Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dragon*Con 2011: My Extremely Tentative Schedule

Miracle of miracles, it’s Saturday afternoon and the Dragon*Con pocket program just went up!
An even bigger miracle is the fact that I was able to take a supposed poo break to duck into the bathroom and download it to my phone and then e-mail it to my work address in about thirty seconds. My Droid X fucking rocks. I never could have done that on the Blackberry.
So give me a few minutes to look over the materials and I’ll be right back with my (tentative) schedule. I’m pretty sure I won’t finish today as it’s already 14:00, but I’ve got Monday and Tuesday to wrap it up.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dragon*Con 2011: Store-Bought Is Okay Sometimes

Welcome to the post where I speculate about who will wear what at the Southeast’s biggest and best nerd festival.
First, though, I have to express my irritation with something: somebody stole Nerdi-Gras from us. I’ve often heard that term used to describe Dragon*Con. I have never utilized it myself because I find it to be a little too cutesy, but given the costuming and debauchery that goes on I think it’s an appropriate bastardization of a widely known concept.
Somebody on G4 used the term to describe San Diego Comic Con during their coverage of the event and I think that’s fucking bullshit. As a matter of fact, the person that used the term on the air was at Dragon*Con last year and commented on how much wilder our East Coast party was than their Hollywood suck-up festival. And from what I understand, it’s true. SDCC may be great for seeing trailers 6 hours before the rest of the world and not paying $100 for that exclusive action figure, but their post-7 PM activities don’t have shit on how we get down.
You’re fucking-A right we’re Comic Con with titties, Chris Gore.
Okay, I’m done. Now onto the costume thing.

Dragon*Con 2011: VAN DRAGONS

As promised:

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dragon*Con 2011: Ten More Dragons

Welcome to Dragon*Con Week here on Needless Things!
Every year I do my best to build up our collective anticipation for the South’s greatest nerd festival. Check out my past entries here and then come on back throughout the week to see what kind of stuff I can come up with for this year.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Man-E-Faces By Mattel

Man-E-Faces was one of the highlights of the Masters of the Universe Classics 2011 subscription for me. He has a great action feature and one of the most distinctive looks of any of the Masters. Yet the Horsemen still managed to do a masterful job of reusing parts.
I was stoked about getting this guy (and the other August sub figure – Megator) and managed to hold out until I opened him to find out what the promised “secret accessory” was. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Toy Review DC Universe Classics/Masters of the Universe: Bizarro Versus Battle Armor Faker (SDCC Exclusive) By Mattel

If I’m going to be honest – and that’s what I always try to do here – the DC Universe Classics versus Masters of the Universe Classics Toys R Us Exclusives have kind of been bags of crap so far if you’re a conscientious collector of both lines.
None of the concepts have been outright bad and people who don’t frequent have certainly benefited; but if you’re fully invested in both lines they’re kind of a waste and directly take advantage of the mint-in-box collector or the minor variant collector.
First we got Superman/He-Man and Lex Luthor/Skeletor. Both are good combinations from a pure marketing standpoint. DC’s heaviest hitter and his most famous nemesis (in his most dynamic look) combined with the two Masters figures that almost any toy collector are certain to want were excellent choices for an initial retail offering. The only problem there is that we’ve gotten 800,000 Superman repaints and that Luthor has shown up several times now, as well. He-Man and Skeletor both had minor variations in paint scheme. Otherwise, these sets were brilliant. The heroes one is how I filled my MOTUC He-Man slot and prompted me to produce one of my personal favorite posts.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Toy Review – Marvel Legends: Thor - SDCC Exclusive By Hasbro

This Comic Con Exclusive figure of the God of Thunder that isn’t the bassist for the greatest rock n’ roll band of all time was touted as the big return of the much-beloved Marvel Legends line. I’m not sure how significant that is since the line’s last releases hit less than a year ago, but I appreciate the sentiment.
This is one of the SDCC Exclusives that I was willing to miss out on if I couldn’t get it for regular price. I’m not a huge fan of the way Olivier Coipel draws Thor – which is what this figure is based on – but it does make a good looking toy and the MSRP is lower than what I would have to pay for any other Marvel Legends Thor at this point. I was fortunate enough to get an order in on in the brief time Thor was available, so I’ve got one to review for you today.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Queen Marlena/Captain Glenn - SDCC Exclusive By Mattel

