Chad Vader is a massive success story next to Marzon, this ancient, terrible “toy” from either the late ’70s or early ’80s. I’m kind of shocked I’d never heard of Marzon before, but then I realized that the kids paid to play with Marzon in the commercial weren’t even that excited, so maybe it’s pretty understandable that I forgot. Now that I know he exists, I’m sure ol’ Marzon will be making a few of TR‘s more mean-spirited Daily Lists. Oh, a word of warning?do not watch the commercial after Marzon, as it contains deadly levels of early ’80s-ness. (Via Super Punch)
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.