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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Jaden Smith Wears A White Batman Costume to Prom

Jaden Smith, the son of Suicide Squad's Deadshot Will Smith, attended his prom in a white Batman costume and blazer. that happened.

Win a copy of Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season on DVD!

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Win a copy of Major Crimes: The Complete Third Season on DVD!

The DVD will be released on May 26th, 2015!  You can win a free copy from DVD Legion!  Simply email us your entry to for your chance to win.  Good luck!

About the DVD:
The third gripping season of Major Crimes finds our favorite squad of detectives hard at work, as they continue to solve the division’s highest profile cases. The elite team is under the leadership of department head Captain Sharon Raydor, portrayed by Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell (Dances with Wolves, Battlestar Galactica). The unit is comprised of Lieutenant Provenza (G.W. Bailey, The Closer, M*A*S*H, Police Academy), Lieutenant Andy Flynn (Tony Denison, The Closer, Crime Story), Lieutenant Mike Tao (Michael Paul Chan, The Closer, Arrested Development), Detective Julio Sanchez (Raymond Cruz, The Closer, Training Day), Detective Amy Sykes (Kearran Giovanni, One Life to Live), tech expert Buzz Watson (Phillip P. Keene, The Closer, The D.A.), Dr. Morales (Jonathan Del Arco, The Closer, Nip/Tuck), Assistant Chief Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett, The Closer, Arlington Road) and Deputy Chief Fritz Howard (recurring guest star Jon Tenney, The Closer, King & Maxwell).

Season three finds the unit involved in a series of startling and complex cases. The detectives investigate the death of a canine that inherited his deceased millionaire master’s fortune; a young runaway who is found murdered in a trash can; a woman who confesses to killing her rapist; a series of young girls who disappear from a nightclub; a father and two young kids who go missing and several other captivating mysteries. The third season also brings the return of homeless teen and material witness Rusty Beck (Graham Patrick Martin, The Closer, Two and a Half Men), who is taken in — and adopted — by Captain Raydor. It’s a thrilling season filled with intriguing cases and compelling stories about the lives of the officers and prosecutors who work together to rid the streets of Los Angeles of some its worst criminals.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mattel Announces SDCC Dc Super Friends / Thomas Train Mash-Up Toys

Thomas & Friends™ Super Friends Minis

The world’s favorite engines meet the world’s greatest super heroes as Thomas & Friends™ collide with DC Super Friends™ for a mighty mashup! The engines who keep the Island of Sodor running now have heroic new makeovers as MINIS with designs based on the heroes seen in DC Comics.
This exclusive San Diego Comic-Con pack features five fantastic MINIS mashups, including:
  • Exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con: Diesel as the Dark Knight version of Batman!
  • Thomas/Superman
  • Spencer/Cyborg
  • D10/The Joker
  • Millie/Harley Quinn
Best of all, it includes a premium, exclusive-to-San Diego Comic-Con package complete with a new comic story revealing the origin of the Thomas& Friends/DC Super Friends mashup and dynamic light-up action! It’s the perfect introduction to the Thomas & Friends/DC Super Friends MINIS.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WWE: Daniel Bryan Relinquishes Intercontinental Title!

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Last night on Monday Night RAW, WWE Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan returned after some downtime to address the fans live.  The last time we saw Daniel come to the ring like this he was letting us know about his severe ongoing neck injuries.  Bryan told fans that his latest MRI revealed an uncertainty about his future in sports entertainment.  Bryan could be out weeks, months or indefinitely!  An impassioned Daniel Bryan let the fans know that they deserve a fighting champion, and since he can no longer defend the championship he has vacated the Intercontinental title!  

The fans have been behind Bryan for some time and chants of "Thaun replied with "Thank YOU", because his entire career momentum has been fan driven as the smaller underdog that defies the norm in WWE.   We here at Atari Nation wish Daniel well, and hopefully we will see the "YES" man return to the ring again soon.  Best wishes.

