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LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Model Kit

Monday, July 13th, 2020

Fans of constructor sets and arguably the most standout charcter in the original Star Wars trilogy may want to give The LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet Model Kit a look. The LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet model kit is a LEGO set designed more for experienced LEGO builders, and adult fans, with an 18+ age rating. It consists of 625 pieces, so it’s fairly elaborate, but that shows through its impresive level of detail. When fully constructed, the helment measures 8.5″ x 4.5″ x 4.5″, and sits on a base with nameplate, so it won’t take up much space on a desk or shelf.

www.lego.com/en-us/product/boba-fett-helmet-75277

There’s also an equivalent set for the Stormtrooper helmet, if you’re preferential towards the Empire’s elite shock troops, or want a complete set.

www.lego.com/en-us/product/stormtrooper-helmet-75276

Happy 4th of July, Everyone!

Saturday, July 4th, 2020

Happy Independence Day, everyone! As you enjoy the 244th anniversary of our country’s founding, don’t forget what the day celebrates: the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress and the official establishment of the United State of America.

In any event, enjoy the above inspirational and on-topic scene from an unlikely but welcome source: Big Trouble in Little China.

The Hacksmith – Predator Thermal Vision Helmet

Sunday, June 21st, 2020

YouTube Channel The Hacksmith created a thermal vision helmet inspired by the ones worn by the Predators/Yautja from the series of the same name. They accomplished this by utilizing several off-the-shelf camera and computer components, including a FLIR Lepton 3.5 thermal censor pulled from a FLIR ONE Pro thermal imaging camera, and mating them to a Zeiss Cinemizer headset, all mounted within a Predator-themed motorcycle helmet cover. However, they didn’t stop there, as they also utilized a Wicked Lasers LaserCube with a custom 3D-printed shoulder mount to replicate the Predator’s laser cannon. The end result is a working helmet that can switch between various vision modes, and a shoulder-mounted laser that projects a triangular reticle, and can pop balloons almost instantly; in short, it’s pretty damn cool.

You can check out more of The Hacksmith’s videos via their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjgpFI5dU-D1-kh9H1muoxQ

In Search of Tomorrow – The Definitive 80’s Sci-Fi Documentary (Official Trailer)

Sunday, May 17th, 2020

80s Sci-Fi movies get a bit of play here on this site, so it seemed appropriate to bring up a 4 hour documentary on the very subject. ‘In Search of Tomorrow’ is intended as the “Definitive 80’s Sci-Fi documentary”, consisting of “interviews with actors, directors, writers, SFX experts, and composers” of these beloved films.

Movies such as Escape from New York (one of my personal favorites, if it wasn’t clear), Predator, Aliens, RoboCop, The Wrath of Kahn, and much more will be the focus of the documentary. Cast and crew alike have been interviews, discussing the characters, special effects, production design, socio/political context, and legacy of these films, so it’s shaping up to be a pretty comprehensive documentary.

It’s currently up for funding on Kickstarter, but has blown past it’s initial goal of $40,000 and is currently up to a bit over $520k at the time of writing, with only 10 hours to go on the campaign – this one’s a sure thing.

All the same, you can check out the link below to pledge to the campaign, maybe have your name as part of the credits:

www.kickstarter.com/projects/creatorvc/in-search-of-tomorrow-80s-sci-fi-documentary

Flash Gordon – 4k Restoration

Monday, May 11th, 2020

French film production and distribution company StudioCanal, which late last year released 4k restorations of some of John Carpenter’s most iconic films, is adding the cult classic Flash Gordon to their 4k restoration offerings. No word on a theatrical release for this one, however like the previously mentioned Carpenter films, the Flash Gordon 4K restoration is receiving its own 4K UHD Collector’s Edition set:

As you can tell from the picture alone, this set comes loaded to the brim with add-ins, including:

● Bonus Blu-Ray Disc of LIFE AFTER FLASH
● Soundtrack
● 32 page booklet
● 16 page Titan mini book (The Story of Flash Gordon)
● Reproduced booklet of the first strip of original comic books
● Poster of original artwork

In addition to a copy of the movie, commentary tracks, documentaries, ect.

