Ach! I was up way too late this morning watching TCM and as I was fading away into sleep-land, I saw that today the channel was paying homage to James Garner. Oops. Well, I’d be camped out at home watching all of these films if I didn’t need to get some work done, but I think I’ll be back around 8-ish and ready to reminisce for a bit.
Here’s what’s on the menu this Monday:
Toward the Unknown
Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend
The Wheeler Dealers
The Thrill of It All
The Americanization of Emily
The Children’s Hour
Anyone remember Humongous Entertainment and their classic kid’s point & click adventure games? I sure do, and I was way too ancient to be playing most of these when they came out (but that didn’t stop me!). Anyway, this week’s Humble Bundle deal is a cool 24-hour ONLY Flash sale that’s family-friendly and FUN times guaranteed for all. Pay what you want for Putt-Putt Joins the Parade and Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, or beat the average price of $12.72 for four more games (Putt Putt Goes to the Moon, Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside, Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse and Spy Fox in “Dry Cereal”). However, for the BEST deal, drop and give Humble twenty (bucks) and get 28 FULL Humongous games! That’s EVERY Putt-Putt, Pajama Sam, Freddi Fish and Spy Fox game from the company, people! How can you pass THAT up? Nope, you don’t have to have kids at all, but I bet these fun and funny adventures will make you feel young at heart! Anyway, the clock is ticking… so grab this deal if you’re grinning away!
As you can see, IDW is certainly going all out with these new titles set to arrive in 2014 and 2015. I’m not a huge a fan of these sorts of comics as I used to be, but the title Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: Primate Directive made me laugh for a bit longer than expected, so I’ll have to peek at a few issues when it launches. That Edward Scissorhands book has my attention for the art style, as I’m a fan of the film, so again, I’ll be checking out a few issues over time. I was probably the only person my age who wasn’t terminally obsessed with the Garbage Pail Kids, so I’m a bit ambivalent about this new book. That said, I know fans of those old trading cards are grinning like mad at this announcement.
Angry Birds Transformers? Eek. Yeah, yeah… both are hugely popular franchises, but I’m of the mind that time-eating games like AB should stay in that realm and not cross streams with other media (although the multiple millions made in AB merchandising outside games proves me incorrect). Finally, Orphan Black seems like a fine enough choice for a comic series, but I’d prefer to see the show as the show and not need to dive into other media unless it’s going places the show hasn’t by exploring side stories for each of the clones. Of course, that would mean I’d need to buy some issues or a collection at some point down the road. In other words, I guess IDW will be seeing some of my money at some point in the not too distant future…
So, you’re all cranky that you’re NOT sweating it out at the San Diego Comic-Con swimming in free swag from all those companies giving stuff away and free germs from all those people coughing and wheezing all over you. Well, Funko has your back ladies and gents… er, provided you’re the LUCKY winner of this week’s Hikari Friday giveaway.
In case you haven’t guessed yet, the prize this week is a Limited Edition Nickelodeon Exclusive Metallic Michelangelo Exclusive Hikari Sofubi Figure (#1 of only 500). The other 499 are on sale at SDCC this weekend, but YOU can stay home safe and sound and maybe WIN this one and barely lift a finger.
Okay, well… you DO need to at lift at least ONE finger (two are better for typing slightly faster) and boogie on over to one of Funko’s social network pages:
Enter away, and cross a few things in the hope that you’re the one they pick to get this cool Turtle you won’t see in any retailer (unless some comic shop snags one at the con and resells it for a small fortune).
I’m not the world’s biggest Transformers fan, but this is one of those cool deals I have to let those of you who are know all about. Hop on over to the Humble Bundle site and pay what you want for four volumes (48 issues) of IDW’s classic Transformers reprints and feel free to boost your contribution up a few tiers for even MORE classic Transformers reads. You’ll also be supporting the Hasbro Children’s Fund and yes, just about anything you can read something digital on can be used to peruse whatever you buy.
