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  • 11/24/12--00:28: Thanksgiving Giveaway

  • Its that time of year again where folks show thankfulness for what they are given throughout the year. I have a bunch of comrades who run e-commerce sites and they would like to thank you for your support! Read on to find out how you can stand a chance of getting hold of some goodies.

    I've been working with my e-commerce comrades for quite a while now and they are trusted in the industry to get Japanese merchandise to folks around the world. When I was a wee lad, there were no internets and I had to rely on a Japanese bookshop in Piccadilly ><
    You know you can trust them from previous posts where I've posted photos of their offices too. The folks I'm talking about are:-

    First up is Kid Nemo who are having a Thanksgiving Special - all customers in the US will receive FREE shipping for purchase over $100 worth of instock products. All customers outside of the US will receive a 40% discount off the shipping fee for any purchase over $150 worth of instock products which are listed up here. Mamamia they got that ecchi figure by Native Elfriede ^^;

    As for this Nendoroid Sakura Shinguji - it can be yours for free. All you have to do is go through the in stock products and guess which will be the first to sell out. Paste the product link in the comments below together with the name of the product.
    If more than 1 person guessed correctly then Kid Nemo will pick one at random. I'll announce the winner on my Twitter. You need to be following me or I cant DM you asking you for your email which I will pass onto Kid Nemo - twitter does not allow you to DM somebody that does not follow you >< You got 48 hours from now to guess!

    If you dont fancy your chances then just buy her or nab something else from their Thanksgiving Special.

    Next up is Toylet who are having Thanksgiving sales - as you can see from that link they got a load of quality Nendoroids and scale figures too.

    As for this Figma Black Rock Shooter Anime Version - it can be yours for free. All you have to do is go through the Thanksgiving sale and guess which will be the first to sell out. Paste the product link in the comments below together with the name of the product.
    If more than 1 person guessed correctly then Toylet will pick one at random. I'll announce the winner on my Twitter. You need to be following me or I cant DM you asking you for your email which I will pass onto Toylet. You got 48 hours from now to guess!

    If you dont fancy your chances then just buy her or nab something else from their Thanksgiving sales.

    Next up is J-List! They currently got a Back Friday campaign going on where you get cash back coupons - $5, $20 or $40 back when you order $50, $150 or $250 worth of products - this campaign lasts until Monday 26th 11:55PM US time.

    J-List are also giving away a $50 gift certificate every day to random customers ^^

    As for this School Days HQ -- Collector's Edition - it can be yours for free. All you have to do is go through the Anime and Toys section on J-List and guess which will be the first to sell out. Paste the product link in the comments below together with the name of the product.
    If more than 1 person guessed correctly then J-List will pick one at random. I'll announce the winner on my Twitter. You need to be following me or I cant DM you asking you for your email which I will pass onto Toylet. You got 48 hours from now to guess!

    If you dont fancy your chances then just buy her or nab something else from J-List while they got the Black Friday or $50 coupon campaign going.

    You can enter all 3 giveaways (J-List, Toylet, Kid Nemo) but you can only guess once for each one.

    J-List also sent along some of their officially licensed Highschool of the Dead T-shirts ^o^

    AmiAmi are also having a sale with products being listed for up to 90% off @.@

    Hobby Search also have a load of discounted products too - sales only last up until the 28th November though.

    HLJ are having a Black Friday sale - click on any one of the buttons on their top page to see all products listed under that price.

    Also remember that all these online retailers stock Moekana - the new and fun way to learn Japanese!

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    Saturday & Sunday Specials: Disney Store Weekend Specials When I wrote this Friday night, I couldn’t see the deals yet but they will be up by now. MORE DEALS listed as they become active, there are more deals specific the weekend and Cyber Monday. It seems unlikely the CARS Frank-Tractor Tipping Set will be back online [...]

