My Toy Collection: Cyclops of X-Men

16 06 2017

by: Arturo Rivo, Jr

I am a toy collector but I collect a specific character. He is Cyclops of the X-Men.

Many really doesn’t know Cyclops. He’s not a very popular superhero. When you mention X-Men, most people would remember Wolverine. But if you are a fan of Marvel comics or the X-Men, you surely know Cyclops.

Who is Cyclops?

For those who doesn’t know him, let me give you a brief description. (description courtesy of wikipedia)

Cyclops is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics and is a founding member of the X-Men.

Cyclops is a member of a subspecies of humans known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Cyclops can emit powerful beams of energy from his eyes. He cannot control the beams without the aid of special eyewear which he must wear at all times. He is typically considered the first of the X-Men, a team of mutant heroes who fight for peace and equality between mutants and humans, and one of the team’s primary leaders

Height: 6 ft. 3 in.
Weight: 195 lbs.
Eyes: Brown (glow red)
Hair: Brown
Strength: Athlete
Fighting skills: Extensive training in hand-to-hand combat
Special skills and abilities: Experienced battle tactician, strategist

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Why Collect Cyclops?

I like his character. His character amuses me. He has a long range attack and leads one of the most famous comic superhero team of all-time, the X-Men. I also watch cartoon/animations of the x-men that made me more of a fan when I was young. When I bought my first toy, I decided to look for more.

When did I start collecting?

I don’t remember the exact date. But I started 2009. I bought my first 3 cyclops toys I found in Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines.

So now, I’m proud to present… MY COLLECTION.

My Collection (updated as of June 11, 2017- Total of 29 )

1.) My first ever cyclops Toy

Marvel Legends X-Men Classics Jim Lee Cyclops

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2.) X-Men Classics Motorbike (Cyclops)

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3.) X-Men Classics Ruby Quartz Armor Cyclops

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4.) Marvel Legends Sentinel Series 10 X-Factor

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5.) Marvel Legends Queen Brood Series Cyclops

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6.) Got this in Greenhills toy shops, Philippines (5-2010)

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7.) Got this in Greenhills toy shops, Philippines (5-2010)

Marvel Legends Sentinel Series Figure

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8.) Got this in Greenhills toy shops, Philippines (5-2010)

X-Men Classics Stealth Cyclops w/ Light-Up Visor & Cannon

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9.) One of my biggest cyclops. It is about 10 inches.

Marvel X-Men Series Deluxe 10″ Cyber Armor Cyclops 1997 Figure Toy Biz

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10.) Teenage Cyclops from X-men Evolution.

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11.) Fatso cyclops? haha He’s 1.5 inches tall.

Mini Cyclops 2″ MGA Action Figure on Stand X-Men Marvel Comics

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12.) Bought him in Comic Alley Store in Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines  (7-2010)

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13.) This is a gift from my sister. 🙂 On original packaging, it has a Dark Phoenix Jean grey partner.

Marvel’s Greatest Battles Comic Packs

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14.)  my 14th cyclops!! (4-23-11) Bought this in Megamall JAE collectibles

X-Men: the Movie Series 2 Cyclops Action Figure

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15.) He is one of the smallest in my collection at about 2 cm. I think he is part of a board game. If you have any info, please do tell me. 🙂  Bought him in Cash and Carry Mall, Philippines (9-04-11)

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16.) I found him in a toy store along MRT EDSA Crossing, Mandaluyong, Philippines (09-2011)

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17.) A Lego type Cyclops (2011). I bought it in JAE Collections in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City, Philippines

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18.)
Manufacturer: Hasbro
Series: Marvel Legends Icons Hasbro Series 4 (a.k.a. Marvel Legends Icons Series 7)
Description:
– 12-inch scale

– superposeable: over 30 points of articulation

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19.) CYCLOPS X-Men Deluxe Figure Toy Biz Marvel

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20.) This cyclops is actually a piggy bank. The coin entry is in the back of its head. hehe

BANDAI Banpresto MARVEL X-MEN Cyclops Soft Vinyl Piggy bank Collection Figures

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21.) No info yet

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22.) He’s very small. No info yet

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23.) Got this in a toyshop near MRT station in Edsa central mandaluyong Philippines. (2014)

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24.) I found him in a toy shop near MRT station in Edsa Central , Mandaluyong Philippines. Love the jacket hahaha (2014)

Bandai HG Marvel Heros Mini Gashapon Figure

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25.) Marvel Select Cyclops – X-Men Version. There is another version which is said to be x-force or x-factor version.

