As many readers of my blog know, I’m a huge fan of Star Wars, but there’s always room for levity. In the Auralnauts’ fourth riff on Star Wars, the Jedi are dance-dueling/drug-peddling thugs, C-3PO (Creepio) is obsessed with obtaining human flesh and the rebellion… is an ass-focused mess. Empire is a family-friendly entertainment corporation transforming local businesses and neighborhoods into ‘family fun zones’ with their moon-sized Laser Moon fun park.
Warning: Explicit language


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Batman ’66 #22, $2.99
Batman ’66 Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 3 HC, $19.99
DC_convergence-3Convergence #3 (Of 8)(Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
Convergence Adventures Of Superman #1 (Of 2)(Mikel Janin Regular Cover), $3.99
Outsiders_BatmanConvergence Batman And The Outsiders #1 (Of 2)(Andy Kubert Regular Cover), $3.99
Convergence Green Lantern Corps #1 (Of 2)(Tony Harris Regular Cover), $3.99
Convergence Justice League America #1 (Of 2)(Chip Kidd Variant Cover), $3.99
Convergence Swamp Thing #1 (Of 2)(Kelley Jones Regular Cover), $3.99
Convergence_FlashConvergence The Flash #1 (Of 2)(Michael Allred Regular Cover), $3.99
WonderWomanConvergence Wonder Woman #1 (Of 2)(Joshua Middleton Regular Cover), $3.99
Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Volume 3 HC, $150.00
MadHarvey Kurtzman Man Who Created MAD And Revolutionized Humor In America HC, $34.99
Empire Uprising #1 (Cover A Barry Kitson), $3.99
All-New X-Men #40, $3.99
SecretWars_activitybookMarvel Superheros Secret Wars Activity Book Facsimile Collection TP (not verified by Diamond), 24.99
starwars_vaderStar Wars #4 (John Cassaday Regular Cover), $3.99
AlterEgo_WonderWoman_Flash_GreenLanternAlter Ego #132, $8.95
Back Issue #80, $8.95
Draw #30, $8.95
Attack On Titan Eren Yeager Real Action Hero, $349.99
Avengers Age Of Ultron 12-Inch Titan Hero Iron Man Action Figure, AR
Avengers Age Of Ultron Hulk Vs Hulkbuster Fleece Blanket, $29.99
Avengers Age Of Ultron Mystery Minis, AR
Batman Animated Series The New Batman Adventures Creeper Action Figure, $24.95
Batman Black And White Batman Statue By Ivan Reis, $79.95
KingGhidorahGodzilla Mecha King Ghidorah S.H.Monster Arts Action Figure, AR


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4.02-the-darkness-of-glass_cover_mediumDoctor Who The Fourth Doctor Adventures The Darkness Of Glass Audio CD, $18.99
Doctor Who Equilibrium Audio CD, $24.99
Doctor Who Gallifrey Intervention Earth Audio CD, $24.99
Astro City #22, $3.99
Astro City Family Album TP (New Edition), $16.99
ConvergenceConvergence #1 (Of 8)(Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $4.99
BatmanRobinConvergence Batman And Robin #1 (Of 2)(Denys Cowan & Klaus Janson Regular Cover), $3.99
AtomConvergence The Atom #1 (Of 2)(Steve Dillon Regular Cover), $3.99
QuestionConvergence The Question #1 (Of 2)(Cully Hamner Regular Cover), $3.99
Masks2Masks 2 #1 (Of 8)(Robert Hack Variant Cover), AR
ReanimatorReanimator #1 (Of 4)(Cover A Jae Lee), $3.99
DC Batman Automobilia Figurine Collection Magazine #55 (Detective #421 Batcopter), $20.00
GerryAndersonInside The World Of Gerry Anderson HC (not verified by Diamond), $27.95
Star Trek Planet Of The Apes #5 (Of 5)(Cover SUB J. K. Woodward), $3.99
T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Classics Volume 5 TP, $29.99
TransformersGIJoeTransformers Vs G.I. JOE #6 (Cover A Tom Scioli), $3.99
Jupiter’s Legacy Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Legacy Of Luther Strode #1, $3.99
Nameless #2 (Chris Burnham 2nd Printing Variant Cover), $2.99
Nameless #3, $2.99
OdyCODY-C #4, $3.99
All-New Hawkeye #2 (Ramon K. Perez Regular Cover), $3.99
AntManAnt-Man #4 (Mark Brooks Regular Cover), $3.99
DarthVaderDarth Vader #4 (Adi Granov Regular Cover), $3.99
New Avengers By Jonathan Hickman Volume 1 HC, $34.99
Zenith Phase Three HC (not verified by Diamond), $25.00
Batman 1966 Joker Vinyl Bust Bank, $22.99
DrWho_SonicDoctor Who The Twelfth Doctor Sonic Screwdriver, $37.99
FlashFlash TV Action Figure, $24.95


