Reviews with Pizzazz: Transformers: the Last Knight

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Transformers the Last Knight Review, by Boss-Bot

To be fair, this movie needs to be seen multiple times.  It’s a ride the first showing, but as you see it more it improves like a fine wine.  It’s not the best Transformers movie, but it’s far from the worst.  It’s actually pretty similar to Revenge of the Fallen in plot, but done a lot better.  It’d rank behind Age of Extinction for me, right in front of the original.  At the first showing, I ranked it behind the first, but upon later viewings I really have grown to appreciate all that this fifth installment does, whether it succeeds or not.  As a fan of the series, it mostly succeeds.

The Good:

As usual, the visual effects are stunning.  To me, the best looking Transformer is actually the newest: Sqweeks.  He’s a cute competition to BB8 and the cool part is that he actually had a practical stand in on set, unlike the other larger robots.  The planet Cybertron scenes are also pretty cool, the vine structures are something we haven’t seen before.  The underwater portion was also visually good, the only other underwater scene we’ve seen being Megtron’s revival in Revenge of the Fallen.  The characters in this film are actually great, too.  The female characters, Izzy and Vivian, do a lot in the film.  Izzy is actually crucial since Sqweeks ends up saving the day.  Vivian is actually just as important as Cade, if not more crucial to the plot.  Since she is the only one who can take the staff from Quintessa, Cybertron would have destroyed the planet without her.  Cade’s character is a good jump off point from the last movie.  The Tessa phone call showed the more emotional side to his character, which isn’t fully developed.  To be fair, he’s written as more of a tough guy in this movie, so it makes sense that he hides his feelings around the newer characters.  Wahlberg’s acting is actually a step up from the last movie.  Jimmy J is actually a fun character and his comic relief tends to feel organic.  He’s not useless and is genuinely funny.  The robots’ characters and the robots’ character designs are very cool as well.  Megatron looks terrifyingly badass.  The new Decepticons are really fun and it’s a shame that they don’t have much screen time.  Hot Rod is a really fun new character.  Grimlock is comic relief, but he feels like his character.  It’s fun seeing Wheelie again. The plot is pretty interesting and while it’s complex, it feels like a lot more work is put into it than the past sequels.  They really do their best to tie everything together and for the most part it works.  Is it goofy that Harriet Tubman could have been friends with Jazz?  Sure, but remember you’re seeing a movie about alien robot that turn into cars, planes, and vending machines.  The fifth movie about alien robots that turn into cars, planes, and vending machines.  So don’t go in expecting something that will defy what the franchise has already made.  Not to mention, the use of lore is incredible.  Considering the franchise typically references characters rather than borrowing anything directly from other incarnations, this movie does defy that expectation.  We finally get Unicron in a really cool way; they follow his character from Transformers Prime.  Rather than being a planet eater, Unicron is Earth.  A cool twist a lot of critics have been claiming Bay has changed Unicron, but in reality not being aware that Unicron was Earth way before this movie.  We see a version of Primus vs. Unicron and a Quintesson.  The junkyard hideout is definitely based off of the newest show, Robots in Disguise.  Finally, the best part of the movie are two of the new characters: Sir Edmond Burton and Cogman.  Burton, played by Anthony Hopkins, is nothing short of the single best human character in the franchise.  Hopkins nails the dialogue, which can be iffy, but he pulls it off.  The humor he brings into the movie feels funny.  It’s not forced like some of the other characters make it out to be.  Hopkins has some of the best lines in the movie and you do feel bad for the guy when Megatron kills him.  Despite his quirky personality, he’s completing something that his entire life has led up to and on the submarine when he mentions his, you can tell that he is quite emotional.  His butler, Cogman, is also hysterical.  Cogman brings a lot of humor into the film as well, despite his dialogue feeling more forced at points.  But overall, when they are together they truly make the movie.  Not to mention, Stanley Tucci as Merlin is just great.

