Are "Inflaties" the New Furries and Plushies? Godzilla Wants to Know

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

I only ask because of this...


It's a wearable, inflatable Godzilla costume with a motorized fan inside. And if it hasn't happened already, it is only a matter of time before it becomes somebody's fetish. You might want to turn that fan off before doing it in the suit, though.

Also I totally made up the term "Inflatie." If there's a more politically correct term that such people prefer to use, let me know. I'd hate to be offensive by accident. Deliberate only.

via Geekologie

First New Star Wars Episode VII Alien Revealed as Abrams Offers Chance to Be an Extra

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 9:29 am


It's an old-school, Henson-looking creation that appears to be carrying its babies around in a backpack...and it shows up in a video where JJ announces that for a $10 charitable donation, you can win a chance to be flown to set and appear in the movie.

Ummm...Shut up and take my Republic Credits? Video below...

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Live-Action Pac-Man Game Has VR; Also Violent, Baton-Wielding Ghosts

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm


So, you want to play live-action Pac-Man? And with VR headsets, you rig it so you can have an overhead view of the maze even as you're in it?

Sounds great. Except for the fact that the humans playing the ghosts aren't as stupid as Blinky and pals, and will come at you from both sides. Then they beat the crap out of you with batons. Okay, okay, it is great. To watch. Not for the guy who gets to be Pac-Man.

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Good: This Is One of the Most Detailed Action Figures Ever. Bad: It's Dennis Rodman

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm


Two headsculpts. Ten alternate hairdos. Complete formal attire as well as multiple flamboyant outfit pieces. Eleven alternate hands. Don't you wish YOUR favorite character got this kind of treatment in plastic?

I'd ask who in the blue hell would pay $265, or even $5, and I know you'll all say North Korean Stupreme Leader Kim Jong-Un - but why would he bother when he can manipulate, pose and toy with the real thing? In fact, the only appeal I can think of with this toy is that, like our favorite spoiled-brat dictator, we'll now get to play with Rodman too. And never be ronery again.

The 4 Best and 4 Less-Best Aspects of SyFy's Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 8:00 am


If I'm known for anything 'round these here Topless Robot parts, it's my particular brand of disdain for a lot of SyFy's reality programming. It's a natural fit, really - SyFy's Face Off, a terrific reality challenge show wherein makeup artists compete against one another for a cash prize and makeup glory, is one of my favorite non-guilty pleasures on television. And for the past year or so, SyFy has tried to leverage Face Off's success with a string of inferior knock-offs and infuriating product placement.

So when Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge was announced, I approached with caution. To my surprise, though, this is a terrific show, and in honor of the show's season finale tonight, I'm going to run down why I think this show is *finally* a successful follow-up to Face Off. And a few ways I think they could make this show even better.

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Godzilla Trailer, Sweded: Featuring GI Joes, Toy Cars and Spot-On Cranston

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:00 am


These keep getting better and better. Cinefix's latest "Homemade Trailer" recreates the epic moments and the human drama of Godzilla with an outstanding Bryan Cranston-by-way-of-Harrison-Ford impersonator, lotsa toy cars, G.I. Joe figures for wide shots, a less-good David Strathairn, and many creative ways to replicate each individual shot.

You might say it's more convincing than some of the Toho films. While that would be a cheap shot, you wouldn't necessarily be wrong. Also: MAN IN SUIT!

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Captain America Joins Team America in Simple-Yet-Awesome Mash-up

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Admit it, you'd go see the movie above. Alas, that picture above is just a cheap image mashup manufactured by my good self in hopes of a cheap chuckle. The actual video I'm about to show you is simpler, and yet way cooler - the simple substitution of music in a Winter Soldier action sequence just makes all the difference in the world.

Especially when it's Trey Parker music. Fuck yeah.

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Footage of Jean-Claude Van Damme as the Original Predator

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:30 am


Seen here in the red suit used to create the cloaking effect, a young JCVD dressed as a giant bug looks more like a refugee from some aborted live-action version of Ralph Bakshi's Wizards than the iconic dreadlocked spacehunter who would go on to face Arnold.

A newly released video from creature FX supervisor Steve Johnson and Stan Winston's son Matt shows the costume in action, and reveals the bullet we dodged (can you imagine NECA making 50+ variants of that as toys?). Van Damme, of course, went on to never wear masks again, focusing instead on making his actual face look like one.

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Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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"Rainbow Connection," Sung by One Guy as Every Muppet

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 10:00 am


I'm sensitive about "Rainbow Connection." It means a lot to me not just as a fan mourning Jim Henson's passing and a loss of my childhood, but also as my first wedding dance.

With that said, Brock Baker, "the man of a kajillion voices," has done it justice, alternating from Kermit to Miss Piggy to Beaker and even Camilla the chicken. Sign him up for the standard rich and famous contract, please, ghost of Orson Welles. (Also, thanks for never showing Henry Jaglom that particular document.)

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