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    Although arts and crafts remains one of the top categories year after year, tests such as the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking show that kids are becoming less and less creative. Last month at Toy Fair, I had the opportunity to meet with Creativity for Kids, who, in an effort to get kids back on [...]

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    Big Bad Toy Store has updated their site with their latest pre-orders and new arrivals. Click through to get in on the latest from Hasbro, Diamond Select Toys, Bandai, Sideshow Collectibles, Kotobukiya and more!

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    What's the most important treat the Easter bunny can deliver... candy or a Steiff treasure?  Well, Steiffgal would be fibbing if she said she didn't really love sweets, almost as much as Steiff!  And both are essential in the perfect Easter basket.  Here are three tiny vintage "lying style" treats that are perfect for a Steiff lover's Easter basket... that also leave plenty of space for chocolate bunnies, jelly beans, and other seasonal goodies. 

    Wouldn't ewe just love to curl up with this first featured friend?  Here we have a very sweet example of Steiff's relatively hard to find lying Lamm or lamb. This little handful is all of 10 cm, curled up, unjointed, and made from white wool plush. She has green and black glass slit pupil eyes and a simple hand embroidered nose and mouth. When she left the factory in Germany, she was detailed with a baby blue silk ribbon and a brass bell.  This pattern was made in 10 and 14 cm from 1954 through 1955 and then again in 1966 through 1972 in 25 cm.  It is interesting to note that on this particular example, her chest tag has the name "Lamby" on it, although she appears in the reference books simply as Lamb.

    Our next barnyard basket buddy just may get your goat - with his cuteness, that is!  Here we have Steiff's Ziege or goat.  He is 10 cm, lying, and made from tan mohair that has been nicely highlighted with darker tan airbrushing on his body, legs, and face.  Goat's ears and the underside of his tail are made from peach colored felt.  His face is detailed with green and black slit pupil eyes, a black hand embroidered nose and mouth, and just a touch of red around his lips.  Goat retains his original colorful bear faced chest tag, salmon colored silk ribbon, and bitty brass bell.  This design was made in 10 and 14 cm from 1954 through 1956 only, and is considered relatively rare.  Like his sister Lamb discussed above, it is interesting to note that on this particular example, goat's chest tag has the name "Zicky" on it, although he appears in the reference books simply as Ziege.

    Of course, rabbits are the perfect Easter accessory, so this last selection should put everyone "at ease."  Here we have Steiff’s 6 cm Lieg Hase, or Lying Rabbit. And by “lying,” Steiffgal means “outstretched,” not “dishonest.” This rabbit is reclining and made from mohair. She is head jointed and has quite a prominent “tail end.” Her ears are lined in pink velvet and she has a pink, hand-embroidered nose; black lips, and clear monofilament whiskers. Probably her most eye-catching feature is her outstanding black and white google-style peepers! This basking bunny was made in 6, 9, and 12 cm from 1953 through 1970.

    Steiffgal hopes this discussion on little lying Steiff Easter-themed treasures has been a breath of spring air for you.

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

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    ODD! Brainfreeze.be sent us a note about their interview with toy designer Mark Bellomo. Bellomo is the author of Totally Tubular 80s Toys (which I own, by the by), and has written for magazines such as ToyFare, Wizard, Lee’s Toy Review, and Tomart’s, has authored a number of toy guide books, and apparently serves as a pop culture consultant for [...]

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    By Stephanie Carver, The Orb Factory Craft kits are often the go-to activity on those blustery rainy days, but that doesn’t mean that when the sun is shining you can’t get crafty. Get Messy Children love getting messy. Take advantage of sunny days and let them get a little messy outdoors. Set up a table [...]

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    Thanks to the official Transformers page who have posted a heads up about special sales coming this weekend: Keep an eye out for this Sunday's coupon section of your local paper for great savings on Transformers Beast Hunters figures, Bot Shots, KRE-O and more! Read the sales coupons listing below for more details!

