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    If you think girls need sleeping bags then you are correct. Not only do they make great gifts they are easy to transport for sleepovers and trips to grandmas house.  Sleeping bags are great present for girls who love to going to sleep overs. Girls who are ages 3 and up then they most likely [...]

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: weekend picks #69
  • This is the week that never was. We all careen into Christmas, then lurch through a blank week of no-school, semi-vacation, post-sugar-rush and post-christmas-letdown, smacking directly into New Year’s. Ooph. I’m still trying to dig out from the piles of wonderful things that we’ve accumulatd over the past week, how about you? It has me [...]

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    Fuller Designs has completed work on four more customs. As you can see below, the artist describes each one of these amazing pieces. Mumford (8” Dunny) This was a commission for a good friend of mine. It’s a bigger, dirtier version of the small three inch dunny from my Monsteria I series. It was fun [...]

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    Lady and the Tramp Diamond Edition is being released on February 7, 2012 and is now available for pre-order. This is such a classic Disney movie and definitely one to add to your movie collection. Synopsis: A classic love story unfolds in the best Disney tradition as a lovely young pedigreed cocker spaniel named Lady, who lives a pampered life,Read More

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    A version of this article was originally posted on my old website, Biggerboat, on 1/31/2007. I’ve often declared my life’s goal to make every day feel like Saturday morning. If there’s anything that makes me regret the linear direction of space-time and ache for the past as all mortals do, it’s that I can never [...]

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: Uglydoll iPhone Cases
  • If you ended up getting a shiny new iPhone for the holidays, you might just have a need for a case. The folks from Uglydolls and Uncommon have teamed up to release eight different Uglydoll iPhone Cases. You can choose from Babo's Cookies, Flying Ice-Bat, Ice-Bat, Uglydoll, Uglydoll Kaiju, Uglyverse, Wage and Wage is Real. [...]

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    It certainly bears repeating... there's nothing quite as wonderful, heartwarming, and delightful as Steiff's early, turn of last century Teddies.  For most collectors, just looking at one brings a big smile and a happy feeling that can last all day.  And Steiffgal promises it is no different in this case as well.  Take a look at this note from a reader who inquires about a precious Steiff family heirloom bear.  Matt from California writes...

    "Hello, 

    I would like to get some information on a family bear and what it may be worth. 

    The bear measures 12" tall, top of head to bottom of feet. The arms, legs and head still swivel. In terms of details, the stitching on the nose and paws is brown. He has four stitches on each paw. His button measures around 5mm or 6mm as far as I can tell.  His paw pads are in good condition, no staining, rips, or anything.

    There is a little fur missing from the top of the nose.  There looks like there is a hole or tear in a seam above the right foot at the ankle, measuring about 5mm x 2mm - possibly stitched back together at some point, I can't see it very well without digging at it, and I don't want to do that.  The left upper arm is a little deformed - it looks like it laid on its side for a long time and the arm is a little twisted below the shoulder. The stuffing is compacted in the limbs,  causing voids in the upper arms and the upper thigh. Other than that, everything else seems to be in good condition. 

    This bear was given to me by my great aunt and she wrote a note stating it's a 1907 Steiff Teddy Bear.  What do you think?

    Thanks for your help, 
    Matt"

    Wow, this is one terrific Ted!  What Matt has here is an excellent example of a turn of last century Steiff Teddybaer or Teddy Bear.  This bear is made from mohair, is five ways jointed, and is detailed with traditional early 20th century details, including black shoe button eyes and a prominent muzzle.  He has classic early Steiff proportions, including a torso which is twice as long as his head; slender arms that descend to his mid-thigh area; and a 1:5 foot length to height ratio.  Even though he has darkened a bit over time, it is clear that he was originally white, as Steiff used brown embroidery floss on white bears, and black embroidery floss on blond and brown bears.  This particular model was produced in blond, white, and brown mohair in 10, 15, 18, 22, 25, 30, 32, 35, 40, 46, 50, 60, 70, and 115 cm overall from 1905 through 1933.   

    It's very important to respect your elders, especially when it comes to Steiff!  So, just how old is this beautiful bruin?  This needs to be deduced from four main factors.  

    First, Matt's bear measures 12 inches (30 cm) standing and 8 inches (20 cm) sitting.  According to records, which are not always 100% to the date accurate, this size was manufactured from around 1909 through 1933.  


    Second, let's take a close look at his button, pictured above. It is Steiffgal's best extrapolation that it measures closer to 4mm; this size button was used on items from approximately 1908 though 1927.  

     

    Third, take a look at his "looks!" He is remarkably similar in appearance, size, and proportion to Steiffgal's "George", a early blank buttoned Steiff bear from 1905. "George" is pictured just above.


    Fourth, his "provenance." Matt's great aunt states this treasure is from 1907 - according to the note she left for him with the bear.  This documentation is pictured above.

    If you dovetail all of these clues together, it is Steiffgal's best "guesstimate" that Matt's bear was manufactured between 1908 and 1909.  

    If time is money, then what is the value of Matt's vintage mohair masterpiece?  As always, Steiffgal is not a formal appraiser and sincerely believes something is worth what someone will pay.  He does have some wear on his nose, a small seam rip on his leg, and stuffing separation and degradation. On the other side of the coin, he is a precious and classic century-plus white mohair Steiff bear and Steiffgal can't imagine any vintage enthusiast not wanting him for their collection - despite his restorable flaws!  That all being said, he probably values in the $1,800 to $2,250 range today.

