Monday, January 31, 2011

Platinum Championship Wrestling 1/27/2011

I went to a whole lot of effort to make it out to last Thursday’s PCW show and it was well worth it. Mrs. Troublemaker might not agree, but I thought it was a great show. There wasn’t any one draw like the previous Street Fight or Steel Cage Match of Doom, but almost every match was a good to great one.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Manhunter By Mattel

Despite the surprising creepiness of Black Lantern Abin Sur, the amazing menace of Mongul and the sheer awesomeness of Black Hand; the Manhunter might be the true dark horse winner of Green Lantern Classics Series 1.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Sinestro Corps Mongul By Mattel

I had just bought the DC Direct Sinestro Corps Mongul when I found out I was going to have to buy this one, too. I just can’t say no to a good Arkillo.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Low/Maash By Mattel

The concept of the various Lantern Corps is probably going to allow Mattel to do an awful lot of this sort of thing, and that’s fine by me.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Black Lantern Abin Sur By Mattel

I had zero interest in this figure the first time I saw it. I’ve collected a good number of DC Direct’s Black Lanterns and I really did not intend on buying any that might come up in a DC Universe line. I think the concept of the Black Lantern lends itself more to DC’s way of doing things than Mattel’s. They need to have weird shoulders and bad posture and all the stuff that DC Direct likes to do.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Toy Review – Green Lantern Classics Black Hand By Mattel

Obviously Mattel was going to do at least one Green Lantern-centric line of DC Universe Classics. I just didn’t expect them so early. I preordered Series 2 from BigBad because I knew I wanted the whole set and absolutely had to have STEL – the build-a-figure. For some reason, though, I didn’t know that the Series 1 build-a-figure was Arkillo until later on. I had already preordered the three must-have figures from Series 1 – Kyle Rayner and two of the Low/Maash sets – from Amazon because they were initially offered at $14.99. This is the retail price, and as we all know if you top $25 you get free shipping. It seemed like the thing to do. I also wanted Black Hand, but I wanted to see him in person first. I didn’t care about Black Lantern Abin Sur or the Manhunter and I specifically didn’t think I needed Mongul because of the gigantic DC Direct version (and we’ll get to that later).

Friday, January 21, 2011

Comic Book Wednesday! Er... Friday!: 1-21 Comic Book Update

I apologize in advance for any errors in this post. I am very tired. I didn't even make it to the shop before it closed today because my efficiency-ometer is at zero.  Feel free to chew me out in the comments or in public over on Facebook.
I’ve actually been wanting to do this for a couple of weeks but one thing or another has kept me from getting to it.
I think comics are being pretty good to us right now. I don’t feel the need to drop anything I’m reading (with one glaring, recent exception) and there is a lot of stuff right around the corner that looks very interesting. I’m curious about this whole Age of X thing, Flashpoint looks pretty cool (if not entirely groundbreaking – Elseworlds, anybody?) and the events of the Green Lantern books just keep getting better and better.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Behind the Scenes of GI Joe – Atlantarctic Action!

I just thought it might be fun to detail the process of creating the GI Joe thing from last week. If I’m wrong, well – that’s what the comments section is for.
I think we all saw the whole Hothlanta thing from Facebook last week and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t immediately jealous of the guy that did it. Granted, I was trapped at work, but if I’m going to be totally honest I’ve got to say I doubt it would have occurred to me anyway. But it did inspire me, so I put the ol’ hat rack to work trying to come up with something at least equally, if not slightly more cool.
I considered a scene with Mister Freeze and some Batman: TAS figures, but that didn’t seem big enough; even considering I have a cold weather-themed Batmobile. I thought about some shots of a few Conan figures in the ice. And then it hit me: I’ve got a huge GI Joe collection and a decent portion of that is Arctic stuff. The COBRA cold weather set sprang to mind, as did the Snow CAT (or whatever they’re calling it now – a new version just got released and I don’t have one) and last year’s TRU exclusive Doc and Shipwreck figures. And of course, the Weather Dominator.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

GI Joe - Special Mission: Southern Discomfort! or Special Mission: Coldlanta!

Howdy, folks. Thanks to my super high-tech Canon SD770 spy camera I've been able to nail down the source of Georgia's unusual climate troubles...
Yep. Fucking COBRA.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toy Review – Star Wars Comic Packs Baron Soontir Fel & Ysaane Isard (Entertainment Earth Exclusives) By Hasbro

For several years Hasbro’s Star Wars comic packs were bringing us some of the greatest and most obscure characters that the Expanded Universe had to offer. Initially costing $9.99 for two figures and a reprint of the comic they were featured in, they were not only a deal but a breath of fresh air for those tired of interminable re-releases of Darth Vader with different types of forearm articulation or Luke Skywalker with or without a shirt. Granted, we got Darths and Lukes aplenty from the comic packs; but in garish, comic-inspired colors or odd costumes seen only in the funnybooks or novels. From Quarren pilots to information brokers to a much-needed update to a mafia boss; the comic packs were often must-haves throughout their run.

