Saturday, June 30, 2012

Dragon Private First Class "Cappy"

In my honest opinion, Saving Private Ryan is one of the best WW2 movies.
A pity that Hot Toys did not pick up this licence given they had a go at another war movie "Platoon".
However, DiD & Soldier Story have done some of the characters, namely Captain Miller and Private Daniel.
DiD & Soldier Story did not have the licence to produce figures for the movie but we all know that the inspiration for these figures came from it.
Now Dragon has joined the bandwagon and produced a whopping 6 figures, almost completing the team.
In terms of sculpting and accessories, Dragon's standard is not as good as DiD but it comes in at a cheaper price point.
I only picked up Private First Class "Cappy" which supposed to represent Vin Diesel as Private First Class Adrian Caparzo in the movie because I think Dragon managed to pull off a very commendable sculpt for this figure.

Nothing fanciful about the packaging. It has a sleeve cover which showcases the figure in front. At the back, it has more pictures highlighting the face and some of the accessories.
It also has a little write up of Private First Class "Cappy".
Removing the sleeve, you have the box that holds the figure. On the front, it showcases the silhoutte of the 6 figures released which represents the characters from the movie.
Opening the box, the left side holds the figures while the right holds the accessories.

The sculpt is pretty good. You can instantly recognise that this is Vin Diesel. Must be the big nose I guess.
There is also some texture to the skin which is the norm now from 12" toy companies. With the texture, it makes the sculpt ever more realistic.
Painting is also pretty good. It complements the good sculpt.

The accessories are pretty decent but not as much as DiD usually offer.
If you are a sucker for movie accuracy, the accessories are not fully what Private First Class Adrian Caparzo carries in the movie. If I am not wrong, a wire cutter and bayonet are missing.
Dragon made the service boots look like they are coated with gritty sand from the beach at the foot of the cliff, making him look like he just waded through the surf. I think it was a pretty good touch.

The bad part of this figure is the quality the accessories.
The small rings and hooks on some of the accessories tend to easily come off. The boots also tend to tear if you stretch it too much. So do handle it with care.

Full gear

Even though the price point for this figure is considered very cheap for a 12" figure in this current toy market, I am quite disappointed with the overall quality of the accessories. I expected a certain level of quality control.
Overall, a nice figure to have, to complement my DiD's Captain Miller and Private Daniel.

All geared up!

Director's cut. What you did not see in the movie

Saturday, June 16, 2012

It's not always cool to have superpowers!

Don't you get are not good enough!

I recently came across an article on the top 10 lamest superpowers on Yahoo news and it really cracked me up!
Hence I went searching for more of such lists to share with you guys.
It's not always cool to have superpowers!

Arm Fall Off Boy
Arm Fall Off Boy is a DC Comics superhero from the 30th century.
He has the ability to detach his own limbs, which he can then use as a club!.
OMG...who would want to have such a superpower? I rather have my arms where they are and carry a proper club!

Matter Eater Lad
Matter-Eater Lad (real name Tenzil Kem) is a superhero in the DC Universe.
He possesses the power to eat matter in all forms. Come on! The ability to eat anything?! Too bad he wasn't a cannibal or else he could just gobble up his least he would be of some use.

Bouncing Boy
Well you guessed it...he can turn himself into a ball by inflating himself.
I guess when the superheroes are having recreational day, he could be used as a ball for some game.

The Red Bee
The Red Bee power is beyond ridiculous. During a fight, he will open one of his belt compartment to release...wait for it...a single bee!
Not a radioactive super bee, or an exotically poisonous one, but a regular, trained bee to sting his enemies. least he could train a swamp of bees which would at least make him a little less lame.
Oh...I dont even want to talk about his costume!

Color Kid
Color Kid has the ability to change the color of things.
Seriously how could this even be useful?
Apparently Color Kid liked to confuse his flying enemies by switching the colors of the ground and the sky, but any enemy stupid enough to fall for that would probably get creamed anyway.

Cypher (a.k.a. Doug Ramsey) was a member of the “New Mutants” which was an affiliate of the X-Men. He has the ability to decipher anything, from languages and secret codes and stuff.
I guess he would be no use in a fight but at least if the X-Men wanted to work the DVD but the manual was in Japanese, Cypher would save the day!

Dogwelder was part of a superhero team known as Section Eight which was a band of these crazy guys that fought crime in rather inane ways.
He wears a silver welder’s outfit that basically just goes around welding stray dogs to villains’ faces.
OMG...I guess SPCA will be knocking on his door pretty soon.

Stone Boy
This is one of my favourite lame superpowers.
Yes it is Stone Boy.
He has the ability to turn himself into stone. Well that does not sound to lame right...well you have not heard the rest of it.
Once he turns himeself into stone, he can't talk, move or do anything. He is basically a statue.
Well at least his allies can throw him at his enemies.

This is just my favourite and there are stil so much more lame superheroes in the comic world!
I wonder if they will ever make it to the silver screen.


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