Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Saturday, July 31, 2010

More Star Wars haul: Clone Wars 'baddies'.....

My undying craze towards Uncle Lucas' universe continues as I snagged three (3) 'baddies' from the Clone Wars TV-series. Yup, that's right, start your collection with them baddies/villains first and you can never go wrong! Thanks to my wife's points voucher, I managed to snag these at an average of only RM12 (approx USD3.4) each!

What can I say, I'm a late bloomer when it comes to collecting. I was quite a fan of the Clone Wars cartoon TV-series from the beginning but never got into collecting the action figures until my mind was recently 'corrupted' by the dark side by a collector friend of mine. You may know him from a recent 'guest reviewer' spot from my last blog entry....LOL!

Anyway, the Cad Bane figure was actually from last years' Clone Wars wave but nevertheless he was too good to pass on at only RM5.90 (approx USD1.80). I could've picked up the newer 2010 carded version but that would've cost me much more. Hence, my decision to get the '09 carded version was a no-brainer! Aurra Sing and Pre-Vizsla were both short-packed by Hasbro (yet another brilliant strategy by them Hasblow execs to further complicate collectors' lives!) so it was quite a hunt in getting them. I'm sure those who have considerable knowledge on the Star Wars expanded universe will be quite familiar with Aurra Sing but I doubt that many would instantly recognize Pre Vizsla, unless you have watched the second season of the Clone Wars cartoon TV series (in particular - Episode 12! *geek alert!*).

Reviews and pictures to follow soon....

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Tale of Toyfairs and recent haul.....

Well, the San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) 2010 is finally over. Many cool toys were previewed and we as the unlucky ones could catch a glimpse by hopping on to several well-known sites such as http://www.cooltoyreview.com/ or http://www.actionfigureinsider.com/ just to name a few. I was particularly fond of the new releases by Hasbro and Mattel, namely their upcoming Star Wars and MOTU Classics figures. Guess we'll see those soon as most were slated for either 'end-of-year' or a 2011 release.

On the other hand, Malaysian collectors were pretty excited over the weekend (24-25 July'10) as we came to brace ourselves for the inaugural toy fair aptly named as....well, The Malaysia International Toys Fair 2010 or MITF '10 for shorts. I can tell you, there were already visitors expressing their dissatisfaction over the event but quickly quirked that it is somewhat acceptable given that it was the first time such an event was held over here in Malaysia. I think we shouldn't be too quick to jump the gun....I mean, there were highs and lows but overall it was an 'okay' event to say the least.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Star Wars spoof in New York's subway car!

This one's has been circulating through youtube for the past week or so. I don't really know who's behind the video or the real motive behind this short film. It could be for some advertisement or was it just some student film project? Whatever it is, this video shows how cool most subway commuters in New York can be. Most of them smiled and had a laugh when a bunch of actors re-enacted the kidnapping of Princess Leia (a la Tantive IV) during the subway rush hour. The coolest thing was when the lot of them began taking out their camera phones and such upon the arrival of Darth Vader!

Oh yeah, the video also portrayed how feared the Empire is throughout the universe (even in New York!). NOBODY dared to do anything when the Stormtroopers came in to snatch Leia! LOL!

BOTH 1/6 Jango and Boba are up for grabs....BUT...*sigh*....

Yup, just when everybody was crossing their fingers for Sideshow to produce their 1/6 renditions of the Fetts....Medicom beat them to it! Gosh...every collector in town knows about their scale issues when compared to other 1/6 figures. They certainly don't match up to the rest of Sideshow's 1/6 Star Wars figures. Come on, we were already disappointed that both Artoo and Threepio were produced by Medicom. Now we must either be content into getting Medicom's versions of Boba & Jango....OR be patient enough till Sideshow eventually does theirs.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

NEW Hot Toys 1/6 figures from the International Tokyo Toy Show 2010!!!

All pictures are credited to Cybergundam.....lucky dude who was actually there to witness these prototypes himself! Let his pictures do all the talking....prepare to be flabbergasted dear fellow geeks!!!

The Rebel's review: HobiMax magazine.....Malaysia's 'premier' toy mag!

***This is a review of a local Malaysian toy magazine. Suffice to say that you won't be able to find this on newstands outside of Kuala Lumpur (KL), Malaysia. Nevertheless, I feel that it is somehow my duty as a budding geek to provide an independent view on the quality of the publication, especially for Malaysian collectors who have yet to pick this one up. Do join me for a brief yet critical evaluation of the magazine.....

June's haul from Mattycollector...'bout time!

Alas, I received my stuffs from June's matty-collector sale a couple of days ago. A dear friend bought it for me during the monthly online sale last month but we never really had a chance to meet up. The MOTUC line gave us 3 figures in June..... She-ra, Keldor and the re-issued Faker. I chose to get only She-ra this time around (I'm still on the fence about Faker and Keldor though...might decide on them soon). The Ghostbusters 6" line gave us the final and dare I say it, the most anticipated member of the GB boys....Peter Venkman....in all of his 'slimed glory'.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First official picture of Thor, Odin & Loki!!!

Here it is....the first official shot of Anthony Hopkins in costume as Odin, flanked by Chris Hemsworth as Thor (hammer in hand) and Tom Hiddleston as Loki. This marks the first time we've seen all three characters together and the first glimpse we've gotten of Loki ever!

