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Captain America: Civil War Poster and Trailer

We’re finally getting our first look at the first Marvel’s Phase 3 films: Captain America: Civil War.

First up, the newly released poster:

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But as gorgeous as that poster is, the first trailer is even more amazing:

I was excited for this movie before, but now I can hardly wait.  And what about that soundtrack?  It sounds absolutely fantastic.

This film comes on the heels of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man but follows a very important story to Captain America himself, his old friend Bucky. We weren’t sure what the motivation for the division between heroes was going to be in the MCU but this trailer gives us a much better idea. We also get a better look at the sides, even though that information was released a little while back. How about Bucky and Cap just beating down Tony? Seems like a pretty intense scene. I wonder if Tony is holding back.

What do you think of the the poster and trailer? Let us know in the comments!

Captain America: Civil War Poster and Trailer

Villains Collector Corps Unboxing

This month’s Marvel Collector Corps box is themed “Villains”. What is the Marvel Collector Corps? It’s a bi-monthly blind box subscription service from Funko and Marvel. Every other month, a new themed box is shipped with various items from t-shirts to comic books or Pop Vinyls, and more. Each item is a Marvel Collector Corps exclusive, meaning even the Pop Vinyls are not available anywhere else. It should be noted that unboxing videos always contain spoilers about the contents of the box. So please keep that in mind as you watch our video. Check out our unboxing of the latest box from Funko and then subscribe to our YouTube channel. We have a lot planned to release this fall and winter including a web series. So stay tuned!

What do you think of this month’s box? We are now three boxes in. Do you think it’s worth the money? What is your favorite piece of the Villains box? Are you excited for December’s Guardians of the Galaxy box? Comment below!

Villains Collector Corps Unboxing

Star Wars: BB-8 Unboxing and Review

In the wake of Force Friday, we were able to get our hands on one of the new $149.99 BB-8 Droids from Sphero. This little Droid looks just like the one in The Force Awakens trailer and is controlled via a connected mobile app, compatible with Android and iOS devices. The video below is our unboxing of the brand new BB-8 Droid toy along with a review of its quality, functionality, and possible value. Watch the video and then let us know your thoughts about the most interactive consumer Star Wars Droid, BB-8. If you’ve got one yourself, let us know your own experience. Do you agree with my take? Disagree? We want to know! Comment below! Oh, and may the Force be with you.

Star Wars: BB-8 Unboxing and Review

Star Wars Figures: 1995-Present

When I was 8, I was walking down the action figure aisle with my dad. As I gazed upon the seamless displays of toys, my eyes fell upon a C-3PO glistening in its shiny gold paint. At the time, I had never heard of Star Wars (Mind you, this was at the tail-end of the Star Wars dark age in the 1990s when there were almost no toys or products to speak of. The C-3PO I saw was the beginning of the return.) but I was very much into robots. So, as an avid robot lover, I asked my dad what that was and if I could get it. His response was along the lines of, “Oh, that’s C-3PO from Star Wars. I think you’re old enough for that.” If he knew what would happen next, he probably would have never let me get my first Star Wars figure.

Within a week, I had also gotten R2-D2. Playing with the two droids was odd since I didn’t know what either one sounded like or what their backstory was. But I can assure you that the two of them had some grand adventures even if they had nothing to do with Star Wars. Shortly thereafter, my dad finally tracked down Star Wars: A New Hope and thus officially began my Star Wars action figure collecting. With this article, we shall go through the past 20 years of Star Wars figures leading up to the recent release of The Force Awakens figures. Now, mind you, this is only a part of my collection and not an exhaustive presentation. Let’s just say I would need a lot more space if I were to show my entire collection. Now, without further ado…

1995: The Return of the Figures

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It is a fact that there few to no products released during a certain span of time following Return of the Jedi. This was a dark time for Star Wars fans as they had almost no books and toys to collect. Nevertheless, with the publication of Timothy Zahn’s incredible Heir to the Empire, the products were coming back. Here’s a shot of the original set. Note that Leia was included into this set later and that I considered myself a bit of a painter back then and tried to do the Toy Story 2 restoration to some of my figures. These were quite simple and also very hard to find at the time. For the next few years, though, the main molds for the figures would be used for a variety of figures. Luke and Han always had the same head regardless of the figure. They did not bother messing with the mold until much later. Figures during this era were $4.99 apiece.

