Big Trouble in Little China Is the Latest Step in Funko's Pop Vinyl Dominance of Every Property

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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They gave it their best shot, pal...and we will take it. Good ol' Jack Burton and some of his friends and foes are getting the stylized treatment in the new Big Trouble in Little China line, and we wonder how pissed Lo Pan will be when he realizes that a bride with green eyes is out of the question in this format - it's gonna be the standard black dots or nothing.

Seriously, Gracie Law's eyes are dark black now. Check out all the rest of the images below and you'll see.

Tripping the Oculus Rift with Interstellar

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Tech, Video Games
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Fun fact about me: I didn't understand the appeal of the View-Master toy for most of my life. The reason was that rather than trying to focus my eyes through the viewer, I would always shut one for insta-clarity. And yet I had no idea - none - that in doing so, I was negating the 3D effect that was the main selling point of the thing.

No such mistakes with the Oculus Rift. Holy balls, is this thing amazing. And I say this after experiencing a three-minute "on rails" experience with no gaming element whatsoever.

Optimus Prime's PlayStation 1 Disguise Is Decades Late but Still Cool

By Luke Y. Thompson in Toys, Video Games
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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You wanna talk about ethics in gaming? Where are the ethics in my games system secretly being an alien robot, hmmmmm?


Netflix Apparently Hates You, Because They Just Bought a Richie Rich Reboot

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Yes, Netflix has the Marvel stuff, which is cool. But by giving Adam Sandler a deal for new movies and greenlighting that douchey little brat in the picture above (from a production company called AwesomenessTV, of all things), they're not likely to win many new friends in this corner.

You may wonder how, in a country where the economy has been quite crappy for a while now, a show about the luckiest rich kid in the world is going to make its protagonist remotely sympathetic. Oh, but they have a genius idea for that. This Richie Rich didn't inherit his wealth - he earned it "after making a trillion dollars by inventing and selling a cool new green technology." TAKE THAT, LIBERALZ! U MUST LIKE HIM NOW LOL. His adventures will include "exploring Antarctica, making a movie with his friends and meeting famous celebrities."

Can't I just watch E! for shows that are exactly like that already? Make this a zombie reboot like Archie and I might reconsider.

h/t SlyDante777, as predicted by troi in a previous thread.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law - Disney Parades and Halloween Cats

Thursday, October 30, 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. But be nice. Being nuts is okay, though. We're all mad here.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!! One of my favorite holidays. Well, last weekend I went to the Anaheim Halloween Parade. It has been going on forever. I remember going to the parade when I was little - we used to go to my Uncle Bill's furniture store on Anaheim Blvd and watch the parade. He was the mayor of Anaheim for several years. No, Mickey Mouse is not the mayor; however, there have been times when that seemed the case. Anyway I included 2 pictures taken at the parade. They did not come out really well - but it was the best I could get with my camera and they were moving pretty fast. One of the pictures is Andy Anaheim done by the Historical Society and the other is Rocket Witch. The parade was nice, but not as good as in other years. The only Anaheim Unified HS band that showed this year was Anaheim HS. We have 10+ high schools in Anaheim and only 1 showed - really?????.


Michael Myers' 10 Craziest Kills From the Original Halloween Franchise

By T.J. Dietsch in Daily Lists, Movies
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Ever since John Carpenter unleashed Michael Myers onto the world with 1978's Halloween, viewers and residents of Haddonfield, Illinois alike have lived in fear of October 31st. Wearing the iconic white mask and blue coveralls, Myers set out to kill all of his existing relatives, starting with Jamie Lee Curtis' Laurie Strode before moving on to her daughter Jamie (Danielle Harris) and then Jamie's son and a few other extended family members.


Arrow SPOILER Thread - "The Magician"

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

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Friendship is just so magic.


"Zombie Stars" Discovered Before Steven Moffat Could Invent Them

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 3:21 pm

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It's really just a sexy name, as far as I can tell, for a white dwarf that should have been obliterated in a supernova but remains partially alive. "Coma Star" doesn't sound as good.

But I am surprised science discovered this and came up with the name before we got an episode of Doctor Who in which Peter Capaldi finds that the sun is in fact an actual giant zombie. Like, maybe it died from eating a rotten egg that was actually a moon of something.

Actual science below...

Sideshow Has New Tron-Style Stands for 12-Inch Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Tech, Toys
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:32 pm

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I have a novel concept for companies that make large action figures: design them so they can stand on their own, unassisted.

No? Not happening? Well okay then. These stands are pretty cool in the meantime. They light up, they spin, they hold figures under the arms instead of around the waist, and they give you space to put your own nameplate. $40 may seem like a lot, but we're talking about Sideshow and Hot Toys, so it's really only, like, 1/6 of the price of a figure. And since the figures are 1/6 scale, that's...cute.

But I collect 18-inchers, because size matters. Where's MY Tron stand?

Yes, a Guardians of the Galaxy Porno Starring Groot Is Coming

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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I might have guessed this would be inevitable, but I didn't think Groot would be the featured player, even if there are a million bad jokes about wood that promptly write themselves. Wood Rocket, after all, have made porn parodies of Bob's Burgers and The Room, and most recently did a pictorial of female porn stars crossplaying as Bill Murray characters...and the Caddyshack gopher [NSFW]

I imagine one of the upsides of making love to Groot is that you never have to worry about him calling out another woman's name.

The big question is: who do you want him to hook up with? Gamora, Nebula...or Rocket Raccoon?