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Nebula-75 – Episode One

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Are you a fan of the old Supermarionation shows of the 60s like Thunderbirds and Stingray? Then take a peak at this new Supermarionation show, Nebula-75, which depicts the adventures of Commander Ray Neptune and the crew of the spaceship Nebula-75 as they explore uncharted worlds and discover new forms of life. Amazingly, the principal production for this show is done by three members of the Century 21 films crew inside their London flat, which they all share as roommates. Their living room was transformed into a studio, while a combination of household objects and puppets and props from other Supermarionation productions were used to create the set and the characters for the show. A worldwide crew of remote workers contributed to pre and post-production.

If you like what you see, there’s already a second episode available:

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered – Official Trailer

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Every year, there’s a new Call of Duty, but for Activision, for whom there can never be enough market saturation of their cash cow franchise, more Call of Duty must be better. So, they’ve just released a prettied-up version of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, at least the campaign portion. It’s also Playstation 4 exclusive until April 30th, after which it will also be available on PC and Xbox One.

It’s up to you and your nostalgia as to whether this is worth the $20 price tag (heh, Price).

Doom Eternal – Official Story Gameplay Trailer 2

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Doom Eternal was unfortunately delayed from its original November 2019 release date to this coming March. However, we now have this woefully brief story trailer to help tide us over. It shows a space station within Earth’s orbit, which is probably the inter-mission ‘slayer’s base’ that was mentioned in pre-release materials for the game. It also shows one of the central antagonists, supposedly an angel of some type, as well as the Doom Slayer’s rival – a demon decked out in similar armor, and of course plenty of visceral demon slaying.

2016’s Doom was such a great reimagining of the franchise, and I’m hoping this sequel manages to capture that same spark, although based on the footage seen thus far, that’ll probably be the case.

Doom Eternal launches March 20th, 2020 on all major consoles and PC.

REAL PARTS: Star Wars ANH (1977) X-Wing Pilot Helmet

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

One of the things that makes the original Star Wars so great is the plethora of props that are inspired by or outright formed from old military weapons and gear. Such is the case with the Rebel X-Wing pilot’s helmet, which was based on a Gentex APH-6 flight helmet. This video by YouTube channel Mike’s Tiny Shop details a bit of this history, and even shows the channel owner’s father’s own Vietnam-era restored APH-6. This is then compared to a replica of Wedge Antilles’ helmet from Episode 4: A New Hope, which the owner created using a helmet shell and miscellaneous parts.

It’s a cool video to check out, whether your a fan of props, military gear, or tales of a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Custom NERF Volley Blaster

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Former toy designer, electrical and mechanical engineer, and YouTuber James Bruton came up with the idea for a NERF volley blaster after lamenting the lack of multi-shot blasters on the market. His design is built from 3D printed parts, and rather than launch the darts via air pressure, they feed from 10-round ‘magazines’ into a motorized roller system which plucks them out of the mag and launches them forward. It’s large and unwieldy, but as far as a proof-of-concept goes, it’s pretty neat.

The Outer Worlds Is Out Now

Saturday, October 26th, 2019

With Bethesda’s continued comical mishandling of the Fallout franchise, most recently being the myriad blunders of Fallout 76 killing any goodwill they had with the fanbase, leave it to Obsidian to release a true Fallout game in almost all but name with The Outer Worlds. Aside from Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, two of the original creators of Fallout, serving as directors for the game, it’s got expansive environments to explore, excellent writing, and a lot of dialog and skill checks that mean your stats actually matter – like the original Fallout games, and Fallout: New Vegas, which Obsidian also developed. In true CRPG fashion, the game even allows you the freedom to solve a great many of the game’s scenarios as you see fit, whether it be through diplomacy, stealth and subterfuge, or good ole’ fashion violence.

I’ve got about 19 hours in so far, and I’d guess I’m anywhere from 1/2 to 2/3 of the way through, and that includes doing every sidequest I’ve been able to discover. If you’re looking for a game to scratch that RPG itch, this one comes highly recommended.

Plus, it’s available on Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass, which I believe can be had for $1 for the first month for either Xbox One or PC, which is how I’m playing it.

The Mandalorian Official Trailer

Saturday, August 24th, 2019

If you haven’t already given up on Star Wars after Disney’s blatant mismanagement of the property, you might find some interest in this trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’, an upcoming series about a Manalorian bounty hunter that takes place between Episodes 6 and 7. You’ll also have to get a Disney+ subscription if you want to watch, so add another streaming service to the pile.

