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    Funko's latest horror offerings are sure to elicit screams of delight, as the company has added many iconic Universal Studios Monsters to its Pop! Movie line.

    The figures (due out in September, meaning they can be on your shelves this Halloween!) include Dracula, Frankenstein (or Adam or "The Monster"), the Bride of Frankenstein (did she ever get a real name?), the Creature from the Black Lagoon (a.k.a. the Gillman), the Mummy, the Phantom of the Opera, the Wolfman, and the Metaluna Mutant (This Island Earth).

    The selection is terrifyingly adorable. While the Gillman is definitely a must-own for my ever-expanding collection (which also includes the Funko Force Gillman), I also find myself tempted by the Metaluna Mutant, Phantom, and Dracula as well as the Wolfman.

    Will any of these figures be scaring the money from your wallet?

    Funko's Pop! Universal Monsters might be scary cute screenshot

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    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post discussing how CVS MinuteClinic promotes back-to-school health and wellness. While I am receiving compensation, any personal thoughts portrayed within this post are my own. Information provided by CVS MinuteClinic is clearly stated as such. As many of us have finally just settled into our summer routines, back-to-school ads and […]

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  • 07/29/14--13:30: SDCC 2014: Blizzard
  • San Diego Comic-Con attendees swarmed Blizzard's booth at the event and with so much new and exclusive merchandise, it was easy to see why. The company certainly blew me away with the sheer scope and quality of not only its purchasable items but also its future releases. Read on to see all that Blizzard brought to the table.

    SDCC 2014: Blizzard screenshot

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    From Jesse Narens and the land of Stegoforest...Friday August 8th 2014 will see the release of two new Stegoforest figures. There will be a run of flesh vinyl with green, blue and yellow sprays with silver eyes that will run $55.00 plus shipping. Also, there will be a run painted by Velocitron on GID vinyl […]

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    Any bunny in the mood for a little fun?  Well, its hard not to be in a playful frame of mind when it comes to Steiff delightful rolling collectibles!  And here's one that wasn't 'round for too long - she was only in the line for one year!  Check out this "smooth as silk" pull toy rabbit on red wooden wheels and see what makes her so cool from the design and historical perspectives.  

    It's off to the races with this fabulous vintage Steiff rabbit.  She is standing on all fours, unjointed, and made from tan artificial silk plush.  Her coat is brought to life with tan, grey and black airbrushing.  Her soft ears are lined in peach colored felt.  Her pensive face is detailed with black and brown pupil eyes, a pink hand embroidered nose and mouth that is highlighted with a touch of pink paint. She has a few monofilament whiskers, a non-working squeaker, and retains her original blue ribbon.  Rabbit glides along on four red wooden off center wheels and has a red and white pull string attached to her chest.  For her Steiff IDs, she retains her short trailing "f" Steiff button and traces of her yellow ear tag. A close up of these IDs is shown below. This hoppy-go-lucky charmer was manufactured in this size in 1949 only.

    This item certainly has wheel appeal and was made at a most interesting time in the company's history.  After the factory reopened for toy making business in the late 1940's, their manufacturing processes were challenged by limited material supplies.  Mohair and felt, traditional Steiff fabrics, were hard if not impossible to source, and had for several years been allocated to military uses, such as uniforms, hats, blankets, and other items.  

    But Steiff has always found ways to get the job done, even under the most difficult of supply chain circumstances.  A great example of this is their use of plush made from wooden fibers right after World War I, when they also faced limited access to woolen materials.  The company was also forced to get creative with materials around and just after World War II as well. During this period, Steiff "improvised" with artificial silk plush materials to manufacture some of its most beloved designs traditionally made from mohair - like this rabbit on wheels. Artificial silk plush was a cheaper, lower cost, and poorer quality option, but it was available on commercial scale.  And "silk" most likely refers to the shine and softness of the plush.  However, this synthetic material tended to lose its sheen and good looks quite quickly; as a result, it unusual to find Steiff artificial silk plush items in great condition today. 

    Because of the time frame in which artificial silk plush items were made, it is possible to see a number of different Steiff button designs on items besides the short trailing "f" button noted on the rabbit on wheels. The photo to the left shows a few other artificial silk period plush items, including:

    • Front and center, a black and white sitting bunny produced in 15, 18, 22 cm from 1938 to 1943.  His button is STEIFF in all capital letters.  His ID and production dates suggest he might have been made in the early 1940's, put into storage during the war, then buttoned and sold right after the war.
    • Standing tall in the back is a silk plush Teddy baby produced in 22, 25, and 30 cm from 1948 to 1950.  He has a blank Steiff button.
    • On the right, a sitting Bazi Dachshund, produced in 14 and 17 cm from 1948 to 1949.  He also has a blank Steiff button.
    • And on the left, a somewhat rare brown Teddy bear, he is not noted in the Steiff Sortiment but is estimated to be from the late 1940's.  Unfortunately he has lost his button, but one just like him was found with a short trailing "f" button.
    It is interesting to note Steiffgal has never seen a US Zone tag on any silk plush item,  even though these tags were technically supposed to be sewn onto any Steiff item leaving the factory from 1947 to 1953.  Have you ever seen this combination?  Alas, another mystery for another day.   

