THANOS DEMANDS YOUR SILENCE

Like many others, I watched Infinity War last week. And I can’t talk about it. There’s a LOT that happens, and just about everything could potentially be a spoiler. So I’ll just say that there were Avengers present. And they said and did stuff.

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The movie started with a Hulk.

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And there was a Thanos.

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Thanos wanted to collect some pretty rocks so he could destroy the universe. That’s bad.

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Then there was a Captain America.

A bunch of other people showed up and they had a big fight. The end. There really isn’t anything else I could say without revealing too much, but I’ll throw in my own thoughts towards the end of this post.

Otherwise I’ll say my little Hulk’s been upgraded compared to the first one I made seven years ago!

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Summer of 2011. Lookit this little guy. It’s like looking back at an old yearbook photo.

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Fast forward to 2018. He’s bigger, and a little more hulk-like. He could probably pass as a super saiyan with that hair.

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Little Avengers for scale. Black Panther’s ears give him slightly more height. 😀

Otherwise here are my spoileriffic thoughts on the movie. If you haven’t seen it, SPOILERS ABOUND. I’ve written everything in white text so you’ll need to highlight over it to read it.

SPOILERS AHEAD, HIGHLIGHT AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

  • WTF I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE A NICE SENDOFF FOR THE OG AVENGERS AND PASS THE TORCH ON TO THE NEWBIES.
  • So yeah. Stunned at the ending. Holy shit.
  • I was initially worried that the movie was going to be too crowded and overwhelming, but I felt like they did a really good job in segmenting everything and pacing it well.
  • I’m thinking Loki and Heimdall are dead for good. I’m thinking Vision will be back. And I’m hoping Gamora stays dead because I think it would diminish the significance of Thanos throwing her off the cliff, but I have a feeling she’ll be back too. Everyone else who turned to ash will be back (duh).
  • I didn’t think Thanos’s paternal feelings for Gamora were developed enough for me to feel bad about it. When he threw her off the cliff it was more like “Oh. I guess he was really attached. Whoops” vs. “OMG HE LOVED HER THIS IS SO SAAAAAAD.”
  • Loved the new Spidey suit! I wasn’t familiar with Iron Spider from the comics but it was cool to see Spider-Man’s suit resemble an actual spider.
  • Also Peter Parker broke my heart at the end. Ugh. UGH.
  • Tom Holland killed his part in the movie! (okay, poor choice of words there) He’s so freaking good at being Peter Parker. I’m excited to see what else he brings to the table in future movies because he’s totally coming back.
  • One thing that initially bugged me was that I kept thinking Dr. Strange can turn back time, WHY DOESN’T HE JUST ROLL THAT SHIT BACK. Then my friend brought up a good point that he probably considered that in one of his 14 million scenarios and knew it wouldn’t work.
  • Thor! Holy crap Thor’s skyrocketed from bottom of the barrel in terms of Marvel characters to one of my top favorites. I hope our dear pirate angel hybrid is okay.
  • …we have a space Nazi! Red Skull’s reveal was awesome.
  • GIANT DINKLAGE. YES.
  • This scene is a lie.
  • Not sure how I feel about Vision and Scarlet Witch’s romance, but having her kill him, then watch Thanos bring him back to life and kill him AGAIN was brutal.
  • Pepper Potts better not be pregnant. I’d roll my eyes so hard. On the other hand I trust that Marvel would make it work if that were the case, but I’m still really hoping not.
  • Korg!!! Where was Korg?!?! I must know.

Alright, I’ll leave everyone with that. Otherwise little Hulk, Captain America, and Thanos will all be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! Find them and they’re yours to keep!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

 

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One batch, two batch…

You know that feeling we all got when we first saw Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark ten years ago? Where you saw him on the screen and you just knew this was exactly who Tony Stark is meant to be? That’s how I felt when I watched Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle in The Punisher. Holy hell did he own that role.

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“One batch, two batch, penny and dime.”

I thought season 2 of Daredevil was underwhelming at best, and straight up DUMB at its worst (see here), but the Punisher arc singlehandedly kept me watching throughout the season. So when the Punisher got a show of his own, I was SO ready to see Frank Castle wreck shit up.

