TNB Commentaries 029: My Cousin Vinny

lfPlease turn off your cellphones and come along as we head way down south, just across the boarder to hunt a sweet, harmless, leaf eatin’, doe eyed little deer.

For our 29th commentary, we head all the way back to 1992 for some legal drama starring Joe Pesci, Marisa Tomei, Ralph Macchio, & the greatly underrated Fred Gwynne.

We talk about the proposed sequel movie and why it DIDN’T happen, the sequel that DID happen, praise some high caliber acting, gush about a childhood love of Britcoms, and fall in love all over again with a classic of 90’s cinema.

Also, in our wrap up, we tease the rescheduled return of the greatest event in the history of man and Podcasting: B-MOVIE MARCH!!!

So don’t miss a minute, gang, as The Nerd Blitz Commentaries prepares to climb to new heights…and sink to depths uncharted?

URL: TNB Commentaries 029: My Cousin Vinny
Direct Download:tnbc-029-my-cousin-vinny.mp3

This has been a feature of TS-D/JA Productions and JJ2E Media 2019

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The Incredible Hulk: Stalker From The Stars Review

Back in wild and wonderful 70’s, the Marvel Universe was still in its formative years.
16 years after The Incredible Hulk made his 4 Color Debut, the rage filled Jade Giant stars in his very 1st prose novel.
But at only 179 pages long, does this story delve any deeper into the character and his history than the low page count would lead you to believe?

As per usual, consider this your official ***41 year old Spoiler Alert***

I knew from the Stan Lee introduction that I would love this book.
You have to understand, this was Stan at the height of his comic ambassador powers, before Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man made Marvel a beloved household brand.
In these few paragraphs you can see why everybody loved him, his energy and charisma seeps through the ink and paper.
His death was still incredibly fresh in my mind as I started reading this book and it ended up making for a great tribute to The Man.

As for the actual prose content of the novel, it did not disappoint.
A guilt ridden Rick Jones (the often forgotten kid that Bruce Banner saves, leading to the birth of the Hulk) makes his way to an idyllic small American town in search of renown gamma scientist Rudolph Stern’s help.
Once he gets to Crater Falls, a sinister plot of mind control and ancient extraterrestrial evil unravels and brings The Hulk, General Thunderbolt Ross, and a long buried beast to a climactic battle with Earth ending ramifications.

If you listen to the pod you have heard us bitch and complain numerous times about the overcomplicated nature of modern comics and their stories.
Well, this is a perfect encapsulation of what we keep saying we want.
The story has depth, detail, and a sense of history without bloating into a tale that’s mired in frustratingly unnecessary nonsense.
The overall vibe of the book feels like the perfect parts of the comics of the day mixed with the simplicity of what is probably still the most well known version of Hulk, the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno show.

One of the problems with reviewing a book that has multiple authors like this is figuring out where to lay blame or praise.
Thankfully, I don’t have a single complaint.
Len Wein & Marv Wolfman are giants of comics (Len actually had a run on Hulk before co-writing this novel) and Ron Goulart (Joseph Silva) wasn’t a slouch.
I think Len brought the Hulk experience/knowledge and they all brought the writing skill and when it’s mixed this well you get a hell of an adventure.

To wrap up, I love the story of a lonely tortured man that the show did so well and is on display here.
I love the over the top feats of strength and heroics included that we never saw on screen until the movies.
This man, this monster, and this story are all so worth your time.
Reading this only makes me want more of those early Marvel novels, and the hunt is on, gang.
I really hope I can find them and tell you all about them soon.

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Special thanks to @ACFerrell1976 for her editorial assistance.

The Taste Of Different Dimensions Press Release

From WordFire Press…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fifteen tasty tales from a master of fantasy!

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of The Taste of Different Dimensions: 15 Fantasy Tales from a Master Storyteller, by Alan Dean Foster!

The dead. The undead. Those who wish they were dead. They’re all here, along with a legend from a Pacific island, a legend from beneath a Pacific island, and much, much more. Frogs and dogs, knaves and slaves, and maybe a smidgen of real but impertinent food. Extend your imagination and have a nibble. You’ll come back for more.

