Monday, October 19, 2009

Dr. Geektarded's Terrifying World of Radio Horror!



Hello... 'Ello... 'Ellooooo?

Not sure if any one's still stopping by. Sorry for the lack of anything resembling an update. Life's a gruff 'ole bastard and the wee blogs must suffer.

But hey! It's Halloween-time!. To roll in some fun, I've added an MP3 player to the blog (look to the right hand side) and loaded up some of my favorite old time radio horror shows. There's some Quiet Please, Lights Out, Suspense and Inner Sanctum. More will be added and as the other holidays come, I'll switch up the themes with Thanksgiving and Christmas.

So, turn down the lights, curl up and prepare to get spooked.
Lights Out! Everybody...

Dr.G

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Ballad of GI Joe

This could be the greatest video ever. It'll make you laugh, warm your heart and make you misty-eyed all at the same time.
From Funny or Die comes "The Ballad of GI Joe"

video

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rest in Peace Les Lye



Just heard some sad news this afternoon. Canadian comedy great, Les Lye, passed away Tuesday at age 84. Les had a long career, but most of us in the U.S. who grew up in the 80s will remember him for his dozens of roles on "You Can't Do That On Television."

I've been watching "You Can't Do That On Television." episodes the last few weeks, and damn, Les was one funny guy. Ross, Barth, Blip, the drunken dad, El Capitano, Snake Eyes, the teacher, the coach. Such great characters. I still remember me and my kid sister bellowing "D'hiiiiii Heard That!"

So, raise a glass to Les and watch some classic YCDTOT. Thanks for countless hours of childhood entertainment that have stuck with me 25+ years later.

"Mysteries And Crimes"






For more episodes check out:
http://www.youtube.com/user/retrovision7

Keep 'em laughing, Les
-Dr.G

Sunday, July 5, 2009

An amazing book...


Picked up a copy of "Mego 8" Super-Heroes: World's Greatest Toys!" by Benjamin Holcomb this week. What an incredible and beautiful book! If you are any kind of Mego fan, DC or Marvel fan or toy collector, this is a must buy. It's a brilliant mixture of reference book, nostalgia, history and art. Seriously, this should be the templet all other toy book authors follow.

I can't say enough good things about this. I hope Halcomb continues to write/create because fans and collector need more books like this. Details and history or Meco Corp., manufacturing, how they stocked the warehouses, how they dealed with DC and Marvel, selling product to retailers like Kresgee. Beautiful photos of mego figures, every imaginable packaging variation. Foregin releases. God it's some cool stuff.

Here's hoping for a follow up book(s) We need a Comic Action Heroes/Pocket Heroes book, plus 12" megos and other Mego superheros. Hell, foreign Mego too. Keep 'em coming.

Toys Toys Toys

The new GI JOE: Rise of Cobra movie toys are out and I snagged 4 at Toys R Us yesterday afternoon. I'm still not sure what my feelings on the movie are. Part of me thinks it nails that "feel' of the old GI Joe cartoons. That mix of military with some James Bond supervilliany and mad science mixed in. The other half just sees those silly-ass accelerator suits (I hope those are a minor set piece and not the backbone of the film).

But regardless of the film's quality, most of the toys look to kick some serious ass. I grabbed Snake Eyes and Destro, along with the 2 Toys R Us exclusive figures, Barbecue and Firefly.


My favorite of the bunch and it not even a movie figure. Barbecue is one of my favorite original Joes ("The Viper is Coming...") and one of the best of the newer 25th Anniversary figures. Movie BBQ is a repaint of the 25th version, done in black, yellow and silver. The yellow seems like an odd choice, but all together, it looks fantastic. BBQ looks good with the movie figure and also fits in nice with the 25th Joes as a repaint. Comes with the original BBQ gear (backpack, foam gun, hose and axe); with a assault rifle and shotgun added.


