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    set database: LEGO 5218 pneumatic pack



      image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of peeron
    set number: 5218
    set name: pneumatic pack
    theme: technic
    year: 2000
    pieces: 147
    price: us$28
    minifig: none
    small technic set.
    come with pneumatic and air tank pack.
    overall design is great.
    must have for technic lovers.
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    Above we have images of the set-up and eventual wall of Post-Its at the Post-It 8 Show launched in Giant Robot (pics swiped from Kat Rivera and Audrey Kawasaki) and below we have another look at all nine of Jerome Lu's artwork (we previously only saw three) and from Tim Biskup. And yes, it is obvious I'm pretty enamored by the concept with my multiple postings, and yes, i wish i could be there

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    Fisher-Price is running some pretty sweet deals for the Holiday season which include sales on their toys, a deal of the day and free shipping. See the savings below. Shop kids’ toys and baby gear and GET FREE SHIPPING on orders of $75 or more from Fisher-Price Store! Save on the gift of play allRead More

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    Are you shopping around for some LeapFrog Toys this Holiday Season for your little ones? Amazon is running a deal where you can save up to 50% off on select LeapFrog Toys. Although that sale does not include the LeapPad 1 or 2, it does include the new LeapsterGS, the Leapster from last year andRead More

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    Have you been searching high and low for The Wanted dolls for your little fan of the group. Well, Walmart.com just added them online and they’re available for purchase! My guess is they won’t be for long. Vivid presents collectible dolls of British-Irish pop band The Wanted. Max, Jay, Tom, Siva and Nathan dolls eachRead More

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    The British Boy Band One Direction made it big by winning The X Factor. Now they’re a world wide phenomenon and have fans from everywhere. Fans that want a One Direction Doll! Walmart.com has a value bundle where you can purchase 2 1D dolls for $50. Experience the thrill of 1D singing just for you!Read More

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  • 12/08/12--08:36: PSA: Dumb Ways to Die
  • If you need a new song to hum along at work … so cute you’ll want to buy some stuffed plushes … just don’t forget the advice! Tweet This Post

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    Legends Action Figures has sent in the following list of new pre-orders and in stock items. Click through to see what they have to offer this week!

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    Local Toys for Tots organizers say the donation from Jim Frankard is the largest they've ever received of the kind.

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    Starting today, December 9th, Target is running a special Buy One, Get One 50% off on top toy brands. The sale runs until December 15th. You can see the savings HERE. For Target Daily Deals, go HERE. Check out our Top Holiday Toy Picks by visiting our ToyXplosion 20 page and Holiday Gift Guide.  

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    Steiffgal doesn't want to sound like a bird-brain here, but just whoooo are you?  Check out this mysterious little Steiff owl.  He's got the "blues" for sure - but just in appearance and not in mood! As far as Steiffgal can tell, he does not appear in any Steiff catalog or literature.  So here's what we know about him, and what we don't.


    This fine feathered friend is 10 cm tall. His face, body, and wings are made from light grey mohair and his feathers are designed from carefully cut and detailed blue-grey felt. He is unjointed, has marvelous blue airbrushed detailing on his body, huge green pupil eyes, and charming tufts of black hair on his forehead. His rear-end tail feathers are made from felt; this area is it lined in wire and is poseable. One of the remarkable things about this piece is his chubby blue-grey felt feet.


    It is clear that this brainy bird is based on Steiff's beloved and standard line Uhu Wittie, or Wittie Owl. Wittie as a plaything or collectible was produced from 1954 through 1977 in four sizes: 10, 14, 22, and 35 cm.  Wittie was produced as a popular hand puppet from 1955 through 1978.  Unlike the mystery owl, Wittie was primarily tan, brown, and white, with a few green highlights.  A collection of Wittie owls is pictured above.  

    Bird's the word when it comes to Steiff's owls.  The first Steiff owl made its appearance in the catalog from 1934 through 1939.  He was an 8 cm woolen miniature made from colorful Nomotta wool.  He had tiny black eyes, a felt beak and a swivel head.  His feet were made from metal.  Wittie, who debuted in 1954, was the next - and best known and loved - Steiff owl pattern.  


