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Before Sunrise

It is rare for a romance film to get a sequel, but Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise actually got two! Released in 1995, the movie tells of two strangers, Jesse and Céline, and their one night together in Vienna. But nine years later the couple returned in Before Sunset, and then in 2013 their story continued in Before Midnight. What is it about this saga that keeps the actors, director, and audiences coming back for more? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!

Arnie C: http://traffic.libsyn.com/nowplayingpodcast/NPPBEFORE01.mp3

      

January 19, 2015 Posted by | Movies, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Reviews | , , , , , | Comments Off on Before Sunrise

Uncle Milton to Release Holocron and new Force Trainer Toys

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Uncle Milton, creator of the innovative Star Wars™ Science brand of toys, is getting ready to challenge aspiring Jedi in a different way. This time, Uncle Milton will be bringing the popular artificial intelligence game of knowledge, 20Q, into the world of Star Wars with the Jedi Holocron. Holocrons are artifacts that hold an indeterminable amount of knowledge, so what better way to bring the Holocron into our world, than with 20Q. Even better, Star Wars™ fans can be part of the creation of this new Star Wars™ Science Jedi Holocron! Just visit 20q.net, click on the Star Wars logo and follow the instructions. Think of any person, place, or thing based on all 6 Star Wars movies and TV series and 20Q will try and guess what you’re thinking. See if you can outsmart the Jedi Holocron! The more times you play, the smarter the artificial intelligence of the Jedi Holocron will become. Look for the Star Wars Science Jedi Holocron on store shelves beginning in Fall, 2015.

In addition, Uncle Milton is also releasing a new version of their very popular Star Wars Force Trainer.

In 2009, one of the most innovative Star Wars toys of all-time was launched–The Force Trainer. This incredible toy enabled fans of all ages to move and control an object with the power of their mind and quickly became a hit with Star Wars fans and the media worldwide. Just as the next generation of Star Wars movies is preparing to launch, Uncle Milton’s Star Wars Science brand is introducing The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience. The Force Trainer II features new technology being unveiled at CES and gives Star Wars fans the opportunity to harness the power of their mind to move and control hologram images as they perform incredible Jedi feats from Star Wars movies.

With The Force Trainer II, you are the Jedi. Imagine that you could raise an X-wing from the Dagobah swamp just like Luke Skywalker, battle Darth Vader, or build your own lightsaber with just the power of your mind! These magical scenes are re-created through hologram images and a wireless headset with real brainwave sensors that read and interpret your levels of concentration. The more you focus, the more successful you are in moving and controlling the hologram image and successfully completing the Jedi challenge. The hologram images and Jedi challenges come through a companion app included with the purchase of the product and powered by the user’s tablet device which projects these holograms into the unique Jedi themed training base.

There are 10 different Jedi training levels through which fans can advance from Padawan to Jedi Knight to Jedi Master, with instruction and guidance from Jedi Master Yoda. Additional Jedi challenges will also be available for download on updated versions of the app as new Star Wars movies are released. The product is expected to hit retail stores in Fall 2015 with an estimated SRP of $119.99.

“We are very excited to unveil The Force Trainer II: Hologram Experience at CES,” said Ken Malouf, VP of Marketing & Product Management at Uncle Milton. “This toy captures the imagination of aspiring Jedi everywhere as they learn to use and control the power of their own concentration to activate fantastic Star Wars adventures. The combination of this advanced technology, compelling game play, and real science application makes for a truly unique product that fits the spirit of the Star Wars brand.”

Hear a review of Uncle Milton’s original Force Trailer in Episode 229 of the Star Wars Action News Podcast!

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Video: Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #1

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As Star Wars makes its historic return to Marvel with the official release of Star Wars #1, hear from series writer Jason Aaron, series editor Jordan D. White, and Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso about the creation of this monumental new ongoing series.

STAR WARS #1 is available now in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App and on Marvel.com

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Pre-Order Alert: Skaar – Son of Hulk Premium Print from Sideshow Collectibles

500292_press02Sideshow Collectibles’ newest Premium Art Print is now up for order:  Skaar – Son of Hulk.

This print shows Skaar in the same pose as Sideshow’s sold-out Premium Format Figure, with a blade in each hand ready for battle.

