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Whatever's cool with me...

Monday, September 30, 2013

Quick Snapshot: Matty Collector's Voltron....

Voltron Lion Force
 
Would you believe it that it took me this long to finally assemble my Voltron? Yes, I'm talking about THAT 23" Matty Collector Voltron which technically belongs to my better half really. Yea, she's the real Voltron enthusiast between the two of us so you can imagine how she'd jumped for joy when we first got to know about Matty's producing these lions & pilots and inevitably the 2-foot tall Voltron. We had the Black Lion safely tucked somewhere for almost a year so we finally decided that it was time for him and Keith to come home with the rest of the gang. The sheer packaging of the Black Lion alone will scare you. A buddy of mine thought the white mailer box looked like it's holding an electrical appliance of some sort. The Black Lion is 'hee-yuge' and is way bigger (and way pricier) than the rest of its brothers/sister.
 
As good as the toy may be (it has its fair share of flaws but I'm not gonna go into that today), many had been taken aback by crazy/ridiculous prices Matty had been slapping onto these lions. Those who subscribed to the Club Lion Force subscriptions (I think that is what it was called) were forced to shell out quite a sum to get their quarterly fix delivered to them. As if the items were not ludicrous enough, the shipping cost was a killer too. I'm glad the whole Lion Force sub is over. I just gotta find the time to do a proper review of them lions and Voltron himself. I don't think my better half and I would jump right in if Matty decided to do Vehicle Voltron. Like many others, we had enough too. If you can look beyond the cost factor, then Voltron here is totally worth it if you're a hardcore fan. The design and visual accuracy is spot on (I love how the pilots look uncannily the same like they do on-screen) plus Voltron himself is one huge behemoth of a toy. If you have the means to splash your cash, then this one's for you. Unfortunately for those who want him today, your only option is to scour eVilbay for a decent deal.

Pet peeves....

This is a response to Cool and Collected's call to list down a list of pet peeves that we may have in our daily lives. For those uninitiated, no we're not talking about household pets nor that poltergeist character at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. We're talking about those minor annoyances or that feeling of resentment that we may have about things but to a greater degree than other people may find it. Ok, time to let some steam off for the day (it's lunchtime here at my side of the world)....
 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

WOOT! SW Black Series Wave 2 Mara Jade found in the wild....inconceivable!

WOOT! SW Black Series Wave 2 Mara Jade found in the wild....inconceivable!

Looks like this retailer took the extra mile to solve the 'falling off of the plastic bubble' problem. They cellophane-taped the packaging all over! Some of you may get really annoyed about this but it doesn't really bother me much as I'm planning to rip it open anyway. Mara deserves to stand next to Luke in my display!
 
I was really distraught by the prospect of having to pay for the whole set of figures (them specialty stores even paired BOTH wave 1 & 2 together in a set!) just to get Mara. She's the only one I've ever wanted from Wave 2 really. Scouring over eVilbay didn't help either as most scalpers are asking the sky for her. All that's left over at my local TRUs (I went to several yesterday) were the ones collectors don't really care about i.e. R2s and in some cases the Prequel Jedis. I took a stroll at the toy section at a retail complex near my office today and there she was.....just sitting pretty in between Ani and a couple of Luminaras. Mind-blowing really.....does it mean that people in this part of town don't really care about Mara Jade?! Their loss...my gain. Woot!
 
By the way, RM42.90 is approximately $13 for youse in the States. You guys are probably gonna find her for less than 10 bucks in most parts but for me it's a small price to pay really. It saved me from paying some ludicrous amount on eVilbay.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Madness! USD235 for the VOTC Republic Gunship?!!

VOTC Clone Gunship massacre...RM749.95 OR USD235!!!!!!!!!!
 
Toys R Us Malaysia has done it again. They're famous for directly importing some of the high in demand toys directly from some retailer in China (or Hong Kong for that matter). Notice the absolutely crazy price of RM749.95 (USD235) on the price tag?! The second picture will also show you the 'import origin sticker'...one could only assume it came from the 'Land of the Big Exports' judging from the language/characters. I have no beef against the exporter whatsoever but what the **** was TRU Malaysia thinking when they agreed to slap a USD235 price tag onto the Gunship when this is only USD119.00 in the States? This has happened before....the G.I. Joe Retaliation figures was USD20 each, the Endor AT-AT was USD249 and the recent ML Wolverine wave figures were USD26 each. Madness indeed.
 
TRU Malaysia has gone too far too many a times. Rest assured my fellow Star Wars enthusiast. I will make sure the world knows about it this time....

Happy 17th Birthday Pinkerton!


