Jul 29, 2011

Felt the Magic, Heard the Roar!

Thundercats are loose!
WARNING!! There may be Spoilers!! Spoilers of a new cartoon that is a reboot of an 80s toon... So some of them have been known for 20+ years!!

The Premiere of the New Thundercats was Today and I saw it.
All I have to say is WOW! I'm gonna keep on watching this show (as long as Cartoon Network does not play Schedule Roulette like they did with another 80s property rebooted about 10 years ago...)

A quick peek at Nu-T-Cats... I think I've posted this video before, but posting it next to the MOTU reboot, that I have not done.
Which brings me to my first point: This new series has a MOTU-Esque vibe...
-Lion-O is the "Slacker Prince/Disappointment to his father" character... If you're thinking about a Pink vested prince or his maroon jacket 200X counterpart you win a no prize...
-Snarf suffered the 200X Cringer treatment as well.
-Cheetara reminds me a lot of Teela.
-"Thundera" is pretty much Eternos...

Unlike MOTU, this show got a tad dark from the beginning:
-Mufasa-O... I mean Claudus, and Jaga kicked the bucket in the First Episode... Why did I call Claudus Mufasa-O? Cause his Death kinda reminds me of Simbadam Begins... I mean the sctript by Justin Marks for the MOTU movie... (which thank goodness was scrapped). Jaga still dies a noble death, but this one was more badass!

I'm NOT Happy with two things:
TAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIILSSSSSSS! on the Thunderkittens and Pikasnarf!
Other than that I'm cool with the show...

Things that made me go wild:
- Claudus being voiced by the Original Lion-O!
- Lynx-O cameo!
-Mumm-Ra's reveal!

It seems that this is a continuation, rather than a TRUE reboot to the Thundercats... Only future episodes will tell... Or maybe the creators on an interview...
I'm eliminating any social activity on Friday nights just to watch the Thundercats! HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

Jul 24, 2011

Matty's SDCC 2011 MOTU Madness!! Pt.II

Man! That's a lot of stuff to rant about Like I said in Pt.I:
Let's start with Icarius: That's Flipshot's Euro-Name... Used cause NERF has a TM on Flipshot... (Mattel tends to lose their TMs... See Battle Fist back in 2002...)
ICARIUS - Daring Space Ace
Real Name: TC Icarius Kaz

A great pilot from the cloud city of Leviton on Planet Primus, Icarius is equipped and ready to ‘flip’ into battle at a moment’s notice. After his 18th birthday, he left home to join the Galactic Protectors. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant, Icarius travelled with Captain Hydron on his quest to find the legendary twin warriors prophesied to defeat the Evil Horde Empire. Arriving on the distant planet Eternia shortly after the end of the Second Ultimate Battleground, they recruited not only He-Man and She-Ra but several other members of the Masters of the Universe who were eager to pursue Skeletor to the stars. Nicknamed “Flipshot” Icarius utilizes a battle helmet, back-mounted jet pack and concussion grenade wrist rockets in battle against Skeletor and his new Space Mutant army.

OK, let me get this straight: He-Man, She-Ra AND OTHER HEROIC WARRIORS Leave Eternia to fight in The Tri Solar Galaxy!? Kinda sounds cool, but it defeats the whole purpose of He-Man going alone to a new world to fight... Especially since the old Toyline only had He-Man and Skeletor as returning characters... Unless this is NA Third Strike... Wonder how many Evil Warriors Followed him to "The Stars"... I'm sure Evil Lyn did not... (More on that later.)
Vissually Flipshot looks awesome! Can't see that many reused parts (which is good) It looks like his helmet has a flippable visor.

Snout Spout: I hate this guy! I think I haven't stressed this enough! I *Expletive deleted* HATE! Snout Spout!! He has the dopey Sad elephant face from the Vintage figure, but slightly less dopey... That's good. Looks like his trunk may be bendy... That's kinda good... He has his Axe and Backpack... That's good...

