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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic 1988 Figures at Gamestop!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bandai Thundercats Showings At the UK Toy Fair!

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You can see the upcoming mini-figures!  More to come from the US Toy Fair in mid-February!

Bandai Thundercats Showings At the UK Toy Fair!

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You can see the upcoming mini-figures!  More to come from the US Toy Fair in mid-February!

The First Peak At The Mattel Dark Knight Rises Figures & Vehicles!

The first look at the Mattel product is now available via this scan from the german fansite Batmannews.de!  Thanks to their great reporting we get to see a few of the basic line, including Bane, plus Quik Tek Figures, a new, more armored up bat-pod, a funky little bat-tank like vehicle and some RC vehicles!  Enjoy!

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Peak At the Aardman Dc Nation Batman Animated Short!

Phil Morris reprises role of immortal villain Vandal Savage for "Justice League: Doom"


Smallville star Phil Morris reprises villainous role of Vandal Savage in JUSTICE LEAGUE: DOOM 

Actor to attend bi-coastal premieres of all-new DC Universe Animated Original Movie
 
It’s a busy time for Phil Morris.  

Easily recognizable to sitcom viewers as the hilariously slimy lawyer Jackie Chiles on Seinfeld, and renowned throughout the fanboy realm as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter on Smallville, Morris is splitting his time this February celebrating his latest triumphs. 

Morris is a NAACP Image Award nominee in the category of Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series for Love That Girl! While he prepares for the awards ceremony and all of its requisite celebrity gatherings, Morris is also making time to attend both the New York (2/13) and Los Angeles (2/16) premieres of Justice League: Doom. 

The consummate nice guy, Morris shifts to a darker, villainous approach for Justice League: Doom as he reprises his Justice League animated television series role as the immortal Vandal Savage. Morris is one of nine actors returning to the booth to record their original roles. 
Produced by Warner Premiere, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, PG-13 rated Justice League: Doom arrives February 28, 2012 from Warner Home Video as a Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD, On Demand and for Download. Both the Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack and DVD will include an UltraViiolet™ Digital Copy. 

Justice League: Doom finds Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, Cyborg and Batman on their heels when a team of super villains – orchestrated by Vandal Savage – discover and implement the Dark Knight’s “contingency plans” for stopping any rogue Justice League member. The story is inspired by Mark Waid’s much-heralded “JLA: Tower of Babel,” and scripted by the late Dwayne McDuffie.  

Morris is more than just an actor with a tendency to perform in fanboy-centric productions – he is a devout fan of the genre and its comic book origins. His comics collection exceeds 20,000 and includes gems like a 1948 “Captain America,” issues 1-18 of “Silver Surfer,” the first 20 Barry Windsor-Smith issues of “Conan,” and many of the original run of the “Fantastic Four.” “It goes back pretty far,’ Morris says. “I collect to this day.” 

Prepping for the onslaught of reporters’ queries on the red carpets on both coasts prior to the premieres of Justice League: Doom, Morris welcomed the opportunity to answer a few questions about Vandal Savage, comics collecting, and the possibility of someday voicing his Smallville character Martian Manhunter in an animated form. Read on … 

QUESTION: What’s the mindset of Vandal Savage, and what’s been the joy of playing this role?

PHIL MORRIS: Vandal Savage is an immortal who has been around the human species for all time. He’s extremely intelligent – he’s incredibly evolved because of contact with a meteor that landed in his village. And he’s always trying to overthrow the world. His vision is that the world should be his, as many of these despots feel. But he feels that because he’s lived so long, he’s entitled. 

I love Vandal. I played Vandal for the Justice League series a few times, but this is a little bit of a different take on Vandal. Back on the series, he was more of a smooth criminal – he was more nuanced, he had more style. Now, I guess, he’s just had it. He’s kind of approaching things as if to say “I don’t have time to play with you.” He has no more guile left in him. He’s straight, no chaser, which makes him much more dangerous, much more evil, and much harder edged, especially in my vocal performance. 

And I love this script. Dwayne (McDuffie) really made it a walloping good romp for the Justice League players. And then Vandal is a bit like the Lex Luthor of the show – it’s his mastermind, his ideas, his design that almost or does bring the world to its doom. You’ll have to watch to see. Vandal is very much the thrust of the evil of this show. That’s fun to play.
 
QUESTION: What’s it like for you to be recording with all these original voices from the series again? 

PHIL MORRIS: It’s great to have these actors back in these roles, but that’s the magic of these animated projects. I think one of the things the DC/Warner Bros. people do very well is get the right people for the job, from the top down. From Bruce (Timm) and Andrea (Romano) all the way down to the cast – and they take pains to make sure that everything is as accurate as possible because they know that, as fans, we’re watching and we’re listening and we need to be served. And they serve us very, very well. They give us some of the greatest vocal talent in the business. 
 
