Mattel VP Insists There’s Nothing Wrong With Barbie’s Unattainable Physique

- 02-03-14Nerd Culture, WTF? Posted by James Daniels

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Over the fifty-something years since her introduction, Mattel‘s flagship girl’s fashion doll, Barbie, has been the object of as much scorn and controversy as love and devotion. The perennial issue driving the anti-Barbie movement is her wildly unrealistic measurements and bodily proportions. It is believed by many (and apparently backed up by statistics) that Barbie’s impossible curves make her an inappropriate role model for little girls, and are also causing sales of the doll to plummet.

Well, a Mattel executive has decided to step into the arena and defend Barbie’s bod. (more…)

Mattel’s Castle Grayskull Review – Is Nostalgia Worth $300?

- 12-13-13Cool Stuff, Featured, Nerd Culture, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Growing up I always thought “how great would it be to own a castle”. Owning a nearly 2 foot tall $300 Castle Grayskull wasn’t exactly what I had in mind, but I’ll take it as a win.

*Note: this just as much as review as it is a nostalgia trip. I hope you enjoy the journey, I know I sure did.

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SDCC ’13: Masters of The Universe, Ghostbusters and DC Universe Toys That Will Make Your Wallet Cry

- 07-20-13Cool Stuff Posted by Luke Gallagher

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We all have vices and mine is collecting toys. Being that there is so much out there on the collector market, I’ve had  to narrow my wallet down to pretty much whatever MattyCollector.com is offering. If y’all don’t know, MattyCollector is an online offshoot of the Mattel corporation. They deal exclusively with monthly subscriptions for their DC Universe, Ghostbusters, WWE and Masters of the Universe lines. The latter of which is where I severely sink my cash. Masters of The Universe Classics is a homage to the original 80′s toys, with modernized detail and style. Each month a new character or two is released on Mattel’s website for sale to He-Man fans ans She-ravers. The line is now into it’s 5th year, with over 120 figures produced so far.

Having just reviewed reports from Comic Con, my bank account is in tears. Over the next few months MOTU fans like myself will get the chance to own some of the most demanded figures since the inception of the line. What with figures like Two-Bad, Glimmer, Modulok, Horde Trooper, Castaspella, Sky High, Lord Dactys, Sea Hawk, Geldor, Strong Arm, Hydron, and the Unnamed One. There’s even weird characters like the Rabbit Overlord Plundor. Oh, and even Stan Lee is even getting in on the fun. Mattel is partnering up with Lee’s POW Entertainment, and an exclusive figured will me made inspired by the man himself. The great Standor it shall be called. Weird.

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Oh, and how can I forget. The biggest and best MOTU piece of them all… Castle fucking Greyskull. It’s been announced previously and seen many times online, but looking at again makes me want to scream “I have the power”. Priced at over $250.00 my wallet, however, screams “Noooooooo”!

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As if Masters of the Universe wasn’t enough. Mattel is also kicking back up it’s Ghostbuster line, with a very expensive (like $265) but super must-have toy. The very first Ecto-1 vehicle in scale to 6” Ghostbuster figures, which means it’ll be HUGE! This Ecto-1 will feature amazing details, including, among others, opening doors and trunk, headlights that really flash, a beacon that lights up with blue and red lights, an authentic Ecto-1 siren and engine revving sounds! It will also feature a pull-out rack for storing the removable proton packs that come with the new 6” Peter and Ray figures , and if that’s not awesome enough, everyone who pre-orders will receive an exclusive poster of the Ecto-1 schematic! This vehicle will be produced only if the minimum pre-order goal is reached by November 5, 2013.

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They’ll also be producing some awesome, full sized replica props of the nuetrino wand from the proton pack and night vision goggles. Whoa!

Lastly, Mattel revealed their latest in it’s DC Universe line. Figures show off were Doomsday, Connor Kent Superboy, Aquaman, Ra Al Ghul and Ice

Check out the image gallery below to see pictures of these awesome toys. Images courtesy of our friends at ToyArk. For a more robust gallery, check out their site. For more information about Mattel and ordering, go to MattyCollector.com

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Mattel vs. Writer – A Fight for the Copyrights of Greyskull

- 06-25-13Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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You may have heard the news by now, that Sony has big plans to reboot that goofy-ass yet nostalgic cartoon, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.  Considering that the property has been left to gather dust for a while and a serious attempt has never been made to adapt the story (that 1987 piece of crap does NOT count), it’s a ripe time to cash in on the homo-erotic, muscle-bound Prince Adam and the gang.  There may be a few complications, however, as a former He-Man contributor has stepped up and slapped down a lawsuit to get his piece of the pie.

