Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale Accessory Set for Pinyike Robot (Police Model) 12-inch figure

Related to earlier toy blog post “Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale Robotic Nude Body-Police Type Module 12.7-inch Figure Preview” posted HERE

Made to further “armor up” the Pinyike Robot (Police Version). Features: – Police Type Module ArmorX1 (Set) – Heavy combat vest (LED function) – MP-7 Submachine gun x1 – Combat Shield x1 (for pre-order only) – Dust cover x2 Requires: AG1 X 3 Button Cell Batteries /CR2032x1 for light-up LED function (Batteries Not Included).

These look really nice. Check out the red-and-blue Police blinking lights on the shoulders.

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25-inch tall Oliver Queen Green Arrow Premium Format™ Figure by Sideshow Collectibles

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“I never liked being called a hero. I just do what I think is right.”

Right on target! Sideshow is proud to present the Green Arrow Premium Format™ Figure.

Green Arrow measures 25” tall, standing on a base featuring one of the hero’s hidden caches of arrows, essential for defending Star City. As Oliver Queen draws his bow, sculpted waves churn beneath the bowman’s green boots.

The Green Arrow Premium Format™ Figure features an intricately sculpted costume, detailed with a variety of lifelike textures to mimic the look and movement of a dynamic vigilante uniform, including shoulder guards and an emerald tunic and pants. He has an athletic sculpted physique and is equipped with archery arm guards, as well as a fully-stocked quiver at his back. Green Arrow’s hooded modern portrait with a green domino mask and carefully groomed facial hair gives Oliver Queen an air of mystery as he aims with intent at his next target.

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The Exclusive Edition of Green Arrow includes an alternate classic portrait, featuring his green feathered cap and famous moustache and goatee. Unleash Oliver Queen’s full arsenal with the additional exclusive boxing glove arrow, giving you an additional display option for the ace archer.

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Related posts:
Mattel Retro-Action Green Arrow 8-inch Action Figure REVIEW posted HERE
Review of THREEQ 1/6th scale CITIES RANGER 12-inch figure aka Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow posted HERE and HERE

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The Growth Areas- By Population

I am a sucker for lists of all types and this one really got me going.  The latest report from the US Census Bureau was released and it featured the fasting growing cities by population from 2016 to 2017.  The great state of Texas keeps growing.   Three of the top 5 growth areas were from Lone Star state.  Here’s the top 10 with some comments:

1.     San Antonio- I would’ve bet Austin- they were 12th

2.     Phoenix

3.     Dallas

4.     Ft Worth- I seriously always just considered Dallas and Ft Worth as one. 

5.     Los Angeles- I guess we’ll see if all of the reports of people fleeing California this year is true when updated reports come out

6.     Seattle

7.     Charlotte

8.     Columbus- Grads from Ohio State have to live somewhere I guess.

9.     Frisco, TX

10. Atlanta

–  Congrats to all of you out there who have High School and College graduation celebrations happening right now.  Exciting and nerve wracking times for parents and kids alike!

–  Last before I get to this weeks awesome interview, kudos out to the team at Britt & Tilson Glass in Asheville, NC.  They do not let things like horrible weather and massive floods slow them down.   Billy Britt posted this picture on Twitter from outside of their shop- but also posted an awesome   That’s what I love about so many in our industry- nothing can stop them from getting the work done!

kitchen and shower enclosure just completed.

Now onto week 2 of the “Big 3” interview series.  I am truly touched at the reaction I got from last weeks interview.  I believe everyone I have lined up will keep that momentum going.  This one features Syndi Sim of Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) – Syndi has this incredibly positive and upbeat approach that truly is something to admire.   And I especially loved her last answer- such a great lesson there.
So let’s learn more… the Big 3 with Syndi Sim, Vice President Marketing & Business Development DFI

You have been in marketing for what looks like a majority of your professional life.  How is marketing the glass and glazing world different than to the other areas where you were focused?

