Snapchat Video Glasses

snapchatglassesSnapchat is a popular photo/video sharing app has now released a physical product.  The Snapchat Spectacles are video camera sunglasses, kinda of like mix of GoPro and James Bond spy glasses.  There are 3 different color choices to choose from and with a tap of a button the glasses records 10 second of video and transfers your “Memories” via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to Snapchat.

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UNDEFEATED x A BATHING APE

bapeundefeatedcoverTwo streetwear brands Undefeated and A Bathing Ape join forces for a super duper mini-capsule collection which drops today – September 24, 2016.  This 24-piece collection features graphic tees, shirts, jackets, one type of sweatpant and one type of hat.  Looking fresh for this Fall will be wallet-busting as prices range from $112.00USD and up to $681.00USD for this mini-collection.

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Black Series Sergeant Jyn Erso

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Since I’m on a budget and storage space issue these days, I am very picky on what figures I get.  The Rogue One toys are now hitting the toy shelves at retailers and this Black Series Sergeant Jyn Erso is on my list.  The 6″ action figure has lots of neat details and pose-ability.

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The Art of Deus Ex Universe

deusexartbookHave you played Deus Ex:  Mankind Divided?  Go play it!  Have you read Deus Ex: Black Light?  Go read it!  After doing all this now you can enjoy this by Titan Books – The Art of Deus Ex Universe.

deusart001Video game journalist Paul Davies takes us to EIDOS Montreal and interviews the players – the design and art teams behind the Deus Ex universe.  The artist and designers talk about the incredible world building and designing the right characters.  They also talk about building the atmosphere and emotion to get players into this world.  The art book contains over 300 images, art pieces, concept designs, character profiles, CGI art and sketches from Human Revolution and Mankind Divided video games.

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Deus Ex: Black Light by James Swallow

deusexblacklightcoverBased on the video game series Deus Ex, this new official “canon” novel Deus Ex: Black Light bridges the gap between the end of the video game Deus Ex:  Human Revolution and prequel to the new video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.  Author James Swallow who has already penned various Deus Ex original novels starts Black Light like the first Bourne Identity, as Jason Bourne, I mean ex-cop and ex-security Adam Jensen is found at sea and has no memory of his last mission.

Our cyber “augmented” hero Adam Jensen must piece together his past and retrace his steps to find what is going on and all roads lead him back home to Detroit and his former employer Sarif Industries.

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DZ Android Mini Series 06

deadzebraandroid6001Dead Zebra Inc’s popular Android vinyl is back with series 6.  The Android Mini Series 06 features 16 designs including 3 rare chase figures.  Designs feature artwork from Google, artists like Andrew Bell, Andrea Kang, Colus, Dwaine Morris, Igor Ventura, Jessica Wang, Nathan Jurevicius and Otto Bjornik.

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Suicide Squad – The Official Movie Novelization

suicidesquadnovelI will stay out of the critics/fans Suicide Squad movie squabble mess.  Yes, the movie had some misses, like the under-character development of various characters and the overly long 3rd act, but overall I enjoyed director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad as a just a fun summer popcorn action flick.  With the hoopla surrounding the Suicide Squad movie, I was intrigued with the Suicide Squad novelization by long-time DC comic book author Marv Wolfman.

The U.S. government appoints Amanda Waller to establish Task Force X part of the A.R.G.U.S. program to use super criminals locked-up in prison for special government missions.  Dr. June Moone aka Enchantress finds a way to raise his trap brother Incubus back into the world of the living.  Together they have a plan to destroy and rule the world.  Waller taps Colonel Rick Flag to be the liaison for this “Suicide Squad” team and assembles Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, El Diablo and Slipknot to stop the Enchantress and her brother Incubus.

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A Bathing Ape x Capcom Collection

bapecapcomcoverCapcom video games gets a BAPE collection of graphic tees and tote bags for games like Resident Evil, Street Fighter V and Monster Hunter.  The collection drops September 17, 2016 at BAPE.com.

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JumpFromPaper A/W 2016 Collection

jfpaw2016001Are you looking for that vibrant fun bag for these winter months ahead?  Well here is the A/W 2016 bag/purse collection from JumpFromPaper.  The Taiwanese accessory brand has been making distinctive pop-color backpacks, bags, wallets and purses since 2010.

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Making Artwork from Real Food

foodartayananyThat KFC painting looks like it was made with watercolors, but it’s not.  It’s a mix of honey and ketchup.  Artist Aya Hany combines her two loves – food and art into one.

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Gundam Virtual Reality Battle

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What is it like to watch a battle between a giant Gundam Mobile Suit and Zaku?  Well, Bandai Namco in Japan will take you there VR-style with there experimental VR Zone Project iCan in Odaiba.  The Gundam VR attraction is located in the Divercity Tokyo Plaza shopping mall right next to the giant Gundam statue.

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Transformer Combiner Wars: Victorion

tfvictorionboxI have bought a couple of Hasbro’s Transformers Combiner Wars toy line, well the ones I like so far and here’s one on my list, Combiner Wars Victorion.  This is the first all-female robot combiner team features 6 figures:  Voyager Class Pyra Magna, Deluxe Class Dust Up, Jumpstream, Skyburst, Stormclash, and Legends Class Rust Dust.

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Interview with Fashion Designer Jason Wu

jasonwufall2016Fashion friends interview each other at Google, model Martha Hunt and designer Jason Wu talk about the changes in the fashion industry.  Jason discusses the future of not just the design elements, but using social media, the fast changing technologies and the future of the brick & mortar retail segment.

