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Feb27

Futurama Series 2 are here!

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After a small delay, TOMODACHI has now received the brand-new wave of Kidrobot’s Futurama collectible mini-figures! Futurama Series 2 features 12 fan favorite characters from Matt Groening’s famous animated show in 3″ blind box format, including Fry, Leela, and Bender in their superhero outfits, alongside fan favorites like the Hyperchicken, Hermes, Hedonismbot, Roberto, and many more! Priced at $9.99 a box, these cool new additions to the Futurama series are available now at TOMODACHI, both at our Rosedale Shopping Center Location as well as through our online store. Futurama fans won’t want to miss out on this new Kidrobot release!

Feb25

Toy Fair 2014 highlights

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The annual Toy Fair, held at the Jabob K. Javits Convention Center at New York City every year, is one of the most bustling places for news on cool new toys and products from around the world. This year’s Toy Fair, which took place from February 16th to 19th, had some awesome new toys alongside cool new inventions, making it the largest toy marketplace ever held in the Western hemisphere! 1,150 toy companies unveiled a huge variety of products, ranging from collectible toys to innovate new technology and inventions. Awesome figure releases for popular franchises like Star Wars, Godzilla, Batman, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hello Kitty, and Game of Thrones were unveiled at the show, alongside innovative new products that take whole new spins on classic toys and products!

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One such example was the Orbitwheel, designed by toy company Inventist. Designed as a revolutionary combination of skateboard and roller skates, these wheels are worn like shoes, and allow the user to quickly manipulate their momentum and movement through the user’s body weight, allowing the Orbitwheel to operate flawlessly on variety of surfaces as well as remain small and compact, fitting easily into a backpack or carried by hand. Designed as a form of entertainment as well as transportation, the Orbitwheel might just be a new sensation in outdoors entertainment!

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Another interesting twist on a classic toy is the Light Stax, a LEGO-like building block toy. The one thing that sets the Light Stax apart from its brethren are the LED lights implanted into every block, with contact points at the top and bottom of every peg. By stacking these blocks onto a battery-powered base, each brick will light up, creating a beautiful glowing set piece. With a variety of colors available, these bricks are a cool new way of bringing your block masterpieces to life.

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Automated toys were also a big part of the show, with a variety of new technology shown in some brand-new collectibles. One such example is the Aquabot 2.0, designed by company Hexbug. These automated fish are equipped with a new sensor that detects movement and vibration, allowing them to react to movements in their environment, as well as to interacting with people knocking on the glass of the bowl or playing in the water. The Ozobot was another cool robot, designed to follow paths drawn by the user. The robot is able to follow the lines with pinpoint accuracy, and can even be commanded to speed up, reverse, change direction, or do a variety of other commands through the color of the line itself.

All of these toys, and more, will be made available over the course of the year, so make sure to keep your eyes open. With all of these amazing inventions and figures unveiled at this year’s Toy Fair, we’re more excited than ever to see what next year’s Toy Fair has in store for us!




Feb24

Robot challenges world-class table tennis player

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Robotics have been advancing steadily over the past decade, allowing robots to perform a variety of actions that were previously only accessible to humans, including cleaning, driving cars, and even performing surgery. Now, German-based company KUKA Robot Group plans to take robotics to the next step by challenging one of the greatest table tennis players in the world. The robot, called the “Agilus”, has been toted as one of the fastest industrial robots in the world, and hopes to challenge table tennis champion Timo Boll at his own game. Boll was the top ranked table tennis player in the world in 2002, and has since remained in the top 10 in the world. This event, designed to highlight the opening of KUKA’s new Shanghai factory, will show off the speed, precision, and flexibility of their new robots. Scheduled to take place on March 11th, this match may be a huge stepping stone for the future of robotics, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for more news until then!

Feb24

Mardivale Dunny series release

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Kidrobot has announced their newest series in the popular Dunny collectible vinyl figure line: the Mardivale Dunny! This blind box set introduces 15 brand new designs by world-famous artists Andrew Bell and Scribe, featuring festive and wacky designs that embody the celebration of Mardi Gras in a whole new way! This brand new set of 3″ Dunny figures will be released on March 4th, and TOMODACHI will be stocking these cool collectibles at both our Rosedale Shopping Center location as well as our online store. Make sure to celebrate this festive season with us with this new Dunny release!

Feb24

3D printing full-scale buildings

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With the advent of the 3D printing market, including such companies as MakerBot, Cubify, Shapeways, and more, the possibilities of 3D printing becoming a household staple are growing bigger and bigger each year. However, inventors across the world are beginning to look past the possibilities of affordable, desktop 3D printers, and thinking big. Two companies in particular, Contour Crafting and KamerMaker, have plans to print entire buildings with oversized 3D printers!

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Taking advantage of new, innovative technology, each company approaches the issue of 3D printing a house in a unique direction. The KamerMaker, a 20′ tall 3D printer based in Amsterdam, is applying the fundamentals of 3D printing on a massive scale, using environmentally-friendly plastic to print out each individual piece of the house, including walls and furniture. The pieces can then snap together easily, allowing for quick and simple construction.

