Jul 19, 2019

Mattel actually followed my advice for once!!

In a Mattel styled quarter assed way... because Mattel's gonna Mattel.
But they are doing it for the Oregons line...





I have to admit that these guys are pretty cool in theory. But since they're based on the origins Style articulation looks really shity and that's because Ruben is back. Yes the master of incompetence the douche himself Ruben mediocre Martinez... and the results will be less than stellar.

While I wish these were made in classics style and scale.. the full vintage look kind of works for them... but there is one thing that I'm super excited for and at the same time I hate it because that'll pretty much ripped my castle Grayskull man Arena of pain...


I know people can claim coincidence and that there are so many ways to make a Grayskull themed Arena and that this one has plenty of differences to not be a rip off of mine...

I made mine in 2012 I made mine in 2012 Mattel made there's in 2019 so you do the math... where they inspired by my work or not you be the judge.

Mildly related... Wave 1 of the MOTU Oregons line...

Jul 17, 2019

The Faux vintage MOTU are retailbound in 2020

MOTUC is dead, MOTUC is dead! How long till you blame me for that, Scott?
If you can sing that to this tune, then you might guess what I'm gonna say.
The new faux vintage He-Man look very Robot Chickeny... and no, that's NOT a Compliment.
But they are cheaper than Super7's...

They're a bit too expensive at $15. They look cheaply made and sloppily made as well. Look at Skeletor's boot! They have bits of flesh in Purple, when they should be blue... This type of laziness is wave 4 corner cutting and we're barely on wave 1... What the Hell Mattel!? You're making the Neitlich era look good again...

I don't see these doing good... They're not for kids, but they aren't made for adults...

I'll let Hall and Oates take it away... This one's for you Mattel!

SDCC has barely started and NECA has me saying cowabunga

And all I can think is: Super7 who? Right now there is NO WAY that Super7 can top NECA's TMNT offering:
Roadkill Rodney... Multiple style of Foot Robots...
Rocksteady and Bebop... but the ones that have me reaching for my wallet are:
While I saw these on my Facebook newsfeed, check Toyark for more pics.




Toon Slash may be a dud for me, But... I Gwarantee! that I NEED that April and Casey. The Leatherhead, the Rocksteady and Bebop, the
 METALHEAD!! Sadly for me, these seem to be Target exclusives...

Super7, how are you going to top those?

Jul 16, 2019

Mario Maker 2 is the shit!

Language warning: Super Mario Maker 2 is the shit!!!
And after paying 20 bucks for online I have now played the full Super Mario Maker 2 experience.

The 100 Mario mode is gone. Now it's an endless mode you get 30 life and you beat stages until you die... and it's incredibly fun okay it's similar to 100 Mario mode but the difference is that the game doesn't stop every 16 levels.

The horse maker mold takes a lot to get used to especially if you tinkered around with the original Mario maker. The touchscreen is incredibly underused on the switch. But when playing on TV mode the makers seems a bit more intuitive than I first thought. But still the original Mario Maker has the better course maker interface with the Wii U pad.

Other than that is basically normal Mario maker with a couple of things taken out then a lot of things put in...

I know your worth wondering Nefty did you play The Co-op and versus mode?

Yes and I suck ass at them. The lag is incredibly bad, but it is kind of fun if Nintendo can find a way to improve the lag issue then it would be wonderful.

Not much has changed from my first thoughts except that I can see the potential in the maker mode now that I tinkered with it and weaned off a little bit from the Wii U version and the creativity that the course makers are showing it's amazing!  The troll levels are deliciously evil!! I've been frustrated as heck while playing them!! AND there have been some nice sweet courses that even casual semi hardcore well that's not accurate... Um, semi-hard... huh huh! I would say like medium core Mario Gamers would enjoy!

If you enjoy old school platform games and you're able to tolerate some Insidious trolling then this is the game for you!!

But if playing the game is not your thing you can check out some YouTubers that are doing it Mario Maker runs... they can be nerve-wracking, or hilarious...

Hasbro is crowdfunding Unicron... and he's expensive as F...

I'm talking $574.99 for a 27" Transformer that turns into a Planet with 30" diameter. You have until Aug 31st to preorder... also they only need 8000 units to make this a reality.

Personally I'm skipping this because I'm not that huge of a Transformers fan and it feels a bit of a rip-off. I would understand if this was the price tag for a Takara Tomy import, and they are getting to ridiculous prices already. I hope this can be made for the fans who want one but it's not for me. I do find it funny that people bitched about Snake Mountain being made by a third-party having a ridiculous cost and a first-party Transformer maker is asking almost the same price for a much much smaller figure.

If I was a hardcore Transformers fan instead of a He-Man fan I would definitely get it.

Jul 15, 2019

Netflix's "She-Ra" dolls revealed... leaked!

Yikes! Mattel can't even get some exclusive figure reveal without the actual store leaking them. It's so easy to poke fun at the situation...
Let's check the dolls out!

They SEEM to be Frankenstein'd out of Ever After High and DC Superhero girls dolls. They are exclusive to Target, so *IF* I wanted to get them, I'm SOL... I'd have to go through eBay.
Here are my thoughts on each figure
"She-Ra":
She looks a bit androgynous... on the face. The body reminds me of DCSHG dolls. Gotta love how cheap her outfit looks. Her shoulder pads and crest are not part of her top. She looks bad... not Horrible, but bad...

Tyrone:
Oh, em, gee! They gave him an eating disorder! It doesn't help thathis clothes look oversized. He also looks wimpier than his cartoon self... Never thought that this could be possible. He looks a bit too light skinned (could be the camera flash)

"Adora"

And she's not horrible. I mean it's really hard to screw up Adora but Mattel really close to doing it. The pleather jacket will be the first casualty. Her jacket and shirt are literally one piece. I know these were cheaply made but damn!

Catra:
She clearly is the pick of the litter. Then again when pretty much everything has been bad; mediocre will look good. Since her outfit is a unitard Mattel managed to not screw it up. They gave her pretty brushable hair because dolls when she needed a wild Mane.

I didn't know I was saving the worst for last
"Glimmer"

What The Hell!! She's raising her leg as if she was like trying to let a fart rip! Also look at their stupid accessory glitter blast... never had a fighting staff Bowl had well, a  bow She-Ra and Adora both have the sword of protection...
Also is it me or does glimmer look like she lost a lot of weight compared with her cartoon self?

What in the actual hell Mattel!? No wonder people keep believing the rumors that you guys are going down...

Don't get me wrong I freaking hate this reboot and it's designs but I expected this kind of crap from Playmates Toys not you Mattel... you are pretty much the house that Barbie built I know you can't even make those right what the hell!?

Jul 13, 2019

Remember the Transformers G1 reissues... It's time for the small statured equines that I possess.

