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  • 10/17/12--22:41: Name That…Mechanical Thing
  • It’s more machine that it is action figure.

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    FREEing makes you suffer with Kanade from Mayo Chiki screenshot

    Well, this is unexpected. I didn't think we would be seeing any new figures from Mayo Chiki! but FREEing has surprised me with a new figure of the sadistic Kanade Suzutsuki. Unfortunately this surprise is on par with having a bird unknowingly making you a target for its poop.

    The 1/8-scale figure of Kanade is, uh... is... it just looks awful. There's just no way around it. But what do you expect from FREEing? The face is very flat looking lacking any real definition. The sculpt of the outfit looks bulky and clunky around the edges. But I guess that's not what I'm suppose to be focusing my attention on since Kanade is teasing you with the lifting of her dress. Lifted just enough to give you a peak. That I should be looking at how her blouse is split open to reveal her breasts. I guess I should be distracted by these to ignore every other aspect of this figure that makes it bad. Yes, FREEing, you have me looking. Looking at better figures that's not produced by you.

    It also looks like Subaru will be coming out to join Kanade and showing off a little more skin on the top. She is also bringing the same looking quality. This continues my disappointment for a decent figure of her because I really do think she's cute (it's the suit) from what I watched.

    If the quality of FREEing doesn't bother you and you like to be teased, the 1/8-scale Kanade is retailing for more than it should (¥8,381) and will be available in March, 2013.

    ...still, what a load of surprise poop.

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

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    When my sister came to visit one of our objectives was to learn as much as we could about needle felting and working with roving.

    I had bought two mini roving kits from Dimensions. One Dimensions Needlecrafts Needle Felted Character Kit, Snowman for making a snowman (shown above) and Dimensions Needlecrafts Needle Felted Character Kit, Penguin for making a penguin (also shown above) that I thought would be a good introduction into working with the fiber so we started there.

    We just wanted to get the feel of the fiber and how easy or hard it would be to work with before we embarked on our free style hand creations and working with the molds we had bought. I took the snowman and my sister took the penguin.

    The snowman was a no felting mold necessary kit that came with the wool roving (white, black, orange, and blue), felting needle, felting mat, embroidery needle, thread and step-by-step instructions.  It called for twigs for arms which were not included.

    The instructions were easy to follow and warned that the single felting needle was sharp, which it certainly was as evidenced by the two photo's below where it actually drew blood on my finger.  This is definitely not a kit or craft for small children.  The needles are just to sharp and when you prick yourself it really hurts.

    Basically, the idea was to form three felted balls for the snowman and felt the three balls together.  To felt the balls you rolled the white roving into a small ball using the guide they provided for their size and kept inserting the single felting needle into the ball until it was firm, round and the size required.  This is accomplished by holding the roving in your fingers and inserting the single felting needle into the roving while trying not to prick yourself or inserting the roving into the felting while rolling the ball on the enclosed foam board.  Again, the objective is to not prick your fingers which is easier said than done.

    To felt the balls together you keep inserting the single felting needle through the top ball into the ball below it until the roving is felted together and will not pull apart. It's quite amazing how strong the roving gets and how well weaved it is when you've done this.

    The next step was to form the orange carrot nose using the roving provided and trying not to prick yourself. I ended up creating several noses before I got one small enough to fit my snowman's head. Then you position the nose on the face and using the single felting needle gently felt the nose into the white roving of the head.

    After this they wanted you to thread the needle and embroidery floss to create the snowman's eyes and mouth. I opted instead to roll tiny balls of the black roving and then gently needle felt them into the head for his eyes and mouth. I thought this would look better than the thread.

    Next they wanted you to roll the black felt between your fingers to create two tiny buttons for his chest and then needle felt them into the middle ball. I created three black balls for this and needle felted two into the middle ball for his chest and one in the center of the bottom ball.

    The blue ear muffs came next. Again, you rolled the blue roving into a small ball the size shown on the snowman pattern and needle felted them until they were firm. I pricked my fingers several times doing this.

