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    Perfect Effect promised a short while ago that upgrade products for Power of The Primes were on the way for anyone looking to improve their official toys. We now have a first look at what they have in store, in the form of PC-21, PC-22, and a sneak peek at PC-23. 21 and 22 are hand and foot replacement sets for Volcanicus and Starscream respectively, similar to what was released during Combiner Wars but with updated styling. PC-23 isn't mentioned specifically, but the demo build of Volcanicus can be seen with new armor pieces likely filling the same role as the "armor" made for Menasor, and a shadowed-out gigantic sword. Releases are due to start in March. Click through to see the pictures!

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    When I was designing my cut and sew dolls I couldn't help but think about my own experiences as a child learning how to sew and thought that cut and sew dolls would not only be a good way to teach a young child how to hand sew but also how to teach them how to machine sew as the cut and sew dolls could be put together either way. Plus, children quickly see the results of their efforts.

    My mother and her best friend taught me how to sew when I was about ten years old. First they made me practice sewing two pieces of fabric together by hand until my running stitches were even and I knew the difference between a running stitch, straight stitch, back-stitch, etc. Then they explained the various types of stitches and their use and some of the sewing terminology.

    I, of course, was anxious to start with the sewing machine. Just let me make something.  They tried to explain that I needed to master the hand stitches before moving on to the sewing machine. I couldn't understand why back then. I can now.  I wanted to create something right then and there.

    When they were happy with my hand sewing I moved on to the sewing machine. First they explained how the machine worked, the different parts of the machine, the different machine heads, the different stitches, winding bobbins, etc. I couldn't move on until I knew this. I had no idea when I wanted to learn how to sew how much I needed to learn first. I was ready to go. Let me at the sewing machine - now.

    Finally, the day came when I was allowed to start my machine sewing - or so I thought. Au contraire!

    First my mother and her friend explained all the sewing terms, showed me how to sew a straight line with the machine, how to sew in reverse, etc. Here, too, they had me practicing rows and rows of stitches on single pieces of fabric. I, of course, thought I was ready after sewing two or three rows of stitches.

    My mother would look at my rows of stitching and tell me to continue practicing. My rows of stitching were crooked. I wasn't allowed to move on until they were straight. I really think my mother made me practice much more then I needed just to keep me out of her hair. In any event, I practiced sewing straight lines forward and backwards until I could do it with my eyes closed.

    When I thought I was done and ready to start my project here, too, I was wrong. I had no idea they had a test in store for me. YIKES! I'm learning to sew not going to school. Needless to say I passed my quiz with flying colors and they decided I was ready to move on to my first pattern.

    The first thing I decided to make was a shirt for myself. I set about buying a pattern, buying the material, supplies, etc. My mother wanted me to start with a simple pattern like a pillow. I convinced her I could handle a shirt. Little did I know that here, too, I would need to understand patterns and how they work before moving on.  Just put me in front of the sewing machine. I can do this!

    So, she showed me how to read the pattern and how to layout the pattern pieces on my material. I never followed the pattern layout instructions, then, and I still don't as I always thought they wasted too much material. She also told me to read the instructions carefully and to follow the pattern step by step. For my first few years I didn't dare go to step 5 before finishing steps 1 through 4. I thought the earth would fall apart if I did. What did I know I was just a kid!

    So my mother explained how to read the various instructions on the pattern sheets and what the little black notches meant. I used to cut them off until I realized they could be quite useful. So I set about cutting out my shirt and then attempting to sew it.

    I knew what I was doing, or so I told my mother. Let me do my shirt. So she, as mothers always do, sighed and said "fine!" Go ahead!

    I sewed the side seams and the shoulders, then the side seams of the arms. Piece of cake. This is easy. Then the instructions said that I needed to sew the arms to the shirt easing the fabric so that it fit. Well, I looked at the shoulders of my arms and the armhole opening of my shirt. No way that was going to fit. The shoulders of my arms were way too big. I figured the pattern must be wrong so I cut the arms of my shirt straight across the top of the side seam so that the armhole opening of my shirt and shoulder of my arms would fit. Hey, no problem now. No more excess material. Oh, was I good. I sewed both of the arms on and then turned the shirt RSO.

