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Monday, January 31, 2011

New Thundercats Cartoon Toys to be revealed at Toy Fair 2011

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ThunderCats 4” Basic Figure – Lion-O



Crafted with great detail and quality, collectors and kids can play with or display their favorite ThunderCats heroes and villains in their own environment and recreate scenes from the animated television series. Each 4-inch figure comes with a weapon and/or accessory that is unique to each character and includes an exclusive embedded magnet activation system that allows the figure to interact with and activate unique features in multiple ThunderCats products, including the Deluxe ThunderTank. Available soon for $7.99.
 
 

ThunderCats Deluxe Vehicle with Figure



Storm into battle with the Deluxe ThunderTank and 4-inch Snarf Figure. Kids’ favorite ThunderCats figure can ride inside and unlock special ThunderTank features, including ―ThunderCats, Ho!‖ sound effects, with an exclusive embedded magnet technology. For serious action, launch ThunderBikes from the ThunderTank with the push of a button. Available soon for $29.99.
 
 
ThunderCats 8-Inch Collector Figure - Cheetara



Flash back to the original series with the iconic and classic heroes of ThunderCats with these 8-inch figures. These high-detail figures incorporate many of your favorites from the classic 80s series.


Available soon for $16.99.


ThunderCats Deluxe Roleplay Sword


Wield the power of Lion-O and become a ThunderCat with the mystic Sword of Omens! With an extendable blade, lights and sounds, kids can let their imaginations roar with Lion-O on his destined path to become king. Available now for $19.99.


ICON HERO





ThunderCats Staction Figures (PVC Figurines)


Lion-O, the Lord of the Thundercats is presented here in this highly detailed


polyresin statue! Lion-O wields the Sword of Omens with Claw Glove ready


for battle. Spared from the destruction of his planet Thundera, Lion-O leads


his team of heroes to protect the legendary Eye of Thundera. This statue


from Icon Heroes stands approximately 6-inches tall and includes a forest


environment base. Available now for $59.99.

First decent look at Snarf from the new Thundercats cartoon

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They say he looks a bit like a Pokemon..I can see that.  Enjoy.

New Batman Product!


These products are hitting stores this spring/summer.  We have your first look at them here on Legions of Gotham!  Enjoy.

Superman: The Man of Steel Movie 2012 - Supes is Cast!

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WB has announced that Henry Cavill will be the next man of steel!  The film will be directed by Zack Snyder and will release in December 2012 (the same year as the next Batman film!)

Superman: The Man of Steel Movie 2012 - Supes is Cast!

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WB has announced that Henry Cavill will be the next man of steel!  The film will be directed by Zack Snyder and will release in December 2012 (the same year as the next Batman film!)

Ed McGuinness Covers “The Death of Spider-Man”

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Ed McGuinness Covers “The Death of Spider-Man”
Marvel is proud to debut the variant cover to Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #157, from superstar artist Ed McGuinness! This. Is. It. The moment that will shatter the Ultimate Universe is here… and “The Death of Spider-Man” will leave no one unscathed.
“The Death of Spider-Man” launches this February in the pages of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates. Don’t miss out on the one story that will redefine the Ultimate Universe!
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #157 (FEB110524)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #157 McGUINNESS VARIANT (FEB110525)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils and Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Variant Cover by ED McGUINNESS
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC—3/21/11, On-Sale—4/13/11

Mezco Toys Making Thundercats Figures!

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At London Toy Fair Mezco announced the following.  Look for him to retail for around $100

This mega-scale figure measures over 20 inches tall from the tip of his upraised, extended sword to the soles of his Thunderian boots.

Featuring 7 points of articulation this mega figure is superbly detailed, perfectly capturing not only the iconic look of Lion-O as he appeared in the classic television series, but the essence, of Lion-O as he proudly raises the mystic Sword of Omens towards the heavens and roars out “Thundercats, Ho!” He comes complete with his impressive Claw Shield and a removable mystic Sword Of Omens.

Lion-O is packaged in a collector friendly window box that allows him to be displayed while remaining Mint In Box.

Links: www.ThundercatsAnimated.BlogSpot.com

Your First Look at the FINAL ISSUE OF FANTASTIC FOUR!

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Your First Look at the FINAL ISSUE OF FANTASTIC FOUR!

The end of the Fantastic Four is here! Huge choices that dramatically impact the Marvel Universe are made this February in Fantastic Four #588, from the superstar creative team of Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta and Mark Brooks! Following up on the sold-out hit Fantastic Four #587, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at the FINAL issue of the long-standing series, guest starring all your favorite Marvel heroes! But the story isn’t over yet because where one door closes, another opens. It’s now up to Reed, Sue, and Ben to make life-changing decisions of their own volition that set them on a course destined to change the Marvel Universe in Johnny’s honor!
 
