One of my favorite and long running features is a little light in the photos today. I was going to dig in my own personal collection and take some pictures of some of my favorite stuff. Then I can talk about why I love those pieces. I have so much great stuff and I can't wait until the heat of the summer to work in the cool basement and organize all my loose figures. I know. I say that all the time but I am motivated now. I found some surprising things the other morning and I am jazzed to get back into what I have and don't have. My OWN toys should be a focus at least one day of the week since it is my hobby and brings much joy to my otherwise joyless life. So I am sorry if you have seen these before but here is a glimpse of my Collection of Cool.
My favorite villains are always the ones who make me feel sympathetic for their cause. Magneto I totally understood. As a survivor of the Holocaust I totally understood how he would never allow something like that to happen to his people - the mutants. He would never allow their extermination even if it meant killing every regular human on the planet to do it.
I am not a monster! AM I?
Fisk is the same as Matt. He is just a damaged, abused child of rage. I see where his anger comes from and I am sympathetic. If I went through that kid's punishment, I would crush my enemies the same way if I felt the slightest insult or disrespect as an adult. Especially if I had the power to make those kind of things happen.
I was most impressed by the move Fisk made to neutralize all his enemies at the end of this episode. He is smarter than everyone around him and a dangerous man to cross. Does the love of a good/bad woman like Vanessa make him stronger or weaker? That has yet to be seen.
I am so glad I didn't just binge this season. I am really enjoying getting into each episode and thinking about it for a day or so before getting back into the story. I love that I have this freedom to watch my entertainment, MY way.
On the Facebook just now I was lucky enough to find a much cherished PACK figure from the Big Jim line from the 70s. He has nearly ALL his gear and the box, while not original does have the original Jack Kirby box art. WOW. In that condition alone I was ready to make an offer. But then, as always, I am told that he can't ship to Canada like Canada is some island in the Sea of Japan.
We share the largest undefended border in the World with the US but still I can't see certain programs online or get certain packages because some still see us as some third world nation. Well many of the toy sellers I encounter certainly do. I pay with PayPal so you get your money right away. Just put the toy in a box and drop it in the mail. Make sure my proper address is on it. Damn, how much easier can it be? I guess they put these toys up so they don't get sold. I don't understand any of it. So I get nothing and some goober has TEN of these on his shelf.
The Americans have the selection and the toy shows and garages sales that no one who lives in Canada can hope to access. It's so annoying. I would love nothing than dedicating my Saturdays to eggs benedict and then a trip though the flea markets where the classic toys I seek are to be found but there is nothing like that here. But I would love to find a holy grail piece. Even if it is beyond my price range that day, I can at least connect with another seller. Network with a good guy who will look out for what he knows he can sell to me at a good price for both of us. I just want a fair price for the condition of the piece and to be treated like I know a little something about the piece I am purchasing.
I will not haggle with you like some Bedouin in the desert if you bring me the goods - complete and in as mint in box as you can get it and I will pay you fairly for it. I have gorgeous pieces just because I waited for what I wanted to find me in the right CONDITION. But for a Canadian collector, such prizes are rare. Even on the EBay, where I get soaked for shipping. It's such a scam. I can find a deal online but once you figure in the cost to get it to me it stops becoming such a good bargain. The myth of Internet shopping revealed.
But then again, I deal with Australia or South East Asia and I get my piece in mint condition with a very low shipping fee all the way from freakin' CHINA!!! How does that work? I can't get something from Washington state at a fair shipping price but CHINA cuts me a deal?
But as it is, I sit and hope that the few guys I have dealt with in the past put up something nice for me to purchase. That happens every few weeks, if I am lucky. They at least ship to Canada. One even has a toy store and if I could SEE his selection in some website I would buy directly from there but he doesn't do that. He has NO photos of his selection anywhere except for the few pics they do release on Facebook. I wish they would flood their site with pictures of what they have available so I can do my toy shopping online all at one place. He has such great and classic stuff on offer and I can't see any of it. GAH!
I want to find that dream toy shop that sells both old and new, is in Canada, and will work with me to improve my collection. Seems like a dream but with the Internet, anything is possible, right?
One day I might even find these guys. Even the reproductions that came out recently are fine with me. That felt good to rant like that. Bitterness is always the way to go.
For six seasons I waited for the inevitable reckoning between Raylan and Boyd but the final scene between them was strangely more satisfying than a shoot out to the death. In the end, as a huge fan of this show, I was satisfied with the way things ended. Usually a finale can only be a let down to the viewer. Everyone puts such high expectations on the end of our favorite shows that we can't ever be anything than letdown. LOST still is the benchmark for bad endings. I will never get those months of binge watching the entire series just to LEARN nothing profound in the end. What did I learn from Justified? I learned that crime is a dead end road and join the Marshalls if you want to shoot people for a living.
Cats are the animal equivalent of grumpy teens working summer jobs — disinterested, lethargic, perpetually annoyed. Just ask Tencho, Hime, Dora, and Detch, the four newest cat employees for Pizza Hut Japan.
Part of the brand's newest video campaign, Pizza Cat! is a fictional Pizza Hut location run entirely by cats. "Run" used only loosely of course, since the cat's don't ever really work. Instead, they sleep through alarms, stare at ringing telephones, claw at delivery bikes, and literally ride roombas all around the store.
Along with a video series highlighting the cats' daily shenanigans, Pizza Cat! also got its own nifty website detailing the cats even further. There's even a little disclaimer stating that if your pizza doesn't arrive, it's simply because the cats lost their motivation, please excuse them.
See, not so different from humans after all.
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.