April 30, 2010

Barakapool's last day approaches

Wow, I guess my lazy streak this past week was worse than I thought.

It looks like Barakapool's inaugural fortnight as a Bi-Weekly Mini is almost up, and that this coming Sunday it is time for him to step down and make way for another.

Since I haven't been able to do much pseudomutant-related shutterbugging the past couple of days, I might as well post the only other thing I've done lately that features the guy... which also happens to be a preview of that wacky little Minimate photo comic work-in-progress I've always wanted to finish.

And what better way to preview this soon-to-be epic Minimate saga than to show Barakapool getting his super-powered butt kicked!

The Gene Pool Plot by axilog14, panel 1
You may recognize a couple of these characters from this dinosaur of a post.

Tomorrow: another grand geek holiday approaches!

Ahh, it's that time of year again.

Free Comic Book Day 2010, banner

Last year was my first Free Comic Book Day. That was also the year the second official FCBD Minimate came out, which might very well explain how I wound up taking part in that one. (The first one came out way back in 2005.)

FCBD 2009 Minimate
My COMPLETELY FREE!!! haul from that year wasn't too shabby at all.

My FCBD 2009 haul
And of course I did manage to succeed in getting my squee-riffic quarry that year... however I wasn't completely absolved from blowing a whole wad of cash that day.

My FCBD 2009 Minimate haul
I'd certainly like to have at go at attending Free Comic Book Day again, never mind that there's no free Minimate giveaway for this year. The downloads page from the official site have been an unexpected joy to browse through.

FCBD 2010, Sergio Aragon├ęs promotional art
Official art by the kick-ass Sergio Aragon├ęs. Because history is best told through fun comic doodles.

This Photo Made My Day!

(via io9)

Patrick Stewart and David Tennant in Hamlet
This image has all the makings of the best surreal sci-fi crossover EVER.

April 23, 2010

My Top 3 Fictional Mini-Musicals in Film (also: SPOILERS!)

Shows within a show applied in mainstream cinema are fun.
Ludicrously entertaining full-blown production numbers fabricated expressly for a single climactic scene in a movie are even funner. Especially if they are musicals. Because hey, everybody loves musicals, right?

Glee promotional wallpaperGo on. Admit it.

But for me, the best kinds of ludicrously-entertaining-full-blown-musical-production-numbers are the kind that are so silly they're awesome, and then they loop back around to being silly, and then back to being awesome, and... God, I hate vicious cycles.

Of course one of the occupational hazards of being a freakin' awesome metafictional musical climax is that sometimes the musical alone outshines the entire freakin' film itself. Almost makes me feel for those all those directors who'd accidentally botch up their creative visions by overcompensating in one specific part of it. *cough*

In any case, what better way to pay tribute to this wacky cinematic spectacle than by spoiling the endings of three movies you might have never seen!

3. The triumphant climax of Forgetting Sarah Marshall (You know the one.)

In all honesty the scene in question can't be found on YouTube, but seeing as Forgetting Sarah Marshall is a genuinely great movie (well, maybe not Citizen Kane great but still pretty good), I highly recommend watching it anyway, comically cathartic dirges about blood-sucking counts aside.

What I can say is, the live version is even crazier awesomer.

(As a side note, what is it with Craig Ferguson and puppets? Is it a Scottish thing?)

2. "Rock Me Sexy Jesus" from Hamlet 2

This little nugget poses the advantage of being both entertaining and potentially blasphemous all at once. There's also the matter of that infectious melody, which will give you such a serious case of LSS that perhaps an exorcist will be the only way to help you.

Really though, the whole plot of the movie itself plays like an exercise in surrealism. (Come on, a musical sequel to Hamlet?!) But again, to be quite honest I had only managed to catch the last half hour or so of this movie. (Stupid HBO.)

The actual onscreen musical runs a bit longer this one YouTube clip... much to the dismay of the fictional moral guardians who I bet were practically gnawing their arms off throughout the thing. But hey, comedy is comedy. (That last statement also applies when you find yourself asking, "Wait a minute, what does Jesus have to do with Hamlet?")

