Wednesday, March 31, 2010
It sounds like the Mono version of Kaws’ Dissected Be@rbrick is already sold out at most retailers, but if you can find them for retail, the 1000% Be@rbrick sells for $299.99 while the 100% and 400% Be@rbrick set retails for $124.99.
Utilizing reflexive technology to increase the wearer's reflexes, strength and ability to leap, combined with the charged capacitive armor piercing claws, Nibbles is known to wreck pure havoc on the battlefield, and according to the rumors behind his nickname, and a long list of missing compatriots, off the battlefield too.
The hand painted Lance Corporal Nibbles custom Munny goes on sale this Friday, April 2nd, at noon PDT and can be purchased directly from Huck at his brand spanking new online store. Each figure is signed, numbered and comes with the accessories shown above. Only 10 Lance Corporal Nibbles figures have been created, and each figure will retail for $750.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
One of the coolest parts of the ad campaign for The Losers live action movie adaptation is that they took the cover artwork to The Losers #12 and adapted it into the movie promo poster above. Then they took it one step further by reproducing the comic’s artwork with the film’s actual cast. It was a killer idea that was executed to perfection. I seriously can’t believe no comic book themed movie had ever done this before!
The Losers is scheduled to premiere in theaters on April 23, 2010, and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Clay, Zoe Saldana as Aisha, Chris Evans as Jensen, Idris Elba as Roque, Columbus Short as Pooch, Óscar Jaenada as Cougar and Jason Patric as Max.
While it’s not my favorite version of Hurley, I do love Bif Bang Pow!’s line of Lost bobble heads, and this is definitely another must get. The Hugo Reyes Mr. Cluck’s Lost bobble head stands on a base featuring Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack logo and comes holding a boomerang. The Hurley bobble head is made out of resin and stands 7" tall. While the bobble head won’t ship until August 2010, it is available for pre-order here from EntertainmentEarth.com right now for $12.99.
The 3” hand painted Zombie Rising Buff Monster vinyl figure has a edition size of 10 (+1 A/P) and goes on sale today, March 30, at 10am PST at Buff Monster’s online store for $200.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Truth be told, we learned more in last week’s episode than I ever thought we would, and “Ab Aeterno” definitely lived up to the hype we all placed on it. Fans have been clamoring for the back story of Richard Alpert for years, and the writers of Lost definitely made it worth our wait! I for one am glad to find out Richard’s story is so intricate to the history and mythology of the island…now if they’d only explain how and why Jacob formed the Others and allowed the Dharma Initiative to live on the island. I’m also dying to find out how and why Richard was allowed to leave the island these past 100 years.
Before I discuss “Ab Aeterno” any further, I’d like to bring up a killer subplot of “Recon” I totally glossed over while reviewing it. It was brought up by a reader on Pop Candy’s Lost in a Flash and it is spot on! I can’t believe I didn’t put two and two together. As you may remember, while Ben was digging his own grave, FLocke appeared and told him he had placed a rifle 200 yards away to help him escape from Ilana. Flocke added that once he escaped he should come to the Hydra station because that’s where his group would be. The first issue I had with this scene is that if FLocke wanted to free Ben why didn’t he just kill Ilana, or at the very least, bring the gun to him there. Why plant it 200 yards away? It seemed like just another pointless test Lost likes to include in episodes.
But that issue is really more of a red herring. The real issue is that FLocke told Ben to meet him at the Hydra station. Which is all fine and good, except FLocke’s group wasn’t really at the Hydra station. It was Widmore’s team that was at the Hydra station, so FLocke was really leading Ben into the clutches of his mortal enemy, Charles Widmore. It looks like FLocke was trying to kill two birds with one stone, by getting Ben to kill Ilana before leading Ben to his death at the hands of Charles Widmore. So, was FLocke trying to get Ben killed or was he sending Ben to the Hydra station so he could also kill Widmore? Has Ben already served his purpose, or is Ben FLocke’s new killing machine? Just think, in two episodes (and with FLocke’s help) Ben might have killed off Jacob, Ilana and Widmore!
