Friday, February 28, 2014

Epic Photo: Meet the CW's Flash


The CW has finally revealed what Grant Gustin will look like as the Flash, 
the CW's Flash Series will hit Fall 2014!

Action Figure Barbecue: Toylines Missing in Action for 2013


     By now you've hopefully read my list "My Top 10 Toylines of 2013". If not, check it out first then head back over here. This is something I started doing last year to address toylines that appeared on the top 10 list the previous year but have dropped off of the most recent list (here's last years list in case you're interested). So, what toylines did I go crazy over in 2012 that didn't make my list in 2013? Find out after the break...

Epic News: Friday February 28th 2014


    Want to know when you can see the first preview for Michael Bay's TMNT film? Want to know when and where you can get your first sneak peek at Avengers Age of Ultron? Want to know what two epic Marvel characters will soon be getting their on solo series?  Find all that and more in this February 28th 2014 TGIF edition of Epic News after the break....

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Epic News: Thursday February 27th 2014


Want to see the latest DC Statue from Kotubkiya? Want to know where Marvel Studios plans to shoot all those Netflix shows, and just how much Netflix is paying for them?  Want to see who may now Direct the Masters of the Universe movie after John Chu dropped out of the film? Want to see who will be the Sith in Episode 7? Find all that and alot more in the Thursday February 27th 2014 edition of Epic News after the break....

Action Figure Review: Modulok from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    
     Whether you're collecting superheroes, wrestling figures, or modern interpretations of vintage action figure lines, one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of the collecting process is building and completing various sets and teams of figures. With Modulok's introduction into Masters of the Universe Classics, not only do we have all of the original members of the Evil Horde but we also have every figure from 1985 and the first four years of the vintage line. I just find that to be really exciting and a huge milestone for celebration! (To complete 1986, Year 5 we still need Dragstor, Extendar (coming this year), Flying Fists He-Man, Multi Bot, Rio Blast (coming this year), Terror Claws Skeletor, and Tung Lashor.) Modulok actually had quite a few appearances in various MOTU media including both Filmation cartoons, three mini-comics, The He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special, the Marvel/Star comics, the new Dark Horse mini-comics, MOTU magazine, and the new DC Comics series. Not bad for a guy who was sold as 22 separate pieces in a box rather than on a blister card like nearly every other figure. Modulok was a figure that I know I was apprehensive about appearing in MOTUC; sometimes Mattel knocks unique designs and integrated "action features" out of the park and sometimes they strike out. Mattel went all out with Modulok in giving him his original action feature that lets collectors assemble him in multiple different ways. So, does Modulok remain the Evil Beast of 1000 Bodies or is he simply the Evil Beast of 1000 broken parts? Read on and find out....

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Netflix for the Poor Kids: The Lair of the White Worm

  
 Last weekend I was pretty sick. Turns out I probably had the flu. I was feeling awful; chills, sore throat, and a fever of 102 degrees. In the midst of all of this I knew that I just wanted to lay back and watch a crazy horror movie on Netflix, so I flipped through until I stumbled upon this little gem: The Lair of the White Worm. The Lair of the White Worm is a 1988 British horror film directed by Ken Russell (Tommy, Altered States) loosely adapted from Bram Stoker's 1911 novel that revolves around an archaeologist excavating the site of an old convent that seems to have been built atop of a temple dedicated to the worship of some ancient snake deity. Set in the quiet countryside of Derbyshire, England, the film tells a tale of ancient pagan cult thought long dead returning to cause havoc in the lives of the locals. Filled with trippy visions, creepy old caverns, and seductive snake women,  The Lair of the White Worm is both crazy and clever enough to remind me of some of the wildest Doctor Who episodes. It also stars Peter Capaldi, the current 12th Doctor, and Hugh Grant, who played the Doctor briefly in the Red Nose Day parody special Doctor Who and the Curse of the Fatal Death. With its tale of a long dormant ancient pagan cult terrorizing a sleepy British town, the movie does feel like an amalgam of Doctor Who, The Wicker Man, and an H.P. Lovecraft tale. If you're looking for your daily dose of bizarre hallucinations, naked blue snake women, and Hugh Grant, The Lair of the White Worm might just suit you. More after the break...

Must Watch: Batman Vs. Terminator!


Directed by: Tony Guerrero and Mitch Hammond 

Epics New: Wednesday February 26th 2014


This Hump Day edition of Epic News is brought to you by Roxxon Oil.  When The Epic Review needs a fill up we always choose Roxxon Oil!  Want the scoop on the new Iron Patriot comic? Want to know the official run time of Captain America the Winter Soldier? Want to see what Summer 2013 comedy blockbuster is getting a sequel? Find all that and more in the Wednesday February 26th edition of Epic News after the break....

Toy Review: Lead Foot from Monster 500 by Creata

  

    Back in October my father and I were walking through Toys R Us and stumbled across an entire end cap of Monster 500 product by Creata toys. I was impressed with the vast array of monsters, cryptids, and other cool creatures that the line had on display and my dad remarked that they reminded him of Rat Fink and some of the other designs from Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Monster 500 is a series of toy cars that feature some diecast metal parts and crazy monstrous riders from a variety of horror subgenres. Today I'm looking at the second figure in the series, Lead Foot. Based off of the legendary cryptid Big Foot and part of the "Lunatic Legends" subset, Lead Foot is ready to "'Squatch the Competition." Today's review of Lead Foot comes to you courtesy of John Gaither of The Clawful Punch! John was kind enough to send me a toy I'd been hunting for for years (more on that later) and packed in some other cool stuff like Lead Foot here, too! Thanks again, John! So, let's get into the review of Lead Foot.....

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Blu-Review: Severed Footage


     The creepiest found footage films typically blend together reality and fiction in a way that other genres just can't do. Like many of the works of H.P. Lovecraft or the epistolary style of horror literature classics such as Frankenstein and Dracula, the found footage style of filmmaking employs a tactic that works to cut out the "third person perspective" and put the audience right into the story. When Severed Footage came to my attention, I was quite intrigued to learn that it was based on actual events. That isn't an uncommon claim for a horror film to make but Severed Footage had the distinction of basing its story on events I recognized: between 2007 and 2011, severed feet in various tennis shoes were inexplicably washing up along the coast of Washington and British Columbia. In addition to this bizarre modern phenomena, the film's setting of Newcastle Island is a real place with its own haunted history as well. Blending together an unexplained modern occurrence with old ghost stories and history, Severed Footage definitely had a leg up on the competition (no pun intended) to create a truly chilling horror film. Does it succeed? Read on and find out...

Epic News: Tuesday February 25th 2014



The Tuesday February 25th 2014 edition of Epic News is brought to you by The Ghostbusters in honor of Harold Ramis.  The Epic Review calls the Ghostbusters for all of their paranormal investigative needs.  Want to see what IDW has planned for the 30th Anniversary of TMNT? Want to see yet another Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer? Want to know when Anchorman 2 will hit blu-ray?  Find all that and more in today's edition of Epic News after the break....

Action Figure Review: Glimmer from Masters of the Universe Classics by Mattel

    
     Masters of the Universe Classics has been cranking out figures since SDCC 2008. That's over five years! Five years of monthly action figures (sometimes more than monthly!) and we're just now getting Glimmer. It's about darn time! Glimmer, "The Guide Who Lights the Way," was one of the characters from the first series of She-Ra: Princess of Power action figures released in 1985 and was a prominent character on the Filmation animated series, appearing in 45 episodes. Honestly, I'm pretty sure she was the leader of the Great Rebellion until She-Ra/ Adora showed up, so her absence in this line for over five years would kind of be like Mattel not having released Man-at-Arms for half of a decade. I know I'm glad to finally have her in the line and I'm sure plenty of other Princess of Power fans are, too. Glimmer's the daughter of Queen Angella, the Queen of Brightmoon (another figure we desperately need in the line), and is gifted with a vast array of ill-defined powers that somehow involve the ability to utilize light. Ready for a review of Glimmer? Then join me after the break...

