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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Japan Expo August 22-24, 2014 @ San Mateo County Event Center

 

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I cannot believe the summer season is closing and we’re getting back to school already!  So, one last anime convention to go to and that is Japan Expo.  Imported from France, this is the second year of Japan Expo (JX) and this time it will be held at the San Mateo County Event Center.  Our Ramen crew will be there to cover the event and highlights from the 3-day show.  Come on by and say hi!

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The Art of John Alvin

johnalvincoverHere’s a list of movies you may have seen in the theaters or at home these past 40 years:  The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Arachnophobia, Blade Runner, E.T., Cocoon, The Goonies, Short Circuit, The Golden Child, Spaceballs, The Lost Boys, Empire of the Sun, Willow, Batman Returns, Darkman, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Aladdin, Jurassic Park, The Little Mermaid and Star Wars.  What do all these movies have in common?  The wonderful artwork and iconic movie posters done by artist John Alvin.

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Street Fighter 2 on your knees!

capsuletoysstreetfighterIf you find yourself in Japan this summer and spot a vending machine selling capsule toys, then you might want to pick these neat looking Street Fighter 2 phone accessories.  Zarigani Works and Capcom have made 8 PVC characters “bowing for forgiveness” from Street Fighter 2 series.

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Rocket Raccon LEGO Brick Sketch

chrismcveighrocketAfter watching Guardians of the Galaxy for a second time, my two favorite characters has to be Groot and Rocket.  Now here’s neat 12×16 LEGO brick sketch of Rocket by LEGO fan Chris McVeigh.

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Kpoping K*Con 2014

kcon2014If you like listening to Korean pop music, then this is the event – KCON 2014.  Kicking off this weekend from August 9-10, 2014 in SoCal at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.  The 2014 line-up is way better than last year, that’s for sure.  Look for top Kpop acts like Girls’ Generation, G-Dragon, IU and BTS to lead the charge.  Plus my fave underrated Kpop acts SPICA and VIXX will be there too!  Here is DFLA with a preview of KCON 2014.

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Godzilla & Ultraman Replica Special Effects Playset from Bandai Japan

showroomreplicaOkay I’ve said it, I want this now!  Just take my credit cards and wallet!  Are you fan of Ultraman flicks or those great kaiju movies from the 1960s?  Well, this toy “Special Effects Diorama” by Bandai Japan hearkens back to 1960s movie house Tsuburaya Productions.  If you haven’t heard of Tsuburaya Productions, I suggest you Google or Wiki it.  If you know Ultraman or Godzilla then you know.

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Only in Asia: The Fan Robot

hanwhaeagleslogoWhen you have low attendance at your home games, it gets disappointing. And if fans can’t attend every home game, how about a robot taking your place in the seats?  This is what the they’ve done in South Korea, the Hanwha Eagles baseball team have brought-in “fanbots.”

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Blazing Glory in the Odyssey Vol. 1: History Lesson

blazinggloryWhat if my favorite action directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez had their take on creating Captain America?  This hot and spicy jambalaya soup has everything; the supernatural elements, the PG-13 superhero moments, the real-world geopolitical issues, add some zombies (and Dracula to the mix) and of course some bloody violent action into the mix and you get Dave Elliot’s Blazing Glory in Odyssey Vol. 1:  History Lesson.
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The Power of LEGOS and Magnets

mtronbrickfactorycoverThis custom LEGO playset was revealed at Brickfair Virginia 2014.  This is the M:Tron Corporation magnet factory built by Blake Foster.  It took over 2 years and over 100,000 bricks to build this cool looking space factory.

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The First Chapter of “A Challenge” by Jeremy Arambulo

 

bruceleecomiccoverAttention Bruce Lee fans, martial art fans and online comic fans, check out the first chapter of “A Challenge” by artist Jeremy Arambulo.  This online comic book series is inspired by the true story of Wong Jack Man, the rival of Bruce Lee.  The backdrop is San Francisco, the year 1964, set in Chinatown, “A Challenge” revolves around 3 friends Frank, Jack and Nancy.  Their lives begin to change after meeting the legend Bruce Lee.

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Martin Hsu “In Dreams” Gallery

martinhsuindreamsIf you’re in Taipei this August through September, stop by artist Martin Hsu’s exhibition “In Dreams” at the Wrong Gallery.  “In Dreams” is Martin Hsu’s take on “Little Red Riding Hood” and bowl of noodles.  The “In Dreams” exhibition runs from August 9th thru September 2nd, 2014.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Hellcat’s 700 Horses

dodgehellcatThere’s the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and Chevy Camaro Z/28.  Now comes the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with 707 horses and 650 pounds of torque.  Mr. Jay Leno takes a look at this mean muscle machine.

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Viral Video Friday: The Ting Tings “Wrong Club”

wrongclubAnother great Ting Tings track that makes you wanna dance on a Friday.  The Ting Tings with the “Wrong Club.”

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Video Game Controller History by Javier Laspiur

controllers00Video game controllers play a big part in the success or failure of a video game console, like that nasty Atari Jaguar joystick.  Now that had you thinking, “WTF Atari?”  I’m somewhat of a video-game gal, but I don’t remember any video game consoles before the 1990s, unlike my fellow Retrenders super-blogger Stephen Jang, he’s an old-fart.  I’m just kidding.  This is a super-duper geeky photo project by artist/designer Javier Laspiur.  “Controllers” is a photo history of video game consoles through the eyes of the controllers or joysticks, if you prefer calling it that.

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Frankie’s Garage: Initial D Stop Motion Fun

initialdtomicacherrypieI’ve always been a huge fan of the anime Initial D and like Cowboy Bebop, I can re-watch it again and again.  Here’s a neat little stop-motion video using Tomica Initial D diecast cars by RR Cherry Pie.

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Pilot & Captain Vintage Turbo Flyer

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Instead of making paper airplanes from paper handouts during summer classes, why not spend some cash on a aerodynamic paper plane?  And if you’re a vintage plane aficionado, then you’ll definitely enjoy this Pilot & Captain Vintage Turbo Flyer!

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Frankie’s Garage: ’75 Toyota Corolla with V8 power

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This ain’t no ordinary 1975 Toyota Corolla.  The Smoking Tire takes a look at this monster touge ride by Mark Still.  This 1975 Toyota Corolla coupe maybe the base, but the subframe and V8 engine is from a Lexus SC400 with a Eaton M112 supercharger from a Ford Mustang Cobra.

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