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FEATURE: TRANSFORMERS Age Of Extinction

FEATURE: TRANSFORMERS Age Of Extinction TRANSFORMERS Age Of Extinction
"Stand Together or Face Extinction"

Director
Michael Bay

Screenplay
Ehren Kruger

Cast
Mark Wahlberg
Stanley Tucci
Kelsey Grammer
Nicola Peltz
Jack Reynor

Production
Paramount Pictures
Hasbro

It has been seven years since the first movie and with this being the fourth movie in the franchise, everybody probably knows how these things are going to go down. And unless the producers suddenly decide to replace Michael Bay, the live-action Transformers movies will always have its mediocre to negative stigma. That said, there is something different with TRANSFORMERS Age of Extinction. While it continues the story told in the first three films, it introduces new characters, new villains and story elements — practically wiping the slate clean. This gives the production a chance to make the much needed changes to create that summer blockbuster experience everyone hopes for from a franchise such as Transformers. Prior to its release, Michael Bay said that he wanted make to the film more ‘cinematic’. Does that mean he’s willing to remove a lot of the elements that people didn’t like about the earlier trilogy? Will there be less explosions? Probably not on the latter, but Age of Extinction did attempt on some changes. Continue Reading: TRANSFORMERS Age Of Extinction

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FEATURE: 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention

FEATURE: 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention

It’s that time of the year again. And for the local toy collecting/hobby scene, it can only mean one thing. For the 13th time, ToyCon 2014 (or The 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention) has brought together collectors and pop culture enthusiasts for three days of celebrating the hobby — which ultimately meant buying more loot. Aside from the dealer room, other highlights of the convention include the now-expected cosplay competition, live bands, game demos and an exhibition room where local hobby groups get to show their stuff. On that note, this is not supposed to be a comprehensive review of ToyCon 2014 or something to that effect. These are merely random outtakes and snapshots of interest taken from the show floor. Continue Reading: 13th Philippine Toys, Hobbies and Collectibles Convention


FEATURE: Gundam Build Fighters

FEATURE: Gundam Build Fighters GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS

Original Creators
Yoshiyuki Tomino · Hajime Yatate

Director
Kenji Nagasaki

Series Composition
Yousuke Kuroda

Mechanical Designs
Atsushi Shigeta · Hajime Katoki · Junichi Akutsu
Junya Ishigaki · Kanetake Ebikawa · Kazumi Fujita
Kenji Teraoka · Kunio Okawara · Mamoru Nagano
Mika Akitaka · Shoji Kawamori · Syd Mead
Yutaka Izubuchi

Production
Sunrise Inc. · Sotsu Agency · TV Tokyo

As part of the 30th anniversary of the Gundam franchise, and Gundam plastic models (or Gunpla) in particular, Bandai/Sunrise produced the 2010 OVA Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G that takes away the nitty gritty details of war that has been a constant in previous productions and just focuses on the pleasures of building and competing with Gunpla. Clocking in at only 45 minutes, the OVA was clearly meant to be a test as to whether such a production with a very simple premise would be accepted by the Gundam enthusiasts. Truth be told, it was accepted with the only gripe being its short run. Three years later, after Mobile Suit Gundam AGE failed to become the critical success Bandai/Sunrise hoped for, the same concept would be revisited — this time as a full-length series. As a precursor to the Gundam 35th Anniversary, would Gundam Build Fighters inject the rejuvenation that the franchise needed? Continue Reading: Gundam Build Fighters


FEATURE: Eleven Existence

FEATURE: Eleven Existence

ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> | FAFNER MARK ELF · ROBOT DAMASHII <Side FFN> | FAFNER MARK SEIN
MECHA CATALOGUE | Collection Features


FEATURE: Pacific Rim

FEATURE: Pacific Rim PACIFIC RIM
"To Fight Monsters, We Created Monsters"

Original Concept
Travis Beacham
Guillermo del Toro

Director
Guillermo del Toro

Cast
Charlie Hunnam
Idris Elba
Rinko Kikuchi
Rob Kazinsky
Max Martini
Ron Perlman

Production
Legendary Pictures
Warner Bros. Pictures

In the recent decade, Hollywood has been dominated by geek culture. Movie adaptations of novel, comic book, and even toyline properties have been coming out faster than before. And with the success of blockbusters like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Trilogy, it seems that the mainstream audience is more willing to suspend their disbelief in favor for the incredible stories and spectacles that these kinds of movies could offer. However, the same can’t be said with the giant robot/mecha and monster movie genres. Until now, the only robot franchise that the movie-going crowd knows is Transformers. Unfortunately, any attempt to create a story featuring giant robots will be simply brushed off as a derivative of said franchise. This is where director Guillermo del Toro and his passion project Pacific Rim comes in. Being a fan of fiction based on both mecha and monsters, he aims to reintroduce the audience to such genres and get the major producers to realize that stories from such genres can produce blockbuster hits and not just low budget B-movies. Will Guillermo del Toro be able to change the mindset of the mainstream audience and producers with Pacific Rim? Continue Reading – Pacific Rim


FEATURE: War and Fall

FEATURE: War and Fall

TRANSFORMERS Generations | CYBERTRONNIAN OPTIMUS PRIME · TRANSFORMERS Generations | OPTIMUS PRIME [Fall of Cybertron]
MECHA CATALOGUE | Collection Features


