Friday, 6 September 2013

Movie remakes - give it a rest

Movie remakes are starting to seriously get on my nerves now. Why can't movie makers these days come up with something new rather than re-hashing old ones and ruining them. I saw today the trailer for Robocop, and then read quite soon after that they are re-making Stargate and The Blackhole amongst others.

The Robocop trailer is terrible, they have taken and the basic concept, removed all the good bits, and sh*t out a bog standard dull movie. It looks almost exactly like the bland remake of Total recall from last year.

It's not like there is a shortage of good sci-fi stories out there. There are some real classics books that have never had the movie treatment. But that seems to be too much of a risk, the lazy movie companies would rather take something old, mess it up a bit, add a load of pointless effects, and rely on some nostalgia to get people to go and see it.

Tron was a great example of this. The original Tron film is not a great film. It's very dull, and really dated, but it does look great. But it didn't need re-making or a sequel. It should have just been left alone.

You do occasionally get a good new sci-fi movie come out. District 9 and Moon were both great films. But there should be many more.

How long before we get remakes of Terminator, Alien, Close encounters, ET, etc. Please stop now.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Even more Fisher Price Adventure People

I picked up a few more carded Fisher Price Adventure People last week. I really love the card artwork for these figures. Modern card art just doesn't match up to the painted images showing a bit of fantasy action. You don't see carded versions of these figures that often, and these are in various conditions, nothing mint, and most have been drawn on with a nice thick marker pen :(

The space themed Adventure people are by far the best of the series, and I was able to get some of the rarer figures. X-Ray Man and X-Ray Woman are two figures the people like to have as they do look a lot like they should have featured in the Tron films.

One of the hardest figures to find Brainoid, comes in a 3-pack with Opticon and the Alpha Pilot. Clawtron is another great figure, which like many of the line re-uses parts of other figures. He is basically the race driver figure with green eyes and claws for hands.  This is the same for the space commander who uses the frog mans body with a different head.

Then comes the Astro Knight. I'm not sure what to say about this figure as it really doesn't fit with all the other AP figures. It has a completely unique mold and very few joints. You can't even move his legs, and his arm just sort of rotate out into a Jesus pose.

All in all a good selection of figures picked up for about £6 each.