Monday, February 8, 2016

Transformers Platinum Edition Year of the Fire Monkey Optimus Primal

Year of the Fire Monkey Optimus Primal
Presenting the Transformers Platinum Edition Year of the Fire Monkey Optimus Primal.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! The New Lunar Year has rolled in and we are now under the gracious auspices of the Chinese Zodiac's Fire Monkey. Lucky numbers for the year are 1, 8 & 7. Lucky colors are Gold, Blue and White.

In celebration of the new year, new hope and new beginnings, Hasbro decided to release this redeco of the 2001 Robots in Disguise Air Attack Optimus Primal.

Personally we'd rather that they reissued the 1998 Super Optimal Optimus, but this is still a gigantic leap over the YOTG debacle last year involving the translucent G2 Battle Convoy armed with pink missiles (It couldn't get any gayer). While it's no YOTH MP10 Optimus Prime, it's still a step up over last lunar year.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Transformers Combiner Wars Sky Lynx

Transformers Combiner Wars Sky Lynx
Presenting the Transformers Combiner Wars Sky Lynx.

Sky Lynx is quite a unique Autobot. One of the few major characters of power and reknown that does not have a humanoid form (Well... til now that is). He instead transforms into.... well the G1 manuals call him a "dino-bird", but clearly he's a form of gryphon.

He's so unique in fact that he's actually quite vain  (Though he can back up his vanity and rank of Lieutenant Commander with power, speed, grace and talent, so "Bite me" seems to be his standard response to any criticism.)

Sky Lynx is so vain he's known for the quote "Before you do anything, think, 'Is this what Sky Lynx would do in my position?', and you will not go far wrong."

That's probably why Springer calls Sky Lynx "Commander Modesty".

Monday, February 1, 2016

Batman Arkham Knight Action Figure

DC Direct
Batman Arkham Knight Action Figure
Presenting the Arkham Knight from the highly successful Batman video game of the same name.

In a nutshell, this is Jason Todd, the second Robin (The one we all voted to kill... well we did anyway, sorry about that) that the Joker allegedly killed.

For those unfamiliar with the video-game, Jason Todd replaces Dick Grayson as Robin and is seemingly killed by the Joker. Unbeknownst to Batman, the greatest Detective on Earth, Jason is still alive and has been kidnapped by the Joker.

The Joker tortures and mentally breaks Jason Todd in an abandoned wing of Arkham Assylum FOR A YEAR. You know how heroes always cling to hope and say "The Batman will come for me"? Well the Joker makes Jason cast away all hope by showing him pictures of the Batman with the new Robin (Tim Drake).

Broken, the Joker brands Jason with a "J" on his forehead and says that Jason is now his sidekick. Jason almost gives in and is about to reveal Batman's true identity when the Joker decides to shoot him in the head (Personally, we believe that he was bored and it wouldn't be any fun for the Joker if he knew the Batman's true identity).

But Jason lives! (Just had to say it). And filed with anger, the Arkham Knight is born.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Evasion Mode Optimus Prime FWI-5 Advanced Weapons Collection and Reprolabels upgrades

Evasion Mode Optimus Prime
FWI-5 Advanced Weapons Collection and Reprolabels  upgrades
Presenting an Evasion Mode Optimus Prime upgraded with Reprolabels and accessorized with Fans-Want-It's  FWI-5 Advanced Weapons Collection.

For the record, this is the Takara AD02 Evasion Mode Optimus Prime with the head of the Platinum Edition Evasion Mode Optimus Prime. We removed the head of our Platinum Edition Evasion Mode Optimus Prime when we upgraded him with the DX-9 Armor, so we changed our AD02's head because we're partial to the face plate..

We actually have seven Evasion Mode Optimus Primes in the Dungeon, including two KOs (Nemesis Prime plus the Prime that came with a DX-9 armor KO set). We did a quick count and there is a three-way tie for the most number of Optimus Prime variants in the Dungeon. With seven variants each, the three-way-tie is between the Evasion Mode Optimus Primes; the Classics Optimus Primes and; the DOTM/ROTF Leader Class Optimus Primes.

To break the tie, we shall soon acquire the Hasbro version of the Evasion Mode Optimus Prime that we more or less ignored.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Star Wars Titanium Series Tie Interceptor

Star Wars Titanium Series Tie Interceptor
Presenting a Tie Interceptor from the Star Wars Titanium Series toyline.

The TIE/IN starfighter or TIE Interceptor, was developed following the disastrous Fei Hu campaign between the Empire and the Rebellion where 286 TIE Fighters were destroyed by the T-65 X-Wings of the Rebel's Light Panther Wing - who suffered only 4 casualties.

Of course none of this is canon now that Episode VII has rolled in, but given the proclivity of the writers of Star Wars Rebels to make the Empire's forces look like amateurs and complete idiots in the face of an incredibly technologically advanced Rebellion, who knows?