The BIOSHOCK 2 BOX SET

Subject Omega and a red-dress-clad Little Sister are here in this deluxe Bioshock 2 box set, one that will thrill fans of the incredible games. The second part of the set comes in the form of a life-size, wearable Splicer mask (the bunny version, best worn by the great Sander Cohen).

The box set not only adds to your action figure, but gives a classy tribute to Rapture with the stunning mask, beautifully decorated but damaged by the horrifying events that caused the fall of the city. It looks amazing set up on a mantelpiece and the highly-detailed NECA figures of the Little Sister (who comes with a doll and a syringe) and Omega are well worth it! Check out the whole Bioshock section.

T-800 TERMINATOR by HOT TOYS

Standing a foot tall and designed and sculpted with all the skill and attention to detail you’ve come to expect from Hot Toys, the new Arnold Schwarzenegger T-800 Terminator figure is one made for the true fans. You’ll definitely want to snag this one if you’re a fan of the original films. The detail on the face is truly incredible and amazingly lifelike, capturing the former Governator as he once was. Truly needs to be seen to be believed!

Naturally, as with every high-quality figure yet released by these guys, there are a ton of features and accessories for you to check out:

* Authentic likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger as T800 in the movie The Terminator
* Stands approximately 30cm tall
* Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations
* Dark brown hair sculpture
* Hand-painted, movie accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
* Additional interchangeable battle damaged head
* Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* One (1) pair of gloved fists
* One (1) pair for holding gun
* One (1) damaged right arm
* One (1) dark grey jacket with metal chain on left shoulder
* One (1) black patterned under vest
* One (1) pair of khaki pants
* One (1) pair of black boots with chain on left side
* One (1) long slide pistol
* One (1) machine gun
* One (1) long shot gun
* One (1) medical tongs
* One (1) scalpel
* Four (4) pairs of medical scissors
* Figure stand with T-800 nameplate and The Terminator movie logo

Together At Last: DC versus MOTU

Two follow-ups to Lex Luthor’s face-off against Skeletor have now arrived in our DC 2-Pack collection! No longer a battle between Evil and “Just as evil”, we’ve reached another level of awesome with some new faces:

AQUAMAN VERSUS MER-MAN wage a battle beneath the waves. This whole collection just screams “fan-service” and yet it does so in the greatest possible way, satisfying all the geeks who have ever wanted to play out a round of “Who would win in a fight?” between the DC Universe and the Masters of the Universe. Each figure stands about 6 or 7 inches tall and comes ready with a signature weapon!

If you want to take the war to the skies, of course, that option is also available in the HAWKMAN vs. STRATOS set!

Taco Bell Lawsuit: Where’s the Beef?

taco bell lawsuit

Posted by Natalie Jimenez at CBSNews.com

We’ve all heard the urban tales about fast food giants making cheap meals out of unsavory ingredients like meal worms and headless chickens.

Well, now, Taco Bell is under the spotlight for allegedly questionable practices. An Alabama law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against the chain saying the stuff they call “seasoned beef” is only about 36 percent meat.

The firm tested the “meat mixture” and found that it contained ingredients like water, wheat oats, soy lecithin, maltodrextrin, modified corn starch and an anti-dusting agent.

According to the complaint, Taco Bell does not meet the minimum requirements set forth by the USDA to label its product as “beef” and uses false advertising.

Here is the official reply from Taco Bell:

STATEMENT REGARDING CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT – January 26, 2011
“The lawsuit is bogus and filled with completely inaccurate facts. Our beef is 100% USDA inspected, just like the quality beef you would buy in a supermarket and prepare in your home. It then is slow-cooked and simmered with proprietary seasonings and spices to provide Taco Bell’s signature taste and texture. Our seasoned beef recipe contains 88% quality USDA-inspected beef and 12% seasonings, spices, water and other ingredients that provide taste, texture and moisture. The lawyers got their facts wrong. We take this attack on our quality very seriously and plan to take legal action against them for making false statements about our products. There is no basis in fact or reality for this suit and we will vigorously defend the quality of our products from frivolous and misleading claims such as this.”

