Revisiting Extreme Ghostbusters, The Original Reboot

With all of the focus on the all-female 2016 reboot of Ghostbusters, there is an often overlooked corner of the franchise which actually was the first attempt at bringing a new generation of fans into the fold. That attempt was called Extreme Ghostbusters, an animated series that ran for 40 episodes in the latter half of 1997.


Extreme Ghostbusters was extremely extreme

It was essentially meant to be Ghostbusters: The Next Generation, set years after the end of The Real Ghostbusters series with a pony tailed Egon Spengler as the last remaining OG (original Ghostbuster) leading a new college-aged team of Ghostbusters against meaner and badder paranormal entities with updated equipment and extreme attitudes.

Unlike other cartoon series at the time, there was a conscientious decision to keep Extreme Ghostbusters in the same timeline as The Real Ghostbusters. Many of the creative folks behind the first series returned to work on the new series; most notable voice actor Maurice LaMarche who returned to voice Egon Spengler.

Extreme Ghostbusters ran in syndication for just one season; but was supported by a toy line from Trendmasters which featured several action figures, vehicles and even role playing toys. Oddly enough there were three video games based on Extreme Ghostbusters, one each for the Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance and PlayStation consoles.


Trendmaster’s Extreme Ghostbusters Proton Power Pack

Having gone back and watched few episodes of Extreme Ghostbusters I can see why it did not catch on.  The tone of the show was a bit darker and seemed to skew more to the adolescent set who were probably more apt to be watching South Park or shamefully watching Pokemon after school.

As a concept, it looked great on paper.  Reinvigorate the franchise and get new fans hooked and maybe sell a few new toys as well.  Eventually Extreme Ghostbusters was cancelled and sentenced to purgatory, but not before seeing home release on VHS and DVD along with a smattering of reruns across several different channels.

If you really want the authentic Extreme Ghostbusters experience circa 1997, you can check out the official website that is somehow still operational in 2015. There you can take a tour of the firehouse, download some kick ass screen savers or even get the low down on the lastest Ghostbuster Gizmos!

Infuriating LEGO Math: The “Scooby Doo” Edition

img160x210_scooby-dooOn August 1st The LEGO Group will be releasing their line of sets based on Scooby Doo, which is a franchise that has been on television in one variation or another since 1969.  Cartoon Network is launching a new series, Be Cool, Scooby Doo, later this year and I guess it seemed as good a time as ever for some new merchandise.

Our LEGO Overlords are quite cruel when it comes to these licensed themes, breaking up teams across multiple sets to ensure that parents and AFOLs alike will have to spend a good amount of money to round out the group.

The members of Mystery Inc.are spread across five sets in this initial wave, with Shaggy and Scooby in every single set.  Velma and Fred appear in only one set each, with Daphne making an appearance in two sets.  There are two variations of Scooby Doo, one sitting and the other standing.  The sitting Scooby appears in two sets while the remaining three have the standing variants.

In order to complete the Mystery Inc. squad (that will give you both Scooby variants) you are going to have to pick up 75902 Mystery Machine, 75904 Mystery Mansion, and 75901 Mystery Plane Adventure at a total of $139.97!  Zoinks!!!!!

I have a distinct feeling that 75902 Mystery Machine will be the hottest seller of the bunch, and may prove difficult to locate at retail, much like 76031 The Hulk Buster Smash was leading up to the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Keep in mind this pricing is based on the prices listed at LEGO Shop @ Home.  If you are shopping at Toys R Us or any of the big box retailers expect to pay a little bit more of a markup.

Arm Chair SDCC ’15 – Hall H Line Chaos, Transformers Combiner Wars, Mondo’s Mutant Turtles and More!

ArmchairSDCC15The dust has settled on the first day of San Diego Comic Con as attendees are hurrying back to their hotel rooms to try and flip exclusives on eBay or sneak into industry after parties.

While the big panels in Hall H are gearing up for Friday afternoon, there still was a fair bit of awesome stuff coming out today.  Read on for some of the highlights from day one!

The Hall H Line Almost Descended into Chaos!

Apparently some unscrupulous Hall H line waiters exploited a weakness in the crowd control barriers and were able to sneak through an area that was intended for ADA use.  their victory was short lived as the Internet outed them and the SDCC Sheriffs sent them packing.

[via Comics Beat]

AutobotTF_SDCC Combiner Wars Seriess … COMBINE & ROLL OUT! 

Hasbro announced that a “grown up”  animated Transformers series will be debuting later this year on Machinima.  It will be based on the current theme of Combiner Wars, so expect lots of gigantic robot on robot action with none of the Micheal Bay!

