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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Random Beatles moment: Hello Goodbye

is is yet another effort of mine to somehow create a series of entries of a particular subject of interest. This time around, I want to share and showcase The Beatles as my main driving force of becoming a musician and why they rock my world! These may not be in running order i.e. may not be in an orderly time sequence, so it won't follow The Beatles right from their humble beginnings in the late 50s up to their break-up in 1970. Rather, I'll post random entries/news about them and those defining moments/musical breakthrough that has left a massive impact to music in general.
For my inaugural entry, here's a screen shot of The Beatles performing the song Hello Goodbye in a video made special for The Ed Sullivan Show in November 1967.

It's worth to note that while McCartney loved the idea of the underlying message portrayed by the song, citing "There is an answer to everything...when there's black, there is also white etc.!", Lennon disliked the idea of a nonsensical lyrical approach, criticising it as "three minutes of contradictions and meaningless juxtapositions". This performance is also very significant (as far as bass guitar enthusiasts are concerned) as it is the first time Paul McCartney uses his Rickenbacker 4001 bass in a public appearance as opposed to his ever-present Hofner 500/1 violin bass. Previously, we could only get to see him using the Ric bass during studio recordings of albums such as Revolver and Rubber Soul, as depicted below.

On a separate news, THE woman who inspired The Beatles' classic Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, from the classic Sgt Pepper album, this week lost her life to a little-known disease. Lucy Vodden died aged just 46 after being diagnosed with lupus - which causes the body to attack itself. She was a childhood friend of John Lennon's son, Julian Lennon. At nursery school, he drew a picture of her with diamond-shaped eyes surrounded by stars and showed his dad, saying: "It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds." Rest in piece now....and picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies.

The Hello Goodbye video:

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Star Wars: Clone Wars Season 1 on DVD and Blu-Ray: ETA Nov 3, 2009!

Lucasfilm and Warner Home Video has announced that the four disc set of season 1 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray November 3, 2009. Live the adventures again and again, and dig deeper into the first season of The Clone Wars with a comprehensive look behind-the-scenes of the popular animated series. Uniquely packaged with an exclusive 64 page production journal, the four-disc set contains all 22 episodes from the groundbreaking first season – including seven extended Director’s Cuts – as well as companion featurettes for each episode. And exclusive to the Blu-ray disc, The Jedi Temple Archives provides in-depth access to an extensive database of creative materials.
Bonus features include:

Seven Director’s Cut Episodes: Rising Malevolence, Shadow of Malevolence, Lair of Grievous, Rookies, Storm Over Ryloth, Innocents of Ryloth and Liberty on Ryloth

22 Episodic Featurettes that go behind-the-scenes with Supervising Director Dave Filoni and crew about the making-of each episode

Spectacular 64 page production journal that includes early sketches, artist notes, and concept art from each episode from Season One

Blu-ray Exclusive – The Jedi Temple Archives An extensive database exploring test footage, early concept art, 3-D character and object turnarounds and early animation. The Archives is a rare look at the assets in various stages of creation for The Clone Wars, with a wealth of surprises and never-before seen moments sprinkled throughout.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Star Wars action-figure snapshots of the day: Mustafar Duel & 'Them Clonies'....

I have tonnes of Star Wars 3.75" action-figures. Some were ripped from their MISB packagings some time back (oh what joy!) and some were bought loose. By the way, I've stopped caring whether loose ones depreciate in value or won't fetch as much as those still imprisoned in their plastic cells. It's just satisfying to know that I've been able to get those figures that eluded me the first time they came out in the market. Besides, I collect these for my own satisfaction...with no intentions to extort them over eBay in the near future...hehe!
So, came this crazy-geeky idea to finally start cataloguing them. No, not necessarily every each of them individually per se.....definitely not gonna snap pictures of 'em one-by-one. That's gonna take a long time and some patience......which I do not have! LOL! What I have in mind is to take pictures of them in 'action' and post them at regular intervals (by way of which I mean I'll try to do it on a weekly basis, if not daily!). To kick off this inaugural weekly/daily serial, I present to you my take on the Mustafar Duel scene and a fictional scene I'd like to call 'Them Clonies'.... :)
The Mustafar Duel scene: Obi wan Kenobi trash-talking with Anakin.....

