Monday, January 31, 2011

Model Kits Update

"Where's my guns at?"
Alright, got G-3 mostly done, just need to build he's weapons, and then on to detailing. Here's a little trivia about RX-78-3, it didn't appear in the original "Mobile Suit: Gundam" TV series, but in the novel adaption of the story by Yoshiyuki Tomino, the writer and creator of the TV series. In that story the RX-78-2 is destroyed in a battle with Lalah, and Amuro was given the RX-78-3 which was built by the Earth Federation at Jaburo with an added magnetic coating on the joints to better respond to Amuro's quicker Newtype reflexes.

Picked up two more models at a hobbyshop, Master Grade Gundam Ez8, and HGUC Zaku II F2. Expect to be seeing WIP pics and updates in the future on both of these guy. I'm thinking of doing the High Grade before the Master Grade, since it'll take less time to complete.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Superman / Secret Origin Review

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Henry Cavill (a.k.a. Showtime's 1st Duke of Suffolk Charles Brandon on The Tudors) has won the coveted role of Superman, the iconic superhero for the planned 2012 cinematic Superman reboot.

Like his fellow English actor Christian "Batman" Bale, he's a beefy dude with a strong jawline and powerful chest hair and beard-growing abilities. Naturally, I hope Snyder capitalizes on these attributes for at least one super burly scene where Superman clears, then quickly replants an entire forest (in order to rebuild an orphanage or something rad). That's regrettably unlikely, but with Christopher Nolan producing the film, at least we can trust Cavill's Superman will probably punch something onscreen.

The film will be directed by Zack Snyder, who stated, “In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen. I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.”

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Cavill recently wrapped production on “The Cold Light of Day” and stars in the upcoming “Immortals,” opening this fall. Targeted for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Wow this is great news, he looks the part, I can really see him as Superman. I'm hoping this new movie will be very action packed, with a worthwhile blockbuster story and a very threatening villain. My personal vote for the bad guy is Brainiac, both a mental and physical opponent, but a December 2012 release date?, man that's so far away to finally see a new Superman movie.

If you wondering who I think make a great Lex Luthor, John Hamm is that answer. Just watch this hilarious video, and you'll see why.

Just finished reading Supe's latest origin reboot "Superman: Secret Origin", and wow was it awesome. A modern retelling of Clark Kent's beginnings and he's journey to becoming The Man of Steel, written by one my new favorite comic book writers Geoff Johns, mind-blowingly beautiful art by Gary Frank, and perfectly inked by Jon Sibal.  This team is dead even with Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely as my favorite writer/artist team, I'm definitely on a quest now to posses all of Johns and Frank Superman work.

Gary Frank draws Clark and Superman to very closely resemble Christoper Reeve, and I love how he draws both portrayals as almost two totally different people like the original movies, unlike most artist I've seen with "Clark in costume" or "Superman wearing glasses" renditions. He's Clark is perfectly mild-mannered with just the right speck of geekiness, while he's Superman is very how can I say "visually determined" to be the symbol of truth and jusitce he wants to be. As to other characters, Lois Lane has the best body I have ever seen her with by any artist.

The story as I said is a modern retelling the famous origin, but not a forced "Look it's the 21st century!" modernization like Superman: Earth One. Everything Geoff Johns writes is gold, he just knows what makes a great Superhero story, nicely paced action, and drama with just the right amount of new direction. He perfectly fits the genesis of Lex Luthor's hatred for Superman and the creation of two other classic villians Metallo and Parasite in to this seamless story.

The Deluxe Hardcover Edition is the only format it is currently collected it, but I personally recommend it for it's bigger pages of Gary Frank's wonderful art. If your a Superman fan you need to own this.

Friday, January 28, 2011

MS Saga: A New Dawn

No, that's not Eureka.

Ah, MS Saga: A New Dawn, originally released in Japan as Gundam: True Odyssey in 2005, then in America in 2006. I patiently waited to find this game in-stores to buy it since I first heard about and followed it's Japanese release, but I never saw it grace the likes of Wal-Mart or Game Crazy. It wasn't until sometime last year a great friend of mine got it for me, who also has a blog, Kaji's Blog, which you should checkout.

So after nearly a year of off again, and on again gameplay, and 92 in-game hours (twice that is probably the real time hours for dying and replaying) I have finally beaten MS Saga, with all the extremely hard optional bosses beaten as well, I might add. After not touching the game for about a month in fear of the final battle being a grueling ultra hard death and repeat-a-thon like the optional bosses, I turn it on last night to finally face the pain, but surprisingly is was really easy, never died or came near-death for any of my party. My final party of six Gundams, which you can only send out three at a time, consisted of Nu Gundam, God Gundam, Heavyarms Custom, Wing Zero Custom, Altron Custom, and Deathscythe Hell Custom.

Oh yeah, state of the badass art
With the defeat of the final boss and the watching of the ending I unlocked a new epilogue mission, which a very helpful in my battles walkthrough site only describes as "Insanity is running into a wall twenty times and expecting a different result", yeah it's freaking hard. Every random encounter is as hard as a sub-boss of boss fight, and on top of that the sub-boss and boss fights are all the powerful boss mobile suits again only even more insanely powerful the before. Yeah, so if I ever do beat this extra mission I be sure to post my victory here.

