TMNT 1-3 Movie Review

Alright, I’m in quite a Bad Mood at the moment, so let’s get this overdue thing over with.

A couple of weeks ago, I was sent three Movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of  The Ooze, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. It took me a while to get to really watching them, and a while more to start writing this review, so here I am, at the package release. To note, these are old Movies which have been released before, so I have absolutely NO idea WHY the people who made them want  me to review them as a Package.

Wow, 108 words before even starting the real Review? I’m rambling. Let’s just get to the Movies.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie. Actually an okay Movie, discounting the obviously old Special Effects. Some of the Jokes were actually funny, despite TMNT’s current legacy. You can see the good old days of the Turtles showing themselves in this film, and according to the Wikipedia article this movie was made in the peak of TMNT’s popularity, and it possibly even helped it up. As it was a good movie, I’ll let the slightly odd Backstory and strange General Idea of the Turtles pass by with this movie.

Pizza Sub-Total: 3

Out of 10: 7.9

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of The Ooze. While this rides rather awkwardly on the last movie as a slightly disjointed sequel, it manages to pull off being a good movie anyway. It introduced 2 villains, Tokka and Rahzar, (Yes, I looked those up. I would have spelt them (by the way the Turtles said them) Toecut and Rayzar, respectively, but anyway…) as well as (somehow) bringing back the Shredder, (which, by the way, confuses me a lot. I mean, to survive what they did to him in the last movie, he’d have to be quite a lot harder than nails.) who got sweet new Buzzsaw-like helmet, since we actually SAW (BWAHAthat wasn’t funny at all, was it?) his old one getting crushed at the end of the last movie. I mean, he was in the same place as his Helmet when it was crushed. (Man. Shredder is tough. His METAL HELMET didn’t survive, yet HE did. Just… Wow.) What a medical Marvel. What is he, Wolverine? (You’ve got to admit that one was a LITTLE funny. (OKAY, FINE, it wasn’t!)) Adamantium in his bones… Actually, now I think of it, he has claws on his gauntlets, doesn’t he? Wierd… (SHUTUPSPELLCHECKSHUTUPSHUTUP (THAT, you MUST admit, was a little funny. In case you don’t get it, look here.))

Pizza Sub-Total: 4

Out of 10: 7

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles In Time. Alright,  this time, (That one wasn’t even on purpose.) you get no excuse. This is NOT a good movie. Nope. Your jokes aren’t funny any more, your storyline is messed up, your idea of Time Travel is completely wrong, and you dealt away with two of the best characters. NO. NO, NO, NO. I don’t CARE what the last movie OR the one before it was like, this movie is NOT GOOD. NO. Even Splinter’s One-liner at the end of this movie was NOT funny (No, Splinter, You DIDN’T make a funny.) and there was little to NO (I’m not doing it on purpose! I swear!) constistency between Ideas in the film, and I dare not say more.

Pizza Sub-Total: 0

Out of 10: NO. (3.4.)

So, to wrap it up, the Pizza Total is:

7

And, out of 10, the rating of the package is:

6.1

(It was gonna be out of 30, but it was 18.3, which could be simplified.)

If you’ve got a fan of the Turtles in your house, you probably have a pretty good present on your hands here. And, if you like the Turtles yourself, you might wanna add this to your Christmas list.

So, to finish off the review…

[I’m not gonna say it. No. I am NOT saying Cowabunga.]

Rivets Stealth Fighter Review

I REFUSE TO SPELL IT WITH A Z!

Recently, I got a Rivets “Stealth Fighter” Toy to review. I was reluctant to do it at first to it looking similar to something I had had Past Experience with. But it was a lot more sturdy than the thing I was growling about on the other side of that link.

Before going through building, looking at and inspecting it, I’ll give the Basic Idea. Essentially, you are given shapes of card which are folded in certain ways to look like a particular shape (Say, the cockpit of our Fighter Jet) and are then “Riveted” together. This is kind of hard to explain… A Rivet head is shaped a bit like a Screw, with the top having a hole in it and the underside having two long points which are covering the hole, and when the Rivet (Kind of a tiny pin thing, but it’s plastic and not sharp.) forces the points open so that the Rivet keeps the pieces of card together.

I didn’t explain that very well at all, did I?

Well, it was fairly easy to build and even though it will take you all day (It took me 2 nights) the end results can be described in one word:

WOW.

Or maybe two:

THAT’S AMAZING.