And now back to “Ab Aeterno.” I wish I had more to say about this episode, but I’m still processing Richard’s claim that the island is hell! Is the Man in Black really the devil or just evil incarnate...and is there really a difference between the two? I know the island isn’t really hell, but what the heck is going on!?! One thing I can say about last week's episode is that I think it's truly amazing that after 5 1/2 seasons the show can produce an episode this good and it only feature the show's original characters for something like 3 minutes! That just doesn't happen on network television, and kudos to the people behind Lost and ABC for being gutsy enough to try it.
I do have two theories/questions stemming from last week’s episode and I’d like to get everyone’s feedback. First the questions: since we know the island acts as a cork keeping evil trapped, because the island has sunk in the Flash Sideways, does that mean evil has been set free? Or does it mean evil has been vanquished and the island is no longer needed? And now on to my theory that’s been building over the past two episodes…in “Recon” we saw Widmore’s team setting up a sonic fence on the Hydra station. I originally thought this was to protect Widmore’s team from Smokey coming back to kill them. But, what if it was to trap Smokey on the Hydra station!?! Think of it as an even smaller jail cell on the 2nd island, which would finally free the main island from FLocke’s presence and allow Widmore to regain control of what he wants most in this world, the island. Things to make you go hmm…
Super7's own Joshua Herbolsheimer travels deep into imagination outer space for his first solo art show! Josh’s art show, Weirdearth, opens Saturday, April 17th, and features all new artwork as well as the release of the Outerspaced Rose Vampire. The Blot’s been begging for a clear Rose Vampire for months, and it’s finally here! This clear pearl Rose Vampire with blue and silver spray looks sick, and I can’t wait to add one to my collection in just a few short weeks.
The Blot assumes the Outerspaced Rose Vampire will go on sale Saturday, April 17th, at 11am PST at Super7’s online store, but I’m not 100% sure about that. The figure will probably retail for $30 each and sell out in just a few minutes.
Tony then visits the Linh Phong Monastery Pagoda where over 30 women live and worship together. They practice both Buddhism and vegetarianism, and they don't eat meat because they don’t believe in killing anything, including animals. Bourdain is surprised to find that the vegetarian dishes prepared at the monastery are flavorful and spicy. Next, Tony visits Thu Khoi, a popular spot for motorbike taxi drivers in the Central Highlands. Tony and Linh arrive at 8:30 in the morning for the house specialties, which include wild boar and Java-Mouse deer. At first Tony refuses to eat the Java-Mouse deer because he has a thing with rodents, but Linh quickly figures out a way to trick him into it.
After spending time in the mountains, Tony heads to Hanoi where the streets are bustling with motorbikes and young adults. Their first stop in Hanoi is a no name restaurant that specializes in birds and insects. They try minced turtle dove, deep fried sparrow, and sticky rice with ant larvae. I don’t know about you, but I’m not feeling that meal at all! The episode ends just the way you’d expect, with lots of heavy drinking. Tony and friends visit a themed restaurant near the banks of the Red River, which patrons often visit to drink rice wine and watch the cock fighting out back. As Tony points out, the rice wine is really more of a liquor, especially since its alcohol content is 48%.
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations airs Monday nights at 10/9c only on the Travel Channel.
Friday, March 26, 2010
The Stick Up! v2.0 t-shirt comes in two colors (pink and green), and only 500 of each tee will ever be produced. You can purchase these awesome shirts directly from Gold Coin at their online store.
Ollie, the Twitterrific mascot (who is also often recognized as the Twitter mascot), is an adorable little bluebird that loves to chat about what’s going on. He makes the perfect gift for any fan of designer toys and those who love to tweet, tweet, tweet.
The Mono Vintage Version of Ollie the Twitterrific Bird is 4” tall, limited to just 100 figures and can be purchased directly from Strangekiss here.
Ollie, the Twitterrific bird (who is also often recognized as the Twitter mascot), is an adorable little bluebird that loves to chat about what’s going on. He’s available now directly from Strangekiss.com or Iconfactory.com for $19.95, and makes the perfect gift for any fan of designer toys and those who love to tweet, tweet, tweet. Designed by David Lanham, the StrangeKiss x Iconfactory Ollie the Twitterrific Bird vinyl figure is 4 inches tall and rotocast in high quality vinyl for a soft, yet sturdy feel.
