A animated tribute to Hayao Miyazaki

tributehayaomizakipcitureOne of the legends of anime is Hayao Miyazaki and this fan-made anime-video tribute is pretty cool.  As you watch the video montage, many of Hayao Miyazaki’s characters appear in a roll call.  Sit back and enjoy.

Rocksmith Kickstrike July/August 2015 Drop

kickstrikeoneLifestyle brand Rocksmith releases Kickstrike graphic tee collection for the summer 2015.  The models, the Clermont Twins rock the Kickstrike tee collection inspired by NYC graffiti artists.

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The Action-Packed Finale of Scarlett Couture!

ScarlettCouture_ISSUE-4-AA few months back I reviewed the first issue of Des Taylor’s new Scarlett Couture 4-issue mini-series, and today, the last issue with two variant covers drops today at your local comic book store racks.

Scarlett and Trent are imprisoned by the villainous Dante Ramon when they learn of the impending destruction of Las Vegas. With less than an hour to stop the devastation, Scarlett and her team must do everything they can to save hundreds of thousands of lives, and finally uncover the evil mastermind behind it all.”

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Doctor Who Comics This Week 07/29/15

Ninth Doctor_3_preview_4Usually when it’s a comic book tie-in with popular TV program, the comic book usually sucks.  The art is not up to par and the stories and world-building does not tie-in enough to the TV show, there is a disconnect of sorts.  But over the past year, I have the pleasure of reading the various Doctor Who releases by Titan Comics and it’s been a blast.  Each creative team on the books have done a fine job building upon the Doctor Who universe and mythos.  Marvel and DC comics may dominate the comic-book racks, but if you’re looking for something different and something British, then look for these Titan Comics’ Doctor Who books dropping Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at your local comic book store.

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Funko Legacy Collection

fireflylegacycollectionIf collecting the Funko/Super 7 ReAction retro-sytle 3.75″ action figure line isn’t your thing, then try Funko’s Legacy line of 6″ figures that has more points articulation, details and accessories.  Funko’s Legacy over the past years have featured Magic The Gathering and Game of Thrones action figures, now the Legacy line-up expands to Joss Whedon’s Firefly series, The Rocketeer, The Book of Life and Fantastic Mr. Fox action figures.

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Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere

stellosphereboxIf you’re fan of Disney cartoon series Miles from Tomorrowland, then you might want to pick-up this nifty spacecraft/playset featuring lights, sounds, and 3 separate spacecraft that can combine into one bigger craft.  The Stellosphere does require 6 AAA batteries that are not included.

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FanimeCon 2015: Roaming the Vendor Floor

FanimeCon CoverRamen’s newest member Sayori Chu roams the vendor floor looking for cool stuff to buy.  We take a look at the Panda Hat and Tech Shop booths at Fanime.

FanimeCon 2015: Cosplay Fun Interviews

 

FanimeCon CoverAs the Ramen crew roams the show floor at this year’s FanimeCon, newest member Sayori Chu grabs some fun interviews with various cosplayers.

 

Animator turned Comic Book Artist: Mingjue Helen Chen

artofninjangewieI remember being a big fan when Cassandra Cain took over as the role of Batgirl and I bought every issue at the comic book store, but of course during the eventual run, it got weird and basically a bad storyline cancelled the series.  Now my Batgirl interest has peaked with curiosity with new an new artist Mingjue Helen Chen coming into the DC fold.  The Academy of Art graduate whose worked on projects like Wreck-It Ralp and Big Hero 6 is now bringing her own unique digital anime-cartoon style to Gotham Academy #7 and Batgirl Annual #3.

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Episode #2: Chicken on Fire

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photo taken by Adrian Domingo


The long awaited 2nd episode to I Like to Eat is here!

On this episode, we visit Chicken on Fire and try some of their signature spicy fried chicken wings. We even get to go behind the scenes and see how their wings are prepared.

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The new G1 Devastator is Here

devastatorwarsThis year Hasbro kicked-off it’s new theme for their Transformers toy line-up, calling it the Combiner Wars.  It’s an homage to the G1 combiner toys and most fans have been waiting for Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Devastator.  The 6 Constructicons: Scrapper, Hook, Bonecrusher, Long Haul, Mixmaster and Scavenger have all-new molds, but retain their G1-look.  As the Constructicons combine into the Devastator, it now stands a behemoth 18-inches tall.

