Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pinoy TV Cartoons All-star Battle!

Earlier this week, I came across a shirt design where popular American cartoon characters are laid out like in a fighting game character select screen. The image stuck with me the entire week, as I thought of making one, but features the cartoon characters that were popular here in the Philippines; both from the US and Japan. And with that in mind I came up with this:

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Instead of putting them individually, I paired them in teams, like in the King of Fighters series. FYI, the roster is composed of popular cartoon characters that came from the late 80s to early 90s. Took me awhile to compile them, but here's my roster:

Team Hero:
- Son Goku (Dragonball Z)
- Sakuragi Hanamichi (Slam Dunk!)
- Eugene/Yusuke Urameshi (Ghost Fighter/Yuyu Hakusho)

Team Cute:
- Happy Bear (Care Bears)
- Rainbow Brite (Rainbow Brite)
- Smurf (Smurfs)

Team Drama:
- Cedie Errol (Cedie: Ang Munting Prinsipe/Cedie: The Little Prince)
- Sarah Crewe (Princess Sarah)
- Nello & Patrasche (A Dog of Flanders)

Team Girl Power:
- Jem (Jem & the Holograms)
- Sailormoon (Sailormoon)
- She-Ra (She-Ra)

Team Robo:
- Daimos (Daimos)
- Voltes V (Voltes V)
- Voltron Lion Team (Voltron: Defender of the Universe)

Team Toku:
- Mask Rider Black (Masked Rider Black/Kamen Rider Black)
- Shaider (Shaider)
- Machine Man (Machine Man)

Team Kid:
- Zenki (Zenki)
- Yaiba (Yaiba)
- Astroboy (Astroboy)

Team Manly:
- Sheriff BraveStarr (BraveStarr)
- He-Man (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe)
- Mightor (Mighty Mightor)

Team Toon:
- Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes)
- Garfield (Garfield and Friends)
- Woody Woodpecker (The Woody Woodpecker Show)

Team Manimal:
- Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
- Throttle (Biker Mice from Mars)
- Lion-O (Thundercats)

So what do you guys think? I'm sure I missed out on alot of other popular cartoons in the 80s-90s. If you have a team in mind that you think deserves to be on the list, sound off on the comments below! :D

UPDATE 10/01/2013:
Added 3 new teams into the mix!
  • Team Manly
  • Team Toon
  • Team Manimal

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Trese Night Gallery @ The Crucible... I WAS THERE!! :D

Today was the launch of Trese's latest graphic novel "Trese: Book of Murders", and I was fortunate enough to be there. :D

To those who don't know who or what "Trese" is all about, here's a quick primer. "Trese" is a graphic novel created by winning tandem of Budjette Tan (writer) and Kajo Baldisimo (art). It's a locally made graphic novel that revolves around mysterious cases that range from the weird to the supernatural. When a crime goes for the supernatural, the police go to the mysterious Alexandra Trese to help solve the crime.

I could go on and on what I love about the series, but the best way to get into the world of Trese is getting a copy of the graphic novel yourself (which I highly suggest that you do). XD

Anyway, upon my arrival at SM Megamall, I was blown away by the number of people lining up for the gallery!! I mean look at this!!

Lots of love for Trese indeed!! :D I was fortunate enough to be able to get to the gallery itself and I'm simply floored by the latest artwork Mr. Kajo Baldisimo made!! I love the detail and polished lineart and I can't wait to see how Alexandra Trese's latest adventures would look like seeing Mr. Baldisimo's work in the gallery. :D Congratulations sir and looking forward to a second gallery of amazing artwork from you! :D

And here is some pictures of the gallery itself:

I went ahead and dropped by to say hi to Mr. Kajo Baldisimo and congratulate him for his amazing gallery (I got lucky to have caught him not busy signing an autograph)!! I was supposed to say hi to Mr. Budjette Tan as well, but he is simply swamped with alot of fans asking for him to sign their copy of their latest book; "Trese: Book of Murders", as shown below:

Lots of people who want their copies of Trese signed by the amazing team. :D Sadly, I wasn't able to get my copy of the book, as I'm abit strapped for cash lately. But I heard from Mr. Baldisimo that they may consider selling copies at this coming Winter Komikon, so I'm crossing my fingers till then. :D

To wrap up my busy day today, I saw this huge ass Gunpla for sale and I simply cannot resist the urge to take a picture.

Hope you have a great weekend guys! :D

Friday, October 18, 2013

Monster Hunter 4 ProMini 9000 mAh Battery Pack Unboxing

Just recently, I got myself one of these from Datablitz

It's the officially licensed battery pack for Monster Hunter 4 called; the Promini 9000mAh Battery pack. I got it for about Php2495 (roughly $55) and I came away impressed overall with the said battery pack. Here's a small video unboxing of the battery pack itself:

If you're like me, who brings some gadgets on-the-go, like tablets, mobile phones and specially a handheld gaming console like a Nintendo 3DS, it definitely sucks when your gadget suddenly runs out of juice for you to keep on using them while you're out. And for people like us, battery packs like these are heaven send, as they give us that emergency charge when we need them the most, anytime, anywhere!

