During one of our family vacation scheduled “free days,” my brother Tim and I decided to make a trip to famous St. Mark’s Comics in East Village. To be honest, it was a miracle that we finally found the establishment as we relied heavily on the New York Transit Systems’ free internet connection in order to access my mobile phone’s GPS and online maps.
Inside the premises
Once I entered St. Mark’s, I was informed by one of their attendants that I would need to leave my satchel behind a bookshelf/divider across the counter. I was hesitant at first as I had everything in there, but I eventually relented and pocketed the number tag they gave me.
Well, don’t worry, I’m not going to give anything substantial away.
But I will say this much, from the amount of mini figures at appeared on the big screen, I could almost imagine the powers that be over at Lego and DC Comics locking arms and literally doing the dance of joy. It was after all an instant merchandise bonanza and commercial success.
In the Lego Batman movie, Lego Batman has loads of Batsuit mini figures that is sure (you can take that to the bank) to be released sometime this year. And the Condiment King! I can’t wait for that one. But I digress, my point here is that under different circumstances, I would be a staunch opposed to variant Batmans. But somehow, this marketing gimmick seems to work in the Lego world.
With all this in mind, I decided to take a dip and purchase some of the Lego Batman Movie sets such as the Mr. Freeze Ice Attack (70901) and the Clayface Splat Attack (70904). It seems that everything is falling under the attack category these days. But seriously speaking, these are two of the cooler (pun intended) sets out there as they come with deluxe Lego figures in Mr. Freeze and Clayface.
Here is a time-lapse video of working on Clayface, Lego Batman, and Mayor McCaskill this afternoon. The whole thing took an estimated 1 hour and 28 minutes to complete.
The Lego Batman Movie: Clayface Splat Attack set comes with the aforementioned–and highly posable–Clayface figure (with interchangeable clay hammer arm); Lego Batman (with Batarang); and Mayor “Mariah Carey” McCaskill (with walkie-talkie).
For the last few years, those who have come to my clinic have seen this poster on my wall: Batman and Nightwing running in the rooftops of Gotham City.
The poster was inspired by the Batman (1940) #615 cover of superstar artist Jim Lee. Back in 2003 (or was it 2004), D.C. Comics marketed these Hush posters but not to long after–they stopped producing them for some reason.
To this day, I think D.C. Comics has yet to reissue them.
In its place will be a permanent wooden/glass display case that will be the future home of my art collection.
This year’s Christmas Toys & Collectibles Fair 2015 at the SM Megatrade Hall 2 ended up being a simple pick up run[i] unlike in year’s past. The lines on the last day were sparse–the likely result of rolling in a little past 10 am–and I wasn’t complaining. If you’ve had any experience in these types of events, you know the odds of being a sardine (you!) canned into a tin can are pretty high.
The Megatrade Hall eventually filled up, but by that time, I had made my rounds and was pretty much done. Highlights included a used Batman: Arkham Origins PlayStation 3 Collector’s Edition Joker statue (2013), a MIB Troop Car from Hasbro’s Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark line (2008), AND a vintage The Real Ghostbusters Fire House Headquarters play set (1987)!
All very nice and overpriced.
I didn’t go home empty handed as I managed to pick up 4 West Coast Avengers comic books at P30 each, three Heroclix game pieces (e.g., Hydra Agent H, Hydra Annhil-Agent, and Beastboy [Dolphin]), several old Marvel Comics trading cards (e.g., Famous Battles: Evolutionary War, US Agent, Blood Ties: US Agent, and the Cosmic Cube schematics card from the Iron Man 2 trading card line.), and a couple of 2011 Upper Deck Marvel Slingers (e.g., Ant-Man & Giant-Man).
[i] Pick up and run – Bought 17 issues of old Marvel and DC Comics from a local online site prior to the convention. Great way to get comics at a really good price! Practical too!
Now in its 8th year, the Hobbiworx and PinoyToyKolektor sponsored Collecticon has always–in my opinion–served as an appetizer for what is to come. An occasion wherein we can ‘whet our proverbial palette’ prior to the the yuletide season.
I have been going to the Collecticon for a number of years now and if there is one thing that I admire about it is its familiarity. At least for the last two conventions, almost all the stalls were in the exact location they were the year before. The merchandise however was another story as they were either exuberantly priced or left much to be desired.
On September 26, 2015, FullyBooked in Bonifacio High Street will be celebrating Batman’s 76th anniversary (and what I have come to understand is to be the official “Batman Day”), with acclaimed artist David Mack (Daredevil, Fight Club 2).
Mack, who extended his stay in Manila after the AsiaPOP Comicon last week, is set to do some live art as well as sign his book and several of his limited edition Batman prints. The event is slated to start at 2pm today.
In conjunction with the Batman Day event, FullyBooked is offering 20% in most of their selection. I also noticed several Batman tilted going for 50%.