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‘Initial D’ manga inspires Toyota’s new concept car

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With an eight-year run under its belt, the “Initial D” manga was a bona fide hit in Japan, where the care driven by protagonist Takumi Fujiwara is so iconic that it’s being remixed and updated by Toyota.

The new one-off concept car is actually a retrofitted Toyota GT86, which itself was inspired by the Corolla GT Coupe, otherwise known as the AE86, of “Initial D” fame, according to Toyota. The custom concept comes directly from Toyota’s U.K. special projects department.

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Comics A.M. | Tite Kubo’s ‘Bleach’ manga nears its end

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Manga | Next week’s issue of the Japanese “Shonen Jump” will announce the impending conclusion of Tite Kubo’s fantasy-adventure manga “Bleach.” This comes as no surprise to readers, as the nearly 15-year-old series entered its final story arc in 2012. [Anime News Network]

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Zoinks! ‘Scooby snack’ has been added to the Oxford Dictionary

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We finally know where to find Scooby Doo, everyone — in the Oxford Dictionary. The term “Scooby snack” has been added to the latest edition of the comprehensive dictionary series, thus making the term for Scooby’s favorite snack an official word in the English language.

The official definition for “Scooby snack” says, “A snack, esp. given as a reward or inducement; spec. a bite-sized treat or a large multilayered sandwich (likened to those eaten by the cartoon character Scooby Doo)… Also: food eaten to satisfy a hunger induced by drinking, smoking, or drug use.”

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Hot Topic debuts full ‘Suicide Squad’ fashion collection

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Given that Hot Topic unveiled a Harley Quinn “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt in March, it should come as no surprise the shopping mall staple is launching an entire “Suicide Squad” collection, “inspired by the worst heroes ever” (and also the upcoming film).

Debuting July 22, the line is of course heavy on Harley and The Joker, with sweaters, tank tops, dresses, skinny jeans, boxer shorts, a trench coat and more (including a black-and-silver “Puddin” choker). However, Katana is also represented with a jacket.

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Harley Quinn, The Joker & More Squad Up on NIKEiD’s Customized ‘Suicide Squad’ Converse Kicks

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“Suicide Squad” hits theaters this August, which means there’s still plenty of time to get your opening night outfit together — so why not start out with NiKEiD’s customized “Suicide Squad” Converse Kicks?

The unisex high tops currently retail for $80 on the Nike webstore and feature several different “Suicide Squad” characters, specifically Harley Quinn, The Joker and Deadshot. The kicks are also available with the customer’s choice of rubber sidewall, racing stripe, lace, patch logo and more.

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Comics A.M. | Conan O’Brien, “Agents of SHIELD” & More wrap SDCC trolleys

Conventions | The San Diego trolleys will get a new look for Comic-Con International: They will be fully wrapped in ads for comics-themed TV shows. The ads bring in about $300,000 to the Metropolitan Transit System, and advertisers see them as a good way to get the message out to their natural audience: “The trolley train wraps are very effective because they allow you to have fun with your marketing and also are constantly in motion, giving your campaign strong circulation to reach a wide range of fans,” said Angela Courtin, chief marketing officer for Fox. Fun fact: It takes eight hours to wrap a single trolley car. No statistics were available on how long it takes to unwrap it after the con. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Creators | Mark Russell, who scripted DC’s satirical series Prez, talks about his work on their reboot of The Flinstones. When they first approached him, his response was “I kind of hate ‘The Flintstones,'” and when they were OK with that, he said, “I knew from the beginning that it would be a satiric, edgy response to ‘The Flintstones.'” The new series debuts next month. “It’s a critique of the suburban values that the original ‘Flintstones’ and [precursor] ‘The Honeymooners’ were about,” Russell said. “[The comedy] absorbed the values of the time and used them as a backdrop for broad humor.” Artist Steve Pugh, on the other hand, enjoyed the show; as a child growing up in the gritty British industrial town of Birmingham, he saw it as a “ray of light” in an otherwise grim world. [Comic Riffs]

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Captain America brightens your day with new Funko POP! Party Lights

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Chances are if you’re reading this, you own at least one of the hundreds of miniaturized figures that have made the Funko POP! Vinyl line a worldwide success. But what if you could take that “Attack on Titan” Colossal Titan or glow-in-the-dark Ant-Man vinyl off your shelf and hang them, say, from your ceiling?

Revolutionary, right? Well, today you’re one step closer to living that very specific dream.

