Wednesday, December 05, 2007


There is no such thing as a "mute point". There never has been, and there never will be.

The expression for which you are so helplessly groping is "moot point".

That is all.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Collection Room Update

While my collection room is not finished, the walls are finally done. The south and east walls are covered in carded STAR WARS figures stored in protective Star Cases.

The north wall is lined with shelves, approximately 5' of shelving between the window and the east wall and 2' between the window and the west wall, as well as a shelf that runs the entire length above the window.

Before installing shelves on the north wall, I taped off a section of the floor so I could measure exactly what I could fit on each shelf. This allowed me to customize the vertical distances between the shelves and maximize the amount of available wall space.

I managed to fill the walls completely, so I had to hang figures from the doors, as well. I used these adjustable hinge pin door stops to prevent the door to the room from opening so far that the cased deluxe figures would make contact with the cased figures on the wall, and then again on the closet door to prevent it from opening far enough that the cased figures would hit the shelves on the wall next to it.

The closet door still has some blank real estate, but as more carded 25th Anniversary G.I. Joe figures are released, that won't last long. There are three shelves on the west wall, and those are surrounded by carded figures in Star Cases.

And when you open the closet... more toys. Carded figures, loose figures, random collectibles, and the boxes I saved from all my statues, maquettes, and busts. This is also where I keep my holiday decorations, but it's packed pretty tightly now.

The next step is modifying the bookcase in front of the window, so that it can be moved all the way back against the wall, while still allowing air to flow from the vent in the floor. After that, my next project will be the centerpiece of the room. For now, though, I'm very close to having it completed. You can see more photos of my collection here.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Collection Room Progress

I (finally) picked up some laminate finish boards for the collection room at Home Depot last weekend. These were the 6' boards:

Those had to be be trimmed down to about 5' to fit the north wall of the collection room.

For the smaller section of that wall, between the window and the closet door, I bought 2' shelves. I also bought a 6' board and a 4' board to run along the entire length of the wall over the window. I also have three 3' boards:

The 3' boards are for the west wall, between the closet door and the main door, and will be surrounded by carded figures.

My friend Paul and I got started over the weekend. First step was trimming down the boards. Two of the 6' boards had to be trimmed down to 60", and four of them had to be trimmed down to 61". Two of the 2' boards had to come down to 21¼", and the other three were cut to 22".

The first shelf goes up between the window and the closet door:

The lower small shelves were cut shorter to accomodate a bookcase that will sit in front of the window, while the higher ones come all the way to the edge of said window:

The same thing was done for the larger shelves, trimmed just a little more on the bottom two. The top board was cut down to 69", and a 4' board runs above the smaller shelves to meet it over the window, giving the appearance of one long shelf along the entire top of the wall. I'll show pics of that later:

I still have one smaller shelf to add and the 3' boards between the two doors, and that's what I'll be doing this afternoon. Once the 3' shelves are up, I'll start arranging the ¾" figures above and around them.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Not. Cool.

Seriously not cool.
not cool

The casualties: Justice League Superman mini maquette, Justice League Wonder Woman mini maquette, and Superman/Batman Michael Turner Supergirl.

The culprit: Superman/Batman Michael Turner "Corrupted" Supergirl.

Jumped off the riser, took "good" Supergirl with her, and (somehow) managed to catch the two mini maquettes on the shelf below them. She really is evil.

This happened two weeks ago. I've already replaced the mini maquettes, but I haven't located a substitute for Kara yet. Grrrrrr...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

HeroesCon '07 Haul

So HeroesCon '07 was a couple weeks ago, and I had a great time. I managed to pick up thirteen new DC Direct figures, a set of the Hellboy Animated PVC figuers, three more of the Monogram Justice League busts, the Women Of The DC Universe Harley Quinn bust, a Blade II bust, some new t-shirts, a couple of new posters, and a few books.
HeroesCon '07

Silver Bullet Comics marked their shirts down to seven bucks on Sunday, so I grabbed a Green Lantern shirt and this Dark Knight Strikes Again shirt.
DK2 shirt

But the best part about this year's convention was that it was my first weekend with Kittyzilla, and what a great weekend it was. She's beautiful and amazing, and I couldn't be happier about having her as my girlfriend.
Kittyzilla with the Silver Surfer

How'd I get so lucky?

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Three Decades Later...

It's my twelfth day of being thirty years old, but believe it or not, my debut on this planet wasn't the only historically important event to occur in 1977.

· Jimmy Carter was sworn in as the 39th President of the United States.
· Smallville's Tom Welling was born two days prior to me.
· 27 days after I was unleashed upon this world, STAR WARS opened to American audiences. I saw it, as a newborn, during its first run (yes, my mother was apparently one of those people who takes babies to movie theaters). I literally grew up with the STAR WARS saga, and seeing The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 is one of my earliest memories.
STAR WARS 30th Anniversary
· NASA conducted the first test flight of their Space Shuttle (time for a new design, don't you think?).
· David Berkowitz terrorized New Yorkers as the "Son Of Sam" serial killer.
· Elvis Presley, The King of Rock 'n' Roll, died on August 16 at 42 years of age and 350 lbs.
the King
· The World Health Organization declared the eradication of smallpox in October.
· Elvis Costello, The Clash, The Damned, Talking Heads, Suicide, Motörhead, and the Sex Pistols released their debut albums, Pink Floyd's Animals was released, Black Flag, X, and Crass formed, and Led Zeppelin played their final gig in the U.S.

The world is a different place today than it was in 1977, and what an interesting thirty years it's been. With any luck, I'll be around for the next thirty, too.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Seeing Double

As I was going through some stuff today, I came across my box of duplicate DCAU characters, and I realized I have more than I thought.
duplicate DCAU box
So I started pulling them out of the box and laying them out across a shelf. In addition to the two versions of Superman, Batman, and Martian Manhunter in my DCAU display (League versions and Justice Lords versions), I have two more Superman and Batman figures, and three more Martian Manhunters, not to mention three more versions of Amazo. Keep in mind, this doesn't even include the 30+ Justice League figures I've given away to kids, including three complete sets of the original seven, along with several more.
duplicate DCAU figures
I can't blame Mattel entirely, I suppose. Robin, Batgirl, and Supergirl are all Jack In The Box premiums. After spending hundreds of dollars at the Heroes Convention in 2001, I bought the entire set of DC Superheroes for a buck each. When I get around to it, I'll eventually install a shelf in another room for a second display, and set up these figures with my Knight Striker Batmobile. I have to do something with them.

Oh, and I added pics of my View Askew characters, some Giants stuff, and a mix of loose STAR WARS figures and collectibles to my collection page today.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Fire Woman

So I added Volcana to my Justice League Unlimited collection over the weekend. I updated the picture on the collection page of my site, which you can see here. I had to move a few characters around and employ the use of an additional riser, where Mr. Freeze, Two-Face, and the Penguin now reside. Still anxiously awaiting the release of Deadshot and Star Sapphire. Please hurry, Mattel.

I haven't added it to my collection page, because it's eventually going in my STAR WARS room (once I have it ready), but I received the Leia & R2-D2 maquette I won over at I have a kind of love/hate relationship going on with this thing. On the one hand, I absolutely love it, because it's a killer sculpt, and I just adore the Genndy Tartakovsky animated style. On the other hand, though, looking at it every day is really making me want to buy the rest of the animated maquettes that I didn't grab as they were being released.