If you’re a fan of the Gundam franchise, then you’re in for a treat.
Come June, Bandai Namco Asia and Takashima Department Store will be holding Gundam Docks at Singapore, a 4,000 sqm showcase featuring more than 200 Gundam plamo at Takashimaya Square, B2 and the Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza.
There will also be two 6 meter tall sculptures – Amuro Ray’s iconic RX-78-2 and Char’s Zaku (which goes three times faster) on display. These 1:3 scale statues are the centerpieces for a daily multimedia light show that will bring the dramatic conflict between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation to life.
Collectors can also expect to purchase exclusive plamo kits from more than 10 stores in the Civic Plaza, and indulge in their love for Gundam.
Admission for the exhibition is free, and the exhibition will open from 10am to 9.30pm daily. For more updates and details on the exhibition, check out www.gundamdocks.sg.
If you’ve been following some of our posts about Real Escape Game in Singapore‘s events, then you’ll know we’re suckers for immersive reality games.
Vivid Creations and SCRAP, the creators of Real Escape Game in Japan, first teased their plans for an island-wide event sometime last year during the press preview for their Shingeki no Kyojin inspired REG, and we’re really glad to know that their latest adventure – Escape from the Conspiracy – will turn the entirety of Singapore’s downtown and heritage belt into a puzzle-lover’s playground!
Check out the trailer below:
Games will run every weekend in June 2015, and get this – there is no time limit! This means that you can play as long as you want and take as long as you want, so long as you’re done within the day.
If you’re interested, check out their ticketing information and website below:
Escape from The Conspiracy
VENUE: Singapore Art Museum (Briefing Location)
DATES: Every Saturday and Sunday in June 2015
TIME: 11:00, 12:00, 13:00 (Game Briefing)
Limited Early Bird (Single): $22 | Limited Early Bird (Group of 6): $120 | Standard Online (Single): $27 | Standard Online (Group of 6): $150 | At‐the‐door: $30 |
For block / corporate booking, please contact us at 6522‐0527 or email@example.com
Tickets are available on PEATIX platforms: http://reg-theconspiracy-day1.peatix.com (Day 1)
For updates and more information, visit our website: http://www.realegame.sg
• No time limit.
• All sessions are conducted in English.
If you’ve followed our work, then you know that we’re huge Blizzard fans. That’s why we’re super excited that Heroes of the Storm is finally going into OBT, and that’s news we wanna share.
Recently, Blizzard announced that the OBT is set for 20.05.15, with the official launch on June 3. We’ve also caught wind that AsiaSoft, the official HotS publisher for South East Asia has plenty of exciting activities planned to usher in this kick-ass team brawler.
So in this throwback to Uldum, you’ve got to capture temples that shoot lasers at the enemy base.
One thing we’ve enjoyed about the maps is how flavorful they are. Collecting skulls in the Haunted Mines gives you a pretty kickass NPC helper, for example.
The meaner and uglier they look, the more fun they are to play. Azmodan’s a great pusher, for example.
Of course, we’ve been playing this game in between building costumes and running cons, and the most awesome thing about OBT is that there will be no further wipes. Any current progress or hero unlocks in the CBT will carry over to the OBT and post launch, which means no more grinding from 1 to 40 again or unlocking heroes and talents, folks.
We’ve had a ton of fun in the Alpha and CBT, and if you’d like to try your hand at a team brawler that’s fairly easy to get into and revisit some old friends from Blizzard’s kickass titles (there’s even The Lost Vikings, come on!), then Heroes of the Storm’s for you.
If you’d like to get an early start on Heroes before it goes into OBT, be sure to click on over to AsiaSoft’s Heroes portal to grab yourselves some Beta keys (note that this redemption is open to users in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore only, with limited keys available daily).
The Subway brand has always been pretty forward looking with their marketing, having supported fashion shows, concerts and independent film makers. That’s why we weren’t surprised, and were even a little impressed when Subway Singapore decided to work the pop-culture angle.
Apart from releasing a hilarious TVC featuring their latest tuna bacon melt, the company also called upon fans to partake of an online contest to win tickets to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Cosplayers were also invited to attend the screening in costume (kudos to the good folks at Here Be Geeks for making this happen), and all in all, this made for a pretty interesting evening.
Superfans and cosplayers mingling at the event area just before the screening.
We spotted some of our awesome cosplay friends. Sadly, Ultron didn’t put in an appearance. 🙁
As for the movie proper, we’re going to give you the lowdown and hopefully keep it as spoiler-free as possible.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is the sequel to 2012’s big hit, and picks up following the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tired of all the fighting and hoping to create a lasting peace, Iron Man Tony Stark decides to mess with powers beyond his ken and this leads to the creation Ultron, a sentient peace-keeping software.
The program soon runs-amok, and the team comprising Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Thor have to band together to stop him. Along the way they encounter Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch), and in true comic book fashion, the good guys eventually win but at great cost.
Needless to say, the movie is formulaic. It fits the mould of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies to a T and is laden with action, top-notch CGI and special effects (we especially loved the Hulkbuster moments). Hardcore comic book fans might notice that Ultron’s origin story deviates from the original, but that’s something I’d forgive considering everything else.
For an ensemble movie with such a large cast, Joss Whedon does a brilliant job of telling the story. The pacing, even if it’s a little forced at times, also kind of worked in his favor.
The film opens in-media-res with a massive raid on a Hydra base in Sokovia, and the action doesn’t really let up. That’s why I’m especially glad for the small pockets of peace and contemplation that take place between the fighting and explosions.
These scenes give more emphasis to characters like Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye (whom I’d like to call the most death-flagged character in MCU history), and helped develop the burgeoning romance between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanov.
Fans of course can also expect easter eggs galore, and more than a few tie-ins to happenings in other franchises (such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). There was plenty of foreshadowing as well, and we know for a fact that The Avengers are all set for The Infinity War when it releases in 2018.
We’ve supported Real Escape Game in Singapore since it’s inception several years back, and they’ve never ceased to impress. Now into it’s 8th edition, they look set to wow us even further with The Last Garden, which appears to be their most ambitious adventure yet!
Promo image courtesy of Vivid Creations.
This time, the story revolves around a futuristic Singapore in the year 2065, and players are tasked with finding a legendary orb hidden in Gardens by the Bay to save humanity.
Unlike previous iterations, players have free range of Gardens by the Bay, and no time limit from the venue’s opening to closing to play and solve the puzzles. What’s more, the timing is near perfect for a perfect for geeky couples on the Valentine’s Day weekend, and there’s a couples promotion to make this a date with a difference.
We’re thinking of saving the date ourselves. If you’re a fan of Real Escape Games too, then this is definitely something to consider.
LAST GARDEN: Save Nature, Save Humanity
VENUE: GARDENS BY THE BAY DATES: 13-22 FEB 2015 SESSION TIMINGS:
13-15 FEB 2015 | 20-22 FEB 2015: 11:00 – 20:00
16-19 FEB 2015: 15:00 – 20:00
TICKET PRICING: Limited Early Bird: $27* | Limited Couple Promo: $50* | Group Promo (buy 5 get 1 free): $165* | Standard Online: $33* | At‐the‐door: $35* | * Inclusive of ticket fee and entry fee to Flower Dome
Recently, we discovered a simple method to transfer printed images onto EVA and we’re pretty excited since it makes replicating filigree and complex patterns so much easier. If you’d like to try your hand at it too, here’s a simple tutorial detailing the steps we took.
What you’ll need:
1. Some latex glue and white acrylic paint
2. EVA foam
3. Paper (110 gsm or better stock)
4. A printer (we used a laser printer)
5. Acrylic Gel Medium
6. Water and dish-washing sponge
7. Paper towels
Mix Latex glue and White acrylic paint together. Prime your EVA surface with a single layer this mixture. This is to prepare it for the transfer process.
Let it dry completely.
Create the pattern or graphic you’d like to transfer onto EVA in graphic software.
Don’t forget to flip the image horizontally, because you’re printing the mirror image of this file onto the foam later.
Print the file out on reasonably good quality paper. Also, make sure you’re using a toner based printer (laser printer) rather than an inkjet as ink might not transfer well.
Coat the primed surface of the EVA foam with Acrylic Gel Medium. Gel Medium is what you’ll use to create the transfer, and you can purchase it at most art supply stores (such as Art Friend and Straits Art Co.).
Let the gel set for a little while, and apply your print out to the gel covered foam. You are essentially ‘pasting’ the print out to the foam with the acrylic gel.
Be sure to align your printed image properly, because this is a one-time process. Peeling off the printed image will ruin the process and you’ll have to start over.
Once you’re done, leave the project to dry for a day or so.
Immerse the foam with the print transfer in water. Soak it until the paper begins to fray and dissolve (usually about 15 minutes) and gently rub it off.
This part of the process is the most time consuming, and requires both patience and a steady hand.
Give the surface of the foam a good rinse after you’ve peeled off all the paper to get rid of stubborn fibers.
Pat dry the surface with paper towels, and leave to air dry.
Finally, seal the surface with acrylic lacquer and you’re all set for further crafting and embellishments.
Schoolyard terrorists and their unwilling accomplice.
I have to confess that I’m something of an elitist when it comes to anime.
I pick series for concept and auteurial direction rather than cheesy character designs (flat-chested moeblob girls and overly whiny boys of destiny with chips on their shoulders simply don’t appeal to me), and that’s why I’m always excited when something existential comes along and bucks the trend each season.
Zankyō no Teroru, or Terror in Resonance, is one of the latest offerings by Shinichiro Watanabe, a director whose illustrious pedigree includes the classic Cowboy Bebop (1998) and Samurai Champloo (2004). Joining forces with him is renowned composer Yoko Kanno, who composes both the OP and ED.
The series takes place in an alternate history Tokyo, playing out as a deadly game of cat-and-mouse between two teenaged terrorists and the police. Thanks to the media preview by the great folks at Aniplus HD yesterday, I caught not ONE, but TWO episodes and I’m now hooked.
Without giving too much of the plot away, Terror in Resonance touches on some very real issues – bullying, peer pressure, stereotyping in the traditional Japanese system – woven seamlessly into the requisite cloak and dagger style meta.
Check out the official promo video here:
Terror in Resonance will premiere on ANIPLUS HD on 21 July 2014, every Monday, 11pm. ANIPLUS HD will be simulcasting the series, bringing the anime to South East Asia screens during the same period as Japan, one new episode each week.
Catch this latest anime series first and exclusively on ANIPLUS HD available on:
Be prepared to be wowed this year, as STGCC returns with fresh content and personalities set to appeal to pop-culture fans.
Images courtesy of: Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention 2014.
In a press release yesterday, Reed Exhibitions announced three renowned DJs from Japan – Inu, D.watt and sasakure.UK, who will be spinning the latest hits from popular Japanese games and anime at a one-of-a-kind STGCC DJ Night. Fans can expect to be wowed by a combination of anime music, Touhou, and Vocaloid riffs for sure.
Additionally, three multi-talented artists, including one of our personal favorites – Humberto Ramos, who is best known for his anime style approach to Western comics such as Marvel’s Spiderman, The Runaways and several creator owned series, Alex Solis, the father of “The Famous Chunkies” featuring oversized superheroes, and Simone Legno, the creator of the popular tokidoki brand.
STGCC 2014 will take place on the 6th and 7th of September at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands, and STGCC tickets are up for grabs now at $19 for a one-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass from selected authorised retailers.
Be sure to check out the official STGCC page for ticketing information, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook for more updates!
If you’ve been following the great folks at Real Escape Game in Singapore, you’ll know that they’ve been doing some pretty amazing stuff. These guys popularized Escape the Room games in Singapore, and in just a couple weeks, will be returning with a sixth installment in their line-up.
Dubbed Escape From the Moon Base, this iteration will put players in the role of survivors in a space station disaster, who will have to race against time to complete challenging math, logic, linguistics and visual puzzles before air runs out.
If you’d like to play, here are the details:
Real Escape Game Vol. 6: Escape From the Moon Base