So, in the spirit of this very real, totally not randomly assigned “holiday”, I decided it was high time to do something I’ve wanted to do for about 30 years. I decided I would finally play Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man for the Atari 2600.
That’s Brian Dobson, who voiced Skeletor in the 2002 CN Masters of the Universe series, and the great Alan Oppenheimer, who voiced Skeletor (and about half of the rest of the characters) in the original 80s series. They’re playing with figures of the characters they helped make famous (infamous?).
I got awarded an extremely important award for Outstanding Achievement in Excellence. Brikhaus nominated me, with others, for this Liebster Award thing. Here is what it means:
The Liebster Award is given to a blogger who has less than 200 followers. Liebster in German means “beloved, favorite, dearest.” The goal of the Liebster Award is the help new or growing blogs connect with other bloggers. It’s a good way for readers to discover new blogs.
At first, I thought I shouldn’t qualify because this December will be my 5 Year On-And-Off-Iversary, so I wouldn’t say my blog is “new”, and my promotion is non-existent and my posting schedule is practically pre-menopausal levels of erratic. I say that as a early-to-mid-30s man who knows nothing about menopause. But being a man, I must assume I know everything, and that it’s either erratic, non-dependable, or basically non-occuring, which is how I like to schedule my posts. So I wouldn’t call it growing, either.
Anyway, where was I going with that? Oh yeah. I probably shouldn’t qualify. But since this thing is asking me to talk about me, and talking about me is easy, because I’m me, and I know what I’m thinking, I figured fuck it. Let’s talk.
I find it incredibly funny how things work sometimes.
I’m not exactly sure how old Funko’s Pop! Vinyl Figure line has been going, but I can remember what I said the first time I ever saw one.
“That’s the stupidest fucking thing I think I’ve ever seen in my life.”
I was looking at a wall of Marvel and DC figures in Chibi form, with price tags in the $20 range. They were sitting next to a shelf of dusty looking bobble-heads. I noted this, because I thought next to shitty bobble-heads is exactly where this shitty set of Chibi Fantastic Four Folks belonged.
“You’ll never catch me buying one of those,” I said outloud to no one in particular. I like to talk to myself, because being a huge neckbearded mother fucker looking at a wall of old toys doesn’t make me seem creepy enough.
Last year, though, I discovered they were making a Masters of the Universe set in their line. I skimmed over a few articles on the subject. The line was going to consist of He-Man, Skeletor, Hordak, She-Ra and Beast Man. Nothing really shocking there, and I found myself giving only the smallest, casual sort of fuck about the line.
I never wrote about them, I never commented on them, I certainly never looked into what it would take to buy one of them.
So, how the fuck did I end up with one?
Bubbawheat, over at Flights, Tights and Movie Nights is running a little something called “The Comic Strip Double Dip Blogathon“. The idea is to get all us writey types to focus our creative energies on one specific topic. In this case, it’s exploring the performances of actors who have taken on more than one Comic Book inspired movie role. He put together a big list, making it easy to pick out a topic, and right around the middle of it, staring back at me was the perfect excuse to re-watch two movies I’ve been dying to revisit for years.
That’s right… Dolph Lundgren: Frank Castle/He-Man. Dolph plays Frank Castle in 1989’s The Punisher, and he plays He-Man in 1987’s Masters of the Universe. I’ve got a few thoughts about these movies in general before we delve deep into Dolph dichotomy discussion.
Both of these films are widely viewed as completely awful movies that don’t do any justice to their source material. Oddly, in both cases, I remember thinking that they were, in fact, widely underrated. On a more personal note, since I’m not a big Rocky fan (I like Rocky III, and acknowledge Rocky is something special), these two roles, for me, are Dolph’s defining roles. I mean, I can name at least two other non-Expendables titles he’s been in, but these two movies I remember as Dolph Lundgren movies.
So, without further ado… let us determine the answer to the age old question that no one has ever bothered to ask… “Who does Dolph Lundgren play better, He-man or Frank Castle?”
I know, I know, only a Sith deals in absolutes. Anyway, this is an obligatory end of the year post that’s a day late, because I never finish anything I start on time. This kind of stuff usually works best with bigger lists. Especially since I have such a hard time picking a best of/worst of anything. But I’m going to force myself to pick a best and worst, and a biggest surprise for each of the main media type things I consume regularly. For anyone just tuning in to my rants, that’s books, movies, video games, TV and toys. I like to leave music alone, because I just hate so goddamn much of it, and there really isn’t any good reason for it.
But that’s another rant. So… here we go with 2012 In Absolutes*.
*please keep in mind that I haven’t seen, played or read many things that were released this year. In regards to books, I haven’t read hardly anything at all that was released this year, so I’ll be dealing instead with the ones that I did indeed read, many of which were only really popularized this year because of movie tie-ins.
So almost 4 years ago, I made a post about a mind blowingly amazing new thing they were making. It was the beginning of the new Masters of the Universe Classics line. Available only through Mattel’s online Collector’s store, Matty Collector, I was pretty sure I’d never be able to get one. The price point was too high for me at the time. I was between credit cards, so buying online was a huge hassle. Since they were going to be a very limited run, I figured I would go without forever.