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    Learning through play is a common theme underlying many of the wonderful toys and games we carry.  The clever Beleduc puzzles are no exception.  They are intricately illustrated and each one is truly a puzzle of discovery. Made from durable birch wood and colored with non-toxic German water-based paints, Beleduc puzzles are typically comprised of [...]

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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 AT Submitted by: Grim4321 The Problem: [...]

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  • 01/09/12--01:42: Uglydoll Umbrellas
  • Most of my life, I have lived as an anti-umbrella person. Not sure why. Maybe it had something to do with watching Mary Poppins as a youngster and thinking I would be swept away to England or something. Nevertheless, if they had these Uglydoll Umbrellas when I was a kid...I might not have been so [...]

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    A Little Bit On The Butthole Bear Side: Butthole Bears are pretty much what they sound like: innocent looking teddy bears with velvety b-holes that can be tickled to make them spout dirty sayings. There’s also the Keester Bunny who quotes phrases inspired by a little video called 2 Girls 1 Cup. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s fun for the whole family!

    Get Butthole Bear and Keester Bunny from

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    When you have kp, you have to give extra care to your skin for as you know, there are factors that changed your skin from those who have normal type. As recommended by the experts, you have to treat your skin affected with kp with more care and more caution. There are Keratosis Pilaris Treaments [...]

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    NECA has posted a packaging pic of Deadite Ash, and he looks damned awesome. I’ve been waiting for this figure line since 1993. You can preorder the figures through PGPoA sponsor UrbanCollectibles. Wind Raider update: as it happened, we were actually home when the UPS guy came. He took the box and gave us the [...]

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  • 01/09/12--01:42: Nengajo

  • In Japan, on the 1st of January, a ton of postcards usually arrive called Nengajo [年賀状[ねんがじょう]]. Nengajo are new year greeting cards that families and business partners send to each other. Today we take a look at what some anime, figure and game companies send out - plucked some Nengajo from a few of my clients and got Yuki to hold them for me.

    Publishers of YuruYuri Ichijinsha. Most Nengajo are of postcard form like this...

    ...but every year, Good Smile Company like to send something thats not the standard size ^^;

    This years Good Smile Nengajo is one of those scratch and win thingies - I scratched and won! I get to plug absolutely anything I want (as long as its not too ecchi) on Mikatan's blog.

    Most postcards come with the standard lottery system thats been in use for many moons now. The numbers at the bottom of the postcards are published in newspapers - if the number matches then you win a load of cash!
    A retro Nengajo commercial below which mentions the lottery numbers at the end.

    Figure maker Max factory.

    Anime Studio Production IG. This featuring their up n coming movie A letter to Momo.

    Publisher Kadokawa.

    TV Production TV Man Union.

    Publisher BNN.

    Sega Sammy.

    Figure store Hobby Search.

    Where ninja's are born - Edo Wonderland in Nikko who are releasing a movie!

    The folks who run NicoNico - Dwango.

    Online figure store Hobby Stock.

    The Max factory company Indotei who do Mirai-chan Curry.

    Mirai in a wrestling collaboration in 2012?!

    Doll maker Obitsu.

    TV station BS11.

    Fashion Designer Hibiki.

    Eroge company Yuzu-soft - this one with a message from Kobuichi-sensei.

    Online figure store AmiAmi.

    Publisher Broccoli.

    High School Girl Fashion designers Lucy Pop.

    IT company Xtone.


    Game maker JRPG.

    Trading Card Game Company Bushiroad.

    Game maker Idea Factory.

    Asian Animation Industry.

    Figure maker Kotobukiya.

    Architects Klein Dytham.

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    0 0 Handmade toy shop. Handmade wooden train whistle and handmade wooden trains Video Rating: 0 / 5 Most popular handmade wooden trains eBay auctions:

    The Original Post is Located Here: Cool Handmade Wooden Trains video

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  • 01/09/12--01:42: Hot Toys’ Red Skull
  • Hot Toys is proud to unveil a new 1/6th scale figure from their Captain America: The First Avenger movie license. The Red Skull Limited Edition Collectible Figurine features the movie-accurate image of Hugo Weaving as Red Skull and Johann Schmidt. The figure includes the following: • Six interchangeable gloved palms Costume: • Hydra uniform including [...]

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    Buy Now Yu-gi-oh Hand of the Six Samurai STOR-ENSE2 x3 Super Rare's price decreased by 100% from $4.75 to $0.01 at ... click (more...) link for details ...Sale Price: $0.01, Vendor: Full Details Sale Price: $0.01, Vendor: and/or Merchants


    Here are current coupons and promotions from this store. To utilize the coupon you should click over to the site from the coupon banner, then find the product listed above and order it.