“The reaction from fans and retailers to Fantastic Four #587 was overwhelming and we’re excited to show fans, who have been chomping at the bit, to see what’s next!” exclaims SVP of Sales, David Gabriel. “It may be the end of the series, but it’s the beginning of something much bigger.”
 
Say your final farewells to the Fantastic Four, this February in Fantastic Four #588!
 
FANTASTIC FOUR #588 (DEC100592)Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by NICK DRAGOTTA & MARK BROOKS
Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Rated A …$3.99
FOC – 1/31/11, On Sale 2/23/11

Young Justice Model Sheets!


These were recently posted on the Young Justice Facebook.  One of the show's character designers, Jerome K. Moore, posted the Brick model sheet for us himself!  Enjoy!

GIVEAWAY: Win a copy of Zorro: The Complete Series on DVD!


You can win a copy of this DVD today!  Simply email us at dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com for your chance to win!  Good luck!

GIVEAWAY: Win a copy of The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System Blu-Ray 3D!


You can win a copy of this 3D/2D Blu-Ray today!  Simply email us at dvdlegion.com @ gmail.com for your chance to win!  Good luck!

The Universe: The Complete Season Five DVD & Blu-Ray Review

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The Universe: The Complete Season Five Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: It’s been 50 years since man ventured into the unknown, and the heavens are only now yielding their greatest secrets. Follow in the galactic path of THE UNIVERSE, which this season leads us even further into the world beyond our own with THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SEASON FIVE on both blu-ray and DVD.

From robotic rovers on Mars to NASA probes slamming into comets and deep space telescopes capturing violent images of the birth of stars, season five of this illuminating HISTORY™ series explores how these discoveries were made – and who made them. Dramatic CGI and interviews with expert cosmologists, astronomers and astrophysicists bring the history of the heavens down to earth and provide a glimpse into our future.

Review: Ok, the History Channel series "The Universe" is one of the best shows on TV.  Hands down.  Never before could you get and HD look into space.  I'm sorry, but its just fantastic.  Not only does dad enjoy this one, my wife and kids all love it, as well.  They're just learning about space in the classroom and they can come home to really SEE space in all its glory.  This elusive aspect of nature wasn't available for viewing like this when I was growing up...its a real treat.

Season five goes into the space probes and the Mars landing.  Its all visually stunning and fun to watch.  This show can be seen on DVD and its great, but honestly it should be viewed on blu-ray high definition if you have the option.  We highly, highly, highly recommend this show.  Its a must-own!

THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SEASON FIVE includes all 8 episodes on 2 DVDs or blu-ray discs and features episodes including “Mars: The New Evidence”, “Time Travel”, “Secrets of the Space Probes”, and “Dark Future of the Sun”

Interest Range: Space, Documentary, History Channel

Top Shot: The Complete Season One DVD Review

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Top Shot: The Complete Season One DVD Review



Synopsis: From the shots of Annie Oakley to William Tell, HISTORY takes aim at legendary feats of marksmanship with the competition series TOP SHOT, in which 16 individuals from around the country shoot it out for a $100,000 prize.  From the producers of “Survivor”, “American Choppers” and “Dirty Jobs”, TOP SHOT: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE arrives on DVD this January, timed to release with Season Two’s network debut.

Hosted by Colby Donaldson (Survivor), contenders face challenges inspired by real events, from Wild West gunfights to modern-day sniper missions. Every episode reveals the weapons, technologies, and tactics of a different era, while high-speed HD cameras capture each skillful execution with breathtaking precision. All will take aim, but only one contestant will walk away with the $100,000 prize, and title of “Top Shot.”  A bonus disc includes over an hour of never-before-seen additional footage of the 300+ auditions, contestant biographies, and elimination interviews that narrow the race down to the final two competitors.

Review:Top Shot is one of those shows that I really didn't expect to see on the History Channel.  I don't know why I didn't expect to see it, considering every other show is about war.  Top Shot, if you haven't caught it, is a marksman competition.  It gives each contestant various nearly impossible shooting challenges and they have to strut their stuff with hopes of not being eliminated.

If you're into shooting or guns at all, this is your show.  If you just like to watch people that have honed a craft..this one is for you.  I don't even like guns and I find myself watching the show whenever its on.  Its a fun watch and a unique show.

