Sunday, July 31, 2016

Here's how that deluxe Snake-Eyes figure looks unmasked



I posted the figure last week. There are a few available at ebay.

Special edition of Eric So's Mazinger Z



$388:

Unbox are proud to offer a very small allocation of the amazing Kingdome Come 'DEVILMAN' edition of Eric So's Mazinger Z.
This edition was offered exclusively in Thailand as a ComiCon exclusive and sold out overnight.

KC kindly allowed us a few for our overseas fans so grab him while you can!

Standing approximately 36cm in height this brawny interpretation has two points of articulation at the shoulder.
The head UFO & winged jet pack are also removable.

Friday, July 29, 2016

"Israel Proves the Desalination Era is Here"

SA:

What excites Bar-Zeev the most is the opportunity for water diplomacy. Israel supplies the West Bank with water, as required by the 1995 Oslo II Accords, but the Palestinians still receive far less than they need. Water has been entangled with other negotiations in the ill-fated peace process, but now that more is at hand, many observers see the opportunity to depoliticize it. Bar-Zeev has ambitious plans for a Water Knows No Boundaries conference in 2018, which will bring together water scientists from Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Israel, the West Bank and Gaza for a meeting of the minds.
Even more ambitious is the US$900 million Red Sea–Dead Sea Canal, a joint venture between Israel and Jordan to build a large desalination plant on the Red Sea, where they share a border, and divide the water among Israelis, Jordanians and the Palestinians.

"Man of Tomorrow is a narrative experiment that combines Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman into one film"

Can't vouch (I haven't seen either original movie, but up right now at Vimeo). Via.

If the white walkers decide to bring back significant characters









Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Game of Thrones busts

Masters of The Universe M.U.S.C.L.E. Trash Can available for preorder

Each can includes one glow-in-the-dark figure.

Russel Wilson "Armed & Dangeruss" poster



$20 including shipping and proceeds got to charity:

Russell Wilson’s "Armed & Dangeruss" is the first poster produced by Seattle natives Tock and John Costacos in 20 years. From 1986 to 1996, over 30 million copies of Costacos Brothers posters, which include over 100 Hall of Famers, adorned the walls of sports fans of all ages. This year the brothers have come out of retirement to create this one-of-a-kind poster of Russell.

"Armed & Dangeruss" is a 24” x 36” lithograph print on high quality 78# gloss cover paper, which is over twice the thickness and far more robust than standard poster paper. It was printed using fade-resistant inks and is finished with a gloss aqueous coating. We chose the paper and inks to give you a keepsake-quality product. We chose the size because 24” x 36” is a standard frame size with many reasonably priced options if you want to frame yours without the higher cost of a custom-made frame.

This poster is just $20! (including shipping). Proceeds from the sale of this poster will benefit Russell’s Why Not You Foundation.

"Ice Bucket Challenge “breakthrough”? Experts pour cold water on superficial reporting"

"This is no breakthrough, and another sad and embarrassing example of academics and the media trumpeting very preliminary basic science work far beyond what they ought to."

"Central Park Shadowing from Manhattan's Supertall Skyscrapers"

"the shadows that will be cast onto Central Park from the supertall skyscrapers under construction and planned for midtown and especially along 57th Street . . . we've created a visualization of this shadowing phenomenon from eight of the largest buildings recently constructed and planned for midtown."

"the hedge fund was like a 'cauldron of fear and intimidation'"

NYT:

The employee’s complaint with the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, which has not been previously reported, describes an atmosphere of constant surveillance by video and recordings of all meetings — and the presence of patrolling security guards — that silence employees who do not fit the Bridgewater mold.

...

It is routine for recordings of contentious meetings to be archived and later shown to employees as part of the company’s policy of learning from mistakes. Several former employees recalled one video that Bridgewater showed to new employees that was of a confrontation several years ago between top executives including Mr. Dalio and a woman who was a manager at the time, who breaks down crying. The video was intended to give new employees a taste of Bridgewater’s culture of openly challenging employees and putting them on the spot.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

October's Marvel Comics


Marvel Tsum Tsum #3 cover by Chris Samnee





Incanny Inhumans #15 cover by Karl Kerschl

Via.

"Suspected Russian hack of DNC widens — includes personal email of staffer researching Manafort"

Yahoo:

Just weeks after she started preparing opposition research files on Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort last spring, Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa got an alarming message when she logged into her personal Yahoo email account.

“Important action required,” read a pop-up box from a Yahoo security team that is informally known as “the Paranoids.” “We strongly suspect that your account has been the target of state-sponsored actors.”

Good fan theory on Rey's parents



(Doesn't mention KOTOR, but that would fit, too.)  Via.

Various SDCC 2016 Exclusives available at the BBTS

The list has been growing steadily throughout the morning. The Saga exclusives are at this link.

Colorful geometric tattoo



Sunday, July 24, 2016

When nightmare fuel is defeated

Some good news in California.

"Experience a personalized [yoga] session on the world’s largest observation wheel starting on June 21st."

"Allow your body and mind to soar 550 feet in the sky above the Las Vegas Strip in this unique and personalized yoga experience with a professional instructor. For amateurs and enthusiasts alike, this one hour session provides a soothing yet energizing course while taking in sweeping views of the Las Vegas valley."

"McDonald’s Stops Selling Big Mac in Venezuela Due to Bread Shortage"

"Shortages of everything from rice to toilet paper have worsened over the past several months in Venezuela, with reports of looting and protests on the rise. Venezuela’s economy will contract 10 percent in 2016, according to the International Monetary Fund, with inflation accelerating to around 700 percent."