It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon.uk, but unfortunately will not ship to the States, so you’ll need to find friends in Transatlantic places, or find another way to get a copy imported if you’re on this side of the pond.

www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B087XLTTB8

Reebok – U.S.C.M. Bug Stomper Shoes

Monday, April 20th, 2020

Inspired by the United States Colonial Marines garb as seen in 1986’s Aliens, these Bug Stomper shoes are pretty rad looking. Consisting of a full-grain leather upper, the Bug Stompers feature USCM camouflage accents, Velcro straps, and a ‘Bug Stomper’ label, as well as the Bug Stomper ‘We Endanger Species’ motto on the right shoe rear pull tab.

Here’s the full feature set as pulled direct from the product page:

Full grain leather upper
Soft, supportive feel
Die-cut EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
Moulded sockliner offers durable cushiony comfort
High-abrasion-resistant rubber outsole adds durable responsiveness

The U.S.C.M Bug Stomper Shoes will be made available this coming Saturday, 4/25 at the link below. They’ll be available an an extravagant markup on eBay shortly afterwards.

www.reebok.co.uk/u.s.c.m.-bug-stomper-shoes/FV5052

Sideshow Collectables – M56 Smartgun Prop Replica by Hollywood Collectibles Group

Monday, April 13th, 2020

Hollywood Collectables Group has come out with another awesome movie-accurate prop replica weapon from Aliens, this time the M56 Smartgun, as wielded by PFC Vasquez in the film. Made of fiberglass, metal, resin, and mixed media, each M56 Smartgun prop is hand-painted and authentically weathered. They’re authentically-sized as well, coming in at 48″ long complete with a themed tabletop display stand; you’ll have to source your own rig and harness if you plan on carrying this one around.

It is limited to only 600 units, with an estimated ship date between May and June 2020.

Fun fact: the original M56 Smartgun from the movie Aliens was constructed from an MG42 rigged up with a steadycam harness and various motorcycle parts.

www.sideshow.com/collectibles/aliens-m56-smartgun-hollywood-collectibles-group-906248

ANR Design – Snake Plissken Camo Holsters

Sunday, April 5th, 2020

This post was originally featured on Soldier System Daily.

ANR Design is doing a limited run of their holsters and mag pouches in the famous camouflage pattern worn by Snake Plissken in “Escape from New York.”

You can build full covert and overt loadouts with the Builder. It allows you to pick an inside the waistband holster if you want, or the tactical Nidhogg which is their outside the waistband overt holster as well as mag pouches for pistol and rifle.

To use their Snake Plissken Camo Builder, visit www.anrdesignkydexholster.com/product/snake-plissken-camo-builder.

Chef’s Creations – Colonial Marine USCM BDUs

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Chief’s Creations is a UK-based maker of expert-quality, highly-detailed props and costumes, and with the motto ‘Building Better Costumes’ and their Wayland-Yutani inspired company logo, you’d be safe in assuming they’re pretty big on the Aliens franchise.

So proven by their Colonial Marine USCM BDUs. And, right of the bat, it’s worth mentioning how dedicated Chef’s Creations is to living up to their motto: they went through the effort of accurately recreating the ‘Frog Leaf’ USCM camouflage from scratch, based on a swatch of screen used fabric. A British Army textile contractor prints the camouflage onto sheet, from which the BDUs are constructed by hand, made to order.

The BDUs are also patterned accurately after those seen in the film, as the prop house had the opportunity to study a set of ‘screen used’ BDUs; every pocket, seam, and button was studied in detail to create as accurate a reproduction as possible. The BDUs are made using heavy weight cotton drill material, sewn with strong thread, and reinforced “beyond the screen used items for longevity.” Simply put, if you want to make as accurate a USCM cosplay as possible, these are the guys to contact.

https://www.chefscreations.co.uk/portfolio-item/colonial-marine-uscm-bdus/

They also make a kick-ass set of Colonial Marine USMC M3 Armor, and a few other movie-accurate accessories, if you want to complete the look.

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.

