Friday, May 31, 2013

Cool Kickstarter Project: Sci-Fi Wargaming Accessories

    
     While we usually cover toys and action figure based Kickstarter ideas, I wanted to let Epic Review readers know about a really cool project for anyone involved in table top wargaming: Sci-Fi Wargaming Accessories from PDC Gaming.  This is an incredibly cool project which is designed to create various generic sci-fi weapons and small vehicles that can be used in a variety of gaming environments. I imagine these would fit in with any dystopian future, space marine, or cyber punk scenarios you can concoct.  PDC gaming had some really nice incentives for supporting the effort that come at a variety of price ranges (although you'll have to convert from British Pounds).  Even for those of you who like to customize miniatures in miniature based games like Heroscape, Zombicide, or the variety of RISK games out there, these might be a cool item to snag.  These guys know what they're doing and are creating some very cool stuff to improve your gaming worlds.
    

This project only has about 55 hours left to go and still is a little under 3,000 pounds to meet their goal, so if you're a gamer or know someone who is, jumping on this project quickly is advisable.  Here's a few more pics after the break....

Action Figure Review: Planet-X Batman from Batman Unlimited by Mattel (Confirmed: Epic)

    
    
Remember when your mom told you, "Don't believe everything you read?"  Well, it's time to put that into practice. While Mattel claims that this figure is the Batman of Planet-X, an alien scientist named Tlano who appeared in Batman #113 back in 1958 and was inspired by Bruce Wayne's crime fighting alter ego.  He's a really obscure character and would make an interesting addition to the Batman Unlimited line. Too bad this isn't that character. By looking at the face, chest emblem, baseball bat, raggedy cape, stitches on the costume, and the presence of a modern Bat-mite, you can tell that this is actually Bruce Wayne in his alternate persona of the Batman of Zur-en-arrh" from the Batman: RIP storyline by Grant Morrison.  As part of his never ending series of back up plans, Bruce had the personality of the Batman of Zur-en-arrh stored in his subconscious just in case his mind was ever compromised or overwhelmed.  Cool huh? Well, the figure is even cooler. Check it out after the break.....     

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Defenders of Eden: Trailer for Kickstarter



Defenders of Eden: Trailer for Kickstarter

Check it out! It's coming soon and looks awesome! If you're a fan of properties like Masters of the Universe, Dungeons and Dragons, Battle Beasts, and others universes that combine cool heroes, bizarre creatures, and other odd stuff, you'll definitely enjoy this. I'll certainly have more info about this line as things develop, but my gosh check out that art! The art is gorgeous and the character designs incredibly inspired. Stay tuned to ThEpic Review or check out DefendersofEden.blogspot.com for more coverage.

Action Figure Review: Ultron from Marvel Legends' Iron Man 3 by Hasbro (Confirmed: Eh and a 1/2)


  I love build-a-figures.  While my high school economics teacher drilled into my head the truth that there really is no such thing as a free lunch (thanks, Mr. Smith!), the presence of the build a figure in a wave of action figures really appeals to me and sometimes justifies higher costs, especially when the figure is really cool.  Build-a-Figures can be awesome; not only do you often get a figure larger than could typically be sold at retail, but you also are getting an extra (not free) figure in a series.  Still, they can be incredibly frustrating and stressful; Build-a-figure pieces that are released over multiple waves or are included with short packed characters can really kill the fun of the concept, especially when you end up with a Metallo with no left arm right arm or a Monkeyman with no crotch.  When Hasbro started releasing the Iron Man 3 Marvel Legends, it appeared that things could be heading towards craptown when I noticed that the build-a-figure, Iron Monger, would be released over two waves, the second of which was supposed to appear in Fall of 2013.  That's a long time to have a half finished Iron Monger sitting around, and we all know that movie based lines appearing often end up with a phantom series.  Fortunately, a trip to my local purveyor of plastic goods (Wal-Mart) lead to my discovery of Ultron on the shelves, one of the Iron Man series 2 figures and proof that all the build-a-figure parts did indeed exist.  With that find, I decided to jump in and begin the hunt for the rest of the series.  I'll stop rambling and get to reviewing Ultron after the break........

