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|TRANSFORMERS Age Of Extinction
"Stand Together or Face Extinction"
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
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
|GUNDAM BUILD FIGHTERS
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