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Friday, October 30, 2009

The next Hot Toys' MARVEL 1/6 figure is......WTH?!

What in Captain Kirk's n*****s was Hot Toys thinking when they decided to do a Blade figure (from the Blade II movie) next?!! As far as I remembered, the poll Hot Toys ran on their website sometime back clearly showed Spidey and the green gamma-giant as the top two fan favourite, heck I don't even recall seeing Blade in the top 3 slots. Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything against Mr Snipes, he's one helluva great actor for the record. It's just that the poll is now rendered useless as the guys at Hot Toys decided to go for a lesser voted character. *Sigh*......

Nevertheless, this is good news for you die-hard Blade fans out there.....this has an insane likeness of Wesley Snipes! For a full pictorial preview, jump on to my fellow blogger buddy Asrul's blog.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Random Beatles moment: Real Love demo by John Lennon...

In 1996, The Beatles released the second (and last) single to coincide with the release of the Anthology 2 discs. The single, Real Love was a reworked version of one of John Lennon's composition in the final days prior to his assasination in 1980.

From wikipedia:

"Real Love" is a song written by John Lennon. Lennon made six takes of the song in 1979 and 1980 with "Real Life", a different song that merged with "Real Love". The song was ignored until 1988 when the sixth take was used on the documentary soundtrack Imagine: John Lennon. The song was well received and many considered it to be one of Lennon's best.

"Real Love" was subsequently reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in late 1995, an approach also used for another incomplete Lennon track, "Free as a Bird". "Real Love" was released as a Beatles single in 1996 in the United Kingdom, United States and many other countries; it was the opening track on The Beatles' Anthology 2 album. It is the last "new" credited Beatles song to originate and be included on an album. To date, it is the last single by the group to become a Top 40 hit in the U.S.

I came across this version, purportedly being one of the earliest demo version recorded by John accompanied only by his piano on youtube...and instantly felt 'real love' (pun intended) upon hearing the bare/raw incarnation of the song. I love this version more than the official Anthology version for its' simplicity and raw emotion! :)

For the record, although as big of a fan of The Beatles myself, I've always thought that Lennon's vocals were too squeaky in the Anthology 2 (1996) version, though the music video really brings out that nostalgic feeling for the fab 4. Hear it for yourself here in the official video:

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MUST READ: Sir Fergie's greatest football rants!!!!

For the record, my team was thrashed five-nil by a certain London club over the weekend. Not a problem. I don't sway allegiance like true glory hunters do. That's reality of football. Money buys good players....those who have the cash will rule the league. Ok, 'nuff said. My grief immediately turned to joy the very next day (Sunday) as Liverpool trounced Manyoo 2-Nil. It's not so much about the result, but I was actually looking forward to Sir Fergie's weekly edition of rantings. As if his outburst towards referee Alan Wiley wasn't enough (landed him in hot soup with the English FA), he quickly blamed referee Andre Marriner for allowing the Kop crowd to influence his decisions. What the...?! Losing the plot Fergie? Or just plain 'sore-loser'? It's up to you to decide. I'm not gonna dwell on that though. what I read in this morning edition of The Sun (Malaysian ver. NOT the UK ver.!) tickle my funny bones so much, I felt that I had to reproduce those here in my blog.

Behold, a compilation of Sir Alex Ferguson's greatest football rants (taken from the sports section, The Sun, Wed, Oct 28 '09):

“They are a small club, with a small mentality”
- On big-spending Manchester City

“At the last minute, from what I can gather, either Emmanuel Adebayor or his agent phoned us after they had agreed a deal with City and then did the same with Chelsea. He was desperate to get to either Chelsea or us.”

- Stirs things up a bit at City

“When an Italian says it’s pasta I check under the sauce to make sure. They are innovators of the smokescreen.”

- On the Italians

“You go to Milan and everyone’s so stylish. Every woman who passes you by is Miss World. The whole atmosphere at these places is unreal.”

- Doesn’t think Italy is all bad

“Jose understands winning and losing are twins in a way. When you win you don’t gloat and when you lose you don’t go bananas.”

- On Jose Mourino

“If Chelsea drop points, the cat’s out in the open. And you know what cats are like - sometimes they don’t come home.”

- Ferguson on Chelsea, and, er, cats

“You can’t applaud a referee.”

- Sir Alex on officials

“I remember the first time I saw him. He was 13 and just fl oated over the ground like a cocker spaniel chasing a piece of silver paper in the wind.”

- About a teenage Ryan Giggs.

“If he was an inch taller he’d be the best centre half in Britain. His father is 6ft 2in - I’d check the milkman.”

