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    "Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?" One of the spectacles of the Hot Toys' booth at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, was the 1/6th scale DeLorean Time Machine from Back to the Future, and they've just sent out the press release, which you can read by clicking through to the full story, plus you'll also get to check out the gallery. And when you're ready to pre-order, head on over to Sideshow Collectibles' website.

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  • 09/07/14--22:21: Funko: Pop! Marvel - Thor
  • Click on the full story to read the latest press release from Funko, which provides details of four new Thor bobble-heads from their Pop! line, and get a closer look by clicking on the thumbnails above.

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    One thing you can’t help but notice is that a couple of the 6-inch scale figures in The Avengers Movie Series by Hasbro are actually molds that had been used for a previous movie line.

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    Having sold out of the first production of their FFG DC Comics Catwoman Statue only a month after the release, Yamato Toys have announced a 2nd production of FFG DC Comics Catwoman by Luis Royo 1/4 Resin Statue. Get the details by clicking on the full story link below.

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    Prior to the recent re-release, we had 3 releases of Dragon Lightning McQueen in 2009 and 2010. Since each of these have different names, they are VERSIONS and not VARIANTS. Dragon Lightning McQueen (clean and smiling). Metallic Dragon Lightning with Oil Stains (and angry mouth) Dragon Lightning with Oil Stains (and grimace) Now, normally, variants […]

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    Now that school has started, it won't be long before the cold weather comes and playtime heads indoors. So, if you're like most parents living in a four-season climate, you're probably thinking of ways to entertain your little ones, and keep them occupied, in the house.

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    Can you believe it? LEGO started 2013 as the number three toy maker in the world before easily overtaking Hasbro's number two spot by the middle of the year. And then a year later LEGO did what seemed impossible and knocked Mattel off the top where they've sat for many years. As of the first half of 2014 LEGO's earnings reached US$2.03 billion while Mattel's was at US$2.0 billion. The margin is thin, but this is the first time LEGO has topped the US$2 billion point, no small feat entering Mattel's familiar territory. 

    While LEGO has seen a strong and steady rise in sales for many years, much of the credit this year has been given to the LEGO Movie pushing kids into the toy aisles. An increase in licensed sets and video games have also proven to be a huge success. With a bright holiday season still ahead and the movie sequel announced for 2017 (with two rumored followups) the future is very bright for LEGO. 

    But Mattel isn't letting this go without a fight. Back in February Mattel bought LEGO's closest building block rival company MEGA Brands, Inc., makers of Mega Bloks, for US$460 million ensuring their own place in the brick aisle. Still, when you consider that LEGO at its core basically only makes one product, block toys, while Mattel makes everything from baby toys to dolls to action figures, the accomplishments are most impressive!

    With LEGO's history of consistently larger gains year after year expect even bigger numbers at this point next year. 

    [via The Wall Street Journal]

    LEGO reigns as number one toy maker on the planet in sales screenshot

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    Brian Snow Buddy was the first shelf sitter doll that I designed and is one of my favorites. The reason couldn't be because he has a story associated with him regarding one of my grandson's - or could it?

    He is a free-standing snowman with a warm & natural cloth body, embroidered face with black eyes, flannel vest, fringed scarf, snow cap with bell , and carries a small “I (heart) snow” sign. Small bows decorate his vest.

    "Brian Snow Buddy" loves to snowboard and is always looking for a challenge. He looks for the toughest and steepest hill he can find. The steeper and rockier the better. He is a bit of a dare devil and, so far, has broken any bones.

    He is also a bit of a flirt. All you have to do is look at his "Facebook" page to attest to that.

    Here's the story behind my Brian Snow-Buddy doll:

    I posted this story on my Linda's Blog, but thought you might enjoy reading it here. Here's the story:

    The snowguy to the left is called "Brian Snow Buddy" and is named after one of my grandsons.

    I named him that because he is just so adorable, as is my grandson.

    He's my buddy, as is my grandson.

    He's my pal, as is my grandson.

    He's so squeezable, as is my grandson.

    He's just so huggable, as is my grandson.

    He's just so lovable, as is my grandson.

    He's so......Stop it, Nana. You're embarrassing me.

    Who said that? "Brian Snow Buddy" or my grandson Brian? Both.

    Nah! They both love compliments.

    When I was designing this doll he kept telling me "make me like Brian." I know, you think I'm crazy that the dolls talk to me. It's bad enough that they talk to me after they're created but before too. Well, yah.

