images of Michael Bay's Transformers movie first surfaced a few years ago, outrage at one Transformers news site was so fierce regarding the signature look of the main villian Megatron, that ultimately Bay was convinced to change the iconic character to a more traditional likeness.  Fan input from Hasbro's quarterly Q&A sessions and Mattel's fan polls have been helping to shape the product lines of these manufacturers for the past few years. So it's no wonder that when the tragic news came out of Japan regarding the Sendai Earthquake and aftermath, they would be vocal about that as well.
 
Now, this outspoken group is digging deep to put not only their collective voices, but their money and talents to good use.  As part of the "Heroes Give Hope" charity auction, collector's and fans of action figures, superheroes and comic art are joining together to raise funds for ConvoyofHope.org, a not-for-profit organization providing food, disaster relief and community outreach to areas affected by disaster. Since their founding in 1994, Convoy of Hope has served more than 42 million people in over 100 countries through their international children’s feeding initiatives, and by providing support both at home and in communities throughout the world.
 

Convoy of Hope is working with TheBigToyAuction.com, using their expertise in streaming Live-Auctions of action figures to create this charity event.  Their "Heroes Give Hope" Benefit auction event will feature collector donated and created toys, artwork, and other services from a wide range of toy lines to be auctioned off in a Live-Auction event.  The online catalog will allow for absentee bidding up to the day of the event, and the unique streaming technology provided by the Proxibid.com platform will allow bidders to bid in real-time on the day of the auction from the comfort of their own computer screens.  One hundred percent of the final hammer price of each item sold will go directly to Convoy of Hope for their efforts on the ground in distributing much needed food and supplies to those affected by the disasters in Japan.
 
"I think it's great that we're able to bring the collecting community together to do this," says Christopher Noon, professional auctioneer and founder of TheBigToyAuction.  "You don't have to be a giant robot or have superpowers to be a hero.  You can be a hero to the people of Japan Just by bidding on some great toys and art that you would have wanted anyway."  Interested donors, artists, or small business can also help by donating their collectible toys and related artwork to TheBigToyAuction for inclusion in the catalog.  "It's a great way to share your items with other collector's willing to bid," says Noon, "not to mention great exposure for your business or talent."  As a fully accredited 501c(3) organization, donations to the Convoy of Hope may be eligible for federal tax deductions.
 
Japan has had a long history of influencing American toys, comic art and pop culture.  Many popular toy brands today, like Gundam, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh were developed in Japan before becoming American favorites.  Director George Lucas gives credit to director Akira Kurosawa's 1958 Japanese film "The Hidden Fortress" as inspiration for his own "Star Wars" series of films and the over 30 years’ worth of toys it has subsequently spawned. The Micronauts of the late '70's and early '80's originally began as the Japanese Microman Line. Similarly, before being sold in America, most of the early Transformers were sold throughout Japan as "Diaclones".
 
To this day in Japan, the most recognizable of all transformers, the Autobot leader Optimus Prime, is known by his original Japanese name - Convoy.  And so, after years of seemingly endless contributions to American toy culture, it seems only fitting that an organization named Convoy of Hope is able to give back in Japan's time of need.  After the 7.0 earthquake that devastated Haiti last year, Convoy was one of the first humanitarian aid groups to distribute food and supplies to victims.  Now, volunteers from Convoy of Hope are delivering more than 50,000 meals, dried fruit, powdered milk, water, and sanitary and cooking supplies to those in need in Japan.  Considered a “first responder” organization in disaster relief,  with a fleet of tractor-trailers, a 300,000-square-foot warehouse, a high-tech Mobile Command Center and a scalable distribution model, Convoy of Hope has become a model organization for quickly providing resources and help to victims of disasters worldwide.  With one of the highest rankings on independent charity review sites such as CharityNavigator.org, they have become known as leaders in getting disaster aid to those that need it most.  “This is a desperate situation and because of our on-going feeding initiatives in the Philippines we are able to ship food and resources to the people of Japan much faster,” says Nick Wiersma, disaster response community service director for Convoy of Hope, “This is our first shipment, but it won’t be our last.”
 
