Posted November 8, 2005 at 11:20 pm

Hasbro's Xevoz time in the light was way too short. Take the basic concept of Stikfas, with its interchangeable snap-together parts and versitile poseability, create a fictional world of warring insects, soldiers, monsters, animals, and robots, and supplement it with an interactive battle game -- hey, it's Xevoz!

And Xevoz are awesome. Like the red-haired fellow in today's strip, I never owned any. Oh, I certainly knew they existed, and I did think they were pretty neat, but I did this from afar. I remember when Graham, Jenni, and myself stumbled upon them in a Toys R Us a few years ago. We'd never heard of them, and neither had anyone else. They bought some immediately, and I think between the two of them, they own every single one. My roommate also has a good-sized collection of them. A Tomb Wraith (with optional chicken head) stands over our DVDs.

But I never owned any until yesterday. I collect lots of stuff, y'see. And anything that isn't Transformers tends to get thrown in a bin in the closet, rarely to see the light of day again. I'm increasingly aware of this, and budget non-Transformers stuff accordingly. And while I always agreed Xevoz are great, it wasn't until Thunder Shaman that I really had to have one. I mean, c'mon, he's a monkey. An awesome monkey.

Like the other Xevoz, he comes with a shitload of exchangeable parts. He comes with three heads: a gorilla, a baboon, a monkey head wearing a fez, and a tall tribal mask. He also comes with various backpack assemblies, some of which include human skulls, and a weapon rack that can hold his sword, bladed staff, and boomerang. Additionally, he has various decorations and bracelets to adorn him with. And a banana.

Yes, a banana. (Mine is acting as his bow-tie, right now. Versitility!)

Like Stikfas, you assemble these guys piece-by-piece. And due to their construction, you can swap parts from other sets to create things like mantis-monkeys or robot-skullwarriors. Each piece is amazing, and every set is full of personality. Xevoz are God's gift to creativity.

Which is why it's a huge-ass shame they didn't do better. The wave which includes Thunder Shaman are only barely available, and Steve-o and I had to get ours online. There's a couple more that probably will never see the light of day. I guess it just hurts that these things weren't licensed characters and were devoid of a cartoon. Now, they're in clearance bins, never truly getting the chance to take off.

So, please, buy a case or two. Xevoz deserves good homes.
Posted November 3, 2005 at 9:52 pm
Apparently, while I was gone, I not only got Websnarked, but I got Wednesday White's ONLY TASTEY BISCUIT EVER. Do I keep this sealed mint in box? Will it appreciate in value? And most importantly, is it composed of a high enough percentage of sugar to keep it from rotting?

Of course, I'm not sure how many of you will understand what she wrote. She's rather.... cryptic. Some have said that I hate Jeffrey Darlington. This is not true! It is far from true! I love Mr. Darlington like a brother! It's actually kind of like when your family is on a long vacation trip, and you and your brother are sitting in the back seat next to each other, for hours, and you can't help but spontaneously and smack him -- with zero provocation. Why? It's not because you don't love him, goodness knows. It's because he's THERE, dammit. And you're bored. And you're brothers. It's just what you do.

You know?

I've gone through the hundred-odd new J&W! subscribers that have piled up since Monday night and sent out links to everyone. So if you've sent money and didn't get a link, check your trash bin or spam filter. If that turns up nothing, give me an email and I'll go fix it.

Thanks, folks!
Posted October 29, 2005 at 7:46 pm
Today I have a guest strip up on Scott Kurtz' PVP!

(EDIT: Fixed now to link to the exact strip. Sorry for not signing it or something. Guess it's hard to tell, I tried to copy the style so closely. Figgered there'd be a link or something. D'oh!)
Posted October 26, 2005 at 2:29 am
I'll be in California for a week! It's Maggie's birthday, and we're partyin'. I'll be travelling willy-nilly all over the coast, so I made sure I drew enough SP!s and J&W!s to cover my absense. (Which meant starting building up that buffer starting two weeks ago. Oy. SP!s take a while to do.)

See ya next Thursday, folks. I'll try to keep in touch.
Posted October 25, 2005 at 2:00 am
Check out that third panel, folks. And that thumb. It's on the wrong side! I CAUGHT YOU, LYNN JOHNSTON! ARE YOU OH SO HIGH AND MIGHTY NOW?! IN YOUR FACE! IN YOUR FACE!!!

Damn Canadians. Every once in a while, they'll screw up, jus' so's we can put them back in their place.
Posted October 24, 2005 at 11:09 pm
You know the drill. So I got Leobreaker last week. And I'm all "Dude I should write a review on him!" And then the next day I was all "Yeah, I should write about Leobreaker." And the day after that I was all "Huh, yeah, review. I guess."

I need to pump these out while they're fresh.

Graham had found his Leobreaker about a week earlier, and he did not sing his praises. I mean, yeah, I know, Graham rarely sings anybody's praises, but even though Graham hates everything, his one soft spot tends to be Transformers. So I was pretty much set up for disappointment.

We found him at a Media Play, of all places. I spent the car ride home yanking him out of the box, cursing at my lack of fingernail clippers to aid me. These were some tough-ass twist ties. His lion mode is standard enough. He does have jaw articulation, but it's frustratingly narrow and requires tough pressing of the button on his forehead. (Later, after adding batteries, I discovered that the roar sound effects that accompany this are adorable. Possibly his best feature. Um.) His robot mode, though, I do like a lot. He's got enough articulation, and the way his paws convert to hands is interesting. I'm sorta bored with tail-whip weapons, though.

Now, uh, the "Savage Claw mode," where he attaches to Optimus Prime's shoulder as an arm... that's definitely a squint-and-pretend thing. On the show, fingers poof out of nowhere and glow into existence. On the toy, there is no hand to speak of. A random assortment of lion parts assembles a four-thingied claw. ("Four-thingied" versus "four-fingered," because these are in no way fingers.)

Oddly enough, the early pre-production version of Leobreaker, as seen at Comic-Con, DOES have fingers. Hell, check out the thumb sticking out of the hind leg on that prototype. Actually, forget the thumb, check out the truck-chest. Freaky. Anyway, I wonder what happened to all that stuff.

Oh well.