The Autobot combiner Superion is featured on the key art which was unveiled at the Hasbro panel, so I imagine that he will be playing a big part along with Devastator, Bruticus along with the all-new, all-female combiner Victorion   [via io9]

Mondo Goes Mutant

SDCC TMNT MondoThe Austin-based purveyors of limited edition posters, vinyl records and t-shirts quietly got into the collectibles game last year.  One of the biggest surprises in their booth was that they acquired the license to produce 1/6th scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle action figures.

These fully articulated action figures will have interchangeable heads for their comic and cartoon appearance along with a smattering of other accessories.

The word is that each of these figures will go for roughly $150 and Mondo is committed to producing the core characters.  The display was littered with teasers like Krang, Mousers and a 1:1 scaled Casey Jones mask.  These really do look fantastic but are WAY out of my discretionary spending budget.

[via Awesome Toy Blog]

Ben Affleck Will Direct the Solo ‘Batman’ Film

Everyone assumes at this point that part of getting Ben Affleck to sign on as the Caped Crusader was to guarantee that he’d get to direct himself in the planned stand alone Batflick.

Ben-Affleck-Batman-The biggest news is that Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer will cowriting the film with Affleck also.  It will be a while before Batman starts production as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League are all ahead of the project.

[via Comics Alliance]

The Uncanny & Unspectacular Marvel Experience

The Marvel Experience was billed an immersive multimedia event which allowed fans to interact with their favorite superheroes from the Marvel Universe.  The $30 million dollar production was set for a nationwide tour after premiering in Philadelphia in June.  However the production was beset by technical difficulties and poor reviews from the press and fans alike.


The remainder of the tour was abruptly canceled by the producers, leaving many ticket holders disappointed, probably less so than those who actually went to the event.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Producers of the show — which includes 360-degree projections, holograms and a 4D motion ride — said Sunday that its big debut in Philadelphia will be its one and only stop. The Chicago, New York and St. Louis legs have been canceled.  Refunds will be available. No reason was given for the show’s abrupt cancellation.

The underlying reason why The Marvel Experience was shuttered was due to the fact that it was an overpriced mall attraction fraught with technical difficulties and poor word of mouth.

Reddit user Trill_McNeal relayed this rather ridiculous anecdote from their visit

We got stuck in the holding chamber between the two domes (where you get the safety briefing from spidey) for about 10 min. The hulk arm that was supposed to open the door at the end of the video malfunctioned and the door would only open a few inches then it shut. The workers just looked at each other and shrugged and let the video play again and tried to open the door at the end. It didn’t open so they let the video play again. It wasn’t a big deal, there were only about 20 people there at that point and we just thought it was amusing.

In his review on, Nick Vadala expressed that the lack of cohesion was problematic and that technical difficulties were ever present.

At various stages, video screens froze and restarted themselves entirely. At others, Halloween costume-quality props hung a cheap pall over the Marvel Experience’s shot at being immersive. Not exactly what you’d expect for about $50 a person.

Interestingly enough, The Marvel Experience had already been retooled after its initial test run in Arizona last December.  It seems as though Hero Ventures was never able to execute their vision. This seems to be a trend as they were also behind the abomination that was Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

LEGO Unveils Another Unobtainable Comic Con Exclusive

If anything has been consistent about the pop culture nexus that is San Diego Comic Con is that year after year The LEGO Group’s exclusives remain the most ridiculously difficult to obtain for non-attendees.  It appears that the 2015 slate of exclusives will continue that trend; with the latest, an awesome brick built homage to Action Comics #1.


The 145-piece set does a pretty remarkable job of recreating Joe Shuster’s iconic comic book cover.  Like the other exclusives from The LEGO Group, a raffle will be held on site each day to determine who will be able to then lineup and purchase this set, which will sell for $39.99.  Expect this set to be at $250.00 on the secondary market by the time the first scalper clears the booth.


via [The Brick Fan]

6 Of The Most Ridiculous Jurassic Park Action Figures Ever Made

Since 1993 the Jurassic Park franchise has generated over two billion dollars in revenue at the box office.  Back in the early nineties, Kenner was still king of the action figure aisle and secured the rights to produce toys based on Steven Spielberg’s epic adventure film.  After the demise of Kenner, Hasbro absorbed the rights and used many of the original Kenner molds to produce untold repaints of dinosaurs and their human counterparts.  In that time some truly ridiculous action figures were produced with the six most notorious highlighted here.

6) Mosasaurus Vs. Submarine, Jurassic World Series I (2015)

I have yet to see Jurassic World, but I am pretty sure that at no point does this giant marine dinosaur square off against a submerisble that was a rejected design from SeaQuest DSV 


5) Dr. Snare, Jurassic Park Series II (1993)

I am guessing that Dr. Snare is the leader of the Evil Raiders. Everything about this action figures drips bad guy. His shirtless-ness, thigh bandolier, duster, and dinosaur skin boots scream everything that was bad about nineties action figure lines.


