As always, feel free to add your own odds ‘n ends in the comments!
ODD: This week’s issue of ToyFare features at least two awesome things: photos of Mattel’s next Mattycollector-exclusive DCUC two-pack (Ultraman and Alex Luthor) and an interview with Geoff Johns by yours truly. Buy it at your local comic shop tomorrow, or I’ll come to your house and smash all your fine china.
END: So far this year I’ve already watched Ernest Saves Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Night Before Christmas (that cartoon special with the mice and the clocks), Santa Claus (the weird Mexican version, via MST3K), Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (also via MST3K), A Christmas Carol (the 1984 George C. Scott one, my favorite version), and A Charlie Brown Christmas. And it’s only the 9th! I’ve still got Rudolph, The Year Without a Santa Claus, A Miser Brothers’ Christmas, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and that annual holiday favorite, Die Hard, to go. I have no idea why I’m so into Christmas this year, but it’s fun. We’re spending Christmas with Dr. Mrs. Ghostal’s family in LA this year, and I’m hoping to convince them to watch Die Hard on Christmas Eve.
ODD: Which did more to shape American perceptions of Christmas rituals and iconography: A Christmas Carol or early twentieth century advertising?
END: You know what’s sad? I’ve never seen the Star Wars Holiday Special.
ODD: I took a chance and ordered a DCUC Firestorm from TRU, hoping it’ll turn out to be a Jason Rusch version, since that’s the only one shipping right now. Fingers crossed–I’ll let y’all know.
END: On that note, I’ve gotten a lot of DCUC lately–Artemis, DCUC5, and the Orion/Lightray two-pack. Wave 6 should hit late this month or early next month, and the Starfire/Adam Strange two-pack goes on sale January 15. Waves 3 and 4 seem easy to find–if Mattel and Walmart could just get more DCUC5 out there (and improve the QC), collectors might actually be praising them instead of raging.