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Gundam Finished And Ready To Go

Those Japanese people sure work fast. In less than two weeks, Sunrise Studios have finished putting together the giant life-size statue of Mobile Suit Gundam to celebrate the famed anime series' 30th anniversary. Has it really been 30 years? Time flies by so fast when you're watching animated robots duke it out on your tv screens.

According to Kotaku, the statue will also feature lights, mist and a moveable head when the area finally opens to the public in July. For now, though, if you're planning on visiting the site, you'll have to settle for a staring contest with an immobile but still pretty inimidating robot. (PS. The robot always wins.)

Check out more photos here!

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Attack of the Gundam

Posted May 27, 2009 - By Moye Ishimoto

Attack of the Gundam

Your meccha fantasies are coming true! Sunrise Studios announced earlier this year that they were building a life-size Gundam statue in Tokyo to celebrate the famed anime series' 30th anniversary. Last week, they released photos of the process, which you can check out here.

The lower half of Gundam's body, which measures about 11 meters high, has already been constructed. After other parts of the character's body are finished, including the head, arms and torso, they will all be assembled.

Gundam will be on display from July 11th to August 31st, so if you're planning on invading Japan with a giant robot of your own, you might want to wait until September.

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'AOTS' Thursday, March 05

Posted March 5, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
Resident Evil...
So you've been looking for something that can see great distances in the dark for your, uh, little expeditions in the middle of the night and that's why we're reviewing the PathfindIR Night Vision Camera. Don't be coy. You know you want it.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Joining us in the studio, live is Maulik Pancholy, Jack Donaghy's assistant on '30 Rock' who has also enjoyed a hilarious run on the lesser-known 'Weeds.'
Special guests, hot movie coverage, on-location shoots and everything else that only a show like Attack of the Show can show.
The day has finally come for us to announce this year's American Ninja Challenge winner who will be accompanying the lovely Olivia to Japan to compete for the glorious honor of conquering one of man's greatest challenges.
The omnipresent, omniscient, omniannoying Dr. Manhattan pays a little visit to the Attack of the Show set interjecting his own erudite BS into the show's proceedings.
You'll want to defrag everything you've got after you see this week's All-Geek Chick edition of Women of the Web featuring the likes of actress Rachel Nichols, Chun-Li's Kristin Kreuk, and of course Megan Fox.
On set or on location, Attack Of The Show brings you the deets on your favorite things to watch when you're not watching us.
Alison Haislip sits down with director Zack Snyder and members of the 'Watchmen' cast to talk about the ins and outs of making the film.
Kevin and Alison get a few surprise prank calls from a robot movie dinosaur with the brain of a teen girl. Yeah, it's as weird as you think it is.
What would life be like without ATN? Our guess is, it would suck. How could existence be satisfying without videos featuring a chatty T-rex, a comic book loving scientist and a macho dude who cries like a baby?
Layla has your Feed bidness for today's Thursday and if you're a The Beatles fan you'll be excited to hear the news about their new Rock Band game. She'll also tell us about Vivendi's pending YouTube deal and so much more.

'AOTS' Monday, March 02

Posted March 2, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
Time to delve back into the worlds we may be too afraid to go and with today's WTF we're checking out a new internet-driven fetish called mucophilia, or the extreme love of mucus, where people get off on sneezing, nose-picking, and nose-blowing.
The new LG Versa is the successor to the successful LG Voyager and this time it's even thinner, has a detachable QWERTY keyboard, a 2 Megapixel camera, web browsing, stereo Bluetooth, and a realistic price tag. But is it the phone for you?
Singer Surprise, Espiderman, Espiderman 2, Sleepwalking Dog, Andy Rooney Complains about February, Camels in Subaru.
Layla has got your Monday Feedness and it's all about the White House pulling Obama's YouTube address from YouTube, some dude accidentally leaking secret schematics on Obama's helicopter, and other non-Obama related news.
From scary robotic housecats to electrocuting mouse traps and door-hanging neck straighteners, these frightening gadgets may be things you want to unattack for once.
You may be surprised to find out that Fifty Cent's new first person shooter, 'Blood on the Sand,' is actually really good and Adam Sessler of X-Play is dropping by to tell us why you'll be playing it for hours if you get your hands on it, too.
Want a bionic hamster? Interested in playing rock-paper-scissors with a robot? Maybe you're looking for a virtual reality floor that moves in reverse to compensate for your movement through an environment. It's all in Robot News.
We're unrolling a new segment called 'As Seen on TV' where we pit two similar products against each other to see which is really the best and which stands up to the standards set by the infomercials that promote them.

