25.3.09

WATCHMEN BE@BRICK SET (100% + 400%)

Japan's Medicom Toy is soliciting pre-orders for a limited edition WATCHMEN BE@RBRICK 100% + 400% (FYI: 100% = 70mm tall / 400% = 280mm tall) - with a May 2009-release date.

Priced at 7,140YEN (US$73) - you ca pre-order the set now @ www.bearbrick.com/wmbear. The only catch is orders outside of Japan will not be accepted. Try alternative online-venues here or here

The Comedian-yellow with red-stain does seem a tad kitschy, IMHO. I'd rather go for the full-on character WATCHMEN BE@RBRICKS meself :p

20.3.09

SATURDAY MORNING WATCHMEN


Why I have posted this earlier (even after watching it) - I have no idea.

TOYBREAK REVIEWS WATCHMEN WAVE 2 ACTION FIGURES


The folks from ToyBreak / October Toys (aka Goerge & Ayleen Gaspar, & Neil Winn) take a look at the second wave of DC Direct Watchmen action figures including Classic Silk Spectre, Classic Nite Owl, Dr. Manhattan, and the Comedian! [Wave 1 Reviewed]

RORSCHACH UNMASKED EXCLUSIVE VARIANT ACTION FIGURE

RORSCHACH-VARIANT
[*More snaps to come*]

18.3.09

WHO WATCHES WALL*E?


What if Pixar's Wall*E was directed by Zack Snyder? = a fan-made trailer that rawks my funny nerd-bone so much that I'm left muffling my hyena-giggles at 1AM in the morning. Good Stuff this, IMHO :)

Source: Julius Marx (AFI) Twitter

17.3.09

TOYBREAK REVIEWS WATCHMEN ACTION FIGURES


Check out more toy-news and reviews on Toy Break

7.3.09

WORLD IN FOCUS: 6 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT


An episode of late night UK current affairs review World In Focus aired in October 1985, in which photo-journalist Alain Guillon and author Hal Eisner discuss the emerging geopolitical crisis with presenter Jeremy Miller. The recording purports to have originated from the Veidt Industries video archive. It details its source as 'KARNAK' the significance of which is unclear.

Source: The New Frontiersman

A lil' googling reveals 'KARNAK' to be: "a vast conglomeration of ruined temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. It is located near Luxor in Egypt. This was ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut ("The Most Selected of Places"), the main place of worship of the Theban Triad with Amun as its head, in the monumental city of Thebes." [wiki].


Whether this ties in to Adrian's fascination with Pharaohs, or if this is in any way related to the complex he has built in Antarctica, remains to be seen ... of course it does! I'm just being journalist-y withya! LOL :p

The image of Karnak [via wiki] is haunting familar tho ... heh.

ZACK SNYDER ON W MAGAZINE

Ali from W Magazine Online drops word of their recent profile of Watchmen director Zack Snyder [PEEP] which features some choice titbits, the mention of Snyder currently working on an animated film about owls, and an awesome tattoo on his back.

Ironically, the only "superhero"-character in the movie that (visually) does have a tattoo - was Dr Manhattan, who gave himself one on the forehead. heh.

EXERPT FROM W-INTERVIEW: With all sorts of media competing for viewers, Snyder very cannily realizes why he has to push the limits. “Everyone has a pretty great television now, and you’d better f---ing give them a reason to get up off their sofa and go to the movies,” he says. But, unsurprisingly, the first thing Warner Bros.’ top execs said when they saw Watchmen was “‘Too violent, too sexy, too long,’” recounts Snyder. “I say that’s the reason to go see it.”

Source: Exerpt-Text & Image via W / Cheers for the headsup, Ali!

BLACK FREIGHTER COMIC BOOK PAGES

[Below-Left]: An issue of DC Comics' TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER, first published in the 1960s and reprinted in December 1985.

[Below-Right]: The title page of MAROONED!, a two-part story occupying issues twenty-three and twenty-four of TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER.

- "Walt Feinberg is a cartoonist who worked in Marooned. He also works with New Frontiersman" [wiki] = No doubt "Walt" is Dave Gibbons (the artwork is too similar to not be), IMHO.

- "Max Shea is the artist who wrote Marooned. He disappeared almost simultaneously with other artists." = You really must read Max's full story on wiki, and while Max is written as a character in the Watchmen-Universe, original writer Alan Moore has disavowed his participation in the film.


[Above-Left] An advertisment for Adrian Veidt's self-help program THE VEIDT METHOD, appearing on the back of an issue of TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER.

[Above-Right] An advertisement for the range of Ozymandias action figures appearing on the back of an issue of TALES OF THE BLACK FREIGHTER.

Without a doubt (and with total bias-ness), one of my fav scenes in the WATCHMEN movie, is when [SPOILER-BEGINS /// Dan Dreiberg holds up a Ozymandias action figure, which is displayed alongside the other action figures, in Adrian Veidt's office /// END-SPOILER] in one of the scenes from the comicbook adapted for the big-screen = *Cool*

Source: The New Frontiersman

1/6 DC DIRECT DR MANHATTAN ACTION FIGURE REVIEWED

DC-MANHATTAN

... No, the Blue Man Group didn't get themselves made into action figures - but rather these are images from Michael Crawford's review of DC Direct's Watchmen 13 inch Deluxe Dr. Manhattan action figure [Seen @ NYCC-09 & SDCC-08] ... and nope, there ain't no exposed glowing-bits on this man-dolly. heh.

