The Road to Comic Con: The Exclusives You Want, Need, and Might Actually Kill For!

- 07-02-14Cool Stuff, Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by Shawn Schillberg

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With just one short month until San Diego Comic-Con, hopefully your planning is well underway. Here at  Nerd Bastards, we started getting ready for this year on the plane ride home from LAST year’s SDCC.  This is the first in a series of columns aimed at helping you make the most of Comic-Con, whether you’re  attending the event or catching the highlights online from the comfort of home. Over the next month  we’ll cover getting to & around the con, surviving all 4.5 days of the show, can’t miss events/panels/ guests and of course, the precious exclusives. We’ll even get around to attending the con without a badge.

We’ll cover how to go about acquiring these treasures in a future column, but for now let’s take a look at the best exclusives that have been announced so far.  (more…)

Enter For Your Chance To Win a GIANT Box of ‘Transformer Age of Extinction’ Toys!

- 06-29-14Cool Stuff, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Transformers: Age of Extinction is out this week and with it, viewers are in store for more of “tough guys acting tough, hot girls being hot, giant robots fighting, and stuff blowing up real good” (a line taken from our recent Review, which you should check out). It also means, a barrage of new toys and collectibles. There can’t be a new Transformers movie and there not be another assortment of transforming plastic play things for kids and young adults to enjoy. The cynics out there will undoubtedly roll their eyes at the overwhelming and sometimes unnecessary slew of merchandise, but when it comes to HASBRO toys, you cannot argue that they make options for every type of fans – from the adult collector, easy to please idyllic youths and everyone in between.

With the release of the film, HASBRO has been kind enough to send us a sampling of their latest Transformers toy offerings. Its to serve as a preview of  their wide array of new products, which like I said, are meant for varied age groups and interest levels. You can check photos and descriptions below. More importantly, however, we’re giving you the chance to WIN the whole kit and caboodle! 12 items valued at over $200! All yours!

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TOYS WE MISS: The Creepy Faced Hand Puppets Known as ‘Boglins’

- 06-29-14Cool Stuff, Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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If there’s one thing nerds of a certain age universally agree on, it’s this: Toys (for kids and young adults) these days SUUUCK!

Oh, sure–today’s younglings have video games that would make 8 year old, Atari 2600 playing me drop dead of a pleasure-induced brain hemorrhage. And there will always be timeless classics like LEGO (and by the way: CURSE, children of today, for having LEGO Stores!). But as far as action figures–and their accompanying vehicles, playsets, and other miscellany go: The playthings of my 1980s childhood beat the piss out of anything the 21st century has yet to come up with–it’s not even a contest.

But this feature isn’t about how much new toys blow (that’s another feature), instead, the old and decrepit among the Nerd Bastards staff have decided to present you, the reader, with a series of tributes to the overpriced hunks of plastic of yore. Magnificent toy lines that make us forget how lonely and miserable our ACTUAL childhoods were.

In this weeks Toys We Miss column, I take you back to a marvelous era, when a toy’s worth was measured in how likely it was to put your little sister in therapy. We check out the creepy faced hand puppets known as Boglins(more…)

Warner Bros. Re-ups with Mattel for DC Toys

- 06-12-14Comics, Cool Stuff, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Recently, Nerd Bastards’ own Jason Tabrys discussed whether or not toy tie-ins to blockbuster movies are still relevant. Jason landed somewhere in the middle on whether or not that’s a good or bad thing, but toys and action figures are still a valuable side of the business regardless of what Jason Tabrys thinks. (JK, love that guy!) Anyway, in toy business meets show business news today, Warner Bros has announced that they’ve renewed their 15 year deal Mattel in a new multi-year contract. (more…)

TOY REVIEW: Sideshow Collectibles ‘G.I. Joe’ Destro 1/6th Scale Figure

- 06-07-14Cool Stuff, Featured, reviews Posted by Luke Gallagher

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If I learned anything from G.I. Joe, it’s that heroes and villains should almost always be named in direct correlation to their stereotype (let’s call the karate guy “Quick Kick” and the sailor dude “Ship Wreck”) and that - say it with me now -  “knowing is half the battle” (Yo Joe!). 

One thing that you should know (if you don’t already) is that in the battle for collectible manufacturer superiority Sideshow Collectibles reigns supreme. Reminding us of their skill in producing super detailed and top capita statues and figurines, Sideshow was nice enough to send NerdBastards.com a sample of one of the latest additions to their 1/6th scale figure G.I. Joe line. You may know him as a Cobra’s weapons supplier. Or, as I like to refer to him, the chrome domed evil twin of Mr. Clean. I am, of course, referring to none other than the death dealer himself, head of M.A.R.S Industries (Military Armaments Research Syndicate, not the candy bar), leader of the Iron Brigadiers and Baroness’s beau – Destro.

Head on down past the break, as we have a few laughs and experience this (curiouser than expected) figure together. Big Joe/Cobra fan or not, you’ll come to want him. Badly. His shiny head is so irresistible.  (more…)

Whatever: Do Movie Tie-In Toys Matter Anymore?

- 06-05-14Comics, Featured, Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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Whether you are aligned with Marvel or DC in this fatuous battle for supremacy, you have to admit that Marvel has been on a bit of a winning streak since the release of the first Iron Man movie; revolutionizing the way that people look at comic book IP and event films while earning a ton of money and accolades in the process.

Perhaps that’s why it feels so weird to see Marvel sustain body blow after body blow as they’ve had to deal with blowback from the Edgar Wright/Ant-Man divorce, Drew Goddard’s ill-timed departure announcement from the Daredevil TV series and rumors that Marvel’s publishing arm might pull the plug on The Fantastic Four and the Ultimate FF comic book series’ to deny FOX a promotional boost in the run-up to the release of their Fantastic Four reboot film. Add to that, X-Force creator Rob Liefeld’s tweeted-out observations about the lack of an X-Men: Days of Future Past action figure line and his proclamation that, “The Fox shut out is real”, and it appears that Marvel may have a new fire to put out… unless they just ignore this controversy until it flames out on its own.

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Treat Yourself To Epic Geek Gear With NERD BLOCK!

- 03-09-14Cool Stuff Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Feeling unloved? Then why not sign up for Nerd Block where with a $19.99 monthly subscription you’ll get a box of cool shit mailed to your house every month! Currently partnered with Marvel, Nintendo, DC, Disney, Doctor Who, and Star Wars, it’s basically guaranteed you’re gonna get something you’ll love. (more…)

Nerd Bastards Toy Fair 2014 Wrap-Up

- 02-17-14Cool Stuff, Nerd Culture Posted by Chris Cummins

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Running through this Thursday at New York City’s massive Javits Center, the 2014 Toy Fair is nothing short of nirvana for anyone who spends their days dreaming of action figures and other wonderful playthings. The annual event is the definitive gathering spot for industry execs, retailers, journalists and bloggers to learn about everything new in the world of toys.  On Sunday, I had the opportunity to visit Toy Fair and check out what the major retailers — with the notable exception of Mattel and Lego, who never responded to our press requests, snobs — would be rolling out for the rest of this year and beyond. From the jaw-dropping to the unbelievably goofy, here’s my rundown of the best and worst that this year’s event had to offer. (more…)

TOYS WE MISS: The Ooey, Gooey, Stretchy Figures Known as ‘Manglors’!

- 01-26-14Cool Stuff, Featured, Nerd Culture Posted by James Daniels

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If there’s one thing nerds of a certain age universally agree on, it’s this….Toys (for kids and young adults) these days SUUUCK! Oh, sure–today’s younglings have video games that would make 8 year old, Atari 2600 playing me drop dead of a pleasure-induced brain hemorrhage. And there will always be timeless classics like LEGO (and by the way: CURSE, children of today, for having LEGO Stores!). But as far as action figures–and their accompanying vehicles, playsets, and other miscellany go: The playthings of my 1980s childhood beat the piss out of anything the 21st century has yet to come up with–it’s not even a contest. But this feature isn’t about how much new toys blow (that’s another feature), instead, the old and decrepit among the Nerd Bastards staff have decided to present you, the reader, with a series of tributes to the overpriced hunks of plastic of yore. Magnificent toy lines that make us forget how lonely and miserable our ACTUAL childhoods were. This week I’m back again to show some much needed love to an unsung–well, less than sufficiently sung–toy line of yesteryear: Ideal Toy Company’s ooey, gooey, awesome Manglors. (more…)

Nerdy Bits: Transformers Arcee Body Paint, Doctor Who Meets Metal, Harley Quinn Cake, Every Nintendo Start Screen Ever, & MOAR!!!

- 01-24-14Cool Stuff, Cosplay, Funny Videos, Nerd Culture Posted by Luke Gallagher

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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: This Elektra cosplay by ivettepuig has been Matt Murdock tested and Daredevil approved. Well he would if he was real. (more…)