Boba Fett Hoodie

bobbafetthoodieFans of the iconic Star Wars bounty hunter Boba Fett will take to this Disney Store exclusive – the Boba Fett Interactive App Hoodie for Adults and Kids.

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Custom LEGO Chinese Restaurant/Ghostbusters HQ

customchineseghostbusters00One of the most iconic film buildings is the original Ghostbuster’s Firehouse HQ.  With the new girl-power Ghostbusters flick is coming, LEGO fan-builder Eric Duron aka Baronsat builds a new custom Ghostbusters HQ with the Chinese Restaurant.

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Figma Samus Aran Figure!

gscseamus01Another cool looking Samus Aran figure version from Figma coming in December 2016.  From the hit Nintendo video game Metroid series comes the Samus Aran Zero Suit Version.  The action figure sculpt was designed by Max Factory (Masanori Kuroda, Masu).  The articulated figure stands around 5.5″ tall and comes with a display stand.

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Drink: Ghostbuster’s Ecto-Cooler

ectocoolerdrinkSay what you want about Sony’s new flick Ghostbusters, but something else is back that might be a lot cooler!  The drink company Hi-C has brought back the slimey yummy drink Ecto-Cooler from 1987.

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The Age of Treachery by Gavin Scott

ageoftreacherycoverI recently watched Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015)” on rental.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great.  And by coincidence my next book review takes place around this post-WWII/Cold War era, it’s “The Age of Treachery” by author Gavin Scott.

World War II has just ended and like many soldiers returning home to England, Duncan Forrester is trying to adjust into normal civilian life.  The ex-Special Operations Executive agent, Duncan is back at Oxford College as a archaeology researcher. A fellow colleague David Lyall is murdered on campus and everything points to Duncan’s best friend Gordon Clark.  Duncan Forrester begins his own investigation.

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Kidrobot TMNT Series 2

krtmntseries2Fans of the Kidrobot TMNT vinyl toys get a Series 2 release.  The 3″ vinyl figures features 14 characters to collect including the chase figures.  Look to spend $10 bucks for a blind box and a case for around $200 bucks.

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Dark Horse Comics Coloring Books

dhavatarbooksI’m hooked on coloring.  Recently when I was at Michaels arts and craft store, I bought some TMNT coloring books and crayons.  Dark Horse Comics just announced two adult coloring book releases:  Avatar – The Last Airbender and Serenity.  The coloring books will feature 45-pages of original artwork on thick paperstock.  The 10″x10″ coloring books will cost $14.99USD each.

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Custom LEGO Transformers Sideswipe

legomodesg1sideswipeIf you’re not able to hunt down a G1 Autobot Sideswipe or the Masterpiece version, then about you build your own with LEGOs.  LEGO fanbuilder Joe Perez aka MortalSwordsman builds a custom G1 Sideswipe.  And it transforms into car mode and back in 9 steps.

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Star Wars X-Wing Board Game

xwingff00I played lots of board games with my siblings when we were younger.  One game in particular that was fun to play was the classic Screaming Eagles (1987) board game from Milton Bradley.  Roll the dice and pick your cards.  Somewhat similar and a little more complicated is Fantasy Flight’s new X-Wing Miniatures Game.

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Warcraft: Durotan

durotanBefore we start this review, let us take a moment to explain that I’m not a Warcraft fanatic or even a Starcraft hardcore gamer.  In college, I was more of a Command & Conquer fan and played a lot of it, especially during final weeks from what I remember.  With the release of the live-action Warcraft film this weekend, this paperback novel Warcraft: Durotan is the prequel storyline for the Warcraft movie.

This tale begins with the young Durotan learning how to be a leader of the Frostwolves orc clan from his dad Garad and mother Geyah.  For generations, the Frostwolves have been living in Frostfire Ridge near the Greatfather Mountain, which provide food and shelter.  A mysterious warlock Gul’dan appears and tells of a new evil coming to destroy their lands.  Gul’dan asks Garad to join their united orc clans – the Horde.  He promises a land to the South where there is much food, fresh water and better lands.  Chieftain Garad dismisses Gul’dan as evil, but over the years the area of Frostfire Ridge becomes increasingly harder to hunt for food with harsher summers and winters.

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Star Trek Currency – Canadian Silver Coins

startrekmoneyOh Canada!  The Royal Canadian Mint have printed a set of Star Trek Silver Coins.  The subscription service will cost over $220CAD for the 4 coin Star Trek collection.

  • Coin 1: Captain Kirk (priced at $54.95, ships in May, 2016)
  • Coin 2: Scotty (priced at $54.95, ships in July, 2016)
  • Coin 3: Uhura (priced at $54.95, ships in August, 2016)
  • Coin 4: Spock (priced at 54.95, ships in September, 2016)

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The Vans x Nintendo Collection

vansxnintendocollectionThe Vans x Nintendo Collection has just dropped into retail and Vans online.  Nintendo fans will enjoy a variety of apparel and accessories like hoodies, shoes, backpacks, shirts and socks.  Prices range from $12.00USD and up to $75.00USD.

