Metal Build ARX-8 Laevatein (Full Metal Panic!)

fullmetalpanicarx8When I was on my anime-marathon watching a few years back, one anime that I had fun viewing was Full Metal Panic!  This is the latest Metal Build release from Bandai Japan, the ARX-8 Laevatein mecha.

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One of the neat things about this Metal Build it comes with a solid base stand for the mecha and the stand can store the various guns and swords.

MSRP:  $164.99USD

Buy it @ Big Bad Toy Store – Bandai Japan – Metal Build ARX-8 Laevatein.

LEGO DOOM Diorama

legodoomdioramaWhen I was a wee young lad, one of the very first FPS I played was the game DOOM.  It’s been 20 years since Doom premiered, and here’s a LEGO tribute to this iconic game.

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Beer Social: Craft Beer Culture in Japan

beercultureAnother great Munchies episode about draft beer culture in Japan.  You may have generalize beer in Japan as just Sapparo, Asahi and Kirin, but it’s more than that as host Yuka Uchida explores the neat beer trends in Japan.

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Nightout in Berlin with Chef Dong Phuong

 

districtmotIt’s always a fun night with people in the restaurant business, this episode of Munchies goes to Berlin to check out their foody scene with guide and chef Dong Phuong.  Chef Phuong is owner of District Mot, a Vietnamese street food restaurant.

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The Tokyo Diorama Set

algernonproduct00If you weren’t satisfied with this year’s lame Bandai America’s Godzilla Destruction City playset, why not try ALGERNON Product Geocraper – Tokyo Scenery Vol. 1 series?  Yupe, this toy line is called GEO-CRAPER, something got lost in translation here, but I digress.  This is a great way to build a mini-toy diorama playset and putting your toy kaijus on display.

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Masterpiece Transformers Wheeljack

lanciawheeljackrobotThis is a definite must-buy for G1 Transformers fans – the Masterpiece MP-20 Wheeljack.  Like all of the Masterpiece series the robot modes and articulation is great, but this car mode looks sweet as Wheeljack is based on the Lancia Stratos Turbo 5 rally car.

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Food: The Ultimate Pupusas Food Truck

pupusastimeOkay, I’m getting really hungry now watching all these food shows on the Reserve and Munchies channel!  Located in Red Hook, Brooklyn, NYC, the El Olomega food truck cooks and sells the ultimate yummy Pupusas.  Siblings Janet and Marcos Lainez have been dishing this El Salvadorian street food for over 25 years.

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The Love of Sake

sakejumI love watching this Vice off-beat foody channel Munchies!  Host Yuka Uchida takes her friend around Tokyo to explore the Japanese love of sake.  The girls go sake-hopping learning everything and anything about sake.

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Only in Japan: The Burger King Black Burger

burgerkingjapanBurger King Japan re-introduces the “Black Burger” which features bamboo charcoal powder to get the dark color buns and cheese.  The sauce is made of BBQ sauce and squid ink.

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Viral Video Friday: Cap’n Shmelly and the Sperm Whale

capnshmellyCute and humorous is this animated short – Cap’n Shmelly and the Sperm Whale.  From Omens Studios, Cap’n Shmelly is hunting down his nemesis the big whale that took his leg.

Frankie’s Garage: 30 Years of NISMO

nismo30Like many major car manufacturers who have their own in-house racing/tuning programs like AMG, the M Division, SVT, SRT, TRD, just to name a few, Nissan’s NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) celebrates 30 years.  This video by Nissan highlights NISMO – the past 30 years of amazing wins on the track and street legal tuned cars.

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Black Scale x Motown Records

blackscaleladies2Music and streetwear usually go hand-in-hand and this cool collab by Black Scale is with Motown Records.  The iconic Hitsville label gets a nice mini-capsule collection.  The Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook 1 just dropped this week at the flagship Black Scale NYC store.  Look for the Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook II this October 2014.

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The Hundreds by Todd Bratrud

toddcollection00Dropping this Thursday from The Hundreds is a mini-capsule collection by skater and artist Todd Bratrud.  The theme of this collection is Todd’s Sharpie inspired doodling and sketches.  The mini-capsule collection features graphic tees, shirts, hoodies and hats.

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Super Deformed Big Head SDF-1

mastermadesdf1Macross (Robotech) fans will enjoy this cool SDF1 toy from Master Made.  The SDF1 Makuros gets the cute super big head treatment.  The Makuros is also transformable and has articulation.  It comes with a neat base stand and two Veritechs with stands.

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ANTHEM by Kawehi

onepersonbandI’ve been digging this track for about a week now by the one-person band Kawehi.  This is “Anthem” the new single from her EP Robot Heart.

