Movies, Toys, Video Games

A Long, Long Time Ago In a Soulless Merchandising Attempt Far Away

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Star Wars Angry Birds. They exist. Or they will soon, since they start coming out next month and will hit toy stores continually through 2013. Given that Star Wars has done Mr. Potato Head crossovers and Disney mash-ups, I don’t know why these Angry Birds sets make me so… well… angry, but I think it has something to do with the fact that any “live-action” Angry Birds games suck. It’s half the fun of the hit phone games, but with the added work of rebuilding the sets every two minutes! Or maybe it’s because Angry Birds is such a recent, clearly-set-to-expire phenomenon that I feel like Lucas is trying to grab all the money even more blatantly than usual. At any rate, the sad truth is a Star Wars-themed version of the cellphone game would have been fine. Great even. These things are just terrible.

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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.