Tuesday, 30 April 2013

E3.

Not long to go now until E3. Really looking forward to it this year, despite Nintendo announcing that they are going to bypass E3 since they now have their Nintendo Direct streams set up (which have been revealing stuff to us bit by bit for a while now).

Sony has obviously already revealed the PS4, minus the console itself and a definitive release date, so I am looking forward to hopefully seeing the console itself, as well as find out exactly when it will hit UK shores.

But even more so, I am looking forward to what Microsoft has to offer. Things have been pretty quiet on the Xbox front in regards to the new console, excluding all of the rumours flying around the place, Microsoft hasn't really said anything themselves.

However, they are due to reveal their next-gen effort in a Xbox Live Event on May 21st, no doubt just giving us the bare minimum, in order to keep all of their best in time for E3, one month later.

I will definitely be picking up Microsoft's next-gen offering on launch, however, the same cannot be said for the PS4. No doubt they will both launch close together, and with my preorder schedule full to bursting already (before the late 2013 game lineup is even fully revealed), there's little to no chance of me being able to afford both consoles at once.

So far, I already have three editions of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag preordered for November 1st, three editions of Watch_Dogs preordered for November 22nd, and an assortment of other bits and bobs between now and then to contend with. As well as the release of GTAV in September, which I am praying that a CE is announced for it.

Also, I'll be getting a Wii U for my 21st birthday in July (yup, that's right. Hitting the big 2-1 in July!), so the area around my TV is going to be overloaded with consoles (as of now, it already is full with an Xbox 360, a PS3, a Wii, my Blu ray player and my Sky box).

Which console are you going for?
V.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

As most of you know, I'm a massive fan of Far Cry 3. It was my number one game of 2012, so upon hearing the news that a new installment to Far Cry 3 was coming out, I was instantly excited.



Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon takes an 80s spin, which is clearly shown in the artwork for the game. It takes a comedic turn in-game, with the tutorial like commands, which come from "Military commands for Idiots", such as "to look around, look around", and "running is like walking, only faster".

You play as Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt, and you must take on a slew of enemy cyborgs, known as the Omega Force.

It comes out tomorrow on Xbox Live Arcade, so of course, I've yet to play it, but I am extremely looking forward to it (although I'm going to have to drag myself away from I Am Alive to play it).

Are you looking forward to it?
Let me know in the comments below :)

V.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Watch Dogs Collector's Edition Reveal!



Just received an update from Ubisoft regarding Collector's Editions of Watch Dogs, as well as a nice new trailer for you all :)

So here's all you need to know!

Here are the confirmed packshots and information for the upcoming Collector's Editions of Watch Dogs:
There are four editions:



Day One Edition 

The Watch_Dogs special edition contains bonus in-game content: the Breakthrough Pack single player mission!

Digital bonus content
Breakthrough Pack - A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.

Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.



DedSec Edition.


The Watch_Dogs DedSec Edition is the premium Collector’s Edition ideal for any fan wishing to immerse themselves in this hacker fantasy world!
In addition to the Watch_Dogs game, this edition contains a unique figurine of vigilante hero Aiden Pearce, steelbook, an artbook, a map of Chicago, the official soundtrack of the game, a set of 4 iconic character cards, a set of 3 collectible Watch_Dogs logo badges.
You’ll also have access to almost 60 minutes of additional gameplay thanks to 3 single player missions, and rewards upon completion of these missions.

Physical content
A 23cm Aiden Pearce Figurine
Steelbook™
DedSec Collector’s box
Watch_Dogs Artbook: artworks and illustrations that inspired the game
Original soundtrack of the game
Watch_Dogs map of Chicago
Set of 4 collectible cards: discover Watch_Dogs iconic characters through augmented reality
Set of 3 exclusive badges.

Digital content
3 single payer missions: almost 60 minutes of additional gameplay

Palace Pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.
ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank accounts.

