Nerdgasms

Oh it’s real, and it’s spectacular!

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What does it mean to be a Jedi? Darth Vader #17 finally brings the Jedi Barr and Darth Vader face-to-face. While Vader is serving his own murderous impulses and the interests of the Emperor and Barr is pushing a Rebellion on Mon Cala that definitely isn’t in the population’s best short-term interests, the comic shows that neither is actually serving the Force.

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Huge LEGO Batcave and Wayne Manor

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KYLO REN REVIEWS SOLO: A Star Wars Story

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Lessons from the Screenplay examines the character arcs of Finn and Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

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Brink Vault takes a look at new custom STNG LEGO Minifigs.

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STAR WARS: The Last Jedi Recap Rap

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While the other episodes of the documentary series look at the phenomenally successful toy lines that defined a generation (or several generations), the Star Trek episode is an interesting departure that focuses far more on the franchise’s mistakes, false starts, stumbles, and decades of poor marketing that led to frustration from their target audience. While there are some interesting items here and there, and the quality did improve in later years, the stand-outs here are the toys that either failed (such as the constantly beeping walkie-talkie tricorder) or the bizarre (what exactly is that flashing helmet for?). Of the three episodes I’ve watched from the show’s Second Season, it’s the most interesting allowing collectors and toy makers to celebrate and bemoan the byzantine ups and downs of Star Trek merchandise.

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SAND: A Star Wars Story // Songify the Movies

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In many ways Solo: A Star Wars Story is the antithesis of Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. Solo plays things ultra-conservative, continually dumbs down the plot for the audience, and relies heavily on nostalgia. The result is a fun, if flawed and unambitious, film that offers fans the Cliff’s Notes version of Han Solo‘s (Alden Ehrenreich) past.

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