What is in Taco Bell’s recipe for seasoned beef?

“We’re cooking with a proprietary recipe to give our seasoned beef flavor and texture, just like you would with any recipe you cook at home.

For example, when you make chili, meatloaf or meatballs, you add your own recipe of seasoning and spices to give the beef flavor and texture, otherwise, it would taste just like unseasoned ground beef. We do the same thing with our recipe for seasoned beef.

Our recipe for seasoned beef includes ingredients you’d find in your home or in the supermarket aisle today:

• 88% USDA-inspected quality beef
• 3-5% water for moisture
• 3-5% spices (including salt, chili pepper, onion powder, tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, cocoa powder and a proprietary blend of Mexican spices and natural flavors).
• 3-5% oats, starch, sugar, yeast, citric acid, and other ingredients that contribute to the quality of our product.

Our seasoned beef contains no “extenders” to add volume, as some might use. For more information about our ingredients go to http://www.tacobell.com.”

Greg Creed
President and Chief Concept Officer
Taco Bell Corp.

Good reply from the Taco Bell corporate guy….Red Hulk’s favorite snack is the Quad Steak Burrito….he eats 24 of these babies in one sitting.

Red Hulk likes Taco Bell

GREEN LANTERN’S LIGHT BOX SET

A new 5-figure Green Lantern box set has arrived! Take a look–

The DC Universe Exclusive 5-Pack “GREEN LANTERN’S LIGHT” unites Pre-Parallax Hal Jordan with gray temples deco, Green Lantern Sinestro, John Stewart with Mosaic deco, an all-new Tomar Re, an all-new Guy Gardner and, of course, five Lantern Power Batteries to keep these guys in fighting shape.

The pack was created to celebrate 75 years of awesomeness from DC Comics and is especially relevant now, at a time when Green Lantern’s DC-wide events have been so popular. They’re a great way to commemorate an incredible character OR tide fans over until the release of the upcoming GL film!

Gretzky turns 50 today … Happy Birthday Great One!

Gretzky with Stanley Cup

By CAM COLE, Postmedia News

It’s his birthday, but ours to celebrate.

Wayne Gretzky’s 50th belongs to each of us in a different way, because in half a century he’s left more than enough memories to go around, and no two Canadians will have exactly the same impression of the Great One.

He inspired unswerving loyalty among most of the press corps that covered him, and an unshakable devotion among ordinary Canadians who saw in him all the best qualities they themselves aspired to: politeness, humility, love of family -all the more amazing because of the almost inhuman magic of which he was capable.

On ice, this much we all understood: that perhaps no professional athlete in the history of sports so completely separated himself from others of his generation the way Gretzky did in his Edmonton years, during which he tied for the NHL scoring title in his rookie season, then proceeded to win ensuing Art Ross Trophies by margins scarcely believable -29, 65, 72, 79, 73, 74, and 75 points over each year’s nearest pursuer, before missing 16 games through injury in his final season as an Oiler and losing the title to Mario Lemieux.

Those nearest pursuers? Marcel Dionne, Mike Bossy, Peter Stastny, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri (twice), and Lemieux. Hall of Famers every one.

But there’s the Hall of Fame, and then there’s the firmament upon which Gretzky is enshrined. He was, in many respects, in a league of his own.

Sure, cases can be made as to the relative greatness of Gordie Howe, because of his enduring (and prolific) power game, and Bobby Orr, whose too-brief career revised all previous notions of a defenceman’s possibilities.

But the magnitude and staying power of Gretzky’s statistical dominance -he would win three more scoring titles with the Los Angeles Kings, in his 11th, 12th and 15th NHL seasons -renders most arguments moot.

In searching the memory banks for clues to what Wayne Gretzky meant to me -because 50 is surely an age that requires reflection -it’s a surprisingly small collection. There should be more, probably, for someone who lived in Edmonton all of his years there, and wrote hundreds of columns about the team, though not many until after the Oilers had won their first two Cups.

