Way back in the 1980s when Mirage Comics published Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creation The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nobody had any idea how big these green turtles would get in pop-culture. From all the movies, cartoons, toy lines and other merchandising, the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still here today kicking butt.
On July 12, 2014 in Alhambra, CA, Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon presented an “official” TMNT art exhibition for the 30th Anniversary. Over 30 artists were involved showcasing TMNT artwork. Also featured, were production stills, memorabilia, storyboards and many other neat things from Nick’ cartoon series. In collaboration with our LA outfit Project 760 Productions we give TMNT-fans a glimpse of what happened at the event.
Even as an adult seeing a swing set on a playground can just bring out the kid in all of us. These special swing set installations have LED lights and plays music. The Swings – An Exercise in Musical Cooperation project was developed by Daily Tous Les Jours, a Montreal-based design studio.
This is freaking cool – a life-size Iron Man Mark VII Hall of Armor 3D Wall Figure by Bandai Japan in collaboration with Marvel. Officially a 72 inch (!) scale figure, the whole piece has a height of 6.4 feet, a width of 3.1 feet, and a depth of 0.85 feet (which the product description states as “relatively compact”). Other facts: the whole piece is pretty light at nearly 10 lbs, it’s free standing but they recommend the buyer to tie it to a wall, and that it runs close to $400.00USD for this figure. Heck, at that price, I think I can save up for one! Just forego the Mocha Lattes at Starbucks for a couple of months!
Here’s some product videos below (in Japanese) but you’ll at least be able to see more details of the actual Wall Figure:
Tonight is already Preview Night. Here’s a list of Panels that have caught our attention here at the Retrenders. Here’s a look at the highlighted panels Saturday thru Sunday (click here for Thursday & Friday).
+++ Saturday +++
The Simpsons: You gotta wake-up early for this one as it kicks-off at 10am. But hey, it’s with the legend Matt Groening. Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-10:45am, Ballroom 20
Warner Bros. Pictures: It’s Hall H time baby. Look for WB to show lots of sneaks, trailers and lots of stars. The WB program will preview Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies. Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Hall H
Avatar – The Last Airbender – Legend and Legacy: One of my favorite cartoons to this day is Avatar The Last Airbender and this fan-organized panel is in full effect. Two cool guest that I like will be there, writer/cartoonist Gene Luen Yang and voice actor Jessie Flower (Toph). Toph was one of my favorite characters! Saturday July 26, 2014,10:30am-11:30am, Room 24ABC
Once Upon a Time: As you by now, I have lots of favorite TV shows and this is one of them, ABC/Disney’s Once Upon a Time. Season 3 got a little off-track, but by the end of the season they introduced “Frozen” star Elsa! This panel will include executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. It’s Q&A time with them! Some of the cast will be on-hand like Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison. Saturday July 26, 2014, 11:00am-11:45am, Ballroom 20
Helix: Another hit show I’m watching is Syfy’s “Helix”. Join Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanime, Jordan Hayes and Neil Napier along with executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Steven Maeda about behind-the-scenes of the first season and news from the upcoming second season. Saturday July 26, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Day 1 – Saturday, July 19
Saturday kicked off the festivities and, the second we arrive, all we see is a large mass of people; the event was just super packed it was nearly impossible to get around. Attendance was definitely not an issue at this show – the turnout was through the roof. On top of the J-pop and Japanese culture festivities, there was the Ramen Yokocho Festival going on so we decided to get some from the food booths outside but we soon learned that the line to get a bowl of ramen was a 3 hour wait! We absolutely did not want to wait that long so we thought of doing the smart alternative and just have ramen at one of the restaurants within the Japantown mall. Unfortunately, our plan had a big flaw – it turns out everyone else had the same idea which made it extremely difficult to get food anywhere. Lines for every restaurant went out the door and the only place we were able to get food with no crazy long line was across the street away from the mall and the sea of people. We decided to eat at a Korean restaurant named Arang where the wait was pleasantly normal. After finally having eaten we just spent the rest of the day scoping out what else the festival had to offer. The foot traffic was still bad outside on the street so, instead of dealing with the crowd, we decided to hang indoors in the west mall and check out the booths there. After checking out the awesome artist booths in there, we noticed that the amount of people outside had lessened considerably, so we went back out and checked out the booths that were set up on Post Street, which consisted of vendors like Kusopop, Lokisa, and a number of other cool dealers. After an exhausting day, we ducked into Daiso, picked up a few snacks, and called it a day. Sadly we never got ramen today but there’s always tomorrow.
