Monday, October 29, 2012

MOTU Prince Adam & Orko Review

Originally released as a San Diego Comic-Con 2010 exclusive "Orko with Prince Adam pack-in" finally gave us The Most Powerful Man In The Universe's alter ego. Later re-released and made available for purchase off Matty Collector for those like me who couldn't get to that convention. This version of Orko is the painted re-release that was only available off the Matty Collector website, the original convention exclusive Orko was made of heat sensitive color changing plastic, I prefer the painted version to better fit in with the other MOTU Classics figures.

Prince Adam is no surprise a repaint of He-Man sporting a new soft plastic vest and resculpted smiling head. Painted in colors closely following he's appearance in the 80's cartoon right down to he's purple boots and light purple tights which along with his painted-on white shirt have a nice light shadowing that brings out and really helps define the muscle sculpt. The MOTU Classics are more based off the original 80's action figures then how they appeared in the TV series, where the original Prince Adam had he's He-Man's gauntlets painted white, here the sculptors The Four Horseman gave Adam identical round gauntlets and painted them in an amazing pearl white, which is the real standout detail on this figure.

Adam comes with three accessories to call he's own, a Power Sword painted in magenta and purple, a Power Sword Half in the same colors, and an additional interchangeable head with the usual He-Man grimace. I myself would of liked him to come with a regularly colored Power Sword, but Mattel stuck with the original's sword color. The vast majority of MOTU collectors wished Mattel added a sword slit on Adam's vest to hold he's sword like his sister Adora's figure, but I'm guess they wanted to keep with the design of the original figure, and to the cartoon where you never actually see Adam wearing the sword on his back, and seems like he pulls the sword out from under the back of he's vest.

Orko is a amazing little figure in perfect scale with the other Classics figures, and adds another major cast member of the original cartoon to my shelf. Along with perfectly painted colors Orko has three points of articulation in each of he's arms, and a sweet ball shaped head on a ball joint neck which you can rotate and tilt in almost any direction. Orko's three accessories are he's scepter which I think is a scaled down revision of the one he's 2002 toy came with, a closed spellbook, and he's clear flight stand to appear floating while standing with he's fellow defenders of Eternia.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Iron Man Anime Movie & Heroes United Trailers

I still haven't seen any of the Marvel Anime yet, hear Iron Man is the best out of the bunch, and Rise of Techovore is looking to be awesome and definitely worthy of being the first feature length anime movie. I'm wondering though if this movie is a sequel to the Iron Man anime series or suppose to fit in the Iron Man/Avengers movie universe. Heroes United on the other hand is looking horrible, I was hoping for something better then Invincible Iron Man, but it look like it's on par or worse than it, I honestly don't even know if I'm going to buy it now.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Announced

'Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United': First Look at Marvel Animation's debut movie EXCLUSIVE
The big green guy and the big metal guy are having a post-Avengers reunion in animated form. Marvel Animation Studios has exclusively revealed plans to EW for its debut feature, Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United, which will team Tony Stark and Bruce Banner in a fight against the villain Zzzax, a creature formed out of pure energy who can absorb human minds. As these first images show, the movie (which will debut on home video April 23) is a hybrid of computer-generated animation and hand-drawn art. Zzzax is a character long familiar to fans of the Hulk, a sentient being created by accident after a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant caused a bizarre chain reaction. The living energy mass that results, dubbed “It!” on the cover of its first comic book appearance in August 1973, is a kind of giant, lumbering brainwave vampire, consuming the electrical impulses in the heads of every living thing it encounters.
“We see his origin in the movie. It’s what would happen if the entire Eastern seaboard [electrical grid] went out,” says Jeph Loeb, executive VP of Marvel’s TV division, which is overseeing the movie. “The two heroes meet up, thinking of each other as to blame.” What happens next? “Calamity ensues,” Loeb says. Naturally.
Fans have been hoping for a team-up between the two heroes since May, after Robert Downey Jr.’s Stark rolled off into the sunset with Mark Ruffalo’s de-Hulked Bruce Banner. At Comic-Con this summer, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige teased a crowd of thousands: “Well, if you remember at the end of Avengers, he jumped into the car with Tony,” Feige said, drawing anticipatory cheers — which he then annihilated. “And Tony dropped him off at the Port Authority, and we’ll see him again someday."
So maybe the Hulk won’t turn up in next spring’s Iron Man 3, but before that stop at the bus station there may have been time for one little adventure. While the animated Heroes United isn’t a direct sequel to The Avengers, “we welcome people to interpret any way they like,” says Loeb. "In tone and character, we want to follow our best leader. In this version, Adrian Pasdar (NBC’s Heroes) voices Iron Man and Fred ­Tatasciore (a veteran of previous Hulk cartoons) voices Banner and his monstrous alter-ego. 
Zzzax will be voiced by Dee Bradley Baker, best known as Klaus the goldfish on American Dad. (We’re guessing this movie will feature a much different accent.) While the film doesn’t have Downey or Ruffalo, it will try to capture the spirit of their onscreen partnership in The Avengers. “The challenge was to pick up the banter between the two of them. Certainly, Adrian Pasdar’s performance is inspired by what Robert Downey Jr. does, and Mark laid down such an incredible path for us to be able to follow,” Loeb says.
There’s one significant change from the live-action movie: “You’ll see in Heroes United that Hulk’s a little more articulate,” Loeb says. After road-tripping with Stark, how could he not become a bit more loquacious? There’s already a separate Big Hero 6 film in the works, that marks the first partnership between Marvel and Walt Disney Studios Animation, a separate entity within the same parent company. But if the Heroes United is a hit, expect more superhero mash-ups from the Marvel Animation Studios division.
“It’s our hope that we will start doing more feature-length direct to Blu-ray and DVD stories,” he says. “They’ll more than likely be in team-up situations. We find it works really well when we have big exciting adventures with two or more of our heroes.”
Wow, Marvel Animation isn't dead, I almost thought they crawled under away and died since DC's animated films have been dominating the home release comic book feature market. I don't want to say I have high hopes for this, but I really do want it to be a more then decent flick. Marvel teaming up with Disney Animation sounds intriguing, not entirely sure about Big Hero 6 being their first joint venture, but we shall see.