    In the 1960's, Steiff created several "customer specials" based on its hugely popular Wittie pattern.   By "customer special", Steiffgal means an unusual custom ribbon, a felt accessory, a unique tag, or other small differentiators added to an otherwise standard item in the line. Steiff created a 10 and 13 cm blue and white version of Wittie and a 10 cm custom imprinted standard colored Wittie for the German cigar company Weisse Eule ("White Owl").  Both of these designs are documented in the Steiff records and were most likely used by Weisse Eule as gifts or incentives for the company's customers, friends, and workers. Examples of all three Weisse Eule customer special owls sold at the 2010 Steiff auction at Christie's with hammer prices ranging from 180 to 800 euros each.  These are pictured above; the photos are from the Christie's auction catalog. 

    There's no need to sing the blues over this, well, blue bird.  He's clearly not Wittie, and he's not blue enough to be made for Weisse Eule, who's owl is pictured here on the left.  It is Steiffgal's best guess that he was most likely a sample of a design option for the blue Weisse Eule owl, but was never actually put into production.  So how did he make it out of Giengen?  It would not be out of character for Steiff (and Steiffgal means this in the most loving way...) to sell extras and samples to make a few dollars, and some extra room, in their inventory stockrooms.   

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion of this unusual blue Steiff owl has added a little color to your day.   

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

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    Christmas is less than a few weeks away and without our help many families won't be able to put toys under the tree. Whether it's buying new toys or donating extra packaged items from our collections, we can help make the holidays brighter for children who would otherwise go without. If you live in the US and would like to help, head on over to Toys For Tots to find out where you can drop off your toy donations.

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  • 12/08/12--20:50: The Tonner Sale
  • Yesterday my husband, dog and I traveled to Kingston, NY. We checked into the Hampton Inn and then met our daughter for a bite. On the way back to the hotel I suggested that we drive past the Tonner building on Wall St. to find out when the parade was taking place. Guess what? We arrived 10 minutes before the parade. That was a surprise and also the reason I didn't have my camera as it was back at the hotel. It was raining and very cold but we saw costumed Tonner staff leading the parade to the sound of bagpipes which scared the living daylights out of Rudy (the loud bagpipes scared him, not the Tonner staff.)  And when he saw the Cat in Hat in front of the store today, he wasn't too happy either.

    The one smiling is my husband. Look at Rudy and the way he's looking at the costumed guy. Too funny.

    Back to the sale.

    This morning was the big sale at the Holiday Inn. The usual suspects were in attendance...those of us collectors from the tri-state area and now, Pennsylvania, a few Canadians and I guess the rest were locals. The ballroom had big round tables piled high with bagged, dressed dolls. In cartons around the room were bagged outfits and some boxed props. Those in the know practiced the grab and look later technique. One collector actually had her entire family outfitted with large bags into which they were instructed to take everything they could. It was fun and I am very happy with my gets. There were a few things I was disappointed to find out wouldn't fit any of my dolls - such as DeeAnna Denton's outfits, but I can sell those.
    One doll I was happy to find was Neo Tokyo. I went knowing that I would be looking for him. I guess he wasn't that popular because there were many of him available.

    I also got a beautiful Antoinette. I didn't even know she was Antoinette at first. I love her.

    I've redressed her in one of the outfits I got.
    In the background you can see one of my older Antoinettes wearing another new fashion.
    I found a 13" Simone Rouge who is very pretty in person and will be the only other 13" companion my Bana Migdal has.

    I picked up a bunch of Tyler Boutique tops and a bunch of NuMood tops and skirts.

    Back at the store after the sale, collectors were invited to have Robert (as handsome as ever) sign their dolls and view the new Dr. Seuss dolls.  The rest of the Tonner staff was there to chat and help collectors in their pursuit of wonderful dolls.


    I took a few pictures of the displays while Rudy was licking as many faces as possible.
    There were many willing victims.

     I want the Reflections of Beauty Mirror. Please send me one.

     Woefully Romantic Ellowyne. Love her outfit!!!

     Have you seen the new bed in the Ellowyne line? It's divine and called Ennui Dreams. 

    One of the packages waiting for me when I arrived home contained the Bugged collection from Superfrock.

     

    A good dolly weekend? Yes. 

    Happy Hanukkah!

     


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    Parents who can afford to shop only at mass-market retailers won’t find the kinds of playthings, like games of logic or sequence, that can help their children advance.

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    Chibi ninjas try to tempt you into buying Senran Kagura screenshot

    Hands up, who here owns a PS Vita? And out of those of you who answered yes, how many of you feel starved of quality games which fully utilise the systems abilities as opposed to using it as a glorified emulator? (U gave the sneaking suspicion that the answer to the second is near 100% if they answered yes to the first question...)

    Well, I don't know if falls under "quality" gaming but for those who are interested, Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (no, that's not a typo!) is scheduled to be released in late Feb next year and the ladies of the game are all raring to go and slash off all the clothes of their opponents ikkitousen or Queens Blade style!! And to try and entice you to pre-order the game, Marvellous AQL are also giving sets of chibi characters from the first two games as a bonus if you pre-order the limited edition set.

    As for the game itself, I'm a little torn. All promo videos for the game so far show it as being very much like a dynasty warriors game, a type which I tire of very quickly, though the original 3DS games were side scrolling slashers. But at least you don't have to worry about any form of region locking. (Damn you Nintendo, forcing me to buy a JP 3DS just to play the wonderful Project X Zone!)

    Still, if you're interested in the game and also want the limited edition bonuses, which include Illustrations and a drama CD, pop over to Amiami or your preferred importer to snag yourself a copy.

    [preorder Amiami]


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    Yesterday was the day Chip Foose & John Lasseter was at the store to sign CARS items … Thanks for the nice photos, “Nikko.” Apparently it did not go very smoothly … You had to get a numbered voucher and be in line when it was your turn but apparently after about #50, they decided [...]

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    set database: LEGO 5206 speed computer


    image courtesy of bricklink
    image courtesy of peeron
    image courtesy of Bricker
    set number: 5206
    set name: speed computer
    theme: technic
    year: 2000
    pieces: 19
    price: us$20
    minifig: none
    small technic set.
    come with a speed computer.
    overall design is great.
    must have for technic lovers.
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    Episode FORTY ONE of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct download! Download and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now!  Join Scott, Justin Adam, and Ben from the AFB F...

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    Recreate Gundam Rise from the Ashes with new HGUC kits screenshot

    The release of the White Dingo version of the GM Sniper II was a dream realized, even though it was only available through the Premium Bandai Shop. I didn't think too much of seeing the rest of the suits from the Dreamcast game, Gundam Side Story 0079: Rise from the Ashes, even though the kits would just need to be recolors. Nevertheless, coming to the HGUC lineup are the White Dingo versions of the GM and Mass-Production Guncannon along with the personalized Gouf and Gelgoog of the game's antagonist, Viche Donahue.

    As you might have guessed, these are going straight to the Premium Bandai shop. Thankfully, they are fairly reasonably price. They'll be sold in packs, with the White Dingo set of the GM and Guncannon going for ¥2,100 and the  set going for ¥2,520. They're both scheduled for release this February and are currently up for pre-order now. As these are exclusives, you'll need to talk to your proxy in order to get them. Considering the price, I may just go after these to go along with the GM Sniper II which I've yet to get. Any of you interested in these kits?

    [Pre-Order HGUC 1/144 White Dingo Team GM & Guncannon | Viche Donahue use Gouf & Gelgoog


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    Toys "R" Us' holiday rallying cry for the last six years has been: "We're playing to win." This year, they're not playing. It's war — a dead-serious battle to hang on to market share won over previous years and to show Wall Street it can grow its sales.

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