Archive for the ‘Hobby’ Category


Bought the Swedish 50th Anniversary edition of X9 (Egmont Publishing) – 178 pages of old school comics (like Modesty Blaise, Garth, Rip Kirby, Paul Temple etc) with nice cover art by Thord Lindblom. This one is clearly for old dudes like me, no need then to actually apologize for the “out of touch” outlook on gender etc like they do in this edition. Political correctness gone insane. Honestly, who the fuck cares? Please leave this art as it was and shut up, have some respect for your readers.


We have a new book on Tommy Bolin coming out in early 2020. It is called “Tommy Bolin – In And Out Of Deep Purple” and it is to be published by Sonicbond Publishing by author Laura Shenton. 128 pages.


UK model company Airfix has a brand new box of the Titanic in 1/400. Really good looking box too. The set includes glue and paint.

(My shot of the X9 book)




From Heritage Comics in the UK we get word that Starblazer will return in November. The comic originally existed between 1979 and 1991 and was published by DC Thomson in classic Commando format. You get two classic adventures in the first Volume, “Operation Overkill” (1981) and “Jaws Of Death” (1982).


Canadian author Martin Popoff is set to publish a new book on Rainbow titled “Sensetive To Light – The Rainbow Story”. It sports a rather nice live shot of Ritchie Blackmore and Bob Daisley from the 1977-1978 era on the cover.


And from Italian model company Italeri we get a new diorama box titled “Castle Under Siege Battle Set”. You get a castle and everything you need to build an impressive diorama, including Joan of Arc.

(Cover courtesy of Heritage Comics)


Well the US Tour is on and the first two shows in Orlando and Atlanta has created a lot of positive vibes in the fan community. Openers Avatar are going down well too and it says something about the Babymetal team that they dare go out with first rate acts. Incredibly, Babymetal now has a brand new Kami Band for this tour, and it seems to be members of Galactic Empire. They are doing a good job though, but it is quite a twist in the history of Babymetal to do this. It remains to be seen if they are to be on that stage on the prestigious Forum arena show on October 11 as well. It is to be live streamed to Japan and chances are that it is to be filmed for official product (like Wembley was in 2016). That is a big deal obviously. Still, Babymetal has created a universe that only they inhabit and it seems to be working out just fine for them. The set is high energy and they send people home exhausted but happy. Riho Sayashi is the third dancer on this tour.


Good old Rob Halford (With Family & Friends) is set to release a Christmas album titled “Celestial” on October 18.


Airfix will release a very exclusive kit soon, the Motörhead Heinkel HE 111 H-6 of the classic “Bomber” album cover. Incidentally, the cover artist, Adrian Chesterman, did use an Airfix model when he worked on the original art back in the day, so this is good karma. The Airfix kit will sport the album cover, so fans of Motörhead will love this. I wish Lemmy could have seen this, he would have loved it.

Added another puzzle from Rock Saw in the UK to the old collection (see June 4 post for Judas Priest/Motörhead boxes), and I always thought that Iron Maiden had some really good album covers. Not least “Powerslave”, with that ancient civilization type art. 500 pieces.

(My image of said box)

Another hidden corner in the old man cave. Got some American Xena Fan Club stuff and some Scandinavian DVDs upon that safe, and my life size Xena cardboard cutout stands on guard. Do not mess with this collection! And if some uninvited intruder still gives it a shot, I have two baseball bats at the ready. One for the right Patella (kneecap) and another for the left. Guess you could say that I am a strong believer in Private Property.

(My image)

Got slightly sidetracked today when I was busy taking care of some prepping (updating the water supply) in this inner-inner room in the old mancave. It has all these shelves and I kept thinking that this red one looked awfully empty and ready for some serious action. Then my brain kept nagging me of that old Castle and all these classic figures from UK company Britains (early 1970s stuff that has been tucked away for decades) and I knew I had to surrender to this whim. So I located the old stuff (took me an hour), cleaned it up and finally gave it the home it always deserved. Nobody will ever see this display unless you are invited to see it (or if you happen to enjoy this blog!). So there it is now in this small, dank room. This little exhibition that takes you back to the old days.

Never knew prepping could be this fun!

(My image)

These boxes arrived today, the Motörhead and Judas Priest “Bomber”/”Ram It Down” 500 piece puzzles from UK company Rock Saws. Very close to LP format in size, so they will sit nicely in the old Vinyl collection (or closeby). This is a good idea and I hope they involve the Purple family in this somewhere down the road. Think Rainbow “Rising” or Purple´s “Stormbringer” etc etc.


(My image of said boxes)