Sunday, June 15, 2014

Of books and action figures

Goodness, when your cardiologist and dietitian both tell you that you're allowed only 1,500 calories per day, it sounds like the end of the world, yes? In my case, I've been taking it out on watching TV shows. And buying books. And collecting action figures. Everything except having that cupcake.

So lately I've been downloading TV episodes like crazy. Started "The Americans" and got hooked. Felt disappointed that the NBC series "Kings" only had 1 season. (It's somewhat of a retelling of the David and Goliath story.) Watched the 1st season of "Arrow" and felt ambiguous about it. Anticipating the latest episodes of "Penny Dreadful" and "Fargo." Still going gaga over "Game of Thrones."

Speaking of "Game of Thrones," I am amused by the latest collection of action figures from Funko. The likenesses of the characters may be wanting, but the details are intricate. My favorite is Tyrion below. The "imp" stands atop Arthurian-themed books. T. H. White's The Once and Future King was the book club's May selection. Somehow, I prefer Malory's Le Morte Darthur to it.

Of course, "Game of Thrones" wouldn't be complete without the mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen. The dragon behind her isn't Drogon, Rhaegal, nor Viserion. It's an Asian dragon I bought at the Singapore airport. Ann Leckie's multi-awarded science fiction novel, Ancillary Justice, is wonderful. Yes, the hype is true.

And if there's one movie that I'm eagerly anticipating this year, it's the 4th Transformers movie. Yes, I know, the movies have become crappier and crappier. But hey, I grew up watching the animated series. My brain's hardwired to love both Autobots and Decepticons. Here's Optimus Prime with my read on this father's day weekend—Aaron Hartzler's touching and hilarious young adult memoir.

Ah, collecting action figures. Such an expensive hobby. My only consolation is that I'm actually saving some money as I've cut down on my eating out. I can't even recall the last time I ate cake.


Louize Gonzales said...

Hi, Peter. I am really glad you're doing much much better now.

With regards to tv series, I did enjoy Kings and was also disappointed that it went only for a season. And yay for Transformers! We share the same reason there too. ♥

Tin said...

Oh wow! Who else do you have from GoT? Just Tyrion and Dany? You should get her one of her dragons for company. How's the Fargo TV series? They have a different set of characters from the movie right?

Peter S. said...

Hello, Louize! I was really frustrated that I didn't get any closure with Kings! They should resurrect that series.

Hi, Tin! Oh, I have 4 (Dany, Tyrion, the Hound, and Jon Snow). The Fargo TV series is very well written. And yes, they have a different set of characters and a totally different storyline from the movie.

Ryan said...

I only have two action figures anymore, Doctor Strange and Michael Morbius, both are Marvel characters.

Peter S. said...

I would love to have a Doctor Strange action figure!