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A person’s choice of cosplay can tell you a lot about the person beneath the costume. It can give you an idea of the kind of movies they watch and books they read and games they play. You can guess the sort of characters that inspire or intrigue them, the kind of aesthetics they’re drawn to – not to mention, their creative skills and style. When someone’s cosplay repertoire is as well crafted and as diverse as that of Laura, known to her followers as Taisie Cosplay, it’s safe to assume there’s someone really interesting beneath the twisted Cheshire grin. (more…)

Before Star Trek: Discovery, a lot of the talk online about what form a new Star Trek series should take often involved a couple of key words: “civil war.” Fans frequently phrased their idea as “after the Federation Civil War,” or “because of the Federation Civil War”, which suggested to me that a lot of people thought the only way forward was to tear down all the things that make Star Trek, Star Trek. But it’s not breaking a thing that can make a story interesting, it’s how far you can bend it and still keep itself from breaking. That’s Deep Space Nine! It tested the very limits of Trek, and it showed, in the end, the centre can hold. (more…)

Captain Phasma is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed by Game Of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie. Introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), the first film in the latest Star Wars sequel trilogy, Phasma is the commander of the First Order’s force of Stormtroopers, or as most would remember her as – The Silver Surfer… er… Centurion. Now, her induction into the Star Wars universe was intended to make her this generation’s Boba Fett – a quiet, armored, gun-toting, bad-ass. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite turn out that way. Captain Phasma is not the Boba Fett of The Force Awakens: Boba Fett was more useful. She had very little screen time and was last seen being taken prisoner by the film’s heroes who dumped her in a trash compactor, going out like a piece of garbage. Sufficed to say, she did not turn out to be the threat she was promised to be. She was more disappointing than the Wii U. Regardless, she still looked mighty f’n cool, clad in the sweetest chrome armor you’ve ever laid your eyes on, cape fluttering in the wind like it was the star in a John Woo action movie.

For the geeks out there who have a thing for flashy Storm Troopers, or are adorned by having the first female Trooper, or for anyone who hopes to see Phasma return in  Episode VIII and totally redeem herself, then consider this 1/6th Captain Phasma figure from Sideshow Collectibles via the makers of Hot Toys. Sideshow was kind enough to send Nerd Bastards a sample for review. Follow along with us as we fill in some descriptive adjectives other than “shiny” and “pew pew pew”. (more…)

If this is is the first time you’ve heard Adi Shankar’s name, then sit down around the fire and let’s brush up on some history. Shankar served as executive producer on the 2012 Dredd movie, The Grey, and was the creative mastermind behind the over-the-top Power Rangers short that had people talking in 2015. In the 25-minute phone conversation we had with him, Shankar talked with us a bit on his most recently announced project “Castlevania”, the first season which is set to premiere later this year on Netflix.  (more…)

It takes a lot of time and effort to make a great cosplay. Cosplayers the world over spend years honing their creative skills so that, when the time comes, they’re costumes will look perfect. Even when they’re as accomplished as they can get, the really impressive pieces can take weeks – or even months – to make. Just watch a cosplayer stream to see how much care and finesse goes into the tiny details. Then there are those cosplayers who go a step further and don’t just spend hours upon hours sculpting their costumes, but even their own bodies, to create portrayals of their favourite characters that are as accurate as possible. (more…)

Any good flick incorporates several ingredients into its production. The quality and quantity-the sensible employment of each element is integral to gracing the viewer with the dignity of not having to lie to their mom about her cooking. Huh? Iron Man 2 was a skootch soupy. At times, it tediously trod through the turbulent broth of poorly-rationed action, absent-minded plot devices, and the somewhat uninspired inclusion of a main character who spent most of the movie alone in his room, playing with his (Hot) Toys, while everybody else was really busy, really confused, and trying to make a movie.

Luckily for you, Iron Man suits don’t need a cohesive story arc, or a room full of writers with glowing repulsors pointed at their heads. A Hot Toys replica suit is like a nerd-seeking RPG filled with all killer and no filler. Once again, Hot Toys has set the bar for awesomely-selfish purchases that reduce Valentine’s Day budgets to nickel-funds for that person that you forgot to do that thing with that time. One time, Tony Stark tried to be thoughtful, so bought Pepper Potts strawberries, which she’s deathly allergic to. He forgot this, because Mr. Stark only has two true loves: forging his baller metal exoskeletons, and, himself. Sideshow understands the mind of a billionaire genius, and their efforts to embody Stark’s obsessive work ethic, continue to show through this 1/6th scale replica of the Mark IV Iron Man Suit. 

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As a life-long Trekkie one thing has vexed me more than all others, how is Deep Space Nine the Star Trek that time forgot? On Canada’s Space channel, they dedicate three hours in the afternoon every weekday to Trek: the original series, The Next Generation, and Voyager, and it sticks in my craw that Voyager, a show that struggled to maintain a steady level of mediocrity for seven years, gets that third slot ahead of what is, arguably, the best modern Trek series. That’s a bold statement, but in the next couple of columns, I hope to lay out my case.  (more…)

With a career spanning six decades and over 200 different roles on big and small screens, the loss of John Hurt cannot be understated. Still hard at work at the age of 77, even while suffering from the ravages of stomach cancer, Hurt was one of the most recognizable and reliable character actors of our time, and his presence and persistence will be sorely missed in the years to come. But before saying a final goodnight to the tremendous talents of John Hurt, let’s take a minute to remember all he was to the nerdy among us, and recall his Top 10 Nerdiest roles in the movies and on TV. (more…)

When you hear people talk about “the Hollywood machine” it’s best to picture a contraption with a conveyor belt leading to a steel chute full of hammers and spinning blades. Good scripts are like adorable lambs who look at you with big, trusting eyes as you tearfully place them on the belt and assure them that they’re going to a big multiplex theater upstate where all the popcorn is free and none of the usherettes have acne. One man who knows the ins and outs of the machine better than most is supernerd Kevin Smith. While some of his scripts have staggered into cinemas, many more have become clogged in the cogs and gears. If he’s still got the fight in him, here are five Kevin Smith projects we’d like to see him resurrect.

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This week’s Trek Bastard was going to look back at the problems at a previous incarnation of Star Trek, but the problems of the present keep presenting themselves. As you may have heard, Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed again, moved off from its premiere perch of this coming May on CBS All Access to parts unknown. Even though the series is supposed to start shooting next week, CBS/Paramount has offered no new release date for the series, which the studio has been pushing for over a year now, and while on the one hand we may be able to appreciate a deliberate pace with development, we’ve all got to wonder if Discovery’s maybe gone off the rails. (more…)