Welcome to The Stormtrooper Effect

This is where i will review and discuss toys, video games and movies. I collect 3 3/4 inch to 12 inch Star Wars, Iron Man, Batman, Halo toys and other movie memoribillia that appeal to me! As of late i am into Hot Toys 12' inch figures. Thank you for visiting my page and I hope you enjoy browsing through my site as much as I enjoy sharing it with you!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hot Toys: Battle Damaged Iron Man Mark III & Inglorious Basterds Annoucements!

pardon the long inactivity. was busy for the last two weeks with exams. and with what little breather i have, here's a little something to make your day!

Hot Toys with their latest announcements on Iron Man Battle Damaged Mark III and Inglorious Basterds...

as far as i know from intentionally blurred pictures. Iron Man's gonna sport 3 heads, a crushed helmet, a liftable faceplate, and a standard Battle Damaged one. And it seems like there's gonna be a new stand too. Sweet, though i must say it's a little late for another Iron Man figure...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

STGCC 2009 Exclusive Media Coverage: Meeting Brian Bolland

The definitive part of STGCC 2009 for me was meeting Brian Bolland. Famed comic book artist in United Kingdom as one of the definitive Judge Dredd artists, and most popularly known for his illustration in Batman: The Killing Joke.

i first saw him signing autographs and doing sketches for fans from the media before leaving his booth to do an interview for ANIMAX. and after accquiring a marker and locating where he was doing the interview, i stood in wait behind the cameras for a chance. Good thing Animax allowed me a chance to crash the interview as they wanted a short section of Brian Bolland and a fan. So there my moment of a lifetime was!

Kash has kindly informed me that i was seen on Channel 84 Animax shaking hands with Brian Bolland in an advert, which was in a different angle from these pictures.



Brian Bolland's Autograph.

Many thanks to both Adrian and Leon for the pictures!

Monday, August 17, 2009

STGCC 2009: Transformers brought to you by Stephen Chiam aka Stephenus Prime


If you've visited STGCC 2009, you would've noticed a shelf, dedicated to Transformers, filled to the brim with variants of Optimus Prime and Megatron. These figures are displayed graciously by the generosity of a fellow local collector, STEPHEN CHIAM! aka Stephenus Prime. And its my pleasure to have a picture here of Stephen himself with his display @ STGCC!

i had the honor of knowing Stephen online, and have discussed various interesting figures and toys over the months. Finally met him in person @ Transformers' Revenge of the Fallen midnight launch at Forum gallery, with him coming up to me in person to introduce himself, catching me off guard! Meeting him here again at STGCC 2009 has been great and its one of the best part STGCC 2009.

so should you have any queries or just simply fanboy stuff related to both transformers and kamen rider, feel free to discuss it with him for not only is Stephen a guru in this field, he's more than willing to help and give advice on best prices or simply just to discuss hauls of the day!

so all you Transformers and Kamen Rider fanboys, do head down to Stephenus Prime, Stephen's very own toy blog to check out the tons of other figures he's collected his entire life for what you saw on display @ STGCC is merely a small humble fraction of the figures he's collected in his lifetime.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

STGCC 2009 Exclusive Media Coverage: Booths & Exhibitions

As a second part to my earlier post on the Opening Ceremony, here is Booths & Exhibitions, part 2 of 6 of my Exclusive Media Coverage of STGCC 2009.

This following post will be the first of several that i will be posting, with the posts coming up in these formats:

1. Opening Ceremony
2. Booths and Exhibitions
3. Meet the Artists!
4. The Stormtrooper Hunt!
5. The faces behind the posts (Sg's toy collecting blogger community)
6. My Hauls!

Nintendo & Bandai


Otaku House!

Rapid Culture from over at Cineleisure will be selling their stuff!

XenoHOBBY & Toyz Crazi. Andrew who runs Toyz Crazi is seen here.

Expect to see parker brother's now owned by hasbro's Monopoly figure!


