UPDATE #3:You can audition for Brain Surge beginning on January 18, 2010. Find out how here.
UPDATE: This web site is not affiliated with Nickelodeon nor do we have anything to do with casting for Brain Surge. You can find information on auditions for future seasons of BrainSurge by clicking here.
Here’s some slightly old news that I’m just picking up on. It’s fantastic news for anyone who grew up watching Nickelodeon’s many original game shows like Double Dare, Get the Picture, and Legends of the Hidden Temple.
Nickelodeon, the kids cable network, is beginning production of a new game show called BrainSurge. It’s their first all-new game show in a long time, isn’t it? I guess the success of My Family’s Got GUTS made them think of doing more cheap, popular programming. Not a ton is known about the show right now beyond that it begins taping in February in Hollywood, and only kids between the ages 8 and 14 are allowed in the audience. Parents and other non-young people will be put in a special room to watch the show.
They’ve been casting the show for a bit and finally realized a little bit of information. It’s a game of memory and concentration, which almost sounds a bit like the old 90s kids game show Get the Picture. Contestants from the ages 11 to 14 have a chance to win up to $3,000 in prizes if they make it on, which is pretty good for people that age. Losers get sent down the “Brain Drain” to get slimed.
I saw a taping of My Family’s Got GUTS at Universal Orlando a few months ago and really enjoyed it. While GUTS was never one of my favorite Nickelodeon game shows, it was still a fun trip down memory lane. I hope BrainSurge offers the same kind of excitement.
Tapings are currently scheduled for February 16 and 17 in Hollywood CA. Visit On Camera Audiences for more information on how to attend and be sure to comment here if you do!
UPDATE:Brain Surge premieres on Nickelodeon on Sept. 28, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.
UPDATE #2:Non-winning contestants on BrainSurge receive a Bucket of Slime as a parting gift. You can buy your own Bucket of Slime here:Tweet
Ghostbusters fans are finally getting the action figures we’ve been longing for!
In 2004, NECA released an excellent series of Ghostbusters action figures. While it was great to have Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, Gozer, and two Terror Dogs, there were no actual Ghostbusters to be found. Now, 5 years later, Mattel is coming through for the 25th anniversary of the original Ghostbusters film with what appear to be the ultimate figures. Prototypes were available for viewing at the New York Comic Con and they look fantastic.
Mattel’s “Ghostbusters” collectible line, debuts with 12-inch figures in June 2009, and will be available exclusively at MattyCollector.com. Each figure will feature window box packaging and include authentic Ghostbuster equipment unique to each character. For the first time, Mattel’s line will include talent likeness of Egon Spengler, Ray Stantz, Peter Venkman and Winston Zeddemore.
“Ghostbusters” collectors can also look forward to 6-inch figures, with one debuting at San Diego Comic Con in July 2009. Sculpted by Four Horsemen Studios, the team currently working on Mattel’s popular DC Universe™ Classics and Masters of the Universe® Classics collectible lines, the 6-inch line will come complete with authentic “Ghostbusters” equipment and ghost.
Mattel will also create characters and ghosts from the classic animated series, “The Real Ghostbusters,” to go along with the classic “Ghostbusters” film.
More photos, including close-ups of the insane detail level of the proton packs, can be found here.
There’s another Transformers live-action movie called Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen coming out on June 26. While I enjoyed the first Michael Bay-directed Transformers film, it did have many flaws, not the least of which was the gnarly look of the Transformers themselves in their robot forms.
While I sort of got used to the fact that Optimus Prime had lips and that Bumblebee was a Camaro instead of a Volkswagen Beetle, the look of Megatron never worked for me as he didn’t even remotely resemble any previous incarnation of the character.
Now, another fan-favorite character, Soundwave, looks like it will be butchered courtesy of Bay. Soundwave was famous for his monotone voice and ability to transform into a cassette player (complete with transforming Decepticon “tapes”). You probably remember him looking like this:
Now take a look at what Hasbro has lined up for the product line for the new Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen film:
What… is… THAT?! No, seriously. Soundwave? What? More proof:
And instead of transforming into this:
He’s going to transform into this:
HUH? Why even bother calling him Soundwave?
