Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Nerdversity Reviews: Board Game Super Saturdays (Week One)

In the run up to Christmas, The Entertainer held it's next Super Saturdays event, this time covering several new board games that would prove popular for christmas

This is the booklet for this event. The front tells the collector that by playing the 4 different games over the 4 weeks will earn you a free copy of Connect 4. It also features a new graphic as what's on the box. The back of the booklet reiterates the "win your height in games" contest.

Week One (dated 5th November) was to play the store version of Pie Face Showdown. Other games over the weeks are Jenga, Bop It and Operation.

After Pie Face, a game where players take turns twisting a crank in the vein hope they don't get a pie to the face, proved immensely popular, Hasbro games revamped the concept for the sequel game, Pie Face Showdown. In this one, two players put their faces in the cut outs, and hammer their respective button faster than their opponents. The loser get either a sponge, or whipped cream to the face.

The game currently retails for £29 in Entertainer stores and they also sell replacement cans of whipped cream. They also sell copies of the original pie face for £20. I really enjoyed this game. It's simplistic, yet has enough going to remain competitive between players.

Nerdversity Reviews: Board Game Super Saturdays (Pre-event)

The Entertainer is a widely popular toy store in the United Kingdom. It is widely known for it's charitable nature.

The first part of the pre-event was a flyer aimed at children, where they could fill it in, post it in a special box in store and then win their height in board games. Like all Entertainer contests, anyone over the age of 12 is exempt from entry. 

Also, as part of their 35th anniversary celebrations and part of the christmas promotion, they were also giving lucky children the chance to win the entire contents of their christmas catalogue, which was valued around £13,000. All lucky people had to do, was guess what anniversary they were celebrating and then post the entry into the postbox in store. Anyone over the age of 12 was exempt from entry.

Nerdversity Reviews: Ghostbusters Proton Party Pack Gummies

Ghostbusters is a franchise that has been going on since 1984 and runs to this day. There's talk on whether or not Sony will continue with it.

These proton party pack of gummies was found in B&M stores post halloween. The package is based on the 2016 movie, with the new logo, with the slime dripping down the package and the hazard tape. The package contains 10 treat size packets of gummies.

The bag weighs around 40g and is a treat size. They were based on the new movie universe, as given the grey and red striping on the bottom of the bag. They would be perfect for halloween and given to children.

There are only three types of gummy inside the bag. These being a proton pack, slimer and "no-ghost". The No-Ghost was also used in the "Interactive Gummies", where they were packaged with red insignia as well. 

Transformers Generations Bumblebee (Legion Class)

Transformers Generations is a highly popular line dating back to 2010. It follows on from Classics and Universe.

The Legion Class Bumblebee comes on the same Generations card. This example is the later reissue in the Combiner Wars line. It's the same figure. The card art features the character artwork. The figure is seen in a bubble. The back of the card features a small bio for the figure, artwork of the character and the instructions printed on the back.

The figure stands at the same 7cm height. The figure is modelled after his new smart car style alt mode. The paint apps are yellow, orange and black. Theres silver paint on his face. Transformation is a little more complex, given the way the legs, arms and backpack fold up. 

The figure is a pretty good representation of the figure. The figure is easily found on the secondary market and can be either cheap or expensive, so would be wise to shop around, especially now the Titans Return figure is coming soon.

Transformers Generations Optimus Prime (Legion Class)

Transformers Generations is the current era of Transformers, starting in 2010. It follows on from the 2006 Classics line and 2008 Universe line. The line currently covers all the Generations, Henkei, Classics 2.0, Combiner Wars and Titans Return

The Legion Class Optimus Prime comes carded. The artwork is of the legends figure, a repaint of the Pipes figure. The back of the card has images of the figure, stats and instruction guide. Not that many people would need it, as it's a legion class figure.

The figure is a repaint of the legion class Motorbreath figure. It stands around 7cm tall. He's decorated in a very G1 design. His alternate mode is the classic box cab truck. Transformation is simple. Push the legs together. Twist the waist, fold the arms in a G1 style and then push the head down. The paint applications are very good for being a small figure.

There was a repackage of this figure released in Dollar General that came with a red version of the Motorbreath sword. The figure is exactly the same. Overall, this figure is pretty good and is found very easily on the secondary market for around £9. 

Nerdversity Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Evolution (Part 5)

Here we are, at the end of the review of this set. These are the final thoughts on it.

I picked up this set when it was on clearance at Tesco. It cost me £6.50. Overall, I found this set worth the price tag. I couldn't see myself paying anymore for the set, but that depends on the overall person. The figures are an interesting overall choice, but do represent key parts of Leonardo's evolution from 1984 - 2015. I do think the 1984 and 1987 figures are the key selling points of the set. Some may or may not be interested in the 2015 or any others in the set.

In all honesty, if you can find this set for a reasonable price, it is a worthwhile gift set for turtle collectors and even children who are getting 3 different Leonardo figures. 

Nerdversity Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Evolution (Part 4)

Lets continue our look at this Evolutions 3 pack boxed set.

First things first, the figure comes with a flyer, showcasing all the figures that were available in the 2015 wave of figures, accessories, playsets and vehicles, as well as a look at other figures that were coming soon

The figure itself is a repack of the 2015 basic Nickleodeon Leonardo figure. It has the same 5 inch scale. Articulation is in the neck, shoulders, bicep, hips and knees. He's modelled as close to his new appearance as possible, which also has hints to the 1984 and 1987 characters, He has the plain belt, harness and wraps that the 1984 figure has, yet the blue bandana of the 1987 figure. 

In a nod to the 1987 figure, he comes with a vertiable arsenal of weapons attached to a plastic tree. Aside from his trademark Katana blades, he now comes with a knife, a short sword, a pair of throwing stars and a set of three kunai. They're all molded in grey plastic. 

Leonardo can hold all his weapons just fine. They also fit very well in the sheath on his back. The cartoonish proportions and large hands and feet make the other weapons look a little small in his hands, especially the shuriken and kunai.

Overall, the figure is pretty good. It's well articulated and detailed, including chips and cracks in the shell and pads. The cartoonish proportions may not be to all tastes, but if you are interested in it, it is worth a shot.

Nerdversity Reviews: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Evolution (Part 3)

In the last part, we took a look at the 1984 Leonardo from the Leonardo Evolutions 3 pack. So, lets get into it and look at the next figure.

The next figure is the 2010 Playmates TMNT Classics reissue of the 1987 figure. Virtually identical, other than a datestamp on the foot being changed. This is the figure that is the key selling point as everyone in the 1980s and 1990s had this figure, or at least wanted it. Leonardo stands in that 5 inch scale and is articulated at the neck, shoulders, biceps, wrist and hips. He comes in that classic green skin colour, blue bandana and harness for his katanas. 

Just like the original figure, his accessories come attached to a weapons tree, shaped like a weapons rack. Aside frm the traditional katana blades, he comes with two different punching daggers, a hook sword and a pair of throwing stars. The throwing stars can attach to the weapons frame, via the attachment knobs. 

All of the weapons fit firmly in his hands and look fantastic. I had no trouble at all getting the figure to hold any of his weapons, even the small and fiddly throwing stars. The katana even fit firmly in his backpack sheath.

All in all, this figure will be the largest selling point for the set, as it does invoke a certain amount of nostalgic memories in many a turtle fan. For many, it will be the closest way of getting an original TMNT figure without having to spend a large amount of money on getting a complete and good condition one off the secondary market. Again, it is identical to the 1987 original figure, just with the date stamp changed from 1987 to 2010