    Once they were firm the instructions were to needle felt them into the sides of the head for the ear muffs.

    Following this the instructions called for using the enclosed embroidery floss to create the ear muffs band.  I opted instead to roll and needle felt the blue roving until I got a flat band that was long enough for the band. Then I gently needle felted the ends of the band into the top sides of the ear muffs that I had already felted onto his head.

    The pattern suggested using twigs for the arms and gluing them to the sides for arms. I opted to use small cinnamon sticks for my snowman's arms and glued them into the sides for arms.

    I was pleased with how my needle felted snowman came out.  It didn't look exactly like the Dimensions picture, but it looked good none the less and I was happy with it.

    Both my sister and I felt that the two Dimensions kits were a good introduction into needle felting, getting used to using the needle, and working with roving. Everything came with the kit so there was no need to buy anything else just to give needle felting a try.

    As mentioned, my sister needle felted the penguin from the Dimensions Needlecrafts Needle Felted Character Kit, Penguin (also shown above) so she'll have to blog about her experience with that.

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    WAYNE, N.J., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Toys"R"Us ® today announced that it will continue its free layaway program through December 16, the result of significant positive response by consumers. ...

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    Fox Hunter's custom Metal Gear Rex is amazing screenshot

    And with that subtitle, I probably got Tomopop on to Homeland Security's surveillance program. You know what, though? Worth it. What you're looking at is a custom model by Fox Hunter, made using styrene sheets, LEDs, and concentrated awesome. The thing has an articulated cockpit, which is good news for the pilot as he'll be able to open it up and see once his sensor dome has been knocked out. Wait, that doesn't sound like a good plan.

    I strongly encourage you to check out Fox Hunter's Facebook page for many more photos of this spectacular construction.

    [via TOYSREVIL]

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    Under the Radar: Big Chief teases the Tenth Doctor screenshot

    So Big Chief Studios has already revealed their Eleventh Doctor 1/6-scale figure. Where do they go next? Why, back to the previous regeneration, if this teaser from their Facebook page is any indication! Posted very quietly a few weeks ago, it shows the Tenth Doctor's trademark sneakers, 3-D glasses and water pistol. The work on the sneakers actually looks really good, especially the texturing around the rubber toe of the shoes and on the laces.

    Oh, and just to possibly confirm the news, there's a second photo from an event earlier in September showing both the Tenth and Fourth Doctor on display, along with what appears to the Tenth Doctor's box and a Weeping Angel figure.

    No word on when to expect photos or more info on the Tenth Doctor, but hopefully soon. I just hope it turns out to be a great sculpt!

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    Stay up to date with the Consumer Nation blog. It's the kind of heartwarming story folks like to hear during the holidays: a generous soul shows up at a store, and offers to secretly pay off the balance on a stranger's layaway order, just in time for Christmas.

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    Some of the holiday season's hottest toys are already flying off shelves, since retailers like Wal-Mart, Kmart and Toys R Us pushed up their layaway plans earlier this year.

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    Costco has a nice Disneyland/California Adventures pre-paid card deal … $259 plus a “rebate” of $50 dollars as a Costco check card – in effect $209 for a 4-day park hopper pass. Good until February 28, 2013. (it takes me about 2-minutes to spend $50 at Costco). Surprise, California Adventures is getting an extra 22,000 [...]

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    MISS MAO is now revealed to be 10" tall, and the first prototype to be in red, featuring design from Gao Brothers, and is produced by Mighty Jaxx x FLABSLAB. No date of drop is determined at this time of post. Check out my previous feature, showcasing the bust with busts in vinyl ;)

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    Remember Cris Rose's "Reclaimation Drones"? The last we saw they were in unpainted white, and now check out what to expect from when they drop at on Friday October 19th @ Noon PST - where they will be made available blind boxed at US$80 per pull, limited to just 10 x Androids. 2 x Reclamation Drone “overseer” Silver 3 x Reclamation Drone “overseer” Black 4 x Reclamation Drone “

