I don't know where the hell everyone else is. I'm pretty sure I'm not early. I'm never early. Well, my mom says I was early, but that was a long time ago and I don't remember it very well. Actually, she says they weren't really ready for me, but I don't know what that means.
Wait. I think I hear something, it must be Shadows arriving in his little space scooter. I've never actually seen it, but he was trying to act like it was some big thing and I'd be all impressed, but I doubt it.
Oh my... Look at that thing! I...
Yeah. B-b-b-but isn't that ...
I borrow it when he isn't using it. He throws in the guards to carry my luggage.
Y-y-y-you kn-nuh-nuh-nuh-ow him?
Wait a minute!
Why don't you need a helmet?
Huh? Oh... that's hard to explain.
I don't want to know.
Good call. Excellent! Our guest is arriving now! Aw, it's a cute scooter thingy.
Thanks, Shadows! Good to see you again! You too, Stutter.
Why is that Blacktron guy stealing my ship?
Oh, he isn't stealing it. He's, uh, parking it. We're a top notch show here, we have valet parking.
Right, we do! Isn't that Hin...
So, let's get started!
Well, KDog, mind explaining your name?
It's really a crap name, isn't it? I've never use it anywhere else, just on Lego forums. What happened is that when I started the Lego: Space comic, I hoped my friend Dan would help me with it, as we both like Legos and moronic humor; I thought this project would be a perfect outlet for that. And I thought we'd publish the comics under two names that sounded like they belonged to club DJs. KDog (with the K for my first name, Kevin) and DHub (D for Dan and then the first three letters of his last name). I went ahead and posted the first couple of comics I did on my own, but Dan didn't seem very interested unless it was Star Wars. And I had my own ideas about telling a backstory for Lego's Space theme. So, Dan just reads the comics on occasion, now. But he had a great idea for a Star Wars comic that I might work in somewhere.
It's better than Staudie, which means "annoying" in 13 languages. Really. I have a list somewhere.
What is your sig fig?
I change it now and then, but it's currently Commander Schwartz, the slacker main character of my comic, dressed up as Indiana JoneIndiana Schwartz!
Yeah, well we appreciate you appearing in space form today, it made it a lot easier since I didn't actually look up your sigfig.
What is your favourite theme? My personal guess is Classic Space...
But of course. It's the theme that always most captured my imagination. The Lego designers really got to let loose with Space as compared to something more realistic and terrestrial like Town. But I would say I love Space as a whole, not just Classic (although it was my first love). For some strange reason, I go rabid over UFO sets and have almost the whole collection. I do have other themes that I love almost as much as Space, although I don't have that many sets from any of them. Castle would be second (I want Black Falcon's Fortress soooo bad...), followed by Indiana Jones and Classic Town.
Classic Town? Well, have I got the place for you! Classic-Town.net! Proud sponsor of EB News, more or less, and personally run by that guy who keeps interrupting the show, what's-his-name.
And your 3 favourite sets would be?
I think that changes on a daily basis. But I can tell you what my current three favorites are. The FX-Star Patroller (6931) might be my favorite Classic Space ship. It's both elegant and badass, and is hella fun with its detachable, smaller ship at the front and its lab, which includes a robot on a moon buggy. It's also the soul sister of the Gamma-V Laser Craft (6891), known in my comic as Commander Schwartz's ship. Another current favorite is King's Castle Siege (7094), which I recently broke down and bought. I never had a Lego castle and always wanted one, and this set comes darn close to the aesthetic of the classic sets. And it's honkin' huge and is immensely fun. I think the current Castle series is the best since the original years. Love the skeletons! Finally, Indiana Jones and the Lost Tomb (7621) is one of my all-time favorites. It's the perfect Lego playset and captures the feel of the Indiana Jones movies. Lego packed a ton of great things into what is only a medium-sized set; the dropping snakes, the falling Anubis statues, the skeleton bursting through the wall, the Ark of the Covenant, great Indy and Marion minifigs, the Droids hieroglyphics - this is just a fantastic set.