Generosity is nothing new to this group of toy collectors,though. Recently, One of the major Transformers news websites managed to easily surpass their $5,000.00 goal for the Hasbro Children's Hospital donation drive in just one month.  Many members sold off figures they had or put aside the money they would have spent on toys that week to give to the cause.  A smaller toy manufacturer that makes after-market components for Hasbro's Transformers toys recently gave away 1500 exclusive figures as an incentive to anyone who made a donation of $15.00 or more directly to the Red Cross. The figures were given away in just three days, raising over $20,000 to help the people of Japan. Additionally, many generous fans, creators, and artists have been creating pieces and selling toys on sites like eBay to raise money to donate individually to the cause.
 
Says Dana Stow, a long time auction-goer and toy-show attendee, "The Great thing about a Live-Auction like this, though, is that it takes all those small efforts and combines them into one big one.  It eliminates all the mess of multiple sellers fees that eat into the charity money and it gives everybody one big effort to rally around. It builds community, and for the people of Japan, I think that's important right now."  Additionally, donors works will be on display in TheBigToyAuction's heavily marketed catalog, generating much more exposure for their talents and products, giving them more exposure, and allowing pre-bids to rise as word gets out and collectors have time to save up for their favorite items.
 
The Live Auction event kicks off Sunday, July 10th, starting at 3:00 PM EDT.  Registration and Pre-Bidding are already open online at http://TheBigToyAuction.com.  Interested Donors can contact TheBigToyAuction.com via their website to donate items for the event.
 
Convoy of hope is also accepting donations directly through its website at ConvoyofHope.org, or by texting TSUNAMI to 50555 to automatically donate $10.00 to relief efforts.
 
Contact: news@TheBigToyAuction.com

Phone: 610-997-0165

Monday, May 9, 2011

My Favorite Bike of Allll Tiiimme....


Vintage Murray Firecat - baddest-ass bike on the block!
Anyone else have one?

I Would Have Ruled The Playground on This Bad-Boy!

They just don't make awesome rides like this anymore :-(

THOR: My Review

So I packed up the family yesterday and celebrated Mother's Day with none other than the God of Thunder! I don't like giving long-winded artsy-fartsy reviews, so I'll give it to you straight - it was good... damn good.

High Points:
1.) THE FREAKIN' DESTROYER!!!
2.) Asgard
3.) The costumes
4.) Anthony Hopkins as Odin
5.) Chris Hemsworth as Thor
6.) The Warriors Three
7.) The Battle with the Frost Giants
8.) Kat Dennings
9.) Hawkeye cameo

Low Points:
1.) Not enough "Helmet Time"
2.) Loki's "Orgin"
3.) The "slowdown" in the middle with Thor and Jane Foster yappin'.
4.) The Fury cameo at the end of the credits - what the Hell were they talking about?

Overall, we all really, really enjoyed it! Even my wife, who was a bit miffed that we were seeing "Thor" instead of something with alot more estrogen, really liked it.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Um, Are You Sure He Won't Bite Me?

Of course I am - now give him a wet willy! Everyone knows that bears looove wet willy's

The Mondo Poster For THOR!

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, which has been called the "coolest movie theater in the world" (Wired), and Mondo, their collectible art boutique, create limited edition screen prints of new and classic films. Their next release, THOR, will go on sale Thursday, May 5 at a random time at MondoTees.com and we've got an exclusive first look at the poster. Follow @MondoNews for the "on sale" now announce.

The THOR art was created by Ken Taylor and you can click on it below for a bigger version. You can also find previously-released Mondo Tees by clicking here, including INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS (Art by Tyler Stout), IRON MAN 2 (Art by Tyler Stout), SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (Art by Martin Ansin), TRON LEGACY (Art by Eric Tan), LET ME IN (Art by Olly Moss), PAUL (Art by Tom Whalen), RUBBER (Art by Olly Moss), SOURCE CODE (Art by Olly Moss), SUCKER PUNCH (Art by Ken Taylor) and TRUE GRIT (Art by Aaron Horkey).

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Hide Yo' Husbands, Hide Yo' Kids!"


Archie is Such a Douchebag!

C'mon Betty; we have Misfits T-Shirts.

GAIKING is Finally Mine!!!

 "Hey, what are you up to with that fist?"
 "OOWWW!!!" I'll be sucking my dinner through a straw!!!"
Well, I finally bit the bullet and completed my collection of US release Jumbo 24" Shogun Warriors collection with the purchase of Gaiking last weekend (thanks Tristan!) He had been taunting me with his high price tag for over a year at Coast City Comics in Portland, but I finally negotiated an acceptable price and brought him home! 
Above is a pic of me and my first Gaiking on Christmas Day, 1979. Damn, was I cute!