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Wondercon 2012

I am not sure if I should be happy about the move or not.  It was so close to get up to WonderCon from my house.  Just a 45 minute train trip and a few stops on BART, and I was there.  I could go for a day and be happy until the next year, looking at all of my goodies on the way home.

Now, since the Moscone Center is undergoing renovations, it would not have been available for Comic Con International to hold WonderCon in San Francisco.  Go down to San Jose, Santa Clara, or even back to Oakland.   Nope, we are going down to Anaheim.  Not far from the world famous Comic Con stomping grounds of San Diego.   It was really nice to have WonderCon close to home.

I guess the silver lining is that since it is across from Disneyland, I will more than likely be able to go down there this year.  My wife loves Disneyland with a passion, and we have some friends who are both fans of Disney and the Cons.  So I guess we get a year of a win-win.  The Anaheim Convention Center is a great place too, since it is one of the largest in the world.  Guess there would not be a better place to hold a Con.

Guess only time will tell if we will get our Con back, or if I will have to make the yearly trek down to LA.

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Masterpiece Rodimus Prime

Here he is.  The much anticipated Toys R Us Comic-Con 2011 exclusive.  For those that did not see yesterday’s post, I was lucky enough to have a friend who went down to SDCC this year, so she was able to hook me up with a few toys.  Today I am looking at the Masterpiece Rodimus Prime.

In the box, we get Rodimus, his mini-con Offshoot, two blaster rifles, the Matrix, and two arm attachments (One is on his left arm, the other is the disk on the ground).

First of all, he has really good articulation.  Lots of movement in his hands, wrists, elbow, shoulders.  Here he is holding the matrix that does open up.  There is also a second tiny matrix under the hood of the car…or in his chest in this mode.

He has a flip-down visor that rotates down when you twist his “ears.”

Not to mention a second, longer face hiding under the first face.

His mini-con, Offshoot, also comes with really good articulation.  He has a lot of color for a mini-con too.

When transformed, Offshoot has two handles.  One for when he is being held by Rodimus, and one for when he is mounted to the car.

Fear not.  For if Offshoot is busy, Rodimus has two other blasters to choose from.  And what can be better than two guns?

If you get one giant rifle.  The two guns combine to make an absolutely fantastic blaster rifle.

On top of all of that, he transforms too.  In his sleek hot rod mode, he is low and fast.  The transformation is anything but fast.  This takes a long time to transform.  There are so many little twists and turns, folds and tucks.  Everything needs to be just right, or the parts won’t stay locked together.  I am sure this took a lot of design work to make everything fit like it does.

For comparison with Reveal the Shield on the left, Animated on the right and the little DOTM Rodimus in front.  This is a big vehicle.

And of course, when the going gets tough, the tough ask for Offshoot to go on a ride-along.  He attaches to the motor.  The other two blasters can also be attached.

And for good measure, as if we needed the car to do anything else, the cockpit opens to reveal an interior to the vehicle.  Not that you can put anything in there, but it is a cool feature.

But wait…there’s more.

No Prime would be complete without their own Matrix.  This is a smaller version of the one that comes with the set.

So there you have it.   A big robot, a mix of plastic and metal parts, rubber tires, and a lot of hard work to get it to transform.  Oh what fun.

Coming up next, we look at some MiniMates from SDCC 11 and Lion-O by Bandai.


Wonder Woman is a Joke… again. :(

Back in April, Hot Wheels tricked people by showing an empty box with some nice art of Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet.   Well apparently the demand was so good that they actually produced the jet.

Comic Con Exclusive Jet

Now, I am a fan of Hot Wheel cars.  I have a few dozen of the wonderful little inexpensive collectibles.  When I saw this I knew, the joke is on the consumers.  Do you see what is in there?   It is lame, with no design, and it costs $5.00!   Come on!  $5.00 for something clearly plastic, easily made, and WAY easier to produce than most of their cars.   Boo on Mattel!


My Life in… who am I kidding, I am too excited to write a title

We are a mere month and a half away from the 2010 Comic Con International in San Diego California.   I  am so excited about going and I am planning on taking a huge number of pictures.  Be ready my comic and toy fans, I will try to cover it all.

This year I am going to try and get myself to a lot more of the programs than I did five or so years ago when I went.   When I was there, this little show called Lost was just getting ready to start.  There were rumblings though the hall of a Lucas produced animated TV series, and a giant semi-truck parked in the middle of the hall covered with a black tarp with an autobot symbol on the side.   It was a great time of looking forward to what was to come.

Since, the convention has become even bigger and better, with more stars showing up, and it has become more mainstream and really the in-thing to go to.

I cannot wait!  This is going to be GREAT!!!


My Life in Galactus Scale!

Can you believe it?  The fine people as Hasbro have been working hard to bring us a world in 3 3/4 scale, and now they are producing a GIANT Galactus.    I am talking huge!   A new exclusive for the San Diego Comic-Con was announced, and it was a big announcement.Now, having a 19 inch Galactus is one thing, but these guys put it on a 27 inch blister card.  WHAT?!?!    Yup, a giant blister card for those Mint on Card kind of people.   If you are afraid of having to wonder around Comic-Con with this behemoth, it actually comes in a suit-case type carrying case (as described in the current issue of Wizard).


MLiS: 2009 San Diego Comic-Con Baroness Exclusive 12in. Figure

Unlike this year, last year I was not able to go down to San Diego for Comic-Con. I saw the Baroness at a toy show, but did not get her when I had the chance. Luckily I did find her when I went up to San Francisco for WonderCon a few weeks back.

The only part of her that stands out as something different than any other figure is her head sculpt. The rest of her body is a fairly non-descript female body. If I knew more about the 12in. figures, I could probably tell a few figures who share the body.

She comes in a black snake-skin textured box with the Cobra emblem on top and “Baroness” on the bottom, with silhouettes of her hand guns on either side.

Inside, we get a view of the Baroness in her black-clad glory, sporting her machine gun, flanked by her two hand guns we see in the movie. On the “door” of the box we get a propaganda poster for joining Cobra, dated for Comic-Con. There is a clear plastic molded sheet behind the Baroness to protect her from the red flocking on her background. It can be messy, and there were a few places where her clothes touched the red, and have spots that don’t come off.

This is a very good likeness of Sienna Miller. They made a very good face mold, and they chose a body type that is a very good fit as well.

This picture shows her in her body suit that comes under the trench coat. It is a leather material on the top part, and tights on the bottom. Her shoes are also removable. The outfit is all held together with velcro.

This is a good figure, and will make a great display piece in my hobby room.

More pictures on my Flickr site.


My Life @ WonderCon

This weekend WonderCon comes back to San Francisco. What a fun time, especially now, as it has begun to grow. This year there are so many more high profile people and activities. It is starting to look like Comic-Con light. You can look at all of the great stuff going on by clicking here.

I am really looking forward to seeing some of the new toys finally on display, though it does not look like we are going to see big names like Hasbro and Mattel. We will get to see the likes of DC, but no Marvel. So we will have to wait and see who will really be showing up.

There are actually going to be some exclusives:

Black Lantern Hal Jordan and White Lantern Sinestro

I will be really excited to get there on Saturday to see what is going on. There are some amazing artists doing talks and signings. One of my all time favorites, Frank Cho, will be there to give a talk. I cannot wait to hear what the Monkey Boy himself has to say. I have been following him since his days on Liberty Meadows, and am really happy with his comic stuff he has been doing as of late.

The artist’s alley is packed full of artist this year. There is such a showing in all areas. Especially with Comic-Con a few months away, this is gearing up to be the start of a great Con season.
Look for more as I tackle the crowds of WonderCon and show you what is going on!


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