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  • 03/31/14--10:01: Royal Mint X Mirai Suenaga
  • I didn't believe it when I got an invite from the UK Prime Minister last year regarding the UK's gover...

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  • 03/31/14--10:01: Asian Air x Mirai Airlines
  • Two years ago today, I concocted an April Fool where Mirai was to have her own Airlines. Two years on,...

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  • 03/31/14--10:02: Tony Taka Mirai Suenaga
  • Up until now, many popular artists have illustrated our Mirai Suenaga and today I'm absolutely delight...

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    Check out the duck triplets rocking Supreme, Nike, MORTE, and Givenchi. At first glance I thought these 3D illustrations by Simeon Georgiev were some sort of limited edition figure release, but sadly they’re not. Just 3D illustrations. Like with a computer. Like they’ll never be on my shelf. Sad as it is, they’re still hecka’ awesome.

    (via Highsnobiety)

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    Do YOU believe in mermaids? You will – when you set sail on a magical full-length adventure under the sea with Sofia the First! My girls just love Sofia so we were thrilled to receive this title to review! The story starts after Sofia helps a young mermaid named Oona, Sofia’s amulet grants her the… [read more]

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  • 03/31/14--10:45: #toyhunt: Toy Shack E17

  • For this week's Tuesday #toyhunt, we bring you to the United Kingdom, where Luc n Rob of Triclops Studio has just opened Toy Shack E17 - a physical brick-n-mortar presence at 47/48 Wood Street Market, Walthamstow, London E17 3HX. Thanks to their shop-dedicated Twitter @ToyShackE17, we have snaps to share (thanks to @Wandster, @anti_peter & @triclopsrobot IG) of their "soft opening" Saturday just, and as well a quick Q&A with the boys themselves!

    TOYSREVIL: First up: CONGRATULATIONS for the launch! But why a "physical" shop? What made you guys do it?

    LUC n ROB CLOPS: A physical toy shop is something that we have dreamt of for a long time but the set-up costs of anything on the high street were prohibitive. When the Toy Shack space came up, it was so perfect for us, both location (only 15 mins from Triclops Studio) and costs-wise that we couldn't resist any longer.

    There is a real dearth of toy shops in London now with the recent closures of Kidrobot and Playlounge and we wanted to do something a little different with a balance of classic and contemporary, weird and wonderful. Basically, all of the stuff that inspires us as Triclops Studio (the Design Consultancy) and informs our work for both mainstream and designer toy clients.

    We wanted to collect an eclectic bunch of toys together into one space and sell them at reasonable prices to the kids of today, who may not be familiar with feature-driven action figures, as well as supplying a fix to savvy adult collectors (like us!).

    We're keen to run workshops out of Toy Shack to introduce the next generation to making toys and Character Design although this idea was popular with the adults we mentioned it too as well!

    The Toy Shack space also enables us to have a hot desk for the Design Consultancy so we can spin several plates at once as and when we need to.

    TOYSREVIL: Are there any specific treasures and/or collectibles you would like to tease collector's with?

    LUC n ROB CLOPS: The display is pretty random, although we have stuff from classic toy lines including Ghostbusters, Toxic Crusaders and MOTU, we also have some bootleggy big hitters secreted from the likes of Sungold and a few choice, in-pack delicacies. We're avid collectors ourselves so some of the stock is surplus from our decades of collecting and covers '80s, '90s. 00s and urban vinyl stuff.

    TOYSREVIL: Will you offer, or do you accept online purchases for items from your shop?

    LUC n ROB CLOPS: We are intending to instagram some exclusives to the virtual audience, some of our stock will target collectors rather than the local market but we want to strike a cool balance between the two. We don't have plans for an online store per se at the mo, but that might change as we get things properly up and running. We kind of like the idea that people will make a pilgrimage to check out the shop, the best toy shops we've visited across the world often involve a trek to find them!

    We'd really like to thank everybody online for all of the retweets and interest in Toy Shack E17 so far, hope to see you in-store soon!

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    The Disney Infinity Phineas and Ferb Toy Box Pack will be available nationwide on April 1. The new pack features the Phineas and Agent P characters from Disney Channel’s animated series Phineas and Ferb. Players embark on secret spy missions and defeat enemies with Agent P’s flying fedora or Phineas’ baseball blaster and tuck and [...]

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    We have an exclusive photo of the Eavy Metal E.A.V.I. Metal Line released to WikiAlpha by Keith's Fantasy Club. The first teaser of the New Leader in trailer mode! Get a look at the color image of the actual figure in trailer mode showing how the tailgate folds down. Hopefully this means we're getting closer to seeing a release on this figure that is said to be in scale with the MP-10 Convoy.

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    From the official Transformers: Universe Youtube channel we have a new trailer featuring actual gameplay footage, plus Gamespot has also put up a little bit longer preview video with additional footage and a summary of the gameplay mechanics. It looks like after the long and difficult road of development, Universe may finally be nearing its release! Check out both videos below!

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  • 03/31/14--11:30: Vinyl Stegoforest Release
  • The first vinyl release of Stegoforest from Jesse Narens is now available (shipping by the end of April). Cast in Japanese vinyl, the 7" long and 4" tall figure features an articulated head and front left foot. The included Acorn Warrior mini is 2" long. You can purchase one now for $80.00 painted or $75.00 […]

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    The official BotCon 2014 page has been updated with a new image asking "Who is Olin?" They teased us sometime ago about another Squirm character that was said to have a human form. Now we have another concept design shows a second human like character. See the image for the preview until we know more about what is said to be the most important reveal coming to the Pirates vs. Knights story line yet.

