Boba Fett’s LEGO Star Wars Slave I

starwarsslavecoverEverybody’s favorite Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett and this time his personal spacecraft get’s the LEGO Star Wars Collectors treatment this coming January 2015.  The LEGO 75060 Slave I craft is super detailed with many cool play features.

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A $5O Pen! But it Transforms.

optimusprimepenCan I sell you a pen that cost over $50.00USD and holds not too much ink?  Well, you will buy it if you’re a Transformers and G1 Optimus Prime fan.  Produced by Sentinel Toys, this is Optimus Prime Convoy pen!  In robot mode, the action figure looks close to the classic G1 cartoon series and has good articulation.  After you’re finishing playing with it and you need to do some homework, you can transform it into a pen.

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30th Anniversary Ghostbusters 2 Packs

ghostbusters2packs00Celebrating 30 years of the iconic film Ghostbusters, Mattel has launched a 2-pack action figure exclusive on their Matty Collector website.  The first 2-pack features Peter Venkman & Egon Spengler and the second 2-pack features Ray Stantz & Winston Zeddemore.  The 6″ figures are articulate, comes with various accessories and special 30th anniversary packaging.

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Frankie’s Garage: Concepts & Hot Rides at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

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The 2014 Paris Motor Show kicks-off October 4 thru the 19th, and there will be plenty of hot rides and concepts cars.  But knowing me, if I was in Europe right now, I would be up in a little town called Munich for Oktoberfest drinking beer and eating all kinds of meats.  Now back to the topic at hand, the 2014 Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris will showcase concepts and future offerings to the car buying public.  One wish, please bring the UK-spec Honda Civic Type R hatchback to the U.S.

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Metal Build ARX-8 Laevatein (Full Metal Panic!)

fullmetalpanicarx8When I was on my anime-marathon watching a few years back, one anime that I had fun viewing was Full Metal Panic!  This is the latest Metal Build release from Bandai Japan, the ARX-8 Laevatein mecha.

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LEGO DOOM Diorama

legodoomdioramaWhen I was a wee young lad, one of the very first FPS I played was the game DOOM.  It’s been 20 years since Doom premiered, and here’s a LEGO tribute to this iconic game.

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The Tokyo Diorama Set

algernonproduct00If you weren’t satisfied with this year’s lame Bandai America’s Godzilla Destruction City playset, why not try ALGERNON Product Geocraper – Tokyo Scenery Vol. 1 series?  Yupe, this toy line is called GEO-CRAPER, something got lost in translation here, but I digress.  This is a great way to build a mini-toy diorama playset and putting your toy kaijus on display.

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Masterpiece Transformers Wheeljack

lanciawheeljackrobotThis is a definite must-buy for G1 Transformers fans – the Masterpiece MP-20 Wheeljack.  Like all of the Masterpiece series the robot modes and articulation is great, but this car mode looks sweet as Wheeljack is based on the Lancia Stratos Turbo 5 rally car.

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Viral Video Friday: Cap’n Shmelly and the Sperm Whale

capnshmellyCute and humorous is this animated short – Cap’n Shmelly and the Sperm Whale.  From Omens Studios, Cap’n Shmelly is hunting down his nemesis the big whale that took his leg.

Frankie’s Garage: 30 Years of NISMO

nismo30Like many major car manufacturers who have their own in-house racing/tuning programs like AMG, the M Division, SVT, SRT, TRD, just to name a few, Nissan’s NISMO (Nissan Motorsports) celebrates 30 years.  This video by Nissan highlights NISMO – the past 30 years of amazing wins on the track and street legal tuned cars.

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Black Scale x Motown Records

blackscaleladies2Music and streetwear usually go hand-in-hand and this cool collab by Black Scale is with Motown Records.  The iconic Hitsville label gets a nice mini-capsule collection.  The Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook 1 just dropped this week at the flagship Black Scale NYC store.  Look for the Black Scale x Motown Records Lookbook II this October 2014.

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The Hundreds by Todd Bratrud

toddcollection00Dropping this Thursday from The Hundreds is a mini-capsule collection by skater and artist Todd Bratrud.  The theme of this collection is Todd’s Sharpie inspired doodling and sketches.  The mini-capsule collection features graphic tees, shirts, hoodies and hats.

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Super Deformed Big Head SDF-1

mastermadesdf1Macross (Robotech) fans will enjoy this cool SDF1 toy from Master Made.  The SDF1 Makuros gets the cute super big head treatment.  The Makuros is also transformable and has articulation.  It comes with a neat base stand and two Veritechs with stands.

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ANTHEM by Kawehi

onepersonbandI’ve been digging this track for about a week now by the one-person band Kawehi.  This is “Anthem” the new single from her EP Robot Heart.

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Viral Video Friday: Montage of 2 Weeks in Japan

japanMarc Ambuehl spent 2 weeks in Japan and bought along his Canon 5D MKIII and various Canon lenses and captured some vivid everyday scenes.  He traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Kobe, Hiroshima and Kinosaki.

