Thursday, 26 March 2015

Doctor Who 10th Anniversary Special

On this day in 2005, March 26th, Rose debuted on the BBC, marking a return of Doctor Who to our TV screen. Wow, these last 10 years have gone by so quickly. 

So here's to 10 years of Doctor Who and remember......Run! Allons-y! and Geronimo!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Nerdversity 182 - Back to the Future Part II 25th Anniversary Special

Join Aaron and Katt as they sit down and discuss the 25th Anniversary of Back to the Future Part II. We discuss the impact the movie has had over the years, how much we've enjoyed the movie as nerds and geeks and finally, we take a look at how much has actually come true since 1989.,

Win a DeLorean from the Volo Auto Museum

Nerdversity 180 - Mighty Morphin Power Con (Part 2)

Join Aaron, Nick and Garee as they sit down and finish their chat about the awesomeness that was Mighty Morphin Power Con. In this one, we talk about our experiences at the con, the talks, autographs, guest encounters and more.

Nerdversity 181 - An Interview with Joe Colton

Join Aaron and Alex as they sit down and talk to Joe Colton. Joe is co-founder of The Finest, a GI Joe Cosplay group, as well as a fan film actress, having starred in Dredd: The Cursed Edge and The Deep End with Eric "The Smoke" Moran. She is also starring in the upcoming Star Trek Isolation fan series starring Eric "The Smoke" Moran, Dave Turner, Ivy Doomkitty and Stan "The Man" Lee!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Nerdversity 179 - An Interview with Lenvil King Jr (Pit Viper Studios)

Join Aaron and Alex as they sit down and chat with Lenvil King Jr, owner of Pit Viper Studios. Lenvil is well known for making GI Joe helmets and most recently props, plus props and helmets from many other pop culture franchises including robotech, transformers, WW2, Constantine and more.

You can check their work out here: Pit Viper Studios Facebook and here: Pit Viper Studios Official

Nerdversity 178 - VR Troopers 20th Anniversary

Join Aaron and Nick (CPOB) as they sit down and celebrate 20 years of Saban's VR Troopers. We take a look at both seasons of the show, We also take a look at the origins of the show, especially the Cybertron pilot that has been seen on YouTube starring Jason David Frank, as well as the impact it's had on Saban since.

Nerdversity 177 - Mighty Morphin Power Con (Part 1)

As some of you are aware, I was at Mighty Morphin Power Con over the Feb 20th-23rd weekend. Here's my convention report with Alex and Katt and in part 1, we talk about the overall atmosphere of the convention and the experiences I had.

Nerdversity 176 - Power Rangers SPD 10th Anniversary

Join Aaron, Alex and CVFan25 as they sit down and talk about 10 years of Power Rangers SPD. We talk about the show, toyline, games, comics and loads more besides. Plus we talk a small look at the sentai, Dekaranger

Monday, 9 March 2015

Jason Faunt Give away now live

The give away for this awesome Jason Faunt signed picture from Mighty Morphin Power Con is now live. Head on over to Nerdversity 101 on facebook to find out how you could be the proud owner of this awesome picture.

good luck

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Playstation 2 15th Anniversary special

My personal experiences with the PS 2 were fun and quite long though the ending experiences eventually lead to me upgrading to the PS 3. I bought the original fat PS 2 in '04 (i think) alongside God of War. Though i would eventually upgrade to the slim model. I had several games that i loved and some that i hated. Some of the games i loved were ones like FF 12, a couple of the Mortal Kombat games and the Xenosaga Trilogy (of which the recently released and soon to be coming Xenoblade Chronicles and Xenoblade Chronicles X for the Wii and Wii U respectively occur in the same universe). I hated quite a few games but the worst one was Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. My bad experiences with the system was with the slim model, the laser eye died on me twice, for this reason i ended up getting a PS 3. Unfortunately my PS 3 is not backwards compatible with PS 2 games, so i have to wait for the PS Store re-releases.

Playstation 2 15th Anniversary special

Has it really been 15 years since we fell in love with the black brick known as the PS2? yep, it sure has. Originally developed in 1999, the PS2 had some massive overhauls done on the system, including the Emotion Engine, which allowed the PS2 to show off some impressive graphics compared to other consoles at the time. Plus the other biggest selling points to the system were the fact that it could play PS1 games as well as DVDs, so if you still had old PS1 games, you could still play them without needing to hook up the older console as well. Plus the fact that it was a DVD player meant that was a cheap entry into the home theater market as well.

