Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sayonara 2009

Well another year has come to a close. I've seen retrospectives for the last decade but my memory doesn't go back that far back. So what happened in 2009?

Barack Obama was officially sworn in as President. I celebrated in my own way.

The Watchmen movie was released to much geek hoopla. The theatrical cut left me a bit wanting but I have the Director's Cut now, I just haven't gotten around to watching it yet. BTW I've got Blu-ray players now. 2009 was also the year Blu-ray really caught on with the public.

I went to another Anime Expo. Saw many cosplayers. I went to another Comic-Con. Saw many lines. Won a toaster.

The PS3 got smaller. Battlestar Galactica ended. The Phantom Menace turned ten years old. So did the Dreamcast.

The Power Rangers were canceled. Then they weren't. Then they returned to the old school.

Disney bought Marvel. Nickelodeon bought the Ninja Turtles.

And the twelve days of Christmas were celebrated albeit a bit early.

See you next year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

And a Festivus for the Rest of Us

Merry Christmas. I hope you have a happy holiday and a very jolly Christmas haul.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

On the Ninth Day of Christmas

I just caught up with Dinsey XD's Shippūden broadcasts. Some of these characters are semi-spoilers for me.

Monday, December 21, 2009

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

There are actually five Saiyans in that pic but they add up to nine thanks to time travel and Fusion abilities.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Sorry about the lack of Black Lanterns. Maybe Santa will remember the zombie superheroes next year. Good luck sharing your gifts with Larfleeze.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

I never planned to have these little comments at the bottom of every post and now I'm running out of things to say.

Friday, December 18, 2009

On The Fifth Day of Christmas

Domon simply called this attack "Shining Finger", but there's clearly five of them there.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

I decided Day One and Two weren't up to snuff so I regifted them.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Iron Man 2 Trailer

On the Third Day of Christmas

AFOS Gave to Me...

Three Warriors Three

Two Princess Leias, And Inu-Yasha Bound to a tree.

Ray Stevenson is playing Volstagg in the Thor movie. I assume computer generated fat will be in employ.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

On the Second Day of Christmas

AFOS Gave to Me...

Two Princess Leias

And Inu-Yasha Bound To A Tree.

In case you haven't figured it out by now these are just supposed to be funny jpegs. Sorry but never expect me to offer more than that.

Monday, December 14, 2009

On the First Day of Christmas

AFOS Gave to Me...

Inu-Yasha Bound To A Tree

I am aware that the 12 Days of Christmas is supposed to begin the day after Christmas. I like my version better.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Now You Too Can Be A Shell Head has early images of the Iron Man 2 toyline, none of which seems to be based off of Iron Man 2. The action figures are broken up into three groups: Comic Series, Concept Series, and Movie Series. The Concept Series will be made of armor designs based off concept art or maybe just stuff the toy designers made up. You can guess what the Comic Series and Movie Series will be based off of. However the Movie Series figures are all from the first Iron Man so far. Perhaps Hasbro isn't providing images of sequel based figures just yet. Then again maybe it's that they won't be shipping them until after the first assortments. That would kinda suck.

Then there's the role play toys. Seeing as how much the toy industry loves electronic helmets right now, it's odd that it's taken this long to for an Iron Man one to be made. I like that the face mask flips à la the real Iron Man's helmet. The eye lenses are much too large though. Children need to see where they're going.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Light Cycles!

I guess it's movie poster day. Here's the Tron Legacy teaser poster.

Mickey Rourke: Supervillain

Here's another poster for Iron Man 2. Whiplash's movie look is certainly interesting. I don't dislike it but I do hope he does get some sort of an upgrade before the end of the movie.

Coincidentally I recently finished watching The Wrestler. Good movie but it can be painful to watch at times.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I'm On Team...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Earth One

Announced today at the DC Blog The Source is a pair of graphic novels called Superman: Earth One and Batman: Earth One. These are stand alone tales not tied to any earlier continuity. It sounds a lot like their "All Star" title but hopefully it will have better results.

