Dec 12, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: One for JJJ!

Marvel Select... The only times I've got figures from them usually involves compatibility with Marvel Legends. Thanks, Mephisto come to mind. Uatu too, but I was never able to find him and aftermarket prices are insane!
What a moron!
Quick, change
the channel!
He's right behind
me isn't he?

I got myself a Spider-man, mostly because MS are in the 7" scale... And guess what other Toylines I collect happen to be in THAT SCALE?
Won't explain who is Spider-man because we've had plenty of movies that do that already... And the TV series with Promotion as Spidey.

The Articulation is similar to that of Hasbro, but no ab crunch. I put him through my essential Spidey Pose test (web yo-yo, MVC stance, trademarked Spidey Pose) he can almost pull the poses but falls slightly short.

Paint and Sculpt:
The Sculpt is MS Standard, which is pretty good. The webbing on his outfit is etched, which means that aside other Spidey figures, these parts won't see reuse. The paint is nice, aside one of the accessories.

-6 extra hands
-extra Parker head
-Mask removed
I kinda wish the camera strap was articulated, because as it is now, it's useless.
And maybe if he had gotten some webs.

Spidey gets a 4.66 as his final score. It's not a bad score, but it would've been better if his articulation had a bit more range.

Dec 11, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: 20% cooler Aquaman

Of course, I am talking about The Submariner, Namor, the better Aquaman from Marvel.
Normally, I'm a fan of Speedo Namor, but this was a present and gift horse and all that. So, like Aquaman, Namor is the leader of his Atlantis. Half Atlantean (Homo Mermanus) and Half Mutant (Homo Superior) the brooding leader of Atlantis who's had a thing for Sue Richards, (who'd blame him) has been a staple in Marvel from before Marvel was Marvel. He even was part of the Illuminati.

Namor has standard Hasbro ML articulation, which is decent. It allows for some swimming poses, especially with the alternate hands.
Some poses are a bit hard to maintain without a stand... (Not included)
Paint and Sculpt:
The paint job is decent. No visible bits of slop on my figure. I KNOW HE HAS PARTS FROM OTHER FIGURES, but since I've been off the ML game for ages, I can't ID the parts. He's far more flexible than my old ToyBiz Namor, which is a good thing. But the only issue I have is that his trident has a shaft that's too thick for him to hold easily.

Extra hands
He needed a stand... Good thing I still have the ToyBiz Namor, so I can steal his stand.
Namor gets a 4.16 as his final score.  I kinda wish he had something more, namely a stand to pose him in cool flight/swimming poses. Better be on the lookout for the Black Panther wave to have a Speedo Namor

Dec 10, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: Quick change the channel!

think you already know what I'm talking about... Insert in Soviet Russia Channel changes you joke here. And it's Zangief, which you should've guessed.

Because it's the best non-Bison line from the movie.
So, for the uninformed: Zangief is the pride of Russian Wrestling... Like I've Drago was for boxing, but no steroids for Mr. Zangief. His Muscles are all him and the mastery of Muscle is what he is all about... And bringing pride to the Motherland.

He's similar to other Storm Collectibles figures here. His massive body does limit the arms a bit. (I wanted to pose him playing with his nipples as a joke pic, but his bulging muscles wouldn't allow it.) Careful when posing him. If his shoulder pops out, it's a bitch to get back in place.

Paint and Sculpt:
It's Zangief, deliciously bulging muscles on top of muscles that makes many Hulk figures feel puny. The paint job is spectacular and makes the figure pop. My only beef with the Sculpt is that it makes it a bit hard to repop the shoulder whenever it pops out and that the heads are not attached tightly to the neck post.

-2 extra heads
-8 extra hands
-SFV stand
-2 spinning lariat effects
Since he's the SFV figure he doesn't get the glowing hand from past games.
But the amount of accessories is decent enough to give him a 5.0
This is why we need
Hands in MOTUC.
Instead of punching
Zangief in the balls,
It looks like Skeletor
Is grabbing a handful
Of Deez Nutz

Zangief is a big beast, he's the size I wish we could've gotten Beastman, Whiplash and Clawful in MOTUC... Or even King Grayskull. The head and shoulders issue is what kept him from being a perfect scored figure, but 4.83 is the next best thing.

Dec 9, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: Spider-Bitch Spider-Bitch...

Does whatever a spider powered bitchy daughter of Hawkeye can... Look out! Here comes the Spider-Bitch!
Basically she's Peter Parker's granddaughter and daughter of Hawkeye. She's the new Kingpin on the Old Man Logan universe. I got her as a present from someone who thought it was a new look for Araña. We were both disappointed when we found out who she was.