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Sure, there were some flaws (I thought several parts of Madani’s arc were inconsistent), but otherwise I loved it. Can’t wait for season two. Bring on the brutality.

At any rate, lil’ Frankie will be up for grabs at San Diego Comic-Con! Find him there and he’s yours to keep!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

 

Bow down.

I watched Black Panther over the weekend. And OF COURSE I was going to make a little T’Challa. I worried when Wonder Woman came out because DC had a poor movie track record, and if Wonder Woman failed it’d be a huge setback socially speaking. But I didn’t worry for Black Panther, and that faith that Marvel would do things right was solidified again.

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King T’Challa, The Black Panther, Protector of Wakanda and the world.

I’ll be honest, I can’t say I’m 100% happy with little T’Challa, but eh, it’ll do. It’s difficult to replicate all the subtle details on the Black Panther suit with yarn, and there aren’t as many silver contrast details on the new suit for me to work with compared to the original Black Panther suit we saw in Captain America: Civil War. I cheated a little and added some extra here and there, but it wasn’t technically movie accurate.

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Of course King T’Challa was the main protagonist of the movie, but there’s one character who overshadowed his royal highness for me:

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ALL HAIL PRINCESS SHURI.

Can we talk about how awesome Shuri is for a moment here? Now THAT’S a princess I can get behind. She was smart, sassy, and wasn’t afraid to put up a fight. The fact that she’s the brains behind all of Wakanda’s tech made me love her so freaking much, because that kind of imagery is so important when it comes to showing these types of characters to a young audience. Growing up if a movie or TV show had a “brains” character, that person was invariably 1) a dude, and 2) the nerdy uncool dude. It gave us kids the impression that being smart wasn’t cool, and you’d always play second fiddle to the brawn of the group. Tony Stark has been a pretty good character to make science nerds look suave, but Shuri is the fun female science geek that I wish I had around as a kid. And on top of that, Shuri was smart for the sake of just being smart! There was no need for her to one-up a team of male scientists, there was no need to her to struggle against people underestimating her because she’s a girl. The movie didn’t feel the need to throw in some sort of boys vs. girls conflict to make a point…she was allowed to be a smart techie geek simply because she was good at what she did, and people trusted her expertise. If Shuri can inspire more little girls (or hell, grown-ass women) to get into science and tech, then HELL TO THE YES let’s get more of her out there. I’m hoping SO badly that we’ll see some friendly techy banter between her and Peter Parker and Tony Stark in Infinity Wars.

I also loved her costume design. Actually I just loved the costume design on just about everyone, period. So many little details.

