8/26/2014

The recent  Transformers: Age of Extinction has been a smash hit, but it hasn't satisfied the Transformers purists. For us, Car Insurance.org put together a truly monumental infographic that showcases all the Autobots from the original Transformers cartoon (1984 to 1987), and the vehicles they were based on. If you're a fan of the Transformers or cars or infographics, there's a lot to love in here.
Every Autobot from the Original Transformers
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Canada 1995 #1579 MNH Superman stamp drawn by Joe Shuster
Read about the surprising people that inspired the strongest heroes. Superheroes are supposed to be above regular people. Bathed in cosmic radiation or arriving from distant planets, these heroes are the greatest ever and no human can hope to be as powerful as they are. But in reality, coming up with an original superhero is hard and many artists and creators turned to real people to create their classic heroes. Find out the surprisingly ordinary origins of your favorite superheroes.

1. Superman Was Based on Silent Movie Stars


Created By: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in 1938

Superman is iconic and the ultimate superhero but he didn't start out that way. When Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster graduated from Cleveland's Glenville High School they bonded over their mutual love of movies, comic strips, and science fiction. In 1933 they wrote a short story for Siegel's self-published fanzine Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilization #3 about a bald earth man gaining powerful telepathic abilities and trying to take over the world. One day, in Siegel's bedroom, he looked up at the stars and imagined a powerful hero who looked out for those in trouble. Superman was born, but what would he look like?

The Real-Life Person
Simon and Shuster were big fans of swashbuckling movies like Robin Hood, and The Mark of Zorro which starred Douglas Fairbanks Sr., so they modeled Superman's physique and poses on him. His alter ego's face was based on Harold Lloyd and Shuster's. The name, Clark Kent, was a combination of Clark Gable and Kent Taylor.

2. Batman Was Named After a Scottish King


Created By: Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939

Superman was incredibly popular and Bob Kane decided to make a superhero named "The Bat-Man". He even drew a picture, but it looked a lot like Superman. So, to make his character look less "rip-offy", artist Bill Finger looked in the dictionary.

"I got Webster's Dictionary off the shelf and was hoping they had a drawing of a bat, and sure enough it did." he said, "I said, 'notice the ears, why don't we duplicate the ears?' I suggested he draw what looked like a cowl... I had suggested he bring the nosepiece down and make him mysterious and not show any eyes at all... I didn't like the wings, so I suggested he make a cape and scallop the edges so it would flow out behind him when he ran and would look like bat wings. He didn't have any gloves on. We gave him gloves because naturally he'd leave fingerprints."

The Real-Life Person
When they set out to name the billionaire playboy they used two historical characters. His first name was from the Scottish king Robert the Bruce (also known as Robert Bruce) who was a famous warrior that led Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England. For the last name, Finger wanted a last name of a man of noble birth.

"Wayne, being a playboy, was a man of gentry."  Finger said, "[Then,] I searched for a name that would suggest colonialism. I tried Adams, Hancock … then I thought of Mad Anthony Wayne." Anthony Wayne was an American Revolutionary war general who was known for winning battles against against numerically superior forces. Just like Batman fights a one-man war against crime

Later on, in the comics, they established Bruce Wayne is General Wayne's direct descendant. Wayne Manor was revealed to have been built for General Wayne for his service during the Revolution.

3. Professor X Was Based on a Russian Actor


Created By: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963

When developing his superhero team, the X-Men, Stan Lee needed to come up with something new. They'd already done radiation in every form imaginable, so he thought of a new origin: mutants. He originally wanted to call the book "The Mutants", but Martin Goodman, his publisher, didn’t like that name. Stan Lee revealed in Comics Creators On X-Men. “He said our readers wouldn’t know what a mutant was. So, okay, since their leader was Professor Xavier, and they each had an 'X-tra' power, I decided to call them the X-Men. So I said to Martin, 'How about X-Men?' He said the title sounded good so we went with it.”

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For the leader Stan Lee wanted someone special. In the 1993 Wizard magazine special issue "X-Men Turn Thirty" Stan Lee said, "I thought of Professor X as [actor] Yul Brynner… I thought it would be good if he was physically limited, since his mind was so powerful. Even though he was confined to the wheelchair, in a way he was the most powerful."

Yul Brynner was a Russian actor best known for his bald head and his Academy Award winning performance in The King and I. He also had epic eyebrows, which Charles Xavier also had.

