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  1. Welcome. Nice to meet yu all that. Honestly I don't say much but I find that might be changing soon. But this is a great place to be and a community that shares a great love of minimates. Also, I think it's personally just very cool of you to actually come on here and say anything to us at all. Don't know a lot of other people in your position that would do that.
  2. I just got mine today. If you want to know what I think about it, it's over in the reviews forum. Now with pictures!
  3. Today I am overjoyed because AFX shipped me my SDCC minimates and didn't tell me, so a surprise awaited me when I came home. I don't generally do reviews of things, but I feel I have to talk about these for the good of us all. We'll start with the MvC3 set. Mind you this is only one set of the two MvC sets from SDCC but I don't particularlly care about a Blue Zero or Stealth Iron Man, so I don't have those. No, this is about Dante, Arthur, Phoenix and Deadpool. Let's begin with Dante. He's unremarkable. His blue hair and bare chested nipple strap arenothing short of just irrelavant. I don't care about Devil May Cry. Never have, never will. That being said his white coat with its high flared collar is beautiful and I can easily see using it for just about anything else. He comes with 2 standard pistols. Nothing special about them. Both the same color and retreaded models but more pistols is more pistols. The real key to Dante is his compensator... Err, his really big sword. This thing is completely new so far as I know and it's flawless. It's taller than Dante, for one thing. The blade isn't bulk or super awkward and the hilt is a handle with the skull and ribcage molded into it. Of all the larger swords I have, this one is the best... Well, maybe second to Planet Hulk's but that personal opinion. It bears mentioning that Dante has no holsters for his guns or a sheath for his sword, so he can't be fully equipped ever. Now, let's move on to Arthur. He's actually quite impressive. Despite the lack of a second body that's just him in his underwear, he's still very well done. His helmet is old school knight armor and it is perfect. I would be even more impressed with it if the visor could go up and down but that's nitpicking. His armor otherwise is just as good. Clean understated lines and a gorgeous gold finish. He also has custom molded shouldeer pieces, not little slipped on things that can slide up and down and hinder arm movement. All in all, very solid figure. It's the accessories that push him over. First off the Lance is just as long as Dante's sword, but infinitely more awesome. It's solid the whole length of it, not hollowed out and I can press down on the end with a bit of force before it even starts to bend. The handle isn't too wide and fits easily into his hand. Now, the axe is another thing. I can't actually get the blade to bend without trying excessively hard. The purple coloring with the gold adds a more regal look to it. the shield, however is what makes it. Also gold and purple, it is s large bowed out shield coming to a rather sharp point at the end. It has a segmented cliplike piece molded to it to slide onto Arthur's arm instead of a braclet with a peg that we all know is just going to constantly fall off and get lost. Arthur could easily run someone through on this shield, so watch for decapitations. Let's take it a little easy now and talk about Phoenix. I admit to having a tumultuous love/hate relationship with Phoenix. One the one hand, I've always loved Jean Grey, on the other, the Phoenix Force is just a wee bit stupid. But we're not here to talk on that. This is about a minimate, and let me tell you, she is nice. Very sinple. No accessories to speak of other than a reissue of the Rachel Summers Base from a while back (which I am super happy about since I never managed to get one of those) just white and yellow costume. Not white and shiny gold, but actual yellow. And I like it. It's perfectly clean and elegant. Plus the only Phoenix I had before now was a Dark Phoenix and let's face it, she's kind of a b***h. Here it is. The moment I've been waiting for. X-Man Deadpool! Easily the winner of the box, his x-men costume is stunning in blu and yellow and clean with no giant add on accessory parts like legs pouches or holsters or anything. Just a simple Deadpool in a hilarious costume. He has two more of the exact same pistols as Dante (that makes four in this box, and I think that might be too much) and katanas. Oh does he have katanas. Not tiny flimsy little pieces of junk, but real, well crafted katanas. The hilts are sturdy but not so think he can't hold them and the blades are thin enough to be taken seriously, but wide enough that you can see them from over a foot a way. They're longer too. Slightly an arm and a half overall. Man, this is possibly my favorite Deadpool 'mate yet. So that's the MvC3 box. All in all, well worth the price for accessories alone. Dante drags it down a bit for me, but still, it's pretty great. Now what I really care about. The Stormbreaker set. This is the sole reason SDCC mattered for me this year. Let's begin. Also to note is this box comes with a non-assigned wooshing takeoff flight base for whosoever is in fact worthy. We start with Thor. He's not really much to look at, is he? Classic look, helmet with flowing golden tresses. No sleeves, but also no bulky chest piece either, so that's a plus. And the kind of boots you could only find before I was ever born. His cape is a thin fitting piece that attaches around his neck but only limits his head movement a minor bit. Overall a non-bulked out clumsy Thor is alright by me, but possibly unnecessary if yu already have one. What really gets me is Mjolnir. Just a simple hammer, but in very tiny elegant letters on one side it does in fact read "Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor" This might not be impressive if the movie 'mates have this too, but being that I have none of those, I find this a nice touch. Now how about that Loki? Well, he's seriously old school. No accessories at all, no giant horns on his head, just a pure and simple smirking trickster out to wreak havoc and mayhem. The lines on his suit are clean and pronounced in yellow against the green. His helmet/hat/whatever does come off as a seperate little hat for cold nights in Jotunheim and he has a simple cape exactly like his brother Thor, save for Loki's is of course yellow. Not much else to say. At least he is a dude this time. As for Lady Sif, well she's fairly simple as well. Red and white, no bulky extra clothing pieces save for her helmet/ hairpiece, which despite what ai thought in looking at pictures earlier, is not attached to her head nor is it a slip over face mask thing, so if you have a long black hairpiece, you can display her a bit more casually. Her one accessory is a sword, but it's a good sword. Anyone who, like myself, loves their Swordsman minimate will recognize it instantly, as they are the same. This, I am happy about as I always wanted Swordsman to have two swords. Not much else to Sif really. This is it. This is what I wanted for so long. I'm not a very big fan of the Thor part of the Marvel universe at all, but there is one part I absolutely love above all else. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, step right up and bare witness to the one, the only weilder of the mighty hammer Stormbreaker, BETA RAY BILL!! In all honesty, Bill has been on my fantasy wishlist of minimates for as long as I've been collecting, and when I found out that would be coming true this year, I was overjoyed, but then terrified. What with all the bulking up of minimates and people who can turn or bend their legs or look up or hold their weapons, could Beta Ray Bill exist in a manner that would even remotely be awesome? Here's what I say to that. F*** YES!!!! Bill is everything I wanted and then some. He's bulked up in all the right ways. No movement is limited, no joint is unbendable and nothing is in the way of anything else. You know how I know this is true? Beta Ray Bill can look up. Not all the way, and part of it is due to the amazing sculpt for his head, but Bill can take off from the ground and instead of only looking forward because his helmet is in the way *cough* Nova *cough* he can indeed gaze skyward and greet any threat ahead of him. He has custom molded legs to add bulk, but not get in the way of articulation and the boots go up just enough to cover the flat parts of the legs, showing only detail and definition in his lower half. The chest piece is something else. It's beautiful in it's brilliance. Instead of having a buffed up chest and a cape on top of it, it's all molded into one piece giving for to muscles and a grand sweeping cape to the back of it. The cape flares up above his shoulders but the neckline of it is actually shaved inwards and lower to accomodate Bill's head and allow for magnificent movement. The length of it is perfect too, as it only just reaches to his knees, so his legs can bend forward or back for a range of poses that most capes frankly just do not allow. The gloves are simple white with red and black bands, never getting in the way and the actually part to hold the weapon we will soon discuss are plenty wide unlike quite a few I've had to deal with lately. For immediate reference, I call on Shatterstar. And Stormbreak itself is a magnificent sculpt. It's not massive like Ultimate Thor's hammer, but it's also not understated like the classic Mjolnir. The handle is sturdy and solid and fits easily into Bill's hand, while the actual striking part is large enough to be intimidating, but still small enough to not be in Bill's way. I have to say that, for my money, Beta Ray Bill is about as perfect a minimate representation as we've ever had, at least for a long time. I am pleased. Ok, sorry that went on for so long, but there where all these things in my head and I felt this is the only place where I could put them out and they might be appreciated. This has taken me well over an hour to write out. Honestly, when I started this my whole plan was to say the sets are basically great and worth the money, but once I started, you know? Anyways, I will work on putting up some pictures later with my crappy little ipod camera, but if you really want to see these things in action gimme a few days and then check my deviantArt, as I think I will do a shot of each of these... Well, maybe not Dante. Anyways, I need to be done now. I hope thie review or rant or speech or sales pitch or whatever was helpful and/or entertaining to someone. Have a nice day, Multiverse. Also, I typed this whole monstrous thing out on my ipad, so please forgive spelling and grammer. This thing is kind of a pain to write on. Edit: sorry about not getting pics up. I came down with a serious bout of becoming unconscious yesterday and just fell asleep til this morning. Pics is up now.
