Monthly Archives: April 2012
The Four Horsemen always do a great job of translating a classic figure into a modern design, but sometimes they really hit it out of the park. I feel like Kobra Khan is one those times. Another figure I loved as a kid, Khan was a snake man before “The Snake Men” was its own faction. This Classics figure just looks so great; it has quickly become one of my favorites.
I’ll just be honest here, normally I wouldn’t bother dusting off my lab coat for a Joose review. Not that it’s necessarily bad or anything, it’s just that the flavors tend to get released in lockstep with their main competitor Four Loko, so there’s just no reason to bother. Except for Dragon Joose I guess, but I got that mostly because I’m a sucker for things about dragons-even drinks, apparently. And even that just ended up being grape. Nothing to write the Internet about. Now Sweet Peach Iced Tea and Mango, that’s super exciting right? How about if I drink both? Yeah, now we’re talking!
As the rest of the months become increasingly reserved for last-minute two-screen release Oscar grabs and harsh acts of theatrical terrorism via the likes of Adam Sandler, I find myself looking forward to the late spring and summer movie season more and more with each passing year. I fully expected this year’s rich payload of cinematic treats to start delivering in earnest on May 4 with the release of The Avengers, April is usually nothing to get excited about. How wrong I was! Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard looked down from their respective mountains of unassailable nerd cred, saw us impatiently scouring the Internet for the latest promo images and trailer iterations and proclaimed, “Gentle summer movie fans, your wait is over! You shall be entertained!”. Truth be told, this movie’s been waiting around to see the light of day for a while. It was shot in 2009 and delayed not for a lack of studio interest, but due to Whedon and Goddard’s staunch refusal to allow it to be converted to 3D. Remember what I said about that unassailable nerd cred? Call it luck, or hope against hope that the demand for blurry, headache-inducing entertainment is on the decline, but either way this movie arrived at exactly the right time for me.
Now I will tell you up front, before any proper reviewing gets underway, that I loved literally everything about The Cabin in the Woods. You should go see it immediately. That being said, it is an experience brimming with rare surprises, and thus is going to be difficult for me to talk about while guaranteeing a hermetically sealed and spoiler-free environment. So you’ve been warned. I’m gonna throw up the break here, then there’s gonna be a poster, and after that I’ll not be responsible for ruining anything for anybody. I was serious when I said you should go to the theater and buy your ticket immediately. Okay, you’ve been warned. Here there be spoilers.
The two previous subscription exclusive figures in MOTUC were variants of He-Man. 2010 was Wun-Dar, based on the obscure “Wonder Bread He-Man”, believed to be a mail-away figure. 2011 was Preternia Disguise He-Man, based on his appearance in one of the minicomics. Both were fine as a bonus, but they were nothing you’d be terribly unhappy about missing if you didn’t feel like getting the subscription. So when it was announced that 2012’s exclusive would be Shadow Weaver, Hordak’s second in command in the Filmation She-Ra cartoon, appearing in most episodes (as well as the opening credits) yet never receiving a figure before, fans were understandably upset. So it’s thanks to Shadow Weaver that I’m a subscriber for the first time this year, committed to a year’s worth of figures without knowing ahead of time what more than half of them would be. I am Mattel’s bitch.