Monday, October 18, 2010

Released pictures of Kotobukiya X-23 statue

Straight from Kotobukiya releases the 1st of what seems to be a line of the X-Force members.
X-23 in her X-Force outfit. The piece will have a base that seems like a rooftop, which means the base might be interlocked with the upcoming X-Force Wolverine one. X-23 will also have a change-o-head between a masked and unmasked one. I'm not sure whether or not her eyes are green but if they are, I'm going to display it together with the X-23 1 Del 'Otto variant. This beautiful piece will be released sometime around May 2011 and here's hoping I have money around that time since it's going to be retailed at $160.00.

Initial thoughts? I like how she's sexy but she doesn't look overly think or have very big breasts. She seems like a sexy teenager, and the pose is something that looks very much like something she would do. I also like how the black part of her outfit is shiny, it sort of has a leather-y feel to it. I'm not yet sold on the base though, especially since the color is very different from the actual statue.

Here's hoping I'll be able to get my hands on this one.

click HERE for the direct link to the article.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wolverine Anime

The upcoming Wolverine Anime trailer was shown during the NYCC and it was leaked.


seems like it's going to be based on the frank miller mini-series which will then make it similar to the upcoming Wolverine 2 movie. I think Mariko, Shingen (whose name i just had to google), and Yukio were shown in the trailer. This looks and feels way more Wolverine than the preview that was released last year, which made Wolverine look like a half-man half-demon type of character with a mullet. Good thing that thing was just a screen test of sorts.


big thanks for ptk's spiderdudephil for the heads up.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


I often check the online shops like, and for sale threads of forums like ptk, ckp, and psf to see if I can score some of the things that are missing in my collection. But everyone once in a while I see a posting that catches my attention even if it isn't really what I was looking for. Normally I wouldn't buy those things but this time, I saw something which really caught my eye and I couldn't tun it down.

FOUR PREMIER HARDCOVERS LISTED AT P1000! that's pretty much just US$22.00 if my exchange rate is up to date. The SRP for those things are US$19.99!

After much talking, we bargained and tried to arrange a meet-up place. He also offered me a couple of other items. We ended up having this deal..
For P1500 (US$33.33) i'd get the following:
Yep, all those shit for just P1500.00! That's a STEAL considering I got the items at pretty much store condition, they're HCs and TPBs so the conditions aren't that important for me. Here's a closer look at them..
X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four
X-Men Vs. The Avengers
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
X-Men: Wolverine/Gambit Victims
X-Men Magik: Storm & Illyana
- Not bad right? God Loves, Man Kills was the loose basis of the X-2 movie. I might let go off the Magik book but it's going to be fine by me if I have to keep it. I already read the Wolverine/Gambit one and it's okay, might stop looking for the single issues but if I found them, I'll sell this one. X-Men Vs. Fantastic Four, not sure what it's about. All I know is that during this time, Kitty was disintegrating and/or can't come out of her phasing state. X-Men Vs. Avengers is something about Magneto, not sure once again but I'm interested.

X-Men Days of Future Past
X-Men Manifest Destiny
X-Men Lovelorn
- Even if these three weren't included, the deal would've still been a good one, though i probably wouldn't bite if these ones weren't thrown in. I already finished reading the Manifest Destiny and Lovelorn and since I'm a big fan of Kyle/Yost's X-Force, it was fun for me to see little clues about the existence of the team throughout the series. Such as Laura's bloody towel, Wolverine and Warpath's eye contact after Scott told them to be quiet and so on. As for the DoFP one, I'm real excited to read about this story. Afterall, it's one of the big X-Stories.

There, it's pretty much like I found a great deal in that transaction. The only bad part about it was that I had to go all the way up to SM North Edsa to get it, but I assure you that it was worth it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review: Bowen Unmasked Wolverine Action Pose Statue

Here's my very first full size statue. I got some extra money after I sold some of my action figures and I thought it was a good idea to get this one, I was able to buy it at WAY BELOW the price it normally goes for.

Bowen Designs Unmasked Action Pose Wolverine Statue, this was released sometime during 2008. Since Wolverine is one of the most marketable characters around, it's no surprise that Bowen has a lot of Wolverines out there already, 5 MBs (a 6th one being the first appearance with a gold base), 2 mid-size statues (brown and tigerstripe), 6 full-sized museum poses (Brown, Faux Bronze Brown, Tigerstripe, X-belt Variant Tigerstripe, Unmasked, Logan) and 3 action poses (tigerstripe and first appearance being the other two). But that's not all, Bowen has already put the X-Force Wolverine Museum pose up for order (ordered it already, by the way) and they're currently making Weapon X and Old Man Logan statues. I have no intention of completing them, maybe if I win the lottery I'll try it. Anyway, onto the review..

