Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Exclusive LEGO Marvel Polybag!


A few weeks ago, I took a trip to "Toys R us" to get a figure or two for the Disney Infinity 3.0 game (I got Yondu and Bobba Fett) when I came across this little thing that I believed to be an exclusively American LEGO polybag:

Inspired by the 2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 movie, it is an exclusive LEGO Milano build.
I thought that it would be expensive and that I would only be able to get it at comic con at a high price. Instead I bought it for an eye-poppingly cheap price of £2.99! 

Sadly it was a little smaller than I thought it would be (only 68 pieces), but it did prove to be an interesting build. The "wings" can be maneuvered into pretty much any position and the "beak" at the front could be opened to show a rather ugly piece which I like to think of as a mega-weapon.

The jets at the back are very well made and do look like the ones in bigger LEGO Milano sets as well as the top bit (which is also used in the Nexo Knights sets)

Above is a size comparison to a LEGO Minifigure (I thought that Star Lord was rather fitting)
I was quite excited by it and this little build holds a high place in my LEGO collection!

Monday, 1 May 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 REVIEW

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Having just been to see the newly released "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2", there were a couple of things that sprung to mind after the film had finished (extra scenes included).

  • WOW... That was weird.

  • Huh, that was surprisingly funny.

  • Awwww, Baby Groot!!!

                                                                                         Courtesy of Marvel Studios

The film on the whole was slightly odd, if a little confusing. It was however extremely funny, with some cute Baby Groot moments, a couple of heart wrenching moments with Ego attacking and nearly killing the Guardians, then later when Yondu acting like a true father to Peter made the ultimate sacrifice to save his friend. There were also a few easter eggs and of course, a glorious cameo with Stan 'the man' Lee in a spacesuit talking to The Watchers. TWICE! 

As always in a Marvel movie there were some post credit scenes but unlike the usual one or two, there were five - which even in the MCU is a little peculiar:

1. The first had Kraglin (played by none other than Sean Gunn who not only has the director James Gunn as a brother, but he was the on set figure for Rocket) trying out Yondu's sonic arrow, which on the third attempt winds up in poor old Drax's shoulder-blade.

2.  The second featured the original Guardians with Sylvester Stallone playing Starkar (who I believe to be Starhawk) and some other familiar looking characters such as Charlie-27 and Martinex.

3. The third had a distraught looking Ayesha with her head in her hands, talking to her chamber maid about a new birthing pod which contained someone who could possibly destroy the Guardians once and for all - someone that she called "Adam". This may sound like a bit of a rubbish name, but true fans of the comic book series will have figured out that she was probably talking about Adam Warlock who plays a huge part in the comic book version of the Infinity War, so time will tell if he does the same in the cinematic universe...

4. The penultimate post credit scene featured The Watchers walking away from Stan Lee's "amazing stories". (Probably heard about Civil War and thought they should be watching over that...)

5.  The last (but certainly not the least) scene features Peter Quill walking in on Teenage Groot huffing, sighing and playing video games. After being called "boring" in Groot-speak innumerable times he leaves with the parting comment of "Stop leaving your vines everywhere!".

All in all, it has been one of the funnier Marvel films in a while. It may not convert anybody into a full blown superhero lover, but it is a great film to the people that understand the quips and designs that so obviously link to the comics, and at the end of the day, that's what really matters.

Courtesy of Empire

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

MARVEL's Ultimate Alliance II Review


I have just finished this fairly old game twice so that I could play both the Anti-Reg and the Pro-Reg stories (which, truth be told, are very similar). On the first run of the game, I chose Anti-Reg (Captain America's team), and uncovered every character except the Hulk which is a special character.
There are three special characters which can only be obtained by finding special tokens:

  • For Thor you have to find 5 of the 10 Asgardian Runes to play as him.

  • For Jean Grey you have to find 5 of the 10 M'Kraan Crystals to play as her.

  • And for Hulk, you have to find 5 of the 10 Gamma Regulator to play as him.

Most characters (with the exception of Nick Fury) have a different costume which can be obtained after defeating 50 characters. Some of the characters' costumes are obtained through choosing either Anti-reg or Pro-reg: like choosing Anti-reg and getting a new suit for Captain America, or choosing Pro-reg and getting a new suit for Iron man.

