The 20 Most Awesome Items from This Year's Toy Fair

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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The nexus of all that is molded, sculpted or stitched - Toy Fair - has descended upon collectors once again. With enough wonderful toys to send Jack Nicholson's Joker into cardiac arrest, crowning this year's most exceptional collectibles is no easier than a buying Hot Toys product on a budget. But tough choices must be, and were, made. From sickeningly cute plush dolls to monolithic statues, here are the 2014 Toy Fair items worthy of even Valhalla's display cases.



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The Walking Dead SPOILER Thread - Meet the New Guy

Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:00 am

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I have decided that Glenn by himself is not very interesting. You?

Barring any major breaking news, have a happy President's Day today. The weekend hangover will come tomorrow, so keep the weekend thread going.

Top-Down Smackdown: Punk's Not Dead?

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 5:47 pm

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I must say, WWE showed excellent ironic timing in releasing the above two resin collectibles last week. I don't know whether or not one should read anything into the fact that the two superstars selected for zombification are the two characters who - in the storylines, at least - are the most critical of the company's product.

As I've said before, my intent with this column is primarily to take the product as Vince McMahon seems to want audiences to take it - a scripted, episodic TV show - and analyze it as such, trying not to go into too much wild speculation about what happens backstage. But sometimes the behind-the-scenes stuff goes mainstream, as with CM Punk's reported walkout, which was even discussed on The Arsenio Hall Show, with guest Steve Austin.


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Overnight/Weekend Open Thread - Dallas Sci-Fi Expo Edition

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:03 pm

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If you're in the Dallas area tomorrow, a group of TR regulars are planning to meet up around midday at the Sci-Fi Expo in Irvine. Email eventmeetupdfw-at-gmail.com if you're interested in attending. I can't make it, myself - got my father-in-law's belated memorial to attend.

Here are a few items still on my desktop before we call it a week:

-If James T. Kirk were a woman, wouldn't she just stay home and fondle herself?

-It's a zombie schoolgirl arcade game that turns into a dance game! It is, of course, Japanese.

-Crime dog McGruff really let himself go.

-Ye Olde Facebook, from 1902.

-Goat Simulator: The Game. Most likely not going to be made for real, but would you not play the shit out of it?

-Sweded feature-length Robocop, with some unique scene interpretations.

-The best 10 minutes of all three Bayformers movies - the transformations.

-Speaking of which, a trailer for Transformers Universe Online. Looks to be using Prime designs.

-Gary Oldman will probably be in the next Star Wars. You may remember he was to play General Grievous originally but declined because of union strikes.

-Live-action Patlabor trailer.

Some of these tips are from SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall and Anyone00

Zombie Conan O'Brien Spoofs The Walking Dead Intro

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

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For his special Walking Dead episode, with appearances from most of the major cast members, Conan donned full makeup to prove that in death, he is actually less pasty white than normal, but his lanky, flailing physicality will continue into the afterlife.

Maybe you should have learned to play video games better, huh, Conan! Then you might have known how to make a head-shot and not get bit!

But then we wouldn't have this bit, which tops most of the TWD spoofs I've seen so far. Enjoy...

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From the Company That Brought You Big Ass Spider, it's ZOMBEAVERS!

Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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Not the kind of dental dam you were expecting? Don't be a wally and leave it to these critters...to eat you!

I found this trailer thanks to The Wrap's Jeff Sneider, who Tweeted that it's the next Sharknado - but there are multiple differences in its favor. For one, this clearly has a level of gore and creatively stupid profanity that would keep it off network TV. For another, most the effects appear to be practical, with some old-school Troma-esque monster puppets.

The trailer in and of iotself may be sufficient. Watch below...

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Deathlok Lives! 6 Things to Know About the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Kill-Borg

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Last week, Marvel and ABC announced that J. August Richards would be returning - as Deathlok - in an upcoming arc in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. And the fans rejoiced: "Yay, more J. August Richards!" Followed promptly in some quarters by, "Hey, what is a 'Deathlok?'"

Well, that second question is a little complicated, because depending on the decade, who or what a Deathlok is changes at old Marvel HQ.

So join us as we take a look at Deathlok's comic past and our best guesses about what that means for his future on TV.

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The Weekend Hangover: No Black Holes, Undercover Ahnuld, Halo Re-Shines?

Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

Reader-submitted highlights of things we and you might have missed over the past week and weekend.

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This week's tipsters include: James.k.Polk, SlyDante777, Anyone00, Citrus_King, Gallen_Dugall, Canadian.Scott, skrag2112, jaganar, and even me.

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Legless "Zombie Prankster" Punks Norman Reedus

Friday, January 17, 2014 at 10:00 am

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Nick Santonastasso was born with one arm, one finger and no legs, but he found a way to make the most of that condition by dressing up as a dismembered zombie and pranking people on YouTube. As I like to think we would all do in his situation.

Naturally, he's a big Walking Dead fan. And with the help of Andrew Lincoln and Greg Nicotero, he set out to try and make the man behind Daryl Dixon drop the manly facade and scream.

What happened next was all captured on camera...

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Average Dad Transforms Into Circusy Demon in Clown Trailer

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 10:00 am

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There is one small thing in this trailer that stretches my suspension of disbelief a little further than it ought.

No, it's not the desperate dad finding a clown costume, then realizing he can't take it off and it's become part of his body, like a super-festive Venom symbiote. Nor is it the now-standard horror trope that modern clowns are somehow based upon ancient demons.

The thing I don't quite buy is that any normal kid wants a freakin' clown at their birthday party any more. Don't you youngsters prefer to play new video games to watching some sad-sack in greasepaint make a balloon doggie? Well, I think this movie will be a cautionary tale in that direction - make your dad get a clown, and he'll turn evil and kill you. Present him with that argument, and watch a nice new video game show up to your party instead. That's logical, right?

Eli Roth produced. But of course.

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