Posts Tagged ‘ball’


Jun22

Sphero announces new SPRK+ robot

2016 at 06:08 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Many have heard and experienced Sphero’s first robotic toy, SPRK, after its initial release last year, such as its use in the hugely popular BB8 remote control toy. Now, Sphero has announced the updated version of the SPRK, titled the SPRK+! The new release of the robot sports a new, scratch-and-water-resistant casing that is capable of taking more punishment than the original, as well as an upgraded Bluetooth connection that allows it to be paired with multiple devices at once. With the new SPRK+, Sphero hopes that the new robot will be useful in helping teach children about coding by allowing them to issue drag-and-drop commands to the robot, as well just generally be a joy to play and explore with. The applications for the new SPRK+ are wide and varied, leaving it up to the user’s imagination as to what they want their new little robot companion to do! The SPRK+ is currently priced at $129, and is sure to being hours of learning and fun to classrooms and homes across the world!

May04

Yayoi Kusama’s classic pop art installation returns

2016 at 06:16 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Following her recent exhibition debuts in Denmark, Japan, and Russia in 2015, popular Japanese modern pop artist Yayoi Kusama has unveiled the return of her “Narcissus Garden” installation piece at The Glass House in Connecticut this past May 1st! The piece, which was originally created for the 33rd Venice Bienalle in 1966, returns in 2016 as a series of 1,300 12-inch floating steel orbs, scattered across the Glass House’s pond surface. The piece, which move and drift across the water surface with the wind, helps celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary, and will remain on display until November 30th, 2016. Visitors should definitely check out this revived piece of pop-art installation history if they have the chance!

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Sep30

Pilot FriXion Ball pens at TOMODACHI

2014 at 11:17 am by admin | Comments Off

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TOMODACHI often carries a wide variety of stationery and pens, and one of our newest products is the Pilot FriXion Ball retractable gel pen! A variation on the popular Pilot FriXion line of pens, the FriXion Ball pen takes advantage of thermo-sensitive inks to create an easy-to-use gel pen that can be erased with the specialized rubber tip at the end of the pen. Not only that, unlike other FriXion pens, the FriXion Ball is retractable, simply by pushing on the clip! A special trick is that since the pen uses thermo-sensitive gel ink, you can make any erased text reappear by chilling the writing to under 14 degrees Fahrenheit; just put the paper in your freezer, and watch the writing reappear! These cool erasable pens are available at TOMODACHI, at both our Rosedale Shopping Center location as well as our Mall of America store, and are available in a wide variety of colors.

Jul16

Bandai exclusives at SDCC 2014

2014 at 10:22 am by admin | Comments Off

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SDCC 2014 is right around the corner, and Bandai has shown off an impressive variety of exclusives that will be available throughout the event. Covering a wide variety of lines and franchises, these exclusives are sure to please more than a few fans at the event.

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With a big showing of Dragonball merchandise at last year’s SDCC, including the popular Scouter replica, Bandai brings Dragonball back to the forefront with this year’s exclusives. This includes the new Dragonball and Radar set release, which will include super bouncy ball recreations of all 7 Dragonballs, as well as a functioning Dragon Radar that features lights and sounds straight from the anime, all for $44.99! And in order to please fans of the original anime release, Bandai has announced a new S.H. Figuarts release of Vegeta, the Saiyan prince, in his original animation colors! Appearing in these colors for only a couple episodes at the start of the series, this nostalgic Vegeta release retails at $44.99, and features all the accessories of the original figure, including folded arms, alternate hands, scouter-crushing effect piece, interchangeable head and tail pieces, and more!

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A number of Gundam model kits will also make appearances at SDCC this year, in exclusive alternate colorways and more! These include the Master Grade 1/100 Full Armor Gundam in exclusive clear colors, along with the Real Grade 1/144 Zeta Gundam Clear ver. and Destiny Gundam in Heine Westernfluss colors. A number of High Grade 1/144 exclusives will also be available at the event, including the Banshee Norn Unicorn Mode Metallic ver., the Build Strike Gundam Full Package Clear ver., and the Astray Gold Frame Amatsu Mina Metallic Clear ver. The SD Sazabi will even be available at the event in exclusive metallic colors!

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With the recent Godzilla movie releasing worldwide to eager audiences, along with Godzilla celebrating its 60th anniversary, Bandai has prepared a couple of Godzilla exclusives to celebrate! First up is the new 60th Anniversary Godzilla figure, with exclusive diorama packaging for $60! This 6.5″ vinyl features a new Godzilla design, combining elements from a number of his most famous appearances. The box of the figure even unfolds, unveiling a destroyed city for the King of Monster to reign supreme in! Bandai is also holding an early release of the new line of Candy Toy Godzilla figures, featuring the new 2014 Godzilla long with the 2004 Godzilla and Kiryu for $24.99.

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The Power Rangers franchise is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and has a number of exclusive releases at the event in order to commemorate the occasion. First up are the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers limited edition Ranger Key set, meant for use with the Deluxe Legendary Morpher from the recent Power Rangers Super Megaforce series! The box set contains all seven classic MMPR Rangers for $30, including the Pink and Yellow Ranger which are otherwise unavailable outside of this collection. These collectibles will only be available in limited quantities throughout the event, and are sure to please fans of the franchise, both young and old.

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Along the release of this exclusive set, Bandai will be releasing a brand-new MMPR S.H. Figuarts at SDCC 2014: The Armored Black Ranger! Featuring the Black Ranger’s design from the first season’s finale, this figure will release exclusively at SDCC 2014 for $44.99, and feature all of the accessories from the original Black Ranger release. On top of that, a brand-new Green Ranger collectible figure from Tokyo Vinyl will release at the event for $25.00, and is designed by vinyl artist Touma.

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Finally, the Green Ranger’s Dragon Dagger will see a limited edition release at SDCC as part of the Power Rangers Legacy line! This replica of the Green Ranger’s weapon is unique in that it is cast in full 24 Karat gold plating! The Dagger also retains its sound gimmicks and playability from the normal retail release, and will retail for $150 at the event, making it a must-have for any hardcore Power Rangers fan.

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A number of other exclusives and variants from Bandai will also make their appearance at the event. Sentinel’s Danbo figure, representing the popular character from the Yotsuba manga, will be available in three exclusive colors for $41.99 a piece, and features boosters, RPG, and helmet accessories. Sentinel will also release their new Dino Getter 1 figure from the recent Dino Getter Robo spinoff franchise in exclusive Black colors! This exclusive figure, releasing at $144.99, features die-cast parts and can transform into dinosaur mode. Finally, the 1000toys Synthetic Human Test Body figure will be available for the first time on US shores at the event, and will feature a unique colors and weathering for $159.99.

Bandai’s releases are just the tip of the iceberg for cool exclusive merchandise set to appear at this years San Diego Comic-Con, so make sure to keep an eye out for more info on toys, news, and more!