Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) movie: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy (GotG) movie: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

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

Hercules 2014!

Untitled

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

NECA’s ED-209...

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie


NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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!

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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*.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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.

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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!

NECA ED-209 - Robocop movie

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

The unboxing of Sideshow Collectible’s Deluxe Darth Vader....

Sideshow Sixth Scale Darth Vader Deluxe

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!

Sideshow Sixth Scale Darth Vader Deluxe

Sideshow Sixth Scale Darth Vader Deluxe

Sideshow Sixth Scale Darth Vader Deluxe

Sideshow Sixth Scale Darth Vader Deluxe


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!

Sideshow Sixth Scale Darth Vader Deluxe

‘Bay-turtles’ action figures....

Playmates' Ninja Turtles hittin' Malaysian retail shelves...

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?

Ninja Turtles movie Raphael

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)  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

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!