The Sandman Chess Set

sandmanchesscoverThis is a truly wonderful collectible for fans of Neil Gailman’s acclaimed The Sandman series and chess fans alike.  All 32 chess piece figures come from the Sandman universe and sculpted by Paul Harding.

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The First Order Stormtrooper @ SDCC 2015

starwarsblackfirstordercoverAs SDCC 2015 rolls around, Hasbro always shows off it’s tantalizing and wallet-busting exclusives for the event.  The first official action figure from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the First Order Stormtrooper action figure for the Star Wars Black Series line-up.

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LEGO TRON Playset

tronplaysetYeah, I admit I bought into the hype when TRON: Legacy came out in 2010.  I bought the amazing Daft Punk soundtrack and then a bunch of the Hasbro approved action figures which sucked and the cheap vehicles.  What I should have done was build my own TRON toys like this guy – Tim Schwalfenberg.  Tim builds an amazing TRON-like environment and playset.

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Sci-Fi LEGO Diorama Playset

cineasis5waterworldThis ain’t no lame Waterworld LEGO brick playset.  This is kind of like that Japanese anime “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet” collection of city/ships, but cooler and techy.  I’m a big fan of LEGO builders building new sci-fi worlds and landscapes like this.  This is Cienasis 5 by LEGO fan Daniel Church.

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Stone Fox Swim x Y&R Swimwear 2015 Collection

yarswimwearstonefoxStone Fox Swim is known for it’s inspired swimwear look rooted in California beach culture and started by Pacifica native Chelsea Bell.  Now Young & Restless (Y&R) kicks off the summer with a collaboration with Stone Fox Swim.

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King of the Nerds Xander @ Twin Galaxies

twingalaxiesbannerIf you didn’t know, our Ramen host The Eddie favorite show was on TBS, King of the Nerds.  While at Twin Galaxies, The Eddie had a chance to interview Xander Jeanneret from King of the Nerds.

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Twitch Streamer Miss Mia Rose @ Twin Galaxies

twingalaxiesbannerYes, once again, we are still at Twin Galaxies in Banning, CA.  The Ramen crew interviews Twitch Streamer Miss Mia Rose and we find out what hit game she’s playing.

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Miyazaki Tattoo Tribute

miyazitatootributeWow.  Just wow.  Give this tattoo artist a raise or something.  Jean-Pierre Saint-Tran wanted make a tribute to his favorite Studio Ghibli films and that’s what he did.  He gave up his whole arm to be tattooed with Miyazaki art from Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro.

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The New Kick-Ass Black Canary

BlackCanaryNewArtistNot the usual mainstream comic book art look, but illustrator Annie Wu takes the iconic DC Comics character Black Canary in new directions with writer Brenden Fletcher.  Artist Annie Wu looks to add some kung-fu punch and rock’n’roll style to this all new Black Canary series with #1 available now.

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Ant-Man Mr. Potato Head

pototaheadantmanboxMany Marvel characters have been “potatofied,” now comes the Ant-Man Mr. Potato Head from PPW Toys.  This will make a great stress reliever toy on my workstation.  The figure stands 6″ tall and comes with removable accessories to mix or match.

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Funko Pop! Conan Figures

sdccconanpopfiguresTalk show host Conan will be bringing his TV show to SDCC 2015.  Not only that, Conan will also be Popified by Funko’s popular line Pop! figures.

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Rocksmith x Diamond Supply Co. = Superior Sight & Sound Collection

ROCKSMITH-DIAMOND-PIC-1Music/lifestyle apparel brand Rocksmith is at again with a new collaboration with iconic streetwear brand Diamond Supply Co. with the Superior Sight & Sound mini-capsule collection.  The theme and concept for this collection is the ’90s era mixtape cassette.  Remember that?

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One Dollar Money Art by Donovan Clark

donovanart01Just take a US dollar bill as the base & background art and add your own acrylic painted character for the finishing touch.  Just up north of San Francisco, in Humboldt County, local artist Donovan Clark is known his unique style, the money dollar acrylic paint work.  One of his latest projects, a collection of Frozen characters in his dollar art.

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Boba Fett 13″ Action Figure @ The Disney Store

bobafettactionfigure135One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe is the bounty hunter Boba Fett.  This exclusive Disney Store Boba Fett action figure stands 13.5″ tall with light-up blaster and sounds.  The action figure has several points of articulation and the chest-activated button features 15 Boba Fett phrases.

