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REVIEW: Taxali’s Toy Monkey

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Unfortunately, sometimes in the designer toy market, a new company will be slightly overlooked.  Case in point: Chump Toys.  Chump Toys is a very small company just trying to start out…and they have put out a truly amazing first figure.  It’s by far and away one of my favorite releases of 2005.  Jason Amendolara (the designer and producer) has chosen a great piece of artwork to base a toy on.

The Toy Monkey, Chump’s first delve into the vinyl world, is your prototypical art piece.  It was taken from the artwork of Gary Taxali (if you haven’t seen his rustic approach…you need to check it out) and transformed into an 8-inch tall vinyl toy.  Now, there are no moving pieces or points of articulation.  It’s really just a 3-D representation of a work of art.

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There is a removable fez, and the monkey looks good with it on or off (I prefer leaving it on).  The fez is not connected in any special fashion.  It simply sits atop of the Toy Monkey’s head.

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Talkin’ Napoleon….sweet

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One of the most quotable movies of the new millennium is about to become the most quotable action figure series of the new (or any other) millennium. McFarlane Toys is excited to announce that each of our upcoming figures based on the hit independent film, Napoleon Dynamite, will feature voice chip technology that will allow fans of the film to not only own realistic representations of their favorite characters, but also re-live key moments with only the push of a button.

Want to hear some of the sweet phrases that will be included on the 6-inch and 12 inch figure lines? Well what are you waiting for....click this link. Gosh!

Now that’s a lot of meat….

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Few things in life bring joy like scrumptious, delicious meat – whether it’s a nice juicy steak or a burger fresh off the grill.  The more meat the better… With this thought in mind, Palisades Toys is happy to announce that their first [adult swim] MEGA figureMEGA Meatwad – is in-stock and shipping to retailers now. 

His brain is a squeaky toy, and he’s susceptible to the influence of Moon people…  He’s created a balloon monster and burned down Carl’s house. And most of all, he loves his dolls… which are actually an apple and a paper towel roll.  He’s the lovable Meatwad, and now he is a “doll” himself.  Measuring over 5 ½ inches tall and over 6 inches long, the MEGA Meatwad action figure is sure to delight fans of [adult swim] and shape-shifting globs of meat, alike! MEGA Meatwad is available at fine retailers everywhere, and the suggested retail price is $24.99.  Get yours today, and create some wacky adventures of your own!

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Swollen Deathray Toys

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Since there are so many very cool artists in this scene that are not household names yet...I'd like to introduce you to Ivey.  He creates all of his toys by hand using wire and clay. If you are interested in his work, he is planning on launching a website and also has one of his handmade toys up on ebay.

It took me a while to figure out why it is I like making my toys and I think the answer is in the mechanics. The form comes secondary to function in my mind. The biggest challenge in making these toys is trying to make a fully poseable action figure out of clay and wire. I didn't want to make a static object I wanted an "action" figure. I   borrowed a lot of tricks from stop motion animation artists when it came to making the armatures. Most importantly, I wanted to make them sturdy. It's taken me 6 months of work to perfect the frame and is the most time intensive aspect of the whole process when it comes to making a single toy. Aesthetically there are so many great artists out there I cant think of one single person that influences me. The best thing about the custom toy scene right now is the vast amount of   people involved. I think everyone has something to add, and without their support I wouldn't be writing this article.

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mimobots – The Cosmos Series

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Here is a toy launch that I have been looking forward to.

The first series of mimobots, the Cosmos Series, will be ready for launch on September 9. There will be a launch party at the Giant Robot store in NYC that evening. The Cosmos Series has been  designed by Yahid Rodriguez. We have been waiting a long time to see Yahid's work come to life (from his usual 3D format).

Above is an image of Fairybit (from the Cosmos Series). The first series (4 mimobot characters) will come in  3 drive sizes - 256mb, 512mb, and 1gb - all hi-speed USB(2.0) made in the USA. If you are unaware, these are not only toys...but they also are file storage devices that you're able to connect to your computer. Also, Cosmos Series is preloaded with an original music mix by DJ DB. Future mimobots will include exclusive character-related media content such as animation, games, and tunes. Can't wait!

August CD Recommendation

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I always enjoy giving a great album it’s due...that's why my music recommendation for this month is Amy Rigby’s “Little Fugitive”.  If you’ve never heard of Amy Rigby, shame on you!  You’re missing out on witty, smart songwriting and a truly unique voice.  I was first introduced to this amazing artist by chance…I went to see a concert where she was the opening act.  I actually enjoyed her performance more than the “main talent” and have been a fan ever since.

The music can be categorized as alt.country.  (And for those of you who see country and go eek! Folks like Wilco and the Old 97’s are also considered alt.country.  And her album was recorded in Brooklyn!)  Amy’s songs have a great tune to them, but you would be cheating yourself if you didn’t listen to the lyrics.  Take, for example, Are We Ever Gonna Have Sex Again from her “Til The Wheels Fall Off” album (2003).  Who else could come up with lines like: Screw making love/It’s way too ambitious/Let’s get down on the rug/After you finish the dishes?

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Want to Have Your Artwork Seen?

We're looking for some artistic types to add some spice to the site. As you can see, we currently have a super cool banner done by David Horvath. We will be displaying a different header banner every Friday - all created by new, amazing artists.

So if you're looking for some added exposure and you're an artist or toy designer, please read the following for submitting a banner for the site.

- create a banner that is 600 pixels wide by 200 pixels high
- the banner has to say "Plastic and Plush" in it...and these have to be the largest words
- you can draw pictures, show your artwork, have pics of your toys....whatever!
- you can put created by: so and so and include a written link to your site in the banner (it just can't be larger than "Plastic and Plush")
- I won't use any of these designs in advertising, making shirts or anything like that...it's just to give the site a cool look and to give you some free publicity.

mimobots launch at Giant Robot NY

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mimoco and Giant Robot New York invite you to celebrate the arrival of mimobot designer toy flash memory drives on Friday, Sept. 9th at GRNY. From 6 to 10 pm, super-designer Yahid Rodriguez (Mexico) will sign his Cosmos Series creations, while DJ DB (NYC, London) whose mix is loaded onto Cosmos Series mimobots, will spin for the occasion!

Plus many chances to win a mimobot plush designed exclusively for the launch by Shawnimal Smith (Chicago). You enjoy mimobots!

New Tentikills Available

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Well if you didn't get a chance to pick up one of the SDCC Glow-in-the-Dark Tentikill figures from Go Hero....your going to get a chance to pick up one of several other versions.  Android 8 sends word that they have their 2 exclusive Tentikill figures for sale.  You will need to email Glen directly to get your hands on one of these figures.

The Android 8 exclusive versions are the Stargoyle Ghost Silver White /Pearlescent (edition of 75) and the New Born Translucent Soft Vinyl - Light Purple (edition of 25).