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Reebok Classic x BlackPink

blackpinkreebokReebok signs up new K-pop girl group BlackPink to rep the Reebok Classic brand.  The YG Entertainment pop group features Kim Ji-soo, Jennie Kim, Roseanne Park and Pranpriya Manoban.  BlackPink has released two tracks:  Whistle and Boombayah.

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Batman Cosplay Outfit with Lots of Bat-Gadgets

batmancosplaySpecial Effects guru Julian Checkley is not just your ordinary Batman cosplayer, he makes working Bat-gadgets as well.  Inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham Origins, he designed the Bat-costume with working Bat weapons, like LCD video screen, smoke bombs, flashlight, communications unit and more.

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Fan Contest with Star Wars Rogue One Toys

starwarsgoroguecoverIn a new effort to PR the new Rogue One film and push out the toys, Lucasfilms and Tongal have teamed up with fans to create a series cool stop-motion shorts using Rogue One toys from Hasbro, The LEGO Group, FUNKO, JAKKS Pacific, Mattel and the Disney Store.

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Custom LEGO Gundam RX-78-2 Mobile Suit

legogundamjanlegoI always find it amazing what LEGO builders can do with LEGO bricks.  I remember as a kid buying those Bandai Snap-on Gundam models and this custom LEGO Gundam RX-78-2 Mobile Suit looks just like those model kits.  This huge mecha unit is highly detailed with articulation built by LEGO builder JAN LEGO.

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Hot Sauce USB Power!

baitsrirachaBesides Tapatío hot sauce, my other favorite hot sauce is Sriracha.  Sriracha fans get a dose of USB charge with this BAIT x Sriracha Bottle External Power Bank.

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ALIENS – The Set Photography

aliensartbookOne of the huge blockbuster movies that made a strong impression on me growing in the 1980s was James Cameron’s ALIENS.  It was scary with kick-ass action, had a memorable cast of actors and just a great science fiction storyline.  With a collection of artwork, on-set location pictures and behind-the-scenes photographs, author Simon Ward takes us ALIENS fans on a journey with ALIENS – The Set Photography by Titan Books.

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Tarzan on Film by Scott Tracy Griffin

tarzanHere’s a good Trivia-pursuit question, what is the longest running film franchise?  The James Bond series or the Godzilla monster movies?  Nope.  It’s Tarzan!  Tarzan on Film by Tarzan fanatic author Scott Tracy Griffin explores the over 90-plus years of Tarzan films, from the Hollywood silent film era, the animated versions, the made-for-TV films and network television runs.

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The High Ground by Melinda Snodgrass

thehighgroundWhen you have Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin giving praise about this book, it got my attention.  The High Ground – The Imperials Saga is the first book in an epic science-fiction trilogy by author Melinda Snodgrass.  The heart of the story, a handsome lower-class boy Thracius Belmanor aka Tracy working his way up the class-system falls in love with Princess Mercedes Adalina Saturnina Inez de Arango.  It’s mix of BBC drama and a Kdrama love triangle set in outer space worlds.

By year 2100s the Earth is mostly uninhabitable and humans have conquered other worlds in galaxies far away.  In Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek when Warp engine technology was discovered it was about the search of new worlds and exploration, but here in this universe, when Fold technology is discovered, humans created a backward class-system hierarchy to control the galaxy and subjugated all the aliens they have conquered like the Haijin, Isanjo and Cara’ot races into “servants”.  The Imperial Family, the father and king Fernan Marcus Serverino Beltran de Arango has a dilemma on his hands.  His 5 wives only gave him daughters and no sons to inherit the throne.  He wants his eldest daughter Mercedes to inherit the kingdom.  The Princess has other plans like attending the military school – The High Ground.  She will be the first woman admitted to school on a large city-port space station.   On the other side, is Tracy whose father is tailor to the “rich” and while Tracy wants none of the class system BS, he is “forced” to go to the High Ground military school.

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Food: Hipster Chinese American Cuisine

misterjiurestaurantI have spent a couple of years of living in SF and all I remember is late night dive and karaoke bars in Chinatown next to North Beach.  Now a hipster Chinese-American fusion style restaurant has opened up – Mister Jiu’s.  Chef’s Night Out check outs owner/chef Brandon Jew about Mister Jiu’s eatery, historic SF Chinatown and eating round the neighborhood.

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Kidrobot Yummy World

coverartyummyworldThe love of toy food art is here with Yummy World.  There are 14 wacky food character designs to collect like Chezzy Pie and Flaco Taco.  Fans who like the Seth Rogen’s Sausage Party flick will probably enjoy collecting these too!

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Toast Sculptures for Eating

toastcoverThis is some incredible eatable toast art.  The creator behind all this is Adam Perry.  It all started when his daughter Scarlett who has severe food allergies a few months back.  Adam saw how lame her breakfast was and decided to make it entertaining.  Each sculpture takes about two bread slices, then he snaps a picture and serves the toast breakfast to her daughter.

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Poe Dameron X-Wing Prop Replica Helmet

starwarsstudioeditioncoverEarly this year, Disney announced a new line of official authentic film replicas of props from the Star Wars franchise – the Star Wars Collectibles:  Ultimate Studio Edition.  This ain’t know Burger King-style run and gun operation, these are made to order (takes around 16 weeks) with custom display pedestals and packed into wooden crates.  Different helmets, lightsabers and weapons are available to order.  These props are for the high-end Star Wars fan collector and likely used for display purposes.  Expect premium prices.

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