Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sightings from the recent SDCC 09

Look what I found from the recently ended SDCC 2009, cool pictures of super-geeky fans who attended the convention and...errr....one not-so-cool one. Courtesy of Action Figure Insider.

Trapjaw from the He-man universe attending the MOTU talk.....


A couple of Ghostbusters listening to Mattel's announcements.....


A very flabby Skeletor amongts the crowd.....

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dazeychains: Concept art #1


Just what the heck is 'Dazeychains' you might ask? The original word, daisychains, could be defined as either a cloud formation...a bunch of flowers tied together to form a circle....or that term used to describe the cable used to power up guitar pedals. But in this sense, the spelling was purposely changed from daisy to 'dazey', to reflect a state of bewilderment and bemusement. A nod is given to Led Zep's "Dazed and Confused" and a portion of one particular John Lennon's song. But mostly it is credited to that certain guitar pedal 9V power socket. I like the last version the best.....origin of a band name in it's simplest and purest form although it started out as a joke (1st thing I saw when I looked down at my array of pedals)....heheh!
Truthfully, we're just a bunch of bored office-stressed guys who got together to try out yours truly's material output (ehm..ehm....beginning to sound like a central figure in the like of Brian Wilson/Rivers Cuomo/McCartney kinda musician!). We did pretty okay for a part-time band who's lucky enough to hold a jam session once every 4 (or 6) weeks. Absolutely no plans to go mainstream or to be manipulated by corporate rock rulings, we're just happy to release (later) a demo/compilation of the nonsensical stuffs we've produced in the band's short incarnation. Honestly, I'm just happy to produce music and that's that....keeps the creative juice flowing some might say! And just for kicks, some bloke in the band even tinkered around with his photoshop software to come up with this simple yet nice CD sleeve art concept.



Now, I wonder if we'll ever get to the actual recording part? Hahah...

'Nuff said....

Monday, July 27, 2009

Wehrmacht of The Third Reich kitbash

Okay, I gotta admit. This is actually my first effort ever to create or rather 'kitbash' a 12" figure. I wasn't trying to duplicate any particular character but rather was inspired to do so based on the latest Claus von Stauffenberg 12" figure from DiD Corporation. IMHO, Tom Cruise gave one of his 'best' screen performance in Valkyrie (2008) as the anti-Nazi German military officer....though I believe not many would agree with me, prefering obvious choices of Cruise' movies such as the Mission Impossible franchise, Top Gun. Jerry McGuire etc. I realised from watching Valkyrie that Cruise actually looked good in a Nazi uniform!

And so, utilising the Truetype body with the 'Tom" headsculpt that I bought recently, I managed to hunt down several parts to kitbash a WWII German infantry figure from the Wehrmacht of the Third Reich......loosely translated as the "Armed Forces of The Third Empire". The term wehrmacht consisted of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force). The following kitbash figure is my feeble attempt to produce a Wehrmacht 'Heer' infantryman.















Sunday, July 26, 2009

A superb 1/6th scale USMC Vietnam War-era uniform from Wild Work!

Next to World War 2 (WWII), the next favourite war of mine is the Vietnam War. By saying 'favourite' I don't mean that I glorify the atrocities and mayhems of a war, but simply the paraphernelias that came within each eras i.e. uniforms, weapons, equipments, vehicles, accessories, gears etc.
This is one great release from Wild Work, although I've never heard of the company before. Expect them to come forward with many other great releases to follow the likes of other 1/6th scale companys e.g. Brother Production, Loading Toys etc. which came out of the blue with their superb products to rival those already-established ones e.g. Hot Toys, DiD etc. This Vietnam era uniform set comes with a generous amount of accessories. My only grouse is that it should've come with an M-16 assault rifle instead of an M-14. But that could be quickly resolved by sourcing a loose one from eBay etc. The set is due for a late July '09 release.
And just for kicks, a bried history lesson, I present to you excerpts from wiki on the Vietnam conflict:
The Vietnam War was a military conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1959 to 30 April 1975. The war was fought between the communist North Vietnam, supported by its communist allies, and the government of South Vietnam, supported by the United States and other member nations of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).

The Viet Cong (or VC for short), the lightly armed South Vietnamese communist insurgency, largely fought a guerrilla war against anti-communist forces in the region. The North Vietnamese Army engaged in a more conventional war, at times committing large-sized units into battle. U.S. and South Vietnamese forces relied on air superiority and overwhelming firepower to conduct search and destroy operations, involving ground forces, artillery and airstrikes.

The United States entered the war to prevent a communist takeover of South Vietnam as part of their wider strategy of containment. Military advisors arrived beginning in 1950. U.S. involvement escalated in the early 1960s and combat units were deployed beginning in 1965. Involvement peaked in 1968 at the time of the Tet Offensive. Despite a peace treaty signed by all parties in January 1973, fighting continued. In response to the anti-war movement, the U.S. Congress passed the Case-Church Amendment in June 1973 prohibiting further direct U.S. military intervention without Congressional authorization yet the U.S. was still heavily invested in the war until 1975, when North Vietnam captured Saigon. North and South Vietnam were reunified the following year.

The war exacted a huge human cost in terms of fatalities, including 3 to 4 million Vietnamese from both sides, 1.5 to 2 million Laotians and Cambodians, and 58,159 U.S. soldiers







More Mattel goodness from SDCC 2009!!!

Holy cow! More surprises from Mattel from their SDCC 2009 display booth! Let's hope for more during the last day of the convention today.....

Princess Adora!!!! (aka She-Ra's alter ego...)



The Ghostbusters 6" lineup is complete.....welcome Winston Zeddmore and Peter Venkman!



King Randor..


Holy toledo!!! Christopher Reeve as Superman!!!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

More pictures from Hot Toys' booth @ SDCC 2009

Many pictures were taken from Hot Toys' booth, but these takes the cake for me...especially the upcoming Resident Evil 5 characters and the Planet of the Apes dude! To view more, redirect yourselves here.