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April 1, 2010
April Fool! (Again)

In case you couldn’t tell or didn’t notice the date, I totally wasn’t being serious in my review of The Twilight Saga: New Moon — this movie is terrible. Bella spends most of it being a whiny bitch; the vampires are either uninteresting stock characters, stupid, or just plain jerks (or all of the above); and there’s a lot of stuff with the story that just doesn’t work, except it does because Stephenie Meyer (or the director/screenwriter/etc.) says it does. Perhaps because it’s based on a book, there’s also a lot of exposition — much of which involves the characters explaining why they have to do things a certain way, as with the whole stopping Edward from exposing himself thing. And there’s the stupid sparkling.

I can’t say this is the worst vampire movie I’ve ever seen, but it’s probably the worst I’ve seen with production values this high. It’s not even really a vampire movie. It’s a movie about a teenage girl whining and flirting with death because her boyfriend moved away and she’s oh-so sad, but then she meets this other guy and things aren’t so bad except they are because she’s still oh-so sad and runs off at the drop of a hat to be with the dude who left her — it just has vampires and werewolves and other supernatural stuff along for the ride.

Speaking of rides, the Twilight series depicts vampires as being Flash fast — so why the hell are they driving cars? I’d just run everywhere.

-posted by Wes | 7:12 pm | Comments (13)

So if you just jumped to the blog and bypassed the front page, you should probably check it out… or, if it’s no longer April 1, 2010, you can view the mock layout here. Pretty horrific stuff, if I do say so myself! I’m rather proud of it. Here’s hoping it doesn’t inspire too many nightmares… 😈

EDIT: And do let me know if it’s not displaying properly! I didn’t spend the weeks that I spent working on the actual site design, so there may be browser quirks I haven’t tested and accounted for… not that I’ll actually go to the trouble of trying to address them for a mock layout (although that’s precisely what I’ve spent the last hour doing @_@), but I would like to know about them for future reference.

-posted by Wes | 2:07 am | Comments (9)
March 26, 2010
Dusty Plastic HELLside #15 and #16!

Excuses, excuses, excuses — but hey, have a couple of Dusty Plastic HELLside comics! There’s HELLside #15, in which we learn why Teela’s stance is so bloody wide, and HELLside #16 has a bit of fun with character and actor names and whatnot. The latter joke’s probably been done a million times over by now, but eh.

If you’ve been missing my work, swing by Articulated Discussion — since the last Scary-Crayon update, I’ve posted a review of Battle Armor He-Man, a couple of Bootleg Tuesday entries, and a review of the Iron Man Mark VI (with power-up glow!). Cool stuff, yessir.

I do have more content planned for Scary-Crayon — I just keep getting distracted! And right now I’m kinda ill and guzzling this disgusting CVS medicine that I found in the basement after it flooded. Anyway, more to come when it does. Ja!

-posted by Wes | 1:31 pm | Comments (0)
March 9, 2010
Somewhere, Summer Landsdown is weeping.

Still more stuff to come, but here’s a quick update in Dusty Plastic HELLside #14. Quick explanation for those of you who aren’t familiar with “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” and “Power Rangers: RPM”: after playing the Ranger Red on the latter show, Eka Darville went on to portray the character of Pietros in “Spartacus”… and Friday’s episode saw Pietros hang himself. In this comic, He-Man is standing in for the outraged Spartacus. And then of course there’s the meme reference. I don’t really care if it’s forced — and I missed the attempt at forcing it altogether — it just seems funny to me with the bad grammar and apparent outrage. I think it needs multiple question marks as well as exclamation points to have its maximum effect, though!

In other news, I’ve written several Bootleg Tuesday entries for Articulated Discussion since last time — on February 23rd, March 2nd, and March 9th (that’s today!) — so feel free to swing by there and check them out! And do leave comments. I like comments.

Until next time, which will hopefully be sooner rather than later!

-posted by Wes | 3:46 pm | Comments (1)
February 19, 2010
Dusty Plastic HELLside #13!

