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    Available soon via 1xRUN.com is this painting by Luke Chueh of a popular intergalactic bounty hunter named "Boba" - as a limited edition print dropping April 11th, 2014. Will update further details when I have them … meanwhile, Intergalactic Space Bubble Tea FTW! LOL

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    Hong Kong-brand threezero teases on their Facebook that they will be making 'bots from the current popular game from Respawn Entertainment: TITANFALL!

    No further details besides the teaser image above, but check out their press posted below, aloneg with a video clip of th game to help get your blood'a'pumpin'!

    THREEZERO PRESS: "Witness the rise of the Titans, as we will be making figures from first-person shooter multiplayer video game, called: Titanfall.

    In Titanfall, players compete on a war-torn planet, playing as mech-style Titans and their pilots. We will disclose more details about figures, which we are making as we get closer to showing the prototype (which will happen really soon), however we can already say that Titan on this teaser is about 20" tall and will come with the pilot."

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    The last time I saw these custom Mickey Mouse vinyls was in STGCC 2011 on display at the Play Imaginative booth. Today, a row of the 6.5" tall Mickeys were spotted in the showcase widow of the PI-shop in China Square Central! Feel free to click on any of the images posed below, to view them individually uploaded unto my Facebook album :)


    Don-P / TazX

    Chaukoskis / Hixtril

    Julio E Carrillo / Noriya Takeyama

    OsiRisORIon / Lunabee

    Danny Chan / Rsin

    NOTE: These were the only pieces (I saw) on display, and I did not ask about the other pieces seen in my earlier STGCC-post :p

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    The Toy Industry Association (TIA) is urging for a swift resolution to the ongoing truck driver strike at one of Canada’s busiest ports, Port Metro Vancouver. As reported by the TIA, nearly 1,500 unionized and non-unionized container truck drivers have been protesting for more than three weeks. The protest has impacted $126 million worth of [...]

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    Tamashii Nations has announced that their SH Figuarts Android 17 action figure from Dragonball Z will be seeing a North American release! Read on for the full details and click the thumbnails above for a closer look.

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    Not too long ago, Canada-based artist / "Wacom evangelist" Dacosta! - you also know him as @chocolatesoop - asked me if he could do an adaptation of my TOYSREVIL-mascot, and I was only but honored he would consider so, and THIS is the result!

    Mind you, this is still a work-in-progress, folks! Check out his #marchofrobots initiative on Instagram, and go back his excellent Kickstarter project HERE, if you have not already!


    And check out the above-posted video of an "AR Test" of the "Little Walker", for which you are able to download a free companion app, where "you will be able to view animated 3D models and other elements of select images through your smartphone or tablet cameras." This "Augmented Reality" feature is also part of the book being funded!

    Thanks again Bailey! YOU ROCK! :)

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    What's Your TOYFACE? New Instagram Fun-With-Your-Toys Project featuring extreme close-ups of your toys and collectibles which I hope to one day see filled up the tagged-page of Instagram :)

    "Face" must take 80-90% of the snap, and remember to hashtag #whatsyourtoyface!
    ***Read More Here :)

    (FYI: All copyright of images you tag remain yours, and will not be used by myself / TOYSREVIL for commercial gain, without prior consent)

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    Today the Hong Kong based toy manufacturer, Threezero, has something really BIG to announce. They have acquired the license to make action figures from the Xbox exclusive online multiplayer first-person shooter: Titanfall. In Titanfall, players compete in 6 vs. 6 online multiplayer only matches on a war-torn planet. The gameplay is faster than most games, […]

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    Threezero Announces the Titanfall License


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    Today the Hong Kong based toy manufacturer, Threezero, has something really BIG to announce. They have acquired the license to make action figures from the Xbox exclusive online multiplayer...

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    Manila, Philippines -- A Quezon City-based toxic watchdog has raised alarm signals following a series of inspection on toys popular during the summer months which allegedly yielded high levels of hazardous chemicals. Using an X-ray fluorescence (XRF) device, environmental group EcoWaste Coalition issued the caution after analyzing 350 samples of local toys sipa, lubid (skipping rope), turumpo ...

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    Earlier this year, Medicom revealed their third MAFEX (Miracle Action Figure EX) action figure, Spider-Man from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. At Toy Fair 2014 they had something even better  to share, a MAFEX Amazing Spider-Man 2 DX set. What exactly is a ‘DX set’? It’s essentially the normal 6 inch MAFEX Amazing Spider-Man 2 figure, but […]

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    MAFEX Amazing Spider-Man 2 DX Set Coming This Fall


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    Earlier this year, Medicom revealed their third MAFEX (Miracle Action Figure EX) action figure, Spider-Man from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie. At Toy Fair 2014 they had something even better  to...

