Tag: Rambo

Review > John J. Rambo (First Blood, NECA)


When most people think of Rambo, they think of Sylvester Stallone, naked from the waist up, covered in sweat, and gunning down hundreds of foreigners bad guys while not getting a single scratch himself. (Right? That’s what people think of? Naked, sweaty Sylvester Stallone? Eh, maybe it’s just me.) But that’s the Rambo of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rambo III, which were basically straight action films with a side of jingoistic political content that has aged a bit poorly (especially Rambo III).

But the original 1982 film, First Blood, is quite different from the sequels. It’s a taut thriller about a Vietnam vet with post-traumatic stress disorder who gets pushed a bit too far by a small-town sheriff and goes crazy, waging a one-man war on a small town in Washington.

Odds ‘n Ends > Rambo, Edgy(?) Buzz Lightyear, Ram Man Delayed,



932 Atlas-BTS-12-23-2012

NECA is making both a Rambo figure from the first film and an Atlas figure from Portal 2.

It’s very cool we’re getting a figure from the first film, but as anyone who’s seen that movie knows, it’s as much a study in PTSD as an action film. I think everyone’s expecting/hoping for a figure of Rambo from the more-fun-if-far-more-jingoistic Rambo II – which, personally, I will use to make a custom of Weird Al as he appeared in the Rambo dream sequence in UHF.

Odds ‘n Ends > Mighty Edition

  • As you’ve no doubt noticed, it’s been very, very dead around here lately. That should change over the next week or so, and much more so by the end of the month. Real life has been interfering, but fear not, I’ll soon nip that in the bud.
  • In other news, the early reviews of Catra, the Faceless One and Battleground Teela are all over the place. Here are the Fwoosh’s, and here are Pixel Dan’s. Remember to hate both VeeBee and Pixel Dan for all these freebies. Because I totally do.
  • The Creative Licensing Corporation spilled the beans on two of NECA’s new licenses: Rambo and Evil Dead II. They misspelled NECA a few times, which seems…odd. So far we know we’ll get Rambo and Ash figures. No shocks there, but I do have to say, of all the McFarlane figures NECA’s redone, Ash is probably the most warranted. McFarlane’s Ash was terrible. And after all the hard work we ED freaks had put into getting it…I used to be VERY into Evil Dead. I tried so damned hard to like that figure at the time, but it was awful. Just awful. Awkwardly pre-posed, barely articulated, and frankly Toy Biz’s Autolycus figure looked more like Bruce Campbell than this one did (OK, that’s an exaggeration). The best thing about that figure were the accessories. Anyway, I have little doubt that NECA will kick McFarlane’s Ash into the stratosphere. A redo that’s long overdue.
  • Oh, I almost forgot: Thor comes out today. You going tonight?

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