Archive for June, 2011

Hot Toys, through its official Facebook page, unveiled more preview photos of its one-sixth limited edition figurine version with the full likeness of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America in the upcoming superhero flick Captain America: The First Avenger.

All I can say at this point is, “Wow!” See for yourself.

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Looks good, thus far. What’s missing on this figurine is another head sculpt of Evans as Steve Rogers, without the helmet. I hope HT would surprise us customers and ship one anyways. But that’s like saying I hope I win the lottery!

It’ll throw my budget into another slump, but I’m not gonna let this pass. In fact, I already have my preorder receipt right here!

Here’s the standard HT spiel for this one:

Hot Toys is proud to present the collectible figure of the great superhero from the Marvel Studios – the 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the upcoming summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger movie. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America in his hero costume in the movie, highlighting the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and weapons.
The 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:
– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Chris Evans as Captain America in his hero costume in the Captain America: The First Avenger movie
– Approximately 30 cm tall
– Helmeted head
– Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations
– Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
– Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
– One (1) pair of palms for holding shield
– One (1) pair of palms for wielding shield
– One (1) right palm for holding gun
– One (1) pair of relaxed palms
– One (1) pair of fists
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
Costume:
– One (1) blue and grayish-white jacket with embossed pattern as well as stars in chest and arms
– One (1) pair of grey and red suspenders
– One (1) pair of blue pants
– One (1) brown leather-like belt with pouches and pistol sheath
– One (1) pair of brown boots
Weapons:
– One (1) metal-like electroplated shield
– One (1) machine gun
– One (1) pistol
Accessory:
– Figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo
Artists:
– Head Sculpted by EOM JEA SUNG
– Head Painted by JC.HONG
– Head Art Directed by KOJUN
**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
Release date: Q3, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger, the Movie: © 2011 MVL Film Finance LLC.
Marvel, Captain America, all related character names and their distinctive likenesses: TM & © 2011 Marvel Entertainment, LLC and its subsidiaries. http://www.marvel.com. All rights reserved.
© 2011 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

ToyCon 2011
Megamall Megatrade Halls 1,2,3
June 18-19 2011

The Avengers characters are on a roll, what with Thor’s success in the global box-office. The leader of the pack, the Captain himself, will be featured in his own movie set to be released this July. Thor’s success is a tough act to follow, and the pressure is on for Chris Evans’ portrayal of the character. Add to the fact that the Avengers movie is scheduled for 2012, a lot is depending on this movie’s success. After all, Captain America is the leader, so there’s that! The good news is the movie looks promising enough, but it’s still yet to be seen how it performs in a few weeks.

Hot Toys is on their feet with their one-sixth version. Today we got a glimpse of the collectible figure via their FB post. Comments prove it’s going to be one of their popular figures.

Capt. America

Personally, I can’t wait to place my order for this one. It’ll go nicely with Iron Man 2 (Mark IV and VI) and Thor, though I’m still waiting for the God of Thunder to arrive.

There goes my savings, again!

What drives your purchases? When you shop for clothes, or groceries, or gadgets, what are the things that you consider? Brand recognition, undoubtedly, factors in. Especially for gadgets, you may go for that “cool” factor, what’s the “in” thing currently on the market?

But sometimes, I wish people would make a stand and vote with their wallets. A lot of companies push the lines of business practices that you have to wonder, are consumers really so daft that they’ve no sense of when they’re being scr**ed over by the very companies they support?

I doubt that my refusal to support the following companies will dent their sales of their products and/or services. Still, I will not be buying what they’re peddling. Principle, the world could use some.

Apple

Apple undoubtedly is the most recognizable brand in the tech world today. Their products are selling like crazy, and with a huge profit margin per product sold, Apple’s bottom-line is standing pretty solid nowadays. So much so that Apple has recently passed Microsoft’s stock market cap.

So why?

Apple’s products are good. But they’re far from perfect. Also the company and that guy heading it are certifiable douchebags when it comes to customer service. When the Antenna Gate blew out of proportion stemming from the issue that the iPhone 4 basically lost signals and dropped calls because of a design flaw, their response ranged from denial to putting the blame on the users. “You’re holding it wrong.” was Steve Jobs’ arrogant reply when a customer asked about it.

Recently, a malware broke through their Mac line. Granted, the problem has more to do with the user. But Apple for the longest time derided its competition for being malware infested, claiming that Macs don’t get infected with them. Now that their platform is gaining popularity, it’s also attracting the attention of malware-writers. The Mac Defender scare-ware is a simple case of users clicking on what they shouldn’t, at least until its more recent variants. But users will be users. And if you tell your users your systems do not get viruses, they’ll believe it. The writers of that malware counted on that.

