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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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May06

Quicksilver's business wetsuits make waves in style

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In a move to made the longtime sport of surfing a classy affair for everyone involved, Quicksilver Japan has released their unique new “true wetsuits”, fashioned after clean-cut office wear! These suits are perfectly suitable for the aquatic sport, and are made from stretchable neoprene material alongside Quicksilver’s patented “dry flight” technology, keeping the user dry and trendy at the same time. The suits even come with tie, waterproof pants, and no-slip shoes! Hoping that users can quickly shift from office work to playtime without a uniform change, Quicksilver has made three different types of suits available: office smart, casual friday, and party tuxedo. Check out the videos below to see the suits in action!


May06

Chiho Aoshima debuts solo exhibit at Seattle

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Chiho Aoshima, originally working as an artist under Takashi Murakami’s design team Kaikai Kiki, has pursued her own solo art career since 2005, using her iconic design style and themes to create a wide variety of pieces and installations. All of her work over the past decade has now come together under one roof with her newest solo exhibit, titled “Chiho Aoshima: Rebirth of the World”! This exhibit is currently on display at the Tateuchi Galleries of the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Washington, and opened its doors to visitors on May 2nd.

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The collection featues a selection of Aoshima’s work from the past 10 years, including her “City Glow” installation piece which wowed audiences worldwide when it debuted in New York City’s Union Square in 2005. The collection also features new pieces from Aoshima alongside beloved classics, including 35 brand-new drawings, as well as plexiglass prints. Aoshima will even debut a never-before-seen animation piece serving as a follow-up to “City Glow”, titled “Takaamanohara”. On top of the exhibit itself, the museum will be hosting a family event, where visitors can join Aoshima in creating a unique collage piece! “Rebirth of the World” will remain open until October 4th, 2015, making it a perfect exhibit to check out over the summertime.

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May05

Batman Returns figure from Hot Toys

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Figure and collectible company Hot Toys has announced the newest entry in its growing line of Batman 1/6th scale figures: the Batman design from 1992’s “Batman Returns” film! With Michael Keaton representing the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s classic Batman film, the figure strives to preserve his unique Batman characterization through impressive life-like sculpting and articulation. True to life, the figure cannot move its head, emulating the real costume’s hard cowl preventing movement, but instead offers a number of faceplates to recreate different emotions, and even comes with posable eyes! The figure itself will come with a variety of accessories, including swappable hands, Batarangs, grappling hook, swappable hands, and a unique stand.

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Along with the new Batman figure, Hot Toys is releasing a two-pack, featuring Batman as well as Michael Keaton’s Bruce Wayne in dinner attire! This figure features a unique sculpt of the Batman’s unmasked head, which can be used with the Batman figure to emulate his iconic unmasking from the film. While no price or release date has been set for either the standalone Batman figure or the two-pack, Hot Toys has announced that the figures will release later this year.

May05

Disney-themed May 4th merchandise released

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With the new Star Wars film releasing this December, Disney is making this year’s May 4th Star War celebrations bigger than ever with the release of a new line of collectible merchandise! Releasing at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, the merchandise included limited edition T-shirts and pins, featuring Mickey Mouse as a Jedi and Goofy as Darth Vader, as well as an exclusive plush Ewok.

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Disney World also debuted its own set of exclusive releases along these pieces, releasing water bottles with the Star Wars-themed Mickey and Goofy, along with Disney MagicBands designed with comic-styled pop art of Luke Skywalker in this pilot and Stormtrooper outfit. Other merchandise includes a limited edition set of SMS Audio headphones decorated in Star Wars themes, and Darth Vader shirts available exclusively through DisneyStore’s online shop. This cool new merchandise is only available at a select few Disney locations, so make sure to make the trip for this awesome swag, or keep your eyes open for releases in more locations!

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