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    Nanny state bureaucrats at it again. If it’s not banning foie gras, not allowing kids to ride alligators, now they recommend that you don’t castrate sheep with your teeth … what will they take away next?! Via the WSJ. Don’t forget to read the comments – most interesting. Photo via 4HP Blogspot. You can also [...]

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    Super Lily Kamen returns for round two... sort of. screenshot

    When I first saw this figure, it looked really familiar. I knew I had to have seen it somewhere, but I couldn't find any coverage of it. Yet, such a ridiculous looking character is pretty hard to forget, don't you think? After some poking around, I found out that indeed, Plus X did release an earlier version of this figure, but without the logo on her apron.

    Somehow, this apparently sold well enough to warrant a second release with minor changes, making her "Super" Lily Kamen instead of just... Lily Kamen. I will admit that as ridiculous as it is, I am somewhat of a fan of Seikon no Qwaser, as the fights are usually actually fairly interesting, even if the premise and art design is more than a little over the top.

    However, even I find it hard to find anything appealing about this. Even though she's castoffable for those of you even pervier than I am, with the outfit on she just looks so frumpy it's downright unattractive. Nevertheless, pre-orders are open now, and with such minuscule changes from the original she'll be available in January.

    [Pre-order at Hobby Search | AmiAmi

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    In pondering what kind of Christmas gifts I wanted to give this year I once again settled on some cross-stitch. Surprise! Surprise!  I definitely wanted much smaller projects than the two massive counted cross-stitch pictures I had completed in the past year as time was of the essence.

    The massive cross-stitch pictures I had completed took hundreds of hours to complete and I couldn't spend a lot of time on any one gift so I settled on several smaller cross-stitch projects. I really didn't want anything bigger than a 6 x 6 type picture or project. Something that might take 15 to 20 hours or so.

    As usual, I found several kits I liked. So, I bought a few. Actually, given my nature I bought quite a few. You know me - I can never do anything in moderation. Plus, with Christmas gifts I never really know if I'm going to give a particular cross-stitch to someone until it's completed. I needed a few to choose from - or so I told hubby!

    This time I bought a few traditional counted cross-stitch kits and a few patterns that utilized perforated paper.

    If your remember, the 1st counted cross-stitch perforated paper pattern that I had tried was a Spirit of Quilting Angel Ornament from Brooke's Books Publishing. It was an angel counted cross-stitch ornament design by Brooke Nolan. As I was going to be giving these as Christmas gifts I was glad I had already learned a few tricks to working with perforated paper from my previous project.

    The first perforated paper counted cross-stitch kit I chose to work on was "Arctic Circles Santa Cross-Stitch Kit #MH20-9303 Nunavut Santa From Mill Hill."

    The pattern and kit came with DMC floss, antique brown perforated paper, beads, needles, and a chart with instructions. The Nunavut Santa was to be a 3.75"w x 4.75"h ornament when completed. The pattern suggested finishing the back of the ornament with craft paper or felt - both of which would be glued to the back. Instead of creating this as an ornament I wanted to create a small picture that I could insert into a 5" x 7" frame when completed.

    Given my previous experience with perforated paper I knew that you couldn't put it into an embroidery hoop or square frame. The paper was stiff but, not stiff enough to be working on and holding at the same time. In other words, you couldn't just hold it in your hand and cross-stitch at the same time.

    The last time I had worked with perforated paper my darling husband had come up with a wonderful solution and had built me a rectangular wood frame jig that I could tape the edges of my perforated paper to. It was a rectangular embroidery hoop of sorts, but without bending the paper. He made it out of 1/2" x 1" pine wood strips. It also has an adjustable center strip that I could use for the smaller counted cross-strip projects I would be doing using perforated paper. It was perfectly suited for this kit.

    My past experience with cross-stitch and perforated paper had taught me that it can tear so you have to be careful with it. Especially when threading the ends of the thread or in the size of the needle you are using. So, before I began I covered the back of the perforated paper with masking tape

    Also, based upon my previous experience with perforated paper I decided that I also needed to draw diagonal lines across each corner to get the center point of the perforated paper.

    The pattern came with a black and white cross-stitch chart and black and white color code chart with symbols for the floss and beads. I had no problem reading and following the different black and white symbols.

    While the end results of this design were wonderful some things in the kit and in the instructions could be improved upon. I'd like to offer the following constructive suggestions:

    The cross-stitch chart was in black and white as was the floss color code and symbol key. Both were easy to read and very clear. While I had no problem with the chart and keys I did have a problem with the way the DMC floss was presented. All of the floss was tied together in one big knot so you had to separate the floss pieces yourself, sort them, and try to interpret which color belonged to which floss # and symbol key on the color chart. If you only have a few colors to deal with this isn't a problem. However, if you have several different colors of say gray to choose from that are close in color then interpreting the chart can be tricky. You may assign the wrong color to the wrong symbol if the colors are too closely aligned.

