Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happy Birthday to the Man Who Helped Warp Us to the Final Frontier



Set your phasers to sing as today marks the birthday of William Shatner, the man who brought us one of pop culture’s most iconic science fiction characters.

While most recognized for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek: The Original Series and its prevailing movies, what many might not know is that Mr. Shatner also played a few unforgettable roles on another classic sci-fi series, The Twilight Zone.

One of his most memorable characters was Bob Wilson, the haunted passenger who was the only person to witness the Gremlin on the plane’s wing in the episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet". Mr. Shatner also played Nick Carter in the infamous episode “Nick of Time”, where a honeymooning couple stumbles upon a Mystic Seer machine that allows them to see into the future.




Celebrate the occasion by boldly going to Entertainment Earth to check out all of Bif Bang Pow!’s one-of-a-kind collectibles, including our Star Trek / The Twilight Zone The Captain and The Passenger Monitor Mates set, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Kirk Bobble, and our entire line of The Twilight Zone “Nick of Time” themed products!

You can explore all of our Star Trek and The Twilight Zone collectibles exclusively at Entertainment Earth!

In honor of the beloved U.S.S. Enterprise captain’s big day, here are 5 of Kirk’s more popular quotes:

“One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.”
-          Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series, "Dagger of the Mind"

“Sometimes a feeling is all we humans have to go on.”
-          Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series, "A Taste of Armageddon"

"Everybody remember where we parked."
-          Captain Kirk, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

“I've already got a female to worry about. Her name is the Enterprise.
-          Captain Kirk, Star Trek: The Original Series, "The Corbomite Maneuver"

 “How we deal with death is at least as important as how we deal with life.”
-          Captain Kirk, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Toast to the Best and KISS your Thirst Goodbye!



Rock old school style with the New KISS Retro Flask from Bif Bang Pow! available now for pre-order!

What better way to celebrate one of the greatest bands of all time than to carry your favorite beverage around like a rock star using our brand new KISS Retro Flask! This clear- acrylic and stainless steel flask features inlaid printed artwork showcasing all four members of the original band against a dark orange backdrop. The unique artwork pays homage to the retro style 70’s posters from the era KISS originated.

This classically designed flask holds 5 ounces of liquid and measures roughly 3-inches wide by 4 3/4-inches tall and 1-inch deep. 


See more of our rocking KISS collectibles here!


KISS is a hard rock band founded in New York in the early 1970s. Known for their outrageous makeup and costumes, each member of the band adopted their own unique comic book style persona. However, their unique look isn’t the only thing they’re known for. Since their formation, KISS has put on very extravagant live performances that include fire breathing, blood spitting, levitating drum kits, rockets and other crowd-pleasing pyrotechnics.

Friday, February 27, 2015

He Lived Long and Prospered: Leonard Nimoy Remembered (1931 - 2015)



It's with a heavy heart and great sadness that Bif Bang Pow! has learned Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. The legendary pop-culture icon and beloved family man is widely recognized for his portrayal of Lieutenant science officer Spock within the Star Trek franchise. 

From all of us at Bif Bang Pow!, we send our greatest condolences and sympathies to Leonard Nimoy's family, friends and his countless fans around the globe.

R.I.P. Mr. Nimoy (1931 - 2015)


[For more info on the life and achievements of Leonard Nimoy, please see the post at StarTrek.com which is also reposed below.



StarTrek.com is deeply saddened to report the passing of Leonard Nimoy. The legend -- an actor, writer, producer, director, poet, host, voiceover artist, photographer, husband, father and grandfather, as well as Star Trek's beloved Spock -- died today at the age of 83 at his home in Los Angeles. Nimoy succumbed to the end stages of COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), an illness that resulted from years of smoking and which afflicted him despite having quit smoking three decades ago. In 2014, he announced via Twitter that he was battling COPD and urged fans to stop smoking before it was too late.


