January 2022 was a great start of the year for collecting.
While I don’t care much about what Disney puts out with the Star Wars licence, LEGO is always nice to have.
The folding instructions book is a pretty neat present from my wife, and so is the Chrismas t-shirt, so there’s still some love for the franchise left after all.
I don’t know what all the craze with NASA is about, but as a cheap pyjama, this one is nice, and one could even wear it for a costume party if one wanted to.
A nice anniversary present from my wife, although I still have to read it. I’m especially interested in how it compares to the Character Files I got in November 2021.
More reading material written and drawn by Steve Ince after my December 2021 acquisitions: a children’s tale in rhymes, a young readers adventure novel, a collection of comic strips, and a rural fantasy novel. I managed to read them all and I particularly liked Crescent and Claw. I hope to do good on my promise to Steve to review them all when time and space in these pages allows it.
It was a very difficult task to get my hands on these second volumes of comics, as my pre-orders from Amazon would not be sent. Thankfully the Bonner Comicladen (a shop in Bonn, NRW, Germany) had them in store and they arrived in great condition (unlike in the often unacceptable condition with Amazon).
Speaking of problems with logistics, these highly anticipated The Amory Wars comics that are all part of the band Coheed and Cambria‘s concept albums (see more in the Happy Valentine’s Day 2022 with Coheed and Cambria article) were a nightmare to get a hold on, at least In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. After one German comic shop had it listed but informed me that they actually didn’t, I ordered this via an Amazon UK seller. The problem was that it was sent by Amazon UK, and it got lost in the mail. After countless chats, they didn’t manage to find it, even though it was apparently in Cologne and left customs. So I had to order the last available version which cost twice as much. Thankfully it arrived and with the prices going up, it was probably a good idea back then.
Don’t only expect reviews or a cover story about the comics (there’s a third one I got this month, which was also problematic to get my hands on), but about the music albums, too. I finally bought all the ones I had missed or rather decided not to buy.
I saw the band live twice, with the first being in a smaller and the second in a much bigger venue. The first time I was blown away, the second time bored, which might be the reason why I stopped listening to them or buying their records. Now getting those live DVDs did the same thing to me: excitement and indifference in equal measures.
It doesn’t always have to be epic and long songs, as singer/songwriter Kevin Devine’s output has been quite good over the years, too. His music is something I also stopped listening to a long time ago, but I’m glad to have bought this rocking album (and more soon).
Time for some 90ies action flicks, and while these are certainly not good, they are at least very entertaining.
I’m always careful about musicians trying to be actors or actresses, but I think Phil Collins might succeed in this one.
88 Films really knows how to pick them: the extravaganza Hong Kong action flicks, all collected in some very nice editions. Even though I found the second Armour of God more enjoyable with its action set-pieces, the nonsense story in Jackie Chan’s first outing made for some very humorous scenes.
Speaking of entertaining nonsense, Robotrix definitely takes first place with its inappropriate situations, including plenty of trash action, some gore, sometimes uncomfortable violence and laughable nudity. So in general: a movie for an acquired taste that is stupid but fun.
Last but not least, another early Jackie Chan movie I still have to watch.
Eureka does a pretty good job at releasing great HD remasters of martial arts movies, and while I realized that I didn’t enjoy these 8 flicks as much as I would have during my childhood, there were still plenty of great fight scenes to get excited about.
Last but not least, here’s an unexpected TV show that unfortunately didn’t receive a BD for the third season.
So here we have it: another month of great additions to the collection. It should also be the last one I could afford buying so much. Due to some important expenditures, the next months will have far fewer items to write about… but more time to watch/read/play the old ones.