Whatever's cool with me...

Whatever's cool with me...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Some mind boggling questions from The Force Awakens' trailers

Kylo 'StyloMylo' Ren

After trailer #3, we were left with more questions than answers (naturally) about the upcoming Star Wars film. Great build up by both Disney/Lucasfilm and director JJ Abrams. Every fanboy is just dying with anticipation to clarify things which have been teased throughout the trailers thus far.

I don't think any of the prequel films ever clicked so much curiosity in me. I mean, those are some pretty defining moments we've seen in the trailers. Please feel free to state your theories and what you think will happen in each of the scenarios below. Whatever happens/will be revealed on Dec 17 is anyone's guess l. For now let's go through my top 5: 

1.   Where the heck was Luke Skywalker? We've seen Han....Chewie....Leia, but no sign of ol' Luke. This only suspiciously conforms most fanboys' theory that Luke's gonna fall to the dark side. Or worse....killed off at some point in the movie. Some even say that Luke IS Kylo Ren. Rrrrright.



2. Finn wielding a light saber? Is he a Skywalker? His lightsaber hilt tells us so and no one simply uses a Skywalker's lightsaber now can they?! But then again Han Solo had also once held and used the famous Skywalker 'saber in ESB.


3. Is Han Solo gonna die? Every fanboy knows that Harisson Ford was ever so keen for George Lucas to kill off his character in ESB. Ford's decision to be in TFA really surprised many but it also comes with a heavy price. Ford has explicitly mentioned that he won't be available for any future Star Wars films anymore. My guess is that he accepted Abrams' offer while inserting the same caveat that he made to Lucas during ESB. Makes sense?

4. Why was Rey crying her eyes out? Again with the Luke/Han death theory here. Even so, why does she look so freakin' devastated in that 1-second trailer scene? Did she just discovered that she's connected to Luke/Han? 


5. Did Han and Leia have any children at all since ROTJ? What was that hug for? A reunion...or simply a sad goodbye for Han? God I can't get this Han Solo dying stuff out of my head. Maybe I'll come to terms once we get to actually see the movie. Nothing is really confirmed at this point of time. Coming back to their children, could Rey or Finn even (hopefully Lando didn't get involve with Leia at any point of time...hahaha) be their kids? Could be. If that's the case then I'm all for it since the Expanded Universe Jacen/Jaina characters annoyed the heck out of me.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Jurassic World bluray in da house....

Guess what's on for #movienight  tonight?  #moviebuff #bluray #chrispratt #jurrasicworld #geekshavethemostfun

While watching Jurassic World earlier in the year, about halfway through the movie, I had already decided that this is one of the movies that I'd want in my blu-ray collection. Sure it ain't the Alan Grant Jurassic Park but it's a helluva close one in comparison. Chris Pratt is astounding in this movie. Dare I say it, his acting was one of the pull factor for the movie for many. Most of the supporting actors/actresses were surprisingly good/above average too. The CGIs and the (minimal) animatronics works fine and were pretty convincing to say the least. What's not to love about the movie?

On the hindsight, there's a ton of featurettes in the blu-ray, so you're getting your money's worth here. I love the many Chris Pratt-led commentaries (I love the interview he had with the director) and the guy is simply hilarious. There's other stuff like the (cliche) 'making of' and concept arts etc. but my favorite featurette is the 'deleted scenes'. Some of the scenes would've been perfectly fine if left in the movie anyway but I can understand why they didn't make the cut i.e. time constraints.

Get this blu-ray for your collection. You will enjoy this.




Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015......Great Scott!!!!!!!

Today's the day....Oct 21, 2015!!! Welcome to the future Marty & Doc! Watching Back to the Future now on #cinemax to commemorate the occasion. Still no flying cars in the sky....nor any new Jaws movie past Jaws 4! LOL. #greatscott #happy #backtothefutured

Today's the day....Oct 21, 2015!!! Welcome to the future Marty & Doc! Watching Back to the Future now on #cinemax to commemorate the occasion. Still no flying cars in the sky....nor any new Jaws movie past Jaws 4! LOL. #greatscott #happy #backtothefutureday

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

My thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens' final trailer...


I....freakin'....love....this...trailer!!!!!! It has everything that you could over hoped for from a Star Wars trailer, like the one we got to see prior to the release of The Phantom Menace (ooops, that can't be good can it?! hahahah......). Let's just hope that the movie live up to our expectations and the incredible hype that this trailer has given us.

