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Alien Covenant Comes Home In August

Did you see the latest ALIEN film when it came out in theaters early this year? If not you get a chance to bring the film home! Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment presents Ridley Scott’s return to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, the newest chapter in the groundbreaking ALIEN franchise, arriving on Digital HD August 1 and on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD August 15. Limited Edition Exclusives will be available at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy.

The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an unchartered paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a terrifying threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

Featuring an all-star cast including Academy Award Nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Menfranchise, Steve Jobs), Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), Billy Crudup (Jackie), Danny McBride (This Is The End) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight), ALIEN: COVENANT is loaded with bonus material including a making-of documentary, deleted and extended scenes, commentary by director Ridley Scott, an inside look at “David’s Lab,” crew fear tests, and much more.

Fans can also pick up exclusive editions of ALIEN: COVENANT at Walmart, Target and Best Buy!

Game Of Thrones Goes On Display

Are you ready for the next season of Game of Thrones? Well to help get you in the mood here is some cool news from the hit series. Inspired by and filled with the breathtaking images and enthralling artifacts from the hit HBO series GAME OF THRONES, this all-new exhibition will drop fans in the center of the Seven Kingdoms for an up-close and personal look at authentic props, costumes and set decorations from the show.  In collaboration with HBO Global Licensing, global events provider GES is designing and building the new 10,000-square-foot interactive experience, and will exclusively tour the exhibition to worldwide destinations starting Fall 2017. The tour will kick off in Europe, with the first location to be announced soon.

Featuring a unique mix of immersive environments, interactives, and multimedia content, visitors will experience the mythical lands of Westeros and Essos and relive the trials and tribulations of the series’ nobles and common folk alike who struggle for survival in the shadow of the Iron Throne.

In anticipation of the launch of the exhibition later this year, GES’ creative team will work closely with HBO to create diverse environments from Westeros and Essos and to design an exhibition as exciting as the show itself.  Spanning the Seven Kingdoms from King’s Landing to the land Beyond the Wall and across the Narrow Sea, GAME OF THRONES: THE TOURING EXHIBITION will allow fans worldwide to experience the craftsmanship and artistry of the GAME OF THRONES production up close in the largest public display to date.

Visitors to the exhibition will see displays of costumes, props, weapons and armor and will explore several dynamic themed exhibition areas featuring series settings such as:

• The wintry landscapes of the North, the tree-lined pathway of the King’s Road, and the regal settings of King’s Landing.

• The conquered city of Meereen with its garrisons of Unsullied warriors and the loyalists of House Targaryen.

• Iconic settings like the mysterious House of Black and White, the home of the Night’s Watch: Castle Black; and the frozen lands Beyond the Wall.

• The show stopping centerpiece of the iconic Iron Throne Room, where visitors can gaze upon the Westerosi seat of power in all its foreboding glory.

Forget The Box, What Is In The Capsule?

For those who frequent the ThinkGeek site you already know how cool that site is. From Game of Thrones to Star Trek to Nintendo they have a bevy of items that you would love to pick up. Now ThinkGeek is offering a box subscription that they are calling the ThinkGeek Capsule.

Every month you will get ThinkGeek exclusives. It could be a special run of a t-shirt, a weird new gadget, a licensed enamel pin, and so much more. They will also stock a very cool collectible in the capsule. Whether it’s a limited edition figurine, an art print, or something else entirely, the payload of every capsule will include at least one collectible to expand your personal collection.

They even have clothes for you to show off your geek pride. This month I got a Legend of Zelda shirt and some Harry Potter socks! That is just the stuff they tell you that they are going to put in there. Now ThinkGeek goes above and beyond by hiding other awesome stuff to surprise you in a good way. There is a gift card that is valued at five dollars to one hundred bucks. You just to to the site they tell you to on the card and see how much you card is worth. How cool is that? They even slipped in some cool Ghostbuster playing cards that almost disappeared like a ghost. Watch the video below to see what happened to them.

So if all of this awesomeness is something you wanted delivered to your home go to thinkgeekcapsule.com to subscribe to the monthly capsule program. You wont be disappointed. Next week’s capsule will showcase items from Star Trek, Game of Thrones and Dungeons and Dragons.

Find Your Alter Ego

This month’s Loot Crate did not disappoint. Not only did I love the theme, which was Alter Ego, but this month’s crate featured Spider-Man and The Transformers. Plus they added the most famous man with an alter ego in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Right up there with guys atop the alter ego list is Bruce Banner and the Incredible Hulk. Plus in theory don’t most comic book characters have an alter ego? So in that case Loot Crate was smart in putting a bunch of DC Comics characters in this crate.

