Last weekend (or two weekends ago now?) we were in Tokyo where we were lucky enough to happen across some posters advertising the Marvel: Age of Heroes event at the Mori art museum in Tokyo. The Mori is actually on like the 52nd floor of this huge tower; the 50-something floor, anyway. For only about $18 we were admitted to this museum-esque display. (Which is about the same amount to take the ferry to Monkey Island, which I can see from the window as I write this and could easily paddle a kayak to myself. So I was kind of amazed at how cheap it was to attend.)
Unfortunately, they didn’t really allow pictures to be taken at the event. Which really sucks given there was a pretty damn cool to-scale Hulk there that I would have loved to pose next to. My wife did get some, though, which I’ll have to dig for. But if you’d like to read more about the event and see some images, you can also go here.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe was a big focus of the display and there were several actual movie costumes and props there, as well as several movies and interviews playing on screens. Another section was all about the art itself and covers, and I believe showed how some covers are remade by Manga artists for sale of the issues here in Japan (which is just weird to me–they can’t accept any other art style but their own?)
At the end was a gift shop full of expensive crap. I browsed quickly, as it was very crowded, checked out the only things that interested me–the statuettes–and then left. When I caught up with my wife, she was stunned and disappointed that I didn’t buy anything. I just shrugged. Even after decades of being a grown-up with a grown-up income, I still operate under the assumptions that I’m a college guy struggling to survive: I don’t spend money on myself. But after a little poking and prodding, my wife convinced me that it is indeed okay for the primary bread winner to splurge on himself once in a while.
So I went back to the beginning of the whole thing (cuz there’s no backflow once you exit) and worked my way back to the shop. And the dude at the door almost didn’t let me in! There is actually a sign that says once you leave, there’s no going back in. I said, “Are you kidding? You really don’t want me to come back in and spend money???” To which he nodded and said “okay” as best he could (he’s Japanese) and let me in.
And then I spent more money on myself than I have in years.
I was just going to get one cool toy, but then thought, “These are the X-men. They’re a team, you can’t just have one.” So I figured I’d get a nice color variety. And then I threw in Magneto too, cuz he was cool. So I ended up carrying a stack of boxes almost maximizing my arms’ wingspan to the register! (And that guy didn’t want to let me in!)
So here’s my X-men lineup. These series was patterned after the “Marvel Now X-Men,” which is not a series I got into. They also had Emma Frost and Magic, but screw that noise. Frost is just a Jean Grey stand-in proving they regret killing that character off each and every time they did it. And Magic was better off as the little sister trapped in Limbo. Not interested in either one of those. But the ones I did get are sweet! 🙂 (I haven’t read X-men since the 80s and 90s, and I’m not really interested in doing so. I’m a classic nerd.)
In fact, I’d say my favorite lineup was probably the very first I ever saw, from the first comic book my mom ever bought me. It was Uncanny X-Men 220s, maybe? Something like that. They were fighting the brood and there were 4 X-gals and 3 X-guys on the team: Storm was leading Wolverine, Colossus, Rogue, Psylocke (pre-ninja Psylocke), Dazzler, and Longshot. (Well, Longshot was almost a girl, so the ratio is questionable.) Oh, and Havoc! Forgot about him.
Those were the days! That’s when the original X-men were X-Factor and all the great Chris Claremont stories were going on. Good stuff.
Oh, and I remember buying this one at Sandusky Mall! It was probably the second X-book i ever had, and I was hooked from here!
So now here’s a couple different arrangements of my classy new toys: my new X-team! The second one is current, where I decided that I wanted the colors in the front and the mostly black fellas in the back. And then is a pic of my bookshelf, which is more junk and toys now than books!