MS Saga: A New Dawn is an RPG featuring the Mobile Suits and Gundams of various Gundam series but not any the characters from those series. MS Saga has a complete original story with no connection to any of the Gundam universes, the basic story is boy and friend find mobile suits to avenge past tragedy, gathers new friends, allies, and mobile suits, along the way find a cause to fight for against a greater enemy. Gameplay consist of roaming the world getting in to fights to get experience points and money to upgrade, and customize your mobile suits, while hitting towns to get missions to move the story along.

I don't play very many turn based RPGs, but this game was extermely fun, and highly addictive. A real draw to the game for me was the Super Deformed mobile suits being taking as their full size seriousness, and the customization like given weapons to mobile suits who never use those particular weapons. You could also repaint your mobile suits and Gundam, which I did for the grunt mobile suits, but when it was a Gundam I keep their original scheme. I highly recommend this game for any RPG or Gundam lover.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Sentinel Added

Ah, brings back memories of playing X-Men: Children of The Atom at the arcade as a kid, a previous Capcom fighting game from which the Sentinel character is from. With 7 X-Men characters, and 5 characters from both Resident Evil and Devil May Cry, I am becoming totally psyched for this game. Resident Evil, and Devil May Cry being my two most favorite Survival Horror games from Capcom, so playing as RE5 Chris, Wesker, Dante is just awesome beyond belief for me.

As a huge fan of both Marvel Comics, and various games from Capcom, I was naturally attracted to the original Marvel Vs. Capcom game, which my best team was Wolverine and Venom. Then with MvsC 2 I of course added my most favorite Marvel character, Cable, who is sadly missing from MvsC 3. I'm hoping he'll pop up as downloadable content later, for now I got he's ol' buddy Deadpool to play as.

Awesome Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 Artwork

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Gundam Fandom and Model Kit Building

I am a huge Gundam fan, and most other mech anime. I fell in to Gundam like most American Gundam fans did in 2000 with the premiere of Gundam Wing on Cartoon Network's Toonami block, and with that made want to know more about the series, and all that came before it. Thanks to emergence of mass Anime appeal in America, the internet, and a great web site, Mecha Domain I slowly learned everything about the Gundam franchise I could, all the TV series and movies, characters, Mobile Suits, and the technologies. After 10 years I seen almost every Gundam production, own almost every American Gundam DVD releases, 98 Gundam Action Figures, 15 completed model kits, 6 Gundam video games, a complete series of Gundam Wing trading cards, and T-shirts among tons of other stuff.

So as a Gundam fan I naturally got in the model kit building (Gunpla), starting with my favorite Gundam from the Gundam Wing TV series Gundam Heavyarms. Which I bought at a Toys-R-Us back when Gundam Wing first came out, and you use to be able to buy Gundam model kits at American retail stores, but only the ones Bandai America released in english packaging from recently shown Gundam shows on Cartoon Network. Nowadays us American Gunpla builders have buy our kits at on-line stores or import shops,  which is kinda of great cause it's the same places we get our supplies like paint markers, razors, pliers, ect.

So speaking of Gundam model kits, I'm currently  in the middle of constructing my 16th model kit, RX-78-3 Gundam G3, so expect me post updates of my progress on him, and future kits I do down the line. Also Checkout my new page of all my past completed Gundam models.

Box for G3 Vs. Char's Dom 
G3 Update 01: Chest, Arms, and Legs

Pic of The Day 01/26

Deadpool Vs. Deathstroke The Terminator
Wade Wilson Vs. Slade Wilson, my two favorite mercenaries. That would be a great fight, notice DP with the chainsaw, part of he's unorthodox fighting style to throw he's opponents and prove he's insane. Though I'd put my money on Deathstroke, he'd think of a way to put Wade down, not for long, but long enough to get away from the Merc-With-A-Mouth.

Monday, January 24, 2011

First Post: Transformers TPBs

Welcome to Temporal Flux, and to my first post on my new blog. What you see in the pic is an awesome lot of Transformers graphic novels I won off Ebay. Consisting of nearly the entire run of the Titans Books collections of Marvel Comic's 80 issue Transformers run, only missing one volume. Extra including the first hardcover book of the Generation 2 mini-series, and two Transformers UK trades.
If you were a kid in the late 80's like I was, then you watched or at least knew of the original Transformers cartoon. Myself, I caught the later reruns, not the original broadcasts, but as a budding comic reader/lover/collector I came across the Transformers comics from Marvel, and that's where I truly fell in love with the Transformers. The stories, art, and characterization in the comics in my opinion showed the war between the Autobots and Decepticons far much more better and deeper then were ever shown in any TV series or movie.
The Marvel comics gave my two favorite Decepticons that were never shown in any cartoon, Bludgeon, and Thunderwing. I have a few issues of the singe issues, and I've always wanted the complete 80 issue series, but never found them back issue diving. I missed the releases of the Titans trades, so winning this collection, and now finally (almost) having the complete series is a real achievement for me.
Maybe after I read them all I'll post reviews and write my thoughts on my favorite version the Transformers.