March 14, 2009
A Crayon Haiku #123 through 131! (content pages)

Waitasec, you're not Juggernaut...

A Crayon Haiku #123 through 131!

With its nine poems, one might call this installment of A Crayon Haiku a haiku JUGGERNAUT! That would also be fitting, since the piece contains the big man's SC debut in superarticulated form. But ah, there's more...  (3/14/09)

-posted by Wes | 12:51 am | Comments Off on A Crayon Haiku #123 through 131! (content pages)
A whole buncha Crayon Haiku!

I meant to get these up late on Friday the thirteenth, but I got a bit distracted by some much-needed sleep. Oh well, I suppose it's still SPOOKY DAY on the West Coast, eh? I hope nothing bad happens to y'all out there in the remaining hours.

Anyway, lots of Crayon Haiku this update! I finally found Juggernaut, and it's fitting that the Willow figure I ordered earlier arrived on Friday the thirteenth, what with her being a witch. Still, she's no match for Mr. Marko.

The lack of content this week can also be explained by another distraction -- customizing! After seeing the New York Comic Con pics of Playmates' rather unfortunate Shredder, I got it into my head to make my own... and not even the news that NECA's awesome comic Shredder will be released couldn't deter me from this task. But it'll look quite a bit different from the NECA version, what with the Super Shredder armor and quite different color scheme (right now I'm thinking black with purple highlights), so it's not like I'll be tempted to retire mine because NECA's shows up. Heck, NECA's will probably show up before I've finished. Look how long I've taken (and continue to take) with poor Wolverine!

Last weekend's debut of "Power Rangers RPM" was kinda weak -- and I absolutely hate the theme song -- but at least the figures look pretty good alongside the Doctor and crew!

And yes, Bacardi uses a litterbox. Mostly. He's a lot like a cat.

Anyway, even though Friday the thirteenth is over, I'm not satisfied with missing an update -- so to make it up to you, I'm planning a couple of horror-themed articles in the near future. And another figure review, since I got this toy today that I really want to open, but I can't do that until I take in-package pictures and whatnot. He's small and I know nothing about him, so hopefully it'll be a quick piece.

And then the Power Rangers figure roundup. Jungle Fury figures may not be around by the time I get to it... so if you're on the fence and you happen upon one of those Jungle Master 4-packs at TRU (which is how I was finally able to get the Yellow and Wolf Rangers, even though it left me with doubles of the Red and Blue Rangers), flipping get it. They're cool figures, and at $5 each (the set is $20), they're quite the bargain.

Okey-doke, seeya next time. 🙂

-posted by Wes | 12:45 am | Comments (6)
March 3, 2009
Reflections on Dollhouse (content pages)

Scarred and gorgeous.


The Internet fanboys hail Joss Whedon as some kind of infallible creative deity, but "Dollhouse" is hardly inspiring stuff. Given the show's multiple shortcomings, I can't see myself even growing to like it... let alone love it.  (3/3/09)

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A Crayon Haiku #121 and 122 (content pages)

Casseticons'll getcha!

A Crayon Haiku #121 and 122!

2009 marks the 25th anniversary of Transformers -- and in this installment of A Crayon Haiku (with an awesome image created by reader Ken), Soundwave and his crew are celebrating with ORE: Other robots' Energon!  (3/3/09)

-posted by Wes | 2:07 pm | Comments Off on A Crayon Haiku #121 and 122 (content pages)
Dollhouse: Not great.

I'd made up my mind to write this piece on "Dollhouse" even before I saw this Penny Arcade comic -- largely because of people just like the ones Tycho mentioned in the attendant blog post. Well, not quite... the people who bother me most aren't the ones who watch out of slavish devotion to Joss Whedon, but rather the ones whose slavish devotion to him leads them not only to blame FOX for any shortcomings the show exhibits at this point, but also to insist that the show will necessarily improve because hey, it's a Joss Whedon show! Given that these are also the same people who view any negativity or criticism towards their beloved media as "spoiling their fun," I admittedly derive some small pleasure in doing just that. 😉

Also -- in case you couldn't tell -- I've been making a conscious effort to include less swearing and objectionable content in recent reviews. I'm not sure why, really (after all, this is a site that still features photos of bubbly phlegm loogies, not to mention a cartoonish image of Wolverine giving Nightcrawler a handjob), but here's an excerpt from the original draft of today's article before I decided to clean it up:

I almost feel bad for the guy -- unless you're spectacularly egotistical (and I tend to think Whedon is, though I have no concrete basis for that assumption), having throngs of smarmy fanboys typing "HALLELUJAH!" in response to your every creative effort has to not only get old after a while, but also really make you question whether your work is, in fact, good. If thousands of people in a given community had barely taken a breather from sucking your balls (or, for female readers, your... toes) for years on end, you'd start to doubt the veracity of their claims that your testes tasted like strawberry banana milk. After all, when was the last time they'd been able to enjoy a cool glass of the stuff? And even if they did acquire some -- say, from you -- would they even be able to taste it?

I've been drinking strawberry banana milk lately, see. It is quite delicious. Far better than balls, I'd wager.

Also, we've got two new haiku! Many thanks to Ken for supplying the image (which also appears here on his DeviantArt account). Ken also runs a toy blog, Figured Out, so be sure to check that out as well.

And I guess that about wraps it up for this entry! As always, thanks for reading. See you next time! :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 1:44 pm | Comments (6)
March 1, 2009
Human Disguise Invader Zim (content pages)

Zim will conquer the filthy stink children... oh yes.

HUMAN DISGUISE INVADER ZIM... holds the record for the fastest toy I have managed to break after removing it from the package: a whopping two (2!) seconds. That said, I hope you weren't planning to read a favorable review! This one ain't.  (3/1/09)

-posted by Wes | 7:51 am | Comments Off on Human Disguise Invader Zim (content pages)
I do not like Human Disguise Zim.

It feels like it's been forever, but we've got a new review to kick off March -- Human Disguise Invader Zim! While I bought this a couple of years ago with a few other clearance figures, I only recently got around to opening it. I kinda wish I hadn't, though, as it seemed a lot cooler while it was still in the package! Now, until I break down and get the DVD set, my last memory of Invader Zim will be an unpleasant one.

On the other hand, the second season of the show kinda sucked, so maybe that would have been the case no matter what.

In other news, while we have no new Crayon Haiku for you today, we encourage you to check out HAIKU for lots of... well, haiku. Also, SWAFT -- run by our friend Tresob Yr -- is apparently in the process of making a hosting change. I'll get the links changed when that's all complete and finalized, but do remember to check the site out over there! The subject of Charlie Clone's latest review (revue?) is kinda unsettling.

I've still got that Power Ranger figure roundup in the works, but before then I might go for a Spectare review or two. If I do, it'll come fairly soonish -- we've gone exactly two weeks without any content, so I'm not averse to doubling (or even tripling, ha ha) up this week! But, as always, we'll see if that actually comes to pass.

Until next time!

-posted by Wes | 7:43 am | Comments (3)
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