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New Podcast: Now Playing — The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Justin Kozisek

The Now Playing Arcade is now open!  Justin, Stuart, and Arnie are reviewing every movie based on a video game in a new retrospective that kicks off with The King Of Kong. Is this 2006 documentary about the heyday of coin-op machines (and the geeks who never stopped playing them) worth your quarters? Listen now and find out!

January 16, 2018 Posted by | Movies, Movies & Television, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Video Games | Leave a Comment

New Podcast: Now Playing — The Wizard – Patron Exclusive Review

Hosted by Arnie Carvalho, Stuart Atkinson, and Justin Kozisek

Justin, Stuart, and Arnie have video games on the brain in 2018, starting with the 1989 family film The Wizard.  Future rocker Jenny Lewis convinces TV star Fred Savage that his special needs half-brother Jimmy has the Nintendo skills to pay their bills. The trio hit the open road, hustling gamers in every arcade from Utah to Los Angeles. But will Jimmy get played by a bully in a Power Glove when he enters a high-stakes Super Mario 3 contest? Sign up today to be a Now Playing Patron and find out!    

Become a Now Playing patron and you can hear this exclusive bonus review!

January 14, 2018 Posted by | Movies, News, Now Playing Podcast, Podcasts, Video Games | Leave a Comment

[FINALE TRAILER] ‘BATMAN – The Telltale Series’ Season Finale Arrives This Week

BATMAN – The Telltale Series’
Season Finale Trailer Sets Stage for Final Showdown 


Season Finale Available Starting Tuesday Dec 13th;
Episode One Currently Free on Steam


Citizens of Gotham,
Today we would like to share the season finale launch trailer for BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode 5: ‘City of Light’.
The final of five episodes in the season, Episode 5: ‘City of Light’ will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday December 13th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360, and on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. The episode will be available the same day for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play.
In Episode 5, the leader of the Children of Arkham prepares to execute the final act of a plan to destroy the Wayne family name, and the people closest to you are in their path of vengeance. Can Batman’s ultimate secret be kept – his very identity – when it is causing chaos and death in Gotham? The fate of the Wayne family and of the city itself rests on your choices. What will you do? How far will you go? Which mask will you wear?
Special note for the finale: Players will begin this episode in very different places depending on where they chose to go in the third act of Episode 4.

Additionally, Episode 1: ‘Realm of Shadows’ is now FREE to download for PC via Steam.
The series is also available to purchase at retailers in North America and Europe as a special Season Pass Disc, which includes the first of five episodes in the season, and grants access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. 

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, Jason Spisak as Oswald Cobblepot, Dave Fennoy as Lucius Fox, Anthony Ingruber as John Doe, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode 5: City of Light is rated M (Mature) for Violence, Blood and Gore, and Language by the ESRB. The series is published by Telltale Games in partnership with Warner Bros.
For more information on Telltale Games, and more news surrounding the series, visit the official websiteFacebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter @TelltaleGames.
BATMAN and all characters, their distinctive likenesses, and related elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2016. All Rights Reserved.
WB GAMES LOGO, WB SHIELD: ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

December 12, 2016 Posted by | Comic Books, News, Tech, Video Games | , | Comments Off on [FINALE TRAILER] ‘BATMAN – The Telltale Series’ Season Finale Arrives This Week

Maximize your Force Friday With This Star Wars Collectible Checklist


On Friday, Sept 4 at 12:01 a.m. in your time zone Force Friday Begins!

This event is the worldwide launch of new Star Wars toys and collectibles for the upcoming film: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  New products from Hasbro, LEGO, Mattel, Funko, and others will be officially for sale in midnight store openings across the globe.

While Lucasfilm has been heavily promoting this event with YouTube tie-ins and events at Toys R Us in Times Square, they are less forthcoming with what new toys will be available.  Only three days away from the massive shopping event most collectors only know what to expect on shelves through various leaks online.

Until now.

A coalition of Star Wars collectible fan sites have joined Forces to compile all known releases into the Star Wars Force Friday Shopping Checklist.

The sites that contributed to this list are Boba Fett Fan Club, Idle Hands, Jedi News, Jedi Temple Archives, Mint In Box, Star Wars Action News, Teekay-421, and Yakface.

So prepare for your Friday Shopping Spree, download the Star Wars Force Friday Shopping Checklist now!

September 1, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Movies, News, Star Wars, Video Games | , , , | 2 Comments

Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll — Round 2 Starts Now



Star Wars Action News’ participation in Hasbro’s 2015 Fans’ Choice action figure poll nears completion!

As announced Monday, Hasbro has started a new poll where Star Wars fans and collectors pick which figure is made for the company’s new 6-inch Black Series line of Star Wars figures.

Star Wars Action News was invited to poll their fans on which characters they wanted.  Round 1 was a completely open nomination form, and over 70 different figures were nominated.  Of all the figures requested, the single figure with the most nominations was Ackmena, the singing cantina owner from the notorious Star Wars Holiday Special.  In a close second place was Brea Tonnika — a background character in the cantina from first Star Wars film.

The top 30 nominees have been taken into Round 2 of voting!  Here each Star Wars fan chooses the one figure they want most in 6-inch plastic form.  This second round of voting ends Monday, June 29th, and then the five characters with the most votes will be submitted to Hasbro.


