Saturday, 22 October 2011

Captain Britain Action Figures

Here we have a picture of the most recent Captain Britain Action Figures.

1st up is the 1970's Cap, which is part of a double pack with Spiderman, which is to tie in with Cap's appearance in Marvel Team Up way back in 1978. A thumbs up!

Then its the 80's Cap, which also get's a thumbs up.

Next it's the New Excalibur Cap, which also gets a thumbs up. I have this one, and I question the sword, and the gun, not pictured.

And finally the last one, what the hell is going on with this costume? It's an amalgam of the most recent MI:13 costume and a New Excalibur helmet & boots. It's just so wrong.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

ClanDestine


Alan Davis created a English team/family of heroes in the Marvel universe in 1994 called The ClanDestine. Davis' art, and Farmer's ink's once again captured the feel that was created whilst drawing Excalibur.

If you've never read these comics, and you like Alan Davis' art then ClanDestine is a must. There's talk of Davis doing another mini-series to tie up some loose ends, I really hope so, it's great.

The main members of the family that appear are...

Adam Destine, the father figure who is immortal, and invincible.

Wallop, who is the muscle of the family, and the angrier he gets, the bigger he gets, but also the dumber he becomes

Cuckoo, she's the telepath, who posseses bodies when her existing body is killed.

Argent, she can transform her body into organic metal, with swords, and pretty much any shape, or costume she wants.

Hex, the acrobat, and hyper-sensory member of the family.

Crimson Crusader, male twin of Imp, he has the power of flight, he's strong, and pretty much invulnerable, but is stronger when close to his sister.

Imp, she too has the power of flight, and light projection, and like her twin brother, she is stronger when she's near him.

ClanDestine issues so far have been...


Volume 1
X-Men & ClanDestine
All 12 issues of volume 1 and both of the X-Men issues are contained in a graphic novel, 'ClanDestine Classic'

Volume 2
These 5 issues have been put in a graphic novel entitled 'Blood Relative'.

I really hope that Alan Davis does release another volume of ClanDestine, the Vincent storyline needs to be completed.

Members of ClanDestine are in my Excalibur poll, and at this early stage some of them are getting votes, to become members of Excalibur. I think Crimson Crusader & Imp should join as junior members, which would mean Wallop would have to join, as their guardian, just to keep an eye on them.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

The Metamorphosis of Excalibur

Excalibur, Britain's premier X-team? which eventually ended up being a part of MI:13. There's talk of a commonwealth team of heroes, British, Canadian etc, but being a big Captain Britain fan I would still like to see Excalibur return.

Team 1
Captain Britain, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat & Phoenix (Rachel Summers)

Team 2
Captain Britain, Meggan, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Phoenix (Rachel Summers), Cerise, Kylun, Feron, & Widget.

Team 3
Nightcrawler, Colossus, Shadowcat, Daytripper, Britannic, Megan, Pete Wisdom, Douglock, Moira MacTaggert & Wolfsbane.

Team 4 - New Excalibur

Captain Britain, Pete Wisdom, Juggernaut, Nocturne, & Dazzler.

Team 5 - MI:13
Captain Britain, Pete Wisdom, Spitfire, Black Knight, Blade & Faiza Hussain.

So if there ever was a chance of Excalibur starting up again, who should be in the team? I'm going to run a poll on this one, please add who you think should belong... just for fun!

Monday, 10 October 2011

Jim Cheung Captain Britain Art

How good is this?

Spotted this whilst doing my usual Captain Britain Search, I think it's a commission.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Bored Doodling

Today I traveled to London for a works meeting, to say it wasn't the most interesting day I've ever had is an understatement. But whilst trying to look interested I found myself doodling, instead of taking notes... can you tell where my mind was?

Hmm... might return to my arty ways!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Doctor Who - The God Complex Review


This was quite a surprising episode, for many, many reasons.

First up the great Matt Smith debate, good Doctor? or bad Doctor? I've always gone with the bad Doctor side of the fence, but if he continues in this vein, I might just be swayed to the good Doctor side of the fence.

This was a good episode, with some quirky characters to boot, and David Walliams as an alien that looked like a mole-rat. Mr Walliams is yet another of the newish breed of British comedy stars that I do not find funny at all. He sit's in that box along with Russell Brand & Ricky Gervais, and the label on the box says 'unfunny'. But he was OK, and there was a scene where he was wheeling a fellow cast member, reminiscent of one of his creations from Little Britain, The wheel-chair guy.

The plot was a 1980's hotel, which had lots of rooms, and in each room it held the fear of each person trapped in the hotel, once they succumb to this fear they are then prey to this alien minotaur who steals their life, because they sort of worship him. Hmmm... If you've ever read 'It' by Stephen King you will see the similarities. 'It' has the big bad character who appears differently to different people, because... he appears in the image of that persons biggest fear. There was even a room with a clown sat on a bed holding a balloon, like the clown in 'It'. Did the writer of this episode pay homage to Stephen King, or use his ideals? Don't shoot me, just an observation.

The Doctor works it out, that he preys on each persons faith, and uses it, but the twist is this alien minotaur doesn't want to do this but he has to.

Anyway Amy Ponds faith is in The Doctor himself, and when the creature comes for her, he convinces her that she shouldn't believe in him, and that it's his vanity that convinced him to take her on his travels. She believes him, the alien minotaur is defeated and dies, the hotel disappears, and reveals it's an alien ship in space, no surprise there.

The episode doesn't end there. The Tardis appears outside a swanky townhouse on modern day Earth, with a red sports car parked outside. The house, and the car are for Amy & Rory, from the Doctor. Strange? you may ask?

The revelation of Amy's faith in The Doctor made him realise that he was putting Amy in danger, and that just wasn't fair. This was his farewell to Amy Pond, which was very touching, and a great sense of sadness. The Doctor got back in his Tardis, and went away leaving Amy and Rory on Earth. So, no more sidekicks!

This final scene brought home to me just how good an actor Matt Smith really is. It was sad, tinged with a bit of humor, but all very heart-felt. Well done Matt Smith, you're starting to win me over.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Captain Britain Diamond Select Toys


Bowen Designs aren't the only company that produce Captain Britain related busts, or statues. Diamond Select Toys have a few, not many, but there is a couple out there.

Captain Britain 80's bust
It's not a bad bust, but I wish it had arms...

The only other connected bust is one of Shadowcat in her blue costume she wore whilst a member of Excalibur, and I really like this one, especially Lockheed.

Shadowcat

The only statue they do that has a connection to Captain Britain is... surprise, surprise... Psylocke, in fact there's two of them, one in costume, and in swim-wear.

Psylocke

Wouldn't it be nice if someone actually did a Betsy Braddock statue!

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Captain Britain Minimates


I was surprised at how many Captain Britain & Co Minimate figures there actually are, granted not as many as there are X-Men, or Spidey, or Avengers, but they are out there.

Captain Britain

They 2nd Cap figure is part of a box set of 4 Excalibur figures, the rest look like this...
Excalibur

and there's more...

Obviously there is a Psylocke Minimate, not one but two... she's just so popular.
Psylocke

All these images have been talen from http://www.minimatedatabase.com

There are some really cool custom Minimates out there as well, which i'll do a bit of surfing and see what I can find.