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    Hard to believe that LEGO Mindstorms were first on our Platinum Award list in 2007. This year LEGO is rolling out a revamped version of the robotics kit for a new generation of kids.  Knowing how essential smart phones have … Continue reading

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    When I found out that Think Fun’s new Laser Maze comes with a real laser, I felt as if we were now truly in a new century of toys. There are many “laser-like” toys on the market. Spin Master’s new … Continue reading

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    We’re uploading to the galleries now, but in the mean time there are some highlights of all the Marvel stuff shown today at Hasbro.

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    Toy Fair 2013 Hasbro Panel Report – Star Wars, Transformers, Marvel, + MORE Today Hasbro had their New York Toy Fair Panel giving everyone an overview of their upcoming plans for lines like...

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    Hold your horses... and take a look at this terrific Steiff wheeled wonder! A reader is curious to learn more about a significant addition to her Steiff hug. Melissa writes:

    Melissa's pony, side view
    "Dear Steiffgal:

    I have a very large Steiff horse on wheels that is tagged in the ear with a yellow tag with the number 1356 C or it could be 1358 C. The last number is hard to read. On his leg is a tag that says U.S. Zone.

    He is very big, about 27" to the shoulder or about 34" to the top of his head. He is made of gold mohair with a blond mane and tail. The wheels are blue. He wears an elaborate wooden saddle.

    The lady I purchased him from had lots of gorgeous dolls and animals that were purchased for her and her sister in the 1950's. I have not been able to track down such a large horse. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


    Original Steiff Reit Pony, photo from Gunter Pfeiffer
    This inquiry is quite the barn burner!  What Melissa clearly has here is a Reit Pony or Riding Pony from the very early 1950's.  Reit Pony is hard stuffed with excelsior and is mounted on metal disc wheels with rubber tires.  He has an interior metal frame for security and stability.  Pony is detailed with a long mane and tail; authentic saddle, reins, and stirrups; and a happy, open, felt lined mouth.  He really is an adorable barnyard buddy!  According to reference books, this design was produced overall in 42, 43, 49, 50, 60, 80, and 100 cm from 1949 through 1970 in white mohair with brown spots (pictured here on the left) and brown mohair.  But wait, Melissa says hers is blond.  What's going on here?  

    Melissa's pony, front view
    Don't worry, this is not a case of "pony baloney."  Timing is everything, and the timeline for this item probably holds the answer to this mystery.  Let's first take a look at the yellow tag number, which is 1356 C or 1358 C.  This is a bit unusual, as it doesn't really fall into any convention.   However, it is important to note that the article numbers for Steiff's early Reit Ponies all start with 13.  And that the series number for early post war horses was 56.  Now, what's most interesting here is the letter "c."  According to company information, from 1947 through 1958, the use of the letter "c" on a yellow ear tag would indicate that the item was originally caramel in color.  Given how close some shades of caramel and blond are, and how colors fade and change over time, it is very possible that this pony was more caramel then blond when he left the factory in Giengen almost 60 years ago.  

    So, care to bet on the results of this horse race?  It is Steiffgal's best educated guess that Melissa's pony is a caramel version of Steiff's standard line Reit Pony from around 1950. It is quite clear that this example was made in the 1950 through 1953 time zone, if you line up his IDs and possible dates of manufacture.  During this time, Steiff experimented with many themes and variations of successful products, so it would not be out of the question that they tried a caramel version of their usually brown and white, or all brown, riding pony.  And what about his size, which is usually reflected in the ear tag - but not in this case?  Steiff usually measures these sorts of items height-wise.  So, if he truly measures 34" head to toe (wheels not included), this pretty pony is most likely the 80 cm version.  It is also Steiffgal's opinion that his reins and possibly his saddle are original; but his blue stirrups, red handle, and wooden seat were not made by Steiff.

    Steiffgal hopes that you have enjoyed saddling up to this great Steiff horse mystery. 

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

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    Check out the full galleries of all the Hasbro Toy Fair showrooms here.   And check out this post for all the news at the collector press event.   Below is a look at both scales of Star Wars Black.

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    Just in from Toy Fair 2013 are lots of new official images of the Transformers Construct Bots including looks at the Elite, Ultimate, Triple Changer and Scout classes. Check out all the images now below.

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    It was bound to happen… Mattel is taking full advantage of their 1966 Batman license and spreading it across all their brands… even Barbie.   Today Mattel announced we will be getting Barbie and Ken as the Adam West Batman and Julie Neumar Catwoman. The Caped Crusader meets his match! From the original comics to the [...]

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    Just in are yet more images from Toy Fair 2013 with the Transformers Beast Hunters official Image Gallery just going up we get a look at all the new figures in the different classes from large to small. Check out the images and more details below.

