Infuriating LEGO Math: Guardians of the Galaxy Edition

This week LEGO announced their first San Diego Comic Con exclusive, Rocket the Raccoon’s War Bird from Guardians of the Galaxy.  The 145-piece set is a midi-scale space craft will come with a Rocket minifig with an all new deco and is priced at $39.99.  

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The Rocket included in this set is unique from his mass market counterpart which can only be found in 76020 Knowhere Escape.  So for those of you want to have the complete Guardians lineup in their coordinating uniforms, expect to spend an exorbitant sum after next week.

LEGO has made a habit of releasing fan favorite licensed minifigures.  Last year at San Diego Comic Con they gave away Spider Woman, Black Suit Superman, Green Arrow, and an alternate suit Spider-Man.  Understandably the current secondary market value of these minifigures is obscene.  Infuriating LEGO math strikes again!

via [The Brick Fan]

Appetite for Pizza is The Guns N Roses/TMNT Mash Up You Never Knew You Needed

There are a lot of genre mash-ups that fall short in execution, but this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles themed take on Guns N Roses’ iconic album art for Appetite for Destruction is awesome.

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Thanks goes out to CobraShadowJoes on who shared this on Twitter a couple of days back.  If anyone knows the artist(s) who created this piece let me know, I’d love to give proper credit where it is due.

‘ROM The Spaceknight’ Inexplicably Returns For San Diego Comic Con

Hasbro has announced some crazy awesome exclusives for this years San Diego Comic Con.  And yesterdays unveiling of the return of the 35th Annivesary ROM The Spaceknight Mighty Mugg is truly astounding and confusing.

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I love the fact that we are getting some official ROM merchandise, but why would they bring him in on the Mighty Mugg format?  The format is all but dead at retail which is even more puzzling.

I imagine that tooling a Marvel Legends scale figure for what would essentially be a one off would be prohibitively expensive.  Bringing ROM back as a Mighty Mugg is easy and cheap, it’s a matter of slapping paint on the Mighty Mugg blank.

With the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy is Hasbro letting us know that more ROM The Spaceknight is on the way?

This item will be available at the Hasbro Booth at San Diego Comic Con for $29.99 and at HasbroToyShop.com after the show.

via [MTV News]

Book Club: An Early Look at Ben H. Winters’ World of Trouble: The Last Policeman Book III

worldoftrouble_cvrOver the last three weeks I have devoured Ben H. Winters’ The Last Policeman Trilogy at a near reckless pace.  The final installment, World of Trouble, will be released by Quirk Books on July 15th. Fans of the series will not be disappointed by the conclusion which pulls no punches or takes any shortcuts.

World of Trouble picks up several months after the events of Countdown City, and former detective Henry Palace is out to solve one last mystery before the doomsday asteroid Maia makes landfall and wipes humanity off the map.  Palace is out to find his sister who had joined up with a group who believed that they had the answers to stopping Maia’s collision with the Earth. Unfortunately time is not on his side as he only has a few days left before humanity is wiped off the face of the planet.

Throughout the series we come across people who have gone “bucket list” who have decided to live out their remaining days in Caligulan debauchery.  Others have hunkered down in their basements and Cold War era bomb shelters hoping that they could somehow live out the nuclear winter after Maia makes landfall in the Pacific Ocean with their hoarded provisions.  Palace could very well have rode out his end days in relative comfort and seclusion; but that is not how he his wired.  Years ago he made a promise to always look after his little sister and nothing, not even Maia will stop him from fulfilling that commitment.

When you are reading World of Trouble you almost hope that Palace is somehow going to stumble upon a scenario which Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck somehow end up saving the Earth.  By the climax of the book you truly and desperately want Winters to just take the easy way out. World of Trouble is just the type of no-win scenario that Captain Kirk just cannot abide.  The end is coming, but how are do you make those last days count?

I cannot recommend this final, sobering entry into The Last Policeman Trilogy enough.  World of Trouble, will be released by Quirk Books on July 15th.  You can pre-order it through my Amazon link (wink wink) or directly through Quirk Books

**A review copy of World of Trouble was provided the good people at Quirk Books.  

 

Are The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures Really That Bad?

Today during a quick toy hunt I made my first sighting of merchandise for the soon to be released Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  There was a full end cap of movie themed action figures, vehicles, and role play items.

Playmates Toys has had master toy license for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since well … forever.  I must say, despite my love of their Classic Collection and the detail to their reissues I find the execution on this movie line lacking.

The worst offenders in the first wave have to be the Foot Soldier and The Shredder.  The sculpts are very soft and the joints are hideous.  The final product is not something I would expect coming from a company with a such a strong track record.

I’ve always been good for picking up at least Raphael during each TMNT iteration; but I think I will be sitting this line out entirely.  Nothing I have seen in person or online has convinced me that these figures are worth picking up … let the flame war commence!

Nerd Summer ’14 — Night of the Comet Screening at The Colonial Theatre

As part of its Cult Cinema programming The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA will be screening the 1984 horror/science fiction classic Night of the Comet on Friday, July 18th.  Unfortunately I did not discover Night of the Comet until much later in life when it ran on cable every weekend.

Part teen comedy and part zombie flick Night of the Comet is a weird genre mash-up that launched a generation of young men’s unrequited lust for actress Catherine Mary Stuart.

The screening starts at 9:45pm and tickets are only $10.00 and can be purchased online.  You should definitely make a point to catch one of the weirder films to come out of the 1980s projected in 35mm.

 

 

Pull List Preview – Big Trouble in Little China #2 from BOOM! Studios

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Tomorrow BOOM! Studios will be treating us to the further adventures of Jack Burton as he looks to save his friend Wang Chi from the clutches of yet another evil immortal Chinese spirit.  Jack Burton must travel the Midnight Road and recover the souls of the Three Storms in order to settle the score.

Big Trouble in Little China #2 is another fun episode into the ongoing adventures of America’s favorite long haul trucker.  My favorite part of this series so far is how we get insights into Burton’s past.  In this issue we find out that Burton was married to a stripper that may or may not have been a vampire.

With Egg Shen and Six Demon Bag in tow it remains to be seen whether or not Burton will survive the Midnight Road and save Wang Chi before time runs out.  Now that we are finally getting a “sequel” to Big Trouble in Little China I can only hope that the good people at BOOM! Studios see fit to expand this title past its current four-issue series arc.

Check out a five page preview of Big Trouble in Little China #2 courtesy of BOOM! Studios after the jump.

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Pacific Rim 2: Kaiju Boogaloo Is Set For 2017

I missed Pacific Rim during its theatrical run for a variety of reasons, but I absolutely fell in love with Guillermo Del Toro’s labor of love once it hit home video.  The nerd folk who inhabit the Internet rejoiced when the announcement for Pacific Rim 2 was made by Del Toro himself.

The kaiju on jaeger fight sequences in Pacific Rim were everything that Michael Bay’s Transformers films should have been.  Along with the development of the sequel Del Toro announced that there will be an animated series and an ongoing comic book series to further build upon the Pacific Rim mythos.

via [Screen Crush]

Four Turtles … Robot Samurai, Why Not? The Latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trailer Is Here

Up to this point I have been highly skeptical of the impending Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot.  It has nothing to do with Micheal Bay’s involvement as a producer or the fact that Megan Fox is somehow the unifying link between two of my childhood’s most cherished cartoons.

A new trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been unleashed upon the Internet and I must say …. I kind of want to see this now.

I love how at the end of the trailer they address the whole “are they aliens” controversy that is a call back to the fanboy backlash from a leaked script that the ninja teens were in fact aliens from another planet.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be in theaters August 8th

via [Topless Robot]