DesignerCon 2013 Wrap up!

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Wow, it’s the middle of November and another Con is done!  DesignerCon 2013 is in the books!

We were not able to make it this year, but were salivating from all of the great pictures on Instagram!  Thank you to all of the artists and attendees for posting and sharing……

This is definitely a smaller, more intimate convention, but with heavy weight names.  It’s like how San Diego Comic Con used to be, easy access to artists, etc., lower attendance, but full of great art from the industry’s top artists.  Make sure to get to this one next year, we love the fact that it is in Pasadena and smaller, we just hope it stays in this location for awhile……..

This is the first year the convention was two days, a great sign that we are in store for great things for years to come!

Check out Instagram and DesignerCon’s facebook page for more pictures.

Also check out the video Buzzz 4 U did on it, great video!

 

Star Wars Episode VII December 18, 2015 Release Date

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In a galaxy far far away, well actually in this galaxy in about 2 years we will see Star Wars Episode VII.  J.J. Abrams, the new Star Wars director is working with Lucasfilm and Disney to get the first in a trilogy of new Star Wars movies completed and release on December 18, 2015.  Who will be in it?  What will the story line be?  We don’t know all of the details, but we know when we will find out!

Disney Games release Star Wars Tiny Death Star App

 

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If you were a fan of Tiny Tower you are going to really love Disney Games new release of the Star Wars: Tiny Death Star App!

It’s all of the regular Tiny Tower goodness with a Star Wars theme.  Go here now to download it.

Try it out and let us know if you were a Tiny Tower fan if this version is better, smae, or maybe even worse???  Nah, it couldn’t be…..

May the tiny force be with you!

 

‘THE WOLVERINE’ REVIEW

wolverine-posterThis past weekend at San Diego Comic Con, Toys and Geek was able to catch an early screening of “The Wolverine”, introduced by none other than Hugh Jackman himself and the film’s director James Mangold.

After a few comments regarding the film, its challenges and goals the lights dimmed and those lucky enough to get inside the small theater in downtown San Diego got see the movie in its entirety.

And the result, I’m happy to say, was a success.

After the bad taste the last Wolverine film left in my mouth (not to mention X-Men 3) I was a bit hesitant about what we would get this time around. However those fears where quickly laid to rest during the opening moments of the movie.

If it was the director’s goal for the film to grab your attention from the get go, then he succeeded. The first few minutes of the film are also some of its most intense. I’ll try to keep this as spoiler free as possible but let’s just say it starts off in Japan during one of the most terrifying events in that nations history. In fact, 90% of the film is set in Japan and the change of scenery from the typical “New York, Chicago, Los Angles, was a welcome one.

The movies opening also fits in with the overall theme, which James Mangold pointed out before the showing was “Everything the Wolverine loves, dies”. And we get to see the effects this has on Logan, particularly the death of Jean Grey, aka The Phoenix, who died at the hands (or claws) of Wolverine at the end of X-Men 3. I was happy to see the return of Famke Janseen who reprises her role of Jean Grey and was in the movie a lot more than I thought she would be. But we soon discover that Wolverine’s psyche isn’t as indestructible as his Adamantium skeleton. In this regard Hugh Jackman does a good job of giving the character a bit more depth and also makes him more relatable than in previous installments. While some of the supporting cast feels at times underused, Rila Fukushima, who plays Yukio does a great job. Her fight scenes are some of the best in the movie and she adds some well placed humor to the film.

Another aspect I appreciated about the movie was that in a world in which “comic book” movies are often dominated by CGI, this film was surprisingly “human” for a lack of a better word. Not that I am anti-special effects by any means however this movie didn’t trout out an endless stream of mutants. There were no cities being destroyed. No larger than life “Super Villain”. Although I enjoyed The Man of Steel, some felt the mass destruction and CGI special effects where a bit much. The Wolverine takes a different path. The fight scenes for the most part are intense and personal, often showcasing the martial art skills of the cast. The result, I felt was a much more personal story and one I left the theater feeling satisfied with.

The one sour note of the movie was oddly enough the villains. Fans of the Silver Samurai may feel disappointed with how the character is portrayed and how much screen time he actually gets. And the Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova, felt a bit underdeveloped. But this movie is more about Logan’s personal demons than with fighting an arch enemy. His battles with what he has lost in his life versus what he has to look forward to along with weighting the benefits of his mutant powers against the costs are at center stage here. To that end, I would encourage moviegoers to enter the theater with an open mind. Look to go on an adventure and be entertained for a couple of hours. In that regard you won’t be disappointed. The Wolverine delivers a fun and exciting experience.

Score: 8/10

SDCC San Diego Comic Con 2013 Review

San Diego Comic Con 2013 Review

Wow, just wow…….   Can it be over that quick???  We can hardly believe that the whirlwind of San Diego Comic Con 2013 has already come and gone.  All of the anticipation and excitment leading up to it and it came and went in a blink of an eye.  Just like any other year though it was amazing and well worth the ups and downs.

