Sunday, January 29, 2017

Royal Rumble 2017

Congratulations Randy Orton... again… on winning the Royal Rumble.  That win was straight out of nowhere!

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Legend of Zelda 20 inch Link Figure

A while back I was able to find an action figure of Link from the Legend of Zelda.  That find was incredible because growing up Nintendo never made any toys.  The only one I remember was the version shown in the Ocarina of Time N64 insert.  Flash-forward 20 years and Nintendo is finally franchising their video game characters.  Besides action figures, Nintendo is also allowing a plethora of toys and merchandise to be released.
One of these unique items is this 20 inch giant figure of Link made by Jakks Pacific.  This version of Link is based off of the Skyward Sword version, just like the previous 4 inch figure.  Besides the size, the only difference between the two is that the giant version has less articulation.  This is my only criticism of the figure because less articulation makes it difficult to pose Link.  But other than that the figure is highly detailed and well made.  The paint is nicely applied with very little run off, and Link’s outfit even has textured chainmail.
Included as accessories are a shield, sword and a sheath (a holster); all of which are highly detailed.  Jakks Pacific did a great job on packaging as well because Link can be displayed without having to remove him from his open display box.  Its great releases such as this one that makes me happy that Jakks Pacific has the World of Nintendo toy line because you can tell they want to please their fans; by going beyond the minimum and including all these details at a great price.  As long as they keep up the great job, I’ll keep collecting (if only they weren’t that difficult to hunt for).
Jakks Pacific:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Star Wars Rise of the Jedi

Last week I got a little bored and started thinking of Star Wars.  I thought of how great Rogue One was, and how it paid so much fan service.  The movie fit so nicely into the Star Wars universe by adding to the story, expanding the story and most importantly binding loose ends together.  The fan service was so high that I was able to predict the ending of the movie; Spoiler Alert, everyone dying and their efforts resulting in the beginning of A New Hope.  I had hoped (no pun intended) that it would end with Princess Leia (R.I.P.) because that’s how episode IV started, and when it did I felt rewarded.

Well moving on to last week and thinking of Rogue One, I thought how nice a movie that went even further back in the Star Wars universe would be.  Of course it would also tie in with the past movies and also expand and define the current Star Wars universe.  My story abbreviated would be of a very young Yoda and Darth Plagueis The Wise.  It would be the classic story of good vs. evil, where it would show how Yoda (the good) became a Jedi and Darth Plagueis (the evil) became corrupt with power.  Eventually Darth Plagueis own thirst for power became his own agony as he was defeated by his own apprentice.  Though it was believed he had died, his spirit remained, tortured by his betrayal; he would stay in purgatory until one day he would rise again as Snoke.

As I started to develop my story I was able to connect parts from other films to my story.  But then I thought to myself that this was probably one of the nerdiest things I have done in a long time; develop my own Star Wars movie.  So I decided to forget the story.  Then suddenly yesterday I was surprised by the announcement that the next Star Wars film would be called The Last Jedi.  I thought it was funny because I would have called my movie the First Jedi; in honor of Yoda.  But now that the official title of episode VIII has been released, I would like to call my movie, Star Wars Rise of the Jedi.  In the future I hope to one day write the story of my movie and post it on here, but for now the build up to The Last Jedi will keep me fantasizing.