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    lt;img src=quot;http://i.toynewsi.com/g/generated/Finds/SDCC_Joe/DSC_0209__scaled_600.jpgquot; /gt; The folks over at JoeDeclassified have gotten their hands on some early production samples of the 2012 San Diego Comic Con exclusive G.I.Joe/Transformers Destro and B.A.T. figures. These two figures will come with the H.I.S.S. Tank/Shockwave toy we first showed you atToy Fair this past February. Check out the images for more details now at toynewsi.com.

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    Pac-Man wind-up toys are ready to chase through your home screenshot

    Are you ready for Pac-Man and Blinky to chase each other all over your house? (Or at least on hard wood floors!) Well, look no further as Entertainment Earth has a two pack of wind-up toys that includes Pac-Man himself, and that dastardly ghost, Blinky.

    Pac-Man will stand 1.75 inches tall, while Blinky is 2 inches tall. The two-pack will cost you just US$9.99, so it's definitely worth the amount of fun you'll have when it's released in May. I hope to see crazy videos of what these two do around your house once you let them loose!

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    Ah, the conundrum of the 2000′s – somehow I swear this week didn’t even happen. I feel like I. Just. Wrote. a Friday post! Arguably, when I sit still for five seconds and think about it, this week was quiet and lovely. I finally found my Mojo – which had been MIA, lost somewhere in [...]

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    Toy Industry Foundation (TIF) partnered with Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) Military Services to spread joy to military children. To celebrate the Month of the Military Child, which honors courageousness and the unique challenges faced by children of our nation’s troops, the companies brought toys and games to nearly 3,000 children at Air [...]

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    Kapow Toys has taken the cover off of Takara Tomy's Transformers Prime Arms Micron single packs starting from AM-W01 Micron A all the way to AM-W10 Micron J.Certain Arms Microns are designed to work together, such as AM-01, AM-02, and AM-03 can combine together to form a sword, a feature that was advertised in solicitations back in February. As a nice companion weapon, AM-07, AM-08, and AM-09 combine together to form a shield. These figures are a mix of brand-new molds and repaints, which we have listed bel

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  • 04/20/12--07:00: Dunny Series 20XX: Part 5
  • Dunny Series 20XX: Part 5 screenshot

    Today marks the final installment of our five-part Dunny Series 20XX feature. Sixteen artists from both inside the custom world and outside of it have been featured, but the final four contains at least one artist who's been mentioned multiple times in these kind of features ... and three others that probably have not.

    Hit the jump to check out the final four!

    No, it's not much of a shock to see Chris included on the list. A highly popular artist, Chris Ryniak is often one of the names most frequently mentioned on these kinds of lists, and for good reason. Getting a Chris Ryniak piece is damn hard (and I know, as I tried for a long while without much success before) because the craftsmanship is superb and the life he brings to his creatures is something else. They feel alive, organic ... even when they're made of resin or just a sketch.
    While Chris is known for his sculptwork and customs, there's no doubt in my mind that he could transform the Dunny on the 2-D plane with the same level of skill as he would in a full sculpted custom. It's likely only a matter of time until Ryniak and Kidrobot put something together because they'd be stupid not to.
    [Shin Tanaka]
    I believe it's a law that every Dunny series needs to have some kind of graffiti or urban-inspired artist within its ranks, and for our feature, that falls to the talented Shin Tanaka from Japan. Known for his urban-inspired papercraft creations, Shin's art style crosses over between those who are looking for something that's "cute" or "youthful-looking" and those looking for a more urban edge in their vinyl.  **more** 
    [Kill Taupe]
    A surprise on the list might be the inclusion of an artist who's not as well known outside of Detroit, Kill Taupe. What drew me to include him on the list was, in part, his style, mixing cute and whimsical characters with more adult themes like bondage, alcohol, lots of throwing up and so on. It was also some of his earlier custom Dunnys that I saw on display at LIFT Detroit that stuck with me, including an (ice cream artist) Dunny from (series) that turned the joy of frozen treats into a life or death problem via lactose intolerance. Everyone could use a good, grown-up laugh once in a while, and perhaps Kill Taupe could be the one to bring that to this series.
    [Brian Flynn (Super7)]
    Last but not least, we find ourselves face to face withthe man making the toys he never grew up with, Brian Flynn. With a seemingly endless supply of fresh kaiju ideas, Brian has turned Super7 into an internationally known and respected toy company with a massive fanbase. If you guessed I've included him on the list just to see what he'd do when presented with a 3-inch Dunny as his creative platform, to see what kind of creative twist he might add to the design to make it his own ... yes, you'd be right. Heck, even a Mummy Dunny would be pretty freakin' awesome, at least for me!

