Sideshow Collectibles

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Sans that one time he stood naked with a horse in that Equus stage play, Daniel Radcliffe has never looked better in the eyes of his adoring fans than when he played “the boy who lived,” Harry Potter. While he and the rest of the HP cast literally grew up on screen across 7 films, there is one stylistic look, from one particular movie, in which Harry Potter has stood out the most… The Triwizard Tournament, as featured in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The 4th film in the series saw Harry thrown, unwittingly, into a magical competition that thrusted appointed champions to trials of bravery, cunning-ness (Oops… almost typed “cunnilingus” which would have been unfortunate), and skill. It was a very exciting affair until things ended badly *spoilers* seeing the death of a classmate and terrifying return of, well, you know who. The future of Harry Potter and the entire wizarding world would continue into some serious dark days, but hey, at least Harry got some spiffy athletic gear out of it.

For one thrilling adventure, Harry got to put aside his regular boring old house robes and trade them in for some new threads; threads that look like Hugh Hefner designed the latest fashions for the Eastern European mafia – swooshy pants and fabulous robe. HP may not have been the best wizard, but clothes maketh the man, and these duds made him (at least look-wise) live up to his legend.

This introduction is prelude to a very awesome and relatively new high-end collectible company by the name of Star Ace, who have sent NerdBastards a figure from their ever-expanding and exceedingly popular Harry Potter line. For your consideration, we check out – you guessed it – the Triwizard Harry Potter 1/6th scale figure from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

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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…)

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Hey! You! Yeah, you! The one reading this. That’s right. I know what you’re doing. You’re probably sittin’ on the John, bored out of your mind and thought to yourself, “I’ll go check out what’s going on at Nerdbastards.” And the first thing you see is this beautiful man-doll. Sure, you can call it an action figure, but that’s just an excuse for saying you really play with dolls. Anyways, what you’re looking at is a 1/6th scale model of Deadpool. That’s right. The dual sword wielding, pistol packing, grenade lobbing sociopath is now available for you to own, put on display, or touch yourself with. Whatever you decide to do with it, it’ll bring you or a loved one such great joy and a smile so big that cheek cramps are a real possibility. So what are you waiting for? You see that red link right below?  Click it and keep reading. You’d only be doing yourself a disservice by not reading. Wait, you’re really going to click on it? Really? Alright! You’re welcome!

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When Ant-Man was announced people cheered because one of the most iconic comic book characters was coming to the big screen. When news about the casting came out, people hit the brakes. How could Paul Rudd play Ant-Man? Wasn’t he the guy in Clueless? Soon, people began to jump off the bandwagon as more and more details came out. Eventually, people began jumping ship when Edgar Wright left the project. Still, the movie kept chugging, and it prevailed through the sea of doubters. It’s currently the 11th in biggest opening weekends for a movie in 2015. And, of course, it’s one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that said, it’s no surprise that fans want their Ant-Man memorabilia. If you’re looking for a piece, then consider this: the Hot Toys Ant-Man – Artist Mix Deluxe Set of 3.

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If there’s any one thing The Avengers – and its subsequent sequel – got right, it was The Hulk. The big, raging green monster has seen a few on-screen iterations in his near 60 year history, making giant (Hulk-sized) leaps in his visual appearance each time. Long behind are the days when bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno bathed in a vat of green paint and went stomping around looking all surly and shit. It feels like ages ago when audiences were forced to endure a poorly CG-rendered (and grossly oversized) Hulk in Ang Lee’s Hulk movie. Visual effects did get significantly better in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, with a more polished, detailed and believable on-screen design. But it wasn’t until  The Avengers that The Hulk reached visual perfection. The character finally got a digital rendering that was treated with respect and reverence to how he looked in the comics, yet managed to be hyper-realistic enough to (almost) make audiences forget they were seeing a computer-generated character.

I say all this because if there was ever a time to pick up a collectible Hulk figure – and there’s hundreds of them out there –  it would be now. And that figure would be HOT TOYS 1/6th scale Hulk collectible figurine from Avengers: Age of Ultron. The best Hulk ever gets the best figure ever.

