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  • 11/02/12--00:21: Sato Dai

  • Had a meeting last night with Sato Dai - screenwriter who brought us titles like Cowboy Bebop, Blood: The Last Vampire, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo, Eureka Seven, Toward the Terra and Eden of the East.
    Today we are meeting about something very obvious but I need to keep schtum about it until next March ^^;

    I first met Sato-san back in December at the My Japan Conference - an event supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Japanese tourism agency. We were both there to talk about the influence of our work around the world.

    Sato-san has written various titles which have been rather popular outside of Japan to a wider audience - even reaching those who dont usually watch anime - particularly titles like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell SAC.

    I love these tiles too which is why we are meeting. I want to create a title which stands the sands of time and not just be popular this year and then go the next like many titles out there.

    Lately I've been trying to squeeze in some study on scriptwriting and how humans need stories. Are there any particular stories that you think I can learn a thing or two from?

    After the meeting, I asked Sato-san if any photos of his office have ever been published - he said not but that I was welcome to be the first to do so ^^;

    Only took a few as it was late but here we go starting with one of Sato-san's orange bags! He loves orange as you can see from the colors on his company's website Story Riders.

    Like I do right now, Sato-san also works from his home office - all this by the kitchen. Does your house/apartment have anime goodies here and there too - and not just your room?

    Sato-san has been around the world to talk at many anime events.

    While most of the stuff on display is related to his work - some of it is just stuff that he likes ^^

    Absolutely loved the first series of Eureka Seven - especially the music.

    Something that animator and director Morimoto Koji-san drew for Sato-san.

    Going over lots of stuff regarding light novels, games and anime production. So many variables including production committees, director, seiyuu, production studios, Bluray/DVD, merchandise, recouping costs and so on.

    Ergo Proxy - another title that Sato-san worked on.

    Sato-san worked on Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and S.A.C too.

    Another Sato title - Yuzuko Peppermint.

    Cowboy Bebop! Who has not seen the series yet?!

    Sato-san is a big Star Wars fan too.

    Sato-san also writes the scenario for many games too - including the up n coming E.X.Troopers for the 3DS and PS3. Me got a PS3 but I think I want a 3DS just to play this game!
    3DS version below.

    Anime trailer below.

    Have no idea who she is but I like her already.

    Jiji gets the Face Hugger treatment.

    Sato-san worked on the latest Lupin TV series.

    Did I mention Sato-san is a Star Wars fan?

    E.X.Trooper POP goodies. POP is the common term in Japan to refer to Point Of Purchase display material. Is it called the same outside of Japan too?

    「脳Rギュル ふかふかヘッドと少女ギゴク」 - what would that be called in English? ><

    Has a Eureka Seven look and feel about it. Looking forward to the game!

    Sato-sans bike - Orange and dark blue!

    I'll be in regular meetings with Sato-sans team over the next few months - will update you soon!

    Read more about Mirai Suenaga >>>

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    During Comic Con 2012 we broke the news that Round 2 and the guys at Captain Action Inc. would be doing a “holiday” variant of the good captain.  Then in September we showed you the press release on the Arctic variant. Now our friends at Captain Action Inc are letting AFi debut an updated photo [...]

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    It's time for some frantic Santa's to shine at the "It's Starting To Ho! Ho! Ho!" Series.

    Get ready - it's Ho! Ho! Ho! time and "Yikes, Santa-Red!" and "Yikes, Santa - Green" are frantic.

    Both Yikes! Santa - Red and Yikes! Santa - Green are running out of time. They are sitting in their stenciled and painted wood chairs, checking their lists and they don't know what to do. They are running out of time.

    They have an embroidered vest, shirt, pantaloons, socks, laced boots, Santa cap, a beard and mustache and long white hair. Their face is drawn and they have wire glasses. They also have a fabric covered head and body. They both have a blackboard, “naughty & nice” list, feather pen, and Santa bag filled with toys and decorated with holly.

