So it’s been some time since and update but a ton is happening in the next couple months so I am going to try to post more and more.

Anyway, this week I’m traveling to NYC for the first time! I’m really stoked about it too.

So here is a list of the things I’ll be writing/reviewing about for those that might be interested!

The Daily show with John Stewart!!! I have tickets to a taping so ill be posting pics and whatnot from that (i understand there usually is a Q&A with John…Anyone have any questions you want me to ask?)

Cronuts – I’ve been wanting one since I had heard about them. I’ll finally get a chance to try them out (flavor this month is blueberry Lemon).

Vinyl Toy shops! I’m sure you have ordered from them in the past but, have you ever wonder what Toy Tokyo, Toy Qube, My Plastic Heart (RIP Kidrobot) really are like on the inside? Ill post some pics and my thoughts.

The kaNO Lost & Found show! One of my favorite artists is having a show opening this weekend. I’ll definitely be checking it out.

If there is any else you want me to talk about let me know!

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Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) gets behind the wheel in the movie adaptation of EA’s wildly popular driving game Need for Speed.

If I had to choose three words to describe the movie it would be; revenge, fast and cars. You might be able to predict what happens in this movie but is it still worth your time and hard earned money? I was able to see an advanced screening, so I’ll tell you.  *there is a mini rant at the end with spoilers.*

The Plot: Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is a street racer and owner of his family’s car garage which is about to be foreclosed on. To save the shop he takes a job fixing a rare mustang (valued at $3 million) from his long time racing nemesis Dino (Dominic Cooper). After the car is sold, a street race ensues resulting in the death of Tobey’s close friend for which he is framed and jailed. After 2 years Tobey is released and is bent on avenging his friend’s death in an underground street race called “DeLeon” a winner take all pink slip race. The value of cars in the race $7 million.

The Good:

-Aaron Paul; Great actor and does a good job with his character. Tobey is cool and collected and doesn’t let his emotions go wild and get the best of him. Aaron, isn’t over the top which in my opinion is a good thing. He is top billed for the movie and for good reason. Aaron seems like a great person and im glad he is getting more major roles.

-Scott Mescudi aka. Kid Cudi; His character code name “Maverick” or “Liar 1” was one of my favorites in the film. I’m not a big fan of his music and I honestly didn’t know he was in it until I looked on IMDB. His character provides a lot of the comedic relief for the film and I think he did a great job.

-The cars; This is the main link between the video game and the movie. I probably will never drive, let alone, own any of the cars in the film, but it was cool to see the exotic supercars like the Bugatti, Lamborghini, Agera and it was a little sad to see some destroyed.

-Detroit; Living in the Detroit area it was great to see buildings I recognized that were filmed downtown. Scenes were filmed downtown right outside of my wife’s building and she sent me this (it’s a bit grainy) video of one of the scenes being filmed.

The Bad:

-The DeLeon; Spoiler alert…Im going to write about this at the end.  Don’t read it if you don’t want things spoiled.

-Michael Keaton’s video podcast; In the movie Michael Keaton’s character (I’m going to call him Mr. D) hosts the DeLeon and has a video podcast on racing.  It’s not the podcast I have problems with, it was that his podcast could be viewed on any portable device (ipad, computer, car touch screen) in real time and be perfectly streamed with no video or sound quality issues. AND you can upload videos back to Michael Keaton almost instantaneously.  Cell service must be amazing in their alternate universe.

-Cast selection; I was hoping for 1 or 2 more recognizable actors in the film. For instance I think Emma Stone would have made a great Julia…although Imogen Poots did a fine job. I also heard Justin Bieber likes street racing too…idiot.

Final Words:

If you are looking for a Fast and Furious knock off or something similar, you could be disappointed. Although the movie is a bit predictable, Need for Speed is not as comical or over the top as F&F. If you are an Aaron Paul or exotic car fan, I think you will appreciate this film. It doesn’t delve deep into character backstories but as the movie goes on you don’t mind or care. If you are into fast cars and cool driving go check it out.

7 out of 10

Need for Speed opens officially on March 14, 2014. Rated PG-13.

