Friday, February 20, 2009
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
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 airs every Wednesday night on ABC at 9/8c, while Ace of Cakes airs every Thursday night on the Food Network at 10/9c.
I 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.
As 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.
Now 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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
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!
If you like what you see above, check out each individual artist’s website and MuggLab for the latest custom Mighty Muggs creations.
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 debuts in theaters August 7, 2009.
Monday, February 16, 2009
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!
After 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.
What’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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, February 13, 2009
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.
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.
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.
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!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
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.
The 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.
De 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?
The 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.
Other 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!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
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.
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.