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    Every year for Christmas in our family we have certain traditions. It all begins after Thanksgiving with getting our Christmas tree. Then on december 5th we put veggies in our shoes and leave them outside for the reindeer. This tradition began when I was a child and every morning we’d wake up to find the... [Continue Reading]

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    [Business Wire] - In honor of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, 2013, Mattel Inc. and the Mattel Children’s Foundation today announced the creation of the Joseph A. Cristina HIV/AIDS Children’s Fund, with the purpose of making a difference in the lives of children affected by HIV/AIDS in the U.S.

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    Get your Fate in miniature with new Nendoroid screenshot

    Hot on the heels of Cospa's poseable Fate comes the latest Nendoroid, featuring the tiny terror from the Nanoha A's movie. I'm usually not one for Nendoroids, but I just might be finding myself rather attracted to this cutie. It seems like she's a bit limited in terms of accessories, though, bringing along only Bardiche in its Zanber form.

    Even so, I'd be tempted to pick her up. The bold colors suit her well, and there are a lot of little features noticeable on her costume that add some much needed detail to the design. I'm also a fan of the fact that her base happens to be one of the magic circles so frequently seen popping up everywhere in the series. She'll be ready for action come April, for around ¥3,810.

    [ Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan | J-List ]


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    Scholastic has announced an agreement with Twin Sisters Productions to offer a selection of musical and non-fiction books on Storia, the e-Reading app for kids. Books from Twin Sisters will be available on Storia, through Scholastic Book Clubs, and at Scholastic Book Fairs next year. Storia is available for free download on PC, iPad, and [...]

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    Santa is on his way to our house and that means we’re busy preparing to celebrate with our family. This year we have family coming form near and far to our house. On Christmas Eve we will leave out cookies and milk. We love shelf safe milk, I can buy it in bulk and I... [Continue Reading]

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  • 11/30/12--11:33: It’s Toys for Tots Season!
  • Toy for Tots season always sneaks up on me so fast. Let’s get this out of way first: the deadline to donate to Toys for Tots is THIS WEEKEND. Well, truthfully it varies by location but most places stop taking toy donations this weekend. Anyway, after that you’ll have to just donate money, which isn’t [...]

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    Emilio Garcia's Skull Brain will be previewed at Miami Art Basel Week. Hand made at the Secret Lapo Laboratories, the new limited edition sculpture will be showcased from December 4th through 9th at CONTEXT Art Miami. The resin cast Skull Brain measures 7" x 5.5" x 5" and comes in 4 different finishes: • PINK: [...]

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    I am so excited about my recent order from Minted, in fact I was just telling all of my friends how much I love their site. Just three days ago I placed my order for our holiday cards and am thrilled by the design. i decided to create a Classic Holiday Minibook Card. On the... [Continue Reading]

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    Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! : Get The Sillies Out! will visit 50 cities across the U.S. next year. The live stage show is based on the live-action television series that airs several times a day on Nick Jr. Yo Gabba Gabba! was created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz and is executive produced by John [...]

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    A line of riding toys that can be hazardous to children and cordless drills with an overheating trigger are among the list of products recalled this week. Other recalled products include trampolines, waterslides, and pans.

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  • 11/30/12--14:00: Best Toys For Christmas 2012
  • Best Toys For Christmas 2012

    What is going to be on the top of your Christmas list for 2012? Will there be some Hot Toys? Sideshow Collectibles? G.I. Joe? Japanese Imports? Marvel Figures? Or maybe even some Masters of the Universe Classics? Whatever it may be on your list I hope that Santa drops it on your doorstep. Here you

    Action Figure Fury - Action Figure News, Reviews, and Guides Best Toys For Christmas 2012


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    As usual, the Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive is in full swing, but volunteers said the pickings have been unusually lean so far this year.

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    Awhile back, here at the BAT-BLOG, we reported about Mattel coming out with a Matchbox Toy of THE BAT, the flying vehicle from THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Movie ( Wanna see it? Just CLICK HERE ). Well, now they're releasing a special BATMAN BATMOBILE CAR and it looks pretty cool! ( Hey Jerrmin, Thanks for sending the awesome photo)

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    Shelby County Human Services has partnered with the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Foundation this year to make Christmas a little brighter for the county's children in need.

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    This photo is way too cool NOT to share! Here's a pic of the Virgin Mobile Store in Paris, France. Their building is located on, what is known as the most famous street in the world, Le Avenue Des Champs Elysées. To celebrate "BATMAN" they placed a HUGE Batman Cowl/Mask Doorway in front of their store, AWESOME!! But personally, I think this would look way more cool on MY house. ( Thanks for sending the photo Frederic! )


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  • 11/30/12--15:31: Christmas Pudding Cavey
  • The Christmas Pudding Cavey is coming to brighten (or fatten) up your holidays...complete with a little handmade squirt of brandy cream on his head. Made of brown polar fleece, the Christmas Pudding Cavey is limited to 40 numbered pieces. Each one comes with an enamel Cavey badge and a Cavey Cube. The little plush goes [...]

