Funko’s Game of Thrones Daenerys Targaryen review

Posted on: March 13, 2014

Funko’s new Game of Thrones Legacy collection.  Based on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones comes one of the players that is trying to claim the Iron Throne – Daenerys Targaryen.

 

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The packaging is a window box similar to what we are seeing in the Star Wars Black series.

The back of the box shows the character as she appears on the HBO show and the side of the box is made to look like the side of a George R.R. Martin Game of Thrones novel.

 

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We see the figure in her Dothraki garb, standing at about 6 inches.  Right out of the box you notice that her paint on her skin is on kind of thick but I did not see any rub or scrape marks on her.  The rest of the paint only enhanced her sculpt.

The sculpt is incredible from the Masters at Gentle Giant Studios.  The detail on her outfit is spot on.  Her clothing is made out of a really soft plastic that does not hinder her articulation.

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I also wanted to point out the amazing detail on her hair. Every twist and curl exactly how it appears on the show.  You have to give extra credit to Gentle Giant for added touches like this.

 

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Articulation:

The articulation on this figure is incredible, she has a ball joint on her head which allows her to move back and forth.  Her hair is also made from the same soft plastic as her clothes and does not interfere with her head moving side to side.  Her shoulders and arms have full range of motion.  Elbow articulation (which I will discuss in detail later on).  Her hands are also articulated but not her fingers.  There is no waist movement with this figure but that is common with these Legacy figures.

Her ankles are articulated which also helps keep these figures standing.  All the joints on this figure are very tight and I had no problem keeping her standing.

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You’ll notice the extra joint in her knee to get a full range of movement.

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Daenerys also comes with one of her baby Dragons which you can punch on her shoulder.  He is made of the same soft plastic but you should be careful on how you handle him because he is very fragile and I have heard that his wings break easily.

 

 

 

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One of the things that I was surprised about was the sculpt of the figure’s face.  It sort of resembles actress Emilia Clarke who plays Daenery but it looks more like comedienne Amy Shumer.

 

The Plastic Truth:

There have been reports of quality issues with these Legacy figures.  My figure unfortunately was no exception.  Aside from the face sculpt and the thick paint, you should be careful when you handle this figure.

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Upon taking the figure out of the box her forearm fell off of the figure.  I gently placed the crossbar back into her elbow but as you can see, her elbow is still somewhat loose.

The joints on these figures are very tight and you should use caution when trying to put them into poses. I have also heard of paint scratches and rubs on these figures.  Just be careful when you are handling them.  After speaking with some people, I can tell you that Funko is aware of the quality issues and they are fixing them on later assortments of series one figures.

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Aside from the quality issues, this really is a great figure.  The amazing amount of detail and the box itself are all worth the price.  However if you are a Mint in Box type of collector than getting these as soon as possible is the way to go.  If you do plan on taking these out of the box and creating your own scenes, I would wait for a later assortment.

IMG_1153“Granamyr does not play Game of Thrones, Granamyr wins.”

Funko’s Game of Thrones Legacy figures assortment one is available now at Barnes and Noble Bookstores until March 17th then they will be available at retail stores.

This is Funko’s first try at action figures and they should be proud along with Gentle Giant with their amazing detailed sculpts.  Any Game of Thrones fan should get excited for these figures and the series to come.  This is a great effort and I am excited for the soon to be released Funko Re-action figures.

Enjoy.

 

 

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Review of JADA TOYS ROBOCOP 3.0

Posted on: January 20, 2014

Hey Toy Collectors this is a review of Jada Toys Robocop 3.0….

Based on the rebooted Robocop movie that will be in theaters this February Jada toys has released a six inch figure as well as other figures in the line but more on that in a moment.

 

The figure comes in a Blister card and Bubble packaging. On this particular figure has a light up option that when you press a button on his chest his visor lights up.  On the backside of the card gives a little history of who Robocop 3.0 is in the new movie.  The card also shows other figures in this line.  Robocop 1.0 (Silver), Police cruiser with Robocop, Radio controlled police cruiser and Talking Robocop 3.0.

 

Outside of the package Robocop 3.0 is a six inch figure and is mostly all black and his suit is rubber looking just like the movie.  The paint is standard flat black and the paint on his face and hand drown out any detail.