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On the other hand, Contour Crafting’s printer takes advantage of the dynamic nature of concrete to 3D print entire walls and houses in a single day, applying layer upon layer of durable concrete all at once. Due to the dynamic new process used in creating these walls, the concrete walls are not only functional, but extremely durable. Contour Crafting plans to apply this process to quickly create remote bases for military, and even create suitable housing locations on the Moon!

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The KamerMaker’s first printed house is set to open to the public in March, and Contour Crafting is currently in negotiations with the Naval Science Foundation. Both techniques allow for implementation of luxuries like plumbing and electric wiring, creating a suitable and economic living environment. With tens of thousands of injuries and deaths related to building construction each year, these exciting methods of quickly and safely creating buildings look to not only save time and resources, but human lives.


Feb24

"This Is Not a Toy" exhibit opens in Canada

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The vinyl Toy art medium has been growing and evolving ever since its conception in the late 1990s, and now the Design Exchange, Canada’s national design museum, is hosting an exhibit to pay tribute to this modern form of art expression. Titled “This Is Not a Toy”, the exhibit is located at the Design Exchange building at 234 Bay Street in Toronto, and explores the vinyl figure as an object of art and design, as well as challenging the difference between “toys” and artwork.

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The exhibit, curated alongside singer-songwriter Pharrel Williams, who recently collaborated with Daft Punk on their hit song “Get Lucky”, features a variety of famous vinyl artists from around the world, including Michael Lau, KAWS, Coarse, Takashi Murakami, Huck Gee, Frank Kozik, FriendsWithYou, and more. With the exhibit open now until May 19th, this is a fantastic chance for vinyl fans to check out some of the most iconic works in the past decade!

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Feb19

Original Godzilla movie to make a US theatrical run

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With the brand-new Godzilla movie made by Legendary Studios and Japanese-based movie studio Toho releasing in theaters this coming May, there has been a lot of excitement about the classic kaiju. Now, for the first time ever, American audiences will have the chance to view the original 1954 Godzilla movie on the big screen, unedited and uncut thanks to Rialto Pictures! While this classic monster movie originally came over to America in 1956 as a completely altered version, with over 40 minutes of footage edited out, and many scenes replaced with American actors. Now, with this upcoming restoration of the original film, American fans will finally be able to experience Godzilla as it was originally intended! Rialto Pictures has even recreated the original Japanese poster for American audiences, staying true to the original design and actors. The film will be released at the TCM Classic Film Festival at Hollywood on April 12th, and then begin airing in cities across the United States in the following weeks. With this and the brand-new Godzilla film coming to theaters nationwide in a matter of months, it’s a great time for Godzilla fans, old and new!

Feb13

Robots programed with insect-like brains

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The human brain has always been an overwhelming task for scientists to replicate, due to the complexity of the nervous system and many other factors. Therefore, researchers at the Freie Universität Berlin, located in Berlin, Germany, have opted to take it slow, and have modeled a robot brain on the brain and nervous system of the honeybee, which is much easier to understand and replicate. The robot, designed around the 8″ long DFRobotShop Rover, was given a small camera linked directly to its brain, allowing the robot to take in visual sensory data and learn from it. The robot is able to associate colors with specific rules and guidelines, needing a single experimental learning trial to learn the colors and effects. The robot is then able to immediately discern between the colors, mapping its own course and destination. Researchers hope to gain insight into how memory effects decision making, as well as looking to expand the neural network in their robots in order to make them more autonomous.

Feb13

Futurama Series 2 release

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Tomodachi is happy to introduce a brand-new wave of Kidrobot’s popular Futurama collectible figures, representing a variety of characters from Matt Groening’s famous animated show. Futurama Series 2 will feature 12 fan favorite characters in 3″ blind box format, including Fry, Leela, and Bender in their superhero outfits, alongside fan favorites like the Hyperchicken, Hermes, Hedonismbot, Roberto, and many more! In anticipation for this cool new collectible series, TOMODACHI will be carrying these figures at $9.99, starting February 20th. Make sure to stop by our Rosedale Shopping Center location, as well as our online store, to pick up these cool Futurama figures and more!

Feb13

Huck Gee's Penelope McStompsalot release

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Huck Gee’s newest vinyl release, Penelope McStompsalot, combines two different Dunny scales into one awesome new release! Penelope McStompsalot is a fusion of 3″ Dunny and 8″ Dunny, as Penelope comes with her giant Dunny power armor, complete with opening helmet cockpit, sword, and shield! TOMODACHI is proud to carry these cool new Dunny figures, coming soon to our Rosedale Shopping Center location as well as our online shop, in its retail green-brown color scheme. Priced at $199.99, this cool new release comes in an exclusive windowed box, and is sure to please any vinyl collector or Huck Gee fan!

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