Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New York International Toy Fair 2018 – NECA


BY Dave


Once again social media has improved my ability to bring you pictures of the new stuff shown at Toy Fair. Most toy companies maintain some sort of presence on Instagram or their own blogs online and seem to recognize the importance of showing their new products directly to potential consumers. I don’t know if this means the collectors’ market is more important than ever or if it’s simply evolving business, but whatever the reason I’m glad it’s happened.

As always I highly recommend you follow Action Figure Attack on Facebook and Instagram for some excellent press photos. Toy Ark once again provided thorough coverage and is the site we used for reference to record this Friday’s Toy Fair episode of the Needless Things Podcast. For the full list of links to Toy Ark product pages, click here!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Days of the Dead: Malcolm McDowell Panel

by Beth

Look I know that we're almost a month out from Days of the Dead now, but we've got nothing else to do for a few months so why not keep this party going for another week? And I'm not just trying to drag this out with a bunch of crap either. I'm giving you audio of a Malcolm McDowell before I finally lay this thing to rest. Pun intended.

Monday, February 26, 2018

New York International Toy Fair 2018 – Super 7

BY Dave


Once again social media has improved my ability to bring you pictures of the new stuff shown at Toy Fair. Most toy companies maintain some sort of presence on Instagram or their own blogs online and seem to recognize the importance of showing their new products directly to potential consumers. I don’t know if this means the collectors’ market is more important than ever or if it’s simply evolving business, but whatever the reason I’m glad it’s happened.

As always I highly recommend you follow Action Figure Attack on Facebook and Instagram for some excellent press photos. Toy Ark once again provided thorough coverage and is the site we used for reference to record this Friday’s Toy Fair episode of the Needless Things Podcast. For the full list of links to Toy Ark product pages, click here!

Friday, February 23, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 201 – Tanya’s Island Needless Commentary


Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Possible Remakes that Could Actually Be Good


By Jerry Chandler

A lot of people treat the word “remake” attached to a project as an automatic sign of a bad product. Some people- often people not realizing that some of their favorite movies are remakes –will also greet the news of remakes with declarations about how remakes are automatically inferior to the originals or are automatically devoid of any level genius or originality. One of my favorite remakes, 1986’s The Fly, is a film that puts a lie to both of these statements.

Admittedly, many remakes can be horrible. Typically, bad remakes come about because someone somewhere in a studio in Hollywood wants to remake or reboot a popular film or TV franchise just to try to jump back onto a money train. There’s often seemingly very little love or passion for the original versions, and some great deal less thought seems to be put into executing a new version thanks to the laziness of thinking everyone will just know what they’re supposed to know once the movie starts. There’s also an issue created when the original property is a hugely popular film or franchise with generations of fans. Of course, one way to get around that last bit is to let people who love the less than well-loved films get a shot at doing some remakes or reboots based on those. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Days of the Dead: Ray Wise Panel

by Beth


You know him, you love him, you might even be a little unnerved by him. It's Ray Wise! But don't let the fact that he's played a bunch of bad guys fool you you. He was insanely nice during his panel, when we stopped by to say hello at his table after the panel, and again when we went on Saturday for Mr. Tibbs to get an autograph and picture with him.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 200: The Version You Can See!



Be sure to join the Needless Things Podcast Facebook Group and get in on the conversation for this week’s episode! Let us know what you think!

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com 

Interstitial music provided by The Mystery Men? 

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 200 – LIVE 200th Episode Extravaganza!


Join Dave, the Needless Things Irregulars, and some very special guests for a night of entertainment recorded live at the Intown Coffehouse in Atlanta, Georgia!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Bring on the (Better) Villains


By Jerry Chandler

This weekend will see the release of Marvel’s much anticipated Black Panther film, and then hot on its heels will be Avengers: Infinity War. For Marvel’s cinematic universe, this is literally a year that’s been ten years in the making for them. It’s been an occasionally bumpy ride. They’ve had some truly great films come out as they’ve built towards the ultimate showdown with Thanos, but they’ve also had a few four finger stinkers hit the big screen as well. 20th Century Fox has been chugging along for a longer time now with the X-Men franchise in much the same way, although their films actually featuring the X-Men as a team have been unfortunately getting a little more reliably meh as time has worn on. I’m largely not even going to discuss what they did with Fantastic Four; especially as the Disney/Fox deal means we likely won’t see a misfire of that level with the team again. I’d mention Sony and Spider-Man, but that’s basically just part of the MCU right now.