Funko has announced its first run of POP! Party Lights, with Captain America as their debut character — all in celebration of Cap’s 75th anniversary. The lights themselves look similar in style to the heads of the company’s popular vinyl figures, just smaller and ready to light up.

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Comics A.M. | Del Rey manga titles return – on iTunes

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Manga | Four older manga series are making a comeback in digital format: School Rumble, Alive, Nodame Cantabile, and Princess Resurrection, all originally published in English by Del Rey, will be available in the iTunes Store beginning on July 26. The Del Rey manga imprint became defunct in 2010, when the Japanese publisher Kodansha stopped licensing its manga to them and started publishing the books directly as Kodansha Comics. [Anime News Network]

Passings | Chester “Chet” Krause, who was the owner of the Comics Buyers Guide from 1983 to 1991, has died at the age of 92. Krause, who also owned a number of other papers catering to special interests (Numismatic News, Sports Collectors Digest), hired Don and Maggie Thompson as the editors of CBG, and under their leadership it became an important gathering point and communications channel for comics fans in the days before the internet. [ICv2]

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‘Star Trek’ Build-A-Bear collection sets phasers on cuddly

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Build-A-Bear is celebrating “Star Trek’s” 50th anniversary in the only way it knows how: with adorable furry friends, of course.

The toy company has unveiled limited-edition bears, complete with “Star Trek” chest insignia and anniversary logo.

The two bears available are the regular 50th anniversary black bear for $25 and a slightly more expensive Spock for $28. The latter features the character’s signature ears, haircut and Vulcan salute, and has the phrase “Live Long and Prosper” written on its foot.

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Reducio! You can buy tiny ‘Harry Potter’ books and newspapers

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PetiteUniques makes everyone’s favorite “Harry Potter” stories miniature.

The Etsy shop takes books and newspapers from the wizarding world, and shrinks them down to 1/12th of their original size, perfect for “Harry Potter” collectors with limited space.

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This ‘Game of Thrones’ Xbox One is more desired than the Iron Throne

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Even as fans reel from the events of Sunday’s Season 6 finale, Microsoft is commemorating the occasion with a special-edition “Game of Thrones” Xbox One console.

Unveiled this morning by Xbox France, this console is very special indeed, not merely because its design mimics the celebrated opening credits of the hit HBO fantasy drama: Only six have been created, presumably one for each season.

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Comics A.M. | Unpublished Joe Kubert cover sells at auction

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Auctions | Joe Kubert’s original cover art for “Battle Classics” #3, signed by the artist, sold for $8,360 at auction earlier this month at Philip Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, New York. The series was canceled after the first issue, so the cover was never published; it came directly from the artist’s estate. A second Kubert original, the cover for “Mystery in Space” #111, went for $6,038. [Artfix Daily]

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With this DIY Cyclops visor, you can shoot fire from your eyes

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We’ve spotlighted a number of ill-advised do-it-yourself projects, many of which are virtually guaranteed to cause harm to the user, bystanders or their surroundings (quite possibly all three): working Iron Man gauntlets, with lasers and missiles; a lightsaber flamethrower; Magneto shoes; a “Mad Max”-style flame-throwing guitar … However, those look downright kid-safe when compared to this flame-throwing Cyclops visor.

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I Ain’t Afraid of No Bun: Japanese Burger Chain Introduces ‘Ghostbusters’-Themed Food

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“Ghostbusters” fans no doubt rejoiced when it was revealed that Ecto Cooler, the tangerine-flavored, green colored Hi-C juice drink, would be returning in time for Paul Feig’s reboot. But leave it to the Japanese to one-up Americans on movie-themed food, as the J.S. Burger Cafe chain has unveiled an entire menu celebrating the July release of “Ghostbusters.” Consider it a feast worthy of the last of your petty cash.

That is, if you can stomach anchovy paste and dyed black food. As GrubStreet reports (via Uproxx), the star of the the spread is the so called G.B. Burger, a black olive and anchovy paste-slathered patty layered with purple cabbage and sandwiched between a black bun. From the image above, it looks like there’s also a tomato slice and what one can only hope is mozzarella cheese.

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Are you worthy enough to make your own Thor’s hammer?

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Does it really matter whether you’re worthy to wield Thor’s hammer when you can simply make one of your own?

Instructables contributor Tom Howbridge offers a step-by-step guide to creating the legendary Mjolnir from steel pipe, a wooden post, metal clothes rail and nylon cord.

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