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Iron Man may not the best of anything to do with Iron Man (what they did with The Mandarin was sinful, and the other main bad guy, played by Guy Pierce, was an egomaniac who killed lots of people just because Tony Stark stood him up on a business date…really?), but the film did feature the largest & coolest assortment of Iron Man armors on screen (which did all get blown up by Tony for no apparent reason, but they were cool in the fleeting moments they were featured). The film also saw Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts kicking some butt… by turning into a human furnace thanks to that Extremis thing, which was sort of lame, but still – girl power and what not. Speaking of Pepper, lets take a moment and acknowledge what an underrated character she is. Pepper  is an integral part of Tony Stark’s life. She runs Stark Enterprises and keeps Tony in check. She may not be a legitimate superhero, but what a super-heroic feat it is to juggle those two things. How’s the saying go: behind every great man is a great woman.

Now, the Iron Man property itself has been the bread and butter for HOT TOYS and Sideshow Collectibles. A long line of Iron Man armors and characters have made their way to astonishingly detailed, high-end collectibles figures, with each entry in the ongoing line being highly sought after, selling out, and often going for twice as much on auction and collector sites. Because there are enough people who are Tony Stark rich (and some pretending to be), HOT TOYS  has two new 1/6th scale figures – available now – to add to the  Iron Man collectible family: Iron Man 3′s Pepper Potts and Iron Man Armor Mark IX.

Sideshow Collectibles was kind enough to send us this awesome two-pack for review. Head on past the jump to look at spiffy photos, read up on our detailed two-part take, and maybe  have some laughs along the way.  (more…)

The Top 10 (and Worst 5) Nerdy Movies of 2015

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As the new year begins, we take one final look back at 2015 to identify once and for all what the best nerdy movies of 2015 were. Despite our complaints about Hollywood’s lack of originality, or its overdependence on franchises or previously established intellectual properties, this is still not an easy list to tabulate; in the year 2015, there were more than enough contenders to make two Top 10 lists. Since we’re in the business of playing favorites, however, 10 and only 10 could be chosen, and so we chose.

Making the cut this year were a fair number of sequels and spin-offs, but also a hardcore science-fiction film, an allegory-filled horror entry, a bloody western, a charming animated movie, a documentary, a mockumentary, and the only movie that took A.I. and all its implications seriously in a year full of killer, self-aware robots. Submitted for your approval, here are the Top 10 Films of 2015 (and the 5 Worst ones). (more…)

Top 10 Nerdy TV Shows of 2015

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Congratulations! You made it to the end of the year 2015. You’ve survived three years longer than the Mayans said that you would, and as your reward, you are treated to one Best or Worst of the Year list after the other. So welcome again to our annual compendium of the Top 10 Nerdy TV shows.

How was the year for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror fiction on TV? In a word, excellent. As you may be aware, we are living in an era of Peak TV, which makes the compilation for a list like this harder than ever seeing as how among the some 409 scripted series that premiered on the air this year, a great many of them fit our core audience. Depending on your point of view, this is either a gift from the gods, or you’re being tested by them to see how long you can go without breathing fresh air outside your home.

The top picks for this year’s best of nerdy TV include zombies (not those ones, the other ones), cannibals, speedsters, detectives, Nazis, vampires, battling artificial intelligences, and the biggest cast ever put together for a TV show in the history of ever. Shall we begin? (more…)

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In case you missed it, a little movie released by Disney this weekend broke a few records.  No, it wasn’t Alvin and the Chipmunks 4 (good god, who sold their soul for that one??). The movie that may be the biggest box office titan of all time was the long anticipated Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.  Picking up where Episode VI: Return of the Jedi left off over 30 years ago, The Force Awakens reunited original cast members Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Carrie Fisher, and introduced audiences to a new cast of actors to pick up the mantle.  The movie may have its flaws but there is no doubt that director JJ Abrams truly made some lifelong Star Wars fans happy with his treatment of the material.  Everyone who has seen the movie definitely has their favorite moments of the film and if you have read this far, it should be a safe bet that you are among this group. If not, you may want to turn around NOW. Seriously. Here there be spoilers. Not big enough? SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! Alright, if you are still here, you are either looking for spoilers (shame on you) or you have already seen the film. So, if you’re ready to see if your favorite moment made the list, let’s get started! (more…)

Why Do We Love ‘Star Wars’?

