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Show Openings: May 31st to June 6th

Inner Nature

Inner Nature
The Art of Brad Klausen and Marq Spusta

Opening reception on Friday June 1st 2012 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM
On view through June 23rd 2012

Gallery 1988
7020 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Stranger Factory June 1

Three Solo Shows:
La Petite Mort - Chet Zar
Scuffle - Charlie Immer
Sinister Dexterity -
Stephan Webb

Opening reception on Friday June 1st 2012 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
On view until July 1st 2012

Stranger Factory
109 Carlisle Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

TCFTS2 Show

They Came From The Streets 2
Group Show

The show runs on June 1st and June 2nd 2012

UNHEARDOF
323 W 4th Street
Cincinnati, OH

Galaxxor’s General Gorgax

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"From the his labyrinthine fortress on the lost planet of Xanthos, comes the ruthless leader of the dreaded Evil Mutant Legion, the dark champion of the elite Cyborg Space Barbarians, the fallen master of the Omega Powers, the obsidian horned arch nemesis of Galaxxor, General Gorgax!"

The newest Galaxxor figure will land on Friday June 1st 2012 at Noon Central Time exclusively at the Galaxxor Online Store. The 5.5" resin General Gorgax was sculpted by Ben Spencer, hand cast in resin by The Godbeast and painted by Ben Spencer. This figure is limited to an edition of only 5 pieces.

The Art of Tea

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Matt "Lunartik" JOnes continues his love affair with tea today (Tuesday May 29th 2012) when he releases "The Art of Tea". Limited to only 18 signed and numbered pieces, each figure measures 5.5" tall (not including the brush) and has been crafted using a 'Mini Tea' Tea cup and colored resin.

The Art of Tea was released at 10:00AM GMT (6:00AM EST) at Lunartik.com. They are priced at £49.00 each plus shipping (around $77).

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REVIEW: Alliance Normandy SR-2

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Background

Dark Horse Deluxe has released the Alliance Normandy SR-2 Ship Replica from BioWare and Electronic Arts' Mass Effect video game series. This version of the SR2 comes from the latest iteration – Mass Effect 3.

Normandy is a Systems Alliance starship. She is a "deep scout" frigate, optimized for solo reconnaissance missions deep within unstable regions, using advanced stealth technology powered by an experimental drive core.

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The Facts

Mass Effect: Alliance Normandy SR-2 Ship Replica
Series: Mass Effect
Manufacturer: Dark Horse Deluxe
Material: Resin
Dimensions: 6.75” long by 2.5” tall
Points of Articulation: 1 (Turns on base)
Pricing: $20.99

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Packaging

The rectangular box features a detailed shot of the production piece “in flight” on the front. The rear shows some alternate angles. And the other sides are all decorated with Mass Effect logos. Inside, the piece is secured between a pair of styrofoam trays.

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Our Opinion

I'm not familiar with Mass Effect. After seeing the video game series described as “sci-fi action role-playing video games”, I now realize why that is. I like sci-fi films. I like video games. But for some reason, I don't like sci-fi video games.

With that being said, I can look at the Alliance Normandy SR-2 with unbiased eyes. But that lack of knowledge also means that I needed to go and look at what the ship really looks like. From what I can tell, it looks like a fairly good replica.

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But if you look a little closer...you'll notice a lot of sloppy paint. The silver areas, and a lot of the intricate sculpt detailing, just aren't that detailed. The text logos look clean, but they are decals.Since the Normandy SR-2 is a delicate resin piece with lots of breakable areas, it includes a black base with a display peg. It's really the only way that you'd be able to display the piece, but there is the option to just set the ship on your desk or shelf.

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I guess the folks who would purchase this are hardcore fans of the Mass Effect series. I can't imagine many non-gamers dropping anywhere between $21.00 and $35.00 on a relatively small resin statuette of a spaceship that they are unfamiliar with.

You can pick one up at the following:

TFAW: $20.99

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