Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gimme some Prequel lovin’...Star Wars figures in action!

Darth Plagueis & Darth Sidious

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. 

Podracing is the way of life here at Mos Espa...

General Grievous

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.

Palpatine's aides....

Neimodians on board the trade federation battle-ship...

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.

The Clone Wars

Meanwhile on Kashyyyk...

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

Great to see an X-Wing in Episode VII....

 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!!!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Time to play with some GI Joe figures!

I haven't snapped pictures of GI Joe figures in a long time. I recently whipped out the Zombie Viper (from the Pursuit of Cobra line) and the Resolute Snake Eyes and decided to take some shots of them in action. I think they came out decent...heheh.

Snake Eyes - Resolute ver

Snake Eyes - Resolute ver

Snake Eyes - Resolute ver

Zombie Viper

Zombie Viper

Zombie Viper

Friday, July 18, 2014

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer!

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Seeing that my toy review activities are virtually in shambles these days, I’ve decided that instead of trying to catch up on the oldest ever plastic crack I’ve ‘purchased-but-yet-to-be-reviewed’ (God knows when that was!) I think it’ll probably be better if I start to review my recently acquired ones. These newer action figures are still out in the open hence it’s best for me to get over with them before they either go back into storage (yes, space is STILL an issue for me at this particular point of time) or if they’re lucky they’d get their fair chance of getting displayed over in my IKEA glass cabinet. Let me start with (*grabs whatever’s within reach*).....Scorpia from Matty Collectors’ MOTU Classics line.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Now, a lot has been said about the fate of the MOTU Classics line. Some even said that 2015 might be the last year for the line. There’s some sort of talk that says the line might even be extended till 2016 and nothing more beyond that. At this juncture, I’m pretty thankful that most of the core characters have been released so the imminent cessation of the line wouldn’t stress me out that much I guess. I’ve pulled up the handbrake quite a bit as of late too, skipping some of the non-essential characters as I preferred to be focusing my energy into finding a couple of core characters that I’ve unintentionally missed from the line (nope, it is NOT Teela nor Ram-Man!).

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Truthfully, the MOTU Classics line has always been my main collecting line since early ’09. I’ve steered clear of those ‘non-essential’ characters while declaring that most (if not all) Filmation characters are a must in my books! I remembered Scorpia here quite fondly from the She-Ra cartoon series and my better half seemed to recognized here instantly when I showed her the proto pictures some months back. With that in mind, Scorpia here is a no-brainer must-have for my ever growing MOTU Classics collection.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

The packaging and the white...err...brown mailer box is nothing new. Those who are familiar with the line will probably have seen this too many times already. These days, as soon as I receive my haul of the month, I go home, take quick pictures of them, cut the figure loose from the packaging, keep the cardback and immediately recycle the mailer box.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Onto the figure itself...Scorpia is one stunning figure. Her features are sharp and the way it is designed brilliantly captured how she looked like in the cartoon series. It I had known it better, I think this is one of the great MOTU Classics action figure that came our way in recent times. Ever since Catra was released, I couldn’t wait for Matty to release Scorpia (self-professed love for the POP/Evil Horde line....guilty!). We got ourself Octavia and Shadow Weaver some time back too. The Evil Horde line-up still has some distance to go but I think I’m just looking forward to just a few namely Entrapta and a few others before I can call it quits.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Scorpia comes with the standard Horde cross-bow but this time the weapon gets a quick make-over. One can clearly see the ‘scorpion’ design on the cross-bow making it unique only for Scorpia. This is a nice change to an otherwise mundane/monotonous design we’ve seen on the cross-bows that came with Hordak, Grizzlor and a few others.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

I like it that her ‘tail’ is made out of rubber instead of hard plastic. In a way I was pretty disappointed on how Whiplash’s tail turned out to be. It wasn’t a throwback to the original 80s toy where you can ‘whip’ his rubbery tail from side to side. Scorpia’s tail here does just that albeit without the play function. Works fine for me. This is an adult collector line. I’m just glad to have rubber tail instead of hard plastic. My only concern is whether the rubber will crack over time. I’ve stopped posing Snout Spout’s trunk a long time ago, ever since many collectors complain of cracks in theirs.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

Scorpia has the standard MOTUC articulations. Besides from the sorely-missed hip swivel articulation, she is able to be posed in most positions that you can imagine. Battle positions I mean....you pervert! Paint is also perfect on mine so no complaints there from me.