Friday, May 08, 2015

Article: Man or Monster? A Brief History of Killer Croc

 Batman has aquired a rather extensive rogues gallery over the past 76 years.   His rotating stable of villains includes everything from mass murderers, serial killers and thugs to the rejected, disfigured and often misunderstood.  Which of these categories, then, does a certain Mr. Waylon Jones, known more affectionately to fans as Killer Croc, belong in?   This character, though created over three decades ago, found his largest fanbase as a somewhat bumbling brute on Batman: The Animated Series and has appeared regularly in the comic books since that time, but how much do we as fans really know about the complex history of this character?   His inclusion in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, alongside fellow Bat-Rogue Harley Quinn, has generated a lot of buzz around his portrayl as a disfigured man, rather than a hulking mutated monster.  This being his very first appearance on the big screen, we thought this would be a good time to take a look at the history of the man known as the Killer Croc and show some of the newer fans just how comic accurate that Suicide Squad portrayl really is.
In a pre-Crisis universe Killer Croc made his debut in the form of a cameo that book place in Batman #357 in March of 1983.   A relative newcomer to the Batman gallery of rogues, Croc has managed to keep himself in the forefront of many important Batman tales over the past few decades.  Croc was created by Gerry Conway and Curt Swan as a new and vicious threat to the Dark Knight.

Killer Croc first appeared obscured by shadows in a trenchcoat and hat, busy delving his sticky fingrs into underworld dealings and pulling strings to get his ends met.  There was a gap left in the Gotham underworld when Rupert Thorne and Falco are both in prision, and Croc decides to step in as the new boss. 

He reveals himself as a former sideshow freak from Florida that used to wrestle alligators for the crowds.  He could break their backs with his bare hands.  Once the Croc realized his strength, he decided that he should make it work for him.   Dubbing himself King Croc, he traveled to Gotham City, America's magnet for crime, and established himself as a menace.

Afflicted with Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis, a real-life skin disorder that causes the clumping of keratin filaments.   Croc first appeared with a body covered in scales, and as the 1980s progressed he got a little more beast-like, whith his eyes turning red and his skin more green.  It was revealed in Detective Comics #526 in May of 1983 that King Croc killed the second Robin, Jason Todd's, parents.  

This fact was retconned later by the DC Crisis, and Two-Face was then responsible for the murders.   The Crisis was a difficult time for Croc.  He would show up here and there in the years following the Crisis, but he notably showed up during the lead-in issues to the Knightfall saga of the 1990s.  

In Batman #489 (February 1993) Killer Croc takes on Batman and tries to break his back.  He fails, and ultimately has to do battle with Bane, who is working behind the scenes to establish his dominance amongst Batman's rogues gallery.  Bane breaks both of Croc's arms, and leaves  him in shambles, only to be carted back to Arkham Asylum.

Killer Croc re-emerged as a suit-wearing gangster in Chuck Dixon's acclaimed Robin series in the early 1990s.  The dichotomy of the savage beast and the coniving criminal mastermind made the earlier incarnations of Killer Croc far more interesting than the mutated brute of the past decade.

Croc was introduced to a whole new audience of young people when he made his very first appearance in cartoon form in Batman: The Animated Series.   He would appear in five episodes of B:TAS as a strong, but rather dopey villain, not the serious and coniving threat of the 1980s.  When Batman: The Animated Series moved networks and was redesiged for Kids WB! as The New Batman Adventures, Croc would also get a rebirth for two episodes of that series.  His new, more menacing, look and attitude were a great tribute to the original incarnation of the character in the comic books.  

The comic book version of Croc began to de-evolve in the mid 1990s and he was called by Swamp Thing to rejoin nature in the swamps.  Batman wasn't too pleased with this idea, but Swamp Thing didn't give him much choice in the matter.

The turn of the millenium and the introduction of the cult favorite HUSH story arc would bring us a Killer Croc that has degenerated from a disfigured thug to a mutated beast.  

Jim Lee designed a Croc with serious teeth, a snout and tail.  This monsterous version of Croc has become a fan favorite and set the tone for versions over the next decade, including the action figures originally released by Mattel, of which Croc got his very own themed wave and the massive beast that is featured in the Arkham video game series.

The look and feel of Croc was brought back to the old school when Brian Azzarelloand Lee Bermejo released the out of canon graphic novel "Joker", around the time of the Dark Knight film.  This version of Waylon gave us a hulking brute of a man that had some mild disfigurement and enjoyed feasting on the flesh of humans.  


