Lady Gaga’s BORN THIS WAY Video Premieres!

February 28, 2011

Lady Gaga’s video for the inclusive anthem “Born This Way” has just been released! Watch it right here!


COMING SOON: The Walking Dead Figures

February 28, 2011

New figures from The Walking Dead are now available for pre-order! The brilliant artists and sculptors at McFarlane are creating a line of 6-inch figures based on both the awesome books (Series 1) and the amazing AMC TV show (Series 2).

The first series includes Officer Rick Grimes, Michonne, a Zombie Lurker and a Zombie Roamer. The next series features Deputy Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, a Zombie Walker and a Zombie Biter. Only the prototypes for the first four figures have been released (and are the ones shown above), but you can bet that McFarlane will be bringing their A-game to everything they release in this collection.

And there’s more good news for TWD fans, too, in the form of a new video game announcement! Here’s the story from Christian Davis of DeviceMag.com:

It’s a busy time for Telltale Games. With the unveiling of the first trailer for Jurassic Park, and the launch of the second episode of the Back to the Future series, the studio has confirmed it’s creating a video game based on the comic book series The Walking Dead.

According to an IGN report, the partnership with Telltale and Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman will span several years and feature multiple titles on multiple platforms.

Kirkman offered few details on what players can expect from The Walking Dead game, scheduled to launch during the fourth quarter 2011 window.

Kirkman says the game will be episodic and based on events within the comic book universe (there’s also a TV show on AMC). It’s not clear whether this title will be an adventure game — similar to Telltale’s previous work — or a more action-oriented game.


BLOG REC: Our Valued Customers

February 27, 2011

OUR VALUED CUSTOMERS takes a hilarious look at the best and worst (usually the worst) things said by customers of a real comic book store. Sometimes cringe-worthy, sometimes shocking and always funny, check out a few samples before you visit the site!


THREE New STAR WARS Figures from SIDESHOW

February 26, 2011

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the brand new 12-inch figures Sideshow has on offer. They represent a couple of the unique supporting characters that add richness to the Star Wars universe. Here’s the list–plus a list of the features and accessories that add all that extra value you’ve come to expect from the folks at Sideshow. All three of these guys have just arrived on our shelves and are in-stock and ready to go!

MOMAW NADON (HAMMERHEAD)

* Articulated Pro body
* Authentic likeness of Momaw Nadon
* Detailed costume including bodysuit, tunic, and scarf
* Detailed belt with unique buckle
* Rope belt
* Herb pouch
* Bread bag
* Cantina beverage cup
* E-11 Stormtrooper Blaster
* 12-inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars logo

CAPTAIN REX

* Fully articulated male body (armored body) with 30+ points of articulation
* Bodysuit
* Switch-out portrait
* Fully detailed armor set with helmet
* Fabric skirt with holsters
* Jetpack
* Two (2) sets of feet
* Six (6) sets of hands
* Two (2) Blaster Pistols
* Clone Trooper Carbine Blaster
* Clone Trooper Long Rifle
* 12-inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars Logo

GAMORREAN GUARD

* All new articulated figure body
* Authentic likeness of Gamorrean Guard
* Detailed costume including authentic leather belt and fur elements
* Vibro-ax
* Polearm
* Two (2) sets of switch-out hands


Sideshow’s FALCONER PREDATOR

February 25, 2011

The Falconer Predator was a new look for the alien hunters, seen in 2010′s PREDATORS and fans of the franchise will be glad to see it reproduced as Sideshow’s latest 12-inch figure.

As with all of Sideshow’s works, there are a ton of features and accessories that’ll give you just a little bit more awesomeness for your buck. Check this out:

* Authentic and fully detailed likeness of Falconer Predator in the movie Predators
* Realistic and accurate 1/6th scale of 14 inches tall
* Over 22 points of articulations
* Highly detailed head and body armory
* Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
* One (1) pair of fists
* One (1) pair of relaxed palms
* Three (3) interchangeable metal blades of different lengths
* Newly sculpted Predator skull
* Falcon accessory
* Faux-leather skirt and straps
* One (1) pair of forearm armor with right one for inserting blade
* One (1) pair of thigh armor
* One (1) left waist armor
* Facemask with LED light-up function (non-detachable)
* Figure stand with Falconer Predator nameplate and Predators movie logo


Anonymous does something…good?

February 24, 2011

Internet warfare? The WBC website was hacked today and the culprits are more than a little proud. This letter met visitors to the site today!

From The Washington Post:

Anonymous, the loosely organized group of Web “hacktivists,” and the Westboro Baptist Church, known mainly for soliciting publicity through protests at funerals, have been locked in a war of words for the last few weeks. Thursday, Anonymous put those words in actions, taking down the Westboro Baptist Church Web sites. Advantage: Anonymous.

The battle began when a letter posted to AnonNews.org, a message board for Anonymous, said the group would go after Westboro Baptist Church for their “unrelenting cascade of disparaging slurs, unfounded judgments, and prejudicial innuendos.” On Sunday, Westboro responded on the church’s Web site, telling the “crybaby hackers” to “bring it.”

A second press release appeared on the Anonymous site implying that the Westboro Baptist Church had a hand in posting the first letter. “You thought you could play with Anonymous. You observed our rising notoriety and thought you would exploit our paradigm for your own gain.”

However, just days later, Anonymous did, in fact, attack the site. During a live radio interview, a member of Anonymous challenged Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps, on the origins of the first press release. Anonymous then said the group had tired of the Westboro Baptist Church’s antics and broken into the site.

“Take this defacement as a simple warning: go away. The world (including Anonymous) disagrees with your hateful messages,” a letter posted to the Westboro Baptist Church’s Web site read.

Phelps-Roper shrugged off the attack, “You cannot shut us up.”

Advantage: no one?


THUNDERCATS’ LION-O

February 24, 2011

It’s a good time to be keen on the Thundercats. On top of the fact that a new show is going to be hitting the airwaves soon, some new footage has just leaked, revealing what would have been a test for a CGI Thundercats film. And though this might never come to be, you can take a look at it here:

And if that’s not enough (could it ever be?), we just got something new from Mezco and it’s a stunner!

The 14-inch LION-O figure will be shipping in July but you can pre-order now! Holding the Sword of Omens high, he features about 7 points of articulation and is packaged in a window box that’ll please collectors.


RESIDENT EVIL ARCHIVES: SERIES 3

February 23, 2011

Three brand new Resident Evil figures are on their way from NECA.

A Tyrant, a Hunk and a Crimson-Head Zombie join the fleet of figures from the incredible Resident Evil franchise. Since they’re from NECA, you can definitely expect to find some truly amazing sculpting, great accessories and a level of detail that will do the game justice. Each one comes with a display stand, of course, that allows you to properly show off what are some of the best creepy creature renderings you’ll ever have on your toyshelf.


Snake Jungle Fatigues Version Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker Action Figure

February 22, 2011

I am a big Metal Gear Solid fan….and here is one of my favorite version of Snake….in Jungle Fatigues. Here are some pics of the one from my personal collection:

Snake Metal Gear Solid Action Figure


ALL-STAR SUPERMAN : BOX SET, BLU-RAYS AND DVDS

February 22, 2011

If you’re a fan of ALL-STAR Superman, things are pretty awesome for you right now. Not only is today the release date of the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN animated film, but we’ve also got a brand-new action figure 2-pack of the Man of Steel and his Bizarro World double now available for purchase. Check it out:

The All-Star Superman Bizarro Box Set features both characters as 6-inch figures from DC Direct and comes complete with a 160-page reprint of All-Star Superman, Vol. 1! Definitely a great find for collectors or Superman fans who want to snag the book and some sweet figures together.

And, of course, the reviews are in for the flick and are generally pretty favourable. Here’s a pretty balanced one from HuffPo’s Scott Mendelson:

If you ask most casual comic book fans to name their favorite Superman story, they are likely to choose one of the countless origin stories (A Superman For All Seasons, Superman: Birthright, Superman: Red Son, etc) or the handful of stories that deal with ‘the end of Superman’ (The Death of Superman, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?, etc). Frank Miller would tell you that it’s because Superman is such a godlike character, that the only story worth telling is his origin, since most other tales inevitably deal with how a god deals with the puny problems of mankind. But, without knocking many of the fine stories that take place in the middle of Superman’s career (Superman: Peace On Earth, Lost Souls, etc), the character is such a primal piece of American myth-making that it makes sense that the most powerful narratives would be the two distinctive Campellian archetypes: the hero’s journey and the old man coming to terms with death. All-Star Superman is a solid example of the latter, even if it loses much of the impact of the original source material.