I'd lurve to have a Rorschach and The Comedian tho ... heh.

6.3.09

TOYSREVIL WATCHES THE WATCHMEN (SHORT VERSION)

First and foremost, WATCHMEN - for all intents and purposes is a "genre" movie. Make no mistake, this may not be your run-of-the-mill popcorn flick for the masses, nor a generic date movie for the uninitiated. And with a M18 rating in Singapore ("Mature 18") it sure isn't for the kiddies.

From the fanboy point of view, expectations are high, not just the question of it being faithful to the revered source material, but of it's ability to adapt it unto the silver screen - to awe and astound the harshest of pop culture perusers.

What's in store for the uninitiated? An accessible story? An entertaining movie experience just seventeen minutes shy of three hours? Is it worth all the hype it's been building up to be? Does it have as much slow-motion moments, as it did director Zack Snyder's 300? The answers are varied. See the list below for the "Short Version" with *minor spoilers*.
[FYI: The "Long Version" to come will be spoilerific].

The hype will bring both fanboys and the curious to the cinema. The current superhero-slash-costume celluloid-parade will ensure cinema seats be filled, and popcorn overflowing, cascading down the aisles. Let's be frank, folks couldn't get enough of The Dark Knight, had developed a taste for metallic with Iron Man, and can't wait for Wolverine to snikt-pop his claws.

Flawed mortal men and women performing non-mortal feats wearing dark-tight-leather and muted spandex is the eye-candy rage and guilty-free fantasy escapade for the near-decade old millennium, and looks set to last longer than anyone would have dared expect nor imagined it to. We like our heroes (super or non) in costume. Regular joes with superpowers are so reality tv reruns (But I still like me my HEROES ;p). Fanboys rejoice. Everyone else gets a taste of geekdom long since buried under a hush-loud of shame and ridicule. Man, it's such a great time to geek-out now!




SHORT-VERSION / *MINOR SPOILERS*:

- It was as faithful as it could get (IMHO), in an uncomfortable marriage between comicbook-brilliance, and cinematic cheese-cake. Tasty tho. Oh so tasty.

- It was too faithful to a fault, to be able to let the adaptation breathe on it's own. But if you hold your breathe til you turn Dr Manhattan-blue? All will make sense.

- If you dislike ("hate" is too strong a word, but if it be so, then you'd hate this film) Zack Snyder's slow-motion style from 300, then this might irk you. But I heart it to bits, and feels it's justified in the context of freeze-framing a moment within a sequence of moving visuals, very much like the 2D illustrated panels within the pages of comicbook.

- Even I who is familiar with the source material, found it hard at certain moments to catch up with what the movie was trying to tell me, which I fear would alienate those who do not know the story beforehand. The Dr Manhattan-flashback was one key moment which I felt did not translate as well.

- The apprehension of seeing a glowing blue-schlong is softened by the supple nakedness of a young second generation female crime-fighter. I feel dirty after typing that ... actually no, not really.

- The exclusion of costumed super-villains, I feel, waters the movie down a tad.

- Some significant story-tweaks and changes that bugged me at first, but upon gentle reflection, seems the better possible way to engage the audience given the context in modern times, versus the two decade old source material. More geo-political rather than conceptual.

- The pop soundtrack positively glows with nostalgia (I smiled when 99 Red Balloons blared), while the score was a strange and somewhat uneasy fit with the visuals, some parts dragging e back to Vangelis' Blade Runner. Still can't decide if that's good or bad.

- The costumes are darned cool. The actors are (unfortunately) quasi-flaccid, with the distinct exception of Jackie Earle Haley as "Walter Kovacs" aka "Rorschach", and Carla Gugino as "mummy" Silk Spectre.

- Yellow is the new Black.

- Is it worth all the hype. Yes, and then some! But then again, I am thoroughly biased in this regard. *cough*


[March 5th 2009 / 2:35PM screening]

4.3.09

8 TV SPOTS AND ONE TRAILER


8 TV Spots and 1 Trailer for WATCHMEN. Scheduled to premiere worldwide on March 6th (including Singapore - whoo-hoo!). Gawds but am I excited! It's gonna be a sweet Friday to come this week, IMHO!

RETRIBUTION


OUR ONLY HOPE


NEVER SEEN


MATTER OF TIME

DR MANHATTAN END COUNTDOWN


LATEX


END COUNTDOWN


WM TV TONIGHT

3.3.09

6 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Superhero Hype reports of the newly launched 6minutestomidnight.com website - whereby you "enter your name to experience a 10-minute long interactive trailer for Watchmen. You will enter the world of Watchmen, interact with one of the characters, and unlock exclusive content from the film."


It begins with a Rorschach audio-monologue as he walks thru the darkened streets - after which you will be prompted to decipher a rorschach blot test image. Both my answers were wrong**, and I had lost interest by then. I lurv meself a good online campaign, but jumping thru hoops is something I would indulge in if I had the time and patience to. I think I'll just have to wait til March 6th when the movie premieres, to enjoy the experience.

**My answers were (1) Wings Flapping, and (2) A Happy Girl. Rorschach then tells me to "Think about your parents, their disappointment ... Try Again."

UPDATE: Passwords via an anonymous tipster (haven't check them out yet tho :p)

gun - ozymandias
hat - rorschach
glasses - nite owl
woman - silk spectre
helicopter - dr manhattan
smile - comedian

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