Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens

The Decepticon Shockwave Was In Aliens?!

Let that sink in for a second. The Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens. The 1986 sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien. As a matter of fact I didn’t learn of this interesting piece of trivia until having the chance to see Scott’s Alien: Covenant.

[Via] 20th Century Fox

In addition to enjoying Scott’s latest entry in a film series he helped to create. Being told that none other than the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens, certainly put a cherry on the top of the night. At first I will admit that I thought my friend was pulling my leg. How could I not know about this with my love of both Transformers and the Alien series?!

By all means let me point out the scene that Shockwave makes his live action film debut. To say nothing of the fact that there are three Shockwave toys in this scene.
Decepticon Shockwaves was in Aliens - Daniel Karhunen

As can be seen in that image from Daniel Karhunen. Shockwave could be spotted during the moment when Ripley attempts to get the attention of the Colonial Marines. Moreover a tense moment in Aliens as Ripley realizes that she and Newt are locked in the medbay with two free roaming Facehuggers.

Equally important is the fact that our two heroines are in that dangerous situation, thanks to the coldly calculating Carter Burke. Fitting I think you’ll agree that the Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens during that moment. As the character was likewise known to be cold and calculating.
Decepticon Shockwave was in aliens - Spec Card

Despite my observations on the similarity between Shockwave and Carter Burke. This is most likely the reason why Shockwave can be seen in Aliens. Back in 1983 Toy-Co created a robot that was also a ray gun called the Astro Magnum.

A toy that found itself being often reproduced under various names. Case in point the Radio Shack version known as Galactic Man.
Decepticon Shockwave was in Aliens - Galactic Man

The answer is that the Shockwave toy is probably not used in Aliens but one of it’s clones. Looking at that image that Daniel provided it certainly appears to be the same color as the Galactic Man toys. But in all honesty they are nearly 100% the same toy.

However I prefer to believe that the Decepticon Shockwave is in Aliens.


Why? Because if you in fact go by the generation one animated series. Shockwave was left behind on Cybertron, to make sure the pesky Autobots didn’t use the space bridge to take the planet back. Who is to say that Shockwave in his infinite wisdom didn’t go planet hopping to check things out on LV-426?

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Age of Resistance - The Dark Crystal

Teaser Released For Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance!

Why is there an Age of Resistance in the world of The Dark Crystal? We will find out the answer to that thanks to Netflix’s exclusive new series. In fact the company just announced The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance today with this teaser trailer.

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Age of Resistance - Skeksis construction
While the teaser indeed showed us some wonderful footage from the likes of Jim Henson. As well as some brief glimpses at the legendary Creature Shop at work. We however aren’t given a lot to go on in regards to the the Age of Resistance‘s story. Thanks to a press release from The Dark Crystal website – it turns out this will be a prequel to the classic 1982 film.

“A beloved classic from the 80s marks its return as Netflix, the world’s leading internet entertainment network, will bring The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance exclusively to members around the world. The 10-episode fantasy adventure series is a prequel to the groundbreaking 1982 fan favorite The Dark Crystal, and takes place many years before the events of the film. The series will be shot in the U.K., and will star an ensemble of fantastical, state-of-the-art creatures created by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™ and Brian Froud, the original feature’s conceptual designer.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

Feature film director Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Incredible Hulk) will executive produce the series and direct. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a Netflix original series produced by The Jim Henson Company and executive produced by Letterier, Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Longtime Henson collaborator Rita Peruggi will serve as producer and Henson’s Blanca Lista will serve as a co-executive producer. Leading the writing are co-executive producers Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (Life in a Year), and Javier Grillo-Marxuach (Lost, The 100).

“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will combine the art of puppetry perfected by The Jim Henson Company, with Louis’ vision, powerful storytelling and a mix of cutting-edge digital imagery and visual effects,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix. “I can’t wait for families around the world to see how we bring these unique characters to life.”

“Louis Leterrier is passionate about the world of The Dark Crystal and has an incredible creative vision for the series. He brings this passion to every facet of the production as he leads the talented team of artists and writers that are bringing this entire universe to life,” said Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company. “Netflix has a deep respect for my father’s original work and the many people it inspired. They are the perfect partners to create this next epic chapter in The Dark Crystal story for new fans and the loyal fans who have waited so long for more adventures from this world.”

Age of Resistance - Skeksis Illustration
So in addition to the awesome news that Leterrier will in fact be using practical visual effects alongside digital work. This prequel will most probably explain why the Skekis made it point to seek out all of the Gelflings. If you go by J. J. Llewellyn’s exceptional 1982 book The World of the Dark Crystal. A book I would also add is chock full of beautiful Brian Froud artwork. The Skekis in fact weren’t totally evil when the sundering first took place but soon however they changed. Taking the Gelflings as slaves and then of course destroying them almost entirely when the diminutive race devised the prophecy.

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Of course I will be sure to pass along any new information that we get about this exciting new series. Not only that but if you would like more vintage fun concerning the Dark Crystal.

Read: After 31 Years It Was Time To Open Up That Pack Of Dark Crystal Cards!

Moreover to prepare yourself for The Dark Crystal: Age of Reckoning why not listen to episode 058 of the Retroist Podcast?


Retroist Dark Crystal Podcast

The Wraith

The Wraith

“The Wraith” was released in 1986 and I just saw it for the very first time, this year. Yeah I know, it’s 2017. For years, Mrs. Monstermatt , her mom and brothers would quote the movie, as they saw it in the theater and it left a lasting impression. I would kind of scratch my head as I didn’t know the film. I now see the cheesy charm.

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SPOILERS for The Wraith Ahead!


