Meet Vapor Waif and the Dankest Skylanders of My Imagination

first_img Will Amiibo be the Last Toys-to-Life to Die?Nintendo Amiibos will be compatible with Skylanders Stay on target Skylanders Imaginators doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. It’s the first Skylanders game that lets you make your own Skylander instead of using premade characters. It’s also a Nintendo Switch launch title. You still have to use toys (Imaginite Crystals, which look like little Mother Brain containers), but you can come up with your own characters. You can use dozens of different parts, and mix and match color palettes as much as you want. If you really like your creation, you can even have it 3D-printed into your own ($50) Skylanders toy.Activision provided us with Skylanders Imaginators and let us 3D print our own Skylander, and we used this opportunity very responsibly.Ladies and gentlemen, meet Vapor Waif. She fits our aesthetic.She’s sealed inside the big plastic dome because full-color 3D printing uses a sandstone-like material that’s hilariously brittle. She’s also a bit… beefier than her in-game counterpart. Still, I love the look. She’s the vanguard of my army of the World’s Dankest Skylanders. Yes, this is foolish.Vapor WaifThe leader of the Dankestu no Skylanders Zaibatsu. She fits our aesthetic, with eye-smashing teal, indigo, and hot pink colors on marble bust-like pale skin. She’s a Wind Sentinel, so she slings the hottest ambient electronic tunes with her trident.Lit A.F.Vapor Waif’s second-in-command, the loyal robot Lit A.F. He’s a Fire Sorcerer, so he can throw fireballs, put up flame walls, and dish out the hottest takes. For example all 2D side-scrolling games are bad. That isn’t my take; it’s Lit A.F.’s. And my coworker Buzzi’s, who you can contact at [NO. – ed.]Mech TonightTake the beloved McDonald’s mascot Mac Tonite, which is surprisingly easy when you color the banana head white to look like a crescent moon. Give him sick robot arms and let him punch things. I give you Mech Tonight!Dan CastmemeDankest meme! You get it? Do you get it? You get it? Get it?Bong HitBong Hit is the tank of the group, a heavy hitting Earth Smasher in bright green plate armor and wielding a huge hammer. He’s called Bong Hit because his massive bucket helmet makes a loud bell-like “Bong!” sound every time he gets hit. Also, weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed.The Skeleton In You Right NowI don’t want to freak you out, but you should know this. There’s a skeleton inside you right now. There are skeletons in all of us. Every day we’re surrounded by skeletons hiding in meat clothing.last_img read more

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RideHailing App Vehicles Abandoned in China

first_img U.S. Army To Test Remote-Controlled Combat VehiclesDomino’s Brings Autonomous Pizza Delivery to Houston Stay on target Is this where good cars go to die? As China’s ride-hailing apps and companies grapple with a safety crisis and slowing growth, photos emerge of more than a thousand vehicles abandoned in an industrial park, most of them still new.The abandoned vehicles are located in Nanjing, in the Jiangsu province of China.View of abandoned ride-hailing app vehicles in Nanjing, China on November 1, 2018. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)Earlier this year, Nanjing became the first city in China to put a temporary cap on the number of vehicles that can be hailed online and via apps, as reported by Jiemian (in Chinese). By controlling the issuance of new licenses for ride-hailing vehicles and taxis, the city was hoping to regulate the sector, curb illegal practices, and reduce safety risks.In September, Meituan Dianping, operator of the world’s largest on-demand food delivery service, announced that it was halting further expansion into China’s ride-hailing market. The Beijing-based company started its pilot ride-hailing operations in Shanghai and Nanjing earlier this year, and was expected to compete with the country’s industry leader, Didi Chuxing.The change in strategy for Meituan came after the deaths of two young women passengers on Didi’s carpool-like Hitch service within the space of three months, according to the South China Morning Post.The deaths also prompted China to conduct comprehensive inspections on all ride-haling service companies, according to Reuters. The inspections started in September.Abandoned ride-hailing app vehicles in Nanjing, China on October 31, 2018. (Photo Credit: VCG/VCG via Getty Images)Even with the crises the, ride-hailing industry in China is already worth $30 billion, more than the rest of the world combined, according to a report from consulting firm Bain & Company released in May this year. And it could more than double in size to reach $72 billion by 2020.But fierce competition — aside from big players Didi and Meituan Dianping, third-party apps such as WeChat and Alipay offer ride-hailing services — is likely to allow only a small number of companies to survive.“We’re seeing a lot of acquisition and consolidation,” Raymond Tsang, one of the authors of the Bain & Company report, told CNN Business. “And profitability among these players has not been very high, to say the least.”More on Geek.com:Uber, Lyft Help Voters Get to the Polls on Election DayWaymo, GM Lead Self-Driving Car RaceToyota’s e-Palette Mobile Retail Space Expected in 2020last_img read more

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