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Yoshi's Woolly World Game's English PAX Trailer Streamed

Anime News Network - 22 min 14 sec ago
Wii U game ships in N. America on October 16
Categories: Anime

The Pilot's Love Song Manga Ends Next Month

Anime News Network - 1 hour 22 min ago
Takeshi Kojima launched adaptation of light novel series in February 2014
Categories: Anime

Take a Relaxing Soak With New Ultraman Bath Bombs

SciFi Japan - 2 hours 11 min ago
Bandai's new Ultra Hero Chara-You 2 features Ultraman, Ultraman Ginga and Ultraman X. Photos courtesy of Bandai Co. © Tsuburaya Productions
Source: Bandai Co., Ltd. Unwind after a long day Ultraman-style with the new Ultra Hero Chara-You 2 bath bombs from Bandai. The apple-scented bath salts and moisturizers -- molded in the likeness of Ultraman, Ultraman Ginga or Ultraman X -- effervesce for 1-2 minutes, transforming up to 33 gallons of water to a warm red color. Continued...
Categories: Otaku Culture

009 Re:Cyborg Manga Ends in September

Anime News Network - 2 hours 22 min ago
Adaptation of Kenji Kamiyama's film launched manga in May 2012
Categories: Anime

Separate Ways

Glyos Transmission Blog - 2 hours 52 min ago
Next Sunday, September 6th at 9:30PM EDT, Argen and the Gendrones face a major challenge from within...

Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

Ryukishi07's Iwaihime PC Horror Game Gets Manga Adaptation

Anime News Network - 3 hours 22 min ago
Ryukishi07 writes scripts for manga launching in Big Gangan in September
Categories: Anime

Hasbro: The Force Awakens X-Wing Pilot Asty And Sarco Plank Found At Retail - 3 hours 33 min ago
Rebelscum reader Dr. O was at his local Walmart and stumbled upon a new case of figures from The Force Awakens.
Categories: Star Wars

Hatsune Miku Project Diva X Game Unveiled in Video

Anime News Network - 4 hours 57 min ago
Game ships for PS Vita in March, PS4 in fall
Categories: Anime

Ryohei Kimura, Ryota Ohsaka Join Haikyu!! Second Season's Cast

Anime News Network - 5 hours 37 min ago
Spyair returns to perform October anime's opening theme song
Categories: Anime

Where I Was 10 Years Ago: Transformers, Gobots, G.I.Joe, Soda Pop & Japanese Snacks.

Gangustars - 5 hours 39 min ago
So I'm sitting here coming up with what to write while I'm listening to Depeche Mode. Because Depeche Mode is great Summer music to me. I don't know why exactly, but they just always sounds better in the Summer. I write the text in my blog posts based around the pictures I post here. I write in a very "stream of consciousness" style, or in other words I ramble on. A lot. So far this Summer is just flying by, I'm already seeing leaves fall from tress and the nights are getting cooler. I've also fallen into much deeper thought episodes over the last few months. Passing periods of thought about collecting now and the way it was have extended into hours of mulling over the thought of it. A lot of thinking seems to focus on changes in my life back around 2005.

Why dwell on things from 10 years ago? By 2005 I had really become disenchanted with collecting, selling and interacting with toys and toy collectors as a whole. I was trying to get back into producing art, and just getting my life back in order overall. The year before had been the first year since 1995 that I missed a Transformers convention, and the first year since 1998 I didn't visit Japan at least once. So in 2005 I at least made my way overseas, and for a toy show. Maybe you have heard of it, maybe not, but the Jissen Toy Show* in 2005 was a celebration of G.I.Joe, Gobots and Dino Riders. Strange combination yes? But surely 3 properties that wouldn't require their own individual collectors events in Japan.