Today in history; weezer's Pinkerton was released on Sept 24, 1996. This one's right up there among my favourite albums EVER...in the same breath as The Beatles' White Album, Metallica's Ride The Lightning and Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger! Rock on!!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Teaser: Daryl Dixon with Chopper Deluxe Boxed Set....

daryl dixon deluxe

This one's been buzzing over the net several days ago but as usual I was too tied up with things to notice this. As a fan of AMC's 'Dead TV Series, I'm excited to see that McFarlane's finally listening to their fans by unveiling their Daryl Dixon 2.0 action figure. The upcoming Daryl Dixon with Chopper Deluxe Boxed Set is priced at $32.99 and scheduled to arrive in March 2014. This 5-inch scale figure set packs marks the arrival of the first vehicle for the 'Dead line. The details on the motorcycle stays true to how it appeared on-screen, featuring the lightning-bolt insignia on the tank, skull decal, and saddlebags at each side of the rear. Daryl will have approximately 20 points of articulation, hunting knife and new crossbow. He's available now thru BBTS and Entertainment Earth if you're interested to get him. Of course the Daryl image above is a 3D rendering of Norman Reedus but the final product is expected (let me just repeat...expected) to look exactly like it. Let's hope so.

In the meantime, I'm gonna mull over to see whether I should cancel my pre-order of the Daryl/Merle 2-pack from BBTS for this. Hmmm....

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Thank you Hiroshi Yamauchi. RIP...


This came a little late for me and I was in the verge of completely missing out on this piece of info had it not been for my better half who notified me of the news. Hiroshi Yamauchi, the man who steered Nintendo for more than 50 years, responsible for the creation of smash classic video game hits like Super Mario, Donkey Kong, Castlevania, Super Contra and Zelda, has died aged 85 two days ago. I find it very coincidental indeed when less than a week ago, I've talked about two retro game consoles, and how they changed the lives of many in the 1980s...and now we find that the man responsible for giving us all that wonderful memories had passed away.
 
The Rebel Page salutes you sir. Thank you for the experience!

A second look at The Dark Knight Rises...

The Dark Knight vs Bane
 
My 5-year old recently caught the 'Nolan Batman' bug by watching the trilogy films while inevitably asking his astonished 'ol man for his Movie Masters action figure collection at the same time. For a kid presumably too young to tell the difference between good cinematic movies (Nolan's trilogy) and crappy post-Burton Batman flicks, the boy was quick to give comments like 'How come Bane looks more scary in this movie than the one with Poison Ivy?'. He later commented that he preferred the 'non-armoured' Bat-suit rather than what Bale wore in the 2nd and 3rd Nolan flicks.....*astonished*. Anyway, it made me determined to sit through The Dark Knight Rises once again to give it a second look. You see, as I've mentioned before, I think the Avengers movie was miles better than all 3 Nolan flicks put together. But that's just me....you may disagree with my notion. Re-watching 'Rises again with my son was clearly a better experience for me than the first time I caught it on the big screen last year. Funny how lately my perceptions on things are constantly changed by that little man of mine. Next generation of geek well on his way. All's well in the world today!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

KAPOW! Hot Toys' Sixth Scale '66 Batman & Robin up for pre-order!

Hot-Toys-Batman & Robin_1966-Collectible-Figure

Both the Hot Toy's 1/6 '66 Bats & Robin are slated for a Q2 or Q3 '14 release and are already up for pre-order. Yea, I understand....they're not exactly everyone's cup of tea, so cut these some slack and just let them be. There are fans of the '66 series who're really looking forward to these. They never really complained about the 'Power Ranger'-like TDK armour now do they? I'm still on the fence on these though but they look really cool, especially when you realise that they're probably gonna do the rest of the '66 ensemble! Pretty interesting indeed.

Hot-Toys-Batman & Robin 1966-Collectible-Figure

Best Garage Sale Finds...

Garage sales at Kavin's @ 2 June 2012

This is a post in response to the challenge put up by Brian of the Cool and Collected page. I honestly can't recall every single garage/yard sale/flea market I've been to in recent times but I can however remember some of the most astonishing finds as a direct result of my persistent rummaging at those few occasions. Let it be known that price isn't the main factor when I considered these to be my top 3 finds. Well, perhaps items #1 were....LOL! Anyway, let's take a quick look into what I consider to be my greatest finds in recent times.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Marvel Legends' 2013 Hawkeye...

Marvel's Hawkeye

I'm still pissed off by the fact that collectors over here in Malaysia is taken for a ride by Hasbro. We never got to see any new Marvel Legends figures past the Arnim Zola wave (heck we never even got the chance to complete the Arnim Zola BAF since only half of series actually made it onto our retail shelves! What a bummer....). Wave 3 came (albeit limited quantities) and went in a flash. That's practically the end of the ML adventure for us Malaysians. Wave 4 onwards were mere myths and many collectors had to resort to eVilbay to get their ML fix.