As you know, I tend to test Spider-man and related characters with 3 poses. I did it with May, with Mr.2099, the ultimate pretender, and the Clone!! Spider-Bitch failed like a bitch...

Paint and Sculpt:
There are like 1 original pieces on this Sculpt and everything else is reused. The head sculpting is decent, but she feels like a cheap filler for the wave. The lack of etched webbing means that everything is tampo'd and that errors may occur on your figure.

BaF piece, that is all...
2.33 for the bitch... Not because she's a bitch, but for her failure at doing spider poses, feeling like a cheap wave filler and not having anything on her own to make you want her... The Flash Venom torso doesn't count.

Dec 8, 2017

It Kame from the Toy Chest: The Kold never bothered him anyway.

AND base on the title, you might have guessed that I'm talking about Sub Zero. And as you kan SEE he is very similar to Scorpion.

MK lore time? Raydendammit! MK lore time... Sub Zero is the codename of TWO Lin Kuei Ninja: Bi Han and Kuai Liang. Bi Han was the Sub Zero that Scorpion killed. Kuai Liang is the younger brother of Bi Han and the current Sub Zero. (SINCE Bi Han became the wraith Noob Saibot) that's the abridged version.

Literally a Scorpion repaint, means he has the same Sculpt and that means same range of articulation... In theory. Mine seems a bit stiffer than Scorpion.

Paint and Sculpt:
Again, literally a Scorpion repaint. The sculpting is the same on the figure and the only difference lies in the accessories.
The paint job on the figure is decent. It's based on the Sub Zero from Mortal Kombat Mythologies than the MK and MKII Sub Zero who has a light blue tunic.

-1 extra mask (MKII)
-7 extra hands
-2 icy effects
-1 spine and skull... The skull is removable and you can pop other heads on it.

Sub Zero gets a Flawless 5.0 due to the amount of accessories. I wish he had a stand. Also I'm tempted to say that we need an "ice klone" variant of him.
Can't wait for Goro and Johnny Cage...

Dec 7, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: Daddy's Home...

No I'm not talking about the movie with Professor Zoom and Marky Mark.
I am talking about Daddy... Big tall whiny man-child who hates sand and built the most pompous Droid in the universe, that is like a castrated version of K2S0.

Like Solo before him, head and shoulders is all he got.

Paint and Sculpt:
The Sculpting is based on the Black Series Darth Vader, but thrown through the Crappycizer machine. The paint is minimal. 

And that's the reason I bought it. I kinda lost my Black series Vader lightsaber and I needed a cheap replacement.

1.33 is the final score for Darth Cheapo. Can't say anything good about it other than cheap sith lightsaber.

Dec 6, 2017

It Kame from the Toy Chest: Get over here!

It's rather obvious that I will review a Mortal Kombat figure... And it's Scorpion.

I hate doing MK lore, but here goes nothing: Hanzo Hasashi was a ninja, whose clan was allegedly murdered by Bi Han of the Lin Kuei (spoilers it wasn't) seeking revenge he fights Bi Han and dies. In the Netherrealm he makes a deal and returns as an undead Ninja seeking revenge... Or something. MK Kanon Kan be konfusing.

It's incredibly similar to that of SFV figures, but in leaner bodies. The soft outfit creates very little restrictions on his articulation. Most of the game poses can be recreated easily.

Paint and Sculpt:
The Sculpt on the figure is amazing. It captures the essence of MK and MKII Scorpion on a hybrid look that actually works. In Scorpion's case, I prefer the MK look for him. The paint is really nice, though I'm not fan of the bloodied look. (But bloody Scorpion is better than no Scorpion). Other than that, the paint job Rocks!!

- 2 roped kunai
- 2 flame effects
- 1 extra facemask
- 7 extra hands
Extra skull head.
Easy 5.0

5.0 means Flawless Victory, but it would be a lie. The score says he is perfect, but he needed a teensy weensy more. Namely a stand would've put him beyond the excellent rank he has. How cool would've been to have a stand with the MK Dragon on it...

Dec 5, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest Power-Con exclusive third figure.

Now is Lord Gr'asp's turn. The final figure from the Snakemen three pack is finally here... (It's been here a while, but Advent calendar.) He's another mish-mash of parts and out of all three, he's the best looking. (And thanks to the 200X third party head cast that I got for Squeeze, the crock head on Grasp doesn't bother me anyway...)

He's a normal naked buck with Clawful's right arm. Nothing is hindered and surprisingly, he has the new ML-LIKE feet.

Paint and Sculpt:
The sculpting is all familiar here. Nothing new to write about. The paint job is where it is at. It works rather well, but I would've preferred an extra bit of color to break down some of that Black.