And that’s not all! I was excited to find out Strangekiss and Iconfactory also produced an Iconfactory.com exclusive Ollie the Twitterrific mascot flocked vinyl figure. How cool is that!?! It’s exactly the same as the OG Ollie, but flocked, and can be yours for just $26.95 from the Iconfactory online store. The Blot’s a big fan of flocked figures, so I might have to splurge for this cute little furry guy.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Created especially for Walt Disney World and Disneyland, the blank 9” Mickey Mouse Vinylmation figure can be purchased here for $39.95.
Amanda Visell’s new blind boxed mini figure series retails for $9.95 each and can be found at Kidrobot stores, kidrobot.com and select retailers on April 1.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
“Blue Apple” by David Flores is a 4 color screen print that has an edition size of only 30 prints. Each 16”x20” print comes signed and numbered by the artist and retails for $50. You can purchase “Blue Apple” from the Someothing.Ill online store here.
Only 10 of these massive 9 ½”x9” Skullheads were created, each hand cast in pure bronze. The Fully Visual x Huck Gee Skullhead bronze sculpture will retail for $1700 each and go on sale tomorrow, Thursday, March 25th at 10am PST exclusively at the Fully Visual online store.
I’ve got to say, when Kidrobot first announced its new line of Kidrobot Black figures, The Blot was really excited. It sounded like a real attempt by the designer toy company to go back to its roots, but we’re now two figures in and I’m feeling extremely underwhelmed. After the line’s first release, the Midnight Magi by Gary Baseman, I was really hoping to be blown away by KR’s second Black figure. Oh well, I guess third time’s a charm!?!
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The Kick-Ass propaganda poster is a spoof of the classic "I Want You For U.S. Army" posters featuring Uncle Sam, while the Hit Girl poster is based on the World War II era “We Can Do It” poster featuring Rosie the Riveter. Anyone know what piece of propaganda the Red Mist’s poster is based on?
Kick-Ass is scheduled to premiere in theaters on April 16, 2010.
The “Eddie” screen print by Joshua Budich will go on sale today (Tuesday, March 23rd), sometime after noon PST, and will retail for $55 each. Each 19”x25” print comes signed & numbered by the artist and has a limited edition run size of just 200 prints. “Eddie” can be purchased directly from Joshua Budich at his online store.
“Wait a second, look at these pictures again.
Barney has the same pose in each shot
and these are like years apart.” - Robin
Ah yes, about that.
I never take a bad picture.
Never have, never will.
“There has to be a bad picture of you.” - Robin
Nope, not one.
“What about from elementary school?
Everyone has bad pictures from school.” - Robin
Not the Barnacle.
I always look drop dead, stone cold amazing.
Unlike Marshall who just looks dead, stoned and cold.
How I Met Your Mother
Monday, March 22, 2010
When FLocke explained to Kate how and why Claire was crazy I almost threw something at my TV. After two years the only answer we get is that Smokey needed Claire to help him in his war against the Others, so he tricked her into hating them!?! I expect so much more from Lost and its writers, and this seemed like a weak copout to me. I really, really hope this isn’t a sign of things to come.
As for those loony scenes between Kate and Claire, they really freaked me out! Emilie de Raven is doing a fantastic job playing crazy, and I can’t wait to see her go nuts on Kate again (we all know it’s going to happen right?). What really terrified me was the look on Sayid’s face as Claire tried to kill Kate. He’s totally out of it and doesn’t seem to care about anyone or anything anymore. Naveen Andrews has always been able to convey a wide range of emotions with just a turn of his head and a piercing look, and in “Recon” he delivered once again. I don’t know what’s going on with Sayid, but I fear for anyone that gets in his way.
After talking about “Recon” with some fellow Lost fans, I was surprised to learn that not everyone is as interested in this upcoming war over the island as I am. In some respects I agree with them that too much of the show has centered around the island’s new found mythology, and not enough time on the show’s characters. Truth be told, Lost has never been just about the island, but it definitely became a huge part of the show these past two seasons, really ever since the characters first began time jumping.
I for one have really enjoyed watching the Losties pick sides for the impending battle over the island, but throwing in a third team, Team Widmore, this late in the game may have been unwise. We don’t know anything about these new characters from Widmore’s sub, and it’s hard to want to give them a chance knowing all of the terrible things Charles has done over the years. Regardless, the rest of this season is definitely going to be focusing on the upcoming battle between FLocke’s team of crazies and the combined forces of Team Widmore and Team Jacob, so we’d better get used it (and ready for some action).
