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- 01/17/14--15:23: MAD DIY 5 MAD*L Figures
- 01/17/14--15:43: Diamond Select Toys: Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man
- 01/17/14--16:23: Sponsor Announcement: Big Bad Toy Store
- 01/17/14--16:54: Kyle Kirwan Edmund Munroe Regular Edition (1.31)
- 01/17/14--17:10: Andrew Bell Misfortune Cat AP Sets
- 01/17/14--18:38: Gary Taxali’s Shanti Town
- 01/17/14--18:44: Hot Toys: MMS231 Thor - The Dark World 1/6th Scale Loki Is Up
- 01/17/14--22:31: Richland's Aunt Franny's Toys to close
- 01/18/14--00:14: Disney Pixar CARS 3D Puzzle
- 01/18/14--01:00: DST's Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey unveiled!
- 01/18/14--02:45: Ski Jump – It Takes Courage
- 01/18/14--03:11: set database: LEGO canoga park exclusive minifigure pack
- 01/18/14--04:30: Shadowlings by Shadoe Delgado + Alison Ye
- 01/18/14--05:00: CE x Shocker Soldier
- 01/18/14--06:00: TOYSREVIL's Top 10 Art Toys Of 2013 (Part Two)
- 01/18/14--06:15: In space nobody can hear you scream about Minimate Aliens
- 01/18/14--08:00: Jeremy Madl (MAD) Answers "How Was 2013?"
Can we all rejoice and be happy to see that MAD’s MAD*L figure will soon be available as a DIY Blank! This 5” figure will be bringing more diversity to the custom culture, as custom MAD*L’s have been scarce as of late. That would probably have to do with how...
Diamond Select Toys has given Marvel.com an exclusive first look at their upcoming Marvel Select Amazing Spider-Man action figure. Click the thumbnails above to check him out.
Big Bad Toy Store has updated their front page with cool pre-orders and new arrivals. Follow this link to check out the new offerings including collectibles from NECA, Hot Toys, Star Wars, Gentle Giant, and more!
We’re still celebrating more all year long and this Valentine’s Day we’re celebrating more love. That means taking more one on one moments with one another and that includes baking in the kitchen. Using Pillsbury Baking products we easily create special treats and even better sweet memories in the kitchen. Nothing says love quite like… [read more]
Kyle Kirwan is about to release the regular edition of his Edmund Munroe resin figure, one of a cast of characters from the Mudcat resin series which he launched last year at NYCC. The regular edition is the last planned edition for Edmund in the current series and follows the...
Had to do a double take with Andrew Bell’s shot of his Misfortune Cat figure (Playge) in blue. What looked like a brand-new edition is actually what’s in store for collectors who purchase his AP set (20 pcs). Andrew’s given the cat a cool transformation switching the original red nose,...
Artist Gary Taxali will have a Pop-Up Exhibition in Toronto with an opening reception taking place on Thursday January 30th 2014 from 6PM to 9PM. The reception for Shanti Town will take place at Waddington's and is being put on by Concrete Contemporary. There will be over 40 original works.
The pre-order for Hot Toys' MMS231 Thor - The Dark World 1/6th Scale Loki Movie Masterpiece Series collectible figure. is up. Follow the link above to get it while you can!
Aunt Franny's Toys, a popular store at the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland, will close its d
“Quercy” spotted this … I think after some midnight pizza, I’d be convinced at 3 AM, Mater is coming alive … Thanks, “Quercy.” Do you have the same nightmare where Mater tries to sell you Prilosec? Tweet This Post
It's no secret I love to cross-stitch. I also tend to be a very sentimental and love crafts and handmade goods that have the word "JOY" in them because my Mom's name was Joy. So, it should be no surprise that I was draw to the "Joy To The World" Mill Hill cross stitch kit.
Like the other Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads Series patterns I had bought the Joy To The World kit included the pattern, embroidery thread, blue perforated paper, beads, house button, 2 needles and instructions.
The Joy To The World pattern uses full counted cross-stitch and straight stitching as well as beads and buttons for emphasis and depth. The pattern also calls for certain areas of the blue perforated paper to be left untouched as the background.
As this was a very dark design I decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture in a picture frame with a white mat and chose an 8" x 8" tabletop picture frame that had a double mat in it. As this particular design had beads on the edges and was 5" by 5" finished I knew the mat opening had to be exactly 5" by 5". The inner mat only allowed for an 4 3/4" by 4 3/4" opening which wasn't going to work with the beads along the edge. The outer mat had a 5" by 5" opening so I removed the inner mat.
