VTS TOYS 1/6th scale "Once The Summer" Takeshi Kitano 12-inch Action Figure Preview

Kikujiro (菊次郎の夏 literally “Kikujirō’s Summer”) is a 1999 Japanese film starring, written, and directed by Takeshi Kitano. Kikujiro tells the story of a young boy searching for his mother during his summer vacation. The film is mostly divided into smaller chapters, listed as entries in the boy’s summer vacation diary. Kitano’s inspiration for the character (not the film) was his own father, Kikujiro Kitano, a gambler who struggled to feed his family and pay the rent. Aimed at the whole family, the film was allegedly inspired by The Wizard of Oz with the basic premise being a road trip. Kitano’s familiar elements and locales are present: drawings, vignettes, the seaside, and angels. Although the plot is composed largely of sad events, the film often has a light-hearted atmosphere, achieved mostly through Kitano’s character and his somewhat bizarre encounters.

Takeshi Kitano is a Japanese comedian, television personality, director, actor, author, and screenwriter. While he is known primarily as a comedian and TV host in his native Japan, abroad he is known almost entirely for his film work.


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Flirty Girl 1/6th scale Woman Hero Outfit Sets aka The Incredibles Helen Parr / Elastigirl

The Incredibles is an American media franchise created by Pixar Animation Studios. Brad Bird wrote and directed both films, and Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson are part of the cast. The first film, The Incredibles, was released in November 2004 and received acclaim from critics, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The second film, Incredibles 2, was released in June 2018, received mostly positive reviews and set the record for best opening weekend for an animated film with $183 million. The series has grossed a combined $1.811 billion worldwide.

Helen Parr is a fictional superhero in The Incredibles. The character is voiced by Holly Hunter in the films and in the Disney Infinity video game franchise. Helen has an elasticity-based superpower that allows her body to stretch and contort in a variety of ways. Helen Parr is also known by her superhero name Elastigirl.

Flirty Girl 1/6th scale Woman Hero Outfit Sets will come in Red, White and Silver Sets. Each Set Features: • Female head sculpt • Mask (removable) • Spandex Leotard with zipper closure • Spandex Pantyhose • Spandex Panty • Handset (pair) • Arm sleeve (pair) • Boots (designed to fit a bare arch foot)

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Warrior Model 1/6th scale Kowloon City Mogul "Limpy Ho" (Donnie Yen) 12-inch action figure

Chasing the Dragon (Chinese: 追龍), previously known as King of Drug Dealers, is a Hong Kong-Chinese action crime drama film directed by Wong Jing and Jason Kwan. The film stars Andy Lau reprising his role as Lee Rock from the film series of the same name, Donnie Yen as Crippled Ho, based on real life gangster Ng Sek-ho (zh). The film is about an illegal immigrant from China who sneaks into British-colonized Hong Kong in 1963 and transforms himself into a ruthless and emerging drug lord. The film is a remake of the 1991 film, To Be Number One.

Warrior Model 1/6th scale Kowloon City Mogul “Limpy Ho” 12-inch figure will come with: Head sculpt, Body, 2 pairs of interchangeable hands in different poses. Costume: Suit, Vest, Shirt, Leather shoes. Accessories: Sunglasses, Wrist watch, Walking stick

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The Complete GlassBuild Recap

Wrapping up 2018 GlassBuild America… overall the show was very strong and it matches the overall attitude I heard from many on the floor.  People are very busy and doing well.  So I am very encouraged about how things are headed in our world.  I thought the floor was incredible with regards to the exhibits.  Simply blown away at designs and layouts and how many companies went the extra mile to stand out.  The education and demos did not disappoint and I think the networking potential was easily realized- so many people were meeting all over Vegas; it was surely a productive week for most.

So now on to my personal awards and my annual recap of seen and not seen on the floor.  The show does its Best in Show and the winners were great but I wanted to give kudos to a few others.  I loved the carpet in Vitro’s booth.  It was laid out like a piece of glass and then a piece of oversize behind to show the new size capability.  Pure brilliance from Rob Struble and Glen Miner as always.  HHH’s booth caught the eye of many with very effective marketing pieces- it was super- the duo of Mike Synon and Melissa Blank really came through with a win, and I continually love Quanex’s classic booth that is always front and center and a great show piece- just wish I could’ve actually visited the team there, ran out time.  In the end there were tons of others that deserve congrats too- but this blog will be extra long as it is, so I’ll stop there.  By the way in an upset, best shirts went to Tubelite.  Love the colors!  Unique and cool taste choice.  The former champ Salem had great ones again- as always-, but Mary Olivier and company win it in 2018. And best dressed non company division, Chris Fronsoe of ICD- including the most stylish shoe choices this industry will ever see.

