Geek Fuel Unboxing Video for July, Now Fancier

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm

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Based on your feedback, we are trying to improve these. We now have a tripod, there is a lot more editing, and we've realized that Julia makes a better victim presenter. See what you think.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Freddy Krueger as Rat Fink

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 9:30 am

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This tribute to the creations of both Big Daddy Roth and Wes Craven will burn rubber and your face. Called the Dream Machine, it's more of a nightmare on wheels - though the dreamcatcher gear-shift lever is a nice touch; just call him Indian burn-face.

Freddy not your jam? Fright Rags has also given the Kustom Kulture makeover to Leatherface and Jason. Given that Rat Fink himself was a riff on Mickey Mouse, it's all very meta; a commentary, perhaps, on how cultural icons change over time.

Far more likely, though, that someone just thought it would look cool. And it does.

via DailyDead.com

GIVEAWAY: Star Wars T-Shirts From Shirts.com

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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Episode I - The T-shirt menace.

Turmoil has engulfed the galactic closet. The status of which shirts best cover your torso is in dispute.

Hoping to defuse the situation, Topless Robot is sending you two T-shirts for being one of two winners in this giveaway. So how do you force-push the odds into your favor?

It's simple. Assume, for the sake of argument, that JJ Abrams indulges all his worst impulses and that The Force Awakens is terrible. In comments below, describe what you think the worst scene will be (and if you make a lens flare joke, it had better be a damn good one). Two winners get to pick two Star Wars shirts apiece from Shirts.com (each one must be valued at $25 or less; shirts can ship to US or Canada addresses only).

Now get creative! I'll close the contest at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 4th, 2015.

Why Hunt Rare Lions, When You Can Hang Battle Cat's Head on Your Trophy Wall?

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:32 pm

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My social media feeds today are awash in mentions of some douchebag dentist from Minnesota who illegally hunted and killed a rare lion, then posted photos of himself with the corpse. If that's the sort of thing you're into, Super7 have presented an alternative solution here that's both nerdier and animal safe - though you may want to hide it from any cartoon princes with magic swords who may be in the area.

As seen at Super7's pop-up Comic-Con "Skeletor's Lair" store, this Battle Cat trophy head is 31 inches tall by 22 wide, and the mask is fully removable if you'd rather look like the guy who murdered Cringer instead. Only ten are made, and they run $8500, but compared to paying for a safari and probably facing a huge fine afterwards, that's a bargain. I've seen one of these in person and it is most impressive.

The Sights, The Sounds, The Hentai: 17 Weird And Cool Things From Otakon 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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Conventions, once reserved only for discussion in the most heated of USENET discussion boards, have become something of a pop-cultural force this past decade. No cognizant man, woman, or child isn't aware of San Diego Comic-Con, for good or ill.

Myself, though? You dumb nerds can stand in line for 5 hours to blurrily watch the Game of Thrones cast get asked terrible questions; I'll be at places like Otakon and making jokes about hentai.

I had a blast this weekend at Otakon in muggy, sunny Baltimore, so here are 30 things I saw, to mark the occasion!

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Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Masturbation Hero Tengaman

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 9:00 am

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Tomorrow is National Masturbation Day in Japan, at least as declared by onahole manufacturer Tenga (if you don't know what an onahole is, recognize that "ona-" refers to masturbation and guess the rest). In order to properly sell their products to the target audience on this designated unofficial holiday, they've done the first thing any Japanese company would do - create an 18-minute film starring a wank-enhanced Power Ranger called Tengaman, who "morphs" by sticking his boner into a Tenga, at which point he battles skeletons with penises, and a villain shaped like a giant hand flipping him off. (Despite this synopsis, there's no nudity in the short, so it's sorta SFW...sorta.)

I suggest watching the intro and then skipping to about the 8:30 mark, as much of what happens in between is just unsubtitled Japanese dialogue. Google translator once again proves the absolute inadequacy of comparing our two languages...

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Evolution of the Stormtrooper

Monday, July 20, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Clones? Recruits? A mixture? This controversial new scientific "theory" alleges that Imperial troopers evolved through a process of natural selection - and yet they still can't hit the broad side of a barn.

There were theories of intelligent design, but those were mostly shot down when it was recognized that the alleged creator also made Jar Jar Binks, and therefore could not possibly have intelligently designed anything.

Regardless, the T-shirt is at Teefury, and your First Order of business today is deciding whether to buy one or not.

I Finally Found Minions Merchandise My Wife Doesn't Want: Menstrual Pads!

Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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Because this isn't Sanrio or Japan, it's safe to say this is not an official product. But nor is the pipe we own with a Minion on it, and that didn't prevent the purchase.

It would seem, however, that Julia draws the line at Minions in her underwear, which comes as a relief. Etsy, however, does not.

h/t Sly Dante

A Tron Ride Is Coming to Disneyland...Shanghai.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

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So...I guess Disney figures the Chinese appreciate hacking more than we do? Way to stereotype, Disney!

I want a Light Cycle rollercoaster too. Trust me, Angelenoes will appreciate the concept of a vehicle that makes you crash every time it cuts you off more than ANYBODY.

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All 22 of Our Comic-Con 2015 Video Interviews in One Post

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 5:00 am

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This is a wrap on our Comic-Con 2015 coverage, folks. And I happen to think that on a shoestring budget, with a team of one editor in San Diego, one in New York, and one correspondent in Hall H for one day, we stayed competitive with the big guys, who'll be doling out their coverage in drips and drabs for the next month or so while we're busy moving on.

Thanks to Jim for minding the fort and picking a Twitter fight with Max Landis, to Bryce for battling his way into Hall H, for Jason and Kyle who helped me do research, Julia for her "takeover" posts on social media, and Peggy who does my transcriptions. Being underdogs just means we try harder...and do better. I wish I could pay you all a million bucks.

Now, in case you missed any, here are all of our video interviews.

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