Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Then we have the official Dharma Motor Pool logo shirt, a blue t-shirt that features the wrench logo first seen on the March 4, 2009 episode of Lost as worn by Juliet. ABC is also releasing a grey Dharma Cafeteria logo t-shirt featuring the official chef’s hat and fork & knife logo of the Dharma Initiative’s mess hall. The logo was worn by Hurley in Episode 510, “He’s Our You.”
There is also an all new Dharma Initiative Station t-shirt inspired by the Lamp Post Station used by Ms. Hawking in Episode 316, “The Lie.” The Lamp Post logo t-shirt obviously features a lamp post logo and comes in black.
All four of these new Dharma Initiative t-shirts come in sizes S-XXL and sell for $24.95 each. You can purchase these awesome t-shirts and so much more great Lost gear here.
Ted, laser tag knows no age restrictions,
kind of like stripping in the Midwest.
How I Met Your Mother
I thought all the HIMYM fans out there would be interested to know that Alyson Hannigan (Lily) gave birth last week to a baby girl. (link) Satyana Denisof was born on March 24th and is doing well. This is the first child for Hannigan and husband Alexis Denisof, who met on the set of Buffy the Vampire Slayer during the 1999-2000 season.
Monday, March 30, 2009
The truth is not much is known as of now, and Hasbro is sending out some seriously mixed messages. First came reports out of NYCC that as of August all Mighty Muggs would be sold as Toys R Us exclusives. While it seems like this news is legit, I still haven’t seen anything concrete or official out of Hasbro. What we do know is that no new Muggs from any of the four existing toy lines (Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers or G.I. Joe) have been solicited lately, which means there will be a significant lull in new figures for the foreseeable future.
With that being said, both Transformers Wave 2 and Marvel Wave 6 have now hit store shelves and we still have the Iceman, Magneto, Unmasked Spider-Man and Green Goblin Wave to look forward to. Plus, there is the rumored X-Men Origins: Wolverine Wolverine with retractable claws SDCC ’09 exclusive that I know many fans are excited about. I’ve also heard some rumblings about an upcoming Transformers Wave that is to include movie versions of Optimus Prime and Megatron, but again no official word on those figures has been given yet.
While it could happen, I don’t see any way Hasbro could cancel their Mighty Muggs line now with such a huge summer ahead of them. With the licensing rights for X-Men Origins: Wolverine and two movies being released based on their properties (G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Hasbro is in charge of the toy lines for three potentially huge summer blockbusters and the more toys they can produce in conjunction with these movies the better. Hopefully Hasbro agrees with The Blot on this and we’ll be seeing a bevy of movie tie-in Mighty Muggs released in the coming months.
In the meantime, spread the word to all of your friends on the greatness that is Hasbro’s Mighty Muggs because the toy line could definitely use all the promotion and spike in sales it can get! Also, if you typically only read The Blot Says…’s Mighty Muggs page then I highly recommend checking out the The Blot Says…’s main page (since there hasn’t been much Mighty Muggs news lately) for all the latest in movies, television, designer toys, comics and more!
While I’m not a huge fan of blood splatter on my vinyl figures, Muttpop Bob explained that “the blood was a nice way to distinguish this version from [the] Original. We must pay respect to the og fans that got the first one.” I totally get that, and it really is a great way to reproduce an amazingly popular figure without over saturating the market and devaluing the original Tequla’s status in the eyes of collectors. Many fans of Lucha Libre and Muttpop vinyl figures have been waiting for this release for a really long time, but The Blot is still way more excited for the upcoming Radioactive Tequila Pop Culture colorway inspired by Marvel’s Incredible Hulk seen here.
Muttpop’s Tequila 2.0 vinyl figure will hit stores in just a few weeks sometime in April, 2009 and have a retail price of $60.
Friday, March 27, 2009
I’ve been wanting to attend SDCC since I was probably 12 or 13 years old, but living in Alabama it was just easier to attend Dragon*Con in Atlanta (during the heyday of the comic book boom naturally) then go all the way out to Cali. Over the years there was always something else taking precedence over attending the mecca of all things comic books, but this year there were no excuses to be had. Besides, I figure I need to go now before life as an adult gets in the way!