1996-1998: The Special Edition

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Shortly after the 1995 releases, Kenner must have realized they could still sell Star Wars stuff without there being a movie in theaters. They therefore expanded the Star Wars line to include some more figures. Of course, when the Special Edition was released in 1997, a plethora of action figures hit the market. It was at this point that I could not keep up. So I had to pick and choose which ones I wanted. You’ll notice that the detail is much more enhanced (the Leia’s don’t look like men!). Yoda included the backpack that Luke carries him around in while the Dagobah Luke was sold separately. In fact, Luke could not stand properly without the backpack. The Jawas’ eyes actually glow when you hold them up to the light. But, with any run, this one hit its end in due time. Tarkin and the spy from A New Hope were the last figures I purchased from this era at around 90 cents apiece.

1999: Figures can talk!

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Yep, that’s right. Star Wars figures could talk! With the arrival of The Phantom Menace, Hasbro included computer chips for each action figure. When the chip was scanned by a Commtech Reader (you can see that under the destroyer droid), the lines from the chip could be heard. The inclusion of the computer chip made the $6.74 price tag more than worth it. You can certainly see an evolution with this line. The figures were much more poseable, which made putting Darth Maul into fighting moves much easier. Detail was insane as well. You just have to look at the C-3PO to see that. You will also notice the battle droid on the STAP. That one was actually an Episode I preview that was released before the actual Phantom Menace line. And the last bit of information on this one pertains to the Sebastian Shaw Anakin Skywalker standing next to Qui-Gon. This one was in a series of flashback action figures in which you had a little card that showed you what the character looked like before and after. By the release of Anakin Skywalker (2001), the commtech chips were no longer offered with the toys but the price remained the same.

2002: Using the force

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First, figures could talk. Now they can use the force… with the help of magnets. Hasbro included a number of magnetic variations into their Attack of the Clones line. You’ll notice Obi-Wan is hanging onto the assassin droid. And, in fact, you could run around the house with that droid with Obi-Wan dangling for dear life (trust me, I tried it). However, the magnets were not as strong as Obi-Wan’s. That’s one reason why Anakin’s arm is somewhere deep inside my Attack of the Clones box… along with the Tusken Raider’s head. Lightsabers had a tendency to fall out of the Jedi’s hand. Oh, and I don’t know what the lightning is all about with Aayla Secura. It came with her and looked cool, I guess. But hands down, one of the coolest toys was the Jango Fett action figure. Not only could you remove his helmet and play shenanigans to Kenobi with his cable, but you could also fire a missile out of his jet pack just like the original Boba Fett. Did I also mention that R2 can blind you with his light because he can. Beware!

2005: Revenge of the Sith

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This was the peak of Star Wars figures during the prequel era. These figures had a good balance of detail along with some fun slashing action. I was disappointed with the Emperor, who does not wear the awesome fighting robe from his duel with Yoda. But it’s sort of full circle with C-3PO, whose appearance looks much like it did in 1995 (albeit more detail) with the shine. These were a good line… even if they may have gone a bit far with the “Anakin battle damage” action figure.

2006 to the Present: End of an era

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With the end of Star Wars as we knew it, the action figures started dwindling down. I more or less went into retirement since my interest had turned to video games and I did not have the budget for both. I occasionally purchased the random figure here and there, but I mostly just looked. Hasbro also seemed to see that they needed to release different items. So they turned to the EU. In particular, Knights of the Old Republic and Genndy Tartakovsky’s Clone Wars. Cad Bane was probably the only figure I bought during Lucas’s Clone Wars run. Otherwise, this was a pretty dead decade for me with collecting.

