Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Mad Matty March

Sorry for the lack of pictures, but I thought this was worth posting about. I just don’t have the time to track down pics. I’m sure Matty’ll have them up tomorrow for the sale. Maybe I can help you guys choose some cool new toys; maybe I can help you avoid some pieces of shit.

Toy Review – Classic Thundercats: Mumm-Ra The Ever-Living By Bandai

Did I even have a choice other than to buy Mumm-Ra along with Lion-O?
Even though the Mumm-Ra in the new cartoon is way cooler than the 80’s Mumm-Ra, this figure is vastly superior to its modern counterpart. That’s because for some reason Bandai decided to give the modern Mumm-Ra a tiny, little pinhead. It’s insane. I can’t imagine what the logic was behind that decision, but he looks absolutely silly.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Toy Review: Fearless Photog... OH, WAIT - NO PHOTOG FOR ME

Note: Today should have been a write-up about a great toy store, but Matty really pissed me off on Sunday. So here's this instead.

Thanks to the monumental fucktardery of the inbred asshats that operate as a company called Digital River and just a bit of my own stupidity and foolish expectations I will not be getting the one Masters of the Universe Classics figure I was anticipating above all others this year.
The amazingly outlandish Fearless Photog went on sale February 15, 2012. I woke up early after a night shift and not more than three hours of sleep just to be sure I got my order in. I didn’t really expect Photog to sell out quickly, but I also didn’t want to chance missing out on this internet legend.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Toy Review – Marvel Legends: Hope Summers By Hasbro

Yes, Marvel Legends are back, and with them comes a great character that I have come to like a whole lot and that I’m afraid Marvel is dangerously, stupidly close to killing, vaporizing, or eliminating in some way.
I don’t just like Hope Summers because she’s a redhead. That would be ridiculous. I like her because she’s a petite redhead.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Phantom Troublemaker’s 2012 Oscar Picks

Holy crap, I totally forgot about the Oscars.

So in that case, welcome to a Very Special Sunday Edition of Needless Things!

I’m not trying to sound all cool or anything, but I really don’t give a crap about the Academy Awards. I know what I like in movies and I certainly don’t need a bunch of stuffy old Hollywood douchebags to tell me what’s good and what isn’t. Mostly because I either don’t agree with said douchebags, will never see most of the movies they nominate, or have never even heard of said movies.

I am firmly in the Eric Cartman camp regarding movies about gay cowboys eating pudding. It may not be a particularly classy place to be, but it sure is a lot more fun.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Toy Review – Marvel Legends: Constrictor By Hasbro

Holy potatoes, Marvel Legends are back!

Evil and I have spent the last month looking high and low for any sign of these elusive new toys. At one point there was a rumor that Walmart would be selling the figures for $11.99. Later on I saw a peg at Toys R Us priced at $17.99. That’s a ridiculous fucking difference in price for 6” scale figures, but that’s Toys R Us for you. Either way, we still weren’t seeing any actual product.

I was mainly looking for Hope and Constrictor. The other figures in the first series – Steve Rogers, Extremis Iron Man, Klaw, Thor, and Ghost Rider were not of much interest to me. I already have the SDCC Thor and I have no idea what that crazy-ass Ghost Rider is from. He looks awesome, but I’ve already got a great Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider that I love. I might pick up that Steve Rogers if I see him for a reasonable price.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Comic Book Wednesday - 2/2012 Update

Once again I have gone a very long time without a comic book update. I don’t know how my editor lets me get away with this. Somebody should really dock my pay.

I made a list – the one pictured above – at the beginning of the year. Believe it or not that’s whittled down somewhat (not much) from what I was getting at the end of last year. There were a few books that just lost me, some of the New 52 naturally kind of sucked, and there were some new books coming that I felt I needed to make some cuts in order to buy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Toy Review - Ghostbusters Classics: Vigo the Carpathian By Mattel

I’ve been putting off this review for quite some time now. I just don’t have a shred of enthusiasm for Mattel’s Ghostbusters Classics line anymore. So I’m going to warn you right now – this review may well suck.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Toy Fair 2012: Recap

It’s time once again for my pathetic coverage of one of the biggest events of the year. For me, anyway.

I love Toy Fair and the promise of things that I will blow my hard-earned money on. This year is pretty big, too. Not only am I already committed to the Masters of the Universe Classics and the almost-sure-to-be-shitty DC Universe subscriptions from Mattel (I found out after I wrote this intro that I was wrong about that); we also have new Marvel Legends, another amazing-looking GI Joe movie, and tons of new Doctor Who. Every year in January I resolve to cut down on the number of toy lines I collect and every year in February I realize just how full of shit I was.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Toy Review – Thundercats: Lion-O By Bandai

I don’t think I’ve ever reviewed a Bandai toy before. Mostly because I don’t think I’ve ever bought a Bandai toy. Mostly because I loathe the way they peg their joints with plastic that doesn’t match the surrounding areas. Also, I’m not sure they’ve ever had a license I care all that much about.

Monday, February 13, 2012

An Evening With Crispin Hellion Glover

Last Wednesday night was really fucking weird.

But I suppose you should expect that when dealing with a character like Crispin Hellion Glover.

