Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
Second #lego minifigure custom work for my son. The sculpting and paint turned out fine but I wasn't too happy with the tree line design. Little man was already happy with the result but I told him I'm gonna re-visit this again for sure....need to get a super-fine Sharpie for the job! Groot 2.0 coming real soon....#ilhanology #geekshavethemostfun #marvel #guardiansofthegalaxy #groot
Friday, August 15, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I received a special request from none other than my dear son to custom him a Rhino LEGO minifigure. My better half quickly identified the most suitable 'base' minifigure for this custom job. We immediately went and bought it from the #fleamarket over at #amcorpmall. My amateurish custom work took me less than an hour to complete. I think it turned out pretty good despite some minor flaws. Little man was ecstatic...and I sense more requests coming my way in the near future....LOL.
#ilhanology #lego #lamiafamiglia #marvel #comic #actionfigurephotography
Saturday, August 9, 2014
I swore at times the flick didn't feel like a Michael Bay film at all. Sure there ain't nuthin' new that we've never seen before...it's all been done before in previous TMNT live action films, but this movie succeeded like it's supposed to. Action-packed, humour, that 80s nostalgia all packed into one popcorn fun movie. There's also throwback to Superman, Star Wars and Harry Potter too...how about that for some geekiness trivia? Movie buffs should enjoy this flick. Haters....lighten up and give this movie a chance would ya? Ain't no way in heck you're gonna get a chance to direct a better one yourselves...LOL.
#movie #moviebuff #80s
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Friday, August 1, 2014
This one has been in my storage for some time now. I had these since forever but I realised that I should've opened them when they were more 'updated'. You see, 7-points of articulation action figures don't stand much these days as compared to the super articulated figures of today (except maybe for those crappy 5-POA Star Wars 'Saga Legends').
Anyway, being a sucka for anything OT, I still love these figures and the fact that no updated versions of them have been produced ever since. They came in that cool commemorative tin set which is already cool to be displayed on its own if you don't want to take them out ever.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) movie was the bomb! I mean, THIS is how them abysmal Star Wars Prequel movies were supposed to be made. Never had I thought that a bunch of B-grade Marvel characters could ever be realised so successfully onto the big screen. Kudos to the director, screenwriter and of course to the actors for the excellent work. This epic space-opera rivaled the likes of Mr Lucas' and Mr Abram's sci-fi flicks. Can't freakin' wait for the 2017 sequel and how Marvel Studio is gonna bring about GotG together with The Avengers. Also, thanks to Peter Quill's exquisite taste for old-school stuff....my wife, my son and I are back into listening to them retro songs. I...ABSOLUTELY...LOVE...THIS...MOVIE!!! A definite candidate for the movie of the year!#movie #moviebuff #marvel
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Saw this y'day. It was a fun movie altogether. Glad to see The Rock's acting skills getting better and better with his every movie. While the movie is not exactly in the veins of '300', it certainly has its moments. One of the better Greek mythology flick I've seen in recent times. Good ol' popcorn fun!
Sunday, July 27, 2014
The original Robocop film was one of the landmark films that had graciously defined my childhood in the 80s. Paul Verhoeven’s classic has even received the ‘reboot’ treatment but it came nowhere near the original film’s pulling power. When you talk about movies where good guys get annihilated by them villains, it’s sometime understood that sometimes the villains too get immortalised in our memory banks at par with that of the good guys. Well, ED-209 or ‘Ed’ here does just that.
Hot Toys have also released two versions of Ed thus far, with the latest one released not too long ago (I think it was somewhere in April ’14). But unless you have a bottomless wallet, then the NECA 6”scale version would probably be your next best choice. I got mine at about USD60 (or RM200 at that point of time) which was what NECA’s recommended retail price was, so I guess I got a decent deal. By the way, when you talk about these items being made available at ‘retail’, then I guess the Malaysian market does not qualify at all to be called just that. You see, we collectors over here in Malaysia only get to buy these excellent NECA toys at specialty toy stores since none is available through TRU and other major retailers. Quantities are limited and one must be quick to spot any new NECA stock and usually split-second decisions are a norm when you hold these items in hand (“To buy or not to buy?”. Luckily there is this other thing called ‘pre-ordering’ beforehand, which is the wiser choice than stalking your local specialty toy stores every single day.
