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  • 08/29/13--19:11: Kerry Dyer and Castlehead
  • Kerry Dyer has restocked her online shop with some new pieces, including Castlehead - a Munny figure she sculpted on the customization panel (With David Stevenson and Jon-Paul Kaiser) at ToyConUK this year. Also, as its the one year anniversary of her first custom show (Dragons) Kerry will be having a sale of the older […]

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    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael -- $6.71

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    Erick Scarecrow and company have a number of new releases now available over at the ESC-Toy Shop. The Papa Sama Purpolo by Erick Scarecrow is an open edition handmade 7" resin figure. Each figure comes with a removable mace weapon. It retails for $60.00 ($1 Shipping for US). The Little Axe Silvere by Erick Scarecrow […]

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    I sense a theme here from Rotobox; just earlier this week, they showed off their Batman Hush Minicel, and now, here's a 1966 Batman Minicel. Taking design cues from Adam West's portrayal of the Dark Knight, it has a little more metallic finish and sadly, does not come with a to-scale version of Bat Shark Repellent. I personally like it a bit more than the Hush Batman, if only because there's some more detail in the paint.

    Want one? They're US$130 in Rotobox's shop, and only five of these have been made. 

    Pow! Rotobox reveals a 1966 Batman Minicel screenshot


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  • 08/30/13--06:44: Max Steel Toys (Giveaway)
  • Disclosure: I was provided with a sample of this Max Steel toy to facilitate this review. Any opinions are my own. Our lifetime for generations has been filled with all sorts of “masked” superheroes like Spiderman, Batman and Superman who help law enforcement “catch the bad guys,” then fly off before returning to their human […]

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    I, like many Sci-Fi enthusiasts, was greatly disappointed that Firefly was canceled (okay, that is an understatement but you get what I mean). There were few shows on American television that grabbed my attention as quickly.  The small consolation is that companies like Quantum Mechanix recognize how close and dear the crew of Serenity are to fans' hearts and are attempting to fill in the gap with awesome merchandise.

    One example of said merchandise is the upcoming 1:6 Scale Malcom Reynolds statue, sculpted by Trevor Grove and produced by Quantum Mechanix. The piece showcases Mal before he became the Captain we all know and love, when he was a Sergeant of the Independents Army during the Unification War. The scene depicted is of Mal at the decisive battle at Serenity Valley, complete with pistol in one hand and the Independents flag in the other. You will notice that our hero looks a bit younger than in the show but is still a remarkable likeness to Nathan Fillion, Mal's actor.

    The final product of this statue will be made of hand-cast polystone and hand-painted. Mal is 12 inches tall but with the 11 by 9 inch base and flag included, the statue stands at 16 and a half inches. The whole thing weighs about 10 pounds. The flagstaff will be made of metal in the final version, with either a resin or fabric flag (they haven't decided). No word on a release date or price as of yet.

    [via Quantum Mechanix]

    Prototype of Firefly's Mal showcases the captain's past screenshot


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    Hasbro has announced that it will webcast presentations from its Investor Day on September 10 starting at 10 a.m. EST. Among those presenting will be President and CEO Brian Goldner, CFO Deborah Thomas, and Chief Marketing Officer John Frascotti. Each presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. The webcast will be available to investors [...]

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  • 08/30/13--07:06: University Games Photoloco
  • Unlike other drawing games, Photoloco from University games gives you a picture to start from.

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  • 08/30/13--07:11: Jase Robertson
  • I’m a lot like Jase. I often find myself distracted at work by other interests. While his are outdoor pursuits, mine involve toys. Either way, I can see a streak in him that I see in myself. Appearance: Again, like Uncle Si, I suspect the body here is reused. In this it worked out well. [...]

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    Smooth and natural, Chicco’s range of wooden toys takes a step away from the brightly coloured plastics of other toy lines.

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    This mecha-manifestation of the TOYSREVIL mascot from QUIICS left me pretty much speechless and excited, I have to admit! The awesomeness of the image speaks for itself, methinks - and you are adviced to track down the gentlemen, who is in attendance at STGCC this weekend - and get him to sign your sticker sheet! (just a thought, just a thought… *cough*)

    Revealed here is the TOYSREVIL Mascot Sticker Series 1 = bagged with header card, and priced at $5 per during #STGCC - available via my backpack on the convention floor, and via the TOYSREVIL online shop (Item will be listed online from August 31st, 2013).

    The header card was specially made for packs sold during the weekend, in limited quantities. Subsequent packs will not come with the header shown :)

    Tomorrow, we will "reveal" the 6th and final design for the series, and I reckon you can recognize from the illustration style, who it belongs to? :)

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    Following our previous report of the Generation 1 Scorponok Knock Off (KO), we have some more details and images from Robotkingdom who have taken the time to compare and document the differences between the real G1 figure and KO. This should help those of you who want to avoid getting ripped off paying for a vintage one as well as those who are interested in getting the KO that is more afforable then the real thing.

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    Sexying things up is always an endeavor I can get behind, and so it goes with Plex's interesting "Ultra Monster Personification Project", turning giant rubber suited kaiju into adorable and sexy ladies. Shown here is the once-mighty eel monster Eleking from Ultraman, looking hotter than ever!

    The black horns and coloring patterns are about the only similarities you'll find with the original here. Instead, Eleking-san is barely dressed in a rather tight-fitting one-piece and stockings, content with showing off more skin than staying true to her monstery counterpart. I'm no tokusatsu fan, but perhaps it might be more interesting if these were the villains instead!

    Hopefully fans won't find her as boring as her expression seems to be. You can get your own sexy kaiju just in time for Christmas, for about ¥9,000.

    [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan ]

    Get your hands on the sexier side of kaiju with Eleking screenshot


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    The Mystery Of Flying Kicks

    Ever see a pair of shoes hanging from a power line and wonder why they’re there? This 14-minute documentary by Matt Bate uses crowd-sourced YouTube footage, photographs, and audio recordings to try and unravel the mystery.

    Via ABC:

    “That’s why the film looks the way it does. We’d get the audio and then we’d work out how to tell the story. ‘Do we animate it? Do we go on YouTube and try to find footage?’” Bate says. “I would also do a lot of research and find people that maybe lived in a particular neighborhood. Like we had a story about Harlem, and I thought, well how are we going to get to Harlem? “

    “So I found this guy on YouTube who films gangs on the streets and just kind of films them waving their 45s at the camera,” he continues. “I wrote to him and asked if he could talk to locals on the street. And I paid him about $200 to just go out and walk around the streets of Harlem – somewhere I would never be able to go – and he went out there and did interviews.”

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    Montessori Learning Activity Children learn by doing.  One key aspect of Montessori philosophy is: “Help me to do it myself.”  (See my earlier post on Montessori Philosophy.) Montessori activities use multiple senses to learn, internalize and prepare for the next steps such as writing, all in a developmentally-appropriate way.   One of the activities I loved […]

    The post Great Montessori Learning & Fine Motor Activity for Preschoolers appeared first on Turner Toys & Hobbies.

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    Scattered and unable to communicate safely, Team Prime struggles to recover from the destruction of their base at the end of the previous season. But help arrives in the form of Ultra Magnus- and Optimus Prime may be down, but he is (just barely) not out. The Dawn of the Beast DVD covers the first four episodes of Beast Hunters, the final season of Transformers Prime, and is a Target exclusive. Continue to full review

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    There are some great products out there that are entertaining and educational. The "Toy Insider" Mom, Laurie Schacht, joined us on The Couch with some great Toys that Teach.

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  • 08/30/13--08:55: Setting Up for #STGCC 2013

  • The 6th annual Singapore Toy Games and Comic Convention launches tomorrow morning at 10am August 31st, and runs thru Sunday September 1st. This year, I've not had the opportunity to snap pics of set-up day, but thanks to a myriad of online sources, I have swiped and shared here, to perhaps get you hyped up for this weekend geekfest!

    Friends at Artist Alley sorting out their booths (admittedly I miss my booth from last year ;p). Remember folks, whenever you snap pics of your booth or table display, make sure somehow somewhere there is a visual mention of YOUR BOOTH NUMBER! Donch shy, and now is not a time to be shy! :)

    I've posted a closer look at what Mighty Jaxx has in store for STGCC booths G6 / G8 / G10 earlier in the day … now this is how they look like, all lined-up nicely and luring you towards their shelves, and whispering into your ears; "buy me, BUY MEEEEEE"

    Select few 1/6th-scaled figure snaps (thanks to Marcus Liew) of the display at The Falcon's Hangar (I assume)

    Ohdamn! And here I thought the Hall of Armor from Hot Toys + Action City was in 1/6th-scale, but from these images, they are 1/1-scaled, and most def a photo-op for the masses!

    And by default, "Set-up Day" was tuned out to be "Preview Night" for some folks, whose shopping odyssey begun a few hours earlier! *ENVY* (Booths and names shall not be named to protect the enterprising…) LOL

    The above was apparently an image earlier in the evening (the sun is still out) where the queue had already begun for the Hot Toys exclusives (???). Unconfirmed "reports" mention the queue has now reached to the MRT. Aren't I glad I cannot afford HT figures! Eheheheheheh ;p

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    Ever since I was a kid, I have been a huge fan of puzzles. I am, by no means, a patient person, but there is something so calming and relaxing about trying to figure out how 1,000 pieces fit together to create a picture. New puzzles on the market are taking the traditional toy to [...]

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  • 08/30/13--09:05: Release The Minions
  • Later today (August 30th 2013) at 11AM PT, Lulubell will be releasing The Minions. Designed by Skinner, sculpted by Paul Kaiju, and produced by Lulubell, the Minions made their debut at SDCC 2013. The 5" tall vinyl figures are sold as a set for $55.00.

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