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$900 R/C Batman Tumbler

soapstudiosbatmantumblerrccoverIf you’re a huge The Dark Knight Trilogy fan and have around $900 bucks lying around, you can buy this 1/12 scale The Dark Knight Trilogy RC Tumbler Deluxe Pack.

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Stussy x A Tribe Called Quest Capsule Collection

atcqstussycoverNYC and the musical genre of hip-hop are synonymous and this summer 2015, Stussy celebrates the iconic NYC rap group A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ).  ATCQ music heavily influenced Stussy’s work in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and this Stussy capsule collection showcases it.

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Zoetrope 10-Frame Carousel

qmanzoetropeNow thanks to VAT19, you can have very own old-school 19th century-style film projector, the BusyBody Animated Illusion.  It comes with the spinning base carousel and 10 Q-Man figures that you can pose every which way for cool movie action scenes.

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LEGO The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034

legobatboatIf you’re on a LEGO budget like me, then I find myself liking this LEGO DC Comics The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034.  Recently I wanted to get some type of LEGO Age of Ultron product, so I settled for The Hulk Buster Smash 76031, which to me had all the mini-figs I wanted.  The Batboat is an okay build, but I like 3 minifigs in this set:  Batman, Robin and Deathstroke.

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The LEGO Sushi Bar Restaurant

legosushishopLike my fellow Retrenders super blogger Stevie Jang, we like LEGOs, but we usually follow the instructions.  Yes, I like having a the manual in-hand and looking at the pictures to see how it’s been built.  I’ve seen lots crazy imaginative LEGO builds, but this MOC Ito Sushi Bar LEGO build is insanely neat.  Built by Denil Oh, this sushi bar has incredible details and even right down to the sushi pieces with custom stickers to enhance the diorama restaurant build.

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The LEGO Etch-A-Sketch!

etchasketchlegobuildThis past July 12, 2015, was the 55th birthday of the childhood toy Etch-A-Sketch.  I have lots of fond memories doodling away and asking my parents how is this possible?  LEGO builder Kristi gets into the celebration with this LEGO Etch-A-Sketch.  Looks like the really thing?  Not bad.

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Avengers Age of Ultron Cosbaby Series 2 Set

ageofultroncosbabyIf you’re into collecting vinyl big head figures, here’s another set from Hot Toys from the Cosbaby line to watch for.  This is the Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Series 2 Collectible Set.  The set features Tony Stark Mark XLIII Armor Version, Ultron Mark I, Iron Man XLV, War Machine Mark II, Ultron Prime, Vision and Black Widow.

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Ant-Man Cosbaby Set of 3 from Hot Toys

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Wow, this will be a busy multiplex weekend for me as I hang girlfriends to watch Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck and then with my Marvel fan-girls to catch Ant-Man, which brings me to this cute Hot Toys vinyl toy set, the Ant-Man Cosbaby Set of 3.  The set features Ant-Man, Yellowjacket and Ant-Man Black Out Version.

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Neff x The Simpsons Summer Capsule Collection

neffsimpsons2015Neff Headwear this summer teams up with 2oth Century Fox Consumer Products for this Neff x The Simpsons summer capsule collection.  Neff will be releasing various Simpsons collections through out the year and this first drop of the summer, the apparel theme will revolve around “Troublemaker Bart” and “Steezy Bart.”

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My Own Cubicle Carnival Shooting Gallery

idealmagicshotCome all and everybody at Retrenders to my cubicle, as I bring a taste of the summer carnival to my work desk.  From Ideal, this is the Magic Shot Shooting Gallery Toy.

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In Japan: Play that Xylophone

japangirlsxylophonejamExperimental musical jam session.  At this live event, these two girls jam away with a circular spinning xylophone contraption and play with a super drum set.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Matryoshka Dolls

gotgnestingdollsboxGuardians of the Galaxy fans of all ages will enjoy this cute play item as the Guardians characters  get the full Matryoshka Doll treatment aka Russian Nesting Doll.

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SDCC 2015 Collectibles & Toys Announcements

sdcc2015logoWith the many “Hollywood” panels, there were also collectibles and toy announcements from SDCC 2015.  Here’s a peek at upcoming toys!

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SDCC 2015 Panels

sdcc2015logoAs we all know, nobody can attend every panel at SDCC.  So, thanks to YouTube channel Flicks and the City, you can watch all the star-studded panels on your smartphone, desktop or SMART LCD.  Now let’s begin:

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