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- 12/06/13--11:00: COMMENTARY: Disney’s Frozen Toys Will Melt Your Heart
- 12/06/13--11:04: This Fan Spent Two Years Re-editing The Dark Crystal And HOLY...
- 12/06/13--11:37: Clever Bookmarks For Classic Novels Turkish designer Ethem Onur...
- 12/06/13--11:45: 'The Walking Dead' Mid-season Finale Compared To The...
- 12/06/13--12:13: Build Your Own Lego Version Of Kaneda’s Bike From...
- 12/06/13--12:15: An Exclusive Online Auction Preview, Just For Steifflife Readers!
- 12/06/13--12:36: 9 Family Connection: Toys for Tots needs more donations
- 12/06/13--12:46: Toys for Tots donations stolen from Danvers storage unit
- 12/06/13--13:03: Eastpak Artist Studio 2013: Designers Against AIDS
- 12/06/13--13:17: 395.00 GBP = $645.570 USD
- 12/06/13--13:30: Uglydoll x DC Comics Vinyl Figures
- 12/06/13--14:00: "We Love Vinyl 3" @ TOMODACHI (Dec 6-13)
- 12/06/13--14:06: Conflagration - The TFormers.com Featured Comic of The Week
- 12/06/13--07:04: Toys for Tots marathon kicks off at River Park
- 12/06/13--14:00: Bandai reveals 2014 Sentai series and toy line Tokkyuger
- 12/06/13--15:50: The Loyal Subjects Nemesis Prime (8)
- 12/06/13--16:30: Kickstarting the Mini-Cheestroyer
Battle Wedding Crashed By Batman, Iron Man, & More
This is pretty much the geek wedding to end all geek weddings. Saddened by the lack of lightsabers though.
The thing that I like most about Disney’s Frozen was that it played with the idea of a typical Disney Princess movie. It touches on the idea of falling in love and being engaged within hours of meeting each other and changes the way the audience thinks about typical princesses and princes. There is, of course, [...]
This Fan Spent Two Years Re-editing The Dark Crystal And HOLY SH!T
As if the 1982 Jim Henson & Frank Oz fantasy wasn’t creepy enough, scoodidabop went and re-edited the whole thing. This fanmade director’s cut is meant to more closely resemble Henson and Oz’s original vision for the film.
From the scoodidabop:
Early versions of The Dark Crystal were a bit different than the version we see today. Jim Henson and Frank Oz originally sought to create a much darker story that relied more on the audience and less on voice-overs and inner monologues explaining the plot. In this version there’s no narrator, Jen’s inner monologues are gone, and the Skeksis hardly ever say anything in English (Aughra speaks some Skesis too!). This version is much more modern and a little darker with this original audio and the slightly different score. Some of the scenes are moved around too, which adds to the surreal feel of the original film. Some test audiences were more casual moviegoers and responded negatively to this version so the Henson team redubbed the ENTIRE film to help explain the plot to the audience up front and make things more obvious.
The whole thing is currently available in its entirety on YouTube, so be sure to check it out before the copyright lawyers swoop in. Also check out the Menta Floss interview with the mad genius behind this creepy cut.
(via Geek Tyrant)
Clever Bookmarks For Classic Novels
Turkish designer Ethem Onur Bilgiç concocted this gorgeous set of themed bookmarks for Penguin’s All-Time Classics 1984, Moby Dick, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories. Rad bookmarks: just one less reason to own an e-reader.
(via The Coolector)
'The Walking Dead' Mid-season Finale Compared To The Comics
SPOILER ALERT: Shit goes down. Also, sorry for completely ruining the mid-season finale if you haven’t already seen it (Why haven’t you seen it yet!?). Here’s a side-by-side comparison of scenes from episode 408 and issues 46-48 of the comics. Pretty cool to see how close they stuck to the books even though the Governor should have showed up with the tank at the end of season three, but it’s major discrepancies like that keep the show fresh and make it its own unique beast.
Way back in 1979 there was an epic line of action figures that were never created – Kenner Aliens – now they have finally been released and they call them the Alien ReAction action figure...
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Way back in 1979 there was an epic line of action figures that were never created – Kenner Aliens – now they have finally been released and they call them the Alien ReAction action figure line. I have already checked out the Alien a couple of days ago, but today we are going to do […]
Build Your Own Lego Version Of Kaneda’s Bike From ‘Akira’
Although it’s not an official Lego product, you can get the plans for this Lego version of Kaneda’s iconic red chopper from the Arvo Brothers via email starting December 14 and later on their website.
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Items 1, 2, and 5:
In this case, it's very good to get off to a shaky start. What we have here are marvelous examples of Steiff's early skittles. Skittles as a game was a turn of last century pastime analogous to bowling. Steiff produced skittle sets from 1892 through 1919. Over that period of time, Steiff made the sets with hens, monkeys, elephants, pigs, rabbits, poodles, pointers, cats, chicks, dachshunds, elephants, pointers, cats, and bears, among others. In all cases - except the hen and the chick versions - the kingpin wore a felt jacket and crown. The sets produced for the European market had nine total skittles, while those for America had ten total. All sets came with two felt "bowling" balls.
These three skittles - an elephant, pointer, and rabbit - are made from velvet and are on a wooden base. The elephant skittle was made from 1901 through 1916; the pointer was made from 1901 through 1909; and the rabbit was made from 1901 thorough 1916.
Steiffgal is certain most collectors would take a tumble for item #3. Here we have Steiff's turn of last century tumbling monkey. Unlike skittles, which were designed to be knocked over, Steiff's tumblers were made to wobble about, but not flip over. It is interesting to note that the monkey on the top of this tumbler is one of the very earliest Steiff designs ever; it is quite possible that he might even be "pre-button" as this product was made even before Steiff began putting their trademark "Knopf Im Ohr" in all products starting in 1904.
Tumbling monkey was produced in felt in 17 cm from 1894 through 1917; pre-1912 models resembled the more primitive looking one in the group photo above. Models produced after 1912 looked much more like Steiff's traditional "Jocko" style chimp, who was debuted in 1909 and received his moniker in 1929.
Items 4 and 14:
These two items will most definitely generate more than just a hare of interest. These honey bunnies are none other than original Steiff Peter Rabbit dolls! In 1902, a "little book" written and illustrated by English author Beatrix Potter, hit the market in a big way. This book, Peter Rabbit, became a worldwide sensation due to its simple, universal story and beautiful illustrations. Ms. Potter created a little Peter Rabbit doll and registered it in the London patent office. Despite numerous attempts, she could not find a manufacturer in England to produce her toy. Steiff got wind of this, and soon became the producer of the "official" Peter Rabbit doll for the English market.
It is generally understood by collectors that a "Steiff Peter Rabbit" is standing and wears a felt topcoat and slippers. According to the Steiff Sortiment, the gold standard Steiff reference book, there are two version of Peter Rabbit. The first is a spotted white velvet version wearing a red or navy topcoat and red slippers; he was produced in 10, 22, and 28 cm from 1904 through 1919.The second is a white wool plush version wearing a green felt topcoat and red slippers; he was produced in 22 cm from 1904 through 1918.
Interestingly, at the exact time that Steiff was manufacturing its Peter Rabbit dolls, they also produced a similarly designed white wool plush cat, poodle, bulldog, pig, and elephant. All were 22 cm, sitting, flat bottomed, begging, and dapperly attired in felt topcoats and slippers identical in design to the one worn by the Peter Rabbit.
Item #10 in the photo is indeed a nice example of the pig; specifically, this design was manufactured from 1904 through 1918.
Items 6 and 9:
These next two items should be treated like royalty! Here we have two versions of Steiff's early unjointed Spitz or Pomeranian dogs. See how #9, the one on wheels, has a red cord around his neck? Most likely #6 did too, when he left the factory in Giengen over a century ago. Early Steiff Spitz dogs usually wore a red cord with two pom-poms or tassels around their necks, giving them a “regal” appearance. The breed does have some connections to German nobility, which may explain why they are decorated like “little kings.”
Spritz on wheels was manufactured in 17, 22, 28, 35, 43, and 50 cm from over the 1902 through 1929 time period. Sitting Spritz was produced in 14, 17, 22, 28, 35, and 43 cm from 1902 through 1927. This pattern was also produced jointed, as well as on a pincushion.
Items 12 and 21:
Besides bears, dogs are, and have always been, the second most important category in the Steiff line. There was even a time in the mid to late 1920's where dog production outnumbered bear production at Steiff. Here we have two exceptional dogs that could be the "blue ribbon" in any Steiff enthusiast's collection. And they even have something quite unusual in common - Steiffgal was not aware of these two items before doing some research on them!
Item #12 is great for many reasons, including his legacy! He is Steiff's Lord the Great Dane, who was made from course fabric in 17, 22, and 28 cm from only 1932 through 1936. Even rarer is item #21, which is Steiff's earliest curled wool plush poodle, which was only made in this brown color from 1892 through 1894. Overall, this early poodle design was produced in black, grey, brown and white fur in 12, 14, 17, 22, 28, 35, 43, 50, and 60 cm with and without wheels from 1892 through 1905.
Collector's just may get into a cat fight over this most unusual Steiff kitten. Like dogs, cats are very high up on the company's list of important product cat-agories, no pun intended! And Steiff's black cats have always held a special place in collector's hearts, due to their rarity and distinctive appearance. The first black Steiff cat did appear in the company's debut catalog of 1892 in the form of a black standing plush tabby, with or without wheels. But this early lying version is a bit of a mystery...
Despite much searching, Steiffgal was not able to find this small "lying" style black velvet cat in her Steiff archival materials. However, based on the item's appearance, scale, and placement of bow, it is her best guess that she is an unreferenced black version of the company's early lying cat that debuted in velvet in 1899. This general style of cat - unjointed, in a relaxed position, with a basic body shape - first appeared in felt in 1898. Steiff's general line early lying velvet cat was produced in 6, 8, and 10 cm through 1927 in white, grey, spotted, or striped patterns. It is interesting to note that these lying cats all held tiny woolen balls between their front paws; it is not possible to tell from the photo if this black example has one as well.
Items 7, 8, and 11:
These three items are the wheel deal indeed. Here we have three great examples of Steiff's rolling rarities. Steiff has a very long tradition of producing items on wheels; many felt examples like these were featured in the company's debut catalog of 1892... including #8, the giraffe, and #11, the horse! Wheels gave an item movement and life, so it is not surprising that Steiff designed some playthings with this feature. The earliest items were produced on metal wheels; wooden wheels made their debut in the 19-teens.
Rolling right along, the monkey on wheels is Steiff's Record Peter, which was produced in 20 and 25 cm from 1913 through 1938. His "vehicle" is sometimes referred to as an "Irish Mail Cart." The giraffe was produced with and without wheels in 17, 28, 35, and 65 cm from 1892 through 1909 overall. And the handsome horse - which was one of the most popular, and prolific prewar items - was produced overall in 12, 14, 17, 22, 28, 35, 43, 50, 60, and 80 cm from 1892 through 1943.
Items 13, 18, and 19:
Soft dolls debuted in the Steiff line around 1903, and were known as "karikaturpuppen" or character dolls because of their exaggerated features and cartoon-like proportions. It was not until the early 19-teens that the company started to make dolls on a truly human scale, usually with childlike or charming looks. Often times these dolls would be boy-girl pairs wearing "everyday" or "Sunday best" attire; the company also made a series of dolls sporting country specific clothing. These sweet friends were made in sizes ranging from 22 to a whopping 115 cm - and always dressed to the 9's regardless of height!
Steiffgal's not kid-ing around when it comes to these adorable Steiff youngsters. Lucky item #13 is Steiff's Lisl, who was produced in 28, 35, 43, 50, 60, and 75 cm from 1909 through 1926. It is interesting to note that in the Steiff reference books she is pictured with a miniature zither - which was Margarete Steiff's instrument of choice. Although Steiffgal cannot find an exact reference to item #18 in her Steiff history books, she is confident that he was made in the 1911 through 1920 time frame and is most likely a student or sportsman. Steiff made a series of very tall, elegant, and sophisticatedly dressed dolls in this timeframe, and his "look and feel" really overlap with these better-known examples. And finally, item #19 is Anton. This beautiful Bavarian boy was made in 28, 35, 43, 50, and 60 cm from 1909 through 1927.
Steiff dolls also could have a sense of humor, and this particular example certainly takes the bully pulpit on that point! Here we have Steiff's 35 cm fully jointed Tramp Strolch doll. It is interesting to note that "strolch" translates from German to English as "Bully." Clearly, Strolch looks like he's had better days. His bare feet, patched pants, and "hangover" style eyes accurately reflect, and accentuate, his character.
Tramp Strolch doll was produced in this size only from 1922 through 1928.
Items 15, 20, 22, and 23:
Finally, Steiff has a very long tradition of partnering with companies, authors, and the media to bring beloved cultural or fictional characters to life - Steiff style! Perhaps the earliest example of this took place in 1913, when Steiff was asked to create “Bibendum” out of felt in two sizes for a company in France. “Bibendum”, or “Bib”, is the Michelin Tire Man! Like the Peter Rabbits discussed previously, newspapers, books, and magazines have also provided Steiff with great ideas for very successful product development ideas. These four items truly illustrate that point in the best way possible.
Item #15 is Steiff's Shockheaded Peter doll. Steiff produced ShockheadedPeter in the 1909 through 1927 time frame in 3 sizes - 30, 35, and 43 cm. He was also available in 20 cm as a ride-on pull toy from 1916 through 1927. Shockheaded Peter was the central character in a book written by Heinrich Hoffmann in 1845 as a gift to his son. The book was composed of ten richly illustrated tales focusing on children. Each story had a life or societal lesson and graphically illustrated the results of bad behavior in each situation, in an Edward Gorey - like fashion.
Item #20 is the cartoon strip character "Happy Hooligan." He was produced in 35 cm only from 1904 through 1927. Happy, who was actually usually unhappy, was character from a comic strip called Happy Hooligan penned by writer Frederick Bur Opper; the series debuted in print in 1900.
Item #22 is Jack Rabbit, who was produced in 22 and 28 cm from 1927 through 1931. He was, of course, the central character in a popular series of children's books (of the time) by beloved author Dave Cory.
Item #23 needs no introduction. Here we have Steiff's classic velvet Mickey Mouse doll. Steiff made Mickey Mouse from 1931 through 1936 in 11, 16, 23, 30, 36, and 48 cm. A tail moves head and a 24 cm puppet version were also produced in the same time frame.
Steiffgal hopes this special preview has put you in the most delightful holiday mood ever! More information about these items, which are all offered without reserve, will be posted around Christmastime at either www.issuu.com/theriaultsor www.proxibid.com/theriaults. Or, you can call Theriault's at 1-800-638-0422 to order the print catalog, which is scheduled to ship the last week in December.
Have a question about one of your Steiff treasures, family or otherwise? Let's talk! Click here to learn more.
WFTV Channel 9 is partnering with the Marines for their annual Toys for Tots drive, and Friday morning, they came to the studio in downtown Orlando to collect the donated toys. However, Toys for Tots still need a lot of donations to make sure every child gets a gift on Christmas. WFTV spoke with one local family about their decision to donate. John Fudali said his 2-year-old son, Johnny Fudali ...
Bertram Russell, a Marine veteran who served in Korea, has been collecting toys for children at Christmas time for almost 20 years.
Eastpak, a widely popular backpack brand, is having their third edition of Eastpak Artist Studio. This project allows renowned artists (56 from 14 different countries to be exact) to custom create on their most classic and cult backpack: the Eastpak Padded Pak’r®. The project is not solely focused on creative expression – it allows the [...]
This email from Superdoll just arrived. Are the grammar and spelling mistakes intentional? English is, after all, the official language of South Africa (from whence the author of the letter comes.)
Nothing much just sitting here thinking I'd best be telling you about a little something we call: ENIGMA!
yes, they fierce, they competative and of course they all deny any association; no one did nothing.... apparently!
Some had spotlights in their eyes at the time, others were otherwise engaged.
Does it seem like I'm rambling on a bit?
check out out new (cough! cough!) online store at: www.superdollonline.co.uk (copy it into your browser Venus does not do links!)
yes I know FABULOSA!....
Fab dolls.... ENIGMAtic.
Rush right over and buy a few.
I think Madame V will sell out very fast. She's the one I would buy if I were buying.
Funko has announced a series of three Uglydoll x DC Comics Vinyl Figures. This collaboration will give us Ice-Bat as Batman, Wedgehead as Robin, and Babo as Superman. These will be available beginning February 11th 2014.
Launching December 6th is a show titled "We Love Vinyl 3", opening up at the TOMODACHI store / gallery in Rosedale Shopping Center, MN. Exhiubiting thru to December 13th, this was what Robert Johnston, art coordinator of TOMODACHI, had to share with us:
"We hold "We Love Vinyl" every year, and feature dozens of established vinyl artists from all over the world. Previously hosting work from artists like KAWS, this year we are featuring the work of Michael Lau, the godfather of vinyl toy art, alongside other influential names in the pop art movement. Vinyl toys, alongside resin and paper works, are a new 3D medium in the pop art movement for artists to create with, acting as a new type of collectible canvas for artists to design and customize themselves. This gallery will also host fun events like live DJs, raffles, live painting, meet-and-greets, silent auctions, and more. This year, all proceeds from our silent auction will be donated to the Animal Humane Society." (Read more via tomodachi.us)
The TFormers.com Featured Comic of The Week is Conflagration, the sixth issue of Dreamwave's War Within: The Dark Ages. Written by Simon Furman, with pencils by Andrew Wildman, inks by Erik Sander and Rob Armstrong, and colors by Alan Wang. Keep reading
The Toys for Tots marathon weekend kicked off before the sun even came up Friday morning.
Bandai has revealed the next Super Sentai series through a catalog being sent to Japanese retailers. Thanks to images posted over at Japanator we've got our first look at Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger, and more importantly, the first batch of toys.
The big bot this time around is the Tokkyuoh which resembles something like a train yard. He's one of the very few Super Sentai bots that doesn't just snap parts together, but can be transformed from a starting point and without taking off or adding parts. Of course all of his weapons are train themed like the railroad crossing sword. There are even other trains that can be used as weapons as well. It's neat, but I'm not so sure about the use of colors. They're very bright and could have used a lot more black to break it up. I'm sure something better looking will appear later on.
On the human side the Rangers themselves have a very plain look to them; they've definitely gone for something very simplistic. I prefer Ranger helmets when they have mouth plates (sculpted lips optional) and I'm not crazy about the train track wrapped around the helmets so this is hardly my favorite design. The figures indicate that there is a number gimmick built into their helmets that coincide with their weapons. Oh well, their super forms will certainly make for something more interesting.
It'll be interesting to see what Bandai of America decides to do with this series. The US doesn't exactly have a big train culture so the reception to Tokkyuger could be lukewarm. Then again I didn't think the cartoony looking Power Rangers R.P.M. would happen so who knows?
Just in time for the holidays, Loyal Subjects has revealed their latest Transformer vinyl, Nemesis Prime – the infamous dark incarnation of Optimus Prime. His black, silver, and red exterior makes his evil intentions clear. Nemesis is limited to 500 pcs and is available for pre-order (ships on 12.14) for...
Bad Teeth and Double Haunt have set up a Kickstarter campaign to produce a vinyl version of their Mini-Cheestroyer toy. The recent resin releases of the figure have all sold out, so they've taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for a 4.5-inch vinyl with articulated head and waist joints. Pledges starting at $35.00 AUD (about […]