Signature Shot: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works for the first person who holds the gun.
Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to hold the weapon.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
BLACK VICEROYS GANG COLOURS OUTFIT
BIOMETRIC ASSAULT RIFLE

Breakthrough Pack: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.




U Play Exclusive Edition.

The Watch_Dogs Uplay Exclusive Edition is dedicated to gamers who want to expand their gaming experience.
This edition has an impressive amount of additional content: it includes almost 1 hour of additional gameplay through 3 single player missions. Get the power of hacking and develop your special skills: you’ll be rewarded upon completion of the missions. 
In addition, to make experience even more special, you’ll receive a dedicated steelbook™ offer. You’ll also have access to almost 60 minutes of additional gameplay thanks to 3 single player missions, and rewards upon completion of the missions. 

Physical content
Exclusive Steelbook™
Digital content
Palace pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.
ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank accounts.

Signature Shot: A biometrics weapon has been smuggled into Chicago for a captain of the Black Viceroys gang. The weapon only works with the first person who holds the gun. 
Breach a stronghold, steal the package and be the first to hold the weapon.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission):
BLACK VICEROYS GANG COLOURS OUTFIT
BIOMETRIC ASSAULT RIFLE

Breakthrough Pack: A secret gathering is underway. The Chicago Club is negotiating power with Corporate CEOs. The Club has hired scramblers to block surveillance devices. Drive around the city to find the scramblers and take them out. Retrieve all names from the meeting and upload their images to the world.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
VEHICLE EXPERT PERK: Get free vehicles from your Underground Car Contact and earn discounts on select cars.


Vigilante Edition.

The Watch_Dogs Vigilante Edition is dedicated to hard core fans who’d like to embody the hacker vigilante in real life! Thanks to the iconic cap and mask offered in this limited edition, you’ll feel just like a real modern day hero.
Also included in this edition: the Watch_Dogs official soundtrack and in-game bonus content: single player mission: Palace pack. Develop more hacking skills and unlock rewards.

Physical content
Vigilante Collector’s box
Aiden Pearce’s iconic cap
Aiden Pearce’s mask
Original soundtrack of the game

Digital content
Palace pack: A police raid is planned on the luxury palace of an Internet mogul. His impressive databanks have intimate details on thousands of people…including Aiden Pearce. Break inside, wipe the hard drives and escape before the raid begins.
Rewards (Unlocked upon completion of the ULC mission)
INVESTIGATION BONUS: Unlock more investigative opportunities inside the network databanks.
ATM HACK BOOST: Boost your cash rewards when hacking bank accounts.

All four editions will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, WiiU, PS4 and PC. However no word yet on whether they will be available for the next-gen Xbox.

Release date is November 22nd 2013 (my son's 3rd birthday!) Gonna be an expensive day in the Asylum!

And here is the new trailer:


I'll definitely be buying more than one of these!
Which one do you prefer?

V.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Surprise review of Evil Dead!

Okay, this review is a little surprise for you all, since it wasn't in my upcoming reviews list, but here it is anyway.

I have to warn you in advance though. If you do not wish to know anything about the movie yet, do not read any further, as there are major spoilers ahead!

**SPOILER ALERT**

EVIL DEAD!



I'm just home from seeing it, so figured I'd review it whilst it is still fresh in my mind.

And I must say... Wow.

The movie begins with a scene of a prior "possession", and the process that occurs to "purify" the soul and remove the demon from their victim's body.

This then leads into the new cast being shown, with a very clear throwback to the original, in which three girls and two guys have come out to a cabin in the woods, only this time, it is in order for one of them, Mia, to go "cold turkey" from her addiction to drugs. 

Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci) and Olivia (Jessica Lucas) are out in front of the cabin when you first see them, waiting for the arrival of Mia's brother David (along with his girlfriend, Natalie). They are clearly pissed when he arrives, since they'd been waiting for him for a while.