Monday, February 24, 2014

Harold Ramis, AKA Dr. Egon Spengler, has died at the age of 69


     It's always sad when someone whose work we appreciate passes away, but it hits a different level when that person is one of your childhood heroes. Mr. Ramis was one of mine. Honestly, one of the first things I can ever remember really caring about is Ghostbusters. It's one of the first movies I can vividly recall watching and there has never been a period in my life when Ghostbusters wasn't one of my favorite films (it constantly battles with Raiders of the Lost Ark for the title of my favorite movie). Mr. Ramis was a comedian, writer, and director who helped to create some of the most well loved comedies of all time: Caddyshack, Stripes, Vacation, Animal House, Groundhog Day, and of course, Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II. He was also a husband and a father to three children and an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

     But you know what? When my father texted me to inform me of the news, all I could think was that Egon Spengler died. I know that might sound rather silly or shallow, but that actually brought me to tears. I think it's indisputable that Dr. Egon Spengler was Ramis' most well know and beloved role. I don't know that any film cast could ever capture the chemistry and character that Ramis, Bill Murray, Dan Akyroyd, and Ernie Hudson brought to their roles as the Ghostbusters. There's never been a point in my life when the Ghostbusters weren't, to me, the epitome of cool. I know of nothing else to do but to watch the films tonight and to share a list of the greatest Egon Spengler quotes with you, after the break. Share them with friends and coworkers today and everyday in memory of Harold. Prayers and sympathies go out to his family, friends, and fellow Ghostbusters.

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 24: Toy Fair 2014




    In this special giant sized edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast rather than reviewing a film this week we spend the majority of the show covering Toy Fair 2014.  In their Toy Fair 2014 discussion The Reel Brad Bell and BBQ17 discuss the offerings from NECA, DC Collectibles, Playmates, Hasbro, Dark Horse and Funko among others.  They also discuss the items they must own from the show and Toy Fair 2014’s biggest disappointments.  Before that BBQ and Brad discuss what they have been CHECKING OUT: House of Cards Season 1, Star Wars Black Waves 1 and 2, and must watch bad horror films currently on Netflix watch instantly.  In EPIC NEWS: we discuss The Raid American Remake, Princess of Leia recasting rumors, and of course our thoughts on the recently released Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer.  We also get off into a few tangents in this one such as: the Star Wars characters we most want to see get the black series treatment!

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Epic News: Monday February 24th 2014


Want even more Toy Fair 2014 images than you can handle? Want to know who won the weekend box-office? Want to know when Lego Movie 2 will be out? Want to know what other Big Name DC Character may be joining The Batman Vs. Superman Movie? Want the scoop on a potential Space Jam 2?  Want to know when the Ultimate Spiderman comic will continue? Find all that and more in today's Monday February the 24th 2014 edition of Epic News after the break....

Micro Monday: Mighty Max Tangles with Lockjaw from Mighty Max by Bluebird/ Mattel

  
  It's Monday! That means it's time for another edition of Micro Monday! This week I'm looking at another Mighty Max set: Mighty Max Tangles with Lockjaw. Lockjaw is from the second series of Horror Heads and was released in 1993. I never owned this set as a kid; in fact, I just received it in the mail last week. I love how varied the sources of inspiration for the Mighty Max sets are as one minute you can have a set dealing with space aliens and the next minute you can have a set dealing with giant vampire bats. I loved the creativity of each set as a kid and still appreciate the detail and thought that went into each set even more as an adult. Take today's review, Mighty Max Tangles with Lockjaw. It's a set with a hulking, ax-wielding maniac chasing Max through an old barn. Doesn't that kind of remind you of Friday the 13th: Part 3 or Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers? I love these cool little nods to other horror and film franchises! Let's jump in and see all that Mighty Max Tangles with Lockjaw has to offer, shall we?

Friday, February 21, 2014

My 10 Toy Disappointments of 2013


     If you're going to talk about the good things that we get, you have to talk about the bad as well. Not all of these are bad products or bad toys. Some of them are just disappointments with the ways companies handled various toylines, toylines that didn't see any support this year, or toylines that were just too hard to find or non-existent.  These are not in any specific order, by the way. They are merely the ramblings of a madman with a box. Except I don't have a box. More details after the break...


Epic News Friday February 21st 2014


Want to see the latest figures from Star Wars Rebels close up? Want find out what Marvel's next Summer Blockbuster comic crossover will be? Want see the final main character of Star Wars Rebels? Want to see the first poster for Guardians of the Galaxy?  Find all this and more in today's TGIF edition of epic news after the break....

