Animator turned Comic Book Artist: Mingjue Helen Chen

artofninjangewieI remember being a big fan when Cassandra Cain took over as the role of Batgirl and I bought every issue at the comic book store, but of course during the eventual run, it got weird and basically a bad storyline cancelled the series.  Now my Batgirl interest has peaked with curiosity with new an new artist Mingjue Helen Chen coming into the DC fold.  The Academy of Art graduate whose worked on projects like Wreck-It Ralp and Big Hero 6 is now bringing her own unique digital anime-cartoon style to Gotham Academy #7 and Batgirl Annual #3.

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The new G1 Devastator is Here

devastatorwarsThis year Hasbro kicked-off it’s new theme for their Transformers toy line-up, calling it the Combiner Wars.  It’s an homage to the G1 combiner toys and most fans have been waiting for Transformers Generations Combiner Wars Devastator.  The 6 Constructicons: Scrapper, Hook, Bonecrusher, Long Haul, Mixmaster and Scavenger have all-new molds, but retain their G1-look.  As the Constructicons combine into the Devastator, it now stands a behemoth 18-inches tall.

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$900 R/C Batman Tumbler

soapstudiosbatmantumblerrccoverIf you’re a huge The Dark Knight Trilogy fan and have around $900 bucks lying around, you can buy this 1/12 scale The Dark Knight Trilogy RC Tumbler Deluxe Pack.

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Stussy x A Tribe Called Quest Capsule Collection

atcqstussycoverNYC and the musical genre of hip-hop are synonymous and this summer 2015, Stussy celebrates the iconic NYC rap group A Tribe Called Quest (ATCQ).  ATCQ music heavily influenced Stussy’s work in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and this Stussy capsule collection showcases it.

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LEGO The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034

legobatboatIf you’re on a LEGO budget like me, then I find myself liking this LEGO DC Comics The Batboat Harbor Pursuit 76034.  Recently I wanted to get some type of LEGO Age of Ultron product, so I settled for The Hulk Buster Smash 76031, which to me had all the mini-figs I wanted.  The Batboat is an okay build, but I like 3 minifigs in this set:  Batman, Robin and Deathstroke.

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SDCC 2015 Collectibles & Toys Announcements

sdcc2015logoWith the many “Hollywood” panels, there were also collectibles and toy announcements from SDCC 2015.  Here’s a peek at upcoming toys!

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SDCC 2015 Panels

sdcc2015logoAs we all know, nobody can attend every panel at SDCC.  So, thanks to YouTube channel Flicks and the City, you can watch all the star-studded panels on your smartphone, desktop or SMART LCD.  Now let’s begin:

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Ant-Man Figures @ SDCC 2015

ant-man0.75tallWith the Ant-Man film a week away, Marvel is showcasing some SDCC Exclusives to hype the film.  This is Marvel’s Ant-Man 0.75-inch Mini Action Figure which is about a size of a US quarter.  The action figure does not have any articulation, but a nice detailed paint job and it comes in a neat cigarette box packaging.

This SDCC Exclusive will retail around $10.00USD.

Source:  TTPM – Ant-Man 0.75.

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Transformers Combiner Hunters @ SDCC 2015

thecombinerhuntersboxThe trio of female Transformers gets a special weapons and repaint for an SDCC Exclusive.  As part of the current Combiner Wars theme for Transformers, these 3 deluxe-size female Transformers Arcee, Chromia and Windblade each gets a big bad@$$ sword/blade-type weapon and new deco paint job.

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KRE-O Transformers KREON Class of 1985 @ SDCC 2015

classof1985transformersEvery time I hit Toys’R’Us I find KRE-O toys on the clearance line, so what’s up with all these SDCC Exclusives?  Well, KRE-O last year’s Class of 1984 did very well and minifigs are just too cute!  For this year’s SDCC 2015, KRE-O is back with a new line-up of G1 Transformers in this specially enclosed High School Yearbook looking box with 30 KREON minifigs.

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KRE-O G.I. Joe Construction Commandos Set @ SDCC 2015

sgtslaughtermauraderscoverKRE-O toys are still around?  You can barely find them on the Toys’R’Us shelves, but here’s an SDCC 2015 Exclusive, the G.I. Joe Construction Commandos Set which is basically Sgt. Slaughter and his Marauders squad and tank versus Destro and his Iron Grenadiers team.  The set comes with very cool packaging, a VHS cassette tape-like box, along with 12 KREO minifigs and pieces to build the Triple-T tank.

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World of Nintendo Limited Edition Link @ SDCC 2015.

linksdccIf you’re into collecting large action figures and call yourself a Nintendo fan, then you might want to take a look at this SDCC 2015 exclusive, the 20″ World of Nintendo action figure Link.  The figure may have only a few points of articulation, but to the attention to detail and paint work is a huge bonus.

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Hologram Darth Vader SDCC 2015 Exclusive

darthvaderhologramblueJakks Pacific has a number of SDCC Exlcusives and this is the Star Wars Limited Edition Hologram Darth Vader.  The action has 5 points of articulation, stands 20″ tall and features a translucent blue plastic to re-create Darth Vader’s hologram scene in The Empire Strikes Back.

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Google Doodle Tribute to Eiji Tsubaraya

googlekingkongtributeIf you remember watching Ultraman or those badly dubbed Godzilla flicks from Japan back in the day, well, today’s Google Doodle is a tribute to the sci-fi monster maker Eiji Tsubaraya.  The famous director passed away in the 1970s and today would be his 114th birthday.  Google Doodles honors the man with neat little video on monster making.

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Who is the Clown Ronald McDonald?

ronaldmcdonaldLike the top secret costume character in BBC’s Top Gear, the Stig, only a few men have stepped-in to be official Ronald McDonald clown mascot for the McDonald’s fast food chain.  Only 8 men have officially been Ronald McDonald and Joe Maggard is one of them.  He was Ronald from 1995-2007.

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LEGO Sneaker Creations

legokickcoverforrealTOMYOO aka tomyoo23 on Instagram is known for making sneakers out of LEGO bricks.  Here’s one of his latest creations: A Jumpman/Yeezy cut & paste edition.

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The Sandman Chess Set

sandmanchesscoverThis is a truly wonderful collectible for fans of Neil Gailman’s acclaimed The Sandman series and chess fans alike.  All 32 chess piece figures come from the Sandman universe and sculpted by Paul Harding.

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The First Order Stormtrooper @ SDCC 2015

starwarsblackfirstordercoverAs SDCC 2015 rolls around, Hasbro always shows off it’s tantalizing and wallet-busting exclusives for the event.  The first official action figure from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the First Order Stormtrooper action figure for the Star Wars Black Series line-up.

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tronplaysetYeah, I admit I bought into the hype when TRON: Legacy came out in 2010.  I bought the amazing Daft Punk soundtrack and then a bunch of the Hasbro approved action figures which sucked and the cheap vehicles.  What I should have done was build my own TRON toys like this guy – Tim Schwalfenberg.  Tim builds an amazing TRON-like environment and playset.


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Sci-Fi LEGO Diorama Playset

cineasis5waterworldThis ain’t no lame Waterworld LEGO brick playset.  This is kind of like that Japanese anime “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet” collection of city/ships, but cooler and techy.  I’m a big fan of LEGO builders building new sci-fi worlds and landscapes like this.  This is Cienasis 5 by LEGO fan Daniel Church.

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King of the Nerds Xander @ Twin Galaxies

twingalaxiesbannerIf you didn’t know, our Ramen host The Eddie favorite show was on TBS, King of the Nerds.  While at Twin Galaxies, The Eddie had a chance to interview Xander Jeanneret from King of the Nerds.

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Twitch Streamer Miss Mia Rose @ Twin Galaxies

twingalaxiesbannerYes, once again, we are still at Twin Galaxies in Banning, CA.  The Ramen crew interviews Twitch Streamer Miss Mia Rose and we find out what hit game she’s playing.

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Rocksmith x Diamond Supply Co. = Superior Sight & Sound Collection

ROCKSMITH-DIAMOND-PIC-1Music/lifestyle apparel brand Rocksmith is at again with a new collaboration with iconic streetwear brand Diamond Supply Co. with the Superior Sight & Sound mini-capsule collection.  The theme and concept for this collection is the ’90s era mixtape cassette.  Remember that?


Boba Fett 13″ Action Figure @ The Disney Store

bobafettactionfigure135One of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe is the bounty hunter Boba Fett.  This exclusive Disney Store Boba Fett action figure stands 13.5″ tall with light-up blaster and sounds.  The action figure has several points of articulation and the chest-activated button features 15 Boba Fett phrases.


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Most Oil Paintings come from Da Fen, China

dafenoilpaintingsNot only is Shenzhen, China known for manufacturing and pirating, well, in small area of Shenzhen, Da Fen is where most of the world’s oil paintings are being produced.  Replica’s of Van Goghs, Monets and Picassos are exported from Da Fen.  BBC News takes at look the mass oil painting production and it’s impact within Shenzhen.  Well, next time, I’m in Hong Kong, I’ll make a stop over to Da Fen.

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