Popular Culture Collectibles Reviews

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beauty And The Beast

Leave it to Disney Studios.

Only Disney could take a much-loved literary classic: The Beauty And The Beast, and transform it into an animated film to a Broadway play to a live-action film!

In ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Disney has outdone itself with this much-loved classic brought beautiful to 3D life in stunning new film that combines live-action, computer animation and effects, a spectacular music score and stellar acting.

It brings Belle and the Beast to life along with their friends and foes.

It’s a classic love story that will bring a tear to the most skeptical eye.

Filled with romance, danger, intrigue, magic and music the new Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Package also comes with loads of bonus features including featurettes, a music video, deleted scenes and much, much more!

It’s ‘a tale as old as time’ and ‘more magical than ever!’

You’ll be pleasantly surprised and delighted at the incredible choreography, music, songs and acting that bring a classic tale to a whole new generation of viewers.

Comedy, Shop and Shocked

Admit it.  Sometimes day-to-day life can be a drag.  Work, coming home, doing chores, watching the kids, too short weekends and then back to the same, old boring routine.

Surely life is more than work, work, and work!  There has to be a way to break up your day and bring a little fun and variety to your day.

Cheer up! There is!

Nothing earth-shaking or life-changing, but something that brings a little sunshine in your life and a spring to your step.

I’m talking about Offshoot Book’s cornucopia of fun books that include puzzles, memo pages, cutouts, coloring pages and bunches of other offbeat and fun-filled activities.

Think of the books a recess for adults.  They are a great way to break up the day and recapture a little of your childhood.

After all, grown-ups are just big kids in older bodies.  Take the challenge and release your inner-child.  You won’t regret it.

Check in and check out with Offshoot’s ‘Shocked!: When The Office Doesn’t Rock!”

Be warned! Don’t let your boss see you looking at this book with all of its fun activities.  He might want to join in.  Maybe that’s a good thing.

It’s fun, colorful, challenging and a little silly fun for the kid in all of us.

On a more serious note—no not really!

Challenge your knowledge of William Shakespeare’s literary works with ‘Comedy In Tragedy’.

The old Bard would get a real kick out of this clever compilation of puzzles, Q & A activities that will challenge any would-be thespian.

‘To be, or not to be!”-having fun with this book.

Who doesn’t like to shop?

In Shop-o-holic: I Would Rather Shop Than Color!’ readers get the chance get to mix up merchandise and fun activities all in one book.

How’s your shopping knowledge? Can you figure out a budget, pick out the best deal or resist the urge to splurge?

Let’s go shopping!  It’s ‘time well ‘spent’.

Preview, June

Equilibrium: Deconstruction #1 l AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY PRODUCTIONS
Providence Act 3 HC l AVATAR PRESS INC
Mech Cadet Yu #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Lark’s Killer #1 l DEVILS DUE /1FIRST COMICS
Ghost In Shell Readme 1995-2017 HC l KODANSHA COMICS
Dead of Winter #1 l ONI PRESS INC.
Captain Harlock Dimensional Voyage Volume 1 GN l SEVEN SEAS ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension Alpha #1 l TITAN COMICS
Quake Champions #1 l TITAN COMICS
Robotech Visual Archive Macross Saga HC l UDON ENTERTAINMENT INC
The Art of My Little Pony: The Movie l VIZ MEDIA LLC

