Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stickers Album

 Lately the image quality has been abysmally poor at times. I know what’s caused the problem and now it’s fixed, but I can’t be bothered to take new pictures all over again.

tmnt1I bought this 1992’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Sticker Album for nostalgia’s sake for a symbolic sum. Some girl named Matilda has filled up with many of the stickers already- it isn’t complete though.

tmnt2Turning the first page I saw a classic Yapon ad that they used in most comic books back then. The first is an ad for the NES and the Game Boy which you could rent for 40 SEK/24 hrs and a NES for 30 SEK/24 hrs. A Game Boy Game Pak was 25 SEK/ 24 hrs and the unit itself for the same price. Mind that with inflation taken into account that it’s much more expensive today- know your economics! If anyone is interested I’ll be able to scan it for you, though it always takes a long time for me to actually get to it. I always follow through though.

tmnt3Then we have that classic Konami LCD game ad where the Turtles fool you into buying those handhelds. I have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles one at home, and it still has that sticker on the screen. I never had one as a kid but I used to play my friend’s LCD games. They aren’t that good really, at least when you compare them to the Game Boy. But if you never had a Game Boy then this was as good as it would get. I really do like these hand-drawn ads though, it looks like someone random dude drew them- the quality isn’t that great. I can understand why they look angry though as they have to make ads to afford Pizza. There’s no welfare for mutant turtles.

tmnt4Lastly we have the album itself and it isn’t that spectacular, aside from nostalgia, in itself. But there is something amusing about it- the sticker they use to show that the turtles are shocked to know that they were created due to an accident is very ill fitting as it looks like Raphael is just sitting there chilling. And that’s after just having received those shocking news according to the text underneath. Matilda might’ve put the sticker in the wrong place but the rest are correctly inserted. Other than that it contains screenshots from the movie and promotional images (like this one where Raph is chillin’ in the couch). One of the words in this picture is spelled wrong too- and here I thought bad spelling was something of the 21st century. They wrote “dom”, which means “judgement”, when they’re meaning to write “dem”, or “them”. This is a very common misspelling in Swedish as the way “dem” is pronounced sounds like it should be spelled “dom”, though the pronounciation of the two words is different when it comes to the “o” and how it’s said. Anyhow, spelling nerdery aside I always find it amazing how errors like these are able to find their way into proper printed material- though I can see how it doesn’t matter in a product like this one it’s still targeted towards kids who should learn correctly from the beginning.

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Randall in “My Name is Earl” meets… SEGA?!

I saw this video as a clip in The Gaming Historian’s Sega Game Gear episode… and the dude in this commercial, who hits his head with a dead-as-doornails squirell just to be able to experience some color while playing his Gameboy, seems to be portrayed by none other than Ethan Suplee, the actor who portrays the not-so-bright but big hearted Randall Hickey in the TV Show “My Name is Earl”.

I couldn’t believe it., but it seems as if this a younger Ethan acting in a Game Gear commercial. I never thought I’d see something like this, but I like it!

Robocop 3: Is It That Bad?

Robocop 3. The black sheep of the trilogy, where Peter Weller doesn’t reprise his role as Officer Murphy, a.k.a. Robocop.

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He becomes a combination of  the dutiful and brave Irish cop he is and some of the topmost state-of the art equipment available, stuff that puts today’s technology to shame. I can just say that I don’t think there’s any possibility to have a worst first day at work than he had.

This movie builds off the first two movies. We’re still following Murphy in his endeavors to crush the increasing criminal activity in Detroit City. And he does it well, even though I can’t help to feel they need about 9 more of him to be successful since the city is just as riddled with crime as it was in the first movie.

OCP still has the role of the bad guy in this movie, and most people reprise their roles, even Murphy’s partner Anne, but one can see a gaping hole where Jill Hennessy plays Robocops engineer/lover (just kidding about the lover part) and OCP has a new boss that’s played by Rip Torn. Also Robocop is played well by Robert John Burke, so he looks different, but since his visor is off for short times one won’t notice. Not that there’s anything wrong with Mr. Burke’s face or anything, don’t get me wrong.

Weller to the left and Burke to the right. Note the difference?

Weller to the left and Burke to the right. Note the difference?

The plot is the following; as shown in Robocop , OCP needs to evacuate all living premises to build their generic tall buildings of glass and steel for the public. Problem is, most people don’t want to move. And some Japanese corporation with no conscience whatsoever uses hired mercenaries to forcibly move the citizens into the Rehabilitation Centres. At first Robocop is pitted against the rebels but when something happens he decides to switch sides and defend the innocent, and the Japanese send the Katana-wielding Otomo to take care of both the rebels and Murphy.

Otomo, pretty, isn't he? Just dazzling, really.

Otomo, pretty, isn’t he? Just dazzling, really.

One thing that I don’t get is that his directives are back. I guess OCP reintroduced them as a safety measure, but they didn’t know about this if I recall correctly. I guess he must have told someone that shouldn’t know by accident and been re-programmed by that ancient computer again.

All in all I can say that it’s a very enjoyable movie that reeks of the 90’s. It’s a great trilogy, really, and I’m afraid they’re going to poop all over Robocop and his awesome design with the remake. Anyhow, I actually think I like this a bit more than the 2nd movie and really recommend it to everyone old enough, though the 1st one still holds a very special place in my heart.

I'm not sure what to make of this. I guess we'll have to wait until the CGI is added upon the film.

I’m not sure what to make of this. I guess we’ll have to wait until the CGI is added upon the film. I need to see how he moves.

Trivia:  The suit was too small for Burke, and that explains why he moves too stiffly. They didn’t have the budget to make a new smaller one…

First image from: http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/robocopwriter.png

Second image from: http://myfavoritewasteoftime.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/robocop.jpg

Third image from: http://cache.io9.com/assets/images/8/2011/03/robocop3.jpg

Fourth image from: http://cinemavine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/robocop_toronto_set_images_joel_kinnaman_3.jpeg

Why No Subtitles For Arnold Movie?!: The Sequel

This time I decided to watch Raw Deal in the box I bought. And yet, still no subtitle for Arnold movie.

 

Get it? Raw Deal? I’m hilarious!

It’s a UK release, and I have 3 plausible theories why they didn’t include subtitles in the movies:

  1. It’s cheaper that way.
  2. They think native English-speakers can understand Arnold Schwarzenegger in his early movies without breaking a sweat when focusing all their energy on hearing.
  3. Mr. Schwarzenegger himself barged into the publishers office and demanded that they’d not release the box with subtitles as it’d insult his honor.

The movie itself was better than Red Heat in my opinion. It’s about a cop that had to be relocated because of something a sleazeball of an officer did to force him into it. Then one day his former boss calls and wants Arnold to extract revenge on the people that killed his son, who also happened to be a cop or CIA officer (I think). Arnold infiltrates and extracts revenge in beautiful ways, in ways that are delightful to watch. And of course he eventually gets a hold of the sleazeball that forced him to relocate as well, and another bout of revenge ensues. Awesome indeed.

This is exactly the kind of movie I’d watch if I was tired and needed to see unnecessary violence and confident macho men (or in this case, one unit of confident macho man).

 

Just look at the poster, it says it all. Awesome!

First image compiled from: http://blog.abt.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/arnold-schwarzenegger-gives-a-thumbs-up.jpg and http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumblarge_570/12939139748dQ6zP.jpg

Second image from: http://www.filmparadiset.se/wp-content/gallery/posters/raw-deal-poster.jpg