The Cons:

Get it.  Cons.  Decepticons? Anways, here’s what I would improve.  The editing is my major complaint.  A few weeks before release a rumor stating the movie was three hours and ten minutes spread around.  This generated both positive and negative reactions, but soon Bay dismissed this rumor and the movie was confirmed to be two and a half hours.  Now rumors are surfacing that the DVD release will feature an extended cut and scenes from it will be shown at HasCon.  My guess is that it could have went a few different ways.  A: The movie was planned to be three hours, but the negative feedback worried the studio so they trimmed it down to be the shortest sequel in the series.  B: They’re pulling WB and making an extended cut which could either be planned in advance to be DVD only.  This would mean higher DVD sales since it would offer exclusive content, a la Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad.  This would make sense considering how it would be difficult to edit half an hour from a movie in such a short distance before its release.  C: There is no three hour ten minute cut and it’s nothing more than a rumor.  I hope we get an extended cut and it would explain the choppy editing.  It would also hopefully fix some loose ends, including how Megatron became Megatron after being Galvatron, how Bumblebee became magnetic, and other things.  The dialogue is a hit or miss and while a lot of the jokes land, some don’t.  There were complaints that the Decepticons are racist, which I don’t see at all, so not a negative for me.  The only other thing is that the film is a blur.  It moves fast, and then slow, and fast again.  Multiple showings really improve it.  If you’ve only seen it once and either didn’t like it or you’re on the fence, see it again.

Overall, Transformers the Last Knight is just a fun movie.  Go with an open mind.  I give it a solid 4/5.  Definitely see it multiple times and don’t forget to stay after the credits!!


Reviews with Pizzazz: Bionicle 2015 is Officially Canceled by Lego

Boss-Bot covers the recent cancellation of Bionicle 2015:

To much widespread disappointment across the Bionicle community, Lego has officially given the 2015 reboot of the franchise the axe.  This is incredibly disappointing.  I can’t stop using that word: disappointing.  Bionicle was and is a huge part of my life, personally.  I got my first set of Mata Lewa back in 2001 at a local carnival.  I was a fan of the original run of the franchise.  That being said, the Glatorian years definitely were a turn off, but when the STARS were released in 2010, I was devastated that the line had been canceled.  When rumors of the line surfaced in the summer of 2014, I was so excited.  I relied on Target and Toys R Us who often put the sets out a few days or weeks before the official release date to provide me with my first sets of each wave of the reboot.  But, enough of my story.

The official reason of the reboot’s cancellation according to Lego’s official Twitter page is that it was cut for financial reasons.  With mixed reports of the line’s sales, it could be interpreted that it ended because it did not sell enough.  If this is the case, it sadly makes a lot of sense.  Aside from the commercials in late 2014 and early 2015 for the initial relaunch of the line, Bionicle Generation 2 never saw much promotion.  Thankfully, the reboot had several books and graphic novels, as well as convention and other event exclusive masks in 2015; not to mention the four episode Netflix series.  But Hero Factory, I shudder writing this, had an animated series on Nicktoons with a much longer run than Netflix’s Journey to One Bionicle series.  Even then, this Netflix series was barely advertised.  The main reason Bionicle 2015 did not sell well, if that is the case, is because it seems Lego did not try to promote it.  The logical assumption is that Lego expected such a previously successful theme, which essentially saved the Lego Company in the early 2000’s, to do well on its own.  While old fans from those years were most likely a good factor of Generation 2’s sales, the entire concept of attracting a new generation was ignored.  Rather than relying on social media activity, Lego needed to do more television spots and promotion to make the reboot succeed.  Bionicle’s first run from 2001-2010 was unique for using online promotion and websites especially in the early years, as the connection between toys and the internet was rare.  Bionicle was groundbreaking in using the internet to advertise and support the line; but in this new generation, nearly every toy line does.  Relying on social media and the internet to market is no longer unique.  The fact that Lego dropped the ball advertising for the relaunch sadly sealed the line’s fate.