A token amount of plot: Superman (James Denton) is dying. After rescuing an imperiled space shuttle that was sabotaged by Lex Luther (Anthony LaPaglia), the Man of Steel has received a lethal dose of radiation from the very yellow sun that gives him his powers, and his days are indeed numbered. With time running out, the last son of Krypton tries to make the most of the time he has left, which includes getting serious with Lois Lane (Christina Hendricks), making some genuine decisions about the contents of his Fortress of Solitude, and making some kind of peace with Luthor. But unexpected complications ensue and the final days of Superman’s life may hold the key to his greatest triumph.

First of all, if you’ve ever read a Grant Morrison comic book, you know that this is not necessarily a film for complete newbies. The film is a condensed adaptation of his acclaimed twelve-issue stand-alone story arc that was published from 2005-2008. Grant Morrison does not generally do street-level, real-world comic book storytelling. Morrison pushes the fantastical elements of these characters as far as he can get away with and often goes out of his way to include characters and concepts that go way back in the Superman mythos. Even with a token amount of streamlining (there is quite a bit left out of this 76-minute feature), there is a fair amount of offbeat and heavily science-fiction-y elements still intact. Point being, if you’re just a casual Superman fan, you might be a little confused by much of the film. Still, the picture works best when it focuses on the core relationships that Superman shares with Lois Lane and Lex Luthor.

In fact, the film’s core flaw is just how much is missing from the original story arc. Dwayne McDuffie and director Sam Liu have cut much of the smaller-scale humanity from the story, omitting character beats and somber meditation while keeping most of the wham-bam spectacle. The original comic series was basically a series of ‘things that Superman wanted to do before he died’, and many of the issues were nearly stand-alone. Most of the ‘challenges’ have been cut in order to focus on the portions of the story that more easily gel into a complete narrative. The film plays less like a Cliff Notes version of the story than a heavily abridged variation that often feels cut to the bone.

Still, there is much to appreciate in what made the cut. Despite the PG rating, the film is full of intense action scenes and occasionally jolting violence (it’s no less violent than the PG-13 DCAU films, just lacking in blood and gore). A mid-film rampage by the Parasite is gripping, even as it seemingly shows Clark Kent committing murder (when you freeze someone and leave then frozen in the path of rampaging monster, that’s on you). And the final battle, which I won’t reveal, is rooted in character and relationships more than pure superhero smack-downs.

The vocal cast is solid all-around, with James Denton and Christina Hendricks making a compelling romantic duo. Anthony LaPaglia makes a fine Lex Luthor, but I could not shake the sounds of Clancy Brown, especially has Luthor’s arc has more than a little in common with the dynamite Mark Miller story “How Much Can One Man Hate?” (Superman Adventures 27). The animation is peerless in the direct-to-DVD realm, as usual, with the color scheme and character models accurately reflecting the original comic book.

Overall, All-Star Superman is a suitably epic look at the would-be final days of ‘Earth’s Greatest Protector’. If I miss certain portions of the story that didn’t make the film (such as the Smallville flashback sequences and the creation of Earth Q), I must concede that the film more-or-less works as an often weird and occasionally goofy standalone action picture. The finale reaches an emotional crescendo that makes up for some of the more outlandish moments in the middle portion of the film, and it’s certainly a more artful effort than Superman/Batman: Apocalypse and Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Just remember that this is a Grant Morrison story, so it is not what anyone would call ‘casual viewing’. But if you’re willing to treat this film as more than just a random rental, it’s worth the effort.

Grade: B-

Interest piqued? Than be sure to pick up the film–or the comic that inspired it–right here:

All-Star Superman (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)


All-Star Superman (Amazon Exclusive Limited Edition with Litho Cel) [Blu-ray]

All-Star Superman (Single-Disc Edition)

Dcu All-Star Superman (Two-Disc Special Edition)

All Star Superman, Vol. 1


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