Luke 6:27-28 (NKJV)

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

October 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Hello everyone and welcome to another Funko Pop haul. Today post is going to be really short, but nonetheless, I am here to give you another haul update and give you the numbers for my collection.

127-28. Darkseid on Throne and Darkseid from Zack Snyder’s Justice League

129. Ashoka from Star Wars

I got these three figures from Hot Topic online. The two versions of Darkseid is based on the director’s cut version of 2017’s Justice League. I have a standard Darkseid with his weapon and prepared for battle and I have another one with him sitting on his throne looking menacingly. Darkseid appeared in Zack Snyder’s version of Justice League which was first streamed this year on March 2021 at HBO Max. This villain may resemble Thanos, but according to comic scholars, this villain doesn’t need a gauntlet to rule a galaxy. While this is the first time we ever get to see Darkseid in live action, it’s unknown if he will be back in the DC movies. It all depends on Warner Bros.

Last but not least we have Ashoka Tano from the Star Wars series. This iconic character made her first appearance in the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2008 at Cartoon Network. This is before Disney bought the rights for Star Wars. Her popularity became well known for fans that she would later return in Disney’s sequel to The Clone Wars called Star Wars Rebels and then getting a live action appearance in second season of The Mandalorian. This pop figure is based on The Mandalorian show and her character is played y Rosario Dawson. Taking place after the events of the original trilogy, Ashoka becomes a vigilante of justice and is no longer a Jedi ever since she left the title in the Clone Wars. She helps Mando understand the mysterious power of The Child and even learns the name of the kid. Despite having succeeding to find a Jedi for Grogu (the Child’s real name), Ashoka refuses to take and train him because she is no longer considered a Jedi.

My October purchases was pretty short for the month. I have a total of 129 Pop Funko figures!

Galations 6:7-8 (NIV)

7. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

8. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.

Joel 2:13 (CEV)

Rend your heart
    and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
    and he relents from sending calamity.

September 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Greetings Pop fanatics! I bring you another Pop haul from the month of September. As my collection grows, my bank balance shrinks, but not too bad. Sit back and relax because here is what I got in this first fall season.

124. Leafa from Sword Art Online

Just like Kirito and Asuna figures from my August post, Leafa is another new addition to the Sword Art Online Funko Pop lineup. Just like how I got Kirito and Asuna, I preordered Leafa. However, for unknown reason, Leafa was delayed and pushed back. While I got the first two on August, Leafa came in later in September. Leafa is from the Sword Art Online series and is actually Kirito’s cousin. Despite being cousins, Kirito treats her like a little sister and her real name is actually Suguha Kirigaya.

125+126. Roman Senator Deadpool and LARP Deadpool 

I grabbed these two Deadpool variations in one of my dates. I bought these two figures and a GameStop bag and a Venom t-shirt. With Deadpool being a popular Marvel character, it’s no surprise he will be entertaining the crowd with his random humor. We have here Deadpool dressed up as a Roman Senator. Can you imagine Deadpool being in charge of an ancient government? Finally we have LARP Deadpool. LARP stands for Live Action Role Playing. I guess Deadpool wanted to take a break from killing for real and wants to indulge in some fake killing. Deadpool ditches the real weapons for a handmade cardboard sword and overalls with a belt for a headband.

I have a total of 126 figures

The Carnage Killer Story: Dissecting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game story

Rewind to 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Revisited – PlexReel

Let’s go back to 2014. Before we got Tom Holland as MCU’s Spider-Man, before Sony invested the Venom movies, we had Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man. At that time, Sony was investing its time and money on making The Amazing Spider-Man movies. However, the planned projects for this version of Spider-Man fell through which resulted TASM films to end on the second movie without a third film unlike the Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies. While Marvel was busy with Disney and setting up future projects with the Avengers, Sony went through a roller coaster and trying to make a good Spider-Man movie for the fans.

For this article, I am not here to review The Amazing Spider-Man movies or discuss on the failed plans for Sony’s movie plans. I am actually going to talk about the video game adaption of the movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2. If you want to know about my opinions on this game, I will leave the link here so you can read it on your free time. I actually want to talk about the game’s story. With Sony’s recent movie, Venom: Let There Be Carnage, this is a good time to bring up the sadistic villain Carnage and why is he my focus on this Spider-Man article.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 PS4 game review

video games based on the movie, based on the comic book

If you grew up with video games and superhero movies, you might remember buying games upon the movie release of superheroes. Before we got original games like the Batman Arkham series or Marvel’s Spider-Man, we lived an era where companies like Marvel and DC would promote their movies by teaming with game companies like Activision or Sega. We had games based on Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies, Iron Man 1 and 2 and even Batman Begins. While these games may not be Game of the Year, they still hold some charm and made us remember how anticipated we were when we wanted to see that *insert comic book movie title*.