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    Tamashii Nations 2012 to debut Magi figures next week screenshot

    Are you watching A-1 Pictures and Aniplex's new title, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic? It's being touted as this season's big shonen action series getting some pretty good early reviews for the first episodes. Bandai can certainly spot a winner and is planning to debut their first figures at Tamashii Nations 2012 in one week on October 25! While they aren't giving too much info on just what will be shown for Magi specifically, aside from silhouettes of Aladdin, Alibaba, and Sinbad (what, no Morgiana?), we do know they'll be premiering five new figures from the Figuarts Zero line, 2 new Chibi-Arts figures, and 6 new Half Age Characters figures! Are they all Magi figures? Probably, but we'll know for sure soon enough!

    You can bet we'll be doing full coverage of Tamashii Nations 2012 next week so be sure to stick with us for the latest news from Bandai!

    [via Tamashii Web]

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    set database: LEGO 8465 extreme offroader

    image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of lugnet

    image courtesy of brickset
    set number: 8465
    theme: technic
    year: 2001
    pieces: 363
    price: us$40
    minifigs: none
    medium technic set.
    main model is an extreme offroader.
    can be built into a building alternative.
    building alternative included a buggy.
    come with a changeable front and rear winch, steerable front wheels and working suspensions.
    overall design is good.
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    Being a crafter and doll maker I'm fortunate now that my sister sells fiber (especially roving) from the alpacas on her Rock Garden Alpacas Farm. It's wonderful for my dolls hair, woodland dolls beards and mustaches and Santa's beards, hair and mustaches.

    Last year she gave me several bags of her alpaca roving (shown below) as well as the raw fiber from two of her alpacas (shown in the two pictures above).

    This year she gave me three huge piles of unbelievable roving from her alpacas. White, brown, and dark brown (shown in the three pictures below):

    Last week I bought the following roving colors from Colonial Crafts.

    So, what do you think I'm going to do with all this roving?  Hmmmm......

    I have a few things in mind.  What would you do with it?

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

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    In addition to the new vinyl release blogged about earlier in the day, Nathan Hamill sends word that he will have a new print for sale at the launch at Toy Art Gallery, with the above 11" x 14" print of "Sire & Strife" priced at US$30 and in a limited edition of 20pcs. And as well to note for folks heading off to TAG for the launch, you will also be met with 3 new colorways of the XXL

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    Pre-order Koto's swimsuit Kuroneko to fill in the ○○ screenshot

    Last week at the Kotobukiya Hobby Exhibition in Akihabara, the company revealed completely their swimwear Kuroneko as a follow up to the 1/7-scale Kirino ○○ na wake ga nai Ver. figure. For those eagerly awaiting, she is now available for pre-order.

    The 1/7-scale Kuroneko ○○ na wake ga nai Ver. features Kuroneko undressing into her already on swimwear. I don't blame Kuroneko for blushing in such an outfit. It's rather tiny on her already little figure. Granted, it's not as bad as the way Kirino is busting out of hers. I do like the motion that is conveyed from this figure. The hair looks okay but I've never been a fan of the straight cut. Makes me think I'm looking at fettuccine pasta when I see it on figures. The collarbone detail is a nice touch and despite the tiny mouth, it shows to have depth to it rather than just being poorly drawn on.

    It's a nice figure. Not one I would own but a nice one for OreImo fans for sure. Look for Kotobukiya's Kuroneko ○○ na wake ga nai Ver. figure to come out in March, 2013 for the decent retail price of ¥6,800. Will you be fine with Kuroneko alone or do you see yourself now desiring Kirino to be paired up with her?

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

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    MONSTER MANIACS WEREWOLF by toyboytycoon

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    Rich Page has apparently made his way back across the pond from New York Comic Con 2012. And he brought some of the items that didn't sell at NYCC (how could these amazing toys not sell out). You can head on over to the above link (someone could grab me a Hugo Shortpants for my [...]

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