Friday, 20 June 2008

Toy Review - Gobots: Bubble Man

Tonka whored the Gobots brand out to pretty much anyone while the going was good, and this was one of the odder items of merchandise. Produced by a company named Tootsietoy, these things were packed on blister cards not totally unlike regular Gobots figures, and named as Bubble Man. They were produced in four colours - as well as the red and blue pictured, there were also green and black versions. 

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Comic Review - Union Jack

Union Jack has been one of my favourite minor Marvel character for some considerable time, be it cameoing in The Invaders or Captain America or being a semi-regular in The Knights of Pendragon (preferably the first, good series). I was pleased to discover the first issue of this series until I saw the name on the cover - Raab. Ben Raab. A spectacularly untalented man who'd taken the new lease of life Warren Ellis gave to Excalibur and pissed it away by making it the X-Men reserve Team title, effectively jettisoning everyone but Shadowcat, Colossus and Nightcrawler. 

Monday, 7 January 2008

Comic Review - The Rocketeer

Adaptations are a funny thing and as far as I'm concerned The Rocketeer fits that bill. I'm wrong, I know, but sometimes things aren't that easy. The film version, starring Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connolly, was something I watched a great many times as a child and remains one of my favourite films. I didn't know there was a comic until much later, let alone that this was radical difference. Therefore, initially, the Eclipse 'album' (it's a TPB in large-format size, i.e. Eclipse's usual habit of being a bit pretentious, effortlessly combined with their other main characteristic of mucking up trades) of Dave Stevens' original batch of Rocketeer strips didn't go down too well. That it's the original canon can matter little when you're so much more familiar with the unfaithful adaptation.