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Friday, February 27, 2015

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Ninja Warrior (Ninjor) from Mattel

I was really stoked about Ninjor.

Okay, first – this is Ninjor. He’s called “Ninja Warrior” due to some of the legal copyright nonsense that sometimes causes such things to happen. The same thing happened with Flipshot (called Icarius in the MOTUC line) and Double Trouble (called Double Mischief). “Ninja Warrior” is just a couple of words on a box, so I’ll be referring to this guy as “Ninjor” for this review.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Movie Review – Planet of the Vampires by Jerry Chandler

On a World Strangely Devoid of Vampires, We Found the Planet of the Vampires

A word of warning here- There be spoilers ahead. I’ll clearly mark when the spoilers start and stop, so you can skip them if you so choose.

A group of space explorers move carefully across the surface of an unexplored world. It’s a foreboding place, seemingly eternally shrouded in darkness and shadows, with thick fog banks rolling across a surface covered in jagged mountain peaks.

They come upon an alien spaceship, broken, rusted, and showing signs of having long ago crashed there. The ship is unusual. Not just in the typical way of being alien in design, but in scale. The entry hatches, the hallways, the locations of the various control panels all indicate a race substantially taller in physical stature than man.

They make their way into the ship, carefully navigating the dark corridors towards its long dormant heart. Once there they find, still seated at a set of controls, one of the long dead crew. The body is enormous, easily more than twice the size and bulk of a human. Its cause of death will ultimately be revealed in the film to be from an alien species that uses the bodies of other creatures as host forms so as to continue to spread itself across the galaxy.

What, you’re thinking 1979’s Alien? Well, while that certainly describes a lot of the first half of that film, I’m not talking about Alien. Lots of people discuss the fact that some of Alien’s roots trace back to It! The Terror from Beyond, and at least a good chunk of trivia buffs also cite A.E. van Vogt’s The Black Destroyer. But there was another film that influenced Alien, the entire sequence I described above being from that film, and that was Mario Bava’s 1965 sci-fi horror Planet of the Vampires.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Comic Book Wednesday – Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: The Little Mermaid #1 from Zenescope

As our loyal readers know I have recently become an official reviewer for Zenescope Comics. This means that I receive PDF copies of everything that they release. Obviously I can’t personally review everything that they release, but as long as I hit a certain number each quarter they’re cool with it.

In this Comic Book Wednesday I’m taking a look at The Little Mermaid #1. It’s available today at your Local Comic Book Shop, so ask for it now!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Guest Toy Review: Movie Maniacs series 3 Blair Monster (The Thing) By Black Arbor

Greetings, fellow Phantomaniacs! Long time lurker, first time (but hopefully not the last time) guest reviewer! Today we’re going to be doing something a little different: See, me and Phantom share a common bond over our love of John Carpenter’s cinematic masterpiece, “The Thing”, so today I figured we’d embark on a trip back to the early 2000’s, and take a look at a slightly older figure, the “Blair Monster” from series 3 of McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs. Everybody ready? Then let’s hop to it!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Toy Review – The Simpsons: 25 of the Greatest Guest Stars – Weird Al from NECA

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am to own an action figure of one of my heroes, Weird Al Yankovic.

Okay, well – a figurine.

But I am excited nonetheless! Because this is one of my favorite musicians of all time and definitely one of the fathers of my own dorkiness!

Even if it is a Simpsons figure and I haven’t really dug The Simpsons in around a decade.

But this is Weird Al! I had to have it!

Friday, February 20, 2015

New York International Toy Fair 2015 – Phantom’s Thoughts

Note: Pictures will be somewhat limited in this post. Most of the reference pictures from the weekend came from individuals taking pictures at Toy Fair and I don’t want to steal their work. Where I do have pictures they will be from official press releases that the manufacturers put out. Since they haven’t all done this, there are several items that I don’t have pictures of at all.

I highly recommend you follow ActionFigureAttack on Facebook and Instagram for some excellent press photos. I found that Action Figure Insider had some of the best in-person shots.

Welcome to my initial reactions to what happened at the New York International Toy Fair over this past weekend! I wasn’t there, obviously, because nobody’s going to pay for me to go to New York, but I followed along thanks to the magic of the internet.

Thanks, Al Gore!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Needless Things Podcast 46 - Batman ‘66

Phantom Troublemaker and the ESO Network’s “Howdy” Mike Gordon convene to discuss a common favorite topic – the live-action Batman television show, now commonly colloquialized as Batman ’66.