See! James Bond Aston Martin DB5 Lego set!

Out Aug. 1.

Details:

This impressive replica model captures the elegance and timeless sophistication of Agent 007’s iconic 1964 sports car, and comes with a wealth of authentic details and functioning gadgetry. Open the doors and you'll discover a detailed interior with a concealable radar tracker and a door compartment containing a telephone. And when it's time for action, activate the passenger ejector seat, turn the revolving number plates, raise the rear-window bulletproof screen, deploy the wheel-mounted tyre scythes and pull back the gearstick to reveal the front wing machine guns. This collectible model car also features a detailed straight-6 engine, drum-lacquered silver front and rear bumpers, moulded silver-coloured wire wheel rim inserts and front and rear Aston Martin logos. The model has been designed to provide a challenging and rewarding building experience full of nostalgia—a must-have for fans of the Aston Martin DB5, James Bond movies and LEGO building sets.
  • Authentic replica of the world-famous 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sports car, featuring a classic design with drum-lacquered silver front and rear bumpers, moulded silver-coloured wire wheel rim inserts, opening boot, bonnet and doors, and a wealth of James Bond™ gadgetry, including a working ejector seat, revolving number plates, rear-window bulletproof screen, front wing machine guns and wheel-mounted tyre scythes.
  • This LEGO® James Bond™ Aston Martin DB5 model also features opening doors and a detailed interior with a concealable radar tracker and door compartment with telephone.
  • Lift the bonnet to check out the straight-6 engine detailing.
  • Pull back the rear bumper to eject unwelcome passengers.
  • Revolve the number plates, raise the rear-window bulletproof screen and deploy the wheel-mounted tyre scythes.
  • Pull back the gearstick to reveal the front wing machine guns.
  • Own this collectible replica of the Aston Martin DB5, as featured in the classic James Bond™ Goldfinger movie.
  • This set includes over 1,290 pieces and is suitable for ages 16+.
  • New-for-August-2018 special elements include a drum-lacquered macaroni connector, 2x4 tile and 1M beam, plus a printed 1x2 tile with grille pattern.
  • Measures over 3” (10cm) high, 13” (34cm) long and 4” (12cm) wide.

The "Brady Bunch" house is for sale!

Via The Los Angeles Times:

Violet and George McCallister bought the two-bedroom, three-bathroom house in 1973 for $61,000, records show. The series ran from September 1969 to March 1974 before moving into reruns in syndication.

Ernie Carswell, a Douglas Elliman agent who is listing the property, said the split-level house has been updated and upgraded but retains almost the exact interior decor from that era, though the layout does not resemble the TV show home.

A rock-wall fireplace and wood-paneled walls are among classic details found in the living room, which features a built-in bar. Floral wallpaper and window coverings are another vintage touch. The home’s MusiCall intercom and whole-house radio also remain.

“This is a postcard of exactly what homes looked like in the 1970s,” Carswell said.


Pop Pic: The Marx Brothers


New Music July 20, 2018: PiL; Ty Segall and White Fence



Pop Culture Roundup: The "dying" comics industry; Tarzan inflatables; Ditko's Creeper

Is the comic biz really in as bad a shape as we think it is? Wired investigates.

 At Higgins' store, business is booming—sales in 2017 were up 10 percent from the previous year, and 2018 is tracking to be 20 percent better than 2017. More importantly, for those worried the future is famine, the uptick comes from younger readers looking for titles like Bone, Amulet, Asterix, and Uncle Scrooge. "We have seen an explosion of young people coming in," he says.

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Just in time for summer: Plaid Stallions has your Tarzan inflatables.

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Diversions of the Groovy Kind spotlights the Steve Ditko's The Creeper. (I wonder if they'd name a superhero the creeper is this day and age).


First look at "Black Panther's Quest" animated series

Coming this fall to Disney XD.


New RadioTimes Doctor Who cover, plus a peek at her new companions

Here's Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and the new TARDIS team Graham, Yaz and Ryan (Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole) from the RadioTimes, plus the mag's latest cover.




Entertainment Weekly's "Shazam!" cover

Info:

We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s (Angel) case, by shouting out one word—SHAZAM!—this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart—inside a ripped, godlike body—Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he’ll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).

The cast includes Asher Angel (Andi Mack) as Billy Batson, Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) as The Wizard, and Mark Strong (Kingsman) in the role of Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana. The film also stars Jack Dylan Grazer (IT) as Billy’s best friend and ultimate superhero enthusiast, Freddy, part of the foster family that includes Mary, played by Grace Fulton (Annabelle: Creation); Darla, played by Faithe Herman (This is Us); Eugene, played by Ian Chen (Fresh Off the Boat); and Pedro, played by Jovan Armand (Hawaii Five-0). Cooper Andrews (The Walking Dead) and Marta Milans (Killer Women) play foster parents Victor and Rosa Vasquez.


Vintage "Lone Ranger" serial poster


New on Video this week: Isle of Dogs




Vintage 1960s Batman poster

Via Monster Magazine World:




"The Threat of Tim Boo Ba" or "How Steve Ditko introduced me to Marvel Comics (and Irony)"

What was my first comic book? I couldn't really tell you.

There's a coverless early 1970s issue of Batman or Detective Comics in my collection, likely picked up at a garage sale. I was a big Batman fan, thanks to reruns of the show. I think the first comic I (or, rather, my parents) bought off the newsstand is World's Finest #208, which came out in October 1971, when I was 5 years old. My first Marvel comic was probably Amazing Spider-Man #106, which hit the spinner rack a couple of months later.


But, apart from that Spidey book, my primary interest was in DC, and that's what I read for the most part. Lots of Batman, Superman and Justice League.

I only became aware of Marvel as a unique entity when a comics-reading big brother of a friend down the street started talking about how cool Marvel was. And he ended up giving me a copy of a mag he probably didn't think too much of at the height of the Bronze Age, but which made a huge impression on me: namely Journey Into Mystery #10, which came out in January 1974, and was probably pretty new when I received it.


Journey into Mystery reprinted the monster and suspense stories created by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others before Marvel got into the superhero biz with the Fantastic Four.

I still have the comic in my collection and haven't looked at it in years. The only story I remember from it, and the one I'll likely never forget, is "The Threat of Tim Boo Ba,"  which introduced me not only to Ditko's art, but to the concept of irony. Many of these tales were in the O. Henry-by-way-of-"The Twilight Zone" mold, specializing in trick endings. And this tale had the coolest. As not to spoil it, I've shared the story below.

The story was originally published in 1962, under the title "The Terror of Tim Boo Ba," in Amazing Fantasy #9.Maybe they changed the title due to Comics Code restrictions. I don't know.

Anyway, whenever I think of Ditko, as I have been a lot over the past week since his death, I recall this story - just one examples of the many memorable moments Ditko was responsible for among comics readers worldwide. It's not the best story Ditko ever did, but the first one I read. And everyone's first story by Lee, Kirby or Ditko is special.

Godspeed, Sturdy Steve.