I thought that adding some colorful seasonal stencils to the bright white mat would be festive and colorful and wouldn't distract from the design. I had several EK Success Brand Jolees stickers to choose from and decided to go with the festive pine-cones.
I also decided to once again utilize the rectangular wood frame jig that my darling husband built for me that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. The wood frame jig is a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the perforated paper. He had made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips with an adjustable center strip that I used for this 5 x 5 square design.
I had learned from previous mistakes that I needed to draw diagonal lines to locate the exact center of the perforated paper as in the last perforated paper cross-stitch picture I had done was slightly off center by a few holes which caused a problem with inserting the needles in the holes along one of the edges of my frame. Plus, this design had beads along the top and bottom of the design so getting the exact center was important to being able to add the beads along the edges. I drew a diagonal line across each corner to get the center point of the perforated paper.
While I was really pleased with the end results some things in the kit and in the instructions could be improved upon so I'd like to offer the following constructive suggestions:
The cross-stitch chart was in black and white as was the floss color code and symbol key. Both were easy to read and very clear. While I had no problem with the chart and keys I did have a problem with the way the DMC floss was presented. All of the floss was tied together in one big knot so you had to separate the floss pieces yourself, sort them, and try to interpret which color belonged to which floss # and symbol key on the chart.
As I have done with other cross-stitch kits I've completed I had to design my own thread color sorter and symbol key. I took a piece of thin cardboard and cut a 1" x 9" long rectangular piece out to use as a thread sorter. I then punched 21 holes in my cardboard strip in which to tie each of the different colors. Just above the hole I wrote the DMC floss # and just below the hole I added the respective cross-stitch symbol. I then inserted the floss threads that went with that # and symbol through the hole and tied them in a loose knot. This kit could be much improved if a thread sorter with respective #'s and symbols was provided.
The pattern called for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background like the picture shown below:
However, I don't like seeing the different perforated sections in the background as I think it makes the picture seem unfinished and opted instead to finish all of the background with dark blue DMC embroidery floss #3750 that closely matched the color of the dark blue perforated paper and would be sewn as a half-cross stitch using two strands of the floss. I had also decided to square the edges of my picture and decided to add two rows of the dark blue floss around all the edges to make sure the perforated paper would not be visible once my cross stitch picture was framed.
The kit included a house button that was to be sewn to the center bottom of the house section but I didn't like the quality of button and thought it would detract from the wonderful design. Instead I opted to use some of the green and brown floss colors to continue with the ground design around some of the houses in the section that had been left open for the button.
I have done a lot of cross-stitch pictures and tend to favor outline stitching to enhance the depth of the cross-stitch pictures. While this design did not call for this I thought the design could be enhanced by using outline stitching and decided to use one strand of the brown DMC embroidery floss to outline the houses and doors. When you look at the finished picture the outlining draws you into the house area.
Instead of mounting my picture on foam as I had done with my previous cross-stitch I opted instead to mount my Joy To The World on hard adhesive chipboard.
My results with the totally finished background, square edges, outlining, not using the button, hard chipboard, white mat, and stencils is shown below:
I was thrilled with the way my Joy To The World turned out and hope you like it, too.
It took me 33 hours to complete this picture including the framing. As always, my comments are meant to be constructive to enable future purchasers to benefit from my experience and to enhance their ability to create a wonderful little cross-stitch design.
Here's the moment you've all been waiting for: Diamond Select Toys has officially unveiled its Marvel Select The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Spidey through an exclusive preview on Marvel.com. While it seems to solve some problems seen with their ASM1 Spidey, I'm really not sure how to feel about this one.
Full deconstruction after the jump.
Very cute – 9 Year Old Girl – MIND over MATTER … A lesson for us all.* * Except for those of us who will go skidding off the side and need a hip transplant. Tweet This Post
set name: canoga park exclusive minifigure pack
theme: LEGO store grand opening exclusive set
LEGO store grand opening exclusive set in canoga park, LA, CA, USA.
only 400 sets available.
minifigs included a female minifig and 2 male minifigs.
Shadoe Delgado reminds us of his first ever series of 10 figures produced in resin by We Are Not Toys and hand painted by himself, currently available through Shadoedelgado.com, wearenottoys.net and tenacioustoys.com US$35 individually (blind boxed) or $300 for the full set of 10 (savings off $50).
Also to be made available is a run of 20 figures each having a unique colorway painted by Alison Ye ( Shadowlings x Alison Ye), which Shadoe adds; "She is still in the very early stages of her career so she doesn't have much of a presence online, but you can stalk/follow her work on instagram @Alison_Blackcat."
