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  • 04/16/13--05:27: Alyss Toys PlasmaCar
  • The PlasmaCar from Alyss toys is propelled forward by wiggling the steering wheel from side to side.

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    3A has announced their latest addition to the Dreamworks’ Real Steel 1/6 Figure, the main character ATOM! Toy Garden and Toywiz Malaysia will be bringing both the normal retailer version as well as the Bambaland exclusive version which includes the Bot Controller! Details as below: - 1/6th scale , 40cm tall - Fiber optic light [...]

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    We have received the latest 2013 Fast And Furious Movie 1:64 scale diecast models from Hot Wheels! Fast & Furious 6 is an upcoming 2013 American action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin. It is the sixth installment in the Fast and the Furious film series! This super hotwheels cars will [...]

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    Frankly blogging, I had absolutely zero intentions to further blog about "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" … but this was too "rich" not to post! Seems this is a first look at actor "Jamie Foxx" as "Electro"! And I simply cannot help but remember "Mr Freeze" (played to the campy-hilt by Arnold Schwarzenegger) from 1997's "Batman and Robin"! (C'mon, it's not only about the Bat-Nipples, ya know? LOL) Sure, I'm only looking at it visually on the surface, pinpointing blue-for-blue parallels, and perhaps there are much more layers and nuances to the character blahblahblah LOL


    (More images via here and here)

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    Before I counted myself among the hallowed elite known as Mothers, I wholeheartedly frowned on several mom-related things. Whether dressing girls in head-to-toe pink, watching Dora, following a strict routine, or allowing licensed toys into my home, I intended to refuse it all. But, as all well-seasoned parents know, I’ve seen the error of my [...]

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    Toy Aisle Trolls is a feature highlighting acts of vandalism to in-store toy items. If you find a ruined package, a stolen figure, a swapped-out figure, or any other such acts, take a photo (cell phone photos are fine if they’re not blurry) and email them to Submitted by: T16skyhopp

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    Very "soon", expect the above WIPs of Jon-Paul Kaiser's "TolTequila" custom-Tequila to be replaced by the finished reveal, to match the below-posted tease (which features a club made from Obsidian and Cedar). Looks to be an awesome custom toy come, no? *LOVE*

    TolTequila Rear

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    [Business Wire] - Hasbro, Inc. today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Brian Goldner, will present at the Barclays Retail and Consumer Discretionary Conference in New York City on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

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    From ThinkGeek … The set “… contains 50 decals, plenty to decorate multiple cars and your wee geeks’ bedroom windows. There are 4 characters included: Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man. Each character comes in 6 versions: Dad, Mom, Daughter, Son, Dog, and Cat.“ Just be sure and save the dog & cat decals [...]

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    Launching April 26th and exhibiting thru May 18th at Gallery 1988 (West) is "The Official Bad Robot Art Experience" - featuring possibly artwork from Bad Robot's slate of works, which include television series like Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest, Alcatraz ect, and feature films like Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, not to mention the upcoming Star Wars Episode 7, yeh?

    Personally to me, J.J. Abrams is amongst the Top Three "Geek-Directors" in this immediate age (alongside Joss Whedon and Guillermo Del Toro), so this looks to be an interesting scene to be had, methinks! First salvo from DrilOne with the manifestation of the robot mascot running thru the grassy-field in 3-dimensional glory!

    Big Bad Robot #jjabrams #badrobot #wip Another work in progress #jjabrams #badrobot @galleries1988
    (WIPs by DrilOne)
    Bad robot almost done #jjabrams #badrobot @galleries1988

    The show is also held in association with The Mission Continues" - an association that "challenges veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America." Full event details when I have them.