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  • 11/24/12--01:15: Tokyo Arrival 8

  • Just got back from spending a most bodacious 2 weeks in Singapore. 1st week was AFA and CJ Night, 2nd week was filled with a load of meetings and a talk at Jurong Regional Library. Have been to Singapore so many times now that it feels like another home so didn't really bother with the touristy stuff.
    2 weeks passed by way to quick however and didn't manage to fit all meetings in the schedule ><

    One important thing that came about this visit was the decision to create another pillar and go into the apparel business ^^

    First photo taken after landing back in Tokyo at Narita Airport. The following photos cover my last day in Singapore and my first day in Tokyo.

    Zooming back in time to the previous morning - having some Laksa for brekkie. The Laksa Auntie called me "Leang Dzai" (Good looking boy) - but then I noticed she called all her customers "Leang Dzai."

    After going through mail in the morning, we head to Bukit Batok to our temporary offices for meetings...

    ...but before that its time for more Laksa ^^;

    This fried chicken is so nomalicious! Its deep fried in prawn paste.

    Fried Kuay Teow.

    Fish Head Curry.

    Gorgeous view from our temporary offices! Can see Malaysia over to the right of the photo where the mountains are.

    Guess what shenanigans are going on in this photo.

    Test playing Moekanji - the main game is very TCG-ish - 1 pack of Moekanji and 1 pack of Moekana is required to play. Is designed in a way so that even if you dont know the kanji, as long as you can read hiragana then you can play.
    Aiming for a Feb/March 2013 launch. How many of you have a pack of Moekana?

    There is a poll embedded in this article.

    We are up on the top floor. Heading down, I learn that some elevators have secret codes which have been implemented for folks like the fire brigade.
    If for example the button for floor 5 has been pressed but you want to skip it - press it 3 times to void it -the elevator will then skip that floor.

    This code is also useful for when annoying kids press a load of floor buttons just before they get off the elevator giggling leaving you to stop at each floor.

    I just noticed that this elevator has floor "4" - in Japan (and in some Chinese speaking countries (and Korea too for that matter)), the "On" reading of "4" is "Shi" which is also the pronunciation of the word "Death" which is why many buildings dont have a 4th floor.

    All meetings done and we head out to explore a slice of Singaporean life.

    There is something about the term "Flashing Green Man"

    Singapore's construction mascot is not as cute as Nanami-chan.

    Lots of great groceries that I'd love to take back to Japan with me ToT

    Food court!

    Singapore seems to have a load of these dont-do signs.


    When lightning strikes, make sure you bend over backwards so that you capture the bolt in your Arc Reactor.

    More powerful than an Arc Reactor.
    Am glad that wifey chose not to eat some on the plane this time round ^^;

    I love food courts! I personally find that food is generally better and cheaper too than any surrounding restaurants.

    Won Ton Noodles Om Nom.
    When overseas I need to carry 2 phones - one roaming with my Japanese number so my clients can reach me and one local. In this case the old iPhone 3GS. Wish they made phones which can take 2 sims. I hear that many phones in China have 2 SIM slots.

    Dinner partners were trolling me saying that these were friend intestines - in the end I didn't find out what they really were ^^;

    In bliss with some soy bean milk! Even though Japan is a soy bean eating country, soy bean milk is not that popular.

    Does your KFC come served with lice?

    1/3 scale doll sized kitchen utensils!

    Mmmmm. Banana cake.

    Pandan cakes and more!

    Head to a local mall at Bukit Batok.

    How many of you watch Chinese drama?

    Mr Brown was telling us how Singaporeans generally like to complain.

    Back near the hotel for dinner meetings with comrades at SOZO who make AFA happen.

    Nice bridge.

    Nice river view. By the way - all photos in this post taken on my new compact Sony RX-100 - incredible quality for a compact and you will notice the awesome bokeh on these photos too. I got a review coming up soon.

    Back at the hotel. Mail is never ending!

    Packing some of the goodies I received from comrades.

    Awesome work by Daniwae.

    Lovely art by Mizunashi.

    Cant remember who gave these to me - lemme know if it was you!

    Thanks Ilurisa!

    Who would like to drink some Mirai?

    The AFA MMK girls! All so cute >< Who is your fave?

    After a couple of hours sleep its off to Changi airport.

    Smooth check in at the ANA counter.

    I love my Mirai carry-on ^^; Artwork is by Iizuki Tasuku-sensei.

    Chicken rice at the airport costs a few times more than the city.

    Picking up some Bak Kwa (barbequed dried meat).

    Have no idea but looked interesting.

    Thanks for everything Singapore and see you again soon!

    With a view like this, you can actually see more than just clouds and the sea. You can see into future too.

    In business class, they usually serve food like a full course meal meaning that one item comes one after the other which takes forever meaning that you have less time to work or sleep. You can however request for everything to be brought out to you in one go.


    Welcomed back to Japan with a lovely sunset.

    ANA is Japan's other main airline. I hear that many folks have not even heard of it?
    There is a poll embedded in this article.

    Returning the pocket WiFi that I was using in Singapore to Mobile Center - you can also pick up mobile WiFi's for use in Japan too.

    If travelling from Narita we usually take the Skyliner.

    The worst place to sit inside the Skyliner is infront of the wall - no leg space ><

    Changing trains on Nippori station. Christmas decorations are all over the place by now.

    On the Yamanote line heading to Gotanda.

    Gotanda arrival.

    Then from here its a short taxi trip back to base.

    Back in the office! We drop off luggage and head out for some nomnoms.

    First meal back in Tokyo is Tsukemen.

    Our local Palm shotengai - we come here pretty much daily for food n groceries.

    Checking out what music and movies are popular of late.

    Load of Christmas decorations can be picked up at Daiso for cheap.

    While I switched to Galaxy S3, I'm still on Softbank and went into their shop to see if I was entitled to a free iPhone 5 - indeed I was but it looks like they want to charge me 1,000 yen extra per month for the LTE service. Seeing as I wont be using the iPhone 5 as my main phone, I passed out on their "offer."

    Rollerblades are a great time saver when out n about Tokyo.

    Back home to see that Yuki has helped herself out of the luggage.

    Some groceries to keep us going until the next day.

    Travel cases with all the gadgets ready for Comic Fiesta in Malaysia next month.


    My Singaporean SIM roams onto softbank. As long as I make a call once in a while I can keep using this number.

    Took the PS Vita with me but didn't get time to play it at all ><

    A prezzie bag for Yuki-chan from Solomon.

    The Tokyo Arrival series covers my trips from various countries back to Tokyo - more listed up below.

    Read more about Mirai Suenaga >>>

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  • 11/24/12--01:28: An Unbelievable Fabric Store
  • Jane and Allan Kirby, Proprietors

    When I was visiting my sister last week her one of her friends suggested we go shopping at a fabric store she had shopped at years before and had loved. Given the suggestion was for shopping for fabric my sister and I, of course, readily agreed. And, that was out mistake.

    You see, her friend was suggesting that we go to The Fieldstone House in upstate New York. Well, The Fieldstone House is not like any other fabric store I've ever been in. In fact, I don't think I've ever been to a fabric store like it before - EVER! Not even the old fabric mills I visited years before could compete with this.

    When you drive up the driveway and park it just looks like an old house. However, the outside looks are very deceiving as this is no ordinary house.

    My sister and I had barely gotten inside when we both said, "Oh, my god!" The first room was literally filled floor to ceiling with rows and rows of cotton fabric. And, I do mean FLOOR to CEILING.

    As we walked from the 1st room to the 2nd, to the back and around the corner to yet another room tucked away all we could say was, "Oh, My God!" Then the proprietortold us there was another floor full of fabric upstairs. "Oh, My God!"

