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This week 33% B-Boy interviewed by Grimace404.

Up this week is The Fwoosh’s very own resident break-dancing aficionado, 33% B-Boy, or as some of us like to call him- Threety. How’s it going, 33?

Not bad thanks Grimey. "Break-dancing aficionado?" Heh.

How did you first find Fwoosh and what were your first impressions?

The Fwoosh was introduced to me by my very close friend and fellow Fwoosh member Chupacabras. We were both collecting Marvel Legends and he’d often drop things into the conversation that he’d read about "on the Fwoosh." I also had an interest in customizing action figures, and had seen the high quality of customs around here after spending some time lurking. After some extremely pathetic efforts I completed the first custom I was pleased with (Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy), so I joined and started a gallery thread. I had some nice reactions and decided to stick around.

How do you know Chupacabras?

The short answer is that we’re related. So anyone familiar with the casual and accepted pretense that we’re secret gay lovers can now add the uncomfortable idea of incest into the equation. The longer answer goes like this; my dad was in the army and as a result I used to live in Germany. When my family would come back home to visit in the summer, young Chupes and I would hang out, play with action figures and even come up with comic characters and stuff. When I moved back to the UK permanently at age 11 we’d hang out after school, playing video games, drawing and writing funny stuff to amuse each other. We put together a few comics and wrote a lot of comedy scripts and sketches. When we were a little older we made a series of videos based on comedy sketches we’d written. A lot of it is extremely cringe-worthy now, but it was the beginning of a writing partnership which has endured to this day. We’re slightly more organized and sophisticated now though. I hope.

Hang out on other boards much, or is this your main spot?

The Fwoosh is the only message board I hang out on. I’ve joined others in the past but I never had the enthusiasm to return to them. The Fwoosh has a unique atmosphere, and there’s a high-level of witty banter which is genuinely laugh-out-loud funny most of the time. I come here to be entertained. It’s also a healthy outlet for my sarcasm surplus.

How often are you on here?

Too often I suspect. Early mornings, late nights. For a while most of my work day was spent with the Fwoosh running in the background. I have no life.

Where’d your screen name come from? Can you actually break dance?

Kid-Mech once asked me if I break dance. My reply was "not without also breaking my arms and legs." The story behind my screen name isn’t all that exciting; I am a bit of a fan of hip-hop/scratch music, especially home-grown (UK) talent or anything designed to amuse. 33%B-Boy is the name of a track by DJ Format [free plug]and if you haven’t heard any of his stuff I’d recommend checking him out[/free plug].

Tell us about your collection. Collect anything besides ML’s?

My collection is about 90% ML. I have a few DC Direct/DC Super Heroes figures (enough to make a basic Justice League), all the (comic-based) Mezco Hellboy figures, the Mezco Goon figures and a few individuals that either amuse or interest me. There’s a Jesus figure displayed in between an Alien and a Predator for example.
How do you display your collection and do you have any pics?

They’re displayed on shelves and any other free space. I have taken pics in the past but a) I keep updating stuff and b) they’re too dusty and untidy to be proud of.

Do you customize at all?

I’m a casual customizer. At one point I was really heavily into it, but I’ve never been all that good. Recently I’ve started again and I’m getting happier with the results.
Unfortunately I’ve always got the idea that I need more fodder so I’m constantly buying multiple figures and cheap spares. I have boxes and boxes of figures which will probably never be used.

Top 5 new ML’s you wanna see:

– Nova (Richard Rider)
– Extremis Iron Man
– Wrecker/Wrecking Crew box set (is that cheating?)
– Gladiator
– STILT-MAN

Although that list would be different if you asked me another day. Apart from Stilt-Man. He’s essential.

What’s your opinion on the Hasbro takeover?

Not sure if I really have one. I haven’t been all that impressed with the HML I’ve seen so far, but I will probably end up buying them at some point anyway.
Character selection has been reasonable, but I’m not a fan of movie figures in ML.
The main issue for me has been the price hike, which is largely what’s stopped me from picking up the figures I’ve seen. I’m also bitter about losing the comics.

Do you buy comics and, if so, what are you reading right now?

I buy too many comics. My favorites at the moment include The Walking Dead, Y:The Last Man, BPRD, Strangers In Paradise, Invincible, Fell, Irredeemable Ant-Man, She-Hulk, 100 Bullets, the new Buffy season 8 and Savage Dragon.
And *whispers* I enjoyed Civil War.

Ok, I gotta ask- why’d you like Civil War?

I guess I’m just not a massive continuity Nazi. I took it for what it was, a balls-out attention-grabbing summer blockbuster style event, and went along for the ride. Sure, Spidey would never reveal his identity to the public, and plenty of other characters acted contrary to expectations, but overall it was fun. I can see why it pissed a lot of people off, but I wasn’t all that bothered. I read it, I was entertained, the end.

Any TV shows or cartoons you’re really into right now?

Heroes is very good, and I’m still heavily into Lost. Doctor Who is good fun, never miss that. The Venture Brothers is my favorite cartoon currently, and I’m one of those strange people who think Tom Goes To The Mayor is genius.

What about music, Mr. B-Boy? Tell us what you’ve been listening to lately.

I’ll listen to almost anything. My iPod is extremely eclectic. The last CDs I bought were The Fratellis: Costello Music and The View: Hats Off To The Buskers. The last song I downloaded was I Want You Back by the Jackson Five. There’s variety for you at least.

What’s the last movie you saw in the theater?

Hot Fuzz. Watched it twice and thought about going again. Some people have told me they were disappointed with it, but Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright can do no wrong in my eyes.

Last DVD you bought?

Dungeons and Dragons vol 1. It was cheap and I was nostalgic. I don’t regret it.

Top 5 movies of all time, in no particular order:

Fight Club
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
The Empire Strikes Back
Back To The Future

Hmmm… I should probably have put Shaun of the Dead in there somewhere…

So, you live in England, right? What part?

I live in Somerset, which is in the South West of England where all the inbreds and mutants live. It’s like the Dukes of Hazzard, except without all the police chases, and everyone talks like pirates. So in fact it’s nothing like the Dukes of Hazzard.

What’s it like being a collector in Europe?

Frustrating, expensive, with lots of waiting around and minimal distribution.

Ok, time for ‘This or That’, America’s fastest-growing message board based interview device. I’ll give you a couple options from random subjects- you pick your favorite.

-Gungans or Ewoks?

Ewoks (beechawawa).

-Blondes, Brunettes, or Redheads?

Brunettes (but I’m open to any offers).

-Skittles or M&M’s?

M&Ms. Chocolate will win every time. Am I supposed to be adding extra comments on these?

-Captain America- Dead or Alive?

Dead. For now.

-Batman Begins or Tim Burton’s Batman?

Batman Begins, but I still have a soft spot for Burton’s.

-Lock, Stock, and 2 Smoking Barrels or Snatch?

Lock, Stock was more entertaining to me.

-Day or Night?

Day.

-In a game of Heads-Up Texas Hold ‘Em Poker – Skeletor or Cobra Commander?

They both have excellent poker faces. No eyeballs and permanent rictus grin vs mask/hood. I’ll give it to Skeletor, but that’s purely favoritism.

-Vampires or Zombies?

Zombies.

-Post-Count or No Post-Count?

No post count. It’s all just numbers anyway.

Well, that about wraps it up, 33. Thanks for taking the time for all this.

You’re welcome. Anybody who wasn’t entertained can see Grimey afterwards for a full refund.

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