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X-Men Animated

Depending on how old you are, Fox’s X-Men: The Animated Series was your comic book bible during the ‘90s.  The show premiered on Fox as part of their Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup, you know back when there were cartoons on Saturday mornings.  The show gave the most accurate-to-the-comics stories from any adaptations that have come from comic books during that time, and probably since then.  The show did an exceptional job capturing the feel of the comics during the Jim Lee era.  The show covered all sorts of hugely popular stories from the comics including Days of Future Past, Dark Phoenix, Genosha, Mojovision, Weapon X, The Phalanx, and much more.  Needless to say, before superhero films exponentially grew, this was the best comic book adaptation we had.  I dare you not to hum the theme song!

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There was a time when Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom was considered the least favorite of the Indy Jones movies. That was, until 2005 and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull dethroned it and ushered a collective “ehhhh” from fans, What with a rope swinging Shia Lebough, CGI monkeys, an over the top cartoonish Russian Villain and an ending that gave the guy from Ancient Aliens an excuse to “Be in his Bunk” with a case of heavy breathing. Reflecting back, Temple of Doom holds up better than one might remember and perhaps might actually be better than its precursor Indiana Jones Raiders of The Lost Ark. As Sheldon’s girlfriend on Big Bang Theory once said: “Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film, it would turn out exactly the same”. At least in Temple of Doom, Indy’s actions actually lead to a positive outcome – saving a few hundred enslaved kids, returning some ancient glowing sacred rocks, and dropping the films lead bad guy into a pit of crocodiles. And as far adventure goes, it’s perhaps one of Indys most thrilling – a night club fight, a plane crash,  weird foreign cuisine (chilled Monkey brains anyone?), bug infested tombs of death, lava pits, voodoo dolls, and a thrilling mine car chase. All in a day’s work for our favorite Cambridge Archeologist.

All the excitement of Temple of Doom has led the high-end figurine company Sideshow Collectibles into making Indy into a relic worth collecting, in the form of this desirable 1/6th scale figure. Sideshow was courteous enough to send us one for review. Join us as we ascertain its quality and argue whether or not it needs to be in a museum (Short answer: It does!). (more…)

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Toys, toys, toys! You want em’, we got em’! Well… we don’t actually have them but we know some folks that do. For your inner collector, for your affinity for plastic play things, and for your love pop culture treasures, Nerd Bastards.com is here with your weekly dose of brand spankin’ new toys/collectibles rounded up in this here feature we like to call “From The Toy Vault”. Head on through and get your fill of latest offerings from today’s hottest suppliers. It’s the stuff you want, the things you needs, and all the things you really can’t afford to have.

ABOVE: Here’s a throw back to two 80’s staples mixed together in perfect plastic harmony. M.U.S.C.L.E. meets Masters of the Universe. Given away at this years Power Con as a convention exclusive, the slime green M.O.T.U.S.C.L.E. Trash Can variant features your favorite He-Man characters as pint sized green M.U.S.C.L.E men in a retro styled Masters of the Universe slime jar. They look like gummies. Mmm… gummies. This is why “choking hazard” is a thing.  [ToyVault] (more…)

AMCTWD

AMC’s The Walking Dead has been immensely popular since the TV show aired in 2010. Due to the sizeable fanbase The Walking Dead created, it was no real surprise Universal Studios Hollywood announced an all year round attraction dedicated to the show. Universal Studios are well known for their immersive and often horrifying Halloween attractions that run from September through to the end of October. The fact that The Walking Dead attraction is open to visitors throughout the year means that regardless of the time of year, fans of the show can get a taste of first hand experience of The Walking Dead. The real question is, can a walk through attraction really generate a similar atmosphere to the show? Well, this week the world was allowed a sneak peak into the inner workings of the attraction that opens July 4th and it looks like they’re going to have a damn good go!

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Stan Lee

Let’s face it: we all owe a great deal to comic book icon Stan Lee. Without his contributions to comics in general, we wouldn’t know such great characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men, and countless others. The last 10+ years of superhero films wouldn’t exist without his contributions. Even after he stepped down from an active role at Marvel, Lee continued to be a part of geek culture. Everything from lectures across the country on his impact to the industry, to his charity work, to his numerous cameos, and of course him always being on the comic convention circuit. Over the years, Lee’s always made himself available at many comic conventions, including the big ones: San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. As he has grown older, he has tried to remain active at conventions, even though he eventually started winding down in his appearances. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. (more…)

Sport Arcade

Remember the ‘80s? Although they seem like so long ago, they were quite a fun, weird time. The 80’s was a time of big hair, faded jeans, high top fades, boom boxes, and many other styles unique to that time period. The 80s was also the birth of Atari and Nintendo. It was also where we fell in love with Madonna, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Boy George, David Bowie and many other music icons. The next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse takes place during the 1980s and promises to include all the spandex, big hair, and loud music associated with that era. With the film premiering later this month, 20th Century Fox is ramping up their marketing efforts to further promote the film.

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Kevin Smith has typically been a love him or hate him director. He received much acclaim for Clerks and Chasing Amy in his early years but quickly became a go to for critic vitriol with Jersey Girl and some of his latter movies. With this years release of Yoga Hosers, his followup to Tusk, it seemed critics of Smith would only have more fodder. However once he directed an episode of The Flash, all that criticism seemed to almost wash away. Even hard core Smith haters have come around, at least partially. So now that Smith has a leg into TV what’s his next move? Buckaroo Banzai of course! (more…)

SW_Battlefront

When the newest iteration of the Star Wars: Battlefront  video game came in 2015, it was a certified hit. Of course, everyone remembers the commercials with everyone “force-ghosting” into the video game, but it took the industry on by storm this past year. The video game sold more than 14 million copies and went on to be the 4th best-selling video game in 2015. Thanks to downloadable content and expansion packs for the game it continues to be a top seller. With such a massive success on their hands, it’s almost a no-brainer that Electronic Arts (EA) would make a sequel to this game.

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So… cosplayers, right? There are thousands of them out there out there all dressed up in their fanciest, and often elaborate, costumes showing off their love and support of pop cultures biggest (and oftentimes most obscure) icons. Sadly, playing dress up is beyond the capability of most fan boys and girls who’s sewing and craft skills are limited to folded paper pirate hats and projects that only require some well placed duct tape. For the lazy, the cheap, and the not so clothing craft inclined, there is a company that is offering stylistic jackets to help you feel/look like a hero without all the hassle. (more…)