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Predator 2 was released for the Sega Megadrive in 1992 by Arena Entertainment and developed by Perfect 10 Productions. It was an Isometric scrolling shoot ’em up based on the Predator 2 movie. You play as Lt. Harrigan and have to save hostages that the drug dealers have captured to offer as trophies for the Predator and ultimately defeat the Predator himself.   

Title: Predator 2
System: Sega Megadrive
Publisher: Arena Entertainment
Developer: Perfect 10 Productions
Released: 1992
Genre(s): Isometric scrolling shoot them up


Most games based off a movie license don’t tend to be very good, this game, however, is quite the different story as it combines locations from the movie with fun run and gun action and the one objective of rescuing hostages before taking on some kind of level boss, whether it’s drug dealers or the Predator himself.

Pretty basic stuff, but with little details added to create more tension and a sense of urgency as the predator will pick off the hostages if you don’t rescue them fast enough and even hunt down you if you waste too much time.

Too many deaths on your hands and its game over. You’ll be relentlessly gunning through a crowd of drug dealers to reach that hostage at any cost. You can also pick up a variety of weapons, including some of the Predator’s own weapons to use as well.

Time to get a move on!

PRESENTATION

Great opening screen and in between each level there are images taken from the movie that are used to great effect. Very basic options and a handy password system.

Opps! One less hostage to rescue!

GRAPHICS

Good sized graphics and nice animation. There was a decent attempt at making each level based off scenes from the movie, even back in the day I thought the graphics were quite good and time hasn’t changed my opinion. There is a nice variety between each level design too, so it never feels too stale.

SOUND

The sound is a standout for me, each level gets its own music theme and I think each one does an excellent job at creating the appropriate mood. Some of the music really adds a sense of urgency. The gun sound effects are good too.

RESPONSIVENESS

On Emulator and console, the controls are very responsive! Even if you don’t need to be too precise when playing this game, it’s still refreshing to have responsive controls.

LASTABILITY

Once you beat this game I don’t think you’d need to go back and play it too often, but, it is still very enjoyable I found to play it from time to time as the programming and graphics are just that good.

OVERALL

Even although this game isn’t too deep, it’s still a joy to play and is well made, it captures the feel of the movie quite well, it’s a shame they never made the first movie in the same type of format, as I think it would have been just as fun to play. Overall this is a fun game based off a movie license.

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The Imperial Stormtrooper is one of the most iconic and distinctive movie soldier designs ever, which is instantly recognizable to even non-fans of Star Wars. The elite soldier us the main ground force of the Galactic Empire and an ever-present reminder of the power of Emperor Palpatine. 


Name: Stormtrooper
Line: Movie Masterpiece Series
Product Code: MMS267
Manufacturer: Hot Toys
Released: 2015
Price: $190.99 – 199.99 USD
Scale: 1/6
Accessories: Various hands and weapons.

I initially wasn’t going to buy this particular figure, don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Stormtrooper figure goodness, but, 1/6 scale figures do take up more space than their smaller action figure counterparts.

However, as luck (or fate) would have it, I happened to be picking up some orders from a friend, who just received the two pack set among some other goodies. After watching him unbox them, I knew then and there, I must have them!  They just oozed quality, it was plain for me to see even with them sitting in the box, these were lovingly made figures.

So, I went home and did just that, ordered at least one figure for myself. Self-control be damned! ( Thanks, Ev! Damn it all! Haha)

LIST OF PARTS

Inside the box you get the following items:

One Stormtrooper figure
Seven interchangeable hands
One blaster rifle
One blaster pistol
One display stand

SCULPTING

As far as sculpting goes, this figure is excellent. I would never consider myself an expert when it comes to Stormtrooper helmets but, in my eyes, this is the best version made in 1/6 scale to date, it looks like Hot Toys used the “hero version” of the helmet for their reference material too as it matches that version the best. Everything is just the right size and shape. All the armour fits nice and snug on the body, it’s really like it walked off the screen and into your hands.

PAINT

Well, we all know by now that Hot Toys do an excellent job with their paint application; and this particular figure is no exception. The paint on this figure is mainly small details on the helmet and chest armour. As per usual, it’s nice and neat. I really love the gloss finish on the armour, it makes it look and feel amazing in hand.