(Also, I'm vaguely sure that whole song is a reference to "Rock Me Amadeus" or something. I don't really know, not my decade.)

1. The Bonnie And Clyde musical from Stuck on You

If you need just one really good reason to sit through this mildly disappointing comedy about Siamese twins, then let it be that beautiful ending where (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!) Walt finally gets to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a successful actor.

But really now...

... what better reason do you need besides Meryl Streep in a dance number and Greg Kinnear's kickass singing voice? Day-um!

April 22, 2010

Lupe Fiasco is (still) a pretty cool guy.

When did things start to go so horribly, horribly wrong in hip-hop? When did ingeniously eloquent rapping and mind-blowing experimentation with sound take a backseat to lazy musical hooks and bland, insipid paeans to girls and booze and bling and big shiny cars and... well, you get the idea.

Yep, for a while it really looked like hip-hop was doomed to die a slow, painful, tastelessly autotuned death... not that it hasn't already.

But holy crap. Four years ago.

Oh man.

Oh man, oh man, oh man.

To put this into easy-to-understand chick terms, OMG I love this song!!1!

Like damn, I cannot stress enough how this song and this guy were such a revelation to me then.

I mean, how can somebody be zen enough to turn this...

... to that?! Like, whoa.

I mean, how many honest-to-goodness rappers do you see around who still dare to push the envelope with the genre? How many do you see who do what they can to stay faithful to hip-hop's original subversive roots, aren't above sampling white boy music or dabbling in strange, new cultural realms all for the sake of ahht?

Kanye West, imma let you finish
Of course what really sells this song for me was how much it tied into 2006, one of my more fertile "musical experimentation" years.

my CD choices circa 2006I had a very odd concept of musical experimentation then.
(And yes, I do keep an inventory of my CDs in Microsoft Excel. Shaddup.)

And wow, I just discovered that it was Lupe Fiasco who performed the insanely popular "Superstar."

Ladies and gentlemen, the revenge of the hip-hop geek is in your homes.

Double, Double, Deadpool Trouble

The Revenge of the DeadpoolsThe moral of this story: You don't mess with nerds and/or psychopaths. And especially not meta-fictional psychopathic nerds.

April 20, 2010

Why Grissom quit

Today I had an interesting conversation with my younger sister. The conversation went something like this:

"Ate, ba't nawala si Grissom sa CSI?"
"He retired so that he could start a new life with Sara."
"Ano?! Sila ni Sarah?!"
"Yeah, you remember when the Miniature Killer held her hostage...?"

Grissom and Sara sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S..."He's old enough to be her dad!" Sis's exact words. (Kind of.)

Hollywood ID: The beginning of hormone poisoning

The gist of this is simple: When you hear a specific actor's name, what iconic role of his or hers immediately comes to your mind?

I find this a neat little mental exercise just to make sense of which of a certain artist's more memorable projects most resonate with their, er, target demographics.

Today's topic? Christopher Eccleston.

Christopher Eccleston
When you hear the name "Christopher Eccleston", do you immediately think
  1. the Duke of Norfolk, the morally ambiguous bad guy from Elizabeth
  2. Major Henry West, the morally ambiguous bad guy from 28 Days Later
  3. Claude Rains, the morally ambiguous ensemble dark horse Invisible Man from Heroes
  4. the bad guy from the G.I. Joe movie Destro
  5. the Doctor
... Or are you the uber-obscure type who'll best remember him as Nicole Kidman's absentee husband from The Others? Or that evil British guy Nicolas Cage takes on in Gone in 60 Seconds? Or the lucky bastard who got to see Kate Winslet naked onscreen once? Or that guy who surprisingly can only drive an automatic?

Man, typecasting is weird.

And if I had to choose between Eccleston getting typecast as an evil British guy and an eccentric time-traveling alien, well...

April 18, 2010

Minis Bi-Weekly: The Debut!

I've decided to experiment with a new feature on this pitiful excuse for a blog: Every two weeks I'm going to shine a spotlight on one of the myriad little plastic doodads I seem to amass in plentiful supply in my wee shack.

For the following fortnight I'm going to carry a camera and the unfortunate little inanimate critter around with me whenever I can and see if I can make hijinks ensue. Failing that... well, a brief history of the thingy will be in order, I guess.

Why two weeks? Because a mini a day is too intensive even for me, a mini a month is too long a wait, and a mini a week is... already a bit too much work for me. (Yeah, I'm hopelessly lazy. So sue me.)

Of course, the doodads don't necessarily have to plastic. (They can be any other material, like wood or plush or gold-plated titanium or something.) Neither do they have to be "doodads." (I am also receptive to tchotchkes, gizmos, doohickeys, thingamabobs, whatchamacallits and other miscellaneous bits of weirdness.)

The only requirement is that the featured object must be a mini (meaning it must not outsize this random jar of choco hazelnut spread at my side right now), and it must be mine (meaning it is either in my possession or somewhere in the immediate vicinity of my person... but I'm not picky).

The Axilog14 Gift GuideNow where does this sound familiar?

In any case, this fortnightly feature shall thus be called Minis Bi-Weekly. Because hey, it rhymes!

For this first installment of Minis Bi-Weekly, I bring you a newly-introduced comedy classic from the annals of Minimate collectordom. Straight from the screen and into articulated block form, let us all give a warm round of applause to...

... the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Toys 'R' Us wave 2 exclusive
Final Battle Deadpool Minimate!!!

Barakapool the Minimate!"Mmmmfffggnnnmmmf."


Okay, a little background for all you uninitiated out there:

Just a little over a year ago, word got out that the 26th wave of Marvel Minimates was going to be based on characters from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie. At the time speculation was still running wild on the who's who of mutant cameos that were supposed to be showing up in this rendition of the X-Men's favorite snarly Canuck's origin story.

A mere month later, this poopstorm erupted.

Long story short is that some spoileriffic previews of screenshots and merch had confirmed that Deadpool, one of the most highly-anticipated cameos in the movie, was going to be undergoing a very un-Deadpool-y transformation somewhere in the course of the movie's plot.

Attempts have been made to make this horrible, horrible thing go away! rationalize the logic behind this news tidbit. Debates over the wardrobe aspect of pragmatic film adaptations of comics-based works were instigated anew. And fanboys the world over were practically seething, nay, frothing with RAEG.
As for his blades, they aren't that big of a deal to me. But I am not the typical comic fan that gets super upset when simple changes occur. Instead of swords, he has his own body blades. Not that huge to me.

But I am not the typical comic fan that gets super upset when simple changes occur.

when simple changes occur.

simple changes

Deadpool vs. Barakapool, by McDurg

And thanks to an opportune tie-in exclusive deal with (the U.S.-based) Toys 'R' Us, we had our own Minimate version of Barakapool this confounding mutation of the original Deadpool.

Needless to say, the disgruntled fanboys I will have a lot of fun with this Minimate.

April 16, 2010

It's official: Manny Pacquiao is hipster fodder.

(via Vinyl Pulse)

I always knew that Manny Pacquiao making the transition to designer vinyl would be inevitable. Thank you, MINDstyle.

P.o.P. Collection banner
Note the post date of the VP announcement... I wonder if somebody out there actually thought this was an April Fool's prank?
This summer, MINDstyle will be producing the P.0.P. (Pride of the Philippines) collection, which features the unexpected pairing of two world-class icons. One so happens to be the most famous mouse in the world, the other being the greatest pound for pound boxer in the world. No other than Mickey Mouse and Manny Pacquiao. For those of you who don’t know, MS are huge fans of "”Pacman” and plan on turning him into vinyl. The other half of the P.O.P. collection is Mickey Mouse with an attitude.

Mickey MouseManny Pacquiao

Oh, who am I kidding? Of course somebody out there actually thought this was an April Fool's prank.

P.o.P. Collection: Pound For Pound T-ShirtAnd to prove that they were extra-serious, they made a T-shirt.

And should you wish to behold what the Pacman may look like rendered in vinyl collectible form, here he is.

P.o.P. Collection: Pacman figure, digital prototypeExcept with more paint.

Journey to the Memory Station: Jonny Quest!

Ahhh, memories. Who here still remembers Jonny Quest?

io9 has this article up about some pretty cool Jonny Quest comics-style fan art.
The whiz-kids at the Comic Twart collective pick a different character from the pop pantheon each week for the members to illustrate. This week is the Venture Bros.' forefather, Jonny Quest.
The animated adventures of boy genius Jonny Quest; his scientist pops, Dr. Benton Quest; their "bodyguard," Race Bannon; and Jonny's adopted brother, Hadji sit in a nostalgic sweet spot — despite some stellar design and an awesome theme song, the '60s series is better in memory than in reality (and the less said about the the mid-'90s update the better).
You can check out the Comic Twart collective's original JQ art here.

And I have to say that as a kid I was lucky enough to have fond lucid memories of both the original sixties-era Jonny Quest cartoon and the Darker and Edgier nineties remake The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest. (The former was often lumped in with other classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon reruns, while the latter - kickass opening theme rearrangement and all - once had its own primetime spot on Cartoon Network.)

I actually remembered liking The Real Adventures just fine, and possibly even preferring it to the original a little bit. It didn't hurt that the show boasted of these at-the-time groundbreaking 3-D visuals whenever the gang decided to take to "QuestWorld" for an episode.

Race Bannon kicks Jeremiah Surd's digital butt in QuestWorldDon't laugh.

In hindsight, though, it makes sense why there would be some protest towards The Real Adventures's more "realist" take on a classic pulp-noir animated series. It's kinda like the difference between the Ninth and Tenth Doctors and every other Doctor ever. (Yes, including the Eleventh.)

Spider-Man: One More Day (ugh.)"You fools! Angst ruins EVERYTHING!!!"

April 13, 2010

RAWK means never having to apologize.

So I just found this really interesting interview with this writer Steve Almond, who just released his new book Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life.

Did I mention how much I love that title?

Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life by Steve Almond
Anyway, while reading the review I discovered that Almond had also written Candyfreak, which is sadly still gathering dust in my absurdly steep reading backlog (a common bibliophile dilemma explained here by Jessica Zafra). In any case this piqued my interest, and thus I read on... and discovered some really fabulous quotes about music and the human condition.
Eric Spitznagel: I’m looking over my questions right now and most of them are just self-absorbed memories from my youth. It’s either “Hey, remember that video for ‘The Safety Dance’ with the midget?” or “I tried to get the Replacements’ song ‘Unsatisfied’ played at my high school prom. Is that bad-ass or what?” Is that just the nature of talking about music?
Steve Almond: It’s the nature of talking about any obsession, I think. With most of the shit that I write and put out there, it’s my hope that it gives readers the freedom to be really honest about their obsessions, to talk about the stuff that they care about maybe a little too much.
Even if that means being a navel-gazing, self-absorbed douchebag?
Sure, yeah, why not? We’re all walking around obsessing about things all the time. But it’s trained out of you, because that’s not the way people are supposed to be.
I don't know about you other hypothetical and potentially-nonexistent blog readers out there, but I personally find it intriguing to read about people being candid about their musical fangasms again. There just isn't enough passion left in this world, these days a lot of people get ridiculed whenever they're crazy enough to want to pursue their passions. And that's terrible.

My point is that as long as it's within reason, we should be okay with being unapologetic about the things we like! And that goes the same for everybody! As Seed-Man Almond pointed out, sometimes there really is no use trying to make others "see reason" whenever music is concerned.
... that’s the contradiction of rock journalism. Critics can be totally sharp and smart and see through all the bullshit, and at the same time be completely irrelevant to the people who love music. You can’t argue with a Mariah Carey fan about why Mariah Carey is terrible. You can point out that it’s inferior art, but that has nothing to do with people’s hearts or how they experience music.
And now, thanks to the following quote, Mister Seed has officially become a man after my own heart.
O.K., fine. These goddamn kids today have it too easy, with their iPods and their file-sharing networks. Has instant gratification taken the fun out of music?
I think so, yeah. I kinda miss when music was less available. I remember listening to the radio as a kid and being like, “Please, DJ. Please, fate. Smile upon me and play ‘Undercover Angel.’”

... So I’d sit next to the radio, just waiting for it to come on. I was like, “I need this! I need to hear that rocking song.” I could’ve just played it for myself, but it’s never the same. It’s too easy. You want somebody else to validate that a song kicks ass. It feels so much better when it’s the guy on the radio playing it and not just you.
I guess this is why despite all the epic trollery that's been gumming up Youtube since who knows when, I still can't resist reading the comments whenever I pull up the video for a song I liked or remembered from way back when.

Exhibit A:

This song first came out nearly fourteen years ago. Ask a random high school kid about this song or this band now and they might probably shrug and mumble or something. Heck, up until a scant few months ago I had never heard of this song, and I was old enough to remember the old All Saints!

And yet a scant few months ago, some semi-anonymous programmer on a local radio station deemed this dinosaur of the tentative post-grunge era worthy of airplay, and thus rock n00b and nostalgiac alike were dazzled anew.

Exhibit B:

I was genuinely shocked that I wasn't the only person in the world who still enjoyed this song. Heck, I'm surprised other people still remembered Nelly Furtado from her days as a budding, genre-bending indie artist who proudly flaunted her Portuguese roots.

A carefully-selected sampling of comments for this video:
hollister8733 i love this video its so different:]]]

sporadicartist very nice "artistic" piece...
davefearless nelly i'm never gonna stop listening to your music i love u and always will

aliyu123 This song is about people saying nelly sold out when she came on the radio or when she became mainstream. so people who judge her for her latest album should listen to this and the point she's tring to make.

Liago4 her whole first album wuz tha shit

garisbaldeagle This album was refreshing...Folklore was a comfortable album, Loose was a good change for her...and Mi Plan really reflects her cultural-ness (if that's a real word)...I've always been a fan and I'll continue to be a fan for whatever she does next...and to think it all started because I thought she was hot lol.
I know I may be committing a common logical fallacy with this next statement but...
music seemed so much easier to enjoy back then.

April 12, 2010

Confessions of a Minimate Nut

Yes, I'll admit it: I am a Minimate collector.

Some of you may be wondering why I chose this calling hobby. Some of you may even be wondering what the deuce Minimates are.

The Spirit Minimates by axilog14Here is the cast of the ill-fated Frank Miller film The Spirit, in Minimate form.
(And look! An apparition of Jesus in the background!)

If, like me, you live outside of the target market of Minimates (that is, outside the US), you're probably wondering where I even get them, and how I managed to amass so many. More importantly though, I bet you're wondering why I have become so devoted to these little guys rather than, say, Superhero Squad or Kubricks. What is it about them that appeals to me so much that I can no longer tolerate collecting anything else?

Is it the diminutive, geometrically-inspired form of the Minimate anatomy?
Is it the impressive (scale-wise, at least) 14 points of articulation?
Is it the strange miscellany of characters translated to the form, thus resulting in some random Dadaist shared universe?
Is it something in the Kool-Aid?

The origin story would surely meander in all different directions if you encourage me too much (the answer is long and convoluted enough that I may have to devote an entire future post just to explaining things), but the short version was that I got hooked on Minimates via another toy, which some of us in the hobby would call the "gateway drug." In my case the gateway drug was Stikfas.

The Dragon by axilog14A scene from my bestselling (I wish) fairy tale The Dragon.

After flirting with a myriad of other interesting mini-figure platforms like some common plastic whore, I had stumbled on a rather peculiar fan site.

Yes, in my extensive exploration of figure types related to Stikfas, I had discovered Minimate Headquarters.

Minimate Headquarters screencap by axilog14
As most addiction-related slippery slopes would often go, it wasn't long before I was ultimately pulled into the mother of them all, the master hub of semi-obscure block figure collectors online, the point of no return, the Minimate Multiverse.

