Friday, March 28, 2014

It Must Be Great To Have a Dad Who Can Turn You Into a Super Hero

Daniel Hashimoto is a Dreamworks animator and one of the greatest dads ever.

While pretending to be Batman, waving a light saber about, and jumping over lava onto your couch were all things we did as kids, nothing is as cool as seeing yourself doing these in real life.

Check out some of the videos from The Action Movie Kid Youtube channel.










Check out the rest of the videos on The Action Movie Kid.

via Gizmodo

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Social Superheros

I have been doing a lot of emarketing, marketing automation, and social media research.   Such research lead me to the "If Social Sites Were Superheros" Infographic.   I had to repost it.

Monday, September 23, 2013

DC Comics Bombshells: Wonder Woman

This is the first in a new line of DC Statues featuring the Women of DC. Based on pinups of the ‘40s and ‘50s (that’s 1940s and 1950s to you whipper snappers), this whole line intrigues me since I love ‘40s and ‘50s pinups and I love the Women of DC.

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DC has a promo video featuring the statue. It’s just a bunch of shots of the statue with the occasional view of the design artwork. Neat but missable.

Specs:

Distributor: DC Direct
Sculptor: Tim Miller
Height: 10.1”
Available: May 2013 (Yes. I know I’m late. Sorry!)
Price: $124.95 but I found it for $99.99 at Gamestop.

Robert’s Two Cents:

Pros:

  • It’s a really cool script of Wonder Woman.
  • The paint is awesome.
  • The right balance of cartoony and comic book realistic.
  • The base is cool even though it features the same picture the statue is based on.
  • Price. At $124.95 this piece is affordable.

Cons:

  • As one commenter on the video points out, I’m not sure Wonder Woman and Rockabilly go together.

Recommendation:

Hot Buy! It’s a great tribute to Wonder Woman and Rosie the Riveter. I think that’s what I like most about it. I’m no feminist but there’s something compelling about the story of Rosie the Riveter and the women of the ‘40s stepping into the work force and taking on jobs that the men held exclusively up to that point. The is the right mix of sexy and empowered woman. She is strong, confident, and beautiful at the same time. Overall, it’s a nice piece at a great price.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Universal Monsters 9in Scale Creature From The Black Lagoon

It's no secret that the Creature From the Black Lagoon is my favorite of the Universal Monsters. There are lots of reasons. 

The film was filmed in Silver Springs near Ocala, FL, which is near where I live. It's the one Universal Monster that is an original creation. He looks really, really cool!



Distributor: Mezco
Size: 9" tall
Articulation: 11 Points
Price: $29.00 from Mezco/Retail and I found it on Amazon for $49.00.

Robert's Two Cents

Points in Favor: 
  • It's The Friggin' Creature From the Black Lagoon
  • Excellent detail
  • Beautiful colors
  • It has 11 points of articulation

Points Against: 
  • It has 11 points of articulation.
  • Price. $29 is high for an action figure but not too bad for shelf art.


Recommendation: Buy. It's a cool piece. It's a little cartoony but not too cartoony. It will look cool on a shelf. It's The Creature from the Black Lagoon. 

Also offered in a New York Comic Con Exclusive Translucent Version for $60.00. There was also a black & white version offered over the summer that is now sold out.

Buy direct from Mezco.
Buy from Amazon (affiliate link).

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DC Comics Cover Girls Huntress Statue

I love the Huntress and really love this version of her costume.

Distributor: DC Direct
Designer: Stanley "Artgerm" Lau
Sculptor: Jack Mathews
Size: Approximately 9.8" Tall
Release Date: March 2014, should be in the next Previews
Price $99.95

Robert's Two Cents:

Points in Favor:

  • It's the Huntress, one of my favorite Earth 2 characters from the 1970's. OK it's really the post crisis Earth version of one of my favorite Earth 2 characters from the 1970's, but you get the idea.
  • I love the colors.  Great paint job.
  • The upper body pose is all action and well represented action at that.
  • I love the price point of $99.95 (aka $100) and to me the size is generous for the price point.

Points Against:

  • The lower part of her body is standing completely upright like a museum version.

Recommendation: PASS: I really, really want to want this statue...but I don't. If the upper body and the lower body looked like they were part of the same statue, I'd be all over this. The legs just need to reflect what is happening in the upper body just a little. That's it. That's all that is missing.

Am I being too harsh? Let me know what you think in the comments.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

DC Direct: Fables Book Ends

I know Zimm was reading Fables for a long time and this one is for him.

I am not a reader of Fables but I appreciate what they have done with the characters and do have my own affinity for the characters.

Distributor: DC Direct
Designed by: Mark Buckingham
Sculptor: Mike Locasio
Size: Approximately 8 1/2” tall
Release Date: March 2014, and will be in the next Previews
Price: $249.95

Robert's Two Cents

Points in Favor

  • Great characters and a great design.
  • The expensive looking gun metal silver will look great with your Fables hard covers in between them.
  • It has a flying monkey on it.
  • Just the right amount of detail.
  • Even if you’re not a Fables fan, they are a great pair of book ends with classic characters on them.

Points Against

  • They are a pricy pair of book ends.
Recommendation:  I’m going with a Buy. It’s the perfect gift for the Fables fan in your life or the fan of classical fantasy novels. They are a very nice pair of book ends.