There are just two episodes left in the cult classic “Breaking Bad” television series.
This is a dark series about a boring science teacher — Walter White — who has cancer and turns into a badass meth cooker. Because of his science background, he makes some of the best meth around that the hopheads absolutely love. White is in cahoots with a former student of his — Jesse Pinkman — in dealing the product. What a duo these guys make.
I’ve only seen the first season and it was dark and twisted. I hear tell it gets darker and more twisted in the seasons after that and there are plenty of surprises. According to experts here in the office, the less hair the character has, the more violent he is.
Anyway, those who get into this series really love it. It’s not exactly “Father Knows Best” or anything remotely close to wholesome, but it is intriguing and edgy.
At first glance it doesn’t seem like a show that would morph into the toy market but boy, oh, boy, you should see the junk out there that spawned from this show.
There is a Lego toy meth set that is not created or endorsed by the Lego folks. It is created by a company in Chicago called Citizen Brick. Since the cost for this 500-piece bad boy is $250, it’s doubtful a lot of parents will be putting it under the Christmas tree for Junior in December.
“In the show, the underground laboratory is this major set piece in the storyline,” Joe Trupia, who runs Citizen Brick told a Wall Street Journal blog. “It felt like another character. It seemed like a great subject for a custom kit.”
As you might expect, he is taking some squeak about it.
“Some people object to the price, and a small minority thinks I’m trying to rally kids to manufacture methamphetamine themselves,” he said to the WSJ. “The kit itself never mentions drugs, or violence, or specifics of the show directly. You’d have to be a pretty precocious kid to build your own meth lab after playing with our set.”
Oh, that makes it OK.
It would be easy to pile on Joe and his toy, but he’s not alone.
Bigbadtoystore.com is selling a Walter White bobblehead, a Walter White figure in a blue hazmet suit (although that delight is currently sold out), a plush set featuring Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, a smaller plush set of the dynamic duo for keychains (oops, that’s sold out, too) and a Walter White action figure dressed in black with a gun in his hand (oh, no — that’s sold out, too).
These items come from MezkoToyz. You know that company is cool because it spells toys with a “z”. I think they stole that idea from the Reporter’s “Whatizit”? but we’re too busy to sue.
So enjoy the final couple of episodes and if you can’t get enough “Breaking Bad” after that, at least you will have some toys to play with.
Even though he works for one of the enemy newspapers, I have to give kudos to Worth resident Tony Baranek, a longtime sportswriter who is one of the first recipients of the Illinois High School Association’s Distinguished Media Service Award.
He is one of four men to win this award and will be honored Friday at halftime of and Andrew-Lincoln-Way Central football game. That is all well and good, but this guy has been such a huge force in covering girls sports over the years that it would have more appropriate to have him honored before Tuesday night’s packed Marist-McAuley volleyball match.
Either way, he is one of the good guys in the business who has impacted so many lives with his coverage and outstanding features and columns since the mid-1970s and this award is well deserved. After all of these years, he still loves what he is doing and is still spinning out some great stories.
I know he has written about current athletes whose mothers that he covered back in the day. I wonder if he has yet written about any athletes whose grandmothers that he covered.
Bras and bagels
One of the many e-mails we received last week was this ditty. With a few edits — mostly taking out about 1,000 exclamation points — I will let it speak for itself:
“Come one, come all! The event everyone is still talking about a year later has returned!
“Bras and Bagels for Breast Cancer Awareness will take place on Oct. 12! The Sorors of Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will turn Carson Pirie Scott in Evergreen Park into Blue and Gold while wearing our pink ribbons! Please join us from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. as we commemorate the life of our Soror Hattie McDaniel and Breast Cancer Awareness month!
“Please plan to attend and bring a friend because breast cancer does not differentiate and all should be educated about this devastating disease — we just have fun doing so! For further information please contact our Community Service co-chairs, Rachel Deen or Yolanda Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org by email or 708-320-1922 by phone or text. We cannot wait to see you!”
Now that’s some enthusiastic writing. I don’t know about you, but that release has me fired up!