Friday, March 29, 2013

Epic Roundtable #1: Our Must Own Comics

For our first Epic Roundtable here at ThEpic Review, we decided to ask our team which comics they would love to add to their collections.  The only criteria was that it was supposed to be a comic/s they could realistically see themselves purchasing.  Here's what the team picked:

Brad chose: The Amazing Spider-Man #121 & #122

One of the most famous covers of all  time: The Amazing Spiderman #121 drawn by John Romita Sr.
     The Amazing Spiderman issues #121-#122 are two of the most coveted issues in all of comics and a must own for most comic collectors.  These issues were a true turning point in Spidey's life, almost a loss of innocence if you will.  Issue #121 details the greatest of all comic book tragedies: the death of Peter Parker's first love Gwen Stacy.  While Mary Jane Watson went on to become Spidey's more prominent love, and for for a time Peter Parker's wife, his relationship with Gwen was a different type of love because Gwen was Pete's first love. More after the break....

Video Review: Marvel Select Magneto (Confirmed: Great)

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Talia al Ghul (Confirmed: Ehhh...)

  Talia al Ghul, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul and Melisande, first appeared in Detective Comics #411 back in 1971.  Created by Dennis O'Neil and Bob Brown, Talia has proven over and over again to be an interesting and unique part of Batman's life.  While Talia is certainly not part of the "Bat-family," she isn't quite a traditional villain, either.  It has long been established that Batman and Talia both have an affection  for each other despite their differing philosophies towards crime and killing.  In the video game Batman: Arkham City, Talia (voiced by Stana Katic of ABC's Castle) plays a significant role in her father and Dr. Hugo Strange's plot to violently wipe out the criminal element of Gotham City.  I promise, I'll get to the figure after the break....

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 8: Olympus Has Fallen

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Olympus Has Fallen in theaters everywhere now!

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Antoine Fuqua's latest film Olympus has fallen.  We also cover the EPIC new items of the week: HBO Go for every one, 1966 Adam West digital Batman comics, and Independence Day sequels.  We also get into what we have been checking out this week: GI Joe Retaliation figures, Grant Morrison's Batman Incorporated Volume 1, Prometheus on Blu-ray, and the Evil Dead trilogy.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Injustice Batman (Confirmed: Good)

     Injustice: Gods Among Us is an upcoming fighting game developed by NetherRealm Studios which takes place in the DC Universe.  It's slated to be released on April 16th, 2013 in North America and will be available on X-Box 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii U.  While I haven't decided if I'm going to pick up the game yet or not (despite my love of all things DC, fighting games are not my favorite genre) I had to grab the Injustice Batman when I saw him at the store.  The outfit Batman wears in Injustice: Gods Among Us is very intricate and detailed; it looks closer to a movie Batman costume than a traditional comic book styled Batsuit.  Batman's part of one of one of the newer DC Unlimited waves from Mattel and retails for around $15.  More details on this figure after the break... 

Barbecue's Show & Tell #4: Star Wars Figures from my Pappy


  Having been born in 1983 and not really getting into action figures until 1986 (see my post on my first action figure), Star Wars was really not a part of my early childhood.  My parents really weren't too in to Sci-Fi, either, so other than a book and record I had acquired somewhere, I never even saw Star Wars until I was in 6th grade. That was in 1995 when the THX editions were released on VHS.  While I'm sure I'll do a Show & Tell about my introduction to Star Wars (I actually read the movie novelizations before I ever saw the movies) today I'm focusing on something else: My first Star Wars figures.  While I had owned them since the mid 1980s, I didn't know I owned them until 1995.  How is that possible? Read on and find out!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Movie Review: Olympus Has Fallen (Confirmed: Great)

Hollywood White House Battle 2013 Round 1: Olympus Has Fallen

     The thing that probably raced through the general public's head when they first saw the action packed trailer for Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen was probably the same thing that went through mine: "Damn, this looks like one over the top 90's action movie."  Olympus Has Fallen looked like a big budget action film that would rely on the old 90's trope of destroying our nations capital, much like film's such as Independence Day did.  However, the film was made for only around $70 million dollars which sounds like a lot, but Olympus Has Fallen was actually made for half the price of this film's upcoming rival: Roland Emmerich's White House Down starring Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum.  Due out June 27th, White House Down costs around $150 million dollars to make.  The lower budget that Film District had for Olympus Has Fallen both helped the film and was detrimental to it at the same time.  We will have to wait until White House Down hits on June 27th before we see which film is the true victor in the 2013 Battle of the White House, but in the mean time you can check out our thoughts on round one of that battle after the break.....

