Blu-Ray Review: The Flash Season1

The Flash: Season 1 Blu-ray

Summary:
CSI investigator Barry Allen is endearingly book-smart, somewhat awkward late and – as a result of a scientific experiment gone awry – the fastest man alive! He’s The Flash, zigzagging through the action-packed new series from the creative team behind Arrow and based on the supersonic DC Comics character. With his life shadowed by his mother’s murder and his father wrongly convicted of the crime, Barry finds that his newfound power of super speed grants him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Barry quickly discovers he’s not the only “metahuman” created by the explosive disaster, however – and not everyone is using their new power for good. Now, to protect the innocent, Barry and the close friends who know his secret race to combat evildoers in one astonishing adventure after another that come at you like lightning in this fantastic set.

Special Features Include:
· The Fastest Man Alive!
· Creating the Blur
· Audio Commentary
· “Behind The Story The Trickster Returns”
· The Chemistry of Emily and Grant Screen Test
· DC Comics Night at Comic-Con 2014 Presenting Gotham, The Flash, Constantine and Arrow
· The Flash Factor!
· Gag Reel
· Deleted Scenes

Review:
This first season of The Flash has some great characters and continuing mysteries. Tom Cavanagh steals the show as the villainous character who hides as a wheelchair-bound benefactor to Barry. As a fan of the original show, I love that John Wesley Shipp has an occasional part as Barry’s incarcerated father. Grant Gustin is an awkward, young Flash that reminds me of a teenage Peter Parker. I’d love to see Barry’s character develop and become more confident and self-assured. My only complaint is that the villains-of-the-week are often hokey and one dimensional. I’m hoping they either make the villains a little darker or believable going forward.

One of the best episodes was the crossovers with Arrow. I’ve been really impressed with The CW and it’s quality shows these past few years. The Syfy channel had better step up.

Box Review: My Geeky Goodies – Mystery Mega Mashup 4.0

MyGeekyGoodies

My Geeky Goodies is a monthly surprise package delivered straight to your door filled with geeky and nerdy apparel, toys, and collectables! Every pack of goodies will come with either a custom t-shirt (in your size) or a POP Vinyl Figure, and 4-6 other super cool items for you to get excited about!”

My Geeky Goodies is currently on a monthly sub hiatus. However, they are still doing Monthly Mashups with hints give out each day they are selling. You have to buy fast, though as these do sell out. These are one-time boxes, not a subscription.

MyGeekyGoodies

Sackboy Funko POP! (Retail $8.95 on Amazon) – I love and collect Funko toys, but I’m not a gamer – so I’ve never heard of Sockboy or Little Big Planet. So, this was a disappointment for me.

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Robin Funko Mopeez Plush (Retail $9.88) – This is my first Mopeez, and it’s Robin – so yay!

Infinity Gauntlet Keychain (Retail $7.36 – originally $9.99) – Move over Thanos, I have the power now. This (pewter) keychain is HEAVY, so I wont be using it on my regular batch of keys. But if there’s a key I don’t use daily, that I don’t want to lose – this is the keychain to use! Or it’ll probably just go on my shelf of fun Marvel props.

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Here comes the filler:
Lucky Charms Lip Balm (Retail $4.62) – This will go in a child’s Christmas stocking.
The Ugglys Pet Shop Toy Figure 2-Pack (Retail $4.15) – This will probably go in a White Elephant gift exchange.
Hook Trading Cards (Retail$2.99) – These are so dated, I don’t know of anyone who’d want these.

MyGeekyGoodies

Transformers KRE-O Prowl Police Car Set (Retail $8.99) – KRE-O sets are usually cheaper than LEGO, but just as fun to assemble. If I don’t keep this, it’ll be loved by my Transformers-loving nephew.

Summary: While a great value, there wasn’t enough here for me to try it again until the subscriptions come back – if there’s an interesting theme.


What do you thinks of My Geeky Goodies?

Fantasy Book Review: Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention

Mysteries of Cove: Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Synopsis:
Trenton Colman is a creative thirteen-year-old boy with a knack for all things mechanical. But his talents are viewed with suspicion in Cove, a steam-powered city built inside a mountain. In Cove, creativity is a crime and invention is a curse word. Kallista Babbage is a repair technician and daughter of the notorious Leo Babbage, whose father died in an explosion an event the leaders of Cove point to as an example of the danger of creativity.

