Archive for January, 2015


Jan27

Fantastic Four reboot teaser

2015 at 03:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Marvel’s “Fantastic Four” comic book franchise has seen a number of adaptations since their comic book debut in 1961, including a number of animated cartoons, games, and two feature films. Today, fans were given their first look at the newest upcoming Fantastic Four movie, which is set to retell the origin story of the superhero team. The story, which is reported to be based on the 2004 “Ultimate Fantastic Four” comic book retelling, will follow scientist Reed Richards and his team as they are given extraordinary powers as they try to harness their abilities and save the planet from their nemesis, Doom. The first teaser below shows off the team, as well as gives brief glimpses into their powers as well as the threat they face. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on August 7th, 2015, with more in-depth trailers soon to come!

Jan26

600-foot candy mosaic sweetens up Chinese street

2015 at 03:09 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Department store IFS celebrated its first anniversary in Chengdu, China in a tasty way with a gigantic candy carpet mosaic display! The art piece, titled “Sweet as One”, was created by design duo company Craig & Karl. The carpet features a number of colorful designs and decorations, including vibrant flowers, swirls, and even cute panda caricatures.

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The most astounding part of the piece is its size, reaching a total of 14,000 square feet over its 607 foot length! Over 2,000 volunteers helped make the carpet a reality over the span of five days, using a total of 19 tons of rainbow-colored treats. IFS commissioned the piece as a means to raise awareness for underprivileged children in rural China, and plans to donate the candy along with lunches to children across the nation.

Jan26

Tezuka’s post-mortem film to debut in North America

2015 at 02:46 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Osamu Tezuka has been an icon in the animation industry worldwide for decades, creating beloved franchises like Astro Boy, Phoenix, Black Jack, Metropolis, and many more. When Tezuka passed away from stomach cancer in 1989, he left behind many unfinished works and concepts, including the film series “Legend of the Forest”. The series, which was meant to include 4 parts, was only partly completed before Tezuka’s death. However, his son, Makoto Tezuka, has finished the series 25 years later, using storyboards and notes left behind by Tezuka in order to complete his father’s vision. That film, which recently screened at the Hiroshima International Animation Film Festival this past August, has finally been announced for release overseas! “Legend of the Forest” will debut in the United States at its premiere in New York City, along with other Tezuka films. The film, which follows the story of a forest threatened by human expansion, is one of the Tezuka’s last works, and is a must-watch for animation fans worldwide.

Jan26

Mystery hijinks with new LEGO Scooby-Doo

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LEGO has announced a new collaboration with the classic Scooby-Doo franchise, and has release information on several upcoming projects with the iconic pooch and pals. Among these are the new Scooby-themed LEGO sets, featuring the the gang and the Mystery Machine, along with a variety of spooky monsters and creepy locales. These new LEGO sets are scheduled to release in August 2015, and will come in a variety of sizes and prices. On top of that, LEGO has also announced a brand new TV special with LEGO Scooby-Doo at the forefront! This short will be the first in a series of LEGO Scooby-Doo animated movies currently in production, and will release sometime in 2015. Look forward to more news on these Scooby-Doo sets and films later this year!

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Jan23

Pokkén Tournament details revealed

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Earlier today, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company hosted a live press releasing regarding the upcoming Pokémon-themed fighting game, Pokkén Tournament. Developed by Bandai Namco, whom have worked on other popular fighting games like Tekken, Soul Calibur, the Naruto Ultimate Ninja series, and more, the game had previously only seen teasers and short footage. Today, the stream revealed more about the gameplay mechanics, fighting changes, and even new roster additions!

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Pokkén Tournament, which will be played by using a traditional console controller rather than an arcade stick like other fighers, will pit two Pokémon against each other in a large 3D ring. While separated, the game will play in “field mode” in which the two fighters can freely roam around the arena and attack from a distance with a variety of moves. When the fighters approach, however, the game will seamlessly enter a more traditional 2D fighting mode, in which controls are restricted purely to horizontal movement.

