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    DeKorner has teamed up with Puff Monkey on their Lucky Grab Bag offerings featuring a mix of Kidrobot and Sanrio Hello Kitty products. While each bag’s contents will differ (no dupes in a single bag), the range of items will include Hello Kitty Tote Bags, Hello Kitty Wallet, Hello kitty...

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    Parents must avoid buying dangerous toys for their children this Christmas, NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts says.

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    Here at Top Toys Blog, we are always looking for unique toys and games for children. After looking at so many toys that are “different” in one way or another, we wanted to share some that we think you [...]

    Best Toys 2012

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    From the creators of the Xplorer comes the Linx Video Communicators – two devices that can bring fun to any holiday season!  The adults want some time upstairs to relax and blather on about nothing, so why not shove these in the hands of your little ones and watch their eyes light up as they run off to be out of your hair and having a great time? I was fortunate enough to be sent a set of these spy toys for ...

    Linx Video Communicators Are One of The Hottest Spy Toys Of This Year is a post from: Cool Gizmo Toys

    Linx Video Communicators Are One of The Hottest Spy Toys Of This Year is a post by on Cool Gizmo Toys.

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      I grew up spending hours in the kitchen every Christmas with my mom and sister. As a mom I now understand why she had us helping, rolling all those balls for cookies and candy can be a daunting task. We started our Christmas baking this week and will be working on a lot of... [Continue Reading]

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    LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., and Festival Five Records have partnered to bring the Grammy-winners Dan Zanes and Friends music to LeapFrog’s learning platforms. Beginning mid-December, exclusive playlists will be available for purchase in the “Music” section of the LeapFrog App Center for LeapPad1, LeapPad2, Leapster Explorer, and LeapsterGS. “Sidewalk Dance Music” and “Good Night Music” will take kids on [...]

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    Over at the CALM THE HAM website they have a special Limited-Edition Fine Art Print titled, "Evolution of Batman" which covers the basic history of the famous Batman Bat-Symbol Logos used over the years. There are three sizes available for this poster/print.

    Each poster is stamped and numbered by the artist, Cathryn Lavery, from a limited first edition of 250.

    Also, this poster is pressed with the best pigment inks on premium archival photographic paper with satin finish (not too glossy, not too dull, just perfect).

    For ordering information, just CLICK HERE!

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    Here is a quick post to share this totally fun photo sent in to us by our good friend Christos. He lives in Greece & recently spotted this magazine Advertisement for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Batman DVD and Blu-Ray Movie. Now, normally this would not be a very big deal, but this example is super ultra cool because it's in a foreign language, Greek!! ( Thanks Christos! )

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    Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb is the fourth season of the anime series Hidamari Sketch. The series centers around the everyday life of a young girl named Yuno [ゆの] who is finally able to get accepted into Yamabuki Art High School in order to chase her dream to become a great artist. Now she is going to get a Nendoroid of herself made by Good Smile Company.

    She will have a standard, a smiling and a blank expression with stickers allowing you to create various extra expressions. She will also bring along a number of optional parts that you would expect from an art student, such as her sketchbook, a pencil, some bread to munch on and even a Nendoroid-sized version of Ume-sensei.

    • Product Name: Nendoroid Yuno
    • Series: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
    • Scale: Non
    • Material: PVC, ABS
    • Height: Around 100mm
    • Spec: Painted, articulated trading figures.
    • Sculptor: Maruhige
    • Release Date: May 2013
    • Retail Price: 3,500 yen

    Head along to Good Smile Company for more info about Nendoroid Yuno.

    If you are interested in pre-ordering this figure then check out the following trusted online retailers.

    And for those who are not familiar with Yuno or Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb then check her out in action in the video below. If the video has been eaten then check out this search query on YouTube.

    I personally like slice of life anime - relaxing to watch and rarely has situations which annoy the viewer. Even if you skip an episode, they are usually easy to pick up too. But I hear that many out there are not that fond of the slice of life genre for anime?
    There is a poll embedded in this article.
    There is a poll embedded in this article.

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    The hover board is a realistic prop replica, down to the Mattel logo, the flashy '80s graphics and the peg hole for handlebars. At $130, it doesn't actually fly, of course, but it does glide over smooth surfaces.

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  • I’ve noticed a decline in Bigfoot sightings in recent years. This makes me sad.

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    NECAAlienWar1Today, on their Facebok page, NECA gave fans their first look at their upcoming Aliens Warrior figure: Warriors Come Out & Play!!! Your first look at the new Aliens Warrior, over 30 pts of articulation. Spring ’13 – Aliens!!

