KISS Alive! The Spaceman Ace Frehley!


IMG_20140409_211336_487Long time visitors to the site will remember I’m a big fan of Ace. Always have been, always will be. No Regrets! Just like his book that I reviewed many moons ago. This figure helps ensure that fanboy happiness remains!

IMG_20140409_190639_923The new sculpt is great! It has a far better resemblance to Ace than the original Mego version. Plus he’s not staring up into the stars. The only thing that takes away from the sculpt is the hair. This is not a huge distraction though. Considering the style of Ace’s real hair I can see where the production process on this scale could be a real bear to capture it properly.

IMG_20140409_202403_786IMG_20140409_202413_964The costume is great. The FTC folks took some liberties with the rhinestones but that’s OK as far as I’m concerned because honestly without them the suit looks very boring. The shoulder rings are also very cool to. I am truly impressed with their design process here. It’s an extra step that really adds so much pop to the whole figure.

IMG_20140409_201825_280The shoes are very good as well all though this particular version of Ace’s garb is my least favorite. Something about a Spaceman wearing high tops just doesn’t work for me. Actually it’s never really worked out. Just ask Michael Jordan when he went on his Space Jam.

IMG_20140409_201807_901Again I can’t stress how much I am impressed with the improvements to the body. Now that the bands are the proper length you can pose Ace in that classic stance with his Les Paul. Mind you the figure doesn’t come with a Les Paul but you can do like I did and make one or I can make you one for $5 shipped to your door. I’m doing the same thing with Paul and Gene’s guitars as well. Order your Ace guitar by clicking here:

Overall this is a fantastic figure that I can easily recommend. Be sure to check out the reviews of Peter, Paul and Gene too! You get back where you came from by clicking HERE.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

Kiss Alive! The Demon Gene Simmons!


IMG_20140409_220953_779The Demon is looking most certainly like the God of Thunder. Another new sculpt courtesy of The Farrow and boy did he nail it! In this series of figures I’ve bestowed the best of on the Paul but that wasn’t easy. This Gene is one bad mofo. The only thing that really pulled Paul ahead in the rankings for me was the new head sculpt compared to the previously released one. Plus I wouldn’t want to add too much more to Gene’s ego.

IMG_20140409_221337_106IMG_20140409_221316_234There’s been talk in the 8 inch collecting community that the smirk looks stupid. Before having only seen pictures I would have had to agree but now having one in hand I can see that it’s not so much the smirk that is the problem but that the paint app is just a little off and as such the smirk looks goofy. While I myself am okay with this those wanting to correct the problem can do so relatively easily. My good pal Tom did a touch up on his and as you can see he looks fantastic with only a minor tweaking.

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FTC_KISS_Alive_Revise_Demon12*I will note that FTC did appear to do a bait and switch in the initial pre orders. In those early release prototype pictures this 8 inch Gene was shown to share the same sculpt as the 12 inch version. I don’t believe this was an intentional deception. Like most all prototype pictures show in the fine print “Colors, assortment and final product may vary.”

IMG_20140409_221145_165The biggest thing about this figure that you can’t help but be impressed with are the custom arms. They are a softer rubber but maintain all the usual articulation points. More importantly it’s got spikes! How Rock N Roll is that?!? Plus that shows me that the FTC folks are not joking around when it comes to keeping the bar high. This is one bad ass touch in this scale and style considering how common repurposing of bits and pieces is. Insert loud applause here.

 

IMG_20140409_221153_055IMG_20140409_221200_737The costume is also excellent. The bat wings look cool and they are well constructed. The cod piece is very well made and painted. The slits in the “pants” are also pretty daring in my opinion because that touch adds for a lot of potential problems with ripping, tearing and so on. But for all I can say and with my daughters stress test, this has not been an issue. The boots are a little ho hum but that doesn’t mean they aren’t top quality. It’s not FTC’s fault that Gene at that time had such boring footwear.

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IMG_20140409_220828_288Overall this is such an amazing figure in this scale. Plus I really appreciate that it doesn’t have his tongue sticking out. Sure it’s iconic but it’s used to death. So good call on whoever said; “Hey, you know what? Why don’t we just put the tongue away? Just this one time.” I know I appreciate it.

 

IMG_20140409_221100_064Again you can round out this figure by making a bass guitar  for him or I’ll do it for you for $5 by clicking HERE.

 

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

KISS Alive! The Starchild Paul Stanley.