QUESTION: You say “we” – and that collection of 20,000+ comics at home attests to your love for this genre. This is more than just work for you, right? 

PHIL MORRIS: It feels as though I’ve been doing homework on these characters since I was 7 years old, and I loved being able to tell my mother that I’m finally making my comic book collection pay off. Actors use whatever reference material is at hand to flush out their characters, and in that I have been a comic collector for so long, I don’t have to go too far to relate to the process of the villain or hero in this universe of comics. I feel like I am one of the rank and file who has gotten lucky enough to embody these characters. It’s a pleasure and an honor. 
 
QUESTION: Which way do your comic book tastes venture these days? 

PHIL MORRIS: It’s interesting because they always ask the question: “Is it DC or Marvel?” If you’re a real comic book fan, you had to pick a side. You couldn’t go down the middle. As a younger comics reader, I liked Marvel a lot, because Marvel reflected African Americans sooner than DC did. I think that gave me a little bit of an affinity for them. But now in my more mature years, it’s all about good story telling, and I find DC tells great stories and has great, solid characters. They have probably my favorite character in Batman. So I’m much more interested in the continuity of the universe – I was an artists guy before, relating to the pictures and the artistry. That really thrilled me. Now it’s about the concepts and the writing. I’m always looking for a good yarn. 

I like reading Garth Ennis, J. Michael Straczynski, Mark Waid, Jeff Loeb … guys like that. The writers have become fantastic – they have taken what society is and spun it on its ear. It’s not really kid stuff anymore. Kids can still invest and enjoy the books, but so can adults. Mark Millar. Ed Brubaker. There are a lot of great comic writers out there right now, and the world of comic books is much better for it.
 
QUESTION: You played J’onn J’onzz /Martian Manhunter on Smallville. Would you like to transition that role to voiceover for animation? 

PHIL MORRIS: Carl (Lumbly) did one helluva job as Martian Manhunter for the Justice League series, and he hasn’t lost a step for this film. I don’t think he’s going to give up the role without a fight, and I have a total respect for Carl and his performance. It would be wonderful to do J’onn J’onzz as an animated character, as I did on Smallville. We’ll see. They keep me busy over here. 
 
QUESTION: You’ve recorded a full library of characters for animation, including many in the super hero realm. What character does your inner geek still crave to voice? 

PHIL MORRIS: I’ve been doing a voice for the Black Panther, but I’m not playing the Panther. They got Djimon Hounsou, and he’s terrific. But I would love to play the Black Panther. I wanted to play Green Lantern in this film. I’m an African American actor, but I don’t want that to matter at all. I think you should be able to close your eyes and voice any character, whether he’s African American or Anglo or Latino or Asian. That’s what I love about these great characters. I’d love to do the Silver Surfer, too. But for DC, I’d love to do a version of the Batman. I know Kevin Conroy IS Batman, and I love Kevin to death. But I think every actor who knows comics and loves comics would jump at the chance to do Batman. I think each of us would want to bring his own take to that darkness, to that inner turmoil that is Bruce Wayne. So it would be Batman. Kevin, I love you, but give me a one-off! 
 
QUESTION: You frequently work in both the live-action and animated worlds. What’s your favorite part of doing voiceovers? 

PHIL MORRIS: The best part of working in voiceover is the people you work with. I was very surprised when I first came into this world that the actors were so talented. They weren’t just people who did funny or clever voices. They are very intelligent, well-read, well-spoken, funny actors, and you get into that room and they cut it up – and THEN they go to record and they’re suddenly the most evil or heroic person on the planet. Then in between takes they’re jokey, jokey, jokey. Their wit and their imagination is unparalleled. I really have a great time working with whomever I work with from the voiceover community. 

The Dark Knight Rises Merchandise Archive!

Legions of Gotham is doing what we do best and archiving the product that is leaking out for the Dark Knight Rises.  Check out our Dark Knight Rises Merchandise Archive for the latest!  If you come across anything online or in person, please drop us a line to let us know!

The Dark Knight Rises Merchandise Starting To Leak....





A few items have shown up online..including a lunchbag..

EXCLUSIVE: Kurtwood Smith Talks Beware the Batman

The following story is courtesy of Movieweb.

I recently had the chance to speak with Kurtwood Smith for Dead Poets Society, which makes its Blu-ray debut January 17. The actor also spoke about his role voicing Lieutenant Gordon in the upcoming Cartoon Network series Beware the Batman, which will premiere in 2013. The show will be a part of the network's new DC Nation animation block, which also includes Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. Here's what Kurtwood Smith had to say about the show.

