The Matrix: A Sci Fi Revolution

After learning a little bit of American history yesterday, today we’re gonna talk about yet another Sci Fi movie that forever changed the way movies are made: The Matrix! Free your mind.

This movie came out in 1999, when we were all a little worried about Y2K… remember that? The fear that all computers would crap out on us at the turn of the century? Silly times… But anyway, this movie was unlike anything we’d ever seen on screen. Not only was the story revolutionary, but the methods used for filming it were replicated in pretty much every action film that followed. To this day, that bullet dodging sequence, and that 360 spin around a character are used in everything from action films, to comedies… We all know what it is, and it’s become an overused and predictable device to depict a suspenseful moment. Back in 1999 though, it had never-ever been done, and it left us all open-mouthed and drooling at the theater.

The story is complicated but eerily plausible. We follow Neo, a reclusive computer hacker as he comes to realize that the world as he knows it — is an illusion, and robots have taken over the planet and now use humans as their fuel… Whaaat?! Kinda hits home, doesn’t it… ‘cuz aren’t we all just a little worried about robots acquiring consciousness and taking over the world? It’s as ubiquitous as the fear of a zombie apocalypse, but we can talk about that another day.

So anyway, the robots have created this imaginary world, known as The Matrix, and have connected all the human brains to it, kind of like a neverending dream. As the humans dream, they are comatose in individual vessels of pink goo, where they are fed intravenously through tubes connected to their body. Creepy as hell.

The movie moves well, it keeps you engaged and wowing away for its duration. And even 14 years later, the special effects stand up to any movie made today. It’s truly a masterpiece, and if you haven’t seen it yet: first of all, What the hell is wrong with you? and second of all… go NOW.

Also, the sequels kinda aren’t as good as the first… but I would advise to watch them anyway. Follow it through to the end, my friend… even if it has one of the most frustrating, hair-pulling endings of any franchise in history, you should still see it… or maybe not… I don’t know, you choose. I can’t tell you what to do.

The weapons used in this movie are EPIC. From all the kung fu awesomeness, to the crazy guns I can’t describe ‘cuz I know nothing about assault weapons. However, Heavenly Swords can help you out with various blades I think would’ve fit right in with rest in this film. Especially in the second one, there’s some pretty badass katanas going on… so I’ve picked out some weapons I think Neo and Trinity would’ve loved. They would definitely come in handy when fighting Agent Smith.

Emperor Kang-Si Sword

This majestic sword is 31” overall, with a 440 stainless steel blade measuring 20”. Thick and substantial, it makes a daring display, and Neo would love it!

Reaper Curved Battle Blade

Measuring 19″ overall, this sword has a stainless steel, double-edged blade with a silver finish. Impressive and beautiful! It comes with a sheath.

Bangkok Battle Set

Oh my! Any warrior carrying these weapons on his back will look amazing. These twin blades come super sharp, and the nylon sheath helps you carry them on your back, for a unique and effective way to carry your weapons.

Extreme Curve Custom Handmade Katana w/ Red Pendant

This guy is handmade and amazing. It comes with a super sharp 1045 high carbon steel blade. It has a dramatic curve, and is completely functional and battle ready.

 

 

Finding Your Ultimate Dream Blade

Anyone can have a katana at their house. The Samurai three-piece sword set has become synonymous with the martial arts fan. No. I’m interested in swords you won’t find in just any old corner of the house. I’m interested in weapons that are surprising, impressive, beautiful and you know… awesome!

The kind of weapon that makes you look twice, then walk over to it and stare in amazement. The kind of weapon that makes people say, “Wow! Where did you get this?!” I’ll tell you where, Heavenly Swords.

We’re adding new inventory every day, and every day I add new items to my wish list. I will share this list with you now, so that you too can start weighing your options. If you’re gonna buy a sword, make sure it’s the ultimate, dream blade of your life. Or buy two… or three… If you’re gonna do something, go full tang!

Azan Scorpion Snow White Medieval Dagger

The blade measures 10 inches and is sharpened on one side. It is made from stainless steel with a satin finished blade and partial serrations. The middle of the blade features an intricate design of a scorpion catching a spider, which I especially like, since I’m a scorpio and I hate spiders… but that’s not the reason I like it. I like it because it is made of great quality, and its sophisticated design will suit pretty much anyone’s taste.

Deadly Dragon Claws

What. Is. This. I can’t even begin to explain to you the craziness that is this weapon. It is 15” overall, and comes with an additional throwing dagger tucked at its base. The intricate dragon design and the spiked knuckles add to the intimidation factor.

