Has The Identity of Reverse Flash Been Confirmed?

Despite only being halfway through its debut season the rogues gallery on the The Flash is already quite prolific.  So far Barry Allen has gone up against Captain Cold, Plastique, Heatwave, Captain Boomerang and Reverse Flash.  Fans were left with the pressing question at the mid-season finale was if Dr. Wells was truly the Reverse Flash … or was that closing scene another bit of misdirection? reverseflashcwThis weekend during the Television Critics’ Association press tour, The Flash star Tom Cavanaugh went on to say that “He [Dr. Wells] is the man in the yellow suit.  Yes, I am Reverse Flash“.

Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg went on to elaborate that there is “only one Reverse Flash” (dispelling several fan theories) and that before the season is out we why he murdered Barry Allen’s mother.

The Flash returns on January 20th, until then you can sate your appetite for the scarlet speedster with this quick preview.

via [Entertainment Weekly]

Check Out These 6 Unreleased RoboCop Toys From Kenner

RoboCop remains one of the all time bloodiest and violent movies of all time, which my good friend Vincent over at The Robots Pajamas points out makes for an excellent basis for a kid friendly toy line. The RoboCop and the Ultra Police toy line ran in conjunction with a syndicated cartoon series from 1988-89.

The third series of action figures, vehicles and role play items never made it to production; however they did make it to prototype stage and were even featured in trade publications.

Robo Holster — This role playing item was meant to mimic RoboCops’s thigh-holster and came with a cap-firing gun … because everything in the 1980’s fired caps.

Robo Laser -- This role playing gear was designed after RoboCop's thigh holster mechanism and would feature a cap firing pistolUltra Police Role Playing Gear — This modular playset never made it to production, but the concept was later incorporate into Kenner’s Batman Dark Knight Collection “Crime Control Kit“.

Ultra Police Role Playing Gear -- This modular system made it to the concept stage but would later be incorporate into Kenner's Batman lineRobo-Tank – This cap-firin’ plastic death machine was featured prominently on the packaging on nearly all of the first series of figures and vehicles.

Robo Tank -- this rolling death machine was featured on card backs but was cancelled before it could be produced for series 2

Robo-Glove — If you stalked the aisles of KB Toys in the early 1990’s surely you saw the knock off versions of this role playing item; but this version had a missile launcher and data spike … because stabbing computers is always the best way to get information.

robogloveRobo-Hawk — Much like the Robo Tank, this chubby little VTOL aircraft was featured in promotional material never saw retail.

Robo Hawk -- This VTOL aircraft was never producedVandal-1 — Of all the prototypes the only one that went on to new life was the Vandal-1 Roadster which was repainted as the Mobile Assault Vehicle in Kenner’s Terminator 2 line.

Vandal-1 was a very 90's bad guy ride that found its way into Kenner's Terminator 2 line.

Kenner had a tremendous run and their designers had an incredible knack of re-purposing molds and getting the most bang for their buck.  The novelty of the Robocop and the Ultra Police line is intoxicating and it remains a highly collectible and fun line.  I happen to own two of the glow in the dark Nightfighter RoboCop action figures and they are prominently featured in my collection.

via [RoboCop and the Ultra Police Facebook]

The Only “Krull” Documentary Narrated By Tom Bosley You’ll Ever Need To Watch

Recently I found myself in one of those weird YouTube loops whereupon I found myself completely engrossed in a documentary chronicling the making of the 1983 science fiction-fantasy classic Krull.  I never had the opportunity to watch Krull in theaters during its theatrical run, but grew to love the film during my childhood during it’s constant run on cable.

Coming in at 22-minutes Journey to Krull – Making the Film provides an interesting look at the work that went into making the cult classic film.  But what makes this documentary just a little strange is that Tom Bosley of Happy Days and David the Gnome provides the narration for the film.

If you have never had a chance to watch Krull, don’t let it 33% rating on Rotten Tomatoes deter you.  While it may not be a movie for everyone it has a lot going for it: a fantastic score by James Horner, a Cyclops, Fire Mares … and the amazing Lysette Anthony!

And Here’s Our First Good Look at “Thunderbirds Are Go!”

Back in July at San Diego Comic Con it was announced that WETA Workshop was working on a reboot of the classic 1960s series Thunderbirds.  Now we have our first look at Tracy Island and the (backs) of the Tracy brothers who make up International Rescue in the new series Thunderbirds Are Go!.

thunderbirds_newWith this new series, fans of supermarionation will be disappointed as WETA Workshop will be utilizing live-action sets and CGI characters this time around.  As a kid I watched a ridiculous amount of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlett and Stingray thanks to the endless reruns during the early years of the SciFi Channel.

The briefest of teaser trailers was also released this past week giving fans a look at the new Thunderbird-5 space station.

Thunderbirds Are Go! is set for air in 2015 on ITV in the United Kingdom.  There is no word as to whether it will find a (legal) distributor in the United States; but rest assured I will be sure to pass that information along as soon

via [io9]

And Here’s Our First Official Look at Age of Avengers LEGO Sets for 2015!

Earlier today a German 2015 LEGO Catalog made its way onto the LEGO subreddit giving us the almost official looks at the Avengers: Age of Ultron LEGO sets due our way next spring.  It looks as though we will be getting six sets and all of the Avengers will be presented in glorious minifigure form.

Avengers_LEGO1 Avengers_LEGO2 Avengers_LEGO3With the power of Google Translate the sets names and character breakdowns are below:

With the power of Google Translate the sets names and character breakdowns are below:

(76029) – Iron Man vs. Ultron — includes Iron Man and 2 Ultron Drones

(76030) – Duel with Hydra — includes Hawkeye and Thor

(76031) – Hulkbuster Rescue Mission — includes Iron Man, Hulk and Ultron

(76032) – Avengers Quinjet — includes Black Widow, Ultron, Vision and Captain America

(76038) – Raid on Avengers Tower — Iron Man, Thor, Iron Legion and Ultron

(76041) -Hydra Fortress — Quicksilver, Hulk, and Captain America

Of this whole lineup I must say that 76031 Hulkbuster Rescue Mission looks to be the standout for me.  I love that brick-built Hulkbuster Armor and I like the new paint applications on the Hulk.  The new version of the Quinjet looks stealthy and once again is the only way to get Black Widow!  Once again it looks as though it will be mighty expensive to complete the Avengers roster as all of the new characters are spread out across multiple sets … DAMN YOU LEGO OVERLORDS!!!!

**As the set names receive their proper English translation I will be sure to update this post accordingly.

 

5 Questions That Need Answered on Season 2 of ‘Helix’

When I first saw advertisements for Helix I wrote the show off as cable network riff on John Carpenter’s classic horror film The Thing.  Despite the involvement of Ronald D. Moore, whose revitalization of Battlestar Galacatica had the SyFy channel riding high for quite a few years.  Earlier this week while engaging in the endlessly futile act of searching the Netflix catalog I found that the entire first season of Helix was available for streaming and I thought … “It’s only ten episodes, what the hell.”

Let me say that I definitely regret sleeping on Helix, as it was a genuinely pulse pounding thriller that fans of both horror and science fiction will surely love.  After binge watching the first season over the last three days I found that season two of Helix will be premiering in January 2015.

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The cliffhanger at the end of season one leaves so much up in the air but there are some questions that definitely need answered.  If you haven’t seen the first season there are definite SPOILERS ahead!

helix_walkerWhat Happened to Dr. Julia Walker?

In the closing minutes of season one we find that Dr. Julia Walker is walking into a meeting of the board of Illaria Corporation who all just happen to be immortals.  In the 235 days since the events at the Artic Biosystems facility, has she risen to power within that organization? Is she no longer with the CDC?

What is the Significance of “The 500″?

When Constance Sutton (Jeri Ryan) confronted Hatake about the evolution of Dr. Walker she made mention that it was a violation of the agreement of “The 500″.  Is there a “Highlander” type rule where there can only be a specific number of Immortals at a given time?

What’s With the Teeth Filing?

Sutton_Grinding_TeethWe can all agree that Constance Sutton was a cold-hearted bitch, but her bathroom routine involved filing her teeth down with a power tool.  Do the Immortals teeth grow into fangs?  Maybe they are implying that their existence has helped propagate the vampire myth? Who really knows but it was one of the more significant plot threads left dangling from season one.

Has Dr. Alan Farragut Gone Rogue?

The opening of the season one finale had Dr. Farragut torturing an Immortal in hopes of getting information about the whereabouts of his ex-wife, Dr. Julia Walker.  Later we find that he is in Paris, France and is one step closer in determining Dr. Walker’s location and finding out what the hell Illaria Corporation is actually up to. With all this time freelancing has he resigned from the CDC?

Who the Hell was Major Balleseros Actually Working For?

Major Sergio Balleseros was a member of the United States Army but actually was a fixer for Arctic Biosystems while maintaining a side deal with the immortal overlords at the Illaria Corporation.  For most of the season he was generally an asshole but eventually found redemption. Is he fighting a counter insurgency against Illaria? Will he pop up again next season? Did he find love in hopeless place?

So What Happens Next?

