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“The Avengers” movie toys arrive via special delivery from S.H.I.E.L.D.


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“And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes and heroines found themselves united against a common threat…”

So begins the introduction to The Avengers comics, and while the day that Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the rest of the Avengers will unite on the big screen is still a few weeks off, the arrival of a special package from S.H.I.E.L.D. HQ (okay, Hasbro) in today’s mail made the waiting a little easier.

Here’s what showed up:

The package appears to be a test of sorts, too — as it required a heroic level of restraint not to rip it open a few seconds after it arrived. According to the warning label affixed to the box, it was only to be opened in the event of a “Global Emergency.”

Confession: I broke the seal approximately four minutes later.

Inside the box was another layer of “security” (four flaps with symbols for Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Iron Man), but hey, I already ignored the whole “Global Emergency” warning, so why not go all the way?

To be honest, I’m not sure which of the “Avengers” movie toys I like the most. The revamped “Gamma Green Smash Fists” have a certain gritty appeal that says, “Hey, you can punch the next person who walks by your desk and it’s totally okay, because they’ll just laugh and tell you how excited they are for the ‘Avengers’ movie, too.” Meanwhile, the Captain America mask tells the world that in your heart, you’re just a World War II hero struggling to find your place in this crazy world.

Oh, and the “Iron Man Tri-Power Repulsor” offers a great way to moderate meetings with a Marvel flair. Someone takes the discussion off-topic? A well-aimed shot from the Repulsor will let them know you mean business.

Hasbro’s full line of “The Avengers” movie toys are on shelves now.

(Note: IFC does not endorse punching anyone with “Gamma Green Smash Fists” or firing Repulsor Blasts at your professional colleagues.)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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