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Unboxing: NYCC Nerd Block

New York Comic Con is coming up in October, but the NYCC exclusive Nerd Block is already here!

The exclusive box was released in limited circulation by Nerd Block and ReedPop.

A limited-edition curated collection of epic NYCC collectibles and gear for serious convention nerds! The Limited Edition NYCC Block contains 10 amazing collectibles as well as an officially licensed T-shirt designed by ShirtPunch. In total, this block has SIX EXCLUSIVES – including an Infinity Gauntlet exclusive! Retail value of over $90, for only $39.99! – NerdBlock

My box was delivered over the weekend while I was out of town, so I asked my boyfriend to stop by my house and pick it up for me. After all, I couldn’t have $90 worth of NYCC merchandise sitting on my doorstep for an entire weekend!

Had I known what was in the box, I probably would have left it for the thieves on purpose.

Here’s what I got:

NYCC T-Shirt

I was hoping that the provided t-shirt would be a NYCC design, and I wasn’t disappointed.

The design is charmingly plain, and the shirt is soft and of good quality. Women’s graphic tees tend to run small, but I found the size (a women’s small) to be a true fit.

Now do I wear this or my favorite geeky tee to Comic Con? Decisions, decisions.

Rating: 5/5 ripped Hulk shirts.

NYCC Pin

I didn’t expect to see a pin in a box full of NYCC exclusives, but okay. I’ll roll with it.

The pin is designed to look like a New York City sewer grate (aka a Ninja Turtle door), and surprisingly enough, it’s extremely sturdy! The addition of a second clasp provides an extra opportunity to stab yourself. Yass!

Rating: 4/5 Spongebob Squarepants band-aids.

Gryffindor Socks

Master has given Meggy Harry Potter socks… Meggy is free!

I love Harry Potter. I love socks. Mix the two together, and I’m officially enthralled.

These Gryffindor socks are incredible cute, but unless you have a child’s shins and calves, the print will stretch and become distorted. They’re a little snug, as well, which is sure to be a huge issue for anyone with large calves.

Rating: 3.5/5 Quidditch goals

Revolution Issue #1

It wouldn’t be a comic convention box without a comic, now would it?

Revolution is a brand new Transformers comic book series by IDW publishing. The cover art looks incredible, and after a quick browse through the actual comic, I’m pleased to say that the interior artwork is stunning as well.

I haven’t paid much attention to Transformers since Michael Bay butchered the series, but I’m excited to dive into this comic none the less!

I’ll be reviewing this comic at a later time, so stay tuned!

Rating: 4/5 Chevy ad placements and Victoria’s Secret models

Glow-in-the-Dark Slimer Dashboard Spring

This dash accessory has the shape of Slimer down, but the ghoul’s eyes are too small, too red, and way too creepy for my taste. It does glow in the dark very well, and the spring is, well, springy.

I’m too terrified of this Slimer to keep it in my own vehicle, but I definitely know my big brother would get a kick out of it! #regift

Rating: 2/5 crossed streams

The Walking Dead projection key chain flashlight

This key chain light is decorated with The Walking Dead‘s logo and projects the series iconic “Don’t Open, Dead Inside” when flashed onto a surface.

It’s a neat little gimmick that is sure to get old quick, but the light is bright enough to act like an actual flashlight when you’re fumbling for something in the dark.

Kind of lame, kind of cool, kind of going on my lanyard.

…For now

Rating: 3/5 chained walker pets

Ninja Turtle Shoelaces

Never have I ever rocked crazy shoelaces, but I’m totally ready to rock these Ninja Turtle ones!

The pattern is cute, the colors are vibrant, and the material seems sturdy enough for shoe laces.

They’re totally tubular, dude!

Rating: 4/5 pepperoni pizzas

Voltron Wallet

I don’t watch Voltron (sorry – I was a 90s baby) but now that I own a Voltron wallet, I guess I have to.

The design is nice, but the wallet itself is nothing special. It’s a standard canvas wallet that nearly anyone can design online. It’s cheaply made, and since there are no clasps (button, VELCRO, magnet) to keep the wallet closed, it awkwardly flops around and exposes your goodies. No bueno.

I don’t think I’ll ever use this – It may as well be a cheap paperweight.

Rating: 2/5 classic 80s cartoons

Infinity Gauntlet

Speaking of paper weights…

Included in the NYCC Nerd Block was an Infinity Gauntlet paperweight.

The gauntlet is adored with infinity crystals, but annoyingly enough, they are not perfectly centered in their designated spot. Even so, the gauntlet is beautiful and well designed.