*****WARNING: GOING ON A RANT. STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ SPOILERS*****

Ok, the main issue I have with the movie is the DeLeon race itself.

  1. You have to be invited to be in this secret race. At one point people aren’t sure who actually runs it or how someone is invited. But Tobey easily gets invited by uploading a video to Mr. D’s  podcast and SURPRISE he gets in very easily.
  2. The DeLeon is a huge underground race. But why? The winner gets the other racers cars. Why would racers care about THIS particular race? Mr. D doesn’t appear to have any financial risk, so how did he get people to risk their million dollar cars for his enjoyment? Maybe if I had millions of dollars I would understand…anyone want to donate some cash to me?
  3. Why would anyone be in this race if the prizes are cars?! Why does this bother me? Six of the seven cars in the race get totaled. It might have been different in years past, but in this race the cops are involved and most of the cars are smashed or explode. So the winner gets a pile of car parts that were worth $7 million dollars and now just scrap? Does insurance cover that? Wouldn’t all the cars be seized by police since they were involved in illegal street racing and probably police manslaughter? That was my biggest frustration.

But it’s a movie so everything works out.

Got any questions or answers for me?  Make a comment or Hit me up on twitter @n3rdlink and I’ll answer your questions about Need for Speed.

Wowzers! Imagine my joy when I heard there would be a coarse pop up show during sdcc, which I was already going to be at! I went to their signing on thurs and got a sweet sketch from Sven. Didn’t really know what to expect from the show…. Got there super early and waited in line for a few hours. My fellow n3rdlink brother who was supposed to let me know when he headed over did me dirty and disappeared…. Turns out he went to the show and was in line way ahead of me (with friends like these…). At any rate the line was fun as usual and the show was GREAT. New coloways, and all of the og pieces were 1/1. Made me wish that I had a few extra bucks stashed away to buy some of the coarse originals that were available. At any rate…. Here are the pics. Enjoy

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SDCC is underway! Preview night was a success and the N3rdlink crew was present and even managed to score most of the pieces and posters that they were after. We will all be getting up in about half an hour to get in line. Here are a few pics from the preview night. We will be posting more pics as the con continues.

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I got this little surprise in the mail from the blade-master Mr. Carson Catlin. I was leaving for vacation the next day so I had to wait to open it to make sure that I could get a few good unboxing pics of the Reticulated Box
I ended up taking it to my brother’s place on the 4th of July so that a buddy with a good camera could get some shots for me. Other friends quickly circled around and I got a lot of “What’s that?”, and “That looks cool”. My nephew even wanted to know if it was an Energon cube!
Now to the particulars:
The cube came in a box with Carson’s logo in yellow on the top and a label saying “1/1 the Nerdy Edition” on the other side. NICE!!!
It was wrapped in yellow felt to match the color of the cube which was a nice touch. The cube itself is 2.5 inches of translucent yellow. The the reticulated pattern on each side is unique, and one side has Carson’s logo on it. Looking at all of the details on it made me wonder if Carson isn’t secretly also a surgeon.The box is well constructed and is also pretty resilient. There was a moment of panic when the cube was positioned too close to the edge of the table to take a picture, and it fell to the concrete balcony… but it survived, and I couldn’t even find a scratch on it after I inspected it.
The Reticulated Box, which I think I’m going to nickname C4 (Carson C. Catlin Cube) has since been positioned in my house in a couple of different places, and seems to work well in all of them. I’ve placed it next to random toys as well as more geometric pieces, and it holds it own in both settings and makes a bold statement. I’m betting a few of these in random colors would look good grouped together. Currently the cube is residing on my desk at work, and is eye catching enough to have gotten a few “What’s that?” already.
If you want one they will be available at the upcoming San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC).
Details from the man himself can be found below:
In the signature style of Catlin’s cuts comes the Reticulated Box.
It is a 2.5 inch cube of laser cut acrylic. The SDCC release will be a translucent red and will be an addition of 20.
10 will be available online at memakepretty.com and will retail for $50.00 plus shipping.
10 will be available with Carson Catlin at SDCC and will go for $50.00 each.
Look for the tall bald guy with cool tattoos at the dragatomi booth.
In addition to the reds, I will also be releasing a Lemon Lime and Orange dream edition with Dragatomi. There will be six of each created for sale.
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Special thanks to @Arsonal for help with the pics