FEATURE: Iron Man 3

FEATURE: 2013.05.03 – Iron Man 3 IRON MAN 3

Original Creators
Stan Lee · Larry Lieber · Don Heck · Jack Kirby

Original Material
“Extremis” by Warren Ellis · Adi Granov

Director
Shane Black

Cast
Robert Downey, Jr.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Don Cheadle
Guy Pearce
Ben Kingsley

Production
Marvel Studios
DMG Entertainment

After the massively-successful blockbuster that is The Avengers, it all comes back to the character that started it all — IRON MAN. Unlike the first two movies featuring the character, this one has two major points to address. The first point being that this is the initial entry to the "Phase 2" movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or to simply put it, post-Avengers. These are expected to give the audience an idea of how these characters coped with the events in New York. For the second point, remember Iron Man 2 and all its shortcomings? Well, everyone is kind of expecting that this movie will deviate from the issues that plagued the second installment and if possible, be better than the first one. So the question now is, does Iron Man 3 deliver on both fronts? Continue Reading – Iron Man 3


FEATURE: LBX Ikaros Force & LBX Ikaros Zero

FEATURE: LBX Ikaros Force & LBX Ikaros Zero

Continue Reading: Guest Gallery – LBX IKAROS FORCE & LBX IKAROS ZERO


FEATURE: Prehistoric Futuristic – Part 1

FEATURE: Prehistoric Futuristic - Part 1

ARMAMENT FACTORY | METAL GEAR REX · MOE MOE BLOCK – HYPER ARMORED BLOCK | HAB-0003 T-REX
MECHA CATALOGUE | Collection Features


FEATURE: Mobile Suit Gundam AGE

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM AGE
"Three Destinies will form History"

Original Creators
Yoshiyuki Tomino · Hajime Yatate

Director
Susumu Yamaguchi

Mechanical Designs
Kanetake Ebikawa
Junya Ishigaki
Kenji Teraoka

Character Designs
Takuzō Nagano

Production
Sunrise Inc.
Mainichi Broadcasting System (MBS)
Level 5

Two years after Mobile Suit Gundam 00 ended on a relatively excellent note, Sunrise decided to take the next Gundam series on a different route. The Gundam franchise has stood the test of time for 30 years and for it to continue further, a new generation of audiences must be introduced. To realize this, a collaboration with game studio Level 5 (Professor Leyton, Inazuma Eleven) was formed to produce a series with the task of being an introductory series for the younger demographic to the Gundam mythos. And after 49 episodes to elaborate its unique narrative, was Mobile Suit Gundam AGE able to deliver the drive that will usher in the newer audience to sustain the franchise? Continue Reading – Mobile Suit Gundam AGE


FEATURE: Triple-Colored Threat

FEATURE: Triple-Colored Threat

HG 1/144 | AGE-1 GUNDAM AGE-1 NORMAL · HG 1/144 | RX-78-2 GUNDAM VER.G30TH · HG 1/144 | GN-000 0 GUNDAM (TYPE A.C.D.)
MECHA CATALOGUE | Collection Features


FEATURE: Third-Party Products

G-System 1/35 | GUNDAM Heads

The mecha/robot collecting scene is pretty crowded nowadays. Manufacturers continue to dish out lots of releases, backed up by the fact that people will always buy them. These people, the target market of these companies, are often divided into two — there’s the mainstream consumers and then the collectors (the niche of the two). While the former won’t be too critical of these products and will buy them continuously, the latter will be, simply because they’re collectors. They have standards at which they hold their collection to and if these companies don’t have anything to offer of that caliber, what would they do? Continue Reading – Third-Party Products


FEATURE: Real Steel

REAL STEEL
"Courage is Stronger than Steel"

Original Material
"Steel" by Richard Matheson

Director
Shawn Levy

Cast
Hugh Jackman
Dakota Goyo
Evangeline Lilly
Anthony Mackie
Kevin Durand

Production
DreamWorks Pictures
Reliance Entertainment
21 Laps Entertainment

The concept of having Robots playing major and pivotal roles in Hollywood movies still has a long way to go when talking about captivating the mainstream movie crowd. While the TRANSFORMERS movie trilogy (and IRON MAN to a lesser degree) have proved that this is possible to some extent, many still have second thoughts when watching a movie that’s filled with these machinations. Simply seeing these robots in a trailer will easily turn off many and leaves the genre’s niche market to like it no questions asked. So, where does REAL STEEL fit in all of these? Continue Reading – Real Steel


FEATURE: World War Robot Portable (WWRp)

World War Robot Portable | ARMSTRONG Engineer 0G

In collecting mecha and robots, there are usually two styles a collector is exposed to. First is the (often) Japanese style of elegant-looking humanoid machines that follow a motif (i.e. Samurais for Gundams) and second is the weathered, worn-out look that one often sees in novels or games. (i.e. MechWarriors/BattleTechs). This separation is further emphasized by the availability of merchandise that represent the robots in question. There is an abundance of the ‘clean robots’ while it’s quite difficult to see the other as it’s not as marketable as the former. Continue Reading – World War Robot Portable (WWRp)


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