Interest Range: Guns, History Channel

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season DVD Review

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Dallas: The Complete Fourteenth Season DVD Review


Synopsis: In its 14th and final season, Dallas goes out in a gusher of murders and kidnappings, lies and blackmail, seductions and schemes. J.R., Bobby and Cliff – three original characters so big only Big D could hold ’em – are at the heart of the action, surrounded by oil-country folks who joined the series over the years and a passel of dynamic newcomers. And of course there’s that Dallas hallmark, a white-knuckle cliffhanger. This time it’s a two-part finale inspired by It’s a Wonderful Life in which J.R.’s guardian from the great beyond shows the Lone Star State’s meanest rattler what the world would have been without him. Think everything’s for the better? Then you’re in for some surprises!

Review: This DVD collects the fourteenth and final season of the epic television drama Dallas.  This soap-opera style show spanned over two decades and saw some of the top ratings on primetime television. 

This final season has seen a lot of great cast members either leaving the show or cutting down how much they appear.  It was most certainly time to wrap things up, as the storylines were wearing a little thin.  Bobby loses his lovely wife and JR loses Uhing Oil.  The finale of the series was a bit odd and didn't make much sense, but hey whatcha gonna do.  This season is a must for any fan of the Dallas series!

Interest Range: Vintage TV, Drama

Mezco Toys making classic Thundercats Toys!

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At London Toy Fair Mezco announced the following.  Look for him to retail for around $100

This mega-scale figure measures over 20 inches tall from the tip of his upraised, extended sword to the soles of his Thunderian boots.

Featuring 7 points of articulation this mega figure is superbly detailed, perfectly capturing not only the iconic look of Lion-O as he appeared in the classic television series, but the essence, of Lion-O as he proudly raises the mystic Sword of Omens towards the heavens and roars out “Thundercats, Ho!” He comes complete with his impressive Claw Shield and a removable mystic Sword Of Omens.

Lion-O is packaged in a collector friendly window box that allows him to be displayed while remaining Mint In Box. 

The Virginity Hit DVD Review

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The Virginity Hit DVD Review



Synopsis: The quest -- losing one's virginity -- is an ancient one, but the tools used to document it are distinctly modern in this mockumentary about a young man's endeavors to "close the deal," as his buddies (and documentarians) so charmingly put it. When Matt's untimely breakup with a girlfriend throws a monkey wrench into his plans, his friends urge him to continue the mission anyway -- with them along to film the adventures.

Review: The Virginity Hit is another film in a fine tradition of the American Pie series.  The Virginity Hit is quite simply a movie about young guys trying to lose their virginity.  Simple right?  Wrong.  The guys all get together and decide that they're going to make a documentary about the process of trying to lose it.  This is, of course, full of actors and is in no way a real documentary, but rather a cute twist on this tale thats been told so many ways.  

Overall, this is a cute movie.  Definately more poignant for someone in the young teen age range.  I think a guy in his mid 20s that has a real life girlfriend might be bored by this one, although maybe the exploits and sense of desperation will be a trip down memory lane.  Hard to say. 

Interest Range: Comedy

Friday, January 28, 2011

Ultra-Exclusive Funko Batman Pez!


Funko has produced these VERY limited and very expensive pez.  There is a standard version, limited edition of 12, and a chase metallic version...limited edition of only 6!

21 Jump Street: the Complete Fourth Season DVD Review

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21 Jump Street: the Complete Fourth Season DVD Review



Synopsis: The Complete 4th Season Now Available! The Smash TV Series Starring Johnny Depp!  All 26 explosive episodes that Entertainment Weekly hails as "too cool for school!"

It was the most unforgettable season in 21 JUMP STREET history, featuring the farewell performances of undercover cops Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) and Harry Ioki (Dustin Nguyen). This Fourth Season also includes such explosive episodes as Judy Hoff's (Holly Robinson Peete) shocking rape, the mission to El Salvador by Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) to save the woman he loves, the return of Dennis Booker (Richard Grieco), a tragic secret in Ioki's past, Hanson's witnessing an execution, the fan favorite "How I Saved The Senator" and much more!

The complete 4th season of the hit TV series that launched the outstanding career of Johnny Depp as well as helped expose the FOX network to the American public is now available.

Review: 21 Jump Street was the show that launched Johnny Depp's career.  Hands down.  This show made him a hearthrob, which carried him through the early years and still sticks with him today, although he's done his best to shed that image in his film work.  The Fox network was desperate for exposure back in the late 1980s and this show, along with the Simpsons and Married With Children, made them the frontrunner in youth-geared hip programming.  My how times have changed!

