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    Transformers fans have been feeling the pinch of raising prices for some time now with the cost of most Transformers toys going up at least 50% in the last 5 years. Sadly, we have some news from our site sponsor RobotKingdom that Hasbro have raised prices again without notice on new Transformers Fall of Cybertron toys. Its not known if if this will impact all the Tranformers toys lines such as Prime and Generations as well. Read the message from RobotKingdom's page below.

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    Tomopop's Big Bad DesignerCon 2012 Roundup (Part 2) screenshot

    Part 1 of our Big Bad DesignerCon 2012 Roundup had a lot in it, sure ... but it barely scratched the surface. We're on to Part 2, and this time, we've got some more familiar names for designer toy fans. Kuso Vinyl, Evilos, Toy Art Gallery, Munky King, Scott Tolleson and more highlight the list, but there's some nice surprises from names you might not know as much about.

    Hit the jump to see what more attendees and vendors will have on hand at DCon!

    Toy Art Gallery

    Toy Art Gallery's booth this year, #400, is host to a multitude of exclusives. These include the black edition of Nathan Hamill's Strife and Sire; Metallic Rainbow Uamous from Uamou; Deathshead White Edition by David Flores; 4-inch MyGuys by Meredith Dittmar; Pokken Kaiser and Luftkaiser editions by Paul Kaiju; Waodog one-offs from Waotoyz; an exclusive or two from Galaxy People; and more.

    There's also three planned signings: Davis Flores from noon to 12:30 p.m.; Nathan Hamill from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and Paul Kaiju from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Finally, visitors will get a peek at the TAG Lifesize Figure Series.

    Munky King

    The big news from Munky King for DesignerCon is the release of Luke Chueh's Target (US$100, 1000 pieces in colorway total), which comes with a removable brush accessory and walls that will interlock with the other colorways to let you create a shooting gallery-like display in the future. Luke will be signing at the booth, #217, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


    Scott Tolleson

    If you pop by booth #708, you might find yourself in the middle of an army of brand new Deadbeets! The second run of Scott's sofubi carrot monster will be at the show (US$60, 25 pieces) and not only is it cast with translucent orange glitter vinyl (that's a mouthful), but it apparently glows in the dark. Sounds like some serious qizardry may be involved there ...

    If you're a fan of the Designer Toy Award-winning Nosellots plush line, then you'll want to know that Jedidiah McDoogle, the last of the gang to debut, will be making an appearance at DesignerCon. There will also apparently be a special "D-Con Deal" on the Nosellots line.

    Scott's also releasing the artist proofs of his Mr. Pinkerton Mini Qee, with five pieces of each of the four colorways available for US$50. These will be signed and it sounds as if the first 20 purchases come with a limited edition print.

    Squid Kids Ink

    Squid Kids Ink is hunkering down in Booth #600, and their exclusive is the little guy you see above: a golden DesignerCon 2012 Mini 10-Doh! figure! Nate from Squid Kids Ink actually designed the back cover of the program for the event, and the Mini 10-Doh! features the old version of Vincent because ... well, Nate said he couldn't get the new DCon logo design for this year to fit on the label. Still, it's a nice little figure and another chance to pick up an event-exclusive golden 10-Doh! for those of you who collect these little fellows. 

    Vaud Villain Studios

    Along with bringing Bi-Polar Molar, Vaud Villain Studios will have the Mostly Mono Modern Martians at booth #828. The first in the Mostly Mono Martians series, these are a series of custom Munnys painted in a single color; this variant happens to be blue, with some yellow and red accents. The five-eyed little fellow is also wearing a little hat and dressed in the most modern of fashion. He comes inside a hand-painted box with an illustration showing the Martian and his fancy little Hover Vespa. You know he has to have one being modern and all.

    Nick of Vaud Villain has also sent us teasers of a second Martian he just finished up, the Mostly Mono Madness Martian. No, it's not Randy Savage-themed, sadly, but it does come in green with pink and purple accents. He's got the words "1STP BYND" tattooed on his knuckles, a motto that he tends to live by on the big red planet.

