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This past Monday, Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida recently hosted Candace Payne (The Laughing Chewbacca Mom) on campus for a tour with their mascot Scorch while she was on a family vacation. The college’s President Dr. Kent Ingle surprised her when he presented Candace with full tuition scholarships for her entire family, including her husband and two children.

Candace has inspired us and others with her joy, and we want her and her family to experience some of that same joy through this gift,” Ingle said.

Dr. Ingle had such a blast working with Candace. The university stated that she is just so genuine and an inspiration to millions! You can view Candace’s campus tour below.
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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…)

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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…)

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It’s time once again for our favorite Mystery Box. We’ve been a fan of the Geek Fuel box for some time now and for April they certainly haven’t disappointed. Geek Fuel generally has a theme of some sort to each box and for April they combined a couple. This means that fans of a few different nerd nations will be pretty pleased with this box. Whether you are a hardcore Marvel fan, a Star Wars geek, or a Timelord in training April’s mystery box is jam packed with items to enjoy.

Geek Fuel, like the rest of us, is of course anticipating the upcoming release of Captain America: Civil War. In honor of that release they have included a pretty darn spiffy T-shirt. There is always a shirt included with each mystery box, but this one is a pretty cool throwback. The shirt has Cap and Iron Man duking it out Rock em Sock em Robot style. If anyone out there doesn’t remember the great joy of Rock em Sock em, please dig through your parents attic and find the robot set – it’s there! We received the tan shirt in a very comfy XL, but there is also a light purple shirt that some subscribers received. (more…)

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On select nights from September 18th through November 1st, 2015 something spooky happens at Universal Studios theme parks. No, we’re not talking about long lines at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Universal turns into a scream park, known for the last 20 years as Halloween Horror Nights – with haunted houses, horrifying mutants, monsters and maniacs abound.

Now a new and familiar terror has been added to the horror nights lineup, in The Exorcist. (more…)

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The Ghostbusters movie isn’t the only thing getting a reboot this summer. Starting May 30th, Hi-C Ecto Cooler, the fan favorite drink inspired by 1987’s Real Ghostbusters cartoon will be back on supermarket shelves! Ecto Cooler was discontinued in 2001, but back in November the Coca-Cola company refiled the trademark. And to certify Ecto’s re-entrance into our world, an official tweet was produced. (more…)

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Back in August 2015 at the D23 Expo, it was revealed that two Disney parks would be given a massive expansion that will take visitors to a galaxy far, far away. Yes, “Star Wars Land” as it was called at the time, was announced and people lost their minds. The idea behind it was to immerse Star Wars fans, young and old in the universe with Luke, Leia and Han. This is where it was given the name “The Star Wars Experience.” Original images revealed beautiful and detailed concept art of space stations and dingy cantinas, populated with the likes of Admiral Akbar and C-3PO & R2-D2. Now there have been new renderings of the park’s layout and it is worth getting excited over! (more…)

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In 2015, Zach Neil and Brian Link opened a bar in New York based on the filmography of Will Ferrell. From day one, ‘Stay Classy New York‘ was a quirky place that, many may assume, would come to depend on its Tuesday free pizza parties and Sunday boozy brunches to keep a continuous crowd coming in after the novetly wore off. But the Friday night Anchorman parties and the Smelly Pirate Hooker cocktail have proved quite consistently popular. (more…)