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Jun 012016
 

I had a great time at MegaCon 2016 in Orlando this past weekend. Among the highlights were replicas of vehicles, costumes, and large props from different movies and TV shows on display, like in a pop culture museum. Let’s start with Star Wars. As you can see, the Wampa was huge.

Here are some of the Sand People. These guys were cool, but I always found the versions from Spaceballs more interesting because they had more personality.

Then there’s the metal prison Han Solo was held in. As iconic as it is, it’s difficult to remember what this thing is called.

There were some pretty cool costumes on display also, which included this one of the Flash from The Flash TV series.

Now let’s move on the vehicles. Once again, here is the Pokémon car, but this time it includes a bunch on Pikachus wearing outfits from different franchises.

Next there was the Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters. It’s neat that it has Florida plates, even though the Ghostbusters come from New York.

Now here are some vehicles I really found interesting, the Batmobile, Batcopter, and Batcycle from the 60s Batman series.

Even though the Batcopter and Batcycle were only used in the 1966 Batman movie, footage from that was reused in later Batman episodes.

I also met a couple of voice actors, who have voiced quite a few great characters. Check my blog to find out more.

Apr 272016
 

Among the different musical artists that perform at conventions throughout Orlando, my most favorite is Geekapella. They are an acapella group that consists of at least ten singers. The group is hard to keep track of sometimes because each time I see Geekapella perform the members tend to change as well as the number of singers.

One thing will always remain consistent and that’s the music. The songs are entirely based on pop culture. They are very creative and also appropriate for conventions like Omni Expo, Holiday Matsuri, and Space Coast Nerdfest.

It wasn’t until recently at Space Coast Nerdfest 2016, when I found out that Geekapella was selling demos of their album, Geekapella: Legends of the Hidden Demo. The CD cover is a real nice design that resembles an 8-Bit video game.

Geekapella has many songs, but right now let’s just focus on the highlights in the album, starting with Batman Knows What You Did in the Dark. It was certainly different and catchier than most songs about the Dark Knight. At times I wonder if the meaning of the title insinuates that Batman is always watching you, even in your home.

Video games are another common subject that Geekapella sings about like in The Man Who Throws the Tetris Piece. It’s true that Tetris can be a tough game with random pieces coming down, not knowing who throws them down in the first place. That’s pretty interesting if you think about it.

I would also like to point out that of all the video game soundtracks I have heard, Tetris is among the unlikely choices to include. So that definitely shows creativity right there.

John Williams is the Man is a song about Star Wars, though I can’t help but notice that the melody is much like the theme from Indiana Jones.

Then we have Super. It’s basically a medley of theme songs from shows like Ghostbusters, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (80s version). That’s sure a great way to bring back the classics.

I certainly enjoyed this music group. They sure know how to set a mood when I attend a convention. Of course, you never know what Geekapella will perform next, whether it’s an old favorite or something brand new. They never cease to amaze me.

Apr 202016
 

Dante Basco

This past weekend I went to a convention in Melbourne called Space Coast Nerdfest. One of the stars I met there was Dante Basco. Here are some of my favorite characters that remember him best.

Rufio from Hook: After Peter Pan left Neverland and grew up, he became the new leader of the lost boys. Rufio is arrogant, but charismatic which is why the lost boys like him. However, he can be pretty rough when confronted. I was actually impressed when Rufio took on Captain Hook in a sword fight since Peter Pan is usually the only one brave enough to.

Prince Zuko from Avatar: the Last Airbender: At first he is the main antagonist that’s always after Aang. However, Zuko isn’t really bad. He’s just confused and misguided thanks to his power hungry father. Once Zuko understood the truth, he became a valuable ally to Team Avatar. It’s so interesting to see a bad guy turn good.

On a side note: When I got Dante’s autograph, he told me that he was glad to be a part of the franchise and thought that maybe he would voice the new fire bending Avatar when the next version comes along. No new Avatar series has been made official as of now, but it is a neat idea.

General Iroh II from Legend of Korra: This fire-bending master is Zuko’s grandson and General of the United Forces. Although he’s not featured in the series often, Iroh is a very crucial ally. It’s important for the Avatar to have friends in high places.

Are there any other favorite characters you’d like to add?

Mar 092016
 

I recently attended another great convention this past weekend. Omni Expo added some really cool displays from movies and TV shows.

First there were exact replicas of movie props from Jurassic Park like the truck and supplies, including a cosplayer of John Hammond.

Remember the shaving cream bottle containing the Dino DNA?

Then there was the car from Supernatural. The trunk contained the hunting gear, fake IDs, log book, and even the little army soldier in the ashtray. It just blew my mind how much attention to detail was put into this.

I also had the opportunity to meet actor Kevin Duhaney, who was Ethan the Blue Ranger from Power Rangers Dino Thunder.

And let’s not forget the cosplay with characters from Jurassic World, Star Wars, Mortal Kombat, and Legend of Zelda.

Although I didn’t attend any Q&A panels, I had a great time. What will they come up with at Omni Expo next year?

Nov 182015
 

It was so awesome to attend Rangerstop last weekend. Many of the same Power Ranger actors from last year were there along with some new ones from the original series.

Among the new ones was David Fielding who played Zordon. He’s the wise mentor that’s all knowing and is the provider of the morphers and zords. The rangers would be lost without Zordon.

Another Power Rangers actor I met was Melody Perkins. She was Astronoma the main villain on Power Rangers in Space, who was actually a brainwashed alien girl named Karone.

Melody was so sweet. When I was getting her autograph I thought of the battle scene in Countdown to Destruction, Part 2 between Astronoma and Andros the Red Ranger and asked her if she did all of her own stunts since it was the kind of fight scene that the stunt people normally do. She said she did and coincidentally she had recently watched that episode, remembering all the sparks flying as well as the turnout before Karone became good again and eventually becoming the new Pink Ranger on Power Rangers Lost Galaxy.

Much of the cosplay was very authentic, like this one of Zordon with a miniature command center.

Now here’s something interesting. Five years ago at Anime Festival Orlando 2010 David Yost, who was Billy the Blue Ranger, had a Q&A panel and was giving away prizes for whoever had the best questions. At that panel I won a rare photo of David wearing the Rita Repulsa wig, but didn’t get the chance for him to autograph it because the line was already full long before the panel was over.

Since David Yost was at Rangerstop, I brought it over to have it autographed. He remembered that panel and noticed that the photo was still in good shape. That was because I had it framed. Now it’s going back on the wall for sure.

I even got a photo with Alycia Purrot who was Sydney the Pink Ranger from Power Rangers SPD. This version was celebrating its tenth anniversary with a cast reunion.

I had a wonderful time at this convention, which also included a hilarious Q&A panel with the stars of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Zeo. I’m sure that Rangerstop can only get better each year.