The Jissen show was put on by the same team who operated the BotCon Japan shows. And I have to say it was a great little show. I also have to admit I didn't go there to buy, but rather to set up as a dealer and try to unload a lot of the stuff I still had left. A good deal of G.I.Joe stuff, Gobots and some rare to Japan Transformers. And I almost totally sold out of things. And sure, try as hard as I could to not buy, I did snag some rare items for myself at crazy cheap prices. Dealer room aside, there was a cool showroom featuring toys, prototypes and memorabilia from the 3 toy properties.
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Like I said about going to to the show to sell and not to buy, that went for the trip as a whole. This was my first trip to Japan that I spent as a tourist more than a toy buyer. I probably bought less than $200 worth of toys on the trip. I spent the better part of the trip taking photos and just enjoying my surroundings.
Coming back from Japan I tried to sell some things, and I tried to care about toys, but it was a lot of work. And I was tiring of it. I was finding my way back into music and checking out new bands and new sounds. Music is a part of my daily life, but I think somewhere around 2000-2003 I really didn't look out for new stuff so much. I started spending more time and money on searching out new music in 2005 than I did new toys. And that said, I didn't abandon my past music loves.
My interest in taking photos also developed more than just being about the subject of toys. I began to take a lot of photos of Japan snack foods and candies. Mush of the items either limited editions or for the most part stuff  really liked to eat. My other new fun photo subjects were pop bottles. For a few years indie and limited brands were starting to gain steam and I was all about trying them out. But now without a few photos first. I was beginning to enjoy product photography far more than toy photography.
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Japan candy food Transformers, Gobots, G.I.Joe, Soda Pop & Japanese SnacksJapan candy food Transformers, Gobots, G.I.Joe, Soda Pop & Japanese Snacks
My dis-interest in toys would continue for some time. I would kind of enter and exit the toy world for brief moments until 2007's debut of the Hasbro 25th Anniversary G.I.Joe line. By this time I had sold almost all of my original G.I.Joe collection, and I was really hooked on this new line. But G.I.Joe wasn't the only toy line I sold, my Gobots/Machine Robo collection was gone, my Transformers collection decimated and any lingering sign of Microman and Diaclone in my house was hard to spot. I slowly fell back in love with toys, and even began to re-build some of my past collections. Here 10 years later I'm still trying to re-build a once great collection, but I can't say I'm not starting to falter just a bit. Some signs of a waning interest in collecting are beginning to appear here and there.

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* For more on the Jissen Toy Show, you can view Alex Bickmore's video that shows a bit of the show here:
Categories: Otaku Culture, Toy News

The Force Awakens Coloring Book Reveals Three New Characters - 6 hours 9 min ago
Erik R. found a new Star Wars: The Force Awakens coloring book at retail and was able to purchase it. When he got home and flipped through it he was surprised to see three new characters he had never heard of...(spoilers inside!)
Categories: Star Wars

HaruChika Mystery Novel Series Gets Manga Adaptation

Anime News Network - 6 hours 22 min ago
"Wind instrument youth mystery novels" are inspiring TV anime series in January
Categories: Anime

MP-11T Masterpiece Thundercracker By Takara Images and Pre-Orders

Tformers - 7 hours 13 min ago
BBTS have let us know they have posted an order listing for the MP-11T Masterpiece Thundercracker from Takara Tomy. Here is the next in the line of what will likely be the whole Seeker line in the Masterpiece scale line. The figure is listed for shipping in December of this year at a price of $199 USD. Order now at Read on to see the images for the full details on the MP-11T Masterpiece Thundercracker figure in robot and jet modes.
Categories: Transformers

Man Arrested for Allegedly Threatening Voice Actress Online

Anime News Network - 7 hours 22 min ago
22-year-old student reportedly threatened to kill Suzuko Mimori
Categories: Anime

NYCC15: Argonaut Resins Preview

Plastic and Plush - 8 hours 21 min ago

Eric Nocella Diaz has sent along the first teaser image for one of his new resin projects that will be debuting at New York Comic Con 2015 this October. There's no word yet on what we can expect from Argonaut Resins...but I'm guessing it might be something happy.

Categories: Designer Toys

Oyasumi Jack the Ripper Manga Gets Stage Play Adaptation

Anime News Network - 9 hours 22 min ago
Manga by Are You Alice? writer centers on executioner who finds himself in hell
Categories: Anime

Target’s “Share the Force” Star Wars Video - 9 hours 35 min ago
With Force Friday coming up this week we’re seeing a lot of promotions for the new merchandise, but this Target video may be the best advertising so far. About two minutes long, the video is a mix of stills, home movies, TV commercials, movie trailers, and other assorted bits to show people of all ages excited by Star Wars. Remarkable... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News

Spice and Wolf Manga's Final Arc Starts in 13th Volume

Anime News Network - 10 hours 22 min ago
12th volume of Keito Koume's manga adaptation shipped in Japan on Thursday
Categories: Anime

1943 Coca-Cola Advertisement from Life Magazine - 10 hours 50 min ago
This 1943 Life Magazine issue includes one of those friendly, all-American Coca-Cola ads that is what the company has built their image on. A soldier going home, rationing of supplies, and soldiers enjoying Coca-Cola after training all come together to make this as patriotic as it is commercial. And the artwork? That’s fantastic. There’s not enough money spent on original... Read more →
Categories: Designer Toys, Toy News
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