News & Events
2013 at 03:21 pm by admin | Comments Off
After being hinted at by Sunrise for the past month, we have finally received confirmation about the newest Gundam anime: Gundam BF! The teaser poster released on the official Gundam BF website hints at the anime revolving around Gunpla model kits, specifically the High Grade 1/144 scale model kits, and also features our first look at the titular Gundam of the series. Specifics about the series are as of yet unknown, but Sunrise will release a trailer on July 2nd, which will give us insight about the specifics of the show. Along with the upcoming Gundam Breaker game on the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Vita, which also focuses on Gundam model kits, this is an exciting time for fans of both the Gundam anime and Gunpla alike!
2013 at 12:27 pm by admin | Comments Off
The long-anticipated Dunny 2013 series is finally launching tomorrow, June 14th, and we at TOMODACHI are as excited as you are to check out the brand-new set of collectible vinyls! Featuring designed by infamous artists like Andrew Bell, Mishka, Nathan Jurevicius, Jeremyville, DGPH, and many more, these 20 new Dunny figures embody the odd, frightening, and strangely endearing world of the side show attraction. TOMODACHI is proud to offer this brand new Dunny series on both our online shop as well as our Rosedale Shopping Center location on June 14th at 10 AM CST. We are also offering a rare case-exclusive Dunny with purchase of a case of Dunny 2013 series! This offer is only available with in-store case purchases, and these figures are in very limited supply, so it’s first come, first serve.
TOMODACHI is also hosting a dunny trading party! Come in to our Rosedale Shopping Center location at any time between 6 PM – 8 PM on Friday, June 14th, and make sure to bring some of your extra Dunny figures to meet and trade with other Dunny fans. Complimentary snacks and drinks will also be offered for every purchase. It’s going to be an exciting and fun night, and we hope to see you there!
2013 at 03:53 pm by admin | Comments Off
This year, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3 for short, has only just begun this Monday, and is already revealing dozens of anticipated titles across the spectrum. Held annually in Los Angeles, E3 is where game journalists and fans alike gather to hear the latest from their favorite gaming companies, including Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. This year’s E3 was highly anticipated due to the upcoming releases of the Playstation 4 and the XBox One, along with many big-name titles coming to the WiiU. Fans were not disappointed, as games from several big-name franchises were announced on all three consoles within the first two days of the conference!
The Xbox One conference started up the conference on Monday, where Microsoft introduced a number of anticipated titles. These include Call of Duty: Ghosts, the newest entry in the megabit Call of Duty series, as well as a surprise appearance of Master Chief in the unexpected trailer for the new Halo game. On top of all this, and many other titles, Titanfall was finally shown off, depicting multiplayer competitive shooter gameplay, along with the ability to use towering mech units to fight your opponents seamlessly throughout.
The Playstation 4 conference was held later on Monday night, where Sony did not disappoint. Starting off with world-exclusive look at the new Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain, fans were surprised to see open-world horse riding gameplay alongside the franchise’s well-known stealth action gameplay. Sony continued to deliver anticipated hits, as Square-Enix announced the revival of Final Fantasy XIII Versus, reborn as Final Fantasy XV. They even showed off a teaser of Kingdom Hearts III, which was a huge shock to fans everywhere. The actual Playstation 4 console was shown off as well, after being hidden from view since the console’s unveiling in February.
Not one to slack behind their competitors, Nintendo will be showing exclusive games and content all day today, June 11th. They kicked off the day strong, and announced several brand new games from their Nintendo Direct stream. These include Super Mario 3D World, a multi player 3D platforming adventure on the 3DS, and the Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, which is advertised as a direct sequel to the incredibly popular SNES Link to the Past game. The most talked about news, though, is the long-awaited trailer of the brand new Super Smash Bros. game. Hinted to be released on both the WiiU and 3DS for months, this trailer finally showed off game play from both versions of the title, as characters like Mario, Samus, Pikachu, Donkey Kong, and others battled it out. The excitement came to a peak with the announcement of two brand new characters in the franchise: Villager from Animal Crossing, and an unexpected fan-favorite: Megaman! Slated for release in 2014, more news is sure to come out over the coming months, including new characters and details about the game mechanics.
On the whole, E3 has turned out be a lot of fun so far, and it’s just getting started! With new games, trailers, and footage coming out of the Los Angeles convention by the minute, this is a great time of year to be a gamer!
2013 at 03:07 pm by admin | Comments Off
Residing in Hong Kong’s city harbor since May 2nd, Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s giant Rubber Duck balloon had said its goodbyes to the people of Hong Kong, and was deflated Monday morning. This 54′ tall balloon has traveled across the world, mesmerizing citizens and helping pull communities together. Despite some setbacks, including a mysterious deflating as well as some political unrest rising up around the adorably odd art piece, the duck was so popular to Chinese citizens that it was even popular inland, thousands of miles from its shoreline abode. Hong Kong isn’t the Rubber Duck’s last stop either, as Hofman hints that its next two stops are Azerbaijan, followed by the United States, though he has kept the exact location of both stops a secret.