SNOUT SPOUT - Heroic Water Blasting Firefighter

A peasant from Etheria, Jaxton was one of three athletes abducted by Hordak and cast into his experimentation matrix. There, like the others, Jaxton was grafted with cybernetic parts giving him both amazing powers and a bizarre form. After crossing through a Lasergate to Eternia with the Evil Horde, Snout Spout escaped and joined with the renegade Masters of the Universe. Self-conscious about his appearance, and called "Snout Spout" for his abilities to blast water from his cybernetic trunk, Jaxton often feels that everyone is always laughing at him. But when the Snake Men slither out and enemies attack, Snout Spout blasts them back with a super jetspray!

Looks like Extendar and Dragstor (a drag racing car inspired character... not the other type of Dragstor) are the other 2 athletes. Snout Spout has self hating issues! LOL
Him and Mekaneck will form my Loser Squad... not sure which one I should add to that team: Stratos or Buzz-Off...

Bubble Power She-Ra: This is the famous She-Ra 2.0 with Horse Riding Abilities... OMG!!!

BUBBLE POWER SHE-RA - Most Powerful Woman in the Universe
REAL NAME: Adora of the House of Randor

After crossing over from Etheria to Eternia with the help of Light Hope, She-Ra joined forces with her brother and the Masters of the Universe, who were caught in a four-way war with the Snake Men, Skeletor, and Hordak. She used her cloned sword to harmonize with and channel the Power of Grayskull to form new arms and armor in the midst of battle. Her Bubble Power Armor greatly enhances She-Ra's stamina and allows her to funnel great fumes of energy at her foes. She remained on Eternia to fight off evil until both she and He-Man were called to the stars to fulfill their destiny, traveling to the Tri-Solar System to end the oppression of the Horde Empire.
Not too fond of having BOTH Twins fighting on Primus while leaving Eternia unguarded... but figurewise She's SMOKING!! Horse riding powers and the capability to make my Ultimate She-Ra is as Charlie Sheen would say: Bi-Winning! Sadly I will have to gut y She-Ra 1.0 so my 2.0 will have horse riding powers!! (I'll make 1.0 BP while 2.0 is my default She-Ra...)

Swift Wind: Mattel lied... That ain't Royal Swift Wind... (kiss my dreams of Original toy Swift Wind good bye!) That's Filmation/Proto Swift Wind!! Still confused on the leg Articulation... looks a tad odd. Sadly he looks like there is no Spirit Mode... (Probably I'll have to buy him on Matteh on another day)

SWIFTWIND - Beautiful Horse, Spirit, Becomes Magical Flying Unicorn

A magical steed from Etheria, Spirit served Adora during her time as Force Captain of the Horde Army. Loyal to Adora, not the Horde, Spirit stayed with her after Adora learned of her true heritage and joined the Great Rebellion. Enhanced by Adora's newly acquired Sword of Protection, Spirit was transformed into She-Ra's flying mount, Swiftwind, heroically carrying the Princess of Power into battle. Swiftwind remained with She-Ra, traveling with her from Etheria to Eternia to join with the renegade Masters of the Universe in the continued fight against Hordak and his armies.
Bio is pretty Vanilla... Nothing to discuss here...

Battleground Evil Lyn: Really Matty, Really?
What happened to her being More than just a repaint? Extra head that she should have had since her first release in April 2010? A Crappy Catra Left hand? A Cape? That's just a half-assed attempt at spicing up a repaint... Dear Mattel: The whole point of requesting a 200X Evil Lyn in MOTUC was the COMPLETELY DIFFERENT LOOK THAT SHE HAS COMPARED TO HER VINTAGE FIGURE!! Had Her armor looked more like the one from The Faceless One, I would be extremely excited about her... Right now I am SO disappointed in her.