Includes the never before published story “Fetched.”

“One of the most consistently inventive and fertile writers of science-fiction and fantasy.” The Times (London)

“Foster’s greatest strength remains his world building, easily creating evocative alien landscapes and populating them….” from BOOKLIST (in re Strange Music)

About the Author:

Alan Dean Foster is the author of 125 books, hundreds of pieces of short fiction, essays, columns reviews, the occasional op-ed for the NY Times, and the story for the first Star Trek movie. Having visited more than 100 countries, he is still bemused by the human condition. He lives with his wife JoAnn and numerous dogs, cats, coyotes, hawks, and a resident family of bobcats in Prescott, Arizona.

The Taste of Different Dimensions:

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-956-0

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-957-7

Hardback $25.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-985-0

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Timesbestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us atwordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #31

It’s…The 31st Question Of The Week!

This week, to tie into the Toy Fair news Fitz posted today, we want to know: What Star Wars character, that wasn’t part of the original line, would you most want to see done in the old Kenner style?

Leave your answer down in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #TNBQotW

Special thanks to @SteBoost for our QotW logo.

Fitz’s Toy Chest #9.5: Star Wars Toy Fair 2019, or, Dude I Think I Just Filled The Cup

Hey gang welcome back to the Toy Chest!

I know this space has been bare since the holidays, but real life happens sometimes. I hope to get back to bi-weekly posts soon, but I had to (Doom made me) pop back in to give my 2 cents on the big Star Wars news coming from Hasbro during this year’s Toy Fair!

(And before we start let me just say sorry bleedingcool.com, I’m totally using your pictures. I hope you don’t mind)

I’m not one to drool too hard over modern toys, especially from Hasbro, but…

Holy. Shit. What I’ve seen online the past two days looks incredible.

First, I want to go through the standard fare: Hasbro’s new additions to the Black Series line.

To me this line has been pretty underwhelming in the past. For the $20 price point on these things I would expect way better face sculpts. Some of them have been decent, but most have been downright awful.

But. I have to admit what they showed off this weekend looked really nice. The new waves have a good selection of characters from across the saga and their sculpts look pretty accurate. Of course I suspect they being higher quality pieces to Toy Fair than what end up on store pegs.

Of the lot they displayed, the 3 that caught my eye were:

1. Geonosis Padme – This figure looks beautiful. This is one of my favorite Padme looks of the entire PT and they really nailed it.

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2. Chopper – I love this one just because it’s a large scale Chopper. The paint job is fantastic. The orange of his dome and the orange of the rocket fire provide a cool visual balance (although it does kinda look like he’s fart propelled)

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3. Mimban Han Solo – This was easily the best looking figure out of the 6″ assortment. The details on the armor and the removable mask are dope af. The face sculpt really captures Alden Ehrenreich’s likeness. It’s been years and years since I’ve purchased a Star Wars figure, but I might actually need this one.

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The 3 3/4″ Black Series had a big reveal as well, finally delivering a toy that Kenner promised way back in 1985 and then left us all hanging when they cancelled the entire Star Wars line.

Of course I’m talking about the Sarlacc Pit Skiff from Return Of The Jedi. I can still remember staring at the picture of it in the J.C. Penney Christmas catalog the year it was supposed to come out and dreaming of making my Jedi Luke walk its plank.

So it’s no wonder that I let out an audible gasp when I saw the picture of the new version from Toy Fair. I’m sure I won’t buy it, but it makes me feel good knowing it exists. This looks way better than the Power Of The Force 2 skiff that was released in the late 90s.

And if you were one of the lucky ass rich bastards that got in on that sweet 3 foot long Jabba’s Sail Barge they kickstartered last year, this Hasbro skiff is going to look amazing displayed next to it.

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Finally, I’ve saved the best (in my opinion) for last.

Over a decade ago Hasbro launched what I consider the crown jewel of their modern Star Wars lines, the Vintage Collection. I was so excited when I first saw them. Seeing those original package designs on the pegs made my palms sweat. My only issue with them was that the figures looked way too fancy. Something about the combination of the modern figure designs with old school packaging felt off.