Scorpia: Stinging Horde Enforcer

THE REBEL’S VERDICT: Like I said before, if you’re a devout collector of the MOTU Classics line, be it only core characters or a completist, you would definitely want Scorpia for your collection. This is an essential member of the Evil Horde and she will look perfect standing amongst the like of Catra, Octavia and Shadow Weaver. She’s no longer available on matty’s site so your best bet is to get her on the secondary market. Stay tuned for more MOTU Classics review here on The Rebel Page.

Ladies of Horde!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marvel Legends' Guardian of The Galaxy.....

Guardians of the Galaxy #movie #moviebuff #marvel #geekshavethemostfun #actionfigurephotography

Goodness. I'm so far behind in my reviews I don't even know where to start. I can't even remember when I did a decent toy review....hahah. Anyway I picked up the Guardians of the Galaxy ML wave the other day (even when I wasn't really keen to do so in the beginning) because I really wanted that Groot BAF. Seriously, I wasn't that excited with the smaller BAFs of late eg. Terrax, Arnim Zola, comic 'Raccoon but when I saw that Groot was a step up from those regular sized BAFs, I knew I had to have him (sucker!). To assemble Groot, you'd have to get all 6 figures as each of 'em have the required body parts to do so. I didn't mind buying the 4 members of the GotG and Nova, but I was rather annoyed having to splash some cash on the abysmal 'cosmic suit' Iron Man...it looked cheap. I'm seriously considering to sell it off on eBay.

Nevertheless, I'm happy to have the complete line-up of the GotG characters in my display shelf. So much so it almost made me forget about the pain of being forced to buy that ridiculous Iron Man figure just to get that dreaded BAF part (almost). Having Groot stand among his team mates is a welcome sight indeed, especially when he practically towers over everyone else!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Belated 4th of July!

Gosh. It's been a while...I know. This almost defunct blog of mine deserves better! I promise I'd get back to blogging real soon....(really!). 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Hasbro's Transformers cheap plastic quality....

Voyager Class Optimus Prime - Age of Extinction...probably the only #transformers toy I'd get from the upcoming movie (though am pretty temp ted to get Grimlock to go with him )...his truck cab is a great homage to the G1 cartoon we all know and love!  #g

Seriously, I really had high expectations on this toy. This is probably THE only TF toy I'd get from the new Age of Extinction movie. I promise myself that I'd stay away from them movie toys but then the flat-nose cab mode really caught my attention. Having a G1-esque nod meant that Hasbro was gonna score big with the classic cartoon fanboys....right? Whatever it is, many 'classic cartoon series' collectors ended up getting this voyager class figure anyway...so Hasbro's marketing plan worked. I for one, was excited to see the G1 nod through the trailer so I managed to 'con'-vince myself into getting this voyager-class 'Evasion Mode' Optimus Prime for my collection. He wasn't cheap though....coming in at USD30 bucks equivalent here in Malaysia.

Evasion Mode Optimus Prime - Transformers: Age of Extinction

As you can probably see, I did some amateur custom painting on him to bring his otherwise drab grey-ish plastic to life...and added some realism (I think) to his blue parts by giving him scratch marks and what-nots.

Evasion Mode Optimus Prime - Transformers: Age of Extinction

I think it turned out pretty well. I even transformed him into the G1 truck mode once before I started my custom painting effort. This was how I was gonna display him irregardless of how my custom paint brought his robot mode to life. Turns out that it was gonna be the LAST time ever I was to be doing so as the plastic literally crumbled to pieces...starting from both hips. They just dropped of from where the hips swivel joints were (they broke off!)....and they 'disease' then quickly spread to his waist...the plastic disintegrated and his waist gave way. I had to super-glue both swivel hips (so long articulations) and worse of all, his waist too, rendering Optimus here virtually impossible to be transformed into his alternate mode. He now stands pretty on my display shelf....never to be converted into his alternate mode ever again.

I've read that some collectors faced the same problem and that the other characters from the same TF: AoE line had their plastic issues as well. Whatever it is, this should NOT have happened as we paid good money for it. Thank you Hasbro, you've really cheapened out big time this time around. I'd never buy a movie TF toy again. I don't think you have competent QC teams checking your products before they get shipped out to retailers around the globe.

Voyager Class Optimus Prime - Age of Extinction...probably the only #transformers toy I'd get from the upcoming movie (though am pretty temp ted to get Grimlock to go with him )...his truck cab is a great homage to the G1 cartoon we all know and love!  #g

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A closer look: The Simpsons LEGO minifigures...

