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- 02/19/14--15:14: Gary Ham x Chauskoskis Wooper Looper Release (02.28)
- 02/19/14--18:24: De Korner Exclusive Clear Yellow S.U.C.K.L.E Figures
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- 02/19/14--21:59: Toy Fair 2014: McFarlane Toys Gallery
- 02/19/14--22:06: Toy Fair 2014: The Dark Horse Booth
- 02/19/14--22:08: Gentle Giant: Kili Dwarf Mini Bust
- 02/19/14--22:12: Toy Fair 2014: The Factory Entertainment Booth
- 02/19/14--22:12: The New Plush Labbits direct from Frank Kozik (2.21)
- 02/19/14--22:42: JFury Slow Death Presale
- 02/20/14--00:00: Toy Fair 2014: Kotobukiya
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- 02/20/14--03:29: set database: LEGO 40076 zombie car
- 02/20/14--04:00: Cannonball, The Littlest Robo, is The Clockmaker's latest
Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Chase the Police-Bot Figure -- $13.95
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The sculptor of Gary Ham’s Wooper Looper, Chauskoskis has gotten his hands on a small batch to customize. Each figure may vary from one another with a 1 in 3 chance to score a browed version. You can expect to see this custom release drop sometime on February 28th. Stay...
De Korner has just released their Exclusive S.U.C.K.L.E. mini-figures in Clear Yellow. From the twisted mind of the Sucklord and produced by DKE, each set of ten PVC characters (~ 1.75”) including Sucklord 66, Gay Empire, Vectar, Sucklord 16, Another Bitch, Necromancer, Sucklord 43, Galactic Jerkbag, Ass Wipe and Tyranusberg...
After a stressful day yesterday, I took some serious doll playtime. I wired a doll for the first time and she's much more pleasant to handle. Three dolls were redressed and rewigged.
These are all iPhone pictures.
Nelson is gorgeous in her peachy pink wig and pastel Ficon gown. Ms. G, newly wired, is standing nicely for the first time. Now maybe I can start to enjoy her instead of fiddling with her legs all the time.
Our 2014 International Toy Fair continues with a look at the McFarlane Toys booth. follow the link above to have a closer look at what they had on display.
Our 2014 International Toy Fair continues with a look at the Game Of Thrones heavy Dark Horse booth. Follow the link above to have a closer look at this stunning statue collection and more!
The latest solicitations from Gentle Giant continue, this time with the announcement of the Kili Dwarf Mini Bust! Click through to get all of the details and full image gallery.
Next up in our continuing coverage of the 2014 International Toy Fair we take a look at the Factory Entertainment booth. Follow the link to have a closer look at what they had on display.
While the new bearded plush Labbits officially drop on Thursday (2.20), you might want to wait until Friday to order directly from the man himself. Frank Kozik will be selling a limited number of the Relatively Hip Bearded Labbits – including the larger 7” and 14” versions in both pink...
JFury’s latest original resin creation is Slow Death. Part of the appeal of the new figure lies in its clever deception. From the front, the figure (3” x 4” x 3”) appears to be ‘just’ a cute, harmless snail toy. Turning the figure around reveals the removable Skull / Shell...
Kotobukiya is always fun to see at conventions because you never know what new stuff they’ll have. Their recently revealed DC Bishoujo Starfire was on full display, and actually looks better in person than those promo pictures. Many other figures revealed at Wonder Festival were also there like the prototype images of Bishoujo Freddy and Jason, Street Fighter Juri, and Tekken Tag Nina Williams.
There was also a promo image showing a prototype figure of ARTFX Wonder Woman. Keeping with the ARTFX line, the just announced ARTFX+ Rocket Raccoon was there as well. There was also a very nice Marvel fine art prototype statue of Wolverine.
He’s shirtless and enraged just like Wolverine always should be. Their Star Wars line also continues under the ARTFX+ line. There was an advertisement for an upcoming Luke and Leia figure and a prototype of Han Solo and Chewbacca.
In the past few years, Mack & the Walmart truck, Wally Hauler were available as Walmart only exclusives. They have returned to the Themes 2014 design motif & joined by the Dinoco Hauler, his first release since 2009. No updated photo of the Wally hauler but you know what he looks like. Thanks for the […]
Of all the cross-stitch shadow boxes I have made I realized I didn't have anything specifically for the winter season so I decided to make a shadowbox to add to my collection. I don't know why I would want anything depicting the beauty of the winter as I hate the winter - especially this winter. TOO MUCH SNOW. I can hardly wait for the spring.