The main focus was definitely on Rey, Finn and the Vader-obsessed Kylo Ren but I was more excited to see (a weeping) Leia and Han together again. 

But where the heck was Luke Skywalker? Word has it that JJ Abrams is keeping whatever's happening to Luke a secret and audiences will have to wait till December to find out what surprises Abrams have in store for us.

Anybody noticed how slow time seemed to be moving since this trailer was released?...hahah.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Star Wars - The Force Awakens official poster y'all!

Hello... #theforceawakens #starwars #episodeVII #officialposter #december #2015 #damncantwait

This is it folks. THE final poster of the upcoming Star Wars flick coming our way in Dec '15. I must say that I'm pretty stoked to see this. It harkens back to the days when the official poster for The Phantom Menace first came out (some fans might have 'wonderful' things to say about the film but I did enjoy it really). 


The first thing that caught my attention was that 'Death Star'-like contraption at the background. Is that a new space station we're seeing? (*geek giddiness*). One thing for sure.....that's no freakin' moon!!!


I don't see Luke Skywalker anywhere although it's such a relief to see Han and Leia back in a Star Wars poster.


Threepio and Artoo are there, making them the only constant presence through out ALL 7 movie posters thus far.


As expected, Kylo Ren, Rey and Finn are all very prominent in the poster befitting their roles as the main protagonists of the new movie.


Captain Phasma appears at the bottom part of the poster flanked and followed by a slew of First Order Stormtroopers. Very cool.


However there are no images of the supreme leader of the bad guys. I think he's been called Snoke or something. Guess Disney still wants this to be a surprise when we watch the film later in Dec.


A fresh trailer is coming out too sometime today. So that's probably  gonna further spike our inner geek to a whole new level as we wait for JJ Abrams' masterpiece to open at our cinemas exactly two months from now.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' deluxe 3.75" action figure set: Unkar's Thug/Jakku's Scavenger/ BB-8

Star Wars -The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger set

Star Wars -The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger set


I can't believe that this is the 3rd basic Star Wars 5-POA set that I've bought for my son in recent times. I've posted about the first two purchases i.e. Boba Fett and Kylo Ren some time back. I never actually hoped to find this out in the open (well my wife stumbled upon a freshly stacked TRU shelf choked full of these new 'deluxe/mission series/whateveryouwannacallit 2-pack' 5-POAs during lunch time) amidst the frenzy scramble for anything 'The Force Awakens'.

Them scalpers are not making life easier too. 


Let me start by saying that I'm mightily impressed by the packaging art. Nothing screams pop culture geeky goodness better than handpainted character art in my books! I simply love it. These are packages which I'm not gonna throw out anytime soon.

Star Wars -The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger set


The Jakku Scavenger whose name is revealed as Teedo is a Tusken Raiders wannabe type of character. He's practically wrapped up inside an Egyptian mummy-like bandage. Scavenger/desert planet/rides a large beast.....hmmm, why does it all sound so familiar. Hahah. Anyway talking about large beasts, Teedo here was seen in still images taken from the upcoming TFA movie riding a 'Luggabeast' aka a weird beast-machine hybrid who seems to be his main choice of transport on Jakku. Come to think of it, now I really want a Luggabeast figure to go with Teedo!

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

This Unkar's Thug/Jakku Scavenger/BB-8 figure set is destined to be THE set to get amongst the sea of the other deluxe figure sets because this is currently THE only way for you to get a 3.75" scale BB-8. Is Hasbro gonna give us a single- carded BB-8 anytime soon? I have no idea but you won't want to gamble would you? Grab this set if you see it.

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

No doubt that most people will buy this set for BB-8. My son loves him/her too. As for me I'm just happy to get new characters so getting BB-8 is a bonus really. I already have him in the 6" scale  (though I wish I have the moolah to get that Sphero version too...*screams*). 

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

BB-8 is the new Artoo for the latest Star Wars trilogy although R2-D2 itself is still present in the upcoming movie. This BB-8 figure looks awesome for its size and should go perfectly fine too with your other Star Wars 3.75" figures.

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

Star Wars The Force Awakens' 3.75" Unkar's Thug & Jakku Scavenger

The Unkar's Thug figure is basically a space pirate dude whom I'm guessing will be playing some part in our heroes' story. Maybe this dodgy character from Unkar (not sure if it is actually referring to a clan/person/place at this point of time) will halt or disrupts Rey, Finn or any of the good guys from completing their mission. He looks a bit like the Garindan character from A New Hope or is it just his goggles.

