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.

 

 

Everybody, Let’s Bring Back the Cane!

Ok, so a certain reality TV husband had a mild obsession with this particular accessory. He walked around New York with a cane in his brightly colored suits and frankly, he looked like a pompous idiot. But don’t let this man ruin this once manly and sophisticated addition to an ensemble. I have a feeling he was what he was before he ever bought a cane… ya reckon’?

But I digress. The cane can be a pretty awesome thing, if used appropriately. There’s a time and a place for everything, am I right? Let’s say you’re going to some super fancy affair, get a cane my friend. You’ll look amazing. Let’s say you hurt your ankle, why not use this opportunity to use a cane in style, not the ugly metal one your doctor gave you.

Bottom line, if you’re gonna use a cane for whatever reason, it might as well be a cane you can be proud of and show off to your friends. If it has a hidden sword in it, even better! It’s like carrying a secret weapon everywhere you go… who wouldn’t enjoy that?

Heavenly Swords has canes for every taste. Sword canes at that! Wear them confidently. Own the cane. Here are a few of my favorites:

Revolver Cane Sword .45

Whaaa?! This is a cane sword with the handle shaped like a revolver! How cool is that? It is 37” long and it is modeled after the .45 Army Special. The casing of the gun and handle is solid aluminum with a classic gun antique finish. The gun cylinder looks and feels authentic, and it spins on its axis like a real revolver!

Caribbean Gray Pirates Flame Acrylic Sword Cane

This sword cane looks simple and elegant from afar, but when you get up close, you can see the skull and flames detail, making it perfect for someone looking to wow a few people. It has a whopping 15” blade inside, made of stainless steel.

Cord Wrapped Wolf Engraved Hardwood Walking Stick

This 55” walking stick is perfect for an outdoorsy type. This can become your trusty walking stick when you go hiking or exploring through the woods. It has a clear gloss finish for durability, and the wolf engraving give it a beautiful detail.

Two Face Black Joker Cane Sword With Lighting Eyes

Looking to complete your Joker costume? This cane is perfect for you! The eyes light up red with LED lights. There’s a discrete switch on the handle. It is 37” overall, with a long 19” stainless steel blade inside. Perfect for cosplay, or just someone who really loves The Joker.

Sword Cane – Elegant Executive


If you’re looking for something more subdued you can take to the office, this is the cane for you. Perfect for someone who needs to use a cane on a regular basis, but doesn’t want to always carry a flashy, attention-grabbing piece. This cane features a 12” stainless steel blade, it is brown with a detailed nickel trim for a sophisticated look.

 

Batman: The Rise, Fall and Rise Again of a Beloved Superhero

This past weekend there was a back to back marathon of all the Batman movies on ABC Family. I watched them all, in chronological order, cringing and cheering depending on the moment. Is it just me, or did the films get progressively terrible as the franchise continued? It seems that the entire series plummeted downhill after the second one, Batman Returns. Batman and Robin? Come on, people… You can’t have thought that was a good movie. And Uma! I love you, girl.. but what were you thinking?? Not to mention Mr. Freeze and his plastic ice lair…

All of that, put together with a seemingly drunken Batman (George Clooney, I abhor thee), a cartoony Robin and a phoned-in performance by Alicia Silverstone (Batgirl) made for one of the worst experiences I’ve had watching a movie. How is it possible that a stellar cast could collectively do a horrible job?

Now, you know me, I love me some camp. But there’s a distinct difference between the hilariously bad, and the badly bad. The kind of bad that is so bad because the cast and crew just apparently gave up. It’s like they were coasting on the success of the previous films. They didn’t even try.

Now, enter the saving grace of a beloved superhero, 2005’s Batman Begins. This is a much more realistic, much darker interpretation, and thank God for that. Christian Bale takes us on a journey that made billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne into a crime fighting, raspy-voiced lord of the night. I adore this movie. Cillian Murphy as the scarecrow… holy sh&*! Terrifyingly awesome. Liam Neeson? Yes. That guy hasn’t seen a bad acting day in his life. Sidenote: his portrayal of a pervy ghost in High Spirits (1988) is inspired. Such a funny movie, and Steve Guttenberg is in it. Now that is some good camp!

