Viral Video Friday: Seis Manos

seismanosThis animated trailer looks intriguing.  This takes place on the border town of San Simon, Mexico late 1970s.  A Chinese immigrant Chiu Lee Man takes in 3 orphan kids who he mentors and trains in way of martial arts.  When he is murdered, the 3 kids: Silencio, Isabela, and Jesus team up with a DEA Agent and Federale officer to seek revenge against the cartel.

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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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Kidrobot: The Simpsons 25th Anniversary Mini Series

kr25yearsimpsonscoverIt’s here!  Kidrobot celebrates the 25th Anniversary of the hit FOX show The Simpsons.  The 3″ vinyl collectible toys features Homer, Bart and various Chase figures.

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South Park: “The Many Faces of Cartman”

cartmankrcoverWhen the Kidrobot x South Park 3″ vinyl series came out years back, I was hooked and bought a bunch a blind boxes.  Now, a new Kidrobot and South Park collab, but it’s all about fatty Cartman.  This is the Kidrobot x South Park: Many Faces of Cartman.

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The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie

peanutsmoviecoverTwo major comic strips that I grew up in my childhood was Bill Watterson’s Calvin & Hobbes and George M. Schulz’s iconic cartoon character Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang.  I remember having so much fun reading the strips as a kid with my siblings and then watching the Charlie Brown cartoon Holiday specials on TV with my grandparents.  Just pure nostalgia.  After years of waiting, we now finally get an “official Charlie Brown cartoon” from animation house Blue Sky Studios.  Author Jerry Schmitz takes us Charlie Brown fans on an incredible journey inside Blue Sky Studios in The Art and Making of The Peanuts Movie.

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Miles from Tomorrowland Stellosphere

stellosphereboxIf you’re fan of Disney cartoon series Miles from Tomorrowland, then you might want to pick-up this nifty spacecraft/playset featuring lights, sounds, and 3 separate spacecraft that can combine into one bigger craft.  The Stellosphere does require 6 AAA batteries that are not included.

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Transformers: The Movie, Original Motion Picture Score

TransformersCoverIn the age of digital downloads and streaming music, who goes to the record stores and buys the physical copy?  Well, if you’re an old-school fanboy like me, this is one CD you should definitely buy, The Transformers:  The Movie Original Motion Picture Score by Vince DiCola.  Let’s not mistake these soundtrack CDs for the Michael Bay live-action crap, this is the 1986 animated Transformers flick.  Yes, you should be aware The Transformers: The Movie CD which came out in 1986, but that CD featured all the pop songs like “The Touch” & “Dare” and only a couple of score tracks.  This release features 25 tracks of music score from the movie.

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Viral Video Friday: Teen Titans Go! Funny Clips

teentitansgoViral Video Friday goes all Teen Titans Go!  Here’s a collection of funny clips collection for your cubicle break.

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Evolution Toy Mazinger aka Tranzor Z

mazingerzIf you’re an 1980s kid and remember another robot cartoon known as Tranzor Z, here’s an cool item from Evolution Toy.  From their Metal Action line, this is the Brain Condor Great Mazinger.  This is not the full robot, but this collectible toy focuses on the plane that docks onto Mazinger’s head.

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Movie Poster Art by Ale Giorgini

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Fargo TV Tribute

Illustrator/graphic designer Ale Giorgini has created a fan following with his series of turning pop culture films and TV shows into cartoon-like posters.  Here’s a selection of his poster art.

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Dr Strangelove Tribute

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Robotech 30th Anniversary SD Blind Box

robotech30The iconic 1980s cartoon Robotech celebrates 30-years in 2015 and Toynami in the upcoming weeks will drop a neat Robotech blind box set of vinyl figures.  The mini-figures vary from 2-3 inches and features: Destroid Tomahawk, Hikaru Ichijo, Regult, VF-1A 1 and VF-1A 2.  No word on any chase figures just yet.

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Viral Video Friday: Followers

animationzinkThe “Followers” animated short tells the tale of man escaping prison meeting a boy running away from school. What happens next?  Just watch.

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The Best of Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

bestofsnakeeyesLike a greatest hits compilation CD from a band, Hasbro Studios has put up their own “Best of” tribute to a couple of popular G.I. Joe characters from their various cartoon incarnations.  Hasbro Studios gathers the best cartoon clips of Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow.

