Hot Topic x DC TV Collection

dchottopicclothesHot Topic and DC Comics releases a fashion collection inspired by DC-based TV shows like the Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Gotham.  This collection features the DC TV Supergirl Girls Hooded Jacket, DC TV Gotham Selina Kyle Girls Hooded Jacket, DC TV Arrow Hooded Jacket, DC TV Arrow White Canary Girls Jacket and DC TV The Flash Jacket.

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Firefly: The Gorramn Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the ‘Verse

fireflyshiniestdictionarybookWhen you see a book with the words ‘Dicitionary Book.’  You might think to yourself, this is going to be a boring reference book or just a plain Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  But this ain’t know ordinary dictionary, friends!  It’s the Firefly:  The Gorramn Shiniest Dictionary and Phrasebook in the ‘Verse.

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Firefly: The Official Companion, Volume One

fireflycoverDuring the 2002 Fall TV Season, FOX aired Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western ‘Firefly’ and then it was cancelled before it could gather a TV following.  Over the years, “Firefly” has been a cult hit with fans with the help of DVD sales and Firefly panels at various comic-cons.  If you’re re-watching the ‘Firefly’ series on DVD at home, this Titan Books’ Firefly: The Official Companion Volume One is a great guide to “Browncoat” fans.

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Kidrobot: The Simpsons 25th Anniversary Mini Series

kr25yearsimpsonscoverIt’s here!  Kidrobot celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the hit FOX show The Simpsons.  The 3″ vinyl collectible toys features Homer, Bart and various Chase figures.

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Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons & Monsters

sleepyhollowcoverWith an explosive and fun second season, the FOX tv series Sleepy Hollow has just launched its 3rd season this past October 2015.  If you don’t know, Sleepy Hollow is a supernatural mystery TV drama takes a “DC Elseworld’s version” of Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with new twists and turns.  Ichabod Crane died defeating the Horseman in 1781, but then finds himself resurrected and trying to adjust to 21st century.  He collaborates with police office Abbie Mills and dig deeper into the supernatural and demonic forces attacking the town.  Now go behind-the-scenes with Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons & Monsters by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.

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Neff x The Simpsons Summer Capsule Collection

neffsimpsons2015Neff Headwear this summer teams up with 2oth Century Fox Consumer Products for this Neff x The Simpsons summer capsule collection.  Neff will be releasing various Simpsons collections through out the year and this first drop of the summer, the apparel theme will revolve around “Troublemaker Bart” and “Steezy Bart.”

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Japan: A Fox Petting Zoo

foxvillageboredpandaAs a kid I loved going to the San Diego Zoo with my parents and looking at the various animals in cages.  Now this petting zoo in Japan takes the cake for cuteness and that it only specializes in caring for about 200 foxes.

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Firefly Fans Play Yahtzee

fireflyserenityshipcoverLike many of my Retrenders crew, we are big fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.  I fell in love with characters, the universe and the world building.  I have the special edition DVD’s, the Dark Horse Comics editions and the Funko/Super7 action figures.  And now from USAopoly based on the Yahtzee game, comes the Firefly version.

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The X-Files returns in a Mini-Series

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I’m an X-Files fan because it was the “one” show at the time that was an eye-opener to mysteries and conspiracies of the unknown and unnatural phenomenon – and what better way to have two FBI agents go door to door and solve them. By watching the series, we got to follow agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate incidents of flying saucers, people being abducted by aliens, spontaneous human combustion, to cult tales of witchery and the chupacabra (goat sucker).

Then the first film came out in 1998. I remember it clearly, it was opening weekend for the first X-files film of all-time in San Francisco, but it was like a Star Wars convention waiting in line to get into the theater! I mean, I saw some real or religious fan fanatics that came out of the wood-work with t-shirts, mocked up characters of Mulder, Scully and the Lone Gunmen; and homemade alien costumes. It was amazing, because I didn’t know there was such a passionate following of the show. Now they’re back and I just can’t wait to see what conspiracy – or depths of a conspiracy they will be entangled with this time!

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Sanrio x The Simpsons

simpsonssanrioHello Kitty meets Homer and Marge.  The iconic cartoon TV show The Simpsons collabs with Sanrio in this new 2015 capsule collection. The collection features dresses, graphic tees, crop tees and a poncho for when it rains.

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LEGO The Simpsons: The Kwik-E-Mart 71016

kwikemartlegoboxOne of the most popular LEGO product line is The Simpsons and LEGO has just announced their second Simpsons playset, the iconic Kwik-E-Mart.  LEGO has put a lot of neat details, Easter eggs, and just fun play features for fans.

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The Simpsons Intro in Pixel Animation

pixelartsimpsonsLike many of you who watch the The Simpsons, we are very familiar with opening credits, now here’s a different take by illustrators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon with music by Jeremy Dower.  An old school tribute with pixel animation.  It’s really well done!