    The beads were all combined in a bag so you had to sort the beads and then determine which beads belonged to which symbol. This is fine if the beads are easily distinguishable from one another. When there are several colored beads similar in nature trying to decide which is which can be very annoying. They should have put the beads in separate bags and marked them with their respective color number and symbol.

    As I have done with other cross-stitch kits I've completed I had to design my own thread color sorter and symbol key. I took a piece of thin cardboard and cut a 1" x 9" long rectangular piece out to use as a thread sorter. I then punched holes in my cardboard strip in which to tie each of the different colors. Just above the hole I wrote the DMC floss # and just below the hole I added the respective cross-stitch symbol. I then inserted the floss threads that went with that # and symbol through the hole and tied them in a loose knot. This kit could be much improved if a thread sorter with respective #'s and symbols was provided.

    I love using beads in cross-stitch designs as I think they really enhance the designs, as was the case with this kit. However, I had a tough time trying to thread the really tiny needle that came in this kit for beading purposes. I know the head of the needle has to fit through the tiny bead openings, but these needles were really, really difficult to thread and trying to do so was not only frustrating, but time consuming. Plus, these tiny needles tend to easily pierce your skin so using them was not only a challenge, but downright painful at times.

    The pattern called for certain areas of the perforated paper to be left untouched as the background like the picture shown below:

    I do not like any of the perforated paper sections to remain untouched as I think it takes away from the beauty of the creation so I opted instead to cross-stitch all the untouched areas with a non-obtrusive background color. My completed Santa came out as follows:

    It took me 14 1/2 hours (excluding the framing) to complete the Santa. That was a far cry from 250+ hours and 315+ hours of my previous two massive cross-stitch projects.

    I had decided that I wanted to enclose my Santa in a 5" x 7" frame with a double layered mat and background paper. I could not use a foam board as it was too deep for my frame despite the double thickness of the mat. I covered the back of the Santa with another layer of wide masking tape to secure all the threads and then cut it out of the perforated paper. I then glued the back of the Santa to my background paper and inserted it into my frame.

    I was pleased with the way my Santa came out and even happier when I gave it to my brother. He absolutely loved it. The smile on his face was all I needed to see.

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    Predator & AVP Series - 1/4th & 1/6th scale collectible figures coming soon in 2012 from Hot Toys

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    Looks like Bwana Spoons has created a new Boris sculpt for his turn as a Jelly Factory resin edition. The new Boris resembles his vinyl self, though he’s bulked up, quite a bit. We’re looking forward to seeing the Borris in full Jelly Goodness.

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    First off, let it be said that Mattel makes some very cool action figures. There is no question about it, the toys rock. Unfortunately, that's the only positive thing we have to say about the world's biggest toy company as it stands right now. With all the emails we get complaining about the practices of, the rock star attitude collectors have to endure when visiting the Mattel booth at the summer conventions, and the constant comments at the product panels about giving all your hard earned money to Matty or else, its a wonder some people haven't been fired, or at very least removed from being the public representation of the company. The people who sign cheques really should be paying closer attention to the people acting as the public face of Mattel. The people who come to say hi are not only your customers, but they are fans of your products, and they deserve your respect. You have a job because of them, not in spite of them.

    Moving past the atrocious face to face troubles, equally puzzling is the online interaction. should be the flagship for modern toy collecting, but they don't seem to want to learn from the companies that have been doing online sales for years. There doesn't seem to be an interest in improving the customer service, and we use that term loosely. With the economy being what it is, should be bending over backwards to make the online buying experience as simple as possible, but instead collectors have to deal with the almighty, and all far to frequent, White Screen Of Death. The fact that collectors have a term for it should be the first sign that there is a problem, but it seems to the collecting community that Matty would rather point fingers and say it isn't 'his' fault than actually resolve the problem. Other online stores have had server problems in the past, and have figured out how to fix the problem, and now in 2011, it seems that only has been unable to figure it out. That's appalling considering the fact that Mattel is the biggest toy company in the world. That's a fact you should never forget when the site's customer service lacks. This isn't a small business trying to make it in these tumultuous times, it is a major corporation, and it is hard to believe that they really can't figure out how to keep their online store up when it's big sales time... or even worse, figure out how to combine orders to save their customers the highly inflated shipping rates.

    Will we see things improve in 2012? That's hard to say. We'd really like to see Mattel put the customers first, but we wouldn't be surprised if business remains the same at After all, there has to be a reason why they created an impersonal mascot that looks like a total asshole and don't sign their own names to the many negative statements they publish on their site or through Facebook. Then again, so long as everyone buys from them directly, they have no reason to change, do they? So take this tip with you in 2012: The figures are all available online through sites like Big Bad Toy Store for pretty much the same price. Matter of fact, the only real difference is when pre-ordering the figures elsewhere is in the absence of the anxiety you feel when trying to buy your action figures.

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    There have been plenty of great domestically released action figures available at retail this year, but none was more original than the Zombie Lurker from the first wave of McFarlane Toys' The Walking Dead comic book series. In fact, this figure reminds us how groundbreaking McFarlane Toys was when they took the action figure aisle over by Sheer Force in the 90's. Make no mistake, what we have these days can be traced back to their original offerings.

