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Knights of the Slice: Stealth Phasing Mode

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 March, 2016 - 21:57
Toy Pizza mastermind and Knights of the Slice creator, Jesse DeStasio, is offering for a limited time a Clear Colorless Stealth "Phasing Mode" Knight of the Slice over at the Toy Pizza Shop for a specially priced $10 USD.

This version matches up with our current Buildstation selection and also follows the tradition of a reduced price on select clear colorless runs to allow for more building and customizing options. Standing at roughly 4" tall, the Knight design works quite well as a larger humanoid base body for building, particularly with the Axis, Swing, Phase Arm and Hub accessory sets.

Jesse also has some limited edition, one of a kind customized Series 3 "Goldbag" Knights available for preorder as well in the Toy Pizza Shop. These special versions explore a wide range of painting techniques that are applied directly by Jesse (a long time toy customizer) himself. Very unique, and a great window into Jesse's creative vision and style.

If you are looking to find the main release for the Knights of the Slice figures, be sure to check out the full assortment of blind bagged figures available over at Hastings, both online and in their actual stores.

When I first met Jesse, I was walking around SDCC in 2004 with a backpack full of Microshow books and custom figures (the very same event where I met Spy Monkey's awesome Jeremy Sung!). We clicked right away and have been friends ever since that first meeting.

I've personally had lot of fun finally working on a full production figure together after all these years, and it's hard not to crack a smile each time I look at the toy shelf/pile and see those weirdo Knights staring back at me.

Now, we need to make Rex.

Looking forward to the next stage, Jesse!


Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

BRAVE GIRLS: "DEEPENED"

Otaku.CollectionDX - 7 March, 2016 - 15:04
BRAVE GIRLS: "DEEPENED"
Release Date: 
2/16/16
Label: 
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In spite of line-up changes, the Brave Girls' latest offering, "Deepened," is classy, top notch R&B.

Brave Girls are the girl group produced by K-Pop songwriting masterminds the Brave Brothers. They've done pop, dance pop, R&B, ballads, etc, never settling on one sound for too long. If Wiki is correct, they currently have five new members along with original members Yoojin and Hyeran. I think I wanted to dislike this because I hate it when groups constantly have members leaving and new members joining. I lose faith in the rock bands I'm a fan of when that sort of thing happens, so it makes sense that I'd be frustrated with it happening to my favorite K-Pop groups.

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Custom Blythe Dolls: Merry-go-round Custom Blythe

Rinkya Blog - 7 March, 2016 - 14:25

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Custom Blythe dolls make great collectibles, like this Merry-go-round custom Blythe that is amazing. She has an interesting face that makes you wonder what she might be thinking. Her makeup is amazing, her lips are alluring and her dress set is super cute. Her face has been lovely carved, her original makeup removed and changed by a more suitable one. The artist has drawn eyelashes too. Her lips are super cute, with a finish rose red color. She has also lots of freckles and spots. To keep the makeup, the artist has sprayed her face with UV spray several times.

Don’t miss this amazing custom Blythe doll. Adopt her now and bring her home!

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Let’s take a closer look at her together!

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Her eyes are sweet. She has sleepy eyes too. You can choose how her eyes look, sleepy or not. Her front eyes are blue and olive green. Right eyes are apple green color and left eyes are her default eyes.

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The dress set includes a one-piece, a cardigan, a merry-go-round print apron-style dress, corsage-style hair ornaments, a babushka, socks and bag. Don’t miss her! Be the one to bring her home!

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Categories: Otaku Culture

Custom Blythe Dolls: Natural Custom Blythe

Rinkya Blog - 7 March, 2016 - 13:59

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Custom Blythe dolls are the cutest collectibles. This week we have a super cute and natural custom Blythe that will enchant you every day. She has a very sweet natural carved face, with natural lips and wonderful dress set. She is simple, and yet she is compelling! The original makeup has been removed carefully, and the makeup has been made again with pastels and Liquitex colors. The artist has also used UV mat spray for coating the face several times. She has new eyelashes, tender lips and an open mouth with teeth. She also has sleepy eyes. There are some hours left to bid for her! Don’t miss this opportunity to bring this super cute custom Blythe home!

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Let’s discover more about her!

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She has short hair and wears a wig. It can be exchanged. Her eye-chips are also really nice! She also has a wonderful dress set.

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Don’t miss her! Bid for her now and make sure she will part of your wonderful custom Blythe collection!

