Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they have partnered with Propshop, established craftsmen of movie props, to make available prop replicas straight from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens.’ What is being heralded as the Star Wars Collectibles: Ultimate Studio Edition will allow fans the chance to own a flawlessly detailed replicas of helmets, lightsabers, and Chewie’s Bowcaster! (more…)
When Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out, despite your feelings about the film, there was one thing we could all agree on: Darth Maul was awesome! Why? Because he had a double-edged lightsaber, yo! Too simplistic? Maybe, but it looks like in the new animated series Star Wars: Rebels, the creators are upping the game by giving the villainous Inquisitor not just a lightsaber, and not just a double-lightsaber, but a spinning double-lightsaber. Taking bad ass to a whole new level, the blow clip introduces The Inquisitor (voiced by Jason Isaacs) and and his twirling weapon of hot death. (more…)
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut. Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at email@example.com.
Above: This is one insane feat of cosplay! It’s Diablo III‘s Cydaea, Maiden of Lust created by Cosplay Inn. My only question, what do you do if you have a bathroom emergency? (Fashionably Geek)
Geek scientists around the world have been trying for years to duplicate the almighty icon of the Jedi – the lightsaber. And though this invention has seen many less-than adequate incarnations, it still remains a piece of science fiction for the most part.
Laser technology manufacturers Wicked Lasers is now saying that they’ve made something that almost lives up to the awesome that a true lightsaber is. Dubbed the “Laser Saber”, this is pretty much the same thing they’d produced more than a year ago, but now with a fancy Lucas-inspired housing that will no doubt bring copyright lawyers down on their heads.
The Laser Saber takes the world’s most powerful legally-owned laser and puts a big handle on it so the owner can swing it around. It won’t cut through limbs yet, but the laser is known for being not quite so safe. Shining the laser in someone’s eyes may blind them permanently and aiming it at someone’s skin will give them a nasty burn. Wicked Lasers warns users of their faux-saber to not screw around with it and to wear laser glasses any time it’s turned on.
Admittedly, a working lightsaber is not something that would be classified as a toy by any means. And this toned-down version is no exception to that rule.
Most videos of the Laser Saber look none-too-impressive, though here’s a marketing video that makes the laser look cooler than it probably is:
What happens when you put someone within range of toy lightsabers? That person “becomes” a Jedi. Now, what happens when you put someone with a mental health disorder within range of toy lightsabers? That person becomes a Jedi… duh!
33-year-old David Allen Canterbury went all out, double wielding toy lightsabers at a Toys R Us on Hayden Island last month. He swung ’em at customers and eventually took ’em outside and brandished them some more at the police, who tried to use a Taser on the sillyass mofo. But he turned out to be a badass mofo as he deflected the wire with the lightsaber. Now that’s some serious skillz, yo.
The police were eventually able to wrestle the guy to the ground and take him into custody. Looks like he’s getting 45 days in jail with a 2 year probation period. He was also sentenced to a mental health evaluation, which may lead to one of his conditions being that he seeks mental health support. Apparently dude was already seeking help and had been charged for heroin possession in the past, though the judge did not give him more time due to violating the probation of that particular conviction.
Oh, he’s also been banned from Toys R Us. Of course.
The moral of the story is that people will think you’re crazy when, really, you’re a fuckin’ badass Jedi.
Every day the internet produces an astounding amount of goodies and gems. Most hilarious, some amusing, but all worth at least a few seconds of your time. We here at Nerd Bastards try to bring you the best bits of news and nerdery the webz has to offer, with a bit of snark thrown in. But sometimes not everything makes the cut.
Monday through Friday we’ll be bringing you our inbox leftovers, our forgotten bookmarks, the nerdy bits that simply slipped through the cracks. You can submit items to Nerdy Bits by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do the constant alterations to Star Wars bug the crap out of you? Conan O’Brian finds even more infuriating changes to our beloved saga! (Geeks of Doom)
Nana nana boo boo. I’m cooler than you. At least for the moment anyway. Why? ’cause I got my hands on Hasbro’s “Ultimate FX Lightsaber”. And I GOTS IT FO’ FREE. Eh, it’s one of the little perks of being an el primo blogger, you get sent free swag to try out. Jealous? Well bra, you should be. This is a wicked cool toy. Technically it’s for kids, but my immature adult ass is having too much fun swingin’ this Darth Vader saber around like a maniac.
You’ve seen kid sabers before and they suck, but I swear to you this is different. It’s the greatest light saber to ever be introduced to kids. Basically, it’s just a slightly smaller version of Master Replica’s -super expensive- sabers us big kids play with. The glowing blade ignites with light and makes sounds when you power up, power down, and smash against your friends cranium. Looks (hilt is plastic, not metal, but looks accurate) and feels just like the adult version, but has a proportionally sized blade and hilt for your wee one to hold accordingly. It’s cheaper too. $29.99 compared to the adult version at $109.99 (or higher). Essentially, your kid can one up all the other tykes with a proper, affordable, authentic replica. Let us laugh at the common folk as they sadly play w/ the $2.99 extendo blades from Walmart. You should proudly shout: “Nana nana boo boo. I’m cooler than you. I have a Hasbro “Ultimate FX Lightsaber”. Now give me your baby bell cheese, or face the dark side of the force.”
All in all: worth the money. It’s a respectable middle-market toy, and not nearly as scary to spin as a “real” FX, because you won’t really care about blowing one of these LEDs. If you’re on the fence, buy one. If you don’t like it, give it to us. The rest of the bastards here are jealous that they don’t have one.
Oh, I also must comment on the packaging. I dunno if what was sent to me is what you’ll see on toy shelves, but the outer box made me squee and clap my hands like a ‘tard.
Watch the snappy video I took from my iPhone.
*Note: Despite how I sound in the video above, I am not southern. I am from Boston, MA. Every time I talk on video I feel compelled to speak like foghorn leghorn. I dunno why. Go ahead and laugh.
Well, maybe one day. When some fool arms the Jedibot with an actual laser sword instead of a a foam baseball bat. Then, we’re doomed.
But until then you can check out the video of the Jedibot in action. It was created for an Intro to Robotics class, which is so awesome I’m comtemplating going back to school. Unfortunately my talent with robotics is limited to criticizing the racist robots from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
[Students] figured out a way to use off-the-shelf technology to make it work by incorporating the Microsoft Kinect sensor, which is best known as part of the Xbox game console. The color sensor can detect objects in three-dimensional space.
“We use the color image to isolate the sword from the background, because the opponent’s sword is green and nothing else in the background is green,” said graduate student Ken Oslund, who helped design what he calls the “JediBot,” named in homage to the lightsaber-wielding characters from the Star Wars movies.
Earlier this week, we gave you the scoop on two high school students and their nerdy mock fight that got them suspended. Their ten day suspension was followed by a threat from their principal, Raymond K. Broderick, stating that their mock lightsaber duel could cost them being unable to walk at their graduation ceremony. The nerds/geeks of universes from far far away heard about this atrocious action taken, and united with FB pages, and petitions for these students to go back to school.
We’re proud to inform you, that after three days of joined mind-trickery from nerds/geeks everywhere, the principal lifted the suspension after three days and decided to let these silly padwans walk at graduation. Of course, to not look like a completely retarded Sith Lord, Principal Broderick stated,
“Suspensions carry the potential of exclusion from senior activities, including graduation night,” the principal added. “These incidents may have been poor choices on their part, but I am comfortable that they will all go forward and succeed and have learned from this. These are all great kids with super futures, and they understand the consequences of their action,”
I’m sure after hearing this everyone is in agreement that the Principal’s actions have obviously had him eating his own words. I mean come on. These guys had a funny little light saber duel in the cafeteria. They didn’t throw feces around, exploded toilets, or filled the halls with vanilla pudding. They just hit each other with PLASTIC lightsabers! Leave suspension to people who spray paint a nudie portrait on the schools wall, and explode toilets.
Winning the award for what might be the oddest use of Star Wars characters, the music video for the song “Love and Leave” from band Scattered Trees features Queen Amidala, Boba Fett and some seriously mopey Stormtroopers. The song is meh, as it is the usual pining for lost love crap all of these bands pump out but their choice of subjects for the video are hilarious. And they kind of detract from the song, but in a good way, as the music matters less and less when you watch a depressed Stormtrooper reading on the shitter and then morosely starring out the window.
Also, since we’re Star Wars nerds and we like to nitpick (generations have been fighting over whom shot first) why is Amidala captured by Stormtroopers? Why is Boba chillin’ with them? And who brought the lightsaber?! I could be over analyzing, I should just except this as a surreal retelling of Episode 1, if it took place in an apartment and Amidala was a secret force-wielder. A waaaaay cooler version of Episode 1. Or something like that, watch the video below and tell us what you think. Most creative use of Star Wars characters in a music video, or strangest retelling of Star Wars you watched on mute?