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Most Oil Paintings come from Da Fen, China

dafenoilpaintingsNot only is Shenzhen, China known for manufacturing and pirating, well, in small area of Shenzhen, Da Fen is where most of the world’s oil paintings are being produced.  Replica’s of Van Goghs, Monets and Picassos are exported from Da Fen.  BBC News takes at look the mass oil painting production and it’s impact within Shenzhen.  Well, next time, I’m in Hong Kong, I’ll make a stop over to Da Fen.

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Play Zelda on a Monopoly Board Game

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Play Zelda not on a Nintendo console, but on a game board this time.  From USAopoly, this is The Legend of Zelda Monopoly game.  This Monopoly version is all for Zelda fans.

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Firefly Fans Play Yahtzee

fireflyserenityshipcoverLike many of my Retrenders crew, we are big fans of Joss Whedon’s Firefly.  I fell in love with characters, the universe and the world building.  I have the special edition DVD’s, the Dark Horse Comics editions and the Funko/Super7 action figures.  And now from USAopoly based on the Yahtzee game, comes the Firefly version.

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Glastonbury Music Festival LEGO-style

legolandglastonburyfestivalOne of the biggest live music events on this planet is the Glastonbury Music Festival in Britain.  Now Legoland Windsor Resort taps it’s LEGO model makers to build a big diorama of the Glastonbury music festival.  Over 2 months of work and over 15,000 LEGO bricks were used.  The Glastonbury LEGO scene will be on display until this November 2015.

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The Voice of “Cody” from Street Fighter @ Twin Galaxies

twingalaxiesbannerWe are once again at the invite-only opening of Twin Galaxies and catch-up with the voice actor Michael T. Coleman.  Who is he?  Well, he was the voice-actor for “Cody” in Capcom’s Street Fighter series.

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Mark Rubin & Robert Bowling @ Twin Galaxies 2015

twingalaxiesbannerIf you’re a fan of the Call of Duty franchise, you’re probably familiar with these two names:  Mark Rubin and Robert Bowling.  While at the invite-only Twin Galaxies event, the Ramen crew interviews the two key players.  The guys talk about their time at Infinity Ward, their work on Call of Duty, indie game development versus big corporate game development and games they are currently playing.

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NBA Champion and Video Gamer Rick Fox

twingalaxiesbannerThe Ramen crew was recently at the invite-only Grand Opening of Twin Galaxies in Banning, CA. Host Eddie Ballar grabs some interviews with 3-time NBA champion/LA Laker Rick Fox and his buddy Jace Hall of Twin Galaxies.

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Vinyl Pulp #2: Art on Guard Exhibit

wootbearlifeguardartshowOn this episode of Vinyl Pulp we visit Woot Bear SF where they join forces with Boundless Brooklyn and Outre for the Art on Guard: Lifeguard Tower Art Show.  This show featured over 40 different artists and their custom lifeguard towers.  Vinyl Pulp also interviews the man behind Outre apparel brand.

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WESTWORLD 2016

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There has been word that there will be a Westworld remake or a series adaptation for television for the past couple of years, and Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams names are tied to the project.

Westworld was the first film that made me fear the dawn of the robot age – that computer embedded and wired life-like human operational machines can take over. Notice that I didn’t mention android or artificial intelligence? The reason being is because this film was released in theaters in 1973. It was very rare that anyone referred an intelligent robot as an android or artificial intelligence to some extent; the terms were far-fetched to the greater public at the time and not widely used.

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Food: Making Pork Buns

heroinparisporkbunsWhenever I have business meetings or work in downtown SF, I always make sure I stop by Chinatown and hit one of those Mom & Pop pastry shops for some BBQ Pork Buns aka Char Siu Baos.  Great for snacking or meal on the run while trying to catch the MUNI.  Anyways, here’s a Munchies DIY episode on making Pork Buns with chef Hann Palcu-Chang of Hero in Paris restaurant.

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VANS x Murakami Collection

vansmarukamicollectionThe surfer/skateboard imagery collides with rainbow colors and cuteness in the artistic mind of Takashi Murakami.  Japanese modern pop artist Takashi Murakami collabs with VANS premium label “Vault by VANS” for this capsule collection featuring not just kicks, but also apparel and skate decks.

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