Friday, February 20, 2009

Fanboys Unite! Movie Expands To 10 New Markets Today

The Blot knew The Weinstein Company couldn’t keep a good movie down! Aint It Cool News reports that Fanboys “per screen business, with basically no AD support at all, has been strong enough that the powers that be at The Weinstein Company are doing a further roll out into other college markets.” (link) How great is that!?! While it’s not the full blown release many Star Wars fans were hoping for, at least now a greater audience will have the opportunity to see this movie on the big screen.

Fanboys Final Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster
Today, Friday, February 20th, Fanboys will be officially released in the following 10 cities/regions: Boston, Washington, D.C., Detroit, Atlanta, Phoenix, Orlando, Daytona Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, New Haven, CT, Raleigh-Durham, NC, and Columbus, OH. While Fanboys will continue to play in Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle-Tacoma, Houston, and Austin, as of yesterday the movie’s run in the theaters has ended in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

If you live in one of those four regions and missed out on seeing Fanboys don’t blame The Blot, I told you to go out and see it immediately two weeks ago! If Fanboys is still not playing in an area where you live, fear not. The movie should be released on DVD and Blu-Ray soon enough.
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G.I. Joe and Transformers Mighty Muggs News

Today The Blot has some good news and some bad news. The good news is that I finally found Destro and the Baroness Mighty Muggs in Houston! Destro is hands down my new favorite Mighty Mugg and I just can’t get enough of his metallic shiny head! I am so glad they decided to make it metallic and not just a silver color.

G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs Wave 2
Destro and the Baroness Mighty Muggs

G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs Wave 2 - Destro and The Baroness Mighty Muggs
The bad news is something I’ve been sitting on for a few weeks while I’ve been trying to gather more information. Sadly everything I’ve found points to the same conclusion, that both the G.I. Joe and Transformers Mighty Muggs toy lines have been canceled. This is really surprising on a few fronts. I know the economy is bad and everyone is taking a hit, but with G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming out in less than six months I can't believe Hasbro jumped the gun and canceled these fledgling toy lines.

The Canceled Transformers Mighty Muggs Wave 3
Shockwave and Jazz

Transformers Mighty Muggs Wave 3 - Shockwave & Jazz
I would guess that based on how the live action G.I. Joe movie does will dictate if the G.I. Joe Mighty Muggs line is given a second chance. Transformers, on the other hand, is more perplexing. The first Transformers movie did amazing business, so there is no reason to think the second won’t do equally as well. This combined with the popularity of Transformers Animated and its many toy lines would make you think a Transformers Mighty Muggs line could also be successful.

I guess pre-orders on the first two waves were underwhelming, but don’t give up all hope on eventually seeing the Mighty Muggs Wave 3 figures above. While Wave 3 (which was to include Shockwave, Jazz, Megatron and Starscream) has been canceled, I still think there is a chance it is re-solicited closer to Transformers 2’s release this summer. Here's hoping we also eventually see the rumored Serpentor Mighty Mugg figure as well! Maybe we'll at least get one of these three figures as a San Diego Comic Con Exclusive this summer (along with the long rumored SDCC exclusive X-Men Origins: Wolverine Mighty Muggs).

The Blot will be sure to post any updates on this somewhat frustrating development as they become available.
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2009’s First Batch of New Johnny Cupcakes T-Shirts

The Blot’s a little late on posting about these, but I couldn’t pass up sharing the cool new designs coming from Johnny Cupcakes. I love the retro feel of a couple of these shirts and I’m always down for more colorways of JC’s trademark Cupcake and Crossbones t-shirts. Plus, we get an all new Boston Shamrock tee for 2009! Even though the Boston Celtics are the hated rivals of my beloved LA Lakers, I still enjoy seeing unofficial tie-ins with the Johnny Cupcakes brand.

