FINALLY. IT HAS ONLY BEEN TEN YEARS, WTF. To be fair, I could’ve had it a couple times before, had I been willing to pay $25-30 for a fucking magazine. (I’m crazy, I ain’t that kind of crazy.) But I persevered! And lo, she is MIIIIIIIIINE!
Talking ’bout my giiiirl (my girl)!
The Michelle Branch variant cover of the September 2002 issue of Blender Magazine (may it rest in peace). It is my grail of magazines, and I got it for a touch under $8, including shipping. Take that, bastard resellers! Its in really good condition, too, I’m impressed. I’ve had brand new issues of magazines arrive in worse condition, so the fact that it came to its original owner safely, and they took care of it, and the subscription label left only mild discoloring makes me really happy. I have her, I have her! *dances, jives*
Now if only I could have this kind of luck with some of my other grails….
My brain keeps looking at the fact that the headline on Bieber fainting is followed four lines later with a headline on Kelly Osbourne fainting and going, “heeee, proof he’s a giiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirl.” I think the Tylenol PM I took when I went to bed is still having an effect on me.
……don’t get me wrong, Bieber’s totally a girl. My brain just doesn’t usually drag out syllables for shit it doesn’t even like. :p
For Christmas, I got Tonner‘s 13″ Black Canary doll (because my mother is awesome). And because a couple (few?) years ago, I got the Barbie version for my birthday, I decided to take some comparison pictures. I am dork, hear me flail.
Gee. I wonder which one is more expensive.
I put the Babs version on a spare Tonner stand, so that they’d be standing on equal footing…and yeah, that’s pretty much the only place they are going to be equal. Seriously, even with the stand, Barbie Canary can’t stand up straight.
She took standing lessons from Jack Sparrow.
Like, seriously, I think she’s actually pulling the rod out of the base, she’s listing so bad. WTF? Not standing on your own, I get, and yes, the stand is too tall for her, it kind of goes around her ribcage instead of her waist, but it should still be keeping her relatively upright. It does make for a nice confrontation pose, though….
Now, I try not to compare the “style” of them too much, as Mattel clearly went for a more modern Canary, and Tonner went classic for their BC dolls (except The Blond Bombshell). But the quality level, and the choices they made in getting their looks across, that’s something else. Like the gloves.
I know you’re looking at Dinah’s cleavage, you perv.
I’m sorry, I meant “gloves.” Mattel just cast a black hand, and the gold detail, which is supposed to be on the back of the glove, is actually on her jacket. I wouldn’t have minded the black hand, except that they used the regular mold. Which means her “glove” has fingernails. Yeah. Tonner went with the fingerless handwarmer look, which does tend to move around as you pose her, but I personally think it just works better.
You put your left foot in, and you shake it all about…
Mattel wins a couple points on the boots, in that A) they came on the doll, rather than having to be fought into place, and B) they are boots Canary has actually worn. Seriously, if BC ever sported those thigh-high lace-up fuckers, feel free to correct me, I just don’t remember it. That being said….the Tonner boots actually fit. I dunno, maybe its the gold plastic detail that keeps the Barbie boots from going on properly. They look like they should fit, they just don’t. (This is, probably, why the poor girl can’t stand properly.) Plus, the Tonner boots are just fucking badass. The whole doll is badass.
Go away, kid, you bother me.
Really, I still like the Barbie Canary. She just…seemed so much cooler before I got the Tonner version. *lol*
Holy crow! You mean I don’t agree with the guy who thinks that women need strange men to make their decisions for them and that whether or not you deserve to be treated like a person depends entirely on what genitals you like to play with? THAT IS SO CRAZY!
I am shocked, I tell you. Shocked.
I actually am a little surprised by how high my % with Obama was, but given that I don’t know how to fix the goddamn economy either, and my biggest problem with him is that whole mandatory health insurance thing (if I could afford insurance, I would have it, but I can’t, and I don’t feel I should be penalized for that, but hey, the penalty is still more “affordable” than the insurance, so…there’s that, I guess?), I guess its not really that surprising.
Also not surprising? Being trapped indoors by Tropical Storm Sandy has made me so bored that I am taking fucking political quizzes. Shoot me, stuff me, mount me.
Currently on the second day of a bad-ish headache. Between the pain and the meds and the fact that the Tylenol PM knocked me out for 12 hours, my brain feels like a slab of mud.
Seriously, all I’m doing is looking at Batgirl dolls and playing Facebook games, and I still find myself zoning out. Staring blankly, not really seeing anything, not a damn thought in my head. There are times when I would love that kind of thing, but right now I’d just like to be able to form a whole thought without my brain just trailing off into a fugue state.
You don’t want to know how long its taken me to write this.
Later, if my head feels up to it and I can get my fucking brain to function long enough, I am totally making chocolate crescents. IF. Because the way I’m going right now, I wouldn’t even recognize the beep of the timer. Fucking hell, man.
I’ve kind of been hoping Tonner would do some more of their 13-inch superhero dolls. I’m not sure they will, because I don’t think they sold all that well. Mostly because they were pretty much the same price as the larger dolls, and with only two exceptions — Catwoman, who had a new costume, and Artemis, who was an NYCC exclusive — you could get that same character four inches taller, in the same costume, but with a unique face sculpt (and, in the case of Supergirl and Wonder Woman, without the goddamn glitter).
Don’t get me wrong, I like the “Heroine” face sculpt, and I think they did a good job of giving them different feels with just different face paints, but the smaller scale are inferior all around, and they tend to come within $10 of their larger counterpart. Tonner makes beautiful, quality dolls, but there’s something wrong with that pricing system.
And I think that’s why the 13″ heroes didn’t sell as well, and why most of them wound up going on sale, some to an extreme degree. The 13″ Supes and Wondie I got for my birthday were originally $140 each. Mom was able to get them at Tonner’s virtual warehouse sale for $25 each. Black Canary was $150, and in the end they marked her down to $90. I still want to get her, actually, but she finally sold out, so she’s going to have to be an eBay find.
And I still hope they do more. I hope they do Batgirl, because they did WW 16 fucking times, and they’ve only done Bats twice. I would love if they did Hawkgirl. They’ve only done her once, and she almost never shows up for resale, and when she does people want $300. Sometimes without even the box. Huntress was also only done once, and never shows up for resale. They could do mini versions of the Titans girls! Or do someone new! Stargirl! Iolande from the Green Lantern Corps! Batwoman. The new female Question, that would be fantastic, and they could even do a special con-exclusive duo pack with Batwoman. God, do a villain. 16 damn WWs, how about a Cheetah? Or a Poison Ivy that doesn’t look depressed? HOW ABOUT SOME 13″ MARVEL CHARACTERS, WITH THEIR OWN MARVEL FACE SCULPT?
Its either that or I’m gonna have to start getting their 13″ fashion dolls and customizing those bitches. At this rate it might be quicker, and it would sure as hell be cheaper.