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  • 01/15/14--05:08: 3AA 2014 Membership
  • The 3AA 2014 Membership is now open at The 3AA 2014 Lasstranaut Membership Set allows for access to special KLUB collections, a special 3AA version for every major release, 15% off all purchases, and a 24 hour buying window for any 3AA exclusive or 3AA variant. The set itself includes a 1/6th Scale Lasstranaut […]

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    Releasing this this Thursday, January 16th at 12PM PST via his online shop is the Shipwreck Edition of OCTOPUP from Nathan Hamill. This custom colorway of the 2" tall sofubi is priced at US$25 and limited to only 7 pieces. Sprayed copper chrome over green translucent vinyl - leaving them semi translucent - they come bagged and carded.

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    WHAT: I asked "Art Toy Customizers" on the blog and on Facebook to share with us their TOP TEN customs done in 2013. This is what one artist shared…

    David The Killer shares with us a slew of custom pieces he had done in 2013, on his own collection, and looks ti be enjoying himself! David added; "I am not sure that what i did is custom, but i did some repaint for some toys, a dunny custom and full new sculpt figure, anyway just sharing lol"

    Thanks for sharing, buddy! And yes, I would call them "customs"! Do check out his Twitter and Instagram, where he also posts toys he collects!

    Pieces include Labbit cyclops, Green soldier from Han Solo POTF figure, Dead Birdy from OMI, Solid boy titans, Gorilla tank from nerdone, Optimus Prime from The Loyal Subjects, Shingetter sofubi, Flesh meat Uglydoll, DTK's Krumpus with somebody's tongue (dunny custom christmas edition), and an inclusion of an original creation called "OJIKE" - "the demon who can erase human's fear forever".

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    I couldn't help but like Martin Hsu and Bigshot Toyworks' Miya-san figure when I first saw it. It's such a nice design and a fun tribute to the legendary animator and director. If you agree and you were hoping to pick one of the 300 pieces up yourself, then good news: pre-orders are apparently starting next Tuesday.

    The price will be US$95, with pre-orders running from Jan. 21 to midnight on Jan. 31. Anyone going to pick one up?

    Miya-san pre-orders open Jan. 21 screenshot


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  • 01/15/14--06:52: What a kerfuffle
  • New from Paul Lamond games, Kerfuffle is a strategy game that everyone in the family aged eight and over can enjoy.

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    Thanks to Robotkingdom who let us know they have just listed the Takara Transformers Masterpiece MP-20 Wheeljack figure that will indeed include the Anti-Hypnosis Device as well. So it turns out this will not be just an Amazon exclusive as other Asia retailers will also be offering the Transformers Masterpiece MP-20 Wheeljack figure with the bonus on a limited basis while supplies last. You can see the prototype image of Wheeljack with the Anti-Hypnosis Device below for more details now.

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    To the delight  of many fans, NECA is continuing their Nintendo 8-bit figure series. It all started with SDCC NES 8-bit Jason, and continued with NES 8-bit Freddy, then followed up by NES 8-bit RoboCop. Now Predator will join the line.

    NECA teased this new addition yesterday on Twitter, so no other information is known aside from this small image. Based on the 1987 NES video game, Predator is painted similar to Jason in bright blue and purple. I’m sure he’ll also come in retro style packaging. I wonder what kind of accessories he’ll come with? 

    [via Destructoid]

    NECA shows sneak peek of NES 8-bit Predator  screenshot


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    He finally arrived, on the very final day of 2013 for me having been pre-ordered in March of the same year. Delayed beyond his Masterpiece Datsun stablemates on account of his re-tooled shoulder design and for reasons of recreational Takara Tomy fan torture, MP-19 Masterpiece Smokescreen has landed to a tremendously mixed reception. MP-17 Prowl and MP-18 Streak set the bar immeasurably high for this mould in quick succession over a short period of time, so Smokescreen had to be exceptional to justify lasting awe and effect. Was he? Read the full story now at TFSource

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    Out sponsor Robotkingdom have posted an order page for the Transformers Nike Megatron Air Trainer SC Calvin Johnson exclusive figure. Somehow they have managed to get a bunch of the loose, we'll assume that means un-packaged, figures without the football that they are offering for sale at $29.90 USD plus shipping. No idea how many of these they have, but chances are they will sell out fast at that price. Order now at

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    WHAT: I asked a select few folks how their 2013 was, and what should folks expect from them in 2014, and this is what they shared with TOYSREVIL…

    JOSHUA ARTONO: 2013 has been an interesting year for me. To see Jeralyn (my baby daughter) grow everyday has been the best blessings for this year. AND as for Plastic Culture, we made a huge step of opening a new head office in Surabaya (east of Java) to expand the designer toy scene to Surabaya, Bali, and east of Indonesia. It was quite a heart pounding move, but I think we made the right decision.

    JOSHUA ARTONO: Looking forward for all the new and upcoming toys! Dude.. there's a lot great toys in the works right now and I can't wait to get my hands on them. #toyaddict

    I am looking forward to going into all the cons, TTF, STGCC, Hongkong Toy Fair and of course POPCON ASIA. It is always fun to go to these events and catch up with friends. Oh, last thing... looking forward for a great year with my fellow BROTHERHOOD OF TOYS. Without them, collecting toys would not be as fun.