I wish Lego didn’t cancel the line before the planned 2017 conclusion to the current story.  In 2015, it was confirmed the story would last three years, through 2017.  This means that an entire year of planned story has been scrapped.  The ideas of the Mask of Time and the potential connection between the Generation 2 and Generation 1 universe are apparently never to surface.  What truly does not make sense to me is that only a few days before today’s cancellation, Lego announced a Bionicle Makuta building contest; they even showed off models of Makuta.  I do not understand why Lego would show off the Journey to One Makuta set, if it will not see the light of day.  All in all, this news is incredibly disappointing.  I sincerely hope Lego considers sharing the rest of the potential 2017 story as well as the instructions for the Makuta sets shown off in the contest video.  Considering Bionicle was brought back once, I am sure somewhere down the line we’ll see it again.  Remember, after Transformers Generation 1 ended Hasbro launched Transformers Generation 2.  Transformers Generation 2 bombed and the franchise was thought to be buried.  But, only a few years later, Beast Wars Transformers was released and the franchise was revived for years to come.  I must thank Lego for relaunching Bionicle in 2015 and giving fans memories and a happiness that will not die.  To conclude, in the words of South Park’s loveable Butter, “’Well yeah, and I’m sad, but at the same time I’m really happy that something could make me feel that sad. It’s like, it makes me feel alive, you know? It makes me feel human. And the only way I could feel this sad now is if I felt somethin’ really good before. So I have to take the bad with the good, so I guess what I’m feelin’ is like a, beautiful sadness.’”

Reviews with Pizzazz: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”

Boss-Bot is back! Please enjoy his newest post in “Reviews with Pizzazz”! 🙂


“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” Review

Wow.  In a good way, though.  All that needs to be said about this movie is that if you like the Turtles, the certain aspects of the movie at the very least will put a smile on your face.  If you don’t like the Turtles, you won’t like the movie.  It’s as simple as that.  This movie is truly fan service at its best.  I’ve been a Turtles fan since the ’03 4Kids series and have loved the heroes in a half shell ever since.  That being said, the movie isn’t perfect, so here are the good and bad.


Compared to the 2014 predecessor this film really nails the characters; all of them.  We really see the Turtles struggle and eventually grow as a team throughout the picture.  Their goofy personalities are still there, while the crude humor is toned down from the 2014 movie; which no one is complaining about.  Rather than the cliché Leo vs. Raph drama which has been really overdone at this point, the turmoil between the brothers does not seem forced and it works.  That’s what is important: it works.  Turtles aside, Splinter has a much smaller, more fatherly role which worked for his character.  Rather than being a major player, he’s in the shadows and gives advice and wisdom when necessary, as a sensei should.  The human protagonists are not as heavily pushed as the last film.  As much as I loved the 2014 reboot, at times it felt more like the adventures of April O’Neil than a movie dedicated to the Turtles.  That being said, I did like Fox’s April and loved Will Arnett’s new character of Vern Fenwick during the 2014 film.  I had the same feelings towards their roles in “Out of the Shadows”.  While we saw less of them, they were used much more wisely.  April seemed much less of the focus character, but did important detective work with the Turtles.  Vern was still a great comic relief and his “Falcon Breath” scene was one of the funniest moments in the picture.  Onto the villains, we have an array of fan favorites including Baxter Stockman, Shredder, Krang, and even Bebop and Rocksteady.  Shredder was more of a traditional ninja rather than the last film’s Iron Man suit, which I liked, but I digress.  He was silent, intimidating, and seemed like a convincing Shredder.  Tyler Perry was surprisingly great as Dr. Stockman.  He was quirky, funny, and nailed the character, which seemed based off of the 2012 show’s incarnation of Stockman.  Krang was done well, too.  While not as memorable as the last villains that will be discussed, he was eerily humorous and again, most importantly, it worked.  Last but certainly not least, the best characters done in the film were Bebop and Rocksteady.  Sheamus and Gary Anthony Williams nailed the duo.  They were hilarious throughout the film and took the goofiness of the characters so seriously that you would truly believe the two were Bebop and Rocksteady.  The film’s tone and plot was much lighter and more cartoony than the 2014 film.  The Turtles are goofy and not meant to be taken seriously, so the light, comedic tone of the film was perfect for the franchise.  Most importantly, it was fun.  The script was corny, but it should be.  It’s a Turtles movie.  Call it a popcorn movie or just a fun movie, but for what the Turtles are it worked.  Not to forget, the film truly had heart.  The moral of one accepting who they are against what society believes is powerful to the casual viewer, fan, and incredibly important for the young viewers to understand.  This movie was for the fans of the franchise, to put it simply.  Not to mention, if you looked really closely when Shredder was frozen in the Technodrome, there was a frozen Triceraton next to him.  #BattleNexus

