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    Bungie’s New Game, Destiny

    Okay, let’s be real here, no gaming publisher or developer invites me to any press event ever. Every gaming blog/website in the U.S. queued up posts to publish at exactly 1 PM today to talk about Bungie’s new title called Destiny, and we’re not one of those blogs. But if you do want to read about Bungie’s new adventure/action/FPS title, I suggest reading them from:

    They all essentially are saying the same things, so read up and become excited. Maybe one day we’ll spill the beans on a new I.P.

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    There's no mousing around when it comes to solving Steiff mysteries!  And here is an interesting one that appears to come from the United Kingdom.  Take a look at this inquiry from Sarah, who wants to know more about her larger-than-life Steiff mouse.  She writes in part....


    I really enjoyed reading your web page... and I thought that maybe I'd finally found someone who could answer my question.

    I have a large (30 cm) Cosy Fiep Mouse. He's bright yellow and was probably purchased from Harrod's sometime in the late 1980's or early 1990's.  His ear tag number is 5388/30.

    Here's my confusion. When I look him up on any reference site his tag says he's meant to be green. I've tried time and time again to find any reference to a yellow mouse but I've failed.  And, the
    more I look into my mouse, the more it appears he wasn't meant to be this colour. I'm wondering if it was a factory error... or a sample... or... I don't know!

    Best regards,

    Steiff's Fiep mouse in grey
    Mice can be nice, and this is big buddy is certainly proof of that.  What we have here is Steiff's Cosy Fiep Maus or Mouse.  A grey version of Fiep is pictured here on the left. Steiff uses the word "cosy" to describe a product that is soft, well constructed, and in general made as a child's plaything.  Fiep is simply constructed from plush; he has an oversized body and a long tail.  His face is detailed with a large black plush nose and black button eyes.  His ears are lined in contrasting colored soft fur.  This particular design was in the line overall from 1980 through 2003.  He was produced in 15, 30, 45, and 80 cm and appeared in white, grey, blue, violet, olive green, golden yellow, aubergine (which is like eggplant), and yellowish olive green over time.  This general design was also produced as a 15 cm musical mouse in red or white from 1985 through 1996.

    Let's clear up any big confusion on this little guy.  Steiff has made thousands and thousands of items since the company's founding in the late 1800's.  And it is impossible for any website or reference book, or even official records to capture every single item in every single color and size.  And that probably is the reason for Sarah's confusion over the color and tag number of her mouse.  However, this item, with tag number 5388/30, IS noted (but not pictured) in the 1947-2003 Steiff Sortiment book, and is briefly described as "a 30 cm golden yellow Fiep mouse, produced from 1986 through 1988." If he were olive green, his tag number would be 5392/30.  

    Although most collectors don't want REAL mice in their homes, few can resist including a few mice in their Steiff hugs.  They take up very little space, are adorable, and are great for adding a bit of humor and interest to displays and holiday vignettes.  Mice have been part of the Steiff line since the debut catalog in 1892.  The earliest Steiff mice were 4 cm, on all fours, and made from grey or white felt.  This same design was also produced on a colored felt pad as a pin cushion or an ink pen wiper.  Mice were also produced as 4 cm woolen miniatures in grey, white, and brown from 1931 through 1943; and again in grey and white from 1949 through 1984. The picture to the left shows two examples of Steiff's woolen miniature mice:  the white one is post-war while the grey one is pre-war.   

    Perhaps the most beloved and collectible Steiff mouse is Pieps, who appeared in the line from 1958 through 1978.  Pieps is 8 cm, made from mohair, and begging; he came in white and grey.  His petite and precious details include a long felt tail, tiny black or red eyes, prominent whiskers, and a precious, "feed me" look.  During the 1970's, the high end toy store FAO Schwarz would dress up Steiff's Pieps mouse in wonderful and imaginative costumes, including a bride, princess, clown, hula dancer, and Miss America, among many others.  These dressed mice are highly desired amongst collectors.  Today, groups of Pieps are regularly featured in the delightful streetside windows of the fantastic Spielzeug Welten Museum in Basel, Switzerland - where they are dressed to the nines to complement the story theme of the museum's seasonal displays.  The photo on the left shows a detail of the museum's Christmas display (featuring Pieps!) from a few years ago.

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on Steiff mice has been more than nice!

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

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    In conjunction with Sideshow Collectibles, we're offering you a chance to take home Sideshow's upcoming DC Comics 1/6 scale Joker figure... for free! No joke! All you need to do is leave a contributing comment on any of the stories or photo archive galleries on our site. Every time you join the conversation, you'll have a shot at taking this stunning figure home, but remember we're looking for comments with substance so 'fail' or 'LOL' style posts won't make the cut. The winner will be randomly selected and notified in the thread with their comment. We'll be awarding this figure by February 28th, so join the conversation now!

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    [NSFW] Catch Bastard!!'s Sean Ari off guard screenshot

    Finally, with the addition of Sean Ari, the Bastard!! trio of lovely ladies is finally finished. While no less naughty a pick than her companions, there's also an added air of innocence about this figure compared to the others. Whether or not that's a positive given the rather racy connotations the whole set has, well, that remains to be seen.

