LEGO Friends’ Death Star

legofriendsdeathstarcoverOne of the most iconic planet destroyer from the Star Wars franchise was the mighty Death Star.  This Death Star is supposed to carry weapons of mass destruction, but instead gets a beauty salon, candy store, pet store and more.  Custom LEGO builder Steve Price adds some humor here using bricks from the LEGO Friends line.

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LEGO Friends Mecha-Suits

This is LEGO Friends:

legofriendsmallMany custom LEGO builders are now getting on-board and building customs from the LEGO Friends product line.  I like the size of the LEGO Friends mini-figures and now custom builders like 3D Foundry has built custom mecha-suits for the Friends mini-figures.

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Destroying a LEGO Build

legodestroyerOf course as everybody knows, yesterday was Star Wars Day and WIRED magazine celebrated by spending $800 bucks in building a LEGO Super Star Destroyer ship and then dropping it.  Just like a little kid, sometimes it’s fun watching a big grandiose LEGO being smashed into pieces.

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The First Episode of Vinyl Pulp on Retrenders!

vinyl_pulp_onlyWe got a new show on our Retrenders’ YouTube channel – it’s Vinyl Pulp.  Since we’ve done many events at Kidrobot and Woot Bear, we had in mind on a show just focusing on vinyl toys, toy art collectibles and urban art, and so here it is, the first episode of Vinyl Pulp!

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Free Comic Book Day @ Isotope Comics SF

16737615714_d1f35188a5_kThis past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and we went to one of the best comic book shops in SF – Isotope, The Comic Book Lounge.  And it was 10 year-old Ethan Castillo first comic book shop signing event.  This talented artist has a knack for drawing Marvel’s web crawler Spider-Man.

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Largest LEGO Millennium Falcon

legostarwarsfalconCelebrating International Star Wars day in Melbourne, Australia, the goal was to build the largest LEGO Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon.  LEGO approved Master Builders Chris & Dan Steininger and fans help in building the biggest Millennium Falcon spaceship.

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SNL Black Widow Trailer

blackwidowparodymovieMarvel has not committed to a Black Widow flick, so SNL decides to make one, well a parody, Black Widow: Age of Me.

Viral Video Friday: Age of Ultron Reaction by Inside Out

insideoutavengersreactionOne of the YouTube trends is fans doing Reaction videos and here’s one done by the Inside Out crew, which is Pixar’s upcoming animated flick.  The characters from Inside Out react to the Avengers’ Age of Ultron trailer.

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BigWow Comicfest 2015 : Young Comic Artist – Ethan Castillo

BigWow Comicfest - Ethan Castillo - RetrendersWhat is it like to be a young talented comic artist! We caught up with Ethan Castillo at BigWow Comicfest 2015 to ask a couple of personal questions and find out if he’s anything like an ordinary child – and what we got, were simple words of wisdom.

G-Shock S Series for Women

gshockswomencoverThe popular G-Shock watch series by Casio has always been toy accessories for the boys to play with, now a G-Shock S-Series for Women.  We girls, finally get G-Shock watches.  The G-Shock S-Series features unique styling, colors and most of all, be able to match our wardrobe for the night out on the town.

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Scarlett Couture Issue #1

SCARLETT COUTURE #1_CoverBThen’s been lots of HYPE over this new comic book mini-series Scarlett Couture by Des Taylor, so as it hits the comic book racks today, does it live up to the HYPE?  The four-issue mini-series focuses on new spy-heroine Scarlett Couture created, written and illustrated all by Des Taylor.

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Monopoly: Firefly Edition

fireflyboardgameboxartJoss Whedon’s cult TV hit Firefly was cancelled after one season on FOX have some of the most rabid fans ever!  After all these years, there have been various Dark Horse comics and a Funko/Super 7 action figure line-up, now a Serenity-themed Monopoly board game for the fans.

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Food: Eating Pho (Noodle Soup) 101

phonoodlesVietnamese food is part of my daily diet, and I’m always down for a bowl of Pho.  The father and son team of Vincent and Mikey Kha of Pho & Cafe Anh Hong gives us the basics of making and eating Pho.

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The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Puzzle

zeldapuzzleboxcoverI admit I haven’t touch a puzzle of any kind since I was like 8 years-old.  I think frustration and irritation were part of the problem.  I’m wiser now, so I think I might enjoy building a puzzle like this, since I’m also a big Zelda-fan.  This is USAopoly’s The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Puzzle featuring 550 pieces.  The 18×24″ puzzle maybe only picture of a map, but true Zelda-fans will geek out over the significance of this Zelda map puzzle.

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Sesame Street Avengers Parody

sesamestreetaveggiesChildren’s program Sesame Street has been on a roll with their funny edu-tainment parodies, now comes Aveggies starring Dr. Brownie, Onion Man, Captain Americauliflower, Black Bean Widow, Mighty Corn and Zuchin-eye hope to stop a super-villain from destroying all the healthy veggies in the world.

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The Art & Making of Penny Dreadful

pennydreadfulartbookI have to admit I only started watching this hit Showtime series only for Eva Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire), but I stayed for for the story and characters driving the “Penny Dreadful” program.  We are already knee-deep into the second season and Titan Books has just released “The Art and Making of Penny Dreadful”, the official companion book to the program.

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Big Wow! Comicfest 2015 Recap

bigwowcomicfest2015This is our quick recap episode of the 2-day comic book event, the Big Wow! Comicfest at the San Jose Convention Center this past weekend.

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UNIQLO UTGP 2015 Star Wars

utgpstcoverWe just had the Star Wars Celebration this past weekend, now comes the UNIQLO UTGP 2015 Star Wars Collection.  The winning Star Wars graphic t-shirts are in!  The Global T-Shirt Design Competition 2015 received more than 5,000 entries from around the world.

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BAPE x Sesame Street 2015

bapesesamestreetcoverBAPE aka A Bathing Ape is hitting on all cylinders with their latest collab project – Sesame Street!  This is a fun and cute capsule collection for men, women and kids of all ages looking to rock this PBS educational program.

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Seinfeld Vinyl Figures from Vinyl Sugar!

kramerfigure“Serenity now!”  “No soup for you!”  Classic lines from an iconic TV sitcom Seinfeld.  The wait is over, vinyl Seinfeld figures are coming from Vinyl Sugar!  The 8″ Vinyl Idolz line-up will feature:  Cosmo Kramer, Newman, The Soup Nazi, Frank Costanza, J. Peterman and Puddy.  Look for a Summer 2015 release!

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Fangirls, Assemble! Hot Topic x Marvel x Her Universe

hottopicmarvelcollabIf you find me at a Hot Topic, I’m usually trying to find some of the Funko/Hot Topic Pop Vinyl exclusives.  But maybe this time, I will buy some clothes!  This has peak my interest and curiosity, as Hot Topic has teamed-up with geeky girls apparel-maker Her Universe for this Marvel Avengers Fashion Collection.  I can definitely see myself wearing these outfits.

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ICC Spring 2015 Lookbook

ICCSL00Looking for a new streetwear brand to rock for this Spring 2015?  Check out Ineffable Clothing Company aka ICC.  This NYC street/skate clothing brand was started in 2013 by Zach Fryer when he was just in middle school!  Yupe, that’s right.

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Japan Only: The Robot Receptionist

robotreceptionistMeet Aiko Chihira.  She’s robot made by Toshiba and you will find her working at Mitsukoshi Nihombashi department store in Tokyo.  Let’s go shopping!

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It’s that time again! Big Wow! Comicfest 2015

BWCF1503This is our 3rd year covering the Big Wow! Comicfest at the San Jose Convention Center.  Our Ramen team of Eddie Ballar and Ramon Angel cover the 2-day comic book convention.

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New Cover Tune by Kawehi

kawehicovergarbageMy fellow Retrenders blogger Stevie J told me about this YouTube indie music artist Kawehi.  So a couple of internet clicks away, I found myself watching most of Kawehi’s videos.  She’s a one-woman band and making music.

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