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UFOlogy #1 (Of 6)(Cover A Matt Fox), $3.99
Batman And Robin Annual #3, $4.99
Batman Eternal #52 (Jason Fabok Regular Cover), $3.99
ConvergenceZeroConvergence #0 (Of 8)(Ethan Van Sciver Regular Cover), $4.99
Flash A Celebration Of 75 Years HC, $39.99
FuturesEnd48New 52 Futures End #48 (Ryan Sook Regular Cover), $2.99
Wonder Woman #40 (David Finch & Batt Regular Cover), $2.99
John Romita’s Amazing Spider-Man Artifact Edition HC, AR
xfilesX-Files Season 10 #22 (Cover A Francesco Francavilla), $3.99
Amazing Spider-Man #17 (Humberto Ramos Regular Cover), $3.99
665994_avengers-43Avengers #43, $3.99
Iron Fist The Living Weapon #11, $3.99
Uncanny Avengers #3 (Daniel Acuna Regular Cover), $3.99
Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Steve McNiven Regular Cover), $4.99
FamousDrWhoFamous Monsters Of Filmland #271 (Doctor Who Cover), $9.99
Zenith Phase One HC (2nd Edition), $25.00
Star Wars Episodes I-VI The Skywalker Saga Poster-A-Page Book, $12.95
Star Wars Rebels Rogue Heroes Poster-A-Page Book, $12.95
Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor #1 (Alice X Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99
Michael Moorcock Library Volume 1 Elric Of Melnibone HC, $22.99


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TITLE, ISSUE NUMBER, PRICE IN U.S. DOLLARS (“AR” means “ask your retailer for the price”)

Action Philosophers HC, $29.99
B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth #124, $3.50
Black Sky Sampler (One Shot), $4.99
Criminal Macabre The Third Child #2 (Of 4), $3.99
Dark Horse Presents #3, $4.99
Star Wars Legacy II Volume 4 Empire Of One TP, $16.99
Star Wars Volume 4 A Shattered Hope TP, $16.99

Adventures Of Superman Volume 2 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 1 TP, $14.99
Batman ’66 Volume 2 HC, $19.99
Batman And Robin #35 (Patrick Gleason & Mick Gray Regular Cover), $2.99
Batman Eternal #28, $2.99
Batwoman #35, $2.99
Earth 2 World’s End #2, $2.99
Justice League #35 (Ivan Reis & Joe Prado Regular Cover), $3.99
New 52 Futures End #24, $2.99


Walt Disneys Uncle Scrooge Volume 2 Seven Cities Of Gold HC, $29.99

Avengers And X-Men Axis #2 (Of 9)(Jim Cheung Regular Cover), $3.99
Avengers World #14, $3.99
Daredevil #9, $3.99
Deadly Hands Of Kung Fu Out Of The Past TP, $16.99
Fantastic Four #11, $3.99
New Avengers #25 (Jackson Guice Regular Cover), $3.99
Original Sin Annual #1 (Julian Totino Tedesco Regular Cover), $4.99
Thor Epic Collection Volume 1 The God Of Thunder TP, $34.99
Uncanny X-Men #27 (Chris Bachalo Regular Cover), $3.99

Planet Of The Apes The Evolution Of The Legend HC, $39.95

Black Dragon HC, $19.99
Complete Johnny Nemo HC, $22.99
Doctor Who The Twelfth Doctor #1 (Alice X. Zhang Regular Cover), $3.99

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Volume 30 DVD, AR
Star Blazers 2199 Volume 3 DVD, AR

Back To The Future Time Machine Mark I Car, $60.00
Batman 1966 TV Retro Action Figure Accessory Pack, AR
Batman Desktop Standee, $5.99
Bioshock Infinite Booker 7-Inch Action Figure, $24.99
FW Gundam Standart Trading Figure 6-Piece Assortment Series 21, AR
Guardians Of The Galaxy Drax The Destroyer Dagger, $12.00
Guardians Of The Galaxy Fully Loaded Previews Exclusive Black Spiral T-Shirt SM, $20.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Lanyard With PVC Dangle, $5.99
Guardians Of The Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Previews Exclusive Snap Back Cap, $26.99
M.O.D.O.K. Previews Exclusive Navy Black Heather T-Shirt XXL, $17.99
Marvel Weapon Plus Steve Rogers Previews Exclusive Navy T-Shirt LG, $18.99
Masters Of The Universe Snake Mountain Statue, AR
Star Trek Dr McCoy Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Trek Mr Spock Desktop Standee, $5.99
Star Wars Black 6-Inch Action Figure Assortment 201404, AR
Star Wars Kenner-Inspired Wampa Jumbo Action Figure, AR
Star Wars Life-Size Vintage Stormtrooper Monument, AR
Steampunk Inverness Jacket Gray, $65.00

Meet Star Wars newest villain, Agent Kallus

Star-Wars-Rebels-Image-4Set between Episodes III and IV (that’s Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope to you and me), Star Wars: Rebels is the latest animated series carrying on the legacy started way back in 1977 when my eyes first opened to witness the brilliance of blaster fire. The animated series will build on the success of The Clone Wars (currently screening its sixth season exclusively on Netflix), Rebels will take up the mantle of the Star Wars legacy.

Here’s another teaser…


Official Press Release:

Agent Kallus, one of the Empire’s leading enforcers in the upcoming Star Wars Rebels animated series, is a major threat for the Ghostcrew’s small band of heroes.

 Revealed here in this special behind-the-scenes video, Kallus is an Imperial Security Bureau (ISB) agent. According to David Oyelowo, who plays Agent Kallus, he’s ruthless, unforgiving, and an example of the Empire’s tyranny. “His job,” says Oyelowo, “is to basically make sure everyone stays loyal. And anyone who gives a whiff of disloyalty has to be cut out. So, I guess you could safely say he’s a bad guy.”

 Lucasfilm’s Carrie Beck, director of creative content strategy, thinks Oyelowo is more than convincing as Kallus. “David brings a voice that is very authoritative and very commanding and very cool,” she says, “without betraying any sense of insecurity or weakness.” As seen in the video’s concept art and animation, Kallus wears classic gray Imperial military attire along with a threatening helmet for field missions, and has distinct angled facial hair.

 According to art director Kilian Plunkett, “He’s pretty literally a rebel hunter. His whole task is to investigate any sort of instance of local insurgency and see if it’s the beginnings of what could become a rebellion.” Moreover, he’s ambitious, and sees any victory over rebels as something he can use to climb the ranks of the Empire. Kallus is not in the position to command a fleet of Star Destroyers, adds executive producer Dave Filoni. Kallus is on the ground, leading stormtroopers in face-to-face battles against anti-Imperial groups — and his combat skills are impressive, including the use of a modified version of Zeb’s honor guard staff.

 “I don’t know that Kallus would think that what he’s doing is really evil,” Filoni says. “He’s just doing his job for the Empire, and he believes in the Empire…So, Kallus — definitely an interesting character and one to watch out for. Especially if you’re a rebel.”

Find the droid you’re looking for at AFX!

The Jundland Wastes of A New Hope aren’t all that different from dunes of snow, are they? Well, have you ever dreamed of dipping your hand into the snow and pulling out and retrieving a rare and valuable Star Wars treasure? If so, this may be the day when your dream comes true!

The folks at Action Figure Xpress are giving away fantastic collectibles each day all week until 12/20 (with a qualifying purchase)!


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Starcrash (1978)

Starcrash_soundtrack I was in relative ignorance about this movie until very recently. The Italian Star Wars-esque space opera starring Caroline Monroe is something that needs too be seen to be believed. Stella Stellar and her companion Akton live a life of tense adventure that ends abruptly when they are arrested by an evil Spock-like guy impossibly named Police Chief Thor and his Southern-twanged robot co-pilot Elle (often pronounced ‘AL’), Stella is put on trial then placed in prison but just as quickly escapes only to be picked up again by Thor and Elle… but this time it’s to do a job for the Emperor of the Universe… played by Christopher Plumber who took breaks from enjoying Rome to film a few quick scenes in which he stops time. Stella and Akton are reunited and along with Thor and Elle are placed on a mission to find a weapon hidden by the evil Count Zarth Arn on one of a few possible planets.

Got that?

Too bad because the movie moves from scene to scene with the logic of a drunken grocery shopping session. The actors claim that something may happen and then it does and there are explosions. Stella fights space Amazons, a giant boy-girl robot, rampaging primate men and is almost frozen to death. She is rescued by Akton and meets the gold-plated masked Simon who shoots lasers out of his eyes until revealing he is not only the son of the Emperor of the Universe but also David Hasselhoff.

To my surprise, Marjoe Gortner who plays the curly headed Akton is actually a former evangelist. His performance is all over the place, at time he is almost background scenery and suddenly he starts shooting energy from one hand to the other, all alone on the bridge, to annoy the ship computer. In his battle with Thor he displays even more new abilities and becomes the all around superman of the film. It’s bizarre to say the least.

Was Starcrash inspired by Star Wars, Barbarella and Jason and Argonauts or is it a shameless rip off? You be the judge, but where Barbarella was an innocent, Stella Stellar is feisty and cocksure, where Jason and the Argonauts was a sweeping epic, this film features thrown together set pieces featuring dubious stop motion animation. Star Wars, a moralizing action adventure/coming of age story has scenes ripped from its frames for quick space battles and high concept pageantry. Ripoff or homage, Starcrash doesn’t really win out in either case.

From the script to the direction and slapdash performances, this movie is a head scratch-er. The John Barry (of Black Hole, Zulu and numerous Bond flicks) score is strangely out of place in parts and subpar to his other efforts in others. The production was troubled (as you may imagine), and had to be rescues from American International by New World Pictures. If this influenced the content, it may explain why there are lapses in logic mixed with over-explained exposition. It’s like the movie staggers about then sobers up, straightens its collar and tries to explain itself.

In any case, I have rarely had so much fun watching such a brilliantly thrown together movie as I did with Starcrash.

Recommended (with friends and/or cocktails).

Vintage 1978 trailer

SDCC2013 envy

Each year there are astounding exclusive toys and collectibles made available at the San Diego Comic Con. This year, we have Ace from Dr Who (complete with nitro-9, rucksack, baseball bat and rocket launcher from 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks), black and white Lost in Space minimates, the new Iron Man armor in minimate form and Boba Fett along with his prize Han Solo in carbonite.

… and more!

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And here I am in Cary, very far from the convention. So… do I have any friends who are attending SDCC this year?