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Monday, June 1, 2020

Happy Meal 2020 | Trolls World Tour

06.01.2020 - McDonald’s in Southeast Asia has slowly updated the latest Happy Meal toys in the countries that covered this region. Since early in March 2020 the latest toy featuring Trolls World Tour has been presented to various markets and the Philippines has finally caught up with the collectibles that was supposed to be released two months earlier. Due to the coronavirus pandemic there has been no new toys released.

Though the animated film has already been released in the US through Video on Demand the toys have been already released ahead of its original screen date.

Monday, March 16, 2020

Secret Fresh + SpongeBob | CT's Sponge Boy

Closing out the collaboration between Secret Fresh and SpongeBob to celebrate its twentieth anniversary is the much awaited and anticipated works from Christian Tamondong. This collaboration has been laid out that featured artists in a group show followed by solo show with Ronald Ventura, and finally with Christian Tamondong.

The SpongeBob event is not just a solo art show, but also a launch of clothing and apparel collection and exclusive toys that featuring Christina Tamondong’s works. It was unexpected changes to the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic that there was no artist reception but the gallery was unveiled.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Secret Fresh | CT + SpongeBob

03.10.2020 - Secret Fresh is going all out this weekend with the last collaboration with Spongebob that was announced back in July 2019. This last collab will close out what Secret Fresh and Viacom has envisioned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the character that fans has grown up to see now that there will be a new film set to release soon.

But this collab is something special that features Christian Tamandong and his upcoming solo show that features anything and everything SpongeBob that will also launch new art toys and a set of limited edition clothing apparel also dropping this Sunday for that special event!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Be@rbrick Series 39 | Paddington

03.04.2020 – The Bearbrick Series of Blind box figures continue to push on with unique designs, concepts and partnership with some of the brands in the industry. There’s no doubt it is not something for everyone. But for those into the designer art toy and anything that is visually stimulate art it is a collectible worthy of attention.

Currently, the Bearbrick minifigures that comes from the mystery box is on its thirty-ninth edition that was released in 2019 and there’s a new batch coming out sometime in this year. For now here is a special spotlight on one of the mystery figures and that is the delightful Paddington!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Secret Fresh + tokidoki | Secret Rainbow

03.02.2020 – tokidoki (“sometimes” in Japanese) has become a global brand and collaborated with iconic brands that put Simone Legno’s works in the map as produced into an apparel, clothing, footwear, and accessories. He’s been to the Philippines several times to promote his brand or just for a visit.

This recent Sunday was the newest collaboration with Secret Fresh, but this time around it is not only featuring his works as part of the exhibit. It is considered a triple launch of partnerships between the art gallery and tokidoki to bring something new that is an exclusive.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Happy Meal #1Shots | Spy Racers

02.25.2020 – The Fast & Furious franchise has expanded to a younger target audience with its most recent spinoff “Fast & Furious: Spy Racers” now streaming all eight episodes on Netflix since 26 December 2019. There’s no indication if this series is canon to the live-action films but Vin Diesel made a voice cameo as Dom Toretto.

Of course, if there’s a new series a tie-up merchandise is right behind this with McDonald’s Happy Meal being released in various markets including North America and now Southeast Asia including the Philippines featuring the cars in the series.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Movie Review | Sonic the Hedgehog

02.24.2020 – Sonic the Hedgehog is changing the way you see video games adapted into a live-action film. The movie holds up to the promise and hopes of the fans that followed its development after the reveal of what could have been a disastrous concept, which was saved by the fandom all over the world.

It is considered a breakthrough on how video games have been adopted into the big screen and Sonic leads that reinvigorated the genre that would potentially become a franchise. Despite being a hit in various markets it is still considered a niche film for those who have grown up and played the game dating back to SEGA’s 16-Bit Mega Drive game console from the 1990s. But word of mouth travels with a supersonic speed that would continue to make this film a must watch you’ll see.

The new reality for Sonic is simple in narrative and greatly executed performances from James Mardsen and the scene stealing Jim Carrey as the maniacal genius of Doctor Robotnik can’t be contained in this impressive ‘little’ film that most think is a child’s film, but actually it is for everyone to appreciate just like how he is being played in the video games is something worthy of a second watch in cinemas.