Resident Evil: Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar Figures

At a 1:6 scale, the new arrivals to our Resident Evil section are not only impressive in size, but in the level of detail included in the sculpting, the weapons and the clothing. Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar from Resident Evil 5 are the latest additions to Hot Toys and Sideshow’s collection of 12” RE figures. And they are gorgeous. Not that it’s hard to make good-looking figures out of two zombie hunters blessed with video-game-perfect bone structure. Here’s a look at Sheva…

Here’s the official list from the folks at Hot Toys…

The Sheva Alomar 12 inch Figure features:

* Hot Toys 1/6 scale female body with over 30 points of articulation, featuring Sheva’s signature tattoo
* Jeans
* Vest
* Faux-leather boots
* Earrings
* Necklace
* Armbands
* Knife
* Handgun/M92F
* Machine-Gun/VZ61
* Machine-Gun/AK-74
* Shotgun/M3
* Riffle/H&K PSG-1
* Magnum/S&W M29
* Hand Grenade
* Shotgun/Ithaca M37
* Ammo Pack / Handgun
* Ammo Pack / Machine-Gun
* Headset
* Radio
* Three interchangeable posing hands with gloves
* 12-inch figure stand with the Bio Hazard 5 logo and Sheva Alomar nameplate”

Naturally, Chris comes with everything he requires, which is essentially the same supply as Sheva with differences in the weaponry (it helps to diversify when your enemies are as varied as the beasts roaming Africa in RE5). He looks as handsome as Sheva does beautiful, but what I really appreciate is the strength in both characters. Though there’s still a ways to go, I’d say that video games are definitely better than films in representing the fact that good looks are not enough and that it’s necessary to make characters believable as action heroes if they’re going to do the dirty work.


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Deadpool Marvel Select Figure – Pre-Order yours Now!

Are you kicking yourself for never picking up the Marvel Legends Deadpool figure and are sobbing over your desk when you see how expensive it is on eBay and Amazon, and you’re not nearly satisfied enough with that wobbly, bow-legged excuse for a Deadpool Marvel Universe figure from the 3 3/4 inch Wolverine line, then dry your eyes, little ones, because the good folks at Diamond Select will soon be gracing us with a brand-new Deadpool Marvel Select figure!

The Marvel Select version will be about 7-8″ tall and loaded down with tons of weapons (as he should be) and there is a “unmasked” variant version for you rabid completists to sniff out.

Sporcle.com: Mentally Stimulating Diversions

Can you name 196 countries? How about just all 50 U.S. States? Do you know all the movies the cast of Friends has appeared in? Or, since we’re here, can you name the superheroes if given a list of their secret identities? If you can, or if you just think you can, then Sporcle.com is definitely for you.

Right off the bat, I’m going to say that I can’t be blamed for any lost time at work or any hours you waste on this incredibly entertaining site. When I was first shown the light of Sporcle, I wasted an immediate half hour on comic book characters, song titles and naming first-generation Pokemon.

So do yourself a favour and check it out. It’s a great way to get around that project you’ve been putting off.

Super Mario: Super Size, Mini-figures and Keychains

I was finally able to finish Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, which I wrote about not too long ago (find that entry here) and it’s genuinely one of those intelligent, entertaining RPGs that I was sad to see end (though the game’s close is definitely worthwhile). While I wait for the next entry into the franchise, though, I can perhaps take comfort in the newest arrivals to our Super Mario Toy collection.

Once again, though, Bowser is underrepresented. What’s a Koopa King gotta do to get a couple figures? If Donkey Kong makes the cut…

But anyway, here are the three new lines we’ve just gotten: Keychains (series 1), Mini-Figures (series 2) and Supersize 9-inch figures. Take a look!

KEYCHAINS!


The Keychains can be purchased alone or as a set of six, which includes Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Toadstool, Princess and, for some reason, Donkey Kong. I know he was there at the beginning, but since Bowser’s really taken over, all I ask is that he get some action figure play.

MINI-FIGURES!


This is the second wave of Mario minifigs and it includes two new Mario and Luigi figures, Princess Daisy, Shy Guy, Lakitu and a Koopa Troopa. Each one stands about 2 inches tall, but the sculpting definitely makes them worthy of a place on your toyshelf. They don’t suffer at all from the distortion so often seen in little items.

SUPERSIZE FIGURES!


Standing at 9 inches, these might not seem Supersize compared to most 12”+ toys from other collections, but given that the alternative is a mere 2 inches, this 450% increase suddenly seems impressive. Find Mario, Luigi and Yoshi in this PVC set.

