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Nov. 13th, 2008

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Now, I'm sure that, before Hotel Dusk, I found some way to spend my days. I'm sure that I probably had hobbies and interests, probably even friends, and a lot of responsibilities for work and school. I'm sure of it.

And yet, it seems as though I can't even remember it. Hotel Dusk has taken over it all!

Seriously, I can't recommend this game highly enough. It's finally been reissued after being missing from the shelves for far too long and now that I've played it, I completely understand what I have been missing (namely, the coins from level/Chapter 4 that I can no longer get! Argh!). It's so good.

People will tell you it's dull. They'll ask you how much fun it can possibly be to play through what seems to be a detective novel with the occasional choose-your-own-adventure fork in the road. And I do understand that. But I am a huge fan of detective novels and this is a really great one. The translation work on this is better than any game I've seen, with nothing lost and the noir style and dialogue pitch-perfect. It's a great title.

In other news, I have officially booked my tickets to the San Diego Comic Con in 2009! I'm heading down! Sure, it's in...1...2...8 months. But hey! I'm ready and rearin' to go! I'm also New York City bound in February for the New York Comic Con and I can't wait. I'm going to go Exclusive-Crazy. But so I don't drive myself crazy-crazy, I think I'll save the countdown for the new year...

Oct. 30th, 2008



Happy (almost) Halloween!

With Halloween upon us, I'm beginning to become concerned that I have less than 24 hours remaining and I have yet to pick up a costume...

As mentioned in the previous post, midterms have been killing me and, as such, I've managed to fall behind in the whole "getting a costume" thing and I'm started to think I'm going to end up handing out candy on this, a FRIDAY HALLOWEEN.

(I know. I am truly ashamed.)

But on the plus/incredibly geeky side, I might just start working on a costume to wear to the New York Comic Con and the San Diego Comic Con, both of which I have vowed to attend this year no matter what. So far, Catwoman is a contender, but I'm going to have to decide on which version before I start any work. So far I'm thinking that The Long Halloween, Tim Sale style Catwoman is my pick, but it remains to be determined. Either way, it's a new step into geekdom for me. Wish me luck.

Oh! And I should also mention that I finally started playing Lego Batman and Hotel Dusk. I should have a review for both very very soon.

Oct. 22nd, 2008

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I was recently working my way through some accounting/finance studies and decided that I had more than earned--through a steady diet of not getting math and pulling my hair out--some time out for shopping. I came back with VIDEO GAMES! Woohoo!



I am They are awesome. Of course, while they were purchased during my reprieve-from-math period, I have yet to crack them open and get going on them. They'll be my reward, I think, at the end of all this. Of course, a passing grade, would be nice, too!

I'm most looking forward to Lego Batman, of course, because anything to feed my obsession with The World's Greatest Detective (a title my younger sister insists is invalidated by the existence of Sherlock Holmes--I explained this away by asserting that Holmes is most certainly dead by now) is a good thing. But I've also been on the hunt for Hotel Dusk for...almost a year now.

Oh! And while I'm here, I should probably mention that NEW WATCHMEN FOOTAGE was shown at the SCREAM Awards last night.

I can't wait. Though I have to admit I don't like the sleek costume redesigns, I think this is going to be awesome.

Oct. 5th, 2008

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Movie Masters


Alright. So these figures are the answer to all those of us who whined that the 6-inch Batman Begins figure line was too 'kiddy', didn't have any regard for film accuracy and inexplicably gave us a Ken Watanabe Ra's Al Ghul and a Really-guys-I'm-not-Ra's-al-Ghul Henri Ducard, but no Commissioner Gordon even though Ken Watanabe wasn't even Ra's Al Ghul and Commissioner Gordon is COMMISSIONER GORDON AND IS ACTION-Y ENOUGH TO MERIT AN ACTION FIGURE ONCE IN A WHILE.

Okay, so the Movie Masters also like to pretend that Commissioner Gordon isn't an invaluable tool in Batman's pursuit of justice, but at least we get 2 versions of Batman (pre and post TDK alteration), a very nice Joker and a less confounding version of Scarecrow, last seen looking like this for some reason.

Firstly, the Batman/Batmen in this set are great. You have both the TDK version and the BB version. Both are very nice figures, though the head sculpting is a little iffy and it seems like they designed what you can see of Bruce's face without much Christian Bale in mind, but the effort's there and the effort's good and if you're seeking a small-size Dark Knight Batman figure, it's definitely a better bet for collectors than whatever this is (green?!).

This is a great figure. Is it perfect? No. But if you want perfection, scale up to something bigger. And while the shading/detailing could be better, this is the best you can get at this size and it's definitely a good piece. They've managed to capture a lot of the stance, the glare, the off-kilter quality of the outfit and the strange colours. If you're into it, a couple touch-ups wouldn't hurt, just to add a little bit, but if you take it without a single alteration, you're still getting a great figure and it'll be a fine villain for the Batmen. Although you might want to keep him with the other TDK figures for him to appear formidable, because for whatever reason, the Movie Masters seem to run a little short. They're awesome, yes, but just a little...petite.

Finally we come to him

Jonathan Crane, the Scarecrow. I wanted a Scarecrow figure from the last movie at a larger scale, but was sorely disappointed. And then disappointed again when they kept giving him weird gadgets and insisting that the strait jacket stay on. Well, this figure does the same, but at least it gives me hints of a suit underneath and some hands, plus an attempt at the blue eyes. The sculpting's great, the mask is really nicely done and the little evidence mask that comes with it is weird, but nice, too. The only real problems I have with this figure are the return of the strait jacket as coat when he really spent very little time in one and had gotten rid of both it and the horse by The Dark Knight and the fact that you can't take off his mask. I realize capturing Cillian Murphy's face probably have resulted in a peculiar look, but unless they decide to make a Red Eye playset, I'm sorely out of luck here. Still, for those lamenting the lack of a Scarecrow, here he is and, for all intents and purposes, he's a pretty awesome figure.

[This space reserved for a Gary Oldman's Commissioner Gordon figure. One day. ONE DAY.]

Oct. 2nd, 2008

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Red Hulk Target Exclusive Marvel Legends Figures

Marvel Legends

Red Hulk Exclusive Marvel Legends is available.

You don't have to visit every Target US store to complete your set of Red Hulk Exclusives anymore.  We have the set and individual figures.  The assortment consist of:  Union Jack, Spiral, Wolverine, Black Wolverine, Black Spiderman, Adam Warlock, and Silver Savage (which looks a little cheesy).

The variant in this series is Spiral.

Sep. 26th, 2008

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While I wouldn't call it a problem, nor unhealthy, I am obsessed with Batman. The movies, the comics, the graphic novels, the toys, everything. If my major in university could be Batman, it would be. And if there is a job out there for which the sole qualification is 'Loving Batman as much as possible' and the only interview question is 'Is Batman awesome?', I am a shoe-in.

(Also, the answer is 'yes'.)

So for my first blog entries, there is only one set of toys I could possibly discuss and that would be the new additions to the Dark Knight collection from Hot Toys.

I'll begin with Movie Masters/Hot Toys Joker.

I'll start by saying that I will likely own this no matter what, just for posterity. So with that I can say that it's a gorgeous figure and the paint job on the face is BRILLIANT. The DC Direct 13-inch figure was obviously a great toy, too, but the subtleties here (exposed skin, makeup caked in the wrinkles, the detailing on the hair) really make this. Sure, I miss the purple coat, but look at the shoes! Look at them! Seriously! They're amazing. In fact, the only real flaw I can find with this figure is the same one I can find with the Batman figures from the same collection: the proportions. It's less obvious on Bats because you can dismiss it as his cowl, but the head-to-body ratio seems just a touch off to me and the head therefore a touch large. Not a big deal, but I think I prefer the proportions of the DC Direct figure (where the head actually seems a little small due to bulky clothing). There are also two Batman figures in this group, one featuring the Begins costume and the other in the modified "Hey, I can turn my head!" TDK outfit. The costumes are more streamlined than their DC Direct counterparts, and I'm not sure which version I prefer. Cost-wise, the price tag of the Hot Toys versions can excluse those who aren't die-hard collectors and the DC Direct figures, steep as they are, might be the best bet for those seeking a high-quality, high-end toy without going too far.