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Aug19

Godzilla anime film announced

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After the success of the recent “Godzilla: Resurgence” film, animation studio POLYGON PICTURES has announced that a brand-new Godzilla animated film is in the works for 2017! The announcement was released alongside a teaser image of the film, showing a futuristic vehicle on what appears to be Monster Island, long thought to be the home of Godzilla and other kaiju from throughout the series’ history. The announcement also revealed that Kobun Shizuno, known for his work on Detective Conan and Fist of the North Star, and Hiroyuki Seshita, who has worked on Ajin and Knights of Sidonia, will be directing the film, with story and screenplay written by Gen Urobuchi of Madoka Magica and Fate/Zero fame. More news on this anime adaptation of the classic monster will surely be released throughout the rest of the year, so stay tuned!

Aug18

Detective Pikachu movie in the works

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Legendary Films will be partnering with Nintendo in order to create a new Pokémon live-action movie based on the Nintendo 3DS game, “Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo”! The film, which was announced last month, has recently unveiled that scriptwriters Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch will be working on the film’s script! Perlman is best known for her work with Marvel films “Guardians of the Galaxy” and the upcoming Captain Marvel movie, while Hirsch is the creator of Disney’s popular “Gravity Falls” cartoon. Great Detective Pikachu follows the story of a talking Pikachu who works to solve mysteries around town with his human partner and sidekick, Tim Goodman. The game itself released in Japan this February, with no plans announced as of yet for an international release. Check out the trailer for the game below, and look forward to the Detective Pikachu movie’s release in 2017!

Aug17

Pizza Hut turns boxes into DJ turntables

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In a move to make ordering pizza a blast for its customers, Pizza Hut has collaborated with printed electronics company Novalia to release the world’s first playable DJ pizza box! Released at a select number of Pizza Hut’s United Kingdom branches, these new pizza boxes come packed with their own battery-powered printed setup, and let users connect their smartphone or computer to the box itself to whip up some hot beats! This is accomplished through the use of Novalia’s touch-sensitive printed products, and will allow users to DJ their songs using software like Serato DJ. While this promotion is currently available only in the UK, keep your eyes open for news on an international release for this awesome, creative way to reuse old pizza boxes. In the meantime, check out the video below to see the beat-boxing box in action!

Aug16

Artist creates 3D-printed fashion

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Tel Aviv fashion artist Danit Peleg strives to bring tech into her fashion design with her new wave of 3D-printed fabric! The clothes, which are made from a durable, rubber-like material, started as a prospective idea in 2015, and have since took the form of clothing in a variety of colors and designs. The dresses take advantage of FilaFlex, which is a 3D printed material that stretches and feels comfortable against skin, as opposed to standard 3D-printed filament that is brittle and rough, making it unsuitable for use as clothing. The designs, due to their printed nature, are easily sharable, and can be printed in under 100 hours using modern printers. A trend that has been picking up speed recently, 3D-printed fashion and clothing is quickly becoming the talk of the town, and Peleg’s design are sure to turn heads!

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Aug15

Fans reimagine Akira in CG

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Animation team Brad Kremer and Dean Fowler have shown their love for the classic 1988 anime adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo’s “Akira” by recreating scenes from the movie in CG! The short film, which features shots from Akira’s iconic motorcycle chase scene, along with sweeping shots of Neo-Tokyo, is the result of several years of work between Kremer and Fowler. The most prominent feature of the film is the iconic red bike, featuring a fresh set of decals, paint, and animation for its CG debut! While not an official trailer or project, this fan-made tribute shows off Kremer’s and Fowler’s love for both the film and the medium in whole. Check it out below!

Aug15

San-X's giant Rilakkuma plush returns

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Beloved San-X character Rilakkuma is coming to your home in a huge way with the return of its giant plush! This massive piece of Rilakkuma merchandise sizes in at a massive 5′5″ tall, and has returned due to massive public demand after its initial wave sold out! This giant plush will be available only in limited quantities until September 4th from San-X’s official website, and is currently sold for just over $650, making these plushes a real investment for serious Rilakkuma fans. Fear not, though, for San-X also has smaller, 40″ tall plushes available as well for both Rilakkuma and his white-pelted partner Korillakuma. On top of that, a new monkey-themed Rilakkuma plush is also available for $180, in order to celebrate 2016’s Year of the Monkey! All of these items are sure to be awesome gifts for any Rilakkuma fan!

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Aug15

Water-like glass sculpute on display in LA

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Installation artist Patrick Shearn has revealed his newest work in Los Angeles in the form of a large-scale glass sculpture! Titled “Liquid Shard”, the art piece was created as a collaboration between Shearn, public art organization Now Art LA, and college AAV School of Los Angeles. The sculpture itself extends over 15,000 square feet, blanketing visitors of the Pershing Square public park with thousands of glass shards, undulating and waving like water. The glass itself is made of a holographic filament, making the piece shine in the light in dozens of different colors. Shearn, inspired by the observation of nature, hopes that the piece will draw the eyes of busy passerby and help them appreciate nature through his work.

