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February 14, 2015

“My Little Pony” and “Equestria Girls” dolls & ponies from NY Toy Fair 2015 – VIDEO

Hasbro unveiled plenty of new “My Little Pony” items at their NY Toy Fair 2015 press event, and we were on hand to grab them on video.

A big part of MLP this year is their new App, “Friendship Celebration”, which interacts with zapcodes on various figures and playsets to add a new level of play with these toys. Some of the new figures and playsets include Rarity’s Fashion Boutique Playset, Playful Pony Singles, more Water Cuties and Fashion Style ponies, and additional POP kits. Completely new this year is their “Ponyville: Friendship is Magic Collection,” which features small unarticulated figurines of characters related to Sweet Apple Acres and the Apple Family for kids to get bit by the mini-figure collecting bug.

The big item this year from MLP is the three-story Canterlot Castle Playset, which includes exclusive Princess Celestia and Spike figures. This huge playset has comes with over 40 accessories and seven different Zapcodes for interaction with the Friendship Celebration App.

“Equestria Girls” continues this year with the new movie “Friendship Games”, and features all new dolls and playsets, as well as a motorcycle, and the debut of DJ Pon-3. This line will include Sporty Style Deluxe Dolls of the Wondercolts and Shadowcolts, School Spirit dolls, a Canterlot High playset with locker room expansion, and the big Crystal Prep Midnight Twilight Sparkle doll that is apparently tied to the conclusion of the movie. This line will also be getting a male figure for the first time, in the form of a two-pack with Twilight Sparkle and Flash Sentry.

Transformers figures from Hasbro NY Toy Fair Event – 2015

At the Hasbro press event for NY Toy Fair 2015, we got a first look at some of the new Transformers toys coming out this year. “Combiner Wars” was the hot item, as the line continues across all styles of the line from Generations to Voyager. New figures include Defensor and the single Protectobots; First Aid, Blades, Rook, Hot Spot, Streetwise and Groove; as well as Cyclonus, Viper, Warpath, Thundercracker, and Ultra Magnus with Minimus Ambus. The biggest news to come out of NY Toy Fair was the announcement of the biggest combiner in the entire line, Devastator, who towers over all of the other figures, unlike his original counterpart that was quite paltry in comparison to what his TV counterpart was.

If you want a closer look at the enormous new Devastator figure, check out this video to get up-close and personal with all of the transformers that make him, Scrapper, Hook, Long Haul, Bonecrusher, Mixmaster and Scavenger, as well as more shots of just him. Even if you are not a hardcore Transformers collector, seeing Devastator might make you convert.

February 2, 2015

LEGO Reveals massive “SHIELD Helicarrier” Set from “Avengers: Age of Ultron”

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:33 AM

Coming this summer is the new long-awaited sequel to the hit “Avengers” film from Marvel Studios. Thanks to Lego, you do not need to wait long to figure out the story as they have been unveiling new Lego sets for the film, one of which is this enormous SHIELD Helicarrier.

This nearly 3,000 piece set includes twelve micro-figures (which do not pose like the normal figures) and five mini-figures, as well as ground and air support vehicles. The set is based on the Hellicarrier from the first Avengers movie while the mini-figures do appear to be based on the upcoming “Age of Ultron” movie.

Here are the official details straight from Lego (images via Marvelous News):


76042 The SHIELD Helicarrier
Ages 16+. 2,996 pieces.

US $349.99 – CA $399.99 – DE 349.99€ – UK £269.99 – DK 2999.00 DKK
*Euro pricing varies by country. Please visit for regional pricing.

Build and display the huge SHIELD Helicarrier!
Take on the challenge of building this awesome LEGO® model of The SHIELD Helicarrier. Construct the flying aircraft carrier with 2 runways, microscale Quinjets, fighter jets and ground support vehicles. The set also comes with many of your favorite LEGO Marvel Super Heroes minifigures, plus 12 microfigures to display on deck and within the highly detailed interior. Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill.


• Includes 5 minifigures: Nick Fury, Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye and Maria Hill, plus an iconic SHIELD eagle stand to display them on

• Features 3 microscale Quinjets, 3 fighter jets, a gasoline truck, 2 forklift trucks, 2 runways, 4 road blockades, armored exterior with translucent elements, detailed interior, plus 12 microfigures (Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Captain America, Iron Man and 8 SHIELD agents)

• Also includes a detailed runway

• Weapons include Hawkeye’s bow, Black Widow’s gun and Captain America’s shield

• SHIELD Agent Maria Hill minifigure is new for spring 2015!