Mia (Jane Levy) is seen sitting on the hood of a car (which I'm pretty sure was the Oldsmobile), drawing a sketch of the cabin whilst smoking, and jokes to David when she sees him about him finally coming.

David (Shiloh Fernandez) and Natalie (Elizabeth Blackmore), brought the family dog (named Grandpa) with them when they came to the cabin, much to Mia's surprise. They quickly get re-acquainted, with David giving his sister a necklace that will keep her spirit strong. 

The group then gather round a well, and Mia throws her drugs in, proclaiming to never "touch this shit again"

The cabin belongs to drug-addicted Mia and her brother David's family. It has become run down in the time since they last visited, which is apparent by their reaction to how it has become, and how Mia points out that her mother "would hate to see the cabin [like this]". 

From the moment the group enter the cabin, Mia complains of a smell. A smell that the rest of the group are oblivious to. The dog then starts sniffing around and catches a scent, coming from underneath a rug in the centre of the floor. David pulls the rug back, to reveal a trap door to the basement, along with streaks of blood. 

Once the basement door is opened, the gang gasp from the stench coming from below: a mixture of the scent of the rotting flesh of dead cats strung up in the basement, and "burnt hair".

Eric discovers a black, plastic bag, containing something which nobody wants to be seen, since it is wrapped in barbed wire. He cuts the barbed wire open, and discovers that it is a book. 

He stupidly reads a few words aloud, and releases the unthinkable.

Seriously? When you find a book, bound in human skin, with words written in blood, and disturbing images inside this book, with clearly written warnings to not read from the fucking thing, why on Earth, would you read it!? Okay, morbid curiosity, I guess, but still!

Mia is then wandering round in circles outside and sees a woman in the trees. It spooks the shit out of her, so she demands that they all get out of there. Everyone refuses, since she needs to kick her habit, and leaving will do her no good (ha!). She then leaves anyway, and ends up driving into water after trying to swerve out of the way of this woman whom she saw earlier.

Fast forward a little, and she is raped by trees. Thorny trees, no less. Ouch.

This was a good reference back to the original, in which the character of Cheryl, played by Ellen Sandweiss, is also raped by trees and is the first of the group to become possessed. And possibly as another slight reference, she is the main character: Ash's sister, in the original, which suggests that David, Mia's brother in this movie, will have a similar path to that of Ash's.

She comes back to the cabin, now possessed (albeit still in control of herself, for now), freaking out - naturally - but everyone assumes it is a combination of lying to get away from the cabin, and hysteria from going cold turkey. She then burns herself, badly, by standing in a shower which is spraying boiling hot water, and there is no chance of getting to a hospital since the road home is flooded.

This alerts Eric, since both the "tree-rape" and boiling water are things depicted in "the book". He knows that this isn't just Mia, desperate to go home, it's something worse.

Boom!

Demonic Mia has awoken, and tells the others that they're "all going to die tonight" in the creepiest voice imaginable, before puking blood all over her nurse friend, Olivia. Olivia kicks her down into the basement and Eric slams the door shut, before confessing to David about the book.

Not long after, Olivia is then possessed, and proceeds to cut half of her face off with a shard of broken glass from the mirror. Eric goes to check up on her, and ends up being stabbed, with both broken glass and a hypodermic needle - which he then has to pull out of his face *shudder*. Olivia is not ready to give up however, so ends up having her skull caved in with part of the broken sink, by Eric (at which point, a horrified David walks in).

There is definitely no shortage of blood and gore so far, and being big gore fans, Allan and I have no complaints. The guy sitting next to Allan however, was hiding behind his hands (and jumping every few minutes) for the entirety of the movie.

Eventually, the only remaining "non-possessed" female in the group, Natalie, succumbs to the dark side, after being bitten in the hand by Mia, before Mia tells her to "kiss me you dirty cunt" after slicing her tongue open on a blade. Her arm is the first thing to show signs of being 'infected' by whatever it is that is taking over, so she cuts it off in an attempt to save herself, but this doesn't help her. 

