Monday, February 27, 2017

Phantom on Wrestling: WWE vs. The Universe

I’ve been wanting to write about wrestling (WWE) for a while now and since WrestleMania is fast approaching I think it’s a good time to, as Stone Cold says, “Spew the bullshit in muh brain”. Hopefully I’ll be able to schedule our pal Stephen Platinum for the podcast soon, but until then my solo written words will have to do.

I’m writing as I think, so bear with me.

There is recent evidence that WWE is figuring us (the fans) out and starting to use our cynicism against us (in a good way).

You’d think that this wouldn’t be a particularly exciting or recent development, as they’ve been doing essentially the same job for thirty-seven years, plus about twenty-eight, give or take, prior to the Vince McMahon, Jr. takeover. They should know what they’re doing. But quite often it seems to us that they don’t. Some of this is due to the fact that we’re ignorant to a huge number of aspects of the business and could never fully comprehend what are the best decisions for a company that is unique in the world to make.

Some of it is due to the fact that WWE is run by a single person with a strong will and tastes that are occasionally… odd.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 145 – 2017 New York International Toy Fair

The Needless Things Irregulars assemble for their annual look at the New York International Toy Fair!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The LEGO Super Hero Lines Continue to Grow in 2017

By Jerry Chandler

I’m going to swing over into the boss’s territory today and cover a little bit of 2017 toy news. It’s a subject I don’t dive into very often, but, hey, it’s LEGO and I’m a LEGO kind of guy. It’s one of the few toys that really had an impact on me as a child, and it’s really the only toyline I still regularly purchase anything from for myself to this day. Plus, I have kids who have become LEGO fans, so I can always excuse the larger purchases to my wife as something for the wee ones to enjoy.

LEGO has over the years gone from a line of exclusively basic, generic building sets to a line filled with original sets and multiple lines of licensed products. You can go out there right now and get yourself a Ghostbuster Firehouse, a Beatles Yellow Submarine, Adventure Time fun, Star Wars action, and even a little Doctor Who adventures in time and space on top of a huge number of original, LEGO owned concept series sets. But, as much as I love some of the other stuff, I have to admit to being a superhero guy, and that’s what I’m going to look at here today.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New York International Toy Fair 2017– Phantom’s Thoughts

Note: I noticed that thanks to social media A LOT more toy companies are releasing photos of the product they show at Toy Fair. It used to be tough for me to find enough pictures to fill out these posts, but this year I’ve found that there were very few toys I couldn’t find official pictures of. Good for me and good for you!

That being said, I highly recommend you follow ActionFigureAttack on Facebook and Instagram for some excellent press photos. Toy Ark did most of the heavy lifting for me this year, with tons of fantastic galleries. They got great pictures without posting the same figures six times from slightly different angles and then overlooking another figure entirely. Most of the links in this article will take you there. For the full list of links to Toy Ark product pages, click here!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Devlin's Domain - I Think We're Alone Now

Yes that is a picture of 80s Pop singer Tiffany headlining Devlin's Domain. If that doesn't reel you in with curiosity I don't know what will. I assure you what lies ahead is just as disturbing, if not more, as everything else you'll find within the Domain. Come on in, I think we're alone now, there doesn't seem to be anyone around...

Legion: An X-Men Show Without X-Men

By Beth

But don't let that title lead you to believe that I think (or you should think) that it's a bad thing. Legion is only two episodes in, and despite the lack of the usual X-Men team it's been intriguing and enjoyable so far. Legion himself has such an interesting story, and set of powers that I can see why he was the choice for a stand-alone show. It's a unique concept, and a challenging show. Again, that's a good thing because so much television is too easy to forget these days. If you're in to this sort of thing you won't forget Legion quickly.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Toy Review – Miracle Action Figure EX No. 32 Suicide Squad Joker from Medicom

By Phantom Troublemaker

I’ve already talked about enjoying Suicide Squad, so let me go ahead and get right to the point – American Suicide Squad toys looked like hot garbage.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 147 – The Dale Jepson Interview

Phantom Troublemaker interviews elusive rock legend Dale Jepson of Dale Jepson and the Night Hawks!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

What the Heck Happened to Movie Posters?

By Jerry Chandler

I’m going to put on my grumpy old man hat today. I am not going to do the “It was always better back in my day!” routine along with donning that hat though, but only because many of the posters I’m going to use here today are from films that predate my coming kicking and screaming into this world. Plus, the decline in overall poster and lobby card quality started when I was younger, so a lot of the bad is in fact from back in my day.

Have you seen the social media posts poking fun at the Kong: Skull Island posters that look for all the world like rip-offs of the Apocalypse Now movie posters? To a degree it’s funny seeing someone in the promotional department commission posters and lobby cards that so closely (pardon the expression) ape the look of the classic posters, but at least the end result was posters that stand out. They pop when you see them, and they have a fantastic artistic style that makes them stand out like few other posters, lobby cards, and ad images for movies do these days. This is kind of a problem.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Toy Review – One:12 Collective Marvel Comics Captain America from Mezco Toys

By Phantom Troublemaker

I suppose I am fully addicted to these One:12 Collective figures now. It’s one of those scenarios where once you’ve had a taste of the best it’s hard to go back to the rest.

That’s not to say I’m going to buy every release or even every character, but when Mezco releases any figure that is a character I like even a little, I’m going to have a tough time resisting the purchase. Of course, today’s figure wasn’t a case of liking a character just a little – Steve Rogers is one of my favorite Marvel superheroes.

He’s not as invincible as Superman and not as broody as Batman. He’s the Sentinel of Liberty and he always does What’s Right. Spider-Man – my favorite Marvel guy, I think – looks up to Captain America. All of the Marvel heroes look up to Captain America, even when they disagree with him. He’s not respected because he was around first or because he was in the military or led the Avengers. He’s respected because everyone knows that at his core he is always working in service of freedom and liberty.

I can’t say all of that without addressing what’s going on in the comics right now.