Well. Much to the chagrin of hardcore vintage collectors, Hasbro is taking it up (or maybe it’s down?) a notch by releasing a new Vintage Collection line featuring not only repro packaging from the original line BUT also exact replica figures!

Splooosh.

These are a thing of beauty. With owning the real things being competely off the table for 99% of fans, these are a fantastic looking alternative (They even include shelf wear on the card back edges).

My only gripe (aside from them doing a big head Han instead of the better looking, imo, small head Han) is the obnoxious red circle on the packaging letting you know it’s definitely NOT a 40 year old toy. I feel like they could’ve come up with something a little less distracting. It really takes away from the overall look. Although, the more I look at it, the more it’s growing on me. It reminds me of the old mail away advertisements they would stick to the front of the cards back in the day.

Either way they look gorgeous. I can’t wait to stumble across these at my local Target. I might actually cry.

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What’s even more exciting is that in addition to releasing original figures from the Kenner line, they plan to release characters that Kenner never made in that same chunky o.g. style.

Look at Tarkin! He looks legit right out of 1978. They even got the crotch right, using that same squared off leg joint design that the old figures had.

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Overall I don’t think I’ve been this impressed by anything from Hasbro since the first wave of the Vintage Collection back in 2007. I’m almost definitely going to be buying a few of these. Just looking at the pictures makes me happy.

Ok enough of me drooling. If you want to see more of what was shown at Toy Fair, including a pretty overpriced “hyper real” Vader, go on over to bleedingcool.com they have a lot more pictures and information from the show.

Thanks for reading guys, come back next time for more toy talk!

Episode 072: Fitz’s Muddy Whale

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In this episode, the fellas are back with stunning resolutions to shocking cliffhangers…kinda…and also, diorama building commences!

Fitz has a muddy whale as he tells tales of selling bits of a cross and a bat in some twisted sort of boss ass ape crazed con game with a taxi guy or two.

Then Doom FINALLY gets to talk about some good ol’ Burn Notice as he runs down the ENTIRE SIXTH SEASON, and that’s just the first 40 minutes or so of the show, so strap in for an action packed episode of your favorite nobodies.

URL: Episode 072: Fitz’s Muddy Whale
Direct Download: tnb072.mp3

A Furnace Sealed: The Adventures Of Bram Gold Press Release

From WordFire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crazed unicorns, immortals, gods, vampires and werewolves turn up dead in the Bronx. Bram Gold, hunter for hire, investigates the events. Can he stop the destruction of New York?

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of A Furnace Sealed: The Adventures of Bram Gold, Book 1, by Keith R. A. DeCandido!

Bram Gold is a Courser, a hunter-for-hire who deals with supernatural creatures, mystical happenings, and things that go booga-booga in the night. Under the supervision of the Wardein—his childhood friend Miriam Zerelli, who is in charge of all magical activity in the Bronx, New York—he’s who you hire if you need a crazed unicorn wrangled, some werewolves guarded while they gallivant around under the full moon, or an ill-advised attempt to bind a god stopped.

The Bronx is the home to several immortals, who are notoriously hard to kill—so it comes as rather a surprise when one of them turns up murdered, seemingly by a vampire. In addition,binding spells all across town are either coming undone, failing to work, or are difficult to restore. As Bram investigates, more immortals turn up dead, and a strange woman keeps appearing long enough to give cryptic advice and then disappear. Soon, he uncovers a nasty sequence of events that could lead to the destruction of New York!

The first in a new series of urban fantasy thrillers taking place in the Boogie-Down Bronx from best-selling, award-winning author Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born in what is now the Wakefield campus of Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. When he’s not writing, Keith is an editor (for clients both personal and corporate), a martial artist (he achieved his third-degree black belt in karate in 2017, and he regularly teaches karate to kids), an avid New York Yankees fan, and probably some other stuff he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his inadequate web site at www.DeCandido.net.

A Furnace Sealed

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-946-1

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-947-8

Hardback $25.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-984-3

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us at wordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.