Marketing in the glass and glazing world is not much different than other products/services I have marketed. The key is truly connecting with people, in ways they want to be communicated with. People engage and receive messaging in various forms – some like to use LinkedIn while others prefer phone calls or face-to-face conversations. If you can find out what is important to your audience, how they want to receive information, and most importantly, learn how to connect on a human level, then you will begin to develop solid relationships. This will inevitably open the door to more honest, conducive conversations.   

What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment to date at DFI?

Having worked at DFI for almost five years, my greatest accomplishment has been strategizing with new and current customers about the marketing leverage DFI’s FuseCube offers. My team and I have worked tirelessly on creating various marketing models that have differentiated the recipient’s glass coating business. In my eyes, not only is the glass fabricator receiving an excellent low-maintenance coating application system, but a team that will stop at nothing to help them succeed.

We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all strategy for our customers, but instead take the time to learn about each company’s marketing/sales demands, then formulate a tailored model that best fits those goals. This concept has really positioned us as a reliable business partner.

You are very active with shows and also customer visits (I see you on LinkedIn all over the world). From being out there so much and seeing so many different ways of doing things, what are some takeaways you can share that we as an industry should be doing more of to become better?

This is an exciting time to be in the glass industry – people are sharing ideas and glass is becoming more ingenious. My best piece of advice would be to just spend time with customers. Ask questions. Learn. And above all – listen. You wouldn’t believe how the effective having an open, honest conversations really is.

My passion and, coincidentally, my success have come from face-to-face opportunities – whether it is attending shows, meeting with customers at their fabrication facilities or, at the very least, sharing successes/stories via LinkedIn. For many years, the industry really did not market or interact as much as they are doing now. Seeing and talking with the customer at their plant is a great educational process and opportunity to find out firsthand the customers’ needs and wants.

LINKS of the WEEK

I don’t know standing on a flight may end up being more comfortable than being stuffed so tightly into a seat.
Modern journalism is a mess.  Stuff like this- not helping that opinion.
As a great friend of mine pointed out on this headline…“Startled” surely doesn’t cover the reaction if a snake all of a sudden appears in your car!!

VIDEO of the WEEK

The video of the week returns because I love dogs and this one somehow sings…. Seriously different here…

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Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale Robotic Nude Body-Police Type Module 12.7-inch Figure Preview

Pew Pew Gun is certainly putting out some really nice 12-inch tall robot figures. These 1/6th scale robots look really awesome and will fit right in in a sci-fi world / diorama. Their first release was the Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale PINYIKE Robotic Nude Body Combat Type (White version) which was just mind-blowing – see the action figure review posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE – and they have been improving on their designs ever since.

Pew Pew Gun 1/6th scale Robotic Nude Body-Police Type Module Figure stands 12.7 inch (32.5 cm) tall and features over 40 points of articulation (not including articulated fingers). It includes Robotic nude body (Police Type Module) with light-up function head X1, Heavy combat vest (LED function), Palm with articulated fingers x 2, Hand palm x 4, Energy cans, Figure stand, MP-7 Submachine gun, Combat Shield (for pre-order only), Dust cover x 2. Requires: AG1 X 3 Button Cell Batteries / CR2032x1 for light-up LED function (Batteries Not Included).

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Google at NAACL

Posted by Kenton Lee, Research Scientist and Slav Petrov, Principal Scientist, Language Team, Google AI

This week, New Orleans, LA hosted the North American Association of Computational Linguistics (NAACL) conference, a venue for the latest research on computational approaches to understanding natural language. Google once again had a strong presence, presenting our research on a diverse set of topics, including dialog, summarization, machine translation, and linguistic analysis. In addition to contributing publications, Googlers were also involved as committee members, workshop organizers, panelists and presented one of the conference keynotes. We also provided telepresence robots, which enabled researchers who couldn’t attend in person to present their work remotely at the Widening Natural Language Processing Workshop (WiNLP) and several other workshops.

Googler Margaret Mitchell setting up our telepresence robots for remote presenters Diana Gonazelez and Gibran Fuentes Pineda to remotely present their first-place work on visual storytelling from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.

