Ooooh Yeah! Todd McFarlane Brings Macho Man Randy Savage Back to Life in Sculpture Form

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV, Toys
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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Following the limited-edition Undertaker from last year, McFarlane Toys and WWE's second 20-inch resin statue was expected, based on a listing at Bigbadtoystore, to be Stone Cold Steve Austin. But while we waited for pics, WWE Shopzone just quietly went ahead and revealed the tower of power, too sweet to be sour, funky like a monkey, oooh yeah! Dig it!

Featuring a rotating base and a piece of arena banner from WrestleMania V, this statue runs around $300 and that price ain't slim, Jim. But if you wanna get hearts a' pumpin' and the party jumpin', this Mega Power will certainly impress on your shelf.


GIVEAWAY: Cast/Crew Signed Human Race DVDs and Posters

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs, Movies
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Because what good is my being in a sci-fi/horror movie if I can't score freebies for you folks, am I right?

I have three posters signed by writer/director Paul Hough and Eddie McGee, and three DVDs signed by not just them, but also producers Geza Decsy and Trip Hope, and actors Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Richard Gale, Trista Robinson, T. Arthur Cottam, Sean Decker and me. There are three prizes each of 1 poster and 1 DVD, but with this qualifier: DVDs can ship anywhere, but the posters can only ship to U.S. addresses. So if you enter without having one of those, you'll just get the DVD and someone else will get the poster.

Read on for the rules...

Batman Toy Trifecta: Mezco Mego-Style Dark Knight, NECA Nintendo Keaton Bats, Lego '66 Batmobile

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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Okay, Mego-style may not be quite the right word for these - in fact, we may have to think up a new term. The idea is similar, with a cloth costume over a poseable body, and yet this is clearly both a lot more articulated and, at 6", a tad smaller. And it's the first figure in this style that I've been interested in since the days of that Charlee Flatt guy's toys, which at the time cost an outrageous $60.

Dark Knight Batman is the first in a new line called One:12 Collective that will also include Judge Dredd and Universal Monsters:

Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a "real world" look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.

My only concern, as always with Mezco, is that the sculpting will tend towards the stylized a little more than I'd like. But that aside, this really is the goddamn (awesome) Batman.

I thought Mattel had a stranglehold on any 6" scale version of Batman, sharing that license only with DC Collectibles. But NECA has also found a loophole...

Will Ferrell Will Star in a Manimal Movie. Can We Get Automan Next?

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

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Right in the childhood...I always remembered this particular show as actually being popular, though apparently it was not at the time. Then again, in Ireland we'd get these things after they'd already been not-renewed - had my childhood friend been the arbiters, Automan and the Blue Thunder TV show with Dana Carvey would also have been huge hits.

Will Ferrell and his Anchorman director Adam McKay will presumably not be 100% faithful, but can they be funnier than the actual intro of the original show (which also flirts with borderline racist mumbo-jumbo at one point)? Check it out below...

Geek Apparel of the Week: The Nerdist Comic-Con Hoodie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

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While I may be totally sick of Chris Hardwick, TV host; or Chris Hardwick, wanna-be best friend of everyone cool; I have to give props to Chris Hardwick, fashion designer. This convention hoodie - a rare bit of male-sized apparel to be sold by Her Universe - has the right sized pockets to load yourself up at a convention without having to jam everything into your pants.

The only issue I have is that it is a hoodie. Hoodies are warm. Warmth leads to sweat. Sweat leads to stench. Stench...leads to suffering! At least there's room somewhere in there to pack extra deodorant. Perhaps next year we can get a Nerdist utility belt, or optional add-on Nerdist nose plugs.

Help Them, Obi-Wan Kenobi: New Star Wars: Rebels Full Trailer Bridges Eras

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Holographic Obi-Wan, who has apparently been trapped with Cenobites in the Hellraiser box, is not the only hope for these rebels - Stormtroopers, TIE fighters and Wookies look to give this show a lot of the old feelings, not to mention that everything seems better with classic Star Wars music behind it. Yes, the line about "A New Hope" is too on the nose...but the fact that I know Freddie Prinze Jr, is that Jedi's voice, yet can't hear the annoyingness, is a damn good sign.

And now you wait till October. THAT's annoying.

Blu-ray Today: Cheerleaders Die, Holmes Gets Private, and a Dick Samurai

By Luke Y. Thompson in DVDs
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:00 am

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All Cheerleaders Die - The original ACD is a movie almost nobody has seen, though I still have a VHS copy of it somewhere: a no-budget zombie movie shot on video by then-recent USC alumni Chris Sivertson and Lucky McKee. Both went on to solo directorial careers: Lucky with May and The Woods, and Chris with The Lost and I Know Who Killed Me. It may be a sign of how rough the marketplace is for indie horror that they rejoined to remake their first feature, and it feels, creatively, like a step back. There are a lot of plot threads going on in this movie about a spurned high school girl who wants to avenge her friend's accidental (?) death by infiltrating the cheerleading squad and ruining them - only for them all to wind up as undead flesh-eaters thanks to some magic glowing stones. But there's too much unnecessary soap-opera stuff for what needs to be a simpler premise, and the film's blatant set-up for a sequel at the end all but acknowledges there are more loose ends here than could be handled in one movie.

if there ends up being an ACD trilogy, this likely won't matter...but as a stand-alone, it's frustrating.

28 Things To Do and See at Comic-Con That Aren't Movie, TV or Comics Panels

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Well, we've spent the past week giving you detailed previews about what to expect from this year's San Diego Comic Con when it comes to films, television, comics, and various exclusives, but now it's time to take a step back and look at everything else this show has to offer...as written by a man who admittedly has never been to any incarnation of Comic Con before.

But now that I've had an insane load of various panels, programs and events dumped into my lap to look at, it actually did get to me thinking that as a first-timer of sorts, what could the behemoth that is SDCC offer that tickles my fancy the most? Where would I go there, assuming I also had infinite money and could be in two places or more at the same time? Well, let's take a look and find out, and maybe highlight some places all of you had best check out as well...

Top-Down Smackdown: Putin Your Eggs in One Basket

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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I found myself wondering the other day if The Iron Sheik could make it if he started in the wrestling business today.

Wait, wait, wait. Before anybody tries to break my back or fuck my ass en route to making me humble, hear me out. Khosrow Vaziri has the natural charisma and athletic ability to make it in any era of sports-entertainment; hell, he's built an entire post-ring career based on the fact that he writes "Go fuck yourself" multiple times a day on Twitter. It's the gimmick of Iron Sheik that might be troublesome. Wrestling in the '80s relied on what we could call the Rocky IV effect, and our current culture of insta-offense may kill that dead.


Topless Toy Chest: Hasbro's Guardians of the Galaxy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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I haven't been a fan of Hasbro's Marvel movie-based figures in quite a while, but they're finally, maybe, getting themselves on the right track here. Today we examine Marvel Legends Gamora, Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon, Milano Spaceship and Battle Gear 2-Pack of Star Lord and Gamora in 2.5 inch scale.