  4. Got my Galactus for free. Birthday gift from a friend, but he told me it had been sitting on a shelf ina comic book store where he lived for a few years. He paid $35 for it before tax. Said they had a Sentinel too, might still be there, but he moved so not much chance of me finding ut.
  5. Congrats to the winners. You both deserve to win, although, I think that can be said of everyone. This was a great contest and a lot of fun. Glad to have entered and gotten one of those silly "I Participated" ribbons that everyone in every game gets now.
  6. Part of me wanted to wait until tomorrow to vote because, well, it's voting day and all. However, I could not. Awesome work by everyone. This was a lot of fun.
  7. It was a toss up between Atrocitus and Arkillo for me too. :biggrin: but I love 'killo just too much. I ordered the entire first wave of Green Lantern Classics mainly because of him. Looks to me like things worked pretty well as far as entry choices go for both of us then.
  8. That is one of the best children's halloween costumes I've ever seen. Awesome work really. I look forward to seeing the pirate completed.
  9. After my computer crapping out and crashing Illustrator about half a dozen times since yesterday without me saving, I am finally here in this. I present, Atrocitus There's more shading and detail that could have been done, and the collar on the shoulder piece is, well, not really right, but overall I'm happy with him. Also, demonpr, your Arkillo is amazing. I was actually think of doing him if I couldn't figure out how to make Atrocitus work right. Everybody is turning out some great stuff here. I really wish the DC minimates weren't dead.
  10. While I do see the issues at hand, I'm just going to put in that I love my minimates and the idea of selling them is just so far from my mind it gives me a little headache ever time I think about it. That being said, I do have some doubles of the more awesome toys r us exclusives and no real need for them. Not saying I want to sell them, just that in everything I've ever collected, trading with other people has been a big thing. I'm not trying to promote myself here, just saying I like the idea of a community of those of us who are like minded in this interest helping each other out with our collections, be it with barter systems or just plain money. End hippie-esque ramble That being said, if people are going to sell stuff on here, some kind of fair goverrning system would be an idea so new people don't get fleeced and all that. But all hail capitalism and free market economy. Supply and demand and all that. Seriously, people just deal one on one and be fair to each other. Somebody has something that I really want and wants more from me than that, if I want that one thing enough and don't give a crap about the things the other person wants, it's pretty likely I'll throw together a very lopsided deal, against myself, just to get a thing I really want more than make some kind of profit. It's all about love of the game for me. Man, maybe I am a hippie. I don't really know where I was going with this. Just kinda felt I should get in and say, pro-selling, anti-ripping off.
  11. As far as minimates go, the holy grail I've been after for so ling is the Wally West Flash javelin variant. With the martian manhunter and all but frankly, the Javelin and the Martian don't matter at all to me. I know it's not super rare or anything, but that is the Flash I've always wanted to have. Not the miniflyer one with the big dumb smile, but this one, with the cocky grin and all. But this dream has become reality for me as of 2 weeks ago when I managed to find one for just under $25 (no Javelin or Martian but as I said, I don't much care for them) and it's perfect. Now I actually have to find something new to quest after. The Jubilee from this year's Comic-Con would be great to finish off my 90's X-Men (once the Prof. X in wave 37 comes out) but that's not a big deal. Anyways, that's my little story.
  12. For the obligatory reasons I love comic Deadpool and Scarlet Spider and Taskmaster and TRU Bullseye and the Entire Dark Avengers team. My nephew seems to really like the Happy Stay Puft Marshmallow man (he's 3 months old and just likes to smile back at someone) Moon Knight and X-Force Wolverine have become huge features in my list of late, partially because I do love moon knight (Also his cape makes Taskmaster look even more awesome than he normally does) The wave 28 Wolverine that came with Deadpool is also amazing since that is the Wolverine that immediately pops in my head when anyone anywhere tells me something about Wolverine without mentioning a specific costume. Rhino was the first minimate I ever got so he merits a special place to me. And with the new 90's X-Men coming along, all I'll really need now is Nightcrawler, whose lack of existence in my home makes me nothing but sad. And Red Tornado's Head is forever calling to all who know "52" and nothing more. Not to mention Kilowog, Guy Gardner, The A.I.M and HYDRA Soldiers, Shocker, Nova, Julia Carpenter Spider-Woman, Salaak and Ultimate Nick Fury. But to pick one that stands above all else I have with shine and vigor and supreme Glory, I have to pick Swordsman. At least right now. I love his helmet and everything, my only wish would be that he came with 2 swords instead of one. Now if they'd make a Songbird and Blonde Black Widow, my Thunderbolts would be complete. This took way too long to write.
