Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Marvel Movies Used To Suck



It wasn't that long ago that Marvel movies were absolutely awful. The 80's and 90's saw some really terrible movie versions of our beloved comic books. We tend to forget that Captain America and the Punisher both saw very unsuccessful feature length versions which were both in the nineties. The Punisher starred Dolph Lundgren and wasn't a dreadful movie but it was not at all faithful to the comic. If I remember correctly, a skull never even appears on his chest. 


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Masters of the Universe Day 2015

MOTU Day logo courtesy of The Toy Box
Happy Masters of the Universe Day! 

For those of you that have come to Needless Things for the first time thanks to the awesome team-up of sites celebrating this magical day, welcome! I am your host, Phantom Troublemaker, and I run things around here (which really just means I pay for the hosting). 
 
1987 was a magical year. I saw RUN DMC and the Beastie Boys play the Astrodome. Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted on television. Hulk Hogan defeated Andre the Giant to become the WWF Champion.

Also, Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley declared April 28th to be Masters of the Universe Day.
I could talk about all of those other things at length (and have, right here on Needless Things!), but since today is, in fact, April the twenty-eighth, I’m going to talk about Masters of the Universe. Which I also do quite frequently here on Needless Things and the Needless Things Podcast.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Marvel's Avengers

Hello, Phantom Troublemaker here. I am the owner, operator, and head writer of the website you are currently perusing. Before I get to today’s post, I just wanted to beg you for money.
Needless Things – and the Needless Things Podcast – cost money to operate.
 
Well, time and money. Tons of time. Way more time than money, in fact. But I don’t mind the time. I enjoy doing this.

Money is another thing. We have to pay for hosting for the site and the podcast, image hosting, and all kinds of other little incidental things that, when added up, make this whole thing highly illogical. 
 
If you have been enjoying Needless Things for the past few years or if you have just now found the site thanks to my crass attempt to tie into Avengers-mania this week, consider donating a buck or five to the cause. My dream is to be able to produce some merch for the site or perhaps invest in a project for one of our writers, but my realistic goal is just to cover operating costs.

If you don’t have a dollar to spare, that’s okay. Just share this or any other article around the net and spread the word. The more eyeballs we can attract, the more likely some crazy billionaire will find us and decide to fund the whole thing anyway.

And finance my dream project of adapting The Texas Chain Saw Massacre for Broadway.
We also have advertising opportunities for the site and the podcast. If you’re interested in that, shoot an e-mail to PhantomTroubelmaker@gmail.com.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 54 – The Phantom & Gary Show: The Justice Force Awakens at Dawn!

In the second would-be episode of the Phantom & Gary Show (the first ended up being about Leonard Nimoy), the fellas’ impending Star Trek conversation was waylaid by the release of trailers for two massive movies – Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Video Game Review - Game of Thrones from Telltale Games

If you liked Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, but thought it needed more intrigue and Dinklage then Telltale's newest game is for you.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Angella from Mattel

I used to have the biggest crush on Markie Post. I first remember her taking over as the female co-star on The Fall Guy (why the heck isn’t The Fall Guy on Netflix or Amazon?), but where she really stole my heart was as innocent and gorgeous public defender Christine Sullivan on NBC’s Night Court.

Monday, April 20, 2015

I’m Going to See Faith No More

I’m so excited right now that I couldn’t possibly review anything, even though I’ve got a bunch of DC Collectibles stuff, Marvel Legends, and who knows what else built up in my Pics folder. My brain is racing. So I’m going to churn out some stream-of-consciousness stuff so I can at least fool myself into believing I’m being productive.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 53 – Marvel's Daredevil on Netflix

Last weekend Marvel unleashed the newest corner of their Cinematic Universe on Netflix in the form of Daredevil. The show was so dramatically different and so impactful that Needless Things rallied the troops and recorded a podcast!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quit Yer Bitchin' Game Stop


There's been a lot of complaining from stores like Game Stop lately about downloadable content hurting their sales. Well, it's pretty much all been from Game Stop because every other media retailer has realized that they need to diversify. And even they are dying. Blockbuster and Media Play are long gone, and FYE and Best Buy are closing fast. In a world where games are so cheap or even free to download even Game Fly has had to start renting out movies.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Toy Review – Batman: The Animated Series Robin from DC Collectibles

Let me preface this review by saying that I am writing it immediately after writing the review for Mezco’s new Dark Knight Returns Batman and that Robin might suffer a bit from being proximal to such an incredible action figure.

The Needless Things crew had a discussion about which Robin to buy back when these were first being solicited. I’m going to have to have both. This isn’t a situation like Scarecrow or Bane where there are different versions of the same character and preference plays a bigger role. There are two distinct Robins that are entirely different characters. And I like both of them, though it is a bit confusing as to who’s who if you’re a Bat-novice.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Danger on Godzilla - Godzilla 2: War of the Monsters!

It’s a great time to be a Godzilla fan. Maybe the greatest time in my lifetime, behind the mid-late 90’s boom that really exposed me to the Godzilla fan community. For the longest time I thought I was literally the only one in America that was a G-fan! Then, perhaps in anticipation of the upcoming American Godzilla movie by Sony/Tri-Star, Godzilla blew up in this country! You could walk into any Toys R Us or Wal-Mart and find a wide variety of affordable, if ultimately flawed design wise, toys representing Godzilla and his friends and foes, produced by the now-defunct Trendmasters company. Better yet, you could find specialty shops like Showcase Collectibles right in my backyard of Badstreet, Atlanta GA, that dealt in imported Godzilla toys, posters, movies and more. Walking into that place for the first time was almost a religious experience for me.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Comic Book Wednesday – SPECIAL UPDATE - Previews April 2015: Tardy Marvel

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.

But I’m not here to discuss that. I’m here to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition.

Note: When I wrote last week’s Previews report Marvel’s portion of Previews was unavailable due to a printing error. This reinforces my belief that Marvel’s decision to separate their section from the rest of Previews is just silly.

Their separate little magazine made it out to stores with last week’s shipment, so I was able to peruse it over the weekend and found enough to put together a smaller but still worthwhile post.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Wrestlemania 31 Afterthoughts



The biggest night in wrestling has come and gone. That's right, dry your eyes, the next Wrestlemania is only a year away. But for now you just reminisce about the one that took place on March 29, 2015. I will admit that I do not watch RAW on a weekly basis because of the lack of cable that exists in my house. I do however have the WWE Network and keep up as much as I can. I do know that once Roman Reigns won the Royal Rumble all the air was let out of the road to Wrestlemania balloon. No offense to Reigns but the fans knew that he was being forced down our throats. And we don't like that. We want to choose who the champion is. Alas, that's not the way it is.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Toy Review – Previews Exclusive One:12 Collective The Dark Knight Returns Batman from Mezco

It’s not often that an entirely new style of action figure is released.

Granted, there’s nothing new under the sun, but every once in a while something is created that is distinctive enough and combines enough disparate elements to stand as a new and unique item amongst the hordes of 3.75”, 6”, 12”, and whatever other sizes and styles that are available in the toy market. I can really only think of a few times in my nearly four decades of toy collecting that a line or figure has struck me as truly being something different and special.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 52 – Noah Holt of Kill, Baby... Kill!

Phantom Troublemaker talks to Noah Holt of Kill, Baby… Kill! about music, managing a full-time career and a full-time passion job, and the rewards of family life.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews April 2015: The Month That Marvel Forgot! (but not really)

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.

But I’m not here to discuss that. I’m here to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition.