The Drive-In Theater Painting Experience

andrewvalkopaintingsDuring the 1950s and thru 1960s, all across America with robust car market, the movie drive-in theater was also at the height of it’s popularity.  Artist Andrew Valko’s series of drive-in theater paintings gives us a taste of Americana and through the “eyes” of the drive-in movie customer.

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Viral Video Friday: Cardboard Built Places for a Cool Music Video

janeluicoverEvery once in-awhile, you watch a music video and say to yourself, “Wow, that is really cool.”  This “Southern Winds (Revisited)” music video taken from artist Jane Lui’s album Goodnight Company took a year to make.  It her a long time to build the cardboard world of sets and places.

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The Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide 2015

hayaocollectionbluray2015We are in the “future” of streaming all of our video content, supposedly, but if you’re “old school” like me, that like to have a physical copy of that Blu-ray/DVD movie in your hands, then check out this 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide for your nerdy friends or for your own video library.

Once you’ve tasted 1080 HD viewing experience, it’s really hard to go back to standard DVD viewing, so we’ll kick-off the 2015 Blu-ray/DVD Gift Guide with a Blu-ray list first!

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hayaobluraycollectionFor the first time in North America, we get the “The Collected Works of Hayao Miyazaki,” which is a Blu-ray Amazon Exclusive.  The Blu-ray collection features 11 iconic Hayao Miyazaki films: Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and The Wind Rises. There is also a bonus disc and an exclusive art book.

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L*R*G* x Star Wars = Capsule Collection

lrgstarwarscapulse2015This past week, LRG just dropped it’s Star Wars Capsule Collection featuring several graphic tees, long sleeve shirts, jackets and other accessories.  Prices range from $12.00USD and up to $79.00USD depending on item.

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Funko x BAIT Exclusive Bruce Lee Pop Figures

brucelee75funkoFunko known for it’s “pop” vinyl figures teams up with street brand BAIT for two Bruce Lee exclusive figures.  The first is the BAIT Exclusive x Funko POP Movie Battle Damaged – Bruce Lee (tan/black) and the second is the BAIT Exclusive x Funko x Onitsuka Tiger POP Movie Yellow Jumpsuit – Bruce Lee (yellow / black).

bruceleefunkobaitpop00Fans of Funko’s pop figures and fans the martial arts icon Bruce Lee will wanna grab these vinyls.

bruceleefunkobaitpop01MSRP:  $20.00USD each

Buy it @ BAIT x Funko – Battle Damaged Bruce Lee.

Buy it @ BAIT x Funko x Onitsuka Tiger Pop Movie Yellow Jumpsuit.

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bruceleebaitcollectionCan’t get enough of Bruce Lee things, then check out BAIT’s Bruce Lee collection of graphic tees, sneakers and other accessories!

For more, go to:  BAIT x Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee x Illest Collection

brucelee75collectionBruce Lee – the legend, the icon, would have celebrated his 75th birthday this year, so street brands Illest and BAIT join forces with the Bruce Lee Estate for this mini-capsule collection – the Illest x BAIT x Bruce Lee = 75th Collection.

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Actor Peter Shinkoda @ Comikaze Expo 2015

comikazeconlogoThe Ramen team interviews actor Peter Shinkoda at Comikaze Expo 2015.  Peter talks about his time working on the Netflix/Marvel production Daredevil and TNT’s Falling Skies.

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Frankie’s Garage: San Francisco International Auto Show 2015

IMG_0105This Thanksgiving weekend in downtown SF was the 2015 International Auto Show.  Most of the Retrenders team are car nuts, so we always make a point to check out the show, even though the LA or Detroit Autoshows get the better cars.

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Frankie’s Garage: Camaro Z/28 vs Mustang GT350R

chevyz28vsfordgt350rAmerican muscle that are super track spec cars battle it out.  Motor Trend’s latest Head 2 Head episode takes a look at the outgoing Chevrolet 2015 Camaro Z/28 versus the Ford 2016 Mustang Shelby GT350R.

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Illest SPAM Collection

ilovespamcollection00My doctor says I can’t drink beer anymore and eat SPAM!  What no more SPAM in my life!  No!  Yes, besides drinking good Swedish beer, I like eating SPAM, especially with a bowl of rice, 2 sunny-side eggs, drops of soy sauce and garlic salt, chopped green onions and of course slices of SPAM.  I’m hungry just thinking about this.  Since I’m just eating brown rice, steam veggies and boiled turkey, I rock can rock the Illest SPAM mini-capsule collection for SPAM support.

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Takara Tomy Drift Package Nano!

takaratomydriftcoverIt seems the older I get, I don’t have enough time in the day to spend hours building a Gundam snap-on plastic model kit or building a R/C car.  I have ADD due to watching YouTube videos and such.  The Internet, but I digress.  Here’s a neat little all-one ready-to-go R/C car package by Takara Tomy, it’s their Drift Package Nano set!

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Supreme x Toshio Maeda = Fall/Winter 2015

toshiomaeda“Hentai” apparel anyone?  Well know street brand Supreme is teaming up erotic manga artist Toshio Maeda for a mini-capsule collection.  The capsule collection features a jacket, sweatshirt, long sleeve tee, a pillow and 2 graphic tees.  Look for the collection to drop in NYC and LA Supreme “physical” locations and online on February 27, 2015.

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The Jam-Packed Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015 Show!

comikazeconlogoFirst off, we at Retrenders love providing solid content and quality video content on our YouTube channel, but we had a slight delay and like to apologize for the dark video quality.  We were shooting on our Sony V1U and left the ND Filter on and that’s a “not bad” on our part.  Lesson learned and that will never happen again.

Okay, got that off my chest!  Here’s the jam packed episode from Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo 2015 from the LA Convention Center on Halloween weekend.  Our Ramen crew explores the growing and ever expanding Comikaze Expo.  The Eddie and Ramon takes around the convention floor.  So sit back and grab some chocolate gummy bears and enjoy the episode.

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Board Game: Monopoly Here & Now – World Edition

monopolyworldeditionbuzzfeedboxTired of the classic Monopoly property grabbing board game?  Now you can travel around the world from Hong Kong to London with the new Monopoly – Here & Now – World Edition powered by BuzzFeed.   The goal is get your passport filled up to win the game!

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Yahtzee “Back to the Future” Collector’s Edition

yahtzeebacktothefutureboxThe classic dice game Yahtzee gets a “new look” for fans of the iconic Michael J. Fox 1980s flick “Back to the Future.”  Instead of the usual Yahtzee dice cup, you now get a light-up “flux capacitor” cup to shake the dice around.

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UNDEFEATED x HALO Collection

halocollection00If you can’t get enough of Halo 5: Guardians on the Xbox One and need apparel to rock while playing the game, check out streetwear brand Undefeated with it’s new Halo mini-capsule collection.

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The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter

blackseriestiefightercoverI like buying Hasbro’s Star Wars Black Series line of 6″ figures because of the details and pose-ability, but I never thought we would get full fledge vehicles or spacecraft for the 6″ line.  I’m proven wrong with this Hasbro release of the The Black Series First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter.  Now that’s a mouthful.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Hot Ford RS Hatch

fordfocusrsNorth America will finally get a Ford Focus RS hot-hatch, due to a global launch of this all-new 2016 AWD rally-style street legal Focus RS.  If you’re a car fan, rally fan, Ford fan, RS fan or hot hatch fan, then check out this official Ford 8-part documentary of building and the making of the 2016 Ford Focus RS.

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GreenLight Collectibles 1:43 Fast & Furious Collection

fastfuriousgreenlightcollectionYes, I admit, one of my guilty pleasures is watching the Fast & Furious franchise movies.  The Fast & Furious have licensed many diecast approved collectible cars over the years, but this 1:43 scale diecast collection from GreenLight Collectibles is pretty sweet.  I just picked-up several of these cars at Toys’R’Us.

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Bicycle Everyday Zombies Playing Cards

bicyclezombies00If you play lots of Poker games or just games using playing cards, then you’re probably familiar with brand Bicycle.  Bicycle makes playing cards, but every now then, Bicycle collabs, like with artist Rob Sacchetto on this playing card themed “Everyday Zombies.”

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Toynami, The Altimite DX Transforming Voltron

voltrondx00Fans of cute bobble-head-like toys and super deformed big heads will enjoy this Toynami creation.  From the 1980s cartoon Voltron, comes The Altimite DX Transforming Voltron dropping later this November 2015.

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Transformers MP Convoy BAPE Red Camo Version

transformersbapempconvoy00If you’re a Takara/Tomy Masterpiece collector and like A Bathing Ape’s camo-print style, then check out this limited edition collaboration, the Transformers MP Convoy BAPE Red Camo Version.

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Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons & Monsters

sleepyhollowcoverWith an explosive and fun second season, the FOX tv series Sleepy Hollow has just launched its 3rd season this past October 2015.  If you don’t know, Sleepy Hollow is a supernatural mystery TV drama takes a “DC Elseworld’s version” of Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” with new twists and turns.  Ichabod Crane died defeating the Horseman in 1781, but then finds himself resurrected and trying to adjust to 21st century.  He collaborates with police office Abbie Mills and dig deeper into the supernatural and demonic forces attacking the town.  Now go behind-the-scenes with Sleepy Hollow: Creating Heroes, Demons & Monsters by Tara Bennett and Paul Terry.

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The Art of Stephen Hickman: Empyrean

hickmanartbookIf you ever read a Harlan Ellison, Anne McCaffrey or Larry Niven sci-fi book, usually the sci-fi art cover that catches your eye is drawn by artist Stephen Hickman.  This full-color hardcover art book – “The Art of Stephen Hickman:  Empyrean” is collection of Hickman’s amazing 40 years in fantasy sci-fi art.

hickman00“For me, fantasy imagery is simply my favorite place to work and live, and nature … Personal imagery, much of it inspired or informed by nature, is becoming more important to me the more painting I do, and fantasy is my direction of choice.” Stephen Hickman.

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“Storytime 2” Children’s Book Covers by Joey Spiotto

CBCover00If you’re a kid born in the Internet-Age, you probably download and read books on your tablet or Kindle, but if you’re old like me … you might remember these Little Golden Books for kids.  My cousins and me used to have many of these books that got us reading.  Artist Joey Spiotto took the Little Golden Book covers and replaced it with cute cartoon-style pop-culture characters.  How cool is that?

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