    No, it's not much of a shock to see Chris included on the list. A highly popular artist, Chris Ryniak is often one of the names most frequently mentioned on these kinds of lists, and for good reason. Getting a Chris Ryniak piece is damn hard (and I know, as I tried for a long while without much success) because the craftsmanship is superb and the life he brings to his creatures is something else. They feel alive, organic ... even when they're made of resin or just a sketch.

    While Chris is known for his sculptwork and customs, there's no doubt in my mind that he could transform the Dunny on the 2-D plane with the same level of skill as he would in a full sculpted custom. It's likely only a matter of time until Ryniak and Kidrobot put something together because they'd be stupid not to.

    I believe it's a law that every Dunny series needs to have some kind of graffiti or urban-inspired artist within its ranks, and for our feature, that falls to the talented Shin Tanaka from Japan. Known for his urban-inspired papercraft creations, Shin's art style crosses over between those who are looking for something that's "cute" or "youthful-looking" and those looking for a more urban edge in their vinyl. Now maybe it's just me, but I'd love to see a set of round eyes poking out from behind a T-shirt neckhole opening on a Dunny like the little dudes you see above, wouldn't you?

    A surprise on the list might be the inclusion of an artist who's not as well known outside of Detroit, Kill Taupe. What drew me to include him on the list was, in part, his style, mixing cute and whimsical characters with more adult themes like bondage, alcohol, lots of throwing up and so on. It was also some of his earlier custom Dunnys that I saw on display at LIFT Detroit that stuck with me, including an Esther Kim Dunny from the 2010 series that turned the joy of frozen treats into a life or death problem via lactose intolerance. Everyone could use a good, grown-up laugh once in a while, and perhaps Kill Taupe could be the one to bring that to this series.

    Last but not least, we find ourselves face to face with the man making the toys he never grew up with, Brian Flynn. With a seemingly endless supply of fresh kaiju ideas, Brian has turned Super7 into an internationally known and respected toy company with a massive fanbase. If you guessed I've included him on the list just to see what he'd do when presented with a 3-inch Dunny as his creative platform, to see what kind of creative twist he might add to the design to make it his own ... yes, you'd be right. Heck, even a Mummy Dunny would be pretty freakin' awesome, at least for me!

    Well, that wraps it up ... wait a minute. We forgot something. Every Dunny series has a chase, right? A super hard-to-find, exclusive piece that only a lucky few get their mitts on, correct? Well, it seems in my enthusiasm, I overlooked that. So I guess that means I need to tinker here a bit ... be right back. You might want to get a snack while I'm working on this.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    ... Okay, I'm ready. Here's Special Chase Dunny #21:

    One of the first people I had the pleasure of meeting in the vinyl world was Chicago artist Jeremiah Ketner. Known for his style that is part Japanese pop art, part "pastel magical fantasy dreamworld" (that's my own description of it), Jeremiah's work is instantly recognizable for its lush tones and smiling characters, among other things. No matter the canvas he's using, you always get this feeling like you really are looking at something that even the vinyl haters out there couldn't dismiss as not being "art."

    Now, I'm not sure how much detail he can get onto a 3-inch Dunny from something like the Mega Dunny you see above, but I imagine Jeremiah is talented enough to be able to pull off something amazing. 

    And with that, we're done! Thanks for checking out Dunny Series 20XX; be sure to go back and check out the past parts (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4) and let us know in the comments what new artists you'd hope to see in a Dunny series in the future!