BATTLEGROUND EVIL-LYN - Evil Witch of Eternia
REAL NAME: Evelyn Morgan Powers

Cast aside by her secret husband after his transformation, Evil-Lyn sent their infant son into the future and plotted to overthrow Skeletor by releasing his enemies from their dimensional prisons. In a series of miscalculations, she helped free the Snake Men, Hordak, and Gygor, increasing her adversaries threefold! After Randor and Miro returned from Despondos, the Three Towers rose and Evil-Lyn found herself again allied with Skeletor during the Second Ultimate Battleground. At the end, defeated and stripped of her powers by the new Sorceress of Grayskull, Evil-Lyn used the Cosmic Keyy and the power of the Central Tower to return to the future to find a new life with her long lost child the son of Skeletor!

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat? Evil Lyn married Keldor and had a CHILD!? Then she sent him to the Future? Is this a theme in the Powers Family? The not so Faceless one did the same thing with Evelyn... Now she does that with her kid!?
I want a Son of Skeletor figure...

Demo-Man: To be honest, I'm not THAT impressed with him. I thought he'd be more furry or something... I'm more excited about the Alcala Skeletor head than anything Else...

Here we go, the last bio of 2011:

DEMO-MAN - Evil Spirit of Despondos
Real name: Uqquz Zekul-Mshqx

Realising his pupil Keldor had no intention of releasing him from Despondos, Hordak merged him with an extra-dimensional being called Demo-Man. While this saved Keldor's life, it also drove him temporarily insane and convinced him to open a portal to Despondos and lead what he thought were "his people" into Eternia. Hordak intended to use this ruse as a means to escape once the portal was opened, but the new merged being "Skeletor" was quickly defeated by Oo-Larr, the Jungle He-Man, and Hordak remained trapped. Soon after, with the help of Evil-Lyn, Skeletor gained control of the powerful spirit inside him, increasing his abilities ten-fold. He was now the true Overlord of Evil and one of the most dangerous men on Eternia!
My few complaints about this bio:
WTF is that name? Also it suffers from Bow's Bio Syndrome... First Sentence is about Demo-Man, the rest is Skeletor Bio 2.0... I must add Demo-Man is NOT GAY!

Now unto the 2012 figures:
Star Sisters 3 pack: Incredibly stoked about them... Love some concept characters and Princess of Power... So this combines two things I like... It's gonna hurt the wallet a bit (Sorceress is coming that month) Sadly they lost the action features... Hey Look! Glory Bird has a new stand!!

Sorceress: The Chicken Lady Finally arrives in MOTUC!! I'm so excited I'm so excited! I'm gonna have a ball then! Confused why the blue is on the inside of her wings and the lack of shading in her white feathers... Other than that THIS is the second MOTS Exciting figure in the line for me!

Fearless Photog: Mr. Bitner's childhood dream is finally a reality: Fearless Photog is here...
I'm kind of OK with him, but at the same time I don't feel him... I think it's the black halves that make him seem odd... Bare calves... no boots or anything Probably will be reused on Oo-Larr!

Fisto: The Man with the big Right Hand shows up in MOTUC... HE brings GREAT NEWS!! The 200X Headban seems to be OVER! He has a 200X Head, 200X extra belt with pouch, his 200X BUSTER SWORD! (and a vintage head and vintage Tri-Klops sword...)

Kobra Khan: He brings 2 heads!! One with Opened hood, one with Closed hood... (Who's going to display him with his closed hood?) He has his Lizard friend from 200X his gun is no longer Zodac's gun. New Torso, new Loincloth, new abs, and new shin armor (The shin Armor could be used for a true Vintage Skeletor...)

Thunder Punch He-Man: HOLY CRAP! That Figure is so freaking SWEET!! His sword reminds me of a Jolly Rancher, He's got a Blast Cap RING!! HOLY CRAP!! This is the most bonerriffic announcement of ALL SDCC... Crew Sorceress, Shadow Weaver, etc... TP He-Man is where the excitement lies!!

