Top-Down Smackdown: Putin Your Eggs in One Basket

By Luke Y. Thompson in TV
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 5:01 pm

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I found myself wondering the other day if The Iron Sheik could make it if he started in the wrestling business today.

Wait, wait, wait. Before anybody tries to break my back or fuck my ass en route to making me humble, hear me out. Khosrow Vaziri has the natural charisma and athletic ability to make it in any era of sports-entertainment; hell, he's built an entire post-ring career based on the fact that he writes "Go fuck yourself" multiple times a day on Twitter. It's the gimmick of Iron Sheik that might be troublesome. Wrestling in the '80s relied on what we could call the Rocky IV effect, and our current culture of insta-offense may kill that dead.


Topless Toy Chest: Hasbro's Guardians of the Galaxy

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm

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I haven't been a fan of Hasbro's Marvel movie-based figures in quite a while, but they're finally, maybe, getting themselves on the right track here. Today we examine Marvel Legends Gamora, Big Blastin' Rocket Raccoon, Milano Spaceship and Battle Gear 2-Pack of Star Lord and Gamora in 2.5 inch scale.

Mike Mignola's "Toy Story That Time Forgot" Poster Has Hellaciously Great Dinosaurs

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, TV
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 2:00 pm

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Tell me you would ever have known this was for a Toy Story TV special, if not for the logo that says it must be. One thing the franchise has always been lacking is toys that look like I would collect them - but that appears to have changed in what looks like Toy Story: Age of Extinction. It seems "Buzz (voiced by Tim Allen), Woody (Tom Hanks) and the gang find themselves in uncharted territory when 'the coolest set of action figures ever' turn out to be dangerously delusional." Well, at least its not like in Small Soldiers, where the cool monster toys turned out to be dorky pacifists.

The poster will be given out at Comic-Con - TVline has all the details on how to get one. Or you could wait for eBay, where they'll feature a mark-up of infinity...and beyond.

h/t Christian Lindke

Mondo Expands Into Toys With Iron Giant, TMNT, Hitchcock Action Figures

By Luke Y. Thompson in Cartoons, Movies, TV, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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Mondo, the art company that until now has been known primarily for intricate, stylized posters based on your favorite movies, is branching out into toys, because they finally figured out that there were holdouts like me not giving them money yet. I was concerned when I first read the headline that their offerings would just be designer vinyl, but no - check out the specs on Mr. Not-a-Gun, above:

The 16" tall figure will have over 30 points of articulation, light features, and other fun surprises! Accompanying The Iron Giant will be a Hogarth figure, scraps of metal for him to munch on and a Seafood sign that has a removable "S" to put on his chest. He will also include an interchangeable head and gun attachment, giving a choice of displaying the figure as the regular version, or the "War" version! The figure was designed from the actual CG files used in the film, for ultimate accuracy.
Price goes unmentioned, so fingers crossed that it isn't Hot Toys-level. And there's more...

Here's the Episode VII X-Wing Fighter

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:35 am

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Once again promoting Force for Change and your chance to win a walk-on role in the new Star Wars movie, JJ Abrams has revealed the upgraded X-Wing, now with blue highlights and two wing engines rather than four. It pretty much looks like an X-Wing.

This is the last week to enter. Worth a shot, right?

Heath Ledger Joker, Dark Knight Tumbler Get a Lego Set

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies, Toys
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Why so seriously cool, Lego?

Interestingly enough, this will be the first time an accurately scarred of the Ledger Joker appears in a family friendly line - Mattel created a less frightening cartoon caricature for their kids' line of toys (while ironically leaving Two-Face horrifically half-burned in the same series), only making a screen-accurate figure in the adult-aimed Movie Masters line, while the WWE team was told that although DC/WWE crossovers are not forbidden, Rey Mysterio's WrestleMania outfit as the Ledger Joker was off-limits because "that version of the Joker" was not appropriate to a PG audience.

Well, now you can terrorize the likes of Emmet and Batman's Lego ex Wyldstyle with a genuinely scary, scar-faced clown, though this minifig doesn't come cheap - you have to buy a $200 Lego Tumbler Batmobile to get him. But it's pretty stylin'. Check it out...

The Strain SPOILER Thread - Dead Girl Walking

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, Comics, TV
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8:00 am

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Okay, so is EVERY episode going to end with creepy dead girl, then not get back to her until the final minutes of the subsequent episode?

Are y'all still watching this? Worth talking about each week? Let me know below.

The 9 Types of Movie Panel at Comic-Con, and Who's on Them This Year

By Luke Y. Thompson in Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:00 am

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News-wise, Comic-Con nowadays is all about the movies. It's where you first learn there are other monsters in Godzilla, or that Batman will be in the Man of Steel sequel, or maybe you see a Warcraft proof-of-concept. If you're lucky, something like 300 or Mirrormask will blow your mind by being way different and better than you imagined. If you're not, you'll end up in the umpteenth panel about how Emily the Strange is really really really maybe going to be optioned for a movie next year, and this time we're serious. Or you sit through the obligatory tag-along movie; nobody needs to see a panel on the next Resident Evil or Underworld film, but like the undead, they keep coming anyway. Point being, there's more to the movie panels than the big stuff that gets reported.

You might want to avoid the whole circus completely, but if you don't, we're gonna break down this year's big movie panels by type, and then by what specifics you might expect. Other than Chris Hardwick and Ralph Garman hosting every single one, of course.

Weekend Open Thread: Space Invaders!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies, Video Games
Friday, July 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm

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There's a Space Invaders movie happening. If it actually has those monsters above hurling missiles down from the sky, I'm for it.

No hangover post Monday, as we still have Comic-Con previews to squeeze in before the big event actually happens. For this you can thank me and my writing team, none of whom wanted to be the first to turn one in (self included!).

Next weekend will be nuts. And my thirties will be over. In the meantime, it's y'allzes turn to go crazy in comments.

Oh, and the winner of the Scarlett Johansson Blu-ray is...

Fast Food Review: Ramen Burger at L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

By Luke Y. Thompson in Food & Drink
Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5:30 pm

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"What the hell is L&L Hawaiian Barbecue?" is probably a thought going through your head right now, as it passed through mine when I saw a full-page ad for it amid the usual junk-mail circulars. Well, it is a chain that exists, though where I don't exactly know, save for the empty one in a strip-mall on the seedier side of town that I found myself at, anxious to use the one-dollar-off coupon for a ramen burger.

New enough to be a trailblazing trend in fast food while just old enough not to be the toast of the food-hipster town, the ramen burger is a thing I've been hearing about for a while. Could it be the next big thing?

I'm thinking, "no."