The Shelf Chronicles – Heat & Snow Miser

In this latest installment of “The Shelf Chronicles”, I introduce you all to the “Heat Miser” and “Snow Miser“… one of my favorite Christmas memories is “The Year Without A Santa Claus”, the 1974 Rankin Bass animated show featuring these two great characters…  when I found the Neca versions of these two I knew I had to have them.  I love the fact that most people who visit the studio know who they are if not their actual names! 🙂

Heat & Snow Misers

Heat & Snow Misers

The Shelf Chronicles Revisited!

Okay… two points right off the bat.  I have always been drawn to interesting, unusual people, businesses and ways of thinking.  I enjoy reading business blogs that offer interesting, out-of-the-box content that gives me a glimpse into who the owner’s are as well as what the company has to offer.  The occasional “what I did on my summer vacation” post is a great way to introduce some whimsical content in with the business to business postings.

With that said, I am going to revisit a thread that I had originally started back in February of 2008, the “Shelf Chronicles”.  I have always enjoyed watching bonus feature material on any dvd from Pixar Studios as it typically shows employees working in there impossibly cool studios surrounded by all manner of interesting, weird, out-of-the-ordinary toys, decorations etc.  I have a corner in my office which is devoted to my “muses” as I call them.  They are a collection of things that have special meanings for me;  from toys of my childhood to action figures and statues from tv shows, anime and movies that I have enjoyed over the years.

Shadowbend Studios Muses

My Office Muses

This particular thread on my blog will be a way for me to introduce them to you and give you the opportunity to get to know the “geekier” side of Shadowbend Studios (whether or not that is a good idea, we’ll soon find out!!).  Those of you who may have read my pseudo-bio on the company information page on my website will know that I am no stranger to quirky, odd ramblings 🙂

So, on to the first introductions…. perhaps we should begin with one of the more unique members of my extended family;  Tybo the Carrot Man from “Lost In Space”.  He was one of the first of my collection and always gets a double take from visitors.

Tybo Carrot Man

"Tybo" The Carrot Man

Tybo is the main alien character from the Lost In Space episode “The Great Vegetable Rebellion”.  For those of you are in the mood, you can view the entire episode on Hulu by following this link.  Enjoy! 🙂

The “Shelf Chronicles”

Okay, first a disclaimer:

This will be a thread of posts that is not directly related to web design, graphic design, illustration, photography, animation, drafting, technical illustration, branding, email marketing, search engine optimization, small business ownership or the current political situation in the tiny Republic of Alviso…

However, this is one of those things that I like to do periodically because it is so vital to keeping my creative spirit, sense of wonder and child-like adventurous spirit (careful now… I said “child-like”, not childish) nurtured.

But I digress…

The background:
Right before my children were born and became my passion, I said good-bye to my then current passion; gaming.  Specifically, miniature wargaming.  The entire lot went up on ebay and, while it did fetch a good price, I was sad to see it go.

(sigh) at least I still have the pictures:

English 44 gun FrigateAlex the “G” and his all Macedonian orchestraKaptain KodswallopThe Ark Royal

Since then, my life has centered around my children, my job (I still had my day job at that point) my new business etc, etc.  Not much room for cool toys and whimsical hobbies.

So, here I am, 3 years later.  The kids are growing, I’ve left my day job, my business is doing well and I seem to have at least some sense of settling in to a much more predictable day-to-day life (predictable, but far from boring).  I find myself with some discretionary gray matter which I can reserve for “fun”.  So I came up with the idea of putting up a shelf in my office which will contain “fun” stuff;  toys, statues, reminders of my childhood etc.

A quick trip to IKEA brought me home the shelf I needed and it was installed the same afternoon.

And so here we are… my shelf is up and is already populated with such things as my Lord of the Rings Statues (Gollum, Minas Tirith and the Argonath:

Gollum StatueArgonath Statue BookendsMinas Tirith

I have been enjoying the idea of researching vintage toys from places such as where I have my wish list and look forward to adding more and more to my collection, catering to my whimsical fun side and childlike sense of adventure and wonder (once again, for those of you keeping score, I said CHILDLIKE, not CHILDISH) 🙂

And so begins “The Shelf Chronicles”…

Hail the Recreational!!