Sunday, March 11, 2012

Vote For The Shark

  • Japanese voice actress Sayuri Yamauchi passed away on March 6th. I wasn't familiar with her but I should have been because I'm well acquainted with her work. She voiced Colonel Une in Gundam Wing, Suzuka in Outlaw Star and Vera in Big O. Those titles are a pretty big chunk of why I'm an anime fan and she was a big part of them. She was only 55 years old.

  • The 2012 Transformers Hall of Fame inductees selected by Hasbro are Grimlock, Shockwave and Jazz. The fan chosen nominations are Beast Wars Megatron, Wheeljack, Arcee, Rodimus and Sky-Byte. You can vote now for which one you want to join the Hall of Fame. I voted for Sky-Byte. I figured Arcee and Rodimus are locks as future inductees and I just find Sky-Byte awesome. He's probably the only representation Robots in Disguise will get unless Scourge gets nominated someday. The best part of the Hall of Fame are the biographies that try to reconcile different interpretations of the characters. Arcee's bio is crazy, but it's not nearly crazy enough. It should say that she shares a link with her sisters Elita-1 and Chromia, is leader of the Omicons, she was a spy who had her memory wiped and Daniel Witwicky is her Headmaster partner. When you summarize everything that Beast Wars Megatron did, he really sounds like the greatest villain ever. I think he could win making the Fan's choice winners a Beast Wars threepeat.

  • I don't know what's going on with Mattel and the DC Comics license. They've reshuffled the "DC All Stars" waves of six inch action figures. The first wave was to have the odd lineup of Superboy Prime, Agent Orange Larfleeze, "Flashpoint" Plastic Man, and a reissue of Batman Beyond from DCUC series 4. The second wave was Red Robin, a repaint of DC Superheroes Supergirl as Evil Supergirl and the New 52 versions of Superman and the Flash. The third wave had not been revealed but we knew it was to include a reissue of DC Superheroes Steel and unspecified versions of Hawkman, Batgirl, and Batman. Now those three waves will not be released in those configurations. The new first wave lineup is New 52 Superman, New 52 Batman, Superboy Prime, and Red Robin. That makes way more sense for the launch of a new line. There's two heavy hitters and two derivative characters of those heavy hitters. If anything it might be too good a lineup, as Batman and Superman could have been used to anchor two different waves. And holy crap it's just a profile pic but that New 52 Batman looks amazing. I hope some of those other figures are still on the way. I was really looking forward to Larfleeze. I don't think many would be bothered if Flashpoint Plastic Man never came out.

  • Hey remember when Mattel quietly solicited a wave of re-releases which was not a part of DC All Stars or DC Universe Classics tailored around the Reign of the Supermen and quickly canceled it? Yeah I don't know what's going on with Mattel. Considering the delays with Masters of the Universe Classics, they might be having manufacturing problems. A bunch of reissues would be a quicker way to get product out there. But they canceled it. And there's no re-releases in the new All Stars first wave. So that theory doesn't completely work.

  • Dan Curto has left the collection of websites he participated with including Rebelscum.com, The ForceCast, and the Cool Toy Review. I've been reading his work for longer than I could calculate and I'm going to miss his contributions. I don't know why he's leaving but I wish him luck in what he does in the future.

  • Joss Whedon has said that the Skrulls and the Kree are not the alien race in the Avengers movie. He explained that the Skrulls shape-shifting would be an issue which seems like it would rule out the Chitauri. So what's left? The Frost Giants in Thor didn't seem to have access to the technology the alien race in the Avengers do. The Ord seems more possible now.

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