Hey, folks! Sorry for the unscheduled hiatus — yadda yadda, these things happen (especially with me). I’m afraid this update isn’t very substantial — it’s just Dusty Plastic HELLside #13 — but hopefully you’ll find it amusing! I’m not sure anyone who’s not familiar with Sarah Jane Smith’s recent activities will get it, but that’s why you’ve got our archives. But in short: Sarah Jane’s a 60-plus-year-old-woman who spends much of her time hanging out with children in her attic under the pretense of investigating alien activity and introducing the kids to “the wonders of the universe.” Oh, and the figure is the new Percy Jackson toy from Jazwares. I might do a full review of it at some point, but suffice it to say that it’s pretty decent for what it is. Could stand to be a dollar or two cheaper, though.

More content on the way (hopefully soon). Among other things, the return of Kain and Wild Boar alien has been photographed! If you don’t know what that means, try checking out some of the very earliest Scary-Crayon Foodstuffs articles. 😉

Aaand since I’ve been away here, I’ve posted some articles over on Articulated Discussion that you might want to give a look! Since Mattel actually sent me a replacement Adora in response to the concerns I voiced in my harsh MOTUC Adora review, I wrote a followup piece. I also wrote an article on action figure modifications — which features some relatively simple tricks and fixes you can try at home! — and the February 16th edition of Bootleg Tuesday. Good stuff!

Alrighty, that’ll do it for this update. Until next time! :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 3:41 pm | Comments (2)
January 31, 2010
The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings!

‘Allo ‘allo, Crayon readers! We’re back again with new content — and it hasn’t even been a month since the last update. How awesome is that?!

First, a quickie — Dusty Plastic HELLside #12, which features Adora from “She-Ra: Princess of Power” facing off against Chun-Li of the Street Fighter series. More on Adora in a bit.

The more substantial offering in today’s update is a summary review of The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings — a book I’ve despised as long as I can remember. Admittedly, I don’t really remember it before high school (I rediscovered it when perusing the selections on the bookshelf in my room), but still. This is also a piece that is somewhat personal, as I not only describe an incident from my own life but even include a relevant photo of myself. I’m not doing any of this for sympathy, mind you — so please try not to offer your condolences or pity, though I welcome other responses and insights regarding today’s features — but I did want to share my own similar yet decidedly less encouraging experience in order to better convey just how wrong the events of this story are. I think we can all agree that The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings has a terrible message and probably shouldn’t be shared with impressionable young minds in any context.

And back to Adora! The comic here is an extra photo from the shoot I did for my review of the figure at Articulated Discussion, so please check that out and leave a comment over there if you like. The review’s not going over so well with some AD readers, as it’s quite negative and contains a good amount of cursing (there are only 15 swear words in the 2000-word article, but even so), but I think readers familiar with some of my work over here might find it to be entertaining. If nothing else, it’s given me material for a running gag involving Hordak… and a cool idea for a custom if I ever end up with a bunch of fodder from female figures. Oh, I also did last week’s Bootleg Tuesday entry, so go there to marvel at the horror of bootleg toys based on a great late-90s cartoon show.

That’ll do it for this update, then! Until next time —

-posted by Wes | 2:42 am | Comments (29)
January 25, 2010
Scary-Crayon’s sixth anniversary!!!

YES! It’s hard to believe, but Scary-Crayon turns six years old today. I’d like to wax poetic about what that means to me, but I just don’t have the words — suffice it to say that as long as I have stuff to post (and can afford the hosting fees), SC will continue to stick around ye olde Internetz. Hopefully some of y’all out there regard that as a good thing!

Okay, as is traditional for the anniversary, we’ve got multiple features for you to celebrate with. First up, a quickie: Dusty Plastic HELLside #11. I told you the Triceratops Ranger would be appearing again… I just didn’t think it’d take him so long. Ah well, he’s here now and that’s what matters!

