Frankie’s Garage: My Wife Sharpie Doodled my Skyline GT-R!

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If you’re a Nissan Skyline GT-R purist, then is your WTF moment, or it could really be art … Sharpie doodle art!

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Stationed in Japan, Collen Kelton owned a 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR R33 and he was getting kinda bored with the factory gray color and decided to let his wife Allison draw on the bumper with a Sharpie marker.

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Food: A Food History Lesson of Japanese/Peruvian Cuisine

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Munchies latest episode heads to Peru seeking to learn Nikkei cuisne in Peru.  Japan and Peru – these two countries may seem far apart, but because of Japanese immigration since 1899, Peru has a unique mix of Peruvian/Japanese cuisine.

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Transformers Generations: Jetfire

generationsjetfireI’m a big Transformers G1 Jetfire fan and this Hasbro release of Jetfire looks amazing.  I’m looking to pick this Transformer at Toys’R’Us.  Check out the review by Optibotimus:

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Mighty Orbots aka GX-40 GODMARS

godmarsgx40If you’re 0f a certain age growing up in the 1980s, you might remember this cartoon – Mighty Orbots.  From Bandai Japan, this diecast toy is a solid homage to the cartoon series with all 6 robots and various accessories.

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LRG x TRUE SF Pop-Up Shop

lrgtruecoverIconic street brand LRG teams up with local San Francisco outfit TRUE to open up a special pop-up brick & mortar store for a month, starting this Saturday October 18, 2014 through November 15, 2014.  The pop-up shop will be located on 1429 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA and LRG has lined-up special events like clothing exclusives and guest signings.

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Star Wars: Battle on Endor – Black Series

atstwalkerstarwarsIf you like the Star Wars’ Black Series line-up of 3″ and 6″ figures, then this Toys’R’Us exclusive that dropped a few weeks back should be on your “want list.”  This is the Black Series – Battle on Endor Pack.  This set is for the 3″ Black Series figures which features 8 figures:  Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Ewoks Stemzee, Ewoks Chubbray, Imperial Officer, AT-ST Driver and Stormtrooper in this set along with the AT-ST Walker.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

fordmustangecoboostThe latest Ignition takes a look at the widely anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost.  A turbo-charged 4 banger with the performance package rides like a touring car than pony car.

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Charley’s War: A Boy Soldier in the Great War

charleyswaraboysoldierWar is neither romantic or fun.  Some of the greatest anti-war movies are films about war like Platoon, Full Metal Jacket and Born on the Fourth of July, and in the comic medium, two British comic legends, author Pat Mills (Marshal Law) and artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) detailed the heroic and horrific realities of World War I in Charley’s War, a comic strip that started its run on September 1979 and up to January of 1985.  This newly released collection by Titan Books, Charley’s War: A Boy Soldier in the Great War collects the first 4 volumes of the strip.

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2014 Central Valley Lindsay Lowrider Car Show – TRAILER

2014 Lindsay Lowrider TRAILER copyNext on Retrenders Spotlight, look forward to learning about the Lowrider culture from Lindsay’s Finest Lowrider Car Show. You’ll learn how Lowrider vehicles are judged in a contest, what does a Lowrider vehicle mean to its owner, who are the “Real Housewives of Lowriding”, and was the Bat Mobile modeled after Chevy’s 1960 Impala? Find out with a little history and aesthetics behind early 1960s Chevy Impalas on Retrenders Spotlight!

Artist Martin Hsu releases “Blacky” Vinyl Figure

blackyfigureOn a brezzy night in San Francisco’s Haight/Ashbury area, Kidrobot held a Artist Signing and Release Party for super talented artist Martin Hsu.  A few weeks back, Martin released his latest vinyl artwork – “Blacky” – the dragon/dog 4″ figure.  The figure is limited to 300 pieces worldwide, so you might want to pick it up, since it’s also sold at a reasonable price of around $25.00USD.

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Food: More like Dessert, Delicious Shaved Ice

woolyshavediceA food cart that specializes in a yummy dessert treat – shaved ice found in New York City’s South Street Seaport.  Reserve Channel interviews the 3 co-founders Danny Che, David Sat and Kenneth Sa of Wooly’s Ice.  Imported from Taiwan, the 3 co-founders hope to spread Wolly’s Ice across America.

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Food: Peking Duck & 1,000 Year Old Eggs in Berlin

ramennoodlesAnother Munchies episode with chefs on a night out on the town in Berlin, Germany.  This episode, Munchies follows co-owners Oliver Rother and Quirin Schwanck of restaurant Parker Bowles in Kreuzberg on their journey of eating out.  They stop by a Chinese restaurant in Charlottenburg called Good Friends and back to Kreuzberg for some Japanese ramen at Cocolo Ramen.

