Photos from the Arcade #9

A penny pusher protected by dinosaurs…

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Insert coins at your own risk!

G x

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Star Wars Freezepops!

Summer is gaining pace on Spring in the race of the seasons and that means one thing… freezepops!

I spotted these yesterday and had to have them…

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I love black and red design and the Stormtrooper behind Vader, backing him up with a menacing gun poised stance.

Inside the pack are these…

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The simple design of the characters face are brilliant, they remember me of the art on the vintage Star Wars sweet packaging. Really nice.

They are now sat in the freezer waiting for the kids to devour them, which won’t take long and I get to keep the empty box – sounds like a fair deal to me!

G x

The Jungle Book Review

The other weekend we enjoyed a trip to the cinema to see Disney’s ‘live action’ remake of the classic ‘The Jungle Book’.  I’m going to use the term ‘live action’ very loosely as around 80% must have been CGI, right? However that is my only gripe, let’s lavish praise on this thing…

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First up that CGI is simply stunning. Absolutely flawless. The fur, the lip synching, the movement, the emotion and the interaction with the actor playing Mowgli, perfection. I’m not a fan of snakes at all so the sequence with Kaa really had me sitting uncomfortably, such was the realism. This CGI is groundbreaking, a real revolution.

The voice cast is off the scale. Bill Murray is good in everything he does if you ask me but casting him as the laid-back Baloo was pure genius. He’s brilliant. Then there’s Ben Kingsley and Idris Elba, not to mention Lupita Nyong’o and Scarlett Johansson. All amazing. Finally the incredible Christopher Walken who is simply stunning as King Louie.

Neel Sethi as Mowgli is faultless. For such a young actor to perform in such a manner is incredible. Least we forget that most of his acting was done before animal puppet figures provided by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop. His performance is one to be celebrated and his career from here one to be watched with excitement.

Musically the score is drawn from the original by George Bruns. It underpins the drama beautifully. Though I’m pleased they didn’t go for the musical approach that was the 1967 animated ‘The Jungle Book’ I was thrilled to hear the classics ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wan’na Be Like You’ feature. Both fitting nicely with the acting and story at the time.

Jon Favrearu’s direction throughout is marvellous. The darkness of the jungle a stark contrast to the films more well lit moments, showing the depth within. The action is delivered at times at such a frantic pace while the drama is slowed to an intensifying crawl, bringing a great balance. Then there are the nods to the past; the opening hand painted cel-animated Disney logo and the most charming ending which features the physical book that started the 1967 animated movie. Little touches like these show the love for Disney and it’s rich past.

Seriously if you haven’t see this film, do. It will not disappoint.

G x

GI Joe Photo Shoot!

Here’s some pics I took recently of the 50th Anniversary series Joe, Blowtorch…

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I really like this sculpt, a cool figure with some nice accessories. Pretty photogenic too!

Thanks for looking…

G x

Liebster Award Nominated!

Thank you to the lovely The Knitted Fringe for nominating me for The Liebster Award…

This idea of the award is to spread the word about new blogs and encourage new readers.

The Rules…

  • Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to them.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Nominate bloggers and present them with questions of your own.

So here are the answers to the questions posed to me…

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Mitcham, South London watching He-Man and Thundercats before moving to Morden to explore the wonders of the local Cherry Woods.

Favourite author?

Can I have three please… Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Marvel or DC?

Marvel for me, I grew up in 90’s comic boom and reading back issues of Spiderman and Captain America. I do love DC too but Marvel wins this round.

What is your dream job?

Head writer on Doctor Who during the week, Starfleet Captain at the weekends. Oh and have a little comic/toy shop on the side.

Do you speak more than one language? If yes, which?

I do have a GSCE in French but very little remains in my brain. I am fluent in nerd/geek though!

My nominations are…

Alex Catches Them All

The Arcade Blogger

SixPiecesOfBacon

My Life in Scale

My questions are…

Geekiest childhood memory?

What’s your favourite animated show ever?

Favourite candy bar?

Greatest album of all-time?

Thanks again for the nomination…

G x

 

Skee Ball Time!

I found a new Skee Ball machine in Shanklin last week and here it is…

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Lots of lovely neon lighting and because kids don’t seem to want to play games and get nothing back nowadays it churns out tickets when you’re done!

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As you can see its a high scoring game with the top corner buckets worth 10,000 points.

Great fun.

G x