Thursday, November 20, 2008

Toy Land

Today my folks stopped by with boxes and boxes of stuff. Toys, toys and more toys. There's a big box of G.I. Joe stuff, another of He-Man figures and accessories, and a third of Star Wars toys. I'll be holding onto the He-Man and Star Wars stuff, but I think it's time to part with my Joes. I actually played with my toys growing up, so they're probably not in the best of shape, but maybe someone on eBay will want them. Next up is the TMNT collection. I'm not sure if I'll
be holding onto those.

The big question is, however, do I get rid of the toys that I started collecting again upon adulthood? They were purhased to display, not to play with, and I just don't care about them anymore.

First up is a random assortment of Xena figures and dolls. I know why I bought the Bruce Campbell one, but do I really need 12" dolls of Xena, Gabrielle and Ares? I wasn't even a fan of the show.

Next is a collection of all the figures and dolls that came out with the first Tomb Raider movie. Somehow I got it in my head that a complete set would be worth something a few years later. No such luck.

Finally, I think I'll be selling off my Buffy figures. I still love the show, but was never happy with the toys. The sculpts were always lacking. I only have two of the Suncoast/Sam Goody/Media Play box sets, so they shouldn't take very long to unload.

It's sad, getting rid of my childhood playthings, but I'm not a collector. It's time to face facts.

And on that note, it's time for bed. Hopefully I won't be plagued with
dreams of Robot Chicken characters seeking revenge for my abandonment.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Halloween plans.

We're currently getting ready for Saturday's Halloween party. The mantle is decked out, most of the non-Halloween-themed toys are hidden and there is a chill in the air.

For the past four years I've had a marathon leading up to the latest installment of the franchise. Not so this year. Number one, I didn't care that much for Saw IV. Number two, Saw V looks terrible. Granted, each one has looked worse than the last, but I've stuck it out and been pleasantly surprised. Maybe I'll be won over when it comes out on video, but at this point I'm thinking that I'm giving up on Jigsaw until the series is finished (please let it end with next year's Saw VI).

This year has actually been pretty light on my horror traditions. Of course there was the annual viewing of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and *ahem* Halloween, but I just haven't had time for much else in the way of the classics. I did get to see [REC] (the original, Spanish version of Quarantine) and Them, both of which were fantastic, harking back to a more minimalist approach to horror.

For some reason I really want to see The Strangers again. That one got under my skin and stuck with me ever since I saw it in the theatre. By no means is it a good movie, but it's rare that I see a film so successfully accomplish what it sets out to do.

The season is almost over, and then it's nearly two months of holiday music shoved in my ears. I wish that Halloween could last a little longer.

Monday, October 20, 2008

A new name.

How did I not think of this before? Somehow MysteryD8, my screen name on just about everything, wasn't taken on here. Totally rad to the max and such.

Given that I don't work until 2pm tomorrow, I'm about to stay up late and watch Otis. It's apparently a heartwarming story of a nerdy guy who takes corpses to the prom. Comedy of the year is written all over this one.

I swear that I'm going to get into writing on here with a quickness. The keyboard runneth dry at the moment, however.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Here we are, face to face.

I was flipping around the On-Demand stuff on TV not so long ago and saw my first episode of Silver Spoons in ages. It was the one where Ricky found an Orangutan in the graveyard.

Man, could Jason Bateman play a dick back then. He needs another fantastic, ensemble vehicle like Arrested Development again. Of course, I would be even happier with the rumored Arrested Development movie being made. Did I hear somewhere that Michael Cera isn't interested? That kid needs to get his priorities straight. It's not like he's not going to be typecast as an insecure kid for the rest of his teenage years, right?

It's an hour and a half until Pushing Daisies comes on! I can't wait to see the return of Paul Reubens this season. Some interesting stuff could come into play down the road.

So here's what I'm watching so far this season: Pushing Daisies, The Office, Supernatural, Worst Week, Heroes and I just saw my first episode of How I Met Your Mother. That's in addition to my Discovery Channel addictions of Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs.

Now it's just a matter of time before Lost and Reaper are back.

Time to go play with some puppies.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Livin' La Vida 'Sconsin

What better way to start this thing off than some shameless self-promotion? Stop-motion animator John Harvatine IV created a commercial for Penske rental trucks and the Green Bay Packers. I provided the voices.

Go vote for commercial 5 every day through December 9, 2008!