The print measures 18×24 inches and is hand-numbered.

Sideshow’s Premium Art prints are a new line from Sideshow Collectibles.  With an extremely low edition size (Skaar is limited to 300 prints) these have been selling out very quickly.

I received my first Premium Art Print from Sideshow last week (Psylocke) and the printing is very high quality.  The Epson inks used give the piece an airbrushed feel.  It is on very thick, textured paper, and the white boarder makes matting the print unnecessary.

A full review of the Psylocke print will be on an upcoming episode of the Marvelicious Toys podcast.

Order your Skarr – Son of Hulk Premium Art Print now at Sideshow Collectibles’ Web Site!

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Exclusive Marvel Legends 3-Pack on Clearance at Target.com

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Brick-and-mortar stores’ prices may vary, but the Target exclusive Marvel Legends Infinite Series figure 3-Pack is on clearance and in stock at Target.com

This figure set, first revealed at 2014’s San Diego Comic-Con, contains 6-inch action figures of Marvel Comics characters Ms. Marvel, Captain America, and Radioactive Man.  Originally retailing for $49.99, these are now marked down to $30.00 at Target’s web site.

Reports nationwide of in-store pricing is varied, with some Marvelicious Toys podcast listeners reporting finding the set marked down to $25.00, while others have noticed the price increase by $1 to $50.99

So you can get your set ordered now at Target’s web site!

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Voting Now Open for 2014 Poppies Toy and Collectible Awards

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Voting is now open for the 2014 Poppies Awards.

Now in its seventh year, The Poppies is an awards program presented by MWCToys.com.  Run by MWCToys owner Michael Crawford, the Poppies present awards to toy and collectible companies in such categories as Best Overall Company, Eddie Wires Award for Outstanding Paint, and Best Vehicle or Playset.   Further categories for figures are broken down by gender to Best Male Figure and Best Female Figure and then further broken down by scale:  Under 5-inches, 5-inches to 11-inches, 12-inches to 17-inches, and 18-inches and larger.

The awards are voted on by a panel of judges picked by Crawford.  These judges represent collectible companies, media outlets, toy retailers, artists, and notable collectors.   Included in the 2014 judging are former DC Comics creative leader Georg Brewer, Toynami design consultant Scott Tipton, Diamond Select Toys Marketing Supervisor Zach Oat, Yodasnews.com webmaster Mark Picirilli, Entertainment Earth merchandiser Adam Pawlus, MTV Geek writer Jason Stephens, and Marvelicious Toys and Star Wars Action News podcast host Arnie Carvalho.   The full list of judges can be viewed at MWCToys.com.

In addition to the expert panel of judges, MWCToys.com also offers Peoples Picks awards which have open voting.  The ballot is hosted at MWCToys.com

This years list of nominees in the Peoples Picks awards are:

Best Overall Company

  • 3A
  • ACI
  • Asmus
  • Bandai / Bandai Japan
  • Bif Bang Pow
  • DC Collectibles
  • Diamond Select
  • Enterbay
  • Four Horsemen
  • Funko
  • Gentle Giant
  • Hasbro
  • Hot Toys
  • Jakks
  • Jazwares
  • Kotobukiya
  • LEGO
  • Mattel
  • McFarlane Toys
  • Mezco
  • NECA
  • Playmates
  • Sideshow
  • ThreeZero
  • Weta

Best Overall Line – High End

  • Batman Black & White (DC Collectibles)
  • Batman (All licenses) (Hot Toys)
  • DC Bombshells (DC Collectibles)
  • DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • DC (all lines) (Hot Toys)
  • Dr. Who (Big Chief)
  • Gang’s Kingdom (DAM Toys)
  • G.I. Joe (Sideshow)
  • The Hobbit/LOTR (Weta)
  • The Hobbit/LOTR (Gentle Giant)
  • Lord of the Rings (Asmus)
  • Marvel (all lines) (Hot Toys)
  • Marvel (all lines) (Sideshow)
  • Masterpiece HD (All lines) (Enterbay)
  • Robocop (Hot Toys)
  • Star Wars (Sideshow)
  • Star Wars Jumbo Vintage (Gentle Giant)
  • Walking Dead (Gentle Giant)