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on Steiff's silk plush fabric items has added a touch of creativity and inspiration to your day.  

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

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  • 07/29/14--15:00: SDCC 2014: Threezero/ThreeA
  • Tucked away inside Diamond Distribution's SDCC booth were a multitude of figures from ThreeA and Threezero, most of them being licensed figures from the two companies. It was a chance to get up close and personal (well, as personal as you can behind plastic windows) with Threezero's impressive Mazinger Z, their gigantic Atlas from Titanfall, or their EM-208 from the new RoboCop film. If Westeros is more your thing, their Tyrion Lannister figure was at the booth, while ThreeA's Romulus from the World Best Robots family was there to check out.

    On the prototype front, ThreeA had Jorge from Halo: Reach in its representation, while Threezero's offerings included the Fullmetal Ghost they've collaborated on with mecha designer Kunio Okawara and Bandai.

    SDCC 2014: Threezero/ThreeA screenshot

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    Following two year of development delays, Filter017 has hooked up with Shanghai art toy team 909 Toy to reboot their Pop Corn 6" vinyl toy. Sculptor Trex Wang worked on sculpting the prototype...and they're now ready to reveal the first release photos of the prototype model sculpting process. There's no word yet on when these […]

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    NECA has just started their Planet of the Apes figure lines (Classic & Dawn) and now they have just revealed a George Taylor Retro Style figure. And I have to say that I am really impressed by the look of it. Like the Snake Plissken figure, this was completely unexpected and I am very pleased […]

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    NECA Reveals Planet of The Apes George Taylor Retro Style Figure at SDCC 2014


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    NECA has just started their Planet of the Apes figure lines (Classic & Dawn) and now they have just revealed a George Taylor Retro Style figure. And I have to say that I am really impressed by...

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    "Batman versus Dukes of Hazzard" - hardly a mashup one would expect, but model builder David M Windham of Dam Wind Designs has gone and done it, with the Dark Knight's Tumblr(Batmobile from Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy of films) swathed in the orange of "General Lee", complete with a Confederate Flag on the hood … and Hazzard County might never be the same!"Little something I put

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    "Since 2012, after we had released the POP CORN character accessories, we're truly hope this popular figure could be transformed into the designer toy, after 2 years choppy development process, the project was stopped for a time, until we hit it off with the Shanghai's art toy team- 909 TOY, so this delayed production plan finally could reboot in 2014,and this year is also the Filter017's 10th

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  • 07/29/14--21:38: Bentobots by Johnny Nguyen
  • I've been receiving a decent number of emails introducing "bags" and such irrelevant blog submissions (sorry folks, but "NO" … maybe …), but THIS particular one caught my fancy! Can't go 'wrong' with 'robots' LOL From former product design student Johnny Nguyen comes BENTOBOTS, with a Kickstarter for the project starting early August (planned for the 4th). I'll let the pics and his words do the

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  • 07/29/14--21:54: ShockerCat by CatMask Meaw
  • From Thailand-based artist toymaker known as Catmask Meaw comes "SHOCKER CAT" - a self-made resin toy, with his own CATMASK character in sculpted and hand-painted guise as a "Shocker"! No details about availability a yet, but you could go bug him on his Facebook, or stake out his online store!

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    There are a number of different Kamen Rider Gaim figures. Ranging from zero articulation to Figuarts level. My original intention was Gaim was going to be my first Figurarts figure. However, the mid range “Arms Change” series figures were just too tempting. If you read Monday’s take on the show, you know that this version […]

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    From gashapon ("capsule toy") brand "Panda's Den" comes the "Green Green Army" - featuring animals geared up and loaded up ready for battle, circa World War II! Styled like "Green Army Men" figures, a total of 8 animals exist - Polar Bear, Amur Leopard, Rhim Gazelle, Gorilla, Malayan Tapir, Galapagos Tortoise, Red Wolf, Red Panda - each with their own weapons, and will be available for ¥200

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    Enjoying their dildo, these lesbians treat the toy as a massive lover. The blonde sits her bubble bl

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    Your child will experience all the twirling fun you grew up loving with the Playskool Play Favorites

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  • 07/27/14--01:07: easyblog SMART SUNDAY
  •   Hell-o to Easy’s sunday class.. . TODAY: . THE WEATHER .     Hell-o Class!  

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    We are getting close to the end of our San Diego Comic-Con coverage, with a few galleries where we revisited booths from earlier in the show still to come. But before we bring you those, check out the Entertainment Earth booth.

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