One 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.
Here’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.
When 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.
The 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!
Early 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.
Have you watched Stranger Things yet? Well, get a Netflix subscription! A few weeks ago, our Retrenders colleague Johnny Moreno binge watched Stranger Things and wrote a review on it (Stranger Things review). He then called me in the middle of the night to tell me to watch it! So I did and it was well worth it. Like many 80s kids, I had fond memories of movies and music from that era. And one of the many important factors in the success of Stranger Things is the music made by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein. They have just released 2 new tracks to preview for the upcoming Vol 1 and Vol 2 releases digitally and CD format.
The popular toy-art figures Be@rbricks are back with another series. Medicom Toys releases the Be@rbricks Series 32. The 3″ bear-like LEGO mini-figs feature 12 base designs and 10 “chase designs.” This year’s collection features company designs like the Suicide Squad, Terminator, One Punch Man and artists like Shoko Nakazawa and Fujio Akatsuka.
Do you remember playing the classic Sega 3D fighter Virtua Fighter in the arcades? Relive the video game fighting magic as two popular Virtua Fighter characters Akira Yuki and Sarah Bryant get the Figma action figure treatment. The 6-inch action figures get the polygon look from the first Virtua Fighter video game. Each figure comes with various interchangeable hand accessories and display stand.
The post-apocalyptic future Earth is unkind to the masses. It’s little like Kevin Costner’s ill-fated Waterworld and Mad Max: Fury Road, well kind of. The world is more of a mix between anime Garganita on the Verdurous Planet without the mechas and Brian Wood’s comic The Massive as an environmental disaster destroys most of the Earth. Land dwelling places to live are scarce the exception of mega-cities or large ship-cities that rule the seas. And the internet is run by one gatekeeper, this is the first novel by author Ren Warom – Escapology.
The iconic fantasy adventure 1980s flick Labyrinth comes to board game world. Just like the film, the mission is to save Toby. Euro game company and The Jim Henson Company have put together a solid board game experience with dices, cards and game figures. Players can take on the task being Sarah, Hoggle, Ludo or Didymus to stop the Goblin King.
This spacecraft toy looks like it’s from the 1980s’s Silverhawks cartoon show, remember that? But, this is Space Hawk from Ravensburger. Space Hawk combines the toy element, while adding the smartphone (sold separately) interactivity and board game aesthetics into one. Fun for kids and adults trying to save the galaxy!
Messed-up marriages, adultery, temptation, jealously and power all come to play in this pulp novel SoHo Sins. With a long career in the modern art scene, author Richard Vine pens his first novel using New York City art world as the backdrop.
In SoHo Sins the art scene golden couple is Philip and Amanda Oliver. Philip a techy millionaire is in a broken marriage with his current wife Amanda Wingate, the art collector heiress. The art world is rocked when Amanda is found murdered in her home. Art dealer and friend of the couple Jackson Wyeth and his P.I. buddy Hogan are on the job to investigate Amanda’s grisly death.
Vinyl Pulp goes to the Baby Fatts Gallery at Woot Bear! The custom resin toy art dragon Baby Fatts created by Big C Art aka Colin Hoffman gets the star treatment by many artists in this custom toy art show. We interview Big C Art and recap the event.
New streetwear brand INEFFABLE drops their Lookbook for Summer 2016! The New Jersey company founder Zack Fryer gets his streetwear inspiration from Japan. The look and feel of the collection is Shinjuku all day. Look fresh and stay cool.
American poet and writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) known for his outspoken commentary on everyday people living in Americana gets a short film based on one his poems. Filmmaker Kayhan Lannes Ozmen opts for a visual short from Bukowski’s short story collection “Notes of a Dirty Old Man” poem “Girl on the Escalator.”
If you dig jigsaw solving like USAopoly Ghostbusters Art Series Puzzles, then this new set of comic book art puzzles for The Walking Dead will make your day. The two puzzle pieces features comic book cover art work from The Walking Dead issue 50 and 92. Each puzzle is 550-pieces and form a 18×24 picture.
I am not a pin collecting fanatic, but I do have some pins from when I went to SF Giants baseball games and get them as giveaways. Pin collectors and Transformers fans come together with this BAIT collab. Limited to 500 pieces – this is a 2-piece pin set featuring the iconic Autobot and Decepticon logos.
Ben Seto will be offering a limited edition GID Buntrooper in Woot Bear Colorway. Each Buntrooper glows in the dark, comes with a special blister packaging and will cost around $70.00USD each. Ben Seto will be at Booth O15.
Summer time is a time for travel and years ago I’ve backpacked through Europe – let just tell you it was great life experience. Two kids inspired by their 6 month traveling around Europe, friends Patrick Alick and Evan Solomon founded a small streetwear label JackRabbit Clothing.
What I’m bumping on my steps walking? The latest by Oakland native Kehlani with the song CRZY. It’s a smoking in-your face bass bumping track. She has drop two mixtapes: Cloud 19 and You Should Be Here.
I remember sitting at the Cornet Theater, an iconic large single-screen theater in San Francisco, before all the crazy IMAX 3D stuff and mega-mall multiplexes watching the summer blockbuster Independence Day. Twenty years have past with a new sequel ID4 Resurgence. The nasty aliens are back to drain Earth’s natural resources. Okay, I admit Resurgence may not measure up to the classic summer hit ID4, but if you want some popcorn action with no thinking – then you might want to see ID4 Resurgence. Along with the movie, Titan Books has released The Art & Making of Independence Day Resurgence.