Minimate Multiverse Halloween Special
Anyway, fast-forward to nearly two years later: I have literally lost count of how many of the little buggers I've amassed since (though this post might provide a small hint), I've become even more of a sedentary human being with no social life a ridiculously prolific poster on the Multiverse, I actually composed my own beginner's guide of sorts for getting into the game, and to date I have now become more deeply embroiled in comics, Hot Wheels, science fiction, online commerce, Japanese action figures, Internet conflict management, classic movies, scale model building, Facebook, and *gasp* actual romance.

All thanks to a motley little assortment of two-inch block figures.

A typical Minimate trade.

"Hey, hey, hey-o, ho hey!"

Now I may have only taken one or two years of piano lessons back in grade school, but even I can tell if a piece of music defies human capacity... or logic, for that matter.

This is Faerie's Aire and Death Waltz, a sheet of music "accidentally arranged" by the late John Stump.

Faerie's Air and Death Waltz
This is the sole recorded instance of an attempt at a full-scale performance of this piece. Notice how only a group of seasoned elderly musicians have the mettle to actually try this thing.

This is a list of other strange pieces only a psycho with a musical instrument (which is... all of them? zing!) can even dream of playing... not that that's stopped anyone before.

This is a picture of Deadpool in drag.

Drag Queen Deadpool by axilog14
Erm, have a nice day everybody!

April 11, 2010

Carolla versus Pacquiao: an update

Didn't I say this was not going to end well?

And now there's a Facebook group. That's how you know right away when an issue is a big deal: it has a Facebook group. Oh dear.

DigiActive on Facebook Activism"We're changing the world! Add me as a friend!"

(Just so we're perfectly clear: I am not siding with Carolla per se. So don't start throwing that "colonial mentality" tripe around.)

Yes, Carolla's statements were shallow, mean-spirited and downright stupid. But please, Philippines, don't make things worse by over-reacting like we always do and start calling for the guy's head on a platter right away.

Consider that people like Carolla are the by-product of a continuing crisis of education and geo-political awareness ongoing not just in the U.S. of A, but elsewhere on this sad little blue green round spinning planet of ours. This applies not just in relation to racism, but also to fairly basic concerns such as literacy, self-efficiency, ethical accountability and common sense as well.

All I'm saying is that we may not be entitled to call out the man on his epic act of idiocy, and return I am not entitled to call other people out on theirs as well. Because we're not exactly saints ourselves, you know?

South African protesters: *shakes head*

April 9, 2010

Inane Mental Association of the Day: James and James

James Cameron Oscar PartyYou'd think the guy who could afford to have a humongous period ocean liner prop built from scratch would afford a better easy chair.

... why does James Cameron look like James May?

The hosts of Top Gear!Three middle-aged British guys who have done more bad-ass things than you.

Avatar Oscar Party image courtesy of Videogum, a surprisingly entertaining website.
Top Gear hosts image courtesy of The Guardian, a slightly more respectable website.

April 6, 2010

A Common Misconception

... although this could actually help explain a lot of things.

emo equals strawman depression
(Define: Straw man)

April 5, 2010

Bring out the pitchforks. Again.

I sense a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in raeg and were suddenly silenced by a dude on a radio show. I fear something stupid is going to happen.

US Comedian Adam Carolla "bashes" Manny Pacquiao, the whole frikkin' Philippines in general
(ABS-CBN online)

Some of you may be familiar with Adam Carolla from this show:

The Man ShowFollow the yellow Paint arrow.

And in case you've been serving as a missionary in the deepest reaches of the Pacific islands lately (no offense to missionaries), this is the person that is the primary subject and inciter of this entire rigmarole.

Manny Pacquiao's debut singleThe image speaks for itself, really.

I'm calling it.

I predict... a public statement by a politician (a senator, most likely. The Press Secretary would work too. Manny Villar in all his orange splendor would be doubly rich.) decrying the continued proliferation of racist propaganda and negative press about Pinoys in Western culture. And perhaps more stupidly, a public call to boycott anything by Carolla. And Hell, let's throw in the whole "blacklist the mothafucka" bizness too. Let's see how he likes missing out on our scrumptious mango shakes and pollution-enhanced Manila Bay sunsets and crocodiles in polo barongs!

