Or how can Mattel make us Doubledip on a Playset.
Jul 29, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Thanks to Todd McFarlane. This is good from a certain point of view. If it brings more DC products to the table, that's good... Problem is that Todd McFarlane's heavily involved. Why do I say that? Todd relies on the Bat shaped Crutch too much. His DC Multiverse line could be called Batmam Multiverse and the releases wouldn't be any different.
I'm assuming that this deal is basically letting McFarlane Toys continue the lines that DC Collectibles was managing. I wonder if he'll do quirky stuff like the canceled Lucha line, or if he'll just do old school McFarlane DC statues... You gotta admit that a McFarlane old school statue of Poison Ivy with a flower base would look badass, or a Manbat, or a Solomon Grundy... or a Superman vs Doomsday statue... now THAT would be badass and 100% guano free.
I may not be the target audience but I know that they have made some interesting toys. I DID buy the DCC Diggle, Arrow and Deathstroke... and the highly disappointing Batman, Aquaman, and Superman figures with 80s articulation... and the Arkham Catwoman that I reviewed a little while ago.
Jul 27, 2021
Sadly, Mattel hasn't gotten with the times in this area. Usually Mattel properties get shovelware games (Barbie and Hot Wheels being the biggest recipients). The least bad games were the Dreamcast Max Steel game and the 2005 MOTU Euro exclusive PS2 game, which is supposedly a sequel to the dreadful GBA game. Both games weren't great, but had potential. My guess is that this is mostly due to Mattel not wanting, willing to spend too much money on a medium they can't fully grasp.
This is detrimental to them because Hasbro has been able to keep Transformers afloat with the movies, animated series, and videogames, which has led to toy sales. The sad part is that they kinda get it when it involves Hot Wheels.
I'll admit that it doesn't look THAT great, but it's being developed by Milestone, a company that specializes in racing games. So in theory, THIS TIME, Mattel is trying. But I feel that as always, they're a bit behind.
They should be doing a He-Man game... sorry 2 He-Man games. One for fans of Classic styled Barbarian He-Man and one for the new CGI ugly hi-tech look for He-Man. Game genre? A Western RPG with some inspiration from Witcher, Zelda BOTW would be a nice game, but that project would be too cost-prohibitive to Cheapskate Mattel. Even the barely a mobile game Tappers of Grayskull is no more.
The simplest solution is a fighting game. This was mentioned before back when there were rumors about Ed Boon from NRS wanting He-Man in Injustice 2. I've mentioned that a Soulcalibur clone could work. An old school 2D platformer could work, kinda like the first cellphone game. Hell, even an arcade Beat em' up like the upcoming TMNT game COULD work well for MOTU. Hell, a Beat em' up could work as a "prequel" to Revelation... or a side story. By the time Mattel figures it out, He-Man will be nothing but a memory.
If Mattel wants to keep their brands relevant, they need to have some synergy and strike when the iron is hot. Right now the iron is starting to cool down.
According to Kevin Smith, He-Man eats pussy. He's not a selfish lover like a certain Bruce Wayne. I could make a joke about Battfleck being a Buttman since he's dating J-Lo again, but gotta keep this He-Man related. Also, He-Man is not dead, just wounded and he will fight Skelegod. Or so said Kevin Smith. I'm guessing these "accidental spoilers" are Smith trying to force Netflix to release part 2 sooner...
There is a rumor going on that Netflix is working on a live-action adaptation of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I don't know how credible Giant Freaking Robot is, but they're claiming that Netflix is working on a Live Action series.
Story it's really hard of finding the right balance between familiar and new. We saw how split the fanbase is with Revelation. A few people hated it but those who love it are lumping those who have a few issues with the series, with people who were predetermined to hate it without giving it a chance. It would be weird having an origin story without key characters and having some later down the line filler characters. In order for the series to work, the story would have to take the serialized Tokusatsu approach. (Power Rangers for the uncultured swines) to be the main storyline while a whole season arc is built on the background. That way the Skeletor v. HE-MAN battles don't get stale.
I'm not hating on this. I'm just hesitant necause there are so many ways this can go wrong...
Jul 24, 2021
I'm riding the Revelation Gravy train before it runs out... probably next week I'll take a few days off due to IRL issues, car troubles, and other things and won't be returning to post until August... or maybe sooner. It depends on how I feel after the break. Or if some crazy announcement is dropped on my lap.
PART 2 of Revelation will still be Teela Centric, so y'all can forget about Adam making a comeback and recovering the protagonist role.
Jul 23, 2021
Now that I've seen it, slept on it and rewatched, let me gather my thoughts.
The show was pretty good. It didn't show that the people behind it had a modicum of understanding of the brand at least tempted to be respectful to the source material. Was it perfect? No.
