Unboxed: The February 2015 Loot Crate – #PLAY

- 02-28-15Cool Stuff, Featured Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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It’s Loot Crate time again, another mysterious black box has arrived with untold treasures inside. If you are new to this subscription box service thing, once a month (and for less than $20 USD including shipping,) Loot Crate sends you a box of geeky nerdy things all wrapped around a theme. This months theme is #Play, so I guess that’s board games, card games, video games, role-playing games, and anything ‘play’ related.

My expectations are high on this one, the past few crates have been great and with this months theme having a RPG connection I could possibly get the hippogriff I have so desperately wanted after decades of playing D&D. Let’s open it up and see! (more…)

TOY REVIEW: Tony Stark With Arc Reactor Creation Accessories By Hot Toys

- 02-27-15Cool Stuff, Featured, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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It’s not very often that an actor embodies the spirit of the character that he’s playing so well, that it becomes hard to picture that actor as anyone else later. Since Iron Man, we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr. play a journalist, an Australian actor who plays a black soldier, a father-to-be trying to cross the country in time to see the birth of his child, he’s even played Sherlock Holmes but, whether he’s up on the big screen, or on TV getting interviewed on Late Night, sans the arc reactor, RDJ is still, and always will be, Tony Stark.

Downey has always been one of Hollywood’s good-looking bad boys. He’s got the looks, the money, the swag, the “Do whatever I want now, and apologize later, I don’t give a f#*k attitude,” as well as the charm to get away with it all. Who is more Tony Stark than that? Nobody. Not even Tony Stark, go figure that out.

Most superheroes have boring alter-egos. They try to blend into society, as to not have their true identity revealed. Clark Kent is a ho-hum reporter for the Daily Planet. Bruce Wayne is rich, but he’s a drag, and his only friend is his butler. However, Tony Stark’s ego has no f**ks to give. Even without the suit, he’s still a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and he wants you to know it, dammit!

And, that’s why Hot Toys actually got away with making a Tony Stark figure. Minus the suit, he’s still cool as hell. He builds arc reactors, sleeps with super hot women, and even invents new elements. That’s right, he comes with no high-tech suits, no weapons, not even a power glove. Hot Toys made a 1/6th replica of the alter-ego of a superhero, which comes with some lab equipment. And it’s super cool!

Thankfully, Sideshow Collectibles has graciously sent us one of the figures, so that you don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s check it out!

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TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ – S3E15 – “Nanda Parbat”

- 02-26-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Sometimes, you should leave the hype alone. For the last week and a bit we’ve been promised that this week’s episode of Arrow, the last before a month-long break, was going to huge. Not just huge, but HUGE! I believe there was also a twist promised. Alas, like a lot of season three thus far, “Nanda Parbat” seemed a messy collage of the various storylines this year, and where they are all going is not so much a complicated question, as a swampy haze that leaves you lost and confused. Nearly two-thirds of the way through the season it feels like the writers have lost track of where they’re going, and that ending “twist” doesn’t lend a whole lot of confidence. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ – S01E08 – “Valediction”

- 02-25-15Featured, TV Posted by James Iniguez

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This week’s final episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter miniseries lays most of the cards out on the table.  Dottie and Ivchenko (nee Fennhoff’s) true plans are revealed, the SSR finally gels after realizing their ace in the hole (Peggy), and Howard Stark comes back to New York City to shed some light on the mysterious Item 17.  Stark shares the story of how the United States military used Item 17, known as “Midnight Oil” to aid their soldiers in the Battle of Finnau, and now Dottie and Fennhoff have enough of this gas to expose half of New York City.  Peggy and the boys have their work cut out for them – how will it all end!? (more…)

Meanwhile At The Hall Of Comics… The Best Pulls For 2/25/15

- 02-25-15Comics, Featured, reviews Posted by Jake Johnston

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers, Jake here from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bag and boarded professional. My passion (and business) is to read, write about and sell comics. In an alliance forged in the stars, The Hall of Comics will be dropping by Nerd Bastards weekly, to bring you the latest word and the weeks best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out what latest comic titles you should be reading. (more…)

The RadioBastard Podcast Busts Star Wars Rumors, Bursts Out From Louis CK’s Chest and, Babbles About Tomato Tossin’ ‘Bots As #FebruMurray Continues

- 02-24-15Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Jeremy R! Hudson

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This time on RadioBastard: Thunder Dream, Jeremy and Jason experience Tuscan cuisine and go for a rain water ass-douches at a premium spa that they found on Groupon back when it was still a thing. They also pose for an erotic calendar that should be available in the show store just as soon as we build a show store — out of brick and mortar. #OldSchool

Do you want to know about the topics that will topple under the thrust of our mind force on this week’s episode? Groovy. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Gotham’ S1E17 – “The Red Hood”

- 02-24-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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Last week on Gotham, ‘The Blind Fortune Teller’ saw Jim Gordon still fighting the good fight, Fish Mooney trying to take over the bad side of an organ farm, lil Bruce Wayne giving the board of Wayne Enterprises an ultimatum about getting their act cleaned up, the Penguin receiving a unique gift in the form of a brainwashed Butch and the supposed introduction of The Joker. This week brings yet another classic Batman baddie to the small screen in the form of The Red Hood. The Red Hood has taken many forms in Batman canon, including being part of the origin story for the actual Joker. In ‘The Red Hood’, however, the role is used to demonstrate the essence of crime in Gotham and it’s used to good effect. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Arrow’ S3E14 – “The Return”

- 02-19-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It was easy to be cautious when approaching this week’s episode of Arrow called “The Return.” It was a double, if not triple, return with Oliver returning to Lian Yu accompanied by Thea, with Slade Wilson returning to haunt the Queens some more, and, with the flashback, Oliver returning to Starling for the first time since he was shipwrecked. It’s was a minefield of potential letdowns and Easter eggs, a potential contortion of narrative so it would become contrived, and that’s just the flashback. In the present we have to deal with the potential letdown of Slade’s return, since Manu Bennett owned in the role last year and this season’s big bad in the form of Matt Noble‘s Ra’s al Ghul has yet to match up. So how did it all shake out? (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘The Flash’ – S1E14 – “Fallout”

- 02-18-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Another week, another entertaining episode of The Flash.  At this point, it is pretty much a guarantee that The Flash will deliver an entertaining episode and all of the naysayers who were sure the series wouldn’t make it past the first few episodes are now claiming that they knew the series would succeed all along.  That’s when you know you have made it and The Flash has certainly made it big.  No one will claim that last night’s episode, Fallout, was the best episode of the season, but it was certainly entertaining and gave its audience a few laughs along with the action.  Spoilers ahead. (more…)

TV REVIEW: ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ – S01E07 – “SNAFU”

- 02-18-15Comics, Featured, reviews, TV Posted by James Iniguez

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This week’s episode of Marvel’s Agent Carter finds Peggy facing the heat from the SSR inside their interrogation room. They want all the details on her involvement with Howard Stark, the Russians, Leviathan, and the murder of Agent Krasminski. Of course what they get are more questions than answers – it’ll take more than a few harsh words from Sousa and Thompson to crack this Howling Commando.  What the SSR doesn’t realize that is that Dr. Ivchenko is the pulling the strings with Captain Dooley and his ‘Black Widow’ operative Dottie, and is about the burn the SSR house down from the inside out! (more…)