    I literally couldn't believe how much fabric there was. Shelves and shelves and shelves and shelves of fabric. Fabric on the tops of the shelves, leaning against the shelves, tucked in here, tucked in there. There was so much fabric I did not know where to look first. The fabric and all the colors were intoxicating. I decided I must be in fabric heaven.

    Of course, all the while my sister and I were going crazy my sister's friend was smiling. It was as she had remembered and she was pleased that we were delighted.  Delighted was an understatement.  We were like little kids in a candy store.

    Since I love holiday fabrics I decided to start upstairs.  I picked bolt after bolt after bolt trying to coordinate all my colors.  Just when I thought I had the perfect combination of red, green, white, and gold I'd find another bolt that was every bit as complimentary to the bolts I'd already chosen.

    I decided I had to stop and move along to the winter fabrics. Truth be told, the blue and white colors of the winter cotton fabrics had been calling me since I went upstairs. I couldn't resist them any longer.

    My sister, of course, still hadn't made it out of the Batiks section. I should have known.  She just LOVES batiks for all her Inspired Creations by D fabric or wall art quilts. I began to wonder how we were ever going to get her out of the store.

    I asked the proprietor if it was okay to lay my bolts down near the register and she said, "Of, course. Start a pile." So, I laid my holiday bolts down next to an enormous pile of Batiks - which, of course, turned out to be my sister's pile.

    After quite some time of searching through the fabric I decided I had enough and went to check out. Of course, I had to wait a long time before it was time for my fabric to be cut as my sister and her enormous pile of Batiks was still being cut.

    Standing next to my sister was her friend. I asked her where her pile was and she just held up a small bag filled with a tiny amount of fabric. I couldn't believe it. She had bought only what she needed for a project she was working on. No more no less. Such self control and restraint. I had to admire that. Compared to my sister and I she was a fabric shopping saint.

    Of course, as we were standing at the register getting our fabrics cut she was subtly suggesting bolts that would look wonderful with our color selections. I tried to resist buying more - I just couldn't. I decided she wasn't a fabric saint - she was the fabric devil. Of course, I couldn't resist her suggestions - they were perfect for the fabric I had bought.

    We walked out of the fabric store laughing and carrying our fabric treasures. We were off to have lunch and reflect on our amazing fabric adventure. It was a wonderful and delightful fabric shopping experience and I have to thank my sister's friend and The Fieldstone House for that.

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    Toys “R” Us Black Friday 2012 Ads Image Credit: Toys “R” Us Black Friday 2012 deals of major retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Target and Kohl’s have been posted on their website for all the Black Friday shoppers. Toys “R” Us, a dedicated toy and juvenile-products retailer headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, had their 2-day [...]

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    Toys 'R' Us exclusive Battle Beast paired off screenshot

    Recently we saw photos of the paint decos for the Toys "R" Us exclusive Battle Beasts (as well as some cool concept art for hopefully upcoming characters). However, we weren't quite sure which beasts were paired together in these 2-packs. The selection has now been confirmed as follows:

    -Vorin (Ram) vs Scorpus (Scorpion)
    -Merk (Falcon) vs Spidron (Spider)
    -Gruntos (Walrus) vs Scalpus (Snake)
    -Antalor (Ha!) (Moose) vs. Nychirix (Bat)

    The most important pack in this Toys "R" Us wave is Antalor/Nychirix since the only two Toys "R" Us exclusive characters are conveniently packaged together. Besides that, Antalor has the most fun name thus far seen in DST's Battle Beasts line. Granted, if you're not getting the comic store packs (which has the exclusive human characters), you'll probably want all of these figures. Or some of them. You could also mix and match TRU and comic packs (depending on the color schemes you like), since Vorin/Scorpus and Merk/Spidron are paired the same way.

    These figures be hitting Toys "R" Us shelves in a little under a month now. I'm looking forward to getting the Walrus, Vorin the Ram, Antalor, and the Bat. Given that the Toys "R" US decos look superior in almost every instance, I imagine that I'll probably stick to that set. How about you guys?

