Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Toy Review – G.I. Joe – Zartan By Sideshow Collectibles


It’s been a long time since I’ve bought any Sideshow figures.
I used to be a regular customer on the Sideshow website. I would say that once a month I would get online and reserve a figure, whether it was Star Wars, Buffy, or Sideshow’s proprietary zombie offerings – The Dead. When I first started buying from Sideshow Collectibles their 1/6th scale figures averaged fifty bucks apiece.
Eventually they stopped producing Buffy and seem to have moved to different formats for The Dead. Star Wars has gotten prohibitively expensive and I think it’s GI Joe’s fault.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Dragon*Con 2012 Preview


Odin’s Beard! Can Dragon*Con truly be a mere 31 days away!?!
Yes, it’s that time of year. Time to really start getting excited about the world’s greatest collection of dorkery, geekery, and nerdery. The event that is a party the likes of which you could not possibly experience anywhere else. A party that runs non-stop from 9 AM Friday morning all the way through 5 PM on Monday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Out of Office

Treasured readers and Phantomaniacs across the globe,
I'm on vacation this week. At the beach. And not some dirty, squalid, little pile of dirt in some third-world country where the local language has no translation for "personal hygiene". I'll be at a  bright, beautiful beach in the Goo O' US of A.

This is my first visit to the coast since my Lasek surgery. For the first time I'll be able to venture onto the pure, white sand without having to worry about corrective lenses - where to put them, how to keep them from getting scratched, making sure nobody sits on them. I'll be able to take in the beautiful ocean, each individual grain of sand, and thousands of pounds of cottage cheese dangling from underneath ill-fitting bikini bottoms.

Well I did say it was an American beach, didn't I?

What all of this means for Needless Things is that this is what you'll be looking at for the next week. I run this joint and it's not some big, fancy blog where I can get guest writers.

I'll be updating my Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr pages all week. I just don't have time to do anything worthy of Needless Things.

I'll be back on Monday with something special.

-Phantom

Monday, July 23, 2012

Movie Review – The Dark Knight Rises


WARNING: SPOILERS SPOIILERS SPOILERS! This is going to be a big ol’ honkin’ ramble. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to talk about yet or what format this will be, but I am definitely spoiling some things that are big secrets. Well, sort of. I strongly suspected most of them going in, but I still would have been pissed if somebody had confirmed anything beforehand.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

SDCC 2012 – The Non-Attendee Wrap-Up


            This past weekend presented a nice change for me in terms of San Diego Comic Con. I didn’t get to go or anything – I just happened to be off for it, so I was able to follow the events like a normal human being rather than trying to sneak quick looks at my phone while hiding in a bathroom stall at work like some kind of reprobate.
Naturally, this meant that there was far less exciting news out of the Con than is normally the case. Honestly, the only thing I felt compelled to talk to anybody about was Mattel’s Mattypalooza panel, and even that was not nearly as climactic as years past.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Platinum Championship... Er... Empire Wrestling 7/13/2012


Side Note: Oh, damn am I pissed. I was all set to start writing up yet another scintillating recap of PCW action. Typically what I do is pull up my pictures and do my best to make them slightly less shitty. I’ll have 150-200 pictures of any given wrestling night and I’ll go through and crop or adjust brightness or whatever. So I did my thing with the pictures, saved them, and then pulled the folder back up to get started writing, only to discover that for some reason about fifty of the pictures were blank, white pages.
What. The. Fuck.
Also, all of these pictures are dark. Really dark. It's not totally my fault. The high-quality house lights in the PCW Arena were really fucking up my shit. You'll notice them in most pictures.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Toy Review – Alice from Resident Evil: Afterlife By Hot Toys


Side Note: I've been sitting on this one for a long time – since last October. The figure is so detailed and well done, but the flaw that I found frustrated the shit out of me at the time. I just wasn't sure how to approach writing a review. I love the figure, but it pissed me off.
The other night I sat down and did something I never do: I wrote a toy review at home on my own time. I'm okay with it and glad I got it done. I also found out that the issues were still annoying but maybe not as bad as I first thought. I mean, Alice has been standing on my shelf for over eight months now and is just fine.
So anyway, I hope you enjoy this one.
Oh, and the pictures aren't cropped because they were done on my neat-o Halloween backdrop.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Video Game Review – LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes


WARNING: There are some spoilers for the game in here. If you don’t want to know anything about the plot points or secrets, skip to the last paragraph.
I don’t do a whole lot of video game reviews here because I don’t play a whole lot of video games. I think the last piece I ever did about a game was a sort of cursory first impression of Grand Theft Auto IV. I’m sure I have mentioned Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City a few times and maybe even Skyrim, but I don’t ever feel qualified to actually review games. I think I look for different things out of video games than the average gamer.

Friday, July 13, 2012

San Diego Comic Con 2012 - The Exclusives!



I bet all of you were on the edges of your seats just waiting to see what I think about the thousands of dollars worth of San Diego Comic Con Exclusives that are being offered at this year’s “Look At Me!” con. Well, strap in because it’s that time.


I don’t mean to sound bitter about Comic Con. Actually, yes I do. I’d love to go to SDCC, but it just is not in the budget, so I make myself feel better about that by acting all haughty and superior and talking about how it’s just a bunch of Hollywood types and the crowds are too ridiculous and it’s so commercial. But that’s a bunch of hooey. I’d love to go out there. At the same time, I would never choose SDCC over Dragon*Con.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Toy Review – DC Signature Collection Metron By Mattel


If you keep any kind of track of what goes on here at Needless Things then you know that I had said I was going to discuss Matty screwing up my shipping in the Atrocitus review and today I was supposed to talk about my knowledge of Jack Kirby.
But then I went off on this whole other tangent about how much DC has fucked up Atrocitus since the New 52, and I can get the Kirby stuff out of the way pretty quick. So here’s the deal with Matty’s idiot business partner, Digital River, and how they screwed up. This time.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Toy Review – DC Signature Collection Atrocitus By Mattel


Atrocitus is the second figure that was offered through Mattycollector.com’s Club Infinite Earths. And I sure would have been a lot more excited about him two or three years ago.
It looked like Atrocitus was poised to be a major player with a major storyline following “Blackest Night”. He started off as the villain of the year for the Green Lanterns and evolved into a much deeper character with his own motivations and agenda that deserved a closer look. Atrocitus became an integral part of the ongoing storyline in Green Lantern Corps.
Then “Flashpoint” happened and then the New 52 happened.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Phantom Who: Logopolis


Okay, I’m trying this again. Doing actual recaps of Doctor Who was making me miserable and nobody was reading them anyway. Let’s see if I can find another, more Troublemaker way to do this. This is the same old intro, though because I like it.
Welcome to Phantom Who, a new feature designed to go along with the Earth Station Who podcast, which I co-host. There I am known as “Dave” because “Phantom Troublemaker” takes up too much room on the stationary. Every other week there will be a new podcast discussing all things Doctor Who, with a central discussion about a particular story.
For the first year we are covering regeneration stories. Starting with An Unearthly Child and wrapping up the current regenerations with The Eleventh Hour, we’ll be covering the first and last stories of each of the first eleven Doctors.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Horde Prime By Mattel


I had no idea what Horde Prime was supposed to look like when Matty first announced the figure was coming out. As I’ve mentioned before, I am not the most studious of Masters of the Universe fans. But when they showed the first pictures of him I was pretty stoked. He looks like something straight out of Jack Kirby’s sketchbook.
Side Note: I am about as educated in Jack Kirby’s work as I am in Masters of the Universe, but I like his designs very much. I’ll get more in-depth into what kind of a Kirby poser I am in my review of the DC Signature Collection Metron. Also, I’ll get more in-depth into how my DC and MOTUC figures did not ship together in my review of Atrocitus. I wasn’t surprised or anything, but holy shit, Matty – could you get something right?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Snake Man-At-Arms By Mattel


I wanted to call him “Snake Man Man-At-Arms”, but I guess that’s either redundant or just too much manliness; even for Duncan.
Lots of people seemed upset that Matty was producing this figure. Or maybe they didn’t care for the way he was done. When I first saw him (was it back at SDCC last year?) I wasn’t impressed. I would have much rather had a 2002 Man-At-Arms. Apparently everybody else felt that way, too, and Matty listened. They made some changes to which parts they were reusing and attempted to make a 2002 Man-At-Arms, just without the ponytail head.
That’s fine by me. I’m not fifteen anymore, so I don’t think ponytails on dudes are particularly cool.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!


Top 13 Independent Action Figures

I didn’t want to do anything involving Captain America or GI Joe, as seems the obvious choice for today. Independence Day isn’t necessarily about the military or even the red, white, and blue. What it’s about is right there in the name: independence.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Varies the Griffin By Mattel


I was totally stoked about a griffin in the Masters of the Universe Classics line. As I have stated before, I am not the most knowledgeable Masters fan in the world.
I watched the old cartoon and the 2002 update. And of course the Dolph Lundgren adaptation. But I don’t know anything about the mini comics or any other media. I had no idea there were griffins on Eternia. They might have even been in the Filmation cartoon. I don’t have the best recall of those. We’re going through them right now on Netflix and I only recognize one every so often.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Phantom Who: Robot

Welcome to Phantom Who, a new feature designed to go along with the Earth Station Who podcast, which I co-host. There I am known as “Dave” because “Phantom Troublemaker” takes up too much room on the stationary. Every other week there will be a new podcast discussing all things Doctor Who, with a central discussion about a particular story.
For the first year we are covering regeneration stories. Starting with An Unearthly Child and wrapping up the current regenerations with The Eleventh Hour, we’ll be covering the first and last stories of each of the first eleven Doctors.