However, I wanted my collection of shadowbox cross-stitch pictures to be representative of all the seasons and holidays and realized I was lacking a winter scene. So, I decided to make one.
Like the other Mill Hill - Buttons & Beads Series patterns I had bought the Winter Chill kit included the pattern, embroidery thread, brown perforated paper, beads, button, 2 needles and instructions.
The Winter Chill 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 perforated paper to be left untouched as the background. In this case they were leaving sections of the brown perforated paper background untouched.
I, once again, decided to frame my finished cross-stitch picture in a 5" by 5" white shadow box frame that is 1 1/2" deep and can stand on it's own or with its back picture stand (like the picture above) as I've been really happy with the way all my other cross-stitch shadowbox pictures have come out.
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. So, I drew a diagonal line across each corner to get the center point of the perforated paper.
I had also run into a slight problem with one of the perforated paper cross-stitch pictures I had previously created with the beads along the edge causing a problem when framing so this time I also drew squares on the perforated paper to show me where the 5" x 5" square was. Plus, I knew I wanted to square my picture so I needed to know where to end my stitching.
While the end results of this design were wonderful 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 color chart. If you only have a few colors to deal with this isn't a problem. However, if you have several different colors to choose from that are close in color then interpreting the chart can be tricky. You may assign the wrong color to the wrong symbol if the colors are too closely aligned.
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 13 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 beads were contained within two small ziploc bags which was fine. However, when several different beads of similar color or size are included within the bags it can be very difficult to distinguish between the colors or between the petite and regular size beads. Labeling the ziploc bags as to which bead number they contained would enhance this kit and allow you to tie the bead # to the symbol number on the charts.
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 and opted instead to finish all of the background with a light blue DMC embroidery floss color sewn as a half-cross stitch using two strands of the floss. I didn't want to use a brown floss as I thought the light blue was more appropriate for a winter theme. I had decided to square the edges of my picture and also decided to add two rows of the dark blue floss, that framed the top and bottom rectangles in the picture, around all the edges to make sure the perforated paper would not be visible once my cross stitch picture was framed in its' shadowbox.
I had a slight problem with the upper left hand corner and the perforated paper. It ripped part way through so I added tape to the back left corner of the perforated to secure the paper and threads.
In looking at the picture I decided to deviate from the pattern and change two things. ;I decided that I wanted the snowflakes to be white instead of the light blue that was called for in the kit. I also decided to use 3 strands of the floss for the snowflakes versus the 2 strands that were called for in the pattern as I wanted the snowflakes to stand out a little more. Plus, I didn't think the trees stood out enough so I decided to outline the trees for more emphasis. You can see them in the close-up picture above.
I was also thinking about changing the color of the words "Brrr...." as I wasn't sure they were going to stand out enough but decided to follow the pattern. I wish I hadn't as when the picture was done the "Brrr......" really didn't stand out. I should have used dark blue.
Instead of mounting my picture on foam as I had done with my previous cross-stitch pictures I opted instead to mount my Winter Chill on hard chipboard.
My results with the totally finished background, square edges, and hard chipboard is shown below:
The kit had included a red button for the scarf but I decided not to use it.
Despite the relatively small issues I had encountered with the kit I was thrilled with the way my Winter Chill shadowbox picture turned out - even if it was a winter scene. There is a lot going on in a very small cross-stitch picture and it is amazing to see all the details.
It took me 27 1/2 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.
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set name: zombie car
theme: monster fighters, promotional
come in polybag packaging.
come with a zombie car.
minifig includede a zombie minifig.
overall design is good.
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The Clockmaker has a new robot for his resin army, and it's a 1.5-inch mean machine named Cannonball. Available in two hand-painted colorways, the little guy is built for combat, but works in a circus fighting a regular opponent (which is the other Cannonball colorway).
Cannonball's two colorways are available from The Clockmaker's shop for £15. They do appear a little bit rough in spots, but they're not bad considering The Clockmaker is a relative newcomer and a younger artist.