A New Batgirl Review: Batgirl from DC Comics Bombshells by DC Collectibles

  
   Late last year DC Collectibles began releasing their new line of statues based on the women of the DC Universe: DC Comics Bombshells. The series has quite an interesting art design style that involves taking the super gals of the DC Universe and rendering them as if they were 1940's era pin up models as might be seen on the sides of bombers. It's a really great idea and, let's be honest, it was guaranteed to work since DC Comics easily has the greatest line-up of females of any property on the planet. The line started out with a bang with Supergirl and has since covered Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn in a relatively short period of time. While I love the look of these figures, my money for higher end DC collectibles is all reserved for Batgirl merchandise. Well, now that Batgirl has finally made it into DC Comics Bombshells, it's time for me to check out this line and see if it's really the slick, spiritual successor to the Adam Hughes designed Cover Girls of the DC Universe that some have proclaimed it to be. Ready for a look at Barbara "Babs" Gordon as Batgirl in her 40's pin up finest? Then  join me after the break....

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Soda Shaq" by Arizona Beverages



     Shaquille O'Neil may have never been bigger! Not only does he have a role in the excellent The Lego Movie, but he also has his own line of soda from Arizona Beverages. I really don't drink much soda at all but I picked this up because A. I'm a sucker for strawberry cream soda, B. The can looks really cool and/ or crazy insane. Arizona seems to be the go to people for delicious beverages from celebrities, including their official Arnold Palmer lemonade and tea blends and their Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear honey lemondade, so it is cool to see Shaq get into the soda business. How's it taste, though? More refreshing details after the break....

Epic News: Thursday February 20th


Today's edition of Epic News is brought to you by Xavier's School for gifted youngsters.  Want to meet the weapons expert of Star Wars Rebels? Want to see who will play a major Villain in Fox's Gotham TV Show? Want to see four brand new photos from the set of X-men Days of Future Past? Find all that and more after the break....

Action Figure Review: Casey Jones from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Playmates

    
     Goongala! Goongala! Casey Jones has finally arrived in Playmates Toys' new TMNT series based on the Nickelodeon cartoon and he's as weird, wacky, and vicious as ever.  Casey Jones definitely has a long history with the franchise and has appeared in a number of different TMNT media incarnations, perhaps most famously in the original 1990 film where he was played by Elias Koteas. Casey Jones is a fantastic character and, while he's had had a number of diverse portrayals, almost always manages to be both sympathetic and awesome. He and April have really become the kind of "everyman" and "everywoman" characters for the franchise which I absolutely think helps to integrate new generations of fans into the popularity. Casey Jones is without a doubt both my second favorite TMNT character (behind Raphael) and my second favorite Grateful Dead song (behind "Uncle John's Band"), but his figure might just be my favorite from this new line. Ready for a look? Then join me after the break....

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Comic Book Review: Captain America Castaway in Dimension Z Volume 1

Is Rick Remender's Cap one for a new generation?
    
    Anytime comic readers see a company wide reboot as we have with Marvel's Marvel Now and DC Comics' The New 52 over the past few year, the question is always "How much will actually change?"  While DC’s New 52 changed the world of the characters we love, Marvel Now was a bit different in changing the types of stories that would be told with each of their characters.  So how did Marvel change the type of stories written about one of its most beloved and well know characters: The Star Spangled Avenger Captain America?  Find out after the break….

Epic News Wednesday February 18th 2014


Today's humpday edition of Epic News is brought to you by Dex's Diner, the Epic Review's favorite dining spot in the galaxy.  Want to know the latest actor up for a gig in Star Wars Episode 7 is? Want to see the steps Gal Gadot has taken to play Wonder Woman? Want to see the upcoming official X-men Lego release?  Find all that and more after the break....

Must Watch: Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer 1


The much anticipated first trailer of Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Directed by James Gunn, 
out August 1st is finally here!

Action Figure Review: Deadshot from The New 52 Super Villains- Suicide Squad by DC Collectibles

    
     A few weeks ago I reviewed Harley Quinn from DC Collectibles' New 52 based Suicide Squad series, and now I'm finally getting around to reviewing Deadshot (I bought them both at the same time). While the character first appeared back in Batman # 59 during the summer of 1950, this version of Deadshot is based on his appearance in The New 52. In The New 52 Floyd Lawton is a primary member of the Suicide Squad, being forced to join after being captured by Batman and given a life sentence after a failed assasination attempt on a senator. While he's definitely an enemy of the Bat, Lawton does garner sympathy from the reader since his primary motivation now seems to be reuniting with his daughter. I guess you'd put him in the antihero camp. There have been a few Deadshot figures released by both Mattel and DC Direct/ DC Collectibles, and there's also an Arkham Origins Deadshot soon to come. Ready to take a look at Floyd and see if he measures up to previous released versions of the character? Then join me after the break...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MUST WATCH: Vanilla Ice Sings Go Ninja, Go and Sells Macaroni & Cheese

Is RoboCop a Viable 21st Century Character? (Movie Review: RoboCop 2014)

25 years after the original Robocop's release, does the character still matter?

