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Posted 8 December, 2008 - 17:43 by EVA_Unit_4A

Sad news today as Forrest J. Ackerman has passed away at age 92 at his home in LA. "Uncle Forry" as he was known may have been the biggest collector of us all. Besides being the publisher of the legendary "Famous Monsters Of Filmland" and the man who discovered Ray Bradbury, he had one of the greatest horror and sci-fi collections on the planet and would routinely open up his house to visitors who wanted to see his it. I know it was always a great treat for monster collectors to get to visit the "Ackermansion" and I regret that I never did.

Forrest J. Ackerman inducted into Horror Hall Of Fame

It's strange to admit, but even as a longtime horror and monster fan, I never actually read Famous Monsters Of Filmland. I got started in it during the 80s and at that time Fangoria was all rage. In recent weeks, as it's become more apparent that the end was near, many people have written to Forry personally as well as shared their experiences and remembrances amongst themselves. I've felt a bit left out in that I really had nothing to contribute. I never read the magazine, didn't see the collection and hadn't met the man. But on a site dedicated to collecting, I think it's important to note his passing. And hopefully in so doing, I can introduce him and his contributions to others like me who didn't know him as well as we should have and honor his legacy in the process.

Posted 5 December, 2008 - 17:45 by NekroDave

I love Plaid Stallions. It's such a fantastic blog, each day is a trip back into my childhood. Today they had a great sale ad from JC Penney.. from 1978. This takes me back to a happier time...


Image via Plaid Stallions

How old were you in '78? I was FIVE.

Posted 1 December, 2008 - 14:14 by JoshB

I think I taste something nasty in my mouth...

Posted 27 November, 2008 - 23:35 by EVA_Unit_4A

Yes, I had a nice time at the wedding, and yes I did survive the two plane trips needed to get there and back again. (The return trip was probably the best flight I've ever had!) It was nice to see the extended family back there after nine years too.

'Nuff of that now.

Posted 24 November, 2008 - 23:16 by EVA_Unit_4A

So I just got back from seeing Twilight. In case you live in a cage, Twilight is the new book sensation. It's what Harry Potter fans are now reading now that their hormones have kicked in. I've heard the books are pretty good (comparatively speaking) and to me anything that gets kids reading is a great idea.

But I have to tell you, the movie sucks balls.

Spoilers within.....

Posted 21 November, 2008 - 23:13 by JoshB

You know, sometimes we lose sight of what the true purpose of toys are, and how some companies are really in touch with that.

I just read this article on CNN:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/11/20/autism.fire.hotwheels/index.html?iref=mpstoryview

"(CNN) -- After the fire, all that was left of Jonathan Reyes' massive Hot Wheels collection was a piece of metal that once was part of a toy car.
Jonathan Reyes shows off his new Hot Wheels cars sent by Mattel after they heard his own toys were lost in a fire.

But on Wednesday, the arrival of two cardboard boxes at his grandparents' house sent 7-year-old Jonathan flying to the door, said his mother, Jan Reyes.

Mattel, the company that makes Hot Wheels, sent racetracks, play sets, stickers, folders, T-shirts, hats and hundreds of toy cars.

"He was speechless," Reyes said. "He didn't say anything. He just smiled. He opened it up. It was like Christmas. All of us were bawling, crying. He was so happy."

Posted 21 November, 2008 - 11:17 by JoshB

Well, I'm gonna be attending a cousin's wedding in Illinois this weekend.

Why am I telling you this? Because blogs are supposed to detail my daily life, of course!

...or are they?

Posted 20 November, 2008 - 15:23 by EVA_Unit_4A

Greetings true believers and visitors, to the first blog by the AWOL Gundam Guy. At this time I would like to formally apologize for my disappearance from CDX after my last reviews and commentary from the podcasts promising reviews of other Gundams. Truth be told I did beging writing reviews, but some computer errors on my part lost what I was writing and on the model front I have been lacking in the proverbial things to write about in general. When I talk about my hobby to some of my local readers, I tell them that the closest hobby shop is a UPS truck and four shipping days away. Now some of you may have been wondering, Where have I been? To that I suppose a little exposition is on order.

Amidst the not so chaotic days, I have been preoccupied with the daily operations and management of my family's farm in Hahira, GA. For those looking on Google Maps, Hahira is that little spec in the northern edge of the boot shaped Lowndes County. Sports fans will know that Lowndes County was awarded "TITLE TOWN" for the past year, and unfortunately Valdosta's let its fame go to its head. Now if only that fame would let us get a real anime/hobby store.

Posted 20 November, 2008 - 11:03 by Gunpla Rob

Saw this on BoingBoing

"From Hell

It's hard to think of an office-based comedy more different from The Office than this. Graham Linehan's absurdist sitcom feels nearer in spirit to The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin: off in a mad world of its own, yet uncomfortably familiar, even at its maddest. The IT Crowd even used to have its own "CJ"-type figure in Denholm Reynholm, the overbearing boss of Reynholm Industries played by Chris Morris. Although Reynholm jumped out of a high window in the last series, his playboy son Douglas (Matt Berry) shows every sign of carrying on the family name (plundering the pension fund, putting flakes of gold in the drinking water, etc) and more or less takes over tonight's very funny opening episode. That leaves our IT-department trio of geeky Moss, lazy Roy and uptight Jen slightly overshadowed. But the sweet scene where Moss and Roy try some role-play to help Moss deal with park bullies just about makes up for it. "

Posted 19 November, 2008 - 09:17 by JoshB

Perhaps the point of a blog is to explore me rather than the products I review...

...or am I wrong? (I don't know- I've never done a blog before!)

Many of you who may be wondering what the hell I've been doing this fall. Here's what's up as far as my reviews go- keeping in mind that money is tight as ever, as we all know:

Posted 19 November, 2008 - 05:58 by EVA_Unit_4A
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