Draego Man: Looks cool, but un-MOTU-like... Yes I know he reuses Whiplash's tail, King Hssss's Arms, Legs, He-Ro shin Armor and Hordak Feet, His Armor looks BA-ish, He has a Preternian Loincloth, but he looks un-MOTU-like... Love his Sword!!

Shadow Weaver: OK, Ignoring the fact that Mattel made her a Sub Exclusive, she's an OK Fig... She Obviously loses Articulation cause of her Dress. (also she looks grossly underdetailed, due to being Filmation)

Matty's SDCC 2011 MOTU Madness!! Pt.I

Where to begin!! It was ABSOLUTELY CRAZY!!
The cat is out of the bag: THEY DO HAVE Filmation rights... We deduced this a long while ago when Herr Neitlich would NOT directly deny the Filmation issue whenever he was asked... There's a buttload of toys coming... Guess what that means: YES Shadow Weaver is coming... As the Club Eternia 2012 Exclusive... 
Not a good thing... basically a screw you to fans.

I should also talk about the Create a Character Contest. No 100% Sculpts, must be with a ton of parts reuse... Void in Puerto Rico and everywhere else outside the US...
VOID in PUERTO RICO... You SonofaSmurf!
OK: Here's the Line up: -Icarius (Formerly known as Flipshot) He's from New Adventures! -Bubble Power She-Ra with Horse Riding Abilities! -Battleground Evil Lyn: The So-Called 200X Variant of Evil Lyn that was supposed to be more than a Repaint...
-Snout Spout: I've always hated him (personal reasons, and not fond of the character) but he looks cool... That Clamp is entering Clamp Champ territory...) -Swift Wind: She-Ra's HORSEY!! He-Man can Ride his Kitty Cat, then She-Ra needs her Horsey... -Demo-Man: I suppose Skeletor is the Full Version-Man... Check out the Alacala style Skeletor head...
-Star Sisters 3 Pack: Oh Holy Crap! The legendary 3 (No, not Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres... Uno Dos Tres... Mind blown) I'm talking about the 3 PoP figures that never made it into toys in the 80s... -Sorceress: Do I need to say anything about FREAKING SORCERESS!?
-Fisto: Glad the 200X head ban is dead... I'm making mine into 200X Fisto with all the 200X pieces included... -Kobra Khan: Does not spit water... Looks like he's awesome...
-ThunderPunch He-Man: @#$% YEAH! This is THE Vintage Figure that I've been waiting for a MOTUC makeover... (After Beastman) -Shadow Weaver: Neitlich says that the 2012 sub exclusive is 'being nice' and not trying to screw over people... More like bullying people into buying the Sub!
-The Fearless Photog: It took over 20 years, but Nathan Bitner (The winner of the 80s Create a Character Contest) Finally got HIS TOY!!
-Draego Man: A 4H Original contribution to Masters of The Universe to celebrate 30 years of Power!!  (Note: The Snout Spout image is a link to DCUniverse's Nekron) I musn't forget but check out the Mini Masters:  They look cool but sadly, the link is dead... On Pt.II I shall go in a more elaborate rant for the reveals (and discuss their bios...)

Jul 21, 2011

Let Our Producers Combine!

Our World is in danger. Gaia the Spirit of the Earth can no longer stand the destruction plaguing our Planet... Just picture this being said by LeVar Burton...

Or even better yet, I should just post the damned Youtube Link(a)...
WHY this Captain Planet Post? They're ACTUALLY MAKING A LIVE ACTION FILM!!
Yes, Don Murphy is going to combine his powers with Ted Turner in order to get the Film going...
I fear the worst...
Just woke up to read this Eco-Nightmare! (PLEASE pick Moises Arias as Ma-Ti!)

Jul 17, 2011

GRRR! I hate that Dr. Manhattan rip-off!!

Street Fighter IV is a really cool game! A combination of great graphics, awesome voice acting and BGM, awesome gameplay, but it only has ONE HUGE flaw: The Final Boss, Seth!

