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THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA…..an “AVENGERS” Summer!!!

Posted in Collectibles, Comics, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

The Mighty Thor

I cannot lie,  I truly am a sucker for a good blockbuster movie.  Drop that Blockbuster in the summer and you might find me first on line geeked out talking about “Avengers” history and why I cant wait for Iron Man 3 to be released. But the truth is blockbusters are blockbusters because these films do not only appeal to the nerdy gamer fanboys out there, no actually blockbusters have the broadest appeal of all movies….thats what makes em blockbusters!!

But the Summer of 2011 is shaping up to be “THE SUMMER OF THE BLOCKBUSTER” …..it seems every weekend this summer another huge movie will be released and the festivities get started on May 6 with the release of “THOR”

Now ever since the good folks at Marvel Studios started to cross promote their characters (for example) Robert Downey Jr. aka Iron Man makes a brief cameo at the end of The Incredible Hulk and then Samuel L. Jackson aka Nick Fury makes a very brief appearance at the tail end of the credits  for Iron Man 1. ….I have been waiting for this summer when THOR the God Of Thunder and The First Avenger Captain America hit the big screen!!

As one might be able to tell I am well versed in Marvel lore which maybe does make me a nerdy fanboy..but I digress.

Captain America

The point here is that Marvel has been laying the foundation for what might be the ultimate comic book blockbuster of all time ‘THE AVENGERS”.  Where the stars of Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and the forthcoming Captain America all join forces to form a super group. Considering “The Avengers” would star Robert Downey Jr. , Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo , Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner, to say that this is anything less than a massive and ambitious endeavor is the understatement of the year!

The Avengers!!

So with Iron Man and The Hulk already two films deep in their respective franchises , the summer of 2011 gives us not one but two HUGE marvel superhero films..and both are sure to be huge…I hope.

Thor gets first dibs and really is the start of the entire summer movie season with a May 6th release date. Then on July 22nd Captain America gets his shot at once again becoming America’s most beloved super soldier. But Thor and Captain America will not be the only superheroes getting some burn this summer…On June 17th Ryan Reynolds get his shot at Super Hero stardom as his becomes the Green Lantern, which although not a Marvel release (Green Lantern is from the DC Universe of Superman and Batman) will also sure to be a big one.

But THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA are the two releases I am most excited for as they will lead into Iron Man 3 and most importantly the first “AVENGERS” installment coming in summer 2012.

The Marvel Universe is simply no joke!!

“Hermes Boat Shoes”

Posted in Accessory, Clothing, Collectibles, Design, Fashion, Hip-Hop, Music, Rappers, Sneakers with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

"Oh Im So Old School"

Ok these are not “HERMES BOAT SHOES” but when I saw the image of these new Kicks from the Converse Jack Purcell line, the first thing that came to me was that classic Jay Z lyric…

“Lampin in the Hamptons, the weekends man
The Stan Smith Adidas and the Campers
Or playin guts on the cruise, Hermes boat shoes
The Izod bucket on I’m so old school”
That Ni$$a Jigga

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“Loungin In The Hamptons, The Weekends Man”

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Is it me or are these joints kind of hot?? It is me or might Diddy be rocking these? Is it me or will Diddy BE rocking these this summer while in St. Tropez with his man-servant Mr. Bentley shielding him from the Mediterranean sun with a Louis V umbrella?

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Yes that’s the Louis Vuitton LC ARC EN CIEL UMBRELLA

(Shout out to my mom for giving me the LV bug)

These Converse Jack Purcell are def taking on a nautical theme, Converse drops a new rendition of its classic Jack Purcell Ox. The kicks feature a mostly white base, complimented by navy flag detailing throughout the uppers with a multi-color flag motif on the clear outsoles.

Summer is coming!

as Jay says……. “Who is this Hot?”

Hit me on the Twit or on the Book.

John DeLorean x Cutty Sark

Posted in Collectibles, Design, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 30, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Passover is a great time , family and friends get together every spring and celebrate a wonderful Jewish holiday. So yesterday as my mother was slaving in the kitchen (along with the catering staff) my father showed me some new pieces we acquired in our constantly expanding NY Yankee memorabilia collection. Some late 1970’s and early 1980’s World Series programs.