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Bandai Patlabor Ingram Unit 3 1/60 scale kit

Prometheum5's collected works - 7 March, 2016 - 10:00

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I built up this old school Bandai 1/60 scale kit of Ingram Unit 3 from Mobile Police Patlabor for a friend.  There were two goals for this build- first, to replace the gross rubber joint covers with sewn cloth parts, and second to keep the finish looking pretty clean, with a softer 80’s model kit finish.  The covers were made with some help from my mom, and came out perfect.  The paint job was a bit of a departure for me, but it was a fun experiment.  In the Patlabor anime, Unit 3 is the reserve machine that’s mostly kept around for spare parts, so it does not see much action. That meant it should have a pretty clean finish, but I couldn’t help doing a little shading and dust buildup as if Unit 3 had been drafted into active duty during a particularly busy season.  The support car got a little more road dust and rain streaking from everyday use.

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Here’s a shot of Unit 3 squaring off against the CMS Corp Economy Model Ingram.  The scale is not quite right, but they still look great together.  Check out lots more pics after the jump, showing off the rest of the accessories and more scale comparisons.

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Zullbeast Psychozor

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 March, 2016 - 19:39
New vinyl maker and painting mega talent, Mike MZ, has an all new version of his menacing Zullbeast available right now over in his store. Featuring a brand new head sculpt and produced in fully Glyos compatible purple rotocast vinyl, the nearly 7-inch tall Zullbeast Psychozor is one sinister looking creature from the Void!

Congratulations on the new addition to the family, Mike!

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Lights, Camera, Inaction:Reaction (The Status Of GanguStars: Part 2)

Gangustars - 4 March, 2016 - 15:01
The Status Of GanguStars Part 2
Almost a month later, and here's the second part of The Status Of GanguStars segment. The last part I should note, because I have to get onto other things.

What's New
I finally got a some real photo/studio lighting. As great as my homemade light boxes and work bench lighting was at getting my some good shots, I hope this new equipment does an even better job. A bit of an unexpected upgrade that came about with my mom calling me to say she was struggling to come up with a birthday gift for me just as I was researching camera lighting.

The other new item to use for my blog/net projects is a camcorder. Just a basic dedicated camcorder for making review vids or maybe interviews/event reporting. I got this thing late last year and have only just tested it for about 5 minutes, so I can't say anything will come of it in the next few months. But I figure one more tool in the arsenal can only be a good thing.

Renewals
GanguStars has been renewed for at least another year. I had made that decision last Fall. I went ahead on a few other renewals in February for some other things. One site I would love to still get to is a crafters help blog. A lot of folks ask my about customs, and even though I direct them to various online tutorials, some people remain lost. I want to make a blog that has the most basic of info to really help those that want to do things, to be able to do them.

Clutter, Junk & Garbage
What also has me stymied is the amount of crap sitting here, there and everywhere around my work spaces. The bulk of this mess is comprised of toys and books I no longer want. A lot of it is stuff I need to sell off, trade off or just give away. A bit of it falls into the area of possible garbage, items that I don't think anybody would even want to have sent there way at just the cost of shipping. So far this reclaiming of my workspace has been my primary project over the last few months. It's really pushed my blog and anything else creative aside. But things are slow going of course.

Speaking About Selling Things
I've tried to sell things that I no longer want at, or just above cost to cover me fees. It's not working. At a time when so many are crying fowl at crazy high prices yet asking ridiculous prices for their own items, I'm finding myself at a loss. A loss of polite words for them, and a loss of respect. I'm at a point where I may just go the ¢1 auction route. Make sure I charge correct shipping as to not make it a loss and just let folks pay what they want. I've had two "Pay What You Want" sales in the past and things have gone well, maybe it times to do one on Ebay. It'll also be a protest to all the shit I see going on at Ebay with the fucked up Buy It Now item pricing.

Of course all of this is well and good, but until this damn Winter is over I'm going to be moody and depressed at seeing all this fucking snow...
Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Double Thank You!!!

Glyos Transmission Blog - 4 March, 2016 - 14:43
After some major dodging and weaving behind the scenes, we have made it through the recent strangeness of the late double February release in one piece. PayPal can be like a labyrinth even on the best of days, so when things take a turn it can really drive you bonkers to find a way out of the mess. Sitting in front of a supposedly automated inventory system on a computer screen with a "double check" tally sheet in your lap and a pen in your hand is almost laughable from an outside perspective.

Almost.

Huge thanks to each of you for sticking with us while we sorted out the logistics and inventory issues.

A double helping of gratitude as well for all the feedback regarding the potential second edition of the Varteryx Gotherrus figure. Based on the response, we've decided to greenlight another limited production run. Expect to see the armored avian return some time in the late Spring.