Gun Metal Dragon Handle Double Bladed Fantasy Dagger

We have a very limited number of these, so you better get going. This is a highly stylized piece for your collection. It is double bladed, and comes with a beautiful wooden stand, so you can display it in all its glory.

Sun Tzu’s Curved Ceremonial Dagger

If you’ve ever read The Art of War, you’ll know who Sun Tzu is. His writings on war strategy are still used (and often quoted) by people today. “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” Yeah, he wrote that. This curved, steel dagger features an authentic, old world look and a thick curved blade. It comes with an ornate sheath that bares Sun Tzu’s depiction in gold.

Golden Dragon Claw Dagger

This gorgeous piece was artfully designed by Tom Anderson. It is 14” overall, and it features an acid etched stainless steel blade, to resemble a dragon’s talon. The handle is crazy, with an intricate dragon pommel and black lacquered handle, the guard is made to resemble a dragon’s claw.

This is just a taste of what we have in store for you here at Heavenly Swords. Every week brings new possibilities, so make sure you keep checking back with us… A lot of our items are in limited supply, so if you find the weapon of your dreams, you better act fast!

 

Crazy About Thundercats

When I was a kid, few things brought me more joy than sitting in front of the TV at 6:00 am on a Saturday morning with a giant bowl of Froot Loops. The house would be quiet, since both my parents and older sister liked to sleep in. It was on one of these mornings that I discovered one of the greatest shows in the history of animation… THUNDERCATS. Hoh! God I loved them. Lion-O was my first crush. That flowing orange hair, and those glowing cat eyes? Come on. I didn’t stand a chance!

As I grew up, my love for Thundercats continued. I began to understand the mythology of it more, the allegory of it all, how it reflected human conflict, etc… But also I loved that they had a powerful female character fighting right alongside the men. Cheetara was beautiful and strong. She could kick butt like nobody’s business. I wanted to be just like her. There were also kids who were as cunning and fast as any of the grown-ups, and it made my little-girl heart swell with pride.

It’s the inventive storytelling the kept us going back from week to week, whether we knew it or not. The original series ended in 1989, but was thankfully reincarnated on Cartoon Network’s Toonami in 2011. Boy Meets World’s Will Friedle (older brother Eric Matthews) is the voice of Lion-O! What? Yes. The crush continues.

To this day I squeal whenever I see a plastic Sword of Omens in a toy store. Imagine my surprise when I found a quality, real-life, hand polished stainless steel replica on Heavenly Swords. I can die now.

You can own it too. Arm yourself against any hideous mutants that may come your way with this amazing sword. They also have a shield, and some other stuff you have to check out. I’ve made a little list below to give you a taste.

Deluxe Thundercats Lion-O’s Sword of Omens

Just look at it. It’s incredible. 46” long with a 34” blade. It is hand polished, double edge 440 stainless steel. The Eye of Thundera lights up on both sides when you hold the handle! All it needs is a couple AA batteries, and they’re included. The guard is 7” wide and 1 ¼” thick. This is no joke, my friend. This sword is massive!

Thundercats Shield

This substantial shield is made of cast metal and will complete your Thundercats weapons arsenal perfectly. Now grab the orange hair dye and some eyeliner, we’re going full-on Thundera style!

Heavenly Swords isn’t just for the Thundercats lover. Here you can find weapon replicas from all your favorite movies and shows. Whether you’re into medieval, samurai, ninja, anime, cosplay, or buccaneer wear, we have it all. Do you want a beautiful display, or battle ready armor? Whatever it is, we got it. So check us out now!

Wanna Be a Samurai?

Anyone who’s ever seen a samurai film spends the rest of the night lying in bed, wishing for their very own samurai sword. We’ve all had dreams where we’re limber ninjas, jumping from roof to roof, sliding undetected behind an unsuspecting target. I mean, that’s the dream, isn’t it? A life of danger and excitement? Then we wake up and simply wobble to the bathroom to start our day.

We sit in our cubicle or desk, daydreaming about slicing through Oren Ishii’s gang, The Crazy 88, like Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s incredible film Kill Bill. We think back to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and wonder if maybe we trained really hard, perhaps we could hop on bamboo stalks like they did. We imagine decapitating hordes of zombies with our katanas, like that lady on The Walking Dead. No? Just me? Oh…

Let’s face it, every good action film has a samurai sword in there somewhere. They are used as sophisticated and stylish weapons against everything from vampires, to zombies, to enemies against whom we seek revenge. Pretty much any evil, undead, corrupt, oppressive, bad thing out there. And with good reason! They’re awesome.

