Thursday, July 30, 2009

Yes, A Toaster

I picked up some new DC Universe Classic figures recently. I got Captain Marvel and Killer Moth at the Comic-Con on Sunday and Hawkman yesterday at a toy show.

I also won a Battlestar Galactica toaster. Seriously. I won it as part of the Entertainment Earth Twitter contest. Before you ask, no I haven't used it yet. The toaster's surface is highly reflective which made it difficult to photograph. This was the best pic I could get.

Lastly, here's a picture of as much Comic-Con swag that I could fit into a single shot.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

It's Just Like Being There

...if you were only there for thirty seconds and everything looked oddly blue.

Surviving San Diego Comic-Con

I went to the San Diego Comic-Con two days ago. It was great but I spent much of yesterday still recuperating. Although the walking was tiring it was my arms that really hurt the day after because of the giant bags I was carrying around. That's the price you pay for swag.

I took a bunch of pictures at the Con, many of which I uploaded on my TwitPic feed while I was there. Here's a few more pics. The first one is of me sitting in Captain Kirk's chair trying to get my best Shatner on. It would work a lot better if I wasn't visibly trying to suppress a laugh.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Con Continues

Another day at San Diego Comic-Con, another day of news.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Con Is On

Today was the first full day of the San Diego Comic-Con. News from the convention was already trickling in midday yesterday. Nowadays you can sit at home and still be able to keep up with the news as it happens. Here are a few of the stories I've been following.

  • has the first look at the posters for Jonah Hex and the remakes of Clash of the Titans and Nightmare on Elm Street.

  • In other movie news, Tr2N is now known as Tron Legacy. That's a wise change, if I do say so myself. The film's score will be produced by Daft Punk. Sweet.

  • Halo is being adapted into an anime called Halo Legends. Halo Legends will be an anthology of vignettes similar to The Animatrix and Batman: Gotham Knight. The vignettes will be produced by various anime studios including one directed by Mamoru Oshii. Warners will release Halo Legends on DVD in 2010.

  • Mattel has a ton of new action figures on display in their booth, including this guy. Kneel before him!

  • Hasbro has a ton of different items on display, but I'm most taken with the Marvel stuff. There's a Deadpool Mighty Mugg! There's also several new Marvel Legends figures on display. You can vote online for your favorite three to be released. It's a shame only three will be chosen because there's at least seven there that I consider to be must-buys.

  • The new trend in action figures? Dead people.

  • Of all the Con news the most sensational seems to revolve around the Twilight panel. It seems fans slept outside last night just to get into the panel this afternoon. There's a lot of news about the crazy lines. Apparently the line to get a certain Green Lantern figure is impossible.

I'll be headed to Comc-Con myself at the end of the week. I just hope there will be some swag left.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Hauling Is Half The Battle

It's a pretty good time to be a G.I. Joe fan. The Rise of Cobra toy line is starting to show up on toy shelves. Plus a lot of the classic themed Joe toys being marked down. Ninjas in trenchcoats FTW.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Otakon News And More

Otakon was this weekend. No I'm not talking about Solid Snake's nerdy friend. Otakon is an annual anime convention in Baltimore, Maryland. It's the second largest anime convention in the U.S. after AX. There's some very interesting news coming from this year's Otakon.

  • Perhaps the biggest news actually happened just before the convention. Bandai announced their acquisition of Kannagi: Crazy Shrine Maidens. What made this license announcement unusual is that the DVDs went on sale almost immediately afterwards on The Rightstuf International and the Amazon Marketplace. That is awesome. I wish the period between the license announcement and the DVD's release was always that ridiculously quick. What's more is that Kannagi is being released across two subtitle-only DVDs with seven episodes on each disc. They're temporary online exclusives and will actually cost more once they get a general release. So it's best to buy them now.

  • Personally though, the biggest news of Otakon was Funimation's announcement of the Dragonboxes. The Dragonboxes are Toei's ultimate release of the Dragonball Z TV series in Japan. The Dragonboxes feature remastered video taken from the original film reels and in the original 4:3 aspect ratio. Toei released them in two ultra mega sets but Funimation plans to release them in North America in seven smaller sets. In Japan there are actually multiple Dragonboxes for Dragonball, Dragonball GT, and the movies, but right now all we know for sure is that Funimation is releasing the DBZ TV show. It took a long time but it seems that Funimation is finally rewarding the hardcore fans. I am surprised they announced these so soon after their cropped widescreen boxsets, but at least I'm even happier than ever that I passed on those. Check out Daizenshuu EX for more details and pics of the mock-up packaging and the hardcover book that comes with the first set.

  • In other Funimation news, they've licensed Eden of the East and Casshern Sins. They still don't have Evangelion 2.0 You Can [Not] Advance but they're interested in it. Here's hoping it's only a matter of time.

  • In not-quite-Otakon news, but still big anime news; there's a second Inu-Yasha series on the way. The original anime series ended before the manga concluded. This new series will animate the final 21 volumes of the manga. This news came as a huge surprise to me. I thought at best we could get a final movie or OAV, not an all new TV series. I suppose one should never underestimate the power of Rumiko Takahasi.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Aang And The Gang

That is one mopey looking Avatar.

While I don't quite share the same amount of outrage as others do concerning some of these casting choices, I agree that yeah it definitely feels weird.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ryan Reynolds Is Green Lantern

So by now it's commonly known throughout the internets that Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Hal Jordan for the Green Lantern movie coming in 2011. Prior to his casting he was rumoured to be in the running for the role along with Justin Timberlake and Bradley Cooper. Reynolds is easily the best actor of that trio (although I realize I am likely alone in my extreme distaste for Cooper) but I wouldn't say he's the ideal choice to play Hal Jordan overall. I do like Reynolds as an actor, even if not all of his films have been too appealing.

Reynolds was one of the best parts of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in his brief turn as a pre-mutilated Deadpool. I don't know what his being cast in Green Lantern does to the proposed Deadpool spin-off but personally I'd still like to see him reprise that role. Reynolds has an on-screen persona of a smart aleck which is fine for a character like Deadpool, but it's not quite right for Hal Jordan.

While I wouldn't call Hal Jordan a stoic character, he is a fearless adventure seeker after all, he does fit into the mold of an authority figure who believes in upholding law and order. It's an entirely different vibe from the caustic characters we're used to seeing Reynolds play. I don't want to typecast the guy. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt that he could pull off an enirely convincing Hal Jordan. It's still early but I am feeling positive about this movie.

Plus the film is being directed by Martin Campbell. He's responsible for Goldeneye and Casino Royale, the two best James Bond movies that don't have the villain being inflated and exploding like a balloon.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Still More Anime Expo Cosplayers

A number of the actors who starred in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers made an appearance at the con. As a result there were a lot of Ranger fans both in and out of costume.

This fan is dressed as Jackie Chan playing Ryo Saeba dressed as Chun-Li. Meta Cosplay!

Kakashi here is making a run for the title of laziest ninja

...but he has some competition.

Thursday, July 9, 2009