Star Trek

Early Christmas Gift Shopping

I just got back from New York Comic Con and I was once again over-whelmed with how many cool things there were to buy! There were a few places that looked essentially like Minecraft armories! I’m really pleased how much of a mainstream hit that Minecraft has become. I WISH I had the time to play like I use to but it’s pretty cool to see an end-cap at Target with Minecraft foam swords and plush Creepers. Let’s get into some cool stuff that I am excited about -

Marvel’s New York City Comic Con Exclusive – Rocket Raccoon Plush

NYCC-2013-Exclusive-Rocket-Raccoon-Plush-Toy-Stuffed-AnimalNew York Comic Con had quite a few different exclusives but the hottest one was the Rocket Raccoon plush from Marvel. Marvel had a few other really cool exclusives but people were in line for Rocket. Personally, I couldn’t justify the multi-hour wait in line for him. I regretted it the next day pretty hard, though. LUCKILY a friend of mine (Thank you Karl Olsen!) was able to secure one for me and I am eagerly waiting for it in the mail. Why is he so cool?

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Well, besides being limited to only 1,000 pieces, this is the first official plush for this increasingly popular furry Marvel character.He’s going to be even more popular next year with the movie but the fervor (pun intended) for him is pretty high. The Skottie Young print that comes with it is also a reason I absolutely love this. If you are looking for this, expect to about between $75-$125 on eBay.

Check out this video from Marq Romero of the Rocket Raccoon New York Comic Con experience.

New Funko Pop’s – Adventure Time & Regular Show

I have resisted getting to into Funko’s Pop Vinyl figures because the are like crack to a pop culture nut and collector like myself. This is the same reason I won’t even look at Candy Crush. I know what flares up my additions. That said, I recently bought a Finn and Jake from their Adventure Time series thinking I would only buy those two. Well, I know myself too well. I set my limit at only Adventure Time figures which means I have since picked up a glow in the dark Finn variant, a zombie Jake variant, Marceline, Lumpy Space Princess, Ice King, and the regular Finn & Jake. At New York Comic Con, I saw my first second series figure: Gunter. Now I’m on the hunt again! Besides Gunter, series two brings us BMO, Fionna, Cake, Lemongrab, and Princess Bubblegum. I really hope we get a Peppermint Butler in series three!

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Game of Thrones Hoodies on Etsy

How come official merchandise never looks this good? I saw these on The Mary Sue and was blown away by the designs. These are available at Rarity’s Boutique starting November 4th. I’m holding out for a Greyjoy hoodie!

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More designs and images here. 

Star Trek Transporter Bath Mat and Shower Curtain

Think Geek has always had the best geek products on the webs and this is a great example of the kind of products you never knew you needed until you saw it. Get beamed away to a watery world with this TOS inspired shower curtain and bath mat set.

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Bravest Warriors Merchandise

Are you as obsessed as me about Bravest Warriors? As mentioned above, I am really into Adventure Time, but in many ways…I am more in love with Bravest Warriors. It’s a little more random, has less morals, and is aimed at an older demographic. That said, I watch every episode as it comes out on YouTube 3 times in a row! Besides the team, who doesn’t love Catbug and Impossibear???

While not as mainstream as Adventure Time, you can get some Bravest Warriors merch here and there but no one has better clothing and more than We Love Fine. A 100% must for everyone is the Catbug plush. There’s no excuse to not own this. I bet they’ve sold a million units of him.

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Check out a few of these items and see WAYYYY more here.

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Star Wars 6″ Black Series Action Figures

Star Wars has been in the toy business since the beginning and our merchandising founders. In fact, geek culture and merchandise didn’t REALLY go mainstream until George Lucas unleashed his products on thirsty addicted fans. It’s been going on since 1977 with very few lulls in-between. Which brings us to the latest line in Star Wars action figures: The Black Series. These premium figures are pretty much only for the adult collector who is looking for a line of figures with impeccable attention to detail. The smaller version of this series doesn’t quite have the same level of detail but are less expensive. That said, at $20, these aren’t a bad price at all. Series 2 is out with 3 coming in early 2014, these series are focusing on the most elite characters in all six Star Wars movies. Which means, I might have a long time to wait for the Jek Porkins I really want. Check them out at BigBadToyStore.

