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Marvel HeroClix: The Avengers Round Table resource, Iron Man and Hank Pym Avengers ID Cards

July 27, 2015 Leave a comment

 

I’ll take the Chairman’s seat: The Avengers Round Table resource flankes by Iron Man and Dr. Hank Pym’s Avengers ID Cards.

 Released in the Summer of 2015 as part of Marvel HeroClix all-new multi month (June to September) Age of Ultron tournament. The Avengers Round Table resource and Iron Man Avengers ID Card were among the items in the Age of Ultron Month 1 participation prize kit.

I’ve been hunting for one of these since I purchased the Marvel HeroClix: Original Avengers Fast Forces Pack (which came with the Hank Pym Avengers ID Card) awhile back.

Fight Club OST (1999)

July 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Released in 1999, the music of the Fight Club OST is by The Dust Brothers.

“We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.” – Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

Been wanting a copy of this soundtrack for the longest time! Now that the day has finally arrived, I’m going to see if it was worth the wait.

Book Review: Batman: Red Hood – The Lost Days

July 25, 2015 1 comment

Batman: Red Hood – The Lost Days TPB

What a ride! Picked up Judd Winick’s Batman: Red Hood – The Lost Days over at Fullybooked PowerPlant Mall today and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. Winick’s take on Jason Todd’s rebirth only piqued my interest in the character even more. I highly recommend it! (July 25, 2015)

Toy Review: Kang (1999)

July 20, 2014 1 comment

Those who respond to the battle cry, “Avengers Assemble!” are united in the fight against the forces of evil.  They face foes too powerful for one single Super Hero to withstand!  Many acting as one, they are Earth’s mightiest heroes — they are The Avengers!

– The Avengers: United They Stand introduction

Clockwise from top: Kang with captured Wasp MOC (1999 | Toy Biz) | Kang box art. | Kang's twin swords. Unfortunately, he can only yield one on any given occasion.

Clockwise from top: Kang with captured Wasp MOC (1999 | Toy Biz) | Kang box art. | Kang’s twin swords. Unfortunately, he can only yield one on any given occasion.

Considering that “The Avengers: United They Stand.” toy line–featuring Ant-Man, Captain America, Vision, Ultron, Hawkeye, Falcon, Tigra, Wonder Man, Wasp, and Kang the Conqueror–is about 15 years old, I seem to manage to find at least one sealed figure annually.

That said, this year’s acquisition is one of the chief antagonists (I presume) of the show in Kang the Conqueror (1999 | Toy Biz).  The sealed figure had been kept in less-than-ideal conditions (I cleaned it up before taking this photo) with the box showing signs of wear-and-tear, brittle elastic bands, rusted button cell batteries (upon inspection), and what seemed to be the remains of a small spider that probably fell into the bubble packaging back in the day.

Needless to say, I was not immediately drawn to the figure. But upon further inspection, I discovered that its main accessory was a sphere that contained a translucent Wasp.  My guess–having never had the opportunity to watch the show during its airing–was that it was a major plot point during one of the episodes.

Looking at the back of Kang the Conqueror‘s packaging, Toy Biz gives pretty simplistic description of the villain:

A villain with a twisted mind.  Kang believes that by time traveling he will eventually conquer the world and change history in his name.  As one of the Avengers’ most dangerous villains.  Kang has often used his vast knowledge of time and dimensional trave to escape their heroic grasp.

Not bad at all!

Clockwise from Top: Kang's instructions. | Kang The Conqueror with a translucent Wasp (enclosed in the sphere) | The Wasp "Unmasked" Extending Action Ant-Man and The Wasp (1999 | Toy Biz)

Clockwise from Top: Kang’s instructions. | Kang The Conqueror with a translucent Wasp (enclosed in the sphere) | The Wasp “Unmasked” Extending Action Ant-Man and The Wasp (1999 | Toy Biz)

Given the state of the figure sealed, I couldn’t wait to crack this one open and overall–I was quite impressed.  As a display piece, a Kang holding an open sphere containing a trapped Wasp tells a story by itself.  One can’t go without the other.  In addition, Kang’s articulation is limited (9 points by my count) and wouldn’t look right if it were divested of the sphere prison.

The aforementioned instructions:

Place the Wasp sphere securely in Kang’s left hand, as shown. Press the Y symbol on Kang’s chest for light-up sphere action.

Seems straightforward enough.

Accessories

  • Sphere Prison (With minature Wasp) – Sweet!
  • Two swords – Kang comes with two swords (top photo) but, ironically, he can only wield one at any given time.  Both swords can also be affixed onto the back of the figure though this may cause the plastic swords to bend slightly over a period of time.

