Happy Masters of the Universe Day, everyone!
Monday, April 28, 2014
Last year, Mattel surprised Masters of the Universe collectors by releasing The Spirit of Hordak, an unannounced chase figure sold exclusively on their website. This year we were informed about the sale in advance and thus knew that Loo-Kee and a Filmation colored Kowl would be the two minifigures sold together this year as the 2014 chase figure. These were sold in Mattel's early access for Club Eternia subscribers earlier this month and fortunately my wife was able to pick them up for me (along with Goat Man). Last year I wrote a little rant about Mattel offering a chase figure here, and I still stand by pretty much everything I said. Back in the late 90's when chase figures emerged as a concept in the action figure industry, they served the legitimate purpose of getting collectors to check the stores on a regular basis. Most companies had multiple toylines out so even if you didn't find the Spawn or X-Men figure you were looking for, you still might purchase a Total Chaos or Spider-Man item. These were toys intentionally designed to be difficult to find to ultimately help the company sell more stock. So, what's the point in an online only line that sells mostly direct to subscribers? Unless Mattel wanted Mattycollector.com to get more hits or Mattel did this as a favor to Digital River to get them some extra overpriced shipping income on a very light item, it seems like a rather silly idea. Still, I've got Loo-Kee and Kowl now. How are they? Read on and find out after the break...
Happy Masters of the Universe Day 2014 everyone! While we've got some great Masters of the Universe Classics reviews lined up for you today, I also wanted to do something special and kind of silly. It's a Masters of the Universe hidden names story! In the short, poorly written story below I have hidden the names of around 50 Masters of the Universe characters. Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power, New Adventures, 200x, mini-comics, they're all covered! They're mostly hidden within or between words, however. You might, for instance, see a sentence such as "The lion's mane faces the south." Look at that sentence again: "mane faces" actually is Man-E-Faces hidden right in plain sight. Pretty cool, huh?
Here are the rules!
1. Characters, creatures, and vehicles are all included!
2. Even if a character appears more than once, they only are counted one time.
3. While the names are all spelled right, hyphens and such have been left out.
4. Have fun! Comment below and us know how many you found! The fun begins after the break....
Masters of the Universe fans are typically pretty divided on Gary Goddard's 1987 Masters of the Universe. Me, I love it. Yeah, I'm not thrilled that large parts of the film took place on earth due to budgetary restrictions, but overall it's definitely one of my favorite representations out there (we discussed the film in depth last year for Masters of the Universe Day 2013 on the Confirmed Epic Podcast: Check it out!). That being said, I'm super thrilled that we've finally received our first figure from the film in Masters of the Universe Classics: Blade! Portrayed by actor and master stuntman Anthony De Longis (seriously, the guy taught both Indiana Jones and Catwoman how to use a whip!) Blade was a character created exclusively for the 1987 film who managed to get an action figure in the vintage toyline. Mattel doesn't have the rights to the 1987 film but since Blade was released in the vintage line, he's apparently fair game. That's great because not only is Blade an awesome looking character (he's been on my wishlist for a long time) but De Longis has also been a supporter of the line and involved in the MOTU fan community. It's about time someone who has done something for MOTU gets a figure, eh? Anyways, ready to learn more about Blade? Then join me after the break...
Other sites participating today are:
Blast Processing Entertainment Network!
MOTUC Fan Page!
The Epic Review!
Please visit all of these sites today and check out their great Masters of the Universe content as well!
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
|Image from StarWars.com|
Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm and announced Star Wars: Episodes VII, VIII, and IX, we've been wondering how the Star Was Expanded Universe would be handled moving forward. Today on Star Wars.com, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy is quoted as part of a feature where the past and the future of the Expanded Universe is determined. Here's the details:
*The Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy are obviously still considered absolute canon, but now The Clone Wars is placed alongside of the films as absolute canon. Previously these were considered as the second level of canon (T-canon for television canon) to the films' first level (G-canon for George Lucas canon), but now they're considered to be "the immovable objects of Star Wars history, the characters and events to which all other tales must align."
*Moving forward, all Star Wars media will be connected and managed by a story team. The announcement calls this "interconnected storytelling" and seems to imply that all future media releases will have the same level of canonicity as the films.
*I think most of assumed this, but it is clearly stated that "Star Wars Episodes VII-IX will not tell the same story told in the post-Return of the Jedi Expanded Universe. While the universe that readers knew is changing, it is not being discarded." The article states that authors can still bring non-conflicting elements from the previous Expanded Universe into new material.
*The old Expanded Universe stories aren't going anywhere. They will be sold under the "Star Wars Legends" banner (see picture above).
I've still got some questions and more thoughts on this, though, but I'll delve into those further after the break....
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
To expand his ever growing body of knowledge, Barbecue17 enrolled in a film appreciation class at his local college. He has been kind enough to send copies of his class assignments to ThEpic Review for days when we just don't have enough content to post.