Nimoy's career spanned generations. Born and raised in Boston, he started acting as a boy, but moved to Los Angeles at age 18 to give it a go on a professional level. He worked his way up from small roles in the likes of Queen for a Day, Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them! to major guest star turns in such shows as Broken Arrow, Dragnet, Sea Hunt, Twilight Zone, Wagon Train and The Outer Limits. At one point, he acted in an episode of The Lieutenant, a show written and created by a rising behind-the-scenes talent named Gene Roddenberry, and he acted in an episode of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with a young Canadian by the name of William Shatner.


It wouldn't be long before their lives intersected again. Roddenberry created Star Trek: The Original Series, tapping Nimoy to play Spock and Jeffrey Hunter to play Captain Pike. NBC rejected the pilot, but asked Roddenberry to try again. The second pilot once again featured Nimoy as Spock, but after Hunter opted out of his contract, Roddenberry hired Shatner to play Captain Kirk. DeForest Kelley, who'd turned down the role of Spock, came on board to portray Dr. McCoy, and that unforgettable trio -- complemented by Nichelle Nichols, James Doohan, George Takei and, starting with season two, Walter Koenig -- formed the cast that would see Star Trek through three seasons of the original show, 20-plus episodes of an animated series and six feature films, not to mention numerous television commercials and countless convention appearances.


Nimoy at times waged an internal battle when it came to Spock. He titled his first autobiography I Am Not Spock. Twenty years later, though, he wrote I Am Spock. He turned down the proposed Star Trek: Phase IIseries, but returned for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Spock died in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, only to be resurrected for Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, which Nimoy directed. He also directed Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and produced and developed the story for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, and, as a tie-in, he guest starred as Ambassador Spock on two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. And in 2009, after 18 long years, Nimoy helped J.J. Abrams reboot the Star Trek franchise by playing Spock Prime in Star Trek (2009), passing the torch to Zachary Quinto, who became a close friend. He also voiced Spock for Star Trek Online, made a cameo in Star Trek Into Darkness and was reportedly in talks to appear in the upcoming Star Trek film at the time of his death.


Beyond Star Trek, Nimoy's many film, TV and stage credits included Mission: Impossible, A Woman Called Golda, In Search Of..., Equus, Never Forget, Vincent, Standby: Lights! Camera! Action!, The Simpsons, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fringe. With his friend and TNG's Q, John de Lancie, he created Alien Voices, which staged and recorded radio play-style productions of classic and original sci-fi/fantasy stories. And yes, who could forget Nimoy's music pursuits, which included such tunes as "Proud Mary" and "The Legend of Bilbo Baggins"? Nimoy joined Twitter in 2010 and gave William Shatner a run for his money, tweeting more than 1,700 times and amassing more than one million followers.


He was also a friend to StarTrek.com, helping re-launch the site in 2010 with an opening statement, granting an extensive, career-spanning interview in 2011, contributing a guest blog in 2012 about his creation of the split-fingered Vulcan greeting, and checking in with us often over the years for interviews and with updates on his current projects, as well as to answer specific questions about Star Trek as they came up. He ended his emails to us as he did every tweet to the public, with the acronym LLAP... Live Long and Prosper.
Back in May 2012, StarTrek.com teased Nimoy about being the busiest retired man in history. Asked if he truly considered himself retired, Nimoy replied, "Yeah, I do. I am. Look, I liken myself to a steamship that's been going full-blast and the captain pulls that handle back and then says, 'Full stop,' but the ship doesn't stop. It keeps moving from inertia. It keeps moving. It keeps moving. It'll start slowing down, but it doesn't stop. It doesn't come to a dead stop. That's the way I am. I still have a few odds and ends things that I enjoy doing. I don't want to get up in the morning and have nothing to do that day. That would be boring." Perfectly logical, right? And in his final tweet, which he posted on Feb. 23, Nimoy wrote, "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.  LLAP."
Nimoy leaves behind his wife, Susan Bay, two children and several grandchildren. Please join StarTrek.com in offering our condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and millions of fans around the galaxy.