Cannabis Works 2 HC l ART BOOKS
Wonder Woman: Warbringer HC l COMICS
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons l DISNEY/ PIXAR
Cartoons Magazine #10 l CARTOONS
Comics Revue Presents August 2017 l COMICS
007 Magazine #40 l MOVIE/TV
40 Years of Star Wars Magazine l STAR WARS
Topps 2017 The Walking Dead Season 7 Trading Cards l NON-SPORTS CARDS
Marvel: “Captain Hydra” Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Marvel: “Gems Info” Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Marvel: “Gwen Hood” Pink Foil Turquoise T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Justice League Movie Logo T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Wonder Woman Movie Logo T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
The Dark Tower Select Action Figures l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS & COLLECTIBLES
Mr Potato Head: Alien Xenomorph l ALIEN
Rick & Morty Action Figures l FUNKO
Wonder Woman Movie: Wonder Woman Statue l ICON HEROES
Wonder Woman Movie: Wonder Woman Bust l ICON HEROES
Wonder Woman Movie: Sword Letter Opener l ICON HEROES
X-Men Legends 6-Inch Action Figures l MARVEL HEROES
Playmobil Ghostbusters: Ecto-1 Play-Set l PLAYMOBIL
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Legacy: Titanus Black Edition Figure l POWER RANGERS
Star Wars: The Black Series 40th-Anniversary Legacy Action Figure Set l STAR WARS
Godzilla 12-Inch Series: Tokyo S.O.S. Mechagodzilla Figure l GODZILLA
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 EAA-050: Star-Lord Action Figure l GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild: Link RAH Figure l LEGEND OF ZELDA
Marvel Universe Variant Play Arts Kai: Doctor Strange Figure l MARVEL HEROES
Spider-Man Homecoming: Spider-Man S.H.Figuarts Wall Set l MARVEL HEROES
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rocksteady PVC Figure l TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
Grand Heritage: The Punisher Vest Replica l MARVEL HEROES
Star Wars Episode 4 40th-Anniversary Opening Crawl Glow-in-the-Dark Scarf l STAR WARS
Cartoon Network Crossover Crisis: Animation Annihilation l CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT
Rick and Morty: Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind l CRYPTOZOIC ENTERTAINMENT
Critical Role: Tal’Dorei Campaign Setting HC l GREEN RONIN PUBLISHING
Star Wars 40th-Anniversary Monopoly l HASBRO TOY GROUP
Starfinder RPG: Core Rulebook HC l PAIZO
Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game l RENEGADE GAME STUDIO
DC HeroClix: Harley Quinn and the Gotham Girls Booster Brick l WIZKIDS/NECA

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bible, Steampunk, Robots and Fantasy

I love reading my Bible.  

As a Christian it is important to me to read and study my Bible everyday.

Like most other Christians I’ve done my share of highlighting scripture, making border notes and writing sermon notes on notebook paper.

But, what if I could share with you an exciting new way to accent your Bible study and bring out your creative talent?

Authors Joanne Fink and Regina Yoder and publisher Fox Chapel Publishing/Design Originals are proud to introduce to readers of the scripture brand new ways to bring the holy scriptures alive.

The ‘Complete Guide To Bible Journaling Creative Ways To Express Your Faith’ is a colorful and astonishing new book that presents the latest craze in Bible study.

Learn how to highlight your Bible, or journal pages, with colorful illustrations, lettering, images and more using all types of media including color pencils, acrylic paint, and markers along with stickers, tabs and so much more.

Page after page of examples are provided along with stickers, velum images for tracing, lettering and a gallery of images.

Reading the Bible will never be the same again.

A few years back when I was teaching high school drawing classes I discovered Steampunk.  

For those of you unfamiliar with Steampunk it is a truly unique culture of art, attire and much more.

Steampunk artists base their art on combining steam era technology with new or existing technology, cloths, art and other media.

In ‘The Art Of Steampunk’ ‘Revised Second Edition’ from Art Donovan you’ll learn and see all the extraordinary devices and ingenious contraptions from the leading artists of the Steampunk Movement.

It’s truly remarkable to see everyday objects like cameras, motorcycles, rifles and computers all transformed into Steampunk creations.

There're even a few examples of totally original Steampunk creations.
Top Steampunk artists are spotlighted along with their colorful creations.  It’s a jam-packed cornucopia of crazy contraptions that dazzle the eyes and spark the imagination.

