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NECA Cracks the Konami Code to Deliver Contra Video Game Figures


It's taken years, but the impossible has finally happened. NECA will be bringing Contra to life in action figure form for the first time in well... ever. The beloved NES sidescroller has been a fan-favorite for decades, and though it's spawned sequels across a variety of platforms, Konami never licensed the franchise out for poseable collectibles before. Now, after seeing the success NECA's had with its video game figure wave, the developer has given the blessing for the first non-movie related entry into the popular action figure line.

If you're not familiar with Contra's lead characters Bill and Lance, the duo take on aliens in an effort to protect the planet. Their likenesses are thinly veiled homages to John Rambo and Alan "Dutch" Schaefer, with the Arnold Schwarzenegger poster for Predator being pretty closely ripped off to create Bill. Lance's Rambo roots aren't nearly as transparent, save for the dark hair and red headband. Those two '80s action icons being the inspiration makes the transition for NECA even easier given the company's history with those two characters.

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Jim Rugg’s ‘Notebook Nerd’ Makes Amazing Art From School Supplies


The fact that Jim Rugg is a pretty incredible artist isn't exactly news to anyone who's ever read Street Angel or Afrodisiac, but his latest project has blown away even a long-time fan like me. In Notebook Nerd, an art show at the IAm8Bit Gallery in Los Angeles, Rugg will be showing off a series of 50 incredible drawings done with ballpoint pens and notebook paper...

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