Sunday, November 13, 2016

Power Ranger Legacy 5in. Figures

Finally got all the 5 inch Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Legacy figures, started out with getting the Armored Red Ranger, finally ending with the arrival of the  Pink Ranger. In these pictures you'll see the seven Power Rangers from the Legacy line and two from Super Megaforce 5 inch Action Hero line. The Legacy line didn't have an unarmored Red Ranger or Might Morphin' accurate Green Ranger since they were already released in the Super Megaforce Action Hero line.

The show accurate Green Ranger is a kitbash of a Legacy figure and a SMF figure. I didn't like the silver on the helmet or the silver morpher of the legacy as it appeared in an episode of Dino Thunder, so I tracked down a Super Megaforce Action Hero Green Ranger. Where the SMF figure was nearly show accurate is was missing gold stripes on the upper arms and had an ugly muted yellow Dragon Shield instead of the shiny gold the Legacy figure has. So the heads were impossible to swap what i did was swap the upper arms, and used a hair dryer to loosen the glue of each of their Dragon Shields and then swaped those, thus making a 100% TV show accurate Green Ranger.

I have to admit I became a little obsessed with getting all these figures, I had to have a complete team, I need a shine to my love of the original Mighty Morphin' era, to the Rangers I cared for the most from my childhood. These figures may not be super articulated and/or have many possibles for poses, but their sculpting, paint, and painted weapons are a cherished testament worthy of being called Legacy. I can not be the only fan that really wishes they also released a Legacy Putty Patroller to give our Rangers villains to pound on and create an awesome group fight scene.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Doctor Strange Movie Review

Might Include Minor Spoilers!

Marvel Studios hits it out of the ballpark once again with it's 14th movie in The Marvel Cinematic Universe with another perfectly balanced in every way adaptation of comic's favorite Sorcerer Supreme. The best thing I love about this film is it didn't feel like a superhero movie, it's very reminiscent of mystical fantasy movies but set in modern times along the lines of how Ant-Man was heist movie or the Captain America sequels were spy chasing political thrillers. With this installment we aren't just introduce to the magical side of the universe, but also to the concept of The Multiverse which now opens the doors to see in the films travel to other dimensions and possibly see alternate reality versions of heroes, villains, and universes we never thought we'd ever see on the big screen.

I don't think any one else could of played Dr. Stephen Strange better then Benedict Cumberbatch, he portrayed perfectly every stage of the character masterfully, from arrogant surgeon to angry patient to lost soul to neophyte student to excepting defender of the realm. I really like that they didn't make Chiwetel Eijofor's Mordo the villain of the movie and instead started him out as a friend and fellow protector to see his views and beliefs turn him down the dark path and set up his rivalry with Strange. I haven't read alot of Dr. Strange comics to get any affinity for The Ancient One so I didn't mind the gender change and thought Tilda Swinton was absolutely magnificent as teacher and burdened master, and honestly I don't think the movie would of had the same pathos if they stuck with the old man archetype.

You can tell Mads Mikkelsen was having a lot of fun playing bad guy Kaecilius making it a joy to watch him confronting the heroes, definitely one of the better movie villains above previous one-dimesonial takes the likes of Malekith and Ronan. What was really great was the reveal of Dormammu as the even bigger bad cause you can't finally have a Dr. Strange movie and not mention or tease his greatest nemesis which was only phenomenally out done by how Strange defeated The Lord of Darkness.

