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    I have to admit that I've had a LOVE/HATE relationship with Etsy over the years. I LOVE all the astonishing creations over there, but HATE the fact there are so many astonishing creations over there. Sounds like a paradox - doesn't it?

    Now don't get me wrong. I don't hate the beautiful creations and talented artists and crafters on Etsy. I LOVE artists and crafters. In fact, I think it's wonderful that there are so many astonishing artists and craters selling their goods on the web.

    It's just that with so many amazing creations to buy it's had to get noticed. There's that paradox again! Love all the creations - hate all the creations!

    I opened my Etsy shop in March of 2008 and added a few e-patterns.  At the time I was into so many other things (albeit they were my websites and blogs) I didn't really pay much attention to Etsy.  As a result I only had one sale.  So, I let my Etsy shop lapse for several years until last Summer when I decided to add a few of my handmade holiday dolls.

    They got a lot of attention - but, no sales.  So, I let my Etsy shop lapse once again.

    Well, then I started noticing that Etsy had added a Pinterest button to all the products. If you're a reader of my Linda's Blog you know how much I LOVE Pinterest. And, I was pinning some of the astonishing creations  that I had found from some of the artists and crafters I so admire on Etsy to my Pinterest boards. So, I decided to re-stock my Etsy shop and give Etsy one more try.

    I don't know whether or not I'll have any luck on Etsy this go round.  If I do maybe I'll finally get rid of that LOVE/HATE relationship I have with Etsy?  Maybe I'll actually end up loving it?  Wouldn't that be nice.

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - "Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - "Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!"

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  • 04/17/12--08:15: Bratz Catz
  • Get ready for some feline fun as the glamorous Bratz girls take on a kitty-themed look in the new Bratz Catz range.

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    Daily Graffiti: Street art mural on the side of geek bar Barcade in Omaha, Nebraska by Roskelley and Kier.

    (Via OMAHYPE)

    Thanks to Jim for the tip!

    Check out the DAILY GRAFFITI ARCHIVES for more geektastic street art!

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    Pokemon Black & White 2 Gameplay Trailer.

    In a nutshell:

    • Looks like Kyurem went bananas and froze a portion of the Unova region.
    • The new trainers look kind of whack.
    • The main female trainer is way less slutty than the one in Black & White. Can’t decide if this is a pro or a con, but I’m leaning toward con.
    • Most of the new gym leaders seem pretty legit, especially the chick with the guitar. Not sure if the dude with a weird hair thing that turns into a mic headset is a gym leader or not, but it’s safe to say whoever designed him was probably on crazy drugs.
    • Trainers you battle have little battle animations. Can’t remember if this was in B&W, but I’m too lazy to look it up.

    What do you guys think? Pumped? Think this franchise should just die already?

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    BC-US--Toys-Money Laundering,2nd Ld-Writethru, US

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  • 04/17/12--08:15: C2E2 2012: Box O Zombies
  • C2E2 2012: Box O Zombies screenshot

    While there were a few big companies at C2E2, one of the smaller booths held a pleasant surprise. In that booth was a small company called Box O Zombies, which true to its name, sells a box of zombies. The 2.5-inch tall PVC zombies are 100 percent paintable (you can see both painted and unpainted ones in the gallery) and a box of six figures (in either Sickly Slime Green or Puke Purple) will run you US$14.99 at their store. They're a bit like green army men, except zombies of things like the lunchlady, a schoolgirl or a dude in a hoodie.

    Also on display was Box O Zombies' upcoming larger scale figure of a Samurai Zombie, which is featured in our header. Does it look awesome? Well ... yes, especially with Tian's excellent photos of it. Yes it does. We'll have more info on that as soon as we get it! 

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    lt;img src=quot;; height=100 width=100 align=rightgt;Transformers: Regeneration One #81Simon Furman (w) • Andrew Wildman amp; Stephen Baskerville (a) • Wildman, Guido Guidi (c)The TRANSFORMERS comic that began it all—is back. With a vengeance! 21 years have passed since CYBERTRON was restored to its former glory, and finally there is peace. But, after millions of years of bitter civil war, can all ever truly be one? In a conflict this pr

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    Welcome to all the new eyes and ears.  Whether you found us through the ‘ActionFigureInsider Facebook page or you saw our plug on G4′s ‘Attack of the Show’we’re glad to have you here, at AFi home of the ‘Best Darn Toy News on the Internet.  We invite you to have a look around, take a [...]