Movie Thoughts by Barbecue17
The movie I watched: City of the Living Dead (AKA The Gates of Hell)
It was directed by: Lucio Fulci
It was released in: 1980
Please briefly summarize the plot: When a priest named Father Thomas commits suicide in a cemetery in the town of Dunwich, he sets off a series of events that include the dead returning to life, a psychic falling into a comatose state, and a portal to Hell opening up. While an investigative journalist and a psychic try to find the mysterious town of Dunwich, the residents of the cursed town try to survive the strange happenings. As people continue to die under odd circumstances, the town itself slowly transforms into something out of a nightmare.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Is the NFL's first licensed film a boom or bust?
Sports films are some of the trickiest sub-genre films to pull off within Hollywood. Within that subcategory, football films are an even tougher sell. Sports films always seem to be hit or miss. You either seem to get an enduring emotional journey or a forgettable macho piece of garbage that fails to cover the essence of the particular sport the film features. Often this is the case due to lack of willingness from professional sports organizations to lend their likeness rights. Well, that was all before the film Money Ball transcended the sub-genre garnering Academy praise in several categories. Suddenly the hottest sport in America, the NFL, thought "Hey! If the MLB can make a great film based on personnel decisions, so can we. Draft Day is on the clock after the break…..
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Nudar from Toynami's Futurama series 4, I figured I'd go ahead and review the other figure from that same series: Captain Yesterday. In the episode "Less than Hero" Fry and Leela develop superpowers after using a tube of Dr. Flimflam's Miracle Cream. Bringing in Bender, they proceed to form the New Justice Team and fight to rid New New York of crime! Using costumes supplied by Bender, Fry garbs himself in disco themed outfit and adopts the moniker of Captain Yesterday. Alongside of Clobberella and Super King, Captain Yesterday uses his lickity speed to protect the future and become a minor celebrity. Does your desk need a fast blast from the past to defend it from super villains? Then check out this review of Captain Yesterday after the break...
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
real life battle Birnkrant had with the State of New York centering around their desire to put a landfill right next to his home. The second cool thing about the toyline was that they were sold in little biodegradable trash bags. When you dropped the bag in water (I remember my parents filling up the sink for me) the green trash bag dissolved and an effervescent tablet inside fizzed, revealing your plastic minifigure. Would you get an evil Trashor or a heroic Disposer? Who would it be? Today's figure is Bio-Degrador, one of the Disposers. He isn't from my original collection; I obtained him secondhand recently as I'm working to complete my collection of the original 36 figures. Ready for a closer look at this crazy cool minifigure? Then join me after the break...
Of all of the animated comedy shows that have appeared on prime time, Futurama is my second favorite (#1 goes to King of the Hill). I've been watching back through the series again and catching a number of the episodes I had missed when the show was relaunched on Comedy Central; man, there are some real tearjerkers in Futurama! A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to pick up a few more Futurama figures, so I began searching the internet. I've owned Bender and Kif for quite some time but hadn't realized how expensive some of these figures had gotten! Try and find a Zap Brannigan or a Dr. Zoidberg for anything resembling a reasonable price. It can't be done! Fortunately, though, I found an interesting deal that included the all six of the series four, five, and six figures plus the Robot Santa build a figure for only $60. It had some of my favorites such as Amy Wong, Calculon, and all three members of the New Justice Team. It also had the subject of today's review, Nudar. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against Nudar (voiced by David Herman, AKA Michael Bolton from Office Space) as he was a pretty significant character in the film Bender's Big Score, but he's definitely a one-shot character that doesn't have the kind of fan love that other characters have. Since he's easily my least favorite figure in the line, I figured I'd review him first. Ready for a closer look at the Nudist Alien Scammer leader Nudar? Then join me after the break....
Monday, April 14, 2014
Does The Raid 2 live up to hype of being our most anticipated film of Winter/Spring 2014?
By a miracle from the film gods The Epic Review's most anticipated film of Winter/Spring 2014 finally made it to the Hollywood Foothills of NC. Despite being an Indonesian martial arts film the original movie, The Raid: Redemption, quickly garnered a cult following within film circles thus ensuring a major wave of anticipation among film junkies for its sequel. Could The Raid 2: Berandal live up to the original? Find out after the break...
Friday, April 11, 2014
October Toys' website. If you're not familiar with Toy Break, it's a fun little webshow and podcast that focuses on toys; action figures, designer vinyls, minifigures, Toy Break covers it all. Check out their cool show later but check out their cool little minifigure mascot guy right now, after the break of course...
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Clawful Punch helped me to finally complete my Silent Screamers set by hooking me up with the subject of today's review, Maria from the 1927 film Metropolis! Thanks, John! Surprisingly, I actually haven't seen Fritz Lang's Metropolis, so I guess that's something I'll have to put on my to do list. In the meantime, let's check out this figure, shall we?
