The Art & Making of Penny Dreadful

pennydreadfulartbookI have to admit I only started watching this hit Showtime series only for Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire), but I stayed for for the story and characters driving the “Penny Dreadful” program.  We are already knee-deep into the second season and Titan Books has just released “The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful”, the official companion book to the program.

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Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 Recap

bigwowcomicfest2015This is our quick recap episode of the 2-day comic book event, the Big Wow! Comicfest at the San Jose Convention Center this past weekend.

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UNIQLO UTGP 2015 Star Wars

utgpstcoverWe just had the Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, now comes the UNIQLO UTGP 2015 Star Wars Collection.  The winning Star Wars graphic t-shirts are in!  The Global T-Shirt Design Competition 2015 received more than 5,000 entries from around the world.

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BAPE x Sesame Street 2015

bapesesamestreetcoverBAPE aka A Bathing Ape is hitting on all cylinders with their latest collab project – Sesame Street!  This is a fun and cute capsule collection for men, women and kids of all ages looking to rock this PBS educational program.

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Seinfeld Vinyl Figures from Vinyl Sugar!

kramerfigure“Serenity now!”  “No soup for you!”  Classic lines from an iconic TV sitcom Seinfeld.  The wait is over, vinyl Seinfeld figures are coming from Vinyl Sugar!  The 8″ Vinyl Idolz line-up will feature:  Cosmo Kramer, Newman, The Soup Nazi, Frank Costanza, J. Peterman and Puddy.  Look for a Summer 2015 release!

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Fangirls, Assemble! Hot Topic x Marvel x Her Universe

hottopicmarvelcollabIf you find me at a Hot Topic, I’m usually trying to find some of the Funko/Hot Topic Pop Vinyl exclusives.  But maybe this time, I will buy some clothes!  This has peak my interest and curiosity, as Hot Topic has teamed-up with geeky girls apparel-maker Her Universe for this Marvel Avengers Fashion Collection.  I can definitely see myself wearing these outfits.

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ICC Spring 2015 Lookbook

ICCSL00Looking for a new streetwear brand to rock for this Spring 2015?  Check out Ineffable Clothing Company aka ICC.  This NYC street/skate clothing brand was started in 2013 by Zach Fryer when he was just in middle school!  Yupe, that’s right.

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Japan Only: The Robot Receptionist

robotreceptionistMeet Aiko Chihira.  She’s robot made by Toshiba and you will find her working at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi department store in Tokyo.  Let’s go shopping!

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It’s that time again! Big Wow! Comicfest 2015

BWCF1503This is our 3rd year covering the Big Wow! Comicfest at the San Jose Convention Center.  Our Ramen team of Eddie Ballar and Ramon Angel cover the 2-day comic book convention.

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New Cover Tune by Kawehi

kawehicovergarbageMy fellow Retrenders blogger Stevie J told me about this YouTube indie music artist Kawehi.  So a couple of internet clicks away, I found myself watching most of Kawehi’s videos.  She’s a one-woman band and making music.

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Hungry for Recipes: The Ultimate Hangover Sandwich

hameggchessebreadI got the hangover blues this weekend.  Okay, that 151 shot was a bad idea to end a Saturday night out, but I found this neat recipe at Munchies and I can make this!  The Croque-Madame aka The Ham, Egg & Cheese Sandwich.  Owner of Terrine restaurant in LA, Kris Morningstar walks us through this French sandwich dish.

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Viral Video Friday: Teen Titans Go! Funny Clips

teentitansgoViral Video Friday goes all Teen Titans Go!  Here’s a collection of funny clips collection for your cubicle break.

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Nike x Liberty Summer 2015 Collection

nikeliberty2015summercollectioncoverThe Nike x Liberty Summer 2015 Collection is available now.  This mini-capsule collection features Liberty’s Merlin shapes and pattern prints.  Squares and circles is the rage.  The collection features a range of sneakers, hoodies, hats and women’s tees.

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Nike Air Rift Liberty; MSRP: $120.00USD

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Kids Nations Plugy Series 005 Avengers: Age of Ultron

kidslogicageofultronKids Logic is back with more cute-like bobble-head type figures, this time is the Kid Nations Plugy Series 005 Avengers:  Age of Ultron.  You can only buy this a 5-set package which features: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man MK43, Iron Legion and Hulk Buster.  The figures mearsures 3.5-4″ tall, comes with a headphone strap and keychain strap and LED lights on certain figures.

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Student Animated Homage to Hayao Miyazaki

hayaomizakitributeThis animated-short Celles et Ceux des Cimes et Cieux (Girls & Guys from Summits & Skies) was made as a final project by Gwenn Germain.  No dialogue needed, just watch the visual animated treat.

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Frankie’s Garage: PLAYMOBIL 3911 Porsche 911 Carrera S 2015

playmobilporscheI remember seeing my first PLAYMOBIL toys on the Toys’R’Us shelves as a kid and always been a big fan of these toys.  Now comes a more “real world” vehicle, the PLAYMOBIL 3911 Porshce 911 Carrera S 2015.

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Hungry For Recipes: The Ultimate Aussie Burger

aussieburger101Wowhoo!  Hungry for Recipes column or blog or whatever you call it is back.  My fellow Retrenders blogger Stephen Jang blogged about the Aussie burger awhile back (click here to backtrack – Aussie burger), but Sebastian P over at TourRadar (a super travel/foodie blog) directed us to the Ultimate Aussie Burger with the Lot (aka Ozzie Burger).

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LEGO Star Wars Movie Posters

legostarwarsposteroneLEGO’s Star Wars product-line has been very successful over the years and now they celebrate it with their own LEGO-style inspired movie posters.

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G.I. Joe Toys for 2015

joecon2015Hasbro’s G.I. Joe toys were a big part of my childhood.  My uncle bought me my very first G.I. Joe toy, the MOBAT tank with Steeler.  In recent years, the G.I. Joe toy line has been on the downhill slide, but there is hope.  At this past weekend’s 2015 JoeCon in Springfield, IL, the Hasbro G.I. Joe team announced the expansion of the 50th anniversary line with more 2 and 3 packs and vehicle multi-packs exclusively sold at Toys’R’Us.

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SDCC 2015 Crimson Strike: Cobra Scythe plane featuring A.V.A.C. pilot & Alley Viper Officer. G.I. Joe Chimera tank featuring Grunt and Steeler. MSRP: $99.99USD; Available July 2015.

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SDCC 2015 Desert Duel: G.I. Joe F.O.E. Striker featuring Night Fox and Chuckles. Cobra Basilisk featuring Elite Horseman and Cobra Air Trooper. MSRP: $59.99USD; available July 2015.

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Red Bull Propelled Vine Machine

redbullvinemachineVine star Zach King and builds a fun time-waster video to watch.

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Mini-Roller Coaster Ride in a House

rollercoasterhouseA man in the Netherlands has found an inventive way to sell his house.  He made a mini-roller coaster in and out of his house that takes house hunters a grand tour and audio guide.  How cool?

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Frankie’s Garage: Honda Tuner Girls

tunergirlshondaI drive a 2003 Honda Accord coupe, but I’m not much of a tuner girl per say, as all I have done is replaced my OEM CD player to a Pioneer DEH-150MP and some expensive Monster car audio cables that I got suckered into buying at Best Buy.  I laugh now.  Anyhow, these are real tuner girls from Osaka, Japan.  This latest episode of Tuner Club Episode #4 takes a look at Nabo Okamoto’s 1996 Honda Civic sedan and Yayoi Torii’s 1991 Honda Civic hatchback. 

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Woot Bear: Toys Things & Art Exhibit

wootbearthingsjapanI bought a Mad Panda!  Welcome to the Woot Bear showcase:  Toys Things & Art Exhibit from Japan.  Woot Bear collabs with some of Tokyo’s top toy vinyl artists like Dehara Yukinori, Hariken, Konatsu, Mai Nagamoto, Mographixx, Refreshment Toy and Studio Uamou for this exhibit running through May 10, 2015.

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Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 this Weekend!

bigwowcomicfest2015Where will the Retrenders gang be at this weekend?  Well, in San Jose, CA for the Big Wow! Comicfest 2015, April 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center.  We join the geeky Ramen and a Half crew at the show and will be filming highlights from the 2-day convention and we hope to see you there!

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Frankie’s Garage: Speedhunters FR-S Race Tuned

speedhuntersTuner Keith Charvonia stops by Jay Leno’s Garage with this road racing Scion FR-S.  This Scion won the 2014 Scion Tuner Challenge at SEMA last year.

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