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Godzilla vs King Kong Licensing are Bursting out at the Seams!

23 Feb

Image result for super deformed ghidorahBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Tons of plans are in store prior to the November 20, 2020, release of Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. PicturesGodzilla vs. Kong!

Legendary and Toho Co. Ltd. announced a huge slate of licensees that will deliver a diverse offering of merchandise and experiences to fans as they gear up to see two of cinema’s biggest icons battle it out on the big screen. International toy titan Playmates has been named master toy partner, with forthcoming products themed to Godzilla vs. Kong, as well as additional product lines inspired by the Monsterverse and Classic Toho Monsters.

In what I hope for, if Diamond’s Previews catalogue is any indication, is collecting more than just display pieces of super-deformed versions of the monsters. Plush Kong? Perhaps not, but in what we know so far is the following, and my thoughts:

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Slashing Bluelight Away with Sword Art Online’s Eyewear

27 Jun

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Timbuk 3 sang the praises for donning dark spectacles in their song, “Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” but I was never sure about donning generic looking sunglasses. The multimedia franchise Sword Art Online explores virtual worlds where its heroes can enter (after putting on a specialized headwear instead of simply glasses) but never leave … and for fans to wear a product based on this series on their eyes will not doubt show to the real world how serious they are with being an otaku, especially when sitting outside in public and staring at their smartphones too long. Although these are meant to be simply computer glasses for indoor use, I’m sure anime fans want to show off their cred.

This piece of protective-wear is designed to filter out harmful blue light. The technology has been around for a fair number of years as generic eye-wear, as a coating over prescription lenses or clip-on over regular glasses. Not many entrepreneurs have decided to turn it into a fashion line, which is what this line is about.

Orders are being taken from June 27 to August 6, 2016 through Otakumode. This item is expected to ship on December 2017.

Three designs sporting different blades (belonging to the main characters) along the arm are offered. They are Kirito’s Elucidator / Dark Repulser, Asuna’s Lambent Light and Sinon’s Hecate II.

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Japan’s Graniph is Breaking out the Lum Wear for All Ages!

13 Jun

Lumclothing1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Still going strong after all these years Rumiko Takahashi’s creation of Urusei Yatsura finds a way to reach a new generation of anime fans. As of June 14th, Graniph’s of Japan will be carrying officially licensed Urusei Yatsura clothing for both children and adults in their store. Takahashi’s Yatsura exploded in the 1980’s as an animated series after first premiering in the “Weekly Shōnen Sunday” in 1978. The manga ran until 1987 while the animated series was broadcast from 1981 to 1986. In all 195 episodes of the series, 11 OVAs, and 6 theatrical films tells the adventures of lascivious Ataru Moroboshi after he saves planet earth against an invading horde of aliens (the Oni) in a deciding game of tag, only to find he’s now saddled with the combatant from a misunderstood marriage proposal. Ataru’s girlfriend and intended betrothed Shinobu Miyake, is less than pleased. Though Ataru has no interest in his new bride-to-be, he must try to rekindle the flame of love with Shinobu and avoid Lum’s jealous electrical shock attacks.

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Mass Marketing Minion-Mania is with Kinder Surprise!

3 Jul

despicable_me_2_minions-wideBy Ed Sum (The Minion Addict)

Unless you have been living under a rock or cave, the Minions are invading the planet! That is, from grocery to big box stores, there are more than toy products. While I was out shopping this past month, I saw General Mills Minions cereal, licensed boxers from Despicable Me 2 and Chinese knock-offs at the gift shop in Chinatown. These adorable yellow puff n’ stuffs might also be set to invade the television screen too. Well, if a series is in development, Illumination Entertainment is not telling but I will not be surprised. These single-celled organisms have one simple goal: serve someone evil and show they are not inept. There’s no better strategy than to appear anywhere so they tell everyone they are willing to help!

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