We get to see that Croc still has a human side in the recent New 52 reboot of the comic books.  The most recent arc to feature him portrays him as less of a mutant creature and more of a humanoid with a menacing face that resembles the Batman: The Animated Series incarnation.   

Croc has formed a meaningful relationship with a fellow Arkham inmate named Sybil.  She suffers from multiple personality disorder, but her own mental illness allows her to see past Croc's deformity and treat him like a real person for the first time in his life.  This emotional attachment clearly changes Croc.  He promises to look after Cybil's daughter Olive and in the pages of Gotham Academy this year we see him do just that.


That brings us to present day and the Suicide Squad film.  The look of this version of Croc is actually so comic accurate to the original that its fantastic.  Hopefully, he'll come armed with the brutality and attitude to match.  This new birth of a DC Cinematic Universe is introducing Killer Croc almost immediately into the mix, assuming he makes it through Suicide Squad alive, he could definitely be in solo Batman films in the future.  What do you think of Croc's look now?  Sound off in the comments and on Facebook & Twitter!

Matt MacNabb is a writer and pop culture historian

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Batman Classic TV Series Catwoman Resin Bust Coming Fall 2015!

Batman Classic TV Series Catwoman Resin Bust
A Diamond Select Toys release! Batman's rogues gallery continues to grow as Catwoman joins the Riddler and the Joker in DST's line of busts, based on the Classic Batman TV Series! This 6-inch-tall resin bust depicts Julie Newmar as Catwoman, perched atop a colorful base inspired by the show's animated opening credits. Even with her mask on, Catwoman's hypnotizing beauty will have Batman baffled! Packaged in a full-color box with a certificate of authenticity. Designed by Barry Bradfield! Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #MAY152172, SRP: $59.99)

Mattel Announces SDCC 2015 Matty Figure Exclusives! He-Man & Ghostbusters!

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Masters of the Universe® Rotar™ vs. Twistoid™

Recreate the Second Ultimate Battleground as Rotar™ and Twistoid™ go head to head!
A former palace guard wounded in battle, Rotar™ was merged with an android body resulting in fists of fury fueled by his hyper spin powers. He now protects Eternia® as one of the Masters of the Universe®!

Rotar’s nemesis Twistoid™ is a Gyro Robot who serves Skeletor®. Using super spinning action, Twistoid™ wields a ball and chain, whirling sword, and terror gears to defeat his enemies.

 Hover Robots™ 3-Pack

Previously sold only during our February 2015 Early Access sale, everyone’s favorite drones of destruction are joining the list of products available for pick-up at SDCC. Each pack comes with three sets of hands, a sticker sheet, and three stands.

Ghostbusters™ Courtroom Battle Egon Spengler™ 

Do, re, Egon! When the Scoleri brothers make an unscheduled appearance before Judge Wexler, the professor of paranormal dispenses some justice Ghostbusters™ style. This commemorative 6” figure pays tribute to Harold Ramis, who created the character of the serious scientist

Gotham TV Select Action Figures Series 1 Figures!

Gotham TV Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! One of the hottest shows on TV is Gotham, a look at the crime-ridden streets of Batman’s hometown. Now, the hit show is an all-new line of Select action figures! Each 7-inch scale figure comes with character-specific accessories, as well as a deluxe diorama base representing a location in Gotham City: The Penguin comes with a pier, Jim Gordon comes with an alleyway, and Selina Kyle comes with a fire escape – connect Jim and Selina’s bases to form a larger scene! Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and comes packaged in the famous display-ready Select packaging, with spine art for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! 

(Item # MAY152171, SRP: $24.99/ea.)  Releasing Fall 2015!

Ghostbusters Movie Select Action Figures Series 1 Figures!

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Ghostbusters Movie Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst. 

A Diamond Select Toys release! After years of producing a variety of quality Ghostbusters products, DST is finally tackling 7-inch-scale Select action figures! With 12 releases planned in the line, the first three will be Ray Stanz, Winston Zeddemore and Louis Tully, each with detailed sculpts, exacting likenesses and character-specific accessories. Each figure will also include a diorama piece – collect all twelve to build the rooftop battle scene from the end of the film! Each figure features approximately 16 points of articulation and comes packaged in the famous display-ready Select packaging, with spine art for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! Coming in Series 2: Peter Venkman and Egon Spengler! (Item #MAY152168, SRP: $24.99/ea.)