But the thing is, most battery packs available locally come from China. And not only do they look cheap, but they are prone to some very scary problems like short circuiting and in other instances, the battery suddenly bursting leaving the battery pack in flames.

I've been on the market for battery packs for quite sometime, after finding myself in alot of situations where my gadget suddenly runs out of battery. So hearing that Datablitz has imported these bad boys, I tried to read up any article regarding the said battery pack and I was surprised that it was officially licensed by Capcom no less! And so I went ahead and got myself one, and it didn't disappoint.

As far as looks go, this looks quite nice honestly. If you're a Monster Hunter fan, you definitely owe it to yourself to get one of these. Just look at the logo detailing from up-close:

Simply gorgeous! :D The fact that it's also encased in steel/titanium, this looks very sleek and would definitely turn some geek heads, specially those who are into the Monster Hunter series. The battery pack itself isn't that big, but it definitely feels solidly built. Here's some pictures for size reference:

When it comes to performance, it definitely is bang for your buck. With a whopping 9000mAh of battery packed in, it can charge your tablet for 2 full charges, which is good. Speaking of charging your device twice, another awesome feature of this battery pack, is that there's 2 separate USB output slots for you to charge your device simultaneously! 

This is perfect specially when you have 2 different gadgets that are both low in battery and you want to charge them at the same time! Here's my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and my Cherry Mobile Titan phone being charged at the same time:

I got alot of questions in groups when they learned I have this Battery Pack, as to how to charge the unit itself. And so, I decided to make a step-by-step illustrated tutorial on how to do so.

Also, if you happen to have one of Apple's USB chargers like this one:

You can use that to directly plug the battery pack on to an electrical outlet and charge it from there. It's been tested to be working for me. Hopefully the guide was of help to others.

The only downside to this, is that the package doesn't come with its own USB charger for the Nintendo 3DS! I mean it's just ironic that for an officially licensed battery pack to play Monster Hunter 4 on the 3DS, it doesn't have the cable needed to charge the 3DS itself! D: So I went ahead and scouted for a USB charger for my 3DS, and I found one in SM Bicutan:

Got it for on sale for only Php200! :D

The great thing about this USB charger, is that it not only works with the 3DS/3DSXL, but with DSi/DSi XL as well as the PSP 2000/3000 and the Gameboy Micro.

And just to show you guys that it does work with the 3DS XL, here's a picture of it being charged with my Monster Hunter 4 Battery pack:

Anyway, there you have it! In my opinion, despite the price, I would have to say it's very much worth every penny. The fact that it performs well and it is very solidly built, you could be assured that you've invested on something that won't easily break. Add that it also looks really sleek and nice, its a definite must buy for me.

You can get one at Datablitz, for only Php2,495 with a discount for cash purchases. Get one while supplies last, as my contact in DataBlitz mentioned they won't be restocking these again, making them highly collectable! :D

Thor Mjolnir Hammer USB drive @ Jollibee!!

If there's one thing I loved about Jollibee, is that they always release awesome toys for their Value Meals! Just remembering their amazing Voltron Toy set that they released a few years ago which looked like this:

Ha! Take that McDonalds! XD

Anyway, Jollibee's new toy is for the upcoming Marvel movie "Thor: The Dark World", which is Thor's famous hammer; the Mjolnir! And the sweet thing about this hammer is that its actually a USB drive too!! :D

To be able to purchase this amazing lil USB drive, you'll need to purchase their latest burger value meal; the Cheesy Bacon Mushroom Champ!!

Since I wanted to get my hands on that USB drive, I decided to get myself that meal! Upon ordering I learned that apparently you need to purchase the value meal first which cost Php165 (roughly $3.5) BEFORE you can purchase the Mjolnir Hammer USB drive which costs Php95 (roughly $2.5). Well, considering the overall total cost would cost me the same price of an actual lousy, boring USB drive anyway, I decided to get one. Atleast this one comes with a deliciously lookin burger, along with that amazing Mjolnir Hammer USB drive.

As for the burger, I can definitely vouch for its yumminess! I mean just look at all the cheese oozing out of the burger!

Anyway, before this post becomes a foodie review, here's the actual USB itself:

This awesome gadget is actually really solidly build. It's made out of thick durable plastic and has a really nice weight to it. It definitely doesn't feel light or flimsy, but has enough weight to make it feel solid. It comes in 1GB storage capacity (which is a bummer), but hey atleast if you find yourself in a pinch, you'll have this one ready to transfer small files for you. It definitely doesn't look bad when placed in my desk. :D

Congratulations again Jollibee for such an amazing product tie-in to the upcoming movie "Thor: The Dark World"!! So to every geek out there, what the hell are you waiting for?! Go to your nearest Jollibee store RIGHT NOW and grab this before stocks run out!

PS: Jollibee, since you're already releasing awesome USB toys, I'd like to request you get this too next time for your value meal toys:

I'm damn sure this would sell out like hotcakes, I can assure you guys that. :D