Popular Culture Collectibles Reviews

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Suicide Squad Hell-To-Pay

What has Harley Quinn and a batch of bad guys who have a lot of bad attitude?  Why, the Suicide Squad (Task Force X) of course.
DC Comics’ resident villains who are forced to do good deeds are back and they’re meaner, leaner and more violent and ruthless than ever.

This go around Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang and Killer Frost are joined by newcomers Copperhead and Bronze Tiger in daring new assignment to steal a priceless and powerful mystical artifact that will test their nerves, ferocity and cunning like no other assignment before.

It’s cross, double-cross and triple-cross as the Squad encounters Vandal Savage, an alternate timeline bad guy, a free ticket out of Hell and seriously dysfunctional family cross-country RV road trip.

The puns, off-kilter humor and hilarious one-liners serve to lighten up the R-rated film that never lets up on the violence or its consequences.

Amanda Waller is around to make sure the Squad keeps on track during a raging road trip that means life of death.

Nobody even comes close to the action-packed, edge-of-your-seat, full-length animated adventures created by DC Comics and Warner Bros.

In my opinion some of the best DC Comics stories come from DC’s animated movies.  Suicide Squad Hell-To-Pay ranks up there as one of DC’s best.

The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray/Digital Combo Pack contains lots of extras such featurettes, a special sneak peek and much more.  Don’t miss it!

Previews, May

Archie Meets Batman ‘66 #1 l ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS
Hellina: Ravening #1 l BOUNDLESS COMICS
Disney’s Gravity Falls: Lost Legends HC l DISNEY PRESS
I, Rene Tardi, Prisoner of War in Stalag IIb HC l FANTAGRAPHICS
Best of Overstreet Comic Book Marketplace Volume 1 SC l GEMSTONE PUBLISHING
Smiley’s Dream Book HC l GRAPHIX
Horrorhound #72 l HORRORHOUND LTD
Illustration Magazine #61 l ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE
The Long Con #1 l ONI PRESS INC.
Stabbity Bunny TPl SCOUT COMICS
Doctor Who: Road the the Thirteenth Doctor: Tenth Doctor Special #1 l TITAN COMICS
Tank Girl Coloring Book l TITAN COMICS
Ant Man & The Wasp Official Magazine l TITAN COMICS
Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 l VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

Undead Messiah Volume 1 GN l TOKYOPOP
My Hero Academia Vigilantes Volume 1 GN l VIZ LLC
Fruits Basket Another Volume1 GN l YEN PRESS
Urotsukidojj: Legend of the Overfiend Volume 1 GN l FAKKU BOOKS
Attack On Titan Character Encyclopedia SC l KODANSHA COMICS
Grand Blue Dreaming Volume 1 GN l KODANSHA COMICS
DC Gallery: The Batman Who Laughs PVC Statue l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS & COLLECTIBLES
Batman Animated: Batman 1/6-Scale Collectible Figure l BATMAN
Injustice: Harley Quinn Deluxe Statue l DC HEROES
GI Joe 2.5-Inch Vinyl Figures l GI JOE
The Legend of Zelda 12-Inch Plushes l LEGEND OF ZELDA
Barbie: Tomb Raider: Lara Croft Doll l TOMB RAIDER
Mystery Mini Godzilla Vinyl Figure 3-Pack l FUNKO
POP! Marvel Deadpool Vinyl Figures l FUNKO
VYNL Marvel Comics: Deadpool & Cable Vinyl Figure 2-Pack l FUNKO
Avengers: Infinity War S.H.Figuarts Figures l MARVEL HEROES
Kingsman: Secret Service: Gary Eggsy Unwin MAF EX Figure l MOVIE/TV
Naruto Shippuden: Grandista Shinobi Relations: Kakashi Figure l NARUTO
Overwatch: Widowmaker Figma l OVERWATCH
Sailor Chibi Moon: Prism Heart Compact Proplica l SAILOR MOON
Dc Harley Quinn Liquid Reactive Color Changing Umbrella l DC HEROES
Marvel Deadpool Liquid Reactive Color Changing Umbrella l MARVEL HEROES
Rick And Morty Space Cruiser Motion Lamp l RICK AND MORTY
One Punch Man Saitama Fist Table Lamp l ANIME
Loz Keychain Back Pack Buddies 24pc Bmb Ds Ser 2 l VIDEO GAMES
Highlander Board Game l ALC STUDIO
Pathfinder Playtest Rulebook l PAIZO INC
Magic the Gathering: Heroes of Dominaria Board Game l WIZKIDS/NECA
Topps 2018 Big League Baseball Trading Cards l TOPPS COMPANY
Topps 2018 Star Wars Archives Signature Series Trading Cards l NON-SPORTS CARDS
Avengers Infinity War: “I Am Iron Spider” Navy T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Black Panther: “Moonlit” Blue Dusk T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Deadpool: “Logo Splatter” Cardinal T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Star Wars: Solo: “Chewie/Star Wars Split” Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Star Wars: Solo: “Flying Solo” Grey T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Gotham City Athletic Dept. Hoodie l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Star Wars: Han Solo In Carbonite Inflatable Costume l OUTFIT OF THE MONTH #OOTM

