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3.75" Dr. Strange Review

Dr. Strange has been a long-time favorite of mine. When I started collecting the 6" line, I really just wanted a few core figures - Iron Fist, Daredevil, Black Widow, Bullseye, Kingpin, Luke Cage (but the modern one never came out), and Dr. Strange. That's it. How my collection grew to its proportions today boggles my mind. Besides Strange being one of the most powerful beings in Marvel U, he's also one of the more interesting ones. Something about the character really got me hooked. I'm extremely glad that not only did he get the Marvel Universe treatment, he got it in style!

Sculpt

I find it amazing how detailed sculpt can be on figures this small. Some 6" figures from Hasbro don't even come close to the quality of the really good 3.75" ones. Ah, but then again, Hasbro's specialization really has been this scale even since G.I. Joe hit it big. Still, I appreciate how good the small figures have gotten despite the rocky start.

And by the Vishanti! Dr. Strange's sculpt is nothing short of amazing. The facial expression is full of all kinds of win, the detail on his cape is simply treat to behold. The sculpted hands may look like Spidey's, but they're still pretty nice; and, the creases on the clothes are very well made. All the tiny details you'd expect are there. I'm very happy with this figure's mold.

Check out his ear; even that's molded in nicely.

Maybe a few years ago, they would've drawn all the cape detail on instead of actually putting it in. That goes double for the Eye of Agamotto. Nice to see everything textured and in 3D!

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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Trailer

Ghost Rider has been getting some love lately - Marvel Universe figure, Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 inclusion and a new seemingly more bad ass movie. Here's the trailer, folks.

Who knows when it'll be taken down or if it will be, because Taylor did say the trailer was exclusive to iTunes. That ain't on iTunes. Nicolas Cage is still a little too old to play Johnny Blaze, but goddamn that bike looks leagues better than the uber stylized one in Ghost Rider.

Avengers Line-up After Fear Itself

Fear Itself has been rolling along at full steam, and quite honestly, we like what we're seeing so far. The fights are epic in magnitude, the surprises have been unexpected (sort of), and the fallout from this event will be very interesting. However, the thing with the comic book industry is that it tends to spoil their own stories because of solicits. In exchange for truly not knowing the outcome of an event, we get some teasers to get us excited about what comes after. I guess if we really don't want to be spoiled, we should avoid solicits altogether, but sometimes they're just too damn tempting.

Marvel has released their post-Fear Itself Avengers lineup. I guess we know who lives and who dies (or goes missing).


From left to right, top to bottom: Vision, Spider-Man, Protector, Black Panther, Spider-Woman, Captain America, Iron Man, Ms. Marvel, Wolverine and Hawkeye

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PS3 Price Drop

Sony threw out some big news on us all in their keynote speech at Gamescom 2011. They officially announced a worldwide PS3 price drop! Booyah! The 160GB model goes down to $250 from $300. The 320GB model goes for $300, and it ships with InFamous 2, which is a fucking good game, by the way. Really - UGC missions that don't suck ass? SOLD!


Now I can confidently say I might give this as a gift sometime in the next 3 years.

Here in the Philippines, we'll likely feel the effects of this price drop in the next couple months. Remember when the 360 dropped their prices and released their slim version? That took about 4 weeks to 6 weeks before we started seeing them on the shelves, yeah? Stores have to get rid of their old stocks first before piling on new ones. The 320GB model, at P42.50/$1 exchange rate, should chime in at Php 12,900. That same unit currently sells at Php 15,500 already at Datablitz, and it drops even further to Php 14,600 if you pay by cash. I'll drop by a Datablitz soon to see how much they'll sell the PS3 when the price drop takes effect.

I don't know about you guys but a price drop has me kind of worried. Are unit sales down? Are they phasing it out? Are we going to hear even more rumors about the PS4? I mean, the PS3 first shipped November of 2006. That was 5 years ago. With the speed at which technology moves, we shouldn't be surprised if the announcement comes sooner rather than later.

3.75" Dr. Doom Review

Welcome to the first ever toy review here at the Toy Rack! I actually spent a couple nights pondering which figure deserved the honor. It suddenly dawned on me that there is no one more deserving than DOOM!

Dr. Doom is probably one of the few characters who'd likely be present in anyone's collection, regardless of preference. This is likely due to fear of Doom's wrath for not picking up his merch. Doom's got rent to pay, man; needs them royalties.

Doom came in with wave 14. And after doing some research, yes, he is a repaint! He is 100% exactly like the two-pack Dr. Doom, except for the color of his clothes. He's got a darker shade of green, which I think just looks fantastic.

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