Good and bad news today:
Good news = Action Figure Friday is back yet again!
Bad news= Our Action Figure Room in our house is still a mess of tupperware and paper bags. Someday we'll show you the whole thing because we've got some tricks up our sleeves. Ryan and I have decided to compromise (that's the way marriage works, kids!) and he'll display a few less figures than he did before BUT we'll put them out in a more creative way. I'm not at all against his massive collection, but I do prefer a more distinct lack of clutter. Someday soon all that might make some sense...
[Bonus good news=I've learned how to make text in color! It is not hard.]
But for now, on to the figure...Please welcome, Lobster Johnson!
L.J. comes from the Hellboy universe and was created by Mike Mignola. His look is decisively unmodern which is good because he "existed" in the 1930s as a vigilante of sorts. I'm probably going to hear it from Ryan and Beau (Ryan's brother) because I've been urged to read the Hellboy comics many times and I've never quite made time for it. Thus, I know much less about our friend Lobster here than I probably should.
One reason I am familiar at all with this chap is because Beau dressed up as him for Halloween a couple years ago. Please note: Beau is famous for his meticulous Halloween costumes. He is often haunted by anxiety nightmares in July of Halloween arriving and being totally unprepared. So, when he decided to tackle Lobster Johnson we all knew he'd do a bang-up job.
I wish I had a better full-length photo for you, but you can probably tell that it was awesome.
(This photo is not Beau)
One thing I can really appreciate about L.J. are his goggles. Goggles just aren't as in vogue as they once were and they have such a classy look. Case in point, Amelia:
Some other things I like about LobJo are his coloring (very appropriately muted), his sculpt (rather chunky), and the bright lobster claw on his palm. Seriously, the creators of this figure did a really good job of capturing the look and spirit of Mignola's art.
I'm not sure what's up with the riding pants thigh-triangles but I'm assuming those are loyal to the figure so no lost points.
Maybe they are a defense tactic for when he is swimming? If he swam on his side at the right angle, people would think he was a shark! Not terribly likely, but it could work.
My biggest (and perhaps only) beef with this figure are his wrists. For all the attention to detail on the rest of the figure, why can I see wooden dowels between his forearm and hands?
I tried pushing them in (gently) but that didn't work. And yes, I am fully aware that this might be some type of user error but it's still getting to me.
Dowels aside, I am going to give Lobster Johnson four and a half tentacles. I really do love the unevenness of his sculpt which makes him look like a painting as well as a crusader. Beau gets five tentacles for his costume interpretation - especially because he made it all from scratch. Remind me to show you his Dr. Doom costume sometime soon too...