    For the last few years, McFarlane Toys seemed to have the passion of a neutered cat, but if the Zombie Lurker is the template for what they have in store for us in 2012, we only hope their offerings are once more seen as a challenge to the other companies competing for shelf space at your local department store, and once again McFarlane Toys brings forth a new revolution in action figure design!

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    There is no doubt that True Believers were treated to some of best Marvel offerings ever released. From the 1/6 scale movie figures from Hot Toys, the ongoing statue collection from Sideshow Collectibles, Gentle Giant's initial offerings, or Kotobukiya's unique take on all things Marvel, we have seen more awesome choices than ever, but who thought we'd see a Rocket Racoon figure? How about a Power Man & Iron Fist two pack? Or an appropriately scaled Cable with baby Hope? If that isn't enough to float your boat, how about a Frost Giant that lives up to its name or a massive Sentinel?

    There is a reason that people stopped moaning about the Marvel Legends hiatus, and that reason is Hasbro's incredibly diverse 3 3/4" Marvel Universe line. And with what we know of for next year's assortment (PUCK!), they aren't slowing down. Of course, now that all the moaning about Legends has died down, 2012 will also be the year the larger line comes back. Be interesting to see which way collectors go.

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    2011 was a tough year, at the very least for me. A year spent in recovery from Stroke. A year attempting to get back into the blogging-groove of yesterdays and beyond, and hopefully surpassing my own expectations. A year proving to myself that I am more than the sum of a life-altering condition that had me paralyzed on the right-side of my body and had forever changed my life since. I had a lot

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    set database: LEGO 5929 LEGO® knight and castle building set

    set number: 5929
    set name: LEGO® knight and castle building set
    theme: creator, creator building set, castle
    year: 2011
    pieces: 144
    prices: us$10
    minifigs: 1

    nice small creator set with minifig.
    come with basic bricks and specialty bricks.

    can be built into small castle building, medieval creatures and vehicle.
    minifig included a knight minifig.
    great playability.
    overall design is good.
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    Energy flagging from the family Christmas festivities, I trudged upstairs to complete and send today's column to the Avalanche-Journal about a week later than usual for reasons I didn't quite understand. Now I know.

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    The Hub's Cobra-Palooza Megatron-A-Thon New Years Day

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: Thank You!
  • I really wanted to take a minute at the end of the year and say thanks to all of the great folks that have made this a great year for TV & Film Toys.  Honestly, I’ve had more fun this year than any other since I started the site. And to start off, I can’t [...]

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  • 12/31/11--23:16: CrappyCat Teaser
  • TVM has posted up this teaser image of what appears to be some expanding of the CrappyCat line. It looks like this one uses the Flunk Monkey platform. Could it be a part of a CrappyCat Series 2? I guess we should find out in the near future.

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    A cable tester is a vital a part of any cable installation company’s arsenal. Most customers today need you to send certified test results for grants for college students as soon as the job is done. There are many reasons to purchase a cable tester for the company. We will visit those later inside the [...]

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    There is a lot of glorious eye candy in the form of repainted dolls being posted today on Prego. Here are a few just from the first page.
    First up by Nigel Chia:
    Freeze Frame Avantguard and Spring Kissed respectively. Amazing, right?

    Next, a Monster High repaint/redress by Freddy Tan:
    Do you see her nails?

    By Laurie Lenz:
    "Always Playing Solitaire" Ellowyne Repaint.

    By France Briere:
    Silkstone Barbie.

    From (the amazing) James in Florida:
    Repainted Sybarite Geometry.

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  • 01/03/12--07:53: Kitchen Play Sets
  • Toy kitchens and play kitchen sets make perfect gifts. All Child’s Play online children’s toy store at carries a full line of wooden toy kitchen, kidkraft kitchens, play kitchens and play pretend food. Best prices and speed of delivery on all children’s toys. Some recent wooden toy kitchen set auctions on eBay:

    The Original Post is Located Here: Kitchen Play Sets

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  • 01/03/12--07:53: Chess – With Super Heroes
  • Someone once asked me to explain HeroClix.  After some practice, I have come up with this. “Its like Chess with Super-Heroes, except that if you want to play with 4 knights and no bishops, that is not only OK, it is encouraged and expected.”  At this point, I should add that you can also use [...]

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    There are new Monster High Dolls in town! The new collection is called Monster High Sweet 1600 in honor of Draculaura turning 1600. Check out the new dolls below. Monster High Sweet 1600 Draculaura Doll Draculaura is turning 1600 and is throwing the party of the millennium. All the ghoul kids will be there inRead More

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    Here's a pretty cool fan-made video where they synced the audio of the new DARK KNIGHT RISES full-length movie trailer with the visuals Disney's animated movie, THE LION KING. The editing is pretty decent, very well done! ( Thanks John )

    CLICK HERE For More Batman The Dark Knight Rises Funny Parody Humor Video!

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