This is part of the reason The Blot set up a Twitter account earlier this week. This way I can blog in real time via Twitter while walking the halls of the San Diego Convention Center. I’m not exactly sure how I am going to set all this up, but I’m going to schedule a trial run next weekend while I attend the biggest event in sports entertainment history (more details on that to come next week).
Comic-Con should be a lot of fun and if any readers of The Blot Says… are in attendance I hope we can all meet up. But if you’re not able to make it to sunny southern California July 23rd-26th then I suggest stopping by The Blot Says… that weekend. I’ll be giving constant Twitter updates on the latest news coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2009 and pics each night of the newest releases and any other randomness I might come upon.
I originally thought there was no way Cobra Commander could possibly look as bad in the movie as he does in Combat Heroes form (as seen below), but the photo on this action figure’s packaging just reinforces my worst fear…that G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra is going to suck. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but this movie has summer blockbuster flop written all over it. Why are they messing with a sure thing?
I think the success of the live action Transformers movie has gone to Hasbro’s head. Cobra Commander has been a feared villain for years while wearing nothing more than a blue hood, and yet that was evidently too easy for Paramount to use on screen. Instead they turn him into the monstrosity we see here for simple shock effect. It’s all very disappointing. But, I hope the movie is successful if for no other reason that we get an eventual sequel where we can see more classic G.I. Joe characters adapted to the silver screen.
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra debuts in theaters August 7, 2009.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I’d love to find out more about this figure, so if you know any other details surrounding the creation of this toy or find any additional information about it on the web please let me know! You can read The Blot’s original post about the Kidrobot x Stones Throw Quasimoto vinyl figure here.
Where The Wild Things Are premieres in theaters on Friday, October 16, 2009.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Besides finding out that Sayid did in fact wind up in the past with Jack, Kate and Hurley, we also found out a few other important details including when in the past they are (1977) and if Ben, as a child, had moved to the island yet (he has). In "Namaste" we saw the first official meeting of Ben and Sayid in a complete role reversal from their first meeting in Season 2, which begs the question did Ben recognize Sayid from his early days on the island and did it change the course of events from that point on?
I know Faraday keeps spouting that you can’t change the future by things you do and say in the past, but how does he know that the things they’ve gone through in the future weren’t directly caused by their actions in the past. I know it’s one big conundrum that we could go back and forth on forever, but it makes sense that the future is in fact changing based on the decisions the time lost Losties have made in 1977, including convincing Desmond and Penny to go to England to find Ms. Hawking.
I loved the interplay in this week’s episode between the time lost Losties and the Oceanic 6. and Sawyer’s quick thinking never ceases to amaze me. He and Juliette did a great job of initiating the Oceanic 6 into the Dharma Initiative and saving Sayid’s life by portraying him as a Hostile. But my favorite scene from “Namaste” had to be the interaction between Sun, Ben and Frank Lapidus on the dock and the subsequent return of Christian Shephard. The island definitely feels like a much creepier place since it was “moved” by Ben and John Locke.
My final though on last week’s episode revolves around Jack’s surprise in finding out that Faraday was with them and Sawyer’s response that he was but “not anymore.” So there are a few ways you can interpret Sawyer’s response, but I think Faraday either went missing or is now living with the Others. Either he went nuts/had a mental breakdown after everything he’s been through and disappeared in the middle of the night, or he left the Dharma Initiative because he wants to try to change the future (i.e. not be the creepy old man who tells a young Charlotte Lewis to leave the island and never return, which ultimately drives her as an adult to find the island again and leads to her eventual death). Either way I can’t imagine he’s dead because it seems like he still has a bigger part to play in the show’s mythology. What do you all think!?!
I have no idea who designed this shirt or how long it’s been out, but what’s not to love about a shirt that features He-Man’s greatest enemy, the evil Skeletor. While Masters of the Universe has a huge cast of unique and crazy looking heroes and villains, Skeletor is the one character other than He-Man who has stood the test of time and become a true pop culture icon. He-Man might have gotten top billing, but Skeletor has held his own in the years since the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe cartoon went off the air being referenced in a number of different mediums (including Lost!).
