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    Diamond Select Toys is giving you a chance to win a set of Marvel Minimates Series 43 signed by writer extraordinaire Peter David. For those that don't know, David was the writer of the Jean DeWolff Saga, of which this wave is based upon. Follow this link to find out how you can win this cool prize.

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    The Disney Store has a Buy One Get One Free + Free Shipping ends tomorrow (ends 4/10 at midnight). The Buy One, Get One Free CARS Sales Ends 4/22/2012. (thanks for actually reading the fine print Daniel    ). Presumably the Buy $75 worth of stuff and get free shipping offer will come back on [...]

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  • 04/10/12--01:33: Mr. Fantastic (Mega Bloks)
  • I’ve said it before, I’m not a huge Fantastic Four fan. I wasn’t trying to get Mr. Fantastic, but the I couldn’t figure out what the gun thing was in the darn package. Appearance: I’m sure this is based on a more modern comic book appearance that the ones I’m familiar with. Essentially, except for [...]

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  • 04/10/12--01:33: Table of Contents (Part 2)
  • It’s a table. It could have contents. Sort of.

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  • 04/10/12--01:33: What’s New at TYO Toys
  • TYO Toys has redesigned their online store, so it's much easier to find what you're looking for. Oh...and that photo above gives you a peek at the full TYO 2012 lineup.

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  • 04/10/12--01:33: Horace ZOM
  • Designed by Rick Marson, the first edition Horace ZOM is set to begin hitting store shelves. The plush zombie measures approximately 13" x 12" x 4" and is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. Each plush includes a unique code printed on the hangtag, so you can report your own ZOM sightings. Look for these [...]

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    It sounds typically horrible … man breaks into game reserve – viciously saws off rhino horn to sell on the black market … Except the dude sawed off a FIBERGLASS horn off of a fake rhino head hanging over the cafeteria. Via the UK Telegraph.   Tweet This Post

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    "Why a "fanzine"? Heck, TOYSREVIL already is an online weblog, so why attempt a venture down the path of the traditional "print" route? The reasons are surprisingly simple, and perhaps even altruistic and self-serving, and I would deny neither.I had always wanted to 'publish' a fanzine, since the early days of Big'O magazine in it's zeroxed black-n-white state, folded and hand-stapled - for which

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    Students at St. John's Lutheran School donated art supplies and toys to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's Children's Medical Center.   The "Harts for Kids" program is a teacher-led service project that students participate in during National Lutheran Schools week. This year's theme is 'securing each child's future.' Eighth grader Payton Yee saw the need for art supplies for hospitalized children ...

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    The Hunger Games‘ 'Katniss Everdeen' Barbie Doll

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    Huck Gee and The Beast Brothers are at it again, this time with a limited run of their 8” Royal Guard Skullendario Azteca release. Unlike the weathered and old look given to Ivory Azteca release, the guys went for a more flashy approach! Painted in a lavish looking gold paint,...

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    Last week we were taking a look at the newest additions to the 4″ Young Justice Line from Mattel.  This week it appears that Mattel has made the decision to cancel the ‘Young Justice’ figures, both the 4″ and 6″ line according to some posts by a Mattel employee on the MattyCollector message boards this [...]

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    In celebration of achieving pass the mark of eight thousand "LIKES" on my Public Facebook, I will be giving away a few items in giveaway contests throughout the month! The first item to be won is this Commemorative Pewter Coin from the recent Cybertron Con! (Purchased by myself, not a free gift from Organizers, mind you).All you need to do, is to click "LIKE" on THIS particular image, and you'll

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    Pre-order this Yoko Asagiri blast from the past screenshot

    Well, here's certainly a bit of a shocker. Despite not having any kind of revival as far as I'm aware, Griffon has seen fit to release this figure of 1985's Yoko Asagiri from Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko. Like a lot of series from the 80s and 90s, it follows the trope of a modern day girl being shunted into some medieval or fantasy past. Basically if you've seen Inuyasha, Twelve Kingdoms, Fushigi Yugi, Rayearth, or countless others, well--this looks to have done it first.