• Includes a plaque with facts about The SHIELD Helicarrier

• Add lights and spinning rotors to the Helicarrier with the 88000, 8883 and 8870 LEGO® Power Functions sets (sold separately)

• Rotors can also be turned manually

• Includes a display stand

• Helicarrier measures over 11” (29cm) high, 31” (80cm) long and 17” (45cm) wide

• Each Quinjet measures over 1” (3cm) high, 2” (7cm) long and 2” (7cm) wide

• Minifigure stand measures over 4” (12cm) high, and 2” (6cm deep) and 6” (16cm wide)

February 1, 2015

First look at NECA’s Alien Series 4 Ripley In Jumpsuit Figure

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 10:25 AM

Earlier today on their Twitter feed, NECA released a new image showing off their upcoming Alien Series 4 Ripley in Jumpsuit figure. The first image shown below is that of an actual production figure, and yes, the figure includes her cat.


And here is a group shot of the new figures to show off their scale in comparison with each other and the accessories they come with (WANT ALL THE KITTEHS).


This figure will undoubtedly be at NY Toy Fair 2015, and is a figure that I have personally been waiting for patiently for far too long. NECA has become one of the tour de force lines for collectors who do not want to pay obscene prices for high-quality figures, and this version of Sigourney Weaver once again delivers the goods.

Stay tuned for more on this figure and others from NECA as we head into NY Toy Fair 2015 later this month.

“Bellator: Manhoef vs. Shlemenko” announces prelims

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:27 AM

With a thrilling middleweight matchup between knockout artist Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (29-12-1) and former Bellator MMA champ Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (50-9) in the headlining role, “Bellator: Manhoef vs. Shlemenko” now features a full lineup of 12 contests, loaded with some of California’s top fighting talent.

Bellator officials today announced the addition of eight preliminary contests, which join previously announced matchups of Manhoef vs. Shlemenko, Pat Curran (20-6) vs. Daniel Weichel (34-8), Julia Budd (6-2) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0) and Chris Honeycutt (5-0) vs. Clayton MacFarlane (4-0).

The newly announced bouts include featherweights Art “King Arthur” Arciniega (14-4) vs. Charley Huston (6-2), undefeated middleweights Blake Watkins (4-0) vs. George Zuniga (3-0), flyweights Paul Ruiz (5-2) vs. Nicolas Sperling (3-2), welterweights “Terrible” Tom Cook (1-1) vs. Mason “The Mangler” Fowler (1-0), lightweights Nick Bustamante (2-0) vs. Luis Jauregui (2-1), light heavyweights John Paul Elias (2-0) vs. Cody Sons (0-1), lightweights Jonathan “J.T.” Contrestano (4-0) vs. Ryan Tobar (3-1) and bantamweights Ray Cervera (8-2) vs. Adam Piccolotti (4-0).

“Bellator: Manhoef vs. Shlemenko” which takes place Feb. 13 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. Airs live and free on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Tickets for the event, which start at just $28, are currently on sale at and

Arciniega vs. Huston, Watkins vs. Zuniga, Sperling vs. Ruiz and Cook vs. Fowler all stream live on beginning at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT local time) and precede the evening’s four-fight Spike TV-televised main card.

Meanwhile, Bustamante vs. Jauregui, Elias vs. Sons, Contrestano vs. Tobar and Cevera vs. Picolotti stream live on following the conclusion of the televised card.

Art “King Arthur” Arciniega, of Dos Palos, Calif., brings a seven-fight winning streak to the cage, having last tasted defeat in 2009. He now face Charley Huston, of Orangeville, Calif., who has earned five of his six career wins by first-round stoppage.

Blake Watkins, of Fresno, Calif., has opened his career in spectacular fashion, owning all four of his career wins by first-round stoppage, including three of just 67 seconds or less. He now meets fellow undefeated fighter George Zuniga, who is also no stranger to quick wins, having earned a 34-second win this past September in his Bellator MMA debut.

Paul Ruiz, of Firebaugh, Calif., is a two-time Bellator MMA veteran, who made his professional debut fighting for the promotion in 2011. He now meets Nicolas Sperling, who opened his professional run with consecutive losses but has since bounced back to earn three-straight first-round stoppage wins.

“Terrible” Tom Cook, of Placerville, Calif., has earned mixed results in his first two professional bouts, but both ended in the opening frame. He now meets Mason Fowler, of Fresno, Calif., who in October needed just 28 seconds to pick up a submission win in his professional debut.

