Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Books: Killer Kaiju & Beasts!

Scored this excellent hardcover book...Killer Kaiju Monsters:  Strange Beasts of Japanese Film...on the cheap! How does RM10 (USD3) sound like for this gem?  #geekyhaul #geekshavethemostfun #kaiju #japanese #japan #film #retro

Found this excellent #cryptozoology book that contains info on 90 mythical/legendary beasts and accompanying illustrations of each...for only RM9.90 (approx USD 2.75). I love it! #geekyhaul #art #myth #mythical #legend #folklore

These were picked up during the crazy book sales at The Mines late last year. Malaysian readers would definitely know what I’m talking about. At about USD3 each, these were a no-brainer. That Kaiju book is a hardcover book too so you know you’re practically robbing these items off the seller.

The kaiju book provides a detailed insight on the Japanese kaiju ‘industry’ (if I can even call it that) and how the monsters evolved throughout different TV shows and movies. I love the colourful graphic and detailed notes on each of them. Such humble beginnings for these killer-yet-sometimes-adorable monsters you’d appreciate the rich history and evolution that each of these kaiju  went through before they appear just the way they are today.

The ‘Beasts’ book explored different mythical monsters taken off various folkslore and legend from around the globe.  I love the simple description and the unique illustration done for each of the monsters. This is a great coffee table book and is very visually striking. It’s a great read if you wanna know more on the different types of un-natural things that go bump in the night as relayed by the different cultures on planet earth. Honestly, some of those monsters scared the lights out of me. Some I’ve heard off and some I didn’t even know existed (now I do, so goodbye sweet dreams....hello nightmare!).


I would recommend you to find these books for your reading pleasure if you’re into monsters and cryptozoology although I am not sure if you’d be able to find them at the prices I’ve mentioned above.

Hooked on a feelin’!

Hooked on a Feeling...

This particular shot is the idea of my 7-year old son. “Why don’t you take a picture of the Guardians in space?”. Well, not really ‘floating’ in space but I kinda got his vision and began work immediately after his remark. I even borrowed his custom Groot (which I did for him sometime late last year) for this photoshoot too. I think it came out pretty cool.

Friday, January 30, 2015

M.A.S.K. Thunderhawk...with replacement decals!


I had a few regrets as a child with regard to my toys & action figure collecting habit. There was one moment where I failed to acquire the Starmax Bomber aircraft simply because I wasn’t patient enough to listen to my late dad’s words of wisdom in tracking down the much in-demand StarCom vehicle. Then, there was also the time when I had to decide between the much-harder-to-find Thunderhawk or a combination of Condor and Vampire as my first ever M.A.S.K. toy. I chose the latter.

While I can safely say that I still haven’t given up in finding a decently priced StarMax Bomber, the thought of actually buying a decent condition Thunderhawk at an acceptable asking price never crossed my mind as of late. I finally got one late last year courtesy of an eBay seller who didn’t charge an arm or a leg for his vintage items.


This was how it looked when I first had it in my hands....

M.A.S.K. Thunderhawk with original decals

M.A.S.K. Thunderhawk with original decals

M.A.S.K. Thunderhawk with original decals

M.A.S.K. Thunderhawk with original decals

The stickers/decals were clearly worn out and in great need of replacements. Prior to purchasing this Thunderhawk I had read that M.A.S.K. collectors go to www.stickerfixer.com (they make reprolabel stickers for Transformers) for replacement decals. That’s just what I did. The whole sticker sheet only cost USD8 and shipping to anywhere in the world would be USD2 per shipment...great!

After almost 3 weeks of agonising wait, the sticker sheet finally arrived on my doorstep. Of course before you apply the new decals you gotta get to work first i.e. take off the old decals and give the body a bit of polish.

What is it?

And this is how it looks like after applying the new stickers....

M.A.SK. Thunderhawk with stickerfixer's replacement decals

M.A.SK. Thunderhawk with stickerfixer's replacement decals

M.A.SK. Thunderhawk with stickerfixer's replacement decals

M.A.SK. Thunderhawk with stickerfixer's replacement decals

As a result of the decals itself being printed on a glossy silver decal sheet, they look shiny and glossy. But what I like most about the decals (especially those on the hood and the doors) is the ‘raised’ feel of the decals. This set of decals had breathed a new lease of life to this Thunderhawk!