I have no idea how much the Skeletor Is My Homeboy t-shirt will cost you after you include shipping and handling because it looks like the company producing the shirt is based in England, but if you’re interested in ordering one click here.
“The Chocolate Vandal” is a 22”x30” screen print on textured archival art paper and comes signed and numbered by MBW. This all new print has a limited edition of just 50 prints and will be available for sale Thursday, March 26th, at 12pm PST at Mr. Brainwash’s online store.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
It reminded me of my first ever March Madness experience and one that submitted my eternal love for what is IMHO the greatest sporting event in the world. Picture it: Birmingham, Alabama - March 12, 1987, it was the first round of the NCAA tournament. My dad took a then 7 and a half year old lil' Blot to his very first session of NCAA Tournament games. The first game was between the University of Illinois Illini, a three seed, and a little known school named Austin Peay, the 14th seed.
Back then I knew nothing of rankings, seedings or who was “supposed” to win. What I did know was the Austin Peay Governors, who were in the NCAA Tournament for only the third time in school history, had the best cheer ever, “Let’s Go Peay!” Let me just tell you, to a 7 year old “Let’s Go Peay” is probably the coolest thing you could be cheering over and over again at a basketball game. The stadium was going crazy for the underdogs from Clarksville, Tennessee and the Governors pulled off a huge upset.
After that my dad and I watched 6 seed Providence Friars, coached by the now legendary coach Rick Pitino and led by a then unknown (and current head coach of the Florida Gators) Billy Donovan, begin their march to the 1987 Final Four by defeating our hometown heroes the 11th seeded UAB Blazers. It was a fun time to be a 7 year old and it was an afternoon I won’t soon forget. Once I got older I made it a point to attend as many NCAA Tournament games as I could, which thankfully wasn’t too hard as there always seems to be games taking place in a city near where I live, either in Birmingham, Atlanta, or one of four cities in Texas.
I’m currently running a pretty hot streak, having gone to games 10 of the last 13 years, including the 2002 Final Four. But no games are in store for The Blot this year as the tourney has for some reason skipped Texas completely. That’s ok though, because when you are in the thick of March Madness as we are right now, one game just isn’t good enough. You need to be watching bits and pieces of the two, three or four games going on in hopes of catching that last second upset and ultimately the tournament’s one shining moment.
First up is “Reach,” an 8 color print on velvet fine art paper, produced for Gallery Nucleus’ The Chubby Bunny Show. The 14”x11” print comes signed and numbered by Luke and is limited to just 100 prints. Each print is $135 and can be purchased here.
The second print, which is truly stunning, is entitled “Whitewash.” “Whitewash” was released in conjunction with Luke’s show at the Corey Helford Gallery entitled From Light Cometh Darkness and also has a limited edition of just 100 prints. “Whitewash” is a 24”x32”paper giclee print and comes signed and numbered. The print can be purchased here for $250 each.
Check out Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars.
If I could nail any celebrity
it would definitely be Scarlett Johansson.
Hot, talented and nobody does that many
Woody Allen movies without serious daddy issues.
- Barney Stinson
"Old King Clancy"
How I Met Your Mother
This past week The Big Bang Theory and its cast of quirky characters were rewarded with a two year renewal by CBS. (link) I can understand CBS giving Two and a Half Men its two year renewal since it’s the top rated comedy on network television and a consistent Top 5-10 hit, but The Big Bang Theory? I have a feeling Chuck Lorre, the creator of both shows, had a little something to do with this. It’s too bad the creators of How I Met Your Mother don’t have this kind of clout with the network! While The Big Bang Theory definitely deserves its early renewal, here’s hoping a similar fate is in store for the cast and crew of HIMYM.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Follow The Blot at Twitter.com/TheBlotSays
The main reason I finally signed up for a Twitter account is that it’s a great way to blog on the go. There are a few big events coming up this year that The Blot is excited to attend and I’m going to set up a Twitter widget here on The Blot Says… so you virtually attend with me. More news to come later this week about The Blot’s upcoming events, but one of them is going to be really killer!
Thanks again for everyone’s support of this blog and I hope to see you all on Twitter soon!