ARTICULATION

The Stormtrooper presumably has the standard amount of articulation that the normal True Type body would have, being: Ball jointed neck, swivel/hinge shoulders, double jointed elbows, swivel/hinge wrists, ball jointed chest, swivel waist, swivel/hinge hips, double jointed knees and ball jointed ankles,

Now, the outfit can restrict this articulation a little bit, especially around the shoulders and crotch. Otherwise, you can get him into plenty of Stormtrooper type poses with little-to-no difficulty, in most cases the “standing to attention, museum pose” works best and looks so damn cool.

OUTFIT

Technically, the whole figure is the outfit, I’ve already raved about the armour, the black body suit underneath is fine, it’s stretchy, well tailored and doesn’t restrict the joints.

ACCESSORIES

Just a small amount of accessories with this figure, something that’s really becoming the norm for Hot Toys releases as many fans and reviewers alike have made mention of.

You get a number of hands in different poses and two types of blasters, the standard one we all know and love and one only seen in promo shots, so Hot Toys attention to detail is pretty good in this instance.

I like the variety of hands they are all pretty useful to get a good variety of different poses and expressiveness out of the Stormtrooper.

Lastly, you get what I’ll call the “standard Star Wars base” with the figure, I’m not a fan of it, it’s the classic black display stand for me.

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

Not really too many things to watch out for, perhaps the odd factory paint blemish? Perhaps the pleather holster tearing or deteriorating over time? The quality in this particular figure is top notch.

PRICE

I paid about $190 USD plus shipping from Animarket, and I was happy with that, he’s a little bit more expensive on the secondary market these days, but if you can find a deal, more power to you!

OVERALL

If you want that classic Stormtrooper in 1/6 scale, then this is the figure to get, it’s simply put, the best 1/6 Stormtrooper to date and puts all other attempts to shame. I’m pretty sure if you are a Star Wars, Stormtrooper and Hot Toys fan, you already have this figure and you know what I’m talking about; if you still haven’t scratched that Stormtrooper itch then what are you waiting for? Buy this figure! It’s that simple.

 

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Sixshot is vile, nasty and carries out his job with ferocious intensity. He is a “Solo Transformer Assault Group” seeing he transforms into six forms (Robot, armored car, tank, gun, spaceship and wolf creature) His only redeeming quality is he tends to speak well of the foes he has vanquished. 

 

Name: Sixshot
Line: Transformers Titans Return
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Released:
2016
Price: 89.99 AUD
Scale: Roughly  26 cm in height (including those wings)
Accessories: Two Blaster Weapons, Revolver mini figure, Tech Spec card


Yet another addition to my small yet ever-growing Transformers Titans Return collection of toys, even although the bulk of my collection is from Takara Tomy, I still have picked up a couple of Hasbro offerings here and there. Sixshot being one of them.

SCULPTING

Hasbro has done a great job here, Sixshot is covered in detail! Plenty of raised sections, paneling etc to make him look quite good, in robot mode and any of his other six modes too. He’s very much a modern update of the original toy in design and execution.

PAINT

There’s not too much paint on Sixshot, it’s mainly just used for small details. I’m fine with that, they just help to break up the solid blocks of plastic. What paint we do have, is nice and neat overall. The stickers are a nice touch too, just try to get one with them lined up decently.

ARTICULATION

Sixshot has a lot of ball joints, swivel joints and hinge joints, which makes him really fun to play around with. You can get a lot of good poses out of him, I just wish the ankle joints wouldn’t snap into certain angles, so it would make it more fun to pose him that way.

ACCESSORIES

Sixshot comes with two guns and the Titan Master mini figure, that turns into his head. The guns are pretty cool with plenty of detail, they can even be combined together to make a larger gun the mini figure can sit in.

The Titan Master mini figure is all kinds of cool! He’s got articulated head, arms, and legs, the only thing I don’t like about the Hasbro version is that Hasbro doesn’t tend to paint the faces of them, whereas Takara does!

POTENTIAL PROBLEMS

I can’t really see anything to watch out for, except you could misplace the mini figure if you aren’t careful!

PRICE

I paid the Australian retail price of 89.99 AUD for Sixshot. I don’t think that’s too bad of a price, I bought mine from my local Toys ‘R’ Us and they had a few there so it was pretty easy to pick one with a good paint application. I don’t do too much purchasing from actual brick and mortar stores these days, but it’s always been a pleasant experience when I have.

OVERALL

Much like Triggerhappy, Sixshot is an excellent upgrade of the original toy using today’s technology, he has a really nice design and has plenty of play options being a six mode transformer! What more could you ask for? I don’t know, but I’m very happy with my purchase and the toy in general.

 

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