Our next wave is on track for the end of this month, and features a few color combinations with ties to the old days. Should be fun as long as PayPal holds up!

Thanks again from Michelle, Marcus and I for everything.

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Miffy Café at Shibuya Parco to open for a limited time!

Rinkya Blog - 4 March, 2016 - 12:48

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Miffy Café at Shibuya Parco to open for a limited time! Thanks to the collaboration with Miffy and THE GUEST Café & diner, located at Shibuya Parco, you can now enjoy Miffy’s menu from March 18 to May 8! Not only you will be able to enjoy a super great and super cute menu, but you will also be able to purchase limited merchandise. THE GUEST Café & Diner is located at Shibuya Parco Part 1, 7th floor.

So, what’s in the menu!? (Continue reading to find all the goodness!)

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Miffy Tomato chicken curry with mug. (1,680 yen)

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Grilled Pork Sandwich. (1,380 yen)

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Chicken schnitzel burger. (1,380 yen)

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Cycling cheese pancakes. (1,180 yen)

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Haunted chiffon cake. (1,380 yen)

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Mango parfait. (1,280 yen)

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Fresh mint hot tea. (980 yen)

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Cotton candy soda. (880 yen)

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Hot coffee, hot latte and hot tea. (Average of 780 yen)

And there’s much more! Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the Miffy Café at Shibuya Parco!

Where to find it:

Shibuya Parco PART1 ・7F THE GUEST cafe & diner
Time: Friday 18th March ~ Sunday 8th May 2016



Source: Shibuya Parco
Images source: Shibuya Parco

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Categories: Otaku Culture

MICHI: CHECKMATE!?

Otaku.CollectionDX - 4 March, 2016 - 12:29
MICHI: CHECKMATE!?
Release Date: 
1/27/16
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Pony Canyon
MiChi's new single is FABULOUS. Yessssssss.

MiChi's latest single, "Checkmate!?" is the intro theme to the anime show Daga Shikashi and it's insanely catchy! Racing drums? Check! Funky bass guitar noodling? Check! Gorgeous orchestration? Check! Catchy electric guitars? Check! Adorable vocals by MiChi? Checkmate! OK, that's a lot of exclamation points; I'm just trying to write this review in the spirit of the song itself. I could use all kinds of adjectives here like contagious, addictive and infectious, but you don't need me to do that, do you? OK, yeah, so I just did -- but it's worthy of all of them!

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Bento Friday: Super Kawaii Bento Box Ideas

Rinkya Blog - 4 March, 2016 - 12:08

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Welcome to another bento Friday! We have some super kawaii bento box ideas from Bento Days. And, they are super easy! As you know, this week has been Pokemon’s week. So, why not? What about a Pikachu sandwich? It is pretty simple to create. The only issue here is to have the patience and pulse to create the chocolate Pikachu on the bread without ruining it! (I must confess, I tried to do something of the sort some days ago, and I failed miserably! It isn’t as simple as it looks like.) This is a great excuse to practice with some chocolate. Even if you ruin it, you can always enjoy the awesome taste of the chocolate afterwards. I know, evil plan.

Let’s take a look at the other super cute bento box ideas!

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Miffy is another super easy character to choose for tinkering with food. This is one of the easiest bentos ever! Just boil some noodles and arrange them with the proper shape. Then add the eyes and the nose. And voilà, success!

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Kumamon is another character bound for success always. You only need chocolate (or nori) and loads of patience. Kumamon is super cute!

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What about some Totoro mushroom omelette? You can create a super cute Totoro with mushrooms and the omelette. Just give this one a try! It’s easy!

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Winnie the Pooh buns are super cute too. I know, this one is a little bit more difficult to reproduce, but it’s too cute not to try to.

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And finally, Gudetama toast. This one is a winner for mornings! Seriously, it isn’t as hard as it seems and it’ll be a blast if you serve this one!

Which of these bentos are you going to try to make at home?

Source: Bento Days
Images source: Bento Days

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INTERVIEW: NAOMI SUZUKI

Otaku.CollectionDX - 4 March, 2016 - 09:39
INTERVIEW: NAOMI SUZUKI
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Today we bring you an interview with Naomi Suzuki, currently one half of the duo AJ Unity and also famous for J-Pop, too.

I recently discovered the wonderful music of AJ Unity, a duo consisting of Naomi Suzuki and Philipp Moll, who make music that blends traditional Japanese instruments with shades of pop and new age. It's very calming music, which I imagine you could meditate to. I've found it especially relaxing and perfect to listen to while falling asleep at night. It's like audible lavender or a high dose of kava kava. That said, it's more than interesting enough to listen to while you're wide awake.

