Sunday, December 31, 2023

20% off original art in Frazer Irving's web shop today

Use code SNR9GN on everything from quick sketches, publushed pages, and commissions.

Today's news and jokes

A calendar documenting all the cats the dog loathes

Speaking of handmade gifts:

Custom action figure of the Pop-Tart mascot

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Some fan art of Wapeach, a new character considered for Mario Power Tennis

(I loved Mario Power Tennis).

Blindboxed Scooby-Doo and Nightmare Before Christmas figures up for preorder

at the BBTS.

Today's news and jokes

Diorama of Lego sorcerers

And a cyrbepunk theme by the same artist:

Beautifully mending moth-eaten sweaters

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Highlights from tonight's Pop-Tarts bowl

Blindboxed figures based on The Godfather, Seinfeld, and more if you want a chibi Sollozzo, Hyman Roth, or Lawrence Tierney

A whole bunch of new blind-boxed figure keychains up for preorder (by case or four pack), including Muppets, Seinfeld, Pink Panther, and Rebel Moon (I would definitely like a chibi Hyman Roth) (learned how to spell Sollozzo tonight):

Toyota's Daihatsu subsidiary "halted domestic production after admitting it forged the results of safety tests for its vehicles for more than 30 years"


The move comes as Daihatsu grapples with a deepening safety scandal that Toyota says “has shaken the very foundations of the company.”

Last week, Daihatsu announced an independent third-party committee had found evidence of tampering with safety tests on as many as 64 vehicle models, including those sold under the Toyota brand.


Issues with falsified crash tests first came to light in April, when the firm admitted it had manipulated data on four models manufactured in Thailand and Malaysia from 2022 until this year.

Filmation-style Trap-Jaw and Skeletor figures by Mattel up for preorder

at the BBTS.

Today's news and jokes

"The decision to suspend a player is never easy and not one we take lightly. Unfortunately, Jaire's actions prior to the game in Carolina led us to take this step"

Dessert dip looks like a cigarette-filled ashtray

*Previously: Feetloaf.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Game of Death Bruce Lee-themed Sabrina 1s

*Previously: Jason Scott Lee (as Bruce Lee) vs the marines

"A Japanese luxury department store has apologised for delivering hundreds of collapsed strawberry Christmas cakes"


Takashimaya, Japan's answer to Harrods


an internal investigation has failed to determine why the cakes arrived in various stages of collapse

Jupiter on The Sphere

McFarlane chase figures-, including translucent Batman as Green Lantern in stock at the BBTS

Not sure if these are glow in the dark, or just translucent green, but Green Lantern Batman, and irradiated Superman and Krypto.

Last day for the Hellboy Humble Bundle

Starts at five volumes for $1

What If? Sakaarian Iron Man by Hot Toys up for preorder

At the BBTS:
In the Marvel Studios' What If...? animated series, Tony Stark's character continues beyond Iron Man Mark LXXXV from Avengers: Endgame and takes on a different path in an alternate reality as Sakaarian Iron Man. The armor combines the iconic character of Iron Man with the unique setting and aesthetic of Sakaar, a planet renowned for its gladiatorial games and diverse alien population. This fusion created a distinctive portrayal of Iron Man.

Skillfully crafted based on the appearance of Sakaarian Iron Man, the one-sixth scale figure stands 36cm in height, features Tony Stark's head sculpt with magnetic LED light-up face armor. The intricate armor designs, inspired by the planet's culture, further enhance the visual appeal of the figure. Vibrant colors and tribal influences contribute to the unique and striking appearance of Sakaarian Iron Man. This interpretation of Iron Man could feature modifications and upgrades specific to Sakaar, adapting to the challenges and conditions of the planet.    

Micro Galaxy Squadron A-Wing with blindboxed bonus vehicle available at Amazon

Choice of A-Wing, Tie Interceptor, or Vulture Droid bundle for about $19 (the Ewok on bike is fun):

Today's news and jokes

I'd be more interested in a "G.I. Samurai" remake than a "Shogun" remake

G.I. Samurai (戦国自衛隊, Sengoku jieitai, Sengoku Self Defense Force) aka Time Slip, is a 1979 Japanese science fiction/action film focusing on the adventures of a modern-day Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) team that accidentally travels in time to the Warring States period (戦国時代, Sengoku jidai). The film stars Sonny Chiba, one of the top male Japanese actors, and was based on a novel by Ryo Hanmura, a well-known writer of historical novels and science fiction. A remake was theatrically released in Japan in 2005 under the title Samurai Commando: Mission 1549

Gingerbread Very Large Array and other space-themed desserts

A few more gems from the large gallery:

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

"A monsignor on a motorcycle, a rabbi who escaped the Holocaust, and priests who pack heat: Meet the chaplains of the LAPD"


The corps enlists 47 chaplains – most of whom are volunteers – representing Buddhist, Catholic, Interfaith, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Taoist faiths.


“Since 2020, we’ve grown to more than 600 chaplains in 32 states,” said Mendy Coën, director general of the United States Chaplain Corps, an organization that trains clergy to serve in police, firefighting, health care and aviation settings.

“There is a burning need for chaplains in police departments across all 50 states,” Coën said. “There’s often a stigma if officers seek help for mental health needs. So chaplains, while they’re no replacement for clinicians, they’re often the first line of defense, a compassionate ear, a confidential source, before the doctors or the E.R.”

The New Beverly Cinema gave out snow globes to attendees of a Hateful Eight screening

(It was also on sale) *Previously: "The Mist" snow globe

Today's news and jokes

Alternate logo concepts for Alana Wake II

And some Tom Clancy logo concepts:

Sojourner Mullein (Far Sector) custom action figure

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