I think this could potentially be a great idea. First off I love that they're being published as original graphic novels, eschewing the long outdated pamphlet format. Plus I think there is a market out there for some good classical superhero stories without the decades of baggage. I know I fall into that category. I just hope they focus on the storytelling and don't eventually collapse under their own messy continuity like Marvel's Ultimate line.

Of the two, the Batman one seems the more appealing to me. I like the costume design. It's just different enough to be unique but is still the familiar Batman.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dead Superheroes

This group shot of DC Direct's Green Lantern: Blackest Night action figures was released (leaked?) online a few days ago. A number of them had not been publicly seen or announced before. I've never been a big DC Direct collector but they seem to be doing a great job with these. I guess about half the line will end up being Black Lanterns. That's okay though. Everyone likes zombified heroes. Check out Black Lantern Wonder Woman tucked behind Alpha Lantern Boodikka. I guess she's a spoiler.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mister 10 Below & Mister 101

The TV networks sure don't wait for long before they start airing the Christmas specials. On the first day of December I watched The Year Without a Santa Claus on ABC Family. The special is just sort of decent overall but the characters of Snow Miser and Heat Miser completely steal the show with their theme songs. (Well it's really the same song with different lyrics.) Two days later it's still stuck in my head.

A sequel, A Miser Brother's Christmas, premiered last year. It wasn't bad and it's not a surprise they gave the Miser Brothers top billing this time around. It'll air again this year on ABC Family on December 8th.

On a fun note, this was on the The Year Without a Santa Claus Wikipedia page:

A clip from the Snow Miser's song can be seen in the film Batman & Robin. Mr. Freeze watches it and makes his henchmen sing the song. It is too cold for them to sing, because they are in a freezer, and he gives up on them.

I had to read that over again before it sunk in. And I watched that movie. In theatres.

That wasn't a very cool movie.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After Nine Seasons

...Smallville might finally start to become interesting.

That's Hawkman fighting with Green Arrow in the first pic, and Doctor Fate and Stargirl in the second pic. The shots are from the upcoming episode "Absolute Justice" which is scheduled to air on February 5th.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Brothers in Armor

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade: Twisted Metal

InToyz planned to release a pair of figures based on video game Twisted Metal Black. The line was to include a very hefty looking Sweet Tooth and the motorcycle riding Grimm, because he's the second most visually interesting character from the game. It seems odd to just produce toys of the characters and not of the vehicles they use. Twisted Metal is about a deadly demolition derby and most people remember the souped-up cars and not the riders. InToyz's figures were never released so we'll never know if they would have been successful. DC Direct has recently announced their own new Sweet Tooth figure. We'll see how that one fares especially now that it's been some time since there's been a new Twisted Metal.

Friday, November 27, 2009

I'm Thankful For Hauls

I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and a very merry Black Friday. I gave thanks for awesome hauls, including this month's. I've been on the prowl for the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toys and found a Red Ranger.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


Diamond Select has images of their upcoming Iron Man 2 War Machine action figure. The figure features Don Cheadle's likeness, which might be the final insult to Terrence Howard; he doesn't get a toy.

Unfortunately Diamond Select blacked out the full body shot. It seems a little pointless. It's not as if we won't know what War Machine will look like before the movie comes out. Granted I could write a long blog entry about movies that have been spoiled by their action figure lines. That may not be a bad idea either.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend TV Recomendations

  • Tomorrow morning at 10 AM is the premiere of the long awaited Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 90 minute special Turtles Forever on the CW4Kids. It's been advertised as being a one time only showing but that might only be referring to the full length version. On my program guide there's a 30 minute version scheduled to air on November 28th.

  • John Hodgman, Brendan Small, Seth Green and Patton Oswalt will all be guest starring on Sunday night's episode of The Venture Bros. on [adult swim]. That's a star studded lineup of geek favorites but I don't know if their combined might can top Kevin Conroy's appearance earlier in the season. Still though, do you even need extra incentive to watch The Venture Bros.?