"We just started. We've only recorded two, before Christmas. I like the general thrust of the show. It's early in the Batman story. Commissioner Gordon isn't even Commissioner yet, he's just Lieutenant Gordon. He doesn't trust Batman, even though they kind of end up helping each other out on an early case. Batman, in a lot of ways, is learning his way, and the relationship between he and Alfred is developing. It's fun and it's kind of straight in that regard, as opposed to being campy. I think it's going to be good, but it won't be out for at least a year or so."

The show will center on Batman, his samurai warrior sidekick Katana, and his gun-toting butler Alfred solving crimes together, although it isn't known who is voicing any of those roles yet. When the show was first announced back in October, executive producer Sam Register said the show would explore lesser-known villains such as Professor Pyg and the Circus of the Strange.

We'll be sure to keep you posted with any further details on Beware the Batman as soon as we have more information.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

4 New Dc Super Heroes Flash Book Reviews!

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4 New Dc Super Heroes Flash Book Reviews!


About Killer Kaleidoscope: A gigantic kaleidoscope in the CENTRAL CITY Museum turns into a fearful weapon at the hands of the colorful RAINBOW RAIDER. He uses the device to hypnotize the entire city, which is just his first step to controlling the whole world. The FLASHs super-speed is tested to the utmost. He must try racing at the speed of light to outrun the kaleidoscopes bewildering force. If he doesnt succeed, CENTRAL CITY could collapse into a newly created Black Hole!


About Ice and Flame: Super-villains HEATWAVE and CAPTAIN COLD dont like the FLASH, but they dont like each other either! They face off in a climate-changing smackdown that could spell disaster for Earths ecosystems. The FLASH tries to take the foes one-on one, but ends up encased in arctic ice. Unable to move, FLASH watches as HEATWAVE turns up the threat level by melting the frozen seabed . . . a sea full of explosive methane gas!


About Clock King's Time Bomb: On December 31, New Zealanders are about to ring in the New Year. But when the clock strikes midnight . . . it stops! Technology starts to malfunction throughout the entire time zone. Cell phones and computers shut down. Planes, trains, and automobiles run wild. Then the CLOCK KING appears, spouting his evil plan. When the clock strikes midnight across all time zones, the world will be doomed! Luckily, the FLASH is on the case. He sprints from continent to continent, stopping crimes and helping wherever he can. But the FLASH must find the location of the Time Bomb before the whole planet falls under the hand of the CLOCK KING.


About Captain Boomerang's Comeback!: After a series of random robberies, the FLASH's head is whirling at super-speed. He wants to take down this out-of-sight outlaw, but the confusing clues aren't adding up. For one man, however, each piece is part of a colossal comeback. The super-villain CAPTAIN BOOMERANG is out to seek revenge against the SCARLET SPEEDSTER! But the super hero knows what goes around comes around, and hes not about to let this crazy crook spin out of control.

Our Take: These four Flash books are some of the latest in the Stone Arch Books DC Super Heroes series.  The books feature great animated style artwork joined with fun writing and great stories.  These books are all fantastic and fun..great for fans of all ages from kids to adults.  This is a fun way to get your kids into reading and into Dc Comics!

How to Buy: Killer Kaleidoscope, Ice and Flame, Clock King's Time Bomb and Captain Boomerang's Comeack!

4 New Green Lantern Book Reviews!

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4 New Green Lantern Book Reviews!


About the Escape From the Orange Lanterns Book: Warriors of the GREEN LANTERN CORPS are missing all over the universe! The search for his partners leads HAL JORDAN to the jungles of Okaara, a deadly planet of danger and deception.HAL finds his friends, imprisoned and robbed of their rings. He also finds the gross, greedy LARFLEEZE, a cruel ORANGE LANTERN who creates an army of phantom fighters. Can HAL defeat an orange version of himself . . . when he is deprived of his own power ring?


 About Red Lanterns' Revenge: HAL JORDAN, guardian of intergalactic Sector 2814, travels to Mars with two of his GREEN LANTERN CORPS teammates to investigate a mysterious crater on the Red Planet. Clues lead them to the distant planet Ysmault, but its a trap! HALs companions are captured by ATROCITUS, leader of the rebellious RED LANTERNS. But if HAL gives in to his anger, the mad Atrocitus will grow in strength, take over Earths solar system, and become even more powerful than HAL!


About Prisoner of the Ring: On a distant planet, GREEN LANTERN battles an attack of formerly peaceful robots. He learns too late that the mechanical marauders are infected by an ultra-evil, ultra-advanced nano virus hungry for power. The wizard quickly invades the nearest form of high tech energy: GREEN LANTERNs ring. HAL JORDAN must shrink to microscopic size and enter the ring itself, or else his unlimited power will turn against the very galaxies he has sworn to protect!

