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Category Archive for 'Cliff’s Contumely'

Cliff Francis, our Publisher Emeritus, occasionally weighs in with an op-ed which we are obliged to publish because, hey- he owns the domain name. But it’s still an editorial and the opinions expressed herein are Cliff’s alone and not necessarily shared by the staff of Costume Contumely. Honestly, we don’t even like to have lunch […]

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If you scoot your toot over to ActionFigurePics.com  this morning, you can read my latest editorial. It’s a commentary on the leaked information regarding character selection for Mattel’s DC Universe Classics action figure line. In a nutshell, it’s not super friendly. …probably the single worst thing to come out of the Super Friends cartoon were […]

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Advertisment featuring correctly assembled Roboto Roboto was the latest offering from Mattel’s Masters of the Universe Classicsline of collector figures offered exclusively through MattyCollector.com. Somehow the shoulder pieces were mislabeled (the R and L being stamped on the wrong pegs) and so the factory went ahead and assembled them incorrectly. After much uproar in the […]

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  Did Super Grover’s iconic costume really need an “upgrade”? Sesame Street thinks so. Last week they unveiled his ridiculously gaudy new “2.0” get-up – pimping it wherever they could. (most notably on NBC’s Late Night) The classic, clean lines of his old costume have been replaced by ludicrous body armor and gauntlets with “bad-ass” […]

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Citizens! In case you missed it over the weekend, ActionFigurePics ran my latest editorial on Saturday! Check it out here. It’s my examination of the rumored wave 17 for the DC Universe Classicsline, in which I attempt to be constructive with my criticism, rather than merely an implacable iconoclast. Did I succeed? You be the judge. […]

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DC Direct has announced a new action figure line for May of 2011. Justice League: Classic Icons. Series 1 features such characters as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern. I’m not sure how snarky I can be in this post without breaking the internet. Seriously (as the kids say), DCD? The fact that you […]

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First Class Boycott

X-Men: First Class has completed casting and begins principal photography as I write this. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick Ass), it stars (as we all know) James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as the young Professor Xavier and Magneto, respectively. All well and good. After that…things get a little sticky. The fan community is […]

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