       Anytime you reboot a franchise it's a tricky prospect; anytime you reboot a beloved franchise or character it is a different task entirely.  Succeed and you become a legend in the eyes of the fan base (see J.J Abrams and the Star Trek reboot). Fail and you could potentially ruin a great character for an entire generation (see the 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street reboot).  Rebooting RoboCop was the task given to relatively new filmmaker Jose Padilha.  So, did Padilha give us a Robocop for a new generation or did he simply provide a slicker version of the Paul Verhoven classic?  Find out after the break….

Epic News Tuesday February 18th 2014


The Tuesday February 18th 2014 edition of epic news is brought to you by Skynet, the epic review's most trusted defense system.  Want to see the latest Hot Toy? Want to see the latest teaser for the upcoming Disney Star Wars show: Rebels? Want to see the first official hi-res images from Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy film? Want to see the next comic Gail Simone has been hard at work on? Find all that and more in today's edition of epic news after the break....

Action Figure Review: ED-209 from RoboCop by NECA

   
     Looking back, it's really quite baffling as to how many of my favorite toys as a kid were based off of R-rated films that I really never got to see until I was much older (in some cases, not until I was an adult). Without ever having seen the films in most cases, properties like Aliens, Rambo, The Terminator, The Toxic Crusader, Predator, and RoboCop managed to ingrain themselves into my young mind based on the strength of their premises and character designs alone. Well, RoboCop may have had some help in making an impact on my young mind, and it's all thanks to the ED-209. When I was quite young (this had to be around 89 or 90) my family got invited to dinner with some neighbors. We went to their house and my parents went to the dining room where the adults were eating hors d'oeuvres while I went down to the basement where the kids were watching a movie. It was RoboCop, and I walked right in on the scene where the ED-209 malfunctions and shoots Kinney dozens of times. At the time I was absolutely horrified as I had never seen anything quite like that before. I had never owned the Kenner version of the toy so I had no other frame of reference for this terrifying mechanical monstrosity that had just gunned down a man for seemingly no reason. It's interesting to think back on that as an adult, (particularly in regards to the way that the ED-209 is depicted in the film and its sequels, because the ED-209 actually comes off as more of a joke or comedic element than a terrifying droid. Still, he does make a darn fine action figure and NECA did an excellent job with him. It's amazing how NECA seems to be able to do things that most other companies claim to be impossible, isn't it? Anyways, to help you to make the best decision as to whether or not you need to add an ED-209 to your action figure shelf, here's a handy FAQ!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 23: The Robocop Remake



He's Back!

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    In Episode 23 of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review one of our most anticipated films of Winter/Spring 2014: Jose Padilha’s Robocop Remake.  We also get into what we have been checking out: The original Star Wars, Trilogy, Frank Miller’s Robocop 2 graphic novel, The Jason Bateman and Jennifer Anniston film Switch, The Sacha Baron Cohen film The Dictator, and the epic PC game Civ 5.  In Epic News we discuss: Star Wars: The Clone Wars coming to Netflix March 7th,  FOX’s upcoming Gotham TV Show, Spiderman’s upcoming brand new origin comic: Learning to Crawl by Dan Slott, and The Wonder Year’s finally coming to DVD sometime in 2014.  

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Epic News: Monday February 15th 2014



Today's Edition of Epic News is brought to you by OCP, the place where the Epic Review goes for all of it's security needs.  Want your first look at the Millennium Falcon in Episode 7, Want to know who the next hero  to get their own solo film from Marvel Studios will be? Want to know who won the Valentines Weekend box-office? Find all that and more after the break....

Micro Monday: Mighty Max Blows Up Dino Lab from Mighty Max by Bluebird/ Mattel

   
 I've heard some great feedback from some of you who love not just Mighty Max but micro playsets in general, so I'm going to keep on keeping on and bring you a review of a classic micro playset every Monday. Today I'm looking at a Mighty Max Doom Zone that I always wanted as a kid but never owned: Mighty Max Blow Up Dino Lab! Dino Lab was part of the second series of Doom Zones released in 1993 and definitely seems to be inspired by Jurassic Park in some way. Outside of the United States, it was also called "Mighty Max Blows Up Mutasaurus". While I love revisiting sets I have from childhood, I also love checking sets I never owned. Lots of new discoveries can be had when opening up a Mighty Max set, so how about you hold on to your butts and join me after the break....