    Kuso Vinyl

    Kuso Vinyl will be setting up shop in booth #330, and in addition to Ponburger, they'll have a few other things. One is a chance for the West Coast folk to get their hands on the Chester Runcorn Gin and Tonic edition from NYCC (US$150, 150 pieces in total between both events). Also at the booth will be four custom Celsius and Fahrenheit figures from James Fuller (a.k.a. Fuller Designs), who's turned Rotobox's gunslinging hero and villain into Punisher, a Celsius Spawn, Wolverine and Gunslinger. The customs will be on display at the booth.


    Those of you who are Vinylmation fans (yes, that's you, Kristina) probably already know who the heck Evilos is. For the rest of us, he's the artist who does some nifty Vinylmation customs and is taking up residence this weekend in booth #428. For DesignerCon, Evilos is bringing along an Alien Vinylmation pin (limited to 100 pieces) and some custom Vinylmation figures. Among those are the Mickey in Carbonite (20 pieces), which features some nice detailing on the surface, and the Jedi Mickey Vinylmation customs. Quite fitting given the news this week, don't you think?

    Galaxy Monkey

    The duo known as Galaxy Monkey have taken over booth #325, and they'll be bringing along a DesignerCon exclusive colorway of their first sofubi figure, Monkeynaut (US$65, 20 pieces). Monkeys in spacesuits? I'm pretty sure that idea always works for a figure, especially if Tim Tsui's work taught me anything. They'll also have limited numbers of GID and solid black DIY variants on sale for US$50 each and some customs at the booth.

    [So ends Part 2, but stay tuned: Part 3 is on the way and it's got some big hitters in it!]

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    Our local Kmart is finally closing … while this may not have been the actual photo of the front of my store, it did pretty much look exactly like this … I’m actually surprised it hung on for this long … I took this photo of a typical shopping day at KMart (when it’s not [...]

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    Tomopop Review: Transformers Heroic Duo Custom Kit screenshot

    When it comes to Transformers, there are times when fans want the figure released to be as accurate as possible to how they either appeared from Generation 1, the cartoon, or comics. Unfortunately, they don’t get what they always want. There will be something missing like a repaint not updating the head mold to match the other character it is representing, key accessories that have been associated with the character not included, or certain logos changed due to copyright. Luckily with the growth of third-party producers, the desires of the fans are being fulfilled.

    One Transformer figure that is missing some of his characteristics from the cartoon and original figure release is Transformers Classics Sideswipe, as well as his repaint, Transformers Generations Red Alert. Though the designs of the figures were excellent in resembling their character, they were missing certain accessories and one does not have an accurate head. This is where third party maker Beezelboss comes in to help fix these little things.

    Beezleboss created the Heroic Duo Custom Kit to give Classics Sideswipe and Generations Red Alert everything they were missing to make them more accurate to their original and cartoon selves. I don’t know what possessed me to purchase this set. Only one concern filled my head: how is the quality? I’ve been burned in the past before. As my first Beezleboss purchase, will they wow me with their work, or will I be disappointed by another expensive third party product? Read on to find out.

    Figure Name: Transformers Heroic Duo Custom Kit (Third Party)
    Figure Maker: Beezleboss
    Retail/List Price: US$33.95
    Available at: TFsource | Big Bad Toy Store

    Like most third party Transformers products, the box itself features some amazing art depicting Red Alert and Sideswipe posing with the products purchased. The finish on the box isn't the glossy, smooth type you would see from most products, but done most likely to cut down on those pennies.

    The back is simple featuring the logo of Beezleboss on a solid background. Getting into the box was a bit troublesome. It's very tight and you kind of have to claw your way around the edges to get it to slide out. At least the items are kept nice and secure.

    Inside the package you will find the eight accessory pieces that make up the Heroic Duo Custom Kit. Most of the items come in twos since there is a set for Sideswipe and a set for Red Alert; a gun in silver and a gun in red, a rocket launcher in white for Sideswipe and a one in red and white with a different rocket for Red Alert, a pair of shoulder pieces for each, a pair of pile drivers for Sideswipe, and a new head for Red Alert.


    For this review, I will be focusing on Red Alert because I don't own Sideswipe anymore. When I realized I was on my fourth iteration of the mold, I felt some had to go.

    Each piece easily attaches to Red Alert except for the pile drivers for Sideswipe and the new head for Red Alert. Unfortunately there are no instructions to explain how you attach every piece and you have to look at the promotional photos or art to get an idea.

