Posts Tagged ‘2014’


Dec31

Happy 2015 from TOMODACHI!

2014 at 03:49 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With 2014 finally coming to a close, we’d like to thank all of our customers and fans for making this past year an awesome one for all of us at TOMODACHI! From the variety of events we’ve attended throughout the year to the new opening of our Mall of America store, we’ve had a lot to be thankful for, and we couldn’t have done it without our local and international fanbase. Now that 2015 is right around the corner, we’re excited for the awesome art shows, events, conventions, and more waiting for us in the coming months, and we can’t wait to share this and more with all of you! Once again, thank you all so much for making 2014 a year to remember, and we hope to see you very soon in 2015!

Nov25

Black Friday deals at TOMODACHI

2014 at 05:16 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Black Friday is just around the corner for eager shoppers everywhere, and TOMODACHI is getting ready to celebrate with a number of special deals and offers! This year also marks Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, and TOMODACHI will be offering exclusive 50% off deals on brand-new anniversary merchandise to commemorate the occasion. Specifically, we will be offering a 40th Anniversary Hello Kitty throw blanket, as well as a set of limited edition Hello Kitty glasses! The blanket, which is originally priced at $65, will be on sale for $32.50, while the cups will be marked down from their original $35 price to $17.50, but this offer will only be available on Black Friday morning from 6AM to noon. This limited-time offer will be available at both our Rosedale Shopping Center location and our Mall of America store, so stop by this Friday morning to take advantage of these special deals!

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On top of that, customers who visit either of our locations will be treated to free gifts with their purchases! Customers who spend $50 or more will receive a gift set containing one bag of Pocky and Marvel zipper pull blind box, valued at $10 total, while customers who spend $100 or more will receive a larger gift set, which features a bag of Pocky, Marvel zipper pull blind box, limited edition Naruto Ramune drink, and a 10th Anniversary TOMODACHI t-shirt, valued at $35 total. This special offer will be available at both of our stores throughout Black Friday while supplies last, so make sure to stop by and take advantage of this one-day offer!

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Our Rosedale Shopping Center location will be open on Black Friday from 6am to 9pm, while our Mall of America store will be open from 6am to 10pm. We hope to see you there!

Nov02

Now Hiring for the Holidays

2014 at 05:36 pm by admin | Comments Off

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TOMODACHI is gearing up for the holiday season, and is looking for some extra help to make this a season to remember! TOMODACHI is currently hiring sales associates for both our Rosedale Shopping Center location as well as our Mall of America store, and we’re looking for energetic personalities with flexible hours for seasonal hours and beyond! If you’re interested, please feel free to visit either of our in-store locations to collect and submit an application form, or send us your application online to employment@tomodachi.us. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or stop by our retail stores for more info. Happy holidays, and we hope to hear from you soon!

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Oct23

TOMODACHI Halloween 2014 Trick or Treat event

2014 at 04:52 pm by admin | Comments Off

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With October 31st right around the corner, make sure to visit TOMODACHI this Halloween to take part in our Trick or Treat event! Come visit our Rosedale Shopping Center location on Friday, October 31st to take part in our candy giveaway from 5PM to 7PM. On top of that, our Mall of America location is also taking part, and will be handing out candy and treats from 4:30PM to 7:30PM! Make sure to wear your best Halloween costume to either of our locations, and have a great time with us during this spooky celebration!

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Oct20

Hofman’s Rubber Duck debuts in Seoul

2014 at 04:39 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Florentijn Hofman’s popular Rubber Duck installation piece, known to visit the water of cities across the globe like Sydney, Hong Kong, and most recently at Los Angeles, has popped up this time at Seokchon Lake in Seoul, South Korea! The giant 54′ duck appeared in Seoul this past week, and is scheduled to remain there until November 14th. The duck’s debut attracted over 720,000 visitors last Tuesday, wooing crowds with its giant adorable charm. Pop-up stores across Seoul debuted alongside the arrival of the Rubber Duck, and carried 5000 limited-edition reproductions of the art piece, each signed and numbered by Florentijn himself. Once the installation leaves Seoul on November 14th, the Rubber Duck will surely appear in another international location, so stay tuned for more information!

Oct14

MegaBots giant robot debuts at NYCC

2014 at 03:59 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Last week’s New York Comic-Con, which took place from October 9th to October 12th, debuted a number of exclusive and upcoming toys and merchandise from a variety of independent manufacturers and large-scale companies alike. However, nothing was quite as large as the debut of the MegaBots giant robot! Created by Andrew Stroup, Matt Oehrlein, and Gui Cavalcanti, the giant 15-foot tall robot is known as the MegaBot Mark I, and stands as a prototype for an upcoming series of paintball-shooting giant robots. The mech, which currently only featured a working cockpit and moving arm, weighs a total of 15000 pounds, and came equipped with a cannon arm that fired paint-filled foam shells at designated targets.

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Meant as an entertainment tool and big toy rather than a fully-automotive giant robot, the MegaBots series are planned to face off in large-scale paintball matches, and will feature working legs, central torso, and two-man cockpits upon completion. With previous mechanical constructs including the 18-foot wide walking Stompy robot in 2012, keep an eye out for more MegaBots news when the project’s Kickstarter page goes live later this month!