Then there’s DC. They’ve been trying to play catch-up with Marvel while wanting to create their own version of Marvel’s shared universe. Sadly, while some efforts have been entertaining, they’ve not quite just yet stumbled onto their version of a winning formula. Even more unfortunate, their most recent three films all showed that they’re as susceptible as Marvel (maybe even more so) to replicating the biggest failure of so many modern superhero films. It’s a failing that Black Panther may even be facing from the early looks at it, but one hopes that it will give a much better showing than other films in this regards.

The villains suck. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 1 Special Edition


The first episode of the Needless Things Podcast was posted on January 1st, 2013. It's a conversation between Phantom Troublemaker (Dave) and Beau Brown about the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe.

It was originally posted on the Internet Archive because we had no idea what we were doing. Now, five years later, the episode has been given a new introduction and outro and is finally being included in the Podbean library of episodes to be distributed to itunes, Stitcher, Uranus, and everywhere else podcasts aren't sold.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Beth's Days of the Dead Recap

By Beth

You should all know by now that I love horror movies, and spooky stuff in general. Several years ago Sharron and I got day passes to go to Days of the Dead just for Saturday. It was fairly small, inexpensive, and relatively quiet. I had a good enough time that I’ve been wanting to do it again. Since my horror buddy was out of town the last few times it happened, and Mr. Tibbs isn’t usually one for crowds, I haven’t been back until this year. It’s changed a lot since 2014, and it was all for the better.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Every Needless Things Podcast Ever

By Dave

This Friday I will be releasing the 200th episode of the Needless Things Podcast.

Five years ago in January I released the first episode, which was a modest conversation with our pal Mr. Beau Brown that celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Masters of the Universe. Every year since we have recorded a Masters episode as close to the beginning of the year as we can.

Today’s post is mostly just a list of links for your convenience. I wanted to put all of the episodes together in one spot so everyone could see the amazing range of topics and guests all in one shot without having to browse the site.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 199 – Toy Stories LIVE at Days of the Dead Atlanta


LIVE from the Days of the Dead Atlanta horror convention – Dave, Nicole Gould, and Ryan Cadaver host Needless Things Presents Toy Stories: Plastic Horrors!


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Science Fiction’s Technological Dream, Less than Dreamy in Real Life


By Jerry Chandler

Technology was always going to make our lives better and make our sometimes-limited leisure time more enjoyable. At least that was always the point- when dealing with this specific form of technology -of so many of the little throwaway scenes in so much science fiction over the decades. The machines around us were in their way going to grow smarter, and thus they would be able to serve us in ways people could only imagine experiencing until recent years. One of the ways they would do this was by analyzing the things we regularly liked to hear or see or do and find similar things to that to expose us to when we asked for something to hear or see or do. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews February 2018: “Light on Toys”

By Dave


If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog 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 are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in April.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Days of the Dead in Pictures

by Beth

So Days of the Dead 2018 is over, and we've got more than 6 months until Dragon Con. Sigh...
At least a good time was had by all. A little too good for some of us. The flu I was fighting all week came back with friends, and I missed too much work last week to stay home today, and get any writing done. I've got a full recap, as well as 2 amazing panels to cover. I saw more than 2 panels of course, but Ray Wise and Malcolm McDowell we're so good that they'll need their own posts.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 198 – Masters of the Universe Part 2


Mr. Beau Brown returns to the Needless Things Podcast for the second part of a wide-ranging conversation about Masters of the Universe!


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Why Do So Many Fans Seemingly Hate the Genres They Claim to Love?


By Jerry Chandler

I’m a fan of horror movies. That’s the understated way of saying it. I’m also, of course, a fan of other genres. But, yeah, I tend to really enjoy horror, science fiction, and fantasy. You could also throw superhero into that list, but I’ve always considered that just fantasy with a sometimes small twist of science fiction mixed in and given a new coat of paint. After all, as has been pointed out by others, some modern superhero storytelling is essentially just the modern evolution of the tradition of the telling of ancient myth stories.

I’m also the type of geek who has always loved to learn about the ‘why’ of the things I enjoyed. When it comes to these genres. I would never compare myself to an academic or a historian when it comes to the level of knowledge I have about the ins and outs of the history of the genres across the various mediums or how the genres can be used to tell very meaningful human stories in disguise. However, I do try to learn as much as I can about these things. As such, I think I’m in a good position to be able to say that stories have been told and still can be told in these genres that rise above the level of disposable entertainment. Indeed, all of those genres have been used to tell stories that have touched on important social commentary, made huge political statements, addressed the human condition, and even ventured into the realm of the deeply philosophical. They’ve also all been able to and still can produce absolute classics of storytelling.

Apparently, having the opinion that some of these genres are capable of this kind of thing has me not only on the other side of a debate with many in the mainstream of American pop culture these days, but also with some in fandom who somehow or another claim they love some of these same genres I do.