Monday, January 10, 2011

My Favorite Toy of 2010

We got a whole shitload of amazing toys last year. I’ve talked about most of them – Hot Toys’ Whistler, Hasbro’s AT-AT, Ackbar, Gammorrean and a host of other great Star Wars figures. I’ve even got a couple of Transformers I would consider some of the best toys of the year. Mattel may not have done anything extraordinary with their DC Universe Classics line, but they sure did make some amazing Masters of the Universe figures. Their Ghostbusters line was no slouch, either. Bif Bang Pow! entered the fray with their revival of MEGO-style figures – notably the excellent Venture Bros. line and a figure of El Duderino.
None of the above is even taking into consideration some of the tremendous “kids” toys we’ve got in the house. Lil’ Troublemaker has all kinds of great actual playthings, from Superhero Squad to Action League to what I think are the most innovative toys of the year: the Toy Story 3 Action Links sets (they’re Toy Story themed Rube Goldberg devices that you can link together to form one GIANT device). And there’s the outstanding Evil Dr. Porkchop’s spaceship, which I bought for Lil’ Troublemaker and am currently hoping to find for myself for a little customization project. It is an amazing toy and is on clearance right now, so if you see one, buy it. It is easily worth the original $50 price.
But out of all that plastic there is one item, one toy set that I would choose over any other. And much to my shame, I have barely mentioned it before now.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Toy Review – Movie Masterpieces: General Zod By Mattel

I ordered Superman on December 15th when offered him. I decided that if General Zod was still available that Friday (payday) I’d go ahead and order the Man of Steel’s Kryptonian nemesis, as well.
Does it end up working for the figure? Or should Zod be working it on a corner? Find out… NEXT!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Platinum Championship Wrestling 12/23/2010

This one took a lot longer to post (and to actually write) than it should have because I spent all my time from 5:00 PM on 12/23 until around 3:00 PM on New Year’s Day having A Wonderful Life. I don’t know that I’ve ever had eight better days in my life. I got to spend the holidays with Mrs. and Lil’ Troublemaker and didn’t think about work even once. It was incredibly invigorating to remember what it was like to have a will to live.
I know that sounds all dramatic and maybe even a little emo, but you seriously have no idea how much my job sucks. It’s okay, I didn’t either until all that time off. I tend to keep it buried deep in side with all the other bad stuff. I know, I know – I’m grateful I even have a job and things could easily be worse. That’s the thought that keeps me sane in hour ten of twelve hours of staring at five RGB screens with no internet (okay – I’ve got my phone; but that’s not the same and you know it) and no “outside reading materials”.
So anyway, without my typical motivation to write (being bored out of my fucking mind) I found myself unable to care about producing content for Needless Things.
But now I’m back and need to kill some time so I’m going to catch up on a couple of things. Like the Platinum Championship Wrestling show we attended on December 23rd.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

200th Post! - 2010’s Best Stuff (or “Talking Shit About Toy Story 3”)

2010 – in the words of a crazy redhead – was a pretty good year (at least she wears pants while she masturbates on piano benches now...).
We got plenty of solid movies – Iron Man 2 (which everybody seems to retroactively dislike now because people are stupid), The Expendables, Inception, Toy Story 3 and many others – and a metric ton of unbelievably awesome toys – a new Jabba, a new AT-AT, incredible new Joes and a slew of cool Masters of the Universe Classics, not to mention the first-ever Superman toy in the likeness of Christopher Reeves.
TV was not quite as successful, but we still had a lot of solid stuff.
As for wrestling, well – the less said, the better.
This is only the third year I have produced one of these lists and there isn’t a whole lot of consistency. I didn’t bother with “Best Video Game” this time since the only new game I bought was the new Smackdown and I don’t want to proclaim it the winner by default. I did that last year and ended up looking like a jackass because it took me a couple of months to fully grasp how fundamentally flawed the game was. This year’s edition seems much better – that old compulsion to play it any time I can is back – but I’m not willing to make any grand, sweeping statements about it.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Space Heroes 2-Pack Adam Strange & Starfire By Mattel

A lack of forward-thinking led to me skipping this set the first time around. Adam strange is neat and all, but I didn’t really want a figure of the guy. As for Starfire, I just didn’t like this take on the character enough to shell out for the set. This is back when 24.99 for two DC Universe figures wasn’t the great deal that it is now, and I have to give Matty credit (which I hate to do) for keeping the price the same for this re-offering.
I have essentially the same stance on Adam Strange now, but thanks to Mattel filling in the rest of the Teen Titans’ cartoon roster my shelf has been feeling the absence of that Starfire somewhat acutely. Granted, the shows character designs make the comic versions of the characters seem sort of lame; but I still want the characters. Especially since you’re not going to find the excellent Bandai toys for less than $20 apiece.