Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
A rustling comes from the pinnacle of the cardboard mountain... and a curious head peeks out
Z: "UGH what a trip! It's hot in there! Hmmm... looks like I got some company here... Lemme see...."
Z digs inside giant piles of packing to uncover an interesting looking companion...
Z: "Looks like I just got to you in time. I'll be you are glad to be rid of that bag there, huh? .....Ew do you smell something?"
B-M: "NNNoooope IIIIII doooon't sssmmmeeeeell nuuuutthhiiiiin"
Z: "My name's Glowy Z. I glow in the dark!"
B-M: "Orrriiiiiggiiiinaaal nnnaaaame theeeerrrreee! Iiiii'm Beeeee-Emmmmm"
Z: "B-M, eh? interesting...."
Z: "Well Mr. B-M, I guess we better see if anyone else is here with us. Let's get started on this big crate down here. What does this say?"
Z: "Celga... Never heard of em. Ah well it'll be a surprise. Let's get busy."
Glowy Z and Mr. B-M start digging through stale, indecipherable sheets of newspaper when it happens...
B-M: "Nnnnnooooo, ssssoooorrrryyyyy Miiiissssstteeeerrrrr EEEXXXXXX. IIIII jjuuuussss..."
Glowy Z interrupts: "What my lumpy friend here wants to say is we just got here ourselves and thought we'd dig around and see what we could find."
Mr. X: "Well, Crackity and I are the splendid hosts of a most spectacular party inside! We may be packed tightly and wrapped in this FUN bubble wrap, but it has been tea, cucumber sandwiches and general rowdiness for days in there! Allow me to introduce you to these rabble rousers... Crackity, could you help these fellows out, please?"
Z: "Whoa! It's that kinda party, huh?"
B-M: "Nnnnniiiiiiiccceeee ccccoooorrrrsssseeeet"
Z: "It ain't so nice from my vantage point! Blech"
Viking: "My name is Viking Kid! By Valhalla, it is great to be on steady ground once again. I come from the land of ice and snow, you know!.... (just ignore the outfit... it's old)
Mr. X: "And may I introduce you to the rest of my closest friends."
Mr. X: "We have Golden Mask on your left."
Golden: "I will eat your soul."
Mr. X: "Indeed... Miracle 3 just back there..."
Miracle: "My name is on my shirt!"
Mr. X: "Why yes it is, Miracle. Very observant of you. Then we have Gorilla Man."
Gorilla: "I wanted Captain Caveman but someone told me that was already taken."
Mr. X: "Lion Mask is hiding back there. It seems he has lost his boots.... and he has an inferiority complex because people just prefer tigers to lions it seems."
Lion: "I'm so ashamed."
Mr. X: "As you should be. Mr. Mummy is next. I call him Wraps McGee."
Wraps: "Mmm mm hmm hmm mm mm mmmm"
Mr. X: "Ha ha never an argument from that one. And lastly we have Skullstar. Definitely the bees knees when it comes to names!"
Skullstar: "Goldy Mask stole my line."
Mini Skullstar: "Don't forget me!!! Don't forget me!!!"
Z: "Bwa hahahahahahaha. I thought I was a pussy!"
Mini Skullstar: "I'll eat your soul!"
Mr. X: "I could have sworn there was one more of us"
Vampy: "I vant to suck your blaaahhd...... before i bodyslam you!"
B-M: "Tthhhhaaaaatttt iiiissssss nnnnooooottttt aaaaa goooooddd iiiiidddeeeaaaa....#
Vampy: "BLECH your blahd tastes like ze sewer!"
Everyone: "HAhAhAhaha... Oh Vaaaampy"
Crackity Jones and Glowy Z continue to dig through what seems to be acres of bubble wrap. This has turned out to be quite the party.
B-M sits this one out because he continues to get skid marks on everything.
Mr. X: "Ah here are the Dadas. The pleasant glowy fellow here is Dada C. And his smaller friend here is Dada WTF."
Mysterious Duo: "We do not appreciate you mocking our small friend."
Z: "AAAHHHH you guys scared the shit outta me! B-M we're lookin at you here!"
Mr. X: "Please meet Miss Cleopatra the Egyptian TV Psychic..."
Cleo: "Why pay 4.99 a minute darlin when you can have us for only 10 in da Celga feees!"
X: "...and her life partner Jeff Goldbloom."
Z: "Dude I LOVED you in Earth Girls are Easy!!"
Jeff: "I have no clue what you are talking about. Please leave me alone."
The digging continues.
Z: "Yo B-M! We got some dead weight here. Could you give me a hand? Or...a slimy pipe thing.... or something..."
