Note: When Pirates of the Spanish Main was released in 2004, I was super-excited by it. Not only was it centered on pirate ships and other sailing vessels , it scratched that model-making itch by giving players cards to punch out so you could build the ships yourself. The game mechanics made for fast-paced, table-top play with easy movement, but more importantly provided what players really wanted — an easy way to pretend to blow the hell out of each other with booming cannons. Sadly, the model boat version was discontinued after a few years, and then later relaunched as a card-only game.
And hey, kids! Did you know the USS Constitution is a real ship? And a pretty famous one, at that. I got to see her during a trip to Boston, and I’d recommend it if you ever have the chance to take a look at Old Ironsides yourself. (If you just can’t wait, there’s a virtual tour available, too.)
Note: It’s hard to tell without any scale reference, but this is one of the smallest figures I have, coming in at around 1.25 inches.
Superman action figure (with arm-raising action) Acquired: Unknown (possibly a gift)
Note: How else would I start the new year?! Bonus points to anyone who can name where the background image comes from.
It’s a little early (for once), but if I don’t see you before then …
MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND ALL THE BEST IN THE NEW YEAR!
Wampa action figure (from the original The Empire Strikes Back toy line by Kenner) Acquired: childhood
Note: This triceratop sits on my desk and actually represents my wife’s favorite dinosaur; a bright yellow version of an ankylosaur (my favorite) prowls her desk.
Dwarf RPG miniature (hand-painted pewter) Acquired: Dragon’s Lair Comics & Fantasy (Austin, TX)
Note: This was the first mini I painted myself, and I’m still kind of proud of the finished product. It also represents one of my favorite D&D characters — Dolomi, son of Dolor, whose skill at the forge was matched only by the power of his mighty axe.