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The Losers: Full of Win?

Ha! I just realized that I had this saved as a draft, and never finished my review. Which makes the title and opening of my review of the movie make no sense. So, it's been awhile since I read this book, but I still think of it fairly often. It's possibly one of the best A-Team style stories I've read or watched. The Losers are a black ops military unit that gets betrayed by a CIA agent known only as Max. They start off just doing a mission for him, and then as they're about to make it out, they get shot down by a missile. After that, things start getting really complicated, completely insane, and kind of fun. I enjoyed the story in the book a lot more than the movie for a couple of reasons. One, Aisha is completely homicidal, and scary, her tone is completely different in the book. Two, there's no silly vibrating egg black hole bombs, just nukes, a lot of them, but still, just nukes. Three is Max, the primary antagonist, what was Max's goal in the movie? Makin

Brave King Ekizer: Lions Are Brave, I guess?

Today I'll be reviewing the first item from Takara's Masterpiece Brave toyline. Takara is mostly known for being the original manufacturer of the majority of the the original Transformers line. After the initial toylines, Takara has pretty maintained a partnership with Hasbro in producing Transformers figures. In the early 90s after Generation 1 died out, there was a period where Transformers simply weren't on the market. During this time, Takara partnered with Bandai to create a series of toyline/cartoons that became known as the Brave series. Takara was responsible for creating the toys, while Sunrise, a subsidiary of Bandai, created the cartoons. Oddly enough, none of the modernized collector's grade toys for these figures have been made by Takara, until now. Takara's first toy under the masterpiece line was actually the Transformer Optimus Prime, and until now, all of their masterpiece figures have been Transformers, which have been closer to the toy en

Enslaved: Odyssey To The West

It was interesting to play this game in such quick succession after Majin. Both games fit into what I call the "partner game" genre, but at the same time, they're radically different. First off, whereas Majin had you exploring an open world, with the ability to go back and forth to prior locations with ease, Enslaved is very much level based, meaning once you've beat one level, it just shunts you along to the next. The other is the relation between the two partner characters, you play as Monkey in this game, who is both a powerhouse, and an incredibly agile climber. Trip is your partner, who is a relatively unskilled fighter, but she has a great amount of technical ability, as well as a number of useful gadgets. Okay, I'm going to stop comparing this game to Majin now, because it just doesn't seem that interesting anymore. So, premise: It's the far future, the world has been wrecked, cities crumbled, and the native life has reclaimed much of it. It

Majin & the Forsaken Kingdom: It's Crap, But It's My Kind Of Crap

One of many games that I received as a gift for Christmas, and which you will be reading subsequent reviews of. Majin is an adventure/puzzle game, where you play a guy raised by animals in the forest, with the rare ability of actually being able to talk to animals. He sets out on a quest to rescue the kingdom from a dark gooey plague that's slowly taking everything over and transforming it. The secret to achieving this goal is to find the legendary Majin, who ate all of the darkness in the past. Really, the Majin is the star of the game here, but you don't directly control him, you control the animal talker, which is coincidentally an ability you need to have in order to understand the Majin. The Majin is slow-witted, innocent, and powerful. After freeing him, he will follow you around like a lost puppy, and happily smack on any enemies that trouble you. You can also issue commands to him, ranging from telling him to wait in a particular spot, to lifting a gate, or using

GX-44S Tetsujin-28 Vs Black Ox: The One SOC I Regret Buying.

On the block today, we have the Tetsujin-28 VS Black Ox giftset. This is what I get when I buy things too impulsively. So, prerequisite background. Tetsujing-28 is often credited with being the first super robot. I'm not saying that's false, or that there's a competitor for that title, I'm just not willing to speak with that much conviction based on info I read on Wikipedia. No matter how you look at it though, Tetsujin is old, he first appeared in his own manga in 1956. He stands out from most other super robots in that he's neither autonomous, nor piloted. He's actually remote controlled. His primary combatant is the sinister looking Black Ox. Now, the designs that this set are based on, are not actually the designs from the 1956 manga, but rather a more modern reimagining, I don't know exactly when, because my only source, Wikipedia, didn't have any information on it. Part of the reason I don't enjoy this set very much is because it'