If you’re like me stuck at work and can’t go to the very first Hello Kitty Con 2014 in LA next week, you can celebrate it with a Target run. Target will also be celebrating Sanrio’s iconic character Hello Kitty with their own birthday bash of products. This fall, Target will have their own exclusive variety of apparel, stationery items and toys for Hello Kitty’s 40th. The collection drops at Target stores and Target online on October 26, 2014.
If you’re like me, I go through many iPhone cases not because I’m a trendsetter or anything like that, but I’m emotional person and sometimes in a weird/social/cultural way, when I put on a splashy iPhone case it somehow represents me. But onto the topic hand, if you’re looking for a fun and vibrant iPhone cases, then look no further with this new collaboration between Target and Tanamachi Studios.
If you’re a Nissan Skyline GT-R purist, then is your WTF moment, or it could really be art … Sharpie doodle art!
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.
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.
If 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.
Iconic 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.
If 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.
War 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.
Next 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!
On 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.
A 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.
Another 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.
If 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.
If 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.
“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
Total 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.
I’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.
The 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.
Everybody’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.
If 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.
Can 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.
Celebrating 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.