Snakemen staff and Hssss shield. Nothing to write home about. Like Scareglow, I worry about his cape. Kinda wish he had a Laser Light Skeletor hood in green.

Gr'asp's gets a 4.0 as his final score. Out of all three he's the best of the bunch.
The issues due to the changes in factory and Power-Con giving Super7 a super tight deadline had the least effect on him. He was affected by the issues, but on him they are least noticeable.

The pack's overall score is 3.66 and while it seems like a decent score, we must take in consideration that for the review I DID NOT SUBSTRACT POINTS for the factory issues. If I did, these would've score lower.

I almost don't want to say it, but I HAVE TO for the sake of fairness. If this set was the only thing available to gauge Super7 then, they would've failed horribly. I want to believe that the first wave of MOTUC and Filmation ARE getting the fixes that they mentioned, otherwise wave 3 will be A LOT harder to sell. I'll take a small break from MOTUC before returning to the mini comic set. Also, to spice up the Advent calendar.

BTW, B.Flynn of Super7 is in China ensuring that there are no issues on Wave 1 of Classics and Filmation. That's a good thing.

Dec 4, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: Don't get cocky about the Mattel Hasbro merger rumors.

Because it may be far worse than you think... Exhibit A is this young Han Solo.
It's the cheap stocking stuffer action figure that is very Todd McFarlane-esque... But at the same time it's insulting to Todd McFarlane's toys.

Only head and shoulders and no, I ain't talking shampoo.
Paint and Sculpt:
The Sculpt is decent but the paint job is lacking. This is El cheapo and I mean cheaper than Playmates toys painting the front of the figure and leaving the back unpainted levels of cheap.
Zip, zilch, nada, the big goose egg. His blaster is sculpted in his hand. He can't drop his weapon. Good thing he's white... Imagine if Landon had a gun sculpted in his hand...
1.0 is all I can give to this Solo... He won't even fit with normal Star Wars Black series figures, so the idea of getting lots of Stormtroopers to pad out the empire's ranks is out the window. Kinda regret getting Daddy as well. This is the kind of stuff that makes me fear the Mattel merger.

Dec 3, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest Power-Con exclusives 2nd figure

This one is the Fisto/Sir-Loser-Lot/Squeeze/Rio Blast hybrid Plasmar. He's basically a dude who copied Sir-Loser-Lot by using a sliver of SLL's gem and wears snake trousers to protect his trouser 🐍.

Will quickly mention that being a Power-Con exclusive means there will be plastic issues already mentioned in the Terroar review.

Plasmar is based of SLL and Squeeze, so the expectations should already be super low. Mine has super tight ankles that make the new ML-LIKE articulation useless. Arms are floppy as heck.

Paint and Sculpt:
Again, Parts being reused and repainted here The coral snake pattern on his snake trousers is a nice touch. The armor is translucent red and painted. The white bits are a bit too thick, which makes the paint job look sloppy. I get that the vintage wave was pure parts reuse, but it kinda looks like Fisto is doing blackface and that's racist!

Horde Crossbow and Rio Blast wrist blasters in cherry Hordak red. Sadly, the Rio Blast blasters fall off from his arms. He can barely hold the Crossbow.

Plasmar gets a 3.33 as his final score. Like Terroar before him, the issues diminish the enjoyment of this toy. I wish I could rate him higher, but the fact that I'm so gonna lose his accessories so easily is a big downer.

Dec 2, 2017

It came from the toy chest: I normally don't buy Hot Wheels...

But when I do, Nostalgia is mostly involved. And seeing that I've seen Martha 3: the revenge 3 times, the musical callbacks to Burton era Batman made me punch an old man in the throat* to get this Batmobile.
*=No people were punched in the throat. That's the Snyderverse Nefty's talking.

Among a sea of random Hot Wheels stuff there was this beauty. Sadly the car is defective since the glass was not assembled properly... Mattel's first class QC at work.

No, I'm not opening it, because if I do, I'll lose it... Happened to the Mach V I used to have. The one that came with one of the seasons of the cartoon. Besides, this is not an action figure, so I can't review it as such.
But attempting to make a toy Advent Calendar and all that.

Dec 1, 2017

It came from the Toy Chest: Power-Con 2017 first figure

I have a bit of a toy backlog for items that haven't come out the toy chest. I can blame the Hurricane for so much, but part of it has been me, misplacing some stuff. While the backlog is a bit big, is not like it will allow me for 24 days of toys, so I will review figures from each multi-family individually to pad out the reviews in order to get close to the Nefty's House of Rants it came from the toy chest Advent calendar. Even as I write this it's not set in stone. Due to the Hurricane's aftermath I'm making this up as I go. Also, ranting on my cellphone is not as fun as doing it on PC.

