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Archive for August, 2013
Its our monumental 300th Episode! Thank you all for making this possible. Thank you Tommy Das, Joe Daddy, Producer Pumpkin, Producer Mikey, Samantha Serrano, Kevin the Idaho Jew, Jorge Rodriguez, Joe Castello, Chris and everyone who had anything to do with our show. Thank you all of our supporters, Tate’s Comics, Mega Convention, Iam Ratchet Toys and everyone who ever showed us the love and support by allowing us the opportunity to take this beast on the road. Thank you all for calling up and showing love (Jorge, Joe, Chris, Edgar, Doug, Radio Dan) Lets keep this going guys, Thank you…….Luis thee arteest
Toys R Us Exclusive: Masterpiece Soundwave:
Like the giant nerd that I am I waited outside of the Toys R us next to my house in the early morning of Saturday, August 3, 2013, with the anticipation of the shipment of the TRU Masterpiece Soundwave. To my disappointment the truck was late and I was told that the shipment would not be in shelves till Sunday morning. That would not be a problem except that I would not be able to make it to the store opening this time. I went ahead with my live show appearance at COE that day with that bit of info in mind. Later on that Saturday I decided to head back to Toys R Us hoping the shipment had not been put on shelves throughout that day. Toys R Us kept their promise and the shelves remained empty. I decided to do something out of the ordinary. I found the TRU stock person I had spoken to earlier that week which told me the shipment was on the truck for Saturday. In my past jobs I have been the employee who would have no problem finding a product for a person from the stock room no matter how difficult or inconvenient. This great guy did the same for me. He went out of his way to dig out a Soundwave for me from the bottom of the shipment ( by the way, WTF is wrong with TRU in putting all the lightest boxes at the bottom of the shipment therefore damaging all the boxes! Great job asswipes!) He realized that I was not going to be able to make it Sunday and was kind enough to get mine that Saturday night. Thank you again for doing that. That is my TRU Masterpiece Soundwave adventure, now on to the review!
At first glance, the presentation of the box is absolutely gorgeous. The look and feel are very high quality. I was very surprised how light the box was knowing that this is a Masterpiece edition figure. It felt like an empty box, another hint to the TRU people that light boxes should not be at the bottom of a shipment. I love the new numbering approach (MP-02) I hope that many other Masterpiece figures are remade to continue the number sequence and reboxed in this great new look. Opening the box was a huge pain as I am crazy about being very careful about not ripping or damaging anything on this beautiful box. Here is were we get to my first complaint. On opening the box, the figure is housed in a big plastic case. The plastic looks very cheap and is very flimsy. Hasbro has much to learn about figure presentation as this looks very crappy. As you pull the tape off the sides of the plastic in order to pull the top off, all the toys in the case are loose and will fall out if not careful. Another reason to go back to a foam interior presentation as this would eliminate looseness and make the box more solid as a whole. The figure looks incredible! The attention to detail is remarkable. I wish there was a bit more diecast metal in the figure as it feels very delicate but all in all its beautiful. The cassettes and all accessories are awesome. This is a very solid figure in all. The yellow eye variation to its Japanese counterpart is a homage to the original G1 Soundwave. The Megatron gun looks very cool. The figure is super posable and articulated. TRU Masterpiece Soundwave has the detail, look and accessories which in my opinion makes it a better collectable and value than its Japanese counterpart. I highly recommend spending the $ 119.99 on it if you can find one. Keep in touch with your local Toys R Us and best of luck to you guys!
IRON MAN 3 – Film Review- by Chris Ferrarelli
One year after Paramount struck gold with Marvel’s The Avengers, Robert Downey Jr. returns to the suit as Tony Stark and his alter-ego Iron Man. Some long awaited villains were hyped to make an appearance, and some new advancements were made with Stark’s armored suits, one of whom is named after a weapon depicted in the comics used to go after and take down Bruce Banner’s green skinned goliath. But Stark is facing some moral dilemmas; he’s trying to do good by his new love; Pepper (Gwyneth Paltrow), but he’s been experiencing nightmares that relate to his battles against the alien attack in New York, and new threats are emerging from something called “Extremis”, masterminded by a terrorist who only refers to himself as The Mandarin…..
That’s the abridged version of the story for Iron Man 3. While youngsters and kids will be drawn to the film’s action and special effects; which are quite impressive to say the least, the heart of the story got lost. What was expected to be a battle between a hero an d someone who is destined to become his sworn enemy; was dwindled down to a story about someone who wanted to be like his idol; in this case Tony Stark, and who was as brilliant as Stark is; gets shrugged off by Stark, at a point in time before he had his accident; when he was at the peak of “textbook narcissism” as described by Black Widow. From here, it becomes a tale of revenge.
Shane Black takes over the directing reigns from Jon Favreau for this movie. And while the action in this film is very good with some impressive sequences that range from an attack on Stark’s beachfront mansion, to a rescue of more than twelve people that were forced out of Air Force One, and a thrilling battle between our hero and the villain that includes some quite impressive CGI work; Overall the film was paced different that the first two Iron Man films. This is where many feel the film suffered. The big criticism or disappoint would be from the villain of the story.
When it was announced that not only IRON MAN 3 was set for a Spring/Summer 2013 release, but that the cast was going to include Sir Ben Kingsley (Academy Award Winner, Best Actor, “Gandhi”, 1982) as The Mandarin, a character known in the comics as the most hated enemy of Tony Stark/Iron Man, comic book fans rejoiced in this casting choice. But when it is revealed in the movie that the terrorist known as Mandarin was revealed to be someone less than expected; and that his terrorist activities were all staged by the real villain of the story; an entrepreneur who has a grudge against Stark. Many fans were vocal of their disappointment; not just with this plot twist but with other aspects of the story that range from Stark gaining assistance from a small boy, to the love story between Stark and Pepper; some claiming that this film was like “Spider-Man 3”, putting too much in way too soon. While the film was atop the box office in its opening weekend; reviews from critics and comic-book fans were quite harsh. Robert Downey Jr. had stated that this film was to be his last Iron Man appearance; but not his last appearance as Tony Stark……possibly hinting at something to expect for The Avengers 2 in 2015. The film will be enjoyed by small kids and children who still believe in heroes; but for some the chance for what could have been was wasted, and it left a bad taste in their mouths.
Rating: 3.0 out of 5.
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