Apr 21, 2021

Star Wars Rebels Playing Cards

 Since I showed of the Black Series Zeb figure last week and these were sitting by in a pile of Christmas loot that still needs to be sorted out, enjoy these Rebels playing cards! I also have a Star Wars post planned for next week, so why not keep it rolling until May the 4th? I do observe May the 4th but being a devout Star Wars fanatic, still hold true May 25th as the high holy day.

I don't think I have this deck already but it was released in 2017 so I could be wrong. In addition to the standard tuck box, it was also released in a collectible tin. The tins are great but not being standard box size, they can be a pain to store with your other cards.

With a 2017 release, I'd guess these came at the tail end of Season 3 so they had plenty of episodes to pick the subjects that would go in this set. There are no duplicate images among the 55 cards, which is always a bonus in my book. The tibidees (middle Joker) look like they came from the How to Train Your Dragon universe.

The pip cards, or 2-10, have various characters and vehicles from the series. Back when the series debuted, some people didn't like the art style because it was different than Clone Wars but it never bothered me. Especially because they took a lot of inspiration from Ralph McQuarrie's concept art from the original movies.

The cards have a glossy finish and seem like they got an coating of anti-friction something or other because they're pretty slick to the touch.

The court cards, J-A, are a bit different. Every Ace features a different image of the Inquisitor. Jacks are always Ezra. The Kings and Queens are Kanan and Hera (Red) or Zeb and Sabine (Black). Chopper has his own pip card and shares another with Ezra. I guess he wasn't important enough to rank in the face cards. They could have split the Jacks with him and Ezra but I don't mind. Chopper is my least favorite member of the Ghost crew. Direct all hate mail to the comments.

Apr 14, 2021

Star Wars Black Series - Zeb Orrelios

 Zeb Orrelios may not have been a Jedi or the ruler of Mandlaore series but he has always been my favorite member of the crew over the course of the Rebles animated series. For whatever reason, he is only available online, while I've seen other deluxe (ie: more expensive) figures collect dust in stores. The plus side to that is not having to hunt him down.

He comes with his Lasan Honor Guard AB-75 Bo-Rifle, which is a combo bo staff/rifle. I know this from watching the show but if you were someone who happened on the figure and picked it up because it looked cool, you probably wouldn't know his weapon transforms. And to be honest, I didn't realize it either until I looked up photos of him online. Before doing that, I did try to take off the effects on the staff end but was worried they weren't supposed to come off and that I might break it.

The only downside to converting the weapon back and forth is that sliding the body to expand/shrink it seems to be scratching the paint. If you look reeeeally close in the middle under the top handle, you can see a bit of silver there.

A transformable weapon isn't the only neat thing this figure has to offer. There's a couple of holes on his back that pegs on the rifle plug into so he can carry it on his back.

And they did an amazing job on his legs/feet. He's got those back bent knees and they did an impressive job translating that into the figure. I had no problems getting him to stand with the rocker ankles. All the poses you see here are him standing on his own.

He's a deluxe figure, which means they're charging a little more than the usual Black Series $20 price point. And this is likely because he's a bigger figure. I'm glad they stuck with keeping him true to scale. He just wouldn't be the same if they cut him down to 6".

They did a fantastic job with his coloration, skin patterns and armor details. My only small complaint with him is the coloration where the hip swivel is. Above that, the paint is glossy, and below it it's flat which results in slightly different colors. Not a huge deal and really the only "bad" thing I can say about him. If you're a fan of Rebels, you probably already jumped on him when it was announced. If you just like cool aliens, he's worth picking up.

You can grab him on Amazon for around $29.

Apr 1, 2021

Monthly Media Recap - March 2021

If you haven't discovered it yet, check out JustWatch,com or download the app. You can look up movies or shows and it will tell you which streaming platforms you can find it and if it's free.
Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (Netflix) 
Yep, I'm on the true crime train now. I was just hitting mid-teens when this guy was on the loose and remember hearing about him on the news but I had no idea how truly whacked he was. I've seen plenty of CSI shows where they match shoe prints to ID the suspect but I'd never heard of a big case where they actually did that before.

Disenchantment (S4, Netflix)
I love this series. It's not often you get an animated show with an ongoing story and character growth. Well, not from America anyway. And it's still got it's oddball sense of humor.

Wandavision (Disney+)
I didn't think it would be possible, but Marvel has me even more excited for a new Doctor Strange movie! I can't wait to see Wanda and Strange together. It's going to be wild!