So, the Power-Con stuff. Let me get something out of the way. These six figures have issues. Both Power-Con and Super7 share the blame on them. Super7's blame lies in being less experienced than Mattel in making real action figures and changing to a factory that wasn't used to making real action figures for adults. (Technical issues like wrong plastics or hardness of said plastics, paint issues, that kind of thing). Now Power-Con is to blame for giving Super7 an extremely tight deadline for making 6 different figures and some choices had to be made hastily due to budget or time restrictions. I took it upon myself to mention this BEFORE the review starts, so I can reduce the explaining when I deal with the figures themselves. I also need to point out that I have NO PERSONAL BEEF WITH THE POWER-CON TEAM OR SUPER7.

With that out of the way, let's talk the disgusting blatant parts reused that is Terroar. BTW the Bio tries to explain the blatant parts reuse as it taking the shape of beings it thought were cool.
The issues mentioned above, have Terroar with a super hard head, which makes the neck extension a high risk maneuver, that's why I won't take pics of him with it. I'll have to widen the hole on both the head and the neck extension so I can swap it with ease... Once I have Power, the Dremel will fix that. Also I will sand the ball peg on the extension and the figure in order to facilitate the swapping. This would apply to all figures on the sets. (But I was impatient and hacked some of the ball with an x-acto knife. Not pretty but it works)

His upper body is basically Rattlor's, so articulation is similar to The General. The Right Side is so Trap Jaw, but without the removable arm... It could be removable, but I ain't gonna force it.
The lower body is Mosquitor. His articulation is a bit too tight for my liking and his right arm is a bit of a bitch to move. Feet have the new ML-like articulation.

Paint and Sculpt:
The sculpting on this figure brings nothing new to the game. Being based on the theoretical 1988 wave of 100% parts reuse, he CAN'T BRING ANYTHING NEW HERE. The paint job is nice, even if I find the color palette very meh. They look a lot better on camera than in person. I just wish he had SOMETHING NEW.

Trap Jaw parts... Sarcastic yay!

Mr. Blatant parts reuse gets a 3.66 as his final score. If I put into consideration the plastic hardness issues and the inability to swap out parts without relying on a hair dryer, his score would be lower. I feel like he needs je ne sais quoi to make him feel more unique. Here's where third party fans can shine. Maybe the Shapeways Masters can come to the rescue. Like making something like DJForce's Trap Jaw 200X armor add-on but more snakemen style. Maybe even a new head that takes elements from both Whiplash and Rattlor's to make him feel more unique.

Nov 30, 2017

Infinity War trailer and butthurt DC fans...

Disney dropped a cosmic bomb. Yes, I'm talking about the Infinity war trailer.

Of course, the DC fanboys had to attack Marvel/Disney to defend WB/DC. They mocked Thanos, who looks bad without his full regalia, by comparing him to Grimace. Yes, Thanos looks odd... Not Henry Cavill's digital mouth to cover his mustache bad, but it's a bit bad. Not only that, but they're also blaming WB for "ruining" Justice League in order for the higher ups to get some juicy bonuses.

All of these years 2008-2018 have been leading to this confrontation with Thanos. We've had great movies, decent movies, so-so movies, bad movies, and Iron Man 3 in the MCU that have put a chip in the pot leading to Infinity war. The fractured Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, the Sorcerer Supreme, and even the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-man have led to this end-all free-for-all huge cinematic event.
There was a short-term plan and a long-term one.

WB had none of that. Nolan had a self-contained Batman Trilogy that wouldn't work with super powered beings in that world. Green Lantern was self-contained (and in a way, a good thing, since that was a train-wreck) Superman returns left a bad aftertaste in people's mouth, which scared WB from "continuing" from past movie universes (ie, the Burton/Schumacher  batverse) taking a page from Nolan's Batman, they went for a "realistic" Superman and we got Man of Stool. Using this Brooding Superman that lacked the humanity that makes Superman, well, Super, was WB's foundation to their Cinematic Universe. Then they went with Batman v. Superman as their next step in this Cinematic. Had it been truly a movie with Batman being the antagonist until it was revealed that Luthor was pulling BOTH Batman and Superman's strings, then maybe it would've been better than setting up Superman to die without the League. Maybe an extra Superman movie where Superman deals with Braniac, who was Lex's source of knowledge on how to set up Bats v. Supes and having the knowledge of other metahumans (and setting up WW, Flash, Aquaman or a Lantern movie.) Have Zod attempt to enslave the Earth by using the Starro could force some Metas to unite with Batman and Superman to form the JL.
Then have Superman die on the third Superman movie and the League deals with the aftermath of his death in JL2  with the final JL movie dealing with Darkseid himself. Have the League, the Titans (one of Batman's proteges *cough*Dick*cough* started his own team after the Starro invasion as a contingency plan, cause he was trained by Batman) new members to the league, like GA, Atom, Martian Manhunted, Supergirl, Red Robin etc.

