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    Just this past Monkey Monday, NECA dropped a teaser image for some of the upcoming figures in their Classic Planet of The Apes Series 2 and 3. In the images I can see Zira (not fully built) and a partially painted Dr. Zaius, along with a partially painted General Ursus. I don’t recognize the unpainted […]

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    NECA Drops Teaser for Classic Planet of The Apes Series 2 and 3


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    Just this past Monkey Monday, NECA dropped a teaser image for some of the upcoming figures in their Classic Planet of The Apes Series 2 and 3. In the images I can see Zira (not fully built) and a...

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    TUSTIN, CALIF. -- Nationwide, August 26, 2014: The nation's leading franchisor of educational toy stores, Learning Express Toys, is partnering with the MaxLove Project. A 100% volunteer-powered, grassroots ...

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    Less is more when it comes to Steiff's amazing palm-sized pets!  And who wouldn't want to add a few petite treats to their Steiff hug? Although by nature more of a "dog person," Steiffgal recently had the the opportunity to adopt three utterly marvelous palm sized Steiff kittens into her collection.  Check out this terrific trio and see what makes them the cat's meow in so many ways!

    Steiffgal is totally smitten with these tiny kittens! Here we have three of Steiff's Tabby cats.  They are standing, unjointed, and made from white mohair which has been highlighted with grey and detailed with black stripes. Their faces are brought to life with green and black slit pupil eyes, pink hand embroidered noses and mouths, and clear monofilament whiskers.  Each wears a pink or red bow and a tiny brass colored jingle bell.  Overall, postwar Tabby was made in 7, 10, 14, and 17 cm from 1949 through 1977.

    Size also defies with these charming baby cats! Although they are "technically" labeled and cataloged as the 7 cm version (measured vertically from top of head to toe,) these Tabby cats actually vary from a little over 7 cm down to 6 cm.  A centimeter plus or minus doesn't sound like a big difference here, but when things are actually this small, it has a huge effect on an item's scale and appearance. 

    It's never polite to ask someone's age, but in this case, it's makes for an interesting mystery!  These "triplet" cats all have their raised script buttons, yellow ear tags, and red imprinted chest tags.  This combination of IDs dates them all around 1952.  However, when it comes to Steiff, things are never quite that simple... especially when it comes to identification and detailing on items from the late 1940's and early 1950's.  There are a few very subtle differences between them that suggest that they may not all share the identical birth date!

    • One Tabby has a tiny white linen "US Zone" tag sewn into his front leg seam; the others do not.  This tag measures less than 1 square cm overall and is pictured above on the left. The US Zone tag was technically used on all items produced by Steiff in the 1947 through 1953 time frame.
    • One Tabby has early style, "teal green" and black slit pupil eyes, while the others have more "soda bottle green" and black slit pupil eyes; this is pictured below.
    • One Tabby's ear tag reads, "Steiff (in bold script) Original 1307,0 Made in Germany" while the others both read, "Steiff (in regular print) Orig. gesch. 1307,0 Made in Germany."  Both of these styles of ear tags were used in the approximately 1952 time frame, and are pictured below.
    • Each kitten has a silk ribbon; however they are not matching in color.  One ribbon is not original, but in the correct "color palate" to the others.  

    So what does all this mean?  Here are two things to keep in mind...

    First and foremost, it is important to remember that these sorts of vintage Steiff items were all made by hand, so slight differences in size and general appearance are to be expected.  And this truly does magnify with smaller items, where there is less "wiggle room" for differences.  Most collectors would agree that these variations only add to the appeal and charm of Steiff treasures.

    Secondly, these items were made during a less than optimal production period at Steiff (circa WWII) where the company was dealing with limited supplies and resources.  During this time, it would not be unusual to use pre-war materials on post war produced items, as the company has traditionally used "what's on hand" for manufacturing and ID purposes.  For example, in this case, the blue-green eyes on one of the Tabby cats could have easily come from pre-war stock, while the Tabby herself may have been made post war.  And, to complicate things even more - given Steiff did indeed make a 7 cm grey and white striped Tabby cat from 1936 through 1943 - this Tabby could have even been made pre-war, tucked away during the war, and then buttoned, labeled, and sold postwar!   Only she knows for sure!

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on these baby kittens reminds you that good things indeed come in threes!

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

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    The exclusive Tenacious Toys X GUUMON “Purple Haze” Daigomi will be a 6 piece exclusive (one chase in the mix) sold via lottery. The lottery is open now and closes on Friday August 29th 2014. To enter the Lottery, email tenacioustoys@gmail.com and include the following info: Title the email “Purple Haze Daigomi” In the body, […]

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    Bob’s Burgers is releasing their first comic book issue, and Rivet is having a little celebration on August 27 (6-9pm) for their very own EXCLUSIVE RETAILER COVER of the first issue! Issue 1 variant features Beefsquatch and cover artwork by Tony Gennaro and Bernard Derriman. Rivet lives next door to Bob’s Burgers on this cover! […]

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    Andrew Bell’s Can of Worms figure will soon be available in your favorite local designer toy stores in this fantastic GID colorway! These are an edition of only 250 pieces and will retail $55 each. There is articulation in all 3 of the heads and each of the tails and...


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    VTech’s newest children’s learning tablets—InnoTab 3S Plus and InnoTab 3 Plus—are now available. Each 5-inch tablet features a rechargeable battery power pack, as well as access to more than 800 learning cartridges, software, and apps that can be purchased and downloaded through VTech’s Learning Lodge app store. InnoTab 3S Plus features Wi-Fi and comes with [...]

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    Thanks to griffin at OzFormers who has recieved a review sample of the Platinum Edition Breakout Battle Transformers Age of Extinction set that will be a Myer exclusive in Australia. This one is loaded with the Rusty Evolution Optimus Prime, Vehicon and Rollbar figures. Get a look at these exclusives in and out of the box, in robot and alternate modes, and comparison shots of these figures with other shared figure molds.

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  • 08/26/14--15:00: 3AGO – We Like To Play
  • 3A Toys is introducing a new line of play-oriented figures called 3AGO. This will be in an 8-inch scale, so falling somewhere between their 1/6th and 1/12th (Portable) lines. There's no word on whether the "We Like To Play" tagline means that these are going to be constructed to withstand the everyday grind of kids […]

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    The latest addition to Teksta’s impressive catalogue of robotic kids toys is this Scooby Doo special that allows kids to play and interact with this robotic dog. Teksta are perhaps better known for their robotic puppy that came out in 2013 and proved to be a big hit during the run up to Christmas. The […]

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    *click on pictures to enlarge* This slideshow requires JavaScript. Dinky Commer Breakdown lorry No.

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  • 08/23/14--17:55: Little Lucy

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    As a Lego Engineering Instructor, my job is rarely boring. I get to teach kids high level physics, m

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     A certified fair trade product made by the good people at Y Development Co-Operation in Thailand, t

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  • 08/23/14--22:45: Twilight sunlight
  • Thank you Kobi Alony Photography for making this incredible Edit! Visit my Facebook page for many mo

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