Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Forgotten Hero "Generator Rex"

To most people, Generator Rex is just another show that randomly played on Cartoon Network. But, to be honest, the show had a lot of promise when it came out.  The biggest flaw was that it was never on a constant time. They seem to keep changing the time or simply taking on and off the air.  The property is a part of Cartoon Network's portfolio of in house properties that also includes other popular titles such as Ben 10, Ben 10 Alien Force and Sym-Bionic Titan just to name a few.  It was mainly created as secondary action show for the kids that didn’t care for Ben 10, but to also attract a diversified (minority) market.  This is why Rex has a Mexican Hispanic background along with several other international friends.  Remember kids, the magic word in marketing for the past 15 years is “DIVERSITY”. LOL


The story takes place on your standard planet earth. But suddenly a few years back there was a horrible accident that spread small particle machines called “Nanites” into every living thing on earth.  To most living creatures the new particles stay dormant and don’t cause any harm, but for other it mutates them into creatures called Evos.  These Evos come in all shapes, sizes, and with different skills.  In the five years that the world have been living with this dilemma they created Providence;  an elite global group that deal with controlling, capturing and sometimes healing these Evos back to a manageable state. This is when Rex comes in.

Unlike other Evos who turn into crazy rampaging monster, Rex has the ability to control his Nanites into giant metallic mechanical elements that help him fight other Evos and at times help heal them.  His transformations include giant metal arms, giant metal feet, hovercraft wings attached to his back, a hover motorcycle, a giant sword from his arms and a hover train just to mention a few of his abilities.  His five major allies are a talking monkey called “Bobo HaHa”, “Noa” his best friend, “Dr. Holiday” his love interest but is too old for him, “Six” Super Agent/Modern Ninja that acts like his guardian and finally his brother “Cesar” who is more interested in his work than anything else that is happening in his surroundings.  As the show progress, you quickly learn what an amazing warrior Rex is but just like most modern heroes, he has some issues.  He’s currently 15 years old but sadly; he has no memory of who he was, where he’s been and about his family. This enhances the complexity of his identity as an teenager living in such a complicated world.

On top of all this craziness; Rex will also have to help and battle with some good, bad and undefined characters along the way. These include White Night, Providence, Black Night, Sertceis, Rex past gang in Japan (Tuck-- mummy guy, Squid-- green boy, Cricket-- girl on the team), and the major bad guys including Zag, BiWolf, Breach and VanClice. These sets of secondary and third line of characters really help put the story together and further more truly explain the connections with everything that has happened in Rex past and help him in his journey.

About Rex


Rex is the lead hero and he’s just your standard 15-16 year old teen who is simply trying to know who he is and learn the past that he had forgotten due to his Nanites transformations and evolution   He’s very stubborn and arrogant, but he does his best to never use his power for evil.  His passion is to just have fun, trying to connect with his Hispanic roots like eating tacos, watching Telenovelas on TV called “El Amor De La Pasion El Amor”, all while kicking butt and trying to cure the world of the Evos that can be saved for their family sake.  

During his journey of discovering himself, he also gains new abilities and refines his power.  These power include Healing Evos, Big Sword, Slam Cannon, Flying Boogie, Slam Hands, Metal Feet.  Towards the end of season 1 , season 2 and 3  he develops even more powers including Rex Wip Evolution (s 1 ep 21), Double Battle Axe (s2 ep 6), Hoverboard (s2 ep19), Combination of Double Weapons (s3 ep2), and his Final Transformation wish is incredibly powerful and deadly.

About the Toys

Cartoon Network and Mattel joined in making the Generator Rex toy set around late 2010.  The series include 11 3 1/2 inch single figures set, 6 mid size sets with, and 3 large pieces.  Sad to say that I personally don’t not recall any ads for any of the toy lines on TV or online so this is probably part of the reason why the toy line didn't survive very long.  However you will find tons of online toy review on these toys so go nuts watching the videos.

3 ½  scale set

As far as I know there are 11 single figures in this set.  Some of the figures are literally the same figure but it will have some minor changes such as a head with sun glasses and others without sunglasses.  To add insult to injury, you will see on the package where it says with the glasses and without the glasses.  Some will be as simple as having same mold, same pose in the package but they changed the color or maybe once piece to make it look like its in a different environment.  This is a pretty great way for the company to make a lot variations fairly quick and keeping the price very moderate.  All in all the figures stay pretty true to the design of the show and keep the correct color scheme all the way through. They also come in a very cool bubble that has the gear theme shape accenting the gears in the logo’s design. I personally love it when companies go the extra mile for a great presentation.  It really makes me want to preserve the figure in its original state as best as possible. 

As for the play.  They toys are your standard modern toy with pegs made from mainly plastic but amazingly enough is not very flimsy.  I will have to say however that getting to stand will be an amazing challenge unless you literally get some clear stands or glue them to a surface. The character is fairly lean with a large heavy weapon for arms. The only one you will get the stand are the figures with the big heavy feet.  

5 ½ mid sets

The mid size sets are a little bigger in the sense that the packaging is bigger, the figures are bigger and some of them come with extra characters, vehicles and props. Three of the sets come with an alien and some slime in a small jar (nanite goo), the other 3 are vehicles such as the bike, the hover bike and flying hovering Rex.  To me these are the figures to really get for some play time if I was a kid.  The figures and the weapons are closer to scale with the original show design than the 3 ½ scale figures.  The vehicles are great and I can simply see myself as a kid running around a room with my Rex as a hoverbike.  

