Remember the BAPE Camo Optimus Prime toy I showed you a little while ago? Well A Bathing Ape is following that up with a limited edition 2013 Capsule Collection Optimus Prime shirt! Its bad-ass and adorable all at the same time and I want it! Unfortunately, just like the toy, the shirt will only be sold at the BAPE flagship store in Harajuku, Japan.
So unless you are already in Japan or just happen to be getting on a plane tonight you probably won’t get your hands on one of these unless you find someone flipping them on eBay. By then I would expect paying much more than its original $76 price tag.
Transfomers have and always will be awesome. Thus, anything else associated with Transfomers has its awesome-ness increased exponentially by association (although an argument will probably be made in the case of Michael Bay). So when something that is already awesome joins forces with Transformers it makes for a head exploding concoction of amazballs!
Now that the awesome math lesson is over, check out this colab toy with A Bathing Ape and Transformers! Its Optimus Prime dawned with “BAPE” red camo! How cool is that?! (that was extremely rhetorical).
The only “not awesome” part of this whole deal is that the limited edition Optimus will only be available at BAPE’s Harajuku store front. It will run for about $80 USD but given its limited quantity and exclusive retail location I would expect to see these on eBay for hundreds of dollars; Which I suppose is still cheaper than a trip to Japan right?
Racing games have been around for a very long time on home consoles and they were always fun; but it wasn’t until the advent of the steering wheel peripheral that console racing games got serious! There is nothing like holding an actual wheel to add a sense of realism to anything from Gran Turismo to Mario Kart and for a long time Logitech was at the forefront of the console wheel game. Logitech wheels were so good that they were often used as part of the most expensive racing simulators in the world and Logitech was the “official wheel peripheral” for the Gran Turismo series for a long time. However, lately Logitech has faced fierce competition from rivals such as Fanatec and Thrustmaster (which is new official Gran Turismo wheel) and it looks like that competition has finally taken its toll.
In their third-quarter financial breifing Logitech announced that they suffered a net loss of $195 million dollars! This is really bad news considering that this same time last year they had a net profit of $55 million. In the release, CEO of Logitech Bracken P. Darrell made the following statement:
Our goal with PC-platform products is to maximize profitability, while investing selectively in growing categories. We have also identified a number of product categories that no longer fit with our current strategic direction. As a result, we have initiated the process to divest our remote controls and digital video security categories, and we plan to discontinue other non-strategic products, such as speaker docks and console gaming peripherals, by the end of Calendar Year 2013.
This pretty much means this is your last year to get any type of Logitech wheel for your console brand new from a store. Once 2013 is over we will have to turn to eBay to find a “G27″ or “Driving Force” wheel for your PS3. For you Xbox fans, it is time to give up hope that Logitech will ever make a wheel for Microsoft’s console. On the bright side, it looks like PC racers are safe as the statement only mentions console peripherals. So, if you are an iRacing or rFactor fan you may be safe but given Logitech’s current financial situation I think its safe to say it will be at least a few years before they release a new PC-only wheel.
In the meantime if you have a PS3 and have yet to pick up a Logitech unit, you officially have until the end of 2013 to pick up a new one! The rest of us will pour one out for ‘em…
illest just dropped a few new license plate frames and the new collection is led off by their new signature “safari” style design featuring the illest logo and their motto “None but ourselves can free our mind”. Deep, is it not? Either way if you’re a fan of illest, fatlace, or safari print then you can pick up this frame at the illest online store for only ten bucks plus shipping.
Even though Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy has been over for over two weeks now, it left a wake of destruction that caused billions of dollars in damage, and has severely hampered the daily lives of millions of people on the east coast. Our friends from EAT SLEEP RACE just happened to be based in the east and they have not only seen but have had to personally deal with the horrible results left by Sandy. Like all good citizens, Americans, and most importantly, race car drivers the team at EAT SLEEP RACE wants to “REBUILD” the east coast. And they are also calling on all racers and racers at heart to help them do it.
If you want to help check out EAT SLEEP RACE’s new “REBUILD” shirts and stickers. 100% of the proceeds from each shirt sold and sticker sold will go directly to Sandy recovery efforts. If you can’t buy a shirt then you can still help by spreading the word about the REBUILD campaign to your friends by using any of the pictures below (just click on the thumbnails) and sharing them on your social media pages (twitter, facebook, instagram) with the hashtag #RACERSREBUILD.
To order the shirts for yourself just go to EatSleepRace.com/Rebuild. If the shirts are not your thing but you still want to help you can always text REDCROSS to 90999 from your cellphone to donate $10 to the Sandy recovery effort (regular text rates may apply).
People use their cell phones for just about everything these days. For most, it has taken the place of the watch, the notepad, the camera, and even the calendar. The traditional calendar is by no means dead because of this, but due to the convenience of smartphones a traditional “hang on the wall” calendar has to be pretty damn unique and good looking to warrant the extra effort of looking at the wall instead of our screens. One such worthy candidate might be HAMANN’s 2013 calandar. HAMANN’s date keeper features beautiful photography (in some cases HDR style photography) of their best cars in compelling backgrounds. Just click the thumbnails below for some sample images.
The only catch: the calendar will set you back a little over $60 bucks and you have to order it from Germany. Hey, sometimes you have to suffer for art..