Sunday, February 16, 2014

I'm The Tag Team Champions Part 2: Looking to the future

Could the USO's be the next Samoan's to leave a lasting legacy in the WWE?

    A set of brothers have also rose to take on the likings of the tag team team division. Jimmy and Jey Uso, sons of Rikishi, are Samoan superstars a hint of their father’s likeness during his Too Cool days with Scotty Too Hotty and Grand Master Sexay. These high flying superstars give us an unforgettable entrance, as they enter with a Polynesian were dance called the “Haka” and a loud fiery boom! The Uso’s are a young competitive team that come from the same family as other superstars like the Rock and Roman Reigns. If they can live up to their father’s expectations, we can expect great things from this team in the future. See what other superstars we think are the future of tag team wrestling after the break....

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Epic Wrassling: CM Punk Vs. The Green Ranger


So now that CM punk is out of his contracts and wants to do MMA. Why not me? He already said he’d fight me. I got this video from a fan. Come on CM punk we could make this a awesome fight. Plus his weight is way down… I’ll make any weight to make this happen!!”
-          Jason David Frank


Could this Epic Match Up actually happen?Find out after the break....

Friday, February 14, 2014

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 22: Most anticipated films of Winter/Spring 2014 and The Monuments Men


Could The Monument's Men be George Clooney's Monumental Masterpiece?

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In Episode 22 of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review George Clooney's potential masterpiece: The Monument's Men and countdown most anticipated films of Winter/Spring 2014!

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Epic News: Valentines Day 2014


Happy Valentines Day 2014 from The Epic Review Team!  Want to see the Marvel Legends Guardians of the Galaxy figures for the first time?  Want to see the trailer for the film critics are calling Nic Cage's return to greatness? Want the scoop on Sacha Baron Cohen's next epic comedy? Unwrap all in this Valentine Day's edition of Epic News after the break....

Action Figure Review: Night Fighter RoboCop from RoboCop by NECA

 
   Back in 1989 Kenner Toys released their second series of RoboCop and the Ultra Police figures based on the animated series (and the incredibly violent, R-rated 1987 film). I distinctly remember going to the store and buying two figures from that second series: The villainous Scorcher and Nightfighter RoboCop. Not only did Nightfighter RoboCop glow in the dark but he also featured a massive gatling gun in place of his right arm. While most of my childhood RoboCop collection got sold off at some point, I have fond memories of that figure. Fortunately, NECA stepped in and released an updated version of Night Fighter RoboCop in 2012 in homage to that classic figure. Why would RoboCop need to glow in the dark? Who cares! For more glow in the dark, night fightin' fun, join me after the break....

Thursday, February 13, 2014

So....That Awkward Moment: Hilarious Bromance or Stereotypical Chick Flick?

So....is this a Chick Flick or a Bromance?

    Depending on how you viewed the trailer for That Awkward Moment, directed by Tom Gormician, either one of two things popped into your head: Maybe you thought, " Wow! This looks like a hilarious bromance with a great cast in the form of Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan that could be kind of like I Love You Man."  Or, perhaps you thought the film looked like a stereotypical chick flick starring Zac Effron.  Of course, your perception of the film most likely varied depending on if you are a girl or guy. So....what was That Awkward Moment? Hilarious bromance or your typical chick flick? Find out after the break....

Epic News Thursday February 13th!


Today's edition of of Epic News is brought to you by The Annual Purge.  Want to see the first trailer for the purge 2?  Want to know what beloved American Sitcom is finally coming to DVD? Want to see who will play Bullock in the upcoming Gotham TV show on FOX?  Find all that and more after The Break....