    The original figure of Red Alert is nothing more than a repainted body of Sideswipe. This tradition continued even in the Generations release of Red Alert. It is the cartoon that introduced an original head design for Red Alert to have him stand out from his "brother". Hasbro has released repainted figures with new head molds, but Red Alert was not lucky enough to have such an honor. Beezleboss rectifies this by providing a brand new head for Red Alert that is accurate to the cartoon.

    The head mold looks great and uses the same style of a translucent piece for eyes from the back of the head like you would see from Hasbro/TakaraTomy. The design is faithful to his cartoon counterpart and the detail is excellent. To attach it to the figure, you have to rip off the original head and push in the new head into the revealed joint.

    However, there are two things that I have issue with for the head. One, which is common throughout the figure, is the red paint used. The color isn't accurate, but that's not my problem. I'm concerned about the quality of the paint used, as it feels a bit coarse and feels more like something from an actual custom made by a fan. It's like the mold was made and then painted afterward rather than coming from a mold of that color.

    The other issue I have with the replacement head for Red Alert is that it is horrendously loose. It's nice to have a brand new head that is this wonderful looking, but it hurts to see it plagued by this issue. Due to this issue, the replacement head has a tendency of pushing forward so you can't have Red Alert looking straight. It doesn't drop down so much that it's that noticeable, but when you're trying to get him in that pose you want, you'll find yourself in a losing battle.

    The included rocket launcher cannot attach to Red Alert unless you use the chrome painted shoulder pieces included. These pieces tightly snap into the holes of the frame of the toy and include a small bar that a hook from the rocket launcher attaches to. Snap it in and you're done.

    Quality issues strike again though. The mold of the launcher that the rocket attaches to is splitting and the coarse red paint shows up again, which is more noticeable to the touch here. Another thing that's showing up again is loose joints! The hook of the rocket launcher is not tight at all. You'll find yourself fighting this piece once again to get that perfect angle you want. Even if you get that angle you want, over time the rocket launcher will eventually give and fall flat back into a horizontal position. How annoying ...

    A solid object. Certainly Beezleboss can't botch this one, right? No, they didn't. It still has the red paint problem, but at least the gun is a nicely molded and feels like any other action figure gun. It's large, fits snug in his hand, and gives Red Alert more of a presence with this weapon.

    Though not covered in this review, the pile drivers work in the same manner as the head for attaching, but is a little rough on your hands. The head was easy to pull off but the hands are very tight in their slots. It requires a bit of force to detach them and you'll have the shape of the figure molded into your fingers once you get them out. Then repeat in reverse and shove in the pile drivers. Once you pop them in, you're ready to go.

    As I stated in the beginning, I don't know what possessed me to make such a purchase especially when I would only be getting the most out of half of it. It's not like I needed it but I guess just always looking at Generations Red Alert, I knew I was looking at a lie.

    It's nice to have the new pieces that give him his unique appearance, but the US$35 price tag is not justified by the two common issues plaguing this product. At US$20, and if you have both Classics Sideswipe and Generations Red Alert, then maybe. But if you're a doofus like me who only wants part of what is included in Beezelboss' Heroic Duo Custom Kit, do yourself a favor and don't do it. Only do it if you see the product at a good value.

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    Nathan Ota‘s solo show “Pop! Goes the Weasel” opens this Friday, November 2 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery. An online preview is available at their website. The shows runs November 2 – December 2 with an opening reception on … Continue reading 

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    There might be a new favorite platform of Plastic and Plush. Dynamite Rex will be at DesignerCon Booth #313 on Saturday, November 3rd with new releases, showcase customs, and fresh resin. A limited number of 3" and 6" rotocast resin Raaar! figures - and a few hand cast surprises - will be available for purchase [...]

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  • 11/01/12--10:00: J*RYU for DesignerCon 2012
  • DesignerCon-exclusive "Vita Nova" 3-inch Dunnys from J*RYU - limited to 40pcs (with the number marking his upcoming 40th birthday, no less!). Priced at US$120 each, they will be available at SpankyStokes' booth at the November 3rd one-day-only-event. Any figures unspoken for after DCon will be listed online - no further details at the moment about that tho.

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    Urban Vinyl Daily reveals Task One's 3" and 8″ submissions for UVD Series 1 (seen above), as well as the Bronze Ticket for the series, featuring a custom from David Kraig!"These Under Construction Dunnys feature some amazing details including mini scaffoldings, fencing, and (my personal favorite) pink insulation. The 3″ versions will be available mingled blind box with the other figures in UVD

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  • 11/01/12--11:03: eBay Thanks You!
  • I have been a member o eBay since 2004. I remember when my now husband first introduced me to the site.  He had been a seller on the site almost since it’s start. I found my first use of the site to be as a buyer. Picking up the hottest baby gear for our first... [Continue Reading]

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    It’s that time of year again and when it comes to cooking for my own family I look to the past for inspiration. My grandmother always makes the most delicious sweet potatoes. She adds walnuts and apples to her recipe and honestly there’s nothing quite like grandma’s home made dishes. My husband also quickly fell... [Continue Reading]

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    Kia Motors just announced the first car, of eight Justice League vehicles that they are creating with comic book publisher DC Comics (DC Entertainment), will be the "BATMAN" Car!

    The Korean Batmobile gets a custom front grille shaped like a bat wing.

    The exterior will be painted in a mix of matte and piano black paint, and also comes with a coil-over kit, body kit, exhaust system and 20-inch blacked-out wheels with Batman center caps.

    Other crazy detailing includes yellow under-body lighting and a Bat-Signal etched into the HID headlights.
    The interior gets black leather-and-suede upholstery with yellow accent stitching, a center console with "utility throwing stars" as well as a Bat suit for crime-fighting purposes in the trunk.

    Kia and DC Entertainment will release customization packages based on other Justice League members in the next few months. Some of the featured superheroes are Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, and Kia says the Soul, Sorento, Sportage, Rio and Forte will be some of the other cars used for future projects.

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    The very first thing we want to say this afternoon is that all of our hearts totally go out to all the people affected by the recent events on the east coast involving Hurricane Sandy. We have been glued to the TV everyday and it’s all so heart breaking. But, please know, that we care and are thinking about you right now. In fact, we would like to take this time to ask our Bat-Blog Readers to please get involved and PLEASE DONATE anything you can to the AMERICAN RED CROSS today. Every little bit helps and this well-known organization does incredible charity work. I mean, they’re the 1st ones there and the last to leave. The help they provide to many people can never be repaid. But they need our support now. Please Donate, Thank You.

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    The National Retail Federation has announced that Bill Simon, president and chief executive officer of Walmart U.S. will keynote Retail’s BIG Show, held from January 13 to 16 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. Simon’s keynote, titled “A Job to Do: Retail’s Role in an American Renewal,” is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15 at [...]

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    Sarah Jo and The Super Sucklord join George and Ayleen for a pre-Designer Con/Suck-Con Toy Break extravaganza. Episode 238: Everyone Needs A Push is not only a primer for those events, but they continue to check out some of that big NYCC toy haul.

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    Filmed October 14th - Midtown Manhattan will never be the same as BatDave, Denny and the rest of the Gang embark on their 2012 NEW YORK COMIC CON adventure. With a cast of almost 40,000 devotees and countless, colorful Cosplayers, the recent 2012 NYCC broke all attendance records and offered a show jam-packed with tons of comic book fun and pop culture power.

    This video was shot during the super SUNDAY show with almost every scene shot in one take. Look for familiar faces and even a few surprises along the way. Special thanks to the NJ BatSquad!!

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    “Hi Ho! Cherry-O.” Hi Ho! Cherry-O. Board Game Geek. Web. 01 Nov. 2012. <http://www.b

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    Hero RC H288 RC 3 channel Helicopter Syma S107/S107G OEM w/ bonus blades, balance bar, connect buckl

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    US Ship 2PCS 450 DFC Hobbymate Rotor Head Set 450 Pro FBL 450 Sport Helicopter Review product guide

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    Angry Birds Star Wars will be out on November 8. One week to go! Until then, head over to our page for fan art, comics and more videos like this one. Official gameplay trailer coming next week on November 5. Angry Birds Star Wars coming on November 8, to iOS, Android, Windows Phone, [...]

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    Hero RC H288 RC 3 channel Helicopter Syma S107/S107G OEM w/ bonus blades, balance bar,connect buckle

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