Free Fire Review

Free Fire is in the same stroke an absurdist presentation of the longest gunfight you’ll ever see and one grounded in an odd hyperrealism you don’t see much in action films. What starts as a funny and loose character study with an improbable amount of bullets ends the same way. And while that may sound like a one-note movie, that one note tends to be slick, sassy, and worth your time.

The premise to Free Fire sounds like the answer to the question of what is the least reliable combination of people to enter into a midnight gun deal. Two no-nonsense IRA members with two knucklehead henchmen are attempting to buy several crates of automatic rifles from a slimy South African arms dealer and his commensurate crew of muscle while a couple of (mostly) independent intermediaries grease the wheels in an abandoned factory.

Like I said, a recipe for trouble, and a somewhat overflowing one at that. There may just be three parties involved, but there are a lot of moving parts within each one and as a whole. Writer/director Ben Wheatley (co-writing with Amy Jump), however, manages to condense the entire thing into the base components. By mostly coincidence, one henchmen from each of the two main parties recognize each other after having gotten into a brawl the night before. And slowly but surely, the match inches closer and closer to the powder keg until the shooting starts and doesn’t stop.

This quick introduction performs admirably at setting up exactly what you should expect from the rest of the movie. Everyone—seriously everyone—is there to chew the scenery. The debilitatingly stupid Stevo (Sam Riley), for instance, plays the shady underling who tries to get out from under his rightful retribution with a slithering that Kevin Corrigan would be proud of.

He is the perfect foil to the marginally sharper but equally hotheaded and selfish Harry (Jack Reynor) so when the punches between the two escalate to bullets, it plays believably in a vaudevillian kind of way. And then the bullets start flying, seemingly randomly piercing appendages with little to no consequence, and the movie becomes a delicious pit of absurdity where A-list celebrities crawl around the dirty-covered floor for 90 minutes.

The more recognizable faces rip into their roles with an unfettered savagery that looks like they’ve been wanting for years. Brie Larson as Justine explodes into over-the-top rage at whim while shooting off Liz Lemon-level eye rolls. Cilian Murphy takes his Peaky Blinders Irishness with Chris up to the realm of caricature, stoic and cold for all the worst/best reasons.

Free Fire

And then you throw in Armie Hammer’s Ord, a character that looks like Hammer having the best time of his life in three acts. Ord is like a cherry-picked gestalt of all his favorite parts of his past roles with a little bit Winklevoss propriety, a dash of Illya Kuryakin’s consummate composure, and maybe a sprinkle of the oozing charm of Gabriel Edwards. And showing this against Sharlto Copley’s skeevy and overly, almost inexplicably South African Vernon is like a comedy duo where neither one knows if they’re the straight man or the banana man.

The characters, in fact, are really the only reason any of this works. There’s very little in the way of explosive, eye-catching action, though Wheatley does an admirable job keeping everyone and everything digestible. And as everyone starts taking lead in the legs, there’s even less in the way of standing action, everyone crawling around behind conveniently placed cement blocks like bugs avoiding the light.

With such a robust cast, it’s only natural some would take the lead while others bolster them. But some of them feel a bit like a waste, as the jokes the more prominent characters fall flat. Larson is especially underutilized with her motivations and her principles so clearly defined and immediately appreciable. And the relationship between Vernon and his cohort Martin (Babou Ceesay) would have been fun to play with had Martin not spent most of the movie pretty well removed from the action.

Free Fire

As it is, though, Free Fire knows pretty much exactly what it is, and it doesn’t outstay its welcome. At a lean 90 minutes, it gets in and gets out in a way these hapless underworld criminals just couldn’t manage. It doesn’t have anything new to say or anything extraordinary to hand you, but it does have a lot of fun showing you what it is. And that is a rare thing to find.

Final Score: 7 out of 10

MotUC listed in Mattel Shop, currently with free shipping

Matty Collector closed with a whisper rather than a bang late last year (although the final sale — which I stupidly delayed in ordering until it was too late — was an explosion of value), taking with it many of our cherished toy lines. While the Masters of the Universe Classics line is effectively dead (Super 9 is making *some* figures, but so far they just seem like repaints of previously released MotUCs… and I stupidly delayed pulling the trigger there as well), the older releases may briefly live on in Mattel’s shop.