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26.) All New X-Men Minimates

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27.) Marvel Buildable

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28.) I bought this one in a toy shop in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Funko POP! Heroes Vinyl Bobble-Head

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29.) I got him from a toy trade. No info yet.

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As of now, this is my collection. I’m looking forward for more and I’m trying to look at bargain stores for 2nd hand ones. There are many figures that are way too expensive for me. Sad to say, I cannot afford it as of now haha.

If you guys know some toy shops selling Cyclops toys in the Philippines, please let me know. 🙂

Have a great day!! Happy Collecting!!





Learning Photography.. by yourself

3 02 2017

by Arturo Rivo Jr.

In this digital age, a lot of people love taking photos. You probably first took photos using your smartphone and after taking a shot, you previewed it and told yourself.. “wow, I’m good.” hehe

So, you decided that you want photography as your hobby but you’re not sure where and how to start. Some go to photography schools or contact a professional to train them. Some are lucky to have friends who taught them the basics and all.

I am not an expert but had a quite a number of experiences in this kind of hobby 🙂

Let me give you some tips and advises how you can start Photography… by yourself. 🙂

1.) First, try to discover what you really like.

As a newbie, I’m sure you like it ALL!! Believe me, I shot everything from cockroaches, to flowers.. and to even the tip of my toes. hehe. Photography is much fun after you discovered what you truly loves. This also makes you excel. Grab your smartphone and look at your photos. Review them and ask yourself.. “what do I love taking pictures?”

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For me, I love portraits.

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Example of landscape photography

2.) Second, invest in a good camera

This one is a hard part for beginning photographers. It’s fine if you want to take photos just using your smartphone but if you want to enjoy more, I advise you to buy a DSLR camera or a Mirrorless Camera. These cameras are cameras you could customize its settings and change lenses. There are sooo many to choose from. Digital cameras have different sizes, formats (crop, full frame, medium format) shapes, color but choose a camera you change change lenses and with manual controls.

Remember the first advise I told you? The answer to that will help you decide what lenses to buy as you learn photography. But for the meantime, your first camera would come with a kitlens of abot 18-55mm or 18-105 mm (differs from camera to camera). This lens is a versatile lens and a good lens to start with. I started with 18-55mm. Lenses are defined with labels like 18-55 mm, 50 mm, 11-16 mm, 70-200 mm to name a few. The lesser number of millimeters means the wider the picture you can get.

But your question is, “what is a good camera?” Well, every camera manufacturer will tell you that their camera is better. I advise you to search for camera user reviews in the internet. Then buy what your budget can buy. Also check out other features you may like or consider (tilting screen, WIFI connectivity, video, touch screen, etc). If borrowing is a possibility, I think that’s better for testing before buying it.

Examples of cameras out there (note: I am not endorsing or promoting any brand)

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Some common DSLRs

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Mirorless cameras are smaller and more compact
3.) Third, read your camera’s manual and learn to adjust ISO, Aperture, Shutter speed and White Balance

This is the hard part in learning by yourself. After reading the manual, you will know how to adjust them. All DSLR cameras (correct me if I’m wrong) come with “AUTO MODE” which lets the camera decide which settings to use. Most of the time it is OK but if you really want to learn photography, you should learn to change this settings MANUALLY to get the creative results you are expecting. After learning how to FOCUS you camera, learn how to adjust these 4 functions.

Now, you will discover that lighting is the MAIN consideration in making a photograph. Master the light. So, here’s the 4 functions that affects the behavior of light in your photos. I will try to describe them in layman’s term so you could understand. I will not discuss it very deeply. You have to learn how to use them on different kinds of situation.

ISO– adjust the light sensitivity. The higher number means more light will come but with more noise (dotted dark spots) in the image

Aperture– Controls how much opening your lens. Just imagine your lens as your eye. If you put less number of aperture (example 1.8), your eyes will be wide open and more light will come to this image. If you put more and more number (2.8 to 16), you eyes will squint and the image will be darker. You will also discover that less number aperture (1.4, 1.8) could easily make blurred backgrounds and greater number of apertures (5.6 to 16 for example) would eliminate blurs and make all the picture sharper. This is great for group pictures and landscapes.

Shutter speed– faster shutterspeed means you can capture moving pictures more sharply. You will discover that 1/2000 of a second will nicely capture a running man while using 1/125 of a sec will result a blurred photo. Slow shutter speed will capture more light. This is great for night photos but you need a tripod to prevent camera shakes that will result to blurred photos.

White Balance– This let’s you control how warm and how cold your picture will appear.

If you master this 4 settings, you can take properly expose your photos anytime.

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This is the exposure triangle. Use this if you are still confused about the effect of each function.

4.) Fourth, SHOOT a lot!!

Remember, photography is a skill. You have to hone this skill by experience. SHOOT A LOT!! Practice, Practice, Practice!! Don’t be down by critics. Not everyone will love your photos but what’s important is.. you LOVE them. If you want to be a professional, use the criticisms as your driving force to get better. There is a quote saying that your first 10,000 pictures is your worst. Don’t be discouraged. Don’t stop shooting.

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If you love portraits, join organized photoshoots. If there’s none you can find, just pull your friends and have them pose for you hehe

5.) Fifth, acquire knowledge and don’t stop learning

That’s it! If you’ve finished steps 1 to 5, you’re probably ok with the basics. The possibilities now are endless. But the great part is… information is everywhere!!! You have to be resourceful. You have no excuse. hehe You can buy videos and books about photography and if you want it free you can go to YOUTUBE and Google tons of photography tutorials in the web.
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As you learn more, you will eventually upgrade and discover other photography gears that will enhance your photography

Last advise… It would be a lot of fun having photography friends and joining clubs and organizations after you learn photography. I learned so much in photography through friends and joining clubs.

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SUMMARY: Learning photography.. by yourself.
1.) Discover what you like
2.) Invest in a good camera
3.) Read the camera manual
4.) Shoot a lot
5.) Continuous Learning

HAPPY SHOOTING!! 🙂

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Updating your Camera’s Firmware – Do you need it?

11 09 2016

By Arturo Rivo Jr.

A camera’s firmware is the operating system of the camera. It is simply the one controlling it. In other words, the FIRMWARE is responsible for making your camera work. If you are a photographer who wants to maximize the potential of your camera, then updating your firmware is important. Manufactures of different digital cameras always advise to update your firmware to ensure you have the latest menus, improvements, bug fixes and lens data for your camera.

Currently, I own a Nikon D7000 and Fujifilm Xt-10 and I updated them both this year (2016). For me, I chose to update to make sure that my camera is up to date and to maximize all the features my cameras have to offer.

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Here is the pictures of my Nikon D7000 update.

I checked the firmware version of my camera. This is a photo of the old version. Then go to Nikon website and download the update and saved it in an SD card.

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I turned off the camera and inserted the SD card with the update. I switched it ON and I selected the UPDATE option on the firmware option of the camera and the update started

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After finishing, (be sure it is succesfull) I turned OFF the camera and removed the SD card. I turned ON the camera again and checked the Firmware Version. And here it is… Done. It just took me less than 2 minutes to finish.

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The only downside of updating the camera’s firmware is the risk. If done incorrectly, they say it would make the camera faulty and you have to send your camera to a service center.

TIPS before a firmware update:

1.) Make sure the battery is charged and in good condition before
2.) Go to the official website of the camera’s manufacturer
3.) Follow the instructions carefully posted in the official website.

To wrap things up. The decision is yours to make. To be safe, it’s better not to worry about firmware updates especially if you are not a professional photographer (a photographer that earns a living out of photography) or nothing is bothering you about the camera. If in doubt either leave things as they are and just enjoy shooting. 🙂

Good day everyone.





My Family Computer (NES) Childhood Experience

5 01 2013

BY: Arturo Rivo Jr.

 

Are you into video games? By now, I’m almost sure all of you have an experience playing a video game of some sort especially now that we are on the digital age where we can’t live without a smartphone or a PC.

If you are a 1980’s kid, I’m sure you’ll remember this baby.. The Family Computer!!! yeah baby! hahaha This was 80’s answer to Playstation 3! Probably the most beloved console of all time! It was an 8 bit game console with thousands of addictive games! Yeah, you heard it right.. I’m a self confessed addict myself literally playing morning till night with this thing. Children have gone made with this thing..  friends and neighbors get together to play it and trade games. I remember my mom used to repeatedly remind me and scold me to stop playing and sleep at night. hehe

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This game console has given me a lot of fun memories! I really spent hundreds and probably thousand of hours with this toy. The family computer, also know as The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), has revolutionized the gaming industry. It was released in 1983 and ever since video gaming has never been the same and became a billion dollar business. By the end of its run (1991-1995), over 60 million NES units had been sold throughout the world. A famous game,  Super Mario Bros 3 was released in 1988 selling over 7 million copies in America and 4 million copies in Japan, making it the most successful standalone home video game in history. Talking about an overwhelming demand at that time. The NES has produced over 2000 games worldwide.

Anyway, here is the list of my favorites:  Kung Fu, Battle City, Karateka, Super Mario Bros 2 and 3, Ice climber, Street Fighter 2, 1942, Balloonfight, Bomber man, Contra, Dig dug, Excitebike, Legend of Kage, Elevator Action,Galaga, Twin Bee, Load Runner, Mappy, Pinball, Rockman and Megaman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Double dribble, Donkey Kong, and Tetris. I have to say that Super Mario Bros 3 is my Top choice. Great gameplay and it was super fun and addictive. You’ll definitely scream.. SAVE THE PRINCESS!!! hehe

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So, did the legendary NES touched your lives too? Consider yourself lucky if it did!! hahaha

What are your favorites? =)

BTW. For all those who misses the games, you can search the web for emulators. These are programs that let you play your favorite NES games in your PC. You can also search for games in the web. The games are called ROMs. Use the emulators to load the ROMs and then you can start playing. Happy searching! haha





Karma.. what it means to me?

12 12 2012

Karma… Who doesn’t know about karma? Well, maybe a lot but in our country, the Philippines, many believe in the law of karma. I too believe in it. I believe in it because I think it is really how life goes and how things happen in almost everything we do in this world.

Karma is a theory that originated  from HinduismAyyavazhiSikhismBuddhism, and Jainism. The theory states that all living creatures are responsible for their actions and the effects of their actions. Karma is simply the cycle of cause and effect. Everything you do in this world has an effect.

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It makes sense isn’t it. Even science teaches us the law of cause and effect. Even Christians have similar beliefs. The bible teaches many things in life and teaches us how to live and treat our fellow men in order for us to attain happiness and enjoy the blessings from God.

One of my favorite verse in the bible is Luke 6:37-38. It is somewhat similar to karma. The verses says; 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” For me, this verses really make sense and is a very good guide on how we should live and treat our fellow men.

I also love the saying.. “Don’t do unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you”. Treat others good and others will treat you good. If you treat others badly, others will also treat you bad. They will curse you, be mad at you, hate you and take revenge on all the bad things you do.

I think Karma is a very good reminder for all of us. For me, it makes me cautious and makes me sensitive to other people’s feelings and emotions.

I remember one time when I was in college, a man tricked me on buying something I really don’t need. I was so pissed off that time because I was allotting that money for something.. after a week, I tuned in to a local news on the television I was surprised to see him behind bars someone sued him. Someone reported him to the police. Well, we can say that he has to pay for what he’s done. I also seen good karmas to other people especially those who are helpful and respectful.. as they also gather support and respect from other people.

In work, Karma is in always in effect. If we work hard, something good may happen. You will reap the fruits of your labor. Working hard often results to great rewards.

Always remember, if you do good things, good things will happen to your life. If you do bad things, bad things will also happen to your life. Well, maybe not all the time but most of the time. All happens for a reason. Sometimes the effect of Karma is not instant. Sometimes it happens after a long period of time or gradually. Karma is all around us and we better be careful and be responsible in all our actions. Better be careful than sorry.

Good karma to everyone! 🙂 God bless!

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A Walk Along Dubai Marina

15 11 2012

Nov, 2012- One morning I had a chance to walk along Dubai Marina. The place is just 10 minutes walk from my workplace. All I can say is that the place is beautiful. The fact that it’s my first time seeing man-made marina or an artificial canal (or whatsoever they call it) makes it more magnificent in my eyes. The developers of this place created a new waterfront by bringing the waters of the Persian Gulf into the site.

One of the main attraction of this place is the Infinity Tower. Each floor is rotated by 1.2˚ to achieve the full 90˚ spiral, creating the shape of a helix.

This building is still under construction. I have read in the internet that this building began in 2006. It had some problems and stopped in the year 2007. It was later resumed in the last quarter of 2008. It is said to be finished this year 2012. Once finished, it will be considered as world’s tallest high rise building with a twist of 90˚ standing at the height of about 330 metres (1,083 ft) with a total of 76 floors.. Astonishing, I may say.

Around Dubai Marina are yachts used for personal purpose and some for business and some are for tourism.

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Parks and Dine spots can also be found around Dubai Marina

My 1 hour walk along Dubai Marina is a nice one especially for me who loves photography. The place is relaxing and calm.

If you happen to be near this place, go try and take a visit and I’m sure you’ll love it.

Have a nice day everyone. =)