One of the most popular actors to play the Doctor was Matt Smith. Look for more Matt Smith adventures as the Eleventh Doctor with this on-going series by Titan Comics. Writers Al Ewing & Rob Williams and artist Simon Fraser delivers the first issue to Doctor Who fans.
Are you craving more David Tennant Doctor Who adventures? Then this all-new series published by Titan Comics should to the trick. Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor follows the Doctor to New York City to find new companion. This 5-issue story-arc is bought to you buy Eisner Award-winning writer Nick Abadzis and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande.
San Diego Comic-Con 2014 is in full effect and will kick things off with Preview Night tomorrow. There’s many things to see, do and buy at Comic-Con, but one of the fun events are the panels where you get to see the stars. Here are some of the highlighted events that have peaked our interest here at Retrenders.
+++ Thursday +++
24: Kiefer Sutherland will be on hand to talk about the return of 24! There will be a screening and Q&A. Thursday July 24, 2014 – 10:00am-11:00am, Ballroom 20
The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica: Look for actors Richard Hatch and Jamie Bamber to be on hand along with surprise guests, trailers and Q&A on the new Battlestar film. Thursday July 24, 2014, 10:30am-11:30am, Room 6BCF
Hasbro – Transformers: Preview of the new Transformers: Robots In Disguise launching around the world in 2015 and a first look at Season 3 of Transformers: Rescue Bots. And fans will have an Q&A time with the Transformers team. Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 25ABC
Toy Story That Time Forgot: Just for fans of Pixar’s iconic animated franchise Toy Story. ABC/Disney/Pixar offer a sneak peek of the Holiday Special – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” and behind-the-scenes look at the development and making of the special. Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:15am-12:15pm, Room 6A
Dreamworks Animation: Hey, it will be moderated by funny talk-show host Craig Ferguson. Plus big-time stars Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich will be there to talk about “Penguins of Madagascar”. Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm, Hall H
Halo – Nightfall – A First Look: Halo fans, the live-action digital series Nightfall is coming. A sit-down with Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director) and notable cast and crew that will talk about the production of Nightfall. Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:45am-12:45pm, Room 6BCF
The Last Ship Season 1: I know it’s summer, but if you haven’t started watching TNT’s The Last Ship, I would suggest you do. The show is everything a TV-fan would want – action/drama/thriller/sci-fi all wrap into one. I haven’t missed an episode, it’s that good and if you’re fan of this hit show, check this panel out. Thurday July 24, 2014, 1:45pm-2:45pm, Room 6A
The Art of Big Hero 6: Marvel’s anime-style comic comes alive by Walt Disney Animation. On hand will be Don Hall (Director), Shiyoon Kim (Character Designer) and other guests involved to talk about Big Hero 6. Thursday July 24, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Room 7AB
Skybound’s The Walking Dead: A look at the graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard. Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:15pm-5:15pm, Room 6A
Marvel – Avengers & X-Men AXIS: The big Marvel comic book cross-over event as the Avengers and X-Men join forces to stop Red Skull. Panel will include Axel Alonso, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Rick Remender and other Marvel guests. Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Room 6DE
Showtime – Penny Dreadful: Do the monster-bash! Join the stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Harry Treadaway as they talk about the hit show on Showtime and it will be moderated by Aisha Tyler. Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Ballroom 20
Star Blazers 2199: If you’re an 1980s kids, you will know Star Blazers! A new series is on with Star Blazers 2199 movie and other related Star Blazers items. Thursday July 24, 2014, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Room 24ABC
1980s kids will probably remember this other He-Man cartoon from Filmation, She-Ra Princess of Power. Based on She-Ra’s sword from the cartoon, this 7″ replica is also a letter opener. You can find this at the Action Figure Xpress Booth #3345.
For more information, go to: SDCC – Action Figure Xpress.
Are you fan of buying artist prints? I remember being blown away by Alex Ross’s artwork on “Marvels” comic book series. He’s selling various Marvel superhero prints for $20 bucks. Check his booth out – Alex Ross Art at booth #2419.
For more information, go to: SDCC – Alex Ross Art.
HK toy maker Kids Logic is on a roll with their big-head cute Hasbro-approved Transformers G1-style line-up of light-up LED action figures. Here’s the latest from Kids Logic, the Mecha Nations MN03 Transformers Megatron 6″ figure.
As I kid, I remember watching Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston on TV and like Star Wars, Star Trek and Buck Rogers made an sci-fi impression on me. And then I got all excited in 2001, with Tim Burton’s vision of Planet of the Apes and that was hot mess of suck, kind of like X-Men 3: The Last Stand. Now after many years, 20th Century FOX has gotten the re-boot Planet of the Apes franchise in the right direction. To celebrate, Titan Books publishes The Art of the Films: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
You don’t have to, but if you are the type of person that needs to read every tie-in to the main book and want to read things in order, then make sure you read Greg Keyes prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm. By the end of “Firestorm”, the “Simian Flu” has spread worldwide causing millions of deaths, civil unrest and economic meltdown around the world, while Caesar leads all the apes to safety into Muir Woods. Based on the screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, author Alex Irvine pens the novelization Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Let’s see, take my baseball cap and my old raggy sweatshirt and turn it into a face-mask, so I look like a bank robber. Not really, this is art and wearable for the icy cold weather. Artist Shin Murayama latest project is: Yankees Extreme Cold Weather Face Mask Unissued 2014.
Samsung kicks-off their entrance into the “primo” headphone market today. This is Samsung’s LEVEL series of audio gear that will compatible most Galaxy-line of products. If you need your audio fix for your Galaxy, check these Samsung headphones out.
The LEVEL In in-ear headphone has a integrated remote to control volume, play/pause and skip functions. The package includes a case, 4 ear tips, 3 memory foam tips and airplane adapter.
Buy it @ Gilt – Samsung LEVEL In.
Like the one in Brooklyn, New York, kicks-maker VANS will be opening a House of Vans in London on August 9th, 2014. Not only will there be an in-door skate park, but a venue for musicians and artists alike. So the next time you take the Tube in London, stop at Waterloo Station.
The 30,000 square feet palace will be hipster fresh. Tunnel One will feature an art gallery; Tunnel Two will have the VansLab artist studios and a 100 person capacity screening room; Tunnel Three will hold a music stage for around 850 concert-goers and of course, a bar; Tunnel Four will hold the in-door skate park and restaurant/cafe; and Tunnel Five will hold another in-door skate park.
For more information, go to: House of Vans – London.
Do you play Mario Kart? If so, did you ever wish you can dress up like a character from Mario Kart and drive a real Mario Kart on the streets? Well, now you can. First you must have an international drivers license and hop on a plane to Tokyo, Japan. After that, you can check out Akibakart. You can rent these Mario Kart-like go-carts and ride along the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan.
From BOWLS FILMS The Kanjozoku – Osaka’s Infamous Street Racers is a neat mini-documentary on the street racing scene in Osaka and their love of the Honda Civic. If you ever watched the anime Initial D or played Tokyo Xtreme Racer on the Playstation, then this will give you a taste of night street racing on the highways and byways in Japan.
This coming weekend in San Francisco’s Japantown is the Jpop Summit Festival celebrating all things awesome and fun in Japanese pop music (Jpop). The Jpop Summit will also feature a mix of films, fashion, art, anime and food festivals all rolled into one taking place in Japantown and Union Square in downtown San Francisco. The Jpop line-up includeds Tokyo Girls’ Style, Tomomi Itano, May’n, Kylee and many more.
Do you know who Fred Gambino is? I admit I don’t, but I’ve probably seen his work on book covers, video games and films. You will now know who he is with this Titan Books release – The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd.
This is not a typical art book collection of personal works, it also includes Fred’s own personal passion project – his screenplay, concept art and snippet graphic novel intro to Dark Shepherd. Along with this, there are various paintings, illustrations, sketches, Photoshop images and book art covering Fred’s career with commentary.