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May21

Classic toy exhibit opens in St. Paul

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The Minnesota History Center will be opening its doors to a brand new exhibit this Saturday, May 24th, titled ‘Toys of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s’! This exhibit, which will remain open until January 4th, 2015, will show off collectible merchandise from these three decades, as well as look at the culture and history surrounding the toys and the influences they have had on modern society.

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The show will also focus on the boom of the toy business that occurred in these decades, as the industry grew alongside the spread of cheaper manufacturing technologies and the spread of TV advertising. The show will also feature a play area, where visitors old and new can experience these toys and play with friends. The exhibit strives to make a connection between the toy and the consumer, sharing stories of the toys and their owners from decades past.

For more information http://www.minnesotahistorycenter.org/

May20

New Transformers figure turns into pen

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The iconic Transformers franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and is celebrating the occasion with a number of events, including the collaboration with the Evangelion franchise, as well as the release of the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction movie. Toy company Sentinel has announced their plans to work with company Takara Tomy in order to bring an unexpected Transformers release to your desk with this new Transformers pen. This fully-functional pen acts as the alternate mode to a fully posable, miniature recreation of Optimus Prime, the lead protagonist of the Transformers franchise! The toy will feature Optimus’ blaster weapon, and is set to release later this year. With this and more cool Transformers toys coming to celebrate their anniversary, stay tuned for more news on cool releases and events!

May20

World's fastest robot set to release by 2015

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Scientists at Robotics Unlimited in Pensacola, Florida have created the fastest legged running robot in the world, and plan to release the robot to the retail market! The robot, titled Outrunner, can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour, thanks to it innovate wheel-like design and programming. The robot mimics the behavior of legged animals through its alternating step pattern, allowing the small robot to move at greater speeds than larger, more complex machines. The Outrunner, which includes an HD camera and gyroscope, will be compatible with smartphones and remote controls, allowing users to play with the robot and steer it like a bicycle. The Outrunner robot is planned to release by 2015, and will come in a $299 core model and a $799 performance model, which will feature extended battery life and enhanced speed and control.

May20

Experimental hover bike releases in 2017

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Aerospace company Aerofex cause the attention of people worldwide when it initially showed off its prototype for a fully functional hover bike back in 2012. Two years later, Aerofex has announced its plans to release the vehicle, titled the Aero-X, alongside a release date and estimated price point! The Aero-X, which functions thanks to two carbon fiber rotors and gyroscopes to keep the machine steady even in windy conditions, is scheduled to release in 2017 for $85,000, and features controls similar to most modern-day motorcycles.

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The bike itself can carry up to 310 pounds of weight, and can operate for 75 minutes on a full tank, so the machine is not meant to replace standard vehicles. Designed specifically for user ease and comfortability, the Aero-X is even capable of off-road use and can even fly over water! The Aero-X is up for preorder now, and will be one of the first commercially available hover vehicles in the world.

May20

Artist creates comic strip on human hair

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Artist Claudia Puhlfurst has worked together with Andrew Zonenberg and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York in order to create the smallest comic strip in the world, contained entirely on a single strand of human hair! The comic, titled ‘Juana Knits The Planet’ is made up of 12 individual panels, each measuring 25 micrometers in size, in order to tell a story of a girl creating a variety of items. This process was done using the FEI Versa 3D machine, using a focused ion beam in order to make extremely precise cuts in the hair. The end result is a comic strip that requires a microscope to even see, making this short story an ingenious combination of ambition and technology.

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May15

Lemon Drop Dunny by Andrew Bell announced

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Kidrobot has announced a brand-new Dunny design from artist and toy designer Andrew Bell! The new 3″ figure, known as Lemon Drop Dunny, features some of Bell’s flowing decorations and designs, all wrapping around a translucent gradient Dunny figure. This new Andrew Bell figure is set to release on Thursday, May 22nd for $14.95, and there are hints of future releases of Lemon Drop Dunny figures to come, possibly with new designs or colorways. This translucent figure is one collectors won’t want to pass up on!

