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Mondo Christmas Ornaments (Madballs and Phantasm)

Mondo is celebrating the holiday season with the folks at Middle of Beyond to bring you ornaments inspired by two awesome properties: PHANTASM and Madballs. Though they don't expect to ship out orders until January 2017...so you might have to hold out to put them up on the tree next season.

Introduced in the 1979 horror classic PHANTASM, the Sentinel Sphere is the signature weapon of supernatural undertaker, The Tall Man. The flying silver orb is used to drill into the brain of his victims and drain their head-nog. The PHANTASM Sentinel Sphere Ornament is available for $15.00.

Those lovely, gross Madballs can also adorn your Christmas tree. Each disgusting glass ornament is 3 inches around and ready to hang in your tree...and make your family gag. Horn Head, Slobulus, Dust Brain, and Skull Face are each limited to 100 pieces and sell for $10.00 each or $35.00 for the set.

Jyn Erso (Imperial Disguise Version) and K-2SO Cosbaby(S) Set

Hot Toys has announced a new Cosbaby set from the upcoming film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The Jyn Erso (Imperial Disguise Version) and K-2SO Cosbaby(S) Set is expected to be released between Q4 of 2016 to Q1 of 2017. The Jyn Cosbaby stands approximately 4.33 inches tall with base while K-2SO stands approximately 4.72 inches tall with base. K-2SO is available individually and in a 2-pack set with the exclusive Jyn Erso (Imperial Disguise Version).

Pop! Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers

Funko has announced some new Pop! Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers figures. This new Pop! vinyl series features the Red, White, and Pink Rangers in unique action poses. There will also be variants and exclusives, such as the Metallic Pink Ranger and Metallic Red Ranger (feat. ninja coin deco). They'll be available exclusively at Hot Topic.

If you're interested in pre-order purchasing them, you can head over to Amazon.com.

 

Plastic and Plush Mystery Box

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It's been a while since we've offered the Plastic and Plush Mystery Box to readers. Basically, it's a USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box filled to the rim with toys. These could be vinyl, plastic, resin or plush...and most likely released sometime within the last 10 years. So there will be a number of hard to get items in these boxes. It's like a giant blind box that measures 12" x 12" x 5.5".

Each box will run $68.75. That's $50.00 plus the cost of shipping the priority mail flat rate box.

You can pick one up below...just in time for Christmas.

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REVIEW: DataPets

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Bright Star Gifts produces a line of USB storage drives that are hidden within a plush toy. They’re called DataPets. I counted over 100 different stuffed animals that are available as DataPets, spanning generic animals and licensed characters. I was given a choice as to which DataPet I’d like to check out for this review, but as soon as my kids saw a Pokemon character – the discussion ended.

So what is a DataPet? It’s essentially a manufactured stuffed animal that’s been cut open, had a USB drive inserted within its plush nether regions, had a cord run out of said nether regions, and then been stitched back up. The plush isn’t original (you can buy them from multiple outlets) and neither is the USB device. It’s basically the process and combination of pieces that creates a DataPet.

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I was able to find approximates of the items that make up this specific DataPet on Amazon. The Pikachu in a Charizard outfit plush sells anywhere between $9 and $38 (if I were comparison shopping, I’d go with the $9 one). You can pick up a 16GB flash drive for around $6, and a 6-foot USB cable (male to female) sells for about the same $6. So, on the low end, you’d be looking at a cost of about $21 to make your own. But then you’d also need to learn how to sew.

The 16GB DataPets sell for $39.95 each. So the difference ($18.95) is basically the labor costs. Because, you could do this all yourself if you wanted to. The DataPet doesn’t have an internal speaker or load any programming onto your computer. It’s a basic flash drive.

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One thing my kids didn’t like was that there was a large blue USB cable hanging out of Pikachu’s butt. They wanted to know how/if they could just rip that thing out. I suggested to the folks at Bright Star Gifts about possibly offering a retractable USB cable so you wouldn’t lose the ability for the thing to still be a stuffed animal. (It’s tough to cuddle with something that looks like it’s halfway through a colonoscopy) Also, I think the blue USB cable reminds me of those standard, old Ethernet cables. Very industrial and not very inconspicuous if you’re trying to hide this within your plush toy collection. But you should probably keep your cuddling stuffed animals separate from those you’re storing those important data files on.

You can pick one up at the following: 

Bright Star Gifts: $39.95 (16GB DataPet)

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Gremlins Mondo Tee-Kis

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Mondo has introduced their Mondo Tee-kis - a line of pop culture-inspired Tiki Mugs. The Gremlins Mondo Tee-Kis, designed by Michael Bonanno and sculpted by Ramirez Studios, will have four different glazeways available. Each ceramic piece measures 6.25 inches in height.

There is a Brown mug available exclusively at Alamo Drafthouse theaters. The Green mug - the general release version - sells for $25.00. The Candy Cane mug is a limited edition of 250 pieces and sells for $35.00. And the Microwave Melt mug is a limited edition of 100 pieces and sells for $45.00. They're expected to begin shipping in Q1 of 2017.

 

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Captain Action’s “Golden” 50th at CKRTLAB Toys

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Captain Action, the original super-hero action figure, is celebrating ihis 50th Anniversary. And CKRTLAB Toys and Captain Action Enterprises, LLC are proud to announce the Captain Action commemorative 50th Anniversary vinyl figure and the Arctic Adventurer variant.

The 50th Anniversary Captain Action figure comes embellished with a dynamic black and gold metallic uniform with a complimenting gold metallic lightning sword and raygun.

The Arctic Adventurer Captain Action figure is an homage to the 12-inch Round 2 figure. Adorned in a winter white and midnight navy uniform, this figure also includes silver metallic versions of the classic lightning sword and raygun.

Each one can be purchased for $21.50 from CKRTLAB's website.