The n3rdlink inbox was just graced with this press release and pics from Mr. Carson Catlin:

 

I hope this email finds you well and not too stressed out with the upcoming con. It will be my first year attending so I am trying to make a big impression. 😉

First up is momentum.
Momentum marks my first paw raw custom and the start of my pieces for SDCC 2013. Painted orange and pink with distressed silver and gold exterior. He will retail for $600 at booth 5350

Next is 3retbots

3retbots is three of the KR mascot 7″ figures reticulated with metallic paint. They will retail for $200 a piece at booth 5350. Been wanting to do this since I finished the father and son piece a while back.
Fatalities
fatalities is three customized calavera skulls from the beast brothers. Painted with a bright interior and finished with silver distressed metallic exterior. They will retail for $200 a piece at booth 5350.
and my first ever blind box series
These little guys will retail for $40 a piece in an edition of 10. Available at booth 5350
And lastly my boxes
Here are my three colorways for SDCC 2013.
first is “in the red” edition of 26. 10 will be available on me, 10 will be available at memakestore.com during the convention. Also on Saturday there will be 6 additional available at booth 5350.
second is delicious a orange and white frost box in and edition of 6. They will retail for $60 each only at booth 5350
lastly is refreshing, yellow and green and yours for only $60 each in an edition of 6 at booth 5350
In addition to all of the above I will have a couple more munnys at dragatomi’s booth and  various things to sell durring both of my signings on Saturday. First one is at 11:00 at dragatomi booth 5350 and at 2:00 at BeeFy & Co booth 5646
If you are attending please swing by dragatomi and say hi.
Thank you for your continued support.
CCC
Looking at these pics…the Paw is bananas (no pun intended)
I’m most likely going to be gunning for a mascot if they aren’t all snapped up during preview night.
Lastly-
The N3rdlink team got to r3view a reticulated box. The review will be posted shortly for those who are curious to know more about it.

For those not on their mailing list, here is some info on how to score some San Diego Comic Con re-sale tickets. Good Luck to those hunting!

-N3rdlink Crew

 

 

Comic-Con International is pleased to announce that because of returned/cancelled badges we will once again be able to offer those badges for resale. This year we have also reduced the allotment of reserved badges for certain departments. Comic-Con has decided to add these badges to the resale for our attendees. We currently have several thousand single day badges available for resale, only 3,100 of which are Saturday badges. 4-Day badges are sold out.

Due to the very limited number of badges available and our vendor EPIC Registration being focused on coordinating onsite registration, the Comic-Con 2013 badge resale will be conducted utilizing a random drawing.

To enter the Comic-Con 2013 Resale Drawing, login to your Member ID account now and click the blue notice that says “Click Here to Enter a Drawing to be Eligible for the Comic-Con 2013 Badge Resale!”

The drawing entry period will remain open for 48 hours only, and will close June 12, 2013 at 10:59:59 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Late entries will not be accepted.

You must have a valid and confirmed Comic-Con Member ID to enter the drawing.
Anyone who has already registered for or purchased a 4-Day badge (with or without Preview Night) or a single day Saturday badge will not be eligible to enter the drawing.

Those selected to participate in the Comic-Con 2013 badge resale may purchase their own badges, as well as badges for one additional guest. You may purchase for any guest who has a confirmed Member ID (as of June 7, 2013) and does not have a 4-Day badge (with or without Preview Night) or a single day Saturday badge. Your guest does not need to be selected from the drawing pool to be eligible to purchase.

Comic-Con will notify everyone who is selected to participate by email on or before June 17, 2013.

Sincerely,

Attendee Registration
Comic-Con International

Another Vince Vaugh & Owen Wilson movie is upon.  This one called Wedding Cra….sorry, The Internship.  I was able to see an advance screening so if you would like to know if you should spend your money on it here are my thoughts.

The Plot:

Two middle aged, long-time friends and sales partners find out that the watch company they work for goes out of business and they are out of jobs, have no money and their significant other leave them for not being mature.  So they decide to take their talents and move to Palo Alto to work as interns (or Noogler as they referred to themselves) for Google.  The interns are told they will be split into teams and a competition will take place to determine who will receive permanent jobs at the tech company…Guess what, Owen and Vince’s team is comprised of the “misfits” that no one wanted on their team including Tiya Sircar (I don’t know why anybody wouldn’t want her character on their team…a girl in a tech company I’d assume guys would flock to her.)

So here are my two cents:

The Good:

-The comedy;  It’s not amazing but I was laughing at a good chunk of the movie.

-A look into the Googleplex;  it was cool to see a little bit of what the campus looks like and what is available to its employees.  I don’t know exactly how accurate it is but from what I have heard it’s not a far stretch.

The Bad:

-Character development; As with any group projects you work on you introduce yourself to each other.  During this scene that’s about all the real development for the characters

-The Plot; It’s a very run of the mill underdog competition story.  If you are looking for something that’s going to surprise you…look somewhere else

-The Comedy; I put this here as well because it seemed the movie relied too much of Owen and Vince’s “chemistry” too much and tried to force things.  Think Wedding Crashers x2-3

-The “My noogle” joke.  I get what they were trying to do with it but I mostly just rolled my eyes at it.

Final Words:

The movie was entertaining.  A good portion of the jokes were funny and the movie didn’t seem to drag on.  I doubt it will win any awards, but I enjoyed it for what it was…a subpar Wedding Crashers.  So should you see it?  If you like Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson or  If you get free passes or matinée pricing go for it.  If you would rather wait for it to come to Netflix or be able to watch it at home, I wouldn’t blame you.

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The original cast comes back for Fast & Furious 6, out this Friday.  Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez (wait didn’t she die in #4?!), Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang as well as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson return to drive fast and blow up cars.

The Plot:

Mastermind Shaw (Luke Evans), is working  to collect parts to build a weapon that can cut off electricity.  Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) finds Dom (Vin Diesel) and encourages him to get the crew back together to take down shaw and his cronies.  Their prize if they help?  Everyone gets their records wiped clean and they can return to the United States.  Oh yea Letty (Michelle Rodrizguez) is alive too…and works for Shaw. Say Whaaaaaaat?!  *For those that may not remember she supposedly died in Fast & Furious (forth released movie.)

The Good:

-The driving.  It’s crazy the different action shots that are created for this movie.  Supposedly they wrecked 239 cars for this movie and most of the scenes are actual drivers and not CG.

-I will say that I do enjoy Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris and Sung Kang’s characters in the movie.

The Bad:

-Paul Walker’s acting.  He is not the best actor but after multiple installments it’s hard to see anyone else playing his character Bryan.

-The whole Letty plot line.  Seems like a stretch to bring her back into the fold of the movie.

-The Franchise’s time line.  Though Tokyo Drift was the third released movie, it takes place after Fast & Furious 6.

The Conclusion:

It’s exactly what you would expect from the Fast & the Furious franchise.  Fast cars, explosions, fight scenes, and this time a tank.  If you have seen any other in the series movies and are expecting a well thought out, well acted movie you are going to have a bad time.  It’s not going to win Oscars but take it for face value and enjoy it.

And remember don’t try the stunts out in real life.  After seeing the original movie some kid decided to test out some of his moves while leaving the movie parking lot and ran his car over a curb tossing the people inside his car around and doing a ton of damage to his ride.  It was quite funny.

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N3rd Link sits down and talks with artist and toy customizer Carson Catlin.

We talk Movies, movies and more movies.  We also talk about Carson’s background in toy customizing and 9 to 5 as an animator as well as his plans for the up coming comic cons (including San Diego.)

One of the coolest artists we have talked with yet.  Take a listen and hit us up on Twitter to let us know what you think.

And don’t forget to check out Carson’s work!

His website: memakepretty.com

Twitter: @CarsonCatlin

Instagram: CarsonCatlin