Mar 31, 2023

Tommy Wiseau is back...

 In the director seat with hos newest film: Big Shark...

Yes, this is Tommy Wiseau's newest film and I don't know what to think... I mean, we know that at best it's a B-Movie that feels like a crappy Sharknado knock-off. The problem is that I don't know if Wiseau is going to be making it intentionally cringy, campy and crappy while claiming it's always been a horror comedy from the get go, or if like The Room, he's seriously attempting to make a horror movie and ends up being unintentionally cringy and campy.  If it's the latter, it would make for a better movie. But if he's making it bad on purpose, then it defeats the whole charm that his previous movie had. The Room was bad due to Wiseau bing inexperienced and unwilling to compromise, because he was the star, director, writer, producer, etc. Now after having multiple appearances in movies and shows, Wiseau is back with this campy horror movie... 

I swear if there isn't at least one of these lines in the movie I'm gonna scream:
"Oh hi shark!"
"It's tearing me apart, Lisa!"
(Taunting the shark) "Cheep, cheep cheep, cheep!"
"Don't touch me motherfucker!"

If they all make it in that's how I know that Tommy Wiseau was being purposely cringe.

Mar 29, 2023

It came from the Toy Chest: His will may be of steel, but his right shoulder is made of crap.


I am talking about my Super7 Ultimates Silverhawks Steelwill, who unfortunately broke at the right shoulder while arm swapping. One of the Steel twins, with his sister coming late, because reasons.
The breakage. I had to pull out the peg from the arm.

Unlike Bluegrass, will has some issues in the torso. The joint is useless and only by tweaking the head and legs one can get a decent flying poses. At least he doesn't have loose joints.

Paint and sculpt 
Will has a decent paint job on him. The sculpting does a great job of capturing the cartoon version of the character and translating it into a three-dimensional form.

2 extra heads
8 extra hands
2 wing it arms
2 laser blasts
Screamer blaster with 2 tips
Steamer blaser with effect
2 stronghold
He has plenty of accessories...
I had to heat up the wing it arms to remove the shoulders and put them on the normal arms. It was a happy accidentt, but the problem is that I can't be heating up the arms each time I want to swap.

Steelwill would've gotten a 4.33 as his final score if he hadn't broken on me. I must discount a whole point for breakage due to his arm being stubborn. It sucks that I have to get a new Steelwill in order to use both arms... so his new score is 3.33

It came from the Toy Chest: This Cowboy will teach me about Uranus


Tally ho! Super7 got me a birthday gift... that I paid for... and it's Bluegrass from Silverhawks. The only silverhawk who can't fly on his own... that isn't Commander Stargeezer. He's the pilot of the possibly $600-ish Maraj, that I won't buy because of logistics.
Sometimes you can hear pictures...
This one sounds like this

Mixed bag here. He has a decent amount of articulation for a Super7 figure, but some of his articulation is garbage. Diaphragm joint I'm looking at you. It barely moves a little bit of a Twist and a little bit side to side but no forward or backward movement. His elbows are ridiculously loose and this causes him to drop items. On the other hand his legs are incredibly tight and makes posing somewhat difficult.

Paint and sculpt:
Right out of the bag I had some paint chipping on his right elbow and I just noticed that his left shoulder lost some paint as well then the back of the knees also lost something damn it. While the paint disappoints the sculpting makes up for it. The faces look really great and the body feels like a 3D representation of the cartoon character.
Yipeekayay or something...

2 extra heads
11 extra hands
1 handkerchief 
1 hat
2 lariat
2 energy effects
1 Hot Licks
3 versions of Sideman (at rest, in-flight, Guitar mode)
2 straps for the guitars
Another tribute to the show.

Bluegrass gets a 4.33 as his final score. I'm disappointed with the articulation and paint issues on the figure. But other than that, he's OK... not $55 OK, but sadly, the only ones making Silverhawks is Super7. Hopefully Steelwill is better than this... *update* Steelwill broke after trying to swap his arms. 
Despite his glaring issues, he has the potential to be a great figure... it's a shame that at least my figure is not "perfect"... but it's Better than Steelwill...
Bluegrass will look great dueling Melodia... but she's still MIA...
He's got enough stuff to be a super kickass figure, but the loose joints and chipping paint are an issue...
Bluegrass: I just found Melodia's OnlyFans...

Mar 27, 2023

Yet Another Bishie Rat King rant: RATS!!

 Looking for 1:10 or 1:12 scaled rats has been a huge pain in the ass. Saw some suitable candidates on eBay, but alas, they don't send stuff to Puerto Rico... saw some other rats and I bought them...


These seem to be more of a 1:6 scale than 1:10...

Posing next to NECA Rat King and my Custom Toon Shredder. For scale, I added the ninja rat and the unmutated turtles from the Mouser figure pack. Funny thing is that these were the "smallest rats" that the vendor had. "They fit with WWE toys" they told me. If these rats are in scale with WWE figures, what in Jose Canseco juice are those rats drinking?
These rats are too big for the Mousers...
There's my justification for them. Rat King Mutated those rats as a defense against Mousers!!

I'll be using those rats as failed experiments from a tainted batch of retromutagen. This brings me to my next point: 3 rats? Rat King needs a Freaking Army of rats!!
So, here's an idea for a Rat King themed Accessory pack:

Like 9 more rats to boost up his rat Army... 
12 rats is a reasonable number, so these 9 new rats and his existing 3 would make up for 12 rats. Of course we need some new poses, like rats in their normal 4 legged stance, a jumping or landing rat that could cling to a Turtle shell as if the rat is attacking a turtle. Stuff like that.