It is NOT a reissue of the G1 ponies, but the G4 ponies "classicized"... The mane 6 made as if they were 80s ponies... and For the first time in a long time, I want to buy some official Hasbro MLP merchandise... despite giving up on the show thanks to Season 8.
It's bizarre. There is so much wrong with this but it feels so right, somehow... this is almost as if Mattel were to make 200X figures in the Oranges line.
But this "vintagized" set reminds me of

The 2021 MOTU movie and MOTUC: the rant

All signs are pointing towards MOTUC dying with Snake Mountain. Mattel is interested in the new MOTU Oranges line. And it would be PRETTY STUPID for Mattel to NOT immortalize the new movie figures in plastic...

I know that they will make a crappy 5 POA line for kids... or worse... in Oranges... they already have an adult collector line that is an anthology line to everything Masters of the Universe. Heck even the super seven stunt got them to have the 1987 movie figures in the anthology line that is Masters of the Universe classics.

And I honestly don't care if the movie ends up being crap I just think that they deserve a spot on the toy line. And even Noelle Stevenson's pop cultural appropriations of She-Ra deserves a spot in classics. Yes you heard that right or read in this case even the one dictating my rant to the phone... huh huh I said "dic".

It would be actually something rather simple for Mattel to do since they already have the baseball these with a Classics basic bodies all they have to do is basically make the faces and the armors preferably by The Four Horsemen because being brutally honest they are a lot better than the in-house team... ( I've avoided commenting on the Netflix She-Ra dolls that have been leaked because of that)

Let's say they make two waves of classic style 2021 movie figures. You get the He-man Skeletor key heroic Warriors key evil Warriors wearing the movie attire. Maybe toss in a second toy based head for each of the characters so you have a sort of what would metal have done in the 80s vibe to them... something the Super7 Stout Collection lacks...
I'm not going to go into details on how these ways would be split says I don't have access to the character rosters right now I have to wait like 2 years for that.

Now the horribly awful She-Ra reboot that I loathe on the other hand it's a lot easier to figure out waves for it.
DreamWorks would probably bitch and moan a lot a lot about classic icing them because they want their full vision or some BS like that in other words Glimmer to be short and fat and Scorpia to look like well an oversized scorpion monster woman that grabs Catra by the Catra?
Unwell part of me would like them to be 100% purely in the classic style like Glimmer being thin tall like the classics one. I won't accept a wimpy Bow I need Bow with the big bulky manly body from classics.
So they'd have to reach like a happy medium like say keep them in the same scale as classics all of them are 7 in tall but with different body sizes like she she ra and Adora are made with the standard body while Glummer gets a new slightly chunkier body. Scorpia gets a body that's as wide as Classics leech and textured Scorpion parts. The character hair would be as detail. Normal classics figures like a Dora tela he-man kale door clamp champ just do name a couple characters.

If Mattel were to do 12 figures as a small bone thrown to MOTUC  collectors,  here are my pics:
Adora
She-Ra
Glimmer
Bow
Mermista
Sea Hawk
Hordak
Shadow Weaver
Catra
Entrapta
Scorpia
Rogelio Kyle

Yes I have that Kyle got a problem with that?  But Dreamworks won't like this... shame.

Jul 12, 2019

It came from the Toy Chest: En Sabah Nur

Apocalypse by Hasbro, the BAF. The review, the rant.
Apocalypse pretty much the first mutant powered by Celestial Technologies something something Kang the Conqueror or something Darwin's evolution principle something something cable something something for Four Horsemen something something Archangel Wolverine and many others have been Horsemen; basically Apocalypse is ancient far more evil version of Magneto, who believes that Only the Strong Survive and in this case it's mostly mutants under his reign. The biggest baddest this side of Onslaught.

So he was the build a figure of his wave which had Mohawk Storm Jim Lee Psylocke Jim Lee Wolverine it had MULTIPLE Man, Gladiator it has Magneto with a black and red costume which everyone bought for the apocalypse part and the head to use on a real Magneto which we got in the Amazon 3 pack. I never got Multiple Man. I had to order his build a figure part through eBay everyone else I got the figure I just didn't feel like reviewing Gladiator who had nothing and Mohawk Storm well she did nothi ng for me. will wait for Jim Lee Storm to complete my 90s X-Men team.

Articulation
Apocalypse has two standard articulation for a build a figure. Usually this means single joint at the elbows and everything else just like a normal figure. His shoulder pads do limit his articulation a little bit but not too much.
4.0

Paint and sculpt
He seems to be in a modern look that has a different color scheme than traditional apocalypse. His sculpt is pretty good and it could work in a classic colors repaint for a way for Hasbro to reuse that mold. He's not as great as say the toy Biz build a figure but he is much better than that normal size toybiz figure.
4.5

Accessories
Sometimes it's rare for a build-a-figure to get an accessory and apocalypse is no exception. He didn't get an accessory on his wave bought the deluxe Archangel figure have an accessory for Apocalypse the alternate claw hand. Personally I wish she had gotten and X-Men vs. Street Fighter drill... welp! I already spoiled the reason why I wanted the drill.
4.0

Overall
Apocalypse gets a 4.17 as his final score. Personally I never thought I would have enjoyed this build a figured so much. My only nitpick is that he's nodding a classic color scheme other than that he rocks!

Odds and ends... Switchless Switch, Rip Torn, Lion King... July 12, 2019

So, Nintendo is doing a cheaper version of the Nintendo switch without removable controls no docking to the TV screen and a bit smaller similar to what they did with a 3ds and 2ds. People are already complaining about it just like they did with the 3ds and 2ds. So far the only real switch game that would be useless for it would be the Nintendo labo. If you can connect other wireless controllers to the switch then maybe other games like Mario Party or just any other game that needs the special motion controls from the joycons.

Personally I feel that's a safer option for younger children especially those who are about to start playing Pokemon sword and shield. I wouldn't recommend it for games like breath of the wild ore Ford's from older generation jrpgs *cough cough* original Final Fantasy 7.

In any case this which is a decent portable console so having one without that somewhat needless docking option it's a good thing for those who don't like the docking option like myself but I already have a switch so I'm not going to buy another for that.

Reviews for the CGI animated remake of The Lion King have begun to come out and... They are mixed. Some of the reviews that are saying that the movies really great they stink a bit of paid shills. The more honest reviews have said that it's a technical masterpiece but that it feels off unneeded and there's a soulless cash grab of a Disney classic to put it mildly. With each passing trailer I lose more interest in this movie Faster than you could say Hakuna Matata.

The Lion King is on my top three favorite Disney movies okay it's number one and this remake is robbing the charm from it. Also, when I get to mostly agree with that clueless dickwad Scott Mendelson, something is wrong here.

Rip Torn has passed away. He was 88. As always my condolences to the family and friends. Most people my age group remember him from classics such as men in black or dodgeball. I'm going to pull a hipster move And mention the worst movie ever made



You have to admit that it took guts to do such film. Rip did it, playing against Tom Green in this abomination. He was a trooper... I'm possibly the best singer of this whole movie. He will be missed.

Jul 11, 2019

Been on an anime hunt lately

have been slacking on my House of Rants duties in my quest for things to rant about... and I have been trying to catch some anime recommendations. Goblin Slayer, I started recently, but lost interest in it. Don't get me wrong; it's a good anime, but it didn't Hook me as much as I expected. I tried Queen's Blade, same thing. Not even the fan service can save this anime for me... The figures are a different story. Making a Revoltech scaled Nefty-kun has been a bit tougher than expected. (Near zero sculpting skills and like near zero painting skills can make customization difficult.)