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Viral Video Friday: Montage of 2 Weeks in Japan

japanMarc Ambuehl spent 2 weeks in Japan and bought along his Canon 5D MKIII and various Canon lenses and captured some vivid everyday scenes.  He traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima and Kinosaki.

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Food: The Ramen Burger on Conan

ramenburgercocoI get hungry just watching this.   Team Coco gets to eat new foody fad – the Ramen Burger by Chef Keizo Shimamoto.  Chef Shimamoto created his own style of ramen noodles  to go with a beef patty.

Video Link:  Conan – Ramen Burger with Chef Keizo Shimamoto.

 

ILLEST x Voltron

voltronxillestAs a kid growing up in the 1980s and watching lots of cartoons on the tube after school, the animated cartoon Voltron has a special place in my heart.  Just dropped is the coolest of cool collabs – Illest x Voltron.  This mini-capsule collection features kids tees, adult tees, keychains, stickers. and 1 lanyard.

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A Montage of Clips through the Lens of a iPhone 5S

momentsinasiaIt’s pretty incredible what you can do with a smartphone these days.  You can play Candy Crush, try date somebody on Tinder, or do something creative like making one cool video montage of your travels.  And that’s what photographer Markus Kontiainen has done with his “Moments in Asia.”

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Fashion Culture: Interviews with Jason Wu & Alexander Wang

jasonwustudioJason Wu rose to fame designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural gowns and NY Time’s In The Studio goes behind-the-scenes with Jason Wu at his office.  Jason got into the fashion business by designing toy dolls.

Video Link:  http://nyti.ms/1ppQxLo

Check out:  NY Times – Interview with Jason Wu.

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ALIEN: Seas of Sorrow by James A. Moore

aliensseasofsorrowThe ALIEN movie franchise has been a fan-favorite over the years and fans today still want more facehuggers!  20th Century FOX hopes to wet your appetite with 3 “official” novels based on the ALIEN and ALIENS films.  The first novel “Out of the Shadows” takes place at the end of first ALIEN movie and becomes the prequel to ALIENS.  Now, the stage is set for the second book by James A. Moore with ALIEN:  Sea of Sorrows.

The year is 2497, “Black Sand” is discovered on planet LV178 aka New Galveston and the Interstellar Commerce Commission (ICC) lead by Deputy Commissioner Alan Decker is on the scene.  The ICC is a governmental organization that provides rules and regulations for corporations terraforming planets for humans to live.  “Black Sand” aka Sea of Sorrows is a term used when a planet can’t be terraformed and somehow “Black Sand” has appeared on a build site.

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Food: The Unique Irish Food Truck in the Bronx

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I’m just hungry watching this clip in my cubicle.  Here is the husband and wife team of Valentino and Alice and their Irish-mix-mash food truck in Woodland, New York.  It’s all about late-night comfort food.

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Addiction to Vinyl Records: Dust & Grooves

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Just like sneakerheads who painstakingly collect kicks, photographer Eilon Paz side hobby is collecting vinyl records.  Then he had a idea of globetrotting around the world to find vinyl collectors and to tell their story.  Dust & Grooves is a coffee-table book that collects 416-pages of full frame photos, over 130 interviews with record collectors, 12 full interviews, and a foreward by RZA.

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A1 Presents Carpe DIEm

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We caught a glimpse of this cool looking comic strip Carpe DIEm earlier this year with the Titan Comics/Atomeka anthology collection Monster Massacre Vol. 2.  Now this collected edition offers 104 pages of action/adventure and off-beat humor.  Carpe DIEm is a team of super agents named after each day of the week hoping to save the world from crazy evil villains.

Carpe DIEm is formed by the mysterious Sir 8th Day who is a little eccentric and clumsy and usually decisions are made by his butler Jude.  Jude is like Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, Jude was created in a test tube and now is an intelligent talking Koala bear.  Sir Sunday is an ex-Triad gangsta and is the old and wise field general for the team.  Like all super-agent teams, you gotta have a sniper, and that is teenager Lady Saturday.  What team doesn’t have a ninja?  Like G.I. Joe, Carpe DIEm has Sir Friday the ninja assassin who rarely speaks.  And these guys even have a Doctor Strange like character, that is Sir Thursday, the Shaman sorcerer who combines Eastern and Western magic.  Like all super teams, you gotta have a big fat guy, Sir Wednesday, he’s the muscle.  And why not, let’s throw-in that loud obnoxious like American, Sir Tuesday.

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Munchies Guide to Scotland Parts 1-5

munchiesscotlandFrom reading my past postings on Retrenders, I’m itching to travel again and just watching this Munchies Guide to Scotland is not only making me hungry to travel, but I really need to try these two drinks: Buckfast and Irn-Bru.

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