Them Clonies: Clone troopers posing with their 'host' Jango Fett.....

May the force be with me...always!

Cool Star Wars posters/images....

Found these on http://www.flyguy.net/, thought these look very retro and vintage and definitely downright cool!

And on the lighter side! Heheh....

DC Universe Classics action-figures.....when the heck is Wave 9 coming in?

I may sound a bit pushy but I just can't wait for the latest DC Universe Classics Wave 9 to hit Malaysian shores. I'm pretty sure TRU's gonna carry them albeit in very limited quantities and several other retailers like Jusco and Carrefour (of all places!) would stock these as soon as they get released by Mattel. On the other hand, I'm very sure that the ones I'm targeting is the one that's gonna be salvaged most by scalpers...and later to be extorted over eBay! The Wave 9 lineup looks great with Deadshot, Wildcat, Mantis, Guardian etc. but for the record I only want these two to be added into my JLA lineup:
Green Arrow

Black Canary

A point to ponder....there is a snapshot shown in actionfigurepics.com that clearly shows that these DCUC figures are priced at a nifty USD16.99 over in the States. Pretty interesting as these are priced at approximately USD22 over here in Malaysia. Must be to cover for the fuel surcharge to ship them from China to Malaysia (which magically/coincidently happen to be neighbouring countries in the greater Asian region!). Heh! (sarcasm-like-snicker!)....

Saturday, September 26, 2009

MMS DX Joker: Final Headsculpt pictures released!

As originally appeared in Hot Toys' official blog. Looks pretty gruesome! Can't wait to see it arriving on Malaysian shores! Many collector dissed Hot Toys as being 'milking the cow dry', but I strongly believe this upcoming MMS DX 01 is essential to those who missed out on the 1st Joker released some time back......as added bonus, we get the extra headsculpt and the accesories to emulate The Jokers' appearance during the assasination scene, so that's a pretty sweet deal I must say! And the new PERS feature.....goes without saying!
Now, MMS DX 02 (The Dark Knight), on the other hand.......*snicker*....

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Salam Aidilfitri @ Happy Eid Mubarak 2009!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

X-Men: First Class to start filming in 2010?!

According to Dark Horizon's webpage, there's a strong indication that the next X-Men film franchise will be based on the hit Marvel comic-series, "X-Men: First Class". This supposedly classified piece of information was leaked by the actor who played the young Scott Summers/Cyclops in the Wolverine: Origins movie. It will focus on the early years of the X-Men and how they come about re-adjusting to their mutant powers and to ultimately adapt to each other within the team. Filming is due to start in 2010, although the director is yet to be identified at this point of time.

This'll be sweet!!!! Let's wait for more official press release from Marvel Entertainment.....or Disney for that matter...now that Uncle Walt's estate owns Marvel! *Shucks!*

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Star Wars: Legacy Collection 09/10....more pictures!

Yeah, yeah...the latest Star Wars releases were hyped during the previous SDCC way back in July. But I figured that it's worth to reproduce the entire images of these upcoming figure collection here, just to inflict further anticipation and anxiousness to wait for these to arrive at Malaysian shores.

Some of my main targets (although DEFINITELY not all will end up in my collection due to OBVIOUS financial constraints) from the entire series are:
Malakili the rancor keeper & Slave Leia with alt torso!

Commander Cody (man how hard is it previously to get a hold of this guy?!)...and probably Plo Koon, coz he has a removeable mask!

A fully articulated Zuckuss!!! Definitely gonna be better than the POTF release! Not forgetting Hoth Luke!

EU's Sigel Dare and Darth Krayt!
Exar Kun and Ulic Quel Droma......woohooo!

While I've stopped completely from collecting the Force FX Lightsabers a long time ago (4 is already PLENTY!!!! It's enough for me to dress up as General Grievous for God's sake!), the mere sight of Count Dooku's and Asajj Ventress' lightsabers is truly breathtaking!
Pilots! Both Rebel and Imperial! What more can I say?!

DEFINITELY the main highlight of '09....

This looks cool too...and will look sweet alongside my existing TIE's...
MORE pilots....!
Dewback with rider...will look good in my Tatooine diorama!!!

Let's see if these DO arrive in the South East Asia retail market.......or else we'd be forced to give our blood to the scalpers on a certain online auction website! LOL......

Monday, September 14, 2009

RIP: Patrick Swayze

First it was MJ and the oh-so recognisable blonde Angel (other notable ones include Natasha Richardson [British actress & wife of 'Qui Gon Jinn'...], Dom DeLuise [American comedian] and David Carradine [Kung-Fu dude]).....now we gotta say goodbye to the actor who breathed life into films like Dirty Dancin' and Ghost. Aged just 57, he lost his battle against pancreatic cancer yesterday (14 Sept '09).
For the record, my personal favourite Swayze film was Point Break (1991), acting alongside Keanu Reeves, where he played Bodhi, the charismatic surfer/leader of a bank robber ensemble who called themselves the Ex-Presidents, because they wear masks of former US-Presidents while robbing banks! How cool was that.....
Rest in peace now......

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Star Wars Novel: Death Troopers

Death Troopers is an upcoming novel by author Joe Schreiber that will be released on October 13, 2009. The events are set to take place just before Episode IV: A New Hope. Honestly I have not been too impressed with the list of Star Wars novels that I've been reading through for the past couple of years (I'd completely avoided the Yuuzhan Vong-era novels, so let's not even go there!) save for some really good ones, such as the Death Star novel written by Michael Reeves & Steve Perry which I have reviewed before in my earlier post.
Of course, a really good Expanded Universe (EU) storyline is ultimately benchmarked against Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy which have enthralled many Star Wars fans (even those movie purists!) and subsequently gave 'ol George the much-needed push to film the prequel trilogies. This next release however, is pretty interesting because it deals with a 'horror' theme! Yes, a PG-13 rating Star Wars novel to say the least!! Ok, that 'PG-13' thing was a made-up...but I didn't make up that 'horror' part!

"From the first appearance of Darth Vader in the groundbreaking movie Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars fans have known what terror feels like -- and they loved it. But never before has Star Wars publishing ventured into the unknown territory of true horror . . . until now.

When the Imperial prison barge Purge breaks down in a distant, uninhabited part of space, its only hope seems to lie with a Star Destroyer found drifting, derelict and seemingly abandoned. But when a boarding party is sent to scavenge for parts, only half of them come back -- bringing with them a horrific disease so lethal that within hours, nearly all aboard the Purge will die. And death is only the beginning.

For aboard the Star Destroyer, amid its vast creaking emptiness that isn't really empty at all, the dead are rising, soulless, unstoppable, and unspeakably hungry."
This novel is slated for an October 13, 2009 release by publisher Del Rey. So, what would it be? Space-zombies perhaps? It certainly looks like it....take a look at the promotional art provided in Star Wars wikia page below (although I strongly believe that this is a still-shot from one of Lucasarts' online game, but hey....it helps!):

Attack of space-zombie-troopers! But wait, who's that Twi'lek female jedi fighting alongside Han and Chewie? A Jedi present before the Battle of Yavin?


Can't wait for it!!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Star Wars: Clone Wars Diorama contest by HASBRO!

Fancy building a Star Wars diorama? A Clone Wars-themed that is. I think this was announced some weeks back, probably during early August if I'm not mistaken. Now here's your chance to showcase your talent in recreating those memorable scenes (or 'deleted' scenes) from the Clone Wars era. The submission deadline for Hasbro’s STAR WARS Diorama Contest is due by 11:59 PM on SEPTEMBER 25, 2009.
Fans are encouraged to create their favorite STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS scene (or any other scenes from the STAR WARS saga) using Hasbro’s wide selection of STAR WARS action figures and vehicles. It's easy....use a minimum of 5 Hasbro Star Wars figures (there is no maximum) and terrain of your own creation and you can even build the most creative Star Wars scene you can possibly come up with! The winner will be awarded over $1000 of Hasbro STAR WARS toys and have the chance to display their creation at the next STAR WARS CELEBRATION!

I've got tonnes of Star Wars figures but I don't think I have the patience to build a diorama from scratch. LOL....So here's to challenging you Star Wars fans (those who come across my humble blog) in the region to submit one on behalf of the whole South East Asian region! We salute you!!!!

