Thursday, March 22, 2012

KISS vs The Aquabats

The other night Steve and Dex came to the Kimmel show to see KISS perform. Dex went through a bit of a KISS obsession last summer. He had these little action figures he loved playing with, we had to watch the Halloween episode of the new Scooby Doo show (starring KISS) about 200 times and the lunchbag faces were KISS every day. They even made the final cut to the new lunchbox art. If there was a face painting opportunity, which it turns out there is actually a lot of when you are four, he requested Gene Simmons makeup.

the action figures, in action
lunch bag, with assigned characters
KISS is bottom left corner

 We waited outside the Green Room to see them walk to the stage. They were in full on KISS everything-makeup, boots, giant spikes on black and silver leather. They are absolutely huge and a complete theatrical experience just standing there. As they walked by, Dex gazed at them and said, "I didn't know they were real!"

Here is his review of the show. (He lasted one song)
"I like them better on Scooby Doo. There is too much fire and missiles." What would you change about that? I asked. "Lasers. They should have lasers." They did have a crap ton of fire and explosives. Car alarms were going off all around us. It was pretty rad. They might have had lasers too, but we did not get to see them. Enjoy!

Steve asked him who is cooler, KISS or The Aquabats (his current obsession.) "Aquabats." Why? "They have five guys, and KISS only has four." Who has better superpowers? "The Aquabats, because of Jimmy the Robot." I should have known, as Aquabats are the lunchbag kings now.

Dexter as Aquabat
 If you have not checked out their new kid series on Hub, you must do it right now. They are the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba, and this is their new project aimed at the next age level up- 4-8 year olds. It has all of the good things you remember from Sid and Marty Krofft shows plus crazy Japanese kid shows plus the Superfriends. Here's a promo!
My neighbor Helen Harwell is the production designer and pal Matt Hardiman is the art director. The budget was about $7, and they did a fantastic job.

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