IMG_20140409_213106_419Let me start this review by saying this; overall I’ve always enjoyed Paul Stanly as an entertainer. My current attitude however is a bit jilted after having listened to his new autobiography; Face the Music: A Life Exposed. I still like Paul. Not going to go into a giant nerd rage / fanboy fit over his now revealed and carved in ink deposition in what a class A asshole looks like but this picture had to happen. It’s the closest I can come to the real thing and I assure you, if you take the time to listen to or read the book you’ll feel the same way. Especially when it comes to the way he reflected on Eric Carr. I let that go now. I wrote my review and stated my opinion. Now it’s time to get back to the good that is this action figure. I mean really, really good.

IMG_20140409_213341_181So much so that I have to say that the winner of most improved figure of all goes to (big drum roll) Paul Stanley! The Farrow completely out did himself on this rendering of the Starchild’s looks. And when I say nailed it I mean museum quality, portrait nailed it. So much so I really enjoy taking photos of this figure because of its lifelike characteristics. Plus with Paul’s naturally bushy hairdo this figures rooted hair works. Could stand to be styled and with this one you can do that.

IMG_20140409_213330_220IMG_20140409_213358_855Not only is the head fantastic the costume is extremely cool and well made. Unlike his Love Gun version this Paul’s shoulder straps stay up like they are supposed to. That again goes to show the massive amount of love, care and quality control that went into producing this series of figures. Even the furry arm gauntlets are well made.

IMG_20140409_213514_688I would be remiss if I didn’t point out one extra detail that FTC put into this figure: Rhinestones on the back of the neck collar! That’s just cool.  Most folks may never even see this added detail if they never take him out of his giant plastic prison. You’re welcome.

IMG_20140409_213441_756I can’t stress how impressed I am with this figure above the others. Even Gene which is by far no slouch just misses the excellent mark that this one earns from me. Like the boots. These mini version 7 inch, leather heels are my favorite footwear of this series. They look so good. The paint application is clean and neat, the details in the creases and boot laces really drive home the quality of this figure. Simply magnificent.

IMG_20140409_213240_569Like Ace and Gene, Paul can easily handle poses and preening with a guitar. Again I note that he does not come with one but you can make one like I did or I can make one for you for $5 shipped. The chest hair however is a whole different story. But then again I’ve got my creative juices flowing again… anything can happen. To order a guitar for Paul click HERE

 

To get back to the homepage click HERE… and to read my review of Paul’s book and the reason I felt the nad shot was necessary, click HERE

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

KISS Alive! You wanted the best, you got the best!


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Figures Toy Company has done something that I can’t help but applaud loudly:

They Improved!

While their first series of KISS action figures made me all giddy as you may recall these new figures blew me away. All of my complaints except for one has been addressed and corrected. In a totally backwards fashion I’ll go ahead and start with that one gripe just to get it out of the way.

Holy preposterous packaging, Batman!That gripe? The packaging. Still huge. Takes up too much real estate and the card art is far from inspired. And the reproduction album jacket is still pretty lame.  But honestly I could care less about those things because these bad boys demanded to be freed from their giant plastic prisons! I was more than glad to oblige.

Kiss_alive_album_coverThe “Alive” series of KISS classic Mego style 8 inch action figures have improved heads and shoulders above the first series I reviewed back in 2012. New sculpts from the incredibly talented Farrow; the wonderfully stylized costumes that capture the essence of the “Alive” stage show; and last but most certainly not least the improvement in the stringing of the bodies. No longer are they twisted and tough to pose. These figures are most certainly ready to Rock N Roll all night and party every day!

Considering each character is its own personality it seems only fitting to devote time to each one Solo album style….Click on the corresponding Solo Album to get to the individual review.

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The stress test – These things are TOYS.

In my Sheldon Cooper review I put the Bif Bang Pow body to the test by manhandling the figure. It passed with flying colors all to the Kid’s Bop version of “Can’t touch this”. This time however I had a much better stress tester; my 4 year old daughter. Actually I didn’t have a choice. She really wanted to play with these figures. Being that I’m not an over the top IT MUST REMAIN MINT CONDITION collector these days (and I love watching my daughter play) I said, you know what? Go for it baby! And she did.

The figures held up wonderfully. I’ll be honest I held my breath for the first few poses but by golly they took the playtime like true toys should. And that really, really impressed me. Not only was I pleased with the looks of the figures and felt that those positives alone justified the retail price, seeing my daughter actually PLAYING with them made my purchase completely satisfying.