Another non-movie character. Firefly is equipped to the hilt. Comes with goggles, ammo pouch with clips, machine gun, explosives, and a backpack that holds a knife, flashlight, multi-tool and gas canister. Great details all around. Firefly looks good in the vest armor. I'm not sure if this is a cobbled together figure from other parts, or a straight repaint, but its very cool.


Destro
Pretty cool redesign of the classic character. Figure is nicely detailed and sturdy. The weapons have pegs so they can holster to Destro's hips, but they have trouble staying on thanks to the bottom on the coat.
Warning, the filecard give a spoiler of the mask's origin in the movie.


Snake Eyes
A solid figure. Retains the classic Snake Eyes design. In fact, it looks like another 25th Ann. Joe. Snake looks beefier in the movie trailers, while the figure looks slender in comparison. The visor is a separate piece of dark, glossy plastic glued to the head, which is a nice detail. Snake comes with an Uzi, sword and backpack.

Last weekend I picked up the new TF2 Optimus Prime. I had planned to pass on the big figures this time around, figuring that there was no reason to re-buy characters I had bought when the first movie came out. I was super wrong.



The new leader sized Prime is amazing. I guess I never realized how off model the original toy was until I opened the new version. The new Prime is a beautiful figure with tons of detail and articulation. I haven't had the balls to transform him, though. It looks terrifyingly complicated. That level of puzzle solving is usually reserved for summoning Pinhead.

Lastly I picked up the last 3 Masters of the Universe figures on eBay, from various sellers. After the god-awful experiences with Mattel's Matty Collector site in trying to order these guys, I had decided to drop the line. I figure Mattel owes me about 3 hours of my life back trying to buy their wares on their cluster-fucky website. And while I hate backing eBay scalpers, I kept my patience and managed to buy each figure at cost after the fact. I guess that's the key, wait a few weeks, let the scalpers turn a quick buck and then once eBay's flooded with a character, find a seller trying to dump their figures. Zodak, Merman and Hordak, like the previous releases are beautiful figures. I have no regret about the $28 price tag on these, just the nightmare of dealing with Mattel. So, if you had given up on the line, I do recommend searching these out, but stand fast on pricing. Get them at cost.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Revenge of the...Kick-ass!



Caught the 12:01 showing of Transformers 2 last night/this morning. I'd hoped to get a quick post in when I got home, but I was beat.

Anyway, this was pretty freakin' awsome. I'd say if you enjoyed the first film, you'll enjoy this one too. If you're a Transformers fan, you might even enjoy it more than the first. There's a lot of mythology introduced (Matrix, Space Bridge, Pretenders, Triple-Changers, Combiners, Energon). The effects were insanely good. Lots more robot onscreen-time. Nice interactions between Megatron and Starscream. Autobots and humans working together. It's really starting to feel like a fully realized Transformers world. A place where a guy can pat a truck on the hood and say "How's it going, Ironhide?" with a straight face. Thats pretty damn cool.

The movie is not without it's flaws. It's a little too long, mainly due to some military build-up/deployment scenes. They feel like padding for a movie that really needs none. But other than that, I had no real gripes. Once things get rolling (and beleive me, they waste no time), it a balls-to-the-wall couple of hours. I'm sure it'll have its haters and I'm sure Bay will get bashed, but I really loved it. It's what I was hoping for and expecting, while also exceeded my expectations. It made the "8 year old me" jump for joy.

Dr. G

Friday, June 19, 2009

Back in the saddle...Dr. G returns

Hey! It's been a while.

A lot has happened since I last posted:
-Winter has turned to a lovely Spring and Spring into a hellish, 98 degree, humid donkey-hole.
-Late Night's got a new host.
-A new crew boldly went where no man had gone before, again.
-Geektarded turned 2 years old in May (missed my own damn birthday!).
-The blog broke 50,000 hits (I never figured I'd break 100).
-And there's a new dog here in Geektarded Base-1...



Lady-B (Miss Brandy, if yo' nasty). A big 'ole pile of Beagle lovin' who'd been sitting patiently at the animal shelter for 6 weeks, until I ran across her.