These 20 figures will be available starting 1/18/2014 through Shadoedelgado.com at 12pm MST
Napat at MAFIA Factory shares with us another character collaboration deal with their CE Toy, with the project being "CE x Shocker Soldier" or "Shocker Combatman" concept designed by つづくStudio (Tsu-Zu-Ku Studio) and Licensed by Ishimori Production Inc. & Toei Co.,LTD.
"CE x Shocker Soldier will release in 2 packaged, each toy has two emotion faces (each variety: 250pcs produced) make the collection complete with 4 emotion faces. This series will get done in February, but we will have it pre order @ www.mafiafactory.com soon." -shared Napat Phromphruk.
You might have enjoyed artist Jeffrey Brown's "Darth Vader & Son" and/or "Darth Vader’s Little Princess" cartoon illustration books, and now Gentle Giant Ltd. and Chronicle Books are bringing the characters to 3D-life, with two maquettes to be had!
Both Darth Vader & Son Deluxe Maquette (Pre-order here for US$149.99), and Darth Vader’s Little Princess Maquette (Pre-order here for US$149.99) are scheduled for a 2nd quarter 2014 release, and both comes respective Exclusive Special Edition Books!
The Limited Edition Darth Vader and Son book includes:
- 16-page signature with the original black & white concept sketches from Jeffrey Brown! These sketches have not been released to the public until now, and are exclusive to this boxed set.
- A new full color illustration from Jeffrey Brown printed on board and packaged in a vellum sleeve.
- The book cover and spine will be printed with color foil stamps and spot gloss varnish.
These 1/6-scaled cold-cast Polystone maquettes measure 9.25”H x 9.5”W x 6.375”D, and comes hand-numbered cold-cast and have a bottom stamp with a matching certificate of authenticity. And if your keen on owning BOTH these collectibles, there's also a Bundle Pack Offer of both for US$$279.98. Pre-Order now until January 31st, 2014.Too adorable!
And you thought 10 Listed Toys would be enough to represent my joy for toys in 2013? Presenting to you now, PART TWO of TOYSREVIL's TOP 10 ART TOYS OF 2013! As before, the toys listed here are part of my own toy-collection, narcissistically so, and not necessarily the commentary of art toys today (that's another "fan-service" post for another time LOL). Meanwhile, let's get on with the TOYS!
This singular piece was gifted by Joshua for when I was in "J-Town" in 2013 for Star Wars Day Jakarta. Not long before this, I was so hyped up for the Post-Apocalypse Dunny series from Huck Gee x Kidrobot, I was actually considering to purchase an entire display box!
Fortunately a calmer head prevailed, and a harsh realization I could afford squat, and I resisted getting any single figure from this series (my way of coping with unrequited toy-desires lol), so this gift was a real treat!
I truly like that Kidrobot is - and has been - providing collectibles beyond a painted form, including accessories, which enhances it's "playability value", and that, I appreciate. Also this piece and listing serves as a stern reminder of not falling for my own hype LOL
What I truly admire about the DTK resin collectible from David The Killer, was that conceptually it represents a production of a collectible borne from his passion about collecting toys, and to share said passion. Commendable and admirable, methinks!
Produced by Fredy Chandra, I first saw this resin piece in person at SWDJKT, and was subsequently gifted post-Xmas by the creator himself . Soon we will have a closer and more in-depth look at this piece, designed and made in Jakarta!
TCON the Toyconosaurus is a mascot for the annual T-CON event in the United Kingdom, and is designed by The Hang Gang, and sculpted by Holly Stanway AKA A Little Stranger, and made by Unbox Industries. I am suitably impressed with this lil'vinyl T-Rex, simply because he literally can stand and balance on one leg, very well, in fact!
I like a toy-in-frozen-motion, and the thought of this adorable lil'angry dino going around stomping on stuff and people, is quite fun! And a perfect size too, methinks!
Managed to buy if off their online shop, along with the DIY Edition.
I've always liked the Ganmetall Celsius form from Rotobox, and when KusoVinyl announced the production of a squished-down "MiniCel", I squealed a little bit inside. Thanks to Stephen and Spencer, I now own both a Mini Celsius and MiniFah, and frankly had hella fun with these guys!
The body form gives me a feeling of the best of action figure anatomicals, mashed with super-deformed chibi-fied sensibilities, and that to me, is underrated. I wish more folks can get a hold of this and play with it for themselves!
(Hey) Cavey started toy-life as plush, and when it evolved into Vinyl Cavey. Now THAT, is a "toy dream" in the making! Congrats to Holly Stanway AKA A Little Stranger, creator of the toy(s)!