I had given up on Sword Art Online a long time ago. I did see Netflix's Ultraman and it was interesting enough. Been wanting to see Green Naruto, but I haven't found any fans among my anime loving friends who would let me borrow Season 1.

Ace Attorney anime has my interest because it's The Games but in anime form.

Is there an Anime series that can catch my interest?
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Jul 10, 2019

I loved and hated Far from Home...

I blame Zendaya for it. The hating part, of course.
But first, I must make something clear: I mean that her character, who is NOT Mary Jane, sucks donkey dick!
While Zendaya has some obvious chemistry with Tom Holland, her character, Michelle, is more interested in trying to seem edgy with her Daria act.

I guess I should mention that THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!!
Because I have to mention that Mysterio is evil. J. Jonah Jameson appears, and SONY DID A STUPID. I am of course talking about unmasking Spider-Man. It doesn't work when you have a race of shape-shifting aliens working for Nick Fury that can fix this a pinch.

So basically the movie starts up right after endgame where did Midtown high students are on a field trip to Europe and Peter doesn't want to great responsibility. And Gyro the cities that casually have Spider-Man in it are attacked by these beings called Elementals and Peter is forced to great responsibility. There he meets Mysterio a new hero who has like and Iron Man, Dr. Strange and Thor mixed all together. Peter trusts Mysterio gets betrayed by Mysterio and he has to great responsibility all over again. He stops Mysterio gets the girl surprise now the world knows he's Peter Parker.

And I have to say that Jake Gyllenhaal is what saves the movie. Tom Holland does a good job as Peter Parker Spider-Man butt he couldn't carry the whole movie that's what Gyllenhaal did. I think the movies biggest flaw is taking Spidey away from New York. Having Peter gallivanting across the globe, didn't truly feel lile Spider-Man. I know that in the comics Spider-Man that has left New York and even gone through Europe a couple of times, but it doesn't change the fact that Spidey needs New York as much as New York needs Spidey.

The Brad character was unneeded especially since they have Eugene Thompson...

Here's the thing I did like the movie I did enjoy it but the bad things I like I mentioned Zendaya's character the unmasking having Mysterious Mansion the Multiverse and a couple of other things stand out too much but luckily Holland's performance Jake Gyllenhaal's masterful performance and a couple elements here and there to help the movie I wish that the next Spidey movie was a bit more intimate and that it would be a New York affair preferably with Kraven or even better the Sinister six led by dr. Otto Octavius preferably played by Mar Camel... or Paul Giamatti.

Jul 8, 2019

Odds and ends Jul 7-8 2019: Disney and stuff...

Well, this stinks... Marvel is making a new heroic team with Wakandan Tech and AXE Body spray. They are called the Fresh-Men... shouldn't they be called Fresh People? To avoid any gender discrimination and all that...
Okay it's kind of cool that we are getting a new diverse team of superheroes that it's not stealing identity of already existing characters; but a team based on Axe Body Spray? This is even worse than the time Hulk was selling Hostess fruit pies.

The thing is: Will they exist beyond the Axe Body Spray promotion or will they fade away after the promotion is over?

Dammit, I was going to male a Jessie reference, but it was deemed "too misogynistic" and insensitive seeing that the kid who played Luke just died. Yes, Cameron Boyce who played Luke on Jessie passed away in his sleep. It's a sad event, seeing that he was so young... It must be a horrible thing to his parents... Having to bury a child is not part of the natural cycle. We bury our parents, not the opposite. My most heartfelt condolences to the family and friends.

What the Actual HELL!? I agree with Jaden Smith on Something!? We both have faith in Twilight Batman...
Holy crap! Hell has frozen over... if it did, send a little chill this way, Satan...

Jul 7, 2019

It came from the toy chest: White power... Ranger

Bandai Tommy:
What the actual
Hell!?
I know the White power joke is overused... but I am reviewing that white Power Ranger so I have to do the joke.
This is Hasbro's take on the White Tiger Power Ranger. I won't go on and on explaining Tommy Oliver do people because Jason David Frank is pretty much Power Rangers and this Ranger was played by Jason David Frank.
Hasbro Tommy:
Did you play with
Lord Zedd's
scepter?
Bandai Tommy:
Shut up Mini Me!

Articulation
The articulation on the White Ranger is pretty similar to what we've seen in most Marvel Legends he has butterfly doors so which not every Marvel Legend has and even the Bandai Power Rangers don't have that articulation point.
4.0

Paint and sculpt
Tommy Ace 100% new tooling and is closer to the show version than the idealized version made by Bandai. Sadly since it's our first time figure on the very first wave of a brand new line it has a bunch of Errors particularly in paint. There is lots of paint bleeding where the gold meets black areas particularly device or his torso armor Anna his boots. His sword Saba has an incorrect paint job on its face supposed to be white not silver and the sculpt is not entirely accurate.
3.5
Bandai Tommy:
Tell me, Saba,
Why can't I have
an alternate head like that?

Accessories
He has an extra pair of fists,an alternate Tommy head, his trusty dagger Saba, and the spark effect.
That's four more accessories than Bandai had.
I still feel like he's missing something.
4.5
Hasbro Tommy:
Time to sleep old timer!
Bandai Tommy:
Nefty doesn't own all
the Hasbro MMPR...
Hasbro Tommy:
He will, and we have Zedd...
And Goldar through Gamestop!

Overall 
Mr. Hasbro White Power Ranger gets a 4.0 as his final score. It's decent, but he could've been better. He's kinda compatible with ML... I see future reuse in the fan community for some head casts of the Ranger civilian  heads.
Parker's head is a little loose
But he looks cool!

Jul 6, 2019

It came from the Toy Chest: Oh my stars and garters

Fascinating! It's Beast... Hank McCoy, first class X-Man, Avenger, all around awesome Mutant, except when they turned him into a cat.
I forgot to take the MOC pic... m'bad!

Articulation
Beastess built almost like a toy Biz figure. I'd say he even Rivals Japanese figure since you're thick ulation department but with American Aesthetics.
Nearly everybody else you can think of Hank McCoy he can pull it off.
5.0

Paint and sculpt
Hasbro outdid themselves here. Beast sports brand new Eastsports brand new sculpt and it looks astonishing! The head wild accurate to the gym Lee Style it's not one of my liking it luckily with a little heat you can pop off the toy Biz Beast head and put it on the Hasbro figure.
It stays on 96% of the time. When you move the head around it dance to pop off because it was not made for this figure but most of the time it stays on.
But back on to the review the faith work on Beast is amazing and he's really great
5.0

Accessories 
Two extra for hands and the build a figure part. I know it didn't get more due to budget reasons but I can wish he had thought in a more Serene head like the ToyBiz one.
Also a second pair of hands particularly to Flat open hands for some acrobatic poses would have been great!
4.0

Overall 
Beast gets a 4.67 as his final score. The lack of hands really disfigured but other than that he's as closest perfect do I 6 in Beast figure we could get. I dare to say that he is the highlight of the wave

Jul 4, 2019

Odds and ends Murica's birfday, 2019...

And let us start with Disney's latest self bastardization... I'll give you a hint: Disney Renaissance.
The Little Mermaid, foo!
Well, the Untalented Melissa McCarthy will play Ursula...
Not bad, I'm not a fan of McCarthy, but it's a decent casting choice  Ariel...
Is now Black... because reasons. This pisses me off!

Whoa! Before we get into the Racism accusations, hear me out:
Look at the picture. It makes my argument quite simple:
Every previous adaptation has had the main characters resemble their cartoon counterparts as much as possible.
Except Ariel...

Where there no white, light haired (not necessarily red) girls that could do the role? This casting choice is pandering for faux "diversity". I'm guessing that neither  Tiana nor Pocahontas will be played by white girls. Because this "colorblind" casting will work in one direction...

If a character has a specidied appearance in the source material, then you MUST stick to the source material. Period. Race swapping is a lazy gimmick. Ms. Bailey might be a good actress/singer, but she's being used as a gimmick and that is shameful.

Rumors about GTA VI have surfaced... Vice Ciry, Liberty City "Cuba" and "Brazil" have surfaced as locations.
Think Narcos crossed with Scarface in a prequel that may fearure characters from IV, and V in the 70s-80s.
The rumor mentions Martin Madrazo as a character you can encounter.

I like the idea of drug running in the 70s-80s. Kinda reminds me of Scarface: The world is yours.

Jul 2, 2019

Souless reboot of Charlie's Angels males me miss McG...

Elizabeth Banks...

Yes, that Elizabeth Banks is directing this abomination... she also plays Bosley.

-wait, I thought Digimon Honsou played Bosley.

It's Djimon, and he ALSO plays Bosley...

-so it's a nod to the previous movies?

I dunno, maybe? But I can make it worse...

Sir Patrick Stewart told me to hold his Brandy after I asked him if he could do worse than being the poop emoji.

Also hashtag not my He-Man is in this...

It just looks bad... not worthy of mockery fueled ironic watching...

I'd rather have my urethra flushed with bear mace

Jul 1, 2019

Mario Maker 2 forsr impressions

I only played story mode because I forgot to get the online service... I shouldn't have gotten the game yet, but it was the last copy. I'll get the online later because...

Playing the troll levels sent to Dashie is hilarious and frustrating!
I don't care about Multi player and it's lag.

Like Dashie says: Without further ado, let's do this shi...

Super Mario Maker 2 is basically Super Mario maker on steroids. Well the amiibo costumes from Super Mario Maker one are gone there's tons of new stuff!

There is one negative thing I got to say about the game the maker part *feels* less intuitive than the first game. Despite all its flaws the Wii U was perfect for Super Mario Maker. The Nintendo Switch not so much.
I still got a lot to learn about that maker mode and I guess I'll have to do that tutorial that I skipped like a moron.

One of the new tricks that the game has is flipping levels upside down and I was unable to do it on TV mode because it was confusing the heck out of me so I have to use portable mode flip the switch upside down and remember the times I used to play Doom in high school using a PC with the directional keys on the right and the action buttons on the left. I'm not a WASD player.

I don't regret getting the game what I regret is not having the extra money to pay for the online services for a year and yes I know there's a 7-Day free trial. But yesterday was the only day I had like a little bit of free time to play the game; I'm not going to waste a 7-Day free trial when I'm not going to be able to play 6 out of 7 days.

Holy crap I just realized that I turned on my switch for the very first time in months can't wait for September's Awakening...

How is Square Enix going to pad out Midgar?

I guess that making all 8 sectors explorable (both upper plate and slums) would help. I'm guessing the ghost thingies that harass Aerith, might make a sidequest out of it. Oh no...

They might make Mako Reactor destruction missions...
In the original game Reactors 1 and 5 are destroyed, yet by the time SHINRA uses the Soster Ray against Diamond WEAPON, all 8 reactors are functional...

Will we have "dates" like the original had the Gold Saucer date?

Will we have a crappier version of the Gold Saucer arcade with Crazy Motorcycle Chase as a game and maybe a few generic games?

Will they introduce a Children's Card Game like Triple Triad to pad the game?

Any of the Crisis Core stuff? (Genesis, Angeal clones, reoetitive quests?)

Maybe Cloud will have some hallucinations involving Silver-haired Momma's Boy? We kinda saw that in the trailer... I mean unnecessary boss fight against Sephiroth to cement his place as bad guy. (We know that was actually his mom!)

How do you add 54 hours of gameplay to a 4 hour segment?

Jun 30, 2019

MOTU movie devious rumor: the rant

We heard a rumor about the movie being temporarily cancelled "due to script and budget issues". Rumor was later debunked.

I was preparing a rant about the rumor, speaking how out of touch with the source material SONY is and was gping to use Spider-Man 3 and the (not so) Amazing Spider-Man reboot... with the Aunt May movie, Sinister Six movie, and all the other Spidey-relates movies minus Spidey.

Now I have nothing... The movie is still happening, I fear EVERYTHIN ! Right now, I'm nearing "Zack Snyder attempts to male Superman" levels of fear. It's not "Paul Feig attempts to make Ghostbusters" level, but I'm afraid...

In fact, I was more than willing to believe the rumor just because it's better to have it canned than having a crappy movie out! I'm guessing that many others feel this way.


Jun 29, 2019

Batman vs TMNT: the review the rant

I saw jt, I kinda liked it, but didn't love it.
The Batman vs Shredder and the Batman vs the TMNT fights were cool, but nothing else REALLY wowed me.
It's loosely inspired on the first Batman/TMNT Crossover comics.

I REALLY wanted to like this: it has Batman and TMNT... two things I like and should mix well, but for some reason didn't.

There's a ton of references that made me chuckle, but references alone a movie does not make. I had a couple of issues with some of the choices... Why does Donatello's head look like a toe? Why is Bane a Cheetah? Why did they suddenly go full Fred Wolf series when they were going for a pseudo Mirage feeling?

Troy Baker is a much better Joker than he is Batman. Tara Strong as Harley... is very welcome, then again, I am a bit biased.

Shoot, am I getting grumpier with age?


My Adulthood seems to hate classic JRPGs

I remember back in High School, when I could easily pick up a JRPG on Friday afternoon and by late night Sunday,  I was halfway there... (Wo-hoa! Living on a prayer!)  And by the next weekend, the final boss  down... in some cases, I only needed a single weekend *cough*FFVII*cough*

Nowadays, it feels like a ginormic chore to raise 3 levels for a character, just to pass a low tier boss. Adulthood has sucked the joy of mundane repetitive tasks and the grinding of traditional JRPGs, for some reason feels bothersome.

I still have FFX+FFX-2 Unopened for PS3... I'm dreading returning to Spira... I still haven't finished FFXIII...
IIRC, I'm still on Junon or Costa del Sol on the PC Port of VII... I even dread restarting Xenogears,  since levelling up in that game can be tedious.

What the hell happened?