Nick Bustamante, of Fresno, Calif., makes his Bellator MMA debut on the strength of two stoppage wins to start his career. He now challenges Luis Jauregui, of Madera, Calif., who fell short in his 2010 professional debut but then took nearly four years off before returning with consecutive stoppage wins.

John Paul Elias, of Madera, Calif., owns both of his his wins by stoppage, including one knockout and one submission. He now faces Cody Sons, of Bakersfield, Calif., who suffered a disappointing TKO loss in his professional debut but now looks to rebound for his first career win.

Jonathan “J.T.” Contrestano, of Visalia, Calif., returns to action following an 18-month layoff to meet fellow prospect Ryan Tobar, of Oakdale, Calif., who open his career with three-straight first-round victories but suffered a decision loss in October and now looks to rebound from the first setback of his career.

Ray Cervera, of Bakersfield, Calif., brings a three-fight winning streak to the cage and has earned seven of his eight career wins by stoppage. He’s also never been stopped, as both of his professional defeats have come by decision. He now faces undefeated prospect Adam Piccolotti, of Fresno, Calif., who began his professional career in 2013 and has since earned four-straight wins, including two knockouts and one submission.

Bellator 133: Friday, Feb. 13, Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif.

Main Card on Spike TV (9 p.m. ET)

Bellator Middleweight Main Event: Melvin Manhoef (29-12-1) vs. Alexander Shlemenko (50-9)

Bellator Featherweight Feature Fight: Pat Curran (20-6) vs. Daniel Weichel (34-8)

Bellator Women’s Featherweight Feature Fight: Julia Budd (6-2) vs. Talita Nogueira (6-0)

Bellator Welterweight Feature Fight: Chris Honeycutt (5-0) vs. Clayton MacFarlane (4-0)

Preliminary card on (8 p.m. ET)

Bellator Featherweight Prelim Fight: Art Arciniega (14-4) vs. Charley Huston (6-2)

Bellator Middleweight Prelim Fight: Blake Watkins (4-0) vs. George Zuniga (3-0)

Bellator Flyweight Prelim Fight: Paul Ruiz (5-2) vs. Nicolas Sperling (3-2)

Bellator Welterweight Prelim Fight: Tom Cook (1-1) vs. Mason Fowler (1-0)

Preliminary card on (Following Manhoef vs. Shlemenko)

Bellator Lightweight Prelim Fight: Nick Bustamante (2-0) vs. Luis Jauregui (2-1)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Prelim Fight: John Paul Elias (2-0) vs. Cody Sons (0-1)

Bellator Lightweight Prelim Fight: Jonathan Contrestano (4-0) vs. Ryan Tobar (3-1)

Bellator Bantamweight Prelim Fight: Ray Cervera (8-2) vs. Adam Piccolotti (4-0)

Mezco Joins Forces With Gigantor

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:23 AM

He’s made of steel, has a rocket-powered backpack, a pointy nose, eyes that never move, and incredible strength. He is Gigantor, and he is the latest addition to the Mezco Toyz lineup.

Originally developed as a weapon of war, Gigantor was later reprogrammed to act as a guardian of peace. Gigantor battles crime around the world, and clashes with the many villains who are always trying to steal or undermine the forces of good.

Since his American debut in 1964 he has captured the hearts and minds of every child who wished they could control a giant flying robot to fight evil.

Few characters have a half century of staying power, but Gigantor has proven himself to be bigger, faster, and stronger than the rest. Over the last five decades his popularity has grown exponentially but a dearth of product has left fans ravenous for new merchandise. Now, during his 50th anniversary in the US, Mezco Toyz will be releasing the Gigantor collectibles fans have been clamoring for.

Look for Mezco’s Gigantor products to hit stores in the 3rd quarter of 2015.


January 28, 2015

Kotobukiya unveils “Li’l Gotham” mini-figures

Filed under: Nerd Stuff — Tags: , , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 7:41 PM

Straight from the pages of the hit DC comic by creative team Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen, “Li’l Gotham”, Kotobukiya offers a series of mini figures featuring Gotham’s most recognizable heroes and villains. At around two inches tall and made of a soft PVC material these are perfectly suited for collectors of Japanese mini-figures, fans of Li’l Gotham or anyone looking to set up a small but mighty display scene!