The figure has an action feature that when you press a button on his chest his visor lights up.  The battery to this figure can be replaced if after long term use dies out.  Simply unscrew his back and remove and replace the 2 LR4 button cell batteries.  This is Robocop’s only action feature.

 

Robocop comes with two accessories, his guns that are used in the feature film.  They fit perfectly on both of his hands.

Disappointingly Robocop only has 9 points of articulation, he’s almost like a statue at 6 inches.  His head has limited movement (probably because of the light up feature) his shoulders have very limited range and his elbows are articulated but really does not contribute anything to the figure.  His legs and knees are also limited and do not bend well.

The detail on his Black Armor is very nice but with the limited articulation it’s hard to enjoy the amount of detail.

Playability is limited because of the stiff articulation, all he really is good for is to hold and point his gun and light up in the dark.

You may find this review to be a bit bias because I do not believe in reboots and I thought that the Original Robocop Feature was perfect and a reboot to the franchise is an insult to the original.  I believe they should have continued the story of Alex Murphy instead of restarting the whole thing over again.  (I’m sure Frank Miller has some new ideas.)  With that said after speaking with some people (Mr. Nostalgia) I will give this new Robocop reboot a fair and honest try.  Now on to the figure…

This six inch rendition is very disappointing.  The limited articulation damages not only the playability for kids but limits the adult collector to try and place him in some different poses.  I guess the adult collector will have to shell out some big bucks for the Gentle Giant version.

The light up feature is a nice touch but it really doesn’t add anything to the figure, its just a cheap gimmick to catch kids attention.  I like how Jada tried to make an affordable 6 inch line for this movie but they failed in their execution.  Less gimmicks and more figure movement is what I would suggest.

My suggestion wait until the movie comes out, if you enjoy it by all means make yourself happy and get  it.  If you are looking for a gift for a child, I would suggest something else.  Who knows if the movie is successful, then maybe Jada will release a more articulated figure for the adult collector.  Look how long it took for the original figure to get the Adult Collector treatment.  If you are feeling nostalgic about the original Robocop may I suggest the ‘Neca’ Robocop figure or if you can find it on E-bay the ‘Mcfarlane Toys’ Robocop (My favorite).

Happy Collecting

 

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Toy-Lines Reviews DC TOTAL HEROES SUPERMAN

Posted on: January 20, 2014

To fill the hole that Club Infinite Earths has left, Mattel has released DC total Heroes, a 6 inch line of figures that are aimed towards younger children.  Available at specialty shops and retail along with a quarterly offering from MattyCollector.com

The Packaging is a basic card and bubble.  The back of the card gives basic information about the character and shows other figures in the Total Heroes Line.

 

This Superman figure is based on his New 52 design.  The figure stands a little over 6 inches tall.  The paint on the figure is good using just the straight colors and no shadowing. His cape is made out of cloth and the cut is really fine so you can pose the cape in many ways but you’ll have to clip in on something to hold the form.  If you want to use a fan to get that wind effect this is the perfect cape to do so.

The sculpt is very blocky almost like a Young Justice League figure only taller.

 The figure has about 14 points of articulation.  Head, shoulders,elbows,hands, waist,legs,knees and feet.  You could probably get him into some decent posing but the block style of his arms can sometimes hinder movement.  Have I mentioned that the cape if my favorite part of this figure?  As a difference to the hard/soft plastic this is a nice change.

 

 

The playability is great for kids even with the articulation limits.  He does not come with any accessories but you should warn them when playing with the cape that it could easily come off.

 

This is Mattel’s answer to ending Club Infinite Earths so if the line does well it will be interesting to see what other DC Characters they would have in store.  This line was also suppose to appeal to adults as well as children, unfortunately as an adult collector this figure does not appeal to me.  However this line is perfect for children, with a $10.00 per figure retail price and at the height and articulation you get a lot for what you’re paying.

The shared buck plan that they are using for this line is ideal and I applaud Mattel for bringing back 6 inch figures for kids at a great price.

If you have a child I would recommend this line to him and maybe get him or her into reading comics.  As an Adult collector I’ll just wait and see if Mattel comes up with another way of bringing my favorite DC Characters from page to plastic.

