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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A1 Presents The Weirding Willows

williowscoverComic book creator Dave Elliot creates a new Alice in Wonderland universe and re-imagining of famous literary characters from the 19th century.  Like ABC/Disney’s TV show Once Upon A Time, “The Weirding Willows” is where the worlds of Wonderland, Oz, Neverland, Olympus, Mars and Earth collide.  This trade collects issues #1-6 of The Weirding Willows with bonus commentary and artwork.

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Food: The Ultimate Churros

churrosWhen I lived in LA, you could not escape the sights and smells of churros and those amazing bacon wrapped hot dogs from the street vendors.  These food items would hit the spot after the bars and clubs let it out or when you had that 1am in the morning food craving.  And yes, I’m a fan of a good churro and it looks like I got to head to NYC for this tasty snack.

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Ultra Eye: A Hipster Guide to Tokyo Parts 1-3

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The last time I was in Japan was like 2009, so maybe it’s time to go back?  I do need to get some new bags and boots.  The Reserve Channel’s Ultra Eye takes a 3-part look at Tokyo.

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Ultra Eye travels to Singapore Parts 1-4

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The summer maybe over, but I feel the need to travel again.  Maybe The RESERVE Channel’s Ultra Eye takes will point me in the next direction – Singapore!  Check out this 4-part series on tourist spot – Singapore.

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Hungry for Recipes: Groot Cupcakes

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The character Groot has been a fan favorite this past summer movie season, and now you can learn how to make your own cute Groot cupcakes.

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Kendama USA

kendamausaIt may look like a simple wooden toy game, it’s not as the Ramen crew finds out!  The Ramen crew visits the Kendama USA booth over at Japan Expo:  2nd Impact.  The game requires hand eye coordination and is fun for all ages.  The “Ken” is the wooden handle that catches the “Tama” the ball and you will be amazed at the many cool tricks you can do.

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DIY Baby Groot Figure

dancinggrootFrom the hit summer flick Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, one of the fan favorites is the alien plant Groot.  If you seen the movie, you will know about the baby Groot because it’s so cute.  Here’s a neat tutorial by NerdECrafter on making Polymer Clay Pot version.

 

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Japan Expo: 2nd Impact 2014 @ San Mateo Event Center

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The Ramen crew attended the anime convention imported from France, Japan Expo at this past weekend’s San Mateo Event Center.  The Ramen team of Eddie, Ramon and Jonelle roam the floors and stages to soak-in the event.

Brainquake by Samuel Fuller

brainquakecoverA-List directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino have been inspired by the works of Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One).  The World War II veteran, was both a director and author.  He wrote “Brainquake” in 1993 while living in France, and now fans can re-discover Fuller’s last novel published and translated into English by Titan Books and Hard Case Crime.

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GODAIZER: Animated Film (19 Minutes)

godaizerposterIf you like giant robots and kaijus, this animated 19 minute Godaizer is just for you.  This may have been released 2011, this independent animated flick caught me my attention again.  Directed and produced by Hillary Yeo and the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

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Edible LEGOS by Akihiro Mizuuchi

chocolegocoverWhat is not to like about this?  Now you can build something with these functional LEGO bricks or just eat them.  These chocolate bricks were designed by artist Akihiro Mizuuchi.

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Resistance by Samit Basu

resistancebookI had a blast reading author Samit Basu’s critically-acclaimed 2012 Turbulence novel awhile back, and it got me hungry for his second serving, the sequel – Resistance.  Eleven years have passed, since the flight of BA142 from London to Delhi gave passengers on the plane incredible powers. This was known as the First Wave, the age of the super power humans.  It is now 2020 and the world has changed with many super human beings.  This Second Wave, humans with no powers serve the ruling super power elites.

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Full Size LEGO House in Denmark

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The hometown of LEGO will be building a full-size LEGO house in Denmark.  The LEGO House will be a LEGO museum showing the history and how LEGO came to be.  Look for the LEGO House to open in 2016.

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