4. Bucky Was Based on a High School Kid


Created By: Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941

During the patriotic heyday of World War II, the team of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby set out to turn Hitler into a super-villain. Buy to do that they needed a hero to fight him. When Simon first created his patriotic superhero he called him "the Super American" but decided there were too many "supers" around. Simon later said, "’Captain America' had a good sound to it. There weren't a lot of captains in comics. It was as easy as that."

The Real-Life Person
When Joe Simon created his first sketch of Captain America, he included a young sidekick named James "Bucky" Barnes. "The boy companion was simply named Bucky, after my friend Bucky Pierson, a star on our high school basketball team." Simon said. Somewhere out there lived a man that became a superhero.

5. Iron Man Was Based on a Crazy Playboy


Created By: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck, and Jack Kirby in 1963

Stan Lee decided to make a superhero that was deeply flawed inside and outside. In an interview for the first Iron Man movie he recalled, “I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The readers, the young readers, if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military. So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist. I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him ... And he became very popular.”

The Real-Life Person
For his colorful personality, he based the playboy's looks and personality on Howard Hughes. Lee said, "Howard Hughes was one of the most colorful men of our time. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a multi-billionaire, a ladies' man and finally a nutcase." Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. He was fantastically rich and lived an eccentric life.  In his later years, Hugh’s worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and chronic pain led him to a reclusive and bizarre life. Don Heck said in 1963, “Howard Hughes was one of the most colorful men of our time. He was an inventor, an adventurer, a ladies’ man and finally a nutcase. Without being crazy, [Iron Man] was Howard Hughes.”

6. Catwoman is Based on a 1930s Sex Symbol


Created By: Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939

When creating a new character for Batman #1 named "The Cat" Kane turned to animals. “I felt that women were feline creatures and men were more like dogs.” Kane said in his autobiography Batman and Me. “While dogs are faithful and friendly, cats are cool, detached, and unreliable. I felt much warmer with dogs around me—cats are as hard to understand as women are. Men feel more sure of themselves with a male friend than a woman. You always need to keep women at arm's length. We don't want anyone taking over our souls, and women have a habit of doing that. So there's a love-resentment thing with women. I guess women will feel that I'm being chauvinistic to speak this way, but I do feel that I've had better relationships with male friends than women. With women, once the romance is over, somehow they never remain my friends.”

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Bob Kane, was a huge movie fan and this led him to create several Batman characters based on his favorite actresses and actors. For Catwoman’s sex appeal they drew on the buxom 1930s actress Jean Harlow. He said she “seemed to personify feminine pulchritude at its most sensuous."

7. Wonder Woman Was Based on Two Strong Women

Created By: William Moulton Marston in 1941


Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 back in 1941. She was created by the American psychologist, and inventor of the lie detector, William Moulton Marston. In 1940, Marston did an interview with Family Circle magazine and talked about the unfulfilled potential of comic books. When publisher Max Gaine, co-founder of All-American Publications, heard about it he hired Marston as an educational consultant for his comics. Marston, using the name Charles Marston, set out to create a new kind of superhero.

The Real-Life Person
To create his hero he used two close women in his life. His wife Elizabeth Marston was known as an unconventional, liberated woman. Elizabeth Holloway Marston was a renowned psychologist and "indexed the documents of the first fourteen Congresses, lectured on law, ethics, and psychology at American and New York Universities, served as an editor for Encyclopædia Britannica and McCall's magazine." Besides inspiring her husband to make a hero that triumphs with love, it was her idea to make his hero a woman.

The other woman that inspired Wonder Woman was Olive Byrne. She was a former student and research assistant who helped Marston conduct his experiments. While we don't know the exact nature of Byrne's relationship, she moved in with Marston and his wife in the late '20s. She had three children with him that the two adopted. Byrne was called his "Wonder Woman" and said her "Arab 'protective' bracelets" were the inspiration for the ones worn by Wonder Woman.

Like the Amazonian, both women showed incredible strength and died over well over 90 years old.

