November 19, 2008
Gurren Lagann and more Crayon Haiku!

Yes! I’ve still got much more news to report, but it’s late and I’ve got a headache so I’ll knock this one off relatively quickly. First, the filler content: A Crayon Haiku #84 and A Crayon Haiku #85! Why two in one update, you ask? Well, among other things, I’m hoping to finally reach A Crayon Haiku #100 before 2008 is out — so that means you may see as many as two or three haiku per update if push comes to shove. Hell, if we get to December 31 and I’m still only up to A Crayon Haiku #89, I’ll write and post the remaining 11 that very day. Don’t hold me to that, but don’t be surprised if it comes to pass, either.

I really, really hate getting defective action figures — every time something like this happens, the child inside me dies a little more. And I’m betting Target will be sold out of Wolverines by the time I get back there to return this one, which means I’ll once again be without a superarticulated Wolverine. Oh, sad is the world.

But speaking of superarticulated figures, we’ve also got more substantial content for you: a review of the RevolTech Gurren Lagann by guest writer Sixshot! I’ve known this guy for ages — at least since the late 90s, if I recall correctly — so it’s really cool to have as a Scary-Crayon contributor. Granted, I personally think that Revoltech (Sixxy is pretty adamant about capitalizing that “T”; me, not so much 😉 ) figures are overrated — they’re tiny (between 4.5″ and 4.75″ tall), expensive ($20 to $25 a pop), and, while highly articulated, not overwhelmingly so — but then the only two Revoltech figures I own are Optimus Prime and Megatron (as seen here). Considering that they’re dwarfed by and only slightly more articulated than the Classics deluxes and they lack the ability to transform, you can understand my position.

Anyway, that’s all for now! Many thanks to Sixshot for contributing — make sure y’all voice your appreciation as well in the comments. And do be careful when buying action figures, and try not to get bitten by giant spiders. Unless you think you’ve got experimental hybrid spiders lurking in your basement, in which case you get yourself bitten as soon as possible. Just remember: with great power comes great responsibility.

See you next time. :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 3:41 am | Comments (5)
  • Matt Hoshiyama says:

    Great update, great haikus, great guest article Wes. Like always.

    But, holy shit, that spider… what kind of spider is that? The biggest spider we have here in Alberta, Canada is the Crystal Spider, which is quite doclie and was the basis of Charolette from Charolette’s Web.

    On an unrelated note, have you gotten any of Warner DVD sets of Pinky And The Brain or Animaniacs? I have sets one and two of Animaniacs, and they are of good quality. Perfect if you were a fan of the series. It might give me an idea for submitting a guest in-depth on one of the sets… I’ll e-mail you about it first though.

    See you next update.

  • To Matt- Speaking of classic 90s cartoon DVDs I got the complete series boxed set of Sat-AM Sonic. That show defined my childhood, and it’s still quite good, even through adult eyes.

    To Wes- Haiku One-Hundred
    I’m looking forward to it.
    But, there’s more to go.

    Looking Forward to haiku #100!

    Sixshot- Good review, but where does one get Japanese action figures (I’m interested in finding Evangelion ones)?

  • Sixshot says:

    To find a variety of Japanese figure and model products, I use Hobby Link Japan ( They house a lot of figures and little things while keeping the prices fairly low, at least when it’s new. As time goes on, the items become more limited in stock and distributors don’t carry them any more. Some places have them still stocked and will sell them off at discounted price. Sometimes these prices may make buying from a competitor better than HLJ, especially if the product happens to be a low seller. An alternative to HLJ is Big Bad Toy Store (, which is one of the other places where I would order from. Your mileage may vary but in the end, there are a lot of shops around that’ll carry something imported from Japan.

  • Jester says:

    1. I had a ML Wolverine like that way back in wave…3 or 4…when he was released that was a fun explanation…”Uh, see here this arm is a right, and so is this one.”

    2. I guess I need to head to Target, I haven’t seen new ML figures in ages.

  • Fauna says:

    Re. Spider:
    Dear God. That’s the biggest spider I’ve seen yet. There used to be a female spider the size of a shooter marble living outside my window, and even she’s ot as big as your spider.

    Re. Revoltech:
    I’ve got the figure of Rei Ayanami (#01, I think) and she was about $25, but I saw some fat guy buy Asuka for a bloody *$30* in a local shop. Yuck.
    I wish could find the Tetsujin 28 Revoltech, albeit…

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