Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Clown Prince No More

  • There can be no argument, Mark Hamil is the best Joker we've ever had and may ever have. He debuted in the role on Batman: The Animates Series and was perfect for it from the get-go. Hamil has since voiced the Joker in Superman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventure, Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, Justice League, DC Universe Online, Batman: Arkham Asylum, even Robot Chicken, an animated storyboard on the 1989 Batman movie DVD and the live action Birds of Prey. Hamil has said that Batman: Arkham City will be his last time as the Joker and has even Tweeted as such. It's sad but I respect his decision to hang up the purple trousers.

    Now I'm not one of those guys who throws a hissy fit any time there's a DC project that doesn't use the original DCAU voice actors. Why the last time I read a Batman comic I was surprised to hear Bruce Greenwood in my head instead of Kevin Conroy. Still Hamil as Joker seems like it's going to be particularly hard to follow up. I'm not crazy about Jeff Bennet's Joker on Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Now that's a different type of Joker and it shouldn't sound like Hamil's but I preferred Michael McKean's taken on the classic Joker from an epsiode of TNBA. And I'm really not a fan of Brent Spiner as Joker from last Friday's new episode of Young Justice. Now part of it might be the awful dialogue they gave him but it just struck me as particularly notable in light of the news of Hamil leaving the role.

  • The Criterion Collection will unleash the original Godzilla film on DVD and Blu-ray next January 24th. Their release will include Gojira, the 1954 Japanese classic and Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the 1956 re-edit featuring Raymond Burr. Criterion's cover artwork uses neither title. It just says Godzilla, which is technically the name of the 1998 Tristar movie. Yes it bugs me and yes I'm a huge nerd.

  • And just as a reminder, we're getting some other Godzilla movies on Blu-ray. Destroy All Monsters is set to be released next Tuesday. Media Blasters has posted the cover art on their Facebook page. Godzilla vs Megalon will follow on November 22nd

  • And to further the discussion of giant lizard movies on Blu-ray disc, Best Buy will have an exclusive version of the Jurassic Park trilogy this Tuesday. It's a combo set with Blu-ray, DVD and digital copies. The artwork matches that of the Future Shop exclusive steelbook leading some online to speculate that Best Buy's is also a steelbook. We'll learn for sure when Best Buy updates their weekly ad.

  • Updated 10/20: Ok it's a steelbook.

  • The new Halloween pails are now available at Mcdonalds. And the Monopoly game is currently ongoing. And the McRib is back. Congratulations McDonalds, you are in full-on God mode.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hostess Snoballimus

Hostess is currently running a tie-in with Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The promotion includes Chocwave, Hostess Cupcakes themed after Shockwave, and Snoballimus, Sno Balls themed after Optimus Prime. It's the latter that I was intent on finding. Sno Balls are the best thing made by Hostess, well after Chocodiles but those are rare. Snoballimus wasn't easy to find either. I looked everywhere. I kept seeing Twinkies and Cupcakes, which despite having Transformers pictured on the box are just the standard snacks. I finally found Chocwave and Snoballimus at a Target.

So what is Snoballimus exactly? It's pretty much a Sno Ball with some wacky food coloring. Sno Balls are chocolate cake filled with creme and coated in marshmallow. The marshmallow is covered in coconut flakes. I know coconut scares off a lot of people and I am among them. I couldn't eat a Mounds bar if my life depended on it, but the coconut on a Sno Ball tastes fine. It's a flaky shield protecting you from getting marshmallow on your hands.

Here's where the wacky food coloring comes in. The coconut is blue and the creme is red, evoking (with a little imagination) Optimus Prime's color scheme. It tastes the same as a regular Sno Ball. That's all there really is to it. I really didn't need an excuse to buy Sno Balls but having Optimus Prime on the box sure didn't hurt.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Avengers Stuff

Promotion for the Avengers is starting to ramp up. official photos have been released and footage will be shown at New york Comic Con. If you're keeping track, that's one panel at D-23, one at NYCC and zero at San Diego Comic-Con. Me, bitter? Uh, how about that picture of Loki being escorted at gunpoint? That looks cool.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

September 2011 Haul

And here's September haul. The long awaited Rita Repulsa figure looks pretty much like she did when Bandai first revealed her. Despite that I was surprised at how happy I was to find her. I guess waiting eighteen years will do that. I wonder if the reason it took Bandai so long to make a Rita so long was because of likeness rights, and their way around it was to intentionally make the figure not resemble any human being who ever lived. Okay now it's time to campaign for a Scorpina figure.

I also picked up all of Jubei-Chan, a series I've wanted for years. After being reminded of the ephemeral nature of anime DVDs, I decided I had waited long enough. I've been in situations before when DVDs I had my eye on go from easily attainable to impossibly rare almost overnight.