Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just testing.

yeah. it works right?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Custom Wolverine X-Force bust

Last update for the day, this one is about my Wolverine replica bust turned into custom..it took a long time for me to get this one, went through a lot of trouble too..even texted the wrong number once..so after a lot of things i finally got it for P500..i was thisclose to giving up on the bust..anyway, this bust is an Alex Ross Wolverine replica..by hobbymaster, he started as someone who did replicas but now he makes his own kits..anyway, the bust arrives more or less at this condition..it's evident that there are a lot of paint chips on the bust..also not seen in the picture is a chip on the point part of the mask..if i remember correctly it's the right pointy part..it's a small chip but it's still very annoying..even before i got this bust and found out about its imperfections i already knew about what i was going to do..that's why i bought a pack of epoxy clay (didn't want to "bake" so i didn't use sculpey), the smallest paintbrush available (it was a little below the average size) and a new set of acrylic paint..even though i bought a whole set..i only needed the black, white (mix with black to form grey) and the red paint..

*the pre-edited picture came from the seller, he was also selling th Capt. America and the Hulk busts beside it.

Step 1:
I applied epoxy clay on the surrounding part of the eye, since i didn't want any skin showing around the eye, i made the mask sculpt reach up until the eyeballs..i also sculpted the chipped part of the mask..after i got the hang of it, it was very easy..all i had to do was remove the excess clay and let it dry over night. here's what it looked like after..notice that i made two lines at the dome of his head..i was planning to put two lines there after i painted it but i decided to abandon it afterwards since it wasn't really a necessary feature of the mask.

Step 2:
2nd step was simple, i painted over it..painted the black part first then i painted the gray part of the mask and finally painted over the red eyes. The only real difficulty i encountered here is the meeting point of the black and the grey parts of the mask. I had to repaint it quite a lot and just like the ML Wolverine i did, i had a hard time creating a proper gray color. After a few colors, it looked like this.
Step 3:
Notice that the eyes were still very visible, i had to let the red part dry up and repaint it again with red..did this for around three times so that the eyes won't be visible anymore..i also painted the name plaque with the same color i used with the dome part of the mask. At first i planned to write Wolverine in red paint but i couldn't do it properly so i just left it at that..i also started reapplying black paint to the base.
I was already happy with the new paint but then i noticed that the gray part was a bit darker than the normal. I decided that i would apply a lighter shade of gray..i used around 1/3 black and 2/3 white to achieve this kind of paint.

Here's a shot of it with proper lighting..i do think that it was a success..

Filipino fighters. Best ML/XMC Part 2: Tigerstripes 1st edition

1st of all, before i go ahead and review the ML3 Variations of Wolverine..i'd like to congratulate all the Filipino fighters who fought today, especially these two main eventers..

1. Brandon "The Truth" Vera- Hey, i know you lost to Randy "The Natural" Cotour earlier but you put up one hell of a match, i agree with you and Joe the fear factor guy..he might have controlled most of the match but you sure owned him in the damage department. Wish you luck in your next fight, be proud..you held your own against a living legend, and Joe's right..that loss does nothing to your career. Looking forward to your next match.

2. Manny "the Pacman" Pacquiao - Brandon held his own against a living legend in MMA, but you are THE living legend in boxing..you just made history by owning seven championships from seven different divisions. What's next for you? Mayweather Jr.? go for it, right now it seems like no one can stop you in the boxing world. Just one word of advice though, don't go into politics..act, sing, do whatever you want..just don't run..they'll just ruin the good that you did..but still, congratulations.

I know there are a few undercard Filipino boxers that fought today, whatever the result of the match..you did good and represented the country well..i wish all of you luck in your future matches.

Now, let's get on with the review..

I'll still use the same rating style..though with a little difference..i won't include the extras in the total points..i'll just add it up to the total score..it's going to be bonus points, and instead of being 5, it's just going to be three points..so the revised scores are:
1- Variant Rider - 35/40 (87.5%)
2 - DoFP Rider - 33/40 (82.50%)
this is done so that the figures without any accessories could still have a fighting chance to win..both Riders get a 2 point bonus..

it should be a given as to why i'm going to review the three of them at the same time..they came out within a year or two of each other..

