The Art of Titanfall 2

artoftitanfall201Video game enthusiasts and critics enjoyed playing Titanfall 1, now comes Titanfall 2.  Strap-in and get ready to pilot another Titan.  Titanfall 2 features new locales for battles, new weapons and new robotic mechs.  The Art of Titanfall 2 goes behind-the-scenes of the making and creation of the Titans.

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Deus Ex: Black Light by James Swallow

deusexblacklightcoverBased on the video game series Deus Ex, this new official “canon” novel Deus Ex: Black Light bridges the gap between the end of the video game Deus Ex:  Human Revolution and prequel to the new video game Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.  Author James Swallow who has already penned various Deus Ex original novels starts Black Light like the first Bourne Identity, as Jason Bourne, I mean ex-cop and ex-security Adam Jensen is found at sea and has no memory of his last mission.

Our cyber “augmented” hero Adam Jensen must piece together his past and retrace his steps to find what is going on and all roads lead him back home to Detroit and his former employer Sarif Industries.

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Takara Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide MP-27

takarampironhidecoverOne of my favorite 1980s G1 Autobots was Ironhide and Takara just released a Masterpiece version of Ironhide.  This is the Takara Transformers Masterpiece Ironhide MP-27.

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Yummy Food @ the Gundam Cafe

gundamcaferestaurantgundamsquareI’ve been to Tokyo several times, but have never traveled to Osaka.  Now I have a bucket list item to do, travel to Osaka for Gundam Square and eat some food at the Gundam Cafe.  I’m not the most hardcore Gundam fan in the world, but I do like many of the animations and bought lots of the snap-on model kits as a kid.  But what I really want to do is eat the “anime inspired” food!

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CHOGOKIN My Melody (Red)

chogokinmymelodyredcoverFor fans Sanrio-style Chogokin robot toys, Bandai and Sanrio will be offering more of these collabs in the year 2016.  The first to drop is the CHOGOKIN My Melody (Red) robot toy on January 18, 2016.

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Japan: Gundam Silverware

gundamsilverwarecoverIn Japan’s Ishikawa Prefecture is famous for Kutani-ware, which is a traditional porcelain style of bowls, plates, cups and chopsticks.  To celebrate the 360th anniversary, the Kutani ceramic art style combines with futuristic Mobile Suit Gundam robots on sale for at Premium Bandai online and later at Gundam Cafes.

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Why a BLADE RUNNER sequel?

The 1982 film was absolutely on point for it’s science fiction noir story taking place in 2019, because we still have neon lights and newspapers! Bladerunner - RetrendersDirected by Ridley Scott , Bladerunner accomplished its look with a raw and real-life edge of art direction and special effects  that we see influencing today’s futuristic films; the modern caper wardrobe intermingled with stylized space-tech outfits depending on the defined identity of the character – to the atmosphere of space age flying vehicles through a sky rise metropolis contrasting the ground level of real city life eclecticism of street cyclist, people walking with umbrellas, to grime that exists in rainwater running down a gutter in a dark alley street. There was no superficiality, but dark romanticism to this futuristic film which made it a cult noir classic.

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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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The LEGO Dropship with Mecha Hangar Bay

legodropshipcoverTwo words:  Just Wow!  LEGO builder David Collins had a dream to build a cool LEGO spaceship and he’s finally done it with his AZR Anunnaki.  The battleship is around 6 ft long, 28 inches high, 15.5 inches wide and features a hangar bay with 3 mecha-pods.  The build took over 250-plus hours and use of over 30,000 LEGO bricks.

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Chappie: The Art of the Movie

chappieartbookThe film Chappie, like previous Neill Blomkamp films’ District 9 and Elysium may have a science-fiction spin, but also speaks to the larger issues of society and “real world” problems.  This Titan Books release, Chappie: The Art of the Movie delves into the background developing and creating the world of Chappie by Neill Blomkamp, concept artists and production team.