  • Sunday night is also the season finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm on HBO. The finale will feature the fictional Seinfeld reunion special which acts as something of a genuine Seinfeld reunion special. Last week's episode had the table read for the reunion's script and it was the best episode of the season.

Friday, November 6, 2009

11/6 News Roundup

  • Bandai's new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers toyline is starting to show up in stores. No Pink Spandex has an extensive gallery of the first wave of basic figures. The new figures are four inches making them smaller than past Ranger lines. I expected that would be the case. Scale aside, I really like the sculpting and proportions of the figures in contrast to the '93-'95 MMPR figures. Also there's an Alpha 5 figure with a miniature Zordon. Did not see that coming.

  • The fate of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25th anniversary special Turtles Forever has been something of a mystery since even before the announcement that Nickelodeon acquired the Ninja Turtles. Well we now know that will have a one time only showing on CW4Kids on November 21st. The "one time only" part is intriguing. I'd be okay if this means it will be the only time the special will air on the CW4Kids. What happens to the rights to the Mirage and 4Kids produced TMNT series anyways? Will Nickelodeon own it now? Will Turtles Forever get a DVD release?

  • Screencaps of Halo Reach, Bungie's last hurrah with the Halo franchise, have been leaked online via a thread at the MLG forums. The graphics look incredible. And is that a hybrid Needler Carbine rifle I see in one shot?

  • Game Informer has an interview with Warren Spector, producer of the upcoming Epic Mickey for the Wii. What I appreciate is how he points out that they're not trying to make Mickey dark or edgy so much as they're trying to make Mickey more like the mischievous adventurer he was when he first became popular. The game will also feature Oswald the Lucky Rabbit as antagonist. That's fantastic.

  • Four day passes with or without Preview Night for the San Deigo Comic-Con are now sold out. Just to put things into perspective the con isn't until July of next year and it is now early November. Single day passes will go on sale soon. Who knows how long they will last.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pumpkin Cake

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kreugers, New And Old

Mezco has revealed Freddy Kreuger from next year's A Nightmare On Elm Street remake for their Mighty Mugg-esque Mez-Itz line. This is our best look so far at what Jackie Earle Haley's version of Freddy will look like. Below is a comparison pic between the two different versions of Freddy in Mez-Itz form. I'm dissapointed that New Freddy doesn't look all that different from the original. He's missing a nose. And he seems to look far less pleased about his situation. Granted we should wait to pass judgement until we see what he looks like when he's not a Mez-Itz.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Kids Are Alright

New Super Mario Bros. Wii comes out on November 15th. I consider any release of a new Mario side scrolling game a momentous event. Plus this one features the return of some forgotten faces. Whatever happened to these guys anyways? Well Nintendo is bringing back Wendy, Lemmy, Iggy, Morton, Ludwig and... well I forget the rest of their names.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade: The UnCancelled

It's a special edition of the Cancelled Action Figure Cavalcade. I want to point out that some canceled toys do get a second chance at life, like the Moe's Tavern playset. Moe's Tavern is a pretty important environment in the world of The Simpsons and was planned for the Playmates action figure line early on. But Fox falsely believed children were the primary fanbase for The Simpsons and wouldn't approve of toy of a bar. Moe's Tavern was finally made years into the line as an Electronic Boutique exclusive. The only major difference between the final product and the early control art is that the playset would come with Duff Man and not Moe who had gotten a stand alone release in the third series.

Mattel showed off this assortment of Naruto deluxe action figures at a Toy Fair one year. After that we never saw them again for what I believe was over a year. Then they suddenly began showing up at Toys R Us with little fanfare. There were even other newer Naruto figures revealed and released in between that long wait. I guess they were never really canceled. They just disappeared for a long while.

Mattel originally planned Man-Bat for their DC Superheroes line. It was to be an exclusive for the 2007 San Diego Comic Con. There was going to be a white albino bat variant as well but Mattel decided to cancel the standard brown Man-Bat and only make the white version. What reason was given for this? Because the white Man-Bat looked better in their overdone special packaging. That's pretty typical of Mattel's biazzre practices. Well now the more comics accurate Man-Bat is finally available as part of the much sought after tenth wave of DC Universe Classics. And it's currently going for more money than the three year old Comic-Con exclusive.