Adam Savage’s Zorg Industries ZF-2

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Adam Savage of Mythbuster’s fame is no stranger to the Zorg Industries ZF-1 from ‘The Fifth Element’, having made a couple of inert replicas for himself. However, his interest in the ZF-1 has extended to producing a functioning model of the highly-versatile sci-fi weapon, dubbed the ZF-2. For the purposes of function, the ZF-2 is roughly twice the size of the ZF-1, and weighs in at 40 lbs. It also isn’t a firearm for the purposes of practicality, instead using a stabilizing camera attached to a NERF dart launcher to replace the “gun” component, however it does have all the other features of the ZF-1 seen in the movie:

– Arrow Launcher
– Net Launcher
– Flame Thrower
– Cryo Launcher
– Rocket Launcher

In short, Adam Savage’s ZF-2 is huge, impractical, and pretty damn cool.

You can see it in action at go.discovery.com/tv-shows/savage-builds/full-episodes/inside-the-episode-hollywoods-deadliest-weapon

Fanboy Movie Friday – The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai

Friday, July 12th, 2019

Officially available on YouTube as an ad-supported release is The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, a pretty crazy Sci-Fi film produced and directed by W. D. Richter, who also co-wrote (really, almost completely re-wrote from scratch) ‘Big Trouble in Little China’, so if you like that film (like me), you might just like this one as well.

Mad Max vs. Dick Dastardly

Saturday, July 6th, 2019

Here’s a fantastic mashup of Mad Max: Fury Road and Dick Dastardly from Wacky Races created by YouTube channel Runaway Pictures Inc. The old Wacky Races music and sound effects overlaid on the Fury Road footage is what really makes the video.

Pennyworth – Official Trailer

Saturday, June 15th, 2019

The upcoming ‘Pennyworth’ is a 10-part series that will be available on the EPIX streaming service. It’s a prequel series in which former SAS soldier Alfred Pennyworth forms a security company and works with Thomas Wayne in 1960s London. It looks pretty stylish, although it almost feels like it could be the same story without the Batman licensing.

In any case, you can catch Pennyworth on EPIX July 28th.

S&W Has Issued An M&P15-22 Consumer Safety Alert

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Smith & Wesson has issued a consumer safety alert on all M&P15-22 rifles and pistols manufactured before February 1st, 2019. S&W has discovered that some recently manufactured 15-22s feature a defect causing a lack of proper depth of the breech face counter bore. This defect can cause a closed bolt to crush the rim of a chambered .22 round, causing it to unintenionally fire, cycling the bolt, and potentially causing multiple discharges without depressing the trigger.

S&W is providing a free bolt inspection gauge which can be ordered by consumers to determine whether their 15-22 is within manufacturer specifications. Alternatively, S&W is also offering consumers the option to send their bolt in for a free inspection, and replacement if necessary.

Since the 15-22 is a pretty popular and affordable plinker, there’s a chance at least a few of you own one, so if that is the case, get it checked out.

For more info, check out the link below:

www.smith-wesson.com/mp15-22-consumer-safety-alert

DOOM: Eternal – Official E3 Story Trailer

Monday, June 10th, 2019

More info on the new DOOM game is, in my opinion, the best news to come out of E3 this year. Now, it looks like the Doom Slayer is not only working to stop Hell on Earth, but is also going after a vengeful Heaven, which opposes the Slayer’s attempt to stop the demonic invasion. Mix in plenty of new and old weapons, new and revamped enemies, new environments, new traversal methods, and more glory kills, while also retaining the most important aspect of a Doom title: fast-paced, action filled gameplay over story – and it looks like we’ll have a real winner of a game in our hands.

DOOM: Eternal launches November 22nd, 2019.

Rambo: Last Blood – Teaser Trailer

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

In this latest (and last?) movie in the Rambo series, Rambo undertakes a mission to rescue the sister of a reporter from a Mexican cartel. It looks alright; plenty of explosions, booby traps, and violence, so definitely a Rambo film.

Rambo: Last Blood — In theaters September 20, 2019.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare – Reveal Trailer

Thursday, May 30th, 2019

They’re rebooting/reimagining the Modern Warfare series for this year’s CoD release. Fan favorite character Captain Price is back, along with a completely new story. Oh, and reportedly cross-play between Xbox One, PS4, and PC is going to be a feature, along with all DLC multiplayer maps being free content for all players.

Modern Warfare launches October 25th, 2019.