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Oct13

Star Wars arcade game shown at New York Comic-Con

2014 at 12:07 pm by admin | Comments Off

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As the New York Comic-Con astounded and entertained audiences with a variety of panels, cosplay contests, merchandise, and more this past weekend, entertainment company Bandai Namco Games has announced a brand new arcade game based on the hit Star Wars franchise, titled “Star Wars: Battle Pod”! This first-person piloting game will take users through a number of iconic battles from the Star Wars franchise, and immerse users into the gameplay experience using an innovative spherical display, titled the Panoramic Optical Display. This display, which was originally used in a Gundam-themed arcade cabinet in 2006, creates a 3D view of the battlefield around the user in its hemisphere display, and will feature controls and sensors identical to the ones that appeared throughout the Star Wars franchise. “Star Wars: Battle Pod” will release in arcades across North America on January 2015, so keep an eye out for this cool new immersive experience!

Aug26

Rubber Duck makes a splash in Los Angeles

2014 at 11:45 am by admin | Comments Off

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The Rubber Duck, a floating installation piece by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, has been traveling the world for the past couple of years, showing up in locations like Taiwan, Osaka, Hong Kong, Sydney, and the United States. In a continuation of this giant 54′ tall inflatable bird’s quest across the globe, the Rubber Duck made its debut appearance last week in Los Angeles! The Rubber Duck was a star attraction in Los Angeles’ Tall Ships Festival, which lasted from August 20th to the 24th, and attracted a lot of media attention as well as admiration from spectators and fans.

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The duck, which was originally intended to leave the harbor following the end of the Tall Ships Festival, made such a huge splash with spectators and fans that city officials have decided to keep the Rubber Duck on display at the Port of Los Angeles until September 6th! Events have also been planned alongside the duck’s extended stay at the port, including photo ops, dress-up events, and more! The Rubber Duck is now scheduled to leave the Port of Los Angeles on September 6th, so make sure to stop by if you can!

Jul27

Legendary Films at SDCC

2014 at 01:46 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Last year, American-based movie studio Legendary Films wowed audiences at SDCC with the recent release of Pacific Rim, as well a number of exhibits and guided tours to help promote the release of the newest Godzilla film. This year, Legendary brings a number of interactive experiences to the San Diego Comic-Con floor, as well as a couple exciting announcements!



One of the most popular attractions at the Legendary exhibit is the Pacific Rim: Jaeger Pilot virtual reality experience. Taking adventure of the same Oculus Rift technology used in the X-Men virtual experience, the Jaeger Pilot attraction allows visitors to step into the cockpit of one of the most iconic Jaegers, Gipsy Danger, as it battles one of the giant kaiju from the film. There are also exhibits for the upcoming horror film, Crimson Peak, which will give fans a glimpse at props, costumes, and more , as well an exhibit for the 2016 Warcraft movie, featuring never-before-seen props and weapons from the highly-anticipated movie.

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On top of these exhibits, Legendary Films unveiled news about some of their newest upcoming films during their panel on Saturday night. First off, Legendary representatives revealed information about the rumored Godzilla sequel, which is still in the early stages of development. Good news for classic Godzilla kaiju fans is that three of the most iconic Godzilla monsters will be returning for the new movie: moth monster Mothra, massive pterosaur Rodan, and the golden three-headed King Ghidorah! The trio, whom starred alongside Godzilla in the classic 1964 film “Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster”, will only be the beginning, as Legendary also added that several other classic monsters will join Godzilla in future installments.

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Finally, Legendary revealed a surprise announcement at their panel: a new King Kong movie! Titled “Skull Island”, which is the name where the iconic ape monster was found in the original 1933 film, the movie will be set as a prequel for King Kong, and is scheduled to release in November 2016. With little else known about the movie, Legendary will be releasing more information on the movie and King Kong himself as we draw closer to the 2016 release date. Until then, keep your eyes open for more SDCC reveals and news!

Jul26

Hello Kitty celebrates anniversary at SDCC

2014 at 01:55 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary is well underway this year, with a wide variety of events, exclusive releases, and even a new theme park in the United Kingdom. This weekend, Hello Kitty has brought the celebrations to this year’s San Diego Comic Con in a big way. A number of SDCC exclusives were released in commemoration of the event, and off-site activities and events were opened up alongside SDCC.

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Within the convention center itself, Sanrio-themed exclusives will be available at several booths, and Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi will even be present throughout the event to sign autographs and greet fans! Some exclusives available at the event include Toynami’s Chun-Li themed Hello Kitty vinyl toy bank, Upper Deck’s SDCC-exclusive Hello Kitty 40th Anniversary Mini-Figures and Trading Cards, and more. Tamashii-Nation’s Chogokin Hello Kitty robot figure, released this past June, has also made an appearance at the event, showing off its various alternate modes and articulation.

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On top of that, VIZ Media has released an SDCC-exclusive early print of their upcoming “Hello Kitty, Hello 40″ tribute book at the event! This new book serves as a celebration of Hello Kitty as a character as well as a cultural icon, and features work done by comic artists, muralists, toy creators, authors, and fans from all over the world! This book, which is set to release in bookstores in October, is making an early debut at this year’s SDCC with an exclusive cover. Limited to only 250 copies, this book is a must-have for any Sanrio fan!

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Sanrio has also opened up an offsite exhibit at the Interactive Zone in Petco Park, which is less than a mile from the San Diego Convention Center, where fans can meet Hello Kitty and take photo ops with the character. A number of events and activities will be available at the Interactive Zone as well, including free temporary tattoos and nail art from official Sanrio Tokyo artists. Hello Kitty still has a long way to go before her 40th anniversary is over, with more events like October’s Hello Kitty Con in the near future, so make sure to stay tuned for more news!

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