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    Thanks to our sponsor Robotkingdom and MASABON1980 who have posted lots of new images from the Tokyo Toy Show 2013 Takara Tomy booth's Transformers Go! products display. Get a look at more new images of the Autobot Samurai and Decepticon Ninja Combiners, Beast Hunters Figures with the green Scourge / Vertebreak figure and all the new products being shown at the 2013 Tokyo Toy Show now.

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    SDCC 2013 Exclusive Superman Bust Bank – Monogram International It seems like just a few months ago that everything that we say was Iron Man related due to Iron Man 3 hitting theaters. Now...

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    Thanks again to our sponsor Robotkingdom who have posted more new images from the Tokyo Toy Show 2013 Takara Tomy booth's Transformers Super Gt products display. Get a look at the images of the latest Super GT toys including GT-R Prime, GT-R Saber, GT-R Megatron and preview images of the GT-R Maximus along with various posters and promotional items in the gallery now.

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    SDCC 2013 Exclusive Caveman Domo Qee – Dark Horse It’s back to the prehistoric ages! …. Where we meet Domo? Dark Horse presents their latest San Diego Comic Con-Exclusive –...

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    Yes Anime Brings SDCC Exclusive Super Alloy 1/6 Scale Batman By Jim Lee If you have been a big fan of the new diecast 1/6th scale figures, or super alloy as Play Imaginative likes to call them,...

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    What is "Shingeki no Kyojin"? What is the allure of the series? I was asked on Facebook today, and I was at a loss to explain the series, and instead offered "they are not your typical japanese anime with absolutely no intentional cuteness or kawaii involved, and the show is pretty bleak too. People get eaten and blood is spilt quite often too! … (tis a ) parallel earth with medieval undertones mixed in with steampunk-ish tech maybe?" - and I don't think I hit the mark 100%, but perhaps I should first introduce the story which seems to have folks in a grip these days, fascinatingly so …

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    WHAT: The manga series "Shingeki no Kyojin" (also known as "Attack On Titan") began its serialization in Kodansha's monthly publication Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine (circa September 2009). And it has since been adapted into an anime television series produced by Wit Studio (debuted on April 6, 2013 on MBS, directed by Tetsurō Araki) currently on air, and is now being adapted into a live-action feature film, with a 2014-release planned. [Wiki]
    STORY: "Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titan.

    Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a giant in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind."
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    As usual I was a tad late into the fervor (at the very least not as late as when I discovered "Tiger & Bunny" a year or so later after it's finished it's run LOL), completing a catch up of all 10 episodes aired so far, with the 11th Episode (With English-subtitled) to be launched glorious Sunday. And I am left gasping for breathe (as all epic anime does) and grabbing for more. This was my initial reaction upon a marathon viewing of Eps.1 to 9, posted on my Facebook two weekends ago:
    "HolyF**K this was INTENSE! Finished up to Ep 9 and i am left in awe, in tears, grasping for breath ... this is not your usual happy anime, (and) it dwells in a depression so bleak and unyielding, it is spirit-crushing, and yet the mystic of curiosity and awe still drenches the series in blood. NOT for kids, but definitely for adults in need of a blade stab into the eye of your subconsciousness."
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    Who is the "new" Titan? And what connection does it have with Eren?
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    I have always had a "weakness" for a "ragtag" group of operators within a squadron and a specific focus, from Battlestar Galactica (the similarity of their brown jackets and light-colored pants did not escape me ;p SO SAY WE ALL!) to Buckeroo Banzai et al. I am looking forward to be getting acquainted with the crew introduced in the anime, if they live long enough, that is! One standout notion of the series is also the bleakness of the combatants, and the inevitable "death by being eaten" fear that hangs over their head. There is not a single "positive spirited" character, like other animes/mangas are wrought to have. Even the protagonist "Eren" is so self-absorbed in his desire for revenge, it replaces that notion.

    And of course there is "Mikasa Ackerman", the by-default silent killer that replaces X-Men's Wolverine at "being the best at what she does". And of course "Mikasa" gets the cosplay folks' attention - Exciting times!

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    (Above: "Mikasa" Cosplay)
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    I had inavertedly read the online manga version (Chapter 46) barely two days ago, and figured out some story spoilers which may or may not make it's way to the anime adaptation, so I would suggest if you intend to devour the anime, to forgo the manga least the story is spoilt in advance for you, IMHO.

    With the anime comes news of a "live"-action movie adaptation, which to be seemed a tad "early" in the proceedings and harkens a vibe of capitalizing on the fevour, methinks. Regardless, here's hoping it could do "justice" to the anime.