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Food: The Ramen Burger on Conan

ramenburgercocoI get hungry just watching this.   Team Coco gets to eat new foody fad – the Ramen Burger by Chef Keizo Shimamoto.  Chef Shimamoto created his own style of ramen noodles  to go with a beef patty.

Video Link:  Conan – Ramen Burger with Chef Keizo Shimamoto.

 

ILLEST x Voltron

voltronxillestAs a kid growing up in the 1980s and watching lots of cartoons on the tube after school, the animated cartoon Voltron has a special place in my heart.  Just dropped is the coolest of cool collabs – Illest x Voltron.  This mini-capsule collection features kids tees, adult tees, keychains, stickers. and 1 lanyard.

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ALIEN: Seas of Sorrow by James A. Moore

aliensseasofsorrowThe ALIEN movie franchise has been a fan-favorite over the years and fans today still want more facehuggers!  20th Century FOX hopes to wet your appetite with 3 “official” novels based on the ALIEN and ALIENS films.  The first novel “Out of the Shadows” takes place at the end of first ALIEN movie and becomes the prequel to ALIENS.  Now, the stage is set for the second book by James A. Moore with ALIEN:  Sea of Sorrows.

The year is 2497, “Black Sand” is discovered on planet LV178 aka New Galveston and the Interstellar Commerce Commission (ICC) lead by Deputy Commissioner Alan Decker is on the scene.  The ICC is a governmental organization that provides rules and regulations for corporations terraforming planets for humans to live.  “Black Sand” aka Sea of Sorrows is a term used when a planet can’t be terraformed and somehow “Black Sand” has appeared on a build site.

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Addiction to Vinyl Records: Dust & Grooves

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Just like sneakerheads who painstakingly collect kicks, photographer Eilon Paz side hobby is collecting vinyl records.  Then he had a idea of globetrotting around the world to find vinyl collectors and to tell their story.  Dust & Grooves is a coffee-table book that collects 416-pages of full frame photos, over 130 interviews with record collectors, 12 full interviews, and a foreward by RZA.

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A1 Presents Carpe DIEm

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We caught a glimpse of this cool looking comic strip Carpe DIEm earlier this year with the Titan Comics/Atomeka anthology collection Monster Massacre Vol. 2.  Now this collected edition offers 104 pages of action/adventure and off-beat humor.  Carpe DIEm is a team of super agents named after each day of the week hoping to save the world from crazy evil villains.

Carpe DIEm is formed by the mysterious Sir 8th Day who is a little eccentric and clumsy and usually decisions are made by his butler Jude.  Jude is like Rocket Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy, Jude was created in a test tube and now is an intelligent talking Koala bear.  Sir Sunday is an ex-Triad gangsta and is the old and wise field general for the team.  Like all super-agent teams, you gotta have a sniper, and that is teenager Lady Saturday.  What team doesn’t have a ninja?  Like G.I. Joe, Carpe DIEm has Sir Friday the ninja assassin who rarely speaks.  And these guys even have a Doctor Strange like character, that is Sir Thursday, the Shaman sorcerer who combines Eastern and Western magic.  Like all super teams, you gotta have a big fat guy, Sir Wednesday, he’s the muscle.  And why not, let’s throw-in that loud obnoxious like American, Sir Tuesday.

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A1 Presents The Weirding Willows

williowscoverComic book creator Dave Elliot creates a new Alice in Wonderland universe and re-imagining of famous literary characters from the 19th century.  Like ABC/Disney’s TV show Once Upon A Time, “The Weirding Willows” is where the worlds of Wonderland, Oz, Neverland, Olympus, Mars and Earth collide.  This trade collects issues #1-6 of The Weirding Willows with bonus commentary and artwork.

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Food: The Ultimate Churros

churrosWhen I lived in LA, you could not escape the sights and smells of churros and those amazing bacon wrapped hot dogs from the street vendors.  These food items would hit the spot after the bars and clubs let it out or when you had that 1am in the morning food craving.  And yes, I’m a fan of a good churro and it looks like I got to head to NYC for this tasty snack.

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Kendama USA

kendamausaIt may look like a simple wooden toy game, it’s not as the Ramen crew finds out!  The Ramen crew visits the Kendama USA booth over at Japan Expo:  2nd Impact.  The game requires hand eye coordination and is fun for all ages.  The “Ken” is the wooden handle that catches the “Tama” the ball and you will be amazed at the many cool tricks you can do.

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Japan Expo: 2nd Impact 2014 @ San Mateo Event Center

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The Ramen crew attended the anime convention imported from France, Japan Expo at this past weekend’s San Mateo Event Center.  The Ramen team of Eddie, Ramon and Jonelle roam the floors and stages to soak-in the event.

Brainquake by Samuel Fuller

brainquakecoverA-List directors like Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola and Quentin Tarantino have been inspired by the works of Samuel Fuller (The Big Red One).  The World War II veteran, was both a director and author.  He wrote “Brainquake” in 1993 while living in France, and now fans can re-discover Fuller’s last novel published and translated into English by Titan Books and Hard Case Crime.

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