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    The American comic strip Dilbert has recurring bits about business casual going too far. This would certainly seem to be the case with Aniplex's 1/6-scale Fate/Zero suited (or barely suited) Saber, if she had ever worked in an office.

    Aniplex's Saber (currently available for pre-order) is based on an illustration that was previously adapted as a trading figure (I can't remember if the illustration was actual cover art, although I recall that a manga (which I promptly misplaced) came with the trading figure, especially since the weight of said manga added to the shipping costs, blargh). Clearly there's more to the outfit than I had considered (especially when less of the outfit is on...).

    I had once thought that there was nothing that could make me like the look of the suited Saber, but this illustration and the figures that followed proved me wrong; with the right amount of clothes on, it makes for a spectacular look. The Aniplex version is obviously miles better than the trading figure and, in most regards, does far greater justice to the original concept. However, both figures seem a little weak when it comes to the face although I wouldn't expect that part of the art to translate well into a 3D format.

    Aniplex's Saber can be pre-ordered for ¥9,500 yen and is slated for an August release.

    [ Order at Aniplex ]

    Aniplex's 'very business casual' suited Saber now available for pre-order screenshot


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    Reblogged from Emilia's Report. All images and text by Emilia Nieminen.
    This is my account of the PFDF 2014. I returned from Paris on Thursday after a 30 hour flight through Moscow and Hong Kong and have been pretty much sleeping ever since. Tired, but happy as Paris Fashion Doll Festival was quite a success.
    It was not only that we sold out all the dolls and even the diorama, but also the warm welcome that awaited us. I must admit I was both excited and rather intimidated by the prospect of meeting all my doll friends who I have known for many years online and all the wonderful people I know and admired from their photos. Luckily I had my friend Janina to hold my hand throughout the event, though it was the first time meeting her in person too, but with some people it just feels like you have known them all your life. Besides, my initial nervousness proved absolutely unnecessary. I was simply astonished by how lovely everyone was and what a warm welcome I got. Don't you just sometimes feel like it would be splendid to collect people? Now that didn't sound creepy at all! Well, I guess I'll have to settle for coming back next year and also prepare to attend Milan and maybe the Spanish convention next year too.

    However, I was glad I stayed in another hotel in the center before weekend, as the Novohell hotel truly is rather ghastly. I have stayed in abominable conditions in China before, having centipedes and scorpions in my bed, no hot water and lacking many other basic necessaries, but this one takes the cake. There was no air in the place. The air-conditioning was broken throughout the weekend and everyone else was complaining about the same problem in their rooms, but it was not allowed to open the windows - the hotel had even removed the window handles. On Saturday when me and Jing had to spend the whole afternoon, evening and night in the room preparing for the Sundaysales room we truthfully thought we would die out of suffocation. Headaches, nausea and dizziness haunted us and we had to go out to breath. We did complain, but the hotel did nothing. Nor did they give us towels or had sealing lights in the room - only a small nightstand lamp with wooden shade providing no light whatsoever. Happily I had brought a flashlight as a spotlight for the diorama. At some point in the night I wanted to burglar the window open, only to notice this was not a thought unique among the guests as the area around the missing handle was scratched and bent by other inmates desperate for air. I did not get the window open and will hopefully find another hotel some metro stops away for next year.
    All in all, it was a truly marvelous week in Paris. I arrived early on Wednesday morning and a walk through Paris and shopping at Galleries Lafayette with Janina and her boyfriend Alan kept my jet-lagged brain somewhat functioning until the evening. On Thursday I took a metro to Rennes and walked my feet to blisters shoe shopping along Rue de Rennes up to Rue de Dragon and the narrow alleyways there, living off tartar and patisserie. And speaking off patisserie I bought a box of Pierre Hermes macaroons the night before and ate them in a hot bubble bath. Heaven! The texture! The combinations of fresh and unique tastes just exploding orgasmicly in your consciousness! The fresh mint and red fruit one, but not mint flavour but true fresh leaves that make you float in a field on a hot summer day. Oh my. And no one quite does packaging as the French do. Esthetics and hedonism wrapped in one. Perfection.
    Most importantly, the experience provided me with new energy and inspiration to go on. Before Paris I was worked to the point of burn out. 19 hours a day without weekends for more than a year. It is hard to draw a line when a passionate hobby turns into work. But more to the point, it has been the quality of work that has been eating me alive. If it was only creations itself I would be fine, but the endless fight with the factories for quality control is exhausting, frustrating and unrewarding. There is no margin of error and the factories cannot understand that. I love the fact that with LE dolls I am able to have dolls to go around instead of answering dozens of emails saying "I am sorry but she was OOAK and sold", but with LE dolls I only get to do creative work 3-4 times a year and even then it is limited by the abilities of the factory. Hence, I will now take few months off to concentrate on OOAK creations and to catch up on my ever lengthening commissions list. So, if you are interested in a OOAK contact me now as it might be until next year I have the opportunity to take another such a respite.
    What comes to the last Charmeuse (LE5) event doll that I held back for those of you unable to attend the Paris event, she will be sold in a silent auction via this mailing list in early April. The starting price is the same as her price in Paris 950€.

