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Friday, July 3, 2015

Toy Review –Batman: Arkham City Clayface from DC Collectibles

Welcome to Arkham Week on Needless Things!

Every day this week I’ll be reviewing one of the new Arkham Knight figures from DC Collectibles.

At least, that was the plan until DCC delayed the release of the Arkham Knight figure, presumably because it contained some sort of spoiler for the game. If you don’t know, the identity of the Arkham Knight is the big mystery of the game. And it has been handled wonderfully. Hopefully I will have had an opportunity to finish the story by the time this posts and I’ll know whether or not my theory is correct. If you want to know who I am 100% positive the Arkham Knight is, listen to this week’s Needless Things Podcast and I’ll tell you at the end.

As a result of the delay of the Arkham Knight figure I only had four figures to review. Until I realized that I had somehow forgotten to ever review one of the largest action figures in my collection – the massive Arkham City Clayface from DC Collectibles.

Needless Things Podcast 62 – Batman: Arkham Knight

On June 23rd, 2015, Rocksteady’s final Batman game was unleashed upon the world – Batman: Arkham Knight. After a week of playing, Phantom Troublemaker gathered a group of Batmaniacs to talk about the game and the history of the franchise.

Phantom is joined by Needless Things Irregulars Ryan Schweck and The Belligerent Monkey, as well as newcomers Mike Nelson and Chris “Crispy” Lloyd. The fellas reminisce about the wonder of Batman: Arkham Asylum actually being a great game, discuss how much the world opened up in Arkham City, and share differing opinions on the quality of Arkham Origins.

After a little Arkhamverse history, the crew dives into a discussion of Arkham Knight. There are minor spoilers, but Phantom provides multiple warnings when they’re about to happen. Most of the talk is focused on the gameplay and features rather than plotlines. None of the guys had finished the game at the time of the recording, so plenty of mysteries were still in play.

PLUS! As an extra bonus feature after the show, Crispy and Phantom – further along than the rest of the crew – discuss certain plot points and in the outro Phantom shares his guess as to the identity of the Arkham Knight!

Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, Jay, Crispy, and Mike talk about one of the most highly anticipated video games of all time!:


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Today’s musical selection is from friends of the show, Calabrese! Their newest album, Lust for Sacrilege, is available from CalabreseRock.com. For today’s track we’re going with something a little older (and more appropriate). From their masterpiece Born With A Scorpion’s Touch – “I Wanna Be A Vigilante”!

Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Toy Review –Batman: Arkham Knight Batman from DC Collectibles

Welcome to Arkham Week on Needless Things!

Every day this week I’ll be reviewing one of the new Arkham Knight figures from DC Collectibles, and on Friday we’ll be posting a special episode of the Needless Things Podcast where we take a look at the Arkham video game franchise.

Today’s figure is Batman in the Batsuit from the beginning of Arkham Knight.

A Quiet Little Town Called Shadowhawk


Photos from Shadowhawk main page

Hidden just a stone’s throw away from I-95 in Smithfield, NC and located in a perfectly modern looking little area sits a tiny little western town that goes by the name of Shadowhawk. It’s a town that was the labor of love for its one time Sheriff, a veteran (and now retired) western character actor named Bill “Wild Bill” Drake.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Toy Review –Batman: Arkham Knight Scarecrow from DC Collectibles

Welcome to Arkham Week on Needless Things!

Every day this week I’ll be reviewing one of the new Arkham Knight figures from DC Collectibles, and on Friday we’ll be posting a special episode of the Needless Things Podcast where we take a look at the Arkham video game franchise.

Side Note: The Arkham Knight figure has been delayed, so I’ve only got four reviews. Word I’m getting is that it was pushed back due to the figure itself containing spoilers for the game. I think it’s somewhat prosaic that the antagonist from the oft-delayed game is, itself delayed.

I tend to start these reviews by talking about how much I love whichever of Batman’s nemeses I’m covering. Some of them, like Firefly, I don’t have a whole lot to say about. He’s fine. He sets things on fire. Whatever.

But most of these characters are ingrained into my consciousness from the many forms of media they’ve been represented in, as well as their various appearances in the comics I’ve read. For the most part I think Scarecrow has been better represented than just about anyone. Not more often, but more effectively and more in line with my concept of the character.

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews July 2015: Now 1000% Star Warsier

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalogue 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 typically about two months away. Or sometimes never. I’ve ordered lots of things that have just never come in. Without getting into the specific politics of Diamond, let me just say that they aren’t quite a monopoly and also aren’t quite the worst distributor anybody has ever dealt with in the history of the universe.

But I’m not here to discuss that. I’m here to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Toy Review –Batman: Arkham Knight Harley Quinn from DC Collectibles

Welcome to Arkham Week on Needless Things!

Every day this week I’ll be reviewing one of the new Arkham Knight figures from DC Collectibles, and on Friday we’ll be posting a special episode of the Needless Things Podcast where we take a look at the Arkham video game franchise.

Side Note: The Arkham Knight figure has been delayed, so I’ve only got four reviews. Word I’m getting is that it was pushed back due to the figure itself containing spoilers for the game. I think it’s somewhat prosaic that the antagonist from the oft-delayed game is, itself delayed.

Today’s figure is the newest iteration of Harley Quinn, which appears to be an amalgamation of her appearances in the prior games – Arkham Asylum and Arkham City.