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    The King of Monsters vs A God

    I’d hate to see Tokyo after this battle. Artist Patrick Towers brings us a bone chilling match up that pits Godzilla vs EVA Unit-01.

    I’d love to see this film. Even more interesting is the cultural contexts that are contained within each film. Godzilla originally dealt with the nuclear attacks and trying to come to terms with that. Evangelion draws a line from that in dealing with fate and the unpredictability of human life. One could argue that the mech genre was born in response to the Kaiju genre.

    In any case, this is truly awesome art. Check out more of Patrick Towers’ work at DeviantArt and like him on Facebook.

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    Buy It: The Godzilla Collection

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    The Shanghai International Children Baby Maternity Industry Expo (CBME China), has formed an alliance with the ABC Kids Expo, held in the U.S., and Harrogate Nursery Fair/Baby Products Association (BPA), held in the UK, for reciprocal pavilions at each other’s shows. Held annually in Shanghai, CBME is now the largest sourcing event for baby, children, and maternity [...]

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  • 01/31/13--13:36: Blue Crap Cat Print
  • Gary Taxali has released a new limited edition 6 color silk screen print entitled "Blue Crap Cat". Each hand-signed and numbered archival print measures 18" x 24". An edition of 150 prints, you can pick one up for CA$200.00 (US$199).

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  • 01/31/13--13:39: Designer Handbags Galore
  • Every girl I know loves a beautiful handbag. With the large numbers of artists and fashion designers there is always something new out there. From awesome colors to great designs and fashions, there are so many handbags to check out and to choose from. With Valentine’s day only weeks away why not buy her that... [Continue Reading]

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    Video: What Do Those Often-Cited Studies Really Say About Video Games and Violent Behavior?

    With the media storm scrambling to find a scapegoat for the all too often occurrences of gun violence (instead of looking deep within the rooted issues of our culture) video games have once again come under fire for being violent.

    Luckily, the fantastic news show The Young Turks is here to shed some light on what the often cited-by-conservative-news-monkey studies really have to say.

    Spoiler: The studies actually go as far to cite the problematic testing techniques and hard to define aspects of the studies. Even more surprising is the fact that these studies, which are cited quite a lot, even note that there are many other factors that attribute to violent behavior.

    One of those factors is access to guns.

    Again, the same pundits that try to use video games as a scapegoat in order to A) keep the gun lobby strong and B) prevent people from looking deeper at the real issues, are in fact citing from a source that notes that guns are more of an important factor in violent behavior than video games are.

    However, i think that the real thing to take away from this is the fact that there needs to be more research into the issues of violent behavior and video games. The more hard facts we have, the easier it will be to defend ourselves.

    You can follow the Young Turks on Twitter and on Youtube.

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    TCC have updated their page with our first look at the Botcon 2013 exclusive Hoist action figure. This toy based on the Generations Kup mold get the Club treatment with new head and character redeco. Note, this is the Machine Wars Hoist they pare paying homage too, not the G1 version. Check out the reveal from the TCC Magazine cover after the jump for the full looks.

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    Sideshow Collectibles has opened the pre-order for Hot toys' Iron Man 3 Tony Stark 1/6 scale Movie Masterpiece Series figure. Follow the above link to get this figure before it sells out!

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    The second piece in Sideshow Collectibles' Marvel Universe Sideshow classics statue collection has been revealed. Follow this link to have your first look at the Spider-Man Cold-Cast Bronze statue and stay tuned for more information and a direct link to the pre-order next week!

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    The pre-order for the exclusive version of Sideshow Collectibles' Uncharted 3 Nathan Drake Premium Format Figure, which includes a switch out hand armed with 'KAL 7' rifle, is now open. Follow the above link to get yours now!

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    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bringing LEGO BATMAN: THE MOVIE - DC SUPERHEROES UNITE to Blu-Ray Combo Pack and DVD on May 21st, 2013. We featured the trailer for it here at the BAT-BLOG awhile back but there's a new photo out now showing the cover art so we thought we'd share that. Plus, another cool announcement is that they will package a special CLARK KENT Lego Figure to go with it too.