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Virtuoso Bears: Amadeus

Everyone needs a little class in their life.  If this case it’s not just class—it’s classical.

Research proves that during pregnancy and afterward as a young child develops that listening to classical music aids in their development.

Classical music fosters calm and relieves stress.

Just ask any new parents and they’ll tell you that having a calm child takes much of the stress off parents, let alone the child.

Combine classical music with a cute, cuddly teddy bear and you have a winning combination.

Vosego presents its Virtuoso Bears that are not only adorable but come with pre-loaded classical music guaranteed to calm the most fidgety child.

The Amadeus Bear includes 40 of Mozart’s greatest hits-all you need is batteries (which are included.)

Imagine your child holding this lovable bear dressed in its red satin jacket with gold embroidery and white collar and cuffs.

His light brown head is adorned with Mozart’s characteristic coiffure.

How could you not love Amadeus Bear’s black nose, wide black eyes, cute ears, soft fuzzy body and adorable smile?

Just think of the benefits to a child listening to classical music: sooths and relaxes, improves concentration and pattern recognition, sparks creativity, helps memory, enhances listening and develops a lifetime of loving music.

So much to love.  It’s classical music made fun.

The bear is washable and easy to clean and comes with a short bio of Mozart in its music pocket.  

Both Virtuoso Bears (Amadeus or Ludwig) are also for sale on Amazon and available with free 2-day Prime shipping for Prime members.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

James Bond and Tomb Raider

Get ready to be ‘terribly British’ as Titan Books presents two books about two British superstars that live their lives fraught with danger.

Did you know the James Bond also starred in comic strips?

In fact, the comic strips adapted James Bond’s author: Ian Fleming’s novels much more faithfully than the James Bond movies.

In The James Bond Omnibus 002 readers are treated to On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, You Only Live Twice, the Man With The Golden Gun, The Living Daylights, Octopussy, The Hildebrand Rarity and The Spy Who Loved Me in full, living black and white!

It’s quite remarkable to read the collection and see the differences between the comic strip adaptations as compared to the films.

The comic strips are much more faithful to the novels and manage to pack action, danger, excitement, intrigue and suspense in just two to three panels each.

Ask any video game player who Lara Croft is and they can tell you, “She’s Tomb Raider.”

For the past three decades Lara has thrilled video game players, comic book readers and film buffs.

Angelina Jolie was the first to portray Lara in film. Now newcomer Alicia Uthaug takes up the tough and resourceful role of Lara Croft.

In Sharon Gosling’s new book, Tomb Raider The Art And Making Of The Film, readers learn about the massive undertaking of translating Lara’s exploits to film.

The film explores Lara’s slow transformation into the intrepid explorer she is known as today. 

Each facet of the film is explored: from choosing the actors, scouting out locations, costume and set designs, practical and special effects, pre and post production, concept art and so much more.

Every stage of the film’s production is chronicled complemented by production art, candid and staged photos, diagrams, lighting, stunts, set dressings, weapons, and transportation-the works.

It’s a remarkable book about a remarkable film that breathes life into the one of the most iconic pop culture figures in recent history.