Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the most recognized bad-girls (turned good) of comics and also one of the most under appreciated. Most eyes see her as a pair of boobs in a skin tight leather suit with a penchant for stealing things, as well as having a weird affinity for cats, perhaps taking the term “Cat Burglar” too literally. Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, is those things, but she is also so much more, she’s a femme fatale. Like all tempting, but dangerous women, they’re not born that way, they’re made. The formula is simple: take a young female, the “daddies little girl” type, and put them through a stressor; either one or a series of traumatic life altering events. Pain and despair take root and define a life of sorrow and pitiful existence, or the damage forges something different. Something where innocence and naivety no longer exist and are instead replaced by toughness and self-reliance. Where there is no good and bad, there is just thyself.
Her origin is that of tragedy. Felicia grew up as as a product of criminal father, incarcerated for his crimes as a notorious thief. Later she became victim to a loss of innocence of the worst kind, being raped by her college boyfriend. She turned her grief and shame into rage, focusing her feelings for revenge towards intensifying her training regime in martial arts and acrobatics. However, she was robbed of a chance for vengeance, as her assaulter was killed in a drunk driving accident. What’s a angst ridden trained fighter with a genetic predisposition for crime to do? Become a thief, with a whole lot of sass and sexiness to spare.
Black Cat is and has been a reformed burglar, else she wouldn’t be a hero, but she continues to walk on the wild side as a detective and adventurer. She’s the former girlfriend of Spider-Man, Flash Thompson, and the mercenary known as the Foreigner.
To celebrate this superhero, known for being as sly as she is sexy with an itch for shiny treasures, comes Sideshow Collectibles and J. Scott Campbell with a treasure all their own. (more…)
There was a time when Indiana Jones And The Temple of Doom was considered the least favorite of the Indy Jones movies. That was, until 2005 and the Kingdom of The Crystal Skull dethroned it and ushered a collective “ehhhh” from fans, What with a rope swinging Shia Lebough, CGI monkeys, an over the top cartoonish Russian Villain and an ending that gave the guy from Ancient Aliens an excuse to “Be in his Bunk” with a case of heavy breathing. Reflecting back, Temple of Doom holds up better than one might remember and perhaps might actually be better than its precursor Indiana Jones Raiders of The Lost Ark. As Sheldon’s girlfriend on Big Bang Theory once said: “Indiana Jones plays no role in the outcome of the story. If he weren’t in the film, it would turn out exactly the same”. At least in Temple of Doom, Indy’s actions actually lead to a positive outcome – saving a few hundred enslaved kids, returning some ancient glowing sacred rocks, and dropping the films lead bad guy into a pit of crocodiles. And as far adventure goes, it’s perhaps one of Indys most thrilling – a night club fight, a plane crash, weird foreign cuisine (chilled Monkey brains anyone?), bug infested tombs of death, lava pits, voodoo dolls, and a thrilling mine car chase. All in a day’s work for our favorite Cambridge Archeologist.
All the excitement of Temple of Doom has led the high-end figurine company Sideshow Collectibles into making Indy into a relic worth collecting, in the form of this desirable 1/6th scale figure. Sideshow was courteous enough to send us one for review. Join us as we ascertain its quality and argue whether or not it needs to be in a museum (Short answer: It does!). (more…)
As Fox and Marvel Studios decided to each have a Quicksilver in their films, fans scratched their heads a bit, while those who were unfamiliar with comics became confused – some audience members not even realizing that the Avengers: Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past shared the character. There is no doubt that of the two, X-Men’s Quicksilver garnered more audience love after his on screen appearance but considering Hot Toys newest addition to their Marvel masterpieces, Age of Ultron’s Quicksilver is the one that fans will want to take home. (more…)
Let’s make something clear: Of all the complaints and grievances that have been fired at Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren should not be one of them. The films titular villain has been criticized for being weak and whiny (and that’s using less colorful language/speech than what one would see in Internet comment sections). He is anything but those things. A very powerful force user able to stop and freeze blaster shots mid-air, Kylo can also use the force to pilfer thoughts and information from weaker minds. In his personal chambers, he has a resting spot for his helmet… a mound of ashes from those that he’s killed. He took a direct blast in the gut from Chewie’s bolo (a shot that had been shown to easily kill Stormtroopers) and still managed to fight off two attackers. And do we really need to say what he did to his own father?
For those that have recognized and accepted Kylo Ren as the new villainous force (no pun intended) in the Star Wars Universe, there are many toys and merchandise available for which to purchase, collect, and cherish (head to Toys R Us, you’ll see em’). None perhaps as spectacular as the 1/6th scale Kylo Ren figure from Hot Toys Star Wars line. Courtesy of Sideshow Collectibles, NB was given a sample to review. Unlike Mark Hamill at the end of Force Awakens, we’re gonna do more than stare at it intensely. A slew of pictures, honest thoughts, and at least one joke about actor Adam Driver’s ears will, in fact, follow. (more…)
While some time has passed since the death of actor Alan Rickman, the sadness and somberness of his passing still seems as fresh as ever. But much like with any A-List star who leaves their mortal coil too soon, their body of work becomes that much more appreciable and cements their ever lasting legacy. Alan Rickman is no exception; a big bucket of win, this guy was. Large body of work both on-screen and off in which to bow one’s head in respect and adulation. He will, of course, be remembered for his most famous roles – the maniacal terrorist Hans Gruber from Die Hard, the spoon-heart eating villainous Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood, the literally dickless angel in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, and the hilariously bitter Dr. Lazarus in Galaxy Quest. Above all, and without question, though, Rickman will likely be most immortalized for his role as the complex, hostile, skillful, and perhaps bravest Wizard of all time – Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series.
In celebration of the Master of Potions, Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, and fiercely loyal wizard, comes a 1/6th scale collectible figurine from Star Ace. Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive a product sample for review. Follow along with us as we raise our wands to Alan Rickman and this spellbindingly life-like figure. (more…)
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.
Iron Man 3 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…)
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!
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.
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…)