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Aug02

PUSHEEN PARTY!

2016 at 04:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Please join us on Saturday, August 13th from 2pm-6pm for an exclusive Pusheen celebration at our Mall of America location. We will have loads of freshly stocked Pusheen merch featuring the beloved, Facebook-famous illustrated cat, plus tons of super fun activities and giveaways throughout the day — It’s Pusheen mania at TOMODACHI!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we’ll be pulling out all the stops: A Pusheen photo booth, complimentary snacks and sips, interactive art activities, a fashion contest, enjoy DJ sets by DJ Bach and Tim Dao throughout the day, product giveaways and multiple hourly prize drawings for Pusheen items, gift cards and more, including a photo contest/raffle for a GIANT Pusheen Plush and a special gift for the first 100 people!

Sponsored Prize Drawings include:

A 1-night stay at Radisson Blu MOA
$100 Gift Card to FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar MOA
$100 Gift Card to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. MOA
$100 total Gift Cards (4 $25 Gift Cards) to Hard Rock Cafe MOA
More TBA!

For every $5 spent at TOMODACHI during the event, your name will be entered in the hourly drawing!
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WHO IS PUSHEEN?

Pusheen is an adorable cartoon cat and pop culture phenomenon who originally appeared in a web comic strip called Everyday-Cute, created by illustrators Claire Belton and Andrew Duff. Pusheen’s star officially rose when she (yes, Pusheen is a girl!) became a popular animated sticker set on Facebook. Since then, Pusheen has expanded into a line of merchandise and pop culture collectables.

PUSHEEN FASHION CONTEST: 4PM

Come dressed to impress in your best Pusheen-inspired look for your chance to win awesome prizes! Looks can be anything from cosplay to kawaii to face painting to fashion based on Pusheen color palette/themes and beyond — anything goes as long as it ties back somehow to our friend Pusheen and makes us smile. Visit the Pusheen official Facebook page for tons of inspiration. Prizes will be awarded in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Judging will take place at 4pm sharp at TOMODACHI.

1st Prize: 24″ Pusheen Plush + $100 Tomodachi Gift card + Mystery grab bag
2nd Prize: 12″ Pusheen Donut Plush + $50 Tomodachi Gift Card + Mystery grab bag
3rd Prize: 7″ Pusheen Plush + $25 Tomodachi Gift Card + Mystery grab bag

Celebrity Judges:

Samantha Rei, Fashion Designer, Illustrator & Author // www.samantharei.com

Christopher Straub, Project Runway Season 6 Fashion Designer & Children’s Book Author // www.christopherstraub.myshopify.com
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GET IN ON THE ACTION EARLY & WIN!

Stop into TOMODACHI MOA in the weeks leading up to the event and snap a pic of yourself with our giant Pusheen and post on Instagram with the hashtag
#PusheenPartyMOA and tag @tomodachi_us — you’ll automatically be entered into the raffle to win!

DETAILS:

Saturday, August 13th, 2016
2pm to 6pm / Free
Fashion Contest: 4pm

TOMODACHI Mall of America
316 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425

Hashtag: #PusheenPartyMOA
Follow: @tomodachi_us
Web: www.tomodachi.us

High-Res Image Gallery: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ezgmt0omwo86mx3/AAAf5DtYltICpvnvECTqfqqOa?dl=0

For more information email ask@tomodachi.us

Aug02

Nintendo releases Z-Ring toy with new Pokemon game

2016 at 04:03 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With the newest iteration of Nintendo’s popular Pokémon franchise coming this fall with Pokémon Sun and Moon, Nintendo has announced a new interactive toy will be released alongside the new game: The Z-Ring! The Z-Ring, which will be manufactured by TOMY, will be able to connect with your copy of Pokémon Sun and Moon, and will activate whenever you use one of the new Z-Moves in-game. In response to this, the ring will light up and vibrate, along with play sound effects to complement the action going on in your game! The Z-Ring can also be customized, allowing the user to swap colored gems to fit their Pokémon’s type. The Z-Ring is scheduled to release alongside Pokémon Sun and Moon on November 18th, and will surely add a level of immersion never before seen to your Pokémon experience!

Aug01

Godzilla to storm Universal Studios Japan

2016 at 09:37 pm by admin | Comments Off

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After the release of the Godzilla Resurgence film this past weekend, Universal Studios has announced that a brand-new attraction featuring the giant monster will be hitting Japanese shores in 2017! The attraction will be titled “Godzilla: The Real 4D”, and will open in January during Universal Studios Japan’s “Universal Cool Japan 2017” event. While not much is known about the exhibit itself outside of the press announcement, USJ has said that the 3D attraction will allow viewers to come face-to-face with Toho’s legendary monster. In the meantime, look forward to Godzilla Resurgence’s stateside release later this year thanks to Funimation, and keep an eye out for more Godzilla news.

Aug01

Museum of Ice Cream opens in New York

2016 at 04:46 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The much-anticipated Museum of Ice Cream has finally opened its doors! The museum, which opened on Friday, July 29th, features a variety of art and attractions based on ice cream and other confectioneries that are sure to please audiences of all ages, including an art gallery, sculptures, interactive playground, and even a full-size swimming pool filled with candy sprinkles! The exhibit also features samples of original ice cream flavors created exclusively for the museum by OddFellows and Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory. The museum has so far been a huge success, with tickets selling out long before the exhibit opened its doors, but fear not! The exhibit will remain open at New York City for the rest of August, with plans to secure a more permanent location as well as tour across the country later this year! Until then, check out these awesome photos of the exhibit itself!

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Aug01

Patlabor reboot coming this fall

2016 at 04:22 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Coming off the heels of the 2014 live-action adaptation of the classic manga and anime Patlabor, anime project Japan Animator Expo has announced that a short animated reboot of Patlabor will release this fall! The project, headed by Hideki Anno’s Studio Khara, will debut at Japan Animator Expo’s week-long screening event starting on October 15th. Featuring a fresh look at the characters and scenario of the late 1980s franchise, the Patlabor short will feature the return of Patlabor’s original scriptwriter and composer, along with other big names in the anime industry!

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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