’Manga To the Max Drawing and Coloring Book Robots’ from Erik DePrince contains every conceivable type of Manga Robot design along with step-by step instructions on how to draw and color them.

It’s Manga Madness with Robots, their weapons and their mechanisms all wrapped up in clever coloring page designs.

Eric Messinger’s ‘Fantasy Adventure Dragons, Dwarves, Elves And Other Extraordinary Creatures Coloring Book’ brings out the fantasy artist in anyone.

Highly detailed illustrations complemented by color guide instructions and tips make this a fantasy fulfilled for any wannabe fantasy artist.

Hearts And Minds

In the original Star Trek TV series Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise are assigned to travel back to Earth to 1968 in order to observe history in the making.
When a mysterious transporter beam coming from deep space intercepts the Enterprise a human: Gary Seven, and his cat Isis are beamed aboard.

Gary demands to be beamed to Earth in order to avert a nuclear holocaust.

Seven manages to escape with Spock and Kirk in hot pursuit.  Is he there to help mankind or destroy it?  

Fortunately he averts a near disaster and remains on Earth to monitor events.

Who is/was Gary Seven?  Where did he come from and who are the aliens who sent him?

How long have they interfered with mankind’s progress and are there others like Gary?

Sometime later it is discovered that mankind has indeed been ‘babysat’ by the aliens, but no one knows for how long.

In ‘Star Trek The Next Generation: Hearts and Minds’ written by Dayton Ward and published by Pocket Books, the mysterious race of alien benefactors once again come into play.

Assigned to explore the Odyssean Pass, the Enterprise discovers what is believed to be an uncharted world. 

But when Captain Picard addresses the planet’s representative and mentions Earth the alien knows of Picard’s home planet.

How does the mysterious planet link to Earth’s past? 

 When secret communications from Starfleet about the mysterious planet arrive Picard decides to investigate.

What will he find and how does Earth, the newly discovered planet and Gary Seven’s alien connection all tie in together?

Those are just a few of the questions you’ll be asking yourself as you read ‘Hearts and Minds.’

Mysteries unfold and more questions arise as the book reveals hither unknown secrets of Earth’s past and its ties to other alien civilizations.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

British History, Warfare and Spock’s Logic

Britain and The United States have a long, and sometime turbulent, history.
While it is true that in the past as nations we’ve had our squabbles, the important thing is that we are staunch allies now.

As allies it behooves us to know about each other histories in order to better understand each other and cement our long-standing relationship of friendship and cooperation.

That’s why I recommend authors Peter and Dan Snow’s new book from Carlton Books/ Andre Deutsch: Treasures Of British History.

In this stunning hardbound, slipcase book readers are privy to some of the greatest events; inventions and innovations from British history, starting with the Roman Era and up until the present.

Important documents, memorabilia and other reproduced artifacts are inserted in special envelopes along with maps, charts and documents.

It’s exciting to read and study the illustrious and fascinating history of Britain with all of its ups and downs, victories and failures and the undying and strong will of its people.

Beginning with World War 1 publisher Andre Deutsch and author Paul Brewer offer a authoritative record of war as experienced all over the world in ‘100 Years Of Warfare’.
From small ‘skirmishes’ to world-shaking conflicts the book successfully chronicles the horrors of war.

Using art, charts, maps, archival photos and concise, no frills text the book also spotlights key battles, military personnel, campaigns, key personalities and much more that changed the face of the world for the better or worse.

As a non-historian I appreciate the simple-to-understand and comprehend text, poignant art and photos and the chronological way the book is arranged by years.

War is chaos and illogical.  For a taste of the purely logical pick up a copy of ‘Spock’s Logic Puzzles’ containing more than 100 riddles, conundrums, and observations…from across the galaxy.

Test you logic and intuitive skills using the Star Trek scenarios laid out that offer challenges in order to come to a logical conclusions.

Filled with classic Star Trek images the book is more than a puzzle book, it represents logic as presented by Spock in the Star Trek Universe.