About Fear the Shark: Something fishy is at work in COAST CITY. A new super-villain rises from the peaceful waters . . . the SHARK, who uses telepathy and oceanic powers to feed off the citizens frenzy and fright. Luckily, citizen HAL JORDAN is secretly hero GREEN LANTERN. His power ring should be able to liquidate the SHARKs watery weapons. But when the slippery predator sends a monstrous tsunami toward the city, can the Emerald Crusader stop the mounting wave of fear?

Our Take: This set of four books continues the DC Super Heroes series from Stone Arch books.  These great books feature some fun stories with a nice variety of villains and characters from the Green Lantern Universe.  Any fan, young or old, would love these!  Plus, these are a nice way to get your kids into comics!

How to Buy: Escape From the Orange Lanterns, Red Lanterns' Revenge, Prisoner of the Ring and Fear The Shark

DC Super-Pets Hopping Hero Book Review

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DC Super-Pets Hopping Hero Book Review

About the Book: SOBEK the evil crocodile is on the loose! Luckily, HOPPY is close by. With the powers of six species, this heroic hare will wipe the smile from SOBEKs face and bounce the reptile raider back to the bayou.

Our Take: Our Take: Stone Arch books has been producing these great new Dc Comics themed Dc Super-Pets books!  In the tradition started by the Krypto cartoon years ago, this follows the expolits of everyone from Krypto to Ace the Bathound and beyond.  Its an entire world of animal heroes and villains in the DC Universe!   This book takes you into the pet of a little lesser known Dc Hero...Captain Marvel!  This super rabbit has to battle the croc pet of Black Adam and there are sure to be sparks!  This one is a fun read with great artwork.

How to Buy: Amazon.com

DC Super-Pets Attack of the Invisible Cats Book Review

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DC Super-Pets Attack of the Invisible Cats Book Review

About the Book: The PHANTY-CATS have escaped from the PHANTOM ZONE and finding them wont be easy. These feline felons are invisible! The SPACE CANINE PATROL AGENTS must rely on their snouts instead of their sight to catch these criminal kitties once and for all.

Our Take: Stone Arch books has been producing these great new Dc Comics themed Dc Super-Pets books!  In the tradition started by the Krypto cartoon years ago, this follows the expolits of everyone from Krypto to Ace the Bathound and beyond.  Its an entire world of animal heroes and villains in the DC Universe!   This book pits Krypto and his friends against the evil cats of those Phantom Zone baddies General Zod and crew!  More artwork from Art Baltazar makes this one sweet and fun!  This is a great way to get your kids into comics!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

DC Super-Pets Backward Bowwow Book Review

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DC Super-Pets Backward Bowwow Book Review

About the Book: When BIZARRO KRYPTO crash lands on Earth, he cant believe his eyes. Humans own dogs as pets! On his planet, everything is the exact opposite. Canines rule the world! Before returning home, he promises to make things right . . . or maybe wrong.

Our Take: Stone Arch books has been producing these great new Dc Comics themed Dc Super-Pets books!  In the tradition started by the Krypto cartoon years ago, this follows the expolits of everyone from Krypto to Ace the Bathound and beyond.  Its an entire world of animal heroes and villains in the DC Universe!  This one poses Krypto the Superdog against the bizarro version of himself (comic nerds know what that means!).  This one is well written and the art from newcomer, but already comic book fan favorite Art Baltazar is a treat!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Dc Super-Pets Battle Bugs of Outer Space Book Review

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Dc Super-Pets Battle Bugs of Outer Space Book Review

About the Book: The evil SINESTRO CORPS INSECTS have invaded a baseball game on Earth. Thankfully, the GREEN LANTERN BUG CORPS are out to stop them! If they dont, Americas pastime might become the worlds worst pest crime.

Our Take: Stone Arch books has been producing these great new Dc Comics themed Dc Super-Pets books!  In the tradition started by the Krypto cartoon years ago, this follows the expolits of everyone from Krypto to Ace the Bathound and beyond.  Its an entire world of animal heroes and villains in the DC Universe!   This fun book has Green Lantern Corp bugs vs the Sinestro Corp bugs!   There are some cool files pages in the beginning that familiarize kids with the characters.  The story is great and the artwork is cool!  This one is a total win!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Bone: Quest for the Spark #2 Book Review

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Bone: Quest for the Spark #2 Book Review

About the Book: The quest continues!