2015: The Force Awakens

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Well, I just had to come out of retirement for the new movie. These new figures are fun, but they are not nearly as poseable as their predecessors. It’s unfortunate really. It’s almost a step back to the days of 1995. They’re still fun, but the Black Series for the 3 and a half inch line seems to be where all of the poseable figures are going. Those are a bit too expensive for my taste. I will say that I got the X-Wing primarily because you can actually remove Poe’s helmet with that set. The single figure has his helmet permanently on and obscuring his face. Also, BB-8 is in the back, but he isn’t removeable. That’s probably a good thing since someone should always stay with the ship.

Do you collect Star Wars figures? How long? Do you have a favorite line? Do you collect other Star Wars stuff? Let us know in the comments.

 

Star Wars Figures: 1995-Present

Starcraft II – Legacy of the Void

It’s been over five years since Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty was released, where we followed Jim Raynor through a series of events that led to finally freeing Sarah Kerrigan from the Zerg.

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm showed us Sarah returning to the Zerg, but retaining control over herself in order to seek justice against the forces that had manipulated her.

Now we have a release date for the final installment of the saga, Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void.  The game will release on November 10, 2015.

And based on the cinematic trailer that accompanied the announcement of the release date, at least part of the story for the game will revolve around the Protoss attempting to retake their homeworld, Aiur, from the Zerg.  I can’t wait.

Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void Trailer

What are your thoughts on the latest Starcraft

Starcraft II – Legacy of the Void

Jessica Jones has a Trailer and Release Date

It’s time to start getting excited people.  The second of Netflix’s Marvel TV series, Jessica Jones, finally has a trailer and a release date:

Sadly the trailer doesn’t tell us much about the show or the character.  But it sure is gorgeous and the music is amazing.  If they put as much care into the show as they did in this trailer, I suspect it will be amazing.    November 20th can’t come fast enough.

And I’m so happy it’s on Netflix, so I’ll be able to binge watch the show at my own pace.  It’s going to be awesome.

What do you think of the trailer? Are you as excited for this as Daredevil? More so? Comment below!

Jessica Jones has a Trailer and Release Date

Secret Wars Collector Corps Unboxing

This month’s Marvel Collector Corps box is themed “Secret Wars”. What is the Marvel Collector Corps? It’s a bi-monthly blind box subscription service from Funko and Marvel. Every other month, a new themed box is shipped with various items from t-shirts to comic books or Pop Vinyls, and more. Each item is a Marvel Collector Corps exclusive, meaning even the Pop Vinyls are not available anywhere else. It should be noted that unboxing videos always contain spoilers about the contents of the box. So please keep that in mind as you watch our video. Check out our unboxing of the latest box from Funko and then subscribe to our YouTube channel. We have a lot planned to release this fall and winter including a web series. So stay tuned!

Contrary to what the featured image for this article says, this box is now unavailable. So if you liked what you saw, subscribe for future boxes.

What do you think of this month’s box? We are now three boxes in. Do you think it’s worth the money? What is your favorite piece of the Secret Wars box? Comment below!

Secret Wars Collector Corps Unboxing

Scorch Trials – Worse Than Maze Runner?

A few weeks ago 20th Century Fox released a second trailer for it’s new teeny bopper, summer wanna be Hunger Games sequel. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. However this does classify as nerdy material. So I feel the necessity to address it.

scorchtrialsMaze Runner actually did pretty well in the box office, and many of my high school students quoted it as their “favorite movie ever!” It’s no surprise why.  It’s targeted at youthful teenagers who don’t know good cinematic gold. Perhaps it’s that I’m getting old and crotchety, but the movie was absolute garbage. Mostly because it failed to address some very important and clarifying parts from the book– namely Teresa and Thomas being able to communicate telepathically.  Seriously, this is an extremely important plot point.  Like picture a Spider-Man movie where he can’t climb walls. It also had multiple plot holes and poor story telling technique.  Here’s a great video if you’d like an in-depth dissection of it’s flaws.