    There are so many things the Santa's have yet to do. Oh, where has the time go? Where are their elves? Where's Mrs. Claus? They need help. They're running out of time!

    Designer-Linda Walsh Originals

    For more information on my Yikes! Santa - Red doll and wood chair please CLICK HERE.

    For more information on my Yikes! Santa - Green doll and wood chair please CLICK HERE.

    If you would like to make my original doll design yourself please CLICK HERE for the e-pattern.

    Boys like to say "YUCK" to dolls, but sometimes there is a doll they like. Such is the case with our next Santa.

    It's time for the Santa's to shine at the "It's Starting To Ho! Ho! Ho!" Series.

    Get ready - it's Ho! Ho! Ho! time.

    It's "Rough and Tough Barney's" time to shine.

    "Rough and Tough Barney" is a woodland Santa who is also one of the few dolls that even my brothers have to admit they like. You see, my brothers think they're "tough." They're "rough and tough" and, well, "rough and tough" are manly and like manly things. They don't like dolls - or so they say. We know better.

    Rough and Tough Barney is a 20 free standing wood and cloth Santa with drawn and blushed face, full beard and mustache, black wood shoes, and wood knob nose. He is wearing a flannel shirt that is gathered at the wrists and neck. His pants with suspenders have pant legs that are tucked inside his socks which are also wrapped with jute to keep the snow out. He is wearing his favorite knit cap with pompom and is carrying a burlap bag filled with painted wood toys. His bag is tied with jute to keep all the toys from falling out.

    "Rough and tough" Barney has no problem being a woodland Santa doll. After all - he's "rough and tough" and, well, "rough and tough" can handle anything. Even being dolls!

    Designer - Mulberry Street

     CLICK HERE for more information on our woodland Santa doll decoration.

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!

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    Who doesn't love festive holiday and seasonal wreaths - especially when they're made of fabric.  Certainly not I !

    #DI100ALWOD Winter Fabric Wreath - 12" Handmade Country Seasonal Winter Wreath Decoration

    Wonderful 12" fabric winter decoration wreath with two hand-painted wooden snowflakes,  two hand-painted wooden snowmen,  and hand-painted and stenciled welcome plaque with stenciled hearts.  All ready to be hung with your winter home decor.  Makes a wonderful decoration for the winter season.

    Handmade by Linda Walsh

    #DI100BLWOD Christmas Fabric Wreath - 12" Handmade Country Holiday Wreath Decoration in Festive Red and Green Christmas Colors

    Festive 12"  wreath in beautiful red and green Christmas fabrics with hand-painted wooden welcome plaque and large red-plaid wired ribbon bow. All ready to be hung with your Christmas holiday season home decor.

    Handmade by Linda Walsh

    #DI100CLWOD   Christmas Fabric Wreath - 12" Handmade Country Holiday Wreath Decoration in Festive White, Red and Green Christmas Colors

    Festive 12"  wreath in beautiful white, red and green Christmas fabrics with hand-painted wooden welcome plaque with Christmas stencil decorations and large red wired ribbon bow. All ready to be hung with your Christmas holiday season home decor.

    Handmade by Linda Walsh

    #DI100DLWOD Christmas Fabric Wreath - 12" Handmade Country Holiday Wreath Decoration in Festive White, Red and Green Christmas Colors

    Festive 12"  wreath in beautiful gingerbread and teal green Christmas fabrics with hand-painted wooden welcome plaque with Christmas stencil decorations and large blue wired ribbon bow. All ready to be hung with your Christmas holiday season home decor.

    Handmade by Linda Walsh

    For more information on all my wreaths please CLICK HERE.

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!

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    The Toys R Us exclusive metallic Francesco has arrived in the US. $6.99 though if you’ve been holding back on purchases or want to start on your holiday shopping early, if you can get to $50 before taxes and if the store has the metallic CARS Take Flight 2-pack, you get the 2-pack for free! [...]

