Kpoping K*Con 2014

kcon2014If you like listening to Korean pop music, then this is the event – KCON 2014.  Kicking off this weekend from August 9-10, 2014 in SoCal at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.  The 2014 line-up is way better than last year, that’s for sure.  Look for top Kpop acts like Girls’ Generation, G-Dragon, IU and BTS to lead the charge.  Plus my fave underrated Kpop acts SPICA and VIXX will be there too!  Here is DFLA with a preview of KCON 2014.

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Godzilla & Ultraman Replica Special Effects Playset from Bandai Japan

showroomreplicaOkay I’ve said it, I want this now!  Just take my credit cards and wallet!  Are you fan of Ultraman flicks or those great kaiju movies from the 1960s?  Well, this toy “Special Effects Diorama” by Bandai Japan hearkens back to 1960s movie house Tsuburaya Productions.  If you haven’t heard of Tsuburaya Productions, I suggest you Google or Wiki it.  If you know Ultraman or Godzilla then you know.

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Only in Asia: The Fan Robot

hanwhaeagleslogoWhen you have low attendance at your home games, it gets disappointing. And if fans can’t attend every home game, how about a robot taking your place in the seats?  This is what the they’ve done in South Korea, the Hanwha Eagles baseball team have brought-in “fanbots.”

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Blazing Glory in the Odyssey Vol. 1: History Lesson

blazinggloryWhat if my favorite action directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez had their take on creating Captain America?  This hot and spicy jambalaya soup has everything; the supernatural elements, the PG-13 superhero moments, the real-world geopolitical issues, add some zombies (and Dracula to the mix) and of course some bloody violent action into the mix and you get Dave Elliot’s Blazing Glory in Odyssey Vol. 1:  History Lesson.
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The Power of LEGOS and Magnets

mtronbrickfactorycoverThis custom LEGO playset was revealed at Brickfair Virginia 2014.  This is the M:Tron Corporation magnet factory built by Blake Foster.  It took over 2 years and over 100,000 bricks to build this cool looking space factory.

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The First Chapter of “A Challenge” by Jeremy Arambulo

 

bruceleecomiccoverAttention Bruce Lee fans, martial art fans and online comic fans, check out the first chapter of “A Challenge” by artist Jeremy Arambulo.  This online comic book series is inspired by the true story of Wong Jack Man, the rival of Bruce Lee.  The backdrop is San Francisco, the year 1964, set in Chinatown, “A Challenge” revolves around 3 friends Frank, Jack and Nancy.  Their lives begin to change after meeting the legend Bruce Lee.

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Martin Hsu “In Dreams” Gallery

martinhsuindreamsIf you’re in Taipei this August through September, stop by artist Martin Hsu’s exhibition “In Dreams” at the Wrong Gallery.  “In Dreams” is Martin Hsu’s take on “Little Red Riding Hood” and bowl of noodles.  The “In Dreams” exhibition runs from August 9th thru September 2nd, 2014.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Hellcat’s 700 Horses

dodgehellcatThere’s the Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and Chevy Camaro Z/28.  Now comes the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with 707 horses and 650 pounds of torque.  Mr. Jay Leno takes a look at this mean muscle machine.

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Viral Video Friday: The Ting Tings “Wrong Club”

wrongclubAnother great Ting Tings track that makes you wanna dance on a Friday.  The Ting Tings with the “Wrong Club.”

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Frankie’s Garage: Initial D Stop Motion Fun

initialdtomicacherrypieI’ve always been a huge fan of the anime Initial D and like Cowboy Bebop, I can re-watch it again and again.  Here’s a neat little stop-motion video using Tomica Initial D diecast cars by RR Cherry Pie.

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Frankie’s Garage: ’75 Toyota Corolla with V8 power

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This ain’t no ordinary 1975 Toyota Corolla.  The Smoking Tire takes a look at this monster touge ride by Mark Still.  This 1975 Toyota Corolla coupe maybe the base, but the subframe and V8 engine is from a Lexus SC400 with a Eaton M112 supercharger from a Ford Mustang Cobra.

Jpop Summit & Ramen Festival 2014

jpop summit logoThe Ramen crew attends the annual Jpop Summit Festival in SF Japantown and Union Square.  The festival celebrates not just the genre of Jpop music, but also anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture.  Also this year, they introduced the Ramen Festival this year which packed-in the crowds.

 

The Panels from SDCC 2014

sdcclogoIf you weren’t able to attend San Diego Comic-Con 2014 this past weekend, here’s some cool panels to watch!  ‘Nuff said, just watch.

 

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Viral Video Friday: Getaway Day – Trip to Mexico

mexicopictureWith all the hustle and bustle that is all things San Diego Comic-Con, I can’t wait for my comp days!  And this video reminds me the need to getaway.

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Gallery Nucleus: Heroes In A Half Shell Celebration

tmntartgalleryWay back in the 1980s when Mirage Comics published Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creation The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nobody had any idea how big these green turtles would get in pop-culture.  From all the movies, cartoons, toy lines and other merchandising, the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still here today kicking butt.

