ZBOX June 2017 Unboxing and Review

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The June Zbox has finally arrived, due too one item not arriving to Zavvi’s warehouse on time, June’s box was delayed and as a result it shipped quite late and only recently arrived on July 1st.

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Each box comes with a small magazine which discusses the boxes theme for the month, Junes ZBOX is all about villains, I really like the design of cover here, it blatantly takes inspiration from the Joker who is one of my favourite comic book villains.

IMG_20170701_130335Every box comes with an exclusive T-shirt, the design for June is this really inspired artwork based on Batman villain Oswald Cobblepot aka the Penguin.

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The smallest item this month was an air freshener designed around Mad Max, to be honest I have never seen Mad Max so this item doesn’t mean much to me

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Another item I was disappointed with this month was this Storm Trooper print, I love Star Wars but I really don’t the Art Style that was used here, I cant help but feel that this was only  thrown into the box for filler I cant imagine this piece of cardboard does much to help make up the 40 pounds value which Zavvi promises to provide.

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I’m not one to often my toys keep my toys in the box but this Lex Luthor figure I just cant bring myself to open, its awesome and due to the small parts I don’t want to open it just in case I end up losing them,  it was also possible to receive a figure of Deadman a DC character I don’t recognise but after doing some research he is definitely a character I am interested in checking out.

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This Joker apron is pretty cool, I already have a full Batman apron and oven glove set so I was really pleased with this item, unfortunately I am dieting at the moment so I wont be baking cakes for a few months however I am looking forward to wearing this when the time comes.

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Every box comes with a small badge which commemorates that you received that months box , the design this month is again based on the Joker, the way that the artist has made the laughter his teeth is very clever and its a small detail that makes this badge a lot more interesting than it needed to be.

July’s ZBOX is all about Teams, I imagine you might find an item to help bring hype for the upcoming Justice League film along side a few more items from different franchises, I personally would like to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles get some love this month but we will have to wait and see.

If you would like to subscribe to the Zbox you can do by following this link https://www.zavvi.com/zbox/zbox-subscription/11142494.html?widget_id=54

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ZBOX May 2017 Unboxing and Review

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ZBOX is a UK alternative to everyone’s favourite subscription service Loot Crate, the general idea of the ZBOX is that once a month a subscriber will receive a box with up to 4-7 items for geeks to enjoy, as a subscriber you wont know what items are being delivered to your door every month which can be off putting for some people but if you like surprises then a subscription service similar to this is right up your alley.

DSC_0163Each box has a its own unique theme, this months theme was knights, every Zbox comes with a small magazine which includes a detailed description of every item in the box and the rest of the magazine is filled to the brim with content related to the theme, this months magazine talks about some well known knights from history as well as how knights are portrayed in modern media, there is even a really fun section which modifies the plots of popular movies by adding knights into the mix, the magazines are usually the most uninteresting part of the Zbox but they are still a fun edition to read every month.

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A staple of a Zbox is a specially designed shirt that you cannot get anywhere else, this months shirt shows off some really cool fan art for the upcoming new transformers movie the last knight.

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This months Zbox also included a small print poster along side the shirt showing off the same design.

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I wouldn’t exactly consider myself a big fan of the Dark Souls universe so this comic book by Titan Comics was my most disappointing item although I will be honest it does look interesting so I might give it a read at a later date.

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You cant have a Loot Box based on knights without including the Dark Knight himself, this month subscribers were sent a tin sign of the Batman, its a simple item but a very cool one.

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This months final item is this absolutely amazing Game of Thrones construction set, the set that was included is a hand built set of the Iron Throne Room complete with King Joffrey, in my opinion this was the best item in May’s Zbox and I am sure that many others will agree, however one small issue with building the set was just how awkward and difficult it was to get some of the bricks to connect with one another,I gave up trying to get the Iron Throne too connect with the set and I eventually wound up using sellotape.

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Every Zbox comes with a small badge which cant be bought anywhere else, a lot of subscribers collect these badges to show off how long they have been subscribed too the Zbox.

May’s Zbox was a bit hit and miss for me, the Game of Thrones construction set and the Transformers T-shirt were by far my favourite items, the comic book didn’t mean much to me since I’m not a big fan of the Dark Souls universe and although I do like the Batman tin sign I couldn’t see my self ever buying it.

Next Months Zbox is based on villains, you can expect to see Star Wars, DC and Batman Items if you would like to subscribe to the Zbox you can do by following this link https://www.zavvi.com/zbox/zbox-subscription/11142494.html?widget_id=546346

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The Munsters (1964-1966) Review

Does anyone recognize the goofiest and spookiest family of the mid 1960’s

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Created By Allan Burns (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and Chris Hayward (The Dick Tracy Show) and both previously known for creating the popular sitcom Leave it to Beaver.