Once again, I bring the Footski slagpole to ise as a weapon/scepter because Rat King has used a footski in TMNT TiT and it's on his stage in Shredder's Revenge. 

An Ooze canister makes sense... something something turn NYC folks into Splinter-like rat people. I'd paint the ooze different just to show that Rat King tampered with it. 

Of course those don't make a $55 item... here's how I would boost it...
Soft goods coat and maybe new head with hat?
Technically not a new head, since it would use one if the Bishie Rat King heads but with a new top with a hat... it would be more new tooling, but the sculpt is halfway there.

For some reason I'm visualizing him carrying a cat o nine tails... a bit ironic since he's a rat themed villain, but this cat o nine tails is made out of extension cords with the prongs being the tips... maybe he has the skull of a cat at the base of the weapon to show the rats how he has triumphed over a feline... using deranged rat themed villain logic...

Now, I was writing this waay early in the morning of the 27th... PRE-DAWN to be precise...
Then this little thing popped up on some TMNT FB PAGES...

Karai will replace Bishie Rat King in wave 10 and a new rat king will pop up for wave 11...
Fuckdammit!! But I preordered Bishie Rat King!? Does that mean that my Rat King automatically becomes Karai or what?

Just thought of a way to rerelease vanilla turtles for Super7...

 I know I always come back to the 4 brothers, but hear me out... Undercover Raph's the only Undercover turtle we might get, due to the Nick/Playmates possible embargo situation. So, how do we rerelease the guys without it feeling like we're tripple-dipping? I mighr have the answer.

Enter the Brown pads and belt redecos for the main bodies. Figures should come with the standard  vintage head... their skintones should follow the preexisting coloring pattern. (Leo olive, Donatello brown, Raphael Light green, Michelangelo forest green) 

-But Nefty, you keep selling those brown belts and pads idea ALL the time...

Indeed I do, because they're a reasonable redeco for the main 4... but I'm going to assume that preexisting toy accessories can cause no trouble, so I don't have to pull off a new belt for characters like Raphael... Prehaps new knots at the front... whether tied as a not or held together by a different buckle, I'll leave that to Super7. Let's assume we get a different knot/buckle...

3 Heads:
Normal vintage head
Undercover Raph head in Leonardo colors
Vintage head in Mirage red.

So, the obvious second head and new accessory is now obvious. The trenchcoat from Undercover Raph. All 4 turtles get the UC head and the trenchcoat.
-Sewer Samurai swords, kunai and climbing claws.
-Slam Dunk Don pointing hand.
-standard hands.
-Ninja Scroll (not the anime, but a nod to the forst game's scroll item) both rolled up and opened up.
-cane sword like Zatoichi's.

3 heads:
Vintage, Mirage red repaint of vintage, UC Raph alternate head.
-standard hands and SD Don pointing hand.
-UC Raph Night Vision goggles
-brand New Explosive device.
Yes, that explosive device from the Damned Dam Level...
-"collapsible Bo staff" in both collapsed and extended mode.

For Raphael we're doing things a bit different:
3 heads:
Vintage Raph, UC Raph, and Rocking Leo closed eyes head.
-The standard Raphael hands, SD Don point hand.
-standard Sai, extra harder sai to hold a...
-pizza slice with with hole in it.
- mostly whole pizza minus a slice.
-pair of bladed boomerangs (nod to the first game boomerang)

3 heads:
Normal, Mirage, UC Raph alt. Head.
-standard hands, SD don pointing finger hand.
-Nunchucks with real string.
-stack of closed pizza boxes, and a single closed pizza box (similar to vanilla Mikey pizza box)

The idea behind these is that there is no "definitive" version they are based on. There are plenty of elements from "other media" that makes the reuse from some of the preexisting parts. The Ben Grimm inspired disguise has been used by the turtles in multiple media. This is not exclusive to Playmates Toys. I added a couple of accessories that make reference to the first video game on the NES, because I thought they were neat additions. The reason I'm keeping the Toy colors while delivering pseudo Mirage and movie variants... with the modern heads from the first release, you can have more accurate pseudo 2003 Turtles, which was my ulterior motive.

The accessories, for the most part are intended to be reused as extra items on future figures or accessory packs.
For example, bringing the Sewer Samurai Weapons (Minus the climbing claws) and the new extendable bo, are meant to bring new weapons for the foot Soldiers. I would add new nunchucks OR an actual sansetsukon (3 segment staff) for them. Maybe a pair of new  Jitte  instead of Sai... most of these are based on the arcade games Foot soldier weaponry.
I'd  toss in 2 Damned Dam bombs to the pack and 2+ Roadkill Rodneys. Of course, this accessory pack would be part of a mini wave of Foot Soldier variants to army build. Won't go into the details since we already know what variations I'm going with. (Foot Ninja with the headband, and Shredder elite with cape, straw hat and mask)

Whohohoa! Hold it right there, Buster! You just had an idea... instead of releasing these variants, Super7 could do an upgrade pack for the existing TMNT... Because it would be a bit unfair of them to make you rebuy the same figures all over again...
4 heads, all of them being UC Raph heads in each turtle's colors. 
4 trenchcoats
4 hands per turtle
(SD Don pointing finger hand, new Hang ten hand, and their mirrored counterparts)
8 Kunai (2 per Turtle) 
Turtle Communicator for Michelangelo (open and closed)
2 Sewer Samurai swords for Leo
2 Twirling nunchucks for Mike (like Panthro's but Mike sized)
Twirling Bo effect for Don
2 Twirling Sai effect for Raph 

-Uh, Nefty, why dies the accessory pack ha e different items than the standard release?