I may want to get another M.A.S.K. vehicle (or two...or three) to accompany Thunderhawk on my display shelf. Seeing Thunderhawk in its full decal glory makes me wish I had taken better care of my M.A.S.K. toys when I was younger...*sigh*. I had Rhino, Switchblade, Gator, Firecracker, Buzzard....just to name a few but they are either missing or in pieces. Having said that, have you guys read that Hasbro had recently renewed their franchise on M.A.S.K. toys? What would that mean to us cartoon series enthusiast and collectors alike? 

MOTU Classic Madame Razz

Madam Razz: Magical Witch of Whispering Woods

I’ve been really slowing down on my MOTU Classics ever since I got my Castle Grayskull late last year. I guess at this point I’ve already purchased most of the characters that I really want for my collection hence the pull of the hand brake. Madame Razz here is definitely one of those that I couldn’t afford to miss. She’s an integral part of the She-Ra cartoon series. I don’t care if the whole Princess of Power (PoP) isn’t your cup of tea. They’re part of the He-Man lore and that’s that. I just hate it that the He-Man figure collector community is all torn up between those ‘realistic’ looking MOTUC figures and those ‘cartoony’ looking ones. Madame Razz here is a perfect reproduction of how the character looked like in the cartoon series. And guess what? It doesn’t bother me a bit that she looks cartoony or straight out of the cartoon show.

Madam Razz: Magical Witch of Whispering Woods

I’m happy that Matty gave us a chance to complete our core Whispering Woods team. I’m also thankful that we’ve gotten most of the characters on our display shelves by now ever since the line began in 2008....so I won’t ramble on any petty design flaws etc. I’m just glad that Madame Razz has finally joined my collection!

Madam Razz: Magical Witch of Whispering Woods

If He-Man and gang had Orko on Eternia then I guess Madame Razz (and Broom) is the Orko equivalent in Etheria! I honestly thought that I’d be having trouble to make her stand on her own (her flimsy feet casted much doubt onto me!) but she can stand perfectly fine on her own. You just  got to adjust her feet accordingly. She’s pretty sturdy once you found her footing.

Madam Razz: Magical Witch of Whispering Woods

Madam Razz: Magical Witch of Whispering Woods

Being the ‘magician’ for She-Ra’s ensemble, I think it’s fitting that I add in some magical effects into the picture for good measure.

Madam Razz: Magical Witch of Whispering Woods


I guess some people look at Madame Razz as the comic relief for She-Ra’s gang. Her trusty companion Broom does just the same. I think this is why nobody ever gave them much attention nor viewed them as real ‘threat’ to the Horde army! LOL.

Some retro goodness!

Another prezzie from my better half...#transformers #classic #lunchbox #80s #tvseries #geekyhaul #geekshavethemostfun

Score! #classic #gijoe #tvseries #80s #poster ....this is freakin' awesome if I do say so myself...printed in Canada and my wife only paid RM29.90 (USD8) for it

What can I say? My wife really knows me well. The 80s child in me screamed in joy when I laid my eyes on these two gems. Well, technically my wife found these and alerted me (I was still thinking about some vintage stuff at a nearby toy pawn-shop and completely missed these). How can I NOT want a classic-looking G1 Transformers tin lunch box and that oh-so-awesome ‘card back’ G.I. Joe poster?!  I love my weekends!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Masterpiece(s) MP-20 & MP-21: Wheeljack & ‘Bee in the house!


I remember the days when I subconsciously said to myself repeatedly that I’d never venture into the Masterpiece line. It’s partly because I won’t be able to mix and match these MPs with the rest of my Generations/Universe/Henkei  (GUH) bots due to the scale/size difference. However, as of late TomyTakara seemed to have been correcting the issue by introducing smaller bots to correspond with the smaller GUH bots. Here’s when I come in and made my first ever Masterpiece purchase(s). I picked up Wheeljack (MP-20) and subsequently BumbleBee (MP-21).


MP-20 Wheeljack

Wheeljack on its own (or assumingly with the rest of his MP buddies) looks in scale and one will certainly harken back to the days when the G1 cartoon used to occupy our TV airtime in the 80s. His design and colour stays true to how he looked like in that 80s cartoon series. I guess the scale issue bothered me as much as how Marvel Select figures don’t go well with Marvel Legends. It’s true that you’d have to ‘shorten’ him a little bit (you can do this by shortening his hips) so that he’ll look in place with the rest of his Autobot buddies.

MP-20', MP-21 & iGear Optimus Prime

If not, he’ll look astonishingly close to the height of my iGear Optimus Prime (sorry no comparison pics with the MP-10. I do not own one....yet).