Next up, a long-overdue summary review of an episode of “Wuzzles”! It’s been a long time since I’ve done an article like this, so let me know what you think. I will say, however, that I kinda miss articles writing like this — sure, they’re mostly recapping, but there’s plenty of room for snark and jokes and odd analytical insights that I don’t often get to indulge in, say, the toy reviews that have dominated SC as of late.

And then we pop over to the games category for a review of the DOS version of Body Blows! Apparently I haven’t done a game review since 2007 (wow), so I really enjoyed writing this one as well. Hopefully we’ll see more of them in the future! I did pick up Power Rangers: Super Legends with intent to review it, so maybe that’ll show up on the site before too much longer. And oh, I’m trying something new here with videos. I’ve noticed that when visiting other sites I sometimes have issues playing videos with embedded players, so I’ve just gone the simpler route of uploading the videos to YouTube and including links at the end of the article. Just about everybody can watch stuff on YouTube, right? And if you’ve got the proper codecs, you can download the larger, higher-quality encodes to watch from your hard drive. Let me know what you think about those, too — they probably don’t need to be quite so large in terms of size, so I could see reducing their visual quality in the future.

Finally, our amazing, fashion-conscious contributor Mickey Glitter is here to help us celebrate with the final installment of Sarah Jane Smith Fashionista Fever! Lots of images and captioned hilarity in this one, so enjoy! I’m glad that we had the ability to share this series with all of you and look forward to hosting future articles by the Glitterific One, whether they’re rooted in the Whoniverse or not. In any case, expect more Doctor Who- and Sarah Jane-related content in 2010 and beyond!

And that’ll do it for today’s celebratory features — but don’t think that there won’t be more content in the near future! In keeping with our return to neglected categories, I’ve got a new Foodstuffs piece on the horizon, not to mention several ideas for upcoming Spectare reviews. I’d also like to do more Crayon Haiku and Dusty Plastic HELLside installments, though I’m kicking around the idea of posting them in the blog (I’d still have links to them with thumbnails in the content structure) rather than having separate single pages them that then link to blog entries. If you’ve got any strong feelings about that change one way or the other, please let me know!

And yeah, we’ll also be adding more Playthings content, but I’ll be trying to increase my focus on items that you wouldn’t generally see spotlighted on sites in our general circle. Among other things, a couple of Juku Couture clothing sets and some really kickass dollar store toys are queued up for review. So yes, stay tuned!

Before I end this entry, I’d like to take a moment to thank all of you who’ve visited Scary-Crayon over the years. Granted, I get a lot of enjoyment out of maintaining and writing for the site, but without you guys I’d have no reason to share it and it wouldn’t feel nearly as rewarding. And if you’ve got a moment, please leave a comment below — whether you’ve got something to add about today’s features or anything else. In particular, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the kinds of things you wish I’d write more about (or less about) and any other suggestions you might have. Knowing which articles were your favorites among more recent pieces might also be helpful. And if there’s something you think we do especially well here, please point it out so that we can keep doing it!

Until next time (and forevermore!), I sincerely wish y’all all the best. :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 3:38 pm | Comments (14)
January 21, 2010
And now a Twilight figure review? Seriously?!?

Yep! Following our Juku Couture doll review — which was selected as Articulated Discussion’s Review of the Week, hurray! — we’re now reviewing a Twilight figure. Alice Cullen, to be specific. I haven’t seen New Moon — the first movie was dull enough for me to pass on that — but the figure (and Ashley Greene) is quite fetching! And at $3.74, the price was pretty fantastic, too. I even picked up an Edward for the same price (I plan to review that figure too at some point), but I kinda wish I hadn’t since now I feel like I need to get Bella. Twilight-mocking toy comics just wouldn’t be complete — or nearly as funny — without her.