Friday, October 23, 2009

What's Up With the Up Steebook

The Up steelbook is a preorder bonus at Best Buy. I have a lot of steelbooks and this one is something of an oddity. It's made for the four disc Blu-ray set and it's width is greater than what is typical for DVD and Blu-ray cases. It's construction uses much more plastic than the average steelbook. I've found that it can be quite difficult to open. Inside there are two flaps for the discs to be stored. These aren't like the flaps I've seen in other DVD packaging or even in other steelbooks. One flap is attached to case with a hinge. The other flap is attached to that first flap but only by a thin fold of plastic. I'm going to be handling this case with kid gloves. I do absolutely love the artwork used here.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Revenge of the Haulin'

I'm sorry about the title. I have too great a weakness for stupid puns. Anyways, here are some recent hauls.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


This is becoming the year of corporations buying my favorite characters from my childhood. Viacom, via their children's network Nickelodeon, has bought the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

When I read the news I initially thought Nickelodeon had acquired the TV and movie rights, which would have been good news. I don't think 4Kids has done right by the property lately. That's not the case though. Peter Laird has sold the property outright to Viacom and no longer has any control of it. I respect why Mr. Laird would do this. If someone offered me enough money so I'd never have to work again in exchange for my intellectual property I'd probably say yes too. But I'm a little disappointed for myself and other fans.

When Disney bought the Power Rangers years ago it ensured the Rangers' survival until now. Fox no longer broadcasts children's television so if they had retained control it's extremely likely the Rangers would have ended. That's not the case for the Turtles. They were doing okay until now though they've hit some rough patches. There was a live action movie in development. Now Paramount is in control of the movie. There's also the Turtles Forever special, the current status of which I have no clue. It was produced by 4Kids but will Nickelodeon release it?

Nickelodeon is working on a new CGI Turtles cartoon. I hope the tone of the show is closer to Avatar The Last Airbender than Back at the Barnyard. That's my main concern right now. With Nickelodeon in control I hope the Turtles have a chance to be given a respectful treatment.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

More Domo and Chocula

Here's some quick follow-ups on some recent posts.

First up, Eat Me Daily has some pictures of what you can find at 7-Eleven during their Domo promotion. You can see food packaging, store displays and the awesome Slurpee cup standee. There's also a selection of Domo merchandise for sale that I'm guessing is only available at select locations, seeing as how I haven't see any of that stuff myself.

Second, the monster cereal characters seem to be using their brief time in the spotlight to branch out into some new fields. At Target I saw Boo Berry flavored Fruit By the Foot snacks. More bizarre is that Count Chocula and his friends have put out a CD. Judging by the title "Spooky Sounds form Count Chocula's Castle", I'm guessing the CD has little to do with the characters and is just a mix of generic background music to play at Halloween parties. Too bad because I would much rather hear these guys belt out a few tunes. (Okay, not really.)

Monday, October 19, 2009

Monster In My Bowl

I'm not really a cereal person. I was as a kid, but save for the occasional bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch I rarely eat the stuff. Part of the problem is that Count Chocula is my favorite cereal and it isn't regularly available in my area except for this time of year. So I get a box about once a year at most. Well this year I've just picked my second box of Count Chocula in weeks. I even bought a box of my second favorite cereal, Boo Berry. Boo Berry turns milk blue so I'm guessing it's a popular choice in Mos Eisley as well. I figured I might as well take advantage while I can. I love the monster cereals. It's a trait I share with one of my favorite directors.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Play Misty For Me

Late last night I went outside to turn off a light and noticed something odd about the sky. Everything was hazy. My neighborhood was covered in what I'm assuming was mist. It's weird to get this fascinated by mist, but it wasn't something I'm used to. It made for a great moody atmosphere. I fought the temptation to walk around the block just to experience it. I did try to take some pictures and filmed a video. Of course all you can see is a street lamp on the corner, so it was kind of pointless.