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  • 04/02/14--03:49: Toys are us
  • Originally, Gabriele Galimberti was just going to photograph a girl who happened to be playing with her toys. But once the photographer laid the four-year-old's colorful plastic farm tools around her, he saw potential. "Immediately," he says in his book's introduction, "there was something about the composition I liked."

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    Looking for sure-fire egg decorating ideas this Spring season? Yes, there are lots of messy, wonderful, painterly choices out there. But right alongside the dyes and paints, let’s add some disguises to your arsenal. These Easter Egg Craft Printables are quick to print out, fun to cut out, and good skill-building for youngsters too, if […]

    The post masters of disguise: decorate your easter eggs with these printables appeared first on Small for Big.

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    set database: LEGO 75031 tie interceptor
    image courtesy of Grogall

    image courtesy of amazon

    set number: 75031
    set name: tie interceptor
    theme: starwars, micro fighter
    year: 2014
    pieces: 97
    price: us$10
    minifig: 1
    come with a tie fighter micro fighter.
    the micro fighter has a mini cockpit and 2 flick missiles.
    also included a blaster pistol.
    minifig included a tie fighter pilot minifig.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
    must have for starwars lovers.
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    Stories Of Travel And Tailors

    The 'boho-chic' design quotient has been an integral part of my personality. Growing up in India, I've always had a torrid love affair with fabric,especially printed cottons. Spoilt for choice with the many prints, patterns, textures and colours, I spent a lot of my teenage years courting/ cheating on many tailors - debating, arguing, pestering my way through, to sew my sketches into wearable pieces of clothing. Much pleasure was derived back then in donning unique, one-of-a-kind pieces designed by the self, than picking run-of-the-mill 'branded' standard attire from stores.

    When I migrated 8000 miles away to my other home, I was utterly dismayed at having to surrender myself to the GAPs, H&M's and the likes (probably the only brands I could afford at the time, as a student in the United States. I found myself subconsciously drifting towards a 'Made in India' garment in the 'pret-a-porter' American apparel society. I missed my 'Masterji's' alright; along with my bright, exuberant cotton fabrics and the ability to go easily from a-sketch-to-a-stitch. Naturally 'fabric-shopping and the subsequent design date with the tailor' topped my 'When-in-Mumbai-to-do...' list for years to come.

    On a more geographical note - as if calling two antipodal cities our home for over a decade was not enough, husband and I decided to turn into 'global nomads' within the first year of our parenthood. Armed with 1 baby, over the past 2 years, we have now lived in 3 countries, shuttled through 4 continents, largely lived out of suitcases and seen a lot of the world as we went along. Presently, for the past six odd months or so, we find ourselves based out of Mumbai, again.

    So out came the 'When-in-Mumbai-to-do...' list again, given that I'd spent all these years being deprived of tailor tantrums and fabric fetish. My romance with fabric resurged, sparking new design-dates with many tailors once again, albeit this time more so, for sewing apparel for my toddler than for myself. Until recently when I decided to formalize this affair forever and give it a name! And so, somewhere between all that travel and all those tailors my first solo entrepreneurial enterprise titled eight thousand miles...was born!


    About Eight Thousand Miles

    Eight Thousand Miles... is conceptualized to be a dynamic lifestyle brand - that appeals across the paradigms of cultures, to a broad spectrum of like-minded global nomads who also believe in the idea of a home as a place sans borders.

    Our Design Philosophy

    We  seek to marry the vivacity of the bohemian, colourful aesthetic with the minimalism of an uber-modern, minimal sensibility, thereby aiming to celebrate free-spirited self expression. Our styles being simple silhouettes, our prints are playful making the fabric the focus. Our sense of 'hip' and whimsy reflects itself in our love for fabric - its prints, patterns, colours and textures. We aim to develop an array of lifestyle products, eclectically created and consciously curated for like-minded global aficionados the world over.


    How We Work

    We promote cross-cultural design exchanges and see tremendous synergy in teaming up with social enterprise - from the sourcing to the production stage. Then whether it be forging alliances with tailoring-units run by NGO’s to enable under-privileged women or commissioning rural artists independently to curate our limited edition styles, there is always a story behind each of our products. And every product purchased, facilitates the economic self-reliance of yet another disadvantaged artisan/ craftsman by putting them right back to work.

