Sunday, June 25, 2017

Action Figure Review: Stone Cold Steve Austin from WWE Zombies by Mattel

   Today I'm looking at the last figure in series 2 of Mattel's WWE Zombies and he's definitely one of the coolest figures in the series: Stone Cold Steve Austin! Stone Cold is without a doubt one of the most popular Superstars to have ever wrestled with the WWE and it's really cool to have him in this line. Since these are zombie figures, it seems unlikely that Mattel will ever offer classic Superstars who are deceased in real life (as that might seem to be in poor taste), so current Superstars and living legends are the likely candidates if the line continues. While most of the figures in this line are simply zombified versions of the Superstars, some figures like Triple H and the Undertaker have come across as more powerful, revenant-like creatures. Stone Cold Steve Austin comes across the same way as he seems way more powerful than your average zombie. Let's take a closer look at this zombified version of the Texas Rattlesnake after the break...

1970's Icons of Cinema Showdown Winner: Darth Vader


After hours of debate, and 2 weeks of voting, Darth Vader has been declared the most Iconic Film Character of the 1970's based on David Prowse and James Earl Jones portrayal. Darth Vader took home 76% of the vote compared the Shark from Jaws who garnered 24%.

We heard many complaints and considered there validly, that Vader transcended A New Hope, and the decade of the 70's too much to put him on the list.  However according to our rules for this contest, he is eligible based on the fact that his introduction was in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977, and 77 is the characters only onscreen appearance in the 1970's.

Thanks to all listeners of The Confirmed Epic Podcast proudly presented by Geeks World Wide Radio Network who voted, you can see the final results below.  Stay tuned for the 1980's Icons of Cinema Showdown, which will start on The Confirmed Epic Podcast the second half of July 2017.


Thanks again to everyone that voted and thegww.com for sponsoring this contest!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Confirmed Epic Comeback #1: Release Dates, Movie Mysteries, & Nostalgia


Welcome to the Confirmed Epic Podcast Youtube Channel's first attempt to raise our game up! The Confirmed Epic Comeback is a weekly to bi-weekly Youtube series that allows to examine the three to 5 biggest entertainment stories in under 15 minutes.  Beyond that, the purpose of the Confirmed Epic Comeback is to examine how these stories impact the broader entertainment landscape, not just regurgitate the news.

In the inaugeral show we discuss: If fans should get upset or excited over release dates based on the recent news of Miller and Lord being replaced as Han Solo Directors, the revelation of movies mysteries in relation to Ridley Scott's huge Blade Runner 2049 announcement, and answer the question of: are fans satisfied with the use of nostalgia in blockbuster filmmaking.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Confirmed Crap Podcast #2:Tales from The Shack, The PIT, & Baywatch

 




Once every dark of the moon The Epic Review not so proudly presents The Confirmed Crap Podcast. A podcast in which the team discusses pretty much anything they want to, while there is usually Film, TV, and Comics discussion, this pod is not limited to those themes.  So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy some low brow unstructured entertainment.

For example in this episode we discussed: Old Jobs, The Beach, Baywatch, Dwight Howard, Heroes-Con 2017, Last Knight Reviews, and addressed listener comments.

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Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind: Episode #32, Transformers 4 Age of Extinction

  


In honor of the release of Transformers 5 The Last Knight this week, and The Reel Brad Bell finally picking up one of his collection grails: The Transformers Age of Extinction Blu-Ray Collectors Edition (Seen Above!); The Epic Review proudly presents one of it's most requested/downloaded retro episodes, from The Epic Review Vault: Confirmed Epic Podcast Episode #32, Transformers 4 Age of Extinction.  Listen as The Reel Brad Bell, AKA Andrew Stokes, and Jerry 'Barbecue 17' Reed review/discuss one of the worst, but most entertainingly hilarious films released since they started the podcast. Also enjoy Jerry's attempt to review the film with actually seeing it.

