If you weren’t reading Topless Robot this time last year, you should know I HATE April Fool’s Day. As a blogger, I find it intensely annoying to try and find actual news on a day where everyone feels compelled to make up bullshit. Also, I’m not very bright, so I inevitably get suckered at least a couple of times. So I don’t do anything for April Fool’s Day or cover other people’s attempts.
There is one exception: ThinkGeek, because 1) they spend a lot of time and effort on their fake products, which is more impressive than just making shit up, and 2) sometimes, when the fake products are too awesome, they end up making them for real (e.g., the tauntaun sleeping bag). Unfortunately, there’s no way in hell anyone will be making their crown jewel of this year’s AFD nonsense, namely, the Playmobil Apple Store set.
While I am annoyed I can’t buy it, I still have to respect the work that went into the set and the fake commercial. Also, the little Playmobil Woz on a Segway is fucking outstanding. Head to ThinkGeek’s main page to see their other non-existent wares, including the 3D-to-2D conversion glasses, shirt plate, and more. Thanks to ZADL for the tip.
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.