Geek Obsession #7 – The Goth Dolls Collection

Today I bring you something quite dear to me, perhaps one of my earliest collections ever: my Goth dolls. These came from two brands: the Bleeding Edge Goths (also known as BeGoths), and the Living Dead Dolls. And this all started in a very unexpected way.

My first trip to the UK took place when I was 9. My parents obviously took me sightseeing everywhere possible, and one of the days we ended up down Oxford Street and towards Canary Wharf. Back in the day there used to be a branch of Forbidden Planet near there – an outlet if I remember well! Mum and dad had visited it frequently when they used to live in London, so they took me there to see what they had as we didn’t really have that sort of thing in my home town – this was no ordinary comic store. And there she was: red-headed, goth looking Lillian (With 2 ‘L’ like me!). It was a sign. I took it home with me and, well I guess the rest just started flocking a little later.

I started with the 12″ dolls, then I acquired I few of the 7″ models, and finally perhaps my favourite and most precious item ever…I do appreciate the pics could be better, however, these boxes are bloody difficult to photograph without reflections, because the thing is…These gals have never come out of the box! (And never will as far as I am concerned…).

So this is Lillian on the left. She was part of the first original series (1), that only had 5 models and are as of the early 2000s sold out. Believe it or not, I am confident in a moment of my life or two, I’ve probably looked like that…barr the piercing. Of series 1 I do also own Victoria – my good friend Remi brought that all the way from the USA for my birthday one summer he was out there learning English! It was epic! (However, Victorias box is probably the worst of them all so trying to get a decent pic of her is pretty hard, poor thing!). The one on the right is Lolita Sun. She was an exclusive edition launched between series 1 and 2…She is pretty special.

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Geek Obsession #6 – Tim Burton & the Nightmare Before Christmas

Welcome to our first update of 2017 and to another geek obsession!! Hope everyone is starting the year very well and with a big smile! Today I bring you something that has been part of my geek vault since I was a child – I guess Sally gave it away already huh?! Indeed! I am talking about the Nightmare Before Christmas. I used to own the VHS (or my parents did), and I think it was probably played to shreds! I remember finding it fascinating, yet a bit scary…I couldn’t have been older than 6 or so when I first watch the movie. But the thing is, as much as Jack, Sally and the rest are well cool, my love for all things Tim Burton is long-lasting, despite the harsh criticism and disenchantment that it has received of late.

¡Bienvenidos a nuestro primer post de 2017, que es una nueva obsesión geek! ¡Espero que estéis todos empezando el año con buen pie, y con una gran sonrisa! Hoy os traigo algo sacado directamente de mi infancia y que se ha quedado conmigo para siempre. Pero supongo que Sally ya me ha descubierto, ¿eh? Efectivamente, hoy os traigo mi colección de Tim Burton y Pesadilla antes de Navidad. ¡Recuerdo tener el VHS por casa cuando salió la peli, y estoy convencida que la vimos hasta que se cayó a pedazos! Por aquel entonces me pareció algo fascinante, aunque también me dio algo de miedo: no debía tener más que unos 6 años cuando vi la película por primera vez. Pero por favor, dejadme que insista en el hecho de que, aunque Jack, Sally y los demás son geniales, mi amor por todo lo que ha producido o dirigido Tim Burton es abundante y cuantioso, a pesar de las críticas que ha recibido últimamente.

I remember watching the original Frankenweenie clip and founding it puzzling. “Not only the Pumpkin King brings me pressies for Xmas, but I could potentially have a zombie pup to stick with me forever? Awesome” – I was an impressionable kid I guess, and I like the idea that my pets wouldn’t have to leave, ever…So yeah, you probably get the picture. I have seen probably every Burton directed or produced movie under the sun: from the classics (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice) to the more recent stuff (I did enjoy Miss Peregrin’s Home for Peculiar Children), to the things a lot of people forget about…Did you see 9?! That was an animated movie that children shouldn’t watch until the can comprehend the metaphors and message…And the Batmans – because Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer rock, and so does Danny DeVito. I literally mean everything! Look! I even have tickets for Alice Through the Looking Glass (And I honestly still do not understand why people disliked it so much!).

Recuerdo haber visto el clip original de Frankenweenie y quedarme pasmada. ¿Cómo? Jack es Santa y me trae regalos por las fiestas y además podría tener un cachorrillo zombi que se quedase conmigo para siempre?! ¡MOLA! (Tal vez fuese una niña muy impresionable, y la idea de que tus mascotas nunca se muriesen, particularmente a esa edad…). Os lo imagináis. Total, que no creo que se me haya escapado una sola producción de este hombre: desde los clásicos (Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice), cosas más recientes (a mí personalmente La Casa de Miss Peregrine para Niños Especiales me gustó), incluyendo cosas de la que la gente tiende a olvidarse. ¿Quien de vosotros ha visto 9? Esa no es una peli de animación que se puede plantar delante de un niño o una persona joven a no ser que sean capaces de comprendes las metáforas y el mensaje que transmite, me dejo de piedra. Y bueno, Batman, porque todos sabemos que Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer y Danny DeVito son geniales. Bueno, pero en serio digo lo de todas las pelis, y si no mirad el ticket de Alicia a Traves del Espejo aquí mismo (que sigo sin entender por qué le disgustó tanto a la gente).

