VOLUME FIVE: NEW YEAR NEW STUFF NEW SKILLS!

Alright. I’m gonna’ level with you. I hate winter. Now, I don’t mean the official Winter solstice period that begins December 20th, I mean the tiresomely, long, dreary, eventless, struggle towards spring that we like to call January, February and most of March. I’m totally okay with the onset of winter, you know, the first cool breezes, wearing heavy sweaters, the first snow and all that stuff. But after Christmas and New Years have gone, man I am so done with it. Basically, after the holidays, the rest of the season is just……well, cold, at least here in the greater Northeast of our good ol’ U.S. of A. And as I have found with my advancing years, each birthday I celebrate marks 5 degrees less temperature drop that I can stand. So about now, anything less than 60 degrees is starting to chill me out! However, over the years I have also learned, and enjoyed, that if you get enough cool stuff for Christmas (or Chanukah, or Kwanza, or Cheewops Trollfest) you can coast through the doldrums of “Janfebmar” just fine.
For example, last year I had just gotten back into the hobby of figure modeling, so I had a bunch of stuff to keep me busy and distracted. This year, after many repeated requests, I finally received an airbrush! This is guaranteed to keep me busy, just being freaked out about whether or not I will be able to make sense out of the damn thing. You know what they say, “be careful what you wish for”. Well, I have been pretty darn proud of my brush skills, and admittedly was becoming kinda’ cocky about building my kits, to the point when I was going to swear an oath never to use an airbrush. I was starting to think that an airbrush was sort of like cheating, not making use of real skills. Is that crazy thinking? Is waiting for your answer even crazier?? Anyway, having admired the work of so many great kit builders at the Amazing Figure Modeler site, (oh yeah, I almost forgot, I also got a subscription to AFM Magazine for Christmas, too and there are some crazy good model build ups in there!!) and noting the frequent mention of airbrush work on those kits, I have decided that I will join in the fun and get to spraying some kits of my own. Not like my cat, but with the airbrush…..sheesh.
Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine

Van Helsing Spider-Man 2

Also there are some major league movies to look forward to coming out later this year. Spiderman 2 looks awesome (check out trailer here) and obviously it will be a better than average sequel to a great debut film. One other little film I’m keeping a close eye on is Van Helsing (here), also due out this summer. When’s the last time there has been a motion picture that had ALL the main Universal Monsters in it? Monster Squad? So I am truly excited about that.

On the small screen side, Universal in finally getting around to re-releasing their line of classic horror films on DVD again. That limited run really P.O.’d a lot of people and made thieves out of a lot more over on Ebay. On April 27, (presumably timed to coincide with the Van Helsing release May 7), they will release the Monster Legacy Collection, which will include all of the following films: Frankenstein, Dracula, Wolf Man Dracula (Spanish Version), Dracula's Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein, Son of Frankenstein, Ghost of Frankenstein, House of Frankenstein, Werewolf of London, Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and finally She-Wolf of London!!! 14 friggin’ films for $75.00! I can’t wait. In addition to the films, they're throwin' in a couple of cool collectible figurines as well!
Universal Monsters DVD Legacy Collection
So, under my desk right now I have 9 model kits to build. This is good, I’m making progress, and I’m working on two others at the moment (check out tips section this month here). This is going to get me through a good portion of Jack Frost’s favorite months. That and working on this website, and chattin’ it up with the rest of the glueheads out there on the web. So check in often kids, and we’ll try and have something new for you to help get you past ol’man winter.

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