February 20, 2012

League Assignment #2: To the Batmobile!

Filed under: League of Extraordinary Bloggers — fairplaythings @ 12:31 am

Well, Brian certainly has a way of getting me back into the blogging game. Here I return again to the next contribution to the League of Extraordinary Bloggers!

You have an unlimited budget and space is not a problem. What piece of Hollywood memorabilia would you want hanging around in your batcave?

You would think this would be an easy question. I can already hear the cries of “just pick one of the Transformers from the Bay films and be done with it!” And in fact that can pretty easy be done. It was only recently that there was an auction to buy Arcee from her brief appearance in Revenge of the Fallen for a mere $17,000.

But y’all know what I think of the Bay films. And anyway, it’s Ratchet that I would want anyway.

But we’re talking about unlimited budget and space.  An original colonial viper? The bridge of the Enterprise? The original Batmobile? A hoverboard? (Actually, this just about became the item in question but it would have to work, dammit!, to bypass all contenders into the core of my heart…) The TARDIS? My god, the mind reels!

Anyway, I could not could not COULD NOT narrow it down to one. So here are my top three in no particular order:

The Dewback (Star Wars: A New Hope)

Here’s a dirty little secret: I was never really into Star Wars toys and figures. Oh I loved the movie (still jealous all these years later that my friend Philip got to see Star Wars in the theatre for the first time while I can only claim that honour for the Empire Strikes Back). But although there were some cool toys - the imperial troop transport, the Death Star (which I only came to appreciate more recently), and the AT-AT - I never went after memorability for the movie like I have for other areas of nostalgia.

But this isn’t a figure we’re talking about. This is the REAL DEAL. So what is worthy of such a place in my collection? While there would be full size mock-ups of the x-wing fighter and possibly for the Snow Speeder (two definite short listed candidates), I suspect (though don’t know for sure) that a lot of the bigger vehicles were scale models.

But I know for sure that one item was real: the Dewback that was lovingly created for Star Wars and ultimately didn’t work as intended. It’s always been one of the cooler toy, so the idea of having the real thing in my collection is just too cool for skool.

Rachel Nichols (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra)

Is it wrong to add a person to the list, making her into a mere object to adorn a toy shrine? Probably. Dammit I’m going to do it anyway. I liked G.I. Joe (surprisingly) in the end. Oh I winced at the dialogue, and Snake-Eye’s mouth, the choice of characters, the weird triangle of Duke-Baroness-Cobra Commander, and most everything to do with the Commander, but given all this, it really could have been a lot worse. And it did have some good stuff going for it. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Christopher Eccleston. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Storm Shadow. A silent Snake-Eyes. Zartan. The Villains Win!

And it gave us Scarlett.

I though Ms. Nichols did a decent job in the role. I also thought she looked like Scarlett. And I’m saddened to hear that she’s not a part of G.I. Joe: Retaliation (while Channing Tatum will be). Anyway, if the skies the limit, I think having the real Scarlett as part of the collection is a go.

V.I.N.Cent (The Black Hole)

So I started this post with the contention that I couldn’t decide on simply one artifact, and then added a giant thunder lizard and an actress to my list. Really, how can you possess a person, let alone a thunder lizard. But a droid? Very possessable.

And while I think R2 is a fine droid and all, I love the style and flair of V.I.N.Cent. He talks. He hovers. He has cool legs and gismos. And he’s under appreciated. And really, what more does one want in their collection than an under appreciated robot from and under appreciated film?

V.I.N.Cent for the win.

A sampling of what other members of the league had to say:


  1. [...] at FairPlay Things had a few great ideas, but his choice of an actual person should possibly be a whole new [...]

    Pingback by The League Responds: Hollywood Treasure — Cool and Collected - collecting pop culture memories and memorabilia — February 21, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  2. You have opened a whole can of worms with the idea of adding a person to your collection! The possibilities there truly are limitless. ;)

    Comment by Brian (Cool and Collected) — February 21, 2012 @ 9:41 am

  3. [...] This league assignment is subtitled “the one that doesn’t involve collecting humans.” [...]

    Pingback by fairplaythings.com » League Assignment #3: Where are they soon? — February 26, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

  4. [...] at FairPlay Things had a few great ideas, but his choice ofan actual person should possibly be a whole new [...]

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