8. Captain Marvel Was Based on a Sitcom Actor


Created By: C. C. Beck and Bill Parker in 1939

With the success of National Comics' (now DC Comics) new superhero characters Superman and Batman Fawcett Publications started a comics division and Parker was tasked to create a unique superhero for them. Originally, Bill Parker wanted to create a team of six heroes with the power of a mythological figure. Fawcett Comics' executive director Ralph Daigh suggested combining them into one hero that Parker called "Captain Thunder" that was later renamed "Captain Marvel." Artist Charles Clarence "C. C." Beck told Cartoonician, "When Bill Parker and I went to work on Fawcett’s first comic book in late 1939, we both saw how poorly written and illustrated the superhero comic books were. We decided to give our reader a real comic book, drawn in comic-strip style and telling an imaginative story, based not on the hackneyed formulas of the pulp magazine, but going back to the old folk-tales and myths of classic times"

The Real-Life Person
Beck had been working on a magazine about movie stars when he was assigned to design a cast of comic characters was assigned to him. So, Beck used famous people as models for his characters. For example, "Ibis the Invincible" was modeled after Mark of Zorro actor Tyrone Power and Spy Smasher was modeled after Errol Flynn. When designing Captain Marvel, he turned to popular actor Fred MacMurray. According to Jim Steranko, “With the movie job fresh in his mind, he began the task of translating Bill Parker’s ideas into graphic form. He chose film star Fred MacMurray as the model of Captain Thunder, giving him the same black, wavy hair; bone structure, and cleft chin.”

Becks desire to make a more grounded superhero led him to use an everyman actor. C.C. Beck, in the book "The Human Qualities of the Captain Marvel Characters" said, "Captain Marvel himself was based on the actor Fred MacMurray, who was known as a pretty down-to-earth guy."

MacMurray was a popular actor and become one of Hollywood's highest-paid actors a few years later in 1943. His best known television role was on the sitcom My Three Sons.

9. Flash Was Named After Talk Show Hosts


Created By: Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino in 1956

Back in 1940 one of the companies that would become DC Comics, All-American Publications, created a super-fast superhero named Jay Garrick. When DC Comics started reviving superheroes in 1956, they gave the character a new name and origin.

The Real-Life Person
They named the character Barry Allen by combining the names of talk show hosts Barry Gray and Steve Allen. Steve Allen was the first host of The Tonight Show in 1935 and starred in a prime-time variety show called The Steve Allen Show in 1956. Barry Gray was a popular talk radio host and called "The father of Talk Radio."

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8/25/2014

Gotham will air on September 22, but FOX is giving us a sneak preview. If you haven't heard of it, Gotham is an upcoming TV series that serves as a Batman prequel, following the early days of Detective James Gordon (future commissioner) as he pursues some of Batman's iconic villains as younger versions (mostly teenagers). To whet our appetites, FOX has released four short documentaries about the making of the show, and you can view them all on YouTube.



What do you think of Gotham?

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In the United States openings for TV shows tend to be very boring. Title credits. Maybe some cool music. But in the UK, the openings for Doctor Who have been a visual spectacle since the 1960's. For the new season of Doctor Who, which aired this last weekend, they took the opening in a whole new direction. It all started with Billy Henshaw. Henshaw is a professional designer of motion graphics and created a video for his clients based on the Doctor Who opening. Usually, the opening takes the viewer through space or a time vortex, but he reasoned "The Doctor is a Time Lord, he’s not a Space Lord. A lot of people have said that cogs and clocks are an obvious metaphor to use. But if it’s so obvious, why hasn’t it be done before?"

It's a great question and executive producer Steven Moffat thought the same thing. "Hanshaw created this title sequence, put it up on YouTube. I happened to cross it, and it was the only new title idea I’d seen since 1963," Moffat told a New York fan event. “We got in touch with him, and said, 'OK, we’re going to do that one.'"

They made some changes to the opening like the deletion of the Seal of Rassilon, the Doctor’s watch, adding some random planets, changing the font for the credits and adding Peter Capaldi’s eyes instead of his face.

Here's the video that inspired Steven Moffat


Here's the new opening


Here are all the openings of Doctor Who through the years:


What do you think of the new opening? If you watched the latest episode of Doctor Who, what did you think?

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8/23/2014

Watching this video is enough to remind us all of the wonder of human space travel. Keith Zarfas did us all a favor when he turned his camera on his daughter Shaylee as a space shuttle launch came onto the TV. The sense of amazement and awe is just plain heart-melting, especially in a time when the space program has been drastically reduced. Anyone who wonders if the space program should be shut down should watch her cries of "Issawockeship!"


[Via io9 via Neatorama.com]


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8/22/2014

 Star-Lord Chris Pratt Visited LA Children’s Hospital In Costume Yesterday, Because Of Course He Did (via The Mary Sue)
How awesome if Chris Pratt? Who's trying to make a theme park about The Hunger Games? What would Guardians of the Galaxy look like if it were made by Charles Shultz?