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Mr. Nostalgia reviews the fan film Casey Jones…

Posted on: December 2, 2013

It’s not often that a fan film exceeds ones expectations but Casey Jones does that with a well written plot, excellent cinematography and acting.  Just the very words “fan film” brings images of thinly plotted ideas filmed with wobbly camera work that goes in and out of focus and is nothing more than just two friends trying to make a movie out of poor fight scenes.

Casey Jones  is the opposite of that definition. This isn’t your Saturday morning Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from the very first cartoon series where Casey Jones never took off his mask. This is a Casey Jones set in reality.  A Casey Jones who declares a one man war against gangs in his neighborhood be it The Purple Dragons or The Foot Clan and is an origin story told in the best way, one that doesn’t lose its audience in the smallest details of an origin they already know while they sit halfway through a movie until the hero emerges. Instead, in this thirty minute short, we see the origin of Casey Jones told from tough hockey player to a Casey Jones who has sworn to clean the town up.

When we first meet Casey he is a very angry young man.  His anger rules everything whether he is on the ice playing hockey and taking his own hockey team on in a fight, to stopping a punk from defacing his building with graffiti, to standing up to the Purple Dragons. It is this anger that gets him nearly beaten to death and fuels his crusade.  If young Casey had a mentor like Splinter, he would have delivered a speech much like he did to Raphael in the first movie, saying something like, “…Anger clouds the mind. Turned inward it is an unconquerable enemy. You are unique…for you choose to face this enemy alone.” But instead, Casey is more likely to use this line when dealing with gang members from the first film,”Well, it looks like you’re the one who needs to be taught a lesson, pal. (pulls out two baseball bats) The class is Pain 101. Your instructor is Casey Jones.”

Casey begins training, lifting weights, punching a punching bag, even slamming  it with his head, using his hockey stick and baseball bats in a junkyard, learning ways to fight with them.  He begins to gather his weapons of choice, sporting goods equipment, and has a golf bag to carry them in.  He even has the perfect face protector in a hockey mask.  With a pair of biker gloves and a tougher personality, Casey Jones is ready to face the town, and clean it up one gang member at a time. Casey has become a one man wore against crime. He isn’t going to fight dirty, he’s just going to even the playing field. If the Purple Dragons are going to bring chains and pipes and wrenches to a fight, he’s going to bring a hockey stick, baseball bats, a cricket stick and even a sledgehammer. “An eye for an eye” seems to be his motto of fighting.

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But Casey’s anger gets in the way of his justice, and this is the one place where Casey Jones would differ from the very first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in that when Casey battles his foes, we see the outcome of his attack, with blood pooling from his enemies wounds.  His anger runs so deep that he isn’t even above taking their lives if it means keeping the streets clean.

That is until one night, after beating some foes; Casey sees two car thieves and tries to stop them when he is stopped by Michelangelo who tries to teach him that extreme violence isn’t the answer.  When The Foot Clan suddenly attack, Casey Jones and Michelangelo team up to take on the ninjas. By the end of the film, with Casey’s armor seeming to have been upgraded and an alliance formed between him and the turtles, Casey has learned to go easy (but not too easy) on the foes when it comes to bringing in justice.

Casey Jones ties in well with the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie (which was a cross between The Mirage comic book and slight additions from the popular cartoon series of the time) with everything from the casting of Hilarion Banks who looks and even sounds like a younger version of Elias Koteas ,who fist played Casey on film, to the nods of the animated series with things like having  April O’Neil as a news reporter for Channel 6 News and wearing a yellow jumpsuit, to even certain phrases of dialogue quoted in the short such as  “I love being a turtle!”.  Best of all, and I have no idea how they did this, they got the original Michelangelo voice from the first movie, Robbie Rist, to provide Michelangelo’s voice.