Oh, do they? Oh well... that's because, so you see, uh... it's simple. These would be staggered releases. Like say the Accessory pack is presold on January. On September, the new Turtles are presold, but the accessory pack is meant for the OG release of the turtles, while the Brown Pad redecos are for newcomers and completists.
I understand that this is a total dick move, but it makes toy company sense, not customer sense. 

Mar 25, 2023

I found my 2DS!!

 Just in time for the Nintendo eShop closing its 3DS doors... I have to shamelessly admit that I only looked for it to get the Ace Attorney DLCs...
I know I said in the past that I would not buy downloadable content since it should come with the game.

 Unfortunately these last two Phoenix Wright games are exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS and the 3DS store closes Forever on Monday. So it was either never play those special cases or swallow my pride and pay 12 bucks for the two DLC. I paid for them and also downloaded Apollo Justice for three bucks. So in a way everything balances out.

Capcom never released the Edgeworth investigation games, so those are MIA. 
I most assumed that those will never come out in modern consoles, so I might as well forget about them. Now that I have Apollo Justice, I guess that I should restart the Ace Attorney series and play the games chronologically and while I'm at it review Herr Forehead's game.
I should also locate the anime that may be in one my DVD boxes... unless my brother took it when he moved out.

Guess I better practice my pointing and the 3 key phrases: Hold it! Objection! Take that!

While I'm at it, Capcom, How about an Ace Attorney collection?
The Ace Attorney Trilogy, Apollo Justice, Dual Destinies, Spirit of Justice, and the 2 Edgeworth investigation games... now if this collection sells, maybe you could consider Ace Attorney 7?

Mar 24, 2023

Silverhawks and variants: Are they even doable?

 Unlike Thundercats, Silverhawks variants are a bit tougher to sell... I mean, we can't get Vac Metal due to the materials of the limbs and heads... and do we even want a Soft Good wings  variants for the Silverhawks?

Like, Bluegrass would need to be a bright Metallic Blue...
The Steel twins would need to be a darker Metallic Blue almost gunmetal grey with a hint of blue
Copper Kidd would have to be a Metallic Orange
While Quicksilver would have to be a bright Metallic Silver
Bright metallic Gold for Hotwing and Stargazer
Metallic teal for Moonstryker
METALLIC green for Flashback
Nothing for Condor.
I don't mean molded plastic, I mean BOTH MOLDED Plastic AND PAINTED OVER toenhance the metallic shiny look.

That's not counting the soft goods wings for Quicksilver, the twins, Hotwing, and Copper Kidd. Losing the masked heads, and getting completely different birds...

The Bad guys would have some changes as well.
Mo-Lec-U-Lar would need a new torso. Buzzsaw may or may not require a complete sculpt overhaul and paintjob... Mon*Star's losing his depowered form and getting a new "depowered" head. Windhammer is just a new head and tuning fork... or using the windswept hairpiece on the closed mouth head... maybe a darker robe... 

Aside BuzzSaw and Mo-Lec-U-Lar, there's no real reason for toy variants... 
The only "hope" for Silverhawks variants would be the Flightsuit variants for the main Hawks and MAYBE Hotwing and Moonstryker.
I'd rather have sculpted flightsuits than removable soft goods flightsuits. 

It's rather hard to pad these waves out and it's better to acknowledge that Silverhawks is rather small for a toyline.

Guess it's time for a Masterverse Weapons Pack

 Mattel has gotten some nifty accessories in their Masterverse line... some are unique to a character, but ithers could be generic enough to be used by Multiple. Also, thisbcould be an opportunity to deliver some extras for some characters. I shall make a 30 item list between preexisting items and new Items to use with the Masterverse figures: I'd call it Treasures from Old Eternia Weapon Pak

Reused parts:
-NE Faker Techno Sword in a Different Color, preferably He-Man's silver. 
-Clawful mace in Pearlescent white 
-Deluxe MAA big gun in a different color
-NE Whiplash Torch (with flame)
-Masterverse Scareglow Halberd in Pearlescent white
-Stinkor Shield in Pearlescent white
- C.Teela shield in red
- C. Teela sword in red and silver
-He-Man shield in different color
- Buzz-Off Axe in Pearlescent white 
-NE Zodac Armor in black
- NE Zodac Blaster in black
- NE Zodac Staff in black
- Tri-Klops sword in Green
- Whilash spear in Pearlescent White
New parts:
-New Mossman hand shaped like vintage mace.
- New Keldor inspired Dual Blades.
- 200X Whiplash spork of doom inspired weapon
- Blaster rifle based on Vintage CG Blaster rifle in Pearlescent white (not a repaint of Webstor's)
- Sword based on CG sword in Pearlescent white 
- Gun based on Vintage CG Gun in Pearlescent white
- 200X He-Man inspired Axe.
- Vintage Toy inspired Sword for She-Ra 
-sword inspired by the Vintage CG flag swords.
- Cosmic Enforcer Rifle inspired by MOTUC Strobo's rifle in black
- Flail based on the Vintage CG Triangular rack art.
- Trident for Merman inspired by 200X toy
- New Cosmic Enforcer beamblade in black. The removable blade should also pop in Hordak's arm cannon for his own beamblade.
- New Cobra Armor with Staff of Ka for Revelation Teela.
-New wrist bracer with Beamsword, grappling hook, blaster attachments. (This is technically new, but VERY LOOSELY INSPIRED by the Mighty Spector and Filmation MAA...)

