Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years

startrek50I remember watching this “old” Star Trek TV series as a kid.  “Trek” didn’t really resonate with me until Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager TV series.  Over time I went back to watch this original Star Trek series and films with the original cast.  This year mark the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV series and this poster size hardbound title Star Trek 50 Artists 50 Years celebrates the iconic sci-fi TV program.

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LEGO Minifigure Photography

legophoto03I sometimes buy LEGO sets just for the minifigures because they are so cute and cool.  Most fans display and play with their minifigs, but this guy does one step further by photographing LEGO minifigs in action poses or funny scenes.  Photographer Sofiane Samlal aka Samsofy has an eye for photographing LEGO minifigures, while making the political statement or social commentary in our world around us.

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Food: Best Cheesecake

juniorscheescakesamplerOkay, so I’m a West Coast gal and the only cheesecake I know is the Cheesecake Factory.  A few weeks back, I was at the coffee shop with my girlfriends and the random topic of where to eat good cheesecake came up.  My friend was like it has to be Juniors!  I was like what?  Not the Cheesecake Factory?  I quickly got on my iPhone and started Google research on Junior’s Cheesecake.  And before you know it, we ordered the Holiday Little Fellas Sampler.

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USB Back to the Future Wall Charger

thinkgeekfluxwallcharger00The first Back to the Future film was beloved by many fans and over the years there have been many officially licensed products from the film and here’s another cool geeky item – the Back to the Future Flux Capacitor Wall Charger.

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Comic Preview: Eclipse # 4

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What would you do if our sun turned against us?  So hot that it could kill you if hit by the rays.  Maybe go to some Day Clubs?  Sounds scarier than going to a Night Club really.  I was lucky enough to be able to have a small interview with Zack Kaplan at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.  You can check it out here if you haven’t already here. [Read more…]

The Marvel Vault – A Visual History

marvelvaultupdatedI remember as a kid in the 1980s, you were either a Marvel Comics or DC Comics fan, there was no in-between.  I didn’t get serious into collecting comics until the late 1980s and early 1990s, when Marvel had an amazing staple of talents like Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefield, Marc Silverstri, Whilce Portacio and Jae Lee, just to name a few.  Every week I had a stack of Marvel comic books and a issue was like .75 cents!  If you know you have a Marvel fan this Holiday season, then The Marvel Vault – A Visual History will make a great gift item.

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Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels X-Wing Carship

hotwheelsxwingcarshipHot Wheels is well known for some of their crazy and wacky car designs.  With the life-size build of the Star Wars X-Wing Carship, Hot Wheels also announced the 1/64 scale diecast model for their toy lineup.

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Frankie’s Garage: A Chevy Corvette Turned into a Mach 5

sppedracermach5The 1960s anime Speed Racer left an impression with this car fanatic and customizer Jerry Patrick.  His dream was to build the Mach 5 car from the cartoon.  What was once a 1994 Chevy Corvette has been chopped, sliced and converted into Speed Racer’s Mach 5.  The car uses fiber class for the shape and look.  The process takes about 3-5 months to build one.

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LEGO Star Wars Battle Carousel

battlecarousellegoThis is not your ordinary LEGO Creator Carousel 10196.  This custom LEGO carousel uses a bunch of Star Wars Microfigure sets.  Looks cool!

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Comic Preview: Romulus # 2

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Story By: Bryan Hill
Art/Cover By: Nelson Blake II
Letter Art By: Troy Peteri

THE WORLD IS NOT FREE

As the dark truth of The Order of Romulus reveals itself, Ashlar faces death to stop them…but someone has come to help her, someone with a power that can set the entire world free, a power that has waited generations to find her. Will that power find her in time? [Read more…]

Custom LEGO Star Wars Battlefront Diorama

legobattleofrhenvar00A popular Star Wars campaign took place on the icy planet of Rhen Var.  Known as the Battle of Rhen Var, LEGO custom builder Markus builds an awesome recreation of the Rebel base with fighters in action and Imperial troopers on the attack.  The detailed diorama features LED lights, a command center & hangar bays with X-Wings, Y-Wings and Landspeeders.  It was a 10-month build with over 250,000 LEGO bricks and 250 minifigs.

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The Black Series: Rogue One Stormtrooper Helmet

blackseriesstormtrooperhelmetI do admit that I find the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Electronic Chewbacca Mask annoying!  The “Chewbacca mom” got her 15 minutes of viral fame and let’s move on.  This is what I really want – the Hasbro Black Series Imperial Stormtrooper Electronic Voice Changer Helmet.  This helmet is aim for adult fans that don’t want to “cosplay.”  The adult size helmet has sound effects and electronic voice changer so you can talk like a Stormtrooper.