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
October Toys a couple of weeks ago, I ended up finding a cool little surprise in my order: A glow in the dark Minigwin. According to the October Toys website:
"The Gwin is a curious creature based on Tux, created by Larry Ewing & The GIMP. Gwins spend most of their time eating, sleeping, and hoarding treasure. They often form “armies” to protect their amassed riches. Now is your chance to build your own Gwin Army to guard your prized possessions!"
I think most of us who collect minifigures (and probably action figures and toys in general) love glow in the dark stuff. There's something fun about walking in my toy room at night and seeing the various stuff that's glowing with that familiar, comforting glow. Minigwin is a tiny little mini, so this is going to be a tiny little review. More after the break....
1. Grandma dressed like Skeletor to play Masters of the Universe with me!I shared this one last year on Masters of the Universe Day, but I'm sharing it again here:
Many of my action figure related memories stem from my grandma, but one of the most significant ones that sticks out for me was when I was staying at Grandma's house and she came out of her bedroom dressed like Skeletor. The 1987 movie had just came out, but I was too scared to go see it, only being around 3 or 4 at the time. Anyways, I did want to play He-Man and so I went and grabbed 2 belts, some red shorts, and a pot lid, and came out looking for evil. And find evil I did! When Grandma came out of her room dressed in a hooded robe with her face covered in cold cream and wielding a broom as her Havok Staff, I actually was kind of scared at first. When your grandma dresses up like Skeletor to play Masters of the Universe with you, you know she loves you!
More memories after the break....
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Battle Shell Raphael and all that time I've had the rest of these guys just sitting on my shelf. Since we're seeing a bunch of traffic related to all things TMNT due to the release of the trailer for the new film coming out this summer, I figured I'd go ahead and review another one of these guys. Other than Casey Jones, I haven't bought any other TMNT figures this year. I've been overly impressed with some of the new offerings and if you remember my review of Battle Shell Raph, I wasn't overly impressed by him either. I get that Playmates has tried to make these figures look more like their very stylized cartoon counterparts, but it's just not a look that's as appealing to me on a toy as it is in a cartoon. Anyways, here's a closer look at Leo....
Could Captain America: The Winter Soldier
be Marvel's The Dark Knight ?
Fear versus freedom is a question that has been ingrained in American society since September 11th, 2001. Since that tragic day many films have handled controversial issues surrounding not only terrorism, but also the subsequent Patriot Act legislation that followed. Since that piece of legislation allowed the government to keep an extra close eye on Americans to keep them safe, many films, TV shows, books, and comics have tackled the issue. Specifically pertaining to the world of superheros, the Marvel comic book crossover Civil War tackled this subject through the topic of superhero registration. It was probably most definitively handled, however, by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008 by posing the concept that you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. After Nolan did such a great job tackling that issue by using Batman, when it looked like Captain America: The Winter Soldier would deal with the same Patriot Act inspired issue the question became, "could this be Marvel’s Dark Knight or just another liberty versus security story to fall by the way side?" Find out after the break….
Monday, April 7, 2014
Even by typing those words I'm not one hundred percent sure it even happened. After 21 straight victories at Wrestlemania, The Undertaker lost. Let that sink in for a moment. The Undertaker lost. At Wrestlemania. We witnessed the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Daniel Bryan finally won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. I'm going to go segment by segment after the break.
In the 26th Edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast Gina and Kristen return to help the boys review one of their most anticipated films of 2014: Captain America The Winter Soldier Directed by the Russo Brothers, as well as the Community GI Joe spoof episode: GI Jeff. The gang also gets into what they have been checking out: The How I Met Your Mother Series Finale (Spoiler Free), Table Top Day 2014, Classic Plastic Toy Soldiers, Bob’s Burgers, Season 3, and Once Upon A Time on ABC. In the Epic News segment we discuss the possibilities of a Goonie’s 2, DC Collectibles new Batman The Animated Series Figures, and Johnny Knoxville voicing Leonardo in Michael Bay’s TMNT reboot.
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What's the greatest Ghostbusters toyline ever? The Real Ghostbusters from Kenner? Nope. Mattel's Ghostbusters line? Absolutely not. NECA's offerings? Please. The best Ghostbusters line ever is Diamond Select and Art Asylum's Ghostbusters Minimates. Not only does the line contain nearly every character from the two films but it also contains characters from the videogame and The Real Ghostbusters animated series. It's been quite awhile since there were any new Ghostbuster minimates released (November of 2011, I believe) so I was thrilled to see that Diamond had another boxed set slated. While it doesn't give us any new characters, it does give us the first versions of the Ghostbusters from the line with removable proton packs. Honestly, that's enough reason for me to jump in and snatch these guys up, even as someone who owns most everything released in the line. For new collectors, this is also a great chance to get the four guys themselves in their uniforms from the first film. Ready for a look a these guys? Then join me after the break....