Johnny Cupcakes - A-OK Hand and Clover '09 T-Shirts
Johnny Cupcakes - Fuchsia, Yellow & White on Red Cupcake & Crossbones T-Shirts
Johnny Cupcakes - Everyone Loves Cupcakes and Panda '09 T-Shirts and Bakery Dept Crew Sweatshirt
Also included in 2009’s first set of new releases are a limited edition Totem Pole t-shirt and a special Valentine’s Day themed Cupcake and Crossbones t-shirt.

Johnny Cupcakes - Limited Edition Totem Pole and Valentines T-Shirts
Johnny Cupcakes - Linked Grey and Pink T-Shirts
As always, all Johnny Cupcakes shirts come in both guys and girls styles and most retail for $35.99. The limited edition Totem Pole shirt sells for $50.99 and the Bakery Dept Crew sweatshirts sell for $75.99. If you live in Boston or LA you can purchase the above shirts and more at one of three Johnny Cupcakes locations, or if you’re like The Blot and live no where near a JC store you can always make a purchase at the official Johnny Cupcakes online store.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

OBEY Giant x J Dilla Print by Shepard Fairey

James Dewitt Yancey a.k.a. J Dilla a.k.a. Jay DeeIt has been just over three years since the late great Midwestern hip-hop producer J Dilla passed away at the tender age of 32 due to cardiac arrest. While he is unfortunately not as well known outside of the hip-hop community as many of his contemporaries, Dilla’s impact on hip-hop music is unquestionable. His final album, Donuts, was an instant classic and a must have for any true fan of hip-hop music. Dilla suffered from lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease, and it is this disease that ultimately lead to his cardiac arrest on February 10, 2006.

The Blot was shocked to find out yesterday, almost three years to the day of J Dilla’s death, that his mother Maureen Yancey, fondly known as Ma Dukes, now also suffers from lupus. Ms. Yancey’s health has declined steadily over the past few years and to raise funds to help with her medical bills a benefit concert in Los Angeles has been planned for Sunday, February 22nd.

Additionally, a limited edition poster by Shepard Fairey and B+ (Brian Cross) will be released to coincide with the benefit concert. The OBEY Giant x J Dilla print is based on a photo of J Dilla taken by B+ in 2003 at Dilla’s home studio in Detroit, Michigan. Sadly, even back then the effects of lupus had started to take their toll on this very talented artist.

OBEY Giant x J Dilla Print by Shepard Fairey
The OBEY Giant x J Dilla print is limited to only 400 pieces and will measure 18” x 24”. This limited edition print will go on sale at the OBEY Giant online store this Friday, February 20, 2009 at noon PST and will retail for $55. Fifty of these amazing prints will be sold at the benefit event on Sunday, February 22nd.

To find out more about the benefit concert in LA entitled “A Suite for Ma Dukes” click here or contact The Luckman Arts Complex box office at (323) 343-6600. All ticket and print proceeds will go directly to Ms. Yancey.
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Green Lantern Uni-Formz Vinyl Figures

Last weekend at Toy Fair 2009, DC Direct unveiled the third figure in their fledgling limited edition Uni-Formz designer toy line. As previously announced, they have chosen the next Uni-Formz release to be the DC Comics super-hero Green Lantern. Like the Batman and Superman Uni-Formz vinyl figures, Green Lantern will be released with three different colorways: Modern, Power Glow and Guardian.

DC Direct Uni-Formz – Modern Green Lantern Vinyl Figure
While I think Hal Jordan looks great in Uni-Formz’ urban inspired chunky vinyl form, I question why they chose to release two colorways, Modern and Guardian, that look almost identical. To be honest I can barely tell them apart, with the only difference between the two figures being one Green Lantern's costume is more of a metallic green. Jordan has been patrolling Sector 2814 as Earth’s Green Lantern since the 1950’s, with all that history you'd think there would be a better third colorway option than Guardian.

DC Direct Uni-Formz – Guardian Green Lantern Vinyl Figure
The coolest of the three colorways has to be Power Glow Green Lantern, which depicts Hal Jordan encapsulated by his Green Lantern Power Ring. If I hadn’t already decided that I wanted to collect each figure’s classic look I might have changed my mind and picked this figure instead.

