Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Dragon Ball Z: Story Saiyajin Raishuu - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Goku, Piccolo, and other DBZ superheroes participate in an action-adventure game that follows the arc from the beginning of the DBZ anime. As the story goes, Goku has wed a lassie named Chi-Chi and they have a son named Gohan. One day, a badass known as Raditz kidnaps Gohan which forces Goku to team up with Piccolo to trek through assorted challenges to rescue his baby boy. Preorders are welcome to ship on April 29, 2009 at JPY4800 or US$52.90.

Sonshi no Heihou DS - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» In the Art of War by Sun Tzu, the author states that "All warfare is based on deception." One example from history is Castro's use of deception against his enemies and even his supporters to engineer the Cuban Revolution. Another example is the massive amount of propaganda used in World War II by both sides of the conflict.

The lesson of deception and other tactics used in war are all contained within the Sonshi no Heihou DS game card from Media-5 which presents the complete Art of War book in electronic format. You can sit down and read the book (in Japanese) but if you're weary of reading, a narration feature is available where a clear Japanese speaking voice reads the text so you can close your eyes and listen/absorb/learn. Preorders are welcome to ship on May 21, 2009 at JPY3800 or US$39.90 from NCS.

Ayrton Senna 1/6 Scale Fine Art Statue - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Ayrton Senna was a successful race car driver who won six Monaco GP races and numerous Grand Prix races around the world. Senna died in a racing accident on May 01, 1994 in the San Marino GP which lead to a trial against the Williams racing team who had built and modified Senna's car. The culprit in Senna's accident was suspected to be the modified steering column in a trial held in Italy but the Williams team was acquitted of all charges.

In his homeland of Brazil, Senna is a beloved figure. Outside of Brazil, the country that loves Ayrton Senna like one of its own is Japan. Manufacturer Kotobukiya has started preorders for a statue which celebrates Senna's 1993 victory at the Japan Grand Prix -Suzuka- where he drove for McLaren. The statue is sculpted to 1/6 scale and measures 35cm or 13.77" tall. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2009 at JPY21000 or US$225.90 from NCS.

Relakkuma Sherbet Maker - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Back in the day*, ice cream makers for home-based use were rickety and not very good. We recall one motorized ice cream contraption that was shaped like a fat thermos with an inner cylinder that spun when powered up. It made a noise that was strangely similar to a lawnmower but twice as scary. The device required salt, ice, and assorted ingredients to create a quart of ice cream. Instead of ice cream as the end product however, we got a slurry of ice chips and dilute milky matter. Over the years, the quality of the machines has improved and we're able to make honest to goodness ice cream, sherbet, and other frozen treats in the office kitchen. The machines still make a lot of noise but at least the results are worth the din.

System Service has announced a Sherbet Maker that features a Relakkuma or
Korilakkuma design and is powered by hand crank. In case you didn't know, only three ingredients are necessary to create sherbet: Sugar, baking soda, and citric acid. Mix them together so the soda and acid start fizzing and proceed to eat. Additional flavors may be added to the base sherbet foundation but note that only dry ingredients should be used. Preorders for the Relakkuma Sherbet Maker are welcome to ship in mid-late July 2009 at JPY15.90 each.

* The term "
back in the day" as used by the NCS Corporation refers to an ephemeral period of time that could be as much as 20 years ago or as little as 10 years ago. It is a purposely nebulous descriptor meant to bring readers back to a time that was perhaps more innocent and less sophisticated than what we know as the "current day."

Relakkuma Pocket Watch - Import Preorder

«©NCSX» Pocket watches are generally more sophisticated in appearance and operation than a wristwatch. Maybe it's because there's more parts and a lot more effort is involved in telling time through a pocket watch. A wristwatch requires a mere flick of the wrist and a downward glance. Checking the time on a pocket watch on the other hand is a multi-step process. First you'll have to fish it out of your pocket, grasp it firmly, and then press downwards on the release button to open it up. Next, you'll have to angle the watch so that its face peers back at you so that the time can be told.

If you want to complicate your life with a timepiece that was popular in the 18th century, the Relakkuma Pocket Watch is for you. The lid features Rilakkuma's simple mug whilst the face shows off a silhouette of the bear. The watch runs on a single power cell and will ship from the manufacturer already ticking. Preorders are welcome to ship in July 2009.

Bedtime Stories Blu-Ray - New Release, Ships in 24 Hours

From the Publisher
Funnyman Adam Sandler stars in Walt Disney Pictures' "Bedtime Stories", the magical family comedy that's packed with adventure and lots of heart. When Skeeter Bronson (Sandler) babysits his sister's (Courteney Cox) children, his imagination runs wild as he dreams up elaborate bedtime stories - always casting himself as the hero.

Entranced, the children add their own ideas to these once-upon-a-time tales of heroics and chivalry. Then... magic happens. These nighttime fantasies become Skeeter's daytime realities, leading him on a real-life adventure in search of his own happy ending. Filled with colorful characters, humor and whimsy, this heartwarming comedy will enchant your entire family again and again.

Blu-Ray Features

English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 DTS Audio; "Cutting Room Floor: Deleted Scenes"; "Laughter Is Contagious: Outtakes"; "Until Gravity Do Us Part"; "It's Bugsy"; "To All The Little People"; DVD Copy Of "Bedtime Stories"; DisneyFile Digital Copy Of "Bedtime Stories"; Disney BD-Live, Featurette.

Not Easily Broken - New Release, Ships in 24 Hours

From the Publisher
Morris Chestnut ("The Game Plan"), Taraji P. Henson ("Hustle & Flow"), Maeve Quinlan (TV's "90210), Kevin Hart (Fool's Gold), Wood Harris ("Remember the Titans") and Jenifer Lewis (Madea's Family Reunion) star in "Not Easily Broken", an uplifting drama about love and family adapted from the book of the same name by renowned pastor and author Bishop T. D. Jakes.

Chronicling the story of one couple's love, lose and ultimate faith in one another, "Not Easily Broken" follows the lives of Dave (Morris Chestnut) and Clarice (Taraji P. Henson) Johnson in their second decade of marriage. Dave's dreams of major league baseball success were dashed by an injury in college, leading him to a steady but unfulfilling career as the head of a small construction firm. Clarice is basking in the glow of real estate stardom, creating a life that revolves around her rise to the top. She has become blind to Dave's needs, the most important being his desire to become a father and start a family with her. They face total disruption in their lives when a car crash seriously injures Clarice, whose meddling mother, Mary (Jenifer Lewis), blames Dave for her daughter's leg injuries and derailed career.

General Updates

PS3 Demon's Souls (Asian) Redux
Another batch of Demon's Souls (Asian Version) will ship from Sony Hong Kong tonight and NCS expects delivery on Thursday of this week. We'll be able to process and ship all remaining backorders and new orders once the shipment arrives. With this particular supply, NCS expects to keep the game in stock for same-day shipping on new orders.
TOYS Masterpiece Grimlock Shipped
Grimlock was released in Japan last night and our shipment is scheduled to arrive within the next 3-5 days. New orders are welcome.
ETC Super Mario Towel/Handkerchef Club Nintendo
A supplier in Japan shipped a consignment of Club Nintendo exclusive Mario towels to us a few days ago and delivery is expected sometime this week. We've gotten a few of these before but we'll offer the new supply for general sale once they're in stock and couple the product listing with a photo gallery.