I briefly entertained the idea of doing separate reviews for Queen Marlena and Captain Glenn since I will be getting one of each. Then I realized that was stupid, so here we go.
Oddly enough this will be my first San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Masters of the Universe Classics figure. I didn’t get into the line full-bore until last year, so I missed out on King Grayskull and He-Ro (who I think were the previous exclusives). And then last year’s exclusive was a two-pack of characters I absolutely despised as a kid and continue to dislike to this day – Orko and Prince Adam. It’s funny; I didn’t know anybody that didn’t hate Orko with a passion back in the 80’s, yet he sold like fucking crazy last year.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Comic Book Wednesday – 8/2011 Update

Comic Book Wednesday has been on a little bit of a hiatus. Hopefully this one is coming to you on the 17th. If not, know that I spent a whole extra week on it.

This started off as a very interesting look at the effect Peter Parker’s death had on the Ultimate universe (Oh, sorry – Mr. Bendis insists via Twitter that it’s not a separate universe, it’s a separate reality… or something) and after the second issue turned into a setup for the big Ultimate Comics relaunch coming in… uh… soon. I would tell you when, but I’m pretty much done. I don’t trust Marvel to maintain the Ultimate titles beyond the first story arcs and Ultimate Parker’s death was too perfect to sully with a failed reboot. I feel like that’s unusually negative for me, but I’ve got my hands full with a slightly-less-likely-to-fail reboot over at DC.
Now then – what do I think about the new mixed-race Spidey?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Swamp Thing - SDCC Exclusive By Mattel

I was very excited about this figure when Mattel first announced it back at Toy Fair. I’ve been a big Swamp Thing fan ever since I was a kid. The first movie used to scare the shit out of me and I loved it. It was then that I decided I had to have a Swamp Thing action figure. I also picked out a Swamp Thing comic in the first stack of comic books I ever bought. I don’t know which issue it was, but it was around the same time as one of the Brood issues of Uncanny X-Men and a story about Hugo Strange’s ghost in Detective Comics. Maybe someday I’ll sit down and figure out what those issues were and hunt them down. It’d be kind of nice to have copies of the first comics I bought.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Toy Review –Doctor Who: River Song w/ Pandorica Chair San Diego Comic Con Exclusive By Underground Toys

We’ve all been waiting for a decent figure of Doctor River Song for quite some time now. They did the space suit one from her first appearance a while ago, but that one just wasn’t good enough for the character as she ended up developing.
I was almost expecting Underground’s SDCC Exclusive for 2011 to be Dr. Song, but I can’t say I called it. I definitely didn’t have any idea what look they would go with. Obviously her female Han Solo look from the finale of Series 5 was a wise choice. It makes for an action-oriented figure and is probably what most would consider her “default” look for when she’s not undercover or going native.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Toy Review Doctor Who Classics Leela – The Face of Evil By Underground Toys

Leela is my favorite Doctor Who companion. After being introduced to the Doctor and the TARDIS with The Five Doctors she was the first regular companion I was presented with on Saturday nights and none have ever quite matched her combination of smarts, hotness and independence. Though Amy Pond is making a go of it.
After the announcement last year that Doctor Who Classic toys were going to be fewer and farther between and mostly store exclusives I really didn’t feel too confident that we’d ever actually get a Leela. I felt certain we’d get Romana or a young Sarah Jane long before we got this warrior woman.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics: Zodak By Mattel

I could’ve gone crazy on Matty’s All-Star sale (still going on now) and bought duplicates of Trap-Jaw, He-Man, She-Ra and other stuff I really don’t need. It was very exciting to see some of those things available again after so long. I’m sure a lot of people succumbed to that temptation. But I was stalwart and conservative – two things that do not come naturally to me – and only ordered a single figure. Zodak.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Responding To Anonymous

Anonymous said...

