Monday, November 25, 2013

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Magneto Assassinated JFK Conspiracy Video

New viral video for Days of Future Past, alledging Magneto altered the trajectory of a bullet fired by Lee Harvey Oswald, murdering the president.  Well-timed, considering the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination.

and the website they tease leads to    

Nice to see somebody having lots of fun promoting DOFP and getting creative in their world-building.  It's an encouraging sign considering how many characters and story lines they'll have to work into the movie.

Top Hot LEGO Sets for Christmas 2013 Season

LEGOs are perhaps more popular than ever.  So it's no surprise to see LEGO on every 2013 Christmas hot toy list.  The only real question here is which sets are going to be hard to find this season.  Well, I'm here to help and give you an idea of what's hot in the world of LEGO as we enter into Black Friday and the final stretch to Xmas.

1.  Minecraft Micro World - The Village - 21105

Maybe the most obvious licensed LEGO property of all-time.  The Minecraft video game is essentially a LEGO video game, so it only makes sense that it crosses over to the real thing.  This is the second Minecraft set released, and features a pig, zombie, and villager buildable minifigs.  The set clocks in at 466 pieces and a retail price of $34.99.  Not bad for a mid-range priced model, you might be thinking.  However, the nature of the Minecraft sets is lots of little pieces and tiles, so the actual size of the completed set is smaller than you might imagine from the piece count.  But with the popularity of the game, this set has been among the top sellers since its release and remains a hot set for Christmas.  Two other Minecraft sets are out, 21102 and 21106 (21102 features the best-known characters Steve and a Creeper), but this seems to be the hottest one right now.  That said, any one of these will please a Minecraft fan.

2. The DeLorean Time Machine - 21103

Never sleep on the popularity of Back to the Future.  This one appeals to kids and adult fans of the movies alike.  Selected by LEGO Cuusoo for a custom release, this has proven to be a hot seller this season.  This set clocks in at 401 pieces and a $34.99 retail, and works equally well as a toy in the playroom, or a display piece on a shelf.  It also comes with Marty McFly and Doc Brown minifigs.  

3.  Legends of Chima - The Lion CHI Temple - 70010

The first big set on the list.  Chima has been a popular line for LEGO, with a tv series on Cartoon Network to promote the sets.  The Lion CHI Temple clocks in at 1258 pieces and a $119.99 retail price.  It also includes a whopping 7 minifigs and is over 1 foot high!  This set serves as the main base for the Lion tribe and features a tower cannon and lion claw bike and eagle drone fighter vehicles.  The Chima sets really benefit from detailed mini figure characters and lots of character accessories.  This particular set is no different and serves as a full playset form which to base adventures!  Just be warned, this one is a complicated build and might require help from a parent.

4.  Castle King's Castle - 70404

Another big set, and this one's a bit of a throwback.  Not a licensed property, just a good old fashioned medieval LEGO set.  A good choice for a child who loves LEGO, but may not be a fan of Chima or Ninjago.  This set comes in at 996 pieces with a $99.99 retail.  Comes with 7 minifigs as well as a catapult and battering ram.  Comes in at just about a foot high, so slightly smaller than the Chima Temple and $20 cheaper.  The construction is more straight-forward than some of the licensed sets, and maybe more versatile as a general medieval setting for LEGO adventure.  A great purchase idea especially if mom and dad are big Game of Thrones fans!

5.  Friends Dolphin Cruiser - 41015

A set that's become increasingly hard to find, despite being released within the last few months.  Designed to appeal to children who may not be interested in catapults, missiles, and space monsters, the Dolphin Cruiser is a luxury yacht complete with jet ski and even some friendly dolphins.  Playsets are nice for big xmas gifts, but LEGO really shines when given the opportunity to design vehicles.  This set is no exception and measures 14 inches long.  The top of the yacht lifts off to expose living areas and it even has a water slide!  The set comes in at 612 pieces and a $69.99 retail, although as often happens around this time of the year, there are reports of resellers snapping this set up and selling online for as much as $95. (check out this Amazon page LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser)  So if this one is on your list, don't hesitate to buy early.


