Monday, February 16, 2015

Toy Fair '15: Must-Have Kickstarters

While wandering the toy fair floor, I checked out two Kickstarters up close and personal. And guess what? I liked them enough that I'm sharing them with you!

First up is the Four Horsies of the 'Pocalypse. It may sound ominous but who can be terrified of these cuties! Created and designed by Klim Kozinevich, this collection of art toys is just freaking gorgeous. I can't wait for the apocalypse to arrive at my house with Calamity, Clash, Ghost and Raven at the helm. These were preceded by the Maddie figure, whose Cthulhu-like presence is truly fearful. You can get the set of four in original coloring, glow in the dark or clear. If you want, you can also add in a Maddie figure too!

While at Toy Fair, the Bigshot Toyworks team highlighted these very limited edition colored Maddies, which are also available in very, very limited supply.

The clock is ticking on this, with about two days or less to hop on board the 'Pocolypse!

The next Kickstarter I'm highlighting is Ghostbusters:The Board Game from Cryptozoic Entertainment. Based on the original movie, this episode based board game is for one to four players.  It even includes original art from the comics!

While they didn't have many unrevealed tidbits at Toy Fair, talking with the Cryptozoic staffers about the game really showed the passion this team has for the product. They don't just want to bring out the game; they want to give fans the game they have been waiting for!

Everyday it seems a new stretch goal is unlocked and a new awesome character is revealed. They have more than doubled their goal and still have over three weeks left on the campaign. Get in while you still can!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

First Glimpse of Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts

We are definitely in Penguin-mode right now, especially with the amazing performance by Robin Lord Taylor on Gotham.  So, it's no surprise that we are seeing Batman's fishy villain in the newest animated release, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts!  As per Warner Bros. press release:

Another storm is brewing in Gotham and it's not only raining 

cats and dogs but evil Cyber Animals! When the city is plagued 
by a slew of bizarre crimes committed by an animal-inspired 
villain squad known as the Animilitia – comprised of Silverback, 
Cheetah, Killer Croc and Man-Bat – Batman must swing into 
action to investigate. These animalistic villains bring new and 
exciting challenges for the hero of Gotham, and Batman must 
find a way to bring these criminal creatures to a halt! But could 
the Animilitia be working for powerful businessman Oswald Cobblepot 
a.k.a. The Penguin? How does The Penguin's new invention of robotic 
Cyber Animals fit into the mix? In the end, it'll the combined forces 
of Batman, Flash, Green Arrow, Nightwing and Red Robin to 
combat these Animal Instincts.

This looks great!  The film will be released on May 12, 2015 on BluRay, DVD and Digital Download.  If you can't wait, watch the trailer below.

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

[IGH] at the Movies: LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League

Wilderowens and I attended the NYC premiere of 'Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League.' This was a treat because we got to see it with its intended audience - kids. There's something great about listening to kids go nuts over their favorite superheroes.
The movie begins in Metropolis with Bizarro "saving" some kids in a playground and causing a hefty amount of damage in the process. Superman comes to handle Bizarro and decides to take Bizarro to a slightly off-kilter planet that can be all his own. Bizarro understands that he's getting a brush-off, but stays. We flash forward a year, and Bizarro returns for unknown reasons. Superman is embarrassed he has to deal with him again and tries to take care of Bizarro on his own, but between Batman's paranoia and distrust of Superman, and the Justice League's desire to work as a team, Superman is stuck with everyone knowing his "dirty little secret." Bizarro breaks into LexCorp Labs and steals the duplicator device used to create him. He uses it on the Justice League, creating their opposite, bizarro version of themselves, then takes them to Bizzaro World. The original Justice League follows and there we find out why Bizzaro created a new team, and Superman learns to accept Bizzaro for who he is and as a part of his family.  
While this isn't my favorite Lego DCU movie, it's a solid story. I think the reason I didn't enjoy it as much as previous stories is because it felt a little rushed. If they had an extra 15 mins or so, it would have helped the story. That said, kids are going to love it. It's silly and funny, has a lot of heart, and it's made of Legos. How could they not like it?  
The visuals are wonderful. Because Legos have to move in a very particular way, you can see the creativity put into the movie. It's not just animation. It's animation and physics and a hint of wizardry combined. Two of my favorite moments were seeing Plastic Man take on Deathstroke and the troop of Boy Scouts take on Gorilla Grodd from the air and on the group.  
As usual, the voice actors are on point. Troy Baker is back as Batman/Batzarro, Nolan North as Superman/Bizarro, Diedrich Bader as Guy Garner/Greenzarro, Kari Wahlgren as Wonder Woman/Bizzara, Phil Morris as Green Arrow/Hawkman, James Arnold Taylor as The Flash/Desaad, April Winchell as Giganta, and Tony Todd as Darkseid. It's a great line up of talent and they deliver. Nolan North, in particular, needs special recognition because he really made me care about Bizarro. The first time he said he was saving Metropolis and smiled, all I wanted to do was give him a hug. By the end, I wanted to give him a good home with my Legos, which clearly means I'm a little nuts and in need of a Bizarro mini-fig. I'd also like to extend a special nod to Khary Payton, who voices Cyborg, and is the best fanboy anyone could ask for. I think he really represents what we would all be like if we were given the chance to hang with the Justice League. 
 Moving forward, I'd like to see more Lego DCU movies, particularly one that features the Flash who, due to time constructions, did not get a Bizarro version of himself, which was such a shame. I'd also really love to see more involvement with the female superheroes/villains. Wonder Woman is great, but there are plenty more females to use. In a fantasy, there'd be a movie strictly from the females' POV with the guys on the periphery, and the women not only save the day, but they'd point out how all the men get the credit while the ladies did all the work, but in a humorous and light-hearted way. 
On a parent scale of "oh please, not again" to "sure, we can watch it another 50 times," I'd rate this a "we can watch it a few times this week, but then we should read something." For those on the normal scale, I'd give this 3.5 stars out 5.   
LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League will be out Feb. 10th. You can get it on Blu-Ray or DVD.
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Monday, February 2, 2015

Andrew Jackson is a Jerk!

Yeah, he wasn't known as a warm, fuzzy or caring guy.  But this is especially true in the upcoming comic book Andrew Jackson in Space!  I am crazy excited for this book, mostly because it combines history and space, which I both love.

Now this book isn't going to just happen magically, thought that would be cool.  It's currently on Kickstarter, already fully funded but still needs to hit some stretch goals.  If the title doesn't sell it, then check out this description from creator Brian Visaggo:

In 1801, future President Andrew Jackson woke up on the far side of the galaxy. This lunatic frontier bastard is using every ounce of wit, courage, cunning, and unprovoked violence to make his way home to his beloved wife on Earth. Mixing equal parts Doctor Who and Indiana Jones, Andrew Jackson in Space is a pulp-style sci-fi adventure comic flung across thousands of light years, featuring vagrant queens, amazing artifacts, and a guy bursting into a courtroom brandishing a pistol.

The story sounds solid to me!  I am also loving the art and colors from Jason Smith and Harry Saxon. There are more preview pages on their Kickstarter page.  This fundraiser is ending in four days, so hurry over to their funding page and give them your money now!

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