07 Jun 2004 11:24 pm

It’s the drinkin’est place on Earth! And, appropriately, Bender’s giving us a tour of the city. Or, at least a guy dressed as Bender (damn, that suit must be hot).

Bender in Las Vegas

Tin Man, Sin City

Well, as the ‘bot once said: “Bite my shiny metal ass!”. No, wait, it was “I’m gonna go build my own theme park… with blackjack and hookers! In fact, forget the park!”

Truer words were never spoken.

06 Jun 2004 12:33 am

So freaking awesome! It’s a flash video of breakdancing transformers (well, transformer… well, uh, Soundwave), courtesy of Gizmodo! Damn, that’s cool.

Flash movie of Soundwave Breakdancing

Soundwave: Groove Master

They even mixed in the voiceover from the original cartoon series! I really need to retreat to my fortress of solitude and contemplate the loss of my Transformers collection.

UPDATE 06/09/04: It seems the above link is broken. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Dave B, here’s a mirror of the breakdancing transformers.

01 Jun 2004 11:54 pm

From the “Cute but Creepy” category comes Life-sized Anime Dolls, made by a company called Paper Moon (which I keep confusing with Type Moon, who makes the Melty Blood / Tsukihime games, among others). Thanks to An Unnamed Anime Blog for the link.

They seem to be life-sized, and relatively well articulated, and the licenses seem to span CLAMP, Gainax and Pioneer / Geneon’s holdings (the Hikari from Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai and the Ifurita from El-Hazard are particularly striking, but Dave, you’ll want to pay attention to the Lain-in-her-bear-pajamas and Sakura Kinomoto dolls).

A gaggle of anime dolls

Anime Doll-o-rama!

It’s either a testament to the bland male character design in most anime or the sheer number of male otaku over female otaku that there is not a single non-female doll in this group. Which could be a good thing, really, because what would you do with a Shinji doll? Have it curled up in a fetal position with a minidisc playing a loop of “I mustn’t run away?”