As for the folks on the floor, I was so busy this year with Express Learning, GEF and the Knowledge Bar I did not get around like in the past and missed some folks I hoped to see.  I was though happy to visit and meet in person Heather Monroe of Machines and Wheels.  She’s got great products and she brought Cheerwine soda for me to try (I wrote about it a few months ago) – it was awesome and I am thankful!  Also thankful the hospitality of Bill O’Keeffe and Diana San Diego of SAFTI FIRST- so bummed that my schedule got in the way of spending time with them.  Same with Joe Dressler of Tremco- wish I could’ve broken away but just couldn’t pull it off. 

A Happy Anniversary to Heather West!  Heather’s incredible company (best PR in the industry) celebrated its 20th year in business during the show!  Congrats Heather and here’s to many many more years on top!  Speaking of major leaders in their field, getting to moderate a panel with Garret Henson was great, and seeing the guy with Hollywood great looks Cameron Scripture of Viracon is always a fantastic moment for me.  On that panel by the way, it was remarkable to be on stage with Allen Mathis of YKK and Jeff Rende of Guardian Glass as well.  Those guys (including Garret) were OUTSTANDING! (3 really smart, classy guys carrying me for an hour- thank you!)

Because I was busy I missed spending any time with Bill Sullivan, Sam Benowitz, Dan Wright, and Joe Staffileno all of whom I saw on the floor but could not get anything more than a “hello” out. Pretty much same for my pals Ian “Nic Cage” Patlin and Max Hals of Paragon- I’ll see them more at glasstec.  I did however run into a ton of my past life favorites like Jack Wickstrom, Jon Johnson, Cliff Monroe, Bret Summers, Cliff Helterbran, Erik Stumpf, Mike Hossley, the awesome Wardi Bisharat, Jackie Audette, and in a stunner Ashley Charest.  So cool to see her once again!

Work was getting done on the floor- every time I saw Ralph Aknin and his talented crew from Glass 3 Enterprises they had a crowd around them hanging on every word from Ralph’s mouth.  Same also for Tom Donovan of Suntuitive Dynamic Glass/Pleotint, he was flying high after his product was featured on Treehouse Masters last week.  (More on this on my post next week- huge) Tom O’Malley of Clover Architectural is always here and I always appreciate whether I get to talk to him for 1 minute or 1 hour.  Great guy.  I only got a few minutes with marketing and business development virtuoso Andrew Haring.  Such an terrific person, I am a huge fan and it was nice to just catch up without any specific marketing need or video to shoot attached.

I was blown away that this was Chuck Knickerbocker’s first GlassBuild!  Great to see him and catch up and speaking of first time GlassBuild attendees Tessa Miller, the superb marketing lead from Trex Commercial Products (formerly known as SC Railing) was also making her first appearance at the show.  I loved hearing her thoughts on the show floor! 

I enjoyed chatting with Dustin Anderson of Anderson Glass.  He was a rockstar here this week again, every presentation he did just had the crowd completely engaged and enthused.  While we are on the subject of fired up, the team at IGE Glass Technologies fit that bill, packed pavilion to the point where I had to come an hour before the show started on day 3 to even get a chance to chat with them. 

I LOVE meeting new people.  This time I was honored to meet several.  Leading the way was Kahala Knoop of Pacific Mirror and Glass.  She was a huge help to me while I was moderating the GEF session mentioned above and then we had a great talk on social media- really sharp!  Kristin Thomas of Tab Glass stopped by my spot at the Knowledge Bar to say hi and I am so glad she did- really impressed by everything she’s accomplished and Tab is an awesome company.  I ended up talking her ear off and I hope she made her flight in time!

Last to mention, my utmost respect to the entire team at NGA- this is a monumental event to pull off and this year there were more moving parts and pieces than ever before.  The team there is awesome and I am grateful to get to work with them.  They all deserve kudos for an incredible effort!

Obviously I probably missed some big ones, so I may mention a few more next week.  In any case it’s on to the next ones, starting with glasstec in Germany at the end of October and the Annual Conference and the BEC at the start of 2019.  I look forward to it all!