Doctor Manhattan with a Yin-Yang belly makes me so angry! HE IS the most unoriginal character ever...
-He reeks of Urien/Gill of SF III

-Aside from his Super moves and Ultra move, he rips off other characters' moves...
-Is awfully cheap... almost SNK Boss cheap! On Round one 8 out of 10 times he lets you win, making you feel over confident. On Round 2 he spams his teleport and if you're in the air you'll get Shoryuken'd. If you're far away he'll draw you towards him with a sucking move... if he doesn't teleport close enough to get you in his Spinning Piledriver. GRRRRRR!!! So far I've only beat the game with Ryu... (after 52 losses against Seth... Still can't believe how I won...)
I know that battling the Final Boss should require some skill, but the Boss should be BEATABLE without having to make me curse more than a Sailor...

Jul 13, 2011

Hey What the!? Robber turned Sex-Slave!?

From Russia with Love... Dude tries to rob a hair salon, gets his ass kicked by a girl and is forced to be a sex slave for 3 days. Or so he claims. She on the other hand claims that she did kick his ass and had sex with him, but she also gave him new jeans and 1,000 roubles ($35.7)
Holy Pulp Fiction Batman!

I bet that Wheeler would like to re-enact that news story...

History Channel's Spokesperson has become Hometownless Hitler now has lost his "honorary citizenship from his own hometown... Yes he was evil, and he created the VW Beetle... but he's been dead for over half a century.

For some reason I keep thinking that Charlton Heston would oppose to this...
A Monkey Marriage ceremony...

What else can I say It's a freaking Monkey Wedding!!

Jul 9, 2011

It Came from the Toy Chest: With Less clothes and a dye job!

Blonde Bikini Teela from the DC Comics version of Masters of The Universe has made it into the MOTUC line! Now she is called: Battleground Teela and she's Teela: The Sorceress' apprentice.
She wear that while going to the Eternian Polar Ice cap... Either she is tough or stupid...
Well here she is!

Notice something strange? Underboob Bikini Teela has bent one of her "metal" cups with her boobs of "steel"!
Let me get that fixed...
Ok now that I've fixed that Here's what we got... An incredibly lightweight figure with two cool looking accessories!
Now I'll get unto the scoring pat of the review and blah blah blah 1= bad 5 = good...

She's got a different body than the average MOTUC Female... More on that on the paint and sculpt section. This new body brings some differences in Articulation.
She has a REAL waist twist! Due to the naked Torso she doesn't have the underboob articulation that other female figs have... There is no Ab Crunch. (I think I'm the only person who enjoys female figs with Ab crunch...)
She also lost the "weird thigh rotating pseudo ball joint" that Fem buck 1.0 has.

Paint and Sculpt:
The Horsemen did a great job on this 2.0 body Teela's face resembles the previous Teela while looking a tad Older... (Is it just me or does she look like she's bored and was wishing she was somewhere else... kinda like Kristen Stewart...)
Paintwise She's too hard to screw up. Minimal paint applied where needed. Not too fond of the Reddish hints in her hair... Looks a tad sloppy... (I'll probably paint her hair in a reddish brown color...) For some reason her arms and hands are a tad gummy, not Catra hand cummy, but almost there...

She's got a Sword and a Blaster inspired by the DC Comic. The sword looks a lot fatter than her comic counter part and her gun looks larger than her comic book counterpart... I should dock some points for being inaccurate. On the other hand the sword is so elegant with it's simplicity that it makes Teela's normal sword look too fancy/elaborate... CRAP! I just shot down my pro-200X argument!
Her gun is designed for her right hand. She can use it in her left hand, but on her right hand fits better (due to a notch for her thumb...)

Overall: 3.83
She's a pretty good figure, but personally she's not Teela for me... Unlike most of you I will have her as The Goddess (with Teela's extra Snake head) while I'll repaint her hair with a reddish color for Normal Teela... So she looks like an Adult version of 200X Teela minus the Anime Hyper detail... Need to figure out how to make removable shoulderpads...