I don’t know what the deal is, but for some reason a majority of indie artists skip over Houston completely when traveling through Texas, choosing to schedule shows primarily in Dallas and then Austin before heading out West. One of these days The Blot is going to have to plan a trip to SXSW so I can finally check out some of the amazing indie artists I’ve only read about/heard online since most of them will never come to The H. It’s really a shame that even though I lived in Austin for four years I never attended one of the world’s greatest music showcases in my own backyard.
Anyway, Bishop Allen has just launched a world tour to support Grrr… and if the band is coming to a city near you I highly suggest going. Their indie pop is really addicting, and Rice, Rudder and Co. put on a fantastic show. You can check out Bishop Allen’s scheduled tour dates below:
The 2009 Grrr… World Tour
Mar 23 - L.A. @ Troubadour
Mar 24 - S.F. @ Rickshaw Stop
Mar 26 - Salt Lake City @ Kilby Court
Mar 27 - Provo @ Velour
Mar 28 - Denver @ Hi-Dive
Mar 29 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Saloon
Mar 30 - Minneapolis @ Triple Rock
Mar 31 - Chicago @ Subterranean
Apr 02 - Northhampton @ Iron Horse
Apr 03 - Cambridge @ Middle East
Apr 04 - Brooklyn @ Music Hall of W'burg
Apr 05 - New York @ Bowery Ballroom
Apr 14 - Amsterdam @ Paradiso
Apr 15 - Groningen @ Vera
Apr 16 - Ghent @ Voruit
Apr 17 - Utrecht @ Ekko
Apr 18 - Hamburg @ Knust
Apr 19 - Berlin @ Live at Dot
Apr 20 - Köln @ King Georg
Apr 21 - Münster @ Gleis 22
Apr 22 - Osnabrück @ Glanz und Gloria
Apr 23 - Leipzig @ Ut Connewitz
Apr 24 - Karlsruhe @ Substage
Apr 25 - Freiburg @ Swamp
Apr 26 - Offenbach @ Hafen
Apr 28 - Heidelberg @ Teufel
Apr 29 - Geneve @ L'Usine
Apr 30 - Düdingen @ Bad Bonn
May 01 - Konstanz @ Kulturladen
May 02 - Wien @ Wuk
May 03 - München @ Feierwerk
May 04 - Colmar @ Le Grillen
May 05 - Paris/Rouen @ TBA
May 06 - Manchester @ Cafe Saki
May 07 - London @ Bardens Boudoir
May 08 - Cardiff @ Clwb
May 09 - Reading @ Oakford
May 10 - Brixton @ The Windmill
Friday, March 20, 2009
The Tree Huggr 8” AWOL colorway is limited to just 500 figures and will sell for $75 each. While this is extremely cool for The Blot because one of these stores, Domy Books, is here in Houston, the AWOL Edition Dunny may be extremely hard to get for those of you who don’t live in a city that hosts one of the following 41 stores. If you do live in one of the following areas, I recommend contacting them ASAP to find out details on price, inventory and the AWOL Edition’s arrival date.
Countries, Cities, Regions and Stores Selling
The Tree Huggr AWOL Edition 8” Dunny
Lulubell Toys Bodega, Tuscon
Mixi-bang, Los Angeles
Munky King, Los Angeles
Neon Monster, San Francisco
Lift Designer Toys Royal Oak, Miami
Pinkghost, Coral Gables
Uberbot, Winter Park, Winter Park
Museum Of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Brain Candy, Ridgewood
Hero Design Studio + Boutique, Buffalo
My Plastic Heart, New York
Chingogu Gallery, Oklahoma City
Missing Link Toys, Portland
Jinxed Clothing, Philadelphia
Domy Books, Houston
Domy Books, Austin
Lost Marbles, Ottawa
Magic Pony, Toronto
Artoyz Montreuil, France
Atom Plastic, Italy
Highland Toys, Netherlands
Richard Goodall Gallery, UK
CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA
Zoo Concept, Chili
ASIA AND NEW ZEALAND
Adventures in Kitsch, Singapore
Fresh Metro, Philippines
Popup Gallery, New Zealand
Starluxe, Seoul, South Korea
Toitoy, South Africa
Who will survive tonight’s final episode? Will Adama be able to save Hera? I really have no frakking idea, but I hope “Daybreak, Part 2” lives up to the expectations of the BSG faithful. While series finales often garner huge ratings for shows, they also typically end up being let downs to long time fans hoping for real resolution. I’ve read that not everyone’s stories are tied up in neat little bows, but I pray we at least get some closure to the story of the human race’s fight for survival. In the end, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that humanity and its rebel Cylons allies survive their final battle with Cavil and his army of evil Cylons. I guess all will be revealed in just a few hours…and nothing will ever be the same again.