Well this marks the appearance of the fifth Infinity Stone in the MCU, so now where will the sixth and final one, The Soul Gem, appear: in Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2 or Thor: Ragnarok? Marvel studios has found a formula that works, cause like previous Marvel movies this one has the perfect balance of action, humor, and drama and isn't too long or too short, just enough time to give us everything we need for a movie-going experience. The guest appearance in the mid-credits was a delightful surprise, and of course the after-credit scene sets up the premise for Doctor Strange's next cinematic adventure.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

More Comic Pulls

DC Rebirth All-Star Batman #1-3
I forgot to  review the first issue in my last pull report, by now I've read three, and holy Bat-shit is it fricking good. John Romita Jr. is one of my all time favorite comic book artist, dead even with Jim  Lee, both #1 to me. Romita's rugged and insanely detailed art brings such a high-octane dynamic to Batman and his villains that makes you cheer at every page. Don't let the All-Star title fool you, this is in in-continuity book, which basically is a continuation of Scott Snyder's New 52 Batman run, so if you we're a fan of that run here's more.  
 Captain America: Steve Rogers #5
 I repeat from last time, I'm loving the Hydra Cap story, but I hate that it has to be squeezed in the lack-luster Civil War II event. Most of the issue was a recap of what's been happening in CW2 from Steve's point of view. Spenser's take on altered history Cap is great, he's still Steve but with his own agenda now, and really liking Javier Pina's art over previous artist Jesus Saiz's issues.

DC Rebirth Suicide Squad One-Shot & #1-4
I will admit I am mostly buying this comic for the Jim Lee artwork, but I am feeling like writer Rob Williams isn't a very good writer and not creating the proper situations for Lee's extraordinary talent to illustrate. I like that the one-shot introduce us to Rick Flag and where he's been during the New 52, and thus making the team resemble the current live-action movie line-up. I'm hoping the first four issues were rushed and stretched out, and that starting with issue #5 that it'll get more interesting. 

 DC Rebirth Supergirl One-Shot & #1-2
I read the first 12 issues of the New 52 Supergirl run, and enjoyed the new angrier and more Kryptonian loner take on Kara Zor-El but Rebirth is turning her into the more classic "new girl on Earth" with an adoptive family complete with more classic costume. I do like that adoptive parents and new secret identity are supplied by the D.E.O. (Department of Extranormal Operations) to appear similar to the current live-action TV series. My main draw to the new series was the return of Cyborg Superman, and I'm not gonna spoil it but I approve of his new original identity for him. 

 DC Rebirth Superman #8
Again, can not recommend this series enough, best book coming out of Rebirth right now. Staying strong with the father and son dynamic, but now a quick story arc with dinosaurs. Will be picking up this book as long as this writing/drawing team stays on. 

Wow, how man comics have you seen written, drawn, and colored all by the same person, I applaud Francis Manapul. The new ongoing tells the tale of Batman and Wonder Woman wanting to get to know the new Superman from a previous universe, and with this issue show them coming to have dinner with Clark and his family, and start to see them begin to form new personal relationships with each other from scratch. I like it, this trio isn't the trinity of long times friends but of three personalities coming together each with a different view of each other. 

Sunday, October 9, 2016

NYCC 2016 Marvel Legends Reveals


New York Comic-Con 2016 happened over the weekend, and right off the bat on Thursday preview night revealed new upcoming Marvel Legends figures for the end of this year and early next year.

HOLY SHIT! There is no one more excited to see Death's Head II as a Marvel Legend then me, he is my favorite Marvel UK charater, and I can not wait to have this guy on my shelf. If you know me then you know I'm obsessed time-traveling cyborgs, I have almost every comic Death's Head II has ever appeared in, I'd never thought Hasbro would ever even consider ever making him. No word yet if he's a regular figure or a build-a-figure, but pretty sure he's going to be in the next Guardians of The Galaxy wave along with also revealed Adam Warlock.

Wow, Hasbro is really checking off my most wanteds off my list with early X-Force Shatterstar, he'll go perfectly with Cannonball, but now what are the odds of ever completing that team? Old Man Logan is also a surprise, but can't say he was exactly on my wishlist, don't get me wrong I loved the original Old Man Logan story, but not a fan of bringing him to present MCU to stand in 'til 616 Wolverine is brought back to life. I would really like to see a Old Man Logan Marvel Select though.

