Weekend Hangover: Top Gun Drones on, Escher Gets Gamey, a Puppet Gets Laid and More

Monday, April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

Our name for it is better.

Well, I for one was too busy planning a WrestleMania party all weekend to see what other fun things were going on in the world, but if, like me, you missed out, here are some highlights of this weekend's reader-submitted items, compiled with the help of Kyle LeClair.

Tipsters this week include SlyDante777, skrag2112, Dr.Gonzo82, Anyone00, franciebrady27, rkwsuperstar, troi, Gallen_Dugall

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Why, MC, Eh? Village People Underwear and Nightwear Is Going to Be a Thing

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm


Young man,

Something you never heard,

Will be fun, man,

If you love the absurd,

But it's dung, man,

To the folks in the herd who re-mem-ber what shit this was....

Head of global merchandising at ITVS GE, Trudi Hayward, said: "This range brilliantly brings together high-quality apparel and one of the most recognizable names in dance music.

"We're sure disco fans and lovers of fun clothing will be thrilled with the C&M Licensing Village People range."

Mike Coles, director, Coneen Group, added: "These colourful ranges will offer fans the chance to dance, sing or just sleep the night away in the company of one of the biggest disco sensations ever."

Are you thrilled?

Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Down Mexico Way, Plus Mysteries of LYT's Eyebrows

Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 8:00 am


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.

Hello all,

I was treated to a Mexico vacation last week. My mom, who is turning 89 in May, decided that we needed a vacation in Puerto Vallarta. This was to be my 58th birthday present - gifts should arrive for April and her May birthday. For 30 years, my mom has been a very independent widow. She has traveled all over the US and Europe. This year, however she started to use a cane and did not want to try the trip alone. She needed a suitcase helper and I was it. This lady still volunteers 2 times a week at her police department (yep, it runs in the family).

So here is my take on the good and bad of our week in Puerto Vallarta. P.S. There's not much on night life - we were watching CNN by 10-11 p.m. every night.

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The Weekend Hangover: Spider-Man Mail, Fake Penis Pants, Moisture Vaporators, More

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

My own weekend involved molluscs and crustaceans for breakfast, courtesy of an extraordinarily generous friend...


Meanwhile, other nerdily newsworthy things were happening, and with the compilation help of Kyle LeClair, here are some highlights of what you may have missed in the weekend open thread. Tipsters this week include GreggoryBasore, SlyDante777, skrag2112, Anyone00, troi, rkwsuperstar, Citrus King, andre morello, Gallen_Dugall, franciebrady27, James.k.Polk

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

Monday, March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm


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


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


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


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


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.


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

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm


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.