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Remember that time Toys ‘R’ Us removed Breaking Bad figures from their stores because one women in Florida (why is it always Florida?) complained? That was stupid and left a bad taste in the eyes of the geek populace. I, for one, haven’t paid much attention to them since (well that, and I buy most of my nerdy stuff online) but maybe I should. The worlds largest Toy store has totally redeemed themselves! Well, no, they’re not bringing Breaking Bad figures back. They are, however, coming to San Diego Comic Con with a large assortment of exclusive figures and collectibles. Hit the jump to check out what cool Batman, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, and Transformers toys are coming to Nerd mecca.

Oh, and if you’re unable to attend the convention, the store will offer the same products online at ToysRUs.com/ComicConvention beginning on Thursday, July 9.

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The color black is arguably the most famous color in cinematic history. Early on, the color was used to denote power, evil, and menace. Dracula, bandits, other baddies wore black. Then, rebels and outsiders like Johnny Cash and James Dean made the color black edgy and cool. The Terminator wore a black trench-coat, then a black leather jacket. Pretty soon, even good guys started wearing black. Batman, Zoro, even Chuck Norris rock the color black. Men In Black, Ninjas, Blade, The Punisher, the list goes on and on. So, what, if anything, could make Iron Man, a slick billionaire, in slick billion-dollar mecha-suit, even cooler? How about a super high-quality, limited edition, all black, stealth version of Tony Stark’s Mark VII, Iron Man suit, made by our friends over at Hot Toys? How about, sorry, son, I know that all the kids are getting new sneakers for the first day of school this year, but, daddy needs a new collectible, and you’re just going to outgrow them, anyway? Daddy’s Iron Man figure will last a lifetime, or, until mommy flips out and makes him sell it on eBay, so that we can afford your insulin this month. How about, let’s get to the review before mommy takes half of Stealth Mode Iron Man and half of my laptop?
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We’ve seen many of Hot Toys upcoming line of 1/6th scale figures from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron; including the massive Hulkbuster, a suit Iron Man wears to try to handle Bruce Banner when he becomes the Hulk.  Hot Toys has now revealed the next figure in their series of collectibles based on Marvel’s AOU –  a movie accurate 1/6 scale Black Widow. Yes, Hot Toys already had a Black Widow figure from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but this one has a more fabulous hairstyle and other spiffy stylings/accesories.  (more…)

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Whoever said “Big things come in small packages” never met the Hulk or had to deal with Tony Starks ego, ’cause with those two big is big. Seeing these two larger than life heroes battle it out in this summers Age of Utron is going to be a sight to behold, for sure.

While an epic showdown is the buzz about town, the take-home worthy character or outfit has got to be the Hulkbuster, a suit Iron Man wears to try to handle Bruce Banner when he becomes the Hulk. It’s monster vs machine – or more aptly “rage against the machine”. Now kudos to The Hulk for having bulging muscles and curiously tight pants, but its clear everyone is putting their bets on Iron Man. And that’s all thanks to his marvelous Hulk Buster suit. Out of all Tony’s Stark suits, it’s this one that makes fans squee the most. It’s big, it’s bad, and it’s one of the only things to make The Hulk whimper like a struck puppy.

And now, thanks Hot Toys – the world’s foremost creator of high end scaled collectibles – you can own your very own high end Hulkbuster figure. Hit the jump and check this bad-boy out.  (more…)

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It’s not very often that an actor embodies the spirit of the character that he’s playing so well, that it becomes hard to picture that actor as anyone else later. Since Iron Man, we’ve seen Robert Downey Jr. play a journalist, an Australian actor who plays a black soldier, a father-to-be trying to cross the country in time to see the birth of his child, he’s even played Sherlock Holmes but, whether he’s up on the big screen, or on TV getting interviewed on Late Night, sans the arc reactor, RDJ is still, and always will be, Tony Stark.

Downey has always been one of Hollywood’s good-looking bad boys. He’s got the looks, the money, the swag, the “Do whatever I want now, and apologize later, I don’t give a f#*k attitude,” as well as the charm to get away with it all. Who is more Tony Stark than that? Nobody. Not even Tony Stark, go figure that out.

Most superheroes have boring alter-egos. They try to blend into society, as to not have their true identity revealed. Clark Kent is a ho-hum reporter for the Daily Planet. Bruce Wayne is rich, but he’s a drag, and his only friend is his butler. However, Tony Stark’s ego has no f**ks to give. Even without the suit, he’s still a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist, and he wants you to know it, dammit!

And, that’s why Hot Toys actually got away with making a Tony Stark figure. Minus the suit, he’s still cool as hell. He builds arc reactors, sleeps with super hot women, and even invents new elements. That’s right, he comes with no high-tech suits, no weapons, not even a power glove. Hot Toys made a 1/6th replica of the alter-ego of a superhero, which comes with some lab equipment. And it’s super cool!