Fortunately there's also this other thing called 'specialty toy stores' scattered around town and some of you might find yourselves lucky for being at the right time and the right place when some of them started to put up the latest ML figures on their shelves. The Rebel is one of those people. Well, I actually happened to be browsing through the fb pages of one of my regular toy haunt in town...and they had just put up the new 'Rocket Raccoon' wave on sale. Since the Hawkeye packaging didn't contain any of the 'Raccoon BAF parts, he's available for purchase separately. I made the call and he's mine. So let's see if he's up to the mark.....

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Ewan McGregor for Episode VII?

ewan-mcgregor

Reports have it that Ewan McGregor is still keen to play Obi Wan in the upcoming JJ Abrams Star Wars flick in 2015. Hey, haven't we been through this before? Weren't the geek community already annoyed that McGregor is very much oblivious to the fact that the character that he played in Episode I till III is already DEAD in the Star Wars continuity. Wait a tick.....maybe he IS aware that Obi Wan only appeared as a 'Jedi spirit' since his demise in Episode IV.....so I guess he's already content to be playing a 'ghostly apparition' then? Anyway, this was what he had to say recently about the possibility of joining Abrams' cast: 

"They haven't phoned me yet. (If they do) I'd be up for it..."

It's all in JJ Abrams' hands now. I'd personally be looking forward to see Ewan back in the SW fold so you can say that I'm a bit excited if he does sign up for Abrams' cast member line-up.

Friday, September 13, 2013

No school like the old school: Retro Game consoles...

Old school consoles.....good times!
 
I'm reaching out to all of you who lived your childhood in the 80s and 90s. Do you remember the endless Saturday afternoons (or sleepless nights) fun you had the moment you popped in the Nintendo/SEGA cartridges into their respecrive consoles? Sure, many improvements and permutations of both consoles came throughout the years replacing the older ones you see in the picture above but nothing can take away the memories of staying indoors trying to finish each and every one of those single cartridge games. You see, those individual cartridges cost quite a sum and the only way we'd be able to get new games cartridges is by finishing each and every one that we currently have. We didn't have 'screen capture' technology or camera phones back then so you can imagine the look on our parents' faces when they're forced to sit through the final level so you can prove to 'em that you've beaten the 'big boss'!
 
Good times.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Allow me to introduce myself…

 
"Geeks rule!!!"
 I came across this piece of introductory article by Brian of Cool and Collected the other day and I thought it would be cool (pardon the pun Brian!) to replicate it for The Rebel Page today. This  might come as a bit of a surprise to many of you since a proper introduction should've been done 5 years ago when The Rebel Page first started. Nevertheless, this would be a good chance for yours truly to divulge bits and pieces of some of his well-kept secrets, inner thoughts, random irrational fears and whatnots.
So here we go....

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Random action figure shot of the day: Iron Man Mark 42...

Iron Man Mark 42

I solemnly feel that Iron Man 3 is still among the best flick of '13 thus far. I'm saying this even in the presence of other big hitters like Man of Steel and the mind-blowing-surely-expensive-to-make Pacific Rim in the same year. A bit sad to see the IM films ending at part 3, but I guess that's how most cool things go. Sometimes you just gotta stop when you're at the top to ensure eternal legendary status. I think The Beatles can vouch for me on this.

Robocop (2014) Official Trailer....


I'll tell you this....I'm gonna reserve my comments until I actually get to watch the full movie next year. Until then, here are my brief thoughts on the trailer:

- I'm gonna be honest here...I grew up with Peter Weller's original take on ol' can-head. I WILL be biased....hahah.  
- What's up with Robo's exposed right hand?
- I'm not sold on the black armour.....why can't they just stick to silver?
- Michael Keaton and Sam Jackson in the same movie? This is gonna be awesome! 
- Nice to see a 'revamped' ED-209 at the end of the trailer. 
- I sincerely hope Peter Weller could somehow make a cameo in this film.

What are your thoughts dear Rebel readers?

Random action figure shot(s) of the day: He-Man vs Slush Head!!!

He-Man vs Slush Head

Today's edition of 'Random action figure shot(s)' features two of The Rebel Page's most recently reviewed MOTU Classics action figures. These have been reviewed before so it's only fitting that we let the pictures do the talking this time. I'm not too sure if I want to collect the rest of the Space Mutants from the NA He-Man series but only time will tell. Wouldn't want pony-tailed He-Man here to be all alone now would we? Here are a couple of shots where He-Man is ambushed by the Space Mutant Slush Head. If you're interested to see more, then you're more than welcome to click on the link at the bottom of the second picture below. Enjoy.
 
He-Man vs Slush Head

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Star Trek: Into Darkness...brief (& late!) thoughts on the movie...