You may want to step on it, though. This deal only lasts two weeks before it vanishes, so make like an educated raccoon and go get yourself some comics to keep you busy on some hot summer days, I say…
Nope, I’m not at QuakeCon this year either, but that’s probably a good thing. While the thousands of fans there are drooling over new stuff and old, I can be tucking into some of these great deals Bethesda has put on sale on Steam now until the show closes. In addition, these other deals are going up during the remainder of the weekend:
· Friday: Wolfenstein: The New Order and DOOM Sale at 50-75% off
· Saturday: Fallout 3: Game of the Year, Fallout: New Vegas, and all Fallout: Classic Collection at 50-75% off
· Sunday: The Elder Scrolls Sale, with Elder Scrolls titles selling for 50-75% off
Of course, I have some of these titles already and a few too many in my backlog, so I most likely won’t buy a thing (this year, at least). On the other hand, as I always say – I’m not stopping YOU from diving into this pool of great games and coming up for air with less hard drive space and more games than you can finish in a comfortable amount of time…
Three SUPER limited edition Hikari Sofubi Vinyl figures are up for grabs this week and only THREE very lucky people will be getting the first of these three figures you can ONLY get if you attend the upcoming San Diego Comic Con! In other words, even if you DO go to the con and line up, if you’re person number 1498 to roll up to the Funko Booth (#5343), you’re pretty much SOL here. Anyway check out the trio of awesome up for this week’s giveaway:
Hit up one of Funko’s social media channels:
Follow the instructions and hold your breath until next Thursday when the winners are announced. Good Luck and if you happen to win one AND pick up another at the convention, good for you, you lucky soon to be chased around by other Funko collectors guy or gal, you!
I think someone at Codemasters is psychic. Last week, I broke out both Colin McRae Rally and Colin McRae Rally 2.0 just to dive in for a bit and see if they still held up today and yes indeed, they do. While the series went through some big changes as the series moved to new platforms, there was always a solid sense of fun and challenge that made each installment thrilling to blaze through. When the series changed its name to DiRT and its direction to a “cooler” racer in order to rope in younger fans of the X Games or other extreme sports, things definitely slid a bit sideways. The last few installments are all great looking games, but to me, there’s something missing… a certain spirit, if you will. Granted, Colin McRae is no longer with us, so that’s probably the missing element those later games haven’t been able to capture. Seeing that intro video above and playing the game for a little while made me hope Codemasters will go back to the drawing board and deliver a rally game that’s as fun and wickedly addictive as the first few in the series. Strip it down, but make it rich with detail, lose the big social focus (or make it completely optional) and maybe even bring back the goofy bonuses from the older titles just because it’s great to see a surprise ride or three after a ton of hard work.
Three Hikari Sofubi Vinyl Figures are up for grabs this week, including two really great looking Premium Transformers figures. Funko is doing these up right and as you can see below, even one of Universal Studios’ classic monsters is getting the Japanese vinyl treatment. Check out the Apocalypse Creature Hikari Sofubi Figure (the lucky winner gets #1 of only 750 made, the rest of you need to fly into your local Funko retailer and hope they’re not sold out):
And for you Transformers fans, Funko has introduced its Hikari Premium line that features over 75 paint applications applied to each figure, making for a supremely detailed collectible. Both limited to 1000 pieces, they’ll be EXCLUSIVELY available in September on the Entertainment Earth website. First up for grabs is the Battle Ready Optimus Prime Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure (#1 of 1000):
And here’s the Battle Ready Bumblebee Hikari Premium Sofubi Figure:
As usual, entering is a SNAP. Just boogie on over to one of Funko’s social media pages:
Do what you need to do and keep those fingers crossed and an eyeball on your email inbox next Thursday when the winners are announced. As always, good luck!
Hmmmm… I hope that didn’t sound too grim or anything, but man, I can’t believe Ghostbusters is 30 years old! Yaaaaaaah! Oh well. I saw it when it was originally released a few times (at least 5 or 6) and too many times on cable afterwards, but haven’t seen it an a few years because I got over my adoration of it quite some time ago. In other words, my nostalgia meter isn’t bursting and splatting slime onto the walls and ceilings at this news as it is with some people who saw this trailer and geeked out of their minds about this re-release. Then again, perhaps I’ve become more of a quietly cheerful curmudgeon over time… Continue reading