Li’l Gotham figures come in randomly selected two packs. Mix, match, and trade to collect the whole set of seven characters. They will come in six color variations, meaning there will be over 40 total figures in this set.

The first wave includes Batman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, Nightwing, Robin and the Joker. Koto has not announced a price point yet for these figures, but I am sure we will be hearing much more about that at NY Toy Fair later in February.


Askren VS Santos meet for welterweight title at “ONE FC: Age of Champions”

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:28 AM


Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization with a 90% market share, ONE Fighting Championship™ (ONE FC), has announced its return to Kuala Lumpur with another blockbuster event. ONE FC: AGE OF CHAMPIONS is set to take place on 13 March at the iconic Stadium Putra. The main event will feature a ONE FC Flyweight World Championship bout wherein incumbent champion Adriano Moraes will be defending his title against Japanese stalwart Asuka ‘Riku Shibuya’ Mikami. Malaysian mixed martial arts superstars Peter Davis and Ann Osman are also expected to be featured on the card.

ONE FC will also return to Manila, Philippines for ONE FC: VALOR OF CHAMPIONS on 24 April and to Singapore on 22 May for ONE FC: WARRIOR’S QUEST. ONE FC: VALOR OF CHAMPIONS will be held at the state-of-the-art MOA Arena while ONE FC: WARRIOR’S QUEST will be held at the 12,000-seater Singapore Indoor Stadium. Originally scheduled to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on 14 February, ONE FC: ODYSSEY OF CHAMPIONS will be moved to a later date.

Ben Askren will defend his ONE FC Welterweight World Championship for the first time at ONE FC: VALOR OF CHAMPIONS. Standing opposite him in the ONE FC cage will be Brazilian MMA veteran Luis Santos, who made quick work of Bakhtiyar Abbasov in his ONE FC debut.

Tickets for ONE FC: AGE OF CHAMPIONS, presented by Tune Talk, are on sale from 19 January at Ticket categories begin with the full Red Carpet and cageside experience for VVIPs at RM388 followed by VIP RM278, Gold RM168, Silver RM108 and Bronze RM58. Early bird promotions for Gold, Silver and Bronze categories are available until 31 January. Prices include ticketing fee.

CEO of ONE Fighting Championship™, Victor Cui, stated, “We are kicking off 2015 with three spectacular events lined up to start the year. ONE FC: AGE OF CHAMPIONS will see the return of ONE FC Welterweight World Champion Ben Askren as he takes on one of the toughest challenge of his career against Luis Santos. Ben Askren is the absolute best in the world and we are excited to see him up against the highly skilled Luis Santos. We are also ecstatic at the chance to be back in Manila on 24 April and in Singapore on 22 May to treat fans to world-class mixed martial arts action!”

Adriano ‘Mikinho’ Moraes is the reigning ONE FC Flyweight World Champion. He has looked unstoppable since moving to ONE FC’s flyweight ranks, notching three submission victories in a row whilst capturing the inaugural ONE FC Flyweight World Championship in the process. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt with aggressive takedowns and freakish athleticism complementing his submission skills.

Asuka ‘Riku Shibuya’ Mikami is a Japanese flyweight star and one of the brightest talents to emerge from the country in recent years. He boasts a stellar 11-2 record and has not lost since 2009. Mikami possesses impressive striking skills highlighted by professional kickboxing experience. After building a solid foundation in Japan, he now faces the biggest test in his career after signing with Asia’s largest mixed martial arts organization.

Former NCAA Division I All-American, Ben Askren is a collegiate wrestling legend and one of the finest mixed martial artists in the world today. In just two fights in ONE FC, Askren was able to seize the ONE FC Welterweight World Championship with a resounding technical knockout victory over Nobutatsu Suzuki. At 14 wins with no losses, Askren is widely considered to be the absolute best in his division and one of the best fighters in the world pound for pound. His next challenge is a tough one, as he pits his skills against veteran mixed martial artist from Brazil, Luis Santos.

Luis ‘Sapo’ Santos is a mixed martial arts veteran from Brazil with over 70 professional fights on his record, featuring 61 wins with over half of those wins by either TKO or KO. With a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and a penchant for spectacular finishes, Santos made his successful ONE FC debut last November with an emphatic KO of Bakhtiyar Abbasov. Against Ben Askren, Santos is expected to come in at full strength for a shot at the ONE FC Welterweight World Title.