Working together, Trenton and Kallista learn that Leo Babbage was developing a secret project before he perished. Following clues he left behind, they begin to assemble a strange machine that is unlikely anything they’ve ever seen before. They soon discover that what they are building may threaten every truth their city is founded on and quite possibly their very lives.

Review:
Trenton and Kallista hunt for clues and slowly assemble Leo Babbage’s invention. Meanwhile, Trenton tries to hide his secret life from his friends and family. Trenton is a genius with machinery, but a bit dense with his relationship with girls. Kallista has a brusque and standoffish personality. She’s not really likeable at all. You feel bad for her home life and past, but it’s obvious why she doesn’t have any other friends.

Fires of Invention is the first in an exciting new scifi/fantasy series for middle readers. The world is fascinating and inspired. The mystery behind Cove is well worth the wait and completely unpredictable. The story is evenly paced, as suspense builds the longer it takes Trenton and Kallista to build the machine. And the finale is thrilling and captivating. I look forward to the next in this series.

Blu-Ray Spotlight: Arrow Season 3

Arrow: Season 3 Blu-ray + Digital Copy is available now

Summary: The Arrow has become a hero to the citizens of Starling City – but that doesn’t mean that Oliver Queen can take his eye off the ball and lead a normal life in the spectacular third season of the hit series based on the DC Comics character. A new wave of diabolical masterminds – from homegrown terrors inflicted by the resurgent Vertigo, the deranged Cupid, boomerang-wielding Digger Harkness and bloodthirsty “Brick” Brickwell to the insidious and pervasive havoc wrought by Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins – threatens all he holds dear. Team Arrow has grown into a powerful force, but the dangers and secrets that hold them together often put them at odds with each other, as the shadows cast by Malcolm Merlyn and the invincible Ra’s al Ghul trigger shifts in loyalties and alliances that test them to their core. For matchless heroism under fire, this action-packed Season Three can’t be beaten!

Special Features Include:
• Second Skins: Creating The Uniforms of Arrow
• Nanda Parbat: Constructing The Villain’s Lair
• Two Arrow Audio Commentaries
• Arrow at Comic-Con 2014
• The Man Beneath the Suit – Atom’s First Flight
• Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes

Box Review: Hero Crate – August 2015

Hero Crate

“Each month, HeroCrate ships a themed mystery box centered on a new hero and stuffs it with a guaranteed epic t-shirt + 4-6 additional items!”

The Hero Crate monthly subscription is $29.99/month. Cheaper, if you buy more than one month at a time.

I received this August Anniversary box from Hero Crate for review.

Hero Crate

The theme for August was Batman!
Included, was a HeroCrate comic that went along with the theme (in the upper right hand corner of the pic above.

Hero Crate

Batman Tshirt (Retail $10?) – These are juniors sizes for women, and run very small. So order a size or 2 larger.

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Funko Dorbz Batman (Retail $7.91) – These Dorbz are super-cute, and I don’t have Batman yet. So, yay!

Funko POP! Batman Keychain (Retail $6.17) – Another Funko item – always a fun item to get.

Batman Mirrored Sunglasses (Retail $12.99) – My nephew will love these. Nice stocking stuffer for Christmas!

Summary: The value seems just above the monthly price. And this box only came with 3 items instead of “4-6” as described. But they’re probably higher value than the smaller items that are often included. I love that this box focuses just on heroes. I will probably check out future boxes.


What do you think of Hero Crate?

Fantasy Book Review: The Copper Gauntlet

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Synopsis:
Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.

It’s not easy for Call… and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.

Call escapes to the Magisterium – but things only intensify there. The Alkahest – a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic – has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes – and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.

Review:
Call was told he he’s actually not some innocent boy, but supposedly an evil magician reborn inside his body. But he doesn’t feel evil. And he has no memory from this other person. He cares about his family, friends and chaos-ridden wolf. And when Call hears that the Magisterium may kill his father for stealing a dangerous artifact, he decides to flee school and help his father.

The Copper Gauntlet is the second installment in the Magisterium fantasy series for middle readers on up. Harry Potter fans will definitely want to check out this series. With engaging characters, quirky creatures, and fascinating magical worldbuilding – this series is now a must-read for me. The sequel is just as fast-paced and exciting as the first novel. The next book can’t come soon enough.

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