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    Given the noise over a toy company's "gender neutral" images of Nerf-gun-wielding girls and doll-clutching boys, how much have things really changed in the 40 years since "Free to Be You and Me"?

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  • 11/28/12--22:09: Name That…Rat Tail
  • This dude is sporting a totally tubular rat tail.

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    A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! In 1962 Stan Lee created the character of Spider-Man, the teen aged Peter Parker granted extraordinary powers by the bite of a radioactive spider. With great power comes great responsibility, and Spider-Man would use that power to save lives and protect the innocent. The innovative superhero would go on to become [...]

    The post Kotobukiya Marvel Amazing Spiderman Unleashed Fine Art Statue appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.

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  • 11/29/12--01:50: Nerf attains elite status
  • The back garden arms race has been ramped up once more, with Hasbro introducing a new class of Nerf weapon – the N-Strike Elite.

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    A KOTOBUKIYA Japanese import! As one of the most popular comic book superheroes of all time, it’s no surprise that the Dark Knight has appeared quite frequently in Kotobukiya’s lineup of DC Comics ARTFX Statues. And now, Bruce Wayne is back in an incredible reimagining of one of the key scenes in Frank Miller’s masterpiece, [...]

    The post Kotobukiya ArtFX DC The Dark Knight Returns Batman VS Joker Statue appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.

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    Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia is proud to bring you Enterbay’s latest HD Masterpiece: Bruce Lee (HD-1008)! We are taking preorder now for this superb 1/4th Scale huge masterpiece figure! Each year during November, we know it’s the time to pay our tribute to the dragon of Hong Kong. Bruce Lee (born Lee Jun-fan 27 [...]

    The post Enterbay 1/4th Scale HD-1008 Bruce Lee Masterpiece Figure appeared first on Toywiz and Toy Garden.

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    As “John H.” spotted, there are two Micro Drifter track sets that seem to available nowhere else except at Each line extension from the “mainline” no matter if it’s CARS or some other line requires the revenue from playets/tracksets or accessories to drive the real revenue – while not as obvious as the razor [...]

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    set database: LEGO 1293 swamp craft

     image courtesy of peeron
    image courtesy of brickset
    set number: 1293
    set name: swamp craft
    theme: technicroboriderskabaya promotional
    year: 2000
    pieces: 25
    price: us$na
    minifig: none
    small technic set.
    kabaya promotional set.
    come with the swamp craft buiding figure.
    released similar as 8006 swamp craft by LEGO in 2000.
    overall design is good.
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    Get your Hobbit on with the latest Lego sets screenshot

    Possibly one of Lego's biggest franchise tie-ins yet, there's no end in sight for the popularity of Lego Lord of the Rings and, naturally, related kits (and games, no doubt!). Of course that includes cashing in on the upcoming Hobbit release, and those of you eagerly awaiting the newer sets can rest easy thanks to Amazon.

    A few are available now, including "An Unexpected Gathering", "Escape from Mirkwood Spiders", and "Riddles for the Ring", all featuring the sorts of wonderfully crafted surroundings and minifigs you've come to expect by now. While all of the sets certainly have their own appeal, I'm particularly fond of the Shire, looking just fantastic and unmistakable in miniature.

    I'll be honest--I've never read the books and only seen the movies for the first time this past week at a certain someone's behest, but I'm certainly interested enough to be keeping an eye on these myself!

    [via The Brothers Brick]

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    While the Holley Shiftwell with Screen seems like a nice new addition … It’s actually super nice – thanks for the open photos, “John H.” They could’ve taken the lazy route and just slapped up a blue piece of plastic and said, “well, the screen is off,” but instead, they actually imprinted the actual scene [...]

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    The government is cracking down on unsafe toys with recalls and seizures, but, officials say, there’s one product on the market today that could send your kid to the hospital. TODAY National Investigative Correspondent Jeff Rossen reports.

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    For only $5 with a $30 purchase, you can get the Build  a Bear Holiday Hugs Bear and it ships free. The bear is very cute, very cuddly and has a bright red bow around his neck. How cute would he be under the tree on Christmas  morning or as an early gift for snuggles!Read More

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    Amazing transforming RC robot does all the work for you screenshot

    If you're into Transformers and similar transforming robot toys you know the fun is all in going from one form to the other. But if the robot does all of that on its own that's pretty freaking awesome, too, right? Kenji Ishida sure thinks so and is ready to unleash his latest creation, 'Transformer Version 7.2' robot, out into the public. Only 10 of these are being produced, entirely made to order using Kenji's custom made 3D printer, allowing buyers to choose what color their own bot will be made in.

    No price is given, potential buyers need to contact Kenji for a quote, but they'll be fully loaded. Each bot comes with a numbered case, wireless controller, batteries with charger, motion-editing software, and a cable. Each bot will completely transform on its own from car to bot mode, be able to drive like a normal RC car, walk (more like a shuffle), fire both fists, and perform various motions and poses that can be programmed in. So what's in the future? Version 8 was revealed in video back in May and he says by 2030 he plans to make a 1/1 scale drivable version. He'll have 7.2 on display this weekend at Maker Faire Tokyo.  

    Follow the jump to see a video of the 7.2 version in action and a second video showing the development process from version 1 to 7.2.

    [via Anime News Network, Hobby Media]

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    Rendition Webwitch Red Limited Action Figure in Space Flight by splittyhead Submit your Flickr photos to Poe Ghostal’s Pic of the Day!

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  • 11/29/12--05:11: Retro Japan

  • I've always been interested in the Showa period which lasted from 1926 through 1989. Probably the biggest era of change for Japan.
    Had the pleasure of visiting a toy store in Asakusa called Kusou Zakka - a spot in Tokyo where time stands still in the Showa period.

    The shop is located in a residential area and if it wasn't for the sign that's displayed outside during opening hours, one would be hard pushed to find it.
    The closest stations are Iriya and Asakusa - map here >
    Address: 東京都台東区千束2-30-1
    Tel: (03)3872-1166

    They open at 11 and close at 7.

    Closed on Tuesdays.

    Went along with the Kira Kira film crew.

    This is Kamiya-san - an expert on the Showa Period who has also been involved in overseeing the sets for films like Always - a load of Japanese Showa history to be had - includes the gorgeous Maki Horikita too.

    Toy technology of the past and today - about 40 years difference here.

    During the Showa period, materials were scarce in Japan so makers like Tamiya used wood for some of the parts in their models like this one of the battleship Atago.
    The ironic thing was that many Japanese families couldn't afford to buy such luxury toys and most of the sales were generated from overseas customers - which is why you see English printed on the box.

    Another example of how scarce materials were in Japan at the time. Many toys were made of recycled material like this ticket puncher.
    Now we have automated ticket barriers but all tickets were punched back then which lead to very crowded stations like this one.

    And here are the tickets - the words "Children's Railways" printed on the right of the ticket.

    Kusou Zakka is an incredible place - not only is it packed with toys from the Showa Period, the shelving is also from the same period too.

    The shop even has an old nostalgic smell too. I've always wanted to be able to step back in time to the Showa Period with a camera and it looks like I reached my time traveling goal this week.

    Kamiya-san is a delightful man to talk to who is full of knowledge to share. He also does a load of consulting on his subject of specialty too. Another example of somebody who has been able to make a living from his passion.

    What characters are you familiar with that you can spot in this shop?

    Me still got a few Star Wars figures from the late 70's - all unboxed though. What sort of retro figures do you have stashed at home?

    Next up as part of the Kira Kira filming is a toy shop from the Showa period which is currently filled with modern day toys - Kiddy Land in Harajuku.

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  • 11/29/12--05:19: Christmas is a-coming…
  • Pop along to Covent Garden and you will be able to gaze in wonder at the world’s largest LEGO advent calendar.

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    Wow, it’s day FOUR of Small for Big’s Annual Gift Guides! There are seven Gift Guides planned this year: babies, toddlers, preschoolers, 5 and up, under $25, Gals (moms) and Guys (dads). with 12 items per list, I’m feeling pretty confident you’ll find something for someone on your list – or even for yourself. Gift Guides will [...]

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    Good Smile reveals a Nendoroid 300 Commemoration Campaign screenshot

    The Nendoroid series has been going for almost 7 years now, and Good Smile closing in on 300 Nendoroids in the line. That's a lot of plastic. To celebrate the occasion, Good Smile has set up a special page for a commemorative event that will include a special Nico Nico Douga broadcast on Dec. 15 with the reveal of number 300 and more. 

    The big news, though, is they're doing a quiz contest ... show ... thing. I think that's the best way to describe it. There's three different quizzes you can take now on the special event page: Practice, Enjoy, and Expert Courses, with each course being more difficult. Completing the Enjoy Course gets you a digital Gumako prize, while beating the Expert Course (and doing really well on it) might get you an invite to the Nendoroid Quiz finals in Akihabara. Good Smile will invite the top 3 scorers to the event and the winner gets an original Nendoroid trophy and a half-year of Nendoroid releases! The bad news for us is you can only enter if you live in Japan for the contest ... but you can still take the quizzes as often as you'd like for the heck of it.

    We'll have more info as it becomes available ... but what do you think Nendoroid number 300 will be, Tomopop readers? My wild guess is a Saber x Miku crossover, because we all know how much love those two have gotten from Good Smile before ... right?

    [via Mikatan's blog]

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    Poe’s Pic of the Week – Predators 7″ Figure Series 08 – Set of 3 New Pre-orders MARVEL LEGENDS 2013 SERIES 01 – CASE, SET, SINGLES  This new assortment includes two each of Captain America and X-Force Wolverine, and one each of Hyperion (or Sentry), Protector, Archangel (or X-Force Archangel) and Red She-Hulk (or Lyra). [...]

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    I've posted the work-in-progress only just yesterday, and now Mark Nagata's CLEAR MICRO NEGORAS will be offered first to Max Toy Club members, and some put aside for the webstore for collectors in general. Price is US$40 (+ shipping) with the lil'cutties painted using Monster Kolor paints over clear Japanese vinyl. Members are to check your email inboxes for further details! As well Mark is

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