Actually, maybe they would! I have an idea… :mrgreen:

Anyway! Speaking of Articulated Discussion up there, DrNightmare recently authored an interview-type piece featuring opinions from a bunch of different toy reviewers. It’d be worth a read even if I weren’t one of the reviewers interviewed, but I am — so that makes it even more imperative that you check it out! All sorts of topics are touched on, the OAFE guys strive to exhibit douchebaggery in the form of nepotism and boastful self-promotion, I do my damnedest to blast a certain video reviewer without mentioning him by name… in short, a good time is had by all. 😛

I was going to write more about the various points in the article and what I agree/disagree with, but I’ll leave that alone for now. I did find it interesting that so many reviewers don’t want to read others’ reviews of the same figure, though. I’ve known authors who are the same way, but it’s never really made sense to me. Yeah, it’s possible that you’ll be influenced by other people’s work, and that could make your work less “unique” (at least as far as you know; Stephanie Meyer mentioned something about avoiding other authors’ work but it sounds like the Twilight saga still managed to be derivative as fuck). But you might also be influenced for the better, such that the quality of your writing, presentation, whatever — even if it borrows from outside elements — will ultimately improve.

And if nothing else, reading other people’s writing might make you aware of things you need to emphasize. For instance, I read Artemis’s review of Alice at OAFE in which he mentions that the figure can’t stand (it can) — but he also doesn’t mention the ankle swivels. So while I had already noticed those points of articulation and would have mentioned them regardless, I felt compelled to point out that they’re helpful for keeping the figure on its feet. Since one would tend to assume that a figure can stand up unless otherwise noted (and since the ankles aren’t the most obvious joints, I can definitely understand someone concluding that the figure can’t stand), I might not have explicitly mentioned that otherwise.

(That’s not meant to be insulting, mind you; I enjoy Artemis’s reviews!)

Anyway, all for now! Stay tuned, since Monday marks the site’s… six-year anniversary! I’m hoping to have at least two new pieces and hopefully three or four up to celebrate — among others, there’ll be the first non-toy review since… August of last year? Wow. 😕

-posted by Wes | 3:42 pm | Comments (8)
January 14, 2010
Scary-Crayon plays with dollies?

Hey, folks! It’s been a while, eh? I haven’t been dead — so don’t go scolding Willow for not resurrecting me sooner — I just got a bit bogged down with other stuff towards the end of last year. I don’t have a ton to show for my distraction, mind you, but I did end up with a few things that might make for cool reviews. Whether I’ll actually get around to reviewing them remains to be seen…

Anyway, speaking of reviews, we’ve got a new toy review… of the Juku Couture Audrina doll. Yep, we’re reviewing dolls now! I mean, it’s not like we haven’t reviewed dolls before, and action figures are arguably just dolls for boys… but still. Actually, there’s no shame involved — Audrina is pretty cool and I enjoyed reviewing her. In fact, writing this review was more fun for me than many of our more recent toy reviews, if only because the subject matter gave me more opportunities to joke around. I hope the piece is/was fun for you to read, too!

So hopefully I’ll have more unique reviews like this in 2010, and I do plan to get back to reviewing other stuff — among other things, there’s still a cartoon episode review that I mostly wrote last year but haven’t gotten around to finishing and posting. And although the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has passed, I still want to get some belated commemorative content up. We’ll see.

And in the meantime, feel free to swing by Articulated Discussion, where you’ll find lots of great content and the occasional piece by me. Since the last SC article, I’ve done three things over there: two installments of Bootleg Tuesday and one brief article spotlighting my top three figures of 2009. I bet you can’t guess who one of them is!

Okey-doke, that’s all for now. Until next time, if there is one! 😛

-posted by Wes | 7:21 am | Comments (8)
December 6, 2009
This Power Ranger has STYLE!

I was going to begin by noting that action figures don’t often win me over with their outfits, but then I guess the costume is generally an important feature of toys. I mean, they’re based on fictional superheroes and whatnot, and whereas the “heroes” in real life tend to wear generic suits and uniforms, part of what makes comic, cartoon, and other fictional superdudes and dudettes so unique is their costumes.

