Needless Things Podcast 261 – Dead Alive Needless Commentary

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Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

It’s Lady’s Night in the Phantom Zone! For this month’s selection Nicole Ghouled picked the legendary gross-out flick Dead Alive!
As many older horror fans’ first experience with Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, Dead Alive sets a very different tone for his career than King Kong or Lord of the Rings. Chock full of innovation and complimented by brilliant yet classic storytelling, this New Zealand gorefest displayed Jackson’s ingenuity and creative spirit.
Listen in as Dave, Nicole, Ryan, and Sean get covered in red pudding for this month’s Needless Commentary!
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Needless Things Podcast 258 – Plastic Legends: The History of Wrestling Toys

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We are on the Road to WrestleMania and it’s high time the Needless Things Irregulars talked about their favorite wrestling toys, brother!

From LJN to Hasbro to San Francisco Toymakers and beyond, there have been a huge number of popular toy lines based on the greatest sports personalities of all time. Most of the best-known wrestling federations from the last four decades have had toy lines that have seen some level of success.
In today’s episode Dave talks to Rich from Nerdy Laser and Chris from Figures Toy Company about the history of wrestling toys in their lives. Which line will go down as the best in the history of Our Great Sport?
Listen in as Dave, Rich, and Chris throw their toys into the squared circle 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 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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Needless Things Podcast 247 – The Best of 2018

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The Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Negative Zone for a look back at 2018!

Dave, Beth, Rad Ranger, Arian, Ryan Cadaver, and Nicole gathered together in person to discuss some of the highlights – and lowlights – of 2018, plus share a bit of excitement for the year to come! It’s one of the most epically entertaining episodes ever!
Listen in as the Irregulars discuss the best movies, TV, and more of the last year!
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