Cute My Little Pony Exclusive Pinkie Pie Comes in a Bucket.

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Toys
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

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I suppose it could have been a jar. I'm not sure a bucket is necessarily better, as the ramifications of plucking or eating the contents aren't somewhere any sane person wishes to go.

So let's just focus on the positive. Pinkie Pie in a cute chicken costume that's episode-specific, from a toy line that doesn't always concern itself with representing its acclaimed cartoon tie-in accurately. If you're tempted to see it as anything other than an adorable action figure aimed at young girls, just remember - to avoid salmonella, never put pink chicken in your mouth.

I MEAN IT.

h/t Gallen Dugall

Aliens' Original Newt, Carrie Henn, Will Return to Acting as Newt's Mom in Alien Fan Film

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Damn, fan-filmmakers, this is quite a coup. Carrie Henn was a complete unknown when cast as Newt, and did not continue with acting afterward; these days, she mostly works as a schoolteacher.

Mostly.

In Alien Identity, which will also star Aliens' Ricco Ross as the brother of his previous character, Private Frost, it is 14 years after the events of Jim Cameron's 1986 blockbuster. "It continues the story of Newt, the little girl we all loved, but despised to see perish in vain. They decided to bring back Newt, played by Elle Viane Sonnet as a young woman with an undeniably haunting past and an uncertain future."

A Kickstarter is expected to launch soon. In the meantime, like the Facebook page for more info on the project that might beat Neill Blomkamp to the revisionist sequel punch.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: An Easy Coleslaw Recipe for the 4th!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 6:30 am

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Got questions? Martha Boyd has all sorts of answers. A desert-dweller, self-proclaimed crazy cat lady, former LAPD officer and widow to a Green Beret, she's seen and heard things crazier than you've imagined. And is ready for whatever odd questions you have, so bring them on!

Hi all, it is Thursday again and we are almost at the 4th of July. Hope you all have a good and safe holiday. Out here we have celebrations starting on July 3 up in Landers at Homestead Valley park. They have food, beer, bands and fireworks. Then on the 4th, both the City of 29 Palms and Yucca Valley do the same. LYT and Julia were going to be here for the holiday, but she could not get off work so I will most likely just watch the Capital 4th on our local PBS station. We also have the 1st Saturday breakfast at Copper Mountain so I will be attending that, but I luckily have several friends that go have the breakfast. Not much fun to go out when you are by yourself.

Comic-Con 2015: Everything You Wanted to Know About the TV Panels But Were Afraid to Ask

By Jason Helton in Daily Lists
Thursday, July 2, 2015 at 5:00 am

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In recent years, the San Diego Comic Con has seemed to be less about the comics, and more about anything that could make money. Toys, movies, and television programs all seem to dominate the largest nerd gathering of the year.

That being said, there's a lot to be excited about, especially for fans of genre television. The networks have figured out that pandering to us geeks is a wise and potentially lucrative decision, and the SDCC schedule is chock full of events highlighting the small screen. Here are the must see television events of this year's Comic Con.

Game of Thrones to Get Todd McFarlane "Nipple-O" Construction Toys

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV, Toys, zombies
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 7:04 pm

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As much fun as I have with McFarlane's weird use of the Lego style to try to make dioramas that ultimately just look like his regular toys, in practice I've found them pretty cool to look at, if smaller than one expects. Game of Thrones strikes me as a perfect license for it, in that many of the most iconic things about the show are its large-scale sets, which simply can't be done for most standard-size figures.

Well, the line kicks off in style with Joffrey's throne room, the wall, and a Mother of Dragons set, as well as the usual blind-bagged figures. As theses sets will also be compatible with the Walking Dead sets, you can presumably trick out an RV with medieval weapons, bolster your walkers with White Walkers, or have Tyrion and Daryl suddenly die a horrible double-death in order to alienate every fan left watching.

EW has more pics, and they look damn good to me.

h/t JasonIsLost

Fast Food Review: Pizza Hut's Hot Dog Bites Pizza

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm

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Since the dawn of cooked cheese, man has tried to solve the dilemma of what to do with the crusty part at the end of the pizza slice, which you kinda feel obliged to eat, but don't really want to because you'd rather move on to the next cheese part.

And then Pizza Hut solved it, some years back, with a pizza called The Edge, which simply put toppings all the way to the edge of the slice. But this was not cost-effective, as it required more ingredients.

The Twilight Zone Door Decal - Why Did Nobody Think of This Before?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Merchandise, TV
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 12:20 pm

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Sometimes, a product just nails it so perfectly you have to wonder why you didn't come up with it yourself. Peanut butter and jelly in the same jar. Salted caramel everything. Cherry limeade. And now...the Twilight Zone door decal, which transforms any standard sized door into a portal to another dimension, not only of sight and sound but of mind.

The next best thing would be a plane window decal featuring both a gremlin on the wing and the reflected face of a terrified William Shatner. But that'd probably land you on the terrorist watch list for using it.

Batman V Superman Action Figures, Gal Gadot Wonder Woman Barbie Revealed

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

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Not a lot to add here. USA Today broke these images first, noting that the Superman and Batman figure set will be a Comic-Con exclusive, and JEEZ MATTEL I WISH IT HAD BEEN PART OF YOUR DANG PRESALE. They look to be in scale with previous "Movie Masters" for DC movies, and the box has lights and sounds like the Man of Steel exclusive they did a couple years back.

Gal Gadot Barbie seems to have her proportions pretty much right.


Godzilla in Hell Is Maybe the Greatest Comic Idea Ever

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10:26 am

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Years ago, I made a short video with toys called "Godzilla vs. Satan," starring the Emmerich Godzilla and the Spawn movie Malebolgia. For those interested, it ended with Satan making Godzilla his personal puppy and playing fetch with him.

IDW had the same idea, but without the second-rate imitators I was using. Godzilla is actually going to fuck shit up in the evil part of the afterlife. How is this not already being greenlit as a movie sequel? Better - more realistic - question: how is Guillermo del Toro not already claiming he's going to make this movie, only to have it still not happening five years from now?

This is why comics are better than movies sometimes. The AV Club has the full story, and more images.

Will You Pay $75 for a Cardboard Playset for 3-3/4 Inch Figures?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 9:45 am

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This throwback playset designed for the retro Kenner-style Reaction figures is cool and all, but $75? Eh, forget it, Luke, it's Comic-Con town.

Our biggest playset to date, the Haunted House is designed to fit any and all 3 3/4 ReAction figures new or old. Measuring in at a whopping 25" wide and 20" tall, this three storied macabre mansion is packed with sinister secrets at every turn. From trap doors, concealed entrances, hidden rooms and secret passages, this playset packs a punch in every room. The Haunted House is three stories of fun and terror for your entire collection! Super7 spent almost an entire year developing this playset just like the vintage playsets of the 1970's. Packed with over 60 individually painted panels and countless custom double-pass die-cuts on both sides of every board, the Haunted House may look simple, but this was the most complex toy Super7 has ever produced.
It's also CARDBOARD! You didn't have to make any molds or nuthin'. I presume the price is to buy extra carbon credits or some such.