GIVEAWAY: Walking Dead Shirt/Toy/DVD Package From Flashy Geek

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 5:03 pm


I think I speak for more than just myself when I say it's about time we gave away some Walking Dead stuff. In association with our friends at Flashy Geek, we're now going to do just that. Three comic-based shirts, two Funko toys (may or may not be the specific characters depicted) and a season 3 DVD.

And no, you don't have to make a meme or write a fictional season finale. You've just gotta give your info to the widget-thing after the jump below, and they'll take care of the rest, like your own personal Rick Grimes, minus the PTSD.

Entries close Wednesday, Oct. 29th at 11:59 p.m.

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91 Things We Saw at the Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Exhibit in Downtown Los Angeles

Friday, October 17, 2014 at 6:00 am


Hello Kitty turns 40 this year - but just like you're not supposed to call her a cat, don't call it a birthday. Sanrio is very persnickety about semantics, and would rather you called this the 40th anniversary of her first appearance.

In honor of their meowing mascot hitting the middle-age mark, Sanrio is hosting several celebrations, including an exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Yes, we were there, and yes, we have a cat-ton of pictures to show of this part-history, part-art-inspiration exhibit. Let the cuteness commence!

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GIVEAWAY: Ghostbusters Outfit w/Inflatable Proton Pack!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 4:08 pm


Thanks to our pals at TVstoreonline, bustin' can make you feel good as you suit up to suck some Slimers into the trap. You might never be as bizarrely cool as Bill Murray, but you can dress like him with this officially licensed costume.

You probably all know by now that the next Ghostbusters movie will be a complete reboot with a female cast. In comments below, describe a scene you imagine might be in it. Or the whole plot, if you like. Include your casting choices, and note that director Paul Feig has indicated that original cast cameos are welcome, but they'd be new characters. Giveaway closes a week from today, Oct. 22nd, at noon, when I'll pick a favorite. If there's conviction in it, I'll believe anything you say.

Give Your Gummi Bear a Scorpion-Style Fatality With Skeleton Candles

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:00 am


I know, I know. You thought Gummi Bears had no backbone. You were WRONG! This Gummi Bear candle has all the bones, but you'll have to slowly melt his skin away, pleasantly scented drop by drop, to expose them all. Or, if you have a nearby Ark of the Covenant, just stick his head in there for a second or two.

Speaking of which, how come nobody's made a Toht-head candle yet? ThinkGeek, I'm looking at y'all...

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The 18 Strangest Versions of Dracula

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 am


Could Bram Stoker ever have imagined, back in 1897, that the character he created would one day be used for everything from pornography to breakfast cereal? It's hard to imagine that even Bela Lugosi could have guessed that the accent he gave Dracula would still be in use, more than 80 years later, spoofed by George Hamilton, or teaching kids to count, or marketing everything from car insurance to debt-consolidation loans ("because debt sucks!") to throat lozenges. Thus Dracula Untold, the title of the Drac movie that opened this past weekend, seems almost impertinent. Can there be a variation on the Dracula tale left untold?

Here are 18 strong contenders for the most peculiar takes on Count Dracula in popular culture. Note: These aren't just vampires in the Dracula mode; all of them had, at minimum, to have either the title "Count" or the prefix "Drac-" or the suffix "-ula" somewhere in their name.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Her Universe SHIELD Shirt With Secret-Reveal Hydra Logo

Monday, October 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm


Reveal your true colors in the shadows! What looks like a normal SHIELD logo shirt hides a secret glow-in-the-dark Hydra symbol, allowing all double-agents to align with Avengers by day, then sink their tentacles into evil at night.

I've highlighted the plus-size version in particular because Her Universe merchandise is geared towards women...but some of you men might fit into a cut made for larger women than Ashley Eckstein.

GIVEAWAY: Sharknado 2 Blu-ray and Autographed Shark Fin!

Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Actually, the headline doesn't tell the whole story, but we can only fit so much into it. This prize package is almost as stuffed with goodness as a mass of swirling air filled with carnivores. One of you lucky suckers will take home:

-An actual shark fin used in the first Sharknado (yes, apparently some of them weren't CGI) signed by Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons and Anthony Ferrante.

-A Sharknado 2 poster signed by the cast.

-A Sharknado T-shirt.

-A Blu-ray of Sharknado 2: Extended Version (I asked - there's no nudity in the added footage. Except maybe nekkid sharks).

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GIVEAWAY: Adult Deluxe Stormtrooper Costume From

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 11:30 am


There are many, many possibilities with a Stormtrooper costume (Blaster not included). You could wear it plain. Switching out the helmet is an option. Add a pauldron and cover yourself in dirt to be a Sandtrooper. Paint it black and add tubes to pilot a TIE. Cannibalize bits of the armor to add to your Clone Wars Jedi outfit. If you have any skills whatsoever, you can get more than one Halloween's worth out of this.

It's been a while since we've had a meme contest, so let's do that. It's pretty simple - you find an image online, mess with it as much or as little as you want, then use a site like memegenerator to put a smartass slogan on top of it, and post your creation in comments below. The only rule this time is that the image must contain, in some form, a Stormtrooper or Clonetrooper variant (also it must be SFW - no Nudetroopers please!). Open to all U.S. residents; Canadians can win this time, but will be responsible for their own shipping costs. In the event the winner's chosen size is sold out, Purecostumes reserves the right to substitute a prize of similar value.

You have until next Thursday, Oct. 9th, 2014 at noon. May you have better luck than a real Stormtrooper.

Like a Good Neighbor, Totoro is There! (To Prop Your 2015 Calendar up)

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am


When it comes to calendars, I'm like a lot of married guys: I buy my wife the one that depicts "puppies, and kitties, and dey fwiends." But if you have an anime-obsessed spouse who nonetheless likes things to be cute, this Totoro calendar and diorama can't really be beaten, and you can use it as a photo holder once 2015 has run its course. Granted, "Totoro, and susuwatari, and they are friends" doesn't quite have the same ring to it, but I think if you point out that Totoro is eating a tiny watermelon, the essential squee-ness will shine through.

It's only sold in Japan, but is available for preorder now at J-List for $48. Only so many can fit into their catbus, though, so if you want it, reserve quickly.

Top-Down Smackdown: Monkeying Around

Monday, September 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm


Since we seem to be between major storyline beats at the moment, this week's wrestling item is somewhat more frivolous. You know, like everyone else, I wish Vince McMahon would get over his apparent fear of having a black world champion. Then I look at the toys above, and I absolutely cringe to think of how wildly inappropriate the merchandise might get.

Speaking of inappropriate - does anybody else have questions about the tail placement in these photos? Are we SURE it's a tail?