Foody Art: Fictional Food by Joshua Budich

foodartcoveroneArtist/illustrator Joshua Budich makes me hungry with this “Fictional Food” series of drawings.  Joshua is known for his “pop culture” movie and TV artworks.

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The Banksy street artist of China: ROBBBB

artofrobbbbFollowing in the steps of street artist Banksy, China’s young urban artist ROBBBB does the same.  His street art is social commentary and a reflection of modern China growing and the issues facing urban city life and society.  He also talks about his process in starting a street art project with BBC News.

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Takara Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide MP-27

takarampironhidecoverOne of my favorite 1980s G1 Autobots was Ironhide and Takara just released a Masterpiece version of Ironhide.  This is the Takara Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide MP-27.

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Chocolate Ramen

chocolateramenFor Valentine’s time only, a ramen chain shop in Toyko is serving up a ramen dish with chocolate.  The base of the soup is a lamb broth mixed with slices of pork, onions, pepper and chocolate.

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Silicon Valley Comic Con 2016

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We are happy to announce that we will be attending Silicon Valley Comic Con doing what Retrenders does best! So join us in March 18-20 at the San Jose Convention Center as we do coverage of the first ever Silicon Valley Comic Con, where we will meet and interview some of the attendees and guests, check out some awesome panels, and even do a little shopping in the dealers room.
And did we mention Stan Lee is gonna be there?!

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Tons of amazing guests already confirmed and more to come!

Be sure to check out their site at http://svcomiccon.com/ for more information and get your tickets now while you still can!

Grizzly Griptape Spring 2016 Lookbook

grizzlyspring2016droponeI’m looking forward to Spring weather.  This winter has been cold!  With Spring right around the corner, SoCal apparel brand Grizzly drops their Spring 2016 Lookbook.  If you’re looking for inspired outdoor skate wear and sporty comfy attire check out this collection.  Delivery One has just dropped and look for Grizzly’s Drop 2 by late February 2016.

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Custom LEGO Build: One Huge SHIELD Helicarrier

ultimateshieldhelicarriercoverOne of the most iconic large playset toys from the 1980s was the G.I. Joe USS FLAGG aircraft, a monster 7-foot long toy of joy.  If I had the room I would own one and another iconic ship, is the SHILED Helicarrier.  Only LEGO has come close to making a identical carrier from the Marvel’s Avengers flick, but it wasn’t scaled well enough and to be able to move planes around.  From Taiwan, LEGO builder and fan ZiO Chao and his friends Dada, Kimura, Kuan-Wei, Stephanie, Tiger and Will from Formosa LEGO club builds the ultimate SHIELD Helicarrier.

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Teaching Young Architects with Arckit

arckitdesigncoverMore than just playing with LEGO bricks, Arckit winner of many toy and design awards in 2015, Arckit is about making kids learn design elements, modifying structures and free-form thinking to build amazing houses or buildings.

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Funko Mystery Minis Blind Box: Batman Arkham Games

mysteryminibatmanarkhamJust dropping into stores for 2016, is the Funko Mystery Minis: Batman Arkham Games series of 3″ vinyl figures.  The set includes various Batman vinyl figures – Arkham Asylum Batman, Arkham City Batman, Arkham Knight Batman, Joker, Red Hood, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, Scarecrow, Robin, Nightwing, and Arkham Knight.

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Jpop: Song for Eating Steak

yukoandomcmisosoupWhen I heard first this track I thought I was listening to funky Jpop rap group HaliCali from years back, but I was wrong.  This cute catchy Jpop track is by veteran Jpop singer Ando Yuko who teams up with DJ Miso Soup and MC Rice.

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Yummy Food @ the Gundam Cafe

gundamcaferestaurantgundamsquareI’ve been to Tokyo several times, but have never traveled to Osaka.  Now I have a bucket list item to do, travel to Osaka for Gundam Square and eat some food at the Gundam Cafe.  I’m not the most hardcore Gundam fan in the world, but I do like many of the animations and bought lots of the snap-on model kits as a kid.  But what I really want to do is eat the “anime inspired” food!

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Frankie’s Garage: The King of Hot Hatchbacks

fordfocusrs2016The early reviews are in for Ford’s 2016 global 5-door hot-hatchback and it’s positive.  It’s ready to take on the Subaru, Honda and Golf hatches of the world.  The 2016 Ford now has an AWD drive system that acts like a RWD with drift capabilities.  The hatch can handle the roads and perform on the track.

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Vinyl Pulp #11: Fad Dunny Signing with J*Ryu

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Kidrobot recently released the 8in FAD Dunny and host a signing with its creator, J*ryu!
Join us as we interview J*ryu and talk about the meaning of the name FAD and what went behind creating the dunny.

For more on Jryu check out:
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The Final Programme (The Cornelius Quartet 1) by Michael Moorcock

michaelmoorcockIf director Guy Ritchie’s 1960’s themed “The Man from UNCLE” film didn’t float your boat, why not tried this underground British sci-fi novel first published in the 1960s – The Final Programme by author Michael Moorcock.  Titan Books is reprinting the adventures of rock star scientist Jerry Cornelius.

First, if you’re a little unfamiliar with Michael Moorcock’s writing style, the meanings and so on, writer John Clute intros the character Jerry Cornelius and his thoughts on British sci-fi writer Michael Moorcock’s 4 book collection.  Jerry Cornelius’s brother Frank and the sexy evil Miss Brunner have concocted a plan to build the world’s ultimate super computer.  Jerry Cornelius is the key to all this and his unique family background keeps things interesting.

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Vinyl Pulp #10: Jeremy Dale aka ValleyDweller

JeremyDaleArtOneHere we are, the first episode of Vinly Pulp for 2016!  Our team was at Woot Bear with artist Jeremy Dale aka ValleyDweller and his #AlphaSketch art exhibit.

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Skullbunnies by Ben Seto

skullwarsIf you’re a vinyl toy collector looking for something cool, then check this out by artist Ben Seto, his tribute to the Star Wars Stormtrooper!  Ben is known for his Black Sheep Comics‘ Usagi Jane and the Skullbunnies creation, has turned his Skullbunnies into Skull Wars Buntrooper.

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Rebel Galaxy Review

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Rebel Galaxy came out on Steam in October, but it just recently came out for the PlayStation 4 at the beginning of the month, January 5th.  I had never heard of this game before it came to the PS4 but the opportunity to be a “Space Cowboy” was too much to pass up.  The game played a lot like the naval side of Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag.  You sail the ocean of space in a straight line, not being able to pitch up or down, however your opponents are given that option and the smaller crafts will often fly above and below you, while the larger ships are stuck flying on the same level that you are.  Think of it as a less maneuverable version of the “Freelancer” game.

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Most of this game will be you flying your ship from one end of the solar system to the other, complete a mission and head back across the solar system again.  One of the best way to make money in this game will be doing missions that you can pick up during your stops at different space stations; however, after you jump to the next solar system, you will be able to join the mercenary guild which will give you a lot more money but for a lot more risk of course.  This means you will be going back and forth in one system just to scrounge up enough money to to buy upgrades or new weapons/armors for your ship.  Speaking of the stations, the game will automatically save your game when you visit one so always remember to stop by one before heading off to a difficult mission.  Missions and mercenary work aren’t the only way to make money in this game though.  You can also scavenge for parts scattered around space, which to be honest will probably take the most time since you can barely find cargo floating around, look around the space system for bounties to collect or mine asteroids for goods.  Everything you find can then be sold at the commodities market, but be warned as the price for different goods fluctuates.  Then once you get enough credits to buy the new spaceship you’d been eyeing, you’ll be doing missions, mercenary work, scavenging for parts, hunting down pirates and mining asteroids all over again to get more money for new upgrades.  In other words, you will probably be spending most of your time trying to make enough money to use on your ship than actually going through the games story.

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So is this game fun?  Should you try it out or pass on it?  Well I’ve been having a blast with it myself, though it really depends on if you have the patience to play a game like this.  You won’t be getting into space battle after space battle unless you are actively looking for them.  Most of your time will be flying through the emptiness of space.  For a game created by a two man team, this game is amazing.  Still it would have been better if you could fly up and down because there are times when your enemies or certain asteroids are above or below you that your guns can’t seem to shoot at.

In the end, I give this game a solid 8/10.  The price point of 19.99 may drive off a few customers, but for those who enjoy these types of games, I say go for it.  It’s a good PSN game to pass the time with.

Frankie’s Garage: 2018 Lexus LC500 Coupe

lexuslccoverWant even more premium upscale then the Infiniti Q60 Coupe, try this, the Lexus LC500 2+2 Coupe.  Expect to spend around six figures for this all-new 2018 Lexus LC500.  The LC500 will house a N.A. 5.0L V8 engine producing 467 horsepower.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2017 Infiniti Q60 Coupe

infinitiq60sportFrom the first big auto show of the year, the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, Infiniti launches the all-new Q60 coupe.  It still does resemble the previous G37 coupe, but with more aggressive styling and lines.  All models will have turbo 6 engine, while the top performance model will get the twin-turbo 3.0L V6 rated at 400 horses.

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CHOGOKIN My Melody (Red)

chogokinmymelodyredcoverFor fans Sanrio-style Chogokin robot toys, Bandai and Sanrio will be offering more of these collabs in the year 2016.  The first to drop is the CHOGOKIN My Melody (Red) robot toy on January 18, 2016.

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Cubicle Worker builds Star Wars models out of “Office Supplies”

officesupplystarwarscoverLife-long Star Wars fan Jeremy Brumage found himself working at a call center years back and during the down time, he would be Star War replica vehicles out of ordinary stationery and lunch food items.

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The LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters 75827

legoghostbustershqThis LEGO Designer Video takes a look at the new and official LEGO Ghostbusters Firehouse Headquarters 75827.  The design team mention taking some fun parts of Ghostbusters 1 & 2 and putting it altogether into the firehouse.  And if you’re a minifig fan, this includes 9 minifigs: Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore, Janine Melnitz, Dana Barrett, Louis Tully, Zombie Driver and Library Ghost.  And it comes with 3 cool ghosts:  Slimer, Pink Ghost and Blue Ghost.

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The Inventor of the Rubik’s Cube

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Hungarian architect Ernő Rubik was looking for a simple and fun way to teach his students architecture.  In 1974, Ernő Rubik created the “Cube” as an education tool, but over the years it has become more than just a children’s toy, puzzle piece, but also a piece of art.

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Frankie’s Garage: Tomica’s Premium Line R34 Z-Tuned

skylinetomicaprimoI collect a lot of 1/64 scale diecast cars, mostly Hot Wheels and Matchbox, but every now thing I like to splurge on an expensive 1/64 diecast car.  I’m not a huge fan of the regular Tomica 1/64 diecast line-up of cars because I really don’t like the nasty wheels with no detail.  But this Tomica Premium line-up is for hardcore diecast car collectors.

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Review Rewind: Final Fantasy 7 (PS4)

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Man… when this game showed up on my PS4 on the PlayStation Store, I didn’t even hesitate to buy this game.  I’m a huge Final Fantasy fan, and this was one of my favorites growing up as a kid.  So I buy it, install it and get ready to play through a game I haven’t touched since the turn of the century.  I couldn’t wait, it had to be as good a I remembered it to be right?

Well, they added three mechanics to the game this time around.  Three cheats to get you through the game faster.  While I was fine with one of them, and used it probably throughout the whole game, the other two were game breakers.  The first, and only one I really used, was a ‘3x Speed’ cheat.  After playing with it on for most of the game, I couldn’t switch it off; I had forgotten how slow this game was.  The second was was a ‘no random encounters’ cheat.  With that on you could make your way down to Sephiroth without having to deal with any of the tough enemies in the Northern Crater.  Lastly… the worst offender of all was a ‘power-up’ cheat.  This cheat kept healing you, meaning you couldn’t die unless you were hit with an instant death attack or their attack did more damage than you had health.  Not only that, but your Limit Break meter would refill every time you used it.  It broke the game and took most of the fun away from it.

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So there were two reasons I wanted to replay this game.  The first, and most obvious one, was that I wanted to refresh my memory for when I played the Final Fantasy 7 Remake; the second reason was to actually pay attention to the story.  As a kid, back in 1997, I never fully paid attention to what they were talking about.  I always just mashed away at the buttons to get past the long dialogue parts of the game, and you know what?  I didn’t miss a single thing.  Now I’m not saying the story for Final Fantasy 7 sucks, but it’s not that great either.  The story just felt silly if you sat down and thought about it.

But in the end it all comes down to the remake.  Will it be good?  Will the episodic style hurt the game?  Will they be taking out or putting in content in the remake?  I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  All I can say is ‘Lady Luck don’t fail me now…’.

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This game is slower than I had remembered, but with the ‘3x speed’ cheat I cut down a game that once took me over 70 hours to complete down to a 30 hour game.  The story isn’t anything wonderful, but the characters are fun.  Raising Chocobos and trying to breed yourself a Gold Chocobo will probably take up most of your time, as well as racing them.  Trying to master every one of your Materia is hassle but feels rewarding after you do, and of course let us not forget about Ruby and Emerald Weapon.  Final score, I give this game a solid 8 out of 10.  Play it and get ready for that remake…… in about 2 years or so.

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