The current copyright holders are Mattel, the company that designed the Master of the Universe product line back in the early 80s.  Their opponent – Skeletor!  Oh wait, I mean Donald Glut, a writer that helped design the He-Man back-story.  Glut has come forward and said that since he helped create the characters, he deserves some of the cash flow.  Mattel is firmly giving him the finger, however, stating that he was on a work-for-hire contract that is three decades old at this point.

I’m all for promoting writers’ rights, but if this guy was serious about wanting his name on this particular creative project, he probably should not have waited nearly 30 years to state his case.  Besides, the work he did was in a pre-established universe that was being put together specifically to sell a line of toys.  Somehow, I don’t think Glut is going to walk away from this one any richer.  Worse yet, another failed attempt to dispute a copyright on virtually baseless grounds only hurts the writers out there that are having real problems with companies trying to rip them off.

Any opinions, Nerd Readers?  Does Glut deserve a paycheck for this?  Are the folks at Mattel yet another band of evil overlords?  On an unrelated note, should they just relegate the He-Man to gay porn and leave it at that?

 

Thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the heads-up.

Toy Fair 2013: Man of Steel, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Masters of The Universe, Star Wars, and Much, Much MOAR!

- 02-10-13Cool Stuff Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Nerd action figure enthusiasts, like myself, are privileged to buy just about every pop culture character that ever was/is. Seriously, pretty much every iconic character from film, TV, video games and more have spawned little plastic figures honoring their image. I’m not complaining. No, I’m thrilled! I am, though, running out of shelf space. That, and my wallet and fiancee are not so understanding.

Money, storage and g/f problems be damned, because, thanks to the New York International Toy Fair (which happened this weekend), 2013  is looking like another killer year for plastics.

Toy Fair 2013 showcased all types of toys to choose from, classic toys from yesteryear, new movie tie-in toys, and toys for all ages, brought forth from the wacky minds of the toy masters at Mattel, Lego, Hasbro and many, many more. These are the products that will be hitting store shelves everywhere all year long that may flop, or become the hottest must have toy for Christmas.

Thanks to internet leaks, and work from other bloggers, we’ve rounded up the biggest and the best.

Take a stroll through the New York Toy Fair courtesy of NerdBastards “Gallery of Toys” and get your second hand look at NECA‘s Kick-Ass 2, and Lone Ranger line. Hasbro’s Star Wars, G.I. Joe:  Retaliation and Transformers, Marvel Legends/Avengers figures. Mattel‘s Masters of the Universe, DC Unlimited, Classics TV Batman, and Watchmen collections. DC Collectibles Man of Steel and, much, much more!

Check out the massive (90) picture gallery below and let your fellow NerdBastards know which are keepers and which will clutter store shelves until their thrown into the 50% off bin in the comments section below.

Note: Release dates and other deets are not provided. Please see our sources (ToyArk, ToyNewsi, ComingSoon) for more information.

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French Figures Hint at ‘Man of Steel’ Zod Costume

- 01-24-13Comics, Cool Stuff, Film Posted by James Daniels

While we still have yet to see Michael Shannon in his Zod costume in any stills from Man Of Steel itself, this week we got a sneak peek of what the updated General will most likely look like from Mattel France. The toy company gave the world a glimpse of the line of Superman toys it plans on releasing this year–including tie-ins to Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated reboot flick…..Et voila!

As we can see, it seems this iteration of the Superman villain has his very own Kryptonian crest. Otherwise, it seems to be nothing more than a form-fitting black bodysuit–simpler and more utilitarian that the gauzy, open-chested garb Zod and his cohorts sported in Superman II.

Mattel France also revealed photos of these miniatures–the Zod figure appears to be clad in some sort of Kryptonian armor, but whether a similar garment will appear in Man Of Steel is anyone’s guess:

Nerd Bits: Every James Bond Actor Morphed Into One, Black Cat Rolling Stone Cover, Stark Kids Beatbox Game of Thrones Theme, Amber Heard as Thor, And MOAR!

- 01-10-13Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos Posted by Luke Gallagher

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 nerdybits@nerdbastards.com.

ABOVE: Every James Bond actor ever morphed into an image to create one bad-ass Super Bond. “Morphed”? Yeah, right… looks more like someone hit Roger Moore in the face with a shovel.   [NerdApproved]

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NYCC 2012: More Floor Pics & TOYS!

- 10-14-12Cosplay Posted by Team Bastard

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Our New York Comic Con coverage isn’t nearly at an end — we’ve still got Jason Tabrys’ con diary, our exclusive interviews with Mad editor John Ficarra, Angel & Faith artist Rebekah Isaacs, our roundtable interviews with Kevin Smith, Walt Flanagan, and Stan Lee, our look at Epic Mickey 2, and more — but the con itself has come to a close. The Jacob Javitz Center in Manhattan catered to an estimated 115,000 cosplayers and fans, Nathan Fillion teleported from a conference call, Norman Reedus allegedly shouted at people from on top of an RV, and a grand time was had by all.

Right now, all of those fans are at home or on their way. Their spandex is hung in their closets, and our reporters are drinking copious amounts of vodka to stave off an attack of the con-flu. For you, though, we have the final round of pics from the floor of NYCC. Want more toys? How about most of the toys displayed at the Mattel booth? Want more cosplay? Fine! Here! As the con comes to an end, we hope you’ve enjoyed our coverage as much as we’ve enjoyed providing it and we hope you’re psyched about the rest of the cool stuff we’ll be delivering to you in the next couple of days.

Pics by: Shelly V.

Richard Wenk To Take On He-Man ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Reboot

- 10-12-12Film Posted by Mark Poynter

Sony Pictures has brought screen writer Richard Wenk (16 Blocks, The Mechanic) on board to take a crack at reworking the initial He-Man script entitled Greyskull (Written by Alex Litvak and Mike Finch).

Based on the popular Mattel toy line, Greyskull story line was reported to follow a young prince named Adam, who becomes a warrior and sets out to defeat the evil Skeletor and fulfill his destiny as He-Man.

Let’s all hope that this isn’t another Conan like reboot. I don’t know if my inner child can take another one of those kinds of disappointment.

It’s usually a long way from getting the script ready to actual casting, but we can speculate to our hearts content. Who do you want to see in the title roles of He-Man and Skeletor? Cast the movie in the comments section below.

Via: Varity

John Chu, Director Of ‘Step Up’ 2 & 3, Pegged For ‘Masters Of The Universe’

- 07-30-12Film, TV Posted by Luke Gallagher

Oi! Here we go again…

Masters of the Universe is being poked for live-action treatment… AGAIN. Sony has been trying to revive He-Man on the big screen for years, with each attempt being more miserable than the last. I’ll spare you the developmental history and simply say the last script treatment had He-Man being depicted as a lost spaceman instead of a shirtless, sword swinging, strongman. It also featured Skeletor with a metal mask instead of his trademark skull face. Suffice to say, the intentions had MOTU fans like myself cowering in fear like Cringer the tiger.

Well here we are again, with what could be the worst movie talk yet. Deadline reports that Jon Chu, the director of G.I. Joe Retaliation, is in talks to direct.

*Facepalm*

I can’t quite spew specious hate at Mr. Chu quite yet because I haven’t seen G.I. Joe Retaliation.  But, I think, Retaliation being pushed back a year for re-shoots pretty much speaks for itself. Plus, this is the same dude that did that *gag* Justin Beiber documentary Never Say Never. Oh, and he’s responsible for Step Up 2 and Step Up 3D. I mean, really, this is not the dude that should be handling MOTU.

As a fan, I won’t accept a movie that’s anything less than an EPIC, high-budgeted, stylistic, Sci-Fi, fantasy, action flick that’s dark and bleak with a modicum of humor. Something like 300 meets Lord of The Rings.

Spare me the Beiber fever, dance dance revolution director and give me  Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, or Chris “fucking” Nolan. At lease those guys would preserves the heart of the source material, take it in a new direction, and add a bit of mythos and depth.

Masters of the Universe is the story of He-Man, a prince who turns into a mythic superhero to battle the forces of evil lead by Skeletor. It’s best known as a cartoon from the 1980s and its ongoing toyline.

Source: Deadline