Scifi advent calendar: day 9

IMG_0652.JPGSideshow Collectibles Batman and Joker busts- Scifi hubby’s favourite items this year. Or at least the ones that caused the most hassle.

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Can a whisk create the Joker or does it take a toaster?

I love baking but don’t often get a chance. However I really fancied golden syrup pudding last week so ended up making one. As I whisked the ingredients together using a really old electric hand whisk that I inherited from my Granny the whisk started to make awful grinding noises. I got the cake made and in the oven and asked Scifi hubby to have a look at the whisk to see if he could fix it.

Fast forward a week and Scifi hubby proudly shows me a fixed whisk. Fantastic until it becomes obvious he really liked the golden syrup pudding and had fixed the whisk in the hope I would make it again. So, for the second Sunday in a row I’m in the kitchen making cake. I turn the whisk on and start whisking the cake and suddenly, Scifi hubby runs into the kitchen at high speed to peer intently over my shoulder.

Turns out he had tested the whisk but not actually with the ‘blades’ on and had sudden images of me being electrocuted by the whisk. Apparently this would be bad enough but could turn him into the Joker as well which would either be a disaster or fantastic I’m not sure exactly which. As I rolled around laughing at him he tried to explain, in absolute seriousness, that one of the things that sent the Joker over the edge into madness was the death of his pregnant wife caused by a faulty toaster. I think he had visions of ‘history’ repeating itself and him becoming one of the greatest super villains of all time.

We wouldn’t want to risk him ending up in Arkham Asylum now would we? So maybe I should stay away from all electrical kitchen appliances for a few weeks – Scifi hubby can make the tea for a while.

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The Killing Joke – the Batman book with the Joker’s backstory and wife

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The Joker’s wife, Jeannie, before she was attacked by a toaster

How much is a piece of plastic worth?

We have a lot of plastic in our house. In fact I think we are probably solely responsible for the profits of the plastics companies. If our house was ever to catch fire I imagine that the environment agency would issue a health warning to nearby residents to stay indoors to avoid the plumes of toxic plastic smoke.

The one advantage of plastic toys is that they are usually just that – toys. They are sold in toy shops and supermarkets and usually very cheap. Ok we have to go through the rigmarole of finding the correct one, picking the one with the most perfect packaging, stopping the checkout assistant simply bashing them together into a bag and then get them home in one piece. Ok Scifi hubby never opens the packaging and they live in stacks in his room. But plastic has the advantage that its cheap. Given the quantity that Scifi hubby buys this is a GOOD THING!

Some of the toy companies have always made collectors editions and we have a range of twelve inch Star Wars and Batman toys, but even the most expensive of these usually only cost £20-30. However, there’s now a few companies starting to make ‘toys’ specifically for the collectors market. They used to focus on statues but recently have started to produce plastic toys too. I can just about understand paying over £100 for a statue, after all they will last forever – assuming they don’t get dropped. I’m still not convinced that paying that kind of money for a plastic ‘toy’ is a good idea.

Luckily Scifi hubby agrees with me – or at least he did until Sideshow Collectibles announced their new Joker ‘collectible’. I admit it’s a good looking toy. Possibly one of the nicest I’ve seen. With a whole fabric wardrobe – yes Scifi hubby gets to play at dress up 🙂 But really $190? For plastic!

The other annoying thing about these ‘toys’ is that there are only a limited number produced, and the first hundred usually come with something extra special in this case a pair of fish shaped guns (yes really). This brings a pressure to decide very quickly if you will buy it or not. They announce the figure and give pictures weeks before but you don’t know the price until the second that it goes on sale, and they usually sell out in minutes. This really doesn’t help my argument. It also doesn’t help that they are already for sale on eBay at much higher prices, even though they won’t be delivered until September.

Suffice to say that come September we will be the proud owners of a plastic, Sideshow exclusive edition, sixth scale figure, Joker. Oh and it still hasn’t actually sold out.

20130203-130414.jpgI once came home to find Scifi hubby washing his original plastic Star Wars toys in the sink as they had sweated in the heat and needed cooling down I wonder if, in ten years time, I will come home to find him washing this one?

The collection grows again

Scifi and hubby and I have been together for over 14 years. In that time we’ve gone from skint students to skint newly-weds to to skint first time homeowners to, finally, having a little money to have some fun. Interestingly the amount of money we’ve had at any given time has been clear in what scifi hubby has added to his collection.

Years 1 – 5
Comics
Normal 3 1/4″ Star wars figures
A local comic con with the odd bit part person from Star Wars (Greedo)

Years 6 -9
All of the above plus:
Graphic novels
12″ figures
More Batman stuff and less Star Wars
Travelling further for comic cons around the country

Years 10 – 11
All of the above plus:
Hardback omnibus special edition books
New York Comic Con
Batman Black and White Statues
Original pieces of art

Year 12
All of the above plus:
Sideshow collectibles statues…

I’m told that Sideshow Collectibeles are THE statues to have and worth their ridiculous cost. I remain to be convinced about that but Scifi hubby is super excited that his first one has arrived. It’s partly how good it looks (and that I can agree with) and partly that we can at last afford to buy at least some of the things he’s always wanted.

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So the box arrived

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And the actual box

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And the insides

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And the statue itself

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Now we’ve just got to wait for his two friends to arrive.

And then see how many more SC decide to release – I don’t think the budget will stretch to the whole Batman universe or Justice League. Of course, we would have to win the lottery several times over to actually buy everything Scifi hubby would want. He’s currently ‘watching’ a life size Batman statue on eBay – keep dreaming babe… 🙂