The greatest Lego related moment for you would be?
It's more a period of time, which would be the mid-1980s when I would visit my friend Scott's farmhouse and we would play with his Space Lego. I didn't have a lot of Lego of my own, as I was more focused on Transformers, but I would be in awe when I saw the great Space stuff he had. I don't think I even knew they existed until going to his house. He had so many of the awesome sets from the early to mid-80s. It was a magical time, not just because of Legos, but because of childhood and those feelings are part of the reason I haven't let Legos go.
And the equivalent of that moment here at EB would be?
It would be all the positive response and interest the comic generates. I didn't know what people would think when I first posted a link to it. Would they hate it, think it stupid? I used to draw webcomics and not only was I not that great at writing humor (since my own is pretty offbeat), but I would be lucky if the comics got 10 views a day. But people have been really supportive of the Lego comic. It's something that interests all of us here and it fits my storytelling style and humor, I suppose. At this point, I think I have between 700 and 1,000 regular readers.
And being interviewed, of course!
Oh, of course.
What figure are my SF's torso and legs from?
Mike the Fabuland Monkey?
Be nice to Fabuland, it never did anything to you.
How is the SPACE Comic coming along?
I'm just shocked that I've kept up with doing three comics a week since early February. The process is becoming somewhat more streamlined, thankfully. Perhaps the EB News crew could show up in one of my storylines involving the DACTA news agency. That would be a perfect fit!
Perhaps so. We're always available, though I don't really have a space sigfig. Well, let us know and we'll come up with something.
I was wondering if we can see your whole Space Collection (Gotta love teasing the people who missed out xP ) ?
A photograph of a nondescript cabinet of Tupperware shelves isn't very interesting. However, I can snap some photos of my "Cabinet of Wonders," which is where I (messily) store most of the Space sets I use frequently and don't feel like rebuilding each time I shoot pictures for the comic. It's reminiscent of the cabinet in which Mr. Rogers kept his "Land of Make Believe" toys.
Am I annoying?
I don't think so. But you're talking to the king.
Did you ever see the Dragonator interview? Staudie is the queen... That makes you two a couple! Couple of what, I don't know! Hahahaha... Er. Sorry.
What is your opinion on the re-release of a Classic Space fig in the Vintage Figures set, and the New Space Skulls/Police theme?
I like that Lego is honoring Classic Space and putting some red torsos with crisp, gold logos out there. I think it's lame that they're not bothering to use the original helmet. Space Skulls and Star Justice are wonderful, imaginative sets that implement building techniques that are incredibly fun and that I hadn't really encountered before in Lego setAnd those sets were designed by our own, which is awesome. I'd like to see sets like these on retail shelves outside of the Lego Store.
How do you this TLC is fairing this season?
Lego is at a high point, I think, putting out really strong sets both in its original themes and licensed themes. I'll always love 1980s Lego out of nostalgia, but man, these are some good times.
And your thoughts on Mars Mission?
It's had some great sets with highly imaginative designs, especially in the 2008 line-up. I don't find a bunch of miners fighting somewhat bland aliens all that exciting, though. I hope the rumors of Space Police (and hopefully Blacktron) coming back are true.
Who should we put in the hot seat next time?
I would say one of my readers, since they're pretty insightful people. Did you interview Inertia yet?
Yes, we have. Doesn't anybody read these? I know I don't, but still...
And that's our cue to wrap things up!
I don't know. You said he was supposed to have a cameo appearance, then didn't explain why.
Oh, right. He's blurry too.
That's to simulate movement. He's running through quickly.
[color="#000080"]Just shut up.
[color="#000080"]Well, special thanks to KDog for joining us and for all of you who managed to sit through this much Staudie.
You know, this is the first interview of our second year of EB News, and I feel that warrants my taking a moment to tell you all just how much I appreciate your continued support. I realise that coming in and telling us it was a great show over and over could get a little repetitive eventually, but just knowing that you read them makes it all worth while.