The two hour Battlestar Galactica Series Finale “Daybreak, Part 2” airs tonight, Friday, March 20, 2009, at 9/8c on the Sci Fi Channel.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Chris Bosh is one of The Blot’s favorite young NBA superstars, as much for his bigger than life personality than his on court game (which are both equally impressive). Not only does this confirm Bosh has great taste, it also shows he’s hip to the designer vinyl craze. The Blot can now add this little tidbit to the long list of reasons I'm a fan of CB4.
This is big news because it means “ABC has opted not to send Lost’s season-ender on a suicide mission against the American Idol finale on May 20.” (link) I don’t view this so much as waiving the white flag as a way for ABC to artificially boost Lost’s final ratings for the season. Plus, this way Lost doesn’t have to share the media spotlight with FOX’s ratings juggernaut American Idol. Either way you look at it, this is a great move for Lost and its fans.
Much has been made about the stryfe surrounding production of Where the Wild Things Are, but I have faith in Spike Jonze’s vision for this movie. It may be misplaced, but from interviews I’ve read he sounds to have a real passion for this project. I am excited to see how the film’s combination of live action, suitmation, animatronics and CGI turns out. The movie’s first teaser poster was unveiled yesterday and so far so good. The Wild Thing, which dominates the poster, looks awesome and I love Max’s trademark wolf costume and crown. I can’t wait to see the movie’s first official full length trailer, which is set to debut on March 27 before screenings of Monsters vs. Aliens.
Where the Wild Things Are, which debuts in theaters on October 16, 2009, stars Max Records, Catherine O’Hara, Forest Whitaker, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Paul Dano, and Tom Noonan.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The “Israel/Palestine” screen print will be 18”x24” in size and will go on sale this Thursday, March 19, 2009 at the Obey Giant online store at 12pm PST. Each signed and numbered “Israel/Palestine” will sell for $45 and the print will probably have an edition of around 450. In The Blot’s personal opinion this is one of the coolest OBEY Giant prints to be released in a while, and I will definitely be trying to get my hands on one. Of course like all OBEY Giant print this one should sell out extremely quickly, especially since the sale’s start time has been published.
The Creole Creamery truly is a unique ice cream experience. All of their ice cream is made in-house and their goal is to make an assortment of diverse and unusual flavors to stimulate your palate. Of course you can also find the standard flavors like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cookies and cream, and mint chocolate chip, but Aly and I were excited to try some of The Creole Creamery’s signature creations like Red Velvet Cake, Cookie Monster, Doberge Cake, Mexican Hot Chocolate and one of my personal favorites Butterscotch English Toffee. They also had a sick flavor made in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Chocolate Guinness Cake which is vanilla ice cream swirled with chocolate Guinness cake. It’s a must get for true beer aficionados.
I don’t know if I can truly explain in words just how great The Creole Creamery’s ice cream was, but it was so delicious Aly and I had to go back twice during our three day stay in New Orleans. And, it’s not even in the French Quarter so we had to make the extra effort to drive there. I think the consistency of the ice cream is what sets it apart from other ice cream parlors, especially those large nationwide chains, but the huge variety of quirky flavors and delicious waffle cones doesn't hurt either! The best part, for those of you who can’t make up their minds, is they offer a four or five scoop sampler so first timers (and long time fans) of The Creole Creamery can try never before seen flavors along with their traditional favorites.
As for the trip itself, ever had one of those vacations where you needed a second vacation to recover from your first? That’s how I’ve been feeling after returning from New Orleans late Monday night. All day yesterday I was walking around in a daze wanting nothing more than to crawl back into bed. Of course Aly hasn’t had this problem since she’s off all week for spring break. Anyway, let’s just say NOLA was fun and leave it at that.
