December 1st, 2008


I are Zombie....

After a very poor night’s sleep I am flying on auto pilot today.

The last time I checked the clock this morning it read 01:38hrs.

I realised at this point that it was going to be largely pointless leaving the alarm set for 05:55hrs and reset it for 06:30hrs.

By my reckoning I had about four and half hours sleep at most last night.

I are zombie this morning.

Well maybe not zombie yet, but give me until 2 or maybe 3 o’clock and I’ll be well out of the game.

I think the main reason for my failure to get to sleep lay in that I had spent most of the afternoon in the loft trying to de-clutter the place. A while ago I reached a couple of conclusions. First that I simply didn’t have any more space in the house at all to store the stuff I hoard! And second much of the collectable stuff I have hoarded over the years is largely worthless. Sure there are some bits and pieces that might be worth a few quid if I could match them up with the right buyer but realistically, even relying on Ebay I will be lucky to recoup a fraction of the cost of the items. Part of the problem is that I tend to open the blister packaging on action figures which reduces the value to that of loose items. And the sort of stuff that I want shot of really doesn’t fetch much on Ebay (A dozen or so Playmates Simpsons figures, 1st Series of Metal Gear Solid Figures, 1st Clive Barkers Tortured Souls figures, and a load of early series McFarlane Spawn figures, 1st Series of Enterprise Figures and a few Away team Enterprise figures).

These aren’t going to fetch more than a couple at best and things like the early Spawn figs probably wouldn’t even sell.

Then you have the complete, or near complete collections that I want to keep, most of which are in their original (but opened) packaging:

Hasbro Star Wars figure 1995 – 2008
(600+ 33/4 inch figures + 200+12” figures)
Playmates Star Trek 1992 – 2000
(200/250ish 5” & 9” Figures playsets and ships)
Toy Biz Lord Of the Rings 2001-2006
(150+ figures incl boxsets)
NECA Nightmare Before Christmas Figures
(34+Figures and boxsets)
Palisades Muppets
(50 + figures and Playsets)
Dragon 12” Military Figures WWII, and Modern Forces 1998-2003/4
(100+ figures)

Several boxes of shorter run action figure lines incl: Hellraiser series 1&3 Missing series 3 …[but it’s on ebay right now…tempted], Buffey the Vampire Slayer, Witchblade , Fathom etc, McFarlane Alien and predator lines, Movie maniacs, NECA Aliens, Mezco Hellboy, V for Vendetta, Labyrinth Black Hole, Dune and goodness knows what else…..)

Oh yeah…and all of Character Options 5” and 12” Doctor Who Figures – New and Classic Series …100+ ???

Excluding of course my complete set of vintage figures 1978 -1994 Star Wars figures….

That’s a lot of figures and I daren’t even think how much I spent putting such a collection together.

I love them for the sculpting the detail, that characterisation. Action figure to me have always been a bit like owning a little bit of a film. The collection arguably contains a significant proportion of some of the best sculpted figures produced over the last 20 years.

But I realise I can’t enjoy them while they are stuck in the loft….but I don’t know how I’m going to bring myself to prioritise what I get rid of and what I keep….

I also found a ton of comics which as I was thumbing through I felt regret that I hadn’t continued to collect. In particular Spawn, Whitchblade and a few other Image titles most from the early to mid 1990s up to 2001/2. I also found first editions of The Killing Joke and Gotham by Gas Light. Sadly I couldn’t find my 1987/88 Dark Knight…..

The loft also includes every issue of SFX, Space Voyager (remember that kids?!) Sci-Fi & Fantasy Modeller, Amazing Figure Modeller, Action figure Digest back to issue #4 , and boxfiles full of Trek and Star Wars Mags including a couple of Mint wrapped 1996 FHM mags (no prize for guessing the star on the cover if you’re over 30yrs +) ……

The house currently looks like someone nuked Forbidden Planet!

No wonder I couldn’t sleep last night

I think I may need help…
And I don’t just mean clearing up! …

(no subject)

Hmmmmmmmm I shall learn this by rote as it will come in usefull one day, when next confronted by a shiny fast streamer that thinks that management talk is big and clever:

I think we need to hit the ground running, keep our eye on the ball, and
make sure that we are singing off the same song sheet. At the end of the
day it is not a level playing field and the goal posts may move; if they
do, someone else may have to pick it up and run with it. We therefore must
have a golf bag of options hot-to-trot from the word 'go'. It is your train
set but we cannot afford to leave it on the back burner; we've got a lot of
irons in the fire, right now.

We will need to un-stick a few potential poo traps but it all depends on the
flash-to-bang time and fudge factor allowed. Things may end up slipping to
the left and, if they do, we will need to run a tight ship. I don't want to
re-invent the wheel but we must get right into the weeds on this one. If
push comes to shove, we may have to up stumps and then we'll be in a whole
new ball game.

I suggest we test the water with a few warmers in the bank. If we can
produce the goods then we are cooking on gas. If not, then we are in a
world of hurt. I don't want to die in a ditch over it but we could easily
end up in a flat spin if people start getting twitchy. To that end, I want
to get round the bazaars and make sure the movers and the shakers are
on-side from day one. If you can hit me with your shopping list I can take
it to the head honchos and start the ball rolling.

There is light at the end of the tunnel and I think we have backed a winner
here. If it gets blown out the water, however, I will be throwing a track.
So get your feet into my in-tray and give me chapter and verse as to how you
see things panning out. As long as our ducks are in a row I think the ball
will stay in play and we can come up smelling of roses.

Before you bomb burst and throw smoke, it is imperative we nail our colours
very firmly on the mast and look at the big picture. We've got to march to
the beat of the drum. We are on a sticky wicket. we'll need to play with a
straight bat and watch out for fast balls.

I've been on permanent send for long enough and I've had my ten pence worth.
I don't want to rock the boat or teach anyone to suck eggs. We must keep
this firmly in our sight picture or it will fall between the cracks. If the
cap fits, wear it, but it may seem like pushing fog up a hill with a sharp

Or I could just bayonet them in the throat with a pair of scissors......