Star Ace

While it might not be the first franchise that springs to mind when you think about expensive collectibles, Underworld has a longevity that is the envy of many a film series. The first movie was released in 2003 and the fifth instalment, Underworld: Blood Wars, came out earlier this year. There is already a sixth movie underway as well as a television series in discussion, and that’s on top of the comic book adaptations and novelisations of the story. People wouldn’t be going to so much effort if there wasn’t a devoted audience out there who loved it. Indeed, there is a tight-knit cult following within nerd culture that lives for the history and culture and brutal, bloody battles in the saga of the lycan and vampire clans. (more…)

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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…)

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The child actors behind the beloved characters in the Harry Potter franchise grew up in front of the eyes of their adoring fan base.  Emma Watson, who gave life onscreen to Hermione Granger, perhaps more so than many.  She went from a brilliantly talented Muggle-born witch to an equally brilliant bombshell.  While Watson now commands attention with her work for the United Nations, fans remember her most fondly as the eleven year old witch with bushy hair and big teeth that they first saw in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

One of the most admirable aspects of the Harry Potter series, both in the books and films, is that the reader gets to grow with the characters.  Yes, many readers began the journey at or around the same ages as the characters, and as each new book or film came out roughly a year apart, the ages stayed constant.  But that can be witnessed even as a new reader.  J.K. Rowling did a marvelous job of maturing her characters just enough in each book, and the movies reflect that.  The content and and themes of each subsequent installment also mature in keeping with the character development.  Harry, Ron, and Hermione go from innocents to battle-weary veterans of pain and loss.  And they come out of it in one piece.

Although there has been a lot of fuss lately surrounding Hermione and her romance choices in the books (Harry or Ron, make up your mind, Jo!), it seems a shame to focus so much on only the romantic aspect of her character.  This is a girl that gives female readers someone positive to aspire to be, someone relatable but also inspiring.  She is the smartest person in her year, even though she came from outside the fold of the wizarding world.  She is fiercely loyal to her friends and never afraid to be herself.  She is the role model for the millenials.

This introduction is the prelude to a review for a fairly new high end collectible toy company called Star Ace.  And like the Triwizard Harry Potter review we put out last week, this will cover the ins and outs of this new collectible figure, sent to us straight from the source as part of their fast-growing and very popular Harry Potter line.  Now, on to Hermione!

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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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