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Aug11

PUSHEEN PARTY PRIZE & GIVEAWAY SCHEDULE

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It’s Pusheen mania at TOMODACHI! This Saturday, August 13th from 2-6pm we’ll be celebrating with loads of new Pusheen merchandise, DJ sets, a photo booth, art activities, treats and best of all TONS OF PRIZES!!! To plan your prize-winning itinerary, check out our complete list of free giveaways, contests and drawings — and the times we’ll be doing each of them. Good luck, and see you at PUSHEEN PARTY!


NOW THROUGH SATURDAY 6PM: #PUSHEENPARTYMOA PHOTO CONTEST — WIN A GIANT PUSHEEN!

Post a fun picture while you’re at the event on the 13th and hashtag #PusheenPartyMOA to be automatically entered to win a GIANT PUSHEEN PLUSH! Can’t make it to the party? No problem — stop in this week anytime before Saturday and snap a selfie with Pusheen for your chance to win! Winner will be announced and contacted via social media on Sunday, August 14th at 12pm CST. Contest ends officially 6pm on Saturday, August 13th.


ALL DAY: FREE EVENT STICKERS!

Free PUSHEEN PARTY event sticker with any purchase


ALL DAY: FREE PUSHEEN PUFFY STICKERS w/ $25 PURCHASE

Purchases over $25 will receive a free Pusheen Puffy Sticker Pack, courtesy of Gund! (while supplies last)


ALL DAY: FREE PUSHEEN PASTEL PLUSH 6″ w/ $50 PURCHASE

Purchases over $50 will receive a free Pusheen Pastel Plush 6″ with a heart (while supplies last)


2PM: FREE GIVEAWAY TO FIRST 100 PEOPLE!

The first 100 people lined up outside of the store at 2pm will receive an exclusive goodie bag featuring a Pusheen Puffy Sticker Pack courtesy of Gund, candy from TOMODACHI and more.


3PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING #1

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 2-3pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 3pm, we will do 4 drawings for prizes including:

- $100 Gift Card from Firelake Grill House & Cocktail Bar

- $25 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


4PM: PUSHEEN FASHION CONTEST

Line up outside of TOMODACHI at 4pm to enter your Pusheen-inspired look into the fashion contest! Judges Samantha Rei and Christopher Straub will choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners to receive TOMODACHI gift cards, Pusheen plushes and goodie bags. All runners up will receive a consolation prize of a Pusheen Puffy Sticker Set, courtesy of Gund!


4PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING #2

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 3-4pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 4pm, while the judges are making their decisions, we will also do 4 drawings for prizes including:

- One night hotel stay at Radisson Blu MOA

- $25 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


5PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING #3

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 4-5pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 5pm, we will do 4 drawings for prizes including:

- Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Co. gift basket ($100 value)

- $25 gift card for Hard Rock Cafe

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


6PM: HOURLY PRIZE DRAWING GRAND FINALE

For every $5 you spend at TOMODACHI between 5-6pm, you will receive a raffle ticket for the drawing. At 6pm, we will do multiple drawings for prizes including:

- Christmas has come early for Pusheen fans! We’ll be drawing for 5 PRE-RELEASE Series 2 Holiday-themed Pusheen Blind Boxes

- 2 tickets to the Flyover America experience at MOA + plush mascot toy

- $25 gift card to Piada Italian Street Food at MOA

- Surprise Pusheen gift from Gund & TOMODACHI

- Japanese snack goodie bag from TOMODACHI

* Must be present to win!


SUNDAY, AUGUST 14TH: GIANT PUSHEEN WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Winner of the giant Pusheen plush via the #PusheenPartyMOA photo contest will be announced at Noon, through both Instagram and Facebook! (winner will also be contacted through private message)


NOTE: Hourly prize drawing entries are good for only that hour’s drawing and do not carry over to the following hour (example: a $5 purchase/entry at 2:30pm is good only for the 3pm drawing, etc.)

Aug09

Over 1000 dancing robots break world record

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Tech company Ever Wing Company, Ltd. has broken the Guinness World Record for most dancing robots in unison with their recent groovy display! The dance, which featured 1040 of the QRC-2 robot, was over a minute long, and featured all robots dancing in unison thanks to a single smartphone controller. While some of the robots were disqualified due to falling over or not dancing properly, 1007 of the dancing robots completed the dance perfectly, earning them the world record! Check out the set up and dance below!

Aug09

Artist decorates Ottawa with colorful installations

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Argentinian artist José Luis Torres has dotted buildings all over Ottawa, Canada with his unique art installations! Titled “Tipping Point”, the art pieces consist of a variety of brightly-colored found objects, ranging from plastic children’s toys, bins, chairs, and even boats! The pieces are designed to seem large and imposing, as these are part of Torres’ movement in bringing to light the clutter and hoarding nature of daily life, while at the same time displaying a bright and colorful summertime-themed collage. Check out some of the installations seen below!

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