DC Collectibles Art of War Wonder Woman 7-inch (178mm) Statue designed by Bruce Timm

Wonder Woman is one of the biggest female icons of pop culture. Created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter in 1941, she is Princess Diana, an Amazonian half-queen of Themyscira, Paradise Island, and daughter of Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons.

Her origins have changed several times over the years, Diana was a nurse and military intelligence officer, an agent of the American government, ambassador, besides being an Amazon warrior but her essence as the greatest heroine has been the same, coming to the “world of men” to promote and defend peace and justice.

Master artist Bruce Timm brings his bold vision of Wonder Woman to life in the latest Wonder Woman Art of War statue.

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Related posts:
W is also for Wonder Woman – the Kotobukiya DC Comics Bishoujo Wonder Woman Review posted HERE and HERE
Hot Toys Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1/6th Wonder Woman Collectible Figure Review can be viewed HERE and HERE
Plastic is Fantastic! – Barbie as Wonder Woman 1999 Collector’s Edition (pics HERE)

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CooModel Palm Empires 1/12th scale Date Masamune Japanese Samurai Collectible Figure

Date Masamune was a regional strongman of Japan’s Azuchi–Momoyama period through early Edo period. Heir to a long line of powerful daimyōs in the Tōhoku region, he went on to found the modern-day city of Sendai. An outstanding tactician, he was made all the more iconic for his missing eye, and Date was often called dokuganryū (独眼竜), or the “one-eyed dragon”. As a legendary warrior and leader, Masamune is a character in a number of Japanese period dramas. He was played by Ken Watanabe in the popular 1987 NHK series Dokuganryū Masamune. Masamune is known for a few things that made him stand out from other daimyōs of the time. In particular, his famous crescent-moon-bearing helmet won him a fearsome reputation.

CooModel PE006 Palm Empires 1/12th scale Date Masamune Collectible Figure (Standard version) specially features: realistic head sculpt of one-eyed Date Masamune, 1/12th scale action body, Eight (8) Pieces of Interchangeable Palms

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Costume: red kosode (coat), black kakuobi (waist band), blue hakama (trousers), black tabi (socks) with waraji (sandals), black kabuto (helmet) with half-moon shape, black menoshitabao (mask), suit of black gusoku (armor), black kote (vambraces), black haidate (cuishes), black suneate (jambeaus), black and gold seno (armor tie)

Weapons: katana (long sword), black katana scabbard, wakizashi (short sword), black wakizashi scabbard

Accessory: black figure stand

Related posts:
Samurai Date Masamune by DiD posted on my toy blog HERE
Preview pics Toys Dao 1:6 scale Dark Samurai 12-inch figure – another Samurai inspired Darth Vader posted HERE

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Iron Studios 1/10th scale Jurassic Park T-Rex Attack Diorama Set looks pretty awesome!

Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Gerald R. Molen. It is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by Michael Crichton and a screenplay written by Crichton and David Koepp. The film is set on the fictional island of Isla Nublar, located off Central America’s Pacific Coast near Costa Rica, where billionaire philanthropist John Hammond and a small team of genetic scientists have created a wildlife park of cloned dinosaurs. When industrial sabotage leads to a catastrophic shutdown of the park’s power facilities and security precautions, a small group of visitors, along with Hammond’s grandchildren, struggle to survive and escape the perilous island.

Based on original references from the movie, Iron Studios 1/10th scale Jurassic Park T-Rex Attack Diorama Set is made in Polystone, and hand painted with Rain drops paint effects. Inside car CD-Rom program LED light up + Car lights LED light up. Guides, folder and maps from the Park included. Also includes environment back base “fence, base, wire rope, plants” as well as broken glass. Realistic puddle effects on the base. Includes Tim and Alex Murphy figures. Includes Alan Grant and Dr. Ian Malcolm figures. Includes T-Rex figure. Includes Jungle Explorer 04 (damaged) and 05. Jungle Explorer 05 right front door opens. Includes middle base (connection between SET A and SET B). Includes ArtWork and exclusive card based on the iconic cards from the 90’s

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TBLeague (formerly Phicen Ltd) presents their 1/6th scale Fighter Woman 12-inch Action Figure

TBLeague (formerly Phicen Ltd) presents their 1/6th scale Fighter Woman 12-inch Action Figure. Packing list: head sculpt, TBLeague female seamless body with metal skeleton, 3 pairs × interchangeable hands, shoes, crown, chokers, chest guard, straps for shoulder armor, shoulder armor, arm armor, forearm armor, waist armor, calf armor, double-edged sword, broadsword, battle skirt

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In the news: Lego artists build and transport replicas of S’pore landmarks for a heritage roadshow

This article appeared in The Straits Times newspaper today.

Honey, we shrank the monuments – Lego artists build replicas of Singapore landmarks

Brick artists Xyivie Wong, 34, Eugene Tan, 41, and Andy Goh, 35 were commissioned by the National Heritage Board (NHB) to build eight Lego replicas of Singapore landmarks for the Building History: Monuments In Bricks And Blocks roadshow. The models include the National Museum, old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Thian Hock Keng Temple, and the former Nanyang University Library and Administration Building.

The public can view the models of the national monuments at the Central Public Library in Victoria Street from June 7 to 30, 10am to 9pm daily.

