Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The New DCU

  • This September DC Comics will relaunch their line of comics with new #1 issues for every title and will begin of a new incarnation of the DC universe. While the DCU is no stranger to reboots, this is pretty huge.

    It's hard to judge something that's still months away from happening. We have no idea just what exactly DC will do or how extensively they'll be altering the status quo. No matter what DC does there will be some irate fans. I can imagine certain issues that seem likely to happen that I wouldn't be pleased with.

    DC will also be making all of their comics available for digital download the same day as their printed comics. That will have just as much impact on the comic industry as restarting the DCU. Both initiatives are meant as an attempt to reach a broader audience who don't go to comic shops or are put off by the continuity.

    One unfortunate aspect is that Action and Detective comics would lose their current numbering which are #901 and #877 respectively. They were on their way to being the first comic books to reach issue #1000.

    I wish it had been Marvel that tried to do this. I think they're the comic universe more in need of a reboot.

  • MTV Geek has the first look at DC Universe Classics series 19. It's another themed wave, based on the Justice Society, including Stargirl, Lord Naga, Magog, and the golden age versions of Hawkman, Sandman, and the Atom. The build a figure is S.T.R.I.P.E. who recycles pieces from the Green Lantern Stel. It's not as bad as Hawkman who is nearly the exact same Hawkman figure with a new goofier helmet. It wil be very interesting to see how these sell compared to the Lantern deputies and Super Friends waves. None of the themed waves seem like surefire hits.

  • Mezco's mysteriously disappearing jacketed Scott Pilgrim figure has reemerged as a 2011 Comic-Con exclusive. I suspected they would pull this. What's frustrating is they announced the exclusive after the standard Scott figures were released and I already bought one. So now I'm on the fence about buying a second Scott.

  • Turner Classics Movies will be airing classic (mostly from the '50s) monster movies every Thursday in June. They're kicking it off with four Toho movies on June 2nd; Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Rodan, Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster and Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero. I'll be watching.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Silents, Wookies and Kaiju

  • The first Doctor Who Series 6 toys have been revealed and they're a little underwhelming. The Doctor wearing a Stetson is just the same Doctor with a new head. Young Amelia is neat but is technically a from Series 5. Nephew is just another Ood figure, but with green eyes. The Silents look great, as we knew they would. Sadly there's still no word of a Rory figure.

  • The floodgates of Clone Wars news have been smashed open. Waves Ten, Eleven and Twelve have been revealed, which probably doesn't leave Hasbro with much to debut at Comic-Con. There's some neat stuff like Seripas and Even Piell but I'm most excited for Savage Opress and Chewbacca. There are two Savage figures, one bare-chested and snarling and one wielding in full armor rocking a double bladed lightsaber. I'm partial to the latter but I sort of want both. And Chewbacca looks fantastic. I want more Original Trilogy characters done in the animated style.

  • Disney exclusive Marvel merchandise was bound to happen eventually. The Disney Store will be carrying a series of Marvel Select figures. The Art Asylum Blog has shared a preview of a Hawkeye figure. He comes with a base featuring a destroyed Ultron and the Wasp perched on an arrow. The image on the back of the box gives a sneak preview of upcoming Thor, Captain America, and Black Widow figures. The character selection is clearly influenced by the Avengers movie, which incidentally will be distributed by Disney. So how long before we get Marvel Vinylmations, or toys of Mickey dressed as Spider-Man?

  • Media Blasters will be releasing classic Japanese monster movies Destroy All Monsters and Godzilla vs. Megalon in North America. Destroy All Monsters was previously released as a non-anamorphic dub-only menu-less DVD by ADV years ago. Godzilla vs. Megalon, which was one of three Godzilla movies I reviewed way back when, has never had a legitimate U.S. DVD release, except as part of a MST3K that was quickly discontinued. A rumor that Media Blasters already had Godzilla vs. Megalon was actually debunked, but because of the rumor Media Blasters decided to inquire about the movie and they ended up licensing it anyways! Plans for Godzilla vs. Megalon haven't been finalized but Destroy All Monsters will be out on DVD and Blu-ray in October.

  • Aniplex USA announced at FanimeCon this weekend that they will releasing the Rurouni Kenshin movie and OVAs on Blu-ray. The Blu-ray discs will be simultaneous releases in Japan and North America which means they'll be sporting Japanese price tags. I know no retailers won't be selling these for full price, but even discounted these won't be cheap. Aniplex also announced that Durarara!! will air on [adult swim] in June. That was a nice surprise.

  • Funimation has licensed the movie Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Now Funimation licensing more Fullmetal Alchemist is not very surprising but what's interesting about this announcement is that the movie won't be released in Japan until July 2nd. That's pretty quick to be involved. I wouldn't be surprised if Funi had partially funded the movie's production. Funi will release The Sacred Star if Milos on DVD and Blu-ray in the Spring of next year.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Break the Bat

The Dark Knight Rises is officially in production and the mysterious official site has kicked things off with the first look at Tom Hardy as Bane. It's a bit less lucha libre and a bit more Slipknot than I would have preferred.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dilatory Me

I did it again. An entire half a month went by without any updates. So I'm forcing myself to write something today. I can't promise it'll be interesting but it will be something.
  • One big bit of news that I didn't write about back when it happened, was the the specs for the Star Wars Blu-ray sets. There is a method to my idleness however. I couldn't get excited about the reveal since the Blu-ray sets don't include the unaltered theatrical editions. Part of me was hoping the bonus material would be enough to make me want the set, but that didn't really happen. I'm sure it's interesting stuff but I'm just as undecided as I was before. Enough of my whining, here are the specs.

  • Another Blu-ray set I'm interested in, but not entirely gung-ho about is Citizen Kane. Warner has yet to officially announce the set yet, but it's already up for pre-order on Amazon. It comes with a lot of stuff including a second movie, RKO-281. There's also an Amazon exclusive edition that includes The Magnificent Ambersons on DVD. I hope the final version includes a sled. It'd be as fun as it is revelatory.

  • Here's the trailer for Real Steel, a movie about competetive robot boxing. It's like a Rock 'Em Sock'Em Robots movie which I vaguely recall actually being in development at some point. Looks like Real Steel has beaten them to the punch. Get it? Thank you. I'm here all week.

  • Tomorrow is when Transformers: Dark of the Moon toys officially go on sale. Of course your mileage will vary on what your local store will have on the shelves, or whether they have anything at all. If you're lucky you've already found something since toy stockers aren't too good with street dates. Lushkwok of HK-TF.com has posted reviews of a great deal of the DotM toys. The reviews aren't in English but they do have plenty of pictures. And he was kind enough to share links to all of them in one place at the TFW2005 forum.

  • The Smallville series finale sucked. Okay it wasn't that bad in relation to the average Smallville episode, but for a series finale it was disappointing. Most of the episode was spent in the same fashion as the last ten years of Smallville, with the other characters, including both of his dead fathers, fruitlessly trying to convince Clark to do something. But this time Clark finally does something, which is carefully edited so we see as little of it as possible.

  • I saw that Tootsie Pops commercial with Mr. Turtle and Mr. Owl on TV today. It's nice to know they still air that. See this is why I hardly update. I got nothin'.