Of course looking at the line ups and the old school team photos are great, but the real treasure in these classic programs are the advertisements. Ads have a way a capturing a moment in time and a glimpse into our pop culture past.

I came across some gems in these three programs, but one really took the cake : The infamous renegade car designer John DeLorean in an ad for Cutty Sark , yes Cutty Sark the brand of liquor. And it’s not like Mr. DeLorean is simply featured as a celebrity endorsing his favorite alcoholic beverage , but there also appears the image of the iconic DeLorean car (most people would not it as Doc Browns time machine in “Back To The Future”)

Now anything related to DeLorean has always fascinated me, there was a family down the block from me growing up that owned a DeLorean and it was a sick looking car that always stuck with me. That fact coupled with the Delorean FBI drug sting story (which is  a whole other blog post entirely) makes Mr. DeLorean a unique and fascinating american entrepeneur.

But the true greatness of this Ad is that , it is a car company blatantly endorsing an alcohol brand complete with an image of both a drink and a car on the same page. How would the organization M.A.D.D. feel about this piece and would it even be legal in todays landscape?

Drinking and Driving is no joke, but again this ad gives a great look into what society was like in 1981, the crusade against drunk driving had clearly not gained steam at this point, but John Delorean was definitely making some hot looking rides!

Supreme Nunchucks & Bathing Ape Chopsticks…Branding run amuck??

Posted in Accessory, Benihana, Collectibles, YouTube Classics with tags , , on March 17, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Bruce Lee is smiling somewhere!

Two wonderful brands ; Supreme & Bathing Ape have taken their logo game to a whole new level.

Supreme has gone Bruce Lee on everyone and released branded Nunchucks. In case you are not a martial arts head and have never had the pleasure of seeing the greatest karate movie ever made “Enter The Dragon” , Nunchucks are defined as : An oriental hand weapon for defense against frontal assault, consisting of two foot-long hardwood sticks joined by a chain.  Supreme produced a video to show off their latest branded creation, but you can scour the web for that yourself. I prefer to go to the source , here is my man Bruce Lee getting nasty in a scene from “Enter The Dragon”

Get your weapons at both the NY and LA location

Supreme – New York
274 Lafayette Street | Map
New York, NY 10012
TEL #: 212-966-7799

Supreme – Los Angeles
439 North Fairfax Avenue | Map
Los Angeles, CA 90036
TEL #: 323-655-6205

Bathing Ape has extended their never-ending brand to less hostile territory, although if your nice like Bruce I am sure you could use them as a weapon. Bathing Ape Chopsticks!! When I think about it, how cool would it be  to roll into your favorite asian restaurant… lets say..Benihana.  I take out my camouflage chopstick case and remove my very own Bathing Ape chopsticks….how ya like me now?????

You might say that this is branding run amuck , but I disagree. If you are gonna walk around with your own chopsticks and martial arts weapon..they might as well come from the right brand!!

Oh and if your not up on the greatest Kung -Fu Legend ever..check out Bruce Lee Dot Com and get your education on.

UFC ROUND 5 FIGURES

Posted in Collectibles, MMA with tags , , , on March 16, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

ROUND 5

Yes I still buy toys!

But from the looks of the extensive collectibles market I cant be the only guy my age still loving his action figures. So I have to shine the light on one of my favorite companies. Canadian based ROUND 5. ROUND 5 is strictly for the Mixed Martial Arts addicts like myself.  Their line of MMA/UFC stars is great and growing fast.

No real points of articulation on these bad boys although you can move an arm here and there and reposition the figure, but for the most part these figures are for display purposes only. Round 5 just signed a licensing deal with the UFC, so all the top stars are represented. My personal favorite is def  “Rampage” Jackson complete with his signature chain and of course “The Ice Man” Chuck Lidell

RAMPAGE

THE ICEMAN

So if you feel like displaying your favorite UFC killers or you want to create your own little matches in the privacy of your own home , ROUND 5 figures are available and TOYS R US and online at Toywiz!! Have fun and I promise I wont tell a soul!