My Toy Line Of The Year

There were a hell of a lot of great toys that came out this year. I got to see far more than my fair share of them while I worked at ToyFare, but I have to say that my absolute favorite line this year was Mattel’s DC Universe Classics followed very closely by their Masters Of The Universe Classics. Being a gigantic DC fanboy, the DCUC line plays right to my heart (and my wallet) by offering up iconic versions of classics characters, awesome B-, C-, D- and Z-list characters and Collect and Connect figures that make me want to get every single figure they put out. This line, along with Hasbro’s Mighty Muggs, was one of the few I spent my own money on. Just wait until you see what they’ve got coming out in 2010 (and by that, I mean check out the February issue of ToyFare in which I got to talk to Mattel’s Scott Neitlich about their awesome plans for celebrating DC’s diamond anniversary.

As I mentioned Mattel’s Masters Of The Universe Classics also blew me away, as did their Ghostbusters figures. I was also really impressed by how good Hasbro’s 3 3/4-inch Marvel Universe figures turned out. Oh, and, as usual, Diamond Select Toys’ MiniMates kicked ass (especially the Ghostbusters ones). plus, DC Direct DOMINATED with their Green Lantern figures which are now morphing into the ridiculously cool Blackest Night waves. Overall, I think everyone really came at 2009 with their very best and it was a great year from NECA, Mezco (those 3 3/4 inch horror figures were SICK!), Sideshow, Bowen, Gentle Giant, Shocker and everyone else. Hopefully 2010 will be just as rad, and from what I’ve seen, it absolutely will be.

Four Movies I’m Looking Forward To In 2010

There’s a lot going on what with it being New Year’s Eve and partying to be done tonight, so I figured I’d do a quick post about some movies I’m looking forward to coming out next month.

Youth In Revolt January 8th
I haven’t read the book, but I can easily relate to a meek kid who wants to change into someone more suave. Plus, the cast is chockablock full of goodness. I don’t think I’ll see it in theaters, but I’m looking forward to the rental.

Daybreakers January 8th
Remember the good ol’ days when vampires were scary? Me too, but only vaguely. I like to think that the vampires that took over the world in Daybreakers used the cute ones from Twilight to lure the humans in and then sent in these ugly bruisers. Hopefully I’ll get to the theater for this one.

The Book Of Eli January 15th
I’m a big fan of post apocalyptic movies and I like Denzel Washington, so this one looks pretty good though I’m still not quite sure what it’s about.

Legion January 22nd
The trailer running on TV with the old lady turning into a demon freaks me out every time (just a little). I feel like I’ve read tons of comics with this kind of angel-sent-to-Earth-to-fight-evil premise, but not many movies and especially not many with this kind of cast and this level of special effects.

Custom Corner: JLU Batman Of Zur-En-Arrh

After checking out a ton of customs lately and actually editing almost every Customizing 101 that has appeared in ToyFare over the past two years (not counting the last few months obviously), I figured it was finally time I gave this whole thing a shot for myself. I have zero experience and haven’t painted anything since…maybe ever. I want to do a Guy Gardner Warrior custom out of a big burly WWE figure, but I want to get better at this whole painting thing a little bit more, so I took an extra Batman JLU figure (of course, I forgot to take a picture of him still together so I had to borrow this one from CollectorsQuest) and turned him into a pretty rough version of The Batman Of Zur-En-Arrh. Hit the jump for the full (read: long) post. Continue reading Custom Corner: JLU Batman Of Zur-En-Arrh

Casting Internets

First of all, do yourself a favor and head over to GeekWeek, the brand new site by big time Hollywood dude (and all around good guy) Jeff Katz. It covers comics, movies, TV, toys, tech, MMA, wrestling, gossip, video games, sports and women (and not in a super creepy way). And guess what? I’m writing for him! Dig around in the toy section and you’ll find some fun posts I’ve done over the last few days.

Over at The Fwoosh, it’s New Custom Tuesday which means I will be posting two of my favorite figures from the post. First up is the 3 3/4-inch Daniel Craig James Bond by Industrial and the Slash figure made out of NECA Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle parts by The BeasT. Follow the link above and also scope out the Odin and Amadeus Cho figures. There’s even a Dazzler!

Also, check out The Smoking Gun who called out TMZ on their JFK-on-a-yacht-with-naked-women “exclusive” photo they “unearthed” that turned out to really be a photo shoot from Playboy full of actors and not Presidents. It’s a great read and I’m sure I’m not the only one glad that someone is taking the rumor-mongers to task.

And finally, the gang over at /Film have photos from Josh Radnor’s upcoming movie called happythankyoumoreplease which he is also directing. As a big How I Met Your Mother fan, I’m looking forward to this movie which is about six New Yorkers who “negotiate love, friendship, and gratitude at a time when they’re too old to be precocious and not ready to be adults.” Sounds interesting enough to rent! Hit the link for more details and the photos.

