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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Geek Apparel of the Week: Rocket Raccoon Invades Your Favorite Wolf Moon T-Shirt

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 10:00 am


James Gunn's sense of humor appears to have rubbed off on the licensors for Guardians of the Galaxy, but even if the movie and the comic behind it had never existed, one-upping the uber-manly and iconic Three Wolf Moon shirt by adding raccoons with guns was clearly an inevitability. For maximum effect, if someone asks you about the shirt, don't even tell them it's a character from comics and movies. Just be all redneck Sam Jackson, and tell them you like motherfucking raccoons with big motherfucking guns. Because who doesn't?

Okay, homeowners trying to keep their trashcans upright. You got me on that one. But who ELSE?

(Bonus GAOTW: Topless Roboteer Brando Lars did a pretty snazzy and unlikely mash-up tee featuring Game of Thrones and...well, you should really see for yourself)

Tentacle Sex Toys, for the Cthulhu Lover Deep, DEEP Inside You

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Soooo...Yeah. These.

Pick a color. Pick the amount of "firmness" you'd like. Stare in horror (or joy) at the way the company chooses to promote it with a fan-fictiony (and very NSFW) image of a foxlike furry with a boner getting his octopus on. As we celebrate freedom this weekend, glob bless the fact that we live in a country where even this is allowed...I guess.

Programming note: minimal posting tomorrow, but the Weekend Open Thread will go up earlier than usual.

Story h/t to The Mary Sue

The 14 Coolest Things on the Harry Potter WB Studio Tour in London

Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 6:00 am


Although the primary purpose of my trip to England was to see family, my wife and I had a special incentive too - as a birthday present, my cousin managed to procure us tickets to the UK Warner Bros. Studio Tour in Watford, just outside of London. Now, unlike studio tours here in Hollywood, this was a show-and-tell with exactly one topic: Harry Potter. But on that one topic, it had every damn thing you can imagine short of a personal greeting from Alan Rickman. The studio isn't allowed to have anything that be considered a "ride" - that would infringe on Universal Studios' exclusive international rights to same - but it does have as many props, costumes, miniatures, wigs, effects and other doodads as could presumably be secured, and it presents them in a way that puts most collections of far more acclaimed artworks to shame.

You can probably picture some of what's there already. But I'm here to show you the best things you might not have expected...

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Tony Stark Shakes Hands with Charles Dickens in These Iron Man Gloves

Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 1:15 pm

It's not too often you get to use the words "Dickensian" and "exoskeleton" to describe the same item of clothing, but these gloves from Etsy user Nerdifacts definitely warrant the juxtaposition. I'm from Houston and I live in Los Angeles, so this is an honest question: What's the point of fingerless gloves exactly?

Thanks to Greggory B for the tip.

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