DC Direct Uni-Formz – Power Glow Green Lantern Vinyl Figure
The limited edition Green Lantern Uni-Formz vinyl figures feature 12 points of articulation, stand approximately 8 inches tall, are packaged in a deluxe 4-color window box and will retail for around $60 each. The Green Lantern Uni-Formz figures are scheduled for release sometime during December of 2009.

Thanks to Toy News International and Action-Figure.com for the photos above!
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Lost Wednesdays - Duff Goldman and Charm City Cakes Invade The Island

Jorge Garcia (Lost’s Hurly) revealed on his blog Dispatches from the Island that Duff Goldman and the Charm City Cakes crew were in Hawaii recently to make an amazing cake in honor of Lost’s 100th episode. (link) The cake, seen below, will be featured in an upcoming episode of Ace of Cakes on the Food Network.

Lost & Ace of Cakes - A Lost Themed Cake in Honor of Lost's 100th Episode Created by Charm City Cakes
The Blot has been a huge fan of Ace of Cakes for years, and needless to say I can’t wait for this episode to air in May! It looks like Charm City Cakes' team of cake designers went all out on this one because the details on this Lost themed cake are amazing! To see more photos of the Charm City Cakes designed Lost cake celebrating the show’s 100th episode click here.

Lost & Ace of Cakes - A Close Up of the Lost Themed Cake made in Honor of Lost's 100th Episode by Charm City Cakes (A Polar Bear Comic Book Page, Hurley, & Jacob's Luggage Tag)
Lost airs every Wednesday night on ABC at 9/8c, while Ace of Cakes airs every Thursday night on the Food Network at 10/9c.
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Lost - This Place Is Death

You know what is amazing about Lost? Every time I think an episode is sub-par, the show comes right back the very next week with an amazing episode like “This Place Is Death.” Last week’s episode was such a treat for long time Lost fans as it touched upon so many previous storylines like the smoke monster, the temple, Danielle Rousseau, the mysterious sickness that over comes her friends and the radio tower.

Lost - Melissa Farman as a young Danielle RousseauI thought it was very interesting to learn that not only did the smoke monster kill some of her shipmates, but it was what turned the French survivors against one another. To see Danielle actually kill her baby’s father was really quite shocking, even though we all knew it was coming. These scenes are classic Lost, giving us a few answers while leaving us with even bigger questions about the smoke monster and its purpose on the island. I thought it was interesting to see smokey try to pull Rousseau’s companions down that hole. It was eerily reminiscent of the time smokey tried to pull John Locke down a similar hole. Now I wonder if there is a connection between the two or if that is just how the smoke monster operates.

I was surprised to find out that it was not Rousseau’s group who originally started the radio broadcast coming from the island’s large radio tower. Weren’t we led to believe they started the transmission as an SOS to help get off the island? Now we know there is more to the radio broadcast than we first believed, as we have come to learn it the radio broadcast was already counting towards something well before Rousseau and her French companions ever landed on to the island.

Lost - Elizabeth Mitchell as Juliet Burke, Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis & Jeremy Davies as Daniel FaradayAs for Charlotte Lewis, I don’t really have much to say about her death for a number of reasons. The main reason is because I knew it was coming. They had been alluding to her death for weeks now and then there was the news that unlike Jeremy Davies and Ken Leung (who play Daniel Faraday and Miles Straume respectively), Rebecca Mader had not been bumped up to a series regular for this season. I always thought there would be so much more to Charlotte’s back story, so I was a little disappointed that her entire history with the island boiled down to a one or two sentence story told right before her death. Obviously we’ll be seeing Charlotte as a child again one day soon, but it seems like her story is really just a part of Faraday’s over all story.