I'd love to hear what you think of the Internet's greatest moments in this week's "Geek Bits."

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10. Evangeline Lilly Looking Very Wasp-like (via Bleeding Cool)

Actress Evangeline Lilly has been cast in the upcoming Ant-Man film as Hope Van Dyne, the daughter of Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym. With the movie now filming in San Francisco, Lilly posted photos on Instagram of her new hair and of her with co-star Paul Rudd. The new haircut does lend itself to the idea that she will end up being the Wasp, who has mostly been portrayed with short hair. Whether that comes up in the initial movie that is already slated to have two shrinking characters (Ant-Man and Yellowjacket) or just set up for a sequel remains to be seen.

What do you think of her hairstyle?

9. Update: Lionsgate Still Trying To Make The Hunger Games Theme Park Happen - It's like "fetch," only with totalitarian government-sanctioned child murder. (via The Mary Sue)
Would you go to a Hunger Games theme park?

8. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Gets a Fun PEANUTS Mashup (via GeekTyrant)


7. Get Your Own “Unnamed Sources” With the Star Wars: Episode VII Rumor Generator - Fear leads to speculation. Speculation leads to rumors. Rumors lead to trolling. (via Mary Sue)

What's your favorite "unnamed source" rumor?

6. Sneak Peek for DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's THE FANTASTIC FOUR (via GeekTyrant)
A three and a half minute sneak peek has been released for the documentary DOOMED! The Untold Story of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four. The film tells the story of producer Roger Corman's attempt to bring The Fantastic Four to the big screen in 1994. Over the years, the film has gained a cult following from a bootlegged version of the movie that leaked. 

Is the Fantastic Four movie documentary worth watching?

5. First Photo From Ant-Man Filming And New Cast Added (via Bleeding Cool)

4. Amblin TV Preps ‘Minority Report’ Series With ‘Godzilla’ Writer (via Deadline)

Would you watch a Minority Report series?

3. How Psychologists Use Superhero Therapy (via Bleeding Cool)
(via GeekTyrant)
Scientists are now discovering that using stories and fictional characters can help us in many ways. For example, using Greek Mythology, war Veterans were better able to retell their trauma stories, which is necessary for trauma recovery. In addition, recent studies show that stories like Harry Potter are helping readers reduce prejudice and practice acceptance of diversity. Psychologists and counselors are now starting to incorporate Superheroes and other fictional characters into therapy in order to help patients overcome struggles with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety.

What Superhero would help you the most?

2. Documentary About the Fan-Made STAR WARS: DESPECIALIZED EDITION (via GeekTyrant)

A couple days ago a rumor hit the internet that Disney and Lucasfilm were working on releasing the original, unaltered Star Wars trilogy on Blu-ray. Who knows if that's really happening or not, but there's a huge Star Wars fan out there who isn't waiting around to see if it happens.

The fan goes by the name of Harmy, and he's currently in the process of developing his own version of the original trilogy. It's called Star Wars: Despecialized Edition, and he's making an attempt to take the original release that doesn't have all the new edits and special effects of the "Special Editions," and clean up the footage to make it better suited to high-resolution displays. He's also upgrading the sound! This documentary shows the multiple sources that he's using to make the film, and it's really quite spectacular to see the upgrades that he's made. As you'll see the stuff he's doing is incredibly noticeable. 
Is this cut worth watching?

1. Tom Hardy Dressed As Bane Accidentally Crashed A Wedding One Time (via EOnline)
Actor Tom Hardy photobombed a couple's wedding pictures in Pittsburgh back in 2011 while dressed as the masked villain Bane. At the time, he was filming scenes for The Dark Knight Rises, the third film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, near Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute building.

A photographer, Jared Wickerham, snapped several pics of the actor, who is seen in his menacing costume while standing on the camoflauge-printed Batmobile Tumbler vehicle several feet away from the bride and groom and their wedding party, including a group of bridesmaids dressed in draping pale pink dresses.


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8/21/2014

The idea of going back in time and taking credit for a modern invention early is one that's been used in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and other sci-fi movies and TV shows. But one logical flaw that never gets mentioned is that you would have to use existing technology. If you went back to the 1970s and tried to create an iPod, it wouldn't look or work like an iPod, because they didn't have the technology to make iPods back then. So what would an iPod in the 1970s look like? Artist Alex Varanese explored that theme with a brilliant series of pictures called Alt/1977. The series imagines ads for an mp3 player, a laptop, a cell phone, and a handheld video game system as if they were designed in 1977. Groovy.





