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Unless you were living under a rock or being raised by gorillas as a kid, chances are that toys had a major impact on your childhood. We’ve all played them as a kid, littering our rooms with colorful molded plastic until our parents were unfortunate enough to step on them. Chances are that most of your fondest childhood toy memories came from Hasbro and/or Mattel. Hasbro gave us robots in disguise and Mattel gave us the power of Grayskull. These two titanic companies have been a staple of nerd culture for years, and to this day continue to showcase their famous franchises via movies, video games, comic books and more. The Mattel vs. Hasbro debate has been a hot topic of debate among toy gurus everywhere. Who would have thought that they would end up joining forces? (more…)

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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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The long, national nightmare is over! That may be overstating things, but for all the people kind of disappointed that the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its marvellous new heroine wasn’t greeted with requisite representation in toys, there’s good news. Following up on the social media “Where’s Rey?” campaign, the powers that be at Lucasfilm have announced that the next wave of Star Wars toys will be all about Rey, or at the very least be more about Rey than the previous line of toys released so far. So get ready for all the Rey goodies we were apparently denied for the good of spoilers. (more…)

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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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In what’s become a frequent repose in the last year, the merchandisers for a major movie franchise are under attack for ignoring the idea that girls like big sci-fi, action/adventure movies too. A new version of Star Wars Monopoly was released back in September includes Darth Vader, Kylo Ren, Finn and Luke Skywalker game pieces, but mysteriously, the new hero character of the sequel trilogy is mysteriously absent. The question before the Monopoly makers now is where is Rey, the character played by Daisy Ridley? The Monopoly mess is now the latest rallying point for gender equality, at least so far as toys and games are concerned. (more…)

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For several weeks, shoppers have complained about the lack of female representation in Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise. Both Captain Phasma and Rey were missing from boxed sets of the movie’s action figures, which instead included a nameless pilot and stormtrooper. A grassroots campaign began on social media with the #WheresRey hashtag, prodding Disney for a response. Now they finally have their answer.

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From the first time she blew a Xenomorph out an airlock to her genetic orgy with the Queen alien, Ellen Ripley didn’t take shit from those tail-whipping, mouth-snapping bastards. A scared and vulnerable astronaut in the first film, Ridley Scott’s Alien, her awakening as a flamethrower-wielding warrior didn’t emerge until the second film, Aliens. That was when her maternal instincts kicked in and prompted her to go through hell to save her surrogate daughter, Newt, in her most heroic moment of squaring off with the Queen Alien. Strapped into a fork lifter Mech Suit, she smacks the queen around like a redheaded stepchild.

Now, thanks to NECA, this latter scene can be forever immortalized and re-enacted with their Aliens POWER LOADER P-5000 Deluxe Vehicle Figure, made to accompany the 7″ scale Ripley and other Alien line of figures. NECA was kind enough to send us one – under the condition that we write about it at night. Because we mostly do good work at night… mostly. (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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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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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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