And yes, I'm aware it kinda sounds similar to what Marvel did, but let's face it: Marvel had a plan that was long term. DC only was interested in that Avengers money. That excitement that Marvel fans are feeling of a story 10 years in the making, cannot be replicated in barely four. DC Flash fried what should've been a slowly roasted hunk of succulent beef.

In any case, Infinity war feels like it could be Return of the King in steroids. I just wish DC hadn't rushed to make the movies... But still, we're getting the ultimate Marvel superhero smackdown and we got a decent Justice League movie. What a time we live on... Now if Todd McFarlane's Spawn ever makes a comeback...

Nov 29, 2017

Visual novels and phones...

It's like a Peanut butter and chocolate combo. There is "not much gameplay involved"... I should clarify: I mean ACTIVE gameplay, like say Street Fighter or Contra.
Unlike those games that require multiple button combinations to play, visual novels are easier on the touch screen. And there seem to be plenty of apps for it

I've been messing around with two apps: Choices being one of them and the other is Episode. Both have their ups and downs.
They both rely on a timer blocking you from playing as much as you like unless you fork out some cash. Some choices require you to pay in "tokens" in order to use them, but these "tokens" (usually gems) can only be obtained by completing chapters, or paying money. This would limit your options if you don't pay.

The difference between them is that Episode feels more like interactive fanfics for girls. Choices seems to have more original content and it seems to be geared for a more general audience that includes dudes. Translation: They have adventure stories.

I don't know how many of these apps are, but I hope I can find one that has more focus on action, thirller, mystery, and adventure stories, because most focus on romance. I'm getting tired of playing teen girl falls for bad boy stories.

Nov 28, 2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday stuff has begun to arrive.

Not even Matty can say they ship that fast. I also have a few things that were from before, like, say... Power-Con stuff. So, adding the toys in the back burner to come out the toy chest I could do something special.

 I most likely will NOT REVIEW Green Granamyr, because he's exactly the red one, but green. Yes, I ended up getting one because my red one broke and it was $90 vs the $200+ that the secondary market is asking for red. This time I MAY OPEN April for real... I know it sounds cray cray, but I found the proper motivation to open her up... Or the motivation is on its way. It's not NECA turtles, cause that ship has sailed.

But yeah, for a Mattyless Black Friday, I got way too much stuff and if it hadn't been for the hurricane ruining the Electric Power here, I would've gotten a Switch with Super Mario Odyssey... Shoot! I forgot to buy a Barret or a Phoenix Wright... Oh well.

Nov 27, 2017

The upside of no More Mattycollector...

Is that Black Friday to Cyber Monday is not focused on them anymore. Waiting for Super7 REALLY Sucks, but with the waves already paid for and no MOTUC stuff drawing my attention, I can look at other toylines. Crap on a hat! I forgot to buy a Play Arts Kai FFVII BARRET!! Oh well, I'll have to wait a bit because I may have gone a bit overboard these past few days. I still have a few toys in the back burner... Yes, April O'Neil is among those. And if some of those figures get to my hands soon, I might do something special.

Feels kinda nice being able to look at other toylines, that are not Mattel.

Nov 22, 2017

Wanna know how you make me buy Transformers?

By making Street Fighter themed repaints.
Ryu is Optimus Prime. Bison is Megatron, Chun Li is Arcee and Ken is Hot Rod...
I know right? This is so stupid, wrong and a blatant cash grab...
I kinda want them... Just for the novelty factor. What's next Mortal Kombat Go-Bots?

Guess the Rurouni Kenshin new manga is cancelled...

With his creator being arrested with Child Pornography charges, seems highly unlikely that the new Kenshin manga will happen now...
It's kinda sad for Rurouni Kenshin fans that this new Arc is unlikely to happen, due to the circumstances surrounding the arrest, but since that's illegal and disturbing, he should pay for his crimes...

Seriously, what the Hell!? I'm afraid of waking up and finding who's the next to fall in these sex scandals...

Nov 21, 2017

Why is the DCEU struggling?

I can think of many reasons, but the DC Fanboys will not like it and call me names including Marvel fanboy and various slurs. Just don't. Accept reality: THE DCEU IS FLAWED and while some flaws could've been avoided, others weren't.
WB's desperation for Avengers money.
This one is easy to explain. Marvel spent some time creating a cinematic universe via their movies. Ironman, Thor, Captain America, etc. Were used to develop the key characters. Folks like Hawkeye or Black Widow were used as supporting characters in those movies and got similar roles on the Avengers. WB didn't use that approach so, they crammed everyone into Superman 2 now sharing title with Batman because MARTHA!! TO then shove more character development to folks that could carry their own movie into Justice League. IF WB had used the sensible approach of releasing a proper Flash movie, a proper Battfleck movie BEFORE MARTHA!! AND JL, Steppenwolf and Cyborg could've gotten a better deal for development.
Zack Snyder and his lack of understanding of what makes Superman, well, Superman.
I've said it multiple times and here I go Again:
Superman is supposed to be a beacon of hope. A paragon of good. A "new god" that inspires us to be better. A man who loves doing good because it's the right thing to do. We didn't get any of that with Snyder. We got a sullen, cold, distant, brooding Superbeing that can't even mention one good thing about Earth. Not every hero needs to be Batman. It wasn't until Whedon's meddling that we saw the TRUE Superman hidden within Henry Cavill.
Snyder's deconstruction of Superman and Batman (to an extent) harmed the DCEU... Wonder Woman wasn't as Snyderized and she had the better DCEU film. We could say that Snyder is the Bizarro world King Midas, that turns everything he touches into shit instead of gold.
Also, Snyder is awful at editing (and pacing a movie). The normal theatrical versions of his movies end up being a mess that the 4-6 hour extended edition fixes to an extent. This is made worse by
WB and their demands for runtime among other things.
The fans.
Yes, the fans have some blame as well. Blindly defending the movies and ignoring the flaws doesn't help getting the best version of the characters in the silver screen. Also, attacking those who point out the flaws in the movies makes the fans look like rabid fanboys, which is detrimental to a mature discussion.

In conclusion: staying true to the characters, pacing the movies in a logical way and focusing on telling good stories instead of playing catch-up with the competition would've made the DCEU great... And ditching Zack Snyder for a director that understands Superman a lot better.

First Mattyless Black Friday is coming...

And it feels a bit sad. For years, Black Friday/Cyber Monday was a bit of an event here at the House of Rants... Scareglow, A ton of DCUC, Sir Loser Lot and many others were catches from Black Friday deals... Yes, I forgot to mention Castle Friggin Grayskull!!

Super7's having a Black Friday on their physical store and partially online, but it's not MOTUC, so I don't care much about it. With the whole hurricane aftermath and 61th day without electricity, it kinda sucks for Black Friday because a couple of big retailers are still closed here... (not to mention that I also have to work on BOTH of my jobs that actually pay the bills. I'm not Rollin' in money with the House of Rants. I do this because I love you, but not in THAT way, or claim that I hate you...)

So in a way it's a good thing that Black Friday is going to be odd here, but I still miss the MOTUC Excitement!

Nov 20, 2017

I should've kept my foot off of that blasted samoflange.

By that reference you must have guessed that this involves Panthro somehow.
Sadly, Earle Hyman, voice of the OG Panthro has passed away. Dammit, Haley Joel!? Why can't you see some massive douches, or evil beings like say, Charles Manson... Wait, what do you mean by Charles Manson is dead!? Do you mean dead dead, or hoax dead? OK, Haley Joel, I'll give you that one, but still... Why did you have to see Panthro!?
All jokes aside, my condolences to Mr. Hyman's family.

Deadpool 2 dropped a teaser that I didn't notice until it popped up on my suggested views on YouTube...

Really? Bob Ross reference? At least it's better than the Rampage trailer...

Yes, there is a Rampage trailer...
LFeels less like Rampage than what I'd do, but it's more Rampage than I EXPECTED Hollywood to do...

Not sure if I WILL SEE IT, but it exists...

Do we REALLY NEED a Zack Snyder cut of Justice League?

No, We don't. Hardcore DCEU fans are clamoring for a Snyder cut of Justice League, claiming that Whedon ruined the film... Called it! A Zack Snyder cut will not save the movie. As it is, JL is getting better reviews than MARTHA!! We must also remember that Snyder left through production. Some sources say 85% done, others put the percentage closer to 50%. This means that Snyder left with an incomplete product. To ask for a Snyder cut now means either getting an incomplete movie, or one that might be "poisoned by Whedon's movie". Also, wasn't Whedon supposed to be working under some parameters set by Snyder, who had the final OK on things?

Basically the Snyder cut would be a more edgelord, humorless and darker version of JL. It would also be ridiculously long and beat you over the head with not so subtle symbolism...
Right now I'd rather have Whedon helming the DCEU...

Nov 18, 2017

The French Sailor Moon is a girl in ladybug spandex...