The Nacht, the evil dragon that threatens to destroy both the Dreaming and the Waking World, is growing stronger, and twelve-year-old Tom Elm is the champion the Dreaming has chosen to defeat it. Along with Roderick the raccoon, Percival Bone and his nephew and niece, Randolf, Lorimar, and the two stupid Rat Creatures, Tom must race to find the missing pieces of the Spark. This leg of the journey introduces him to a trio of scheming bears and takes him into the depths of a dangerous beehive. And, on top of everything else, a traitor might be among them. . . .


Our Take: Bone was one of the coolest indie comics back int he day.  These digest editions for kids are a huge hit and my kids are already crazy about them.  Not only do they help me get them into comics, but it just plain interests them in reading.  Score!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

LEGO Ninjago Reader #1: Way of the Ninja Book Review

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LEGO Ninjago Reader #1: Way of the Ninja Book Review

About the Book:  Masters of Spinjitzu: a new force to save the world!  The legend of Spinjitzu begins. . . .

The son of a blacksmith, Kai’s only dream is to master his father’s craft. Until the day an army of skeleton warriors raids his villages and kidnaps his sister, Nya.

Kai’s only hope of rescuing his sister lies with Sensei Wu, a mysterious old man with a mission. Sensei Wu promises to teach Kai Spinjitzu. Will it be enough to save Nya?

Our Take: My son is crazy for Ninjago. I mean CRAZY.  Its the thing right now.  The Lego toys are huge and the Cartoon Network show was very popular!  This book is based on that show with text and screen shots and is sure to please any Ninjago fan!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories Book Review

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Vintage Compacts & Beauty Accessories Book Review

About the Book: A unique and exciting array of vintage compacts, vanity purses, and cosmetics is displayed in this new book featuring over 500 photographs. Figurals, novelties, whimsicals, vanity purses, enameled, jeweled, patters, plis, necessaires, makeup kits, beauty boxes, and compact jewelry constructed of such materials as metal, Bakelite, Lucite, and celluloid are among the outstanding examples explored. This in-depth historical account of these fascinating collectibles includes the artistic contributions of manufacturers and designers featuring Salvador Dali and Max Factor. It explores European influences, and features early advertisements and unusual promotional techniques, including the evolution of cosmetics through celebrity endorsements and trends. Current values are conveniently included in the captions.

Our Take: We enjoy a focus on collecting books here at the Legion.  Our favorite of such books to feature are by the fine folks at Schiffer.  This one is a hardcover book that focuses on collecting vintage compacts and other beauty accessories.  My lovely wife happens to collect these, so I have some insight into whats out there.  This book focuses mostly in early 20th century pieces, as that was a heyday for these items.  The 1920s and 1930s are an especially great time.  This book gives ton of great info and full color pictures of everything from compacts to lipsticks and powders.  This is a great reference guide to have on what types of items are out there.  Its quite educational and a great read.

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Celluloid: Collectibles from the Dawn of Plastics Book Review

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Celluloid: Collectibles from the Dawn of Plastics Book Review

About the Book: A sweeping survey of the early world of plastics is presented here in text and over 500 color photographs of celluloid toys, ornaments, jewelry, greeting cards, dolls, and much more. Advertisements from early twentieth century catalog pages futher chronicle the artifacts made with this enchanting early plastic. Celluloid objects of many forms and functions are included, ranging from holiday items and novelties to children's play things and utilitarian objects--all of which would have been found scattered throughout homes during the early decades of the twentieth century. Additionally, a concise but colorful history of the development of celluloid is provided (including startling accounts of exploding billiard balls and curling dentures). Values are found in the captions of the objects illustrated. A bibliography is provided as well. This book is a fascinating look back at the celluloid products of yesteryear.

Our Take: We enjoy all aspects of collecting here at the Legion and one of the companies we love to feature here is Schiffer books!  They make, without a doubt, the coolest books on collecting.  This one focuses on the ultra-collectible market from early plastics...Celluloid.  This comprehensive hardcover book is chock full of fantastic examples of everything from children's toys to picture frames and Xmas memorabilia...all made from Celluloid!  The guide is very informative and has tons of information about hte plastic, along with a great reference guide to what is out there!  This one is fantastic for anyone looking to get into collecting, or even the seasoned collector..everyone has something to learn from this one!

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Halloween Favorites In Plastic Book Review

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Halloween Favorites In Plastic Book Review

About the Book: Halloween plastics are one of the fastest growing areas for collectors. Items from the 1940s and the 1950s are quickly gaining value, now matching the prices brought in by papier-mch, metal, celluloid, and bisque items. This book gives an overall historic perspective of the Halloween collectibles field, 372 color pictures from many collections, has a price guide, and shows you how to judge plastics quality and tell old from new. Plastics collectors have needed a guide like this since many Halloween collectibles made in Hong Kong and China tend to be confusing.


