GIVEAWAY: Badass 30th Anniversary Voltron T-Shirts

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm


We ain't lion - these TV Store Online Voltron shirts are pretty sweet and you can win the pair of them, doing your part to defend the universe from the scourge of naked torsos. As a special bonus, this offer isn't just open to U.S. residents...but Canadians too! You folks probably need a couple extra layers for winter anyway.

Labor Day ends the summer movie season, so here's what we'll do: in comments below, tell me what you'd do if you had complete power to remake one of this year's summer films, but were forbidden to use anyone involved in the original (i.e. you can't remake Captain America 2 and still have Chris Evans play Cap). Use your powers for good or evil, and for the sake of argument, we'll define "summer" as loosely as you like. Just be entertaining.

The entry period closes next Friday, Sept. 5th at noon. Enter as often you like, remembering that quality usually triumphs over quantity.

Image above is for illustration only - sizes up to XXXL are available.

New TR T-Shirt and New Motto

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 5:30 pm

No, this isn't the contest prize, but I finally updated the Topless Robot Cafepress store with a T-shirt. More will come.


Cafepress makes these to order, so I have none to hand - but they are selling AT COST, with no markup on my end. So they ought to be the cheapest shirts of their kind on that site.

Now, on to the new site motto. As crazy as it was to go through all those entries, it made for a record-setting traffic day, so I can't complain.

Let's look at all the finalists:

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7 Hilarious U.S. Rip-Offs at England's Drayton Manor Theme Park

Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 6:00 am


One of the ways to lure my wife to England for a vacation was the promise of seeing the Harry Potter studio tour outside of London. The other was Thomas the Tank Engine Land, which is a small corner of the larger theme park called Drayton Manor. Thematically, the larger park is a bit disjointed - it wants to have something for everyone, and thus there's no overarching theme. You have the Thomas rides for kids, from which adults without accompanying minors are actually banned; a small zoo tucked away from everything else that mostly seems to have emus; various high-intensity thrill rides, various not-so-thrilling rides, and rather disappointing food stands.

One thing that is clear is that whoever designed the park based parts of it on popular American theme parks...apparently without entirely understanding why. If Disneyland and Universal Studios are Superman, Drayton at times feels like Bizarro's cube-world...or an Axel Braun porn parody without any naked people. Here are its strangest interpretations of American attractions...

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Assimilate Beer Faster With the Borg Cube Fridge

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at 10:00 am


Resistance is futile. Tolerance is irrelevant. The Borg want to get you fucked up in the best way, with this refrigerator that holds 9 of 9 beers. Because screw tea, Earl Grey, hot, am I right? Beer, ice cold, from a Borg Cube cares not for your objections.

Although if your capacity for booze is closer to that of a Klingon than an Ensign Crusher, you might need two.

Geek Apparel of the Week: Lechal Smartphone-Enabled Shoes

Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 am


When it comes to enabling things with smartphone technology, it's time to admit da feet. Why, today's product was a real shoe-in for Geek Apparel of the Week. It turns easily finding your destination into a walk in the park. It's the sole reason for...

Okay, I stop now. But I would like to own shoes that basically play their version of the "getting warmer/colder" game by buzzing your feet in the direction they need to go. I bet blind people would too.

Though I hate to think what some of you would do with a vibrating piece of footwear. Check out Lechal in action below.

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ThinkGeek Shows off the Star Trek Phaser Remote and More

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 10:00 am


We got the folks at the ThinkGeek booth to show off their new products, including the amazingly detailed phaser remote that requires the reflexes of a young Shatner to fully do it justice.

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Comic-Con: Hello Kitty's U.S. Director of Marketing Speaks

Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:00 am


Forty years after her creation, we sometimes wonder what - if anything - Sanrio won't do with Hello Kitty. With the very first Hello Kitty-Con coming later this year, brand manager Dave Marchi was surprisingly forthcoming.

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GIVEAWAY: Strange Kids Club "Turtle Kong" Limited-Edition T-Shirt Boxed Set

Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:30 am


Like fan clubs of old, the Strange Kids Club has this special set inspired by your favorite martial-arts reptiles, featuring a T-shirt of the foursome paying tribute to a classic New York-menacing monster, mutant stickers, green "gooze" and a special pizza box case.

After today, this will no longer be available to buy anywhere. But until next Friday at noon, you have a chance to win one. You must have a U.S. mailing address and a comment account with an email; if that's done, the next step is, in comments below, to describe the most Michael Bay scene you can imagine being in the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Bring your best Bayhem, and the winner gets a version of the sewer-dwelling foursome that is undeniably cooler.

Geek Apparel of the Week: The Nerdist Comic-Con Hoodie

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 11:30 am

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While I may be totally sick of Chris Hardwick, TV host; or Chris Hardwick, wanna-be best friend of everyone cool; I have to give props to Chris Hardwick, fashion designer. This convention hoodie - a rare bit of male-sized apparel to be sold by Her Universe - has the right sized pockets to load yourself up at a convention without having to jam everything into your pants.

The only issue I have is that it is a hoodie. Hoodies are warm. Warmth leads to sweat. Sweat leads to stench. Stench...leads to suffering! At least there's room somewhere in there to pack extra deodorant. Perhaps next year we can get a Nerdist utility belt, or optional add-on Nerdist nose plugs.

The Room's Tommy Wiseau Is Now an Underwear Salesman

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 2:47 pm



For a guy who supposedly made his mysterious fortune selling clothes, I'll say this: Tommy Wiseau's fashion sense is certainly the equal of his directorial talents. But at least for all of you who demanded to own garishly colored briefs with the name "Tommy Wiseau" on them, which is exactly nobody, the product exists now.

Here's why this is yet another instance of the unlikely auteur coming off clueless: as fans of The Room know, there is an ENTIRE SCENE centered around underwear in the movie, which culminates in the creative use of the phrase "me underwears." If, instead of putting his name on these undergarments, Wiseau had simply had the sense to write "Me Underwears," people would actually buy that.

Instead, he has made a joint commercial for both the briefs and his never-gonna-happen sitcom The Neighbors. Like everything he does, it's hilariously overacted and paced about as well as a drunk running the New York marathon, featuring Wiseau as a character named "Ricky Rick" who likes "Tommy Wiseau" products. But you have to see it...

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