Game Preview: BioShock Infinite

I was not on a gaming console when the first BioShock came out and therefore have no BioShock history to influence my experience of the new BioShock Infinite. That being said though, I have not been this excited for a new game since Dishonored came out back in October 2012! To say I am excited about BioShock's release today is an understatement. I have been watching Irrational Games’ YouTube channel for the past few weeks learning all I can about the new game and all I can say is, “OH MY FREAK’N GOODNESS!” More about this mind blowing new game after the break…

Monday, March 25, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Baby Deadbeet (Confirmed: Great)

October Toys has really gained a lot of attention over the past couple of years due to their excellent O.M.F.G. (Outlandish Mini Figure Guy) line, a loving tribute to the greatest mini figure line of them all, M.U.S.C.L.E.  While not an O.M.F.G. release, Baby Deadbeet is a cool PVC designed by Scott Tolleson and sculpted by George Gaspar that will fit in well with nearly any other mini figure line.  Standing 1.5 inches tall and available for only $2, Baby Deadbeet is a fun little toy that I've enjoyed playing with and photographing.  More after the break...

Video Review: Hot Toy's Spiderman 3 Black Suited Spiderman (Confirmed: Great 1/2)

The Epic Review Presents: Hot Toy's Spiderman 3 Black Suited Spiderman Review from Brad Bell on Vimeo.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Epic Interview: Leo Fajardo, co-creator of the Grabit

     If you haven't checked out the super cool Grabit yet, make sure to check out our coverage of it here: Cool Kickstarter projects: The Grabit Robot Multipurpose Holder.  The Grabit was created by Leo and Angie Fajardo and is simultaneously a cool toy and a useful household product.  Leo was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, give us the inside scoop on designing and creating the product, and even teases the possibility of some cool Grabit mini figures in the future.  Check out the interview after the break! 

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 7: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

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Here at The Epic Review all of our friendships are magical!

In this installment of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Steve Carell and Jim Carrey’s magical comedy: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.  In this week’s epic news section we discuss new horror films in the works at Sony based on R.L. Stine’s popular Goosebumps kids book series from the 90’s, as well as MGM and Paramount’s decision to move forward with a sequel to Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week: The King He-man and Fang Man Masters of the Universe Classics action figures, BioShock Infinite hype, OMFG series 3, Hot Toy’s Bane, Marvel Select’s Magneto, and the very first "From here to hero-con" cosplay teaser word of the week.

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Barbecue's Show & Tell #3: Buttons McBoomBoom


     When you ask someone to name the great toy lines of the 1980's, what do you expect to hear?  Masters of the Universe, of course.  G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero? That's a given. How about Transformers?  Star Wars? Sure; the list could go on and on: Superpowers, Thundercats, Secret Wars, Rambo and the Forces of Freedom, M.U.S.C.L.E., (insert your favorite line here).  One of the greatest lines of the 80's that doesn't seem to get nearly the amount of recognition it deserves, however, is C.O.P.S. & Crooks.  More on that after the break...

Video Review: Hot Toy's Bane (Confirmed: EPIC)

The Epic Review Presents: Hot Toy's Bane Review (Confirmed: EPIC) from Brad Bell on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Cool Kickstarter Campaign: Grabit Robot Multipurpose Holder

    If, like 73.6 % of Americans*, you wake up everyday wishing that you had a small robot around to perform various household chores for you such as holding your toothbrush, organizing your pens, and keeping your favorite spatula in line, then do I have a Kickstarter campaign for you!  Created by Leo and Angie Fajardo, the Grabit is just the robot you need to help out around your house.  Here's the link to the project, with more info and pictures after the break!

*Completely made up statistic

Movie Review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (Confirmed Good)

            Do you remember what it was like as a kid to be completely caught up in the wonder of magic? I used to beg my parents to let me watch the magic specials that used to come on TV in the 90’s and early 2000’s. They were some of my absolute favorite TV specials. There is just something completely enchanting about seeing something that you know cannot be real, happen right before your eyes. There is a part in all of us (except you cynics, you take all the fun out of everything!) that believes, even if it’s just a small part. And Burt Wonderstone pulls at that part in all of us. More to come after the break…

Monday, March 18, 2013

Action Figure Barbecue: Masters of the Universe Classics Ram Man (Confirmed: Epic)

Want to learn more about this confirmed epic Masters of the Universe Classics action figure?  Then read this review and all shall be revealed (after the break, of course)!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Free Castle Grayskullman Mini Comic!