1. Sculpt
- Originality of the sculpt
a. Masked - Used the same sculpt as the Evolution of X Wolverine but cleaned out battle damage and added tons of articulation, proving that articulation doesn't ruin sculpt (5 pts.)
b. Unmasked Variant - Used the same sculpt as the Evolution of X Wolverine but cleaned out battle damage and added tons of articulation, proving that articulation doesn't ruin sculpt, also used a decent head sculpt (5 pts.)
c. Boxset - Came out 10 months after the single carded ones, but featured a better unmasked head (4 pts.)
- Grade of sculpt
a. Masked - Decent amount of articulation but since it was the first Wolverine with this number of articulation, it can be considered as a classic (9 pts.)
b. Unmasked Variant - Decent amount of articulation but since it was the first Wolverine with this number of articulation, it can be considered as a classic (9 pts.)
c. Boxset -Decent amount of articulation but since it was the first Wolverine with this number of articulation, it can be considered as a classic..i don't think 10 months was enough to mass produce an entirely new sculpt (9 pts.)
- Sculpt Extras
a. Masked - very detailed sculpt, great paint and even the black stripes are sculpted and not just painted on..very very detailed, possibly the most detailed ML Wolverine (5 pts.)
b. Unmasked Variant - very detailed sculpt, great paint and even the black stripes are sculpted and not just painted on..very very detailed, possibly the most detailed ML Wolverine (5 pts.)
c. Boxset -exactly the same sculpt as the other two, possesses exact same great sculpt (5 pts.)
- Head Sculpt
a. Masked - You can almost imagine that this is what a real man wearing a Wolverine mask would look like, very detailed mask..and even the smallest details like the eyes are great (5 pts.)
b. Unmasked Variant - Good enough head, though it isn't one of the best unmasked heads around (3 pts.)
c. Boxset -not as good as the masked head but definitely a better unmasked head than it's single card counterpart (4 pts.)

Masked - 24/25
Unmasked - 22/25
Boxset - 22/25

2. Scale Accuracy
a. Masked - this is where the figure suffers, it is very big compared to Wolverine..it is very noticable when put next to the other 6" figs..this is actually an inch bigger than the correct scale (7 pts.)
b. Unmasked Variant - this is where the figure suffers, it is very big compared to Wolverine..it is very noticable when put next to the other 6" figs..this is actually an inch bigger than the correct scale (7 pts.)
c. Boxset -this is where the figure suffers, it is very big compared to Wolverine..it is very noticable when put next to the other 6" figs..this is actually an inch bigger than the correct scale (7 pts.)

Masked - 31/35
Unmasked - 29/35
Boxset -29/35

4. The look -
a. Masked - this is where the figure bounces back, this is a mix of realism and comic accurateness..Wolverine is very bulky and hairy..though being to tall still hurts..the great masked head detail helps a lot for this fig (4 pts.)
b. Unmasked Variant - this is where the figure bounces back, this is a mix of realism and comic accurateness..Wolverine is very bulky and hairy..though being to tall still hurts..(3 pts.)
c. Boxset -this is where the figure bounces back, this is a mix of realism and comic accurateness..Wolverine is very bulky and hairy..though being to tall still hurts..(3 pts.)

Maked - 35/40
Unmasked - 32/40
Boxset - 32/40

Masked - Destoyed crates and dead Hand Ninjas everywhere, this is a really good base..there are also a lot different points you can attach Wolverine to (2 bonus points)
Unmasked - Destoyed crates and dead Hand Ninjas everywhere, this is a really good base..there are also a lot different points you can attach Wolverine to (2 bonus points)
Boxset - features a circular X-base just like the other box set X-Men (1 bonus point)

Masked - 37-40
Unmasked - 35/40
Boxset - 33/40

There you go, The Masked Wolverine really towers over the other two Wolverines..the boxset Wolverine has a better unmasked head but the fact that it came 10 months after and the simple base cost him a few extra points..