MattyCollector Announces Ghostbusters II SDCC 2015 Exclusive Figure!

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We're getting Ghostbusters II Courtroom Egon this year for San Diego Comic Con!  He will also be available on the Monday sale on, but we all know thats nearly impossible to obtain, so your best bet is SDCC or ebay.  

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Bryan Singer Announces X-Men Days of Future Past: Rogue Cut

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Bryan Singer took to Periscope today to let us know that on July 14th (the 15 year anniversary of the release of the first X-Men in 2000) we'll get the Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past.  This edition will have 17 additional minutes of footage, including of course Rogue!  Singer, who was live from the X-Men: Apocalypse set near Montreal, was in a steel mill. He indicated that the mill will have something to do with Magneto. 

Monday, May 04, 2015

New Midwest Comic Con Generating Huge Buzz!

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Comic book fans nationwide enjoy fantastic conventions like San Diego Comic Con, Wizard World Chicago and the NY Comic Con.  Unfortunately, many of us are landlocked in the midwest and if we can't travel out to Chicago, Kansas City or St. Louis, then we're out of luck...until now!   The O Comic Con is bringing fandom to the Omaha, NE / Council Bluffs, IA area.  

The event, which takes place over the weekend of May 29th, 30th and the 31st at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA.  The event boasts some pretty fantastic guests from the world of entertainment, comic books and even wrestling!    Not to mention great panels, activities, cosplay, vendors...any and everything a nerd could want!  Tickets are on sale now at the official website

You can check out all their guests on their official website HERE, but we have a few highlights below.

-Mick Foley - WWE Hardcore Legend

-Walter Koenig - Star Trek's Original Chekov

-Maurice LaMarche - Voice of Egon in REAL Ghostbusters Brain in Pinky & The Brain

-Billy West - Prolific voice actor from Futurama, Ren & Stimpy, Doug and more!

The Gotham Season Finale After Show Tonight!

The Gotham After Show has been bringing us recap discussion all season long after each episode of Gotham on Fox.  Tonight is the big season finale, what surprises will it bring?  Check out the After Show 15 minutes after Gotham goes off the air here:

TMNT Collecting History: The Recalled Vintage TMNT Puzzle

There are a lot of incidences of artist taking inappropriate liberties back in the late 80s and early 90s with Disney films...well, that happened here and there on retail products too.  This Ninja Turtles puzzle includes some...interesting graphitti in the alleyway that is clearly inappropriate for the intended audience.  

The scarcity and oddity of this puzzle makes it in high demand for Ninja Turtles collectors today, fetching a price between $60-$80 on average.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast On The Cover Of Vanity Fair!

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The issue comes out on May 7th!  Photos by the great Annie Leibovitz

Sunday, May 03, 2015

1st Pic of the Suicide Squad Movie Cast - Including Harley Quinn!

I'm not a fan of how they have portrayed Harley in recent years, but this version I can get behind.  Its very 'Tank Girl'.  I'm excited for this one.  What do you think Bat-Fans?

Product Spotlight: 1966 Joker Bank

Product Spotlight: 1966 Joker Bank

About the Product: A Diamond Select Release! The clown prince of crime is now his own worst enemy! With its ability to store your pocket change, this 8" vinyl bank of The Joker is the perfect target for The Joker, who loves himself even more than he loves money. Based on the likeness of Cesar Romero as he appeared in the Batman Classic TV Series, this vinyl bust bank has a coin slot on his back and an access door in his base. Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean!.

Our Take:  The Joker bank is the third in the series of 1966 themed banks from Diamond Select Toys (DST).  They are putting out some amazing product with their busts, but even these lower cost banks are gorgeous pieces for any collection.  The stock pics of the Joker bank that I saw before having this in-hand didn't even come close to comparing to the quality of the actual sculpt.  Jean St. Jean did an amazing job, as he always does, of capturing not just the likeness of the character, but the energy and the fun, as well.  This one is a must have and it looks amazing on a shelf, as you can see in our image gallery below.  

DST is soon coming out with Batman: TAS product, which looks to be amazing, so watch for that, and hopefully for more banks, as well!  The Penguin bust is coming soon to a store near you.

Image Gallery: