Toy Collection 6: License Plates

I’m posting at a weird time today because I’m: 1. not currently present at the day job (vacation day) and 2. avoiding various responsibilities like checking voicemails, etc.

Today we have movie and tv license plates! We just finished this part of the collection. There actually aren’t as many to choose from as one might think.

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On the left, we have Smokey and the Bandit, Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters), and Jurassic Park. On the right, we have Knight Rider, Back to the Future, and Jeepers Creepers. That last one needs some distress. It’s a little battered in the movie.

But, you ask, what is that tucked behind the corner of the Back to the Future license plate?

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Why, it’s a copy of Marty McFly’s driver license! This came with the license plate. It may have been a surprise; I don’t remember for sure. This is made out of metal like the license plate.

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Toy Collection 5: Harry Potter

Hey there! I’m typing this post on my phone, so I apologize if you find typos and/or weird spacing. I’m not that great at typing on phones.

I’ve been staring at a computer screen all day, and my eyeballs feel like they’re about to melt out of my head. Therefore, I put the computer away. And yes, I do realize that this is nothing but a smaller screen.

Anyway.

Today I have a toy collection post. We haven’t had one of those in a while, have we? Don’t worry, I didn’t run out of collection yet. We still have plenty of posts ahead because, well, I have a lot of stuff. This one is Harry Potter.

Other than the movies and the books, I only have 2 Harry Potter things.

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The thing on the right is Fawkes the Phoenix displayed in a lovely case with a crystal ball and a stack of books. This one was a Christmas gift from my son.

On the left, we have a wand, something I’ve wanted for a few years. Mommy dearest purchased it for herself at Universal a while back and recently gave it to me. Thanks, Mum!

It’s not a character wand. This one is a Vine Wand. Here’s the description: “Vine wood is associated with persistence and renewal. Vine people have restless spirits and seemingly limitless energy. They are also prone to burn the candle at both ends. Vine people should learn to pace themselves and their achievements will know no bounds.”

Did the wand eventually choose me? I think it might have!  🙂

Toy Collection 4: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Greetings, lovelies! I was listening to the Nerdist podcast the other day. The guy who hosts collects things like I do, only his stuff sounds WAY better. He said that his collection was like a diary of things he loves. That’s exactly what mine is!

Today we have the Nightmare Before Christmas – um – group? Subcollection?

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The first time I saw The Nightmare Before Christmas, I didn’t like it. When I went to see it in the theater, I didn’t know it was a musical before I went, so I was annoyed. Of course, later I saw it again and was able to appreciate it for the piece of genius it is.

So, left to right, starting in the back, we have stuffed Zero, VHS of the movie, big Jack, which should have arms but doesn’t. I have no idea where they went. Next row from left to right, we have non-stuffed Zero, smaller Jack, Oogie Boogie, Sally, Doctor Finklestein. Then there’s Lock, Shock and Barrel but not in that order, and tiny Christmas Jack with Christmas tree.

I think the next collection post might be Batman.

Toy Collection 2: Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

I am fully aware that these are not toys, but they are AMONG toys and part of the collection.

This is a set of promotional pins for the DVD/VHS release of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. They were given to Blockbuster employees in either 2003 or 2004 and then given to me by one of my friends. I don’t remember if he was the one who worked there or if he knew someone who worked there and then he just passed them on to me.

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I like how easily they arrange in this neat, little grid. It appeals to some OCD portion of my brain.

These were actually missing for years. I just found them a few weeks ago in some random box. They don’t have an official spot yet. I thought about mounting them in a frame. For now, they just sit in their neat grid on the counter.

Buying presents for me

Really just the one present, but I am really excited. I collect TV and movie…um, toys? knick knacks? Gimcrack? Gewgaws?

Yeah. I actually wanted to post some pictures, but the shelves were dusty, and I was too lazy to dust them. I also didn’t want the whole wide internet to see my dust.

Anyway, I got a new gewgaw. It’s Doctor Finklestein from Nightmare Before Christmas! Here’s a picture.

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The arm in his hand is actually more of a blue color, probably because it’s Sally’s. He also plays the audio of a snippet of a scene from the movie with surprisingly good quality sound.

He won’t be hanging on the tree. He’s on the shelf with the other figurines and my VHS copy of the movie. I didn’t have this guy before. I have a few Jacks, a Sally, Lock, Shock, and Barrel, Oogie Bookie, a stuffed Zero, and a figurine Zero. I think that’s it.

Someday when I dust, I’ll post more of the collection. I own way more toys than any 39-year-old should.

 

 

 

Coraline the book vs Coraline the movie

Hey there, internet! The weather this week has been amazing!! I finally got to open the windows and let in some fresh air. I do so love fresh air. It’s raining now but it’s still pretty warmish, relatively speaking.

I read Coraline this week. I’m getting ready to write another kids’ book (the first one isn’t out yet), so I thought it might be good for some inspiration. I love Neil Gaiman’s work, so the more I can get, the better.

I was actually a little surprised that I liked the movie better than the book. That usually isn’t the case. I feel guilty, like I’m breaking some kind of bookworm rule.

Why did I like the film version better? The movie is more imaginative. For instance, most of the garden scenes aren’t in the book. Wybie (one of the main characters in the movie) isn’t there at all, neither is the doll with the button eyes. The story is fundamentally the same. It just lacks a lot of the color and depth the movie had.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. The book is only 160 pages (about 30,000 words) long, which I feel is really short. My 12-year-old son agreed. He does still plan to read it, despite or maybe because of the shortness of it.

I don’t want to say I’m disappointed because I did like it, and Gaiman is still one of my top 5 favorite authors. This just wasn’t my favorite work of his.

 

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Ladies of Hollywood

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Okay, I know this news thing is kind of old, but my annoyance has been eating away at me for a while and I want to post about it, so I am.

Earlier this month, Dakota Johnson commented on ageism in Hollywood, asking why her mother (Melanie Griffith) and her grandmother (Tippi Hedren) can’t get roles in Hollywood, that they’re great actresses, etc. I don’t doubt their acting ability, and I don’t doubt the claim of ageism.

I even believe this bit that Dakota supposedly said – “No matter how tough you are, sometimes there’s the feeling of not being wanted. It’s absurd and cut-throat.”

What I don’t get is why these skilled ladies with fantastic resources sit around and wait for someone to hand them something. Seriously, if no one offers you a role, make one for yourself.

Hell, these days, there are kids with webcams slapping stuff up on youtube and making fairly large amounts of money. And most of them don’t have rich, artsy friends.

So here’s my unsolicited advice to the ladies who feel undervalued. Don’t talk about the problem and hope that things might eventually change. Get off your butt.

Team up with your undervalued lady writer friend, your undervalued lady director friend, and your undervalued lady actor friends and make something real. Pool your resources, because together, you are stronger than the people who disregard you.

Make an indie film. Slap it up on the internet if you have to. The internet is free worldwide distribution, baby.

I will also mention that my writing services are almost always available, and my older lady characters kick ass in their own unique ways.

Here’s the link to the article.

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jan/05/dakota-johnson-brutal-hollywood-ageism-fifty-shades-of-grey-melanie-griffith-tippi-hedren