    We believe in the adaptive re-use and long lives of fabrics, specifically cottons. In some of our products we use recycled/ up-cycled vintage cotton saris or leftover scraps of quality material that is considered industrial waste to give a new avatar to an old piece of clothing.  



    Where We Are Now

    In February 2014 at just 5 weeks into our existence, we soft-launched ourselves in Mumbai to an unexpectedly stupendous response, with our first collection - a children's clothing and bedding line! Since then, we've had two successful event showcases and are presently busy gearing up for our future summer market events, selecting compatible online stores to stock with, building our own online store/ website and planning a summer trunk show/ soft launch in our other home - New York City. All this while continuing to build up our Summer-Spring inventory and conceiving our Fall-Winter collection as well.

    Clearly, as you can see, we have more than just eight thousand miles to go before we sleep! Join our journey, as we make the world a smaller place - one mile at a time!



    Shweyta Mudgal, is an Architect. Airport-Designer. Global Nomad. World Citizen. Desperately needs a teleportation device. Culture curious. Idiosyncrasy observer. Born Voyeur. Column-writer. Blogger. Poetess. Self-confessed Oenophile.

    Lover of Design. People-Connector. Free-spirited Wanderer. Child of the universe. Part-time Wife/ Mother. Full-time start-up entrepreneur!

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    This Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car Is Fun for Babies and Toddlers Now isn’t this bright red kiddies car about the cutest, dinkiest thing you’ve ever seen?  What’s pretty cool about this Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car is that it offers three different modes of entertainment: pretend play, traditional learning and music. Kids […]

    The post Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car for Tiny Tots appeared first on Kids Love This Stuff!.

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    Bandai is giving fans even more ways to abuse their figures with the upcoming Tamashii Effect Impact Burning Flames, now available for pre-order. The flames are available in two color versions so if red isn't hot enough for you, you could always give blue a try.

    These stand-alone accessories function in a manner similar to Bandai's soon-to-be-released ground pounding/wall knocking Impact Effects where the effects are broken into multiple parts which can be displayed separated or combined for one massively awesome effect. Both flame sets feature a colored translucent plastic and, although they don't look the part in the images, presumably use the same mold.

    I'd like to say that it's hard to pick a favorite, but the red flames both look cooler (given the mix of red and yellow) and are more practical as far as effects go. That said, there's definitely a use for the blue as well especially where the S.H. Figuarts Lunatic (reviewed) is concerned.

    The Impact Effect Flames are a little pricier than the previous Impact set as they have a US$22 list price and are slated for an August release. Now that the Flame Effects have been scheduled, I suppose it's only a matter of time until the Explosion Effects become available.

    [ Pre-order Red Flame | Blue Flame at Big Bad Toy Store ]

    Burn! Burn! Set your figures on fire with Tamashii Effect Impact Burning Flames Red & Blue screenshot


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    ""The Pilgrim Lion" is a glow-in-the-dark Mini-Munny custom (inspired partially by The Once & Future Goblin King figure I'm working on). He's a wandering warrior on a quest for his king, taking on long forgotten roads and trails as he dutifully fulfils his mission." -shares JonPaul Kaiser, with photography provided by Justin Allfree.

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    Shown here are exclusive sneak peeks at the Boss Sized TEQ63 by QUICCS, based on the Munny platform! Cast in resin, it stands majestically at 9" and will be released in an edition of 20 - in this original Colorway exclusive - to the Hidden Fortress Store's launch party at April 27, 2014. Alongside the launch party, the folks will also be opening up their bigcartel website.

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    With the announcement still fresh in our collective minds, Hong Kong's threezero unleashes images of their TITANFALL ATLAS prototype!

    Adapted from Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall video game, the final figure will stand approximately 20" (50.8cm) tall, and features articulated joints and fingers, and a cockpit which can be opened. Which means it can and will include the "pilot" for the mecha! Stay tuned for further developments and updates! Meanwhile, I'll let the pics speak for themselves!

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    Anybody up for a little sacrilege? Because Bandai's Saint Seiya / Cloth Myth EX Taurus Aldebaran, now available for pre-order, is a golden bull worthy of your worship. 