    While the figure itself is certainly simple by today's standards, there's no denying that it certainly captures the style of classic 80s anime. For what she is, Yohko makes for a pretty attractive character, and there's definitely no small amount of appeal if you grew up watching anime when it was traded on VHS tapes in shady back alleys.

    If you're feeling a bit nostalgic yourself, Yohko will be available in June, and will run you around ¥7,600.

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan]

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  • 04/10/12--01:33: Announcing ToyCon UK
  • Three designer toy fans - Jonjo Glynn, Ben Hart and Barry Darnell - have announced the launch of the UK's first ever designer toy convention - ToyCon UK. Taking place on Saturday April 6th 2013 at Baden Powell house in Kensington, the event will bring together the UK's finest toy artists, customizers and vendors. As [...]

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    Mr Clement from London is back with more Lapins, and this time we see the release of his new sculpture collection - Petit Lapin Museum 2012; 'PLEASE FORGET ME'. Sized 25cm tall, the vinyl + wood + paper figurine comes in two colorways and is priced at £55 each (worldwide free shipping) - in a limited edition of 500pcs (each comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity). Purchase here or

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  • 04/11/12--23:26: About Moekana
  • These Japanese learning series that I've developed called "Moekana" went up for pre-order a few weeks ago but completely sold out! We are currently in the process of printing a second run. My distributor Good Smile Company shipped the first run today and the second run should be ready to ship at the end of this month. If you ordered early then you should be getting yours this week.

    Product Description

    Moekana are a set of cards to help folks learn the basic Japanese syllabary: hiragana. The cards feature the characters of the TV show and website produced by Danny Choo called Culture Japan who are, Mirai Suenaga, Haruka Suenaga and Kanata Hoshikawa.

    The pack of 50 different Moekana cards feature cute kawaii illustrations by the Japanese artist Ikkyuu - the adorable artwork alone is enough to help learners learn hiragana but there are many ways one can also use the cards to start learning Japanese.


    Product Details

    • Product Name: Moekana (もえかな)
    • Series: Culture Japan
    • Category: Goods
    • Price: 1,500 yen
    • Release: Date 2012/04
    • Specifications: 50 Japanese study cards each 88mm x 63mm. Made in Japan.
    • Released by: Culture Japan
    • Distributed by: Good Smile Company
    • Ages: 6 and up.

    Where to buy

    Also ask your local retailer about availability.

    How to play Moekana

    There are many games that one can play with the Moekana cards but the official game that will be played at tournaments is called "Moekana" and the rules are as follows.no_id

    Step 1

    Remove the "Wo" [を] card (because you cant make words with it) and the explanation card from the pack to leave 48 cards remaining.no_id

    Step 2

    Shuffle and split the remaining deck of cards into two - 24 cards in each stack.no_id

    Step 3

    Set a timer to go off in 3 minutes.no_id

    Step 4

    Use your deck of cards to make words. Lay them out neatly. Line up any cards you have left over that you cant make words with infront of you. This player has 6 cards left over and cant think of any more words to make.no_id

    Step 5

    The player with the least amount of cards left over that have not been used to make words wins. So this player cant think of any more words to make with her 4 cards left over - but her 4 cards is less that the 6 cards of the other player so she wins.no_id


    Carry a pack of Moekana around with you to play anywhere - like when you are waiting for food for example! Anyway the rules are...
    • Words that only have 1 hiragana are not allowed.
    • Only plain verbs allowed.
    • People's names are not allowed.
    • A match ends when a player has used up all their cards to make words or when 3 minutes are up. The person with the least amount of cards in their hands wins.
    • Dakuten and handakuten cannot be used because the default pack does not include any.
    • "つ", "よ" and "ゆ" cannot be used as their small counterparts so you are not allowed to make a word like "やって" or "ちょう".
    These are the official tournament rules but you can modify them to your liking (outside of the tournaments) - just as long as you have fun learning!

    The more words you learn, the more tournaments you will win.

    Here is the full pack of 50 cards! Folks who play Weiss Scwartz and Chaos will like Moekana because they are exactly the same size, shape and coated the same way too! This means that you can use the same Trading Card Game Supplies for Moekana.

