Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My Five Favorite Female Roles in Geekdom!

     Hopefully you've already read my introduction blog about me that I posted a week or two ago, so you already know me at least a little bit. One thing I left out is that I'm a feminist through and through. I used to work for a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault prevention agency, and let me just say, seeing the struggles, indecencies, and oppression women experience everyday just because they are female changes a person. See the full list after the break...

Movie Review Pain and Gain (Confirmed: CRAP and a 1/2)

This is Michael Bay's Passion Project?

Pain and Gain: the "smaller" budget passion project Paramount promised they would let Michael Bay do if he would just make Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen and then Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon.  Well, after enduring Revenge of the Fallen and being at least mildly entertained by Dark of the Moon, Michael Bay's passion project has finally hit theaters the week before Summer movie season officially begins.  So did the most self-hyped filmmaker in Hollywood's passion shine through in the form of something other than a serious of giant explosions? Find out after the break....

Monday, April 29, 2013

Rokkon and Stonedar are the Masters of the Universe Classics SDCC Exclusives for 2013

Here they are! Mattycollector.com just posted these a short while ago. While many fans have speculated that these guys would be the Masters of the Universe Classics exclusives for SDCC this year, it's nice to finally have official confirmation.  No word yet if their will be a packaging difference between figures sold directly as SDCC and those sold on Mattycollector after the convention, so hopefully we'll hear something soon.  While I'm not a huge fan of the Rock People, I am glad to get these guys; after we have them, we'll only have four heroic warriors in need of an update from the vintage line (Rio Blast, Extendar, Gwildor, and Rotar). More speculation, commentary, and pictures after the break..

A New Batgirl Review: DC Super Friends Wheelies by Fisher Price (Confirmed: Good)

     It's no secret that I'm a huge Batgirl fan and thus, I collect Batgirl stuff (check this out). Pretty much any Batgirl stuff, really. There's not as much of it out there as you may think, so it's not overwhelming, but there's not so little of it that finding it is frustrating.  Of course that pretty much means that whenever I run across some new Batgirl item, I have to buy it.  A couple of weeks ago I ran across this Batgirl car from Fisher Price's DC Super Friends brand. It's labeled as part of their "Wheelies" line and reminds me of an amalgam of Little People and an old school McDonald's toy. More about it after the break.....

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Updates on my 25 Most Anticipated Masters of the Universe Classics Figures


     Back in February of 2012, prior to New York Toy Fair, I created a list of the 25 figures I most wanted to see in Mattel's Masters of the Universe line.  I saw my list as a compilation of characters whose absence would truly be felt if the line ended without their being immortalized in plastic, and thus it contains a mixture of characters who are personal favorites, characters whom I felt represented something significant in the property's history, and characters whom I felt were integral both the story being told in the bios and in their respective medias.  The full list after the break:

The Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 12: Masters of the Universe Special

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This week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast is a special review of the 1987 Masters of the Universe film directed by Gary Goddard. We decided to spend our time talking about this film in detail because today is Masters of the Universe Day 2013. All day today we have stuff going up about MOTU so make sure to come back here to The Epic Review and check out the following sites for more festivities:

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Good Journey!

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Introducing a non-fan to Masters of the Universe, from a non-fan


        Have you ever tried to introduce someone to Masters of the Universe?  With an upcoming movie in the works, there's no time like the present to do just that.  Where did you start?  Were you successful in peaking the person’s interest?  There are so many different places to start from—is there a good jumping off point?  Read my thoughts on the subject after the break.

Five of my Favorite Masters of the Universe Related Memories

     Some people have memories that are triggered by smells. A certain smell can bring to mind thoughts of people, places, and events from their past. For others it's music, as a certain song can carry them back.  For me, action figures always conjure up memories. Whether they're memories of loved ones, friends, special events, or certain places, when thinking about the toys from my childhood (and even now) the memories just keep flowing.  To celebrate Masters of the Universe Day 2013, I'm sharing a few of my most vivid MOTU influenced memories here after the break....