As far as the reason for the absence... well, it involved a time traveling rain barrel and a plan to thwart the assassination of Martin Sheen, who had been mistaken for a time traveling JFK.

That combined with the new-American standard 50-hour work week, a wicked-lower back injury from moving some stupid-ass sleeper sofas, helping a loved one recover from surgery and the general ass-kickery of life, caused me to play the role of dead-beat blogger.

But, I'm back at HQ, I'm dusting off the Joke-A-Tron 5000 and loading her up with some new cartridges and we'll have some fun...


Well, if you own a TV or done any shopping, then you probably know "Transformers 2: Transform Harder" comes out next week. I'm pretty frickin' excited for the new movie and have been eyeing the new toys for the last couple of weeks. My will broken, I finally bought 2 figures this afternoon (Toys R Us is having a BYGO1/2 OFF sale; basically 2 for $18)

I went purely by what looked cool and snagged "Breakaway" (Autobot jet who love to fly fast and bomb the shit outta the bads) and "Sideways" (Decepticon-sports car-courier-pussy who rather hide behind the stronger 'Cons).




I'll say this, the new toys look great. I have no clue who's in the movie and who's a "toy only" character. I'm assuming Sideways is in the flick because he has the 14 billion parts-look of the movie designs. Breakaway has the movie style, but has cleaner lines and boxier forms.



Breakaway has a nice, solid, human-like form (does that make sense? In other words he looks like a robot and not a spider shitting a tire) He's got a cool gattling gun wrist cannon that you can spin. Really a nice figure. My only complaint is the package photo has some nice silver metallic paint which has been replaced by a cheaper looking blueish plastic on the actual toy. Aside from that, a great toy. I can see this mold getting repainted a couple times.



Sideways, the cowardly sport car. I'm really digging the design. One of the most surprising things is that he can stand on the spindly legs with the tiny feet. He look really good in the silver/black/red color scheme and has a nice bot mode. Toss in the saw blade wheel and you got a winner.



One thing that surprised me on both figures: no stupid missile launching nonsense. Hate those things. All in all, both are winners. So go buy some. Hasbro and Michael Bay's got bills to pay.

I leave you tonight with a sneak peak at some footage from the new Live Action Star Wars TV series. Looks like Lucas has got another winner on his hands...


Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Wrath of Con

Yesterday, some friends and I took it on the road to Kansas City (specifically Overland Park) for Planet ComicCon. For us Midwestern Plains-types, this is probably the biggest Con in the area and it's always a good time. We did have one factor against us, a big 'ole snowstorm heading towards KC.


Our wheelman, Robb.


The Gang that Couldn't Sit Straight. Tracie, Monty and Tim.


Mound City for gas, snacks and...


A Major Award. "Robot Converters" from the "Energy Club"...huh? Basically it's a handless Optimus Prime, with Inferno's head. Top it off with some in-pack Laffy Taffy, Sweet Tarts and Smarties and you got a souvenier, baby!


We faced some icy roads on the way in and there were probably a dozen cars off the road on the last 8 miles of the trip in.


And we're here! There was a nice, big crowd, lots of dealers and celebrity guests and some excellent costumes.


Alien posing for photos.



Kick-ass Iron Man Mark I armor! I actually thought thay had a movie prop on display until I walked up to snap a pic and the armor started walking towards me.



Leaving and the snow hits the fan


The roads out of KC were terrifying. Lots of clinching and gallows humor. But once out of KC it cleared off and was smooth sailing the way home.


Got some great deals. Cheap trades...


Tons of 25 cent comics from a place called "Clint's Comics" (If I remember correctly). Tons of new and old stuff, most in excellent condition. I coulda came home with a couple of longboxes easily if common sense hadn't stepped in.


Great toys too. Snagged some reproduction Star Trek Megos, some loose JLU animated villians, a Jack Kirby Orion figure and a couple of DC classics.



Another excellent Con. "WE WILL RETURNNNNNNNN!!!"

