Folks have been emailing me for weeks about Adidas’ new Star Wars-inspired shoes. Although the shoes are awesome — they’re nerdy enough for hardcore Star Wars fans, and yet still shockingly stylish that bullies might not beat you up and take your lunch money specifically over them — I just haven’t gotten around to it to posting about ’em. That is, until Adidas released a new commercial not only featuring shoes and a variety of Star Wars-isms, but Daft Punk looking ominous at the end. Frankly, I think Daft Punk is going to fight Darth Vader over some Adidas shoes, and I have a nerd boner at the very thought. If you want to see pics or get more info on the shoes themselves, I suggest you check out the coverage over at Toys R Evil.
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.