The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

blackseriestiefightercoverI like buying Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series line of 6″ figures because of the details and pose-ability, but I never thought we would get full fledge vehicles or spacecraft for the 6″ line.  I’m proven wrong with this Hasbro release of the The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter.  Now that’s a mouthful.

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GreenLight Collectibles 1:43 Fast & Furious Collection

fastfuriousgreenlightcollectionYes, I admit, one of my guilty pleasures is watching the Fast & Furious franchise movies.  The Fast & Furious have licensed many diecast approved collectible cars over the years, but this 1:43 scale diecast collection from GreenLight Collectibles is pretty sweet.  I just picked-up several of these cars at Toys’R’Us.

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Awesome Team-up Charlie Brown!

charliebrownbooksI can’t wait to watch “The Peanuts Movie” at the multiplex with my cousins next week.  I grew up with Charlie Brown Sunday comic strips and cartoon specials, so now something cool is happening for fans of the Peanuts for a limited time.  If you love collected collections of Charlie Brown strips, then check out this collab by Boom! Studios, Fantagraphics Books and Humble Bundle with a Humble Bundle Peanuts Book Collection!

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BAIT X TED 2 X REEBOK Classics = Instapump Fury

reebokinstapumpfuryWith upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Ted 2, BAIT! collabs with Reebok Classics and Ted 2 for a special Ted-inspired sneaker.  The Reebok Classics Instapump Fury will available at BAIT retail locations on November 14th, 2015.  Look for a $170 price tag and the kicks will be available in sizes 3-13.

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The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie

peanutsmoviecoverTwo major comic strips that I grew up in my childhood was Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes and George M. Schulz’s iconic cartoon character Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.  I remember having so much fun reading the strips as a kid with my siblings and then watching the Charlie Brown cartoon Holiday specials on TV with my grandparents.  Just pure nostalgia.  After years of waiting, we now finally get an “official Charlie Brown cartoon” from animation house Blue Sky Studios.  Author Jerry Schmitz takes us Charlie Brown fans on an incredible journey inside Blue Sky Studios in The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie.

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LEGO Star Wars: Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy

starwarslegobookphotographybookIf you’re a LEGO Star Wars fan and like building cool dioramas and sets and then taking cool imaginative photos, then this is the book for you, the LEGO Star Wars:  Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy by DK Publishing.

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DMC DeLorean Back to the Future Replicas

bobpropshopEver thought of getting a DMC DeLorean Back to the Future replica car?   Well, if you have around $100,000USD, then you can buy a full-size replica with all the bells and whistles (Only it won’t fly or time travel).

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BAPE x Back to the Future Collection 2015

backtothefuturebapeEverybody is getting on the Back to the Future bandwagon today?  If you’re a guy, gal or kid looking to rock Back to the Future gear, then check out this mini-capsule collection from BAPE.  Dropping today into BAPE stores, the collection features 5 different graphic tees for kids of all sizes.

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LEGO Back to the Future Custom DeLorean

backtofuturelegocoverThe Back to the Future movies have the DMC DeLorean an iconic star and just for October 21, 2015, here is a custom LEGO flying 2015 DeLorean Time Machine by Brian Williams.

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Back to the Future II: Floating DeLorean Toy

backtofutrefloatToday is October 21, 2015 – Back to the Future II day!  Check out this cool looking collectible prototype from HK toy-maker Kids Logic.  This is the “DeLorean – Time Machine Magnetic Floating Edition” from the Back to the Future II movie.  The 1/20 scale DeLorean features opening doors, removable wheels, special floating effects, and more than 10 light-up LED effects.  Also it will come with 2 bases:  a floating base and display base.  The “DeLorean – Time Machine Magnetic Floating Edition” will retail around $210.00USD, but the bad thing is it won’t be released until 3rd quarter 2016.  A one-year wait!

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The Walking Dead’s Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson - The Walking Dead - RetrendersAt Wizard World, The Eddie has a brief interview with The Walking Dead‘s , Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel Greene, the much grounded and upholding character of humanity in an overwhelming time of dead chaos. He will also be starring in the upcoming television series  DAMIEN, on A&E, a spin off from The OMEN.

The Iron Giant Movie Re-Release

irongiantNot many people would remember this animated classic, The Iron Giant which came out in 1999.  The Iron Giant gets a multiplex revival of sorts with this Signature Edition re-release with remastered sound and colors.  The Iron Giant Signature Edition will hit theaters September 30, 2015 for a limited time.

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LOST IN THE SUN – A cultish San Francisco Indie Film

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Dan Bernstein (actor), Dave Moutray (director), Marcus Sams (actor) and Jess Reich (make-up)

I feel very fortunate to be one of the crew members of “Lost in the Sun“, a feature film with a mysterious cult happening that takes meditation of body, mind and the discipline of gazing at the sun ritually to transform one’s life. The only catch is that someone has gone missing through the process, and the cult of sun gazers are not exactly your typical sun gazers, and that’s about all I can tell you.

