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Stuff: Righteous Bison Indivisible Particle SMASHER = Fun For the Whole Family
Reviewed by Scott Tingley, December 30, 2009

I have had a dream ever since I started this little website of mine four long years ago, a dream I was beginning to think would never happen. I had the dream that one day I would go to get my mail, my awesome mail that often contains galley copies of comics and kids books for me to review, and on that day there would be a glorious oversized box containing … STUFF!

That day has finally come and you are now reading the inaugural edition of Comics in the Classroom Reviews STUFF!



I was to have this article up over a month ago, but the Moon Men caused my computer to crash just so I could not pass on this important piece of information:

“It's fun to smash monsters.” Mariah, age 5.

Out of the mouths of babes. The Righteous Bison Indivisible Particle SMASHER (the newest in the line of Dr. Grordbort's Infallible Aether Oscillators), or “ raygun ”, has allowed the Righteous Bison Jr. Monster Hunting Commando Squad (Membership: Me (Dad), Jack, age 3 and Mariah, age5, and Mom, age withheld and, it must be said, is only reluctantly a member of the RBJMHCS) to free our once unsafe house of monsters, allowing the most junior members of the RBJMHCS to sleep soundly in their beds.

“It's fun to smash monsters.”

Could you imagine a more glowing endorsement for the Righteous Bison Indivisible Particle SMASHER?

Yes. Yes I could.

The following is an actual exchange between RBJMHCS member Mariah and I, the dad:

Dad: “Do you like my new raygun?”

Mariah: “What's it do?” [spoken with awe]

Dad: “Absolutely nothing; nothing except be completely awesome!”

Mariah: “Wow.” [spoken in a barely audible whisper of complete awe]

“Wow” indeed.

Weta has developed a terrific line of display quality full sized and miniature rayguns for the customer interested in display quality full sized and miniature rayguns. To quote WetaNZ.com, “ The result, ladies and gentlemen, as I'm sure you agree, is nothing short of pretty good” The full sized models are made from Imitation Metal (“which is a light-weight compound that looks and feels remarkably like plastic under Earth conditions” WetaNZ.com) and seem fairly durable after an afternoon of test play by the RBJMHCS. These aren't actually toys as we would normally think of them, since they are very high quality, fairly pricey and mostly meant for display purposes.

Speaking of price, I think there are going to be two camps here. The “Wow, I can't wait to get one of these! It will look great on the mantle!” camp, and the “They cost how much?” camp. I don't normally buy comic book/sci fi/fantasy/etc. type sculptures, but many, many do and this is the crowd that will likely be most interested in the Righteous Bison and Wetas other rayguns. I can also see fans of Victorian Sci Fi going for these, since that is the vibe Weta seems to go for with these weapons. When I bring home a superhero toy to the kids, we play with it – and the RBJMHCS and I are going to have a lot of fun with the Righteous Bison .

The miniature line of Dr. Grordbort's Infallible Aether Oscillators, or “rayguns”, are all made of actual metal and look quite nice on my bookshelf - the one I have, anyway. The Victorious Mongoose is a lovely little bundle of deathray cuteness.

I realy wanted to have this article up before Christmas, but the Moon Men, in the quise of Malware, have kept this from happening. Oh well, any time is a good time for smashing monsters. Now if I can only convince Weta to send me The Unatural Selector Blunderbuss… HOLY COW that one looks awesome! Monsters wouldn't have a prayer with that one hanging over my three year old's shoulder!

Learn more at WetaNZ.com .



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