Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 returns to debate Human or Replicant and what defines humanity


It's been nearly 35 years since Blade Runner was released in 1982. Although under-performing at the box office, over time the movie became sci-fi cult classic through it's thought-provoking elements with visuals and graphics ahead of its time. The movie is also known for its controversial SEVEN different versions from the original theatrical release, Director's Cut (although unsanctioned by the director himself!), etc. until the Final Cut in 2007.

Before delving further, let's first establish a couple of important definitions from this futuristic world :


What is a Replicant?
The major theme of the original film revolves around the human sub-species called Replicants, bio-engineered androids created by the Tyrell Corporation as a worker race for less desirable jobs to human, including wars. Replicants appear virtually indistinguishable from adult humans and may possess enhanced strength, speed, agility, resilience, or intelligence depending on the model. In the year 2019 when the movie takes place, the latest Replicant models are the Nexus-6. These models were created with a limited 4-year life span as a failsafe before they can develop advance emphatic cognition becoming more "human" and thereby harder to identify. Replicants are also called "skin-jobs".


What is a Blade Runner?
Blade Runners are considered to be a specialized police unit to track down Replicants on Earth and "retire" them (bluntly put, killing them off). Due an off-world mutiny by Nexus-6 Replicants, all replicants have been banned from Earth. Because replicants appear completely human, Blade Runners are trained to identify them through psychological methods like the Voight-Kampff test. Using a special device, a suspected replicant will be asked a series of questions whereby their responses will unmask their true identity.

A Voight-Kampff machine for replicant testing. Photo source antonidepowski.com.

The original scifi novel adapted to film as Blade Runner.

The original Blade Runner was based on a novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick which provided the basic of plot for the film. However in the novel, the motivation for Deckard being a Blade Runner is to earn enough money to purchase a real-life sheep to replace his robotic sheep. Yes, you read that correctly! In this post-apocalyptic future depicted in the novel, Earth went through a global war whereby dust-radiation fallout killed all animals. Therefore, owning a living animal is sort of a status symbol! The novel subsequently spin-off 3 more sequels: The Edge of Human, Replicant Night and Eye and Talon.


In the 1982 movie adaptation re-titled Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott, Deckard (played by Harrison Ford) is instead tasked to hunt down four Nexus-6 Replicants that have found their way on Earth. In the megatropolis of Los Angeles, Deckard eventually "retires" three out of four replicants but in the process also comes across a newer model replicant named Rachel (played by Sean Young) who did not know she is one. Deckard and Rachel form a relationship and by the end of the movie Deckard questions the ethics of his job and what it really means to be human.




Due to nature of the ending in the Director's and Final Cuts, geeks have been debating for years on whether Deckard could be a Replicant as well due to his dream of a unicorn and his colleague Gaff (played by James Edward Olmos) leaving him a unicorn origami. On the assumption that Deckard would not have spoken about the unicorn to anyone, this suggests that the dream was implanted as per replicants like Rachel with her dream of spiders. Adding to the controversy, Harrison Ford has said he does not think Deckard is a replicant whilst Director Ridley Scott said that he is. If curious, read more about the debate at Quora.

Replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) injured after a struggle with Deckard. Replicants are neither robots nor cyborgs. They are wholly organic and bleed when injured

Film Intel: Much of Blade Runner was filmed in Los Angeles during the early 1980s redressed to depict Los Angeles of the future in 2019. One of the major sets placing J.F. Sebastian's apartment was shot in the historic Bradbury Building built in 1893. The Bradbury still remains standing today and restored as a functional office building. Our Outpost Commander had the opportunity to visit this film site a couple of years back and snapped these photos for comparison against the movie shots:

Notice placed at the lobby of the Bradbury Building sharing its association with Blade Runner.


The distinctive stairways used by Deckard in the movie.

Photo source: maxpictures.com
The skylight in the movie with added effects of an advertisement airship overhead.
As mentioned earlier, there are seven versions of Blade Runner comprising:
  1. Workprint Prototype version (1982): Shown for test audience.
  2. San Diego Sneak Preview (1982): Shown once only which is identical to the US theatrical version with three additional scenes
  3. US Theatrical release (1982): Shown in America cinemas with Harrison Ford's voice over and a "happy ending" where Deckard and Rachel figuratively "drive off into the sunset".
  4. International Theatrical release (1982): Similar to the US Theatrical release with 3 more violent action scenes.
  5. US Broadcast version (1986): Toned down violence, profanity and nudity for television broadcast.
  6. The Director's Cut (1992): Although presented as a Director's Cut, Ridley Scott has publically stated he was not satisfied with this version. Major changes include removal of Harrison Ford's voice over and additional of the unicorn dream sequence, which fueled speculation of Deckard as a human or Replicant.
  7. The Final Cut (2007), or 25th Anniversary Edition: The only version that director Ridley Scott claimed he had full control over and cut to his satisfaction. For newbies, this may be the most suitable edition to watch before the sequel movie.

