2020 and 2021 dealt massive blows to southwest Louisiana. Between COVID-19, a massive freeze, and two hurricanes (one was the largest in over 200 years to hit Louisiana), the area saw numerous businesses close, lifelong citizens move away due to damage or total destruction of their homes, and many events, including Mardi Gras, were cancelled or postponed. The area is still recovering from Hurricane Laura and slowly making a comeback from the other tragedies as well. Thankfully one event is returning tomorrow night at a new venue. The Lake Charles Film Festival will make its triumphant return on October 1st and 2nd and the Cinemark Theater located at the Prien Lake Mall.
The festival will begin showing films at 6PM on Friday evening and will wrap up with an awards ceremony on Saturday evening. This will be the first time that the festival will take place in an actual movie theater, so the staff is very excited about this year’s event. COVID-19 protocols will be in place, so bring a mask for the event. Tickets are extremely limited, so be sure to purchase them online prior to arrival to secure your seat. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door, exact cash only. More information can be found at www.lakecharlesfilmfestival.com.
I hope to see you at this event! If you do come, say hello and let me know what you think about my blog. Remember, tomorrow begins the annual Thirty-One Days O’Horror event on my page, so I hope you’ll check out the first post tomorrow!
Thirty-One Days O’Horror is quite possibly my favorite blog category. Over the last couple of years I’ve focused on posting once per day during the month of October with some horror or Halloween related topic. 2019 saw me watch thirty-two classic Universal Monsters films. 2020 was a tad lighthearted thanks to its focus on Disney horror fare from films and television shows to theme park attractions. 2021 is going to be brutal. In fact, you could say that it’s going to pound terror into your hearts! Yep, kids, your old pal Ken is going to watch thirty-one Hammer Horror films for the month of October!
I’ll be taking a look at some classic Hammer films such as The Curse of the Werewolf (1961) and The Mummy (1959). I’ll also review a few of Hammer’s more recent productions such as Wake Wood (2011) and Let Me In (2010). I might even slip in a few choice episodes of Hammer’s 1980 anthology series Hammer House of Horror.
Of course, no series about Hammer Horror would be complete without mentioning at least a few of the films in the unending battle between Dracula and Doctor Van Helsing. Portrayed by Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, respectively, this dynamic duo would appear in numerous Hammer productions both individually and with one another.
I will do my best to post each and every day in October. If I manage to do so, this will be the third year in a row that I’ll have celebrated Halloween all month long. I’d love to know if any of my readers would like me to review specific Hammer films. I’m open to pretty much anything as long as it falls in their horror category. Let me know in the comments if you want me to take a look at anything specific.
Be sure to join me next month as I take a deep dive into the horror of Hammer Productions. I hope that you enjoy each post. Like and share the ones that you love and let me know how you feel about the films as well. As always, thanks for reading my post. Halloween is almost here!
“I am Robin. Son of Batman. And That’s All You Need To Know.”
Say what you want about the cocky offspring of the Dark Knight, Damian Wayne does his own thing with his own style. It’s one of the reasons that I love Damian as Robin in the world of DC Comics. He’s my favorite Robin of all time despite still being relatively new when compared to the legacy of other characters who wore the “R” over their hearts like Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Carrie Kelley.
This figure captures Robin from the DC Rebirth Teen Titans run. As with almost every other figure in the McFarlane DC Multiverse line, Robin is loaded with details. His gauntlets are wonderfully molded and his cape (soft plastic) is textured. Robin’s face is inspired by the artwork from the comics, so he doesn’t necessarily look like a real human but I still love his look. He has laced-up boots that feature plenty of amazing detail. They are probably my favorite thing about this figure in general. The suit has a ton of detail as well.
