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    Funko’s Supernatural Pop! series is a little sparse for a show that’s been on for 10 years. So instead of waiting around for Funko to release more figures, one fan decided to create her own custom figure for the King of Hell, Crowley. Jen from Epbot has detailed her process and experience creating this Crowley Pop!

    Made wearing his black suit and holding an angel blade, this figure also came with a custom made box. When the custom was completed, it was given to the real Crowley, Mark Sheppard. I have to say, this is a pretty great custom.

    It was apparently so good that after it was posted online, confused fans thought this was a real Funko product. Now that’s a good compliment! Soon Jen promises to post a tutorial, so keep an eye out on her blog. 

    Custom Delights: Funko Pop! Supernatural Crowley  screenshot


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    You can't be a doll designer or doll pattern designer and not have one, two, three, four or more scarecrow dolls. They can be primitive, classic, scary, well-dressed, tattered, large or small bodied, cheerful, scary, etc. It doesn't matter. They're a staple of every crafter. Why is that? Why are we so enthralled with them? I'm not sure, but I'd like to find out.

    That got to me thinking about scarecrows and their history. Oh, boy! Another research project. For all my blog readers you know how I HATE research projects!

    The definition of a scarecrow is 1) an object for scaring birds away (i.e. an object in the shape of a person dressed in old clothes, set up in a field to scare birds away), 2) a poorly dressed person (i.e. somebody who wears ragged clothes) , and 3) something frightening, but not dangerous.

    They say that farmers have been making scarecrows for more than 3,000 years with the earliest know written fact being written in 1592. In the 1700's the farmers in the American colonies needed more and more grain. The farmers decided that neither they nor the scarecrows were sufficiently protecting the crops so the towns started to offer bounties for dead crows.

    Well, things went too far (which is what usually happens) and so many crows were killed that in the 1800's the colonies had a severe problem with an over population of worms and insects that had previously been eaten by the crows. The worms and insects were destroying more crops than the crows had (that figures). So the farmers took to making scarecrows again.

    While they have traditionally been known as scarecrows they have had several names and have taken on several forms. In Pennsylvania the German farmers built human looking scarecrows called "bootzamon" or bogeyman. The "Bootzamon's" body was a wooden cross and his head was a broom, mop top, or piece of cloth stuffed with straw. He usually wore old overalls, shirt, straw hat, and red handkerchief around his neck.

    Sometimes more than one was built (everybody needs a little company, even scarecrows). The German farmers even had a "bootzafrau" or bogeywife. After all, every scarecrow needs a partner, don't they? The "bootzafrau" was usually dressed in a long dress or coat, wearing a hat or sunbonnet, and was placed in the opposite end of the field. So, you had a "bootzamon" on one end and a "bootzafrau" on the other end. Wonder which one really wore the pants in that family!

    During the Middle Ages the German farmers made wooden witches and put them in the fields at the end of the winter. They believed that the witches would draw the evil spirit of winter into their bodies (which is why they were so ugly) so spring would come.

    In Egypt, scarecrows were used to protect the fields along the Nile River from quail. The farmers would put wooden frames up with nets and would hide in the fields to scare the quail in to the nets. Once captured they, of course, would take them home and eat them.

    They say that in Greece 2,500 years ago that wooden scarecrows were made to look like Priapus, the son of the god Dionysus and the goddess Aphrodite. According to legend Priapus lived with vineyard keepers and was very ugly. When he played in the fields he was so ugly the birds were frightened away. Maybe it's me, but if Priapus was the son of Aphrodite (wasn't she the goddess of love and beauty) I would think the crows would have flocked to him.

    Japanese farmers hung old rags, meat, fish bones, etc. from bamboo poles in their rice fields. They named their scarecrows "kakashis" which means smells badly because they would set the sticks on fire and the smell was so bad that it drove the birds away. Of course, it probably drove the neighbors away, but that's a different story.

    In Medieval Britain the scarecrows known as "bird shooers" were live boys 9 years old or older. I bet you're thinking I'm going to tell you that they were tied to the wooden crosses and hung in the fields. The young boys patrolled the fields carrying bags of stones which they would throw at the birds to chase them away.

    After the Great Plague in 1348, when approximately half the population was killed, the farmers started to stuff sacks with straw and hung these in the fields as there were not enough little boys around to scare the birds away. They would stuff the sacks with straw and make carved heads out of gourds.

    Most of the Native American Indian scarecrows were adult men. They would sit on raised platforms and would howl and shout at the crows if they came near the corn. Creek Indian families actually moved into huts within the corn fields during the growing season to protect the crops from birds and other prey. In New York, the Seneca Indians soaked their corn seeds in a poisonous herb mixture that would make the crows fly around like crazy and scare the other birds away.

