Friday, May 30, 2014

New 52 Catwoman Action Figure

Presenting the Catwoman action-figure from the DC New 52 Super Heroes vs Super Villains 7-pack.

SPOILER: Things should get interesting now that Forever Evil is finally over and - having had her love for Batman rejected (again) - Catwoman has decided to stop walking with the Angels, left the Justice League of America and has recommitted herself to a life of crime (But not after hacking her criminal record and totally distorting all digital records of her existence).

Also because apparently Bats and WonderWoman have this "connection" that neither Bruce nor the Martian Manhunter wanted to expound on.

We really don't mind the change. Catwoman is supposed to be a solo-act anyway. An anti-hero lurking alone in the dark.

Monday, May 26, 2014

AOE Dinobot Slag - Slug

Presenting the Transformers Age Of Extinction (AOE's) Slag - or as they put it, Slug.

Apparently Hasbro found out that one of the most common expletives in the Transformers Universe was the word "Slag!" If you visit the wiki page you can find this jewel of a curse: "Slaggit! The slaggin' slag-faced motha-slaggin' slagger slagged the slaggers!" So to avoid parental sensitivity issues, sometime back in 2011 when the Dinobots (Grimlock, Swoop and Slag) had to be released as a part of the Transformers Animated Series Cartoon and Toy Line, a lot of people missed that Slag had been renamed Snarl - which was a slap to the face of all us Snarl lovers (Snarl has yet to be avenged).

Also "Slag" in most parts of Europe means... well... "bitch." So naturally Hasbro could not market Slag in Europe and had to change the AOE Transformer's name to Slug - which some have pointed out refers instead to the solid part of a bullet instead of a slow shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusc that can be tortured to death with copious amounts of salt. But seriously? The first thing that comes to your mind when the word "Slug" is mentioned is a bullet? Where did you grow up in? Bosnia? Afghanistan? Somalia?

So honestly? Marketing problem yes. Correct solution? Er..... We don't think so.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Transformers Evasion Mode Optimus Prime - Platinum Edition

Presenting the Platinum Edition Evasion Mode Optimus Prime from the Transformers Age of Extinction Toyline.

This Voyager class Optimus Prime is part of a two-pack Platinum Edition that includes a just as Chromed up Voyager edition of Grimlock.

From the trailers and the blister pack, we can already surmise that the Autobots in the Age of Extinction movie are going through the break-up of the "Human Alliance", and as such have transmorphed into other vehicles in an attempt to stay as incognito as possible - specifically "junkers" (In the same way that Bumblebee kept a low profile in the first movie by transforming into a beat-up 1977 Chevrolet Camaro).

Optimus Prime has chosen to abandon his 1997 Peterbuilt body sported in the Transformers, ROTF and DOTM movies, sample of which you can see here (Jetwing), here(Striker), here (Modified Striker) and here (JetPower Upgrade), in favor of a 1973 Marmon Cab-Over-Engine which is quite similar to the Freightliner Cab-Over-Engine Class 8 truck he transforms into in the original cartoon series (Later on in the movie, Optimus Prime adopts the appearance of a Western Star semi-truck that you can see here).

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Transformers Age of Extinction AD01 Optimus Prime Takara

Presenting the Takara AD01 Optimus Prime from the Transformers Age of Extinction Toyline.

We were one of those that severely lambasted the Transformers Age of Extinction First Edition Optimus Prime, and we have still yet to get one. We believe that it's till over-priced and an insult to Transformers collectors worldwide - that being said, we will purchase it if its price falls to between PhP 500 and PhP 1,000 (US$ 11 to US$ 22).

We almost didn't get the AD01 either given that early pictured depicted that the AD01 Takara and Habro Optimus Primes all had those blocky untransformed backs that reeked of budget cuts.

But he wasn't as bad as the First Edition AOE Optimus Prime - who looks like he has a bed attached to his back (Here in the Philippines there are actually people who walk around peddling full size wooden Beds or shelves on their backs, the First Edition AOE Prime reminded us of them).

So we got him. And because everything Takara is better (Bias), we got the AD01 Takara Optimus Prime.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Friday, May 9, 2014

STAR WARS Black Series StormTrooper

Presenting a Star Wars Black Series 6" StormTrooper!

The Black Series Stormtrooper is actually one of the more coveted pieces to be created in the series because of its troop-building potential and we at the Dungeon were extremely lucky to find this on retail.

We have never seen it on retail again, and those that do have it do not seem keen to part with it.

We've always felt sorry for the way StormTroopers were depicted in the movies i.e. the inability to hit anything; being taken apart by little teddy bears. These are the Emperor's elite troopers! Inferior to their Clone counterparts for sure (Commander Cody hated them), but still no pushoevers. So we're glad that books like Allegiance and Choices of One by Timothy Zahn gave us a better look at what just a handful of StormTroopers can do. This "Hand of Judgement" would go on to form Grand Admiral Thrawn's new 501st Legion.

We hope that the new movies will redeem the StormTrooper name - assuming the Imperial Remnant from the Expanded Universe survives.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

STAR WARS Lego Rebel Snowspeeder KO

Presenting a Star Wars Empire Strikes Back KO Lego Rebel Snowspeeder.

Ever since LEGO's patent ended these have been proliferating the market. We have 8 Lego mini X-Wing Fighters and only one of them is original. The remaining seven come from two different Knock-Off sources and unless you were to look for the "LEGO" logo on the pieces, we swear that you cannot tell the difference. They're really well made.

This particular KO Snowspeeder is based upon a LEGO Snowspeeder which comes with a Rebel Pilot and the Planet Hoth that retails for around US$ 10. You can see the original in Brickwars and we cannot tell the difference between the KO and the original.

Everything down to the paint.

We just hope that we're not being poisoned by lead.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Beast Hunters Optimus Prime Voyager Class

Presenting the Voyager Class Optimus Prime from the Transformers Beast Hunters Toy line.

Let's begin with the obvious, yes he looks nothing like he should look like, or how he looks like in Transformers Beast Hunters - the cartoon series.

Till his death, Optimus Prime bore more of a resemblance to the Series 01 Voyager Class Optimus Prime released in 2013 which we have in the Dungeon, but never reviewed. For reference, we did review the Voyager Class Ultra Magnus.

We also did review the Beast Hunters Commander Class version of Optimus Prime. That did not look anything like the Beast Hunters Optimus Prime either.

But here's the thing, this "Voyager" (too big to be a Voyager class) Optimus Prime, is nothing more than a blown up version of the Transformers Beast Hunters Commander Class version of Optimus Prime. He still comes with the Thunderlance of his Commander Class version, but instead of giving him a  Star Saber, they gave him a "Nexus Sword and Vector shield"

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