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Oct15

Bandai figures at NYCC 2014

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Drawing one of the largest crowds in Comic-Con history, New York Comic-Con offered a variety of exclusive merchandise and collectibles to fans last week, from independent manufacturers to large toy companies alike. Bandai, Japanese toys and collectibles company, was not one to pass up on the opportunity, and offered exclusive and early releases for a number of their upcoming collectibles!

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With Power Rangers celebrating its 20th anniversary this year alongside the newest season, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, Bandai has released a number of NYCC-exclusive collectables for Power Rangers fans, young and old. The highlight of this occasion is the new Tokyo Vinyl figure of the Mighty Morphin’ Green Ranger, in NYCC-exclusive Metallic colors! Designed by vinyl artist Touma, this release comes in an entire metallic coat and features a unique legacy box, making it a must-have for any fan of the original Power Rangers season!

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Alongside this release was the Limited Edition Power Rangers Legendary Ranger Key Set dedicated to the character Tommy Oliver! Best known for his appearances as the Green and White Ranger in the original Power Rangers airing, Tommy appeared in later seasons as a variety of other Rangers, all of which are featured in this 5-pack of Ranger Keys! Painted in limited-edition metallic colors, all of the keys function with the Deluxe Legendary Morpher, seen in the currently airing Super Megaforce season.

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Aside from Power Rangers, Bandai is also celebrating the release of the newest Godzilla film by Legendary Films earlier this year with a new exclusive vinyl figure! Standing 6.5″ tall, the figure features a new unique sculpt and paint job, highlighting his glowing radioactive spines as part of his signature Atomic Breath move! The figure comes in a stylized exclusive box, and shows the figure amidst a destroyed cityscape.

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Along with these new exclusives, Bandai featured a number of other figures at their booth, available for purchase before their scheduled retail release! These include the Armor-Up Baymax figure from Big Hero 6, which allows collectors to use over 20 armor pieces to recreate both Baymax’s normal and armored appearances in the upcoming film! Other collectibles at the booth include the Batman, Master Chief, and LBX Achilles model kits, allowing builders to create their favorite characters. With these figures and more available at NYCC this year, it was the perfect place for fans and collectors alike to celebrate their hobby!

Oct15

DreamWorks virtual reality booth at NYCC

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With DreamWorks Animation’s animated sequel, “How to Train Your Dragon 2″, releasing in theaters earlier this year, the animated film company brought their newest film to last week’s New York Comic-Con in a brand new way with their virtual-reality experience booth! Using the Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset previously seen in several booths at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, the exhibit provided visitors with an interactive gaming experience, allowing players to control an airborne dragon as it flies through several obstacles.

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The exhibit, designed to resemble Viking vessels similar to the ones seen in the film, featured unique seating that mimicked the way the movie portrayed riders on their dragons, and featured a number of interactive features to make the experience even more realistic. These included a vibrating motor placed underneath the seat that activated on turns or other bumpy aerial maneuvers, and a fan pointed at the users’ faces that would turn and shift direct based on where you piloted your dragon steed! All of these additions turned the game into an interactive experience for fans of all ages.

Oct14

MegaBots giant robot debuts at NYCC

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Last week’s New York Comic-Con, which took place from October 9th to October 12th, debuted a number of exclusive and upcoming toys and merchandise from a variety of independent manufacturers and large-scale companies alike. However, nothing was quite as large as the debut of the MegaBots giant robot! Created by Andrew Stroup, Matt Oehrlein, and Gui Cavalcanti, the giant 15-foot tall robot is known as the MegaBot Mark I, and stands as a prototype for an upcoming series of paintball-shooting giant robots. The mech, which currently only featured a working cockpit and moving arm, weighs a total of 15000 pounds, and came equipped with a cannon arm that fired paint-filled foam shells at designated targets.

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Meant as an entertainment tool and big toy rather than a fully-automotive giant robot, the MegaBots series are planned to face off in large-scale paintball matches, and will feature working legs, central torso, and two-man cockpits upon completion. With previous mechanical constructs including the 18-foot wide walking Stompy robot in 2012, keep an eye out for more MegaBots news when the project’s Kickstarter page goes live later this month!

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Oct14

Mishka's Bad News Dunny at TOMODACHI

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As the Halloween season draws closer and closer, apparel company Mishka and Kidrobot have announced their newest creepy collaboration in the form of the Bad News Dunny! These figures, which debuted as exclusive pre-orders at the Mishka booth at last week’s New York Comic-Con, will now be available at TOMODACHI later this month! An entirely original sculpt, this new line of vinyl collectibles comes in a variety of colors and sizes. The larger 8″ Bad News Dunny will be available in the brown-colored Kodiak Edition, while the smaller 3″ Dunny collectibles will feature both the Kodiak Edition and a white-and-pink Polar Edition! While the 8″ Polar Edition of the figure is a Kidrobot-exclusive release, the 8″ Kodiak Edition and both of the 3″ Dunny figures will all be available at our TOMODACHI locations in the Rosedale Shopping Center and the Mall of America on October 24th, making this the perfect seasonal gift for fans and enthusiasts alike!

