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Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: WST Jazz

Here comes a shorty but goodie!

WST Jazz arrived in my mailbox today and I must say, I am happy. Now if you're not a Transformers collector, there are figures that are "Holy Grails" to the fandom as a whole, and then their are personal "Holy Grails." WST Jazz is one of my Holy Grails.

Before we go forward with this, let me share a little story as to why this is a Holy Grail and why Jazz is one of my favorite characters.

One friday afternoon, many years ago, in the early 80's when I was just a wee lad, my mother picked me up from elementary school. From there, we drove home. It was a normal friday, like any other friday. No school for two days, excited I could get to watch movies with the family, stay up late and play with my Transformers.

Upon arriving at home, things changed, something was off. The air was filled with a sense of secrecy and excitement. I had no idea what was going on. I didn't think much of it, being just a hild at the time, all I could think of was which Autobots would be battle the Decepticons to free a captured comrade. Much to my excitement, my father approached me with a gift. A gift that ahs stuck with me my whole life and left a mark that will never be forgotten.

My father hands me a brand new Transformer. Inside the iconic black and red box lay a Transformer who would soon become one of my favorites; Jazz! A sports cart, white in color, with blue racing stripes and a large number 4 on either door. Excited, I opened to box, as Jazz would be in charge of the Autobot team to attack the Decepticon base!

WST Jazz is a beautiful recreation of the original Generation 1 Transformer, just a lot smaller. WST, also know as Worlds Smallest Transformer, is a line that came out about 10 years ago, exclusive to Japan. The figures were blind packed, so when you got a box, you had no idea who you were getting in thbox until you opened it.

WST Jazz is perfect in amost every way. His design, an exact match to his G1 counterpart. A white sports car with blue racing stripes and the number 4 on the doors. Jazz's transformation is even a dead on mimic. The figures is a gorgeous and perfect representation of an iconic and loved character that will always have a special place in my heart. To have this figure added to my collection is a perfect to fit in with any of my other Jazz figures, or my WST characters.

Though this figure has been around for many years, I highly recommend him to anyone who is a fan of G1, Jazz or just the small figures in general, like Cyberverse.
A special thanks to my Father for buying me that Jazz so many years ago.  Jazz will always have a special place amungst my Transformers figures and my heart.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

SDCC 2012 Bruticus....

Thanks to a friend of mine on tfw2005, I have acquired Bruticus for a very decent price. He's beautiul and looks great... in his box! I can't decide wether or not to open him, but either way, I'm happy thanks to a very good friend!!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

DVD Review: Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand

No sooner do I post on waiting for my editor to okay my review when suddenly, BAM!  Here it is.  Read on...

Article first published as DVD Review: Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand on Blogcritics.

Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand combines the epic season finale of season one and the first three episodes of season two together into an unedited movie-style presentation. It’s exciting, fun and full of adventure as both the Autobots and Decepticons must band together against a common foe, the dark harbinger Unicron. Threatening to destroy the planet Earth, and possibly the universe, they must stand as one to defeat this seemingly indefeatable foe.

Transformers Prime is easily one of the best Transformers television series since the introduction of Transformers in the '80s. A well thought out and engaging show, the writers have definitely taken the time to make it appeal to new comers and old fans alike.

When I first came to see Transformers Prime, I had a huge concern with it being a CGI show. I tend to be unforgiving when you step into the realm of CGI as the detail in the models of the characters, the set pieces and locations can detract from the enjoyment of a show. If there isn’t enough detail to appease my visual appetite, I tend to become bored with the imagery and loose interest. With Transformers Prime, they have added a fair amount of detail in almost every aspect of the show.

The Transformers themselves have great detail that surpasses my expectations. Many of the battles between the Transformers leave visible marks, scuffs and damage that you normally wouldn’t see. One of my favorite characters in terms of detail is Megatron. His body has small scratches and obvious wear from the many battles he’s been engaged in over time. The least detailed characters in the show are probably the humans, and for me that is acceptable. We’re not going for completely realistic look here and I’ll be honest, it’s really all about the Transformers.

One may ask at this point, “What’s so good about this DVD? I already own season one!” Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand does what an earlier release, Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising did. It takes seven episodes and seamlessly edits them together into a single presentation to make it more like a movie. It is also the only place you can get the first three episodes of season two on home media. Some may feel this is a waste of money, to purchase something they already have with the season one DVD and will have when they buy season two. For me it’s a huge plus as I loved the presentation in a movie format rather than episodic. For that one reason alone, if you’re like me, you’ll love this DVD. It brings that much more emotion to the epic story arc that happens from season one to season two.

The DVD comes with two special features. The first of them, “A Look at One Shall Stand”, is an interview with Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi and Steven Melching. The interview covers the series as a whole, speaking a lot about the process that goes into writing the episodes for the show, with insight into how they come to decisions on what ends up on screen, and what remains nothing more than a thought. The interview runs just over 12 minutes.

The second feature is a very cool and fun feature, running just over 22 minutes long. “One Shall Rise, Part 2”, shows us the entire second episode in the season 1 finale story arc in the form of an Animatic. From beginning to end, you get to see the very rough, yet enjoyable, version of the episode before any computer rendering for the episode is done. It is the ground work for what goes into every episode of the series. This feature is well worth the time to watch.

Exciting, engaging, epic… Pick your favorite word to describe it, or make up your own; Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand delivers on all levels. It is a fun presentation of an intense and dramatic story arc that should not be missed. Fans of Transformers Prime and of Transformers in general shouldn’t miss this DVD. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, even if they already own season 1 on DVD and plan on buying season 2 when it releases.

Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand will be available on DVD on July 31.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises has hit theatres and it has hit with unbelievable force.  I took the time out to see the movie yesterday and was competely blown away by it.  Though you won't be seeing a full review of the movie, I still felt it important share a little about it.  Basically, this is as close to a review as you'll be getting from me on the subject.

The Dark Knight Rises opens with an extraordinary event that nearly matches that of what the Joker did in The Dark Knight.  The pacing of the movie was great, it was engaging and intresting from beginning to end.  And the end, what an end it was.

Bale performed well as Batman once again, and Tom Hardy as Bane was a powerful performance.  Tom Hardy has truly risen as an actor and he made Bane.  For me, Hardy made Bane much like Bale made Batman and Ledger made The Joker in this trilogy. 

Rises is a perfect wrap up to the trilogy and Nolan should be more than proud with what he's presented us.  It makes me wish this was the first one so I could look forward to two more!

Hasbro Toy Shop campers, SOUND OFF!

Wether you got what you wanted from the HasbroToyShop.com wait this week, sound off in the comments.

Did you get what you wanted?

What did you get?

What didn't you get?

What avenues will you be taking to try and acquire your favorite SDCC 2012 exclusive you missed out on?

Let me know, I'm curious, and share in the comments.  Get your friends in on it too, comment away.

Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand review....COMING SOON!

I was hoping to have the review up by now, but as you see, it isn't.  I'm working on getting the review up asap but I am currently waiting on the editors approval.  As soon as I get the thumbs up, the review will be posted both here and on the website I write for, blogcritics.  See you with the review soon!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand

What's up ladies and gentlemen, how are you doing? I know, it's been a while since I've posted, I've been busy busy and I've got something for the Transformers fans out there. On July 31st, a new dvd titles Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand will be coming out. It's an awesome DVD that I've had the honor to already see, and I'll be posting my review in the coming days. Until then, take these clips to sate your appetite.

You can pre-order this awesome DVD right now at Amazon, here's a direct link to hook you up with.

Click here for your preorder.