Pop! Animation: Cowboy Bebop

cb1cb3Funko’s popular line of Pop! figures gets some Cowboy Bebop action.  One of my all-time favorite animes is Cowboy Bebop.  The Pop! Animation line will feature Spike, Jet, Faye and Ed.  These figures will drop this December 2016.

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Food: Baking in Japan with Carly Rae Jepsen

exlporebakeriesOne part of Japanese culture that’s always been interesting is the art of edible baked food.  Pop star Carly Rae Jepsen was in Japan promoting her last album EMOTION and while there, she also explored Japan’s bakeries.

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The Hundreds x Pepsi = Capsule Collection

thehundredspepsicollection00Which soda pop do you prefer?  Coke or Pepsi?  I have no allegiance, that’s right.  I drink both or whatever is in the fridge.  For Pepsi fans that want to show-off what soda they drink, they can grab this mini-capsule collection by streetwear company The Hundreds.

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Funko Pop! Babymetal Band

babymetalcoverMaking waves for the last couple of years from Japan and touring around the globe is Jpop trio glam-metal band Babymetal.  Now the band gets Funko Pop! bobble-heads coming this December 2015.  The Pop! Rocks series features:  Su-metal, Yuimetal, and Moametal.

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100 Years of the Coca-Cola Bottle

100cokebottleSoft drink company Coca-Cola marks the 100 years the Coca-Cola glass bottle with an artistic celebration.  Over 130 artists, designers and illustrators from around the world took part. to take part.  Coca-Cola has collected over 250-pieces and will do a traveling art tour, The Coca-Cola Bottle Art Tour: Inspiring Pop Culture for 100 Years.

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ANTHEM by Kawehi

onepersonbandI’ve been digging this track for about a week now by the one-person band Kawehi.  This is “Anthem” the new single from her EP Robot Heart.

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Funko Pop! Disney: Finding Nemo Figures

funko pop nemoThese past couple of years toy company Funko has been knocking it out of the ballpark with their Pop! vinyl toy figures.  These super cute figures are from the Disney Pop! line featuring 4 characters from the Pixar animated film Finding Nemo:  Nemo, Dory, Crush and Bruce.   It’s just too bad that these Finding Nemo Pop! figures won’t be able to drop this Christmas season!  These Pop! vinyl collectibles will be available next year January 14th, 2013.

For more info, go to:  Funko.com.

Funko’s Pop Vinyl: The Goonies

pop vinyl gooniesIf you remember growing up the 80’s, a certain Richard Donner film has a special place in every kid’s heart – The Goonies!   A group of nerdy kids on the hunt for long lost pirate treasures to save their neighborhood and I remember jamming to Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” whenever it was on the radio.  Now Funko’s popular Pop! Movie series features The Goonies.

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The Big Bang Theory Mystery Minis!

big bang theory mystery minisBig Bang Theory fans will want to get their hands on these cute little 2.5″ figures from Funko’s Mystery Mini lineup.  You can buy the single blind boxes or a full box of 24 packs.  And of course, there will be various variant figures and chase figures.

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All Things Cute and Bright: Caramelaw Toys

Most of the custom figures are robots or aliens, so if you are looking for fun and bright, check out Caramelaw.  These candy inspired custom toys are designed by Singapore’s Sheena Aw.

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Music: Santigold – Master of My Make Believe

santigoldalbumAre you looking for a different type of sound?

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Music: Songs from District 12 and Beyond

I just watched the Hunger Games movie today and I have to say it was spectacular. Gary Ross did a phenomenal job directing this story of  strong emotion to a movie of actors and actresses with equally strong emotion. You see deeper meanings in tiny glimpses of the characters’ minds that go beyond senseless violence and action like in many other movies. It was a very well done film. A very fast paced, heart pounding film that was faithful to Suzanne Collin’s work.

What also makes a movie is the soundtrack. We were so excited and bought the CD in the deluxe edition at Target for $11.99. All we can say about the soundtrack was that it was not quite worth $12 and there was nothing too deluxe about it. The whole soundtrack was very morose and somber, with themes of darkness, perseverance, and hope which are all part of the theme of the “Hunger Games”. The songs are great to listen to if it accompanies the movies, but not so riveting when listening to it on its own.

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Music: Somebody That I Used to Know = What Music Can Be

The quality of pop songs in America has gone down in the years, with the younger generation enjoying more music about clubbing, drinking, and having multiple lovers. Wouter “Wally” De Backer, a Belgian-Australian musician addresses this downward trend in an interview. Clubbing songs are nice and fun but it can get tiring and played out. Artists that sing and write about partying and drinking, dominate the charts and rule over the radio waves with listeners brainwashed into believing what their definition of life is. Gotye and Kimbra’s song “Somebody that I Used to Know ft Kimbra” written by Gotye, peaked at #1 in Australia for eight weeks straight and ranked amongst the top 5 in U.S Billboard Hot 100. Their song speaks loudly and differently from mainstream, overplayed pop songs of the recent years. Singing about the complexities of regret, sadness, and longing after a relationship has ended, it is a clear reminder of what many songs lack these days.

Here is a video of their song “Somebody I Used to Know”

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