Star Trek: Picard Teaser

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

CBS is releasing a new series on their streaming service about Captain Picard 15 years after an unknown event, presumably after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.

Star Trek: Picard is “coming soon” to CBS All Access.

Terminator: Dark Fate – Official Teaser Trailer

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reprise their roles as Sarah Connor and the T-800, respectively, in a movie directed by Tim Miller of Deadpool fame, with a teaser synopsis which deliberately states the film takes place after Terminator 2: Judgement Day. Seems to be equal parts nostalgic pandering, and an overt attempt to try to discredit any other sequels or spin-offs of the Terminator franchise. All the same, it’s got guns, explosions, and a liquid-metal Terminator, so all the pieces are there. Hopefully it’s decent.

Kinda cool to see a Fostech Origin, though. I had to repeat that part a few times to confirm, but the skeletonized drum mag is a dead giveaway.

Terminator: Dark Fate is slated for a theatrical release November 1st, 2019.

Apocalypse Now – Final Cut Trailer

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Francis Ford Coppola Vietnam War Epic Apocalypse Now, there will be a limited release of a ‘Final Cut’ of the film, in select theaters on August 15th. This Final Cut is restored from the original film negatives to 4K quality, with 5.1 Dolby surround sound, and the film has been reedited by Coppola with a runtime that is 20 minutes shorter than the Redux version. If you’re more of a home viewer type, a 4K Ultra HD release will also be made available on August 27th.

colinfurze – Airsoft Machine Gun Briefcase

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Here’s a video from YouTube channel colinfurze, which details the creation of an “Airsoft Machine Gun Briefcase” inspired by the one in the Kingsman movie. Of course, I’m sure many of you are aware of H&K’s MP5k Operational Briefcase, which is the real world basis for the briefcase gun in the aforementioned movie.

You can check out more of colinfurze’s videos via their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp68_FLety0O-n9QU6phsgw

Orc Wars – Official Trailer

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

Orc Wars is a trailer for a fantastically schlocky premise where a lone protagonist takes on a horde of fantasy-style orcs with modern firearms. The CGI is noticeably Sci-Fi Channel (I’m not calling it SyFy) bad, but the costumes for the orcs are actually pretty great, and it looks like an overall fun film.

You can support the creators, Arrowstorm Entertainment, via their Patreon page: www.patreon.com/arrowstorm

Shot Tower: How Lead Shot Is Made

Monday, April 22nd, 2019

This interesting video from 1950 shows how lead shot for shotshells used to be made in a shot tower in Edmonton, Greater London. Shot Towers were in use for making lead shot since the late 18th century, although this process has largely been supplanted with modern manufacturing techniques, such as the Bliemeister method.

Parabellum Arms – M41A Pulse Rifle — Rubber band gun

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

YouTube channel Parabellum Arms shows of this amazing home-made rubber band gun modeled after the M41A Pulse Rifle wielded by the Colonial Marines of the Alien franchise. The gun was developed over two different iterations, which feature an underslung pump-action rubber band launcher (w/ faux shell ejection), and a main rubber band launcher that can feed from detachable magazines, and is capable of both semi and automatic fire (with a rate of fire of 900 rounds per minute). The M41A also features ambi sling mounts, and a telescoping stock.

You can check out more of Parabellum Arms’ creations on his YouTube channel, and buy plans of the guns via his Etsy shop.

It Was The Emperor All Along!

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Gotta bring back papa Palpatine to undo all that Ryan Johnson screwiness.

Borderlands 3 Official Reveal Trailer

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

If you’ve been hungry for a wackier take on the looter shooter than The Division or Destiny, then you’re in luck, because Borderlands 3 has been officially revealed. New characters, new environs, new enemies, and over a billion (procedurally-generated) guns, including at least one with legs. There’s no release date as of yet, but the Official Website for the game is noted to have more info starting April 3rd.

Gerber Center-Drive Plus

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Gerber has released an updated model of their Center-Drive multitool, the Center-Drive Plus. The original Center-Drive was designed to allow one-handed access to the three major components of the tool: the pliers, bit driver, and blade. With the Center-Drive Plus, Gerber added spring-loaded scissors, and changed the original full edge blade to a partially-serrated blade. The components on the plus are now also tumble-finished, and the blade comes with a leather sheath, instead of the nylon sheath of the previous model.

www.gerbergear.com/Multi-Tools/One-Hand-Opening/Center-Drive-Plus_30-001417