Mattel has added many of Matty Collector’s Masters of the Universe figures to its shop, including the classics and minis. On top of that, the site is offering free shipping on all of its Masters items during this week.

While this seems like great news, many of these figures have been available through Mattel’s ebay sellers store and, in some instances, at a cheaper price. Plus not everything they list is actually in stock, including convention items like the Hover Robots 3-pack.

All the same, I suppose this is good news since it feels a bit less like overstock they’re still trying to get rid of… although that’s almost certainly what these are. And, on the brighter side, it seems to include some things I haven’t seen listed in their ebay seller’s store.

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VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Go Ride On (Frustration Free Packaging)

Go for a drive with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Go Ride On by VTech. This 2-in-1 ride-on toy lets your little one become a race car driver as they scoot across the floor. Twist the key, turn the wheel or press the buttons to hear realistic race car sounds, encouraging phrases and more. When they’ve reached their destination, your child can transform the ride on into an exciting speedway for the included SmartPoint race car. Launch the car down the ramp and through the tunnel to hear the playset respond with fun phrases or put it on the three SmartPoint locations her hear more sounds and phrases. Find fun fast with this exciting 2-in-1 toy. Requires 4 AAA batteries – 2 for the Ride On and 2 for the SmartPoint vehicle (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use). Intended for ages 1 to 3 years.

Product Features

  • Go for a drive with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch and Go Ride On by VTech; this 2-in-1 ride-on toy lets your little one pretend to be a race car driver as they scoot across the floor
  • Twist the key, turn the wheel or press the buttons to hear realistic race car sounds, encouraging phrases and more; features 23 melodies and 7 sing-along songs
  • Transform the ride on into an exciting speedway for the included SmartPoint race car; launch the car down the ramp and through the tunnel to hear the playset respond with fun phrases
  • Put the vehicle on the three SmartPoint locations for fun sounds and phrases; included SmartPoint race car teaches the letter R and the name of the vehicle; works with Go! Go! Smart Wheels and Go! Go! Smart Animals tracks (sold separately)
  • Requires 4 AAA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use); intended for ages 1 to 3 years; Frustration Free Packaging means it comes easier to open in a plain brown box

Magnetic Putty, INWISH Creative Crazy Puddy Deformable Soil Funny Toys with Free Magnet Attractor for Kids – 50g Black

Magnetic Putty is not a toy and should not be used by children under the age of 3 without adult supervision. While the putty itself is non-toxic, the powerful neodymium magnet included can be harmful or fatal if swallowed.

Material:
Secured Silicon Grease, Surface oil, Simethicone, Magnet

What’s Included?
* 2.8oz of Magnetic Attractor Putty
* Super strong neodymium iron boron magnet
* 6cm diameter resealable tin

Notes:

Please note: At first, the putty is not magnetically charged. To activate, use the included magnet to align the putty’s magnetic forces. Hold the magnet to the putty for 5 seconds. Once it’s charged, watch your putty be attracted to or be repelled from the magnet!

Made with silicone-based inert non-toxic synthetic rubber; contains no latex/wheat compounds. Due to materials used, this is a firmer putty. Putty shipped in cold weather should be brought up to room temperature before manipulating.

Product Features

  • *INWISH brand therapy putty is a perfect gift with gift wrap and gift card as you need.
  • *Magnetic Putty can be stretched and bounced like rubber, shaped and sculpted like clay, and torn and ripped like paper
  • *Magnetic Putty is made of a special material that is actually magnetic. Grab the SUPER strong magnet that comes included in the tin and watch as the putty and magnet attract to each other
  • *This product is an educational toy for the growing kids, who need to understand what is the magnetic field and how various materials can attract or repel each other
  • * Please note: putty takes a little playing with to warm and soften. May feel tough to start

VTech Sit-To-Stand Ultimate Alphabet Train (Frustration Free Packaging)

Hop aboard the sit-to-stand ultimate Alphabet train by VTech! this train is designed to grow with your child and can be used for floor play or as a ride on that also transforms into a Walker. When your little conductor gets older, the caboose converts into a wagon they can fill with toys and pull along to develop gross motor skills. Play ten activities while learning letters, numbers, colors and more. The train also helps build fine motor skills with a variety of manipulative features including a storybook, clock, gears and 13 doubled-sided letter blocks that your little one can plug into the side of the train to learn letters and build their vocabulary. The train also counts the blocks when they’re dropped down the chute! for role-play fun, pick up the walkie-talkie and press the number buttons to pretend to talk to animal friends. Take a ride on the learning express with this ultimate Alphabet train! requires 3 AA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use). intended for ages 1 to 3 years.

