Surprise! It’s time for another Needless Things Podcast!
I hadn’t expected to be doing another one quite so soon, but when my co-host Mr. Beau Brown wants to talk Masters of the Universe, I have learned it is best to get on the ball and make things happen. And there was a lot of MOTU news to talk about coming out of this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Mattel probably had their best showing yet.
But it wasn’t all about Masters, or else it would be called San Diego Masters of the Universe Con. No, there was also news from Hasbro, NECA, and all of the other toy companies, as well as a few movie announcements.
Join me – Phantom Troublemaker, my co-host Mr. Beau Brown, Jay Hornsby (The Belligerent Monkey), and Ryan Schweck as we run down some of our favorite – and not-so-favorite – reveals and bits of news from SDCC.
Here’s Episode 7 of the Needless Things Podcast!
“Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com
“Suppose the Doomsday Cults Were Right” by Kill, Baby… Kill!
Posted in Conventions, Geek, movies, Needless Things, News, preview, Toys
Tagged Action Figures, Beau Brown, DC Comcis, Hasbro, Marvel Comics, Masters of the Universe, Mattel, Phantom Troublemaker, San Diego Comic Con, The Belligerent Monkey, Toys
Last weekend I was fortunate enough to run a toy panel at my personal favorite sci-fi convention – TimeGate. It’s focused around Stargate and Doctor Who, but this year the emphasis was definitely on Doctor Who. Between the 50th Anniversary and the presence of an actual Doctor – Colin Baker – for the first time, things couldn’t have gone down any other way.
What follows is an excerpt from my recap of TimeGate. The full version is available on NeedlessThingsSite.com:
It was very important to me that I wear my Phantom Troublemaker Speed Suit during the toy panel. This was the first panel at a con that I had ever been in charge of. Granted, nobody had actually put me in charge. I kind of just decided that I was gonna run the thing. If I was going to be on a panel about toys, particularly Doctor Who toys, then I was going to be in charge. And it was going to be great. That’s why I had loaded up a suitcase full of Doctor Who toys from across the ages and brought it with me.
Posted in Conventions, Doctor Who, Doctor Who Toys, Needless Things, Toys, Uncategorized
Tagged Action Figures, Dapol, Doctor Who, Mike Faber, Phantom Troublemaker, Toys, Underground Toys
I suppose every one of these podcasts is going to include a certain amount of drama and stress. If I could just record them and then shoot them out of my computer and directly into your brains I would be extremely happy.
As I stated last time, I have no schedule for these things. If there’s something I feel like I can record a show about,. I’m going to try and do it. And I definitely felt like Toy Fair was something I could record a show about. I’ve been following Toy Fair for fifteen or so years now and providing coverage of one kind or another for maybe five. Every single year me and my toy dork buddies end up discussing the reveals at length and the obvious next step was just to record one of those conversations and then upload it.
HA , HA, no.
Inspired by my work with Director Faber, Mike, Bobby, and the multitude of fascinating personalities that are part of the Earth Station One network; I finally had to do it. I made my own podcast.
I hate to start this review on a negative note, but there’s no getting around the false representation involved in this toy. The box proclaims it to be the time machine from Back to the Future Part II. It is not. If it were, the tires would fold down for a flight mode. They don’t.
I’ve been pretty excited about this toy ever since Diamond first announced it. I’m 36 years old, so the Back to the Future trilogy is somewhat sacred to me and the second movie will always be my favorite (though the third is kind of special too since it was one of those rare movies I saw with my dad). And besides the nostalgia and just general high quality of the franchise; who wouldn’t want a toy of that DeLorean?
This is the second TARDIS playset that Underground has produced, and only the third ever made (though we now have a Junk TARDIS from “The Doctor’s Wife”, an 8-inch scale vinyl playset, and a LEGO-style version). That’s kind of insane when you think about the fact that Doctor Who has been an international presence for almost fifty years now. I’m talking about actual TARDIS interiors here, not the police box exterior. To their credit, Underground has produced at least four or five completely different sculpts of the police box at different stages of its existence, many of which have been released in a few different sets. If you want a TARDIS and don’t have one, you just haven’t looked. They’re everywhere. Toys R Us even had a set, albeit briefly.
On the one hand it is ridiculous that it has taken this long for Mattel to get around to making an action figure of the second-most-important living character in the Batman mythos. On the other hand, Mattel just released a figure of a frigging butler.
Looking at it from that latter perspective, it’s actually pretty amazing that this figure exists at all. Making a figure of a character that literally does nothing but stand around and talk is pretty risky, so kudos to Mattel for doing it.
Oh, Bane, you cinematic enigma.
Are you from the Caribbean? Is your mask keeping you alive? Will you use Venom at all? What’s up with that jacket that makes you look like Tom Selleck from Quincy Down Under? Or do I mean Steven Segal from On Deadly Ground? Holy cow – a Michael Caine connection! Is there something in his contract where his costars have to wear sheepskin sometimes? And most importantly Mr. Bane – why the heck aren’t you wearing a luchador mask?
Okay, time for a new column.