On July 12, 2014 in Alhambra, CA, Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon presented an “official” TMNT art exhibition for the 30th Anniversary.  Over 30 artists were involved showcasing TMNT artwork.  Also featured, were production stills, memorabilia, storyboards and many other neat things from Nick’ cartoon series.  In collaboration with our LA outfit Project 760 Productions we give TMNT-fans a glimpse of what happened at the event.

 

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SDCC 2014 Panel Attack – Saturday & Sunday

sdcclogoTonight is already Preview Night.  Here’s a list of Panels that have caught our attention here at the Retrenders.  Here’s a look at the highlighted panels Saturday thru Sunday (click here for Thursday & Friday).

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The Simpsons:  You gotta wake-up early for this one as it kicks-off at 10am.  But hey, it’s with the legend Matt Groening.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-10:45am, Ballroom 20

Warner Bros. Pictures:  It’s Hall H time baby.  Look for WB to show lots of sneaks, trailers and lots of stars.  The WB program will preview Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max:  Fury Road and The Hobbit:  The Battle of the 5 Armies.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 10:00am-12:00pm, Hall H

Avatar – The Last Airbender – Legend and Legacy:  One of my favorite cartoons to this day is Avatar The Last Airbender and this fan-organized panel is in full effect.  Two cool guest that I like will be there, writer/cartoonist Gene Luen Yang and voice actor Jessie Flower (Toph).  Toph was one of my favorite characters!  Saturday July 26, 2014,10:30am-11:30am, Room 24ABC

Once Upon a Time:  As you by now, I have lots of favorite TV shows and this is one of them, ABC/Disney’s Once Upon a Time.  Season 3 got a little off-track, but by the end of the season they introduced “Frozen” star Elsa!  This panel will include executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.  It’s Q&A time with them!  Some of the cast will be on-hand like Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O’Donoghue, Jared Gilmore, Robert Carlyle and Jennifer Morrison.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 11:00am-11:45am, Ballroom 20

Helix:  Another hit show I’m watching is Syfy’s “Helix”.  Join Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanime, Jordan Hayes and Neil Napier along with executive producers Ronald D. Moore and Steven Maeda about behind-the-scenes of the first season and news from the upcoming second season.  Saturday July 26, 2014, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Legendary Pictures:  Legendary features their upcoming films from Hall H!  Saturday July 26, 2014, 12:25pm-1:10pm, Hall H

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Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Issue #1

eleventhdoctorcoverOne of the most popular actors to play the Doctor was Matt Smith.  Look for more Matt Smith adventures as the Eleventh Doctor with this on-going series by Titan Comics.  Writers Al Ewing & Rob Williams and artist Simon Fraser delivers the first issue to Doctor Who fans.

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Issue #1

tenthdoctorwho1Are you craving more David Tennant Doctor Who adventures?  Then this all-new series published by Titan Comics should to the trick.  Doctor Who:  The Tenth Doctor follows the Doctor to New York City to find new companion.  This 5-issue story-arc is bought to you buy Eisner Award-winning writer Nick Abadzis and fan-favorite Elena Casagrande.

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SDCC 2014 Panel Attack – Thursday & Friday

sdcclogoSan Diego Comic-Con 2014 is in full effect and will kick things off with Preview Night tomorrow.  There’s many things to see, do and buy at Comic-Con, but one of the fun events are the panels where you get to see the stars.  Here are some of the highlighted events that have peaked our interest here at Retrenders.

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24:  Kiefer Sutherland will be on hand to talk about the return of 24!  There will be a screening and Q&A.  Thursday July 24, 2014 – 10:00am-11:00am, Ballroom 20

The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica:  Look for actors Richard Hatch and Jamie Bamber to be on hand along with surprise guests, trailers and Q&A on the new Battlestar film.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 10:30am-11:30am, Room 6BCF

Hasbro – Transformers:  Preview of the new Transformers: Robots In Disguise launching around the world in 2015 and a first look at Season 3 of Transformers:  Rescue Bots.  And fans will have an Q&A time with the Transformers team.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:00am-12:00pm, Room 25ABC

Toy Story That Time Forgot:  Just for fans of Pixar’s iconic animated franchise Toy Story.  ABC/Disney/Pixar offer a sneak peek of the Holiday Special – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” and behind-the-scenes look at the development and making of the special.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:15am-12:15pm, Room 6A

Dreamworks Animation:  Hey, it will be moderated by funny talk-show host Craig Ferguson.  Plus big-time stars Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich will be there to talk about “Penguins of Madagascar”.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm, Hall H

Halo – Nightfall – A First Look:  Halo fans, the live-action digital series Nightfall is coming.  A sit-down with Kiki Wolfkill (Executive Producer), Frank O’Connor (Franchise Development Director) and notable cast and crew that will talk about the production of Nightfall.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 11:45am-12:45pm, Room 6BCF

The Last Ship Season 1:  I know it’s summer, but if you haven’t started watching TNT’s The Last Ship, I would suggest you do.  The show is everything a TV-fan would want – action/drama/thriller/sci-fi all wrap into one.  I haven’t missed an episode, it’s that good and if you’re fan of this hit show, check this panel out.  Thurday July 24, 2014, 1:45pm-2:45pm, Room 6A

The Art of Big Hero 6:  Marvel’s anime-style comic comes alive by Walt Disney Animation.  On hand will be Don Hall (Director), Shiyoon Kim (Character Designer) and other guests involved to talk about Big Hero 6.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 2:00pm-3:00pm, Room 7AB

Paramount Pictures:  You bet there will be big stars, sneak peeks and announcements from Hall H in this Paramount Pictures hour.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 3:00pm-4:00pm, Hall H

 

Skybound’s The Walking Dead:  A look at the graphic novel series with creator Robert Kirkman and artist Charlie Adlard.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:15pm-5:15pm, Room 6A

Marvel – Avengers & X-Men AXIS:  The big Marvel comic book cross-over event as the Avengers and X-Men join forces to stop Red Skull.  Panel will include Axel Alonso, Mike Marts, Nick Lowe, Rick Remender and other Marvel guests.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:30pm-5:30pm, Room 6DE

The World of Capcom:  The Capcom team will discuss the latest Capcom offerings like Ultra Street Fighter IV, Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Dead Rising 3, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 4:45pm-5:45pm, Room 6BCF

 

Showtime – Penny Dreadful:  Do the monster-bash!  Join the stars Josh Hartnett, Reeve Carney, Harry Treadaway as they talk about the hit show on Showtime and it will be moderated by Aisha Tyler.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Ballroom 20

Star Blazers 2199:  If you’re an 1980s kids, you will know Star Blazers!  A new series is on with Star Blazers 2199 movie and other related Star Blazers items.  Thursday July 24, 2014, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Room 24ABC

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LEGO 76023 The Tumbler

legotumblerrealisticLEGO has sold various versions of The Tumbler from the Batman: The Dark Knight Trilogy throughout the years, but this future release will be the ultimate version, the LEGO 76023 The Tumbler.

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SDCC 2014 Exclusives

sdcclogoSan Diego Comic-Con is this week and there will be many neat exclusives and here’s a list of items that caught my attention.

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She-Ra Filmation Sword of Protection Letter Opener

1980s kids will probably remember this other He-Man cartoon from Filmation, She-Ra Princess of Power.  Based on She-Ra’s sword from the cartoon, this 7″ replica is also a letter opener.  You can find this at the Action Figure Xpress Booth #3345.

MSRP:  $20.00USD

For more information, go to:  SDCC – Action Figure Xpress.

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Alex Ross Art – Prints

Are you fan of buying artist prints?  I remember being blown away by Alex Ross’s artwork on “Marvels” comic book series.  He’s selling various Marvel superhero prints for $20 bucks.  Check his booth out – Alex Ross Art at booth #2419.

For more information, go to:  SDCC – Alex Ross Art.

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Kids Logic Mecha Nations MN03 Transformers Megatron

kidslogicmegatronHK toy maker Kids Logic is on a roll with their big-head cute Hasbro-approved Transformers G1-style line-up of light-up LED action figures.  Here’s the latest from Kids Logic, the Mecha Nations MN03 Transformers Megatron 6″ figure.

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The Art of Films: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes

gorillaapesAs I kid, I remember watching Planet of the Apes with Charlton Heston on TV and like Star Wars, Star Trek and Buck Rogers made an sci-fi impression on me.  And then I got all excited in 2001, with Tim Burton’s vision of Planet of the Apes and that was hot mess of suck, kind of like X-Men 3: The Last Stand.  Now after many years, 20th Century FOX has gotten the re-boot Planet of the Apes franchise in the right direction.  To celebrate, Titan Books publishes The Art of the Films:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes & Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Official Movie Novelization

dotpotacoverYou don’t have to, but if you are the type of person that needs to read every tie-in to the main book and want to read things in order, then make sure you read Greg Keyes prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm.  By the end of “Firestorm”, the “Simian Flu” has spread worldwide causing millions of deaths, civil unrest and economic meltdown around the world,  while Caesar leads all the apes to safety into Muir Woods.  Based on the screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, author Alex Irvine pens the novelization Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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Samsung Entering Premium Headphone Market

samsungheadphonescoverSamsung kicks-off their entrance into the “primo” headphone market today.  This is Samsung’s LEVEL series of audio gear that will compatible most Galaxy-line of products.  If you need your audio fix for your Galaxy, check these Samsung headphones out.

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LEVEL In: $149.99USD

The LEVEL In in-ear headphone has a integrated remote to control volume, play/pause and skip functions.  The package includes a case, 4 ear tips, 3 memory foam tips and airplane adapter.

 

 

Buy it @ Gilt – Samsung LEVEL In.

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