The characters that you can get new suits for if you choose Pro-reg:
  • Iron man
  • Spiderman
  • Mr Fantastic
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Songbird
  • Deadpool

The characters that you can get new suits for if you choose Anti-reg:
  • Captain America
  • Wolverine
  • Invisible Woman
  • Human Torch
  • Iron Fist
  • Luke Cage

The rest of the characters' suits (as seen below) can be unlocked at any time after choosing either side of the Civil War:

  • Daredevil
  • Gambit
  • Iceman
  • Storm
  • The Thing
  • Venom
  • Hulk
  • Jean Grey
  • Thor
  • Green Goblin
  • Penance
Overall, I think that this game is one of my favourite games that I have ever played, nearly as good as the original game (which I played with my brother and Old Man Geek when I was younger) as this game closely followed the Secret Wars and Civil War story (except for the-SPOILER ALERT- Nanite control attack) whereas the first game didn't really follow a story and just had a load of different Boss battles. I would highly recommend this game as it has some amazing gameplay and a fascinating story line. 

Courtesy of Flickast

Thursday, 6 April 2017

The LEGO Batman Movie review


May Contain Spoilers

The LEGO Batman franchise has been going for a few years now, with boat loads of LEGO sets being sold all around the world. Batman (voiced by Will Arnett)  even got a small part in the LEGO Movie as Wyldstyle's boyfriend. But now he has his own brick-filled movie, where he along with Alfred the butler ( Ralph Fiennes), his new adopted son Dick Grayson a.k.a. Robin (Michael Cera) and the new police commissioner for Gotham, Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl (Rosario Dawson) must fight Batman's infamous baddie, The Joker, who is angry at Batman for "fighting around" with other villains.

                                          Courtesy of Brickset

The movie was, in my humble opinion, a smash hit, and by far the best LEGO movie/animated short since, well, ever. With the release of a LEGO movie there was the usual amount of movie sets released, and it was accompanied by a LEGO minifigure series, just like there was a minifigure series for the original LEGO Movie.Will this be something that LEGO does with every LEGO movie? Will they do it to the upcoming LEGO Ninjago movie? Only time (and image leaks) will tell...

Monday, 27 March 2017

Star Wars: Force Unleashed II


I have recently purchased Star Wars: Force Unleashed II (an absolutely awesome game) and have completed it in just a couple of hours (I was utterly hooked). The game's story was absolutely superb and followed the comic book series fairly closely. However, Bobba Fett did not feature in the game much, whereas in the comic book series it was almost entirely from his point of view, not Star-killer's clone's perspective (as it is in the game).

                          Courtesy of AOL.com

What I thought was good about it;

  • The story is awesome.
  • You can change your costume whenever you want.
  • Personalize your own  light sabers.
  • Lots of great boss battles.

What I thought was bad about it:

  • It's only a 1 player game.
  • The story was quite short.
  • You couldn't  fly in space or in the air.

Overall, the game is great, but could be improved in some areas. However, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes Star Wars game, or just the George Lucas films themselves.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars story - review

CAUTION: Contains spoilers


A short while ago, in a cinema relatively close by... 

The first Star Wars film (Episode 4: A New Hope)  was released on 27th December 1977 over here in the UK. It was created by George Lucas (Lucasfilm), and was brought to life by the composer John Williams and the amazing acting capabilities of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and the late great Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia Organa) who sadly passed away due to heart failure on 27th December 2016.

photo courtesy of Wikipedia

Jyn Erso is a former criminal who aids the Rebel Alliance in a desperate attempt to steal the plans to the Death Star, a powerful weapon possessed by the Empire. She is played (in my opinion) competently by Felicity Jones who was nominated for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Actress in 2014. She also received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2016.

Image result for jyn erso
photos courtesy of Wikipedia 

Following the foundation of the Galactic Empire, a wayward band of Rebel fighters comes together to carry out a desperate mission: to steal the plans for the Death Star before it can be used to enforce the Emperor's rule.

I thought that the film was fairly entertaining, but didn't leave a lot to fantasize about (like "could Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor be Rey's parents?") as all of the main characters - apart from Darth Vader- were all brutally killed by the endless hordes of Stormtroopers, or killed by the Death Star laser, like Jyn and Cassian were erased by the white light of death on the beach. I found the odd CGI young Princess Leia a little disturbing, as her face looked almost completely like plastic. I do however recommend that any fan of the Star Wars series does watch it as it has a great mix of old and new things from the Star Wars galaxy, such as the new U-wings and the iconic Stormtroopers with their classic armour on instead of the armour from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. However, my favourite character is most definitely the most awesomely sarcastic robot there has  EVER been : K-2S0, also known as K2, (pronounced Kay-too) for his sheer bluntness, as he says exactly what is on his mind. (Well, data chip). 

                                                       Courtesy of Wookiepedia