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  • 04/13/13--07:53: IDEX Friday, April 12, 2013
  • Written on Saturday morning.

    Friday was a fun, busy day. In the morning we toured the IDEX showroom and spent time chatting with Robert Tonner, Jack Kralik, The Angelic Dreamz Guyz and Michelle of Wilde Imagination and others.
    IDEX has changed dramatically from the last one I attended. It's about 1/3 the size. Major companies such as Madame Alexander are not here. Attendance was sparse and many of the booths seemed underpopulated. However, some of the booths were fantastic and beautifully designed.

    Because the hotel internet connection is crawling, I had to upload yesterday's pictures to my Facebook page. Clicking on the image below will take you there.  When I return home, I will post the images on this blog for those who cannot see Facebook. 

    I have edited the pictures down to my favorites. You will see a fire engine outside the hotel. At one point an announcement came over the PA system ordering everyone to exit the building. Apparently it was a false alarm.

    In the late afternoon, Bob and I went to see Olympus Has Fallen. It is not a movie for the faint of heart and definitely not for children. Holy Crap! It was exhausting just watching it. I do recommend it for the action and excitement and it is very timely. However I hope that it's an impossible scenario because it is very frightening.
    From the hotel we walked (yes, walked) to Universal Studio's City Walk. This is their nightclub, bar, movie, restaurant, entertainment area. Talk about assaulting the senses! The lights, noise, activity and smells were Manhattan on steroids minus the buses and taxis. There is stuff going on everywhere. It was amazing. We played it safe and ate dinner at Bubba Gumps - not bad at all.

    Walking back to the hotel after dark was very peaceful. The landscaping around the parks is gorgeous. The weather last night was delightful and calm compared to Thursday night when it was very windy and rainy. 
    Back at the hotel we passed the bar on the way to our elevator and we spied Mel among a few others. I was happy to say hello to him and glad that he arrived safely. In a few hours we will get to see and hear him introduce the new doll. I'm excited!

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    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released the official launch trailer for the upcoming DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us. Releasing next week on April 16, this new trailer gives a look into the game’s original storyline, which includes DC Comics most popular heroes and villains choosing sides in a world [...]

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    Iron Man 3 is only one month away, and Diamond Select Toys is hard at work on their Marvel Select action figures for the movie! Iron Man Mark 42 and War Machine were designed by Gentle Giant based on digital data from the film, and will stand approximately 7.5″ tall with 16 points of articulation. [...]

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    I just found out about a few brand-new pieces of "BATMAN" Merchandise that looks pretty good. This is some stuff made by Westland. 

    The 1st item is a totally beautiful Ceramic Cookie Jar of THE JOKER showing you his Business Card!! Yes, you can store your favorite treats inside the Prince of Crime, ha ha ha ha! It will retail for about $45.00 and you can look for it around May 2013.

    Next up are 2 Sets of Salt and Pepper Shakers. One set shows the Caped Crusader and the Joker in the heat of battle while the 2nd pair is the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin riding their Bat-Cycles! These will have a suggested retail price around $15.00, not bad. These pieces, also, come out in May 2013.

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    HEY KIDS! Here's a quick post to share this cool pic we got from the Funko Toy Company (We love them!). This is an early-test prototype of the Harley Quinn POP! Heroes Figure they have planned for later this year. Stay tuned to the BAT-BLOG and we'll let ya know when it hits stores.

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  • 04/13/13--11:28: Mattel’s MOTUC Snake Face
  •  Cold-blooded and even more cold-hearted, this sinister serpent turns his enemies to stone, then slithers away without a second thought! Snake Face™ may be able to disguise his true nature for a short time, but eventually he will reveal his hideous face, so this fan-demanded figure arrives with interchangeable “snakes in and snakes out” look. [...]

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    I started to notice a bunch of cool Batgirl stuff lately and thought it would be a good post. Here's a nice assortment of pics showing off our favorite Batman Family member.

    First up is an image I came across that haunts me. This was a very Large Fine Art Print they used to sell at the Warner Bros Store many many years ago ( I wish they would have never closed, arrgghh! ). I have always loved it and I always regret the time I had a chance to buy it on sale, but didn't. Yes, I'm a complete Idiot, ha!

    Now, here's a wonderful photo worth celebrating because this is almost the highest form of flattery to the character. Wow! Just look at this amazing Silver-Age Batgirl costume some serious Cosplay person put together. The details and materials are all totally great!

    Here's a cool graphic a nice friend shared with me on Facebook.  It's Batgirl riding a Vintage Vespa Scooter! Oh man, it's so beautiful!! The Artist is a guy named Ted Naifeh. This guy has talent for sure.

    Next up is another Cosplayer who we just gotta give props to. Actually, this is our good friend Lisa and she's wearing an awesome Retro-Style Batgirl Costume. It's the "Yvonne Craig" version from the Classic 1966 BATMAN TV Series. 

