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Haven Review: Stan Lee Box #1

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond my control, that being life I’ve not had the chance to take the time and review. The Stan Lee Box! I have been excited for months about this, literal months, and although it’s a older box that does not take away from the excitement I’ve had about being able to open this up and finally take a peak!

So let’s get started shall we?

First up are the two really amazing figures that came in this box the MK 1 of the fire Iron Man armor that Tony Stark made while he was captive.

This lovely little piece is die cast which means its metal, a literal Iron Man armor that is actual metal! I love it, and besides being a beautiful figure to look at and admire it also makes a great paper weight due to its weight! So not only a collectible but also a beautiful desk ornament also!

But let’s not forget the other figure this box came with, and as you all have guessed from past experiences I am a fan of Spider-Man! So what makes me happy, is having my own little web slinger hanging around taking photos of things on my desk and everything and brightening my room with some color! I love not only the design of the figure itself but also the fact that I got two awesome figures both in one single box!

We also got a How to Draw Comics The Marvel Way!  Where it teaches the step by step guide on how to draw your very own comics! So for all those aspiring artists out there who want to start their own comics this alone is already super beneficial to you!  Having clear instructions to be able to help you pursue your dream of making your own comic whether it be a Super Hero comic or a romance comic it’s all up to you!

The box also comes with Raw Hide Kid from the Marvel Masterworks a good piece for those of you out there who love the comics that aren’t focused around everyone’s favorite web-slinger or man of Iron. But speaking of Marvel Master Works, let’s not forget the limited edition variant covers from Monsters Unleashed drawn by Marvel artists and signed!

So not only do you get the comic with it, with protective casing and hard back but you get the drawn versions of it as well! It’s a amazing and beautiful piece for all collectors and comic enthusiast’s alike, I personally won’t be opening these. They are simply satisfying for me to look at and enjoy.

Last but not least, do we have a T-shirt with the big man’s face on it, but we also got Excelsior! The wood shavings that inspired Stan Lee for his catch phrase, and with it comes a info card that explains where the phrase originated and what inspired him to start using it as his catch phrase.

In conclusion the Stan Lee box is completely worth it and I absolutely love it, maybe someday we’ll do a give-away for one, but for now we will enjoy this box and all its contents!

-Daniel Clatworthy

Haven Review: Spider-Man Homecoming!

Spider-Man – Homecoming, for me it is the best Spider-Man movie to date, don’t misunderstand me though I did enjoy the Amazing Spider-Man with the actor Andrew Garfield leading the main role of Peter Parker and Tobey Maguire did a great job in the original Spider-Man movies that Sony produced but the most recent Spider-Man that is tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) I think is by far the most accurate portrayal of Peter Parker / Spider-Man. But before we get started as to why, for obvious reasons this is massive spoiler territory so steer clear if you don’t want to hear what I got to say.

The Movie starts with Peter Parker going to Germany to confront Captain America as Spider-Man and does a little self movie journey of his adventure on the way and even during the confrontation with Happy Hogan giving Spider-Man the third degree during the entire thing. This ultimately concludes with Peter being able to keep the new suit Tony Stark has created for him and which makes him really happy about having.

Vulture from Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN™: HOMECOMING.

Flashback, Adrian Toomes is doing the clean up from the Avengers during the incident in New York where Loki was running amuck and he is tasked with clean up of all Alien artifacts. Soon however, the government steps in and hire Damage Control to take over with handling all the clean up and this naturally upsets Toomes and they decide to keep some of the materials they were suppose to turn in.

Thus, the Super Villain’s are born. They then spend the next eight years stealing stuff from damage control in secret and building a arsenal of super powerful deadly weapons, and when I say super Villains I mean Vulture, Shocker, and even early references to The Scorpion and even the future Prowler makes it into the cameo’s scattered about the movie.

Flash forward again and its after Civil War, Peter Parker as Spider-Man is patrolling New York fighting crime, saving old ladies, stopping bike thefts, and eating churro’s that said old lady purchased for him.
He is anxiously awaiting the next big mission so he can join Tony Stark and fight worldwide disasters as a Avenger and Happy and Tony keep brushing him off, so when he is confronted for a chance to fight a Super Villain over the course of the movie, that being Adrian Toomes as the Vulture (played by Micheal Keaton) and his underlings that make appearances throughout the movie such as The Shocker, Scorpion and others.

However it is due to Peters constant inference that his friends are put in to mortal danger and ultimately leads to Tony Stark taking the suit back from Peter stating that “If you are nothing without the suit, than you don’t deserve it.”

Which forces Peter to rethink who he is as not only a person, but as a super hero also when we wish for those immortal words to be echoed. “With great power, comes great responsibility.” But due to reasons for mortal men to ponder we never get that. Instead we get a reflection of Peter looking back at himself when he chooses to fight for what’s right regardless of the threats made to him, his family, and his friends and take a stand even without the suit Tony Stark made him.

