Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014 from [IGH]!

Everyone at [insertgeekhere] wishes you an amazing 2014!   We have so much to look forward to in the upcoming year!!!

Such as:
- Lots of fun Cons!
- At least four comic events in DC and Marvel
- Final season of True Blood
- Captain America 2
- Mourning of cancelled tv shows
- Firefly comic mini series!!!
- Excitement about new TV shows
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- 75th Anniversary of Batman
- Mockingjay Part 1
- A ton of complaining about Michael Bay

And so much more I am totally forgetting!! What geeky thing are you super excited for?!

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Alfred Pennyworth - The Collectible of My Dreams

I have a toy addiction. I love them. I love them so much they're almost like a drug to me. However, since I can't afford my addiction, I like to torture myself at the end of each year, and look at all the great toys that I can't get... At least, not yet.
I never knew how much I wanted to stare at Sir Michael Caine until now

Today, I found one that made me start to feel that itch, you know, that itch that crawls over your skin and works its way into your brain and screams, "YOU MUST OWN ME!!!" I found the Hot Toys Alfred Pennyworth.

Hot Toys is known for its superior work, but something about the Alfred Pennyworth speaks to me. Maybe it's because I'm such a fan of Sir Michael Caine's work or maybe I just enjoy good craftsmanship, but dang, I want this! Look at it. It's beautiful!

I'm going to stop gushing over this and give you the details on this.


DC Comics
Sixth Scale Figure
Hot Toys
Product Size
14.5" H (368.3mm)*
Dimensional Weight
12 lbs*
Int'l Dim. Weight
16 lbs*
Size and weight are approximate values. Learn more »
  • Head Sculpted by Im Jung Hyuk & Yu Mi Kim
  • Head Painted by JC. Hong
  • Head Art Directed by Yulli
  • Costume Designed by Hai Lim

Alfred comes with the Batman Armory, which looks pretty great. The set comes with a ton of extras. I really just want Alfred, but I have to admit, it would be so much fun to have the Armory too. It comes with Batarangs! 


The 1/6th scale Batman Armory Collectible features:
  • Authentically detailed 1/6th scale Batman Armory in The Dark Knight
  • Approximately 37 cm tall
  • Movable armory doors
  • Movable armory shelves
  • Light-up function on armory ceiling with remote control
The 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure features:
  • One (1) Batman head with patented Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) and four (4) interchangeable lower part of faces capturing his classic facial expressions
  • One (1) complex Batman body featuring fabric material covered with armor
  • One (1) Batsuit collar
  • One (1) black cape
  • One (1) pair of black boots 

Six (6) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:
  • One (1) pair of fists
  • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • One (1) left open palm
  • One (1) right palm for holding batarang

  • One (1) surudoi saw
  • One (1) nunchuck
  • One (1) cutter
  • Two (2) smoke bombs
  • Three (3) sticky-bomb guns
  • Three (3) grappling guns
  • Three (3) Batarangs for attaching to utility belt
  • Four (4) mini mines
  • Six (6) ninja spikes
  • Eight (8) Batarangs

  • One (1) set of wire
  • One (1) antidote injector
  • One (1) drill
  • One (1) set of drill bits
  • One (1) big hook
  • Two (2) holders for Batarangs attachable to utility belt
  • Three (3) utility belts
  • Three (3) gun holders
  • Three (3) holders attachable to utility belt
  • Four (4) hooks
  • Five (5) sets of grappling gun clips
  • Fourteen (14) mini canisters
  • Fifteen (15) pouches
  • Twenty seven (27) rounds of ammo
  • Armory stand with the movie logo

The 1/6th scale Alfred Pennyworth Collectible Figure features:
  • Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Sir Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth in The Dark Knight
  • Movie-accurate facial features with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
  • Approximately 30 cm tall
  • Body with over 30 points of articulations 
Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable palms including: 
  • One (1) pair of fists
  • One (1) pair of relaxed palms
  • One (1) pair of holding palms
  • One (1) right palm for holding batarang
  • Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted 

  • One (1) white shirt
  • One (1) red tie
  • One (1) black vest
  • One (1) black blazer
  • One (1) black coat
  • One (1) pair of black pants
  • One (1) pair of black shoes 

  • Figure stand with Alfred Pennyworth nameplate and the movie logo

All product information was obtained at Sideshow Collectibles.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry X-Mas from [IGH]!

Everyone at [insertgeekhere] wishes all who celebrate 
a very Merry X-Mas!!  

(Get it? X-Mas!)

If you don't observe Christmas, we wish you a wonderful day and happy end of 2013!

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review: The Steamworld Chronicles #1

By Reboot

Today I'm reviewing the successfully Kickstarter funded comic The Steamworld Chronicles #1. The Steamworld Chronicles was created and written by Steven Hoveke & Mike Scigliano with pencils by Ben Risbeck, inks by Mark McKena, colors by Kote Carvajal and letters by John J. Hill.

I actually got to meet Steven Hoveke and Mike Scigliano at Grasshopper Comics on Long Island some weeks ago when they were signing for the book; which is when I picked it up. I got the Walter Simonson variant cover which is great, but I probably didn't need to tell you that. When I picked up this comic, they described it as being like Indian Jones in a steampunk setting. Since there really is no better way to sum this book up quickly, I'm going to go with that. Now, to elaborate.

This is the first part in a miniseries titled "The Constantine Quest." Basically, a train gets hijacked for a particular piece of cargo, things don't go according to plan, which leads to our hero, Q, being introduced to help find the missing cargo. As Q digs deeper, he runs into faces both new and familiar and slowly beings to see how important the missing cargo really is.

The story is solid and paced pretty well. The only real complaint would be that it is fairly predictable at first. However, this is supposed to be serving as an introduction to a new world which makes it difficult to go too far beyond just setting up the story. They have plenty of time to add twists and turns along the way.

The art is also solid, but they don't take too many risks. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, the art is very clear, fluid, and the panels combined with the lettering guide you seamlessly through the story; making for a quick and easy read. Let me be clear, this is incredibly important and even some of the top tier professional comics fail at this sometimes. It highlights how skilled this team is. The downside is that the art could be pushing the envelope further and be more visually outstanding. None of the pages really popped at me as being exceptionally stunning or visually intriguing. I think for this story though, that sacrificing that for clear and fluid storytelling works.

Overall, The Steamworld Chronicles #1 is a solid story, and if you're into steampunk and like comics this is a no brainer. If you aren't by Grasshopper Comics on Long Island, you should check out their website to pick up a copy, physical or digital, of the first issue with the promise of more to come!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Review: Schaffer The Darkord: Sick Passenger

By Reboot

Today I'm switching things up and reviewing an album; Sick Passenger by Schaffer The Darklord. Schaffer is a nerdcore rapper who put his first album, Meet Your Maker, out back in 2004. Sick Passenger marks his fourth full studio album which is his first in four years. In those four years he has performed many shows including multiple Nerdapaloozas as well as touring with MC Chris.

This is Schaffer's first full concept album complete with short skits every few songs or so. This is an idea I absolutely love, with Velvet Rope by Janet Jackson still being one of my favorites that uses that format. Basically, Schaffer is speaking with his therapist (or is he!?!?) about the many short comings he feels he's had over the years and what to do to overcome them to grow as a person. The skits on this album are quite entertaining back and forths and are hard to skip while listening even if you originally intended to just go to your favorite songs. That's the marking of a great concept album.