[Via io9 via Alex Varanese]
 
Check out the awesome cover of the first Black Captain America!

We talked before about how Sam Wilson (a.k.a The Falcon), would be taking on the mantle of Captain America and now we get a good look at Alex Ross' take on the new Captain America. ComicBook.com got an exclusive first look at Marvel's November 2014 Avengers NOW! solicitations. The All-New Captain America #1 comic by Rick Remender and Stuart Immonen has a variant cover painted by the incredible Alex Ross. I gotta say we're digging the new costume!


Here's the official announcement about the issue:

Marvel is excited to announce that beginning in November 2014, the title of Captain America will be passed to Sam Wilson, The Falcon, in the pages of All-New Captain America #1 by series writer Rick Remender (Captain America, Uncanny Avengers) and series artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men).

Announced on “The Colbert Report” by Joe Quesada, “Sam Wilson…The Falcon, is the new Captain America.”

Addressing how Sam Wilson will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Steve Rogers, Remender says, “Sam wants to lead by example. To help people see their own selfishness and to turn it around. To build better communities, to never forget the little guy.”  Remender continues, “Sam follows his heart and his belief in what the American dream means and how it belongs to everyone.”

The question remains: what happens with the original Captain America, Steve Rogers? Executive Editor Tom Brevoort says, “Steve’s spirit is as willing as ever, but his body is no longer up to the task of being Captain America. So he’ll employ his skills as the new Cap’s remote strategic advisor, running Cap’s missions from his headquarters in Avengers Mansion and providing Sam with technical support and field information from a distance. He’ll also tutor Sam in how to throw the shield, a skill that’s deceptively difficult for the new Cap to master. So Steve will continue to be a vital part of the series moving ahead.”

For more details on All-New Captain America, visit Marvel.com for their interview with Rick Remender and Tom Brevoort.

• This is it! The all-new, Spy-Fi, highflying adventures of Sam Wilson Captain America and Nomad begin here!
•  Hydra is growing, the terrorist band have has infiltrated the Marvel Universe completely! But what is their ultimate goal?
•  United by Hydra, Cap's rogue's gallery gathers to take down the new untested Captain America and Nomad!
Rated T+
Item Code: SEP140810
In Shops: 11/12/2014
SRP: $3.99

The Falcon was played by Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) but has been a major comic book character since the 1960's. All-New Captain America #1 will be released in November 2014. Head to http://www.alexrossart.com for more of the artist's incredibly realistic work.

Via ComicBook.com
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8/20/2014

In the eighties, we had a lot of amazing toys, but there were a handful of toys everyone wanted, but couldn't have. Some of them cost so much, we could never afford them. Others were so hard to find they made you cry when you saw the empty shelves at the store. Now we're not talking about Cabbage Patch Kids or other toys parents thought we wanted. We're talking the really awesome toys. Here's a rundown of our dream collection.


6. AT-AT Walker

Source: Rebelscum
Released: 1981
Original Price: $47.99 ($125.83 adjusted for inflation*)
When we first saw The Empire Strikes Back, there were a lot of amazing visuals, but the AT-AT walker stuck in our minds. At the time, we thought it was the coolest thing we'd ever seen. Then to discover you could actually buy one was almost more than our little minds could take. Kenner’s toy AT-AT had everything you could want: a head you could turn to survey the battlefield, poseable legs to stomp rebel figures, little toy guns that lit up and fired when you pulled the trigger, and a body you could stuff full of action figures to carry onto the battlefield. It’s become the Holy Grail of Star Wars action figures, and we'd still love to have one.


5. Castle Grayskull Playset

Source: Toyworth
Released: 1982
Original Price: $26.99 ($59.79 adjusted for inflation)
He-Man was one of the most popular action figure lines of the eighties. We had our own collection of figures to be proud of, including an original He-Man and Skeletor, thank you very much. Of course, if you're gonna have action figures, you have to have some place to fight. He-Man had his own castle, and he didn't have one of those wimpy Lord of the Rings castles: his castle was in the shape of a gigantic skull. The toy version could have just stopped there, but no. Mattel took the castle and crammed it full of cool gimmicks like a working elevator and drawbridge, a rack of exclusive weapons, and a laser cannon. And what if Skeletor managed to get inside? Well, he'd probably head for the throne to sit his bony butt down. That's when you turned the throne and dropped him through a trapdoor. Yeah, that’s how we roll. While they were relatively cheap, they were hard to find, so you'd snap one up if you saw it.


