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Stern Pinball Brings The Walking Dead To Life

Stern Pinball, Inc., the world’s oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced today the availability of its Pro and Limited Edition models of AMC’s The Walking Dead pinball machine. As a big pinball fan, I couldn’t be more excited to see this beautiful machine.

AMC’s The Walking Dead, the most watched series among Adults 18-49, is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The drama tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse. Stern’s The Walking Dead pinball features everything fans would want in a flesh-eating pinball world. Players fight to survive the zombie apocalypse alongside series icon, Sheriff Rick Grimes, by battling zombies and completing various game missions. The game includes multiple zombie toys for adrenalin-filled zombie battles at familiar locations from the show such as the Prison and Cell Block C. A brilliant high-definition zombie-filled art package heightens the player’s excitement.

The Limited Edition (LE) version of the game offers unique special effects such as a fish tank with illuminated sculpted zombie heads and a motorized crossbow assembly that allows players to launch the ball anywhere in the game. The LE mirrored back glass with exclusive art adds to the dynamic pinball experience.

The limited edition model has a MSRP of $8,595, while the pro model has a MSRP of $5,995.

Check out the beautiful layout below!

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The Walking Dead Companion Series Gets Pilot Order

WalkingDeadSeason3Poster-610x903Deadline has reported that The Walking Dead companion series has gotten a pilot green light. This is a good first step, but the series isn’t 100% guarantee since it isn’t a straight-to-series pickup, like the original The Walking Dead was. Calling the first episode a “pilot” is a good sign though.

Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert from The Walking Dead are also executive producers of the new show and it is being produced by AMC Studios. Dave Erickson, who co-created and co-wrote the pilot with Kirkman, will serve as an executive producer and showrunner. The show will go into production later this year.

The series will explore what’s going on in other parts of the world during the zombie apocalypse.

The fifth season of The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 12.

McFarlane Toys to Launch Walking Dead Brick Building Sets

McFarlane_BuildingSets_logoMcFarlane Toys have unveiled a revolutionary evolution in brick building toys based on television’s most watched drama, AMC’s The Walking Dead. Known as a game-changer for its realistic action figures, including those based on The Walking Dead, McFarlane Toys is adding a new line to their already impressive offerings. The new The Walking Dead toys will extend McFarlane’s high standards of artistic vision, realistic accuracy and incredible detail into the brick building toy aisle alongside of other leading manufacturers. McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead building sets and figures will be available this fall only at Toys”R”Us stores nationwide and online at Toysrus.com

The initial McFarlane Toys’ The Walking Dead brick building line will feature realistic sculpts, light-up and shaped features, iconic environments, and dozens of your fan-favorite characters and walkers. Both collectors and fans of the cult phenomenon can literally recreate their favorite scenes with this new highly detailed and realistic The Walking Dead product line.

The Walking Dead series one product line will feature building sets, expansion packs, and figure blind bags for consumers to build their own The Walking Dead apocalypse:

The Building Sets: MSRP $9.99-64.99Daryl Dixon with Chopper, The Governor’s Room, and Prison Tower with Gate. Expand your brick building apocalypse with additional figure and accessory packs.

Blind Bag Figures: MSRP $2.99Daryl Dixon, Michonne, The Governor, Carl Grimes, Riot Gear Walker, Michonne’s Pet Walker, and Herd Walkers.

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Finale, 2nd Highest in Series History

THE-WALKING-DEAD-Season-4-Finale-Poster-RickThe Walking Dead went out on a high note for the finale of its fourth season. The excellent episode delivered 15.7 million viewers of which were 10.2 million adults age 18-49. That’s a record breaking night for AMC which also saw a record for The Talking Dead which saw 7.3 million viewers and 4.7 million adults age 18-49. If that wasn’t enough, Comic Book Men had 1.1 million viewers of which 715,000 were adults age 18-49.

The fourth season of The Walking Dead was a record setting one. The series saw an average of 13.3 million live/same day viewers per episode. Of that 8.6 million were adults age 18-49. That’s an increase of +24%/+22% over season three.

From an AMC release, here’s some statistical highlights.

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season four finale of The Walking Dead

  • 9 pm airing – 8.0 national HH rating with 15.7 million viewers
  • 9 pm airing – 8.0 national rating with 10.2 million Adults 18-49
  • 9 pm airing – 7.8 national rating with 9.3 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three finale of Talking Dead

  • 10 pm airing – 3.8 national HH rating with 7.3 million viewers
  • 10 pm airing – 3.7 national rating with 4.7 million Adults 18-49
  • 10 pm airing – 3.7 national rating with 4.4 million Adults 25-54

Key Nielsen Highlights for the season three finale of Comic Book Men

  • 12 am airing – 0.8 national HH rating with 1.1 million viewers
  • 12 am airing – 0.6 national rating with 715,000 Adults 18-49
  • 12 am airing – 0.6 national rating with 666,000 Adults 25.54

The Walking Dead was a monster online as well. The show was the #1 non-sports related program on the night on Twitter with 1.01 million Tweets from 356,770 unique people. All that added up to 63.11 million Twitter impressions. There were also numerous hashtags related to the show that were trending.

On Facebook 3.1 million people had 5.8 million interactions about The Walking Dead.