    Anyway, I had to make something that was as adorable, squeezable, lovable and excitable as Brian was as a little boy. Still is for that matter. He had the cutest fiery red cheeks. Talk about excitable. At Christmas time he could barely control himself.

    Back to the story. So, "Brian Snow Buddy" became the most adorable lovable, excitable, and squeezable snowman around. Go on, give him a squeeze or a hug. He'll love it. So will you.

    Brian Snow Buddy just loves the snow, as does my grandson.

    "Brian Snow Buddy" is strong in body, as is my grandson.

    He's determined, bold and brave, as is my grandson.

    He's stubborn, staunch and firm, as is my grandson.

    He's powerful and forceful, as is my grandson.

    He's bulky in figure, thick set and corpulent, as is.......OOPS! That's not my grandson.

    He's a lean, mean fighting machine and I LOVE HIM.

    Stop it, Nana! You're embarrassing me.

    Who said that? My grandson or "Brian Snow Buddy?"

    “Brian Snow Buddy” -  5” Snowman Doll E-Pattern  -Winter Series - Pattern Category - Skill Level is Beginner

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    Coffee tables can be anything from boring, too big, too small, painful corners, great storage, running all the way to unusual. But for families, coffee tables become even more: game time, train table, Lego central, movie night meals, etc. etc. But I’d never considered using one as a dollhouse before. Designed by Ulyanov Architects, this beauty of […]

    The post want some dolls with your coffee? appeared first on Small for Big.

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  • 09/08/14--04:08: Toys: Building blocks
  • [at Financial Times] - The indignities continue for Mattel, the toymaker. Weak sales of Barbie and its other dolls have sent its shares tumbling a quarter this year already. And with the family-owned Lego reporting strong growth ...

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    set database: LEGO 552 curved road plates

    image courtesy of bricklink
    set number: 552
    set name: curved road plates
    theme: townbaseplatebasic
    year: 1979
    pieces: 2
    price: us$na
    minifig: none
    nice town set.
    come with 2 curved road baseplates.
    the baseplate size is 32x32 studs.
    released similar as 301 curved road plates by LEGO in 1978.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
    must have for town lovers.
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    If you’ve had problems finding the Peeps/Mike & Ike/Hot Tamales Hot Wheels, you can buy them direct off their website … While these look pretty cool, this giant bunny Peep pillow looks pretty comfortable – perfect for that heavy-lunch afternoon lap … Tweet This Post

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  • 09/08/14--06:06: Mid-Autumn Festival
  • To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart ...

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    Josh Mayhem has recently completed a new 3-inch Dunny commission, and this one is one of my favorites from 2014. His Iron Giant Dunny is exactly what you'd expect: a pint-sized representation of the film's title character, using a modified Dunny as a base. Sure, the head is easy enough to spot as a resculpted and re-painted Dunny head, but the body is actually a Dunny as well, turned upside down and kit-bashed with some Gundam plamo parts.

    Since it was a private commission, this piece is off to reside on someone's shelf (lucky them), but Josh does take commissions. You can contact him via Facebook or his website for more info.

    Custom Delights: Josh Mayhem's Iron Giant Dunny screenshot


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    Hasbro and Bazooka Candy Brands are joining forces for a cross-promotion launching this month. Favorite childhood games and tasty, classic candies such as Juicy Drop, Baby Bottle Pop, and Jumbo Push Pop will be co-mingling. The promotion will feature a campaign with retail, digital, and social elements: Retail: The strong in-store presence will include shippers [...]

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    New Rescue Bots figures are hitting retail! Among the sightings are the Minibots Rescue Dinobots, the new Optimus Primal (G1ish Optimus Prime + Dinosaur - how can you not love that?) and the gigantic Optimus Prime Command Center toy! I don't know that any of us love Prime enough to want to live in him, but your Rescue Bots figures now have that chance. Keep reading to see a slew of photos by BaCon!

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    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice

    This week we'll be bringing you news on all the latest licensed toys.

    ToyTalk - Toy news, reviews and buying advice

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    “Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?” Since the debut of the Hot Toys' Back to the Future: Marty McFly 1/6th scale figure, folks were likely wondering when the iconic Back to the Future: DeLorean Time Machine would be shown off. If you hit up some of the […]

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    DHX Media has appointed Character Options as global master toy partner for the new series of Teletubbies. DHX Brands, the company’s dedicated brand and consumer products arm, completed the deal. Character Options will launch product at retail in the UK in 2016, with other territories to follow. Core categories will be plush, plastics, and bath [...]

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