These museum figures can have foam bodies with flexible armature and detailed faces with wigs and glass eyes!
Yesterday Boston-area doll dorks and I converged on a New England Winter Wonderland convention for a small meet-up. After hanging around in the dealer’s room and droooooooooooooling for a few hours, we repaired to our own meeting area… Before we did that, though, some of us ventured to Newbury Street in search of food. On the way back from Greek cuisine, Frank perpetrated lewd acts on the contents of a lawn ornament display. :p
So, while listening to This American Life’s 1996 Halloween episode, I learned about the long-running TV show Dark Shadows [1965-1971], starring a vampire with a soul who lives in a creepy mansion and suffers time-traveling, werewolves, ghosts, et hoc genus omne, all while accompanied by production values so cheap that you can see the prop guy in some scenes. Yes, folks, years before supernatural soap operas had their mid-’90s boom, there was Dark Shadows, hammy, campy and funny. This may be interesting to check into and laugh at.
Remember when I showed some Toy Fair 2006 previews of accurate, detailed resin busts of Labyrinth characters? Well, now these are finally hitting the shelves. You can find two currently available goblin statues on comic-store shelves now, with Jareth apparently arriving next month. See the pre-order for a Sir Didymus toy here too at Big Bad Toy Store:
Also, it appears that the 1:6 Jareth doll is back on track…as you can see, Big Bad Toy Store has sold out their pre-order for him and states that his issue date is “3rd quarter 2006,” which means right about NOW!!!
I don’t even like Smallville that much, but I’m looking forward to the release of season 5, the most recent season, primarily because JAMES MARSTERS appears as a guest star. Furthermore, there’s an especially amusing ep containing vamps [one named, in a bad homage to BTVS, Buffy Sanders]. Finally, the endless tortured posturing between Clark and Lana [who is more properly a plot device, not a character] makes for good mocking. I’m not sure which is the better bad TV: Charmed or Smallville. At least Charmed has some characterological consistency…
Barbie takes on a variety of jobs these days. I’ve seen Dog Trainer Barbie in the toy stores, but I didn’t think anything of it till someone over on MWD linked to a detailed review of the set. Containing Barbie and her dog Tanner, the Dog Trainer set also features the splendiferous and innovative Eat ‘N’ Crap mechanism! The set comes with brown, bean-like pellets that you can stick in Tanner’s mouth. When you push down on Tanner’s tail, the pellet comes out the rear end. It can then be picked up with the magnetic poop scoop.
I don’t object to crapping toys on principle, although I don’t like them, but this one just grosses me out, though. Tanner’s food looks exactly the same, no matter what end it comes out, so the dog is either eating shit or shitting chocolate. Furthermore, the pellets look like some sort of human candy, which gives their cycle through the plastic dog digestive tract an extra stomach-turning aspect.
Ya know, if kids really want to make their toys barf, piss, shit, sneeze, etc., they’ll find ways to do so. My sister and I used to make our hollow plastic My Little Ponies pee by squirting water out of their tail holes. No magnetic gimmicks needed!