Our Take: We love to feature various collector books here on the Legion, because we ourselves are psycho collectors of everything from toys to antiques.  This book focuses on collecting the various plastic Halloween memorabilia that came out early to mid last century.  My wife and I actually collect this, but honestly our collection is limited to only about a dozen pieces, because they're rather expensive when we do come across them.  This book not only helped us to learn a lot of the history that we didn't know around what was made when and why, but helped us to identify a TON more pieces that are out there that we didn't even know existed!  Its a doubled-edged sword in that way, I suppose, but now I'm just more determined than ever to track 'em all down!  The book is very well layed out with hundreds of full color images and great info.  We highly recommend this one.

How to Buy: Amazon.com

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Thomas & Friends: Curious Cargo DVD Review

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Thomas & Friends: Curious Cargo DVD Review


Synopsis: All aboard for a wild ride on the Island of Sodor as Thomas and his engine friends deliver some Curious Cargo - from giraffes and cows to birds and bunnies and more! Thomas meets a tall challenge while taking a giraffe to the Sodor Wildlife Center, Percy learns to be gentle with the animals of Sodor, and Belle and Toby discover the importance of listening to others. Join Thomas on his wildest adventures yet!

Review: We love Thomas the Train here at the Legion.  Our kids have gotten hours of enjoyment out of the adventures of Thomas and Friends.  This newest DVD release, Curious Cargo, is almost an hour of great lessons from Thomas.  This time, the cargo is various exotic animals and the gang learn some fantastic ways to listen and be gentle to others.  This is a great way to enjoy TV time with your kids!

Interest Range: Animation

Debra DiGiovanni - Single Awkward Female DVD Review

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Debra DiGiovanni - Single Awkward Female DVD Review



Synopsis: Voted Canada's Best Female Comedian at the Canadian Comedy Awards and a finalist on NBC's "Last Comic Standing," Debra DiGiovanni is one of comedy's fastest rising stars. In her debut DVD, Debra presents her personable, relatable and just plain hilarious views on dating, dieting and love as only she can share.

Review: I had never heard of comedian Debra DiGiovanni until we popped in her new DVD.  Apparently, she was one of the contestants on Last Comic Standing.  We love stand-up here a the Legion, but we've become quite picky about what we'll watch.  We've just seen too much crap.  DiGiovanni is fresh, funny and oh so bad.  Her act is a joy to watch and we laughed our asses off!  Cannot recommend her enough.

Interest Range: Comedy

The Ides Of March Blu-Ray Review

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The Ides Of March Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Ambition seduces and power corrupts in a nerve-wracking thriller from Academy Award® nominated director George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck). Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose groundbreaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris's integrity. Stephen gets trapped in the down-and-dirty battle and finds himself caught up in a scandal where the only path to survival is to play both sides. The all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.

Review: For our money there is no better actor in our times than George Clooney.   He has that old Hollywood feel about him that oozes likability and integrity.  He is joined in this politicial drama by an outstanding supporting cast that includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Paul Giamatti.  Gosling is alright, but I'm not really a fan.  This one is well-written, smooth and an easy watch.  Its a complete win and I recommend it to all audiences!

The special features on this blu-ray include: Commentary with George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Developing the Campaign: The Origin of The Ides of March, Believe: George Clooney, On The Campaign: The Cast of The Ides Of March and What Does a Political Consultant Do?

Interest Range: Drama

Cold Sweat DVD Review

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Cold Sweat DVD Review



Synopsis: When Roman's girlfriend disappears, he expects to find her in the arms of another man. Instead he finds her held captive by a pair of elderly and unstable political radicals armed with cases of decades-old and highly explosive dynamite. The villainous duo has been conducting illicit experiments on young girls lured to their home via the internet, and unless Roman can free his young love from their clutches, she's likely to end up in pieces due to a generous slathering of nitroglycerin. A delirious old school horror picture with the most memorable villains in years at its core, Adrian Garcia Bogliano's "Cold Sweat" is an unforgettable shocker loaded with wildly imaginative and stylish action.

Review: I'm not really into horror, but Cold Sweat took me my surprise.  It plays more like an intense thriller with some brutal action.  The film is very modern, in that the victims are lured via the internet.  The motivations of the villains isn't quite clear at all times, but their banter is darkly hilarious.  This one is definately worth the watch.

Interest Range: Suspense, Horror

Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star DVD Review

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Bucky Larson: Born To Be A Star DVD Review



Synopsis: Bucky [Nick Swarsdon] is a small town grocery bagger, going nowhere in life until he discovers that his conservative parents were once adult film stars! Armed with the belief that he has found his destiny, Bucky packs up and heads out to LA, hoping to follow in his parents footsteps. Also starring Christina Ricci, Don Johnson and Stephen Dorff.