As we read the finale of the movie Tony Stark tries to steal the thunder by inviting him to become a full time Avenger and has even produced a new suit for the occasion. But Peter, knowing himself a bit better than he did at the start of the movie when he was so anxious to prove to himself and others that he can be a great Super Hero.  He decides to stick closer to the ground as a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man instead of a Spider-Man fighting for the world and looking for trouble.

The movie in my option is solid, with an excellent cast of characters, with subtle supporting roles done by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Peter Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), and Happy Hogan not to mention all the cast for his friends, and I am happy to say that with Marvel leading the helm of creative direction for our favorite web-head that we are getting a Peter Parker true to character finally.

I really enjoyed the movie, as did the people I saw it with and not just because I saw it in a Zentai Spider-Man suit and talked about how I remember this scene so well as if I was actually a part of it, although they did get a good chuckle out of it.The best part is the after credits scene, which is best not spoken about and better off being seen.

So go see the movie when you can!

-Daniel Clatworthy

 

 

Haven Editorial: Desucon 2017

Haven Editorial: Desucon 2017

Desucon is the biggest and longest running cosplay convention in Norway. It’s been around for at least a decade by this point. Which is fantastic achievement on its own and does the cosplay community a great service. However size has it’s own price. However it is not my place to speculate about the chaotic nightmare of logistics and people management. 

I came to Desucon to take pictures of interesting people and compete in the cosplay competition. Which I have a minor beef with. Which for once has nothing to with with the judges decisions on who would go on to the finals. Yet I’m quite sure some people do, however I did not inquire about that. It just well known fact that people will complain a lot about such things. That being said, there is a lot of fun to be had by signing on as a volunteer. The back bone of any convention.

As usual Desucon takes place in Lillestrøm during the summer. It’s a very flat region of east Norway with a big building perfectly suited to hold any convention, with easy commuting from all over. Be it by plane, bus or train. There is also a plethora of stores and high quality restaurants and an expensive hotel next door. Several noticeable and very geeky stores bring a lot of fantastic merchandise as well. A great number of artists shows up as well and most of them takes a lot of custom commissions. Replica swords, bead creatures, leather products, body pillows, figurines, cups, candy and much much more.

I’ve yet to mention the various organizations having stands there as well. Such as the highly questionable Galtvort skolen LARP. It’s a translation on the hog and wart pun, which is the recipe for having serious legal issues. Due to film companies being a dick about reinforcing copyrights.


The ever noisy and quite healthy Kendo participants. EF education, which enthralls you with the ability to study languages abroad. And many, many more. 

My costume idea for this year was a scantly clad Blackwatch Ryes from Overwatch. I figured out that parading around in his skimpy armor would be a lot more comfy than wearing a shirt. Plus I could not arsed to get an olive green hoodie. Not yet at least. The process can be found on my twitch page under the name Zaceron on pretty much anything.

Part one was held in a closed room with some cameras, several people from the crew. Apparently it was an auditorium with many rows of chairs, filled with an overwhelming amount of participants in colorful costume. Essentially the idea was for each participant to wait their turn and talk to the three lovely female judges in front. Personally I was just lucky to get there in time, since they decided to held it one hour earlier. Without notifying me, since I just arrived by bus when the announcement was made through the speaker system. Due to the ease of dressing up I did get in on time. Winning is a hard sell and there is always more to tell. However there is one big beef I have and that is the number of people going on to the finale, it went from twenty something down to five. The real problem I had about this is quite simple. Most of the participants had a sketch in mid, with music, sound and acting planned out. Now they will never be seen, which is sad and a waste of entertainment potential. Which also undercut a lot of fun. Seeing people do their hardest to perform on stage in a custom costume is a fantastic experience and fun to boot. Also a lot of the participants could greatly benefit from the self esteem boost.

However there was a drop in competition on Saturday, which had a lot of high quality participants as well and a much more chill, show your work atmosphere. I never expected to see a Daedric warrior cosplay. Then again a Oni Genji was there as well, with a mimic hiding in a corner, promising free loot. Aside from the big competition, there are a lot of other wholesome activities going on as well. Such as the LAN section, for people who have the balls to drag their expensive PC across the land. Various fandom meet ups, board games and much, much more. There is just too much to mention. After all I came there to compete, meet fantastic people, take a bucket load of images and fishing for ideas. Which is exactly what I did.

 

 

Kendo practice
The Kind of Norway during WW2
Wonder Woman
Arcade Ahri
Imperial Guardsman
Reaper vs Sith and the Remnant
Free Loot
Soldier 76
Friday the 13th
The witch king and his hand maiden?
Gone With the Blastwave
A short storm trooper
Roadhog
A Ghost Buster
Lara Croft
Joker
Bobba Fett
Sombra
Sparta
NCR Veteran

 Tai Fighter

Garen and Katarina

Njål Sand