RollaLife Podcast: Pilot

Fan of AE86s or automobiles in general? Join Wes, Turtle, and Reyson as they explore the wonderful topic of “Rollalife”. We plan to give you a peek into the various lives and personal stories of drivers, builders, and car enthusiasts. Rollalife is an ever growing term, catch a ride in our passenger seats as we take this drive.

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Retrenders at Silicon Valley Comic Con

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The Retrenders crew will be in San Jose at Silicon Valley Comic Con this weekend and will be doing convention coverage of the event. We’ll be doing what we do best,
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The Great Wall – The Official Movie Novelization

One of the “Wonders of the World” is the Great Wall in China.  Why was this gigantic wall built?  It was to keep out evil monsters that appear every 60 years.  This is the big budget East/West production by Legendary Pictures directed by award-winning Zhang Yimou.  “The Great Wall” stars Matt Damon as the mercenary William Garin.

In search for fame and riches, mercenary William Garin and his men find themselves in remote China.  His remaining men are tired and hungry after days of being hunted down by bandits in the region.  As they rest for the night, they encounter a mysterious creature.  William is able to fend off the beast by cutting its talon off.  William and fellow survivor Pero Tovar stumble upon the amazing gigantic structure – the Great Wall.

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The Assignment Vol. #1

From the Hard Case Crime imprint, this collects the 3 issues of Walter Hill’s The Assignment.  With the upcoming movie starring Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Rodriguez, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this trade paperback.

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Hekla’s Children by James Brogden

Four teens on a outdoor hiking trip disappear.  A day later one of the teens return alive.  Hekla’s Children starts out like an episode of FOX’s Bones with sci-fi/fantasy elements.

Teacher Mr. Nathan Brookes with his “Team Leftovers”: Ryan Edwards, Catharine “Scattie” Powell, Olivia Crawford and Brandon Whitehead go on a outdoor hiking test.  During the hike, they find themselves in a different part of the park and seem to be transported to the past – the “Bronze Age.”  One survivor Olivia Crawford reappears traumatize and without memory of what happened.

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Doraemon Sneakers

This bubbly blue robot cat Doraemon is very popular in Asia.  The character created by Fujiko F. Fujio gets a special sneaker treatment from Packer Shoes x atmos x Reebok, the Doraemon Instapump Fury OG Pad.

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Comic Book Preview: Assassin’s Creed – Reflections #1

Lots Assassin’s Creed comics dropping March 8, 2017.  I’m looking forward to this new Assassin’s Creed series Reflections.  Templar agent Otso Berg’s work takes him to 15th century Florence.

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The Great Wall – The Art of the Film

thegreatwallbookThis weekend Legendary Pictures releases one of their big films of the year into the multiplexes – The Great Wall starring Matt Damon.  Suppose the Great Wall in China was not just built to defend from the human element but also “monsters.”  Actor Matt Damon and the all-star Chinese cast look to defend the Great Wall and humanity from these evil beasts.  Titan Books official companion guide The Great Wall – The Art of the Film takes a behind-the-scenes at the epic production.

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Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories

annodracula1899Over the years of reviewing various novels and comics for Retrenders, I’ve enjoyed reading the many tales of Kim Newman’s vampire creation Anno Dracula and world of characters around him.  “Anno Dracula 1899 and Other Stories” is a collection of short stories to get fans primed for the upcoming novel Anno Dracula 1899: Daikaiju.  Not only that, Titan Comics will kick-off a brand new Anno Dracula series by author Kim Newman and art by Paul McCaffrey launching in March 2017.

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Food: Kit Kat Sushi

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With Valentine’s Day coming, Kit Kat in Japan is offering for a limited time Kit Kat Sushi.  You can only get the 3-piece Kit Kat Sushi when you spend more than $27.00USD at the premium KitKat Chocolatory shop, located in Ginza, Tokyo.

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Toy Story Combiner Robot

bandaitoystoryrobotThe popular Pixar animation Toy Story gets the Chogokin treatment.  This is the Tamashii Nations Chogokin Toy Story Super Combined Buzz The Space Ranger Robo!

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xXx: Return of Xander Cage

xandercage“You know how I came up with the idea of the Triple-X program?  Skateboards and swimming pools.”  (Augustus Gibbons)

I remember watching the first Triple-X in theaters and I had to say, I enjoyed watching the Vin Diesel popcorn flick.  Bypassing Ice Cube’s xXx sequel, like Brett Ratner’s X-Men 3, Vin Diesel reprises his role as super punk-rock agent Xander Cage.  I now find myself reading xXx:  Return of Xander Cage – The Official Movie Novelization and just maybe watching this Fast and the Furious wannabe at the multiplexes.

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Magazine Preview: The Walking Dead – Companion to the Comic Series

walkingmagazine0101The Walking Dead has been a pop-culture phenom in both TV and comics format.  This official The Walking Dead magazine provides a guide to the comics series which great for fans and beginners to this zombie universe.

The companion comics guide features interviews with creators Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard.  There are also articles discussing fan-favorite characters, defining comic book moments in the series, exploration of the Walking Dead universe and interviews with the creative team.

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“Hear Me Spirit” by Zachary Sweet

zachsweets03Oaktown artist Zachary Sweet showcases his “Hear Me Spirit” Collection at Woot Bear.  It’s a mix of weirdos, monsters and ghosts from his dreams, nightmares and his artsy brain.  The “Hear Me Spirit” Collection features new paintings, mixed media pieces and resin figures.  If you like dark humor, then check this art at Woot Bear.

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Comic Book Preview: Samurai #2.5

samurai00Teacher Master Kaz mission is to rescue Takeo and his brother Akio.  The brothers find themselves in danger Ogomo.

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Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels Ford Fiesta Drift Short

snowkhana5legohotwheelsIt’s Snowkhana 5!  This fun stop-motion short film has the Hot Wheels 1/64 scale die-cast car drifting around toy town.

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Batman: A Celebration of the Classic TV Series

batmanclassictvseriesI remember watching the 1960s Batman TV show with my grandfather in our living room.  We would have a blast watching these reruns.  Now to celebrate this iconic TV program, Titan Books has released Batman – A Celebration of the Classic TV Series.

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Frankie’s Garage: Hot Wheels Nissan Fairlady 2000

hotwheelsfairlady2000Lately Hot Wheels has been putting really cool JDM cars from the past and present at retail shelves.  As you can see from my picture, I’ve been collecting tons of Hot Wheels JDM-type cars.  Hot Wheels Car Designer Jun Imai talks his love for classic Nissan cars and creating the 1/64 diecast scale Nissan Fairlady 2000 for Hot Wheels.

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Food: The Sushi Burger

sushiburgersFood trends:  The Sushi Burger.  We had the Ramen burgers and Korean burritos, now comes the sushi burger.  The rice is turned into a bread-like bun, substitute meat patty with any Japanese-style fish and top it off with Asian sauces.  Shouldn’t this be called a Sushi Fish Sandwich instead?

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Frankie’s Garage: The Nissan Rogue One X-Wing SUV

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Like the Hot Wheels X-Wing Carship, at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story red carpet event, Nissan also had their Rogue SUV outfitted to look like a X-Wing fighter.  The Nissan Rogue SUV was painted to look like the iconic X-Wing with jet engines and laser blasters fitted onto the sides of the car.  And to top it off, an R2 Droid sat on top.

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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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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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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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