Monday, March 19, 2018

What I Did for Spring Break - Universal Orlando Part 1

By Dave

Thirteen years ago Mrs. Troublemaker and I spent enough time in Orlando to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and a few of the random lower profile attractions.

I can’t even imagine having enough time to do that nowadays.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 204 – No Holds Barred 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, March 15, 2018

Assorted Musings - 3/15/2018 Edition

By Jerry Chandler

Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones just had its second season drop in full last weekend. No matter your opinion on the first season, the second season is worth a look. There be some spoilers ahead. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Spy Con Preview

By Beth

I've been a fan of James Bond going back to my childhood. My dad was always into Bond so I learned to like it too. I was young in the 80's so I won't lie. I'll just come right out and admit that I liked A View to a Kill. I know, but it had Christopher Walken, and that great opening song by Duran Duran. Later, and still to this day, my favorite is Goldeneye. Yes, part of that is because it was one of the best video games of all time. Not all of it though. It's one of the first movies I remember seeing Sean Bean die in. He's died in a lot of stuff since, but that was my first so it matters more to me. I also thought that Pierce Brosnan was great in his first Bond movie. It's not totally his fault that his next Bond movies sucked. The writing was terrible. Denise Richards playing any kind of scientist is ridiculous to the point that if I roll my eyes up into my head about it one more time they may get stuck there. Some of the Roger Moore movies were okay, but he was better cast in The Saint than as James Bond. As much as I love the old movies I do enjoy the grittier and less quippy realism of Daniel Craig's Bond. I miss those gadgets though. But since we're probably only a few years away from being able to buy our own laser watches I think I'll miss them less soon.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Suicide Squad Harley Quinn from Mezco

By Dave

I decided over a year ago that I wanted to review a bunch of different versions of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. I love the character design, which lends itself to plenty of variations between manufacturers. And there were plenty of manufacturers – Mattel, Medicom, Bandai, Funko, Hot Toys, and possibly more that I’m not thinking of.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 203 – Devon Goldberg of Morricone Youth

Morricone Youth formed in New York City in 1999 with the mission statement of composing, re-interpreting, performing and recording only "music written for the moving image." 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

32 Years Later, There Can Still Be Only One

By Jerry Chandler

March 7, 1986, 32 years ago yesterday, a low budget film written and directed by no one most anyone had heard of hit American theaters with very little fanfare. For many people- one of whom was my father who took me to see it in theaters only because of the presence of this star -the only reason the film got their attention at all was Sean Connery, the 007 most of them had grown up on, being featured heavily in the ads. It went on to earn just under $6 million at the domestic box office at a time when successful movies were earning anywhere from $35 million to $50 million. In its inglorious domestic box office run, it was written off by critics and moviegoers alike, and was even beaten out by things like The Care Bears Movie 2 as a money earner. But in the decades to follow, the original Highlander would become one of the most popular and most loved cult films of its era. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews March 2018: “Diamonds in the Stuff”

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 May.

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

Monday, March 5, 2018

New York International Toy Fair 2018 – Mezco

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, March 2, 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

RIP Paul De Meo

By Jerry Chandler

Tuesday of this week, February 27, the news broke that Paul De Meo had passed away. I first saw the news in the form of a Facebook post by John Wesley Shipp. Through his post, I found the tweet by De Meo’s longtime creative partner Danny Bilson. I had at first hoped the news was wrong, but John Wesley Shipp was likely not going to be posting a false death report for De Meo and Bilson damned sure wasn’t. So, sadly, the news that fandom had lost someone who gave it so much over the years was true.