Friday, September 27, 2013

Caption Figures #73

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Caption Figures #72

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Marvel Select Wolverine Action Figure Review

Get your toy box out. You're gonna need to make room for another one, bub.

If you talked to me back in March, I wouldn't have been able to tell you what I was looking forward to more, The Wolverine movie or the Marvel Select Wolverine action figure. If you want to know about the movie, I suggest you go see it (I loved it). If you want to know about the action figure, grab a burger, get comfortable, and hold on tight, because I'm going to tell you all about it.

The Wolverine action figure depicts Hugh Jackman as Logan a.k.a. Wolverine and stands at 7 inches tall. It's one of the heavier figures I have in my collection. It doesn't come with a base stand but the figure is so thick and sturdy that you don't really need one. Plus, it comes with a whole bunch of interchangeable body parts, so I don't think the lack of a base stand is a negative.

Just because it's sturdy doesn't mean it's stiff. I've stressed this before and it's worth saying again. Action figures these days are becoming more and more articulated. You can move his legs, knees, feet, upper arms, elbows, wrists, head, and upper chest. This allows for a lot of movement rather than a figure that's just there.

By now you're probably thinking "OK, I get it, but what about the claws!?" Well, this figure comes with two sets of claws! You can change between his bone claws and his adamantium claws. But wait, there's more! He also comes with a set of regular hands that can hold a really sweet samurai sword (two hands...always...) That's three options of how you can make Logan kick some butt. It doesn't stop there! The figure also comes with three interchangeable heads. All of these extra parts allow for a ton of versatility with this action figure.

There's a lot of detail in this action figure. The action figure is extremely muscular and defined, as Logan is in the movie. The hair on his body is also finely painted on as opposed to just some light shading. The face really looks like Hugh Jackman's so you can tell immediately that this figure is modeled after Logan from The Wolverine.

This is one of those total package action figures where you can enjoy it just sitting on the shelf and you can enjoy playing around with it. So is it for kids? Is it for adults? Hey, with the exception of some small parts that might not be great for really young children, I can see anyone enjoying spending some time with this action figure.

At the end of the day, for me personally, I'm looking for a figure that looks cool. The Marvel Select Wolverine action figure more than satisfies on that front. I don't think the interchangeable body parts are necessary because it's such a great figure, but they're a great bonus and make this figure more than worth what it costs.

Logan from The Wolverine, Welcome to The Fat Lantern Corps!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Preparing for New York Comic Con 2013

New York Comic Con (NYCC) is less than a month away and I can not wait. Not only is it going to be tons of fun, it's also going to be my very first Con. I have my badge and I'm ready to go!

Well, kind of. I know what's going to be there (for the most part), but I don't know the best way to plan things out. I want to meet a couple celebrities and a bunch of comic book creators. I also want to get my hands on some exclusive NYCC action figures and comic books. What I need is advice. I am a Comic Con newbie and I want to hear anything that will help me get the most out of my first Comic Con experience. Here are some questions I have right off the bat:
  • How long will I have to wait to meet celebrity guests?
  • How long will I have to wait to meet comic book creators?
  • How early should I show up if I want to meet the guests?
  • Do I need to sign up or get a special ticket to meet the guests?
  • How much does it usually cost to meet the guests?
  • What's a good budget for 3 days at NYCC?
  • What are the best booths for comics or action figures?
  • What are the best types of panels?
  • I have a 3-day pass. Do you think it's necessary for me to spend 3 full days at the convention center?
Answers to any of these questions (or advice in general) would be greatly appreciated. Please comment, tweet me (@TheFatLantern), or comment at The Fat Lantern Facebook page.

I would also love to hear your NYCC stories. Tell me about your experience and if it was positive, negative, and/or weird! I'll be sure to report back with my own next month.

Thank you in advance!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Captions Figures #71

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Best Of Caption Figures #66-70!

Caption Figures is a weekly bit of fun we have where I take pictures of my action figures and ask you (the reader) to come up with your own captions. Thank you to everyone who participated! Here are the best reader captions for Caption Figures #66-70!

Caption Figures #66

Guy From Earth616: "Hulk smash, then Hulk make dinner out of T-Rex"

Caption Figures #67

Ian Austin: "HHH rules: there can only be one!"

Caption Figures #68

Kara French: Flash: "Dude I've already hit you like ten times..."

Caption Figures #69 Seen moments before Russel Crowe smashes you in the face with a phone.

Caption Figures #70

Ian Austin: Two men, one up!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bone to Pick with DC Villains Month

You know what? I was going to post my thoughts on Green Lantern #23.1: Relic today. As a matter of fact, I have it all written up and ready to go. I had a lot of positive thoughts on that comic and I was excited to let everyone know about them.

Well that is not going to happen anymore. Now, I'm kind of pissed. I'm pissed at DC Comics. Not for the main reason most people are (Batwoman). As a matter of fact, this post has nothing to do with that issue. This is about one thing: money.

I do a pretty good job of not reading anything that even resembles a preview for upcoming comics. I check on Monday or Tuesday to see what's coming out on Wednesday. When I first heard about DC Comics Villains month, I understood it to be an event where a villain would be taking over an individual title and we would see the mini-series Forever Evil. That's not exactly the case.

After purchasing the #23.1 issues for the DC comics I subscribe to, I found out that it isn't stopping there. For example, there will be Green Lantern #23.2, #23.3, and #23.4. That's four times the amount of money I have to spend this month, just on Green Lantern comics.