On this one.. one word… HOW?
Amazing commute to work- I don’t get it- but you do what you have to I guess.
You may have seen this story before- women grabs dynamite instead of a candle.  Crazy scary


Some of you may have noticed I was not wearing my yellow vest this year- that’s because GlassBuild brought in an awesome video guy to do the work while I was speaking/moderating etc.  Unbelievable work was done.. here is video from the 2nd day on the show floor featuring Elvis…

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Karel Čapek – Contes d’une poche et d’une autre poche

Petit théâtre de poche

Karel Čapek – Contes d’une poche et d’une autre poche [traduit du tchèque par Barbora Faure et Maryse Poulette – Le sonneur, 2018]

Article écrit pour Le Matricule des anges

Le tchèque Karel Čapek n’a pas besoin de beaucoup de pages pour dérouler une intrigue policière aussi surprenante que bien construite. Les quarante-huit nouvelles qui composent ses Contes d’une poche et d’une autre poche semblent démontrer que l’on peut reproduire et faire varier un schéma souvent identique et illusoirement simple, sur le mode de la conversation, sans jamais s’épuiser, ni épuiser le lecteur. Pour ce faire, Čapek joue d’une certaine bonhommie dans le ton et d’un sens avisé du détail, le tout dans une langue qui a l’évidence du quotidien ; une langue « populaire », pourquoi pas, sans artifices, quoique toujours raffinée (on saluera au passage le beau travail des traductrices). Les histoires que nous lisons sont d’ailleurs la plupart du temps rapportées soit par l’un des protagonistes, soit par un tiers, lors de ce que l’on pourrait imaginer être des conversations de café (ce qui s’accentue dans la deuxième partie du livre, les contes d’une autre poche, ou chaque nouveau récit est raconté par l’un des intervenants en réponse au récit d’un autre, lors d’un dialogue amène et bon enfant qui, comme dans les Mille et une nuits, pourrait être infini). En vérité, les courts récits ici rassemblés tiennent autant de la chronique de mœurs goguenarde et tendre dépeignant un joyeux petit monde praguois haut en couleurs (rien n’est jamais trop dramatique, ici, même le plus sordide) que de la nouvelle policière stricto sensu. Qu’il s’agisse de raconter la mystérieuse disparition d’un acteur qui a poussé trop loin l’identification avec son personnage, les péripéties d’un voleur de cactus que seule une passion irrépressible pousse au crime, les pérégrinations d’un escroc au mariage qui finit par être lui-même victime d’une escroquerie ou encore le jugement dernier, un procès durant lequel Dieu n’est qu’un témoin jamais à charge (car il sait tout et, sachant tout, ne saurait justement juger), Čapek s’attarde toujours sur des détails incongrus, sur de légers glissements qui sont souvent la clé qui permet de dénouer un mystère a priori insoluble (comme cette histoire de bébé volé qui embête bien un policier vieux garçon qui, devant l’incapacité à différencier un nourrisson d’un autre, imagine un stratagème surprenant pour contourner ce problème). Cependant, il est suffisamment malin pour manipuler à sa guise les codes du roman policier (qui, à l’époque où il écrivait, n’étaient sans doute pas aussi définis qu’aujourd’hui, ce qui lui donne d’autant plus de liberté). Ainsi, bien souvent, le mystère à résoudre est avant tout pour lui une énigme poétique qui n’appelle pas nécessairement une résolution, ou, du moins, pas celle attendue. Comme dans ce récit où l’archiviste Divísek vient consulter l’officier de police Mejzlík (un personnage récurrent du livre) pour l’aider à résoudre une sombre histoire familiale remontant au quinzième siècle. Ou plus exemplairement dans cette histoire de traces de pas dans la neige qui s’interrompent brusquement, sans que l’on puisse savoir ce qu’il est advenu du marcheur : ce serait-il envolé, aurait-il soudainement disparu sans laisser, justement, de « traces » ? Ce qui amène le Commissaire Bartosek, aussi lucide que bourru, comme beaucoup des policiers du livre, à réfléchir sur la notion d’énigme, alors qu’un observateur incrédule desdites traces dans la neige l’a fait venir en pleine nuit : « Vous n’imaginez pas, Monsieur, le nombre d’énigmes qu’il peut y avoir dans ce monde. Chaque foyer, chaque famille est une énigme. En venant ici, j’ai entendu une jeune femme sangloter dans la petite maison là-bas. Monsieur les énigmes ne nous regardent pas. Nous sommes payés pour le maintien de l’ordre. Qu’est-ce que vous croyez, que c’est par curiosité que nous poursuivons les criminels ? » Ailleurs, l’inspecteur Holub chante les louanges des « vieux malfaiteurs à la carrière prolifique » qui, une fois attrapés « ne font pas d’histoires et se gardent bien de nier ». « Avoir affaire à un tel spécialiste, Messieurs, c’est un vrai plaisir », conclut-il. Il y a quelque chose d’un monde idéal (mais certainement pas idéalisé) dans ces contes de poches, où chacun rempli son rôle à sa façon, que l’on soit policier, malfrat, notable ou homme de la rue. Une sorte de petit théâtre quotidien (comme dans cette nouvelle où les habitants d’une rue se réjouissent qu’il s’y passe enfin quelque chose, déclenchant ainsi la jalousie des rues voisines), car le crime, ici, pour le meilleur ou pour le pire, fait partie du quotidien, au même titre que nombre d’autres activités aussi grandioses ou aussi banales. Continua a leggere

