Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Let's Talk Christmas Songs

Last year i posted my three favorite Christmas songs and since it's my Blog I'm going to do it again. Firstly is my favorite Christmas song ever. Another Lonely Christmas by Prince.
Only Prince could write a song about Christmas that includes Death, Pokeno betting, and Banana Daiquiris.

My second favorite Christmas song is Wham's Last Christmas.
In the late 80's i was Metal as fuck but boy i would have died for Georges hair. And how fun does this whole cabin-in-the-winter-awesome-sweaters-sexual-tension-ski trip look!

My third go-to Christmas song is The King singing Blue Christmas.

And lastly one of my all time favorite Christmas songs is Please Come Home For Christmas. Bon Jovi, The Eagles, Arron Neville, Mariah Carey, Jerry Reed have all tried their hand at this classic. Most with mixed results. I tend to enjoy Vonda Shepard's version at the moment but i also enjoyed Rollo's version on Cleveland Show.Rollo- Please Come Home For Christmas

Other Christmas stuff worth seeking out- Weezer released an E.P. of Christmas songs that is really good. They are all traditional songs like Hark the Angels Sing and Come All Ye Faithful just rocked out and surprisingly not in a Ironic-hipster way. Just faithful rock and roll recreations. Joey Ramone,Brenda Lee, Brian Setzer,Run DMC, and Kurtis Blow also have Christmas stuff worth checking out.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rocket Firing Boba Fett

Even though my hatred for George Lucas has put my Star Wars collecting on a kind of hiatus, Hasbro continues to put out top quality products making it hard for me to resist. Luckily my son is into Star Wars big time so my collecting bug can be sedated through him. Hasbro continues to release figures (both original trilogy AND prequel) on "vintage" cards. The last batch of Original trilogy were C3-PO, E.S.B. Leia, E.S.B. Luke, Dengar, and Vader.I had to get the Vader for nostalgia sake. On the vintage card back Vader it said Hasbro had a mail away for the Legendary Rocket Firing Boba Fett of my youth that never was.Let me explain.
 Before Empire Strikes Back came out Kenner had a mail away for a new character from the up coming film.He was named Boba Fett and the figure was to have a rocket firing back pack. So all us kids had our parents mail away our 5 U.P.C codes and we all waited patiently for this mysterious figure to show up in our mail boxes. During this wait time some kid shot his eye out with a Battlestar Galactica Cylon ship. Kenner freaked and before mailing the Fett figure they removed the spring fire action and permanently attached the Rocket. Rumors circulated that a few were mailed before the spring mechanism was removed. This made the figure all the more legandary. It has joined the ranks of the X-Rated C3-P0 trading card and the "Nipple" Padme (both of which i am the proud owner of. Hey, no one said being a nerd was glamorous)

Well some 30 years later and Hasbro has decided to right this wrong buy remaking this often called "Holy Grail" of Star Wars. I just got mine in the mail yesterday. (The following pictures are from the web, there is no way i am opening mine!)

 The real vintage one is one the left. The newer one is slightly bigger (to closer match the current line) but otherwise this figure is a faithfully created masterpiece. This picture doesn't do justice to how nice the colors pop.
On the right you can see he has the "firing" rocket in.Next to him is the a more vintage looking rocket that is static and doesn't shoot. I gotta tell ya i couldn't be happier with this figure. Thanks to Needless Things for some of the pics. Cool new Blog i just found and can't wait to read.
 This is mine. It even came in a sweet ass box!