The first 20 characters were picked from the first round of nominations:

Brea Tonnika
Obi-Wan Kenobi (A New Hope)
Admiral Ackbar
ARC Trooper Commander Colt
Gamorrean Guard
Asajj Ventress (Dark Diciple)
Lando Calrissian (Jabba’s Skiff Guard)
Momaw Nadon
Grand Moff Tarkin (A New Hope)
Darth Maul (Robot Legs)
Han Solo (Bespin Outfit)
General Grievous (4-arms)
Ponda Baba
Mara Jade
Ephant Mon
Republic Commando
Blue Snaggletooth

The other 51 characters nominated received only 1 vote each, so the Star Wars Action News team, including podcast hosts Arnie and Marjorie Carvalho, reporters Brock, Johnathan Brenner, Justin Kozisek and Steve “The Ginger Prince” Nixon, video editor Andrew Harrison, and photo editors Jay Fazio and Curtis Stevenson.  From the 51 chosen characters the panel selected 10 figures:


Darth Talon
Darth Nihilus
Dexter Jettster
Admiral Piett
Yak Face
Grand Admiral Thrawn


Which of these 30 characters is your top pick as a new Black Series 6-inch figure?  Vote now in the Star Wars Action News forums!

June 25, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News, Star Wars, Video Games | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll — Round 2 Starts Now

Hasbro’s Star Wars Fans’ Choice Poll is Back — And Bigger Than Ever!



Once more, fans get to pick an upcoming character in the Star Wars line of figures.

Hasbro announced today that they are starting a new poll where Star Wars fans and collectors pick which figure is made.  This time, however, the poll is not for the long-running 3.75-inch line of figures, but for Hasbro’s newer 6-inch Black Series figure line.

To make it even more exciting, all Star Wars characters are eligible (except those from the unreleased The Force Awakens movie).   With that statement Hasbro has given fans perhaps their only chance to get a 6-inch action figure based on the Star Wars comics and novels that were removed from canon and put into the “Legends” category.  Of course, all characters from the films, major or minor, would also be given consideration.

Hasbro has confirmed to Star Wars Action News any character is eligible, including the long-desired Tonnika Sisters from A New Hope, Vlix from the 80s Droids series, and even Lumpy and Ackmena (Bea Arthur) from The Star Wars Holiday Special!

Also of note:  if the chosen character is from the Star Wars animated series Rebels or The Clone Wars the figure would be done in a realistic style consistent with the Black Series line’s look.

This year’s Fan’s Choice poll is being run by various Star Wars collecting sites, including Venganza Media’s own Star Wars Action News.  Before June 30th each participating site will submit to Hasbro their Top 5 list, with the #1 character getting 6 points, the #2 character 5 points, #3 character 4 points, and so on.

From the compiled lists from all the sites the character with the highest number of points will be immortalized in plastic–and Hasbro will reveal which character was chosen during their San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 10th.

Star Wars Action News is handling this with two rounds of voting.  First, they have opened a Figure Nomination thread in their forums.  In that post fans can free-form enter any characters they want.  That phase will be open until June 25th.  Then on the 25th a second poll will be opened where each fan can vote on the one figure they want most.  That poll will close on June 29th and the top five figures submitted to Hasbro on the 30th.

Begin your voting now!  Head to the Star Wars Action News forums and nominate your favorite character for the Black Series 6-inch line!


June 22, 2015 Posted by | Books, Comic Books, Conventions, Movies, News, Star Wars, Video Games | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify — Get your game on February 3rd on DVD!





Executive Produced By Zach Braff, Video Games: The Movie Features Gamer And Geek Icons Chris Hardwick, Donald Faison, Wil Wheaton, And More!


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify present Jeremy Snead’s VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE, the fascinating chronicle of the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry.  Executive produced by Zach Braff (Garden State, “Scrubs”) and narrated by Sean Astin (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy), the documentary features in-depth interviews with some of the industry’s biggest gamer and geek icons.  A celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox, as well as an eye-opening look at what lies ahead, VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE will be available on DVD on February 3, 2015 for an SRP of $22.98.  


VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE features interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, including Nolan Bushnell (Atari, Inc.), Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist Podcast), Donald Faison (Kick-Ass 2, “Scrubs”), Cliff Bleszinski (“Gears of War,” “Unreal”), Warren Spector (“Deus Ex,” “System Shock”), Hiroyuki Kobayashi (“Resident Evil”), Clare Grant (Danger Maiden Productions, Team Unicorn), Doug Tennapel (“Earthworm Jim”), Palmer Luckey (Oculus Rift), Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), and Alison Haislip (“Attack of the Show”).  The documentary made its way to the big screen via a successfully-funded Kickstarter campaign, which raised more than $100,000 in just 35 days.


VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE DVD special features include a Sean Astin mashup and Why We Love Games featurette.




Street February 3, 2015

Pre-book:                     December 31, 2014

Catalog #:                    DV62685

UPC:                            01313262685780

Run time:                      101 minutes

Rating:                         Not Rated

Subtitles:                      English SDH, Spanish

SRP:                             $22.98

Format:                        Anamorphic Widescreen

Aspect Ratio:               1.78:1

Audio:                         Dolby Digital 5.1


January 13, 2015 Posted by | Movies, Video Games | , , , , | Comments Off on VIDEO GAMES: THE MOVIE from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Amplify — Get your game on February 3rd on DVD!

$100 Toys R Us Gift Card for only $85 on eBay

CaptureWith new toys hitting, plus the Toys R Us exclusives (such as the Star Wars AT-ST pack or the Marvel X-Men Legends figures), plus just holiday shopping, we thought you’d like to be notified of this bargain.

Right now on eBay Gift Card Mail has a $100 Toys R Us gift card for only $85.  This is a reputable seller, and I purchased 2 myself.

There are very limited quantities available still, so act fast!  Get yours before they’re gone on eBay

October 21, 2014 Posted by | Movies, News, Star Wars, Tech, Video Games | , , , , , | Comments Off on $100 Toys R Us Gift Card for only $85 on eBay