banner

Nerd Culture

The Best Toys From New York Comic Con

Regardless of if you came to New York Comic Con (NYCC) for an elusive comic book, statue, or some hard to find toy, you were sure to find something on the show floor that was worth taking a hammer to your piggy bank. Unless, of course, you dealt with that heartbreaking sensation of falling in love with a collectible that wasn’t yet available for sale. Regardless, you have to admit that these showcases were filled with a ton of collector eye candy. And so, we gathered a few highlights from our journey across the floor. Enjoy and try not to drool on your keyboard. (more…)

Thanks to Netflix, a new generation of fans are being brought into the world of Voltron (with the release of Voltron Legendary Defenders Season 3 just dropping this morning!). Back in the 1980s, kids could play with a special die-cast set of all the tigers and combine them into a tall Voltron set. It was cool, but it was also very expensive so few kids had them and they are highly collectible now. With so many new toys hitting the market, it’s time for a new Voltron set anyone can afford and play with, so LEGO has come to the rescue by approving a fanmade set of the legendary hero!

(more…)

Most people would like assume that you’d have to be a pretty smart cookie to be the creative mind behind some of the biggest, most popular movies of the modern age. It stands to reason that if you can write a deep and gripping story set in a well developed world that spans universes, starring a diverse cast of complex and interesting characters – not just once, but time and time again – you’re probably quite intelligent. Then there are other people who assume that it doesn’t take too much common sense to have the creative output of someone like James Gunn and that it wouldn’t be all that hard to trick them. (more…)

Hey, do you remember Pinball – those coffin-shaped boxes where you hit a silver ball around a chaotic playfield? If you thought this game of skill died out in the 90’s, you’d be wrong. Sure, Pinball machines are no longer as prevalent in arcades, bowling alleys, or bars as they once were; but the culture of Pinball is alive and well. Despite the staggering decline in pinball gaming, new machines are being made all the time. Particularly to promote pop movie and television licenses; with such titles as: The Walking Dead, Star Trek, The Avengers, Game of Thrones, Ghostbusters and more.

If the Force isn’t strong in pinball, how about this… Stern Pinball has announced that it is making a special 40th anniversary Star Wars pinball machine!  (more…)

A wise man once said that for everything in life there is a perfect form of it somewhere in the universe, and if there is a perfect form of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it would likely be the Murakami-Wolf-Swenson animated series from 1987. It took the Turtles from an underground independent comic to being one of the most profitable I.P.s with an expansive empire of merchandise to their name. So let’s add more! If you are in a nostalgic mood, or merely love awesome looking toys and collectibles, you will definitely want to take note of these items available next month at San Diego Comic Con(more…)

When the world of Harry Potter finally came to life in 2001, no one had the words to explain what it was they were seeing. In 2011, the final movie premiered in theaters. Then in 2014, it became kind of immortalized in the real world when Universal Studios Florida created The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter. Three years later and the theme park is now getting a new night time light show called “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle.” And you can check out a preview of the show after the jump.

(more…)

Is Luke Skywalker the best Jedi that ever lived? That’s a question that inspires endless debates and one that will not be answered here. But just for the record, he did go from orphan farmer boy to galaxy-saving Jedi in just three movies. Took down the Death Star with his eyes closed. Turned his evil dad good again. Oh, and he gives awesome piggy back rides. We’re here today to not talk about Luke the Jedi, but Luke the pilot. Now, we wouldn’t be so bold to say one is cooler/better than the other but in terms of what his actions as a pilot meant for the Rebels and, well, the galaxy pilot Luke is pretty dope.

While it’s a far cry from sniping Womp rats in a T-16 you can now have Luke decked out in full pilot gear in your home. Technically, there have been lots of Rebel Pilot Luke toys made over the years (lots!), but none quite like this 1/6th figure from Sideshow Collectibles.   (more…)

In addition to being delicious (and equally bad for you – here, eat a weeks worth of sodium intake in one sitting!) Doritos brand chips are also known for their unique, and sometimes weird, marketing gimmicks. Take for example Dorito flavored taco shells at Taco Bell, which are delicious AF. Whereas the bad (the, I’m gonna die before I’m 30 if I eat this kind of bad): Dorito’s Loaded – a fried-cheese-style snack with a nacho cheese interior and a Dorito flavored breading/dusting on the exterior, sold at 711 convenient stores. When they’re not coming up with different ways to kill you with empty calories, they come up with things like the limited-edition Tostitos “Party Bag” equipped with a sensor that can detect alcohol on your breath. It also had an NFC chip that would hail you an Uber when you tapped your phone to it.

Now Dorito’s is doing something that really rocks. Literally. Doritos is teaming up with Marvel Studios to promote Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and fulfilling a need you never knew you wanted. (more…)

Star Wars at Disney is pretty cool as is. They have such attractions as an updated Star Tours and The Jedi Training Academy stage show. There is also Star Wars Weekends, where Hollywood Studios is transformed into a Star Wars themed park, almost during these weeks  All of that, however, is nothing compared to what Disney has planned for its all-Star Wars Park expansion. Construction has been underway for under a year and along the way Disney has teased the park with concept art and some official words laying out some of the best key attractions; including a full scale Millennium Falcon, life size ATATs, and cantinas where robots, aliens and rebel scum are abound. Cool, right? Well, according to revealings from Star Wars Celebration, the park is going to be far cooler than anyone could have possibly imagined. How cool? Well it’s not exactly Westworld but it’s pretty darn close. A park where your decisions have consequences! Oh, and Lucasfilm has announced that the Star Wars-themed land coming to Disney parks in California and Florida will officially become part of the canon. (more…)

For generations, Disney‘s theme parks have been making the magic of their movies come alive for children from all over the world. Through rides, parades and interactive adventures, fans of all ages get to live their fairytale dreams. The company will even get involved if you’re truly committed to giving someone special the Disney princess treatment. You get your chance to meet your favourite characters in real life – provided that your character is human and that the theme park has access to an actor who resembles closely enough to get away with playing them on a daily basis. (more…)