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    With the latest addition to the Figuarts Zero Line from Bandai Japan, comes the Sawshark Fishman, Arlong! Portrayed with highly accurate detail and interchangeable parts, Tamashii Nations releases another Straw Hat Rival. Follow this link to get yours and follow through for a closer look.

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    [Business Wire] - Global branded play company Hasbro has been named to CR Magazine’s 2012 “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list, debuting at number 23. The maker of TRANSFORMERS, NERF, MY LITTLE PONY and PLAYSKOOL was recognized for its increasing transparency regarding the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, including product safety, environmental sustainability and manufacturing ethics.

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    It’s been sometime, but Cometdebris has just announced a brand new Tokoji Seijin. This release features a red vinyl with metallic green and gold sprays. The release will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 8PM PST HERE. Cometdebris went with an amazing choice of colors for this colorway, which...

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    It has been a while since we had news on the PP05 Specialist action figures from iGear toys. Originally set for release in December 2011, iGear seem to be back on track with some new images released showing the quot;unpainted - not finalquot; of the PP05M Medical Specialist (white) and his Autobot bother PP05W Weapon Specialist (red) that is a homage to G1 Ironhide. Still no. word on the a new shipping date yet. Check out the images of the figures in robot and vehicle mods as well in the clear packs with

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    Hot Toys revealed details for their 1/6th scale City Hunter Predator Collectible Figure from the Predator 2 movie. From their Movie Masterpiece Series, look for this figure to be released in Q4 of 2012. It's currently available to pre-order over at Sideshow for $219.99.   The City Hunter Predator figure includes: • Exchangeable expanded mandible [...]

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  • 04/18/12--02:26: Tokyo MX TV Check Time

  • Apart from my 30 min TV show Culture Japan, I'm on another weekly TV show in Japan called "Check Time" [チェックタイム]. This time its one of those morning news shows - I have a weekly Culture Japan corner where I choose a topic in the Japanese Pop Culture field thats popular with foreigners.

    This time round however, I'm only directing the show and am leaving the production entirely to one of my comrades at Tokyo MX TV - this helps me free up my schedule to do other stuff but means that the final editing style is not necessarily to my tastes ^^;

    I've committed to do the corner for the next 3 months but Tokyo MX want me to do it for a year! @.@ As with Culture Japan, I'll be involving those of you who fancy being on Japanese TV - something for you to stick down on your resume or profile. Folks who are in Tokyo who end up on the show will also get to network with folks in the industry - I however only show you the door - its up to you to walk through it.

    Anyway, the first episode was broadcast a few weeks ago and was a Nendoroid Ranking based on AmiAmi sales. Here I'm at the AmiAmi offices with Yumi-chan who you have already seen in Episode 12 when we toured Asakusa together.

    Check Time is on every Tuesday morning on Tokyo MX TV and my corner is usually on around 7:30 AM. Tokyo MX also upload my slot to YouTube too - check out the first broadcast below!

    Zooming back in time to the morning - arrival at the AmiAmi offices.

    Yumi-chan as cute as ever!

    The schedule for the day. Morning filming at AmiAmi. Afternoon filming at Akihabara finishing off with studio filming at my office.

    Preparing one of AmiAmi's meeting rooms for filming.

    Wiring up with the mic. TV production equipment can cost a bomb - an example is these mic pins which cost 13,388 yen (165 USD).

    Setting up the camera shutter speed and wot not.

    We are also filming for a figma ranking too - Mami ranking in tops.

    figma Mirai Suenaga which was released Summer 2011.

    Photos taken by comrades Pablo and Maurice who joined in for the filming shenanigans.

    AmiAmi sold a *ton* of Moekana!

    A Canon EOS 5D that fell from the ceiling.

    All filming done in the morning - off with the lads for some grub nearby.

    Lunch at a Vietnamese place - tasted lovely!

