MegaDrive Megatron vs PlayStation Optimus Prime

megadrivemegatronrobotGet you credit cards ready for more Transformers toy fun.  Take a hit video game console like the Sega MegaDrive aka Genesis and make it transform into Megatron.  The MegaDrive Megatron should be dropping into stores this month.

segamegatronconsole [Read more…]

A Bathing Ape x Ultraman Collection

bapeultramancollectionIf you’re looking for cool Ultraman licensed apparel, then look no further with this hip mini-capsule collection from BAPE.  The items have just dropped online at BAPE.com.  The hand towel is already sold out!

[Read more…]

Building Incredible LEGO Dioramas

magmacityWe mention these guys before on our site, but this South Korean professional LEGO master build team Olive Seon knows how to build huge LEGO diorama playsets.  Above image is their latest city build – Magma City.

legothemeparkThis is another recent build of theirs, a LEGO Theme Park.

[Read more…]

Cosplay-Style in the 16th Century

r2d2cosplayThis past weekend in the city of Paris a cosplay photo exhibition took place at the Grand Palais.  Artist/photographer Sacha Goldberger took pictures of cosplayers with a 16th century twist.  Many costume designers, make-up artist and cosplayers were involved in the project.

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: Building a Drift Mobile

driftcarbuildDrifting from around the world, here’s a look at the UK-side of things.  XCar Films interviews driver/owner Phil Morrison of Driftworks Limited.

For more info, go to:  XCar Films.

Gatling Nerf Gun

gatlinggundartzoneWho doesn’t like a gatling firing gun?  I’ve already bought a Star-Lord Nerf Blaster for Halloween, now I guess I will add this crazy toy contraption – the Scorpion Gatling Blaster by Dart Zone.

[Read more…]

I Want My PopTaters Stormtrooper!

starwarspotatoheadsFrom toymaker PPW Toys are the newly released Star Wars-themed Mr. Potato Heads.  The 4 figures include R2-D2, Yoda, Darth Vader and Stormtrooper.

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: HyperChargers R/C from Jada Toys

toyotasuprahyperchargersBuilding R/C cars is an expensive hobby, so if you want a no frills, no assembly required and ready to play, check out the HyperChargers R/C car line-up from Jada Toys.

scionfrshyperchargers [Read more…]

Mega Bloks: Call of Duty Hovercraft 6859

megablockscallofdutyhovercraftI’m not the most hardcore Call of Duty player, but I do enjoy the Mega Bloks:  Call of Duty line of brick toys.  This mega-build is a Signature Series sold only exclusively at Toys’R’Us, the Call of Duty Hovercraft 6859.

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: ReCap of SEMA 2014

SEMA2014The aftermarket of tuning cars and trucks is alive and well.  The SEMA 2014 show last week was bigger than ever and if you weren’t there to see some of the hot tuned rides and products, here’s some fun re-cap videos from this past SEMA 2014!

[Read more…]

I’d Love to Draw! by Andrew Loomis

lovetodrawIn my generation, my comic book idols weren’t just the superheroes on the printed pages, but the artists who drew them.  And as an amateur wannabe artist, I tried drawing like Jim Lee, Marc Silvestri and Todd McFarlane.  As you can see below, I’m not a very good artist.

medrawingIf you want to learn how to draw, like everybody, you have to learn the basics.  One of those legendary art teachers in American history is Andrew Loomis.  He published several drawing books in 1930s-1940s that influenced many artists of today.  Thanks to Titan Books who have been republishing many of Andrew Loomis’ drawing books like this one, “I’d Love to Draw!”

[Read more…]

Hulk Smash Hot Wheels

marvelhulksmashhotwheelsboxHey, if you’re a little disappointed with Kevin Feige’s Phase 3 announcements with no Hulk flick with Mark Ruffalo, then you can start smashing things with this Hulk toy set.  This is from Mattel (ironic that they make all the DC action figures) – this is the Hot Wheels – Marvel Avengers Assemble Hulk Smash Spin-Out Play Set.  Now that was a mouthful, try saying that 3 times aloud.

[Read more…]

Mr. Potato Head x Tranformers

mrpotatoheadtransformersThe world of Mr. Potato Head and Transformers universes collide in this fun and cute toy for kids and adults.  This neat set, comes with two Mr. Potato Head figures and Optimus Prime and Grimlock body parts.  This is from Playskool’s popular line of Mixable, Mashable Heroes figures.

2shottoys

[Read more…]

Battle Ready Pikachu!

battlereadypiachu

If you’re a Pokemon fan like many of my younger cousins, then this Tomy Battle Ready Pikachu is ready for action.  This Pikachu shoots out foam discs with a press of a button and various electronic sounds.  The cool thing, it includes 3 AAA batteries.

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: Ken Block’s ’65 Mustang

65mustangkenblockIf you’ve seen the Gymkhana videos on YouTube then you know what’s it all about.  Ken Block is getting ready for Gymkhana 7 and will use a custom 1965 Ford Mustang that is AWD V8.  The engine is tuned by Roush Yates.  And this is the Hoonicorn RTR:

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: Tuned 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Concept

mx5mazdacupMazda is showing off its new generation tuned MX-5 at SEMA 2014.  This is the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup Car Concept which will race globally.

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: Tuned RC350 F Sport

lexusrc350The upscale Toyota brand Lexus has already introduced the RC 350 F Sport 2-door coupe to the public, and now Lexus itself has shown how they would tuned their own car with this 2015 Project Lexus RC 350 F Sport here at SEMA 2014.

 

Frankie’s Garage: Skateboarding Tuned Scion xB

kamxbsemaWhat an 8-trac player in a Scion?  This is one rad looking Scion xB is 1970s inspired conversion van for skaters.  The bright orange blimp is a 2015 Scion xB x Riley Hawk Skate Tour built by Scott Kanemura of KMA Productions.

[Read more…]

Frankie’s Garage: SEMA 2014 – Hyundai Tuners Tuning It!

 

arkperformancear550Oh yeah!  SEMA 2014 is on!  The biggest aftermarket car show is taking place this week in Las Vegas from November 4th thru November 7th, 2014.  From Chicago, tuning outift Blood Type Racing has tuned this Hyundai Genesis Coupe into something crazy and street legal.

[Read more…]

Interview with Indie Jrock band Akai Sky

akaiskycoverThis is a Ramen episode flashback to this summer’s Japan Expo (JX) 2014 in San Mateo, CA.  The Ramen crew caught with indie Jrock band Akai Sky.

[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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.
[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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?

nerdstalkeryoutube

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!

Retrenders

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,455 other followers

%d bloggers like this: