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Showing posts from January, 2010

Magna Carta 2: Shelved

As anyone will tell you, I like me a good old school RPG. Which isn't quite what Magna Carta 2 is. It kind of feels like another iteration of a single player RPG trying to emulate how an MMO works. You run around the various areas, and when you come upon an enemy, you hit a button to enter combat mode, at which point, whatever character you have selected as the leader, is under your control, and the other two characters are in the hands of the computer. You select and perform your attacks in real time, and you can switch between characters at any point. This has a slightly different twist on the classic formula, by giving you a stamina bar, every action you perform fills up the stamina bar, fill it up completely, and then you get a few seconds to perform attacks in an overcharge mode where you deal more damage, once that's complete, however, you overheat, and can't move for a short while, as well as not being able to attack for a longer while. This gets a little frustratin…

CM's Star Gaogaigar

So, this is Star Gaogaigar from the King of Braves Gaogaigar cartoon, one of the infamous Brave series of cartoons. Basically, the Brave series was a handful of cartoons with toylines supported by Takara after the original Transformers line had stopped being profitable. Each series was unrelated to the last, and was heavily aimed towards selling toys, featuring a lot of combining figures, especially centered around a central hero character, which would combine with just about everything else under the sun for various upgrades. A lot of Transformers fans consider the toys to these cartoons as the spiritual successors of the original Transformers line.

I've never watched the cartoon, so instead, here's the opening:

Now that that's out of the way, look at that box! It's huge! Height and width, it's about on par with the larger Soul of Chogokin boxes, but the thing that's really odd about it, is that it's just as deep as it is tall, if you look at it from the sid…