Transformers Prime – Beast Hunters – Predacons Rising

Chronicles the epic battle between the Decepticons and the Autobots in their mission to defend Earth and one day restore their home planet of Cybertron.

This is a sweet ending to the Transformers Prime series, it has been an amazing series with a fantastic storyline development with this 60 minute movie being the perfect final twist. With the end of the series I wasn’t satisfied but with this I was, but I can’t get enough of Peter Cullen, his voice will forever be the guiding voice of Optimus Prime. I couldn’t believe the ending, but I won’t ruin it for anyone but it was a hell of a final battle. I hope that Transformers continue on its success with the new movie and then another animation comes out, since this new one has a lot based on the next stage of the Transformers. If you enjoyed the series you will love this short movie.

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Alan & Robin Thicke

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This never even crossed my mind, Robin Thicke is the son of Alan Thicke. Mr Seaver from growing pains, next to each other you can tell the similarities but the thought never even crossed my mind at all. One of the most famous fathers from the 80s, is father to a platinum winning musician. Their characters seem very different, when Robin Thicke comes off as smooth and chill while Alan Thicke comes off as charismatic and upbeat. Now that’s something that I didn’t know.

Review: Some From Nothing The Art Of Rap

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A documentary on rap music and its rise to global prominence.

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If you have any inclination to hip hop then you will love this movie, its about the art of hip hop & rap over the past 40 years with an inside view from Ice T. Going from the East Coast to the West Coast, you get a taste of all the talent and what they did to get where they are, and what they believe in and what is there process for their art form. Honestly it was amazing watching some of them freestyle like that, watching Q-Tip, Run DMC, Eminem, Dr Dre, Red Man, and so many other talented people in this documentary doing their thing is inspiring and a must watch for anyone who loves music.

Link: IMDB
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Space Pirate Captain Harlock – Teaser

This could be good… or not. Leiji Matsumoto’s manga (and anime) character is being brought to CGI life in a new theatrical movie from Toei Animation. Shinji Aramaki (Appleseed) is directing from a budget of over 30 million in U.S. dollars. The film will open in Japan this fall.

Old school anime, Captain Harlock was one of the originals that I saw and loved, I for one am very happy they brought it back to life and this teaser looks damn good, can’t wait to watch the movie.

Review: The Expendables 2

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.

It’s rare that the second movie is better then the first one, but this one is, and if you are a fan of the 80s movies then you really have to watch this one. And this time they brought in Chuck Norris & Jean Claude Van Damme, a true 80s action packed movie, with a damn good bad guy, true 80s style but modernized for our time. The fine art of 80s/90s action movies has been lost and we are stuck with very complex stories requiring our complete attention to know what the hell is going in a movie. You get the right dosage of a story with more action and Chuck Norris thrown in for good measure, how could this not be good. You know there are movie one liners that you will always remember like “Yippy Ka Yay Mother Fucker!!”. Well this one is filled with them and you will love every moment of it. When Chuck Norris joins the battle, Arnie sighs and moans, ‘Who’s next… Rambo?’, that is the best of the movie. At one point in the film, Arnie turns to Bruce and Sly and says, ‘we belong in a museum’. In a way, he’s right. This is the last gasp of this type of film and perhaps the perfect homage to a golden age.

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Thundercats – Cancelled???!??

A day after TNI ran a story about ThunderCats still possibly being on the loose, it now appears that the cage doors have slammed shut on this cartoon reboot. The show’s art director, Dan Norton, has claimed the following on Facebook: “Let me just say, nobody is working on TCats. It would take years to get it back on tv if we started today. Draw your own conclusion.”

The conclusion everybody seems to be drawing? That ThunderCats’ second life is over. While the news has yet to be confirmed by an official press release, Norton’s statement would seem fairly telling. However, others optimistically believe that the show is going forward without Norton and some staff since neither Bandai nor Cartoon Network has officially acknowledged a cancellation (and, in fact, the last official comment involved trying to work the show into Cartoon Network’s schedule).

Link: Tomopop

Please No!! Come on, I was so happy they brought back an 80s cartoon and did it so well. We all grew up watching it and loving it, and we still love it even when the cartoon is a bit childish from the 80s, it carried a spirit and heroism that we could relate to. What I loved about the new animation is that they kept the spirit of the original animation yet they made the story more complex and did an amazing job of telling, more character development and depth, and a lot of morality was brought into it, something that I wasn’t expecting. The end of the season was so good I couldn’t wait for season 2, but it seems that no anouncement has been made and it was left of the Cartoon Network line up, please bring it back, we love the show.

Grendizer & Mazinger Z

It should be noted that I can’t leave an Anime store, especially one that brings back memories like The Animation Station, so I ended up buying the heads of Grendizer & Mazinger Z. Both would look very good on my desk and honestly these are very well made version, and to my surprise they turned out to be Coin Banks. I don’t think I will be using them for coins any time soon since I really like the way they look and they fit very nicely on my shelf. They are made from nice soft/hardened vinyl so they feel good when you hold them, high quality items and it just reminds me of the cartoons when looking at them.

While I was unboxing these I started playing the Grenzider opening, the original Japanese one, you can watch it here (YouTube). Honestly Duke Fleed was very cool, so when I saw these two I just had to have them. There were a few more things that I wanted to pick up but thats for a later visit, for now these satisfied me very much and it feels good seeing them on my desk.


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Animation Station Collectibles

I’m always interested about new Anime & Comic stores opening up in Kuwait, this one concentrates on a lot of old school shows like Grendizer, Getter Robo, Sanshiro, and a lot of other cool stuff. Its like an open Kiosk/Shop on the first floor in Discovery Mall, just behind you on the right as you go up the escalator.

Whats very cool is you can tell these guys are passionate about it, there was a lot of cool Grendizer stuff, and I had to pick up something while I was there, also I have to keep in mind that I don’t have much space to put stuff on any more, still they had a Ken Resin Statue which I haven’t seen in a while. They also had the Fewture Sanshiro – Jamaro model that I have which you don’t see often and I’m assuming it will fly off their shelves soon enough. If you have a chance its very much worth it to pass by the store, the pictures don’t do it justice, lots of fun stuff.


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SANSHIRO – MAD HURRICANE

The first time around I loved having the Senshiro Jomaro model from Fewture, then while skimming Ebay I found this other Sanshiro model, it isn’t made out of metal but Vinyl. I went on a bidding war for it, the first time around I lost, the guy big over $1500 for it, but the second time around I got it for about $430 so in comparison I got a much better deal. I started checking out old school episodes to find Mad Hurricane, he is the bad guy in the anime and got a few pics of the Jumaro and Mad Hurricane together, very cool addition to the collection.


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