Batman Begins (Video Game 2005) - IMDb

Iron Man Xbox 360 Review - Video Review - YouTube

Spider-Man 2: The Game (2004) | Comics Amino

For this article, our main focus will be The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game. It may be based on the 2014 movie, but the team Activision and Beenox had other plans.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game – Who Killed Uncle Ben’s Killer?

While the movie version of TASM 2 focused on Peter and his investigation on learning about his parents disappearance and trying to stop villains from Oscorp, the video game had a different focus. In the game’s version, Peter is trying to find the guy that murdered his Uncle Ben from the first story. However, upon disturbing discovery, Peter finds his uncle’s killer… but as a corpse. It turns out that a serial killer who goes by the name “The Carnage Killer” is on a killing spree and Ben’s killer was his target. Despite having the killer killed instead of taking him to justice, it’s up to Peter to don the mask and find clues on who is the Carnage Killer. While this game does have Electro and Harry Osborn Green Goblin, the game features deadly foes like Kraven the Hunter, Shocker and even Kingpin/Wilson Fisk.

Audiologs (in missions) | Side missions - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game  Guide & Walkthrough | gamepressure.com

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 PS4 Review: Replace 'Amazing' With 'Average' |  USgamer

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review | PC Gamer

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Video Game - Black Cat Boss Battle (1080p) -  YouTube

The Carnage Killer – The Main Antagonist 

After progressing through the story, you find out that the Carnage Killer is none other than Cletus Kasady. With his normal human abilities, he is easily dealt with and put away in jail at Ravencroft. However, with some illegal experimentations with the symbiote, Cletus gets out early but by not good behavior but with the symbiote. With the alien species attached to him, Cletus becomes the deadly villain Carnage. Rather than having Green Goblin as the final threat for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game, instead, we get Carnage as the final boss.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Cletus Kasady Boss Fight - YouTube

Cletus Kasady (Character) - Comic Vine

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Game - Carnage Boss Fight - YouTube

Carnage: Was he needed in Amazing Spider-Man 2?

While Carnage is most of fan’s favorite Marvel villain, was it necessary to add him to this game’s adaptation to the movie? What makes TASM games interesting is that despite being based on the movie, they are willing to take on a different approach and have their own story while not spoiling too much on the movie’s plot. It was nice to include Carnage in the game since at that time, Carnage has only been featured in Spider-Man original titled games like the PS1 Spider-Man game or Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions; he hasn’t gotten a movie version until recently. While him and the other villains did make the story unique, I feel like these villains could have been implemented on an original Spider-Man story. When not focusing on the movie’s bad guys like trying to include the live action version of Electro and Green Goblin, if a game had these extra villains and the main story, this could have been an interesting Spider-Man story. Imagine a game that does focus on Spider-Man unraveling the mysterious case of the Carnage Killer but without the title “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. I feel like the plot of the game could strive on its own without needing the movie holding their hands, so to speak. Even in the mobile version of this game included Venom instead of Carnage. The game’s ending even showcased the Chameleon hinting more adventures to come for Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game - After Credits CHAMELEON! (PS4) -  YouTube

Conclusion: Was the story still interesting?

Besides the game’s interior aspects like gameplay and graphics, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did feature an interesting take on Carnage. We were given an interesting twist in regards to Ben’s death and this gave us a chance to explore many villains like facing Kraven and Kingpin. It shows us that Spider-Man had to take risks when facing a killer. Kraven was there to try and push Peter and goes against his moral code of killing and Peter wanted to retain his heroism without slipping into a killer. Carnage’s role of the story revealed that he chose to be a killer and wanted to rid of everything that was against him. When we have someone who is against killing with a murderer, the results are messy. Despite the game’s overall review, what do you think about Carnage in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?

August 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Hello everyone and welcome for another Funko Pop Haul post. We made it to September and you have no idea how much I got from August’s purchase. With Summer ending pretty soon, you got to take advantage of the summer sales. Brace yourself because I got a lot this month.

115-6. Magneto (Walmart Exclusive) + MIckey Mouse with Popsicle (Hot Topic Exclusive)

I got two exclusives today and they are Disney and Marvel. Technically speaking, they are all Disney since Disney was able to purchase Fox in a inquisition and that means Disney owns a portion of 20th Century Fox and that also means Disney has the rights to X-Men. I was surprised that it took us this long for Funko to release some X-Men figures. Despite the movies being popular, there’s not much from figures based on the movies. This Magneto is a younger version from the modern trilogy (First Class, Days of Future Past, etc.). Magneto is a force to be reckoned with in the X-Men world with his magnetic powers. He believes the mutants shall reign over the normal humans. As a Mickey Mouse fanatic, I had to get this Mickey Mouse figure. This is a figure of Mickey holding a posicle. I am not sure if it’s a reference to a cartoon short or Disneyland or even a National Popsicle Day event, but this looks cute. If Mickey gave you a popsicle, would you accept it?

