Friday, February 12, 2016

Review: King's Road #1


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Something I complain about in comics is that there aren't enough fantasy comics being published as floppies or graphic novels by big publishers. Webcomics do overcompensate for this, but it would still be nice to get my fix in a physical copy. I imagine part of the problem is that drawing horses are hard. Or so I hear.

As a result of this fantasy deficit at the big publishers, when I saw King's Road #1 written by Peter Hogan and illustrated by Phil Winslade and Staz Johnson come out through Dark Horse Comics, I wanted to read it. I wanted to read it so much that I read it. Which lead to me having opinions. Opinions I will share with you.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

McFarlane Toys to Release Construction Sets Based on Smash-Hit Horror Series Five Nights at Freddy's



Comic book icon and toy creator Todd McFarlane recently announced that McFarlane Toys has teamed with video game maker Scott Cawthon to produce a line of highly collectible construction sets based on his runaway success, Five Night’s at Freddy’s. The series has become a verified cultural phenomenon over the last two years allowing Cawthorn to release three sequels. It’s been reported that there are over 2000 daily installs of the mobile game. In part, a large part of the game’s success was due to influential YouTube stars recording their terrified reactions while playing the game.  With all four Five Nights at Freddy’s games in the series firmly nestled into the top 100 paid app lists on mobile devices, the franchise has thus proven its longevity and consumer appeal.   

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

McFarlane Toys Teams with Video Game Giant TITANFALL



Tempe, Ariz. – February 10, 2016– –Comic book icon and toy creator Todd McFarlane announced today that his company, McFarlane Toys has partnered with the video game powerhouse Respawn Entertainment to produce a line of action figures based on the upcoming game, Titanfall 2. The first Titanfall was announced in 2013 and was immediately heralded as a game changer for the first-person-shooter genre of video games. During its reveal at E3 that year, it won over 60 awards including six E3 Critic’s awards: Best in Show, Best Action Game, Best Original Game, Best Console Game, Best PC Game and Best Online Multiplayer. To date, the game has had over 11 million unique players.

McFarlane Toys is well known for delivering top quality figures for the gaming genre including: Halo, Assassin’s Creed and Metal Gear franchises. The upcoming Titanfall figures will be a part of McFarlane’s bold new 2016 Collector Box Program. Each figure will stand seven inches tall, have an average of fifteen points of articulation for incredible poses and play action and feature screen accurate accessories and weapons. The figures will boast the same meticulous level of detail that McFarlane has become known for over the last two decades.

“This is a perfect fit. McFarlane [Toys] was created so I could make cool stuff just like this,” said Todd McFarlane, Owner and CEO of McFarlane Toys. “Without saying too much about the new game… You’re not going to believe where we can take this.”

The McFarlane Toys action figures will be released in conjunction with the highly anticipated launch of Titanfall 2! Fans can visit mcfarlane.com and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for all the latest toy news and visit respawn.com for all the latest upcoming game announcements.

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Diamond Select Toys Licenses New Ghostbusters Film in 2016



Since 2009, Diamond Select Toys has been releasing quality collectibles based on the classic 1984 film Ghostbusters, as well as its live-action and animated sequels and spinoffs. Now, the Maryland-based company is happy to announce that, under license from Sony Pictures Consumer Products,  they will continue that tradition with the new 2016 Ghostbusters film, producing Minimates mini-figures, vehicles, vinyl banks, kitchenware and glassware based on the new film.

Starting around the release of the film, Diamond Select will have a full assortment of Minimates mini-figures, including all four Ghostbusters, supporting cast of characters  and also ghosts. Each Minimates mini-figure will measure approximately 2 inches tall, with up to 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. A series of vinyl banks based on the main characters will start up shortly afterwards.

Ghostbusters is one of our favorite film franchises here at DST,” says Diamond Select Toys President Chuck Terceira. “So we’re excited to be part of the first new film in decades, and we look forward to adding a new cast of characters to our previous Ghostbusters product lines, as well as continuing to release products based on the classic films.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The "Weird Al" Figure We've Been Waiting For is Coming!

Yesterday, "Weird Al" Yankovic and NECA Toys announced via social media that "Weird Al" will be getting his very own action figure! 

Coming in at 8", the figure will feature tailored fabric clothing, similar to the toys that helped define the '70s, have two interchangeable heads, so you can go from classic Al to modern Al, and will include a mic and accordion. 