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Casey Jones was filmed in Dallas and Austin Texas and was released on September 18th, 2011. Written and directed by Polaris Banks (who also plays Casey’s Cousin Sid in the movie as well as provides the voice of Donatello) and released by Guiding Star Productions, Polaris must have been a fan of the Mirage series for it strikes such a familiar tone to the book.  Watch the credits and you’ll see Polaris’ name appear again and again as he immersed himself completely in the making of his movie by doing things such as: Executive Producing, Editing, Cinematography, Production Design, Art Director, Property Master, Prop Fabrication, helping with Sound Editing, ADR Mixer/Editor, Dialogue Editor, Location Sound Mixer, Boom Operator, Foley Artist, Foley Mixer/Editor, Recordist, helping with Location Scouting, Voice Casting, helping with Stunt Coordinating, Fight Choreographer, Stunt Work, Storyboard Artist, Costume Supervisor, Costume Crafts, Seamstress, Additional Make-up, Hair Stylist, Gaffer, helping with Mould Making, Suit Design and Fabrication, Visual Effects Animation, Visual Effects Retouching and Research.

A film, with all the effort and talent that went into making it, shouldn’t be considered a “fan film” by any means whatsoever.  Instead, it should be listed as an Independent Film Short, and shown regularly on the channel IFC (Independent Film Channel).  Casey Jones deserves just that honor.

The directing, cinematography, acting, all of this makes this film one of a kind. It’s rare to find such talent making a story about a comic book character, but here it is. Everything from Casey’s background to his costume to even Michelangelo was researched and details were highlighted that Polaris felt needed to be in the film, which makes this movie all the better. The professional film score by Zane Effendi, the stunt coordinating by Matthew Lee Willis, and even the end credit song “Goongala” (a Casey Jones battle cry) by Johnny October, just add to that.

The Michelangelo costume, created by Oliver Luke plays well for this film.  Yes, it is not like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume that Jim Henson’s Creature Shop built in the 1990 film, but this costume has a grittier edge to it, one that would most likely resemble  a mutant turtle if one was to exist, and works well in this film with the night filming and shadows hiding any flaws in the costume if there are any (besides, I’d rather see this suit than the ones that the Nickelodeon Suites Resort use for their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Meet and Greets which are much too plushy and goofy looking based off their current television series). The suit is a nice touch of the Mirage look with a long bandanna and belt around Michelangelo’s waist and allows the actors inside to do the necessary stunts such as flips, martial arts and working with the nunchucks.

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But don’t just take my word for it.  Click the link and see for yourself. Watch Casey Jones and make your own opinion.  If you like it, click the donate button and if you donate $20.00 or more they’ll even send you a FREE version of the film. Help an independent filmmaker out. Here’s the link to watch the film:  http://caseyjonesthemovie.com/

The highest compliment I can give this film is this.  When I first watched it I didn’t want it to end, and once it ended, I wanted to see more of Casey Jones.  Pretty good for a half hour film, no?

“Goongala!”

Mr. Nostalgia

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Mr. Nostalgia talks Tom & Jerry & The Wizard of OZ to help celebrate Oz’s 75th Anniversary…

Posted on: November 4, 2013

Several months ago my wife and I came home late from a family party (I can’t remember if it was my families or hers), and after my shower that night I sat on the couch to rest a bit.  As I was going through the channels I saw that Tom & Jerry were on so I stopped to watch for a bit.  I’ve always liked Tom & Jerry ever since I was a kid, watching classic cartoons that had been made at least a good 35 years before I was even born, whether it was the original 114 cartoons that creators William Hanna and Joseph Barbera made between 1940-1957 and won 7 Oscars for (Yankee Doodle Mouse – 1943, Quiet, Please – 1945, The Cat Concerto – 1947, Mouse Cleaning – 1948, Two Mousketeers – 1952, and Johann Mouse – 1953), or the Chuck Jones ones that he started in 1963 and made a total of 34 shorts.

But the one I caught that night was neither of these.  In fact, it was a brand new one from 2011 that teamed Tom & Jerry with The Wizard of Oz.  I only caught the end of the movie, it’s only 56 minutes long, and since that viewing I was kind of stunned that not only did they make this movie, but that it looked like the MGM version of The Wizard of Oz.

Hoping to catch it on TV once more I waited and waited for it to be shown again but it was never played.  Finally, last month I purchased the Blu-ray version when I bought my wife her birthday present.  So one night I finally got to sit down and watch the movie from beginning to end.  Is it the best Tom & Jerry cartoon ever?  No, but there are plenty of laughs in this film thanks to Tom & Jerry, and it was really cool to see them included into the movie The Wizard of Oz.