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  • Wakanda looked AMAZING. I wasn’t sure how they were going to pull off fusing what was supposed to be the most advanced technology on earth while maintaining traditional aspects because Wakanda had never been colonized, but holy hell they made it work. Gorgeous visuals with lots of glowy vibranium and fancy gleaming towers among colorful traditionally patterned textiles. I love how even the street hawkers had nifty handheld holograms to sell their wares, as if that was just a baseline piece of equipment everyone had. So freaking cool.
  • Speaking of traditional African aesthetics, THIS GUY:
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    I remember reading about tribal lip plates as a kid in kiddie science magazines (my parents started me young on the nerdiness), but DAMN they made this guy look so freaking cool with it. I don’t care that the plate itself was CGI’d, this man managed to 1) rock a teal suit and look damn good in it, and 2) GOT A MATCHING LIP PLATE AND ROCKED THAT TOO. He looked straight up pimpin’ in this.
  • More on Shuri: I love how she didn’t give af and straight up interrupted T’Challa’s coronation to be all like “look, can we just crown him already so I can get this stupid corset off and then we can party? kthx.” Actually I just love how she doesn’t give af about T’Challa’s status as king, period, because to her he’s still her big brother and she’ll still give him hell at every opportunity possible, throne be damned.
  • SHURI’S SNEAKERS PUN. YES. Also she gave T’Challa shit for his sandals while also chiding him for having open-toed shoes in her lab, YES LAB SAFETY.
  • Main criticism: this was one movie where I felt like there weren’t too many big surprises. Movie plot was pretty straightforward and predictable (come on, no one was buying the whole “OMG HE DIED” thing) and just about everything you needed to know was in the trailers.
  • Killmonger’s cheeky “Hey Auntie.” Ohhhh you ridiculously good-looking, charming, irreverent bastard.
  • Nice to see Andy Serkis as himself for once!
  • Another small criticism: I thought it was kind of corny how after the big fight between T’Challa and Killmonger, Killmonger was suddenly all cool with T’Challa (okay, maybe resigned is a better word), and quietly made his exit on a cliff to a sunset. Killmonger bursted onto the scene with so much anger and rage, and his character was built up to be the type to never let anything get in his way of what he wanted (he shot his own girlfriend!), so it seemed out of character that he’d take a beatdown and would suddenly be like “welp, I guess this is the end.” But I get that it’s a superhero movie, and that Marvel has never been in the business of having gritty, bitter ends to these types of things. And while it was cliche, I liked that they showcased T’Challa’s sense of compassion and forgiveness by insisting that he could still save Killmonger, and when he refused, allowed him to die peacefully while watching the sunset that he’d only dreamed of as a child. Nice way to bring things back around to the whole “You are a good man, with a good heart. And it’s hard for a good man to be a king” line from Civil War.
  • I loved how well-rounded Okoye’s character was. Black Panther wasn’t just a great movie for ethnic representation, it was great for representation of women as well. She was a warrior, but she wasn’t a mindless killing machine. She had a sense of humor, she had compassion, she felt conflict when she knew her duty was to the throne but she couldn’t stand behind the new king. And GODDAMN does Danai Gurira rock a shaved head. The only minor criticism I have (and it truly is minor) is that I felt like her relationship with W’Kabi was pretty much unnecessary. I guess they wanted to round her out by showing that the Dora Milaje can still maintain romantic relationships while being some of the strongest warriors in the world, but it felt like they just kind of threw it in as if to mark off a checkbox. Who knows, maybe there was more footage of their relationship and it got cut, but I felt like they did plenty to show Okoye’s humanity without having to throw in a barely-there boyfriend/husband.
  • Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger. Ohhhhhhh mama. I watched him as scrawny little Wallace on The Wire recently and seeing him on the big screen with so much swagger…hell, just give the man the throne, he marched in like he owned the place. Fantastic villain with a good conflicted backstory. He also had some of the deepest lines in the movie, which is significant for a Marvel film, where they’re usually easy-peasy superhero flicks. His final line about the ocean drove a big message home, but the line that struck me more was when he said “Can you believe that? A kid from Oakland walking around, believing in fairytales.” Something about that hit me so much more because it speaks to a stark reality that’s around us every day. Killmonger’s fairytale was Wakanda, but the fairytale for other disadvantaged kids could be as simple as graduating from high school, or just being able to have a life where they can have three square meals a day. It’s not every day that a superhero movie goes beyond the good guy-bad guy story.

 

 

 

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At any rate, both of the royal Wakandan siblings will be up for grabs at Comic-Con this year! As per usual, find them and they’re yours to keep!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

 

STOP. Hammer time!

Thor: Ragnarok: LOVED it. Easily in my top 3 from the Marvel cinematic universe. It’s like they studied Guardians of the Galaxy, extracted all the parts that made it great with surgical precision, and upgraded all of it into a fantastically fun movie while giving Thor a great reboot to his character. Thor has been my least favorite standalone character out of the entire Marvel cinematic universe, but Thor: Ragnarok was so freaking fun that it’s brought him solidly back onto my radar. Loved seeing Loki’s return, loved seeing Doctor Strange for a little bit, loved Valkyrie and the Grandmaster, loved loved LOVED Korg, but if there’s one character I wished we saw more of, it was Hela. So I made a critter. 😀

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My sister is back and you’re gonna be in trooouble,
He-laaaaaa, He-laaaaaa, my sister’s back!”

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Hela, goddess of death, certified badass, and well, she definitely doesn’t like sharing her toys. To the point where she breaks her little brother’s favorite one. Booooo.

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I LOVED her look. Making the headdress was kind of tricky, but I managed to figure something out with some craft foam.