    How many of you who attended AFA recognize this chap?

    In a few weeks this road will be lined with Sakura.

    A naked woman in public - this is OK for kids to see then?

    This lens weighs 50 tonnes.

    Arriving at Akihabara for the next shoot.

    Thanks to all the comrades who showed up at Akihabara for the shoot! More photos in a separate post!

    Back in the office for more filming. Trying to film 3 episodes today.

    Kinda tired by now ^^;

    Sometimes you need images from your computer to use on TV but the resolution is not high enough - in this case take a photo of your computer screen. For TV production, images should ideally be HD (1920 x 1080).

    Tonights dindins is Katsu bento from Saboten.

    Incase you missed it - this post documents the move to the new office.

    All filming done - powering down for the night.

    And here are screencaps of the first episode. This is the main presenter Hatta-san.

    Same studio where we filmed Culture Japan Season 1.

    Folks who have watched Culture Japan Season 1 and 2 will notice that the editing style is much different from how I would do it ^^

    The first few seconds of each episode talk about what I do.

    We usually shoot in the evening but its a morning show which is why the producer decided to turn up the exposure to give a "morning" feel - not something I would personally do.

    Time for this weeks ranking.

    In 5th place is Aisaka Taiga.

    4th place is Konjiki no Yami.

    3rd place is Kashiwazaki Sena.

    2nd place is Erio.

    And first place is Miku!

    A chat with Yumi about Nendoroids. user Mim from Sydney gets his wall O Nendoroids on the show. Thanks for sending the photos over Mim!

    We hit the streets of Harajuku to ask whether folks prefer scale figures or Nendoroids.

    Back in the studio section talking about the different types of figures.

    Next up is episode 2 - Retro Games!

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    A Little Bit on the Myopic Side: Take a look at this super cute eye chart designed by Floor 4 Projects. The color version is limited to 200 prints and the black and white one is limited to 100. They’re $35 each here.

    [floor 4 projects via notcot]

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    Ok, wow. All I can say about this is, 'Wow.' What you're looking at is 120 hours of hard work that was done to carve this Rainbow Dash hand-cranked automaton. From mane to tail she is carved from Phillipine Mahogany, as is the base, and Tank, her pet tortoise. The two characters were then painted with enamel and top coated with flat lacquer.

    Rainbow Dash sold for over $475 on eBay, and I hope to see more like her. Oh man.. If I ever caught wind of a Rarity one I'd be in loads of trouble. If you'd like to see more of his work, he goes by renegadecow on deviantART. He has made an awesome Rarity shirt, so I suggest you check it out!

    [via Real Men Watch My Little Pony]

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    From Bob Conge of Plaseebo comes this epic custom dubbed SKULLWAGON - done for the Playsam 500 custom Show at Super 7 opening April 28th [Blogged]. GOT to dig the two operators of the vehicle, which suddenly reminded me of the awesome fun from 'Wacky Races' (which I have extremely fond memories of)! As well click on the image below to read the "origins" of the creation! Well done, Bob!

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    Muv-Luv Alternative - Shiranui Type-2 Yuya Bridges Model Kit

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    Background Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides was released in May 2011 by Walt Disney Pictures. The adventure fantasy film is the fourth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean series and focuses on Captain Jack Sparrow (again played by Johnny Depp) as he searches for the Fountain of Youth. Late in 2011, Hot [...]

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    Defend mankind with this Rinne no Lagrange pre-order screenshot

    Giant robot action mixed with some girl-on-girl undertones? We haven't seen the likes of that sort of thing since Kannazuki no Miko! From the concept alone the strange Rinne no Lagrange is certainly promising, though with Wave jumping in on the action with their latest Beach Queens, they've certainly leaned towards the more mundane side of things.

    Instead of going for a swimsuit that fits the more sci-fi feel of the show, our heroine Madoka is clad in what looks to be a simple school-style affair. Certainly though, the figure is no less for it, and I like that it comes with a more normal hairstyle as opposed to her look with it tied up. 

    You've got quite awhile to wait for her, though. Pre-orders are open now, and she'll run around ¥3,800 when she shows up all the way in November. Yikes!

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

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