Thursday, October 18, 2012

My thoughts on Looper and why I traveled eight hours to another city to watch it

Looper got released across theatres in India on Friday October 12, 2012. But judging by the way they treated the Dredd screening at Big Cinemas, I knew I couldn't risk watching it in the city of Mangalore.

Dredd's own production company Reliance Entertainment and their Big Cinemas in Mangalore didn't care for the film

I've been putting off to write this rant since the day Dredd got released worldwide including in India on September 21, 2012. I had planned to write a letter to Big Cinemas, but then realized it would be a futile effort.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 offers Protection Service against damaged goods

The parcel forwarding company Shopandship now offers Protection Service against damaged goods for international shipments.

Got a email today with the above image. This is the best news I've heard related to international shipping so far. I mentioned the site before in one my previous posts. Well they're now offering Protection Service in case of damaged goods and their carrier is Aramex.

And the best part is that they cover upto $2500 USD !! Wow..even FedEx doesn't offer that. FedEx covers max $100 USD. If anybody wants coverage above $2500, they need to contact Shopandship directly.

If the item is below $100, it's covered for free by Aramex. One of my Looper posters was shipped via and it arrived in a damaged condition last month. I sent them an email regarding the damage and two days ago I received a cheque for Rs. 1073, which covered the cost of the poster that was damaged.

Cost of coverage is $1 for every additional $100. That is so reasonable. So if somebody orders a collectible statue costing $400, they pay $3 extra for insurance. If it's damaged they can claim that $400 amount, which is why the carrier is bound to be extra careful while shipping such fragile items anymore.

Maybe now collectors in India (who are way too rich) can even order life-size statues like Terminator Endoskeletons and not worry about damage :D.

You can know more about this service by reading their FAQ page.

Monday, October 01, 2012

Hot Wheels Elite - 1:43 BTTF DeLorean Time Machine Photos

Hot Wheels Elite have released photos of their new Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine which will be part of their Cult Classic Collection of model cars.

Scale: 1:43
Collection: Cult Classic Collection
Limited Edition: no more than 10,000 pieces

To be released in December 2012 and you can pre-order them at the Store.

As per the Hot Wheels Elite website these are Deco Master Pictures and Not Final Images.

(Click on images to enlarge)

One of the most common inaccuracies in the previous BTTF DeLorean models was the side wiring, which should not go above the tires. And the three cylinder capacitors should be red in color and not grey.

These two details used to bug me all the time. I wrote to Sunstar and DST early on, they acknowledged their mistake but didn't bother to fix them. Sunstar did fix the red color but not the wiring for their final BTTF 3 Railroad DeLorean model. Hot Wheels thankfully got those details right.