Marvel Legends Thor/Odin Series Review

Baaaah! I miss writing for Geek Out! and man, it's nice to be back!

So, it's been a nice start for this year, release wise but financially overwhelming. Three Marvel Legends Infinite Series releases within 3 months and I'll be honest with you, that is something you don't experience regularly. For this wave, we got a good set of figures lined up and another great set of figure to add to your Spider-Man related displays and Rogues gallery.

Characters

  • Ultimate Spider-Girl
  • Daredevil
  • Spider-Man (Pizza Spidey, hoorah!)
  • Spider-Man 2099 (What the shock?)
  • Anti-Venom (well, you know, ehhh, it looks okay.)
  • Spider-Girl (not bad but I'm still happy about it!)

Build-A-Figure:

  • New Hobgoblin

To be honest with you, this is a great wave, really. We got a good set of Spider-Man figures and a Hasbro definitive version of Spider-Man. We all know that McF/Campbell version of Spider-Man by ToyBiz (and re-released by Hasbro) is still one of the best but this one has it's own style or something.

So, I'll leave you with my reviews of all the figures from this wave and hopefully, it helps you decided if it's a go or nah. It's a good set, trust me.

Have a great week ahead of you guys and stay tuned for my Thanos wave review!
 

TOYCON 2015

The Philippine TOYCON, Asia’s biggest and longest running convention for toys, anime, comics, cosplay, gaming and anything and everything related to hobbies and collections is now on its 14th year of thrilling fans and aficionados alike. It is, simply put, the biggest pop culture event in the country.

This year’s TOYCON highlights the World of DC Comics with its colorful characters upholding justice with a grand exhibit from Pacific Licensing. Also get a chance to own cool licensed DC Hoodies from the Authority Hoodie.

Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service launches in the Philippines, as IFLIX explodes into the pop-culture landscape of the country during the Philippine ToyCon, with unlimited access to its line-up of the most awesome and iconic movies and TV series. With trial memberships now open, everyone is free to explore and enjoy the vast range of content on iflix.com.

Walt Disney Pictures brings in the wonder of Star Wars with its new line of merchandise from the original film saga and the new Star Wars Rebels series. And also, get into the world of the smallest superhero with Marvel’s Antman interactive exhibit.

Also catch future and fantasy fever as Universal Pictures’ Terminator: Genisys and Jurassic World launches in ToyCon with an eye-popping display of the movie’s cinematic artwork and line of collectors’ toys.

Other movie highlights are the upcoming live-action Attack on Titan from Pioneer Films and Doraemon: Stand By Me the Movie in 3D. Catch Doraemon and friends live at the ToyCon stage!

The TOYCON also gives you its biggest battlefield of toys with exhibits from the local toy clubs: Pinoy Lego users Group exhibit, Planet Krypton, Funko Funatic Philippines, the Coca-Cola Collectibles exhibit, One Sixth Republic and Pinoy Sixth Scale collectors exhibit and the awesome Toycon Gallery exhibit area which showcases the best of the local toy group community.

The TOYCON also features the biggest in Cosplay with the TOYCON’s own Cosplay Universe unleashing a barrage of individual and group cosplayers led by Asia’s Cosplay queen, Alodia Gosiengfiao. Also catch the Star Wars 501st Philippine Outpost parade its new troopers and droids from a galaxy far, far away.

Revel in opening night festivities with a series of ToyCon Pop Quiz competitions and get your fill of local and foreign comic book artists in the Artist Alley set up by Flipgeeks and Komikon.

And off course, TOYCON would not be complete without the biggest dealer floor of all pop culture merchandise in terms of apparel, collectibles and memorabilia, graphic novels and comics, cosplay paraphernalia, and toys, toys, TOYS!

So let loose the child in you once again by getting ready for war in new battlefields of play!

The Philippine TOYCON 2015 will then be held on June 19-21, 2015 at the SM Megatrade Halls 1, 2 and 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City.

Tickets are now on sale at SM Tickets (www.smtickets.com) til June 18. Tickets are also available at the event gate on June 19-21.For more information on schedule of activities and event details please visit:

www.toyconph.com

www.facebook.com/toyconph

 

Fallout Shelter is Tiny Tower 2.0

How many of you remember hearing about a great new mobile game and then giving it a try after a few months of hype only to find yourself neglecting the app after a few weeks of grinding? That was my experience with Tiny Tower, a business simulation game released by Zynga in 2011 that was more of an exercise in tedium and your ability to check your phone every 10 minutes rather than a game. Fallout Shelter is the newest game announced and simultaneously released by Bethesda in E3 2015 for iOS and while it looks like another Tiny Tower clone at a glance, it adds a few mechanics that make it a pretty decent game, even if you take off the Fallout skin.