Review: Bucky Larson is an interesting film, because its almost immediately a parody of itself.  I don't know if they made this as a cheeky joke or if they really are so out of touch that they think this kind of cliche storytelling is what the public puts up with anymore.  I tend to think its a bit of a satire, and in the case the movie is genius.  Nick Swardson is a funny guy and he does a nice job of building the ackward and bizarre looking character of Bucky Larson and there are some laughs to pull out of this one, but beware!

The special features on this DVD include: Laughter Is Contagious, Behind The Teeth, Gary: Tough Customer and Bucky Sparkles.

Interest Range: Comedy

First Squad Blu-Ray Review

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First Squad Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast is a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed by a Schutzstaffel (SS) officer who is attempting to raise from the dead a supernatural army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause.

Review: We've seen a lot of anime here at the Legion, but none quite so unique as First Squad!  This unusual anime is centered around a group of superpowered teens during WWII Russia.    The enemy?  The Nazi SS, who just so happen to be raising the dead.  Does it get cooler than this?  Hell no!  The animation is great and the story is phenominal. We cannot recommend this one enough for anime and non-anime fans alike!

Interest Range: Anime

The Coast Guard Blu-Ray / DVD Review

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The Coast Guard Blu-Ray / DVD Review



Synopsis: Private Kang (Jang Dong-kun) monitors a stretch of the South Korean coast lined with barbed-wire fencing. Driven by the belief that killing a spy is the highest honor, Kang eagerly awaits a chance to prove his worth as a soldier. One night, he mistakes a promiscuous couple for North Korean spies and shoots without hesitation. Despite receiving honors, he slowly begins to unravel under the grief of his actions. As he loses his grip on reality, tensions and paranoia escalate and further tragedy becomes unavoidable. The Coast Guard won acclaimed director Kim Ki-Duk a FIPRESCI Prize for its strong and innovative depiction of the illusion of power which destroys humanity on both sides of the fence. Blu Ray + DVD combo pack

Review: The Coast Guard is a fantastic cautionary tale of the power of authority gone wrong.  The gung-ho war hero attitude can be quite dangerous in real life situations.  After a private shoots an innocent couple, he begins to fall apart, and rightfully so.  This film is emotional and sends a fantastic message, while taking the viewer on a great journey.  This one is an excellent watch.

Interest Range: Action

The Age of Heroes Blu-Ray Review

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The Age of Heroes Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Action-packed British thriller based on the real-life events of Ian Fleming's 30 Commando during World War II - the template for the modern day SAS. Sean Bean and Danny Dyer star in an adrenalin-fuelled action-adventure which takes our heroes from the edge of defeat on the beaches of Dunkirk to the mountains of Norway on a search-and-destroy mission behind enemy lines that, if successful, would change the course of the war.

Review: Sean Bean is a great actor.  We saw him featured in the Lord of the Rings trilogy portraying a character that died off quickly.  Then, we see him in Game of Thrones kicking ass and again...dies off.  This time, we get him as a British spy in the Ian Fleming tradition.  This one is full of old school style action with flair!  We recommend this for anyone looking for a nice throwback to the spy films of the 1950s.

Interest Range: Action

Friday, January 27, 2012

Mimoco To Launch Micro-Justice League Flash Drives!


Mimoco (www.mimoco.com), renowned makers of the MIMOBOT® line of character-based designer USB flash drives, has unveiled a new product line of fashionable personal data storage devices called MIMOMICRO™. The MIMOMICRO™ product line can best be described as a smaller, more versatile evolution of the MIMOBOT® collection. Not only can MIMOMICRO™ be used as a USB flash drive with interchangeable microSD memory cards, but it also functions as a microSD card reader to transport data between mobile phones, tablets, e-readers, digital cameras, and mp3 players to one's computer.

MIMOMICRO™ boasts three dimensional sculpted characters and the first in a series of vehicles. MIMOMICRO's cap-free design with flip-out USB plug also includes a built-in keychain and LED indicator light. Measuring a mere 1.6" H x 1.0" W in its compact form factor, MIMOMICRO™ lives up to its name.

Launching in March, the first two MIMOMICRO™ collections include a crop of designs from Star Wars, including Darth Vader, Yoda, C-3PO, Chewbacca, and the Millennium Falcon along with characters from DC Comics including Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

"As the pioneers in the licensed flash drive marketplace, Mimoco is excited to unveil our first new product line to build upon the success of our popular MIMOBOT platform. MIMOMICRO leverages compatibility with both USB and microSD enabled memory devices and taps into the growing usage of mobile memory solutions," said Evan Blaustein, CEO of Mimoco.

