Christmas wasn’t in November, but as with every month, there were already a few presents and new additions for the collector’s corner/shelves.
I totally forgot to include one nice book I bought during my one-day-visit to the Efteling theme park at the end of October in the respective overview, so I’ll do it now. Be prepared for a photo overkill, as I’d like to show you how much work went into the production of this very heavy tome that celebrated the theme park’s 60th anniversary in 2012, so in this year the theme park is already 65 years old. For those who don’t know it, it’s a wonderful fairy-tale like experience with all the classic stories come alive, something that even Disney was inspired by in its design of Disneyland Paris. I hope I can write a feature about it, although I don’t know when I’ll have the time… Anyway, what’s so special about this book is that it doesn’t only have pages full of photos and great artwork, but also some memorabilia you can either take out or marvel at, e.g. postcards, posters, maps, even a puzzle or vintage entrance tickets. So enjoy this labor of love and buy the book yourselves if you visit the park in the Netherlands!
To stay in the large making-of book department, here are even more photos, this time showcasing the Ghostbusters: The Ultimate Visual History, a very cool companion to the classic two movies as well as the animated series, videogames, toys, etc.. What makes this such a desirable collector’s item is that it also includes all kinds of goodies that can, if one wants to, be taken out or browsed through, e.g. a sticker, a business card, storyboards, etc. Considering that I only paid around 12 Euros for it as a US import, it was an amazing bargain. However, even the retail price of around 30-50 EUR is worth it. There’s also a Back to the Future edition, and I hope to get this soon as well. Even if I’m not a big fan of making-ofs or audio commentaries, there’s just something about looking through these pages that makes it a special experience.
Halloween was already over, but my girlfriend was so kind enough to give me these nice ambient music compilations with classic music and some known movie/TV show tunes, a perfect accompaniment for writing all my articles and for next year’s celebration of the season of the witch, too.
Speaking of witches, The Witch’s Vaccuum Cleaner was another Terry Pratchett short story collection that I somehow missed during its 2017 release.
Games TM and Retrogamer magazines arrived a bit late, but still during the month they were supposed to. There might be a problem in two month’s time, as my subscription can’t be renewed due to a new store page of the publishing company, so fingers crossed that I can sort this out in time.
The newest Star Wars movie soon hits cinemas world-wide, and what better way to prepare for this than having a look at the newest magazines? I don’t know why it took the LEGO mag so long to feature a Y-Wing, but it was finally here. And two glow-in-the-dark pencils that could be used for lightsaber duels? Awesome!
Three more Gameboy titles were added to the handheld collection thanks to the Aachen retro shop, this time with only one game I owned back in the days (F1-Race), but Rescue of Blobette should be quite cool as well, as I remembered playing it. Spiderman 2 might not be the best comic book adaptation, but without spending more than 5 EUR, one’s options become rather limited.
More 3D BDs that should be impressive if one has the equipment (yes, I know, I really need to get that big screen and projector!)… although I have to say I found the newest King Kong rather boring, just too much talk and uninteresting characters, without enough action (good thing I didn’t pay the 30 EUR for the rip-off Amazon 3D version, but only 12 thanks to a discount offer; BTW, what Warner does with selling the 2D version separately if one doesn’t buy the exclusive Steelbook with both 2D/3D is just horrible…). The newest Transformers movie on the other hand… wow, forget about the bad press and people getting tired of the franchise! This was entertaining from start to finish and my favorite part so far, just like Bad Boys II so many people didn’t like. Nonsense yes, but who cares if Michael Bay does what he does best? Blowing stuff up in an epic way with some jaw-dropping set-pieces.
I haven’t come around watching the Hunger Games movies yet, as I usually don’t like hyped stuff, but if these are as cool as Divergent and Insurgent or The Maze Runner or Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, then this should be quite good as well. For around 20 EUROs including the 3D versions, it wasn’t very expensive, either. Another trilogy of a quite different genre is the Flodders series I remembered watching way back in the 90ies on TV, but the cut versions, so I’m looking forward to see how this chaotic Dutch trailer park-like family “saga” holds up today.
Finally, another board game found its way into the collection, thanks to my girlfriend who bought it after it won the German Game Prize. Cooperative gaming during the winter season is always a good thing.
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