4) Military General, Jurassic Park III Series I (2001)

Do you guys remember the whole military presence in Jurassic Park III? Me neither.


3) Evil Raiders Strike Cycle, Jurassic Park Series II (1993)

Like most action figure lines you can’t have good guys without some bad guys.  Enter the Evil Raiders who stalked Isla Nublar on their bitchin’ tricycles.  This vehicle was featured in the second wave which over the years has become harder to find on the secondary market.



2) Ajay Sidhu, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Series II (1997)

Do you remember the character Ajay Sidhu at all? He was actually in the movie as the sidekick to big game hunter Roland Tembo as portrayed by the late Peter Poslethwaite.  He may very well be the most obscure character to EVER get an action figure in the history of action figures.


1) Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park Chaos Effect Series I (1998)


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In 1998, Kenner released a new sub-line of the Jurassic Park line where scientists merged DNA of various dinosaur species resulting in “genetically mutated dines gone bad”.  And who better to combat this threat than mathematician Ian Malcolm?

This version of Ian Malcolm has him in costume than can only be described as a Ghostbuster by way of an Eco Warrior.  This sub-line only had two human figures, a few vehicles, and roughly ten dinosaurs.  Unfortunately a glow in the dark wave called the “Night Hunters” was cancelled and a Battle Mech with an exclusive Ian Malcolm never made it past the prototype stage.

Blobfest Returns to the Colonial Theatre This July

colonial_theatre_cropI have long been a fan of the historic Colonial Theatre and its diverse slate of programming.  For one weekend every summer Bridge Street in Phoenixville is taken over by Blobfest, a celebration of the theatre’s starring role in the 1958 science fiction classic The Blob.

The festivities start on Friday night with the sold out “run out” and carry through Sunday afternoon.  During the course of the weekend there will be screenings of The Blob, Creature from the Black Lagoon (in 3D!), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Ghastly Love of Johnny X.

Tickets for the weekend’s various events can be purchased directly through the theatre’s website.  For more information about screening times and parking information check out the Blobfest 2015 page on Facebook.

The Punisher Hits Hell’s Kitchen Next Season on ‘Daredevil’

Marvel and Netflix certainly enjoyed near universal adulation for their new take on Daredevil.  Many like myself were worried that lightning couldn’t strike twice.  How would the showrunners up the ante on season two which is due next year?


Well, with today’s announcement that Jon Berenthal (The Walking Dead, Fury) would be joining the cast as Frank Castle aka The Punisher, it looks as there won’t be anything to worry about.

In a statement, Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television had nothing but excellent things to say about that actor:

Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.

As much as I loved Thomas Jane in the role, I really do think that Berenthal is perfect casting.  I think that this is setting up a great conflict for season two, with the various factions of organized crime in New York City will be trying to get a foothold while The Kingpin is sitting behind bars.

via [/Film]


The First Trailer for “The Martian” Is Finally Here!

Last year I raved here about Andy Weir’s breakout novel, The Martian and now some sixteen months later we have our first look at the trailer for the film directed by Sir Ridley Scott. Having watched the trailer a couple times now it looks as though the film adaptation will remain extremely faithful to Weir’s extremely taut and humorous survival tale.

When it was announced they were making a movie based on The Martian, my dream casting for Mark Watney was either Matt Damon or Sam Rockwell.  Being that Sam Rockwell already has a loner space survival film under his belt in the form of Moon, I have to say that it looks as though Damon really is going to “science the shit” out of The Martian.


The Martian will be in theaters this November in time for that big holiday push.

via [io9

Tomorrowland Did Not Kill TRON 3

For any of you who follow me on Twitter, you are well aware that I am an unabashed fanboy of TRON: Legacy.  It is truly a visually stunning film by director Joseph Kosinski and which with the help of Daft Punk and Olivia Wilde in latex it went on to gross nearly $400 million worldwide.

20130713-024014.jpgTalk of a sequel had all but died down until this past March when it was announced that the Kosinski would be ramping up production on TRON 3 this coming fall in Vancouver.  Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund confirmed their involvement in the sequel as well which had fans excited to return to the grid.  And then suddenly Walt Disney derrezed TRON 3 last week, with the timing of the announcement coinciding with the dismal box office performance of Tomorrowland.

Tomorrowland was budgeted similar to TRON: Legacy around $180 million, but the comparisons pretty much stop right there. I find it hard to believe that Tomorrowland itself killed TRON 3.  Currently Disney has its hands full with live action remakes of classic cartoons, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and relaunching the Star Wars franchise.

While Disney may have untold billions at their disposal, right now they are trying to recoup their investment in what are arguably their two biggest acquisitions in their company’s history.  And unfortunately for us, TRON 3 was on the bubble … but I have faith that we will see a return in the near figure.