Friday, April 26, 2013

Masters of the Universe Day 2013

In 1987 Mayor Tom Bradley of Los Angeles, California declared April 29th to be "Masters of the Universe Day."  In celebration, DoomKick.com has assembled a group of heroic bloggers to celebrate by posting MOTU related articles and content on Sunday, April 28th.  Of course being a huge MOTU fan, I had to jump on this opportunity!  Check out ThEpicReview.com on Sunday as I assure you we will be posting a wealth of MOTU related content throughout the day. More details after the break.....

Action Figure Review: Predator Jungle Hunter and City Hunter Toys R Us Exclusive 2-pack by NECA

     NECA has made nearly every version of every Predator from Predator, Predator 2, and Predators.  Heck, they've even made the red Predator from that Batman vs. Predator fan movie and now they're beginning to update some of those crazy Kenner Predators from the early 90's like the translucent Lava Planet Predator.  If you don't believe me about how extensive NECA has been, check out this checklist at Figure Realm; while many of the figures utilize the same pieces, it's still an impressive selection.  And alas, I didn't own any of them until I picked up this set. I collect many different action figure lines so picking and choosing what I buy is necessary and the Predators always just slipped my mind, although.  Prior to grabbing these the only Predator figure I owned was the Cult Classics City Hunter Predator by McFarlane toys, so these are a nice update (although I still do like that figure). Since this set contained the Predator from both Predator and Predator 2, it was just too tempting to pass up.  Get ready for a look at some incredibly cool hunters after the break.....

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Barbecue's Show & Tell: Community Edition #1

     I'm really excited for the first community installment of Barbecue's Show & Tell.  When I started taking pictures of toys that I loved as a kid, had nostalgic memories or funny stories attached to them, or were just plain awesome, I didn't expect to hear so many cool stories from other toy collectors.  Today my two special guests are my fellow He-Man.orger Faker II, Splittyhead, a collector who posts excellent photos on Flickr, and another Flickr friend and Nerditis contributor, Ridereyu.  Allright class, I expect you to give them your full and undivided attention after the break....

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Action Figure Review: Snake Face from Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)

     Last year, the Snake Men were woefully underrepresented in Masters of the Universe Classics.  Up until last March we only had King Hiss as the lone representative of the serpentine faction.  Fortunately, that month saw the release of Kobra Khan (a Snake Man to some, Evil Warrior to others) followed during the next six months by Snake Man-at-Arms, the Snake Men 2 pack, and Rattlor.  While we now have a fairly respectable brood of Snake Men, there's always room for one more.  Enter Snake Face, the "Most Gruesome of the Snake Men Warriors" and the April 2012 Club Eternia action figure.  Originally appearing in 1987 during the last year of the original Masters of the Universe action figures, Snake Face is a figure that I have never owned before. He also appeared as a "staction" in NECA's Masters of the Universe line in 2006.  Possessing the power to turn other warriors to stone when he reveals his hidden snakes makes him a deadly adversary, but is he a worthy addition to your toy shelf? Read on after the break.......

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Movie Review: Oblivion (Confirmed:Good and a 1/2)


    The late 1960's and 1970's produced an abundance of science fiction films that broke from their predecessors by focusing less on moon monsters and outer space adventure and instead chose to examine how humans reacted to the ever changing world around them.  In  many ways, Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion is a tribute to those smaller, quieter science fiction films that appeared in the span of time between the first moon landing and the release of George Lucas' Star Wars, a film that changed science fiction forever.  While Oblivion has a massive budget (120 million) and some top notch special effects, it owes far more to those smaller, more introverted science fiction films than to films like Independence Day and War of the Worlds.  Read more about this film after the break.....

Monday, April 22, 2013

Action Figure Review: Portal 2's Chell from NECA (Confirmed: Good and a 1/2)

 NECA and Valve have seemed to make a good team up, although I have had a hard time finding any of the figures. Gordon Freeman from Half Life seemed excellent, but I never found him. The same goes for the Left 4 Dead figures and the Team Fortress stuff.  I was excited when I was able to get Chell from Portal 2, the silent protagonist who uses all of her wits and agility to defeat the "tests" of GLADOS.  If you're a gamer, a collector, or simply an innocent passerby wondering if the cake is a lie, then hopefully you're in the right place to learn more about Chell after the break...

Friday, April 19, 2013

Get to Know Us: Generbeener

I've always got time for a Chai Tea Latte!

I have been a fan girl for as long as I remember. I was born into a family already obsessed with Star Wars (my brother would have us watch IV, V, and VI every Christmas Eve) and Star Trek (my father and I spent many a Saturday afternoon watching Star Trek: Next Gen., Xena: Warrior Princess, and Hercules). That being said, I've grown into my own person and have established my personal form of geekyness (is that a word?). More about me after the break...

The Confirmed Epic Podcase: Episode 11: Our most anticipated films of the summer

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Nothing says Summer like a drive-in movie!

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we talk about our top ten most anticipated films of the summer. We also cover the EPIC news items of the week: Steve Niles's will give out free comics at the Boston Comic Con to anyone who shows him proof of blood or monitary donations to the Boston Red Cross, the Canadian rock band Rush inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Jurassic Park 3D. As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: Skylanders, The  X-Files, Barbecue's Show & Tell, DreamWorks' film The Croods, and the epic board game Zombicide.

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Movie Review: The Croods (Confirmed EPIC!)


This past Monday, I decided to take a “me” day. I went to our lovely little local Carmike theater and bought one ticket to see DreamWorks Picture's The Croods, an hour and a half long animated film that soared far and beyond my greatest expectations! What made this kid’s movie jump to the top of my “favorite movies I’ve seen this year list?” Well, I’ll tell you after the break…

Barbecue's Show & Tell #7: Kenner's Aliens part 1: The Xenomorphs


     Sure, kids always want to watch what everyone else watches, but are there really that many R-rated films these days that kids would even be interested in?  Heck, lately we’ve seen many of the coolest action and sci-fi properties edited to ensure PG-13 ratings.  Look at some of the properties from the 80’s and 90’s like Terminator, Rambo, Robocop, and Predator, however, and you realize that there was nothing else out there quite like them. The concepts of alien hunters, robotic cops, and killer Austrian robots practically sucked kids in like tractor beams.  Animation companies recognized this, thus we ended up with cartoons like “Rambo and the Forces of Freedom”, “RoboCop", and “The Toxic Crusaders,” which took the appeal of these R-rated franchises but made them more suitable for younger viewers. 
     These days when an R-Rated movie or Mature rated video game warrants toys, a collector focused company like NECA, Diamond Select, or Mezco will typically release a figure or two to specialty retailers and that’s that.  About the only toy line based on a product rated for ages 17 and up that I can think of that’s available at places like Wal-Mart and Target is McFarlane’s Halo line.  Looking back, it intrigues me how many toy lines based off of R-rated films were created and marketed towards kids in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  There were toys based on Robocop, Rambo, Terminator 2, The Toxic Crusader, Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Starship Troopers, and the subject of today’s Show & Tell: Aliens.   Read on as I wax nostalgic about one of my favorite toy lines of the 1990s after the break….

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Video Review: Mcfarlane Toy's Bloody Black & White Michonne and Pet Walkers 3 pack

Action Figure Review: Bioshock Infinite's Elizabeth from NECA (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)

Even if you haven't played the video game Bioshock Infinite, just thinking about it most likely brings to mind the beautiful character Elizabeth.  I guarantee that at the end of the year, she'll still be the most iconic character to come out of any video game.  Generbeener went into great detail on one of our podcasts about the painstaking depths that Irrational Games went to to ensure that Elizabeth was neither just another pretty face nor an annoyance to the player, but a fully developed character in the story and an important partner to the player.  While I have yet to play Bioshock Infinite  (I'm fighting myself to finish this review rather than run off to the store to pick it up), I knew immediately that I was going to pick up Elizabeth.  While I certainly am more likely to buy action figures from properties that I know and love, I'm also willing to pick up a figure just because it's a well done action figure.  So while I have little to no knowledge about Elizabeth's role in Bioshock Infinite, here's my look at the amazing figure NECA has released. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Graphic Novel Mini Review: Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood (Confirmed: EH 1/2)

