Gentle Giant Yoda in 3-D Glasses Mini-Bust Review

I picked up this piece from Gentle Giant at WonderCon 2012, in Anaheim, CA. I have the older Yoda Mini-Bust, holding the cane and his flute necklace, but just knew this would look fantastic next to my old one! Especially with the 3-D release of Star Wars Episode I: TPM, this was definitely a great addition to my collection, and for any fan in the Star Wars community! From Gentle Giant’s website: To celebrate the return of 1999’s Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3-D, Gentle Giant presents a special commemorative exclusive Yoda mini bust. This highly-detailed, film-accurate collectible puts the Jedi Master in the theater seat, with a box of “Obi-Wan Cinemas” popcorn and a removable pair of “3-D” styled glasses which sport real red and blue cellophane gel lenses. This hand-numbered limited edition is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. Available at WonderCon 2012 in Anaheim, CA! Although Disney screwed the Star Wars fans by canceling the 3-D releases of the rest of the Star Wars saga, the fans had the chance to at least see Episode I in theaters again. For the younger fans who never saw it in theaters the first time around, it was great seeing older generations bring their kids to this film! Gentle Giant jumped on the chance to bring to us a special release to celebrate the film; Yoda wearing 3-D glasses enjoying some popcorn at Obi-Wan Cinemas! Again, a highly detailed piece, with removable 3-D glasses that can be place on top of the head or over the eyes, with screen accurate colors and facial expression! Yoda’s robe rests down below his arms, with a popcorn kernel in one hand, the bag in the other, and his eyes focused on the 3-D release of The Phantom Menace! Deatiled down to the wrinkles and hairs on his head, this is one of my favorite pieces in my collection! A fun addition for a Star Wars fan, with an edition size of only 1200, it is no surprise this was quickly sold out by Gentle Giant!

“Why ‘Predator’ is the greatest movie ever made”

Saw this review of why the 1987 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Jesse Ventura, and the famed Predator of why this is the greatest film ever made. It certainly has a cult following, it is one of my all time favorite films, and this review pretty much shows us why!

Take a look, Rob from Mandatory.com gives a fun read!

http://www.mandatory.com/2013/08/26/why-predator-is-the-greatest-movie-ever-made/

NECA Pacific Rim Series 1 Figure Reviews

I’ve said this before, and I will say it again: NECA is one of my absolute favorite, most note-worthy and worth-while companies producing high quality action figures for us Geek collectors.

This time, NECA delivers figures from Guillermo Del Toro’s action packed film, Pacific Rim.
Series 1 consists of one Kaiju, Knifehead, and two Jaegers, Gipsy Danger and Crimson Typhoon. 
All 7″ figures, carrying the utmost quality and design which NECA never ceases to provide their fans.

The blockbuster hit by Guillermo Del Toro brings us a new line of toys from NECA, each with unique colors, poses, articulation, and packaging which includes background images for each figure.

To start off, Gipsy Danger, the Jaeger which was revived after a dramatic fall, brought back to life with advanced power, weapons, and a new co-pilot. Standing roughly 7″ tall, this figure is highly detailed with attention to paint, decals, and added body components. The knees, ankles, feet, arms, head, hands and torso are all articulated, available to pose in multiple stances. The figure balances well, and is able to stand either upright or in a pose. Gipsy is given the original Navy blue paint, with a red nuclear core, yellow glass cock-pit, and red and white decals throughout. The figure is not painted dark either for full lighting effect and visible details.

Next up, is the second Jaeger of series 1, Crimson Typhoon. The famed 3-armed Jaeger with triplets as their pilots, who specialize in choreographed moves to defeat the Kaijus. Also at roughly 7″ tall, this Jaeger figure has one large arm on the left with a heavily armored shoulder, and two smaller arms on the right. The large arm has 180 degree rotation and the other two arms move until they hit each other.  The head is almost like a single eye tube, with full rotation around and up and down viewing. The knees are weaker than Gipys’s so poses are a bit more difficult to stand. Depending on the position of the arms, the knees might collapse and seem to crouch the figure. The arms, legs, torso do have full articulation as well though.

And finally for series 1, Knifehead, the kaiju with a giant knife on his head! This figure is not as well articulated as the Jaegers, as the tail seems to be the main support for the stances. The legs move around, the knees bend, but feet are stationary. The arms also move at the shoulders and elbows, but not at the wrists. The head is also not articulated. Besides the lack of articulation, the paint and detail is superb. NECA molded the head with the mouth open, teeth showing and tongue slimy and out. The grey stoned body color and yellow stripes make a perfect contrast to view angles and textures of the skin. The “knife-head” is actually quite sharp at the end, so be careful with that point!

All in all, I love the first series of Pacific Rim figures by NECA; all have high attention to detail, are more screen accurate than most other figures, and they just look so badass!

(I apologize in advanced for lack of lighting in some photos!)

SDCC Exclusive NECA Jason Voorhees NES Figure Review

As you all know, I recently had the amazing chance to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2013!
I won’t fill this up with SDCC coverage because, I already did that in previous posts . . . Instead, I will be giving  a review of an Exclusive from the show.

Brought to you by NECA, (National Entertainment Collectibles Association), the classic NES vide game is brought back to life in this fantastic SDCC 2013 Exclusive.
From the Friday the 13th 1989 8-bit arcade, NECA has given fans of Friday the 13th and Jason a new addition to their collections.

Featuring glow-in-the-dark limbs, mask, and weapons, standing 7” tall and given in the old arcade style packaging with the phrase “You and your friends are dead. Game Over”

A great figure, articulated very well in the limbs, hands, feet, and head, with a removable mask showing the monsters face, and two weapons – an axe and his famed machete.

This has to be one of my favorite additions to my collection. Not because it is expensive, rare, 12” tall, limited numbers, yada yada . . . but because it is such an iconic, notable adaptation for an action figure, provided by NECA with the utmost attention to detail, quality, and affirmation! Plus the nostalgia factor at Comic-Con doesn’t hurt.

Great material, high quality for a SDCC Exclusive at only $25! Can’t beat that! This is a great figure, great balance no need for a stand or support, and the box is made for easy removal/re-packaging without tearing or cutting the plastic or cardboard. And with a snapshot of the classic arcade game, this figure has it all!