Pic above shows Mr Eugene Tan places an old Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) train model onto the tracks of the old Tanjong Pagar Railway Station replica. The building is scaled to the size of the train model. The platform pillars are represented by small rods that are more commonly used to hold pieces together. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

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Ms Xylvie Wong building part of the National Museum facade. There are 107 windows in this model. She designed the windows to protrude out by half a stud, which made building them very tedious. Although it is quite repetitive, she sometimes forgot how a section was built. She then had to refer to those she had just finished assembling. “It is just sucking up my soul to keep repeating, but yet forgetting and having to refer to the already built ones,” she says. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

Ms Xylvie Wong (front) and Mr Andy Goh (back) support one of the models in the lift. The length of the model just fits into the lift with inches to spare. There is not enough standing room. Part of planning for a large model is also to build it such that it is logistically sound during the transportation process. “We have to make sure that it can be broken apart to fit into lifts, tight corridors, doorways and most importantly vehicles, and yet they should not too much trouble to piece back together into one model again on site,” says Ms Wong. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

The artists assemble the 1.4m-long National Museum model. It was first created in 3D on the computer. This colonial-era building is symmetrical on all four sides, which makes assembling the structure more difficult. They wasted almost one hour after finding out there was a mismatch on one side of the model. They had to disassemble the bricks and reassemble them again. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

Ms Xylvie Wong, the smallest of the trio, gets into a transparent acrylic case to install a section of the St Andrew’s Cathedral at the warehouse. Some of the larger models had to be transported in parts and assembled on location. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

The trio discuss how to arrange the models in the van and a car. They do not want to make two trips. It takes them almost an hour to fit all the models into the two vehicles. “It’s like playing Tetris, except this is more tiring, and ends with backaches and scratches,” says Mr Tan, referring to a computer brick game. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

Mr Tan and Ms Wong carry the National Museum from the vehicle on a plinth in the warehouse. On the left is a model of the former Nanyang University Library and Administration Building. Each model needs to be carefully handled and placed into position. A misstep would have cost them much more wasted time. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

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Nuggets from the past week

This week I am going to a quick hits version of my blog.  There are a lot of subjects to cover quickly without one main story.  So here goes…

–  Have you seen the design for he new arena being planned forLas Vegas?  The MGM Sphere is the project and it looks like something from a futuristic video game… and I wonder how closely they are working with the glass world on the design because this thing is interesting.

–  The Architectural Billings Index keeps trucking along with its 7th straight positive month and up a point from March.  The overall metrics continue to be trending up but the ABI noted this time that inflation is becoming a concern and the potential/current tariffs would only add pressure to that.   Obviously that is an area to monitor.

–  It is the start of hurricane season next week, but this week we already had some major tropical disturbances.  This has the make up of a very scary year ahead.  Let’s hope for the best here.

A few items from last week to complete…

–  In the May edition of Glass Magazine I forgot to mention the business card feature on the back page.  I think no matter how mobile and online we get, the good ole business card will survive.  But as the story showed, to stand out you need to come with some different looks & styles.  Kudos to those mentioned.

–  I wrote on Regenerative Design and I noted that this was intense subject matter that was beyond me.  So I was genuinely thrilled and honored that Mic Patterson reached out and wrote to me on it.  Mic is incredible and his insights and knowledge along with his desire to educate our world is truly something to cherish.  He explained to me that sustainable and regenerative are complimentary of each other and round each other out.  So basically I tool it as the building world just adding more mud to the waters with a different definition for the same/similar approach.  This line from his e-mail did for me:

All it does is confuse people and move us further from the vital benefit of converging on a shared understanding of what sustainability really is.

And that nails it for me… But I will tell you there is so much to learn and then so much to teach our other stakeholders out there in trying to truly do right by our environment.  Thank you Mic for the insight!

–  I also mentioned my new interview series- “The Big 3” where I am asking 3 questions to different folks in our world.  I have picked out 11 people so far to get me through the summer.  I am pretty pumped.  Again some of the folks you will easily know, others are not in the spotlight or industry news as often.  And my first interview I thought I knew really well but his answers really surprised me.  I am so excited to get this going with the debut next week.

–  Last this week… Architectural Binders…. Are they now finally a thing of the past?  For years I would get into heavy debates with the architectural salespeople at my companies/clients on the need for the big binder. And for years I would hear they are still needed, still valuable.  But lately I am hearing that need of the past is finally going away… so curious if those of you architectural salespeople are seeing it that way or are we still passing those big binders out?  E-mail me and let me know.

LINKS of the WEEK

A pig following you home from the station… for real….
You probably saw this one… the 30 year old being sued by his parents to get out of their house. 
AI and facial recognition technology is unreal!
VIDEO of the WEEK

This went from a beetle to something huge really fast- I am glad it is on video and not anywhere near me. 

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Check out this 6.37-inch tall DC Collectibles Black and White Batman Statue By Jiro Kuwata

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What happens when you combine the World’s Greatest Detective with a Japanese master artist and storyteller? Jiro Kuwata’s BATMANGA, that’s what! This statue is based on Kuwata’s design from the seminal 1960s manga series.

The BATMAN BLACK & WHITE line brings to life interpretations of the World’s Greatest Detective and select Gotham City characters from the comics industry’s brightest stars.

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Related posts:
Check out the Mike Mignola inspired Black and White Batman Statue posted on my toy blog HERE
Seen at NY Toy Fair 2017: Jonathan Matthews Black & White Batman (pics HERE)

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