Weekend Open Thread: Pac-Man for President!

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 3:51 pm

via tOkKie-Pokie ..puddin' n pie..

Pac-Man turns 35 today, which makes him finally eligible to run for president...as soon as he shows us the birth certificate!

Now, let's see how these new comments hold up to open thread-ness. Monday is a holiday, so we'll see you back on a full schedule Tuesday.

Best Toy Packaging Ever? NECA's "Cage-Free" Alien Egg Carton

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, Movies, Toys
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm


The safe handling instructions are my favorite part. A shame these didn't hit in time for Easter.

Tags: Alien, NECA

Topless Toy Chest: 18" Pacific Rim Striker Eureka by NECA

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 1:30 pm


I'm semi-infamous for not liking Pacific Rim much the first time I saw it. I recently gave it another try on HBO, and the same things that bugged me about it before still did. But those were all humans - I have no issue whatsoever with the designs of the giant robot Jaegers, so when NECA offered to send me one for review, I was anxious to check it out. Striker Eureka here is the Jaeger that Idris Elba took command of on a final suicide mission, so that makes it pretty much the coolest one.

And the Newest Special Oreos Flavor Is...

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm



After all those Photoshops online claiming that "fried chicken" or "cheeseburgers" would be the next one, this comes as a bit of a relief. Not that anyone would force you to eat these, or anything, save that part of the brain that cannot resist the power of marketing, and two differently flavored creme layers...mmmmm...layers....

DC Collectibles Exclusive Batman Figure Based on Jim Lee's Penciling

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11:04 am


You know - whatever issues I have with Jim Lee's whole New 52 piping obsession, I love figures like these. NECA's Ninja Turtles are some of my all-time faves, and this may be a first - a figure painted to look like a pencil drawing.

How have the Sin City toys never done this?

"Blueline Edition" Batman will be a Previews Comic-Con exclusive - which means he's one of the ones you'll actually have a chance to get.

UPDATE: see Jim Lee reveal it below...

"Chocolate with SPRINKLES!" Knock Knock Looks Like a New Keanu Klassic

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:00 am

Obviously listening to Wyld Stallyns

I kinda wish this were the actual Bill and Ted sequel. Ted has a family, but two bodacious babes have totally bogus designs on him. It's not, though - Eli Roth is directing, and Keanu Reeves appears to be yelling every line, which is as big an acting stretch as you'll ever see from him. It may not be John Wick, but he does get his Wick out in a john, so maybe it counts.

I just hope it's not a total Funny Games ripoff. That's already been done twice; I need to see a Neo fight.

Check out the international trailer...

Guess How KFC in Japan Is Promoting New Chicken BREASTS. Go on, Guess!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Food & Drink
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 8:00 am

If you guessed "A giant sentient piece of fried chicken with huge boobs that the Colonel wants to fuck," you were correct.

RocketNews24 has the cartoon backstory:

[There's a] male hunk of meat [who] is Momofu (roughly "thigh guy"), while she's Muneko ("breast girl"). Apparently, they are a newly married couple. He proposed to her with a manly hone-don (a play on the kabe-don meme using the word "hone" or "bone") and she keeps things hot and heavy with her sweet sayings and poses.
Gotta love proposals made with manly bones.

Topless Robot Live! From Drag Queens to Dianetics, Sex and Scientology

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Miscellaneous, Nerdery
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 6:30 am


This is a fun one.

First, we catch up with TR correspondents Liz Ohanesian and Eric Diaz at RuPaul's DragCon, to get their take on the crossplay convention.

Next, we catch up with Tony Ortega, a veteran journalist and author of the new book The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, as he gives us a crash course in the history of L. Ron Hubbard's controversial sci-fi religion and its policies.

It's quite the wild ride, this podcast. Buckle up.

As always, if you do iTunes, please subscribe and review us - subscribers get the newest podcasts first.

7 Ways the New Poltergeist Pleasantly Surprised Me

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 5:00 am


It is perhaps possible that some full disclosure is in order.

The night before last, I was up so late writing the Annie list that before I knew it, it was 5 a.m. and I had not gone to bed. So I stayed up and wrote more. Sometime around noon I got a couple hours sleep. Then I wrote more because Disney's doing something dumb with Tinkerbell and I needed to be first to make fun of it.

I'm certain you don't care, but the point is this - by the time I got to see the new Poltergeist at 6 p.m., I may not have been in my right mind. Or I may have been disproportionately overjoyed that it was the first 3D movie in months to actually screen for press in 3D. On the other hand, the fact that it was one of those radio station promotional screenings where some big fat dude down front with some speakers keeps yelling "Make some NOISE!" and throwing T-shirts into the crowd ought to have been an effective counterbalance. So when I say I enjoyed the movie, you now have a certain amount of ammo you can use to prove I was not in my right mind. That said, I am going to make my case.

Reese Witherspoon Will Be a Live-Action Tinkerbell for Disney

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 3:55 pm


So I guess since Peter Pan is getting remade by about a dozen other different people, Disney's going to the Maleficent well for Tinkerbell, which promises "'the story you don't know' and will offer a new perspective on the character."

As any hardcore fan of Disney's Tinkerbell (or her husband who got forcibly taken to see a Tinkerbell movie at the El Capitan) would know, however, Tink's background has been established in Disney canon already, with all the animated movies set in Pixie Hollow. I don't need to see her get abused in live-action like Maleficent to explain why she never talks in Peter Pan.

Given that Witherspoon's older than we usually see Tink, maybe this will be a sequel to all that stuff. At the very least, this gives every film critic alive the chance to use "Stinkerbell" puns.