One might wonder how they could fit a telling of the Wizard of Oz which clocks in around 101 minutes into a 56 minute cartoon.  That’s easy.  They don’t.  This isn’t Dorothy’s version of her trip to Oz, its Tom & Jerry’s.  After they save her from falling into the pig pen Aunt Em asks them to watch over Dorothy, a job they take very seriously.  When the tornado strikes, Tom & Jerry are brought along to Oz with Dorothy, but by the time they wake from being thrown to the ground from the tornado, Dorothy has already met Glinda, the Munchkins, The Wicked Witch of the West and is well on her way down the Yellow Brick Road and “Off to see the Wizard”.

Thanks to a Munchkin Mouse named Tuffy, the three of them set off after Dorothy to help protect her on her way to The Wizard to ask for a way home back to Kansas and Tuffy can ask for some height being so short. Along the way they get into a wand fight with The Wicked Witch of the West and are just mere steps behind Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.  They even help Dorothy, unbeknownst to her, in stopping the Wicked Witch of the West with the bucket of water.

One of the cool things about this film is how they keep it close the original movie, for instance with having Dorothy sing “Over the Rainbow” but with that flare of Tom and Jerry.  Another great feature of the Blu-ray is that you can start the movie off in sepia tone and the cartoon automatically switches to color once Tom and Jerry reaches Oz. This was the way I selected to watch it since it lent more of a feeling like the original film.

One thing I thought would have been cool was if they used the actual dialogue from the 1939 movie characters, but this would be impossible, since at times both Aunt Em and even Dorothy talk to them directly.  The vocal cast for the movie is:

Dorothy – Grey DeLisle

The Wizard of Oz/Butch/Droopy – Joe Alaskey

Scarecrow – Michael Gough

The Tin Man – Rob Paulsen

The Cowardly Lion – Todd Stashwick

Auntie Em/Glinda – Frances Conroy

The Wicked Witch of the West/Miss Gulch – Laraine Newman

Uncle Henry/Crows – Stephen Root

Tuffy the Munchkin Mouse – Kath Soucie

So, if you’re a Tom & Jerry fan, a Wizard of Oz fan, or looking for a new way to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, why not give Tom & Jerry & The Wizard of Oz a try? It has lots of laughs, great animation, the song “Over the Rainbow”, and not only the cast of friends we’ve known from Kansas and Oz, but also a cat and mouse we’ve known for so long as well.

Mr. Nostalgia

Ian Westhoff

Staff Writer

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MOTUC Horde Troopers Review

Posted on: September 19, 2013

Greeting Fellow Collectors,

I wanted to start this review off by saying that I have been waiting a long time for these figures and just like most of the MOTU Classics these figures did not disappoint.  Since I purchased an army of Palace Guards my shelf space has been waiting for another army worthy to challenge the Heroic Guards.  Finally that time has come as Matty Collector will release The Horde Troopers.

 

 The Troopers come in a white mailer which is pretty standard until next year when Mattel will release the figures in a brown recycled box.

 

 The box is standard window packaging with the Horde Logo displayed on the window. The back of the box features a new Bio for the Troopers.  Again this is a great opportunity to show how creative you can be by coming up with your own names for your army.

 

 The Articulation is standard, the Head moves back and forth up and down, side to side.  Articulation at the wrists,ankles, elbows, feet and arms along with the stomach crunch are standard on all the Classics figures including the Troopers.  Now on my set of Troopers the joints are really tight especially on the legs.  The left leg was so tight I thought I was going to snap it off.

There is a lot of unique tooling on this figure besides the Head and Armor.  It looks like a new crouch piece and legs.

The Troopers have amazing detail that was sculpted by the Four Horsemen.  Beneath the armor you can see wires and rivets that you can easily tell this is a machine.  My favorite part of the details is that they created a “trigger” finger on the left hand.  The Figure’s armor is soft rubber prominently showing the Evil Horde Symbol.  The paint colors were fine, no scratches or marks.

In this box set you will get one Trooper unharmed and one Trooper Battle Damaged.  (The one pictured here is the Battle Damaged one because he has more detail.  Showing burnt marks on his collar

The Head and Armor are both removable.  However when removing the HEAD please be careful!!  The head is somewhat soft and I had a difficult time removing it from the neck.  The Armor is easy to remove and has pegs to clip on the sides.

