G.I.Joe Rise of Cobra Review (Yes the first one!)

5by5nAs I gear up to see G.I.Joe Retaliation tomorrow (in IMAX 3D) i thought it appropriate to dig up a review I did of Rise of Cobra shortly after it came out. I have to say up front, that review was more of a long rant, and I’ve recently re watched the film so I tempered it quickly to arrive at this rough around the edges article.I wanted it out quickly in case someone had the chance to read it before the movie tonight. Warning, it’s long, and it could probably fit into that nerd rage category in a couple of points.

The first thing i want to do is list some positives, then I’ll look at the movie as just a film, then as a Joe film.


1. A Few of the Positives:Christoper Ecceltson played a convincing Scottish Destro. Nods to it’s roots like “Yo Joe” and “Kung Fu Grip” are humorous and nice. It doesn’t take itself to seriously. It brought the name G.I.Joe to theaters. It felt more kid friendly and family appropriate than the Transformers movies, which i think is a big plus. My kid could see this well before i would let him see Bay’s sex obsessed explosion films. Continue reading

Marvel Universe Kraven Review

Thanks to my friend and Comic and Figure Addicts owner JJLecaros I got my hands on several hard to find Marvel universe figures. It seems like all Marvel universe are hard to find these days!

First up is famous Spider-Hunter Kraven.

kravenThis guy looks like Kraven. He is the ultimate hunter, who has taken down lions and  has a desire to hunt down truly dangerous prey like Spider-man. His sculpt is superb for a marvel universe figure which all too often feature the same molds and painted on details. It’s true is wrist and bicep wraps are painted on, but  the sculpting on his vest, belt, knees and wrapped boots more than make up for it.

The painting is done very well, I noticed no issues with unpainted areas or bleeding until reviewing the pics and noticed incredibly minor issues below the knee.  The way his eyes are painted make this head look truly villainous and unique to factory painted 1:18 scale heads of any line.


Unfortunately, my Kraven’s left foot was fused together and broke off. his right foot feels very flimsy as well.  This only bothers me slightly as i had plans for this head to become my Major Bludd, but still disappointing.

kravenhandHis thumb is fused to his middle finger which will limit the accessories he can hold.


his spear is so wavy! how could he possibly through this?  If it’s important to you you can’t attempt a procedure to fix it, soften the  plastic in boiling water, straighten and reinforce till it softens. I haven’t had the time try this, but it is often used by G.I.Joe customizers to address warps in plastic.

kravenrenegadesbluddStyling in a suit! Even if you don’t want this guy for Kraven this head looks excellent on many bodies. This body being from the Men In Black III line.  If I can find more of these guys in the wild, I’ll be picking up two more, as I do want a Kraven as well as having some of the cool parts (head, skulls on knees) to customize with.

kravenonthehuntHere Kraven is perched and hunting the batman with his super wavey spear.

I do not know how common the issues with the spear are, but both it and the leg hurt the figure greatly. If I Ignore the leg (surely not all of them are broken)  I’d give this guy an 8 out of 10 for excellent new parts and paint job.  If you can find him, grab him.