Packaging and CoA:
The packaging looks great, it has the classic feel to it and it looks distinctly Bowen. On top of the box, the word "Wolverine" is written using the default Wolverine font. As for the sides, it's pretty much a product shot and some information about Bowen. I don't know if it's just me but I prefer the style they use on their MBs, wherein a blurb about the character is written on the side. Bowen Designs doesn't provide a Certificate of Authenticity for their products. What they do instead is write the production number of the statue at the bottom of the statue's base and also at the bottom of the box.
My statue is numbered 126 out of 1000.
As for the packaging, same as all of the statues, styrofoam is used in order to protect the statue. It also has a special type of wrapper so that the statue wouldn't stick to the statue. It does a great job protecting the statue, i commuted on my way home and nothing happened to it. It's also nice that the statue is only two separate pieces, I've seen some that looks like a jigsaw puzzle out of the box.
The base of the statue is very detailed. It seems like it's the edge of a cliff or a huge rock sticking out of the ground. It's very detailed, It's the first time I've seen it up close and the sculptor really made a great job of doing this one.
I don't really have anything wrong to say about the base, it's a prefect base for a lunging Wolverine action pose. Another plus is that it's so big that you can actually use it as a diorama for the 3.75" action figures, though that'll make one EXPENSIVE base.
you really want to use this as a diorama?

As for the figure itself, it doesn't disappoint. I think it's the same scale as the Museum Pose full sized Bowens, I really think that this is a great scale for statues. It comes with a small peg that you insert into the hole in the base.This is a great representation of the Brown Wolverine outfit, paint is really solid and there's very minimal slop. You won't really see anything wrong with this one unless you want to find one. The hair on his arms are painted on, it doesn't seem overly done. It's actually a nice addition since Wolverine is actually supposed to be VERY hairy. The claws also seem to be of the right length, it looks as if it could actually fit into his forearms. I myself am not very particular about it but i do prefer more realistic lengths rather that longer ones.If I could actually change anything about the statue, it would probably be the face. For some reason I keep thinking that he has a very flat nose on this one. He has that cave man vibe to him, I know Wolverine isn't supposed to be good looking but I think he looks gruff and unkempt instead of neanderthal like.
The face bothers me but not enough for me to think that it's a bad piece, the face might actually grow on you. From what I know, Bowen doesn't really have specific artworks to base their pieces on. I guess the face is the sculptor's own interpretation of what a 3d Wolverine would look. Another thing that could have added to the cowl at the back of the head, sort of like he just removed it. Much like the unmasked museum pose Wolverine or the LSB Wolverine from Sideshow.
Overall, I'm realy happy about my purchase of this statue. It looks great and it's a real steal at the price I got it for. It'll probably be a pretty long time before he gets followed by another statue but I'm pretty sure one's about to follow..

If you want one of your own, quite a few comic shops here in the Philippines still have him but I suggest checking online if any owners are trying to dispose him. Either way, he's worth the price..he's currently going for around $245.00 here in the Philippines since the dollar has went down since this was first released and because of the shipping but if you try hard enough, you can find him at around $180.00
Here's how I'm currently displaying him..
displayed with Wolverine 27 (EDIT: the display style was changed after i posted the entry)

Monday, September 27, 2010

Marvel Komikero, check it out soon!


I'm doing a free plug for a friend here, check out that site real soon. It'll feature tons of different stuff about Marvel and specifically, the state of Marvel in the Philippines. From what I know it's going to feature comic reviews, toy reviews, toy customs and profiles on the great pinoy toy customizers. So wait for it, it's going to be good!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Marvel Select Gambit

I'm currently undergoing the VERY sad task of downsizing/streamlining my toy collection. I put up for sale all my 3.75" Wolverine and most of my 6" ones, plus I already sole a few other figures from other lines (Minimates, Heroclix, etc.) because I have some payments to make. One of the toy lines I decided to keep was the Marvel Select by Diamond Select Toys, as of right now I have all the Wolverines they have ever released. Coming this December, it looks like another member of the X-Men might join him in my collection..and it's not X-23.

from MarvelousNews
Gambit's my second favorite X-Man during the 90s, thanks to the animated series. But I was never really able to truly follow his 616 counterpart, I have some of the back issues from his series but that's about it. Right now I don't think he's being handled as well as he could be. Anyway, that prototype picture looks AMAZING. Some of the recent prototypes I've seen were crappy but this thing just screams buy me. If the actual figure might be anywhere near as good as this..It's a sure cop.