"Oscar-winning screenwriter asks court to keep Bergdahl interviews from military prosecutors"

LAT:

In May 2015, Boal teamed up with reporters at the Serial podcast to co-produce a 10-hour podcast exploring the case. The podcast included excerpts of his interviews with Bergdahl.

When Boal interviewed Bergdahl he made promises of confidentiality in connection with portions of the interviews, according to court documents.

Super Powers by Tom Scioli



Via.

Stranger Things VHS case

A photo posted by Steelberg (@iamsteelberg) on

Big game hunter by Slinkachu

Figma action figure based on Munch's The Scream



Via.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Files to 3D print the ships from Alien and No Man's Sky



The same designer is working on the U-Wing from Rogue One:

X-Men Marvel Legends Wave 1 will include a build-a-figure New Mutants Warlock



Via these sites.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror really is being remade as a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction



Opening summer 2017:

This exciting new presence will transform the structure currently housing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ (scheduled to close in early 2017) into an epic new adventure, enhancing the breathtaking free fall sensation with all-new visual and audio effects to create a variety of ride experiences. Guests will experience multiple random, unique ride profiles in which the rise and fall of the gantry lift will rock to the beat of music inspired by the film’s popular soundtrack.

Wonder Woman



TOA Heavy Industries Snake Eyes deluxe figure



By 1000Toys, available at ebay.

Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild deluxe Link figure



Upcoming Medicom RAH.

"Soylent CEO Could Face Criminal Charges for LA Hilltop 'Experiment'"

LAC:

The Soylent CEO did not want to comment on the possibility that he might face criminal charges, but says he's frustrated by the city’s permitting system. "In the city of Los Angeles one may not install a garbage disposal without seeking a permit," he says. "I feel like I'm living in the movie Brazil."

Friday, July 22, 2016

Hope Solo relates the story of the ghastly injury she suffered early in her national career



Something to keep in mind when she complains about current field conditions.

320-page NES artbook



Playing With Power: Nintendo NES Classics is available for preorder at Amazon:

Exclusive embossed slipcase holds this hardcover tome in a clever package that resembles a classic NES Game Pak!

A fascinating retrospective on 17 NES classics—including Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong, and The Legend of Zelda!

Interviews and commentary from Nintendo visionaries who pioneered this era of gaming.

A showcase of vintage advertising and priceless excerpts from Nintendo Power magazine back issues!

Plus hand-drawn maps, character and game environment art, and much more!

Lego Batman, Wonder Woman, and Skull Island posters



Via.

"Mattel is reporting strong early sales for its line of toys based on the female-led 'Ghostbusters' — from both boys and girls"

"Mattel’s retail strategy was to sell the female-led Ghostbusters action figures in the boys’ toy aisle. The sales figures at the top retailers in the country have exceeded expectations, the toymaker reported Friday."

"The village of Kidlington has been swamped with [Chinese] tourists and no one knows why"

BBC:

Why are coachloads of tourists visiting a village in Oxfordshire?

Group after group of foreign sightseers have been seen posing for photos in the front gardens of the village of Kidlington.

It began as a minor mystery baffling the people living in the obscure Oxfordshire village, but now it's something puzzling the entire nation.

For the World at One, reporter Phil Mercer went to investigate.

"Judge Orders Yahoo to Explain How It Recovered ‘Deleted’ Emails in Drugs Case"

MB:

The move comes in the appeal case of a drug trafficker who was convicted, in part, because of emails Yahoo provided to law enforcement that conspirators believed had been deleted.

Defense lawyers in the case claim that six months of deleted emails were recovered—something which Yahoo's policies state is not possible. The defense therefore speculates that the emails may have instead been collected by real-time interception or an NSA surveillance program.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

"Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly policemen – killing more than a hundred people"

TG:

In Manipur, high in the welter of green hills that blur the border with Myanmar, nearly any young man could be a suspect, and there was no time to take them all to court.

...

This was just how it went, in provinces all along India’s borders, where armed separatist movements unleashed conflicts that have cost tens of thousands of lives. Kashmir – which has erupted again this summer – is the most well-known, but the earliest insurgencies in India persist in the far reaches of the north-east, in the small and mountainous states on the other side of Bangladesh, where the authority of the Indian state had always been suspect. Militant groups launched attacks on the army and government – and the state fought back with indiscriminate reprisals, which at times meant declaring an open season on young local men.

"How To Summon The Bird That Guides You To Honey"

TA:

The honeyguide is a small African bird, whose scientific name—Indicator indicator—hints at its extraordinary behavior. It eats beeswax, and although it excels at finding bees’ nests, it can’t sneak past the stinging insects alone. Instead, it recruits humans. It approaches them, makes a loud “tirr-tirr-tirr-tirr” call, and flies in the direction of a nest. Throughout Africa, people have learned to follow it. They subdue the bees with fire and tools, and steal the delicious honey. To pay their avian guide, many of them leave pieces of wax behind. This is arguably the greatest partnership between humans and any wild animal.

"Around 1 percent of employees at tech companies in the Bay Area are black, down from 4 percent in 1998"

"One of seven residents [in San Francisco] was black in 1970. Today, it is nearly one of 20, with most of the city’s 46,000 blacks living in public housing."

New Megatron



And other Transformers.

Kojima Productions mascot figures



The Hot Toys version lights up.

New toys


Marvel figures including Cumberbatch Strange, Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop, Moon Knight, and Angela.




DC figures including King Shark and TDKR Joker.




Moana.



Lego Batman Movie.




Four Horsemen Studios.