When Mark Arcenal isn’t building dope cars, he is busy running his illest fashion line; and as many fashion lines do these days Mark collabs with other brands to create cool limited edition shh-er stuff. The latest from illest has me pretty excited. Later this month (Nov. 17th 2012) illest will drop a super limited set of illest x Beats By Dre x RWB studio headphones with a design inspired by Mark Arcenal’s own PANDORA ONE RWB Porsche 911.
They look pretty fresh don’t they? Well I should give you fair warning that only 200 sets will be produced in total! Not only will you have to be fast to pick up a set you will also need to have some serious disposable income as these limited edition headphones will set you back $349.99 per unit! So, yeah… Good luck with that!
For full details on where to get them and the allotments then check out the press release below.
Fun Fact: The rendering you see above of PANDORA ONE was done by DropJay of JDMEGO! If you want hi-res shots click the thumbnails below.
LIMITED RELEASE TO BE AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 17, 2012
San Francisco, Calif – October 31, 2012 – ILLEST has announced the release of the Illest Edition Beats Studio headphone available November 17, 2012. Limited to 200 pieces the headphones will be available at both Illest LA and SF flagship locations, the flagship Beats Store in NYC, and online at www.illest.com.
The black safari, grey and gold design was inspired by the Illest Pandora One RWB car that coincides with the release. The Illest Pandora One will be on display at the Illest San Francisco flagship during the release event.
The Illest Edition Beats Studio headphones will be available in an extremely limited quantity of 200 with each pair being numbered. Each Illest flagship store will receive 50 pieces each on November 17 and will be celebrated with a release event at each location.
Illest San Francisco / 50 Pairs
1630 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115
Illest Los Angeles / 50 Pairs
316 East 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Beats Store / 50 Pairs
67 Greene Street New York, NY 10012
A limited number of pieces will be made available for pre-orders online starting on November 2nd right here, www.illest.com. The Illest Edition Beats Studio headphones will retail at $349.95.
Sometimes the world of high-end performance and luxury cars crosses paths with haute fashion. The collaboration is natural because, well lets face it, most of the people who can afford a six figure car tend to wear threads from Gucci, Armani, and the like. Some of these crossovers work nicely and sometimes they really don’t. One such fashion designer who continues to cross over into the automotive world is Japanese designer NIGO, the creative mind behind lines such as “A Bathing Ape” (AKA Bape) and Billionaire Boys Club (BBC). NIGO is a bit of a gear head and will use just about any excuse to cross his eccentric visual style with just about any type of car that grabs his fancy at the time.
His latest crossover canvas is a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 race car. NIGO whipped up a vinyl wrap printed with his signature “BAPE” camo graphic and applied it to Ferrari’s newest GT race car for a grand opening event of a new Ferrari Maserati showroom in Hong Kong.
This creation was the centerpiece of the event attended by a small group of VIPs and probably a few potential customers. While I haven’t personally decided if I like what NIGO did here or not yet, I can at least admit that this is much better than what he did to his Bugatti Veyron..
If you happen to like what NIGO did here then feel free to click the thumbnail below for a wallpaper size version of the picture above.
Many of those with modded cars out there usually have distain for local law enforcement. Fix-it tickets suck and so do street-side exhaust decible tests. But hey, most of these fine uniformed men and women are just trying to do their job. Mighty Club decided to create a sticker to show their appreciation (albeit, sarcastically) for police officers with their “I Love Cops” 4 inch round sticker, featuring an officer’s favorite treat. If you share the sentiment then pick up your own sticker for just $4.75 at the JDMEGO online store.
Over the last 3 years or so GoPro has pretty much defined the “action camera” market. Their products made it easy for extreme athletes and racers alike capture all of their exploits in an easy, relatively inexpensive way. It started with the original GoPro HERO, and then we had the HERO2 with better resolution and microphone jack. Last night GoPro CEO Nick Woodman announced the HERO3 camera. The HERO3 is GoPro’s lightest, smallest camera to date and despite its reduced size the new HERO now has built-in WiFi capability.
The new HERO3 also comes in three versions: the “White” edition, the “Silver” edition, and finally the flaghship “Black” edition. The White edition is the lowest price point of the three at $199. The white can shoot video 1080p, and take 3 shot per second bursts of 5 mega-pixel photos. It is also compatible with the WiFi remote and the new GoPro mobile app. The Silver edition picks up where the white left off and in addition to shooting 1080p video it can also shoot 960p video at 48 frames per second, which when edited down to 24 frames per second will probably look pretty darn good. The silver also has a stronger photo burst mode with a 10 shot per second rate with each picture being 11 mega-pixels. On the silver, the extra capability will cost you an extra bill, bringing the total to $299.
The Black edition is the most expensive at $399 but it also has the best features. First, the black edition can shoot video at 4k resolution. Just to give you some perspective on how cool that is, professional Hollywood cinema cameras shoot at 4k resolution. There is a drawback though as the black edition can only shoot 4k resolution at 12 frames per second, which is not great but it is still cool that they are pushing boundaries. The black edition can also shoot 1440p video at 48 frames per second and 1080p at 60 frames per second which should make for some great film quality video and awesome slow motion bits respectively. The black edition is also tuned for boosted low light performance and it comes with a WiFi remote.
The HERO3 is already sounding like it will be on many Christmas lists this year. If we are lucky, this might also mean a price drop on the HERO2 as well. Anyhow, if you want to know just how good the HERO3 performs check out a sample video below.