Friday, September 18, 2009

When Superman Needs A Giant Mirror...

He goes to Palomar Observatory, of course. Scott Kardel, my pal and the guy to whom I turn for all information related to astronomy, is Public Affairs Coordinator for the observatory. He posted a great Super Friends clip over at his Palomar Skies blog. In it, Superman travels to Palomar to make use of their 200-inch mirror.

Scott's blog is a terrific resource of knowledge and photography, so be sure to bookmark it for return visits in the future.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Dreadnok: Bloodbath

Going back to the first time I saw Heavy Duty from Hasbro's The Rise Of Cobra preview at Toy Fair, I knew I wanted to use him as the base for a custom. The design was perfect for a character from DDP's Dreadnoks Declassified, specifically the one seen taking cover behind the table in this panel:

from the pages of Dreadnoks Declassified
With a little paint and some new weapons, the final result just needed a name and a story.

Dreadnok: Bloodbath

Bloodbath's Filecard
Here's the layered PSD file if anyone can use a G.I. JOE filecard template.

Bloodbath is armed with the Combat Shotgun and Machete (painted) from Marauder "Gun-Runners".

Dreadnok: Bloodbath

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New Blood: Night Adder (Cobra Security)

I received my order for some of the wave 4 figures from The Rise Of Cobra this week. Included was Night Adder, the first unique Cobra character introduced to the property since the 25th Anniversary construction style debuted in 2007.

Night Adder I

Night Adder II

Night Adder III
With Shadow Tracker coming in 2010's Pursuit Of Cobra line, Hasbro's follow-up to The Rise Of Cobra, we'll be getting another brand new character in just a matter of months. This development is right up my alley, as there just haven't been enough distinct personalities in Cobra beyond the army builder figures. Sure, I still wish Hasbro would produce previously established characters like Zandar, Zarana, Zanya, Thrasher, Road Pig (and the tooling used for Night Adder makes for the perfect Road Pig body), and Big Boa, but I'm all for new blood, as well. In fact, I was planning on injecting some into my own collection from the moment I saw the Heavy Duty figure from The Rise Of Cobra in images from Toy Fair. I'll save that for tomorrow, though.