I suppose the Power Rangers RPM Full Throttle Triceratops Ranger is special, however, in that I don’t often fixate so heavily on one aspect of the figure. He does have other merits — decent articulation, cool and plentiful accessories, and a price tag that’s not in the double digits — but, like Chun-Li‘s thighs, I find it difficult to see past the stylish smoking jacket. I’d probably love this figure (though not nearly as much) even if it had t-hips and swivel shoulders. And no, Bandai, that is not permission to start skimping on articulation… unless every figure comes packaged with a removable cloth smoking jacket. This kind of style needs to be shared.

Anyway, I hope y’all are having a great holiday season! Until next time…

-posted by Wes | 3:02 am | Comments (14)
November 18, 2009
The Sixth Doctor Regeneration Figure!

Today we take a look at the sixth Doctor regeneration figure currently appearing at Toys “R” Us stores across the United States. I’ve seen it in abundance at two out of three local TRUs, so I’m admittedly a bit skeptical about reports that it isn’t showing up at all in certain areas and even states — but if you happen to live in one of these dry areas (or in another country), LUCKY YOU. This figure is lazy and hateful, and so much the better if peculiar distribution prevents you from ever owning it.

I’ve said quite a bit about it in the article, but I feel compelled to write even more here. I mean, there have been Doctor Who figures with fairly restricted necks before — for instance, both the second and third Doctors’ necks don’t have great range. However, with them, you simply can’t turn them beyond a certain point, which is not the same as being able to do so easily but damaging the figure when you do. And while that would be bad enough, it’s even more infuriating due to the fact that the damage occurs because Character Options didn’t bother to test fit the parts… which even a novice customizer would do. Ugh.

And seriously, why the hell hasn’t anyone else mentioned this? NEWT?!? (Check out the super-duper Kaiju Week event currently taking place at Infinite Hollywood!) I mean, I can’t be the only person who tried to turn this damned figure’s neck, can I?! I hate it.

Anyway, in keeping with my promise last time, more Power Rangers toy reviews will be coming soon! In the meantime, you can check out this brief piece I wrote on some Power Rangers bootlegs over at Articulated Discussion. Like I say in that article, you should skip these guys and go for the legitimate Bandai wares, but as far as bootlegs go I’ve seen much, much worse. And since I’ll probably be handling Bootleg Tuesdays over at AD on at least a bi-weekly basis, perhaps I’ll have the opportunity to share some of those horrors with you!

All for now, then — seeya next time. 🙂

-posted by Wes | 4:50 pm | Comments (2)
November 10, 2009
Throttle Max Ranger Gold!

FINALLY, the Power Rangers get some review love on the site with this in-depth look at Throttle Max Ranger Gold! I plan on having more Power Rangers reviews in the very near future — now that I’ve reviewed one, I’m confident I can get a few more up here without being too verbose.

I also picked up a laughable figure tonight that I’ll be reviewing very soon. This thing makes Best Friend Colton look like the Best. Toy. Ever. by comparison. Seriously, it’s awful. I’ve consistently looked at this line and just laughed every time I passed it at Dollar Tree, but then I suddenly started thinking the figures might get recalled because half of them have these giant flash tumors on them — not to mention shoddy screws and metal pins holding them together — that could probably choke a child. And that paint? Totally infused with delicious lead, and poorly applied at that. But I’m getting ahead of myself…

Until next time! :mrgreen:

-posted by Wes | 6:33 am | Comments (14)
November 2, 2009
Madballs Series 2 Wolf Breath revisited!

Okay, so we didn’t have any new content before Halloween — but here’s a late look at Madballs Series 2 Wolf Breath. You might remember that I wasn’t terribly pleased with this toy when I reviewed the advance version over a year ago, but I like the release version a whole lot better! While it’s not quite as cool as the original, the few paint changes Basic Fun has made are definitely for the better.

Plugs! I mentioned that I’d probably have some Halloween-themed guest content over at Articulated Discussion, and I did come through with an installment of Toy Haul and a review of The Mummy from Toy Island’s Universal Monsters line. So yeah, check those out! And if you happen to have a spare Frankenstein left leg around, please drop me a line. 😛

All for now, then — hopefully I’ll have more content soon. I’m planning to do a Power Ranger review next, though I’m not entirely sure how I want to do it. Theoretically I’d review the single figure… but since the basic figures all have pretty much the same sculpt, reviewing one would be kinda like reviewing them all. Hmmm. If you have any, I’m open to suggestions!