It’s the same nonsense Michael Bay pulled with Megatron. Yes, I realize that he wanted everything to “make sense” by only transforming into items that didn’t violate physics. So Megatron turning into a small gun or Soundwave turning into a cassette player wouldn’t make sense. But we are talking about robots from another planet traveling through space and landing on Earth. Would it be such a stretch to say they could not only transform their shape but also their size? Not much of a leap, in my opinion.
Michael Bay – Why must you torture us so?Tweet
Cartoon hero He-Man is to be brought to life on the big screen in a new movie. Warner Bros has joined forces with action filmmaker Joel Silver and Kung Fu Panda director John Stevenson to create a live action version of the 1980s series.
Masters of the Universe will tell the story of a prince who transforms into a warrior to challenge the villainous Skeletor and save his magical land.
It’s not the first time He-Man has appeared on the big screen; Dolph Lundgren played the hero in a 1987 movie, opposite Frank Langella as Skeletor.
It’s unknown who’ll take the lead role in the new adaptation.
He-Man coming soon, G.I. Joe on the way… what’s next? Thundercats?Tweet
Now is a great time to be nostalgic. I don’t mean right this second or even today, but just “now” as a general term for the years surrounding this moment in time. Many kids who grew up in the ’80s (like me) now in the twenty-something age range are now taking ’80s memories and turning them into must-own items. Of particular interest to me are…
Nintendo Products and Crafts
Even though there are plenty of great “next-gen” console games out there, I still regularly sit down to enjoy old school Nintendo gaming. Watching a pixelated Mario jump around the screen simply never gets old. That enjoyment easily carries over into collectibles, apparel, and other merchandise, so here are a few fun items I’ve recently come across online:
If you’re looking for a Nintendo shirt or hoodie, you need not look any further than 80stees.com.
Most Nintendo fans remember playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out and beating the pants off of King Hippo, getting frustrated with Soda Popinski, and entering in the magic code (007-373-5963) to skip all the nonsense and go after Tyson himself. With the shirt above, you can embrace your inner Little Mac and proudly run through the streets of New York as the champ that you know you are.
80stees.com has plenty of other great Nintendo shirts as well. In fact, half of my wardrobe came from this site.
If you’re looking for something a little less ordinary than a t-shirt, how about decking out your home’s decor with some Nintendo style? Here are a few options:
These Super Mario Bros. wall decals allow you to turn any room into something straight out of the Mushroom Kingdom. They’re moveable and reusable but come with a hefty price tag of $75. Also available are New Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong decals. They’re all officially-licensed Nintendo products so by purchasing them you’ll not only be showing how big of a fan you are but also supporting the company that started it all.
This snazzy classic Nintendo controller pillow case is not an officially-licensed product but is still pretty darn cool. They are made-to-order and thus can be made in any size you need. A standard pillow size is $35, but that can vary depending on what you’re looking for. If I had one of these, I’d make sure to enter up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, Start before going going to sleep every night, hoping to wake up with 30 lives in the morning.
Not all Nintendo-inspired items are created with mass-production in mind. Here are a couple of incredibl and one-of-a-kind home crafts:
This scarf would be a perfect companion piece to the above-linked Punch-Out t-shirt. The likenesses of Little Mac and Mike Tyson (at least his 8-bit version) are incredibly accurate and even in the daily heat of Florida, I’d be proud to wear this as a fashion accessory. Unfortunately, only one was made and it was sold last year for $175.
Practically every kid who grew up in the ’80s has at least one original Game Boy lying around. I personally have three of them (two were mine and one was my wife’s). One crafty fan turned his dead Game Boy into a shadow box for a Super Mario Bros. papercraft project. This one isn’t for sale but anyone can download the papercraft project and make it. If you happen to have an old Game Boy that you’re willing to gut, you can replicate this fairly easily.
I obviously couldn’t list all Nintendo-inspired products and crafts that are out there, as there are thousands of them. If you have a favorite or have made one yourself, post in the comments!
Many of the items seen here came from this fantastic Nintendo product round-up.Tweet