     Steiffgal hopes this discussion concerning this adorable antique Steiff bear feels as good as a giant Teddy hug! 

    Have a question about one of your Steiff treasures? Let's talk! Click here to learn more.

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    Ring in the New Year on Crave G.I. Joe!

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    Not only does Sucklord still play with toys he’s a pro at it (well…kinda…sorta). Exhibit A: his Microsexuals web video series featuring extremely familiar ‘naut toys and choice voiceover. If you’re curious, EP 6 – The Pitch has just dropped. That’s not the real news though. Nope. Sucklord has also...


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    Buy Now Magic: the Gathering - Curse of Stalked Prey - Innistrad's price decreased by 99% from $0.99 to $0.01 at Amazon.com.Magic: the Gathering is a collectible card game created by Richard Garfield. In Magic, you play the role of a planeswalker who fights other planeswalkers for glory, knowledge, and conquest. Your deck of cards [...]

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    A new debate over nature, nurture, toys and sex from the Lego people and their peers.

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: Happy New Year 2012!

  • Photo of the final sunset of 2011. Its past midnight in Japan now on the 1st of January 2012.
    I hope that you achieved all the goals that you set for yourself in 2011. Are you pleased with how last year went? If you felt that you had a bad year then you actually had a good year - all the hardships that you experienced are all learnings to make you stronger - learnings that will help you reach your life goals.
    You are not going to learn anything if you continue to sail your boat over calm seas - rough seas is the path you must choose where you will learn how to tackle a storm and reinforce your boat.

    If you felt you had a good year then keep at it and make sure you stay on the ball - if you loose focus then you are either going to drop the ball or somebody is going to take it from you. Stay on the edge, stay active, stay strong, stay ahead of the game.
    Continue to learn, explore and always always think long term - thinking about the you of today means that you dont care about the you of tomorrow.

    There is not a single day that passes where I dont think about my life goals. Previously I would always say to myself "I dont know when I will get there but I'll get there eventually."
    Then one day a comrade said to me "eventually is not good enough - you need to figure out how to get there quicker."
    Since he said this, "getting there quicker" is a subject that has been constantly on my mind.

    Many humans go through life thinking about what goals they would like to reach but never engage themselves - one of the main reasons is that they have fallen into the Comfort Zone - they are content and dont feel an immediate need to head for their destination - again, these folks are not thinking about their future selves.

    If you are making new years resolutions then you only need to make one - which is "do not wait a whole year to make a resolution." if you have a goal, stop making excuses for yourself and just execute! Just do it!

    If you find yourself constantly making excuses to put off your goals then try the following. Go and look into the mirror and tell your reflection what your goal and excuse is. For example:-

    I want to learn Japanese but I've got no time.
    or

    I want to quit this job and try to make a living out of my hobby - but I'm afraid that it wont work out.
    How did it feel? You feel silly because you just discovered that the only person standing between you and your goals is yourself.

    But now that you know what stands between you and your goals, start doing something now - not tomorrow. Sometimes goals are so big that you dont know where to start - start anywhere by doing anything because nothing always leads to nothing - doing something always leads to something. And as you progress, make sure you constantly think about how to get there quicker.


    Anyway, I could probably babble on for quite a bit but better let you get back to your new year celebrations ^^;
    Thanks for your constant support and have a good one! Happy new year!


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    If the consists of your current high quality associated with lifetime, perspective will be everything! Actually, additionally it is described that will anything you contemplate more than likely essentially the most, an individual frequently provide your current lifetime, regardless of whether by alternative or circumstances. Perhaps you’ve got recognized a person who stood a awful [...]

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: Happy New Years From TNI
  • Happy New Years From TNI

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    While there have been plenty of PVC statues released this year, it wasn't so hard to determine which one was hands down the coolest. Leading up to the fourth quarter we thought it was the race between two statues, but Yamato USA's Fantasy Figure Gallery Ritual PVC Figure, which we thought we'd see early, won't be shipping for another couple of weeks, leaving us only one choice.

    Thing is, even if it did ship in time for this years' review, it may not have been able to take our attention away from Kotobukiya's incredible Wonder Woman DC Comics Bishoujo statue, which is both iconic and true to the character. Generally we love what Koto does with their Bishoujo statues, but this one stands in front of all others.

    Going into 2012, we'll see the Bishoujo collection spread its wings and cross into many new licensed like Tekken and Star Wars, and we are excited to see where they will go from their. Now if we could only convince them to upscale the line's best offerings to create 1/6 or 1/4 scale versions of these statues.

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: Be sure to look natural
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    Bigjigs Toys will exhibit its award-winning wooden railway line, toy trains, dollhouses and playsets.Grantsville, MD (PRWEB) December 31, 2011 Bigjigs Toys will be exhibiting at the 2012 American International Toy Fair in New York City. Appointments can be made now through the beginning of the show. Bigjigs Toys will be in booth 6443 in the specialty toy aisle at the Javits Center. Press samples ...

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    Five Musical Acts, Entertainers, Fireworks and More! (Carlsbad, Calif. – Dec. 31, 2011) – The New Year’s Eve festivities kicked-off early at LEGOLAND® California Resort with a party that let kids celebrate the ringing in of 2012 without missing their bedtime. Kids’ New Year’s Eve is a special annual celebration that provides kids and their [...]

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    A start to a brand new year, and a start for this weblog - and folks can click on the image above to see Submission Tips on getting your works being considered to be featured here for all to read! Note that all emails, info and images are to be directed to toysreviler [at] gmail.com. Appreciate your help for these, thanks folks!



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