WELL HEY THERE.
I’m in Japan.
It’s a crazy, crazy world we live in. I’m sitting in a new apartment musing on the twisted threads fate’s spun that have led me to this place. Also I’m thinking HALLOWEEN.
Happily, they’re about as crazy for Halloween in this country as I am, at least if you can measure Halloween love by monster donuts and orange-and-black gewgaws in every shop and annoying pop stars doing vaguely Halloween-themed dance numbers on late-night talk shows. (You can.)
While it in no way compares to the Halloween Junky Orchestra masterpiece I gave you a couple years back, the AKB48 number below at least further indicates that people here kinda can get down with costumes and monsters and stuff.
Actually I freaking hate it–it’s a horrible, cloying, saccharine piece of cynical pop culture moneymaking schlock–but dammit, it’s Japanese and it’s Halloweeny, so here you go. SO IT BEGINS.
Earlier every year, right? I know, it’s only August, but I’m not going to be in the US for Halloween, so I need to get my fix while I still can.
Those of you who aren’t Lego nerds may not be aware of the company’s ongoing Minifigures line. Understandable, given that you’re (presumably) mature, reasonable adults. I, however, am not, and I love Lego, and I love monsters. So I’m thrilled to learn that the next series of minifigures is all about, er, monsters.
The Brothers Brick have the whole set of photos over on their excellent Lego-centric blog. The series has a werewolf, a bunch of zombies, a gargoyle, a very cool ghost, and more. It’s not as good as a reboot of the Monster Fighters line, but it’s still pretty cool.
My favorite of the bunch is the banshee, and I will seriously stand in the Lego aisle at Target for three hours feeling through the blind packs until I find the damned thing. That is how awesome I am.