As you can see most of these Items are inspired from stuff from MOTU's long legacy, hence the name Treasures from Old Eternia... there are a few "new" items, but they complement the things from the past.

Mar 23, 2023

Dick van Dyke suffers minor driving accident

 Holy asscrackers! Why is a 97 year old man still driving around!? If you're going to call me ageist for saying that a 97 year old man shouldn't be driving, you better be ready to cancel Dick van Dyke because his name is offensive...
Or shall we use the more politically correct Penis Van Lesbian? Now that I got the Dick van Dyke name jokes, let's follow with the rant.

So, DvD... wait, can't even abbreviate his name...van Dyke crashed into a gate due to heavy rains and possible hydroplanmning. He suffered minor injuries. You know, that's part of the reason I avoid driving in highways, especially in rainy weather. Had a hydroplaning incident with less than optimal tires. Didn't crash, but I was lucky. Had I stopped a few seconds later, I might not have lived to tell this story or keep posting. I was 39 at the time and I barely made it unscathed out of a hydroplaning accident. But van Dyke is a lot more luckier than I was, even if he got more hurt than I did...
At his age, my reflexes, would be completely messed up... it's at almost 41 and my reflexes suck ass... ask the countless dodgeballs with my face imprimted on them. Reflexes peak at the tender age of 24... Van Dyke is 73 years past his reflexes' prime... food for thought...

To end on a weird note: Dick Van Dyke statred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang a movie written by the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory based on a book by the Author behind the James Bond series.

Mar 22, 2023

Shazam Fury of the Rants: a godly review.

 I just came back from watching Shazam 2 Fury of the Gods. If I could summarize this as succinctly as possible I would say this:

Ignore the Snydertards and go watch it! It is a really entertaining movie. Personally, I found it more enjoyable than Black Adam. Which means, that I found it more enjoyable than pretty much the entirety of the DCEU... especially the Snyder turd movies... Hell, I'm going to watch it again this Sunday! For me it was an emotional roller coaster.

So now for the Spoilers... after the Jump!

Mar 21, 2023

Thinking of TMNT Redecos

 The Playmates Style blockade has put a huge stop to Vintage Toyline items for TMNT Ultimates... waves now have a redeco figure, which is rereleasing an older character with a different deco and maybe a new item.

For example: The 4 Turtles are the easiest.
We can call them Mirage inspired redecos:
New belt buckle being their new element.
Personally, I'd have all turtles sharing the same green skin to be truly Mirage, but I'm opting for the preexisting toy colors for compatibility.
The main difference would be on the head with the vintage toy head being with the Mirage Red headband. The colored headband would be an alternate head:
Leonardo: Tongueless slam dunk Donatello head.
Michelangelo: Tongue head from Sewer Surfer Mike.
Donatello: normal sewer surfing mike head.
Raphael: Classic Rocker Leo closed eyes head.

Rocksteady and Bebop getting Toon inspired repaints would be the easiest option. Adding a new Helmetless head for Rocksteady and maybe a new expression for Bebop would spice things up.

For Foot Soldier slight redeco with "new" weapons (or reusing the weapons from the turtles or Shredder) maybe a new alternate head of Foot Ninja with bandana... or
Soft goods shirt and glasses to have the Vacationing Foot Soldier. Shirt should be able to open from the front like a true Hawaiian shirt. Maybe it should have Velcro in the sleeves to make it easier to put on or remove.

Who else could get a redeco?
April with arms and lower legs could become Mirage April... swapping her accessories with Mousers and the Mouser controller, because tooling costs.

Utrom Council:
"It's a redeco and new characters at the same time". The 2 Krangs we have in a slightly paler color, with no bubble walker. Instead we get multiple tripods. 
The "normal expression" Krang repaint with blue eyes would be Mortu, the more "excited" Krang repaint with white eyes would be Perry.
The "new" characters would be the other 2 newly sculpted Utroms: Ch'Rell, and Ma'Riell, both sharing a slightly more reddish color and tendrils. With Ma'Riell having a "mohawk"? Of small tentacles flowing from the top of her head to her back. Ch'Rell would have the 3 "horns" resembling Shredder's helmet.
So we have: 4 "heads", 4 Tripods.
Each Utrom gets 2 tentacles and 2 extra tentacles.
Meaning that there would be 8 extra tentacles:
4 to use on Mortu and Perry and 4 to use on Ch'Rell and Ma'Riell.
4 of those tentacles would be the preexisting Krang tentacles. The other 4 would be new poses for the tentacles. (The 4 new poses should be made to preemptively fit in an Android Body.) An additional 4 tentacles in Krang Colors.
It's a bit of a glorified accessory pack, but much better than just a repainted Krang.

The idea of Mortu and Perry being flat out kinda toon repaints for Krang is to act as toon repaints for Krang. The exciting bonus is the other two, who theoretically, their sculpts should start from the Digital sculpt for Krang and modded to become the new characters.