'AOTS' Friday, February 20

Posted February 20, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
We're joined by Adam Sessler of 'X-Play' who is super excited about the latest version of 'Street Fighter,' so we wanted to get him a little 'AOTS' airtime to show it off. Prepare for some hadoukening!
Olivia and Chris run down a couple paintball weapons that might help you on your next ball-busting adventure including the T9 Longbow Sniper Rifle and the Metadyne Havoc Grenade Launcher, for when precision is not an option.
The lovely Kristin Kreuk joins us in the studio to talk about her role as Chun-Li in the soon to be released 'Street Fighter' film all about her, as well as her 9 years working on 'Smallville.'
We know how annoyed you are that the Oscars take 32 hours every year, so we've decided to do the entire show for you in just one minute. Think of the time you'll save!
Pay attention! Alison's got some pretty important news involving a critical flaw in Adobe's Acrobat and Reader programs, Netflix streaming plans, a 'Watchmen' re-release, and official word on the robot invasion.
Keeping you up to date on the baddest weapons, we've got info and footage on a new kamikaze-style drone, a nonlethal gun for when you need your target alive, and a sweet grenade launcher from Metal Storm.
Suicidal Elmo, Bird Cleans Mouth, Dog Intros, Male Pole Dancer, Bad Luck Biker.
This week's women of the web is a hodgepodge of the hottest chicks you'll find anywhere including Katrina Darrell AKA The American Idol Bikini Girl, Irina Shayk, the smokin' Christina Koletsa, and 7, count 'em, 7 others.

AOTS Friday, February 6th

Posted February 6, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
We hear a lot about potential iPhone killers, but if you're looking for tons of space including a Micro SD slot, stereo speakers, a better camera with a flash, GPS, flash-enabled browsing, and a big 2.8 inch LCD screen, you just might have found it.
There has been a mighty wind of bad tidings sweeping the internets because of X-Play's review of 'Killzone 2.' Adam would like some time to explain himself in the AOTS forum, and so here it is.
If you're wondering why robots in movies are only designed to kill, we've got some great robot news for you. These guys are designed to help the common good and they don't come equipped with any ballistic guns or self-destruct bombs.
Layla Kayleigh is here to get you to the end of the work week with today's Feed, including stories about a Google library on your iPhone, the white spaces in your broadband, and wi-fi at the Apple Store.
Some say toys are just for kids. We say toys are for kids at heart and that's why we've got a short list of the finest toy blogs to help you sort out your figures, matchboxes, and other various tactile distractions.
We've got a top 3 list that will blow your mind. It's the hottest, baddest, most tattooedest list ever created and you're gonna wanna see this.
MovieMan is a new service for the modern male looking to skip the crappy movies that his lady wants to see. Curious how it works? Just watch!
.44 Magnum Nerf, Starfish Hitler, Eagles are Jerks, Blow Up Doll Guy, Women Love Objects.

There's no question that funny phrases slapped on pictures is a huge internet phenomenon, and while it's all well and good, memes don't tend to bring any income to their creator. So, how do you take something that is wildly successful and turn it into something physical and consumable on a more palpable level?

Leave it to seasoned writers and comedians Amanda McCall and Ben Schwartz to notice the cute animal picture fad on the webs and put their own spin on it in book form. Amanda, author of Hold My Gold: A White Girl's Guide to the Hip-Hop World smashed her creative brain with Ben who has been a staff writer for Robot Chicken as well as a freelancer for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update and The Late Show with David Letterman.