By Popular Demand, Peter Jackson’s Unforgettable Documentary ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Will Return to Movie Theaters In December for Encore Presentations in Both 3D and 2D

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

WHAT: One of the most acclaimed and highest-grossing documentaries ever made, “They Shall Not Grow Old” is director Peter Jackson’s extraordinary look at the soldiers, the events, the sounds and the sights of World War I. After hearing from moviegoers nationwide who wanted to relive this unique cinematic experience in 3D, Fathom Events and Warner Bros. will bring “They Shall Not Grow Old” back to movie theaters across the country for three days only this December. The film will also be available in 2D in select locations.

On December 7, 17 and 18, more than 800 cinemas throughout the U.S. present the film the New York Times called “a brisk, absorbing and moving experience,” and about which Rolling Stone wrote, “You won’t believe your eyes.” Initially released by Fathom Events and Warner Bros. in December of 2018, “They Shall Not Grow Old” has become one of Fathom’s most successful and most requested titles. The December presentations will include both an introduction to the film by Jackson as well as a post-film exploration of how the film was made.

For generations, World War I has only been experienced through grainy, silent black-and-white footage. With unprecedented digital restoration, meticulous colorization and revelatory use of sound, “They Shall Not Grow Old” was nominated by BAFTA and the Critic’s Choice Award for Best Documentary, and won the Motion Picture Sound Editor’s Golden Reel Award. “They Shall Not Grow Old” opens a window to the past in a way that has never been seen or heard before.

WHO: Fathom Events and Warner Bros.

WHEN: Saturday, December 7, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. (local time)
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. (local time)

WHERE: Tickets for “They Shall Not Grow Old” can be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

LEGO – 1989 Batmobile

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Pay tribute to the Batman who killed goons on screen years before Batfleck in BvS with this LEGO Batmobile set. Designed specifically for older fans (it’s ages 16+ rated right on the box) this set is modeled after the batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton Batman film, and consists of just a hair over 3300 pieces. The completed model comes in at over 60cm long, and features a slide-open cockpit with brand-new wraparound windshield element introduced with this set. Two hidden machine guns can pop out by turning the turbine exhaust, and this Batmobile also features decorative grappling hooks on either side.

This set also marks the first appearance of three new exclusive minifigures: Batman (w/ new torso decoration), The Joker (w/ new face and torso decoration), and Vicki Vale (w/ new torso and legs), all modeled after their appearance in the 1989 Batman film, along with a brick-built display stand.

This set will be made available on November 29th, and can be pre-orded direct from LEGO at: www.lego.com/en-us/product/1989-batmobile-76139

Sacred Bones Records – Halloween “Target Practice” Poster

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

In the article when I first brought up Chris Bilheimer’s ‘Target Practice’ art made for the Halloween 2018 soundtrack, and subsequently available on a t-shirt and enamel pin, I mentioned how it was unfortunate that it wasn’t available as an actual target. Well, it’s not quite there yet, however it is now available as an oversized, 23″x34″ stand-alone poster. At $15/ea, this isn’t one you’d buy just to shoot at the range, but it’d still be a cool wall piece.

www.sacredbonesrecords.com/collections/john-carpenter/products/john-carpenter-target-practice-poster

Anovos – STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI Boba Fett EE-3 Blaster Kit

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Anovos, noted manufacturer of licensed prop replicas and costumes from properties such as Star Wars and Marvel, currently has a build kit of Boba Fett’s EE-3 Blaster from Return of the Jedi up for pre-order. The kit, a 1:1 replica based on scans, measurements, and photographs taken of the original screen use production assets, ships in 7 parts, and does require clean up and physical assembly. It also comes in a solid safety orange color, so you’ll also have to paint this one for it to be 100% display or cosplay ready. It’s so accurate, in fact, that you can see some of the detail from the original 37mm Webley & Scott No.1 Mark 1 Flare Gun the EE-3 screen model was built around.

www.anovos.com/products/star-wars-boba-fett-ee-3-blaster-kit

Evil Dead 4k Restoration Limited Theatrical Event Schedule Revealed

Wednesday, September 25th, 2019

Grindhouse Releasing has revealed the initial round of dates for the Evil Dead 4k Restoration. As expected, it’s a mix of small arthouse theaters and conventions around North America, principally the US. Showings are scheduled through December, and are at a pretty wide variety of locations, so chances are decent you’ll be able to find a showing within a reasonable distance. What constitutes “reasonable” might depend on how much of an Evil Dead fan you are; luckily for me there are multiple showings extremely close by through October, and I’ve already got my ticket!