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The Art of Films: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes

gorillaapesAs I kid, I remember watching Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston on TV and like Star Wars, Star Trek and Buck Rogers made an sci-fi impression on me.  And then I got all excited in 2001, with Tim Burton’s vision of Planet of the Apes and that was hot mess of suck, kind of like X-Men 3: The Last Stand.  Now after many years, 20th Century FOX has gotten the re-boot Planet of the Apes franchise in the right direction.  To celebrate, Titan Books publishes The Art of the Films:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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QMx Captain Malcolm Reynolds 1/6 Figure

fireflyactionfigureFirefly may have only lasted one season on FOX, there is still a strong loyal following and Browncoats will buy anything Firefly/Serenity related.  Now Quantum Mechanix Inc. (QMx) will be unveiling their very own 1/6 action figure of Captain Malcolm Reynolds at this weekend’s Dallas Comic Con (May 16-18, 2014).

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Alien: The Official Movie Novelization by Alan Dean Foster

aliencoverWhen the James Cameron’s ALIENS flick hit the theaters in 1986, it blew me away and it made go back to take a look at the first ALIEN (1979) film by director Ridley Scott.  Now, if you don’t have the DVD or Blu-ray handy, or cannot find it streaming somewhere, then how about you go old-school and check out the official novelization of ALEIN with author Alan Dean Foster based on the screenplay by Dan O’Bannon.

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LEGO The Simpsons Minifigures out May 2014

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The LEGO Simpsons House 71006 is awesome, but if it’s not your cup of tea and you want LEGO Simpsons mementos, then these LEGO Simpsons minifigures should do it.  The series will feature Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Grampa, Chief Wiggum, Scratchy, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz,, Milhouse, Krusty the Clown, Itchy, Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

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The Art of Rio: Featuring a Carnival of Art from Rio and Rio 2

artofrioA long time ago, I remember watching Pixar’s Toy Story in the theater and I was blown away by the CG animation and storytelling.  Over the years, many animation houses were looking to do the same and one is Blue Sky Studios (Epic, Ice Age).  The CG animated film Rio was a 2011 hit and surpassed the $400 million mark in box-office receipts, so obviously there is a sequel with Rio 2 arriving into US multiplexes on April 11, 2014.  Along the way, Titan Books has just released:  The Art of Rio – Featuring a Carnival of Art from Rio and Rio 2.

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Alien: Out of the Shadows

alienAs 80s kids, my brother and me were blown away when we first watched James Cameron’s epic ALIENS (1986) and then we had to grab a VHS copy of Ridley Scott’s ALIEN (1979) to fill in the blanks, because Sigourney Weaver played the iconic scientist hero Ellen Ripley who was such a bad-ass.  In our minds Aliens 3, Alien Resurrection and Aliens vs Predator never happened, just like Brett Ratners’ X-Men 3.  My head hurts just thinking about this, but I digress.  After watching the first two films, you wondered if anything happened to Ellen Ripley during her 57 years of sleep?  This “official novel” enlightens ALIEN fans on what happened to Ripley from the end of the first ALIEN film and the start of the second ALIENS film.

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Viral Video Friday: Simpsons Anime Tribute

simpsons animeA Simpsons tribute to anime and all things Hayao Miyazaki.

Leaked: LEGO The Simpsons House 71006

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Images have leaked online of LEGO’s upcoming The Simpsons line.  The first images is the iconic Simpsons’ House numbered 71006.  This set has 2,523 pieces of building fun and comes with 5 mini-figs:  Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders.  The set will probably retail around $250USD.  The LEGO Simpsons House looks to ship out this February 2014.

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Stop-Motion 1992 X-Men Cartoon Intro

Check out this cool stop-motion video by Kyle Roberts using what I think are old school Toy Biz X-men action figures for this 1992 X-Men cartoon intro.

Insight Editions: The Dark Knight Manual

 

thedarkknightmanualThis is so cool – I’ve always been looking for the greater cause. I don’t mean just donating a few bucks to your favorite charity. What I mean is sacrificing myself for the greater good of mankind  – I just never knew how to get started.  Now, I think I have just found my ray of light.  In the manual, there’s everything you need to get started on the Batcave and the Batman arsenals – Diagrams, Sketches, and many more. I just hope it comes with instructions on how to pay for everything.

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Authentic Icon – American Idol @ Kohl’s

I can look like American Idol contestants now!

It seems everybody has their own urban street wear line now.  The popular FOX TV show American Idol recently launched their new apparel collection – Authentic Icon.  This brand is exclusive to Kohl’s and the collection has a limited run.  So if you want to look like that American Idol contestant, head to Kohl’s.

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