- The United boss on Gary Neville

“I’m no f****** talking to you. He’s a f****** great player. Yous are f******* idiots.”

- Ferguson on the media after he was criticised for signing Juan Sebastien Veron

“They say he’s an intelligent man, right? Speaks five languages! I’ve got a 15-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast who speaks fi ve languages!”

- Fergie has a dig at Arsene Wenger

“He’s a novice - he should keep his opinions to Japanese football”

- Again on Wenger, shortly after his arrival at Highbury

“That lad must have been born offside.”

- Sir Alex on the news that Filippo Inzaghi is the most offside player in the history of the game

“My greatest challenge is not what’s happening at the moment, my greatest challenge was knocking Liverpool right off their f*****g perch. And you can print that.”

- Dismisses the 2002/03 title as his greatest feat, instead endearing himself to Liverpool fans.

“It was a freakish incident. If I tried it 100 or a million times it couldn’t happen again. If I could I would have carried on playing!”

- Ferguson on kicking a boot that left David Beckham needing stitches

“The credit to them, the better team won and there’s nothing we can do about that now.”

- Ferguson on Barcelona after the 2009 Champions League final.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The best 1/6th Tom Hanks likeness to date!

I've been blabberin' about this particular 1/6 military Ranger figure since it was first hyped about a couple of months ago. Truth be told, I've been feeling that mental-writer's block since the start of the weekend. This time, I think I'll let the pictures do the talking......I got this about a week ago, and haven't stopped marvelling the likeness of a certain Mr Hanks from that 'Ryan movie. See for yourselves! There were many flaks received on how the headsculpt is not that good and how the efforts made to replicate Capt. Miller's likeness (Hank's character in Saving Private Ryan) is a feeble one and is not worth picking up. I have to confess that I strongly beg to differ!
I'll come back to this later for a much-detailed review on the excellent accessories and stuffs sometime soon (I hope!). Picture-heavy...you have been forewarned!!! :p

For the full set of pictures, do drop by my flickr page if ya' have the time.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Truetype nekkid bodies: TTF-11 and TTF-12!!!

I've always wanted to get my hands on Hot Toys' Female ERT figure since it was hyped as having the most realistic 1/6 female headsculpt as of date. That one had an uncanny resemblance to Keira Knightly some say. A number of collectors swear that they can see a bit of Angie Jolie in the headsculpt. Review guru Michael Crawford has already reviewed that here.
Personally, I shy away from collecting female 1/6 action-figures (for the record I only have one...and that technically belongs to my dear wife! heheh...) as I don't fancy having a 'doll' per se in my supposedly 'manly' collection. Okay, having a Lara Croft doesn't exactly plunge me into that category....after all, she has tonnes of weapon as her accessories (consoling myself here...LOL!). But having viewed the preview pictures of the upcoming latest female Hot Toys Truetype nekkid bodies (scheduled for a Q4, 2009 release), I instantly had a change of mind. These look awesome, the fact that they come equipped with a full-torso soft rubber skin layer helped too!
What am I thinking you ask? Well, if I DO decide to get these, one of 'em is definitely becoming a certain Ms Valentine from that certain 'Evil game franchise.....heheh......

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The closest thing you can wear to look like The Dark Knight himself.....

Anyone fancy being Batman himself? Well, at least having his Bat-suit will more or less qualify you to look like ol' bats himself sans the head-piece. This piece of replica is so good that MTV.com calls it “the next best thing” to being Batman himself. Read on....

This hand-crafted, remarkably detailed Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit from Universal Designs Replicas (UD Replicas) has gathered a huge positive response from Batman fans worldwide – with the opportunity to own one of only 1,000 suits ends on Oct. 31, the deadline for ordering at http://www.udreplicas.com/.

UD Replicas, the officially licensed division of Universal Designs, is limiting the production of the Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit to only 1,000 pieces with no future reproduction, which will retail for US $998 (*Gasp!*). Due to shipping restrictions, orders can be placed only for addresses in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

The Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit includes a full-leather jacket, pants, gloves and boots, which can also be ordered separately at http://www.udreplicas.com/. The boots, which go on sale Nov. 1, are dead-spot-on replicas of those worn by Christian Bale on screen in The Dark Knight, featuring custom-made rubber boot soles with a black injection-molded rubber base and high-quality, tanned cowhide leather featuring a deep-embossed, basket-weave design. The gloves – which are currently on sale – are high-impact, Kevlar-lined knuckle guards and skid-resistant, Kevlar-lined outer palms.

So, anybody willling to depart with their hard-earned one thousand US bucks (approx RM3,500) to purchase this? Let me know......coz I'd like to salute you!!! LOL....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Football glory hunters....doncha' just love 'em!!!

