And now, it’s time for the annual post-Christmas tradition of all collectors–the showing-off of the haul.
My big present this year, from Dr. Mrs. Ghostal (DMG), was the Masters of the Universe Classics He-Man and Beast Man. I’ll be doing a thorough review of these, in my own inimitable style, next week, but here’s a pic just to verify that I did indeed get them.
Next we have some books from the parents-in-law. I’ve been hankering for that Sam & Max collection forever, and now I can finally stop reading the reference copy of The DC Universe Comics at work. The other book, The Doll Brokers, I initially came across in a blog post by Richard Gottlieb–it looks very interesting.
DMG also got me some DVDs, thanks to Target’s ridiculously cheap Black Friday sales. Now I can finally stop borrowing Red Kryptonite’s copy of Goonies.
Stockings are a big deal in DMG’s family, so I got quite a haul from mine. In fact, the DVDs above were part of it. Here we have some of the more traditional things you’d expect to find in your stocking–Pez dispensers, playing cards, Red Sox pens, miniature towels bearing the likeness of Yoda, and novelty energy drinks based on cartoons. DMG accidentally left that can of Slurm in her carry-on bag and got stopped at the airport for it. Fortunately, the guard who searched her bag recognized the show and let her keep it. (Meanwhile, she was ordering me not to look so I didn’t see it or any of my other presents.) They apparently weren’t bothered by her 9″ knitting needles, though. I spent the rest of the trip until Xmas trying to guess what it was. I knew it was something with liquid–she told me that much. My best guesses were a Psych snow globe or one of those gory squishy-brain toys.
From the “What are you trying to say, honey?” department comes these two stocking stuffers–body wash and a nosehair trimmer. (OK, I asked for the nosehair trimmer.)
I also got a Gizmo in my stocking. Thus far, I have managed not to get him wet or feed him after midnight. Midnight California time, anyway.
And here is the incredibly awesome Cthulhu scarf DMG knitted me. She did so entirely without me knowing, which is quite a feat considering how long it took. Yes, my wife knitted me a Cthulhu scarf. Feel free to comment on her awesomeness and/or my incredible good fortune in finding a mate.
As for DMG, her big gifts were a Barbie Batgirl and Harley Quinn, but she’d asked for those. I had more fun getting these stocking stuffers. The Rabbid I found randomly at Toys ‘R Us, and the Homer I picked up on a whim here in L.A. a couple of days ago. He was blind-boxed, so I lucked out with that adorable Valentine’s Day Homer. Princess Peach is a gashopon (I think?) import.
Finally, let me leave you with this. One of DMG’s gifts from her parents was this “Noggin Bops” toy, who busted a move better than any wind-up toy I’ve ever seen:
So, what’d you get?