Geek in the City

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Your friendly neighborhood Geek & Things From Another World presents…make that proudly presents the return of Geek Trivia Night! Going live tonight at 7pm at the Vendetta Bar (4306 North Williams Ave), Geek Trivia Night is your chance to prove all those nights spent around the gaming table or A-Team marathons was totally worth it!

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The skinny: You must be 21 and older to play, and trivia is always free! You can forge a team of up to four members (like Buffy & the Scoobs), or go solo (like the Goddamn Batman)!

Questions range from comics to movies, music, games, and more. Oh yeah, and there’s the occasional geography question to throw everyone off. (But only fun geography, like name all the capital cities on Krynn… And if that made you grin, you totally need to be at Geek Trivia Night). Prizes include bar tabs, comics swag, geekly pride, and sexy nerd hook-ups*!

There are two rounds each night, so if you don’t make it by 7:00, you can still have fun. And if you want a table, well . . . maybe show up a little early. Like 4:30.

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*Both TFAW and GeekintheCity Legal would like to point out that Aaron is once again talking out of his airlock and in no way are you guaranteed a sexy nerd hook-up. Or, any kind of hook-up and both companies would really like it if Aaron would just shut the frak up once in a while.

Geek in the City Radio Issue 45 – Genius and Awesome!

In this epic issue of GeekintheCity Radio, Aaron forces Scott to play through the pain as he again faces down the Saint Helens Gunk. Still, Scott didn’t become famous by being a wuss, and so he brings the first five of his Top-50 Films of the Decade! Then, Aaron gives Scott some much needed rest as Dan Clark steps in for all that is righteous and epic in toys. But first, Aaron and Dan create the greatest film of all time. Ever. A film to rule all films! Finally, Dan talks about the best toys of 2009 from movies the utterly blew. All that, and Aaron says goodbye to a dear love. Only on GeekintheCity Radio.

This weeks musical breaks are:

Podsafe Christmas SongJonathan Coulton

Poor Old JackPlain White T’s from Nightmare Revisited

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Weta’s Victorious Mongoose – Miniature Version – Toy Review

Last week we talked about the Righteous Bison Invisible Particle Smasher, the latest full-sized raygun in the Weta Original’s Dr. Grordbort’s line of infallible aether oscillators. This week, Weta has provided us with the Righteous Bison’s little cousin, the miniaturized version of the Victorious Mongoose.

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If you are not familiar with Weta’s miniature rayguns, they are essentially the same pieces available in the pricier $700 (USD) line, but scaled down to roughly one quarter scale. It’s not quite as small as the houses and landmarks you might see in a model town, but smaller that the scaled down playing cards you’d find playing Poker DK. It’s tiny – but then, that’s half the appeal. Fans of the Weta podcasts have probably heard joking references to a particular shop where full-sized ray guns are put through a miniaturization process to create the diminutive versions. With an impressive level of detail carrying over could one could almost believe some sort of “miniaturization” ray was used.

As the fifth ray gun in the miniature line, the Victorious Mongoose is a unique. Whereas the majority of the other pieces are designed as massive weapons, this is more of a Derringer pistol. Designed by Greg Broadmore and modeled by Greg Tremont, the level of detail is exquisite considering the raygun’s roughly 3-inch size. While at the same time, it has an appropriate level of proportion and design elements to it. This is a concealable raygun after all; the design rightly does not include the fins and projections that decorate the rest of Dr. Grordbort’s arsenal.

In discussing other rayguns I have often commented on how they have a believable feel about them. Cast in what Weta describes as “confoundedly weighty metal,” the Victorious Mongoose has this in common with the others of its pedigree.

Paint

The paint application on this piece could be described as minimalist. No energy was wasted in colorizing parts that don’t need it. In doing so Weta has cast the illusion of a weapon whose intended purpose is dirty work, not for show.  There is a lot of charm to that. Sure, they tapped into the Weta penchant for using paint and color to make the piece look worn and slightly rusted where appropriate, but there are no frills to this raygun.

Because of these factors, when you hold the Mongoose in your palm you can envision how a card player in Dr. Grordbort’s world would employ it. One could easily see it armed in a spring-loaded wrist rig of a man who sits patiently, pith helmet is cocked back at a rakish angle, waiting for the Venusian across from him to call his inside straight an act of roguishness.

Packaging

Like the previous miniatures in the line, the Victorious Mongoose comes in a heavy, illustration covered, cardboard box. The raygun and it’s accompanying stand are held securely in a form-fitting mold. The lid of the box opens to the side like a book binding.  The combination of these factors is handsome enough that you could display the raygun in the box.

Overall Impressions

With a retail price of $49 (USD), the Victorious Mongoose is equivalent to the cost of around ten craft beers at your favorite brew pub.  I would certainly consider this a worthy trade-off. This is a great little collectible and I have become at least as much a fan of the miniaturized rayguns as I am of the full sized versions.

The miniaturized rayguns are such good representations of the full scale versions that only size (obviously) and cost separate them. The standard rayguns run around $700 and are typically around a foot long (the 45 inch Unnatural Selector Ray Blunderbus notwithstanding). The original Victorious Mongoose itself runs $550 more then the miniature and is six inches longer. If you are a collector of more modest means, such as this writer, you can more easily afford, and have space for, a complete collection of miniatures.  The complete line of full scale rayguns would require an additional room built onto your house and probably an over-priced divorce attorney to go with it.

Clearly, the Victorious Mongoose comes highly recommended by this reviewer. This raygun would be either a great addition to your own collection or an excellent gift to the discerning man or woman of adventure in your life.

Read more musings by Robert Alpi Jr.: International Man of Mystery at his blog, Legends Ink.


Geek in the City Radio Issue 33 – 8-Bits, Pirates, & Yakface…on a stick.

Wow. That is really the only word for this issue of GeekintheCity Radio. Simply, wow. In this issue, Scott is joined by Dan Clark and Bobby Roberts as Aaron is off interviewing Rick Weis of the 2009 Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Thrill with tales of Podracing with the Oakland Raiders. How to win free passes to the 4th Annual Portland Pirate Festival. The Boo Yaa bitch-slap-throw-down! And, a strange journey into the realm of Yakface and Dokken. Nowhere, now more than ever, than GeekintheCity Radio.

This weeks musical breaks are:

Chase Dat GoldVacant Manifesto

Wolves of the SeaAlestorm

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Geek in the City Radio Issue 28 – Best of Volume 3

With no available screeners, most of the crew away on assignment, and the pop culture world suffering from SDCC hangover, Aaron and Scott take a nice little vacation. However, they don’t want you to face the weekend without hi-jinks for your pods. So, a fun clip show. Just image Aaron and Scott dressed like Wink Martindale as they introduce each clip.

Starring… Aaron and Scott (duh). Fatboy Roberts, Vanished Twin Photography, Cat the PA, Da Govn’r, Sarah X Vader, Borks, Clyde Lewis, Sulu, Dave Walker, and a bunch of other people that Aaron totally can’t remember because he just spent 8 hours going through old shows. See you all next week with a Giant-Size Annual!

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