Toy Review: S.U.C.K.L.E. Series 1 by DKE Toys

 
 S.U.C.K.L.E. is a series of minifigures funded through Kickstarter and created by the Sucklord, a pop artist who specializes in creating pop culture (often Star Wars themed) toy art utilizing the look and feel of bootleg toy making through his company, Suckadelic. Like all good minifigure lines, S.U.C.K.L.E. is an acronym that stands for something: Simply unimportant collectible kitchy little eyesores. With designs based on projects by the Super Sucklord and friends and featuring the sculpting talents of George Gaspar of October Toys, this was definitely a cool way to get minifigure fans interested in the Suckadelic Universe. The intention of this projects seems to be that Kickstarter donations helped to fund the creation of this first batch of minis so that these guys can continue to be available and sold to the masses. If that's the case, hopefully more folks can pick these guys up later on down the road. I've always had a passion for unarticulated, non-painted minifigures and these guys are some of the purest examples of that aesthetic we've seen. Ready for a look at these cool guys? Then join me after the break...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Why Everything is Awesome in The Lego Movie: A Review


     I can't remember that I have had as much fun and simply felt as much joy while watching a movie as I did during The Lego Movie. It's one of those rare films that seems like it truly has the ability to appeal to all ages and demographics due to the strength of the story, the wonderfully silly (and often clever) humor, and the sheer charm of the film. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller took a concept that easily could have been a simple cash grab based on one of the most recognizable toys in existence and turned it into a fantastically wonderful film that I hope will eventually stand beside other modern animated classics. Featuring licensed characters, celebrity voices, bizarre, sometimes surreal humor, and a world spanning tale, The Lego Movie seems like a premise that on paper would just come across as rather silly, but somehow from concept to completed film, Lord and Miller managed to weave magic into the celluloid that makes up every frame of the film. Ready for the thoughts of a Lego fan on The Lego Movie? Then read on after the break.....

Epic News Wednesday February 12th 2014


Today's Edition of Epic News is brought to you by Star Labs.  Want to find out who is playing The Penguin and Alfred in Fox's Gotham TV Show? Want to get a Sneak Peek NECA's next Rambo figure?  Find all that and more in today's Hump Day edition of Epic News after the break....

Lego Review: Batman: The Riddler Chase from DC Comcis Superheroes by Lego


  I remember that when I was in middle school my friend Felix was much more of a Batman fan than I was (Batman was like a slow burn for me, erupting into a full grown obsession the older I got) and when we'd spend weekends constructing Lego cities, Felix would devote a great deal of time trying to construct a Lego Batmobile. While there were some cool sets available when I was in middle school (this would have been the mid 90's) we definitely weren't at the point where Lego had started releasing licensed sets. I think Lego would have been irresistible to me back then if Star Wars and Batman sets had existed! Heck, they're irresistible to me now! Today I'm looking at one of the new 2014 DC Superheroes sets: Batman- The Riddler Chase. It's been showing up at many stores alongside of Man-Bat Attack and looks to be the second largest set being released this year (only four sets have been revealed with two of those coming out this spring). Ready for a look at The Riddler Chase? Then join me after the break....

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monuments Men: Oscar Quality film or Monumental Letdown?

Could The Monuments Men have won best picture? 

  When the 2013 Oscar talk first began, George Clooney's The Monuments Men was considered one of the front runners (if not the odds on favorite by many film critics and cinephiles) to win best picture.  Originally scheduled for a December 18th, 2013 release, the film seemed to be in a prime awards season spot right in the thick of Holiday movie season.  With an all-star cast that included: Clooney himself (Lt. Frank Stokes), Matt Damon (Lt. James Granger), Bill Murray (Sgt. Richard Campbell), and John Goodman (Sgt. Walter Garfield), the film seemed like a shoe in for, at the very least, a best picture nomination.  A delay due to special effects, however, caused The Monuments Men to be pushed back to a February 7th release, thus making it ineligible for this years Academy Awards.   While many inside the film community urged director George Clooney to rush the film for awards consideration, Clooney stuck to his guns stating that story and quality mattered more than awards in the case of The Monuments Men.  So did the delay help the film? Was The Monument's Men truly a best picture quality film? Find out after the break....

R.I.P: Shirley Temple

R.I.P: Shirley Temple

    They say the well known die in threes; just last week we lost Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Windrix, and today at the age of 85 legendary actress Shirley Temple has passed away.  The Epic Review team's thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones. May she rest in peace!

Epic News Tuesday February 11th 2014


    Want to know what the next epic Lego set might be? Interested to know when the next incarnation of Power Rangers will debut? Want to get the scoop on a possible Escape from NY remake? Want to see the final Captain America 2 Trailer? Want to know who will win best actor at this year's Academy Awards?  Find all that and more in today's edition of Epic News after the break....

