BREAK

I have to take a short break. On Saturday, Luscious and I lost one of our family members, whose battle simply became too much and who took the only way out they felt was left to them. I can’t talk about it at any length right now. Perhaps later.

But while we try to make sense of it, and bring our family around us, and grieve, I’m taking a break from this page.

To future days.

MIXED MOVIE QUOTES: ITSIDE OUT

Karratha has a beautiful theatre complex, which contains exactly one cinema screen in the auditorium that doubles as both cinema and traditional theatre. As a consequence, screenings are very limited: more often than not, a movie will have one-two screenings at best. Miss an anticipated flick, and you’re stuck with waiting until it arrives on DVD at the one store we have for that purpose.

Needless to say, Lord 14 is extremely happy to have secured tickets to the one screening of It 2 for him and his girlfriend.

Which is my little way of saying you can blame his constant chatter for this mixed-up movie quote.

 

It

250 LEGO REVIEWS: 6865 CAPTAIN AMERICA’S AVENGING CYCLE

Every so often, as we traipse through the plastic wonderland that is this 250 Lego Reviews series, we will encounter a teensy-tiny mis-step. A zig where a zag should have been. A slight miscalculation of allocated funds. No set is perfect. No purchasing decision is inviolate. Occasionally, we’re going to come across a set that, for whatever reason, fails to excite the sense in, perhaps, the way we had hoped.

And then there’s 6865 Captain America’s Avenging Cycle, which is the Lego equivalent of Artax trying to swim the Swamp of Sadness.

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250 LEGO REVIEWS: 30182 CREATOR SANTA

Time for another 250 Lego review. Not every one is a winner. Or a loser. Some are just… there.

Why do we, as adults rapidly giving in to the destructive inevitability of entropy — gazing towards the abyss as it opens itself, magic mirror-style, to show us the grave, the worms, and our impending return to the decayed star-spew from which we sprang — watching helplessly as all colour leaches from the world leaving us adrift in a slowly dissolving snow globe filled with tasteless ash — hang on to our childhood toys with Chuck Heston cold-dead-hands fervour?

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250 LEGO REVIEWS: 75015 CORPORATE ALLIANCE TANK DROID

Time for another 250 Lego Reviews review. And time to gingerly step foot into the all-devouring corporate-coloured cultural black hole that the average citizen has been fooled into thinking represents everything that is science fiction: Star Wars.

From the above description, the unobservant passer-by might be persuaded that I hold Star Wars in some sort of fine contempt. The unobservant passer-by would be correct. I could bang on and and on (and on and on and on and on and on and on….) about all the things I hate about Star Wars. But that is a post for another time, and another level of sobriety. Suffice to say: it’s generally a steaming pile of everything-bad-about-pulp-skiffy flavoured turds. It does, however, have one saving grace:

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250 REVIEWS, BONUS FATHER’S DAY EDITION: 76127 CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE SKRULL ATTACK

Or to give it its real name: Set number 251, Captain Marvel and a big spaceship and one angry looking lime green orc with a gun…

Establishing shot

An albino orc, Carol Danvers, the Samuel L Jackson character from Pulp Fiction

who somehow wandered onto the wrong set, and get over yourselves it’s just

a frigging cat, walk into a bar…

 

It’s Father’s Day! And because I am a highly-evolved, mature grown-up of nearly 50 years experience of surviving this toxic ball of sludge we scrape a living on, my children gave me a FunkoPop Black Manta figurine and Lego!

I am not nearly as much into alcohol and tools as previous generations of Battersby men…

The good news is, this means I get to build Lego. And tell you about it. Which may be good news for only one of us, but here we are.

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