When I was little, I was lucky enough to live in Tokyo.
I was obsessed with Gundam, a TV series that spawned a deluge of model kits, toys, stickers, and ephemera which even today is a colossal merchandising empire.
I watched Gundam on TV and at the Cinema, but due to my sheer stupidity, and inability to get to grips with Japanese, I had no real idea of the complexities of the machiavellian storyline.
It's only recently seeing them on DVD as an adult (well.. errr..yeah) I've realised how complex the storyline was.
I've had a crap couple of weeks, and in a moment of work induced procrastination I looked up the toys I had/wanted as a kid.
I was always very lucky in that my parents were incredible indulgent and generous towards their pestering son's obsessions.... so..Thank you.
God bless Ebay.. and now I have new plastic friends.
and a bootleg..Hurray!