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

More Weird Reasons Why People Visit the Epic Review: Back from Vacation Edition

Hey everyone!

I've been away on a brief vacation (although not a vacation away from buying toys, reading comics, or taking pictures) but now I'm back! It's been a little quiet around here.  Not sure what the Reel Brad Bell and Generbeener have been up to (*Editor: Nothing, apparently*) (*Brad: "Tribbles, I mean Kidney Stones!") but I've got a lot of catching up to do. Look forward to reviews of Snakeweed and Leatherhead from TMNT, Spirit of Hordak and the Fighting Foe Men from MOTUC, a bunch of the new Iron Man Marvel Legends (including Ultron), and some other cool surprises.  In the meantime, here's a look at some more of the other bizarre Google search terms people have used to get to ThEpic Review.  I've done this before, and since it entertained me so much I'll do it again!  Check them out after the break.....

"Bermuda Triangle Monsters"

My guess is that somehow this interview with Richard T Broadwater, the creator of the Legendary Monsters toyline, got people thinking about cryptozoology and other weird stuff.  Otherwise, perhaps the Epic Review is becoming the home for people searching for rare specimens like Yetis, Shadow People, Bermuda Triangle Monsters, and articles written by Andrew.

"Neca Predator Review Crawford"

I assume that someone was looking for NECA Predator reviews by Michael Crawford and stumbled across out review of the Predator 2 pack.  If you're not familiar with MWCtoys.com, check it out. The man writes some of the finest action figure and 1/6th scale reviews on the planet.  I particularly enjoyed learning that people searching for reviews by Mr. Crawford were instead turning to our site. Ok, so maybe it was only a few people, but it felt nice.    

"pain and gain, total crap?"

Was someone specifically searching for our review of the Michael Bay film Pain and Gain? If so then, yup, Brad pretty much called it on this one.

"most realistic female action figures"

     Since we strive to keep this site fairly family friendly, I'm not really going to speculate too much on what I imagine someone was looking for here.  I'll just say that perhaps they need to turn off their Google Safe search and try again.

"easy power ranger painting for kid" 

Was someone looking for some kind of Power Rangers paint by number?  Or were they referring to this Rita Repulsa figure that looks as if it were some type of children's art project?  Who knows.

Movie Review The Hangover Part III (Confirmed: GREAT)

The EPIC End to the Wolfpack trilogy? 

The Hangover Part III entered the Summer lacking some of the luster and hype that went along with The Hangover Part II two years ago.  After the original Hangover in 2008 became a surprise hit and one of the most successful and well received R-rated comedies of all time, it's follow up used the exact same formula, only doubling the outrageousness, much to the chagrin of most critics and film goers.  The end to the self proclaimed "EPIC" Todd Phillips comedy trilogy definitely paved it's own path for the Wolfpack, but was that a good thing? Find out after the break......


Friday, May 24, 2013

Action Figure Time Machine 90's Edition: Alien versus Predator 2-pack from Kenner

    


       Released in 1994, Kenner released the Alien versus Predator 2-pack as a later part of the second series of Aliens action figures.  While I had nearly all of the first series of Aliens figures (which I've written about here and here) and most of the second series as a kid, I never owned this set.  Perhaps I was just too into Jurassic Park or Power Rangers at that point in time?  The set features a very movie accurate xenomorph, the Warrior Alien, his rival the Renegade Predator, and issue #13 of the Dark Horse mini comic that came with a number of the earlier Aliens figures.  Whether you're an Alien fan, a Predator fan, or just love toys from the 90's, hopefully you'll  appreciate this review from the past.  Join me after the break......

The Confirmed Epic Podcast: Episode 15 Star Trek, Into Darkness

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In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review J.J. Abrams' epic Star Trek sequel: Into DarknessWe also cover the EPIC news items of the week: Avengers 2 casting and the big reveal of Microsoft's next generation console XBox One. As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: Star Wars: The Old Republic, Masters of the Universe Classics, and Doctor Who. Although we do warn listeners in the podcast, we wish to reiterate: THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST. 