“You lose the race, you lose your car!” Let that sink in. It’s a quote by Rughead (played by Clint Howard) in this delightful 80’s cheese fest of a film. The quote gets used quite a bit. Rughead is not the main character, but he’s a sight to see as he sports an Eraserhead like hairdo that is mesmerizing.
The Wraith - Clint Howard

The Wraith is Charlie Sheen, who comes back from the dead to right some wrongs done to him, by a car racing gang led by Packard (played by Nick Cassavettes) in a southwestern town.
The Wraith

Mr. Wraith ( Charlie Sheen) is a spirit, and has some crazy ghostly modified car and he hunts down the gang and races them to the death, one by one. He also has a suit that is a little bit ” Robocop, ” a little bit “Dune.” With each act of revenge , a piece of the suit glows and disappears.
The Wraith - Charlie Sheen

There’s characters to like, for their chatter or goofiness. None are very complex. Gutter and Skank keep drinking motor cleaners and fuel, etc., letting us know that “this has some kick” or “oh man, I’m tweaking!” Mrs. Monstermatt ‘s brother (who is a diesel mechanic) named every liquid they tried and verified if they did in fact “kick.” Most mechanics get various toxic things in their eyes, nose, mouth, ears at some point.
The Wraith

Randy Quaid is the town’s sherif and he asks the duo about a dozen different ways, if their brains are fried from chemicals. I kept giggling every time he said it, I mean once or twice, sure. But…
The Wraith - Randy Quaid

Sherilynn Fenn (Keri Johnson) is the object of desire between Packard and Jake Kesey/Wraith, and a buffer of sorts, to the teens at Big Kay’s Burgers, the local drive-in burger joint. She finds out that Jake is the spirit of her boyfriend and brother of the fry cook at Big Kay’s, who was killed by Packard and crew.

Once Jake/Wraith finishes his business with Packard’s gang, he gets ready to move on and take Keri with him. There’s some muttered lines about destiny.

Ok, that’s a racing lane’s take on the basic story. So, what did I think? It was very, very cheesy and charming in a way. I loved the soundtrack full of 80’s hair metal and synth pop. The Wraith sports the formula of bullying and a struggle to get the victims free, wether by their own growth or outside help. In this case, it was other worldly help. Add to that, a handful of car races for action, and it wraps up like something from Big Kay’s- full of stuff that’s bad for you, but tasty!

I’d give it two out of five oil cans.

Peter Lorre MTV promo

Do you remember the Peter Lorre MTV promo?

In the nineties, my viewing of MTV was way in decline. They still played music, but I found their offerings less compelling and was not a fan of the burgeoning reality TV movement. Still, MTV of that decade did have its charms and made some memories. One that sticks in my brain is this nearly forgotten Peter Lorre MTV promo.

I remember it well because it made a reference that I “got” at the time. My time at the video store had exposed me to a panoply of classic films. Among them was Fritz Lang’s M. In it Peter Lorre plays a child murderer named Hans Becker who is indentified through the clever use of a chalk M on his jacket.

Read MTV’s “Paint the Mutha Pink” Contest

This made the Peter Lorre MTV promo clever but apt. Since we get a giant M on his jacket and hear him mumbling as he attempts to escape justice. While it is apt and fun, I also thought at the time, “how many other people will understand this reference?” A lot of my friends watched MTV and I don’t think one of them understood the reference. They just thought it was some sort of MTV zaniness.

Which is probably what the MTV people thought when they made it. If we could enjoy the Peter Lorre MTV promo on multiple levels, good for us. Otherwise we would enjoy it for just being sort of kooky.

Watch the Peter Lorre MTV promo

If you have not seen M, I suggest you give it a look. The entire film is posted online for your viewing pleasure. It is an amazing film and Peter Lorre’s breakout role. If you want to see Lorre with the famous M on his back. Just jump to the 1 hour 4 minute and 13 second mark.

Watch Fritz Lang’s M Online

Land Before Time VHS Pizza Hut Commercial

The Land Before Time VHS Pizza Hut Commercial

Working in video store over the years, certain things stick with you. Not just the quirkiness of customers or the ability to quote movies, but small things. Like the intros for certain film companies or advertisements that ran on VHS tapes. I have always been opposed to these ads, but that did not stop several of them from being burned into my memory. One such ad was the Land Before Time VHS Pizza Hut Commercial.

This commercial ran on every copy of The Land Before Time that I ever saw. Which, when it was released on VHS, was a pretty big deal. When we had copies in to sell, we merely needed to put it on the TVs that we had in the stores and in our windows. Shortly thereafter a flood of parents, often dragged in by their children, would come in and demand their copies. It was easy money. But not without sacrifice.

For every time that we fired up this beloved film we had to sit through this now famous Land Before Time VHS Pizza Hut Commercial. It is a pretty cute commercial the first time you see it. In it a young boy goes to a birthday party at Pizza Hut. While there he takes his Mom’s advice on how to behave with a twist. Soon he is the hit of the party. Beloved by all, he has what appears to be a great time and his Mother is very proud.

Watch Pizza Hut – Land Before Time Toy Premium Commercial

It is swell to see some vintage pizza hut footage and the commercial itself is pretty charming. But try watching this multiple times per day. Maybe even watching it a couple of times a week. At the time, it was driving me nuts.

Nowadays I look back on my time in the video store with fond memories. This advertising gem only makes me smile. While I am still not a fan of advertising in my home media, I guess I am glad to have seen it be a “thing.” So enjoy this commercial and remember how luck you are to live when you do. You have options to watch you films commercial free and if they do run ads, you can skip them much more easily.

Watch the Land Before Time VHS Pizza Hut Commercial

Okay, I got something else to add. Watching this again made me very happy. But if advertising is bad, how can I feel good about it? This is a real conundrum. I need to think on it. Perhaps I will come to a conclusion after watching this commercial just a couple of more times.