Wednesday, May 11, 2011


From the humorous FAIL BLOG.

Controversial Toy Incorporates Current Events: FTW!


Yesterday, my buddy Bert “Gatchabert” Gatchalian tweeted a custom figure that was supposed to be a secret for the upcoming Red Carpet Kaiju show at TAG. I’m glad he decided to reveal it, as in my opinion, it’s one of the show’s early standout figures (in a stellar all-star lineup), and I’ve been thinking about it since he showed it to me.

If this figure looks familiar, you may recognize it as Robin the Mad Boy/Nazi Boy by Zollmen, previously explored in “When Custom Toys Get Controversial“. With this custom, Bert one-ups the controversy by giving a Nazi production toy a custom Prop 8 makeover. What am I talking about? I’ll let Bert tell you:

The news about Prop 8 being unconstitutional [came out], and then some idiot says that gay marriage is still not allowed. I won’t really get into it, but the look on the Nazi Boy’s face seemed appropriate for the whole issue and so I turned this guy into something else. I filed down the swastika…and sprayed the whole thing black. [I] placed down some silver accents and some pink and fluorescent pink details and finished him off with a coat of pearl finish to give him some glitter. Joy Boy was born. Joy Boy doesn’t care for Prop 8 and wants to just go around spreading love to all in his glittery outfit. He still wears the helmet to keep his head safe…cause all guys need to wear helmets from time to time.

Bert’s right, you know. The pink helmet in this custom is a fitting double entendre for safer sex, especially when viewing the figure’s head from behind. The name “Joy Boy” is also subject to multiple interpretations. In this context, “joy” can be read as “gay,” and/or as an allusion to Joy Division, a term for the group of Jewish women forced to work as prostitutes in Nazi Concentration camps. The name was later picked up by seminal post-punk band Joy Division, whose singer committed suicide 1980. Joy Boy’s all-black attire references the legions of goths left behind in Ian Curtis’ wake…

Zollmen makes some really madcap toys, and Gatchabert’s take on Nazi Boy really delivers on the original figure’s rather vague politics. Anybody who’s been following Prop 8 has undoubtedly mirrored Joy Boy’s exasperated expression. According to the artist, though, JB is a peaceful fellow. Quoth Bert: “Don’t run Nazi Boy, Joy Boy just wants to hug you.” Overall, an awesome job from concept to completion. I love a toy that makes a statement. Keep making them, and I’ll keep writing about ‘em!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Born as Fittan Pölzl in the Austrian village of Spital, Weitra, she was the mother of Adolf Hitler and daughter of Johanna Hiedler. Either her grandfather Johann Nepomuk Hiedler or his brother were also likely to be Alois' biological father. Moreover, Johann was her future husband's step-uncle. Even after they were married Klara still called her husband, Alois "Uncle". She first came to work for Alois at the age of 16 as a housekeeper. After the death of his second wife, Alois and Klara were married on 7 January 1885 during a brief wedding held early in the morning at Hitler's rented rooms on the top floor of the Pommer Inn in Braunau, before Alois went to work for the day. Four months later, their first son Gustav was born on 15 May 1885. Ida followed on 23 September 1886. Both infants died of diphtheria during the winter of 1886-1887. A third child, Otto, was born and died in 1887. Adolf was born 20 April 1889, followed by Edmund on 24 March 1894 and Paula on 21 January 1896. Edmund died of measles on 28 February 1900, at the age of five. Klara's adult life was devoted to keeping house and raising children, for which, according to Smith, Alois had limited interest. Only two of Klara's children, Adolf and Paula, survived childhood. Alice Miller writes of their family life: "The family structure could well be characterized as the prototype of a totalitarian regime. Its sole, undisputed, often brutal ruler is the father. The wife and children are totally subservient to his will, his moods, and his whims; they must accept humiliation and injustice unquestioningly and gratefully. Obedience is their primary rule of conduct." Klara Hitler was a devout Roman Catholic and attended church regularly with her children. When her husband died in 1903, he left her a government pension along with some property. As a result she was adequately provided for financially, as were her children. However, four years after the death of her husband, Klara died from iodoform poisoning from the treatment of breast cancer, aged 47, in Linz, Austria, with her children, Adolf and Paula, at her side. She is buried in Leonding near Linz. Adolf Hitler had a close relationship with her, and was devastated by her death; he would carry the grief at her passing with him for the rest of his life. Hitler's gratitude to her Jewish doctor, Eduard Bloch, for his efforts to help his mother later led him to allow Bloch and his wife to emigrate in 1940 from Austria to the United States.

Monday, May 2, 2011


May Day is apparently a great day to announce the death of your enemies.