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Artist Spotlight: Jamie Sullivan

TheForce.net - 4 December, 2014 - 14:15
Hemet, CA comic store owner Jamie Sullivan works as a freelance graphic artist and expresses his fandom through illustration, much of which can be found on his Facebook page and he sells some of his work, including the four images linked above, through his Etsy page. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look and follow the links to check out more of his work.
Categories: Star Wars

Aniplex of America Announces Details of NISEKOI Blu-ray Vol. 2

SciFi Japan - 4 December, 2014 - 13:32
Contents of NISEKOI Blu-ray: Volume 2. Photo courtesy of Aniplex of America. © Naoshi Komi/SHUEISHA, ANIPLEX, SHAFT, MBS
Things Are About to Get a Little More Complicated... Source: Aniplex of America press release Official Site: nisekoi.jp (Japan), NisekoiUSA.com (US) Special Thanks to Joanna Metoki On their Aniplex Live Show, Aniplex of America, Inc. announced the details of their upcoming release of NISEKOI (ニセコイ, 2014) Blu-ray: Volume 2. The second Blu-ray volume of this fan-favorite romantic comedy produced by SHAFT (PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA, the MONOGATARI Series) is scheduled to be released on January 27, 2015. Pre-orders for this item can be made through their official website and official retailers. Continued...
Categories: Otaku Culture

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Heads to PC Via Steam

Anime News Network - 4 December, 2014 - 13:20
Bonus costume trailers streamed
Categories: Anime

SUNNY: FIRST KISS

Otaku.CollectionDX - 4 December, 2014 - 13:17
SUNNY: FIRST KISS
Release Date: 
11/14
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Sunny delivers a gorgeous rendition of Hwang Jungmi's "First Kiss" as part of Hwang Sungje's Project Super Hero.

There seems to be an unwritten law that the girls of Girls' Generation (SNSD) must do a solo song for some movie soundtrack at some point. Actually, it seems like members from all girl groups usually do songs for soundtracks when they first test the waters alone. And usually these songs are ballads. Why, I don't know. To that end, Sunny already did a solo song recently with "The 2nd Drawer" for "여왕의 교실 OST `두 번째 서랍`." It was a sweet, warm ballad that I've listened to 77 times so far according to my iTunes player; it's on one of the playlists I listen to while falling asleep at night.

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Categories: Anime, Otaku Culture

3A Toys’ Bumblebee Premium Scale Collectible Figure Details

Plastic and Plush - 4 December, 2014 - 12:30
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3A Toys will taking pre-orders for their Transformers Bumblebee Premium Scale Collectible Figure starting on Friday December 12th 2014 at 9:00AM Hong Kong Time (8AM ET). The Bambaland Exclusive will sell for $390.00. The Bumblebee figure stands in at 15 inches tall with over 65 points of articulation.

The figure includes the following: 

  • Articulated Fingers
  • Interchangable Right Arm and Light-Up Cannon
  • Detachable Combat Face Shield
  • LED Light-Up Feature on Eyes, Chest and Cannon
  • Bambaland Exclusive Version Includes Control Pillar Accessory
Categories: Designer Toys

Historical Manga Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū Gets TV Anime, 2nd OAD

Anime News Network - 4 December, 2014 - 11:30
Tomokazu Seki, Akira Ishida, Yu Kobayashi star in story about prisoner's return to society
Categories: Anime

Transformers Combiner Wars Product Descriptions or Alpha Bravo, Dragstrip, Firefly, and Skydive

Tformers - 4 December, 2014 - 11:19
Alpha BravoCombine and convert for awesome Transformers action! This Alpha Bravo figure brings his 2-fisted blaster attack in robot mode, and he converts fast to helicopter mode whenever his airborne special ops tactics are needed. But he can also become an arm or a leg when the battle calls for you to build a truly hardcore Superion warrior! (Other figures sold separately.) Whatever mode your Alpha Bravo figure is in, he's going to bring maximum carnage to the fight! Transformers and all related characters
Categories: Transformers

Gary Baseman's "The Door is Always Open" at K11, Shanghai, China (Dec 5-Mar 5,2015)

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 4 December, 2014 - 10:59
Gary Baseman's "The Door is Always Open" has traveled from MOCA Taipei to the K11 Art Mall in Shanghai, China - with the exhibition launching December 5th 2014 thru to March 5th 2015. Gary will be in Shanghai until December 8th. Stay tuned to his IG @garybaseman or Facebook for his updates! (Pics via IG @garybaseman)
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Drift: Empire Of Stone #2 (of 4) Three-Page Preview From iTunes

