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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jul21

Godzilla: Resurgence trailer shows Godzilla in action

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A new trailer has released for the brand-new upcoming film, “Godzilla: Resurgence”! The film, which will be the first Japanese-made Godzilla film since “Godzilla Final Wars” in 2004, is a collaboration directed by “Neon Genesis Evangelion” and “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind” director Hideaki Anno and “Attack on Titan” storyboard artist Shinji Higuchi. The film promises to be one of the most scary representations of the iconic giant monster, with themes and designs inspired by the original 1954 film, and the newest trailer shows Godzilla’s new design off as it rampages through towns and cities. The film will hit theaters in Japan on July 29th, with no news yet as to an international release, so look forward to more news on Godzilla later this year!

Jul21

Cyclotron develops futuristic bicycle

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Startup development company Cyclotron is looking to the future of public transportation with their innovative bicycle design. The Cyclotron bike, which is currently in development, will take advantage of a wide variety of new and advanced technologies to create a seamless cycling experience for the user, while offering a more intuitive and safer experience for both the cyclist and those around them. The bike sports a unique lack of spokes, along with solid polymer airless tires, which will be powered by a self-charging battery pack located in the bike’s frame. The bicycle will even contain built-in LED lighting, illuminating the user’s path in dark environments as well as making the bike visible on night roads and dangerous areas. The bike features a sport mode for speed and performance, and a comfort mode for a more relaxed cruising experience, and will be able to hook up to smartphones to allow tracking of various measurements and control the bike’s various features. The Cyclotron bike is scheduled to release in summer 2017, so look forward to a fun biking experience next year!

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Jul15

Pokedrone to work alongside Pokemon Go

2016 at 08:35 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Users of the recently released Pokémon Go app are trying to find every way they can to catch ‘em all, and tech company TRNDlabs are helping out with their newly announced Pokédrone! The Pokédrone will consist of a miniature remote-control quadcopter, and controller that will attach to the phones of Pokémon Go users. The phone will connect via WiFi to the Pokédrone, and use the drone’s on-board camera and GPS system to take to the skies to find Pokémon remotely! The drone will help users look for and find Pokémon that are in hard-to-reach places, such as over water, near cliffs, and other hazardous locations where it would be unsafe to be using the program. The drone will also feature an auto take-off & landing feature, allowing users to easily land and retrieve their Pokédrone after use! While no release date or price point has been stated, TRNDlabs has unveiled a first look trailer at the Pokédrone, which you can check out below!

Jul15

Pompompurin wins Sanrio Character Ranking 2016

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The results are in! After tallying over 7,775,000 votes from all over the world, the winner of the 2016 iteration of the Sanrio Character Ranking contest is Pompompurin with 807,389 votes! This is the popular pup’s 2nd win in a row, after also taking the 1st place spot in 2015. In second place was Cinnamoroll with 730,207 votes, while My Melody took 3rd with 632,662 votes. Other popular character who ranked highly in the contest were Gudetama, Hello Kitty, Little Twin Stars, Yoshikitty, and others. Congratulations to Pompompurin for his second consecutive win, and good luck to all the other popular Sanrio characters in next year’s poll! you can check out the results of the contest, as well as the other characters at http://sanriocharacterranking.com/result