Warning: the above video contains graphic violence, committed against a totally innocent Scouttrooper on Speederbike statue (which I believe, terrifyingly, is an $800, 1:4 scale Sideshow statue) by a disgruntled fianc?e. Now, I’m not going to defend a dude who blows all his money on toys, Vegas trips and strippers, when he hasn’t provided his bride-to-be with an engagement ring, because that’s just asking for trouble, and if he’s buying all the nice Star Wars statues from Sideshow, he’s clearly got plenty of disposable income. But it’s hard to watch a beautiful, high-end collectible pay the price for his fuck-up. The next time you fight with your significant other, please, please?think of the toys, won’t you?
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.