Frank Kozik’s Woot Beer Grand Opening

wootbeerIf you’re into collecting vinyl art toys, then there’s a new player in town.  Located in the Richmond District in San Francisco, is artist Frank Kozik’s new shop Woot Beer.  Our Ramen crew caught up with Frank during the opening.

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Food: Rock Candy Joy in Northern England.

northernenglandAs I’m sitting in my cubicle workstation today, the latest Munchies episode makes me hungry and yearning to travel.  This is Munchies tour of the North, the cities Blackpool and Liverpool.  Now I know how rock candy is made!

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Beats x Hello Kitty = 40th Anniversary Headphones

beatsdrehellokittyLooks like rapper Dr. Dre is also getting on the 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty bandwagon!  Beats will offer 2 special Hello Kitty-inspired items:  the Solo2 Hello Kitty headphone and the urbeats Hello Kitty earbuds editions.

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Frankie’s Garage: AUTOart ReRelease – Initial D AE86

autoartar86truneocoverI’m looking forward to AUTOart’s re-release of the iconic Toyota Trueno AE86 from the popular anime/manga “Initial D” by Shuichi Shigeno.  If you’re a diecast car collector then you should also know the name AUTOart.  This incredible HK toy company makes super detailed diecast cars, and this 1:18 scale “Fujiwara Tofu Ten” AE86 looks amazing.
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Kidrobot x DC Comics = Frank Kozik’s Labbits

dcblisterlabbitsArtist Frank Kozik’s creation, the Labbit creature has found itself onto DC Comics Universe.  In this DC Collection, there are six 2.5″ figures to collect which inlcude:  Batman, Superman, Red Hood, Green Lantern, Cyborg and Bane.  Each of these DC Labbits have super detailed paint jobs and one neat accessory unique to that DC character.

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G.I. Joe Comic Book Legend: Larry Hama

larryhamaThe man behind the 1980s’s Marvel G.I. Joe comic book run – Larry Hama.  This is Spitting Image’s docu-film profile on the iconic comic book writer/artist Larry Hama.

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The Mighty Team-Up – Retrenders & Nerdstalker

nerdstalkerWhen we started Retrenders a few years back with a couple of friends, we shared a vision of creating a cool magazine-style blog about urban fashion, geeky subjects, and just about anything that we had a deep interest in. It’s been a daunting but rewarding task to be a part of ever since, but since that the Internet and information in general is constantly growing in size, we’ve always thought wouldn’t it be great to meet and work with like-minded people to cover more of what’s out there in the world?

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While working on a film project, I had the pleasure of meeting the great group of people over at Nerdstalker.com. Nerdstalker, based in the Bay Area also, covers new and emerging tech startups, up and coming websites, and anything important in the tech world. With a shared vision of covering more stories in our world, it is with great pleasure to announce that Retrenders and Nerdstalker will be partnering up and working together in the months ahead!

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2014 Central Valley – Lindsay Lowrider Car Show

2014 Central Valley Lindsay Lowrider Car Show - Johnny MorenoWelcome back to Lindsay’s Finest 2nd Annual Lowrider Car Show at McDermont’s Field House. Retrenders Spotlight with Ruben Gonzalez and Ramona Padilla were able to bring you not only beautifully stylized lowrider cars, but a touch of history on early Chevy Impalas and their aesthetic differences between 1960 to 1964 with Gabriel Calderon and Marcelo Mota. We also get a personal experience on how judging Lowrider vehicles in a show can be with Harvey Reyes . Then how a Lowrider owner feels about his car, and we find out what the Real Housewives of Lowriding are all about.

RETRENDERS SPOTLIGHT
Producer: Johnny Moreno
Executive Producer: Stephen Jang
Music: Kevin Macleod

MUSIC also USED: Snippet of “Is it Love “ by Bob Marley and The Wailers, 23 seconds in length and incidentally captured due to live ambient recording.

NOTES: This Spotlight Lowrider Episode was produced in the same fashion as last year’s – single handedly, on the fly, documentary style. The only difference was that I filmed the show in HD and decided to give you more interview stories that encompasses the production and some of the people that make up a Lowrider Car show (specifically this year’s). As a result, this Retrenders SPOTLIGHT show turned out to be 26 minutes long, informative, entertaining and it moves along pretty fast. You’ll feel that you’ve just sat down and watched a five minute show. – I think this is as close I’ll get to a Jay Leno episode on Lowriders!

Kidrobot SF: Hello Trikky!

hellotrikkyposterOur Ramen crew a couple of weeks back attended the Kidrobot SF store event – Hello Trikky!  The Hello Trikky party featured over 25 artist tricking up a base Trikky vinyl art toy.  We interview some of the artist involved and get their thoughts about their custom Trikky.

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Viral Video Friday: Le Tour Utrecht – BON VOYAGE!

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A sweet loving animated music video for Friday!  With the backdrop of a bicycle race, two lovers are divided by event obstacles.  The boyfriend finds a way to contact her through love.  I’m spoiling it, ain’t I?  Just watch:

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Food: Strip Club Fried Rice and Tex Mex

nightmarketsongThis episode of Chef’s Night Out follows chef Kris Yenbamroong on a night-out in LA’s Silverlake District.  Kris owns restaurant Night + Market Song delivering his own take on Thai food.

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Halloween Action Figures with ReAction

reactionfiguresIf you grew up in 1980s and remember those old school Kenner-style 3 3/4″ action figures with nostalgia, then you have it here with the Super 7 x Funko:  ReAction line-up.  I already bought a couple of these action figures from my favorite films.

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A Guardians of the Galaxy Cassette Tape Release!

guardianscassetteIt’s time to break out your 1980’s Sony Walkman cassette player or cassette boombox.  Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack exclusively through indie retailers on November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSfM0iRLaE [Read more...]

Adidas Originals x NIGO

adidasnigoadidasnigo00Adidas has been trying to spruce their Originals brand by signing the likes of Kanye, Pharrell and even Selena Gomez for the ladies.  Now comes the latest collab with iconic fashion designer and founder of BAPE – NIGO.  This Originals x Nigo collection will feature not just an apparel line, but also a line-up of cool sneakers.  This collection will drop October 24, 2014.

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Hess Toy Truck 50th Anniversary Edition

hesstoytruckFor the past 50 years, the Hess Toy Truck company has been producing cool trucks, cars and planes.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Hess Toy Truck company and to celebrate, Hess has delivered a Collector’s Edition Toy Truck.  The modern looking toy tanker hides a smaller replica, a 1964 oil tanker truck.  Both trucks feature an amazing amount of LED lights.

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Food: Eddie Huang’s New Foodie Show on Munchies is ON!

huang'sworldcoverI’m a big foodie fan of Eddie Huang on his take on food and the foodie world.  Here’s his new Munchies show – “Huang’s World.”  This is his 3 part series in Taiwan.

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Target x Hello Kitty = 40th Anniversary

hellokitty40thtargetIf 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.

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LRG Girls Holiday 2014

lrggirl00The holidays are right around the corner.  Wow!  This year went by fast and so will this drop by LRG Holiday 2014 for the Ladies.

lrggirl01The look:  sleek, stylish, street and most of all comfy is the LRG Girls 2014 drop.  Look to spend around $26USD and up to $75USD for this Holiday mini-capsule collection.

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Target x Tanamachi Studios

targettanamachiIf 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.

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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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