The Creole Creamery is located on 4924 Prytania Street; New Orleans, LA 70115 and their phone number is (504) 894-8680.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Original Colorway Grin, officially titled the Chapel of Dawn x Made by Mosters x Ron English Grin, will be limited to just 100 pieces and is set for release on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. The Blot is not sure of the figure’s retail price yet, but if you’re interested in pre-ordering the Original Colorway Grin inquiries can be sent directly to Garage Works Industries at email@example.com.
Marshall’s wearing a nightgown! Marshall’s wearing a nightgown!
Hey guys, you know how in the future we’re always saying,
“remember when Marshall wore a nightgown?”
This is that time!
“It’s a nightshirt.” - Marshall
You can call it a ninja star danger jock if you want,
doesn’t make you any less of a cross dresser.
“Whatever dude, it’s comfy.” - Marshall
So, flying to Neverland with Peter and Tink, was that amazing?
Ooh, let me go next.
Was it nice to finally get out of that crowded bed
and take Charlie to the chocolate factory?
Ooh me me me me me!
Something about Scrooge!
Come on guys, I’m carrying the team.
"The Front Porch"
How I Met Your Mother
Friday, March 13, 2009
Most people think it will be one of three men: Richard “Dick” Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing and the original Robin; Tim Drake, the third Robin; or Jason Todd, the recently resurrected second Robin who may or may not be the title character of the new series Red Robin. The Blot has absolutely no clue who will take over the mantle of Batman, but I’d like to see the cowl go to Bruce Wayne’s true successor Dick Grayson. I think as long as it’s not possibly deceased, former Batman replacement Jean-Paul Valley (a.k.a. Azrael) I’ll be a happy reader.
What’s cool though is that after Battle for the Cowl concludes, DC will be reorganizing the Batman family of titles and launching five all new series including what “is being pegged as the ‘flagship’ Batman title” Batman and Robin. While DC will still be producing Detective Comics and Batman, Batman and Robin, written by Grant Morrison and penciled by Frank Quitely, will be where all eyes are focused when it is launched in June 2009. (link)
While we still don’t know who will be under Batman’s cowl when all is said and done, we at least now have our very first look at the all new team of Batman and Robin courtesy of IGN.com (see above). This is the cover for Batman and Robin #1 drawn by Quitely, and after seeing it I am dying to know who the new Dark Knight and Boy Wonder will be.
Head here to read IGN’s interview with author Grant Morrison and to see some pages of art from Batman & Robin by Frank Quitely.
*Potential Spoiler* After reading IGN’s interview with Morrison, does anyone else think the new Robin is without a doubt Damian Wayne, Bruce's illegitimate son with Ra's al Ghul's daughter Talia? Thoughts!?!
Surprisingly, the Tree Huggr Dunny will be even rarer than Jesse Hernandez’ Jaguar Warrior Dunny which sold out in just a few days. Kronk’s Tree Huggr Dunny is limited to just 1,000 figures and will have a 1 in 12 super-light and rare chase figure. While I’m in complete shock that Kidrobot has decided to release two 8” Dunnys in a row with such relatively low production numbers, what is not surprising is the vinyl figure’s high price. As with the Jaguar Warrior Dunny, this vinyl figure will retail for $75 each. The Blot is hoping this is just a temporary price hike and not the new standard on Kidrobot 8” figures.
The Blot will be sure to post more pictures of this very cool figure as they become available.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
This is a great jumping on point for new viewers and former fans who want to reconnect with this NBC Thursday night staple before it airs its 15th and final season finale on April 2, 2009. It’s almost a shame Susan Sarandon is also guest starring in tonight’s episode, because she is sure to be overshadowed by the return of these four fan favorites. Hopefully they will utilize her character in such a way as to spotlight Sarandon’s amazing acting ability in spite of the time the show must dedicate to its stars, both present and past. There are only four more new episodes of ER left, so be sure to tune in tonight on NBC at 10/9c.
ER airs every Thursday night for the next four weeks on NBC at 10/9c.