PS My travel companions were 75% of the Comicbook Crossfire Podcast and they will have a special ComicCon podcast with some great interviews and footage of the trip coming soon. Be sure to check them out at
Comicbook Crossfire Podcast

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Starship Anti-Child Abuse Troopers 3: Marauder



I think I just had an aneurysm...

Hulk VS.



Hulk VS. Thor and Hulk VS. Wolverine. 2 Movies. 1 DVD. All kick-ass!

Marvel and Lionsgate's newest direct to DVD animated feature dropped into stores recently. I'm sure I'm not the only Joe who saw the short run times on both of these and had a red alert go up. But the reasonable price, the decent looking animation and the PG-13 rating made me take the gamble. The verdict: Awesome. I think the "mini-movie" format is the way to go. Why pad out a weak story into an 80 minute feature, when you can do 2 lean, mean action packed stories? The animation and voice acting were top notch on both and I was completely wrapped up in each movie.

Hulk Vs. Thor.
The basic set up is once a year, after Odin has feasted on a basket teriyaki buffalo wings and queso dippers, he must take a week long nap to recharge. During that time, Loki and all the wacky Asgardians critters lay siege and Thor and his Amazing Friends must turn back the tide. But this year a wild card has been thrown into the mix, the Hulk. What follows are some big battles, Thor and Loki's Bogus Journey and loads of cool cameos by Thor comic regulars.
Now, I'm pretty much a casual Thor fan. I like him, but mainly as part of a team. This movie changed my mind on that. This is how Thor should be done. Big, epic fantasy. Bring on more of this!

Hulk Vs. Wolverine
Logan is called in to stop the rampaging Hulk. Wolvie and Hulk fight and some Weapon X regulars like Sabertooth, Deadpool, Omega Red and Deathstrike are thrown into the mix. The result is one of the best translations of the Wolverine to the screen that I have even seen.
My inner 10 year old was bouncing of the walls during this one. Wolveine was perfect. It's the first time I've ever seen him portrayed as the pint-sized beserker - outside of comics. Sabertooth, Deathstrike, Omega and Deadpool were perfection. And the violence! Finally, these characters get to cut loose on-screen. Wolvie slashes and stabs and the blood and limbs fly.

I'd give both 5 out of 5. This is some of the best comics-to-animation out there and it's the perfect format, length-wise. We need more like these. Bring on Ghostrider, Punisher, Deadpool ... anybody. Just do it like this.

I will say watch Thor first (the tender foreplay) and finish with Wolverine (the Haitian Chili dog).

Breaking news!
Based on the success of the Hulk Vs. DVD sales, Lionsgate has announced the following sequels at NY Comic Con:


-Dr. G

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Comicbook Crossfire Podcast



Just wanted to give a shout out to a new video podcast, COMICBOOK CROSSFIRE. It's put together by a talented group of friends of mine. Episode 4 just went live this week, so give 'em a watch (or listen) and drop 'em an email. They talk new and old comics and crack me up every time.

http://comicbookcrossfire.libsyn.com/

http://www.myspace.com/capescomics



The show is sponsored by and shot on location at
Capes Comic Book Lounge
Located at 6208 Maple St. in Benson (i.e Omaha, NE 68104)
(Smack dab between The Waiting Room and Jake's)
ph 402.558.0212
Hours Mon-Sat 11-8, Sun 12-4

If you're in the area, check out the store. It kick's some serious ass
-Dr.G

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Mattel Collector's toys: Beautiful, Overpriced and Addictive.

http://www.mattycollector.com

Since my Skeletor and Adam Strange/Starfire Mattel figures arrived on Friday, I thought I might do a quick review of them and last month's He-Man and Beastman release.

If You haven't see the Masters of the Universe figures in person, they are really beautifully done. I'd have to say close to prefect.


The DC Universe Classics are also excellent figures. Adam Strange uses the standard DCUC male body, but sports a new head sculpt, vest/rocketpack and pistol. Overall he's a great figure. The JLU animated figures have shown that Mattel can do some creative things with paint apps, and Strange is proof of that.
Starfire uses the Harley Quinn body, which looks good, but it's too petite for the character. Plus she suffers from Uni-boob Syndrome. But, as far a comic styled Starfires go, it beats the scary looking DC Direct version from years ago. Hopefully DC will pony up a more properly endowed Starfire figure in the future, but for now this one looks go to me.