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    Today is Sunday and it’s time for another edition of the Toy News Roundup. Here we round-up all of the most important toy news of the week from our site, and also link you to any toy news that we...

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    Today is Sunday and it’s time for another edition of the Toy News Roundup. Here we round-up all of the most important toy news of the week from our site, and also link you to any toy news that we didn’t cover. Let’s see what the big toy news was this week, shall we? BOOKER […]

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    Toy News Roundup: 'Captain America 2', 'Zombies' and a Sadistik 12 inch Figure


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    Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products will celebrate the April 11 theatrical release of Rio 2 with a multi-category global licensing program, including partnerships for toys and kids’ products. Select licensing partners are as follows: Jakks Pacific: A toy line featuring musical plush, figures, bulk toy, and novelty items Rovio Entertainment: Angry Birds Rio-themed merchandise available [...]

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    As politicians debate the impact of gender segregated toys on the uptake of careers in science and engineering, Ruth Wainman takes a look at their history and suggests there are other questions we should be asking

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    Being a fashion doll collector means, among other things, meeting people all over the world that share the same interest/hobby/obsession. That can lead into a beautiful friendship, which is my relationship with the wonderful Maria (from Habilis Dolls), my dear Greek friend. There are not many Greek fashion doll collectors but I am happy that I met her and we share such a wonderful friendship. Apart from being a wonderful human being, she is also a talented maker of clothes and accessories for fashion dolls! I have been meaning to dedicate a post to her extraordinary work for quite a while (you have to see her craftsmanship up close to understand the high level of quality in her work). I managed to convince her to give me an interview, which you can read below.


    Fashion Doll Chronicles: Let's start with a few words about you
    Maria Habilis Dolls: My name is Maria, I am 48 years old, a teacher of Ancient Greek and Latin, teaching in High school for 25 years now. I live in Syros, a beautiful island of the Cyclades in the Aegean Archipelago, am married and have a 15 year old son and a 13 year old daughter.


    FDC: Tell us how you discovered fashion dolls?
    MHD: That was by accident, on-line, where else? Specifically, I was looking for clothes for my Barbies (that was way before I started making myself clothes for dolls). When I saw the first Fashion Royalty I was speechless. She was Eugenia Overachiever and immediately after Eugenia Going Public. Then I knew that I had to step up a level (collecting). That was the beginning. Later on I discovered Sybarites (I own two), Tonner dolls etc. It was a road with no return. Now my collection has more than 60 Fashion Royalty dolls.

    Outfit based on my own design and made by Maria

    FDC: How did you decide to start making clothes for your dolls?
    MHD: Along with Fashion Royalty dolls, I also discovered the very talented creators that were already part of the fashion world for dolls. I was impressed with their work and, because I can sew, I slowly started to make clothes for dolls on my own. Six years later I can say I have experience and an easy to do it. But I dedicated lots of time and was very patient and insistent. I am more proud about my insistence than about the results of my creativity (LOL)!


    FDC: When did you start selling doll clothes and accessories made by you?
    MHD: From the moment I started collecting dolls obsessively, I thought it would be nice to cover my spending to enrich my collection in one way or another and not incur that on the family budget. From the moment I started uploading the first photos of my creations on flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/habilisdolls), it was really encouraging that many friends asked me if I sold my creations and where they could find them.


    FDC: Were there any obstacles in this endeavor?
    MHD: My main desire and concern when taking those first steps were if the people who were the first to trust me and bought my creations would be completely satisfied. Generally I did not have any problems, on the contrary it is something that gives me inspiration, joy, creativity and allows me to add to my collection which is my passion.


    FDC: How and where do you sell your clothes and accessories for fashion dolls?
    MHD: I started selling them on eBay and that was important because in this way you become well known and many people that ignored your activity in this sector can see you. Two years later I created my own site  http://habilisdolls.com and now I do most of my selling from there, since by now I have loyal customers that love my work. With many of them I also have a really warm communication, we're almost friends. I mention this as it is something that gives me great joy and I an glad that through this interview I can publicly thank them.


    FDC: Where does your inspiration come from?
    MHD: I am mainly inspired by my favourite creators and through the various blogs I follow. The materials themselves are also a great source of inspiration. I have a large fabric collection that I have been adding to for a while. As I observe them I imaging the outfit that can be made of them at the same time.