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As for new characters, the stream revealed three newcomers in addition to Lucario and Machamp seen in previous teasers. These new Pokémon are Pikachu, Gardevoir, and Suicune! Each character has their own unique play style, and will have different moves and abilities for different situations. On top that, non-playable Pokémon can enter the fray as assist characters, appearing on the field and unleashing a powerful move on the opponent. Pokkén Tournament demos will finally be made available to Japanese arcade goers over the next week, with more information to be released in the near future!

Jan23

Mega Man X figure by TruForce

2015 at 11:30 am by admin | Comments Off

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TruForce Collectibles, a new toy creating division created by Bluefin Distribution, has announced their first retail release with the new Mega Man X figure! This design of the new figure is based off of an April Fool’s artwork distributed by Capcom in 2014, and since then fans have demanded for the design to appear in some medium. TruForce hopes to realize that dream with this new figure, which will stand at 6″ tall and feature a wide range of articulation and diecast pieces in X’s chest and legs. The figure will also come with an alternate face plate, swappable hands, and even an LED in the X-Buster!

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The figure is currently undergoing funding on Kickstarter, seen here, and is offering special prizes to fans who help pitch in to make this toy a reality for fans all over the world. These prizes include exclusive shirts and poster prints, special effects pieces for the X-Buster, and even a Kickstarter-exclusive color variant, the grey and orange “Test-Color X” colorway! With over $40,000 of its $200,000 goal reached in under two days, fans can hope to have this awesome new Mega Man figure for themselves by summer 2015.

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Jan21

MapleStory & Attack on Titan crossover released in NA

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Nexon’s popular side-scrolling MMO, MapleStory, has finally released its collaborative content with the Attack on Titan franchise in North America! The content includes costumes, monsters, areas, and quests based around the manga and anime series, and allows users to use the series’ iconic omni-directional gear to explore the environment and fight enemies. Scenarios include training for the Survey Corps and defending Wall Rose against the Colossal Titan, among other quests. Victory will reward players with unique items and accessories, including gear to dress up like characters from Attack on Titan such as Eren, Mikasa, Levi, and Armin! This content, which originally released in Japan last November, is available now on North American MapleStory servers. Give it a look and relive your favorite moments!

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Jan21

Gundam: The Origin movie English trailer

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The first English-dubbed trailer for the upcoming Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin movie has finally been released! The trailer gives fans the first look at the English dub of the movie, which will release in Japanese theaters on February 28th. The film will be the first installment of the Gundam: The Origin series of films, which will animate side stories and other scenes from the Origin manga. This first film, titled “Blue-Eyed Casval”, will follow Casval Rem Deikun and his sister Artesia Som Deikun, the young versions of classic Gundam characters Char Aznable and Sayla Mass, during the inception and revolution of the Republic of Zeon. Featuring characters from the original anime like the Zabi royal family, Ramba Ral, and more, the film has not yet been given a concrete release date in English, though it will likely arrive by the end of 2015 at latest.

Jan20

Solar-powered aircraft plans to fly around world

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The world’s most energy-efficient aircraft is hoping to make history by completing the first ever flight around the world without using a single drop of fuel! The Solar Impulse 2 is an aircraft that runs off of the light of the sun, and is the product of years of research and innovations in clean fuel and solar panels. The upcoming event, which is slated to begin at the end of February, will send the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 on a global expedition, traveling nearly 21,800 miles over the span of 5 months. The plane will stay in the air for a duration of 25 days, and will land at 12 different locations for maintenance. The co-founders of the Solar Impulse 2, Betrand Piccard and André Borschberg, hope that the flight will not only break records, but will also raise awareness and support for clean technology. As for the flight itself, the Solar Impulse 2 will launch from Abu Dhabi and land in several countries around the world, including three stops in the United States!

Jan16

The Hobbit creators describe CGI process behind movies

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Weta Digital, the New Zealand-based visual effects company known for their work on the Lord of the Rings franchise of films along with movies like King Kong, Godzilla, Iron Man, and more, have recently uploaded a video describing the creative process behind the effects of their latest film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”! The video details the effects behind the movie’s large-scale battle sequences, along with the creation of monsters like the infamous Smaug. It’s amazing to see how many tiny details have been implemented into making the film look as real as possible, and adds another layer of appreciation for fans of the movie franchise. Take a look below!

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