The fourth season of 21 Jump Street was showing signs of the end, with Depp mailing in performances and clearly not into the show anymore.  He wanted to move-on and after this season he did.  The show is still great though and if you're a fan this season is a must-have.

Interest Range: Vintage TV, Drama

Stone Blu-Ray Review

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Stone Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Oscar® nominee Edward Norton deliver powerful performances as a seasoned corrections official and a scheming inmate whose lives become dangerously intertwined in this “gritty and engrossing thriller” (Steve O’Brien, WCBS-FM). Jack Mabry (De Niro), a parole officer days away from retirement, is asked to review the case of Gerald “Stone” Creeson (Norton), in prison for arson. Now eligible for early release, Stone needs to convince Jack he has reformed, but his attempts to influence the older man’s decision with his wife Lucetta (Milla Jovovich) have profound and unexpected effects on them both. This tale of passion, betrayal and corruption skillfully weaves together the parallel journeys of two men grappling with dark impulses, as the line between lawman and lawbreaker becomes precariously thin.

Review: Edward Norton is famous for playing somewhat seedy roles.  He's done everything from the criminally insane to a skinhead to a scheming master criminal.  Now, we get him as an arsonist, looking for early release.  In typical Norton fashion, you see this squirrely and deceptive presence behind every look as he is always scheming and manipulating those around him.  He basically persuades his wife, portrayed by Milla Jovovich, to sleep with his corrections officer (DeNiro) in order to get him to recommend his early release.  This, of course, all blows up.  Shocker there.

Jovovich also turns in a nice performance.  We're not used to seeing her without a sword or a gun these days, so to see her in plain clothes, no zombies and really acting is a treat.  DeNiro is....well...DeNiro.  He's always DeNiro.  Not a bad thing, but honestly he is so emotionally inaccessible as an actor is hard to believe at times that he gives into carnal desire over his duty.  This is a great film, we highly recommend it.

Interest Range: Drama

Animal Kingdom Blu-Ray Review

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Animal Kingdom Blu-Ray Review


Synopsis: Welcome to the Melbourne underworld, where tensions are building between dangerous criminals and equally dangerous police. The Wild West played out on the city's streets.

Armed robber Pope Cody (BEN MENDELSOHN) is in hiding, on the run from a gang of renegade detectives who want him dead. His business partner and best friend, Barry 'Baz' Brown (JOEL EDGERTON), wants out of the game, recognizing that their days of old-school banditry are all but over. Pope's younger brother, the speed-addicted and volatile Craig Cody (SULLIVAN STAPLETON), is making a fortune in the illicit substances trade - the true cash cow of the modern criminal fraternity - while the youngest Cody brother, Darren (LUKE FORD), naively navigates his way through this criminal world - the only world his family has ever known.
And into this world arrives their nephew, Joshua 'J' Cody (JAMES FRECHEVILLE).

Following the death of his mother, J finds himself living with his estranged family, under the watchful eye of his doting grandmother, Smurf (JACKI WEAVER), mother to the Cody boys.
J quickly comes to believe that he is a player in this world. But, as he soon discovers, this world is far larger and more menacing than he could ever imagine.

When tensions between family and police reach a bloody peak, J finds himself at the center of a cold-blooded revenge plot that turns the family upside down, and which also threatens to ensnare innocent bystanders such as his girlfriend, Nicky (LAURA WHEELWRIGHT).
One senior cop, Nathan Leckie (GUY PEARCE), must lure J into the police fold and then shepherd him through a complex minefield of witness protection, corrupt cops, slippery lawyers and a paranoid and vengeful underworld.

J comes to realize that in order to survive he must determine how the game is played - he must somehow choose his place in this cunning and brutal animal kingdom. He must work out where he fits.

Review: Animal Kingdom is one of those films that has really flown under the radar.  The film is dark, gritty and truly full of despair for all of the characters involved.  Thats not meant as an insult, however, because that makes this all the better as one of the best crime dramas that I've seen in a long while.

The film is rather convoluted with plot, so I will break it down like this for you...this film is about a boy whose mother dies of a heroin overdose and is sent to live with his professional criminal relatives.  He is basically thrown into a seedy Melbourne underworld and the inevitable life of crime.  This film continues on to be intense and full of great characters.  This one is a must for those that love crime drama like the Departed and the Town.