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Oct13

First 3D-printed rocket set to liftoff

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Researchers and designers at the Special Projects Bureau of The Register, a British technology magazine, have announced their plans to launch a 3D-printed rocket into outer space later this year! The rocket, which was recently completed by the team of 30 designers after four years of testing, cost over $9500 to construct, and will feature an outer frame made entirely of 3D-printed material, similar to the metal parts that NASA is using in its own 3D-printed rocket parts. The rocket was even modified to use a standard hobby rocket motor at extremely high altitudes. The team will launch the freshly completed rocket later this year from Spaceport America in New Mexico, where the rocket will be lifted to 65,600 feet by a helium balloon. There, the rocket will ignite and launch into space, where it will then use on-board cameras and autopilot to return safely to the surface.

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Oct13

Star Wars arcade game shown at New York Comic-Con

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As the New York Comic-Con astounded and entertained audiences with a variety of panels, cosplay contests, merchandise, and more this past weekend, entertainment company Bandai Namco Games has announced a brand new arcade game based on the hit Star Wars franchise, titled “Star Wars: Battle Pod”! This first-person piloting game will take users through a number of iconic battles from the Star Wars franchise, and immerse users into the gameplay experience using an innovative spherical display, titled the Panoramic Optical Display. This display, which was originally used in a Gundam-themed arcade cabinet in 2006, creates a 3D view of the battlefield around the user in its hemisphere display, and will feature controls and sensors identical to the ones that appeared throughout the Star Wars franchise. “Star Wars: Battle Pod” will release in arcades across North America on January 2015, so keep an eye out for this cool new immersive experience!

Oct08

Satellites create first map of ocean floor

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Researchers at the Scripps Insitituion of Oceanography, located in San Diego, California, have taken advantage of innovative technology in order to create the world’s first complete map of the ocean floor! Older seafloor maps only mapped about 10% of the depths, leaving 90% of the ocean uncharted and unknown. Thanks to never-before-used technology aboard the CryoSat-2 and Jason-1 satellites, a full map has finally been created. These satellites gathered the data by measuring the density of gravity across the ocean floor and turning it into usable altimeter data.

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The satellites, which sent out thousands of radar pulses a second, were able to calculate the topography of the ocean floor with gravity due to the nature of large objects. Matter with extra mass warps the gravitational field around it, which is what the satellites used to create the maps. The maps show off the valleys and mountain ranges of the ocean floor, and even denote the locations of large earthquakes with red dots, showing off the massive fault lines of the Earth’s crust. Researchers hope that these maps will be used to help survey ships, underwater exploration vessels, and even one day create a high-resolution map of the entire ocean floor.

Oct06

Artist creates illusionary floating building in London

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Experimental designer and artist Alex Chinneck has created many unique architectural pieces using illusions and clever solutions, including sliding building fronts and even upside down apartments. True to his past work, Chinneck recently opened up his newest exhibit at the Covent Garden in London, England, where his work has wowed crowds by creating a seemingly floating building! Titled “Take my Lightning, But Don’t Steal my Thunder”, the installation recreates a section of the 184-year-old Covent Garden Market Building, and seemingly splits it violently in half, leaving a large chunk of the building floating 10 feet above the foundations on the ground below.

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The building, of course, is not simply floating on its own, but is a clever installation piece that takes advantage of the use of lightweight polystyrene shaped around a system of 15.5 tons of steel beams. The piece is attached to a small nondescript stall next to the piece, which contains 4.4 tons of counterweights that keep the piece afloat. The polystyrene shell of the building was meticulously crafted and hand-painted over the course of 500 hours by Chinneck and his team of 100 contributors to create a lifelike representation of the building, using over one ton of paint to complete the installation. The finished piece, which has dazzled and confused visitors to the Covent Garden, will be on display until October 24, 2014.

Oct05

The Little Prince 70th anniversary at TOMODACHI

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Originally written in 1943 by French poet and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, also known as Le Petit Prince, quickly became one of the most popular illustrated novels in the world. The novel, which has since been translated into over 250 languages across the world, recently celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2013, and designer figure company Muttpop helped celebrate the occasion with a miniature vinyl figure of the titular prince! Standing at 4″ tall, this figure is now available at TOMODACHI’s Rosedale Shopping Center location, and retails for $21.95. Make sure to stop by and grab this adorable representation of one of the most beloved classic characters in 20th century literature!

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The Little Prince was written by poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who based the story off of his own experiences as a pilot during troubled times in the early 1940s. The story follows a stranded pilot in the middle of a desert, who encounters a mysterious boy prince who fell to Earth from outer space. The story that follows, while it reads like a children’s book and features charming watercolor drawings, discusses mature themes about the nature of humanity and one’s role in life, and has been named the best French novel of the 20th century. The book has since reached worldwide appeal, and has been adapted into film, stage plays, and comic books, along with receiving several museum galleries and art pieces dedicated to the characters of the book.

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Oct03

Pharrell Williams collabs with Murakami in new video

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Musician and pop art enthusiast Pharrel Williams has been known to collaborate with internationally renowned artist Takashi Murakami in a number of mediums, from museum exhibits to starring together in a recent Hatsune Miku music video. Now, Pharrell Williams has released the latest music video for his recently released song, “It Girl”, and has produced it alongside Murakami to create an entirely animated piece! Designed around Murakami’s iconic graphic style and motifs, the video features a variety of retro references, including subtle nods to classic 90s computer gaming, anime, and other forms of media. “It Girl”, which comes from Pharrell William’s March 2014 album, titled “Girl”, is one of Pharrell Williams’ first studio album songs since his 2006 debut, and shows off his adoration for pop art and classic entertainment in this newest video. Take a look below to check out the new video!