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  • 04/20/12--07:32: Zukie Photo Contest
  • Alison aka Miss Zukie wants Zukie Fans to send her a crazy/fun/interesting photo of your Zukie. If you don't have one, you can head over to the store where there are charms available or you can draw a Zukie. The deadline for photo submissions is April 25th 2012 (one photo per person). There will be [...]

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    Here’s a look at some of the new pieces that Fat Rabbit Farm will have at their next art show and pop-up. On Saturday, April 28 (1-3 pm), Fat Rabbit Farm will be at Sweet Breams to showcase a new, … Continue reading

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    If you use Skype to call friends and family overseas, here’s a nice deal from Living Social. Rates do vary so click on the FINE PRINT tab at LivingSocial to make sure it covers the countries you are interested in … Tweet This Post

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    Viz Media, LLC, distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will release a pair of new graphic novels featuring characters from the Mr. Men and Little Miss series of children’s books. Titled Mr. Bump: Light, Camera, Bump! and Little Miss Sunshine: Here Comes the Sun!, the two novels debuted earlier this week. [...]

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    Show & Tell: WWE Wrestlemania XXVIII Bear screenshot

    What's an amazing way to spend a week and a half? Go to Miami, hit up Wrestlemania, and hang out with some amazing Tomo-friends! That's what I did for the end of March/beginning of April and I had an incredible time. One of the things I picked up on my trip was the Wrestlemania XXVIII Collectible Bear.

    You may be saying, "Is this the nineties?" Well, no, but he is kind of Beanie Baby-esque! Hit the jump to see what kind of adventures this bear's been on!

    WMXXVIII Bear

    There he is! Here we see the Wrestlemania XXVIII Collectible Bear, which I will from now on lovingly just refer to as 'Bear', in all his glory. First off I'll gush about how I love the colors! They made the great decision to use the Miami Dolphin colors for a lot of the Wrestlemania gear since it was held in Miami, and I couldn't be happier.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    Doesn't he look at home catching those rays? Well, I guess he's feeling like he did back in Miami! Alright so I'll be totally honest. I actually got this guy at Wrestlemania Axxess when we went so that I wouldn't have to carry everything around at 'Mania.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    As you can see there is a ton of embroidery on this little bear. His right arm has John Cena's name on it...

    WMXXVIII Bear

    ...while his left arm has The Rock's name! If somehow you hadn't had to hear about it on nearly every news outlet, yes, The Rock vs. John Cena was the main event of this year's Wrestlemania. Not going to lie, I was happy with the outcome of that match.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    Moving on down to his little foot you can see some more embroidery there. The WWE logo is proudly displayed, and actually all the embroidered bits look very nice! Especially considering this bear only cost $10.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    Oh well look at that! Yes, Bear! You were at Wrestlemania XXVIII and so was I! So was this shirt! I mean, that's totally not a shirt.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    On the topic of shirts, even if Bear doesn't have his name on him, he still happens to be a CM Punk fan! As were the people I went with, including Tomopop's very own Andres Cerrato, and his amazing wife, Candice! We all wore this shirt to 'Mania to celebrate.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    Look at his cute little face! Of all the merchandise swag the WWE loves to drop at events like that, he was definitely the cutest. His eyes and nose are like hard plastic beads sewn in, while the rest of his actual 'fur' is pretty soft. Of course the embroidery is a bit rough, but well.. it's embroidery.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    If you couldn't tell from the shot of the shirt earlier, Wrestlemania took place on April 1st, 2012 in Miami, Florida. How about that!

    WMXXVIII Bear

    If you hadn't guessed from the shots earlier, the rest of the Wrestlemania XXVIII logo continues on his back side.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    We'll take a quick peek at the tags on this little guy since we're here. Obviously you see the same information on the front of the tag that we've see on the bear itself.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    Now the more interesting part is that while it is called a 'Collectible Bear' it is actually a limited edition item as well. It doesn't just have that word 'Collectible' thrown on it for no reason! My bear happens to be #582 out of 3,500, and I'm assuming they must have sold out because I didn't see any online at WWE Shop like some of the other items.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    Ok, so the fact that the company is named Forever Collectibles makes me really happy for some reason. Maybe that's a weird, sappy, girl thing.