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Storm Collectibles 2018 New York Comic Con Exclusive Street Fighter V Chun-Li action figure

Chun-Li is a character in Capcom’s Street Fighter series. The first female fighter of any fighting game franchise, she made her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior in 1991. In the series, she is an expert martial artist and Interpol officer who restlessly seeks revenge for the death of her father at the hands of the nefarious M. Bison, leader of the Shadaloo crime syndicate.

Since her debut, Chun-Li has become a mainstay of the franchise and one of its most popular figures, appearing in nearly all subsequent installments of the series and several Capcom spinoff games, in addition to featuring prominently in Street Fighter-related media such as two feature films, multiple anime and comic book productions, and other official series merchandise. She has earned much positive fan and critical reception for factors such as her backstory, athleticism, and in-game playability, in addition to being considered a trailblazer for female characters in fighting titles and in general video gaming.

Storm Collectibles presents their 2018 New York Comic Con Exclusive – Street Fighter V Chun-Li Battle Costume, so called “Hot Chun-Li”, a brand new design of one of the most iconic character in Street Fighter franchise, and the first produced in action figure. Hot Chun-Li will be available exclusively at New York Comic Con, Javits Centre, October 4-7.

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Our musings – your inbox

I’ve added an option to allow readers to receive email notifications whenever we post something new on the S Scale Workshop blog.Check the upper right corner of the home page: You’ll find a box to enter your email address. A couple of clicks and you’re… Continua a leggere

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Showcasing S at Exporail 2018

“A Great Passion for Model Trains” is the annual model railway celebration held at Exporail – Canada’s national railway museum, located in the Montréal area. This year’s event took place August 18-19. Several members of the S Scale Workshop took part – including Brian Nicholson, who shares this report…

An overview of this year’s S Scale Workshop exhibit at Exporail.
The Exporail venue is always a favourite for the Workshop and this year’s show was no exception. We were located this year on the second floor adjacent to the mezzanine – which provided a larger space and better lighting than last year.

Members Simon Parent, Andy Malette, John Johnston and myself set up the layout on Friday afternoon. Our American members Jamie Bothswell and Jeff English arrived on Sunday and helped to break down the layout that evening. Their participation was much appreciated and they enjoyed their first visit to the museum. I’m sure they’ll be back!

What better environment for a show than at one of the best railroad museums in the country! With a variety of steam and diesel locomotives on display – as well as many freight cars both indoors and out on the grounds – there is plenty of inspiration for all modellers. Andy was out measuring a CPR MLW RS-18, I checked out details on a CNR wood caboose and flat roof boxcar, and Jamie took in the passenger car inventory.

As usual, a large portion of the Workshop display was Simon’s home layout. He also provided the end loops and power supply. Both Andy and John contributed modules. John’s well executed farm scene and Andy’s switching modules added greatly to the layout. (Andy always enjoys switching the industries on his modules and he has mastered the Sergent coupler!)

Andy also debuted his recently completed CNR 2-6-0, a fine looking locomotive. It ran very well. Simon had his 2-10-2’s running as well. There was an amazing roster of S scale CNR steam on display. 
I got to run my 60’s era consist with Andy’s CNR MLW S-4.
Jeff brought along his award-winning CGW boxcar.

There were some other fine layouts on display in the same room, including two British 4mm layouts and a fine On2 layout.
And of course we all enjoyed socializing at a local restaurant after the long days of operating the layout. All in all, a great weekend – and we all look forward to the same event next year!
- Brian

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