The Bad:

Well, there isn’t much bad for me to say.  I’m biased as I loved the film, but for general audience goers there could be some issues.  One could find the script too cartoonish, but as a nonfan it would make sense how not everyone will appreciate the film’s script.  The only other negative would be bathroom humor, but there was not much.  There was only one fart joke, which was not as cringe worthy as it could have been.  Other than that, I really did not find that many faults with the movie.  Before watching, one must remember “Out of the Shadows” is meant to be a fun, summer popcorn film.  It’s not meant to be taken seriously and torn apart.  It’s meant to simply be an enjoyable way to spend a few hours during a summer day.


Out of a star rating, I would definitely give it a 5/5.  This rating is coming from a fan.  The good outweighed all of the bad for me and it was a fun movie.  It succeeded at its purpose: being an enjoyable film.  Coming from a more critical perspective, I would give it a 4/5.  The humor and plot may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but that changes from person to person.  While some really hate this movie, all I can say is it’s at the very least, better than the last one.

Movie Review with Pizzazz: The Fantastic Four (2015)

Review with Pizzazz: The Fantastic Four (2015)

Boss Bot here, oh boy, Fantastic Four. I’ve generally been not excited for this film since the trailers. That being said, I felt the same way about Ant Man and loved the heck out of it, so I figured I’d give Fantastic Four the benefit of the doubt. I mean, the more recent X-Men films have been pretty good, so I should have some faith in it, right? Wrong. So. Very. Wrong.

Here’s my review of the film (spoilers obviously) and if you’ve seen the film, you’ll understand these various points better.

To begin with, let me point out that the highlight of the movie for me was seeing the Deadpool trailer in theaters. I went to see the early screening with a friend and we were both pretty… “nervous” how the film would be. Our main issue was the Thing wasn’t wearing pants, which is just… weird. But I’m rambling, so let’s get down to the review of the film itself.

Not much to say about the characters, since there was barely any character development.  Aside from the Thing feeling betrayed by Reed at one point, the writing doesn’t really have much development for our beloved heroes.

I personally felt the first two acts of the film were enjoyable and most importantly, watchable. The main issue with those acts and the film in general is the new origin story. The new origin, which features interdimensional travel, is actually interesting. I feel like it’s a cool new way to reimagine the team’s origin, but the film focuses way, way too much on it. As my friend told me – and I agreed – the entire interdimensional travel plot would have been a great separate Sci-Fi movie. But the way the film was written, it feels like the Fantastic Four are worked into this new origin, not the new origin being worked into the story of Marvel’s first family. The new origin was interesting for sure, but it felt as if it were the main focus of the movie, considering we only see the team fight for practically the last ten minutes. That leads us to my other big issue- the last portion of the film.