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    [I found myself sketching up a frenzy, and while the result might not
    be exceptional, the act - for me - was pretty satisfying, indeed!]

    And of course, being (predominately) a "toy-blog", it would be remiss of me to not feature this upcoming Capsule-Q Characters series (Images via Toys Daily) featuring a quartet of characters; Eren versus Colossal Titan, Mikasa mid-flight escaping a Titan, Eren Titan punching thru a smaller Titan, and a bloodied Titan munching on a hapless human! Yes, these figures portray how the anime actually is, moreso than stills have dared tho, all these while - ATTACK ON TITAN IS NOT FOR KIDS, folks! No further product details thus far tho …

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    Me, I'm hoping this chibi-version of a "Colossal Titan shown below (see the similar character above in anime-form? Same one dude ;p) - done by ART of HALL - gets to be made into a production piece tho!

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    (Additional images via shingeki.tv)
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    Yes Anime SDCC Exclusive Super Alloy New 52 Superman 1/6 Scale Figure What a better way to start your 1/6th scale Justice League collection than with the SDCC Exclusive Super Alloy New 52 Superman...

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    USAopoly is set to release Monopoly: The Smurfs Collector’s Edition, under a license from Hasbro, in conjunction with Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing and the cartoon studio of Lafig Belgium. The game celebrates more than 55 years of the Smurfs and comes as the Smurfs prepare to return to the big screen in The Smurfs 2, [...]

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    TMNT Cockroach Terminator And Rat King Coming In July + An Awesome Stop Motion Video I have been having a hard time finding the recently released Snakeweed, Leatherhead, and Baxter Stockman at...

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    We have a friend who loves Batman and she lives all the way in Egypt. Yes, Egypt! Her name is Myret and she was recently kind enough to share some really fun photos of her BATMAN Statue Collection. As you can see by the pics shown here she has the start of an amazing collection. Seriously, these statues are very nice and are also some really great choices. On a personal side-note, I think it's kinda cool that she has a statue that I too also have, that's cool! Thanks Myret for showing us your collection, we always love when people do that!

     






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    OK, regular readers of this site might have noticed I have not posted in the last few days and that's because I have been going trough some major personal issues that needed to be resolved ( Yes, I do have a life... sometimes, ha ha). But all that is cleared-up for now and I'm back. So, here we go!

    Here are some really great photos sent in to us by our good friend Batdave from his recent adventure at this year's 2013 Philadelphia Comic Con. This is an event put on by Wizard World and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year!

    Most of the photos shown here are "Batman-related" and I say that because there was some totally amazing Bat-Cosplay at this show. Just check out that "Batman Beyond" costume, that's too cool and he's a version of the character you don't get to see too often! Plus, there were a ton of cute girls there dressed-up as Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and more. The Riddler, Joker, and Bane were also in attendance.

    Our friend Ruby Rinesko showcased, I think for the very first time, his new MAN-BAT Costume. How crazy is that?! WOW! oh man, it's so extremely awesome and very well done!!

    Our friend Jeff was there with his 1966 Batmobile Replica Car so he got to meet a ton of celebrities. We're talking about people like, Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon in The Walking Dead), Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead. Also, Murphy McManus in the 1999 film, Boondock Saints.), and Marky Ramone (The Ramones!).

    So overall I think everybody had a really great time. Some year I really hope to go and if you live near that city then I suggest that YOU go hit it! I mean, GO SEE IT, seriously, you'll love it!!













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    AlbotaCast Ep. 1 - E3 Special

    Welcome to the first installment of our all new podcast, A Little Bit On The AwesomeCast, or you can just call it The AlbotaCast for short. Each week we’ll be bringing you the latest in nerd news and pumping your ear holes full of fresh new chip music.

    This week it’s all about E3, E3, E3! Hearts were broken, tears were shed, and many nerd boners were given during the Sony conference. Albotas.com’s very own Kevin Cortez, Jon Mues, and myself, Robby “brownkidd” Weiss weigh in our thoughts on all the news from the big three companies. Let us know what YOU thought of this year’s E3 in the comments!

    Be sure to stick around until the end of the episode for a bangin’ chiptune track by Ultrasyd. Download it for free over on his SoundCloud page where you can check out more of his beats: soundcloud.com/ultrasyd

    You can look forward to future episodes where we’ll cover a broader spectrum of geek culture with all sorts of talk about comic books, movies, TV shows, and of course, video games.

    Download an MP3 of this episode and listen to it whenever you damn well please!


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    Every Dad deserves lots of hugs on Father's Day!  And, in Steiffgal's home, real life pugs are responsible for alot of the household cuddles!  So, to honor Steiffguy, the world's finest "Doggie Daddy," Steiffgal would like to share the history of Steiff's precious pugs with you.  Let's take a look at some early and later examples, and see what makes them so interesting from the design and historical perspectives.