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The Munsters is an American sitcom about the life of an all American family of Monsters who live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, The show is a parody of the classic monster horror films that came out in the 1930’s, they have a lot of famous faces of the day playing each of the family members but the most famous have to be Fred Gwynne who plays the Frankenstein father Herman Munster and Al Lewis who plays the vampire grandfather, other monsters in the house include Butch Patrick who plays Eddie the werewolf son, Yvonne De Carlo who Plays Herman’s vampire wife and Beverly Owen who plays Marilyn who is the only Munster who happens to be a regular human being, Beverly Owen was replaced by Pat Priest after the first 13 episodes of the show.markymunster247

The best thing about the show in my opinion is that its very similar to a lot of other sitcoms from back in the day, of course it does have a monster spin to it but that’s about the only difference, most of the comedy revolves around the Munster’s getting on with their everyday lives and everyone else freaking out when they see them, the shows longest running joke is that the Munster’s believe that they are the normal ones and they cant get their heads around why everyone else is terrified of them.

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The Munster’s ran for two seasons and it did very well financially until the live action television show Batman starring Adam West was put on air, Batman managed to attract a massive fan-base and unfortunately its popularity managed to allow it to take the Munster’s spot on CBS.

The Munster’s may have only lasted for two seasons but it was very popular when it was on TV, a lot re-runs were played after it was cancelled and sometimes around this time of year you may catch an episode or two being played on your local television network but until then the Munster’s will remain very important to its many fans including myself.

I hope you enjoyed this Review of the Munster’s

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The Christmas Wish (1998) Review

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Business man Will Martin (Neil Patrick Harries) is visiting his Grandmother for her first Christmas since her husband past away, while looking through some of his grandfather’s old journals Will discovers that his Grandfather had a secret woman in his life called Lillian, Will sets out to find this woman in order to help put his Grandmother’s mind at peace but this journey may be much more difficult than he anticipated.

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I’m not quite sure how I feel about this movie, the plot was very interesting and through out the entire film I was trying to figure out who Lillian was and at times I wasn’t sure if we would even find out, the film was very slow which was its biggest problem because it had this really interesting plot that should have grabbed the attention of the viewer but half the time I was falling asleep due to how badly paced and boring the film was.

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Only half of the cast gave an effort to show any enthusiasm at all, most of the actors I found to be either really boring or extremely annoying, the little boy who was obsessed with Dinosaurs did not help at all, I don’t know what it is but for some reason six year old’s are extremely headache inducing on camera, the little boy in this film was almost as annoying as the little boy in The Babadook (if you haven’t seen the Babadook trust me the little boy is the absolute worst).

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On a lighter note given all of my complaints its at least a really nice movie which tries to spread what is apparently the meaning of Christmas, I’m actually really surprised that this isn’t aired on TV that often as it’s a really unique and different kind of Christmas movie and even though I complained that the some of the cast are really annoying they wont ruin the film for you this isn’t Jim Carrey stars in the Grinch so you don’t have too much to worry about.

An unknown Christmas film that is probably unknown for a reason, still worth giving this one a shot though.

Thanks for reading my Review of The Christmas Wish

The next Christmas movie I will review is

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Animated Review – Batman Beyond (Batman of the Future): Return of the Joker

 

The caped crusader is back, all be it someone different. But hey Bruce Wayne may be old but Batman doesn’t age or die. Even in the future Gotham deserves it’s dark knight.

Story

Set in the futuristic city of Neo-Gotham in 2039 (40 years after the events of the animated series) Bruce Wayne is an old man who has retired from being Batman, but the mantle would later be passed onto High school trouble maker Terry McGinnis who now dons a high tech version of the bat suit. The new Batman went on to fight crime against villains old and new, frequently crossing paths with a gang known as ‘the Jokerz’.

In this movie the Jokerz attempt to steal some communication technology for satellites, only to be stopped by Batman. It turns out that this was an order by none other than the Joker himself who was believed to have been dead for 40 years, he then decides to try again through Wayne enterprises where he announces his return. Now the new Batman must find out what happened to the Joker 40 years ago and defeat him in the future once and for all.

Verdict

As well as keeping to the Batman of the Future theme the movie brings back the nostalgia of the original series, there is actually a part of the movie that takes place during the time Bruce Wayne was Batman and the Joker was with Harley Quinn which was good to see. There is definitely something for all Batman fans.

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Batman the video game (NES) review

OH NO a movie that got turned into a video game this is never a good sign and before I played batman the video game on NES I figured it would be like most other movie to video game adaptations completely TERRIBLE !!!. I was very wrong to think this because once I put the game cart into my NES and pressed the start button I then realised I was playing one of the best NES games I have ever played.