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FUNimation, GameSamba and NGames Announce ATTACK ON TITAN Mobile Game

SciFi Japan - 4 March, 2016 - 02:47
© Hajime Isayama, Kodansha/"ATTACK ON TITAN" Production Committee.
Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: shingeki.net (Japan), funimation.com/attack-on-titan (US) Special Thanks to Scott Lonski GameSamba, NGames Interactive Limited, and Funimation Entertainment have announced today that they are working with Kodansha to develop and publish an officially licensed mobile game based on ATTACK ON TITAN (進撃の巨人, Shingeki no Kyojin). The ATTACK ON TITAN game will be available in all major English markets for Android and iOS devices, and is expected to be released by the end of 2016. Continued...
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Space Patrol Luluco Premieres in April + Happy Hinamatsuri from Rinkya!

Rinkya Blog - 3 March, 2016 - 14:43

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Space Patrol Luluco premieres in April! Space Patrol Luluco is the newest original anime from Kill la Kill studio Trigger. They also made other animes like Little Witch Academia. Studio Trigger has created great animation series and it’s cherished all over the world. This new anime series is certainly going to be another hit. It will be directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. You might already known him through Kill la Kill. The second director of this anime series is Akira Amemiya.

So, what’s Space Patrol Luluco all about? It’s centered on Luluco, a middle school character who lives far away in the galaxy on Ogikubo, a special migration ward. She is soon recruited to work in the intergalactic police department, moment in which things get spicy! She will need to balance her work with her studies. But how is that going to play out for Luluco? She will also find love. Can it be more complicated than that, then?

M.A.O has been casted as Luluco; and Junya Enoko as Alpha Omega Nova. Space Patrol Luluco is set to premiere on April 1 on Tokyo MX, AT-X and BS11. Are you going to miss it? In the meanwhile you can visit the official site with super pink colors.

And talking about pink, today is Hinamatsuri in Japan. This is the moment to celebrate girls’ day!

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The Dolls Festival is a wonderful day in which you can enjoy dolls displays in many households in Japan. Have a happy Hinamatsuri day! Remember that you can celebrate it at home displaying some of your dolls too! Just put them in the correct order: Emperor and Empress.

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Hinamatsuri Image source: Japan365

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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD April 5, 2016

SciFi Japan - 3 March, 2016 - 13:56
Source: Walt Disney Studios press release Official Site: starwars.com/the-force-awakens
Image courtesy of Walt Disney Studios. © & TM 2016 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5. Discover the complete story behind the making of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Continued...
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Sentai Filmworks Licenses STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW (OVA)

SciFi Japan - 3 March, 2016 - 09:01
Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Special Thanks to Carolyn Medrano
© Barasui Media Works / Strawberry Marshmallow OVA Partners
Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of all three straight-to-video entries in the STRAWBERRY MARSHMALLOW (苺ましまろ, Ichigo Mashimaro) series. First released in 2007, these original video animations (OVAs) continue the adventures of youthful protagonists Chika, Miu, Matsuri, and Ana under the watchful eyes of Chika's big sister Nobue. With botched job applications, curious takes on play time, and (somewhat crude) trips to the public bath house, what adorable antics will the girls get up to this time? The OVA series was produced by anime studio Daume (DearS, PLEASE TEACHER!), with Takuya Sato (GIRLS BEYOND THE WASTELAND, STUDENT COUNCIL'S DISCRETION, STEINS;GATE) handling both directorial and series composition duties. Continued...
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MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ZZ COLLECTION 1 and AFTER WAR GUNDAM X COLLECTION 1 Coming June 2016

SciFi Japan - 2 March, 2016 - 23:33
Images courtesy of Right Stuf. © SOTSU • SUNRISE
Source: Right Stuf, Inc. press release Official Site: gundam.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Jessica Breon Anime distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and anime producer Sunrise Inc. are excited to announce the upcoming release of MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM ZZ COLLECTION 1 on Blu-ray and DVD and AFTER WAR GUNDAM X COLLECTION 1 on DVD. Both titles will be available June 7, 2016. Continued...
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New Website Means New Blog!

Super7 - 17 December, 2015 - 17:29

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If you haven’t been noticing any updated blog posts here, that is because with the transition to our new website Super7HQ.com, we felt it was time to move our blog along with it! You can now find out about upcoming toy releases, new T-shirt designs and future events all at Super7HQ.com/News. This blog will serve as an archive for older news from October 2015 and on.


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