Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The 2014 Phantom Awards - The Best of the Year!

Hey, Phantomaniacs - it’s time for the biggest awards event that Needless Things produces all year long! That’s right, just like every other site on the internet, at the end of each year I put together a list of the very best stuff.

Next year I might actually do some kind of voting thing; at least amongst the writing staff here. But I didn’t think of that in time this year, so this is all my opinion.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Toy Review – Batman: The New Batman Adventures Mr. Freeze from DC Collectibles

Preface: Before I get into today’s review of this new Mr. Freeze figure, I want to address the quality control issues of this line and DC Collectibles’ reaction to them.

I have already reviewed New Adventures Batman and Animated Series Catwoman. Both figures are beautiful and yet critically flawed. As I did with Funko’s Game of Thrones figures, I reviewed the figures based on their production and design and hoped for less QC issues in future releases.

I look at it like this – a figure that breaks in the course of normal handling is obviously a failure. It pretty much deserves a zero out of five. But how many of you would accept this as a toy review:

Toy Review – Batman: The New Batman Adventures Batman from DC Collectibles

The first one of these I got had a clear, unpainted elbow joint. One of the second one’s extra hands broke when I tried to move the joint.

0 out of 5
Don’t buy this figure:

That would be ridiculous. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

My Nerdy Look At 2014

At the very end of 2013 I was scanning through Facebook when I saw a post from our good friend Phantom Troublemaker. He was asking for people to do articles for Needless Things. Now, what many people may not realize is that i was a huge fan of the site before i started writing for it. I was and still am amazed at the amount of articles that Phantom produced. In my opinion he does some of the best toy reviews on the web or anywhere else for that matter.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Phantom Troublemaker Goes To Marvel Universe Live!

I took the family to see Marvel Universe Live this past Monday and it was exactly as fun as I was hoping it would be.

If you don’t know, Live is a huge stunt show featuring a cast of Marvel’s highest-profile characters, as well as Cyclops and Storm.

Haha! That’s just my little joke. I love the X-Men. Apparently a lot more than whoever scripted this production, but I’ll get more into that later; as well as delving into potential conspiracy theories about said X-Men.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation-The Top 10 Funniest Quotes

It's no secret that National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation that is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I watch it a few times a year to this day whenever I need a laugh and boy, does it do the job. So I have put together my Top Ten of the funniest Quotes of the movie with my quick thoughts after each one. It was a tough job and I had to leave out some good ones but here goes.....

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - Movie Review

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am a big ol' nerd. I'm not bragging about how nerdy I am, because who really would? It's just that I'm okay with my nerdiness, and don't really give a crap what other people think anymore. So I've seen every single one of Peter Jackson’s Tolkien based movies as close as possible to opening day. I still watch the movies or read the books every few years (because it's one or the other. It takes so long to get through that you can't really do both in the same year). I've even labored through The Silmarillion a few times, but then I've always been a big fan of the elves. I almost entirely blame my school-girl style crush for Orlando Bloom on Peter Jackson. I don't think I would had ever been giddy over what seems to be such a douchey human being if he hadn't been made cool by the Lord of the Rings movies. I mean what I consider cool, that is. And I took my Tolkien nerdiness up to 11 this year by seeing The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies on pre-opening night. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Toy Review – Pacific Rim Kaiju Comparison: Trespasser vs. Axehead from NECA

I love Pacific Rim. I think it’s an absolutely incredible movie. Visually it’s breathtaking every time I see it – and I’ve watched it several times now. I saw it in the theater by myself and then went back so my son could see it on the big screen. I want him to have big movie memories like I do. He loved it.

Side Note: I do wish there were Pacific Rim toys for kids. These NECA toys look great, but they are fragile and chock full of dangerous, pointy parts. 
People that are generally unhappy with life talk about Pacific Rim having a weak story or poor character development or whatever other problems such people like to come up with to attribute flaws to things that are fun, but I think it was perfection in storytelling. This movie was not about building a cast of characters that would be remembered in the annals of great cinema for centuries to come. If it had been about that it would have been boring as shit and I wouldn’t have liked it.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Couch Crusader - Looking Back at Batman '66 by Geena Phillips

Batman season 1, episode 15: “The Joker Goes To School”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Quick LEGO Christmas Gift List

I wanted to make list that may help people buy LEGOs for a fan no matter their age. Grant you some of these are not the newest things out there but I chose a variety that could appeal to many different fans. Also, I tried to think about price points too. I chose one crazy expensive set and then went somewhat mild on the others. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Toy Review – Doctor Who Time of the Doctor Action Figure Set from Underground Toys

Doctor Who’s descent into the realm of television that I do not enjoy began with Matt Smith’s final story – “The Time of the Doctor”.

I didn’t like it and I haven’t liked much since.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Final Day of the Zenescope Entertainment Winter Wonderland Contest!

Today is the final day to enter!
Needless Things & Zenescope Entertainment
The Winter Wonderland Contest!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 41: The Atlanta Toy Meeting

Phantom Troublemaker has been trying to get in with the folks of the Great Atlanta Toy Convention for a while now.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Couch Crusader - Looking Back at Batman '66 by Geena Phillips

Batman (1966) Season 1, Episode 13: "The Thirteenth Hat"

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews December 2014: Light Offerings

The rest of the pictures in this one are way better. I promise.
If you don’t know, Previews is the catalogue that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for. It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but typically about two months away. Or sometimes never. I’ve ordered lots of things that have just never come in. Without getting into the specific politics of Diamond, let me just say that they aren’t quite a monopoly and also aren’t quite the worst distributor anybody has ever dealt with in the history of the universe.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Preview Of LEGO Minifigures Series 13

I'm going to start off this article saying that I love LEGO minifigures. If you have read my articles in the past then this will not surprise any of you. They will always be my first love of LEGOs ever since I started collecting a few years ago. I don't exactly know what it is about the little figures but they are possibly the most addicting toy I have ever collected.

Many years ago when I first heard about blind bag packaging I thought it was just plain dumb. I mean why would someone buy something that they didn't know exactly what they were getting. It seemed insane to me and I swore that I would never partake in collecting such a thing. Well, that was a long time ago and before LEGO started selling their minifigures in that same said packaging.

There is just something about opening that package and not knowing exactly what you are getting. It's like christmas morning. And I don't know how they do it but just by putting that little insert into each bag I can never tell which figure is in there. No matter how long I mash on that bag trying to decipher each piece I just can't do it. So I usually end up with a lot of duplicates but I'm okay with that due to how much fun I have opening them.

So let's get down to business. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, LEGO released pictures of all 16 minifigures in the next series which is number 13. I was elated because I didn't expect pictures to be released this quickly. I wanted to do a quick rundown on my thoughts on the series based on the pictures that were released.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Toy Review – 6” Star Wars Black #02 Darth Vader from Hasbro

I’m not collecting the 6” Star Wars Black figures. I am collecting the 3.75” Star Wars Black figures. So far this makes two 6” SWB reviews and zero full 3.75” SWB reviews, though I did review a batch last Friday.