    It's been reported that one of the scarecrows used by the Navajo took the form of a teddy bear, which was hung from the top of a pole. That's a new one for me. A teddy bear as a scarecrow. You'd think the crows would want to cuddle the bear not fly away from it. Could be a new doll line. Hmmm.

    In any event, the scarecrow has clearly been around a very long time and clearly has taken many forms. Whether you believe in the tradition or not scarecrows are loved by artists, crafters, writers, and children the world over. For doll designers and crafters we just can't have enough of them. I know, I can't.

    I, personally, have made many scarecrows and have designed many scarecrow doll patterns for my Linda Walsh Originals website.   All of my scarecrow designs are shown in the picture at the top of this post.   My scarecrow e-patterns can be seen HERE and my print patterns can be seen HERE.

    I have also designed several custom fabrics using some of my scarecrow designs.  The products I have made from some of my custom fabric designs can be seen in the picture above and HERE.  My Fall Custom Fabric Designs Collection can be seen HERE.  

    I have also made many scarecrows based on other designers patterns which can be seen in the picture in the middle of this post and HERE.

    For crafters it really doesn't matter whether you are a crafter of primitive crafts, Victorian crafts, country crafts, etc. No matter what type of crafter or designer you are we all still have one thing in common: we are all still in love with scarecrows. I know I am and I suspect you are as well.

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    set database: LEGO 6648 mag racer

    image courtesy of bricklink

    image courtesy of peeron

    image courtesy of Rober-to
    set number: 6648
    set name: mag racer
    theme: townrace
    year: 1992
    pieces: 56
    price: us$8
    minifig: 1
    nice town set.
    come with a mag racer.
    minifig included a racer minifig.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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    Under license from Hasbro Inc., Merriam-Webster will release the fifth edition of The Official Scrabble Players Dictionary, marking the dictionary’s first major update in nearly a decade. More than 5,000 new words will be added to the dictionary–including geocache, a word chosen by fans in the Scrabble Word Showdown earlier this year–making them all officially [...]

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    We've received word from Jakks Pacific that they will be producing a 4-inch articulated Wario along with their other 4-inch and 6-inch Nintendo offerings. Subsequently, we stumbled on a blurry image of said 4-inch Wario in packaging (see gallery) and it appears that Wario will be quite a bit larger than the other figures in the 4-inch line.

    Additionally, kenmasters226 over on the Fwoosh forums posted a comparison shot of the Jakks Mario next to Bandai's S.H. Figuarts Mario (reviewed) which show that the two are remarkably close in proportions (see gallery) although the difference in articulation is visible. It seems like a decent enough stand-in for the pricier SHF Mario if you want to save roughly fifteen bucks (or if you didn't like the Bandai one's face).

    The line has been sighted at both Toys "R" Us and Target now, with the 4-inch figures apparently retailing for US$9 at Target.

    Jakks to produce articulated 4-in Wario screenshot


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    Everyone’s favorite Merc with a mouth is finally making his debut as a Kotobukiya Deadpool ArtFX+ statue, standing about 6-inches tall in the ArtFX+ 1/10th scale. Deadpool was created back in...

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    Everyone’s favorite Merc with a mouth is finally making his debut as a Kotobukiya Deadpool ArtFX+ statue, standing about 6-inches tall in the ArtFX+ 1/10th scale. Deadpool was created back in 1991 by Fabian Niceza and Rob Liefled and in recent years has become extremely popular. He’s an anti-hero who’s teamed up with some of […]

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    A Kotobukiya Deadpool ARTFX+ Statue makes its Debut; X-Force Version Also Available

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    The Elder Predator has arrived! Hot Toys and bloggers around the world are extremely excited to present the final product images for the Hot Toys Elder Predator 2.0 sixth scale figure. Coming straight out of Predator 2, Hot Toys has once again re-done a figure that they have already released and made it ten times […]

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    Hot Toys Elder Predator 2.0 Sixth Scale Figure Final Product Images

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    The Elder Predator has arrived! Hot Toys and bloggers around the world are extremely excited to present the final product images for the Hot Toys Elder Predator 2.0 sixth scale figure. Coming...

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    After selling out at the Tokyo Cat Fight show last July in Japan, Javier Jimenez has announced that the Wananeko figure will finally be available for worldwide purchase at tomorrow (Sunday August 10th 2014) at 11AM ET. Standing approximately 4.8" tall, the resin figure will cost $60.00 each. This second run has a very […]

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    As a part of the celebration over the brand-new LEGO BATMAN 3: BEYOND GOTHAM movie that is coming out later this year DC Comics will be publishing a few variant covers for their line of comic books that will have special images of Lego Characters as seen in the movie. Here are just a few of them, made into desktop wallpapers. Enjoy!