Lost - Fionnula Flanagan as Ms. HawkingNow on to some minor observations…it was great seeing Desmond reunite with other members of the Oceanic 6. I thought the look on Ben’s face when Desmond showed up was classic. It became very apparent that Ben did not know Desmond had gotten off the island, and I always find it pretty amusing when the know-it-all Benjamin Linus finds out something he wasn't aware of. This scene also confirmed what we were all assuming, that Eloise Hawking is in fact Daniel Faraday’s mother.

Lost - Daniel Dae Kim as Jin Kwon
The one thing I am thankful for this episode is that Jin was reunited with the remaining Losties relatively quickly. I was worried Lost was going to drag this storyline on forever, but I guess with time running out until the series finale all storylines will be moving at light speed. I am hoping this applies to the Oceanic 6 returning to the island as well!

Lost - Terry O'Quinn as John Locke
And lastly, how great is every scene that involves Christian Shephard (John Terry)!?! That scene between Christian and Locke at the end was just plain awesome. My only question now is did Locke turning the wheel move the island or did it just knock it out of the time loop? Since Christian told John he had to be the one to move the island I am assuming that is exactly what happened. I guess we now know how Locke finally gets off the island, all that is left to find out is how he dies!
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Minosu Ushi-Oni Custom Munny by Huck Gee

This Friday Huck Gee is releasing the latest figure in his Gold Life series. The bull headed, golden armored, hammer wielding, skull crushing beastie seen below is known worldwide as the legendary Minosu Ushi-Oni. The Blot has to say, I think this is my new all time favorite custom! How cool is this figure!?!

Minosu Ushi-Oni Custom Munny by Huck Gee
Minosu Ushi-Oni is the sole guardian of the secret mountain retreat of the Glorious Soaring Munks, patrolling the labyrinth-like grounds on his massive golden bull. Few have dared to trespass, and none have walked away with their heads intact. Although, if you listen to what some say, Raku has seen the inside of those grounds and lived to tell the tale.

The Back of the Minosu Ushi-Oni Custom Munny by Huck Gee
Minosu Ushi-Oni goes on sale this Friday, February 20, 2009 at Noon PDT. Each hand painted custom Munny is numbered, signed, and comes with all of the accessories shown above. Minosu Ushi-Oni is limited to just 10 figures and will sell for $800 each exclusively at Huck’s eBay Store.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Custom Mighty Muggs From MuggLab.com

MuggLab.com logoSince The Blot is always talking about custom Mighty Muggs, I thought it was about time to show you some of the great customizing work being done by artists from around the world. The best place to check out the latest in custom Mighty Muggs is MuggLab.com, which showcases some of the greatest hand painted custom Mighty Muggs I’ve ever seen. MuggLab has an awesome, easy to navigate database of the work of almost 50 different artists and it’s growing every day.

This first custom Mighty Mugg is probably one of my all time favorites and it comes from the creator of MuggLab, Dr. Mugg. Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo is one of The Blot’s all time favorite comic books (which I’ve been reading faithfully for over 15 years), so of course I was really excited to see the long-eared ronin in Mighty Muggs form!

Usagi Yojimbo Custom Mighty Mugg by Dr. Mugg

Custom Usagi Yojimbo Mighty Mugg by Dr. Mugg
He-Man Custom Mighty Mugg by yabemc

Custom He-Man Mighty Mugg by yabemc
Watchmen Rorschach Custom Mighty Mugg by KSC

Custom Rorschach Mighty Mugg by KSC
Stan Lee Custom Mighty Mugg by Jodi Moisan

Custom Stan Lee Mighty Mugg by Jodi Moisan
If you like what you see above, check out each individual artist’s website and MuggLab for the latest custom Mighty Muggs creations.
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G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - First Look at Cobra Commander

This post may mark the beginning of the end of The Blot’s love affair with G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Let me preface things by stating this post does not include any actual photos of Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander. Instead, The Blot is posting the next best thing, the first leaked photos of an official movie tie-in Cobra Commander action figure. How Hasbro let these photos get out is beyond me!

