Monsters, Robots and Masked Vigilantes: A Home Video Roundup

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As far as I’m concerned, the new fall season can’t get here fast enough. Every summer I manage to find a couple of series to get me through the doldrums, but I still tend to split most of my TV time between Netflix and Blu-ray/DVD releases of older fare. Continue reading

Shout Factory Brings Home Your Favorite Robots


I’ve come to rely on Shout Factory for a lot entertainment-wise, most specifically for my robot-related home video needs. Their most recent offerings are particularly noteworthy, especially to the geekily inclined. Continue reading

Win Transformers: Armada — The Complete Series

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Armada stands out as a particularly interesting point in the Transformers franchise’s history. In the early 2000s this series marked a total reboot to Transformers continuity, and, along with sequels Energon and Cybertron, made up the first portion of what is known as the Unicron Trilogy. Continue reading

Editor’s Choice – Z’s Holiday Gift List

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Here are my ten quick picks for this year’s holiday season. Some I’ve mention before, but some are brand new. Some I’ve been enjoying months, while others I’ve just discovered. So take a look, and see what’s hot in the House of Z! Continue reading

Costume Hoodies: My Costuming Protip for Geek Parents

Wearing their costume hoodies Spiderman and Ironman team up to fight evil on a chilly fall afternoon. Photo by Ryan Carlson 2013

We recently discovered the existence of costume hoodies and they are a new family favorite. In addition to having an increase in fun super hero imaginary play, my kids haven’t fought me a single time these past few weeks about having to put on something weather appropriate for a chilly afternoon. Continue reading

Magic, Monsters and Predacons: A Halloween DVD Viewing Guide

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Like any good nerd, what is a single night of revelry for regular folks — Halloween — is a month-long event for me. In addition to a slow roll-out of decorations and the laborious task of cobbling together the perfect costumes for me and my brood, the seasonal merrymaking also includes weekly viewing of especially spooky programming. Of course, now that my kids are old enough to want to participate I’ve had to dial back the gore. Continue reading

Transformers, Connecting the Generations


There are plenty of card and board games that have endured for generations — many of them that arguably didn’t deserve to. But, because of the evolution of the technology behind toys, relatively few classics have made it through the years to appeal to today’s kids as much as they did to their parents when they were kids — at least, not without fundamental changes to the way they work.

And then there are Transformers. Continue reading