For more insight into the original Blade Runner listen to the geeks on BFM's At the Movies.

The world of Blade Runner 30 years later in 2049.

Now in 2017 after 35 years, Blade Runner will finally release a long-awaited sequel. Blade Runner 2049 takes place 30 years later in the series timeline introducing a new Blade Runner named K played by Ryan Gosling.  Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) directs this sequel movie with Ridley Scott in the role of Executive Producer. Veteran actor Harrison Ford returns once again as Rick Deckard in a Blade Runner reluctant "buddy" team-up with Gosling's Officer K.

Official Synopsis
Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.



As setup for this sequel movie, director Denis Villeneuve commissioned three different shorts to "fill in the gaps" between 2019 to 2049. Two of these are live-action shorts directed by Luke Scott, son of Ridley Scott, while the third is an anime short directed by ShinichirĂ´ Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop). Here they are in chronological order:

Year 2022: Black Out

A major incident involving Nexus-8 Replicants leading to replicant prohibition. 


Year 2036: Nexus Dawn

Introducing the Nexus-9 Replicants, the "perfect" model, created by Niander Wallace played by Jared Leto (Suicide Squad).

Year 2048: Nowhere to Run
 
Leading up directly to events in the forthcoming movie by introducing Sapper played by Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy). 

Not much more of the story is known so far but let us meet the characters who be involved with the new mystery:

Officer K (Ryan Gosling): A new Blade Runner for the LAPD. He is about to uncover a secret that may lead humanity into chaos.

Listen to BFM's At the Movies interview with Ryan Rosling recently in Los Angeles:



Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford): The original Blade Runner from the first movie makes his return after being in hiding for more than 30 years. Will Blade Runner 2049 reveal the secret of Deckard is really a human or a replicant?

Niander Wallace (Jared Leto): The blind CEO of Wallace Corporation. He tries to lift the ban of replicants by creating the latest Nexus-9 models, which he claimed they are fully obedient and will not hurt any humans at all.  

Luv (Sylvia Hoeks): A new Nexus-9 replicant devoted to Niander.

Joi (Ana De Armas): K's love interest and also confidante.

Lieutenant Joshi (Robin Wright): K's superior and a lieutenant in the LAPD.

Sapper Morton (Dave Bautista): A suspected replicant.

Blade Runner 2049 will be opening in nationwide cinemas in Malaysia on 5 October 2017. Note the movie is rated 18+, so no children are allowed. Critics has been praising the film and some are calling it the best movie so far of 2017.

Check out our Geek Recon movie review for Blade Runner 2049 byour resident Vulcan Mr. Smock and special guest Vincent Wong, an expert in the world of Blade Runner:


For more local opinions, read this review by Star2.com.

Thanks for Sony Pictures Malaysia, our Outpost Commander was able to attend the Malaysian Movie Premiere for Blade Runner 2049 at MBO Cinemas Sterling Mall. Specially built for this occasion was an event set piece inspired from the dark future of Blade Runner. Guests were treated to drinks and refreshments in a mock-up of Los Angeles. Check this walk-through below for a glimpse into this alternative future:


A walk-through of Los Angeles in the dystopian future of Blade Runner.

Enter the future of Los Angeles in the year 2049. Thankfully it's not raining!

Thanks for pointing those out, but where's the Johnny Walker?

Read more about the official partnership between Blade Runner and Johnny Walker from The Hyped Geek.
OK found the Johnny Walker at this future food canteen.

Fashion from the futuristic. Perhaps we will keep our fashion sense in the present for now.

Event host offering Blade Runner movie merchandises to guests via trivia quiz.