    Likely due to her orphan origins, Sean Ari certainly doesn't seem to be going for the same sultry appearances as Arshes Nei and Kai Harn, looking more like a shy little thing that someone just happened to snap an upskirt photo of. She's certainly the most normal of the three, and I can't help feeling a bit sorry for her predicament, even knowing her story a small bit. Though that mullet is certainly worth the punishment she looks about to receive all on its own.

    If you've got a few less scruples than I, get ready to finish off the trio in May for about ¥8,381.

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

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  • 02/17/13--15:48: Devilrobots Snake To-Fu
  • To celebrate the Year of the Snake, Devilrobots has created their new Snake To-Fu toy. The cute 2” figure features an unassuming character dressed up in a snake suit. Get it now from their online store for $7.90 [+ s/h].

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    Vinyl Riot, a new online vinyl shop based in New York, is offering special savings to customers with its Riot Deal of the Week -- a new chance to save money on toys each week via a checkout code. To see the deals and receive the codes, head on over...

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    As the photographic portion of our 2013 International Toy Fair coverage winds down, we take a look at one of our favorite companies. Follow this link to the Factory Entertainment booth gallery to see the new additions to their Beatles, Universal Monsters, and 007 product lines as well as the new Archer, Ghostbusters, Jaws, and Back To The Future collections. The last being of certain historical significance as it features the first two figural collectibles based on the characters of one of the most beloved feature film trilogies of all time!

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    We continue our 2013 International Toy Fair coverage with another gallery from The Bridge Direct showroom, which includes additional images showing off Pinkie Cooper's interchangeable hair (ears?) feature, as well as everything not yet shown of their other products. Do note, the Strawberry Shortcake items on display were place holders. They used off the shelf Hasbro pieces to illustrate the scope of their upcoming line. Any images you find elsewhere are not actual products being created by The Bridge Direct. Follow the link above for a closer look.

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    We are officially on our last 2013 International Toy Fair gallery, even though we still have more content for you, and we may have saved one of the coolest collections for last. This gallery was shot using an iPhone while attending the Four Horsemen party on East 2nd Ave Saturday evening after the Hasbro event. On display was the Outer Space Men collection, a pile of related customs, the new (stunning) Power Lords prototypes, and a Cake Boss cake commemorating the reinvention of one of the coolest, yet forgotten, toy lines of the 1980's. The original Power Lords were produced in 1983 by Revell, and while they didn't last long, those of us that dug them really dug them. Follow the link above to check them out.

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    Today I began to photograph the dolls I purchased from the new Funny Face line.
    First, "Take the Picture." This doll has the original Vanessa sculpt and uses the Poppy Parker body

     The construction of the doll's fashion is very good.
    Her necklace is a very nice, intricate piece of doll jewelry.
    They made Vanessa look like some other character with the way she is screened. That doesn't please me but she is worth keeping. I may have her eyes repainted.

    I detest the Poppy Parker leg. The ankle looks deformed. There is no way to make the Poppy leg look graceful. She is always pigeon-toed and flat-footed looking. It's not cute.

    Coming: Reviews of "Think Pink" and the "Let's Kiss and Make Up" Gift Set.

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    You've seen the gallery earlier in our 2013 International Toy Fair coverage and now you can read about what was and wasn't shown in the NECA showroom. Click through for all the facts.

    UPDATE We've added additional information on the Predators, Aliens, Gremlins, Hobbit, and After Earth sections. Click through to find out more.

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    While sex toys are designed for fun and pleasure, some are better than others when it comes to staying safe and healthy. Here's what you need to know.

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  • 02/17/13--21:52: Think Mink

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    ElChavoLogoJAKKS Signs Master Toy Agreement for Products Inspired by the Hispanic Cultural Phenomenon Malibu, Calif. AND NEW YORK – February 13, 2013 – Leading U.S. toymaker JAKKS Pacific, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAKK), announced today it has been appointed as the North American Master Toy Licensee by Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, [...]

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    Suit up for Hot Toys' Iron Man Mark XLII pre-orders screenshot

    Tian previewed Hot Toys' Mark XLII Iron Man armor earlier this month, and he wasn't too impressed with the design of the suit. I'd agree, but that's on the movie studios' hands; the actual figure looks just as good as we've come to expect from Hot Toys. The LED illumination on the chest, eyes and hands looks pretty good, too, and you'll be getting many points of articulation on this figure, to boot. 

    Hot Toys' latest is US$164.99 and will be releasing in May. Anyone thinking of adding this to your armory? 

    [Pre-order at HobbyLink Japan | Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | Sideshow Collectibles]

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    Product Pre-order Launches Feb 25th Special “Death Sentence” Edition Also Available   LOS ANGELES, Feb 14th, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE)–-The iconic antagonist of Judge Dredd, Judge Death, is coming to “life” courtesy of Pop Culture Shock Collectibles. The leader of the Dark Judges, Judge Death comes from an alternate dimension where “the crime is life, the [...]

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    While the original trailer showed glimpses of Radiator Springs and CARS Characters, it’s now doubly official with announced CARS gamepieces. There are 4 worlds announced: Pirates of the Caribbean, Incredibles, CARS & Monsters University. Presumably Phineas, Toy Story & Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas are coming next. Without going into huge detail, you are a [...]

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