Mazinger Z x Medicom Toy (Japan) “Super-Alloy Z” Bearbrick

Medicom Toy drops a new Bearbrick collectible with the “Super-Alloy Z” Bearbrick (Plated version). Taking upon the shape of the Super-Alloy Z character from the Japanese robot manga and anime series Mazinger Z, the 145mm-tall toy weighs about 400g and features a silver body with the red, blue and yellow markings of the super robot.

The Medicom Toy “Super-Alloy Z” Bearbrick will be available for purchase here this September for approximately $82 USD.

Samsung unveils the Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 Edge

Further to its teaser, Samsung has released a limited edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge in the distinctive red-and-gold livery of Marvel superhero Iron Man, as a promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The 64GB model features red brushed metal body accented with gold along the peripheral frame as well as around the camera lens and home button, and comes packaged with an “arc reactor” wireless charging pad. The Iron Man theme continues with a special skin to spice up the UI experience. However, the lack of J.A.R.V.I.S. leaves a conspicuous absence, with only Google Now to make up for it.

First releasing in South Korea on May 27, the phone will make its way to China and Hong Kong in June. In the meanwhile, watch the unboxing video below.

atmos (Japan) x Reebok Insta Pump Fury “Triple White”

Last year Reebok celebrated the 20th anniversary of its sought-after Instapump Fury, collaborating with atmos alongside other premiere sneaker retailers on a series of iterations. The two mainstays have teamed up again this year on a new rendition for 2015 summer.

Similar to the “Stars & Stripes,” the sneaker features a white textured upper with an inflatable cage, yet a patterned lining is omitted for an all-white semblance. A clean Hexlite midsole and cushioning system rounds out this retro runner with a classic finish. Look for the limited edition release at atmos from May 30 for ¥19,224 JPY (approximately $158 USD).

Apple’s $930 Million lawsuit against Samsung gets partially reversed

The never-ending saga between Apple and Samsung gets another chapter in its books, as the Korean mobile communications giant has just received a partial reversal on its 2012 lawsuit loss.

For a refresher, back in 2012, Apple sued Samsung over violating intellectual property, resulting in a whopping $930 million USD settlement. During the height of the trial, Apple presented several examples of unregistered trade dress which they claimed Samsung infringed upon for its Galaxy S and Nexus S devices. Trade dress protection applies to design elements that are nonfunctional, with Apple citing examples such as ”a rectangular product with four evenly rounded corners” and “a flat, clear surface covering the front of the product” as instances that were purely just for aesthetics and have no impact on usability for the suit.

However, a Federal Circuit Court of Appeals revisited the trial earlier today and ruled that while Samsung did indeed infringe upon Apple’s design patents, it did not with Apple’s trade dress. According to the court, “the requirement that the unregistered trade dress ‘serves no purpose other than identification’ cannot be reasonably inferred from the evidence.

Therefore, the court has asked for an update on the damages to be awarded, which should come out to around a $382 million USD discount for Samsung.

Afew x ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Black Koi” 1-of-1

Aaron Kai “Vices” Exhibition at Above Second Gallery (Hong Kong)

Hawaiian muralist and artist Aaron Kai is set to unveil his newest exhibition titled “Vices” at Above Second Gallery this weekend. “Vices” takes inspiration from the “vices” of our generation. Often viewed as sinful or immoral to society, vices hold an aspect of elevating sub-cultures, a notion Kai aims to explore with his signature style of wavy post-pop art that embraces whimsical designs and bold colors.

The exhibition will appropriately be held in the multicultural, metropolitan setting that is Hong Kong, an indulgent city of both virtues and vices. Kai will be in town for meet-and-greets and will also be offering unique dead stock pieces for sale.

If you’re in Hong Kong, be sure to stop by the Aaron Kai “Vices” exhibition’s official opening May 22.

Above Second Gallery
9 First Street,
Sai Ying Pun,
Hong Kong

Yamaha XJR1300 “Dissident” Celebrates Bike’s 20th Anniversary

Doing things the way they’ve historically been done can be a bore sometimes. In terms of motorcycles, Yamaha’s XJR series is one of those standard rides, but the brand knows that a fresh perspective yields compelling results. That’s the thinking behind the Yamaha Yard Built program: first established in 2012, Yard Built allows Yamaha to collaborate with some of the finest aftermarket tune shops around the world – offering new takes on its classics. For the latest release, here we find Yamaha and Porto-based workshop it RoCkS! bikes celebrating 20 years of XJR excellence with the XJR1300 “Dissident.”

With the release intended to elaborate on the existing silhouette without losing its spirit, designers Osvaldo Coutinho and Alexandre Santos made gilded additions to the air flow pipes, four of which flow from the engine through the tail. On top of this, the duo added high-end YZF-R1 forks for a smooth ride, as well as a complex ISR braking system with new cylinders and 340mm dual discs. All this is completed by a handmade leather seat and vintage pearl/gold paint job.

Of particular note, itRoCkS is making all of the additions used publicly available, so interested XJR1300 owners can contact them via Facebook for pricing.