Updated rank:
1- ML3 Masked
2T - Variant Riders/ML3 Unmasked
4T- Boxset Unmasked/DoFP Riders

Comical thoughts: X-Necrosha, Wolverine Origins 26 27

there's a lot in my to do list right now..3 of which are new updates here..first up, the reviews of my three newest comic books..here they are..1. Wolverine Origins 26- the moment i opened this issue, a good surprise welcomed me..THE ART FINALLY CHANGED!! after 25 issues of very bad artwork (sorry Dillon), Segovia and Milla took over and did a fantastic job (i don't know when the next change took place but i like their artwork better). Anyway, this issue is filled with another "Wolverine was actually an asshole" revelation. Showing how he guarded this experiment/torture chamber and eventually killed everyone there. this issue also includes Daken's back story which shows that due to him being adopted and having mixed heritage, he was not treated well by his peers. It also shows that even as a child, his emotion controlling powers were already evident. I'm just not sure why Wolverine brought his son back to the same place the experiments on the Japanese took place. After almost an entire issue full of flashbacks on the life of both father and son, the issue ends with those Japanese people who were experimented in. Now turned into numbered zombies...overall, this issue was okay..the Daken flashback helps to make readers understand his origin but the Asshole Logan flashback is becoming real redundant..

2. Wolverine Origins 27 - The conclusion to the two part story which is probably made just so we can bridge to the Original Sin story arc. This issue continues to show Daken's story and how he started feeling that way towards Wolverine. This story also shows Romolus' figure, i guess this was the artwork that ruined his look, he has a freaking underbite. The story also shows Wolverine being held captive by the undead numbered zombies. They want to do to Wolverine what was done on them. Wolverine first thinks he should let them do it since it was partly his fault. But by the end of the story, Wolverine realizes he should let them "join their family". He sees Daken doing the same thing he's doing and when all is done, Wolverine realizes Daken remembers nothing..Probably due to the Carbonadium bullet shot to his head. This issue deals with how Wolverine always reacts in Origins, he realizes all the wrong he has done and a part of him wants to get it over with but his fatherly duties to Daken and how he wants to get back at Romolus towers over it. Overall this mini-story could have been compressed to an issue if they didn't go overboard with the flashbacks.

So overall, i really like the fact that they finally changed the art team for this book. I'm not into Dillon's realistic yet cartoony artwork. Never liked the fact that Wolverine looks like he's built like an everyday average man. The story is actually the second most liked for me next to the Deadpool arc, though that is not saying a lot. I have big hopes for Original Sin, why? I haven't heard anything bad about it.

3. X-Necrosha One-Shot: This book is the introduction to the Necrosha Cross-over, since i'm not really reading any other X book other than X-Force, i found the other 2 parts (Legacy and New Mutants) a bit hard to follow. This cross-over seems like it'll be X-continuity heavy so it isn't good for new readers. I myself had a very hard time following everything that was happening, it's probably like opening up a four part book, let's say Twilight..and starting at the 12th chapter of the third book..on to the 3 stories:

X-Force: The X-Force part is really the main part of this crossover..since from the beggining thay had to deal with Eli Bard, it's going to be like them being where the explotion occurs while the rest of the mutants just have to deal with the things that fly out. for an introductory issue, this is pretty action packed..First we see the imprisoned hellfire club meeting their dead members. Then we see Wolverine, Cyclops and another guy talking with Laura over what happened to her arm. Emma Frost seeing the Hellions, freaking out and being saved by Cyclops and Wolverine. Selene taking over the Hellfire Club in New York (i think). It also shows Angel and Warpath finally finding Rahne and the other Wolf (both i and Warpath have a trouble saying his name) Hrimmhrmahhi? but their ride gets struck by something. Suddenly, we see Archangel and Warpath flying while caryying the two of them. I like it how Warpath's power is only implied and not really shown. But then they go and meet Pyro and other dead mutants. This is great since it seems that the undead are going after the ones they have a connection with, and not just going to whoever is nearest. And the artwork is good too, especially since the story is very dark..this is a solid opening to a major story..hopefully, this will be A LOT better than Messiah War in terms of impact.

*this cover is awesome* tribute to the Lost Boys (never seen it)..Heroes by Day, Assassins by Night. Never show Mercy. Never give up. It's fun to be in X-Force.