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She may be the goddess of death, but she’ll sparkle in just the right light! All the reference photos I looked at showed her headdress being a beautifully subtle mix of black, green, and gold. I tried to replicate that as best I could without it looking too showy.

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And guess what? She’ll be coming with me to San Diego Comic-Con 2018! My first critter for SDCC 2018 is officially done! Find her there and she’s yours to keep! Otherwise here’s my thoughts on Thor: Ragnarok:

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  • Can we talk about what a shitty dad Odin was for a minute here?? First he failed to tell Loki that he was adopted. But we still saw him as good ol’ noble Odin for some reason. Now you’re telling us that he had a daughter who became one of his biggest sources of support and power for his campaign to create an empire, and then when she got “too ambitious,” instead of trying to talk things out or find some other way to use her potential, HE LOCKED HER UP AND ERASED ALL MEMORIES OF HER? And then he didn’t bother telling his other two sons until she breaks out? “LOL I forgot to tell you guys, you have a sister and she’s coming to wreck shit up. Have funnnnnn.” Goddamn Odin, you really suck at parenting.
  • Short hair Thor > long hair Thor. There. I said it. The haircut is hot. ❤
  • Minor pet peeve: where the hell did all that ammo come from in Skurge’s guns in the end?? I’ll chalk it up to some Asgardian upgrades or something.
  • The Hulk calming down after seeing Black Widow was cheezy. Meh.
  • I really wanted to see more of Hela. She came in guns blazing, but we didn’t get to see much else from her. Loved Cate Blanchett in the role, it’s a shame we didn’t get more of it.
  • A few wonky CGI jobs here and there, but otherwise visually speaking it looked fantastic. I LOVED the shot with the valkyries battling Hela.
  • There were SO many good moments in this movie. From Thor’s spectacularly awkward story about Loki turning into a snake, his quietly bewildered utterance of “what the hell?” as he’s being transported to meet the Grandmaster, ALL of Korg’s lines, Bruce Banner heroically leaping from the quinjet and then falling flat onto the bridge…seriously great pacing and loads of great gags to keep things moving.
  • Lots of fakeouts from the trailer, and in a good way! Sometimes you watch a trailer and then you walk away from the actual movie thinking “wait, what the hell, none of that was there.” This was a case where the trailer fakeouts all worked out to be pleasant surprises.
  • Korg. I know people keep saying we need more Korg, but I’d argue that we had the PERFECT amount of Korg and it was amazingly hilarious. I’d love to see Korg in future movies, but only if they sprinkle in just the right amount like they did here. He’s definitely a treat that is best used in moderation.

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I had loads of fun making Hela, and I’ve already got a preliminary list of what critters I’ve got in mind to make for SDCC this year! Critter making season has begun! Let the fun begin!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Loved it. Loads of fun, just like the first one. Lots of good one-line zingers, but one of the best moments involved Yondu:

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“I’M MARY POPPINS, Y’ALL!”

I was already seeing memes for that line before I even saw the movie, but once I saw the context of it I knew I had to make it into a critter. Yondu may not have been the magical nanny that Mary Poppins was, but he sure did what he could for little Peter Quill.

Mary Poppins might be practically perfect in every way, but a lot of things bothered me about making Yondu Poppins. I like to keep things as accurate as possible, and well, a lot of Yondu Poppins didn’t follow movie accuracy.

Yondu doesn’t have red eyebrows in the movie. He actually doesn’t have eyebrows at all. But he looked so much goofier with a pair of grumpy eyebrows sewn on, so I added them anyway.

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Mary Poppins’s skirt isn’t black, it’s navy blue. She doesn’t have a red ribbon belt, but a lot of the DIY costumes I saw seemed to love adding it in, and when I made little Yondu Poppins I felt like adding a little red belt gave a nice accent to it all.

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The floral print on the Yondu Poppins bag looks NOTHING like the original floral print on Mary Poppins’s bag in the movie, but dammit, I tried.

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Given all the deviances that I made from the original material, I’m still pretty pleased with Yondu Poppins overall. He’ll be floating in to San Diego Comic-Con for a critter drop. Find him and he’s yours to keep! Just don’t expect him to be much of a nanny. He might look the part, but he’ll probably steal your stuff and run off.