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Action Figure Review: Karatti from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    
     While I owned quite a few New Adventures of He-Man figures as a kid, I never owned Karatti. Honestly, I don't even remember ever seeing him in stores. He came out as part of the 2nd series of New Adventures (NA) figures in 1990 and was some type of martial arts expert for the Space Mutants (thus the name, a play on karate if you didn't catch it).  While NA might be the red headed step child of Masters of the Universe lore, it did have some cool design and story elements that work well when woven together in Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC). Looking at the original figure, I'm not entirely sure that Karatti was one of the stronger designs from that line. Still, he's got a chance at a second life in MOTUC, right? Find out more about "Bone Bashing Mutant" after the break....

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Action Figure Review: Assemblage Zombie from Valerobots (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)


      If you haven't checked it out yet, make sure to check out my review of the Assemblage Juggernaut from Valerobots.  Not only is it a cool toy, but in it I fill you in on the story behind Valerobots, the nifty cool creations of master customizer Rupert Valero.  You can check out more of Valero's one of a kind creations at his Etsy store, but I'm here today to show you the one of a kind creation I purchased recently: the Assemblage Zombie.  Remember, this is a unique custom creation so while the traditional categories may not fully apply (such as sculpt), I'm still using them to cover all the bases in showcasing this excellent figure.  A more traditional custom than some of Valero's Assmeblage figures, the Assemblage Zombie is built off of an action figure base with a great new paint job and some excellent fabric clothing.  Check him out after the break, if you dare.......

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Master of the Universe Classics Procrustus Review Featured on PoeGhostal.com!

Head over to Confirmed: Epic website PoeGhostal.com to check out a review of the Masters of the Universe Classics gigantic Procrustus action figure written by Barbecue17! If you love vintage minicomics, Ray Harryhausen's Dynamation, living statues, golems, or four armed shirtless giants , you're in luck!

Action Figure Review: The Dark Knight Returns Batman from Mattel's Batman Unlimited (Confirmed: Great)



     While DC Universe Classics is no more, that hasn't stopped Mattel from putting out more DC action figures.  While Mattycollector has the online exclusive "Club Infinite Earths" line, retail stores have been receiving figures in both the DC Unlimited and the Batman Unlimited line, which is where the figure I'm looking at today comes from.  Based on Frank Miller's 1986 epic The Dark Knight Returns (DKR), The Dark Knight Returns Batman successfully captures the chunkier look of an aging Batman who returns to crime fighting after a long period of absence.  Being one of the most iconic looks for Batman of all time, it's great to see Mattel bring this artist-specific version of the character to life as a well-articulated action figure.  While this isn't the first version of Frank Miller's DKR Batman (DC Direct released a version back in the early 2000s that has been repainted and re-released two separate times, and Square Enix has released the character in their Play Arts Kai line), it is quite possibly the best.  More details after the break....
  

Monday, May 20, 2013

Movie Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness (Confirmed: Epic)

  

     J.J. Abrams' Star Trek (2009) is certainly one of the best reboots of an established franchise. Not only did it manage to bring new life into the Star Trek franchise, but it managed to do so without losing the spirit and the characters that fans have come to love. It also brilliantly "rebooted" itself without erasing the continuity of everything that had come before it.  With Star Trek: Into Darkness, Abrams has once again returned to the alternate Star Trek universe of the first film in presenting a story that features familiar characters placed into situations that intermingle new and returning elements of the franchise, often playing with familiar elements in new ways.  All things considered, Star Trek: Into Darkness is an enjoyable and action-packed film that can be appreciated by long term Trekkers as much as by new fans brought in by the 2009 film.  At this point, I consider it easily the best film I've seen this year.  More after the break....

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Preorder Prince Algor from "The Exciting World of Jalldoon" by Rampageo Industries



Dr. Rampageo from Doomkick.com sent me a press release this morning about the newest figure in "The Exciting World of Jalldoon", a 5 1/2 inch line designed to fit in with vintage toys like Masters of the Universe or other great modern lines like Warlords of Wor.  If you've got a thing for figures in this scale or style or just love translucent toys, check these out!

