Review 1 – 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12" Assassin For Hire Action Figure

From a British assassin who is licensed to kill (see earlier post HERE) to a Japanese hired killer…

Golgo 13 is a manga series written and illustrated by Takao Saito, published in Shogakukan’s Big Comic magazine since January 1969. In 1975, the manga won the 21st Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga. The series follows the titular character, a professional assassin for hire, Mr Duke Togo.

This is 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Assassin For Hire Action Figure which was released not too long ago (mentioned briefly HERE in my March 2013 HAUL). Duke Togo (デューク・東郷), or as he is more widely known, “Golgo 13″, is a M16 bearing assassin who will take on any job for the right price. Anyone can hire him, including private citizens and world governments. If he’s not bedding women he’s infiltrating a hostile country, waiting hours for the perfect shot in the most extreme conditions. Golgo 13 is just as adept in the urban jungle. Those who deal with him must make sure not to cross the Duke or they might find themselves the target of his rifle.

The rather large packaging opens to reveal the fully dressed figure in the main tray with his Khaki greatcoat / trench coat packed separately. His disassembled M16 rifle in stored in a gun case.

Here’s the 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Assassin For Hire Action Figure straight out of the box, dressed in all black suit with gray shirt and red tie, black socks and shoes.

Hot Toys had released their version of Duke Togo / Golgo 13 before but it was way too costly. I was thinking “no movie tie-up” and yet so expensive so I had to let it go because I just felt that the Hot Toys version just wasn’t value-for-money :( This time around, this seems much more affordable.

Scroll down to see the close-up pictures of the 3R x Fewture Golgo 13 Duke Togo 1:6 scale head sculpt and lots of other pictures as well

Other 1/6 scale accessories included with the 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch figure set: Khaki greatcoat / trench coat, M16 rifle taken apart and stored in rifle carrying case, 3 watches, four extra hands and figure display stand.

Close-up view of the three watches included. I still don’t know why they included 3 watches when one would have been sufficient.

Here’s a look at the disassembled M16 rifle with sniper scope stored in the metal gun carrying case. The M16 is not exactly the preferred choice for sniping so Duke Togo must have a thing for it.

Weapon parts removed from the rifle case and shown: M16 upper receiver and lower receiver plus 30-round magazine and sniper scope. The Skynet produced 1/6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch figure which I got in 1999 came with an insanely cool stripped down M16 that was broken into eight parts: Rifle butt, sniper scope, upper receiver, bolt carrier group, lower receiver, rifle barrel with front sight, hand guard and 20-round rifle magazine. Check out the pictures HERE

Assembled M16 rifle with sniper scope with metal rifle carrying case and metal figure display stand

3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12″ Assassin For Hire Action Figure armed with his M16 rifle. Scroll down to see more pictures

NEXT: 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Assassin For Hire Action figure with his Khaki greatcoat / trench coat

Check out the 1999 released Skynet 12-inch Golgo 13 Duke Togo 1/6 scale figure I had posted earlier HERE with a fully stripped down miniature M16 assault rifle which could be assembled – pretty neat!

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Distributing the Edit History of Wikipedia Infoboxes

Posted by Enrique Alfonseca, Google Research

Aside from its value as a general-purpose encyclopedia, Wikipedia is also one of the most widely used resources to acquire, either automatically or semi-automatically, knowledge bases of structured data. Much research has been devoted to automatically building disambiguation resources, parallel corpora and structured knowledge from Wikipedia. Still, most of those projects have been based on single snapshots of Wikipedia, extracting the attribute values that were valid at a particular point in time. So about a year ago we compiled and released a data set that allows researchers to see how data attributes can change over time.

Figure 1. Infobox for the Republic of Palau in 2006 and 2013 showing the capital change.

Many attributes vary over time. These include the presidents of countries, the spouses of people, the populations of cities and the number of employees of companies. Every Wikipedia page has an associated history from which the users can view and compare past versions. Having the historical values of Infobox entries available would provide a historical overview of change affecting each entry, to understand which attributes are more likely to change over time or have a regularity in their changes, and which ones attract more user interest and are actually updated in a timely fashion. We believe that such a resource will also be useful in training systems to learn to extract data from documents, as it will allow us to collect more training examples by matching old values of an attribute inside old pages.