A compilation of all the beautiful covers inside of Wonder Woman Volume 1  

Aside from Wonder Woman being the beautiful, black haired Amazonian who will have any male reader anxious to pick up her book she is also one of the few superheros my girlfriend actually likes, and any title or character that can get your significant other to read a comic when they usually do not  is always worth checking out.  So in order to create more of a comic bond between us (in other words letting her borrow the trade after I am done with it) I ventured out to one of my local shops to pick up Volume 1 of the New 52 Wonder Woman. You can find my lasso verdict of truth on this Wonder Woman trade after the break.....

New Mattel Q&A Session on He-Man.org with Questions Chosen by Barbecue17

Interested in the most recent Masters of the Universe Classics news? Then head on over to He-Man.org!  That's where you'll find the latest Q&A session with questions chosen by me.  Check it out here: Mattel Q&A 2.98.

Action Figure Review: Deacon from Prometheus by NECA (Confirmed: Great)

So, is Prometheus a prequel to Alien?  I think so. While it isn't specifically about any of the characters from that series, it does present itself as taking place in a universe where certain events transpire that will one day make the events of the Alien films possible.  The film Prometheus does contain the derelict ship from Alien, multiple creatures that may be precursors to facehuggers, an Engineer in the "Space Jockey" outfit, some very Alien like etchings on the walls, the Weyland Corporation, and the Deacon, a creature who seems to be an earlyevolution of the standard xenomorph from the Alien films.  Named by director Ridley Scott due to the resemblance of the creature's head with a bishop's mitre, the Deacon was certainly a welcome surprise when it appeared at the end of Prometheus.  Now you can own a Deacon of your own thanks to NECA who has produced the figure in their second wave of Prometheus toys alongside of David 8. Read on for the full review:

Monday, April 15, 2013

Action Figure Review: David 8 from NECA's Prometheus (Confirmed Great and a 1/2).


    The more I watch Prometheus, the more I like it.  Despite the complaints that some detractors have against the film, I can't help but feel that it is one of the best true science fiction film that's been released in years and that appreciation for it will grow with time.  This isn't a discussion of Prometheus, however, but a review of one of the series 2 figures from NECA.  Last year NECA only released two versions of the Engineers, the pressure suit version and the chair suited version  (AKA Space Jockey), and the Toys R' Us two pack with the burned Engineer and the Trilobite.  Series 2 brings us the Deacon creature (to be reviewed later this week) and the subject of today's review, the android David 8.  David was an exceptional part of the film and it's great to see that NECA has brought him to life. Check out more about him after the break..... 

Our Most anticipated Films of Summer Movie Season 2013

Lines for Summer blockbusters will be forming soon at a theater near you.
     It's that time a year again; the temperatures are rising, the AC units are cranking, and pretty soon the movie theater will be the number one destination to frequent for a respite from the summer heat.  Soon lines will be forming for midnight, opening weekend, and even the casual matinee show as Hollywood rolls out its biggest tent pole blockbusters and comedies for summer movie season 2013.  Before all the EPICness begins, we wanted to take the time to let you know the films we are most looking forward this Summer after the break…..