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    set database: LEGO 8236 bike burner

    image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of peeron
    image courtesy of brickset
    image courtesy of blakbird
    set number: 8236
    set name: bike burner
    year: 2000
    pieces: 60
    price: us$6
    minifig: none
    small technic set.
    come with a trike.
    overall design is good.
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    Uncharted by DEADPOOLISTHEMAN316

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    Famitsu selects their color for Persona 4 Arena's Labrys screenshot

    [Updated: This figure is now available via GSC's Global Online Shop!]

    It was yesterday that we posted the pre-order information for Max Factory's figma Labrys from Persona 4 Arena but that isn't the only version of this figure to be released. As tipped by community member Pooka, figma Labrys would be receiving her own special color just like Aegis.

    Photos and pre-order information are now available for the Persona 4 Arena figma Labrys Famitsu Original Color figure and surprise! It's an exclusive! ...okay, not really a surprise. This special edition figure exchanges the light colors of Labrys for colors that were available through a special download code featured in Weekly Famitsu. The colors may look familiar to a certain character that also appears in the Persona world. The Famitsu Original Color vesion of Labrys is based on the female protagonist in Persona 3 Portable which explains why I find myself drawn in by the colors.

    The Persoan 4 Arena figma Labrys Famitsu Original Color figure features all the same parts and features as the standard version. She's available for 4,800 through Entertain web store ebten and will be released in March, 2013. Ordering this special edition of Labrys will also net you a postcard with art and sprites of Labrys.

    Are you fine with the standard release of figma Labrys or are you already contacting your preferred proxy service?

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    I’m pleased as punch to be part of a new website with a wonderful message: The Neighborhood. It’s a community website full of goodies. But it’s more than that, they’re hoping for a revolution. “We want to spark ACTION. We want to turn neighbor into a VERB. Because every action you do can help grow [...]

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    Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to Poe’s Note: …and by “goes bananas” I [...]

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  • 11/02/12--06:01: Jack Skellington
  • I love stop motion animation. I just do. I also dig scary movies new and old. Nightmare Before Christmas is a blend of all of those things. To fill the craving people have for merchandise for the film, Jun Planning put out a series of small boxed mini figures. If I was going to pick [...]

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    Here’s a haunting timelapse video pulled from a NY Times webcam – note the city south lights go down about 40 seconds in … of course, those of you in NY and NJ probably don’t want to see this again … You can donate to the Red Cross here. While I’ve only been to the [...]

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    [Business Wire] - Hasbro, Inc. announced today that it has provided $100,000 in combined grant support through the Hasbro Children’s Fund to the American Red Cross, World Vision and Feeding America to support their relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

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    Kaitendoh's Tachibana Mikan is adorable as ever screenshot

    Though not my favorite Hello Kitty to Issho! figure out there, Mikan certainly is very cute in her own right (previously seen in magazine scans). Kaitendoh has posted up their sample images, along with the information that she is now complete - ready to go! 

    I guess it's a little bit weird that she's riding a vacuum... but why is she texting and driving?! 

    Anywho, you can check out the sample in the gallery and we'll post up some more details whenever they're made available. 

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    Top 20 Toys selected on feedback from kids and momsMISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Walmart Canada today announced its list of the top 20 must- have toys for the 2012 holiday season. All items on ...

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    LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. has partnered with Walt Disney Records and Mattel, Inc., to bring a variety of new content to its educational entertainment platforms, accessible through the LeapFrog App Center. Beginning in November, Barbie videos will be available for purchase in the “Just for Fun” section of the LeapFrog App Center. Even more Barbie brand releases [...]

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    If you’re a little low with all the bad news, this Halloween getup will cheer you UP. There’s a few more here at AuburnSoul Photography. Tweet This Post

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    Miku Dayo will be crashing into pre-orders soon screenshot

    Looks like Mikatan had some fun with today's figure preview... we're looking at Miku Dayo today (previously seen at Wonder Festival). She's drop-kicking mechs, and smacking around Sonic the Hedgehog like it's nobody's business.

    Anyway, I think this Miku is ridiculous. I don't think anyone asked for this. Then again someone must have since she's been made into a Nendoroid! 