Or, if you see fit, three:

THAT IS INCREDIBLE.

It’s really big, too, a lot bigger than either my mother or me expected. Didn’t it say… 50 mm? I’m not good at abstract measuring, so that may well be 450 mm off the mark. Now that I think of it… Yeah, 500 mm sounds right.

That’s half a meter, right? Right.

However, one thing about the manual: You have to look through the whole thing to understand it, and I know most people making this will be used to manuals telling you what to do in order, so that is a little out-of-ordinary.

Still, putting that part aside, this makes a great model and present, and can even be hung up due to its lightweight (It is made out of card) model.

So, for this you get… 9.7/10, maybe? I get sent a lot of good stuff.

(Note: They spell it “Rivetz”, so don’t look up “Rivets Stealth Fighter”. You’ll get better results from “Rivetz Stealth Fighter”.)

Lite Brix Review

(No, I do NOT spell Light like that, They’re actually CALLED Lite Brix.)

Horrible spelling usage aside, I got 2 Lite Brix Sets, a racing car and a helicopter. So, I’ll go through the features.

First, the instructions are very clear and helpful, and highlight where you’re supposed to put things, rather than just pointing arrows down in the general direction of where you’re supposed to put, and the arrows are short to the degree where you assume you’re supposed to put it to the north of where you’re actually supposed to put it.

I’m looking at you, Lego.

The racing car is simple, easy to build and fun once it’s built, and it may be a little difficult to get the batteries in, but the fantastic light display you get is definitely worth it.

8.7/10 for the Racing Car.

The Helicopter is more difficult, complicated and frustrating to build. It has an equally impressive light display, but IT’S STILL HARD TO BUILD. I’d say this one is more like a model than a toy, and is a lot more fragile than the other. It still gets a high rating though, it’s a good  model and very impressive.

8.5 maybe? I generally look for toys, myself, but I know some people prefer models, so some people will enjoy the racing Car more, some people the Helicopter.

So, out of 20, 17.2, I think it is. Bye!

 

I’ll put some pictures down here soon, please bear with me.

Doctor Who Toys Review

Wow, this is a late one. My apologies for the lateness of this one, so let’s get started.

I got sent 2 figures and a card diorama set, both Doctor Who-themed, a while ago. I enjoyed the figures which were authentic to the show, and created 2 stop-motion videos with them. The one of the Cyberman is still on the DS, but the one of the Weeping Angel is on the computer waiting to be posted. The Angel could maybe do with more articulation, but hey, it’s a Weeping Angel. If you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you’ll be able to make do. The Cyberman is fun to play with and has plenty of articulation, so for the figures, I’ll give 7.8 points for each.

Then there’s the Card Diorama. *sigh*…

Okay, it’s HORRIBLE to build. It took ages. It’s pretty satisfying once it’s built.

For the 5 minutes it works.

Then it springs to pieces. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Also, they included an unarmoured Ice Warrior.

WITH NO ARTICULATION.

2 points for this DUMB PIECE OF JUNK.

3 points for the figure.

Oh yeah, they had a 3rd Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver too. It’s got an authentic appearance and does everything the real one does!

(It looks cool and makes funny noises.)

8 points for that.

The grand total of the points is…

29.6 POINTS OUT OF 50!!!

Now, I’ve got two pictures of the action figures and card Diorama:

Cyberman Toy ScreenshotWeeping Angel Toy Screenshot

That’s all, folks!

Happyland Review

This is an interesting one. See, I read this book while I was away. And now, I’ll review it.

Right, this is quite a wierd book (Shut up spellcheck) which is because it’s a more “Terror at the funfair” kind of book, which means the title is quite misleading. It’s got interesting characters with interesting origins, plus an evil psycho clown who we know almost nothing about.

Apart from the fact that he’s evil, crazy, traps people in funfairs, prevents them aging, and has complete control over most things in the funfair.

Yeah.

Guessed who the villain is yet?

I personally think that Happy the Clown is one of the most interesting characters in the book, even though there are only…

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 characters who have much to them. Happy is neck-and-neck with the protagonist “bully” character I can’t recall the name of right now as the most interesting character in the book. Despite being summed up in this short sentence:

Evil psycho clown, traps kids in funfairs, controls rats with various whistles.

Any questions?

As a very interesting yet wierd book (SHUT. UP. SPELLCHECK.) Without much character complexity, I still like it and think it deserves a 9 out of 10. Pretty good one, there. Well, see you later, bye-bye, whatever I’m supposed to say here.

Abominators Series Review

Right, I’ve got three books from the same series to review. Alright, let’s get this over with. 3… 2… 1…

 GO!!!

Alright, Abominators 1. This is an excellent start to the series, introducing all the characters well, with their collective backstory beginning here. It goes in-depth with all the characters, especially Cecil, who wins the focus of the first book being a very interesting character. The plot is put together well, showing every character in an interesting light, and has enough backstory in my opinion to have a pretty interesting prequel and has enough going on to also have a good sequel.

(Hint hint.)

Abominators in the wild continues on from Abominators, going into even more individual depth about every character, even revealing their real names: Cheesy’s real name is William, for example. Also, I thought Bob (The female member of the gang) had kept her name, but it turns out it’s actually Ruby.

Yes, I know. I thought the female was called Bob. It’s the only plausible name in the gang as I can’t really imagine anyone calling their kid Boogster or Mucker. Maybe her parents were wierd. Despite putting depth into each character individually, it also has an interesting backstory which is…

Intertwined with…

Character depth.

You want a Storyline, read Book 1 or 3, Book 2 mainly focuses on character depth.

Right, I’ve done The Abominators and The Abominators in the wild, now for Book 3:

The Abominators and The Forces of Evil.

This has a Storyline again instead of a book which focuses on character depth, and actually focuses on Storyline quite a lot.

So…

Number 1 evens out story and character depth, Number 2 is mostly character depth, and Number 3 is more storyline?

Now I wonder what Number 4 will be like.

Anyway, Book 3 has a more action storyline, as the name may imply. It also questions relationships between the characters, even getting Bob briefly kicked out because of an accident.

If you’re pondering on that “Relationships” bit, then…

No.

Just… No.

Well, now we actually have ANTAGONISTS. Who, sadly, won’t be coming back to the series. As they’re gone from the Grimelyshire area the books focus on, I’m wondering if we’ll have actual antagonists again, and, if so, what they’ll be like.

So, there are a lot of questions about what the rest of the series is going to be like from my point of view. And, to rate the entire series so far out of 10…

9.66.

Bye.

Ben 10 Toys Review

Recently I got sent two Ben 10 toys to review: A wind-up Crashhopper toy and a “Rook’s proto-truck” playset. I’ll start with the Crashhopper toy.

It’s fairly small and disappears pretty quickly, and it’s pretty hard to wind up. But…

It jumps really, REALLY high, just like in the show.

Wheeeeeee…

Ahem. Also it’s pretty well proportioned towards the other character toys, which is proved by the (exclusive) character toy of Rook Blonko in the proto-truck set. But it’s only exclusive because it’s all one colour and is kinda transparent. HOWEVER…

This makes it look good AWESOME when held up to the light. Except the eyes. I don’t see the point of making the eyes look normal. The actual truck is interesting because, when you press a button on a handle in the back of the truck, it quickly appears to fall to pieces awkwardly TURNS INTO A SPACESHIP! With a little intervention from that point, it can turn from  a normal plumbing truck to a fully-fledged battleship. And remember the handle? You can use it to prevent the need to hold on to the top of the spaceship and to give a much better play experience. Also Rook fits in the truck’s front seat, and the truck has a back seat which you can put other toys in. So it’s compatible with the other action figures, including the one of rook, which COMPLETELY ELIMINATES the need to make an exclusive toy with it.

Really. Why’d you even bother to make it in the first place?

Also, It’s in a huge box, which I don’t see the point of, as when put together every last bit of it would fit comfortably in a shoebox.

*Sigh*…

Well, they’re still pretty good toys and if you like Ben 10 I’d definitely recommend you get them. Out of 10, um… 9. Yeah, I could have done it out of 20, but it was an even number so I simplified it. [Insert sign-off phrase here]!

Wizard 101 Review Follow-up

Alright, in the last review I failed to mention the downsides very well. Well, firstly, you have to PAY for almost everything, which I recently found out. Not this area, you need to pay in real money for that! Not that minigame, you can’t do that either!

Do I sound like I’m angry? I’M ANGRY.