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Andrew Bell is an illustrator and vinyl figure designer, best known for his Android character. Beginning his career as an intern for Marvel, and working for Nickelodeon from 2000 to 2005, Bell started up his own company, Dead Zebra, which serves as a small studio and company for Bell’s personal projects. These include the Creatures in my Head collection, as well as the O-No Food Co. line of vinyl. He has worked with companies like MyPlasticHeart, Kidrobot, and Google in order to create custom vinyl figures and characters, and also has his own line of collectible figures. His Android character, originally based on the mascot for the Android operating system, has since turned into a DIY vinyl figure franchise, and has been featured in various mediums and figure releases.

May15

Artists turn Pringles cans into pipe organ

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Brooklyn-based art group Fall On Your Sword, known for their music production and audio composition, have recently turned a popular icon on its head by taking Pringles cans and transforming them into a fully-functional pipe organ! This display piece, which debuted at the 4th annual Silent Disco event at the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank in New York City, is constructed out of 250 Pringles cans, which were cut and glued together to create the organ’s pipes and overall structure.

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The piece is made to be interactive, and visitors at the event could play the instrument using specially designed Pringles cans, which act as the “keys” for the instrument, making this display piece a fan-favorite at the event!


May15

Murakami & Pharrell Williams' Jellyfish Eyes video

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Takashi Murakami’s “Jellyfish Eyes” movie, which recently premiered in the United States at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in April, featured the popular character Hatsune Miku in its opening song, titled “Last Night, Good Night (Re:Dialed)”. With the film hitting American shores, music composer and singer-songwriter Pharrel Williams has remixed the song, and has worked together with Murakami to release a brand-new music video of the song! The song features Williams’ remixed version of the song alongside a variety of characters and creatures from the movie, titled F.R.I.E.N.D.s, alongside Hatsune Miku and even cartoon versions of Murakami and Williams themselves! “Jellyfish Eyes” will continue to tour the county through June, arriving at Dallas, Boston, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco, giving people across the nation a chance to watch Murakami’s debut film on the big screen.



“Jellyfish Eyes” is a film created, designed, and directed by contemporary artist Takashi Murakami. The film follows the story of the young boy, Masashi, as he moves to a new town and discovers the strange creatures known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s. Through his adventures with other children in the town and their respective F.R.I.E.N.D.s, the film follows Masashi’s exploits as he learns about bonds and friendship. The film, which debuted in theaters on April 26th, has since begun a world tour, airing at different cities across Japan and the United States.


May14

Art Basel fair opens in Hong Kong

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The Art Basel fair has just opened in Hong Kong early Wednesday morning, kicking off a huge celebration of artists from all over the world. Over 240 galleries from 39 countries are participating in the 4-day long exhibit, located at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and will show off a wide variety of artwork in different mediums. A number of individual artists have also turned up for the event, including Japan’s Takashi Murakami, Singapore’s Lee Win, Germany’s Carsten Nicolai, and more.

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The event also features unique displays like a doughnut-shaped ping-pong table, giant glowing installation pieces, and more, and will also feature presentations and discussions to help foster cross-cultural exchange between artists, galleries, collectors, and visitors alike. Once the fair closes on May 18th, it will continue to tour around the world, heading to Basel, Switzerland on June 19th, and then to Miami Beach on December 4th, giving people across the world a chance to check out these amazing art pieces.

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May14

UK's first Hello Kitty attraction coming soon

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Sanrio is getting ready to debut the first Hello Kitty attraction in the United Kingdom with “Hello Kitty Secret Garden”! The attraction is scheduled to open at Drusillas Park in East Sussex this coming Sunday, May 18th, and will feature a variety of events to celebrate both the opening of the event as well as Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary!

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These include attractions like a car ride and hopper ride, as well as offer meet-and-greet days with popular Hello Kitty and Sanrio characters. The attraction will remain a part of Drusillas Park, which also features a small zoo and other attractions for visitors, and hopes to attract new visitors to the park, young and old alike!