Conclusion

How much do I like these new figures? So much now I and Kaitlynn want ‘em all! Except the Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer figures. Thanks to Paul I could really care less about those two. They are now scrubs and impostors in my eyes. I will say though that the sculpts do look really good and I’d venture to guess that the quality is up to par overall. For me though the characters have no nostalgic connection. If I want a spaceman I’ll buy another Darth Vader. If I want a Catman I’ll just do a gender swap and get a Catwoman.

Seriously though these figures are excellent and I will most certainly be saving my pennies to pick up the Dressed to Kill figures. Probably some extra sets actually so I can trade out the Love Gun and Hotter than Hell with these new sculpts. Still need the first album figures too. I also hope that Figures will continue the line with at least Dynasty. Sure it was a lack luster album but the costumes were sweet.

Be sure to click out all of the individual reviews including the review of Paul’s new book as well as my take on the KISS / Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Debacle.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/ 10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

PaulStanley’s – Face the music: A life exposed


Being a normally happy go lucky guy I want to warn you before you proceed into this review; I’m a bit jaded by this one and I don’t pull any punches. The actual tagline of this review is (with apologies to Mark Twain) “Tis better to be silent and thought an asshole than to write a book and remove all doubt.

bookOne thing I will give credit to Paul on the release of this book is it’s timing. Two days before the debacle that is KISS’ induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame was brilliant. With all of the bickering, biting, kicking and screaming that is going on with the original four members of the band what better time could there have been to tell his ide of the story in the form of the printed page. The page you can’t erase. The one that can be seen as the definitive answer to all the other books written. Well played Paul. Well played.

I got sucked in for those reasons. In regards to the whole mess and to keep myself focused on this review let me point you to HERE where you can read my thoughts on the affair from the view point of a disappointed KISS fan. It’s kind of a rant and a bummer so know that going in. Yeah, happy go lucky Jim got a little pissed off by all that. Just like Paul’s book.

Like most KISS fans and the rest of the public, I read all the interviews and comments that had been made over the past six months: “Ace and Peter are washed up hacks.” “Paul and Gene are greedy jerks”. “Ace and Peter are anti-Semites.”  “I won’t be disrespected by having those imposters there.” Etc, etc, etc… Nothing new really but at the same time it was so intriguing to think that these four icons of rock had disintegrated to this level on the public stage. I had read Ace’s book “No Regrets” and applauded him for his apparent openness. I haven’t read Peter’s mainly because of the reviews I had heard and didn’t care for all the bashing and backbiting that it allegedly contained. As for Gene’s I saw no need to read his books considering he has made so many comments over and over and over again I’m pretty sure I can figure out what is in it without needing to risk a paper cut or dropping $20 on a hardback.

Paul on the other hand was different. He had been the secretive one. So intriguing. Plus with everything that had happened over the past few weeks alone I simply had to hear his side of the story. And hear it I did by way of the unabridged audio book via Audible. So 12 hours an d16 minutes later, here’s my take:

IMG_20140409_213111_714What follows below is my opinion and observations as a fan. Nothing more, nothing less. Take from it what you will post a comment or ask me a question. Be disrespectful or rude and I’ll simply call you “Paul” and hope you get the opportunity to go into a timeshare with Vinnie Vincent.

 The Good 

Paul Stanley lays a kiss on his little cutieThe man is most certainly a loving and caring father. While he still comes off as arrogant Paul, I have no doubt that the love he expresses for his children is pure and genuine.

phantomHis theater work in the Phantom of the Opera. This is where Paul wants to be. I don’t care what he says about KISS being so integral to his life NOW the observation I make from listening to him in his own words and voice shows that his passion lies on that stage. Even when he talked about Peter coming to one of the shows he reflected on Peter fondly. He even referred to him as an old friend, after bashing the hell out of him throughout the rest of the book.

paul geneAbout Gene – It was interesting to hear Paul call Gene basically nothing more than an opportunist and a hack in business. Honestly I never thought much about Gene’s boasts about the business KISS. It made sense to me and Gene being so flamboyant about his brilliance it didn’t really enter my mind that Paul was a part of the equation.

earHis birth defect / ear deformity. This was the biggest reveal of the whole process. Of course he released this in the press leading up to the books release so it wasn’t shocking or a big reveal in the book. I do find it a very interesting aspect of Paul that I never had a clue about.

