ICYMI: it’s your Saturday content recap! Because this still confuses the hell out of me.
Blog: I wrote about the in-between, and all the things connected to it
Toys!: Hey! Sometimes I also write about fun stuff!
Column: I wrote about bromance, masculinity, and the love song of Sherlock and John
Blogging the Next Generation: "Power Play," from TNG’s fifth season
Podcast: We did a potpourri show on Mamo #337
The Conversation: I saw Cronenbortensen! And it made me think about blocking.
All this and more can be found at tederick.com.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN YOUR PETER CAPALDI DOCTOR WHO ACTION FIGURE
Once a year I look at my favourite toys from the preceding year. When I stopped buying a bunch of toys annually, and kept it to a relative handful (no wait: an actual handful!), this started getting less of a “top ___ list” and more of a “here’s what I did” list. Still, I’ve ranked them in order of awesomeness, because toys are awesome. There’s even a bit of psychological justification below, for those of you shaking your heads and wondering what my mother did wrong.
#1: Hot Toys MMS 188 The Dark Knight Rises Selina Kyle
It’s kind of a pick-‘ems in the top slots here but I think Catwoman edges out Loki by a nose. (She has a lovely one.) This must be the only instance of rooted hair in my whole collection, which is (admittedly) a bit funky and will probably only become funkier over time. But Selina is blessed by the presence of her fancy eyewear and goggles, which do a good job of keeping those runaway locks clamped down; and the Anne Hathaway sculpt is fucking phenomenal. The only real problem is the price point, which is becoming Hot Toys’ major problem anyway. I think I paid $240 here? For a figure with a single accessory (Bat-pod not included)? That’s way on the high side. For comparison, the identically-equipped Black Widow from Iron Man 2 ran $140, just three years ago.Read more
Architecture Studio, a new set from Lego, comes with 1,210 white and translucent bricks. More notable is what it lacks: namely, instructions for any single thing you’re supposed to build with it. Instead, the kit is accompanied by a thick, 277-page guidebook filled with architectural concepts and building techniques alongside real world insights from prominent architecture studios from around the globe. In other words, this box o’ bricks is a little different. Where past Lego products might have had the happy ancillary effect of nurturing youngsters’ interest in architecture, here, that’s the entire point.
Seventy-three different kinds of bricks are included in the set. But bricks are easy to find. It’s the guidebook that’s truly new. Its pages offer accessible overviews of basic architectural concepts, along with illustrated exercises for exploring them in Lego form. Pages on negative space and interior sections, for example, encourage budding builders to think not only about how their miniature creations look from the outside but also in terms of what sorts of spaces they contain within them.
These were brilliant action figures for their era. Marginally too large and the rubber clothing elements tended to give way over time, but gorgeous designs and unbelievable articulation. And only Shu Lien came with the Green Destiny. :)
“Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra.”
Rebounding significantly from the weak-ass season opener, the second episode of Season Five is one of my favourites of the year. “Darmok” is built around a concept so brilliant it almost renders itself unworkable: a race of people who speak only in metaphor. It’s a lovely idea, but once thought up, it has to be made to work by the writers and the actors. Once you get the gist of what the Tamarians are saying, you realize pretty quickly that their metaphorical alphabet is so rudimentary that their speech would be the equivalent of you or I saying “Fight! Leave! Failure!” to each other in place of whole statements. But I’m willing to give “Darmok” the free pass, because it’s such a grand notion in the first place, and the interpersonal drama on the planet is so expertly played by its leads, Patrick Stewart and Paul Winfield.Read more