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.


The Convention Season Starts Early with The Great Philadelphia Comic Con

gpcc_logoIt seems as though the convention season is getting a jump start in a few short weeks when the The Great Philadelphia Comic Con gets underway April 3-5 in Oaks, PA.  This independent show boasts a guest list full of Star Trek and Power Rangers alumni along with some notable comic veterans which will delight fans of all ages.

Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Seth Gilliam (The Walking Dead, The Wire), George Takei (Star Trek), J. August Richards (Marvel’s Agents of Shield), Austin St. John (Power Rangers), Peter David (The Incredible Hulk, Babylon 5) and Jim Steranko ( S.H.I.E.L.D.) are all scheduled to appear over the course of the weekend.

Why spend the holiday weekend with your family when the guy who played Zordon’s head in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers is going to be a short ride from your home?  VIP packages, three day passes and single day admission is available for purchase. For hours, directions and more information head on over to the internet home of The Great Philadelphia Comic Con.


The Most Unlikely Howard The Duck Cameo of 2014 Was in a Kid’s Movie

Last weekend I was watching Planes: Fire and Rescue for the second time in as many days with my kids when I came upon the most ridiculous Marvel easter egg to date, a fleeting glimpse of a case for Howard The Truck presented by George Lexus.


As unnecessary Planes: Fire and Rescue is, I would really really like to see Howard The Truck and see how Disney would tackle the awkward sex scene between Lea Thompson and a mid-size pickup truck.