The gasps and disgusted grunts from myself and the rest of the audience as her arm falls to the ground were so in sync. The filmmakers definitely went all out in trying to make this as gory, bloody and gruesome as possible, and they were oh so successful. 

This is later shown again when her other arm is blown off by shotgun-wielding David, in order to protect Eric from having his head shattered by Natalie's crowbar.

Eric tells David that he needs to kill Mia to end it all, and bring her peace, before they head outside to the car.

David quickly builds something, although at this point, you have no idea what the hell it is, or at least, I didn't, before he heads back inside the cabin. A struggle with Mia is ended by Eric saving the day, by knocking her to the ground to protect David, before telling him that he missed him (in the years they'd not seen each other), and then dies due to his wounds. 

David then takes Mia outside to lay her to rest, and buries her alive, since that is one of the three ways shown in the book that will bring peace (the other two being dismemberment and being set on fire).

We then discover that the thing David built was a defibrillator, which he uses to bring Mia back to life after she dies, sending the demon out of her body. 

All is done, and five souls were not possessed (which is required to make it rain blood, and bring another being to life). 

Or so we think.

A now-possessed Eric then attacks David, bringing the soul count up to it's final number of five, before David locks Mia out of the cabin, and shoots a can of gasoline (which he had been using earlier, as he'd originally planned to burn the cabin down) to sacrifice himself to save his sister.

Mia looks down to see the necklace her brother had given her at the start, and picks it up, sobbing. I was welling up too, as that would be the last memory of her brother. A drop of blood comes down from the sky, landing in the centre of the necklace, before a million other drops rain from the sky, awakening the demon underneath. A hand pops out of the ground, grabbing Mia's ankle, and after a struggle and some gruesome blade on skin moments that I (and the rest of the audience) could just feel, Mia grabs a chainsaw (which we actually caught a glimpse of earlier in the movie), gets her hand crushed under a car (then pulls her arm from, leaving nothing but a stump) and soon becomes victorious for the final time against the evil, with an awesome line to boot:

Demon: "I'm going to feast on your soul"
Mia: "Feast on this, motherfucker"

Driving the chainsaw through the demons face, and slicing it right down the middle, showing us that our thoughts of David being the "Ash" of this series was completely wrong, and that Mia is our new Ash.

Brilliant ending to a completely brilliant movie.

I loved seeing all the references to the original movies (as this one splices many of the things from The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II together), such as: 

- The group of five (3 female, 2 male) at the cabin.
- The Oldsmobile.
- The way the camera moves through the trees.
- The use of both Cheryl and the Professor's voices from the original.
- The chainsaw.
- Being bit in the hand, and it becoming possessed (happened to Natalie in this, and Ash in Evil Dead II).
- Main character losing their hand.
etc.

All in, it's a must see, and it's just as good as the original (but both in their own way), with clear reference back to the original, but with a whole new twist. The darkness of the movie was fantastic, and the score complemented it massively. You must must must wait behind till the end of the credits to catch a "Groovy" glimpse of Ash, since that's the only downside of this movie - the lack of Bruce Campbell as Ash!

Jane Levy was absolutely outstanding in her performance, being very convincing as both the normal, human version of Mia, and the crazy, demonic side too.

And, Director Fede Alvarez did a great job, especially as we all know how remakes tend to work out! He definitely did the movie justice, and I really hope he stays on board for the next one.

We rate this movie 9.5/10.
GORETASTIC!

Have you seen it? What did you think?

Let me know in the comments below :)

V.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Upcoming reviews!

I know I've been slacking on the reviews side lately, so first I must apologise for that (I'm always bloody apologising on here haha!). But I have a tonne of reviews planned over the next few weeks, so here is the list so you know what's coming :) Some are recent releases, some older, just to give it a bit of variety.