I heard horror stories that some collectors complained that the 'Italia' word did not appear on their Wheeljack's left foot. Factory error maybe? Whatever it is I'm glad mine wasn't part of that statistics.

MP-20 Wheeljack

MP-20 Wheeljack

Aesthetically Wheeljack looks great. I love having him on my shelf. He is by far my most favourite Autobot from the 80s G1 cartoon series so buying him makes sense to me even though I’m haunted by the scale issue. He has effectively taken over the place of my Henkei Wheeljack on my Autobot shelf. He comes with the commemorative coin which I find useless but I really love the toolbox accessory.

MP-20 Wheeljack

MP-20 Wheeljack

Nice touch by TomyTakara there. Would’ve been much sweeter if we’re able to flip it open to reveal some non-removable tools inside? (I know...too much to ask already).

Let's move on to the 'Bee...

MP-21 Cybertron Espionage Bumble (Bumblebee)

Bumblebee here was actually my 1st planned MP purchase. I reserved him through a friend of mine who has a standing order (I think) on every MP release from a specialty toy store which supposedly offered the best prices in town (and they did!). This one’s actually smaller than the Universe/Henkei Bumblebee.

MP-21 Cybertron Espionage Bumble (Bumblebee)

Understandably, the idea here was to give the impression that Bumblebee is much much smaller than Prime and the rest of the Ark crew. If you’re that meticulous, you’ll realise that the ‘Bee only reaches the height of Optimus’ knees in the cartoon series. I think the ‘Bee here will measure up nicely against the MP-10 Optimus but I think he looks pretty sweet too standing beside my iGear Optimus. Not that small and puny but at just the nice height and size against the Autobot commander.

MP-21 Cybertron Espionage Bumble (Bumblebee)
I love it that we also get three sets of face plates (although I'd only be using the ones without the battle-face armor). TomyTak didn't have to do this but they did anyway. Brownie points to them!

Bumblebee here is exactly how we remember him from the G1 cartoon series. This is by far the best G1 Bumblebee in the market thus far, beating the likes of previous attempts e.g. Art Feather’s version. I love it that we also got Daniel in his exo-suit. It made me wanna re-watch the Transformers animated movie the moment I got my hands on the figure.

MP-21 Cybertron Espionage Bumble (Bumblebee)

Sure, it has its flaws and all. Heck, there are no distinctive facial features i.e. no eyes, no mouth etc. A bit creepy to my liking.Why can't we have a Spike figure instead eh?

Anyway, I'm glad I got these two. I'm not planning to get the MP-22 (Ultra Magnus) but I'll sure cave in when TomyTakara decides to do Ironhide/Ratchet or Mirage next!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hasbro’s 2008 Indiana Jones figures...

Temple of Doom el cheapo haul!

Hmm, I’ve been having some sort of good luck lately with finding cheap a** action figures/toys. Not complaining! I hope this streak of good luck continues through the year. I happened to be passing by a clearance sale held by a (get this!)....music & movie discs store. I knew they always had a bunch of random action figures on sale but I’ve never seen these Indy figures ever being on sale throughout their outlets anywhere. I’ve always been wanting to get myself these figures but I wasn’t too keen to pay the full retail price for them back in ’08 (they weren’t exactly high in my must-have list either). When I saw a pile of Indiana Jones action figures being stacked in one of the clearance bin, I jumped! Immediately I went into my scavenging mode and the image of me holding a Sean Conner...err I mean, Henry Jones Sr. action figure in my grubby hands suddenly came to mine. Alas, for poor me, I couldn’t find him. The bin was chock-full with figures from Temple of Doom, ‘Crystal Skull (Mutt Williams was everywhere) and only Indy from the ‘Crusade movie.


As they had the full ‘Temple figures (I think all 6 were there), I opted to grab these 4 figures for my collection. I was already imagining the various diorama scene possibilities as I picked these up to the checkout counter. So let’s see what comes out in the next coming weeks!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Star Wars action figures doing what they do best.....in ACTION!

Tusken Raiders...

Ok. I’m pretty hyped up with the recent influx of teasers/promo stuff that JJ Abrams put out to promote Episode VII. Apart from that we’ve also seen a bunch of retro-lookin’ trading cards that revealed the characters’ names. From the action-figure collector viewpoint, I’m quite overwhelmed by the fact that we would now have to choose between the 3.75” and the 6” Black Series products (if you have the moolah then by all means grab ‘em all I say!). It has been such a pain in the rear to find the 6” TBS figures and I had to rely on my ever-helpful Rebel crew members (my better half being one of them...LOL) to find me the latest TIE Fighter Pilot figures. It is simply not possible to find the popular ones (think Stormtrooper, Boba Fett, Sandtrooper, Darth Vader, Chewie, TIE Fighter Pilot etc) out in the open these days (or any days for that matter!). I dare not imagine how it’s gonna be like when the upcoming Threepio or Stormie Luke & Han comes out in the coming wave.


