Sunday, February 10, 2019

Bad Guy Beatdown Round 17 - Skeletor vs. Tex Hex

It's the battle of the Filmation Villains!  I know the usual villain face-off would be Skeletor and Hordak, but seeing two magic-based bad guys fight is super interesting.  Besides, we've seen Skull-Face fight his mentor before, who wants to go over that again?

Before we get to the powers, let's recap how they got here.  In Round 1, the Queen of the Crown kidnapped Evil-Lyn and Skeletor came to retrieve her.  Even though the Queen was able to hold him off with her telepathic abilities, Skeletor was able to dispell them and then trap her with his control over the elements, trapping her in a metal cage.  Even though he stole one of her Psychocrystals to amplify the power in his Havok Staff, he isn't able to keep it for this fight.

In Round 2, Cy-Kill crashed on New Texas on the way to Gobotron and Tex Hex mistook him for Bravestarr's new steed.  Tex Hex's ability to turn into smoke made him untouchable to Cy-kill's energy beams and being able to create monsters form the sand overwhelmed Cy-kill, allowing Tex Hex to crush his humanoid brain.

As for powers, I've got Skeletor's down as he appeared in all 13 episodes I watched for Round 1 and you can check them out here.

For Tex Hex though, he only appeared in 9 of the first 13, so I had to go back and watch more, but here's what I had before them. I found a few more examples of creating creatures out of sand or dead trees or whatever.  There was one new power that was absolutely crazy - he shot giant horseshoes out of his blaster and if he hit a person with them, it would spin around them and turn them into stone.  Obviously, it doesn't happen any other time in the episodes I saw (although the gun did make a cage materialize in the air) so I'm not keeping it in there.  He did change into a big lizard/bull in one episode, making his shapeshifting powers official and usable in the fight.

So we're going into this fight with some awesome powers and I can't wait til next week to see how they clash.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Bad Guy Beatdown - Tier 2 Introduction

It's been a long time coming, but Bad Guy Beatdown is finally out of the introductory tier, shaving off the worst of the bad guys and leaving us with a group of winners, ready to take on their next fighter!

Things are going to be a little different in this next tier.  Originally the rules limited the amount of source material I could use to the first 13 episodes of a series.  This was done to make it fair to some villains whose cartoons only lasted 13 episodes, or even less.  However, if they won their first round, that advantage is no longer necessary.  However, there are a few villains that didn't make appearances in all 13 episodes, like Mumm-Ra and Mon*Star, usually being replaced by random bad guys or just starring their lackeys. So now, I'll be watching extra episodes so those villains get all 13 appearances they're due.

Respect posts will be shorter now as well.  They will now feature a short recap of their powers (and any additional powers gleaned from additional episodes) and their first battles.  Because most of the posts will just be restating previous posts, there should only be one week between fights, barring any personal distractions.

If you want to see how each fighter arrived at this level, please check out the Bad Guy Beatdown page here! And come back next week to see our first fight, my two favorite Filmation big bads, Skeletor v Tex Hex!