This year NAACL also introduced a new Test of Time Award recognizing influential papers published between 2002 and 2012. We are happy and honored to recognize that all three papers receiving the award (listed below with a shot summary) were co-authored by researchers who are now at Google (in blue):

BLEU: a Method for Automatic Evaluation of Machine Translation (2002)
Kishore Papineni, Salim Roukos, Todd Ward, Wei-Jing Zhu
Before the introduction of the BLEU metric, comparing Machine Translation (MT) models required expensive human evaluation. While human evaluation is still the gold standard, the strong correlation of BLEU with human judgment has permitted much faster experiment cycles. BLEU has been a reliable measure of progress, persisting through multiple paradigm shifts in MT.

Discriminative Training Methods for Hidden Markov Models: Theory and Experiments with Perceptron Algorithms (2002)
Michael Collins
The structured perceptron is a generalization of the classical perceptron to structured prediction problems, where the number of possible “labels” for each input is a very large set, and each label has rich internal structure. Canonical examples are speech recognition, machine translation, and syntactic parsing. The structured perceptron was one of the first algorithms proposed for structured prediction, and has been shown to be effective in spite of its simplicity.

Thumbs up?: Sentiment Classification using Machine Learning Techniques (2002)
Bo Pang, Lillian Lee, Shivakumar Vaithyanathan
This paper is amongst the first works in sentiment analysis and helped define the subfield of sentiment and opinion analysis and review mining. The paper introduced a new way to look at document classification, developed the first solutions to it using supervised machine learning methods, and discussed insights and challenges. This paper also had significant data impact — the movie review dataset has supported much of the early work in this area and is still one of the commonly used benchmark evaluation datasets.

If you attended NAACL 2018, we hope that you stopped by the booth to check out some demos, meet our researchers and discuss projects and opportunities at Google that go into solving interesting problems for billions of people. You can learn more about Google research presented at NAACL 2018 below (Googlers highlighted in blue), and visit the Google AI Language Team page.

Area Chairs include:
Dan Bikel, Dilek Hakkani-Tur, Zornitsa Kozareva, Marius Pasca, Emily Pitler, Idan Szpektor, Taro Watanabe

Publications Co-Chair
Margaret Mitchell

Keynote
Google Assistant or My Assistant? Towards Personalized Situated Conversational Agents
Dilek Hakkani-Tür

Publications
Bootstrapping a Neural Conversational Agent with Dialogue Self-Play, Crowdsourcing and On-Line Reinforcement Learning
Pararth Shah, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Bing Liu, Gokhan Tür

SHAPED: Shared-Private Encoder-Decoder for Text Style Adaptation
Ye Zhang, Nan Ding, Radu Soricut

Olive Oil is Made of Olives, Baby Oil is Made for Babies: Interpreting Noun Compounds Using Paraphrases in a Neural Model
Vered Schwartz, Chris Waterson

Are All Languages Equally Hard to Language-Model?
Ryan Cotterell, Sebastian J. Mielke, Jason Eisner, Brian Roark

Self-Attention with Relative Position Representations
Peter Shaw, Jakob Uszkoreit, Ashish Vaswani

Dialogue Learning with Human Teaching and Feedback in End-to-End Trainable Task-Oriented Dialogue Systems
Bing Liu, Gokhan Tür, Dilek Hakkani-Tür, Parath Shah, Larry Heck

Workshops
Subword & Character Level Models in NLP
Organizers: Manaal Faruqui, Hinrich Schütze, Isabel Trancoso, Yulia Tsvetkov, Yadollah Yaghoobzadeh

Storytelling Workshop
Organizers: Margaret Mitchell, Ishan Misra, Ting-Hao ‘Kenneth’ Huang, Frank Ferraro

Ethics in NLP
Organizers: Michael Strube, Dirk Hovy, Margaret Mitchell, Mark Alfano

NAACL HLT Panels
Careers in Industry
Participants: Philip Resnik (moderator), Jason Baldridge, Laura Chiticariu, Marie Mateer, Dan Roth

Ethics in NLP
Participants: Dirk Hovy (moderator), Margaret Mitchell, Vinodkumar Prabhakaran, Mark Yatskar, Barbara Plank

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Hot Toys 1/6th scale Solo: A Star Wars Story Patrol Trooper 12-inch Collectible Figure

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Solo: A Star Wars Story has opened around the globe and is loved by fans and critics alike! The Imperial has expended its army with a newly introduced Patrol Trooper. These specialist Stormtroopers are the urban equivalent of scout troopers, wearing partial armor for greater mobility. The enlarged helmet incorporate enhanced-imaging sensors and communications gear, helping patrol troopers navigate crowded city streets and handle real-time data about suspects.

Today, Hot Toys is very excited to present the Imperial officer, Patrol Trooper in 1/6th scale collectible figure from the latest installment of the Star Wars Saga!

The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Patrol Trooper from Solo: A Star Wars Story featuring a newly designed Patrol Trooper helmet and armor, a meticulously tailored fabric suit and under-suit with armor details, weapons including a pistol and a baton!

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Hot Toys MMS494 1/6th scale Patrol Trooper Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Patrol Trooper in Solo: A Star Wars Story | Newly designed Patrol Trooper helmet with mechanical details | Specially applied white colored painting on armor with weathering effect | Approximately 30.5cm tall Body with over 25 points of articulations | Seven (7) pieces of interchangeable white-colored gloved hands including: pair of fist, pair of relaxed hands, pair of hands for holding weapons, gesturing left hand

Costume: newly designed and finely crafted Patrol Trooper white-colored chest armor with weathering effect, black-colored under-suit with white-colored armors, black-colored Patrol Trooper belt, black-colored pants with white strip, white-colored armored boots with weathering effect

Weapon: pistol, baton

Accessory: Specially designed figure stand with movie name, character nameplate and graphic card

Release date: Approximately Q2 – Q3, 2019

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Soldier Story 1/6th WWII 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION “GUY WHIDDEN, II” 12" action figure

During World War II, the 101st Airborne Division (“Screaming Eagles”) was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord (the D-Day landings and airborne landings on 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France), Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands and its action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium.

Soldier Story #SS110 1/6th scale WWII 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION “GUY WHIDDEN, II” 12-inch action figure features: HEADSCULPT: WWII “Guy Whidden, II” life-like head sculpt BODY: S2.5 BODY, Weapon bare Hands, Bendable bare Hands, Bare Feet HEADGEAR: M-1C paratrooper helmet (metal), M-1C helmet net cover, US airborne garrison cap, M5-11-7 assault gas mask, Gas mask filter, M-1944 dust goggles (clear lens), M-1944 dust goggles (dark polarizing lens) UNIFORM: GI wool shirt, M-1942 parachutist jacket, M-1942 parachutist pants, Corcoran jump boots (sewing leather) FIELD GEAR: M-1936 suspenders, Shoulder pads, M-1938 riding gloves, M-1936 pistol belt, M-1910 canteen cover, M-1910 canteen (metal), M-1910 canteen cup (metal), M-1942 first aid pouch, M-1910 entrenching tool cover, M-1910 E tool entrenching tool shovel (metal), M-1936 musette jump bag, Paratrooper rigger universal ammo pouch, TL-122 flashlight torch, M-1918 combat knife, M-1918 knife sheath, M-2 folding knife, M-2 grenade, M-1 ammunition carrying /w carrying strap, Paratrooper wrist compass (1944), Model A-11 US military watch, Paratrooper cricket, MKII No75 “Hawkins Mine” (/w leg strap), M-7 black rubberized gas mask bag, B-4 life vest (1943 dated), Airborne let down rope, T-5 parachute main pack (/w harness), T-5 reserve chest pack, Paratrooper leg bag

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WEAPON: M1A1 carbine folding paratrooper stock (wood / metal), M1 carbine sling, M1A1 10rd magazine x 4, M1A1 Scabbard (for M1A1 carbine folding stock), M1911 .45 pistol, M1911 7rd magazine x 3, M-1916 pistol holster

FIGURE STAND: New design round classic figure stand /w exclusive “Guy Whidden, II” photo etch name plate

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