For this reason, we released, in collaboration with Wikimedia Deutschland e.V., a resource containing all the edit history of infoboxes in Wikipedia pages. While this was already available indirectly in Wikimedia’s full history dumps, the smaller size of the released dataset will make it easier to download and process this data. The released dataset contains 38,979,871 infobox attribute updates for 1,845,172 different entities, and it is available for download both from Google and from Wikimedia Deutschland’s Toolserver page. A description of the dataset can be found in our paper WHAD: Wikipedia Historical Attributes Data, accepted for publication at the Language Resources and Evaluation journal.

What kind of information can be learned from this data? Some examples from preliminary analyses include the following:

  • Every country in the world has a population in its Wikipedia attribute, which is updated at least yearly for more than 90% of them. The average error rate with respect to the yearly World Bank estimates is between two and three percent, mostly due to rounding.
  • 50% of deaths are updated into Wikipedia infoboxes within a couple of days… but for scientists it takes 31 days to reach 50% coverage!
  • For the last episode of TV shows, the airing date is updated for 50% of them within 9 days; for for the first episode of TV shows, it takes 106 days.

While infobox attribute updates will be much easier to process as they transition into the Wikidata project, we are not there yet and we believe that the availability of this dataset will facilitate the study of changing attribute values. We are looking forward to the results of those studies.

Thanks to Googler Jean-Yves Delort and Guillermo Garrido and Anselmo Peñas from UNED for putting this dataset together, and to Angelika Mühlbauer and Kai Nissen from Wikipedia Deutschland for their support. Thanks also to Thomas Hofmann and Fernando Pereira for making this data release possible.


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by Todd ClouserWe are in a small hotel in the southern BajaA city called ConstitutionIt’s all the romance you imagineCold night wind, men huddled in front of televisionsAt sand barsGripping at their sweatersI was here six years agoThe circumstances wer… Continua a leggere

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Hot Toys RoboCop: 1/6th ED-209 Collectible

RoboCop is a classic Sci-fi movie in the 80s. In addition to the iconic character, the “future of law enforcement”, ED-209 is also a memorable character in the movie. Hot Toys has previously introduced the 1/6th scale ED-209 Collectible in 2006 and has received great response. We know that fans have been longing for a new collectible release for the RoboCop series, so we are very excited to present the new 1/6th scale ED-209 Collectible, specially equipped with sound effect.

The movie-accurate ED-209 Collectible is highly-detailed. It features a new sculpted body, improved articulations on arms, legs, and claws to better simulate ED-209’s movement in RoboCop, interchangeable battle damaged arm and the ability to speak memorable quotes from the movie.

Hot Toys MMS204 1/6th scale ED-209 Collectible specially features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of ED-209 in the RoboCop movie with Newly sculpted body and is Approximately 35 cm tall with Over 25 points of articulations. Ability to speak three (3) memorable quotes and make sound effect from the RoboCop movie – “Please put down your weapon. You have 20 seconds to comply.” “You now have 15 seconds to comply.” “You are in direct violation of Penal Code 1.13, Section 9. You have 5 seconds to comply. Four… three… two… one… I am now authorized to use physical force.” PLUS New arms, legs, and claws design with improved articulation to simulate ED-209’s movements depicted in the movie

Weapons: One (1) left machine gun arm, One (1) right machine gun arm with rocket launcher, One (1) left interchangeable battle damaged arm

Accessory: Remote control for sound effect

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice
Release date: Q1, 2014

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Hot Toys 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure with Mechanical Chair a.k.a. Docking Station

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From Hot Toys:
In addition, we are also introducing the 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure specially equipped with sound effect and the Mechanical Chair (Docking Station). Fans will be able to reenact the notable scene where RoboCop has a dream and begun to remember who he was before becoming a cyborg.

RoboCop series is the latest addition to Hot Toys’ MMS Diecast Series in which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, specially designed to look more closely to the realistic RoboCop in the movie. The MMS Diecast Series will take fans to the next level of authenticity, focusing on the materials, fine details and engineering of the collectible figure.

The movie-accurate RoboCop Collectible Figure is highly-detailed. It features a new sculpted body, black, light grey and silver armor, interchangeable lower faces, working thigh gun holster and ability to speak memorable quotes from the movie.

Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series MMS203D05 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure with Mechanical Chair (Docking Station) specially features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of RoboCop in the movie with Newly sculpted and refined body. Approximately 30 cm tall with Over 25 points of articulations plus Four (4) interchangeable lower faces with Ability to speak six (6) memorable quotes from the RoboCop movie “Drop the gun, you are under arrest.” “Thank you for your cooperation. Goodnight.” “Stay out of trouble!” “Dead or alive, you are coming with me.” “Come quietly or there will be… trouble.” “Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law.”

