It Came from the Attic > Autolycus (Xena, Toy Biz)

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Despite being old enough to own my own house, I still have a ton of junk in my parents’ attic. I’m slowly moving all of that stuff to my home. Occasionally I come across something fun, weird or amusing from my past. It Came From the Attic is a series of posts about these odds and ends.

I never really watched Xena: Warrior Princess. Despite being borderline obsessed with the fantasy genre during the late 1990s, somehow I just never got into Hercules: The Legendary Journeys or Xena. (My 1990s show was The X-Files.) My dad was a big Xena fan (for the show’s thrilling action and subversive LGBT subtext, I’m sure – not the leather-encased boobs) and so I caught episodes here and there. But more importantly, I made sure to catch any episode featuring Autolycus, the King of Thieves (take that, Robin of Locksley!). Why? For the simple reason that Autolycus was played by Bruce Campbell, already one of my greatest idols since I’d became a huge Evil Dead fan in the mid-’90s. Continue reading “It Came from the Attic > Autolycus (Xena, Toy Biz)”

Poe Plays Favorites 2010 (The Awards Post)


Wow, am I late with this thing. Frankly the only reason I’m even doing it is to placate my obsessive-compulsiveness–there must be a PPF for every year, even if it takes me three months into the following year to do it.

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Review > Gandalf the White (Return of the King, ToyBiz)

Gandalf is my favorite literary character. Oh, there are other ones I’m very fond of–Ebeneezer Scrooge, Randolph Carter, Dick Diver, the Continental Op. But when it comes down to who I’d like to share a beer (or in his case, a glass of red wine) with, Gandalf’s my man.

In fact, without Gandalf I might not be an adult action figure collector–it was Toy Vault’s line of figures based on The Lord of the Rings (the novel) that drew me back into collecting just after I started college. While the toys may look a bit quaint, and looked quaint even for the time, they were great figures and clearly created with a great love for the source material.

Of course, along came the movies, starting in 2001, and what was once a beloved secret treasure of geeks became a billion-dollar, Oscar-winning franchise.

While I do love the movies, I still love the books just as much, if not more. But Ian McKellen portrayed Gandalf so incredibly close to the literary version that I couldn’t help but love him too.

Toy Biz’s Lord of the Rings line, already fading from most collectors’ memories, was easily the best 6″ line of movie-based action figures ever made, and perhaps the best movie-based line ever made, period. The figures featured top-of-the-line sculpting, great articulation, huge character variety, and tons of accessories. Continue reading “Review > Gandalf the White (Return of the King, ToyBiz)”