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With the addition of Star Lord,


Jill is like, “Will the real Chris please stand up?”




Jill Valentine


Chris Redfield


June 20-22 is the 13th  Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention at the Megatrade Halls 1-3.

This year, the team centers around the 75 years of the Batman, hence the multitude of Batman merchandise and paraphernalia that are visible right from the entrance.

Entrance fee shot up to Php130 this year, but that didn’t seem to bother the many people who’ve participated just on day 1 – this blogger included. I don’t really collect any thing in particular anymore – 1:6 scale toys are really expensive – but I still wouldn’t have missed it for the world. I saw one item I would have liked to buy, but at Php15,000, I had to settle for an 8-pack SY187 Superman and a Superman shirt. Both marked my first-ever purchase at the ToyCon, so yay!

Not having enough money to buy all the goodies for sale, I resolved to taking pictures of some of the more awesome displays. And here’s what I got:



These next two shots are the only things I can afford that I actually like.













It may have been Bat’s show, but I’m a Superman guy myself. So…


Okay, let’s send some love Batman’s way.


Um, that’s actually my only shot of the guy… How about more Iron-man instead?


I haven’t opened my Man of Steel figure yet, but if this is what it looks like, I’m not so happy with it. Maybe I should have just gotten evil Superman instead. Sad smile


These costumes from the Rurounii Kenshin live action movie have been flown in, I read on the news. They were supposedly the ones used by the actors in the film.


More shots:


I wish on future toy conventions, the international toy makers – Hasbro, Sidesow, Hot Toys, etc. – will take notice and grace the local scene with exclusives the likes of which are regularly done at other countries. Until then, it’s still a job well done for the organizers, so kudos!

Look what I got today!


I still hate the movie, though, and will probably boycott the sequel.

I’ve seen the movie three times already. I read the news that it’s breaking box-office records.

But I’m not happy with this movie. I was disappointed.

Henry Cavill played Superman quite well. He fits the role, thank heavens! Amy Adams, well, at least she didn’t suck. Both father figures held their own. Lucky bastard got two Robin Hoods for his dads. Russell Crowe kicked ass as Jor-El while Kevin Costner was believable as Jonathan Kent. Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van was a good choice, but I didn’t care for Diane Lane’s performance as Martha Kent. Michael Shannon did a convincing portrayal of Zod. The rest of the cast, meh.

I liked this movie better than Superman Returns, that’s for sure. The fight scenes were terrific if a bit problematic on the camera aspect.

As a huge fan of the Man, I just had high expectations. And if I am a bit too critical, it’s because I was deeply burned by that Bryan Singer excrement the last time around.

In this movie, we were regularly subjected to flashbacks of Clark’s unhappy childhood. Being different and all, he was bullied as a kid. It made it seem that Clark didn’t have any friends at all. Sure, there was that guy Pete who he saved from drowning, but just because he stopped the bullying and offering a hand at one point doesn’t mean they’re buddies.

When we first see Clark, he’s a 33 year-old drifter taking odd jobs and saving people shirtless on an oil rig that is about to explode, in the middle of the ocean. The last we know from his youth is the death of Jonathan Kent, his adoptive father. After that, no more flashbacks. Did he go to college? Or did he go on his Bruce Wayne-inspired journey of self-discovery right after the twister took his father?

Jonathan Kent perished on a tornado after trying to save their dog. The man stopped his son from saving him, because he didn’t want his son to expose his abilities to other people. Which was dumb, but I suppose I could let it pass.

The only problem was, everyone from Smallville knows that Clark can do some amazing stuff already. After all, he did push a bus full of his schoolmates up from the bottom of the river, saved the bully Pete from drowning – and everyone knew about it. Pete’s mother has even mentioned that it wasn’t the first time Clark did something like that.

So when the aliens appeared demanding that Earth surrender Kal-el, it wouldn’t have been far-fetched for those townsfolk to surmise that it may be Clark they’re after. “I knew it!” may have been the phrase of the day in Smallville that day. If aliens dropping by the Kent farm doesn’t spell that fact clearly, I don’t know what does. Yes the farm may stand isolated, but it’s not so isolated that spaceships landing in broad daylight go unnoticed. This, after the worldwide telecast of Zod’s demands.

And how could that fact be unbeknownst to the US government. After all, they were privy when those vehicles that carry Zod left the mothership. When those finally landed on the Kents’, did the military just think the aliens were asking for some water?

In this movie, Lois is not all that unaware of who Superman is. Clark revealed himself to Lois even before they knew each other personally. Actually, Clark had that habit of exposing too much of himself to those he helps – like the men trapped in the oil rig. Lois’ investigative prowess led her to Clark’s true identity. Yay for the future Mrs. Superman.

However, she was reckless with the information she had. She turned to a not-so-respectable internet blogger to expose the truth she discovered about an alien ship and that alien guy who totally saved her ass. It came back to bite her hard when that same blogger announced to the whole world that she – Lois Lane – knew who Kal-El was.

And know who Kal-El was she did. She was even more reckless with this knowledge. She called Superman by his Earth name a number of times. After being rescued from the crash site, she lead the police straight to the Kent farm. As she saw Superman, she kept yelling Clark! Did those nice police officers not hear her then?

Superman through the years always stood by his morals. Like Batman, he refused to take lives. Always looking for ways to defeat enemies without killing them.

That said, I’m not sorry he had to kill Zod. I’m just sorry that the movie did it in such a contrived way that it takes away the magnitude of that earth-shattering decision. I didn’t for one single moment believe, in that scene, that killing Zod was the only option he had. (And how come they were alone all of a sudden after he breaks Zod’s neck? Where were those people he saved?)