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Geek Obsession #5 – Skelanimals

Hey there guys! I come today with some more merchandise that I have been collecting for quite some time! This time we are talking about the most adorable plushies in the universe!! SKELANIMALS!!

Buenas, gente. Volvemos con más merchandise. Esta vez son unos peluches que llevo coleccionando desde hace ya algún tiempo, İy son la cosa más adorable del mundo mundial! İSKELANIMALS!

They became really popular in the early 2000s (at least in Spain…), and I immediately fell in love with the idea on skeletal like animal plushies that actually were not creepy but rather cute! I think one of the main appeals as well was the fact that their design was relatively simple and gender neutral. And Not covered in sparkling glitter, or mad bright colours. So whether you’re male or female, if you like plushies, they look nice. If you’re a goth with a soft side, they go too. And if you just like cuddly bears with a twist, then find yourself a Skelanimal.

Empezaron a ser bastante populares a principios de los 2000 (al menos en España). Me encantaron desde el primer momento que supe de su existencia, me gustó mucho la idea de peluches de animales en forma de esqueleto pero que no fuesen desagradable, sino más bien bastante monos. I otra cosa que siempre me ha gustado mucho es lo sencillo que es su diseño, y la neutralidad de género. Bueno y que no estaban cubiertos en purpurina y colores estrafalarios súper brillantes. Tal y como yo lo veo, tanto si eres del género masculino o femenino, gótico con un lado sensible, o simplemente te molan los peluches y quieres algo un poco distinto, los Skelanimals funcionan fantásticamente.

The other really cool thing about Skelanimals is that they just don’t go for your classic dog, cat, bear, kinda plush. Some of the most recent releases are frogs, penguins…! And the franchise has expanded a lot: I think they now produce some plushies with Dia de los Muertos/sugar skulls kinda designs, as well as different fabric textures and colours. But my favourite is by far the superhero collection! Who doesn’t want their cat to be Batman?!

La otra cosa que me gusta de los Skelanimal, es que los diseños no son tu típico gato, perro oso…Alguno de los diseños más recientes que he visto, İincluyen ranas y pingüinos! Y bueno la franquicia se ha expandido bastante; tienen una línea de Skelanimals con diseños del Día de los Muertos, y otros con distintos estampados, texturas y colores. Pero lo mejor es la línea Skelanimals de superhéroes: İ¿quien no quiere un gato Batman, o perro Superman?!

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What Is The Best Trading Card Game (Ever) ?

Being a geek implies many things. You still like cartoons even though you pay taxes, video games are a qualified form of art, and lords have mercy if you try and discuss your hobbies at the water cooler. You’re also required by law to think Star Wars is cool or they come and take your badge away.

Being a geek from the 80’s or 90’s also has one more commandment. When you were growing up you played trading card games! These things were everywhere, you couldn’t visit the supermarket without being awed by the colourful shiny wrappers for things your parents KNEW were a waste of money but you couldn’t be talked out of it. My younger days, like so many, were surrounded in the most addictive drug sold to children… cardboard.
But man did we love it. I played anything I could get my hands on and (tried) to be a collector. Of course having no disposable income at the time did make that a damn sight harder.

Why did I get so hooked? Well a part of me blames that on my fascination with toys and board games. Another part of me thinks back to that first pack of cards I ever opened, and just so happened to pull out a Shiny Charizard card. Which I still have to this day packed away somewhere.

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Geek Obsession #4 – VIKINGR

Hi there! Today I come pretty full on. I have been taunting you about this for a while: Vikings here, Vikings there, Vikings everywhere. In my research, in my soup, on my screen…It’s about time you get to see what I am talking about. I have embrace this as part of myself, this is not a quirk, is a habit, a way of life if you may. I mean, you need to be pretty nuts about a specific subject to be willing to do a PhD about it – it is pretty demanding. So I’ll just give you a quick tour of my Viking obsession, with all my merchandise, books, weapons, jewellery and what not – you will see, I am a BIG FAN 😀