"We're thrilled to introduce our new co-branded product alongside licensing partners Lucas Licensing and Warner Bros. Consumer Products," Blaustein added. "MIMOMICRO gives our customers the ability to select and upgrade their favorite characters' memory capacity and an easy way to transfer data from mobile devices to computers."

MIMOMICRO™ will be available for purchase in March 2012 at select retailers worldwide and at Mimoco.com.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A First Look at The Dark Knight Rises Icon Statues by Dc Direct

A First Look at The Dark Knight Rises Busts by DC Direct!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tall Story DVD Review

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Tall Story DVD Review


Synopsis: Jane Fonda wants a man she can look up to: a basketball player. In her debut movie, Fonda plays a college coed with a clear-cut goal: convince all-American hoopster Anthony Perkins that a bachelor’s degree doesn’t mean unmarried! From the moment the future two-time Academy Award® winner* spins her bicycle across campus (and headlong into two professors) to the romantic fadeout, it’s clear she possesses that quality called starpower. Footlight legend and longtime Fonda family friend Joshua Logan directed this frisky farce. The polished supporting cast includes the always engaging Ray Walston, Anne Jackson and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Marc Connelly (recreating his Tony®-nominated Broadway turn). Fonda has grown into an extraordinarily tall Hollywood legend. And it all started with her in Tall Story. * Best Actress for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978).

Review: Tall Story markes the feature film debut of the now legendary Jane Fonda.   She is famous for her liberated woman persona, but that has yet to form in this early work in which she co-stars with the eerie Anthony Perkins.   This film is essentially a sports drama.   The film centers around a player that is conned into trouble over some Russian gamblers.  In the backround, Fonda is busy husband hunting and scheming.  This movie is kinda crazy, but a lot of fun. 

Interest Range: Comedy, Drama, Sports

Dirty Girl DVD Review

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Dirty Girl DVD Review



Synopsis: Its 1987 and danielle the high school dirty girl is running away. With her is chubby gay clarke a bag of flour called joan and a walkman full of glorious 80s tunes

Review: Dirty Girl is a risque new comedy/drama about a young girl and her journey to come of age.  When her mother marries a crazy mormon she escapes to California to meet her real father, along with her new guy friend, a gay outcast.  This film is an interesting blend of genres that moves from one type of film to another, in fact you get about three films in one by the end.  There are a few "dirty" situations, particularly in the beginning, but as the film goes on you get some comedy and them some family drama.  This is a charming film and is definately worth the watch.

Interest Range: Comedy, Drama

Redline Blu-Ray Review

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Redline Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: "Redline" is about the biggest and most deadly racing tournament in the universe. Only held once every five years, everyone wants to stake their claim to fame, including JP, a reckless dare-devil driver oblivious to speed limits with his ultra-customized car - all the while, organized crime and militaristic governments want to leverage the race to their own ends. Amongst the other elite rival drivers in the tournament, JP falls for the alluring Sonoshee - but will she prove his undoing, or can a high speed romance survive a mass destruction race?

Review: We have seen a lot of anime here at the Legion...but none quite like Redline.  The show is featured around the deadliest and most dangerous race in the world.  This anime doesn't have the trappings of some similar features with the cheesy lines, the pervy situations and cooky characters.  This one really takes animated storytelling seriously with great action and a wonderful story.  We recommend this one to any serious anime fan.

Interest Range: Anime

Division III: Football's Finest Blu-Ray Review

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Division III: Football's Finest Blu-Ray Review



Synopsis: Comedy mad man Andy Dick (Old School) leads a winning ensemble cast in this outrageous comedy in the no holds barred tradition of Bad Santa and Bad Teacher. Meet bad coach Rick Vice, a redneck psycho with a suspect record (the attempted murder of a Pee Wee football team). When the Pulham Blue Cocks coach drops dead on the sidelines, Vice is the last resort to turn around the worst team in college football's worst division (it's one step up from Nerf). Marshall Cook costars as Mitch, the slacker second-string quarterback who butts helmets with Vice, his worst nightmare, but maybe Vice's demented methods will be just the spark to turn Mitch and the Blue Cocks into winners. Adam Corolla (The Man Show) and MadTV veterans Will Sasso, Debra Wilson, Mo Collins and Bryan Callen go the extra yard in this comedy that will blindside you.

Review: Its a rare bird that really "gets" Andy Dick.  He is kind of a maniac, after all.  I am one of those rare birds, though.  I think he's hilarious.  This film is the best example of his work that I've seen in years.  If this one can catch on, he just might be looking at a comeback.  The comedy is well structured and outrageous and definately a good time for those that enjoy extreme comedy.

Interest Range: Comedy