Let’s be honest for a moment though, it can’t be held to a crazy high standard. I mean James Dashner, the author of the YA series, is no Hemingway.  In all honestly, he’s a pretty crumby writer, but the story is actually very interesting and captivating.  He has a good way with characters and drags you into it nonetheless…so maybe he is a good writer?? Regardless, this series is far from being a classic, so it’s hard to rip into too much.

With the new addition to the film series coming out this September, I have been very interested how the filmmakers are going to adapt the text.  So let’s look into what they’ve shown us so far. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t look good. Have a look for yourself first though:

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Trailer 1

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – Trailer 2

The Bad

  • I’ve never watched Game of Thrones (go ahead, stone me) but everyone keeps telling me that Aidan Gillen is some god of acting ability and plays a debonair sly fox on the show, but I’m really not seeing that in this trailer.  In fact, I’m seeing the exact opposite. This is most likely due to the fact that his American accent is atrocious. Seriously, if you missed it the first time, watch it again and laugh till you’re blue. It’s really bad, like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins bad. I feel like Doc Brown asking, “Does everyone talk like an American Irish hybrid in the future? Or is that just you?”  Not to mention that he looks nothing like Ratman is described in the book.  Maybe that’s unfair, but it bothers me.
  • What’s with the scene with Thomas and the rest of Gladers escaping into the Scorch…. In the book they are sent by Ratman as the second phase of their testing hence the title Scorch Trials. There isn’t a whole action sequence with a man with a hybrid American Irish accent screaming, “You’ll never survive in the Scorch!!” I hate it when movies add completely unnecessary action to try and spice up the film. Whatever happened to allowing the plot to be the selling point of your story? Citizen Kane anyone???
  • This last point is the most annoying to me because it completely destroys the most integral plot point of the book. Teresa is freaking with them!! What the crap!!?? This completely destroys the whole “There was another maze” plot point as well as the way WICKED toys with Thomas at the end of the book. I’m trying to address this as spoiler free as possible so if you haven’t read the book, trust me, It’s really important. There has to be another Maze though, because they bring it up in the trailer and Aris and several other integral characters are in the cast. Adding Teresa to the main group just ruins the whole plot. The only possible reason that I can think of including her with the rest of the guys is that they failed to bring in the telepathy part into the first film. Wow, that’s really destroying this entire series isn’t it?

The Good

Well there isn’t much, but there are a few things that I found somewhat exciting.

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  • The Scorch looks perfect! In fact pretty much every setting in the trailer looks really awesome! They didn’t spare any expense on detail for sure (maybe they should have gotten some better actors, but hey it’s a kids movie).
  • The little bit we see of Brenda is pretty good.  She at least looks well cast.  She fits the description pretty perfectly.  Really the Cranks look pretty good in general.  I’m excited to see what they do with the rest of the Crank characters and hope that they’re developed well.  Especially Brenda, but I have low expectations because Teresa is there….but moving on.
  • The second trailer appears to follow the book better than the first.  So maybe they learned their lesson from the first film…most likely not though.

 

Overall, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials looks substandard.  I have very low expectations for this film, and don’t worry, I’ll be reviewing it here for sure.  Keep your eye out for it! But until then, What do you think? Am I off my rocker, do you agree with my student that The Maze Runner is the best movie ever and see the second having success? Let me know in the comments.

Scorch Trials – Worse Than Maze Runner?

Watch All 201 X-Files Episodes Before the New Season

X-Files is returning and Fox recently released a trailer informing us that it will premiere all 201 episodes of The X-Files before the new season begins on January 24. So, if you’re interested in watching the show on TV, then you’re in luck. Of course, you can always buy all nine seasons or stream them on Netflix. Whatever floats your boat.

X-Files: 201 Days of The X-Files Trailer:

https://youtu.be/JoIRNja8pMc

Are you excited for the new X-Files season? Are you going to rewatch all of the episodes? Let us know in the comments.