As I stated in my pre-game report, I really wasn’t too sure what to expect out of our evening with Mr. Glover. It’s called a slide show, I knew he had made books and movies, and I knew he was a weird dude. I was excited to find out what would be going on.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Atlanta Comic Convention 2/5/2012

I always end up working on Super Bowl Sunday and it pisses me off.

Not because I want to watch the Super Bowl. I couldn’t possibly care less about football or the guaranteed-to-be-shit halftime show. And all the commercials can be seen online afterward. They’re not even hard to find. I mean, that’s the point. The companies want you to see those ads.

No, my big problem with working on Super Bowl Sunday is that there is always a comic convention that day and I never get to go. Sometimes I am just scheduled to work and other times I end up working because everybody knows I loathe football and wouldn’t be doing anything anyway, so I work out a swap where they work for me for WrestleMania or something.

This year I just happened to have the big day off and the Troublemakers headed down to the Marriot Century Center to rub elbows with some nerds and creative-types. But first we went to have some breakfast at the International House of Pancakes.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Toy Review – Classic Doctor Who: The Chase By Underground Toys

I have not actually seen the episodes of Doctor Who that inspired this set.

I have only seen a few William Hartnell stories. I very much want to get to them, but they just aren’t as high a priority as catching up on the adventures of the last four Classic Doctors. I’ve seen the first few Hartnell stories and while they are novel and interesting, they suffer from the same curse as many of the first three (and even some of the fourth) Doctor’s adventures – they are almost terminally slow at times.

Crispin Hellion Glover

I’m not sure how to approach this one, but since I did a big ol’ post about Anthrax last Thursday I feel like I should do one about Crispin Glover today. We’re going to see some sort of performance of his at the Plaza Theater tonight and while I have no idea what to expect, I am very excited about it.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

My Dinner With Anthrax


If you follow me over on Facebook, then you saw that post last Thursday night. I put it up right after one of the best and most surreal moments of my entire life.

As I mentioned last Thursday, me and the missus went to see Anthrax, Testament, and Death Angel that night. That’s awesome and all, but the real big deal for us was getting to meet Anthrax beforehand at a special meet & greet. It’s not every day you get to meet your all-time favorite metal band.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Star Sisters By Mattel

Note: The above picture is so blurry because A) I am an incompetent photographer who just does stuff like that sometimes; or B) I just didn't give a shit. You choose.

The Star Sisters have been the source of quite a bit of controversy since they debuted at San Diego Comic Con last year.

Some folks pointed to them as a sign that Mattel was truly going to hit every corner of the Masters of the Universe/Princess of Power franchise and were thrilled. Some folks didn’t understand why Mattel would produce this trio before getting to highly demanded, popular, important characters like Ram-Man, Rattlor, Mantenna, Mosquitor, Modulok, Two-Bad, Jitsu, Spikor, Extendar, Rio Blast, Stonedarr, Rokkon, Dragstar, a Horde Trooper, Multi-Bot, Tung Lashor, Clamp Champ, Rotar, Gwildor, Blade, Blast Attack, Ninjor, Saurod, Twistoid, Snake Face, Sssqueze, Angella, Castaspella, Frosta, Glimmer, Double Trouble, Flutterina, Mermista, Peekablue, Perfuma, New Adventures He-Man, Sweet Bee, Entrapta, Loo-Kee, Netossa, Spinnerella (not to be confused with Salt-N-Pepa’s DJ, Spinderella), Hydron, Flogg, Slush-Head, New Adventures Skeletor, Kayo, Nocturna, Visar, Hoove, Karati, Lizor, Artilla, Spinwit, Tuskador, Butthead (who I think we can all agree should be a priority anyway), Quakke, Staghorn, all of the Meteorbs, Eldor, and of course Evil Robot (whatever the heck that is).

I hope you’re picking up on what I’m saying here.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Anthrax - The Thrash Kind, Not the Kill You Kind

Note: Sorry this post ended up being bare-bones and pictureless. I fell asleep and ran off the road on the way home and (hopefully only) blew out my right front passenger tire. My car is at the shop and I have to drive Mrs. Troublemaker's car in to work tomorrow. I don't feel like looking for videos and pictures.

I first heard Anthrax courtesy of my buddy Matt F. waaay back in 1988 (or somewhere thereabouts). It was the song “Antisocial” and I immediately loved it. It was the first time I had heard the term and I identified.

Matt was the guy that introduced me to most of the music I listened to back then. He got me into Metallica, Megadeth, Primus, Ministry and probably more. But Anthrax was my favorite. No question. Their music just seemed so much more accessible than any of the other metal bands we listened to. It seemed friendlier somehow. I know metal isn’t supposed to be friendly, and I’m not trying to say they were singing about hugging puppies or anything, but Anthrax had a more fun style. I mean, there were songs about Judge Dredd and Stephen King books. They even did a goofy rap song.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Battleground Evil-Lyn By Mattel

I was never a fan of the weird, jaundiced appearance of the original Evil-Lyn.

Apparently Filmation wasn’t, either, because she had Caucasian skin in the 80’s cartoon, as well as in the 2002 revival. So pretty much nobody likes yellow Evil-Lyn. Not only is the yellow not very appealing, the fact that she is nothing more than a repaint of Teela is also kind of lame. Granted, this figure is still nothing more than a repaint of Teela, but at least she’s not yellow.