Back in 1979, I rode my red BMX bicycle with the gold handlebars ALL THE WAY ACROSS Beloit, Kansas to the TG&Y department store to buy my very own V.I.N.Cent action figure.  Even now, more than forty years later, he sits in a place of honor on the very laptop on which these words are being typed.  I eagerly awaited the second wave of figures, with the promised Old B.O.B.companion piece, but it sadly never came.  (At least, not to Kansas, as the poor showing of ‘The Black Hole’ meant that my dream merch was only available in Italy and Canadia.  To this day, it is referenced as a legendary rarity among action figure enthusiasts.)  Fortunately, patience is a virtue, even for nerds, and 2020 promises to bring my Old B.O.B. figure at long last, leading to today antici….



…pation query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t know where I’d even put such items, but is willing to figure it out, asking: What bit of Dream Merch from your favorite shows, films or books do you wish to see ASAP?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Almost everything I want is made. Except, where is my Seven Samurai collectible figure pack? I think there has been something at some point, but I mean modern, well made and available.

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