    Besides featuring a naturally awesome look, Aldebaran features the option of an interchangeable set of cross arms (much like Bandai's Chogokin Archer) and is listed as having FIVE interchangeable faces including that great laughing face.

    Bandai's Cloth Myth EX Taurus Aldebaran can be pre-ordered for ¥10,000 and is slated for a July/August release.

    [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Hobby Search | Big Bad Toy Store ]

    Not seeing red, but gold: Saint Seiya / Cloth Myth EX Taurus Aldebaran up for pre-order screenshot


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    As part of its ongoing support of the special needs community and to commemorate Autism Awareness Month, the Toys “R” Us Children’s Fund has provided a $600,000 grant to Autism Speaks, a leading autism science and advocacy organization. The grant will support the charity’s research and advocacy efforts in the U.S. as it strives to [...]

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    Thanks to ACToys member timothy21 who has posted new images of DX9 The Heroes' Tool Kit Animation weapons Kit. The set contains two stasis cuffs, a pair of magnets and an axe with extendable handle. The axe is compatible with both deluxe and voyager Optimus. Different colors for American and Japanese version will be available. See the images of the accessories in and out of the package.

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  • 04/02/14--07:30: Burning Chop – Alpha Wave
  • A new run of Glyos-jointed wrestling figures - Burning Chop - will be released this coming weekend. The Alpha Wave will be released on Saturday April 5th 2014 at 7PM ET over at They will run around $35.00 or so for each.

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  • 04/02/14--07:31: Angelic Dreamz Now Closed
  • The news that Angelic Dreamz has closed it's on-line business and it's brick and mortar store did not surprise me. George is not the type of businessman to just let the winds of change carry him away. He's a forward thinker who sees trends and does what he can to profit from them and/or in spite of them. JamieShow Dolls has had it's own website for a few years and the recently opened will be selling select fashion dolls.

    Both of these sites are owned and operated by George Gonzalez. I don't know if Couture Dolls will be solely dedicated to selling Integrity Toys' products in the future. I hope not. Hopefully George has plans to grow this site.

    One by one the brick and mortar doll shops have shut their doors. Angelic Dreamz was one of the prettiest stores I've ever visited. I wonder if George and Tim will rent it out to some other business.

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    You are now able to fully recreate your syndicated weekday mornings/afternoons thanks to Tamashii Nations. We've seen 3 of the first Senshi released already, with Venus coming up next. Coming this July, you can now add Sailor Jupiter to the list with pre-orders opening today.

    As with the other Scouts, you'll be getting a number of accessories. Most notably, you'll be getting an extra tiara antenna part to recreate the Supreme Thunder attack. Also in the package will be the usual assortment of extra faces and hands. As per the antenna part for the attack, she will also come with an alternate hair piece and articulated pony tail.

    Retail pricing for Sailor Jupiter is ¥4,200 for Japanese release, but both HLJ and Hobby Search have since stopped accepting new orders with AmiAmi continuing to sell no Sailor Moon Figuarts outside of Japan. J-List does have you covered if you feel you must pre-order it right this moment. Remember that Bluefin will in all likelihood have their own pre-orders for this shortly, so I wouldn't worry that the other retailers currently have stops. In any case, you will be able to bring the Soldier of Thunder home with you.

    Complete your O.G. Sailor Scouts by pre-ordering S.H. Figuarts Jupiter screenshot


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    Earlier this week, Threezero announced that they have secured the Titanfall license – which allows them to make large-scale action figures based on the hit video game. The anticipation to see...

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    Earlier this week, Threezero announced that they have secured the Titanfall license – which allows them to make large-scale action figures based on the hit video game. The anticipation to see some actual prototypes has been killing some collectors, so now they have already presented us with their first action figure based on the game: […]

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    On March 26, the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) commemorated its 700,000th design patent at a ceremony with Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker at Langdon Education Campus in Washington, D.C. The patent for the ornamental design for a hand-held learning apparatus was issued to inventor and LeapFrog employee Jason Avery, and [...]

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    Mattel has released BOOMco, a new line of blasters available in select markets, including the UK, France, and Benelux. International market rollouts will continue over the next few months, with a North America debut in July timed for summer. For BOOMco, Mattel is introducing the Smart Stick system, a dart and target system to go [...]

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