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New Pompeii by Daniel Godfrey

titanbooksnewpompeiiOne of our favorite sci-fi genre’s is about time traveling.  In pop culture entertainment, we have a fetish for the “past”, like what if we could travel to the 1950s era or Roman times and so on, and then have the ability to change the future?  I remember having a dandy of a time reading Timeline (1999) by Michael Crichton.  A footnote, please do not watch the lame movie adaptation of Timeline (2003), but do read the book instead.  In the vein of Timeline and Jurassic Park, Daniel Godfrey’s New Pompeii is this and more.

The protagonist Dr. Nick Houghton has been stuck in limbo as a part-time college intern and researcher, due to his dad’s outspoken negative comments against one the world’s biggest energy company Novus Particles.  NovusPart has created technology to grab matter from the past and bring it into the future.  For instance, the company saved the ancient Roman town of Pompeii which was destroyed by volcanic eruption.  NovusPart was able to build a replica town called New Pompeii and saved many of the townspeople.  With this incredible technology, history buff and researcher Dr. Nick Houghton is offered a job to see New Pompeii.  He’s excited to see what real Roman’s are like and to learn how they interact at pubs, bath houses and in the homes. But as he steps into New Pompeii, he notices some discrepancies in the town and among the people.  He wonders what happened to his predecessor Dr. Samson?  And why are many buildings empty, when many of the poor townspeople have nothing?  Nick begins to wonder if there is deeper conspiracy by NovusPart.  It’s up to Nick, Roman leader Barbatus and his daughter Calpurnia to stop NovusPart from changing history and the timeline.

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Frankie’s Garage: Renault Alpine Vision Concept

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Renault’s new concept to road car with heritage from the A110 sports car.  EVO takes a first look at French automaker Renault’s Alpine Vision concept.

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Custom LEGO Star Wars First Order HQ MOC

firstorderbaselegostyleDon’t bad guys always have cool HQ’s?  If you watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the First Order Garrison base was pretty incredible.  Now LEGO master builder No More Bricks builds a big custom First Order Garrison HQ.  It was displayed in Philadelphia at the 2016 Philly Brick Fest.

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LEGO Marvel Super Hero Airport Battle 76051

legomarvel7605100Okay, I admit I’m a Marvel fanatic and I’ve watched Captain America Civil War 3 times already in 3D IMAX.  The airport battle scene was amazing.  Now if you want to re-create this movie history scene again, then take a look at this LEGO Marvel Super Hero Airport Battle 76051.

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Food Art: Stormtrooper Dim Sum

zardapuyastormtrooper00Let’s yum cha with these Stormtrooper helmet-inspired Dim Sum Bamboo Steamer.  This would be cool if had your dim sum served in this Star Wars Bamboo Steamer.  Created by local SF artist Zard Apuya.

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Takara/Tomy Metalkore Marvel Figures

metalkoremarvelJust dropping into retail in Asia is Takara/Tomy have added more figures to their Metalkore Marvel line-up.  Captain America, Spider-Man, Thor and the Hulk join in on the action.  The figures have very limited articulation, just the arms move, but if you like a mix of plastic, diecast and for display, these figures are a nice pick-up.

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Interstellar – Limited Edition 2-Pack

interstellaractionfigures00Either you love Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar space epic or hate it with a passion, here’s something you can kind of like, the NECA Limited Edition Action Figure 2-Pack.  It may not have the Hot Toys bling, but if you’re on a budget, it’s a nice 2-pack for display.  The Brand and Cooper figures stand 8″ tall with articulation.  The action figures come various accessories and with sculpted likeness of actors Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway.

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Interview with Artists Scrotumnose & Onihat

scrotumnosecoveronihatcoverWe have double the fun in Artist Alley from FanimeCon 2015.  Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews artists David Alegre aka Scrotumnose and Ashley Tahilan aka Onihat.  Davie talks about his food pun artwork and Ashley about her cool stickers.

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Interview with Artist Whitney Jiar

wjcoverartWe take fans into Artist Alley from FanimeCon 2015.  Ramen and a Half host Eddie Ballar interviews artist Whitney Jiar about her art work and FanimeCon.

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Interview with Jrock band Back-On!

back-oninterviewThis video was recorded at FanimeCon 2015, our Ramen and a Half host Eddie Ballar interviews the Jrock band Back-On!  The band talks about how they got together and their favorite anime to watch.

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Interview with Voice Actress Ai Nonaka

jonelleainonakainterviewWith the biggest NorCal anime convention happening this Memorial Day weekend, we had some unreleased FanimeCon 2015 footage that’s out now! From our Retrenders vault, our interview with voice actress/singer Ai Nonaka.  Recored at FainmeCon 2015.

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Mindstyle x CoolRain NBA Series 2 Figures

coolraincurry00I recently blogged about the Mindstyle x CoolRain NBA 7 foot version figures.  So, if you don’t have the extra large space at your house or deep cash pockets to buy those super large figures, then you can find the cheaper and smaller – 4.75″ tall figures for around $20.00USD at retail or eBay-type stores.

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Frankie’s Garage: The Honda Civic Rally Car

hondarallycrosscivicHonda is entering the world of rallying with it’s Civic Coupe.  The once-popular “Fast & Furious” pocket rocket Civic will compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) in 2016.

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