San Diego Comic Con 2016 Best Bits

San Diego Comic Con 2016 is upon us! And as always, there is just a landslide of awesome news for comics, TV shows, movies, video games, and merchandise. In this small corner of the Internet, let's talk about the best bits that excited our geeky little hearts.

I'll try to post as many stories here as I can, but because there's going to be so much, I'll try to stick to the stories I think you'll find most interesting.

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Good Smile Company Nendoroid Mega Man Review

I have been a Mega Man (Rockman) fan for as long as I've been a gamer. One of the very first games I ever played was the original Rockman in 1989 (it launched in 1987 in Japan). And weirdly enough, I've never owned a Mega Man action figure, though there are plenty to choose from. But collecting Marvel Legends got in the way of getting Mega Man or gaming figures in general. I mean, I ain't made of monies.

But now, thanks to a friend of mine, Oskie, (who, bt-dubs, also did the music in the intro of the video below), I now have my very first Mega Man figure, and a Good Smile Nendoroid one to boot!

Check out the review below, which I hurriedly shot with my Samsung A5 - not the highest end phone ever but it did a serviceable job.

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Marvel Heroes 2016: Iron Man Lore-Friendly Beam Weave Hybrid Build

Marvel Heroes 2016 is a game I've been playing since launch, though I did quit for a little bit back when Marvel Heroes was still a diamond in the rough. I even wrote a review about it, which I agree was a bit of a knee-jerk reaction from me just because I was disappointed it wasn't as good as Marvel Ultimate Alliance. I was hating on it because of the genre of the game. Eventually, I wrote a revisit review. It's now the one game I don't ever put down for very long, which is weird for me because I was never a fan of MMORPGs. 

To date, I have quite a few level 60 heroes - Black Panther, Cable, Cyclops, Daredevil (main #1), Captain Marvel, Captain America, Iron Fist, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Psylocke, Gambit, Dr. Strange, Moon Knight (main #2), and War Machine. Actually, there might be a couple more I can't remember right now. For today, though, I wanna talk about Iron Man.

Iron Man is one of Marvel's most popular characters. In Marvel Heroes 2016, he's also one of the most expensive. Unfortunately, he isn't up to snuff, especially when compared to the more recently released and reviewed heroes. But I do enjoy using the golden Avenger despite the challenges mainly for the lore more than anything else. If you're anything like me, you'd wanna play Iron Man just like me. Here's my build:

Here it is again on MarvelHeroes.info.

I'm no min-maxer but I do try my best. Do you have suggestions for my build? Please do let me know in the comments! And then tell me which hero build you'd like to see next!

Kobalt - Bim's Corsair Carbide Spec M2 Micro-ATX Build

In 2006, I built my very first PC. It, at the time, was a fairly impressive machine. I used a Core 2 Quad back when Core 2 Quads were new. It served me faithfully for 10 years or so. During that time, every now and then, I would play around with the idea of upgrading my rig, researching on parts and prices. After getting married in 2015, I had saved up enough funds to finally get a new rig. 

I immediately set off researching once again. And this is what I eventually ended up with. Everyone, meet Kobalt.

Originally, I set out to build a Mini-ITX rig. I did my research, but I guess it wasn't thorough enough. Or at least, I believed I had the skillz to put one together. I am, by no means, a beginner, but building and picking out parts for a small build just fell right outside my skill set.

This was my original build:

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Harry Potter Funko Pop! Wave 2 Is Out

Hey everyone! I just wanted to show you guys the new Harry Potter Funko Pop!s which were released recently. Pre-ordered mine from Big Boys Toy Store (Why can't it just be a Big Kids Toy Store?) and had no problems claiming them. 

The Harry Potter Wave 2 Funko Pop!s set includes the following figures-

  • 10 Harry Potter in his Triwizard uniform
  • 11 Hermione Granger in Yuleball outfit
  • 12 Ron Weasley in Yuleball outfit
  • 13 Draco Malfoy in Hogwarts uniform
  • 14 Luna Lovegood in Hogwarts uniform
  • 15 Albus Dumbledore in Yuleball outfit
  • 16 Sirius Black
  • 17 Dobby <3<3<3
  • 18 Dementor

Exclusives:

  • 19 Draco Malfoy in Quidditch robes
  • 20 Cedric Diggory
  • 21 Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat
  • 22 Neville Longbottom <3

This time, I didn't get the entire set because 1) I live in a small apartment, 2) My budget is finite, and 3) I want to maintain my sanity. It's almost a given that there will be several waves more to come and that I will continue to burn money on them so I've set some ground rules for myself- I promised myself that I would only get one of each unique character and just collect all the Harrys that they come up with until I reach seven (I'm already on my fifth Harry, so I'm not sure how strong my willpower will be).

Because of said ground rules, I've opted out of the Yule Ball figures. Giving up the Dumbledore one was particularly difficult. His lilac dress robe is quite lovely. In contrast, the Triwizard outfit Harry is pretty plain and uninteresting. They also got Sirius' hair color wrong, it should have been black instead of dark brown but I guess they copied Gary Oldman's hair color in the movie. I love that they included Luna's dirigible plum earrings which really help capture her character. The Draco Pop! is kind of boring too, but then again it's not easy to capture a snarl in a figure not known to have mouths (the variant is way better).

Dobby <3<3<3 is pretty perfect, it's just funny that he's about 1.5x as wide as all the other Pop!s. The Dementor is also one of the better figures in this series. The robes (+ paint) in particular are nice, the boxed figure is tilted to one side because of the long flowy robe. I'm still missing Neville Longbottom <3, Cedric Diggory, and Draco Malfoy in Quidditch robes which are exclusives and are unfortunately not easy to find in these parts. But even if I did have them, I think the winner for the best figure in this set would still be exclusive Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat. 

Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat takes the cake for best figure of this wave.

The Pop! has Harry sitting on a stool with the Sorting Hat atop his head mulling whether to put him in Gryffindor or Slytherin. Just looking at the figure makes you relive the scene- eleven-year-old Harry begging the Sorting Hat to put him anywhere but Slytherin, and then eventually the Sorting Hat thunderously shouts GRYFFINDORRR! Incidentally, my main display now features this scene, with Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Snape flanking Harry and the Sorting Hat while fellow first-year students Luna, Ron, Hermione, and Draco hover close by.

"Not Slytherin, not Slytherin."

*If anyone can point me to where I can get the exclusive figures around here, I'll be one very happy big kid.

   

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