 

TV Review: The Walking Dead S.4 Ep.16 – A

Warning Spoilers Ahead

the walking dead season 4In the season finale of The Walking Dead Rick and the others begin to reunite at Terminus, soon realizing that the marauders are closing in, and that the so-called sanctuary is not exactly what it seems to be.

The episode opens up in the past, with everyone back at the prison, it’s simpler times, a time of happiness. Quickly flash to Rick, alone, covered in blood, sitting on a road by himself, and shaking. We know to expect a tense episode, and we’re not even at the credits yet.

Post credits, we see Rick, Carl and Michonne, still in the woods and surviving, making their way to Terminus. After a quiet moment of teaching, the three are interrupted by the screams of an individual surrounded by walkers. Their quiet moment has gone bad as the three are now on the run, having to change their plans and now figure out where to go to survive the walkers. It leads them to a car, and things are calm again. But that’s not for long… Rick and crew are surrounded by the crew Daryl has joined. And the crew has issues with Rick, they know he killed a member of their crew. But, I don’t remember them ever seeing Rick and I have no idea how they know who did it. But, that’s a plot hole I guess I’ll need to go back and figure out myself.

Out of all of the moments this season, this battle, between Rick and the “bikers” is the scariest of them all. I had no idea how they’d all get out of it and what’s needed to be done to survive, what is done, is brutal, visceral, and frightening. This is Rick unchained, all his pent-up anger is loosened.

But, throughout the episode, we’re shown flashbacks. The flashbacks are mostly between Rick and Herschel. We’ve never seen how Rick became a farmer, a shepherd, and here’s that back story. The episode is clearly about Rick’s finding peace, then losing it due to man, not the walkers. It’s also about what world Rick is giving Carl. As Hershel says, Rick’s war is over, but from the fight we just saw, it’s clearly not. Rick won’t know peace in this world. But, they’re back with Daryl! So… yay?

Rick and Daryl discuss Daryl’s journey and what happened and it’s clear these four are family now. Rick explains his anger that unleashes is a reason they’re alive. We’ve just seen it, and saw it with Rick and Tyreese. Rick is a killer for survival, not because it’s part of some rule set, and he’ll do what he needs to so he and Carl survives. What’s also interesting is Michonne with Carl. It’s clear there’s a motherly/sisterly thing going on with Michonne watching over Carl. It’s a great relationship and is another example of the growth of these characters over this season and the series. It all leads to Michonne opening up to Carl about how she lost her child and boyfriend, an emotional moment for her as she explains her “pet” zombies and how she deserved to drag them around as a reminder. To her it made her a monster and gone. She’s found now, with a new family. But, the dynamic between the three, Rick, Michonne, and Carl is a weird one, but shows how things have changed in personal relationships, along with the new threats.

But, the four have gotten to Terminus and are smart by sneaking in. There they meet the members of this crew and are welcomed. Something isn’t right. Much like Rick and crew, we’re suspicious as viewers, wondering what the spin of it all is. Should we trust them? That answer is quickly provided.

Things quickly dissolve, and Rick and crew are under fire again, up against unknown forces who want something…. we don’t know what, we don’t know why. It’s tense, very tense, and I felt my stomach tighten as the action progressed. I expected the worst. But, through it all, there’s some good moments, as Rick and his team is reunited with Glenn and his. It’s a joining of forces we’ve been waiting for.

After all of that, we’re back in the past. Happier moments. Rick, Carl, Herschel, joined by Beth working on the farm. Cut though to the present, and Rick is about to lead another revolution, and take on Terminus. A hell of an ending as it looks like season five is starting off with war.

Next season can’t come soon enough…. I left the episode shaking, jaw dropped, and counting down the days.

Writer Credits: Frank Darabont, Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard
Overall Score: 8.75

TV Review: Comic Book Men – Episode 316 – Knights of the Stash

Warning Spoilers Ahead

comic book menIn this episode of Comic Book Men, Jason Mewes invites the guys to a Renaissance fair for medieval revelry and a customer brings in one of the most valuable items the Stash has ever seen.

The most valuable item is interesting and kicks off the show. This is an item I’ve never eve heard of, which is a reason I like the show. As usual it’s a fun thing about the episode, I find something about geekdom that’s new to me. The end decision about the deal, I’m not too sure on, but it’s always interesting to hear Walt’s thought process on how he comes to his decisions.

I’ve never been to a Renaissance fair. There’s little about it that interests me. So watching how these guys react going to one is entertaining. It’s all clearly set up and none of it is realistic in that you or I could experience one like they experience it. The situations are fun, and in the beginning the crew is rather mixed in their enjoyment, but that generally turns. The most interesting thing is that there’s a good debate about how Walt judges the folks who appreciate Renaissance fairs, but they themselves have no issue with comic related cosplay. I wish there was more discussion of that, as it’s well worth it. But, thankfully most of the group seems to disagree with Walt, who’s the judgy one of them.

Overall, the episode was an ok one, maybe the weakest of the season, but there’s still moments that got me to laugh. I do appreciate it on some level…. still not sure I’ll ever go to a Renaissance fair.

Featuring: Ming Chen, Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, Bryan Johnson, Mike Zapcic Overall Score: 7

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