Still binging, but feeling ripped off. Adam FINALLY shows up and is just to bury Dobby... I mean Orko. Adam hands over his half sword and is like bitches, GTFO, I'm dead in the past! You wanna get home, you have to join the Wild Hunt... calm your 🍌 🐅 🍌 🐯
|Breadless Winderbread He-Man|
The wild Hunt is basically an excuse to Showcase King Grayskull's might. Not to mention all the references: Wun-Dar, Vikor, Kodok Ungol... there were a few others that I couldn't ID. Meanwhile, Andra, Roboto, and He-Ro we're working on reforging the swords. Mossman and King Grayskull give Adam some advice... Adam ignores the advice and after Roboto dies, Adam leaves essentially MOTU Valhalla and returns home. Before everything changes.
The scary Scareglow episode... Candyman as Scareglow is a neat touch. But the episode was kinda weak... it has He-Man Naruto Running.
So, the party enters Subternia and Scareglow does his Freddy Krueger thing. He also tries to pull a Mephisto but, everyone faces their fears and Teela taps into her destiny magic and defeats Scareglow... for now. The team reunites and Scareglow returns. Orko activates his trap card and removes Scareglow and himself from the equation. Not gonna lie, I cried like a bitch.
Merman doesn't sound like he's gargling.... that's weird. The flashbacks feel like a cop-out in order to say that they have He-Man in all episodes when the show is literally focusing on Teela. So far it has been pretty decent, barring Teela acting like Buffy. I had my few Teela is gay jokes because of the imagery that can be twisted into Teela being gay.
So, Yeela, Evil Lyn and Andra are on a quest for Duncan, who now lives like a hobo and we're gonna see how much of a badass he is since Pope Tri-Klops has entered the scene. Oh, Trap Jaw isn't dead. I forgot to mention that Tri-Klops cultists look like Horde Wraiths.
Beastman joins the party and it seems Duncan has a mysterious dying friend. If I were a gambling man, I'd say the friend is Orko.
Karenla wants to speak with the manager: We got the time jump and now Teela is a generic mercenary/bounty hunter who does generic RPG sidequests for NPCs... She faced Stinkor who is voiced by Jay... Yes, THAT Jay, and he also happens to not sound like Jason Mewes reading a script. Teela receives a sidequest from totally NOT Evil Lyn to infiltrate Snake Mountain to steal a chalice. Duuude! Blast Attak is here! And Tri-Klops is the pope of a technomancy cult... and Screeech's a part of it? Huh?
|They touched hands AndLa ship confirmed|
Teela held her less experienced partner's hand... Lesbians confirmed!!! That was sarcasm... Blast Attak stopped from going suicide bomber, but did Andra just kill Trap Jaw? Also, Did Andra just culturally appropriate Shurikens?
Teela and Andra escape by angering the tentacle monster in Snake Mountain... I'd make a joke about tentacle monster, but it only went for the dudes.
The tentacle monster is progressive. This is turning into a play by play, isn't it?
Where to start? It didn't suck. It basically sets up the series by basically ending it. As Teela is ascended to man-at-arms, Skeletor infiltrates Castle Grayskull using the shaping staff. The forces of good go to the fender Grayskull where He-Man faces Skeletor for the last time.
|I had to nearly sell my soul to get this one.|
Mossman, played by Alan Oppenheimer is killed by Skeletor with an epic burn both literally and figuratively. Mossman is burnt down and Skeletor jokes about the pine scent. Yes they are various fourth-wall-breaking references about the universe, so in other words metareferences. These were hit-or-miss but most of them were hits.
Honestly the weakest element of this episode and possibly the series in general is Sarah Michelle Gellar's performance as Teela. It's not because she's a bad actress, but she sounds too much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Yes I'm aware she played Buffy for many years and that's the problem. In movies with well-known actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger you keep calling the character Arnie instead of the name of the character. Same thing happens with Stallone, Van Damme,Pie Fucker, The Rock, Fran Drescher, etc. Personally I think that Teela should've been played by an unknown actress just to avoid the typecast association that one unconsciously does when actors are put in a box.
I won't be able to do play by plays because Netflix is being a bit bitchy about screenshots. So once I finish an episode I will just make a small rant with my thoughts. So far this isn't a Noelle Stevenson's bastardization of She-Ra type of bad show, but we still have 4 more episodes to go.
Jul 22, 2021
Yes, I heard the rumors. No, not going to watch the video where Kevin Smith accidentally drops a Revelation... where Orko well... you can guess what happens.
