Sunday, March 1, 2015

Star Wars A-Wing POTF

Presenting a Rebel Alliance A-Wing Starfighter from the Star Wars Power of the Force (POTF) 1997 toyline.

There is actually a bit of confusion with regard to what exactly is an A-Wing Starfighter as Kuat's Eta-5 Interceptors (Descendants of the ETA-2 Interceptors used by the Republic Jedi - which surprisingly we've never shot) used both by the New Jedi Order and the Galactic Alliance Defense Fleet is also referred to as an A-Wing. Further a plethora of book and game developers portrayed something that looked like an A-Wing before it's first and actual deployment during the Battle of Endor (Although the A-Wing was used by the Rebels in small raids prior to that).

The previous sightings of "A-Wings" prior to the Battle of Yavin were retconned as being R-22 Spearheads developed by Tammuz-an space navy. The R-22's carried less firepower, were not as fast nor as maneuverable and could carry two pilots.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Captain Spock, Leonard Nimoy, has gone to explore the final frontier

Captain Spock has sadly indeed gone to explore the final frontier (Leonard Simon Nimoy - March 26, 1931 - February 27, 2015). At 83 Terran years of age, Captain Spock, now Ambassador Spock, finally succumbed to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He is survived by his wife, Susan, and his two children: Adam and Julie. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

We will always remember him as one of the best - if not the best - Captain of the Enterprise.

We're consumed with grief right now, but even with his death find ourselves comforted by Captain Spock's words from Wrath of Khan:

Spock:  "Do not grieve, admiral. It is logical. The needs of the many outweigh ..."
Kirk: "the needs of the few,"
Spock: "Or the one ..." I never took the Kobayashi Maru test, until now... What do you think of my solution?"

Spock: ""I have been and always shall be your friend. Live long and prosper."

His soul was indeed the most "human."

Monday, February 23, 2015

STAR WARS KO Lego General Grievous Wheel Bike

Presenting the STAR WARS KO Lego version of the Wheel Bike of General Grievous.

To the uninitiated, this is a Tsmeu-6 Personal wheel bike. It was meant as a reconnaissance vehicle by Z-Gomot Ternbuell Guppat Corporation, till some madman discovered and relished in the idea that a big-spiked wheel traveling at 330kph can sow a little "damage" to arrayed troops - at the very least it will clear a path.

General Grievous made the Tsmeu-6 personal wheel bike even more... grievous.... by removing the passenger seat and arming it with an ND-53 Double laser cannon.

And the bad boy had at least three of them made.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Takara AOE Armor Knight Optimus Prime

Presenting the Takara Armor Knight Optimus Prime from the Transformers Age of Extinction (AOE) toyline-  AKA the Takara AD31.

When we first saw the Armor Knight Optimus Prime on the internet, we thought "Oh great! Another repaint released because the toyline wasn't selling." Yes, while we thought that the Takara AD01 was decent and we loved the design elements that went into it, there was nothing that would make up purchase the regular Hasbro version because it was crappy in comparison to the ROTF and DOTM Voyager Class Optimus Primes that we've come to love.

But when we saw this on the shelves, all we could hear was Bruno Mars singing "Gottta kiss myself I’m so pretty. I’m too hot (hot damn) Called a police and a fireman. I’m too hot (hot damn) Make a dragon wanna retire man. I’m too hot (hot damn) Say my name you know who I am...." coming from the snobbish package.

Yeah we kissed it.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

GI Joe Retaliation Jinx

Presenting Jinx from the GI Joe Retaliation Toy Line.

Yes. Two years after the release of the GI Joe Retaliation movie, we finally got our hands on the ultra-expensive and hard-to-find Jinx action figure (Of course we're still looking for the unmasked and red-masked SDCC versions - or the really, really expensive Kim Arashikage figure - if only they were cheaper).

To the uninitiated (Really? Why are you here?) this particular Jinx was portrayed by Elodie Yung in the GI Joe Retaliation movie. Jinx was more or less a supporting character who was struggling to earn the respect of Snake-Eyes who mistrusted her primarily because Jinx was the cousin of his nemesis Storm-Shadow.

Jinx was with Snake-Eyes in the battle of a red-ninja filled mountain to kidnap Storm-Shadow. It is during that battle that she wore this yellow-jacket ninja outfit which ran contrary to her traditional cartoon incarnation red outfit. This was probably done to help distinguish her from the rest of the red ninjas (Black was taken by Snake-Eyes).

Or GI Joe Retaliation director John Chu is a fan of the Power Rangers.