Now that we’ve acknowledged that the Batman franchise has had its ups and downs, we can get back to the amazingness that is the new incarnation. Since Batman Begins, there have been two new films, each incredible in both storyline and execution. The Dark Knight (2008) and the latest in the bunch The Dark Knight Rises (2012) were both great movies in their own right, but that’s a chat for another day…

Right now, I want to show you some of the awesome Batman gear Heavenly Swords has in stock for you. Let’s put away the bad, and focus on the greatness that is Batman today. Here are a few items to get your blood lust going:

Batman Dark Knight Mask

This is a perfect replica of the mask worn by Christian Bale. It has an adjustable Velcro strap so it can be worn on any size head. Made from resin, it is very durable. When you aren’t fighting crime, you can hang it on your wall with the included wall hanger. Just don’t do that if you’re trying to keep your identity hidden…

Dark Knight Rises Bokken

Now you can combine your love for Batman with your love for swords. This is a bokken, which is in itself a great weapon. It’s basically a wooden practice sword. This one would be perfect for cosplay, or just to practice your katana moves without lethally injuring anyone.

Batman Battle Axe Batax

Now this weapon is no joke. It has super sharp stainless steel blades, and is overall about 10” long. It’s the perfect throwing axe, but be careful!

These are just a few of the many Batman products we carry. We have arm guards, throwing stars, and double bladed folding knives, so check us out!!

 

 

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!

Anime Obsession: Bleach

I know I’m a few years late to the party, but just one look at an episode of Bleach and I was hooked. This anime series airs on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network, and oh man. I was hesitant at first, anime storylines can be very complex, and can be quite confusing for someone tuning in mid-episode. The animation had me hooked instantly. Its use of light and dark, the inventiveness, yet realism of its characters, not to mention the larger-than-life weapons, all work perfectly together to honor the Anime tradition, while creating a world if its own. No other cartoon looks like this.

After closing my agape mouth when the episode ended, I went online to find out more about the series. My first question was, “Why is it called Bleach?”
The only possible answers I found on IMDB. It states,

“It’s generally accepted that the title Bleach comes from the fact the Shinigami use their Zanpakto to cleanse (bleach) the souls of Hollows.

Another accepted meaning for the title is because of Ichigo’s hair color. He was often picked on as a kid for having orange hair and many people accuse him of bleaching it. Both are acceptable reasons, but neither have been completely confirmed or turned down as the right answer.”

Not too certain, but I’ll take it. The title of the series was the least of my concerns. I needed to know who these people were, where they came from, why are they here? So I did some research to find the backstory.

The series began a manga comic in 2002. It came to Adult Swim as an Anime series in 2006, and has since then taken North America by storm. In the series we follow a teenager named Ichigo Kurosaki. He can see ghosts. He runs into Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who was chasing after a Hollow, or lost soul, that attacked Ichigo and his family. She becomes injured and ends up transferring her energy to Ichigo, who ends up fighting and defeating the Hollow. Ichigo and Rukia join forces to battle souls… and all kinds of craziness ensues.

The swords on Bleach are awesome. Now you can have your own Bleach replica, in case a Hollow should come your way. We have over 60 different Bleach sword replicas and accessories in stock!! Check out a few of these beauties:

Ichigo Tensa Bankai Sword

This sword is over 37” long overall, with a 27” stainless steel blade with a black liquid finish. Intense. It also comes with a manji-shaped guard and a matching black scabbard.

Ayasegawa Yumishika Shikai Fuji Kujaku

Incredible replica from the series. It comes with a wall mount so you can show off this magnificent weapon to all your friends. Each blade is black and silver, and are 23” long. This sword does not play games.

Renji Abari’s Awakened Zanpakuto

This wooden sword is 52” long, and super impressive! Perfect for cosplay or an event that won’t allow real weapons. It’s really impressive, and isn’t as heavy as it looks, so you can carry it around with no problem.

We have so much more to show you. Check out the rest of our Bleach items right now!