Time for something a bit different today. In mid-June, I went to Armenia, and I took my new Mega-Construx He-Man figure with me. His exploits were detailed on Instagram, but if you missed them, the full story is now revealed here…
He-Man arrives in Yerevan, and stands in front of a very faint Mount Ararat.
And now He-Man is checking out the 2800 fountains, one for each year of Yerevan’s existence.
He-Man learns about the complex relationship between sculpture and architecture in post-Soviet Armenia.
He-Man, when you’re in Armenia, you should eat Armenian food, not Mexican…
And now you’re on the cocktails. For God’s sake, He-Man.
Here’s He-Man at the Holy See of Echmiadzin, the holiest place in Armenia.
And now he’s checking out the ruins of Zvartnots cathedral, destroyed in an earthquake over 1000 years ago.
He-Man’s been busy today. He’s now at Khor Virap, where Armenia became the world’s first Christian country, in 301 AD. He-Man is fun and educational.
He-Man is now at Noravank monastery, which is very hot even at 6.30pm.
He-Man has climbed (driven) to the top of the Selim Pass. He’s facing the wrong way to enjoy the view though.
He-Man is now at the spa town of Jermuk, where he considered a shower in the warm salty water coming from this tap, but decided against it in case it washed his paintwork off.
He-Man defying death on a narrow bridge at Jermuk waterfall. He is now well behind schedule and has a long drive ahead of him.
This is He-Man at Karahunj, Armenia’s Stonehenge. Unfortunately, He-Man was being a right dick this evening and wouldn’t stand up, so here he is just after he fell over for the 170 billionth time.
What’s that you say, He-Man? You’d like a go on the world’s longest non-stop reversible aerial tramway? Well, you’ve come to the right place!
He-Man is feeling very pleased with his visit to Tatev monastery.
He-Man, get your greedy hands off my chips!
He-Man has come to see 7000 year old petroglyphs in the mountains above Sisian.
He-Man loves posing on the numberplate of his Soviet jeep.
He-Man is not at all keen to get out of the car in the thunderstorm at Varodnovank monastery.
He-Man’s tour of Armenia continues with a visit to Noratus cemetery.
He-Man feels he deserves a bit of chillax time at Lake Sevan.
He-Man is still living it up, now at the rather tacky resort of Sevanavank.
He-Man, I think you’re getting a bit overfamiliar with me now.
Amazing breakfast for He-Man in Dilijan.
He-Man feels that Dilijan’s Soviet monument to the unity of the Caucasian peoples would not look out of place on Eternia.
He-Man is quite affronted that I was too ashamed to ask that he be included in this selfie at Ijevan Wine Factory.
He-Man is rather sulkily hiking the Transcaucasian Trail.
He-Man’s day begins with a quick trip to the enticingly named Chemical Factory Workers’ Park.
He-Man reconnects with the type of TV on which he enjoyed his heyday.
He-Man’s trip ends rather abruptly with some bad news. He appears to have slipped out of my pocket somewhere along the way. I went back to check if he was in the abandoned Soviet industrial cable car behind me (not a place I’d planned to visit once, let alone twice), but no luck. I suppose I should count myself lucky I didn’t lose my wallet or car keys or something, but I feel bereft.
He-Man is clearly unreliable. On my next trip, I’m bringing Skeletor instead.