Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sayonara 2009

Well another year has come to a close. I've seen retrospectives for the last decade but my memory doesn't go back that far back. So what happened in 2009?

Barack Obama was officially sworn in as President. I celebrated in my own way.

The Watchmen movie was released to much geek hoopla. The theatrical cut left me a bit wanting but I have the Director's Cut now, I just haven't gotten around to watching it yet. BTW I've got Blu-ray players now. 2009 was also the year Blu-ray really caught on with the public.

I went to another Anime Expo. Saw many cosplayers. I went to another Comic-Con. Saw many lines. Won a toaster.

The PS3 got smaller. Battlestar Galactica ended. The Phantom Menace turned ten years old. So did the Dreamcast.

The Power Rangers were canceled. Then they weren't. Then they returned to the old school.

Disney bought Marvel. Nickelodeon bought the Ninja Turtles.

And the twelve days of Christmas were celebrated albeit a bit early.

See you next year!

Friday, December 25, 2009

And a Festivus for the Rest of Us

Merry Christmas. I hope you have a happy holiday and a very jolly Christmas haul.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

On the Ninth Day of Christmas

I just caught up with Dinsey XD's Shippūden broadcasts. Some of these characters are semi-spoilers for me.

Monday, December 21, 2009

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

There are actually five Saiyans in that pic but they add up to nine thanks to time travel and Fusion abilities.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Sorry about the lack of Black Lanterns. Maybe Santa will remember the zombie superheroes next year. Good luck sharing your gifts with Larfleeze.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

I never planned to have these little comments at the bottom of every post and now I'm running out of things to say.

Friday, December 18, 2009

On The Fifth Day of Christmas

Domon simply called this attack "Shining Finger", but there's clearly five of them there.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

I decided Day One and Two weren't up to snuff so I regifted them.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Iron Man 2 Trailer

On the Third Day of Christmas

AFOS Gave to Me...

Three Warriors Three

Two Princess Leias, And Inu-Yasha Bound to a tree.

Ray Stevenson is playing Volstagg in the Thor movie. I assume computer generated fat will be in employ.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

On the Second Day of Christmas

AFOS Gave to Me...

Two Princess Leias

And Inu-Yasha Bound To A Tree.

In case you haven't figured it out by now these are just supposed to be funny jpegs. Sorry but never expect me to offer more than that.

Monday, December 14, 2009

On the First Day of Christmas

AFOS Gave to Me...

Inu-Yasha Bound To A Tree

I am aware that the 12 Days of Christmas is supposed to begin the day after Christmas. I like my version better.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Now You Too Can Be A Shell Head has early images of the Iron Man 2 toyline, none of which seems to be based off of Iron Man 2. The action figures are broken up into three groups: Comic Series, Concept Series, and Movie Series. The Concept Series will be made of armor designs based off concept art or maybe just stuff the toy designers made up. You can guess what the Comic Series and Movie Series will be based off of. However the Movie Series figures are all from the first Iron Man so far. Perhaps Hasbro isn't providing images of sequel based figures just yet. Then again maybe it's that they won't be shipping them until after the first assortments. That would kinda suck.

Then there's the role play toys. Seeing as how much the toy industry loves electronic helmets right now, it's odd that it's taken this long to for an Iron Man one to be made. I like that the face mask flips à la the real Iron Man's helmet. The eye lenses are much too large though. Children need to see where they're going.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Light Cycles!

I guess it's movie poster day. Here's the Tron Legacy teaser poster.

Mickey Rourke: Supervillain

Here's another poster for Iron Man 2. Whiplash's movie look is certainly interesting. I don't dislike it but I do hope he does get some sort of an upgrade before the end of the movie.

Coincidentally I recently finished watching The Wrestler. Good movie but it can be painful to watch at times.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

I'm On Team...

Monday, December 7, 2009

Earth One

Announced today at the DC Blog The Source is a pair of graphic novels called Superman: Earth One and Batman: Earth One. These are stand alone tales not tied to any earlier continuity. It sounds a lot like their "All Star" title but hopefully it will have better results.

I think this could potentially be a great idea. First off I love that they're being published as original graphic novels, eschewing the long outdated pamphlet format. Plus I think there is a market out there for some good classical superhero stories without the decades of baggage. I know I fall into that category. I just hope they focus on the storytelling and don't eventually collapse under their own messy continuity like Marvel's Ultimate line.

Of the two, the Batman one seems the more appealing to me. I like the costume design. It's just different enough to be unique but is still the familiar Batman.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Dead Superheroes

This group shot of DC Direct's Green Lantern: Blackest Night action figures was released (leaked?) online a few days ago. A number of them had not been publicly seen or announced before. I've never been a big DC Direct collector but they seem to be doing a great job with these. I guess about half the line will end up being Black Lanterns. That's okay though. Everyone likes zombified heroes. Check out Black Lantern Wonder Woman tucked behind Alpha Lantern Boodikka. I guess she's a spoiler.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mister 10 Below & Mister 101

The TV networks sure don't wait for long before they start airing the Christmas specials. On the first day of December I watched The Year Without a Santa Claus on ABC Family. The special is just sort of decent overall but the characters of Snow Miser and Heat Miser completely steal the show with their theme songs. (Well it's really the same song with different lyrics.) Two days later it's still stuck in my head.

A sequel, A Miser Brother's Christmas, premiered last year. It wasn't bad and it's not a surprise they gave the Miser Brothers top billing this time around. It'll air again this year on ABC Family on December 8th.

On a fun note, this was on the The Year Without a Santa Claus Wikipedia page:

A clip from the Snow Miser's song can be seen in the film Batman & Robin. Mr. Freeze watches it and makes his henchmen sing the song. It is too cold for them to sing, because they are in a freezer, and he gives up on them.

I had to read that over again before it sunk in. And I watched that movie. In theatres.

That wasn't a very cool movie.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After Nine Seasons

...Smallville might finally start to become interesting.

That's Hawkman fighting with Green Arrow in the first pic, and Doctor Fate and Stargirl in the second pic. The shots are from the upcoming episode "Absolute Justice" which is scheduled to air on February 5th.