Tformers - 4 December, 2014 - 10:58
ONCE A DECEPTICON! DRIFT’s past comes back to haunt him, as RATCHET tries to drag him back to the Lost Light. But alone on a far-off world, DRIFT’s honor demands he stand his ground! Also scheduled to ship the week of the 17th is the next issue of the Drift: Empire of Stone miniseries, written by Shane McCarthy and featuring the ReGeneration One art team of Guido Guidi, Stephen Baskerville, and John-Paul Bove. iTunes has the short preview up today, revealing how Drift recognizes the fortress seen in the
Categories: Transformers

AFA Thailand 2015 x Bangkok Comic Con 2015 (Media Release)

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 4 December, 2014 - 10:48
Officially announced at the Media Conference for Anime Festival Asia 2014 (Dec 5-7) today was the coming of ANIME FESTIVAL ASIA THAILAND! In conjunction with Bangkok Comic Con 2015, AFA Thailand 2015 will take place at Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from 30th April to 3rd May 2015. I first got wind of AFA Thailand when I was at the inaugural Bangkok Comic Con 2014
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Hot Toys’ 1/6th scale Hot Rod (Mark XXII) Figure

Plastic and Plush - 4 December, 2014 - 10:30
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Tony Stark designed the Mark XXII armor as a War Machine 2.0 Prototype Suit in Iron Man 3. It earned the name of “Hot Rod” as its arms and legs’ design resembles the classic American hot rod with flames. As part of the ever expanding House Party Protocol series, Hot Toys has officially introduced the 1/6th scale Hot Rod (Mark XXII) Collectible Figure as a Hot Toys Exclusive item. It's the latest addition to their MMS Diecast Series, which the collectible figures are made of diecast material.

Hot Toys will be participating in the first “Toy Soul 2014” event in Hong Kong from December 19th through 21st at Star Hall, Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre (KITEC). This exclusive will be available there.

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The Iron Man 3: 1/6th scale Hot Rod (Mark XXII) features:

  • Over 36 points of articulations
  • Diecast material
  • LED-lighted eyes and rectangular-shaped arc reactor on chest
  • Metallic dark gray, silver and red armor with distinctive flame patterns on legs
  • Interchangeable forearm rocket-launching armor
  • Pair of hands with movable fingers and light-up repulsors
  • Pair of fists
  • Pair of repulsor hands
  • Saluting right hands
  • LED light-up figure stand with movie logo
Categories: Designer Toys

Danny Choo / Culture Japan @ Anime Festival Asia 2014 (Dec 5-7)

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 4 December, 2014 - 10:24
Danny Choo / Culture Japan at this weekend's Anime Festival Asia 2014 (Dec 5-7) will feature tons of merchandize, including Mirai, Kizuna & Chitose tees, and as well one of the key releases at AFA2014 is Mirai Suenaga and Kizuna Yumeno Smart Dolls - each priced at SGD$700. (All above setting-up images via dannychoodotcom)
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Dynamic Forces: Four New Star Wars #1 Variants Available For Pre-Order

TheForce.net - 4 December, 2014 - 10:13
The folks over at Dynamic Forces have just listed a few of the Retailer Incentive variant covers for the upcoming Marvel Star Wars #1. Check 'em out inside!
Categories: Star Wars

Anime Festival Asia 2014 Opens December 5th

TOYSREVIL'S I LIKE TOYS - 4 December, 2014 - 08:50
The 2014 Anime Festival Asia launches tomorrow Friday December 5th thru to Sunday December 7th @ Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, taking up the entire 6 x halls on the 4th floor, which is epic by itself! Besides the three days of revery, of particular note are the (public) opening times of the event = from 9AM to 9PM daily! Main Stage and "I Love Anisong" concert timings are
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Valkyrie by Kotobukiya (Part 2: Review)

Hobbylink.tv - 4 December, 2014 - 08:49
By Rrobbert184 from GundamReviews.net Valkyrie by Kotobukiya (Available From HobbyLink Japan – HLJ.com) Valkyrie is all put together. Let’s see how she looks! According to the manual, you need cement for some parts, but still it’s been put together here without any. Will it hurt the kit? Front, side, and back shots. Her arms can bend quite […]
Categories: Toy News

REVIEW: OYO – National Hockey League

Plastic and Plush - 4 December, 2014 - 08:30
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Background

We’re a little over one-quarter of the way through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season. It’s a season that generally runs from October into June. Since I live in a hockey town, I get out to a lot of games. But if you’ve been to a hockey game recently, you might have run into the NHL OYO Minifigures.

Featuring skaters, goalies, and Zambonis from all 30 NHL teams, OYO Sports has one of the most popular hockey collectibles. You’ll find OYO minifigures made of all of today’s top players. Heck, they even have some 3rd Line and Checking Line guys. And not only are OYOs collectibles, but they’re are also compatible with other notable building block toys such as Lego, K'nex, Mega Bloks, and more…for added playability.