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The Continued Reinvention of Poker Games

It’s just another day: you wake up, wash your face, brush your teeth, and then get on your phone to go through your social media notifications, scowling in disgust as you notice that one of your friends has sent you yet another game invite to play one of those poker games on Facebook. Why can’t they just take a hint? There’s nothing that could ever get you to play that game, right? If you’re not into poker, you’re just not into poker.

After all, for all its variations, the game is pretty much the same: you play cards and hope to bluff your way to a win, and make some virtual money off of other players online. That’s all there is to it, and it’s not a very compelling game unless that’s what you’re really into.

These past few years, however, we’ve seen some developers take poker and turn it into something completely different, adding in elements of different genres and giving players more reasons to start playing the game. Real-money gambling has helped paved the way for sure, with tournaments on Betfair drawing thousands of players with games that give away €5 million in prizes every month. But the biggest draw new poker games are relying on aren’t quite so much the chance to earn real money, but the chance to play poker as part of a bigger game.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron


Maybe it was the fantastically long lead-in to this movie, or all the hype Disney's stellar marketing team built up around it's release, but I found myself slightly disappointed with their new Avengers: Age of Ultron.

To be fair, this sequel had a lot to live up to. Not only was it expected to top 2012's Avengers, but there have been four other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies released between that year and 2015 - Iron Man 3, Captain America: Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Then you have the two television shows, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil. It's a wonder this super franchise hasn't collapsed yet under the weight of it's own continuity.

But predictably, it's now made more than $201M in it's first weekend internationally, and with no real competition until May 13 when Mad Max: Fury Road is released, it looks like it's on track to become the biggest movie of 2015.

At least until Star Wars: The Force Unleashed arrives.

For those of you who want an impression of the movie without spoilers, I thought it was hugely entertaining. If Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy hadn't set the bar so high, this sequel might have been higher on my list of the MCU's best films.


POSSIBLE SPOILERS FROM HERE ON.

As it stands, I felt there were character arcs that really felt shoehorned in, and action that felt overly sensationalized. I spoke about how Daredevil's fighting style was so interesting because it felt more real, more visceral, due to the fact that he was always getting hurt. The fights in Avengers: Age of Ultron, while pretty awesome, feel too much like action in a Michael Bay film to me. Lots of slow mo, lots of visual effects.

It's like an entire comic book full of centerfold splash pages.

Which may have been what they were going for. This is after all, a superhero movie. One of the characters in the film even calls the heroes "gods". They can't be harmed by mortal men. And that's how it feels like.

Which felt odd, since Whedon is known for making you feel invested in his movies. If you've never watched the show Firefly and it's film sequel, Serenity, I suggest you do. He builds up this band of ruffians until you can't picture the crew without any single one, and then proceeds to kill them off.

Then you're left thinking, "Are any of them going to get out of this alive?" That's invested. Look at HBO's Game of Thrones. It seems like characters there are dropping left and right. How many Starks did we start with? How many are there now?

In Ultron, I never felt that edge of your seat, holding your breath excitement.


Speaking of Ultron, I wasn't sold as him as the big bad.

The trailer was awesome. The lines he had in that were dark, and menacing. You felt the gravitas when he talks, and can see how he might actually be a great opponent for the team. But the movie version of Ultron seems way too much like James Spader. He's got what look like nervous ticks and mannerisms and he gets distracted and he talks as if SQUIRREL!

Yeah, so he goes off on tangents that are weird. I think in this case they brought too much of the actor to the animation of the actual CG construct. It felt kind of like I was watching Mr. Richards from 1987's Mannequin.

The fact that there's literally about 5 minutes of build up to his conception also really killed any chance there was of him beating Loki as the villain to watch out for in the MCU.

VIKI from I, Robot was more sinister.


This has been a pretty negative review in hindsight, but to clarify, I do like the movie. I was never bored, and I felt that it was able to give some nice character beats to both Black Widow and Hawkeye.

Hawkeye in particular (played by Jeremy Renner) got to shine in this movie. He really got to strut his stuff and show the audience why he is an Avenger, despite being "just human". You also got to see more of the "SCIENCE BROS!" with Bruce Banner and Tony Stark pairing up to create Ultron, and later Vision. I love that they did the most they could with the limited characters they had. You also see the building rift between Stark and the rest of the team, which I'm sure will lead into Captain America: Civil War somehow.

The fact that they brought back so many others from the previous movies was pretty sweet, too. I won't spoil which characters, but when they popped up, I smiled ear to ear.

Then they mentioned Wakanda. Oh, man,

If I were to pick three things that stood out for me, they would be:

  1. The Hulk v. Hulkbuster fight. Ho. Lee. Shit.
  2. The discussions about Thor's hammer in an elavator
  3. "Please be a secret door... Please be a secret door... Please be a secret door... Yay,"
Those were worth the cost of the ticket.
 
So yeah, definitely go see it.
 
 
 
NOTE: 
I saw it at SM Aura. I don't recommend it. Their brightness is turned down and contrast turned up. Can't see shit for half the film.
   

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