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes Action Figures - Duke and Cobra Commander in Package
Since the character’s look in the upcoming live action G.I. Joe movie is still in lockdown, this is really all we have to go by. And sadly, I am thoroughly disappointed! While I have loved everything I have seen about this movie to date, this bizarre alien looking Cobra Commander wannabe looks horrible. This is not the Cobra Commander I grew up, and after seeing this I’m now extremely worried about what Destro’s mask will look like in the film. Hopefully Hasbro and Paramount will give us an official look at the live action Cobra Commander soon.

G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra Combat Heroes Action Figures - Duke and Cobra Commander Back of Package
G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra debuts in theaters August 7, 2009.
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Monday, February 16, 2009

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant Win The 2009 NBA All Star Game MVP Award

Never in a million years did The Blot expect the 2009 NBA All Star Game to end the way it did last night. I was particularly excited for this year’s exhibition game because it would be the first time Shaq and Kobe have played together on the same team since O’Neal’s departure from the LA Lakers almost five years ago.

2009 NBA All Star Game - NBA All Star Game Co-MVPs Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant
As many of you know Shaq is my all time favorite player and the Lakers are my all time favorite team, so it was pretty awesome for The Blot to watch Shaq and Kobe playing happily together under the tutelage of Lakers head coach Phil Jackson again, if only for one night. I honestly didn’t expect Shaq to play significant minutes in what could be his final All Star Game appearance, but when he came out during player introductions and did that sick dance with The Jabbawockeez, a hip-hop dance group, I knew he had one last great performance in him. And boy did he!

2009 NBA All Star Game - Shaquille O'Neal Dancing With The Jabbawockeez During Player Introductions
2009 NBA All Star Game - Kobe Bryant Dunking on Dwight HowardAfter the West went down 20-10 early in the game, Shaq and Kobe helped spark their team to a 19-0 run, which unknowingly put the West up for the remainder of the night. O’Neal finished the game with more points (17) than minutes played (11) and put on an amazing show that was capped with a pass between Dwight Howards legs to Chris Paul, who then passed the ball back to a cutting Shaq who finished the play with an emphatic dunk. Shaq’s output was also a new All Star Game record for most points scored in under 15 minutes of play. Kobe on the other hand finished with a game high 27 points to lead the Western Conference All Stars in a commanding victory over the Eastern Conference 146-119.

2009 NBA All Star Game - Shaq Backing Down Dwight HowardWhat’s really amazing about last night was how friendly Kobe and Shaq were to each other before and during the game. Shaq even went so far as to call Bryant the hands down best player in the league. Shaq seems to be making a concerted effort to finally let go of the animosity between he and Bryant, and is making some really crazy overtones about a possible return to the Lakers to finish out his career once his contract with the Phoenix Suns expires. This is music to The Blot’s ears, but whether or not Lakers owner Jerry Buss or Bryant would ever let this happen is another question entirely.

2009 NBA All Star Game - Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant Speaking to the Media after Winning the 2009 NBA All Star Game MVP Award
As co-MVPs, Kobe and Shaq have now each won the award three times. This ties them with Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson for the second most All Star MVP Awards received behind Bob Pettit’s four.
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My Chemical Romance Watchmen Music Video and Picture Disc Vinyl Record

While The Blot is not really a fan of My Chemical Romance, I think it’s pretty cool that as fans of the Watchmen graphic novel the band was able to do these tie-ins with the upcoming live action movie. Not only have they recorded a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Desolation Row” to be used in the film, they shot an awesome Watchmen inspired video for the movie and are releasing the single on an official Watchmen Picture Disc vinyl record.

My Chemical Romance - Desolation Row Single on a Watchmen Picture Disc Vinyl Record
You really don’t see bands get this involved with a movie anymore (unless of course they are creating the film’s entire score/soundtrack), so these tie-ins are an unexpected treat. The “Desolation Row” music video was actually directed by Watchmen director Zach Snyder, and I think he and My Chemical Romance did a great job with it. Check out the song and the music video below!

