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New DuckTales Toys in Target!

The other day, I was clued in that there is a new line of DuckTales toys at Target!

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I zipped out intending to get several. The first location did not yet have them out–an employee suggested they had them "in" but didn’t know when they’d be "put out." (this, despite the Target site AND app both saying they were "in stock"–something I’d take as meaning shelved and available for walk-ins).

So I went to another nearby Target where I had some actual success!

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Of course, it wouldn’t be DuckTales without Scrooge McDuck himself!

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And then, following behind, other primary characters like Huey and Dewey…

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Also Louie and Webby, rounding out "the kids" (how did I get old enough for that phrasing to seem most appropriate?)

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The single-figure cards were $8.99, while the two-packs of the kids were $12.99.

I also saw the single-card Donald Duck and Flintheart Glomgold, but passed on them, only having so much to spend. I do intend to get those eventually, assuming these are not a one-shot flash-in-the-pan for the store.

There are also a couple of "playsets"–the Suncatcher (plane) that comes with Launchpad McQuack (I suspect but have not confirmed it as the ONLY way to get the character, but I did not see a single-figure card for him!). There’s also some sort of Money-Bin playset.

And while not part of this line, there’s a HUGE Pop figure–like a "statuette"–of Scrooge on a pile of coins from his Money-Bin.

I also saw a pack of "inaction" figures with most of the key characters, and they had the first two graphic novels from IDW on the endcap as well. There was also a box/pile of talking plush characters, and though I didn’t see them, something for what I believe is a set of blind-pack figures.

All in all…a nice-size roll-out for a line of toys based on an excellent cartoon!

I have GOT to get caught up…they "lost" me last year with their HUGE hiatus, and I’ve yet to get back to the show since (and the DVR didn’t pick up any of the newer episodes, so I suspect the usual random quackery going on that seems to plague ALL cartoons I try to keep up with).

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Booking Through Thursday catch-up: Dog Days

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[W]hat animal-related books have you read? Which do you love? Do you have a favorite literary dog? (Snoopy, anyone?)

[I totally forgot it was Thursday last week until Friday…so, doubling up this week!]

deweyOffhand, I haven’t read that many animal-related books. I’m sure I read a number of non-fiction ones back in 1992 or so…I have vague memories of poking through a lot of books about cats shortly after my family adopted Kayla.

I must highly recommend two comic-strip style books: Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats are Weird, both by Jeffrey Brown. These are hardcover collections of anecdotal observations of cats that PERFECTLY capture the nature of the beloved pet cat.

 

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weepnotformeThere’s also one of those pocket-sized gift-book style hardcover deals, with illustrations and the lyrics to a poem: Weep Not For Me; the words from which remain EXTREMELY cathartic to me, having lost two cats in the last 3 years.

marleyThen there are my top-3 “animal-memoirs.” Marley & Me; Dewey; and Wesley the Owl.

I “discovered” Dewey: The Small-Town Library-Cat Who Touched the World thanks to a Borders email or some sort of ad. It sounded interesting, but I quickly forgot it. Then, just days after I lost my cat Christy, I rediscovered Dewey. Bought it, and read it cover to cover in under 20 hours, including sleep. The book was highly cathartic, to say the least.

Marley & Me I think I had heard about, or else was recommended to me shortly after I read Dewey, so I located a copy and had that read quickly (and this was well before knowing there was a movie being made. The movie’s good, too!)

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Booking Through Thursday: Coming Soon to a Theater Near You

 

btt buttonIf you could see one book turned into the perfect movie–one that would capture everything you love, the characters, the look, the feel, the story–what book would you choose?

deweyThis one’s easy for me: Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. Perhaps with some material from the followup Dewey’s Nine Lives.

Sounds simple enough, right?

Maybe it’s odd that I’d want to see a non-fiction autobiographical piece turned into a movie. But see? They already did a movie of Marley & Me…and this is in–to me–the exact same vein, and so totally plausible. Except, of course, that filming a cat would be so much different than filming a dog. And kittens! You’d probably have to give someone an award for successfully filming kittens doing what you want (as not every random kitten would be like Dewey–they’re all so unique!)

Thing is…I never got to meet the real Dewey, the cat these books are about. I’ve never even been to Iowa.

deweyninelivesBut I remember seeing some blurb about the book coming out, and while I recall thinking along the lines of “Oh…interesting. A book about a cat in a library, and his name is Dewey.” Out of sight, out of mind, nothing deep.

But then I lost my cat, Christy. Dewey came out 5 days later. I bought it 3 days after it was out, and read it cover to cover in roughly 20 hours. It was cathartic–reading about another’s cat. What the cat meant to them, to so many people. Maybe Dewey didn’t touch my life during his own life…but he sure impacted mine by his story being told!

christyonchairThen I found the audiobook, and while I dislike the abridgement (whole other topic for some other post, abridgements) of it, the audio still fascinates me and I will randomly activate that playlist in iTunes to have something playing in the background…or when I’m finding myself particularly wistful for my cats.

kaylawithcomicsAfter I lost Kayla last May, I found myself using the audiobook again, seeking some of that catharsis. Of course, I did this at work, and when THAT scene came up, I had to leave the room to recollect myself.

I mean, such is the necessity in a way…whatever joy there is, sharing that story of a beloved animal, beloved pet, that special member of the family…

But as someone who spent 2 1/2 years in library school, who has family ties to libraries, who has always been someone who has had a library as part of his life…I never thought of having a cat live there. Until Dewey.

And ever since I found out they were making a movie of Marley and Me…I’ve been waiting for the movie of Dewey.

Maybe it’ll “just” be “made for tv.” I’d absolutely go see a theatrical release. But if I can count something like Tuesdays With Morrie as one of my all-time favorite films, and it was made for tv…so, too, I’d “settle” for a made-for-tv film for Dewey.

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Booking Through Thursday: Real Life

imageThe age-old “How am I going to use this in real life?” question. How would you answer it?

“How am I gonna use THIS?” That’s a pretty deep question, and certainly varies depending on the subject matter. Obviously, the context here would be “books” or “reading.” But then, it also varies on the sort of books or reading material.

untoldlegendofthebatmanThis is a comic reviews blog, so I’ll start with that—comics. There’s a Batman comic from the 1980s…The Untold Legend of the Batman (actually, 3 issues, or there’s a MMPB edition in black and white out there that I’d love to re-acquire as my copy disappeared probably 15 years ago). The first and 3rd issues have both had a profound effect on me.

In the first issue, we see a college-age Bruce attending a class on the Law. In it, a professor sets out a situation and asks what the resolution should be. Bruce disagrees with the answer and asks “But sir…is that justice?” To which the professor responds “No, Mr. Wayne—that is the Law!” And in that story, that was the moment that Bruce realized he could not simply become a police officer, but had to become something NOT bound by red tape—something that could enforce justice, even if not technically the law. And from that, I gained my own distinction between and recognition of the fact that there IS a significant difference between Justice and the Law (and there’s a whole lotta biblical stuff on that, but that’s for another discussion some other time).

In the third issue…well, there’s just a whole tone thing. Memories, how they affect someone, and how sometimes it just takes the right sort of friend or the right sort of encouragement to affect someone….and that, too, sticks with me.    (continued)

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Booking Through Thursday: Celebrities?

Booking Through Thursday.

Suggested by Callista83:

Do you read celebrity memoirs? Which ones have you read or do you want to read? Which nonexistent celebrity memoirs would you like to see?

Other than blogs by comic creators/companies, not really.  Given this is Booking Through Thursday, my initial answer is “no.” At least–it’s “no” as far as super-star celebrities and such.

However, I’ve come to REALLY enjoy human/pet memoirs over the past year or so. Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, Marley & Me, and Wesley the Owl are three of my favorite reads from the past 9 months. Each is a memoir by the author of their life with the beloved pet (cat, dog, and owl respectively).

Actually, I suppose those are–especially Marley and Dewey–celebrity memoirs.  There’s a hit movie about Marley now. And Dewey…well, the title says it all. Though “just” a library-cat in a small town…he touched the world.

And more than any celebrity, the story of Dewey’s life had a profound impact on ME. I read his story a little over a week after losing one of my cats last fall, and there was something distinctly therapeutic about reading about the life of another cat who was important to anyone. The anecdotes of his antics were far more interesting to me than anything I might read about a human celebrity.

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