Robin comes with three accessories: a sword, a pair of throwing stars, and a display stand. Unlike many figures in this line, Robin doesn’t necessarily need the stand to hold a pose. His articulation is excellent and only slightly hindered by his collar and cape. He can securely hold his sword in either hand. His throwing stars are a bit awkward but you can fit them into his hands. If you decide to display with the stars, be sure to keep a watchful eye on them as they can easily fall out of his hands. Robin also comes with a collectible card.
The paint applications are fairly well done but there are a few blemishes on the figure. The most notable ones are found on his shirt (yellow clasps and yellow trim). Other than those two blemishes, nothing else is too noticeable. The colors on the figure pop in general and this makes Robin an eye-catching addition to any collector’s shelf.
I love this figure. He’s a great representation of one of my favorite DC characters. If you’re a fan of Robin, Damian Wayne, or Batman in general, grab this figure.
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“Gone! Gone, the form of man! Rise, the Demon Etrigan!”
McFarlane Toys raises a little bit of Hell with its recently released The Demon 7″ figure. Of course, fans of DC Comics and especially fans of the Demon know that this big guy is Etrigan the Demon, the beast that is eternally bonded to the Arthurian knight known as Jason Blood. Etrigan captured my heart about ten years ago when I first read about him in the Flashpoint Paradox. I loved how he spoke in rhyme. After reading about the character, I decided to look into more of his stories. From Blackest Night to Demon Knights and in his adventures with other characters such as Swamp Thing, Etrigan won me over.
When I saw Etrigan on the shelf, I quickly snagged him. The figure is massive. He’s broadly built and very heavy compared to other figures in the line. The sculpt on the figure is amazing. The paint applications are excellent as well. The folks at McFarlane spent a ton of time paying attention to Etrigan’s facial features, armor, and his cape. They are all very well done.
Etrigan comes with only two accessories. He comes with a sword that is somewhat difficult to put into his hand. He also comes with the standard DC base that all of the figures in this line feature. Other than those two items, accessories are pretty bare. I do wish that McFarlane had included at least one other set of hands or even an extra head. Etrigan also comes with a collector card.
The figure’s articulation is pretty good. With his bulky armor it can be a tad difficult (and painful, those spikes hurt) to position the figure in a decent pose. I had quite a bit of trouble keeping Etrigan from falling over even when using the included stand. Etrigan’s leg and waist POA are very loose. This caused him to lean forward in just about every position that I put him.
Aside from the difficulties that I had posing the figure and the lack of accessories, The Demon is a very nice figure and he’d look great in any action figure collection. The detailing is amazing and Etrigan simply looks fierce. Add him to your collection. You won’t regret it.
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No matter what you think about Kevin Smith’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, you’ve got to admit that the coolest thing that it gave us is some awesome new figures. I am in love with all of these new figures and hope to review most of them in the coming months. I’ve already reviewed a couple of the other figures in this line, but now I want to focus on the figure that all of the old school fans want to get their hands on: He-Man.
He-Man comes in a beautiful box just like every other figure in this line. The back of the box features a great illustration of He-man and shows four of the figures in the line. The only two missing are Battle Cat and Skelegod.
The figure comes with two sets of hands (one pair gripped for accessories, one closed fist, and one open hand suitable for slapping Skeletor), the Sword of Power, He-Man’s iconic shield, and a bracer that fits over his left forearm. The bracer can be removed and the shield will easily slide over He-Man’s left arm. Use the “slapping” hand to hold it in position (at least in my opinion). The shield does fit a bit loose, but if you tuck He-Man’s arms up, the shield will stay in place.
As with every other figure in this line, Mattel states that there are thirty points of articulation. I count twenty-seven on He-Man and have yet to county thirty on any other figure in this line. The joints are hit-and-miss just like the Skelegod figure. The arm POA are very stiff and the leg POA and the torso POA are loose. He-Man does manage to stand on his own quite well, but I display him with a NECA figure stand to keep him from falling over on my shelf.
