Thursday, December 16, 2010

Love to Hate Me

Well hello there, my name is Eclipso and I'm the craziest SOB round these parts. The court jester look is just a front, because everyone expects clowns like that to be crazy anyway, so they won't suspect a thing.

Here's another mugshot of crazy, in case you didn't get it the first time.

My best MJ impression. Got one of the best articulated bodies this side of Wave 13. Will try to possess some of the newer double jointed citizens of the DC Universe, all the better to perpetuate some dastardly deeds.

No comment on the unflattering angle. No comment you hear me?!

Don't need double joints to pull some stuff off. Having near-unhindered articulation is pretty bad-ass.

Ah, another clown jester wants in on the act!

Don't look around...

Okay I lied, I wanted you to look, some sweet chin music for you?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A wall of text

Not in the mood to take photos today, although I just got a shitload of new camera accessories which ultimately be put to good use. Just thought I'd give some exposition on why we (geeks/collectors/overgrown kids) do what we do, and why we're willing to spend time and money on it. And lucky hobos like Lemonjuice actually make some dough out of this only to blow it all on a filthy laundry list of vices...

I'd like to think that we people (why does that sound so accusatory :p ) are in touch with our formative years, and attempting to relive our childhood. That's not a bad thing considering how messed up adult life can be! In fact we're definitely exceeding and going further than we ever went as kids, shelves upon shelves of comics/figures can attest to that! And apart from spending more than any good kid should, we're alot more capable of appreciating and understanding what exactly we're paying for. Knowing the motivations and workings of the comic, toy and pop culture industry is fun. It could be useless knowledge, but since when does fun stuff have to be useful :p

Actually I feel like taking some photos now so this turned out alot shorter than I expected (is that what she said?). This wall of text turned out to be a low ledge if anything. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Of Good Deals

(This post be devoid of pictures, sorry!)

Managed to snag a comic Steppenwolf - the green one, at a local department store for S$16 (about US$12) because he was wrongly labelled with the wrong price. Pretty pleased but not quite sure how to photograph him; green and yellow is a strange combination indeed. I don't think he has the gravitas or presence as seen in the Superman shots, and his witch-y hat looks quite goofy. Maybe I could do some comic shots instead, any suggestions? The accessories are pretty neat though, maybe they'll be more useful than the figure itself.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Man of Steel

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive (do they still use those?) and one of the most recognised icons in pop culture, its good ol' Superman! There's not much more I can add that hasn't already been discussed to Kingdom Come and back on Kal-El, so I'll just talk about the character the way I perceived him over the years.

Truth be told my exposure to comic book characters wasn't really through comic books. Television did the trick mostly, and I distinctly remember fleeting moments of the Superman films as well as being informed that Christopher Reeves had suffered his paralysing accident. Till today, Reeves was probably the best Supes ever. No one could touch him. Probably no one ever will!

Later on, the live-action show with Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher was probably my longest sustained exposure to the Superman mythos. Goody-two-shoes alter ego hiding a the Superman really resounded with me and presumably every fan at the time, we could pretend that some part of lives resembled fiction - being Clark Kent of course, hearing stories of kids killing themselves trying to fly put paid to any suggestion of embarking on a superhero career!

After Dean Cain's run as Superman ended it was pretty much a dry spell for years and years. Every now and then Superman would make it to the news, due in no small part to the publicity gimmicks used in the 90s like the death of Superman, his successors, new costumes blah blah. Looking back, the effect of the 90s was pretty consistent across comics in that it was too over-the-top in trying to jive with all the fancy new-age nonsense. Superman is blue, red and yellow. Simple as that. Anything else would be travesty.

Smallville (the TV series) brought a whole new legion of fans, including me, back to the fold. And it actually did it on the strength of its storytelling and performances rather than clinging onto the Superman mythos and milking it dry as I expected it to be. Smallville did great with likeable characters, hateable characters and the high school shenanigans popular in the 2000s. My interest tailed off after awhile though, probably because Marvel was taking over the silver screen at around that time too.

I didn't catch the 2006 film and I hear I didn't miss out on a whole lot, here's hoping that the next installment of the franchise does a Batman Begins and not a Daredevil/Ghost Rider/any trainwreck comic film.

Not much more to add, except enjoy the pictures! It was fun taking these, Supes is pretty easy to photograph, the DCSH headsculpt has pretty good definition and the iconic colourblocking on the costume is recognisable even if the colours are changed, all in all, a great subject to work on!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Sneak Peek

It has to begin somewhere

Irregularly updated, so the name says. That's the way it is folks, a serving of interesting information that under no circumstances adheres to any semblance of continuity or scheduling. Expect updates to come when-they're-done, when I have time for this. You have been warned!