Jul 8, 2011

It came from the Toy Chest: Mattel Lies!!

Wondering why I said Mattel lies?
Look at the toy that I'm reviewing... LOOK AT HIS FACE!!
Now look at his name... See my Point?
Now that I got that Out of My System Let's begin the review of Mr. Powers...
Ooh Behave! Sorry I had to get that out of my system...
The Faceless One. At first glance he looks like he has a buttload of new parts... Well he does have some new stuff like his cape and loincloth.
I need to point out that the cape is made out of 3 pieces. The central cape/Armor and the shoulder pads. Probably made this way to allow some more range of Articulation.
The Loincloth is like Marzo's... (Segmented to avoid hindering the Articulation.) It's very soft...
Speaking of soft stuff.. His Left Hand is Almost Catra Soft. I think it's a warped Marzo Hand... cause Marzo can't hold the Ram Stone like the "Faceless" One. He Has his head which is new (and with a face) and a Repaint of the Havok staff...

Now unto the scoring part of the Review: As always 1 = Crap and 5 = Awesome!
He's Got the Standard MOTUC Articulation (No big surprise there) When Wearing his cape his upper body articulation is limited a bit... 4.0
Paint and Sculpt:
WHY OH WHY DOES HE HAVE A Face!? He kinda looks like Destro!
The cape is nicely sculpted... "Classicizing" the 200X look of the character while adapting to the
Classics style... Paintwise he's OK, No real signs of slop or anything... Not too fond of the paint job. His hood looks Purple instead of Black and his eyes are gray. Looks like His head and hood will hit the paint soon... 4.0
He's got a Ram Stone and a Havok Staff...
Honestly I HATE The Havok Staff... The glowy effect looks better in pics than in real life. Also it kinda makes it hard for me to display 2 Havok staffs! (says the guy with a rainbow of power swords in his display.) Oh so this is what the "200X" Evil Lyn weapons are for...

The Ram Stone is super neat! 3.5

Overall 3.83
He's not a bad figure, but he's just not that WOW inducing... The only Wow inducing factor is that we knew he was coming in May 2011 back in 2009... He got delayed one month...

Jul 5, 2011

Thunder Thunder Thuder Thundercats Hooooooly crap!

July 29th on Cartoon Network a 1-hour Series Premiere... Here's about 8-9 minutes of it...
Holy crap! It looks awesome!

Jul 4, 2011

GI Joe characters that I'd like to see in the Sequel

The GI Joe Sequel is getting Roadblock, Flint and Lady Jaye... 3 Characters that I am completely stoked about... Since those 3 are in here's a list of the 10 GI Joe characters that I want to see in the sequel:

-Shipwreck: He's my favorite Joe. If he's in he'll probably be the comedic sidekick, who happens to be a freaking Navy SEAL!!

-Tomax and Xamot: These Cobra Crimson Guard Twins are in as one character since they do EVERYTHING Together... And I would love to have them finishing off each others sentences on the big Screen.

-Lt. Falcon: He's been so different in various continuities but I hope they keep the Womanizing screw up persona from the old toon...
-Dr. Mindbender: He was briefly mentioned in the past movie, but I want more of the doctor especially if it leads to...
-Serpentor: The Charismatic Cobra Messiah which could be the Figurehead of Cobra while the Commander is in prison (as in the end of the previous movie)
-Firefly: The Cobra Saboteur is perfect for the sequel.his uniform is Joe-like and can be used to damage the Joes reputation as well as to cause some damage in the name of Cobra.
-SnowJob: Shipwreck, SnowJob... two terrain specific Joes? See where I'm going with this? I want Snow Job Partnering up with Shipwreck in the DESERT!! Does it make sense? No? well Yo Joe!
-Lifeline: The Pacifist Joe! Or an excuse to have an Aikido prtacticioner that is NOT Steven Seagal.
-Sgt. Slaughter: DO I need to explain why? It's freaking Sgt. Slaughter!!