B-M: "Iiiiiiii wwwwwwiiiiiiiillllll bbbbbbeeeeeee rrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiiiiii....."
Z: "JUST COME ON"
Z: "Shit, B-M, this guy looks worse than you earlier. I think he's dead, Mr. X."
B-M: "Eeewwwww grrrrooooooossssssss"
Z: "Um... Riiiiiiight, B-M"
Mr. X: "Oh that's just Norman. Ignore him. He just likes the attention. He just wants to sulk and listen to Death Cab for Cutie when he isn't faking his own death."
A small, tar stained voice breaks Norman's awkward silence.
Z: "Come on dude... you aren't scary. Ugly, yes. Scary.... eh"
Mini D: "But you don't have a cool name like Diamos. Or a random shrine that serves no purpose whatsoever!"
Z: "YAWWWNN. Ugly."
Mini D: "Don't make my dad come over here"
Big D: "RAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH"
Z: "JE-sus. Ok OK sorry. I'm sorry"
Mr. X: "Well, the party is starting to die down it seems. Crackity, why don't you start cleaning up this mess?"
Crackity: "F Off"
Mr. X: "What was that?"
Crackity: "ooo ooo"
Mr. X: "Hmmm"
B-M: "IIIII tttthhhhhhhhhiiiiiiiiiinnnkkkkkkkk IIIIIII fffffffooooooooouuuuuunnnnnddddddddd......."
Z: "Yo X, we found someone else!"
Z: "This dude looks MEAN. Hey man, if we let you out, are you gonna play nice and let me ride you like a pony?"
Buffaloman: "Of course! Don't let the horns and spikes and armor and muscles and lack of clothing and evil smirk fool you. I'm as gentle as a lamb."
Mr. X: "No! Don't listen to him!!"
B-M: "Ttttttttooooooooo llllllaaaaaaaaaattttttttte!"
Mr. X: "Wow, you are exceptionally fast, Mr. B-M!"
B-M: "Thhhhhhaaaaaaaaaatttttttttt'ssssssssssssssssssss wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaattttt ttthhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyy tttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeee."
BAM! KAPOW! SMAK! BLOOD!
Won't someone help our heroes??
Sunshine: "Make like a tree, and get outta here, Buffy!"
Buffaloman: "*sniff* This ain't over, Sunny. Not by a long shot!"
Z: "Hey thanks, pal! You're the greatest!"
B-M: "Thhhhhhhhaaaaaaannnnnnnnkkkkkkk yyyyyoooooooouuuuu mmmmmmiiiiiisssssssssttttttteeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrr....."
Sunshine: "Don't touch me."
-- fin --
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I began my search online for display cabinets about two months ago, but all signs continued to point toward the magical glass shelf sold by Ikea. Offering practically 360 degrees of pure viewing pleasure and no wooden joints or distracting solid cross beams, the Detolf shelf seemed like the way to go.
One problem... the closest Ikea store to me is 4.5 hours away just outside of Washington, D.C.
Thank God for the internet!
But wait.... ikea.com informs me that the shipping on one shelf alone is going to be 111.00!! Dear Vinyl Lords, what have I done to displease thee??? Why in the spray painted blue hell is she shipping almost twice the cost of the shelf itself???
Then an opportunity came about. My fiancee's best friend told us that after a trip to Spain, she was planning a trip to D.C. She would be passing said Ikea on the drive there and the drive back. Mua ha haaa!
I feel like I waited for weeks and the time finally came... but on her way back we find out that she has 2 antique rockers in her car, and there was no possible way for her to fit the Detolf inside as well.
Well, there was only one thing left to do... convince the fiancee that D.C. is the place to be for July 4th festivities! Haha! I actually don't want to sound like I planned our vacation around wanting a toy shelf... I honestly have never been to D.C. and it did seem like a great idea. I don't get too many vacation opportunities so I wanted to go somewhere affordable and closeby that wouldn't be the same ol'. The Ikea trip was just icing on the cake!
Anyway, D.C. was fun yadda yadda yadda.
We pulled into Ikea off I-95 on the way home to NC. Nothing had prepared me for the immensity of this place! Holy shit I think an Arena Football team could comfortably play in this place with room to spare for some IceCapades. We got our pencil and paper from the first kiosk and set out on a mission.
I was really only there for the Detolf, but ended up buying a laptop stand, a coffee table, a computer desk, a new quilt and quilt cover, towel and toilet paper bars, all matching wooden hangers. Credit card no likey.
We get down to the warehouse area and I learned exactly why Ikea charges so much for shipping on certain items. The Detolf weighs 87 pounds! (Not to mention the coffee table that was over 100!) I'm pretty puny when it comes to heavy lifting, but after some profanity and enginuitive cart positioning we got it loaded up and on its way. I'm glad I had hernia repair surgery a couple years ago or this might have been trouble.
The next day was when I assembled said shelf (and coffee table from hell). I had to open the box in my car and carry up pieces individually. No way was that box getting upstairs by itself. Assembly is not so bad on these, just a little time consuming. As true with many Ikea items, you only need the little tools they include and maybe a Philips head screwdriver. I had a drill also to install the little light (called Non) on the top of the inside. I do however recommend two people. I built this alone and had to balance big panes of glass against the wall and play a pretty precarious balancing act while trying to get the top to fit down on the 3 sides. Would have been much easier with someone else to there helping.
The shelf is decently made. It makes a little noise when you open it thanks to the metal rack system installed that the shelves themselves rest on. That metal rack taps a little on the side glass when the door is opened. The door closes firmly thanks to magnets on the top and bottom, but they do not make it difficult to open the door.
It comes with a canvas strap that you can connect to the wall to keep it from tipping over, but I don’t find the shelf particularly top-heavy so I didn’t bother. If I had something heavy to put on the top shelf, this might be a concern, but hollow vinyl toys aren’t particularly weighty!
All said, I am very pleased with this shelf. It affords essentially 360 degrees of pure vinyl viewing pleasure. I can’t really see the back since it is against the wall, but 360 sounds a lot better than 270.
Well, I’ll shut up and show the photos of the shelf. FINALLY!
The top shelf holds my monstrous beasts. If you can compose yourself and control your fear long enough, you will see that I like the blobby monsters best. A couple Gargamel minis snuck in also. These guys are all rather large so i cant fit too many in here. I'll have to reorganize I'm sure.... especially if a Bemon ever arrives! (hint hint!). I am still looking for a Gargamel Zagora also to tag team with my big ugly Zagora in the back right.
The second shelf holds what I find most dear I think... my wrestling themed vinyl toys! I've been a fan of pro wrestling for most of my life, so when I found out I can feed a toy addiction with cool wrestling themed figures I almost shat myself.
I have a couple vintage Tiger Mask toys in the back framed by the Kozik colorways of Tequila and El Panda. Love me some masked grapplers! A few Gargamel fight figures in the front, Amos Toys In-Crowd Wrestling Federation on the left, a luchador Dunny in front, a lucha Chicken Fever on the right that I resisted at first, and my Kinnikuman Skull Brain on the left in front. I have a few more Tiger Mask toys so I may have to change up this shelf at times.
And I have them all paying homage to Mr. Godzilla in the middle... the original kaiju!
On the bottom shelf I have some western vinyl toys that I have hung onto after the big purge to start kaiju collecting. I didn't take a photo of them... McSupersized, some OBEY stuff, and some Clockwork Orange Qee toys.
I'm trying to keep my collection in this one shelf. Don't know how long that will last, but I have definitely slowed my pace to more of a rounding off themes at this point. Part of my interest in collecting now in my life comes from fine tuning, rearranging, etc. But we'll see!
Monday, July 2, 2007
Neptuneman is a character from the Kinnikuman series who was a masked Kenkaman. This character Kenkaman is based on Hulk Hogan who was actually very popular in Japan as well as the US. In the story, the England native Kenkaman was depressed that he was so powerful and no one could stand up to him in the wrestling world. He felt he had nothing left to accomplish and decided to end his life by jumping into the Thames River.
Upon jumping in, however, he was discovered by the Neptune King, a former battler who had gone to live beneath the waters hundreds of years earlier because he didn't like how the wrestling world had moved away from life or death matches.
Neptune King gave Kenkaman a mask with magnetic powers, changing Kenkaman to Neptuneman!
This M.U.S.C.L.E. character was a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I knew nothing of the Kinnikuman toys back then, and, like most kids, named my little figures however I chose. This guy was named Harvey. Actually they were both called Harvey and formed a tag team together. (He was named Harvey because he looked like a friend of my dad's named Harvey. Harvey drove an El Camino and he was awesome haha)
So I couldn't pass up this giant Harvey figure...
He comes with two different right hands - a clawing, gripping almost-fist and then a fist with index pointer pointing up in a #1 sign.
He also comes with a removable rubber vest with big nasty spikes on the front. the vest is easy to get on and off thanks to a split under the left armpit. so you only have to put one sleeve over his right arm, then the rest falls into place (with a little adjustment to get it under his hair and stuff like that.)
The figure also comes with a long, vinyl cape that has images of all the masks I suppose him and Big the Budo have stolen. In the story, Neptuneman and Big the Budo use their powers of magnetism to go on a mask-stealing crusade through the wrestling ranks. The cape is kind of a pain to attach and is honestly a better accessory to have rather than use.