For some reason, I’ve found myself buying more and more geek-inspired backpacks recently. I just come across so many that I like that I have to buy them! They’ve definitely come in handy with all the conventions I attend throughout the year and all the traveling I do. Now I’ve got a new one that I’ve got to get! This is the Marvel x MadPax Spider-Man Backpack. It is available through ThinkGeek and it comes with the following description:
Spider-Man is our kind of superhero. Nerdy, shy, a little bit awkward, but great with gadgets, and fighting the good fight. Fortunately, you don't have to come in contact with a radioactive arachnid (or even a spider of any kind) to pay tribute to Peter Parker with this Spider-Man backpack.
This Marvel x MadPax Spiderman Backpack holds everything required for your secret identity, like your Daily Bugle badge, your camera, and your tablet for taking notes. You can throw whatever you need in here, which is useful because there aren't pockets in Spidey's costume (unless it's Rob Liefeld's Spidey, but we're going to just pretend like that didn't happen). Hey, look! A backpack!
Sometimes the people who come up with ideas for tie-in movie toys and consumer products have some pretty crazy brain farts. SreenRant has released a video that points out ten crazy toys and other consumer products that are ridiculously inappropriate and some of them are pretty damn funny. Some of the products on the list include the Jar-Jar Lollipop, RoboCop Board Game, Harry Potter Vibrating Broom, C-3PO Tape Dispenser, Buzz Lightyear Sippy Cup, and more. Here’s the description that came along with the video:
Studios are constantly looking for ways to maximize the profits of a popular film property, and one of the most common routes they take is licensing tie-in merchandise. This allows fans to take a part of the movie home with them, even when it’s playing in theaters. While some items – like the ever-expanding collection of Star Wars action figures – are a no-brainer, not every piece of memorabilia is as great as it sounds on paper. Over the years, there have been some yebrow raising products that stirred up plenty of controversy, and once you watch this video, you’ll be able to understand why
Prime 1 Studios has released the first official photos and details of their Batman statue based on Mark Millar’s comic The Dark Knight Returns. This is probably the most badass statue I’ve seen of Batman! It stands at 33” tall and it is priced at $969. There are no details on when it will be available for order yet.
It will comes with two interchangeable heads, several hands that you can switch up, and it features as assorted arsenal of weapons. There’s also an exclusive version of the statue that will include an additional interchangeable head sculpt as well as an additional hand holding multiple Batarangs.
Here’s the description:
MMDC-17 DARK KNIGHT RETURNS BATMAN
“You don’t get it boy… this isn’t a mudhole… its an operating table. (KRAKKKKK) And I’m the surgeon.”
Prime 1 Studio is proud to present to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the most influential stories ever told in the comics medium of the undisputed graphic novel masterpiece MMDC-17 BATMAN:THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.
Frank Miller completely reinvents the legend of Batman in this saga of a near-future Gotham City gone to rot,10 years after the Dark Knight’s retirement. Forced to take action, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of fury, taking on a whole new generation of criminals and matching their level of violence. He is soon joined by a new Robin girl named Carrie Kelley, who proves to be just as invaluable as her predecessors.
But can Batman and Robin deal with the threat posed by their deadliest enemies, after years of incarceration have turned them into perfect psychopaths? And more important, can anyone survive the coming fallout from an undeclared war between the superpowers or the clash of what were once the world’s greatest heroes?
Check out the photos below as well as all the features:
If you’re a fan of director Steven Spielberg, you’ve got to watch this rare 1983 Japanese documentary! I happened to see a link to AICN on my Facebook feed for this hour-long doc and it’s one of the coolest and most interesting things I’ve seen on the internet this week.
The doc gives us a look at Spielberg’s early directing career, shortly after he made Raiders of the Lost Ark and E.T. The year the doc was shot, the director was working on The Twilight Zone Movie.
Spielberg allows the documentary crew to tour his home, offices, and they were even allowed on the set of The Twilight Zone. The doc also gives you a look at a personal, candid side of Spielberg that many people probably haven’t seen before. It’s a very intimate look at the legendary filmmaker as he’s still in the early stages of finding success in his early career.
It’s a completely fascinating video to watch, and you’ve gotta check it out when you get a chance!
This real life minifig-inspired cosplay is stupidly terrifying. It’s just so wrong on so many levels, but it’s also so right! It comes from Tested and it’s the stuff that nightmares are made of. The creators of it are calling it creepyfig, which is very fitting.
Our latest project with Frank Ippolito lives at the intersection of creepy and amazing. For this year’s Comic-Con, Frank designed, sculpted, and painted LEGO-inspired mask, made to look like a real-life version of a minifig. We’re calling it the creeppyfig, and it found its way home wandering through Comic-Con’s exhibit hall.
If you are interested in learning a little bit more about the history of Hollywood and making movies, I’ve got a great video essay called The Rise (and Fall) of Hollywood. It was created by the YouTube channel Now You See it, and it does a fantastic job explaining how filmmakers were driven to Hollywood to escape Thomas Edison’s assholery; how Hollywood started as a rebellious greedy movement; how it turned into a monopoly of studios; and how the rise of the internet and affordable filmmaking technique could finally bring Hollywood to its knees.
Hollywood history is full of stealing, failure, and deceit. Let's take a look at the conditions filmmakers had to suffer through to get their movies made.
If you enjoy the art of comic artist Scottie Young, you’ve got to check out the fan sketches that he whipped up for the Netflix series Stranger Things.
There are pieces of art featuring the characters Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Eleven, and Barb. It's fun to see these characters brought to life in Young’s signature style. Check out his site to see all of them.