     Here are some links to Flickr galleries

    Inamorata at PFDF - collection of other peoples photos of Inamorata at Paris

    Inamorata at Paris (my photos)

    My photos of PFDF (my photos)

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    Background Iron Man 3 was the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the first film following the enormously successful 2012 film – The Avengers. Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, it was just as successful at the box office as the first two. And like the first two films, collectible and toy […]

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    Doubleparlour has a double release today! Featuring Scouts and Sadies, two amazing resins that both are limited to only 5 pieces each. Each figure is meticulously hand painted and hand casted and are worth every penny! These will be available on their online store HERE at 11AM PST.

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    Pour one out to the homies on the Death Star. 2bitHACK has created this small batch of R4Doz Mi Empire Loca Esa resin figures. Each android stands 3.5” tall and feature custom labels with painted details. They come packaged in a 9x6 blister pack. There are only 29 of these...

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    Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. will showcase its product portfolio, including 2014 Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game products, at the Game Manufacturers Association’s annual trade show in Las Vegas from March 19 to 20. The latest Yu-Gi-Oh! cards include the Legacy of the Valiant: Deluxe Edition line, which came out earlier this month and features nine booster packs, [...]

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    Upper Playground has brought back David Choe’s Munky character! Not in vinyl like we’ve seen before, but in a nice big plushy! Presenting the Munko Plush Toy, which measures 10” and is up for grabs HERE at $28 each. "Munko Has no arms or legs, but don't take pity and...

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    Almost something coming out from the World of Warcraft comes the Fire King Panda by Fuller Designs. This piece was commissioned by a fan of both Fuller Designs and Angry Woebots, as they provided the Panda King figure, which I’m sure both parties had a hard time painting/letting go. Fuller...

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    Thanks to scans from Figure Oh magazine we're getting our first look at the upcoming Transformers Masterpiece Wheeljack now in full color. There's been a lot of speculation on just how this figure would turn out thanks to its many logos and fears that most of them would be either removed or replaced by new made up ones. Thankfully that wasn't the case and they appear to be keeping all of the logos used on the original figure and even corrected their positions. Overall his car mode looks as close to perfect as possible and I'm sure someone is bound to make a sticker sheet for any missing logos from the original real-life car. 

    The bot mode I'm still rather iffy about. He's very thin and still has a number of gaps in his body. It's strange because an equally streamline car in Sideswipe made for a very solid and pleasingly bulky bot. They have entirely different transformations, but you would still expect similar build quality. I can only hope he looks better in person. 

    Also in these scans is a new look at Kabaya's candy toy versions of Star Convoy, Hydra (Darkwing), and Buster (Dreadwind), the same shots of MP Bumblebee we've seen already, and another took at TF Cloud Starscream and Brawn. They also took several photos of the Japanese version of the upcoming Leader class Optimus Prime for Transformers 4: Age of Extinction (not the one that is out now). It looks like the Takara Tomy version will have a different paint pattern on the chest and more detailed paint on the face. 

    The scans end with a reminder that MP Star Saber is still in development and Ultra Magnus really is happening. Nothing new to look at on either of those, but I'm thinking we'll get a preview at Tokyo Toy Show in June. At this point it's probably safe to say neither will be released in 2014, not like there'll be a Transformers shortage this year or anything.

    Mag scans give first in-color look at Masterpiece Wheeljack  screenshot


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    Hey Farts, Bwana Spoons made a super cute Killer tee. I hear you can telegram some paypal $28 for USA or $33 for Earth to rainbowmaster[at]earthlink[dot]net for one (I guess earthlink still exists) or go buy at his fancy Store and look at other things. You should check out his...

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    Ok, Steiffgal confesses - she is indeed pandering to her reader's love of exotic Steiff collectibles in this week's blog post. Here we have two wonderful critters that sort of look like a mashup between a raccoon, fox, and panda bear! And maybe a little cat in the mix, too...?  But indeed, they do represent a real species - and they were in the Steiff line for a real-ly short time! Can you guess the identity behind these beautiful beasts?  