Did Rockstar corrupt me with their open world games? Was it the High speed internet that pulled me away from slower paced experiences? Am I becoming dumb and no longer can appreciate the intricate nuances of turn based combat?

I'll blame the reduced amount of free time that I have, which forces me to seek more instant gratification...

Jun 28, 2019

It came from the toy chest: Mutant Mallrat is not a vampire!

I am talking about the Mutant that sounds a lot like Claire Redfield, Jubilation Lee, better known as Jubilee...
Yes, I KNOW I reviewed Vampire Jubilee... but now I have the Real Jubilee... (still waiting for my Entertainment Earth Jubilee and Beast to show up...) My brother found her in the wild and got her for me. He too wants to see the Animated Team come to life. He literally said, and I quote:
"Cabrón, para que completes el equipo de los muñequitos."
Roughly translates to: Dude, so you can complete the toon team." Technically speaking what I gave you it's more of an interpretation than a direct translation because context.
The literal translation would be:
Cuckold, for you to complete the team of the little dolls. Which spunds like a bit of Engrish.

So Jubilee Mallrat with the mutant power of sparkles and 90s stereotype... she also hangs around cool X-Men and not so cool X-Men... of course I mean Cyclops everybody knows that Cyclops is not cool!

Articulation:
Despite having plenty of new parts Jubilee's articulation behaves exactly like most normal figures. The only difference is her left hand... it's hinge can allow you to make her wave her hand Byebye!
4.5

Paint and sculpt:
The normal head on my Jubilee has a slight issue with her lips. Some red paint bleed. Barely noticeable, but I see it!
Both heads have a slight derp face due to the eyes. Other then that she's flawless. Or as close to a Flawless representation of 90s Jubilee would be.
4.5

Accessories:
BAF piece
Extra head
Glasses (×2 for some reason)

The one thing that bothers me is no sparkles. This is Jubilee she's supposed to come with the sparkles!
4.5 because she lacks sparkles.

Overall:
4.5 is the final score for Jubilee. She would have read it would've been higher if she had gotten at least one glob of sparkles or even a recycled Dazzler effect.
But all that's left is Storm to complete the animated series team...

Jun 27, 2019

I'm disappointed with Wendigo Wave Cannonball... a rant

It's official he has no legs. This limits the possibility of options for him a huge lot. Just like there is not a powered off version of Human Torch or Iceman just a name a few characters that could use a powered off variant. I know most people either have them standing straight or in an action pose display. I used to have most of my Marvel Legends something closer to the latter.

 But Cannonball's case is an unique one because he's literally blasting up from the floor upwards. There is no flight stand to have him flying off and multiple directions. Even if you use a third-party flight stand the tail end of his blast effect would be flat in order to stand on the floor. So he's this display options are very limited. At least with Professor X you can remove the flight stand knock the chair down and have a look as if Xavier had been knocked out of the chair.

But the worst part of it all is that the blasting lower half looks a lot smaller than it should if he had actual legs.

So he would be a perfect candidate for a revisit. Hell, a Shatterstar lower Torso could be repainted for him and it would be passable.

 Wait, this gives me an idea... an entire wave based on "Powered down" versions of charcters.
No, this is not a "Secret Identity" Wave.

So here's what I'm thinking:
The BAF would be Pyotr Nikolayevich Rasputin... in Flesh body, not the Colossus form. Classic Outfit preferably.
The wave would be a General Marvel Legends wave, just like the ToyBiz days, but the theme is powered down looks.

Cannonball, would be the first figure and he would have 3 accessories:
2 that snap on his legs, like Hydroman and a removable  one for his waist to simulate his blasting off effect (at an earlier point than the Wendigo figure) due to his accessories, he'd come with an arm.

Next, Johnny Storm:
Repaint a normal body in F4 colors with a new Johnny head with no flames on it, add a clip-on flame for the back and 2 flamed on hands. A second Flaming head. Have him come with a leg.

Third figure here would be Banner:
I've described Banner already, so I'll be brief. Normal head, angry head with a slight greenish hue. Extra fists with greenish hue. Have him come with the torso.

4th Figure would be Eddie Brock:
Give him a half-Eddie, half-Venom head, an accessory similar to the plug in tendrils on Carnage's back. Toss in the other leg.

5th Figure would be Cletus Kasady:
Same thing as Brock, but with Carnage stuff. Give him the final arm.

6th figure would be Iceman:
Similar to Johnny Storm, but with Ice. He'd come with 2 BAF heads: normal and mid-transformation.

7th and final figure of the wave is Quick Change Spider-Man:
I KNOW! I said: No "Secret Identity" figures.
But a filler is needed and he's perfect filler. He'd have Mid Transformation Colossus fists.  And 2 extra heads for Spidey: Spider-Sense head with the squiggly lines and the Half Peter, Half Spidey head.

ALF and Dog hate Haley Joel Osment's necrosight...

Normally, I would make an odds and ends to talk about this, but this hit me a bit too close to home.
I have been rewatching ALF recently and I noticed something: As an adult I sympathize a lot with Willie than with ALF. Not to mention that this was one of the few shows I used to watch with my Dad... Back when we got along and didn't metaphorically try to kill each other. So knowing that the Tanner Patriarch passed away kind of Hit me hard.

Beth Chapman's passing is another blow, but this one is related to Mom... Back when her condition was at its worse, she spent a lot of time in bed watching A&E... and since I'm talking about Beth Chapman, you can guess what was her favorite show...

But she watched the show ironically... and loved to parody the show. Many timea I caught her with her shirt stuffed with oversized pillows making Beth impressions. She also made Dog impressions, but this is about Beth, not Dog.

So, both deaths were a blow to me, because they reminded me of better times, that I will never be able to return to.

So, Max Wright, passed away due to complications with Lymphoma. My condolences to the family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Beth Chapman passed away due to cancer complications.
My condolences to the family and friends. She will be missed...

I hope that their families can reach the point where the pain of their loss becomes bearable.

Jun 26, 2019

It came from the toy chest: Back in Blegh!

Symbiote Spidey's recent look is blegh!
To be fair the spider design is decent but the eyes are what ruined it for me. I hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate hate the eyes!

And the stupidity in red and black is basically Norman Osborn with a symbiote. It looks stupid okay, and it lacks a glider. How do you make a goblin without a glider?

I'm not going to bother in reviewing Norman. All I'm going to say is that he's basically a Carnage buck with a tail and a stupid looking face! Tail limits posability and did I mention it looks stupid?
Yes, it's a JoJo pose.


Articulation:
Since it uses the standard Spider-Man body the articulation is similar to previous Spider-Man figures. He passes my Spider-Man articulation test but I still wish he had articulated bootcut.
4.0

Paint and sculpt:
Based on the images I've seen online of this new version of the Symbiote outfit the accuracy is pretty good. There are no sloppy areas on my figure that I could notice.
4.5

Accessories:
Extra pair of hands, Kingpin heads.
4.5

Overall;
Symbiote Spider-Man  (stupid version) gets a 4.33 as his final score. I got to be honest here I just got him and red Goblin just to complete the Kingpin build-a-figure same thing with Night Thrasher and Black Cat. Ugh, those stupid eyes!