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Why a BLADE RUNNER sequel?

The 1982 film was absolutely on point for it’s science fiction noir story taking place in 2019, because we still have neon lights and newspapers! Bladerunner - RetrendersDirected by Ridley Scott , Bladerunner accomplished its look with a raw and real-life edge of art direction and special effects  that we see influencing today’s futuristic films; the modern caper wardrobe intermingled with stylized space-tech outfits depending on the defined identity of the character – to the atmosphere of space age flying vehicles through a sky rise metropolis contrasting the ground level of real city life eclecticism of street cyclist, people walking with umbrellas, to grime that exists in rainwater running down a gutter in a dark alley street. There was no superficiality, but dark romanticism to this futuristic film which made it a cult noir classic.

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A animated tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

tributehayaomizakipcitureOne of the legends of anime is Hayao Miyazaki and this fan-made anime-video tribute is pretty cool.  As you watch the video montage, many of Hayao Miyazaki’s characters appear in a roll call.  Sit back and enjoy.

Avengers Age of Ultron Cosbaby Series 2 Set

ageofultroncosbabyIf you’re into collecting vinyl big head figures, here’s another set from Hot Toys from the Cosbaby line to watch for.  This is the Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Series 2 Collectible Set.  The set features Tony Stark Mark XLIII Armor Version, Ultron Mark I, Iron Man XLV, War Machine Mark II, Ultron Prime, Vision and Black Widow.

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Ant-Man Cosbaby Set of 3 from Hot Toys

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Wow, this will be a busy multiplex weekend for me as I hang girlfriends to watch Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and then with my Marvel fan-girls to catch Ant-Man, which brings me to this cute Hot Toys vinyl toy set, the Ant-Man Cosbaby Set of 3.  The set features Ant-Man, Yellowjacket and Ant-Man Black Out Version.

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Google Doodle Tribute to Eiji Tsubaraya

googlekingkongtributeIf you remember watching Ultraman or those badly dubbed Godzilla flicks from Japan back in the day, well, today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to the sci-fi monster maker Eiji Tsubaraya.  The famous director passed away in the 1970s and today would be his 114th birthday.  Google Doodles honors the man with neat little video on monster making.

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Ant-Man Mr. Potato Head

pototaheadantmanboxMany Marvel characters have been “potatofied,” now comes the Ant-Man Mr. Potato Head from PPW Toys.  This will make a great stress reliever toy on my workstation.  The figure stands 6″ tall and comes with removable accessories to mix or match.

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WESTWORLD 2016

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There has been word that there will be a Westworld remake or a series adaptation for television for the past couple of years, and Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams names are tied to the project.

Westworld was the first film that made me fear the dawn of the robot age – that computer embedded and wired life-like human operational machines can take over. Notice that I didn’t mention android or artificial intelligence? The reason being is because this film was released in theaters in 1973. It was very rare that anyone referred an intelligent robot as an android or artificial intelligence to some extent; the terms were far-fetched to the greater public at the time and not widely used.

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Transformers: The Movie, Original Motion Picture Score

TransformersCoverIn the age of digital downloads and streaming music, who goes to the record stores and buys the physical copy?  Well, if you’re an old-school fanboy like me, this is one CD you should definitely buy, The Transformers:  The Movie Original Motion Picture Score by Vince DiCola.  Let’s not mistake these soundtrack CDs for the Michael Bay live-action crap, this is the 1986 animated Transformers flick.  Yes, you should be aware The Transformers: The Movie CD which came out in 1986, but that CD featured all the pop songs like “The Touch” & “Dare” and only a couple of score tracks.  This release features 25 tracks of music score from the movie.

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The New Batmobile

batmanvsupermanbatmobileWarner Bros. reveals the new Batmobile for the upcoming Batman v Superman movie.

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The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road

madmaxfuryroadcoverBefore I get down to reviewing Titan Book’s The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road, I’ve watched Mad Max: Fury Road twice already.  I was a little cynical at first, when I heard the news that creator/director George Miller was going to re-make Mad Max, when his 1979 Mad Max film starring Mel Gibson was already a masterpiece.  So, as I sat in the multiplex dreading it would not be a Kevin Costner “Waterworld”, the movie came on-screen and within a few minutes I was blown away by not just the action and acting, but Miller’s incredible cinematography, the colors and the amazing world-building.  Now to the meat of this article, taking a look at Titan Book’s The Art of Mad Max: Fury Road by Abbie Bernstein with a Foreward by the man himself, the master George Miller.

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Must Watch! King Fury!

kingfurymovieI remember when King Fury was just a 3 minute trailer, now it’s a full on 30 short film and it looks fantastic!  If you grew up in the 1980s, then you’ll love this flick.  Just sit down and watch:

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Drawings of Kids Playing “Star Wars”

childrenstarwars00Reliving your childhood playtime experiences is what artist Craig Davison has done.  This is his series of illustrations of kids playing Star Wars.  If you have the money to spend, you pick-up one of these limited art pieces by Craig.

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