Collectors who feel the urge to bring home a piece of Blade Runner, sadly there isn't much movie merchandise available for Blade Runner. But the Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T.) has managed to find some cutesy Funko POP figurine bobbleheads for Blade Runner 2049 (because Funko just about makes figurines for every existing geek property in existance!). The set of 6 figurines comprise of Officer K, (old) Deckard, Joi, Sapper, Luv and Wallace. You can try to contact local Funko distributor Sheldonet Toy Store Malaysia the availability of the figures.  

Above from left to right: Officer K, Deckard and Joi
Below from left to right: Sapper, Luv and Wallace


As for contest giveaways, GSC customers stand a chance to win a Sony Playstation 4 Slim 500GB with a VR headset! Participate by purchasing two D-box Atmos tickets of Blade Runner 2049 to be in the running for this Grand Prize. Contest starts from 5th October until 19th October 2017. Get further information with terms and conditions at the GSC website here.


Sony Pictures Malaysia also added an online competition via their Facebook Page soliciting the best answers to the quesion "Would you rather be a Blade Runner or a replicant?".  To participate, comment on their Facebook post here.



Blade Runner 2049 is now in cinemas nationwide. Please note that this movie is rated for 18 and above only.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Star Trek Discovery launches a new vision for the franchise that is familiar yet different


Star Trek has been a huge impact to the scifi geek community worldwide. The franchise has spawned 5 television series, 13 movies and 1 animated series. Star Trek started out as a television series in 1966 for 3 seasons before being revived as a movie in 1979, thanks in no small part to the blockbuster success of Star Wars. More movies then followed together with multiple TV spin-offs: The Next Generation (TNG), Deep Space Nine (DS9), Voyager, Enterprise. The last series Enterprise ended in 2005, leaving fans devoid of Star Trek on TV for over a decade... until NOW. Star Trek fans, or Trekkies, of all generations can join on adventures where no one has gone before with the release of Star Trek Discovery early this week!



Star Trek: Discovery is co-created by Bryan Fuller (Star Trek DS9 & Voyager) and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek 2009 reboot & Into Darkness, Transformers) for CBS, a US media corporation currently custodian of the Star Trek franchise. The series lead goes to Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as Starfleet Commander Michael Burnham. The support cast includes Doug Jones (Hellboy) as Lt. Saru, Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Captain Phillipa Georgiou, James Frain (The Lone Ranger) as Vulcan Ambassador Sarek, Shazad Latif (Spooks) as Lt. Ash Tyler, Anthony Rapp (A Beautiful Mind) as Lt. Paul Stamets, Jason Issacs (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) as Captain Gabriel Lorca, Mary Wiseman (Baskets) as Cadet Sylvia Tilly and Chris Obi (American Gods) as Klingon leader T'Kuvma. Since the departure of Bryan Fuller in November last year, Executive Producers Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts currently serve as showrunners for the series, i.e. the ones with overall creative authority and management authority, or figuratively the joint-Captains of Star Trek Discovery.


Behind-the-scenes featurette.

This new series is yet another prequel ("can we not finally move forward in the timeline?" - editor's rant) that takes place 10 years before Kirk and Spock begin their missions in The Original Series. It is is not affected by the reboot films (Star Trek, Into Darkness, Beyond) which have since been classified as the Kelvin timeline. Therefore taking place in the Prime timeline, the adventures of Discovery occur in the time-span between Enterprise concluding in the year 2161 and The Original Series commencing in 2266; let's not get into stardate namenclature, it's just confusing!

Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham (centre), Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou (right) and Doug Jones as Lt. Saru on the bridge of the USS Shenzhou.
The main protagonist Michael Burnham is a human black woman raised on Vulcan as a ward of Ambassador Sarek; yes Spock's father. Michael (show creator Bryan Fuller likes assigning female characters male names) has since joined Starfleet at the urging of her adoptive father and progressed to the position of First Officer of U.S.S. Shenzhou, serving under Captain Phillipa Georgiou for the last 7 years. So begins the pilot episode of the series "The Vulcan Hello".
The opening title sequence of Star Trek Discovery is departure from the typical starship flybys of preceding series (Enterprise excepted).

Introducing the Starfleet crew circa 2256:

Senoque Martin Green as Commander Michael Burnham, First Officer of the U.S.S. Shenzhou.
As a result of her Vulcan upbringing, she maintains an air of cool logic with emotions held in check yet not totally suppressing them unlike true Vulcans. Burnham is a Xenoanthropologist and inherently a first contact specialist.

Malaysia's Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh as Captain Phillipa Georgiou of the U.S.S. Shenzhou.
She is a veteran of war and Michael Burnham's Starfleet mentor.

TV trivia: Most US TV productions task their cast to speak English in American accents. As a departure from this norm, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou retained her polished Chinese-Malaysian accent as a statement on global diversity in the hopeful future. Read more into this from an article on SyFyWhilst here in Malaysia we are much accustomed to this as her normal accent, Americans may be just tempted to flick on the English subs to catch every word!
"Easter Egg" found! Captain Georgiou keeps a piece of asian culture in here ready room / office. Can you spot it? Read more about this at TheHypedGeek.com

Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, Science Officer on the Shenzhou.
Saru is a Kelpian, an alien species that has the ability to sense threats including rather pessimistic premonitions of death.


Jason Isaacs as Captain Gabriel Lorca of the U.S.S. Discovery.
A brilliant tactician with a decisive charisma but he hides some secrets.


Anthony Rapp as Lt. Paul Stamets on the Discovery.
An Astromycologist by training means Stamets specializes in space fungus ("seriously how useful is that going to be?" - editor's rant)


Shazad Latiff as Lt. Ash Tyler, Security Officer of the U.S.S. Discovery.


Mary Wiseman as Cadet Sylvia Tilly.
A final year cadet of the Starfleet Academy working in Engineering of the Discovery.


Listen directly from the Starfleet crew themselves as they introduce the mission of Star Trek Discovery.


James Frain is Ambassador Sarek of Vulcan.
Father to the soon to be infamous half-Vulcan Mr. Spock, and adoptive father to Michael Burnham.

In every incarnation of Star Trek, the lead starship (or space station in case of DS9) is every bit a character by itself. The starship brings our Starfleet heroes to adventures where no one has gone before and often times is an adventure itself.


U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031.
The lead starship of the namesake series is captained by Gabriel Lorca. Nothing much is known about this starship yet of its capabilities ("although it could be used as a giant space pizza cutter!" - editor's rant). Fan speculation suggests it is one of Starfleet's newer starships and conceivably fast with its lengthy warp nacelles. This speculative video by Hybrid Network might provide more insights:




U.S.S. Shenzhou NCC-1227, Walker-class starship.
The other major Starfleet vessel to feature in this series is the U.S.S. Shenzhou, commanded by Phillipa Georgiou. It is designated a Walker-class starship and apparently an older model, although how then its registration number of NCC-1227 exceeds that of the Discovery's NCC-1031 may indeed suggest otherwise. Unusually the bridge for this class of starship is located at the bottom of the saucer section.
The Shenzhou in atmospheric flight.
It's no spoiler that Klingons feature heavily in this series and looks to provide the over-arching plot. At the start of the serious, relations between The Federation and The Klingon Empire is icy, unlike most of the TNG era where both are staunch allies. There are 24 Great Houses in the empire and whereby a formidable leader T'kuvma steps forth attempting to unite them all against the Federation.

Chris Obi is Klingon T'Kuvma.

Outcast albino Klingon V'oq serves T'Kuvma as his devote right hand.
What, those are Klingons? We have seen the smooth forehead Klingons from TOS evolve to their bumpy forehead versions in TNG, explained as side-effects of genetic engineering gone wrong in the Enterprise series. Then Klingons in the JJ Abrams Kelvin timeline sported another variant. Now here is yet another variant of Klingon in Star Trek Discovery looking even more alien. And not just in physical look but also dress (ouch, spikey!) and cultural look (organic ships?). No clues yet as to whether this will be explained over the course of the series in a logical explanation acceptable to fans. Read more about the new Klingon look in this article by USA today.

REMAIN KLINGON: A cool Klingon trailer version for Star Trek Discovery as seen from their perspective!

There are many more Klingon characters and look towards which ones to be the major antagonists as the series progresses. Oh, in Klingon scenes, our Klingons now fully speak Klingon! Worry not there are subtitles provided... in fact each episode contains Klingon subtitles for our English-speaking characters!


Star Trek Discovery is now available to us here in Malaysia via Netflix. New episodes will be released on Mondays at approximately 3pm Malaysian time. There are 15 episodes for this season with the first 8 scheduled until 6 November 2017. After a mid-season break, the remaining episodes commence on January 2018.


The first two episodes of the series has been released this Monday 25 September 2017. Here are initial reactions for episode 1 "The Vulcan Hello" & episode 2 "Battle at the Binary Stars" during a mini-viewing party for Malaysian Trekkies by Outpost (no spoilers):



This two episodes can be seen as a pilot to the new series, introducing some key characters and the tone for the season. For a more in depth look into Star Trek Discovery, watch our video review hosted by Vulcan cultural officer Mr. Smock with local Trekkies Thomas Kuan and Chow F.C. aka Mr. Engineer:




Here are snippets of what to look forward to in the coming episodes including the U.S.S. Discovery in action (beware MAJOR SPOILERS if not yet watched first 2 episodes):


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

To fight The Golden Circle, the Kingsman team-up with their kinsman, the Statesman.


Your favorite British spy (not you Mr. Bond... too old school!), Eggsy, and the Kingsman are back for their next mission to save the world! Kingsman: The Golden Circle is the sequel to 2014's Kingsman: The Secret Service which was based on the comic book The Secret Service'by Mark Millar (Kick-ass) and Dave Gibbons (Watchmen) published in 2012. Kingsman: The Secret Service was well-received by both critics and the movie audience as an alternate take to the typical spy movies that tended to follow the double-O template (xXx excepted). Think of Kingsman like a spy version of the classic movie My Fair Lady, i.e. a posh gentleman takes a street smart kid under his wing molding him into the next generation spy. So what is the next mission for our favourite new age spies this time?





Official Synopsis
When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman's journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy.
 

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-ass, X-Men First Class), who returns from directing the first movie. It stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) as Eggsy, Colin Firth (Bridget Jones' Diary) as former agent Galahad, Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes) as Merlin, Halle Berry (X-Men) as Ginger Ale, Channing Tatum (G.I.Joe) as Tequila, Jeff Bridges (Iron Man) as Champagne, Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) as Jack Daniels / Whiskey and Julianne Moore (Hannibal) as the main antagonist Poppy Adams.



In the comic book Kingsman: The Secret Service the main protagonist, troubled teenager Gary "Eggsy" London, gets arrested for smashing up a stolen car. Eggsy's mother calls up his uncle, Jack London to bail him out. Secretly a top agent in the Kingsman, Uncle Jack sees the potential in Eggsy and convinces the young man to train as a secret agent. After three years and a grueling final trial by fire, Eggsy graduates as a Kingsman. Both uncle and nephew then undertake a mission together to stop Doctor James Arnold, a wealthy cellphone entrepreneur intending to commit a global genocide. They succeed in foil Dr. Arnold's plan and save the world but at the cost of Jack London's life.


In the movie version, the premise is similar to the comic book but with tweaks to the characters. Most notably Galahad played by Colin Firth replaces Jack London whilst Eggsy's real name becomes Gary Unwin and therefore they are not blood relatives. Instead Eggsy's father was a Kingsman killed during a mission spurring Galahad's obligation to keep an eye out for his young son's well-being. Instead of being the main antagonist, James Arnold is recast as a jittery professor played by Mark Hamil in a supporting role for purpose of the plot. The head villain comes as Richmond Valentine, a similar technology magnate like Dr. Arnold of the comics, but in the form of Samuel L Jackson, complete with F-bombs! Also lead henchman Gazelle in the comics was recast from a muscular black man to an athletic henchwoman of Sofia Boutella (The Mummy). Following an overarching plot inspired by the comics, Richmond Valentine intends world genocide as well but is thwarted by Eggsy and the Kingsman with Galahad killed during course of the spy mission.

Eggsy ready to blow up some bad guys in The Golden Circle

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is opening in cinemas this week and looks to be an original story not based on plots from the comic books. Let’s take a look who will be returning in this much anticipated movie sequel as well as the new characters being introducted!

The Kingsman

Eggsy / Agent Galahad (Taron Egerton): From troubled street youth to Kingsman agent.

Harry Hart / Former Agent Galahad (Colin Firth): Like in comic books, no one truly dies! Eggsy mentor presumed killed after being shot in the head returns wearing an eye-patch.

Merlin (Mark Strong): Eggsy’s trainer and also the Kingsman’s tech support.

Roxy Morton / Lancelot (Sophie Cookson): Eggsy’s team-mate and best friend.

The Kingsman's American cousins, The Statesman
 
Agent Tequila (Channing Tatum): A Statesman agent.

Ginger Ale (Halle Berry): Statesman tech support.

Agent Champagne (Jeff Bridges): Head of Statesman

Jack Daniels / Agent Whiskey (Pedro Pascal): The modern cowboy Statesman complete with six-shooter pistols and lasso.