Jun 24, 2019

Top items we'll never see in MOTUC.

With Mattel taking over MOTU and heading in a completely different direction from Classics, and the deal with Super7 ending most likely before the movie; we can say that MOTUC is dead... or very close to death. (Super7's lack of interest in doing anything beyond Filmation, the tangled rights issues on She-Ra don't help the situation) since I have ranters block and I most DEFINITELY don't want to talk about the notion that Steven Seagal was almost Batman 1989.

So without further ado, Top things I would've liked to see in MOTUC: (in no specific order, not counting the Club Grayskull sub-line. Full classics style items here, even if they came from Filmation.)

1: Classicized Eternos Palace:
The third Most important zone in Eternia. Visually It should be based on the Filmation cartoon  (Classicized) since it's the most iconic version.

2:Land Shark:
My favorite Evil Vehicle. It would've looked sweet updatwd to today's standrards.

3: Spirit:
Adam has Cringer, He-Man has Battlecat She-Ra has Swift Wind, when Adora has Jack shit. Also Swift Wind is freaking expensive in the secondary Market. I simply cannot buy a second one to make Spirit.

4:Meteorbs:
Because Stonedar, Rokkon, and Granita need beastly companions.

5:Whispering Woods:
The main base of The Great Rebellion what's shown as a future playset that never materialized in the original line. Personally I would prefer a more Filmation inspired take on the Whispering Woods. Taking the elements of the proposed toy playset but sculpting it to be more in line with the Filmation design of the zone.

6: Etherian Fright Zone:
By the name you can probably guess that this is basically a Filmation Fright Zone. In a MATTEL-INSPIRED move, the play features inside could be recycled ideas from previous playsets. (Throme and Trapdoor being from Grayskull)

7:Eternian Slime Pit and Fright Zone Ruins:
Yes I'm combining both vintage Mattel mini playsets to make something a bit more substantial.

8: Dragon Walker:
It's mean it's green it's a slow ass Dragon machine! But it's a beloved vehicle, so I want it!

9:Etherian Rebel Josh:
This is Netflix House of rants! Of course Etherian Rebel Josh, Melaktha  or Songster will make an appearance in a Masters of the Universe want List!

10:Melaktha:
The grumpy archaeologist was the original black guy Masters of the Universe even before clamp champ soul yeah I do want him represented in plastic. I've  already stated why I want him, so I won't go into detail.

11: Songster:
The spoony bard completes my Trinity of oddball wants.

12: The Remaining New Adventures of He-Man characters:
I could pad out the list going one by one, but I put all the Meteorbs in one spot, so same thing here.

13: Crystal Castle:
While this one would be more of a backdrop piece than a Playset; it is a key place on Etherian Lore. I would combine the Vintage Toy with Filmation's Spire on top of the Toy playset.

14: 200X variants of key characters:
Revisiting certain folks isn't a bad thing. This allows us that.

15: Lt. Andra:
One of the few original characters from the Marvel Comics Iteration of Masters of the Universe. She has been in cameos in Classics continuity.

16:Army Builders: The Snakemen could use some beefing up in ranks besides "Bert and Ernie". Here is where they can go wild with designs that theoretically need no new parts. Skelcons could getva revisit without the Roton.  Maybe the Horde could get the 200X knights.

17:More Weapon Paks:
Self explanatory.

18: Return of Mini dioramas:
Castle Grayskull, for example is missing the dungeon grate, the Triangular weapon rack, etc.

19: 200X  Battle Ram Chariot;
Seems that Skeletor could use a Royal Vehicle and Panthor ain't it.

20: Scrollos:
He's the Uatu of MOTU, of course I want him...

21: The 3 Towers of Eternia:
I didn't forget them. I just wanted to end with the logistically impossible set!

While I wouldn't be able to buy them all, I would've wanted to see all this before the end... Hopefully, SDCC will proe me wrong.

Jun 23, 2019

Odds and ends June 23 2019: Toy Story, The Grinch, and other stuff...

I recently got praised by Cam Clarke for having some random trivia knowledge! Yes, Cam Clarke, as in

Yes, Spike, as in Classic Simba's non-Matthew Broderick voice...
Cam Clarke posted a picture of Jimmy Flinders, Quinton Flynn, and Sean Barker.
The combination of these three Voice Actors brings Metal Gear Solid series to the minds of fans. But those three have worked together before MGS...



Secret Wars had Clarke playing Reed Richards, Flynn playing Jonathan Storm (or course), and Hayter playing Steve Rogers. (David Hayter playing yet another supersoldier?)
I pointed it out and got props from my favorite Male VA...
So, I'm giddy!

Toy Story 4 was Good, but unnecessary. It's a VERY OBVIOUS Cashgrab... but it has a soul. It kinda feels like a rehash of Toy Story 1-3 fused into one movie.
The Woody and Forky dynamic is an echo of Woody and Buzz's own dynamic in the first Toy Story. Woody's conflict with Bo Peep echoes his struggle with Jessie in Toy Story 2. Gabby Gabby was an echo of Lotso from Toy Story 3.

Don't get me wrong it was a good movie... it was enjoyable fun but not necessary. Personally I would have ended the Saga on 3. Also, I didn't realize Duke Caboom was Keanu Reeves... not even the "whoa" uttered in a scene made me recognize him...

So, I saw The Grinch animated movie with the guy who plays Dr. Strange... it was forgettable... Better than the Jim Carrey version, but with more filler than Naruto.  Also what's the deal with giving the Grinch a tragic backstory? Meh! Stick to the Original one... the one where the Grinch pissed on Tony the Tiger's Frosted Flakes...


The singer is the voice of Tony the Tiger...

Speaking of voice acting... which has been the common thread here. The Netflix redub of Evangelion has gotten a lot of negative criticism. Not only they chabged the voices, but the context of the words spoken... Kaworu no longer wants to stick his longinus spear in Shinji... They changed Shinji's catchphrase... while it's closer to the Japanese phrase, "Don't run away!"  Doesn't have the same ring to it as " I MUSN'T run away!"
The voices are attempting to sound similar to the originals, but they feel OFF!
And the biggest offender?

This is gone...

Jun 21, 2019

MGA guy claims Mattel is going the way of Toys R Us...

While the MGA guy is a massive asshole, he's not completely wrong here. This is the part where Scott and his followers will say: "See, Nefty hates Mattel!"
I say to thee Nay...
I hate Mattel's business practices, constant corner cutting, their quarter assing of things that leads to consumer dissatisfaction. I want Masters of the Universe to thrive...
Hell, I want a revival of Street Sharks! Or Mighty Max...
But, Magic 8-ball is where it's at!

That's the thing with Mattel. They're out of touch...

So out of touch that I'm making a Hall and Oates reference. All jokes aside, even Neitlich himself has implied that Mattel is VERY out of touch with the consumer market. Seriously, Ed Boon has dropped not so subtle hints about wanting to make a MOTU Game. What did Mattel do? Stick their fingers up their butts, twiddle them around before pulling them out and sniffing them.

Then again, we know how well their Brand Synergies work...