I know I mentioned it earlier, but how awesome was this week’s Sawyer-centric Flash Sideways!?! Learning that Sawyer and Miles ended up as partners on the police force was just too damn cool. If ABC had half a brain, they’d already be developing an hour long police dramedy spin-off staring Sawyer and Miles. That’s the show they should be making instead of a Hawaii 5-O remake!
I enjoyed learning Charlotte works with Miles’ father at the museum in the Flash Sideways, and that she’s still an adventure seeking archeologist. But what really made this week’s Flash Sideways stand out was the twist that Sawyer had become a cop instead of a con-man. Thankfully, he’s still searching for the real Sawyer, a.k.a. Anthony Cooper, and now that Miles is in on the hunt, I’ve got a feeling this storyline is going to get really interesting really fast. Thankfully, with only ten or eleven more hours of Lost left, we won’t have to wait that much longer for a resolution to Sawyer’s quest for vengeance.
No big theories this week, but tomorrow night’s episode is going to be HUGE!!! From my understanding, it’s a Richard-centric episode and features an old school Flash Back instead of a Flash Sideways. The episode is entitled "Ab Aeterno,” which is Latin for “since the beginning of time” or, more figuratively, “since a very long time ago.” (link) I can’t wait!
For those of you unfamiliar with the Canadian slacker, here’s the skinny: “Scott Pilgrim's life is awesome. He's 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything's fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ms. Flowers isn't covered in rose petals. Ramona's seven evil ex-boyfriends stand in the way between Scott and true happiness. Can Scott beat the bad guys and get the girl without turning his life upside-down?”
The Scott Pilgrim live action movie, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, stars Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Ramona V. Flowers, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee, Anna Kendrick as Stacey Pilgrim, Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram, Alison Pill as Kim Pine, Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Gordon Graves, Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, Satya Bhabha as Matthew Patel, and Mark Webber as Stephen Stills. The film is scheduled to premiere on August 13, 2010.
Scott Pilgrim Volume 6, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, will be released on July 20, 2010 at bookstores everywhere.
Anthony’s first adventure while in Provence is to learn how to make aioli, a sauce made of garlic and olive oil. As simple as it sounds, this sauce takes time and care for the perfect consistency and taste. In fact, the woman preparing it refused to do so outside because the wind might have affected the outcome. She uses a mortar and pestle, while Tony snaps green beans next to her. This sauce is traditionally served on vegetables and fish, which is exactly what Tony and his friends have for lunch.
Next, it's an early rise for drinks at Bar du Marche. The local men have made this an early Sunday morning tradition with wine, cheese, and sausages. Tony chats with his tablemates about their opinions on Provence food versus other areas of France. Tony then gets a family history lesson from his friend Anne and sits down for a snacks and drinks. The drink of choice in this region is Ricard wine (ice cubes and all). According to Anne, the popularity of this drink is due to how refreshing it is and the fact that it helps with digestion.
After that, Tony tries his hand at a game called Pétanque, which is similar to Bocce. The game originated in Provence and the locals consider it a serious competition. Tony gets his you-know-what handed to him within just a few minutes! Bourdain then takes a tour the Domaine de Val Joanis winery. Interestingly, the soil is really rocky and unforgiving. The locals believe that the soil forces the grape vines to work harder and penetrate deeper, which provides a unique taste to the wine. Last but not least, Tony meets back up with his friend Anne at her dessert shop Au Petit Duc to try Calisson, a classic almond dessert. Anne ends up putting Tony to work in her kitchen to see just how good his dessert skills really are. I hope Tony brought his A game!
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations airs Monday nights at 10/9c on the Travel Channel.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Aaron Paul (Big Love) also stars as Jesse Pinkman, a former student of Walt’s and his partner in meth making. Paul’s performance in Season 2 was so captivating, I almost wish they had given his character more screen time over Walt. Jesse’s struggles with drug addiction were interesting, exciting and depressing all at once.
I can’t wait to see what Season 3 has in store for Walt, his family and his newly expanding drug cartel. In many ways, Breaking Bad has become the blue collar equivalent of The Sopranos, with the show focusing on both Walt’s home life and crime family, and how the two effect each other. I hear Season 3 has some crazy game changers early on, so expect a bumpy ride this year!
