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On to the Con!

July 21st, 2008 by Kevin Murphy · 33 Comments

Mike Box 2

It’s Comic-Con time, and the folks at Legend Films are busily prepping our own Mike Nelson for his appearance at the Rifftrax/Legend Films Booth, and of course for Rifftrax Live Saturday at the gorgeous Balboa Theater. It’s no easy task – Mike has been broken down into his component parts, shrink-wrapped and packed into seventeen boxes ready to be reassembled on the Convention Center floor.

Mike box 1

It takes six skilled technicians to move Mike, who is as delicate as an antique spinet. So when you see Mike, remember his hard-working crew, without whom Mike would simply be a random collection of body parts in seventeen boxes.


UPDATE by Bill: As the Michael J. Nelson 3709-Z is shipped to Comic-Con, I’m busy working on my many, MANY costumes for this weekend’s fun.

Now, the man below is a professional model, so obviously anything would look better on him than me. But expect me to show up in this little number for our 7:00 PM live show…


What about the 9:30 show, many of you are asking? That’s when I really go crazy. (And I’m tame compared to Kevin “Slave Leia” Murphy.)

Tags: Bill · Comic Con · Events · In the Media · Kevin · Mike · RiffTrax · RiffTrax Live! · Riffer Blogs · movies

33 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RemmieBarrow on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Hopefully you have bought some insurance in case Mike gets damaged and/or lost.

  • 2 Mr. Slick on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Kevin you’re alive!!!! You haven’t posted in such a while I thought you shuffled off this mortal coil. . . or were really busy.

  • 3 Kleenex on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    Made in China, eh? It’s pretty sad when our country can’t even manufacture a decent Mike Nelson anymore.

  • 4 Mario "Asteroid" Panighetti on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    October 10th, 2007 production date? Nice to see you’ve picked up a new-model Mike Nelson. I heard they fixed a few of the bugs plaguing the earlier production runs.

  • 5 unityofeffect on Jul 21, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Does this mean you can ship Mike to my house? Cause I have some movies that need riffing and a floor that needs vacuuming.

  • 6 Tammy on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I’d be curious to know his rental rates…

    And – does he walk dogs?

  • 7 TeeJay on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Each carton holds 24 pieces and there are 17 cartons? Wow! Mike was broken down into 408 parts?

    That’s almost Interoceter-level assembly…

  • 8 karen on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    mike. is the coolest robot ever. does he do maid service? house sitting?

  • 9 LishaKrishna on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I LIVE in San Diego, fer Chrissakes, and I haven’t had any luck finding out how much it actually COSTS to attend this event, for ex.: Does yr Comic-Con badge get you:
    A) A freebie
    B) A discount
    C) A kick in the pants
    D) A clop on the chops

    As a PsychoBitchFromHell living on nothing but my crazycheck ($800+ /mo., courtesy Social Security Admin.)

    DO TELL!!!!

  • 10 Brian O. on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    That’s only because the only country that can still make a Mike Nelson with the right amount of lead, is China.

  • 11 Brian O. on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Mike Nelsons building Mike Nelsons? Now that’s just stupid.

  • 12 Onil on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    I certainly hope that’s a union crew handling your Mike Nelson. I would hate for Rifftrax to be visited by a giant inflatable rat.

  • 13 justhesh on Jul 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I have a feeling his lovable, Midwestern head is in one of the larger boxes.

  • 14 Stacia on Jul 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I think tickets were sold out a while ago. Hopefully Mike Nelsonbot comes equipped with a video camera and can tape the panel for those of us who have no chance of going.

  • 15 Charlie W on Jul 21, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Well Kevin it is good to see you posting again. I truly did miss it, even if you did make a typo (who is as delicate an an antique spinet). I wish I could see you guys live but alas I am unemployed and without traveling money.

  • 16 Dan Noutko-Kennedy on Jul 21, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Be sure to firmly affix the shipping labels. You don’t want Mike to become the Riffer of No Return.

  • 17 Anthony on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Dr. Meetchum is on staff, piece of cake.

  • 18 Anthony on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Does this mean Mike will have a taste for century eggs? Eww.

  • 19 Ninjew on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Umm, Kevin?

    Did YOU remember to pack the instructions on how to re-assemble Mike?

    I saw them over by the pinking shears earlier today, but now I can’t find them.

  • 20 Queen Shadowrama on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Okay I’m sorry that I have to be the one to bring this up, but upon seeing that guy in costume I have to ask:

    Why does that guy not have a batch?

    I’m sorry! Don’t hit!

  • 21 Ninjew on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Wonder: Woman?

  • 22 Anthony on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Okay, so, either there’s duct tape involved in horrible, inconcievably awful ways here, or Wonder Woman either let herself way, way go or was replaced by a Rosie O’Donnell knock-off.

  • 23 Tammy on Jul 21, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    A pearl of wisdom comes to mind from a certain gold bot:

    Men should NOT have bikini areas!

  • 24 ShutterBun on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Unless yer blind, baby got batch. No need to queue up “Goodbye Horses,” there’s definitely an armadillo down there. (albeit a small one)

  • 25 Houndstooth Mind on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    But, I distinctly recall the promise of battle panties. I won’t be there but I was counting on photobucket pages filled with shot after shot of leather battle panties!

  • 26 karen on Jul 21, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    ewwwww…….must burn…memory of image from my mind. hrm. man in womans clothing vs. disney dogs that are tiny and bark loudly…..

  • 27 doggans on Jul 21, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    Use only genuine Mike Nelson parts.

  • 28 Anthony on Jul 21, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    I stand by the possibility of a Rosie O’Donnell knock off in that case.

  • 29 unityofeffect on Jul 22, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Does he have to be plugged in or can he run on batteries?
    Is there a payment plan available?

  • 30 justhesh on Jul 22, 2008 at 4:37 am

    It could just be a roundabout way of announcing their plans to riff on Tommy Tricker and the Stamp Traveller.

  • 31 Ryan on Jul 22, 2008 at 8:38 am

    *CHRUNCH* 407, sir.

  • 32 Ryan on Jul 22, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Hopefully this Mike Nelson bot will say more than “DESTROY! DESTROY! DESTROY!”

  • 33 RemmieBarrow on Jul 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    OOOOWWWWWWW!!!!!, Just though of Murphy in a “Slave Liea” outfit. IT STILL HURTS!!!!!