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    [Reuters] - Two years after shifting its focus abroad and millions of dollars in aggressive acquisitions later, Japanese gaming firm DeNA Co Ltd says it's on the verge of turning its first profit in its overseas operations, ...

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  • 12/13/12--00:16: Tamako Market

  • Tamako Market [たまこまーけっと] is an upcoming original anime by Kyoto Animation [京都アニメーション] being directed by Yamada Naoko [山田尚子] (K-on!, K-on!!, K-on! (movie)) with the same team brought you the K-on! series.
    Tamako Market will begin airing on Tokyo MX January 10th at 0:30 AM.

    Kitashirakawa Tamako is a first year high school student who loves mochi and the shotengai she grew up in. While busy working at her family's mochi shop on New Years' Eve, an uppity talking bird suddenly shows up and moves in with her family.

    Main Characters

    Take a look at the official character page to see Takamo's family, neighbors, and other classmates.There is a poll embedded in this article.There has not been any preview animation released yet, but you can keep an eye on the official Kyoani Youtube channel to see when one pops up.

    These scans taken from Follow the link for the full size scans!

    The girls are soooo cute! but - if you change just the hairstyles of these characters then they kinda look exactly like 3 other familiar characters ^^;
    But that cant be a bad thing can it?

    I love cute anime girls and I love shotengai too - so this is most certainly on my watch list.
    There is a poll embedded in this article.

    And here is the other popular Kyoani title K-ON with a few new faces ^^; The wallpaper of this image lives here.

    A close up of one of those new faces ^^

    And read this post to find out more about Shotengai before the anime starts - its always nice to know a bit about Japanese culture before watching a new show.

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    As I was walking the aisles of BJ's I could hear someone's name being called and, funny thing, it sounded like mine. Someone was calling "Linda." For sure they couldn't have meant me. After all I didn't know anyone at BJ's other than hubby and he was in another aisle. So, I looked around, but there was no one here but me. Odd. So, I kept walking.

    The closer I got to the end of the aisle the louder the name calling got. Someone was definitely calling for "Linda." I heard, "Over here, Linda. Look over here." I didn't see anything. Just a BIG white box.

    Someone said, "I'm in here, Linda. Look in here." So, foolishly I did. Sitting inside the BIG white box was a HUGE (and I do mean HUGE) white teddy bear.

    "Well, hello there," I said.

    "Hello, Linda. I'm T.T.D. which stands for Theodore Teddy Bear. Theo for short."

    I said, "Nice to meet you Theo. What are you doing in there and why are you calling my name?"

    'Well," he said, "I've been waiting a long time for you. Waiting for you to take me home."

    "Home to my house," I replied.

    "Well, yes," he replied, "that is home after all isn't it?"

    "Oh, Theo. I would LOVE to take you home with me. You're so adorable, so BIG, and so CUDDLY. Who could resist you? Certainly not me. Plus, you'd be perfect for my dining room North Pole Christmas scene. But...."

    "Well," Theo said, "What's the problem?"

    I replied, "Well, the last time I brought two wonderful nutcrackers home without consulting the "dollies" I nearly had World War III in my house. I wrote about it in my Linda's Blog in a  post entitled, "I Should Have Known Better!" The "dollies" were infuriated that I would bring non handmade dolls into the house without consulting them first. So, to keep the peace I apologized and said it wouldn't happen again."

    "Oh," Theo replied, "I see. I wouldn't want to cause you any problems at home. I was just so hoping to finally find a home of my own and yours would be just perfect for me. There's so much love and laughter at your home. And, I'd heard that the "dollies" really do love it there. So much so it's really hard for them to leave when they're sold."

    "I understand, Linda. It's okay. Maybe someone else will come along to love me."

    Well, how could I just leave this beautiful, HUGE, cuddly, adorable bear brokenhearted. That would be horrible for me to do. After all he was just looking for a good home. And, it was Christmas after all. And, he'd be perfect in the dining room scene. Perhaps the "dollies" would understand. Or would they?.

    I wasn't sure what to do. Theo was just so BIG, so HUGE, and so cuddly. And, thanks to me, heartbroken. I felt horrible.

    Just then I caught sight of hubby out of the corner of my eye. He looked at me and saw my sad face and said, "What's the matter, darling? Are you okay? Are you sick?"

    "No, no," I replied, "I'm not sick. I'm okay. I'm just talking to Theo."

