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Aug01

Hello Kitty & friends debut in Sonic attire

2016 at 03:46 pm by admin | Comments Off

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At SEGA’s recent Project Sonic 2017, held to celebrate Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th anniversary, Hello Kitty and friends made a surprise appearance in special Sonic costumes! Featured as a collaboration between SEGA, Sanrio, and toy company Toynami, the new collaboration was also featured at SDCC 2016, and include a series of 3-inch blind boxed figures and larger plushes of iconic Sanrio characters like Hello Kitty, Badtz-maru, My Melody, and Chococat! The set includes costumes of Sonic characters like Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and of course Sonic himself, both in his memorable blue colors as well as his golden Super Sonic form! While the Super Sonic Hello Kitty was an SDCC exclusive, all the other plushes and miniature collectibles will debut at retail this fall, so fans have plenty of time to get ready for this awesome collaboration release!

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Jul28

Paint oil canvas digitally with Adobe

2016 at 08:53 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Creative software developer Adobe will partner up with Nvidia on their latest program, titled Project Wetbrush! The project is a proposed software program in which users can create artwork that accurately mimics the look, feel, and depth of real-life canvas painting. The program will allow users to realistically produce painting on their digital canvas, mixing paints and stacking layers to create a life-like finished product. The painting will then either be able to be saved like a standard image, or saved as a 3D file that can be viewed from a number of angles, revealing the brush strokes and layers of paint as a thick surface. Artists can look forward to seeing this technology develop in earnest as the year goes on, and hopefully look forward to an official announcement as to when they can get their hands on this awesome piece of technology!

Jul28

Yokai Watch hits smartphones with new titles

2016 at 08:45 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After LEVEL-5 recently announced that the original Yokai Watch video game will be made available on smartphones and tablets, more good news for Yokai Watch fans has surfaced in the form of two new games for Android and iOS! The first, “Yokai Watch: Daijiten”, will be a quiz-type video game geared towards Yokai Watch masters, and will test your knowledge on the franchise’s wide variety of characters along with various other subjects like spelling and other general knowledge. The second game, “Yokai Watch: Gerapo Rhythm”, will be the series’ very first rhythm game! Featuring simple controls in which users will tap along to the beat, Gerapo Rhythm will feature all your favorite Yokai Watch characters, along with a number of songs that were featured in both the video game series as well as the anime. Yokai Watch: Daijiten will debut in Japan this November, and Yokai Watch: Gerapo Rhythm will release in March 2017. Check out the video below to see the two new games in action!

Jul28

OpenAI develops learning chores robot

2016 at 08:13 pm by admin | Comments Off

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OpenAI, research organization owned and sponsored by Elon Musk, has revealed plans for the future of robots in the household with their new autonomous cleaning robot! Developed in cooperation with Fetch Robotics, the new robot is equipped with a robotic arm that allows freedom of movement, and uses 2D scanners and 3D depth sensors to accurately navigate in complex environment and perform simple tasks. Along with these features, the robot features a unique software that will be capable of learning how to best accomplish tasks over repeated sessions. All of these features will allow the robot to perform household tasks like cleaning the floor, doing dishes, ironing shirts, and more! With a future that sounds right out of the Jetsons, OpenAI looks forward to one day releasing robots like these to the general public in order to increase quality of life.

Jul27

Spinning art installation in Portugal

2016 at 06:02 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Collaborative artist group Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte, or MAARQA for short, have come together to create a spinning interactive art installation in Porto, Portugal. The piece, titled “Gira”, was created in commemoration of the the annual St. John Festival, and consists of a giant sphere made up of hundreds of children’s plastic hammers in a wide arrange of colors. The installation, which can be entered by passerby and viewed from within, can be spun manually from within, transforming the art piece into a spinning globe of color. As MAARQA’s latest work in art installations, with previous works displayed in Canada, Amsterdam, Sweden, and other countries, Gira is a fun way for citizens and tourists alike to experience Portugal’s festive culture and atmosphere!

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Jul27

LEVEL-5 reveals "Megaton Musashi" franchise

2016 at 05:30 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Media entertainment company LEVEL-5, known for their popular franchises like “Yokai Watch” and “Inazuma Eleven”, have revealed information on their latest project, known as “Megaton Musashi”! This new story will take place in a sci-fi future where humanity is on the verge of extinction thanks to the invasion of an alien race known as the Dorakuta, leaving the remainder of humanity with no recollection of the Dorakuta or their invasion. A small group of refugees whose minds were not altered to forget the Dorakuta are tasked to fight back against the alien race through the use of giant mecha known as Musashi, which have the ability to swap weapons and limbs with the use of special cards.