The figure looks amazing. He’s very reminiscent of the classic He-Man that I grew up with but has a slightly updated look. His face is also gentler looking than the fierce classic look of He-Man. That being said, the figure is pretty cool and he looks great standing alongside Battle Cat. It should be noted that he sits awkwardly on the back of Battle Cat. I couldn’t manage to get him to stay in place. That doesn’t really matter to me that much as I prefer to display them standing side by side but I wanted to make you aware of this particular issue.
Definitely get your hands on this figure. Be sure to pick up Battle Cat as well as the duo make a great looking pair on a shelf. Thanks for checking out my post. I hope to review more of these MOTU figures soon.
I was recently offered the opportunity to review the Mattel Masters of the Universe: Revelation Skelegod deluxe action figure. To say that I was just a tad excited is an understatement. I jumped at the chance to get my hands on this 7.5″ tall beast of a figure. Once I got it in hand, I was rather impressed with the overall look of the figure and couldn’t wait to open the box.
The box itself is a work of art. Featuring an amazing illustration of Skelegod in all of his glory on the back and one side, it’s definitely eye-catching. The back of the box also features all of the other characters currently available in the line including Battle Cat. You can read my review of that particular figure here.
The figure is very impressive. He’s big and has a lot of weight to himself. Skelegod comes with two sets of interchangeable hands (one pair of open hands and one pair of hands that grip accessories). He also comes with the Sword of Power and a green energy burst that can be attached to the gripping hands. Despite the translucent green molding, the burst and the area around Skelegod’s neck are not glow-in-the-dark. This was sort of a letdown if I’m being completely honest.
The box declares that this figure has thirty points of articulation but just like Battle Cat, I can’t seem to find all of these points. The articulation as a whole is hit and miss. Many of the joints are loose to the point of being difficult to set into position (especially the leg joints from the knee down). Other joints are very tight, especially the shoulders. Despite the loose leg joints, I was able to position the figure and keep him standing with the use of a NECA figure stand. The bracers, shoulder pads, and loin cloth are all made of very pliable plastic. The bracers slip off easily once you remove the hands. They also move easily on the figure’s wrists.
One of the coolest things about this figure in my opinion is his soft goods cape. The cape features two heavy plastic studs that give it weight and it looks great on the figure. You can also remove the cape if you’d like. It sits on the back of the figure on a small slot and is secured with two metal studs that lock into place.
The figure’s paint applications are excellent. They are a perfect blend of bright greens, dark blues, blacks, and different shades of purple. The skull face and the horns also look great. As I’ve already stated, this figure is visually stunning and he is second only to Ming the Merciless when it comes to his overall look. Skelegod looks awesome on my shelf next to Ming, Bizarro, and other six and seven inch figures.
You’d be a bungling buffoon if you didn’t purchase this figure for your Masters of the Universe collection. The legs are a bit of a concern but use a stand and your figure should be just fine on your shelf. Thanks for checking out my post. I have another MOTU post coming tomorrow, so be on the lookout for that! Nyaaaaahhh!!!!
“Don’t let’em tell you that there’s too much noise….”
I’ve been impatiently waiting for the release of The Loyal Subjects’ BEST AXN KISS The Spaceman. I liked the Demon figure released earlier this year despite having a few hangups about it and, in all honesty, I have a few hangups about the Spaceman figure as well.
For those of you who aren’t aware, the Spaceman is based off of the look of Ace “Space Ace” Frehley from KISS’ 1976 Destroyer Tour. The figure comes with two sets of hands, a microphone with stand, a BST AXN sticker, and two of Ace’s iconic guitars, his Tobacco Burst Les Paul and his Ibanez Destroyer 2459. It also features twenty-two points of articulation.
The figure’s mold is pretty good with decent paint applications. Unfortunately the knees and feet are somewhat hindered and don’t allow the figure to be posed in one of Ace’s most memorable positions, arched back on his knees while shredding a solo. The paint on the Les Paul guitar is also a bit of a letdown but it’s passable enough. The strap also lacks the star field pattern from the tour. Other than those gripes, however, the figure is pretty solid.