The PS2 launched in 2000 across the world and was met with immediate fanfare and was sold out very quickly in all markets to such a point that supply was outstripped by demand. There are reports of PS2s selling on eBay when it first launched for thousands of dollars. Though it was a hugely successful console, early units were plagued by a mechanical issue in that the laser would break after use. Sony was taken to court in a Class Action Lawsuit and replaced each and every faulty unit well into 2005.

Though technologically the weakest of it's generation, the fact that it already had an established fan base, plus the backwards compatibility and built in DVD meant the PS2 maintained market dominance over it's competitors of the era, the Dreamcast, the X-Box and the Gamecube, though the Dreamcast was discontinued in 2001, only 18 months after it's initial release. Plus with the PS2 having big games of that year in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Grand Theft Auto III helped keep the PS2 at the top of the food chain that little bit longer.

In 2002, the PS2 received it's first price cut to keep it cheaper than the X-Box and keep it in line with the Gamecube.

Now, the PS2 didn't have online play for the first few years, but with the X-Box being used for online play, Sony hit back with an online adapter, which is now hard to find.The adapter also came with a copy of SOCOM: US Navy Seals.

This wasn't the only hardware released with the PS2, There were G-Con 2s for the system, released with Time Crisis II and also with Vampire Night. There was also an expansion bay on the back of the system, which was required to play Final Fantasy XI. Note, this only works with the original brick model of the PS2, as the slim model released in 2004, lacks the expansion bay for the hard drive. There was also a camera for the EyeToy, as well as development kits for home brews and when the online functions came out, there was also a keyboard and mouse released, as you could also use the PS2 as a primitive home PC. As for the DVD functions, sony also released a DVD remote for the console.

The PS2 had some very popular games released for the console. So here's the 10 biggest selling games for the console.

  1. GTA: San Andreas (17,3 million units sold)
  2. Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec (14.89 million)
  3. Gran Turismo 4 (11.73 million)
  4. GTA: Vice City (9.61 million)
  5. GTA III (7.9 million)
  6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty (7 million)
  7. Final Fantasy X (6.6 million)
  8. Tekken 5 (6 million)
  9. Final Fantasy XII (5.2 million)
  10. Kingdom Hearts (4.78 million)
The PS2 ceased production in Japan and world wide in January 2013. The console remained hugely popular in Japan, that it continued to outsell the PS3 during the first few years of the PS3's launch. Between Launch in 2000 and December 2012, the PS2 had sold over 153 MILLION units, outselling the likes of the Wii, Gamecube, NES and PS3. 

The final games released for the PS2 were FIFA 14 and Pro Evo 14 in US and Europe. Final Fantasy XI: Seekers of Andouin in Japan.

You can get both fat and slim PS2s for cheap on the secondary market like Amazon and eBay, as well as games can go for pretty cheap as well. So I'd highly recommend getting one of these awesome consoles if you don't already. 

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Nerdversity 175 - An Interview with David Fielding

Join Aaron and Alex as they sit down and talk to David Fielding, best known for his role as Zordon in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. We not only discuss his career with Power Rangers, but also what he's been doing since.

Nerdversity 174 - Gargoyles 20th Anniversary Special

We're finally back and running after a month, but here's a look at 20 years of Disney's Gargoyles. Join Aaron, Alex, Steve, Katt, Hayden and Chris as they sit down and discuss the franchise. There's loads more than just the three seasons. We talk about the multitude of comics, the Kenner action figures, the Genesis video game and the convention dedicated to Gargoyles, Gathering of Gargoyles. Plus we take a look at the DVD releases and we discuss what the future may bring to the franchise. 

New partners

Yes, you guys and gals have read that right. Nerdversity 101 is teaming up with AwelessAwesome and Card Players of Britain. Content from both pages will be appearing on this website, facebook and the podcasts, so please, give them a like and tell them Nerdversity sent you.

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Friday, 6 March 2015

Nerdversity Reviews - Mighty Morphin Power Con exclusive Turbo Falcon Megazord

As some of our listeners may be aware, I was at Mighty Morphin Power Con over the weekend of the 20th-22nd Feb. There is a huge 2 part podcast coming soon of my review, but anyway, lets get into this review.