Friday, April 12, 2013

Barbecue's Show & Tell #6: S-Mart Ash

     "Army of Darkness" was the first film in the Evil Dead series that I ever experienced.  I was staying at my grandmother's house for awhile during  the summer of 1999 and was going through boxes of old VHS tapes that various family members and friends has left in my grandma's basement after a large yard sale.  I found some real gems that summer, including a VHS copy of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (I had only ever seen "Temple of Doom", "The Last Crusade", and the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles), "From Dusk 'til Dawn", and of course, "Army of Darkness."  Both of those films are in on the list of my top 5 favorite films of all time (Raiders is #1, "Army of Darkness" is #4) and I spent much of that summer watching them over and over.  Since then I have become not just a huge fan of the Evil Dead series (and splatstick in general) but also of the pinnacle of acting and manliness that is Bruce Campbell.  As a toy collector and an Evil Dead fan, it just makes since that I would pick up Evil Dead action figures, right? Take a look at this excellent S-Mart Ash figure from my collection after the break.... 

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 10: Evil Dead

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In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review the Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell produced and Fede Alvarez directed ‘Evil Dead’ reboot. We also cover the EPIC news items of the week: Christopher Nolan saying no to overseeing a Justice League film, Man of Steel possibly igniting the DC cinematic universe, and the potentially originally EPIC upcoming Neill Blomkamp science fiction film ‘Elysium’. As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: King He-man dio videos, the Alien franchise, Eureka season’s 4 and 5, Judd Apatow’s ‘This is 40’, and Walking Dead action figures.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Epic Fans: Imperial Gunnery Star Wars Fan Holds Raffle to Support Dog Rescue

     Whenever I see my fellow action figure collectors taking the time to support a good cause, I gotta give them a shout out.  Darth Berizing, owner and head janitor of the Imperial Gunnery, an international vintage Star Wars action figure forum, has spearheaded an effort to hold a raffle to raise money for the animal rescue group Hope for Paws.  Check out the details here and get on board if you're interested.  Every five dollar donation gets you an entry in the raffle with the possibility to win some truly interesting Star Wars prizes.  Whether you want to throw some money towards the raffle or just want to send a smaller donation to Hope for Paws itself it's the animals who will win.  The raffle will be open until April 21st, 2013.

Thanks to Darth Berizing and the good folks over the the Imperial Gunnery for making this happen! 

Action Figure Review: MOTC King He-Man (Confirmed: Great and a 1/2)

While some fans have not been too happy with what Brand Manager Scott Neitlich has done with the storyline of Masters of the Universe Classics (MOTUC), I have really enjoyed the way that not only has nearly every element of MOTU been worked into one canon, but it has also expanded the overall storyline into the future. Beyond even the "New Adventures of He-Man" era, we now have our first figure that truly comes from a future era: King He-Man.  King He-Man was the 2013 Club Eternia exclusive figure (available to subscribers only).  When I first saw him at SDCC last year, I was immediately excited by the prospect of having a figure representing a much older and more mature He-Man who has finally taken his father's place as the King of Eternia. Is the figure any good?  Find out after the break.....

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Comic Review: Nova #1 (Confirmed: Great 1/2)

Nova #1 written by: Jeph Loeb, with art by: Ed McGuinnees, and inked by: Dexter Vines

     Over the past year or so Marvel has put a major emphasis on the cosmic aspect of it's universe in not only comics, but in television and film as well.  Near the front of Marvel's cosmic initiative, right behind The Guardians of the Galaxy, has been the cosmic character of Nova.  The new Nova soared on to the Marvel comics scene last year in the blockbuster event Avengers Vs. X-men. He is also a regular on Disney XD's Ultimate Spiderman cartoon and is even rumored to be a part of Marvel/Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy film next summer.  With Nova's impact being felt in all areas of the Marvel brand it was only a matter of time before he received his own comic, which he did in the form of Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness's  new book simply entitled: 'Nova' as part of the Marvel Now publishing initiative.  So was Nova #1 out of this galaxy ? Find out after the break.....

Epic Interview: Richard Todd Broadwater, Creator of Legendary Monsters

A month or so ago I covered the Kickstarter funded line Legendary Monsters by Richard Todd Broadwater. While the initial funding goal didn't happen, Todd rethought the line, made some worthwhile changes, and added a cool gaming component. Now, Legendary Monsters is back and has already hit it's funding goal.  Todd was nice enough to let me ask him some questions about Legendary Monsters, his experience in the toy and video game industries, and how he sees self funding initiatives like Kickstarter changing toys in general.  Check out the interview (and cool pictures of the toys) after the break...