     Head over to Castle and download the first issue in what is sure to be an excellent three part comic series focusing on the mysterious Castle Grayskullman.  It's a great read and a true labor of love that Masters of the Universe fans should enjoy. Plus, it's free!  Do I need to say more?  Check it out!
More info after the break.......

Friday, March 15, 2013

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 6: Oz the Great and Powerful and The ABC’s of Death

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Let's just say 'The ABC's of Death' isn't a film for everyone!

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Sam Raimi and Disney’s Wizard of Oz prequel/origin story: ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’.  We also review the brand new horror anthology film: ‘The ABC’s of Death’.  During the Epic news section of the podcast we discuss: Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s upcoming New 52 Batman origin story ‘Batman Zero Year’, Jackie Chan’s possible involvement in ‘The Expendables 3’, ‘Jurassic Park 4’, and ‘Army of Darkness 2’.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week: The ‘Game of Thrones’ season 2 blu-ray set, Fantastic Plastic Toys upcoming Mystical Warriors of the Ring toy line, Hot Toys ‘Avengers’ Captain America and ‘Spiderman 3’ symbiote Spiderman, AMC’s ‘Comic Book Men’ Gary Con-over Con, and DC’s ‘Injustice Gods Among Us figures’.   

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Blu Review: Skyfall (Confirmed: EPIC)

Could Skyfall be the best Bond film of all time?
     Making a James Bond film is a tricky undertaking for any director because odds are anything that you want to do with Bond has already been done over the course of the 50 years that the film franchise has been in existence, so anytime a film maker can take a James Bond film and put their stamp on it, it is quite and accomplishment.  This is exactly what Director Sam Mendes did with Skyfall, find out how after the break...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Epic Interview: Mark, Creator of Mystical Warriors of the Ring

Hey everyone!  As part of my initiative to explore and help promote action figure and toy lovers who are creating their own independent toy lines, here's the first Epic Interview.  Today I'm talking with Mark, aka Markatisu, who is the owner of Fantastic Plastic Toys and creator of the upcoming toy line Mystical Warriors of the Ring, a 2 inch fantasy wrestling line.  Check out the interview after the break.....

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Barbecue's Show and Tell #2: Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time action figures

It's Show & Tell time again!

     Today I'm looking at something pretty unusual that I'm willing to bet not too many people own:  it's a set of three action figures (Princess Zelda, Link, and Ganondorf) released as an exclusive for pre-ordering the video game The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time at Toys 'R Us.  If I remember correctly, I'm pretty sure that I actually got these a little in advance of the game's released date (possibly when the game's down payment was paid off).  They came as a boxed set (I probably discarded the box quickly after opening them) and were definitely one of the best pre-order incentives ever.  Find out why after the break...

Monday, March 11, 2013

Movie Review: Oz the Great and Powerful (Confirmed:GREAT)

It took a lot of guts to take on the Oz property!
    When I first heard the news that Disney and Sam Raimi were working on a prequel to The Wizard of Oz I had one thought: it takes a lot of guts to take on that property.  The Wizard of Oz is one of the most iconic films of the 20th century; one wrong move and any sort of prequel to that film may have not been received well.  After all just putting "Oz: in the title built up high expectations.  While the film supposedly pulled elements from all the Oz books, and technically couldn't be a direct prequel to the original Wizard of Oz, because that film's rights are owned by Fox and not Disney.  Make no mistake,though Oz the Great and the Powerful was indeed a prequel to the Wizard of Oz, Disney just couldn't come right out and say it because of legal reasons.  So did the risk Disney and Sam Raimi took by making a prequel to one of the most beloved films of all time payoff? Find out after the break.......

Friday, March 8, 2013

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 5:Nolan Justice League Rumors,IronMan3, and Jack the Giant Slayer

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Was Jack the Giant Slayer a "GIANT" disappointment?

In this weeks installment of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Bryan Singer's latest film "Jack the Giant Slayer".  We also discuss the Epic News items of the week such as: the Christopher Nolan Justice League rumors, and the latest new Epic trailer for Shane Black's Iron Man 3.  We also delve into what we have been checking out this week:Tomb Raider survival edition for the Xbox 360, Richard T Broadwater's Legendary Monsters action figures, DC's He-man and Skeletor origin comics, the start of Marvel's latest blockbuster comics event Age of Ultron, Mass Affect comics, Knights of the Old Republic 2 for the original Xbox, and a new Marvel Select Venom figure  so EPIC Jerry ordered it during the show.

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guest Movie Review by Generbeener: Jack the Giant Slayer (2.5 out of 5)

     Jack the Giant Slayer OR Jack the Giant Disappointment? If you’ve seen the previews for Jack the Giant Slayer, you may be feeling like I did this past Monday, sitting in a dark theatre with a group of friends, eagerly awaiting the viewing of what would be a spectacular retelling of a well known fairy tale: Jack and the Beanstalk.  Two hours later I’m wondering when it’s going to end, find out why after the break.....

