At this year’s tenth annual BrickCon, a convention for Lego hobbyists that took place between Oct. 6-7, 2012, two fans created a 20,000 piece Batcave!! I am always amazed at how creative people can be with their Lego, but this 100-pound masterpiece is on a higher level. Carlyle Livingston II, 48, and Wayne Hussey, 58, spent three months and 400 hours putting it together in their garage. Must click for larger resolution now!

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See the intricate cavern work and the bats!

After watching Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man and how terrible Spider-Man 3 was, I think there are many movie-goers that may pass on this revamped Amazing Spider-Man movie. On the other hand, the film may also be a huge hit just cuz it’s riding on the coattails of the Avengers’ success.

The advance screeners say that the mix of romance, comedy and drama is balanced well. Action fans will also enjoy the huge set pieces, especially the fight versus the Lizard.

The trailer (below) is of course OMG drool amazing. Entertainment Weekly gave the film an A- (Just for comparisons, they gave Green Lantern a C+).

Will you go and see the Amazing Spider-Man?

(Bonus: There is a reveal for the next sequel after the credits!  Also, did you know Harry Potter‘s Daniel Radcliffe was considered for the Peter Parker role? lol! So relieved that they didn’t go with him…)

This is the four-minute Super Preview extended trailer:

Finally! Some AAA games on the PS3 that I’ve been waiting for the price to come down. At Wal-mart Canada, for CAD$14.83 each, you can get Heavy Rain, Gran Turismo 5, Uncharted 2 (GoTY edition), God Of War 3, Infamous 1, Modnation Racer, Killzone 3, Little Big Planet 1 (GoTY edition).

I finally bought Heavy Rain and GT5 after all this time. I’m so excited to play both, as they were both highly touted games. Heavy Rain‘s Metacritic score is 87%, while Gran Turismo 5 is 84%.

FYI, each Wal-mart will have different stock. I went to the huge bargain bin that had the price sign “$15 and up” and it took me 10 minutes to find the games that I wanted, so YMMV (your mileage may vary).

Phew, it’s expensive being a video game fan!

(Sorry U.S. friends, this sale is not for Wal-mart USA – yet)

Are you an X-men fan? A blu-ray collector? Then it’s time to get the X-men Trilogy for $6 per disc  for CDN$17.99 at Best Buy Canada! Remember, you can order online, then ask to pick up instore, so you can save on shipping (or buy something else to get you over $20 so that you get free shipping!).

(Sorry US friends, it’s still $30 at Best Buy USA at time of writing)

As always, limited quantities, so you snooze you lose.

  • X-Men (2000) – I don’t remember another movie where it stars two knighted people in the same movie (Sir Ian McKellan and Sir Patrick Stewart), but this popcorn film is fun and entertaining  for non-comic fans as well as comic book fans (IMDb  rating 7.4).
  • X2: X-Men United (2003) – Many say this is the best film of the first three movies, due to the great character development, has a substantial plot, and a great ending (IMDb rating 7.6).
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – The third of the trilogy (done by a different director) has great action and special effects, but that’s about it; watch this movie with low expectations (IMDb rating 6.8)

comic credit: Stephen Frug

So Canadian gamers, if you’ve somehow missed playing Uncharted 2, THIS is the time to get it as it is at a great low price, as well as Killzone 3, both games that are PS3 exclusives and highly rated. For a limited time at Real Canadian Superstore / Loblaws, they are going for CDN$9.97 each. I bought my copy yesterday.

1UP has rated Uncharted 2 with the highest grade of A+, while Gamespot gave it a 95%. Uncharted 2 is one of those games that your non-gamer girlfriend/wife may enjoy watching you play for the story/cinematics, as the script and storytelling was highly acclaimed. Please play this game till you get to the part where you will shoot at a bad guy grappling with one of your buddies while sliding down a collapsing floor – your jaw will drop! Even the multiplayer option is awesome. This game is one of the top 3 games on the PS3. GET IT NOW!

Killzone 3 has been rated 9.4/10 by Gametrailers, and 8.5 by IGN. It’s lauded for its gorgeous graphics and for its first-person experience. In every way, the developers have improved the game since Killzone 2. The combat is more intense and savage than other shooters. The game also incorporates the PS Move for motion control, and 3D effects if you have a 3DTV. Well worth $10.

See a video review of Uncharted 2 here, and Killzone 3 here (by GT).

credit: Owen Parsons @

April 27-29, 2012, the annual comicon this year in Calgary was a huge draw, so much so that they blew past capacity on Saturday, and many people were turned away. The overwhelming volume of fans was mainly due to the presence of the original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, all nine of the original cast who had a reunion for the first time since the show went off the air 25 years ago.

Yours truly, onomeister, had decided this was a year not to be missed; and was I right!! With my trusty DSLR in hand, and dressed as Super Mario, I was able to snap up some incredible photos!

Blogged earlier about the Star Trek reunion here.

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