I am ridiculously excited about this. NECA has been killing it lately with their nostalgic figures. Home Alone, Nightmare on Elm Street, Contra, and now, "Weird Al"

The expected release date in May 2016. Who else plans on getting one?



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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Deadpool Shares his Childhood Dreams During Super Bowl 50

It's safe to say that the marketing for the much anticipated Deadpool movie has been amazing.  They all deserve raises.  Seriously, give them mucho money.  

So for the Super Bowl trailer, they didn't give us anything really new.  Nothing surprising there because the film is only days away from the release.  However, we did get some great snark from Deadpool himself.  

So are you going to see this on Friday?  If you aren't sure, check out the Super Bowl trailer to help you decide. 






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Independence Day: Resurgence Super Bowl Commercial

Also making a showing at the Super Bowl is an Independence Day: Resurgence trailer.


I haven't really been excited about this, because I don't think we need a sequel, but the trailer looks good, and if you're going to debut a patriotic commercial, there's no better place to do so than at the Super Bowl.

I don't know if I'm 100% sold on the movie, but this has made me more interested. What do you think? 

Independence Day: Resurgence opens June 24, 2016


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TMNT Trailer Hits Super Bowl 50!

During Super Bowl 50, we got another glimpse at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.  This won't be hitting theaters until June 3rd, but the trailer gives a few more hints to what to expect in the film.

Normally I avoid anything and everything that has Michael Bay involved.  Still, I grew up on the '90's cartoon and there was a great shot of Rocksteady in this trailer.  Might be worthwhile to see Bebop and Rocksteady on the big screen, despite Bay's involvement.  Check out the trailer and let me know what you think!





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X-Men Apocalypse trailer makes a Super Bowl Appearance!

Not to be outdone, Fox shared the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer during the trailer-palooza that is Super Bowl 50. 

To be honest, I wasn't a big fan of Days of Future Past, so I was hesitant about Apocalypse.  I am willing to admit that this was a pretty good trailer.  I was even pleased with the quick glimpse at Olivia Munn's Psylocke.  But make sure to check it out for yourself!




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Batman and Lex Luthor Appear in Commercials During the Super Bowl

Not to be outdone by Marvel releasing a Captain America trailer, Warner Bros. has teamed up with Turkish Airlines (of all people) to promote Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with a little help from Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor.



Turkish Airlines is smart because not only are they flying to Gotham and Metropolis, but they're including handy travel guides to get around the cities.



*More after the break

Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl Trailer

United we stand! Divided we fall! Which side will you choose? Team Cap or Team Iron Man?



Can we all agree that no matter which side we choose, this looks like it's going to be a great movie?

Captain America: Civil War opens May 6th. See you there!

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Review: Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book Archive

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In the last week, BOOM! Studios released all of the Bill and Ted comics that Marvel did back in the early 90's that were written and drawn by Evan Dorkin. BOOM! has had the rights for at least the last couple of years and have now finally put it all together in one, oversized hardcover volume called Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book Archive. Now, I haven't even thought about Bill and Ted for years let alone watched or read it, but BOOM! Studios has been making good decisions and Evan Dorkin is one of my favorite people in comics so I had to give this a read through.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

[IGH] At The Movies: Review of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

If you were going to come up with the most ridiculous premise for a big-budget Hollywood film, you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better one than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  Although the title sounds like it came from a round of Cards Against Humanity, the story has a surprisingly solid premise and makes for a fun and unique movie experience.

You’ve probably heard of the literary classic Pride & Prejudice. Originally published more than two hundred years ago in 1813, Jane Austen's beloved classic novel tells the story of Elizabeth Bennet as she struggles with the societal expectations put upon her in 19th century England. So how in the world do we go from navigating social customs of differing classes to zombie apocalypse?  It actually all comes back to that fantastic title.

Jason Rekulak, the publisher of Quirk Books, was working on parody ideas by combining classic pop-culture character troupes (Ninjas, Pirates, Zombies) with literary classics whose rights are in public domain. When he stumbled across the idea of “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” the idea stuck and he shared it with writer Seth Grahame-Smith. Seth took the original work and created an alternate reality where he could incorporate not only the zombie apocalypse, but a heavy infusion of Asian martial arts and weaponry.