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This piece started with a simple question: how many times have you seen Star Wars? Whether I was asking it of me, or was planning to direct the query back to you the reader, discussions with the Nerd Bastards editorial team turned this around to a broader question: Why do people love Star Wars as much as they do? On the eve of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the overwhelming media and merchandise machine that covers all bases from HP to Subway to Cover Girl, why have we poured our hopes, dreams, and happiness into a fictional galaxy of the distant past? (more…)

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Well, we finally got the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, boy, was it underwhelming. Many fans have been expressing fears about DC rushing into things since the movie was announced. A team-up with Batman already when he hasn’t even been introduced into the DC Extended Universe? Still, fans were with Batman v Superman, because all of the footage seen thus far had looked pretty cool. The showdown between Batman and Superman on a rainy rooftop next to the Bat-signal set up great expectations for the movie. Despite some concerns about casting, Ben Affleck looks to be a very capable and appropriate Batman, bringing to mind Frank Miller’s stocky brawler, which is a Batman we’ve not yet seen on the big screen. Even Jesse Eisenberg, who is a complete departure from any sort of Lex Luthor known to anyone anywhere, didn’t appear to be completely terrible. Unfortunately, it looks as though our willingness to give DC the benefit of the doubt will not be repaid, as the new trailer makes it clear that every bit of interesting and compelling footage from the movie must have been used up already.

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From the first time she blew a Xenomorph out an airlock to her genetic orgy with the Queen alien, Ellen Ripley didn’t take shit from those tail-whipping, mouth-snapping bastards. A scared and vulnerable astronaut in the first film, Ridley Scott’s Alien, her awakening as a flamethrower-wielding warrior didn’t emerge until the second film, Aliens. That was when her maternal instincts kicked in and prompted her to go through hell to save her surrogate daughter, Newt, in her most heroic moment of squaring off with the Queen Alien. Strapped into a fork lifter Mech Suit, she smacks the queen around like a redheaded stepchild.

Now, thanks to NECA, this latter scene can be forever immortalized and re-enacted with their Aliens POWER LOADER P-5000 Deluxe Vehicle Figure, made to accompany the 7″ scale Ripley and other Alien line of figures. NECA was kind enough to send us one – under the condition that we write about it at night. Because we mostly do good work at night… mostly. (more…)

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The film in the running for longest-named movie ever, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, has been out in theaters for a few weeks now, and while it has obviously made money and put a cap on the cinematic version of Suzanne Collins’ novelized story, lots of folks who have seen it are finding more and more to dislike about it.  We’re certainly not saying that it’s a bad film, but it does have its bad moments; here, for your reading pleasure, are ten of the most heinous.

*EDITORS NOTE: This post was submitted by Elanna Belanger and Princess Rap Battle staff writer Michael Sullivan – many thanks to both for their many words below!

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Greetings, Nerd Bastards readers. Jake here, from The Hall of Comics – where heroes shop. I’m a bagged 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 week’s best pulls in comics. So sit back, grab a snack, and check out the latest comic book titles you should be reading. (more…)

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Last month we told you about Geek Fuel – the best geek subscription box around. Truly, we’ve seen every Geek Box subscription service there is (Loot Crate, Power Up Box, Marvel Collector Corps, etc.) and Geek Fuel beat them all. They offer the best items and exclusive add-ons that make getting a box of mystery items as fun and satisfying as it should be.

Last month they killed it, with items such as the Admiral Ackbar “It’s a Nap!” pillow case, Pop Vinyl Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy, Halo Guardianade Energy Drink, and spiffy Back to the Future goodies. I thought that it was just perhaps a good month, a once-in-a-blue-moon type deal (geek boxes are generally always disappointing), but they’ve done it again! Their November Box – out now – is full of awesome. (more…)