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    It's music to Steiffgal's ears when she hears about wonderful vintage Steiff treasures!  And this set of five antique Steiff dolls is certainly worthy of a Grammy award - really!  Take a look at this note from a new friend in the United Kingdom who writes about a collection of marvelous musicians she recently sent to Bonham's for sale.   Helene shares...

    "My dad bought the whole stock of a haberdashery shop back in 1970 from a woman, she was 80 years old at the time and she didn't want to get retired, anyway the Steiff dolls were in the shop and she used to sell those brand new, she had the shop for about 60 years...  her shop was in a little village near the border between France and Germany, my parents always knew the dolls where valuable, they both passed away now and when we cleared the house we found those dolls."

    How about a special fanfare for this breathtaking quintet?  Here we have what is known as Steiff's "village band" or Dorf Musikkapelle. According to the Steiff Sortiment 1892-1942, this item was in the line from 1911 through 1913 and is simply documented as "village band, 5 dolls with instruments, item [number] states size in cm."  The Sortiment also details that the players include a 35 cm bass fiddler, a 35 cm clarinet player, a 50 cm piston wind player, a 35 cm trombone player, and a 50 cm violin player.  The photo that accompanies this description from the Sortiment is pictured here on the left.

    A rare set of five felt Steiff Musicians, 1912-1915
    "All having black boot button eyes, printed features and jointed at shoulders and hips each standing on a circular wooden base, the rotund trombone player with a pronounced nose and smiling mouth, black and grey cotton thread hair, black rimmed hat, and with a Steiff button to each ear, wearing a felt red shirt with a further sixteen Steiff buttons in two rows to front, blue jacket, black trousers and leather boots, holding a painted gold trombone, 33cm (13in) tall, the similar contra-bass player having a Steiff button to each ear, round hat with tassel and wearing a cream shirt with black boot buttons in a row to centre, a brown jacket, black trousers and black leather boots, holding a painted wooden stringed bass with bow, 33cm (13in) tall, the slimmer clarinet player with up-turned nose, painted ginger hair and Steiff button to left ear, tall grey hat and wearing a long black jacket with three gold buttons, blue trousers and painted shoes, holding a carved wooden clarinet, 36cm (14in) tall, the older slim violin player with pointed nose and chin, painted grey eyebrows and real shoulder-length grey hair, skull-cap and wearing a white shirt with black bow-tie, jacket and trousers, leather shoes, holding a carved wooden stringed violin and bow, Steiff button to left ear, 40cm (15 3/4in) tall, the tall and slim trumpeter with pointed features, painted ginger hair and flat hat, wearing a black jacket with five buttons and trousers, with white collar and bow-tie, leather shoes and Steiff button in left ear, holding a painted gold wooden trumpet, 43cm (17in) tall."

    So let's strike up the band and take a look at these five fantastic fellows - from left to right.   

    The musician on the far left with the trombone is probably Steiff's Dachau (an area in Upper Bavaria) Farmer pattern.  This doll is 35 cm and was in the line from 1908 through 1928.  This particular doll has three very interesting details that make him extraordinary from the design perspective:  he has a Steiff button in each ear - not just his left one; a horizontal facial seam instead of the more typical vertical seam; and 16 tiny Steiff buttons decorating his red shirt-vest. The original Dachau Farmer doll is pictured above. 

    The musician in the brown felt coat with the bass fiddle is most likely Steiff's Alb (a district in Baden-Württemberg) Farmer.  This doll is 35 cm and was in the line from 1908 through 1919.   It is interesting to note that at the turn of last century, Steiff created a series of dolls representing farmers from different areas of Germany, including Brenz, as well as surrounding countries including France and Switzerland.  The original Alb Farmer doll is pictured above, the photo is from Pfeiffer's 1892-1943 Sortiment book. 

    The skinny musician in the middle wearing a dark coat and blue pants and playing the clarinet appears to be Steiff's Alphonse, the character from the comic book series "Happy Hooligans."  This doll is 35 cm and was in the line from 1904 through 1928.   Steiff records show that Alphonse was produced as a pantom or marionette style puppet on roller skates.  The original Steiff Alponse doll had a press voice box hidden under his red felt hat.  Steiff's Alphonse doll is pictured above, the photo is from Pfeiffer's 1892-1943 Sortiment book.