Happy Belated Anniversary Xbox 360, It’s Been A Helluva Year

I’m a little late on this post, but it’s been a year since I got my Xbox 360 for Christmas last year and I don’t think there’s a device that’s become more of an integral part of my life since my new phone. The sad thing is that I haven’t really burned through as many games as I would have expected. I am definitely a slow gamer and still have the three used games I picked up when I first decided to bulk up my to-play stack (Madden ’08, Call Of Duty 3 and The Orange Box). Plus, I don’t think I’ve played the Lego Indiana Jones/Kung-Fu Panda game since a few days after Christmas. I will say that I’m pretty close to finishing COD3 finally, which puts me square in the middle of 2007, yeah me.

I figured I’d look back at the list of games I’ve played and reviewed on here, plus a few more I tried and quit. The first 360 game I played and reviewed over on the ToyFare blog which I don’t think is even around anymore is Skate 2. This is actually the game I probably play the most, especially when I’m really frustrated with whatever shooting/killing game I’m working on and just want to hurl a dude on a board through the air. Skate 3 is coming out next year and hopefully I’ll get that eventually. This is a good one to just play whenever, even though I think I’ve finished most of the missions.

Next up were my reviews for Peggle and Portal, two games I really enjoyed but don’t really play anymore. Portal still blows my mind when I think of it. Have there been anymore levels or anything released online? I should probably get those. Meanwhile, Peggle was a downloadable game I really appreciated. I actually do play it every now and then when I want to play something kind of relaxing. I finished all the levels, so it’s not super fun to go through again, but I have had some fun playing people online who don’t murder me.

There was a time in here when I played a lot of games I either didn’t like or didn’t both writing reviews about. The first was Lost Planet, which someone gave me at Wizard. It was an alright game, but just didn’t grab me, plus there was a giant sandworm-like monster in the snow that I couldn’t kill, frustrated the hell out of me and I quit. Then there was Assassin’s Creed, which I can’t understand why people like. It takes forever to get into the story and the fighting mechanics are just boring. I really don’t get the fascination with this one. Yeah, it looks good, but who cares? I also gave up on Dead Rising because I got screwed over in a save position and just didn’t feel like doing the whole game over again. I am excited for the second one though. Haha, I also played a game called Onechanbara, which was like a PS2 game where you play a hot chick killing zombies. It was super fun, but I got to a motorcycle level I couldn’t get past and lost all interest.

Then I took on FEAR 2, which freaked me out more than it probably should have. I definitely traded that one in when I was done. The next game review I have on here is from two months later when I played–and loved–Batman: Arkham Asylum, but I feel like I must have been playing something else during that time. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I was pretty busy at that time and I also borrowed Ghostbusters from Justin, and couldn’t get past the first freaking level and gave it back to him. I was also intermittently playing COD3 and Halo 3 with my buddies from back home. I also picked up Stranglehold, the Jet Li game and thought it was pretty boring, so gave up on that one. Oh and Guitar Hero 3, which I’m up to medium now, but am only any good at when I’m a few beers deep.

Wheelman was another game that I worked on for a long time and eventually finished. I had a good time playing it and skipped most of the ancillary stuff, but had a fun time with the whole game. The last stack of games I grabbed from Game Stop was Gears Of War, Crackdown and Bioshock. I started with GOW, which I just finished before Christmas and had a great time playing. That last level sure was a bitch though and I didn’t even realize I finally beat that big bastard when I finally did. I was a little surprised at how short the game was, but still liked it. I think I’d rather play a short game and actually be done with it so I can move on. Right now I’m playing Crackdown which reminds me a lot of one of my favorite games of all time the PS2 Spider-Man 2 game, so that’s fun. I did get Left 4 Dead 2 and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 for Christmas which I’ll be starting soon. Oh, plus I’ve still got Dark Sector which I’ve been working through, but got bored with and probably won’t get back to (it’s pretty boring and the mechanics aren’t so great) and Mini Ninjas which I just haven’t gotten around to yet.

The one thing I would like to start doing is actually playing some of these games online with folks. Not just blasting the hell out of each other. Anyone want to play L4D2 or MUA2? Let me know and I’ll pass you my gamertag.

Roseanne Comics Cavalcade: Death Of Superman T-Shirt

Hey, I actually remember which episode this one was taken from! It’s called “It’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays” and it’s a Christmas episode in which everyone gets snowed in in various places. Darlene’s at David’s house, where they have a fight, yet still exchange Christmas presents (Darlene gives David some art supplies, David gives Darlene an original animation cell of unspecified origins). Anyway, the big comic reference in this one is, obviously, David’s Death Of Superman T-shirt. Being the comic book event that got me into reading comics on a regular basis, I’ve got a soft spot for The Death Of Superman and probably geeked out when I saw this back in 1992. You can order your own online, just give it a Google and you can choose from all kinds of variations (no yellow in the shield, more blood, etc.).