Back to He-Man. As you can see, the designs of the originals are closely followed. Skeletor even has the cool green and yellow skull paint apps of the original.



The figures have a nice range of pose ability. Skeletor's arm movement suffers due to his shoulder armor. All have limited hip movement from the rubbery loin cloths they are sporting.



Like I said, these are really gorgeous sculpts. They probably some of the best figures I've bought in the last few months. Personally I love that they've slavishly followed the original designs. I loved the newer Masters line from '02, but the classic look is perfect.


Come on. How bad-assed is this?


The only 2 gripes I have are this:

The Packaging. It looks good, but they are sold as the standard, carded figures. These are for collectors, so why not boxed? Something that you can open and still save the packaging.

and the second, THE PRICE.
Mattel is charging $20 a figure on these. That's high. Almost too high. If they weren't so nicely sculpted, it'd be insane. Tack on like $8 shipping and you talking a hefty toy bill for one figure.

Now, I know these are brand new sculpts and they aren't being mass marketed, but the original Masters of the Universe toyline was the very definition of repaints and reuse of parts. And the same thing will happen with the new figures, if the line has some legs to it.

I hope they don't continually rake the buyers over the coals on the cost. They've all ready announced Fakkor at $20 (He is a Con exclusive, though). I guess the true test will be if they get to characters like Stinkor and Mossman. I'd love to see them do some reduced price 2-packs or something. That or some kind of mail in. Buy the 12 figures during the year and get a free 13th mail in exclusive or something. I just hate the idea of a year from now paying $28 for get a figure that's only had a new head slapped on it.

But anyway, they are fantastic. I will collect these are long as they continue to maintain the quality of the figures (and if the price doesn't become more prohibitive than it all ready is).

Skeletor is out now. He-man and Beastman are sold out (for now). I 'm betting more will pop up later. Or a 2-pack later on. If you can't wait, and can swing it, they are on secondary market for $35-$40. If you have the extra, they are indeed worth it.

-Dr.G

Random 1984 nonsense...again

Found some unused GI JOE colored pencil by number sheets from 1984. They have seom pretty aweful artwork. Maybe that's why they were never colored.

Storm Shadow clones himself


Spirit poses for his class photo, while Duke is killed by Storm Shadow in the background. Good going Spirit.


Ole' Stormy get's his ass kicked by an unarmed Duke, proving the might of the Ninja!


A Cobra trooper cicles the missile silos, waiting to be shot down.


Snake Eyes: Commando/Human bomb target


Storm Shadow attacks SheetRock, the new GI JOE Wall Master.

Zombies!!!

Z.O.M.B.I.E.
Zillions Of Mutated Bodies Infecting Everyone!
School Girl, Rockabilly, Bathtime, School Boy, and the Ape!



Ordered these through Previews for around $5. Very cool little plastic army men-sized zombie figures. They have a nice level of detail and all stand well on their own. The website says series 1, so hopefully more will be coming.

Check 'em out at:

http://www.octobertoys.com/zombie/

Random 1984 nonsense

Hey, strangers. Hope everyone had a merry christmas and happy new year. The hiatus has been due mainly to work and a little blessed event. The purchase of an XBox 360. Seriously, that sucker is the ultimate time sucker. But awesome. Seriously, buy one if you can.

Anyway, while going through a box of old papers, I found some random cool crap from my youth and I figure I'll scan stuff of it in from time to time.

Up first, a school folder from 1984.

Woooooo! Garfield. I drew fangs on him, so I guess he's about to feed on Odie.



Doodles. My obsessions at the time: Stickers, superheroes, Inspector Gadget, Gremlins, Star Wars, Storm Shadow and Heathcliff...



Ninjas, Garfield, more Gremlins and more Inspector Gadget...