I saw the Speed Racer (Mahha GoGoGo) movie at the IMAX theater on Saturday. The screen was HUUGGEEEE! I felt it was most appropriate because of the imagery of the film. I thought it was done rather well. Christina Ricci was great as Trixie (Michi Shimura). She was built for live-anime. I was rather impressed with actor Scott Porter, whom they cast for Rex Racer (Kenichi Mifune). He looks exactly like Racer X (Fukumen Racer) from the original anime when he removed his mask for the first and only time in the episode, "The Trick Race". Strangely, Matthew Fox in his Racer X costume looks more like the animated Racer X. Funny how these things work out. I loved the design of the Mach 6, even though it never existed in the anime.
AND NOTHING! You belong to me now.
This is a primed 3" Dunny head on a salvaged 7" Munny body with a scratch-build neck joint. I'm not 100% sure what this will look like when painted, but I have already dremeled some "wear" and "damage" spots on the arms and body to give it a worn look.
I loved UNKL's SUG when it was released in 2005. I didn't really care much for some of the re-paints, but when I visited the newly-reconstructed Kidrobot store in Soho, I saw the orange Search and Rescue SUG and Ulligus. There is also a super limited Urban Recovery version in yellow, however I am a bit more partial to the orange version. I actually saw the Ulligus by itself first and I immediately recognized the UNKL design style and thought it matched the SUG. I immediately purchased the Ulligus, but I thought it would look out of place without the Search and Rescue version of the SUG to match. (My SUG is black and grey.) So, I caved and purchased the hulking figure. I thought it was worth it, however. Better than spending $700 dollars on an Iron Man bust from Side Show.
Update: Looks like I'm a year off! A friend of mine just told me and I also read on various sites that this was released at last year's SDCC. Oh well. My Ulligus has a broken and missing tail. I didn't even KNOW there was a tail- most of the UNKL pics don't show the tail. If it wasn't for the illustrations on the box and some sites, I wouldn't have known. Ah well... Worst case scenario I make a new tail from scratch. Easy.
I saw IRON MAN today with a few friends. Gizmodo called it a 120 minutes of gadget porn and there's nothing wrong with that- frankly, I agree. I was very happy with the movie and was rather impressed with the fact that famed Japanese custom motorcycle company, ZERO ENGINEERING had several bikes that appeared in Tony Stark's garage. Along with the Zero Engineering bikes were two cars I recently fell in love with, the Audi R8 and the all-electric Tesla Roadster. I need a studio like that- supercomputers with holographic displays, awesome cars, robots, wide screen TVs, A.I. systems and a fabrication line... yeah I could live in a place like that, you'd never see me. I liked how the movie dropped little hints and clues towards a future Avengers movie and nods to the film's comic origins.
I thought Robert Downey Jr. was great as Tony Stark as well as Gwyneth Paltrow's (I thought she looked pretty dammed hot.) portrayal of Pepper Potts, Tony's assistant. I was so taken by the cast that I've decided to not shave for a week to see if I can pull off the whole Tony Stark, rebel-genius-look.
I LOVED the SUIT. I briefly toyed with the idea of buying Side Show's Life-Sized bust of the super hero, but at $700 dollars, I decided that it wasn't worth it. The back gets cut off abruptly and that kind of turned me off and it didn't show the whole chest. If it was the shoulders, full chest (with glowing arc-reactor) and back, THEN I'd buy it, but modify it so that it would look like it was being worked on in the lab, with various cables and wires connected to it for diagnostics and adjustments. CRAP. Now I want to buy it again and MAKE the full chest and back. Ah, I can dream, can't I? Speaking of dreams, the stewardess scenes were some of my favorite. A guy can dream, can't he? ONE DAY!
I missed the scene after the credits, but a friend told me what happened. I can't wait for the sequels!