For this review, OYO Sports sent along three NHL OYO Minifigures: Claude Giroux, Jordan Staal, and Cam Ward (from the newly released Goalie Series).

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The Facts



NHL OYO Minifigures
Series: National Hockey League Generation 1
Manufacturer: OYO Sports
Material: ABS Plastic
Dimensions: About 2” tall
Points of Articulation: 11 (neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, legs, and knees)
Designs: Players from all 30 NHL teams
Accessories: Skaters – Skates, Puck, Player Accurate Stick Configuration, Helmet with Removable Shield, Stand; Goalies – Leg Pads with built-in Skates, Blocker, Glove, Stick, Puck, Water Bottle, Helmet with Cage, Stand
Edition Size: Limited Edition
Pricing: Skaters - $12.99; Goalies - $14.99

Packaging

The packaging for the NHL OYO Minifigure series is similar to that of other OYO figures. It features an outer sleeve as well as a plastic tray where the figure and accessories are held.

The outer packaging on the skaters and goalies differs slightly. While both feature illustrated versions of the figure on the front of the box, the goalie packaging lacks the window cutout.

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Our Opinion

I’ll start off by saying that the NHL OYO series is the one I’ve really been looking forward to reviewing. I’m a fairly big hockey fan, which could have been difficult when relocating from the Northeast to down South.

Luckily, we have a local team. And I’ve had season tickets to the Carolina Hurricanes for several years now. That’s why you’re seeing a couple of Canes figures in this review.

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I’ve seen this OYO Sports line sold at the various merchandise stands around PNC Arena. And while they only had three player representatives from the team last year, it’s now up to 13 guys and a Zamboni.

So I’ve actually bought a few OYO figures from the aforementioned arena shops. You try to go into a store, where there are little LEGO looking figures, with a 4-year-old and not get pressured into buying that kid a toy.

The actual OYO figures are much like your basic LEGO minifigure. There’s a little more articulation with an OYO, with an extra point at the elbows and knees.

Each skater comes with a pair of grey skates that attach to the bottom of the figure’s feet. Those skates can then slide into a groove on the display base, but be careful as I’ve come across some skates that are a little loose.

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Also included with each figure is a team-specific helmet with a detachable visor. You’ll get a basic white hockey stick with a puck. That stick is sculpted so that the puck can be attached to it. And they’ve taken into account the shooting side of each skater, so you’ll get the correct stick.

OYO Sports goes full out authentic by adorning the Captain and Alternate Captains with their jersey patches (as you can see with both Staal and Giroux). While a little less authentic, the series features a handful of heads with various facial hair patterns and colors. So these aren’t going to be authorized likenesses, folks.

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The one question I had for a while was why no goalies. But that was answered when OYO Sports released their highly anticipated goalies series last month.

The base goalie figure is the same as the skaters (minus any hands). Additions include a team-specific goalie mask and cage (none of the personalized art, which would likely be impossible to do at this scale), glove (on the player accurate glove hand), blocker, leg pads with built-in skates, goalie stick, puck, and water bottle.

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Overall, the figures are great. This will likely be my favorite sport covered by OYO Sports. Some of it has to do with me liking hockey, but there’s also the fact that each figure includes a boatload of accessories. And OYO Sports is constantly adding new players to their lineup, including swapping out players involved in big trades, surprise players, rookies, etc.

You can pick these up at the following:

OYO Sports: Skaters - $12.99 Goalies - $14.99

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Categories: Designer Toys

“Don’t Even Need Batteries!”

Battlegrip.com - 4 December, 2014 - 08:28
This 1987 commercial for Starcom makes me think that one of the things we’re all missing in our lives is more little starships and action figures. But what I most want to mention is how watching this commercial led me to the Future War Stories blog where this quote caught my eye: “It seemed like during the Reagan 80’s that... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Hyperdevotion Noire­: Goddess Black Heart Game's Opening Movie Streamed

Anime News Network - 4 December, 2014 - 08:20
New screenshots also unveiled for SRPG releasing in early 2015 in NA, Europe
Categories: Anime

Space Hawk Space Fighter Toy

Battlegrip.com - 4 December, 2014 - 08:02
In yesterday’s Star Bird post reader microbry shared a link to his review of the Space Hawk toy. Now I’d never seen this before, but as soon as I saw all of the pics in the review I was floored. Reportedly the toy is from about 1979, and from the pics we can see that it’s a monster of a... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Ole!

Plaid Stallions - 4 December, 2014 - 08:02

I don't know why i look, they never have them in size 15....
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