Right off the bat I was SO HAPPY to see that this month’s shirt was Optimus Prime.The shirt was soft and the classic blue t-shirt that depicts the stages of Optimus Prime’s transformation from truck to Autobot. This shirt brought me back to my childhood. I can’t wait to rock it.

One of the coolest items was the exclusive Spider-Man Webslinger variant Q-Fig made by Quantum Mechanix. The Loot Crate edition of DC Comics–The New 52!: The Poster Collection contains 40 removable posters that portray key moments from The New 52 DC Universe.The book has artwork from some of their favorite DC artists, such as Greg Capullo, Aaron Kuder and my favorite artist, Jim Lee.

The exclusive Incredible Hulk 6″ plastic bowl depicts a Hulk hand holding it by the base, and it is just the right size for a cereal or a candy dish. This month’s Loot Pin is Jekyll and Hyde themed, with both faces of the famous alter egos on the pin face. The Alter Ego’s Loot Pin DLC is an exclusive Green Ranger V2 for the mobile game Saban’s Power Rangers: Legacy Wars.

Like what you see? Get a subscription. July’s theme is Animation. They have packed July’s crate with items from some of pop culture’s favorite cartoons. There is Rick and Morty, Futurama, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Bob’s Burgers. Make sure you subscribe by 7/19 at 9pm PST to get July’s crate!

There are different themed crates as well. There is a Loot Anime, Loot Gaming, Loot Pets, Firefly, and LVLUp. They even have limited edition Star Wars and Call of Duty crates. You can pick out the best one that fits your style and your budget. Go to www.lootcrate.com for more info on each one and to start your subscription today!

The Game Is Yours In NBA 2K17

With most recent consoles like XBOX One and Playstation 4 when you buy a game you are fortunate to have upgrades to each game so there seems to always be something new there for you. One game that goes above and beyond it is NBA 2K17.

I have been a fan of the NBA 2K series ever since they added the Jordan Brand kicks to the game. Besides sneakers the NBA 2K series is always improving on elements to the game every year. They listen to the fans and look to make those improvements in the next installment.

The game movements are fast and incredibly fluid that makes the gameplay very life like. The controls for dribbling, passing and shooting are easy to learn if you haven’t played the game before. You can control all the action when bringing up the ball on the court and call plays your teammates to make just like in the NBA. Even alley-oops are a breeze to make. I felt in past basketball games you were lucky to even attempt an alley-oop let alone complete one.

Player animation and all the visual effects that go into the game are phenomenal. One of the things that I love about this game are the announcers. That may seem odd, but hear me out. In past sports games the announcers would say the same thing over and over again. Yet in NBA 2K17 you have different color analysts for each game just like you would see on TV. Plus having the NBA on TNT guys headline the game is a huge plus.

In the game you don’t have to just play a regular NBA game. There are quick matches, either in the authentic team venues or on a bunch of street court settings. You can play through online and offline leagues or play as the General Manager and handle all the stuff behind the scenes, even adding your own team to the league.

If you are looking to add your own team you can create and customize your own team. It is set up with a collectible-card system that allows for upgrades as you progress in the game. There’s a Pro-Am mode for online play, a USA Basketball mode showcasing classic Olympic teams and much more. If you play on Team USA then right alongside of you is Coach K on the sidelines.

In the MyCareer mode you are part of one of the10 licensed collegiate programs. Your on-court performance and career decisions lead to different outcomes as you determine your path through an immersive new narrative, featuring Michael B. Jordan. Additionally, new player controls give you unparalleled supremacy on the court.

I have the NBA 2K17 Legend Edition with Kobe Bryant. If you buy the hard copy version you get a Kobe poster, Black mamba controller skin, 2 Panini Kobe trading cards and a Lenticular cover insert. For the digital content you get 100,000 VC, 92 Dream Team playable in Quick Game, Kobe #8 Mitchell & Ness Jersey, Kobe USA Basketball Jersey, Kobe hoodie, Nike Kobe shoe collection – 24 shoes in all and a MyTEAM Gold Bundle (includes 5 packs w/guaranteed Kobe Free Agent card). Pretty sick right?

You will want to play this game whether you are a hard core hoops fan, a casual fan or gamer. You will be challenged with solo play or going up against your friends or playing online. To pick up the game go to the 2K website HERE!

XCOM 2 Is Showcased At E3

Some exciting news coming out of E3. 2K announced that XCOM 2: War of the Chosen greatly expands upon the XCOM 2 campaign. ADVENT, in its bid to recapture the Commander, has deployed a deadly new enemy force called the “Chosen.”  To aid XCOM in its fight to liberate Earth, players will have access to three new resistance factions, each with their own Hero class.

The expansion also includes other new enemies, missions, environments and increased depth of strategic gameplay.