Sandman was revealed to be the build-a-figure for the next Spider-Man wave, very cool looking, and love the interchangeable arms and heads, but other then two figures I really don't want any other figures in the wave, so I don't think I'll be building him, I'll just stick with my Toybiz Spider-Man Classics Sandman. I will be getting the new Shocker figure to add to Spidey's rouge gallery, I missed out on the previous Spider-Man Classics one, and this one doesn't have gimmicky non-articulated arms. The other figure I want from the wave is the black suit Spider-Man , I love the new Spider-Man buck, and really looking forward to adding the symbiote suit the variation line up.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Current Comic Pulls

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios) #0-7 & Annual #1
Damn! This comic is addicting, if you are any level of Power Ranger fan, especially if you're an original fan from the Mighty Morphin' era and of Tommy The Green Ranger, then this a must have monthly pull. Writter Kyle Higgins has crafted an amazing window back into Season 1 of the most popular teen superhero/sci-fi/martial arts/monster fighting TV show adapted from Japanese Super Sentai, and with visually high-powered and energetic art by Hendry Prasetya it draws you back in to this world but shows a side with darker tones and insane scenery that a childern's TV show couldn't back then. 

Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Pink (Boom! Studios) #1-3
A six issue mini-series focusing on the original Pink Ranger Kimberly after her days a Power Ranger, but while training in France comes across an evil plot that needs her to call upon her old powers and old friends. Written by Brendan Fletcher and Kelly Thompson with fluid animated cartoon like art by Daniele Di Nicuolo gives us a fantastic and fitting tale that fills in a gap always wondered by Power Ranger fans. Don't want to spoil anything about the story, but I can say the writers definitely did their homework so not disrupt anything in show cannon or present continuity that I highly applaud. 

DC Rebirth Superman One-Shot & #1-7
Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are awesome together, I've followed their work from Green Lantern Corps to New 52 Batman & Robin, and as long as they are the team for this book I will continue picking it up. Father and son is the core element driving the Man of Steel's newest ongoing solo title, and with Tomasi and Gleason's previous work on Batman & Robin they definitely know how to create an emotional, yet still fun and action packed monthly parent and child adventure. I love the idea of bringing back the original Superman from the Pre-Flashpoint universe, he is the ultimate hero and beckon of hope that the New 52 Superman never tried to be, and now give him a son who's coming in to his own powers, it's such an great story telling device that we have never seen Clark in before.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #1-4 
I know there is a lot of hate for the current story arc being penned by Nick Spencer, but I'm loving it, it is a Cap story that's never been done before, and I'll admit it, I wasn't originally gonna pick up this title up, but after all the controversy and commotion of the final page shocker I had to judge it for myself. The new costume is even growing on me, way better the ugly Marvel NOW! redesign, I think I'm actually looking forward to a Marvel Legend figure of it. The only thing I'm not digging is it's starting to get dragged in the stupid Civil War II event currently going on, and I really wish it didn't cause it's interrupting this great new narrative that has to now be inter-weaved by company mandate, really annoying. 

I'm considering also picking up Suicide Squad and Trinity, Suicuide Sqaud because of the Jim Lee artwork and the inclusion of General Zod as an antagonist, and Trinity cause it looks to follow and or tie into the Superman & son dynamic, and I'm a fan of Francis Manapul's work on New 52 Flash. For a huge Marvel fan and collector this is strange for me right now with my most favorite comic is from neither of the Big Two publishers, and thinking of following three DC titles but only one from Marvel, just goes to show you how great DC has risen their talents and business strategies cause I've bought a lot DC comics in the last 5 years. It's not entirely Marvel's fault, I'm behind on a lot of X-Men and Avengers stories I'm trying to catch up on while DC's Rebirth titles are great jumping on points and has me looking forward to the next issues every comic shop visit. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer

Ladies and gentlemen, Joss Whedon, and the cast and crew of the second Avengers motion picture have achieved what can only be called: "Cinema Perfection". No more can said, stop reading, and watch, and let the waiting begin.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review


You wouldn't know this is directing duo of brothers Anthony and Joe Russo's first ever action movie because they made The First Avenger's second solo adventure a solid action packed thriller that is everything you ever wanted in a Captain America movie. This begin the 9th film in Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe and close to the end of their Phase 2 plans, Marvel isn't afraid to shake up the status quo, and with the destruction of S.H.I.E.L.D. a staple has been removed that was once the connective tissue connecting the first batch of Phase 1 movies. The aftermath of these events drastically effect the upcoming movies, and even disrupt and completely change the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series which I think is an awesome prospect thanks to the shared universe.

Chris Evans once again perfectly nails it at Steve Rogers, he effortlessly brings to life the brooding but still hopeful man out of time of the Ed Brubaker story which the movie is adapted from. Scarlet Johansson comfortably slips back in to being the kick-ass Black Widow, and I'm so glad they didn't force Cap and Widow into a relationship which the trailers almost made it look like they were, but this movie did set up future love interest in Agent 13 Sharon Carter played by the lovely Emily VanCamp. Anthony Mackie as Falcon is an amazing welcome addition the movie universe, he literally jumps and fits right in, and I can't wait to see him in more movies, and hope we see him join The Avengers.

Samuel L. Jackson owns being Nick Fury, this movie is much of a Nick Fury movie as it is a Captain America movie, his every action was a surprise performance. We all knew when Bucky fell to his apparent death in the first movie we'd see him return as the Winter Soldier, and Sebastian Stan does not disappoint, his brutal fight scenes, struggle against brainwashing, and one flashback scene, all crowd pleasers in my opinion. Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce was smooth and very engaging as the main bad guy, but I believe his character need more explanation of why he was with Hydra, I was waiting the whole time for him to be revealed to be the Red Skull still alive, possessing him like Aleksander Lukin who Pierce is kinda based off mixed with the Skull's Dell Rusk government official identity, perhaps it's was in an early script, or there are some deleted scenes, who knows.

This movie had a plethora of enemies for Cap to punch, but I loved they included comic book villians like Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow a.k.a. Crossbones, Georges St.Pierre as Batroc, and even the surprise return of Toby Jones as the computerized Arnim Zola, all of whom I have no doubt we'll see again in the next movie, especially Crossbones since he was shown still alive. I don't know about anybody else but the final fight with Bucky at the end was really emotional for me, I got scared for a moment when I saw blood on the red and white stripes on Cap's costume just like when he was killed in the comics six years ago, and yelped "oh no" when he dropped his shield in to the water. With the mid-credit scene was are introduced to Thomas Kretschmann's  Baron von Strucker, and the movie version of the origins of Quicksilver's and Scarlet Witch's powers since they can not be identifited as mutants, it appears they've got their powers from being experimented on with the energy from Loki's staff last seen in the first Avengers movie, very interesting, and with Winter Soldier still about and starting to remember who he is, he will without a doubt most certainly be in the next Captain America movie, and if my predictions are correct will even ware the stars and stripes and wield the shield in future movies.

Monday, March 24, 2014

X-Men: Days of Future Past Trailer #2

Well damn, if that trailer didn't make Days of Future Past even more awesome then I had already hoped. This just might be the X-Men movie above all X-Men movies, possibility knocking down X2: X-Men United from best X-Men movie. Wicked looking Future Sentinels, and two different teams of X-teams kicking ass, Mr. Singer you are making us X-fans so happy.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Transformers: Age of Extinction Trailer

You had me at flat nose semi truck alt mode, but then you gave me Optimus Prime backhanding Grimlock, Mr. Bay you have my money, well done sir, well done.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Batman: Arkham Knight Trailer

Bat-Damn it! Now I got another reason to want to get a PS4. After letting another developer create a prequel Rocksteady Studios returns for the epic finale to the Batman: Arkham video game series. Enemies unite in an all-out war for Gotham City prompting Batman to pull out an all new Tumbler-like Batmobile, and a fancy new Bat-suit.