Many people see Orko as the annoying childish character like Crappy Doo or Snarf! (The last one is ironic, since Snarf is the grumpy adult, while LION-O is literally the annoying childish character) more often than not these "fans" want to get rid of Orko by any means necessary. Yes his conception wants to be a character kids could identify with and act as a bridge between the show and the audience. At the same time he has a very tragic backstory. Lost In a Strange New World, where he cannot properly function. To put things in perspective. Imagine being a professional basketball player back home and in this new world you can't even dribble a ball without hitting someone in the audience. That's Orko. In Trolla he was a pampered Wunderkind that had an enormous magical potential. Now he's a barely functional mage that can only function as a very bad jester.
A mature take on Orko is to use his backstory and have him cope with being "the only one of his kind" trapped in an alien world. Going from highly skilled to a bad joke, because the laws of physics behave differently in this dimension than they do in Trolla. Part of Orko's child-like nature is because Eternian experiences are brand new to him.
Oh yes, I did! I mentioned having Orko cope with his inability to even do the simplest of spells and maybe having him relearn "how to walk" would be a nice way to have Orko grow as a character. My fear is that Orko is used to make an example of "How mature we are" by metaphorically killing the character by making him act completely out of character, like being the Ultimate Evil... or bybactually Killing Orko just to showcase the "High stakes"... or to make him a "Dobby".
This is my third red flag... NOW I'M REALLY starting to worry. I'll get back to you after the first episode...
Seriously, what the fuck!? Why is it that actors from reboots always have to talk trash about the original show in order to promote their current gig? First we had Marcus Scribner voice actor of the Wannabe-Bow talking crap about the original She-Ra... Now the Second Buffy does the same to Teela.
Jul 21, 2021
I know we had a Mouser with Baxter Stockman.
It's simple, easy, and we would be suckers for it. What I'm about to suggest is even crazier.
Remember the Cobra BAT for the Ultimates? Yes, the one with the pieces to make a battle damaged version? So, you can see what I'm getting at.
In addition to the standard bucket of Mousers, Super7 should release a set of "Ultimate Mousers"
The recent America Chavez: Made in the USA is retconning the Interdimensional Space Lesbian Origin story for her. Now she's an Earthling, suffering from a terminal disease and exposed to an unorthodox treatment. This treatment gave her Superpowers. Her Latina Mothers died in an attempt to save her and the Interdimensional Space Lesbian angle was something America made up to deal with her trauma. Right now her Latina status is guaranteed. Now we need to find out WHICH Latin American nationality applies to her. Are her biological parents Puerto Rican, Mexican, Peruvian, Uruguayan, etc? (They're highly unlikely to be Argentinean)
Jul 20, 2021
Just by showing TMNT Stuff... they showed a lot of stuff for lines that I don't give a damn about (Aliens, Chucky, Gremlins) lines that I kinda care about, but not all in (BTTF, Defenders of the Earth) Demona and Thailog from Gargoyles... but the best stuff was TMNT.
Bad news first: Seems that Irma is part of a 4 pack with Cat April, YET ANOTHER VERNON and Burne...
|Why another Vernon? The 50 shades head will|
be great with Ratirma.
There was another cartoon duo shown... Groundchuck and Dirtbag. Dirtbag will be able to split at the waist to have him digging.
They are looking pretty good. Wonder how will Super7 top these? I only had Groundchuck as a kid, so teasing me with the duo is a pain... due to the Target not shipping to Puerto Rico bullshit.
Never mind... This will be a hard act for Super7 to follow. CARTOON TOKKA AND RAHZAR... Mot only we got the movie versions, now we get the Toon versions and probably soon a TiT repaint.
Casey Jones 2.0, SOTO Shredder, and A THIRD Super Shredder!?
The figure looks sweet... but it sucks that we have to buy another Casey.
They're BABIES!! And it's exciting to know that we are getting closer to complete SOTO... and all we need is Keno, a Paige Turco April, Vanilla Ice, and a Tatsu... if someone could contact Obata Toshihiro in order to get this figure made...
This looks like a more Playmates inspired version. I still haven't opened my Shadow Master version and I don't think I'll get this one... but I could change my mind.
Jul 18, 2021
While Scareglow is a cool exclusive, it feels like a dick move to punish customers with an exclusive like him. So, here's some alternative ideas for Masterverse Exclusives:
Deluxe Figure: Evolution of He-Man:
Jul 17, 2021
Due to COVID-19, SDCC is virtual for the second year. Toy companies have scrambled to have some exclusives on their sites.
I have mixed feelings with Loki. It wasn't bad, but the Final Episode was the one that ruined the series for me.
Not even Twilight Sparkle making an Applejack impression could save the series for me.
I didn't LOVE the series. I enjoyed Hiddleston's Dynamic with Owen Wilson far more than Sofia Di Martino and Hiddleston. (I blame the woll they won't they self-cest angle) I'm gonna blame the series being 6 episodes only with Episode 5 being the best of them all. Classic Loki rules and Reptilian Loki is cool too!
