Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hey Look It's Jem, Hollywood Jem!

Hasbro has partnered with Integrity Toys to FINALLY revive Jem!Their first offering?  Hollywood Jem, based on the never produced doll that was intended to anchor the third year assortment of dolls.

Here is the official press release:

Integrity Toys, Inc. in collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. Announce JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Collectible Fashion Dolls

First of the High-End Collectible Fashion Doll Line Based on the 1980s Animated Series Available at the 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego

Integrity Toys, Inc., under license from Hasbro, Inc., today announced a brand-new series of high-end collectible fashion dolls based on the 1980's ground breaking animated series JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, launching at 2012 Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Inspired by the "TRULY OUTRAGEOUS" characters created by Hasbro over two decades ago and cherished by fans and collectors alike ever since, this nostalgic retro doll line is designed to pay homage to both the animated series and its original companion doll line, originally marketed from 1985 to 1987. Created for fans by fans of the rock 'n shock pink haired pop-culture icon and her outrageous world, this classic commemorative line will feature the high-end details, quality accessories and ultra-limited edition sizes that fans of Integrity Toys have come to appreciate through the years.

This first doll in this exciting commemorative collection will be JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS Special Edition Doll: HOLLYWOOD JEM, one of the most requested animated-based looks. This doll will be available for purchase at the HasbroToyShop booth #3329 during Comic-Con International in San Diego at an approximate retail price of $125 and following the convention, at

The dolls, created by noted collectible manufacturer Integrity Toys, will mark the debut of a newly sculpted fully articulated body and likeness of the rock star wearing a high-end costume, delivered in collector grade packaging. Future additions to the line will be announced in the months following Comic-Con International in San Diego via a dedicated web page located at, which has been created to bring fans all the latest information about the Classic JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS collectible line moving forward.

"As children of the 80's ourselves, working on this project with the Hasbro team was a dream come true for our entire team. JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS has been a major influence for us," says Alain Tremblay, marketing director of Integrity Toys, Inc.

"We wanted to remain true to the spirit of the original doll line, while paying homage to the animated series, which is something that we as JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS fans always wanted through the years," says Vaughn Sawyers, Integrity's head designer.

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS made a noted return on television in 2011 airing on The HUB TV Network in the U.S., followed by the much anticipated release of a sleek DVD box set last fall that features all 65 episodes of the original animated series. "We wanted to pay homage to the characters and offer collectible dolls to fans that would showcase the essence of their favorite characters. We admire the high quality dolls produced by Integrity Toys, so this relationship made perfect sense," says Bryony Bouyer, Senior Vice President, Global Franchise Development for Hasbro.

Get ready for some serious glamour fashion and fame; it's show time Synergy!

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc.
(NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its global customers with well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Company's Hasbro Studios develops and produces television programming for markets around the world. The Hub TV Network is part of a multi-platform joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), in the U.S. Through the company's deep commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world for future generations and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. It has been recognized for its efforts by being named one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" and is ranked as one of Corporate Responsibility Magazine's "100 Best Corporate Citizens."Learn more at

© 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved

About Integrity Toys, Inc.

Integrity Toys designs and markets a variety of fashion and celebrity dolls and related accessories, with a specialization in high-end fashion dolls. Founded in 1995, Integrity Toys' extensive experience and capabilities in the field of doll making allows them to create products and programs for many of the world's best-known retailers, consumer products companies, celebrities and other intellectual property holders.

Integrity currently produces high-end fashion dolls ranging in size from approximately 12 inches to 16 inches tall, under a number of brands, including Fashion Royalty, the Dynamite Girls and Poppy Parker among others. The Company's products typically retail from $60 to $250 each, with most of the products retailing in the $130-150 range. Their products are known for their superior engineering, high-end aesthetics and of course, fashionable, detailed clothing.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tom Daly

Tom Daly is a British Olympic diver.  I don't know exactly how old he is, but damn, I hope he's legal.

