That’s right – Odds ‘n Ends is back! I’ve just got too much stuff to write about and don’t want to spam your RSS reader with a slew of Sightings posts, so instead I present the return of O&E.
Also, because I eliminated the discussion board, I thought I’d try creating a “weekend discussion thread” and see if it appealed to anyone. So feel free to post about any (toy-related) topic you want in the comments below.
Anyway, on the odds and ends.
- Good news, everyone! Castle Grayskull pre-orders have reached the halfway point (which may be 3,654, if the title of the .gif used for the meter refers to the number of pre-orders). Mattel’s Scott Neitlich did a couple interviews about the playset, which you can read at CastleGrayskull.info and Pixel Dan’s site. They’re worth a read-through, if only to see what features are being considered and which ones probably won’t happen.
- Some follow-up on my Biollante post from earlier this week: it’s unclear whether the Godzilla figure (based on the suit from Godzilla vs. Biollante) is an S.H.MonsterArts prototype or just some sort of stand-in. But one thing that occurred to me, which I’d forgotten about, is that according to the Heisei series timeline, the Godzilla in GvB is only eighty meters tall. Due to a ridiculous time travel plot in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah that I won’t even try to describe, the Godzilla of the rest of the films (including Godzilla vs. Spacegodzilla, the one the current S.H.MonsterArts figure is based on) is 100 meters tall. But judging from this photo, Biollante is in scale with the rest of the line, which means they’re evidently going to ignore the height difference and just increase the eighty-meter-scale monsters to the 100-scale ones. Which is fine. I just…spent a surprising amount of time thinking about this, apparently.
- Speaking of Tamashii Nations, IAT has a good round-up of all the info from the event, including S.H. Figuarts classic Power Rangers, new D-Arts Megaman stuff, S.H.Figuarts Sailor Moon, Ultra-Act Zetton, and D-Arts Pokémon.
- Doomkick has an interview with the man behind the awesome-but-expensive Bog-Nar of the Warlords of Wor. Discussion of the $100 price is included. I get why it’s so expensive, I just…can’t afford it.
- Anyone else catch Mockingbird Lane last night? I thought it was fantastic. Really wish it had been picked up, but it’s Bryan Fuller, so it was doomed. If Bryan Fuller and Joss Whedon ever tried to make a television show together, TV execs would grab each page of their sublime, brilliant screenplay as it came out of the printer and deposit it directly into a shredder.
- Sponsor News: BBTS has Hot Toys Resident Evil – Ada Wong; Takara Seeker Elite 3-Pack; TFC Uranus SR-71 Blackbird; Carlito’s Way – Al Pacino 1/6; G1 Commemorative – Astrotrain, Ultra Magnus, Powermaster Prime.
- It seems even Matt, formerly of X-Entertainment and now of Dinosaur Dracula, is not immune the blogger ennui I’ve suffered myself recently. We’re exactly the same age, too. Maybe there’s some sort of third-life-crisis going around our generation. Blogging about toys really shouldn’t have this much angst.
- And so, on a related note, henceforth I’m only blogging when I have a post I actually want to write. Sadly, that means no Minicomic Monday, at least for now. That one post was just too much work for not enough funny.
- This Week’s Notable Posts > Reviews: Beast Saga Series 1 (Takara-Tomy) Review by Ben Leach; NECA’s AvP:Requiem Alien Warrior: Still the best 1/12th-Scale Alien figure? by Poe; The Cryptkeeper! (Tales from the Cryptkeeper, Ace Novelty) review by Weirdo Toys blogger Justin Gammon; Interviews: Interview > Monster Artist Extraordinaire Matt Frank; Interview > Brian-Man of Spy Monkey Creations, Part III; Toy Aisle Trolls: Rodimus Crime, Maash-Up Topless Robot Lists: The 10 Best Spawn Creature Figures, Ten Greatest Giant Movie Monsters