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    As an occupational therapist, when Gavin was born, I knew a lot about developmental baby toys. However, those of us that have kids know no matter how much reading you do, even if your job prior to having children involved working with kids in some capacity, babies don’t come with instruction manuals and nothing can [...]

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    Fun Publications has announced that the official Transformers BotCon 2013 registration is now live. Registration can be done right online at the BotCon website for the event running from June 27 to 30 in San Diego, California. Registration levels range from the Primus Package ($365 for club members, $450 for non-members) down to the Mini-Con Package ($90 to $150) with various perks for each level. As mentioned previously the theme this year is Machine Wars and the figure box set includes Hoist, Skywarp, Strika, Obsidian, and Megaplex. Additional figures for the theme will also be available at the convention. Every year there's a special class that teaches customizing techniques using an unbuilt and unpainted figure which often sells out within a day of registration opening. For the first time this year they've announced that the class figure will made available for sale to attendees that don't attend the class pre-assembled, but still unpainted. The figure is limited to one per person and must be picked up in person. They won't be announcing who this figure will be before the event. Full details can be found on the website. 

    So who's planning to make the trip to attend this year? I've never been to a BotCon as much as I would love to, but the Machine Wars theme and figure lineup isn't really enough to draw me in this year. Next year on the other hand is probably the one not to be missed. They'll be celebrating the franchise's 30th anniversary and there should be quite the bash. I'm guessing they'll be back in Rhode Island again to celebrate at Hasbro's home office. I sure hope so, that's a trip I would make. 

    BotCon 2013 registration has begun screenshot


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    Thanks again to the Official page who reminds us to wish a Happy Birthday to Transformers Hall of Fame inductee Bob Budiansky, the man who named Optimus Prime (and many other Transformers characters) as the original writer of the Transformers comic book!

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    Cavey fans: if you're going to ToyCon UK, you're in luck. Holly is bringing with her two special Caveys — one plush, one vinyl — for the event, the Toyconcaveysaurus. The plush one is a fleecy aqua number, while the vinyl one features a fabric spine. Both are made to look like the ToyCon UK mascot, Tcon. If you're looking for them, they'll be show releases for £25 (plush, 25 pieces) and £15 (vinyl, 10 pieces), with the leftovers on the Cavey shop afterwards.

    But wait, there's more! Also announced was the Vinyl Cavey Custom Show, celebrating Cavey's third birthday. It returns to Fleet River Bakery (71 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3JF, London, U.K.) on Friday, May 31 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. GMT. Your artist list includes: Ali Coleman, Chauskoskis, Cris Rose, DMS, Doktor A, DrilOne, Gary Ham, George Gaspar, Haus of Boz, Jay222, Jake Waldron, Jeremiah Ketner, Jon Paul Kaiser, J*RYU, Kerry Dyer, Lady Lauren Loves, Leecifer, Lisa Rae Hansen,  Luke Chueh, Lunabee, Matt Jones, Map Map, Mike Strick, Mister Lister, Okkle, Onell Design, Onorio Depiro, Peskimo, Phil Corbett, Planet Domu, Podgy Panda, RunDMB, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Sergey Safonov,  Squink!, Stitches and Glue, The Sucklord, The Tarantulas, and Triclops. Expect Caveys, customs, and cakes! 

    Cavey gets ready for ToyCon UK, plus another event screenshot

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    When it comes to family movie night we like to make an event of it. We enjoy movies but when we get new 3D movies we really like to have fun with our girls. It’s a great way to spend time as a family and small but sweet gestures to our children just create fun... [Continue Reading]

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    Corey Helford Gallery (CHG) and CHG Circa join forces to present their largest group show of the season on Saturday, March 23rd with Art Collector Starter Kit - new 12″ X 12″ works by over 50 artists, including: Amy Sol, Camilla d’Errico, Colin Christian, Eric Joyner, Luke Chueh, Natalia Fabia, Paul Frank,Ron English, Stella Im Hultberg [...]

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    This Is What All Your Dead Marios Look Like When You Lose A Life

    Our friend and designer toy artist extraordinaire RSIN sent us these pics of his custom Mario figure for the Game On art show being hosted by 1AM Gallery during this year’s Game Developers Conference. This custom 8” Mario piece features a sculpted base, gold accents, and Mario’s grill has been sculpted into a Mexican sugar skull with gold teeth.

    Kind of makes me wish there was some sort of evil power-up item that made Mario look like this in the games.

    Check it: More custom toy posts on Albotas
    Buy: Super Mario 5" Vinyl Figure Set of 5

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    It's always a little awkward to see a head shot thumbnail and think sure, I'll post that. Then you click through to the full figure and are hit with a sudden "...Oh." As such, I give you Maid Bride's Yuki, looking like quite the innocent headphone girl at first glance, until you let your eyes wander.

    While it may not be the smartest thing to be wearing a piece of electrical equipment while partaking in a presumed wet t-shirt contest, I still can't help but find Yuki a bit appealing. She's certainly got allure for the pervier fans, but I'm mostly drawn in by that lovely hair and the headphones adding a bit of detail to an otherwise simple figure.

    I would actually love to see her with a proper opaque shirt and nothing else changed, but even as is she could be worth your ¥8,286 when she arrives in September.

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

    [NSFW] Maid Bride's Yuki is living dangerously screenshot

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    This Video Game Store’s Sign Is A Giant Neon Nintendo Cartridge!

    Coolest light-up storefront sign ever? We think so. This sign can be seen atop 8BIT Video Games, a retro video game shop in Shillington, Pennsylvania specializing in classic games for NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, and more. Their official grand opening is tomorrow, Saturday March, 16, at noon.

    Unlike more tradition (i.e. corporate) video game retailers, this store is owned and operated by actual fans.

    We actually did a video interview back in the day with one of the owners, Paul, back in the day when he ran a little shop called Level Up Games and let us host our own Pokémon Fight Club.

    Terrible video production quality and oldschool aspect ratio FTW!!!

    He’s essentially a gamer who amassed such a huge collection that he just eventually decided to turn it into a store. Living the dream!!!

    If you live in the Reading/Shillington/Wyomissing area or feel like making the hour-long trek from Philly, you’ll definitely want to check this place out!


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    Check out this video, which features a more in-depth look at Simone Legno’s inspiration behind the designs for the collaboration between TKDK and New Era! After partnering up with New Era for seven years and designing hundreds of caps, we are thrilled to introduce our exclusive TKDK x New Era collection! TKDK x New Era Jungle [...]

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    Wave18Back when wave 18 of Mattel’s DC Universe Classics line was announced I was very excited.  I loved those old Super Friends shows.  My internet name, “superfriend” is taken from it.  And now we were getting figures.  The problem was that the price had recently gone up.  They were now 16$ each. I had no [...]

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    SWMadnessLogoIt’s a showdown between the Light Side and Dark Side in the first “This Is Madness” tournament! Vote for your favorite Jedi, Sith, scoundrel, rebel, or bounty hunter and help decide who is, once and for all, the galaxy’s most popular Star Wars character. The first round begins on Monday, March 18! Cast your votes [...]

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    Alex Pardee picks up the next collaborative release gig with Kidrobot Black with his upcoming DigesTED figure. There will only be 250 of these gruesome beasts available worldwide. They will each be hand numbered and feature an engraved signature on the bottom. You can find them available through Kidrobot Black...


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    The original randomly selected winner of Sideshow Collectibles' DC Comics 1/6 scale Joker figure didn't get back to us, so it is going back up for grabs. We will award it to a contributing comment from today until the end of the month. If you are commenting to win, make sure to check your settings to ensure that you are getting notifications when someone replies to your comments!

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