Thursday, July 30, 2015

After Dark Films Announces the Re-Launch of it's Famed "8 Films To Die For" Horror Brand and New Partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Entertainment

The Terror Hits Theaters October 16th, 2015

After Dark Films has established a new working partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to release '8 Films to Die For' a teeth-shattering line up of 8 terrifying horror features. This agreement is a huge step forward for the horror giant, After Dark Films, and famed media distributor Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

"We are excited to be showcasing these films with Fox. They are such an experienced and enthusiastic partner and we know that '8 Films to Die For' is in the most capable of hands."-Courtney Solomon, CEO of After Dark Films

The first in a panic inducing line up of horrors is Re-Kill, the epidemic horror film written by Michael Hurst (Room 6) and directed by Valeri Milev (Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort). This highly anticipated and terrifying film focusing on a devastating outbreak is the perfect pick to kick off the highly touted '8 Films to Die For' re-launch.

"With this new line up we are delivering to our fans the film they have been waiting for, Re-Kill. This post-apocalyptic feature is our most highly anticipated horror film to date," says Stephanie Caleb, EVP, Creative Affairs & Acquisitions of After Dark Films.

Official Synopsis:

It's been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world's population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on, as most of the major cities are still uninhabitable. Within the few surviving cities, the Re-Ans have been segregated into "zones" and are policed by the R-Division of the QUASI S.W.A.T. Unit who hunt to re-kill the Re-Ans in the hope of quelling a second outbreak.

'8 Films to Die For' and Re-Kill will have a limited theatrical release, nation wide, on October 16th, 2015.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Star Wars Homies from DCA Toys

I came across DCA's store looking at #customtoys on Instagram. Someone had posted a picture of one of their Star Wars pieces, so I had to track down the site because Star Wars. The thing that I loved about them was the mash-up of Star Wars and the Homies line of mini-figures. I remember purchasing Homies (which you can now find on Amazon) from my local grocery store's quarter machines. 

Series 12 Homies Figures

For those who've never seen them before, has a history of the mini figures on their site:

"In 1998 artist David Gonzales had released the first set of his popular miniature Chicano figures, the Homies, but by May 1999 his first set of 6 figures was receiving strong negative backlash about the Chicano representations in his art. On the one hand there where those that thought his depictions of Chicanos where emphasizing negative stereotypes of Mexican youths in California, but then there were those that appreciated the art and the cultural representations of real people from the barrio."

DCA Toys is "a collaboration of 4 creative minds having fun with resin." Their site has a collection of figures that are the "result of late nights, beer and the need to experiment and create something new." Their Star Wars/Homies line consists of fifteen different figures. I ordered four of their figures (Choldado, Chido Fett, La Sad Girl Leia, and El Chuy) and as a bonus, they sent a bunch of stickers. The quality was great (though my Leia doesn't want to stand) and the shipping was fast. The prices, which vary, are definitely reasonable for what you get. The figures I ordered were $5.00 each before shipping, but prices range from $5.00-$25.00. Scroll down for a closer look at DCA Toys' Star Wars/Homies figures.

Chido Fett, Choldado, La Sad Girl Leia, and El Chuy

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Celebrate 10 Years of David Petersen's 'Mouse Guard' with 'The Art of Mouse Guard: 2005-2015'

Archaia, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the culmination of 10 years of David Petersen’s beloved Mouse Guard in The Art of Mouse Guard: 2005-2015.

Since its debut in 2005, David Petersen’s Mouse Guard has been a New York Times bestseller, won numerous Eisner and Harvey awards, and has become an influential staple of the comics industry with a wide-reaching fanbase. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the series’ debut issue, The Art of Mouse Guard: 2005-2015 is a celebration of the beautiful world, memorable characters, and intensive artistic process of David Petersen’s cherished series.

This prestige, coffee table hardcover features never-before-seen sketches, 100 oversized pages of full-color artwork, and commentary from Stan Sakai, Karl Kerschl, Katie Cook, and others, as well as pin-ups by Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, and other collaborators and colleagues.

The Art of Mouse Guard: 2005-2015 arrives in comic shops on August 12th and in book stores August 18th, with a cover by David Petersen for the price of $59.99. The hardcover is 12” x 12” and contains 368 full-color pages.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Unboxing July's Super Geek Box: Ultimate Pixels

This months Super Geek Box celebrates all things video games with their 'Ultimate Pixels' themed box. Last months Super Geek Box was my first and I was very impressed with their box, so when it was time to re-up, I just had to see what they had to offer. Again, this months box was actually two boxes. The first box contained the T-shirt, which had a pretty awesome Game Boy design. Also included were stickers, two Pacman plushes, glasses, a mousepad, dog tag, and candy. 

For those that don't know, Super Geek Box is a monthly box of "Geek and Gamer Gear" worth $40+. Each month also includes an "Ultra-EPIC T-shirt" exclusive to Super Geek Box. The subscription service costs $9.42 per month plus shipping. For more info check out Super Geek Box!