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    Check out this amazing stop-motion animation video that features a fight scene between Batman the Dark Knight and Deathstroke the Terminator. It's AWESOME!!

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    Over at our Official BAT-BLOG BATMAN FAN PAGE we have on Facebook a friend, John Guidaboni, was kind enough to share some of his amazing artwork. Shown here is a sketch he did recently of the Dark Knight! It celebrates 75 years of the Batman!

    If you would like to join us at Facebook then please feel free to do so, just CLICK HERE!

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    Here's a recent GOTHAM "Batman" TV Series Promo-Video featuring a brand-new Batman Villain named "Fish Mooney", as played by the Actress, Jada Pinkett Smith. ALL HAIL THE QUEEN!

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    Here's a quick post to share the news that the brand-new LEGO DUPLO BATMAN Play Sets have been spotted at Target! For now we just have information on these 2 play sets but knowing Lego™, there will be many more!

    One has Batman in the Batcave with Catwoman and his vehicle is the Bat-Wing Jet! The other one features the Joker and the Batmobile! Oh man, these are so cool! Thinking about it, I would have totally loved these as a little kid.

    ( Thanks Melissa for the heads-up! ) 

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    Kasey Tararuj a.k.a. One-Eyed Girl has produced two customs for the "8 Bit and Beyond 2" show curated by Chogrin and taking place now at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The Duck Hunter (above) is a 4" custom Bub "inspired by the great game of Duck Hunt and the cute but annoying dog everyone loves […]

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    Kotobukiya has released an image gallery for its upcoming ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool, a redeco of the ArtFX+ Deadpool coverage (currently available for pre-order).

    The X-Force variant is something of a common sense re-deco, especially since it's a more contemporary outfit (although Deadpool was created in the 90s so everything with him is somewhat contemporary). I'm guessing that Kotobukiya's inevitable ArtFX+ Wolverine will probably also receive an X-Force deco (and a '90s Jim Lee deco... and a brown & tan John Byrne deco... and so on) as will a somewhat likely ArtFX+ Psylocke (especially given that the character has had several Fine Arts statues and a few Bishoujos now).

    It's a decent-looking repaint, although I've never been a fan of this outfit. Be sure to check out the additional images in the gallery.

    ArtFX+ X-Force Deadpool receives cutting-edge preview gallery screenshot


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    At the recent corporate UDX conference in Akihabara where many new hobby goods for 2014 were displayed for people within the industry, Takara Tomy was showing off a relatively finished looking Sony PlayStation Optimus prime. First announced as just art in late July it's quite surprising to see him this far along in only a few weeks. Especially so when you consider he hasn't even been featured in any Japanese figure and hobby magazines yet. Maybe Takara Tomy really will have him ready for 2014?

    And this is turning out to be one good looking figure! I think this figure is a little more successful with its bot mode since the has a better head sculpt, smaller shoulders, and colors that are a lot more true to the character when compared to his counterpart, Mega Drive Megatron. I'm not quite on board with the controller being made into oddly placed guns, though. I do like that they used silver for the upper legs rather than the same color gray as the PS body. The controller can be unplugged and there's even a removable memory card. With those shoulders I could easily see this figure getting remolded as Ultra Magnus.

    Back in the 2000 Microman line Tomy took something that looked similar to a PlayStation and made it transform into a Microman base. It was neat, but since then people have been begging them for a transforming PlayStation. Yeah, an SNES/Super Famicom would have made more sense, but it's nice to see fans have finally been heard 15 years later. 

    [images via RadioKaiken]

    PlayStation Optimus Prime makes first colored appearance screenshot


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    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf Sears. This weekend you can save big by shopping at Sears. The Sears Family & Friends sale happening online at Saturday August 9, 6 PM—Tuesday, August 12, 9AM CST or in-store Sunday August, 10 from 6-9 PM. Which means that this weekend it’s time… [read more]

    The post Sears Back To School – Shop This Weekend and Save Big appeared first on Our Ordinary Life.

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    Thanks to Hobbybase we have some new out of box images for the Transformers 4 Lost Age of Extinction ToyRUs Japan Exclusive Rusty Evasion Mode Optimus Prime. See new looks at Takara Tomy's "rusty" version of the Generations Voyager/Advanced Series Evasion Mode figure in his robot and vehicle modes for more details on the Japanese version.

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