Here's a copy of the press release from Rampageo Industries:

The Next Release in Rampageo Industries “The Exciting World of Jalldoon” Line is right around the corner.  Starting Monday May 20th and running through Monday June 10th you will be able to pre order the plucky Hero Prince Algor in his Heroic form in 3 Translucent colors, Candy Apple (green), Lemondrop (yellow), and Twin Cherry (red).  Single versions of the Magnet Articulated figure will be available for $46, and a 3 Pack of all the colors for $115 (all prices include US shipping) in the shop on  DoomKick.com. This will be the last time this particular version of Prince Algor will be available. These figures are fully compatible with the Warlords of Wor and other magnetic toys by ManOrMonster? Studios, and previously released figures from Rampageo Industries.

 More pictures and links after the break.....

Action Figure Review: Jungle Extraction Dutch from NECA's Predator (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)

    
     While the T-800 is most certainly the most iconic character that Arnold Scwarzenegger has played, perhaps his most quintessential role is Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer from the nearly perfect film Predator.  As I mentioned in my review of the Jungle Hunter Predator/City Hunter Predator 2 pack, while NECA has made nearly every Predator imaginable, they have yet to make any other characters from the films. Fortunately, NECA has finally rectified that problem by making four versions of Dutch.  While only two have been released so far, the other two should be hitting within the next couple of months. This is the first Dutch I've picked up so far, and the one I wanted the most because of the awesome Arnold likeness and the fact that he's chomping on a giant cigar. He just looks like the ultimate depiction of Arnold.  Jungle Extraction Dutch is wearing the tan shirt and vest that he wears when his team first enters the jungle and attacks the rebel encampment. Ready for some more Arnold awesomeness and some more great Predator facts? Then "stick around" after the break...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Escapee from the Island of Misfit Toys: Rita Repulsa from Bandai's Power Rangers Samurai




     Sometimes an action figure is disappointing. Sometimes the likeness is just off, the articulation a little too loose, or the paint a bit sloppy. Other times, you find an action figure that just deserves to be put out of it's mercy.  Years ago, ToyFare magazine used to cover these abominations in a section called "Castaway from the Island of Misfit Toys." This is my tribute to that great publication of which I still keep a few copies by my toilet at all times.      
    A few years ago, I stumbled across a pretty cool set of Power Rangers figures from Bandai.  They were around 4 inches tall and included the 6 original rangers, Alpha 5, a Putty, and Goldar.  They weren't the best action figures ever made, but they were rather inexpensive and a cool way to get some Power Rangers figures into my action figure display.  I've talked plenty about my history with the Power Rangers here, so I won't go into it too much. I'll simply say that while I remember Lord Zedd and Ivan Ooze, Rita Repulsa was the main villain for the Power Rangers during the brief time I watched the show.  I remember as a kid always wondering why the main villain never made it into the toyline when we got nearly all the other bad guys (even Finster, who was my favorite for some weird reason). Anyways, Bandai continued to release some random figures from the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers series in various waves, and Rita Repulsa here shipped as part of a Power Ranger Samurai series.  When I first saw her in stores, my initial reaction was "Oh my gosh! A Rita Repulsa figure!" My second impression was something between shock and that disappointing look your family gives you when you finally reveal to them that you're using your college degree to open a combination magic shop/sushi bar.  If just looking at this figure doesn't give you too bad of a headache, then read on after the break....  
 

Movie Review: The Great Gatsby (Confirmed Great)



The Great Gatsby (written by F. Scott Fitzgerald) is one of my favorite books from high school. I remember having long conversations in my AP English class about the significance of the "green light" and the billboard with the bespectacled eyes of Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, all culminating in watching the Jack Clayton film version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. High School couldn't get much better than this... well I guess it could... But anyway, when I heard that Baz Luhrmann was directing a new version of this classic novel and it would be starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire, I was thoroughly excited. But Luhrmann had some pretty big shoes to fill. Did he pull it off? Find out after the break...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mattel "Surprises" Collectors with the Spirit of Hordak: News and A Rant by Barbecue17

     After a long day at an out of town conference, I decided to briefly check a few sites last Wednesday night and stepped right into the madness that was Mattel's first unannounced release, the Spirit of Hordak.  For those of you who are somehow still unaware of this, the Spirit of Hordak is simply the first release Hordak figure molded in translucent red paint with Hordak's bat logos having some darker red paint decos.  Ever since Power Con back in September, Mattel has teased us with the white Hordak crossbow (the vintage Hordak had a white crossbow) so now we know who that accessory comes with. Not only was the Spirit of Hordak an unannounced figure (we had never seen or heard of it before it went on sale) but it also is scheduled to appear for sale randomly on Mattycollector.com.  As you can imagine, this has upset a few fans. People have gotten angry, and some have even insinuated this somehow means the death of the line (not sure how they reason that, though). Still, it's an interesting idea. My thoughts after the break......