The Ho Hum

His recollections and reflections on the original line up aren’t really all that revealing. For the most part they are stories we’ve all heard before, especially lately. The difference here though is his absolute disdain for the guys who made it possible for “Paul” to get where he is. I don’t care that he maintained the band through the 80’s and 90’s (all by himself apparently). I personally enjoyed a lot of that stuff but come on, Paul if not for the 70’s KISS there wouldn’t have been enough “left over legacy” to push you through the 80’s. And yes I said push.

Back in the day I was always willing to give each new KISS album a shot because of who they WERE. That was the group that I loved, inspired me, and entertained me so with each new album that was released I was willing to give a look and listen because they WERE that good. The unmasked era of KISS was fun hair band rock that fit in great with the times but it wasn’t inspiring. It didn’t make me want to pick up a guitar (in fairness I already had but because of Ace in ’78) or even buy the merchandise.

backfrontOkay I did have one of his shirts at the time: “ Life is like sex, the more you put in the more you get out of it” but I was in seventh grade and it had drawings of almost naked chicks on it. But that was it.

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Back to my point, the Paul Stanley in this book who talks about compassion and love for people seems to be a bit of a douche and a hypocrite considering what he says about the guys who made it possible for you and I dear reader to know his name. Did they take wrong turns in their lives, oh yeah. Did they kill their own golden goose? Most certainly. Does that give any of us including Paul and Gene the right to disparage the talent, showmanship and dedication that they obviously had after that. No. Not by a long shot. KISS400And quite frankly if not for the Reunion tour this current run with Tommy and Eric would never have happened. I truly believe that had they tried this in ’96 (no Ace and Peter, just Tommy and Eric) it would have failed miserably. It would have been as empty as it is now without Ace and Peter in their respective make-ups. I’m sure its still a good show to a point but watching this video tells me that it ain’t worth the current ticket prices.

With all of that said I do salute Paul for sticking it out for forty years. But I feel the same way for the guy who has ran the same barber shop for the past forty years. And like the old barber the odds are the haircut isn’t going to be as fresh as it was in the early days and your most likely gonna get your ear nicked.

Kiss Green Screen CarSmallCome on folks let’s be honest, he owned the keys to the Cadillac and could get back in and take it for a spin anytime he wanted to. But to say that Ace and Peter dropped the ball completely with their careers is simply unfair. Sure Peter’s solo stuff was a bit bleak and Ace’s albums were and are sporadically released but what have you done for us lately Paul? Oh yeah, you’re still in that tribute band that hasn’t had a hit record in how long again? Glass houses, pal. You’re relevant today not because of your current line up. Your relevant because of your legacy and the efforts of those that came to the dance with you forty years ago.

The Despicable

ericHis reflections on Eric Carr has to be the most disturbing part of the book. Never before have I heard or read anyone talk so much negative trash about Eric. He says Eric always considered himself second best or not part of the team. But considering the way Paul is going on about his role in the band who could blame him for feeling that way. The words he used in describing Eric’s funeral cement my new found opinion that this man is a shallow asshole.

 

parentsHis constant whining about his parents. Suck it up pretty boy and get over yourself. Here is where the ongoing therapy sessions ooze out of like nuclear waste site. Every form of pain and suffering in this man’s life is apparently his parents fault. Quite frankly I think this reason is why he has his issues with Gene. For everything that he complains about Gene I believe it is rooted in the fact that Gene was 1. an only child and 2. an only child that was completely adored by his mother. For shame Gene, for shame. Seriously, in almost every chapter something happened that has its hard painful roots planted in the garden of hell that his parents planted in his psyche. I don’t know but I do hope those folks have passed on so not to be so embarrassed by this guy.

chicksHis definition of love. The way he bitches about his heart to heart conversation with his Dad in chapter 57 was truly a face palming moment. To me it sounded like his dad was being straightforward, open and honest with him but that apparently wasn’t good enough for Paul. Being judgmental about another persons life is far from a way to define the absolute definition of love. He seems to still be hung up on the sexual aspect of “love” by his definition and apparently believes everyone else defines it that same way.

psychoHis reflections on the Reunion, Psycho Circus and Farewell tours. His opinions about all it is fine. That’s his right but I think there is more to the bashing of Ace and Peter and the disregard to Eric Carr and Bruce . I really believe these horror stories are recounted in this manner to justify the current state of the KISS show.

It’s like saying over and over “Those guys were so horrible, terrible, vile or just hired hands that you people are so blessed and fortunate that Eric and Tommy were the saviors of KISS. On this I call horseshit. Yes they are fine musicians. They do a good job for what the job is but come on Paul, your own words solidify the arguments that what is happening on the road now is nothing more than a tribute band that happens to have two actual members of the original KISS.

His ongoing noble stance that no one including himself is more important than KISS is perhaps the most annoying and disheartening thing to me. WE the fans fell in love with those guys, even Paul. I also include in that Eric Carr, Bruce Kulick and even Vinnie Vincent. (I omit Mark St, John because if not for not wanting to re-shoot the cover of Animalize or the videos he was pretty pointless to the machine.).

In conclusion

If Paul was looking for sympathy in this effort I do believe he is way off the mark. Honestly though I don’t think he cares what you or I think. In the end I do still recommend the audio book. I’m not sure about the hard copy or kindle though. Considering the nature of the text I think every KISS fan will truly enjoy listening to Paul’s side of the story in his own voice. I know I did, even when he pissed me off.

Also I would say take a listen because it is a very rare look into the transcripts from Paul’s personal therapy sessions. Fascinating for sure.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

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8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

KISS Alive! The Catman Peter Criss!


IMG_20140409_225024_144Confession time. I saved this review for last as far as actually doing the write up and pics. Why, Jim? Why? What do you have against the Catman? Nothing at all. He’s just boring compared to the other three guys. Sorry Peter but it is what it is. Still love you though.

IMG_20140409_225046_375The sculpt is great! Mego completely dropped the ball with the repurposed Lex Luthor head back in the day and as such the first series fell on this dagger as well. I don’t fault FTC for that considering their goal was to offer reproductions of that line. In that they nailed it. For this new line however they did the right thing in again reaching out to The Farrow to create a brand new sculpt. The only detractor to this head is the hair. But as I’ve stated in my review of Ace, this is forgivable considering the production process, scale and cost. Plus everything else about it is so very right even if it is a bit boring.

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IMG_20140409_225103_316To clarify, when I say boring I don’t mean that in a negative way at all. This is a very well made figure. The costume is really simple and clean. The quality of the boots are top shelf. But that’s about it. Nothing else really jumps out at me. Again nothing bad to say and I can easily say you should get this figure without reservation. But then again having one and not all four is just out of balance.

 

 

But that’s about that. Unlike his counterparts I don’t have a drum set for him but that may change in the future. I’ll keep you posted.

Now, Go Play!

Jim 04/10/14

Buy via the links below and the      Entertainment Earth                                                      gods will smile upon me.

8 Inch Figures
KISS Retro 8-Inch Action Figures Series 1 SetKISS Alive! 8-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Series 5 Dressed To Kill 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Retro Series 1 8-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 8-Inch Action FigureKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 8-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 8-Inch Spaceman Action Figure

12 Inch Action Figures
KISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Starchild Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Spaceman Action FigureKISS Starchild Alt. Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure SetKISS Alive! 12-Inch Series 6 Action Figure SetKISS Demon Bloody Series 4 Monster 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Starchild Bandit Mask 12-Inch Action FigureKISS 1st Album Series 2 12-Inch Demon Action Figur, Not MintKISS Demon Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Catman Dressed To Kill Color Suit 12-Inch Action FigureKISS Spaceman Series 4 Monster Album 12-Inch Action Figure

Carrying Case
KISS 8-Inch Action Figure Carrying Case

Show your KISS colors!
KISS The Demon Luv Gun Leather Street JacketKISS The Starchild Leather Street JacketKISS Army Jacket with Removable Leather Sleeves

Fun Stuff
KISS Mount KISSmore Full Scale Polystone StatueKISS Mount KISSmore SDCC 2012 Exclusive 5-Inch StatueKISS Inflatable Tongue

PLUSH
KISS Uglydoll The Starchild Big Toe PlushKISS Uglydoll The Demon Ox PlushKISS Uglydoll The Catman Babo PlushKISS Uglydoll The Spaceman Wage PlushKISS Love Gun 12-Inch Tall Plush Set

This day in history is a morbid one.


Kurt Cobain Dark Eyes Black and White Fabric Poster April 8, 1994, rock star Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home outside Seattle, Washington, with fresh injection marks in both arms and a fatal wound to the head from the 20-gauge shotgun found between his knees. But that’s not the only music celebrity to take his own life on this date. In 1983 Danny Rapp of Danny and the Juniors fame was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 41.

 

 

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