Interest Range: Crime Drama

Jack Goes Boating Blu-Ray Review

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Jack Goes Boating Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Jack (Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, making his directorial debut) and Connie (Amy Ryan) are two single people who on their own might continue to recede into the anonymous background of New York City, but in each other begin to find the courage and desire to pursue a budding relationship. As Jack and Connie cautiously circle commitment, the couple that introduced them, Clyde (John Ortiz) and Lucy (Daphne Rubin-Vega), confront their own unresolved issues, and each couple comes face to face with the inevitable path of their relationship.

Based on the acclaimed Off-Broadway play of the same name, this unconventional romantic comedy is a tale of love, betrayal, friendship and grace.

Review: Jack Goes Boating is the directoral debut of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.  He also stars as Jack, an glib, ackward and drab character in New York.  When he meets Connie she begins to open up the possibilities of life to him and they eventually begin a love affair.  Of course, in the nature of all good romantic films, there is strife that they must overcome.  The story here isn't that original or interesting, but the development of the characters is.  Hoffman turns in a typically interesting performance and pulls off a nice balance with his character.  The film ends up being rather charming and whitty, thanks to some great characters and fun dialogue.  Definately a must for those that enjoy the ackward.

The special features on this blu-ray include: Jack’s New York , From the Stage to the Big Screen, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer and Also on Blu-ray.

Interest Range: Romantic Comedy, Drama

The King of Paper Chasin' DVD Review

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The King of Paper Chasin' DVD Review



Synopsis: When Carter Blanche (Dwayne “DL” Clark), a ruthless inner city drug dealer, tries to quit the crime game and go straight as a credible underground artist in the mixtape circuit, he faces deception, betrayal and violence from the people closest to him. As his crew turns against him, and his girlfriend cooperates with the FBI, Carter must take down his enemies before they destroy his empire.

Review: The King of Paper Chasin' has a lot of elements of a typical crime drama.  You have your hardcore criminal trying to legitimize himself in some way and really remove himself from a lifestyle that you cannot remove yourself from.  For some reason when people do this they never think to move to another city..I really think that would help, lol.  Anyway, this guy tries to break into the music scene and of course his thug friends won't have it.  Also, the FBI is still after him and all hell breaks loose.  This is kind of an urban version of 'The Town' in a way.  It was a solid movie and great if you enjoy 'gangsta' crime drama.  I personally enjoy the mobster films a bit better.

The bonus features include: Audio Commentary with DL, Director LaMonte Edwards and Directory of Photography Brett Albright, Making of Featurette.

Interest Range: Crime Drama

Legions of Gotham featured on FunnyOrDie.com!

The Legion has found it's way to the famous Funny Or Die website!  They did a slideshow of the worst knockoff toys of all time and one of the Bat-items that had our logo stolen and used on it from overseas was featured!  Check it out.

Marvel Comics: AGE OF X is a SMASH HIT!

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 AGE OF X is a SMASH HIT!
 
Its official – Age Of X is a hit! After an instant sell out at Diamond (though copies may still be available at retail), the opening salvo in mutantkind’s war for survival returns with two second printing variants! Featuring the stunning interior art of the first issue Age Of X: Alpha AOX Second Printing Variant #1 showcases the highlights of events happening in the issue while Age Of X: Alpha Conrad Second Printing Variant #1 brings a piece of Age of X history to the fans with art by Wil Conrad! Fans can’t miss how it all began as the second printing hits comic shops the same day as X-Men: Legacy #245 and New Mutants #22, the first two chapters of Age Of X! Find what cruel fates have befallen the Children of the Atom in a world where almost all mutants have purged…and the few that remain spend their days hated, feared and hunted.
 
Fans and critics agree, they love Age Of X!
 
“…this is a solid start to Age of X” – Jesse Schedeen, IGN.com
“It’s a smart move to give readers a book like this” – Chad Nevett, ComicBookResources.com
 
“All X fans should check out this book.” – Chris Bushley, CosmicBookNews.com
 
Who are these unlikely survivors and do they have what it takes to stay alive? Discover the shocking foundations of this exciting X-epic in Age Of X: Alpha Second Printing Variant #1!
 
Due to the red-hot success of Age of X Alpha, Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on all upcoming issues of X-Men Legacy and New Mutants as the story is poised to change what you thought you knew about the X-Men. In order to ensure copies of Age Of X: Alpha Second Printing Variant #1 are available in time for the first two chapters, they will be printed before the FOC and retailers should place their orders as soon as possible since quantities will be available on a first come first serve basis.
 