    Miku Dayo will be coming with a bunch of accessories which are still a "secret," and her poseability options are pretty neat, I suppose. The whole "no neck" thing is intentional, and extra details have been molded on to make her look mostly like her creepy life-size counterpart. 

    Will you be ordering your very own Miku Dayo to terrorize your collection?

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    Tomopop Review: Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard screenshot

    Square Enix has been diversifying the Play Arts Kai by leaps and bounds lately, and one of their latest license acquisitions has been the Mass Effect series. Sure, BioWare totally dropped the ball with that thing they called an ending in Mass Effect 3, but that's something for Destructoid to worry about. We've got ourselves a trio of Play Arts Kai figures to review, and that starts with the main man, Commander Shepard. There'd been some concerns from collectors once color photos appeared about some of the sculpt and paintwork, particularly around the face, but when Square Enix sent him along to me, I figured I'd get to see if the concerns were really valid.

    So how does Play Arts Kai Shepard stand up? I may have dropped a hint in the subtitle, but you should jump through the Tomopop Relay with me and find out what's on the other side.

    Figure Name: Mass Effect 3 Play Arts Kai Commander Shepard
    Figure Maker: Square Enix
    Retail Price: US$64.99/¥6,200
    Available At: Big Bad Toy Store | Entertainment Earth | Amiami | HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Plamoya | Hobby Search

    As always, we go to the box, and it's a pretty one. Borrowing from the art of Mass Effect 3, the box features a front flap that hides the window, but puts a large image of Shepard in its place. The sides feature the Mass Effect and Play Arts Kai logos, while the back has the usual photos of the figure and the others in the series. Behind the Velcro-secured flap is the actual figure window, along with the description of just who Commander Shepard is, in case you are totally unfamiliar with him. This box design seems to be the new look for the Play Arts Kai line, and it's a better look than the older boxes.

    Out of the box, Play Arts Kai Shepard looks about how you'd expect him to be. About 8.5 inches tall, Shepard is in his trademark N7 Armor in the default colors he's worn throughout the game. It should be noted that this is BioWare's canon look for Shepard, since my Shepard looks entirely different and a lot more bad*** than this one.. but I digress.

    You might also notice that, yes, he comes with no stand. I still don't get why these aren't available, but as a trade-off, I guess Shepard is pretty well weight-balanced and he can stand on his own without constantly tipping over.

    The first place we're taking a look close up is Shepard's N7 Armor. I'll commend Square Enix here: the level of detailing on the armor is actually really, really good. There are a lot of little nooks, crannies and seams to get right, and it appears Square Enix has managed to do just that. The joints are also fairly well masked, especially around the shoulders and torso. There is a bit of paint missing from the collar of the armor on the neck part (you can see how it looks flesh-colored). Additionally, some of the paint on the stripe does look a little rough or thin in the red portion, but there are otherwise no serious mishaps or splotches well outside the lines.

    Further down the N7 armor suit, you can get a glimpse at some of the sculpting detail on the legs. There's a decent amount of it, and it is pretty accurate based on the in-game models. Of course, some elements have been modified a bit to fit the joints. The joint layout is the usual Play Arts Kai set-up, featuring the ratcheting knee and ankle joints we've seen before.

    However, what's new is that the hip joints have gone from ball and socket to a ratcheted-style as well. That design choice is an incredible positive point for Shepard, as he feels more stable than the past Play Arts Kais I've reviewed. Plus, you don't have to worry about a leg popping out of joint anymore!

    From the back, you can see where the top part of his armor hangs over the bottom part due to the mid-torso joint, but it also happens along a natural transition in Shepard's armor from the bulkier gray part to the slimmer black part. The details on the N7 Armor here are, like elsewhere on the figure, pretty accurate within reason, and the paint is generally pretty clean. 