Now, I'm sure you're wondering "Dominick, why do you need to buy every issue?" I don't need to buy every issue. I don't need to buy comics every month. Honestly, I don't need to buy comics at all. That's not the it. The problem is that I spend money every month to read and follow stories. The message that DC is sending out this month is "If you want the whole story, you're going to need to pay extra. A lot extra."

It doesn't stop with Villains month. DC has become the king of crossover events. The concept is amazing. I love it. Take your favorite heroes and have them cross over into other comics. Fantastic. However, the crossover events never stop! One ends and the next begins. Read Green Lantern first, then Green Lantern Corps for part 2, then Red Lanterns for part 3, and Green Lantern: New Guardians for part 4! Don't forget to pick up Pandora #1! And Faceless Dude #0! And Larfleeze #Who gives a shit!? I've spent a lot more money on Red Lantern comics than I would have wanted to, just because it tied into the main Green Lantern story for so long.

The more this happens, the more we end up spending money on comics that we wouldn't normally purchase. I think that's a good thing on a small scale, but it shouldn't happen every time I want to buy a comic.

Maybe it really doesn't matter if I read every single issue in a comic book series and I'm being a completest. But I spend time and money on my comics and I really don't think my enjoyment of them should always vary based on how many other comics I've read.

A variant cover is another way that publishers try to make money, but I don't mind that. The comics for Villains month have either a regular, boring 2D cover, or a hip, cool, futuristic 3D cover. I know, right!? I honestly could care less about 3D anything, but at least with variant covers, I can choose to get the less expensive cover but still get the same story as the more expensive covers.

I want to sign off by stressing something. I just complained a lot about spending money on DC Comics. But I have absolutely no problem with the cost of comics. I think for 3 or 4 bucks, with the amount of time and effort that's put into creating a comic book, it's a steal. Furthermore, as I stated, I have really enjoyed the Villains month issues I've read so far. But I can't financially justify multiplying my comic book subscription, even if it's just for a month. I think DC Comics is asking for too much.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Trick to Marvel Hologram Cards (Possibly)

Marvel trading card (front and back)
Back in the early 90's, when I was a wee little tyke, my brother and I used to collect Marvel trading cards. Any money we could scrounge up was used to get packs of these cards and believe me, we knew how to scrounge. That kind of makes us sound like little criminals, and maybe we were. But who are you to judge?

Hologram card
As is the case with many different types of trading cards, the front of the Marvel cards showcased a particular character (or characters), and the back of the card would have some information about the character such as a short bio, stats, appearances, etc.

Every year, a new series of cards with all sorts of Marvel characters would be released. These cards were great. However, what we really looked out for were the hologram cards. Each series of Marvel cards had only a few hologram cards. These special cards were randomly distributed throughout the packs and you were never sure if the pack you bought would contain one or not.

Alright, now let's cut the crapola. My friends convinced my brother and I that you could tell which packs of cards contained a hologram card (without opening it) just by feeling the sides of the pack. We spent hours of our lives feeling packs of Marvel cards, thinking we could tell which ones contained the hologram cards. I'm 29 and it's over 20 years since this happened. My memory is a bit hazy. Were the hologram cards slightly wider than the regular cards, making them detectable without opening the packs? Or is that just a bunch of hogwash?

Friday, September 6, 2013

Caption Figures #70

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

The New World Order?

Yesterday, we saw DC Comics kick off Villains month with the release of Forever Evil #1. Before I even opened it, I spotted an error.

Really, Geoff Johns? The New World Order? Obviously, you have either been asleep, trapped under a rock, or on another planet for the past 17 years because that is not the New World Order.

This, my friend, is the New World Order:

4 Life!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

$ylve$ter $tallone

When I heard the news that Sylvester Stallone is coming to New York Comic Con this year, I went nuts. I mean, it's Stallone! Sly himself! I will be in the same building as one of the biggest action stars of all time!

I am not delusional (something that I feel I have to say a little too much these days). Just because he's going to be at Comic Con doesn't mean I'll get the chance to meet him. I'm sure everyone is going to want to meet him and it's probably going to cost some money.

What's that? It's going to cost how much? Three dollars and 95 cents? No. There's no way. Three HUNDRED and ninety five? Dollars?

That's right. If you want to meet Rambo himself, you're going to have to drop $395.00 on that table just for an autograph. Even more for a picture with his holiness. That is super duper bullshit.

Most of you will probably go "Yeah, F that. I love Stallone, but I'll save the money and go watch his movies." To those of you actually considering paying that money to meet his majesty, I want you to think about something. I want you to think about the night you meet him. After it's all said and done, you're home, 400 dollars lighter, with the experience of Sylvester Stallone taking your money and not giving a shit who you are. Is that really how you want to meet someone famous?

As for me? I will not be meeting Stallone because I don't want to have to take out a Stalloan.

Monday, September 2, 2013

FAT Illustrations - The Fat Grifter

Today's FAT Illustration comes from Chris Feeney!

Thanks, Chris! I'm surprised his boots can support those wicked cankles.

You can find more from Chris on Twitter and at his sweet blog, The Galaxy Junkyard.

If you would like to participate in FAT Illustrations, please message me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +. All you have to do is draw a fat version of any comic book/sci-fi/video game character and send it! I will showcase your art along with your name, Twitter handle, and website (unless you specify otherwise).

FAT Illustrations: Where the readers shine and the comic book characters are slobs.