The nexus of all that is molded, sculpted or stitched - Toy Fair - has descended upon collectors once again. With enough wonderful toys to send Jack Nicholson's Joker into cardiac arrest, crowning this year's most exceptional collectibles is no easier than a buying Hot Toys product on a budget. But tough choices must be, and were, made. From sickeningly cute plush dolls to monolithic statues, here are the 2014 Toy Fair items worthy of even Valhalla's display cases.
It is not only Valentine's Day and President's Day weekend, but we also have both the New York Toy Fair and Gallifrey One happening. Monday is a holiday for me, but stay tuned to Topless Robot on Twitter, as we have a guy at Toy Fair over the weekend.
In the meantime, before you all unleash the hounds, here are some last-minute items that got cut for time...
-TOPLESS ROBOT MERCHANDISE is coming! Just bumper stickers for now. All sold at cost.
-Kickstarter for "Period Panties" that feature slogans like "Cunt Dracula" and "Bleeder of the Pack. Also a possibly actionable Grumpy Cat flipping you off.
-The Equestria Girls sequel is coming this year.
-A Catwoman-themed fashion show that somehow manages to be totally unsexy.
-K*Nex does Lego ripoff with Family Guy minifigs. You tink daaat's bad? Why yes, yes I do.
-'90s MTV Alternative Nation fixture Maggie Estep has died.
-Biplanes versus Tripods in new animated War of the Worlds movie.
-Sorry fellas, Ellen Page is forever off the market to you. Ladies - we have some good news...
- "Angry Birds Stella"? Is Marlon Brando suggesting new game names from beyond the grave?
Tipsters included Greggory Basore, Eric Diaz, SlyDante777, and possibly others I'm forgetting.
It's Valentine's Day, so let's spread the love. Like the popular political bumper sticker that uses the symbols of the major world religions to form the word, this nerdy version utilizes the totems of our favorite obsessions, turning a fandom menace into something super, man.
It's only available for one day, but it's cheap - $7 for the smaller sizes and $10 for the biggest. Yes, judge you by your size, it does. But whatever that may be, your wallet will still feel bigger on the inside if you get this over some $25 Hot Topic number.
We're not just talking for fans of general giant monster and robot movies here. These valentines are a level of geek higher than that, intended to be received by somebody who already knows, for example, that there is a Kaiju in the movie named "Tresspasser" and will appreciated a joke based on it. Me, I didn't remember there was a character named Raleigh. I do remember Stacker Pentecost (a name which curiously got a pass from people who made fun of "Cypher Raige"), but have no idea if I just spelled it right or not.
These may be homemade, but Legendary Pictures linked to them on Twitter, so they are tacitly approved. And frankly, if you give someone a valentine with Ron Perlman on it and they like it, you have a keeper.
Who were those stylish, square-masked individuals? Perhaps one of many things you missed over the weekend, some of which have been slapped together into this one big-ass post for your enjoyment.
This week's items compiled with the assist of SlyDante777, including tips from himself and Citrus_King, rkwsuperstar, Patch999, James.k.Polk, troi, Anyone00, Dr.Gonzo82, Gallen_Dugall, clone_boy99, aidan.jeans.More >>
Guys, admit it: you'd kill to have a woman wear this for you.
Ladies, admit it: you've always wanted a Bat-cape that can be fashionable too.
See? Total win-win, and due to popular demand, it will even be made in Large/Tall and XL sizes. It's too bad the mask isn't included in the $110 asking price, but they can be had cheaply. I just don't know how she expects to get into the pool with those shoes on.
Also, the cape is detachable, for those lame-os among you who value the ability to swim and not drown over the immense cool points bringing a cape to the beach will grant you. Look, do you want to be practical, capeless, beer-bellied Mr. Incredible, or awesome Batman? Four words: shark-repellent muthaphukkin' Batspray.
When it comes to sports, the nerd community is not of one mind. Some regard certain varieties of hardcore-obsessive sports fandom - Bill James-style baseball "sabermetrics," for instance - as specialty branches of nerdism in themselves. Others, citing the miseries of gym class, the traditional high school predator-prey relationship between jocks and nerds, and a simple mistrust of the sort of social conformity implied by rooting for a sports team, would see anything but eye-rolling contempt for sports as a disqualification from full nerd status.
Suppose, though, that you have no interest in The Big Game itself, but are still traditionalist enough - or, maybe, ironist enough - to want to mark the occasion with something pigskin-appropriate? When the Puppy Bowl just won't cut it, here are some football-themed amusements that are still entirely nerd-acceptable:
Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.
Well, another week of the questions that Luke has sent for me to try to answer. As I start every week, here is some more info about me - one of my favorite topics. I currently live out in the Mojave desert in Joshua Tree which is very near to a place called Giant Rock. Giant Rock is a huge boulder (google it). What is really cool is that under the rock is a large room that was dug out many years ago. It has been used as a base for spies and a bar. Many even say it is a vortex for alien contact. The USMC training base is behind this area, and if you are out at the rock you can see some very interesting aircraft that the military uses. One time we were out at Giant Rock and saw 2 jets just hovering - it was so cool. I love stuff about aliens and love listening to the radio late at night to the programs about aliens. I am sure we are not alone. We always tease at the house that the cats are really aliens and the round fountain in the entry is how they speak with the home planet - when that is not working, they talk to the wine cooler and change the temperatures.
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Since we already made most of the Noah jokes, we might as well lead with the return of Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus. Following in the footsteps of his arch-enemy Agent Smith shilling for General Electric, Morpheus is pushing the new Kia. And singing opera, because you'd have to imagine he got really sick of the rave music in Zion and went in the other direction.More >>
When a store drops 50 new geeky T-shirts, there are bound to be some duds, but also more great ones than I could hope to highlight in a single post. I recommend checking out the entirety of Neatorama's "new" section, but first, I figured I'd show you a few of my faves...
Instead of screeching "HEEE-heeeeee!" I guess this makes you want to go "HOOO-Who!" Except that "hoo-hoo" is a rude thing to say to a lady.More >>