Viral Video Friday: The SlumGods of Mumbai

slumdogsmumbaiNo, this isn’t Slumdog Millionaire but “SlumGods of Dharavi.”  This Guardian News short-documentary takes viewers inside the slums of Mumbai, where kids are using breakdancing as a way out.  We follow the journey of 15 year-old Vikram who wants to be a b-boy star.

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The Loyal Subjects x Transformers Wave 3

laserbeakI remember buying The Loyal Subjects (TLS) x Transformers Wave 1 blindboxes, because I’m a sucker for anything G1 Transformers related.  The vinyl figures were decent and it looked cute.  Since the 2013 Wave 1 release, TLS have upped the ante with their Wave 2 release with more points of articulation, accessories, sounds and lights.  Now with this Transformers Wave 3 released the vinyl figures move a little like action figures and have cooler signature weapons related to the character.  Some figures have light up LEDs or sound effects.

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The Loyal Subjects x TMNT

tmntvinylTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys are everywhere!  The Playmates line-up already feature their Classics Series, Movie Series, Nickelodeon Series and kids toy line-up.  Now earlier this year Kidrobot did their vinyl take on TMNT, and now The Loyal Subjects get in on the action.

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Animated LEGO Ninja’s Dueling It Out

ninjagoround00Another cool creation from LEGO builder Ian Spacek, his LEGO Zoetrope Ninja Duel.  But first, let’s define what is a Zoetrope.  According to Dictionary.com – Zoetrope is “a device for giving an illusion of motion, consisting of a slitted drum that, when whirled, shows a succession of images placed opposite the slits within the drum as one moving image.” (Dictionary.com).  Now let’s watch this LEGO Ninja battle:

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The LEGO CLUE Gameboard

cluegameboard00If you don’t want to buy a classic boardgame like CLUE, then why not build your very own with LEGO bricks?  This is what LEGO builder Ian Spacek has done with this.

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Frankie’s Garage: JDM-Inspired Skate Decks

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Power House Amuse Honda S2000 F20C Skate Deck, MSRP: $59.99USD

These JDM-inspired skate decks can be use as decks, but also makes for a great display showcase for automobile fans at their office, man-cave or garage.  Check out the many different lines of JDM-styled skate decks at SCW Performance.

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Garage Tuned x Kanjo Spec Racing Skate Deck Civic EK, MSRP: $59.99USD

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The Bandai Japan R2-D2 3D Wall Poster

r2d2lifesizeBandai Japan recently released their life-size Iron Man 3D Wall Figure poster in Japan only, and now another neat upcoming release for Star Wars fans – the life-size 3D Wall Figure poster of the iconic droid R2-D2.

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Comikaze Expo 2014 – Ramen and Half gets to meet actor James Hong

Ramen and Half gets to meet James HongHow could anyone not know James Hong! I think it’s safe to say that he has starred in more than four hundred American films and television episodes. He has played leading roles, supporting roles and small parts. I recently saw him in the classic Blade Runner and last year’s R.I.P.D., but when anyone asks me about James Hong, the two flicks that immediately come to my mind are Wayne’s World 2 and Big Trouble in Little China.

Martin Hsu Pop-Up Shop @ WootBeer SF

martin_hsu_woot_bear_popup_storeLocal artist Martin Hsu has over the years developed his own personal unique art style.  You can see it in his paintings, drawings and vinyl toys.  And this Holiday season, if you’re looking to see his art and want to buy his art in person, check out the Martin Hsu Pop-Up Show @ WootBeer.  WootBeer is a super neat toy art shop located in the heart of the Richmond District, 147 Clement Street in San Francisco.

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I Love “Cowboy Bebop!”

cowbobybebopIf you have not seen Cowboy Bebop anime series, you do not know what you are missing out on.  I can’t say enough about this anime, but as you know the Blu-ray drops today.

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Frankie’s Garage: A ride in the Pulsar NISMO Concept

nissanpulsarnismoconceptThis might look like a rice rocket Honda FIT, but it’s actually a Nissan Pulsar NISMO concept car.  For city-dwellers looking for tiny parking spaces and pinching to save gas money, these mini-compacts offer a lot.  Car enthusiasts who like hot compacts also want performance and this will do the trick.

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Frankie’s Garage: NISMO Festival 2014

NISMO Festival 2014 was a roaring success with 35,000 fans at FuAnother year passes, and another NISMO Festival 2014 at Fuji Speedway takes place.  If you’re fan of Nissan cars and NISMO tuned rides, then this is the festival you need to go.  Here is the highlights from the event:

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Takara Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee MP-21

bumblebeemp21The G1 minibot icon Bumblebee gets a Takara transformation in the Masterpiece line-up.  Not only do you get the Masterpiece VW Bumblebee, you also get the adult Spike in his exo-suit from the 1986 animated flick “Transformers: The Movie.”

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PRIVILEGE x Steezy Emily Collection

emilysearsteeIf you’re online hunting for gifts and if that person is into streetwear, then this will do the trick.  Available online @ PRIVILEGE NYC for a limited time only, fans of model Emily Sears collabing with Stezzy will enjoy this graphic tee and pullover hoodie.

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Comikaze Expo 2014 – We asked actor-comedian Debra Wilson one question

Ramen and Half interviews Debra WilsonWhat does she tell us?
                           “I’m working on several projects. There’s this one, but it’s N-D-A, then there’s another that’s also NDA… hmm oh wait, no that’s NDA too!”

I’m not sure if that’s what our site readers and viewers would like to hear, but she had fun explaining how NDA everything is to Ramen and Half’s Eddie Ballar. For those of you that don’t know Debra Wilson, you can definitely find out about her by watching this interview from Comikaze Expo. She is popularly known for her comedic sketches on MADtv and continues to venture the land of entertainment. She’s been involved in comedy flicks like recent Knock’Em Dead to animation and video game voices such as on Grand Theft Auto V.

Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray

cowboybebopDropping on December 16th, 2014 is the first time the iconic anime series Cowboy Bebop gets it’s Blu-ray release.  What brought me back to watching anime again was this anime – Cowboy Bebop.  I love the characters, the world, the stories, the director Shinichiro Watanabe and music by Yoko Kanno.

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Food: Jamaican Fusion

spurtreeloungeOn this episode of Chef’s Night Out this will be a foodie night out in NYC with Spur Tree owner Sean John and friends.  Spur Tree Lounge is located on the Lower East Side and is a Jamaican/Asian fusion restaurant.  Sean takes you to his favorite eating and drinking spots around town.

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The Most Expensive 2015 Disney Calendar

frozencollectionI really enjoyed watching Disney’s animated feature Frozen and of course the song “Let It Go” sung by Idina Menzel.  Frozen fans will buy anything and everything related to the flick, and this is for wealthy Frozen fans, I guess the upper 1%.  This ain’t no regular calendar you find at Barnes & Nobles discount rack!  This is a platinum-studded Frozen calendar that costs $835,800USD, okay wait … take a breath.  Yes, $835,800USD.  I can buy house for this!

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Customize Your Own New Balance Sneakers

custom990Do you really want to feel special and have your very own one-of-a-kind sneaker?  For around $220 bucks you can with New Balance 990 v1 kicks.  You have your choice of materials, colors and basically 12 options to choice from to customize your NB 990’s.

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Harry Potter Book ReDesign with Pop-Up Art

harrypotterbooksjkrowlingLike any kid growing up in the era of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, it was a big part of my childhood and it gave me a voracious appetite for reading books.  As I stumble around the ‘Nets today, I found this neat student project by Kincső Nagy.  The question before on this project – What if all 7 Harry Potter books needed to be republished with new cover designs and illustrated art?

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Jpopilicious: Utada Hikaru x Evangelion = Music Video

utadahikarucoverIt’s been awhile since I watched an AMV (anime music video) and it’s been a really long time since I’d listened to Jpop.  Before the Kpop domination, I grew up listening to Jpop of every genre and bought crazy expensive import CDs by Jpop acts like Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Crystal Kay, SPEED, D&D, DaPump, Smap, Exile, Mai Kuraki, M-Flo, Do As Infinity, ZARD, MAX, Heartsdales, Orange Range, Every Little Thing, Bonnie Pink, MOVE … okay you readers get my drift, but I digress.  I remember like it was yesterday vacationing in Hong Kong 1999 and I was at a HMV record store, and I picked-up the very first album “First Love” by then 16-year old Utada Hikaru.  I was blown away by that album and played that CD the whole summer on my AIWA CD player.

Recently released is this new music video by Studio Khara and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki featuring Utada Hikaru’s song “Beautiful World.”  Neon Genesis Evangelion fans will jump for joy at this new video featuring new clips and footage from the “Rebuild of Evangelion” films.  And Trivia Pursuit tidbit, Utada’s song “Beautiful World” was used in the 2007 Evangelion:  1.0 You Are [Not] Alone.

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Baby Timber: The Unofficial Baby Groot

babygrootWith the success of Guardians of the Galaxy film, everybody in the world seems to be making their own Groot or Rocket vinyl.  Some are bad and some are good, like this one, Liz from Blazon Brikhaus known for her custom Dunnies, Munnies, resin figures and such, will be releasing the unofficial Baby Groot aka Baby Timber.

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Funko Fabrikations Dolls

fabrikationscoverCute vinyl toys of popular characters seem to be everywhere these days, but if you’re looking for something plush and huggable, then check out Funko’s Fabrikations line of dolls.

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Y&R x Valfré Capsule Collection

llsecollectionStreet brand Young & Restless partners-up with artist/designer Ilse Valfré for this limited edition capsule collection.  If you’re a Wreckless girl looking for a splash of color and fun outfits, then check out this Y&R collection sold only on-line.

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Food: A Taste of Montreal

lebremerThis episode of Chef’s Night Out is all about eating good food in Montreal, Quebec.  A look at restaurant Le Bremner with chefs Chuck Hughes, Danny Smiles and bartender Vito Ciocca and their night out on the town.  This is how they do it in Old Montreal.

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