Best Overall Line – Low End

  • Batman Designer Series (DC Collectibles)
  • Batman Animated (TNBA etc.) (DC Collectibles)
  • Breaking Bad (Mezco)
  • DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Game of Thrones (Dark Horse)
  • Game of Thrones (Funko)
  • Gothitropolis: Ravens (Four Horsemen)
  • Magic The Gathering (Funko)
  • Marvel Legends (Hasbro)
  • Marvel Select (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Masters of the Universe Classics (Mattel)
  • Outer Space Men (Four Horsemen)
  • Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Planet of the Apes (NECA)
  • Plants vs Zombies (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Pop! Vinyl Figures (Funko)
  • ReAction (Funko)
  • Simpsons Celebrity Series (NECA)
  • Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • Star Wars Diecast (Disney)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (playmates)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Kid Robot)
  • Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Twilight Zone (BifBangPow)
  • Universal Monsters (Diamond Select Toys)
  • Walking Dead (Mcfarlane)
  • WWE (Mattel)

Eddie Wires Award for Outstanding Paint

  • Azog on Warg (Weta)
  • Batista, WWE (Mattel)
  • Black Widow (Gentle Giant)
  • Chomper/Engineer 2 pack, Plants vs Zombies (DST)
  • Clonetrooper, 501st (Sideshow)
  • Elder Predator (Hot Toys)
  • Gorilla Soldier (NECA)
  • Harley, Batman B/W (DC Collectibles)
  • Iron Man MK42 DieCast (Hot Toys)
  • Kerberos Panzer Jäger (Hot Toys)
  • Knifehead BD, Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Marv Sin City (DST)
  • Maurice POTA (NECA)
  • Robocop (Hot Toys)
  • Shao Khan (PCS)
  • T-800 BD (Hot Toys)
  • Tyreese (McFarlane)
  • Viper Predator (NECA)

Best Male Figure 18″ and up

  • Batman 1989 (NECA)
  • Bruce Lee (Blitzway)
  • Cherno Alpha, Pacific Rim (NECA)
  • Dutch, Predator (NECA)
  • Godzilla (Jakks)
  • Han in Stormtrooper Outfit (Jakks)
  • Joker (NECA)
  • Master Chief (NECA)
  • Mr. Bean (Enterbay)
  • Robocop (Enterbay)
  • T-1000 (Enterbay)
  • War Machine MKII (Play Imaginitive)

Best Male Figure (12″ – 17″)

  • Batman (comic version) (Sideshow)
  • Chucky (Mezco)
  • Darth Vader (Sideshow)
  • Diamond 3, Gangs Kingdom (DAM Toys)
  • Guritz, LOTR (Asmus)
  • Harry Potter (Star Ace)
  • Iron Man MK42 Die Cast (Hot Toys)
  • Link (Medicom)
  • Probe Droid (Sideshow)
  • Robocop with Chair (Hot Toys)
  • Sherlock Holmes (Big Chief)
  • Star-Lord, GotG (Hot Toys)
  • Superman, MoS (Hot Toys)
  • Tyrion, Game of Thrones (ThreeZero)

Best Male Figure (5″ – 11″)

  • Amazing Spider-man 2 Spidey (Hasbro)
  • Batman 1989 (NECA)
  • Batman, TNBA (DC Collectibles)
  • Caesar DOTPOTA (NECA)
  • Captain America Stealth Suit ML (Hasbro)
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon (DST)
  • Drogo, GoT (Funko)
  • ED-209 (NECA)
  • Falcon, Marvel Select (DST)
  • Garruk Wildspeaker, Magic The Gathering  (Funko)
  • Glen, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Gorilla Soldier, POTA (NECA)
  • Iron Patriot (S.H. Figuarts)
  • Jedi Luke, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Jetfire, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Michelangelo, TMNT (Revoltech)
  • Modulok, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Mummy (Mezco)
  • Riddler, Batman Designer (DC Collectibles)
  • Star-Lord, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Tyreese, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Viper Predator (NECA)

Best Male Figure (under 5″)

  • Adam Power, Power Lords (Four Horsemen)
  • Alien, ReAction (Funko)
  • Arctic B.A.T., G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Bowser, World of Nintendo
  • Darth Vader #26, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Fighter’s Guild Akavari and Pony Guar (Symbiote)
  • Gremlin, Twilight Zone (BifBangPow)
  • Jack Asteroid, OSM (Four Horsemen)
  • Jabba’s Skiff Guard, SW Black (Hasbro)
  • Kane in Spacesuit, Alien ReAction (Funko)
  • L’il Gotham Batman (DC Collectibles)
  • Penguin, Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Snake Eyes, Artic, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Super Mario (S.H. Figuarts)

Best Female Figure (over 11″)

  • Avea Trotter, Monster High (Mattel)
  • Baroness, G.I. Joe (Sideshow)
  • Black Widow, CA:WS (Hot Toys)
  • Cammy, Street Fighter (Medicom)
  • Catwoman, DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • Crimson (Flirty Girl)
  • Domino Lady (Phicen)
  • Faraway Forest Elf, Barbie (Mattel)
  • Harley, DC Comics (Sideshow)
  • Hit Girl, Kick Ass 2, (Medicom)
  • Maleficent (Hot Toys)
  • Maleficent (Disney Signature Collection)

Best Female Figure (5″ – 11″)

  • Alien Queen (NECA)
  • April O’Neil TMNT (Playmates)
  • Arcee, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Arya Stark, GoT (Funko)
  • Arya Stark, GoT (Dark Horse)
  • Black Cat, Spider-Man ML (Hasbro)
  • Black Widow, CA:WS ML (Hasbro)
  • Catwoman, animated (DC Collectibles)
  • Daenerys, Got (Dark Horse)
  • Daenerys, GoT (Funko)
  • Gamora, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Lilliana Vess, Magic (Funko)
  • Lucy Lawless, Simpsons (NECA)
  • Maggie, Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • Mermista, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Penny, Gremlins (NECA)
  • Scorpia, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Venus, Sailor Moon (S.H. Figuarts)
  • Windblade, Transformers (Hasbro)
  • Zira, POTA (NECA)

Best Female Figure (under 5″)

Notes: The strong female represetation continues in the smaller scale. It’s particularly nice to see it’s not just Star Wars and Joe, although they have some strong nominees as well.

  • Amy Pond, Dr. Who (Character Options)
  • Baroness, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Catwoman, DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Harley, DC Multiverse (Mattel)
  • Lady Jaye, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Ripley, Alien ReAction (Funko)
  • Samus Arun, Amiibo, (Nintendo)
  • Talky Tina, TZ (BifBangPow)
  • Terra Firma, OSM (Four Horsemen)
  • Toryn Farr, Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • Wasp, Marvel Infinite (Hasbro)

Best Build a Figure/Collect and Connect (any size or type):

  • Green Goblin, Spider-Man ML (Hasbro)
  • Groot, GotG ML (Hasbro)
  • Jubilee, ML (Hasbro)
  • Kalibak, DCU/Super Powers (Mattel)
  • Mandroid, ML (Hasbro)
  • Minicon Assault Team Centuritron, Transformers (Hasbro)

Best Vehicle or Playset

  • Armory, Batman (Hot Toys)
  • AT-DP, Star Wars, (Hasbro)
  • Batbot, RC (Imaginext)
  • Batmobile, Toy Toyko Red version (Funko)
  • Battle Ram, MOTUC (Mattel)
  • Battle Rover (Imaginext)
  • Cobra Wolf, G.I. Joe (Hasbro)
  • Dragon Castle (True Legends)
  • Ecto-1, Ghostbusters, (Funko)
  • High Flying Blimp, TMNT (Playmates)
  • Inquisitor TIE Fighter, Star Wars (Hasbro)
  • Iron Man 3 Hall of Armor, House Party (Hot Toys)
  • Iron Man 3 Workshop Accessories (Hot Toys)
  • Millenium Falcon, Star Wars Hero (Hasbro)
  • Phantom, Star Wars Rebels (Hasbro)
  • Serenity 1:250 scale cutaway (Qmx)
  • Slave 1, Star Wars Die Cast (Disney)
  • Speeder Bike, Star Wars Black (Hasbro)
  • T-Tower, Teen Titans (Jazzwares)
  • X-Wing Fighter, Star Wars (Hasbro)
  • Z-line Billiard Breakout, TMNT (Playmates)

Best Statue

  • Azog on Warg (Weta)
  • Batman Arkham City (Kotobukiya)
  • Black Widow (Gentle Giant)
  • Black Widow PF (Sideshow)
  • Chewbacca PF (Sideshow)
  • Conan (ARH)
  • Harley, DC Bombshells (DC Collectibles)
  • Harley, Batman B/W (DC Collectibles)
  • Harley PF (Sideshow)
  • He-Man (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Herman Munster (Tweeterhead)
  • Judge Death (Pop Culture Shock)
  • King Thror, Hobbit (Weta)
  • Mojo (Bowen)
  • Padme Amidala (Gentle Giant)
  • Rick Grimes, Walking Dead comic (McFarlane)
  • Shao Khan (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Superman DC Comics PF (Sideshow)
  • Warframe Excalibur (Symbiote)
  • Wonder Woman ArtFX (Kotobukiya)
  • Yoda Ilum, Star Wars (Gentle Giant)

Best Bust

  • Alien Big Chap Legendary Scale (Sideshow)
  • Azog (Gentle Giant)
  • Goblin King (Gentle Giant)
  • Iron Man MK42 Battle Damaged (Hot Toys)
  • Jek Porkins, Star Wars (Gentle Giant)
  • Panzerkommandant Jürgen (Quarantine)
  • Rocket Raccoon (Gentle Giant)
  • Ryu, Street Fighter Life Size (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Scorpion, Life Size (Pop Culture Shock)
  • Sophia Stalker, Walking Dead (Gentle Giant)

Best Designer/Vinyl

  • Baby Dancing Groot (Funko)
  • BeeBop, TMNT (Kid Robot)
  • Chariv, Rise of the Beasts, Glyos (Onell)
  • Dr. Who War Beast SDCC (Titan)
  • Dr. Who War Doctor SDCC (Titan)
  • Elder Scrolls Online Nord (Symbiote)
  • GoGo Yubari, Kill Bill (Funko)
  • Gus Fring, Dead Face, Breaking Bad (Funko)
  • Judge Dredd Cosplay Penguin (Blind Mouse)
  • Kiora Atua, Magic (Funko)
  • Sharknado, Bloody (Funko)
  • Shockwave, Transformers (Loyal Subjects)
  • Splinter, TMNT (Loyal Subjects)
  • Sun Dad Red (RealXHead)
  • Super Crayboth, Glyos (Onell)
  • Tezzeret, Magic (Funko)
  • White Lantern Flash (Funko)
  • Yubiosu (RealXHead)

Best Prop Replica

  • Batman Returns Cowl (Hollywood Collectibles)
  • Breaking Bad Teddy Bear (Mezco)
  • Gremlins 2 Flasher (NECA)
  • Infinity Gauntlet (Hasbro)
  • Larry Talbot’s Cane, Wolfman (Factory Entertainment)
  • Longclaw, GoT (Valyrian Steel)
  • Monkey Brains Bowl, Indiana Jones
  • Predator 1 Bio Mask (Sideshow)
  • Ravenclaw Diadem, Harry Potter (Noble)
  • Sonic Screwdriver, Dr. Who (Rubbertoe)
  • Tomenosuke Blaster Pro Edition (Hollywood Collectibles)
  • Walking Dead Jail Key (McFarlane)

Best Block Figures/Building Set Series

  • DC/Marvel Superheroes (Lego)
  • Halo (MegaBloks)
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 (Ionix)
  • Legends of Chima (Lego)
  • Lego Movie (LEGO)
  • Plants Vs Zombies Minimates (DST)
  • Simpsons (Lego)
  • Spongebob (MegaBloks)
  • Star Wars (Lego)
  • Titanfall (K’Nex)
  • Transformers (Kre-o)
  • Walking Dead (McFarlane)
  • WWE (C3)

Best Misc

  • Caesar’s Bust/DVD Case (NECA)
  • Disneyvision (Disney)
  • Grimlock Stomp and Chomp (Hasbro)
  • ReAction Figures (Funko)
  • Star Wars Command (Hasbro)
  • Titanfall Collector’s Edition
  • TMNT Giant Size (Jakks)

Vote now for the Peoples Picks awards at MWCToys.com

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