I'm talking about the Miraculous Ladybug.

That show...
I've seen like 4 episodes so far and I find it enjoyable, despite the cliches. If you've seen Sailor Moon or Power Rangers, you'll have a slight idea of what's with the cliches.
It's a French Magical Girl show where you have people being turned into supervillains by the main baddie who is most likely the dad of the "Tuxedo Kamen" of this show... Again, only seen 4 episodes of season one. Last year I had seen a few toys from this show when looking for custom fodder. It popped on my Netflix suggested shows feed and I started watching.

There is one thing that makes me giggle unintentionally... The way people are turned into villains... Akuma butterflies.
You can guess what my brain pictures every time the name Akuma is mentioned.

I wish I could do a more in depth review, but I still need to watch a bit more and I'd prefer to have power to make the review a bit better. It's far from perfect, but I do enjoy it a lot more than the Piss in Boots series... Autocorrect win right there.

Nov 16, 2017

Just us League: just saw it...

I was kinda wrong on my expectations... I kinda got son things but the rest it was wrong... More after the jump... Because spoilers

Just us League expectations

In a few hours I'll be watching Justice League set in the Suck Snyder vision.
Will it be good, will it be bad? I don't know yet. But here's what I expect:
The power vacuum created by Clark's death forces Bruce and Diana to form a team to stop threats. The issues with Enchantress and the Suicide Squad will be untouched. The appearance of Parademons Will speed up the recruitment process.We might get a Steppenwolf battle to be interrupted by Evil Clark. Lois being the key to Clark's redemption, which forces Barry to warn Brice in the past. This could mean that a Save Martha scene will happen but using Lois's name to trigger Supes. This will cause Clark to run away and leave the weakened League to beat Steppenwolf and crap their pants when Darkseid enters Earth and to be continued. The runtime will be padded by Snyder's not so subtle visuals that would make Hideo Kojima Say: Dude that's not subtle. Also by tons of Whedonese banter.
Let's see how right or wrong I will be when I watch: Challenge of the Superfriends.

Nov 15, 2017

The Loyal Subjects reeled me in again.

After being disappointed by the Dragon Ball Z figures by The Loyal Subjects, I got reeled in by Street Fighter... Even after swearing off TLS... I blame Storm Collectibles for making me crave Street Fighter stuff.
They have knee articulation... The males do, but the beautiful non existent QC from TLS has figures with frozen joints *cough* Guile *cough* and useless interchangeable hands *cough* Ryu *cough*.  Others have NO ACCESSORIES *cough* Chun Li, Blabla *cough*
Then we have the TLS stagnation issues. We've been through 4+ waves of MOTU repaints and no new characters. I can almost see the endless repaints with SF...
And that's without completing the remaining SFII roster. Not Super SFII, but plain vanilla SFII... In any case I have overpriced SFII Christmas tree ornaments now...
Yes, the heads fit MOTUC

There's fear and darkness all around Dog...

Normally I would make a jokey reference to whatever I'd be ranting about, but this time Dog the Bounty Hunter is having a hard time right now... But Beth is having it a lot harder, because of her throat cancer. Cancer sucks ass and I don't wish for anyone to get it, not even my worst enemies. Cancer is partially to blame for my orphan status, so you can understand my animosity towards it. While it's not much I can do, my best wishes to Beth and hopefully the scale will too to the side that she makes it. All I know is that Beth and Dog will not go down without a fight. Fight, Beth, FIGHT!! If not for yourself, for your family.

Nov 14, 2017

It came from the toy chest: I still don't get Hojo's plan.

I am of course talking about the making a Cetra with a long life span. The internet didn't disappoint and has shown me a lot of pictures of Hojo's plan in action. Yes I am talking about Aerith Rule 34 pics with Nanaki. Now that I mention Red XIII's real name, let's talk Nanaki. No he is not a crappy Anakin anagram. Nanaki is Nanaki.
Lion dog thing from FFVII that survives 500 years after the game. I gots me a figure of him. Let's talk Nanaki. (Fun fact: this figure was ordered way long after the Power Con ítems shipped. Seems like the PC figs are MIA, damn Maria. Bonus fact my first TV died when I reached Cosmo Canyon.)

The articulation is very similar to a MOTUC cat, but in a very Japanese way. Sadly, some of the joints are SUPER STIFF and I won't risk it. This is the part where someone tries to say that the Play Arts Kai Advent Children Red XIII is better. To them I reply: Cait Sith...
Paint and Sculpt:
The Sculpt is decent, for a Red XIII from FFVII and NOT Advent Children... There's no real difference other than Cait Sith. The AC Nanaki is a thousand miles better than the one I got, but Cait Sith. Just like AC Yuffie is better than VII Yuffie, but I bought the lesser Yuffie (and Tifa) the OG game look was a deciding factor... Or in this case...