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    Duncan Toys Company, which celebrates its 85th anniversary this year, recently established a strategic alliance with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Duncan retail outlets at Downtown Disney on the east and west coast feature experienced demonstrators interacting with Disney guests while performing their expert skill toy play. Duncan and Disney are also co-hosting the inaugural [...]

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    Selina Briggs (The Jelly Empire) will have two new collections at the MoCCA Festival - taking place next weekend. The first is a set of 5 pieces of her vey dapper looking Steampunk Gentlebot. Each figure comes with a staff accessory. The second is a set of 4 pieces of her Playbot Bunnies. There are 2 brunettes […]

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    Guess who saw an early screening of Winter Soldier and had his mind completely blown away. This guy.

    I grew up a Marvel kid. I was mostly into Spider-Man and the X-Men universe. For some reason, the more straight-laced heroes like Iron-Man and Captain America were too boring and goody-goody for my super edgy 10-year-old tastes. I eventually got more into Image Comics and random other indie stuff, but I’d always go back to Marvel just to see what was up.

    Then Iron-Man came out in theaters. It took a character I’d previously thought of as boring and turned him into a lovable, cocky, smart-ass version of Bruce Wayne. Then Captain America: The First Avenger was announced. Was it possible that Cap on screen could be more interesting than the corny whitebread Cap I remember from the 90’s?

    Sort of.

    Captain America was an alright movie (aside from the distractingly weird Skinny Steve Rogers), but it felt too montage-y — like they were trying to pack in too much. I’ve seen it about 5 times and still don’t remember most of what happens in the third act. That’s where my brain just switches off and I just stop caring.

    But then Avengers (a.k.a. the greatest superhero movie of all time. Fight me.) came out followed by the trailers for Winter Soldier making it look all intense and epic, like Marvel’s version of Dark Knight Rises. And that’s basically what it is, but better.

    The first bit of the film is just one giant awesome espionage scene on a ship that plays out like a stealth action game. Then some serious shit goes down, peeps can’t be trusted, and Cap and friends set out to right wrongs by punching faces and blowing things up.

    Without spoiling anything, I can say that the choreography of not just the hand-to-hand combat, but the action sequences as a whole, are easily the best of any Marvel movie to date. The camera zooms and spins between Falcon dodging bullets in the sky, cars exploding into the air, Cap taking on swarms of dudes on the ground, and then there’s Nick Fury and Black Widow espionage stuff. It’s SO. DAMN. GOOD!

    I feel like Chris Evans plays a way better Steve Rogers this time around. He has more of the character to work with. He misses his past, he feels betrayed by the government that he strove so hard to fight for in the first film, and he’s at a point where there’s really no one he can trust.

    Anthony Mackie does as much as he can with the role. His character, Falcon, is introduced as a stand-up guy that Steve views as a trustworthyfellow soldier. He eventually becomes the only person he can turn to and is reduced to little more than a really cool device for action scenes and spouting the occasional campy one-liner while a majority of the real talking is left to the grown-ups. To be fair, he plays the role with all the enthusiasm and charm necessary to make the character likeable and it would have been tough to cram in some ridiculous backstory with all the other craziness going on.

    Scarlett Johansson definitely takes the Black Widow character to a new level compared to previous films. She’s sort of a hit-or-miss actress for me, but she nailed it this time around. She displays a bad-ass tough chick confidence, but does a terrific job at adding a layer of sadness and vulnerability behind it all.

    As for the Winter Soldier, Sebastian Stan freaking KILLS it. He’s menacing as shit and commands each scene he’s in with a vicious and lethal presence. The dude wears a mask covering his mouth for most of the film and has to do most of the acting with his eyes which is way harder than it sounds. I’ve already seen a crazy amount of fangirl swooning on Tumblr about his “OMG poor brainwashed sad guy I want to save” performance, so expect more once the film actually releases. A weird part of me kind of wants to see who gets fangirl’d on harder: Tom Hiddleston as Loki or Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier. Chicks love tragic-ass bad boys.

    What i love is how the whole scope of the film escalates from small-team-of-agents-on-a-boat to holy-shit-everyone-is-bad-everyone-will-die-this-is-epic-as-shit by the end of the second act; the repercussions of which will definitely be felt by the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a crazy degree. It will definitely be interesting to see how Captain America: The Winter Soldier will impact the next few films as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series.

    All in all, Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings a well-balanced mix of action, intrigue, rich character moments, and is complete with all the fanboy inside winks and nods you’d expect from a Marvel film (and a pitch-perfect Pulp Fiction reference for Samuel L. Jackson fans). This film is leaps and bounds greater than the first Captain America and is on the same level as Avengers. If anything, this will definitely get you pumped for Phase 2.

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    With the 2014 Tax Filing deadline approaching us soon; now is definitely time to consider filing your taxes or making arrangements to avoid penalties. Just like with many things these days there are savvy ways to use tax strategies to save cash on tax filing. Now is the time to get your tax forms filled out and tax… [read more]

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  • 03/29/14--08:49: Love Poem #41
  • brinemcallister:Repost October 2013 Originally posted on Poetic Trials: Fishing I went fishing And f

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    This 19 inch toy iguana replica crawls and moves just like a real live iguana! Looks real too! It

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