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Blu-Review: This is 40 (Confirmed: Good 1/2)

The Kind of Sort  of  Sequel to Knocked Up, but it's really more of a spin off.

This is 40, the film that was marketed as the kinda/sorta sequel to Knocked Up, was one the movies I was really looking forward to last year, but due to the film being lodged around so many big holiday releases it just ended up being one of those films a lot people (my self included) missed.  With Knocked Up being one my top 5 films of 2007, needless to say I was finally glad to find the time to catch the comedy on blu-ray.  So did This is 40 capture any of the charm of Knocked Up? Find out after the break....

Poe Ghostal writes about "The Appeal of the 6" Scale"

Poe Ghostal of Poe Ghostal's Points of Articulation just wrote an article on a topic Brad and I were discussing the other day: the appeal of action figures in a larger scale.  Poe writes about the 6" scale (Marvel Legends, DC Universe Classics, Star Wars Black, etc.) and discusses his thoughts on the popularity of the scale.  Personally, I think I prefer the 7 inch scale (NECA products, DC Direct, MOTUC, Mezco) but sometimes it's hard to tell the difference betwen figures in those two scales unless you have a ruler or you are comparing very similar figures.  Check Poe's article out here for some good content and good discussion!

Action Figure Review: G.I. Joe Retaliation G.I. Joe Tactical Ninja Team (Confirmed:Great)

     Today, you’re getting three reviews for the price of one!  Overall, I was not thrilled with the figures Hasbro released last year to tie in with the release of G.I. Joe Retaliation.  Before Hasbro knew that the movie would go from being a tentpole film of summer 2012 to a spring 2013 release, they began releasing movie product that most fans felt was quite subpar compared with to what were they were accustomed.  Figures were released with reduced articulation, bizarre, outlandish accessories, and hands with weapons already molded in them.  Another negative with the line as a whole was the lack of stands, which we’ve gotten consistently since at least the beginning of the 25th Anniversary line in 2007, and the lack of file cards, which have been a huge part of the appeal of G.I. Joe since 1982.  After years of the 1/18th Joe figures getting better and better, it felt like Hasbro had taken the brand back quite a few steps.  Now that the movie has actually been released, G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys are back in stores. Although there are still some lackluster figures out there, there are also some quite nice figures too.  Hasbro truly has a talent for taking various Joe pieces (bodies, webgear, heads) and reconfiguring them in new and exciting ways to make decent figures.  While the retail price on these guys seems a bit high (around $10) I was pleasantly surprised that the 3 packs actually gave you a deal on buying multiple figures, as I only paid around $20 at Target for this set of three figures.  This set, the G.I. Joe Tactical Ninja Team is the only Retaliation product I’ve bought so far this year. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we? Check out these figures after the break......

Monday, April 8, 2013

Comic Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1 and #1 (Confirmed: Epic and Great)

Marvel has a lot of Faith in the Guardian's of the Galaxy, but should you?

After the success Marvel had with the Avengers franchise across all forms of media from comics to movies,to television the past couple of years, the company decided it could literally afford a little lee way and take the risk of exploring and focusing on some of their lesser known characters and franchises.  The property at the forefront of this new Marvel risk taking exercise is the lesser known franchise, 'The Guardians of the Galaxy'.  Unless you are a hardcore Marvel fan boy or girl odds are you don't know much about the Guardians, but if Marvel has their way you will rather quickly.   So Marvel wants you to care about The Guardians of the Galaxy, the question is should you? Find out after the break......