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness
 
Goodness me. Been meaning to catch this flick back in May but somehow or rather procrastination got the better of me. Funny how sometimes I never got the chance to really catch flicks which I thought I'd be the first in line for the cinema tickets (*cough* World War Z *cough*). Finally caught the second JJ Abrams' Trek instalment on blu-ray last night with my wife and kid. The movie itself was one big colourful mesh of cinematic visual glory so I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been for those who caught it in 3D over at the cinemas. I guess most of you have already seen this on the big screen by now so I won't feel bad about giving away any spoilers or anything.
 
Like many, I was totally impressed on how Abrams had successfully revamped the Trek franchise. His first Trek film in '09 was a success, winning over hardcore purist 'Trekkies' on board as well as new fans alike. Into Darkness built upon the feel and fresh take of the '09 film so right from the beginning I knew it was gonna be a great movie.  If I had known better, the intro of the movie is kinda like a nod to Raiders of The Lost Ark. Was this intentionally done by Abrams? Whatever it is, it's a cool 'reference' to the classic Indy movie doncha' think?
 
Most of the actors from the 1st flick (if not all?) came back for this sequel. Sherlock Holmes is Khan Noonian Singh. Robocop/Murphy is Starfleet Admiral Marcus. Sounds like a fun ensemble!
 
We find that Into Darkness employed a reverse plot of the 1982 The Wrath of Khan movie ending. In that classic Shatner-Nimoy led movie, it was Kirk who shouted 'Khannnnn!' when Spock sacrificed himself to save the Enterprise. Spock had the honour to shout this time but unlike the '82 flick, we didn't have to wait for the 3rd movie for the dead hero to be revived! A cameo by Leonard Nimoy proved how the current Spock (still) gets to communicate with the 'alternate' universe Spock. A reference to how the 'alternate' world Khan Noonian Singh was handled by the Enterprise crew soon took place. Seemed that both versions of Khan wasn't someone to be messed with and should be handled with extreme care. This parallel universe thing is really growing on the new Trek films now ain't it?
 
I must admit, I never considered myself to be a 'Trekkie' but I am looking forward to Abrams doing Star Wars VII in 2015. If Abrams' take on Star Trek is any indication of how the future Star Wars flicks are gonna be, then we're in for a real treat! God knows how the Star Wars franchise needs to be re-worked (if not re-booted) to ease the pain we felt from watching the dismay prequel films.
 
Overall I think the movie screams 'excellent' both in the cinematography and plot department. The acting was top notch too. It makes Star Wars fans wonder why in the world Uncle George wasn't able to find better/quality actors for the prequel films when Abrams seemed to be finding them with such ease for every each of his flicks. Star Trek: Into Darkness deserves a spot in your blu-ray collection! Nuff said.

Galactic Protector He-Man!...

He-Man: Galactic Protector

By the power of Eternia, the Galactic Protector He-Man (that's what the sticker on the front part of its packaging said) or better known as the 'NA He-Man' (referring to 'New Adventures') was so full of controversy back in the days that many fans of the original 80s TV series shunned the New Adventures of He-Man run when it made its debut in 1990. Many were dissatisfied with Mattel's decision to plunge He-Man into a futuristic planet while battling space mutants when Mattel had already brainwashed us kids in the early-mid 80s into believing that He-Man could only pick his fight on Eternia (or Etheria in some cases). I even remembered a childhood buddy of mine dissing the new 'pony-tailed' He-Man and swore he'd never watch an episode off the series. But for me, he was still He-Man and didn't stop me from watching the shortlived 65-episode series on the tube. I gotta admit, I was pretty excited when Matty announced that they'll be releasing figures from the NA series but it took us quite some time before we'd even see the release of He-Man. Matty opted to release Optikk, Icarius and Karatti first before the most important character off the series. Anyway, he's here so let's see how he fares...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction...The Dinobots are coming y'all!

transformers 4-age-of-extinction-poster

This is it. The official Transformer 4 poster is out on the net. I think someone mentioned that Michael Bay posted this on his website or something. There were four (4) possible titles rumoured for the new Bay flick (yeah, call it Bayformers or whatever you want, but right now I'm just glad we're gettin' another Transformers live action movie so sue me!). The rumoured titles were 'Last Stand', 'Apocalypse', 'Future Cast' and of course, the winning choice....'Age of Extinction'. While the name itself screams 'archaeology' there are further clues in the poster which would ultimately hint to what's coming in the new flick (notice the subtle 'claw marks' and 'footprints'?). Michael Bay and team had been avoiding the question to whether the Dinobots would make an appearance in the film. Well, this poster certainly answers that. Let's just face it people, we're not getting any new directors for Transformers so let's just trust Bay and get on with it. Life's much simpler that way....haha. Personally I'm looking forward to the movie because I'm curious how Mark Wahlberg's acting is gonna fare in a TF movie!

Transformers: Age of Extinction is slated for a July '14 release (10th of July in the UK/27th in the States and scattered July dates for the rest of the world).