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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dudley Boyz vs. The Wyatt Family

Now that the Dudley Boyz are back in the WWE, I think they should have an epic feud with the Wyatt Family. They could easily add more members to the Dudley Boyz, with their backstory allowing pretty anyone from any background to be a relative, and they could hint at bad blood between the two families.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LEGO Minifigures Monsters

LEGO is releasing a set of Monster-themed minifigures in time for Halloween! They also have monster-themed sets under their Monster Fighters line. Here are the Series 14 minifigures:

Fly Monster

“Bzzz. Bzzz? Bzzz!”

Until very recently, the Fly Monster was a regular housefly. Now that he’s been mutated into a half-fly, half-Minifigure creature, he’s found himself a little bit confused. Part of the problem is that his mind is still pretty much that of a fly. The other part is that he doesn’t realize just how much larger he is than he used to be.

The Fly Monster is always running into windows, falling off ceilings, and getting stuck to pieces of tape. He’s also very afraid of spiders and flyswatters and flees at the sight of them, buzzing in insectoid terror. There is one good side to his new body, though: it’s a lot easier to get at all of that delicious rotting garbage now that he can lift off the trash-bin lids!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nintendo's Game Lineup for 2015

Here's Nintendo's game lineup for the rest of the year!

August 27
  • Runbow (Wii U)
August 30
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition
September 11
  • Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
September 20
  • Skylanders SuperChargers (Wii U)
  • Skylanders SuperChargers Racing (3DS)
September 25
  • Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer (3DS)
  • Animal Crossing amiibo Cards
September 27
  • LEGO Dimensions (Wii U)

October 9
  • Chibi-Robo! Zip Lash (3DS)
  • Chibi-Robo amiibo
October 16
  • New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U Bundle (Wii U)
  • Pink, Light Blue and Green Yarn Yoshi amiibo
  • Yoshi’s Woolly World (Wii U)
 October 20
  • Guitar Hero Live (Wii U)
  • Just Dance 2016 (Wii U)
October 22
  • Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water (Wii U)
October 23
  • The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes (3DS)
November 1
  • Mii Fighters amiibo 3-Pack
November 13
  • Super Smash Bros. Mewtwo amiibo
November 15
  • Mega Yarn Yoshi amiibo
November 20
  • Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon (3DS)
  • Star Fox Zero (Wii U)
  • Super Smash Bros. Falco amiibo
  • Xenoblade Chronicles X (Wii U)
December 11
  • Devil’s Third (Wii U)
Holiday 2015
  • Animal Crossing: amiibo Festival
  • Isabelle, Digby, K.K., Reese, Cyrus, Tom Nook, Mabel, and Lottie amiibo
  • Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash

Wow, what a release slate! I'm really looking forward to Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water. New Legend of Zelda, Pokémon, and Star Fox games along with a ton of amiibo too!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Why the Dudley Boyz Are My Favorite Tag Team

There have been plenty of great tag teams in professional wrestling over the years. The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom, The Hart Foundation, The Steiner Brothers, RVD and Sabu, The Outsiders, The Rock and Sock Connection... the list goes on! Picking just one to be the greatest of all time would be nearly impossible but I can easily name my favorite...

Buh Buh (Bubba) Ray and D-Von Dudley have been teaming together since 1997 and have held titles at nearly every major promotion across the globe. They incorporate a unique brand of violence into their matches and are infamous for putting people through tables. Not only are they the most decorated tag team in professional wrestling, I think they have one of the most interesting backstories as well. Before these two teamed together, Buh Buh Ray Dudley was part of an ECW stable known as The Dudley Family

The story goes that "Big Daddy" Dudley traveled across America as a salesman in the 60's and 70's, fathering children wherever he went. Despite obvious differences in their physical appearance and race, the illegitimate sons formed a stable that wore tie dye attire and taped glasses. Buh Buh Ray Dudley debuted as a stuttering, overweight hillbilly that dances and was used to comedic effect. When D-Von debuted, he was a heel that despised his family because he believed that "true Dudleys" should not act like comedians. Following a heel-turn, Buh Buh Ray Dudley joined forces with D-Von and formed The Dudley Boyz. The duo would go on to capture the ECW World Tag Team Championships a total of 8 times before moving on to the WWF.

Finishing Move: 3-D

The Dudley Death Drop is one of the devastating and memorable finishers in professional wrestling. The first time I ever saw a cutter used was by Diamond Dallas Page, who was finishing people with the Diamond Cutter in WCW. He could hit that Diamond Cutter from anywhere (much like Randy Orton's RKO now) and it was almost guaranteed to end the match. Fast forward a few years and "Stone Cold' Steve Austin was giving everybody Stone Cold Stunners. The stunner was just a variation of a cutter but it was taking out all the top stars in the WWF.

So now that we've already established how powerful a cutter is on its own, imagine that D-Von lifts you up into the air and flapjacks you into a cutter. The Dudley Boyz are also known for hitting the 3D out of nowhere, much like DDP's Diamond Cutter or Randy Orton's RKO. As if that wasn't devastating enough, they often use that move to put people through a table. Outside of the wrestling world, that would most certainly kill a man.

Most Decorated:

I already briefly mentioned how decorated a tag team The Dudley Boyz are but here is a laundry list of their accomplishments:

8 time ECW World Tag Team Champions
6 time WWF World Tag Team Champions
2 time World Tag Team Champions (formerly WWF World Tag Team Championship)
1 time WWE Tag Team Champions
1 time WCW World Tag Team Champions (final, won in WWF)
2 time IWGP World Tag Team Champions (New Japan Pro Wrestling)
1 time NWA World Tag Team Champions
2 time TNA World Tag Team Champions
1 time Hustle Super Tag Team Champions (final)
1 time 2CW Tag Team Champions

Tournaments & Accomplishments

World's Strongest Tag Determination League (All Japan Pro Wrestling)
TNA Tag Team Tournament (2013)
TNA Hall of Fame (2014)

They also had one of the best managers of all time

Stacy Keibler, The Duchess of Dudleyville, is one of the most beautiful women ever to set foot in a wrestling ring. Their relationship came to an abrupt end when she accidentally cost them a match and was subsequently powerbombed through a table. Now let me set one thing straight, I do not condone violence against women in real life. In the world of professional wrestling though, the women are supposed to be as tough as men and to treat them any differently would be sexist. This is still rarely ever seen but The Dudley Boyz had a reputation for breaking women's necks by putting them through tables.

They are the embodiment of extreme wrestling as they've used everything from thumbtacks to cheese graters to flaming tables in their matches. They innovated the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match alongside The Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian in the WWF. These guys are legends that deserve their place in history among the greatest tag teams to have ever existed. And from what I understand, they made a surprise return on RAW.

Welcome back Dudley Boyz!


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Terminator in WWE 2K16!

I'm a huge fan of wrestling games with ridiculous characters, stories, and/or abilities, such as WWF Wrestlemania by Midway. The game featured digitized sprites, popularized by Mortal Kombat, and was more of a fighting game than an actual wrestling game. Razor Ramon had arms that turned into actual razor blades, Doink the Clown pulled a giant mallet out of thin air like a Looney Tunes character, and The Undertaker would hit people over the head with tombstones. Wrestlers would also "bleed" objects that represented their characters like hams and fish would come flying out of Yokozuna or dumbbells from Lex Luger.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Combining to Make Bigger Robots! Part 2

As a follow up to my first Giant Robots that Combine to Make Even Bigger Robots! post, I decided to dig a little deeper into some of the giant robots that I glossed over very quickly the first time around. I do not consider myself to be an expert in this subject so please excuse any details I may have left out.

Astro Boy - Combining robots can be found as early as 1963's Astro Boy series. In episode 15, Gangor (a.k.a. Gademu in the manga) consisting of 47 separate androids that combine to form a giant centipede, first shown terrorizing an ocean liner. Normally, they're disguised as "wrestling robots" but commit crimes in their centipede form. The episode ends with a fierce undersea battle, where they're swept up by an tropical storm and Astro Boy destroys each individual piece of Gangor.

In the 2003 remake of the Astro Boy series, Gadem also appears as a sophisticated electromagnet used in bank robberies to reshape gold bars into a giant centipede.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

DEATH BATTLE! - Goku vs. Superman [REMATCH]

Since the first time Goku fought Superman, there have been two new Dragon Ball Z movies, a new Dragon Ball series, and Goku has a new Super Saiyan mode. While I'm sure this will FOREVER be debated by fans, I always enjoy Death Battle's take on these fights because they analyze the facts as opposed to picking a winner by fan polls. Also, this is assuming the two characters fight to the death rather than setting aside their differences at some point.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Comic-Con Trailers!

If you've been following the Comic-Con news, then you've probably already seen these trailers. Although if you haven't, please go follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. I know this probably just sounds like a shameless plug or me asking for more followers but sometimes I post things directly to social media when I don't feel like writing a post about them. (Like a trailer or a single picture for example)

Like these trailers for example, I've been excited about them and I shared them after watching them myself. I didn't even think to post them on this blog until today. So if you want to get these updates in your feed, go ahead and follow me. Otherwise, I'll try to do posts like this one that gather things I didn't do a write up on before.

[Warning: My Twitter is a shared account that I also use for my Z-portal blog, so there may be some horror stuff mixed in with my Retrospective Geek stuff. I haven't felt the need to start a separate Twitter account specifically for this stuff... yet!]

Suicide Squad Trailer

Today we got our first look at the Suicide Squad! And the always beautiful Harley Quinn <3

Monday, July 13, 2015

Wrestling Isn't Wrestling

I've been a fan of professional wrestling since I was about 10 years old. A buddy came to my house with a VHS tape that he recorded 1996's Halloween Havoc on. This was my first real exposure to pro wrestling and what an event to start with! Rey Misterio Jr. vs. Dean Malenko for the Cruiserweight Championship, DDP vs. Eddy Guerrero, Chris Jericho vs. Syxx, Steve "Mongo" McMichael and Chris Benoit vs The Faces of Fear, and The Outsiders vs. Harlem Heat for the Tag Team Championships?! The event ends with the return of "Rowdy" Roddy Piper following the Heavyweight title match between Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage.

Before that, the only bit of wrestling I ever saw was a match between Bam Bam Bigelow and Doink the Clown while channel surfing when I was much younger. I remember wondering who this large man with flames on his head was and why he was fighting a clown. Doink the Clown cheated by spraying Bigelow in the face with a green mist and I was traumatized, thinking Bam Bam would be blinded for life.

I've loved wrestling for nearly two decades now and while I don't watch as much of it as I used to, I still try to keep up on everything that's going on in the world of pro wrestling. Earlier this year, Max Landis posted a video on YouTube that affectionately pokes fun of and examines professional wrestling through Triple H's career. Check out the video below, it is BRILLIANT and absolutely hilarious.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Google's homage to Eiji Tsuburaya

In honor of Eiji Tsuburaya's 114 birthday, Google's homepage Doodle includes 10 mini-games about creating special effects for a Tokusatsu film. From helping an actor get into his costume to lighting a set, even setting up pyro effects.

Regarded as the 'Godfather' of Japanese special effects, and sometimes referred to as the Master of Monsters, Tsuburaya worked on approx. 250 films over the course of his 50 year career. Tsuburaya is the special effects director behind many of Toho's kaiju films, his most notable works being Godzilla and the Ultraman series.

Tsuburaya was a fan of the original King Kong movie and after the success of Godzilla, he said, "When I worked for Nikkatsu Studios, King Kong came to Kyoto and I never forgot that movie. I thought to myself, 'I will someday make a monster movie like that.'"

While working at Toho, he brought many monsters to life including Mothra, Rodan, Ghidorah, Varan, Gaira and Sanda from War of the Gargantuas. He even got to work with the character that was so inspirational to him in King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes.

Yes, King Kong fought a robot double called Mechani-Kong

So to honor Tsuburaya's contribution to Japanese cinema (and geek culture), Google paid homage to the SFX legend with a 10-part mini-game.

Where you build props:

Help an actor get into his costume:

Destroy the miniature buildings with a Godzilla-like tail:

Light a scene just right, with a monster that's a cross between Zoidberg and a Baltan from Ultraman:

Stomp miniature tanks like Godzilla:

Setting up the pyro effects for a scene with a giant robot:

Smash containers as a monster that's reminiscent of Gan Q from Ultraman Gaia:

Swat model spaceships out of the air as a giant orange:

Hook up the hero (who is obviously a homage to Ultraman) to his harness, so he can fly:

And center the camera to catch all the action!

Happy Birthday to Eiji Tsuburaya! And thank you to Google for honoring a true visionary who pioneered suitmation and some of the sweetest SFX that Japanese cinema has to offer.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Marvel Movies Mega-Post! - April 2015

Are you all caught up on your Marvel movie news? If not, here's a quick rundown of as much Marvel-related news I could find. Whether part of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe or one of the Marvel properties owned by Sony or Fox. Obviously, dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Every 90s Commercial Ever!

As someone who grew up in the 90's, I can still remember the Capri Sun commercials where the kids would inexplicably turn into puddles of silvery liquid. They never really made much sense but I always thought it was awesome that Capri Sun gave these kids T-1000 powers. Earlier this month, a video lampooning 90's commercials exploded onto the net.