    JOSHUA ARTONO: What I call 2014 is the year of NEW BEGINNINGS. There has been a lot of changes at the end of 2013 and for weeks I have been itching to jump-start my new year but as you know, it's always hard to start something new. So, what can folks look forward from me in 2014.. well, new toy projects in the works, new collaborations, and as for my music.. definitely producing new albums this year, working with new producers and engineers, oh and also raising up new and upcoming talents. 

    Oh.. oh... I want to take chinese / mandarin lessons! That's my new years resolution.

    Look for Joshua Artono on the www via:
    Plastic Culture Facebook
    NOTE: All Images in this post were provided for by Joshua because he is a gentleman and rock-n-roller!

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    The Disarticulators have announce the full release of the Ooze-Claw. Created as a display stand for both the Ooze-Ball and MoD, the two-part rubber piece will be available in 4 different colorways chosen to match past Ooze-Ball releases: • “Original” neon green and pink • “Vintage” green and pink • “Stealth” black • "Crystal" clear […]

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    Nintendo has sold a record amount of Nintendo 3DS games in 2013 and is set to release four new games early this year to take advantage of this trend. Last year, more than 16 million combined packaged and digital Nintendo 3DS games were sold, topping 2012 sales by 45 percent. Lifetime hardware sales in the U.S. [...]

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    Starting in the spring of 2013, Medicom created a new line of action figures called MAFEX (Miracle Action Figure EX), but there has only been 2 releases in that line – Spider-Man and Batman. Their 3rd figure has just been announced and it looks like it’s going to be Spider-Man again, but this time from The […]

    Action Figure Fury - A Toy Blog with Toy News, Action Figure News, Reviews, and Guides
    The MAFEX Amazing Spider-Man 2 Action Figure Hits Stores By This Fall

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    IPSUM (aka Richard Walker) has completed work on two new custom Popobe bears for the 'Toy to the World' custom vinyl show taking place at ArtBoy Gallery in Melbourne, Australia beginning on January 21st 2014. This is the third year that Richard has submitted his work to the show, and he believes they are his […]

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    Fitch Ratings has downgraded the Issuer Default Ratings on Toys 'R' Us, Inc. and its various domestic subsidiaries to 'CCC' from 'B-'. A full list of rating actions follows

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    OMG, 100% Soft‘s newest piece takes “cute” to a whole new level!! “Attack of Burger Crab & Pizzasaurus” is a limited edition 13″ x 17″ giclee print and is one of the many fantastic pieces in Supahcute Kaiju Show. Meet … Continue reading 

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  • 01/15/14--12:30: A Midnight Cry
  • A review by Marianne Szymanski
    Publisher, Toy Tips (

    First Stage in Milwaukee  ranks as the nation's second largest theater academy for children. They are  committed to develop and produce plays that celebrate the history and people in their own state, Wisconsin.

    Midnight Cry is a story about the Underground Railroad and the journey of a young slave from St. Louis to Wisconsin.

    This story is significant to Milwaukee because during the late 1800's, Milwaukee was a station on the Railroad and a "free state" for slaves to escape to. The main character is fictional but the story is based on the true story of Mrs. Caroline Quarlis Watkins who escaped to Milwaukee and was assisted by Atty. Asa Finch who was one of the founders of Milwaukee law firm. Foley and Lardner., LLC.

    The plot follows Lida Anderson, a 17 year old female slave and her journey through the Underground Railroad en route to find freedom.  You will see the lives of her family and how they are affected by her decision. Emotional and moving, actors display what life was like in America for a slave. History books teach us but this play showcases a strong reality check about the life our forefathers had and draws out an emotional story of how a young slave lived.  The introduction of the play outlines the conditions slaves were forced to live in, the little education they received, their expectations of work and how they are punished and treated. There is one scene that is so emotional, you can expect to hear sobbing, see crying and in my case, an audience member was actually wailing. That is how deeply emotional the audience is tied to the actors.

    I brought my nine year old daughter who has learned about slavery in school.  We had a discussion before we came to see the play so that she understood what to expect. I think while some of the content is quite deep to completely grasp, she followed along. From a child's perspective, the "talkback" that First Stage offers after each performance is an ideal way to hear what is in the mind of a young audience member after seeing the performance.

    Many school children will celebrate Black History Month this February.  As you check out books from the library, talk to teachers and educate your children at home, keep in mind that slavery is something that our kids today will not experience. However there are similarities in our society on how people are treated. This is a perfect opportunity as a family to discuss how slavery impacted society.

    This play is for every White American, every African American, every other American, every non-American living in America and every child (the suggested age is 9) able to understand the significance of this story.

    A true one-of-a-kind performance, First Stage showcases the meaning of freedom in a most impactful, emotional and theatrical way.

    Photo credit:  A MIDNIGHT CRY at First Stage. From left to right: Marvette Knight, Michael A. Torrey, Malkia Stampley, and Gavin Lawrence.  Photo by Paul Ruffolo.

    For tickets, visit

    -Marianne Szymanski

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