    One of the cards outlines the hiragana order. You can memorize the order with the following cheezy but effective sentence - When I first read it my hairs stood on end from the cheezyness but have never forgotten the order since.
    Ah (あ)
    Kana (か)
    Signs! (さ)
    Take (た)
    Note (な)
    How (は)
    Many (ま)
    You (や)
    Learn (ら)
    Wow! (わ)

    Moekana comes with 3 character cards which were illustrated just for Moekana by DMYO-sensei.

    Moekana Karuta

    There are other ways to play Moekana even if you are not good at hiragana. There is a Japanese game called Karuta and the following rules would be an adapted version for Moekana.
    Players: 2 players, 1 judge
    Requirement: 2 packs of Moekana


    1. Remove the 3 character cards, the "n", "wo", and "hiragana order" card from both decks of cards and shuffle.
    2. Lay all cards on the floor facing up in the field.
    3. Both players sit facing each other with the field of cards between them.
    4. The other deck of cards is held by the judge.
    1. The judge reads out the word on the first card in her deck.
    2. The first player to touch the same card laid out infront of them can claim that card.
    3. This process is repeated until all cards from the field are gone.
    4. The player with the most cards wins and can laugh in the face of the other player.

    Learning Hiragana

    If you are just starting out to learn Hiragana, then I recommend that you carry a pack with you at all times - you can flick through the deck when waiting for a bus or even during class or work when your teacher or boss is not looking.
    You can use the top card to cover the romanized reading at the bottom of the card - try to remember the hiragana using the associated illustrations.

    While you are learning hiragana, try to expose yourself to the cards as much as possible. You can even play "Tower of Cards" (2 decks needed) where you race a partner to see who can stack the highest within a certain amount of time.


    Again, there are many ways that you can use the cards to learn Japanese - feel free to come up with your own games and let us know what rules they would be - I'll publish the best ones on this page!

    Now that you have ordered your Moekana hiragana learning cards, you may want some Moe Sleeves to protect them!
    The manufacturer Milestone are brining out two Mirai Suenaga sleeves which fit Moekana, Bushiroad Weiss Schwartz, Chaos and other trading cards which are about 63mm x 89mm.

    The Mirai Moe Sleeves will be out in May and the retail price is 630 yen but retailers are discounting further - check this post to see where to buy.

    Moekana features the mascot of the Culture Japan brand - Mirai Suenaga! Find out more about Mirai-chan and the various collaboration titles that she has worked on with Good Smile Company, Bushiroad, Kadokawa, King Records and so on.

    Info for retailers - this is what 1 carton will look like - each carton contains 6 boxes of 6 packs. If you are interested in stocking Moekana then contact one of the official Good Smile retailers listed here.


    These boxes are only available to retailers and are designed to make stocking the product a bit easier. The barcode contains the JAN Code and is only printed on the actual packs.


    There is a perforated edge which enables you to make a POP display to put by the till in a shop or wot not.
    If you are after the actual box then try asking your retailer - they may ask you to buy a pack of 6 though ^^;


    If you like the Moekana series then show your support by changing your Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus avatar to one of the Moekana illustrations! The full set available here!

    I hope you enjoy learning Japanese from the Moekana series just as much as I enjoyed developing them. I'm over the moon that the first production run sold out during the pre-order stage and am currently developing more products in the series which will be announced soon! What sort of products would you like to see?
    There is a poll embedded in this article.

    Hope to meet you in person for a Moekana battle! First stop will be Anime Festival Asia in Malaysia!

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    The Network Roundup: Sorry it's not your Springfield screenshot

    After years of speculation and Springfield pride, everyone's dreams came to a crashing down today, when The Simpsons creator, Matt Groening revealed the actual state of the Springfield featured in the long running show. Sorry guys, it's just not your city. Now Oregon gets to dream of the 90's and hometown pride. Totally not fair.

    At least on the network we had plenty of things to be proud of. Japanator took a look at a bunch of series kicking off for the Spring season. Flixist revisited the house that Jeff built. Finally, the Tomo-peeps got a sneak peak at all the goodies at Miyazawa Model. Feel that pride coursing through your veins?




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