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    McFarlane Toys Halo Avatars Series 1 Lineup

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    CLIFTON — When Karen Schembre found herself with an abundance of new toys and more than 100 collectable Beanie Babies, an idea came to her mind to expand this collection of toys to benefit the needy children Toys For Tots Christmas drive.

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    In CARS 2, there were also some scenes at Flo’s Cafe & add-on Diner that were deleted … You can see the diner in teal green (wonder how she decided on that color.   ). to the right of the round V8 Cafe portion in the back … You can get anything you want at [...]

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    These painter work for your own home painting companies in massachusetts as well as home can be taken heed of. You really are working on household, that may be a great investment; it’s the same best suited that your particular painter mission can be seasoned in direction of the most efficient considerations. What this means [...]

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    [Business Wire] - Hasbro, Inc. has again been named to this year’s FORTUNE magazine’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list. This is the second year in a row Hasbro has made the

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    It's easy to understand why so many collectors see stripes when it comes to Steiff's terrific tigers.  Although a "relative" latecomer to the Steiff line (they first appeared in the company's catalog in 1915, about 23 years after it was first published in 1892), they were an instant hit.  Today they remain one of the company's most beloved patterns, and some enthusiasts specialize in them alone.  Over the years, Steiff has manufactured tigers in just about every size and configuration you can imagine, raging from a 6 cm sitting Nomotta "woolen miniature" version to a Studio, or life sized, 160 cm model.  

    One of the things Steiff has been able to do so successfully with tigers is to design them with unique features - whether lifelike, playful, or just plain adorable - regardless of their size.   Let's take a look at three very different styles of rare, handful-sized tigers Steiff created in the 1950's through the early 1970's and see what makes them so interesting from the collector's perspective. 

    Our first pint sized sweetie should have you moving and grooving if nothing else.  This is Steiff's 14 cm,  five ways jointed tiger cub. He is standing on all fours, and made from tan mohair that has been airbrushed with a base of orange with black striped details all over his head, back, and tops of his limbs. Tiger's rather serious looking face is detailed with green and black slit pupil eyes, pert mohair ears, a black hand embroidered nose and mouth, and mono filament whiskers. He has a little red highlighting around his lips and eyes.  Tiger was produced in 8, 10, and 14 cm from 1952 through 1959. The 8 cm version had a cord tail and was a US exclusive product.  

    (It is interesting to note that five ways jointed animals are labor intensive and expensive to produce, and Steiff produced fewer and fewer of them over time; by the late 1960's most previously five ways jointed designs had been converted to just head jointed (or none at all) to keep expenses under control.) 

    This second Steiff tiger is anything but a "tiny terror!"  Here we have the smallest version of Steiff's distinctive and rare Bengaltiger. He is 14 cm, sitting, unjointed, and made frombeautifully hand airbrushed mohair. He has green and black pupil eyes, a pinkand black embroidered nose, and black airbrushed claws. You can't help but crack a smile in reference to his most distinctivefeature:  his open mouth,  which is lined in peach colored felt; it looks likehe is grinning broadly (or yawning, your choice!) This brave baby was made in 14, 22,and 43 cm from 1959 through 1961 only.  His older brothers come four pointy teeth:  two on the top and two on the bottom.  It is quite rare to find the larger sizes in good condition with all of their teeth remaining. 
      
    X marks the spot of our final Steiff tiger under discussion today.  Here we have Steiff's "Ponx."  He is 17 cm, sitting, unjointed, and made from dralon.  His belly and undersides, as well as his sideburns and the linings of his ears are pure white, while his back, sides, and face are orange with black hand applied airbrushing.  His face is detailed with green and black slit pupil eyes, clear mono filament whiskers, a pink embroidered nose, and a black mouth.  If Shere Khan (the tiger from the movie The Jungle Book, produced by Steiff in 35 cm from 1968 through 1975) had a son, he probably would look alot like Ponx!  Ponx was made from 1971 through 1974 as part of a series called "der kleine tierversand" - which roughly translates into "the little animal series."  Each item in this series came in a special display box and was accompanied by a little blue booklet which told the story about the animal; the booklet included translations in German, English, and French. Details of Ponx's booklet can be found right below.


    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on interesting little vintage Steiff tigers has been the cat's meow for you.  

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

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  • 01/22/12--16:41: Cad Bane w/ TODO 360 (CW42)
  • One of the new characters introduced in the Clone Wars TV is Cad Bane, the guy that gets billed as the top bounty hunter in the galaxy after Jango Fett meets his grisly fate at Geonosis.



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    A Little Bit On The Adventure Time Meets Studio Ghibli Side

    Seventeen year old Tumblrer, David (couldn’t find a last name on his site), makes rad shit like this. Follow him.

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    Part 5 of the Adventure Time/Ghibli crossovers. Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.
    Lemongrab-Fujimoto I kinda added… because it just fits too well, heh.



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    "2011 was a huge year of creative growth for me.At the beginning of the year I made an asserted effort to build my art career by cutting back on my day job hours. Dropping down to 3-4 days a week at Five and Diamond I have been able to focus larger chunks of time to bigger projects and considering I haven't starved yet I think it has paid off! Looking back I am very fond of some of my 2011



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    Color Ink Book 14: The All Cute Edition is now available for preorder! You put “all cute” in the title, and I’m already won over. This cover by 64 Colors is my favorite of the bunch. Color Ink Book Volume … Continue reading

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  • 01/22/12--16:41: Tokyo Tours

  • Today we are going on a tour of Tokyo - not all of Tokyo mind you but on one of my favorite routes from Lalaport in Toyosu down the river on to Asakusa - a nice blend of the modern and the traditional past.


    Taking a day out to tour Tokyo is a luxury that I cant afford these days and only managed to pull one off because I was filming for Culture Japan Season 2 Episode 12. Today Yumi from AmiAmi and I will be your tour guide on this lovely Sunny day.


    From Lalaport, one can take the Himiko - a boat designed by Matsumoto Leiji - creator of Space Battleship Yamato, Galaxy Railways, Galaxy Express 999 and many more. You can find out more about the boat and departing times in the Himiko Tokyo Boat Cruise post.


    Wifey also helps out with the TV production and manages the second camera.


    Taking some B-roll.


    The Himiko approaches.


    The interior of the Himiko is so cool - would love an office like this!


    The boat cruise along Sumida River is lovely but the walk along the river bank is also nice too. This is what you can expect if you took the walk.


    Fans of Galaxy Express 999 with particularly like the cruise because the voice actors and actress give a tour of the ride down the river over the speakers.


    Yumi prepping the figures for the shoot on the Himiko.


    Interrogation time.



    Caption this photo.



    Interrogating the passengers.


    I recently found out that the Himiko is owned by a friend of a friend ^^; Was also told that I could use the Himiko whenever I wanted for a Culture Japan Night. Vividblaze also performed on the boat a few moons ago.


    Wifey shooting some B-roll for me.


    BAN
    DAI


    One of the coolest cockpits on Earth.



    Arrival at Asakusa.



    Tokyo Sky Tree in the background. 634 meters tall and currently the tallest tower in the world. Public opening is this May.


    Himiko picks up more passengers before heading back down the river.





    The building with the golden thing on top is the Asahi Building - famous for looking like something. What does it look like to you?
    There is a poll embedded in this article.


    My sound man Komoda-san and camera man Nara-san.


    Asakusa- where you can experience a more traditional Japan right in the heart of Tokyo - a must visit. But we can make the experience more special and traditional by getting changed into a more appropriate attire.


    Sensoji temple - the oldest in Tokyo. We'll be back after changing.


    Tokyo Sky Tree - so tall you can see it from Singapore.


    There are anime people in the streets.


    Japan is a bicycle country. London wasn't a bicycle city when I left the UK but when I went back I was shocked to see them all over the place. They introduced some congestion charge for cars which entered the city - this encouraged the citizens to bike it to work.
    Do you ride a bicycle to work or school? If so, what brand you recommend? I must get a new one this year and make it into an Itachari.
    There is a poll embedded in this article.


    The next stop is Edoko Machi - A kimono shop which sells and rents out Kimono for men and women. We rented two garnments for the day which only cost just over 6,000 yen - you can see examples of what you can get on this page.




    An introduction to a scene or cut is called Maefuri [前振り].
    B-roll is known as Butsudori [物撮り].
    Camera-san is the camera-man and Onsei-san [音声さん] is the sound-man.
    Hiiki [ひいき] is a wide shot while Yori [より] is a closeup shot.
    Itatsuki [いたつき] is where the subject is sitting down before the next cut begins.
    Hakeru [はける] is to move out of the camera's view.
    Shomei [照明] is lighting.
    Pinto ga atteinai [ピントがあっていない] means that the camera is out of focus.
    Musen [無線] refers to the wireless mics.

    Just thought I'd throw a few Japanese TV production terms at you ^^;


    I think its supposed to be a panda bus which you can see around the streets of Asakusa.


    The term Kimono is not just to describe garments for the ladies - men wear kimono too.


    Entrance to Sensoji - the Kaminarimon gate.


    Once you pass under the Kaminarimon gate - this is what you will see. This street is called Nakamise which is lined with food and traditional goods.


    This shop is on the right as soon as you enter Nakamise. Filled to the brim with Japanese-ness.


    Lots of friendly folks too!


    Glad I chose a job where I do lots of laughing which is supposed to be good for the health ^^;


    B-roll time.


    If you are visiting Nakamise then go on an empty stomach as there is lots to nibble on.


    Annotate in this photo what you would like to nibble on.





    We bump into our Culture Japan regular Nagatopyon.


    We filmed this episode on the 5th of December - t'was pretty cold in just the kimono ^^;;;
    If you want to try out the kimono's during the cold seasons, make sure you wear some of that Uniqlo Heat Tech stuff.


    The Asakusa area is a fantastic place to take photos. If you are wondering whether you are allowed to take photos of the shops - just do what I do and take the photos first and ask later.
    And then forget to ask later.




    At the end of Nakamise is Sensoji temple. Everything is lit up at night and becomes a photographers paradise.




    The traditional rubbing along with the modern.


    Making a prayer before moving along to the next location.


    Its not just the temple - all the back streets of Asakusa are lit up and look lovely at night.






    As you walk down Nakamise towards Sensoji temple, you will see this road branching off from your left.



    Filming the wrap up for Episode 12. We dont always film in order that the viewers see due to location and time constraints.


    Next stop is Hoppy Dori [ホッピー通り] - a road filled with Japanese style pubs. In the Summer, everybody is sitting outside enjoying the long evenings. In the Winter, everybody is inside being warmed up by the stoves.
    The name of this restaurant is Motsukushi. To get to Hoppi Dori, head to the location below.
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    After filming its time to treat the crew to some nom noms.




    Thats a wrap! At the end of a days filming, everybody would say to each other Otsukaresama deshita! [お疲れさまでした!] - a greeting used when somebody has been through some sort of hard work or ordeal. Folks in a hairdressers would even use it after you've had your hair washed - because you leaning back in a chair is supposedly an ordeal ^^;



    Most of these photos taken on the Sony NEX-5N with some on Nagatopyon's Lumix GF2.


    If you liked the photos in this post then you may want to watch the episode in full 720p which I uploaded to YouTube for you ;-)


    More places to visit in Tokyo listed up below.

    Other related Culture Japan posts below.


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    Our friends and sponsors at BigBadToyStore.com sent us the news of their latest arrivals and pre-orders.   Hasbro just sent us info moments ago to go ahead with listings for these assortments: 2012 Comic 2-Pack – Greatest Battles http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HAS21306&mode=retail 2012 Marvel Legends Wave 02 with Arnim Zola Build-A-Figure http://www.bigbadtoystore.com/bbts/product.aspx?product=HAS21305&mode=retail Diamond Select: Minimates Wave 45 – [...]

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    As the clock strikes a minute past twelve midnight on January 23rd (Singapore-time), I no doubt am still "awake", with the annual "ritual" of keeping awake past the Eve (the day of the "Reunion Dinner" - whereby everyone in the family comes back to share a meal together - very much like Thanksgiving, I reckon) into the Chinese Lunar New Year, in an act of "keeping vigil" to have your elders live



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    CoolToyReview has posted what it says are details regarding Mattel’s plans for the Dark Knight Rises. There are no pics and they don’t cite a source, but there will be a 6″ Movie Masters line that will feature a Build-a-Batsignal. Idle Hands is running a few Toy Fair 2012 previews, including NECA’s E.T. line. Unlike [...]

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  • 01/22/12--16:41: Relaunch the Batmobile
  • Due to the popularity of their 1/6th scale Batmobile Collectible, Hot Toys has relaunched the Batmobile from The Dark Knight movie. Look for it to be released in the second quarter of 2012. The 1/6th scale Batmobile Collectible features: • Headlights light-up function • Cockpit/roof opening panel • Movable brake flaps

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    click image below to see the entire gallerylt;img src=quot;http://tformers.net/g/generated/17033/transformers-devastator-tfc-hercules-neck-breaker%20(1)__scaled_600.jpgquot; /gt; Neck Breaker, the Generation 1 Bonecrusher homage, which was originally scheduled to ship in March of this year, began shipping last Monday, January 16, 2012. Thanks to Transformers Galaxy who got hands on a Mad Blender (Not Mixmaster) action figure to take some images and share some out of the box looks with us. Check out the

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  • 01/22/12--16:41: Antiques: Character toys
  • Toys often were made to resemble famous people or characters in plays, books or TV shows. Sometimes the character that inspired the toy is forgotten, but the toy remains popular with collectors because it is so well-designed, unusual or lovable.

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  • 01/22/12--16:41: DST Complets the Munsters
  • Much to the joy of fans of Diamond Selects “The Munsters” line DST has opted to complete the family.   DST has just announced they will release a 2-pack with Marilyn and Eddie Munster.  Like the original 3 figures these new figures were sculpted by Jean St. Jean studios. This 2-pack, expected in July also features [...]

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    figma Tomoe Mami, Madoka Nendoroid Petites delayed screenshot

    Well, Nendoroid Yune isn't the only January delay from Good Smile Company, it seems. As several of you pointed out in the comments, Madoka fans have every reason to hate this month because figma Tomoe Mami and the Madoka Nendoroid Petite series have both been delayed as well. Let's start with the news on Tomoe, who has been bumped back to March. No word yet on what caused the delay or if the other forthcoming Madoka figmas will suffer a similar fate, but we'll keep you in the loop, if that's the case.

    As for the Madoka Nendoroid Petite series, those are only getting bumped back a month to February, so not too long of a wait. Do either of these delays mess with your budgeting, Tomopop readers?

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