Monday, November 21, 2011

Tintin Trip, Brussels!





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Me at The Tintin ( pronounced as 'Turnturn' in French) Shop in Covent Garden, London.

Finally my most-awaited movie of the year, The Adventures of Tintin is now showing at cinemas nationwide, yippie ! I'm sure many of you are as excited, too? More so, you senior citizen readers out there? ;P

Although I did not actually grow up during the Tintin era (*ahem!), I'm still a huge fan of his! I have to blame my brother who introduced me to reading Tintin comics and watching his DVDs many years ago.

I have already seen the film, and was it awesome! I would rate it 5 stars! How about you guys, have you seen it?

By the way, Tintin fever was so prominent in Paris: from children's apparels to brioche wrapers, to just about anything, all you will ever see is 'Turnturn!'. Not just that, the nicely-adorned bread loaves come with surprise Tintin stickers - there's no guarantee which character you will chance upon!

And a week before the movie was out, they released a special reproduction of the famous Tintin-in-his-reporter-trenchcoat figurine that comes with a detailed biodata and passport! In the weeks to follow, other characters like Thomson and Thompson, Captain Haddock, Madame Castafiore and the rest, will meet ardent collectors!

When we were in London, my brother and I accidentally bumped into The Tintin Shop in Convent Garden. I love the shop so much! But there's yet another shop, in Paris' Montmarte area which I grew to hate the most! Why? It has a huge number of Tintin collectibles - the largest I've ever seen so far! What really rubbed the envy in was, most of their collectibles are really rare and vintage! And costly, of course! LOL...

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Some of the figurines my brother brought from the shop in Covent Garden.

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The Tintin shop in Montmarte... They have a special section on Tintin at the back...

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GAP Kids cashing in on the hype...

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PITCH's special edition brioche that comes with various Tintin character stickers. *kembung hari2 makan roti ni :D

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Even regular news weekly magazines like Le Point, carried Tintin on their front page.

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Dave de Bruges' special edition chocolates...

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Tintin promotional poster at a Paris bus stop...

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The Tintin special reproduction set, complete with a figurine of the hero!

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Have to go 'Tintin hunting' for more copies, since most shops have only one copy each. I bought two copies for myslef while my brother got two for himself too.

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Another movie poster, this time at the entrance of an electrical shop in Paris...

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A shop in the suburb Montmarte also offers a huge collection of old Tintin comics, but only in French...

So, as diehard Tintin fans, we made a special visit to Tintin's hometown... Where else but Brussels!



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A huge Tintin billboard proudly standing in downtown Brussels...

*to be continued

10 comments:

KG said...

miss that window seal...,maybe i shld visit london soon! you look tired, ye ker!?

Aan Andes said...

Blistering blue barnacles!!! Jelesnya I ngan u Wahdiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Hahaha....

I suka giler tintin. I have the whole series in English lah..bought sikit by sikit during my study days, that was like 6-8 years ago! And u know lah..it's quite expensive for a student like me, so I go hunting high and low like crazy.

Oh my..gotta grab one to read now!

Al Meister Ex a.k.a MASTERX a.k.a Amin Abjad said...

waahh..Tintin shop!! awesome...:))

muhamadakmalwahab said...

absolute ohsemmmm...

Abg Bear said...

Salam Wahdi...

Apa khabar? lama kita tak dengar berita satu sama lain kan... jauh jauh tu pegi ke Eropah.. bila nak mai KK??

wahdi said...

KG- tak tired, cuma kesejukan :D

wahdi said...

Aandes- haha mmg meriah demam Tintin kat Europe, btw dah jumpa ur Tintin?

wahdi said...

Amin- kan? ;)

wahdi said...

Akmal-thnx bro!

wahdi said...

AbgBear- W'kumslm..itulah, punyalah jauh mengembara, Borneo pun tak sempat jejak lagi hehe

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