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    POW! BAM! ZOOM! THE Original 1966 BATMAN TV Show Batmobile Owned By George Barris To Cross AUCTION Block at Barrett-Jackson! Yes, the
    Holy Grail of TV Star Cars to be Sold for First Time January 19, 2013!!


    Scottsdale, Ariz. – (November 29, 2012) – Barrett-Jackson, the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™, announced today that it will offer one of the most recognized and popular pieces of entertainment history worldwide, at its 42nd annual Scottsdale auction in January – the only 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car which was heavily modified by legendary customizer George Barris to become the original 1966 Batmobile in the live action TV series Batman, as well as the movie adaptation, starring Adam West. The car will cross the block alongside Barrett-Jackson’s 5000 Series on Saturday, January 19th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.

    Still as striking as when it first came out of the paint shop, the original Batmobile has been a part of Barris’ personal collection since he first bought it from the Ford Motor Company for a dollar in 1965. Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction will mark the first time the car has gone up for sale since then.

    Bringing the Batmobile to Life:

    The original one-off 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car was originally created by Ford Motor Company and a design team at the Lincoln Styling Department. The 19-foot long, two-seat, bubble-topped grand touring car prototype was entirely hand-built in 1954 by Ghia Body Works in Turin, Italy, and unveiled in its original pearlescent Frost-Blue white paint finish in 1955 at the Chicago Auto Show.

    The car featured instruments housed in the steering wheel, as well as a push-button transmission, exterior microphones to pick up and transmit the sounds of traffic to the occupants inside, and a host of other innovative devices. According to several reports, it was described as a "rolling laboratory" from which Ford would learn about new technology to apply to their production automobiles. In 1959, sporting a fresh red paint job, the Futura was featured in the film, It Started with a Kiss, starring Debbie Reynolds and Glenn Ford.

    Barris then acquired the vehicle and kept it in his garage for several years. In late 1965, 20th Century Fox Television and William Dozier's Greenway Productions contacted Barris and asked him to produce a Batmobile for the upcoming TV series. With only 15 days and $15,000 budget to build a Batmobile, Barris decided to transform the Lincoln Futura concept car into what is now widely recognized as the original and iconic crime-fighting vehicle.

    “The 1966 Batmobile by George Barris is one of the most famous Hollywood cars in history and it has become a true icon that has been carried from generation to generation of Batmobiles to follow,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “This vehicle not only marks the significant Bat logo that sits on the middle of its door, but a time in television history where they defied the odds of making a car the real star of the show. It revolutionized an entire industry that followed in its footsteps and we couldn’t be prouder to have it cross our block in Scottsdale as it goes up for sale for the very first time.”

    The car features a 390-in 1956 Lincoln V-8 engine and a B&M Hydro Automatic transmission. Gadgets include a nose-mounted aluminum Cable Cutter Blade, Bat Ray Projector, Anti-Theft Device, Detect-a-scope, Batscope, Bat Eye Switch, Antenna Activator, Police Band Cut-In Switch, Automatic Tire Inflation Device, Remote Batcomputer, the Batphone, Emergency Bat Turn Lever, Anti-Fire Activator, Bat Smoke, Bat Photoscope, and many other Bat gadgets. If needed, the Batmobile was capable of a quick 180° "bat-turn" thanks to two rear-mounted ten-foot Deist parachutes.

    In addition to being featured on various television/movie sets, the original Batmobile has been exhibited at numerous car shows and museums around the nation. The car is also exclusively featured in Christopher Nolan's Batmobile Documentary, which can be viewed as a bonus feature on The Dark Knight Rises DVD. It will go up for auction along with memorabilia and documentation from Barris’ personal archives.

    “There are only a few things in life that are able to capture the soul of an era and the Batmobile by George Barris did exactly that,” said Steve Davis, President of Barrett-Jackson. “There are the real fans that will strongly advocate, till this day, that coming home to watch the Batmobile soar out of the Batcave defines a lot of their first childhood memories. Whether you're a car collector, entertainment enthusiast, or an average Joe looking to buy his dream car, you’re going to want to witness history being made in January with the sale of this car.”

    For more information about Barrett-Jackson and to purchase tickets to the event, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

    About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company:

    Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Barrett-Jackson specializes in providing products and services to classic and collector car owners, astute collectors and automotive enthusiasts around the world. The company produces “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™” in Scottsdale, Ariz., Palm Beach, Fla., Las Vegas, Nev. and Orange County, Calif. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance offering for collector vehicles and other valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com or call (480) 421-6694.

    Each description contained herein is provided by the consignor for the purpose of describing the item offered for sale. The accuracy of a description is the responsibility of the consignor and Barrett-Jackson is not responsible for any errors contained in a description or for the failure of a consignor to produce any item for sale. Please conduct your own inspection before making a purchase and refer to the Barrett- Jackson website for complete terms and conditions of sale.

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    Wild man and talented artist Jim Koch will open his new solo, 'Dumbfounded' this Friday evening (11.30) @ Ltd. Art Gallery in Seattle. The weekend-long show features new original paintings, prints and exclusive toys. If you're in the area, drop by and check out his art which is fueled by...


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