We met several stars, made a lot of great contacts with other bloggers and entertainment professionals from medi to actors!  It’s always a blast, but is also exhausting!

This year there were just about as many things to do on the outside of the actual convention as there were on the inside!  In fact we spent one full day just wandering the streets of the downtown area of San Diego called the Gaslamp Quarter.  There was everything from Nerd HQ, Geek & Sundry, Nintendo Game Lounge, Ender’s Game exhibition, History Channel’s Viking experience, Microsoft XBOX gaming center, Trickster, MRKT Amanda Visell art exhibit, and much much more.  We recommend check these out next year as you don’t need a ticket for any of the outside events.  Also, is all of the cosplay which is an event all by itself sometimes.  People are in all types of costumes from super heroes, anime, sci-fi, and every other genre you can imagine.

Here are a few pictures of our adventures and we’ll include more specific wrap info soon.

If you went to San Diego Comic Con this year what was your favorites?  If you didn’t go, what would you like to see if you did go?

Super7 2013 Lucky Bag

The Super7 Lucky Bag has finally been completed!

Yes, we have had our Super7 2013 Lucky Bag, however we were waiting for the Monoghost to arrive & it has!

We were EXTREMELY please with this years bag!  The bag included, a Zombie Fighter, a Mummy Baseball Boy, Burger Buns, Vampire Rose, Painted Leecifer, Painted Fossila, micro rose vampire, micro mummny boy, and a Monoghost figure.

Did you get a Lucky Bag from Super7?  What figures did you get?

Superman Unchained #1 Release with Variants

Superman Unchained Begins…….

Yesterday Superman Unchained #1 was released as the DC new 52 keeps going.

With a good art and story team behind it we’re excited for the release of this title!

What was nice about this release was a continuing and growing trend…..variants.

Superman Unchained’s debut came with several variants including 1 in 25, 1 in 50, 1 in 100, and even 1 in 300!

We were able to obtain several of these yesterday the day of the release, but many variants were already sold out by the time we made it to All About Books & Comics in the late afternoon.

Here are some pictures of our variants, if we can get some of the others we will post.  The most rare is a black & white variant that is 1 in 300 and going for over $300 as of yesterday.

Make sure you get one or two of these, it’s a great story, nice graphics and a surprise foldout section in the comic!

Once you read it let us know what you think of this new series.

E3 News: Sony Basically Does Nothing and Makes the Xbox One Look Bad, Real Bad.

Let me begin by saying that I love my Xbox.  I’ve purchased the original Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox 360 Slim and have been happy with each console and the games and features they have offered.  A few years ago I purchased my first Playstation product, the PS3 Slim, and while I think it is a great console and does some things really well I still prefer my 360. I was fine paying a yearly fee for online play while Sony offered it for free, I thought your controller was great and comfortable. Online chat was clear and easy, an experience I can’t say the same for on the PS3.

However, as it stands now, the Xbox 360 will be last console I buy from Microsoft.

A few days before E3 Microsoft released the new user restrictions and requirements for the Xbox One, and when I say restrictions, I mean it. I could go on and list everything that you can no longer do on the Xbox One like loan a game to a buddy or sell a game on eBay but I think this chart sums it up pretty good.

XboxOneFailures_thumbThere is, what I can only describe as a confusing mess of limitations and requirements in addition to those above like region restrictions and family share but I think this is enough. What bothers me the most is that these are not changes for the benefit of the consumer. These are changes for the benefit of Electronic Arts and the other major video game publishers out there. Microsoft built a console that has to “call home” once a day to make sure you, the person that just spent $500 on this thing, isn’t using someone else’s game disc and at the same time basically kills the used games market limiting where I can sell my games. It’s not good no matter how you look at it.

Sony on the other hand came out and said “You know that stuff you could do with your PS3? You can still do it with the PS4.” And that led to a standing ovation at E3. By doing nothing, by not requiring online connectivity, by not restricting used games and by not linking a disc to a console Sony made Microsoft look horrible. As a writer for the Wall Street Journal put it “Microsoft First Person Shot Itself in the Foot”.

Sony rubbed it in too. If you missed the PS4 presentation be sure to check out these highlights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20l5KrQYVDk

and my favorite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWSIFh8ICaA

In summary, thanks Xbox, its been a fun ride.

 

Star Wars Battlefront Video Game

 

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On one hand we love Star Wars, on the other hand we love video games…..now put those hands together, open them, and you have Star Wars Battlefront!

At E3 yesterday Electronic Arts, Inc. announced a new Star Wars: Battlefront game, and from what we see it looks amazing!  It is being developed by DICE who are expected to produce a solid game with incredible graphics.

We can’t wait to see this game and the others planned down the line.  Go to the Star Wars blog to see a trailer, you will be impressed…….

 

Iconica, The World of Rynaga, at Phoenix Comic Con 2013