4. Metroplex

Source: tfwiki.net
Released: 1986
Original Price: $34.99 ($76 adjusted for inflation)
The Transformers toy line was epic. It had trucks, planes, dinosaurs, and a fleet of construction vehicles that could combine into one big robot. How do you top that? With a transforming city. Sort of. I mean, it wasn't so much a city or even a small town as it was a base camp. But it was the shizzle. It was essentially a playset that could change into a vehicle or a robot. So it was three toys in one. In base mode, it had a helipad and repair bays you could park four other vehicles into. On top of that, it came with an arsenal of cannons and guns that could have armed Afghanistan. It was even composed of three smaller Transformers that turned into a tank, a sports car, and a gun wielding robot, giving you four Transformers in total. Now that’s value.


3. Thundercats Cats Lair

Source: thundercatslair.org
Released: 1986
Original Price: $??? ($??? adjusted for inflation)
The Thundercats wanted to hang out when they weren't fighting mutants. That’s why they built the Cat’s Lair. It was sort of like a Sphinx, only way cooler, functional, and not full of mummies (unless Mumm-Ra attacked). The toy was an epic version. Its head turned, its paws would flip up to expose “Ion Beam cannons.” But what really took it up a notch was its combat element. If the enemy Attack Sled flashed its lights at the head, it would register as a hit. If the Lair flashed its lights at the Sled, it registered as a hit. Three hits on the Lair would make it blow open the door, and three hits on the sled would drop its shield. You could have your own little battle, right in your bedroom.


2. The Technodrome Playset



Source: Turtlepedia.wikia.com
Released: 1990
Original Price: $50 ($91 adjusted for inflation)
The evil Shredder joined forces with Krang to make the weirdest base ever. They made a giant ball on tractor treads with a huge eye mounted on the top. The toy version was even crazier. This thing had interactive elements up the ying yang. The eyeball on top could pop off and roll down as a weapon. It had a prison to store those pesky shell-heads. It had a “mutation chamber” where you could put in a figure and drench them in “ooze” (green slime). It had a throne room with a secret trapdoor to the weapons chamber below. You could strap a turtle to a spinning “brain scrambler” torture device. It connected to the Sewer Playset, so the Turtles could escape out of the jail into the sewer pipes. And more. Really, you could spend hours running around in this playset alone. It almost made up for the lack of the Internet.


1. U.S.S. Flagg Playset

Released: 1985
Original Price: $109.99 ($243.64)
To us, G.I. Joe was quite simply the greatest action figure line of the eighties. They were like superheroes and soldiers, wrapped into one. They had an insane number of awesome vehicles, but there was one towering over them all: the USS Flagg. We remember the moment we walked into the store and saw this. It was the most amazing toy we had ever seen, and remains so. I mean, look at it. It’s a freaking battleship. Seriously. It was modeled after a real aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz. At over seven feet long, you could put multiple planes and cars on it like a real battleship. It had a working public address system. To this day, it’s the biggest playset ever produced. This thing is so awesome, they should have used them in the Gulf War.

* Inflation calculations for 2014 from The US Department of Labor

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With Batman vs Superman being in the news right now we thought we'd offer a prize in our latest competition that connects to it. Today, we're offering you the chance to become a Batman!

The Prize

We have an official Batman costume from Jokers' Masquerade to give away to one (1) lucky winner.

This costume is based on the classic style Batman superhero outfit that includes a one-piece black and grey jumpsuit, an adjustable utility belt, and a headpiece with attached Batman mask, ears, and cape. The costume is an officially endorsed DC product and, since it's not far away, we think it would make be perfect for a costume party! Not bad for simply entering a Geek Twins competition.

How to Win

You can win this rad costume simply by answering this question in the comments below: what would you do if you were a superhero? How would you use your superpowers?

The winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by email.
  • The contest ends on September 2, 2014 at 11:59 BST. 
  • The contest is restricted to UK residents 18 years or older. 
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Thanks to Jokers' Masquerade for hosting this contest. They're one of the biggest online Halloween costume shops in the UK and have loads of cool and geeky superhero costumes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man.

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