Archive for May, 2011

For more than six months I waited. Posting questions on HT’s page on fb, which, like all the rest of ‘em, fell on deaf ears, I was really starting to get disappointed. The silent treatment by HT regarding the matter only made me anxious all the more. And I was beginning to dislike them for it.

Then finally on May 20, Hot Toys gave us this preview on an FB post.

I breathed a sigh of relief. Superman is coming after all. But wait, HT promised in its original promotion back in August 2010 that it’s going to be a DX. If you look closely on this image, you won’t see any traces of it being a DX figure. Did they just forget to stamp in the DX logo?

Not in the least, it turns out. The new superman figure is a mere addition to the MMS line. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to order this, but I was really hoping they give it the special honor of being in the elite line of collectibles. Instead, Indie replaced Supes’ place for DX 04.

On May 26th, HT posted more pictures, this time adding this bit:

Amid very high anticipation, we are proud to present the 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure from the classic superhero movie Superman in 1978.
We’d like to share with our fans that a portion of this collectible figure’s sales benefits will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation by Hot Toys Limited. The Reeve Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. We hope that we can contribute to the foundation and the injured through the enjoyment of collectible figures.
To know more about the organization, please visit http://www.christopherreeve.org/.

What’s good about it is that basing on those images, the figure is a must-have for any and all Superman fans out there. (Is there anyone not a fan?)

The real downer is the price. Unlike other MMS toys that came before, the preorder price for this one is already at $200. Other MMS figures that came before were more in the $160 range. It’s good that part of the sales will go to the Reeve Foundation, but as HT did not share how much they’re planning to donate, I’m raising a red flag.

They’re not actually helping the foundation. Collectors are. HT is passing the cost of the donations to collectors by jacking up this figure’s price. They want to look good but are not willing to part ways with their money. Another stereotypical, and may I say reproachable, business practice HT is adopting.

My rants notwithstanding, I’m still going to be the owner of one of these come 4th Quarter! Who knows, might even be the owner of two, if the deal I found for preordering it pulls through.

Anyway, just to add more to this already long post, here are the blurbs of HT regarding this Superman Collectible Figure:

Item Name: Hot Toys – MMS 152 – Superman: 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure (Ship Q4 2011)

Item Code: PRE_MMS_152

Company: Hot Toys

Description: Hot Toys – MMS 152 – Superman: 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure

~ MMS Series ~

A brave and kind-hearted hero with a strong sense of justice, morality and righteousness. An American cultural icon, a fictional personality and a movie character.

Amid high anticipation, Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure from the classic superhero movie Superman in 1978. The movie-accurate Superman collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Christopher Reeve in the movie, highlighting the authentic head sculpt, movie-accurate costume and detailed figure stage imitating the Fortress of Solitude.

The 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure specially features:

  • Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Christopher Reeve as Superman in the Superman movie
  • Real-like facial expression with detailed wrinkles and gesture
  • Detailed hair sculpture
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Newly sculpted muscular body with over 30 points of articulation with extra forceful upper body as in neck and chest
  • Three (3) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
  • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • One (1) pair of fists
  • One (1) pair of palms for fighting
  • Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted


    Costume :

  • One (1) set of costume in Superman style including one-piece blue costume with Superman logo in chest, yellow belt, red triangular-shaped pants and red cape
  • One (1) pair of red boots


    Accessories:

  • Specially-made figure stage imitating the Fortress of Solitude
  • Figure stand with Superman nameplate and the movie logo


    Artists:

  • Head Sculpted by Arnie Kim
  • Head Painted by JC.HONG
  • Head Art Directed by YULLI
  • Body Sculpted by Joseph Tsang

    A portion of this collectible figure’s sales benefits will be donated to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation by Hot Toys Limited.

  • Politics is the devil’s spawn. It’s a touchy subject that will only get people riled up.

    That said, Philippine politics is in a league of its own. Bureaucracy and red tape plague all government offices, politicos never missing the opportunity to grab attention, oft grandstanding in national TV over superficial things, all the while the issues of the day being set aside, overshadowed, to rot away like the decaying morals of those people in position.

    Whew! Just got a big headache all of a sudden!

    Anyway, the matter of corruption in the government is as apparent as daylight, and you don’t need another reminder of things you already know all too well.

    So how about let’s do something a little constructive here.

    We have a lot of laws, some enforced, some forgotten until a controversial case makes lawmakers dig deep within the bowels of the constitution to save their lying asses.

    But as a regular folk, we often can’t be bothered to stop and think about these things.

    That is why we see men puffing cigarettes in jeepneys, and we let them get away with it.That is why drivers in Ortigas act like pedestrians on pedestrian lanes need to wait for their [drivers’] speeding vehicles to pass before they [the pedestrians] continue on their way, and not the other way around.

    So, you see, in most cases, the law is already there. Just ignored. So a stricter implementation ought to be put in place for these to even have an impact.

    Did you know we have an anti-littering law? Granted, it’s only for Metro Manila, but the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Regulation Number 96-009 or the Anti-Littering Law prohibits littering, dumping, and throwing of garbage in public places. It also focuses all public and private business establishments’ cleanliness of their surroundings.

    Good, the framework is already there. But is it working? Hardly.

    Try walking up the broken escalators at the North Station of MRT. From the bottom all the way to the top, the contraption is littered with candy wrappers and all sorts of gunk. No wonder the poor thing’s never in working order!

    Go to the bayside area behind the Mall of Asia. Even though they’ve already put in loads of garbage bins in the area, stupid Starbucks-drinking, fast-food-going masses won’t bat an eye and throw their soda cans, wrappers and other wastes to the bay side. I don’t usually like branding people stupid, but come on! A proper disposal bin is only a few steps and you can’t be bothered to throw your excesses there and instead contribute to the breakdown of that which you came there to enjoy in the first place?

    It’s one thing to be messy at home. Be a pig for all I care, but outside, have the courtesy and the decency to do your share. Want to gnaw on some candy while waiting for that ride to the office? Fine. What do you do to the plastic wrappers? Oh, shoot, no trash bins in sight?! Well, just drop the dang thing here! Manong street-sweeper will sweep it away anyway! Wow! Just wow! The sad part is, most people won’t even look for trashcans nearby. I really wish someday soon MMDA will actually fine all those who routinely throw away their waste anywhere they please.

    Maybe then we’ll all have a little discipline!

    TechnoHub

    Posted: May 6, 2011 in Blurbs, Workplace
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    From Ortigas to Makati, and now at UP-Ayala Technohub, I kind of miss the busy streets, people walking about. Instead, all I’ve to look forward to is this:

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    On second thought, screw Ortigas and Makati! Winking smile

    Lunch came in big today as we visited the Burger Project store at Maginhawa, Quezon City. There you can create your dream burger, name it and then, eat it! But the burgers come in hefty prices, so you better come ready with your wallets.

    Me, I took a combination of angus beef burger, in sesame seed buns, with lettuce, tomato and pickles. But instead of cheese, I thought I might experiment with putting in a little mango salsa in there, then throw in some buffalo wings sauce, and voila!

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    And if you’re wondering, yes, they’re THAT huge, and yes, they do taste as good as they look!