Sunday, September 18, 2011


I guess Jun had to go back to basics of playing when he met Happy.


How do you spend a weekend with a friend that you haven't seen for the longest time?

Jun's been here since Friday night. Since then, we haven't had any decent sleep nor rest. We've been stuffing our faces with so much food that our tummies feel like it's goin to burst.

We have a long day ahead us. Even right now that I just woke up, my body is nagging me to stay put.

I'm trying to convince myself that today's agenda would be worthy of the aches but will definitely take it's toll on everyone. We're about to go to Staple's Center as Jun requested. We're not there to watch a game nor go to an event. He wants his picture taken in front of the freakin stadium!


Monday, September 05, 2011

SDCC exclusive Swamp Thing

Crowded as it may be, the Con is still worth goin to. Three good reasons to go to would be, the latest updates with toys, cosplayers and exclusives.

Packaging comparison
Swamp Thing

One particular exclusive would be worth getting is Mattel’s DCU Swamp Thing.

Swamp Thing

Just by looking at it, you’d think that this was a statue. The only visible joints would be the hips and shoulders.

When previews came out on the web, they explained that the rest of the joints would be concealed and had some sort of an endoskeleton, but it was just an experiment and they wanted to find out how the public would react.

Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

When I got hold of one, I immediately opened it expecting to get a grotesque figure of Barbie gone wrong. To my surprise, it was a decent figure.

Rubber feet
Swamp Thing

Yes, it was Barbie disguised as an action figure. But I liked it. I did not even bother how the boxed looked like, or with the packaging that it came with. Shaped in the Swamp Thing’s head, this by the way was made of pulp material.

Indeed, articulation was an issue. It was limited. But come on. I may not be that familiar with the character, but I don’t think you need to pose him like Snake Eye’s or Spider-Man having their limbs all stretched out. Correct me if I’m wrong but this guy looks slow. Like a couch potato that would barely even move to grab a soda sitting on a table in front of him.

Making him stand in one leg can be a task. Since both of his feet is mostly made of rubber.

Swamp Thing

Again, another issue would be the creases that would be visible once you started bending the joints. This is minimal and barely noticeable, probably because of the material they used for the skin which I think is made of rubber. And texture feels right. It sticks to your finger which adds character to the figure.

Creases on the elbow joints
Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

Creases on the knee joints
Swamp Thing

Swamp Thing

The figures design was done with intricate details, from the mushrooms growing on the limbs, flowers blooming on his chest and the red eyes which add contrast. It was nicely done.

Besides the figure, it came with a base, a pamphlet, a box shaped as a head and the Un-Men.

Swamp Thing

Size comparison

If you were to grab any of the SDCC exclusives for this year, add this to your list, and you won’t be disappointed.

I rate this figure: 8.5 out of 10