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Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention 2015

The Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC) 2015 is happening this weekend. The 8th edition of the pop culture extravaganza will be attended by pop culture personalities such as Jim Cheung (co-creator of Young Avengers), Stella Chuu (Cosplayer), Adi Granov (Iron Man: Extremis illustrator), Agnes Garbowska (Artist for My Little Pony) and many more.

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Notable personalities from Japan will also be joining the line-up of pop culture personalities at this year’s STGCC. Acclaimed voice actor Tomokazu Sugita and game designer Mori Toshimichi come from behind-the-scenes to up-close and personal with fans while Japanese crooner You Yanase and song-and-dance sensation Rie Yunohara will be staging a special music and dance segment for the first time in Singapore.

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The Artist Alley will have its largest turnout this year with 178 participants from 11 countries.

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STGCC will also celebrate SG50 through special collaborations with local and international artists. This includes limited edition STGCC x tokidoki Unicorno designed specially to commemorate SG50 by tokidoki creator, Simone Legno.

Hot Toys will also be joining the event with a wide range of latest collectible figures from Marvel and Star Wars like Iron Man 3 Mark XXIV (Tank) Collectible Figure and Luke Skywalker disguised as a Stormtrooper. Also check out the Maria Hill Collectible Figure based on the image of actress Colbie Smulders. Be one of the first in the world to pre-order exclusive 1/6th scale collectible figures from Iron Man and Star Wars by Hot Toys.

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Don’t miss the life size statues of Hulk vs Hulkbuster from Hot Toys. This astonishing display is going to be shown in the Southeast Asia region for the first time ever. The 7m x 8.5m Hulk vs Hulkbuster requires three months of labour from over 30 staff and partners, as well as an additional 8 hours to set up for display

The STGCC is happening on 12 Sept (10am – 9pm) to 13 Sept (10 – 8pm) at Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Level 1, Halls B and C. For more info, visit STGCC website or Facebook page.

Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero

The Star Wars Force Friday unveiled a ton of exciting toys inspired by the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. Perhaps the most exciting one is the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero.

BB-8 was introduced during the first Star Wars:The Force Awakens teaser trailer. During The Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, we saw a real working BB-8 on stage. There were also rumours that Sphero was working on a BB-8 toy.

And here it is.

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The BB-8 is very much like the Sphero 2.0 but with a droid head. You can control the BB-8 with your smartphone via an app that is available for both iOS and Android. You can even make BB-8 convey certain emotions like nodding the head, shaking the head, joy or even panic.

It also has a patrol mode that makes BB-8 roam around the room on its own. And since there’s no sensor or camera, it will bump into walls.

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Like the Sphero, the BB-8 is pretty durable.

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The Star Wars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid by Sphero is retailing at S$239 in Singapore. And yes, this is the droid that you are looking for.

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Star Wars Force Friday

There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?

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This coming Friday (4 September 2015), Star Wars fans around the world will get a first look at new products inspired by the upcoming film Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the world’s first live, global toy unboxing event unfolds across 12 countries, 15 cities and 18 hours. Selected toys and merchandise will be revealed for the first time on YouTube.

The celebration will be hosted out of Los Angeles, with live unboxings beginning in Sydney, Australia (evening of 2 September US time), and the grand finale at Lucasfilm, home of Star Wars, in San Francisco (morning of 3 September US time). Catch all the action on Star Wars YouTube channel.

In Singapore, the Force Friday event will be held at Toys R Us, United Square, Atrium on 4 September from 0001 to 0230 Singapore time. Besides getting first dibs on Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys and merchandise, there will be an exciting line up of events for fans to participate in, including best dressed impersonator competition and Star Wars trivia with prizes to be won.

The first 300 customers who purchase Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise will also get a goodie bag. The top Toys R Us Star Card Spender for the night will be rewarded with a Limited Hasbro Star Wars: The Force Awakens toy.

See you at Toys R Us, United Square this coming Friday! May the Force be with you.

Create your own Rainworks street art

Remember the street art that only shows up when it rains? Rainworks is a message or image on sidewalks all over Seattle that stays hidden when dry and only shows up with the surface is wet.

It is done using a superhydrophobic coating which makes surfaces repel water. Pretty cool stuff.

And here’s the interesting part. The creator of Rainworks is now on Kickstarter to seek funding to manufacture the Rainworks Invisible Spray. Yes. You can now create your own Rainworks in your own city.

The spray is eco-friendly and biodegradable and generally last 2-4 months. You can even remove it with cleaning product and a little bit of scrubbing.

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To get the Rainworks Invisible Spray, simply pledge US$25 or more on Kickstarter.

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Look forward to seeing your street art on the Rainworks map.

Team Superman wins DC Justice League Run 2015

It’s official. Team Superman emerged the winner of the inaugural DC Justice League Run 2015 held today morning at Sentosa. More than 5000 runners turned up sporting the colours and gears in support of their favourite superheroes: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash.

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In a bid to determine the fastest of the Justice League, sides were taken as participants ran 5 KM to represent their respective superheroes, all but to bring honour and glory to the team. Team Flash supported the fastest superhero of the league, or so they believed; Team Wonder Woman was all about girl power in their allegiance to the Amazonia Princess, Team Batman was outspoken in their support for the Dark Knight, and Team Green Lantern believed in the peacekeeper of the intergalactic Lantern Corps.

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With an average finisher nett time of 31 mins 10 secs, Team Superman settled the age-old debate by proving that the Last Son of Krypton is indeed worthy of the title.

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