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May15

Artists recreate Millennium Falcon in LEGO

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A team of Singapore-based artists called Titans Creations have unveiled their to-scale replica of Star Wars’ Millennium Falcon spacecraft in honor of this year “May the 4th” event. Unlike the traditional LEGO Millennium Falcon sets released by the company for retail release, Titans Creations’ version strives to stay as true to the source material as possible, while keeping the craft in-scale with the LEGO figurines. That means that the Falcon is giant, measuring in at over 3 and a half feet long and including over 10,000 LEGO bricks, and recreates all the rooms and hallways of the ship seen in the beloved movie franchise.

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The Millennium Falcon was constructed without a roof so that all the inner details can be seen in detail, and includes 24 LEDs for the ship’s cockpit, engines, hyperdrive, hallways, and more. Putting even the official $500 limited edition LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon set to shame, this custom build is really a sight to behold for fans of LEGO and the Star Wars franchise.

May15

1600 Pandas+ debuts in South Korea this May

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After a year under wraps, French artist Paulo Grangeon’s “1600 Pandas” installation exhibit has finally resurfaced in South Korea! The exhibit, now titled “1600 Pandas+”, has been rennovated to reflect the 17% increase in the worldwide panda population over the past 10 years, and features new papier mâché sculptures to match the current number of 1,864 pandas. A new addition to the South Korea exhibit will be the “Mom and Cub” statues, featuring a mother panda with her baby on its back!

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The exhibit, which most recently appeared in Hong Kong last June, has made its way around the over over the past 7 years, showing up in France, Taiwan, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and more. For its stop in South Korea, the swarm of adorable panda statues will debut on May 23rd at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, and will afterwards make surprise appearances in a number of locations across South Korea until the exhibit’s end on June 30th.

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May14

Ratchet & Clank movie slated for 2016

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After a series of delays and setbacks, Sony’s “Ratchet & Clank” film finally has a set release date of April 29th, 2016! The film was originally announced by Sony in 2013, and adapts the characters and environments from the classic Ratchet & Clank video game franchise, in which the action duo of Ratchet the Lombax and his robot companion Clank journey across distant planets and galaxies. The series is remembered for its unique mix of action and comedy, but little has been released about the movie since the trailer release at last year’s E3. Now that the film finally has a 2016 release date, fans can start looking forward to the debut of their favorite Ratchet & Clank characters on the big screen!

May13

Miku returns to opera this summer

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Popular Vocaloid program icon and character Hatsune Miku will return to the stage this summer with “The End” opera project! This stage show originally debuted at Yamaguchi, Japan in 2012, and then was shown at the Theatre du Chatelet Opera House in Paris, France in 2013. Now, “The End” will come to the Dutch National Opera and Ballet in Amsterdam on June 4th, as part of the 2015 Holland Festival! In line with the previous showings of “The End” over the past couple of years, the show will be entirely CGI, focusing on creating a narrative around the songs created through the Vocaloid program. A short teaser video was uploaded onto the Holland Festival YouTube, giving us a first look at the visuals intended for the performance. On top of this summer performance, Miku will also be receiving a concert at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo, Japan this September.

May13

Lily makes debut as retail camera drone

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Meet Lily, the latest in autonomous drone technology ready to hit shelves around the world! Lily, which began as a hobby project at a UC Berkeley robotics lab in 2013, strives to take homemade photography and cinematography to the next level by offering a completely user-free experience; just throw Lily into the air to activate it, and it will autonomously record your every move! The drone follows its user through the use of a tracking device, which also allows Lily to be programmed to take photos and videos in various modes and tracking positions. Through specially designed optics, Lily is able to take 1080p high definition videos, and can even take 12 megapixel still photos and slow-motion video! Lily is also waterproof, allowing use of the drone in a wide variety of environments and situations. Lily, which is scheduled to release in February 2016, is currently available for pre-order for $499.

May12

LEGO art on display at Minnesota

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Cartoonist, designer and toy enthusiast Sean Kenney is set to unveil his craft in Minnesota this week with his brand-new LEGO themed exhibit, titled “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks”! Kenney, who has worked as a LEGO artist for the past decade, will be showing off his installation pieces this Friday, May 15th, at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. The collection is part of Kenney’s traveling collection of LEGO installations, and will feature 26 of his works, focusing on a nature-inspired theme to harmonize with the Arboretum’s environment. Some of the works are so large that they require a steel inner framework in order to keep them stable! The show will be open until August 30th, and will host hands-on events and activities throughout the duration of the exhibit.

