The Princess Bride Board Game

princessbrideIf you’re child of the 1980s’, you’re probably remember this iconic film Princess Bride.  It was swashbuckling adventure with a dose of romance, action and comedy.  There was Andre the Giant and many memorable lines like, “Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya! You killed my father! Prepare to die!”  Now comes Princess Bride-opoly board game from Toy Vault.

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Takara Masterpiece Ultra Magnus MP-22

ultramagnuscoverOne of the hottest toy releases this year is the Takara Masterpiece Ultra Magnus MP-22.  The iconic G1 Ultra Magnus toy gets a fitting Masterpiece release and it will a very hot collector’s item.  Not only does Autobot Commander resemble closely to the G1 cartoons, it features a detachable trailer and two figures:  Spike and Daniel.  The Masterpiece Ultra Magnus also includes 2 different hands, 2 missiles, face plate and “The Matrix” of leadership.

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HeroCross Boba Fett

herocrossbobafettEverybody seems to be making these big-head miniature body action figures or vinyl, ‘cuz it’s trending.  Well, HK toy company HeroCross known for it’s big-head figures, now has this Boba Fett action figure for it’s Hybrid Metal Figuration line-up.

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Star Wars Public Transportation Case

ClippercardIt seems every little card in our wallet gets an accessory like our smartphones.  Here’s something from Bandai Japan, it’s the Crazy Case line featuring the Star Wars Millennium Falcon.  Now as I travel around the SF Bay Area using Public Transportation like the BART or MUNI, instead taking out my boring Clipper card, I got this Bandai Japan Crazy Case Star Wars Millennium Falcon.

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Scale Shorty Train Model

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If you’re an old-time kid, you might remember those toy train sets from yesteryear.  But these days, who has room for N-Gauge or HO-Gauge train sets?  This things take up lots of space, especially if you’re building a diorama!  But Bandai Japan has their mini-train scale, the Scale Shorty Train Model.

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The Loyal Subjects x Transformers Wave 3

laserbeakI remember buying The Loyal Subjects (TLS) x Transformers Wave 1 blindboxes, because I’m a sucker for anything G1 Transformers related.  The vinyl figures were decent and it looked cute.  Since the 2013 Wave 1 release, TLS have upped the ante with their Wave 2 release with more points of articulation, accessories, sounds and lights.  Now with this Transformers Wave 3 released the vinyl figures move a little like action figures and have cooler signature weapons related to the character.  Some figures have light up LEDs or sound effects.

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The Loyal Subjects x TMNT

tmntvinylTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys are everywhere!  The Playmates line-up already feature their Classics Series, Movie Series, Nickelodeon Series and kids toy line-up.  Now earlier this year Kidrobot did their vinyl take on TMNT, and now The Loyal Subjects get in on the action.

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Frankie’s Garage: JDM-Inspired Skate Decks

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Power House Amuse Honda S2000 F20C Skate Deck, MSRP: $59.99USD

These JDM-inspired skate decks can be use as decks, but also makes for a great display showcase for automobile fans at their office, man-cave or garage.  Check out the many different lines of JDM-styled skate decks at SCW Performance.

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Garage Tuned x Kanjo Spec Racing Skate Deck Civic EK, MSRP: $59.99USD

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The Bandai Japan R2-D2 3D Wall Poster

r2d2lifesizeBandai Japan recently released their life-size Iron Man 3D Wall Figure poster in Japan only, and now another neat upcoming release for Star Wars fans – the life-size 3D Wall Figure poster of the iconic droid R2-D2.

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Martin Hsu Pop-Up Shop @ Woot Bear SF

martin_hsu_woot_bear_popup_storeLocal artist Martin Hsu has over the years developed his own personal unique art style.  You can see it in his paintings, drawings and vinyl toys.  And this Holiday season, if you’re looking to see his art and want to buy his art in person, check out the Martin Hsu Pop-Up Show @ Woot Bear.  Woot Bear is a neat toy art shop located in the heart of the Richmond District, 147 Clement Street in San Francisco.

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I Love “Cowboy Bebop!”

cowbobybebopIf you have not seen Cowboy Bebop anime series, you do not know what you are missing out on.  I can’t say enough about this anime, but as you know the Blu-ray drops today.

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Frankie’s Garage: A ride in the Pulsar NISMO Concept

nissanpulsarnismoconceptThis might look like a rice rocket Honda FIT, but it’s actually a Nissan Pulsar NISMO concept car.  For city-dwellers looking for tiny parking spaces and pinching to save gas money, these mini-compacts offer a lot.  Car enthusiasts who like hot compacts also want performance and this will do the trick.

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Frankie’s Garage: NISMO Festival 2014

NISMO Festival 2014 was a roaring success with 35,000 fans at FuAnother year passes, and another NISMO Festival 2014 at Fuji Speedway takes place.  If you’re fan of Nissan cars and NISMO tuned rides, then this is the festival you need to go.  Here is the highlights from the event:

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Takara Transformers Masterpiece Bumblebee MP-21

bumblebeemp21The G1 minibot icon Bumblebee gets a Takara transformation in the Masterpiece line-up.  Not only do you get the Masterpiece VW Bumblebee, you also get the adult Spike in his exo-suit from the 1986 animated flick “Transformers: The Movie.”

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PRIVILEGE x Steezy Emily Collection

emilysearsteeIf you’re online hunting for gifts and if that person is into streetwear, then this will do the trick.  Available online @ PRIVILEGE NYC for a limited time only, fans of model Emily Sears collabing with Stezzy will enjoy this graphic tee and pullover hoodie.

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Cowboy Bebop on Blu-ray

cowboybebopDropping on December 16th, 2014 is the first time the iconic anime series Cowboy Bebop gets it’s Blu-ray release.  What brought me back to watching anime again was this anime – Cowboy Bebop.  I love the characters, the world, the stories, the director Shinichiro Watanabe and music by Yoko Kanno.

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Customize Your Own New Balance Sneakers

custom990Do you really want to feel special and have your very own one-of-a-kind sneaker?  For around $220 bucks you can with New Balance 990 v1 kicks.  You have your choice of materials, colors and basically 12 options to choice from to customize your NB 990’s.

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Jpopilicious: Utada Hikaru x Evangelion = Music Video

utadahikarucoverIt’s been awhile since I watched an AMV (anime music video) and it’s been a really long time since I’d listened to Jpop.  Before the Kpop domination, I grew up listening to Jpop of every genre and bought crazy expensive import CDs by Jpop acts like Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Crystal Kay, SPEED, D&D, DaPump, Smap, Exile, Mai Kuraki, M-Flo, Do As Infinity, ZARD, MAX, Heartsdales, Orange Range, Every Little Thing, Bonnie Pink, MOVE … okay you readers get my drift, but I digress.  I remember like it was yesterday vacationing in Hong Kong 1999 and I was at a HMV record store, and I picked-up the very first album “First Love” by then 16-year old Utada Hikaru.  I was blown away by that album and played that CD the whole summer on my AIWA CD player.

Recently released is this new music video by Studio Khara and directed by Kazuya Tsurumaki featuring Utada Hikaru’s song “Beautiful World.”  Neon Genesis Evangelion fans will jump for joy at this new video featuring new clips and footage from the “Rebuild of Evangelion” films.  And Trivia Pursuit tidbit, Utada’s song “Beautiful World” was used in the 2007 Evangelion:  1.0 You Are [Not] Alone.

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The TMNT Super Sewer/Chinatown Playset

halfshellheroesWhy am I talking about this kiddie TMNT-lineup Half Shell Heroes?  Well, the Half Shell Heroes is for the younger TMNT-fans, but this Super Sewer HQ looks really cool for a display item and for the kid in me and overall play item.

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Frankie’s Garage: 2014 SF Auto Show

SFAS 057Maybe you’re tired from the turkey feast of yesterday and the insanity shopping of today, but we at Retrenders, the ones that have an auto-fetish spent the day at the 2014 San Francisco Auto Show.  The SF Auto Show also showcased the Auto Salon, you know, the rides with the crazy bodykits, big wings and wheels low to the ground.

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Skyline Gift Wrap

skylinewrappingHey, if you’re tired of the same old boring gift wrap paper being sold at Walgreens and RiteAid.  Why not get these optical illusion skyline gift wrap paper.  Doesn’t this wrapping paper look cool?

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Star Wars Imperial Handbook A Commander’s Guide

starwarsimperialhandbookcoverWell, if you haven’t heard or hiding in a rock or something, the new Star Wars teaser trailer was just released on the Internets.  So we at Retrenders are hyped, and hyped for this neat book by author Daniel Wallace, the Star Wars Imperial Handbook Deluxe Edition:  A Commander’s Guide.  This Deluxe Edition should be a Star Wars bookworm dreams.

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The Book on Custom LEGO Technic Builds

technicbookcoverPawel “Sariel” Kmieć day job is a graphic designer, but moonlights as a master LEGO Technics builder.  Based out of Warsaw, Poland, Pawel is a fan favorite with a legion of YouTube fans and has been featured in many magazines and news articles.  His new book “Incredible LEGO Technic: Cars, Trucks, Robots & More!” takes a look at the world’s best fan created Technic builds.

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Frankie’s Garage: King of the Hot Hatches!

renaulthothatchI’m a big fan of sporty hot hatches and sadly it’s more popular in Europe/UK than here in the States.  It doesn’t compare playing these cars on Forza or Gran Turismo, here’s review of the Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy.

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Hasbro’s New Millennium Falcon!

starwarsfalconcoverJust dropping into Walmart shelves is the Hasbro’s newly revised popular Star Wars toy – the Millennium Falcon spaceship.  Exclusive to Walmart and Walmart.com, this bad boy is over 2 feet long and features lots of play features and makes a wonderful display item for the adult collector.

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