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    This week flew by in a mass of emotions. There were some low points, and then there was the super high one: I found a ticket to the sold out blog conference Alt Summit in January 2013! I’ve been dying to go, and missed the ticket buying frenzy earlier this summer by mere minutes. The [...]

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    Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to poe@poeghostal.com. Submitted by: ET Found on the pegs [...]

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    Win Foooz Pro Match Sets.

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    Tformers continues with our coverage from NYCC 2012. Just in are new official images of the Transformers Beast Hunters Cyberverse Commander Scale. Get the official looks at the Blukhead and Predaking Dragon toys in Robot and his alternate mode now. Stay tuned for news coming from NYCC 2012 today.

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    Tformers continues with our coverage from NYCC 2012. Just in are new official images of the Transformers Platinum Collection. Get the official looks at the Omega Supreme - Year of the Snake Energon mold with new hands and head and the Optimus Prime - Year of the Snake Energon toys in Robot and his alternate mode now. Stay tuned for news coming from NYCC 2012 today.

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    Tformers is reporting live from the Hasbro Transformers Panel on October 11th now at NYCC 2012. We have posted details as they came in from the panel. The report has been updated with many details and official images of the new Transformers Prime, Kreo-O and Generations action figures. Check out the full report now for more details, videos and images from the convention. Read the NYCC 2012 Report Now

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    Sure, it’s fun to play by the railroad tracks but sometimes you’re better off at home eating a bowl of cereal … Tweet This Post

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    Millennium Falcon Bottle Opener May Not Look Like Much, But She’s Got It Where It Counts

    It even has a magnet on the back so you can dock it right on your fridge. Get it from ThinkGeek for $20.



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    Let’s get one thing out of the way first: Prometheus is not a good movie. It’s a bloated, pretentious, incoherent mess of a film. However, I thought the aesthetic aspects of the movie were great, and that’s where this figure comes in. I had high hopes for Prometheus. I’ve been a fan of the Alien franchise since I [...]

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    The official site has been updated with images for the Transformers Classics ACE Asia Exclusive Seekers Figures Set. This one is a little lighter than the original promo image suggested with just three figures in the set including the mainstay Seekers Starscream, Thundercracker, and Skywarp that are described to have a metallic finish and specially designed packaging. These ACE set will be released on December 21, 2012 to selected Countries In Asia, excluding Japan. See the images now for all the details.

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    Over time, Steiff products have been described as authentic, realistic, high quality, friends for life, and other superlatives.  But how about "silly?"  Yes, just plain goofy.   The kind of thing that can't help but put you in a better mood, even if you are having a terrible day!  Take a look at these three treasures which couldn't possibly be designed for anything else but smiles!

    You can't help but have a ball when this pretty kitty's in the house.  Here we have Steiff's Ball Katze Sulla or Ball Cat Sulla.  Sulla's body is extremely rounded, that is why she is called a "ball cat." Sulla is 16 cm, sitting, and made primarily from dralon.  She has a jointed head, front facing limbs, and a squeaker. Her face is detailed with oversized green and black slit pupil eyes and a pink hand embroidered nose.  Her feet pads have been stenciled with black paw prints. Sulla was only produced in this size from 1960 through 1961; at the same time the company also produced a pug and rabbit model based on this playful ball design.  Overall, Sulla and her companions are relatively hard to find, especially in good condition—because they were designed to be used as playthings and stuffed with foam, which deteriorates over time. 

    And what makes Sulla so silly? First of all, check out her proportions; her head is almost as big as her body, giving her a rather adorable cartoonish look.  And second, well,  Steiffgal just needs to get this off of her chest. Check out Sulla's torso.  She's got a quarter-sized round patch of mohair right on her upper carriage, as do all of Steiff's ball animals.  Why?  Steiffgal thinks this gives Sulla a rather 1970's "disco" feel to her... even though she was made a decade before!

    Our next silly sweetheart has a leg up - or four - on the happiness scale.  Here we have Steiff's Lulac Esel or Lulac donkey.  This farm friend is 35 cm, unjointed, and made primarily from grey mohair.  His face is detailed with shiny black eyes, an open felt lined mouth, and pert ears highlighted with black around their edges.  His forehead and jowls are made from slightly longer, shaggier mohair, to give these areas a bit more definition. Esel has a grey felt tail that is finished with a tuft of long black mohair.  His pawpads are made from black felt, and his hooves are airbrushed in black.  Lulac is standing, sort of, as his limbs are super long and floppy.  Lulac Donkey was only produced in this size from 1960 through 1961.

    Many collectors are familiar with Steiff’s cartoonish “lulac” creatures—animals with exaggeratedly long limbs and torsos. The German verb “to laugh” is lachen, and the word for smile is Lächeln; suggesting that this style was designed to have a goofy appearance and to bring a smile to the face of the owner. The first lulac animal, a rabbit, appeared in 1952, and is still being produced in modified form today. A large menagerie of species have been produced in the lulac style over the years, including frogs, dogs, tigers, and cats.

    And what makes this donkey the laughing stock (in a good way!!!) of the barnyard?  Like Ball Sulla, his proportions are just plain silly.  His legs are so long that he could be the next great supermodel.  And, Steiffgal is certain that both Democrats and Republicans can agree he has a face and expression only a mother could love!  

    Please don't feel henpecked with this last example of Steiff's silliness.  Here we have Steiff's Floppy Huhn or Floppy hen.  This shut-eye sweetie is 17 cm, sitting, and unjointed.  She is made from tan mohair that has been gloriously hand airbrushed with a yellow and pink cast, and then highlighted with brown dots and lines to represent feathers.  Her wings and tail are stretched out towards the back of her body.  Her face is detailed with a red felt waddle and comb and a peach felt face and beak.  Her closed eyes are indicated by little black stitches.   Floppy hen was produced in 17 and 28 cm from 1958 through 1962.

    This hen is part of a long series of Steiff's beloved “sleeping” style animals produced in the 1950 through 1970 time frame.  These included a Zotty Teddy and panda bear, fox, Cocker Spaniel, Siamese cat, tabby cat, seal, and elephant, among others. They were all prone in position and referred to as “floppy” or “cosy” animals. Most were made in two standard sizes, 17 and 28 cm; all were stuffed with soft foam. Each animal “sleeping eyes” as a key part of their designs. All of these delightful bedtime companions were simplified versions of well-known Steiff animal designs - including this hen!

    No need to shake a tail feather to see the humor in this happy hen!  Perhaps the biggest question of all is WHY did the company make a sleeping hen at all... given dozing poultry isn't top of mind when it comes to children's bedtime companions!  And, hens don't actually sleep with their wings and tail feathers splayed outward, so her body position doesn't really make any realistic sense either.  But, it's safe to say that this fine feathered friend - who in reality is rarer than hen's teeth - rules the roost in her silliness.  

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion of Steiff's comical collectibles has put you in a jolly mood today!

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

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    More just in from NYCC 2012 is the Transformers Universe Official Trailer Debuts For MMO game being developed by Jagex. Get a look at the video show various game sequences featuring fan designed robot fighters now. t's time to pick a side! Will you be joining forces with the Autobots or the Decepticons in Transformers Universe?

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    set database: LEGO 8431 pneumatic crane truck


     image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of brickset
    set number: 8431
    set name: pneumatic crane truck
    theme: technic
    year: 2002
    pieces: 841
    price: us$85
    minifigs: none
    large technic set.
    re-released version of similar 8460 pneumatic crane truck by LEGO in 1995.
    re-released similar as 8438 pneumatic crane truck by LEGO in 2003.
    main model is a crane truck.
    can be built into a building alternative.
    building alternative included a truck with crane and bed.
    come with a pneumatic pump, 2 switch and 2 pneumatic cylinders.
    come with steerable 4 wheels, gear lowerable outrigger stabilizers and pneumatic powered raisable extendable crane arm.
    overall design is great.
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    Are you looking for a kids Advent calendar to help count down the days until Christmas in a fun way? LEGO Advent Calendars have been hot sellers so far this year. From the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar to this LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar. LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar Description Get Christmas off to aRead More

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    Wreck-It-Ralph toys are becoming more available on both Amazon.com and DisneyStore.com.  So far, there’s a pretty good line up of toys from the movie, set to release on November 2, 2012, which includes plush, talking dolls, action figures, smash hands and even scented plush dolls. Check out the current Wreck-It-Ralph toys. As more become available,Read More

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    This is submission #6 for our Halloween Costume Contest,which you can find out all about here. We are taking submissions until October 23rd. Don’t forget, the winner receives a$100 gift card from Amazon.com! Do you love Transformers as much as we do? It’s one of those movies (all of them) that we like to watch over andRead More

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    During the month of October, the online gallery Planet-Pulp presents The Tim Burton Show. ‘Jack & Sally‘ by Jerrod Maruyama is ridiculously cute! If they made toys out of this interpretation, I would totally get them. ‘Matchbook Jack‘ by Mike … Continue reading 

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