I shall gaze upon this gauntlet each time I need to be motivated to take over the universe.

Fun fact: apparently you shouldn’t microwave this collectible. Plans ruined.

Rating: 4/5 guardians of the galaxy

Disco Spiral digital print

What the fuck is this shit?

A terrible and strangely imagined digital print of an X-Men villain nobody cares about…and it’s not even autographed!

Say hello to the recycle bin, Spiral. May you be reborn as a Chipotle catering menu.

Rating: 0/5 mutant dance parties

Overall rating: 2/5 ridiculously long panel lines

Disappointment has a name, and it’s Nerdblock.

I purchased the New York Comic Con Nerd Block in hopes of getting my hands on highly coveted exclusive toys and accessories without waiting in line for hours, but nobody in their right mind would ever wait in line for the items I received.

These are the items you definitely would find in the Comic-Con clearance bin, and I paid 50 fucking dollars for them. Some of the items were neat, don’t get me wrong, but I essential paid $50 for $20 worth of low quality merchandise.

I feel incredibly ripped off and deceived. If I could return it all to Nerdblock for a refund, I would.

Never, ever again.

 

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Review: ‘The X-Files’ Season 10 Episode 1

The X-Files may not be coming back to television until early next year, but lucky panel goers at New York Comic Con over the weekend were able to see it months before anyone else!

I was among one of those lucky folks who got into the panel, but now that I think about it, ‘lucky’ might not be the right word.

I woke up at 3 am and drove from my home in Western Massachusetts to Manhattan in order to make sure I was in line at the Javits Center by 7 am, waited three hours in the cold to get my wristband for the The X-Files panel, and then waited another subsequent two hours waiting for the panel to begin.

I fuckin’ EARNED my seat for the X-Files panel, and I assure you that no luck was involved in that grueling process.

And now that I’ve have had ample time to rest, relax, and reflect upon the experience, I can say with absolute certainty that the first episode of, can you believe it, SEASON 10 OF THE X-FILES, was totally worth every aching hour.

When the main stage lights finally dimmed, two very large projector screens on either side of the room lit up in their place. Familiar images from the show began to come forth, and David Duchovny’s voice echoed throughout the hall as he gave viewers old and new a basic run down of the story. His monologue ended with the old opening credits, and in turn, roaring applause from the audience. It was then that the first episode of season 10 truly began.

The story continues over a decade after it ended, and a lot has definitely happened in that time span, both in terms of the characters and the greater world at large.

The X-Files have been closed, and Mulder and Scully have separated (but they are still on speaking terms due to the obvious fact that they have a child together). Scully continues her work as a surgeon, while Mulder seems to have become a character reminiscent of his brief appearance in Zoolander – socially deprived, a bit unkempt, and obsessed with conspiracies (but what else is new).

Their characters may now be separated, but David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson still have retained their on-screen connection after all these years, and seeing them act together felt natural and familiar. It appears that they both have eased back into the characters that skyrocketed them to fame flawlessly and with ease.

After viewing the episode I do have one complaint about their connection, but it’s not about the acting.

Separating the couple was a decision made in the writer’s room to undoubtedly bring some drama into the story, but it was far too obvious a move to make. The Mulder x Scully romance already played out for 9 seasons, and while one may argue that their separation brings in an element of realism, I say that it’s time to retire that plot line.

But their relationship issues are just one minor part of a bigger, more modern story line focused around the post 9/11 and Snowden world we live in, and the issues that have come to light since then.

Now the dangers our country faces have more to do with security and government honesty, and less about little green men and spacecrafts. It was absolutely refreshing to see this angle brought into the X-Files world, and it absolutely worked in the first episode. This is definitely an X-Files for modern times, as it touches on modern concerns and fears (but don’t worry, there’s still aliens!).

Plus, Mulder and Scully are now texting, watching podcasts, and talking about Uber. How much more modern can you get?

Also modernized for 2015 is the show’s special effects, which were absolutely fantastic in episode 1. But that’s to be expected… a lot has changed in the special effects field since The X-Files debuted over 20 years ago. Trying to compare the effects of then to now is like trying to compare apples to mutated oranges who wield crossbow made from the bones of their enemies. You just can’t compare it.

There isn’t too much to say about the episode without getting into spoiler territory, but I can say this of it: It was was riveting, mind boggling, and just plain enjoyable.  If the first episode of season 10 serves to remind fans of anything, it’s that the truth is out there… but just know that the truth may not be what we all once thought it was.

But here’s one truth you can put your faith in: the season premiere of The X-Files in January is absolutely going to knock your socks off.

