Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lim lau peh or "Who's your daddy?" i.e. Happy Father's Day to all toy collectors who are dads

This toy blog post / entry was published earlier on June 21, 2009 but is just as appropriate today as it was three years ago :) Wishing Happy Father's Day to all fathers and fellow collectors. As long as fathers are not shy to play with toys, we'll always stay young at heart and connected to our children. It doesn't mean that when you become a dad, you have to stop playing with toys. In fact, it was when I became a father that my passion for toys was rekindled and that happened in 1994 ;p

First posted on June 21, 2009:
Today being Father's Day, I thought this post would be most appropriate. It is dedicated to fathers everywhere, me being a dad to two rascals, Jared who is 15 and Javon who will be 12 in December. The joy of fatherhood cannot be explained or understood unless you become a father yourself and experience the joys of bringing up your very own.

"Lim lau peh" is hokkien for "your old man/father" just as the popular phrase "lim peh ka li kong" means "let your father tell you" or "listen to your father" - a phrase meant to put you in your place, used even when the speaker is not actually the addressee's father. (source: the Coxford Singlish Dictionary - a good read, "sure damn funny one!")

We all remember the following scene from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" where Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) is captured together with his father Professor Henry Jones Sr (played by Sean Connery) after being betrayed by Elsa when Indy goes to rescue Jones Sr at a castle on the Austrian-German border.

[Indiana and Henry are tied up]
Indiana Jones: Come on, dad. Help me get us out of here. We have to get to Marcus before the Nazis do.
Professor Henry Jones: But you said he had a two day head start. That he would blend in, disappear.
Indiana Jones: Are you kidding? I made all that up. You know Marcus. He once got lost in his own museum.

Indiana Jones: [as the room is burning] Dad!
Professor Henry Jones: What?
Indiana Jones: Dad!
Professor Henry Jones: What?
Indiana Jones: DAD!
Professor Henry Jones: WHAT?
Indiana Jones: Dad, head for the fireplace!

In "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)", Indiana Jones discovers that he has a son Mutt Williams (played by Shia LaBeouf) when he meets his old love, Marion Ravenwood.

So the question is "Who's your daddy?" since there are so many Indy clones out there!

This next one everybody knows!

Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the Dark Side. Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father.
Luke: He told me enough! He told me *you* killed him!
Darth Vader: No. *I* am your father.
Luke: No. No. That's not true. That's impossible!
Darth Vader: Search your feelings, you *know* it to be true!
Luke: [anguished] No! No!
Luke (added comment): "Sure glad I didn't inherit your 'good' looks, dad!"

And this last one is for Ultraman fans. Ultra Father and his son Ultraman Taro. Only question is: "Which is the copy and which is the original?" There can be only ONE.

Medicom Ultraman Taro, Henshin Cyborg Ultraman Taro and Medicom Father of Ultra

For full review of Medicom 1/6 scale 12-inch Indiana Jones, check out my earlier post here. Indy's Father, Professor Henry Jones Sr's review can be found here and all the Indy clones are gathered here. Hasbro 12-inch Mutt Williams review here.

Medicom Darth Vader (I wouldn't call it a 1/6 scale since he's so short and puny) review was posted here.

Father of Ultra was a mail-away exclusive (reviewed here) for Medicom RAH Ultraman Taro (pictures here). Henshin Cyborg Ultraman Taro was released much earlier (link here).


The Rebel said...


Good piece Alex! Made me laugh in the morning....erased those dreaded Monday blues! :)

Btw, that 3rd Indy looked like he's wearin a farmer's hat? Which version is that?

alex teo said...

u R welcome, rebel :) 3rd Indy was actually FIRST Indy ever produced, way back in 1983 by Kenner

glad to be able to chase those Monday blues away ;p

Tony said...

Great post Alex, the 3rd Indy (the film that is) is my all-time favorite.

alex teo said...

Totally agree Tony :) the fourth wasn't all that good - too much expectations after all these years and old Indy just doesn't have the same level of energy