Oh but wait... there's a video!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Batman: The Brave and the Bold

This past Tuesday saw the release of "Batman: The Brave and the Bold" Season 3, the final nail in the coffin of this amazing series.  Initially, fans balked at a lighter Batman cartoon, one not starring Kevin Conroy as the Dark Knight.  But those that gave it a fair shake were delighted to find a high quality series that paid homage to nearly every interpretation of the Caped Crusader throughout his long history.
Named after the long-running comic book that featured Batman teaming up with various other DC stars, the show mimicked that format by pairing Batman with a seemingly random cast of characters... not just one per episode, but usually two, via the introductory bumpers at the beginning of each episode.  But due to licensing, the producers focused on a small group of recurring characters, Aquaman, The Atom, Blue Beetle, Green Arrow, Plastic Man and Red Tornado. 
 Aquaman, in particular, broke out as a fan favorite and headlined his own episode "Aquaman's Outrageous Adventure" as well as other segments.  This interpretation was more, ahem, enthusiastic about his adventuring than his stoic comic book source.  His supporting cast included his wife Mera and their mopey teenage son Arthur Jr.
Perhaps the most fondly remembered episode is "Mayhem of the Music Meister" starring Neil Patrick Harris as the titular villain, featuring several musical numbers.  The episode was so popular, the soundtrack was released on iTunes.
Speaking of musical numbers, this last boxed set includes the episode "The Mask of Matches Malone" which has never aired or been released in the US due to a racy song and dance by Black Canary, Catwoman and Huntress, where they poke fun at the various male heroes' sexual potency.  In fact, the version included on the DVD is doctored.  When Huntress refers to Aquaman's "little fish" in the original, she makes a gesture with her finger.  On the DVD, the camera pans over to an aquarium!  Are we that prudish, WB?  Check out the original below:
Initially, the producers chose to focus on lesser known heroes... plus, they couldn't get permission to use Superman or Wonder Wonder Woman (although they appeared with their backs to the camera in a Justice League group shot).  Superman kinda made an appearance in "The Super Batman of Planet X" where Batman encountered an extraterrestrial version of himself that bore more than a passing resemblance to the Man of Steel.  Finally, the other big two popped up in Season 3.  Wonder Woman debuted in an opening bumper, rescuing Batman and Steve Trevor from the Baroness Paula Von Gunther... to the original Wonder Woman theme song from the 70s!  Superman appears next, in the full-length "Battle of the Super Heroes."  Both heroes appear in "Triumvirate of Terror" facing off against their arch enemies, The Joker, Lex Luthor and The Cheetah.
But as I said, the thing the writers and producers prided themselves on was pairing Batman with the most off-the-wall DC characters they could think of, from B'Wanna Beast to Wild West cowboy Jonah Hex to future-dwelling Kamandi to the Haunted Tank to Detective Chimp and beyond.  By the final season, however, it seems all bets were off, with Batman joining forces with Space Ghost, Scooby Doo, Wierd Al Yankovick, Jeffrey Ross and even Abraham Lincoln!
Not only were the character selections wild at times, but so were some of the concepts the creators chose to adapt.  They adapted the famous Mad Magazine parody "Bat Boy and Rubin" and Jiro Kuwata's Batman Manga from Japan (in which the Dark Knight battled Lord Death Man).

The final episode is a meta look back, with Bat-Mite (voiced by Paul Rubens) trying to get "The Brave and the Bold" cancelled in favor of a darker Batman series.  It's actually quite clever and the final gathering in the Bat Cave of all of the show's guest stars (including B'Wanna Beast, somehow alive again after dying in "The Seige of Starro") was a lovely send off.

This series broke the moldon what a Batman show had to be.  It didn't have to be dark or dramatic.  It could be lighter and funny and still be Batman.  There is a new Batman show coming up, but I doubt any upcoming super hero series reaches the goofy but glorious heights of this show.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tune In Tuesday: Rock of Ages

This weekend, Cathy and I watched Rock of Ages.  We both had reservations.  Neither of us has seen the stage musical.  We're not exactly metal heads.  Plus, the day before, I got the new Entertainment Weekly and they gave it a C.  (I didn't read any further.  I wanted to see the movie and form my own opinion.)