Now can they please release episode 2 early?!

The X-Files returns to Fox for the first time in 13 years on January 24. Tell us, do you want to believe it will be a success? Let us know in the comments!

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NerdyBound: Conventions

It’s summer! This means convention season is upon us. Whether you’re sticking to your local cons or making the pilgrimage with your fellow nerds to one of the big cons, there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing you’re somewhere that GETS you. Conventions are the only place where we’re encouraged to let our fandom flag fly high, and the best place to get one of kind merch. If you’re not planning to cosplay at the conventions, or if you just need something to help you live everyday like you’re at your favorite con?! We’ve got you covered! This week’s NerdyBound is inspired by some of the best conventions around!

 

ComicCon: some of the must attend are San Diego Comic-Con, Emerald City Comic-Con, Wondercon, New York ComicCon and GeekGirlCon!

ComicConShop the Look: Suspenders Star Wars Comic Circle Skirt $60, On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink $20, Marvel Comic Combat Boot $37, Avengers Age of Ultron Captain America Shield Backpack $60, Star Trek Uhura’s Makeup Bag $25, 8-Bit Hair Bow $9.99, Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver 11th Doctor Dangle Earrings $15, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Pendant $25, Star Trek TNG Communicator Badge $20

 

 

GamingCons: some of the must attend are PAX, E3, IndieCade and GenCon!

GamingShop the Look: ASOS Biker Jacket with Waterfall Front and Zip Detail $99 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Jacket With Waterfall $69, ASOS PETITE Whitby Low Rise Skinny Jeans In Washed Black With Rip $58 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Ridley Ankle Grazer Jeans in Washed Black with Shredded Knee $29, ASOS Denim High Waist Mom Shorts in Washed Black with Rips $54 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Side Split Denim Shorts in Washed Black $54, Leg Avenue The Smoking Gun Sheer Pantyhose $14, Maxstar 777 Back Zipper TC Wedge Heel Shoes White $44, TravelBoy Backpack $40, The Sprite Bag by Pixelle $50, NES Game Necklace, The Legend of Zelda $14, Portal Scarf $20, Princess Peach Crown $18, Pillow Fight $20, Retro Video Game Collectible Enamel Pin Set Series 6 $9.99, Ring goth ring Spikes $15, Gaming Cartridge Flasks $20

 

 

AnimeCon: some of the must attend are Anime Expo, Sakura-Con, FanimeCon and Anime Japan!

AnimeShop the Look: Anime Babes $32, Baby Pink Cheerleading Skirt $58, Studio Ghibli Dream Garden Cardigan $15, Sweet ice cream Little Twin Stars Unicorn Pastel Sneakers $51, Sailor Moon with Tail Lolita Tights $15, Rainbow Cloud Handbag $40, Melody Pearl-mint and pink flower crown with golden spikes $20, Vaporeon Clinging Earrings $8, Crescent Moon Wand from Kuma Crafts $30, Pokemon Badges Charm Bracelet $10

 

 

CatCon: okay so maybe this was done as a joke, but seriously there’s an actual CatCon happening this year and I kind of, sort of, really want to go.

CatConShop the Look: ModCloth Cats Mid-length Sleeveless A-line $80, You and Meow Forever Heel $65, ModCloth Quirky Cat to the Chase Bag $40, Claws for Celebration Headband $14.99, Feline Like Royalty Earrings in Prince $13, ModCloth Cat Person Circle Scarf $20, Know an Eccentric or Two Swimsuit Bottom $40

 

 

Did we miss your favorite type of convention? Let us know in the comments and we’ll cover it on another NerdyBound.

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NYCC Tickets Available for Sale Tomorrow

Tickets for New York Comic Con will be going on sale tomorrow, May 13th, at 12:00 pm EST!

The annual four-day event will be held this year from October 8 – 11, 2015 at the Javits Center in New York City.

John Rhys Davies (Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Lord of the Rings) and Jewel Staite (Firefly) are among those confirmed in attendance as celebrity guests, and, of course, they will joined by plenty of comic spotlight guests! The list of guests is sure to get longer as the months progress. After all, it is only May!

While NYCC is not quite as popular or massive as San Diego Comic Con, tickets are still sure to sell out equally as fast for the event.

Hopeful attendees last year were outraged when 3-Day passes to the event sold out in minutes on the event’s website, only to show up immediately on eBay and various ticket sites for incredibly inflated prices.

Moral of the story here: get your tickets before those horrible, horrible scalpers do! Seriously, how do those guys sleep at night?

Will you be in attendance this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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