Friday, 23 September 2011

Bored Doodling

Today I traveled to London for a works meeting, to say it wasn't the most interesting day I've ever had is an understatement. But whilst trying to look interested I found myself doodling, instead of taking notes... can you tell where my mind was?

Hmm... might return to my arty ways!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Doctor Who - The God Complex Review


This was quite a surprising episode, for many, many reasons.

First up the great Matt Smith debate, good Doctor? or bad Doctor? I've always gone with the bad Doctor side of the fence, but if he continues in this vein, I might just be swayed to the good Doctor side of the fence.

This was a good episode, with some quirky characters to boot, and David Walliams as an alien that looked like a mole-rat. Mr Walliams is yet another of the newish breed of British comedy stars that I do not find funny at all. He sit's in that box along with Russell Brand & Ricky Gervais, and the label on the box says 'unfunny'. But he was OK, and there was a scene where he was wheeling a fellow cast member, reminiscent of one of his creations from Little Britain, The wheel-chair guy.

The plot was a 1980's hotel, which had lots of rooms, and in each room it held the fear of each person trapped in the hotel, once they succumb to this fear they are then prey to this alien minotaur who steals their life, because they sort of worship him. Hmmm... If you've ever read 'It' by Stephen King you will see the similarities. 'It' has the big bad character who appears differently to different people, because... he appears in the image of that persons biggest fear. There was even a room with a clown sat on a bed holding a balloon, like the clown in 'It'. Did the writer of this episode pay homage to Stephen King, or use his ideals? Don't shoot me, just an observation.

The Doctor works it out, that he preys on each persons faith, and uses it, but the twist is this alien minotaur doesn't want to do this but he has to.

Anyway Amy Ponds faith is in The Doctor himself, and when the creature comes for her, he convinces her that she shouldn't believe in him, and that it's his vanity that convinced him to take her on his travels. She believes him, the alien minotaur is defeated and dies, the hotel disappears, and reveals it's an alien ship in space, no surprise there.

The episode doesn't end there. The Tardis appears outside a swanky townhouse on modern day Earth, with a red sports car parked outside. The house, and the car are for Amy & Rory, from the Doctor. Strange? you may ask?

The revelation of Amy's faith in The Doctor made him realise that he was putting Amy in danger, and that just wasn't fair. This was his farewell to Amy Pond, which was very touching, and a great sense of sadness. The Doctor got back in his Tardis, and went away leaving Amy and Rory on Earth. So, no more sidekicks!

This final scene brought home to me just how good an actor Matt Smith really is. It was sad, tinged with a bit of humor, but all very heart-felt. Well done Matt Smith, you're starting to win me over.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Captain Britain Diamond Select Toys


Bowen Designs aren't the only company that produce Captain Britain related busts, or statues. Diamond Select Toys have a few, not many, but there is a couple out there.

Captain Britain 80's bust
It's not a bad bust, but I wish it had arms...

The only other connected bust is one of Shadowcat in her blue costume she wore whilst a member of Excalibur, and I really like this one, especially Lockheed.

Shadowcat

The only statue they do that has a connection to Captain Britain is... surprise, surprise... Psylocke, in fact there's two of them, one in costume, and in swim-wear.

Psylocke

Wouldn't it be nice if someone actually did a Betsy Braddock statue!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Captain Britain Minimates


I was surprised at how many Captain Britain & Co Minimate figures there actually are, granted not as many as there are X-Men, or Spidey, or Avengers, but they are out there.

Captain Britain

They 2nd Cap figure is part of a box set of 4 Excalibur figures, the rest look like this...
Excalibur

and there's more...

Obviously there is a Psylocke Minimate, not one but two... she's just so popular.
Psylocke

All these images have been talen from http://www.minimatedatabase.com

There are some really cool custom Minimates out there as well, which i'll do a bit of surfing and see what I can find.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Captain Britain and Super Spider-Man Comic


Captain Britain's solo comic after 39 issues was swallowed up, and became a part of the British reprint of Spider-Man, under the enterprising? title ' Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain'. It was doomed to failure, and the more the comic ran the less important Captain Britain became to the comic. It lasted for only 17 issues, running from issue 231 - 253, and by issue 237 any mention of Captain Britain's story had disappeared from the front cover, apart from his name.

Here are the cover's for 'Super Spider-Man and Captain Britain', see if you can spot Captain Britain.

All these stories still have cap in his original red costume with the yellow lion on the chest.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Captain Britain Cosplay


A lot of people dress up in costumes by their favourite heroes. I for one don't, there's nothing wrong in it, I just don't have that hero type body.

There are some great costumes, and some not so great. Put 'Cosplay' in a google search and you will come across a wide range of good, and bad ones.

The British heroes don't seem to get much of a representation, but I did manage to track down a few.
This guy has obviously put some effort in to his costume, love the helmet.

This one is a little bit unsettling, sorry, but compared to the other one....

I'm really surprised that more Cosplayer's haven't had a go at a Meggan costume. This is the only one I found.

Now if you wan't Brian Braddock's sister Betsy, then there are loads, just type into Google 'Psylocke Cosplay'.

Here's a small handful of the one's available.
I personally like the last one, my wife thinks I'm sad. In my defence, I know she wouldn't look away if there was a buff guy dressed in a hero outfit.

Let's see someone tackle Cerise, or maybe Saturnyne, or a Roma.