  13. Got my GB blank a couple days ago. Big bad thanks to The Man of the hour! The tower of power! TBT!! Let's hear it for him! *silence* Well, awesome anyways. Thanks a lot. The new GB guy and my FCBD guy from last year do nothing but sit around and sing ebony and ivory all day. Is that weird? I think it is. At least they're both singing in tune.
  14. Yeah, I got that. I'm just screwing around. I don't really take things serious. But yeah, I have been to the 3M headquarters down in southern Minnesota when I lived in Minneapolis. The place is nowhere near mining areas, of course. Huge and an incredibly empty gigantic parking lot. It's just kind of off in the middle of nowhere on the side of a highway. This place is pretty awesome. I'm glad I found it.
  15. I'm not sure what you're implying about me, but I too love this place. It's a culture that, honestly, in my life equates to just me. No one really gets it. They play along and humor me, but that's just not the same. Though a friend of mine actually probably would get into minimate collecting, if he didn't like buying guns and booze so much. Kind of a stereotypical thing to say, but it's true. Speaking of 3M, I ran out of post-its a couple days ago and keep forgetting to get more. I think I might have to go do that now.
  16. My minimate did get pretty high up there. I live in a mining town so we went up to one of the overlooks and shot down into one of the dozen pits around. That one wasn't even the deepest one we could have gone to, but the other one is closed off becuase every October some moron goes up there and invariably drives a car off of it. Well, October or Novemeber. So the city closes it down in September now. And my librarian was worried because apparently 4 German exchange student came to her before I did about some scavenger hunt they were doing and she seemed frightened I was in league with them. No clue why. Everybody's pics are awesome. Bob, you and I fought the same pirate except my Sam Jackson had a headband instead of a hat. Can't really tell in the picture, though. I need to get the better one I have up online sometime. Congrats on winning, Bob. You clearly kicked our collective butts. I want your free hugs shot as my desktop.
  17. Woohooo!! Blanks! It is an 80s band name. Hmm, that gives me an idea...
  18. It's been told to me by a couple of friends that my henchman army comes off as more of a cult. I think I'm ok with that. Also, didn't read the whole thing after the winnners posted but we all get Ghostbusters blanks? Score! Thanks again TBT for doing this thing. Great fun for all.
  19. Hooray to the winners. Can't wait to check out some awesome entries here. Honestly no idea what I was doing this whole time other than having some damn fun. Here's hoping this doesn't die.
  20. I think that staggering the releases of everyone's entries is a good idea. It will make it take longer sure, but the suspense might very well kill us! Hooray! Not being sarcastic. I do think it's a pretty awesome idea.
  21. Woo! My Entries Made it. I hope this isn't the last time this is done. I had a lot of fun doing this. I don't even care if I win anything, it was just a blast to go out and do all of this stuff. Just awesome fun. Thanks for doing this, T. If this dies now, only just after I have found it, I will be sad, but fear not, for you will always be awesome for throwing this whole internet mess hunt fun time party together.
  22. Woohoo! Got all but 3 done. I figure that's pretty good for my first hunt and having only done it in 4 days. Can't wait to see the other entires. I had a blast on this.
  23. Oh I am in. I was out yesterday doing all sorts of batty fun things with my hunt buddy. The problems I'm facing are that, 1) I've been here for 3 days and knowing anything about TBT! is, well, practially impossible, but I may have a way around it. And 2) The nearest TRU from where I live is 250 miles out. But I may have a way around that too. Also there are no Goth Girls in my town. None. Actually kinda makes me sad. I also learned through that my librarians are not exactly fond of being taken pictures of. Shame really. But That's all I will say. I have to admit though, the last couple of days have been more fun than I've had in a while. It's too bad it's gotten so damn windy and cold here. Oh well, I shall work around it. And thanks for the welcomes. I will see you all around. And meet my hunt buddy. He refuses to tell me his name until we finish this contest. Fate has thrown us together.
  24. Oh man, I just found out about this site yesterday, and this contest today. I am so going to try to be in, unless there's something I need to do before hand. I've already gotten a start, but this short amount of days is going to make it tough. But I'm still going for it. Also, can I email my entry pictures in one zip file (assuming it's small enough) or do they all need to go individually, because that could take a couple of emails.
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