Action Figure Review: Assemblage Juggernaut by Valerobots (Confirmed: Epic)

 
  In 2011, I had the privilege of picking up one of the original Valerobots which Rupert Valero created while on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. I had read this excellent interview from Infinite Hollywood which in which Newton Gimmick interviewed Mr. Valero and soon found myself hitting up his Etsy store to pick a robot up for myself.  Recently Valero put quite a few new creations on his Etsy store and I knew I had to buy some.  I ended up purchasing three. I considered buying them all, but didn't want to deprive everyone of the joy of these excellent customs. And seriously, whether you're looking at these figures in hand or in photographs, they are extremely impressive.  Today I'm looking at one of the newer Valerobots, the Assemblage Juggernaut.  I've never reviewed a figure quite like the Assemblage Juggernaut before, so I'll do the best I can to use the traditional categories of articulation, sculpt, paint, etc.  Just realize that this is not a mass produced item but a one of a kind custom art project.  Check him out after the break........


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Barbecue's Show & Tell #8: Kenner's Aliens part 2: The Space Marines and the Power Loader


     If you didn't see the first part of my look at Kenner's Aliens line (in which I focused on the Xenomorph figures from the first wave), check it out here: Barbecue's Show & Tell: Aliens part 1. Ok, so now that we're on the same page let's look at the Space Marines from the Aliens toy line.  Looking at these figures which are largely based on the 1986 film Aliens but that were released in 1992, you might wonder what exactly Kenner was aiming for.  While Ripley is certainly in the line, it also featured characters like Apone and Drake (who died in Aliens), Hicks (who died between Aliens and Alien 3), and Bishop (who gets scrapped in Alien 3), so one has to ask when exactly was this line set?  Take another look at character design elements like Bishop's sunglasses and Apone's mechanical arm and you'll wonder if these were based off of a Saturday morning cartoon that you just can't seem to remember. Well, it turns out no one remembers because it was never released. There were, however, plans for an animated series called Operation: Aliens. No one knows much about it and only a few production still exist, but it looks like it could have been awesome. Now that you know why we have such crazy redesigns for some of the characters, let's take a look at the Space Marines after the break!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Why People Visit The Epic Review (AKA, The Strangest Keywords that get People to the Site from Google)

    

     I'm a stats person. I'm the guy calling my fellow epic reviewers on the phone or shooting out text messages about the number of hits we've had for the day.  Multiple times a day I find myself checking the number of visitors to the site, the number of articles read, and the most popular referring sites. Of course, I'm also always intrigued by the keywords that folks have typed into Google's search bar that have led them to our site.  Some of them make sense and reflect some of our most popular articles such as reviews of the Tomb Raider Survival Edition, the Injustice Batman action figure, or the Power Rangers Legacy Morpher.  Apparently there just aren't many other websites covering those products.

Other search terms are a bit...stranger.  Here are some of my favorites and some speculation on my part as to how these search times led someone to the site. Check them out after the break....

The Mandarin we deserved

You'll never see him coming! (Photo Courtesy of cofphoto)

Seeing Sir Ben Kingsley take on the iconic role of Tony Stark/Iron Man's greatest enemy the Mandarian was probably my most anticipated performance of the entire year.  In the pantheon of super villains Mandarin isn't as great of a villain as The Joker or Dr. Octopus, but he has grown to be one of the better villains of the Marvel Universe and one I have grown quite fond of and learned to appreciate, especially after Matt Fraction's last volume of Iron Man. Getting a chance to see an actor of Ben Kingsley's quality portray what looked to be an updated and realistic super terrorist that would push Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man to his limits was probably the thing I was most eagerly anticipating about the much hyped Iron Man 3, especially since the Mandarin backed terrorist organization the Ten Tings is semi responsible for pushing Tony Stark to become Iron Man after the events of the 1st Iron Man film.  All the ingredients were there, so what happened? And what should have happened? Find out after the break.....