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    Collect em all, Crash em all - in four new ways! TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS figures are back, with four ways to play out TRANSFORMERS battles. Now, your TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS figures can jump, spin, flip or blitz into battle! Available in favorite characters, fans can choose their power, crash into battle and defeat their opponent. Plus, in 2013, new PREDACON characters bring the excitement of TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS to TRANSFORMERS BOT SHOTS figures!

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    Inspired by the new TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS story, the KRE-O TRANSFORMERS line from Hasbro in 2013 features re-imagined AUTOBOT characters and new PREDACONS, in brick and KREON form, based on the award winning animated series from Hasbro Studios.

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    Being that we live in the pacific we know Darigold, the company providing farm fresh dairy products to consumers all over the pacific northwest. I was thrilled when we found out we would be heading to darigold test kitchens to learn from french pastry chef Pierre who has been cooking up the best desserts using... [Continue Reading]

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    The PLAYSKOOL HEROES product line is designed especially for younger kids who want all the fun and adventure of big kid action figures. The action and adventure heroes are based on favorite characters from the TRANSFORMERS, MARVEL, STAR WARS universes. This year offers new ways to play, introducing larger-sized five-inch action heroes perfect for younger kids, and a brand new line up of action!

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    Mezco Toyz invited the 50 reporters to their international world headquarters Tuesday for an exclusive preview of the items set to be revealed at Toy Fair next week. Thankfully, John Charles was there and was able to grab all of these impressive photos. Of course...I'm looking forward to seeing the Breaking Bad figures released.

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    Background Tomenosuke and Circus Posterus continue to release new sofubi vinyl figures under the T+CP banner. Art power couple Kathie Olivas (Calliope Jackalope) and Brandt Peters (Stingy Jack), as well as Chris Ryniak (Ginger), have all released limited edition Japan-made vinyl over the past several months. One of those new releases is the Calliope Jackalope [...]

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  • 02/09/13--21:00: Not Always Fun and Games
  • In light of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, foam-dart guns have some parents mulling what to say when their children reach for the toy holster.

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  • 02/09/13--22:55: New Barbie Doll Releases
  •  Classic TV Collection Designed by Bill Greening
    "The Caped Crusader meets his match! From the original comics to the campy live action TV shows of the 1960s, in blockbuster movies and multiple animated series, the purr-fectly beguiling Catwoman toys with Batman while planning fantastic jewel heists with acrobatic skills and a seductive style. Ken and Barbie take on the roles of these famous DC Comics characters, with re-creations of two iconic costumes."
    Batman Ken Doll $34.95

    Catwoman Barbie® Doll  $34.95


    The Wizard of Oz Collection Designed by Linda Kyaw
    "This doll is sculpted in vinyl in the likeness of Judy Garland, the actress who portrayed Dorothy."

    "This doll is sculpted in vinyl in the likeness of Billie Burke, the actress who portrayed Glinda."

    The Wizard of Oz Glinda The Good Witch $34.95

    "This doll is sculpted in vinyl in the likeness of Margaret Hamilton, the actress who portrayed the Wicked Witch."

    $34.95 for a Pink Label doll whose arms and knees don't bend?
    I'll get you and your creepy little Barbies.

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    I think most people have found their stores looking vaguely like this … But not “wraukn” who claims this is a real store in Springfield, MA … this may be the greatest photoshop job I’ve ever see, it looks totally 3D and real. I suppose we can convince tourists it’s like this for CARS in [...]

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    Episode FIFTY of the AFB Podcast is live at iTunes and is now available for direct downloadDownload and subscribe to the podcast at iTunes now! 

    Join Eli, Scott and Ben for Episode Fifty of the Action Figure Blues Podcast! The AFB Podcast is a weekly look at action figures, statues and other collectibles from the worlds of comic books and pop culture.

    We celebrate turning 50 episodes old in style by chatting to the one and only Randy Bowen of Bowen Designs! It's a great chat as we cover Randy's background before Bowen Designs, including his work on the Death Dealer statue based on Frank Frazetta's artwork, what it's like to run Bowen Designs, and then Ben and Scott each have a go at selling their pet characters as the next Bowen Statues. You might be surprised by the response!

    If you can't use iTunes, you can download Episode Fifty here now! Click on the link to listen, or right click to save the file! The podcast will always be available from the “Podcast” tab here - but if you can subscribe and give us positive ratings at iTunes, that will help us greatly! The AFB Podcast is also on Stitcher Radio!

    Have a listen, and please give us some feedback at - we might even read out your feedback on the next show!

    Happy listening!

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    set database: LEGO 60016 tank truck

    image courtesy of Grogall
    set number: 60016
    set name: tanker truck
    theme: citycargo transportairport
    year: 2013
    pieces: 191
    prices: us$20
    minifig: 1
    nice city set.
    come with a tanker truck.
    also included a gas pump.
    the truck has a retractable hose.
    minifig included a driver minifig.
    great playability.
    overall design is great.
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