December 3, 2008
A Crayon Haiku Deluge!

With today's update, I think it's safe to say that we're going to reach our goal of hitting A Crayon Haiku #100 by the end of the month. Barring some unfortunate and unforeseen accident that prevents me from updating Scary-Crayon before the new year, that is!

As you can see, our Legion of Doom has gained yet another member -- this time, Toyman from the DC Direct "Justice" line. This is the greatest DC Direct figure ever. Hell, if I had to make a list of the best ten action figures I own, I'm pretty sure Toyman would be on there. He freaking rules. 39 points of articulation on a DC Direct figure?! And as seen in A Crayon Haiku #90 (I haven't numbered them individually, but that's what it is 😉 ), he can almost perfectly pull off the Hadoken pose. Any figure that can do that is totally badass in my book -- about the only thing more impressive is a figure that can do high front kicks.

In A Crayon Haiku #91, Optimus Prime returns with a new gun! Actually, it's an old gun -- it came with one of the Transformatrix Primes we saw a couple of holiday seasons ago. It's actually bootlegged from the Robot Masters Optimus Prime, which had a square hand to hold the gun by its proper handle, but rather than change the size of that part they just went ahead and added an extra rounded peg to the end of it. All well and good, but that's not where Prime holds his gun! So as I was strolling past my toys the thought of dremeling that peg off and shaving down the proper handle popped into my head... and now Optimus Prime is appropriately armed. I kinda hope these Transformatrix Primes make a comeback this season; I have at least two more Prime figures that would love to have Ion Blasters as well. 🙂

In the next three haiku, fun with Wolverine continues. First, this weekend (I wrote the haiku that day, plus the syllables work out), I saw that same Wolverine with the two right forearms at Target. Not a different one with the same factory error -- the same damned one I'd returned. I hate that. I see that kind of thing all the time at Wal-Mart -- figures with mangled packaging and missing accessories and even packages with completely different figures shoved in the tray (I saw a neon green "The Batman" figure in "The Dark Knight" Movie Masters packaging; I kid you not) and swaddled in tape -- but I'd always thought Target was better than that. I was wrong.

Still working on the metal claws thing with the Wolvie I've got, but I think I prefer the bobby pins to the paperclips. The latter look fantastic from certain angles, but kinda puny from others. The bobby pins, on the other hand, require all kinds of fun dremeling and stuff. Joy.

Moving on! Unlike DC Universe Wave 3, DCUC is finally starting to show up on the shelves in earnest -- and a couple of weeks ago I was able to snag a Wonder Woman figure. She's okay, but I think I like her a lot more since I've started hearing about all of the problems plaguing this line. I even got the opportunity to witness those problems at various Toys "R" Us stores this weekend, as the only Ares and Wonder Woman figures I saw suffered respectively from reversed arms and duplicate thigh pieces. I know, right?! For more on this urgent matter, see SAG's rant about Mattel's quality control on Superarticulated.com.

Speaking of stuff on other sites, Random Action Hour has moved! It appeared to be down for a while, but now it's back. I expect that the insanely prolific updates will resume shortly. 😉

Also, a while back, I tried to clothe my comic Hellboy by ordering one of those 1/6th scale WWII trenchcoats on eBay. Obviously I misjudged the size of those dolls.

And finally, this week's episode of "Dexter" ended with the skinner capturing our titular hero! Oh no! Anyway, if you've never seen Dexter, I highly recommend it. Unlike certain other shows *cough"Heroes"cough*, Dexter has remained excellent into the third season. Unfortunately, "Pushing Daisies" will never get that opportunity. 🙁

See you next time, when all signs point to the crossing of the 100-haiku milestone! :mrgreen:

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