Others would have longer lists. Jim Matheson and Terry Jones and Dick Chubey, who chronicled all the major milestones for the Edmonton papers, certainly would. So would Al Strachan, who defended Gretzky’s virtue as if he had taken an oath of allegiance.

Tony Gallagher, too, and Red Fisher and even Eric Duhatschek, though he worked in Calgary.

Me? I remember that the day he made his retirement official, I left for New York to watch his last game and my plane from Toronto departed from Gate 99R.

And that it all seemed so symmetrical, 99 retiring in ’99, which was exactly when it was supposed to happen the day he signed that lifetime contract with the Oilers on his 18th birthday.

I remember the Rangers coach, John Muckler, saying he had tried to talk Gretzky out of quitting.

“I don’t think there’s a career waiting for me in sales,” the longtime Oilers assistant and eventual head coach said with a laugh.

I remember thinking then, as I still do, that as much money as athletes are paid now, as many ways as there are to put a foot down wrong, as vigilant as the media is, Gretzky had an almost unfailing sense of the right thing.

I remember the uncommon courtesy he always showed to the Canadian writers, no matter his address at the time. How, in Edmonton, he would sit in his locker and gossip about last night’s football game, or this player, or that trade rumour, to a handful of us, back when scrums were small and one-on-ones still existed.

I remember a hot May day in Detroit, sick as a dog with food poisoning, my teeth chattering, when I fell asleep on the Oilers’ bus to Joe Louis Arena, a few hours before a playoff game. Gretzky, the last one off the bus, tried to wake me, saw I was in trouble, took me by the elbow and led me to a team doctor.

The building was hot and I fell asleep in the press box, waking only to the crowd’s roar when a goal was scored.

“What happened?” I’d ask, and Frank Orr of the Toronto Star would say: “Kurri, 35-foot one-timer from the left circle, great setup by Gretz.”

I’d write it down and go back to my delirium.

In the room later, Gretzky asked me how I was feeling, did I get some pills, was I going to be okay, could I write? They had just won a playoff game. He was Wayne Gretzky. I never forgot him for that.

I remember, months after the trade to L.A., being summoned into a back room at the Forum -Gretzky choosing me, for reasons I never understood, to talk to about the hurt feelings he still harboured for Peter Pocklington, who had shopped him around before making the deal with Kings owner Bruce McNall.

That was the day he first told the story of sitting in McNall’s office with the speakerphone on, unbeknownst to Pocklington, while McNall relayed Gretzky’s whispered instructions on how to make sure Marty McSorley was included in the trade.

“I couldn’t give up McSorley without Glen (Sather’s) permission,” Gretzky recalled Pocklington saying.

“Come on, Peter,” McNall said as Gretzky hand-signalled him to keep pressing. “You’re not going to throw away $15 million over some frigging thug, are you?”

The deal was made.

I remember not speaking to Gretzky -or rather, vice versa -for more than a year after he came through Edmonton in his second game with the St. Louis Blues, and got kayoed by a Kelly Buchberger elbow. I was picking the three stars that night, named Buchberger one of them, and Strachan immediately rushed downstairs to tell Gretzky of my perfidy.

I was officially off the Christmas card list.

Eventually, enough time passed, and he came into the rink with the Rangers one day, and said, “How are you, Cammy?”

And that was the end of the grudge.

The hockey memories, I wrote on that retirement weekend in 1999, are more of a blur. His game was so understated, you could lose him on the ice.

He wasn’t fast, but no one ever seemed to catch him. He didn’t have a great shot, but he scored 92 goals one year. He would do something you had never seen before, almost every night.

But more often, he just appeared in a play, like an apparition. And then, once or twice a game, the puck would seem to be attached to his stick with fishing line.

It seemed ridiculous that the thing would follow him around for a whole shift sometimes, until you realized that he simply knew where it was going to be, and got there first.

Yeah, that’s from an old column, but what the hell, it’s about memories, right?

Of tangible worth? I have a Hespeler hockey stick, wooden, signed: “To Cam, Your Friend, Wayne Gretzky #99.”

Mine stands in a closet now, probably brittle as a teacup. I take it out, now and then, just to look at it.