Mortu and Ch'Rell are references to 2003 toon, Ma'Riell is a referece to IDW and Perry is a refference to Professor Perry from Secret of the Ooze.

Scratch would be modern prison outfit variant in Mutagen Man outfit Orange. The cake should be a chocolate cake with pink frosting. The coins from the bag should be silver.

Ace Duck could be a white duck with black jacket and grey pants... it's kind of a nod to Nickelodeon's 2012 Ace Duck cameo...

Triceraton is an obvious choice for a repaint... perhaps he should get an extra head with all 3 horns intact for Army building potential.

Genghis Frog being repainted and adding a few extra accessories could make for an Attila or Rasputin.

Guerilla Gorilla with olive drab pants and desert camo vest. With a lighter colored fur coat. The new accessory would be a third head with a banana yellow bandana... 

Wingnut and Screwloose: Do I even NEED to explain this repaint? Make the blues black on Wingnut. Paint his metal wings in glossy black.
Paint Screwloose's outfit completely black except the trim lines of his tank top that should be blue... for no reason Whatsoever...

Holy crap, I managed to pull out about 15-ish redecos and possibly make new characters out of the redecos.

Victoria Alonso leaves Marvel, yay!

 Victoria Alonso, the "creative jenius" that thinks that X-Men should drop the "-Men" part because soggy knees, has left Marvel. Of course, the SocJus Slacktivists are crying that their token Lesbian Latina has left. She was pushing for diversity above storytelling in the MCU... I've mentioned before, that I have no issues with diversity, as long as it is Subservient to Storytelling. Ms Alonso was, sadly pushing optics over storytelling. There's no point in adding LGBT+ POC characters if the storytelling is weak. Paired with the X-Men remarks, well, I can't say that her departure is a bad thing...

Allegedly, the reasons for her leaving, take these with a pinch of salt, are:

-Phase 4 and Quantum mania underperforming.
-Her toxic behavior with the VFX folks, where she was the big boss...

The first point, makes sense, recent movies and some of the shows haven't been super successful and Ant Man saw a decrease in viewers similar to the Distinguished Competition's movie about Marthas.

The second one is based on some tweets from Chris Lee of Vulture...

Assuming those tweets contain the truth, yikes... no wonder she quit or was presuaded to quit. In any case she's gone and hopefully her replacement will be more interested in telling Cool Stories that Respect the Characters and Universe, over promoting ANY kind of agenda...

And in the words of the late Stanley Lieber: 'Nuff said!

Mar 20, 2023

More MOTU stuff revealed... Neitlich's lies about the death of MOTU are just that...

 The downside of working nights is that a lot of news are revealed during the day, right when I'm sleeping... or preorders like the 1989 Batmobile by McFarlane, which I missed out on because I HAD TO SLEEP. So, these other pics fell through the cracks and I posted the little I found at first...

So, here's a better look at Buzz-Off:
Imagine if the 4H sculpted him...
He looks pretty good for Buzz-off... nothing beats the 200X look, but this looks pretty cool...

Next we have Clamp Champ

I'm  guessing he's from Revelation, since the offerings are kinda bare...

This Merman looks a bit Better. It's still Revelation, but at leas he's not winking at me.

Ram Man is OK... arms Don't look too good and feel a bit off, but he has 3 heads. I can't see his leg articulation and that worries me...

Mediocre Ruben Martinez strikes back...
Rubbery plastic leggins for Ram Man... these will either limit the articulation or rot by 2026.
Fuckdammit! But he looks like he's a New Eternia figure.

New Eternia Webstor looks decent, but not liking the Grappling hook being part of his gun.

The New Adventures stuff looks rather good. The only issue is that New Adventures He-Man was exclusive to Target and there are no Targets in Puerto Rico so I'm shit out of luck. 
If I can't get a new adventures He-Man then there's no point of getting new adventures Skeletor. With that said Slushhead's really awesome with the new tentacles and walker.

Oh Grizzlor, what did that Mediocre Ruben Martinez did to you!?

Let's see what else they have in store for us...
Whiplash... oh Zoardammit, this one is going to suck ass... I know it!!

Well, well, well, he doesn't suck!! He looks big and chunkay!! He no longer looks like Abe Vigoda, but it's giving me Michael Myers vibes... not the Halloween one, the other one...
The torch is rather cool... not feeling the pink armor. If it was blue, maybe...

Speaking of disappointing figures... Horde Skeletor, which is a slightly recolored Normal Skeletor, but with a skirt.

At least Blue Faker doesn't suck...

Loving the Vintage shaped techno-sword...

Supposedly, these will begin to be available for preorder tomorrow... and the Origins figures that I didn't mention as well... I might check Snake Mountain out if it's not priced too horribly.

So much for MOTU being dead by 2023, eh Scott?

 Mattel made a couple of Reveals for Masterverse and Origins... but I'll talk Masterverse because it's closer to what I care about in MOTU...

This New Eternia Buzz-Off looks cool and the Helmet isn't that dorky looking, so it's a win!

I dig him... and for me saying that for Buzz-off is rather big.

Dammit. Looks like I'll have to buy a winking Merman from Revelation because Clawdul comes with his armor to make a "Classic" Merman... Why, Mattel? Other than that. He's looking badass! Correction, the armor is for Clawful.

