Wednesday, May 08, 2013

GREAT GEEK GORGE #8: Eating Katy Perry, Chiller Theatre, and 12" Action Dolls!

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Welcome to the long winded 8th edition of Great Geek Gorge. This where I spew about some of the crap I bought or consumed recently and throw it all into one very random post. Today we'll look at a new snack, some giant action figures, and some hot zombie mermaids.
 
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Katy Perry's Kettle Corn Pop Chips

The thought of eating Katy Perry's...chips...appeals to me. Like many of you, I also easily fall prey to product tie-ins. If Katy Perry was on the carton of Eggland's Best, or growing her own line of organic watermelons (Katy's watermelon's...), or even a Campbell's soup tie-in (Katy's Clam Chowder), I'd be on line at the store as soon as they are released. You can see how it makes food more appealing. When I was a kid and went grocery shopping with my mom, anytime I saw Batman or Superman on the label of a peanut butter container, I nearly went into convulsions. Had to have it. Not much has changed.

Normally, I enjoy Pop Chips. They are a lighter alternative to other types of chips, but I can't say I buy them often though because they seem pricey for a bag filled with air and just a few chips at the bottom. Hands down my favorite flavor is Barbecue - I could polish off a regular sized bag in no time. So when I saw a display of Katy Perry in Quick Check advertising her new Pop Chips flavor, it was obvious I went into my usual "buy two" mode. After tasting them I was disappointed that the Kettle Corn flavor wasn't prominent enough. I don't know if that means they weren't sweet enough or what, but I will tell you that I don't think it was necessary to make chips in the flavor of kettle corn when you can just buy a bag of actual kettle corn and bypass any possible disappointment. It's like ordering steak-flavored chicken at a steakhouse. Katy should've just created her own candy line instead.

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Chiller Theater Expo - April 26th, 2013
 
Usually I find a few cool things at the Chiller Theater Expo here in N.J to share with you and the Spring 2013 installment yielded a couple of worthy items. A few weeks back, the pop culture and toy convention took over the castle themed Sheraton in Parsippany, NJ. Sure, the guest signings are great, but my favorite part is always the dealer rooms. Even though the rooms get a bit cramped, they are chock full of stuff that you can't find anywhere else.

First I ran into my buddy Jessica Rajs from Gorgeous and Gory. Each year, Jess and her crew create a fantastic calendar featuring zombified pinup models. This year's theme is mermaids. The photography and effects are incredible and the makeup is superb, so head over to Gorgeous and Gory to get one for yourself!

Cookie's art. kicks. ass. Cookie's own brand of art is inspired by punk rock and horror and is aptly named Rock and Roll Art School. I wasn't familiar with Cookie before the last Chiller, but that's the beauty of the event. I was walking around the dealer room and anytime I see neon colors or Lily Munster I stop right in my tracks. I'm easily distracted so this brightly colored painting of Lily was screaming for me to buy it, and I replied out loud immediately, "You don't have to scream at me neaon Lily, you had me at "Ohhh Herman." Check out Cookie's collection of vibrant monster and tattoo art for sale at his Etsy shop! http://www.etsy.com/shop/RockNRollArtSchool

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WB Store 12" DC Super Heroes Batman Figure - now with BONUS extraneous backstory!

Lately I've been on a kick of larger sized action figures - which are actually more like dolls. Obviously many male collectors don't want to admit that they own dolls, and I will only admit it if it seriously reminds me of a freaking doll. If it's 6" inches tall or smaller and is made of plastic, it's an action figure. Any bigger than that then the figure/doll war rages on.

Growing up, I had no use for any figure larger than my Kenner Super Powers or Star Wars figures. They were perfectly sized and very easy to collect. I came to the party a little late for the '70s Mego phase, so the larger sized action-doll type figures (satisfying everyone, see?) with changeable clothes never appealed to me, and they really still don't. I'm talking about these 12"-14" monstrous sized plastic and vinyl figures. I always used to wonder why these giant collectibles were even getting made and I also wondered who was actually buying them since they seemed to sit on the shelves forever when I was a kid. For some reason though, within the past year or so, I've been having these urges to own several key figures of this size. If you ask me what my inspiration is, I can't even tell you because I have absolutely no clue what brought this on. I only recently found out about the re-release of the 12" Star Wars figures, but I am not going to let myself fall into that Sarlaac Pit of collecting. Maybe the culprit was when I picked up those 10" Dark Knight Rises Batman and Bane figures? Now just stop it Jay. We can't keep this going or I'm going to have to buy another place just for my toys.

Let me take you back to when I could care less about figures of this size. When the mall was the place to be, before eBay and Amazon became one of my favorite past times, I actually used to go to the mall with my friends. Yes, we physically ventured out of the house and into a place where you could put one foot in front of the other and transport yourself from store to store. Novel idea right? Many times we walked to the two nearby malls, (ahh we used to have so much ambition, right?) other times we got dropped off by our parents. Much like Shannon in Mallrats, I too used to have a shopping agenda, and much like Brody in Mallrats, I was there for comics.

The two malls in my vicinity no longer even have comic book shops, but back in the day there were a couple that I frequented like Heroes World and Comic Attitudes, among others. In addition to the comic shops, I always had to stop at music stores like Record Town and Sam Goody, and eventually I'd start browsing videos at Suncoast Motion Picture Company. There was also the Warner Brothers Studio Store which usually came through with some cool DC Super Hero swag that you couldn't find anywhere else.

That was a long journey just to tell you that I found a badass black 12" Batman figure at Chiller. This particular figure/doll is one I hadn't seen since my days of actually walking around the mall. I was able to knock the price down enough and brought it home. I felt like this was a good score since this specific line is pretty scarce, even on eBay. And now I find myself on a quest for a few of his peeps so he has someone to hang out with. The funny part about this line of DC Superheroes is that when they were on the shelves it was like they didn't exist to me. I hated every aspect of oversized figures. Now, I'm obsessed with the idea. Funny how things change in some respects, but I'm still such an easy target for slapping Katy Perry on a bag of chips as if I was a 7 year old girl.

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