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    Fans of the 80's cartoon, M.A.S.K, will have a pleasant surprise coming up this week. Bill Faries of, a M.A.S.K action figure fan site, has arraigned a special benefit to raise money to help people affected by heavy weather like Hurricane Sandy. For this event Faries has collected a number of M.A.S.K memorabilia that has been signed by voice actors from the original cartoon series.

    These items will be available at the benefit during a special auction event. Items available for auction will be cartoon animations, specially created Vector Art, and vintage toys. This auction will be part of's Spring ToySplosion Auction Event.

    As an additional bonus, all winning bidders will get a never-released special edition M.A.S.K figure.This special edition figure will be little known character, PNA agent, Duane Kennedy. This figure was created by The Angelforge and Star Wars Geek Customs, and is limited to 50 figures.

    These limited figures will be available only through this auction, and will be polybagged in prototype colors. This special event will be June 19 at 6pm Eastern Standard Time, and will be live streamed at TheBigToyAuction.  All proceeds will go to The Red Cross

    M.A.S.K benefit seeks to raise money for The Red Cross screenshot


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    Back in April, you could get your pre-orders in for the emotionlessly adorable Tsukiko of HenNeko fame. Now, I'm not really interested in kuudere girls, but the way Tsukiko still manages to clearly have emotions while being simply unable to express them sets her apart from the true kuuderes that are genuinely emotionless. I prefer the original Tsukiko of course, but between her cuteness and Kantoku's fantastic art, how could you not fall in love with any version of this kitten?

    Kotobukiya's done a great job at replicating Kantoku's art style with their upcoming figure, and she looks like she got pulled straight off a page of official artwork. The soft coloring is perfect for her look, and the shadowy cat behind her is an especially nice touch. Of course, people who know where the Pervert Prince is coming from will certainly appreciate the naughtier look from behind, thanks in no small part to the subtlety of her tail pushing her skirt up slightly.

    Yes, this is definitely a must have for series fans, or fans of kitties at all. Waiting until October is certainly difficult, but in the meantime you can sate your appetite a little with some new shots from Koto's Facebook.

    Make a wish for a closer look at Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi screenshot


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    At the Tokyo Toy Show 2013 Takara Tomy made two big announcements regarding the Transformers Masterpiece line. The first is that Sideswipe will be getting his third repaint. This time around he'll be in G2 black and feature new tires and weapons that appear to be coming straight out of Marvel's Transformers Generation 2 comic book from the '90s. This isn't the first time Takara Tomy used a Marvel comic for Masterpiece repaint inspiration. Back in 2009 Takara Tomy released a comic version of King Grimlock, complete with crown, that was exclusive to their own online store. I'm thinking a similar fate is awaiting G2 Sideswipe. 

    The other big news is that the next Masterpiece figure is going to be decided by a fan vote in honor of the franchise's 30th anniversary next year. Takara Tomy has already picked their 11choices and the list is rather... interesting. I'm going to list everything by Japanese name since that's certainly how Takara Tomy will have them in the poll. 

    1. Fortress Maximus [Headmasters]
    2. Ginrai (Powermaster Optimus Prime) [Super-God Masterforce]
    3. Star Saber [Victory]
    4. Dai Atlus [Zone]
    5. Convoy (Optimus Primal) [Beast Wars]
    6. Lio Convoy (Leo Prime) [Beast Wars II]
    7. Big Convoy [Beast Wars Neo]
    8. Fire Convoy (Optimus Prime) [Car Robots]
    9. Convoy (Optimus Prime) [Micron Legend/Armada]
    10. Grand Convoy (Optimus Prime) [Super Link/Energon]
    11. Galaxy Convoy (Optimus Prime) [Galaxy Force/Cybertron]

    Yeah, so basically you only get to pick an Autobot/Maximal leader, most of which really don't need the Masterpiece treatment since they're new enough that they're original figures are still just fine. Sure it sounds like having a MP Fortress Maximus would be a good idea, but can it really top the original? And what good is Star Saber without Victory Leo, you know you need both? I do like the idea of a new Ginrai, but they have to go all the way with God Ginrai and nothing less. The poll itself doesn't seem to be open yet and it's not know who it will be open to, but we should be hearing something pretty soon. 

    [via TFW2005]

    Next TF MP is G2 Sideswipe, after that it's fans' choice screenshot


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    bbtslogoHere is a quick update about a variety of new preorders just listed at The Walking Dead TV Series Deluxe 10″ Figure – Daryl Dixon 1/6 Scale Superman For Tomorrow ArtFX Statue Breaking Bad 6″ Previews Exclusive Walter White – Blue Hazmat Suit Alien Revoltech Reissues – Alien, Alien Warrior, Alien [...]

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    Hit NBC TV Show to See Full Product Line from Dark Horse   JUNE 14, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics’ toys and collectibles imprint, Dark Horse Deluxe, is proud to offer new items based on characters and stories from the hit NBC show Grimm! The Grimm collectibles from Dark Horse are licensed through NBCUniversal Television Consumer [...]

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  • 06/16/13--01:10: Ukishima-cho Factories
  • There is another very cool place in Japan that photographers may want to visit thats hardly documented ...

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  • 06/16/13--01:50: Happy Father’s Day!
  • Hope you got something classy … It’s real but you missed the mailing deadline. Finally, a clear concise explanation of that 4-C’s you’ve been hearing about … If you didn’t get bacon, maybe some new wheels? 50th Anniversary AARP Edition. Tweet This Post

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    If you've been wondering what I've been up to the last few days I'll give you a clue. I've had my hands covered with paper clay and I couldn't be happier. You see I'm having a blast.

    Now I know that I'm dating myself with that baby boomer word but it's the truth. I am just loving my Artful Gathering "Briley The Birdie" class with Colleen Moody. The class is a blast. The group of ladies taking the class are a blast and Colleen is an amazing teacher. Her video's are so easy to follow and are so much fun.

    And, well, how could you not have fun when making these guys - or should I say, these birdies:

    They don't look like much yet.....

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - "Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - "Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!"

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    To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, Funko is adding more characters to their Pop! Movies toy line. Previously released Wizard of Oz Pop! figures were Dorothy and Toto, Wicked Witch, and Winged Monkey. Now added to the Pop! line is Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and Glinda the Good Witch.

    So now you can own the whole Wizard of Oz gang! The only characters missing, I think, are the munchkins. These Wizard of Oz Pop! vinyl figures will be available August 8th. 

    The Wizard of Oz goes Pop! once more with Funko screenshot


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    Kotobukiya has released a photo gallery for its upcoming DC Comics ARTFX "For Tomorrow" Superman statue, which is also available for pre-order.

    This 1/6 scale statue recreates the Man of Steel's look as he appeared in the "For Tomorrow" comic book story arc (first published in Superman #204-215) where he investigates the disappearance of over a million people.

    Before anybody snarks on the unbelievably incredible musculature, I will point out the statue was inspired by Jim Lee's artwork in the comic and, as we all know, Jim Lee tends to like his heroes buff. The sculpting detail here gives Superman an almost literal chiseled look, particularly evident in the face and upper torso where a lot of hard edges are visible. This sort of detail really sells the notion that the character is invulnerable.

    The only immediate issue with this statue may be that Superman looks a little cross-eyed. Perhaps proper vision is its Kryptonite? However, that's probably a relatively minor gripe considering the wicked body sculpting and cool flowing cape.

    Kotobukiya's ARTFX "For Tomorrow" Superman stands nearly 12-inches tall. He has a US$120 list price and is slated to release in December.

    [ Pre-order at Entertainment Earth | Big Bad Toy Store ]

    You'll believe a Superman statue can look spectacular screenshot


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    Funny photo-link … perfect expression on Lotso face.   Tweet This Post

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    Mezco Toys has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, to produce a Mez-Itz line of toys and vehicles based on DC Comics 1960’s Batman classic TV series. Mezco will debut Batman toys, including the Batmobile, along with a line of Batman and Robin Mez-Itz based on the actors who portrayed [...]

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    Episode SIXTY EIGHT of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    Join John, Ben and Eli for Episode Sixty Eight of the Action Figure Blues Podcast! The AFB Podcast is a weekly look at action figures, statues and other collectibles from the worlds of comic books and pop culture.

    This week our Toy of the Week is the Bandai Monster Arts King Kong Action Figure, and our discussion topic is the next in our Greatest Toy Line Ever Series: The Muppets!  For this segment we're joined by Mike from The Traumatic Cinematic Show!

    Please note: Due to time constraints there is no enhanced podcast this week. 

    If you can't use iTunes, you can download Episode Sixty-Eight here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! 

    The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

    Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

    Happy listening!

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    Youtube member D Tagoal has posted two more videos, this time of the Takara Tomy Transformers Go! Jinbu action figure. The Japanese language reviews demonstrate the electronic features of the figure that including flashing likes and sounds in his solo and combined. Watch both of the clips posted below for the full reveal now.

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    Just in are even more new images of the DR WU the DW-P15 RainStorm accessory upgrade kit that adds a classic weapons to the Transformers Generations Springer voyager figure. Check out the smaller gun accessory in the hands of the Transformers Generations Springer toy to get the details on how this add-on measures up with the figure itself. This figure is slated to be released this month.

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    Discussion: Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman 1/6th Scale Figure What better way to celebrate the release of the movie Man of Steel, than to discuss the Hot Toys Christopher Reeve Superman 1/6...

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  • 06/16/13--08:49: Radio Free Cybertron - 314
  • This week the guys talk about some of the news from Tokyo Toy Show, Masterpiece Smokescreen, the forthcoming Legends Class Decepticons, Transformers 4, ReGeneration One #92 and lots more! Don't forget to circle us on Google+ to join our weekly post-show hangout! PLAYMP3iTunes

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    Thanks to a couple of Taobao sellers who have posted new images of what appears to be an unannounced BotCon 2013 Transformers Machine Wars Termination Sandstorm exclusive action figure. The images show the figure that is a remold and repaint of the Dark of the Moon Voyager calss Skyhammer action figure. Check out the images of Sandstorm and the origin figures now.

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  • 06/16/13--09:29: Happy Father’s Day!
  • I’ve always wanted to post this picture. This was taken while my dad was in college, after Star Trek had been off the air for years but before the hype returned with the Motion Picture. He’s second from left. He was one of the fans who kept the flame of Gene Roddenberry’s vision alive. So. I [...]

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