Friday, September 23, 2016

Google's Homepage Homage to El Santo!

Back in July 2015, I wrote about Google's homage to Eiji Tsuburaya and his contributions to Japanese kaiju or monster movies. Most notably, his effects work on Godzilla and the Ultraman series.

Google's landing page is known for its often interactive doodles that incorporate current events and colorful pop culture homages.

Just 2 days after Sept 21, voted the National Day of Lucha Libre (El Día Nacional de la Lucha Libre) by the Mexican Senate, Google celebrates the 99th anniversary of the birth of El Santo!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Combining Robots... Part 3!

I've written about Combiners from the Transformers series before, along with other combining robots, so feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven't read them already. In 2015, Hasbro launched a new line of toys, comics, and merchandise focused solely on the Combiner Wars.

A new 8 episode animated series is available for fans of the original G1 Transformers, targeting an older audience looking for more complex storylines and less human interaction. Machinima released four weekly episodes leading up to the series' launch. The first one was released on June 28th and can seen below:

Following the Optimus Prime episode, they released Victorion, Starscream, and Windblade. The first two episodes of Combiner Wars are currently available at go90. In celebration of the new series, it seemed fitting to talk about combining robot toys. While I'm far from covering all of the seemingly limitless combining robots franchises, there are some that have never appeared in a TV show or movie. Here are some combining robots that have only appeared in toy form!

Chogokin Chogattai SF Robot Fujiko F Fujio Character Robot

I have to admit, I really don't know anything about Doraemon or the rest of these characters. I can recognize Doraemon in the middle but I had to do a little research to find out the rest of the cast is made up of Dorami (Doraemon’s sister), Perman, Korosuke (from Kiteretsu Daihyakka), Chinpui, and Gonsuke (from 21emon). Released for the 80th anniversary of the artist Hiroshi Fujimoto's birthday, this toy takes a bunch of the characters he created and combines them into one awesome robot!

So apparently, Fujiko Fujio was the name of a manga artist duo made up of Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. They used this pen name from 1951-1987, when their creative differences led to them releasing individual works under the new names Fujiko F. Fujio (Fujimoto) and Fujiko Fujio A (Abiko). I don't know much about these characters but that doesn't make this thing any less awesome. Check out this video to see how they put it together:

King Robo Mickey

Before Kingdom Hearts, I never would've guessed Mickey and the gang could hold their own in a fight. As it turns out, they can kick some major butt! Who knew? I guess Bandai's Tamashii Nations division did because they gave Mickey and friends their own awesome combining robot.

I love how they even included a mini-steamboat in homage to the Steamboat Willie cartoon, which is considered to be the debut of Mickey and Minnie. I never though I'd be an adult and still talking about how awesome Mickey and friends are!

Thomas the Tank Engine Bootlegs

Next, we're gonna travel into bootleg territory to find this unofficial Thomas the Tank Engine combiner. If you've ever Googled bootleg versions of toys, you'll often find some hilarious stuff like Robert Cop (knock off of RoboCop) or packages that contain a random car, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Shrek and a Power Ranger as if these guys regularly hang out together.

Being an unofficial and unlicensed product, I've seen a few variations of these in varying degrees of poor quality.

Unfortunately for whoever came up with this concept, it seems as though Super Sentai (the show Power Rangers is adapted from) beat them to the punch with Ressha Sentai ToQger, the 38th season featuring a train motif. Although they'll never be as ballsy as..., nevermind.

Toy Story

This very well could have been a Bandai Tamashii post because the latest addition to their line of combining robots is the Toy Story crew!

Woody, Bullseye, Slinky Dog, Rex, and Hamm combine to make a giant sheriff robot! I like to think they're just piloting robot versions of themselves cause it'd be horrible to imagine a handful of mangled toys being forced together to make a new Frankenstein-esque toy. Maybe in an alternate reality, Sid from the first movie actually got his hands on the entire Toy Story crew and "modified" them. In any case, they combine to form Combination Woody Robo Sheriff Star:

I noticed how many of the faces are tucked away, probably to avoid giving children nightmares. You have to admit that's pretty awesome though, the giant star in the middle kinda reminds me of Power Rangers' Super Zeo Megazord.

There's even a sweet promotional video explaining how all this came about

At the time that I originally started this post, I was wondering why Buzz Lightyear wasn't included. Piloting mechs seemed like it would totally be his style! Looks like I got my answer recently when they announced Buzz will have his own combiner with 2 of the aliens and a rocket ship!

Together they form Buzz the Space Ranger Robo!

I love how Buzz wears the mech like a giant suit of armor. Almost reminds me of Ripley inside that Power Loader from Aliens.

Fans of Power Rangers (or Super Sentai) are familiar with the concept of a 6th Ranger and how he always has his own Megazord. This is reminiscent of that since Buzz forms his own combiner but can also combine with Woody Robo Sheriff Star to make...

Super Combination Gan Great King!

I've really enjoyed all the toys I've written about so far but this has to be the coolest. They've each done a fantastic job of adapting children's cartoon characters into awesome fighting robots but making two individual combining robots combine into an even bigger robot?! Shut up and take my money! They even dropped another super sweet promotional video supervised by Pixar

Included with the initial product release will be a Chogokin Toy Story picture book. Woody Robo Sheriff Star is coming out Nov 2016 in Japan and Buzz the Space Ranger Robo will release Jan 2017 in Japan. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Kay Pike's Awesome Body Painting!

Saw a video floating around social media of some cool superhero/anime/cartoon body art and wanted to know who she was. This is Kay Pike and she does her own body paintings!

She's all over social media, Twitch, and Patreon:

Cool stuff!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Pocket Mortys

Wubba lubba dub dub, I am LOVING this mobile game! Pocket Mortys dropped on Jan. 13 and I've been playing it non-stop for the past week.

If you're not familiar with the show, Rick and Morty is an animated series on Adult Swim that parodies Back to the Future and is packed with tons of sci-fi pop culture references. Rick is an alcoholic genius scientist who drags his grandson, Morty, on wild adventures through other dimensions where they encounter a variety of monstrous aliens.

The game, currently available for free on iOS and Android devices, plays like Pokémon. You capture, train, and battle freaky versions of Morty.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Commercials Featuring Tokusatsu Characters

I saw this cute commercial with some kids dressed like Power Rangers/Zyurangers running through the mall and wanted to post some random commercials featuring popular toku characters

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Huge Announcement for Final Fantasy 7 Fans!

Final Fantasy 7 fans rejoice! Wasn't expecting this but it's totally sweet!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Couch Gag for The Simpson's Treehouse of Horror XXVI

The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror is an annual Halloween special (originally just known as "The Simpson's Halloween Special") that began during the second season and has been airing every year since 1990. Celebrities like Daniel Radcliffe, Hugh Laurie, Dr. Phil, Fran Descher, and others have guest starred. Guillermo Del Toro even guest directed the couch gag in 2013. This year, Ren & Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi directed the couch gag for the 26th episode that will air on October 25th at 8/7c.