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    Weekend To-Do List

    1. Play: The Last of Us and Earthbound. One is a PS3 post-apocalyptic survival horror/stealth/action game that critics are praising as one of the best games of this console generation. The other is a Wii U Virtual Console download of the quirky SNES retro RPG that fans have been begging Nintendo to re-release in some form or another for years. Interestingly, both of these games start off with you playing as kids who have been awoken in the middle of the night due to a strange unnatural occurrence.
    2. Read: The Last Policeman by Dan H. Winters. “What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die? Detective Hank Palace has asked this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. Several kilometers wide, it’s on a collision course with planet Earth, with just six precious months until impact." This is the first in a trilogy and it’s already been optioned as a TV show. The sequel, Countdown City, just dropped a few days ago and looks to be just as bananas as the first one.
    3. Watch: Pacific Rim. Fan favorite Guillermo Del Toro’s big budget love letter to giant robots and Kaiju monsters. Sadly, this flick didn’t stack up against -of all things- family comedy Grown-Ups 2. Hopefully it takes number one this weekend and restores our faith in humanity.
    4. Listen: Volume = FF by Double Hex. Boston based chiptune artist does chiptune covers of songs by local Boston bands and even shares the profits with them from the record sales. Preview the 4-track EP on Bandcamp where you can buy it for just $4.

    Have an awesome weekend!

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    Early Friday morning at San Diego Comic Con, four Star Wars merchandise makers (Kotobukiya, eFX, Gentle Giant and Sideshow Collectibles) were part of a panel giving an update on their Star Wars wares. While the panel mainly covered collectibles already announced or revealed in each company's respective booths, Kotobukiya snuck in one surprise during their part of the presentation: the first glance at the sculpt for Bishoujo Mara Jade.

    Mara is still on track for a February 2014 release in North America, and we've seen her illustration before, so it appears the early version of the sculpt is pretty much the same as Shunya Yamashita's drawing. The extended left hand and cape look slightly different, and her head seems to be facing a little more inward, but keep in mind that this is a very early version and thus subject to a whole lot of revising. My guess is we'll see her in a more refined form around New York Comic Con in October, if not sometime before then. 

    SDCC 2013: Bishoujo Mara Jade early sculpt revealed screenshot


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    The Kuso Vinyl booth #5642 at SDCC showcases a wonderful selection of production toy releases (Death Serpent, Minicel, Arctic Girl, Wood Mictlan, Red Luckitty Pon etc) and custom-Celsius pieces from James Fuller, Charles Rodriguez and Gabriel Carpio! Will try for a close-look at studio pics at a later date, but meanwhile these are snaps from SDCC itself, courtesy of @kusovinyl!


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    Toy Tokyo booth #5337 saw a series of SDCC-exclsuvie toy releases and signings at San Diego Comic Con (July 17-21, 2013) Friday with Simone Legno of tokidoki with the Toy Tokyo-variant of his Comic Corno (Did not realize the figure was so big tho!). Buff Monster rocking his resin releases, and LAMOUR Supreme and Greg Mishka signing the release of the "Batman" Edition of their Bootleg figure! (FYI: The Bootleg Joker edition is limited to only 3 pieces!)

    And while you might have missed the artist signings, make sure you don't miss their toys!


    (Images via @toy_tokyo / @lamoursupreme / @buffmonster on instagram)

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    Cardiff Tattoo And Toycon launches July 20th thru July 21st at Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel and Spa (24-26 Newport Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom), and you can click HERE for previous blogged goodness featuring goodness yo be found, while this particular post is a quick summary of what other toy-goodies you should be looking out for!


    Above: Unpainted black vinyl with this new version of Spike Wad dubbed the "Natasha" variant, from Jeffrey Lamm x Unbox Industries and available at the BigMan Toys booth (Neither price nor quantity mentioned).


    Above: MegaSeth by Lisa Rae Hansen, with custom pieces to be had.


    Above: Skelevex Bare Bones - DIY or Die Edition to be launched at Chris 'Alto' Dobson's booth, bagged-n-tagged splendid resin skull made by DMs!

    Cardiff Tattoo & Toy con new resins

    Self-designed, sculpted and casted in resin are these pieces from Richard Page of UME Toys, who will also be sharing the booth with @elmos_empire who will have her own customs and resins for sale.

    Stay tuned to @CDFTattooToyCon on Twitter and their website to see what else they have up their convention-sleeves!

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    To be released on July 21st, is this BIOHAZARD MOUSEMASK MURPHY from Made by Monsters & Ron English, with this "methlab" specialist, sporting a yellow hazard suit and a black gasmask, and limited to 100 pieces, exclusive to Mintyfresh. Neither price nor figure size mentioned.

    (Cheers for the headsup, Chris!)

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    With the reveal at SDCC just over a day ago, Frank Kozik solicits his A/P-Editions of KEEP WATCH LABBITS on sale tomorrow Saturday 7/20 noon pacific @, and showcases the Regular Blue Hand colorway versus SDCC-exclusive Green Severed Hand, and it is look rather splendid, I insist!

    Meanwhile, here's a turnaround look at the production piece, courtesy of Outland (buy here for €99.99 ):


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    Sideshow Collectibles' display of high detailed statues and figures at SDCC came from comics, movies and some original work. There were many Star Wars figures and statues like Darth Malgus, Snowtrooper, Chewbacca, Darth Maul and Obi Wan Kenobi. There were also many other Star Wars figures set up in action scenes, like one display showing Han Solo and Darth Vader on the planet, Hoth.

    For DC, there were some fine statues and figures of Catwoman, classic Superman, Man of Steel Superman, Sinestro, Green Lantern, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn and Batman. There was also a very freaky Joker bust, and the 1/6th scale Harley Quinn and Joker. There was a nice variety with the Marvel figures out on display.

    They had figures of Captain America, Red Skull, Black Widow, Wolverine, Apocalypse, Galactus and Dr. Doom. There were also life-sized statues of War Machine and Iron Patriot. For something more cartoonish, there were comiquette statues of Spiderman, Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy by J. Scott Campbell.

    Some others out were figures of Conan the Barbarian: Rage of the Undying, Red Sonja, Lord of the Ring's Sauron, Hellboy, and figures from Monster University. Also out were figures from Pacific Rim. They had Gipsy Danger, Knifehead, Striker Eureka and Slattern. There was also  a figure of Johnny Depp's Tonto from Lone Ranger, T-800 from the Terminator series, Transformers' Megatron and a whole display of GI Joe figures.

    My favorite figures from Sideshow's booth comes from a new line called Court of the Dead. These figures are not for the faint of heart, but I find them absolutely beautiful. There's Queen of the Dead, The Red Death and Jack the Ripper. 

    SDCC 2013: Sideshow Collectibles  screenshot


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  • 07/20/13--01:13: Pixar Motorama Cars Day
  • Pixar had their annual Motorama auto days where employees bring their cars to work … Their employees might be different than your company parking lot. Even the crappiest car in their lot trumps. You’ll probably get pulled over a lot though you might not get many tickets. From Lasseter Winery … You mean you don’t [...]

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    Amanda Visell opened her ‘Where Eagles Dare’ solo on Friday evening (7.19) @ MRKT, just a few blocks north of SDCC. Amanda’s new collection of original paintings celebrates pop culture (Voltron, Dumbo, Mickey, and more) as well as personal independence despite prevailing societal opinion. Depicting girls bravely facing danger and...

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  • 07/20/13--02:00: SDCC 2013: Super 7
  • This year, Super 7's booth had many designer vinyl exclusives and Alien merchandise. There were 15 limited edition designer vinyl figures available. The limited exclusives were Crystal Mecha, Kandy Kaiju Foster, Zombie Fighter, Doku Duo, Little Prick, Fossilla, Honoo, Leroy C, Zagaturd, Caveman Dinosaur, Mummy Gator, Monoghost, Rose Vampire and Baseball Boy.

    There were also two-packs of micro Rose Vampire and Mummy Boy. The main attraction was their ReAction Alien figures with free accessories available at the event. So on full display were figures of Ash, Ripley, Dallas, Kane and Alien.

    Alien shirts and the collectible pint glasses were also out. Not seen were the exclusive two-packs of Discovered Sales Sample Kane and Big Chap. They weren't there because they all sold out on Preview Night. That was fast!

    SDCC 2013: Super 7 screenshot


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    Heroes and villains from your favorite comics! Classic Marvel Universe characters in a collectible 3 3/4-inch size! Silver Surfer, Captain America, Mysterio, Spider-Man, and more. Awesome articulation and fantastic detail! In stock now at Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia! The legends of the Marvel Universe just got a little bit smaller! These pocket-size action figures [...]

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    The Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 is here in Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia! First-ever 6-inch scale Star Wars action figures! Includes awesome accessories! Bring the next big thing in Star Wars home with the Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 Case. These awesome 6-inch figures are developed [...]

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    I’m not sure it holds together 100% but it’s interesting reading. From Jon Negroni. Did you know TS Andy has a postcard from Ellie & Carl on his wall? Tweet This Post

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    set database: LEGO 60023 LEGO® city starter set
    image courtesy of Grogall
    image courtesy of kockarako
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    set number: 60023
    set name: LEGO® city starter set
    theme: citystarter setfirepolicehospital
    year: 2013
    pieces: 272
    prices: us$30
    minifigs: 5
    nice city starter set.
    come with an ambulance, a fire truck and a police motorcycle.
    the ambulance has a stretcher.
    the fire truck has a ladder and a storage compartment.
    the motorcycle has a police sign.
    also included a skateboard, a fire extinguisher, fire equipment, a gold bar, 2 money bills, 2 diamonds, a loot bag, a handcuffs, a medical bag, a coffee cup and an orange brick separator.
    minifigs included a robber minifig, a policeman minifig, a fireman minifig, a rescuer minifig and a skater boy minifig.
    a comic book included.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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    Well, here is an interview with one of the GI Joe people, and there are a few important things that you can clean from it. 1. Retaliation merchandise is really only going to last for this year, and 2. They have plans for next year, including a 50th Anniversary plan.

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    Ubisoft‘s Rabbids will make their TV debut in Nickelodeon‘s CG-animated series Rabbids Invasion, premiering August 3 at 11:30 a.m.  The 26 half-hour episodes will follow the unpredictable creatures as they discover, explore, and often wreak havoc in the human world. All episodes will be available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Xbox Video, PlayStation Store, Samsung Media Hub, and Vudu starting the day [...]

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    Well, now that Mattel’s shown off its stuff, let’s have a look at the Playmates panel! -To start with, Bebop and Rocksteady are coming some time in the Fall.  Probably Winter, but they haven’t been cancelled! -And Series 3 of the Classics?  Movie turtles.  Not Shredder, Splinter, or anybody else.  Turtle variants.  Well, at least [...]

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