Popular Culture Collectibles Reviews

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fangoria #322, April


Evil Dead takes center stage in the April issue of Fangoria. Get ready for the ultimate experience in grueling horror. Exclusive interviews and photos are included.


New horror flicks include Frankentein's Army, Orphan Black, Soulmate and The Ackermonster Chronicles.


Giallo is unchained at the Berberian Sound Studio, Marianne experiences some Quiet Night Terrors, Tulpa includes sex and psychosis, zombies are massacred, Chimeres is addicted to blood and get inside the head of the Simon Killer.

Visit Hemlock Grove, say farewell to Hell, remember Constantine, it's a Crimewave and Lori Lethin is the Birthday Girl.

Friday, March 22, 2013

SpinShotz


Are you ready to go for a 'Spin'?  Give it a 'Shotz'!  Mattel Hot Wheels presents SpinShotz, the Hyper Speed Track Discs.  
 
Here's how they work.  The Big Air Target Takedown challenges players to take out the twin 50 point hanging targets.  Sounds easy?  Don't bet on it!

Place your Disc in the Push-Button Launch, give it a push and swoosh!  The Disc swishes around the Magna Grip Track, shoots into the Power Boost and launches into the air!

With a little luck, a touch of skill and a tad bit of adrenalin the Disc flies through the air and whap!  It hits the target!

Test your skill, timing and competitive spirit as you take on all comers and score!  Included in the Big Air Target Takedown is a Special Edition Disc.  Other Discs are available for purchase decorated in all colors and designs.  Collect them all!

Alter Ego #116, May



TwoMorrows Publishing dedicates Alter Ego #116 to the memory of comic book great, Joe Kubert.
 
Articles lead the reader through Joe’s career starting with the war years where he sharpened his skills drawing superheroes, to the lean years when the Comic Book Authority successfully shut down a large number of comic book publishers thus making work scarce and finally to his ‘discovery’ years at DC Comics drawing war comics.

A multi-talented artist ,Joe could draw anything and anyone as evidenced by the wide range of comic books he drew from war comics to superheroes.

Alter Ego does a superb job of showing Joe’s evolution as an artist.  As the decades progressed Joe’s talent continued to grow and as a testimony to his talent his art is just as popular with young readers of today as it is to long time fans of his work.

Artist, writer, editor and headmaster of his own school on Comic Book Art, Joe Kubert was truly a Renaissance man who will be sorely missed.  Be sure to pick up this very special issue that is jam-packed with Joe’s art and a very intimate interview with the artist himself.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries


Based on the Kerry Greenwood novels the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Series 1 episodes on DVD from Acorn Media Group stars Essie Davis as detective Miss Phryne Fisher.


Set in Melbourne during the 1920s the show is a high-fashion, high-society crime/mystery show that dares to delve into the seedy part of life.


Miss Fisher appears to be devil-may-care and carefree but beneath her happy-as-a-lark exterior beats a profound and troubled heart.

Constantly at odds with Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miss Fisher boldly confronts crime and murder wherever clues lead her.  From seedy nightclubs to the dark and dangerous waterfront Miss Fisher knows no fear.


A feisty female in a male-dominated world Miss Fisher continues to make a name for herself at the detriment of her male counterparts.  Exquisitely costumed, set within accurately recreated (and sometimes real) period sets and filmed and directed much like movies, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries delivers, suspense, intrigue, action, mystery and thrills with each of the 13 episodes on the DVD 4-disc set.


Extras include a featurette about the show, creator interviews, a visit to the set and cast interviews.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Field Grey Uniforms Of The Imperial German Army 1907-1918



Say what you want about the German Army as a whole during the First World War but you have to admit that they had some pretty cool informs! 

From Schiffer LTD. comes the Field Grey Uniforms Of The Imperial German Army 1907-1918 oversize, sleeved book written and compiled by Michael Baldwin and Malcolm Fisher.


What an impressive book!  The HUGE hardbound book, with its wraparound full color cover, comes in a full-color, wraparound photo, sturdy cover slip case made from thick paper stock that is expertly bound with tight corners and no seams.

Inside the impressive hardback book are full page, full-color photos of the various uniforms complemented with historical text, archival photos and much more.


It is a truly impressive and beautiful book that deserves to take center stage on any history buff’s bookshelf.


Printed on high gloss paper, the book’s photos pop off the pages and every small detail from stitching to buttons on each uniform are seen in fine detail.   

Secret New York: An Unusual Guide




One of the pitfalls of going on vacation is the tourist traps.  There is nothing worse than being caught on the treadmill of canned tourist attractions and feeling like an unknown face in a crowd.


When I go someplace I want to go where the locals go, eat the food they eat, stay at the places they stay and mingle in with the local population.

Finally my plead is answered!


T.M. Rives has assembled the Secret New York: An Unusual Guide.  Inside the compact travel guide, part of Jonglez Publishing’s ‘Local Guides By Local People’ series of books, secrets are shared with travelers about the ‘real’ Big Apple.


Besides cluing readers in on the places to go that are far away from the mass of tourists, the guide also provides interesting historical insights, tips on where to visit unusual and interesting, and often little known, sites and more.

Filled with full-color photos, maps and interesting facts and tidbits of information, the Secret New York: An Usual Guide is the guide book for the savvy traveler.  After looking through the book and reading its interesting contents I feel like a real New Yorker.  Does that mean I have to get rid of my Southern accent?  Y’all buy the book—youse guys!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Foyle's War Set 1


Leave it to the British to create detective/murder mystery/suspense TV series and do them better than anyone else.


Here in the United States most cop shows are non-stop violence, explosions, blood-spattered, clip-a-minute hodgepodges of rapid fire entertainment where viewers seldom get to solve a crime by using their brains.


Most, not all, are nothing more than hot actresses or actors eye candy that depend more on shock value than true suspense.  While some tension is created American audiences don't appreciate what a slow burn is when it comes to suspense-the British do.


One such example of an exemplary detective TV series is Foyle's War starring Michael Kitchen.


Set during WWII in Hastings, Mr. Kitchen plays DCS Christopher Foyle who serves as detective chief superintendent.  He works crimes on the home front and contends not only with domestic issues but the effects of the war on his community.


In Set 1 Foyle deals with a murdered conscientious object, a would be saboteur, a Nazi murder and a plot to steal British art treasures.  All are edge-of-your-seat suspense stories with so many twist and turns that viewers can become dizzy and yet---Doyle unravels each.

The Acorn Media DVD extras include interviews of cast, crew and the director.

Previews, April







Here’s a quick lowdown on 
the new products listed 
in April’s Diamond Previews.   
Check them out!

COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
STRANGERS IN PARADISE OMNIBUS SC l ABSTRACT STUDIOS
MOUSE GUARD VOLUME 3: THE BLACK AXE l ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT LLC
EXTINCTION PARADE #1 l AVATAR PRESS INC
BALLISTIC #1 l BLACK MASK COMICS
THE MALEVOLENT MR. BURNS #1 l BONGO COMICS
SPONGEBOB COMICS ANNUAL GIANT SWIMTACULAR #1 l UNITED PLANKTON PICTURES
SIX-GUN GORILLA #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
HEROBEAR AND THE KID SPECIAL #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
UNCANNY #1 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
DAMSELS VOLUME 1 TP l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
PRIMATES: THE FEARLESS SCIENCE OF GOODALL FOSSEY & GALDIKAS HC l :01 FIRST SECOND
THE OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE VOLUME 43 l GEMSTONE PUBLISHING
The SMURFS ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC l PAPERCUTZ
A MATTER OF LIFE HC l TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS
STREET FIGHTER CLASSIC VOLUME 1 HC l UDON ENTERTAINMENT CORP
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
SUPER BOYS: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF JERRY SIEGEL & JOE SHUSTER HC l COMICS
THE SILVER AGE OF DC COMICS: 1956 - 1970 HC l COMICS
DOCTOR WHO DIARY 2014 l DOCTOR WHO / TORCHWOOD

CALENDARS
BORIS VALLEJO/JULIE BELL FANTASY 2014 WALL CALENDAR l CALENDARS
DOCTOR WHO SPECIAL EDITION 2014 WALL CALENDAR l CALENDARS
STAR WARS: DARTH VADER & SON 2014 WALL CALENDAR l CALENDARS
SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL MOVIE 2014 WALL CALENDAR l CALENDARS
VINTAGE MARVEL COMICS 2014 12 MONTH WALL CALENDAR l CALENDARS
THE WALKING DEAD 2014: DAYS OF SURVIVAL WALL CALENDAR l CALENDARS
TRADING CARDS
TOPPS 2013 CHROME BASEBALL TRADING CARDS l TOPPS COMPANY
ST TNG HEROES & VILLAINS TRADING CARDS l RITTENHOUSE ARCHIVES

