Needless Things Podcast 167 – 1987

June 29th, 2017

The dynamite team of Phantom Troublemaker, Beth V, Rad Ranger, and Chris DePetrillo reunite to look thrity years into the past!

1987 was another banner year of the eighties, presenting us with new TV shows and toy lines and an absolutely stellar slate of films from Hollywood! As part of a new annual tradition, Phantom Troublemaker gathered some of the Needless Things Irregulars to reflect on the pop culture that made us who we are today. From farting alligators to transforming food to unforgettable giants, this week’s episode travels back to a time when things were far more awesome!

Listen in as Beth, Phantom, Sean, and Chris discuss their favorite – and not-so-favorite – pop culture from 1987!

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Needless Things Podcast 150 – Resident Evil

March 9th, 2017

Phantom Troublemaker and Beth reminisce about the original survival horror franchise – Resident Evil!

Twenty-one years of terror! From the very first video game on the original Sony PlayStation to the current one-two punch of the seventh entry in the primary line of video games and the sixth and supposedly final film, few video game franchises have enjoyed as much success and notoriety as Resident Evil. With forays onto nearly every modern video game system and countless tie-ins, the series known as Biohazard in Japan is Capcom’s top multi-million dollar property.

Listen in as Phantom and Beth talk about being entertained in theaters and terrified in the comfort of their own homes!

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Needless Things Podcast 105 – Star Wars in 2016

April 28th, 2016
PhantomTroublemaker and Chad J. Shonk get deep into a galaxy far, far awayin the newest episode of the Needless Things Podcast!

Itis a landmark time in the history of Star Wars fandom. A new entry inthe main saga was released just five months ago and a whole new typeof Star Wars film is less than eight months away. For the first timeever the franchise is producing annual releases with no end in sight.This has had and will have major and lasting effects on the ExpandedUniverse, the toys, and any forms of tie-in media.

Listenin as Chad and Phantom reminisce about the past, examine the present,and look forward to the future of the greatest space fantasy epicever made!

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Needless Things Podcast 83 – Star Wars Talk

November 26th, 2015
Phantom Troublemaker and Needless Things' Head of Research Ryan Schweck talk about the build-up to Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens!

From books to comics to video games to toys – of course toys – there has been plenty of Star Wars merchandise in the ten years since the last theatrical release. The guys talk about Marvel's new comics, Hasbro's various toy lines, and Star Wars: Battlefront.

Listen in as Phantom does his best to deal with a horrific space virus and Ryan deals with the pain of the elusive Captain Phasma, while both of the guys deal with the mysterious pronunciations of the new trilogy characters!

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Needless Things Podcast 62 – Batman: Arkham Knight

July 3rd, 2015
On June 23rd, 2015, Rocksteady’s final Batman game was unleashed upon the world – Batman: Arkham Knight. After a week of playing, Phantom Troublemaker gathered a group of Batmaniacs to talk about the game and the history of the franchise.

Phantom is joined by Needless Things Irregulars Ryan Schweck and The Belligerent Monkey, as well as newcomers Mike Nelson and Chris “Crispy” Lloyd. The fellas reminisce about the wonder of Batman: Arkham Asylum actually being a great game, discuss how much the world opened up in Arkham City, and share differing opinions on the quality of Arkham Origins.

After a little Arkhamverse history, the crew dives into a discussion of Arkham Knight. There are minor spoilers, but Phantom provides multiple warnings when they’re about to happen. Most of the talk is focused on the gameplay and features rather than plotlines. None of the guys had finished the game at the time of the recording, so plenty of mysteries were still in play.

PLUS! As an extra bonus feature after the show, Crispy and Phantom – further along than the rest of the crew – discuss certain plot points and in the outro Phantom shares his guess as to the identity of the Arkham Knight!

Listen in as Phantom, Ryan, Jay, Crispy, and Mike talk about one of the most highly anticipated video games of all time!:

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Today’s musical selection is from friends of the show, Calabrese! Their newest album, Lust for Sacrilege, is available from For today’s track we’re going with something a little older (and more appropriate). From their masterpiece Born With A Scorpion’s Touch – “I Wanna Be A Vigilante”!

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