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

So finally these cool LEGO Simpsons minifigures are starting to pop up almost everywhere here in Malaysia....and I mean EVERYWHERE. Previously they were only available through a 'large' toy store in town (no, it wasn't TRU for the record!) but now they seem to appear everywhere toys are sold, which is a good sign really. Bye-bye 'scal-pors'! That's a huge boost for ordinary collectors like you and me who're only interested to get these for our display shelves as opposed to making huge profits off eVilbay. For the record, there was supposedly a way for you to specifically identify which character is inside the blind bag you hold in your hand i.e. the 'bump codes' that appear at the bottom part of the back part of the packaging. My wife and I went through the more traditional way of finding every each of the character so we actually went home with sore fingers but it was all worth it!

Anyway let's briefly look through the 16 minifigures that make up the whole of Series 1(?).

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

I think this is the first time LEGO came up with head sculpts that do not resemble your normal LEGO-esque head sculpts. From the neck downwards these are your normal LEGO minifigures but the head sculpts are the real winner here. I love how uncanny the head sculpts turned out and how they remain faithful to the characters as they appeared on-screen. Like I said before in my earlier posts, I'm glad that LEGO gave us the complete Simpsons family line-up in this inaugural series/wave. If this turned out to be the ONLY wave from the Simpsons line-up, then rest assured that we can already complete our beloved family in one fell swoop. Here we have Abe, Lisa and my personal favourite, Homer...each comes with their respective accessory. I love it that Abe's newspaper even had a shout out to himself!

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

Next, there's Marge, Bart (another absolute must-have for everyone!) and Maggie. I don't know about you guys but we had difficulties in finding dear Maggie. Seemed that she was quite a favourite with scalpers at the time thus we had to coax the store assistant to open a second case/box in order to complete our core Simpsons family line-up. Anyway, it's kind of funny to see that Marge came with a box full of donuts...I'm guessing that this is her treat for Homer.

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

The Simpsons wouldn't be complete without the rest of Springfield's denizens. Here you can see Mr Burns, Apu and Krusty the Clown. Truthfully, there are simply too many of them to choose from to be included here.Considering that there were only 10 slots left from the total number of 16 (our beloved family already took up 6) I was quite happy with the choices of characters here. My only grouse is that there is no Moe or Barney. Hopefully LEGO will come around to do Series 2 and get to the rest of the characters.

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

I love Ned Flanders. Make no mistake about that...LOL. Chief Wiggum deserves a bigger body since he's technically bigger than anyone else in Springfield! Nelson on the other hand, being a kid, has non-moveable legs but that's fine in my books. These guys just need to stand pretty on my display shelf!

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures

To round off the series, we'd also get Ralph and Millhouse and the loveable violent duo, Itchy and Scratchy. Not bad of a line-up but if you ask me, there need to be a series/wave 2! There are simply many more characters that deserve to be immortalised in LEGO form.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

King Grayskull....according to my 'canon'!

King Grayskull on Throne

If you're a Masters of The Universe (MOTU) classics fan, then chances are you'd probably heard or seen/bought the King Grayskull figure through matty's website some years back. He technically appeared in the 2002 MOTU reboot cartoon series therefore he was never really endeared by the MOTU Filmation faithful. Of course, if you've been paying attention to the endless bios that matty/toyguru has been creating with each of the monthly figures release, then you will realise that they have found a way to somehow integrate these non-Filmation/80s characters into the main story line. The King here was somehow mentioned as the modern He-Man's ancestor when in actual fact his design was just an early sketch of He-Man. Whatever.

Although he was such an integral part of the He-Man folklore and that his wife was the legendary first Sorceress of Grayskull (or at least that's what Toyguru wants us to believe), in my canon I'd prefer to imagine him as the 'reluctant' king who led a very easy-going life. In my books, he was a laid-back throne-warmer who lets his days pass by sitting around in his throne drinking way too much. He just sounded and looked better that way.

King Grayskull on Throne

King Grayskull on Throne

King Grayskull on Throne

Monday, May 26, 2014

Godzilla '14 is truly a class act!

Well, I finally caught the movie today with my wife and son. Funny that we watched the new X-Men movie on the first day itself but we somehow waited this long to catch ol' Zilla. For the record, I still don't get how many reviewers dissed the new 'G14' movie as being lame or not being up to standard etc. They may have some issues with the actors but I think overall the movie kicked a**! It was definitely miles better than Roland Emmerich's unfortunate 1998 release and it was a great throwback to the original '54 Japanese movie of the same name. Call it whatever name you wish....gojira, godzira, godzilla (it was a permutation of the words 'gorilla' and 'whale' in Japanese anyway!), the iconic reptilian monster is captured brilliantly in this 2014 offering and it would be ridiculous not to watch this in the cinemas!