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Story

According to the game manual the citizens of Gotham City are preparing for their 200th anniversary festival, little do they know that the joker and his henchman are planning something really evil I am ashamed to say that I haven’t seen the movie so I don’t exactly know what this evil plot is. Batman hears of this terrible news and heads towards the cathedral where he will fight the joker. On his way to the cathedral batman will need to take out all of the Joker’s henchman before he will endure his final battle with the mad clown himself. On a side note the five stages in the game are

  1. Gotham City
  2. Axis Chemical Factory
  3. Underground Conduit
  4. Laboratory Ruins
  5. Cathedral

Game play

Believe it or not batman on NES has a very similar feel to the Ninja Gaiden games, it has a similar playing style and batman can do the all famous Ninja Gaiden wall jump. It has some very tight controls which are very easy to learn so the game is easy to pick up and play. This game is very difficult from stage 3 onwards and it takes a lot of patients and continues to see the end of the game.

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Graphics

The best way to describe how good the graphics are would be to tell you the date the game got released I personally thought that the game came out in the 90’s because of the really smooth graphics but little did I know that the game actually came out in 1989. That’s right 1989 that’s crazy and because if the release date the graphics are extremely impressive did I also mention that this game provides cut scenes like in Ninja Gaiden another resemblance and another factor which makes batman on the NES so great.

Music

This game just gets better and better because as well as it having great graphics and some amazing game play it also has some of the best music in the NES library, as usual I’m not going to give an in depth description of every single track in the game but I will provide a YouTube link to one of my favourite songs in the game this time I will provide a link to the theme of the first level. I don’t know why but for some reason the music in the first level of the game really gets me pumped to fight my way through Gotham City to defeat the Joker which is not as easy as it sounds so the reason chose this song is because it gets me ready for one hell of a difficult battle.

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Bosses

As you may expect as well as having to fight your way through each of the five stages and killing a bunch of enemies along the way each level gives you a boss which you must defeat to be able to progress. There are five bosses before the final boss and each one gets harder and harder though out the game.

Killer Moth

The first boss of the game is Killer Moth he will fly to a corner and shoot fireballs at Batman, Batman needs to avoid these fireballs and return fire at Killer Moth, Killer Moth will also occasionally sweep down to attack Batman, but if Batman avoids these attacks and keeps firing at the boss Killer Moth will eventually fall.

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Machine Intelligence

This time Batman seems to be inside of a giant machine this boss is a bit more tricky than the last boss because he takes more hits and in more places, First Batman must take out the guns this is done best with the gun, next Batman must take out the blue light on the top left and finally batman must then take out the main part of the machine in the top right. This boss can be tricky especially on the last part but there is a specific spot that Batman can stand in where he won’t take damage but the machine will.

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The Electrocutioner

If you don’t have full health and a hell of a lot of  batarangs I wouldn’t even bother trying to defeat this guy, he is pretty much impossible I have tried every strategy I can think of to avoid his attacks so I can’t help you there but I can help you kill the bastard my strategy is have full health and go and stand in one of the corners, then when he is getting close batarang him to death I believe this is the only way to kill him and it really shows the lengths the game will go to prevent you from finishing it.

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NO image this time sorry folks but I just couldn’t find one :(. There are two blocks in the room each of these block will got around the room following some sort of pattern, the block will shoot missiles at Batman but I found that if you stay on the of the centre platform and duck and punch the first block will miss you with the missiles and it will fall easily. The second block will now turn red and it will start shooting fire all over the room this is where the boss gets a little difficult as Batman will need to go to ground level and shoot batarangs at the block until it eventually blows up, this would be much simpler if Batman wasn’t taking damage every time the block touched him. Best way to beat this boss is with plenty of health and a good amount of batarangs.

Fire Bug

OH MY GOD this boss is insanely difficult I remember it took me approximately 2 hours to beat him of game play until I eventually beat him since he kept killing me, I did eventually come up with a strategy though my advice would for you to use the dirk (The weapon which allows you to shoot what appears to be 3 batarangs at once) stand on the left hand side and keep jumping over his fire attack every time you jump shoot Firebug strait after otherwise he will hurt you. This process may seem a bit tedious but trust me getting to the Joker and seeing the ending is worth all of your pain.

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Final Boss- The Joker

The joker is not as difficult to defeat as Fire Bug but he is still pretty tough he will make lightning come out the sky and he will shoot you with his big ass gun seriously it’s almost as big as him and with a big gun usually means a powerful shot yep 3 life bits of life get taken every time Batman is shot and one piece of life for each lightning hit. So how do you beat the Joker?  Well I tried every weapon in the game and nothing worked but my last resort did yeah that’s right I found the best way to kill the Joker is with your bare hands. I don’t know how the hell that works but crouching down next to him and beating the living crap out of him seemed to do the trick and the falling of the joker ends a kick ass game with a kick ass ending.

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Final Verdict

If you like batman you will love this game if you don’t like batman you will probably love this game. The game is perfect it’s one of those few video games available that I can actually say yeah that’s a great game. With great game play, bad ass music, epic graphics for the time and experience which is amazing none the less I rate Batman on the Nes a 10/10.  I hope you enjoyed this review of Batman on the NES this is my opinion of the game if you respect my opinion I will respect yours.

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This review was written by Dan

Now if you excuse me I got a city save