Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Olympic Report 2010

At first I was worried about the raunchy conditions, worries that were almost confirmed by the Men's Snowboard event. Then I realized that it was snowboarding, and that with snowboarding it's totally acceptable for Olympic calibur athletes to be flopping around on the course like drunks. Ah, Snowboarding... snObOardNING.... Skiing ...I'll never get it. Actually, this years Olympic coverage has warmed me up to Women's SNBX, were the athleticism seems to be in spades. Skicross didn't impress me either.

So this time around, Body Miller avoids the Beaster and comes through. I like the man, although I get the feeling he's that guy they're trying to represent in those MCDonald's commercials which claim that Olympic athletes are lining up for McNuggets.

The U.S. Women's Ski Team isn't being hurt so much by a supposed popularity contest as it is being hurt by sculpted eyebrows. I'm also not sure I should feel like I'm eavesdropping, in a reality TV kind of way, when a hopeful faces his/ her event standing, so I just leave the room. The microscope is what is stressing out the athletes.

So far I've enjoyed the coverage and events. Too bad the great conditions are in the east this year. I'll expect to find lots of newbies on the slopes in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Super Shogun Stormtrooper

Here's a little bit of super coolness to brighten up your day. This news is so awesome that it's become my sole purpose in life for the immediate future.

Super 7 has announced the Super Shogun Stormtrooper, a fine tribute to both George Lucas and Go Nagai, two creative luminaries from the '70's, operating on polar opposite sides of the world, forever dominating the imaginations of generations of children young and old. Whatever your leanings, this classic Shogun Warrior/Jumbo Machinder reworking has the confidence and style to stand proudly along side either Jumbo Kamen Rider or Kenner Bionic Big Foot. Maybe you like both types of toys; Super Shogun Stormtrooper is quite likely to mix it up a little so that things on the shelf could start to get freaky. The infamous "Toy Pirates" even went as far as to create a new website in his honor.

Is it normal to have a sexual response to a toy?

The blaster doesn't shoot red missles, which sucks, but it comes with a foil sticker sheet for the things belly!

All in all, Super Shogun Stormtrooper appears to be an instant classic, and even at $300 a pop, getting one is going to take some luck.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Doritos wins Best Superbowl Ad

An instant classic. Apparently there are "groups" out there that have a problem with this one, but I can't imagine how. Maybe there's too much truth to it, I don't know. I just love the kid.

Now, you know who I do NOT like? The fucking e*trade baby. That spot jumped the shark after the second or third entry, but people love it. I cannot understand the appeal of a narcissistic, gloating, philandering piece of shit yuppie, even in the form of an articulate baby. Maybe it's the articulate baby thing that bugs me, since that gag is ancient. In any case, I'm usually very thoughtful concerning the subject of abortion, but in e*trade baby's case I'm saying it's not too late. Anyone have a coat hanger? I would be happy to stomp the little prick's bourgeois head in myself. "Milkaholic?" No, a new low.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Kaiju brick-a-brack

The always entertaining Sci-Fi Japan has posted it's findings on the current state of collecting Bandai vinyl Godzilla toys. If you're into it, there aren't many surprises as you've probably been scooping up these things lately on the cheap. Not a good time to be speculating, that's for sure. In any case, it's good to see someone take another stab at the valuation of these somewhat obscure collectibles.

While I'm at it, here is a great spot currently running in Japan that highlights the fun of daikaiju eiga, which has dutifully posted on YouTube: