Recently, the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, said that they have some ideas for what the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe might look like after Avengers 4 in May 2019. It may be a world without phases, he said, but the one thing he did know was that it was “gonna be very, very different.” Different how? Below are some suggestions for what new directions the MCU might go into next, some educated guesses given what they’ve done so far. So what might be in store for – well let’s just call it – Phase 4? (more…)


I’ve always been a big advocator for Hasbro Toys. And that’s not because they send me free swag (OK, maybe that does sway me a little bit). This purveyor of plastic toy things get my attention by dominating the marketplace with their Transformers, Star Wars, G.I. Joe and Marvel lines, and because they offer the coolest of collectibles. Case in point: I came home from my honeymoon last night (yeah, Mrs. Nerd Bastards and I got married, w00t!) to find a big ole’ 3 foot tall (that’s taller than Kenny Baker) box on my door step. Now, I don’t always open packages, but when I do, I tear into it as if it’s the most important thing. My eyes widened… Hasbro sent Nerd Bastards two of the biggest and best of it’s 2013 San Diego Comic Con Exclusives: Transformers Metroplex and Marvel’s Thunderbolts.


Holy waffles! I’m speechless (well, not really, else this would be a pretty boring post). This is what I mean by cool. Not many toy companies have the bankroll or interest to produce such big and high quality items such as these; event exclusives no less.

Here’s some more info on Thunderbolts and Metroplex:


Marvel Legends Thunderbolts ($89.99)

Hasbro Marvel San Diego Comic Con exclusive to be a box set featuring 6″ Marvel Legend figures based on Luke Cage’s Thunderbolts team. The set includes Judith Chambers, Ghost, Crossbones, Cage and Moonstone. The figures are based on designs by Thunderbolts comic artist Kev Walker. The packaging is made to look like the Thunderbolts tower. I, for one, don’t know much about the Thunderbolts (little behind on my Marvel reading) but imma start catching up. This is a super awesome set. It’s such a mighty looking display.

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Transformers Generations Titan Class Metroplex ($149.99)

The Transformers generation Titan Class Metroplex is the largest converting Transformer toy at over 2 feet tall. Metroplex converts from robot mode to rolling battle platform mode, and also converts into an Autobot City! This special edition version of Metroplex features two giant blasters, metallic coated armor, chrome foil stickers, as well as a legends-scale Scamper figure and 12 miniature Autobot and Decepticon figures to inhabit his Autobot city mode.

If you’re at Comic Con this week (Both #3329), then you are evoking the jealousy of every nerd/geek who couldn’t attend. You go to Habro’s booth and you buy their awesome selection of Exclusives. Not because you want to, but because you can. You keep em’ and be the envy of friends, or you be a good guy and sell them to the less fortunate at a reasonable price, or you become a villain by putting them on Ebay and making a small fortune. The choice is yours.

Note: If you wish to see Hasbro other SDCC offerings (and their are many) then check out our Guide to Comic Con Exclusives – The Stuff You Want Want, The Things You Need and Everything You Can’t Afford.

It’s late on a Wednesday evening as I finally get settled into rip though this weeks comics. Blame my wife’s need to drag me out from store to store as she spends my pay cheque on gifts for distant family members for some obscure item exchange ritual that apparently takes place this weekend. Oh don’t get me wrong, I do love Christmas just it shouldn’t interfere with an important day like New Comics Wednesday, damn it.

Sure, I did eventually make it to a comic store but it was late, we spent to much time finding the perfect oven mitts for old Aunt Mable (make sure they are brightly colored, her eyes aren’t so good anymore and you don’t want her trying to take a roast out of the oven with the cat again). When I finally made to one of my local comic shops I came to the realization that you can do about 96% of your Christmas shopping in one. Seriously. I am sure the shops you frequent are much like the ones I do. Yes they sell comics, but also so much more! They are part toy store, clothing shop, used book emporium, magic trick dealer, and just about anything else. If you still have some shopping to do, seriously, go to your local comic retailer and do it there.

I’ll admit, I nerd out hardcore come Christmas. I spend the free time fake killing people and acting out fantasies via video games (Boxing Day/Dec. 26th is my 1 year anniversary on DCUO), I will get at least one action figure and my lovely and thoughtful wife will usually clean out the (rather large amount) of books that linger in my pull file. Now, it is the season of giving so I spread the nerdy as well (heads up to any other nerd dads out there Fisher Price Imaginext and the Playskool Heroes, action figures for toddlers, you’re welcome), comic books make great stocking stuffers, the trades are great secret Santa gifts.

I guess my message is two fold this week. For one, hats off to the retailers out there. While I do dabble in buying digital comics, your stores will always be a wondrous haven, please keep packing them with anything and everything and being an eclectic source of awesome. For everyone else, give the gift of comics this year, you’ve got to have a  kid on your list that needs to learn that Batman isn’t just a video game character, that Wolverine isn’t Australian (he’s Canadian, damn it). At the very least you can probably pick up a cheap GI Joe bobble head for Aunt Mable, her eyesight is bad, she won’t know its a misshapen  Baroness that you paid 99 cents for.

Suppose we should get into some books this week, shouldn’t we. Ok, this time around I hopped out my comfort zone and picked books I really know next to nothing about. From Image I pick up a character I haven’t looked at since the early 90’s, Dynamite yields one I haven’t cared about since the very early 80’s and from the big two, their confusingly similarly titled obscure books that make think of an AC/DC song.

Ready? Reviews after the jump.