What if I said there’s a place where you can get the katana of your dreams? A place where they not only sell beautiful display pieces, but battle-ready, handmade amazingness that will surely come in handy when the zombies finally attack. This place exists, and you’re reading its blog right now.

Heavenly Swords has dozens of gorgeous swords for anyone looking to start, or expand their collection. With new products coming in every day, you are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Here are a few of my favorites:

Dragon Guardian Samurai Sword w/ White Ito 

The intricate dragon detail on the handle is what got my attention. This beauty is 41” long, with a battle ready blade made form 1045 carbon steel. Those zombies are going down!

Gold Jintachi Japanese Samurai Swords

This one is perfect for someone just starting a collection. It’s not only a stunning showpiece, but it comes equipped with a 26” stainless steel blade. The scabbard, or saya, has a gold plated finish, and the handle features a gorgeous antiqued detail.

Gold Spiral Dragon Katana

What put this sword over the top for me are the 7” stiletto and the 7 ½” knife that fit neatly into the scabbard. So you have extra protection if you need to fight off multiple undead at once. The red snakeskin-style handle matches the red scabbard… just so pretty.

Musha Hand Hond Razor Sharp Samurai Sword Set with Stand

For those of us who do not play games. This is a hand forged, razor sharp sword set. Each blade is made of 1045 carbon steel glimmering in the sunlight, my friend. The hard, deep blue scabbard has a lacquered high gloss finish, and the stand compliments it beautifully. Display these in a prominent place, and know you’ll always have some deadly weapons ready if you ever need to defend yourself against The Crazy 88.

 

 

 

Naruto: Weapons Galore!

Naruto first burst into the manga scene in 1997. From there it grew into an anime series of 220 episodes. The animated series debuted in Japan in 2002, and slowly made its way to the Americas, gaining loads and loads of fans in the meantime. It’s become one of the best selling manga series, selling over 126 million copies in Japan alone. Yes, I looked it up on wikipedia.

I mean, the series is awesome. The writers and illustrators have created an intricate and complex world. One that is unique yet relatable, where its characters fight enemies, both external and internal, and struggle to achieve their dreams. All of this set in a fantastic landscape. It’s funny, poignant, heartbreaking and just… really engaging.

The main character is Naruto Uzumaki. Twelve years before we begin our journey with him, a terrifying creature called The Nine-Tailed Demon Fox attacked his village. To defeat this demon, the village leader sealed this monster inside the body of a newborn boy. This boy was Naruto.

Naruto was abused and mistreated his entire childhood because of this, unbeknownst to him. But he is determined to become the village leader someday, so he leaves his home to train to become a ninja. There’s so much more to the story, but I honestly don’t think I’d do it justice. You gotta watch it! You can catch it all on Adult Swim, or online at naruto.viz.com anytime.

Take your Naruto fandom to the next level with these awesome replicas. We have lots of weapons from the series available. Here are just a few:

Red Kunai Warrior Set

Perfectly balanced, this three piece set is made of stainless steel and comes with a durable nylon sheath. Nice and compact, each kunai is about 5 inches long.

Or:

Kunai Uzumaki Naruto Manga Set of 3 Throwing Knives

These are just a little bit more hardcore. They’re 6 1/2″ long, super sharp black stainless steel and the handle is wrapped in black nylon. Careful, these are battle ready.

Zabuza Sword and Stand

Become a true Japanese warrior with this massive piece of weaponry. It is 40” long with a 29” stainless steel blade. It comes with a free wood stand, so you can display it with pride. Careful, this is a formidable sword.

Musha Sasuke Uchiha Naruto Anime Sword

Streamlined and gorgeous, you don’t need to be a Naruto fan to appreciate the simple beauty of this item. It has a 27” two-toned carbon steel blade. It is 38” overall with a white wooden handle and matching scabbard. It has a single black stripe running the length of the scabbard and handle, and a red ninja symbol.

Naruto Shippuden Ninja Trench Knife

This super sharp little knife may only be about 9” long, but it has lots of power. It has a stainless steel trailing point blade, and white cotton wrapping around the knuckle guards. Sleek and effective, this knife is indispensable for any ninja warrior. It includes a sturdy sheath and a belt loop.