PCW only has one belt, and that is the World Heavyweight Champion's Belt (currently held by Grotesque). All other belts worn are from other federations. What do you have against using real monikers or names?
August 2, 2011 4:36 PM

This comment was left on my last Platinum Championship Wrestling recap. I don’t know who Anonymous is (obviously), but I feel that they’re probably closely tied to PCW (if not a worker) and almost certainly one of my Facebook friends. I’ve added quite a few different wrestling personalities and fans on there and it could be any one of several. I wish they had left their name, but I’m going to address this now anyway.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Bane By Mattel

It took me a long time to build Bane, but I’m glad I did.
I’ve already got a perfectly good DC Direct figure of the Brazilian Bat-Breaker (not to mention the Arkham Asylum version I just bought); but I’ve never really felt that you can mix DC Direct with Mattel. They just don’t look right side-by-side in my opinion.
I’ve always been a big fan of Bane. This is mostly due to Knightfall and the ensuing Knight-prefixed storylines being some of my nostalgic favorites. They’re nowhere near consistent quality-wise, but it’s the biggest and most involving event of my comic collecting heydays. All people tend to think about is big, muscle-bound Bane breaking Bruce Wayne over his knee. Rarely does the amazing setup that led up to that point get mentioned. Well, until Nolan’s recent decision, anyway.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Toy Review – DC Universe Classics: Jonah Hex By Mattel

The only reason I bought this guy was so I could have Bane.
I like Jonah Hex and I’ve read plenty of comics featuring the guy and always enjoy his cameos in the DC Animated Universe. He just doesn’t really fit in with my shelves full of superheroes.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Hasbro versus Mattel - A San Diego Comic Con Story

I’ll warn you in advance – this may not be worth reading. I just wanted to say something about Hasbro’s post-San Diego Comic Con sale the other day.
Hasbro kills me with their SDCC exclusives every year. I don’t ever plan to attend the world’s premiere movie, TV, celebrity, toy, oh; and comics, too convention. I develop habits way too easily and I know full well that if I went one year I’d have to go every year and I don’t need that kind of expense in my life. So it is an ongoing struggle to obtain a lot of the convention exclusives every year –which are often the very coolest toys a company releases all year.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Platinum Championship Wrestling 7/28/2011

It’s been three damn months since I was able to go to a Platinum Championship Wrestling show and I was just about to lose my mind. Through a happy coincidence at work I was able to work during the day last Thursday and got to see some HARDCORE ASS-WHOOPIN’ ACTION, PCW style.’
I had a lot of company this time around, which always makes for more fun. In addition to the inimitable Angry Matt were Rescue John (formerly John the Wrestler; changed because his actual job is much more impressive), Princess and a friend of theirs I was too drunk to remember other than she had a tree tattoo. Not seminal Boston hardcore act Tree, but an actual tree. Maybe even the World Tree – I’m not sure. Evil and Darth Pete also came out so we had a decent group. The presence of the latter two also meant that I would be able to take advantage of an exciting opportunity that we’ll get into a little later.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Movie Review – STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN In Hunt to Kill

I want to tell you about this amazing movie I watched Monday morning. But I’m going to have to resort to spoilers to do it justice, so don’t read this if you don’t want the magic of STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN in Hunt To Kill ruined for you. Just go to Comcast’s OnDemand service and watch it right now.
I’ve been eyeballing Hunt to Kill for a few weeks now. Like any normal, red-blooded American male I am a big fan of STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN. I like his wrestling character, I liked his appearances in The Longest Yard and the Expendables, I even thoroughly enjoyed the movie that gave us his first starring role – The Condemned. Heck, I watched a couple of episodes of Nash Bridges just because STONE COLD STEVE AUSITN was guest-starring. He’s not my favorite wrestler ever or anything, but the guy definitely has a high level of watchability regardless of what he’s doing. Example:
So it wasn’t a matter of if I was going to watch STONE COLD STEVE AUSTIN’s new flick, but when.