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McFarlane's Monsters series 3: Rasputin

The McFarlane's Monsters line continues in 2004 with Series 3! This line represents a twisted new take on "Faces of Madness". These McFarlane action figures include: Billy The Kid, Rasputin, Vlad The Impaler, Elizabeth Bathory, Atilla The Hun, Jack The Ripper. Recommended for mature collectors. Figures are approximately 6 - 7 inches tall.

The third series of the McFarlane's Monsters action figure line focuses on the past: A historical look back at some of the human race's most notorious blood-letters and miscreants. Incredibly detailed and fully accessorized, McFarlane's Monsters 3 gives new meaning to the term monster.

A debauched, illiterate Siberian peasant who turned his sinful life into that of a quasi-religious faith healer and fortune-teller in 19th-century Russia. By "curing" Tsar Nicholas II's son of hemophilia, the "mad monk" became a powerful political and social force in St. Petersburg. This led to an assassination attempt in which Rasputin was poisoned, shot, beaten and eventually drowned.

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Osbourne writes musical about Russia's greatest love machine

Paul Arendt
Tuesday November 15, 2005
The Guardian


They call him the Godfather of Metal, the Prince of Darkness and the Blizzard of Oz. Until recently, though, few considered Ozzy Osbourne the next Andrew Lloyd Webber. That may be about to change: for the past few years Osbourne, the former frontman of Black Sabbath and reality TV hero, has been writing a musical. It is based on the life of a historical figure who could be considered Osbourne's spiritual ancestor: Grigory Yefimovich Rasputin, the Russian mystic and favourite of Tsar Nicholas II's court.

"It's a major achievement for me, because I've always wanted to do it," said Osbourne. "He's like the original rock star, you know? I said to myself, 'What better thing to write about?'" Osbourne and his co-writer Mark Hudson have amassed a double album's worth of songs, in styles that vary from rock to cossack folk music.

"I always wanted to do a musical for the West End or Broadway," Osbourne said. "If it gets picked up it gets picked up, but it was a lot of fun to do anyway ... being Ozzy Osbourne is great, but if I don't sing about the fucking devil or bats or whatever, people don't really want to know."

Osbourne was inspired to write the show after watching a BBC documentary about Rasputin. Though he came from humble beginnings, the so-called "Mad Monk" became a leading figure in the Romanov dynasty during the early 20th century. Rasputin, said Osbourne, lived the rock'n'roll lifestyle before it was invented. He drank heavily, was a womaniser, disregarded personal hygiene and was linked with witchcraft and the occult. He was also famously hard to kill - his assassins had to poison, shoot and drown him.

Having recorded the songs, Osbourne's team are looking for financial backers and a scriptwriter. "I want it to be authentic," he said. "My wife's putting it in a classy kind of presentation box with a film of Rasputin, and a synopsis and some of the music, so we're hoping someone will pick it up."

Rasputin's story has been told many times. He has been played by, among others, Conrad Veidt, Tom Baker and Alan Rickman. But Osbourne is unlikely to play the role. "If there's an album I'll sing the part," he said, "but I don't want to go on Broadway."
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Poor Napoleon! Poor United States!

There is one exhibit in the museum which makes Knyazkin be especially proud of. This is the 30-centimeter preserved penis of Grigory Rasputin. “Having this exhibit, we can stop envying America, where Napoleon Bonaparte’s penis is now kept. … Napoleon’s penis is but a small ”pod“ it cannot stand comparison to our organ of 30 centimeters…” the head of the museum said.

FROM: Russian Museum to Exhibit Rasputin’s Penis

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