    But, that wasn't the truth. I really wasn't okay. So before he could ask me who Theo was I said, "I was talking to T.T.D. - Theodore Teddy Bear or Theo for short. He's this HUGE, beautiful, cuddly, white bear who's just looking for a home and I've crushed his heart by telling him we couldn't take him home with us."

    To my delight and surprise hubby said, "Well, why not? He'd be perfect for the dining room North Pole Christmas scene - wouldn't he?"

    I replied, "I could kiss you right here in the middle of BJ's for saying that, darling. It's just that...well, you remembered what happened with the nutcrackers - don't you?"

    "Ah, I remember now. The "dollies" got in a snit that they weren't consulted first. Right?"

    "That's right, darling."

    So, he pulled out his cell phone and said, "Well, let's call them."

    As hubby was talking to the "dollies" Theo and I were holding hands and pacing back and forth in the middle of the aisle at BJ's. His hand was five times the size of mine. But, boy was it soft.

    As I looked into his big brown eyes I could see that he was holding back the tears. It nearly broke my heart. I knew I had to take him home with me whether the "dollies" agreed or not. Handmade or not didn't matter. Theo needed a loving home and we had one. He belonged with us.

    Just as I was about to tell hubby we were taking Theo home with us whether the "dollies" liked it or not he got off the phone and said, "The dollies said to tell Theo - welcome home. We'd LOVE to have you join our family. You're HUGE and cuddly and adorable. Plus, you'd be perfect for the dining room North Pole Christmas scene."

    I couldn't believe it. I should have - it was the holiday season after all - when anything magical could happen. If the "dollies" were here at BJ's I'd kiss all of them too. They're kindness towards Theo was just such a loving gesture.

    Theo couldn't believe his ears. He was coming home with us. He was so excited he nearly knocked hubby and I over trying to hug us. What a scene this had to be for anyone looking down our aisle at BJ's. Two people jumping around, hugging and kissing a BIG white teddy bear. Unusual for sure. Then again it was the holiday season after all - when anything magical could happen.

    Everyone who saw us carrying Theo out of BJ's couldn't help but smile. Theo had the biggest, happiest grin on his face. And, well, hubby and I couldn't stop smiling.

    We decided to buy a big red bow for Theo at Michaels on our way home. It would be a perfect addition for Theo and be perfect for the dining room scene.

    Theo was exuberant as he climbed into the back of the car and fastened his seat belt. We were, too. He was going home. As we were driving home I noticed that all the people in the cars that passed us had a BIG smile on their face when they saw Theo. He just made everyone so happy. How could you not instantly LOVE him? I knew the "dollies" had welcomed him on their phone call. But, they were unpredictable (they are human after all - or think they are so they act accordingly) so I wasn't quite sure what would happen when we got home.

    As we pulled into the driveway I couldn't believe my eyes. All the "dollies" were there to greet him.  Theo could hardly get out of the car there were so many "dollies" surrounding him, hugging and kissing him.  I was so touched by this unbelievable outpouring of love from all the "dollies" to Theo.

    The "dollies" had decided that Theo should sit in Nana's wooden chair for the dining room scene and had it all set up.

    As Theo climbed into his chair all the "dollies" said in unison, "Welcome to our family, Theo."

    Tears of joy were running down Theo's face. I was crying, hubby was crying, Theo was crying, and all the "dollies" were crying. And, he was perfect for the dining room North Pole Christmas scene. I knew it, hubby knew it, Theo knew it, and all the "dollies" did, too! It was the holiday season after all - when anything magical could happen.

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    Otacute's Christmas giveaway is on screenshot

    The folks over at Otacute are having themselves a little contest to win three different prizes, just in time for the holiday season. And these aren't just random things lying around the Otacute warehouse, either: they're offering up a chance to win the to-be-released-next-year Meruru from Phat! Company, Nendoroid Frau Kojirou and a box of Yu-Gi-Oh! Gold Series 2013 cards.

    So how do you enter? Go to Otacute's Facebook or Pinterest pages and post a comment under the prizes you want to win; yes, you can post one comment under each of them if you want. Then, sit back and wait until the contest closes on Dec. 24 to find out if you won. It's that easy.

    More details about the contest can be found on Otacute's contest page.

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    Collecting Marvel Minimates can be daunting — after all, they’re celebrating their tenth year in 2013, and releasing their 50th consecutive series of mini-figures. So where does a new collector start? Which are the “best” Marvel Minimates? Diamond Select Toys answered that last year with the first Best of Marvel Minimates assortment, which featured the [...]

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