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    The same weekend we'll be at C2E2 in Chicago, Super Festival 62 is taking place in Tokyo, and Cometdebris will be one of the attendees. I spotted a bit of news originally on TOYSREVIL concerning what he's bringing, and besides the Sametan and Kappa Shonen colorways, he has a new figure: Ace Robo. Clearly inspired by Gigantor and the other early robot anime series, Ace Robo features a jetpack, articulation at the shoulders and neck, and is cast in a red glitter vinyl. The 17.5-cm figure will be at the show for US$60, and man, do I already love this design; it's got a nice retro look to it.

    Ace Robo and the other two exclusives will be for purchase at the event, but if you can't make it, they'll all go up on his store on April 28 at 7 a.m. Pacific (10 a.m. Eastern, 2 p.m. GMT).

    Cometdebris bringing Ace Robo to Super Festival 62 screenshot


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    The Strong has announced two recent additions to its professional staff: Marisha Burgess has been hired as chief entomologist at The Strong where she provides primary oversight for all wildlife that inhabit the Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden (including butterflies, birds, and small reptiles), as well as for the aquaria housed in the National Museum of Play. Julia N. Rossi has [...]

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    "This film is based on the true story of Shepard Fairey's first act of street art during his time at Rhode Island School of Design from 1989-1992."
    OBEY THE GIANT was Julian Marshall's thesis film at Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. It is a film about RISD students, made by RISD students ... Autobiographical. Fictional. Whatever the reality may be, this is a decent well-made short, indeed.

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    As I mentioned a while back, I’m now officially a cherry picker on Masters of the Universe Classics. This includes selling off some of the figures I don’t want as they arrive from this year’s subscription. In addition, my interest in MOTUC has, not waned per se, but become more moderated, so that I’ve even [...]

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    Lechery is known for their multiple colors of similar figures, but with the release of teacher Mari, it seems like they're trying something new. Gamers--and JRPG fans in particular--may remember Namco's Tales of Hearts experiment, releasing one game with cutscenes in a Square-style CG mode, and one version with the cutscenes in the normal anime style. Similarly, Lechery is doing the same here, releasing a "Real" version Mari, and a "Manga" version.

    Long ago in the past I've stated that I don't think realistic designs are very suited to figure form, which is why most of my interests lie in the Eastern styles. That somewhat continues to hold true here, as I can't really get behind the Real version Mari. It's not a total miss, but something in her face just seems less than inviting. Meanwhile, the Manga version doesn't quite seem up to the usual Lechery standards either, but it certainly seems like the better of the two.

    I particularly enjoy the coloring of Manga Mari's outfit more, and I like what seems to be a subtle hint of eyeshadow, definitely a rarity in figures. One thing that is a bit of a miss though is both seem to have extremely long legs. Sure, that comes with the territory in anime, but when it's long enough to notice you might have crossed the line a bit. While the manga version may be superior, neither Mari seems to have the appeal of most Lechery figures. Still, if you're intrigued, both girls are crafted from candy resin, so get ready to fork over ¥12,000 a piece when they arrive in July.

    [ Pre-order Real ver. at Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan ]

    [ Pre-order Manga ver. at Otacute | Hobby Search | AmiAmi | CD Japan ]

    Lechery goes back to school with a pair of teachers screenshot


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    Little ones have the power to turn the most basic objects into adventure props with their own minds. Sometimes, large and high-tech toys are cast aside for the box they came in. I remember making guitars to play with out of old tissue boxes and toilet paper rolls when I was young. Now, Box Play [...]

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    Walking Dead Minimates Series 4 Comes This Summer If you are one of the millions of fans of The Walking Dead on TV then you probably don’t have a clue how the prison story line will end, but...

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    [Business Wire] - World Trade Jewelers is pleased to announce their collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. to create and distribute jewelry designs expertly replicating select Hasbro related themes.

