Thursday, 29 January 2015

Nerdversity 171 - Thundercats 30th Anniversary Special



We recorded this on the 23rd, the actual anniversary day. Join Aaron, Alex and Steve as they sit down and talk about the original 80s Thundercats series.

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Nerdversity 170 - The Rise and Fall of Arcades (1980 - 2004)



We don't usually talk about video games on Nerdversity 101, so we thought we'd give you guys an interesting take on the Arcade. It was a mainstay of many people's childhoods. We chronicle the rise and fall of the Arcade.





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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Nerdversity Reviews - Power Rangers Legacy Dragon Dagger




Released in 2014, as part of the "Tommy" Wave, or wave 2 of Legacy, the Dragon Dagger hit store shelves alongside the Legacy Dragonzord, Legacy Titanus and the Legacy Green/White Power Morpher, which was gold front and had both the Green and White Power coins in it, though reviews of those will be coming soon. 

The Dragon Dagger is huge and is approximately 18 inches long from blade tip to end of the handle. Yes, that is true, your eyes are NOT deceiving you. That really is REAL 24 karat gold on the dagger. The flute parts on the blade are gold plated, the mouthpiece tube is gold plated, the keys are gold plated, the on and off switch is gold plated, the Dragon Coin emblems are gold plated,  and finally, the key parts and end of the grip are gold plated as well. 

The box features some nice graphics of the Green Ranger playing the dagger and some nice box art of Dragonzord in the background


The back of the box has some more pictures of the dagger as well as the key functions. The majority of the dagger is hard plastic, as well as the mouthpiece. The grey blade is made of a slightly more rubbery plastic, for safety reasons. It feels good in the hand, nice and weighty, though the keys get in the way of the proper grip. 


To activate the Dragon Dagger, you flick the switch on the underside upwards, which makes a clashing sound and the sound of thunder. If you push the keys in this form, you get a variety of sword clashing sound effects. If you want to access the other sounds, you need to push down on the mouthpiece, then push the keys. 

If you were to look at it from behind, as in the mouthpiece facing you, the left button makes the "SUMMON DRAGONZORD" call. The middle button plays the Power Rangers TV theme, complete with vocals. The the right hand button plays the other Dragonzord call, mainly used for Healing, Command and Finger Missiles. 


At the 2014 SDCC convention, Bandai sold an exclusive version of the Dragon Dagger. Looks wise and features wise, it's exactly the same as the standard Legacy release, however, the SDCC exclusive is almost entirely gold plated, has a display box and also comes with a screen accurate black leather sheath for the dagger. 

Before we wrap this up, here's a picture of the Legacy Dagger next to the 1993 original.


As you can see, much larger and definitely more screen accurate. Like with the Legacy Megazord, it looks as if it stepped right out the TV and into your hand. Also, like all the Legacy props, it has an age rating of 15+, meaning it's an adult replica collectable and not really aimed at children

You can find this at TRU, both in store and on their website, it's also available on the secondary market, however, this can be expensive. But, we have heard and seen that the Dragon Dagger is being released later this year through Entertainment Earth.



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Sunday, 18 January 2015

Nerdversity Reviews - Legacy Megazord (Pic Heavy)


The Legacy Megazord was one of the first toys to be released under the brand new Legacy line which launched in 2013 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. It was released alongside the Legacy Power Morpher, which we'll be reviewing in a later blog. I want to get this out of the way now. The Legacy Megazord IS a repaint of the 2010 Disney Megazord. There are still COPYRIGHT 2009 BVS stamps on ALL the zords. 


As evident from the above picture, the Legacy Megazord (on the right) not only draws inspiration from the original 1993 Megazord, but is much smaller. The logo on the Legacy box closely matches the actual TV show logo and also features the 20th Anniversary logo, as well as the disclaimer of METALLIC PAINT and DIE CAST PARTS.


The left hand side of the box features the story of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in English, French and Spanish, plus has an advert for the Armoured Red Ranger figure. After digging a little, I found out that this is a direct reference to the original 1993 toys, especially the 6 inch action figures and the original Megazord. 


The right hand side of the box is also a throw back to the original Megazord toy box as it has the facts on the Megazord and Dinozords, as well as a little stat card on the Megazord. 


The back of the box shows off some more Megazord graphics and instructions on how to form both the Megazord and Tank modes. Some nice graphics here and what appears to be a nice nod to the original toy. 


As far as I know, the top of the box is entirely new in terms of graphics. It has a nice picture of the Megazord toy with the LEGACY MEGAZORD in gold letters, with graphics of the Power Rangers underneath and obviously the TV show logo.


The Megazord comes almost fully assembled in a cardboard tray. The arms are connected to the Megazord via Zord Builder, which yes, does mean that this Megazord can combine with any other Megazord that also has Zord Builder functionality. The parts fit nicely in the tray and have their own little areas that are clearly visible when you remove the parts. Not pictured is the instruction sheet and the decals sheet. Sadly, the zords are all unstickered, aside from factory applied ones. 