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Takara Masterpiece Ultra Magnus MP-22

ultramagnuscoverOne of the hottest toy releases this year is the Takara Masterpiece Ultra Magnus MP-22.  The iconic G1 Ultra Magnus toy gets a fitting Masterpiece release and it will a very hot collector’s item.  Not only does Autobot Commander resemble closely to the G1 cartoons, it features a detachable trailer and two figures:  Spike and Daniel.  The Masterpiece Ultra Magnus also includes 2 different hands, 2 missiles, face plate and “The Matrix” of leadership.

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Comikaze Expo 2014 – Eddie deAngelini on his comic Collectors

Comikaze Expo 2014 Eddie de Angelini on his comic CollectorsRamen and Half interviews Eddie DeAngelini about his comic – Collectors. He tells us how the story was originally supposed to be a film script, but making it into a comic strip took a life of its own, especially when it’s about him and his wife!

Transformers Generations: Jetfire

generationsjetfireI’m a big Transformers G1 Jetfire fan and this Hasbro release of Jetfire looks amazing.  I’m looking to pick this Transformer at Toys’R’Us.  Check out the review by Optibotimus:

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A $5O Pen! But it Transforms.

optimusprimepenCan I sell you a pen that cost over $50.00USD and holds not too much ink?  Well, you will buy it if you’re a Transformers and G1 Optimus Prime fan.  Produced by Sentinel Toys, this is Optimus Prime Convoy pen!  In robot mode, the action figure looks close to the classic G1 cartoon series and has good articulation.  After you’re finishing playing with it and you need to do some homework, you can transform it into a pen.

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Super Deformed Big Head SDF-1

mastermadesdf1Macross (Robotech) fans will enjoy this cool SDF1 toy from Master Made.  The SDF1 Makuros gets the cute super big head treatment.  The Makuros is also transformable and has articulation.  It comes with a neat base stand and two Veritechs with stands.

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ILLEST x Voltron

voltronxillestAs a kid growing up in the 1980s and watching lots of cartoons on the tube after school, the animated cartoon Voltron has a special place in my heart.  Just dropped is the coolest of cool collabs – Illest x Voltron.  This mini-capsule collection features kids tees, adult tees, keychains, stickers. and 1 lanyard.

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Gallery Nucleus: Heroes In A Half Shell Celebration

tmntartgalleryWay back in the 1980s when Mirage Comics published Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creation The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nobody had any idea how big these green turtles would get in pop-culture.  From all the movies, cartoons, toy lines and other merchandising, the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still here today kicking butt.

On July 12, 2014 in Alhambra, CA, Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon presented an “official” TMNT art exhibition for the 30th Anniversary.  Over 30 artists were involved showcasing TMNT artwork.  Also featured, were production stills, memorabilia, storyboards and many other neat things from Nick’ cartoon series.  In collaboration with our LA outfit Project 760 Productions we give TMNT-fans a glimpse of what happened at the event.

 

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Legend of Korra Cosplayers @ FanimeCon 2014

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More cosplay fun FanimeCon 2014.  We are again up late, roaming around the convention floor, because you know, that’s the ‘con experience’ – 24 hours of anime and no sleep!  Ramen host Jonelle spots 2 cosplayers cosplaying from her favorite Nick’ series – Avatar:  Legend of Korra.

LEGO The Simpsons Minifigures out May 2014

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The LEGO Simpsons House 71006 is awesome, but if it’s not your cup of tea and you want LEGO Simpsons mementos, then these LEGO Simpsons minifigures should do it.  The series will feature Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Grampa, Chief Wiggum, Scratchy, Ralph Wiggum, Nelson Muntz,, Milhouse, Krusty the Clown, Itchy, Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.

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Get your own Adventure Time Swords

finn swordHalloween 2014 maybe months away, but you can grab these fun Adventure Time toy swords.  Two swords available – The Adventure Time 24″ Finn sword comes with Finn mask and The Adventure Time 21″ Jake sword with Jake mask.  Now you are ready for the Land Ooo and no batteries required.

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BAPE x Simpsons Collection

bape00Just dropping into A Bathing Ape stores is the BAPE x Simpsons Capsule Collection.  The current collection has around 32 pieces featuring letterman jackets, sweaters, hoodies, pants, hats and other accessories.  The collection will also be updated in the months ahead.

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Welcome to Cobra Island! Cobra La La Laaaa!

cobra rap songHere’s a neat little fan film music video for G.I. Joe enemies Cobra.  Artist Wordburglar raps all things Cobra with “Rap Viper (Welcome to Cobra Island)”.  I liked the fact that Cobra Commander is the DJ mixmaster.

 

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