Hmmph, I dunno. They look more like characters from a LOTR franchise rather than mighty beings from Asgard. Let's hope the story line proves to be worth waiting for so that we can forget those abysmal costume choices, LOL! Oh yeah, did I mention that the movie's gonna be shown in 3D?

Read it as it first appeared here.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Hotwheel's Wonder Woman Invisible Jet!

For the record, this'll be the 2nd Wonder Woman-related entry from me within a short space of time. She seems to be getting a fair amount of attention lately. First it was the hullaballoo about her image change....now fans can get their hands on the upcoming Invisible Jet from Hotwheels at the upcoming SDCC event.

From what I've heard, this started out as a joke when Mattel asked fans on what vehicle would they like to see next from the DC universe. The response was so positive that they proceeded to produce the item for real! It was hilarious to hear some fans' comments regarding the Invisible Jet. These two represents the best I've come across lately on Mattel's facebook page:
"That's not really an invisible jet, it's just a tray with strategically placed linings to make it look like there's ACTUALLY a toy jet inside!"

"What's the point of an invisible jet when we can still see HER inside it?" 
Hahah....make mine Marv....errr.....DC then!

Edward Norton ousted from The Hulk franchise......*bummer*!

I first heard about this rather annoying piece of news from my pal Stephen's entry on his blog a couple of days ago. What is it about Marvel Studios not having the ability to hold on to key actors to their movies? I was rather left speechless when they announced that Terence Howard would be replaced by Don Cheadle (nothing against Don, I loved the man's role in the 'Ocean' trilogy!) but come on.....Ed did an excellent job in saving the mean green giant's image after that abysmal 1st movie in '03! Seems that Marvel Studios commented something on Norton's 'attitude' but Norton's agent is hinting that it's just a cover-up by Marvel to deviate from their reluctance to discuss on the 'financials'.

It'll take some time for us fans to digest and to accept that Edward Norton won't be reprising his role as the Incredible Hulk in 2012's "The Avengers". There goes our hope of seeing him together with RDJ, Sam Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and the lot.....*sigh*

Get the full news here.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Will Swiftwind be pink or white?

For a start, I know of some so-called 'manly' collectors who proclaimed that they don't give any rass a** about the release of She-Ra's faithful unicorn steed Swiftwind. Matty has finally announced that ol' Swifty will be released in late 2011 and now they're giving those who would be present at the upcoming Mattypalooza (SDCC '10) to vote for the colour! Yup, it's gonna be a toss between 'Classic Pink' or 'Royal White'. If ya' ask me....choose WHITE fer' God's sake!!!!!

Another thing is, I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm quite a fan of the Princess of Power (POP) cartoon series, simply because it's a direct spin-off from the He-man & The Masters of the Universe cartoon series.

Besides, my wife, who happens to be one of the most devout POP fan on the planet would kill me if I don't get ol' Swifty. To quote her..."What's the point of already having MOTUC's Adora and She-Ra then eh?". Nuff said.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ENTERBAY's upcoming releases...MUST SEE TO BELIEVE!

Coming out real soon from ENTERBAY (circa end of Q3' 10)....are the 1/6 scale Ip Man action figure from the movie "Ip Man 2" and the 1/6 scale Bruce Lee statue. These were taken off ENTERBAY's facebook page so prepare to feast thy eyes! You'd swear that these are images of actual people....*shucks*....

Monday, July 5, 2010

Wonder Woman's new look....

By now most fanboys will probably be aware that Wonder Woman has been given a major makeover by them DC bosses. I hear ya'....most are crying foul over the change in Diana's image. I mean, why fix something that isn't broken?

I personally feel that by giving her a pair of pants implies that DC is trying to impose sort of a Western symbol of formalized male authority. Hence, it won't be too extreme to declare this huge makeover an implied passing of gender equity. It's gonna take some time for us to adjust to this new image. I'm never gonna swap my classic red-blue Wonder Woman in my JLA action-figure lineup with this new one....THAT'S for sure!

Read more....

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Food...glorious food! *ehm*....inaugural 'foodie-rific' entry in my blog!

As far as my memory serves me, I've never had any food-related entry in my blog before. I have tonnes of food picture. Maybe it's just my instinctive habit of snapping food pictures right before anyone starts to ravage through the serving plates, but none of those ever made it to the public....in fact I can't even recall where the jpg files now are. Anyway, in view of the scrumptious lunch my wife, son and I had yesterday with an old friend at a nearby Lebanese restaurant, I said to myself that I'd make the effort to get these posted.....none of these excellent food portrait be wasted again! =p


Friday, July 2, 2010

And the role of Spiderman/Peter Parker goes to.....

Well, it's a done deal then. After months of speculating and false alarms, Sony Pictures finally made up their mind and awarded the role of Spidey/Pete Parker to Brit actor by the name of Andrew Garfield. Excerpt from a press release on Deadline's webpage:

"After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. They will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios."
If ya ask me, I'm not too familiar with his work either. I just know that he starred in the film "The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus" alongside Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger. Upon first glance, I do feel that Logan Lerman (the actor who was heavily rumoured to play Spidey months ago) was a better choice for a young Peter Parker. I don't know....maybe we ought to give this Garfield dude a chance.

What do you think?