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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Baseball's Greatest Games



Get ready for some classic Major League Baseball like you've always dreamed about, courtesy of Lionsgate.
 
Relive the magic of four New York Yankees games that live on in the record books.
Cheer on Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Bernie Williams take it to the fans with their triple triumphant win.

Jeter leads-off with a home run against the Mets in the 2000 World Series bring the Yankees one step closer to victory.

Jeter's 'flip' keeps the game alive and Mr. November is born in the 2001 World Series.

'Batter up!' "Play ball!." with the greatest collection of baseball history ever assembled on DVD. Witness the greatest baseball games ever played viewing the original broadcast feeds and listening to World Series radio audio.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Transformers Beast Machines The Complete Series



As much as I enjoy the Michael Bay Transformers movies I was never a big fan of the original Transformers animated TV show.
 
By far, the computer animated Beat Wars series was my favorite.  Crudely animated by today’s standards, Beast Wars shining virtue was its heart.  Excellent scripts, a stellar voice cast and the  clever use of the then burgeoning computer animation techniques, Beast Wars stood out from the typical Saturday morning children’s fare of the time.

After the series ended its producers and animations upped the ante on the quality of the computer animation.  By moving the Decepticons and Autobots back to their home planet of Cybertron the story intensified and the characters went through (yet again) transformations (this time into Maximals and Vehicons).

Once back on Cybertron Optimus Primal and Megatron forces battled for the control of Cybertron, which seems to be abandoned, except for Megatron’s Vehicon drones.

To make matters worse the Maximals have been infected by a virus that threatens to wipe them out.

Get ready for some Transformers action as Shout! Factory presents the entire series on DVD.  Extras include interviews and commentaries.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Red Dolphin and Team Lucky Strike



Hasegawa Hobby Kits presents two distinctive types of transportation.  One flies in the air while the other practically flies on the ground.

Japan’s Air Force’s top training aircraft is the Kawasaki T4 twin engine jet. Dubbed the Red Dolphin the Hasegawa model kit is scaled at 1/48 and is a Limited Edition release.jhaegawa

In service since 1988 the Red Dolphin recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of its namesake, the T-4, by changing its color scheme.

Streamlined and consisting of twin engines, twin pilot cockpit, distinctive silhouette and swept back wings and oversize rear fin, the Red Dolphin is the epitome of the Jet Age.

The oversize canopy, tilted slightly forward, makes for excellent visibility and its short nose, acronymic form and powerful engines help the craft to be one of the most versatile, fast and maneuverable trainers in the air-excellent for pilots in training.

As with all Hasegawa Hobby kits the Red Dolphin kits contains precision modeled and crafted pieces with little or no flashing, complete instructions for paint, assembly and decals and a short historical text on the aircraft contained in the instructions.

Not as fast, but just as impressive, is the 1/12 Scale Yamaha YZR500 Team Lucky Strike Limited Edition model kit fashioned after the famous Team Lucky Strike Roberts Yamaha ten time Grand Prix winner.

This slick new (updated) model kit has a wraparound shroud for acronymic efficiency, integrated seat, new brake calipers and decals for #17, Wayne Rainey.

Once painted and decaled in white, red and yellow the Team Lucky Yamaha model looks as if it might jump off its custom kickstand and race around the room!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Previews, September



COMIC BOOKS & GRAPHIC NOVELS
Dark Gods #1 l Avatar Press
Deep State #1 l BOOM! Studios
Capture Creatures #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Django/Zorro #1 l D.E./Dynamite Entertainment
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 l D.E./Dynamite Entertainment
The Overstreet Guide to Grading Comics SC l Gemstone
The Life After Volume 1 TP l Oni Press
Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Volume 1: Revolution of Terror HC l Titan Comics
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Volume 1: After Life HC l Titan Comics
All You Need Is Kill 2-in-1 GN l Viz Media
Grimm Fairy Tales: Cinderella #1 l Zenescope Entertainment


BOOKS
The Art of Robert E. McGinnis HC l Art Books
Walter Baumhofer HC l Art Books
The Art of the Simon and Kirby Studio l Comics
MAGAZINES
Marvel Chess Collection #21: Wasp White Pawn l Eaglemoss
Marvel Chess Collection #22: Viper Black Queen l Eaglemoss
Marvel Fact Files Special #5: Deadpool l Eaglemoss
Horrorhound #50 l Horror

TRADING CARDS
Topps 2014 Strata Football Trading Cards l Topps Company
Star Trek Aliens Trading Cards l Eaglemoss

APPAREL
DC Bombshells: Harley Quinn Women’s Satin Bathrobe l Previews Exclusive Apparel
DC Heroes: John Constantine Charcoal T-Shirt l Previews Exclusive Apparel
Batman Beyond Monounder Snap Back Cap l Previews Exclusive Apparel
DC Heroes: Swamp Thing Cover Green T-Shirt l Previews Exclusive Apparel
The Flash Television Symbol T-Shirt l Graphitti Designs
Harley Quinn: Crazy by Adam Hughes T-Shirt l Graphitti Designs

TOYS & STATUES
Aliens Xenomorph Queen Deluxe Action Figure l Alien
Legends of Cthulhu Action Figures l Cthulhu
Voltron 30th-Anniversary Lion Force Jumbo Figure l Voltron
Savage Dragon: Dart Statue l Comics
Star Trek: Klingon Bat’leth Prop Replica l Star Trek
EFX Star Wars: Biker Scout Helmet Prop Replica l Star Wars

IMPORT TOYS
DC Comics: Robin “New 52” Artfx+ Statue l Kotobukiya
Space Dandy: Space Dandy EX Model l Anime
The Dark Knight Rises: Batman MAF EX Ver 2.0 l The Dark Knight Trilogy
The Dark Knight: Batpod MAF EX l The Dark Knight Trilogy
Dc Comics Variant Play Arts Kai: Hawkman Figure l DC Heroes
Dc Comics Variant Play Arts Kai: Darkseid Figure l Dc Heroes
Marvel Hero: Spider-Man Sofubi l Sofubi
Dead Space 3: Issac Clarke “Snow Suit” 1/6-Scale Figure l Threezero
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Batman S.H.Figuarts l Tamashii Nations
Injustice: Gods Among Us: The Joker S.H.Figuarts l Tamashii Nations
Sailor Moon: Cutie Moon Rod Proplica l Tamashii Nations

COLLECTIBLES & NOVELTIES
Shield: Hydra Heat Change Mug l Shield
Fabrikations: Guardians of the Galaxy: Rocket Raccoon Soft Sculpt l Funko
Deadpool Molded Head Mug l Marvel Heroes
The Walking Dead: Fish Tank LED Paperweight l The Walking Dead

GAMES
D&D Attack Wing Wave 2 Expansions l Wizkids/NECA
D&D Dice Masters l Wizkids/NECA
D&D Icons Of The Realms Premium Figures l Wizkids/NECA
Yu-Gi-Oh! Heroclix Series Three l Wizkids/NECA

DVDS & DIGITAL MEDIA
Rick and Morty: The Complete First Season l Animation
Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1 l Classic Anime
Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut l Cult Classics
From Dusk Till Dawn Season 1 l Television

Back Issue! #75, September



It’s Back Issue!’s 75th issue and to celebrate TwoMorrows Publishing looks back at the 1980’s Independent titles. Check out the Paul Chadwick Concrete cover and interior art featuring such characters as Cerebus, the Tick and other small press titles from Pacific, Dark Horse and more.
Here’s what’s in store:

BACK SEAT DRIVER: Editorial by Michael Eury

FLASHBACK: The Life and Death of Cerebus the Aardvark
A close look at Dave Sim’s trailblazing, long-running series

PRO2PRO: ElfQuest Behind the Scenes: A Chat with Richard and Wendy Pini
How the husband-and-wife team crafted a fantasy classic from the ground up

BEYOND CAPES: There’s a Rattler in Your Kitchen Sink, Man
An overview of Death Rattle, with Baron, Ellison, Holmes, Kitchen, and Schultz

OFF MY CHEST: Pacific Comics Memories by David Scroggy
A guest editorial recalling Pacific’s growth from retail shop to publisher—and a look at Steve Ditko’s
“Stickman”!
FLASHBACK: Stone Skin, Human Heart: Paul Chadwick’s Concrete
From the banner year of 1986 emerged this dark horse hit

BEYOND CAPES: Katy, Trina, and the California Girls
Behind the scenes of Trina Robbins’ reader-participation comic

BACKSTAGE PASS: 1980s Independents: From Print to Screen
From Bucky O’Hare to The Tick, these indies made it to Hollywood

BACK TALK Reader reaction to our Hulk issue (#70) and more