Saturday, July 30, 2011

Who You Gonna' Call?


With my acquisition of Ray Stanz from Mattycollector, I now have the the complete team of all four original Ghostbusters which is a real monumental achievement for me. I am a huge Ghostbusters fan, the the two movies and The Real Ghostbusters ruled my early childhood before comic books and video games came into my life. I had all the play equipment and all the action figures, vehicles, and even the Fire House.

As a kid I even had a rat tail like Egon from the cartoon had, guess who my favorite Ghostbusters is? When I heard that Mattel was gonna create a line of action figures based on the original movies I was ecstatic, to finally have 6 inch tall highly detailed and articulated 3D representations of Egon, Peter, Ray, and Winston it was a dream come true. Now I can only wish and hope that one day Mattel will repaint these guys with new heads and Neutrino Wands for the Proton Packs to make look like their Real Ghostbusters cartoon counterparts.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Marvel Mega Bloks Blind Packs

These have shown up at Wal-Mart building block aisles recently, and have started to become quite popular and sought after, and I'd have to agree, these are awesome. My first one I found misplaced in the trading card aisle, intrigued I had to buy it and see who it was, and to my surprise it was a bunch of silver and black pieces to assemble Armored Spider-Man. Since then I've bought three more, and simply by feeling the pieces through the package have acquired War Machine, Iron Man, and Venom.  

These little guys are great, Iron Man and War Machine have sculpted in detail, I love how they made Venom bigger then the others, and each figure comes with 2-3 accessories. I really hope they continue making these blind packs, if you have friends that get them as well you can trading doubles like trading cards back in the day. I've got most of Series 1 just missing 3 more, looking forward to see more characters like from X-Men, and The Avengers, maybe Cable one day even. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pic of The Day 07/26

2011 is the 20th anniversary of Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's X-Men (Vol.02) #1, so in celebration Marvel is releasing a recolored edition by colorist Thomas Mason in October. 20 years ago I was 7 years old, and I remember buying the original for $1.50 seeing that it was a new #1. I choose the cover with Wolverine and Cyclops on it, I still have it, a little beat up from hundreds of rereads and being thrown around everywhere before I started becoming a better comic book keeper and collector. I of course latter hunted down the glossier gate-fold cover edition to replace the tattered one that has all the X-Men charging in on Magneto witch is the one being recolored.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

SDCC'11: DC Universe Series 20 & More

Like Hasbro with their Marvel Legends, Mattel was Comic-Con was showing off their DC Universe Classics with the reveal of Series 20, and the announcement of their Mattycolletor Club Infinite Earths subscription and exclusive figures. Let's checkout DC Universe Classics Series 20:

Dove: She was recently important in Blackest Night and Brightest Day so not surprised. Personally I hope we see Don Hall the original Dove down the road.
Hawk: Obvious addition since Dove is here. Sculpt looks great, could be a little bigger though.
Green Arrow (Modern): Now he's a surprise, but totally welcome. Sculpt looks dead on, even better the DC Direct detail.
Red Arrow: YES! Right of my wishlist to make the 2006 JLA roster.
Reverse Flash: No surprise with Flashpoint going on, and about time if you ask me. Stoked they included the lightning rod from Flash: Rebirth
Collect-n-Connect Nekron: The big baddie mastermind behind Blackest Night, and an addition to the Black Lanterns, I'm behind it.
White Lantern Flash and Sinestro Corps Sinestro was also announced to be in Series 20 but are said to be revealed at New York Comic-Con in October.

The Flash (Jay Garrick), Atrocitus, and Starman (Thom Kallor) are going to be Mattycollector online store exclusive singles in 2012. Which I don't think is a bad idea, as long as their not too expensive. I definitely want all three of these guys, Jay and Thom for the Justice Society, and Atrocitus to lead the Red Lanterns, can't wait.

Also Arkham City Harley Quinn, Joker and Robin were revealed, Harley appears to be a single card release in the Batman Legacy series, while Joker and Robin are packaged as a two-pack.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger Review


Thank you Marvel Studios, Thank you Joe Johnston, and thank you Chris Evans for finally giving us a genuine serious Captain America movie. For those who worried about Chris Evans being Steve Rogers, he did great, he made a truly believable and relateable super soldier. Like Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor, Hugo Weaving is freaking perfect as Red Skull, masterfully translated from page to screen German accent and all.

Tommy Lee Jones was a real highlight of the film, he's every line was a riot, further proof having a A-List actor in a supporting role is a great move of stealing the scene but not stealing the movie. There was a great easter egg for eagle eyed Marvel fans of the original android Human Torch Jim Hammond at the Modern Marvels of Tomorrow expo. I give The First Avenger 8 out of 10 Cosmic Cubes, only really a couple smalls things like I thought could of been better like I would of like to have seen Cap exactly train to fight and learn how he could ricochet he's shield and I feel Bucky was under used and quickly killed not long after he's rescue.

Fans and I know we'll see Bucky return as The Winter Soldier, and the Red Skull has to come back either in a Captain America sequel or future Avengers film. Speaking of The Avengers, make sure to stay after the credits to see The Avengers teaser trailer that will just blow you away, every hero looks great, oh and the return of Loki. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!

Cable Reborn

Wow, it's been a year since Cable died at the end of Second Coming crossover in X-Force #28, and now he'll be back in under six months, awesome. I have complete faith that Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, great writer and great artist can bring back Cable is in a not-cheap kickass must read way. December the Askani'son returns, damn that wasn't long but he's #1 fan isn't complaining. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

SDCC'11: Marvel Legends Relaunch

Yesterday was San Diego Comic-Con 2011's Preview Night so last night and today we are getting pictures from the floor of up and coming action figures, the ones I'm the most psyched to see are the new Marvel Legends scheduled to come out in 2012. Over the next few days expect my blogs to relate to something revealed at Comic-Con. So with these pics thanks to Marvelous News and Action Figure Pics we see Series 1, with Series 2 to be shown soon too. 

Commander Steve Rogers: Yes! He was on my short list of wants for this new line. Love that damn costume. 
Constrictor: Sweet, a long time wanted villain by many collectors. 
Ghost Rider (Modern Danny Ketch): OK, don't know if anyone really wants him, but cool. I mean I love the 90's Danny Ketch Ghost Rider, but not a fan of he's new look. 
Hope Summers: Aye, so this goes back to an old argument of should recently new to the Marvel Universe characters show up in a action figure line titled Marvel Legends, and I say nay. Hope is far too new, and takes a spot that should of went to another long awaited more deserving character. 
Iron Man (Extremis Armor): Cool, fans have been waiting for the armor ever since Civil War. Now Civil War displays will be accurate, and another armor to Tony's Armory. 
Klaw: Another great long awaited Fantastic Four and Avengers villain most welcomed. 
Thor (Modern): Looks great, but I still have to say the Marvel Select version is bigger and better, sorry Hasbro. I'll put him the Avengers display I guess, while MS Thor will stay in the Thor display. 
Build-a-Figure Terrax: He's was revealed to be the BAF awhile ago so no surprise there. He does look good though, just hope they redesign he's hands to hold he's axe by he's release.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3

I hate you Capcom, you know I am gonna have to buy this. Two-thirds of the new Marvel character are enough to make me give you $40 for this, hell you probably would of had me at just Ghost Rider. 12 more characters, 8 new levels I'm all for, but tweaked programing I'm not sure about, I found MvsC3's control to be perfect, and I noticed in one video Captain America's Shield Sash didn't go all the way across the screen only a short distance and then back, not cool I loved that move. So stoked for Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Iron Fist, and Nova, but come on Dr. Strange has never been a hand-to-hand combatant, and Rocket Raccoon should of been Silver Surfer.

Virgil for Capcom's side is awesome, Nemesis hell yeah, Strider I take him he's from the original two, but Phoenix Wright, Frank West, and Firebrand are weak picks from Capcom great history of video game characters. Still highly disappointed you haven't brought in Cable for this edition or as downloadable content, but hey knowing you you'll probably release another updated version with him in it and you'll make me buy this game for a third time. Hopefully controls and moves aren't tampered with too much, cause this is gonna be great to fight friends online again with more characters and levels to brawl with.

Checkout official art of all twelve new characters here! 

Amazing Spider-Man Teaser Trailer

Wow, we exactly get to see Peter's parent in this one, that's a cool subplot I want to see how they factor it in this movie or if it's something for the next sequel. The first-person wall crawling and web swinging looks awesome, now I only hope that we get the ol' always wisecracking on the bad guys Spidey that we didn't get in the last three films. I didn't see one bad characterization in that trailer, I think this film has a perfect cast, I await to see who playing Norman Osborn cause you know he's gonna be set up to be the Green Goblin for the next movie.
If you haven't seen them here's some new pics of Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man from the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. I have to say the new costume is starting to grow on me, but I am still hoping for the classic design by the end of the movie or in the next one.