The My Chemical Romance “Desolation Row” Music Video


The Watchmen 12” Picture Disc, which features the Watchmen Smiley Face logo on one side and the Rorschach City Scene on the other, has two songs on it. Side A is My Chemical Romance’s “Desolation Row” while Side B is “Prison Fight” by Tyler Bates from the Watchmen Original Motion Picture Score. The record can be purchased here directly from the My Chemical Romance online store for the sale price of $11.99.

Watchmen debuts in theaters on March 6, 2009.
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Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Philippines

This week’s episode is very cool because it features No Reservations fan Augusto, a runner up from last season’s Fan-atic Special, as one of Tony’s hosts through the Philippines. Even though Augusto wasn't picked for the Fan-atic Special, he made quite an impression on Tony, and in turn, is treated to a reunion with his family and “the best pig…ever” at a spectacularly large cookout.

A video preview of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - Philippines


During Bourdain’s trip to the Philippines he delves deep into what it means to be Filipino by exploring their history and the many prominent cultures of the nation’s many islands. While it would be impossible for Tony to visit all 7,107 islands that make up the Philippines, he does a great job of experiencing a huge cross section of the country’s varied and unique food culture. In this episode Bourdain travels to Manila, Pampanga, and Cebu, visits a Filipino dampa and dines on some incredible food including adobo shrimp, sisig, crab, goat heads soup, ox tail and lechon (a.k.a a suckling pig).

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations airs every Monday at 10/9c on the Travel Channel.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Joss Whedon's Dollhouse Premieres Tonight On FOX

After months of anticipation, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse will finally premiere tonight on FOX at 9/8c. Whedon has become one of the unofficial kings of pop culture and amassed a serious cult following after creating some truly great stories on television, the internet and in comic books (Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Dr. Horrible, Astonishing X-Men). Don’t get me wrong, the guy is a genius and I love his work, but for some reason his shows aren’t always as successful as they should be.

Dollhouse Television Poster
Take Dollhouse for instance. Besides being given the timeslot of death (Friday nights at 8!?!), there were rumors of rewrites, reshoots and recasting from the very start. Plus, no matter how FOX and the show’s producers want to spin it, a network never airs a show on Friday nights if it sees a potential hit. Friday nights is where shows go to die. On the positive side, FOX has invested a ton of time and money into this new series and I don’t think anyone wants to see Dollhouse fail.

Dollhouse Season 1 Cast Photo
Even after all those negatives I am still excited to watch tonight’s series premiere! Besides being written by the great Joss Whedon, it also stars some of The Blot’s favorite actors: Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Tru Calling) and Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica). The show’s plot sounds a little convoluted, so make sure you read Dollhouse’s official show overview here or at the very least read this short excerpt about the show's storyline:
Dushku’s character Echo is an "Active," a member of a highly illegal and underground group of individuals who have had their personalities wiped clean so they can be imprinted with any number of new personas. Hired by the wealthy, powerful and connected, the Actives don't just perform their hired roles, they wholly become -- with mind, personality and physiology -- whomever the client wants or needs them to be. Whether imprinted to be a lover, an assassin, a corporate negotiator or a best friend, the Actives know no other life than the specific engagements they are in at that time.
For more background information on Dollhouse click here.
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Star Wars Mighty Muggs Internet Exclusive Wave Photos

While it’s not quite February 25th, it looks like Hasbro has prematurely unveiled what four characters will be included in its upcoming Star Wars Mighty Muggs Internet Exclusive Wave by releasing official photos of the figures. Sadly it’s been the worst kept secret since we’ve already seen leaked photos of three of the four figures and the fourth figure had been rumored for some time. Regardless, it’s a very cool set that includes Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear, Episode IV Obi-Wan Kenobi, a Gamorrean Guard and a Biker Scout Trooper.