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    After a bit of fits and starts, Fun Publications has turned on the registration for BotCon 2012. This is the time to claim your sets as well as any customization classes you may want to attend. The packages prices are Primus for $340 (members)/$415 (non-members), Mini-Con for $90/$120, Protoform for $150/$225, and Iacon, the non-attendee set for $340/$415. For all links and information on BotCon 2012, check out our convention information page. The show is set to take place in Fort Worth, Texas from April 26

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    Looking for a little something to light up your (Steiff) life? Then you've come to the right place.  The world of interesting vintage plush collectibles is quite large - but also quite interrelated on many levels.  Take a look at this note from a reader who asks about a possible novelty... could it have been made by Steiff?   Jaime writes...
    Here is my dilemma... After what seems like a thousand dead-ends, a ton of time, energy, and endless "google-ing" & "bing-ing"....  I have exhausted all known avenues of search.  Can you take a look at my item and provide any information about it?

    Here are his details.  He is approximately 19cm or about 7-1/2" tall, and hard stuffed with excelsior.  His body is made from mohair and is yellowish / cream or off-white, in color, with darker shaded tips and a few black, air-brushed, spots on the forehead and front paws.  His muzzle and ears are shaved or trimmed black mohair; each ear has one stitch, to help keep them held down and in place.  His nose and mouth are hand embroidered in black.  He has a pink corduroy "panting or begging" tongue.  He has a swivel head and wears a green leather collar with a silver buckle.

    Here's where it gets interesting.  He has glass eyes, which are light brown/auburn with a black pupil.  Each contains  a "filament", essentially, a removable light bulb with a socket. The battery or power source is housed in the belly and is accessed by un-doing three, brass, snap-style buttons. All 3 snaps are engraved with the maker's name, "Prym." The Prym Company, responsible for making the snaps, is located just 3 hours away from the Steiff factory in Germany.

    There are no identifying marks except for the button makers name on the brass snaps. There does appear to be an "indented" area where a button would have been in the left ear.   The mohair, in that area, was matted down in the shape of a round button and there did appear to be small hole through the ear,  But I have poured over this puppy for so many exhausting months that it might just be a wishful thinking!  Please help!!  

    Thank you, 
    Electrifying, and many thanks for introducing us to this great item.  And, as you might know, Steiffgal is a pug fiend; two real live ones (pictured above) are right here by her side as she figures out this mystery.  

    Don't mean to zap anyone's expectations, but Steiffgal can tell you right away that this item was not made by Steiff. However, it has two features that are quite interesting when viewed through the lens of Steiff history and product evolution: 1.  its design and 2.  its "novelty" qualities.  The big challenge is that there were a zillion toy companies in business in Europe and the US about the time that he was made, and little documentation or history on many of these manufacturers.  So, as a result, Jaime may never really know his origins.  And that's ok. But there are a few things Steiffgal can glean about this dog which do relate directly to Steiff.  

    Let's first take a look at his dog-gone design.  It is Steiffgal's opinion that has many of the same elements of two documented Steiff dog designs.  These are Tino, who is from the early to mid 1930's, and Pug, who is from the mid to late 1920's.  They are pictured above; Tino is on the left and Pug is on the right.  Both are little known, very rare, and seldom seen on the secondary or collector's marketplaces.   

    It is very interesting to note that it was (and still sort of is) really, really common that plush companies would all but replicate their competitor's lines with the slightest of modifications and call that pattern their own.  Well known examples of this with Steiff include early Teddy bear designs, tumbling animals, and even their Treff the bloodhound, who was based on the English Dalmatian "Dismal Desmond," manufactured by the Deans Rag Book Co. of London.  

    So, when can a dog really be a cat?  When it's a copycat!  Despite a Steiff look, there are two design elements that strongly suggest that the item was not made by Steiff.  First, his design is too "clunky" to be made by Steiff; the pattern is very simple and the lines are not curved and elegant.  (This is not meant to be derogatory in any way, it just is what it is.)  Additionally, thinking back, Steiffgal can't think of one time Steiff ever used corduroy on any item, except way post war on some doll, bear, and character's clothing items.  So this also all but rules out Steiff as the manufacturer.   

    Second, let's take a look at the novelty features of this pug.  Steiff created many early novelty items - including hand bags, puppets, pajama bags, animal dolls, dangling car mascots, and even a record cleaner - but Steiffgal is all but certain that Steiff themselves never made "electric" eyed items.  (However, she has seen "aftermarket" creations, meaning someone got creative with a Steiff Ted, some wiring, and light bulbs in their garage!) The novelties that Steiff produced were always based on their most popular and well known characters, including Bully the Bulldog, Molly the Puppy, and Charly the King Charles Spaniel.  Jaime's dog design, although adorable, would not fit into this tier of classic Steiff patterns.  Steiffgal's favorite Steiff novelty of all time, Jocko as a purse - from around 1930 - is pictured here on the left. 

    It's time to plug into the topic of electrified plush!  Light-up eyed items first came on the market around 1907 or so.  They were produced as novelties and mostly seen on bears.  The eyes would light up if the bear's belly was pressed, a switch was pressed, or a limb was moved up or down.  The early ones had the batteries buried in the body so you pretty much had to take the animal apart to replace them.  Jaime's pug seems to have a much nicer battery setup, with snaps or the like, implying that it is a more sophisticated, therefore slightly younger design than the early ones, perhaps from the late 1920's or so.

    So what does this all mean?  Steiffgal's best guess, and that's all she can offer here, is that this was made in Europe by one of Steiff competitors in the early 1930's or so.  The light up eyes were designed to "one up" the Steiff design, but the materials used, and the overall design details are somewhat inferior to traditional Steiff standards.   Anyone else have any ideas? 

    Steiffgal hopes you got a real charge out of learning about this vintage electric-eyed pug.  

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

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    If you’re curious about the new QUICK CHANGERS Stephenson train & Mack, here ya go (you can see it next to 1:55 diecast car in the launcher package) for scale. While the Mack is not very large, his back does open and you can drive Lightning McQueen in – Stephenson also fits a diecast … [...]

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    The Highly-Anticipated Sequel to the Best-Selling LEGO® Videogame of All Time Returns with Help from Super Heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern

    Burbank, Calif. – Jan. 5, 2012 – Batman is back to save Gotham City and the action will only build from here! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group are teaming up once again to announce that LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes will be available beginning Summer 2012 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Wii™ system, and Windows PC, as well as the Nintendo DS™ hand-held system, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, and PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. The game is the sequel to the best-selling LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, which to date has sold more than 11 million units worldwide.

    LEGO Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes complements the brand new, recently released LEGO® Super Heroes: DC Universe toy collection. The line includes five construction sets, such as The Batcave and three buildable, detailed action figures.

    In LEGO Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes, the Dynamic Duo of Batman and Robin join other famous super heroes from the DC Universe including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to save Gotham City from destruction at the hands of the notorious villains Lex Luthor and the Joker. Batman fans of all ages will enjoy a new and original story filled with classic LEGO videogame action and humor as players fight to put the villains back behind bars.

    “LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes builds upon the action and cooperative gameplay experience established in our best-selling LEGO video game to date, LEGO Batman: The Videogame,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “We’re offering fans a rich and expansive Gotham City environment filled with cool characters, great customization options and plenty of surprises that families, young gamers and DC Universe fans can enjoy together.”

    “LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes further extends and combines both the Batman and LEGO videogame experiences to create very fun gameplay,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Fans of all ages are going to enjoy the action and light hearted humor that TT Games and LEGO provide.”

    LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes allows players to explore all new areas of Gotham City utilizing a variety of vehicles including the Batmobile and Batwing. In addition, they’ll be able to fight for justice by mastering new gadgets and suits, such as Batman’s Power Suit and Robins’ Hazard Cannon, and using all-new abilities including flight, super-breath and heat vision.

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    McFarlane Toys has updated their site with images and information on the the sixth wave of figures in their Halo: Reach action figure collection. Follow the above link to check them out!

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    Today, January 7th, is a very important day in Bat-History! The Actor, Alan William Napier-Clavering, was born today in 1903. Of course we all knew him has the ever-loyal "Alfred The Butler" on the 1966 BATMAN TV Series. He was perfect for the role and for sentimental "childhood memory" reasons he has always been my favorite "Alfred".

    Once, when asked how he got the role, he said, "I had never read comics before I was hired for Batman. My agent rang up and said, 'I think you are going to play on "Batman,"' I said 'What is "Batman"?' He said, 'Don't you read the comics?' I said, 'No, never.' He said, 'I think you are going to be Batman's butler.' I said, 'How do I know I want to be Batman's butler?' It was the most ridiculous thing I had ever heard of. He said, 'It may be worth over $100,000.' So I said I was Batman's butler."

    Sadly, Alan Napier passed away on August 8th, 1988 but lived a good life to the ripe-old age of 85. He will forever be missed. Somehow, I hope he knew that he brought a lot of joy to the world while he was here, may he rest in peace.

    OK, as sort of a tribute, up above is an ALFRED WALLPAPER you can use to brighten your desktop. Also, look down below for a funny YouTube clip I found featuring "Alfred vs. The Joker", enjoy.

    CLICK HERE For More 1966 Batman TV Show Video!

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    A Little Bit On The Otaku Snowboard Side: A bunch of snowboards adorned by cute anime girls spotted at a Japanese ski resort.

    (via alafista)

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    Mark’s Afternoon ABC TV News Story (WTNH) Video Clip. Southern New England Master Craftsman / Artist makes Hand Carved One of a Kind Wooden Jigsaw puzzles using personal Photos, graphics, and fine art. Each puzzle is 100% Hand Made to order in sizes ranging from 4″ x 6″ up to 42 inches x 58 inches with as few as 3 … Continue reading

    The Original Post is Located Here: Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle Maker shows his Unique Craft on ABC Mor

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    The ultimate villain from the movie Thor and the best “buddy” for your 1/6th Scale Captain America, Red Skull is coming soon from Hot Toys later this year! Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia will be taking preorder for this ultimate villain now! From the MMS Series, The 1/6th scale Red Skull Limited Edition Collectible Figurine [...]

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  • 01/09/12--01:42: Welcome to 2012 on Crave!
  • Welcome to 2012 on Crave!

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