And remember the kid, and his playmates, and that time.


NHL Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky (R) stands in the dugout with children (L-R) Tristan, Trevor and Paulina prior to the game between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Opening Day at Angel Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Anaheim, California.
McFarlane NHL Legends Series 1 Figure Wayne Gretzky Oilers Jersey

Schwarzenegger wants to be U.S. President

Schwarzenegger wants to be president

The Canadian Press

CALGARY — Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger largely stayed away from politics during his first public speech since leaving office, but he did acknowledge that he would have liked to run for president if the American Constitution had allowed it.

Schwarzenegger recently completed the maximum two terms allowed state leaders in the United States, but can’t run for the country’s top job because he wasn’t born in the U.S.

He told more than 2,000 people who paid $400 to hear him speak in Calgary on Tuesday that the constitutional stricture saw his longtime publicist on the phone with him even before he stepped down.

“You have nothing to do after you retire from the governorship, she said. I am going to book you some speeches,” he joked.

The Austrian-born bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-politician admitted during a question-and-answer session with a moderator that he feels the presidential provision is outdated.

“It’s too late for me because of how long it would take, but I think the constitution should be changed.”

Schwarzenegger, a fit 63, clearly answered “yes” when asked: “Would you run if you could?”

He also lamented the fact that a president can only serve for two terms no matter how good a job he has done.

Schwarzenegger was also asked about Alberta’s oilsands. He replied that he would like to have an opportunity to tour them — much as several high-profile Americans have done, including three senators and blockbuster Hollywood director James Cameron.

“I love to explore different areas and things I don’t know about, and that’s one area I don’t know much about,” he said.

He did express a desire to see the United States less reliant on foreign oil, especially from the Middle East, saying “it doesn’t make any sense to rely on people who hate us.”

Schwarzenegger said previous presidents have suggested that it would be a security risk if the United States relied on foreign oil more than 20 per cent. That figure right now, he said, is 60 per cent.

Under Schwarzenegger’s watch, California enacted the strictest climate-related regulations in the U.S., including renewable energy mandates for utilities, tighter fuel-efficiency standards for automobiles and low-carbon fuel standards. His legislation was often suggested as a model for Canadian jurisdictions.

But he stuck mainly to a motivational script during his official 40-minute speech, telling the audience not to be afraid to work hard or take chances because “if you are afraid to fail you are a girly man.”

It’s an expression first coined in a “Saturday Night Live” skit parodying Schwarzenegger and repeated by him in a speech in 2004 aimed at pressuring the state legislature to pass his budget.

He also joked that he has something over other high-profile politicians who have come to speak in Canada — he is the only one to have appeared naked in a movie and is the only one who can say he “has slept with a Kennedy.”

He is married to Maria Shriver, whose mother was a Kennedy.

“I do have one thing in common with Bill Clinton,” said Schwarzenegger, a moderate Republican. “I also get bossed around by a Democratic woman.”

The former governor, who was named Mr. Universe when he was 20, said he was lucky that he ignored all the naysayers who made fun of his accent and oversized body when he was trying to become an actor.

He would go on to appear in a series of blockbusters including the “Terminator” series, “Conan the Barbarian,” “Total Recall” and other action movies.

“I spent my time in acting classes, speech classes, accent-removing classes, walking up and down the street repeating, ‘Fine wine grows on a vine.’

“All of a sudden I started getting movie parts. All the things they said were an obstacle became an asset.”

T-800 Terminator 2 Action Figure

DC Direct’s BATMAN : JUSTICE Figure by Alex Ross

Based on the epic 12-part Alex Ross miniseries, this new figure captures the artist’s signature style both in the design of the body and the detailed sculpting of the face. Take a look:

The 13-inch figure from DC Direct really does justice (no pun intended!) to the striking look of the dark knight and brings to fans a new way to capture the amazing art and indeed the vision of Alex Ross. Batman is packaged in a deluxe window box and the figure itself features an impressive 28 points of articulation. He is also a suitable companion to the Alex Ross-designed KINGDOM COME SUPERMAN

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