We were able to track Ben down through his "Funny or Die" profile and ask him a few questions:

Ty Colfax: What was the spark that kicked this idea off?
Ben Schwartz: Amanda McCall and I got together with the purpose of writing a book. We tossed around a bunch of ideas and the one we liked the most was the idea of a book that allowed the reader to break bad news with adorable animals (the internet is going INSANE over adorable animal pictures,) so it wouldn't hurt as much.

TC: Why make it a book of postcards?
BS: We made it postcard books because we love the idea that in essence, you can use the postcard book as an actual tool to help you with your life. There is nothing stopping you from ripping out the postcard that reads "You're my least favorite child" and sending it to your annoying son.

TC: How did you take the idea from project to project published by a major publisher?
BS: When we had the idea we went to different agents and luckily found one that totally understood what we were trying to do. We drew up a proposal, sent it to him, he sent it around and we were lucky to find that Harper Collins totally got what were trying to do as well.

TC: Do you and Amanda collaborate on anything else?
BS: Amanda and I are writing the next baby animals postcard book entitled Asking Awkward Questions with Baby Animals. We have looked at over 300,000 photos of baby animals to find the right ones to match up with our sentences. After 300,000 photos, we officially want to kill any puppy or kitten that crosses our path.

TC: What's your favorite bit from Robot Chicken that you worked on?
BS: There are some fun ones that got cut at the last second that are on the dvd extras that i liked a lot...one with Walt Disney drawing Mickey Mouse, and one with Santa getting pulled over by a cop for drinking and driving. I am proud of all the sketches that I got on but my favorite bit would probably be "Pee Wee's Secret Word" or "Doug at a Bar."  I was a big fan of Robot Chicken even before I got hired, so it was exciting to see any of my stuff brought to life. Here's a link to all the sketches I worked on that got to air - RejectedJokes.com.

Take it from me, this book is hilarious and would make a great Valentine's Day gift for that quirky chick you're trying to impress. You can buy and/or preview Grandma's Dead at the usual online places and bookstores in your area. It's also available at an Urban Outfitters near you and always remember...

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AOTS Wednesday, January 7

Posted January 7, 2009 - By Eugene Morton
Every once in a while you gotta get your hands all sliced up with paper cuts for the sake of your art, and that is why we're bringing you the sweetest papercrafting blogs in today's Blog Watch.
Demons, hot chicks, Gary Oldman; who could ask for more? Well, Alison sat down and chatted with a couple of these things in an effort to understand what this 'Unborn' flick is all about.
Backflip Fail, Footbrush, Long Crowing Rooster, Razor Hawk, Captain Mark.
Kevin Pereira talks with the writer of 'The Dark Knight' and the director of the new film, 'The Unborn,' David S. Goyer about his upcoming film and Batman sequel rumors.
Idiot vs. Palm, Bike Ramp Crash, Kid Goes Sledding.
With a 1,000,000: 1 dynamic contrast ratio and a $2,700 price tag, Samsung is bringing some serious heat with their new bigscreen HD set. Will the numbers and features add up to a beautiful TV watching experience? We'll tell you in Gadget Pr0n.
Layla's here to tell you all about Seinfeld's new High-Def look, Logitech cutting 15% of it's staff, and internet video's 34% increase in viewership, among other juicy news tidbits.
There's nothing like a whole bunch of toys that no one but a rich bastard could ever love to make Attack This a more pleasant experience. Today, we attack a razor made from a mammoth, a radio control tank, a killer robot, and the NASA shuttle fleet.

Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, hosted by Alison Haislip. Every Friday, Alison brings you the top 5 tech stories of the week.

In this installment, Alison brings you the top 5 robot stories of the week ending January 2nd, 2009. 

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New 'Transformers 2' Pics Surface

Posted December 29, 2008 - By Joseph Baxter

Empire magazine has just released a some revealing new photos from the upcoming sequel Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Let's just say hypothetically that you are legitimately excited for this film. Okay? Well then, today might be an exciting day for you. (Assuming your life revolves around Transformers.) Besides the photos released by USA Today, the new photos from Empire were taken from the magazine's exclusive visit to the set, revealing some action in the desert, and a some scene shooting at the Pyramids. (Which I assume Michael Bay will have the giant robots decimate via CGI.)

For the full story, pick up the February issue of Empire magazine.


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