    One last thing: Here's a fun collectible item I saw last night on the web. This is a very cool Ceramic Coffee Mug featuring Silver-Age BATGIRL Graphics. I need this... and totally love it! They sell these at the link provided down below.

    Please CLICK HERE to visit our Sponsor for MORE BATGIRL ITEMS and it will also help support the BAT-BLOG.COM

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    We just got some fresh photos featuring the latest editions to the BATMAN AUTOMOBILIA COLLECTION from the UK! Here are the New Batmobile Cars #10 through # 17. Well, actually we don't have a pic of the #15 Car, it's the "Flying Batmobile" from the recent BATMAN AND ROBIN Comic Book series.

    Oh yeah, here's a Complete Collector's List ( down below ) of all the cars they have planned at this moment. Some have come out already and others are planned for the future:

    1) Tim Burton’s Batman (1989)
    2) Classic (1966) TV Series
    3) Batman Begins Tumbler (2005)
    4) Batman Forever (1995)
    5) Detective Comics #400 (1970)
    6) Detective Comics #156 (1950)
    7) Batman #575 (2000)
    8) Batman: The Animated Series (1992)
    9) Batman #5 (1941)
    10) Batman #311 (1979)
    11) The Dark Knight Batpod (2008)
    12) Detective Comics #27 (1939)
    13) Detective Comics #601 (1989)
    14) Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
    15) Batman & Robin #1 (2009)
    16) Batman & Robin Movie (1997)
    17) Jokermobile: Batman #37 (1946)
    18) The Batman Animated Series (2004)
    19) Detective Comics #371 (1968)
    20) Batman #652 (2006)
    21) Detective Comics #456 (1976)

    Also, if you're having a hard time finding these (they are British imports ), then here's a US company selling them at a great price, especially if you pre-order them. Just CLICK HERE!

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            It’s almost Mother’s Day! I always have the best intentions to send all the women who have impacted my life cards on Mother’s Day but somehow I always fail miserably. Usually I buy the cards but the stamps and everything – somehow it just never happens. This year thanks to Cardstore... [Continue Reading]

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    The latest additions to Eaglemoss's Justice League chess set, Batman (white knight) and Deadshot (black pawn), are now available for pre-order.

    Batman seemed something of a shoo-in for a white knight, given his "Dark Knight" moniker. However, collectors that feel Batman deserves the king rank (and, honestly, it's a good role for him) could also substitute in one of the white king Batman figurines from his own set. Otherwise, Eaglemoss did a fairly solid job here.

    Deadshot, being an assassin-for-hire, is a natural pawn. He's also well-known enough to warrant inclusion into this sort of a set. That set, I still can't believe that DC threw out his more iconic outfit for something that looks even goofier (I mean, what's the point?). I may not be enthusiastic for this figurine but it's a matter of design on DC Comics' end rather than Eaglemoss's.

    Batman and Deadshot are both due out in August.

    [ Pre-order Batman | Deadshot from Big Bad Toy Store ]

    Eaglemoss's JL chess set gains a (dark) knight and a pawn screenshot


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          We’ve all experienced it: the frustration of not being able to access the remaining liquid at the bottom of spray bottles. From tilting the bottle in different directions, to transferring leftover liquid to another bottle, we often take extreme measures to get to the remaining liquid. To eliminate this spray bottle frustration,... [Continue Reading]

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        This spring, Excedrin® Extra Strength is asking America one question – who has the biggest headache? In response, I’m sure many parents would raise their hands with conviction! All parents love their children, but every stage of parenting poses challenges – from the surprises that come with first-time parenthood, to Terrible Twos, to... [Continue Reading]

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    The holiday may be over, but no one told the fashionably late Rias Gremory, ready to arrive in the most Eastery of costumes. To be honest I thought this was from FREEing at a glance, adding yet another lady to their stable of bunnygirls, but it seems like Griffon is getting in on the act instead. It's hard to blame them for running with such an easy market, though!

    Besides, given her nature, Rias suits the sexy bunnygirl outfit quite well compared to some odder choices we've seen, though the odd mix of demonic traits and the "innocence" of a sexy bunnygirl is a little curious. Her wings definitely add a unique flair, giving her almost a Darkstalkers vibe when paired with the costume's leotard. If you'd like her to hop over to your collection, fork over about ¥7,980 before her June arrival.

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

    [NSFW] Rias Gremory shows up a bit late for Easter screenshot


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    If there's one recent show I won't mind seeing figures of for a long time to come, it's the lovely slice-of-life Tari Tari. While it may be a simple, mundane show, the fantastically attractive art design is easily appreciated, and Wave is continuing to jump on the bandwagon with two new Beach Queens of series leads Wakana and Sawa.

    Thankfully Wave also saw fit to include our lovely heroines in their canon swimsuits seen in the series itself, replicated down to the blossom design on Sawa's top. Needless to say I find the pair quite desirable, especially given the fact they're my two favorite cast members. I will admit they're not the finest quality Beach Queens I've seen from Wave, particularly in the modeling of Sawa's bust--because naturally I notice these things.

    Nonetheless, they're certainly must haves for series fans, and certainly attractive enough that others may want to give them a look as well. Both will set you back around ¥3,800 a piece, and they'll be arriving in September.

    [ Pre-order Sawa at HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | J-List ]

    [ Pre-order Wakana at HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | J-List ]

    Sing praises for new Tari Tari Beach Queens screenshot


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    Despite a similar name and hailing from the same creator, the fairly well done Katanagatari hasn't quite reached the level of fame as the infamous Bakemonogatari and its ilk, which is a bit of a shame. Despite this, Ques Q has decided to re-release their figure of main character Kisakushi Togame, which is a big plus if you missed it the first time around!

    The major detail about Katanagatari happens to be its extremely unique but appealing art style, and Ques Q captured Togame's design faithfully in their rendition. Of course, I like it quite a lot, and she certainly stands out on the shelves amongst more typical looking characters. You'll also get multiple face and hair options, if for some reason her flowing white locks are too long for your tastes.

    She'll be arriving in June for only around ¥6,800, so get ready to snap her up lest she be missed a second time!

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

    Katanagatari's Togame Kisakushi strikes again screenshot


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    We were provided with a copy of D3 Publisher’s DreamWorks Animation’s THE CROODS. The Croods are one of the first early families and their action is family packed! D3’s The Croods lets you take control of those prehistoric Croods characters: Grug, Ugga, Eep, Thunk, Sandy, Guy, or Gran while playing through 30 free-for-all mini-games that are based... [Continue Reading]

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    10 months have gone by since we first held Mia in our arms. I can say I absolutely love this stage. She makes the cutest faces and loves to play she’s really happy all the time and is so silly. She’s starting to talk more and say actual words, plus she dances!! She really loves... [Continue Reading]

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  • 04/13/13--20:30: Akihabara Shops 6

  • I think its that time of the month again where we visit the holy land - Akihabara! Filled with figures, doujinshi, anime, manga, maid cafes, dolls, computers, mobile goodies and more - all of this available just by getting off at Akihabara station.

    Today we start off with a huge wall featuring Iizuki Tasuku-sensei's latest title Lovely Cation 2. Wallpapers and more by Iizuki Tasuku-sensei lives here.

    The main street that runs through Akihabara - Chuo-Dori.

    Perfect souvenir for your teacher or boss.

    Cospa T-shirts.

    More useful-cant-get-rid-of stuff.

    K-ON cushion covers - which you take?

    Fate Zero goodies.

    How many of you read the K-ON! Manga too?

    Even figures need to go.

    GoPro rival ADIXXION. One thing I dislike about my GoPro is that if you dont use it for a while, you forget all the button combinations. At least the ADIXXION has a decent amount of buttons on it.
    See a comparison review below.

    Prices of TV's here not that fantastic. If you are buying electronics in Japan then always look on first. You can find a 32" Toshiba Regza for 32,480 yen.

    How many of you upgraded to Windows 8?
    There is a poll embedded in this article.

    If you have just moved to Japan, you will need a load of kitchen electronics - let the staff know that you are going to buy a ton from them but that you require a discount - only usually works this way if you buy a load of stuff from them in one go.

    Hina dolls.

    My lord has been looking for me...

    I better stop dancing and get back to work.

    My Gunpla skills acquired over the years are being put to use in a different way.

    Vocaloid merchandise.

    How many of you are into Senran Kagura - either the anime or game or both?

    A load of electronics can be found in Akihabara... well as a load of robot stuff like on the 2nd floor of this branch of Tsukumo.

    Fancy a kebab as I write this ><

    The new location of the Kotobukiya store.

    At the retro game store Super Potato.

    A load of cuties!

    Gorgeous artwork by Barnia600-sensei.

    Dont forget to explore the backstreets of Akihabara that trail off from Chuo Dori.

    Do not make ball shape objects from your poo or pee.

    1/1 scale...

    Eroge galore.

    Become a maid for 200 yen.

    And here is the place that I always go to eat at - Negishi! Its right here.

    And this is what a Negishi meal looks like.

    Prices displayed here is what they are paying to buy them from you.

    More showcase figures.

    No need to feel ronery anymore as you can pick up a bride like this lovely Sena anytime.

    The girls in Lovesick Puppies are really cute ><

    If you like your dogs black then you can find them in Akhabara.

    Vocaloid UFO Catcher.

    We get parts for our Smart Doll right here in Akihabara. You can find resistors, servo motors, LEDs and more.

    You are being watched.

    Mirai Nendoroid enjoying the sights of Akihabara.

    Cuties cuties everywhere!

    Nanoha as strong as ever.
    A short clip of Magical lyrical Nanoha The Movie A's 2nd below.

    RPG Eroge style.

    Gatcha everywhere in Akihabara.

    The health goods corner.

    A load of eroge releases in the months of March and April.

    Together with the AFA team!

    All previous installments of Akihabara Shops is tagged "akihabarashops" and listed up below.

    And all previous Akihabara related photos are listed up below.

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