Movie Review: Evil Dead (Confirmed: Epic)

     All right you primitive screw-heads, listen up!  I've been a hardcore Evil Dead fan since discovering Army of Darkness in a box of yard sale VHS tapes at my grandma's house in 8th grade, so I might represent the toughest audience director Fede Alvarez and producers Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Robert G. Tapert had to impress with this new film.  While the original The Evil Dead was a very grueling and gruesome horror film, it also somehow managed to implement some bizarre comedic elements to the film that give it a very different quality from your average horror film.  I'm happy to say that while the new Evil Dead manages to be an extremely gruesome horror film, it also still manages some of these unique touches that make it stand out from your average slasher film and give it that unique Evil Dead feeling.  By the way, note that the new film is called "Evil Dead" (no "the") and the original is "The Evil Dead."  Read on if you want some more!  Do ya???  

Friday, April 5, 2013

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 9: G.I. Joe Retaliation

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We're no Joes, but we try here at The Epic Review!

In the latest installment of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review Jon Chu’s long anticipated G.I. Joe sequel: G.I. Joe Retaliation and discuss the insanely quick popularity of The Walking Dead property.  We also cover the EPIC new items of the week: Gamora being cast in Guardian’s of the Galaxy, the death of Roger Ebert, Matthew McConaughey being cast as the lead in the next Christopher Nolan film, and the end of Lucas Arts.  As always we also get into what we have been checking out: Sideshow Collectibles Freddy Krueger Premium Format Figure, Thano’s Rising #1, and NECA figures. 

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Barbecue's Show & Tell #5: Monster Force

     Released in 1994 by Playmates Toys, Monster Force was a modest toy line centered on a group of monster hunters who battled the classic Universal Monsters.  It was a nice line for the time, but only included seven action figures and doesn't seem to be too in demand these days.  When I checked the internet for Monster Force fan sites, the only one I found was last updated sometime in 2004.  There was also a cartoon series, but I don't remember it; it only ran for 13 episodes.  Unlike most of the things I've written about in Show & Tell so far, I really don't have too much of a personal attachment to the Monster Force.  I only owned three of the figures as a kid and I probably got those marked down at Target (Lance, Tripp, and Dracula, if you're wondering).  Still, I've always had a personal attachment to paranormal detectives and monster hunters of anytime.  While my first action figure was a G.I. Joe, the first fictional universe I remember which enthralled me was Ghostbusters.  More paranormal goodness after the break....

Video Review: Freddy Kruger Premium Format Figure by Side Show Collectibles

Epic Interview: David-Thao Nguyen, the creator of PapaBehr

     I was really impressed by PapaBehr, a Kickstarter project for a vinyl USB figurine that features a cool back story, magnetic accessories and armor, and a working 8 or 16 GB flashdrive built into the removable head of the figure.  David-Thao Nguyen, the creator of PapaBehr, was nice enough to answer a few questions about the incredibly cool upcoming toy and flash drive hybrid with me.  Check out what he has to say after the break...

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

First Look at Mattel's Movie Masters Superman from Man of Steel

     Head on over to Big Boys Toys Advocate and check out an early look at Mattel's Movie Masters Superman from the upcoming Man of Steel figure.  The writer of that site gives a great review of the figure which looks perfectly in scale with the Dark Knight Movie Masters.  It also looks like Superman comes with a cool display base (although the set the author takes his pictures on seems pretty epic in it's own right.)  A few thoughts from me after the break...

Action Figure Review: MOTUC Fang Man (Confirmed: Epic)

     While the Masters of the Universe Classics line has been going since 2008, Mattel has only had the license to produce characters who existed solely in the Filmation cartoons since mid 2011.  While only appearing in one episode, The Time Corridor, Fang Man's very distinctive and very classic look has made him a fan requested figure for years.  In March 2013, Fang Man finally got his day and was sold as the monthly MOTUC subscription figure. He was not offered for sale on Mattycollector to no subscribers, however, making him possibly one of the most difficult figures in the line to obtain.  While he may be difficult to find, he's well worth it: Fang Man is one of the greatest figures in this line so far.  Find out why after the break  

