Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Unfortunate Cancellation Of The Wil Wheaton Project

     Actor, tabletop game expert, and all around cool geek, Wil Wheaton announced the cancellation of his SYFY network series The Wil Wheaton Project.  This program was a satirical look at the week in scifi, fantasy, and geek culture.  Modeled on programs like Talk Soup; it focused a comedic eye on geek movies, television, and celebrities.  I for one enjoyed it immensely.  Wheaton has a fine sense of humour and was very engaging as the show's presenter.  I like his Hulu series Tabletop quite a lot and recommend it to anyone interested in gaming.  Syfy really dropped the ball with this cancellation.  Considering what Syfy has become in recent years; I'm not too surprised by this.  They do seem to shun good programming.  I've included a link to Wil's blog entry below.

Tonight Doctor Who Series 8 Episode 2: Into the Dalek!

     Well, tonight on BBC America, the second episode of Doctor Who series 8, Into The Dalek; premieres.  I'm a huge fan of the Daleks and have been since I was very young.  Needless to say I'm very much looking forward to tonight's episode.  I certainly enjoyed last week's season premiere Deep Breath.  Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman were amazing.  Peter Capaldi's take on the Doctor is excellent.  I am hopeful that tonight's episode will also be good.  I've included the trailer below.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Thunderbirds Are Go 2015! The Full IR Fleet!

     As we edge ever closer to 2015, my excitement for the new Thunderbirds series increases.  These new images of International Rescue's iconic craft just feed that excitement like coal in a steam locomotive.  I want to thank Mike aka Scoop of the Project Sword Moonbase Central Blog for bringing these great images to my attention.  If these designs are anything to go by then it's clear that Gerry Anderson's creation is in good hands.  I tip my hat to Weta Workshop.  Enjoy!

Thunderbird 1.....High speed Reconnaissance and rescue command post

Thunderbird 2.....Heavy rescue equipment transporter

Thunderbird 3.....Space rescue ship

Thunderbird 4.....Undersea rescue craft
Tracy Island....Home base of International Rescue

1!........Thunderbirds Are Go!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Doctor Who Series 8 Starts Tonight!

     Well, folks tonight is the night!  The night Doctor Who fans have waited all year for!  The premiere of Series 8 with Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor and Jenna Coleman returning as companion Clara Oswald.  I'm very exited to see how Mr. Capaldi will make the role of the Doctor his own.   Also, it's about time we had an older Doctor at the helm of the TARDIS.  I'm very confident  Series 8 will be amazing.  Thank you BBC America!  Today, I've included a few cool vids with this post.  In addition to the Series 8 trailer we have the animated Gravity Falls style Doctor Who and the Japanese Tokusatsu style Doctor.  Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Starbase Olympia Report: The USS Loknar!

     Finally, we have another fantastic model feature from my great friend Dan Foster in Olympia, Wa.  This week it's Dan's USS Loknar.  It takes features from the NX era of starship design and blends them with the  characteristics of later Federation vessels.  The result is a believable design that bridges the gap between the Archer and Kirk time periods.  Enjoy these photos courtesy of Dan Foster.

A Light of Hope For A Frightened City!

      While on a recent visit to a Barnes & Noble bookstore; I found something really cool.  A mini Bat Signal searchlight model produced by a company called Running Press.  Running Press has a whole range of what they call Mega Mini Kits that feature everything from DC superheroes to Doctor Who. 
     The Bat Signal searchlight model is really amazing.  It's Sturdy and highly detailed.  It's a perfect addition to my Batmobile collection.  It even comes with a 48 page mini Batman book.  The best part is that it actually lights up. It actually shines the Bat Signal onto a wall.  It's fairly inexpesive too, I think I paid about 6.00 for it.  I'll let my photos say the rest.  Enjoy!

The cool Mini Book

The Konami Mark IX Hawk!

     A few months back I acquired the third and final Space: 1999 offering from Konami; the legendary Mark IX Hawk.  This Brian Johnson designed craft featured heavily in the episode Wargames.  The craft is a space superiority fighter in use by Earth during the time before the Moon is blasted out of orbit in Breakaway.  In  the series, Moonbase Alpha isn't equipped with any Hawks which is interesting since they would have been a huge asset in many episodes.  In Wargames they are under alien control and devastate Alpha in a matter of minutes.  A standard Eagle spacecraft is clearly no match for them.  It should be noted that in the various Space: 1999 comics, Alpha does have a squadron of Hawks in their inventory.
     There has been much fan speculation that the Hawk is an advanced version of the SHADO Interceptor from Gerry Anderson's previous series UFO.  I remember owning a set of Hawk blueprints years ago that stated exactly that.  Officially there is no connection  between Space: 1999 and UFO other than both shows being creations of Gerry Anderson.  It's still a very cool idea.
     The Konami model is of the same high quality of their previous Anderson offerings.  The details are amazing and certainly do justice to Brian Johnson's original design.  It's certainly a welcome addition to my collection.  Enjoy!

For comparison with the Konami Eagle Transporter and Rescue Eagle

The Amazing Charawheels Super Jetter Ryusei Go!

     I recently purchase another cool addition to my Japanese Hotwheels Charawheels collection; the Ryusei Go from the 1965-66 anime series Super Jetter.   Super Jetter was the story of a 30th centrury law enforcer who travels back in time to 60s Japan to thwart a super villain named Jagger.  With Jetter on the case; Jagger can't get no satisfaction.  
     Jetter's coolest asset is his car, the Ryusei Go.  It travels on land, under the sea, and it can journey anywh.....wait a second....that sounds familiar.  Yes, in concept, appearance, and execution the Ryusei Go bears more than a passing resemblance to Gerry Anderson's own Supercar.  That's not necessarily a bad thing.  There's room on the block for more than one submersible, flying, and gadget laden super auto.
      The Charawheels toy is really nice.  Sturdy and well made.  The toy version has the canopy retracted which is my only gripe.  It's a great representation of Jetter's ride and in the end that's what counts.  As walways, I prefer to let my pictures prove my point.  Also, I found a cool Youtube vide featuring Super Jetter in action.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Pure Cinematic Awesome!

     Today I saw the film I've been waiting all summer for; Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.  I have been chomping at the bit to see this since the first trailer came out several  months ago.  It didn't disappoint.  Truth is, Marvel took an enormous chance bringing one of their lesser known properties to the big screen.  Lack of familiarity was the phrase of choice for naysayers who were convinced of failure from the moment Marvel announced Guardians was being made.  It turns out, however; that lack of familiarity is also it's greatest strength.  You can enter this world without any pre conceived notions and be surprised by what you find.  I'm clearly not a film critic and won't attempt to write a review.  I just want to say that if you're looking to end your summer movie season on a high note; Guardians will not disappoint.  It also doesn't hurt if you're a fan of pulp space adventure; unusual characters, and an amazing story with it's heart in the right place.  In the meantime I've included the trailer below.  Enjoy!