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.

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Battle Ready Pikachu!

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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Kidrobot SF: Hello Trikky!

hellotrikkyposterOur Ramen crew a couple of weeks back attended the Kidrobot SF store event – Hello Trikky!  The Hello Trikky party featured over 25 artist tricking up a base Trikky vinyl art toy.  We interview some of the artist involved and get their thoughts about their custom Trikky.

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Viral Video Friday: Le Tour Utrecht – BON VOYAGE!

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A sweet loving animated music video for Friday!  With the backdrop of a bicycle race, two lovers are divided by event obstacles.  The boyfriend finds a way to contact her through love.  I’m spoiling it, ain’t I?  Just watch:

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Halloween Action Figures with ReAction

reactionfiguresIf you grew up in 1980s and remember those old school Kenner-style 3 3/4″ action figures with nostalgia, then you have it here with the Super 7 x Funko:  ReAction line-up.  I already bought a couple of these action figures from my favorite films.

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A Guardians of the Galaxy Cassette Tape Release!

guardianscassetteIt’s time to break out your 1980’s Sony Walkman cassette player or cassette boombox.  Marvel Music/Hollywood Records will be releasing a limited edition cassette tape Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack exclusively through indie retailers on November 28, 2014 through December 31, 2014.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOSfM0iRLaE [Read more…]

Adidas Originals x NIGO

adidasnigoadidasnigo00Adidas has been trying to spruce their Originals brand by signing the likes of Kanye, Pharrell and even Selena Gomez for the ladies.  Now comes the latest collab with iconic fashion designer and founder of BAPE – NIGO.  This Originals x Nigo collection will feature not just an apparel line, but also a line-up of cool sneakers.  This collection will drop October 24, 2014.

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Hess Toy Truck 50th Anniversary Edition

hesstoytruckFor the past 50 years, the Hess Toy Truck company has been producing cool trucks, cars and planes.  This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Hess Toy Truck company and to celebrate, Hess has delivered a Collector’s Edition Toy Truck.  The modern looking toy tanker hides a smaller replica, a 1964 oil tanker truck.  Both trucks feature an amazing amount of LED lights.

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Food: Eddie Huang’s New Foodie Show on Munchies is ON!

huang'sworldcoverI’m a big foodie fan of Eddie Huang on his take on food and the foodie world.  Here’s his new Munchies show – “Huang’s World.”  This is his 3 part series in Taiwan.

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Frankie’s Garage: My Wife Sharpie Doodled my Skyline GT-R!

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If you’re a Nissan Skyline GT-R purist, then is your WTF moment, or it could really be art … Sharpie doodle art!

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Stationed in Japan, Collen Kelton owned a 1995 Nissan Skyline GTR R33 and he was getting kinda bored with the factory gray color and decided to let his wife Allison draw on the bumper with a Sharpie marker.

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Transformers Generations: Jetfire

generationsjetfireI’m a big Transformers G1 Jetfire fan and this Hasbro release of Jetfire looks amazing.  I’m looking to pick this Transformer at Toys’R’Us.  Check out the review by Optibotimus:

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Mighty Orbots aka GX-40 GODMARS

godmarsgx40If you’re 0f a certain age growing up in the 1980s, you might remember this cartoon – Mighty Orbots.  From Bandai Japan, this diecast toy is a solid homage to the cartoon series with all 6 robots and various accessories.

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Star Wars: Battle on Endor – Black Series

atstwalkerstarwarsIf you like the Star Wars’ Black Series line-up of 3″ and 6″ figures, then this Toys’R’Us exclusive that dropped a few weeks back should be on your “want list.”  This is the Black Series – Battle on Endor Pack.  This set is for the 3″ Black Series figures which features 8 figures:  Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Ewoks Stemzee, Ewoks Chubbray, Imperial Officer, AT-ST Driver and Stormtrooper in this set along with the AT-ST Walker.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost

fordmustangecoboostThe latest Ignition takes a look at the widely anticipated 2015 Ford Mustang Ecoboost.  A turbo-charged 4 banger with the performance package rides like a touring car than pony car.

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