July 18, 2008
Fashionista fever and fighting femmes…

...and pink pachyderm power in A Crayon Haiku #80! I got my Chalice of Guudenuph figure from the Four Horsemen a while ago and I have to say he is pretty doggone awesome. I may give him a more thorough review in the near future, but suffice it to say that he is a fantastic exclusive indeed!

Now that we've gotten that appetizer out of the way, let's talk about the more substantial content. First among these, Mickey of Strange Cousin Susan is back with Sarah Jane Smith Fashionista Fever! Part Two (which is also crossposted on her site)! So do be sure to keep the love coming and check out her continued analysis of Sarah Jane's sundry wardrobe selections -- which, as Mickey notes, have much improved compared to the fashion atrocities we saw in the previous installment. And there are boots! We love boots.

And speaking of different outfits and boots (!), our two-page review of the SDCC 2005 Exclusive Capcom vs SNK 2 Mai & Chun-Li 2-pack has both, given Chun's choice footwear and the fact that the exclusive set features the girls wearing non-traditional colors. The review features a lot of unchecked gushing and lots of screencaps (another similarity to Fashionista Fever!) and even potentially redundant articulation tables (do let me know if those are a bit much, won't you?), but yeah. Quality control issues notwithstanding, I really like these figures.

Oh, and there are plenty of sprites with altered colors throughout the piece -- I initially made these because I needed to convince myself that Chun-Li and Mai could actually look good in these alternate schemes before ordering them. (Yes, I know... I'm very strange.) Most of the original sprites came from The Fighter's Generation, though I did grab some from Kikouken.com as well. That latter website is a particularly awesome resource for Chun-Li fans (and I've known about it for a while, so I'm surprised I haven't linked to it in the context of our earlier SF-related articles), so you'll definitely want to visit if you fall into that demographic. And while I'm plugging SF sites, there's also FightingStreet.com, which I may or may not have mentioned before. The site owner liked our SF crossover article, so you know he/she has good taste! 😉

I guess that'll do it for now, but here's a reminder that "Turn Left" is airing tonight on the SciFi Channel -- so if you've been avoiding our review of the episode because of potential spoilers, do remember to check out our piece once you've watched it. Even if you do enjoy the episode, hopefully you'll find some of the criticisms therein to be valid.

Until next time! :mrgreen:

UPDATE: I just saw that our pal SAG over at SuperArticulated recently posted reviews of the SOTA Street Fighter Round 1 and Round 2 figures, so fighting game aficionados with a thing for action figures should probably check those out as well. I still think CvS2 Chun-Li gets the win in terms of the sculpt -- and you'll see what I mean about how lovely these ladies look when you compare Mai's backside to the SOTA Cammy's droopy posterior -- but the superiority of the SOTA figures' articulation simply cannot be denied.

-posted by Wes | 6:16 pm | Comments (7)
7 Comments »
  • Mickey says:

    I threatened the emm with Turn Left tonight, not because I didn't enjoy it, but because I knew it would elicit a strong reaction from her! =)

  • Wes says:

    Ha! I think the emm was definitely right to oppose that episode, Mick. But think -- if she'd seen the bit about Sarah Jane in the hospital, she could have responded by saying, "She died so... slim!"

  • Mickey says:

    LMAO, Wes! I actually did see that bit of the program last night, but the emm was too wrapped up in her book to even notice.

  • Jester says:

    Hey Wes. This is totally off topic, but I saw this article in the local paper and wondered what you think of it. To me it's one lady making a mountain out of a mole hill, but who knows.
    http://www2.arkansasonline.com.....0724/print
    Or:
    http://forums.thetechnodrome.c.....hp?t=24673

  • Wes says:

    Well, no harm was intended -- and it doesn't look like there are any allegations of intentional racism, so I wouldn't say that the lady is making a mountain out of the issue -- but I can understand why someone wouldn't want a license that read "NGR"! And seeing as how the license plates are state-issued and all, it's probably best that the state does pull them and refrain from using those letters in that arrangement.

    Anyway, the AK DFA gets a gold star from me for the quick and accommodating response -- almost any other organization would have argued over the point until Al Sharpton showed up with a bullhorn.

  • the Jax says:

    Big kudos to you, Wes, for posing the girls to mirror their sprite images. I've never seen that done before, and I assume it was a bit nerve-wracking due to the general fragility of the figures. Esp. cool: the lightning kick(s)!

  • I know this article's old now, but i haven't had much time for this kinda stuff, and I'm catching up tonight.

    As a big fan of fighting games, it's good to see two of their top ladies represented in very well sculpted, if not well manufactured, figures.

    Still, I think I'd rather go for the X-rated Mai statue you linked to.

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