’90s French house lives on through Medicom’s Daft Punk figures

This is an exquisite arrival for dance music heads “around the world”! Pay homage to two seminal figures of the French house genre with these Real Action Heroes figures of Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter (pictured) and Guy-Manuel
de Homem-Christo
. Medicom has rendered these guys in 12-inch format with their signature gold, silver and black helmets re-created in impeccable detail.

Whether you’re time-traveling back to the late ’90s and the DJ’s spinningHomework or tearing up the dance floor in the 21st century to Random Access Memories, these guys will make you want to start a revolution of the 909 variety.

When he's ugly cute so he shows up to the function with a mask

When he’s ugly cute so he shows up to the function with a mask

BlackBerries are still a thing, apparently

Up until a few years ago, I was a staunch anti-Apple consumer. I chuckled pompously at the sheep-like masses with small white buds buried in their ears as I listened to music on my phone. I rolled my eyes at the advent of the iPad, thinking it ridiculous that any person would need a computer and a weird handheld screen thingy. I dutifully plugged away on my six-year-old, virus-ridden and hopelessly slow HP laptop, thinking I was one of the valiant few doing humanity a favor. And then, with my tail between my legs, I became a convert to the Church of Apple. Once I made the switch to an iPhone, I never looked back. Now, you’ll almost always catch me with those little white plastic earbuds plugged into my head while I’m cruising Tumblr on my MacBook Air.

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The thing is, once I crossed over, I forgot about everything else. Namely, that people are still actually buying technology that, to Millennials, could be already considered obsolete, much like 2008 Miley Cyrus.

Pre-tongue, post-Nick Jonas bb Milez toting a BlackBerry Bold 9000. Lest we forget. Source: pinterest.com

Pre-tongue, post-Nick Jonas bb Milez toting a BlackBerry Bold 9000. Lest we forget. Source: pinterest.com

BlackBerries (BlackBerrys?) are. Still. A thing. At least this seems to be the case, seeing that a limited, black and gold edition of the new BlackBerry Passport (which sported a redundant and kind of lame side engraving that read “limited edition”) released today sold out within hours. Cute, I guess, but kind of a yawn, because this proves that BlackBerry, like every other smartphone with the exception of maybe the Samsung Galaxy, is just trying to keep up with Apple. I mean, just take a look at the “highlights” of November’s BlackBerry Classic, among which were “a good touch-screen”, “very fast Internet” and “a keyboard”. Really, BlackBerry? I’m pretty sure any human exiting the womb after 2000 comes implanted with those same features. You’re essentially bragging about being a functional cellular phone.

Source: crackberry.com

Source: crackberry.com

All questionable marketing language aside, Samsung recently offered to buy BlackBerry for up to $7.5 million, to which BlackBerry laughed, flipped its hair and said “We’re totally fine. Really, we’re fine.” Well, I guess we can sort of believe that when certain celebrities still swear by their BBs. Despite striking a deal with Samsung to sell his last album and the fact that he’s been seen using an iPhone, Jay-Z still mostly relies on an old-school BlackBerry to carry out the day-to-day duties necessary to his role of Mr. Beyoncé. He even lent some props to the ol’ dinosaur celly in last year’s collab track with Daft Punk “Computerized”: “Start macking on my BlackBerry / She got jealous / I was tapping on my BlackBerry.” All that this shows us is that the best thing that rhymes with “BlackBerry” is “BlackBerry”. And also that none of this ever actually happened because we all know that he isn’t macking on anyone, except maybe Bey, who is obviously incapable of mortal, bacchanal emotions like jealousy.

Essentially. Source: baconwrappedmedia.com

Essentially. Source: baconwrappedmedia.com

So BlackBerry, what are you even doing? Okay, I get it. Why should you listen to me, lowly ’90s baby with capricious tastes in technology and an irreverent, entitled, know-it-all attitude? You’re going to valiantly keep trying to remain competitive in the market as long as it’s profitable for you to do so. That’s great. That’s the beauty of Western capitalism. But it won’t last forever, BB. And when it ends, I’ll be here for you with a big tub of mint-chocolate-chip ice cream. And an iPhone 6.

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Source: giphy.com

(Psst! Tech geeks should check out our take on gaming with the iPhone 6 plus.)

Daft Punk Medicom Figures

Wish you could own the coolest robots on the planet? Well, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk are humans under those helmets so they’re not for sale, but their latest partnership with Medicom Toys can get you the next best thing.

The “Random Access Memories” figures stand almost a 12 inches tall and feature both band members in their respective gold and silver helmets and gloves, with black sequined suits. They were created as a part of Medicom Toys’ “Real Action Heroes” series.  You can get your favorite one or buy both.

Release Date: May 2015

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Daft Punk Action Figures

Honoring their attention to visual and robotic components this action figure project has been created under the supervision of the artists themselves. S.H.Figuarts Daft Punk Thomas Bangalter and S.H.Figuarts Daft Punk Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have been crafted with meticulous attention to detail; the helmet area employs a shiny metallic finish and clear parts for enhanced realism. Each figure also features advanced S.H.Figuarts articulation and seven sets of left/right interchangeable hand parts for recreation of dynamic posing. Display them together and create the groundbreaking musical sensation.

Thomas Daft Punk Figure