Large figures

In this series I've seen only 3 different sets.  The Air Attack Boogie pack, The Slam Cannon, and the Transforming Rex Ride.  These three pieces are more interactive than the other sets. They are also bigger than the other sets and more interactive than the other pieces.

The Air attack boogie has a handle with a trigger that allows you the spin the propellers in Rex wings engine.  The Slam Cannon has a similar feature with the handle but it turns the toy into a dart gun and it allows you to remove the gun and play with the 6-7 inch figure of Rex.  Kind of like a Nerf gun type gun.  The toy also comes with a plastic stand that allows you to put him on a flat surface and just enjoy him.  The Transforming Rex Ride figure is literally the most entertaining figure out of the whole line. It comes with a Rex Figure, and his hoverbike ride that also transforms into a dart gun.  Now unlike the previous Slam Cannon, this transforming Slam Cannon is even bigger than the other Slam cannon.  Out of all the figures this is literally the one that is 95% close to actual size to the original design.  All in all very cool toy.

Series 2

In 2011 the series 2 Generator Rex were shown to the world at the Toy Fair. Sadly just like so many cool past toy lines, that’s as far as they went.  The toy line included figures the Bobo Haha, new bad guys, new good guys and some of Rexs' later transformations.  I was looking forward to the new bigger ax and larger sword version of Rex but that’s just me.

But anyway if you want to the check out what would have been series 2. Check out the blog below. They have amazing figures.  

If you would like the see the rest of the Generator Rex RNG Collection check out our flickr at 

Article by Ana Bruja-Khayos

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Don Bluth Game Trilogy

About Don Bluth

Many of us in our late 20’s to early 40’s are very familiar with the name Don Bluth.  He started his career working for the Walt Disney Studios as an animator.  He didn’t start making a name for himself until shortly after Walt Disney died in 1966.  After such a sad event for the company, Bluth was granted the opportunity to directed several animated films such as “The Rescuers” and “Pete’s Dragon”.  During the 70’s ,the quality of Disney animation was dropping and there were fears that the Disney Studios might shut down.  As a result several artist including Bluth went on and created their own company called Don Bluth Productions.  As an animation house they went on and created many of the 1980’s and early 1990’s animated classics we all still recognize such as “Secret of NIMH”, “An American Tail”, “All Dogs Go to Heaven”, "We're Back: A Dinosaur's Story", lets not forget that never ending series “Land Before Time”, and his final major project in (2000) “Titan AE”.  

Bluth's Game Ventures

What a lot of people forget is that Bluth also pioneered into the world of video games for several platforms in the 1980’s.  The most memorable ones are “Dragon’s Lair” (1983), “Space Ace” (1983), “Dragon’s Lair II: Timewarp” (1991).

Through the years, these games have been release and re-release in several platforms.  In each released the gameplay was extremely frustrating as you play along a non linear storyline that had questionable reaction to the controllers.  However regardless of how frustrating this made players, these games hold a special place in our lives.  In fact its influence is so epic, that these games have come back in a modern gaming platform known as the Apple iOS systems for our iPhones and iPads.

You may ask yourself what company would be brave enough to tackle such an iconic a frustrating game? Well; none other than EA Games, w
ho else.

 Dragon’s Lair


When you first see the game on the trailer (back then or now) it looks like a movie and you wonder what the game is like. The game play features a sequence of arrows you have to hit with your controller in order to make it through the dark castle to rescue the princess. I compare it to a torture version of the Simon game with gorgeous visuals. The sad part is that at times you know you have hit your controller at the right moment but you still die over and over again.  Most of us witness more epic deaths than epic progress but luckily the animation is good and funny.  After a while, people who are dedicated to play this game develop a list of favorites death scenes.  

As bad as the game play is you will be amazed that is has been released in Arcade form, Sega CD, CD-i, Game Boy Color, NES, PC, DVD, HD DVD, Blu Ray Disk, Playstation Network for PS3 and PSP, Nintendo Wii, DSWare, and iPhone and iPads.  You will also be amazed to know that there’s a second game to this series. So I guess the fans do love punishment.  

Dragons Lair app is available at the Apple's App Store for only $0.99. Shortly after opening the app you will realized that nothing has changed. This includes the poor maneuvering, the confusing game play but with the awesome death scenes that taunt you in your tiny iPhone screen, you'll continue to play it over and over again.

Dragons Lair App

Drgons Lair Comic Book App
This is also available to download for free, however the app comes with one free comic, but you have to pay $1.99 for the other comics.

 Space Ace

So imagine you just picked up not just one but maybe two next generation games including this golden oldie called Space Ace.  Both  “Dragons Lair” and “Space Ace” were released in the same year trying to market on this new technology.  Sadly, because they were both developed around the same time, the technology did not get any better. They simply carried the same problems over to another game. So yes, this game is equally frustrating but it’s also a classic.

Just like it’s predecessor the game has been release multiple times
as well. This game has been released in Arcade form, 3DO, Amiga, Apple IIGS, CD- i, Jaguar CD, PC, Atari ST, Sega CD, DVD, Blu-Ray, Wii, DSiWare, iPhone,and  PS3.  This game makes it part of the Don Bluth Trilogy games.

Unlike Dragons Lair that only cost you $1,  Space Ace will cost you a few more bucks.  At the App Store you are looking at around $4.99 for the game, but you will have the same fun frustrating time you had the first time you played it with a joystick.

Space Ace

If the App experience is not your cup of tea, keep in mind you can picked up all three of the games for the Wii so you can enjoy it with not just yourself but also taking turns with the family.  

Article by Ana Bruja-Khayos