Also, there’s no abandon quest button, so you often get stuck with quests you can’t complete without paying. I mean, they could at least TELL you before you accept a quest that it’s gonna require real money! The only GOOD thing about the enormous greed from gameforge is that you don’t use the second currency, crowns, outside of the crown shop, and even in there you can buy some of the items with gold. But it’s still ridiculously greedy. So, I’ve decided to dock points off the game for the ridiculous greed. Let’s say… 0.9 points? It’s still a good game, but I’m really mad. Can you tell?

There goes your 9.89 rating, down to 8.99. Well done, gameforge, you’ve sincerely infuriated me.

(Note: This is only a follow-up review, for the full review see Wizard 101 Review.)

Wizard 101 Review

A while ago, I was sent an invitation to sign up to and review an MMORPG: Wizard 101. Well, I must say it’s an absolutely FABULOUS game, and to start with, I’ll go through the user interface and how it’s improved from your standard MMO. (By the way, if you’re not a common user of virtual worlds, you might not know what MMO and MMORPG mean- Massive Multiplayer Online and Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, respectively. I’ll be using MMO in this review since it’s shorter and simpler.)

The first good thing is the fact that you’re not forced to do anything- instead of hints popping up in the middle of a battle and blocking out the screen, small portraits appear occasionally down the right side of the screen and, when clicked on and when clicked on ONLY, they’ll show useful game hints. In fact, not all of them are “you just got a treasure card!” at all, some of them are characters asking you to come to them (and yes, they DO say where they are) so you can do storyline quests. This is a useful touch which lets you know when your teacher wants you to do something for him/her rather than having to check every once in a while to see if they have an “!” over their head. Also, in some games, there’s so many player names hovering over people’s heads to see what’s going on. In THIS game, you can turn them off, or set them to “NPCs (again, you might not know what it means- Non-Playable Character. The kind that gives out quests or runs a store, or is even there just for the heck of it) only” or “Players Only”. Also, this game doesn’t monkey around with your settings or anything unless you quite explicitly TELL it to, so you won’t wake up to find the screen resolution broken unless YOU did it. And I must admit, I learned about the screen resolution bit the hard way. And yes, that means I was messing with the settings.

Okay, that’s it for the user interface. To be honest, I’m surprised I even managed to fit it in to 300 words.

Now we’re on to the gameplay. First, I must compliment the controls which are simple and easy to memorize, and aren’t too sensitive or slow, making it simple and easy to manoeuvre through your easy-to-navigate world. If you know your way around in the game, you don’t actually have to rely on teleportation and magic maps to find your way around the place, unlike games like AQWorlds where you have to use your map to actually go anywhere. Every place is actually fully accessible by WALKING there, even your dormitory. And I must add that in some MMOs your house isn’t connected to anywhere and you have to teleport to get out. Not the case here, though. Your house is easily accessible via Ravenwood. Now, the dueling system in gameplay: It’s pretty easy judging what each card does because if you know what the symbols mean (and it’s not that hard to figure out) then you can easily know how much damage it does, to who, if it’s a healing card or what. The duels are challenging, fun and rewarding. Right, I’ll do a quick walk through the duel system. If you walk into a monster (say, a rotting fodder in Triton Avenue) you’ll run to your places in a circle, and pick cards you’ve drawn out of your deck. These cards will have various effects such as plain damage, status ailments such as burns or paralysis, healing yourself or others, or they might use the most annoying aspect of the dueling system as a whole: Fizzling.

See, when a card fizzles, it won’t work and will be returned to your deck without anything happening. This can be very annoying when it happens. Picture this: You’re down to 1 health against a severely injured boss, you use your 1 healing card to save yourself, and…

It breaks.

Sounds infuriating, right? Well, luckily stuff like that won’t happen, as healing cards don’t fizzle. But this is a unique case, all other cards can fizzle. Even without fizzling healing cards though, this is still he most annoying aspect of the game. Picture THIS situation: You’re going up against the strongest boss so far. You’ve battled your way up an extremely difficult tower and if it weren’t for healing potions, you’d be dead by now. You’re both severely wounded to the point of near-defeat. You muster up the strength to pick out one last card to finish him off, and then…

It fizzles.

He uses his card to knock you out and you’re warped back to the foot of the tower.

Okay, THAT sounds infuriating.

I think I’ve covered enough already and I’m at over 800 words, so I’ll stop rambling now. The longest review ever! Now, to sum it up, It’s a great game and I’ll give a 9.89/10. Bye.

Scratch Project… GREEN SHARK!

Wow. A LOT has been going on in Scratch updates since I’ve been gone. Well, here’s a project I made.