    The violin player very closely resembles the teacher from a small series of Steiff display pieces featuring the theme "school" - which were inspired by a quote from Busch's "Max and Moritz" book. In 1910 Steiff sold 45 complete school displays. A portion of this display can be seen above. The photo is from Theriault's; this set sold for $50,000 in 2012.

    Steiffgal is not able to find a close doll match to the horn player on the far right, but his design and proportions are very typical to Steiff's “charakterpuppe” or “caricature” style dolls.  These debuted at the Leipzig spring fair in 1908 and appeared in the line through 1914 - also making a brief appearance again in 1925. These dolls are noted for comical, exaggerated features – such as extremely lean or rotund bodies, huge feet, or cartoon-like faces. Models representing sportsmen, postmen, firemen, policemen, and members of the military were all produced in the “caricature” style.  A typical Steiff long and lean "charakterpuppe" of a policeman is pictured above, the photo is from Christie's.

    It's clear that each band mate is a rock star all on his own.  But some collectors might wonder why the the members don't exactly match the photo of the band pictured in the Steiff Sortiment book.  In this picture, which is shown above, it appears that all three musicians shown are in the Dachau farmer pattern.  First of all, it is important to note that the Sortiment cannot possibly capture every version of every Steiff item and multi-part edition produced. But even more importantly, it has been Steiffgal's observation that the Steiff company very frequently "repurposed" existing inventory into other items.  For example, it is not unusual to find an early rabbit, dog, or cat available on its own, on a pincushion, on a tumbler, or on a skittle.  And for very early products that involved collections of things -  like skittle sets or ranges - the actual product mix would vary somewhat, depending on what was on hand and what was in production.  Given that all of these great dolls were produced in the same general time frame, it is Steiffgals' strongest suspicion that this is what is happening here as well.  

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion of Steiff's early "Village Band" going up for auction at Bonham's in May, 2014 has been a great intermission for you.

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

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    It's been a little over two months since we first saw the Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. Transformers Mega Drive Megatron and it doesn't look like there's been a whole lot of progress. But don't let that get you down! More new details have come up at Takara Tomy's two-day business meeting held April 16 and 17 including the ability to insert a cartridge. That right there kinda makes me wish this was Soundwave instead now. 

    The real highlight is the video of a rep transforming Megatron from Mega Drive to bot. This is one heck of a complex and compact figure! He's full of hidden slidey and foldy parts changing him from a little, tiny game console to a respectfully large bot. No word on what, if anything, the cartridge will turn into. The controller, which will certainly have a cord when it's completed, can be split into 'wings' for Megatron's back. I find it a bit odd that he doesn't have peg holes for his hands so I guess we can rule out the cartridge and controller cord doubling as weapons. 

    We don't know when he'll be released yet, but we do know that this meeting was held to focus on products being released between July and September, the second fiscal quarter, so we at least have a window now. Com'on pre-orders!

    [via Impress Game Watch]

    Check out Mega Drive Megatron being transformed in this video screenshot


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    Thanks to YouTube member The Vintage Car Show who has posted a video of the Transformers Age of Extinction vehicles promotional video shown at The New York Auto Show. The video offers another look at the cars from the new movie with different Bumblebee models shown as well as Crosshairs and the red Sonic RS vehicles along with a look at the GM promo video footage. These cars will be driving across your screens on June 27th at theaters near you. Watch the New York International Auto Show 2104 Transformers 4 Age of Extinction video after the jump.

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    This is a compensated post. It’s spring which means in our family we are making sure our smiles are shining bright that’s why we turn to products from Sunstar GUM. Spring and summer are the prime time for travel and Sunstar GUM wants to help you get ready to go, so don’t forget to pack your… [read more]

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    This is a sponsored post to share the new Veggies in Space and the Build Your Child’s Library Sweepstakes. Experience with different things is so important throughout anyone’s life. From reading different things, to seeing different things, have a taste for different foods are just as important. We all love food from an early age… [read more]

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    Blurrily teased but revealed now in full, is The Sucklord's custom "Street Spirit" for "Street Spirits" Artist Series from SubUrban Vinyl, dropping NOW both in-store and online, in celebration of SubUrban Vinyl's 1-Year Anniversary! Featuring a sculpt by Nemo and roto casted by Task One, there's 3 dudes to be had.

