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    The moment you've all been waiting for is here. The new Batman: Arkham Origins "Nowhere To Run" trailer reveals a new assassin... the destructive Firefly!


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    On Saturday afternoon, Jesse Hernandez signed his Jaguar Knight Fuego @ Toy Art Gallery on Melrose. Jesse signed figures + boxes for collectors as well as sketched in books and on Munnys. Limited to 100 pieces, the TAG exclusive 12" figure is one of just a handful of red GID...


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    Ooh. Here's a look at Ferg's new A Little Misfortune Series 2 which should be at your favorite retailer shortly. These look sweet. Great color combos + Chris Ryniak mini + blue glow.


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    My trio of handmade needle felted OOAK witches art dolls are as different as they are alike. For sure they are all witches.

    Sometimes Cassandra is a little apprehensive about being a witch. She's not too sure she likes casting spells, turning princes into frogs, or flying around with black ravens. For sure she doesn't like icky spiders or black bats. Most of all she doesn't like living in a dark, gloomy cave.

    Just about the only thing she likes about being a witch is being able to fly wherever she wants to go. And fly she does. Just to get away. Cassandra hopes she didn't just turn someone into a frog, but she's unsure..... What do you think?

    Tabitha adores being a witch.  She loves casting spells, turning princes into frogs, and flying around with black ravens scaring everyone. She even likes bats, rats, spiders, and living in caves.

    There really isn't anything Tabitha doesn't like about being a witch. And, the wonderful black, green, and purple outfits she gets to wear. Well, how can she not like those? Need to turn a prince into a frog or cast a spell on someone - just ask for Tabitha. She LOVES being a witch and all that entails.

    Hagatha  isn't afraid of anything witchy except flying. She just doesn't like it. Too many unpredictable situations can arise - like wind, rain, snow, sleet, tornadoes, hurricanes and more.

    She much prefers to stay at home in the cave and make witchy potions. That she's excellent at and that she will willingly do. Ask her to fly and you'll get her "Who me!" reaction. Need a witches brew? Just ask Hagatha. Need a few spells cast? Just ask Hagatha. Need a witch to fly around? Don't ask Hagatha. She's no where to be found.

    All witches but as different as night and day.

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    set database: LEGO 3800 ultimate builders set
    image courtesy of amazon.co.uk

    image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of peeron
    set number: 3800
    set name: ultimate builders set
    theme: technicmindstorms 1.5
    year: 2001
    pieces: 316
    prices: us$60
    minifig: none
    expansion set for 3804 mindstorms robotics invention system 2.0 or 9747 mindstorms robotics invention system 1.5.
    come with a 9v mini motor, a pneumatic pump, a pneumatic switch, a pneumatic cylinder and technic bricks.
    instruction book included 7 robot designs.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
    must have for technic lovers.
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    Episode SEVENTY-NINE of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    Join Scott, Ben and Adam for Episode Seventy-NIne 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 it's a Mega-Marvel Show, as we each have a Toy of the Week to review! Adam takes on the S.H. Figuarts Iron Man Mk VI, Scott looks at the Bowen Designs Doc Samson Statue and Ben checks out the Marvel Legends Wrecker Figure. Which one will get the highest dolly rating?

    If you can't use iTunes, you can download Episode Seventy-Nine 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 podcast@actionfigureblues.com - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

    Happy listening!














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    Disclosure: I received promo codes to complete this Lots2Spot app review. Any opinions are my own. Since Gavin was little, we’ve read books together every night. He loves this part of our routine and if I try to skip it every now and then because it’s really late and our schedule is off, he cries, […]

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    It looks like the last of the 4 “re-release” Toon Box Sets (Walmart Exclusives) have arrived. Thanks for the heads up on noticing they were variants, John In Mo, BMW & JestrJef. That’s another reason not to shop hungry, I snapped the bottom pic in a hurry to go eat lunch – clearly not looking [...]

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    Here is a closer look at "Rachel" from local artist Drayson Phua aka VECTORSCUM - of his painted canvas - last seen in 2009's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? @ The Substation (alongside two other canvases, of Deckard and Roy, seen directly below - both of whom have already been spoken for), inspired by the classic sci-fi "Blade Runner".

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    I cannot describe to you my surprise and joy or receiving and beholding this (thanks Drayson!), and appreciation that this is an actual painted canvas, and hardly a "digitally printed canvas", and I am gratefully humbled and thankful.

    Drayson has not painted any canvases for quite a while now, having to concentrate on his design work for VECTORSCUM. Here's hoping we'll get to see more of his "leisure" work in the near future!


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    Looks like the Alien XAM sculpt I featured earlier, may not be the ONLY resin head to make it's way to the Monster Kolor show launching september 14th! Take a gander at this spectacular KAIJU TRIPUS from Mark Nagata of Max Toy Co (who sculpted it himself), and I love it! am personally liking the more 'aggressive' vibe his creations have been headed lately, like the the more bulked up Kaiju Eyezon.

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    Starting today, I will reveal the images from invited artists, of their rendition / depiction / adaptation of the TOYSREVIL-mascot - one each day - until all six have been revealed, and ready to be launched at the coming weekend's STGCC, as purchasable stickers! And while I do not have a booth, I'll have them with me in my trusty backpack, as I wander the convention aisles covering the event! As well I will be making them available to purchase online via the TOYSREVIL-Shop, so everyone over the world can enjoy them too!

    TOYSREVIL-STICKER-MONSTERLITTLE

    The first design to be revealed today, comes from ZiQi Wu of Monster Little - going beyond his usual comfort zone with a depiction slightly more "aggressive" ("claws" and all heehee), but still in his kawaii-style1

    ZiQi currently has a Facebook Contest with TOYSREVIL with postcards and buttons up for grabs (Ending Tuesday August 27), and as well check out his booth G28 at Artist Alley at the Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention 2013 (August 31st to September 1st, 2013), within Hall B & C, Level 1, Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands. Hey, perfect to snag a pack from me, and get him to sign on his design, yeh? *nudge-nudge*

    And stay tuned to my Instagram stream @toysrevil to see where the heck I'll be at the Con MUAHAHAHA

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    Time flies by as this year marks the 10th anniversary of the legendary singer and actor Leslie Cheung’s departure from us. In year 2000 during his iconic Passion Tour concert, Leslie has donned a unique look with straight long hair and sparkly bronze colored suit to perform his hit song – Passion, this one-of-a-kind look […]

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    WHAT THIS IS:
    Adding to the frenzy and panic of preparing for this weekend's Singapore Toy, Games and Comic Convention 2013, TOYSREVIL will "present" a simple daily countdown to Con-Day … peppered with little "reminders" here and there :) … TOYSREVIL may not be setting up booth at this year's STGCC, but I am with you in spirit, people!

    Least you folks think me unable to "count", this "countdown" accumulates into Set-Up Day this coming Friday, a day before doors open at 10am on Saturday, August 31st.

    DAILY REMINDER FOR VENDORS:
    - Have you checked with your printers yet?
    - Have you collected your items yet?
    - Have you set-up a mock-up of your booth yet?
    - Have you sent promo images of your works for STGCC to the relevant news-websites/blogs/your own Facebook yet?

    Are you panicking yet? Sorry you can't, there's no time to already! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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    With the earlier teaser image Indonesian artist Ario Anindito shares with us the full cover-image for his original comicbook "M the Assassin" - along with peeks at what else he will be making available at this Artist Alley booth at STGCC this coming weekend!

    Do note that the "M the Assassin" features full color on the cover and black-n-white interior art, and there's a free sketch for the first 5 buyers!


    Check out Ario's limited Avengers series collectible badge set. There will be 8 badges in a set, (pictured only 6, the rest of the two is Hawkeye and Nick Fury). There will only be 15 sets available.


    Tees from Ario will be "limited", featuring a sketch series of the Avengers: Black Widow, Nick Fury and Loki, and as well a full color "M the Assassin" tee. Ario also mentions that there will only be 12 tees available (3pcs each design). No prices mentioned for each of these items, but be sure to tell him TOYSREVIL sentry shopping! MUAHAHAHAHAHA

    [#STGCC covered #onTOYSREVIL / Available @ STGCC 2013 on Facebook]

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    As the trees in my neighborhood are already starting to change colors you can feel fall is on the way. There’s a comfortable new bedding solution for kids this fall, StayMade. StayMade is the product that makes it easy for kiddos of any age to easily make their beds each morning. One zip and it’s […]

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    In celebration of The Wizard of Oz‘s 75th anniversary this September, Adora Dolls will introduce 75th Anniversary Special Edition Wizard of Oz Toddlers. Each toddler doll wears the iconic costumes of each character, including the Wicked Witch, Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Wizard, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Glinda the Good Witch. They come with their own silver [...]

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures

    The best way to relive the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle series is by collecting action figures and games. What began as a comic book is now turned into a series of animated shows, movies, text cards and other collectible versions. The story continues with the Ninja clan beating up evil opponents with different toy versions, […]

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    In the mood for a little Steiff puzzler?  Than take a look at this mysterious wooden Steiff dog!  Steiffgal just had the pleasure of welcoming him into her Steiff hug, but does admit he is really quite different than most things typically produced by the Steiff company these days.  So let's give this a real Olympic effort and learn about his world-class history and background.

    It's easy to color your world with this 17 piece standing Steiff puzzle pup.  What we have here is called "Olympic Waldi," and was made by Steiff in 1971 through 1972.  Waldi came in this size only (officially 15 cm) and was packaged in a white cardboard box with a partially "see through" top. Waldi was manufactured in honor of the 1972 Olympics in Munich; this darling dachshund was the official mascot of these games.  

    No need to jump through rings for the details of this colorful canine.  Waldi is 5.5" tall and 15" long back to front, including his long curved tail. He is made from solid wood; his body is joined together by one long green plastic straw; his head and ears are attached via this same simple joining technique. A close up of his construction is pictured to the left. He is brightly and happily colored with a teal head and tail; cornflower blue ears and rear; lime green chest; and rings (a loose interpretation of the Olympic rings) of yellow, green, teal and orange around his belly. His face is detailed with plain, simple black dot eyes.  In terms of ID, Waldi somewhat surprisingly does not have a Steiff button, or any Steiff branding at all, in his ear.  On one side of his chest is a white Steiff bear faced logo with the word "Spielzeug" (translates from the German to "toy") and on the other side the official logo of the 1972 Olympic games, a geometric spiral, and the Olympic rings.

    Olympic Waldi was one of two "official" items the company produced for the 1972 Olympic games.  Steiff also made a 9" tall and 17" long version of Olympic Waldi in dralon, a synthetic plush material that was very common on Steiff play animals of the time. Dralon Olympic Waldi is pictured here on the left along with Wooden Olympic Waldi for comparison.  As you can see, both dogs are about the same length, from nose to tail.  However, Dralon Waldi is almost twice as tall as Wooden Waldi.

    The two dogs have other obvious, and not so obvious, differences as well. The dralon model has simple black button eyes, a hand embroidered nose and mouth, and is hard stuffed with excelsior.  Dralon Olympic Waldi shares somewhat similar coloration as his cousin Wooden Olympic Waldi.  However, unlike Wooden Olympic Wally, Dralon Olympic Waldi does indeed have "traditional" Steiff branding, including a button, yellow ear flag, and chest tag.  Dralon Olympic Waldi also has an additional ID—an official two-sided blue hangtag. The front has the Olympic rings and the overall logo from the 1972 games, while the back has the words “Das offizielle Maskottchen der olympischen Spiele 1972 in Munchen” and the Steiff logo. The German translates roughly to “The official mascot of the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.”  The blue tag from the dralon version is pictured here on the left.


    Why wood - er, would - the company make a wooden Olympic mascot when they are best known for their plush and mohair creations?  Steiff actually also has a lesser known, albeit very long and robust history of creating wooden items and toys. The first wooden items appeared around 1910 and were mostly accessories for the Teddy bears, animals, and dolls in the line.  Then in the late 19-teens and early 1920's, Steiff began producing large numbers of wooden items - in part because mohair and other softer materials were in short supply post World War l.  These treasures included block sets; wooden characters on rocking bases and wooden wheels; building sets; trains; pull wagons; and animal-themed wagons - including designs based on popular characters of the time.  (The photo on the left, from Steiff superfans Jenny and Will Frankhouser, shows great examples of early Steiff wooden toys including a go cart, scooter, and pull wagon.) Post war, wooden toys became much less prominent in the line; animal pull toys were manufactured through the 1970's but their designs were far less detailed and interesting than their pre-war cousins. Wooden Olympic Waldi, produced in the early 1970's, was perhaps the last item of note in this long run of wooden toy production.

    The first modern Olympics were held in 1896 in Greece. However, it wasn’t until 1968 that the games had “official mascots” such as Waldi. Waldi was designed by Otto Aicher, a German graphic artist, who also designed the overall branding and wayfinding signs for the athletes around Munich’s Olympic village. You can read all about his great Olympic design work here.  Aicher chose the dachshund, which is quite popular across Germany, as he felt the breed represented the attributes required for athletes—resistance, tenacity and agility. It is an interesting coincidence that dachshunds were also a favorite among early members of the Steiff family, including Richard Steiff.

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on Steiff's Olympic Waldi dogs has been worthy of a gold medal for you.

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

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    Another week has gone by, so you know what that means… it’s time for another edition of the Toy News Roundup! Here we round-up all of the most important toy news of the week from our site, and also link you to any toy news that we didn’t cover. Let’s get this party started! DIAMOND […]

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