ODD: Before anything else, let me remind you we’ve got a contest running to win FREE(!) zombie toys. Only three days left to enter! If you haven’t already, enter the contest here.
END: You’ll have to wait one more day for the final DCUC4 intereview (Despero), because I didn’t get around to writing it in time for today. Sorry!
ODD: I find I’ve been spending less and less time on toy forums. A big part of it is that I focus on DCUC, and 90% of the posts are about distribution (either complaints that the figures can’t be found or reports of sightings). Now there’s a fun topic! It’s amazing how many collectors have become armchair brand managers these days.
But I think I’m also getting just a little tired of the culture. Spend too much time on online discussion (about any topic) and you start to get really cynical. It becomes a reflex–you want to respond to anything with a snarky, argumentative, or counter-intuitive post.
I mostly frequent bulletin boards to be updated on whether the newest wave of toys has hit, presumably so I can immediately go out and waste some gas before remembering Boston-area stores get new toys dead last. But a few good eBay saved searches can do the same job with 100% less angry geek-ranting.
END: Now that we’re getting closer to Christmas, I have to say I’m bummed McFarlane isn’t making another “Twisted Xmas” series. I still think a Christmas Carol theme is pure gold.
ODD: While reading the Fourth World Omnibus this week, I saw a drawing of Scott Free (Mister Miracle) with his arm covered in cybernetic parts. It awoke a strong sense of deja vu in me, and after some mental and Google searching, turns out I was thinking of Circuit Breaker from the old Marvel Transformers comics. (Great story, right?)
END: Speaking of McFarlane, their release schedule for the rest of 2008 is just depressing. Two-thirds of it is sports toys, and the rest are Halo, Guitar Hero and Call of Duty (and let’s face it, Call of Duty is really just “McFarlane Military: World War II”). The days of Movie Maniacs, The Viking Age and Samurai Wars are a passing memory.