    I figured this might be a good time to try my shirt on. Of course when it came time to put the shirt on it was difficult at best. Well, you all know what happened. The sleeves were way too short and my armhole opening was a bit too tight. I looked ridiculous. So, when I asked my mother what the problem was she could barely contain her laughter. She didn't want to laugh as I knew she didn't want to discourage me but, I really did look ridiculous.

    When she asked me to tell her how I had sewed the sleeves on she gently explained that there was a purpose for the shoulder curve of the sleeve after all. She helped me remove the stitching, cut out new sleeves, and showed me how to ease the shoulder seam of the sleeve to my shirt. Of course, when I tried my new sleeves on they fit.

    My mother told me that there were so many things to learn when sewing that you can't master them all at once. She, in fact, was still learning. So, when in doubt the best course of action is to ask.

    What else did I learn. Well, I wasn't a superstar and laughter is the best medicine. No matter how old you are or skilled you are sewing is always an adventure. I figured if you don't try something you'll never know if it would have worked. My solution could have worked and the pattern could have been wrong! Right?

    So, when I was designing my cut and sew dolls I wanted to create something that would be a great sewing tool for kids as well as something that would give them a more immediate feeling of achievement. Something they could do without have to go to school and pass a final exam! Something that they could be proud of that they had created. Something to inspire them to want to learn more.

    If you love to sew and would like to make something simple for your family any time of the year or would like to reach your children to sew "cut and sew" dolls are a great way to do it.

    I now have 265 different cut and sew doll designs. Plenty of inspiration for learning how to sew. They're fast and easy and are a great way to teach kids how to sew. If you'd like to see all my cut and sew designs please CLICK HERE for my cut and sew custom fabric collection on Spoonflower or HERE for all the cut and sew designs on my Linda Walsh Originals Fabric Designs Blog.

    They are so easy to make.  Just follow the instructions below:

    Cut and Sew Finishing Instructions Per Piece

    Additional Supplies Needed - Poly-fil, Sewing Thread, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For The Hanger For Each Piece.

    1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
    2)  Place right sides together and sew 1/8” away from outer doll line leaving a small opening on the bottom for turning.
    3)  Trim seam and clip edges.
    4)  Turn right side out and stuff with poly-fil.
    5)  Hand sew small opening closed with the sewing thread.
    6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of the color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

    Alternative Cut and Sew Finishing Instructions Per Piece

    Additional Supplies Needed - Poly-fil, Sewing Thread, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For The Hanger For Each Piece.

    1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
    2)  Place wrong sides together and sew 1/8” away from outer doll line leaving a small opening on the bottom for turning.
    3)  Trim seam and clip edges.
    4)  Stuff with poly-fil.
    5)  Hand sew small opening closed with the sewing thread.
    6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of the color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

    Alternative Method #1 For Blanket Stitch Finishing Each Piece Along The Edges

    Additional Supplies Needed - Warm and Natural or Batting, and Color Coordinating DMC Embroidery Floss For Each Piece

    1)  Cut the two pieces along the dotted lines.
    2)  Using the front doll piece as a guide cut two pieces out of warm and natural or batting.
    3)  Place the two doll pieces wrong sides together and then insert  the warm and natural or batting pieces in between the two pieces and pin along the sides to hold.
    4)  Trim the edges so the pieces and warm and natural or batting  outer edges are even.
    5)  Blanket stitch  1/8” - 1/4” away from outer edges with 6 strands of color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.
    6)  Add a hanger to the top of the piece with 6 strands of color coordinating DMC embroidery floss.

    If you don't know how to blanket stitch check out my free "Linda's How-Do-I Series? How To Blanket Stitch Free E-Book"  e-book which shows you how here.

    Copyright © 2004-2018 Linda Walsh Originals—Designs by Linda Walsh

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    One of SNK's best-remembered franchises is King of the Monsters. The brawler/wrestling titles were regularly spotted in MVS cabinets in the early '90s arcade scene, and the original title in the series is available to revisit right now on Nintendo Switch.

    1991's King of the Monsters has players choose from one of six mammoth creatures before laying waste to each other in clunky, joystick-snapping mayhem, which sees the monsters smash it out while causing untold destruction to the cities and landscapes around them. The fight ends when one of the behemoths performs that all important ritual of... pinning their opponent for a 3-count.

    Although the game's legacy is fondly remembered, it has to be said that behind the rose-tinted specs, they're very basic games, with little in the way of strategy, just a lot of button-pounding. The game does have some fun visuals though, and the concept is, of course, excellent. We're long overdue a truly awesome spiritual successor.

    Regardless, It's great to see HAMSTER continue to push this huge catalogue of retro games out on Nintendo's hybrid-console, as they certainly make for quality time-killers when on a lengthy commute, or a lengthier, work-based, bathroom break.

    King of the Monsters is available for download now on Switch, priced at $8

    SNK's King of the Monsters returns to wreak havoc on Switch screenshot


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  • 01/05/18--06:00: Memory Bear
  • My son has this particular pair of pajamas he got as a gift from his grandparents when he was about

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    This might be the wood-carved bounty hunters you were looking for...? Amanda Visell has listed up her interpretation of BOBA FETT and IG-88 - each with their own mini toy versions of each other hugged tight - each priced at US$400 individually, a pair / set for US$700. Standing about 11 inches tall, they are limited to 10pcs each. Head on over here to purchase these urban folk art collectibles

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    When Niantic launched the holiday update for Pokémon Go, it included a bunch of generation three Pokémon for trainers to catch. Two of those included Zangoose and Seviper, who were region exclusives. In a nod to the creature's feud in the games and anime (or possibly just random chance), a recent update for Pokémon Go has flipped the regions for both creatures.

    Zangoose had been exclusive to North America and Africa while Seviper occupied Europe, Asia and Australia. Now they have flipped, so trainers on opposite sides of the globe will get a chance a catch the opposite beast. That sounds fun and I'm happy that Niantic seems to be loosening up on exclusive creatures. Maybe one day I can actually see a Kangaskhan without going to Australia.

    Pokemon Go update: Good news for Seviper and Zangoose fans as Niantic drop Gen 3 latest [Express UK]

    Pokemon Go's Zangoose and Seviper have switched region exclusivity screenshot

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    Wrapping up his Best Of 2017 series, RAC looks back at the things that excited him more as news stories than anything else this past year. A lot of those come down to toys that didn't necessarily make his Best Of list for the year, but did unfold in interesting ways news-wise. Pour yourself a bowl of Trypticon's Titan Master Crunch and keep reading to see the best news of 2017!

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    "The last of the series, The Fanboy Dave #3, I made this series to tell the world about some of the things that @davidthekiller (is) crazy about. This #3 is crazy about #stormtrooper. Yup, he's a #starwars fanboy for sure." - shared Indonesia-Based customiser Eric Lesmana AKA @gottalovethesethings (Tagged #onTOYSREVIL). This one-off piece was priced at US$185 (plus shipping), and has since been

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    It's the Consumer Electronic Show next week, and from the look of it, HTC will use the venue to announce a new-and-improved Vive. The company posted this "new year's resolution" tease today:

    #newyearsresolution #HTCVIVE

    — HTC VIVE (@htcvive) January 5, 2018

    I'm personally expecting a revision rather than a second-generation Vive, though I'm curious where the pricing will fall and how the current model will be affected. We'll find out soon enough.

    HTC Vive [Twitter]

    HTC is teasing a higher-resolution Vive screenshot

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    Digital Dreams Entertainment have announced that their retro-revamp Mutant Football League will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One on January 16.

    The game is an indie-driven remake of the '90s classic Mutant League Football, which featured teams of fantasy creatures crushing skulls and turning quarterbacks into brokenbacks (Note: remember to remove this shitty joke when editing, Chris.) Mutant Football League brings the classic format to modern platforms, while retaining all violence, guts and gore of the original.

    The game features 18 blood-thirsty teams and 18 deathtrap-filled stadiums, as well as exhibition play and a full Season mode. Up to four players can rip each other to shreds locally, or two players can go head to head online. Foul-mouthed commentary is provided by Tim Kitzrow of NBA JAM fame (although there is an option to turn-off the swears).

    Mutant Football League is available now on PC and on January 19 on PS4 and Xbox One.

    Mutant Football League [Official site]

    Mutant Football League touches down on PS4 and Xbox One this month screenshot


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    If you remember from last year, Walmart had an exclusive Splatoon 2 Switch bundle in the US that included a Neon Pink and Green Joy-Con. While it was released in other territories to coincide with the fresh sequel, the US never got a standalone release. That is soon to change!

    Nintendo of America has taken to Twitter to announce that us yanks will be getting the super awesome Joy-Con bundle at the end of the month. Since I have one of the launch consoles with the desyncing left Joy-Con, I might actually pick this up to replace my controllers.

    The Neon Pink/Green Joy-Con will be hitting store shelves this month screenshot


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    Thanks to Transformers artist Emiliano Santalucia who has shared a look at the Optimus Prime artwork for the Optimus Prime character Tiny Titans Collectibles Card. This cool looking design brings together the look of his G1 and Robots In Disguise characters. Read on to see the image below.

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    Thanks to Weibo user NOTRAB, we have a look at the Volcanicus combined figure showing us the full Power of the Prime Dinobot team in one. This looks like a really good fan shot, but it may be official. It is close enough that we are just glad to have the full look. Read on to see it mirrored below.

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    California lawmakers respond to Sessions' pot policy deci...After California legalized the recreational use of marijuana on January 1st, CNBC's Aditi Roy reports on how the state is reacting to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' move to end marijuana enforcement protections.

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    set database: LEGO 40216 school bus

    image courtesy of amazon
    image courtesy of brickset
    image courtesy of lstore
    set number: 40216
    set name: school bus
    theme: creatorpromotionalmonthly mini model
    year: 2016
    pieces: 65
    price: us$na
    minifig: none
    come in polybag packaging.
    promotional set.
    monthly mini model.
    released on month of september 2016.
    come with a brick built school bus.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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    New images have been released on Weibo of the Iron Warrior Pioneer prototype model. This figure is a cartoon accurate edition of the Tranformers Prime Optimus Prime figure complete with a floating transparent windshield, and his giant Star Saber created by Solus Prime. Read on to see the images mirrored in the gallery below until we know know more about the price and release date.

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    39 Sears Stores Closing 2018: List of Latest LocationsSears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) is planning to close more stores in 2018. The following are the latest Sears stores closing their doors.Source: Shutterstock5900 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage (Sur), AK1679 W Lacey Blvd, Hanford, CA24137 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita, CA9000 Northgate Mall, San Rafael, CA100 Brea Mall, Brea, CA100 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA5540 Winfield Blvd, San Jose, CA3240 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE5900 West Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL2930 Watson Blvd, Centerville, GA2060 Crossroads Blvd. ...

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    64 Kmart Stores Closing 2018: List of Latest LocationsSears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) has released a list of Kmart stores closing in 2018. The following are the locations on that list. ...

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    The Transformers robots may have met their match in the recently launched series TRANSFORMERS VS. VISIONARIES. After teasing their arrival throughout the latter half of 2017, the Visionaries have officially entered the shared Hasbro comic book universe and are taking on the Transformers Robots in Disguise. The debut shocked fans with a dramatic cliffhanger and garnered widespread acclaim, resulting in a sold-out issue at the distributor level and a second printing ordered.

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