AGE OF X: PROLOGUE
AGE OF X: ALPHA AOX SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108148)
AGE OF X: ALPHA CONRAD SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108154)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils by MIRCO PIERFEDERICI, PAUL DAVIDSON, GABRIEL HERNANDEZ WALTA, HARVEY TOLIBAO & CARLO BARBERI
AOX Variant by VARIOUS
Conrad Variant by WIL CONRAD
Rated A…$3.99
FOC – 2/7/11, On-Sale 2/23/11
 
AGE OF X: CHAPTER ONEX-MEN: LEGACY #245 (DEC100623)
X-MEN: LEGACY #245 MANN VARIANT (SEP108209)
X-MEN: LEGACY #245 FF ANNIVERSARY VARIANT (DEC100541)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils by CLAY MANN
Cover by LEINIL YU
Variant Cover by CLAY MANN
Fantastic Four Anniversary Variant by PAOLO RIVERA
Rated A…..$2.99
FOC – 1/31/11, On-Sale 2/23/11
 
AGE OF X: CHAPTER TWONEW MUTANTS #22 (DEC100624)
NEW MUTANTS #22 MANN VARIANT (SEP108210)
Written by MIKE CAREY
Pencils by STEVE KURTH
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
Variant Cover by CLAY MANN
Rated T+…..$2.99
FOC – 1/31/11, On-Sale 2/23/11

First Look at the Bandai Thundercats Cartoon Toys!

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These pics are courtesy of various posters on the ThundercatsLair.org forum.  We normally might not have posted them, but they're all over the net anyway.  There are also re-sculpted classic toys on the way next Xmas!

Links: Thundercats Cartoon 2011 Facebook

WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE #1 Sells Out and Goes Back To Press!

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WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE #1 Sells Out and Goes Back To Press!
 
After a resounding response to the first issue, Marvel is pleased to announce that the instant-hit Wolverine and Jubilee #1 has sold out at Diamond and will return with Wolverine And Jubilee #1 Second Printing Variant! From the fan-favorite creative team of Kathryn Immonen and Phil Noto, this issue picks up right where the chart topping “Curse of the Mutants” story left off in the pages of X-Men! The former X-Man turned vampire, Jubilee, is forced to deal with the choices she made and it’s tougher than everyone thought! It’s the book that ComicBookResources.com calls “a smart read” and Marvel wants to make sure everyone gets in on the action. Scrambling to try and find a way to give Jubilee a normal life, can the X-Men satisfy her bloodlust before it’s too late?! But when Jubilee is made an offer too good to refuse, Wolverine is forced to take matters into his own hands. It’s the issue that no X-Fan can miss, Wolverine And Jubilee #1 Second Printing Variant!
 
WOLVERINE AND JUBILEE #1 (of 4) (DEC108142)  
Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN
Art by PHIL NOTO                     
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale – 3/2/11

First Look at the new Bandai Thundercats Toys at London Toy Fair

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These pics are courtesy of various posters on the ThundercatsLair.org forum.  We normally might not have posted them, but they're all over the net anyway.  There are also re-sculpted classic toys on the way next Xmas!

Another new Thundercats Cartoon Promo Pic!

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This one is courtesy of Nomad from the Idle Hands Blog.  It was taken at the London Toy Fair!

MTV interviews Thundercats Cartoon Producer Ethan Spaulding

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MTV NEWS: First off, tell me about the general idea going into the redesign process. How did you approach the task of changing the characters' appearance for a new generation while staying true to the original series' fans?


ETHAN SPAULDING: We decided that it would be best to keep the core character traits of all the characters — specifically their colors — so at first glance you can tell who each one of them is. We really kept that core spirit of all the characters and just updated them with a little more realistic armor, and some of the '80s aspects — like Lion-O's exposed midriff. The original designs are great, but the world we have going on in this story, we had to fit our designs to that story, so that was our overall impetus.



MTV: Everyone's asking about the anime vibe in the image. Will the series have an anime feel to it? Does the anime vibe extend beyond the character designs?



SPAULDING: [It will extend to] the visual storytelling as well. The original show was done in Japan, and many people probably don't know that. A lot of the artists went on to be in Studio Ghibli, and worked on [Hayao] Miyazaki's first film. So "ThunderCats" does have a footprint in Japanese animation. We're kind of going back and honoring that in the new series. I was always a huge fan of the original show and I love the Japanese animation and what they can do, so we're really going back to the roots.



MTV: Were there any elements of the original series that you felt strongly about improving in the new series? Was there anything you felt like there was an opportunity to change for the better in this redesign?

 
SPAULDING: Not so much. We just had to update it and give it a new spin. Looking at what they were wearing back then, it was more of a superhero show. You can see that in the old lineup, and they looked like they were more of a superhero team. With our back story, we couldn't go in that direction.