Video Game Reviews

- I Am Alive.
- Tomb Raider.
- ShootMania Storm.
- Far Cry 3.

Movie Reviews

- What's Your Number?
- Batman Begins.
- Silence of the Lambs.

TV Series Reviews

- How I Met Your Mother.
- Firefly.
- Being Human (U.S.).
- Vampire Diaries.

Edition Reviews

- Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition.
- Halo 4 Limited Edition.

That won't be the order that they are written in, as I want to mix it up a bit :) So you won't know what's coming first, second or even last. So if there's something in particular that you are looking forward to seeing, you're just going to have to keep checking back!

V.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

The road to Glasgow Comic Con '13.

As everyone should know, I'm a Glaswegian. We don't get as many awesome things happening up here to do with the game, movie and comic world as the likes of London does, but one awesome thing that we do get is the Glasgow Comic Con.

An awesome little convention, right in the heart of Glasgow. Last year was the first year I'd been (same goes for Allan), and we absolutely loved it.

Last year, it was held in the Mackintosh Church, as well as Queen's Cross Hall, which is situated just across the road. It was a much, much smaller convention than the likes of San Diego Comic Con, of course. I think the guest limit was around 500 (not sure whether that was per day, or over the two days), which considering that 2012's SDCC had over 130,000 attending, is definitely a massive difference.

But, to be honest, I really liked the fact that it was small. It gave it a much more intimate feel, and made it much easier to get round the entire thing and see everyone you wanted (although I did manage to miss Grant Morrison, bah!).

There were plenty of guests, of varying popularity. Ranging from the big, well known names such as Jim Starlin, Frank Quitely and Grant Morrison, down to the local indie comic book makers from Black Hearted Press, such as Sha Nazir and John Farman (who actually organize the event).

As you may, or may not know, Rufus Dayglo was also there, signing and sketching for both Tank Girl and Solid Gold Death Mask. He signed and sketched our copy of Tank Girl: Bad Wind Rising, and also did an awesome sketch of Tankie in our drawing book. I then contacted him after the convention, as I'd wanted him to do one other sketch for me, but I'd run out of time to ask him. 

I asked if he'd do me a sketch of Tank Girl and Harley Quinn (in her Arkham City get-up) fighting each other, which Allan would buy me for my birthday. Ruf was doing his sketches in varying prices at the convention, I can't fully remember, but it was £50 for A4 and £80 I think, for A3. (Not all artists charge at the convention, but I can fully understand why Rufus does, as most others do a quick sketch for you, whereas he takes his time, and puts all of his effort into it. It can take over half an hour for him to finish your sketch, that's how much effort and detail he puts in! (That's not to say that the others don't put effort in though, it's just that lots of the others are much faster and simpler with the sketches)). Anyway, I chose the A4 sketch, since £50 was all that Allan had left to spend on my birthday, and as a lovely surprise, Rufus did an A3 sketch, but just charged the £50, as a little birthday gift for me.

Here it is, mid sketch:





And as you can see, it has become the background of my blog :) The actual sketch is slightly different to my blog background, as he scanned it and added shading, etc onto a digital copy. I will eventually get a photo up on here of the actual sketch for you all to see.

I met lots of lovely writers and artists that weekend, and it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. So, obviously, as soon as GCC '13 was announced, I stalked the facebook page, waiting for news of when the tickets would go on sale.

They eventually announced that tickets would go on sale on Valentine's Day, so I made sure I had money ready and waiting, and then on the 13th of February, they put them up for sale early. Instead of waiting, I quickly bought both mine and Allan's weekend tickets, and within the hour, there was a shout out on the GCC page, for me, because I'd been the first person to buy tickets!


This year, the venue is slightly larger. It will be held in the Centre for Contemporary Arts, in the town centre.

Lots of guests have been announced so far, some who went last year, and lots of new faces too. Some of the people on the list are:

John Wagner.
Carlos Ezquerra.
Mike Ploog.
Rufus Dayglo.
Colin MacNeil.
Alan Davis.
Team Girl Comic.
Frank Quitely.
...and many more!

