Thursday, April 26, 2018

Road to Solo: Death Star Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

    Last year Hasbro released a number of significant action figures from Star Wars: A New Hope in the 40th Anniversary Collection. While many of those figures were re-releases of earlier figures, a few of them were new additions to the Black Series. Hasbro has been releasing all of those new sculpts from the 40th Anniversary Collection into the standard Black Series Phase III line and while most have been released with no changes (the Jawas, Darth Vader, Tusken Raider), the Death Squad Commander is definitely turning some heads with his re-release. First, he's been renamed as the Death Star Trooper (probably a more accurate term than the Kenner labeled Death Squad Commander). Second, he has a new headsculpt thanks to Hasbro's new face printing technology. The 2018 figures have been largely taking advantage of this new method of creating life-like human faces and the Death Star Trooper is the second figure to be re-released with a new portrait. Considering that the headsculpt is so much more impressive and that this guy is an army builder I jumped in on this double dip. How did that turn out? Find out after the break...

Confirmed Epic Podcast Bonus Episode: Top 10 Most anticipated films of Summer 2018 & Dream casting the MCU Fantastic 4




Join us as AKA Andrew Stokes returns to the show in a Confirmed Epic Podcast annual tradition: counting down our top 10 most anticipated films of Summer (2018).  Before the countdown we take the time to dream cast the MCU Fantastic Four.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Road to Solo: Range Trooper from Star Wars: The Black Series Phase III by Hasbro

   This is it! The first action figure based on the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story that I've reviewed! Today I'm checking out the Range Trooper, the only villainous character from Solo currently available in the Black Series. Having been referred to as the Pimp Trooper by fans due to his furry white cloak, the Range Trooper seems like an evolutionary link between the design of the cold weather Clone Trooper armor and the classic Imperial Snowtrooper armor.  This makes sense considering that Solo takes place about 10 years before A New Hope (Rebels takes place about 5 years before, FYI), so we're kind of seeing another unexplored point in time for the New Canon. The Range Trooper seems to be a specialized trooper for remote worlds with harsh weather but it will be interesting to see how prevalent they are in the film. We still have about a month to wait for that, so let's spend some time now checking out this very cool figure after the break...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Action Figure Review: Hot Dog Guy from Imaginext Collectible Figures Series 10 by Fisher-Price

 I still have one more of the Imaginext Series 10 figures I picked up a few weeks ago just setting around so I might as well review it, right? While series 10 doesn't really have one "must have" figure in it, the figure I definitely was the most aware of as being one to watch in series 10 is the Hot Dog Guy. Why? Who knows? It's just the kind of goofy, silly concept that works for a line like this. Plus, it also ties in with a subset through the line of humans in bizarre costumes such as series 2's "Bigfoot"
and series 6's Chicken Suit and Dino Mech. Lego already released a Hot Dog Guy of their own but now Imaginext takes a whack at this concept. Ready for a foot long review of a real weenie? Then join me after the break...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Road to Solo: Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Black Series Centerpiece by Hasbro

 Last weekend I received a bunch of Solo: A Star Wars Story product in the mail but I really haven't had much of a chance to review all of it. Hopefully this week I'll get around to most of what I've picked up so far! For the past few movies Hasbro has actually tended to release as much product based on previous films as is based on the current film. Solo certainly doesn't buck that trend as the lone Centerpiece Series set released on the street date for new product is of Kylo Ren from The Force Awakens. I've reviewed both Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker from this series (they were released during the Force Friday event for Episode VIII) and while they didn't fly off shelves initially they seem to have picked up some steam over the past few months. These remind me quite a bit of the Star Wars Unleased figures from a decade or more ago that features larger scaled characters in extreme poses on nice display bases. Hasbro has wisely chosen to make these in scale with the 6 inch Black Series figures, however, so they're actually compatible and serve as a diorama "centerpiece" for a Black Series display. Kind of cool, really. Today I'm checking out Han's son, Kylo Ren, in a Centerpiece based on his introduction in The Force Awakens. More after the break...

Confirmed Epic Podcast Retro Rewind #13: Oblivion





*This podcast originally aired on May 3rd 2013, and is part of our Retro Rewind initiative to publish our back catalog of episodes for our listeners!

In this week’s edition of The Confirmed Epic Podcast we review the Joseph Kosinski film staring Tom Cruise, Oblivion

We also cover the EPIC news items of the week: the character Jonny Storm possibly being played by an african american and the character Thanos supposedly not showing up until Avengers 3. 


As always we get into what we have been checking out this week: Jack Kirby's Fourth World, Bioshock Infinite, and Michael Bay's film Pain and Gain.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Here Comes Deadpool 2!: Deadpool (Comic Series) from X-Men Origins: Wolverine by Hasbro

 Hi everyone! It's me, your old pal Deadpool! Today I'm going to be reviewing myself. Well, an action figure of myself. Well, myself as an action figure. You get it, right? of course you do! Last week my good friend who is almost as cool as me, Barbecue17, reviewed the ridiculous version of me/ not me from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. About the only things that movie got right with me was having me played by Ryan Reynolds and showing me shirtless. You know, for the ladies. And some of the guys. I don't judge. Anyways, Hasbro wisely also released some comic series in the X-Men Origins: Wolverine line and this is the comic version of me! Much better, right? Hasbro had been making 1/18th scale action figures for quite some time but 2009 was their first foray into making 1/18th scale Marvel figures. Lots of Marvel lines shrank to less than 5 inches (something ol' 'Pool never does, by the way😍) alongside the flagship Marvel Universe line so there were lots of other Figures Sold Separately for me to hang out with/ brutally kill. Let's check out the Comic Series version of me after the break...