As a reminder, this is a 4k restoration of the original ‘Evil Dead’, with the restoration done from the original 16mm print – and in close collaboration with original director Sam Raimi. The release will also feature a brand new 5.1 surround sound mix, and a completely reimagined soundtrack by original composer Joseph LoDuca.

You can check out the full list at: http://grindhousereleasing.com/?p=1123

Halloween – ‘Target Practice’ T-Shirt

Tuesday, September 10th, 2019

This shirt, related to the ‘Halloween’ 2018 sequel/reboot film, features a pretty cool design of Michael Meyers/The Shape as a paper shooting target. The artwork was designed by Chris Bilheimer, and is printed on an olive drab 100% cotton t-shirt. Available in sizes X-Small – 2XL.

www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/target-practice-t-shirt

It’s also available in pin form, for those who’s interest lies more in pins than t-shirts.

www.sacredbonesrecords.com/collections/john-carpenter/products/halloween-target-practice-enamel-pin

Of course, the real shame here is that the paper target itself is not available for purchase in an official capacity. Definitely looks like something Laurie Strode would have had hanging up in her backyard range in the recent film.

LEGO – Ultimate Collectors Series – Imperial Star Destroyer

Sunday, September 8th, 2019

LEGO will soon be releasing not just one of its largest Star Wars sets, but one of its largest sets yet released in general: the Imperial Star Destroyer ‘Devastator’ from the opening scene of Star Wars Episode 1: A New Hope. Consisting of almost 4800 pieces, this set is sized 14″ H x 43″ L x 26″ W fully constructed; 17″ high when set on its included display stand. It features swiveling guns, a tilting radar dish, huge engine exhausts, and intricate surface detailing. While it’s designed so that it can be picked up and handled, this is one by its very nature that’s designed to go straight into a display case.

Unfortunately, the included Minifigures are a bit limited: you get an Imperial Officer and Imperial Crewmember, each with their own pistol weapons. However, the set comes complete with a scale model of the rebel Tantive IV ship, and a TIE Fighter, both of which can be set within the docking bay, which is pretty cool.

Check out the video below to see LEGO Senior Designer Henrik Andersen go over the set and his process for designing it:

The Imperial Star Destroyer ‘Devastator’ set releases October 1st, or September 18th for LEGO VIP members.

www.lego.com/en-us/product/imperial-star-destroyer-75252

Factory Entertainment – James Bond – The Golden Gun Limited Edition Prop Replica

Friday, August 30th, 2019

Factory Entertainment is releasing a seriously high-quality prop replica of assassin Francisco Scaramanga’s titular Golden Gun from the James Bond film ‘The Man With the Golden Gun’. A 1:1 scale replica, this prop is officially licensed by Danjaq LLC and EON Productions, and was created after extensive study of the props in EON Productions’ archives and interviews with the cast and crew. But the coolest thing about this particular prop is, it actually disassembles and reassembles just like the one in the film:

– Fountain Pen Barrel
– Lighter
– Cigarette Case
– Cufflink
– Replica bullet

According to the description on the product page, these components are made of machined metal, and will be 18ct gold plated, so this is sure to be a pretty expensive prop.

Pre-orders go up on September 1st, with delivery noted to be sometime in Fall of 2020.

www.factoryent.com/James-Bond-The-Golden-Gun-Limited-Edition-Prop-p

Evil Dead 4k Restoration Limited Theatrical Event

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

Grindhouse Releasing is bringing the original Evil Dead back to theaters for an extremely limited engagement throughout the US. In celebration of the 4k release of Evil Dead on Blu-ray, this theatrical release of Evil Dead will also be in 4k, with the restoration done from the original 16mm print – and in close collaboration with original director Sam Raimi. The release will also feature a brand new 5.1 surround sound mix, and a completely reimagined soundtrack by original composer Joseph LoDuca.

Information on when the showings will be, and at which theaters is woefully limited. However, Grindhouse Releasing only recently posted the announcement, and they’re sure to put up the official schedule on their site in due time: grindhousereleasing.com

Expect this one to pop up at arthouse theaters and Alamo Drafthouses across the US soon!