Instead of admitting to it and addressing the issue, Apple has even apparently instructed its geniuses not to help with the removal of the malware on affected customers’ machines. Way to go there, Steve!

Globe Broadband

Disclaimer: I’m a Globe prepaid subscriber, but only because it’s the lesser of the two evils, so to speak.

Internet connectivity in the Philippines is a take-it-or-leave it situation. There are a handful of players, and all have their quirks, some worse than the others. Internet connections are expensive and slow, and if you’re really unlucky, unreliable. Broadband connections for a 1 mbps speed are at around Php1000 a month. At least they’re unlimited plans.

Or so you’d think.

Globe broadband subscribers have been reporting throttling on their connections, especially on P2P. It’s been going on for years.

Then, in a sickeningly convoluted spin they tried to pass off as an excuse, they announced that they’ll employ an Internet Fair Use policy, effectively limiting bandwidth consumption of users per day. Yes, the previously unlimited connection is now only good for 1GB worth of data in a day! I previously blogged about this here.

Their lies are as clear as the midday sun. They claim they’re imposing the bandwidth cap to “educate” their users on the proper use of the Internet. But my guess is that the real score is their infrastructure couldn’t support the volume they promised, so they’re putting artificial limits on current and potential plans. That way they won’t have to invest on facilities improvements, and still be able to take in new subscribers. Greed at its worst.

Sky Broadband

On a similar note, Sky Broadband is pulling the same trick. 5 Mbps for Php999. Sounds like Internet heaven. The catch? Data cap at a measly 15 GB, even lower than that 1GB/day c**p Globe is trying to pull off. Oh, and I have doubts they’ll deliver that 5Mbps speed at all. Good luck watching all those High Definition videos on YouTube!

Another Iron Man collectible figure, and HT’s making it exclusive to Toy Fairs in select countries. HT’s definitely milking the IM line. But the only complaint on this one is it ought to be available to other countries, too!

Here’s HT’s blurb, images follow:

Summer is coming and so do Toy Fairs!

This year, Hot Toys will also have its presence at the prominent Toy Fairs in different countries!

As usual, we will be having some Toy Fairs Exclusive collectibles this year which will be mainly available in the following toy shows opened to public:

– San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) (July 21-24) http://www.comic-con.org/cci/
– Ani-Com & Games Hong Kong (ACG HK) (July 29-Aug 2) http://www.ani-com.hk/2011ver/index.php
– Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) (Aug 20-21) http://www.singaporetgcc.com/
– Ani-Com & Games Guangzhou (ACG GZ) (Oct 1-5) http://www.acg-vclexpo.com/
– Tokyo Event (2011)
– Taiwan Event (2011)

We just can’t wait to announce one of the Toy Fairs Exclusive items – Iron Man 2: 1/6th scale Mark IV Limited Edition Collectible Figurine (Secret Project) (2011 Toy Fairs Exclusive)!

More toy fairs details and exclusive items will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

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This may just be a good reason to go visit Singapore in August! Hot smile

Windows 8: A Preview

Posted: June 4, 2011 in Technoloy
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Say a lot of things about Microsoft, but something good has to be said about their recent products. Windows 7 is a solid modern OS. Kinect has been selling like hot potatoes, making it the fastest-selling consumer electronics device. Even Windows Phone 7, despite lagging in the Smartphone arena, seems to draw positive reviews from those who gave it a serious look.

And now, just a couple of days ago at the D9 Conference, Microsoft has officially unveiled its next OS. Windows President Steven Sinofsky and VP Julie Larson-Green presented the demonstration of “Windows 8.”

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Microsoft is aiming to run its next OS in various platforms – from PCs to Tablets. And from what they’ve shown so far, they might just pull it off.

Incorporating tech from Microsoft’s other divisions, like the Live Tiles from Windows Phone 7 and the Metro UI from Zune, Windows 8 radically changes the interface, with focus on touch-centric devices such as Tablets, but users can easily switch to traditional input devices, aka the mouse and keyboard.

With a new shell, you’d think this is going to add more bloat, yet somehow, Sinofsky’s mentioned that Windows 8 wouldn’t require more “oomph” than what Windows 7 is requiring now. They’re also saying that it will run traditional programs as well as new apps built with JavaScript and HTML 5. So there will be two types of application that you can run on Windows 8.

See Microsoft’s YouTube video to see more of Windows 8 in action.