The packaging is excellent. Unlike the Demon figure which features a photo from the Reunion Tour, this packaging features photos of Ace from the Destroyer Tour. I’m hoping that we get a Paul Stanley and a Peter Criss figure soon. Unfortunately I received information directly from The Loyal Subjects saying that an Eric Carr figure will not happen due to legal issues with the family. Hopefully we’ll get an Eric Singer, Tommy Thayer, and a Vinnie Vincent figure in this line as well.
Should you get this figure? If you’re an Ace Frehley or KISS fan, definitely snag this figure if you see it in the wild. I’ll probably end up placing this figure back into its packaging and leave it on display in its box as posing this figure and the Gene Simmons “Demon” figure is a tad awkward.
Thanks for checking out my post. I have TWO special Masters of the Universe figure reviews coming up this week. I also have a surprise McFarlane figure review on the way as well. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to see Shang-Chi later this week and review it as well.
I picked up this Bat-Tech Flyer from Spin Master for one reason and one reason alone: Mr. Freeze. I have yet to find the Target Exclusive Single Carded Mr. Freeze action figure, so when I saw this one I didn’t hesitate to pick it up. This set comes with two action figures, Mr. Freeze and a Bat-Tech Batman, and the Bat-Tech Flyer. Except for the two bombs that come with the Flyer, there are no accessories. I find that to be quite odd, especially considering how Spin Master loves to load up most of their toys with accessories. Of course, I gripe about the excess of accessories in my Spin Master reviews, so I guess I’ll just keep my mouth shut on the matter.
The figures come with the standard points of articulation that are par for the course for this line. The only difference is that Mr. Freeze cannot turn his head because of his dome. They are brightly colored as well. With zero accessories (I know, griping again) you’ll have to rely on weapons, jet packs, etc. from other figures in this line.
The flyer is pretty cool looking. The two bombs that come with it simply pop into and out of their slots and can be used to spoil the plans of Gotham’s finest villains. The cover opens and you can place any of the Spin Master figures in the cockpit. Please note that Batman’s cape can get in the way of the latch that closes the cover. Also, Batman’s hands don’t fit very well on the cockpit controls.
The flyer isn’t necessarily my favorite vehicle in this line because of the awkwardness of setting figures in it, but it’s sleek design and Batwing-like looks makes my heart go a bit soft. I don’t want to hammer the flyer for being a tad underwhelming playwise, but I don’t want to make it out to be something amazing. Kids will love it but I don’t know how long it will hold their interest.
I also picked up an apparently rare Bat-Tech Batman figure. He’s the first new carded figure that I’ve seen on a peg in a long time. I don’t know if Walmart and Target are holding back their stock or what, but all I’ve been seeing in my area are the Rebirth Batman figures in the Bat-Tech packaging and a few Jokers, Riddlers, and Robins from Wave 6. These have been on the pegs since the beginning of spring. I haven’t seen the Wave 6 Batgirl figure nor have I seen any Wave 7 figures including Harley Quinn, Mr. Freeze, or Deathstroke. Then again, I’m not sure when that particular wave is going to hit. To be quite honest, outside of the flyer and one multi-figure pack, Spin Master’s shelf presence has been pretty dead in my area.
The Batman figure features shiny silver and grey paint applications with blue and white trim. He’s a nice figure that looks wonderful on my display shelf. He comes with three accessories and features the standard points of articulation for this line. As you can see in the photo below, he’s very difficult to take photos of as well (at least in my case).
With almost no new product on the shelves from Spin Master, I’ve been venturing into other figure lines. I have two Masters of the Universe reviews coming soon and I’m also going to review the new Shang-Chi film. Unfortunately I can’t give a review of Louisiana Comic Con because it was cancelled at the last minute due to Hurricane Ida. I completely understand why they cancelled and hope to attend next year.
Thanks for checking out my post. See you again soon!