Star Wars Mighty Muggs Internet Exclusive Wave - Luke Skywalker in Hoth Gear
Star Wars Mighty Muggs Internet Exclusive Wave - Episode IV Obi-Wan Kenobi Mighty Mugg
The Blot still can’t figure out how Episode IV Ben Kenobi can be considered a never before seen Mighty Muggs character since he was a part of Wave 2, but I’ll let it slide. I guess it’s partially true since Sir Alec Guinness has never been recreated in Mighty Mugg form.

Star Wars Mighty Muggs Internet Exclusive Wave - Gamorrean Guard Mighty Mugg
Star Wars Mighty Muggs Internet Exclusive Wave - Biker Scout Trooper Mighty Mugg
What has me the most excited about this Wave is the Gamorrean Guard Mighty Mugg. His horns are a new feature on the classic Mighty Muggs platform and should be a great new accessory for customizers to play with. I expect some killer devil Mighty Muggs to hit the web as soon as these Muggs are released.

No official release date is known for this Wave yet. Keep checking back for more details!
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Watchmen IMAX One Sheet Movie Poster

This news made The Blot laugh. After previously announcing the last Watchmen promo movie poster the film’s final one sheet, Warner Bros. goes and releases another new poster! I guess Warner Bros. just couldn’t help themselves anymore after already releasing somewhere around 20 promotional posters for Watchmen’s March release.

Watchmen IMAX Theatrical One Sheet Movie Poster
This poster is specifically for Watchmen’s release in IMAX theaters. I always assumed Watchmen would be released in IMAX, but it’s good to see we finally have confirmation of this. I can not wait to see this movie’s crazy special effects in hi-def on a giant IMAX screen! My only problem with this poster is that it’s just a little too much. I love these characters and all, but do we really need such an up close and personal shot of the film’s cast?

Watchmen debuts in theaters in just over three weeks on March 6, 2009.
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Obey Giant - Red Japanese Fabric Pattern Print Set by Shepard Fairey

As you may or may not have heard, Mr. Fairey was recently arrested for “an old graffiti charge from 2000 as the artist was on his way to the Institute of Contemporary Art in South Boston” for the opening night of his newest exhibit, Supply and Demand. (link) Fairey was released later that evening, and thankfully everything seems back to normal already. He’s even found time to produce a new OBEY Giant print! On Friday, February 13, 2009 OBEY will be releasing an all new red Japanese Fabric Pattern four print set.

Obey Giant - Japanese Fabric Pattern Print Set (Red) by Shepard Fairey
I think Fairey’s pattern print sets are always really stunning and well crafted, and this latest release is no exception. The Japanese Fabric Pattern Set (Red) is limited to a production run of just 100 sets and includes all four prints seen here (each print measures 18” x 18”). Each set of four prints will be $120 and sold on the OBEY Giant website. While the exact time this print set will go on sale is a mystery, for those persistent few Friday will be a very exciting day.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Blot’s Jigsaw Mighty Mugg Giveaway

The Blot is extremely excited for my very first giveaway. Starting today, The Blot is giving away one of the rarest and hardest to find Mighty Muggs around, a Toys R Us exclusive Marvel Legends Jigsaw Mighty Mugg! To enter the drawing all you have to do is leave a comment in this very blog post. I like to think of this as a thank you to all the loyal The Blot Says… readers out there!

The Blot Says... Jigsaw Mighty Mugg Giveaway
And please spread the word about this contest to any other Mighty Muggs fans out there who aren’t yet reading The Blot Says… We can always use more Mighty Muggs enthusiasts reading and commenting here! For those of you not into Mighty Muggs don’t worry, The Blot’s already lined up another giveaway for next month.