Super excited to be going to this year's GCC, and looking forward to more guests being announced.

If I manage to lose enough weight on time, I may cosplay (although I doubt I'll get down to my target weight on time, no willpower at all haha). Not sure who I'd cosplay as though, so will worry about that nearer the time (if I end up cosplaying at all).

Can't wait!

V.

Competition.

Okay, I am still awaiting the delivery of the Ubisoft Goodie Bag that will be the prize for the Trials competition. I still have no idea as to what will be included, so please - don't ask!

I will run the competition for one more week, and then the winner will contacted regarding the prize. If I haven't yet received it, then obviously the winner will have to wait a little bit until the prize arrives to me, before I can get it sent off to them.

So yeah, please - get playing. And remember, once you have played, you MUST take a screenshot of your score so that you can prove that you got the score you said (since anybody could just say that they got 1,000,000 haha). And you MUST comment on the post that the game is on, or this one, for your entry to count.

Good luck everyone!

V.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Trials Crash Academy

I have been given permission to have this game on the site, it's Trials Crash Academy and the aim of the game is to make your rider collide with as many bombs as possible, for maximum damage!

I will also be giving away a Ubisoft Goodie Bag to whoever is at the top of the leaderboard (not sure when I'll cut it off yet), so get playing, and good luck!

EDIT: Have just discovered that the leaderboards from site to site are not independent of one another, so if you take part, please screenshot your score (and the leaderboard position) and post a reply saying what your score is. When I end this and am ready to give out the prize, I will request the screenshot from the person who has the highest score written in the comments below.




V.

Also, prize is available worldwide but if you are outside of the UK, you must pay shipping (I will cover shipping within the UK).

First 4 Figures.

This month sees the release of the long awaited First 4 Figures statue, Ganondorf. 

He comes in two versions, normal and Exclusive. The Exclusive variant is the same as the normal version, but also comes with a switch-out head to give Ganondorf two facial expressions: the dark and moody look (normal) and the maniacal laugh (which only comes with the Exclusive version). There is also a difference in quantities. 

The normal version is limited to 1750 and can be found here, whereas the Exclusive is limited to a much lower amount: 750. It can be found here.

Both statues are still available for preorder at time of writing, but if either is to sell out, of course the Exclusive will be first.

I have the Exclusive version preordered, as part of Allan's 21st birthday gifts. He is a massive Zelda fan, so this will be a great addition to his collection. 

Unfortunately, however, we also had Modern Sonic Exclusive and Fire Sage Darunia preordered from First 4 Figures. And low and behold, they are all set for release within the same small time frame. 

Considering the large prices of these statues: approximately £330 for Ganondorf Exclusive, and around £160/£170 for Modern Sonic Ex. and FSD, it just isn't realistic to expect fans to be able to scrounge up almost £700 at once to cover them all. 

Of course, there is the possibility of doing a payment plan when you first preorder, but the time for payment plans is long since passed, and even at that, could have potentially become troublesome during busier months.

So, unfortunately, my preorder of Modern Sonic Ex. will be getting the chop (since I currently don't own any other Sonic line statues, and it hasn't yet sold out anyway), and Fire Sage Darunia is looking as though it might be bumped off, too.

So, I call to you, the collecting community! Go over to the First 4 Figures forums, and plea that they seperate the release schedule (or at least the payment dates) for their statues. 

Even separating them so that they'd fall 4 weeks apart from each other would be a Godsend. 

I'm pretty sure I can't be the only one who thinks that releasing THREE high-priced statues all at once is a bit ridiculous. Obviously, if one was from First 4 Figures, one from Sideshow Collectibles and one from Hot Toys, it'd be a different matter, as they'd be different companies so wouldn't know about each others schedules in advance, but three statues from the one company (not to mention that the next batch of regular Darunia and Zant statues will also be due payment then, for those who have preordered those, too!), is just shocking.

