Friday, November 28, 2014

Toy Review – Star Wars Black Friday!

See what I did there?

I wanted to do something kind of special today since we didn’t post yesterday and Black Friday is sort of a significant day. I don’t typically venture out on Black Friday (although I will be hitting the local independent record store to pick up some Record Store Day releases), but I appreciate the madness that happens between the Friday after Thanksgiving and the following Monday, now known as Cyber Monday.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Toy Review – Grimm Fairy Tales Alice in Wonderland from Zenescope Entertainment

NEEDLESS THINGS' ZENESCOPE WONDERLAND CONTEST!

Be sure to listen to Episode 41 of the Needless Things Podcast for your opportunity to win today's figure, as well as a bunch of other great stuff from Zenescope Entertainment! More details coming soon!
 
When I first started talking to the Zenescope rep about covering stuff on the site I pointed out that our main thing was toys, so if Zenescope ever put out toys we’d love to review them. Sure enough, Zenescope is now producing figures. They have a line of Minimates and hopefully I’ll get to check those out at some point, but they’re also releasing 6” scale figures sculpted by a guy that’s a true legend in the field of comic book action figures – Clayburn Moore!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 40: Music and Black Friday with Joel Brody

Earlier this year Phantom Troublemaker became quite taken with the idea of Record Store Day.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Toy Review – Batman: The New Adventures Batman from DC Collectibles

I couldn’t even count the number of action figure lines I have been excited about over the years. I love toys and there’s just something in my nature that gets me excited to see how new toys are going to look and play; even if they’re a license, franchise, or concept that I have only a passing interest in.

I can, however, count the number of toy lines that I have been anticipating in a way that was borderline obsessive – the Star Wars relaunch of 1995, Sideshow’s Universal Monsters, the GI Joe 25th Anniversary line, and the 4 Horsemen’s Outer Space Men.

And then there’s the toy line that has filled me with a singular excitement that has left me almost literally on the edge of my seat every time I’ve read about it. The line that is based on my favorite – and arguably the greatest – animated franchise of all time. The line that is being produced by a toy manufacturer that over the last three years has stepped up their game to the point where they went from near the bottom of my list of great companies to the very top. The line that has the potential to top Masters of the Universe Classics as one of the most integrated and amazing toy lines ever produced.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Earth Station Who Episode 88: Series 8 Overview

Series 8 Episode Posters by Stuart Manning
If you’ve been listening to Earth Station Who – and you should be – then you know that I wasn’t very happy with this most recent season of Doctor Who.

It seems like the two most vocal groups online are those that hate Stephen Moffat and those that hate those that hate Stephen Moffat. Both groups consist of a bunch of loud, overly involved asshats that are clearly unfamiliar with the term “middle ground”. I think they’d get along really well if it weren’t for Stephen Moffat.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Underoos Situation

Even superheroes dream about Underoos.
It has been brought to my attention that Underoos are back. This is a situation that cannot be properly addressed through a social media comment. I need a venue with a longer form to properly address all of the various minutiae and ramifications of this new paradigm.

Also, I just needed a post for today.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition 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. I’m bringing another regular writer on board to help with that, so we’ll be putting them up a bit more frequently than that.

In this Comic Book Wednesday I’m taking a look at the Grimm Fairy Tales 2014 Holiday Edition. It’s available today at your Local Comic Book Shop! 
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

LEGO "MIXES" It Up With Mixels




Whew, October was a crazy month. Needless Things delivered some absolutely amazing content to celebrate the creepiest month of the year. It's been far too long since I have done anything concerning LEGOs. Today I am going to remedy that. This is not going to be an official review of one item. Instead this is going to be an overview of LEGO's new series Mixels.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 39: Jim Stacy

On this week’s Needless Things Podcast, Phantom Troublemaker sat down with Emmy winning television host, restaurateur, chef, artist, musician, writer, and comedian Jim Stacy of Offbeat Eats with Jim Stacy
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Earth Station Who Episode 87: Death In Heaven

I missed being on the last episode of ESW due to scheduling difficulties, so it was good to be back for the big finale of the season.

This season of Doctor Who has been a roller coaster for me, but I’ll get more into that when I write about our forthcoming season wrap-up episode. For now I’ll just say that I was hoping for an epic conclusion and have no plans to buy the Blu-ray when it comes out.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Couch Crusader - A Look Back at Batman '66 by Geena Phillips

Batman (1966) Season 1, Episode 11 - "A Riddle A Day Keeps The Riddler Away"

"Gotham City International Airport; a pleasant day..." From this narration, we can surmise that the stock airport footage shown is NOT from Philadelphia international Airport.

Enter the wise, benevolent (and most importantly, U.S.-friendly) King Boris. As sole monarch of an unnamed vaguely-European country, King Boris has arrived bearing an important gift of friendship betwixt our two nations (in case you didn't know this was a fictional European country).

His arrival is marred, however, when a Madeline-themed porn actress hands King Boris a bouquet of flowers which, lo and behold, turn out to be a clue from… The Riddler!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cowabunga, Yo Joe, & I Have The Power Fever

This is the third part to a series I have written about cartoons. One was called Saturday Morning Fever & the other was Weekday Afternoon Fever. In those, I skimmed over some of the more popular shows that I wanted to talk more about, so I hope you enjoy the third part in my "cartoon fever" series.

I probably don't have to tell you that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is extremely hot right now. With a blockbuster summer movie, a well made cartoon on Nickelodeon, and a toy line that is filling the toy aisles, there seems to be no stopping this oddball juggernaut. This is a 20 year resurface for the four shell shocked brothers but in truth they have never really went away.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Star Wars and Griping - But Not Griping About Star Wars

I’m sitting here at the computer knowing that I need a post for Monday (it’s Saturday right now). I don’t want to put up a toy review, but there’s not a holiday or event in the near future that I can write about. I made it through the incredibly busy month of October, only derailed by a bout with Strep and a fairly significant mental breakdown at the end of the month. The source of the former is undoubtedly my job where I work in close proximity with a large number of people with varying degrees of hygienic integrity. The source of the latter is the same.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Toy Review – Masters of the Universe Classics Goat Man from Mattel

I was really into cryptozoology when I was a kid. I checked out every single book on the subject that my elementary school had available. There were ones devoted to the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, the Yeti, and aliens. But there were also larger volumes with multiple entries to include the lesser-known cryptids – the Jersey Devil, the monster of Lake Champlain, the Moth Man, and of course the Goat Man.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Horror Of Adam Green


I listen and read so much horror, I sometimes forget where I discover things. It was a few years ago that something led me into the direction of Writer/Director Adam Green's work. I can't exactly remember what led me there but boy am i glad it happened.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews November 2014: Trimming the Fat

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, November 4, 2014

The Couch Crusader - A Look Back at Batman '66 by Geena Phillips

Batman (1966) Season 1, Episode 9 - “Zelda The Great”

"A quiet, peaceful night in the city of Townsville Gotham City; except at the First National Bank, at precisely 8:37." Then, an explosion straight off a sound-effects record rings out, and the establishing shot of the bank's exterior shakes a little!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Zombie 5,000 (BONUS FEATURE) By R.T. Ewell



The Zombie 5,000 has a somewhat unusual beginning. It actually started around 2009 before I even started pursuing writing as a serious venture. A podcast I was listening to at the time was holding a flash fiction contest. It asked that we write a five hundred word zombie story. I thought it would be an interesting challenge so I submitted it. Nothing ever came from it but I enjoyed writing it and often thought about returning to the zombie tale. The first chapter of The Zombie 5,000 is called Zombie Day At The Ballpark and that is what I submitted to the contest.