After the rush of seeing a different take on the most iconic of all superheroes, I still feel the movie is lacking. Sure, I was entertained. No doubt the film will just keep raking in the cash worldwide from here on in. It will spawn sequels, and possibly a Justice League movie. But it won’t alter the fact that I find this not entirely the movie I’d like about Superman. And that makes me sad.

My only consolation now is that I get to preorder the 1:6 collectible action figure. It’s due for early next year, which suits my budget just fine.


Hot Toys – MMS200 – Man of Steel: 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure

~ MMS Series ~

Man of Steel is one of the most anticipated blockbusters this summer. Directed by Zack Snyder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel will reboot the Superman franchise by giving audience a new look at the origin of the iconic superhero and his rise to become the protector of Earth and its people.

We are also excited to announce that the Hot Toys’ 200th collectible figure of the
Movie Masterpiece Series goes to this one of the most well-known superheroes of all time.
To celebrate this milestone, a 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key will be included with the Collectible Figure as an appreciation for all of our fans’ support over the years!
The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the movie, featuring a highly detailed head sculpt, finely designed costume with embossed pattern and the iconic red cape.

The 1/6th scale Superman Collectible Figure’s special features:
– Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Superman in the movie
– Head sculpt featuring authentic likeness of Henry Cavill
– Real-like facial expression with detailed wrinkles and gesture
– Detailed hair sculpture
– Approximately 31 cm tall
– Newly sculpted muscular body with over 30 points of articulation
– Four (4) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
  One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  One (1) pair of fists
  One (1) pair of open palms
  One (1) pair of holding palms
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

Costume :
– One (1) set of costume in Superman style including one-piece of blue costume with embossed pattern, Superman logo in chest and a red cape
– One (1) pair of red boots

– One (1) Kryptonian Command Key
– Diamond shaped figure stand with Superman nameplate and movie logo

MMS200 Special Celebration Gift:
– One (1) 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key (approximately 6cm long)

– Head Sculpted by Yulli
– Head Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong
– Body Sculpted by Joseph Tsang

Target FOB HK shipment: Q1, 2014

TM & © DC Comics.
© 2013 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.




















































Last year, Resident Evil Revelations came exclusively for the 3DS platform. It was a great game, not without its quirks, but reviews were for the most part positive. This year, Capcom is releasing the game on other consoles, namely the PS3, XBox, WiiU, and the PC. Sadly, Vita owners are left off the action.

The game has been released here locally since yesterday, 2013.05.22, although officially, it’s slated release is for 2013.05.24. What’s cool about this is not only are we Pinoy gamers able to play early on (except PC players, Steam won’t let them play just yet), but the preorder bonanza offers a handy messenger bag, and a special poster! Though I owned the 3DS version, I preordered this as soon as the store opened the promo. Now I’ve got my copy plus the bonus items, and all for Php 1,495 (discounted from the SRP of Php 1,595). Couldn’t be any more sweeter a deal than that!

Anyway, the official site of the game,, has been running with the Revelations along with RE6 for sometime now. Present Codes that unlock weapons that can be used in-game were all the fuzz these past weeks leading to the game’s release. You can check out what available codes are still up in this helpful forum in the Capcom website. Granted, most of those guns suck, but hey, they’re free and can be useful when starting out in the game.

I’ve seen the game played online on one of those game sites, as a preview for those who are interested, curious or otherwise. I can say the game is exactly how I remember it on the 3DS, except of course, no 3D effect. And that’s not such a bad thing.

I snatched up some character images from the site, and these show off the various skins for the characters. Here, have a look!













Head over to this previous post to learn more about these characters, or read my sort-of-review of the 3DS version here, but be warned, spoilers abound!

Now if only I can extend the weekend for the entire week!

This isn’t actually late-breaking news, but this is something that I have been looking forward to since it was announced.

The announcement was made via Capcom Unity days after the game’s release, on the heels of complaints from players worldwide regarding the camera settings as well as a brewing PR nightmare on news of future DLCs already included in the game disc.

The update is said to arrive mid-December, just in time for those contemplating to buy the game for the Holidays. The following details have been confirmed:

A new, harder difficulty level dubbed “No Hope” to satiate those who thirst for a challenge. Currently, there are four difficulty levels – Easy, Normal, Veteran and Professional. A lot of hard-core fans found Professional, the most difficult level, not nearly challenging enough.

The one feature that I’m most looking forward to in this planned update is the ability to adjust the camera settings. My beef with the camera in RE6 is that it’s too close to your character for comfort. Add the jerkiness and sudden change in POVs such as sudden rotation and movements leave my head spinning in a daze. It’s as though it can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be TPS or an FPS.

The update is said to give the player a wider field of view should they so choose.



I’ll be so relieved when this update finally rolls out I might even get a play-through for all the campaigns and finish Pro mode. I’m more of a play-for-the-story type than anything else, but this should give me the incentive to give it another whirl.

Of all the campaigns, Ada’s will be getting the most attention in this update. Not only will her campaign be automatically unlocked right from the start, she will have a new AI/co-op partner. Currently, you have to finish the other three campaigns to have Ada’s campaign unlocked, and then you play as Ada solo.

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The other confirmed feature addition on the update is for the new subtitle options which allows combining the English audio with non-English subtitles.

It’s a decent set of new features, but I wish there were more, namely, the ability to use unlocked costumes not only on Mercenaries Mode but the main campaigns as well, additional skills slots so that you can load more than just three at a time, and to be able to choose your arsenal, i.e., have a Magnum available in Chris’ campaign, or the grenade launcher on the others. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!