Revelation Adam... it's Prince Adam and not a He-Man woth more clothes Adam, so I'm most likely getting him 

These are coming in the Fall... or if we believe a certain disgruntled ex employee. These will not happen because "in 2023 Mattel will no longer own MOTU" or so Sphincter Uncreative claimed. But then again Toyguru lying for attention is not a new thing. 

Saint Seiya second Trailer: Japanese release date announced.

 And I ran, I ran so far away... I just ran, I ran all night and day... I couldn't get away...

From the DragonBall Evolution levels of stench that is emanating from Saint Seiya: The Beginning's second Trailer.

Let me remind everyone that Mackenyu who is 26, is supposed to be playing a 13-year old boy... also, he's the son of legendary Japanese Actor Shinichi Chiba, who passed away from COVID Complications. Ehh, at least it's a smidge better than Canadian Goku trying to bang a chick from The Real World.

Even the trailer's thumbnail shows the first thing that's horribly wrong with this movie... whise Japanese release date is the 28th of the 4th month... Supposedly, the West gets it in May 12th. I just want to projectile vomit all over the 12 houses... oh yeah, Saori Sienna looks like she's in her 30s and has no purple hair.

At least I'm 99% sure that Sean Bean dies in this... Not because of the SeanBean n dies in Everything meme, but he's playing Mitsumasa Kido... sorry Alman Kido. All jokes aside, this movie is going to suck major ass.

Why can I predict some of this stuff and not the Powerball numbers?

 I made this rant waaay back and I kinda predicted some things for the wrekkin vehicles:

I swear, I didn't knew about the Forklift at the time that rant was made. Much less the Stone Cold Monster Truck that I'm totally NOT GETTING TO MAKE A TURTLE TENDERIZER THAT WON'T FIT ROCKSTEADY AND BEBOP...

Now I will keep pushing for Mattel to make a Lowrider because:

All references to Something else aside, a Lowrider would be a cool vehicle to have. Orton has used one, the Guerreros have used a few. Let's face it, most of the wrekkin' vehicle buyers are not specifically WWE collectors. That is another reason why I keep suggesting that Mattel should make a separate line of vehicles that can be broken apart like the wrekkin' series but without tying them to WWE specific stuff. 
If only Mattel had a line of an Action Hero characters that they could use... Maybe... Alas, Mattel doesn't have any line like that...

I was thinking something closer to Big Jim, but a Big Jim/Max Steel Line like MOTUC, but using the slimmer Masterverse bodies could work...
Using the Mattycollector approach to this BJ/MS line would be the perfect way to inject 1:10 compatible vehicles that may or may not have the Wrekkin' vehicles gimmick.

Mar 19, 2023

Jason David Frank's Legend of the White Dragon is getting a Theatrical release.

 The release is most likely going to be in the Fall, around JDF's birthday. But that's not all, the people behind the project, have been working hard to get this released, since JDF's untimely death. 

So, from my understanding, this is a grittier, edgier, mature take on the Sentai Genre. To be honest I wasn't THAT interested in the project. I mean, "edgy Power Rangers" with Jason David Frank playing edgy "not Tommy". This is the hardest typecasting I've seen since Chris Tucker was getting cast as the obnoxiously loud African American sidekick... but I just found out about the cast... Diggle is in this... Jimmy from the shitty Double Dragon movie with Alyssa Milano is in this too! (Alyssa Milano is not in this. I only mentioned her so you could figure out What shitty movie I'm talking about. I should've just said the Crow City of Angels, or Only the Strong, but nooo! I wanted to make a Double Dragon Reference) Wait a damn minute, Time Force Red Ranger is in this too!? Fuck me, they have the dad from Free Willy... Now I definitely have to see this!! I know it sounds like I'm completely mocking this, I'm not. There's a little amount of mockery, but it's mainly towards JDF's inability to move on from Power Rangers. 

I'm sad he died, but that doesn't change the fact that his defining role has been Power Rangers. You say the name Jason David Frank and the first thing that pops into your mind is either Green or White Ranger... not Sweet Valley High, not him getting his ass kicked by Urkel, not him challenging Jean Claude Van Damme to a street fight, not challenging CM Punk to a MMA battle, it's always Fucking Power Rangers. Or if you want to be a fucking hipster, the Cybertron pilot that eventually became VR Troopers.

Pick your poison:

I really hope that the movie doesn't suck.

Mar 18, 2023

Pizzaface: where does he stand?

 I keep coming back to Pizzaface, since he's the one Toy Oddity that I truly wanted to see in Ultimates. With the Playmates designs embargo, I have to wonder where does he stand:

TMNT Entity has a good chunk of info on Pizzaface that I've referenced a few times. In the blog post we can seea concept art of him going by an earlier name: Pizza the Hut... a reference to Jabba the Hutt and Pizza Hut. The art is made by Errol McCarthy, a name that should sound familiar to fans of a vintage toyline from another company...
The Pizza the Hut figure concept looks very different and quite similar to the actual toy.
Instead of having the Italian Mustache, it looks like he has a massove 5 o'clock shadow. He's not missing a finger on his left hand, and various details are different from the actual toy.

Then we have the Newspaper strip appearance of Pizzaface that was allegedly drawn by Jim Lawson, creator of Rat King at Mirage, who has worked with Eastman and Laird on TMNT.
While somewhat similar to the toy, there are a couple of differences on the drawing:
Full set of teeth on Lawson's PF, while the toy is missing a few. Lawson's PF has some thick eyebrows that the toy lacks. There are no tattoos or creepy crawlies on Lawson's Pizzaface. The pants on Lawson's are long enough to cover most of his leg, while the toy has shorts that are slightly longer than Daisy Duke's...