January 22, 2015

King Mo meets Cheick Kongo at Bellator MMA 134

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — The Fight Nerd @ 12:30 AM

Injury has forced the delay of a heavily anticipated matchup between Bobby Lashley (12-2) and James Thompson (20-14) but Bellator MMA officials have announced a blockbuster fight to replace it in Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal (14-4) vs. Cheick Kongo (22-9-2). Also Andre Santos (37-9) has stepped in for the injured welterweight champion Douglas Lima (26-5), and will now face the always-dangerous Paul Daley (35-13).

The new contest is scheduled for the televised portion of “Bellator: British Invasion,” which takes place on Friday, February 27, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The night’s main card airs live on Spike TV, while preliminary bouts stream on

Tickets for “Bellator: British Invasion,” which start at just $25, are already on sale at and Additional bouts are expected to be announced shortly.

“We’re disappointed we had to delay these fights between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson, and Douglas Lima and Paul Daley, but I have no doubt that these matchups will be fantastic once they eventually come to fruition,” Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker said. “Fortunately, we’re able to replace the bouts with equally entertaining contests for our fans.”

“King Mo” Lawal fights for the 10th time for Bellator MMA and has established himself as one of the most recognizable superstars in the sport. A standout wrestler who normally competes at light heavyweight, the former NCAA Division I All-American and Pan American gold medalist has earned 11 of his 14 career MMA wins by knockout, including recent striking stoppages of Joe Vedepo and Dustin Jacoby. The former Bellator MMA tournament winner and Strikeforce light heavyweight world champion now moves up to heavyweight for the first time since 2009 to challenge himself against Kongo.

Kongo, a 6-foot-4 Frenchman, is a former professional kickboxer who boasts black belts in both Karate and Kendo. A multiple-time world champion in kickboxing, Kongo now focuses solely on MMA and has built a 4-1 record under the Bellator MMA banner. Training at Wolfslair MMA Academy in London, Kongo most recently flashed his well-rounded game by scoring a first-round submission over fellow striker Lavar Johnson in a September matchup. Kongo’s lone Bellator loss came in a five-round contest for the Bellator MMA Heavyweight World Championship, in which he went five full rounds with Vitaly Minakov but came up short in a decision result.

Paul Daley is a highly feared and respected veteran with dynamite in both fists, which earned him the nickname “Semtex”. The 31-year-old from Nottingham, England has won an impressive 74% of his 35 victories by way of knockout. Having fought for Scott Coker under the Strikeforce banner, rejoining him at Bellator was a no brainer. Daley took to the internet to share his feelings on the injury to Lima, stating: “Nervous, Scared??…..I understand, preparing to fight me…. I would be. It’s ok…. guess you get to have a few more photo shoots with the belt…. My focus has shifted, same date, new opponent…. British Invasion at Bellator 134.”

The new opponent his focus has shifted to is Andre “Chatuba” Santos. A veteran of the sport in his own right, the Rio De Janeiro fighter has two more wins than Daley in four less fights. Santos defeated James Terry at Bellator 129, in what was his first fight on American soil. He now has his sights set on Daley, with hopes to win his seventh straight fight.

king mo vs kongo

January 19, 2015

VIDEO – Conor McGregor jumps fence to confront Jose Aldo at UFN 59

Filed under: News — The Fight Nerd @ 3:28 PM

The race to the title in the featherweight division just got a lot more interesting this weekend.

After a one-sided fight with Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 in Boston, Conor McGregor ran across the octagon and leapt over the fence to run into the crowd and confront champion Jose Aldo, who was conveniently sitting cageside. Aldo, who had a sign that made fun of Conor that said “Go Joker, Go… Make me laugh”, got face to face time with Conor after his TKO win over Siver, and nearly had a fight in the audience instead of the in the cage. Aldo was not intimidated, and seemed unimpressed by the win with a smile on his face. Lucky for him, security intervened and made the sure the two did not start brawling on the spot.

“I’m looking into the crowd and I see Jose in the crowd, with my face on a joker poster or something. I don’t know what that was all about. They all think it’s fun and games, and I’m not playing,” McGregor said after his bout to the press, at which point after seeing the sign McGregor sprinted across the canvas towards Aldo. “The only thing that’s stopping me from smacking Jose and whooping him in the crowd was the money. Now it’s time. Now we have a location, and Jose will be the next one to learn that it’s not all talk, it’s not all jokes. Now we only have one man left.”

The featherweight title bout is expected to take place this Summer in Las Vegas, so you have some time to figure out who you are going to bet on and where. Before betting on a match, check out these comprehensive list of reviews this for ideas.

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