Picture above for illustration purposes only...

Okay, something non-action-figure-ly topic this time. Although this entry can be quite lenghty at first glance, please do spend time to read thru, especially if you dig football (soccer).
I recalled talking to a buddy of mine the other day over our weekly futsal session and was treated to a series of boring stories on how the 'so-called' big 4 EPL teams will continue to dominate the league and hordes of new supporters will declare their undivided allegiance towards these big teams bla...bla...bla....I suddenly remembered a few football friends of mine who previously openly proclaimed that their 'undying' love towards their EPL teams were simply because "they are already up there" and "they are the best....and will always be the best"! *shucks*......and then I came across a few excellent articles that discuss on the topic of 'glory hunters'.

"It is normal for a small country like Malaysia to have a group of glory hunters supporting more than one successful team. The glory hunters in Malaysia are easily identified - often you can see them changing their allegiance to the top team at that time, as of this time most Malaysians are Man Utd and Chelsea fans. When asked why do they support these teams, they will tell you "because these teams always win". A lot of the fans neither own an up-to-date original jersey, nor have they been to Trafford or Stamford Bridge. In Malaysia, the glory hunter is often labeled as "lalang" (weed), meaning that they shift to wherever the wind blows."
LOL.....that one was hilarious to say the least! ......"because these teams ALWAYS win".....
And for further kicks, here's another hilarious article (an old 2006 piece taken from a world cup blog) on HOW to become a glory hunter, especially to those Malaysian fans who have yet to declare their football allegiance:

1- You must always root for an English Premier League (EPL) team, any team will do. Eventhough the game is much better in Spanish La Liga or the World Champion came from Italian Serie A. Malaysian Super League is definitely a no no.

2- But do not proclaim lifetime support for any particular team. Ever. You must be flexible enough to change teams accordingly. Always root for the ‘in’ team and current flavour. You do not want to be labelled as loser, don’t you?

3- Do not buy the original shirt of your favourite team. Why spend RM300 when you can buy the same ‘localised’ version for RM30? No one will notice (yes, the counterfeiter is that good over here). Furthermore you would not feel too bad when the team become bad all of sudden and it’s time for the annual team-changing ritual.

4- Once you settled for a team for that season, now is the time to get to know every playing staff of that team. Bonus point for recognizing their Reserve Team players too. The fact that you could not even named a single player from Malaysia national team squad does not matter.

5- You must have enough stamina and energy to catch all those live telecasts matches showed at ungodly hours of local time. Even if it’s weekday night and you have an-all important Power Point presentation to your boss in a few hours.

6- You must remember the facts from that match too. The facts will come in handy during lunch hour banter with your office colleague the next day.

7- Read all the info related with EPL. Match reports, statistics, gossips, whatever. By doing this, you can impress the hot chick at the office with useless facts such as the number of passes Arsenal needed before they can score a goal. Even if you don’t have a slightest idea on which team is the reigning champion of Malaysia FA Cup.

8- You must be realistic enough to know that there’s no chance in hell that Malaysia would be ever qualify to World Cup during your lifetime. So every 4 years choose an adopted country to support (Brazil and Italy always the safest choice). Repeat step 1-7 and adapt to international scene.
***Please note that while I find the above fun-facts to be of the highest comedic banter, I do not in any frickin' way endorse point no 3!!! Go get the originals....for the record, I support Blackburn Rovers, a lowly EPL team and I still buy their jersey from their official online store.
'Nuff said.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Star Wars action-figure snapshots of the day: A day with the AT-ST...

Optimism story #1:

On the 2nd Death Star before being deployed into the battle of Endor, Stormie was quipping to AT-ST driver..."Don't worry, them Rebels won't even know what hit them....we'll even squash those pesky Ewoks along the way...it's gonna be an easy one! I'll see you back up here when everything's over!"

Optimism story #2:

Inside Wicket's head: "Maybe if I gently aim my spear through one of those eyes...."

Hot Toys Joker headsculpt re-painted....super-eerie cool!

This is a brilliant repaint work from Korean artist Lalla. As if the Hot Toys' masterpiece is not hauntingly life-like enough, he decided to take it one step further by making it a strong replacement contender for Chucky! *shudder/quiver*

Although I'm not sure whether this headsculpt is from the regular Bank Robber version or is it from the MMSDX boxset (which I presume has been released in the Korean market)......

Enjoy the pics, I like the fact that he has re-toned the make-up to make them much lighter...and that he has planted 'real-hair' to add to the realism! I wish I had this kind of talent.... Kudos to Lalla!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sandtrooper: Squad Leader 12" from Sideshow....

Guess who's available on pre-order from Sideshow already? In my opinion, the Sandtrooper looks best with his orange pauldron....the fact that he's the squad leader helps too! Get yours now, directly from Sideshow Collectibles by clicking on the banner below.

Sandtrooper #2 12-inch Figure

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Upcoming Marvel "Entertainment" movies!

First of all, I find it kinda goofy to be referring Marvel Comics/Movies as Marvel Entertainment.....coupled with the fact that Disney had acquired Marvel as a whole made it more mind-boggling as the World Wrestling Federation being known as the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Anyway, enough of that....just a post-lunch rant from a half-sleepy white-collared office worker...hehe!
For some cosmic reasons, there are no Marvel-produced movies scheduled to be released in 2009, but in 2010/2011 we'd be treated with a pretty impressive list to look forward to:

Iron Man 2.......Scheduled for April 30, 2010 release
Mickey Rourke in a kinda-skimpy-yet-ridiculous costume....
Scarjo as the Black Widow aka Natasha Romanova....
Thor......Scheduled for June 4, 2010 release

Yet another random 'supposed-ly' movie-like image of the Thor I found off the net.....
The First Avenger: Captain America.........Scheduled for May 6, 2011 release
The Avengers..........Scheduled for July 2011 release
A cool fan-made Avengers movie poster.......till the official teaser poster comes out, this'll do to suppress fanboys' anticipations!
Ant-Man........no release date as yet but writer/director engaged...

Let's see what DC has in their bag to respond to Marvel's assault! Bring us the TDK sequel and the JLA movie!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Geek trivia: What is the similarity between Storm Shadow (in Rise of Cobra) and Darth Maul (in The Phantom Menace)?

It's time for that geeky discussion-session once more! After watching GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra for the second time in a row within the span of 24 hours, both my wife and I discovered a somewhat similar ground in the death scene of one of the main villains from the movie with the one in Star Wars: Ep 1.
Get this, the character Storm Shadow (which was brilliantly portrayed by Hyung-bun Lee in the movie) was sliced down at the end of the movie and apparently fell down into a chute into the icy-cold water below (err...that WAS ice, wasn't it?!). Darth Maul (uber-cool Sith apprentice from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace) died under an almost similar operandi, got sliced (into half.....okay, Storm Shadow wasn't decapitated, but close enough!) AND Mr Maul fell into a seemingly endless infinity bottomless chute! Get the drift?
And here's the most astonishing, yet geekily-exciting fact at the same time...*drumroll*.........
Ray Park, played Snake Eyes in GI Joe: RoC, responsible in slicing Storm Shadow and causing him to fall to his apparent death into that chute.....

...was also Darth Maul in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, who in fact, got HIMSELF sliced by Obi Wan Kenobi and fell to his apparent death into that 'melting-pit'!

As rumours have it, Hyung-bun Lee had just signed a contract to resume playing Storm Shadow till the 3rd installment of GI Joe, which means he didn't die at all at the end of RoC. Wish the same could be said about Darth Maul.....a classic case of a cool bad-guy dying too soon!
For the record, I think GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra kicks a**, no matter what the so-called critics call it. I love every second of the movie. Pure non-stop Joe-Cobra goodness that got me stickin' in front of the screen for a solid two hours. I loved the 80s cartoon and somehow, this was how I'd imagined the live-action movie would be!

This concludes today's edition of the 'geeky trivia'!

Yo Joe!
Stormshadow 12-inch Figure - Regular Edition

Sunday, October 11, 2009

El purchaso for Oct: AT-ST Walmart 2009 Exclusive...

This piece of imperial vehicle represents one of the most anticipated Star Wars memoribilia in my books. When it was first announced that Hasbro was gonna make a new mould for the AT-ST, many fans quickly guessed that it was to be significantly bigger than the previous 'Endor Battle-pack' version.....and it is! Like Wedge's X-Wing, this has proved to be quite challenging to find on Malaysian soil, let alone on major retailers' shelves. I could've sourced this from a fellow blogger-buddy in Uncle Sam's land, but decided to purchase it from a retail store I visited a few days ago. Guessed there was just too much hype from watching and holding the box alone! Heheh....I don't know when I'll eventually get the chance to actually open and tinker around with the AT-ST, been pretty tied up with stuffs lately. 'Till then, here are some pictures on the packaging.

And for kicks, here's a comparison pic between the new AT-ST and the previous version included in the Endor pack:

Credit goes to rebelscum.com for the picture

Come on Hasbro.....bring on the new AT-AT next!!!!!