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    "The Loa of sex and resurrection, Baron Samedi can be found at the crossroad between the worlds of the living and the dead. Known for his loud and lude behavior the Baron spends most of his time in the invisible realm drinking, smoking and making filthy jokes with the other spirits.""Baron Samedi" is a custom Playmobil set by Zombie Monkie and is part of his ZOMBIE ART PROJECT 2 [Tagged on

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    Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the newest member of the Militaries of Star Wars Sixth Scale line, Clone Commander Neyo. Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia will be receiving the stocks soon on Nov 2012! The Commander Neyo Sixth Scale Figure features: - Modified Phase II Helmet - Detailed Fabric Body Suit - Shoulder Bell [...]

    The post Sideshow 1/6th Scale Star Wars Commander Neyo Action Figure appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.

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    Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Clone Commander Ganch Sixth Scale Figure! Stocks shall be coming in to Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia end of Nov 2012. The Clone Commander Ganch Sixth Scale Figure features: - Phase I Helmet - Phase II Helmet - Hand Painted Ganch Head Sculpt - Detailed Fabric Body Suit [...]

    The post Sideshow 1/6th Scale Star Wars Clone Commander Ganch Figure appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.

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    [14 x images in slideshow above of Cowboy / Full-screen viewing] This might well be the single most insane figure set in 1/6th-scale I have seen for an extremely long time: THE COWBOY FROM HELL from Inflames Toys! From their earlier mythologically-themed 1/6 "The Monkey King", the toys-makers next tackle the video game / anime genre with GUNGRAVE, and does it with hellish aplomb! "Grave" is

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  • 11/24/12--03:54: Toys for Tots drive begins
  • Donations don't have to be toys. Books, sports equipment, hair care items for teens (think curling irons or straighteners) are welcomed, as long as they are new. One of the biggest misconceptions is that Toys for Tots volunteers select the families who received the gifts.

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    set database: LEGO 8510 swamp

    image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of peeron
    image courtesy of Tyranide
    set number: 8509
    set name: swamp
    theme: technicroboriders
    year: 2000
    pieces: 45
    price: us$6
    minifig: none
    small technic set.
    come with the swamp buiding figure.
    also included a motorcycle and 3 roboriders wheels.
    overall design is good.
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    Tonner Dolls announced a mini collection with three dressed dolls inspired by Dr. Seuss stories. All dolls have the Monica Merrill™ sculpt which is appropriately cartoon-y for Dr. Seuss but not for a fashion doll. Their body is the 16" Tyler™ BW body so the fashions can be easily worn by many other 16" dolls - but unfortunately they are not sold separately. They style reminds me a lot of Christian Lacroix and his whimsical couture collections. Also the embroidered "sketch" effect reminds me a lot of a certain John Galliano Christian Dior couture collection. The dolls are already available on-line at Tonner. albeit a bit pricey.

    "This high-fashion take on the colorful, poetic whimsy of Dr. Seuss is a marriage of what we do best: High fashion and pop culture. What you see here is not a re-creation of the Seuss characters, per se, but instead, creations inspired by the colors and the shapes that are at the essence of what we all love about Dr. Seuss's art".

    From The Cat In The Hat comes The Cat's Hat  LE 500 $189.99  Dressed doll. Face includes hand-painted details. Fine quality vinyl and hard plastic. Monica Merrill™ head sculpt. Tyler™ BW body. Cameo skin tone. Violet inset eyes. Blue rooted saran hair. Red and white striped flocked hat with yellow feather detail. Red faux fur vest with blue belt. Yellow shantung dress with black stitched accents. Red and White stripe tights. Yellow and black bead earrings. Blue faux leather boots. 

    From Green Eggs and Ham comes Sam I Am LE 500 $189.99 Dressed doll. Face includes hand-painted details. Fine quality vinyl and hard plastic. Monica Merrill™ head sculpt. Tyler™ BW body. Cameo skin tone. Inset green brown eyes. Yellow rooted saran hair. Red elastic hair tie. Orange shantung top with black stitched accents and blue faux fur trim. Red stretch knit gloves. Orange, red and green ribbon skirt. Blue lace tights. Blue, black & red bead earrings. Yellow faux leather boots with blue faux fur trim. 

    From Lorax comes Truffula LE 500 $189.99 Dressed doll. Face includes hand-painted details. Fine quality vinyl and hard plastic. Monica Merrill™ head sculpt. Tyler™ BW body. Cameo skin tone. Inset green eyes. Orange rooted saran hair. Yellow hair ribbon. Pink shantung top with black stitching and blue faux fur trim with orange shantung ribbon. Purple shantung skirt with black printed accents and yellow shantung trim. Pink and gold dot tights. Purple, pink & black bead earrings. Orange faux suede shoes.

    Enjoy a day of Tonner on Saturday, December 8th when you attend their Factory Sale. Then, head over to the Tonner Company Store Dr. Seuss Launch Party, where the Dr. Seuss Collection will be available for purchase and you can get your dolls signed by Robert Tonner himself! There will be refreshments and Seussical adventures, so don't miss it! Tonner and Wilde Imagination Factory Sale Saturday, December 8, 2012 10am-1pm Holiday Inn 503 Washington Avenue Kingston, NY 12401 The Dr. Seuss Launch Party The Tonner Company Store 14 Hurley Avenue Kingston, NY 12p-2pm.

    Doll images courtesy Tonner Doll Company, Inc. Photography ©ernestopadrocampos. ©Tonner Doll Company, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    Medicom Toys releases images of their new upcoming BE@RBRICK Series 25, with a December 2012 drop. Of interest are Bride of Chucky, Evangelion, and Kiss Hello Kitty! Definitely a collection with an easier "choice" of what to own, IMHO

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    Medicom Toys announces a host of movie AVENGERS BE@RBRICKS in varying sizes - starting with the above "Damage" Version of IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, THOR and HULK! Priced at ¥1,575 (US$19) and in 100%, they have a December 19-drop date. So do check with your fav retailers for availability! Then there is the 400% (¥7,140 / US$86-) 28cm tall CAPTAIN AMERICA, and the 1000% (¥29,400 / US$357-) 70cm

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    OzzieMum spotted this on the Australia Disney Mattel diecast pages … You can check out the site HERE but it’s really the only difference between the Mattel US pages and this Australian Disney page … Thanks OzzieMum for the heads up! If it is – it certainly seems likely to go into one of the [...]

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  • 11/24/12--06:14: Savage Opress (CW3)
  • Whatever your stance is in the “Bring Back Maul” issue, one of the cooler side effects of the whole thing was the introduction of Savage Opress into the Clone Wars mythos.

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    Thanks to Kapow Toys who have posted a pictorial review of the Transformers Prime AM-25 Arms Micron Nemesis Primes action figure that Kapow says: "Articulation wise Nemesis is very capable with lots of ball joints allowing him to twist and turn into a variety of poses, he is also very well balanced which might come a surprise due to the large back pack made up of the trucks side panels" Check out the images of Transformers Prime AM-25 Arms Micron Nemesis Prime for the full review below.

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    Thanks to the Autobots-Rollout Blog who have posted many images of the Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-24 Silas Breakdown action figure. Just released in Japan, Both AM-24 Silas Breakdown is repaint of the War Breakdown that features a chrome brush guard, new head mold, and a mini-Silas face hidden under the chest cavity. Check out the images of Takara Tomy Transformers Prime Arms Micron AM-24 Silas Breakdown Out of Box below.

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    Thanks to Ozformers member griffin who has posted some images of Kre-O Microchanger Wave 1 actions figures along with a list of Identification codes codes for each of the toys. Fans can follow these codes that are imprinted on the blind packages to ID the figures they need for their collection. Get a look at the Kre-O Microchanger Wave 1 figures and codes below.

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