Tales of Monkey Island Ep 1 Review

D ‘n’ A Review Episode 1: Launch of the Screaming Narwhal By Daniel Lipkowitz, dlipkowitz@asmzine.com and Amy Lipkowitz, alipkowitz@asmzine.com 7.6.2009 Daniel: I grew up on Sierra’s adventure games (with the occasional dash of Infocom text madness), but it was Lucasarts’ Monkey Island 2 that was the real defining experience for me. It was clever, funny, and occasionally diabolically difficult, but it never once stopped being fun. And yes, I played it before the first one. I am shamed. The apparent death of the adventure game genre ten or so years ago meant a lot of bad things, but “no more

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BotCon 09 – Thunderclash is….

… kinda bad. At least in the robot mode. Take a look at it. That chest is horrible — there’s too much white, the blue logo looks like a crayon scratching, and why they separated the Autobot logo from it, I have no idea. Ugh, I can’t look at that chest without getting upset by it. It could’ve been a lot better. However, the rest of the toy isn’t that bad. Thunderclash should have clashing colors, and this version doesn’t disappoint. I like the different uses of paint masks, although I miss the translucent pink from the G1 toy. Definitely

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BotCon 2009 Figure 4 – Flak

Flak has been revealed.  He’s a recolor of Cybertron Defense Scattorshot, with a remolded head. I love this figure.  This color scheme is great.  The red stands out against the white and grey arctic camo, but it doesn’t overpower the figure.  In fact, in a way, it makes it look like there’s more red than there actually is. I know people will complain about this mold still being on the shelves in some form or another (Universe Dropshot, Overload), but sometimes, these things can’t be helped.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the choice for this mold was made long before

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Requiem for a Battlestar

I admit it; I didn’t watch Battlestar Galactica when it first came on. Okay, that’s not quite true. I watched the initial mini-series when it first aired, but I didn’t remember much about it. I certainly watched it a few days after the rest of my friends had seen it, and I remember commenting that “Oh, hey, making Boomer a Cylon was kind of interesting.” But for some reason, I had been distracted while watching it, so some of it didn’t make sense. And, to be honest, I had less-than-fond memories of the original series, which existed in a hazy

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Why Did I Not Look At These Before?

So, my fiancee and I were out at Toys R Us this weekend.  Actually, we hit four different ones in a 24 hour period, but that’s a different story.  At the first one, we happened to notice the new Marvel Universe 3 3/4″ figures. Why did I not pay more attention to these before?  These things are awesome!  Yeah, the larger size of Marvel Legends figures means more detail, but man, these suckers look extremely playable.  Plus, the smaller size might mean the ability for more characters, especially if they take a book out of G.I. Joe and Star Wars

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