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    Kuso brought several new exclusives to Anaheim for this year’s Wondercon. There’s the new Darko Kid Dragon Minicel from Rotobox and the Tiger Happy Luckitty Pon plus the Inazuma colorway from Rotobox as well. While not an exclusive per se, there’s the new collabo Death Serpent Ghost edition from Jesse...

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    During Easter weekend it might be heard to believe that not all bunnies lay multi-colored speckled eggs. In fact, Jermaine Roger’s rabbits just might lay you out instead. First shown in proto form at last year’s SDCC, Jermaine’s Choices figure is on track for a summer release in vinyl. Digitally...

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    From the latest PLANES trailer, will we get these vehicles? The Escalade? “Cad Spinner” is his name and yep, coming as a diecast. No names or listing for these but maybe … “Rusty” Duff Wrecks should be easy. I’d be cool to get the Tractor Moose. All hat. All Pitty. Tweet This Post

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    PJ Constable is an artist I continue to follow. I love his original designs and the style he uses when he customizes his figures. On his Facebook, Constable showed his latest work he did for a collector; eight figures from Adventure Time.

    So you can see picture after picture of Finn, Jake, Ice King, Gunter, Marceline, BMO, Fionna and Cake. This set consist of four miniature sculpts: Jake, Gunter, BMO, and Cake, and four that are three inches tall and comes with accessories: Finn, Ice King, Marceline, and Fionna. As an Adventure Time fan, I love how these customs look just like the characters from the show.

    It’s just awesome! If he ever wanted to make more of these figures to sell, I think they would be a big hit. 

    PJ Constable creates custom group of Adventure Time figures screenshot


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    set database: LEGO 60056 tow truck

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    set number: 60056
    set name: tow truck
    theme: city
    year: 2014
    pieces: 227
    price: us$20
    minifig: 1
    nice city set.
    come with a tow truck.
    the truck has openable doors, a movable crane arm, a working winch and grab.
    minifig included a driver minifig.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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    The C Case is not terribly exciting … It is the arrival of Cartney Carsper & Geartrude … There are no Chase or Super Chase in this case … Of course, by all rights, we should get 3-5 Geartrude & Cartney Carspers in the case … instead of ONE each. Thanks for the nice pics, […]

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    Above-Left: SUITED BIRDS from Nathan Ota produced by 3D Retro, with a tentative May-release.
    Above-Right: New Gold-on-Black colorway of Ron English's MOUSEMASK MURPHY ON AIRPLANE from Blackbook Toy to be on sale at Super Festival vol.65 on April 27th.
    Bottom-Left: Huck Gee's DRIPPLE design (for Mighty Jaxx) revealed.
    Bottom-Right: Cookie Magnet from 1000Tentacles®Toyz is available now, and you are to message him on Facebook if you intend to score some!

    Above-Left: New "Carnie" from 3D Retro x Brandt Peters (Modeling by Scott Wetterschneider of Shinbone Creative).
    Above-Right: The kickstarter for "Lonny" has been accomplished and goal reached. Now Bwana Spoons/Gravy Toys aims to get "Drizzz" made.
    Bottom-Left: "Bitch" comparison between sculpt by Pretty in Plastic and artwork by Luke Chueh.
    Bottom-Right: Mortis Spectres coming soon from Daniel Yu!

    Loads of teasers featuring new mini sofubis from Circus Posterus x Tomenosuke, which gives me suspect if it all; means multiple colorways to be had? Featuring designs from Amanda Louise Spayd, Chris Ryniak, Kathie Olivas, and we had a glimpse a Brandt Peters' chibi-Skeleve before, haven't we? *EXCITED*

    Above-Left: Simone Lego of Tokidoki will be in Vinyl on Vinyl on April 26th @ 8pm.
    Above-Right: Michael Lau exhibition IV "remember - disc, time - table" - 15 May-1 June 2014 (12-9pm) @ michael (pop-up) gallery, 6 Cleveland Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.
    Bottom-Left: Javier Jimenez's header card illustration for Paula Hsyu's Sleepwalker Nimbus sofubi
    Bottom -Right: @maihiroteam x @chanimationbrothers collaboration

    Gary Ham be making wooden display stands for Dunnys and toys, and people NEED to own them!

