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The best of 2011: Super Late Edition part 2

by Chris Troy

And we’re back! By now you’re probably all expecting me to start creaming my pants over the 2011 Marvel Universe offerings, and this WILL happen, but let me address my other picks for the year first.

NECA had a rad year, releasing some really solid figures based on a variety of video games series like Gears of War 3, the Assassin Creed series, Dead Space 2, Bulletstorm, & Crysis 2, as well as several film properties. The Gears 3 figures are my favorite, as they’re a mixture of solid sculpts, accessories, and plentiful articulation. NECA also won me over with their Heroclix releases ranging from comic stuffs like Marvel & DC (including some of their movie counterparts) to game franchises like Street Fighter & Gears of War (popular series is popular), as well as sci-fi/fantasy properties like Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. Truth be told though, the NEXTWAVE figures that dropped this past year are the reason I care the most about Heroclix, and I really don’t think I can be faulted too much for my excitement .

Since I’m already on the topic of comic-related stuffs, let’s talk DC. We’ll start off with DC Direct 2011, which had a nice catalog of figures for the year, most of them being Batman, or at least Batman-related. I kid, there was a ton of Green Lantern love as well, between the Blackest Night/Brightest Day/GL proper series lines. I’m real glad that I now own a complete series of modern version of the Green Lanterns in scale with one another thanks to DC Direct. But if I’m going to have to pick a favorite DC Direct figure this year, it’s going to be the Commander Shepard figures from the long-delayed Mass Effect 2 wave, which was canceled after the 1st set because Bioware was upset with the delays of it’s release. Despite it not being NECA quality, it’s still the ONLY Shepard figure to date, something I hope changes in 2012 with the release of Mass Effect 3. NECA, Square Enix, one of you need to make this happen. Continue reading

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Trailer Trash: Green Lantern

The official trailer for 2011’s Green Lantern movie was revealed earlier today and, well… um… Kilowog, Sinestro and Abin Sur look good.  Let’s take a peek, shall we?

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CGI suit, huh?  Ryan Reynolds as a snarky womanizing wiseass chosen to be the protector of this sector of the galaxy, huh?  The usual canned superhero movie dialogue about accepting responsibility and overcoming fear to seem deeper, huh?

To be fair, a trailer this far in advance will always be a raw vision of the final product.  However, a Green Lantern comic found in the back of a family friend’s closet nearly thirty years ago was my first exposure to the medium.  My affection for the character has not abated since that day, so I’m holding to a loftier standard of what I’d like to see in the his journey to the megaplex.

Color me not impressed so far.

For my part I much prefer (and at this point would much prefer to plunk down hard earned cash to see a feature length version of) the fan-made trailer that hit YouTube about one year ago (see below).  Starring Nathan Fillion and cobbled together from a mishmash of shots and dialogue from recognizable/successful SF and Fantasy flicks such as J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings, it’s an editing masterwork and its charm, tone, and creativity did a helluva lot more to hype me up for a Green Lantern adventure on the big screen.  I even thought it was real the first time I saw it.

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But who knows?  Maybe I’ll be using this space in June to extol the many merits of the real Green Lantern.  Here’s hoping!

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