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Twitter Earnings, Released Early, Disappoint Investors; Shares Plunge. A Feast of Architectural Styles for Expo Milano 2015. Photo MILAN — James Biber can see Russia from his roof.

A Feast of Architectural Styles for Expo Milano 2015

Mr. Dream Job: Q&A With Sideshow Collectibles. Twenty-five years ago Tom Gilliland found himself working at the mecca of model building.

Dream Job: Q&A With Sideshow Collectibles

He was making something like $7.20 an hour working the register at Kit Kraft, a hobby shop located in Studio City, California. He began by painting miniatures for role-playing games in his off hours, but his interest quickly scaled up. By the time he left the shop, he had produced a painting and model-building video, a line of custom paints, and hundreds of box-art paint prototypes. The All-Star Blizzard Toy Line We've Always Wanted. Toy makers learn that construction sets aren't just for boys anymore. For decades, toy makers believed the industry gospel: Boys want to build things; girls want to play princess.

Toy makers learn that construction sets aren't just for boys anymore

But now, female chief executives are leading huge corporations, including Yahoo Inc. and General Motors Corp., and more women are becoming engineers and mathematicians. Meanwhile, toy companies are realizing that girls want to build bridges and wire circuits. Parents, too, are demanding playthings that nurture a love of science and math in their daughters, driven in part by nationwide hand-wringing over a lack of interest in STEM careers (short for science, technology, engineering and math). As a result, construction toys, bolstered by demand from girls, are a bright spot in the $22-billion industry, which has seen other categories stagnate or decline. Eager to make up for lost time, Mattel Inc. in April acquired Mega Brands, known for its construction sets.

Gowns, masks, armor galore: L.A. Opera to hold costume sale. Culture Monster All arts, all the time Anyone need a gladiator helmet?

Gowns, masks, armor galore: L.A. Opera to hold costume sale

The Los Angeles Opera’s colorful costume shop will hold a rare tag sale on Saturday. The shop is moving locations and cleaning house. More than 1,000 costumes worn on the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion stage by the likes of Plácido Domingo and Frederica von Stade will fill about 90 clothing racks in a downtown L.A. parking lot. Think late 19th century bustles and flouncy panniers; handmade shoes and masks; military garb and gladiator gear; period wigs and accessories.

Composer Alan Menken explains how 'Newsies' became a stage dynamo. Imperiled Foxes on California Islands May Come Off Endangered List. Continue reading the main story Video Four endangered subspecies of fox on the northern Channel Islands off the California coast have recovered so well over the past 11 years that the is announcing Wednesday that it is starting to consider taking them off the endangered list.

Imperiled Foxes on California Islands May Come Off Endangered List

Study and discussion of their status will take about a year, but if the agency does decide to delist the foxes, the decision will signify the fastest recovery ever of a mammal under the endangered species act, said Robert D. Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty. The Islamic State's recent video showing its forces destroying what appear to be priceless antiquities in an Iraq museum has provoked harsh words from the head of the J.

Islamic State attack on Iraq museum condemned by Getty

Paul Getty Trust, who condemned the attacks but said there is little that can be done outside of military intervention to prevent future acts of cultural pillaging. Daft Punk to issue action figures later this year. Most of us will never be cool enough to play alongside Daft Punk (unless, of course, you’re Pharrell), but the mysterious Parisian electronic duo will give fans a chance to literally play with them when they roll out a set of action figures later this year.

Daft Punk to issue action figures later this year

Sideshow Collectibles. 1Concept Corps Every journey begins with a single step, or an adventurous leap!

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Our process starts here, with research, concepts and designs. 2Waxworks Working from the design concepts, our sculptors dig in and get their hands dirty. Meet Sideshow Artist Amilcar Fong. Bandai.com - Home: find toys for Power Rangers, Ben 10, Pac-Man, TechPet, and Various Other Action Figures and Toys. NECA - National Entertainment Collectibles Association. Bandai Namco partners with Roadhouse for new western-focused mobile RPG. Bandai Namco has announced it's working with Roadhouse Interactive on a new mobile game.

Bandai Namco partners with Roadhouse for new western-focused mobile RPG

The as-yet-unnamed game is being billed as a "character-based builder-battle RPG set in an entirely new fictional universe. " Its creation will be based at one of Roadhouse's Vancouver studios by a blend of Bandai Namco and Roadhouse developers, with more details set for release over the coming months. Having recently enjoyed top ten Japanese chart success with Drift Spirits and the Tales series, mobile gaming isn't an new area for Bandai Namco. However, the deal is a new opportunity for the Tokyo-based company to grow its presence in the western mobile market, and to tap into the $25 billion in worldwide revenue that market researcher Newzoo predicts the industry will generate by the end of 2014.

Western promise Its partnership with Roadhouse is a savvy one, since the Canadian studio has enjoyed a string of successful game launches in recent months. Belgian Artist's Painting Infringes Upon Photographer's Work, Court Rules.