Archive for June, 2016


Frederator Studios releases Hatsune Miku robot

2016 at 05:15 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Frederator Studios, most well-known for their work with the Adventure Time cartoon series, has worked with toy company Ultra Tokyo Connection to design a brand-new Hatsune Miku-themed robot toy for the upcoming Anime Expo 2016! This figure features the Vocaloid character herself in Frederator Studios’ iconic graphic art style, along with a large Miku-themed mecha for her to pilot and interact with. The robot itself is fully articulated, and features a number of accessories for itself and Miku, including microphone stand and leek-themed baton. The robot even opens up, allowing Miku to enter and pilot it in style! The toy will release at Anime Expo, which will run from July 1st to July 4th, and will also be released for preorder online from July 5th to July 25th. Make sure to pick up one of these cool Miku figures for yourself!



KAWS x Nancy Gonzalez bag collection

2016 at 05:03 pm by admin | Comments Off

All images © Nancy Gonzales

Internationally renowned graphic artist KAWS has collaborated with fashion design company Nancy Gonzalez for a line of brand-new themed bags! This new collection of bags features KAWS’s trademark X-eyes as decals on a set of monochromatic-themed tote and crossbody bags. These bags will be released as a set of limited-edition collectibles, and are part of an ongoing series of artist collaborations with Nacny Gonzalez, which includes works from artists like Dr. Lakra, Richard Phillips, Jim Hodges, and more. The bags will be released sometime in 2017 in short supply, so look forward to these brand-new KAWS collectibles!


Dreamworks Animation in Concert begins this week

2016 at 06:18 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After years of beloved animated films and franchises, Dreamworks will be celebrating over 20 years of animated film history with their “Dreamworks Animation in Concert” orchestral presentation! The concert is planning on an international tour, and will begin its journey at the Wolf Trap’s Filene Center in Vienna, Virginia on June 30th. The concert will cover a wide variety of Dreamworks’ biggest hits, including classics from Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung-Fu Panda, and more alongside animated clip shows from the films. After their debut in Virginia, the concert will be stopping by dozens of other cities later this summer, including other USA locations like Houston, San Diego, and Salt Lake City, along with international locations like Moscow, Calgary, and Melbourne! Check out the official trailer below for a taste of what’s to come at the official premiere, and keep an eye out for a location near you!


Legoaizer transforms photos into LEGO

2016 at 06:05 pm by admin | Comments Off

All images © AJU Productions

Tech company AJU Productions has developed a new tool that can turn any photo you desire into a LEGO construction! Titled “Legoaizer”, the app is capable of analyzing uploaded photos, and creating a LEGO blueprint for users to turn into a real-life build, if they so wish. The program also supports functionality with the LEGO website Bricklink, showing user which exact colors of LEGO brick are needed or should be purchased in order to complete their photo. Legoaizer can also be tailored to suit the user’s needs, ranging from low-cost mode to photo-accurate colors, and more! The program also supports functionality with other construction kits like DUPLO, Ministick, and even standard color beads. Legoaizer is free to try for an initial trial period, so check out their website at to create some awesome LEGO artwork for yourself!



Art turns building into wormhole

2016 at 05:15 pm by admin | Comments Off

All images © Loures Arte Pública

Graphic artist Astro has lent his hand to a public art initiative in Loures, Portugal by transforming a building into a psychedelic wormhole! The mural, which was created over the side of a residential building and surrounding walls, employs the use of hue shifting and depth in order to fool the eye into seeing a deep tunnel, covered in Astro’s signature style of geometrically-themed graphic design. The design also bleeds out onto nearby walkways and ramps! The art was created for the Loures Arte Pública project, and also includes a bus that Astro covered in his artwork as well! This year’s Loures Arte Pública debuted on June 25th, featuring a number of artists alongside Astro, so make sure to check it out to see more of the latest international street art!