The Turbo Falcon Megazord has already been released for over a year now in the United States, but thankfully, those awesome guys at A1 Toys have gotten their hands on the toy and are releasing it for general sale as an exclusive through them/

Turbo Falcon Megazord - Only £40

I picked up mine with an exclusive slip case from Power Con for £35. 

The box is exactly the same as the US release from 2013, which even includes a link to the Super Megaforce Key Scanner app (which no longer works) and an expired sweepstake for American customers to enter and win a part in Super Megaforce.

Now: a short review of the exclusive slip case that you got from buying the toy at the convention:.

The front of the slip case features a nice graphic of Red, Blue and Green, with a large Super Megaforce Logo. Some people have complained that there's only the three male rangers and no females. I have no idea why this graphic was chosen, but I do agree an all 6 member team would have been a great picture to have on the front of the box.

The back of the slip case features a nice graphic of the Mighty Morphin Power Con logo and a large and blank space for you to get autographs from the guests at the convention.

One minor annoyance before we get into the review itself is that Cameron Jebo was supposed to attend but had to pull out, so it seems a little strange having a Super MegaForce exclusive toy and no actor from the series to sign it.

Now, onto the boxed figure:

The front of the box has a nice large window in it that shows the Megazord in it's robot form and it also comes with a "driver" in the form of RPM Red key. It also shows off pictures of the robot mode and the vehicle mode. So, even if you don't own any other Super MegaForce megazords, you can still have plenty of play value with a single megazord that transforms from robot to car and back again.

Although the box doesn't show you, the Megazord breaks down into it's component parts. The legs, arms, front axle, arms/wings, head/cockpit, spoiler and chest shield. It doesn't come with any weapons, so don't expect any swords or anything.

The back of the box features some more pictures of the Turbo Falcon in both it's modes, plus the gimmick feature of this toy. If you insert the RPM Red key into the cockpit and push it forward, it activates a pull back and go style motor which gives off a rumble and an engine style noise. There are NO batteries for the toy. There's also a guide to which other Megazords in the Super Megaforce toyline that Turbo Falcon can combine with, plus at the bottom, there's a COLLECT THEM ALL graphic, showing off all the Ranger keys you can buy.

Now, lets take a look at the actual Turbo Falcon itself:

The Megazord stands at roughly 1/6th scale, like all the current megazords and in the legacy line, so about 11-12 inches from head to toe. After doing some research, this robot form is actually toy only, so it never appears in Super MegaForce or Gokaiger.

Articulation is practically non-existant. You have some arm and elbow and that's about it. 

Bandai keep the pirate motif from Gokaiger on the head and chest plate of the Megazord, as evident by the gold Skull and Crossbones being evident on the hat and chest. However, I do like the logo, as they've incorporated a key into the skull. 

The vehicle mode is where the RPM/Go-Onger references really take shape.

Straight away, the references to RPM/Go-Onger become more apparent. He's a formula 1 car, based around Eagle Racer, sharing the same paint scheme, the eagle eyes, the nose looking like a beak and as you'll see better later on, the RPM 1 insignia being seen on the rear spoiler. 

Underneath the eye of the Eagle, you can see another Gokaiger/Super MegaForce insigna, tying the series together

The references continue.

The gimmick only works in vehicle mode. But before we can get to that, there's a nice Go-Onger logo on the back of the megazord's head, which forms the cockpit shield.

The gimmick of this Megazord is that when you insert a ranger key into the cockpit, which in this case is RPM Red, which also works with the Legendary Morpher, which is also a good thing if you didn't get the RPM set, it activates the rumble feature. Pushing the Turbo Falcon across a floor will make it rumble and shake, as well as the pull back and go style motor making a noise that somewhat resembles an engine roaring.

Now, I'm not really an expert on the show, but I did do some research and in the TV show, Doctor K had built this for the RPM rangers, but it was too wild and uncontrollable. Turbo Falcon was put into storage and was later found by the Super MegaForce rangers who tamed the megazord and put him to use in several episodes.

As an adult power rangers fan, I found this megazord to be rather OK. It's not the greatest and best, like a lot would say, but it's a great toy for the kids, it has loads of play value in it's 2 modes and if you have the Legendary Megazord or the Q-Rex Megazord from the Super megaforce, then the play value increases. 