Thankfully, Sideshow Collectibles has graciously sent us one of the figures, so that you don’t have to take my word for it. Let’s check it out!

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A Requiem For New York Toy Fair 2015

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The 2015 North America Toy Fair is winding down, but as it slowly marches into the history books kids and toy collectors alike have a lot to look forward to.

We were fortunate enough to attend the event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center — the massive hall which also hosts the annual New York Comic Con — and we were wowed by the sheer enormity of it all. (Superhero pet uniforms are the new Lego knockoffs, discuss). So just as we did last year, Nerd Bastards presents a look back at the best products, most notable happenings and general greatness/weirdness from Toy Fair. Let’s take a look:

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While nerds worldwide eagerly await the initial thrust into a new series of live-action Star Wars films starting with Episode VII The Force Awakens, Disney/Lucasfilm are currently keeping fans amused with the new animated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. Now that’s a fine show with a cast of likable characters and stories which turned out better than most fans ever gave credit it for. Fanboys who haven’t been won over by Rebels are still chewing sour grapes given that Star Wars: The Clone Wars got scrapped in favor of Rebels. Star Wars: The Clone Wars being a show, which, is arguably the best thing to have happened to Star Wars since Carrie Fischer donned that metal bikini.

Some of the best stories to come out of Star Wars: The Clone Wars dealt with Stormtroopers and their adventures during the Clone Wars. Those weren’t your father’s stormtroopers though, they were specialized troopers and very specific skill sets. You certainly didn’t want to get an angry call from one of those guys.

Our friends and Sideshow were kind enough to send Nerd Bastards one of their latest additions to the Storm Trooper infantry – the Bomb Squad Clone Trooper. If I said this review was explosive, I wouldn’t really be lying now would I? So let’s check out this orange armored centurion of the Republic and have a blast! (more…)

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He’s been a soldier, gone overboard, fought a Thing, had a stint as Elvis, was a big trouble in little China, took a trip through a Stargate, has been Goldie Hawn’s BAE before BAE was (whatever the hell BAE is) cool, and was one half of Tango and Cash. It’s a miracle, yeah, that’s one too, the amount of memorable roles Kurt Russell has had in his long and storied career. When you think about Kurt Russell, however, there is only one character for which he will truly be famous.

Nothing gnaws on the heel of 80’s action nostalgia quite like Bob -Yes, his first name was Bob- Snake Plissken; the fictional character from the films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. Neither good or bad, he’s just an asshole who doesn’t give a f**k about your war… or your president.

And now he’s a 1/6h scale collectible figure from Sideshow Collectibles. Who, bless their breeches, were kind enough to send us a sample for review. We’re playing with Snake, and we’re going in.  (more…)

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With fan builds, cosplays and unfortunate fan-fictions, 2014 will go down as the year in Groot. He’s everywhere! And what’s not to like about Guardians of the Galaxy’s wooden gentle giant?

It’s Groot, Groot, Groot! It’s Groot, Groot, he’s big, he’s heavy, he’s wood. He’s Groot, Groot, he’s better than bad, he’s good! While there’s a few Groot collectibles out there, Dancing Baby Groot is the most requested, and now a definitive version is available to buy. (more…)

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For nerds of a certain age, the 1966 Batman Television show was their first indoctrination into Batman (myself included). It’s hard to devolve Batman as we know him today – a hard-bitten brooding bad-ass – by thinking back to a time when he (and Robin) were a trippy 1960’s fever dream. The William Dozier TV show was wrought with pop-art set pieces, telegraphed punches, ambiguous villains, satirical overtones, dutch angle camera setups, curiously tight-fitting costumes and the occasional dance number (anyone remember the Batusi?). Looking back, it’s easy to call it campy and lame. Because, well, it was. But, that was part of its charm! Some may say it isn’t the best of anything to do with Batman – most fans who remember it, seemingly choose to negate its existence for latter-day criticism. However, it stands an important part of Batman lore and demands respect as a cultural cornerstone. For its time, it was a fun, imaginative and immensely accessible show – appealing to the young and old. To this day everyone  – even those who aren’t Bat-literate – knows the “Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na Batman!” jingle. And gosh darn-it if George Barris-designed Batmobile wasn’t the coolest thing on four wheels? If it weren’t for this show, we might not have the Batman we have today. The Chris Nolan Batman trilogy, The Tim Burton movies, Batman the Animated Series, Frank Miller‘s Dark Knight Returns… these acclaimed creatives might not have gone on to make the best of Batman had it not been for Batman 66.

For true Bat purists and nostalgia enthusiasts, the Adam West Batman and Burt Ward Robin 1/6th scale figures by Hot Toys/Sideshow Collectibles are a must have. By golly Batman, if they aren’t the best realized collectibles of the dynamic duo ever made.

Nerd Bastards was fortunate to receive samples from Sideshow Collectibles for review. So flip back the Shakespeare head and slide on down the bat pole with us as we take a in-depth look at these confounding crime fighters realized in 1/6th scale form.

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