“Firaxis continues to redefine the award-winning XCOM franchise with XCOM 2: War of the Chosen,” said Matt Gorman, VP of Marketing at 2K. “XCOM 2 fans are going to love the all-new narrative and features, enhancing the XCOM experience and providing endless reasons to re-play through the campaign.”

“We’re thrilled to offer our fans an unprecedented amount of cool new toys and features in XCOM 2: War of the Chosen, challenging and empowering players in exciting new ways never seen before in the franchise,” added Jake Solomon, creative director of XCOM 2 at Firaxis Games.

XCOM 2 is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and available for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC. XCOM 2 is also available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen will be available on August 29, 2017 for PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One and Windows PC, and will be available for Mac and Linux by Feral Interactive at a later date.

Check Out The Black Panther Trailer

During the NBA Finals Marvel Studios released the trailer for the upcoming Black Panther movie. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.

Marvel Studios’ Black Panther arrives in theatres everywhere on February 16, 2018!

Upgrade Your Geek Side With Kotobukiya

Ever since I was a kid I have loved the Star Wars universe. Today as more and more films, series and collectibles come out my fellow Star Wars geeks and I are in nerd nirvana. For some reason I am a big fan of the Stormtrooper. I even purchased an authentic Stormtrooper costume for last year’s Halloween. When Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens came out in theaters I was really digging the First Order Stormtrooper design.

When Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we got the see even more new Stormtrooper designs. There was the Death Trooper and the Shoretrooper. The designs for each trooper was badass. I couldn’t wait to see what type of merchandise came out from Star Wars around the movie’s theatrical debut.

A few years back I stumbled upon the company Kotobukiya. They specialize in high quality collectibles from Star Wars to DC Comics to Marvel to Anime. Kotobukiya is a geek’s favorite place to go to add some fantastic statues to their collection.

So I was really excited to see that Kotobbukiya was coming out with the Shoretrooper and the Death Trooper two pack statue set. The Death Trooper set is coming out later this year, but the Shoretrooper will be available soon.

The Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Shoretrooper TWO PACK ARTFX+ is beautifully re-created in 1/10 scale, the Shoretroopers look like they stepped straight off the screen. The sencludes multiple arm and weapon parts allowing for the creation of dynamic action poses to change up your display.

Check out the Shoretrooper and the rest of the brilliant designs over at kotobukiya.com. Below is a video that I made with the Shoretroopers.

MTN Dew Spikes Up The Fun Factor

Let me just say that MTN Dew knows how to party. Don’t believe me? Well check out what they did for some lucky people. MTN Dew had NBA star Devin Booker, rapper Mac Miller and hip hop icon Method Man hang out some some unsuspecting people to play zombie paintball  and race exotic cars in Las Vegas recently.

The zombie paintballing and exotic car driving activities were part of the summer experience hosted by Mtn Dew Spiked Lemonade and Taco Bell to show how Dew does summer. Along with Devin and Method Man, Mtn Dew and Taco Bell surprised 10 lucky fans with the ultimate trip to Las Vegas to celebrate the launch of the all-new Mtn Dew Spiked Lemonade – made with crushed lemons, real sugar, and a shot of prickly pear cactus juice – available on fountain and freeze at Taco Bell and at retailers nationwide.

Logan Is The Ultimate Wolverine Movie

As a huge Wolverine fan it is sad to see Hugh Jackman hang up the role of the iconic character that he has brilliantly portrayed for several years. Yet in Logan I can say that Jackman delivers his best performance ever as Wolverine. There is pain, anger, humor, action, sadness and heart in Logan. Growing up Wolverine was and still is my favorite comic book character. Watching the evolution of him in the comics is one thing. Watching his character grow in film is another.

If you haven’t seen Logan, well now is the time. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings Hugh Jackman’s celebrated seventeen-year run as Wolverine to a close when the box office phenomenon Logan arrives on Digital HD on May 16 and 4K Ultra HD and on Blu-ray and DVD May 23.

Touting an R-rating, allowing fans to finally see Logan’s legendary berserk rage unleashed, Mangold brings a visceral and gritty realism to the story, based on one of Marvel Comics’ most popular characters.

In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant (Dafne Keen) arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

In addition to nearly 90 minutes of original content, including deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes documentary, the Blu-ray will also include Logan Noir, a black and white version of the film that gives the acclaimed story an all-new look.

“During production of LOGAN I took many black and white photographs and noticed how striking and dramatic our gritty settings and characters appeared in monochrome,” said Mangold. “The western and noir vibes of the film seemed to shine in the format and there was not a trace of modern comic hero movie sheen. Then, while editing, Fox and I started posting some of the black and white stills online and fans also began to respond enthusiastically, many hoping that they would get a chance to see the finished film in carefully timed, high contrast black and white. Well. Sometimes hope becomes reality.”