Zenescope's Grimm Fairy Tales Kicks off 1/6 Toy Line With Liesel Van Helsing

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Toys
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

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From Executive Replicas, the company that recently announced a 12" Stan Lee doll, comes what would seem to be a no-brainer of a line - 12-inch figures based on Zenescope's busty, scantily clad reinterpretations of fairy tale characters. Each one features a seamless outer skin over an articulated, stainless steel skeleton, and ironically, I think this is one case where business will do well by being full of busts. Up first? Liesel Van Helsing, who features the additional selling feature of being steampunk.

The daughter of the famed vampire slayer has never looked so good or lifelike as she comes dressed in her signature outfit of fishnets and trenchcoat with steampunk accents for optimum hunting. Ready to drive a stake into every black vampire heart, the figure offers a multitude of poses and comes packaged with her signature weapons.

She'll retail for around $160, with preorders starting in June and fulfillment in July. Two more detailed pics are below...

Fast Food Review: That McDonald's Third-Pound Burger the Stupid New Hamburglar Wants

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12:30 pm


Does anybody remember the last time McDonald's did third-pound burgers?

I do, because it coincided with my moving to Orange County to work at the OC Weekly. A few months later, Topless Robot came online.

But that's not the point. The point is that McDonald's at that time called them Angus burgers, and Jack in the Box, which was pushing its own Sirloin burgers, started running ads that basically implied Angus beef came from a cow's anus.

Dark Horse Announces New Game of Thrones "Inaction" Figures, Incl. Sansa and Brienne

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV, Toys
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am


While Funko continues to make fully articulated Game of Thrones figures, Dark Horse continues their larger, more-detailed McFarlane-esque line of unarticulated figures, with the announcement of four new figures for fall 2015: Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth, Sandor Clegane ("The Hound," who will have a hinged visor on his helmet) and Jorah Mormont. Frankly, given recent events on the show, I'd be afraid of what some collectors would do with an articulated Sansa, so I'm quite happy to see her stay preposed and dignified.

Sandor and Jorah are yet to be revealed, but you can check out Brienne below...and lop off her head to start working on your Captain Phasma customs before the new Star Wars toys come out.

Mad Max: Fury Road - Now With More Patton Oswalt

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 10:00 am


You loved the Doof Warrior, with his phallic, fire-spurting electric guitar, right?

You might not love the Doof Comedian so much, as played by Patton Oswalt in this "deleted scene."

But it does make me wonder - if everyone here were in a Mad Max movie, would we be called the Doof-Us?

EXCLUSIVE IN-PACKAGE REVEAL: NECA's Pacific Rim Chibis for Comic-Con

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Oh, happy day! After many years of funneling large chunks of my money to NECA in exchange for little (and not-so-little) plastic people and creatures who silently stare and judge me here in the TR-cave, I get to reveal one of their Comic-Con exclusives in the package.

The figures have been shown, but this is the first look at the final window-boxed product. These chibis, for those who don't remember, are the toys seen within the movie itself; the mini-kaijus and jaegers played with by children, much as the World War II kids had green army men.

Keep reading for more pics and the official description...

Delta Airlines Populates New Safety Video With Stale Internet Memes

By Luke Y. Thompson in Nerdery, Tech
Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 8:00 am


It's good to see Delta doing their part for charity by giving the unemployed a shot at a another paycheck.

I kid, of course. Nyan Cat quite obviously brainwashed everyone into doing its evil will for free.

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Pioneertown

Thursday, May 21, 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.

Hi and wow, it is another Thursday already.

Anyway, before I was sidetracked with other pictures last week I was planning on Pioneertown pics. Well, I'm going to start those today. Pioneertown is a small community in the hills above the City of Yucca Valley. It was founded in the 1940's by Western Cowboy stars like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry. Gunfight at the OK Corral and Judge Roy Bean were filmed in the area, along with many Westerns. Anyway, the Main Street movie front sets were left. Over the years, the other 3 sides were built to the fronts and became houses and small gift shops.

8 Things Today's Comic-Book Movies Can Learn From Annie

Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 5:00 am


This past weekend, I went to see a live, touring production of Annie for the first time since I was a very young child. It probably goes without saying that this was not my idea, though it may require uttering that I had myself a fine time. And that wasn't just because all the cocktails were doubles, and the concession stand, thinking that anything colored red could be considered Annie-themed, had liquid nitrogen on hand to make a sub-zero raspberry sorbet from what looked like a witch's cauldron. Nor was it just because my wife was taking me out and paying for everything.

No - the truth is Annie is a good show, and has endured for many years because of it. It is also a show based on a comic strip that launched in 1924, making its central character, Little Orphan Annie, a longer-running media franchise character than Superman, Batman, or anyone from Marvel.

It occurs to me that we could learn some lessons from that fact...

Wednesday Night Open Thread: Farewell to Livefyre

By Luke Y. Thompson in Miscellaneous, Movies
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:55 pm


I don't know when tomorrow the comments system will change, so this probably won't technically be the last Livefyre post - but it's here so you can have one to treat as such.

To those who vow never to comment again - at least until the next software change - we'll miss your presence, and hope you continue to read. Here's a tune for you...

Robert Kirkman Will Write One of the Transformers Movies

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm


The Walking Dead creator is one of several writers coming onboard Akiva Goldsman's expansion of the Bayformers movie universe, and will write either a sequel or a spin-off, which we can only hope will feature zombie Shia LaBeouf getting shot in the head by a Predacon played by Norman Reedus.

Other writers recruited to the shared universe include Incredible Hulk movie scribe Zak Penn, Iron Man and Punisher: War Zone team Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, and Jeff Pinkner (one of four credited writers on Amazing Spider-Man 2). In other words, "a bunch of people who've written Marvel stuff that we want to copy because we're doing that thing that they do, a shared something-or-other," and "That Walking Dead guy whose success we'd like to replicate."

I admit Kirkman's an interesting choice - but even speaking as one who likes some of the Transformers movies, I'm well aware the writing is almost totally irrelevant. Maybe he'll at least make the inevitable robot dick jokes actually funny.