OTW Blog & LEGO M.A.S.K.
Goblin Tales [Amazon | B&N | Lulu] picked up reviews at SciFiChick (“This must-read collection…”) and Romantic Times (“…a fabulous introduction to Hines’ writing, his world of goblins, and his world of Libriomancy all in one — who can pass up a 3-fer?”)
A month or so back, I was invited to write a guest blog post for the Organization for Transformative Works. Here’s a sneak peek:
I’ve seen the whole spectrum of opinions, from “Fanfiction is the Devil’s Prose!” to “Fanfiction is so much better than that commercial dreck.” I don’t buy either view. Fanfiction is fanfiction. Some is brilliant. Some is abysmal. Fanfic authors sometimes get criticized for not writing commercially, but that makes as little sense as criticizing a fantasy author for not writing fortune cookies. For most of us, we write what we love, and we do it because we love it.
Full post is here.
Finally, does anyone else remember M.A.S.K., an 80s cartoon and toy line about vehicles and buildings with hidden weapons, concealed mini-vehicles, and also lots of masks? Orion Pax (the same individual who built a transforming Optimus Prime from LEGO) has been working on LEGO M.A.S.K., including a working version of Boulder Hill, the good guys’ HQ.
We had these toys! I remember playing with this set. This blows my mind. Click here or the thumbnails for the full photo set.
March 30, 2011 @ 10:25 am
I not only remember M.A.S.K. I loved it! They had cool vehicles that transformed into various things, masks that had different powers and abilities, and a robot sidekick that became a Vespa! What more could you want out of a cartoon?
March 30, 2011 @ 6:49 pm
Mask, where illusion is the ultimate weapon…yeah i had the motorcycle one it was cool. That was back when toys were still cool and we actually played with them, a cardboard box was cut up and turned into a base and it was fun. our girls nowadays have everything and are always bored…..
Jim C. Hines
March 30, 2011 @ 6:58 pm
I don’t remember the Vespa, but we had a decent number of the toys, and of course we watched the short-lived
Jim C. Hines
March 30, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
My kids are a bit toy-spoiled too. And not to be that Dad, but our toys were SO MUCH COOLER!
Except maybe for the LEGO sets … they’ve put out some sweet new models. Fortunately, I get to play with them too 🙂