Guitar Hero World TOUR!
Wii Sport demos
GnB comics

Gashapons over at bandai

Movie Mania's Cosplay items on display!


Brian Bolland's gonna be over at STGCC for artist signing sessions! and here's a picture of his rough sketch of the joker.

more of his sketches on display



Sideshow's booth.






McQuarrie's Concept Vader.

Phase II helmet of the Clone Trooper Armor. Featured in Episode II

eFX collectibles' take on Star Wars' iconic stormtrooper. Do note that this helmet is actually symmetrical. Which is the idealised version of the stormtrooper helmet as the original stormtrooper helmet wasn't symmetrical, and had somewhat slightly slanted left side.

Upper Deck Entertainment


501st's make a wish specially designed celebrity custom helmets

Do check out my fellow bloggers' take on their experience @ STGCC 2009!

Adrian of Little Plastic Man
Bayu's Daily Silence
Dennis' COLLET'em ALL
Juliana's Toy Collecting Tips
Ken Moo's Everything, Anything better than Nothing
Sket's wait

Friday, August 14, 2009

STGCC 2009 Exclusive Media Coverage: Opening Ceremony

And yes, i am finally back with an Exclusive Media Coverage of the Official Opening Ceremony of Singapore's very own Toy, Games and Comic Convention, STGCC. This annual event, is now ongoing on its sophomore endeavor to cement its reputation as an event not to miss for everyone.

This following post will be the first of several that i will be posting, with the posts coming up in these formats:

1. Opening Ceremony
2. Booths and Exhibitions
3. Meet the Artists!
4. The Stormtrooper Hunt!
5. The faces behind the posts ( Sg's toy collecting blogger community )
6. My Hauls!

First and foremost i would like to take this opportunity to thank both Leon Chen and STGCC commitee for giving me and my fellow bloggers this wonderful opportunity to experience this celebration of Pop Culture firsthand, and exclusively.

My Exclusive Media Coverage Pass to STGCC 2009!


The kickoff for this event would namely be, the opening ceremony, and considering this opening was done privately for the media, VIPs and organisers, and not open to the public, allow me this chance to it share with you.

It begins with the VIPs, and guests escorted into the hall to their seats by the stage. And what other escorts can you choose to reinforce yourselves with than the fearsome 501st Stormtrooper Legion also notoriously known as Vader's Fist?

With the grand march past, invited media and guests are then called to gather round the stage for the ceremony.


The opening speeches were heart rendering at parts, with hopes that this STGCC event would be rallying cry to stand strong against the falling economy and to be merry and celebrate pop culture despite these dark and desperate times.

A stormtrooper standing guard over the speaker.

Guest of Honor Mrs Yu-Foo Yee Shoun, Minister of State, Ministry of Community development, Youth and sports ( in red ). Ushered to the stage.

all under the watchful eyes and protection of Vader's Fist

The lauching of STGCC 2009 by a push of a button. 5-4-3-2-1.





You see the details, NOW head on down!


Steadfast and Ready, these troopers will never falter in the line of duty to serve the Emperor. Their current mission? Ensuring the safety of the Guest of Honor.

Till someone sneaks up from behind them!

TADA! they didn't notice me doing that. They just though they're gonna be in for pictures. Kudos to Leon Chen of Open The Toy for the shot. Adrian of Little Plastic Man can be seen to the left.

Dang! I'm compromised, spotted by the trooper to the right!

Behold the power of the FORCE!

I would strongly encourage everyone to make time for this event, for this event is not limited to gamers, toy collectors, hobbyists or even cosplayers. This event is an annual celebration of pop culture, and i can say with definite certainty that pop culture has in some way or another, affected, influence and even inspired us.

This article will be followed by 5 other posts as mentioned early on my Exclusive Media Coverage of STGCC 2009!

You can also read up on the Opening Ceremony of STGCC from my fellow bloggers at these links

Adrian of Little Plastic Man
Leon Chen of Open The Toy
Juliana Heng of Juliana's Toy Collecting Tips
Dennis of Collect em' All
Bayu aka KazeTora