    Just in case you missed it. Here's the wacky movie trailer:

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    In conjunction with Sideshow Collectibles, we're offering you a chance to take home Sideshow's upcoming DC Comics 1/6 scale Joker figure... for free! No joke! All you need to do is leave a contributing comment on any of the stories or photo archive galleries on our site. Every time you join the conversation, you'll have a shot at taking this stunning figure home, but remember we're looking for comments with substance so 'fail' or 'LOL' style posts won't make the cut. The winner will be randomly selected and notified in the thread with their comment. We'll be awarding this figure by February 28th, so join the conversation now!

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    On the PBS program, Pioneers of Television, this week they featured an episode called "Superheroes". It covers the early history of the appearance of comic book characters on television and also crosses many eras: "Superman" in the 1950s, "Batman" in the 1960s, "Wonder Woman" and "The Incredible Hulk" in the '70s and "The Greatest American Hero" in the '80s. 

    They all fought villains, rescued the innocent and became role models. The episode features in-depth interviews with Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Lynda Carter, Lou Ferrigno, William Katt and others.

    Well, here's the entire episode, enjoy!

    Watch Superheroes on PBS. See more from Pioneers of Television.

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    Dita the Sphynx is sculpted and produced by Rich Page from an original sketch. She is a hand cast resin sitting just under a proud 8 inches with a whopping 4.3 inches ear to ear. Her head is free to turn from side to side allowing her to be posed to suit your display preferences. [...]

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    Attending the New York Toy Fair can be an event in planning all by itself. Seriously. You are tracking down this PR rep. That PR rep. Reviewing your calendar. Looking at the map to judge distances between booths (it’s HUGE). Finding out where the XYZ company is having their offsite gathering. Juggling appointments to make...

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    It’s almost February.  What does that mean?  It means it’s time for the New York Toy Fair! Expect lots of news and new toy information! Here’s an event that is open to the public and kids!  Get there early enough and you can get a Ninjini – for free! It’s a while “supplies last” offer...

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    S.H.Figuarts Golden Darkness pre-orders finally shine screenshot

    It's been a bit over three months since Bandai first revealed their Golden Darkness S.H.Figuarts figure from the ecchi harem manga and anime series To LOVEru Darkness. With nothing much else to go buy some people were questioning if this would ever see the light of day. 

    Well the day has finally come, pre-orders are here! ¥4,500 will score you a sweet Golden Darkness figure with three different expressions: neutral, blushing, and let's call the last one 'embarrassed'. She also comes with a bunch of bladed option parts for her hands and hair along with one of her beloved books and equally beloved taiyaki pastries.

    It's a great looking figure that should be showing up in May 2013. Best part is that at 140mm she's at the same scale as similar figma characters so no worries about blending lines. I'm going to get one myself. Now that we've finally got all of the release details we've been waiting for hopefully we'll get some news about the white version that appeared at Jump Festa about a month ago.

    [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi ]

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    Do you love the Monster High dolls? If so, watch this home made video by George Gonzalez of Angelic Dreamz. By the way, he sells the dolls...just in case you didn't know.

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  • 01/31/13--18:51: Anime Cafe - why go to one?

  • Anime you like? Food you like? Figures you like? If all you like then you will certainly want to visit the Good Smile Cafe in Akihabara the next time you are in Tokyo.
    Here you can omnom on some lovely munchies while being surrounded by anime themes and Good Smile Company figures.
    To get there all you need to do is to get off at Akihabara station on the JR Yamanote line and walk to the following location.
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    The Good Smile Cafe in Akihabara is a place that I frequent - we do broadcasts and hold Culture Japan Night Tokyo here too - check it out - tis an awesome place to be ^o^

    Today we are filming with comrade Julie Watai - our multi talented actress and photographer.

    I know that there are anime or maid themed cafes around the world but how about in your neck of the woods?
    I also know that some of these themed cafes outside of Japan dont do too well - some of them close down after a short period of being in business.

    What is the hook for you to regularly visit an anime themed cafe? The food? Atmosphere? Merchandise?
    There is a poll embedded in this article.

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