Me and…Coca Cola?!?

So Coke is running the promotion where they print people’s names on their bottles again.  I know they have expanded their line to include more names, but I was surprised when I saw this bottle at the local convenience store.


“Me and Magdalena” is arguably the most praised song of the Monkees’ critically lauded 50th Anniversary album, Good Times.  Was whoever picks which names go on the bottles influenced by this song?  We’ll never know…

BTW, Rolling Stone rated it #18 out of the top 50 songs of 2016#18 out of the top 50 songs of 2016.

Pint Size Heroes with Spider-man DVDs


Saw this at my local Wal-Mart yesterday.  You can pick up the Tobey Macquire Spider-man movies packed with three Pint Size Heroes from the first Spider-man line (not the Spider-man Homecoming line).  I didn’t actually buy one of these sets, but the packaging tells exactly which PSH’s come with which DVD.  Here’s the breakdown according to the box:

Spider-man I: Spider-man (Normal), Venom, and Doctor Octopus
Spider-man II: Spider-man (Normal), Anti-Venom, Peter Parker
Spider-man III: Spider-man (Normal), Spider-Gwen, and the Miles Morales Spider-man

I do find it interesting that the characters don’t match the movies.  You’d think Doc Ock would come in Spider-man II and Venom would come with Spider-man III.  Each set was $14.96.



I was back and Wal-Mart today and saw another pack, this time featuring both Andrew Garfield Spider-Man movies.  It comes with the following PSHs: Spider-man (Normal), the Lizard, and the Green Goblin.  Finally, one of the packs comes with the villian from the movie!  I also forgot to mention that the Tobey Macquire packs also come with DVDs of the Spectacular Spider-man cartoon.

Marvel Fighter Pods: The Winter Soldier

This is my second attempt at the Winter Soldier (see the first one here).  Now that I’ve had a little more experience with clay, I decided to do another version and try to improve on the mask.


This version, seen with my other favorite Marvel Movie characters, Agent Coulson and Ant/Giant-man, was made from a Klingon body with a Stormtrooper Luke head and a gun from Sulu.  The mask was made from clay.  It’s hard to see in this photo, but I used gloss paint on the eyepieces of the goggles to make them stand out.

Pint Size Heroes: Spider-man Homecoming Set

While this set from the new Spider-man Homecoming movie hasn’t shown up locally for me yet, I did find it at Toys R Us while out of town.  Instead of the normal blind bags, this set comes in two three packs.  One pack comes with Spider-man and the Vulture with Tony Stark as the mystery figure.  The other comes with Iron Man and Homemade Suit Spider-man with Peter Parker as the mystery figure. Each pack was $9.99, which actually makes each figure $1 less than the normal blind bag price.


I am amazed at the amount of detail on these figures.  From the detail sculpted into the Vulture’s and Iron Man’s helmets down to Peter’s back pack and the webbing on Spider-man’s costume, Funko has packed a ton of detail into a pint of a package (insert “That was a horrible joke” groan here).  My favorite though is Tony Stark. The sunglasses, the goatee, and the kitten T-shirt all capture that Robert Downey, Jr. persona.


A Perfect Moment

So back in the DC Universe in the late nineties, the second Green Arrow, Connor Hawke, whooped a guy named the Silver Monkey.  He was part of the Brotherhood of the Monkey Fist, a group that didn’t take too kindly to this loss.  To redeem themselves, the group decided to kill every non-powered martial artist in the DC Universe, including not only Connor Hawke, but the entire Batman family.

One of my all time favorite comics, Nightwing #23, takes place during this story line.  It features versions of most of my favorite characters by my favorite artist, Scott McDaniel. In the story, our heroes split up to look for the parts of the Brotherhood who are hiding in Gotham.

Then this happens:


My favorite hero, drawn in a cool pose by my favorite artist, sings a line from my favorite band, the Monkees.  Unexpected perfection! A big thank you to one of my favorite writers, Chuck Dixon, for throwing this moment in the middle of the action.