Friday, February 1, 2019

A RENThead's Review of RENT Live or a RENTview, If You Will


Let's give a warm welcome to our newest guest contributor, Joseph Sheets! As a huge RENThead, it only makes sense his first post for us would be a review of Fox's RENT Live. 

“Tonight’s show is in mortal danger due to technical difficulties” is one of several new and updated lines which took place during Fox’s RENT Live production. Spoken by Mark Cohen, narrator of the show, the line is a grim foreshadowing about the problems that would plague the production. One of the leads had broken his foot during the final dress rehearsal, leading to Fox airing pre-recorded footage. Some people had trouble connecting to the live-stream, or had blackouts, missing the opening numbers. While unfortunate, the show did its best to recover. And though it’s more “pre-recorded” than live, it doesn’t lose any of its charm and is an absolute delight.

RENT tells the story of seven artists struggling in the Lower East Side in the early 90s. An updated version of Puccini’s La Boheme, the show is famous for its representation of LGBTQ+ characters, rock opera score, and how it handles the topics of homelessness and AIDS victims. The fact a show renowned for its grit and edginess somehow managed to air on Fox is amazing. The fact the majority of the book remained largely unchanged is nothing short of a miracle. I’ve seen a lot of hate for this production, and a lot of it seems unwarranted. Let’s break it down:

Friday, January 18, 2019

DC Comics Goes Primal!!!

Do you love DC Comics?  Do you love Funko?  Do you wish I would stop asking you questions?  Well, you are in luck on the first two!  DC Comics announced that they are releasing a 100-Page One-Shot Inspired by Funko toys!  That's right, you are getting a comic books based on toys that are based on comic book characters.  

Before you plan out your pull list, keep in mind that this is a Target Exclusive, so you will need to make two stops this week!  And when it includes the tagline of "the Joker on a Giant Lizard" and a lineup including Marv Wolfman, Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway, how can you pass this up?!

Check out the press release, with all the juicy, giant lizard details, right after the break.

Friday, January 4, 2019

1000toys 1/12-Scale Test Body Action Figures Drop Online Jan 15th


If you're not familiar with Tenacious Toys, now is a great time to get acquainted. They're a "NYC-based online designer toy shop specializing in vinyl art toys, imported action figures, handmade resin collectibles and one-off custom toys," and their stuff is fantastic. Tenacious Toys has some of the most unique items I've ever come across. 1000toys 1/12-Scale Test Body action figures are a perfect example, and you can get a piece of the action on January 15th. 
Per the Press Release:
"Tenacious Toys has announced a long-awaited online drop of the fantastic and highly coveted 1/12-scale Test Body action figures by 1000toys & Sen-ti-nel Co Ltd.Rarely available at conventions and almost never available for purchase online, this super detailed, highly articulated 6-inch action figure is sought after by collectors worldwide.Tenacious Toys will have just under 100 units to sell at USD$80 each, with a strict limit of one per customer.Test Body figures will be available at 9AM sharp (EST) on January 15th on the 1000toys page at TenaciousToys.com"


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LEGO Movie 2 First Look at the newest Construction Set

Remember The LEGO Movie?  Everything is awesome and Will Ferrell is evil?  Yup, I do too.  In fact, I loved it so much that I still have the lego Shakespeare from that blind bag set on my fridge.  Well,  The LEGO Movie 2 is coming!  The awesome people at LEGO Group revealed a new set inspired by The LEGO Movie 2, called Welcome to Apocalypseburg. Check it out after the break.

Friday, December 28, 2018

YOU Can Attend the Premiere of DC's REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN

Gotta move fast to get tickets!
That's right,  Warner Bros. Entertainment is inviting you to the BI-COASTAL PREMIERES of REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies, in LOS ANGELES (January 10, 2019) and NEW YORK (January 28, 2019).

So you are probably interested in attending the premiere.  But first, here is some details on the film....

Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

Friday, December 21, 2018

BOOM! Studios Announces WWE WRESTLEMANIA 2019 SPECIAL #1

I'm so excited! BOOM! Studios just announced a WWE Wrestlemania one-shot for 2019. Not that I'm surprised they're doing this, but it's nice to have the official announcement. I've been reading the comics, and I love the extra layer of kayfabe the stories give. They might not be considered canon, but they're a lot of fun. Check out the press release:

"LOS ANGELES, CA (December 20, 2018) – BOOM! Studios and WWE today announced WWE WRESTLEMANIA 2019 SPECIAL #1, an oversized one-shot special featuring action-packed stories of the most iconic moments in modern WWE history on-sale in March 2019.

You never know what to expect at WrestleMania, and this special is no exception! Writer Bill Hanstock (WWE) and artist Hyeonjin Kim (WWE) explore groundbreaking champions Charlotte Flair and Asuka’s rivalry leading up to their match at WrestleMania 24. Andy Belanger (Southern Cross) brings to life the pivotal match between the Brothers of Destruction, Undertaker and Kane. Ryan Ferrier (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation) and Kendall Goode (WWE) dive into Ric Flair’s Retirement Match against Shawn Michaels.

WWE WRESTLEMANIA 2019 SPECIAL #1 features a main cover by Rahzzah (Luke Cage), along with a wraparound preorder cover by artist Xermánico (Injustice:Gods Among Us) and a variant cover by Marco D’Alfonso (I Am Groot).

“WrestleMania has brought us some of the most exciting, jaw-dropping moments throughout WWE history,” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Fans will see brand new sides to their favorite Superstars and discover never-before-seen details of the stories they thought they knew in this can’t-miss special!”

WWE WRESTLEMANIA 2019 SPECIAL is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Bone Parish, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

Print copies of WWE WRESTLEMANIA will be available for sale on March 27, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on WWE WRESTLEMANIA and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to 
 www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter."
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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Mezco Toyz brings Popeye to the One:12 Collective!

That's right, Olive Oil has been drooling since she saw him and now so will you.  This isn't your childhood cartoon Popeye, but the gritty sailor come to life!  Just wait until you see how amazing this guy looks.    

The One:12 Collective Popeye – Deluxe Sailor Edition features Popeye sporting Navy whites, just as he did in the animated shorts between 1940 and 1960. Packaged neatly in a deluxe tin shaped like a spinach can, Popeye comes complete with two head portraits and a wide range of accessories including: a removable pea coat, a duffle bag with functional drawstring, a collapsible spy glass, a compass with hinged lid, two spinach cans, three different hats, and two styles of corncob pipes.


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Toy Review: “Mythic Legions: Advent of Decay” Jjuno the Crusher


It's time for the latest toy review from Matthew and me. This time it's Jjuno the Crusher from Mythic Legions: Advent of Decay line by the Four Horsemen.

Just look at that hair and face and exceptionally large weapon she's holding. She's pretty badass. 








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