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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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Mighty Orbots aka GX-40 GODMARS

godmarsgx40If you’re 0f a certain age growing up in the 1980s, you might remember this cartoon – Mighty Orbots.  From Bandai Japan, this diecast toy is a solid homage to the cartoon series with all 6 robots and various accessories.

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GODAIZER: Animated Film (19 Minutes)

godaizerposterIf you like giant robots and kaijus, this animated 19 minute Godaizer is just for you.  This may have been released 2011, this independent animated flick caught me my attention again.  Directed and produced by Hillary Yeo and the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

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Only in Asia: The Fan Robot

hanwhaeagleslogoWhen you have low attendance at your home games, it gets disappointing. And if fans can’t attend every home game, how about a robot taking your place in the seats?  This is what the they’ve done in South Korea, the Hanwha Eagles baseball team have brought-in “fanbots.”

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Japan: The Future of Robotics

androidrobotsRemember watching anime like Bubblegum Crash or Ghost in the Shell about androids and cyborgs?  Is it here already?  Engadget is at the “Android: What is Human?” Exhibition in Toyko, Japan.

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The Art of Titanfall

titanfall 00Who doesn’t like piloting big bad mecha-robots?  It brings back memories of playing Virtual On on Sega Saturn or Gundam Side Story 0079 on the Sega Dreamcast!  This FPS shooter Titanfall isn’t even out yet, but has over 80-plus awards from critics already.  The game launches March 11, 2014 on the Xbox One and PC and Titan Books releases – The Art of Titanfall.

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The Ultimate Voltron Hoodie

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Hoodies are something I like to wear and for those of you who remember the 1980s cartoon Voltron, this is really cool Voltron hoodie.

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Whales in Mecha Battle-Suits

mechawhalesWhat the freak is this?  Whales in big bad-ass mecha battle-suits!  And it’s a toy too!

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Giant Gundams drop by Hong Kong’s Times Square

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Image via Gundam.Info – Gundam Docks at Hong Kong

This past summer 2013 Bandai H.K. and Times Square presented Gundam Docks at Hong Kong Exhibition.  This is one of biggest Gundam showcases outside of Japan.  The Gundam Exhibtion runs through September 1st, 2013.  So, if you’re on the Hong Kong island side, stop by Times Square to see the large diorama.  Take the MTR and stop at Causeway Bay station!

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Pacific Rim – The Official Movie Novelization by Alex Irvine

pacific rimGundam (insert Jaegers) vs Godzilla (insert Kajijus)

It’s already July and the summer multiplexes are heating up with Hollywood blockbusters with big explosions and incredible special effects.  This is director Guillermo del Toro’s tour-de-force special effects extravaganza summer flick.

When two tectonic plates collide in the Pacific Ocean, it creates The Breach, a dimensional portal is opened where mysterious monsters known as Kajiu attack the earth.  The world unites together and put their technology and knowledge together to create gigantic robots called Jaegers.  We fast forward to the year 2020, seven years into the Kaiju war, brothers Raleigh and Yancy Becket as kids dreamed of piloting these gigantic robots and battling monsters.  Hotshot pilot Raleigh and his brother Yancy are veteran operators now with 4 Kaiju kills under their belt.  During a Kaiju mission in the Alaskan region, the battle goes awfully wrong.

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Pacific Rim Robots

pacific rimKeep a look out for Variety magazine’s July 2013 issue.

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Super Robot Grendizer Go!

In the past Incubot Productions have made some really cool USB flash drives with iconic Japanese anime robots like Voltron and Gigantor.  Now Incubot wants to put out this cool legendary anime robot – Grendizer 4GB USB flash.

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The head and arms have some articulation, the detail on the robot looks amazing, it comes with a USB saucer, and 4GB of solid state flash!  What more do you want?  Check out their Kickstarter page for more info and details on how to buy this groovy robot.

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KRE-O Transformers – Quest for Energon

Here’s KRE-O’s new Transformers toy line – the Quest for Energon series.  I really dig the mini-figures – they are cute and fun to play with.

Check out:  KRE-O.

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