The Thirteenth Hour Podcast #333: Let’s End 2021 by Wrapping up the Howard the Duck Movie Novelization (Part 19) and Talking Toy Updates

This is the last show of 2021!  We’re finishing up the year with a few toymaking updates and finishing the reading of the Howard the Duck novelization.

If you celebrate Christmas, hope y’all had a good day.  We tend to follow the Latin American tradition of extending Xmas to at least Three Kings’ Day in January since, with young children, it seems to work out best to not give ALL the presents on one day.  And it make it a bit more relaxed.  Speaking of the holidays, check out this cookie my brother, Jeremy, decorated showing a soaring Logan.  There’s even an infinity sign lest yon man soaring over and through lofty peaks be mistaken for a mere snowboarder.  


Speaking of Logan, about a year ago, I made my first real custom action figure – a fairly well articulated Logan from The Thirteenth Hour from an old GI Joe and the head of a character from Treasure Planet (I think). 


This year, I’m about 80 percent done a similar, but in some ways more complex project – casting and making a number of copies of Logan and Aurora in Kenner-style 5 points of articulation form.  The fine detail and touch up work is still yet to be done, but even so, it’s a simpler look with less moving parts.  The simplicity allowed me to think about being able to cast all the parts and attempt to piece them together.


I still have two more separate figures to make as well as accessories and packing to figure out but will discuss more next week when discussing 2022 goals.

One goal I had this fall was to read a longer movie novelization on the show (I read a movie novelization of Spacecamp before, but it was pretty short).  I was wondering if a 200 page book would drag.  But done in little bits, it was fun to do, especially this one.  After 19 episodes, reading roughly a chapter a session, we have finished reading the Howard the Duck movie novelization.  It was quite an enjoyable experience, as I’ve mentioned before.  In some ways, similar to the comic – part satire, part social commentary – as well as a healthy dose of existential angst exhibited by Howard almost making it part philosophical treatise – clearly, this Duck is more than meets the eye.


A few excerpts I liked:


And (spoilers ahead), you can’t beat this ending:


It’s been a nice activity to complete while working on the Beverly figurines. 

Next week, the first episode of 2022!


Protect yourself and others with the Thirteenth Hour mask combo package on Etsy.  This fall, it became really hard to find good quality masks for our kids as they were going back to school.  There are still long wait times for some of the companies we like best, so I thought, why not try to find an alternative?  I eventually settled on the triple layer masks available for printing on by the company Flashbay.  They were one of the few companies I found that were transparent about their third party safety data (Junior:, Adult:, which is nice.  I was impressed by how well these masks performed on the filtration tests, even after repeat washings.  Also, I really liked how both the ears and nose piece could be adjusted for a good fit.


The Thirteenth Hour mask combo also comes with Thirteenth Hour hand sanitizer! (But of course.)



There are now Thirteenth Hour toys!  If you’d like to pick up one of these glow in the dark figures for yourself, feel free to email me or go to the Etsy store I set up ( and get them there.

If the past few months have got you needing a break, you may want to chill out to this 80s synth throwback track for a upcoming LP with the accompanying music video:

Empty Hands, the synth EP soundtrack to the novella, Empty Hands, is now out for streaming on Bandcamp.  

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Stay tuned.  Follow along on Spotify!  There is also a growing extended Thirteenth Hour playlist on Spotify with a growing number of retro 80s songs.

Check it out!

As always, thanks for listening!


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