New Harry Potter Pop! Vinyl Figures in March

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The latest series of Harry Potter Pop! figures are here! Funko has announced the next series that will be out in March.

The new series introduces new looks and additional fan-favorite characters to the assortment, including Harry Potter in his Triwizard Tournament uniform, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in their Yule Ball garb, Dobby the house-elf with a freeing sock, Harry’s godfather Sirius Black, quirky Ravenclaw Luna Lovegood, Harry’s arch-rival Draco Malfoy, a soul-sucking Dementor, and Albus Dumbledore.

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A Whovian Adventure

ImageAt the end of March, a friend of mine celebrated his 25th birthday and it was one of the most memorable and uplifting event I’ve had in a long time.

I’ve recently joined the ranks of the Doctor Who fandom.  I’m not entirely caught up with the series; I’ve just begun the fifth season of “New Who,” and just met the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith).  I’ve loved every part of the series so far; even those devastating moments that have left me an emotional wreck.  Bad Wolf Bay, anyone?

I didn’t expect to get into this series as much as I did.  On the whole, I still think I prefer Sherlock when it comes to the work of Steven Moffatt, but, as they say, first impressions are lasting ones and Sherlock was part of my world long before Doctor Who.  I dug the more quirky, silly tone of the first season and I fell pretty hard for Christopher Eccleston‘s ninth doctor and sincerely would have loved to have seen him there for another season.  However, it wasn’t long until I was just as enthralled with David Tennant‘s tenth doctor.  So, when it turned out that the plan for Ben’s birthday outing was going to be Who-themed, I was intrigued.  He is, after all, a massive ImageWhovian himself and has seen the show in its entirety (New Who, anyway).  Almost every gift was Who-themed (including several sonic screwdrivers) and off we went into downtown Ellicott City for a Doctor Who Scavenger Hunt.

 

The suggestion was made that we dress up as the various characters.  Just for fun.  Undeniably, photo shoots ensued.

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Photo taken by Michael Mongeon.

 

We had all three Doctors present.

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Photo taken by Michael Mongeon.

As well as Donna Noble and Rose Tyler . . . and an honorary Tennant himself.

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Photo taken by Michael Mongeon.

Donna is my favorite Companion.  “Best Temp in Chiswick.”  I love her interaction with the Doctor and the friendship between them.  It was so much fun pretending to be her for the day (I only wished I’d had more time to put a better costume together).  I may Cosplay as Donna again at a future con!  (I’ll be at Awesome Con D.C. this weekend, but I’ll be representing Genre Wars: Resistance Rising.)

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“Stop bleepin‘ me!”
Photo taken by Michael Mongeon.

We may have created a paradox . . . or two . . .

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Photo taken by Michael Mongeon.

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Photo by Robin C. Farrell

It was a great day.  Many happy returns to Ben and the Doctor.
Maybe next time we’ll have a Captain Jack Harkness, an Amelia Pond, a River Song…who knows?

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Photo taken by Michael Mongeon.

“Fantastic!”
“Allons-y!”
“Geronimo!”


Pictured in Photos (in order of appearance/L-R): Nathan Moe, Ben Hart, Justin Moe, Michael Mongeon, Robin C. Farrell, Jessica Mongeon, Tiffany Mallett.  And David Tennant.

Beautiful. Powerful. Dangerous. Cold. My review of Disney’s “Frozen.”

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Born of cold and winter air
And mountain rain combining
This icy force, both foul and fair
Has a frozen heart worth mining
Cut through the heart, cold and clear
Strike for love and strike for fear
There’s beauty and there’s danger here
Split the ice apart
Beware the frozen heart. . .

I didn’t really register those lyrics in the opening of Disney’s Frozen the first time I saw it.  I enjoyed the music of it – I do recall being impressed by the use of a men’s choir and the overall sound of this song as their opening number.  After getting the soundtrack, however, and listening to the lyrics themselves, it really struck me how smart this song is; in and of itself, the lyrics are well written and the musicality of the piece is quite pleasing, but setting it at the top of the film frames the story and tells us, the audience, right up front, that there is a certain sense of understanding between the people of Arendale and their harsh, winter climate.   What’s more, it essentially explains the theme and story that the movie is about to show.

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Of Elves, Gamers, and Paintball.

“There’s a little bit of ‘geek’ and ‘hero’ in all of us.”

Even if I hadn’t heard about Rise of the Fellowship through the grapevine of friends and current and future colleagues, its likely that this film still would have crossed my path.  I am a Lord of the Rings fan—both Tolkien’s literary masterwork and Peter Jackson’s cinematic adaptation (which I rambled on about just a few posts ago)—as well as a fan of fantasy and sci-fi in general and an independent filmmaker myself.  However, I’m not generally a fan of parodies or spoof-style movies so I had some initial concern that Fellow’s Hip—as it was called then—was going to be something more along those lines; a perfectly pleasant romp that, while clever in its delivery, still just retold the same story with a different setting and vernacular.

I was delighted to find, though, that this was not the case at all. The film is distinct and entirely its own, which, truly, is its biggest strength.

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