    WMXXVIII Bear

    You know, I really like it when they tell me what my stuff is made out of. I think this is one of the first plush-type things I've come across personally that actually had it all flat out written for you. Pretty cool, WWE!

    WMXXVIII Bear

    As you can tell, this was the perfect souvenir for me to bring home from my trip, along with all the photos, and memories, of hanging out with some awesome friends. Even though they didn't get to come to Wrestlemania with us, I did get to hang out with Pedro and Kristina as well, so it was a big ol' happy Tomo-party! This was a trip I won't soon forget. See you again soon, friends!

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    Surprise her on Mother’s Day with Alsa Stretch Chrome Film … TaDa! Don;t stop at the mirror – chrome the entire car! Much easier to find in the parking lot! And who needs to wait for Zamak/Metallic or Ransburg CARS when you can wrap it in chrome sheets and heat shrink it! Even on sale this [...]

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    CLICK HERE For More BATMAN LIVE World Arena Tour Video!




    Check out this exclusive interview video with the BATMAN LIVE team, including Geoff Johns, Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment; Sam Heughan, who originated the role of Batman in BATMAN LIVE; Allan Heinberg, writer of BATMAN LIVE; and renowned comic book artist Jim Lee, Co-Publisher of DC Entertainment. 

    The show is doing their "South American Tour" right now with plans to be in Chile & Argentina in the next 2 months and then it will finally arrive in the United States. The 1st US show is in Anaheim, CA on September 5th, 2012.

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    DuneCraft is releasing new offerings to two of its edible lines, Sprout n’ Grow Greenhouses and Organic Veggies.  One of the company’s latest additions to the Sprout ‘n Grow line is Coffee.  When matured, each plant can produce up to one pound of coffee.  The new Mini Cantaloupes are four-inch fruits that have thin rinds [...]

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  • 04/20/12--09:33: Steel Bluebird Sprogs
  • Cris Rose has released his Steel Bluebird Sprogs (these might be my favorite color combo yet). This series will consist of 26 pieces, sold in blind format, for $65.00 each. The Steel Bluebird Sprogs come in 5 different models (Rollo (Postal bot), Rigel (Maintenance bot), Reason (Lab assistant bot), Rankin (Observation Drone MkIV), Rockford (Emergency/Crowd [...]

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    Hasbro Inc. is expected to report Monday that the disappointing Christmas season — which left retailers swamped with extra toys — pushed down its first-quarter profit.The nation's No. 2 toy maker plans ...

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    Hot Toys reveals their Captain America figure screenshot

    Hot Toys have sent us the next entry in their Avengers series of 1/6-scale figures, and no surprise, it's Captain America, who looks great with his vibranium shield in tow! As you can see, the head sculpt is looking as good as always thanks to the sculptwork of K.A. Kim and the paint work of JC Hong. It does look just like Chris Evans, no?

    As for accessories, you can also expect to get nine different interchangeable hands; helmeted and unhelmeted heads; a muscular body with more than 30 points of articulation; a full, movie-accurate costume; a metal-like electroplated shield along with a battle damaged alternate shield; an alien weapon accessory; and the stand with Captain America nameplate and movie logo.

    Captain America is set for a 3rd quarter 2012 release, with pre-orders at Sideshow Collectibles now for US$214.99. What do you think of this piece, and will any of you be preordering him?

    [Pre-order at Sideshow Collectibles]

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  • 04/20/12--10:13: Skirmisher Murmillo
  • Unlike the rest of the alien species that conform the Covenant in the Halo Universe, the Kig-yar (the species Jackals and Skirmishers belong to) are different in the sense that they didn't join the fight against Humanity because of their religious beliefs, but rather because they were at first bullied into the conflict and afterwards because they found it to be very profitable.



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