Ashley Eckstein Announces Geek Fashion Show for Comic-Con; How You Can Participate

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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In association with Nerdist - presumably as a result of her use of Sith powers on Chris Hardwick (above) - Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein has announced a new line of "Geek Couture" fashions for women, inspired by nerdy properties, to debut at a fashion show July 24th at Comic-Con. Her Sith mind must have waned a bit from that whole "dealing in absolutes" thing, because thirty fans will have the opportunity to get their designs entered in the show as well, with two winners selected to co-design new clothing items for Her Universe with Ashley.

Keep reading to see our gallery of Ms. Eckstein's designs, and who knows - maybe you'll be inspired to enter. If anyone manages to successfully submit a Topless Robot themed design that gets chosen, I'll find a way to get you a special prize myself.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Lego Movie Unikitty Shirt You've Been Waiting for

Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Considering the way The Lego Movie is - brilliance and all - a lengthy bit of product placement with a bazillion possibilities for tie-in merchandise (seriously, some of the movie toys are based on things you'll miss if you sneeze), I'm always flabbergasted that they don't seem to have realized what a goddamn goldmine Unikitty is. Yes, there are multiple versions of the figure, that you have to buy several of the pricier sets to get, but where are the plushes? T-shirts? Last time I was in a popular T-shirt store, they had exactly two of the film's major characters featured: Emmet and Benny the Spaceman.

Above is the shirt we ought to be seeing everywhere. The character couldn't be more calculated to appeal to fans of stuff like My Little Pony, and take it from one who lives with such a person - there is foaming at the mouth for this. Hell, I already ordered it. The power of Kragle compelled me.

h/t SlyDante777

The 20 Most Awesome Items from This Year's Toy Fair

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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.



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Weekend Desk Cleaning and Open Thread: Happy Valzident's Day!

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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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.

Geek Apparel of the Week: Nerd "Coexist" Shirt for Fandom Harmony

Friday, February 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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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.

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Need Some Really Nerdy Valentines? These Handmade Pacific Rim Versions Should Do

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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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.

Weekend Hangover: Lego Simpsons, Wooden Dick, Chicken Tail, Gummy Travolta

Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:00 am

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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.

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Geek Apparel of the Week: Batman Bathing Suit With Cape

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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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.

12 Nerdy But Football-Themed Alternatives to the Super Bowl

Friday, January 31, 2014 at 6:00 am

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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:


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Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Trains, Brains and Auto Home-Feels

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 10:00 am

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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.

Hi All!

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.

Now, to your questions...

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