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Monday, 27 February 2017

Book Review! The DC Comics Encyclopedia! From DK!



What is it? 

The last time a DC Character Encyclopedia was released, was 2008. This brand new(ish) book was available on 3rd October 2016 published by the much loved, multi licensed giant, DK.


What I thought?

From A.R.G.U.S. to Maxie Zeus, there's amazing attention to detail with every entry of the Character, if you need to know more about a DC Character then this is the book to have!

There's specifics in here such as the first time they entered a comic and also their last inclusion and there are OVER 1,000 of them!!

For each of the characters that have been a part of another team or associated with another team, all the details are included!! Aswell as if there have been several incarnations of them, you REALLY need to check out THE FLASH page! AWESOMESAUCE!

 


The great thing about this book is first and foremost it feels like EVERY character is included, there's also the lesser known characters in the back of the book in a Roll Call.

Well, my son and I are MAHUSIVE DC fans, we love The Flash and The Arrow, aswell as the other series' I need to catch up on!! He and I look through these Encyclopedia's together, DK also did the Marvel Encyclopedia, of which myself and my son constantly thumb through during the watching of films and shows.


The Verdict!

I think it's just a REALLY nice addition to a fans collection, to have the details about every character of the universe.. it just makes sense! 

Amazon has this book at a great price at the moment, so get on and buy it! This book is such a great reference book and also a nice coffee table read! 

Cartamundi Card Games Review: Transformers SHUFFLE

The Prologue:

Card games, card games have always scared me really.. being brought up on card games like Rumme and Go Fish, more recently Poker: 5 Card Draw. But way back when I tried out THE STAR WARS CUSTOMISABLE CARD GAME, I can't say it and I also sure as hell can't play it!! So many rules so confusing!! 

All is well in Star Wars land though as I found Star Wars Destiny!!! And am getting on very well!! If you'd like to hear more about that you can go over to www.galaxyoftoys.podbean.com where I have a few of my old ScavengerUK Podcast episodes :) 

 
Transformers SHUFFLE!

What is it?

Right onto the review at hand!! With the above in mind it was extremely refreshing to play a new card game that (GASP!!) wasn't Star Wars and was VERY easy to pick up in the first few minutes!! 

That game is a battle game where each player have to win territories.. the first to win four of them wins!


What we thought!

Obviously, having the Transformers license firstly excited my 8 year old, the card art is based on the Cartoon Networks version of Transformers, which suits us fine as we'd managed to see the first and second series of the show!  Brilliant stuff!! So yeah the game relies on 4 different types of attack and each Transformer included in the pack has different lines (they look like lightsabers ;) ) which symbolise the 4 types, if the lines on the territory match the lines on your card then you battle via numbers in the corner of the cards which will confirm who won, the higher wins obviously. 

You can also team up with some of your other Bots, but you need to be careful as you only have 10 Autobots / Decepticons to battle and you could end up battling on up to eight territories! 

Apart from the above battle rules, there's also an additional element of Mission Control cards which throw extra rules into the mix, along the lines of not needing all Types of attack on that round, or an extra point when battling. 

One last point to mention is that you can get quite a few games in too, with only about 15 minutes per game, it's really goo to play if you're like me and have to get the kids to bed shortly after getting in from work!

The Verdict!

This is a really fun game and VERY easy to pick up, as I said in the Prologue it's great diving into a game like this with my son and not having to spend the first 30mins just reading and understanding the rules! We read through twice and were playing in less than 10 minutes! 

Get Transformers Shuffle NOW it's on Amazon.co.uk aswell as other good Toyshops and card game retail stores. 

Stay Tuned! I'll be reviewing My Little Pony SHUFFLE very soon!!! 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Blast From The Past Review: Titan A.E.


What is it? 

Titan A.E. Released on June 16th 2000. Now usually I'd write and review about Star Wars stuff, however I'm pretty passionate about this film. It came out 17 years ago and I remember seeing it back then, it's still great and hasn't really aged! It's awesome! So I thought I'd give it a bit of a mention!

If you like Star Wars or any kind of good versus evil, you will like this film.

Primarily, there's a Father Son relationship always in the background. Cale, a boy, our Luke Skywalker was left in the care of his fathers colleague. Cale never really understood why he went away or why he never came back.

Their world was dying, then the Dreg (pronounced Dredge) destroy Earth. Cales Father was the creator of the TITAN.. The "Only Hope" for the Human Race, we learn later on in the film that it has the ability to create life, a new world even..

So how does this tie in with Star Wars? Well apart from the obvious characteristics of each of the characters, which I'll run through them now? Not masses, but some of the story with seem a little familiar, alot, but I thought this would be a fun post!

Cale (Luke/Anakin Skywalker):



Like Luke, he doesn't realise how important he is, but VERY determined once he understands.  He's the last hope too, the key to saving the human race..
Oh yeah, also very good with his hands..