That's no skipping rope!

And CEO of The Golden Circle and main antagonist villainness:

Poppy Adams (Julianne Moore): A notorious criminal mastermind and another global entrepreneur gone wrong


 Listen to Poppy's own megalomaniacal introduction!

Kingsman The Golden Circle is looking super suave and intends to deliver a fun-tastic comic book movie experience. Here's a couple of brief reactions right after watching the movie on sneak preview night:


Then stay tuned to our full movie review coming shortly on our YouTube channel MySciFiFanOutpost. Meanwhile also check out the review written by Star2.com.

Since this movie looks to almost literally "blow us away", fans of Kingsman (and soon to be the Statesman) would definitely want some movie memorabilia for keepsake. Well, it's good then that the Outpost Movie Recon Team (M.R.T.) has found Malaysian cinemas offering a variety of Kingsman goodies as part of their concession combos.


From GSC Cinemas, purchase 4 movie tickets for Kingsman: The Golden Circle to unlock the privilege to purchase the ‘Ultimate Kingsman Bundle’ worth RM79.90 for only RM25. It comes with their two Combo 3 popcorn sets (total 4 drinks and 2 large popcorn), 1 Kingsman spinning keychain and 1 Kingsman grooming kit. This is bundle is only available at selected GSC outlets while stocks last so do check at the GSC website first for locations.

At MBO Cinemas, purchase a Kingsman Combo for RM50 comprising popcorn, a soft drink and an exclusive flask shaped like a GIANT bullet! Now that’s a way cool bottle to send a not so subtle message to A-holes out there. These Kingsman Combos are apparently SOLD OUT at most outlets so do check on latest stock availability from MBO Cinemas on Facebook.


Also MBO’s ALLSTAR members can use their points to bid on a selection of Kingsman movie merchandise starting from 3,000 points.

With Agent Clariss Ooi from Foxman  #KingsmanTheGoldenCircle in cinemas 21 September 2017 #Kingsman #mannersmakethman
Posted by Ezli Qamari on Sunday, 17 September 2017


Meanwhile, Watatime and Tag Heuer collaborated for a Kingsman: The Golden Circle exhibition at the concourse area at Mid Valley Megamall last week. Some photos of the event is available from Watatime's Facebook.


The official Kingsman Tag Heuer special edition watch.

Curious about the price? It took some digging and after some expert Googling by our Outpost M.R.T. experts, we have some reasonably reliable intel that this watch known as the Connected Modular 45 Kingsman Special Edition is priced extravagantly at RM17,000! If interested to own one contact Watatime or find out more at the official Tag Heuer website.

For it's hefty price tag, this watch should include amnesia darts too!

If you like to get your hands on some movie bobblehend figurines, Funko POP has released 4 figurines from the first movie: Eggsy, Harry, Richmond, Gazelle. You can try to contact local Funko distributor Sheldonet Toy Store Malaysia to see if these are available on our shores.

Funko POP! Eggsy bobblehead from the first Kingsman movie. Pet dog included!



Richmond Valentine, profanity not included!

For more posh collectors, consider one-sixth scale figures of Harry Hart by Pop Toys and Gazelle by Hot Hearts from Kingsman: The Secret Service. These exquisite collectible figures were released last year and available locally from XL-Shop.com priced at RM480 for Harry and RM528 for Gazelle.

Kingsman Harry Hart in 1:6 scale.

The deadly Gazelle in 1:6 scale.

Enjoyed the movies and want to try-out to be a Kingsman? Then get the official game on IOS and Android. The game is a turn-based match-3 role-playing combat game just released for free downloads. Search on app stores for Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Available now for IOS and Android.


Be recruited as a Kingsman agent! You'll need to pass your training by completing Merlin's virtual simulation. Step into the shoes of Eggsy, Harry, Roxy, Merlin, and many more, each with their own style, skills and gadgets, and save the world from the hidden threats that lurk within.


Kingsman: The Golden Circle is definitely one of the most anticipated sequels for this year and will be releasing here in Malaysia nationwide on 21 September with sneak previews the night before at selected cinemas. Remember that this is 18+ rated movie for violence and profanity, so no kids are allowed for screenings.


In cinemas 21 September 2017

Disclaimer: Kingsman and other trademarks are copyright MARV Films and 20th Century Fox, referenced here for fan service engagements without intent to infringe.