Best Montreal Anime store to Shop

otaku anime of concordia university

Otaku (Anime of Concordia University) Convention was a huge success and I can’t wait for the next show. Updates on their next show will be posted here. In the meantime, if you need your anime fix and the show date is too far away, you need to visit these two Montreal stores:

Anime Model KitsSCI-FI Anime – Located near Atwater Metro, Sci-Fi has a good selection of anime/manga and is run by a really cool dude (Luen). They have moved from Villa Maria/Queen Mary to this downtown location a few years back. Walking distance from Concordia University…you should definitely drop in. Love their enormous selection of Gundam model kits!

2186 rue Ste-Catherine O. (near Atwater Metro)
Montreal, QC H3H 1M7
(514) 482-7844
Website: http://www.scifianime.ca/

Marche Clandestin Anime Montreal StoreMarche Clandestin Mangaya- Since 1995, Marché Clandestin counts over 7000 members and a library of over 5000 DVD and Bluray titles. It is the largest selection of anime in Quebec, which makes it ‘THE’ place to go to if you want to experience a bit of Asian Pop Culture. They also offer a wide variety of wallscrolls, posters, CD soundtracks, figurines and other assorted Asian goodies. Located near Berri-UQAM Metro station, you will need to check their hours of operation as they are closed from Mondays to Wednesdays.

325 Rue Ontario Est
Montreal, QC H2X 1H7
(514) 510-6507
Website: http://www.mcanime.com/

Did I miss an anime store in Montreal? Please feel free to comment.

UPDATE:  It appears that Marche Clandestin has closed.

Comic Book Convention Guide

Have you ever hear of Mark Evanier (creator of Groo the Wanderer, The DNAgents, and Crossfire to name a few)…..well, I came across his site and found this interesting article on Convention Dos and Don’ts.  Please check out his site…

From Mark Evanier:

So…you’re about to attend your first comic book convention, are you?  Well, before you plunge into all that wonderment, here are ten useful tips that may make your convention-going more enjoyable…or, at least, prevent you from being the biggest geek in the room.  (And, to those of you who might want to be the biggest geek in the room, remember: There’ll be lots of competition on the premises, maybe even from me.)

1. Bring Money. And more than you think you’ll need.  A comic convention is like Las Vegas.  A neophyte Vegas tourist says to himself, before the trip, “I’m going to be prepared to lose up to X dollars and not a penny more, no matter what.”  Then he gets there and loses X dollars in the slot machines in the airport baggage claim area, waiting for his American Tourister to come down the chute.  With days to go on his trip, he has to head for the ATM.  This can easily happen at a comic book convention.  There’s so much to do, so much to buy…and things like meals (see below) can wind up costing more than you expect.

Sometimes, no ATM is handy or, if one is, there’s a huge line of others who made this mistake.  So take extra cash with you.  You can always take it home if you don’t spend it…but you’ll spend it.

2. Bring a List. You may think you know precisely which items and issues you’re seeking for your collection but once you get there, you could face Sensory Overload.  All those comics and neat toys and such can start to look alike and if you’re jostling to get near a certain dealer’s display, you may not be able to rely on your memory.  Few things can make you feel dumber than getting home and discovering you bought an unneeded, duplicate copy of Archie Pops A Zit #14.  So bring a list of what you seek.

3. Bring Other Stuff. Here are some other items that some folks are happy to have with them and regret when they don’t: An autograph book or sketchbook.  A good pen for getting autographs.  A knapsack.  A folder or other container to carry purchased artwork.  Books you want signed by professionals who’ll be in attendance.  A cell phone.  Your personal phone book.  Business cards.  Snacks and/or a bottle of water.  A note pad.  Your camera.  Film and/or extra batteries for your camera.  A watch or something that tells time.

4. Wear Comfy Shoes. Most conventions are held in these places that resemble an Air Force hangar, complete with hard, concrete flooring.  Even the ones in ritzy hotels seem to have reinforced titanium under their carpeting.  At any con but especially the big ones, you may find yourself walking for days, and often standing.  We’ve seen people have to stagger out of a convention they were enjoying, before they’d intended to depart, because their tootsies were throbbing.

5. Shower. And we’re talking every day and with soap ‘n’ water.  A convention hall can be a crowded, confining place and you’d be surprised at the number of folks — some of them, otherwise nice people — who think, “I can get by without bathing for another day.”  Or who come to a con without sufficient change of clothing — underwear, especially.  Just because there are people walking around dressed as Klingons doesn’t mean that normal rules of courteous hygiene are suspended.