I loved it how the humans are seen to be 'assisting' Godzilla to track down the MUTOs and how the fight scenes were coordinated. At times, I swear I somehow had expected Ultraman to pop out and assist the monster king in his fights against them MUTOs. When I thought Pacific Rim was an 'ok' monster movie, G14 really blew it out of the park! I am so looking forward to the blu-ray!

Over on the geeky action figure scene, Bandai had produced some cool Godzilla toys in several scales in conjunction with the new movie. I've seen some 'chibi' scale figures and the 3.75"-esque Godzilla & MUTO figures that came with the collapsible 'city' as accessories. They also made a couple of 7" figures (the Smash Strike and the Tail Strike) and also the huge one with the blue-ish atomic breath effects. My son loved the movie so much that he made me buy the Smash Strike 'Zilla for him right after the movie! I figured, with some discount vouchers thrown in...what the hey!

Instant Gojira fan... #moviebuff #ilhanology

NECA had also given us the 6" (measures 12" from head to tail) Godzilla figure which should be selling everywhere at the point of writing this. But I'm really looking forward to the 12" version (which actually measures 24" from head to tail!). So far we've only seen the proto figure (pictured below as per taken from Toyark) from various toyfairs but it looks substantially better than the 6" version. I've never owned a Godzilla toy before and this might be the one I'd finally be getting for my pop-culture shelf. I better clear out some space for this behemoth!

A New Hope!

Luke & Han stormtrooper disguise

My son made these simple custom Luke & Han in stormtrooper disguise. He loves Episode IV....just like his ol' dad. It would be such a shame if I don't borrow these and do a quick snapshot of them in action up in my Death Star 'hallway'. 

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Becareful Kane!!!

Becareful Kane!!!!! #geekology #geekshavethemostfun #aliens #nostromo #actionfigure

"Becareful Kane!!!"

Borrowed these 2 astronauts from my son's Playmobil collection. These were from the Collection #5 of the 'blind-bag' series. I immediately had this idea the moment I laid my eyes on them. I think it turned out pretty cool!

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Simpsons LEGO minifigures!

The Simpsons Lego minifigures... #geekshavethemostfun #newpoison

Lemme tell you this, these Simpsons LEGO minifigure collection is one of my most anticipated toy of recent times. I knew I just had to get my paws on the complete set of minifigures when they hit my neck of the woods. Come on man, we're talking about The Simpsons here! Stumbled across these at a well-known toy retail store while making my toy rounds with my wife and son the other day. Boy we had fun squeezing every and each of the blind bag packaging trying to guess which characters they hold inside (ok so we had some help from the store assistant too...so that saved a lot of time for us). 

Took us a bit of a time to get Maggie. Word is that only two (2) of her are available per case of 60 blind bags. God bless the store assistant who was ever so helpful in cracking out another fresh case for us to rummage through to find the youngest member of the Simpsons family. I must say, I agree with a buddy of mine when he said that it was tough to tell Millhouse and Ralph apart since they both had the same shape of accessory and both had similar head sculpts....well, almost.

All together now....'da-da da da-da da-da da da-da-da da...' #geekshavethemostfun #actionfigurephotography #thesimpsons #lego

I can't express myself enough when I say that I absolutely LOVE these minifigures! I love The Simpsons and I didn't get the chance to collect the Playmates Toys action figures so I guess these Lego minifigs are the next best alternative to it! The head sculpts on these Lego minifigs are excellent, mostly staying true to how the characters looked on-screen. You get most of the core characters in this collection i.e. the whole 'core' Simpsons family line-up inclusive of Abe and a slew of other familiar characters off the series eg. Mr Burns, Apu, Krusty the Clown and the lot. I sincerely hope that there's gonna be a 'Series/Wave 2' for this. We still need many more core characters like Moe (can't believe we didn't get him in the 1st wave!), Barney, Smithers, Selma & Patty, Skinner, Lenny & Carl, Comic Book Guy and many others.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and find these little gem of minifigures right away coz they're gonna be hard to track down once them scalpers beat you to it.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Star Wars Day 2014. May the Fourth Be With You!!!

Happy Star Wars Day 2014. May the Fourth Be With You!!! #starwarsday #starwarsdaymy #starwars #geekshavethemostfun #ilhanology