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May12

Sanrio's new DC Comics fashion line

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In their newest collaborative effort, Sanrio and Warner Bros. have released their newest line of Hello Kitty x DC Comics apparel! The line, which originally debuted globally this February with Batman and Superman-themed merchandise, released a new series of three DC comics watches. These watches join the previous ones with brand-new designs, this time featuring Hello Kitty dressed as super-heroines like Batgirl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman. On top of that, a new line of women’s nightwear was also released, featuring these new designs as well as the original Batman and Superman decorations. This collaboration between Sanrio and Warner Bros. shows no signs of slowing down either, as more DC-inspired watches are scheduled to release later this year.

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May07

Play Arts Kai debuts Spider-Man figure

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Square Enix has updated their line of Marvel-based Play Arts Kai figures with the announcement of Play Arts Kai Spider-Man! Originally debuting at concept artwork at New York Comic Con this past October, the figure is finally ready to hit shelves all over the world! The collectible features all of Play Arts Kai’s iconic articulation and attention to detail, as well as sporting a unique redesign akin to other Play Arts Marvel figures previously shown, such as Iron Man and Thor. Sporting a unique armor-styled suit with black details and ridges, the figure itself includes a number of swappable hands to perform all of Spidey’s iconic poses, as well as several different kinds of web effect pieces. He even comes with a unique web-shaped stand along with the standard Play Arts support stand! Currently slated for an August 2015 release, this new Marvel collectible is now open for preorders at around $120 USD, so Spider-Man fans everywhere shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to get their hands on this awesome web-slinging figure!

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May07

Nintendo announces partnership with Universal parks

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In a first for the classic video game company, Nintendo has announced that a partnership has been arranged with Universal Parks & Resort to bring Nintendo characters to Universal’s theme parks around the world! Working together with the international resort division of Universal, Nintendo plans to create a large assortment of themed rides, attractions, and other events featuring iconic Nintendo characters like Mario, Link, Kirby, and more to the parks. These attractions, which will come to Universal’s parks in Hollywood, Florida, Japan, and Singapore, along with Universal’s future locations in Russia and China, are currently in the planning stages, and both companies have decided to create dedicated divisions to the partnership. This announcement comes as the latest move by NIntendo to market its characters as more than just video game icons, which includes a variety of toy releases and their recent hot-selling Amiibo collectors’ figures. More details are sure to be revealed as the partnership moves forward, so fans can be sure to see some of their favorite video game characters at Universal soon!

May06

Christo brings floating bridge to Italy in 2016

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Artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude are infamous for their environmental installation art, creating a number of iconic and controversial works since their first collaboration in 1961, up to and beyond Jeanne-Claude’s death in 2009. With their most recent work, “Over the River”, nearing completion after over 23 years of concept work and negotiations, Christo has announced a new piece coming to Italy next year! The work, titled “The Floating Piers”, will be exhibited at Lake Iseo in Italy, and will consist of 70,000 square meters of golden-orange fabric, which will comprise a floating network of bridges and piers.

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These bridges will serve to connect the riverside commune of Sulzano to the islands of Monte Isola and San Paolo. The bridges will extend across the lake’s surface, allowing commuters to simply walk across to the islands on foot. The Floating Piers will serve as Christo’s first large-scale project to be completed since Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s “The Gates” in 2005. With only concept sketches to give us an idea of what the final piece will look like, the exhibit is planned to remain at Lake Iseo for 16 days, after which the entire piece will be removed and recycled.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple of artists, both born on June 13th, 1935. Christo, who attended the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria, created works alongside Jeanne-Claude since their marriage in 1959 with their first work, Dockside Packages, releasing in 1961 in Cologne, Germany. Working with environmentally safe materials and constructions, they continued to erect temporary display pieces all over the world over the following decades, including pieces in Germany, France, Australia, the United States, Japan, Italy, and more. A trademark of their work is that nothing is left behind once the installation has run its course; the entire work is taken down and recycled, and all of the fees and payment is taken care of directly by Christo himself. Jeanne-Claude unfortunately passed away in 2009, while Christo continues to produce works in their name to this day.

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