Action Figure Review: Sergeant Craig Windrix from Aliens by NECA

   
 Now Hicks and Hudson don't have to hunt bugs by themselves anymore; Sgt. Windrix is here to make sure the Xenomorphs get served up roasty and toasty! Who is Sergeant Craog Windrix, though? He's definitely not a character you'll see in the film Aliens; he's a new character with a backstory that is simultaneously touching, awesome, and heartbreaking. Sgt. Windrix is based on an actual man: Craig Windrix, the brother of NECA sculptor Kyle Windrix. The figure was revealed at Preview Night of SDCC 2013 and we quickly learned that Craig Windrix was a friend of the good folks at NECA who was fighting Stage 4 Stomach Cancer. Since Craig was an Aliens fan, NECA worked with Fox to get permission to create this figure to honor their friend and to give collectors another awesome Colonial Marine to add to their shelves. Unfortunately Craig lost his battle with cancer last week. Today, we're going to review this figure that stands as a loving tribute by the NECA family to a friend and brother. I'm sure that we've all lost loved ones to cancer and I hope that in some small way, Sgt. Windrix gives us some hope and reminder of the brave spirits of our loved ones but also of the grim determination we all need to show to eventually find a way to kick the ass of this insidious disease that's far worse than any alien infestation (I don't usually use profanity, but for cancer? That bastard gets an exception). Lead the way, Sgt. Windrix! More after the break....

Monday, February 10, 2014

Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode 21: The Lego Movie


We promise this podcast will not be too dark and brooding!

This podcast is no longer available if you would like a copy please email us at thepicreview@gmail.com


    In the 21st edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review the film collectors have waited a lifetime for: The Lego Movie, Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller.  In the what we have been checking out segment we delve into The original Robocop Trilogy, The Last of Us for PS3, the Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller film: That Awkward Moment from Director Tom Gormican, as well as Captain America and Thor Marvel Now graphic novels.  In this week's epic news segment we discuss: the tragic passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, whether or not it is moral to recreate a deceased actor digitally, Captain America 3, Thor 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, and the series upcoming Disney XD cartoon, the latest Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Casting news of Paul Bettany playing Vision, the Ms. Marvel Avengers 2 rumor, and the upcoming 52 week comic book epic from DC Batman Eternal.  


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Epic News: Monday February 10th 2014


  Todays edition of Epic News is brought to you by the Nelson and Murdock Law firm, where the epic review goes for all of it's legal needs.  Want to see what may be the next film to be a part of phase 3 of Marvel's cinematic universe? Want to know what hero may soon join The Avengers 2 Roster? Want to know who will play Jim Gordon in the upcoming Gotham TV show on FOX? Want to see the cover to final ever issue of Kick-Ass?  Find it all after the break....

Micro Monday: Mighty Max Conquers the Palace of Poison from Mighty Max by Bluebird/ Mattel

   
      Welcome back to what's sure to be some plentiful Mighty Max coverage here at ThEpic Review. Every year I try to pick one or two vintage lines to collect and this year I'm turning my attention to Mighty Max, aline released in 1992 by Bluebird Toys and distributed in the US by Mattel. I'm going to try and have a Mighty Max Monday feature every week for the near future just because I want to and Mighty Max is amazingly awesome. Today I'll be looking at one of the series one Doom Zones from 1992: Mighty Max Conquers the Palace of Poison! This is a set that I had as a kid but somewhere along the way I sold it. I bought this one online a few years ago to fill the gap that was left in both my collection and my heart. Ready for a tour of a creepy Egyptian tomb filled with enough snakes and mummies to rival even the Well of Souls? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Epic Wrassling: I'm the tag team champions Part 1

Team Hell No, is one rare recent examples of decent tag team wrestling!

     Compared to the previous years of tag team division wrestling, adversity and competition has decreased. The Brotherhood, the Shield, the and the USO’s are all excellent teams with great potential, but lack the charisma as a true tag team. Teams like Edge and Christian, the Hardy Boyz, and the Dudley Boyz are hard to find. Each of these teams could capture the crowd at the hit of their theme song and prepare each fan for a well-executed match. Of course wrestling has changed over time due to the increased promotion of family entertainment, but fans would still like to see teams with a little more edge. After the break we will analyze tag teams from different generations and try and uncover the change from one generation to the next....