I'm just gonna go ahead and borrow a cue from Mcoy here:

This next piece is dedicated to all of our favorite local bleeding-heart jingoist windbags out there, you know deep in your soul you want so badly to rip this Carolla guy a new one. And once you do...

U Have Earned Your Official Pinoy Insecurity Force Badge! Wear it with pride, jackass!
Sigh. Now it'll be an even colder day in Hell before we ever get even the remotest chance at local access to an actual Top Gear broadcast. Curse you.

April 1, 2010

Iron Man 2 virals: Stark Expo advertisements (1974 & 2010)

(via io9)

Holy retrocarp! It's the legendary Howard Stark!

This bit of period-evocative Seventies kitsch really is an ingenious piece of marketing thanks to the cute little throwbacks to the movieverse's fictional history. Predictably enough I loved that little scale model of the expo grounds in the video. God, I'm such a miniatures nerd.

Also, that sound effect at the beginning of the video reminded me of the Doctor Who opening theme.

And holy carp! It's a whole lotta lens flare! Paging J.J. Abrams!

Oddly this whole video reminded me of I, Robot. (Bastardization of source material aside, I really quite enjoyed it. I consider this one of the funner Will Smith blockbusters, and Sonny the modified NS-5 was such a beautifully-written, pathos-laden character.)

I, Robot movie poster

... did I mention I'm really excited for this movie?

Iron Man War Machine back2backTony Stark armor closeupWhiplash

And that's not even mentioning the, erm, merchandise.

Iron Man 2 Minimates by Art Asylum/Diamond Select Toys

Plastic Pr0n: Join the orgy!

For some perverse reason, there is just something so pleasing and irresistible about toys lovingly arranged and displayed in absurdly large numbers.

This was a wallpaper I downloaded from Toy2r's website a few years ago, starring an unholy smorgasbord of Qees.

Qee collection wallpaper
As embarrassing as it would be to admit, this seemingly innocent-looking wallpaper was partly responsible for me going down that slippery slope of urban vinyl collecting a little while back. While I'm no longer as active in that "scene" as I used to, I still hold a high regard for a lot of luminaries in that visually subversive field. It certainly helps that urban vinyl as an entity is about as protean as Mystique at a cosplay meet-up.

This is a strip from the quite funny, ironically-named (and ridiculously prolific) Irregular Webcomic! Pay close attention to the second-to-the-last panel (spoiler alert, by the way).

(I like me my webcomics. This particular Irregular Webcomic! arc was some real silly, earth-shattering kablooie! fun. And David Morgan-Mar really is one of the most clever, most hardworking webcomic artists out there. A real credit to the vastly underrated -- well, to me anyway -- toy photocomic subgenre.)

Also, I think I may have broken Blogger with that image.)

This is a photo from my Collection thread (which I really haven't updated in months) at the Pinoy Toy Kolektors forum.

Minimates on my dining tableFor reasons unknown this silly little "Minimate class picture" of mine was a huge hit over there.

And this was my Minimate collection display from when I (quite foolishly) volunteered to be a PTK exhibitor for last year's ToyCon.

PTK 2009 Minimate displayThere is something oddly gratifying about being sandwiched between Toy Story and Iron Man.

I guess it's not surprising that a vast amount of *something* all in one place can serve as unusually good publicity for that *something*. This, after all, is the very raison d'etre for fairs and conventions, pre-organized events in an expansive space wherein like-minded folk can congregate and talk shop over their common interests, whether it be toys, comics, cars, arts, crafts, or even employment (or lack thereof).

Of course, the worse thing about toys is that even if it only looks like it's comprised of a metric frakton of plastic, it can still look obscenely epic. Case in point, Dave DeGobbi's Lego Crawler town (via Gizmodo).

Dave DeGobbi's Lego Crawler Town