UPDATE: I got kinda annoyed by the boxed text around the floating Wolf Breath image, so I decided to try my hand at some makeshift image wrapping. Let me know how it looks on your end!

-posted by Wes | 1:49 am | Comments (0)
October 26, 2009
Astro Boy’s Buzzsaw Samurai!!!

Yep, new toy review — this time of the Buzzsaw Samurai from Jazwares’s 6″ Astro Boy movie line. He’s a decent enough figure, and I really like the design, but he’s certainly not amazing. Kids will likely disagree.

And Halloween is on the way! Admittedly, I have no plans to do any explicitly Halloween-themed content, but I don’t feel bad about that — this is Scary-freakin’-Crayon, after all, and it’s always like Halloween here! That said, there are a lot of other sites breaking out special Halloween layouts, so check out the sites in the links block to the right for some additional spooky flavor. In particular, Articulated Discussion‘s got some cool Scare of the Night photographs coming in addition to its temporary Halloween layout (I’m hoping to share some spooky guest content over there as well; I’ll keep you posted!), and Infinite Hollywood‘s rocking some Halloweeny goodness as well. Speaking of that site and today’s review figure, IH reviewed the 3.75″ Astro Boy a week and a half ago — so if you were thinking about picking that figure up to pair with the Buzzsaw Samurai, you might want to read that article.

Okay, that’s all for now. Hopefully we’ll have more content for you soon!

P.S. When I’m fooling around with the css and manage to break stuff on the site, you guys have to tell me! Otherwise I’ll never know until I happen to notice the errors… which sometimes takes a while even when they’re staring me in the face. 😛

-posted by Wes | 10:00 pm | Comments (13)
October 19, 2009
The third Doctor and Dalek review!

Well, this review took me a bit longer than I expected — and was delayed further by an unfortunate occurrence that you can read about therein — but our review of the third Doctor and Dalek 2-pack from Character Options and Underground Toys is finally up! While I can’t entirely recommend the set at this price, I don’t think that matters — if you’re the kind of person this set is for, you’ll buy it (and likely have already bought it) regardless of my recommendation. As Mickey put it, “Dude, it’s Pertwee.” Indeed it is.

Anyway, hopefully you’ll find it to be an entertaining read even if you’re not interested in the figures! But if it starts to get too long for you, feel free to scroll down to the handy-dandy summary at the bottom. I grin every time I look at those Crayon Critter bullets, dontchaknow. 😉

-posted by Wes | 3:58 pm | Comments (15)
October 12, 2009
SFIV Guile and a new HELLside comic!

The wait is over — we finally have new content on Scary-Crayon! First up, the more substantial piece: a review of NECA’s Street Fighter IV Guile figure, complete with many (many) sprite-matched photos. He’s probably my least favorite of NECA’s SFIV figures to date, though I think that might say more about my feelings for the character than it does about the quality of the toy. Even so, he’s no Chun-Li.

Then there’s Dusty Plastic HELLside #10, which stars Sakura, Flint, and a Plasma Kreaps Zombie that I never finished reviewing! I totally meant to, and I started taking photos of the packaging, but then I got scared because the figure came inside a bunch of goo (hence the “plasma” thing) and could potentially have stained my lightbox backdrop. I halted my photography session to thoroughly wash the parts, but by the time I finished I just wasn’t in the mood to continue. It’s not a bad toy, though!