Now you can guess where I'm going with this:
What if, a big and huge What If? Super7 could take Pizza the Hut's concept art, combine it with elements from Lawson's Pizzaface and make a whole "brand new Pizzaface" that is not purely Playmates... Like say, having the Lawson styled head as an alternate head, while the main head is Pizza the Hut's. Maybe even adding the mini head from the prototype as an accessory that could be swapped for the chef's hat...

For hands, the usual c-grip, fists, relaxed hands. Perhaps an additional pizza tossing hand like a Frisbee could be added. 
For accessories, alternate peg legs (pizza cutter, cleaver, rolling pin, even a partially chewed long and thick chorizo chain), couple of flinging pizzas, a chef's knife that can be sheathed on his apron like a sword (see Pizza the Hut as reference) the idea remains that his cleaver, rolling pin, pizza cutter and chorizo can be used as a weapon or a leg. The chorizo chain should look like Pizzaface is twirling a chorizo lasso, but at the same time it should be usable as a leg.
But Super7 could also give him an extra "normal leg" to make a "pre-mutation" Pizzaface. Using Lawson's look as pre-mutation and Pizza the Hut as the Mutated form.

What I left behind from the vintage toy is the Pizza box foot, the pizza box shield, the creepy crawlies, and the missing pinkie on his left hand.  

Assuming that he is doable, this is one potential direction they could take on the figure. Another radical change would be making the 2012 toon version of Pizzaface... Personally, I'm not too excited about that version. I guess this issue would also arise with characters like Hotspot or Monty Moose that didn't get any appearances in other media. 

We shall see where we stand once Super7 announces Wave 11... The non-Karai figures shall show us the direction the line will take.
Karai better be a part of it, because I want, nay I NEED HER! But wave 11 might be a bit further away... since we have 4 TMNT waves up in the air. (7,8,9,10) We probably won't see wave 11 until two of those waves begin appearing on people's hands. Hopefully, we can get a pleasant surprise with the unpleasant looking pizza chef.

Dammit Mattel, why do you tempt me like this?

 It's another WWE Wrekkin Vehicle... First the Slammobile, then the Slamcycle, then the Slambulance, followed by the Rampage Rig, the Forklift...*shenmue music intensifies* I'm only missing vehicle variants and the ATV... well, now you have to throw this at me!? How Dare You!? 

A Monster Truck!? A freakin' Wrekkin Monster Truck!?
It looks so big and so tiny at the same time...
Part of me wants it to turn it into this:

Funny thing is that Rocksteady or Bebop would have to fit through the window and drive Ace Ventura style, while the other rides on the back... 

I feel like If Mattel made a new Mattycollector styled site to sell 1:10 vehicles and "playsets" with the wrekkin gimmick but not tied to WWE, they'd sell well. They could use the WWE, Masterverse, and their old MOTUC figures. For example a Garbage truck driven by New Eternia Beastman while John Cena is giving Skeletor an Attitude Adjustment and in the back of the truck, about to be compacted, we could have The Mighty Spector. For $60-ish, it would be a reasonable deal.

Perhaps they could make modular "displaysets". What do I mean by displayset? A playset that works as a display piece as well. Let's use this ToyBiz Spider-Man playset as an example: 
We eliminate the flipping arm and the web net...
We're left with the back wall, the dumpster and the Balcony. I'd have the Dumpster be able to be opened and closed. I'd have the balcony to be collapsible/trapdoor kind of feature. The window could open and close. I would probably add some accessories, like a couple of trash cans with removable lids to give the alleyway vibe to it.

"Where's the modularity?" you may ask. The "displayset" I described based on the ToyBiz Spider-Man playset would be alley 01 of a series of 3. Alley 02 and 03 could have different features. The idea is that one could mix and match sets to have a bigger alley, or make corners to create a dead end or something like it. I'm just spitballing some ideas that include play options, because embossing foamboards makes cheaper display walls. But back to the main topic:
Mattel could move the wrekkin' subline to something bigger than just WWE.

Mar 17, 2023

Super7's Mirage Casey: A rant

 He's so far the second most popular figure of wave 10... and by that I mean, he's not as disliked as Ninja April or Rat King... (Ironically, the wave's "best figure" is the one I like the least.) The main issie people have is that he's a repaint with just a new head. Everyone wonders if his crotch issue will be fixed... (despite strongly believing that it won't be fixed) but the second biggest issie is the lack of an unmasked head. Sute, the battle damaged mask is nice, but ever since wave 4 everyone has been asking for an unmasked head. NECA delivered on that front, but not Super7. (I'm saving NECA Mirage Casey for the Advent Calendar) Super7 heard us, but chose to ignore us. This is a repaint with LESS accessories than the last Casey. Vintage Racks won't return due to Playmates Toys bitching and moaning.

An unmasked head was a much better option, but if unmasked Casey was "too similar to NECA", then casey with the mask resting atop his head, as if he had lifted his mask to eat or have a drink could've worked as well. Now the priblem is that the colors chosen for this casey make it kinda hard to sell a Bodycount variant (the usa flag mask version). 

I like this Casey, Don't get me wrong... it's just that it could've been made into something better. Are we going to start making wacky Casey Variants? Because I propose this one for starters...
We could get the elusive unmasked Casey head with this variant to pop on the Mirage version.
You could call it Undercover Casey, which would fit with the Undercover Turtles that may or may not be available... this rights issue is more complicated than we thought. 