The Rubber Duck is not Florentjin Hofman’s first foray into strange and interesting urban art pieces. Born in 1977, Hofman’s work has ranged from sculpt to paint, always embodying a sense of humor and sensationalism. From covering buildings set for demolition with vibrant and beautiful paintings, to creating huge sculptures with everyday materials like flip-flops and roof shingles, Hofman’s work has always struck a chord with interested citizens. He has created works with local children, and has even taken citizens on zeppelin rides so that they may appreciate their environment from a different perspective. An artist who is always thinking outside of the box, Hofman’s work may end up appearing closer than you think!
See more Hofman’s works http://www.florentijnhofman.nl/dev/projects.php
2013 at 03:18 pm by admin | Comments Off
Banksy, one of the most influential street artists in the UK and the world, has often been surrounded by controversy, especially when his murals are removed from its original location and sold. This case is no different; the 2012 spray painting “Slave Labour”, which depicts an impoverished boy knitting Union Jack flags, was recently sold at a private London auction for 750,000 pounds ($1.1 million).
Banksy has remained completely anonymous for over a decade, though many have tried to ascertain his true identity. A legend amongst street artists, critics, and casual observers, Banksy’s art often turns up where people least expect it: on a street corner, on the side of an old building, and on bridges of cities through out the world. Depicting complex and witty political statements behind cute characters and funny imagery, his work has gained international fame, as well as a multitude of imitators.
Banksy has also worked in filmography, releasing his first film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and received praise from art enthusiasts as well as film critics. Releasing work to this day, Banksy continues to be one of the most iconic and mysterious artists of our age.
2013 at 01:45 pm by admin | Comments Off
James Jarvis, London-based freelance graphic artist, has been creating art for decades, working for clients such as Coca-Cola, MTV, Nike, Sony, and more. Opening his own design company alongside Russel Waterman called Amos, he has created over 100 designer vinyl figures, along with comics, graphics, and more.
In 2007, he was commissioned to design and produce a designer toy, GOD OF ANIMATION, for the Platform International Animation Festival, which was handed out as an exclusive trophy for outstanding work. Over 6 years later, this highly sought-after trophy has been released once again. Only 90 pieces of this 10″ tall vinyl figure were created and TOMODACHI is proud to carry them for fans!
2013 at 01:34 pm by admin | Comments Off
Mishka, the two-man design group founded by Mikhail Bortnik and Greg Rivera, has established themselves as a mainstay in the urban design genre, creating a variety of infamous apparel designs and icons, and establishing store locations throughout the world to spread their art and vision. To commemorate the recent 3rd anniversary of their newest store location in Tokyo, Japan, Mishka have collaborated with BlackBook Toy and L’Amour Supreme to re-release their classic coin bank design! Based on Mishka’s infamous “Keep Watch” design, this coin bank comes in its original white/blue and red color scheme, and features superb sculpting and paint application. The bank even contains a cycloptic skeleton bursting out from the backside of the eye, providing fans with two unique designs in one! Originally released exclusively through BlackBook Toy on March 11th, now it’s available at TOMODACHI!
2013 at 01:09 pm by admin | Comments Off
David Flores, known across the world for his stained-glass inspired style and mural work, has also been a big name in the skateboarding industry, creating works for companies such as Real, Stereo, Spitfire Wheels, and Deluxe Distribution, among others. In recognition of this, BlackBook Toy and MEDICOM came together for Flores’ recent solo exhibition at COMMON Gallery in Tokyo, and released a 100% BE@RBRICK recreating skateboard graphics that Flores had produced for professional skateboarder Geoff Rowley. This BE@RBRICK comes in a gorgeous black paint job, including Rowley’s signature and decals, along with a skull illustration in Flores’ iconic stained glass style. Originally available exclusively from the BlackBook Toy online shop in December 2012, this limited-edition figure is now available at TOMODACHI!
2013 at 12:51 pm by admin | Comments Off
London-based artist, mr clement, has been experimenting with drawing in different contexts, including graphic novels, animation, toys, and more. Now, her 2009 limited-edition graphic novel, ‘When We Fall’, is available for purchase at TOMODACHI! Telling the story of Petit Lapin and adventure in space, action, and romance. Fiction based on autobiographical stories from mr clement herself, each book is hand-bound and wrapped in individual plastic bags, and also comes with a poster of Astro Lapin. Only 1000 copies produced and it’s priced at $15. Make sure to pick one up while you can!
2013 at 10:56 am by admin | Comments Off
Frank Kozik’s and Kidrobot’s latest collaborations with Marvel Comics have recently been unveiled: a new Micro Munny blind box set, a pair of Kozik’s Labbits, and a set of customizable superhero-themed Munnys! Each of these lines features iconic Marvel heroes and villains, including Wolverine, Spider-Man, Venom, Iron Man, The Hulk, and more! Kozik’s Marvel-themed 7″ Labbits come with exclusive sculpting and paint job, and are priced at $49.99 a piece.
Meanwhile, the blind box set will contain 8 cute renditions of classic Marvel icons, and will sell for $7.95 a box. Finally, the customizable DIY Marvel line will come in both 7″ and 4″ sizes, for $19.99 and $9.99 respectively, and come with stickers to replicate their mascot superhero of choice, which can be painted and customized however you want beforehand. All 3 of these brand new lines are set to retail in July 2013.