Right, let us start with the packaging. I find myself liking the packaging a lot. It has some interesting graphics and even shots of the toy itself together with Robocop in one of the panels (at the back to be exact). The box is the hard and sturdy kind, perfect for you to store Ed in case you decide not to display him out in the open. There is always fear of breakage and parts falling off the toy as it felt somewhat flimsy (more on that later) so you’d appreciate NECA’s effort to protect the toy as they made their way from NECA’s production plant and right into your arms.
Once you take Ed out of his packaging (and cut those blasted twisties off), you can always store him back into the box with great ease. But you’re not gonna do that now would you? This thing of beauty deserves to breathe and displayed out in the open!
Ed has some fair amount of articulations. I like it that he has waist swivel but it looks fragile and feels kinda flimsy. I have poignant memory of the machine trying to follow Robocop down the flight of stairs to no avail. Those who remember this scene well must know what I’m talking about. It’s the ‘toes’! Sadly, NECA probably skimped and omitted this feature out of their toy. So, no moving toes...bummer. It would have greatly helped us to better pose Ed in many different ways imaginable to the creative mind. But it wasn’t to be so let’s just get over that....*sigh*.
I love the way NECA sculpted his ‘arms’. You can clearly make out the various arsenal that his maker had given him. My only wish is for NECA to make his arm inter-changeable like the Hot Toys version aka the ‘battle-damaged’ ver. Staying true to the film, NECA had graciously given us a battle-damaged Robocop so why can’t they also give us a battle-damaged arm for Ed?
Of course, the most exciting feature of this toy is its ability to utter official quotes from the movie. My favourite is his ‘5-second’ countdown followed by the awfully long machine gun sound. I seriously do not know how long his batteries are gonna last but rest assured I am planning to take the batteries out if I decide to store this sucka back into its box....just in case of any leak.
Ed stands at just about the right height when compared to Robocop. He looks stunning and all of the details have been beautifully crafted by NECA giving you your money’s worth. He’s well worth the USD60 or whatever amount you’re paying/paid for it. NECA has been on a run with their movie-related characters as of late and Ed here is a testament to that!
THE REBEL’S VERDICT: I don’t know, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that this ED-209 figure here is probably gonna be one of the strong contender for The Rebel Page’s Toy of the Year accolade come year end! I’m super ecstatic to have ED-209 in my collection and so looking forward to the next ‘deluxe’ machine/beast from NECA. The Queen Alien from ‘Aliens’ is up next and you can be sure it’s gonna join the rest of my NECA crew on my display shelf. If the ED-209 is any indication of all the goodness coming our way from NECA, then we’re in for a real treat!
Friday, July 25, 2014
I actually got this sometime in late May but I never really had the chance to tinker with it. I sold off my ’08 Sideshow 1/6 ‘Vader to raise funds to get this. This is definitely better in so many levels. Need to find time to go through this one. So many gadgetry and functions to go through!
If you could only get ONE 1/6 Star Wars figure for your collection, then this Deluxe Vader is a definite no-brainer choice for your display shelf!
Finally the new ‘Bay-turtles’ (or ‘Bay-tles’ as a buddy of mine says it) action-figures from Playmates hit Malaysian shores. Saw these the other day at one of the TRU in town. Obviously I wasn’t too keen on how Michael Bay had re-imagined our beloved TMNT characters. The 4 turtle brothers now looked distinctively different than the other.....which is not a bad thing really but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
Here are a few of my observations off the new toys:
1 1) Donnie’s legs are too skinny. He has the most non muscled-up legs among the four. Is this because he’s the scientist and presumably didn’t get much fight coming his way?
2 2) April O’Neill aka Ms Megan Fox’s action figure has an abysmal 5-points of articulation...WTH? Why were the rest of the figures well articulated but this one gets sidelined?
3 3) On the hindsight, I think Raphael was the most decent one out of the four, not just because he fits my image of how a live-action ‘Turtle should look like, it’s also because he’s always been my favourite among them all (*shucks*). Yup, I grabbed him the moment I saw him (hey, ya’ didn’t think I was gonna go home empty handed now?!)
4 4) Shredder looks menacing even though I think he seriously lacks paint. His picture at the back of his card looks better than the actual toy. Matters not...I think many customizers will give him a paint anyway. I almost got this together with Ralphie but decided otherwise (I opted to get the Nickelodeon Shred-head with the removable helmet for my son instead).
5) The sight of the ‘I-look-more-like-a-terrorist’ Foot Soldier disgusts me. Just why did Bay have to fix something which clearly was not broken? Oh how I miss the 90s TMNT live-action movies (yes, even that sub-par third movie too....LOL).
Despite the negativity on the action-figures and the bad rap given by fanboys and media alike, I am actually looking forward to this movie. Let’s give Bay a chance shall we? And if it does end up like a pile of cinematic excrement/faecal matter, then I shall leave it to the masses to start off the ‘anti-Michael Bay’ campaign we all truly deserve.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
With Episode 7 looming around the corner (hey, it’s a mere 15-months before we’d all get the chance to crack out our home-made Jedi robes once again for a Star Wars premier show!) I thought it’s only right to snap some Star Wars-related action figure photography to whet my insatiable appetite for a ‘back-to-basics’ SW movie.
It’s strongly rumoured that Disney, being the current owner of Uncle George’s universe, might re-classify the Prequel movies as ‘non-canon’, a fate similar to that of most of the Expanded Universe novels. So what this simply means is that we might have to forget what we’ve learn and accepted from Episodes 1 till 3. Not a bad thing really, since Episode III was such a hunk of a mess and to be honest, it looked more like cut-scenes from a video game rather than an actual movie.
Having said that, I still have profound love for Episodes I and II, barring the very elaborate love scenes in AOtC. Although I am also in the opinion that the Prequels could’ve been much better had Uncle George went back to his Original Trilogy roots, I think the three movies served their purpose in opening up fanboys’ minds to what went on before the events of A New Hope. I personally love to have seen countless Jedi going about in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and how the Master-Padawan Learner dynamics took place during those times.
I’m not too crazy about them clones though. One or two is ok (I totally dig Cody, Rex and Gree) but I think Disney went on the overkill when they simply created too many ‘unique’ clones through the Clone Wars animated series. On the collector front, I think most have seen how there are countless 1/6 clones being produced by Sideshow Collectibles. Such a shame really, when obvious fan-demanded ‘Troopers such as the Scout Trooper* and the Imperial Navy Trooper/Commander have yet to be materialised.
Here’s hoping for a great collecting year ahead. Bring on SDCC!
*At the time of writing, yours truly still has no clue whatsoever that the 1/6 Scout Trooper’s coming our way through the upcoming SDCC! Yay!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Like so many other Original Trilogy sucka’, I get giddy every time pieces of information or teaser leak out from JJ Abrams’ production blog for his Episode VII project. It’s great to see that the iconic starfighter is stayin’ mostly true to how it looked like in the original trilogy. I love the fact that there's a pilot climbing into the X-Wing!!!I am also stoked to learn that a supposedly ‘opening plot’ had leaked out and that the film could start off with a couple of guys stumbling across Luke’s severed hand (refer Empire Strikes Back) and purportedly sets off to find its ‘owner’. True or otherwise, this has just sent an euphoric feeling throughout the geek fandom worldwide. It’s gonna be a painful wait....all 15-months of it!!!