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The franchise, which takes inspiration from early mecha anime like Mazinger Z and Getter Robo, will include a television anime, video game franchise, collectible card game and action figures, featuring the titular Musashi and their weapon change gimmick. There are even plans for a serialized Megaton Musashi manga in internationally renowned manga pulication Shonen Jump, created by Mazinger Z inventor Go Nagai! Megaton Musashi is expected to launch next summer, but for the time being, check out the animated trailer below, and keep an eye out for more news as the year goes on!

Jul26

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 recap

2016 at 10:20 pm by admin | Comments Off

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San Diego Comic-Con never fails to impress fans with its wide variety of announcements on the hottest and latest movies, comics, toys, games, and more, and this year’s iteration didn’t fail to impress! With dozens of big-name companies showing off their best and brighest products for the next year, there’s a lot to dig into over the next few months!



Some of the biggest names in the industry were excited to show off their TV and movie projects for the next year, and fans were ready to eat up every bit of it! Reveals ranged from DC’s reveal of the Justice League trailer, as well as trailers for Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and the upcoming superhero fighting game Injustice 2, to Warner Bros. unveiling the world’s first look at Kong: Skull Island on top of trailers for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the LEGO Batman Movie.



Not one to slouch, Marvel also unveiled a number of looks at their TV and movie schedule for the next year, with franchises like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, the Defenders, and Guardiands of the Galaxy strutting their stuff.



Other big releases included the announcement of Godzilla: Resurgence for international release sometime in 2016, along with an entire panel dedicated to the new Pokémon Go phone game phenomenon, which took a look at future features and add-ons that are slated to drop for the game in the near future. Popular franchises like The Walking Dead, Star Trek, Sherlock, and more were also at the event, with dozens of stands, booths, and talks to help hype visitors up for months to come.

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With so many cool news announcements and releases, this year’s SDCC was just as amazing as fans have come to expect from the annual convention, and has left us all waiting in anticipation for next year!

Jul26

Godzilla's apologetic figures arrive at TOMODACHI

2016 at 09:02 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After a number of destructive rampages across the world over the past decades, Godzilla and company are now showing their remorse through a series of collectible figures, now available at TOMODACHI! These figures poke fun at the franchise’s long-standing tradition of wanton destruction, forcing the memorable monsters to apologize for their senseless behavior. The set of figures includes Godzilla himself, along with popular kaiju Mechagodzilla, Kong Ghidorah, and Hedorah. Each figure comes with a podium for their apology press conference, along with a removable keychain to take these cool collectibles with you on the go. These highly sought-after figures are available now at TOMODACHI’s Mall of America store, and will be coming very soon to our Rosedale Shopping Center location! Come stop by to check these hilarious toys out for yourself!

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Jul22

BMW's futuristic Titan motorcycle

2016 at 07:43 pm by admin | Comments Off

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German automobile company BMW has unveiled their vision of the future with their Titan concept motorcycle. The bike takes design inspiration from sea life such as sharks, and a futuristic sleek outer shell covering the front half of the vehicle. The purpose of this design is speed, with the bike able to break the 376 mph land speed record thanks to its airtight front end that funnels air around the bike through the use of makeshift “gills”. The user themselves sit within an enclosed cockpit on the bike, and is powered by a turbo engine located near the massive rear wheel. The design was created in part with industrial designer Mehmet Doruk Erdem, and there are no plans for this design to hit retail in the foreseeable future.

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Jul21

Bookstore awes customers with modern architecture

2016 at 06:04 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Earlier this month, design studio XL-Muse was commissioned to redesign the Zhongshuge book store in Zhen Yuan, China, and the result is a modern-themed experience in architecture! The design, which takes advantage of mirrors and exotic shapes to create unique environments like caverns and tunnels, was inspired by the scenery of Zhen Yuan, which features a number beautiful riverside locations and arched bridges. The mirrored floors are meant to recreate the effect of water, and the ceiling is painted to recreate the starry night sky, allowing visitors to be transported into a surreal environment. The bookstore itself features a large reading area, lobby, and kid’s space featuring playgrounds and attractions. The Zhongshuge store is the latest in XL-Muse’s innovative design, with architectural work previously being hosted in Hangzhou last year.

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