Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lounge Lizard

So apparently this is what Rhys Ifans as The Lizard will look like in The Amazing Spider-Man. It looks like a skinny Killer Croc. Or Voldermort with a tail. What it doesn't look much like is the Lizard as he's been depicted in the comics. He's far too humanoid. It kind of takes some of the fun out of the idea of a lizard man. Lately in the comics he's been depicted as even more monstrous than in previous incarnations. I thought they would push it even further in the movie but it seems like they went in the other direction.

In other news:

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

ThunderCats 2012 Figures

MTV Geek has the exclusive first look at upcoming six inch ThunderCats figures from Bandai. The new figures include Cheetara and Tygra from the modern series and Lion-O and Mumm-Ra from the classic series. Now the previous classic figures, Lion-O and Tygra, were eight inches. Bandai decided to restart the line at a different scale. I loved the eight inch figures so the scale change is personally disappointing. I understand why Bandai did it. Six inch is a popular scale amongst collectors, and Bandai even chose to use it for the modern ThunderCats figures. Both lines will probably benefit from being compatible scale-wise. The new Lion-O has a head sculpt that looks like he's roaring. It was a good idea to make this Lion-O different from the eight inch one, to lessen the feeling that we're buying the same figure again. Unfortunately the roaring face isn't nearly as good as the one from the eight inch Lion-O.

All that said, the scale change isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me. Hey that Mumm-Ra is awesome. And I do like the idea having both eras of ThunderCats in the same format. Also Bandai did hint that the eight inch line isn't done yet. They hinted at a new figure in the works and that "she is a fan favorite". Fingers crossed for Pumyra! (I know it's Cheetara. Let me have my delusions.)

Updated 11/16: MTV Geek has updated with more new ThunderCats toys. This time they have images of Mumm-Ra's Storm Charger vehicle and the Armor of Omens, a giant lion themed battlesuit for Lion-O.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Who You Gonna Claw?

That Peter Venkman plush in yesterday's post was something I won in a claw machine of all things. Claw machines are like slot machines, in that you have to accept that you're about to throw money away if you're going to play them and enjoy it. And maybe there's an infinitesimal chance that you'll get ridiculously lucky and win some money or better, a stuffed doll.

I came across some Ghostbusters plush in a claw machine at a Toys R Us. I noticed that Peter seemed close enough to the opening hatch to be winnable. It was in my second attempt, that I not only won Peter but on it's way to the hatch, it knocked over a Cat-popping-out-of-a-Jack-O-Lantern plush. So I won two prizes at once. That was insane. (I gave the Cat-popping-out-of-a-Jack-O-Lantern to my sister.) I tried a third time to win a Slimer and lost. That's why you walk away when you're ahead.

Later I sae a claw machine at my local supermarket that was just filled with Ghostbusters plush including Egon, Winston and most enticingly the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I think this is how gambling problems get started.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

October 2011 Haul

Here's October's haul, and it is very late. I've completely abandoned any sense of timeliness. I still have a post from Halloween that doesn't seem worth completing now. I guess I haven't been in a blogging mood lately. Blogger's new layout isn't very encouraging either.