Eallyray Igganay? I've been Mentioning the accessory throughout the whole review. It's HALF ANOTHER CHARACTER. The articulation on Cait Sith is very limited due to him being a small add-on (and that Play Arts didn't want to do the stuffed Moogle body.)  He comes with an extra hand without the Megaphone, which I won't try to swap due to this being an old figure from a discontinued line.

Red XIII and Cait Sith get a 4.0 as their final score. All that's left is Remake Barret and pray for a remake Cid. BTW, my FFVII Figures are still in storage, hence the lack of group shot.


Test your might... Test your might! And Funko is doing a Vintage MOTU styled MKX toyline. The hyper muscular build, the squatting pose... Hell, even the repainted and slightly customized Fright Zone used for the promo gives it away that these figures are "meant to play with" vintage MOTU.
OF ALL THE WTF WORTHY THINGS FUNKO COULD DO... Why this scale and style? Why not reAction style, or Modern Joe style 3.75" size? But if it floats your boat, January 2018 is the date when KOMBAT take can invade vintage Eternia.

Nov 13, 2017

Injustice 2 is getting heroes in a half shell...

Turtle Power!!!First Hellboy, now the TMNT!! I need electric power ASAP!!

Those Injustice 🐢 🐢 🐢🐢 are what the Turdles by Bay should have looked like.
It's been ages since the TMNT have graced a Fighting game.

Speaking of odd crossovers...

I can understand Akuma or Geese in Tekken, but Noctis? What the Hell!?
If Square and Namco are sobuddy buddies right now, how about bringing Monolithsoft to do a Xenogears Remake and connecting XS to XG as they were meant to be.

Nov 12, 2017

Battleship shrunk? What the Hell Hasbro!?

Got Battleship, the game, not the crappy Rhianna movie and I just noticed two things that bother me:
-grid is one row and column smaller. From the 10x10 grid of long ago we now have a 9x9.
-we have one less ship to sink.

This makes the game a lot easier. The 9x9 grid means that the carrier MUST TOUCH ONE OF THE CENTER SQUARES.  If you play it smart and begin to chop the arena into quadrants through the center, you WILL FIND the carrier. Now the crazy old timey strategy of huddling the ships close enough to trick the opponent into believing they sank your carrier and simply hit all of them once is no longer viable.
It's even worse when using the Unofficial Salvo rule.
I hope that operation is still as challenging as it used to be.

It came from the toy chest... Do not call him Meg...

Cause the Brothers from Rhode Island could sue. I am talking about the third party Transbots X Apollyon.
This figure IS "compatible" with certain Robots in disguise from Takara Tomy or Hasbro. It's not affiliated with any of those companies or products made by them. If it resembles a robot voiced by Fred from Scooby Doo, that's just a coinkydink.

So this NOT MEGATRON GRIFFIN is the fans answer to the MP Optimus Prime and the first Masterpiece Megatron. This figure being more Gee Wun accurate than the 2007 Megatron. The MP36 Megatron from 2017 would be a superior figure... That may or may not have taken a few pointers from the pluses and minuses of This figure.

So let's talk about the toy itself.
This is a mixed bag. He has very limited articulation in robot mode and when posing sometimes the transformation articulation points decide to interfere.
The hands are super expressive with the insane amount of articulation that each finger has.
And I wasted all of it to flip you off, my dear readers. The fingers are ULTRA FRAGILE, so be careful is an obvious remark. The hands alone would make any other figure earn the coveted five point oh. The rest of his body I have a few issues with. The arms and left leg being my main concerns. The elbows have very l.i.t.t.l.e. articulation and the leg tries to shift into gun mode far too often for my liking. Transformation can be a bit terrifying.
Paint and Sculpt:
The Sculpt resembles a certain robot in disguise, minus a certain purple insignia to avoid the lawyers of Hassenfeld Brotherhood.

The paint is mostly fine, aside a few bits where it's a bit sloppy (my Apollyon has its chest plate with a bit of slop.)

Right out of the bat I have to give him a 5.0 due to the sheer number of accessories.
Energy sword
Energy mace
Clone control helmet
Special Key item from an episode.
Purple Gun robot in gun mode
Alternate chest piece
Spare shoulder joints for possible repairs
The cannon/stock and silencer for gun mode.

Apollyon gets a 4.5 as his final score. For a third party toy, I'm impressed with the quality of it.
Still, with that said, I'm very afraid of transforming him too much. Sometimes it feels like he might break in mid transformation. Now where can I get some funky evil robot insignia?
Not my arm.