117-8. Kirito and Asuna from Sword Art Online

I don;t usually pre-order Pops, but this is where I felt I needed to get these figures. Unlike the previous I have, these are up to date.  These two have Kirito and Asuna in different poses and Kirito is wielding one sword instead of his iconic dual blades. I also pre-ordered Leafa, but according to Hot Topic, she is getting delayed until October. Did you know Kirito was my first figure I have bought and having him kick started my hobby of collecting Pops. I would later get Asuna from Allison and at that time, we were friends.

119-21. Sonic the Hedgehog (GameStop Exclusive) + Venom and Carnage 

I ordered these three figures online from GameStop. This Sonic figure is based on the classic game Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for Sega Genesis. The box comes with a hard protective case with sonic capturing the pose like the game. It also has the cover behind him. The box display is a taller than an average figure, but it is also more slim. As a sucker for Venom, I went ahead and bought these two figures. Based on the movie Venom: Let There Be Carnage, this is the first time we got Pop versions of this Sony antihero. As of now, these are the characters that is being sold. There is a jumbo version of Carnage exclusively sold at Walmart, but good luck and trying to snag one. In this movie, we have Venom being the protagonist in this Marvel movie and this is the first time we will ever see Carnage be in a live-action movie.

122-3. Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Advanced Tech Suit and Programmable Matter Suit exclusive) + Artist Deadpool (GameStop exclusive)

These are the last one for August. While doing errands with my mom, I went ahead and went shopping at GameStop so I can use my last of my giftcard. I had a $40 giftcard when I bought that PS5 bundle. GameStop was having a buy 3 for $30 deal, I got these three Marvel figures; two of which is Miles Morales and Deadpool. Based on the popular Marvel Spider-Man: Miles Morales, I got two versions of Miles. According to the Wiki, the advanced tech suit resembles the MCU’s version of Peter’s Iron Spider suit and the Anti-Ock Suit whilst retaining the iconic black and red colors; it is also a free suit if players updated the game. The Programmable Suit is unlocked when the player completes the hideout missions. With the suit equipped, Miles can perform new finishers which will allow his suit to unleash four extra robotic legs. This figure is also an exclusive which allows it to glow in the dark. Last but not least, I have this Deadpool figure. Just like the others, this is a Deadpool figure that is part of the 30th Anniversary. As you can tell, Deadpool likes to chill and visualize and express his passion.

I have a total of 123 figures! Notice the numbers 123. 1-2-3?

1 Samuel 16:7 (NKJV)

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

July 2021 Funko Pop Haul

Howdy partners! I hope everyone had a good July this year. Besides 4th of July, July has been a hot and busy month. With my job getting busier everyday, this means I get more hours for my pay. Besides hours, July is also a good month for summer sales. I didn’t buy much anime from Rightstuf’s birthday sale, but I did buy some Pop Funko figures. In this post, here is my haul of July purchases:

110-111. (Hot Topic Exclusives) Ballerina Deadpool and Lust

As always, Hot Topic is my good to go place to buy Pops. Around the same time where Rightstuf was having their birthday mega sale month, Hot Topic was having their two week Hot Cash sale. Fortunately, I had some Hot Cash ready to spent. I actually got three Pops in my transaction but the third one is a gift. As you can tell, I got two exclusive figures. I got Deadpool in a ballerina outfit and Fullmetal Alchemist’s deadly Homunculus Lust. Deadpool is one of my favorite Marvel characters because of his goofy personality and him being awesome. As soon as I saw Lust, I had to get her. It feels like the FMA figures are hard to get these days. My first figure was King Bradley which was a HT exclusive and then I got Winry from GameStop. I need to find the Elric Brothers. If I ever get Edward, I hope I can get it signed by Vic Mignogna.

112. (Hot Topic Exclusive) Miles Morales in Winter Clothes Gamerverse

I bought this Miles Morales figure during the last few days of the Hot Cash sale from Hot Topic. This Miles Morales figure is based on the recent PlayStation game Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for PS4/PS5. Taking place after the events of the first game, you play as the young new Spider-Man and protect New York against a new threat. Just like the first game, as you play the story and accept challenges, you unlock new costumes. This costume has Miles suited for the cold winter days with a cap, ear muffs and scarf. This is one of my favorite suits in the game.

113. Marvel Spider-Man Gamerverse

I randomly purchased this figure along with another one while shopping at Walmart site. This Spider-Man is based on the video game Marvel’s Spider-Man. I remembered seeing this figure years ago when Marvel and Funko was promoting the game and released other figures like an unmasked Spider-Man, Mary Jane, Mister Negative and a Negative Suit version of Spider-Man. This isn’t an exclusive but this figure looks like a standard figure. The back of the box is blank and doesn’t have words like collect more.

114. (7-Eleven Exclusive) Deadpool in a cake

I got this special Deadpool figure from my friend Ezra. It was a birthday gift he gave me. As part of the 30th anniversary, Funko released many versions of Deadpool. This figure is fitting for this 30th anniversary and being my birthday gift. Thank you Ezra. This is actually the first I got on July.

This is all I got from July. I have a total of 114 figures.