Date Purchased: July17, 2014 (Shoppesville Plus, Greenhills)
Price: $8.04 | P350

Addendum:

Click here to read about my Toy Review on The Extending Action Ant-Man (1999)
Click here to read about my Toy Review on The Wasp (1999)

Adidas in partnership with the NBA unveil the 2014 NBA Draft Cap Collection

June 22, 2014 Leave a comment
Adidas 2014 NBA Draft Cap Collection

Some of my favorite designs in the Adidas 2014 NBA Draft Cap Collection.

Adidas goes all-out with their 2014 NBA Draft Cap Collection

With National Basketball Association (NBA) 2014 Draft only six days away, Adidas and the NBA have unveiled their latest 2014 NBA Draft Cap Collection. An iconic staple–worn by first-round draftees for many years–will feature an all-new design for each team and will make their debut when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calls out the names of those selected in the first-round.

Here are some of the 2014 NBA Draft Caps that stood out for me.  Including that of my Boston Celtics :)

The 2014 NBA Draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on June 26, 2014.

For more, visit the Adidas Philippines Facebook Page.

Enter Noah’s Ark (NBA.com/Philippines Exclusive)

April 1, 2014 Leave a comment

Joakim Noah leads his team in rebounds, assists, and blocks. Instagram: @hankpymcom

Below is an except of my article from NBA.com/Philippines.

An emerging leader

With the seemingly innocuous play in late November that prematurely ended the season of former MVP Derrick Rose and the mid-season trade of Chicago Bulls co-captain Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers, I was curious to see where this would leave the 2013’-2014’ Bulls and their continuing quest to not only make the NBA playoffs but to also put together a deep run.

But with the loss of D Rose (15.9 points per game (ppg)/10 games) and the subsequent departure of Deng (19.0 ppg/23 games), how would these transitioning Bulls make up the void in their offense? Their leadership? Who among their remaining players would be the one to step up?

It was a train of thought that I am sure Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been inundated with throughout Chicago’s injury-plagued season. But to his credit, Thibodeau has not offered any excuses and has even been quoted saying, “We have enough to win.”

Enough seems to have come in the form of 7th year center Joakim Noah whom Thibodeau has decided to run his half-court offense through following the loss of Rose and Deng.

Since the Deng trade, the Chicago Bulls (14-18) have gone 26-14 (as of March 28, 2014) led by the 6’11’’ Noah who’s game has not only risen by several notches but has also garnered some MVP consideration in the process.

For more on this article, click here.


[i]  The NBA’s all-time assist leaders are John Stockton (15,806 | 1st), Jason Kidd (12,091 | 2nd), Mark Jackson (10,334 | 3rd), Steve Nash (10,296 | 4th), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (10,141 | 5th), Oscar Robertson (9,887 | 6th), Isiah Thomas (9,061 | 7th), “The Glove” Gary Payton (8,966 | 8th), and Andre Miller (8,070 | 9th place).

The Pain of a Steve Nash Fan (NBA.com/Philippines Exclusive)

March 7, 2014 Leave a comment
Gary Payton (Issue #67) and Shawn Kemp (Issue #14) defined the term "lob city" from 1990-1997. Instagram: @hankpymcom

With 39 more dimes, Steve Nash will pass Mark Jackson for 3rd all-time in career assists. Instagram: @hankpymcom

Below is an except of my article from NBA.com/Philippines.

Unlike some of my past pieces here in NBA.com/Philippines, I have found this one on the Los Angeles Lakers’ Steve Nash one of the hardest to write. Difficult—because he has always been one of the players that I have looked up to and now, at the twilight of his career, a litany of past and present injuries have slowly robbed the former back-to-back MVP of his health and—indirectly—an opportunity for us all to continue on watching him play in basketball biggest stage.

Currently ranked fourth all-time in the NBA’s career assist ladder,[i] he is in my opinion, my generation’s last true pass-first point guard. Like Earvin “Magic” Johnson, John Stockton, and Jason Kidd before him, Nash has that special ability to make his teammates better (and potentially wealthy come contract negotiations).

Today’s point guards—outside of Rajon Rondo, Ricky Rubio, and to a certain extent Kendall Marshall—are built a little more in the mold of a Russell Westbrook, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, and Derrick Rose: Scoring point guards who are relied upon to be their team’s primary or secondary scorer rather than their main facilitator.

For more on this article, click here.


[i]  The NBA’s all-time assist leaders are John Stockton (15,806 | 1st), Jason Kidd (12,091 | 2nd), Mark Jackson (10,334 | 3rd), Steve Nash (10,296 | 4th), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (10,141 | 5th), Oscar Robertson (9,887 | 6th), Isiah Thomas (9,061 | 7th), “The Glove” Gary Payton (8,966 | 8th), and Andre Miller (8,070 | 9th place).

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