2 other stories: i'm not going to act like i know everything that's going on on this side of the cross-over. One just shows that one of the dead mutants power (i think Donald Pierce) is to undertand every language including computers and he uses it to get into Necrosha. Another one is that the mother (Destiny i think?) of the blindfolded mutant girl was ressurected by Selene. They connect telepathically and then Warpath comes hurling into the room. Overall, i think that those two stories are also enjoyable if you know what's going on. I can follow the stories a little but not enough to explain it to you. Overall, this is a good read..though not necessary since the writers say that you don't need to get each book to understand the story. But i'll still try to get all of them. Try this one out, you might even like it..i sure did, and i only needed to know a third of what was going on.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Final product.

I'll post details on how i finished it next weekend. I really really want to put this beside this other bust..unfortunately, my uncle has yet to order this one..i wonder when he will..

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Boxset Wolverine: CHECK! 3 more to go. X-Force-ness, Figure Factory

I just got the Box set Wolverine earlier today, i wasn't able to get a picture of the chipped nose anymore but it was very small. It was just a small dot on the nose, i couldn't wait to get it fixed so i just bought flesh paint and dabbed a little onto the nose..it turned out pretty okay if i say so myself..that means i'll also try it out on my Astonishing Wolverine..hopefully, it'll make the fig look a lot better. I'll probably review the ML3 Masked, Unmasked Tigerstirpe Variant, and the Boxset Wolverine together..expect it sometime this week..

Now i only have three MLs to go before i get to complete the entire line..I'm sure that i'll get a MOC HML PX Ultimate Wolverine since i already know where to buy one and it's actually a good price..as for the HML Red Hulk Series Tigerstripe, i'll probably get a loose one if it goes lower than P500 but if ever it goes higher, i'd rather get a MOC one..and i'm sure i'll only get the FO First Appearance variant as a figure only..probably won't get a MOC one, hopefully i'll find one around P350..

I'm thinking about getting the Figure Factory Wolverines (masked and unmasked), i already talked with a seller who'll give both for me for P550..a little less than the price it went for before..The Masked one is being sold at P250 while the Unmasked one goes for P300..the unmasked one was one of the figures that came from the mystery boxes..the figure factory is like a thing that came in a crate that you put together..like a build it yourself statue..unfortunately, it looks nowhere near the puicture you're seeing right now..i also wanted get the series 1 SHS Wolverine (masked astonishing) together with the two but it'll have to cost me another P150 more..if it was only worth P100 i would've taken it..but since it didn't, i'll probably just pass on it..i'm not really serious about completing the SHS anyway..if i get the two Wolverines, i'll probably get another masked one to customize..i'll try to turn it into an X-Force version again..i'm trying to get the X-Force costume in all shapes and sizes..

And because of that..I also reserved a pack of Marvel Minimates, it's the 2pack with X-Force Wolverine together with a Hydra soldier..story wise, this makes absolutely no sense at all..X-Force has yet to encounter the Hydra...this 2pack goes for P400 but it's okay since i still have time to save up for it anyway..it hasn't arrived yet, but Comic Oddyssey usually gets the minimates and they're the only store that carries it..i'm planning to complete Wolverine in the X-Force costume..i already have the MU, a custom ML, the SHS and i'll probably get this one..and i also might get a few more in the upcoming months..I have no plans of completing this line..yeah they're only around P200 per piece but there are a lot of them and they only use one or two molds..but then, if i can find bargains..why not?

Since the Alex Ross seller wasn't texting, i called him already..and now i might get the bust tomorrow night..the only problem with the busts were the edges according to him..that probably means it already has dull edges or some paint has chipped off..i don't think it will be that much of a problem..i also asked around already and i've decided that i'll use the water stop clay to cover the exposed skin around Wolverine's eyes..i'll use it since it's easier to find, the problem is the guy said it's hard to modify once it hardens but it don't think it'll be a problem since it's not like i'll be doing major modifications..hopefully, i'll succeed with this project.

and yes, my uncle plans to order the bust but he has yet to order it..ugh, can't wait to get the SDCC exclusive Kotobukiya X-Force Wolverine bust!

Friday, November 6, 2009

after this batch, i'll stop for a while.

Alright, my last post was concerning me saving up some money..now i've decided that i'll stop adding to my collections after i get the Hammer Files Wave 1 Wolverine and Warpath..it wouldn't be that hard to look for the last 4 MLs i'm lacking..i actually know where to get each one of them already..i really need to save money right now since my girlfriends birthday is getting closer and i still don't know what to get her..it'll be hard to top the three busts.

My last purchases before te big save might be the following..

1. Marvel Universe Strike Team Wolverine (P550) - This looks like crap. I hate to admit it but the face looks like CRAP. This is the exact reason why i didn't get into the XMO line..Wolverine's face looks like that of a pre-teen. I don't know why they couldn't do a better Wolverine face sculpt..it would have been much better if they made him look mad instead of making him smile. it just looks wrong. But i will buy this fig for the sake of completing the MU Wolverines..just like what i did with the HML Ultimate Wolverine..the wrinkly faced Wolverine. If ever this gets released tomorrow then i'll be forced to get this immediately...i asked one of the PTK guy who i already had a good transaction with to buy one for me and i'll just pay him. But i'll only do that if we'll be able to meet somewhere near..i think the guy lives somewhere near UST and that's a far far place from where i stay. I'm actually hoping that it doesn't get released tom.

2. MU Hammer Files X-Force Warpath (P550) - now i actually like the face sculpt of this figure. This one would be so comic accurate but the only problem is the hair length. Other than that this one is awesome..it's a good looking fig actually, and this will be the second member of my X-Force MU. I also recently discovered that MU will now have variants unlike last year when they had "running changes". Warpath and Vision are the only one with variants, Warpath's is his X-Men uniform (Blue and Orange). If ever the new wave will be released at the event tomorrow then i might ask the guy to just ship it to me. He'll probably agree since it is way more convinient to do so. It's unlikely that it will be released tomorrow..afterall, it is a warehouse sale..so i am expecting them to sell old stocks. Whatever happens tomorrow..i'll make sure i get the two MUs.

3. ML Boxset Wolverine (P300) - This is going to be my last ML buy for quite a while if ever..i've actually been in talks with the seller for quite some time already, the only problem with this one is that it has no base already (not a problem since it'll look out of place) and that it has a small paint chip on the nose..but for the price of P300 (usually goes for P500+) i can live with that..i'l just reapply paint to his face. And if i do that, i'll probably reapply paint to my Masked Astonishing Wolverine too..this is going to be a real bargain if ever i'll be able to get this..and hopefully i will. I'm also actually trying to get around P50 off since he can't find the base anymore..but if ever he won't give me the discount i'll still get it. Hopefully the joints of this fig won't be as loose as some of the loose ones i bought..i really hate getting loose joints, it can't stand well and whenever i hold them i just get pissed..i'm going to try to meet with the seller tomorrow morning or sometime this weekend. i'd post the actual pic but it still isn't mine..i'll post the chipped nose when i get it.

4. Wolverine Alex Ross mini-bust replica (P500) - the seller of this bust has got to be one of the most eccentric sellers i've ever tried dealing with. why? well, he asks his friend to post it for him..then he asks me where i saw it. I ask him for the condition then he says look at the picture, there is none..instead of e-mailing me pictures he actually wants to send an mms. He wasn't able to send one so he says he'll send one the next day. We finalize a meet-up for the deal, morning he sends the pics and if i like it..we meet at night. He doesn't text me the whole day. I asked him if he'll stiull send a picture and he told me "later" which never came. "later" was the last thing i got from him. If he doesn't want to sell it then it's his problem, but if it's in good condition and he want to let it go..then i'll get it. I really want to do a repaint on this one. Turn it into X-Force Wolverine.

That's it..after those four i won't try to buy any action figure related thing for the next few weeks until my birthday..though i'll still get comics. That's it..oh, and just for fun..after every blog i'll post a picture of the Kotobukiya X-Force Wolverine until i'm able to get one..my uncle still hasn't ordered it i think..this would be one great birthday surprise if ever.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SAVE MONEY..save money..save money.

it's almost official, my uncle's going to order the X-Force Kotobukiya wolverine bust from Amazon..and they'll split the cost with me..which probably means that i'll pay around P2500-3500 when the time comes..it's going to cost me a few bucks but i definitely won't regret getting it..it's limited to 500 and Wolverine's wearing his X-Force uniform..which i don't know how many times i must repeat but it's the best looking uniform for me..i'm real excited to get it too..the only problem really is that i have nowhere to put it..i might just but it inside the box for a while and wait until i finally have my own place or when i'll finally get a glass cabinet..whichever comes first..

