10 Character Deaths that Warped the Minds of '80s Children

By Jason Helton in Anime, Cartoons, Movies, Nerdery, TV
Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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My first real-life experience with death took place when I was about five years old. Apparently, while I was at kindergarten, one of my two hamsters decided he no longer liked his roommate, and proceeded to do his best Hannibal Lecter impression on him. My mother walked in and saw the surviving rodent elbows deep in his counterpart's entrails. As my home had a strict "No Cannibalism" policy, she felt it was necessary to dispose of the offending creature before he busted out a nice Chianti. Her method of execution was to take the hamster, put it in a mason jar, and heave it as far as she could into the woods (sorry PETA, but this took place 30 years ago, so the statute of limitations is long past). As I walked off the bus, my sister, absolutely delighted with the thought of delivering me disastrous news, ran down to tell me the tale of the untimely deaths of both of my beloved pets. I walked the rest of the way home from the bus crying my eyes out when to my surprise, I saw my hamster was walking up the street towards my house. It was a Christmas miracle in October, that is until my mom assured me that it was not my dead hamster, scooped him up, put him in another mason jar, SEALED it this time with a lid, poked holes in the lid so it wouldn't die relatively painlessly by asphyxiation and could instead starve to death, and then launched him once more into the woods.


Now Kaiju Can Play With Action Figures Too: 6-Foot Kenner Boba Fett Is Coming

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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It's really good of Gentle Giant to consider that King Kong or Godzilla might want to play with Star Wars toys too. For a mere $2,750 - far less than the cost of property damage either one causes just by taking a step - there's now a life-sized Kenner-style Boba Fett, scanned from a vintage figure and considerably upsized.

No, the rocket doesn't fire on this one either. While the old missile might have been a choking hazard, this would be a knock-you-unconscious one.

Mattel's "Doomsday Unleashed" Action Figure Will Be Released After All

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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He was the "tier 2" subscription incentive figure for a DC subscription that never wound up happening, and official word at the time was that he would not be made. Mattel officially just changed their tune on that.


I've seen images online (that aren't mine to use) of the figure in a window box with a piece of torn Superman cape in his claws. Now I'm thinking those were legit. Hate to think what the price will be, though - probably around $50 without a larger subscription to even out costs.

This is cause for optimism that if the Masters of the Universe subscription doesn't go through, everything shown so far will at some point get made anyway. As of now, that sub is being opened up again for one more weekend, since it didn't make the cut by the official deadline.

Again, I reiterate: I NEED SAUROD. He has not yet been sculpted. So the sub has to happen. Don't be like Skeletor and not be in the giving vein this day.

Patrick Stewart Is Fascinated by Bryan Singer's New X-Men Tattoo

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 3:18 pm

Just for fun...caption the pic!

Sin City Fanfic Doubleheader: Special Edition With Furries, and 8-Bit Game Tribute

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Comics, Movies, Video Games
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I've seen the new Sin City, and while I'm not allowed to express anything resembling a reaction or review until opening day, I think it's okay to say that it made me really want a video game set in that universe. Grand Theft Auto in Sin City - perfect, right?

But I'll take a Final Fight version too - and while this video isn't playable, it does make me imagine the good times. To be truly Frank Millerish, though, it needs constant dialogue interjections, even if only in text form, that read like things hungover people say. Like...

"No games. God damn."
"She played my game good."
"Head pounding. Knife in my guts. Pass the Nintendo."

See? Not that hard. But that's not the only Sin City video I have for you today, and the second one is, uh, quite something...

Antonio Banderas' Automata Trailer Shows the Rise of the Planet of the Robots

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Just a couple things here:

-They've needlessly altered Asimov's laws of robotics, but might want to alter them more - not harming ANY living thing simply isn't feasible if you take into account plants, microbes, bacteria, insects, fungi and so on.

-"Your time is coming to an end. Ours is just beginning" is more elegantly said by John Cena in his theme music as "Your time is up, my time is now." And there are better people for robots to imitate than John Cena.

-"Visionary" now means "You won't recognize any of this director's other credits."

The movie still looks like fun, but I think it could be sillier than they intend.

Pierce Brosnan Plays Nintendo 64 GoldenEye, Dies Almost Immediately

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Video Games
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 10:00 am

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In fairness, Jimmy Fallon is an unexpected opponent - there's no way Brosnan, or anyone else, could have lost against Sean Bean. But given Mr. Brosnan's lack of skills, well, he's not coming out Onatopp, because, Mr. Bond, we expect you to die. Another day. Because you only live twice.

To be fair, Fallon should bring out Roger Moore and see if he does better. What's the worst that could happen - would the sky fall?

New Comic Book Day: Pinheads of the Multiversity - UNITE!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Somehow, this week's installment of New Comic Book Day ended up being kind of horror-heavy. I make no apologies.

It's a weird week, because there are some weird books out. Some, like Grant Morrison's Multiversity, I half never expected to see on shelves (but I'm excited beyond all reason that it exists); others, like BOOM! Studio's Hellraiser: Bestiary attempt to create canon in a non-continuity book that will nevertheless have impact on upcoming issues of the ongoing, because man, the last 20 years of movies have been awful. Okay, sure, whatever.

Oh, and The Strain enters its final act, Stray Bullets: Killers enters at turning point, and I added a couple of kids comics because it can't all be blood, guts, and meta stories, right?

12 Marvel Characters That Need to Appear on Agent Carter

By Matthew Catania in Comics, Daily Lists, TV
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Who ever expected Peggy Carter to be the breakout character of Captain America: The First Avenger? Thanks to Hayley Atwell's kickass yet compassionate performance, this once obscure supporting character will be headlining her own TV show on ABC. Agent Carter will act as a period piece prequel to Agents of SHIELD by showing the SSR of WWII before it upgraded to a cooler acronym. (Some sources say the show will take place between the first Captain America and the Agent Carter One-Shot.) Its eight-episode first season is slated to air during the middle hiatus of Agents of SHIELD's second season.

Hopefully its showrunners, Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, will learn from the mistakes of Marvel Studios' first foray into live action TV. Agents of SHIELD has the unfortunate habit of dealing with some nifty Marvel stuff in the most perfunctory manner possible, or wedging it between bland character work while it treads water. Agent Carter can hopefully avoid these pitfalls, especially if it surrounds Peggy with some dynamic characters from the comics. I'm acting under the assumption that anyone from the first Captain America who didn't have a dramatic exit (Howard Stark, Colonel Chester Phillips, the Howling Commandos, Dr. Arnim Zola) is potentially in play, so this list is just for new characters to be introduced. Stark butler Edwin Jarvis is already confirmed to appear, making JARVIS 50% creepier now that we know Tony based it off a real person. The Marvel Cinematic Universe's timeline doesn't exactly match up to Marvel' Comics' timeline (Nick Fury wasn't old enough to be a Howling Commando in the movieverse despite starring in a book named Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos!), so I'm picking the characters that would best fill out the espionage action showcase even if they weren't originally active during WWII. So who should Peggy Carter bring along with her when she inevitably conquers television?


Visiting Space Shuttle Endeavor at the L.A. Science Museum

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

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We went this past weekend. I figured some of you who can't make it to Los Angeles might like to see some pics.

It costs $2 to see - a token amount that basically just allows them to count how many people go in at one time, and ensure that people who are there want to be there (Hall H at Comic-Con, you should try this). What you notice most, especially if like me you grew up with toys of the Columbia and the James Bond Moonraker (they were the same toy with different stickers), is the sheer size of this thing - it's bigger than you think.