Earl Norem

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The baddies always have the BEST uniforms…

On the 19th of June, Earl Norem died at the grand old age of ninety-one. Most people have never heard of him, but if you were a kid in the eighties you probably own some of his work, be it on a magazine, book or trading card. Continue reading

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Jurassic World Review: No Spoilers, No Bullshit

#1 in a series of 1, TMW presents a no-bull, spoiler-free review of Jurassic World in an easily digestible, concise form. May be taken orally or anally as desired.

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THE GOOD

  • Jurassic World is built on Isla Nublar, the location of John Hammond’s first Jurassic Park. This is, notably, the first time we’ve seen the island on film in 22 years.
  • It actually looks like a real theme park. Like a super-duper Disney World or something. It’s utterly convincing, and you’ll feel like you’re actually there.
  • Chris Pratt is no Sam Neil, that’s for sure. But his character isn’t half bad. He fits.
  • The dinosaurs are presented as animals. Some gentle, some vicious, but animals all the same. Various characters argue over their treatment and the moral implications of creating them throughout the film.
  • Some of the dinos will get you right in the feels.
  • BD Wong returns as Henry Wu, and he’s great. He quotes a few lines of dialogue from the book, and in doing so soothes the rages of the hardcore JP fan over the film’s premise. I was astonished that they thought to include it.
  • The kids are great.
  • Indominus Rex will probably give you nightmares.
  • There’s some really nice stuff they put in just for the fans. You’ll do a little wee in your pants.
  • People get nommed in some pretty cool, gruesome ways.

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Combiner Wars Ultra Magnus Review

You wait thirty years for a new Ultra Magnus toy, and then two come along at once. It’s Ultra Madness, I tells ya! [Fired. – Adam]

If you ask us, it’s IDW comics who can take most of the credit for the boost in Maggie’s popularity. In their re-imagined Transformers universe, Ultra Magnus is a costumed character played by many different people over the years to carry on the legacy of an indestructible lawman. Kind of like when your class hamster died and the teacher replaced it with an identical-looking one on the sly.

“Sniffles, NOOOO!”

It’s this modern version of the character Hasbro have delivered in the new Combiner Wars line of toys, in lieu of bringing over the expensive – and retro-tastic – Masterpiece figure released in Japan earlier this year. As such, the diminutive Minimus Ambus – the ‘real’ Transformer at the heart of the Magnus armour – is included in the box.

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