MTV: Lots of people are asking about Tygra...


SPAULDING: [Laughs] Everyone wants to know about Tygra, but that's sort of story-specific. I can't reveal too much. Basically, we wanted to make him cooler than he was. The consensus was that he was the boring guy of the old show, so we wanted to make him more interesting and gave him another dimension. But don't worry — he still has the whip. People were wondering where the whip was at one point, but it's on his belt.


MTV: I noticed that even Panthro's nunchuks with the claws made it through the redesign...


SPAULDING: We liked all of the aspects of the old stuff. That's the iconic aspect of these characters — you have to have the nunchuks with the claws at the end. That was the challenge, though: How do you update it? Our art director has done a great job. He actually did the first pass on all the characters, updating them, and then we sent it all to Japan. The character designers there take a pass over the designs, put the final spin on them, and then we give notes. It's like a co-production thing going on here.


MTV: Another thing everyone's asking about is the characters we don't see in the new image. What's up with Snarf, or WilyKit and WilyKat? Will we see them soon?


SPAULDING: Yeah, you'll see them. We're gong to slowly reveal that stuff. Rest assured, they're in there, and they look great. They're redesigned in a little different way, though, and you'll see what I mean when it comes time to reveal them.


MTV: When I spoke to your co-producer, Michael Jelenic, about the series, he talked about how one of the redesign strategies was to mute the bright colors of the original a little, and give it a darker tone. How do you describe the overall redesign theme?


SPAULDING: It's more realistic, more real-world palette. The Japanese animations are great. The colors are keyed a lot different than the American animation, and there's a little bit more variety going on. We're fans of that style. You get a little more attention paid to the lighting in this show, the sense of atmosphere, and the scope of the project. We're going for a movie feel, and hopefully we're achieving that.


MTV: It also looks like Lion-O is a little younger in this iteration of the series...


SPAULDING: Yes, that's part of the story, too.


MTV: And Panthro's looking a little more grizzled with that scar on his eye and such...


SPAULDING: Yeah, we're making him the older veteran. He's been out there on Third Earth exploring. He's the elder of the group, once they get together.


MTV: Are you surprised by the massive reaction to the series and everything that's been released so far?


SPAULDING: A little surprised, yeah — but when I think about it, I understand it. "ThunderCats" has been in pop culture since 1985, so it's had time to marinate.

MTV: What attracted you to this project in the first place? Were you a big fan of the original series?


SPAULDING: I was a big fan when I was young. Everyone talks about the opening animation for "ThunderCats," and it's still to this day one of the greatest openings of any animated series. I appreciated the fantasy and science-fiction elements, and gravitated toward the character designs. I drew when I was a kid, so I always responded to the way everything looked in that show.


Hopefully we're doing justice to the characters. They're icons now, and we're trying to do justice to the old show and its spirit, and flesh out the characters more so than the original series.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Marvel Knights: Iron Man Extremis DVD Review

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Marvel Knights: Iron Man Extremis DVD Review



Synopsis: The Invincible Iron Man May Have Met His Match In The New Serum Known As EXTREMIS!

An ill-fated attempt to re-create the legendary Super-Soldier Serum responsible for making classic heroes such as Captain America leads to the development of Extremis, a military nanotechnology serum that directly taps into the repair center of the body, giving an injured soldier the ability to heal himself at an alarmingly accelerated rate. Conflict erupts when the Extremis serum is injected into members of the local domestic militia, including Mallen, a soldier hell-bent on avenging the deaths of his family. When a brief battle between Iron Man and Mallen leaves billionaire Tony Stark in critical condition, it becomes clear that the only way for Stark to defeat the Extremis virus is to use it himself.



Boasting a fresh take on the Iron Man origin, highly acclaimed writing by master storyteller Warren Ellis and the magnificent artistry of Adi Granov, Iron Man: Extremis comes to life with the stellar blend of 2D- and 3D-motion comic animation that only Marvel Knights can deliver!

Review: This is the last of the three released Marvel Knights DVDs, hopefully more will be released soon.  This new series of DVDs collect motion comics of various Marvel comics like Black Panther, Iron Man and the X-Men. 

This story, Iron Man: Extremis, mixes 3D and 2D animation.  Its a great and a great story.  I found it very entertaining after I adapted to the motion comic style of animation.  Hopefully Marvel will go towards straight animation soon!