    Well, not so much awesome. At all. Yeah, it vaguely resembles Shepard, but something just doesn't sit right with me. Maybe it's the eyes looking a little rough with the paint? Could it be the faint black line that's supposed to be Shepard's goatee? The little bits of black smudging on the lips that dirty up the lips? All of the above? Whatever it is, Play Arts Kai Shepard's face looks really, really rough and unrefined. At least the problem with "dirt" like Kratos (reviewed) isn't a problem ... but the flesh tones for the neck and head are very, very slightly different shades. Shepard needs to get out of the sun.

    In case you're wondering what my hand is doing here, I'm holding Shep up so you can get an idea of his poseability. He actually has a fairly nice range of motion and manipulation, with fewer problems than the past Play Arts Kai figures I've reviewed. Again, the new hip joints help a lot here. You can also see the chest joints allow for some decent side-to-side leaning.

    On the accessories front, Square Enix has brought us an Omniblade for Shepard to slice fools with. Using a translucent orange PVC base with a yellow spray down the middle, it recreates the look of the Omniblade from the game as best as you probably can. On top of that, the Omniblade fits on Shepard's forearm exactly where it should be.

    From the top, you can see how the Omniblade rests on Shepard's forearm. You do have to remove the hand to get it on there and the Omniblade slips over the wrist joint and forearm. It took me a bit to get the hand on there just right, but once done, it was a pretty seamless fit. Well done, Square Enix.

    The next accessory to mention would be the N7 Eagle Pistol. The paint's a little rough in spots, but it's a fair replica of the N7 Eagle, scaled down properly and sculpted well. You can also see the right hand that comes with Shepard for holding his weapons. The detail there is nice as well, and I like how the index finger actually loops into the trigger of the N7 Eagle. So from here, it looks pretty good.

    But when you look at it from other angles ...

    ... the damn N7 Eagle doesn't fit in Shepard's hand as it should. I spent 15 minutes trying to get it to fit in, but I could not get the grip of the N7 Eagle to fit inside the hand because the last two fingers on the pistol-holding hand would not move properly. This meant I couldn't fit it through the tight gap and I eventually conceded defeat because I was afraid I'd snap one of the hand's other three fingers off (namely, the thumb). Design-wise, it should be a lot easier to get the Eagle in there than it actually is. From here, you can also see the seam line on Shepard's hand.

    On the other hand, the N7 Valkyrie rifle is wonderful. It uses the same hand as the N7 Eagle in the above picture, but get this: it works! Plus, on top of that, the butt of the rifle is sculpted in such a manner that it rests on Shepard's forearm without you having to do anything. The hand does bend a little more at the wrist than it probably should, but given the problems I had with the Eagle, it's a minor pittance.

    Here, you can see some of the detail Square Enix have pumped into the Valkyrie. Great detail and the paint is within the lines consistently throughout.

    The other hand Shepard has is an open-palmed hand that pretty much serves as a balance for the Valkyrie's weight. Not terribly bad here, but nothing that's going to sway you one way or the other.

    So yes, Shepard with his Valkyrie rifle is a billion times better than the Eagle, and this kneeling shot really shows off how the balance issues have been fixed on some of the Play Arts Kai line. Doing this with the other Play Arts Kai figures I've reviewed is a little more of a crapshoot, but Shepard consistently held this pose without tipping over from when I shot him for the review until I put him away a few days later.

    So where does that leave me with Play Arts Kai Shepard? Honestly ... disappointed. There's a nice step forward here with the ratcheting joints in the hips and Shepard feels like he holds poses much better than any other Play Arts Kai I've previously reviewed as a result ... but that face. The issues with the Eagle. It's the little things that continue to plague the Play Arts Kai line. The sculpt work around the face could be a bit better and like Kratos, the paintwork could be a whole lot cleaner, especially with that goatee. Play Arts Kai completionists and absolute, have-to-own-it-all Mass Effect fans will probably consider picking this one up, but beyond those two groups, I'm not really sure I can recommend hunting down Shepard.

    In part, that's because I'm left with the same feeling I had with Kratos; that Play Arts Kai Shepard could have been something great, but isn't.

    [Thanks to Square Enix for sending Shepard to us for review!]

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