When I first learnt of the toy-volution, I admittedly had a tinge of "hesitance", as I felt it would have been a hard attempt at "adapting" the plush cutie visually (or perhaps even "too simple" an attempt) , but I was happily proven wrong. As I held the vinyl in hand, cradling the little thing with an astute twist in the chubby-waist/torso area, which really made the difference to the "life" of the collectible. I truly like it when a static toy seemed to have a 'life" in them :)
Then I got the flocked versions from Unbox, and I was completely SOLD. Then I saw the multicolored ones, and I am now a Vinyl-Cavey-Convert :)
Frank Kozik x Mishka's KEEP WATCH LABBIT has the distinct honor of being my first 7" Labbit added to my collection!
Gawking at it online was one thing, but holding in hand was the turning factor for me. The concept of a severed hand grabbing at a run-away eyeful of bunny, was pretty awesome to me, reminding me of Jim Phillips' Screaming Hand, but this be Labbit-Grabing-Hand LOL (More Pics Here on my Facebook)
This piece nearly slipped my grasp at STGCC last year, when by the time I visited INSTINCTOY's booth, they were Sold Out of them! Then my sincere thanks to Indra, Wijaya and Eric of The Brotherhood of Toys, for clueing me on "another" batch of the figures, and I gladly got one off Hiroto's hands!
I've long been intrigued by the inc Bear, and this size of the Inc Bear Mini was a perfect fit for me!
Thanks to Don Kratzer, I managed to score the "Fig-lab Finger Five Friends and Family" (F.F.F.F.F.) Set Version of Fig-Lab's Finger5, and I am happy like a lamb with them! Even the Super Sucklord piece came along with me overseas to Star Wars Day Jakarta, as a quasi-mascot for the TOYSREVIL-blog!
I've always liked the idea of the finger-fitting concept of the pieces, as well as the chibi-fied character designs = a fabulous crossover of art toy flavor and Japanese kaiju-genre sensibilities, such a sweet mix indeed, IMHO.
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BABY HORNS by Hands In Factory of Korea is pretty underrated in the toy scene, as far as I'm concerned. While not necessarily made of vinyl, or resin, this plastic piece(s) of articulated figures are splendidly designed, and with splendid character design too!
If I had the means, I would collect each and every colorway and design.
While being a fan of Godmachine's illustration, I was hesitant about a collectible from him, but after a moment's pause, I bit the bullet and bought both a WHITE and BLACK version of his PREY FOR ME online, and had never looked back since!
Possessing a haunting silence, looming with dread and the hope of destruction at hand, this 8-inch hand painted polystone statuette inspired such stories in my mind, it stands talon my list! (More 'Prey For Me' Images on my Facebook).
The first series of 2-packs is listed as consisting of Carter Burke, dropship pilot Spunkmeyer, marine Mike Wierzbowski, and "nine Xenomorphs in three different varieties". I assume the break-down will be three human with a Xenomorph packs (with three alternate packs featuring Xenomorph variants) and a Xenomorph-only 2-pack. The Xenomorph varieties apparently include a closed-mouth version, a tongue-mouth one, and a bloodied version.
The io9 story also alludes to the Minimate Newt on display with Ripley at some previous conventions who I imagine will probably be in series 2. The only question is whether they'll eventually be jointed by a Minimate version of the Alien Queen that might come with a special ripped-in-half Bishop variant.
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…
MAD: 2013 was a busy year! Besides juggling my family life and a lot of client work, I was pushing hard to get new products developed and manufactured for my own brands. I had a few releases sprinkled throughout the year which was awesome, but my main focus was gearing up for 2014.
I released my own line of apparel and accessories called "MADNESS Brand" which has been an awesome experience and a nice change from the usual "toy" thing.
The 18" Modern Hero Bank and Modern Hero 5" original figures started releasing in the later part of 2013, and I did a few conventions to coincide with the releases.
DIY MADLs in White and Black!
MAD: A new year, and more of the "never ending hustle"... 2014 marks the 10 year anniversary of the MAD*L figures and I've been working on putting a lot of releases together to celebrate. A new line of 5" MAD"L's will be releasing this year, as well as a special "10yr Edition" design. I'm planning a few more runs of the mini-MAD*L resins and maybe even a few new micro-MAD*L items.
Also dropping this year are more color variants of the 18" Modern Hero Banks and the 5" original figure so keep an eye out for those. It's been great finally releasing these pieces as they've been in the works for a very long time.
There's a lot more lined up for the year, but due to contracts I'm not allowed to talk about them... but none the less am really excited to see these ideas finally become reality.