The last act was confusing and just horribly done. I’ll be completely honest and admit I didn’t think the film was so horrible up until this point. It really ruined the movie for me and just felt like a poor way to end it. To start off, the audience has literally no idea what the heck Dr. Doom is supposed to be able to do. His powers are so powerful, he seems to be able to do anything. Doom blew up a head at one point and at another just killed everyone in a hallway by walking in it. Not to mention, we don’t actually see the team work together until the last ten minutes of the film. For goodness sake, the movie actually skips one year from the point the group get their powers and are taken under the military’s control to the final act. The audience is probably expecting the team to have to adjust and not understand how to work together, since I’m fairly sure the Thing didn’t even speak to Sue until the last ten minutes. Instead, in this final battle we see the team practically working perfectly with one another. Somehow Mr. Fantastic suddenly can control his powers on his own, without his power suit. That’s right, in this movie, some of the suits control the powers. Those are pretty much my main issues with the concluding act and the film, itself. If it counts for anything, the “after credit scene” was only a message telling the audience how many jobs the movie created. Let me add, I’ve never been to a movie where the audience actually universally booed at the end until now.

So overall, the film stunk. I want to find a better word to say so, but I can’t help but be blatant in this case. The first two acts for me were moderately enjoyable, but the focus on the new origin dragged it down. The final act was the nail in the coffin for Fantastic Four and honestly ruined the movie for me. The one positive I found was the acting was top notch. I really liked the younger Reed Richards and (pre-powered) Von Doom. Other than that, Fantastic Four seemed more like a Fantastic Flop with all of the negative aspects of it. I’d personally rate it 2.5/5 stars. The plot and writing wasn’t… fantastic 😉 , but I have to give credit to the acting and attempt at recreating the origin, even if it didn’t turn out so well in the end.  If anyone is wondering, I do believe that the 2005/2007 films were better.  Again, not a good thing

Also, the Thing didn’t wear pants.

Review with Pizzazz: Bionicle Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder

Review with Pizzazz: Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder


Finally, the set we’ve all been waiting for, right? Boss Bot here with the big kahuna: Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder. The set itself sets you back at least $30, which is honestly a good value since you get a Protector-size (with gear functions) and a set a little shorter than Tahu, which would probably cost around $15 if it were sold alone. But the most important part of the set is the Mask of Creation. Let’s start with that…

Mask of Creation:

It’s an amazing piece. It’s the first of the “legendary” (important) masks we’re getting. It’s incredibly cool. The design is incredibly unique with a very cool texture, which seems to be some kind of ancient language. Not much to say, but everything about it is fantastic. Definitely one of the biggest selling points of the set.


Mask Maker:

Also known as Ekimu, this set is pretty neat. He’s the size of a Protector with loads of good articulation. He’s really nice and bulky and has a gear function. He swings one of his arms, which obviously isn’t over the top, but a nice addition. His colors are great (gold and trans blue) and has good armor add on bits. Definitely a solid set on his own. His trans blue and gold Protector mask is a nice touch, as well.


Skull Ginder:

Also known as Kulta, he’s my favorite part of this set, personally. He’s around the size of a medium Toa set, but in this case, his size is no issue. He makes up for it with his uniqueness (and spooky-scary-skeleton-ness). He has a few bone pieces that I talked about in our last review, so I won’t go into detail on those aside from saying how cool and creepy they look. Kulta’s mask is also very cool and creepy, resembling a skeleton’s head. Only issue with him is that he could use another friction gear, since his weapon is very heavy and often causes his arms to flop around. Not a big deal and can be fixed by adding in another gear, but again, just something to consider. He’s very unique and very creepy- I’m surprised the sets are getting quite dark, since it seemed this series was going to be on the lighter side, but I can’t complain- I LOVE how eerie these new sets are.


Overall, Mask Maker vs. Skull Grinder is a fantastic set and worth every penny. You get three very nice looking masks and two sets, for a pretty good price. As they become easier to find in the US, I definitely suggest picking it up on site- you won’t regret it.

In other (unrelated) news, expect a Skull Slicer review later this week and some G1 Bionicle reviews coming soon- and my review of the new “Fant4stic”.