Product Features

  • Push toy is designed to grow with your child; the toy train can be used as a floor toy, a ride on that also transforms into a baby Walker or a pull toy wagon they can fill with toys
  • Learning toy comes with 10 activities including a storybook, clock, gears; 13 double-sided alphabet blocks build fine motor skills and introduce letters, numbers, colors and more
  • For toddler role-play toy fun, the included walkie-talkie and number pad encourage role-play and introduce numbers and animals; counting toy plays more than 100 songs, melodies, sounds and phrases
  • Toy train Counts the alphabet blocks when they’re dropped down the chute; kids story book teaches sing-along songs and plays melodies; educational toy is intended for toddlers ages 1 to 3 years old
  • 3 AA batteries included for demo use only, use new batteries for regular use; Frustration free packaging means it comes easier to open in a plain brown box

Radio Free Cybertron – 474

This week on Radio Free Cybertron: Lots of Titans Return discussion, centering around Fortress Maximus. We got new photos of the SDCC Fort Max and we compare it against the Takara Tomy and Hasbro retail versions. Also we catch up on the latest Transformers 5 movie news, the Platinum Edition Unicron re-release, Transformers Legends photos and way, way more! PLAYMP3Subscribe to YoutubeiTunesRSS

Pixel Premium ABC Magnets for Kids Gift Set – 104 Magnetic Letters for Fridge, Dry Erase Magnetic Board and FREE e-Book with 40+ Learning & Spelling Games – Best Alphabet Magnets for Refrigerator Fun!

Your search for MAGNETIC LETTERS is over.

When you purchase the Pixel Premium ABC Magnets Mega Bundle, here’s what you should do:

The moment that postman rings that doorbell with your Amazon parcel, gather all of the little ones you know and love. Yes, all of them. Rip that brown packaging open with the kids and watch them beam at the cutesy box with its vibrant colors.

Now pop that box lid open and say “Ooooo!”

You have in your hands a superior, soft-touch magnetic letter set featuring four alphabet sets and an awesome magnetic board.

Now enjoy your ABC Magnets with your little ones. Watch and notice:

– How learning is suddenly more fun and engaging
– How kids can feel the difference and love the soft texture of these beautiful foam letters
– Each piece is perfectly sized for easy grip and improving their fine motor skills
– How your fridge looks so much more bright and lively with these magnets
– How ultra-lightweight and thin the magnetic board feels in your hands
– It’s also double-sided and dry-marker friendly – perfect for word learning games!

Why do parents choose our ABC Magnets? It’s simple really.

It all starts with our unique designs which meet and exceed American toy safety standards. Each letter is carefully crafted with non-toxic, eco-friendly EVA foam material with full rubber magnet backing. No loose or exposed magnet bits for your peace of mind and far superior to cheap plastic or lead-painted wood letter sets.

WARNING: This current price is for a limited period only and set to increase in a few weeks. Order now to secure your discounted price before it goes.

And when you do… don’t forget a set for your favorite nieces and nephews too!

Product Features

  • AMERICA’S BEST MAGNETIC LETTER SET just got better. This treasure chest of fun is packed with 100+ beautiful magnetic letters, ultra-light magnetic whiteboard and more than 40 learning games with your FREE “Amazing ABC” educational e-Book series (worth $19.99)
  • THE ULTIMATE LEARNING GIFT – Designed by parents and teachers, this set contains everything you need to build vocabulary, improve spelling skills and make learning more fun and easy than ever before. The educational e-books are designed especially for use with iPads and tablets for maximum interactive fun. The magnetic board is dry erase marker friendly and double-sided too!
  • LOTS OF LETTERS FOR LOTS OF FUN – Unlock hours of creativity and spell whatever you want. Don’t be stuck for enough letters like other sets. With 104 magnetic letters, including 78 lower case 26 upper case, teach literally thousands of words to your little genius.
  • FEEL THE DIFFERENCE – You’ll discover exactly why kids fall in love with our thick, chunky soft-touch foam letters. Not too big and not too small but just right – they’re perfectly sized to spell lots of words, be easy to grip and improve fine motor skills. The entire back of every letter is magnetic so no sliding or falling off fridges either! (capital A is 3.8cm tall, 3.2cm wide)
  • THE SAFER, SUPERIOR CHOICE – Your child’s safety comes first. That’s why this set is fully designed and certified to ASTM American Toy Safety Standards. Accept nothing less. Enjoy peace of mind knowing these letters are made of non-toxic eco-friendly foam material. The entire back of every letter is covered in protective rubber casing, so you’ll never worry about loose or exposed magnet pieces ever. Order now and get ready to transform your little one’s love for learning!

Award Winning Playmags Clear Colors Magnetic Tiles Deluxe Building Set 100 Piece Set with Car + Includes Free Bonus Bag – Great Gift for Kids

MORE VALUE THAN ANY OTHER SET!!

Playmags™ 100 piece set includes a car base with wheels and eight different shapes so that kids can now stretch their imagination to the next level. More shapes means more designs, and more designs means more hours of fun play.

Educational Fun:

Playmags™ shapes and patterns provide great motor skills. Encourages imaginative and creative play, and enhances math, geometry, and science skills.

Dr. Toy Review:

Playmags™ Magnetic Building Blocks attract on all sides and the combinations form many different shapes and structures. From flat designs to squares, pyramids, plus many more unlimited geometric shapes. Tiles easily connect, which prompts kids to move from constructing two-dimensional to three-dimensional creations. Magnificent high rise 3D towers are designed by kids who have developed into critical thinkers through creative play. As they build, kids develop tools for spatial problem-solving tasks, logical thinking, and math reasoning. Blocks easily connect and inspire creativity, brain development patterning, shape recognition, building, and motor skills.

The National Parenting Center Review:

Playmags™ are a truly remarkable open-ended building toy. Kids and parents alike were captivated and couldn’t stop building an endless variety of shapes, structures, you name it. The set comes with 100 brightly colored, translucent pieces. There are triangles in three different sizes and two square sizes. Magnets are inserted inside the edges and that’s about all you need to know. The magnets are strong enough to construct pretty solid structures, These pieces got a real workout but never broke or shattered. Parents noted that while the basic idea is building and playing they saw that their children were learning physics, geometry, math, spatial reasoning and architecture without even knowing it.

Product Features

  • Blocks easily connect
  • Inspires creativity and brain development
  • Teaches patterning, shape recognition, building and motor skills
  • Includes Bonus Magnetic Car
  • Winners of Dr Toys 2013 award and national parenting seal of approval

Hasbro Toy Shop offering 10% off + free shipping

While I’ve missed a lot of great deals this Black Friday, I’ve found at least a few modest sales. One of of the smallest (but still relatively cool) sales is Hasbro Toy Shop‘s “FREESHIP10” promo code which gives 10% off the cost of your total order and free shipping (no minimum).

It’s a deal that let me get my hands on a few figures I haven’t seen at retail yet like Transformers Generations Waspinator and Windblade (who I *may* have thought twice about after seeing Fwoosh’s in-hand images) as well as the (previously?) short-packed Marvel Infinites Wasp at a slightly better than usual price (assuming that retailers don’t price-drop on Deluxe Generations figures again). It’s a good opportunity to pick up some odds and ends you might have missed.

The sale started yesterday and runs through November 30th.

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Kotobukiya’s cat figure comes with a free catgirl

Got the sneaking suspicion that Kotobukiya has already made a Xiao Mei? Well you’d be correct. But why let a good design go to waste? Kotobukiya will soon be releasing another variant of Shining Blade‘s Xiao Mei, this time paired with a the black cat Rinrin.

Both are super cute and Xiao Mei’s dialed up the fanservice, so I’m sure Shining series fans and Tony Taka enthusiasts won’t be disappointed. Akiba Hobby has a preview gallery up of a sample featured in Kotobukiya’s museum in Akiba. Pre-orders are still open for US$89.99.

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