Basically if I have to sum things up, I would say that these figures deserve to be fully articulated ala The Black series because they have such nice sculpts and paint apps. But that's  not gonna happen anytime soon, which is a bummer.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Terminator endoskeleton in MOTU classics!

Faker....attack!!!

Saw the first Terminator (1984) flick a while ago on cable with my son. As he was busy commenting how 'primitive' the CGI and animatronics were in the movie as compared to T:Genisys, he then remembered seeing a similar action figure that resembles the killer cyborg in our MOTU Classics display.And right he was!

Honest to God I can't remember which MOTUC figure gave me that half-exposed head for Faker. All I remembered was that he came with a normal head and that one of the later MOTUC figures came with the special half cyborg head for him.


Star Wars - The Force Awakens' Rey's Speeder

Rey's Speeder (Jakku)

Rey's Speeder (Jakku)

Rey's Speeder (Jakku)

Rey's Speeder (Jakku)

Here's THE  vehicle that caught my attention when the first TFA trailer came out many many months ago. I knew I just had to get this into my collection because it fits perfectly into the feel of the OT films. Furthermore the color scheme reminds me a lot of Luke's Landspeeder. I'm an absolute sucka for anything OT (or related) so you just know where I'm heading here.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Sadly the newer/latest Star Wars action figures are all 5-POAs and Rey here is no different. In fact, somehow or rather Rey here was supposed to be a bit smaller than the speeder to be screen accurate but I'm not gonna let that bug me. Until the fully articulated 3.75" Black Series Rey comes out, I shall be content with what I have.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set


Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Talking about Rey, she comes with her head scarf and goggles because this is how one should dress up before you get bugs and insects down your throat when you floor the speed throttle down. Those who want the Daisy Ridley head sculpt would have to buy the single-carded version instead.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

In the accessories department she comes with only her spear/stick thingy. What this weapon/accessory really do is still a mystery till we watch the film 2 months from now. It slots nicely into the two pegs at the side of the speeder, which is a nice touch.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set


I like how Hasbro managed to capture the aesthetics of the speeder. To me the speeder looks like a huge space gun in the veins of Bloodwulf's (Image comics) hover bike/gun (who in turn, is a direct parody/copy of DC Comic's Lobo). I just wish that we were given a 'real' net instead of a snap-in piece of plastic. In the movie, the net is where 'scavenger Rey' puts the stuff that she finds and hope to sell later at some flea market.

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

Star Wars - The Force Awakens' 3.75" Rey with Speeder set

I'm not too keen at all with the play feature of the toy. I bet that the speeder doesn't even shoot missiles in the movie...*sheesh*. The missile launcher pops up when you press a button located at the side of the speeder (in the middle of the 'net' part to be exact). Oh how I wish Hasbro could've allocated that budget for the play feature to make a removable cover that reveals engine parts instead. That way we could have the option to display Rey while she fiddles around repairing her speeder. Makes sense? But wait, this is a CHILD's toy right (*sarcasm*)???

I'm seriously thinking about applying some paint onto the speeder to make it look more realistic but let's see. That's a story for another day.

Monday, October 5, 2015

DC's Darkseid...

Darkseid

I don't have many DC action figures apart from my Alex Ross' 'Justice' line of figures. I've even mistaken this Darkseid figure to be from the DC Universe Classics line. That Darkseid was a 'Connect & Collect' figure (akin to Marvel's Build-A-Figure aka BAFs) while this one was from the Superman 'SuperHeroes' line I think. Actually this one belongs to my son who happens to be a bigger DC nut than I am.

Darkseid

Interesting to know that Darkseid is DC's answer to Marvel's Thanos. I think they've even crossed paths before in some weird DC/Marvel mash-up comic i.e. cross-over issues. He's a great lookin' figure though I personally think Thanos would kick his grey a** anytime of the day. He turned out pretty menacing in these pictures too.

Darkseid

Friday, October 2, 2015

MOTU Classics most wanted...are they REALLY worth it?

MOTU Classics most wanted...

Pic: The top most valued Masters of the Universe (MOTU Classics or MOTUCs) according to the polls held in most He-Man collector forums.

I was inspired to write this piece after I saw how a MOTU Classics collector paid almost USD200 for Shadow Weaver over eBay (yea, that floating witch-chick from She-Ra). In today's turbulent economic conditions it simply means that a Malaysian collector (like your truly) would have to fork out an astonishing RM860 (using 4.30 as the Ringgit to US Dollar conversion point) to get the figure into our collection. Just like what the American paratroopers had said to the Germans at Bastogne in 1944, I think it's just simply 'Nuts'!!! You can already get a brand new Hot Toys 1/6 figure with that kind of price!!!

