#TOYCONUK 2018 (April 7-8)

The annual TOYCON UK is upon us, with Saturday April 7th being the first day of the 2-day extravaganza, exhibiting thru Sunday April 8th @ York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PJ. (*This event is a Ticketed Entry).

And while I’ve barely scratched the surface of the goodness to be had, featured here in this post is my last push for recommended collectibles, to add to my previously featured

Original Overloard Design Images from Transformers Titans Return

Emiliano Santalucia shares some images of the original designs for the epic Transformers Titans Return Overloard figure. Emiliano gives up some insights on the character’s design that was said to have gone through many revisions before they they settled on the final production version that fans have been begging for ever since forever. Read on to see the images and Emiliano’s comment’s below.

Players have agency, and they’re not afraid to use it

This week, a piece written by Alfie Bown, author of The PlayStation Dreamworld, was published in The Guardian. The core argument of the piece was that video games inherently, and particularly recently, project far-right tendencies onto players. Through playing the games, players are effectively given an interactive experience of right-wing ideologies, which acts to indoctrinate them and is feeding the swing towards a lack of compassion in the politics of young people nowadays. I’d advise you to read it in full, because while it is a bold argument that I don’t really agree with, it makes for interesting reading.

So, as I’ve just said, the argument didn’t quite gel with me. I have to start by saying that I absolutely believe there is a problem with right-wing, xenophobic, and misogynist tendencies in video games, as there is in many parts of society. Many people are living in a state of fear because the world as it stands is quite a hostile place, which only encourages “every man for himself” thoughts and a disgust for anything labelled as “other.” Some people don’t even need that existential fear to feel hatred for others. The thing is, I don’t feel like it is video games stoking the fires of hostile politics. If anything, I feel like people with those politics project their feelings onto games.

The topic is way too large to cover in a single weekend editorial, but I want to give a few responses to specific points made in Bown’s article. Some parts of it seemed to jump the gun a little or be too selective in its examples. The points that stuck out for me as not quite right were the following:

  • “Games are ideological constructions which push a set of values on the user.”
  • “Right-wing ideologies have been overrepresented and dominant throughout the history of video games.”
  • “Video games put the user to work on an instinctual level, making the gamer feel impulsive agreement with these ideologies.”
  • “The rationale of gaming is to unite pleasurable impulse with political ideology, a process which renders gamers susceptible to discourses that urge people to follow their instincts while also prescribing what those instincts ought to be.”
  • “…games can have a concrete ideological effect on us – and make us desire politically charged things on a personal level.”

Right – let’s get started on unpacking this.

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New Custom #BATMAN POISON IVY Dodge Challenger!!



I have been meaning to post these photos for awhile. About a month or 2 ago I received a very nice letter from a girl in Florida named Syreeta. The pics got sort of lost in my old computer when it crashed and I just recently got them back. Also, I hope I spelled her name correctly, like I said, it was awhile back.

Anyways, she was very sweet and sent along a few photos of a car her friend (or maybe “Boyfriend”? Sorry, I forget) had customized with “Poison Ivy” Batman-themed graphics. 


Just check out the pics, this car is insanely beautiful!! I love the lime green and the hood graphic is sharp and clean…. nice job guys and thank you Syreeta!



Jermaine Rogers x Nicky Davis x Martian Toys Dero Delusion Dead Bear (3.16)

Martian Toys will release the brand-new Dero Delusion Dead Bear [150 pcs, $60 + s/h] by Jermaine Rogers on Friday (3.16) at 12 PM PDT from their web shop. The sixth Dead Bear, Jermaine’s orange design blends his signature Dero with Nicky Davis’ Dead Bear platform design. Beyond the smooth…

Your Name Review

The best anime does the impossible. Movies do that all the time, I guess, pitting irresponsibly beautiful men and women against dinosaurs and aliens, but anime does something different. It makes this plain old world feel magical—expansive to the point of exploding with possibility—while making the ethereal appear as normal as white bread.