Visit Hasbro's official page for official contest rules, entry and prize information.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Beatles catalogue: Remastered!

09.09.09 marks the worlwide release of the original Beatles catalogue, which has been digitally re-mastered by studio engineers for the first time, the same date as the release of the widely anticipated "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Each of the CDs is bundled with replicated original UK album art, including expanded booklets containing original and newly written liner notes and rare photos. For a limited period, each CD will also be embedded with a brief documentary film about the album. On the same date, two new Beatles boxed CD collections will also be released. One in stereo in its entirety and one in mono. For more info, head on to The Beatles official website for the official announcement.

The 'stereo' boxset

Supposedly that the sound quality had been tweaked up a few notch. So I'm guessing the clarity of the recording has been improved to sound as if those recordings were made with today's technology. It's interesting to note though that the 2nd boxset i.e. the mono releases, is targeted to the collector segments, but personally I'd rather have an 'all-stereo' collection this time around. The previously re-mastered Abbey Road: Naked (2005) album proved that the songs could sound punchier and a tad better when those genius sound engineers work their craft.

The 'mono' boxset

I'm still in limbo though, I have every single one of them already, except for the Beatles for Sale album (which I had been holding out to buy for some unknown reasons!). Should I go out and just buy that particular album...or do I buy the stereo boxset which contains all of the remastered albums? As a huge Beatles fan, I'd definitely be tempted to get the boxset because I'm positively sure that it's gonna come with more rare photos, articles and audio goodness inside (studio chat, song commentary etc.).
Dang! What a dilemma!

I may have contributed to George Lucas' retirement fund yet again!!!!

Behold! These are my early Sept haul for Star Wars. I had always planned to get Wedge's X-Wing since it was first 'hulla-ballooed' on the internet some time back. This is given the fact that I had a very nasty experience of not receiving my Luke Skywalker 'Dagobah' X-Wing which I have bought over eBay some time ago. It still frustrates me till this day to think that some moron over at the supposedly 'safe' destination had received the item and kept it for himself or gave it away to whoever he feels like to. But enough of that. I finally found my peace the moment I got my hands on the Red Leader X-Wing box! Let's see the packaging first. I'd probably do a review on the actual X-Wing once I have some free time to do so....hehe:

This is one considerably huge box if compared to the ones housing the Y-Wings!

Geek fact: Wedge Antilles was Red 2 during the Battle of Yavin (Ep IV) and he was Red Leader during The Battles of Endor (Ep VI).....

This is a really cool box-art!

A superb back panel which shows the overview of the X-Wing

The actual product itself. Notice that we would have to assemble the right wing portion ourselves (just like the previous Dagobah release!). At this point I'm guessing that the un-attached wings are kept underneath that elevated part that the X-Wing is currently sitting on...

Fans have been waiting for oh-so-long for this screen-accurate yellow ladder to be produced. Previously this was only made available with that SDCC '09 exclusive Luke Skywalker figure. I forgot to snap a close look of the brown ladder used by the ground technicians to check on the wings.

Mr. Antilles himself looking pretty somber for some reasons....

Wedge's trusty astromech droid, an R4-G9 unit....posing by the yellow ladder....he's no Artoo, but he'll do the job the same!

Next, I got myself several comic packs (5 to be exact!). These were going at a 30% discount at a nearby retail outlet. The one with the black-carded was even going for 50% less! Normally I would hesitate and go back and forth before deciding to pick up at the most.....2 or 3 comic packs at one go. But given that most of these comic pack are red hot item (i.e. constantly being 'ridiculously-marked-up 'on eBay!), I just had to get 'em all!

I got myself the Imperial Knights (Draco and Grieg), Darth Talon/Cade Skywalker (smokin' hot!!!), Darth Vader/Grand Moff Trachta (who gives a s*** about yet-another-Vader......its Trachta I'm after!), Grand Admiral Thrawn and Talon Karrde; and the Lt. Jundland/Deena Sheen (I just can't resist another Imperial officer!) comic pack.

What a Galactic month it has been! Next, I'll be waiting for these to hit Malaysian stores:

May the Force be with me (AND my wallet)....always!!!