Make sure you include your email address in your comment so I have a way to contact you if you win. I’ll be taking entries for the next two weeks ending on February 25th. After that I’ll put all the names in a hat and pick out a winner. Please, only one entry per person. Sorry to all our overseas readers, but this contest is only open to residents of the US and Canada.
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Lost - The Little Prince

Lost - William Blanchette as Aaron and Evangeline Lilly as Kate AustenThe Blot hates to admit this, but the reason it’s taken me this long to blog about last week’s episode of Lost is because I was really underwhelmed by its pacing. The more I find out about the story of the Oceanic 6 the less I care. While I didn’t know from the start that it was Ben who was behind the custody battle over Aaron, did it really come as a surprise? Ben manipulates, that’s what he does. How else could he convince Kate that both she and Aaron needed to return to the island? If anything, that big reveal was just annoying.

Lost - Daniel Dae Kim as Jin KwonThe second big reveal from last week’s episode was that Jin is alive! I’m so glad they didn’t drag this little tidbit out because it was quite possibly the worst kept secret in the history of Lost. The fact of the matter is not only was Daniel Dae Kim still appearing in Lost advertisements, he was included in the Season 5 cast photo and in the opening credits. Typically when a character is killed off of a show that actor is no longer a part of the cast and they don’t use them in promos for the upcoming season. The perfect example of this is Emilie de Ravin.

Lost - Emilie de Ravin as Claire LittletonDe Ravin’s character Claire hasn’t even been killed off, but once the show's producers determined she would not be appearing in Season 5 (don’t worry she’ll be back for all of Season 6), they removed her from the opening credits, she did not appear in the Season 5 cast photo and they definitely haven't used her in Lost's television ads anymore. I know I might be over thinking this, but Lost challenges its audience to think. So why then does ABC and its marketing department continue to think we’re stupid by giving away such important details like the fact that Jin is still a part of the show?

Lost - Melissa Farman as a young and pregnant Danielle Rousseau and Daniel Dae Kim as Jin KwonThe most exciting reveal had to be the return of Danielle Rousseau. She may not be back from the grave, but this is definitely the next best thing! I had read we would be finding out more about Rousseau and her fellow castaways sometime in the next two seasons and it’s great to know that time is finally here. Rousseau has been around since the beginning of the show and yet is still a complete mystery to both the Losties and us Lost fans. I’m interested in finding out if the sickness that afflicted her friends is the same sickness that is now killing Charlotte and Miles, and most of all I can’t wait to see how Ben ultimately steals Alex away from Danielle.

Lost - Alexandra Krosney as the Other EloiseOther than these three big reveals, I don’t think much happened on the island or off. It has been brought to my attention that we might know more about Ms. Hawking that I first realized. **SPOILER** It turns out that the possible mother to Daniel Faraday has the same first name, Eloise, as the young female Other who led Daniel by gun point to the hydrogen bomb. Her first name was mentioned in the enhanced version of “The Lie.” What a crazy twist that turned out to be!?!? I’m excited to find out what impact this revelation will have on the outcome of the show, as well as what part Jughead the hydrogen bomb will play. I guess we'll all find out more come Thursday night!
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Watchmen Kubrick Figures

The Blot had a feeling when Medicom Toy first announced the release of its line of Watchmen 100% Be@rbirck figures that the Japanese toy company would follow those figures up with a line of 100% Watchmen Kubrick figures. We now have confirmation that Medicom is in fact releasing a series of blind box Watchmen Kubrick vinyl figures later in the year. The upcoming Kubrick series will include The Comedian, Nite Owl II, Ozymandias, Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach and Silk Spectre II.

Watchmen Kubrick Vinyl Figures - The Comedian & Nite Owl II
Watchmen Kubrick Vinyl Figures - Ozymandias & Dr. Manhattan
No word yet on what the ratios of each figure will be, but it can be expected that one of the main six characters will be pretty hard to find. I am also expecting at least one, maybe two, super rare mystery chase figures to be included in the Watchmen Kubrick series. My guess is one of those mystery chase figures will probably be a Silk Spectre I Kubrick.

Watchmen Kubrick Vinyl Figures - Rorschach & Silk Spectre II
Look for the Watchmen Kubrick series to hit stores sometime during June of 2009. A case of 24 blind boxed figures will retail for around $260, so each blind box should sell for between $10-11.
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