The special features on this DVD include: A Conversation With Adi Granov, Behind-The-Scenes Look At Marvel Knights Animation, Marvel Super Heroes™: What The —? Starring Iron Man, Visual History Of Iron Man, Exclusive Music Video, Trailers …and More!

Interest Range: Marvel Comics, Iron Man

Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men - Gifted DVD Review

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Marvel Knights: Astonishing X-Men - Gifted DVD Review


Synopsis: Dream-team creators Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and John Cassaday (Planetary, Captain America) present the explosive, all-new flagship X-Men series - marking a return to classic greatness and the beginning of a brand-new era for the X-Men! Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of astonishing the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started? As demand for the mutant cure reaches near-riot levels, the X-Men go head-to-head with the enigmatic Ord, with an unexpected ally - and some unexpected adversaries - tipping the scales!

Review: The new Marvel Knights DVD series are motion comics.  This is a concept that was poineered by Dc Comics (for once) and taken over by Marvel.  Marvel Comics has been taking some of their best comics from the past decade and translating them into motion comics.  The DVDs are being released through Shout! Factory.

I'm really fond of these new DVDs, mostly because I've always wanted to read a lot of these comics, but I have never found the time.  This is a fun and lazy way to enjoy them.  I've always enjoyed X-Men comics and I'd heard nothing but good things about Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men.  It was a great story and once you get used to the motion comic thing, its really fun.

The special features on this DVD include: A Conversation With Joe Quesada And Neal Adams, Behind-The-Scenes Look At Marvel Knights Animation, The Best Of Marvel Super Heroes: What The —? X-Men Edition, Visual History Of The Characters, Music Video and Trailers.
Interest Range: Marvel Comics, X-Men, Motion Comics

Marvel Knights: Black Panther DVD Review

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Marvel Knights: Black Panther DVD Review



Synopsis: Deep in the heart of Africa lies Wakanda, an advanced and unconquerable civilization. A family of warrior kings possessing superior speed, strength and agility has governed this mysterious nation as long as time itself. The latest in this famed line is young King T’Challa, the great hero known worldwide as the Black Panther.

Now, outsiders once again threaten to invade and plunder Wakanda. Leading this brutal assault is Klaw, a deadly assassin with the blood of T’Challa’s murdered father on his hands, who brings with him a strong army of super-powered mercenaries. Even with Wakanda’s might and his own superhuman skills, can the Black Panther prevail against this deadly invading force?

From respected filmmaker/producer Reginald Hudlin and legendary comic book artist John Romita, Jr., comes the epic Black Panther story for which comic fans have waited 25 years. Starring Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond) and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Star Trek: First Contact).

Review: Marvel Comics is often times ahead of DC Comics in technology and quality.  I say this as a HUGE DC Comics fan.  I do have Marvel characters that I have love for, mostly in the X-Men crew and I can honestly say that Marvel is usually on top.  This is the one exception to the rule.  DC has been putting out the DC Universe Original Animated films, which are fantastic.  Marvel has yet to do this.  Their first organized foray into animation is this new Marvel Knights series of motion comics, brought to DVD by the good people at Shout! Factory.   The motion comic concept has been utilized by DC since the Watchmen movie.

I will be honest, although I don't usually dig motion comics, these Marvel Knights DVDs are wonderful!  We're also going to spotlight the Iron Man and Astonishing X-Men DVDs on the site today.  We recommend picking them all up.  Its phenominal to see a character like Black Panther FINALLY get his due!  It may take a few minutes to adjust to the style of the motion comic animation, but once you do its well worth it.  Great story...great art.

The special features on this DVD include: A Conversation With Star Djimon Hounsou, Looking Back At Black Panther With Reginald Hudlin And John Romita, Jr., Exclusive Music Video and Trailers.

Interest Range: Marvel Comics, Black Panther

Your First Look At Janet Lee’s Mesmerizing Pages of Emma #1

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 Your First Look At Janet Lee’s Mesmerizing Pages of Emma #1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Emma #1 from New York Times best-selling writer Nancy Butler (Sense & Sensibility) and rising star artist Janet K. Lee (Return of the Dapper Men)! This March, delve into the world of nineteenth century courtship courtesy of a Rita Award-winning author and the illustrator whose work Newsarama.com calls “truly breathtaking.” Local matchmaker Emma Woodhouse can make anyone the perfect pair – provided she can stop the men folk from falling for her first! Find out how one upstanding young woman comes to find herself stuck in a love triangle as big as an English village, only in Emma #1!

EMMA #1 (JAN110685)
Written by NANCY BUTLER
Art and Cover by JANET K. LEE
Rated A... $3.99
FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale – 3/2/11