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    In news that shouldn't shock or surprise anybody, Matty Collector has reached its subscription goal for the 2015 Club Eternia. The company had previously cast doubt on the club's continuation in the annual "Fear Drive" (I'm actually getting a little weepy-eyed knowing that this was the last time Matty will be pulling this stunt), but apparently fans' wallets came through the club.

    The company goes on to thank its fans as well as several fan sites although it once again conveniently overlooks poor Tomopop (C'mon, Matty, don't all the things we've done for and to you over the years count for anything?). Sour grapes aside, the important thing is that Club Eternia will have a proper send-off and, more importantly, I'll be able to pick up a Mara figure.

    2015 Club Eternia hits subscription goal screenshot

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    Shapeways can't catch a break, or maybe it can? Shapeways has a tendency to be a bit controversial, what with its place as a 3D printing hub making use of user-created 3D renders, many of which are based on licensed characters. Recently Nintendo pulled the plug on a Pokemon Bulbasaur ceramic planter via a cease and desist order through Pokemon International. Creator Claudia Ng says that the order asks for all money made from the planters, which were sold for US$49 each under the name 'Succulent Monster', be turned over. The 3D data had been still available on Thingiverse, but has since been taken down as well, though two low-poly versions are still available

    Meanwhile, Hasbro is fully embracing use of the service and giving fans the freedom to make whatever they want with (and for) their characters. Hasbro originally tested the waters by allowing My Little Pony designs to be used on Shapeways through a joint service at Then after a recent meeting at Maker Faire the two companies happily expanded the service to a list of Hasbro products including figures like Transformers and G.I. Joe and board games like Scrabble and Monopoly. What I love about this is that Hasbro is encouraging creative fans to make money off of Hasbro's properties with a larger portion of the profits going to the creator than Hasbro. To quote an interview with Shapeways’ co-founder and CEO Peter Weijmarshausen on, "Hasbro has the attitude to enable rather than disable". Excellent! 

    So what do you think, is Nintendo going overboard by protecting their properties and alienating their creative fans when they should be taking a stance more like Hasbro's? Or should Nintendo be protecting their properties with every fiber of their corporate being, fans be damned? My stance is pretty obvious, but what's yours?

    [via Anime News Network, PolygonSeibertron]

    Nintendo says no to Shapeways while Hasbro says go for it screenshot

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    We can’t wait for Singapore’s Comic-Con! Dates: September 6, 2014, Saturday 10:00AM – 8:00PM September 7, 2014, Sunday 10:00AM – 8:00PM Address:  Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo and Convention Center, Level 1, Hall B and C. Hope to see you there! Click here for tickets For more info click here

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    HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. (August 26, 2014) -- From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg and in association with Hasbro, Inc., Paramount Pictures' $1 billion worldwide blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction makes its highly-anticipated debut September 30, 2014 on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and VOD. The film will be available to own two weeks earlier on Digital HD September 16, 2014.

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  • 08/26/14--20:31: 'Toys' exhibit ends Monday
  • “Toys: The Inside Story,” which has been on exhibit this summer at Imagination Place at the Hardin Center, will close Monday, according to IP Director Tammi Brooks.

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    Tsum Tsum are oblong-shaped plush toys that look like classic Disney characters

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    The wait for the debut of the Mickeyiv vinyl figures from Arkiv and Taiwanese brand Visual Ark first mentioned in an advanced announcement last spring, is all but over. First up is the Mickiv Classic Grey vinyl. Standing 8 inches tall, this new release is perfect for long-time collectors looking...

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    Holy consumer craziness! Could we actually get a 6-pack with ALL NEW releases? “For Dusty Crophopper, the small town plane, his big dream is to compete in the Wings Around the Globe Rally! But before he can do so, he must first prove to everyone that he has the speed and the skills. Inspired by […]

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    My mother always loved to decorate for the various holidays and various seasons and loved decorating her home with handmade decorations either she had made or were made for her by her children.   So, when my mother down sized and moved into a senior citizen apartment many years ago she didn't have a lot of room for her seasonal and holiday decorations.  She ended up giving some of her cherished decorations away.  She just didn't have the room to store or display them.

    In thinking about this over the years and thinking about my own need to down size a little on my decorations I thought about handmade decorations that could be left out for several holidays and several seasons.  For me that would mean something I could bring out in September and leave out until March.  But, what kind of form would be conducive to that?

    Well, after experimenting with the mixed media art dolls I had learned to make in my latest Artful Gathering class and thinking about multi level wood blocks a light bulb went off in my head.  The multi level wood blocks would be perfect for a multi seasonal multi holiday mixed media collage decoration that could be left out for many months.

    Since the Fall, Christmas, and Winter seasons are my favorite times of the year I thought my blocks should have a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.  And, best of all, they could be left out for 7 months.  All you'd have to do was turn the block for the season or holiday you wanted.

    For the graphics I decided to mainly use some of my own doll graphics that I had created for my custom fabric lines.  However, I didn't have quite enough so I added some free graphics from The Graphics Fairy, free graphics from The Vintage Moth, free graphics from Antique Clipart, some Victorian graphics from "A Victorian Lady's Scrapbook" Dover Pictorial Archive paperback CD-ROM that I bought from Amazon, and some Victorian graphics in the public domain.

    I ended up creating two 9" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 3-tier mixed media collage art block towers with  a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side and two 4 1/2" x 2" x 2" mixed media mini art lock towers with a Fall side,  a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.

    I also had some other solid wood blocks that were  6" x 2" x 2" and 5 1/4" x 1 3/4" x 1 3/4" wood blocks that I made into mixed media collage art blocks with a Christmas side, a Winter side, and a Halloween side.

    I also had two solid wood rectangles that were 4 3/4" x 2 1/4" x 1 1/4" that I made into mixed media collage art rectangles with 3 Christmas sides and one Halloween side.

    I also made two 3 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 2" mixed media collage artist trading cards (i.e. ATC's) with a Halloween side and Christmas side.

    I was pleased with the way all the art blocks turned out and decided to try my hand at some bigger blocks so stay tuned - there will be more.

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    "TWELVEDOT studio’s aftr. project aims at reviewing our world and environment through one of the most fragile lifeforms on our planet, frogs. Starting off with the development of the frog-motif font, named ‘frog,’ info-graphics based on the new font, the ‘aftr’ storybook and illustration work, TWELVEDOT studio has branched out into the creation of artwork and art toys under the brand name of

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    CHILDREN who lost their toys while visiting Legoland have just over a week to reclaim their misplaced teddy bears.As the summer holidays near their end the Windsor Resort has issued a heartfelt plea for owners to come forward before the toys are re-homed,Liz Edwards, head of PR, said: "We have successfully returned most of the toys left on the resort so far this year but there are still 17 ...

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    "Genesis 4" is a collective of Taiwan designers and artists - namely SHON SIDE, BanaNa ViruS, 13ART (K13 Toys) & Radical Lamb - and they will be boothing at the coming Singapore Toy Games & Comic Con (Sept 6-7, 2014) - and these might be what you'll find at Booth No: AA92 in Artist Alley! - Hand Painted Skull by 13ART (HT 4cm, Resin, SGD$200/pc) - Larva Skull by 13ART (HT 7cm, Poly, SGD$57/pc)

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    EVENTS on the main stage for Singapore Toy Games & Comic Con (Sept 6-7, 2014) has been released (click to enlage pic or go here), with a particular interesting program for folks who read this blog which might find "interesting": "Making It Happen: Independent Toy Designs" is the name of the on-stage panel on Sunday September 7th (4:00pm - 5:00pm) at the coming 2014 Singapore Toy Games & Comic

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    “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.” The story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people.The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace […]

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    They may not have any eye holes, or ribbon ties, or anything else that would make them actually wearable. But Abigail Brown’s paper mache masks are still some of my favorite masks ever. They’re just so well-formed in a totally not-quite-real way. And you can own your own to hang on every wall in your house. Personally, if I […]

    The post let’s all get out our animal masks appeared first on Small for Big.

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    set database: LEGO 540 police units

    image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of zweibruecker
    set number: 540
    set name: police units
    theme: townpolice
    year: 1979
    pieces: 33
    price: us$na
    minifig: 1
    nice town set.
    come with a police car and a police motorcycle.
    minifig included a policeman minifig.
    released similar as 644 police mobile patrol by LEGO in 1978.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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    Dan Sugrue has joined Jazwares LLC as its UK sales director, and will lead the London-based sales force at retailers across the region. Most recently, Sugrue served as business manager for Flair Leisure Products Ltd. The news follows the recent announcement of an investment by Allegheny Capital Corporation, and marks the company’s continued global growth [...]

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    Last year for New York Comic Con, True Cast Studio brought along Walking Dud, a rubber zombie figure. You won't have to wait that long for the new PVC version, though: it'll be available on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 8 p.m. Central (9 p.m. Eastern, 6 p.m. Pacific). 

    It's also worth noting that these have been produced at Onell Design's factory in China, and additionally, will have Glyos System-style articulation (and presumably, would have Glyos-compliant parts). Looks like all the detail from the rubber figures is here, too!

    Two colorways will be available: a Pheyden blue unpainted version for US$8, and an Ultra Rotten painted version for US$15. If you'd like an Ultra Rotten in clamshell packaging, though, they're offering those, too, for US$20 each.

    True Cast's Walking Dud gets a PVC version screenshot


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    Takara's Hisashi Yuki has posted images of Masterpiece Star Saber's Brain of Courage to Twitter, and it's pretty small! It's shown next to the original version, as well as next to Diaclone pilot figures (which for reference are about 1" tall, or the right size to fit in all those empty seats on your G1 Transformers). It's also compared to one of those figures in the seat on Super Fire Convoy/RID Optimus Prime! Keep reading to see all the tininess for yourself!

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    From their Sofubi Fighting Series, Medicom has announced the release of a pair of WWE legends. Both Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior will be available in this approximately 10" tall scale. They're made of soft Japan-made vinyl and are expected to begin shipping in December 2014. Each figure retails around $85.00, so if you […]

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