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Super Mario Bros.
When Bluefin Tamashii Nations USA opened a survey to action figure collectors asking which licenses fans were most interested in last year, quite a few fans raised an eyebrow at the inclusion of Super Mario Bros. on the form. Once Bandai's North American distributor of the hyper articulated S.H. Figuarts action figure line uploaded a question mark box from the franchise on its social media channels, though, it seemed as if a trip to the Mushroom Kingdom was surely in order. Today a display at the Nuremburg Toy Fair confirmed it: This May we'll all be able to "Do the Mario" with all the articulation befitting Nintendo's flagship plumber.
Fans hurting for a fully articulated Luigi action figure since Toy Biz's notable Mario Kart 64 line in circa 1999-2000 can finally snag something arguably even cooler from Good Smile Company in July of 2014. Even as Nintendo's "Year of Luigi" draws to a close, GS has announced a Nendoroid action figure version of Super Mario's taller, higher-jumping brother.
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Rapper Black Thought -- who once proclaimed he "hit these emcees with the grip of death like I was a Vulcan" -- is known to drop a little nerd culture into his lyrics occasionally. He's also known as one of the greatest rappers to ever grab a mic. So on last night's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Live, when Fallon read a letter from a viewer opining about his desire for the theme song from Super Mario Bros. to have lyrics,
Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!
Q: What's the deal with the Super Mario family of video games? Which of the games "actually" happened? -- @pbarb
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TV: Disney XD has revealed the short form series that will fill out its Marvel programming block starting April 1. Segments include "Master Class," which features Joe Quesada explaining how artists bring characters to life, and an exploration of theoretical IRL superhero tech called "What Would It Take?".
I've never been any good at those video games that force you to make moral decisions. Even though, on an intellectual level, I know that I'm not really murdering innocent villagers or stealing from merchants with mouths to feed, but I can't help it; I just feel bad for those person-shaped collections of pixels
Upcoming: IDW's revealed another cover for May's Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation2 eight-issue miniseries, which will pit the Enterprise crew and The Doctor against the Borg and The Cybermen.
Oprah: Craig Thompson's Blankets has been named one of "The 8 Greatest Love Stories of All Time" by Oprah.com. If your parents call and ask y