"I Want a Pony Semen Jar for Christmas" - A Topless Robot Holiday Carol

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, Nerdery, Toys
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm

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The most horrible toy-related story of the year, the Pony Cum Jar project is the gift that keeps on giving. In case you missed it, in involves "self-love," a My Little Pony toy in a jar, and some accidental radiator overheating.

And now, courtesy of Krista Johnson, we have a song about it. Is "enjoy" the right word?

Batman Meets Dexter in Ambitious Fan-Film Project

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Ambitious how?

Well, despite low production values and a tinny sound mix, this is a fan film that is really trying to be actually good. Not bad-good, but good-good. There's an earnestness to the portrayals of Batman and Dexter, and a commitment by the actors that is endearing.

That, and it's only episode 1 of what presumably aspires to be a multi-episode production. And since Dexter would be a pretty good foe for Batman, it's a match-up that doesn't require any absurd set-up to get going.

So the only question is: will this series' appeal wayne, or will it last long enough to be ambidexterous?

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies SPOILER Talkback Thread

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Movies
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Honestly, I'm not sure anyone can spoil this movie - it is, after all, a mostly plotless prequel which you know many of the main characters have to survive. But just in case, here's some spoiler space to discuss it in particular and the entire trilogy in general.

The TR review has been posted for a while. Now it's time for yours.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Mandalorians and Marijuana

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Martha Boyd is not just Luke's mother-in-law - she's also an ex-cop, a landlord, a self-described crazy cat lady, a major Star Trek geek and the widow of a green beret. So go ahead: ask her anything. And we mean anything.

Hi all,

Had the honor of having Malice and Risika from the Skirata Clan (Star Wars) at my house the other day. He is a wonderful Star Wars costumer - Mandalorian. The Clan is also building something special for the Anaheim, CA Convention in 2015. I understand it is going to be huge. I have attached a pic of the work in progress and also...how would you like this guy in your kitchen? By the way, he is also a great computer tech and got my system back on line and purring like one of the kittens again. Check out the Facebook page and like it at SkirataAliit. If you are interested in crafting your own Star Wars wardrobe you can reach them there. They have monthly construction parties here in Joshua Tree, CA. The clan also does great charity work and recently built a costume for a little girl who unfortunately just died of cancer - her pics are on the site - check them out.


10 Movie or TV Insults to North Korea You Could Watch Instead of The Interview

By M.V. Moorhead in DVDs, Daily Lists, Movies, Nerdery, TV
Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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In one of the stranger showbiz stories of recent years, it appears that the government of North Korea has been able to shut down a big-studio America movie release. Sony has decided to indefinitely shelve The Interview, previously slated to open December 25, because of emails from hackers implying that theaters showing the film might be the target of terrorist activity.

Thus Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen's wacky comedy in the Hangover vein, about two numbskull TV entertainment journalists who are pressed into service to assassinate North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, could end up as a legendary inaccessible movie. It could take its place with the likes of The Day the Clown Cried by Jerry Lewis or The Other Side of the Wind by Orson Welles.

But if you resent the hack, there are still movie and TV choices you can make which mock Kim Jong-Un or his father Kim Jong-Il - two of the more easily mock-able world leaders, especially since the departure of George W. Bush - and/or reflect badly on their regime. Here are a few examples:

James Gunn Responds to North Korean Hackers, Refuses to Put Kim Jong Un in His Next Movie

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

In an image just posted on Facebook, the Guardians of the Galaxy director has exclusively revealed that, in response to the North Korean hacking of Sony and cancellation of the release of The Interview, he has formally removed Kim Jong Un from contention to be Peter Quill's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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It might legitimately hurt Kim's feelings. I'm not even kidding. The dictator has never exactly shown a penchant for irony.

A Cool Custom Kenner Dark Knight Collection Using NECA Batman

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

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Considering the legal hoops they leaped through to get just the one Michael Keaton Batman figure made, NECA will probably not be releasing further variants unless hell freezes over and Mattel gives up the license. But enterprising and skillful customizers have been going to town.

Here, Twitter user @DiaboliRex showcases his tributes to Kenner's old Keaton-based creations, in color schemes both classic and creative.

I would buy them. So it's probably better that they will only ever exist as images to admire, and save me some cash. Of course, NECA could conceivably do these in 18" scale, and utterly bankrupt everyone.

Finally, a Hot Toys Figure You Can Afford - Baby Groot!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Yes, Hot Toys originally offered a Baby Groot accessory only to people who bought the gigantic, wallet-busting Groot and Rocket figure set. But now he has bendy articulation, three different head sculpts, and is available separately for a mere $44.99.

Ooooooh child, things just got easier. This guy can make your toy collection into an awesome mix of its own.

IDW's Newest Licensed Comic Is Cronenberg's The Fly

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

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Should we be afraid? Be very afraid, even? Can any sequel avoid vomiting upon our memories, dissolving them, and then sucking them back up?

Well, this five-issue miniseries will focus on the son of Brundlefly, so it's already most likely ignoring The Fly II, which is perfectly fine with me.

Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well...

Oh, so it's Dawn of the Planet of the Brundleflies? I can dig that.

No Joke: Lego's Actually Making Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet Next Year

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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From the same German catalog that leaked possible Age of Ultron spoilers comes proof that indeed, a Lego version of Wonder Woman's signature vehicle is coming out - and you CAN see it.

It's perhaps a bit more limited than some of us would like, probably due to clear Lego bricks costing more to make than opaque ones (hence why Lego Friends' version of Elsa's Frozen castle isn't as transparent as you might hope either). But still - following on the heels of an Internet joke about Lego doing it, it's cool to see any version. And who knows; if sales are through the roof, maybe we can get a better one without a stupid-looking Bat-mech packed in for sales security.