Season two of Helix will take the CDC field team to an entirely new location with a new disease that may or may not have ties to the Illaria Corporation.  Syfy released a promo in advance of the premiere next year and it does not do much in terms of answering those lingering questions.

 

 

Film Club: “Jodorowsky’s Dune” (2014)

large_Jodorowsky_Dune_PosterI was probably 12 or 13 when I watched Dune for the first time and soon became enthralled with the epic scope of the story.  I was even more excited to find out there was a series of books that the film was based on.  When I finally got my copy of Frank Herbert’s Dune in my hands I was blown away about how much had been changed by the source material.  Over the course of a summer I went on to read all of the books in the Dune series and I found myself wondering about what could have been.

Jodorowsky’s Dune tells the story of the greatest version of Dune never made.  In 1975 Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky obtained the film rights to Dune in hopes of making his vision of the science fiction epic.  Jodorowsky assembled a creative team that included concept artists H.R. Giger and Jean Giraud and a cast that included the likes of Orson Welles, Salvidor Dali and Mick Jagger.  Jodorowsky’s vision of Dune took several noticeable detours from Frank Herbert’s novel and after two years of pre-production work not a single studio would fund the project.

While watching Jodorowsky’s Dune you cannot help but be angry that this version of Dune never made it to the screen.  Throughout the film you are treated to gorgeous pieces of concept art and storyboards that were so ambitious it is hard to believe that the planned shots were able to be done in 1975.

 
Many of the names associated with this ambitious project went on to work on Star Wars and Alien, arguably two of the most influential films in the science fiction genre.  After after watching Jodorowsky’s Dune you cannot help but think that the studios may have borrowed from the Jodorowsky’s vision … but you will have to judge that for yourself.

 

Star Trek 3 Needs a Director … It’s Time To #BringinRiker

Over the weekend it broke that Robert Orci would no longer be directing Star Trek 3 and that Paramount had a shortlist of possible replacements which included Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block).  When it was announced that Orci had landed the director’s chair for Star Trek 3 I was left scratching my head.  Why would Paramount hand over a tentpole film to a first time director?

rikerwomenUp to this point Orci has been instrumental in the revitalization of the film franchise … but I was highly skeptical. The reason behind Orci’s departure was clarified from a report from Badass Digest which stated that the studio and Orci came to odds after the studio shut down pre-production over disagreements over the movies script.  The script, which Orci co-wrote involved more time travel and Old Kirk teaming up with New Kirk and something about Vulcans.

I love the Star Trek franchise more than anything … but enough with the time travel already and deviating timelines.  My impression after Star Trek Into Darkness was that we would finally get to see the five-year mission of the crew of the USS Enterprise.

In order to get Star Trek 3 in theaters in time for the franchise’s 50th anniversary a director needs to be picked … and soon.  Star Trek fans around the world have banded together to try and get Jonathan Frakes on board to direct using the hashtag #BringinRiker. While I would be completely satisfied with Wright or Cornish getting the job, I would love nothing more to bring Frakes back into the Star Trek fold.

via [Trek Movie]

Pull List Preview — “Escape from New York #1″ (BOOM! Studios)

 

Cover by Riley Rossmo

Cover by Riley Rossmo

After the success of their Big Trouble in Little China series BOOM! Studios has continued their partnership with John Carpenter to bring another one of his iconic characters back to comics.

Escape from New York #1 picks up mere seconds from the close of the film which finds Snake Plissken public enemy number one after humiliating the President and effectively derailing the peace process in the midst of World War Three.  With the United States Police Force on his ass Snake is on the run … to Florida.  Apparently Florida seceded from the United States and has a heavily fortified border along with a bunch of Soviet nukes courtesy of Cuba.

I really enjoyed reading the “new” adventures of Snake Plissken again as the last time we saw Snake in comic book form was back in 2003 when a four issue miniseries was published by CrossGen/Hurricane Entertainment.  Here’s to hoping that this will ignore the events from Escape from LA entirely.  Regardless of your feelings regarding that not-so-good sequel Escape from New York #1 is on sale December 3rd at comic shops everywhere.

Check out a five-page preview courtesy of my friends at BOOM! Studios.

Time for Vacation … See You In A Week!!!

Tomorrow I start a much needed family vacation with a road trip that will eventually bring us to Walt Disney World.  Over the next week I may be updating sporadically, but keep an eye on my Twitter and Instagram feeds as my compulsion to toy hunt will not be stopped by the most magical place on Earth.

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Image via Tom Bricker [http://tombricker.smugmug.com/Disney]

The blog has gone dark for November simply due to the fact that I needed a break.  I will return in time for Thanksgiving reinvigorated and ready to bore you all with the most tedious nerd musings and banter.