3 DC Comics series with MOTU crossovers, Mattel did jacl squat in the toy department... and the worst part is that Mattel had the licenses to make toys of ALL THE PARTS INVOLVED in each crossover.

We also cannot ignore the fact that Mattel lost the license to the Disney princesses and DC Toys. We also have the massive legal battle that they lost against MGA for the Bratz.

Mattel is On Deadly Ground. They have had a couple of hard losses and they're currently betting on MOTU to succeed. Since they're working with SONY Pictures,  2 indie directors, the writer of MIB international and Transformers The Last Knight... the Magic 8-ball might say that the outcome doesn't look too good.

MGA dude has a huge ax to grind with Mattel... to the point that he attempted a hostile takeover then back out of it after calling out Mattel's failures as a company.
He is doing it in order to see Mattel fail and for him to pick up brands he can use at lower prices.

It's funny... Mattel pioneered the Multimedia juggernaut in the 80s, now he's trailing behind... badly! They need to step up and embrace new media... especially Videogames in order to appeal to newer generations... otherwise, they'll be forgotten, like Matt Mason, or the Original Matty
before he became a douche.

Jun 20, 2019

Action figure dildos...

There are dildos, vibrators, fleshlights, and other assorted sex toys for action figures...  Are you thinking what I'm thinking?


Damn you, Spike!! I was thinking about that...
But back to reality: There are sex toys made for 1/12 action figures... and 1/6 dolls... it gives me devious ideas for action figure pics...

Yes, I bought the accessory pack... Funny story... I was looking for some Target NECA TMNT packs, but since my previous eBay searches involved the Queen's Blade figures, the eBay algorithm decided that action figure dildos was a recommendation worthy of my time.
Which brings me to my next part... Should I review them? (Meaning I would have to add an Adult Content section, or a little sister blog... that would call the House of Rants "Onii-chan") or should I save them for cameos in other reviews? Censored, of course... but when you see Beastman hugging a big black bar, you'll know he's holding a 1/6 dong.

Originally, this post was going to be about Mattel's ass backwards ways taking them the route of Toys R Us... then I saw the actual action figure dildos... the rest is history.

Bad FFVIIRemake news... operation Save Tifa from Corneo will be nerfed.

Nomura caved in to the people who agree with the whiner of Sarkeesia... Operation Rescue Tifa from Corneo is nerfed "to appeal to modern sensitivity".

This will probably mean that the Cloud will no longer be gangbanged in the hot tub. Of course people are dismissing this like it's no big deal it's not part of the main story, but it is...  since it allows you to obtain some of the best accessories for the disguise, you kind of need to have Cloud be The Chosen One by Corneo. They'll probably just eliminate the gangbang part and just make it like weird groping. It makes me wonder what will happen to the WuTai side quest since Corneo tries to marry a 16 year old girl.

Tifa's breasts, Wall market Mission, possibly wutai mission what else will they censor to appease whiners who don't play the games? I'm guessing Scarlett of Shinra will get censored as well... what about the whole Hojo's implied zoophilia?

This censorship all it does is watering down the original ;changing the context and it's borderline insulting.

It's how N-word Jim and I-word Joe became Jm and Joe in the Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn books.
I'm refraining to use the actual terms since they are considered "offensive" and I don't want to get my blog flagged for "hate speech"... by perennial offended slacktivists. The context in which those descriptors are used on the characters, is that's so sad. Then was really racist and that offensive language was common in white people, including our protagonists.

The same thing applies to those controversial scenes in Final Fantasy 7. We have a male protagonist that is raped... but he blocks the memory and pushes forward to save his friend, all part of Cloud's self. His constant denial of reality and using the Zack facade as means to cope with his flaws amd weaknesses. This event is never referenced again, but it fits with how Cloud's broken personality deals with traumatic events deals with traumatic events (Nibelheim, the escape, etc.) Those events are there proverbial chinks in Cloud's armor. Toning them down does a disservice to the story.

Jun 18, 2019

Noah Centineo is earning my respect.

I am not a fan of Noah Centineo as He-Man.  But he recently started gaining weight and muscle mass to have a more imposing physique and he's talked about the great responsibility of the role and how he's been practicing it hard to get He-Man right. So for that I got to be thankful that he's taking the role seriously.

This does not mean that the movie will not suck because we still have Sony to deal with. And based on their previous attempts and they for that leaked we can say that they're far more clueless than Mattel regarding He-Man.

I mean look at Tobey Man 3 and Amazing Spider-Douche 2. Sony's interference ruined those movies. And I'm not going to open the can of worms that is and I'm not going to open the kennel worms that is answer the call.

We still need more info on the movie likes a who will play Skeletor who else will be in it how will they do He-Man because as much as Mr. Centineo has bulked up he still looks Adam like not He-Man like.

My expectations for this will be pretty low, but Mr. Centineo is giving me a glimmer of hope.

Mattel FINALLY releases Noelle Stevenson's pop cultural appropriations of She-Ra dolls

But they are SDCC EXCLUSIVE... THAT are only available at SDCC. Can't go to the con, you are SOL...
These MAY find their eventual retail release, but it's still a massive dick move to release these as SDCC exclusive and not make them available to everyone...

No, Hell hasn't frozen over. I still think the show is a massive turd, an abomination to all that is She-Ra made by Tumblrtard hipsters that don't know how to She-Ra... with that said, this just goes to show once again how out of touch Mattel is with everything. These will be released in less than a month before Season 3 out of the rumored 4 seasons. Pretty late to release toys for a series, don't you think? And by the time these reach retail, we might be on the wait for the rumored final season. But Mattel's got to Mattel I guess...

Jun 17, 2019

How to force Osborn into the MCU

Allegedly, Sony will add Norman Osborn to the Spider-Man movies. There's some rumor that at the end of Far From Home in a post credit scene Ann Osborne associate will begin Gathering villains for the new Sinister Six. Shocker, Vulture, Mysterio, and (rumored) Chameleon will be part of this team and the leader, Osborn has bought Stark Tower.

Personally I find this stupid. While  Norman is a giant douche he shouldn't start as THE Villain. I would have him as a philanthropist and businessman who sees an opportunity in the wake of the end of many Avengers. He buys start start in order to reverse engineer some of Iron Man's tech...  since  some of Stark's technology is part of the actual building it makes sense that some of it was left behind. While his companies working to improve the life of New York and their citizens; Norman is secretly trying to remake The Avengers In His Image.

 Through illegal means he obtains  genetic samples from certain Avengers: Hulk, Cap, and Black Panther come to mind. Somehow he is able to create a serum that combines the abilities of all three. In a fit of rage, Harry, Norman's son, hacks the data on the new Super Soldier serum and increases the Gamma Radiation needed to an unsafe range.

Norman tests the formula on himself, loses control, Hulks out, causes a massive explosion on Osborn tower killing many, and wounding an Otto Octavius from the Tech division. Norman learns to control his Hulk form rather easily (it's not Ultimate Goblin big... Think of it closer to Scrawny Steve Rogers became Chris Evans buff, but Gamma green, more goblin-looking with flowing purple hair.) and decides to use his Goblin persona to eliminate the competition (the Avengers) to pave the way for his Private Superhuman Military Company, The Thunderbolts. Norman chooses to test his abilities against the youngest Avenger, Spider-Man.

To tackle the design, I'd to go for a more traditional Goblin inspiration even if it's based on Ultimate Goblin. The long flowing hair that I mentioned earlier is a compromise to get the goblin cap look without having it be a Goblin cap. His main outfit would be a sort of special compression undergarment, that can resist the effects of the transformation without tearing Norman's clothes off.
Made from a reverse engineered piece of Black Panther's kinetic armor, it can absorb kinetic energy, which can be released as stun blasts, or fireballs that resemble flaming jack o' lanterns while in his hands.

The Glider is a modified set of Vulture wings with holographic projectors that make it look like a bat out of Hell.  (Possibly Mysterio tech)

Norman's personality: I already mentioned that he's a douche. Think of him as a much, MUCH less likable twisted version of Tony Stark. He has an axe to grind with Stark Industries, SHIELD, and others. Heck, I would've established Norman like this:

Oscorp unveiling their new HQ at the former Avengers tower,  where Norman is making a speech about Oscorp becoming a new beacon of hope for humanity, to which a reporter asks if he's trying to be the next Tony Stark...
Norman replies:
"I'll be the FIRST me, not the next Tony Stark, thank you VEEEERY Much!" In order to establish his massive douchiness.

Once he becomes the Goblin, he would create a threat that his Thunderbolts can stop in order to fleece cities... trying to consolidate power as both Norman and The Goblin.

Why I believe Daniel Radcliffe is perfect for Logan

Yes THAT Daniel Radcliffe...
He would make a decent MCU Logan...
I know he's British or sonething and Not Canadian...
Last Wolverine was an Oversized Australian dancer and you didn't complain...
"But he's too short!"
Bitch, please! WOLVERINE is like 5'3"... Dan Radcliffe is 5'7"... he's closer in size to Wolverine than Jackman ever was.
Sure, Radcliffe would have to get a superhero physique by bulking up a bit AND He's close to 30, so he could remain doing Marvel movies for 10 years before quitting.

People are asking for Tom Hardy, Momoa or Keanu, who are both too tall or too old to stick around for to years...

The only two guys I've heard that are NOT Dan Radcliffe for Logan that could work are Scott Eastwood  (who is too tall for my tastes) and Zac Efron... who is slightly older and shorter than Radcliffe, but as we saw on Baywatch
Even I'm starting to doubt on my Idea of Radcliffe as Wolverine...
And before you ask, the You're a Mutant, Logan! Quote inspired by You're a Wizard, Harry hadn't crossed my mind till now.
Well, shit! Looks like I might have been swayed by High School Musical as Wolverine...

Jun 16, 2019

Arcade 1up REALLY wants my money...

Do you know Arcade 1up? They make arcade cabinets for home use, so you can feel a bit nostalgic about the 80s and 90s...
They have made a Street Fighter 2 cabinet, Rampage, Galaga, Pacman, Centipede, Mortal Kombat, Final Fight... among others.
Basically, I need to hit the Powerball, buy a bigger house with a basement to convert into Nefty's arcade, the place where responsibilities go to die...

They are releasing 2 cabinets with games that I have pumped enough quarters into them to possibly buy 3 Arcade 1up cabinets... What are the games, you ask?
Both Konami TMNT Arcade games in Cabinet 1... TMNT and TMNT TIT.
Cabinet 2 has 3 Capcom Games:
Punisher
X-Men: Children of the Atom
Marvel Superheroes

Hell, I'm having Braces phantom pain...
Holy crap!!  This is like a dream come true!!

But wait! There's more!

Star Wars Atari Arcade cabinet... while I'm not a huge Star Wars Atari Arcade fan, the fact that they're recreating the real arcade tech, not emulaion, is exciting. It's likely that it's not going to be cheap, but worth it for the SW fans.
The head to head cocktail styled cabinets seem interesting!



Jun 15, 2019

It came from the Toy Chest: Big fat Caillou...

Doesn't he look like a big fat Caillou? By he, I mean, the Kingpin.
Yes, I finally completed the Kingpin wave... got a Night Thrasher for under $10.
So for those of you who don't know the Kingpin is none other than Wilson Fisk, a spice Trader, who moonligjts as THE #1 Mobster in the 616 universe. Face has made a couple of enemies most notably Spider-Man, Punisher and Daredevil. So, now that we Freed Willie, let's get it on!
Articulation
Tubby is very poseable. It's not Spider-Man levels of posability, but he actually can move and be posed in various awesome Kingpin like poses.
4.0

Paint and sculpt:
I used to think that that toy Biz Kingpin was really good. This Kingpin makes that Kingpin look like crap. But being really honest it's more obvious that this figure was intended to be a Shadow King repurposed into a Kingpin than vice versa.
5.0

Accessories:
Cane
Alternate head
A pair of extra hands would have been nice like one with a grid to hold another figure by the neck would have been cool or both or both closed fist hand so we could have a boxing Kingpin to fight  Daredevil. I mean the cane is a mandatory accessory for Kingpin,because you wouldn't do a Norman Osborn Goblin figure without a glider. How stupid would that be?
4.0

Overall:
Kingpin gets a 4.33 as his final score. He was close to Perfection but he needed a little bit of oomph! The satisfied now is that I have to get another Kingpin wave to make a Shadow King.


Jun 12, 2019

MOTU Origins: second thoughts

After a good night's sleep... or morning in my case, I took a second look at the MOTU oranges Adam and He-Man...
They still stink and I don't like them. Before you ask no this isn't related to the death of Classics; I just simply don't like these guys.
I don't mind that they are 5 and 1/2 inch scale. In fact I think that's a pretty smart move for my tell if they're going for a mass retail toy line for kids... the problem is that the line isn't end for kids but for 30 to 40-somethings that are fans of the original toy line. It's kind of nice that they can fit with the old play sets and toys, but I do have a few issues.
My main beef is the faux vintageness of them. They look off and that breaks the illusion.
-The extra heads and hands make these a lot less child friendly than the originals.
-Price point... Funko's faux vintage MOTU styled toys are usually $10. Super7's faux vintage Filmation toys are $20... These have extra hands and heads... How much will Mattel charge for these? I'm guessing they're going to be in the $20 range which makes them ridiculously expensive.  (IF Mattel doesn't get greedy)

Personally speaking they could have stayed five and a half inch but gone in a different style Direction.
Shrunken down Classics with a bit less articulation  would've been a million times better than this bad vintage imitation... ( I can't believe this is made by The Four Horsemen) maybe the art style of the mini Masters but in five and a half inch scale would have been even better than what we got.  Or keep the same bodies they have now while fixing the elbow and wrist articulation. While adding vintage-inspired heads but made for modern times. Like the vintage toy Oo-Larr head from classics.

It's He-Man! I'm supposed to like this by default but, it looks like shit! To those who like them well good for you enjoy but I'm not getting these. Unless they make 200X stuff in this style... That could tempt me.