I consider myself a hard-core MOTUC collector although I tend to skip the non-essentials and concentrate on the core line-up (definition of core and must-haves might defer from one collector to another ya know) but somehow I found myself with a little over a hundred of the figures. Please don't do the math. It's gonna balloon up to one nice sum that's gonna make me squeal both in delight/horror.

But the point is, I bought every each of these MOTUC figures at retail price. Well, more like the actual ridiculous online price set by Matty plus the even more ridiculous shipping charges. And even back then I was not oblivious that we were obviously overcharged by Matty (yay capitalism!!) But we jumped in anyway.

I am clearly aware that not everybody was priviliged to get the figures that they wanted at the point of release. Some might even resorted into buying from a reseller since they don't wanna go through the hassle of transacting through their credit cards online. Whatever the reasons may be, a lot of collectors bought from resellers thus their chances of getting every single one of their desired MOTUCs remains in the balance. 

MOTU (let alone MOTU Classics) might not be the 'bee's-knees' in a couple of years' time and the generation who originally adored the Filmation cartoon series might eventually fade away. Therefore it is important for us to pass this knowledge of the MOTUC lore to young ones. I know my better half and I are doing our part. Our son now loves watching the He-Man and She-Ra series on DVD while holding on to his favorite MOTUCs on hand (although he prefers them baddies than those no good goody two shoe good guys!).

Where am I heading with all these arguments you asked? My point is exactly this: MOTUC is catered for the close knit collector community. As a community we are obliged to help each other out and that includes finding the desired action figures for those who really need it. Scalping should be a no-no. Sadly there are people out there who are not even collectors of MOTUC but jumping in the bandwagon to take opportunity of marking up the prices at the expense of true collectors. And because of the imbalance in supply-demand plus Matty's stupid decision to offer 'subscription only' figures, we are at what we are right now. Don't believe me? Try going on eBay and you will see what I mean.

The 7 or 8 MOTUC figures in the picture above are those which some collectors are willing to crazily splash their hard earned moolah for. I now know that Shadow Weaver can fetch as high as USD200 and possibly some of the figures will eventually breach that mark sometime soon. Sure, Matty's gonna give us the Filmation line next year but not all of the 'mini-comic' characters appeared in the cartoon series. They even look different than their on-screen counterparts.
Which makes them even more valuable soon. 


So what do you guys think....should we succumb to the secondary market i.e. ballooned up prices for our MOTUCs? Or do we simply resign to the sad pathetic fact that some of us might never get to complete our collection? Are you willing to give an arm or a leg just to fill that hole in your collection?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

The next Generation of MOTU fans!

My 7-year old son #ilhanology is head over heels over #mastersoftheuniverse these days. Here are his sketches of #heman and #trapjaw today  #motu #shera #eternia #etheria #castlegrayskull #skeletor #filmation #mattel

The Masters of the Universe (MOTU) aka the 'He-Man & gang' cartoon series was one of the defining pop culture elements for the younger me way back in the 80s. What started out as an affection for the Filmation cartoon series quickly turned into an obsession for the action figure line (I'm pretty sure Mattel intended it to be so....those smart bastiches!). 


The MOTU action figures of yore were good for the time but fast forward 30 years later, the same kids who grew up watching the cartoon aka the current 'adult collectors', now demand a much better sculpted and articulated versions of their favorite heroes/villains. I thank the Maker that I was lucky enough to have been there at the very beginning of the MOTU Classics line back in '08. I have now not only been able to buy back the modern/updated characters that I had back then, but it had given me the chance to actually pick and choose whoever I want from the whole 80s  catalogue. Sweet!


When my wife and a I started introducing the MOTU Classics figures to our son, he wasn't all that excited...*ok, a bunch of dudes in loin cloths...meh*. Now the little man is always the first to suggest popping in the He-Man/She-Ra DVDs whenever there's free time. Admittedly, he is as giddy as how our generation were back the glorious 80s. My MOTUC are now among his favorite action figures! 

The He-Man and Trapjaw sketches you see above were sketched by memory since they're clearly among his favorite Masters. Trapjaw is now  placed proudly at the entrance to his room while He-Man sits pretty in his home-made frame.. The little man even know that ol' metal jaw's real name is Kronis (man, some fans really read the bio cards)! Now how about that? The next generation of MOTU fan well on the way!