Inside this months box:

- Pacman Plush
- Pacman Ghost Plush 
- Space Invaders Sour Candy Tin
- 8-bit Retro Decal Set
- Exclusive Retro Geek Classic Pixel Glasses 
- Exclusive "Byte Me" Dog Tag Necklace
- Retro Gamer Mousepad/Coaster
- Exclusive Handheld Gamer T-shirt

Exclusive T-shirt

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Unboxing July's Loot Crate: Heroes 2

Loot Crate revisits one of their most popular themes with their July box, 'Heroes 2.' The Team at Loot Crate has put together a sequel box that tops the original in every way. Most of this months items are DC-related, which were awesome, even for this Marvel fan. The exclusive Batman Q-Pop figure and Regrettable Superheroes hardcover book was worth the price of the crate alone! July's Loot Crate magazine includes an interview with Jon Schnepp, director of the documentary titled "The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? Also included this month were items from Zelda, Star Trek, and more.

For those that don't know, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service which delivers a box of "Geek and Gamer Gear" straight to your door. For roughly $21.00 a month (shipping and taxes included) you'll get a box of goodies valued at $40+. You can visit Loot Crate for more info.

Inside this months crate:

- July Loot Crate Button
- July Loot Crate Magazine
- Wonder Woman Poster (DC Comics)
- Legend of Zelda Sweatband (Bioworld)
- Batman Multi-Tool Keychain (Paladone)
- EXCLUSIVE The League of Regrettable Superheroes (Quirk Books)
- EXCLUSIVE TV Series Batman Q-Pop Figure (Quantum Mechanix)
- EXCLUSIVE Brawlhalla Download Card (Blue Mammoth Games)
- Star Trek Auto Air Freshener (Plasticolor) 

A peek inside the box

Exclusive Batman Q-Pop Figure (Ant-Man for scale)

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Unboxing July's Japan Crate

Last month I tried out a new subscription service called Japan Crate. When you order, you'll receive a monthly box of Japanese candy handpicked by the team at Japan Crate delivered straight to your door. There are three different boxes you can order; Mini: 4-6 items ($12.00/month), Original: 8-10 candies ($25.00/month), and Premium: 10-12 items, including drink, DIY kit, and revolving bonus item ($30/month). More info can be found on the Japan Crate website.

My initial box was the mini and I was pretty impressed with the snacks that I got. This month, I received the premium box and it came with twice as many snacks as my last crate. There were a couple of items that didn't sound super appealing to me, but it's an amazing deal for the number of items you receive.

In this month's box:

Chameleon Candy- Hard candies that change colors like a real chameleon.

Potekoro Cubes- Savory bite-sized cubes with bold black pepper.

Chu Grape Jelly- Japanese Jelly in a convenient package.

Maken Gummy- Hand gummies shaped after rock, paper, scissors.

Adzuki Mizu Yokan- A more traditional Japanese dessert, this red bean snack is sweet with a gel-like texture.

Choco Bar Z Kinako- A crispy wafer stick soaked in Kinako (soy flour) chocolate.

Animal Drawing Sherbet DIY- Use 3 colors to decorate animals, freeze, and enjoy.

Lifeguard Paste- Lifeguard started off as a soda and now comes in many candy forms, like this paste.

Kids Beer- Non-alcoholic apple soda.

Com Potage Chips- Fluffy corn clouds that melt in your mouth. Corn potage is a popular soup in Japan.

Kajiri Chew- A refreshing, chewy cola taffy filled with a layer of citrus soda flavored taffy.

Sour Lemon Gum- 10 pieces of super sour lemon gum.

A peek inside

Monday, July 20, 2015

Alyssa Milano and Archaia Set to Debut a New Installment of 'Hacktivist'

Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 Main Cover by Marcus To

Archaia, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the next installment of high-stakes danger in the hacker community with Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1, debuting this July. The team behind the critically acclaimed limited series is back as actress/activist Alyssa Milano teams up once again with writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials Official Graphic Novel Prelude), and artist Marcus To (New Warriors, Red Robin) for a new limited series that pits hacker against hacker.

“We’re living in a time when the inherent possibilities and dangers of the digital world grow more consequential every day,” said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik. “The first Hacktivist series only scratched the surface of using social media as a catalyst for change, and this new series will dive even deeper into the very grey world of hackers. We’re very excited to have the entire team Hacktivist back.”

"I'm so happy to be able to continue to explore these special characters, their partnership, their friendship and their hacktivism,” said Milano. “It was great to work with this unbelievable team again and I can't wait for readers to experience this next chapter."

It’s been six months since Tunis. Nate Graft’s life was turned upside-down after his best friend Ed Hiccox died, but he’s since pulled things together and is now in charge of VIGIL, the front line of America’s ongoing cyber operations. Just when things are starting to gain some semblance of control, YourLife, the government, and Nate come under attack by a new breed of hacker...who call themselves .sve_urs3lf. Using Nate and Ed’s former handle, they want to know the truth of what happened in Tunis, and they’re calling for blood. Nate’s blood.

Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 (of 6) arrives in comic shops on July 29th with a main cover by series artist Marcus To for the price of $3.99. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Sonny Liew (Dr. Fate, Jim  Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches), and a retailer incentive cover by Marcus To.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Unboxing Nerd Block's "Vinylpalooza" Box

Nerd Block is one of the better-known monthly subscription boxes on the market and has been around for quite some time. I've never ordered one before, mainly for the fact that because it ships from Canada, you need to add another $10.00 above the $19.99 purchase price for shipping. That's a little pricey when you've got several other subscription services going. Once I got the E-mail from Nerd Block that they were doing a one-time special "Vinylpalooza" box featuring a guaranteed 4 vinyl figures (with one guaranteed Funko POP! figure), I knew that I had to order one. They also stated that a limited number of boxes would come with four Funko POP! figures that would ship at random. 

When the box finally arrived on my doorstep, I was pretty excited to tear into it to see what I got. I was really hoping that I would be one of the lucky few to receive a full box of Funko POP!'s. Sadly, I didn't get a full box, but at least the one I did get was one that I didn't already have. Overall, I was a bit disappointed with the vinyl figure selection. Aside from the Funko figure, I wasn't too keen on the other three. As much as I love each of the properties that they came from, I was a bit underwhelmed by the vinyl's. Aside from the Funko, they were all Nerd Block exclusives, which makes me think that they wanted to unload some left over vinyl's. But, it's not a loss at all, because they can either be traded or gifted to others that will appreciate them more. 

Nerd Block "Vinylpalooza" Box-

- Dragonball Z Piccolo Funko POP! Figure

- Titan 4.5" Doctor Who 10th Doctor Nerd Block Exclusive Figure

- Titan 4.5" Breaking Bad Saul Goodman Nerd Block Exclusive Figure

- Titan 4.5" Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Vehicle Nerd Block Exclusive   

A peek inside

Nerd Block "Vinylpalooza" Box

Piccolo Funko POP!

Saul Goodman Nerd Block Exclusive

10th Doctor Nerd Block Exclusive

Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Nerd Block Exclusive

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Ant-Man – Artist Mix by Hot Toys

via Sideshow

Heroes don't get any bigger.

Marvel Studios is bringing a new superhero with a whole new perspective to theaters this July. In Marvel's Ant-Man, our new hero Scott Lang will be armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.

However, things turn sour as the ruthless tech mogul Darren Cross learns the secret of the Ant-Man suit and builds a new suit with similar shrinking ability but armed high-power cybernetic weapons for himself. As Yellowjacket, he will destroy anything that deters him from reaching his goal to take modern warfare to a new level.

Hot Toys and Sideshow Collectibles are delighted to reveal the Ant-Man Artist Mix Figure designed by Japanese artist TOUMA from this new film!

The Ant-Man Artist Mix series will include Ant-Man, the villain Yellowjacket, and a deluxe set of 3 that features those two characters plus a special Ant-Man (Black Out Version), only available in the set!

Each Artist Mix figure has a bobble-head and stands approximately 13cm tall. The figures are a perfect combination the movie character's designs with TOUMA's distinctive art style and are a great addition for collectible fans!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

'Sicario' Trailer and New Posters Released

via YouTube

In Mexico, SICARIO means hitman.

In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent [Emily Blunt] is enlisted by an elite government task force official [Josh Brolin] to aid in the escalating war against drugs.

Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past [Benicio Del Toro], the team sets out on a clandestine journey forcing Kate to question everything that she believes in order to survive.

Emily Blunt

Josh Brolin

Benicio Del Toro

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Visual Teaser for New Mike Carey and Mike Perkins Project Unveiled

As part of its series of announcements leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios unveiled a new image to tease a new original project coming in October from creators Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, The Unwritten) and Mike Perkins (Deathlok)! Details on the series will be released soon!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Archer Custom Funko POP!

I was lucky enough to acquire my fourth piece from Spastic Customs recently. This time it was FX's Agent Sterling Archer. The cartoon cracks me up in a way that The Simpsons used to back in their early days, so I had to pick this little guy up as soon as I saw him. This piece is a simple, yet very cool custom that fits nicely in the ever-expanding collection. I'm not sure which head was used to make this one, but the body was from Pulp Fiction's Vincent Vega figure. It was painted grey to match Archer's signature suit and was shipped securely in the original Vincent Vega box. If you're interested in your own Archer custom POP, check out Spastic Custom's Etsy shop or look them up on Facebook!

For those that have never heard of Archer, here's a brief description via FX:

Archer is an animated half-hour comedy that revolves around an international spy agency and the lives of its employees. Although their work of espionage, reconnaissance missions, wiretapping and undercover surveillance is daunting and dangerous, every covert operation and global crisis is actually just another excuse for the staff to undermine, sabotage and betray each other for personal gain.