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  1. IMO his size is PERFECT, but then again I don't think that I'll pay the MP price anyways and instead wait for Hasbro to bring him over. Universe Grimlock, come to poppa!
  2. "My Dearest Anastasia, It grieves me to think that I might have to leave you tonight. My one regret is that I may never have the chance to say good-bye. Rest assured, I am not afraid of death, but as a true Destro I understand in my being that there is no profit in war or business without great risk. Yet as I look into the eyes of the creature before me, I hope that my courage can last until the end! ...As a child in Scotland, my father would regale me with tales of dragons. Similar stories exist in all cultures, and may go back to the Dawn of Time. In ancient Mesopotamia they believed that the world began with the mortal struggle between two Cosmic Beasts. The Storm Dragon gained the upper hand over the Dragon of the Deep, and with his powerful claws he rended her great carcass and fashioned the Heavens and the Earth out of her flesh. From her blood he forged Mankind as a Race of Slaves to do his bidding. The Babylonians would re-tell this grisly genesis every year at the royal festival of the Renewal of All Things. The dragon was sacred throughout the Ancient World, but until now I have never taken its actual existence seriously... His piercing stare bores into me. I would say that his dark eyes were mocking me if only they had the slightest trace of human mirth. He wears the stolen M.A.R.S. prototype armor with all the pomp of an Oriental despot, and I am honestly relieved that I am spared the sight of his face or his ever-changing Chimeric form! I remember your plaintive warnings that the man I knew could not have survived what Globulus and his hive of zealots had done to him. I remember how all we could find were traces of his blood amidst the rubble, and how I wondered if he limped out of the Himalayan mountains like man or if he crawled on his belly and licked the dust as a serpent. He questions me with a hateful whisper. His voice is hard and sharp like obsidian; his characteristic lisp has metamorphosed into a more animalistic sound like the rattle of a snake posed to strike. I do not know why, but I think about our days as business partners, half recalling a teleportation machine that only worked part of the time. I greatly respected his clever, devious mind, if not his courage. In a way, he may have been my closest friend. But he is more Beast than Man now, the Beast of the Apocalypse. I have always treasured your fierce pride, my darling, but if I fail, then the fate of the world will be up to you. You must seek out an alliance with that old fool Abernathy, with his blunt instruments Hauser and the Dark One. Only together will you stand a chance against this new Cobra Commander! If I do not make the night, I doubt that my remains will ever be recovered. Nevertheless, I trust that, if there is any way, you will take my mask and lay it to rest in the crypt of my family’s ancestral home. My love for you is everlasting. Your servant, James McCullen"
  3. The CP Wave 4 Duke has a great head and a much more reasonably sized M-16, but his head doesn't look right on that body, his wrinkly hands look even worse than Stalkers', and Duke was never a member of the O13 anyways. I just use the better head and gear with my Battle Pack Duke, creating a more iconic Super-Duke who can actually hold his gun with both hands. Jet Pack Duke has a cleaner paint application to his face, sharper colors, and gear that makes sense that he actually used more than once in the cartoon. He has the accessory hole in his back and also a slight mod to his crotch to allow more movement. The lighter shirt is probably there to help him stand out from the Wave 4/ Battle Pack version, but it also gives more contrast and provides a better background to his flag patch. He's been raved about as the "All-American Duke" in two reviews (here and here) on three fansites where the reviewers admitted that they were initially resistant but simply won over by the figure's coolness and charm. We may love to hate, but I personally don't think we as fans would have been too put out if this version was the only Duke we received in the 25th A. line.
  4. I just don't tend to see SE as that urban, you know? I guess I'll always prefer him creeping up behind sentry guards in the woods at night with a big knife in his hands-- run of the mill commando stuff!
  5. He-man.org actually uses the logo on one of their fundraiser t-shirts, so you should be able to download a file there pretty easily. You can find a picture of the shirt modeled by one of their forum members on the MOTUC discussion board in a sticky thread towards the top. It left a fairly vivid memory simply because, for geeky toy fans, women who like He-Man and She-Ra appear to be RIDICULOUSLY HOT!! Well guys, there's yet another reason to collect the new MOTU Classics line!
  6. I just got an idea for my next dio story-- I only hope that I can have it ready in time for Halloween!
  7. As much as he looks great on a bike, I just don't see S.E. as a fancy motorcycle kinda guy. That's more a Firefly or Zartan thing, or two identical bikes for the Twin CG Commanders-- that would be cool! No, IMO SE would be just as happy in an old jeep, or possibly a Harley, but more likely something he could take off road. And, you know, sneak up on people to kill them-- that kinda thing.
  8. That is some excellent insight to a period of writers that literally changed comics forever. Great post. I actually learned something from it. thanks!
  9. I think the Watchmen is a great book and a must read for people who love comic books, even those who aren't that big into super-heroes. IMO The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a better book, but nothing else of Alan Moore's work has had a bigger impact on the comics industry. In the 80s, Moore's name is tossed around with Frank Miller's as the guys who re-invented mainstream comics. While neither has the creative legacy of Will Eisner, who is without question the Father of All Comics as We Know Them Today, Miller and Moore are more responsibile for the current tone in mainstream comics then any living writer or artist-- and they are totally different! Moore is a better, more imaginative writer, while Miller (the artistic heir of Eisner) better understands the visual potential in comics or 'sequential art'. But the differences go deeper than that-- at the philosophical level, Miller BELIEVES in heroes, while Moore does not! Even in the darkest corner of Sin City's depravity, where a main character like Marv can laugh maniacally while chasing people with an axe-- there is no doubt that the writer believes in heroes. They may not be as spit 'n polished as Super-man, but Marv, Matt Murdock, and Leonidas are all true heroes-- good guys who face down absolute evil. Only in Miller's world, the heroes never get the parade or the girl; rather than kvetch [Yiddesh: complain like a wuss] like Peter Parker, they find peace and strength in the tragedy that befalls them for chosing the right path. Moore, however, has no heroes or villains and his characters sometimes get lost in the grey areas. Good, for him, does not triumpth over evil. These two men are the yin and yang of the modern super-hero, going deeper than Lee and Kirby in analysing what, if anything, if means to be a hero. To paraphrase a familiar Batman saying, I believe in Frank Miller, because I believe in heroes even in a world as grey as ours. But I respect that Alan Moore has his place. I've once joked that both of these mad geniuses slepted chained up in cages, only Moore liked it there! (as you can see-- I'm a Miller guy!) The truth is that both writers are creative enough to bring the cage into the silliest and most fantastic of pulp genres, the super-hero, but each reacts differently to it with respect to their personal philosophy and worldview. Whether or not this world can be saved, Miller believes that a true hero fights on anyways. For Moore, it isn't that simple.
  10. I don't think that all peg-warmers are neccessarily bad figures-- sometimes it's just a weird distribution issue. Currently, my Target and Wal-mart, as well as local department store Fred Meyer, are just glutted with great figures like the Tomax and Xamot, Tiger Force Flint, General Hawk, and Bazooka. I've even encountered clusters of unwanted Snow Serpents and All-Black Snake-Eyes'! Now, of course, the BATS are still crazy scarce, but really I don't think it's fair to say that only crappy figures clog the pegs. Really, would Hasbro make that many bad figures if they didn't think they could sell? (Please don't counter with the Idiana Jones line-- IMO those toys were doomed for other reasons, including production issues that made most of the Raiders Indy's look like cross-eyed, drunken vagabonds!). I think Jet Pack Duke is a prime example-- not a bad figure in the least, and arguably the best Duke in the whole line (many respectable review sites would agree!). We just got waaaaaaaay too many of them, and too soon after most people bought either the Battle Pack or Wave 4. The man was competing with himself for peg space! Now with TF Flint, if you don't like that figure I just DARE you to take one out of the package and play with it-- you'll see that the toy literally radiates with awesomeness. But go ckeck out the G.I. Joe section at Wal-mart these days and you'll find so many of these gems you'll think it's a regular synthoid conspiracy. What do you think-- do I have a point or am I off my meds again? (Could be-- it is Wednesday after all... ).
  11. Why else do you think we have to pay double? Personally, I'm still on the fence about Beastman, but Heman and Skeletor are definates Well, I want Beast-man, but I can understand why others wouldn't-- as the first of Skeletor's hench dudes he's kinda vanilla by comparison. The figure is PERFECT though, other than being a 'perfect' Beast-man. In the Seinfeld family that is MOTU, not everyone can be Kramer... And Beasty is definitely George!
  12. I think these last three might be my favorites so far. Also: Whoo Hoo-- over 500 views, baby!
  13. "Yo Joe!" he gestured to his dear friends, and then he turned and vanished into the cloud...
  14. As the deadly red mist engulfs the cavern behind him, the noble Snake-eyes bids a silent farewell to a special teammate...
  15. I'm noticing that in addition to the re-used artwork (super cheap) there's also a total lack of new tooling-- do you think this might be a store exclusive?
  16. Well, maybe we can keep the board on life-support with some fun topics until then? I don't have any ideas at the moment, but I'll be sure to post a new topic or two when I do. And I don't think too many people were disappointed-- just a vocal minority is all! I bet there are still a lot of He-fans out there who haven't even heard of the new line yet, which is why some folks from he-man.org started a group on Facebook just to get the word out. Lemme tell you, He-man's got lots of friends all over the world who are more than a little intetested in what IMO will be the ultimate figures of the Masters!
  17. I just realized that this green and brown Gung-Ho would look awesome in a dio with Tiger Force Duke, Revenge of Cobra Lady Jaye, CP Breaker, and possibly the upcoming Tunnel Rat. Throw in Cluth and the Vamp, and you'd definitely be in business!
  18. Similar thing happened around here where wave 10 showed up before 9, though definitely not this early. But my beloved Pilot Scarlett can never be too early for me!
  19. The new Python Patrol Copperhead looks A-MA-ZING-- both faithful to the original yet not nearly as ridiculous!! If Hasbro can do this to ALL of the later RAH figures, than they must give us the entire line-up of '91-'92, with special attention to Air Gen. Hawk, Mercer, Snake-Eyes, Gold CC, Flak-Viper, and Red-n-tan Duke. This I Command!
  20. I don't know of any customs around, but I have an idea for a dio where I could use maybe ten of those heads on pikes. I'd definitely be interested if anyone's making these.
  21. Wait for clearance... The amount that you would have to spend can buy Animated Shockwave and Animated Ultra Magnus... At post-Christmas clearance price, I might just have to get this guy for my "Convoy of Primes".
  22. A little bit of a tangent, but it looks to me like Hasbro originally designed the '86 B.A.T. after the Viper, as sort of an android version of their new Cobra infantry.
  23. The Modern Era Joes really need a speed boat of their own-- Torpedo's gonna get tired of swimming after that thing with just his flippers!
  24. This board sure has been quiet for awhile... When is Matty going to let us order that Beastman and He-man? December is only a little more than a month away!
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