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    The next 2013 San Diego Comic-Con will be starting this Thursday and will be running from July 17th to the 21st.

    HOT TOYS will be unveiling the prototypes from a number of licenses at the convention. This is going to be your chance to see the brand-new Classic 1966 BATMAN TV Series Figures up close & personal! So, please be sure to visit their exclusive distributor Sideshow Collectibles’ booth (#1929) to see these new collectible figures in person!

    More pics will be coming soon, please stay tuned!

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  • 07/15/13--12:02: BATMAN IS A HOARDER!!


  • UK Cartoonist and Graphic Novelist, Kerry Callen, has just created a completely hilarious parody on BATMAN titled, "Batman is a Hoarder". It sort of pokes fun at how the Dark Knight has a ton of stuff in his Batcave, ha ha! Kerry featured a TON of great references to the vintage comics and many of the items seen are all from actual Batman stories:  Detective Comics #244, Detective Comics  #235, and Detective Comics #241.

    To see MORE of this Artist's work, please CLICK HERE!

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    It's the dog days of summer - in a big and Steiffy way - around these parts lately! Check out this note from a reader in North Carolina who asks about a very large, and equally unusual, Steiff "friend for life." Over a series of conversations, Jack writes...
     

    "Steiffgal:  I came across your site, and I thought that I would see if you happened to know anything about a St. Bernard dog that I have had since I was 2 years old, I am 45 now! So he has been in the family with me for 43 years.  

    The dimensions are as follows: length from nose to rump - 52"; height at head - 33"; and height at rump - 29". 

    He weighs in at about 20 pounds and is standing. He does not have a squeaker or make noises of any kind. He was never on wheels. As for the fur, the entire head is made of a soft fur (maybe a polyester), while the entire body seems to be made of a hair-like material with the feel of wool. His nose is made of a vinyl-like black material. The keg around his neck is made of real wood, but it is missing the spigot piece.

    You wanted to know if the piece is really a Steiff.  Yes, this is a Steiff, but one of the problems with the piece is that when I was 10, after learning about tools, I removed the ear tag so the dog would not be in any pain. Funny, now is when I am feeling pain thinking of any lost value.
     

    As for his history, my father bought him for me at FAO Schwarz in New York City in December, 1971. I asked him recently for more information and he said... 

    "I bought it off the floor, it was an FAO Schwarz Christmas exhibit centerpiece. It was big money then. It took a ride with me on the Long Island Railroad home to you, which of course generated many strange looks. It is life size – the Steiff is the same size as Sock." 

    Sock was our family's real live Saint Bernard at the time.
     

    I also sending along a few more pictures from 1971; these are from scans of old negatives from the Christmas when the dog was given to me. For some reason the wooden keg is not showing in these pictures, but I think my parents turned the collar around so they could hang my stocking from the giant Steiff dog.

    Thank you in advance for any help you can provide about my big buddy.  I have looked for many years for information on him, without success.

    Best,
    Jack" 


    Jack, here's some very big news - your life sized St. Bernard is indeed a Steiff, and a rare one at that.  He is not cataloged in standard Steiff reference books, which explains why it was difficult to find information on him specifically.  And it is not surprising that he was purchased at FAO Schwarz, as this store had a tradition of selling exclusive life sized dogs in the 1960's, including a 40 cm standing Beagle (available 1965 through 1966) and a lying 135 cm Collie (available in 1966 only.) Although it is not clear if the St. Bernard is an FAO Exclusive, it is certain that very few were made and that they would have only been sold at very high end stores in the USA like FAO Schwarz.  Above please find the single sales sheet that was printed about him, dated June, 1970.  His specific Steiff article number is 4049/10. 
     
    Here's what makes this big boy "best of show." He is standing, unjointed, and  "officially" sized at 100 cm (which equals about 40 inches).  According to the sheet, his head and legs are made from dralon (an artificial plush) while his body is made from mohair, which is wool.  Jack's dog appears to have a dralon head and an all mohair body, but it is impossible to tell from the photos alone.  The Saint Bernard has great airbrushing, especially on his face, which really gives him a lifelike appearance and an authentic texture.  In the catalog picture, he is shown without his wooden barrel - but the one on Jack's dog looks to be original, and sometimes catalog pictures do not exactly resemble the final item which is shipped to stores.  
     
    It is interesting to note that because of its date of production, Jack's dog is called a "Schautiere" or display animal - not a "studio animal." Steiff only launched the name "Studiotiere" or "Studio animal" in 1979/1980.  So technically, any life sized items produced before that time period are actually "Schautiere."
       
    Steiff was certainly barking up the right tree in the 1960's and early 1970's when it came to creating these life-sized canine creations.  And, for some reason, many of them, like Jack's St. Bernard, do not appear in standard Steiff reference books.  So for all of you out there experiencing a little "puppy love" over these collectibles, here are a doggy dozen for your viewing pleasure!  
     
    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Basset Hound.  He is 75 cm, sitting, and made from mohair plush.  He appeared officially in the line in 1960 and then again in 1967; this document was printed in July, 1967.


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Peky Pekingese.  She is 40 cm, standing, and made from Crylor artificial plush.  A very similar model appeared in the line from 1973 through 1975; this document was printed in June, 1970.


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Tibetan Terrier.  She is 80 cm, sitting, and made artificial plush.  She does not appear in the standard Steiff reference books.  This document was printed in June, 1970.


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Collie.  She is 90 cm, standing, and seems to be made from both mohair and artificial plush.  She does not appear in the standard Steiff reference books.  This document was printed in June, 1970.


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Cockie Cocker Spaniel.  He is 75 cm, sitting, and made from mohair plush.  He appeared officially in the line in 1960 and then again in 1967; this document was printed in October, 1967. 


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Tessie Schnauzer.  She is 50 cm, standing, and made from Dralon.  A very similar model appeared in the line from 1973 through 1975; this document was printed in June, 1970. 


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display German Shepherd.  He is 90 cm, standing, and made from mohair plush.  He appeared officially in the line from 1966 through 1967; this document was printed in June, 1967. 


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Arco German Shepherd.  She is 100 cm, sitting, and made from mohair plush.  She does not appear in the standard Steiff reference books.  This document was printed in June, 1970. 
     
     
    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display "House Dog."  She is 90 cm, sitting, and made from long grey artificial plush.  She does not appear in the standard Steiff reference books.  This document was printed in November, 1969.


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Snobby Poodle.  She is 80 cm, begging, and made from mohair plush.  She appeared officially in the line in 1967 only; this document was printed in October, 1967.


    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Polar Pomeranian.  She is 60 cm, standing, and made from mohair plush.  She appeared officially in the line in 1960 and then again in 1967; this document was printed in October, 1967. 



    Here we have Steiff's Schautier or display Newfoundland Dog She is 100 cm, standing, and seems to be made from both mohair and artificial plush.  She does not appear in the standard Steiff reference books.  This document was printed in October, 1967.

    Steiffgal sends lots of Teddy hugs and thanks to Carsten Esser at Teddy Dorado Auctioneers for sharing these marvelous photos from their Steiff archives with us today!

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on rare 1960 and 1970-era life sized Steiff dogs has got your tails - and tongues - all awagging! 

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





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    Here is an example of one of the main reasons for me doing the Bat-Blog website. Every now and then a Bat-Blog Fan will share something so cool (and so fun) that I know I have to post it so everybody can see it! Sure, I enjoy reporting about new Batman merchandise coming out and also love celebrating Vintage Toys from the past but this photo is priceless.

    This photo ( Please click on it for a larger picture ) was sent in to us by a Bat-Blog Fan who wanted to show that his Daughter is being raised RIGHT. She also LOVES BATMAN! Just check out what he wrote:
    "We got the inflatable Batmobile from Target. We didn't take it to the pool during our first outing but I wanted to test it. It fit in the tub and my 8 1/2 month old daughter was able to keep herself upright in it just fine. I took several pics without the mask, but that would compromise her secret identity, so you get the pic with the mask...and a toothy smile!"
    Oh my god, she is so incredibly adorable!! Also, yes I agree, that toothy smile is great and you can just see all that pure JOY radiating from it! She is so sweet, Thank You. Yes, the Bat-Blog is ALL about the joys of collected Batman stuff AND just loving the character :)

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    DKE Toys (Booth #5045)has several San Diego Comic Con releases with artist Scott Wilkowski. Scott infected a classic Gay Empire figure for this carded Suckadelic collab. The 3-3/4" tall figure comes on screen printed blister card and is limited to a run of 50 pieces. It will go on sale for $125.00 each on Friday, [...]

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    Hasbro, Inc. returns to Comic-Con International in San Diego to showcase it's globally renowned and influential pop-culture brands including TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, KRE-O and G.I. JOE as well as licensed toy lines for ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS, MARVEL, STAR WARS, and STAR TREK. From toys and games, to major motion pictures, video games, comics and television programs, few exhibitors at Comic-Con International come close to the world-class portfolio of Hasbro brands that continue to be re-imagined and entertain kids and fans around the world. Hasbro will celebrate the many ways it brings popular brands and characters to life with a robust lineup of panels, autograph sessions, special edition toys, giveaways and more, at this year's convention -- all created with Hasbro's most passionate and dedicated fans in mind.

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    Pawtucket, R.I. " July 15, 2013 " Continuing a highly anticipated annual tradition, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is coming to Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, with a wide selection of special edition action figures and toys that are set to be some of the most coveted items available at the show. The special edition figures are drawn from the lore of some of Hasbros most popular brands, as well as comics, animated series and video games. Fans can expect special edition figures from Hasbros G.I. JOE, JEM, MY LITTLE PONY and TRANSFORMERS brands as well as from its licensed properties, ANGRY BIRDSTM STAR WARS, MARVEL and STAR WARS at Comic-Con International.

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    Not too long ago there was some speculation that Sideshow Collectibles may have had the 1/6th Scale The Walking Dead License, but it looks like the Hong Kong Toy Company ThreeZero has obtained the...

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    Here’s What Dead Zebra Is Bringing to SDCC ‘13

    Andrew Bell will be brining all sorts of funzies to SDCC. There will be some new t-shirt designs as well as a very nice “clear envy" version of his Dealmaker sofubi.


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    Sarah Jo joins Ayleen and George for a new episode of Toy Break. Episode 269: I Love Crappy! is the annual DKE pre-SDCC extravaganza with sneak peeks. The trio takes a look at the new Infected, Bad Ass, Big Boner, and much more.

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    Here’s What Max Toy Co. Is Bringing to SDCC ‘13

    Tons of stuff from Mark Nagata and Max Toy Co. will be available at the Dragatomi and Squibbles Ink / Rotofugi booths during SDCC. Yes, that’s a kaiju cat holding a hotdog. With mustard.


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    Yes, This Is Happening: Uglydoll x Sanrio

    Soon, Hello Kitty will be wearing Ice Bat’s skin. The Uglydoll x Sanrio collab will manifest plush, vinyl, pin, and accessory form and will premier at SDCC.


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    Pikachu Origami: Creepy or Cute?

    My first reaction to this was to run away. My second reaction was to go “dawwww." My third reaction was to run away again.

    Source: Visual News


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    For the last few years, Dragatomi has been putting together a special custom blind box release for their booth #5350. One year its been custom Android blindbox series and another year its was a custom Dunny blindbox series. This year it’s both! Presenting the Android Vs. Dunny Blind Box series,...


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    This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. Dollar General®is one of those stores that has everything you need and products you already use at great prices. In fact, at Dollar General®you'll save a ton on the products you love! You'll find plenty... [Continue Reading]

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    A lot of you have been wondering where and when is Paul Kaiju going to have his toy release during SDCC? Well wonder no more! The fine folks of 5&A Dime will once again be hosting the off-site release event titled, “Time Funnel”. The event will begin with ticket hand...


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    Hats off to all of you who cast their votes. The order of the “coated” has been decided and this is how it looks like: Gambit Dante Grifter Looks like [...]

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    Sideshow Collectibles has opened the pre-order for the exclusive version of their Conan the Barbarian: Rage of the Undying, which includes a switch-out right arm wielding Conan's Atlantean sword. Follow the above link to check it out!

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