    These standing sweeties are none other than Steiff's Pandy Indischer Pandas or Pandy Indian Pandas. Both are standing on all fours, head jointed, and made from mohair. Their limbs, backs of their ears, and their undercarriages are black. Their backs, faces, and tails are coppery mohair. And their muzzles, inside ears, and "sideburn" areas are tan mohair. Their tails are airbrushed with brown stripes, sort of like a raccoon. Pandy's face is brought to life with brown and black pupil eyes; a black hand embroidered nose and mouth; clear monofilament whiskers; and gentle brown airbrushing for definition. Pandy was produced overall in 10, 17, and 25 cm from 1963 through 1964.  

    Pandy was also produced in a 50 cm riding version on wheels in 1963 only. This model is extremely rare; Steiffgal has never seen this "Pandy on the go" in real life.

    As a footnote, it interesting to note that the 14 and 25 cm Pandys had small felt claws on each of their four limbs. This is a relatively unusual design treatment for Steiff bears. Steiffgal can only think of two other vintage Steiff bear designs with this similar detail, and both are from the same general time frame as Pandy. They include Zooby, the Zoo Bear, who appeared in 28 cm from 1964 through 1966, and a white dralon bear named Cosy Teddy who appeared in 28 cm in 1964 only.  Of course, felt claws can be seen on Steiff's beloved turtles and crocodiles from the late 1950's through 1970's time frame.

    So, is an Indian Panda truly a rare bear?  Well, maybe.  This species - which average the size of a large house cat - is extremely hard to classify, and has been thought to be a relative of giant pandas, as well as raccoons.  Today, they are considered members of their own unique family—the Ailuridae.  They are generally nocturnal, spend much of their time in trees, and live in the mountains of Nepal and northern Myanmar (Burma), as well as in central China.  Unfortunately, today Indian pandas are endangered, mostly because of deforestation, as logging and agriculture take over their natural habitat.

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on Steiff's unusual and rare Indian Pandas has been an exotic treat for you.

    Have a question about one of your Steiff treasures? Let's talk! Click here to learn more.

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  • 03/22/14--18:26: Akuma no Riddle
  • Akuma no Riddle [悪魔のリドル] (also known as Riddle Story of Devil) is an upcoming manga adaptation that wi...

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    MANILA, Philippines - As the summer season sets in, the group EcoWaste Coalition cautioned the public yesterday against buying swimming toys that may contain health-damaging chemicals.

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    Inspired by a succession of female warrior heroes, toy makers are marketing a more aggressive line of playthings for girls — even as the industry clings to every shade of pink.

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    Revealed currently available for purchase is mr clement's "Astrolapin in Chicago" - an exclusive with Rotofugi (last teased here), with the 16-inches tall space-bound vinyl bunny limited to only 50pcs and priced at US$175. Item also available in-store! Gosh but I heart this colorway, my fav yet!

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    Launched March 14th @ Rotofugi is "Random Encounters" - featuring new works by Montreal-based artist Jonathan Bergeron AKA "Johnny Crap", with previews of his artwork viewable (select ones feature here) and purchasable via Exhibiting thru April 6th, this is his first solo exhibit at Rotofugi Gallery. LOVE his work, although I wished there were more affordable prints I could procure rather than original artwork - which I would love to bits - but absolutely beyond my feeble abilities LOL

    FYI: As well mentioned on his Tumblr: "15% off all orders at until Monday 2pm. Enter code Fookinsnow"

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    Announced on March 22nd, designated "Hellboy Day" (WHY), was the official "Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show" @ Hero Complex Gallery, by curator/participant Chogrin Muñoz, whereby over 100 artists will "pay tribute to Mike Mignola's Hellboy Universe". Launching May the 2nd, these are a few online venues to go in search of images and info: Facebook vents +

    I wonder if my fan-art could be part of the show? … naaaaah j/k! LOL

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    Ever wonder how a cat looks if crossed with Japanese anime Sailor Moon? Well wonder no longer, as Max Toy Co's Mark Nagata customizes a Kaiju Negora spfubi / vinyl figure into a celestial-named magic girl! (or in this case "Magic Meow"?).

    Shown here are WIPs of, with one to be submitted for a QPop Shop tribute show "Magical Girl Heroines: Sailor Moon and sailor senshi" ("launching April 5th"), while the other is a gift for his niece!

    What I find adorable is the Mini Kaiju Negora beside it, which I reckon is "Luna" the talking cat? KAWAIIIII LOL

    Noticed the Hellboy-Negora in the background too, probably for the Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @ Hero Complex Gallery? *COOL*

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    Chris Ryniak will be launching his very own online store @ come Tuesday March 25th @ 2pm EST, where he has "packed the shop full of all kinds of goodies for the grand opening including: toys, resin figures and original art! This will be the first of many monthly sales." … I wonder if these WIP "Orange Fuzzlethumps" would be part of the goodies to be had?

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