6. Eat Food. And under this number, we’re including other necessities of life, like getting a decent hotel/motel room if you’re staying over and — here’s one many skip and regret — getting your car serviced before making a long road trip to a con.  Yeah, we know money is tight and you don’t have a lot to toss around.  But it does cost a certain amount of the green stuff to attend a convention and if you don’t have it, maybe you oughta skip this one and save for the next.  Living like Freddie the Freeloader can make for an unhappy time, if not for you then for those around you.  Take the time to seek out decent meals during the con and if you’re not going to have a car there, this can involve a bit of advance planning.  It’s sometimes easier to take to the Internet before your trip to research where the affordable restaurants are and if you need to make reservations.  (You don’t, usually, at Burger King.)

So plan your meals and also, book your hotel room well in advance so you don’t wind up staying someplace where the cockroaches outweigh the desk clerk.  Yeah, it’s a comic convention but it’s also your vacation.

7. Meet People. Your average comic book convention is awash with interesting folks, many of whom wrote and/or drew your favorite funnybooks.  Some are there to sell merchandise but most enjoy talking to their readers, answering questions and such.  The trick is not to approach them when they’re mobbed or seem to be tending to more pressing matters, such as engaging in business discussions or dining.  Asking for an autograph can be an easy way to approach them but most are perfectly content if you just walk up, extend your hand and say something like, “I’ve always wanted to meet you.”  Don’t be afraid of professionals.  Only a few of them bite and if you take a moment and watch how they treat others, you can probably figure out which ones those are.  (And also keep in mind that there are plenty of interesting folks around who don’t write or draw comics.  Meet some of them, too.)

8. Consult Your Program Guide. Almost every convention puts together a program of speeches, panels, films and other demonstrations.  When you get to the con, you’ll be able to get a schedule and one of the first things you should do is to sit down somewhere, study it and mark off the events you think you’d like to attend.  (With some cons, the schedule is available in advance on a website, in which case you should mark down intriguing program items before you go, then consult the schedule when you get there to see what, if anything, has changed.)  It is almost a given that, if you don’t do a little early planning, you will wind up missing some program item that you would dearly love to have attended.  Remember: Most of what transpires in the programming rooms comes under the heading of “never to be repeated.”

9. Get A Locker or Use the Mail. Here are two tips for those of you who expect to be doing a lot of buying at a convention.  It can be awkward to carry your purchases around or to keep hauling them out to your car or room.  Some cons have a Check Room up front where you can leave items but you can probably manage without one.  Perhaps you have a friend who’s a dealer at the convention…or perhaps you make a friend of one by buying a lot of stuff from him.  Most dealers will not mind keeping a box for you behind their table, providing (a) you come and get it before they leave and (b) they’re not responsible for anything in it.  We know a guy who brings to every con, one of those foldable file boxes you can get at any stationery shop.  Upon his arrival, he finds an exhibitor who won’t mind letting him stash it for the duration.  Thereafter, as he accrues comics and goodies, he drops them off in his box and, when he goes, he has only the one carton to carry.  Yes, there’s a slight risk of theft but he thinks it’s an acceptable risk, given how much easier the convention becomes for him to not be lugging things around.

And if you travel some distance to a con, it may be easier to ship your acquisitions home than to try and cram them into your suitcase.  This is not always easy if you’re leaving on Sunday when neither FedEx nor the post office is open…but some hotels are good about handling this kind of thing for their guests, especially if they have a Business Center.

10. Pace Yourself. There’s so much to do and so much to see, and it’s not uncommon for someone attending their first convention to just run themselves ragged.  A lot of folks come away from cons with colds or worse, since some of those halls have the kind of air conditioning that merely recirculates what others exhale.  You may have a much more pleasant convention if you don’t try to do too much; if you get enough rest and nourishment and if you stop now and then to rest and to go outside the hall for a little non-conditioned air.  The main thing is to focus on what you most want to see and do and to recognize that you may not be able to do everything.

Prince of Persia figures: Coming Soon!

The upcoming Disney epic, based on the video game of the same name, hits theatres later this year and you can already pre-order the McFarlane figures from the movie. Dastan, Setam, Ghazab and many more are going to be shipping this May and are sure to please Jake Gyllenhaal fans, those excited about the movie or gamers looking to relive the glory days of Prince of Persia with a whole new look.

But wait a moment.

You can check out the Prince of Persia section over at CmdStore.com, but the true ‘look’ of the figures has yet to be revealed. They’re still in the prototype phase, it seems, but check back soon because the moment we do get a sneak peek, I’ll be sure to post.