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    I was obsessively careful in arranging our trip: limo to airport, flight, pay for luggage, pre-check-in online, tickets to parks, car rental, hotel reservation. It seemed endless but finally came together. The limo arrived exactly on time. We got to the airport with plenty of time for coffee and for the long walk to the gate. Why is it that every flight I take is ALWAYS the last gate in the terminal? So we're  We get through the full body scans without a problem and get to the gate. We were told that the gate on the ticket was still the same gate. Well it wasn't and we didn't realize that until 15 minutes before boarding. Then when we got there, the overhead bins were already filled so they had to take our carry-on luggage in which things I didn't want to be checked had to be checked. Ugh. You can be sure I will not be at the wrong gate on the way home because two Gene dolls will be in my carry-on and no one is going to come between me and those dolls.
    The flight was fine. The luggage arrived quickly in un-tampered-with condition. We go to the car rental desk and they can't find my name or Bob's name. I never remember whose name I use for these things. But it didn't matter because we were at the wrong rental company anyway. Embarrassing but pretty funny. Got a car at the right desk. Drove to the hotel picking up our Universal tickets on the way.
    Check-in at the hotel was a little delayed as our room wasn't quite ready. The lady at the desk gave me a big spiel about how our room was upgraded and that we were getting free bottles of water because I'm a Hilton Honors member. The room has a very nice view overlooking Universal but other than that, the hotel needs a major upgrade. They are about 10 years overdue for a face lift. It's kind of dark in the bathroom. The bed, however, is very comfortable and clean.

    View From Our Room
    I can sum up Universal Studios in a few words: go to Disney World instead.  Universal doesn't hold a candle to the professionalism and operation of Disney. We enjoyed a few rides yesterday but otherwise, it's a mess of disjointed buildings and lame employee scripts. Our favorite ride was had to do with the Minion characters from the movie, Despicable Me. I love those little creatures and this ride is a 4D event that is lots of fun. We went twice. The second time I had my eyes open. Ha ha.
    The Mummy ride was dumb and not scary at all. Terminator was OK. The disaster thing had an awful narrator who made the wait to get to the real thing interminable. Skip it. The one at Disney is 100% better. The Men In Black 'ride' was cute. No great shakes.
    Don't eat at Mel's diner. Ugh.
    The patisserie was lovely but all we had there was cappuccino and gigantic oatmeal (delicious) raisin cookies.
    Every ride exits through a related gift shop and there's very little that worth buying. They do, however, have several Hot Toy's character figures for sale. But they are just worth looking at for their perfection.
    I did buy this little Minion and a Mr. Potato Head type toy that has a Minion body instead of a potato.
    Today we're going over to the Universal park that is Harry Potter themed. It should be interesting just for the character of the buildings.

    The best thing about Universal is their City Walk. The Disney equivalent (I forget the name) is very tame by comparison.

    Disney World is beautiful and big and the rides are memorable, from the spinning tea cups to the haunted house. Universal is a mess - an expensive mess, at that.

    Monday, April 15, 2013  at Islands of Adventure, Universal

    This part of Universal is much newer. It's divided into several areas each of which has it's own theme structures and rides. It's much more attractive and a little more interesting. The Spider Man ride was pretty good. My expectations were lower so I wasn't disappointed.

    I focused on trying to take pretty postcard pictures.

    I will post more pictures on Face book.

    When I return home, the doll related posts will go up.  Last night Sandra Stillwell and I played with the new Gene,  dressed and photographed her and an IT doll in Sandra's fashions. I also shot nude pictures of three versions of the Gene body. The major difference I see is that the new Gene seems slightly shorter. Everything fits the new body including shoes.

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    Mikono Suzushiro hails from Aquarion Evol, and is the leading lady in the cast. Although a little stereotypical, she is pretty cute. This March, HLJ had a big sale on Bandai items with many items marked 80% off, among the items that were on sale was this Figuarts Zero Mikono collectible. She was only $16 plus shipping.

    I'm kind of picky about buying mostly quality figurines, but I'm willing to give any company a chance or two to see what they can make. Was my bargain priced figure just a piece of junk or was it a treasure in disguise? Hit the jump to find out.

    Tomopop Review: Bandai Figuarts Mikono screenshot


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