Back in 2006, CBS Television Studios/Paramount Pictures had a successful $7Million USD sale of its Star Trek production material. Christie’s lots of costumes and props were cataloged for prospective buyers to peruse and plan for one weekend in NYC, and sold for exorbitant prices (I was there for the sticker shock).

Later in 2007, Star Trek production material continued to be auctioned off on eBay by a proxy company, with one hundred items appearing weekly for a few years but in a random pattern. Buyers would have to return to the website each week to see what gems were available. I think public interest waned as the years rolled on (until mid-2009), and final prices settled to a more down-to-earth level. I was able to net a few items in this manner. But I should have learned from the Christie’s experience for another auction this past weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

You would think I’ve had my fill of large toys after I got the Hot Toys Batmobile, but another subject merited an instant pre-order the moment I saw it: a 1/6-scale TARDIS from Doctor Who. image Read the rest of this entry »

XboxOneIt’s been nearly a year since the Xbox One debuted with an anemic feature set compared to its older sibling Xbox360. Whatever cool social and media features the 360 grew to have, the One apparently started without, leaving users wondering why some feature was abandoned or more difficult to access. But with monthly system updates arriving in response to feedback, the Xbox One slowly but steadily improves.

Recently Major Nelson of Xbox Live announced a feature set contained in the November 2014 update (now available) that many gamers clamored for: customizable backgrounds. Read the rest of this entry »

Something that did not occur to me until recently was my admiration of papercraft- scale models of thick paper or cardstock glued together; this excludes origami which relies on singular pieces of folded paper. Papercraft could range from easy block figures only centimeters tall, to sailing vessels with details so complex you would have mistaken them for a plastic kit from afar.

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