At this rate Super7 is better off giving us an extra heads and hands pack.

Apparently, the Darkseid full circle was something stupid

 The totally not narcissistic event called SnyderCon... where Snyder hosts a watch party of some of his movies with some live commentary or something like that. Maybe raise some funds for suicide awareness, just for the sake of pretending he's actually doing something nice, while he allows his fans to spread harassment and toxic behavior by not calling out the bad actors.

Basically, another nothingburger, but the Snydertards won't implode since it's a showing of movies they've already seen and furiously masturbated to hundreds of times. There will probably be a teaser to Rebel Moon and hopefully a message from Snyder finally telling his cultists that he is done with DC and won't touch any other Superhero property for the rest of his life...

Mar 16, 2023

Boy Meets Politics

 Mister Matthews is running for Congress. No, not Eric, Cory! Hence the title of the Rant, Boy Meets Politics! Yes, Ben Savage, brother of Fred Savage, not Related to Randy Savage or Adam Savage is running for Congress. Specifically, the seat that will be vacated by Adam Schiff in Californyuh! Sorry for referencing The Wizard, but I only can use Boy Meets World when talking about Ben Savage. I know he played a young IƱigo Montoya in Criminal Minds, but to me possible Congressman Savage will always be Cory Matthews father of Chewbacca and Plankton Matthews... Riley and Augie Matthews.

Best of luck to Ben Savage... May the wisdom imparted by Feeny may allow you to Do good...

Mar 15, 2023

Hack Snydurr is back...

 He is now shit stirring with a "message from Darkseid". Of course the Snydertards are eating this shit up and spamming their hashtags a lot better than their failed Valentine's campaign. He spent from 2017-2021 doing the same thing
My guess is that he's once again trying to stay relevant in a world that no longer needs him...
Not going to say any names but this is giving me Spector Creative vibes. It most definitely won't be that he will be filming ZSJL2. But his full circle is...

Ninja April: a rant

 While Rat King has taken the spotlight in the recent "Super7 sucks" campaign, despite they getting a mandate from TPTB to not do toys too close to Playmates vintage offerings, April has been under fire as well...

Seriously, what about this Cavewoman outfit screams: Ninja? Don't get me wrong, having April O'Neil wearing only a makeshift dress made out of leopard skin is one of Casey Jones' weirdest fantasies, but a Ninja Newscaster it does not make.
This "Ninja" April is more Ninja-like...
The bandage wraps, sandals, martial arts outfit, and facemask scream Ninja a lot better than "Me Tarzan you Jane" bedtime fantasy vintage April the "Ninja Newscaster" does. 

The idea that April decides to learn Ninjitsu for self defense after hanging out with the Turtles makes sense. But the notion that Aprile has become a Black belt Ninja in such a short time. Taking in consideration that April is an Adult Woman with a full-time job, which leaves her very little time to truly practice. The fastest one person could reach Black Belt level on a martial art is arpund 4-6 years. And that's if the person eats, sleeps, breathes, and lives martial arts like some sort of world warrior... so, canonically speaking this April's existence means that she's known the Turtles for AT LEAST 5-7 years... thus, meaning the Turtles might be in the 20-22 years of age... twenty-something mutant ninja turtles doesn't have the same ring as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles... but wait there's more... look at her accessories, she's got four different weapon disciplines. Meaning that she had to master all four weapons that the turtles have been training for over a decade... in 4-6 years...
I'm starting to think that Splinter just gave her a black belt for shits and giggles instead of for truly mastering martial arts.

All I'm saying is that April should be sporting a White Belt, because there's no way in hell that April will be far more proficient at ninja weapons than the TMNT. Maybe a green belt to show that she's going places but still has a lot to go...

But the real reason April got this Ninja makeover is because of Karai. We saw Karai and she shares parts with April. It makes sense for Super7 to reuse some of Karai's parts with a Ninja April, since in some continuities, she HAS Actually trained under Splinter. But this version of April allows something peculiar to be made:

A slightly more "Family Friendly" and "Vintagized" version of Aska.
They could reuse April's top... the A also works for Aska. All they need to do is a tiny red bit of paint to cover her cleavage, bare thighs and new lower legs. Toss in new forearms and hands. New heads and boom.
Quick Low skilled edit of a theoretical Aska by Super7.

Hell, combining parts from This April and Karai, a human Jennika could be a thing. 
But back to Aska:
All she'd need for accessories aside her hands and maybe a head, are Kunai. She could also come with a Vintage Colors Tournament Fighters Rat King head...
Screencap from Spriters resource...
Funny how he's got some sprites that have vintage colors...
A Tournament Fighters inspired redeco could be released as the GITD variation of Rat King sporting only the TF styled head with his body being made in GITD Blue and GITD White. Face, hair, and hands painted in non GITD plastic.
It looks vintage and doesn't step on Playmates' toes...

Dammit! It came back to Rat King! I didn't want this to return to Rat King, I swear...
So, what I'm saying is that THIS Ninja April has far more potential for reusable parts than her Playmates Toys counterpart. Sometimes it's better to drift away from Playmates stuff... April the Ninja Newscaster is a prime example...

Shit! Shit! Shit! This means that April the Ravishong Reporter is a no go... and there go my dreams of making a Undercover Liberty City Hooker April.