Dragon Ball woodblock prints to be sold at Anime Expo

2016 at 05:04 pm by admin | Comments Off

All images © Hobby Stock

Internationally renowned anime and manga franchise Dragon Ball will be headed to this year’s Anime Expo in a new way with the release of a set of authentic woodblock prints! These prints, which recreate an iconic image of protagonist Son Goku from the very first volume of the manga, were created using ages-old woodblock techniques, meticulously carved by hand and applied onto high-quality handmade paper. These qualities make this limited edition run of 200 prints a must-have for any diehard Dragon Ball fan! The prints, which will retail for $450, will go up for preorder online starting July 2nd, and will also be available at Anime Expo 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Visitors to Anime Expo will also be able to check out the woodblocks themselves, along with other woodblock prints for franchises like Vocaloid.




Adobe Creative Jam has arrived to Minneapolis

2016 at 05:56 pm by admin | Comments Off


Adobe, international software and design company, has brought its Creative Jam design conference and experience to Minneapolis! Previously hosted in cities across the world like Brooklyn, Atlanta, Mexico City, Tokyo, London, Montreal, Madrid, and many more, Creative Jam is a unique mix of conference and competition, as designer teams compete in art-based tournaments using Adobe software, while at the same time presenting their own creative processes to large audiences in the Creative Jam Presentations. This summer’s Creative Jam is being hosted in Minneapolis as well as Vancouver on June 23rd, with another location at the Bump Festival in Belgium starting on June 24th. Many artists from all over the world will be participating in these festivities, as well as dozens of locally based teams. Let’s support our local artists, as well as creativity from all over the world, by checking out this year’s Adobe Creative Jam for yourself! Learn more about Creative Jam at their website at!


Lilium unveils electric aircraft concept

2016 at 05:38 pm by admin | Comments Off


German aviation company Lilium has debut a design for a potential personal electric-powered aircraft in a recent press release, showing off concepts and designs they hope to implement in the future. The craft, which takes cues from both standard planes and helicopters, will be able to achieve a vertical take off from a standstill, and can achieve max speeds of 250 mph. The plane will be powered by an electric battery, allowing for 300 miles of flight before requiring a recharge. All of this is achieved thanks to the plane’s ducted fan engines, which lighten the load of the plane significantly, as well as result in a much quieter experience compared to modern helicopters. The plane, intended for recreational flying in low airspace, will still require users to hold a standard pilot’s license, and will begin testing in 2017 for a potential 2018 release, but it is an interesting look into the future of flight for the average citizen.




Artist creates massive state for BMW anniversary

2016 at 05:25 pm by admin | Comments Off


Every year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed hosts an international motor race event at West Sussex, England, challenging vehicles from across the world to its arduous and exciting hill-based course. Along with this exciting event, every Goodwood Festival since 1997 has featured an art installation featuring vehicles, creating a wide variety of designs and exhibits for visitors to enjoy. This year, to mark BMW’s 100th anniversary, the 2016 Goodwood Festival has commisioned artist Gerry Judah to create the largest sculpture in Goodwood history! The sculpture, which features several of BMW’s cars from over the years, is a feat in both engineering as well as artistry, as the car hover steadfast on massive pillars over onlooking crowds. At night, the installation is lit up with vibrant spotlights, creating a spectacle to be seen 24/7. The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 will be running from June 23rd to the 26th.



Sphero announces new SPRK+ robot

2016 at 06:08 pm by admin | Comments Off


Many have heard and experienced Sphero’s first robotic toy, SPRK, after its initial release last year, such as its use in the hugely popular BB8 remote control toy. Now, Sphero has announced the updated version of the SPRK, titled the SPRK+! The new release of the robot sports a new, scratch-and-water-resistant casing that is capable of taking more punishment than the original, as well as an upgraded Bluetooth connection that allows it to be paired with multiple devices at once. With the new SPRK+, Sphero hopes that the new robot will be useful in helping teach children about coding by allowing them to issue drag-and-drop commands to the robot, as well just generally be a joy to play and explore with. The applications for the new SPRK+ are wide and varied, leaving it up to the user’s imagination as to what they want their new little robot companion to do! The SPRK+ is currently priced at $129, and is sure to being hours of learning and fun to classrooms and homes across the world!

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