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Those Two Geeks Episode 202: The Cost Of Collectibles

The two geeks don’t have a plan (what’s new?) so end up talking about toys (again, what’s new?) and the increased cost of things.

Mostly toys.

You can reach Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Those Two Geeks Episode 201: Toys, Movies and More!

The two geeks wax lyrical about toys, the movies, stop at a drive through, and realize they forgot something. All in a day’s work.

If you’re in need of someone to talk to, please reach out to 1-833-456-4566 or 1-800-784-2433 for Canada and the US respectively. Alex and Joe are always open to chat as well, but are far from qualified.

You can reach Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Those Two Geeks Episode 200: An Unprepared Year End Anniversary Episode

The two geeks forgot that they were recording the 200th episode (despite Alex saving the last episode as “Those Two Geeks 199” on his laptop), forgot that they were going to do a Best Marvel Legends of the year, and… ultimately forgot everything they wanted to do until they started recording. You can hear the penny drop around the half hour mark as the geeks realize what happened.

If you’re in need of someone to talk to, please reach out to 1-833-456-4566 or 1-800-784-2433 for Canada and the US respectively. Alex and Joe are always open to chat as well, but are far from qualified.

You can reach Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Underrated: Masters Of The Universe

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Masters Of The Universe


Masters of the Universe

It’s hard to imagine the impact that Masters of the Universe had on kids in the 80’s and, to a lesser extent, the 90’s. There has been a lot written and recorded about the franchise, from its beginnings as a line of action figures that would be advertised by a now much revered cartoon, to its status as a cult classic, so I have no intention of pretending to add something new to that vast database of knowledge. What I will do, however, is admit that this movie is far better than it has any right to be.

Now, if you’re surprised that this is the movie we’re focusing on today, then that’s possibly because you haven’t yet realized I’ve been on a significant Masters of the Universe kick of late, brought on because I picked up a He-Man figure during Hurricane Fiona (we had lost power for days at this point) so that when power was restored I could send a meme of He-Man when power had finally been restored. Clearly I had forgotten about using an actual gif, which is what ended up happening, but because I had a He-Man my collector brain now needed a Skeletor. And because I found a Skeletor, and Battle Cat for really good prices I ended up with Merman, Triclops and oh gods a new collection had been born.

I suppose my reinvigorated He-Man love came about because of the Masters Of The Universe Revelation cartoon, but it was – oddly enough – seeing an action figure of He-Man that pushed me over the edge again. So it was that I decided to revisit the live action movie from the 80’s with the expectation that it would be a terrible movie… and it honestly wasn’t. Yes, there were definitely departures from the cartoons, there was no Orko, Prince Adam or Snout Spout; the villains were half original (but no less enjoyable). The setting was less Eternia and more six blocks in Oregon with a brilliantly realized Castle Grayskull throne room – due largely to budget cuts the throne room was in dark during the climactic final scene.

Dolph Lundgren’s sword play was… less than authentic, but given how He-Man rarely used his sword in an offensive way in the cartoon it still felt oddly accurate.

The movie isn’t great, but it’s absolutely fantastic for what it is; a fun, romp that’s largely faithful to the spirit of the cartoon if not the letter. Frank Langella’s Skeletor is genuinely sinister, and a true highlight of the movie (along with that bald 80’s authority figure James Tolkan). The movie somehow becomes more than it should be when you want to enjoy it. When you embrace its quirks and foibles and you embrace the Eternian sayings that the movie uses with abandon. This isn’t going to be high on your watch list, but it’s a lot of fun nonetheless.

Good journey, folks.


There we have it. Are there other comic book related stuff out there that is, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?

Absolutely.

Because of that, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is. In the meantime, though, if you do get a chance check out the characters in thisUnderrated, then you may need to hunt through the back issue bins for some, but others do have some stories collected in trades.

Until next time!

Masters of the Universe returns with Masters of the Universe: Masterverse!

Masters of the Universe returns in a new anthology comic series in the Revelation universe, Masters of the Universe: Masterverse! The first issue is written by Tim Seeley, with art by Eddie Nuñez, Sergio Aragonés, and Kelley Jones, and color by Rico Renzi and Brennan Wagner and it will also feature a variant cover by Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart! E.J. Su, Victor Santos, David Rubín, Claudia Balboni, Daniel Lopez, and Fico Ossio will have art in subsequent issues. 

In the depths of Castle Grayskull, The Sorceress and Zodac debate the value of He-Man. To save the life of her champion, the Sorceress must take the Cosmic Enforcer on a tour of the multiverse. First, a tour across a world where a dim, barbaric He-Man bumbles through a world of annoying warrior goddesses and bored demons as he’s pursued by a hungry green tiger in a tale drawn by the legendary Sergio Aragonés! Then, a stop in an Eternia where the power of Grayskull summons an entirely different warrior in a horrific ghost story illustrated by Kelley Jones! Written by MotU alumni Tim Seeley with a framing story by Eddie Nuñez, this is an anthology series not to be missed! 

Masters of the Universe: Masterverse #1 (of 4) will be available starting February 15, 2023 and is now available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Those Two Geeks Episode 194: With No Planned Topic… TOYS!

The two geeks chat about toys, preorders, and the irritation of companies not releasing things on time.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Those Two Geeks Episode 190: We Won’t Talk About The Haslab. The Sky Is Green.

The two geeks weren’t going to talk about the Engine of Vengeance Haslab… but they do. And then collecting in general.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Those Two Geeks Episode 189: THAT End Credits Scene

The two geeks talk about the end credits scene from Black Adam that has been leaked, but oddly not the movie itself as neither of these two have seen it yet. And then inevitably end up talking about toys (again).

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Those Two Geeks Episode 188: Henry Cavil and Crowdfunding Toys

The two geeks talk about Henry Cavil as Superman, and then inevitably end up talking about toys. Specifically Eternia from Mattel and the Engine of Vengeance from Hasbro.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

Those Two Geeks Episode 187: Bloody Hurricanes…

The two geeks are back, and spend the entire show talking about toys. Mostly.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on Twitter respectively @karcossa and @FirstRonin4 if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on Twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Music by AlexGrohl from Pixabay

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