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SDCC 2012 ends with a special delivery of Comic-Con toys

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This year’s pop-culture riot known as Comic-Con International may be over, but our pals at Hasbro made the return from San Diego a little sweeter with a special delivery that hit my doorstep at some point amid the West Coast nerdery.

Newsflash: A massive box of toys is a pretty good cure for a red-eye flight across the country and the pain of uncomfortable seating and airline peanuts.

Just in case the size of this box doesn’t translate well, Kevin Spacey could fit at least a dozen human heads into this package. (Just to be clear, that’s an inappropriate “Se7en” reference. Please don’t call the authorities.)

What’s in the box, you ask? Well, have a look:

On the far left, that’s a pair of Marvel action-figure packs — specifically, the “Marvel Legends Uncanny X-Force” set and the “Marvel Universe Masters of Evil” special-edition pack. On a related note, if you’re not reading Marvel’s Uncanny X-Force comic, you’re missing out. It’s great stuff.

Moving to the right, that’s Hasbro’s SDCC-Exclusive “Star Wars Vintage Carbonite Chamber Collector’s Pack,” which contains seven figures in old-school, retro packaging that anyone who grew up with “Star Wars” toys will immediately recognize. The pack contains one figure from each of the six movies, as well as a special-edition figure that I’ll get to in a second that’s pretty amazing.

On top of the “Star Wars” pack is a pair of figures from “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” the recently delayed sequel to 2009’s “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” They’re both figures based on the character Kim “Jinx” Arashikage, a ninja played by Elodie Yung in the film. The movie might not be coming out anytime soon, but that didn’t stop the action figures from hitting shelves.

Finally, the big box on the far right is probably my favorite of the bunch. It’s a special-edition crossover between the G.I. Joe and Transformers universes. Hasbro’s “Shockwave H.I.S.S. Tank” combines one of the most iconic vehicles in the G.I. Joe line with one of the most popular robots in the Transformers scene, and the result is a match made in nerd heaven.

Oh, and what about the special Star Wars figure I mentioned earlier? Well, here’s the real kicker…

By popular demand, the SDCC-Exclusive set also comes with an extra Jar Jar Binks figure. But before you punch your screen, take note: the new figure features Jar Jar frozen in carbonite.

Yes, one of the most hated figures in the Star Wars universe finally gets what’s coming to him. And it’s glorious, folks.

All of these figures made their debut at San Diego Comic-Con, but if you couldn’t make the trip to the West Coast, take heart: some of them are available at www.HasbroToyShop.com and elsewhere online (if you know where to look).

Now if I can just figure out what to do with this ridiculously large box…

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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