Saturday, February 27, 2010
Now I just need to figure out a place to put them all.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Kinda disturbing side note: these guys don't have a back, they're like double-headed coins.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
So. The Japanese are into cell phone straps, ne? Like, if your PDA has less than 5 kawaii chara dangling from it, you're probably violating a law or something. These people are SERIOUS about cute.
Anyways, there's this company, that I think you spell "Run A." Though I've never been 100% sure, their web site seems to spell it "RUN'A." Anyways, they make tons of keen Stitch stuff, including that fabulous Stitch flatscreen TV. They ALSO make themed Stitch mascots for various territories of Japan. Lots and lots and lots of them. If you're travelling in Japan, in fact, it's kinda fun to look out for them. Generally, you find them in the little touristy shops, and they generally depict Stitch chomping, Godzilla-style, on some local landmark.
To make things even more confusing, they've introduced variations, where they'll change the strap color, or add beads to the straps, or put the mascots on top of pens instead of straps. Anyways, I'm adding a few photos to my Flickr, so you can check 'em out.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
And, yes, this is a 100% official Tokyo Disney Resort item. You know what would also be cool? Stitch nose hair clippers. I haven't seen any of those ... yet! But I'm keeping my eye out.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Also since now I have so many Stitch blanks that have been painted up as somebody else, it's keen to have a vinyl of something else that's been customized as Stitch. I think it balances my karma or something.
Or maybe he's just annoyed that this is basically just a generic Trac Ball set with Stitch stickers applied.
Well, not this one in particular. This is actually a MindStyle Stitch that an artist who goes by the terrific moniker of Peekaboo Monster has repainted into being a kind of iridescent pirate thingie.
No, it's just, there's SO MUCH that is cool Stitchie stuff to find and buy and appreciate, but the universe is tilted on its axis currently so much towards figure collecting, that all THEY seem to think I care about is figures. Thus all the super limited edition gotta-inherit-one-from-your-uncle-to-buy-it kinda thing. Which, I don't know about you, but my uncles tend to wanna drink beer and ride motorcycles and really couldn't give much of a spit about a little hunk of vinyl. Even if it is vaguely Stitch-shaped.
I dunno, am I just being an old grump? I mean, it's not as if something being rare and/or 'spensive is gonna prevent me from actually obtaining anything at this point.
I've got a bunch of APs now. So many, they've got their own photo set, here. Peekaboo seems to have gone particular batspit in decorating a bunch of figures (I agree with a friend who speculated he has pallets full of the things out in his garage and goes to paint one up every time he gets a little bored.)
Monday, February 22, 2010
HOWEVER, Mr. Tikistitch, who has a bloodhound's sense for the scent of Stitch collectibles, suggested we nose inward. We saw nothing at first, until I peered around a narrow corner and detected this Stitch solar nodder. As it happens, I have several of these cute items (they seem to issue one or two new ones every year), but NOT the one with Stitch holding his tummy, so SCORE!
I brought the item over to the register, and the sharp-eyed shop lady, looked at this, and my already bulging shopping bags, and inquired as to whether I liked this specific character. Suddenly, she was pulling little fuzzy blue genetic mutations out of every corner of the little shop.
The sparkly Stitch plush (one of Mr. Tiki's finds) is especially fun: the label says Sega, and it appears to be licensed, but you might notice the tag is for Winnie the Pooh, which is something I'd expect from a bootleg.
Oh, and the teensy paw pen is a story in itself. I used it to sign the credit card receipt, and then must have unthinkingly left it on the desk. We were halfway down the block when the shop owner came running up behind us with my pen! People in Canada are just so darned NICE.
SO IN CONCLUSION: Stitch is everywhere. Yes, EVEN CANADA.