Well... we liked it!  The reviews are tepid at best and it took in a disappointing $14 million, but we enjoyed it!  I hate Tom Cruise and his singing voice is kind of odd, but he did a great job in the role of Stacee Jaxx, a thinly-veiled Axl Rose-type rocker that is so sheltered he's lost touch with reality.  I was surprised that Stacee Jaxx was more of a supporting character.  Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta are the real stars as dewy, fresh faced Sherrie and aspiring rocker Drew.  They're an attractive couple.  Diego, obviously was especially appealling to me.
Julianne's voice isn't the best at times.  "Sister Christian" is borderline shrill.  But the rest of the cast delivers some pretty tight vocals, considering most of them aren't singers.  the exception is Mary J. Blige, who has a fairly small role, but she KILLS every line she sings!  She seems tailor made for rock music.  I would love her to do a whole album with a rock vibe!  The best two musical numbers are the ones in Mary's strip club, where no one ever actually strips.
The plot isn't particularly fresh or... hell even that important.  When I read the negative comments, I kind of shrug and admit I can't disagree with what they're saying.  I just don't care.  There are flaws, but it's just so much FUN!  Great songs, fun choreography, just a fun, entertaining movie!  I'm definitely buying the BluRay when it comes out!

Monday, June 18, 2012

MANic Monday: Diego Boneta

Saw "Rock of Ages" this weekend and despite the tepid reviews, Cathy and I both loved it!  It may be flimsy in the plot department, but it's just fun!  And Cathy and I now have a new boyfriend, Diego Boneta who plays Drew in the movie.

And he can sing!

Monday, June 11, 2012

MANic Monday - Ryan Lochte

 We all know I love Men's Swimming.  Here's a prime example as to why, Olympian Ryan Lochte.  Mmmm, those eyes!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Throwback Thursday - Corina - Temptation

Is it just me, or do stores have some weird-ass, time machine Spotify hooked up to their sound systems that just root out, obscure but awesome songs that have been relegated to the fringes of my mind?  At Kroget today, i was treated to this blast from the past:
Hellz yeah!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tune In Tuesday: New Kylie and Cheryl

She's back!  The Golden Girl!  Aphrodite herself, Kylie!  Her new single "Time Bomb" is destined to be a MASSIVE (club) hit in the US!  But hey, maybe she'll tour here again to promote it!  I missed her "Aphrodite: Les Folies" tour (money issues), so I'd love to make up for that!
And that's not all!  Fellow British chanteusse, Cheryl (formerly Cheryl Cole formerly Cheryl Tweedy) has returned, post-divorce, post-getting-shitcanned from the X-Factor, with "Call My Name."  (And she's wearing the UGLIEST pants ever!)
If only these Brit Girls had a chance of striking it as big over here as Brit Boys One Direction and The Wanted!

Monday, June 4, 2012

Oh Right, This Exists - The RETURN of MANic Monday

I haven't blogged since November, roughly around the time I started writing for  For one thing, I spend so much time doing that, I didn't really have the spare time and honestly, the subject matter, since all things nerdy go to that site which PAYS me for that stuff.  But I'm going to try and get back into this, with one of my most popular features, MANic Monday.  This editon is slightly nerdy, but mostly manly. 

It's funny, but the cast of the 'Avengers' featured two true Adonises, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, but for me, my eyes were glued to Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.  It's odd.  He doesn't have the best looking face, but he's cute.  And those arms!  Hemsworth's might be bigger, but Renner's are for me!  (This plus my love for Darryl Dixon on 'The Walking Dead' are leading me to suspect I have a weird rcher fetish I never knew about.)  Enjoy!



I made it an extra large offering today to make up for being gone so long.  Hopefully there are still people out there!