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Worst. Nanny. Ever.

As for my thoughts on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2….

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I loved it. I loved Vol. 1 more, but Vol. 2 had all the same elements that made the first movie great, which is all I really wanted. And who knew that the movie would be more about Yondu than anything else in the end? None of the marketing gave that away, and I love that Marvel teased just enough in the trailers and TV spots to keep everyone interested, but didn’t give away any of the main plot points. It’s nice to still be surprised by a movie when too many trailers tend to give away too much of a movie these days. My thoughts:

  • Little Groot just wants to dance, y’all. He just wants to DANCE.
  • There was a heavy family theme in this one. Nebula and Gamora’s strained relationship. Peter’s conflicting feelings towards meeting his father. Peter’s realization that he had a father figure all along in Yondu. The guardians all referring to themselves collectively as a family. The only thing that could’ve made the family theme any more obvious was to have Lilo and Stitch fly in and have them scream “OHANA” in everyone’s faces. Aside from the theme being a little too transparent, I liked it and I liked that it added a sweet undertone to an otherwise goofy movie.
  • The soundtrack! I loved the soundtrack in the first movie, and I love it in this one too. I loved the way “The Chain” was used in the scene between Peter and Ego, and a bit of Fleetwood Mac brings back memories of family road trips with my dad commandeering the music selection with his favorite 70s tunes. Throw in some Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel and you’d have a large chunk of my passive childhood playlist.
  • THE HOFF. Holy shit, that cameo came out of nowhere, and in such a weird moment. It threw me off and I LOVED it.
  • The end credit scenes: That’s a lot of loose ends. Makes me curious how they’re going to squeeze everything in the next movie. On top of whatever hijinks the guardians will get themselves into, you’ve got Ayesha introducing Adam, a Ravagers reunion, and Nebula flying off to kill Thanos. And that’s all without including the fact that they’re supposed to meet the Avengers at some point.

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I remember having serious doubts about the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and it ended up being one of my favorites in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. This time I put my trust in Marvel and walked away happy. I don’t know when the Marvel train is going to slow down, and to be honest I’m (pleasantly) surprised that it’s still going strong. I really need to learn to sit back and enjoy the ride…9 years of enjoyable movies is a CRAZY good track record. Here’s to moving on to a decade of fun.

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

Double the doctor, double the fun!

I’ve been trying to be better about making duplicates when it comes to my critters. Part of it is so I can start my own collection of critters, because over the past six years I’ve only kept a handful of critters for myself. This way I can have one of each critter as a reference if I wanted to make more instead of relying on old photos to see how I made some of the finer details. The other part is to see if it’s something that can be easily reproduced to begin with. Some of you may have remembered me making a little Doctor Strange back in November:

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Well, in trying to start this new habit, I made two!

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Verdict: Unless I can find a better way to make an Eye of Agamotto, I think I’ll sit this one out in the future. But my extra work is your gain! That means there’s one for me, and one for you. I’ll be keeping one of these little guys for my own collection, but the other will be an extra for me to drop off at San Diego Comic-Con! Find him and he’s yours! Better grab him before he sling-rings his way out of your grasp. 🙂

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year, follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

As rare as a…

So last week people were losing their minds over that unicorn frappuccino at Starbucks. While people were hunting down that pink and blue sugary mess, I was busy trying to stitch up this little derpface:

Embroidery isn’t my strong suit, but dammit, I tried. I TRIED. So what’s with the unicorn? Was I looking for some magic in my life? Was I looking for some sunshine and rainbows? Nay (neigh?), ’twas not my intention. This unicorn was for someone else. Someone who has a much deeper love for unicorns:

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Oh yeah. That guy.

One thing I love about Deadpool is that you can accessorize him with just about anything. Sombrero? Done. Banana suit? Why not? Unicorn? Anyone who has seen the Deadpool movie may remember that Deadpool seems to like unicorns. Likereally like them. (link is slightly more SFW than the actual scene I’m referring to)

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One way or another I’m sure this chubby little unicorn will keep him company while he waits to be dropped off to cause trouble at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Deadpool, ready for some unicorn fun times at SDCC! Find him and he’s yours!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker