Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rock You Like A Hurricane

Moving would be easier if I wasn't trying to find silly ways to amuse myself with all the stuff I'm supposed to be packing.

Moving Away

So I'm moving to a new place. And it is not fun. I'm considering buying only 1:18th scale figures from now on just because they'd be easier to pack. It's also means I've been too busy to blog, again.
  • Durarara!! has begun it's run on [adult swim], Saturday nights at 12:30. I'm not at all familiar with this anime series but that should make watching it a more interesting experience. The first episode was was spent setting up many characters and a really weird ...entity? I'll keep watching to try to figure it out.

  • They're making a live action Rurouni Kenshin movie. Sounds like it could be good. The actor playing Kenshin was the choice of Nobuhiro Watsuki himself.

  • Hot Toys will be making a pair of figures based on Tsukasa Hojo's classic manga City Hunter and they look fantastic. Seriously these are my favorite Hot Toys figures, not that I'd be able to buy one.

  • Marvel has unveiled a Mighty Muggs Avengers boxset that will be sold exclusively at Comic-Con and Hasbro Toy Shop's website. The set includes Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America and Thor as Mini Muggs. Mini Muggs debuted last Christmas with a trio of Star Wars sets. I thought it was odd that we haven't seen any more Mini Muggs since then. The set also includes a full sized Mighty Muggs of Giant Man, bursting out of the package.

  • Some ingenious bastard recreated Bioshock's Rapture in Lego form. Seriously, look! It's even topped with a plane wreckage in the water.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Jurassic Park on Blu-ray

Jurassic Park is coming to Blu-ray. That's another movie to check off the list. Jurassic Park will be available in an Ultimate Trilogy boxset along with The Lost World and Jurassic Park III on October 25th. I'm still not a fan of the practice not making each movie available individually off the bat, but I don't mind the Jurassic Park sequels as much as the the sequels in some other movie series. There will also be a Limited Edition which packages the Blu-ray set with a sculpture of the T-Rex bursting through the iconic gates. Sure that never happened in any of the movies, but hey it looks cool.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

May 2011 Haul

So my blogging habits have fallen so far off the mark that I'm posting May's haul in late June. June so far has been way lighter by comparison. I'll probably fold over any upcoming June buys into July's haul pics.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tim Diesel

Tim Drake as Robin will be a downloadable playable character in Batman: Arkham City if you pre-order the game at Best Buy. Robin will only be playable in "challenge mode" which is not as cool as Catwoman being fully playable in the main game, but you take what you can get. Compared to the Joker's Carnival Challenge Map available at Gamestop, I think Best Buy has the more interesting pre-order bonus.

The promo image of Tim Drake shows him in bulky armor similar to Batman's in the game. He also has a buzz cut I don't think he's ever been depicted with before. As you can surmise by the title of this post, the haircut has captured my imagination.

The download will come with an alternate skin for Tim's Red Robin costume. I assume it will be based on the original Red Robin costume, that first appeared in Kingdom Come worn by Dick Grayson, and not the version Tim will be wearing in the upcoming reboot of the DC Universe. He looks like a poor man's version of Marvel's Falcon in that.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Mr. Negotiator

Max Factory has announced yet another amazing Big O figure and this time it's Figma Roger Smith, a fully articulated version of the Big O's pilot. It'll make a great companion piece to the Figma R. Dorothy.

The bad news is Roger's an exclusive to the upcoming Wonder Festival in Japan. I'm not accustomed to purchasing imports in general, so I'm even more out of luck with a convenion exlusive. Good luck if you decide you have to have one.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Crunchwrap Supreme

Taco Bell is having a promotion all week in which they sell their Crunchwrap Supreme for only 99¢. I had one tonight, which is the fastest turnaround ever for a food review on this site. Unfortunately it isn't soon enough as the promotion ends tomorrow, June 18th.

The Crunchwrap Supreme is one of Taco Bell's most interesting configurations of their go to list of ingredients. It's a tostada with beef and nacho cheese on one side and lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sour cream on the other. And it's all wrapped together in a giant flour tortilla.

If I have to say something bad about the Crunchwrap it's that it's not too fun to photograph. It's a tortilla discus on the outside and it's too flat to get a good look at the ingredients on the inside.

I typically add some hot sauce to a Taco Bell product before I eat it, but I forgot to this time around. The good news is the Crunchwrap tastes great without any additional sauce. It has the right amount of ingredients giving a great mix of flavors and textures. It's soft, cheesy, crunchy and savory all in one. It's the perfect Taco Bell product. In fact I think if they wanted to make a "Supremer Crunchwrap Supreme" by adding guacamole, beans, rice or whatever I doubt I'd like it as much. The Crunchwrap as it exists is nice and filling without being overstuffed. It might be my favorite Taco Bell item and it's worth ordering at regular price. If you can still get one at 99¢, then I recommend you do.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Denny's Fried Cheese Melt

I made a rare trip to Denny's recently and while there I ordered one of their newer menu items. My affection for unusual takes on grilled cheese is well established, so I ordered Denny's Fried Cheese Melt. The Fried Cheese Melt is a grilled cheese sandwich with fried mozzarella sticks inside. The meal incldes a side of fries and, as part of Denny's dollar menu, sells for $4. Not a bad deal for cheesy goodness.

If you've eaten a grilled cheese sandwich and mozzarella sticks in the past, you can safely assume what the Fried Cheese Melt tastes like. There are two mozzarella sticks split across the two halves of the sandwich. The sandwich comes with a cup of marinara sauce, although I wouldn't have gotten one if I hadn't of reminded the server about it. The marinara sauce adds a different flavor and I like the different cheeses but it's really not very complicated. The novelty of it is less novel than I was hoping. Still it was a good grilled cheese sandwich. If I end up at Denny's again anytime soon I might order it again.

Monday, June 13, 2011

E3, Wii U and the Avengers

  • The latest Electronic Entertainment Expo has wrapped up. The internet is brimming over twith E3 coverage but I personally reccomend this first hand account of the sometimes harsh conditions that come with waiting in line to play a game demo.

  • The big news from E3 is Nintendo's announcement Wii U. The touch pad control is more than I was expecting. I think the ability to switch back and forth from playing on the TV to the handheld is neat, and it has the potential to revolutionize the way HUDs are implemented in games. Still it seems like a half-step. The ability to play the same third party games that the PS3 and 360 can play is important but that's really something Nintendo should have thought about back in 2006. I feel the Wii U is going to seem quaint once Sony and Microsoft unroll their new consoles. Of course there's no word when that wll happen.

  • At the 2011 Licensing Expo a promotional image of the Avengers gave us our first look at what the team will look like. Hulk, Thor and Black Widow look much the same. Iron Man seems to have a slightly different suit go armor. Cap's costume is modernized but still not that different from the first movie costume. And we get our first look at Hawkeye. It's not a great first look mind you. He's not wearing a mask, which isn't surprising.

  • NECA has announced they have the license to produce products based on Valve games. I thought I read Valve wasn't interested in licensing their properties but, according to the press release, it was Valve that approached NECA. Valve's games include Half-Life, Team Fortress, Left 4 Dead and Portal, which all have big fan followings. I'm curious which of these NECA will tackle first.

  • All titles of DC Comic's September relaunch of their comics line have been solicited. Maybe I'm naive but when DC first announced this I honestly expected it to be an attempt to make the DC Universe better than it was before. Rebooting the universe is a waste of time if Damian Wayne will still be existing. And the costume re-designs range from bland to terrible. The re-designs created forDC Universe Online were better than any of these.

    I'm disappointed Barbara Gordon is Batgirl again. There's no mention of Cassandra Cain or Stephanie Brown, which is particularly upsetting as they've seemed to bend over background to include every male former Robin. Jason Todd on a team with Arsenal and Starfire? Does this mean Jason was never killed in this continuity? DC cannot think Jason's magical resurrection caused by a Superboy from a different dimension punching a wall is fitting for a simpler, more reader friendly universe.

  • Mattel and Classic Media are teaming up to promote the 30th Anniversary of Masters of the Universe in 2012. We'll be seeing MOTU themed clothing, accesories, Halloween costumes and a 30th Anniversary DVD set. Classic Media are the current rights holder to the Filmation library which includes the original Masters of the Universe cartoon. Now that they have a working relationship with Mattel, it leads to speculation that we'll be seeing characters from the cartoon integrated into the Masters of the Universe Classics toyline. I can only think of a few Filmation characters I'd want as figures, but I still want to see it happen.