GIVEAWAY: Link's Hylian Shield From PureCostumes.com

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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PureCostumes.com

This Halloween, get high and rule...er, I mean, get HYRULE, with this shield to make your Zelda cosplay pop. You might say it's the missing Link to giving your get-up some greatness. And you won't even need Rupees to own it - you can win one for free.

Let's make this one an art contest - create some Legend of Zelda fan art, of any kind (except pornography, please), host it on an image site like Flickr or Imgur, and post a link below in comments. The date of uploading on that site must be between now and the contest close date/time of Sept. 1st, 2015, at noon. Sheer drafting skill is not necessarily going to win the day; if you do stick figures with pointy hats and a really funny joke, I might choose that if the mood strikes me.

Please note also that this a shield for costuming, not a heavy prop replica to be used as any sort of actual shield. Ships to US and Canadian addresses, but potential Canadian winners would be responsible for paying postage fees, if any.

"Real-Life" Mortal Kombat Fatalities Get Very Bloody, Very Quickly

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Mortal Kombat fatalities aren't necessarily the most anatomically realistic maneuvers to begin with, but it's one thing to see them enacted in animated pixels, and another to see them enacted with full-on, live-action gore - something the movies have never touched.

But let's say that instead of big-budget adaptations, a young Peter Jackson had been hired to make a Mortal Kombat flick in his backyard, right around the Dead Alive period. It might have looked something like this... (probably NSFW)

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Iron Maiden's New Music Video Is a Fun Tribute to Arcade Games Over the Years

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

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If music videos still worked the way they did when I was young, this one alone would have Iron Maiden back in the popular consciousness and topping the charts. While the song is an okay old-school metal number, the video - which sees the band's zombie mascot Eddie getting Tron-style digitized into a game grid and starring in versions of Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat and more - is a better retro-gaming tribute than Pixels.

If you're not familiar at all with Iron Maiden, you may at least know Eddie as a frequently made action figure by McFarlane and NECA. And now I want to see him actually enter Pixels and rip out Adam Sandler's heart. Maybe for their next video.

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Giant Pikachus Dance to "Straight Outta Compton"

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:00 am

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I have no idea if this really is actually clever marketing for the NWA biopic in Japan, though the source says it is. But do we need a reason to enjoy some of the most "dangerous" music of my high school years enjoyed by a Pokemon best known for being yellow and cute?

I think not. And I learned something.

I never knew there was a "clean" version of the song. "From the stupid dope gang with a attitude"? Well, it beats Ice Cube's other attempts at being family friendly.

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9 Stories From the Forgotten Realms That Should Make Their Way into the D&D Movieverse

Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 8:04 am

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By now you've heard the news that Warner Bros. has apparently won out a lengthy and complex legal battle to gain the rights to produce movies set in what has the potential to be the nerdiest movie universe of all time: Dungeons & Dragons. I saw the original theatrical attempt as a wee lad, and luckily, I don't remember any of it, meaning I'm all doe-eyed and optimistic for what could be in store for the D&D faithful with the backing of a massive production company.

The last D&D movie had nothing to do with its source material excepting the title, but it seems as though the first movie out of the gate under this new deal will be set in the extremely popular and long-running Forgotten Realms campaign setting. While I always counted myself a resident of Krynn (Dragonlance, for those not initiated), I have respect for many of the stories in the other major fantasy shared world: here are nine such stories that could and should be adapted for the big screen.

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"Dead or Alive, I'll Be Back" The EndoCop Action Figure Is Coming!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 8:00 am

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No, RoboCop did not have procreative sex with a T-X and pop this nightmare baby out - Murphy had his junk shot off and can't do that (I've no idea what the T-X can or can't do, since it utterly depends on what the plot calls for). This is the hybrid creation from the old Dark Horse RoboCop vs. Terminator comics, in which RoboCop himself begat Skynet by being the first true cyborg. Having rights to both movies' toys and the mashup video game, NECA has now revealed a mock-up of the embodiment of mash-ups, along with the phrase "A new nightmare you might see in 2016."

Well, it's not like anyone wants more Genisys figures. And by "more" I mean "any."

Little Cats Wearing Little Hats Shaped Like Little Cats Wearing Little Hats

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 1:30 pm

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Before you ask how this has anything to do with anything we cover, I'll just note that it's a Japanese video game commercial. Which basically explains away any questions you might have, like Jake in Chinatown.

I'm not sure what Monster Hunter Diary: Poka Poka Airou Village DX is about, or why it involves cats wearing hats shaped like cats wearing hats. That said, I'm impressed at how the headwear was put in place, and imagine the freshly scarred hands of several wranglers behind the scenes.

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Official Lego Ghostbusters Stay-Puft Minifig With Terror Dog!

Friday, August 7, 2015 at 11:53 am

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As a form of the Destructor, this guy's just a tiny bit out of scale, so I like to imagine he's some dude in a corporate mascot costume who goes to stores promoting the actual marshmallow brand in the Ghostbusters universe. Except now, his appearance basically represents that reality's version of 9-11, so he got canned, went crazy, and still walks around in the costume, assaulting random Times Square tourists.

It's the only possible explanation. ONLY POSSIBLE, I say.

You can also get Slimer and Venkman sets for Lego Dimensions.

via TheBrickfan

Passing the Popcorn Will Kill You in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 11:00 am

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Courtesy of BioWare, the Grass Effect mech will be a pre-order bonus in the new game, which just released the gameplay trailer below set on a moon base. If there aren't any whaler zombies there I'll be very disappointed, despite the corn stalks that fire popcorn missiles and the Droideka-like orange that can fold into a basketball or expand into a walker.

And I will buy it no matter what, because there is another person in my apartment who will make me.

We're zombies on the moon, we look like a cartoon, so we do this dance as we kill some plants, and your wife plays this past noon.

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Killer Instinct and Battletoads - The Crossover Nobody Thought to Ask for

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 12:29 pm

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Now you can finally play a game as a Battletoad and not die immediately, as Rash just became a playable character in Killer Instinct, with a whole host of sweet moves like...

like...

How to say this...

He comes in like a WRECKING BALL.

I'm not kidding. Watch the reveal.

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