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Mystery hijinks with new LEGO Scooby-Doo

2015 at 02:03 pm by admin | Comments Off


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!



Pokkén Tournament details revealed

2015 at 02:36 pm by admin | Comments Off


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!


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.


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!


Mega Man X figure by TruForce

2015 at 11:30 am by admin | Comments Off


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!


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.



MapleStory & Attack on Titan crossover released in NA

2015 at 01:54 pm by admin | Comments Off


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!



Gundam: The Origin movie English trailer

2015 at 01:42 pm by admin | Comments Off


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.


Solar-powered aircraft plans to fly around world

2015 at 01:04 pm by admin | Comments Off


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!


The Hobbit creators describe CGI process behind movies

2015 at 01:27 pm by admin | Comments Off


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!


The Simpsons in Minecraft

2015 at 12:57 pm by admin | Comments Off


Fan-favorite creative game Minecraft is about to get an update in a big way with the announcement of a new downloadable package based on The Simpsons! Coming as a result of a collaboration with 20th Century Fox and Gracie Films, the new downloadable pack will feature character skins for players, turning their in-game self into iconic Simpsons characters! The pack will feature the entire Simpsons family, as well as 19 other classic Springfield residents. The pack is scheduled to release on Xbox 360 and Xbox One versions of Minecraft in late February for $1.99, and is currently scheduled for other versions of the game on different consoles for later this year. Keep an eye out for more news on The Simpsons package itself, along with more Minecraft content updates later this year!



Google unveils modular smartphone prototype

2015 at 12:42 pm by admin | Comments Off


Multimedia company Google has been delving into developing its own unique gadgets and accessories over the past few years, ranging from Google Glass to Android phones and accessories. One of their projects, codenamed Project Ara, has been in development since 2012, and has finally been unveiled for the consumer market! Known in the official announcement video as simply Ara, the new Google phone shows off its capabilities as a modular designer smartphone.

The device itself features a framed format with several slots of various sizes, allowing for a fully customizable experience. In the video, Google shows off the possibilities of the modular design, showing off a number of gadgets, tools, and features that can be implemented into the phone by simply switching out the pieces. The Ara can even replace broken pieces through its modular system with ease, likely reducing repair costs and leading to a more streamlined experience. The Ara is currently scheduled to release in Puerto Rico as a test run in late 2015, with worldwide releases coming soon afterwards. In the meantime, Google has announced a media event for Project Ara on January 21st, which will have more details about the phone’s abilities and future releases.


3D printed car at 2015 NA Auto Show

2015 at 04:42 pm by admin | Comments Off


Oak Ridge National Laboratory has collaborated with a number of companies in 3D-printed automobile venture, most recently with Local Motors and their 3D-printed car at the International Manufacturing Technology Show last September. Now, designers at ORNL has debuted their newest 3D-printed vehicle at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, located in Detroit. Here, ORNL is showing off their new 3D-printed replica of the vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra sports car, sporting a glossy paint job and a number of unique features. While the car looks like a classic Shelby Cobra on the outside, the vehicle is actually made of over 500 pounds of 3D-printed parts, including shell, frame, grill, and even headrests! The printed material is made of a carbon fiber filament mixture, allowing for a sturdy yet lightweight build. The car itself took only 24 hours to print, a step up from their 44-hour long print at the September IMTS, and is a step towards speeding up the creation and testing of car prototypes from drawing and clay concept models. While the world is still a long way from printing out our own cars from the comfort of our home, ORNL’s Shelby is a proof of concept, facilitating the testing and creation of new vehicles.