(MAJOR SPOILERS FOR IRON MAN 3 FOLLOW :)

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 14: Iron Man 3

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Sit back and enjoy our review of the biggest film of 2013!: Iron Man 3

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we dedicate the entire show to reviewing the biggest film of 2013 and the start of Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Shane Black's new film, Iron Man 3. Although we do warn listeners in the podcast, we wish to reiterate: THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST. Also stay tuned to the end for a wonderful surprise from The Epic Review Team.


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Movie Review: Iron Man 3 (Confirmed: GREAT)

The most anticipated film of 2013: Iron Man 3!

The most anticipated film of 2013 has come and gone!  Iron Man 3 brings with it not only the hype of Robert  Downey Jr's now insanely popular portrayal of Tony Stark to the point where he has almost become the Iron Man character, but also the task of following the third most successful film of all time, Marvel's Avengers.  More importantly Disney/Marvel has turned to Downey once again to jump start a phase of their cinematic universe which will ultimately culminate in The Avengers 2 on May 1st 2015.  So is Shell Head's third installment a worthy follow up to arguably the greatest film of all time?  Find out after the break.....

(WARNING: Spoilers for Iron Man 3 follow:)

Friday, May 3, 2013

The Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 13: Oblivion


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In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review the Joseph Kosinski film staring Tom Cruise, Oblivion. We also cover the EPIC news items of the week: the character Jonny Storm possibly being played by an african american and the character Thanos supposedly not showing up until Avengers 3. As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: Jack Kirby's Fourth World, Bioshock Infinite, and Michael Bay's film Pain and Gain.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Board Game Review: Zombicide (Confirmed EPIC!)




I come from a family that plays board games; it’s kinda tradition. Every time we’re all together someone whips out a new game. We can spend hours talking and laughing together. Now would my family be up for playing Zombicide? I’m not sure. Not because it’s a bad game, but because it’s about Zombies (it’s just not their thing), but get a group of my geek friends together and we can spend the whole day playing mission after mission. We absolutely LOVE this game (in fact we just played a mission last night!) Keep reading to learn more about why this game is so EPIC, after the break of course…

The Hope of a Hero

The 'S' stands for hope!

     After watching the brand new trailer for Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel, and in light of the recent tragedies both at the Boston Marathon and the plant explosion in Waco, Texas that killed 16 people, I realized just why superhero films and superheroes in general are so popular now.  We live in a post modern society of jealousy, extremism, political idealism, and never ending economic woes.  A society where it seems like the bad guys always win.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Netflix for the Poor Kids: Safety Not Guaranteed (Confirmed EPIC!)


What fan girl doesn't enjoy the heady mixture of love, humanity, and sci-fi? Safety Not Guaranteed is a beautiful exploration of the human condition through the vehicle of sci-fi with an indie film flare. This movie was my first Epic rated film of the year, and what a great movie to kick off our new segment "Netflix for the Poor Kids." More about this great film after the break...

Collectible Review: Power Rangers Legacy Morpher (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)

   
 Like a celebrity marriage, my love affair with the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was sudden, exciting, but ultimately didn't last too terribly long.  I remember getting into the series sometime in early 1994 (the show premiered in August 1993) and losing interest sometime in late 1995, right around the time I first saw Star Wars had to go attend a worldwide peace conference. While I have some extremely fond memories of the property (I actually got to see Power Rangers Live twice) I don't have the deep and abiding love for it like some fans do.  Epic Reviewers  Brad and Andrew are a bit younger than me and seem to have kept up with the show over the years throughout all of it's multiple incarnations, while I pretty much left when Trini left things started changing every week.  Still, when I found out that Bandai was releasing the Legacy Power Morpher, I knew I had to jump on it. The Power Morpher is a very cool and iconic prop from the early 90's, and since the original toy was a favorite of mine, I decided I needed to own this one.  (I also wanted to make Brad jealous.)  Currently it's a Toys R' Us Exclusive and retails for around $59.99. Check out the review/FAQ after the break......