Contains diecast material – Black, light grey and silver armor with Special features on armor: One (1) interchangeable battle damaged helmet, One (1) interchangeable battle damaged chest armor, One (1) working thigh holster and Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of palms with improved articulations and movable fingers, One (1) pair of fists, One (1) fist with spike

Weapons: One (1) pistol, One (1) diecast pistol

Accessories: The Mechanical Chair (Docking Station) with LED light-up function (white light, battery operated), Hexagonal figure stand with RoboCop nameplate and movie logo, Remote control for sound effect

Artists: Head Sculpted by Kojun K.A. Kim, Body Part Sculpted by Kim Yong Kyum, Painted by JC. Hong Lee Woong Young

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different
**Product details could be subjected to change without further notice
**The Mechanical Chair (Docking Station) is not made of diecast material
**Battery not included for Mechanical Chair (Docking Station), 3A batteries (3 pieces) are required

Release date: Q2, 2014

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Incoming: Hot Toys MMS Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series 1/6 RoboCop Collectible Figure

Part Man. Part Machine. All Cop. RoboCop is an iconic character from a classic Sci-fi movie of the 80s. Hot Toys has previously introduced the 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure in 2006 and has received great response. We have heard that fans have been longing for a new collectible figure release of this beloved character and it is a now great time to revisit this classic film by introducing the 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure which is specially equipped with sound effect.

RoboCop series is the latest addition to Hot Toys’ MMS Diecast Series in which the collectible figures are made of diecast material, specially designed to look more closely to the realistic RoboCop in the movie. The MMS Diecast Series will take fans to the next level of authenticity, focusing on the materials, fine details and engineering of the collectible figure.

The movie-accurate RoboCop Collectible Figure is highly-detailed. It features a new sculpted body, black, light grey and silver armor, interchangeable lower faces, working thigh gun holster and the ability to speak memorable quotes from the movie.

Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series MMS202D04 1/6th scale RoboCop Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of RoboCop in the movie with Newly sculpted and refined body. Approximately 30 cm tall with Over 25 points of articulations plus Four (4) interchangeable lower faces with Ability to speak six (6) memorable quotes from the RoboCop movie “Drop the gun, you are under arrest.” “Thank you for your cooperation. Goodnight.” “Stay out of trouble!” “Dead or alive, you are coming with me.” “Come quietly or there will be… trouble.” “Serve the public trust. Protect the innocent. Uphold the law.”

Contains diecast material – Black, light grey and silver armor with Special features on armor: One (1) interchangeable battle damaged helmet, One (1) interchangeable battle damaged chest armor, One (1) working thigh holster and Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of palms with improved articulations and movable fingers, One (1) pair of fists, One (1) fist with spike

Weapons: One (1) pistol, One (1) diecast pistol

Accessories: Hexagonal figure stand with RoboCop nameplate and movie logo, Remote control for sound effect

Release date: Q2, 2014

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Open Access for Publications

Posted by Alfred Spector, Vice President, Engineering

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) recently announced a new option for publication rights management, wherein researchers can choose to pay for the public to have perpetual open access to the publication. Google applauds this new option, and today we are announcing that we will pay the open access fees for all articles by Google researchers that are published in ACM journals. IEEE also has an open access option for some of its publications, and we also pay the open access fee for them and for publications in like organizations.

Google has always believed that by improving access to the world’s knowledge, we can help improve everyone’s lives. When it comes to scientific research, we have consistently said that open access to publications speeds up research, accelerates innovation, and helps grow the global economy.

Policies like ACM’s continue to demonstrate the sustainability of open access publishing. It will also provide better access to the papers that we write at Google. We encourage researchers everywhere to pursue open access options whenever publishing articles, and to continue to make publications available as widely as possible, within your rights.


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Maurer Treppen …wir verbinden Lebensräume !

Maurer Treppen fertigt individuelle Qualitätstreppen nach Maß. Denn heutzutage soll eine Treppe nicht nur praktisch sein, sie muss sich als architektonisches Kunstwerk perfekt in Ihr Zuhause einfügen. Finden Sie die passende Treppe für Ihr Vorhaben, konfigurieren Sie Ihre Wunschtreppe oder lernen Sie unser Unternehmen kennen.

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