Needless Things Podcast 255 – Transformers

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The Rad Ranger stops by the Needless Things Podcast to talk about one of the longest-lived 80s toy lines – Hasbro’s Transformers!
Originating in the early 80s with the standard toy/cartoon/comic book licensing combo, Transformers changed toys as we knew them. Robots that transformed into cars, jets, guns, and more were an ideal concept for the kids of the era. An amalgamation of several different Japanese toy lines, America’s Transformers line saw instant success.
That success has lasted right up through today, with countless animated shows, live action movies, comic books, and iterations of the original toy line. Even now a brand new line is in stores – Transformers War for Cybertron: Siege is bringing the sensibilities of the original franchise toy toys that take advantage of every modern innovation.
Listen in as Dave and Sean discuss their personal histories with the Transformers franchise on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 254 – Masters of the Universe: Toy Fair 2019 & More

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Mr. Beau Brown returns to the Needless Things Podcast to discuss Super 7’s Toy Fair reveals, Snake Mountain, the upcoming(?) live action Masters film, and more!

Super 7 had some huge surprises at this year’s New York International Toy Fair, including figures based on William Stout’s costume designs and a date for the Snake Mountain playset preorder. Additionally, Paramount is supposedly set to start filming the long-awaited new Masters of the Universe movie this July, with no cast announced!
Listen in as Dave and Beau discuss all of this He-Man news and more on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

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Needless Things Podcast 253 – Toy Fair 2019

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The Needless Things Irregulars assemble for their annual look at the New York International Toy Fair!

The 2019 New York International Toy Fair was held from February 16th-19th so that toy manufacturers from all over the world could get retailers and journalists excited about their offerings for the upcoming year. Hasbro, Mattel, Funko, NECA, and many more all bring out their prototypes, concepts, and newest licenses to display in the biggest toy-oriented gathering of the year!
Join Phantom, Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan, The Belligerent Monkey, and Josh Wilson as they discuss the coolest collectibles that will be unleashed in the coming year!

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Needless Things Podcast 252 – Alita: Battle Angel

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Dave, Ryan Cadaver, and Nicole Ghouled caught an early sneak preview of Robert Rodriguez’ adaptation of the classic manga, Battle Angel Alita this past Monday. All three were so enthralled by and impressed with the movie that they had to get together to discuss it for this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

Starting with the manga in 1990 and then the animated adaptation in 1993, the story of this warrior has been inspiring fans for decades. Battle Angel draws from many classic genre styles while retaining a unique voice and style of its own. Those same inspired fans have been curious about a live action adaptation, and when James Cameron announced his intention to create one, things seemed promising.
The production process, however, was a long one. This left many doubting the project would ever truly see the light of day. But then the pieces starting coming together, with the unparalleled Robert Rodriguez as director, Rosa Salazar as the titular cyborg, and perhaps most impressively, Cristoph Waltz as Dr. Ido.
With such a promising team assembled, the ambitious film was a go and is now ready to be unleashed upon the world to inspire a whole new generation!
Listen in as Dave, Ryan, and Nicole break down this compelling cyberpunk fairytale!
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Needless Things Podcast 251 – Sting & Ric Flair LIVE from Dragon Con

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This episode of the Needless Things Podcast was recorded in front of a packed ballroom audience at Dragon Con 2018!

The man called Sting is one of the most decorated and celebrated heroes in the history of professional wrestling.
The Nature Boy Ric Flair is an unprecedented sixteen time World Champion and is generally regarded as the greatest professional wrestler of all time.
These men have faced each other – and hundreds of other opponents – countless times through the decades. And now, moderated by your Needless Things host, they will share tales of battle and glory LIVE from Dragon Con!
Listen in as Dave takes the stage with two of wrestling’s biggest legends!
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Needless Things Podcast 250 – Kirk R. Thatcher Part 2: LIVE from Dragon Con

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On episode 225 of the Needless Things Podcast your host, Dave, and his guest Kirk Thatcher promised to continue the interview live at Dragon Con.

THIS is THAT interview!
Conducted in front of a live audience for the Puppetry Track, this conversation includes Kirk’s work with the Henson Company as well as many other puppetry-related projects. Kirk has lived an amazing life in the entertainment business and has a multitude of diverse experiences to share.
Listen in as Dave and Kirk share a bit of Fireball and some laughs LIVE from Dragon Con 2018!
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Needless Things Podcast 249 – Let’s Get Ready to Wrestling!!!

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On this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast your host, Dave, summons the lions of professional wrestling fandom to form a Voltron of righteous wrestling repartee!

From across the country and representing many corners of fandom, the Needless Things Irregulars gather on the Skype-O-Tron to discuss everything there is to chat about prior to WWE’s Royal Rumble, happening this Sunday! From their own personal histories to the state of WWE today, no topic is off-limits in this n-holds-barred wrestling episode!
Listen in as Darling Dave, Jumpin’ Joe Crowe, Noel “The Gnoll” Wood, Rabid Richie Ewell, and the Howdymaster dissect the squared circle on the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!
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PLUS:
Watching WWE’s Royal Rumble this Sunday? Here are the rules for the Official Phantom Zone Royal Rumble Game!:
*Number 30 ping pong balls 1-30. Trust me – drawing actual balls instead of just picking numbers adds SO MUCH fun!
*Each player draws numbers until they’re all gone. If everyone doesn’t have the same number, points can be altered to even the odds.
*Each player will need a way to keep track of their points. You earn points through the actions of each Superstar that entered at whichever numbers you drew.
*1 point for each elimination. If multiple Superstars assist in a single elimination, they each get a point. Don’t worry – it’s fair and easier than using fractions.
*2 points for each of the final four Superstars left in the Rumble
*5 points for the winner of the Rumble
*If you’re the host, remember to have fabulous prizes for the contestants!
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