World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor – Bringeth it on!

It was a exciting day in my fan boy world. Blizzard finally released the street date for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion, ‘Warlords of Draenor’.  That being 9/13/14.  If your reading this then I think you probably know plenty about it already so I am not feeling the need to go into the details of it.  I will say though that for some reason I am feeling way more excited about this expansion and have not had this much anticipation built up for a game likely since the ‘Wrath of the Lich King’ release.  There is just something about this one that feels right.  Like Blizzard has maybe gone kind of old school in their thinking and put in more of what we players want to see in the game and less of what we hate. Cough, cough, Dailies, cough.. I feel a sense of anticipation from long lost guildies who are planning to rejoin the fold.  I have a sense of ease going into this one that I have not felt since Burning Crusade launched due to the fact that the guild I am in is established and has not broken apart due to the between expansion lull.  It feels like a fresh start with familiar friends and I am digging it.

Yes, We still have 3 months to go.  That seems like a long time.  It really is not.  Use the time to shore up alts in game, achievement grind, or get that Legendary cloak finished up.  There will also be the 10th anniversary content to do as well as the pre-expansion patch leading up to the big day.  Better yet, spend some time with the significant other and prepare them for November 13th when they will once again see you enter the world of Azeroth, or Draenor in this case, and not come out until you are level 100 and reak of Hot Pockets, nerd sweat and Red Bull.  It will be glorious.  Until then I will see you online or the Twitter (@SinCityGeek).  Feel free to follow me as I am always looking to make new friends.

Posted below are the videos released today with all the new Warcrafty goodness.

The Warlords of Draenor Intro Cinematic

 

Lords of War – Part 1: The Shattered Hand.

 

Updated Warlords NEW FEATURE Trailer.

 

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Trailer

All good things must come to an end.  The same holds true for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit movies. This is the first official teaser trailer for the 3rd and final movie of the trilogy. It makes me a little sad knowing this is very likely the last time we will see any thing Tolkien related on the big screen for a very long time.  Enjoy the trailer, as always it looks amazingly well done.  Look for it in theaters on December 17, 2014.

 

 

Of Funko Pops! – A Couple of Issues.

I collect Funko Pops! If your not aware of them they are these little 3 1/2″ tall vinyl figures that have tiny little bodies and big heads.  Yes, they are kind of odd but a lot of people really dig these things, me included.  They cost anywhere from $8 to $15 new and have taken the world of toy collecting by storm since they started making them.  They are released in waves of  5 – 6 at a time for a multitude of different licenses.  Some of the more popular lines include Marvel Superheroes, DC Heroes, The Walking Dead, Star Wars, Disney, and many other TV and Movie licenses.

I am starting to see a trend however that I do not like in the hobby.  It is something I have noticed along the way over the last year or so since I have gotten into these things.  That trend is a thing known as the ‘exclusive’ or ‘variant’ figure.

Funko, it seems, likes to produce ‘exclusive’ Pops! for what seems like just about everything. Online retailers have them, Brick and Mortar stores like Hot Topic and Barnes and Noble have them. Any comic book shop worth anything will carry them.  Stan Lee has about a billion of them dedicated to him and they produce them for many of the more popular nerd gatherings. San Diego Comic Con being the biggest.

In a nutshell and to save some words here is my bitch.

- Exclusives are not really exclusive if they can be bought on multiple web sites, stores and at events at the same time.  This last few days of San Diego Comic Con 2014 has shown me this.  Not only have I not seen any numbers on how many of each of these things they release, but it seems like they simply are interested in putting a SDDC sticker on the box and then charging us consumers an extra $5 dollars per figure.  It is more than annoying when I as a person take time out of my day to log in to a website at a specific time to purchase SDCC exclusives of which they are supposedly only selling a small amount of and jumping through the hoops involved only to find out that Barnes and Noble booksellers has a dozen each of the same figures with the same SDCC sticker on it sitting on its shelves for a cheaper price than said website did. This seems more than a little fishy to me.

- Secondly is a complaint about the so called variants produced for people to collect.  The bigger websites sometimes have special paint variants of figures made for people to collect.  The ‘Walking Dead’ line comes directly to my mind on this one. My problem with this line in particular is two fold.  1. taking a normal figure from the series and splattering some red paint on it and calling it “Bloody” is just lazy.  2. Doing it to literally every figure in the series in order to essentially make the completionist collectors of us out there buy the set twice is just fucking greedy. Its akin to the trend the comic industry went through when they raised prices, shortened page count and produced 8 different cover variants for each comic book.  Guess who does not collect Comic Books anymore.  The pictures below illustrate what I am talking about perfectly.

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Personally I would like to see a few small changes.  I would like to see number runs of each piece printed/stamped on the figures or maybe start sealing the boxes and print them on the box themselves. Are they making 50,000 of this one or 500?  Yes, the Out of box collectors wont like this but they still would have the choice as always to break the box open or not.  I would also like the variants and exclusives to truly be what they say they are. A bad repaint is not what I want, especially something as lame as a wet brush splatter.

I wonder if Funko is trying to fill a gap in the collector world by trying to provide enough product for literally everyone who wants to buy one of these things.  I hope not.  This will only flood the market and bring the after market value of these fun collectible toys down to nothingness.  No one wants to ‘collect’ something that is always going to be worthless and can be found on the discount shelf at your local Wal-Mart.  The chase part of collecting is a large part of why people collect.  If  its not a challenge then people will stop buying and lose interest all together.

I enjoy the hell out of this hobby but I have had to drastically reduce the number I buy recently and decided to only collect 2 specific lines of Pops! in particular.  This was done partly out of frustration to Funko’s marketing of these things.

 

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‘Star Wars’ gets the ‘Guardians’ Treatment x 2.

Aaaah.  Fan Mash up trailers. Some are horrible.  Some are good.  These are great.

If you have not seen these yet, Then you need to pay better attention to the internet.  They are are ‘Star Wars’ trailers cut up and redone in the music and style of the soon to be released ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ trailers. I have to admit, I like them, A lot.  If its not your thing, then that’s cool, I will just think your kind of sad for the rest of my days.  I especially like the slight little pokes they put into the trailer for the Prequels.  I would have have been much harsher on those horrible horrible films.  Enjoy.

 

 

I believe we can thank Mr. Ross Thompson over at The Unusual Suspect Blog for making these.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Trailer #2.

Personally, I am not 100% sold on this movie yet.  But, The trailer looks bad ass.  So I will share it.  Given my my ho hum attitude about this movie similar to my attude about anything involving the ‘Transformers’ I can safely guarantee this movie will make approximately eleventy billion dollars and this is simply the 1st of at least 6 movies.  Enjoy.

New page on SCG. The ‘Captains Log’.

Before you all think I am starting a new Star Trek themed section on my web page, don’t get excited.  I am starting a new section on my web site dedicated to my own personal thoughts about weight loss and to chronicle my ups and downs on this new adventure towards a newer and healthier me.  Please feel free to check it out from time to time.  It’s main purpose is to keep myself honest and maybe to inspire someone out there.  So feel free to push the little CAPTAINS LOG link up on the top of the page to check it out.  If that is not your thing I will strive to post more geek related shit here on the front on a semi irregular basis.  – SCG

 

 

 

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES – Official Final Trailer

This movie is going to blow peoples minds.  I mean honestly, what more needs be said other than Andy Serkis is playing Caesar again and that us Damn Dirty Humans are likely gonna get what we deserve.

I will see you at the Movie Theater on July 11th.