Anyway, today’s focus is on a bunch of my 3.75” figures. I got inspired to shoot these pictures after getting bombarded by endless re-post of the Episode VII trailer on my fb page for the past couple of weeks. I think they turned out pretty cool. I have so many ideas for my future shoots but for now this’ll do while I find more time for this photography hobby of mine.

Jedi spirit Obi Wan Kenobi

Droids' day out...

Snaggletooth....

Rescuing Chancellor Palpatine

Meanwhile at Jabba's Palace...

Friday, January 9, 2015

Penguins of Madagascar Happy Meal toys....I’m loving them!

Cute & cuddly boys!

One thing I love about Happy Meal toys is that they’re relatively cheaper than most official merchandise toys out there in the market. Where else can you get official movie toys/action figures for a mere RM3 (that’s just under USD1 folks!) right here in Malaysia. Over the past few years, Mcdonald’s had given us some of the coolest Happy Meal toys I’ve seen in my adult collecting life. Among my favourite ones were those cool looking JLA Animated series character cases (I think I might have blogged about it too some time back) which looked absolutely great when displayed together on my display shelf.

Skipper

A few weekends ago my wife spotted these cool Penguins of Madagascar (PoM) Happy Meal toys at the McDonald’s we were having lunch at. It kinda bummed me out to know that these were in fact already out for some time so I was prepared to suck in the fact that we might not even get all 8 designs. I managed to get 6 out of the 8 PoM toys and it thrilled our son nevertheless. These look great for budget toys and one would’ve expected such quality coming from McDonald’s (I even heard that they even performed tests to see if these toys passed their stringent list of QC checklist, which is great really...think of the safety of those young kids man!).

Rico


Anyway, when it comes to getting toys/action figures for our son, I only have one rule. I get to photograph them first before the little man gets to do whatever he wants with them (usually newly acquired toys/figures get thrown almost immediately into his imaginary battle between good and evil...)! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year haul...

Last haul in 2014...

Well, technically these were my last acquisitions for 2014. I'm honestly trying to get my momentum back in blogging. I guess the evils (and convenience!) of other social media like instagram etc. has really taken the blogging steam for most of us as I've seen many semi-defunct/already defunct toy collector blogs out there. Here's hoping for the best for The Rebel Page! (LOL).

Anyway, I've snagged several items before 2014 closes its curtain. An eBay seller has graciously listed his items for peanuts and I took advantage of his kindness. Got myself the GI Joe: Pursuit of Cobra Quick Kick and (surprisingly) perhaps one of my most important purchase of all time (dare I say it!) as an adult toy collector....Thunderhawk from M.A.S.K.! Sure it's missing the original bombs, but hey, this is ver.1 i.e. Matt Trakker came with the accurate on-screen Spectrum mask, what more at an unbelievably low price! I am a happy camper!

I've always wanted the Leader Class Transformers Generations Jetfire (or Skyfire for youse G1 die-hards!) but the Malaysian Hasbro retail price was such a turn off that I quickly took this off my 'want-list' some time ago. A few days ago, a friend of mine gave news that a nearby retail store was effectively 'clearing' Jetfire off their shelves via an unbelievable marked-down price. That was my cue! I'd like to give a shout out to my ever-loving better half for getting me this one before them scalpers came to swipe them all clean off retail! 

Lastly, as a Planet of the Ape classics nut, my latest bout of NECA 'Ape figure shall come as no surprise to those who know me well. I just hope NECA will come around to tease us with what's coming in Series 3 real soon.....coz I'm ready to go all ape-s*** into collecting their 'Ape 7-inchers!

On another note, talking about our arrival in 2015, how many of you are seriously disappointed that we didn't get to see a single hoverboard/flying car/holo-cinema advertising or any of those stuff Robert Zemeckis promised us in BTTF 2?!!

Hello #2015 ...can't seem to see anything I've seen in #bttf part 2. No hoverboards, no holo cinema advertising, no flying cars, no auto-drying feature embedded in my jacket in case I get wet. I am disappointed. LOL. #movies #geekshavethemostfun #backtoth