    Although they are never tardy for dinner, Pugs were a relatively late addition to the Steiff dog line.  The first Steiff pugs appeared in the catalog in 1916.  They were standing, made from gray mohair plush, and had very authentic looking curly tails.  Their faces were detailed with a somewhat prominent muzzle, a big black nose, and brown and black pupil eyes.  They were produced in 17 and 22 cm; both sizes wore a leather collar, were mounted on a pair of natural wood colored eccentric wheels, and came with a pull cord.  It is interesting to note that this pattern, unlike many other dog patterns, only came on wheels, and was not produced sitting or in any other configuration. These earliest rolling pugs are pictured here on the left, the photo is from the 1892-1943 Steiff Sortiment book.  

    The next Steiff pug pattern had tongues a-wagging. This little ball of love was simply called "Mops" which is German for pug.  He was rather ball shaped, sitting, and made of tan and white mohair.  He has a proportionally large head, which was detailed comically with felt backed black button eyes, a simple mouth, and a huge red felt tongue.  He left the factory wearing a silk ribbon.  Mops was only produced in 14 cm from 1925 through 1927.  He does, in many ways, have the look and feel of a better known Steiff dog of the same era, Pip, who was designed after a famous cartoon character of the time.  Mops pictured here on the left, the photo is from the 1892-1943 Steiff Sortiment book.  

    Steiff's final pre-war pug was such a doll - literally!  From the late 1920's onward, Steiff created a series of animal-dolls that were made from the mohair heads of usually well known Steiff characters, mounted on a somewhat standard hard stuffed cloth body with floppy arms.  The tops of the hands and the feet of these dolls were mohair as well.  Each animal doll was playfully dressed in everyday clothes, country-specific outfits, or pants and tops specific to a profession (like a farmer, explorer, painter, etc.)  Steiff did make a pug dog doll in 14, 22, and 28 cm from 1932 through 1935.  They came dressed in a variety of different outfits, including a sailor suit, pajamas, playsuits, dresses, and shirts and trousers.  It is interesting to note that the pug head used for this dog doll is quite unique and as far as Steiffgal can tell, was never used again before or after this product - which is too bad because it was just incredibly adorable.   Don't you agree?  The Sailor version of the Pug doll is pictured here on the left, the photo is from the 1892-1943 Steiff Sortiment book.  

    It's time to jump three decades to the 1960's, when pugs again were a feature in the Steiff line.  In 1960, Steiff introduced "Mopsy" to the world, and she quickly became a collector's favorite for her sweet and silly looks, and most puggy personality.  Mopsy was sitting, made from tan mohair, and was head jointed.  She had a very prominent muzzle, large black and white google-style eyes, and turned-in ears - much like the real dog.  And you could not miss perhaps her finest feature...  her red, somewhat asymmetrically angled tongue!  Mopsy appeared in 12 and 22 cm until 1981.  She was also produced as a 17 cm hand puppet from 1960 through 1978. 

    If you liked Mopsy, then you'll have a ball with this last vintage Steiff pug.  In 1960 and 1961, Steiff produced a series of “ball” animals; Mopsy (a pug), Sula (a cat), and a rabbit. Each of these big-bottomed dralon collectibles was 16 cm, head jointed, had front facing limbs, and a squeaker.  Like her cousin Mopsy, Ball Mopsy had black and white google eyes and turned in ears.  Ball Mopsy had a very funny design detail... a little chest bib of mohair on her otherwise dralon body.    She also had little brown airbrushed paw detailing on her feet pads.  Ball Mopsy, and all the other ball style items of this era, are hard to find, especially in good condition—because they were designed to be used as playthings and stuffed with foam, which tends to deteriorate over time.  

    Steiff has featured several versions of pugs in the line within the last 10 years or so. In partnership with the AKC (American Kennel Club), the company produced a mother/baby pug pair in soft plush for FAO Schwarz. Among others, the company also made a delightful red and white candy striped fabric pug with a red velvet facial mask and ears; a little plush pug keyring; and most recently, a sweet pug named Lielou made from light tan alpaca.  And looking forward, it is Steiffgal's strongest wish that someday Steiff makes a black alpaca pug identical to the one pictured here to the left... and names her Bobo, of course.

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on Steiff's pugs has not been a pugnacious experience for you... and a Happy Pappy's Day to you as well!

    Have a question about one of your Steiff treasures? Let's talk! Click here to learn more.

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    You can buy 95-04 Toyota Tacoma Ext Cab Black Nerf Step Side Bars here. yes, we have “95-04 To

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