in other news, i'm also almost done closing the deal with the owner of the Alex Ross mini-bust replica..i might go ahead and buy it, but first i have to see how it looks..hopefully it's not to banged up..i'll repaint some parts but not the entire thing..that'll probably be my last Wolverine for a while..i might save money first since i'll really pay my aunt and uncle for the bust. I also want to save money since i might just buy the other two Kotobukiyas too..yeah i know that'll probably be worth quite a lot but the good thing about busts is that they don't disappear as fast as action figures..they tend to stay in the stores longer..the Brown Wolverine also didn't cost as much as i expected, if the Tigerstripe Wolverine would be around that price then i might be able to save the money before mid-2010 (that's counting my expenses on my gf, comics, some action figures). I think i'll just finish up collecting all the Wolverines from the ML line and the Wolverines from the MU line. I mean, it's not that hard since i only lack 4 more MLs and MU isn't really producing a lot of Wolverines. In my opinion, the Yellow Tigerstripe looks a little out of place here..he should have been in a similar pose. But i like the uniformity of the base..remember, i saw the Brown Wolverine in person and believe me when i say that the pictures don't do it justice, quite the opposite when it comes to action figures since photos look a lot better at times.

Oh, and this one statue really caught my eye..it's around 12" tall and yet it's only being sold for P4k, not bad. The seller is the same guy i got my Unmasked Astonishing, Stealth, Rulk series variant and Street fight Logan from..which tells me that the statue is well taken care of. He can also sel it together with another statue (the one with the tunnel) for P10k both. The problem is P10k is a hell of a lot of money, P4k i can still probably get. The statue is the art asylum one, i think it's based on the same thing as the ML3 Wolverine. It looks good..and being 12" it means that you're getting a big stat for a price of a bust..if only i had the money then i could have bought this thing right away. but i don't so there's no use in thinking about that..man, my girlfriend might just be the reason why i'm getting into busts and stats..eversince she bought the three busts for my birthday i've been thinking about getting more of them..i mean, they aren't poseable but they're already in a great pose..plus, they don't really deppriciate in value..and they're numbered too, so you have a better chance of knowing that the one you own is authentic. But, it's not a sure thing yet..other than the X-Force Kotobukiya Wolverine, i'm still not sure about getting..maybe this feeling will blow over in a few days..who knows?

Anyway, i've also been thinking about how to get some money again..through legal, moral ,and ethical means ofcourse..other than saving up my allowance (only spend on gf, comics, 4 MLs, and Wolverine and New X-Force MUs) here's what i did:
- I dug up my old Mage Knights and i am now selling them off..
- Same thing with my Pokemon cards..
- There's this guy who'll buy my NBA cards again..last time he bought P500 worth from me, in two weeks he said he'll get P800 worth..hope he gets more money.:D
- THINKING ABOUT selling my ML X-Force figures:
---> XMC Archangel w/ base (P600-P650)
---> Domino w/ one gun (P250)
---> HML Cyclops (P300)

even if i let go of those three, not sure i'll let go of X-23, especially after reading her 2 mini-series..i've really had a deeper liking to her character..

hopefully, i wouldn't have to sell my X-Force figs, oh and if that does happen..i probably won't get the MU Warpath anymore..since there's a big chance i won't be able to complete them in that uniform..afterall, There are rumors that X-Force will end after homecoming..

more on that next time..

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Best ML/XMC Wolverine? Part 1:Rider series face-off! Variant Vs. DoFP Logan!

Here's the first installment of my ranking for the best ML/XMC Wolverine, right now i've decided to bring it in parts instead of one big drop..i'll also tweak the rating styles a little bit..but if ever i do, i'll make sure to update everything..here's the first one..

but first, updated grading:
1. Sculpt
a. Originality of Sculpt (5 pts.)
- if the sculpt used for the fig is new automatically it gets 10.
- if figure used an old sculpt it will depend on whether or not the sculpt works for the figure or not.
b. Grade of Sculpt (10 pts.)
- poseability, articulation, this is where it comes in.
c. Sculpt extras (5 pts.)
- if there is detail in the sculpt (clothes, belt, pants, etc.)
d. Head sculpt/detail (5 pts.)
- does this mask work? does the face actually resemble a face?
2. scale accuracy (10 pts.)
- the closer the figure is to Wolverine's size, the higher the grade.
3. The look (5 points)
- would this be something you'd probably see in the comics? (for non-comic based outfits)
- is this the same as the one in the comics? if not, does it work?
4. the extras (5 points)
- the accessories (if any), bases/rides, extra good stuff.

*most of the categories would have the same thing written since there's only a small difference between the figs..

Marvel Legends Rider Series - DoFP vs. Variant

1. Sculpt
- Originality of the sculpt
a. DoFP - used the same body as the XMC New X-men Wolverine (3 pts.)
b. Variant - used the same body as the XMC New X-men Wolverine (3 pts.)
- Grade of sculpt
a. DoFP - well articulated. could move well enough to be able to do a lot of wolverine poses. could have had better claws (8 points)
b. Variant - well articulated. could move well enough to be able to do a lot of wolverine poses. could have had better claws (8 points)
- Sculpt Extras
a. DoFP - does a pokie nipple count? i do like the detail on the pants and the belt..simple and yet looks realistic (4 points)
b. Variant - does a pokie nipple count? i do like the detail on the pants and the belt..simple and yet looks realistic (4 points)
- Head Sculpt
a. DoFP - from afar this really looks great but up close the nose seems a bit flattened. Nice detail on the greying hair..and the fact that he has the ever reliable "i'm pissed" look (4 points)
b. Variant - weird smile, yet looks cocky at the same time..not much detail was put into this though, but it still works (3 points)
DoFP - 22/25
Variant - 21/25
2. Scale Accuracy
a. DoFP - i really like this sculpt, this would probably be the best "Logan" sculpt there is, short compared to the others but at the same time still bulky (8 points)
b. Variant - i really like this sculpt, this would probably be the best "Logan" sculpt there is, short compared to the others but at the same time still bulky (8 points)
DoFP - 30/35
Variant - 29/35
3. The Look
a. DoFP - here's where DoFP blew it big time. GREEN pants. that's enough to get a huge deduction..what's worse is that the whole upper body is plain black..Toybiz didn't bother enough to put a collar or anything..plain black other than brown gloves and the head. If you ask where the point comes from..i'll say the belt(1 point)
b. Variant - cowboy hat. jacket. wife beater. Mr. Howlett in his civilian wear..this is exactly how i imagined it..good thing the pants are blue this time..the only real deduction in this fig is how instead of looking like an undershirt, Logan looks like he's as white as snow with a tan line (4 points)
DoFP - 31/40
Variant - 33/40
4. The extras -
a. DoFP - comes with a rusty old bike, i guess when you're being hunted down by Sentinels you don't have time to get a new bike..i actually think the effect was nice, albeit a little too much. (4 points)
b. Variant - Would have lost to the Variant one in terms of accessories since this one has a clean generic bike..but he ties it up with the cowboy hat (4 points)
DoFP - 35/45 (7.78)
Variant - 37/45 (8.22)

2 points makes a lot of difference, huh? the DoFP would have been a lot better had they actually worked on the color of the body..that part right there blew it's chances of winning..Variant Logan on the other hand is what you'd expect what Logan looks like outside his uniform..both are real solid figures.

1- Variant Rider Series
2 - DoFP Rider Series

*next review would probably be on the two Astonishing Wolverines, or maybe the Weapon X and the Strike Team..who knows?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Comics review. reactions.

Here's my first blog after holloween, all saints', and all souls' day..it's going to be about my hauls for those days..first up, my comic hauls for the month..here's my view on each of the issues..oh, and i admit i don't buy every comic i read so i'll only review the ones that i have bought..Dark Wolverine 79 - i liked this book, the only problem with this one is that Daken got his ass handed to him by B-list criminals..i'm not even sure if they are actually B-listers, i have never heard about any of them before..and the guy they beat up is someone who went toe to toe with Wolverine, Deadpool, and the X-Men one time or another..i also like the fact that two of the four who beat him up knows that he isn't Wolverine..this is the first time i have read anyone react to the way he talks, his body type..anything. This would be made believeable if and only if the explanation is that Daken planned/wanted to get beat up. But that seems unlikely since he looked really pissed and he even imagine his pops standing over him. Overall, i guess this was still an okay issue, it still showed Daken as a guy who you'd just love to hate..

X-Force 20 - this is the comic of the month for me! X-23 goes berserk and leaves no agent alive, other than Morales of course..i just hope that she resurfaces after the Necrosha storyline to go and help X-23 becpme more human. I like how X-23 intentionally lets the berserker take over her by mixing the trigger scent with the water syetem. I also like the way they showed Wolverine's concern for X-23, i guess they showed that his mannerism is his claws..some bite nails, he sheaths and unsheats his claws. This one page really shows that he wants to be like a parent to X-23, that he wants her to be as normal as she can. One question that came to mind while reading this issue..how does the healing factor thing work? When a part gets cut off, do you reattach it or do you grow it back? i've seen Deadpool regrow his fingers in Wolverine Origins..but i guess thats just a small part..but what about an arm? x-23 burned her arm and removed the adamantium from her claws so this probably means she can regrow it. Sabretooth got his arm cut off (by the muramasa blade) and he tried to reattach it before Wolverine cut his head off. I might try to do a research on this one, this might have something to do with the strength of the healing factor.

Wolverine Weapon X 6 - This would have been the comic of the month for me if Wolverine didn't get knocked out by sleeping gas. and why in the world did he write a note to himself outside the door? Other than that, a real solid issue..i'm assuming whoever took Wolverine to the mental facility doesn't know about his adamantium skull since that place likes getting the brains of people..this might just be first time Wolverine was confined to a mental hospital, which could have been an obvious story arc for him..he used to know next to nothing about his past and now he has everything, both real and those that were given to him. Read this issue and you'll realize he actually sound crazy. i'm actually excited to read about how he got to the hospital, how he was taken there..this title has really been great throughout.

Wolverine Origins 41 - One of the two problems i have with this issue happens on the first panel..Wolverine says to himself that Romolus kicked his ass. Well, i remember clearly that Wolverine more than helf his own against his Romolus..that he actually won other than him stupidly forgetting about the muramasa blade..the next problem i had with this issue is when Romolus sent two ordinary town cops to apprehend Wolverine..did he really think that they could handle Wolverine? other than that, this issue has been good since it's been one of the better books released on this title..which doesn't really say a lot. I just hate the fact that Origins is supposed to be THE Wolverine book that will change the way we look at him, but it's written badly..one more thing, Wolverine faced off with Banner and Skaar in this issue the only problem is that this also happened in The Incredible Hulk book only in a different way..that just messes with continuity, it would have been better if the two books showed the same fight only on different perspectives..

Wolverine Origins 24-25 - I'll review them as a pair, the Deadpool story arc is something that i really enjoyed..the only down side is the art in the book. I just hate that the cover and the inside of the book look worlds apart..the covers are usually awe inspiring and the inside art leaves a lot to be desired. This book shows Wolverine wanting to do anything it takes to hep his son. Hiring Daken to bring him down, cashing in his favor with Bucky..i guess this shows that Daken still has a lot to learn from Wolverine as he got played in this issue. I guess we'll never know who'll win between Deadpool and Wolverine. Will there be a Round 2? probably not since Deadpool wants to join the X-men now..hopefully, the next story arc would be as good if not better than the Deadpool one. Oh, and issue 25 also contains Deadpool's first appearance..

there..those are my thoughts on the issues i have bought..i'm still thinking of gettine Necrosha and the Dark Reign The list: Wolverine one-shots..the only problem is that if i buy the Necrosha one, that means i should also get the other parts of Necrosha as well..which will probably be very expensive..

my other hauls for the week, i finally have my 25th Anniversary Wolverine..it really would have been better if it was numbered instead of just having the 1 of 25,000 sticker..i'll keep this one MOC..the card might not be in great condition but it still gets the job done. I also traded my MU SW Human Torch for the HML Cyclops..i actually like the Cyclops figure..it looks nice, other than the neon yellow lines instead of gold..and i also have the Logan Rider Variant which is seriously better than the DoFP one, i'll try to make a review of the two next time..as of now, i have no Wolverines to pay for, which is actually relieving..though i would prefer if i'd be able to get a new Wolverine for the week.:D