Review with Pizzazz: Transformation Tuesday

Review with Pizzazz: Transformation Tuesday

Boss Bot here again, with another quick review.  Today we’ll be looking at one of the Wave II Deluxe figures, Offroad.


Offroad is the oddball-out of his Stunticon comrades. Offroad is a totally new character, with paint resemblance to a G1 Stunticon. Offroad is a pretty cool design on his own and works fairly well as a limb (either arm or leg). He’ll set you back anywhere from $14-$20 (here’s looking at you, Toys ‘R’ Us). Is he worth the money? Here’s my two cents:


  • Fun Transformation- It’s relatively simple (which is a con for some), but gets the job done and does it well
  • Good Design- Again, he’s fairly simple (which is something I enjoy), has good articulation, and I love his head sculpt. In my opinion, it’s a good mold all around.


  • New Character- For reasons I don’t understand, people are actually upset we have a new character. Rather than getting constant updates of 30+ year old G1 figures, we finally get something new and cool. I certainly give Hasbro props for finally trying to change things up in Generations (still waiting for Beast Wars Anniversary toys…).


  • Backpack- The backpack/front of the truck can get in the way a bit in robot mode and is fairly chunky
  • Legs- The way his legs transform/are designed is a bit odd to me. The knees don’t always stay tabbed in with the lower leg and it can be a bit frustrating at times, when posing.

Overall, Offroad is pretty fun and for me, definitely worth it. Wouldn’t pay the $20 that Toy ‘R’ Us is charging for him, but anything lower is definitely reasonable. His backpack and legs are the only big negatives I can think of, but the good outweighs the bad. He’s a solid toy overall. Despite angering “Geewunners” (not G1 fans, but simply the ones who can’t accept the existence of a new character), he’s fun. Not perfect by any means, but a fun, solid toy.

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Review with Pizzazz

First off, thanks for checking out our blog. Boss-Bot here, with an introduction to my posts.  While Bee is more into crafting, I’ll be posting mainly toy, movie, and even some comic reviews while I’m here.

Review with Pizzazz: Tahu: The Master of Fire (2015)

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Finally, the prayers of countless fans across the world were answered this past January: Lego brought the Bionicle franchise back to life. Many, including myself were fairly (to say the least…) upset by the franchise’s ending around 2009/2010. I can’t say I was a fan of the Glatorian series myself, but that’s a post for another day. Today we have a quick review of one of the best sets of the 2015 winter wave of Bionicle sets: Tahu.

Tahu; most of you probably remember him as the “fire guy” or you know, the red one. Tahu is a fairly big set and will set you back anywhere from $19-$25, depending on where you purchase him. Is he worth the cost? Here’s my take on him:


  • Lots of good looking translucent red parts
  • The new piston add-ons are very cool and certainly capture the essence of G1 Bionicle
  • The gearbox allows posing and function, something we have not seen in Bionicle before
  • The mask is a good mixture of the Mata and Nuva versions, with a touch of originality
  • CCBS parts seem to be sturdy and noticeably less fragile than the last few waves of G1 Bionicle parts were
  • A solid, fun build


  • Only a few piston pieces (4) are included in the set
  • The mask pop-off function is neat, but often can often unintentionally knock the mask off

Those are all the negatives I can think of. Tahu is a very solid set and if you haven’t yet gotten him, there’s no doubt that you should. Tahu has a fun and interesting build (especially his new gearbox). I have to say, I’m impressed with the new 2015 line. CCBS can be labeled as the “Hero Factory” system, but it hasn’t shined in any official builds up until now, in my opinion. CCBS seems to be a great system when used right and boy, is Bionicle using it right.

*To note, in the picture, Tahu has the translucent Mask of Fire from the Hero Pack promotion, it is not included in the Master of Fire set.

Be on the lookout for the summer wave of the Skull Villains, which should be hitting shelves in North America on August 1st!