 

Both Troopers come with accessories (weapons).  A Horde Shield, Staff, Filmation inspired Stun Batons and a Horde Crossbow.

There is a Horde Dragon detail on the staff.

 The Shield just snaps right on the wrists.One of the cool details as I mentioned before is the “Trigger” finger on the left hand and with some adjusting you can actually position the Baton  straight along his arm.  If you use the rubber bands that hold the figures in place (in the packaging) you can have him keep that Baton position on his hand.

As with most MOTU Classics figures the head is removable to allow different heads to attach to the body.  However CAUTION, I did have some difficulty attaching He-man’s Head to the Trooper body.  After comparing, it looks like the ball is slightly bigger than the He-man figure.  (I also noticed this at Power Con at the Matty display.)  It is possible to place a He-man head on the body just be careful not to use too much force to get it in. It is possible to get the head on.

I had no trouble attaching the Hordak Head to the Trooper Body which is great to have different options on the figure.  You can even recreate scenes from Secret of the Sword.

If you are in to customizing your figures, the Horde armor can go on any standard MOTUC buck.  Which is great to create new or familiar characters.  I had wish that this set would have included a General Sunder head or a head with He-man’s hair sticking out (Ala Secret of the Sword).

Send some of your mix and match character pics to FanMail@toy-lines.com and we will be post the pics on our facebook site.

Ok now to discuss what everyone is concerned about since the figure was announced, ‘Can the Troopers eyes look like the ones on the Filmation series?’

This is the closest you can get the eyes to resemble the Filmation series Troopers.  Now because this figure is super tight I was playing around with him and for the most part he retained this look.  Unfortunately when you move his head to the side you see a lot more of the yellow in his eyes.  I didn’t have to mess with his head or armor much to get this look.  The Unharmed figure that he comes with, I did have minor difficulty achieving this look because his armor kept going lower.

If you want this look and have trouble getting it, there are some things you can do.  These are some suggestions from customizers.  You can get sticky tac and keep the armor in the exact position to achieve this look.  You will no longer be able to remove the armor without damaging the tac but you’ll have the look that you want.  The next suggestion is to simply spray paint the black over the yellow using tape to get the look you want.  These are just suggestions and are not guaranteed to get the results you want.  Always use caution when trying to change something on your figure.

These are incredible figures that I am happy to add to my collection. I couldn’t wait to get another army builder set to battle my Snakemen army or Palace Guards.  I just need to find time to play with them again and you should too.  Now I understand that not everyone is in to army building which is cool but I highly recommend getting at least one Horde Trooper set just to complete your Horde Collection.  You will not be disappointed!!

The Horde Troopers go on sale on October 15th on MattyCollector.com and is part of the Club Eternia Subscription as the Quarterly Two-pack that is offered.

 

Tom Romero

Contributing Editor

Mary Griffin (Photographer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Nostalgia Spends Time With…

Posted on: August 13, 2013

Yesterday my wife and I went to the movies and spent some time with these little guys:

Yes, we saw Despicable Me 2.  While I won’t go into too much detail with my short review, I will say that I do prefer the first one to this one.  Part 2 is certainly funny, the Minions, as always, provide much comic relief, and are in the film a lot more this time around.  So, too are the girls.  What I didn’t like about the film was that the story was too predictable to me, I could guess where it was going before it got there.  My favorite part of the entire movie to be honest was to watch Gru being a good father. That was a nice continuation from the first film.

We recently bought the first movie on DVD that came with a free voucher for a movie ticket for $7.50, if it wasn’t for that, and for us seeing it at a matinee, I would have been just as happy seeing it when it is on TV.  I don’t see the need to buy part 2 on DVD when it comes out, and most likely, if it is on TV, I would only watch certain parts, where if part 1 is on I usually will watch it from where I turn the TV on until the end.

Of course, this is just my opinion. 

Until next time,

Mr. Nostalgia

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Justice League Flashpoint Paradox Review

Posted on: August 2, 2013

Justice League Flashpoint Paradox is the latest Animated feature length movie from WB Animation and DC Entertainment.  Flashpoint is the adaptation of the 2011 DC Comics’ crossover event that led to the NEW 52, the reboot of the DCU.