Watch All 201 X-Files Episodes Before the New Season

Rocky’s Creed: First Trailer

In 1976, Stallone started an unexpected phenomenon, the first of the Rocky franchise. The award winning film led to five sequels including the rematch with Apollo Creed, a fight with Mr. T, the greatest workout montage of all time, a less enjoyable fifth film, and then a surprisingly solid and deep sixth. Rocky returns for a seventh time but not in the ring. Instead, the Italian Stallion takes on the role of teacher to train a new, young fighter. But this isn’t just any boxer. Michael B. Jordan plays the role of Adonis Johnson. Sure, the name doesn’t sound familiar but his father knew a thing or two about fighting toe-to-toe with Rocky.

The first trailer for Creed dropped. Check it out below and see our first look at the son of Apollo Creed. After watching the trailer, comment below with your thoughts and expectations for the seventh Rocky universe film.

Oh, and don’t forget. “It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

Rocky’s Creed: First Trailer

Ant-Man Collector Corps Unboxing

If you’re not familiar with Marvel’s Collector Corps subscription box, it’s essentially their response the rising trend of nerd-themed boxes like Loot Crate. Here we unbox the recent Ant-Man themed box. Obviously the video will contain spoilers regarding the content of the most recent crate. So you may want to avoid if you’re a member of the Collector Corps and your box hasn’t arrived yet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5yjC5X5kpU

Did you get different exclusives in your crate? What do you think of Marvel’s Collector Corps so far? Let us know in the comments below!

Ant-Man Collector Corps Unboxing

Heroes Reborn Trailer is Here!

Heroes Reborn looks impressive.

I know what you’re thinking.  How can we trust this new series when the old one went downhill so fast?  Well, I’ve got five reasons why you should give Heroes Reborn a chance.

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5. The plotline sounds amazing. Based on the summary alone, I can tell they’ve realized the mistakes of the first series and have done their best to rectify them. Check out the official NBC synopsis:

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, “Chuck”) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2“), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, “Heroes”), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, “A to Z”) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, “Once Upon a Time”) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, “Criminal Minds”), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, “Shameless”), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, “Death Yankee 3”), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, “The Boy Next Door“).

Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, “Masters of Sex”), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

Joining Kring are executive producers James Middleton (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) and Peter Elkoff (“Sons of Anarchy”). “Heroes Reborn” is produced by Imperative Entertainment, in association with Universal Television.

11194536_10153368273958189_8431127769755967874_o4. The cast is really well thought out. It takes a lot to run a well-done ensemble show and most shows do not get it right (insert obligatory nod to Joss Whedon here), including Heroes. What they have done with Heroes Reborn, though is incredibly smart.  They have taken characters from the first series with the most interesting powers, backgrounds, and storylines and continued them here.  We’re getting Parkman, Suresh, The Haitian, Noah, and Hiro back!  These characters were all connected to other favorites, so we know that while they may not appear, there’s a chance we’ll still get to know what happened to Claire and Peter.  The majority of the cast are all newcomers to this world, but enormously talented.  You can’t go wrong when your show’s main character is played by Zachary Levi.

3. The shortened season gives way for tighter storytelling and better action. Gone are the days of 22 episodes per season and time-waste fillers – or at least they should be. The shows that have tried this “mini-series” approach have been wildly successful, including The Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow. It’s a way for the studios to test fan waters without drowning themselves in overwhelmingly awful TV decisions.  In no way does this mean we won’t see more.  In fact, if the pilot episode’s numbers are even remotely high, they’ll greenlight a second season soon after.  If you feel like you’re missing anything from it (a character didn’t get the attention it deserved or what have you), don’t fret; there’s also a companion web series on NBC.com and a comic set to debut as well.

2. Tim Kring is back! The creator of the original series was a driving force in its success and will be a huge part in this series. While the WGA writers’ strike killed the second season, it was Kring and his creative team that got season three back on track. His involvement in this continuation leads me to believe that the 13 episodes will be some of the best TV this fall.

1. That trailer! That music! Those scenes! I just… watch it for yourself and tell me you don’t want to see this show!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHClJhC8Wfs

 

Heroes Reborn debuts on NBC September 24, 2015.

 

Heroes Reborn Trailer is Here!