Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest: Raiders of the Lost Props

   Some great stories from a prop collector in this episode. I know a lot about Star Wars, canon, legends, games, making of, but there is a wealth of knowledge in this episode for some some facets of the original films that I know very little about. Props and filming locations, along with the stories behind them are a whole nother level of cool.

The Multiverse Market!

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Notice my homage to a favorite blog, Space1970 😊

   On Monday, March 20th of 2017, my wife and I will be relaunching our Etsy shop. The newly renamed shop is called The Multiverse Market. I have to say that we are pretty excited about this. This time it’s just for fun, not because we have to sell/buy/sell 😉

MM   Misty was diagnosed with Lyme’s disease which prevented her from performing her job as a Dental Assistant, and I made some bad decisions about moving to another part of the country to take on a task that I had no idea how to do. Eventually we moved back to the West Coast, where we belonged. We found Etsy about a year after I lost my final contract job, and in the horrible job market things were looking pretty bleak. We were living with my parents in California at the time. We still had a bit of inherited things from Grandparents who had passed away, along with all of our stuff that we had been hauling around from state to state. There were things that I really didn’t wish to part with, in fact I have recently gone out of my way to replace some of those pieces.

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Long story short, Misty is still sick but creating some really nice jewelry pieces, while I am gainfully employed in a field that is almost exactly where I want to be. I’ve switched my collecting focus to, primarily, Vintage Star Wars. I am still very opened to other things but having a focus saves on space and money.

IMAG3834   On our shop, you’ll find some of Misty’s designs and my collection overflow. For my part, I am liquidating the items that I no longer want or have too many of. Our prices are  not sky high like some sellers who fervently believe that “Star Wars + [insert age of piece here] = $$$“. I use Star Wars as an example, I will be selling various lines. We price competitively, and calculate actual cost of shipping (even factoring in the cost of any shipping material that is not recycled, we will be a lot cheaper that that seller who charges $13 for anything over 8 oz. You know that guy, we don’t like him either). Also, our shipping is calculated by weight.

   Check out some of our past sales here: facebook.com/pg/The.Multiverse.Market/photos/?tab=albums

We Recycle ♻

Thursday Night Kung Fu Theater

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   “Shaolin vs. Wu Tang (1983)“!   In a plot to make himself the master of both disciplines, a jealous Qing leader [Wang Lung‑wei] forces two friends from rival martial arts schools [Gordon Liu & Adam Cheng] to fight each other. That sums it up. It’s a pretty simple flick but the opening credits are visually stunning with beautiful choreography.

   This one was introduced by a Kung Fu friend I made in High School, Donnie. He turned me onto a few non-Shaw Brothers films back in 1985. I’ll forever be in his debt.

Leonard Nimoy’s “In Search Of”

   In this, the 14th episode of the 6th season, Mr. Nimoy explores the Futurist Lifestyle. Titled “Future Life“, it’s one of the handful of episodes that actually tackles ideas that have a concrete concepts. While I have fond and frightening memories of “In Search Of“, it had very little to do with exploring evidence. It mostly dealt with legend, myth, hearsay, and superstition. All while addressing each as though they could be a reality. As an adult, I look back on these few episodes that stood on firm logic, and reason, with a new appreciation.

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Watching the Five Deadly Venoms

e589c9314220aa9c14200a36c2bbaca1   I enjoy a great Shaw Brothers‘ Kung Fu Classic from time to time. Tonight it’s the “Five Deadly Venoms”, on Netflix. The twist is that I am watching in Mandarin. The story is much smoother than the dubbed version. I cannot recomend this flick enough. Check it out for yourself. You can also rent it via Google Play. Intrigue, and action to the Nth degree.

The Best Uniform in All of Sci-Fi?

 

new_warriors   I challenge you to find a better uniform in all of Sci-Fi than the Colonial Warrior. (OK, it’s not a contest… this is just my opinion) The closest thing I can come up with would be the Fremen Stillsuit that was designed for David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune.

   The outfits don’t feel dated at all, and still work to this day. While the show didn’t last past it’s first season, due to the blockbusting budget, it’s legacy continues.

   There were three things that caught my 8 year old imagination back in 1978 with this show. Beautiful, and Strong women aside… The first was the fighter pilot theme of the show. Fighter pilots have always been a staple of my imagination from Black Sheep Squadron to the present. Next we have ROBOTS! The Cylons were an awesome part of the show. Robots were everywhere after Star Wars hit the scene, but BSG did them right. Finally the Colonial Warriors. Not only did they cut a dashing figure wherever they appeared, they felt like they were a functional military. They never felt out of place, like say the “Triad” outfits that were worn in a few episodes. Another bonus was that the uniforms were gender neutral. With the addition of that Han Solo like holster, it just doesn’t get any better.

   This design has been, and still is, one of my absolute favorites. I would love to own one, myself.

Battlestar Galactica: Second Coming

   This would have been a hell of a continuation. Too bad it wasn’t picked up. I’ve got nothing against the reboot BSG. Heck I even met my wife at a Frack Party. For me, though, it just doesn’t compare with the original. Yes, I realize that the original show was goofy at times, and that’s ok. It still had it where it counted. The Second coming was Richard’s passion project, and I am only glad that he received a part to play in the reboot. So let’s drop the Felgercarb and enjoy what he left us.