The boys are back in town

When I was a kid, I had a large collection of Mego action figures. These were eight inch high figures with real cloth clothes, and they had figures for nearly every character in Star Trek, as well as the Planet Of The Apes.

In recent years, they’ve been re-releasing these oldies but goldies, and I’ve been getting them whenever I could. One of the Mego collections I had, alongside the Trek and Apes, was the DC superheroes. In addition to Superman and Green Arrow and the others, I also collected Batman and Robin.

The Caped Crusaders action figures came with the full rogues gallery, which included the Joker and the Riddler. They recently re-released these two bad guys in Mego figure form once again. The UPS guy brought them over on Monday, and this is the first time I’ve had these two bad dudes since I was a little spud:

Joker and the Riddler are back in Gotham.

Joker and the Riddler are back in Gotham.

Uh-oh, it looks like somebody’s not too happy to see the Joker and Riddler back in town:

Bats doesn't look too happy at this turn of events.

Bats doesn’t look too happy at this turn of events.

Batman looks like he has a real problem seeing these guys. I’m planning on keeping them all in their original packaging, but maybe I should still keep them separated, anyway. Just to be on the safe side. 😉

My Marine Version Viper Fighter

I recently bought the brand new kit version of the Viper fighter from the TV series Battlestar Galactica. But instead of painting it in the same old drab gray, I decided to do something a little different.

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I painted the Viper Olive Drab and Black, and made up some new decals for it. I turned it into a Marine version.

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My Great Uncle fought in the Pacific Theater in the First Marine Division, and he spoke very fondly of the Marine Pilots who covered them and offered air support.

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My Marine Viper is based out of the Cerberus Station, a planet-side base that offers protection to colonists within their range.

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I’m sure the Cylons would rattle in their cans if they saw several squadrons of these guys flying at them.

Whatever happened to…oh, there she is!

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Back in the late 1990s, there was a supernatural TV series called The Others. Produced and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong, who originally made their mark on The X-Files, The Others was a fun series about a young woman, Marian Kitt, who discovers she has psychic powers. And of course it was quickly cancelled, never going beyond its short first season.

Julianne Nicolson (far left in photo above) played Kitt, and I admit that I developed a crush on her at the time–a crush which was itself crushed into pulp once the series was over. Recently, I had been wondering what had happened to Nicholson when I discovered on Netflix Instant that she was on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

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This was when they brought back Chris Noth to reprise his role as Detective Mike Logan when original CI star Vincent D’Onofrio asked to have his workload cut in half. Noth starred in half of the season’s episodes, appearing first with Annabella Sciorra as his sidekick, Det. Carolyn Barek. Nicholson actually appeared in Noth’s second season on CI, playing his new partner, Megan Wheeler.

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Nicholson played Wheeler in 24 episodes of CI, remaining on board to welcome Jeff Goldblum as her new partner when Noth left (the Law & Order series were famous for their revolving door casting). Watching her episodes on Netflix Instant, I liked how she portrayed Wheeler as a no-nonsense, down to earth cop. Wheeler was very low-key, but that was part of her charm. She was an extremely sympathetic character who was believable as a cop without going too far with trying to act tough. I like how whenever a fight broke out (and with Logan, that was often) Wheeler simply stepped out of the way while calling for backup. Smart and sensible.

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Nicholson left the series when she had her second baby (which was written into the show). She has since turned up on Boardwalk Empire and will appear alongside Julia Roberts in the film August: Osage County. Law & Order: Criminal Intent is available on DVD, as well as Netflix Instant. Sadly, The Others is not available at all. Here’s hoping somebody will release all thirteen episodes of this series soon.