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Hasbro Rogue One: AT-ACT Walker

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One of the most popular Star Wars toys was the AT-AT Walker and in the upcoming Rogue One film, a variant version of the AT-AT is introduced, the Imperial AT-ACT.  While the AT-AT is a heavy offensive weapon and troop carrier, the AT-ACT carries heavy materials and weapons.

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Humongous Miniature Train Landscapes

wunderland001Besides the Autobahn and Oktoberfest, Germany also has a neat miniature train museum in Hamburg City.  If you fancy Tyco train sets as a kid, then this miniature model train land is for you.  The Miniatur Wunderland is always expanding every year.  They now have on display 9 city/landscape sections.  This model comes alive with sights and sounds that are run by Miniatur Wunderland employees using specific built computers and software.

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Food: Fried Chicken Pizza

chizzaAre you tired of the endless turkey recipes this time of the year?  Well how about trying this Chizza recipe from the girls of 876TV.  The girls got their idea from KFC Japan.  Chizza is basically fried chicken with pizza toppings.

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Play Magic at Galaxy Games

galaxygamesWhere to buy & play Magic card games in the East Bay?  You might want to head out to Galaxy Games in Dublin, CA.  Eddie Ballar takes a look at the shop.  Galaxy Games focus is on Magic and card playing events.

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Frankie’s Garage: The SF International Auto Show

sfas1601Besides the throngs of Holiday shoppers in downtown San Francisco, the SF International Auto Show is happening also.  We check out the rides and other tuner cars on display at the show.

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Stormtrooper Piece of Art

stormtrooperporcelain001HK toy maker known for making detailed collectible action figures makes a collectible work of art – the Star Wars – Stormtrooper – Porcelain Pattern Version.  Hot Toys redefines the classic Stormtrooper look with a Chinese porcelain floral pattern on this 1/6th scale figure.

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Custom 3D Illustrated Maps by Sara Drake

3dmapssara01These colorful and vibrant illustrated maps just inspire you to travel around the globe or daydream at your cubicle workstation.  Created by sculptor/artist and mapmaker Sara Drake.

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Model City Made From Paper by Charles Young

paperartcity00Paperholm is the model city of paper and a wildly imaginative project by artist Charles Young.  Each day, Charles creates a new urban building out of paper and photographs it and publishes it on Instagram.  He uses 200gsm watercolor paper and PVA glue when building these models.

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The Turkey Alternative: Soy Sauce Turkey with Garlic Noodles

grandma-chicken-noodlesThanksgiving is just around the corner and why make the same old boring Turkey.  In recent years the Deep Fried Turkey and Turducken has been popular.  Why not this year, try a Soy Sauce Turkey and Garlic Noodles recipe?  My content producer Stephen Jang teamed-up with Rayfil Wong from Asian Food Nerd to produce this cooking video on a crackling delicious Soy Sauce Turkey with Garlic Noodles.

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Timberland Shoes in Chinese Takeout Boxes

chinesetakeouttimberlandLifestyle retailer Jimmy Jazz and Timberland collab on a limited 6-inch “Sesame Chicken” shoe release.  It’s that iconic Timberland brown field boot with the logos.  What’s diggty cool about this “Sesame Chicken” item is the Chinese food take-out packaging with the Jimmy Jazz labeled chopsticks and a fortune cookie included.  The boots drop this Saturday, November 19, 2016 and the special packaging will only be available at the Jimmy Jazz Harlem store in NY.

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Feeding Hannibal: A Connoisseur’s Cookbook by Janice Poon

hanniballcoverI’ve stated many times before when I watch K-Dramas, I get Korean cuisine cravings.  Watching a cute petite actress eat Jjangmyun (black bean sauce noodles), Mandu (meat dumplings), Bulgogi (BBQ beef) or Dukbokki (spicy rice cakes) just makes me hungry to munch on something.  Now back to the topic at hand, the NBC psycho-drama Hannibal.  Question, have you seen the past 3 seasons of Hannibal?  If not, go stream it somewhere!  Besides the incredible acting and visual images, it was also about the deadly appetizing food on the show.

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The Art and Making of The Flash

flashtvshowWith season 3 of The Flash under way on the CW Network, fans will enjoy the companion guide, The Art and Making of The Flash by Abbie Bernstein.  Critics and fans alike may nick pick here and there, but for me it’s an enjoyable escapism.  I’m a huge fan of the CW DC superhero universe and make it an appointment television to watch.  One of my favorite shows is of course The Flash and The Art and Making of The Flash takes fans behind-the-scenes.

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Bandai Star Wars Plastic Model Kits

bandaistarwarsplasticmodelJapanese toy company Bandai is known for their awesome Gundam snap-it plastic model kits.  Now they introduce Star Wars Plastic Model kits.  Bandai is using new technologies and toy manufacturing process to produce highly detailed snap-on Star Wars plastic model kits.

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