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Going Beyond the Brick with LEGO Batman

21 Feb

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I very rarely get excited about all the toys released along with an animated film. With How to Train Your Dragon, the variety of reptiles seen on-screen only salivated my appetite for owning a model of each because I love the designs. In the movie, LEGO Batman, I got giddy over the garage full of vehicles the caped crusader uses in his fight against crime and if only I had a couple of thousand dollars. Buying the bricks is not cheap because a lot of the money goes towards name brand recognition and licensing rights than manufacture. All reason went out the window when I saw Scutter, Batman’s mech change from robot mode to airplane.

Can I hope the model does the same? I’ll have to look at YouTube videos to find out, or just buy it. I caved and bought the set, not only because I liked the personality given to it, and enjoyed how the film gave to fans a perfect examination of two properties. Not only did it examine why the man behind the cowl is what he is but also it stayed true to what the brick represents. It’s become more than a kid’s construction toy and it helps creates a foundation to spur creativity.

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There’s No Real “Turncoat” in this Week’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

8 Feb

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

*Spoiler Alert

The premise of the latest episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, “Turncoat,” has the potential to be a commentary on the “problems” with the state of troublesome affairs going on in the States. What’s said would have been spectacularly great when considering how influential Rory was the first president. I’m sure some people are wondering what’s going behind a certain new president’s head, and who shaped his philosophies … but instead, this latest story creates a diversion, a trap, for the Legends team who are out to save history yet again. The Legion of Doom wants them out-of-the-way so they can reshape the world.

At the same time, this late entry is also the Christmas episode. To see this episode nearly a month later after the day feels odd. We can blame the broadcasters than the show creators, but this is a holiday episode. Sara Lance said we’re supposed to be at our best during the yuletide season and I liked this moment of clarity. Jax wanted to go postal, but thankfully he’s not the type to commit cold-blooded murder.

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CW’s Legion of Doom, er Legends of Tomorrow, is Not Necessarily Doomed

2 Feb

DC's Legends of Tomorrow --"The Chicago Way"-- LGN208a_0307.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, John Barrowman as Malcolm Merlyn and Matthew Letscher as Eobard Thawne -- Photo: Jack Rowand/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights ReservedBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

  • Spoiler alert

“The Legion of Doom” is showing their true colours in this latest episode of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow. Viewers almost got to see them torture poor Rip Hunter to death. Although most of it was handled off-camera, actor Arthur Darvill had to put himself into the right psychological head-space to sell those scenes. I was cringing when it came time to pull his tooth out.

But this group of deviants is not really keen on each other since day one. The divide has been obvious since their introduction and the question of why Eobard Thawne has always been so dodgy is finally revealed. This later half of season two is far more satisfying to follow but I’m starting to find a few weaknesses in the handling a massive all-star cast. Darhk wants to prevent his death in the future but his one-sided nature of wanting to kill everyone is reminding me of the days Vandal Savage was the stock villain. Malcolm wants to change his past and he’s doing fine on screen. Thawne, the least visible, is running away from … well, I won’t spoil that detail. You just have to see it. In this universe, the question is if anyone’s destiny can be changed at all.

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Character Designer & Manga Artist Kenichi Sonoda Announced for Sakura-Con!

26 Jan

kenichisonoda_photoBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

One of anime’s biggest names is coming to the Seattle and will be found at Sakura-Con 2017, the Pacific Northwest’s largest anime convention. Celebrating 20 years, it is only fitting character designer, writer, and manga artist Kenichi Sonoda will be one of this year’s guests.

Sonoda’s career started in the mid-80’s at studio Artmic, where he became a character designer for some of Artmic’s best titles such as Bubblegum Crisis (where he produced the original look of the Knight Sabers team), Riding Bean, and the Gall Force series. Sonoda was also designer on long-time fan favourites Otaku no Video and the super-deformed special Scramble Wars: Tsuppashire! Genom Trophy Rally.

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