Thursday, 26 May 2016

Spawn Spree II*

Welcome to the 2nd edition of Spawn Spree, where I show you six old McFarlane Toys action figures because I don’t think they get enough love and because I’m currently a bit obsessed with them. Today’s half-dozen are the next few to arrive from eBay and I feel neatly show off the peculiarities of myself, Spawn and toy enthusiasts in general. So are you sitting comfortably? then I’ll begin:

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Who's Who in Alan Moore's Albion

So I recently re-read Albion, I re-read it every so often because it both delights and depresses me but this isn’t a shitty review this is a spotter’s guide. There IS a full annotations for the series, it’s old and not that great but all the same I feel like I’m duplicating someone else’s work and also trying to be better than them if I did such a post as well, so this isn’t a full set of annotations, just a guide to all the major British comic book characters in it, officially or otherwise. 

Monday, 16 May 2016

Spawn Spree I*

I’ve been neglecting this blog a little the last few weeks, I’m sorry, in exchange for that have another segmented article about toys that I now own.

I’ve recently had my love of Spawn and McFarlane Toys rekindled, I didn’t expect it to ever happen and I’m sure if anyone read this, the serious adult toy collectors would scoff so hard they’d lose an eyeball. To recap those not in the know, McFarlane Toys are usually credited with revolutionising the toy collecting world by producing their ‘Ultra Action Figures’, with a higher level of detail, (intended) quality and being aimed at adults some claim the pretty much invented the Adult Collector’s market. That’s not quite true but they did create a new age in collector’s figures, for better or worse, and actually laid out various things that are still being used today.  So there was a time when Spawn and McFarlane Toys were the centre of many a toy and comic collector’s world, but of course they were by Todd McFarlane with all the trappings of his style and ideas about what was cool, and that dates them, and I’ve noticed a big turnaround in people’s opinions on what was once seen as the best of the best, maybe it’s changing tastes, maybe it’s their general lack of fucking articulation, maybe it’s just embarrassment that we were all so all in on it but they have fallen so far from grace you can get once ultra-desirable variants for a tenner on eBay. My falling out with them has less to do with my changing opinion on lots of black, chains and spikes or on what constitutes a good collector’s action figure and more to do with them being all tied up with my early teens, my comic collector years and years a senior school or THE DARK TIMES, a time I have a lot of bad memories from (most of them are not connected to Spawn toys) but to my surprise enough time has passed that I can now separate Spawn from that time period, how strange.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Examples of Crap I Waste My Money On: Bootsale Report 3!

My Own Summer (Shove it) by the Deftones is my summer anthem - I hate the heat and I hate the sunshine, except on Sunday mornings (and by extension, Saturday nights) because everyone gets up, sees the lovely day to come and decides to go and do a bootsale. My ‘sale of choice, Dunton, was fucking BIG today, so big it filled it’s allotted field and spilled over onto the field usually used only for parking – hundreds of stalls, four times as many buyers – at least 21% of which seemed to be the kind half-naked white men who should never, under any circumstances, ever be topless, at home or in public, their pink skin and bald spots sizzling as the temperature rose from a warm morning to a blistering midday. It was big, it was sweaty, it was dusty, but was it worth it? Well I thought so but I’m not so sure most of you would agree:

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Examples of Crap I Waste My Money On: Bootsale Report 2!

Since my last report things have been pretty bad in the bootsale world: I missed one week because I had to spend all day putting up Ikea furniture and the following two weeks were rained off, I did venture to a small ‘sale in Harrow that was on tarmac but all I got was 35 minutes of duelling banjos and old clothes. So I was childishly excited to get out Sunday morning and get stuck into four hours of other people’s unwanted detritus at my usual haunt, Dunton Bootsale, and it did not disappoint. Though I started a little slow I ended up coming home with five bags full of crap! Here it is all in a big pile next to a WiiFit board:

That’s what five bags full of random strangers’ undesired possessions looks like, it was such a big pile that I had to go back for a second bowl of hot soapy water, I haven’t had a Two Bowls of Fairy Liquid Result for what seems like forever. Which is a point, even though I just admitted to spending four hours elbow deep in dirt not even of my own making, I’ve quite clean when it comes to things I own and every item bough second hand, be it from bootsales, charity shops or even conventions gets at least a wipe-over – so I’ve already spent 40 minutes with these newbies, washing and wiping with the occasional, terrible, realisation that what I’m wiping up probably came out of a child and I can say that I am very pleased to have them all here, the final tally was 54 (approx.) items:

So are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin: