Monthly Archives: February 2012

Masters of the Universe Classics: Fearless Photog Review

Front of box

2012 marks the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe. To celebrate, Mattel is producing a MOTU Classics 30th Anniversary sub-line. The line consists of six new characters, two designed by Mattel employees, one by the Four Horsemen, one by DC Comics’ Geoff Johns, and the last will be the winner of the Create a Character contest. The first, though, is the winner of the 1980s Create-A-Character contest, Fearless Photog. Designed by Nathan Bitner, the camera-themed Photog was shown in the He-Man magazine, but was not actually produced in the vintage line as planned, so this is his first figure.

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Video Game Backlog Attack: Hellboy: The Science of Evil

Released in June 2008, one month prior to the theatrical release of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, one might reasonably expect that Hellboy: The Science of Evil might fall into that lowest caste of the video game heirarchy: The Movie Tie-In.  After all, it features voiceover work from the film franchise’s three principal actors, not to mention FREE HELLBOY MOVIE CASH INSIDE.  Surprisingly, it’s not a movie tie-in at all, but sadly this is one case where that may have actually been preferable.

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Review: This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson

I’ve applied to grad school. I want to pursue a career in Library and Information Science. I haven’t been accepted yet but I exceed all of the minimum requirements and I should be getting my acceptance letter very soon. This interest in Library Science piqued on a whim. I’m currently an undergraduate studying Anthropology. I have one class left and I graduate in May. The Anthropology Department sent out an email about a Library Science internship program. I’ve seen opportunities pass me by over the years for a number of reasons: I worked two jobs, I worked a 9 to 5 as a receptionist and HAD to work those hours, I lived too far away, I wasn’t actually enrolled in classes, etc. But for some reason, this one really grabbed me.

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Masters of the Universe Classics: Star Sisters Review

Star Sisters in box

The Star Sisters would have been the last figures released in the Princess of Power line. Finished figures were shown in a 1987 toy catalog, an issue of the She-Ra magazine featured the characters and included a poster, and they had a very brief appearance on one episode of the She-Ra cartoon series. However, the line ended and the Star Sisters were never produced. This was enough for them to gain a small fan following. Now MOTUC has a history of delivering obscure characters or designs that have never had a figure before, so it seems like a perfect fit. Let’s see how they turned out.

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Secret Diaries of Dr. Victor Drankenstein Ch. 17: I’ve Got a Bad Feeling About This


After spending two solid months only writing about things that don’t make my liver shriek audibly, I felt it was high time to dust off the old Drankenstein Diaries for another thrilling entry.  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s getting harder to find new drinks, much less anything I can crank 600 words out of.  So when I first saw a rack full of these bad boys about a month ago, I got pretty excited.  It looked like we might have a new experiment on our hands.  And week after week, when not one bottle moved from that rack, I knew for certain.  This was a job for Dr. Drankenstein.

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The Simpsons Arcade: Fireworks Candy & Puppy Dogs Store, or Box Factory?

It’s been just over 20 years since The Simpsons arcade debut, and fans have been demanding a home port ever since.  It was passed over during both the 8 and 16-bit eras in favor of a handful of  disappointing titles published by Acclaim, while Konami released successful ports of several other arcade beat-em-ups to the home market.  Finally, a year after their port of fellow two-decade holdout X-Men, Konami and Backbone Entertainment have finally brought The Simpsons to XBLA and PSN.  Was it worth the wait, or have the ravages of time once again proven victorious over sweet, sweet nostalgia?

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Excitement Factor Nine

Alright, not gonna lie about this one, but I totally had a full-on nerdgasm when I heard this. I’m saying new pants were called for; yes people I was that excited. I’m talking about the news that one of my favorite writers is returning to comics (FINALLY! Its only been what feels like ALL TIME EVER) to pen another original narrative. Oh man, I can’t wait to tell you guys about this. Just kidding, I can. See, this is called a teaser. The build up! Alright, I actually -can’t- wait to tell you. Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with Saga, an all new original title due out March 14th. Seriously if that alone isn’t enough to get you a little excited get the hell off my website. For the rest of you, let’s hop below.

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