Thursday, November 7, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Back to the comics, Infinity finally sstarts to make some sense. A whole issue (issue 1) of I-don't-know-what-really-happened, introducing builders, and having Thanos, Inhumans, possibly everything Marvel have left in the cold for the past few years make a come back all at once. The latest change of events is that Thanos is actually hunting for his son!?! OMG! This better not disappoint me like Age of Ultron (which ended not long ago, April 2013, another totally horrible ending)
|Invinity #1 Variant|
Moving on to DC, Trinity War just ended last week; and now we have Forever Evil and the Villains month, so seem like DC doesn't want to let Marvel get all that event frenzy.
|Forever Evil #1 Sketch Variant|
And also, I have to say that the 3D covers look legit, and having to cost the same as most Marvel comics just made it even better. However, I have no idea that these one shots actually have nothing to do with whatever comic it took over for the week, and also some happen to be tie-ins with the main event and some are to be continued in another series, and that is really confusing for me. For example, JLA this week is Deadshot#1 which have nothing to do with JLA, it was sort of like a story of his origin and his present status with Forever Evil in play (maybe it is a tie-in too), and it said to be continued in Suicide Squad. Omg, I only buy this because I am reading JLA, I would have bought Joker or Poison Ivy if I know they have nothing to do with the original comics line.
Deadshot #1 3D cover
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
But is bringing back Marvel Legends a smart choice for the company? My answer would be no. And here is why.
|Series 1 Marvel Legends|
|Sentinel Series with BAF |
(notice the size of Sentinel's leg)
And now, look at the renewed Marvel Legends, the only thing that's improved is that the some figures looked better than the old ones and that it comes with a colorful package; however, no comics, no game cards and of course no beautiful backdrop, what a bummer.
On top of that, the BAF included is a less interesting villain in the first two series after the renewal and they already are being shortened in height as they only stand a little taller than other figures, not twice as tall like the old ones. Also, it starts to include less familiar characters like protector or moonstone and even someone like Sentry who died a long time ago, some may say you know the character well, but the truth is, if you are not a comic fan, you wouldn't know who the heck protector is. Also, variants nowadays does not only mean a slightly difference between characters, but sometimes it is even a different character, for example Punisher and Blade is regarded as the same figure as they are in the same 'category'. meaning that if someone buy a set, you will not be able to get all the different characters.
|Returning Marvel Legends (no BAF, just figure stand...)|
As for the final reason why I don't like the new Marvel Legends, the old ones cost half as much as the new ones, can't believe that can you.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Spoiler alert: If u hv not seen the movie and still want to get surprised in the theatre, DO NOT continue reading.
Iron Man is everywhere.
That is not a bald statement as Iron Man is literally all over the place, billboards and advertisements, figures and IM costumes, he even managed to make it onto food wrappers. This has truly become the Iron Man month as Iron Man already took up more than half of the show times in theatres. But is the movie really that well?
1. Finally a superhero film that includes girl power, and Potts did time after time proved it.
2. A party of Iron Man armors is the final showdown that is sure to wow our eyes (too bad they didn't focus on the specific powers pf each one)
3. The scene after the credits was pretty funny, and of course that's gotta do with Avengers 2
1. Mandarin was a completely different person from the comics. The once Asian looking villain that can do more than just playing with lightning and fire has become a dumb actor which was hired by Killian and thought being Mandarin was part of a performance.
2. People that was in the Extremis program can endure different a level of damage though they
pretty much went throught the same 'training' process.
3. Pepper can manage to destroy an armor with one punch and then use a part of the armor to get Killian. But she failed to put the armor into action when she was given Mk 42 to use earlier, so the Extremis also help her to learn to use the armor?
But afterall, it's still a pretty good film (the alteration to Mandarin is definitely not though)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The base card includes a modern image of the character with also their first appearance inscribed in the small square. While at the back, it includes the info on the character's first appearance and his/her story on entering the Marvel world.
|Cyclops Base Card (MB III)|
Micromotion cards has a hit rate of (1:2packs), it actually looks pretty good in hand, which is a relatively well-done among such high hit rate inserts. The back of the card includes a short passage concerning the character, it may be their bio, one of their important chapters in Marvel or just something interesting but not well-known among fans. Unlike base cards, micromotions have different designs in the 3 parts of Marvel Beginnings.
Die-cut cards has the same hit rate like micromotion cards (1:2 packs). Usually each pack contains either a die-cut or a micromotion, but in rare cases you can actually find both!!! Once again, this is a pretty good insert set that has such a high hit rate. Each card has an old image of the character in front and a more modern and recent image at the back. Each part of Marvel Beginnings has a different theme for the die-cut cards, like S1 is X-men die-cut while S3 is villains die-cut cards.
|Wonder Man (Avengers) Die-cut|
Breakthrough issues (Autograph) cards:
Breakthrough issues cards are the most common inserts (one per pack most the time), and the normal ones totally worth no money and have no collecting value. That's why they add autograph cards as an insert. With the autograph card, they also have a certificate to go with it, which the certificate does have a really good print. What makes it better is that the two cards are put into a sleeve, which is very thoughtful of the company (, though most card collectors would have got their own sleeves ready for sketch and other good pulls).
Hologram cards are always a 'high-end' production, which explains why the pull rate of this type of cards is extremely low (not even guaranteed one per box). Hologram cards was already featured in Marvel trading cards a few century back, but the holograms then is totally different from the ones featured in this series. Sure to say, they (once again) look better in hand than in scan, the character print is on top of the hologram background, which includes the Avengers logo and the 'Avengers' word. What makes this even better is that their are couple of layers in the background to make the card more worth it, both for collecting and in $$.
Last but not least, the type of insert that most of us look forward to - sketch cards. Sketch cards is the only type of card that have a wide range of qualities, yo may get an awesome colored sketch by one of the famous artist in the field, while on the other hand, there's still chance for a black and white boring sketch on a character that you don't even know, by an artist you've never heard of. That is why the value of sketch cards also have a wide range of values (on ebay).
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
It is time to hunt for trading cards again, but which one should I do? Bronze age, Marvel premier, greatest heroes?
Marvel Beginnings 3 was out Dec 2012, it is the last wave of the series.
Each box contains 24 packs, each pack contains 7 cards (on average)
Type of cards:
-Micro-motion cards (1:2 packs)
-Breakthrough issues (1:1 pack)
-Breakthrough issue autograph cards (1:48 packs)
-Villains die-cuts (1:2 packs)
-Avengers Hologram (1:72 packs)
-Sketch Cards (1:48 packs)
-Ultimate Panel Focus (1:288 packs)
-Printing Plates (1:?? packs)
This is my first ever box break on Marvel Trading cards:
|Red Hulk Hologram|
For other review on this series and also other trading card-related infos, plz read the following posts: