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Mel’s Muses Special Edition: 5 Geeky Things to Look Out for in 2011

Happy Birthday, Geeks! 2010 was a great year for all things geeky but I’m sure this year is going to be even geekier than the last. Here’s my list of five geeky
things that I’m looking forward to.

DC and Marvel Movies and Action Figures

Like every other geek in the world, I’m looking forward to DC Comics’ Green Lantern movie and Marvel’s Thor and Captain America movies, but I’m also
setting my sights on all the movie-related action figures that will no doubt be hitting our toy stores in the coming months.

I’m an action figure collector, mostly DC and Marvel figures, so I’m really hyped up for what’s coming up. We have already seen some of the new Green Lantern
figures by Mattel, but to be honest, I’m more excited by Hasbro’s upcoming Marvel figures even though there are hardly any photos of them out there yet.

Hasbro did an extraordinary job on last year’s Iron Man figures, they even had a separate line based just on the comic versions. I finally got my hands on figures
like the original dark blue Iron Monger, big ass Hulkbuster and the old pointy shellhead helmet Iron Man from the 1960s, etc. That’s why for Captain America
and Thor, I’m hoping for some cool 3 ½-inch comic versions of guys like Armin Zola, Crossbones, Destroyer and Loki in his classic long horn helmet.

Diablo III

Welcome back to Tristram Cathedral! Yah, I know everyone is telling me not to hold my breath waiting for game company Blizzard to release Diablo III this year
but hey, a guy can dream, rite? Some rumors are saying that this eagerly awaited PC/Mac game sequel will be out end of the year, I’m hoping that’s accurate as it’s
been ages since I unleashed some hellfire in a good video game.

Looking at some of the preview stuff Blizzard released last year, we got a witch doctor and a demon hunter, new characters with awesome new powers, a
revamped PVP system, improved graphics, there’s just so much to look forward here. Hell, I might even stand in line for this!

Batman: Earth One

Call it event fatigue or whatever but this summer’s crossover events by the Big Two (DC’s Flashpoint and Marvel’s Fear Itself) aren’t getting me as excited as
Batman: Earth One by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.

Like last year’s Superman: Earth One by J. Michael Straczynski and artist Shane Davis, this will an updated, re-telling of Batman’s origin. My current favorite
writer doing my all-time favorite comic book hero, how can I not be excited about this? Plus it’s got the craziest, meanest-looking Alfred ever!

The Lord of The Rings: The Card Game

Another of my geeky obsessions is playing board games, with my friends and I meeting at least once a week for some serious board gaming sessions. There are
a ton of interesting games coming up this year and one is The Lord of The Rings: The Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games.

Me and the guys have a soft spot for Lord of The Rings card games of all kinds. We were all hardcore fans of Decipher’s old collectible card game version of it
years ago, some of us even headed up to Kuala Lumpur for a tournament. But this game by Fantasy Flight Games is totally brand new and it’s got nothing to do
with any previous Lord of The Rings games.

Slated for release in early 2011, this is a cooperative card game that plays up to four players, you are all good guys and will help each other overcome obstacles
drawn from the encounter deck, comprising of Middle-earth’s bad guys. This is also not a collectible card game as all the cards that you need, will already be in
the box. So it’s just up to you to customize your own deck, go on perilous quests and beat up orcs.

iPhone 5

Geeks like tech rite? Well, my current two-year phone plan will run out later this year so I’m betting on the new iPhone 5 being released by then. Missed out
on the iPhone 4 band wagon as I was still tied down to my old contract, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this new baby.

Last year, I went pure Apple with the latest iMac sitting nice and pretty where my PC used to be. Don’t matter what the specs are going to, all I know is the
iPhone 5 would definitely make a nice little addition to the family.


Melvin Yong has worked way too long in the media and advertising industry. He now spends his time with his family, writing short horror stories and playing lots of board games.

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