A few links also go hand-in-hand with this review. First, if you saw the thumbnail on the content pages and wondered where that cool Flint sprite came from, it’s available — along with a lot of other nifty G.I. Joe sprite creations — on this page. And as far as the Flint figure goes, I recently reviewed it over at Articulated Discussion! So yeah, check that out. 🙂

Speaking of plugs, there’s a new link to Dork Dimension on the sidebar! I think I’ve plugged it before, but it’s really a cool site that you should visit even when I’m not telling you to stop by. I mean, where else can you find current reviews of old Playmates figures like Deanna Troi, Slice ‘N’ Dice Shredder, and Psycrow? Okay, you could find stuff like that here, but I haven’t reviewed those figures. Yet. Seriously, though, it’s a cool site. Once Nathan gets those javascript issues worked out, it’ll be perfect. 😉

All for now, then! Hopefully weeks won’t pass before the next update.

-posted by Wes | 7:40 pm | Comments (15)
September 18, 2009

So by now you’ve undoubtedly seen, heard, and/or read about how Kanye West drenched Taylor Smith’s parade at the MTV Video Music Awards — and while I agree with contributor Mickey Glitter that discussion of the actual event is getting a bit old, I’m still finding myself thoroughly amused by the perpetuation of the resultant Kanye meme. Dusty Plastic HELLside #9 is my contribution to the fad: five Capcom characters interrupted by a dude who really has no business popping up during someone else’s victory animation. Who does Kanye think he is, Dan Forden?

Note that I can’t take credit for the Kanye West pic in any of those images; that was created by Stefmax of The Orange Society! And in case you were curious about the dude, here’s the Wikipedia article on Vajrabodhi.

By the way, wouldn’t it be really cool if fighting games actually had victory cancel moves? In a game with fatalities, for instance, there could be a command for the loser to still escape death — perhaps entered after the finishing hit but before the loser hits the ground — thereby diminishing the winner’s victory. Or maybe if the winner is about to get a perfect, the loser could do something so that the character bounces off the ground and into the winner, thus causing the winner to take damage and lose out on the perfect bonus. And you know what would be really cool? A command that causes one of the spectators in the background to throw a bottle or tomato at the victor — not only souring the victory, but also causing minimal damage and negating any perfect bonuses. Hell, there could even be ways for the victor to dodge or deflect these attacks, earning an extra “untouchable” bonus or something.

Yeah, I know — I should totally be one of Capcom’s idea men.

In other news, Infinite Hollywood has been added to the links block on the sidebar! I’m aware that there are a couple of broken links on there — and that the Pop Arena link isn’t a link at all; I’ve kept it there for nostalgic reasons — so expect more new links whenever I get buttons to replace them. In the meantime, you’ll just have to do with me telling you to visit The Undiscovered Playthings and such! Oh, and there’s something else I wanted to mention — apparently Twisted Kaiju Theater is now known as The Once and Future Tyrant. But since it seems to be part of a storyline development and could possibly change in the future — and because I don’t have a button with the new title — the TKT button will remain for now.

Aaaaaaand that’ll do it for this update. Until next time, watch out for falling jackasses and don’t let your victories get canceled!

-posted by Wes | 8:17 pm | Comments (7)
September 14, 2009
It really is a sweet move.

And here’s the latest installment of Dusty Plastic HELLside, in which Raphael and Ryu meditate to control their inner demons. I really just wanted an excuse to show the modification I did to Raph, which involved popping his lower legs out and sanding down the square peg so that the leg can rotate at the knee. RADICAL! 😛

I’ve done similar mods to a bunch of Playmates figures over the past week (most satisfyingly with the Terminator Salvation T-700 and T-R.I.P. figures’ arms), which makes me wonder why the good folks at Playmates are so fond of these square pegs. Obviously they’re putting square wheels on the car to prevent it from moving, but why would you want a stationary car?! And yes, cars and joints aren’t the same thing, but I’m standing by my assertion that more articulation is better — especially when adding it doesn’t impact the sculpt or sturdiness of the toy in any discernible way.

Then again, I can kinda understand why they didn’t bother to add the swivel to the TMNT Turtles. Turning the knee into a swivel-hinge joint doesn’t add a whole lot of poseability to them — it pretty much enables them to sit with their legs bent and that’s it. Hence today’s comic!

As always, more to come, and thanks for reading Scary-Crayon!

-posted by Wes | 12:13 am | Comments (2)
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