Korso (Han Solo):



He's the sly, cocksure pirate. He's the guy who comes back at the last moment screaming "YAHOOO!" yeah, Korso does that too..


Akima (Princess Leia/Padme):



She's NON damsel in distress which handles herself VERY well, gives orders and takes them. The love interest and Cale also saves her..sound familiar?


Gune (R2D2/Jarjar?):



Now Gune, I had a little trouble placing, see, he's wise, but shows it in a very crazy way, he's also a little silly but very lovable all at once. You'll notice watching the film he helps ALOT along the way, helping to navigate the ship, very good with ships sensors and also piloting and gunning at the end of the film, WOW that was a relief he was ok right? Of course! R2D2!  "I'VE FINISHED MY NAP!!!" The Feels!! hehe! Wish R2 came onto a scene like that! 


Preed (Lando Calrissian):

 

Preed is a liar.. now a dead liar, but before he decided to back the Dreg, him and Korso were in cahoots, Korso's Lando of sorts.. but then as I say the mutiny happened and he would have done anything to kill Korso and Cale. Good job Korso is good at turning heads :P

Stith (Chewbacca?)

 

I was going to say that Skiff was Gune's C3-P0 but she's actually mental.. maybe she's an exact opposite of 3-P0? A gunner, engineer, Skiff does it all.. 


Colonist (Rebel?):


 

There was also another character in the film who only had a small part to play, he was the colonist, I have to mention him as the Voice Actor is the extremely now well known Star Wars voice-artist, STEPHEN STANTON! Yes, Grand Moff Tarkin, Ben Kenobi! AP-5 and several Stormtroopers and Imperial officers! More recently he played Admiral Raddus in Rogue One!

The Valkyrie (The Millennium Falcon):

The main cool ship of the film. There's a great flying sequence with some really awesome music aswell as fantastic graphics too! 



The Titan (The Anti-Death Star):

Whilst the Death Star destroys stars, the Titan literally creates them, and with them, life too..

The Phoenix (Cales X-Wing):


Every Hero needs their own awesome ship! Our Anakin archetype rebuilt his ship from scrap, and it turns out to be an amazing piece of machinery, extremely maneuverable, just like the X-Wing!

The Review

After a quick chat about the film, I thought I'd give you a nice little review of this old(ish) film. 

Don Bluth, who brought us the hidden classics of The Secret of Nimh, An American Tail (and its hilarious sequels) and who can forget The Land Before Time!! (The original was clearly the best!) 

But as you can tell from the types of films above Titan A.E. was cutting edge stuff! And also the first kind of Sci-fi genres that Don produced. 

It's a great mix of feels, disaster, humour, fisty cuffs, space battles. It's really good fun.. It also, surprisingly, for an animated film stands the test of time, the feel is kind of Steampunk, also like Star Wars it has a very lived in feel with no kind of 'advanced' tech as it were, food replicators and such, and the colours are a warm gold or a darker colder blue when we have the alien enemy on the screen.. I cant praise this film enough and at only £3.99 on iTunes you'd be mad to try it out.. 

I really hoped for a prequel of this film but it never came, it would be great to see how the characters got themselves to where we first see them in the film. Also to find out what exactly happened to Cales father when he left Earth. Hey ho, its animation so they can do it anytime I guess.. 

I also showed this to my 7 year old boy and he really liked this movie too! 

Titan A.E. is available on iTunes, and also still available on Amazon so go get it! You will not be disappointed!! 













Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Star Wars Book for Kids has appeared on Amazon for Pre-Order!


Pre-Order it below! £10.47 on Amazon!

Aimed at 9-12 year olds, this see's cadets in a resistance flight academy, with the lead pilot Mattis Banz wanting to be the next Poe Dameron!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Star Wars Force Friday II - Confirmed! Midnight on 1st September!

  

Hasbro have just announced the date for Force Friday! The date where all Star Wars fans get to empty their pockets, wear out their credit cards and re-mortgage their houses in order to buy all the amazing new Star Wars wares! 

The exciting midnight openings will probably be specific to Toys R Us who usually do them. I'm hoping that Smyths Toys get in on the action this year too..

The 1st September will bring new toys and other merch from the new Episode 8 - The Last Jedi, so hopefully we will have our first glimpse of Old Jedi Master Luke Skywalker! 

As you can see below, the packaging for The Last Jedi was also released, hopefully you will join me in thinking that Rey looks FIERCE! I can't wait to see Rey let her hair down and kick some butt!!

 
Poe looks pretty similar to how we saw him in The Force Awakens when he flew his Black One X-Wing.

Finns costume (from what I can see) has his standard hand me down jacket, originally from Poe, but underneath looks a little like a Gi, it looks like he's come straight out of that medical bay! 

 

I'll obviously have a full review of the night, be it Toys R Us or another store, I'll get that report! Stay tuned for more information of where midnight openings will be held. CANNOT WAIT!