Tomb Raider: Survival Edition Review (5 out of 5, Confirmed Epic)

     Over the past few years I really haven't picked up many video games on launch date.  Much to Gamestop's disappointment, rarely do I pre-order video games anymore.  In the past few years, the only games that I can remember picking up at launch were Arkham City, Dead Island, and Skyrim.  Typically, I wait until the games have dropped in price a bit and pick up a few less expensive games all in one swoop.  Tomb Raider, however, was a game that I just couldn't wait for.  While I've always enjoyed the character of Lara Croft, the Tomb Raider games have always felt like they fell a little short of what I wanted from them. This Tomb Raider has, so far, been exactly what I wanted. But I'll get to reviewing the game in a later post, currently I'm here to talk about the Survival Edition and all of the goodies it comes with, after the break......

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Why a Christopher Nolan Justice League Film would be the Definition of EPIC!

Justice League + Christopher Nolan+ Christian Bale Batman=EPIC! 

     News broke earlier today that Christopher Nolan's is in talks to over see or produce the Justice League film for Warner Bros.  If Nolan where to take the deal Christian Bale would reportedly dawn the cape and cowl and return as Batman in the film.  While Christopher Nolan would Shepard the project, director of this Summer's upcoming Superman film Man of Steel Zack Snyder would step on to direct the Justice League film as part of the deal.  There is also talk of writer David S. Goyer who worked with Nolan on the Dark Knight trilogy returning to help write the new Justice League film, this makes sense considering Goyer was always Nolans bridge to the comic book characters of the Batman universe and he will need his expertise now more than ever. So where does this leave Warner Bros. potential Justice League dream film? Find out after the break....

Monday, March 4, 2013

Cool Kickstarter Campaign: Legendary Monsters action figures

     Recently in my article Action Figure Trends of the Future, I discussed how the future of action figures geared towards collectors would certainly involve smaller online exclusive lines created by enterprising collectors and fans.  Richard T. Broadwater has worked on many different action figure lines (including Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Batman, and Star Trek), has served as Lead Artist and Designer for Bethesda Softworks on games like Elder Scrolls: Morrowing, Oblivion, and Fallout 3, and is now pitching through Kickstarter one of the greatest toyline ideas ever: Legendary Monsters!  Here's the link:    Legendary Monsters on Kickstarter

The Jersey Devil!
 The idea behind this line is to create 5-7 inch tall action figures of the various creatures and monsters which have become the stuff of myth and urban legend.  The line of 4 figures is slated to include Mothman, The Jersey Devil, Chupacabra, and "Momo," the Missouri Monster.  Now while I want all of these, Mothman is the figure that excited me most. Not only is he incredibly cool but I cannot begin to tell you how terrified I was of Mothman as a kid!  After I read about him in an issue of Disney Adventures magazine (anyone else remember that?) I was terrified to sleep with my windows open for fear that Mothman might fly in. I now have a really cool stuffed Mothman in my study, but my life will be incomplete until an action figure version of my childhood dread sits on me horror shelf, taunting me daily!  These figures look amazingingly sculpted and extremely well articulated.

Seriously, this thing still terrifies the crap out of me.

 Jump on this if you're interested, as there are only 5 days to go!  Richard has a variety of rewards available for funding the project, including simply pitching in a couple of dollars for some wallpaper, picking one of the figures listed, ordering a whole set in a variety of paint schemes, and even being able to obtain some of the prototypes! I pitched in for the set of four basic figures and hope these get made!  They'll go great with a variety of action figure lines: G.I. Joe, Hellboy, X-Files, or even a general horror themed collection! Who doesn't like monsters?  (Wimps, that's who!) Here's some more pictures and some cool concept art from the project to help you make up your mind! 

Left to right: Regular Missouri Monster, Glow in the Dark version, and "Retro" version.

The figures are based off of various eyewitness accounts to these creatures- spooky!

The Chupacabra! Just the toy to give your kids to scar them for life!

Action Figure Barbecue's Show and Tell #1- My First Action Figure!

Hey everyone!

     Barbecue17 here inviting you to a session of Show & Tell, a new segment where I'm simply going to show you some cool stuff I've acquired over the years and tell you a little bit about it.  Since this is the first session of Show & Tell, I've decided to pull out the very first action figure I ever owned. Folks, let's give it up for Hawk v2 from Hasbro's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero after the break....