Breaking Bad airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on AMC.
I think my favorite part of the design is either the dead Azrael on Papa’s lower back or the P-A-P-A finger tattoos on his left hand. This is definitely not your parent’s Smurfs! As a reminder, the Threadless 10th Anniversary Sale is still going on and all t-shirts are on sale for just $10!
You can purchase this Smurfs inspired “It’s A Hard Life” at Threadless.com on sale for $10 (normally it retails for $18). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
Yesterday Threadless launched its 10th Anniversary Sale, and for 48 hours all t-shirts in stock are on sale for just $10! For those of you who love pop culture themed t-shirts this is a killer deal because Threadless has recently produced some awesome tees inspired by some of The Blot’s favorite movies, television shows and comics. Last week they released a Batman themed tee, and now comes the Star Wars inspired “Gentlemen Love Light Swords.”
As you can see, “Gentlemen Love Light Swords” takes some seriously old school photos of men playing golf and baseball and replaces their clubs and bats with lightsabers. It’s a cool idea that I think turned out even better after being printed on a crème t-shirt.
You can purchase the comic book inspired “Gentlemen Love Light Swords” at Threadless.com on sale for $10 (normally it retails for $18). The shirt comes in both guys and girls styles, sizes S-2XL.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
The Vinylmation Muppets Series 1 includes Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Rowlf the Dog, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beaker, Rizzo the Rat, The Swedish Chef, Sweetums, Statler and Waldorf, Bean Bunny and a mystery chase. The Muppets Series 1 chase figure has been confirmed to be a 55th Anniversary tuxedo wearing Kermit the Frog figure. If I could change one thing about this series, I would remove Sweetums and turn him into a 9” Vinylmation figure. He’s always been one of the biggest Muppets and a 3 inch figure just doesn’t do him justice.
Disney’s Vinylmation Muppets Series was released exclusively at Walt Disney World Resort on February 8th. This collection will be released at the Disneyland Resort sometime in March. These Resort exclusives are sure to be a hit with collectors and fans alike, so be sure to grab a few blind boxes when you have the chance, because you never know when these might sell out!
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
A short while ago Justin Hampton of PNE (Post Neo Explosionism) was contacted by movie director Todd Phillips. Phillips explained that he wanted to do something special for the cast and crew of his hit movie The Hangover, as it had become the highest grossing comedy of all time. A great rapport developed and Phillips commissioned PNE for a special project. He wanted Justin, Emek and Jermaine Rogers to create a set of commemorative rock-art style prints that embraced the no-holds-barred and reckless abandon of his hit film. "Make the posters...just wrong" Phillips said. With this inspiration, the trifecta set out to do just that. After months in development the project is now finished and the set of 3 prints is complete, each showcasing a different slant on the film.
In a special arrangement with Todd, the director has agreed to let PNE release a limited number of The Hangover print sets to the poster collecting community. This set of 3 screen printed posters will be released this Thursday, March 18th. The 3 prints measure 30”x20” and are available in a limited edition of only 100 signed and numbered sets, which will retail for $150. There is also a very limited edition of only 25 variant sets printed on holographic foil stock, which will retail for $200.
This set of 3 screen printed posters will be released on Thursday, March 18th, 2010 at 12 Noon PST on the official Post Neo Explosionism online store. You can find out more about each of the PNE The Hangover screen prints, as well as some very cool limited edition gifts that four lucky buyers will have the opportunity to snag, here.
One bonus gift is a fourth limited edition screen print created exclusively for Todd Phillips only and not made available at all to the general public. This bonus print (pictured above) was produced as a gift from PNE to Todd Phillips and the cast and crew of The Hangover. The image is sort of an inside-joke between PNE and Todd, and showcases the mysterious and raunchy Mr. Creepy (remember the scene in the elevator?). The character appears, under different credited names, in many of Phillips' films, and is always involved in the weirdest scenarios. In the film Road Trip, he makes an appearance on the bus wearing a track suit and a curly black wig. Mr. Creepy makes a cameo near the start of Old School, again, wearing a track suit and the same curly black wig. Let's just say that Todd Phillips absolutely loved this print, cleverly put together in beautiful day-glow by Justin Hampton.