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Check out the review of the Boba Fett figure from Toy News International:

4 Foot Tall Legendary Scale Sideshow Collectible Doctor Doom

Just because it’s fun to have something on here that is pretty much perfect, check out Sideshow Collectibles Legendary Scale Doctor Doom! The details are off the charts on this museum quality piece. It’s FOUR FEET TALL!! Can you imagine? This would be the centerpiece in almost anyone’s collection. It’s intimidating is so cool. At $1,990.00, it’s a true high-end collectible that will have your friends drooling. I need one of these in my life.

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Tons more photos at Sideshow Collectibles.

Send your favorite geek merchandise to me so I can tell the world about all the cool stuff out there to horde!

 

Geek Actor Hall of Fame: Jeffery Combs

Jeffery Combs first became known to geeks in his portrayal of Dr. Herbert West in Re-Animator. Since then he played many fan-favorite Star Trek re-occuring guest spots (TNG, DS9, Voyager, and Enterprise), one of the creepyist movies villains of all-time in The Frightners, and his voice acting credit on JLU as The Question brought new attention to the character.

We’re asking you: What’s your favorite Jeffrey Combs role?

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Patrick Stewart (Captain Picard, Professor X) and John de Lancie (Q from Star Trek) appeared together onstage at a Q&A panel at the 2012 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con.  I found Patrick to be humble and good-natured, but a bit hesitant to discuss Star Trek.  De Lancie was quick to point out he has only appeared in nine total episodes of the series, but he was eager to discuss his time on the show.

On Columbus, Ohio:  Mr. Stewart has been to the state before, when he spent six weeks in the dry town of Oberlin, Ohio as the visiting artist in residence at Oberlin College, but this was his first time in Columbus.  He said he was delighted at the city’s wide-open spaces, joking that he felt it was unfinished.  Furthermore he crossed two brand new bridges and remarked on how rare it is for any city to have even one brand new bridge.  The cherry on top of his visit was when he turned a corner and found two DeLoreans parked on the street.  It is assumed that neither of these was the Back to the Future DeLorean, as it was also on hand this weekend, but instead two separate DeLoreans.

On playing Professor X:  Many of his acting tools were removed by sitting in a wheel chair.  Stewart enjoyed finding a way to work around that, but one notable difference with playing a character in a wheelchair was that when the director yelled cut, everyone on set would sit down to take a break.  At which time, Mr. Stewart would stand up!  He claimed no knowledge of the rumored X-Men: First Class Sequel.

On the grammar in Star Trek: The Next Generation:  The grammar was persistently flawless because Jonathan Frakes’ father was an English teacher.  Frakes insisted everything be perfect to honor his parent.

Midway through the hour Patrick opened the show for questions from the audience at which point a voice boomed from the back of the meeting hall, interrupting him mid-sentence, “Who is your favorite nemesis!?”  It was John de Lancie, who then joined Stewart onstage.

On the difference between playing Shakespeare as a young man and playing Shakespeare now: “The longer you do any job, the better you get at it.”  They both said they were fearless when they were younger and willing to throw themselves into any role.  Mr. de Lancie has lost interest in acting as he’s aged, while Mr. Stewart contrasts the fear he felt in his youth with the fun and excitement he feels now.  Patrick told a story of filming the Star Trek pilot without packing his suitcase because he was terrified he would be fired before it wrapped.

On two Shakespearean actors playing opposing roles: the show’s writers recognized what they had in an early episode and wrote the dialog between Picard and Q based on what they knew the actors could deliver. Very little interactions between the two characters were improvised.

On playing Q:  de Lancie found a way to make and omnipotent character interesting by playing him as an omnipotent character that was too stupid to realize he was omnipotent.  Mr. de Lancie filled the crowd in on the one scene where Q actually broke the fourth wall and addressed the audience.  It was a deleted scene from the Qpid episode where the crew was sent back to medieval times, Picard became Robin Hood, the bridge crew became the Merry Men, and Q became the Sheriff of Nottingham.  A guard told Q he was excited for the following day, where there was a wedding and an execution scheduled, and then left the room.  Q then turned to stare at the audience and said, “But I thought all weddings were executions.”

On Q’s best rival: When Q appeared on Voyager, the writers never addressed the elephant in the room, which was whether or not there was a romantic attraction between Janeway and Q.  Picard and Q were portrayed as two alpha males competing with each other, which de Lancie enjoyed the most.

On Current Projects: John has recently performed voice-acting roles in My Little Pony and the Quantum Conundrum video game.  When appearing on Breaking Bad, he could tell it was a special show from the quality of the writing and the care taken in the filming process, similar to what Star Trek was like.  De Lancie has done much of what he set out to accomplish with acting and is focusing on developing his skills as a sailor so that he can make a voyage on his sailboat to the southern sea.