İHolita! İBueno, os aviso que hoy vengo a tope porque me han dado cuerda para pasarme de friki! Si, queridos amigos, hoy os demuestro que realmente estoy completamente obsesionada y mi frikismo no tiene límites, porque hoy, Hoy hablamos de Vikingos! La cantidad e parafernalia que tengo sobre esto es simplemente ingente. Quiero decir, al fin y al cabo es lo que me dedico a estudiar, y para hacer un doctorado realmente es recomendable que el tema te guste…Para mí los Vikingos combinan lo más genial de ser friki (e historiador): son un emblema de mitos, legendas, el epitome de la fantasía, y un caso histórico polémico, disputado y la mar de interesante. Pero bueno, no os preocupéis, os voy a dar un mini tour básico de mi merchandise, colección, armamento y qué se yo. No queda más que decir que soy “Muy Fan” – que dicen la gente guay estos días.

By the way, this is just a small selection of what I actually own –  I got so much Viking pop culture items and stuff…It’s just too much! But if you guys like this first instalment and the crowd cries for more, hey, I’ll deliver. E insisto que esto es solo una pequeña degustación: de verdad que tengo tantas cosas que es que es demasiado. Pero si os gusta esta primera edición, y pedís más…Volveremos a traerlo a vuestras pantallas.

So here is my Super Healthy and Life Driven Viking Obsession – Así que aquí tenéis mi súper sana obsesión que motiva mi vida:

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Lagertha!!! My favourite character of the series Vikings and one of my main research case studies. “When I grow up” I wanna be like her, have awesome hair, fight like a badass, go raiding and all those totally legit things to do in the 21st century – Mi personaje favorito de la serie Vikingos, que es una parte fundamental de mi investigación. “Cuando sea mayor” quiero ser como ella, tener su pelazo, combatir como una leona, ir de incursión y saquear, y todas esas cosas aptas del siglo XXI  ^^

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Geek Obsession – Tolkien (again)

You may have seen the previous post like this by Lilly, but I though I could add a few things. I too am a huge Tolkien fan, and despite not having read all his books (or doing research on them), I have a lot of random stuff that I’ve collected, and am in the process of reading the Silmarillion. I hope to read through all the books soon enough an own the full collection, but for now this is pretty much all I have; the largest collection of a single thing I own!

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First I suppose it should start with these two books, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. I got these two really lovely editions a few years ago for Christmas, and proceeded to finish the Hobbit in about two days. They are both full of great illustrations by Alan Lee. Continue reading “Geek Obsession – Tolkien (again)”

Geek Obsession #3: Firefly & Serenity

Welcome to another geek obsession update! Today I bring you one that many of you geeks were waiting for – For the Browncoats are one of the most amazing fandoms! Yes, today I shall show you my display of Firefly & Serenity bits! For those who may not know: I LOVE JOSS WHEDON!! Not only Buffy and Angel, and Firefly (Of Course!), but I am actually very fond of some of his other stuff such as Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, and Dollhouse – we have talked about this here: https://manaburnt.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/forgetting-dystopian-sci-fi-dark-angel-dollhouse/

İHola frikis! Hoy os traigo una que andabais esperando ya desde hace tiempo – Browncoats del ‘verse unite, porque hoy hablamos de Firefly & Serenity. Vengo con merchandise otra vez. Para aquellos que no lo supiesen, yo soy fan de Joss Whedon en prácticamente todas sus variantes: Buffy, Angel, Firefly & Serenity (por supuesto), y también alguna cosilla algo más oscura como el Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog y Dollhouse.

However, the crew of the Serenity has, and always will have, a special place within my heart and soul. This is not only for the pain of seeing an amazing show being cancelled in an unfair and unjust manner, but because Firefly is just a great series. The script is well written, it is funny, it portrays some ideals, principles and values that are incredibly interesting, with a variety of philosophies that help fleshing out the ‘verse where the most beloved characters ever just get on with their troublesome lives. (I mean even Badger, is just cool!).

Pero la tripulación de la Serenity siempre tendrán un huequito especial en mi corazón: no solo porque les cancelasen el show de forma injusta, sino porque Firefly es una serie divertida, genialmente escrita, que representa unos valores, principios y filosofías muy interesantes, y con unos personajes a los que se quiere – hasta Badger, por favor, patanes como el, solo hay uno.

Therefore, I shall leave you here with a few of my trinkets, which, although that may not be as shiny as those from Star Wars, I value them just as much, or maybe even more!

Así que, aquí os dejo con mi cachivaches múltiples – tal vez no sean tan abundante o espectaculares como los de Star Wars, se les estima Mucho Muchísimo.

 

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Thankfully the fun doesn’t end with the series! The comics are great!…Oh! Hey there Serenity plush – Por suerte, esto no se acaba aquí: la colección de comics la verdad es que es genial, os la recomiendo. Oh, y por ahí aparece mi Serenity plush 🙂
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