That’s exactly what Your Name does, the fifth film from auteur Makoto Shinkai. It tells the story of two Japanese high school students that endeavour to meet each other after they discover that their dreams of living the other’s life are real. Mitsuha Miyamizu (Mone Kamishiraishi) lives in a rural village stuck on the path of dedicating her life to the family’s shrine and its traditions despite wishing for a fancy life in Tokyo while Taki Tachibana (Ryunosuke Kamiki) actually does live in Tokyo but suffers through waiting tables and pining over a crush he’s unlikely to get.

This setup sounds like boilerplate body swapping fiction. (There’s even a Wikipedia page that lists them all if you want to check.) But this is part of the impossible that the movie achieves. It’s very little of what you would expect, and even then, the parts that you do expect are surprising in gentle and wistful ways.

A guy and a girl swap bodies. The first thing they do is what? Correct. Now make that infinitely more sweet and less crude than you could possibly think. There’s a lot of beauty in the way Your Name presents this, being subtly but meaningfully progressive in gender and sexual fluidity. And because these are two people that are complete strangers, it has a lot of room to play with regarding what they learn about each other.

It does this while avoiding the biggest trap of “oh, I had no idea you had it this hard.” There’s no Freaky Friday saccharine resolution here. It’s more about how they learn their place in life—humanity, really. As they realize what’s happening and they figure out how to deal with it with little notes left for one another, each one pushes forward in both lives with small strides that end up being huge.

Falling in love, for instance, isn’t just falling in love. It’s falling into someone, sometimes literally tumbling into the idea of another person becoming a necessity. And it’s done with tiny steps toward learning how to be bolder and how to be kinder and how to be something that ends up being in love.

Your Name

The movie so quickly moves beyond just being about swapping bodies. There are several twists and turns packed into this thing, one of which is shocking in a way you don’t really see in films at all. If anything, it’s most comparable to one of the episode arcs in Life is Strange. It’s achingly gorgeous and simply complex, as if it grabbed the entire breadth of the universe and at the same time stretched it beyond infinity and compressed it down into a tiny little bead.

I’m hesitant to even say more. Every time you think the movie is coming to a close as tears well up and you think the pair have run out of road, they find a new way to blast into new territory. Your eyes, bleeding from the endless deluge of impeccable and stunning hand-drawn animation, are ripped open over and over again until it just…lets go.

It’s the kind of movie that simply sets you adrift when it’s over. It stretches out into something cosmic beyond belief while being deeply, painfully grounded. Who you are, what that means, and its malleability are thrown onto the screen in stark relief. And then it lets your head swim with everything that feels impossible, sending you back out into this plain old world with just a bit more magic.

Final Score: 9 out of 10

Turkish Airlines Has a New Airplane with #BATMAN V SUPERMAN Movie Graphics!





Here’s a quick post to share some fun “BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE” Movie News! In Turkey, it looks like Turkish Airlines is about to reveal a special “BvS Promotional” Jumbo Jet!! Oh man, this thing is so freakin’ beautiful, ha ha!




Art of Fighting 2 available now on Nintendo Switch

Hamster continue their noble quest to pump out classic Neo Geo titles on modern platforms. This week sees tough-as-nails Neo Geo sequel Art of Fighting 2 re-released on Nintendo Switch.

AoF2, originally released by SNK in 1994, was the fairly ineffective sequel to 1992’s Art of Fighting – naturally. Although it featured some new roster additions (including the playable debut of Yuri Sakazaki) and is a little less clunky than its predecessor, it still couldn’t turn heads in a year that also saw the release of Super Street Fighter II Turbo, whilst Mortal Kombat II also continued to ride a wave of phenomenal success.

Not helping AoF2 was its infamously brutal A.I difficulty, which saw many players drop in 20p, get rekt in the first match, and just go back to other games. In its favour, AoF2 does feature some awesome, huge sprites and nicely detailed stages. It also has a varied, 12 character roster and even a hidden final boss in the form of Fatal Fury’s Geese Howard, who apparently loves crossovers.

Art of Fighting 2 is available now on Nintendo Switch, priced at $8.