 

Flashpoint paradox tells the story of Barry Allen/Flash (Justin Chambers) waking up in an alternate reality where he does not have his powers.  The Justice League does not exist and most of the DCU heroes are twisted non-heroic versions.

 

During the film Barry finds an ally in an alternate Batman (Kevin McKidd) who is definitely not Bruce Wayne.  This Batman realizes by helping Barry restore his timeline he will find inner peace.  In order to restore the timeline, Barry will have to defeat the Reverse Flash (C. Thomas Howell) during a war between Wonder Woman (Vanessa Marshal) and a roided out Aquaman (Cary Elwes).

 

 

Don’t be fooled be the title, this is a Flash story which is refreshing to see a character that is not part of DC’s Trinity or a character that has had his own live action movie.  Barry /Flash is a rich and exciting character that is explored in great lengths as to why he is a true hero that will not stop until good prevails.

 

Director Jay Oliva has captured the darker tone of the Flashpoint world complimenting comic writer Geoff Johns’ graphic novel.  This is not an extended TV episode, this animated feature stands on its own merits with utilizing certain adult themes that sets this movie apart from other DC animated features.  Maybe this will wake up some Warner executives and we’ll finally get to see the ‘Judas Contract’ in animated form.

 

The animation and character design are modern anime, which is the standard.  The action sequences are fast paced with some adult themes mixed in.  There are nods to other DC characters that have gotten the Flashpoint twist and even a Wildstorm character that makes his DC animation debut.  As usual the voice acting is top notch especially an emotional performance from fan-favorite Kevin Conroy as the regular Batman.  Dana Delaney and Nathan Fillon reprise their roles as Lois Lane and Hal Jordan respectively.  Sam Daly (son of Tim Daly) follows in his father’s footsteps as Flashpoint Superman.

 

 

This is an entertaining Flash story that should please any comic fan.  The Flash is truly a hero that just wants to save everyone no matter what.  He learns however that there are consequences to his actions.  This movie is a compliment to the graphic novel (mini-series) which people should pick up to explore in depth the themes of this movie.  Pick up a copy and tell DC/WB that we want to see other DC heroes take a starring role in animated features.  Flashpoint Paradox is available now on Blu-ray or iTunes download.   Rent or buy this movie.

…Don’t forget to watch after the credits.

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Toy-Lines.com presents The ACTION FLICK CHICK Expendables Toy Review

Posted on: February 13, 2013

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Eternia Palace King Randor Review

Posted on: November 30, 2012

From the imaginations of the Filmation artists and the skilled hands of the Four Horsemen designers, Toy-Lines presents to you our  review of Eternia Palace King Randor.

 

Randor comes in the standard MOTUC card

His card also features a brand new bio of how he became the new ruler of Eternia.  Accepting the       title of King from his father Miro.

 

Randor comes with a new tooled coat and new boots.  He has the same standard male buck as the other Masters figures but with new puffy arms to match his coat.

 

The paint shows off his royal colors and his head has a brighter crown than his first released “vintage” figure.  There is no black paint or any noticeable rubbing when posing him or moving him around.  You can even use his powerful “Right Hook” to punch out his enemies.  Not much shadowing on this figure as all of his coloring is bright.  His joints are tight and stands well on his own.

 

Randor comes with two accessories, his chalice which he could use to celebrate and a

spear which he uses to defend his throne.  However if he needed to join the Heroic Warriors I would just use his vintage armor for more action oriented scenes.  The articulation is standard for MOTUC figures and his garb underneath the coat limits his leg movement.  However if you are brave enough you could always just cut the slits and he should have a wider range of movement.

 

I have been waiting for years and years since I first saw him in the Filmation series; to me this is the defining King Randor.  I highly recommend purchasing this figure especially if you are a fan of the Filmation series.

This figure is the special treat that comes with collecting Masters of the Universe Classics, they incorporate everything from He-man’s legacy.  A special thank you to Scott “Toy Guru” Neitlich and the Four Horsemen for making this figure a reality.  The wait for some of these figures is over but I think there will be more surprises in the future for Masters of the Universe Classics.

 

You can purchase Eternos Palace King Randor from Matty Collector.

 

Photographs by: M. Griffin

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