Saturday, December 6, 2014

ThEpic Review's First Spin-Off: Action Figure Barbecue!

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to let everyone know that I've created a bit of a spin-off of ThEpic Review. It's called.... Action Figure Barbecue!!! Yeah, it's nothing major or anything; just a simple place for me to hang my hat and be a bit silly. Now you can catch me in two places! I'm still reviewing toys over there and stuff but I'm also posting other oddities and nonsense that catches my interest. Anyways, if you like ThEpic Review (or even if you don't) please check out Action Figure Barbecue: It's layers of action figures, pumpkins, and superheroes, covered with a rich chocolatey coating! 

Thanks everyone!

Your friend,

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

I have to admit, I walked into the movie theater with really low expectations for Mockingjay Part 1. The third Hunger Games book probably is my least favorite of the series, and, without giving away spoilers for the movie or the book, I feel like the 3rd book is basically Katniss walking around District 13 and Panem just being plain crazy! So when I walked out of the theater almost three hours later I was blown away with how much I enjoyed it and impressed with how well they pulled off (in my opinion) the first half of the worst book of the three. More about this surprisingly enjoyable film after the break:

Friday, November 7, 2014

Best. Halloween. Ever!!! Contest Winner, Because Today is Re-Halloween!


     Happy Re-Halloween, everyone! Today is Re-Halloween although some of us at ThEpic Review will be doing more celebrating tomorrow by playing the Halloween expansion of King of Tokyo and watching Halloween 2. Anyways, today is the day to announce our contest winners, but I wanted to make sure that everyone had an exceptionally spooky Halloween. While I fell quite behind on my posting here, I certainly did indeed have the best Halloween ever. Seriously, I went to a costume party with my daughter and friends at our church, actually went door to door Trick 'r Treating, saw A Nightmare on Elm Street in an old theater, watched Trick 'r Treat just before midnight on the 30th, leading into Halloween, and watched Halloween on Halloween night, leading into November 1st.  I was also part of an awesome group costume as Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. I completed everything on my Halloween check list and while no one else did (that emailed me anyway), some of you seemed to have had some very awesome Halloween celebrations indeed. Who was the winner? Read on after the break...

Monday, October 27, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Sam from Trick 'r Treat from Reacton Horror Series by Funko

     While horror films are a dime a dozen, films truly focusing on Halloween quite a bit more rare. While Halloween is the gold standard, the film that almost rivals it in perfectly encapsulating the experience of Halloween is Trick 'r Treat. I followed the progress of this film throughout its many delays until it was finally released to audiences in October of 2009. It is quite simply a Halloween lover's dream! When first watching the movie with Confirmed Epic Podcast guest host Andrew, I explicitly remember him saying that the film felt like Goosebumps for adults (that was meant as a positive in case you might be a little too young or too old to fondly remember Goosebumps) and myself saying that the film felt immediately nostalgic, as if I was watching an old favorite seasonal film even though the movie was new and I had never seen it before. It's definitely one of those fun horror movies that I've seen many a non-horror fans enjoy because of the ties to Halloween. Of course, getting on the subject of today review, we need to talk about Sam. Played in the film by Quinn Lord, Sam is the living embodiment of Halloween (the name is short for Samhain). I'm really delighted to see Sam in the Reaction Horror Series because it means that he is achieving the same cult status as all of these other guys. Who knows? Maybe in a few more years we'll see kids dressed as Sam as prominently as people dressed like Michael Myers, Freddy Krueger, or Jason Voorhees. Ready for a look at everyone's new favorite Trick 'r Treater? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

31 Days of Toy Terror: Martian Spy Girl from Mars Attacks! by Trendmasters

 Today's installment of 31 Days of Toy Terror is a catchup for day 19. What's more horrifying than alien invasions? How about dating a green alien? But not a hot green alien like Gamora, Gaila, or Oola. I'm talking one of the little fellows from Mars Attacks! Based on the 1962 trading card series, Tim Burton's 1996 film came out during the height of my youthful sci-fi obsession. It was right after Independence Day and just before The Fifth Element and Men in Black. While the movie was kind of a box office bomb, I loved it and still do. Featuring an insanely talented cast, unique special effects, and a offbeat sense of humor, Mars Attacks! was a gem of a film that deserved better. In 1996 Trendmasters released two toylines to tie in with the film: One that focused on the movie and one that featured character designs from the then contemporary Topps comic book series. Today I'm looking at the Martian Spygirl from the movie based line. Played by Lisa Marie Smith, the Martian Spygirl was one of the most memorable parts of the film. I remember my parents buying this figure for me before Christmas of 1996 so, like any figure owned since childhood, it holds a special place on my toy shelf. Ready for a look at a figure that still remains impressive after almost 20 years? Then join me after the break...