Cool Kickstarter Campaign: PapaBehr Vinyl USB Figure

   If you're in the market for either a new flash drive or a robotic warrior teddy bear, then PapaBehr has got you covered! PapaBehr is a Vinyl USB Figure being produced through a Kickstarter initiative that features removable magnetic armor and weapons and a removable head which contains either an 8 or 16GB Flash drive.  He's an excellent desktop companion that will also aid you in your productivity!  This isn't just any bear/flash drive hybrid, however; as the Kickstarter campaign says, PapaBehr is "A scientist turned toy bear on a quest to find his daughter and destroy the backstabbing corporation that hired him to save the world."  That's amazing!  More about this incredibly cool toy/computer accessory after the break...

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Cool Kickstarter Campaign: OMFG! Series 3

     It's no secret that I love minifigures.  Those wonderfully wacky M.U.S.C.L.E. figures from the 1980's have left an undeniable impression on me, so a few years ago October Toys first started the OMFG line (Outlandish Mini Figure Guys).  Led by the very cool husband and wife team of George and Ayleen Gaspar, OMFG. is a unique line in that members of the October Toys/Toy Break forums design and vote on the characters to be included in each wave.  OMFG series 3 is now being funded through Kickstarter (with only 16 days left) and is now over 2/3rds of the way to its goal.  Either head to the OMFG Series 3 Kickstarter page or check out some more detailed pictures after the break!

Graphic Novel Review: Hawkeye My Life as a Weapon (Confirmed: Great)

Fraction's new Hawkeye series nearly hit's it's target Dead on!

One of the most well reviewed comic book series in recent memory has been Marvel's new Hawkeye book by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja and Javier Pulido.  This book has consistently churned out 5 star reviews across various outlets with the lowest review a comic in this series has received being 4 stars.  Needless to say, I was eagerly anticipating getting my first glimpse of this much hyped series and have been waiting for the trade paperback for quite sometime.  Did this new Hawkeye book hit it's target? Find out after the break.....

Cool Kickstarter Campaign: The Grabit Robot is fully funded- only 14 days left!

Just wanted to say congratulations to Kickstarter toy designers Leo and Angie Fajardo whose Grabit Robot Multipurpose Holder project has succesfully reached its funding goal!  There are only14 days left, so if you want a Grabit of your own, you'd better head to Kickstarter now and jump on this: Kickstarter Grabit Robot

If you haven't checked it out, be sure to check out our Epic Interview with Leo Fajardo here: Epic Interview w/ Leo Fajardo

Movie Review: G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Confirmed: Great)


    I was crushed last year when this movie was delayed last year.  If you've listened to any of our podcasts or read any of my Show & Tell articles, then you know it's no secret that I'm a huge G.I. Joe fan. I probably have well over 500 of the little guys sitting around the house, including the 1986 General Hawk (my first action figure).   The G.I. Joe universe is one of my favorite fictional universe, so to impress me this movie was going to have to do quite a few things right.  Of course, as a long time G.I. Joe fan, I've also lived through many incarnations of the G.I. Joe mythos as Hasbro has continued to reinvent G.I. Joe every few years since the 1980s.  Whether that means I'm more tolerant or I have a better idea of what I'm looking for is up to debate.  So what did I think of the movie? Find out after the break!  

Monday, April 1, 2013

Action Figure Review: TMNT Ooze Tossin Raph (Confirmed: Good)


 While we haven't seen any new characters yet this year, Playmates Toys does have some new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures being released: the "Ooze Tossin' turtles.  Running with the theme of multiple, wacky versions of the turtles, which has always worked so well in previous TMNT lines, Playmates is now giving us "Ooze Tossin'" version alongside some new vehicles as well.  Each turtle comes dressed in a snappy jump suit with an ooze throwing catapult backpack (ooze sold separately, dudes).  In general, I'm trying to avoid picking up various versions of the same character in this line but this figure was 1) Raphael, my favorite turtle and 2) on sale for $6.99 at K-Mart.  So, how is the figure?  Read on and find out!