What is a Scarecroodle?
~It's a catchier and more memorable name than Scarecrow, which is generally taken anyway. Scarecrow, being a fear-related villain with a catchy costume, is probably one of my all-time favorite villains (just not the movie version).
Beyond that, I'm just your average, run of the mill editor for Tomopop (Destructoid's less successful sibling) and mostly cover western releases.
What does a Scarecroodle like?
~I love fighting games, platformers, horror, and anime. I also collect a lot of Marvel/DC stuff, but most of that interest stems from the old cartoons/movies and the comic interest only came because I thought some of the figures looked insane. Figure-wise, I think the 6\" scale is probably the ideal size for figures. At that size they can make nice display pieces, sick detail, and joints that don't break (like in the crappy smaller scales).
I'm also a massive fan of the really small scales because it usually allows for a lot of incredible-looking scenery (check out stuff like Warhammer, etc). I would love to really get into sculpting, but I'm kinda clumsy which doesn't work well when things need to be exact.
I'd really like to get into statues (because the detailing and paint is usually good), but the pricing is more than a little daunting and you don't get as much variety out of them whereas figures can be posed into elaborate set-ups or whatever.
Presented for the collective amusement of the Tomopopulus, here's a gallery of buddies George and Lenny from NECA's recently released revamped-ish Gremlins line
"Derrrrrrr, what about the rabbits, George?"
Forget about the rabbits, Lenny, where are your companions?! Rather unfortunately, George, Lenny, and a normal Gizmo (who I didn't fucking buy because, well, it kinda sucked and I'm getting the combat version anyway) are the front-runners for this wave. What does that mean exactly? Well, while those three are available at retailers like TRU unfortunately my main squeeze (because he's cuddly, you pervs!) Mohawk, comic relief Daffy, and thinly-veiled Rambo parody "Combat" Gizmo aren't available just quite yet. Or maybe it's a problem exclusive to TRU who currently don't have the other three in the system. Bleagh.
At any rate, here's the incredibly bland packaging:
Like ughsville, right? I mean, can it be any more... HELLO!
No, but seriously, fucking uninspired. You can't see it but the inner portion has an image of a Gremlin's shadow which is completely infuckingvisible from the front of the package. The back of the box features the same white backdrop as well as the shadow, which is obscured by the character selection and pictoral explanation of the eye-roller system. Yeah, that's right, they can roll their eyes.
"Derrrrrrrrrr, it wasn't me, George!"
(fyi, the names George and Lenny were supposedly an homage to the characters from John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. There, I just injected a little culture into your lives and reminded you of nap time during second period English =p)
In case you're wondering why I make fun of the Ewoks (who helped take a crap on the original trilogy), although Ewoks were larger and had spears and stuff they were still wimpy ass teddy bears. They never smoked, drank, gambled... errr, well, technically the mogwais did that more when they were "all gwowed up". And speaking of that, they're (kind of) to scale with their post-pubescent previously released counterparts:
For those unfamiliar with the Gremlins franchise, the cute childish mogwai undergo a horrific transformation into ravenous, destructive monsters --- you know, much like when human children undergo puberty =p Except with a bit more bloodshed because they lack strong parental supervision.
The sort of kicker here is that the previous Gremlins stuff retails for $10 (dreamboat Mohawk there is about 8" tall, fyi) while the new, significantly shorter figures go for $12 (both are TRU prices). Although you might not be able to complain about the scaling issues, there is a feeling of paying more for less. The only big saving grace here are those eye rollers. Oh yeah, plus articulate ears!
The ears are one a kind of ball & socket joint. Ditto for the shoulders, forearms (where the fur tufts change on the arms), and hands. The legs have a similar joint but you won't get much movement there due to the body sculpt. Also, the joint itself has a tendency to expose depending on the angle (by which I just mean it's visible). The heads have a generous ball joint and are connected to the head by a rod which accommodates posing. The eye rollers are controlled by a ball on the back and are seemingly supposed to sync although they can kinda get off track from one another at times. Oh yeah, plus the ones on George are nigh useless given his epic squint.
I *think* their body type is basically the same and Lenny got an extra piece to bulk out his height but I can't be sure. I should also mention that bodies are sculped in such a way that the arms can sit fairly flat against the side of their bodies (but it makes for weird-looking armpits!)
Would I recommend these? Hell yeah. $12 is really a pittance for something like this. Sure, I'll bitch about the price in comparison to what the stuff used to be and generally want things cheaper but, at the end of the day, this is really the sort of stuff that I've wanted ever since I was a little kid watching the Gremlins movies for the first time. The only major aggravation is some potential QC issues (because it's NECA!) regarding paint and Mohawk not coming out right away. Supposedly we'll even be getting gremlin versions of George and Lenny in the near future!
Oh, plus supposedly we'll even be getting gremlin versions of George and Lenny in the near future! (saw photos for it, looks cool). This calls for a mogwai hi-five!
(DISCLAIMER: My hopes don't necessarily reflect the hopes of Tomopop.com =p)
Can you feel the hype in the air? Fans fervently wishing for certain collectibles, waiting to see if their dreams will be answered or what crazy surprises toy makers have in store (and will have in stores) for them.
Here are a few of the (realistic...) items I'm hoping to see.
