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Maybe Crazy

June 7th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Maybe Crazy - the new semi-autobiographical tune from Corey A. EdwardsJosephine lives on the streets
They say he wrote a children’s book
He wears a purse on his head
and trusts no one who drinks Coke
I once gave him some food from my picnic
in exchange for a handful of white rocks
I misunderstood. I thought
he just wanted a paper plate

Maybe crazy, yeah
Gone as a hoot owl
raised in a closet
Crazy, yeah – you know
but …

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Guiro Seijin

January 30th, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

guiroSeijinB-Club Bullmark reissue Guiro Seijin vinyl kaiju figure.

Up to something unsavory down in the low places.

… a few more toy images …

Piping the Dwarf

March 20th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)
Piping the Dwarf

Don’t worry, kids. I’m not going to kill you!

Piping der Zwerg – I can only assume it’s not pronounced “Piping,” as in “who’d like a plate of piping hot dwarf?” but “Pipping.”

Further, though “zwerg” translates roughly to “dwarf” in English, I really think the little bugger is more gnome-like – but who am I to nitpick? Dwarf, Gnome, Brownie, Creepy Little Dude – it’s all the same in the long run.

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Hopps the Frog

March 18th, 2012 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Hopps the Frog

Hopps the Frog and his hypnotic, acid-eyed stare.

Hopps der Frosch – the frog – is another in a series of often naked-but-for-their-shoes advertising characters from the German shoe-maker, Salamander AG.

Part of a group of six vinyl toys, Hopps is described as leader Lurchi’s best friend, curious, cheeky, and adventurous. Given what I’ve seen from the rest of the group’s sculpts, Hopps is actually *less* cheeky than most of the others … but maybe they weren’t referring to his rump.

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Mäusepiep the … Mouse

June 8th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Mäusepiep the Mouse.

Being unfamiliar with German beyond movies and a few chance meetings, I can only assume “Mäusepiep” is pronounced similar to “Mousie peep” which has some disturbing implications if one is, like myself, immature enough to move past the more obvious and palatable thought that the “piep” stands for the sound the little critter might make as opposed to the stain and stench he leaves behind.

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Igelmann the Hedgehog

June 3rd, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Igelmann the Hedgehog.

Igelmann the Hedgehog is the third in a series of vinyl toys I’ve been profiling from German shoe company, Salamander AG.

Igelmann – is there any more inauspicious of a name? It even seems short a letter: for weeks I’ve misread it as “Ingelmann.” Having now realized it lacks the letter “n” that my eyes first imagined, my onomatopoeic mind now envisions Igelmann as a rather squirmy, wiggly character … but no matter.

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Lurchi the Salamander

May 29th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Lurchi the Fire Salamander.

Allow me to introduce (at least to my blog) Lurchi, the fire salamander and main advertising character for the German shoe company Salamander AG (get it? get it?).

Introduced in 1937 as a way to distract children during their parent’s potentially protracted perusal of the proprieters products (cough), Lurchi is the alpha dog of a motley crew of animal characters whose tales are told in small booklets entitled “Lurchi’s Abenteuer” (Lurchi’s Adventure); humorous, sometimes moralistic tales written in simple rhyming couplets for a target audience of primary-school children.

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Unkerich the Toad

May 24th, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

(part of a series on the advertising character toys of German shoe maker Salamander AG)

Unkerich shows off his maker’s mark

Meet Unkerich, the yellow-bellied toad and shoe shiller for German shoe company Salamander AG.

Part of a cast of six characters introduced in 1937, ostensibly to entertain the children of fussy, adult shoe shoppers, Unkerich is said to be the “strong man” of the group as well as a gastronome and, if Wikipedia can be trusted, also a bit of a maladroit.

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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

November 30th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

B-club Aboras

I’m On A Tear!

October 16th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

Another batch – hey, it’s October: monsters!

Some more, some more …

October 15th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards


Geddum while they’re hawt.

Monsters n’ Robots n’ T-shirts: oh my!

October 13th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

As I continue to work at upgrading my pokey, old website and organizing the photos on my harddrives (!), other, long-forgotten projects continue to rear their heads. One of which is before you, now:

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Ahead Of The Curve (and pimping like mad)

September 16th, 2010 by Corey A. Edwards

Remember, back in the days before the internet, when your friends and neighbors would have to slog all of the way to your door in order to attempt to guilt you into buying something you never wanted and didn’t need?

Well not any more – isn’t modern convenience something?

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The Chairman

November 15th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards

You’ve seen this before – or variations of it, anyway.

This is one of my friends, lovingly referred to by a small knot of Japanese toy fiends as “The Chairman.”

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Hatless Hill

March 28th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards

Another friend, seen here in a way that is extemely rare: with naked hair.

Unca Sjoen

March 26th, 2009 by Corey A. Edwards

This is a friend of mine. Actually he’s a mutant bastard who threatened to pull my lungs out through my urethra if I didn’t sketch him up.

And he could do it, too – he’s all about the urethra, Unca Sjoen is.

Watch it, kiddies.

#11: Epiphany

December 10th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

#7 Inside A Transparent Orange Space Suit

October 31st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

The Necessary Year – Day 13: Knee-Jerk Consumer

June 13th, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 


And I thought cutting back on fluids was hard.

Zappa.com just announced a new CD and I’m sitting over here having a hard time with the reality that I’m going to have to wait a year to order it.

I’ve never done that before. Waited, I mean. Not for a new Zappa album.

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The Necessary Year – Day 1: Butterflies and Vcolor

June 1st, 2008 by Corey A. Edwards

 

(this post is part of an aborted 1 year experiment in material abstinence I called The Necessary Year)

 

I’m feeling optimistic but also a bit nervous. Thinking about doing something is one thing, committing to it publicly is another. This reminds me of when I told my daughter I would quit smoking, right then: well, you’re committed now! Here’s to hoping this goes off as smoothly as that did.

As a kind of “last supper” I walked down the hill last night and picked up a bottle of Sheaf stout and some Toll House ice cream sandwiches. I drank the beer with supper (so good and creamy!) but became so embroiled in getting this blog up that I forgot about dessert! I guess I can save them for later – unless my daughter beats me to them.

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Materialism

November 6th, 2006 by Corey A. Edwards

 

this blog began as a section on my site called “Infinite Diarrhea” which I took down very shortly after starting it because … people were reading it. This, in turn, was causing problems in my already failing marriage …

 

Last week: a new book from Edward Gorey (Amphigorey Again) and a new CD from Frank Zappa (Trance Fusion). Thank god for the productivity of dead men.

— — —

18 months or more now, out of the blue, a distant friend sent me an absolutely fabulous Japanese vinyl I coveted, with almost no hope of locating for purchase.

“Temporary-permanent loan” he said.

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Japanese Toy Dealer Blues ~ ad nauseum

October 17th, 2006 by Corey A. Edwards

 

this blog began as a section on my site called “Infinite Diarrhea” which I took down very shortly after starting it because … people were reading it. This, in turn, was causing problems in my already failing marriage …

 

Me: “Is there any news regarding the Limited M_____ M______ I ordered? It has now been over five months since you received my payment.”

My “Agent” in Japan: “Hi, Corey. I’m terribly sorry for the delay. But I have not received it yet. As I mentioned to you, my agent said (the company) is holding your M______ toy. They have not sent it to my agent yet. I’ll have my agent call (the company’s) person. Thank you very much for your patience. As soon as I receive the M______, I’ll ship it to you! Best, ______”

uh-huh. yeah.

Is it any wonder I have retired from toy-collecting?
(for more info on this particular stupidity, do the clicky-clicky thing here)

Chronicle of My Dissatisfaction

September 30th, 2006 by Corey A. Edwards

 

this blog began as a section on my site called “Infinite Diarrhea” which I took down very shortly after starting it because … people were reading it. This, in turn, was causing problems in my already failing marriage …

 

Chronicle, a company that turned down my Japanese toy book proposal after initially accepting it because they “didn’t know how to market it,” is publishing a book entitled “Stuff on My Cat”: a pictorial collection featuring photographs of cats with things on top of them – you know, action figures, breadsticks, bowling balls, that sort of thing.

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Japanese Toy Dealer Blues

September 21st, 2006 by Corey A. Edwards

 

this blog began as a section on my site called “Infinite Diarrhea” which I took down very shortly after starting it because … people were reading it. This, in turn, was causing problems in my already failing marriage …

(this entry is excerpted, in part, from a post made on the TBDX OT forum but with fresh endcaps)

 

I’m a collector of Japanese toys (no! really?) and there are a few things that one has to deal with when one falls into such a hobby: middleman fees, language barriers, and flakey dealers.

I’ve rarely had to deal with the latter because entered into the hobby after the advent of the internet but, on occasion, there has been an item or two that I had no choice but to use someone with the kind of contacts I have as yet been unable to generate.

There’s a certain toy dealer – whom I won’t name out of respect for his longevity in the field and the friends I know he’s amassed in the community – who I have nothing but bad luck with.

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