Topless Toy Chest: Masters of the Universe Hover Robots (Convention Exclusive)

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00 am


In the current Masters of the Universe line, one of the ways used to maximize tooling budgets has been to release two-packs of "army builders," allowing for some unique sculpt pieces to be used for two figures rather than one, and letting collectors build up larger infantries if they wished. Thus far, all of the faction leaders from the vintage Masters line have had such a pack - He-Man got Eternian Palace Guards, King Hiss got Snake Warriors, Hordak got Horde Troopers...and Skeletor, until now, had nothing. But with every available slot in the regular monthly subscription already filled, the only way to get to his army was with a traveling convention exclusive, which will be available at Comic-Con and other shows, and was briefly made available to subscribers this week. Was it worth it?

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Hello Kitty Can Be What She Wants. So Now She's Optimus Prime.

Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00 am


And you thought flames on Optimus were a radical redesign. If I didn't know better, I'd say this was part of a very clever ploy by Takara to convince Michael Bay that Transformers have girl cooties and he might catch teh gay if he keeps being associated with them.

Unfortunately the toy's only two inches long, so somebody as nearsighted as Bay won't even see it. But on the plus side, you can actually afford it, since it's a mere twelve bucks.

And hey, in their truest forms, both Kitty and Prime have no mouths.

Axe Cop's Tiger-Shark War Puts Syfy to Shame

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm


The logic of the five year-old who writes Axe Cop is more solid than that of most made-for-cable, shark-based films. You'll see.

If you're not watching Axe Cop, you really should be. The new season begins on FXX tomorrow at midnight.

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Tags: Axe Cop, FXX

See Brad Bird's Early Attempt to Make a Movie of The Spirit

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm


From the Iron Giant's Superman references to the entirety of The Incredibles, Brad Bird has always shown a love for comic-book heroes...and at one point, he could have ended up making one. In 1980, in fact, he even made a pencil-test trailer for what he proposed - a full-length animated film based on Will Eisner's The Spirit.

In the years since, he's given up hope of it being funded in a movie climate that no longer welcomes hand-drawn features. So if it doesn't break your heart to see what might have been, take a look...

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30-Second Bunnies' Final Movie Parody is Blade Runner

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8:00 am


My goodness, it is the end of an era. Hard to believe that when these 30-second reenactments of classic movies with cartoon bunnies first hit the Internets, it actually was the year that our then-sitting president coined the phrase "the Internets." I respect their desire to go out strong - somehow, that awesome final Futurama episode seemed cheapened when the gang showed up again on The Simpsons.

It has been quite the decade since then. I don't know how I'll face the next ten years without bunnies simplifying all my favorite classics - but like Rick Deckard says, "Who does?"

(It's not embeddable, that I can find - but you can watch it HERE)

h/t Cnet

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Diarrhea of the Police Mouth

Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 6:30 am


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.

Hey all. Well, we made it another week. April 1 we had a training meeting at the sheriff's department. The training was on radio procedure and what to do and not to do. We even had a pop quiz on radio codes. After 30 years of not using them I surprised myself and remembered quite a few. Anyway, the class opened with some cop silliness and I have attached the video that was shown. #9 is on a cop with diarrhea of the mouth. It happens. All together there are 9 of these up on youtube and Vimeo. Hope you enjoy as much as we did...

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Mickey Mouse Gets a Wacky Races-Type Show

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm


Mickey and the Roadster Racers is aimed at preschoolers, though like every other part of pop-culture today it will be somehow claimed by self-centered Gen-Xers and Millennials. But I'm not sharing this because I'm interested in a kids' cartoon - I'm sharing it because I think the inevitable tie-in racing videogame will be amazing.

Seriously, the teaser clip below already gives you a sense of what one of the game's gimmicks might be, and if we throw in Star Wars, Muppet and Marvel characters in their own custom car creations, Mario might have to watch his ass on the Kart track.

I'm also looking forward to Donald Duck's inevitable road rage.

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10 Revelations From the New He-Man Soundtrack Album's Producers

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 5:00 am

La-La-Land Records

Like many who spent time on Eternia in the '80s, what I remember most about the original He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon is its insanely catchy theme song. That deceptively simple title track not only stirred our emotions with its sweeping melody, but managed to repeat the main character's name 10 times in under a minute and a half. No wonder it's so iconic! And yet as memorable as it was, the rest of the show's music has largely been forgotten... until now. Making its long awaited debut, La-La-Land Records presents a deluxe 2-CD set of the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe soundtrack, featuring over 90 minutes of previously unreleased music. I talked with John Takis and Neil S. Bulk, the album's Producers, about the series' signature sound and what it took to bring this meticulously restored television score to life.

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"Animals Man," the Superhero Who Was Bitten by Every Radioactive Animal at Once

Monday, April 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm


It's an obvious joke, but the final punchline is very funny. This video by the Bilderbergers was produced by Lorne Michael's Above Average Productions, and features beastiality jokes courtesy of your subconscious.Yes it does. You know it to be true.

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The Best 9-Second Homer Simpson Impression You'll See Today (or Maybe Ever)

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm


It's not about the appearance so much - a TRULY committed impersonator would have shaved his head, even for 9 seconds, obviously. It's about the choreography, the timing and the set-dressing, which captures the Simpsons patriarch's pre-game ritual perfectly.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go do my own imitation of this scene. Not for any cameras, mind you, but to fill the inner hole of insecurity with an artery blocking plug of junk food. It totally works, right?

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