APPAREL
MODOK NAVY/BLACK HEATHER T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
ADVENTURE TIME: “B-MO FACE” BLUE T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
THE WALKING DEAD: “ THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HUNGRY” BLACK T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
THE WALKING DEAD: “KEEP CALM AND CALL DARYL” OLIVE T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
AVENGERS: “CONCEPT HIT” RED HEATHER T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
STAR TREK THE NEXT GENERATION: “PRESS A TO MAKE IT SO” BLACK T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
AGENT VENOM: “FLASH SHOT” RED T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
SPIDER-MAN: “REFLECTION” BLACK T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
SPIDER-MAN: “SWING SHOT” TEAL TRIBLEND T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
FIREFLY: “8-BIT CREW” CHOCOLATE HEATHER T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
STAR TREK: “ENTERPRISE DECO” WHITE T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
THE PUNISHER: “PAINT LOGO” BLACK T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
X-MEN: “MAGNA SHIELD” BLUE HEATHER T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
THE WALKING DEAD: “ZOMBIES FREE HAND” WHITE T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURLTES: “LEONARDO SWORD WAY” ROYAL T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
CAPTAIN AMERICA: “ROUGH ARMOR” SILVER T-SHIRT l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
ADVENTURE TIME: “FALLING FRIENDS” BLACK HOODIE l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
MAN OF STEEL SYMBOL T-SHIRT l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS

TOYS & STATUES
THE WALKING DEAD COMIC SERIES 2 FIGURES l IMAGE COMICS
THE WALKING DEAD SERIES 2: THE GOVERNOR/PENNY FIGURE 2-PACK l IMAGE COMICS
DC CLASSIC TV: 1966 BATMAN 6-INCH FIGURES l DC HEROES
SANRIO X STREET FIGHTER: RYU 10-INCH PLUSH l HELLO KITTY
SANRIO X STREET FIGHTER: CHUN LI 10-INCH PLUSH l HELLO KITTY
SANRIO X STREET FIGHTER: M. BISON 10-INCH PLUSH l HELLO KITTY
IMPORT TOYS
DOCTOR WHO: TITANS SERIES 2 MINI FIGURES l DOCTOR WHO
KINGDOM HEARTS 3D PLAY ARTS KAI FIGURES l KINGDOM HEARTS
ONE PIECE POP: SA-MAX ARMORED FRANKY EX MODEL FIGURE l ONE PIECE
DESTROYAH EVOLUTION S.H.MONSTER ARTS FIGURE SET l TAMASHII NATIONS
MEGA MAN BASS & TREBLE D-ARTS FIGURE SET l TAMASHII NATIONS

COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
TINTIN: TINTIN BLUE SWEATER 9CM PVC FIGURE l CLASSIC TINTIN
TINTIN: SNOWY WITH BONE PVC FIGURE l CLASSIC TINTIN
BATMAN: THE NEW 52 BUST BANK l DC HEROES
SUPERMAN: THE NEW 52 BUST BANK l DC HEROES
WONDER WOMAN: THE NEW 52 BUST BANK l DC HEROES
POP! MARVEL DEADPOOL MASKLESS VINYL FIGURES l MARVEL HEROES
SPIDER-MAN BUST BANK l MARVEL HEROES
THE WALKING DEAD ROCKMASTER ELECTRIC GUITARS l WALKING DEAD
THE WALKING DEAD ZOMBIES LEATHER GUITAR STRAP l WALKING DEAD
THE WALKING DEAD POLYETHYLENE GUITAR STRAP l WALKING DEAD
THE WALKING DEAD GUITAR PICK PACK l WALKING DEAD

GAMES
THE WALKING DEAD: COMIC EDITION MONOPOLY l USAOPOLY
THE WALKING DEAD: COMIC EDITION RISK l USAOPOLY
MAGIC THE GATHERING TCG: MODERN MASTERS BOOSTERS l WIZARDS OF THE COAST
THE LONE RANGER: CONNECT WITH PIECES PUZZLE BUILDING GAME l WIZKIDS/NECA
THE LONE RANGER HEROCLIX l WIZKIDS/NECA
THE LONE RANGER HEROCLIX MINI GAME l WIZKIDS/NECA
THE LONE RANGER: SHUFFLING THE DECK CARD GAME l WIZKIDS/NECA
MAGE KNIGHT: RESURRECTION l WIZKIDS/NECA

DVDS & DIGITAL MEDIA
ADVENTURE TIME COMPLETE SECOND SEASON l ANIMATION
APPLESEED XIII COMPLETE SERIES l ANIME
TIGER & BUNNY SET 2 l ANIME
FRAGGLE ROCK 30TH-ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION l CULT CLASSICS