Sideshow Collectibles was kind enough to send us one for review. Sufficed to say, it’s SMASHING! (mark that as the last time a Hulk pun will be used in this review) (more…)

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Before the term “Commando” became a slang word for brazenly – and perhaps riskily –  donning a pair of pants sans any skivvies (underoos, boxers…whatever you wanna call them), there was a not so little era called the 1980’s where the urban dictionary hadn’t been invented yet. Back in that day in age, going Commando meant seeing the one of the manliest movies ever made – in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s aptly named Commando (1985). If this movie didn’t make you want to throw saw blades at people after swinging from balloons to escape police, then your balls never dropped as a child…or maybe you just weren’t alive when this came out.

For the uninitiated, imagine the movie Taken but with a million machine guns and an evil, bad-ass version of Freddie Mercury (yes, I am referring to Vernon Well’s character, Bennett. A villain so hard he wears chain mail and feeds off electric shocks). What other action movie opens with the hero and his daughter feeding a deer and licking ice cream? What other movie has lines like “I eat green berets for breakfast. And right now I’m very hungry”? Over the top action, action movie clichés, and an onslaught of Arnie quotes – it’s an 80’s masterpiece of epic proportions!

Speaking of things that are of epic proportions (hows that for a segue?), our friends at Sideshow Collectibles (via Hot Toys) have sent us a 1/6th scale John Matrix figure. Yes, the one-man army, with biceps the size of a cement truck, has been immortalized as a high-end, collectible figurine. If you thought the movie was a hit, wait until you feast your eyes on this.

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There have been some rumblings that Hot Toys have been developing a 18-foot-long 1/6th scale Millennium Falcon. I refused to believe it. I mean what normal person would even have enough galactic credits to purchase a collectible that big and that expensive? But, here we are. Hot Toys has indeed made a Millennium Falcon in scale to their 1/6th scale Star Wars figures (which are around 12 inches). We have the pictures to prove it!  (more…)

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While some may baulk at her ridiculous hair buns and experimentation with incest (making out with her brother Luke), Princess Leia is tougher than anyone ever gives her credit for. Leia spies on the Galactic Empire on behalf of the Rebellion. When captured she is tortured by Darth Vader but remains loyal to her cause. She later disguises herself as an Ubese (alien race, not to be mistaken with the word “obese”) Bounty hunter to save the man she loves from being a permanent trophy in Jabbas palace. If these are not be signs of courage, nobility and romance, I don’t know what is. Isn’t about time Princess Leia got an action figure worthy of her presence?

Princess Leia, of course, has had many action figures and collectibles made in her likeness, but never to the scale and detail as Hot Toys. That is, until now.

Hot Toys – the premier leader in fine detailed and high end collectibles – has officially announced the addition of a 1/6th scale Princess Leia figure to their Star Wars line. (more…)

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The Iron Man property 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 on-going 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, Hot Toys has 2 new 1/6th scale figures coming to the Iron Man collectible family; with Iron Man 3′s Pepper Potts and Age of Ultron‘s Iron Man XLV Armor.   (more…)

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Guardians of the Galaxy is a perfect comic book movie! It truly is one of the most unique and delightful films Marvel has created to date. It features memorable and enjoyable characters, is filled with all the required thrills and spills, and it’s an almost nonstop barrage of humor and fun. It’s like eating a big mac and a large fry at 2am after a night of drunken debauchery, it’s that good.

Peter Quill, or Star Lord as he likes to call himself, is a quick-witted man of Earth thrown into the far reaches of galaxy, who has stolen an artifact that everyone seems to want. By accident he stumbles upon four other characters, Gamora the assassin, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket the enhanced raccoon and Groot the humanoid tree, and the five of them form an unlikely team.

Not one performance, however, can live up to the two characters that completely steal the entire show, Rocket and Groot voiced by Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel. Yes, the talking tree and the raccoon are by far the most entertaining and likable characters. They are also two of the funniest characters in the entire picture behaving like the classic straight and funny man routine of Abbott and Costello fame but twice as fun.

Speaking of Rocket and Groot, our friends at Sideshow Collectibles sent us a the Marvel Rocket and Groot Sixth Scale Figure Set from Hot Toys. The big guy and little guy combo of the collectible word has never looked so good.
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