Here it is, the new poster for The Amazing Spider-man 2
When I think of the characters from Marvel Comics, I can’t help but think of all the mediums they’ve conquered, be it comic books, TV, movies or theme park attractions. Each one of these Marvel has had the Midas Touch with. You can soon add “live arena show” to that list, as Marvel Comics and Feld Entertainment prepare to dominate that field with the Marvel Universe LIVE! tour, a stage show of epic proportions that will bring the Marvel heroes and villains up close and personal in a way fans have never seen them before!
With a story revolving around the “Tesseract” (or the Cosmic Cube as it’s known in the comics), a cast of fifty performers will bring to life such heroes as Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, the X-Men, Spider-man and his classic rogues gallery of villains like Doc Ock, Electro, the Lizard, the Green Goblin and the Rhino, as well as other Marvel villains, in a show that will have you witnessing a comic book come to life right before your eyes.
The Marvel Universe LIVE! show will combine various forms of martial arts, gymnastics and the sophisticated forms of aerial ballet found in a Cirque Du Soleil show, as well as top notch special effects to bring to life the Marvel characters so that Spider-man can web-swing around the stadium, Iron Man can fly and Thor can use his mighty enchanted Uru hammer Mjolnir that makes him the Norse god of thunder.
Between 2014 and 2016 Marvel Universe LIVE! will tour 85 cities, and that’s just the beginning. With the Marvel Universe LIVE! show, this proves that the “House of Ideas” hasn’t run out of them just yet, and that they will stop short of nothing to give fans a Marvel story of a life time!
Keep checking toy-lines.com for more news on Marvel Universe LIVE! and remember, Mr. Nostalgia always says to make his Marvel when it comes to comics!
Sony has released the second trailer for The Amazing Spider-man 2 with lots of new footage making this new installment in the franchise look as exciting as ever. Click the link to go to totalfilm.com for the trailer:
Sony recently announced plans to release a Sinister Six and Venom movie on the heels of the recent release of the first The Amazing Spider-man 2 trailer. While The Amazing Spider-man 3 is penned for a 2016 release (which will also finish the contractual agreements Andrew Garfield made when signing onto the character), and The Amazing Spider-man 4 for 2018, the Sinister Six and Venom movies are set to be standalone films, with the villains most likely introduced in The Amazing Spider-man 2, 3 and 4. While the villain of Amazing Spider-man is Electro, and has The Rhino in it to battle Spider-man too, watching the new trailer one can see the octopus arms of Doc Ock, as well as a set of flying wings that would work for the Vulture, in Oscorp. Rumors say the Green Goblin appears in this film, if he does, my guess would be on Harry Osborn.
With Sony needing to keep the Spider-man franchise going, or else lose the film rights to the character which would mean them going back to Disney who now owns Marvel, releasing films based on the villains of Spider-man will help keep that franchise in line for them. One has to wonder though, how these standalone films will fit into the Spider-man universe. Will they feature Spider-man? You can’t really see a Sinister Six or Venom movie without Spider-man there to do battle with. Perhaps they’ll be taking a different view of things and have the story be from the villains perspective with Spider-man only there to do battle with? Time will tell, so long as they don’t make a Venom or Sinister Six film where they’re the good guys I’ll be OK with this, though I’d really like to see the whole Marvel universe back under one film roof and be able to see Spider-man, The Avengers and The X-Men make appearances in the other’s franchises.
In other news is the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse which will follow X-Men: Days of Future Past. Rumors are going around that Don Cheadle will be appearing in The Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, reprising his role as Iron Patriot/War Machine Colonel James Rhodes from the Iron Man trilogy (Cheadle was in Iron Man 2 and 3 while the first film Rhodes was played by Terrence Howard). Whether there is any truth to the statement will be told in time with the rumor either being shot down or an official announcement being made.
With Christmas 12 days away, I thought I would bring you my own version of the “12 Days of Christmas”. When you read the blog, please read it with the tune of the “12 Days of Christmas” and we’ll be replacing “My True Love” with “Mrs. Nostalgia” because she is my true love, so therefore belongs in that place (“As you wish”). I’ll write the verses but won’t repeat them over and over, feel free to do that if you like.
On the First day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
The One Ring to throw in to Mount Doom.
On the Second day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Two Spider-man web shooters.
On the Third day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Three Iron Man Suits.
On the Fourth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Four Thor hammers.
On the Fifth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
FIVE INDYYYYYY HATS!
On the Sixth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Six Captain America shields.
On the Seventh day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Seven E.T. dolls.
On the Eighth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Eight Lone Ranger figures.
On the Ninth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Nine Hobbit toys.
On the Tenth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Ten Chia Pets.
On the Eleventh day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Eleven Mickey Ears.
On the Twelfth day of Christmas Mrs. Nostalgia gave to me:
Twelve Coloring Books.
These days, with the economy so unsure and the recession going on and on you got to live within your means and save as much money as you can. Me, personally, I don’t trust banks, why should I put MY money in some bank who’s going to charge ME for not having enough money in MY bank account? If I want 2 cents in my savings account then by golly let me leave my 2 cents there and be left alone! Where was I? Oh yeah, giving my 2 cents worth about banks. With charges for using an ATM that isn’t your banks, fees for being under a certain amount in a savings or checking account, overdrafts, barely being able to collect any interest, and the fear of Doc Ock or the Vulture coming to rob the joint, I just don’t trust banks with my money. I mean, I work for that money; I need to know that Norman Osborn isn’t stealing it just to build some gadget to piss off Spider-man, right? Or what if I go in the bank to get some cash out and the Sandman holds the place up, what then? Especially if I’m parked in a 15 minute parking zone? I’m really in trouble. I don’t think the Sandman will let me take my measly small amount of money and be on my way before I get a ticket, do you?
I personally keep my money in the freezer of my refrigerator in an old box of frozen spinach. There’s no spinach in it, so if my house gets robbed by Popeye he won’t steal the box when he sees there’s no spinach in it, just money. Then again, if Wimpy is with him and uses that stupid line, “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today” I could be in trouble, unless of course it’s Tuesday and he pays Popeye back, but if it’s Tuesday and Wimpy has the money already why is he asking to borrow MY money from Popeye? Furthermore, why is Popeye robbing my house anyway? He’s a good guy? Man, my head hurts from this blog.
Anyway, if you want to put your money someplace safe, or at least your change, consider these cool superhero banks below.
When I signed onto this blog, the reason was that I could talk about anything I wanted to whenever I wanted to. I liked that idea. No deadlines, I could just go on about a toy I once used to own, post it, and be done until I felt like posting once more. I never thought I would use it as a soapbox, but today, after reading what I read, I’m using it for just that reason to get my point across, a point that utterly pisses me off. What is it? The commercialism of Christmas. I know I’ve touched on this before on my blog about A Charlie Brown Christmas, but this time, it’s about something else, but regarding to Christmas, and this time, a company I’ve long since been a fan of has done something that offends me as a Roman Catholic and as a Disney fan.
Glen Beck reported today that the Candlelight Processional at Epcot has removed “One Solitary Life”, an essay which tells the story of Jesus, out of the Processional for “time reasons” so that the cast can have time to prepare themselves between each show.
Really, Disney? You’re celebrating Christmas without Jesus? Isn’t that the point of Christmas in the first place? The BIRTH OF CHRIST!? How can you have Christmas without Jesus? You know, I think Santa is a nice theory, but we need to start teaching children the TRUE meaning of this holiday. It’s like there’s two versions out there, the REAL one, which no one wants to hear, even at Disney World’s Epcot, and then this other version that card stores and malls want you to know, about a fat guy in a red suit who lives in the North Pole and makes all these toys so that kids on December 25th can get a ton of presents if they behave.
What offends me as a Disney fan is not only removing this essay, but the lie behind it.
Quoted from Glen Beck today,” Over the last few weeks, TheBlaze received several tips from readers who had recently attended the ‘Candlelight Processional’ at Epcot and Disneyland parks and found “One Solitary Life,” an essay that has been read during the ‘Candlelight Processional’ since 1976, was removed from the program.
This overtly Christian text, written by Dr. James Allan Francis in 1926, details Jesus’ life, death and historical impact.
The essay has been recited to complement the traditional biblical story of Jesus’ birth since 1976, making its recent removal more than noticeable.
But demand for the show and production constraints have apparently created a need, according to Disney, to shave time off of each performance so that the cast and crew can properly prepare for the three back-to-back performances that unfold each night during the holiday season.
“They have decided to cut the Jesus part out of it. But they’re only doing it for time. It’s like cutting 220 words out of it, which is [like] three minutes… Three minutes is nothing when you’re at a Disney park. It’s a 90-minute show,” Glenn said exasperatedly. “They’re cutting three minutes out of it. And what are they cutting out of it… The apex of the Christmas story… So basically let’s hollow out the Christmas story. Let’s just take the Jesus part out of the Christmas story and just make it about peace on Earth.
Christianity is about a relationship with a risen savior
Jesus has had more impact on mankind for good than any other person”
So, first off, thank you Glen Beck for reporting on this, cause I know NONE of the Disney blogs, especially the official ones, will post the truth about why they did this. Second, to those reading this, please watch Glen’s video and listen to him describe this so much better than I do.
So, since Disney doesn’t have the guts to recite “One Solitary Life”, I’m going to right now. Right here in my blog.
“One Solitary Life”
He was born in an obscure village
The child of a peasant woman
He grew up in another obscure village
Where he worked in a carpenter shop
Until he was thirty
He never wrote a book
He never held an office
He never went to college
He never visited a big city
He never travelled more than two hundred miles
From the place where he was born
He did none of the things
Usually associated with greatness
He had no credentials but himself
He was only thirty three
His friends ran away
One of them denied him
He was turned over to his enemies
And went through the mockery of a trial
He was nailed to a cross between two thieves
While dying, his executioners gambled for his clothing
The only property he had on earth
When he was dead
He was laid in a borrowed grave
Through the pity of a friend
Nineteen centuries have come and gone
And today Jesus is the central figure of the human race
And the leader of mankind’s progress
All the armies that have ever marched
All the navies that have ever sailed
All the parliaments that have ever sat
All the kings that ever reigned put together
Have not affected the life of mankind on earth
As powerfully as that one solitary life
Dr James Allan © 1926.