It's hard enough that game companies all seem to put games out in such close time frames of each other, but at least those are much lower priced (well, most of the time!), and also, there are far more games being released over the course of a year, so overlap there is to be expected, but with statue companies only bringing out a few per year (each), surely some space should be made between each release?

Even if they are all produced during the same time frame, the actual release dates/payment dates should be staggered. For example: Modern Sonic, Ganondorf and Darunia all finish production on the 1st April (these aren't confirmed dates, I'm just using this as an example). Start shipping them out to the appropriate warehouses on the 20th April, and let's say they take a month to fully arrive in all warehouses, then make the release schedule and payment dates follow like this:

20th May: All statues arrive to appropriate warehouses.

21st May: Payment emails get sent out to everyone who ordered Modern Sonic.
28th May: Payment due for Modern Sonic orders. Shipping starts once paid.

18th June: Payment emails get sent out to everyone who ordered Ganondorf.
25th June: Payment due for Ganondorf orders. Shipping starts once paid.

16th July: Payment emails get sent out to everyone who ordered Darunia.
23rd July: Payment due for Darunia orders. Shipping starts once paid.

This way, First 4 Figures is more likely to sell more statues, since people don't have to forfeit one of their preorders due to not being able to afford them all on the same paycheck (I do realise that not everybody will have all statues ordered, but y'know what I mean!), and excess statues will be held in the warehouses during this time anyway, so it's not like they'd have to pay more to the warehouse, just to stagger release dates.

Please, let me know in the comments below your thoughts on this, and if you think this is a good idea. And, please forward any thoughts onto the appropriate companies regarding these issues.

I have already mentioned this in the thread I linked above on the First 4 Figures forums, but maybe, if enough people felt the same, something would actually be done about it.

V.

(I'm fully aware that some people may argue "Just don't preorder everything!" and shoot me down for this, but I don't care, haha :D)

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Go away, winter!

So, it is April 3rd 2013. It is apparently Spring. But oh, wait... It's still bloody 0 degrees Celsius. 

So bloomin' cold, and to top it all off, I have a constantly runny nose, and an annoying scratchy cough. Argh.

I've been trying to do some "Spring cleaning" around the house to keep me busy (computer has been giving me major headaches, to tie in with the rest of the run-down-ness I'm currently experiencing). Managed to actually do a fair bit, but figured I'd best come on here and write something!

Sorry that I've been pretty absent from my duties here lately (haha), will be making more of an effort from tomorrow! I promise. Going to get replying to any and all PMs I've received, as well as get photos uploaded onto here, and also get working on some other stuff.

Absolutely dying to get my spreadsheet of the collection up and running again (lost the last one when my laptop broke), but I can't do that until I get my new laptop, which won't be until July -sigh- Might just have to write up some stuff prior to then, since I'm going stir crazy without a laptop (plus my brand new phone has a cracked screen already thanks to AJ the destroyer!)

So, what have you all been up to this week?

Let me know!

V.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Update.

I'm hoping to get a lot of editions posted on here over the course of the week. My little "photo-corner" where I take my photos is out of action for now though, so I can't upload too many, too fast - as I'll run out, since I can't get more taken for now.

Also, the collection is taking over the house, more than ever. Our livingroom floor is receding, with the growing number of CEs we are having to put on the floor due to lack of space. 

However, I am in the process of making space in our bedroom for the excess CEs that don't have shelf space. Of course, in our bedroom, they won't have shelf space either, but being on the floor in the corner in our bedroom is much safer than the livingroom.

It doesn't help that the past few things we've received have been pretty large, as are the next few things that are due to arrive. 

My most recent addition to the collection is the Bioshock Infinite Ultimate Songbird Edition (and the Limited Edition guide for it). What has been your most recent purchase?

Let me know in the comments below :)

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