Hello folks! My latest toy unboxing is the Wolfman from Neca, just in time for Halloween. This is a seven inch tall "color version," and depicts Lon Chaney as the iconic character. This is party of Neca's "Ultimate" line which also includes the Universal Monsters versions of Frankenstein, the Mummy, as well as modern horror movie icons such as Michael Myers, Freddy Kruger, Jason Vorhees, and others. An excellent and highly detailed figure, and already starting to be hard to find.
This blog is quickly becoming all about toys, and tbh I don't really feel to bad about that. Now is kind of the greatest time to be alive if you're a toy collector like me. All the stuff that was cool in the 80s and 90s is back now, and it's 20 times better.
Masters of the Universe Origins for example is one of the greatest toy lines I've ever collected. They remain true to the original designs but update them in subtle ways. The changes they do make improve upon the originals.
Anyway, this Man-E-Faces figure is great. Everyone should buy them.
So you've all probably figured out by this point that I'm a massively huge gigantic fan of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We seem to be going through a He-Man renaissance nowadays, what with the Masterverse toyline, the Revelations show, the WWE Universe toys, and also the new Netflix He-Man CG show. Still my favorite of all of these is still the Origins line. These are just like the toys I had when I was ten years old but better in almost every way.
Battlecat is the first mount thusfar for Origins, and it's almost perfect. The plastic feels good, the sculpt looks great. It's slightly taller and bulkier than the vintage figure, but this seems to be mostly due to the stance the toy has. The only thing which would have made this better would be to give it ankle articulation. Besides this the figure is nearly perfect.
When I was eight years old, the first movie I ever bought with my own money was the original King Kong vs. Godzilla, on VHS. Up until that point my exposure to Godzilla was mainly from library books, in particular Godzilla by Ian Thorne, which my elementary school library had a copy of. I watched that tape so many times that it started to wear out (those grainy lines started to appear in various places, especially the monster fight scenes.) I must have watched that movie 150 times over the years, and it introduced me to a love of tokusatu that continues to this day. Through the revivals the Godzilla franchise had in the 90s and 2000s I often thought about how awesome it would be to get an updated remake of this film with modern effects. So when I found out that it was actually happening I jumped for joy, had a heart attack, and crapped my pants all at the same time.
The final result is.. well.. not a bad movie. That is to say, the plot moves along quickly, the effects are great, the monsters both get a lot of screentime, and most importantly the fights are probably the best monster fights ever put to screen. But if you're looking for strong human characters, well written dialog, or a plot that makes sense, well this ain't it.
But you know what? Who cares. Kaiju films never really had strong or even memorable human characters, not really. Nor did they have realistic premises, or plots that didn't have holes big enough to drive a truck through, and especially continuity with other films in the series. Quick - name the name of the main male lead of Destroy All Monsters. You can't, and you know why? Because nobody watches these movies for the human beings. We watch them for the monsters. We watch them to see Godzilla rake a row of tanks with his atomic breath, or Kong to beat up some dinosaurs. We watch them to see cities get destroyed and to have two men in badly made rubber suits do wrestling moves on each other. That's the point of kaiju films, to turn your brain off and have fun. Who cares if Godzilla can blow a hole through literal dozens of miles into the center of the Earth with his Atomic breath? Who cares if Kong and the scientists have to go through some weird wormhole-thing when descending into the hollow Earth but not when they climb back out? Who cares that there's somehow a sun in the middle of the Earth, or that the humans are walking around in what should be a radioactive pressure cooker with no protection and they don't all get sick and die, or that two giant monsters who are essentially animals somehow have enough sense to team up against the bad guy robot Mechagodzilla (who is awesome and easily steals the show) for no reason when five minutes beforehand they were trying to kill each other. It doesn't have to make sense. It only has to be fun.
So in that respect, the movie delivers. It's a blast to watch and a great ending to the Legendary Godzilla franchise. Just don't go in expecting something it's not and you'll have a great time.
Hello folks! Finally a new video from UCD videos. This week I'm doing an unboxing and quick review of the C64 mini. This is a small miniaturized Commodore 64 which runs an emulator, with 64 built in games that came out in 2018. I didn't own a Commodore 64 when I was a kid, in fact I don't think I ever knew anyone who had one, so all of these games are new to me. It's a great little machine and definitely worth buying if you're into retro gaming.
Today we're doing an unboxing and review of He-Man, from the Masters of the Universe origins line. It took me a little longer to get my hands on this one as for the first few months they were bought up by scalpers, but the price has come down a bit lately. Most definitely wait, as these are like the best toys ever made.