In the box, we have the Megazord and it's arms, Pterodactyl feet/guns, Power Sword in solid vac metallised plastic and a mastodon shield. 

Here's the Megazord fully assembled with the sword and shield. Now, lets look at the zords individually.


Lets start at the beginning. The mighty Tyrannosaurus Zord. Nicely detailed and stands about 6 inches tall or so. He has articulation in the head, mouth, arms, tail, knees and ankles. The zord is mostly plastic, but has die cast metal thighs. Plus, as you can see, it has the knee pegs as zord builder parts. 


With a little bit of movement and some balancing, you can have the Tyrannosaurus doing the Seismic Blast or Tyranno Sonic as it was known in Zyuranger.

The paint apps are nice and with the stickers, it looks as if it stepped right out of the TV show.


Next up, we have the Mastodon, which doesn't have any decals to apply, as they're all factory applied. The diecast metal parts are on the arm pieces, the rest is all plastic. The paint apps again are nice and like with the Tyrannosaurus, looks just like it did in the TV show, complete with the lighter grey face, trunk and tusks,


There isn't much to say with the Triceratops zord. The tail cannon is unpainted diecast metal that raises and lowers. The head moves up and down as well. Sadly, there's no wheels on the underside, unlike other incarnations. There are painted wheels on the treads, but they don't move. 


The Sabre Tooth Tiger zord is largely the same as the Triceratops zord. The tail cannon raises and lowers, the back legs fold into the body and the front legs fold forward. The teeth can rotate and the head raises and lowers. Aside from that, it's a pretty accurate paint job to the TV series. Again, only the tail is diecast, the rest is plastic


The last individual zord is the Pterodactyl. The red chest on the Pterodactyl is die cast metal, while the rest is plastic. The zord balances firmly on the feet and even lays down well. Not really much else to say.


All the Zords together, before they form:


Dino Tanker mode from Zyuranger, or simply Tank Mode in the United States. 


Finally, here's a picture of the 93 and the 2010/2013 megazord side by side. 

In all honesty, I picked up the Legacy Megazord for dirt cheap in the Toys R Us sale. I was impressed with it. There's a nice amount of detailing on it that sets it apart from the other ones. Plus, it looks exactly how it should, compared to the TV show. The decals are amazing, It feels nice and weighty, thanks to all that die cast. 

If you can find the original Legacy Megazord for cheap enough on the secondary market, I'd pick it up. Or you can wait till later this year to get the new version of the Legacy Megazord from Entertainment Earth.





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Nerdversity 169 - An Interview with Andy Frankham-Allen



Forgive us for this, but there was an issue with uploading, but we've fixed the issues and this is a re-upload of the episode.

Join Aaron, Hayden Blackhawk and Katt as they sit down and talk to Andy Frankham-Allen about his new Doctor Who book series Lethbridge-Stewart, plus we also talk about his other works including Short Trips, Space 1889, Legacy, The Seeker and loads more besides, including Marvel and Supernatural.

For those living in London and can make it to the Who Shop, you can meet Andy in person on 28th February, where he'll be signing copies of The Forgotten Son





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Friday, 16 January 2015

Rajia Baroudi Needs Our Help


Rajia Baroudi, best known for her role as Delphine, the white Alien Ranger has been diagnosed with a form of Salivary Glad Cancer. Sadly, her medical expenses are going up and her insurance provider isn't covering the bills. We at Nerdversity are saddened by this. So, we are providing a link to her GoFundMe page, so all Power Rangers fans can donate to her cause. Together, we can help a Ranger in her time of need. 






Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Nerdversity coming to Stitcher

Yes, you heard that right. Even though we have our Nerdversity iTunes and the podcast garden links, we're proud to announce that Nerdversity is coming to Stitcher. We're in the process of going live, but rest assured, you'll be able to check out all our growing ways to listen to our podcast

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Nerdversity 168 - Geeks and Cosplayers



We hope all of you had an amazing Holiday break. I know we at Nerdversity sure did. Now, here it is, the very first podcast of 2015 and to many, it's a controversial topic. Myself and Katt decided to take a look at Geeks and Cosplayers. 

In this episode, we tackle the argument of Fake Geek Girls, professional cosplayers, cosplay bullying, elitism over costuming and loads more besides. 

Now, if you want more information, check out the following links:



I-Cosplay - UK Anti-Bullying website - I-Cosplay has loads of support from groups like the 501st Legion







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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Nerdversity 167 - New Year's Special



I know this is belated now, but, we're here now in 2014. We hope you enjoy Nerdversity's look back at 2014. Aaron is joined by Steve, Chris and Katt as they talk about what Nerdversity accomplished in 2014, as well as what happened in pop culture. And finally, we pay our tribute to those we lost in 2014. 

So, we hope you enjoyed your holiday break and we hope you'll join us for what will be an epic year.



Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year from Nerdversity

So, we've said goodbye to 2014, we say hello to 2015, a year where hoverboards, power laces. Mr. Fusion and more will be coming soon.

We hope you've all had Happy Holidays and had a safe New Year. We've got loads of stuff lined up for you guys throughout this year, so stay tuned and stay nerdy!