And as always, the current series 11 Minifigures blind pouches always make great stocking stuffers and offer unique characters.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special 'Day of the Doctor' Promo Picture

Doctors, conveniently standardized to the same height

Sneak peek at the Doctors from the 50th Anniversary special.  Along with David Tennant and Matt Smith, Paul McGann reprises his role as the 8th Doctor and John Hurt appears as a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor.

Nice to see McGann back after his lone appearance on film in the tv movie.  And John Hurt should make for a good Doctor.  Also slated to reappear is Billie Pier, former companion with David Tennant and Chris Eccleston, although it is not confirmed that she will be playing Rose Tyler as we know her.

'Day of the Doctor' airs on Novermber 23 at 2:50 EST on BBC America.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Archer Danger Zone Music Video Season 5 Promo

Can't wait until the new year for a new season of Archer?  Maybe this new promo clip can hold you over.

It's pretty much perfect, basically creating an Archer shot-by-shot remake of the 'Top Gun' trailer.  Couldn't be more excited for the new season of Archer to start in January.  

yes, they included the teeth chomp

Until then I'll have to hunker down in Fort Kickass.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

First Look at Benicio Del Toro as The Collector from 'Thor: The Dark World'

Benicio Del Toro as an immortal space Elvis

You know the drill by this point.  New Marvel movie, new teaser post-credits scene.  

This one features Benicio Del Toro as The Collector.  Teasing his role in next summer's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and perhaps foreshadowing a storyline for Avengers 3 (Infinity Gauntlet anyone?).  

The Collector is an Elder of the Universe in Marvel comics lore.  He is about as old as the universe itself and virtually immortal.  He has set up a collection of beings and artifacts as a failsafe against a vision of the future in which all life is destroyed.  One of these items is the aether from 'Thor: The Dark World', revealed here to be an infinity gem.

So, that's one infinity gem.  Another is revealed to be in Asgard's treasure room (either the tesseract or the gem placed into Loki's scepter in 'The Avengers').  That's two.  There are 6 gems total, which when put together create the infinity gauntlet.  This item has the power to unmake all life in the universe  and has long been the ultimate goal sought by Thanos.  

Who is Thanos, you may ask?  

Universal terror, Thanos

Thanos is the purple gentleman from the post-credits scene in 'The Avengers'.  Thanos is an Eternal in the comics (not as old as The Collector) who is constantly trying to court and impress Mistress Death.  And what better way is there to impress Death?  Destroy all life in the universe.  Thanos is powerful, but not powerful enough to accomplish this feat on his own.

So it would seem Marvel has set the table for an ultimate showdown with the Earth heroes and Thanos over the infinity gauntlet and the fate of the universe.  This is probably a few years down the line, maybe a potential storyline for 'Avengers 3', but it's awesome Marvel is thinking so far ahead to tie in all of their movies.  And I'm sure 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and phase 2 will expand this even further.

So these post-credits scenes might not make a whole lot of sense yet, but one day they will.  And on that day you'll have to tip your hat to the planning ability of Kevin Feige and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Moto X Commercial Song - 'Little Green Bag' by George Baker Selection

This dog is cooler than I am

Been seeing a lot of the new Motorola Moto X commercial lately.  Totally customizable phone colors are cool I guess, but the thing that stands out to me in the commercial is that song.   It's got a vintage swagger kind of sound and just oozes cool.

The song is 'Little Green Bag' by George Baker Selection.  It was recorded in 1969, but only charted in the US in 1992 upon its use in the  film 'Reservoir Dogs'.

I knew I'd heard it before but couldn't place it until I did some digging.

Should be noted that there is also a version of this song featuring the song "Black Skinhead' by Kanye West.  Also good, but I like the 'Little Green Bag' version better.