I would recommend this primarily for PR fans with kids. I feel they'd get more out of this than adult collectors, but I'm sure a lot of adult collectors who collect megazords and fans of Super Megaforce would enjoy this too.

One other thing I should note: Turbo Falcon is also part of the Zord Builder line, so you can also use parts from this megazord and use it with the other megazords, including Legacy Megazord, Tigerzord and Dragonzord. 

As I said earlier, if you live in the UK and are interested in getting the Megazord, go to A1 toys at the link below to purchase the megazord, without the slip case for £40, what a bargain.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Nerdversity give away - coming very soon

Yes, you heard that right. Nerdversity have gotten their hands on some awesome autographs to give away to you guys. We have 5 autographed pictures that we will be giving away to 5 lucky listeners, details will be coming soon, but we have a preview of what's in store.

Cerina Vincent as Maya (Lost Galaxy)
Mighty Morphin Power Con (UK)

Jason Faunt as Wes Collins (Time Force)
Mighty Morphin Power Con (UK)

Nakia Burrise as Tanya Sloane (Zeo)
Mighty Morphin Power Con (UK)

Steve Cardenas as Rocky DeSantos (MMPR)
Mighty Morphin Power Con (UK)

Vic Mignoga as Edward Elric (FMA)
MCM Birmingham Comic-Con

Check out Nerdversity Official Facebook to like the page and keep up with more details and see more awesome content.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Newtypes and Rocket Punches!!!


A brief introduction to mecha

Hello there! GinraiPrime here, known to our Nerdversity people as Chris.
This is my first article for our blog and as the resident giant robot nut, I thought what better thing
 to write about than one of my biggest passions?
 So here is a brief introduction to the world of Mecha, Japanese Mecha
 primarily,from one fan to all of those out there who might be familiar with this genre
 or just aren’t sure.
 Mecha or giant robots have been around in fiction and entertainment for quite a long time now,
 from all the way back in H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds with the mysterious Tripods
 that were used by the alien menace in the book up until the likes of the
 Jaegers of Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim.

Pacific Rim
War of the Worlds

The word “Mecha” being short for mechanical, has always been especially popular in Japan.
 To the Japanese Mecha does not just encompass giant robots but also cars, guns, computers, basically anything that's metal or electronic. 
While it can mean many things, to the Japanese and fans of the genre there are 2 types of giant robots, Super Robots and Real Robots. 
These definitions refer to the style of robots these are and typically their methods of how they were built, what powers them, what type of weapons they use, the central character that uses these or any combination of the above.

 Super Robots are normally the ones that are constructed of some new super-alloy and usually we see them battling enemies in a monster of-the-week style fashion, ranging from random alien monsters, ancient deities, the forces of hell or even DINOSAURS!!!!
 The franchises that revolve around Super Robots can be quite epic in scale, often one upping the
 previous big moment for something larger with much higher stakes.
Examples: Mazinger Z, Getter Robo, King of the Braves GaoGaiGar, Neon Genesis Evangelion,
 Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.


Mazinger Z
 Real Robots are the sort of mecha that are build for practical, military purposes. Can often be throwaway or very easily rebuilt. Normally revolving around a war or conflict, these types of shows can be often somber or dark in tones with character death and other dramatic plot twists being the name of the game with Real Robot shows.
Examples: Mobile Suit Gundam 0079, Gasaraki, Full Metal Panic!,
 Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Mobile Police Patlabor, Amored Trooper VOTOMS.
Mobile Suit Gundam

Armored Trooper VOTOMS
 While these are the 2 types of shows one would find with Japanese Mecha,
 there are also many other kinds and can be of many different genres be it drama, comedy, ecchi,
 action, horror, basically you name it and there’s more than likely a Mecha show for it.

This is why I love Mecha so much. Its something that can encompass many different characters, settings and genres all in one. Most stories that use these elements aren’t afraid of trying something outlandish, radical or even thought provoking. It can appeal to many different types of people for a
variety of different reasons. Just like with how there’s an anime out there for everybody I believe that
 there’s a Mecha show out there for everybody!
This is only a short article but hopefully its been a little bit of an introduction to this for you all.
 Are there any of you out there that love Mecha as much as I do?

 If so, what are some of your favourites? Let us know!

 Any feedback is appreciated.

I’m GinraiPrime and thanks for reading!