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The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal

artjimburnsIf there’s a mention of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Bladerunner” anywhere, I’m usually there in a heartbeat.  The early concept art and ideas of Bladerunner began with this man – Jim Burns.  The British award winning artist has the distinction of winning 3 Hugo awards and creating science fiction book covers for authors like George RR Martin, Peter F Hamilton and Anne McCaffrey.

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The Art of Greg Spalenka

gregspalenkaIf you ever watch the animated movies like The Ant Bully (2006) or Escape From Planet Earth (2013), one of the concept artist behind it was Greg Spalenka.  The Art of Greg Spalenka:  Visions From The Mind’s Eye by Titan Books showcases Spalenka’s artistic career over the years in the many art mediums he uses, from paintings, drawings, sketches and photography.

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“Here was art with a purpose – communicating issues about humanity, from gun violence and racism to social welfare.  These images were speaking to thousands, and in some cases, millions of people.  I learned that the publishing world could be a powerful platform as well as an industry to work in.” – Greg Spalenka

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Matty Collector DC Comics Total Heroes

batmanbeyontthTotal Heroes is another line-up of DC Universe 6″ action figures and you can find these figures at big box stores like Target and Wal-Mart.  I bought a few of these Total Heroes like Batman and The Flash, since I liked how they look and it was ten bucks.  Now these already sold out at Matty Collector, these are Total Heroes Ultra editions, meaning they come with more accessories like various interchangeable faces, hands and weapons.  The Batman Beyond figure looks really cool and you can probably find them online somewhere at the $25-35 price range.

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Figma Marvel Action Figures

figmacover00I’m a big fan of the Marvel Legends 6″ action figure series since it’s affordable and detailed enough to collect and play with.  And when you want to move up to the next step yet can’t afford the Hot Toys pricey $200 per figure, then I would suggest the Figma action figure line-up from the Good Smile Company.

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Figma Samus Aran (Metroid)

figmametroid00From the Japanese toy manufacture Good Smile Company comes the Figma Metroid Samus Aran action figure.  The pose-able and articulate 6″ figure comes with a stand and various accessories.

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Kangol x Disney Hats

kangoldisney00The premier headwear maker Kangol teams up with Disney once again for their stylish mini-capsule collection.  The 6 hats in this collection features Disney’s mascot Mickey in various flavors along with Kangol’s kangaroo logo.

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Boba Fett’s LEGO Star Wars Slave I

starwarsslavecoverEverybody’s favorite Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett and this time his personal spacecraft get’s the LEGO Star Wars Collectors treatment this coming January 2015.  The LEGO 75060 Slave I craft is super detailed with many cool play features.

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The ELLE Runway Collection @ Kohl’s

ellerunwaycollectionIf you’re looking for new outfits to wear to work or a night out on the town with your girls, then this ELLE Runway Collection should do the trick.  Feel upscale and modern, yet affordable with this Parisian-themed collection of dresses, tops, pants, coats and make-up sold exclusively at Kohl’s.

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A $5O Pen! But it Transforms.

optimusprimepenCan I sell you a pen that cost over $50.00USD and holds not too much ink?  Well, you will buy it if you’re a Transformers and G1 Optimus Prime fan.  Produced by Sentinel Toys, this is Optimus Prime Convoy pen!  In robot mode, the action figure looks close to the classic G1 cartoon series and has good articulation.  After you’re finishing playing with it and you need to do some homework, you can transform it into a pen.

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30th Anniversary Ghostbusters 2 Packs

ghostbusters2packs00Celebrating 30 years of the iconic film Ghostbusters, Mattel has launched a 2-pack action figure exclusive on their Matty Collector website.  The first 2-pack features Peter Venkman & Egon Spengler and the second 2-pack features Ray Stantz & Winston Zeddemore.  The 6″ figures are articulate, comes with various accessories and special 30th anniversary packaging.

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Frankie’s Garage: Concepts & Hot Rides at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

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The 2014 Paris Motor Show kicks-off October 4 thru the 19th, and there will be plenty of hot rides and concepts cars.  But knowing me, if I was in Europe right now, I would be up in a little town called Munich for Oktoberfest drinking beer and eating all kinds of meats.  Now back to the topic at hand, the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris will showcase concepts and future offerings to the car buying public.  One wish, please bring the UK-spec Honda Civic Type R hatchback to the U.S.

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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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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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