Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Mezco's upcoming Mortal Kombat X figures are AWESOME!!

When I heard of the upcoming Mortal Kombat X figures, I HAD to share it!! XD So I got these pics off the net (courtesy of Toyark and Mezco) and man I was simply blown away by the detail!! Just look at these pics!! :D

And here's my favorite ice-wielding Lin Kuei ninja; Sub-Zero! :D

And here's Sub's favorite frenemy; Scorpion!!

Joining them is the god of thunder; Raiden!! :D

Looking at the detail, it was just amazing!! :D These figures will be at 6" tall and each figure will have 23 points of articulation. Each figure will also come along with accessories. It will be packed on a collector friendly blister cards as well!! :D All figures will be sold at $18.99 and will be released on May of 2015!! 

As much as I am a big Mortal Kombat fan, I'm shy to admit that aside from the games, I failed to collect their other merchandise. :( Last time, I almost bought a Sub-Zero figure from a local toystore. But believing that they won't sell out quick, I just waited for prices to go down. And that turned out the worse decision I made, as they quickly sold out and the store didn't restock. Now with this release, I will DEFINITELY get myself a Sub-Zero figure. :D

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nokia N1: Getting Nokia back in the game

After what seemed an epic weekend, the start of my week just went even more awesome upon the announcement of the Nokia N1:

Just when I thought Nokia is no more, after being sold to Microsoft, Nokia's sudden reemergence out of nowhere to announce this was... shocking to say the least. And that's not all...

This is a sleek and stylish tablet that's at 7", runs on a vanilla Android 5.0 OS (unlike the forked Android OS that's found on the Nokia X series phones), with a price tag at an incredibly competitive price of $249 (roughly Php11,500).


I've been a fanboy of Nokia handsets, and quite frankly after owning a Nokia X (which I thought would be the last I'd see a Nokia brand on a handset) this makes me really happy. Add in the fact that it runs on Android makes me jump for joy!! DREAM COME TRUE!!

However, despite this announcement, I still have a few questions in my mind, and the one thing that bugs me the most is, will this run Google apps (namely the Google Play store) on it and be installed with every Google app that comes standard with Android devices? Or will this be another Nokia X? Please for the love of goodness Nokia, stop with the forking and simply support Android full force!! Will be updating you guys as soon as I get new info soon.

Komikon X + ESGS = An Epic weekend recap

It's quite rare for me to have two back-to-back weekend events to attend, and last weekend is definitely an awesome way for me to end the week!! :D

First off; Komikon X!!

My small little company; Powerplay Wear, made its debut on Summer Komikon 2014, and I really found it fitting for it to return for Komikon 2014.

And this time, I brought something special along with me that I introduced back in Toycon 2014; the videogame sword replica collab project with Hello Knightmare by Louie. And I got me the Parallel Falchion from the game Fire Emblem: Awakening.

We setup the booth early on and despite the much more crammed space, the atmosphere in the event is simply... electric!! :D Here's a shot of our humble table that's crammed with stuff to sell!! :D

As soon as the crowd came rushing in, I had very little time to go around the event and cover it myself. I was too busy marketing our product and generally taking care of the booth. I'm simply glad that our products got alot of loving during Komikon!! And even if our replica swords didn't sell, they managed to get alot of curious onlookers to enjoy and appreciate the sword up close! :D

And one thing I love about Komikon, is that cosplayers are starting to get more and more accepted in the event! As a cosplayer, I love it as well, and I hope I can cosplay as one of the local komik characters that's in Komikon.

Sadly, as much as I enjoyed Komikon, I ended up with a very slim loot during the event. :( Since I could barely go around, and most exhibitors set-up late, I didn't get to buy alot of komiks during the event. :( Here's my Komikon 2014 loot:

Kanto Inc. compilation book
Story by: Joanah Tinio Calingo/Taga-Ilog
Art by: Kilayman

Dragon Breed Vol. 1
Story by: Maria Cornelia Damaso
Art by: Elmer Damaso

Pasig Book 2: Issue 4
Story & Art by: Taga-Ilog
I've yet to read all of my Komikon loot (days have been busy with me doing client work and preparing for the next convention), but I'm simply surprised with the amount of amazing works coming out of Komikon!! The creators are really putting out their best foot forward, making sure the readers get their money's worth, and its a win for us fans. I look forward to next year's Komikon releases!! :D

But the absolute best loot I got during Komikon, wasn't even a komik itself, but this:

This lovely piece of art was a limited edition print run by Mr. Carlo Vergara, creator of the popular superhero; Zsazsa Zaturnnah.

Seeing the piece in person was simply breathtaking, and considering I'm a huge fan of the style of Alphonse Mucha, and I'm proud to be hanging this wonderful art on my wall. Mr. Vergara even made a nice Certificate of Authenticity, which is a really nice touch.

Moving on to day 2; which was ESGS!!

It was a gaming centric event that focused more on e-sports and videogames. I definitely appreciate the effort put into it, and I hope the event grows bigger next year, but as of now, its a little bit fewer in attendance than Komikon. 

I was finally able to try out the local games made for the Occulus, and safe to say, it does show potential. However most of the games presented during the ESGS, does lack some polish (with controls not exactly responsive, the map layout is confusing and abit too large) however it can only get better in the future. I look forward to seeing more locally made content soon!

One thing I do appreciate though is that gaming cosplay is becoming more and more mainstream here in the Philippines:

Whew!! What a weekend!! Still having some weekend hangovers due to the epicness, but I definitely had tons of fun!! Till next time!! :D