Smith & Bradley SANS-13 2.0 Watch is the lead prop in upcoming film ’10 MINUTES GONE’

Monday, August 19th, 2019

As the title states, the Smith & Bradley SANS-13 2.0 is the lead prop in the upcoming film ’10 MINUTES GONE’, staring Michael Chiklis and Bruce Willis. According to Jerommie Smith, the president of Smith & Bradley, S&B worked directly on set and made all the prop watches in the film, which are featured in a shot in every scene.

You can check out the trailer for ’10 MINUTES GONE’ below:

Jasco Games is bringing an Evil Dead 2 board game to Kickstarter

Friday, August 16th, 2019

Las Vegas-based Jasco Games, designer and publisher of various types of tabletop and card games, has announced that they’re soon going to be putting an Evil Dead 2 board game up on the crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter.

Here’s a bit of background that lead to this announcement: there was an earlier attempt by Bellingham, Washington-based Space Goat Productions to fund an Evil Dead 2 boardgame via Kickstarter. Unfortunately, despite funding from 6000+ backers, Space Goat revealed they would be unable to complete the game and had no concrete solution for the issue. Normally, that would be the end of it, the game would have fallen into obscurity, and all the backers of the original project would go empty-handed.

However, Jasco Games, in partnership with board game designers Lynnvander Studios, have obtained the board game rights for Evil Dead 2, and will be creating their own Evil Dead 2 board game. This new Evil Dead 2 board game, which is also going up on Kickstarter, will have some of the elements from the Space Goat game integrated into its design, and Jasco Games will also be donating a copy of this new game to a backer of the Space Goat version, for every copy funded in the new campaign.

It’s easy to recognize the irony in crowdfunding the revival of a game that failed to be created after its own crowdfunding campaign fell through. However, Jasco Games has a lot of great games based on famous properties under their umbrella, so they’re probably the best bet to actually seeing this project through.

Here’s a link to the official announcement: jascogames.com/jasco-games-looks-to-revive-evil-dead-2-the-official-board-game

Stay tuned for more info on the Kickstarter campaign when it goes live.

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

Hollywood Collectibles – Aliens M314 Motion Tracker Prop Replica

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

This is the Aliens M314 Motion Tracker Prop Replica by Hollywood Collectibles: for people who love reproduction props, the movie ‘Aliens’, and have more money than sense. Coming in at $699.99, this isn’t for the casual collector, but to be fair, it’s extremely high-quality, and Hollywood Collectibles went through extensive effort to make it as movie-accurate as possible. To start, they tracked down all the original components that Prop Master Terry Reed used to make the original prop, just to create the master prototype that the production piece is based on. The piece itself is made of injection molded polymer, metal, and other mixed media, and also features movie-accurate working electronics and sound. Sure, it doesn’t actually track anything, but it plays a video sequence of the Xenomorphs popping up on the tracker, and the beeps becoming more rapid as they swarm in ever closer.

The M314 Motion Tracker prop replica is limited to 1000 units worldwide. If you’re interested in this, you should also check out the prop replica ‘Brown Bess’ 1/1 scale M41A Pulse Rifle, and the M240 Incinerator Replica.
www.monstersinmotion.com/cart/alien-2-aliens-c-517_519/aliens-m314-motion-tracker-prop-replica-p-23376

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.

Update – NIX FX – Escape From New York Mac-10 Replica

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

A little under a year ago, I wrote about a limited run of Escape From New York Mac-10 Replicas created by the highly-talented NIX FX. Well, the man behind NIX FX recently contacted me directly and let me know that these replicas are still on offer. The full details are below:

“NIX FX is a purveyor of high-quality, custom movie replica props, and they’re currently offering an extremely limited run of 10 of a replica of Snake’s Mac-10 from the film ‘Escape From New York’. The replica is (as expected) non-firing, and features a detachable faux suppressor with custom scope, and leather strap. It also comes with a display plaque and stand.

The price is $475, with a deposit of $225 via PayPal. Please contact NIX FX at [email protected] to reserve a Mac 10 Replica or if you have any questions or want additional info.”

You should also check out the NIX FX Facebook group to see more awesome propwork: www.facebook.com/groups/434338460653287