    FDC: How long does it take you to complete an outfit so that it is ready to be sold?
    MHD: That depends on the design and the fabric. If for example the fabric demands a complete lining, it can be very time-consuming. Other times the outfit is simple but has intricate accessories. Generally five to six houts is the norm, but never without interruptions as I do not have that much free time available. I also make many designs and try-outs, it often takes time for me to say "this is it". Don't forget that I do not want to miss out on the fun, as I also like to play at the same time. Trying out hair dos, I also need to see the outfit worn by a blond, a red-head and a brunette as well. So time flies by really quickly. I never stopped playing with dolls feeling satiated by it.


    FDC: Favourite fashion designer:
    MHD: Alexander McQueen was always a favourite and I love what Burton is doing with the house, continuing his work. If I must set someone apart it would be Karl Lagerfeld whose clothes I almost always like. Lately I like what Salvatore Ferragamo does too.


    FDC: For which dolls do you prefer sewing?
    MHD: Mainly I love sewing for FR because I love the way they pose. The new bodies especially are a delight to dress. I also have done stuff for 16" dolls like Sybarites and recently I fell in love with  Tulabelle και Poppy Parker Fashion Teen 16’’ girls.


    FDC: Which is your favourite doll and why?
    MHD: My most beloved doll is and will always be Going Public Eugenia cause she was the first one I bought, love at first sight. I got her in the summer of 2008, a gift to myself for my birthday.


    FDC: Tell us you favourite and also your most "despised" fabric/material to work with.
    MHD: There is no particular favourite or despised material. I generally favour soft and elastic fabrics as they are easier to sew and fit better on the body. I avoid too delicate fabrics that can slip and make it hard to sew.


    FDC: Which has been the greatest reward of this work?
    MHD: From this activity I have been rewarded in many different ways. First of all with the money I made I was able to add more beautiful dolls to my collection. It is also a creative endeavor through which I express my self as well as get feelings of relief and restoration.. It is also very important for me being in touch with people, getting to know each other and also a great joy and recognition for me seeing photos of other collectors or friends' dolls wearing my clothes.


    FDC: Most difficult thing in making doll clothes?
    MHD: I think it is making the outfit come out properly in this small scale. I have noticed the difference between having the outfit in your mind and really making it. For example a pleated or draped outfit is not the same when made in this scale. You have to be picky about fabric or use tricks to give a real feel to the outfit.


    FDC: What details do you always incorporate in your clothes and accessories?
    MHD: In outfits I am really interested having the seams really well made and the finishing being careful and professional. I do not want people to think, when they have them in hand up close, that it was not worth the price they paid. I also want the collector that buys my clothes to have available all the comfort and ease to dress the doll without too much trouble or get annoyed doing so. I am also careful to use quality fabric so that it will not stain the doll's body. For accessories, what is important to me is that they look as realistic as possible and not doll-like. I am not sure I can always get away with it.


    FDC: Favourite outfit until now and why?
    MHD: I love almost all the designs I have made so far and usually I keep a copy for me. One I will always cherish is a dress inspired by Alexander McQueen.


    FDC: Any advice you'd like to share with the rest of the doll-world fashion designers?
    MHD: Be patient, make this with love and never miss out on the fun and the mood for play. This can also protect us from bad antagonism and jealousy that unfortunately also exist. I will never forget, when I first started sewing for dolls, the kindness and encouraging words of Kathi(aka FrauE) in some e-mails we exchanged, where she advised me exactly this, never miss out on the fun in this whole thing. Thank you so much Kathi, you are always an inspiration and example for me.


    FDC: What else would you like to tell us about you and your work with dolls?
    MHD: I am proud for all the things I have done for dolls and being a respected member of the doll community. It has given me immense joy, creativity and I can say it has changed my life, in the sense that being a clothes-maker for dolls is one of the things that defines me almost as much as my profession. Also very important are the acquaintances I have made, the very remarkable and interesting people I have been into contact with, the friends I made like you. Stratos my friend. If it wasn't for our dolls we probably would never have met and we would not have had the chance to spend such lovely moments in Syros! I suggest to all people to try and find something to love and amuse them as we all do with our dolls. Stratos thank you from the bottom of my heart for having me in your wonderful and remarkable blog, it is a great honor. Hugs and love to all of you. 


    All photos, outfit and accessories designs courtesy of Habilis Dolls, used by permission.

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