I never open my MS figures, but this might be an exception.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

X-23 #1 Review

Story By: Marjorie Liu
Art: Will Conrad

The story definitely takes place before the events of Wolverine #1. This seems to have taken place a few days after X-Men Second Coming. If we look at this issue, it seems that X-23's book will be about her finding a way to fit in with others and also trying to find proof that she can do something else other than just kill. Marjorie Liu will make you feel bad for X-23 just by reading about how the other Young X-Men react to her. She also sets up Laura as someone who doubts herself, she's being portrayed as an "emo teen" who thinks that no one can relate to what she's going through but in her case it just might be true. Conrad's art is nice, he uses just the right amount of dark so that it's in touch with the tone and the mood of the story but it isn't overdone. The book had some great moments like Laura having a nice, albeit one sided, conversation with Ororo about how both of them having a very difficult childhood. It's nice how she's getting or at least the older X-Men are trying to guide her now. The chess bit was also nice, it shows that even though Laura's uneducated, she's very smart. Kind of like how Wolverine is I guess. Other older figures also appear here, Wolverine is still portrayed here as someone who cares for her but he wants her to make her own decisions. Emma Frost shows a rare moment of caring emotion as she shows compassion to Laura, and saying that she has proven herself already. Keeping up with the Heroic Age theme, Cyclops finally has finally found the sense to actually help Laura try to be a regular kid, though Laura herself admits that it isn't likely to happen. Lastly, it's unclear right now as to how Wolverine being in hell is affecting her, maybe the demon who possesses Wolverine is the one who caused what happened to her in the last pages of the book? Overall, it's a pretty good opening book but hopefully it'll pick up in the next few issues. X-23 fans will not be disappointed about this one and comic book fans will like how this book sort of makes you sympathize for what has happened to her.
OVERALL: 3.75/5

How bout you? What do you think? Let me know.:D

Saturday, September 11, 2010


turn this into a poster? i promise i'll buy it.

X-Force: Sex and Violence series review will be posted real soon. I really really hope they'll turn this into a poster.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Up for order!


or if you're like me who can't order directly online, wait for it to appear on diamond previews and order from your local comic shop or wherever this baby can be found. It's a fairly good price for a FS statue at $160.00, though expect to pay around $200.00 if you'll get it from a retailer. It'll be more than a foot in height so it is fairly big. Bowen says it'll ship out at January 2011 but i have a feeling it'll be delayed, which isn't necessarily a bad thing since I'll be able to save up more money.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Review: Wolverine Road To Hell One-Shot

I know it's a week late..but ehh.

Around a week before this one-shot was released, I tried to ask around if this one would have sort of a prologue to the 4 "Wolverine" books (Wolverine, X-23, Daken, Uncanny X-Force) or it would just contain previews of what will be inside those books. Most told me to stay away from the book since it'll just contain previews, i went with my gut feeling and ordered it anyway. I'm happy to say that these are actually separate prologues..There are a total of FIVE different stories so i'll review them separately..

Writer: Jason Aaraon
Art: Renato Guedes
The art is going to be different from the one in the regular Wolverine book. But it fits in nicely with the dark tone of the story. I also give props to whoever drew Wolverine without the adamantium claws, this sends the message that his actual body isn't really the one that is falling. We get to find out here that Wolverine has NO IDEA how he started to fall. We also see some flashbacks of him doing the thing he does best. The dialogue is minimal though the monologue is plenty. There's also an appearance of two characters from his past: a major wolverine baddie and someone who might or might not be his relative. This prologue does the job done of making you want to read and get the Wolverine book. As a bonus, we also get some sketches of Wolverine and other characters in the end of this chapter.
Score: 4.5/5

Writer: Dan Way/Marjorie Liu
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli/Onofrio Catacchio
There are two writers here since the prologue is a combination of Daken's and Laura's. The artwork for both parts are also different, which isn't really that noticeable until you get to the last page. I think that one was a nice touch. In the story, both Daken and Laura are going after the same person but for very different reasons. The plan for both of them goes down the drain. I'm not sure if this chapter sets up the first storyarc of the same book since the previews for both of them don't really seem to be related to this one. I think the main point of this chapter was to entice those who plan to get Daken to also check out Laura and vice versa. It certainly got me thinking if I should add Daken to my regular list. Daken sketches were also found after the story, Daken's new look really looks bad. Dan Way is contradicting himself here, he said around a year ago that Daken doesn't need a costume since he never really shows himself. Ehh..
Score: 4/5

Writer: Rick Remender
Artist: Leonardo Manco
Hmm, I was so used to Kyle/Yost's action packed X-Force that I'm a bit surprised that not a lot happened here. Sure, there was a short action sequence on the end but it was mostly filled with them talking. Not really a bad thing since the dialogue is nice. It also got me curious about the Archangel/Psylocke dynamic. The prologue also shows how they plan to use Deadpool, though I don't think it'll work if we found out that Deadpool found out about Apocalypse unintentionally or that it wasn't supposed to happen but it might be the case. It's probably the least exciting among the three prologues but it's good enough, it'll get you curious but not as much as the other two.
SCORE: 3/5

As a bonus, we also get actual previews of Namor's book and the Generation of Hope book. They're pretty much the first few pages of the actual 1st issue. The GoH part isn't colored yet, it did get me curious about the book though but because of a limited budget, I won't be getting it anytime soon. the Namor part is already colored since it's coming out sooner, it's a tie-in with the Curse of the Mutants event. I'm not a fan of that current story so I'm going to pass on Namor too.

Overall, the three main stories are pretty good. This is a nice introduction and filler if you're still waiting for those books to arrive. Plus the added bonus of having two more previews wouldn't hurt since it's basically priced as an average comic. I suggest to go get this one if you're on the fence about whether or not you want to get one of the four books included so you'll have a good feel as to how it'll be.

Uncanny X-Force Trailer

first, i want to give credit to Psylocke - Like a Butterfly for posting this one.

okay, the video was nice. it wasn't something that gave me goosebumps all over my body but it did get me excited about the upcoming series. The Wolverine voice was good too, though I'm willing to bet the voice actor isn't used to speaking like that. He lost it on more than one ocassion but still, it was okay since speaking like that had to hurt his throat. good job.

Watch the trailer HERE

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Review: DST Marvel Universe X-23 Mini-bust

Here's my third statue review already, four if you count the X-23 CMF. If you want to read the others, here are the links to the Bowen Logan MB, Kotobukiya SDCC exclusive X-Force Wolverine, and the CMF X-23.

Packaging and CoA:The packaging of the bust is similar to the other Marvel Universe busts produced by DST. It shows the promo pictures of the bust up front, on the sides and at the back, with the necessary character blurb written so it can introduce the character. On top are the words "Marvel Universe" while at the bottom is the number of the bust, mine is 1188/2500. The packaging seems pretty plain to me, it doesn't have the simple flair that's similar with the Kotobukiya pieces but it also doesn't have that real distinct look that Bowen has. The packaging is good enough but doesn't really grab attention.
Inside the box is a huge styrofoam layer so that it can protect the bust properly in case it isn't handled well. The X-23 bust itself is neatly placed in the middle, mine came with a plastic wrapper so that the styro wouldn't stick to it, and maybe protection from dust too. The condition of the box isn't really as important to me as long as it's still presentable but you should expect some storage wear especially since this is a pretty old bust, almost 5 years have passed since it was first produced. The one thing I like the most about the DST statues and busts are the CoA that comes with it, it just seems to add to the authenticity of the product you are buying. From what I know, Sideshow is the only current Marvel Statue producer who also gives CoAs, but I might be wrong.
The base could have been better the only thing that makes it an X-23 base is the number "23" written on it, simple improvements could have been done such as making the marks look like her claw marks, it's pretty simple really, they could've just used a mix of a pair of claw marks and a single claw slash instead of those four marks up front and three at the back.
Once again, it looks real simple, nothing eye catching about it. This is probably one of the worst bases I've seen. Very unimaginative in my opinion. Could have been a lot better, maybe even use a thick "X" as a base with 23 written in the upper right side, kind of like how her logo looks.

As for the figure itself, this is where I'm truly impressed by the bust. It makes up for the dullness of the base. It really captures how X-23 looks like when she first appeared together with the X-Men, just look at the cover of Uncanny X-Men 451:I know DST has made some hits and misses during their run with marvel busts and stats but i do believe that this piece is one of the better ones since it captures the early X-Men appearances of X-23. She is actually sculpted to look like an actual teenager, and the pose she has might be feminine but it doesn't give away too much. Sort of like X-23's personality. X-23 is the type of character that keeps her emotion underneath, that often times she would appear almost like a machine. Though that doesn't mean that she has no emotions. It's nice that the pose they chose for this bust isn't a seductive kind of pose, since she is a teenager and that would be out of character. In terms of sculpt, this bust is great. The hair and the bones on the costume are really detailed, plus an additional perk for me is that the claws are actually sturdy. The paint is also solid, i know that busts are SUPPOSED to be painted well but I still have to commend them on that.
But i have to admit that I am not all praises for this piece. One of my biggest complaints is that the costume she wears here is already obscure, it's not like it's a first appearance look. It's sort of just a forgotten look, DST could've waited a couple of months more before doing this..It would have been a lot better if she was wearing something else. I also think that her breasts are a bit big here, since the bust is actually portraying a character that's around 14 years old. I'm not sure how SKINTIGHT the costume is but the belly button is actually sculpted in.
In terms of scale, this is actually a pretty big bust, it's bigger than my Bowens and my other DST Wolverines. It would be a good thing if you were to display it alone or together with other X-23 stuff but if you decide to display it with other X-Men characters, she'd look like she's the same height as She-Hulk.
Compare the two busts, they're pretty much the same distance away from the camera. I know Wolverine's supposed to be shorter than her (5'6"-5'3") but I don't think it's supposed to be by this much. I guess for those planning to display her with other statues, be wary of the sizing.

Overall, I think that this is pretty much a good buy if you're a fan of X-23 and you're into this thing. It's pretty much sold lower than it's original price on ebay so if you like it, go ahead and check it out. But if you want to have just one X-23 piece, i suggest you go ahead and wait for the upcoming Bowen statue.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Full body final. AWESOME.

I'll definitely get this. This would be the main attraction of my collection. I can't wait to have this one. I'll make a review of this one once I get it, which I probably will. It's going to be a regular release so I'm going to make sure I get to see the next few Diamond Select Previews to anticipate to release.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Remember when i posted this?
I was anticipating this thing for almost a year now, and finally..a picture of the finished product was finally released..



I'm willing to starve my ass of just so I can buy this, hopefully it'll be a regular release instead of an exclusive..but HOPEFULLY, someone would give it as a gift. VERY unlikely.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Might STOP toy collecting

I'm actually considering stopping action figure collecting now. Why? Because I'm thinking of just moving on to something more expensive but comes out less often that the action figures...

Those STONE thinggies. I'm liking way too much of them now, especially with the Kotobukiya X-Force Wolverine and the Bowen X-Force Wolverine on my want list. And now something else was added to it..This was the first thing I saw in my e-mail the moment I woke up. I might stop toy collecting since I can't collect comics, action figures, and the occational statue/bust since that "occasional" might get more and more frequent. I sure as hell won't give up comics.

Here's my initial thoughts on the statue:
- It's better compared to the X-23 that was part of the SS X-Force Diorama. The pose is very similar but the Sideshow one overdid the strut and the thiness.
- Hair and face should be improved (Which will be)
- She actually has a teenagers body here, people usually forget that and make her look as busty as possible.
- I know it's trying to stay accurate to the reference art but I'm hoping it'll be both hands closed with claws out or at least both have claws out.
- I'm hoping they'll use a base similar to the other X-Men or maybe an X-base.
- Randy Bowen said an X-Force piece will also come out, I'll probably get that but I'm having second thoughts since it looks like this costume is good too. This is the one worn by the Eaglemoss X-23.

I'm hoping I'll be able to find the money for this, good thing it's probably still a year before this one comes out. I can save up for it little by little instead of suddenly releasing a boatload of money.

The Expendables Movie Thoughts

"THE EXPENDABLES is a hard-hitting action/thriller about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realize things aren't quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger the men struggle with an even tougher challenge, one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) is a man with nothing to lose. Fearless and void of emotion, he is the Leader, the Sage and the Strategist of this tight-knit band of men who live on the fringe. His only attachment is to his pickup truck, his seaplane and his team of loyal modern-day warriors. His is a true cynic who describes what he does as "removing those hard to get at stains". The team behind him is made up of Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), former SAS and a savant with anything that has a blade; Yin Yang (Jet Li), a master at close-quarter combat; Hale Caesar (Terry Crews), who has known Barney for ten years and is a long-barrel weapons specialist; Toll Road (Randy Couture), a skilled demolitions expert and considered the intellect of the group; and Gunnar Jensen (Dolph Lundgren), a combat veteran and an expert in precision sniping who struggles with his own demons.

When the mysterious Church offers Barney a job no one else would take, Barney and his team embark on what appears to be a routine mission: overthrow General Gaza (David Zayas), the murderous dictator of the small island country of Vilena and end the years of death and destruction inflicted on its people. On a reconnaissance mission to Vilena, Barney and Christmas meet their contact Sandra (Giselle Itie), a local freedom-fighter with a dark secret. They also come to learn who their true enemy is: rogue ex-CIA operative James Monroe (Eric Roberts) and his henchman Paine (Steve Austin). When things go terribly wrong, Barney and Christmas are forced to leave Sandra behind, essentially giving her a death sentence. Haunted by this failure, Barney convinces the team to return to Vilena to rescue the hostage and finish the job he started. And to perhaps save a soul: his own."

If ever anyone actually reads this, remember way back when i posted my thoughts on "Kick Ass"? I said that I was real excited about this movie and that I was going to watch it. I did, and i think the movie was as good as advertised.If you like action movies, explotions, guns, blades, and a whole lot of violence, you'll love this one. Just ask my father, he usually falls asleep during movies but he was wide awake the entire time. That's how good this movie was, either that or it was Terry Crew's BFG's fault.

- Bruce Willis and Arnie's cameos. It would have been better if they had bigger parts but at least this movie featured the other great action stars from the past. Too bad guys like Van Damme and Segal didn't agree to show up, I'm guessing it would have been EPIC. The interaction between Stallone and Arnie (I don't know how to spell his last name so Arnie is what I'll call him), especially that line Sylvester says right after Arnold walks out.
- GREAT ACTION SCENES! The selling point of the movie didn't disappoint, what's so good about it is that the action isn't just limited to guns, it's very varied too. It was pretty much a mix of everything. They've got Hand-to-hand (wrestling, martial arts, street fight, etc.), Sharp stuff throwing, Big ass explotions, and of course. GUNS as in BIG FUCKING GUNS. Guns that wouldn't look out of place in a movie that features some of the biggest arms in Hollywood today.
- Story. I'm putting it as a pro because it was actually OKAY. I went in thinking that the story would be an after thought and would feel forced, the story is pretty much up to par with other great action movies. Another plus side to me is that they made sure that the story wouldn't get it the way of the action, try to read the synopsis up top, I'll wait for you to finish..
Done? The movie shows it, but they don't go into much detail in order to show it.
- Blood and Gore. This one had just the right amount of it. It wasn't overdone and they also didn't shy away from using it either. Some movies tend to go overboard with this stuff and end up looking fake, while others don't show it at all. this movie strikes the right balance between the two.

- Delivery. I'm not sure if it was the crappy sound system of the theatre I watched it in but I could barely make sense of some of the words they were saying. But then again, Stallone, Rourke, Statham..those guys aren't easily understood.
- Editing. Especially at the last part, this was a real down side for me, it might not really be that noticeable but they could have done a much better job.

If you enjoy action movies, you'll love this for sure. It's not THE GREATEST action movie, but the movie delivers and lives up to the high expectations set up by the trailers they've shown. The movie is 100% worth the money you'll spend watching this on the big screen.

Rating: 4.5/5

On a side note:
- The theatre i watched this in was SO CRAPPY. The movie stopped twice for around one second. Right around the middle of the movie, it stopped AGAIN. We pretty much waited for 5 minutes (first was the "Sorry for technical difficulties" then a Ne-Yo song played.."Mad") Then at around the end the sound got weaker, and there was even some parts of the movie when the sound just straigh up died. Shouldn't we get a free ticket?!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Wolverine In Hell

Come September, Wolverine Weapon X will end and Jason Aaron will be writing the new ongoing Wolverine. It'll be the Fourth Volume of the Wolverine title (1st being the mini-series, 2nd is the 1988-2003 run, 3rd started in 2003 and was replaced by Dark Wolverine after issue 74).

The 1st storyarc will deal with Wolverine in Hell. I don't know how he'll get there, theories range from Nightrawler's request, to the eye of Aggamotto. A lot of people aren't too excited about this, saying it's been done already blah, blah. But I'm actually looking forward to reading this one, why?
- Of the more recent Wolverine writers, Jason Aaron is probably the best.
- His Wolverine Weapon X run was great, other than the final storyarc with the Deathlocks.
- He was able to put Wolverine in different situations and made it an interesting read.
- Wolverine in Hell, facing of against all those he killed and put there!
Yes, in that teaser piture (probably a cover) you can see Sabretooth, Gorgon, Hand, Hydra, Nazi, and a Japanese guy who may or may not be Mariko's father.

Whil Wolverine is stuck in hell, a demon will possess his body. Terrorizing people in the Marvel Universe!It might have been done already in Enemy of The State but that was one hell of a ride, plus this time I think everyone knows that he's possessed. You might ask how the X-Men will take this, well it's been said in an interview that in issue 4, Wolverine's body will take on Colossus! Fastball special anyone?

For those of you who are still on the fence for getting this one, I suggest you do. Jason Aaron's Wolverine is more of as hit that a miss for most of the time. He writes entertaining stories, whether it be something that's never been done before (Wolverine in a Mental Institute) or something that seems to be done every now and again (Adamantium Men). We'll see how this thing goes, but given Aaron's track's going to be one hell of a ride (pun not really that intended).

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Kotobukiya X-Force Wolverine PVC Statue

I already stated during my SDCC 2010 blog that this statue is still in my "not sure" list. One of the biggest reasons as to why I'm not sure about getting this yet is because it uses the same sculpt as the upcoming Tigerstripe Wolverine statue and that one really doesn't seem right to me, it looks like the body is really buldging but then the torso area seems real flat. Plus you can see the part where the head disconnects to the body. The negatives are really seen here but thanks to the dark colors of the X-Force uniform, it's not as evident there.
I'm still undecided about whether or not I'll get the X-Force Wolverine when it comes out (I'm not getting the other 2 versions). But lately it's been growing on me quite a bit. Unlike the Bowen X-Force Wolverine, which to me seems almost perfect (since Randy Bowen said that the underwear thing has been fixed already), I have a few things that I don't like about this piece. One of them is still the fact that it uses the same sculpt as Tigerstripe Wolverine, which means the problems I have with the torso are still there. I also don't like the base at all. They could've just made it the Danger Room Base depicting a war torn industrial place, or maybe if they wanted to make it differently they coulld have used dead purifier bodies as the base. I also think that the muscles are a bit overboard on this sulpt, I actually prefer the less muscular looks of most of today's comics compared to the bulky drawings that were almost considered as the norm during the 90s. Here's an example..this 1st picture seems to be the default Wolverine picture during the 90s or early 00s.
As you can see it's real bulky and overly muscular, it looks great in the comic books as long as it's not overly done, just the right amount of exagerrated muscles is nice enough. The style of the Kotobukiya Wolverine Statue reminds me of this style.

Not sure if there's really a default Wolverine picture now, but i think this might be the one.

Still muscular but not overly done, i prefer this one a whole lot more. Most of my busts have this type of body style, even my SDCC exclusive Kotobukiya X-Force Wolverine.

I must admit that even though I don't like the sculpt that much, it has a certain appeal that makes me want to get this thing. The X-Force costume seems to be highly detailed with the boots, gloves, mask and even the design around the knee. It's really similar to how Mike Choi drew Wolverine's X-Force uniform in the comic books. It has a real dynamic pose. It's the kind of pose that you can imagine Wolverine doing right before he screams and starts to attack. Plus, there's also news that the sculpt of this thing isn't final yet and that the base will be changed, so that's good news for me. I think that this piece is something that might not be for everyone but for those who like it, they'll like it very much. And i think the biggest perk of this piece is that it will most probably come with an unmasked head. I already told you earlier about the head not being a part of the whole body, the reason is that you can exchange the head with an unmaksed one. As of now, I'd probably get this if it'll be cheaper than the Bowen X-Force Wolverine (I'm assuming the Bowen will drop at no more than $200, so this one i'm hoping will be around $150), if it's going to be released a few months after the Bowen one (if i have the money, i'll get this 100%), and if they do something about the base. I really really don't like the base, it seems out of place. They could go with my earlier siggestions or even just remove the brown part altogether and just place him on a bigger gargoyle, anything that doesn't seem out of place.