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Action Figure Review: Seth Rollins from WWE Zombies by Mattel

 Ready for yet another WWE Zombies review? How about we take a look at the Architect, the King Slayer, the Man, and the cover star of the upcoming WWE 2K18: Seth Freakin' Rollins! Seth is definitely near the top of the list of my favorite current WWE Superstars and I'm glad to be able to add him to my growing horde of WWE Zombies. He looks great alongside of the other former members of the Shield, too. Who would have thought we'd be able to assemble a zombified version of the Shield, right? That's pretty cool! Let's take a closer look at zombie Seth Rollins after the break...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Action Figure Review: Sasha Banks from WWE Zombies by Mattel

    Ready for another WWE Zombies review? I hope so because today I'm checking out the zombified version of the 3 time WWE Women's Champion and legit boss herself, Sasha Banks. Sasha Banks is a pretty cool looking figure and really adds a splash of color to the WWE Zombies line thanks to her bright pink hair. Sasha is easily in my top five favorite female Superstars currently on the roster and is without a doubt one of the most talented in ring performers in her division. Mattel did a pretty impressive job of translating Sasha Banks' appearance into the zombie line, so let's check out the impressive work they did. More after the break...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Action Figure Review: Kevin Owens from WWE Zombies by Mattel

  While the writing might be a bit iffy (I'm still pretty pissed about the finish to the women's Money in the Bank match on Sunday), there is some incredible talent in the WWE these days and one of my favorites superstars is Kevin Owens. The dude is just incredible. I feel like like KO could sell any gimmick or storyline he's involved with. Even a zombie gimmick. Yup, in the 2nd series of WWE Zombies we get an action figure of the current "Face of America" Kevin Owens. Let's take a look at a zombified version of Chris Jericho's former BFF after the break...

Monday, June 19, 2017

Action Figure Review: Brock Lesnar from WWE Zombies by Mattel

   Oh my gosh! Bork Laser is a zombie! Yes, indeed: The newest series of WWE Zombies action figures includes a zombified action figure of Brock Lesnar. I am absolutely not that big of a fan of Brock Lesnar for quite a few reasons, but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to pick of a zombified version of the guy. I can respect that many collectors of wrestling figures are not that into this line but I'm digging them. I'm digging them hard. Like a madman digging up corpses in a graveyard. That's how much I dig this concept. Despite being a champion who rarely shows up at shows and who is devoid of almost any personality, Brock is a big deal and I couldn't pass him up as he makes for a pretty terrifying zombie. Let's take a look at zombified Brock Lesnar after the break...

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Confirmed Epic Podcast #65: 'Black Panther' Teaser, 'The Mummy', & The Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown of the 1970's




In the 65th edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell, Aka Andrew Stokes, and Jerry "Barbecue 17" Reed return to the Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown with the 1970s.  The Goal of this podcasting series will be to determine the 8 most iconic characters of each Decade continuing in the 1960's, and then let you decide who is the king of each decade of cinema.  The series will eventually put the most iconic roles of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, and the NOW'S against one another in showdown for the title of most iconic film character of all time.

We also discuss the first teaser trailer for Ryan Coogler's upcoming Black Panther film, and review Alex Kurtzman's The Mummy.

*After realizing twitter only allows 4 option polls we changed it to a bracket system: two best of 4 series with the winners meeting in the finals.

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Confirmed Epic Podcast #62: The Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown of the 1960's



  

In the 62nd edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast The Reel Brad Bell and Aka Andrew Stokes kickoff the Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown with the 1960s.  The Goal of this podcasting series will be to determine the six most iconic characters of each Decade starting in the 1960's, and then let you decide who is the king of each decade of cinema.  The series will eventually put the most iconic roles of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, and the NOW'S against one another in showdown for the title of most iconic film character of all time.

As always we get into what we have been checking out this week, as well as the epic news items of the week before the showdown commences.

*After realizing twitter only allows 4 option polls we changed it to a bracket system: two best of three series with the winners meeting in the finals.

*Thanks to Mondo Artist JC Richard for the header image of his epic The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly variant

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Action Figure Review: AJ Styles from WWE Zombies by Mattel

 You know what? the only WWE figures I've purchased this year have been from the insane but awesome WWE Mutants line. I love the figures from that line that I picked up, but there was one WWE line I was really looking forward and ordered the whole set ASAP: WWE Zombies series 2! Last year Mattel's WWE Zombies line was one of the best things about Halloween 2016 and I'm glad that the concept seems to have proven popular enough to warrant a second outing. Yeah, they're not your typical WWE figures, but I really like them. Whether you love the concept of the WWE Superstars as zombies or just like pretty slick zombie action figures in the 6-7 inch scale, these should scratch a (possibly necrotic and infected) itch. First up in my review of series 2 is the Face that Runs the Place and the Champ who Runs the Camp: It's the Phenomenal One, AJ Styles! Since I'm most likely going to be cheering for AJ Styles at Money in the Bank tomorrow I figured I'd give him first dibs in the reviews. Let's check out yet another Georgia zombie after the break...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Action Figure Review: Wonder Woman from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

  As Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman enters it's third weekend at the box office it's probably not going to come out as the number #1 film (I imagine that will be Pixar's Cars 3) but it most likely will still come in #2. The movie is having a great run in theaters and I'm really curious how merchandising tie-ins are performing. Mattel has put out a pretty decent line of Wonder Woman action figures, particularly the Wonder Woman subset of the DC Comics Multiverse line. Today I'm looking at the Toys 'R Us exclusive standard Wonder Woman whom has been relatively easy to find (Mattel and Toys R Us have both done a great job of making sure their joint DC Multiverse exclusives have been available both in stores and online!) and whom I picked up the week the movie was released. It's kind of interesting that Mattel chose to make the "standard" Wonder Woman the exclusive, isn't it? While there are rumors that we may get one more figure in this series (possibly another Amazon exclusive or an SDCC exclusive), this could be the last figure in the line. While it would have been cool to have received a Dina Prince figure from her time in London or Wonder Woman undercover in her blue part dress, we did get three variants of the character. Let's take a look at this classically styled Princess Diana after the break...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Action Figure Review: Menalippe from DC Comics Multiverse: Wonder Woman by Mattel

 So, Wonder Woman: Pretty incredible movie, right? It's nice to see that DC has a legit hit on their hands in the DCEU that is both critically and commercially successful. It's always interesting to look at a movie based line after the film is released; sometimes the character choices are rather odd. Take the subject of today's review, Menalippe. While I loved characters in the film like Sameer, Chief, Charlie, and General Antiope, we haven't received any of them in the toyline. We do have Menalippe, however, who I didn't even remember seeing in the film. I had to look her up in Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film. She's currently a shared exclusive between Amazon and Toys 'r Us and has been available for around a month now. Let's take a closer look at Menalippe after the break...

Monday, June 12, 2017

Action Figure Review: Luke Skywalker with Speeder #175 from POP! Star Wars by Funko

Today I'm checking out the lone POP! vinyl from the most recent Star Wars Smuggler's Bounty Box from Funko: Luke Skywalker with Speeder! Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars: A New Hope, this crate included a few items that hearkened back to classic elements from that film. The set includes the standard patch and pin (Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca, respectively), Han Solo and Greedo salt and pepper shakers, some Star Wars wristbands, and this oversized POP! vinyl piece. I really like these deluxe POP! vinyls and this might be one of the best yet. While Hasbro is releasing a Luke Skywalker with landspeeder later this summer, Funko has beat them to the punch. This is a pretty iconic Star Wars vehicle that looks great on your shelf. More details after the break...

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Action Figure Review: Damian Wayne Robin (Robin War) from DC Comics Multiverse by Mattel

   While I love the DC Collectibles Bombshell figures and I think that Mezco's One:12 Collectives are among the best (if not the best) DC Comics action figures ever made, I gotta give Mattel credit for being the only company right now who seems to be creating actual comic inspired figures from more recent stories (yes, it feels like DC Collectibles has given up in this area). Today I'm looking at one of those figures: Damian Wayne from his role in Robin War. I'll admit that while I've ready most everything vaguely Batman related from the New 52 and Rebirth, somehow I let Robin War and We Are Robin pass me by. It's in my pile to read right now, so I should be getting to it in the next few days. Having not read the story certainly didn't deter me from wanting to pick this guy up, though. Damian Wayne has really evolved into a great character over the past decade but his action figure appearances have been few and far between (my favorite is still the Batman Incorporated version from DC Direct). This is Mattel's second shot at the character (a Damian Wayne Robin was also released near the end of the MattyCollector only DC Signature Collection) and the results are a bit mixed. He's exclusive to Toys R Us and seems to be pretty easy to pick up online (pair him with one of the Wonder Woman TRU exclusives and you'll get free shipping, too!), so hopefully he'll fill a gap in a number of Damian-less collections. Let's take a closer look at this new release after the break...

Monday, June 5, 2017

Minifigure Review: Pack D from M.U.S.C.L.E. Mega Man by Super7

   Let me say that 99% of the time I take no joy in giving a toy or action figure a bad review, and these Mega Man M.U.S.C.L.E. figures certainly do not fall into that 1% rarity (every now and then I buy something that I know will be terrible just to review it). Not only do I feel like I wasted some money but I know that releasing bad product typically hurts a companies reputation, especially a smaller company like Super7 who is still establishing themselves. I've really enjoyed the Super7 stuff I've purchased over the past few years, particularly their various M.U.S.C.L.E. sets and the amazingly bizarre The Worst. Sadly, these Mega Man figured just didn't turn out well and are cursed with flimsy plastic, soft details, and an odd, shiny finish. My hope is that Super7 figures out what happened here ASAP, acknowledges it, and finds a way to rectify it. I'd love to own these figures in the same quality of plastic as the Street Fighter II or Alien minifigures and hopefully Super7 will find a way to offer these that doesn't reek of "double dipping." For now, though, I'll finish up this set of figures with a look at Pack D, containing Dr. Light, Elec Man, and Bomb Man.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Minifigure Review: Pack C from M.U.S.C.L.E.: Mega Man by Super7

I've already voiced my disappointment with Super7's new Mega Man series of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures so let me go ahead and get right into showing off these minifigures for the sake of having a complete archive on the site. It's disappointing when a company seemingly continues to get better and better (last years Alien M.U.S.C.L.E.s were an improvement over most of the Masters of the Universe stuff while the Street Fighter 2 minifigures blew everything before it out of the water) and then inexplicably takes quite a few steps back, but that's exactly what Super7 has done with the Mega Man series. These just aren't good minifigures due to the overly soft sculpts, oddly colored plastic (far too shiny and strangely bendy but not rubbery), and weird sticky, oily feel. These are a mess and this review is to serve as a cautionary tale: Read on to learn more about Pack C after the break...

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Minifigure Review: Pack B from M.U.S.C.L.E.: Mega Man by Super7

As someone who absolutely loves minifigures, particularly M.U.S.C.L.E., it hurts my hear that Super7's Mega Man M.U.S.C.L.E. figures are so terrible. Yeah, that's a spoiler for the rest of the review. Oh well. If you read my reviews fairly often, you might come to the conclusion that I'm not too harsh of a critic on most toys. That's partially because I usually buy stuff I'm predisposed to like but also because most modern action figures and toys that I pick up are actually pretty decent. Something happened with Super7's recent efforts on the Mega Man minifigures, though: The plastic is overly shiny, the figures feel bizarre (kind of oily/ sticky and not at all "solid"), and the sculpts are pathetically soft. Compare these to the Street Fighter II M.U.S.C.L.E. figures Super 7 released earlier this year and you'll wonder what happened. How did the same company release some of the greatest minis ever and some of the worst in such a short span of time? Who knows? Since I bought them and opened them, I feel compelled to at least review these as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be contemplating them!