Gentle Giant Republic Commando w/ Light-Up Visor Mini-Bust Review

Okay so this is my first official review of a piece in my collection, and the honor of that first review goes to the Republic Commando w/ Light-Up Visor Mini Bust by Gentle Giant. This is a 2012 Premiere Guild Membership (PGM) Piece, with an edition size of 950. This amazing mini-bust is hand hand painted and cast in high quality poly-stone, with a new added feature to the GG line, with a light-up visor! This mini-bust has amazing details down to the scale and arrangement of the backpack, commando armour, and battle marks around the body and gun; scuff marks, burns, or any other damage details gives great resemblance to the Republic Commando after a battle sequence. The simple white and black color scheme is given great definition from the bends and angles of the chest and arms. The light up visor is a bright blue and can really make a difference in appearance when it is on and off. The mini-bust comes with a set of batteries as well which goes under the bust, in the base/stand of it by opening a hatch. And yes, of course as always, there is a certificate of authenticity with it along with a description on the back of the box. This piece really feels like it came from the crafters of Kamino with orders from Master Syfo-Dyas and will be a great add to any Star Wars lover’s collection; The crafters at Gentle Giant, Ltd. though, continue to excel and create fantastic pieces with every turn of the day! Here is the background info of the Republic Commandos from the Gentle Giant website: Elite soldiers of the Grand Army of the Republic, the Clone Commandos were crafted by the Kaminoans for war. Based off of the genetic template of the infamous bounty hunter Jango Fett and indoctrinated into the Mandalorian culture, Republic Commandos worked in highly coordinated teams of four operatives, each with their own individual specialties, to complete missions with objectives too complex for the average Clone Trooper, or requiring more firepower than the average ARC Trooper can muster. When Order 66 was issued, the Republic Commandos’ objective turned from defending the Republic to hunting down and executing the Jedi, a task they completed with ruthless efficiency. Soon after the fall of the Republic, the surviving units from the Clone Wars were rechristened Imperial Commandos.   Hope you enjoy!

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The Last Stand – Film Review

Arnold is back at it for his ass kicking action films with a twist of comedy and fun times in The Last Stand. Even at 65 years old, Arnold is still running the streets of action flicks with his own personal touch, not like the usual action hero actors, but Arnold puts an Austrian-Flare to his films. Even if you are not a big Arnold fan, this film is sure to please, just don’t go into it with a Jason Statham or Matt Damon style action flick mind set; it just is not the same and it’s Arnold!!

Of course, I am a huge Arnold Schwarzenegger fan and you might think this review will be biased to give only the good points and top notches of this film; well you are wrong because for all my reviews, no matter how much I love or hate the actor, series, director or whatever else, I will give my full aspect from the worst to the best.

The film takes place in the small town of Sommerton Junction, Arizona, with Arnold as a old and worked Sheriff in charge of the town police. Everyone knows one another and welcome each other at the local diner where Ray Owens (Arnold Schwarzenegger) notices a couple of suspicious truck drivers. These take over a local farm by killing the farmer and start their work for a kingpin criminal, Gabriel Cortez (Eduardo Noriega),on the run after escaping an FBI transport. He takes a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 down the highways and canyons on the way to Sommerton planning to cross the US-MEXICO border by having his ‘henchmen’ build a bridge over the canyon.
For the rest of my version of the plot, this is how it goes: road blocks get destroyed by hidden caravans of vans and trucks of the cartel; a trip to the farm by the police find the farmer dead, which leads to a deputy being shot and killed during a fire fight, the police gain some heavy weaponry and set a plan, the gangsters run through the town trying to wipe out the police, and then Arnold steals a rich man’s Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to chase down the criminal.
I’ll let you watch the film to find out what happens in the end and what secret is revealed!

Arnold really packs a punch and sets a great tone as a old and easy going yet stern ‘Small Town Police Chief’ or in this case “Sheriff” (one of my favorite scenes was when he kills a criminal by shooting a bullet to the head with a magnum, and he says “I’m the Sheriff” aaah so great!)
He runs the town and runs the criminals into the ground with his high caliber guns and knockouts.

The rest of the cast is great too, Johnny Knoxville and Luis Guzman giving a great comedy appearance while still being ‘deputized’ and fight the battles. Forest Whitaker is great as an old FBI agent just wanting to get the criminal to the death penalty and having to deal with his escape. A familiar face for you Thor fans would be Jaimie Alexander, as a strong focused and well rounded deputy on Arnold’s force.

The film actually had a well written story, well enough for director Kim Ji-Woon who has not had any notable films in his past. A few points could have been improved or changed, but overall, i give it a 7.5/10.
There was more blood too than I expected, even though it is  a rated R film; a few head-shots and epic fight scenes with blood squirting and pieces flying.

It is something great for Arnold to get back into films, with a slow start in The Expendables 1 and 2, now The Last Stand, and soon The Tomb with buddy Sylvester Stallone. He is even in talks for the next Terminator films and even The Legend of Conan. 

I look forward to Arnold’s return for big time films and future work, and anticipate a great turnout!

Crimson Society – Issue 1 Review

So, you like the classic Vampires and Werewolves battling it out until the bloody end, with myths and legends of family wolf packs, becoming  a vampire from a bite, and so on and so forth?

Well, I was recently introduced to a whole new level of the Vampire Vs. Werewolf idea.
And this idea comes into the comic called Crimson Society.

The usual stories go like this: one family of vampires fighting a family of werewolves, lone groups fighting one another, vampires being a threat to humans alone, or werewolves, and then the stories continue with one side winning the other or an expected outcome ends the story.

But here in the new Crimson Society series, the creator, Mike Hunau, takes on a story set in the year 2030, where all beings are of somewhat, ‘equals’: Zombies, Werwolves, Vampires, and Humans. The story surrounds Jack Crimson, a werewolf who is tired of being a werewolf. He is exhausted from the countless moon-lit nights of savageness among the people he loves and cares for.
He decides to make a change and find an underground doctor, (essentially a friend of a friend of a friend who knows a guy) to ‘cure’ Jack. But of course, things take a turn and this ‘doctor’ slips him a pill filled with the blood of over 30 vampires. The doc’s plan is to wipe out the vampires with this secret weapon of the pill, plus he will operate on Jack for unlimited power with new limbs.
Through the operation, some vampires find the doc and are planning on killing him, when Jack (in-between consciousness) witnesses a little bit, only to discover what as occurred when he finally awakes 24 hours after taking the pill. The vampires are all dead and the doctor is gone.
Jack has no idea what has happened and keeps hearing a voice in his head either saying ‘invalid’ ‘vitals online’ ‘radius check-clear’ and sorts.
Jack is losing his mind trying to figure out what has happened and sets out to search for the doctor and fix the newer problem on his life.

Crimson Society truly caught my eye because for one: I love vampires and werewolves, zombies, and so on (no, no, not the stupid Twilight crap with sparkling freaks and pretty faced wolves..I like the kick ass vicious blood sucking vamps and ravish, snarling and growling werewolves!)

Mike Hunau did a fantastic job creating this story, and I loved the first person point of view straight from Jack Crimson’s story. This story is not quite like any other I have read or seen…a society where these beings are accepted, yet with still “racism” towards one being to the next.
With the doctor reeling in a hopeful victim and turning him into a vampire killer, when the victim wanted to rid himself of all “problems” really sets a curiosity for what he will do.
Will Jack continue to find a cure, now cures for his issues? Will Jack live on and kill vampires as he has been changed to? Or even, will he side with the vampires to kill the doctor?

These questions and more I ask from this first issue along with: How did the different beings come accepted into the future world? Are there “gangs” of werewolves and what not?  IS OUR PRESIDENT A WEREWOLF,  VAMPIRE, OR ZOMBIE!?!? wait, our president is already a zombie so that is done… 🙂

I would like to also give my compliments to the artist, taking a Hellboy style comic with his own flare is great! Well, at least to me that is what the comic reminds me of. But again, all different and created with unique strokes and flicks of the wrist!

This is issue #1/4, and when I do a review about a comic and say I can’t wait for the next issue, I mean it! I don’t put it in just to say it, I really see the next issues building in intensity, curiosity, and adventure!

Good luck to Hunau and look forward to more reading!

Human Comics – Issue 1 Review

There is a fantastic and wonderful sight when visiting a Comic Book Convention, those like San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) or WonderCon, and that is seeing the new, upcoming, and hopeful artists and writers selling their comic and graphic novel startups.
Some more interesting than others, and some succeeding more than others. But with that, comes the opportunity to gain access as the first few geeks and nerds to obtain a copy of one of these hopefuls and start down a new and exciting path of whatever it is you like to read about.

On my first visit to Long Beach Comic Con in November 2012, I was introduced through a friend to the new and well established, Human Comics. 
Created and written by Gabe Smith, with the first issue drawn by Ryan Merrill, Human is a fantastic story surrounding bounty hunters, government agents, drugs, human transplants, bio-engineering, and shoot-em-up destruction scenes.

A “Cyber-Punk” saga set in Los Angeles in the year 2272, the ‘City of Angels’ isn’t filled with very many “angels” anymore; bio tech dealers, with the first episode revolving a notorious dealer named Drolo, with a bounty on his head being hunted by Cezra, another well known figure of the time, chasing Drolo down. The Department of Human Purity, or DHP, is also on Drolo’s tail, searching and coming between him and Cezra in their hunt to end bio-engineering among humans; though illegal, very common in the slums of this time.

This eventful and vivid story compels readers into a world many would think of could happen; and readers like my self, who always wondered how it would be to create a story of this kind.
And so, here it is, Human is here by Gabe Smith to complete the thoughts and wonders of how a future Los Angeles and future change of dealing would turn out.
Full of unique characters ranging from the simple minded doctors curing disease, to order following agents, lone-ranger bounty hunters, and of course, the cynical and powerful villain spreading the fire throughout the novel.

To me, this story is very eventful and eye catching, each turn of the page featuring something new with offerings of insights and perceiving the future with a mystery. It is perfect for anyone interested in sic-fi, action, adventure, bounty hunters, bio-engineering and bio-tech in human bodies, and more.

The first issue is free as a digital copy on the website, and a printed version is $15.
The second issue is currently under way and us current fans are anticipating something epic for the next issue and future of Human Comics. We truly see something big to come of Human and hope it has quite the impact for Comic Cons!

P.S. I personally hope for a film! But that is a story for another time! 🙂

check them out! >>> HumanComics.com