Yearly Archives: 2011

Sci-Fi Revoltech #032
5 Inch Scale
By: Kaiyodo
$50 (price varies)

To say that the modern Shusuke Kaneko Gamera trilogy was massively different than the kid friendly 1960’s Gamera films would be an understatement at best. If 1995’s Gamera: Guardian of the Universe still seemed a little men in rubber monster suits for you, Gamera 2: Advent of Legion destroyed any preconceived notions about the genre and the character.

What is Legion? The film never explains too much, he’s simply an alien hybrid thing that comes down to Earth and unleashes hell. Not in the typical giant Kaiju way, but in a much more visceral, the entire planet is truly in jeopardy way. Eventually Gamera defeats him, but not before Gamera is nearly killed and whole cities are literally obliterated from the face of the Earth.

The Gospel of Mark, 5:9, describes the following:

And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many.

In short, Legion is badass in biblical proportions. Kaiyodo’s Revoltech line seemed to be headed to the past, but now we’re back to the more modern era with the release of supposedly the “biggest Revoltech yet” in Legion. It’s an odd choice, in the sense that Legion isn’t exactly a character that has a huge following, nor does he fit the typical action figure mold in any fashion.

Much like the character, Legion’s figure is unlike anything we’ve ever seen in this line before.
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One day left to go. This thing is almost over. Are we going to go out with a bang or a whimper? Or perhaps a bark?

It’s a mutt!

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

It’s a doggie bag!

He has no articulation, but oddly a peg so people can stand on him. I don’t even know what to think anymore. Also he has an extra bone. That’s useful I guess?

I’m sure I would have been more excited 10 or 15 days ago. Right now I’m writing this at 7 in the morning and I haven’t had any sleep in many, many hours. Because I’ve practically killed myself this holiday season and this crummy little dog is not worth staying up this late to review stuff… Also I built my own damn dog back on Day 12 and Block-Boo kicks this dog’s ass!

In 1968, Daei studios commissioned a Gamera Christmas film with acclaimed stopmotion animation studio, Bankin-Rass. Unfortunately Bankin-Rass went out of business before the film could ever be released and no footage from the film has ever been released… Until now!

It’s almost Christmas and this Lego Advent Calendar only has two days left. Today we get an actual winter item, but is it deja vu?!

Seriously I just got one of these a couple of days ago.


Seriously, they just gave me a snowmobile a few days ago. Don’t you think if you were going to give two of those away you couldn’t have spaced it out a bit more?!

Sure this one is blue and white, because everything in this stupid Lego advent has to be Police themed but seriously… HEY LOOK! It’s another bonus ski!

Now I can complete my set!

Pick your favorite color!

The bonus ski is the best part. And screw you Lego, I won’t do a Police chase. I’m done playing cops and robbers.

Tomorrow… More snowmobiles?!

Originally this year I planned a bunch of Christas themed reviews, as I usually do with my “Christmas in Hollywood” celebration each year. However, because of the damned Lego Advent and the 12 Days of Gamera, I’ve had to cut a bunch of that stuff out. Most of it I’m just shuffling off into things I’ll review for next year, but some of this stuff I need to get up so that it won’t be dated.

Such is the case with these two types of holiday M&Ms. I believe that they may both be new for the season, but I feel fairly confident that at least the cinnamon M&Ms are. So here’s my brief review of both the new Cinnamon M&Ms and the Cherry Cordial M&Ms.

First up is the cinnamon M&Ms. Let it be known that I’m not really a huge fan of cinnamon, but for whatever reason as I was looking through the sales papers on Thanksgiving, I saw an ad for Cinnamon M&Ms at Target and I thought they sounded good. So I then began to search for them. I’m convinced that they are Target exclusives, because I went to every other retailer and local grocer in town and ONLY Target has them.

Anyway, when I finally bought them at Target (M&Ms were cheaper elsewhere, which is why I searched around) I picked up a bag of the Cherry Cordial ones too, because Target was doing one of those Buy 2 for $5 deals.

Cinnamon and Chocolate is not exactly a new idea. I’m pretty sure that the Aztecs or the Mayans or some other ancient civilization used to mix the two together all the time. Granted they also used to sacrifice babies and virgins and pierce their testicles, but hey we got Twilight, Rap music and Jersey Shore so no era of civilization is not without it’s flaws. Anyway, it sounded like a interesting new way to eat M&Ms.

The first thing that you’ll notice (and this is true of both holiday M&Ms) is that they’re huge and misshapen. These are about the size of Peanut M&Ms, yet there isn’t anything in here but chocolate. There’s no reason that Cinnamon M&Ms should be any bigger than M&Ms original recipe. And yet, they are? My theory is that these are made in a bootleg M&M factory and not in the REAL factories where they produce their top quality products.

Which brings me to the candy themselves. The Cinnamon M&Ms are a ripoff. Only the red ones taste like cinnamon and even then it’s only a hint of cinnamon. The rest of those M&Ms? The slightly red and brown ones? They’re just filled with regular chocolate. So not only can you barely taste the cinnamon in the ones with the cinnamon in them, but they’re packed with an asston of giant misshapen regular M&Ms that drown out any cinnamon flavor you might have tasted.

There’s also some odd thing on here about starting your own chocolate business. WTF is this about? If I’m starting my own business, I’m sure as hell not going to give my secrets to Mars! Or Dove! Or whoever the hell owns M&Ms! Screw you Cinnamon M&Ms!

The Cherry Cordial M&Ms fare a bit better as they have an overwhelming taste of cherry cordial. In fact I think they’re far too strong. You can eat one or two, but you can’t eat handfuls. It’s just too strong of a taste. It’d be like dumping a whole box of Queen Anne’s down your gullet.

Yes I’m well aware that I just complained that the Cinnamon M&Ms were too faint and now I’m bitching that these are too strong, but it’s just a fact. Also for some reason, these have less sodium and less fat, even though they’re essentially the same thing.

Also notice how there’s one darker Cherry Cordial M&M? Well there’s supposed to be two colors (they both have the same flavor) but I had a grand total of TWO of the darker red M&Ms in the whole bag. TWO! HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! What the hell is up with that?

Bootleg M&M factory, I’m telling ya.