Thank you Glen Beck for bringing this to light. For the first time in my life I’m really pissed at Disney, and that was something I never thought I would say.
Oh, by the way Disney, remember that movie you made seven years ago called “THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE” based off the book by C.S. Lewis, a man who belived in Jesus. Did you know that basically that story is the story of Easter and Jesus dying for us? Aslan the Lion represents Jesus and how he suffered for our sins on the cross. Just thought you might like to know.
Three words uttered by every kid once Christmas break was over and they were back at school. Those two weeks off felt like an eternity only to end suddenly like the blink of an eye. Despite that, you’d still want to know what your friends got, sizing up their gifts from Santa to yours.
For my buddy Rich and I, during Christmas break we’d call each other the next day and ask, usually spending one day on the vacation where we would get together to play at one of our houses and check out that person’s new toys. When we were teens and even older we’d call each other on Christmas Day and ask.
To this day it’s something Rich and I still do, that phone call, and I suppose it’s something we’ll due even when we’re old and grey, only by then our collectibles will be who knows what, and we might be asking about the new cane or hearing aid we got. (Though Rich has a theory that he and I will wind up like the two old men hecklers from The Muppet Show and we’ll sit around cracking jokes, but even then I’m sure we’ll call each other on Christmas Day and ask, then heckle each other.)
As a collector, those are words I still use. I remember one year when I was dating my wife, I used to work at a video store. While we had Christmas Day off, the next day we were back to the mall and working, a busy day with people coming in to exchange or return videos and DVDs (they were still new back then) for something they wanted. While it was busy, there were some slow times to the day, the craziness ebbing and flowing. It was during one of the slow times that day that we’d gather by the register, me, the managers and one other worker, all Geeks in our own way, and I remember my manager using those exact words to us, “What’d you get?”
From childhood to grown-up Geek, “What’d you get?” are words that never left my vocabulary. So, this Christmas, don’t forget to call you collector-in-arms and ask them, “What’d you get?”
A bit ago I came home to find two important people in my life visiting with a present wrapped for me in newspaper, I believe it was the comics no less. They were very excited to give me this present and I sat down to open it to find Marvel Squinkies. If you don’t know what a Squinkie is, basically it’s this tiny squishy little thing of rubber that looks, in my case, like Spider-man. When I say small, I mean small, like seventh of an inch small, and when I say squishy I mean squishy, but detailed so that each Marvel character was extremely detailed. They have a hole at the bottom of them so you can fit them on a pencil top if you choose.
The Squinkies come in these little plastic spheres, some are clear so you can see who you’re getting and some are colored red so it’s a mystery. From the picture provided you can see the following I received, who now have a place on my Marvel shelf, and can see how detailed they are. I received from left to right: Spider-man, Green Goblin, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Silver Surfer, Iron Man, Wolverine and Magneto.
Pretty cool gift from two pretty cool people.
Nostalgic toys don’t just have to be about toys one collected years ago. They could also be about toys created only a few years ago but based off a childhood interest that brings you a sense of nostalgia. While there may have been tons of toys based off of Jim Henson’s The Muppets, nothing brings home the sense of nostalgia I get when I see the line that Palisades Toys once put out. Covering almost every Muppet and some strange ones in between, Palisades made your well known Muppets like Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, but also more obscure ones like Crazy Harry and Uncle Deadly.
Besides the figures, they made a series of play sets that includes: The Electric Mayhem’s Concert Stage, The Sweedish Chef’s Kitchen, The Muppet Labs for Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker, as well as the interior of the Starship Swine Trek from Pigs in Space.
While figures and sets were extremely well detailed and came with great props, my all time favorite Muppet figure is actually based on a trio of lesser known Muppet characters that were inspired by Muppet performers. The Country Trio. Jim Henson was the banjo player, Frank Oz the bass player and Jerry Nelson the guitarist.
While Palisades Toys no longer makes the Muppet figures, which means figures of the Trio’s Oz and Nelson will never be made, I can’t think of a finer tribute to Jim Henson than having a Muppet figure based off of the Muppet of him.
The internet is all a buzz today, saying that Disney finally owns the Indiana Jones character. Actually, they did when they bought Lucasfilm back in 2012 for $4 billion, it was just the matter of dealing with distribution rights that really kept it from being announced fully, which was actually done this past Friday. What does this mean? Paramount Pictures still has distribution rights to the first four Indy films while Disney will have the rights for any new ones.
With Disney making new Star Wars films and Harrison Ford supposedly going to be involved in them, the chance of getting an Indy V has more of a possibility than it did before. While Disney has Lawrence Kasdan working on the new Star Wars screenplay, let’s hope they keep that tradition and if they make a new Indy film, have him write the screenplay for that too. (Kasdan wrote Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi). Just one thing, please keep George Lucas from creating the MacGuffin, and let Spielberg direct. (For those who don’t know, a MacGuffin is a word coined by Sir Alfred Hitchcock in 1935 and refers to an object or event in a book or film that gets the story moving.)