Jul 16, 2021
The mystery of Cobra Commander's missing hooded head is *kinda* solved.
Jul 15, 2021
Jul 14, 2021
Attempted endangerment of children and diseminating matter harmful to juveniles, yet all you got was 2 years of probation and 200 hours of community service... just because you're a celebrity. THIS is why the Justice System is messed up. Had this been John Q. Public, he would've gotten a couple of years in jail with the general population and runors about him being a chomo spread through prison.
Dude got off lightly. We all know the reason: he has money... I recall he had moved to Mexico and changed his name to Drake Campana... NOW it all makes sense. He was trying to flee the US for being an abusive asshole and now a possible chomo. It stinks that affluence can make nonsense of the regulations... but at least we have the memes
And let me just toss a Pato Campana song because I need something to close this rant other than a Drake Bell meme...
I knew Dan Schneider was fucked up, but I didn't expect that his creepiness would spread to the kids he worked with... but his light charges are missing something: Therapy. I know that people prefer harsh punishments for this behavior. I agree with that, but if he's getting such a wimpy sentence, we should include Therapy just for the sake of doing everything possible to remove those abberrant urges or at least decrease them to the point that he can function in normal society.
Based on Kara's zit, Kal-El climaxing would be like an Oozinator with the power of a rocket launcher!!
Hulk Smash?Inquiring minds want to know. Hopefully Jenn gave birth in She-Hulk mode, otherwise Gamma babies make Jenn go Boom!
Jul 12, 2021
Tomorrow, we're getting Jurassic World reveals from Mattel. Hopefully these include the 6-inch Amber collection line that has been mostly populated by the original Jurassic Park cast. I believe only Crisp Rat has been the only non-JP character to be made for the Amber collection line.
I honestly don't care for anyone outside the cast of the original book. Maybe I'd get a Sarah Harding and Kelly Malcolm but that's a big maybe.
Jul 11, 2021
This is on preparation or anticipation for the Second Season of The Witcher on Netflix. The update is free so you won't have to Toss a coin to your Witcher...
My guess is that it'll be just skins. Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, maybe Triss, and Dandelion (Jaskier) would be the ones with the Netflix skins. I don't think a free DLC would replace Doug Cockle's voice with Henry Cavill's.
Maybe, if we're SUPER LUCKY, it could include a couple of sidequests, like random events or contracts. I wonder if this update is related to the whole CDPR working with modders for an alleged Witcher 3 Update.
I guess this will soon be a reality...
I prefer the 🍌 🐅 version, but Lelele isn't that bad... I just discovered that I lacked a Witcher tag.
This is not a complaint per se. It's cool that Super7 is doing some cool toylines, but the problem is that they're doing to many lines with large rosters. TMNT, Thundercats, GI Joe, Power Rangers, then there's Disney which is multiple lines in one. Wrestlers, musicians, etc.
With their delays and limited license tine, this could be bad news for some later longer lines. (At least Silverhawks isn't THAT big)
Jul 10, 2021
Made by Paramount And Hasbro to promote the new Snake Eyes movie. It looks like a Robot Chicken sketch with kids ignoring the GI Joe Classified figures that are trying to give them PSAs... that is until they reach Snake Eyes. Then it becomes a promo for the movie.
The reason it looks like a Robot Chicken sketch is because the Robot Chicken guys are the ones that did it.
I still believe the movie will suck, because they're completely changing everything that made Snake Eyes special and turned it into a racist clichéd ninja story... because only Asians can be Martial Arts Masters. Snake Eyes is supposed to be an American Ninja whose skill was only rivaled by the one we know as Arashikage... STORM SHADOW!! No, really Arashi Kage means Storm Shadow... that would be like Puerto Rican Merenguero (and mile high wanker) Elvis Crespo calling himself Curly.
But back to Snake Eyes. He's the outsider who doesn't speak. Vow of silence or lost his voice in an accident... depends on the continuity. He also doesn't take away his mask in front of others. This movie completely ignores those Staples things about snake eyes and tosses continuity out the window. It's almost like having a He-Man series where Adams doesn't transform using the sword and Teela knows his secret identity from the start.
I honestly don't know if I'm going to watch snake eyes... at the cinemas, or if I'll wait for the DVD.
It seems like the Partly Metal, Partly Real bird themed Space Cops are getting a reboot... The Nacelle Company, whom I only know for some documentaries, namely The Toys that Made Us is apparently in charge of this reboot. I believe they also worked on a Bob Saget comedy album... am I afraid? Of course I am! We're talking Current year reboot of an 80s property.