    Above-Left: Available via their online store is BAMMER BUDSKIS from The PBKS for US$35.00 per.
    Above-Right: APs of the Faded Daguerreotype Edition Bella Delamere Mechtorian figure currently on sale here for £65.00, in a run of only 25pcs.
    Bottom-Left: Kaiju Axron handpainted by Mark Nagata is limited to 12pc and available here for US$70.00 each.
    Bottom-Right: Orange Bugbites and new drawings from Chris Ryniak go on sale April 29th in his online shop.

    Below: Teenage Mutant Ninja Angry Turtle from Unbox Industries

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    Geek-film activity of the week goes to "X-Men: Days of Future Past", what with the release of the official 3rd and final trailer (XMENonFILM / PopcornX / posted above), an "Alternative" 3rd trailer (since pulled), 1-minutes' worth of the "Opening Battle" scene (XMENonFILM / PopcornX), 3 x promotional video clips from Norton (XMENonFILM / PopcornX), and two behind-the-scenes featurettes (Wardrobe on 70's Airport scene and Magneto's Helmet). Not forgetting the film's "viral" website "25 Moments" (XMENonFILM / PopcornX) which chronicles the timeline which lead to the future … but then again, I was a tad slow on the uptake for that slice of mutant news lol … and if you want to have a laugh, check out a 20 minute interview featuring James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman and Michael Fassbender.

    A "video-release", and hardly any still images, unlike the week before. Here's one promotional image on a flyer to add to your viewing pleasures (which I snapped just yesterday lol):

    I made an "observation" about the "celluloid independence" of The Spider-Man Universe ( with two tv spots), while Hot Toys released images of their 1/6-scaled Spider-Man (They even have director Marc Webb manhandling the action figure too lol). There was even a moment of excitement that would see X-Men and Spider-Man cross over in the credits (*GASP*), but was soon debuked as just cross promotional purposes, rather than celluloid worlds…

    … but if they did do "crossovers" - like how MARVEL does theirs - it might turn either "exhilarating", or "irritating", IMHO … but that's just me ;p

    Godzilla the movie spawned a fan art contest, Chibi Toys of Godzilla & Muto and director Garth Edwards wants us to take the film seriously. Posted above is the latest TV Spot, while seen below are some poster-images, no longer shying away with revealing the monster's face LOL (Pics via MovieWeb).

    Transformers: Age of Extinction had a small trickling of news this week with new "Cade" images (who I think is the new "Megan Fox", in terms of human eye-candy), UOB Bank promotion for Flashdrives ( / PopcornX), and as well the TV Spot during the airing of 2014 MTV Movie Awards (Transformers Roll-Out! / PopcornX).

    Other TV Spots included "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" - which revealed 'Splinter' for the first time - and Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise in an adaptation of a manga.

    And ending on a couple of Japanese-themed movies, Patlabor "The Next Generation" erected a giant robot in a busy street in Japan! I imagine if we had anything near as awesome here in Singapore, might be a half-body of a styrofoam make, innit? LOL

    Check out the Theme Song for "Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary" from Yoshiki, posted below:

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    The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) is featuring a special session at its annual ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy that will focus on helping specialty toy retailers build succession plans for their businesses. The key takeaways will include: critical factors in determining the value of an independent toy store; how to get stores ready for [...]

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    Thanks to our very own TNI and Sean Long who has posted a video of the Transformers, G.I. Joe, and My Little Pony panel from WonderCon 2014 that was held by IDW Publishing this weekend. Following the entire session now in the view that gives is details about upcoming Transformers comics and whole lot more. Read on to watch the Transformers Vs G.I. Joe WonderCon 2014 IDW Comics Panel now.

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    Following the now world famous gaff with Transformers 4 Age of Extinction director Michael Bay's at Samsung UHDTV Curve TV debut. We have some so-called "leaked footage" of exlcusive movie material that Bay said he would be giving Samsung to promote their new UHDTV Curve TV. Watch the clip that shows a bunch of new scenes, that may or may not be in the movie, demonstrating the incredible technology after the jump. Unfortunately, the video is too far away to make out the scenes.

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    The official Transformers Game page on Facebook have posted some new images of the Transformers Rise of the Dark Spark character designs for the Bumblebee character. Get a look at shots of him from Transformers: Age of Extinction and other series that fans will be able to play in the new game. Read on to see the Transformers: Age of Extinction Bumblebee and other images now.

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