Iron Patriot (Marvel Legends) ~ Norman Osborne's "heroic" alter-ego. While the Dark Reign storyline may be over, the fan demand for this figure isn't. Not to mention that we still don't have a complete Dark Avengers on either the 3.75-inch or 6-inch scales. Plus he'd be an easy build, given that he would mostly use an Iron Man body type. The only thing holding him back? Dark Reign being over =(
Jubilee (Marvel Legends) ~ Wolverine's sometimes sidekick and the eternal "stand-in" character (for Shadowcat, Dazzler, etc). Jubilee has been shafted repeatedly over the years. She never got a figure in the original X-Men: TAS line and if you wanted a decent figure of her you'd always need to custom it... up until last year when Hasbro announced they were doing a MU Jubilee. I think this opens the door for a ML Jubilee down the line.
Magik (Marvel Legends) ~ Colossus's little sis. Given both her previous status and current activity in the comics she almost seems a shoo-in, especially since Moonstar is getting a figure.
Ares (Marvel Universe) ~ The Greek God of War, occasional villain and currently more of an anti-hero. Remember when I said we don't have a complete Dark Avengers on either scale? Well, Ares is one of the guys holding us back on the 3.75-inch. Plus he would look GREAT on the smaller scale if Hercules, Thor, and WW Hulk are any indication.
A new Killer Croc (DCU) ~ A deranged, deformed Batman villain (are there any other kind?) possibly best-known for his recent Arkham Asylum appearance. Mattel hasn't released a 6-inch Killer Croc figure since the DCSH line and BOTH of those sucked. Now that Mattel has pledged to release oversized figures online (to make up for no CNCs), I imagine that we'll probably see the character in some form or another within the next few years... just hopefully not as a club exclusive.
Ra's Al Ghul (DCU/BU) ~ Yet another of Batman's supposed Moriarities (seriously, how many can you have?), the eternal Ras Al Ghul has cheated death for centuries thanks to his Lazarus Pits. Another Batman rogue for whom there's no relatively modern Mattel figure. However, given his profile in Batman Arkham City and the films as well as the fact that Black Mask is being made it really just seems like a matter of time.
Trickster (DCU) ~ An iconic Flash rogue and the groundwork for Mark Hamill's Joker. There really is no compelling reason to believe that he'll receive a figure in the near future, iirc, but Mattel's online move has opened possibilities for characters like him.
Got a bunch more, plus I should probably add images for all of them.
SDCC07 She-Hulk arrived with, well, indecent exposure. Looks like she slipped in package (half wonder if the seller displayed on shelf then repackaged to claim it's new, not placing it properly) and her nipple (well, where her nipple would be if Hasbro sculpted nipples which I don't think they ever will) scraped against the window, subsequently killing a good chunk of paint.
So basically I sent the seller a "what the hell, man?", just mentioning and showing photos of the damage.
The seller responded this:
"oh wow....no, i keep everything stored in air conditioned smoke free home, on a shelf. You can send it bak to me and I will refund your money or I can offer you 10% purchase price.....or if there is anything else you are looking for i can do free shipping? "
While I'd probably prefer to just keep the thing (because returns are a hassle), I'm not sure if it's something I can repair easily myself. The 10% off offer really isn't much, it would basically save me four bucks if he took it off the total price (including shipping). The third option is free shipping which I guess wouldn't be bad if one of his other auctions closes low. I might mention delaying a decision until I see how one of those auctions turns out.
The Lion-o, Panthro, and Cheetara were all really iffy but Tygra actually looks decent. Supposedly he's one of the later ones in the line so he won't even be hitting all areas. It's starting to seem like the revamp may be dead.
Was going to post this last week but figured Tomopop would probably mention it anyway. As such, the poll is already into week 2 but that doesn't matter because get a load of this: you can still vote on the week one stuff! (and if Werewolf Captain America isn't one of your two votes you're doing it wrong).
So far the choices haven't been anything earth-shattering, but every week you can pick 2 characters from a selection with distinct themes to vote on:
[i]Over the next four weeks, Marvel.com will present a series of four polls, each representing one group of characters.
Poll #1 will be the Main Assault Team, showcasing the Marvel Universe's star players with updated or distinctly different looks.
Poll #2 will be the Support Team, giving some love to the unsung heroes who have backed up the all-stars over the years.
Poll #3 will be the Primary Targets, villain characters who we've never gotten their own Minimates or who need a re-do.
Poll #4 will be the Cannon Fodder, army-builder characters who you may want to buy more than one of.[/i]
Week 1 featured little of interest other than a Werewolf Captain America (because how do you go wrong with that?). Week 2 has had Songbird (as much as I like Songbird, the minimate format doesn't treat the girls right), Banshee, Winter Soldier (why do they need to put him a poll? It's unfair to the other selections since no matter what they'll make one), a modern Luke Cage, Black Knight II (ie, the one ON the Avengers as opposed to the one fighting them), modern Falcon, Commander Steve Rogers (again, not sure why they have him in the poll since he seems like somebody they would just make), and Gladiator (best remembered for flicking the Juggernaut off into the distance in X-Men TAS)
Given that week 1 is still open, I'm not sure when the polls actually close. At any rate, villain week is next and I would be more excited for that if they didn't mention some of the choices will be re-dos on previously released villains. The most interesting week will be fodder week, although I doubt they'll do configurations with 2 copies of the same fodder character.
While minimates have always been very hit or miss for me, I'm still intrigued by the possibilities.