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Dehara Yukinori: Oyasai Wars

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Hmm...it feels like just yesterday when I thought to myself - "There aren't enough cabbage-headed toys available".  And voilla!  Toy2R and Wonderwall are introducing a line of 2 Dehara Yukinori characters from Oyasai Wars.  Killer Cabbage and Mini Cabbage are limited to 500 pieces each.  Now only if they would smell of boiled cabbage...they'd be perfect!

Cucumouse designed by Kei Sawada

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Toy2R is introducing their latest figure design - Cucumouse.  This 6 inch tall figure is taken straight from Kei Sawada's Qee - Series 5C.  Look for the figure to launch in February and to retail around $20.  The Red and Blue version will be limited to 350 pieces, while the Yellow and Blue version will be limited to 100 pieces.

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Uglydolls up for a MAJOR Award

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Uglydolls have been nominated for the Specialty Toy of the Year Award from the Toy Industry of America (T.I.A.).  They are up against Blokus and Tipover! (board games), a 3-D pool table, and PlasmaCar (a bike for kids).  C'mon T.I.A., the Uglydolls deserve this one.  The awards will be announced on February 11th (prior to Toy Fair) at the Marriott Marquis in NYC.

2005 Toy Awards: Best Toy Line

Now start the big awards!  For the next week, we'll be presenting our 4 big categories - Best Toy Line, Best Plush Toy, Best Vinyl Toy and 2005 Toy of the Year.  The Best Toy Line Award comes down to 3 choices...all great choices. (at least I think so)

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UNKLBrand's TinPo figures are pint-sized, less "urban" version of their HazMaPo toys.  It's a line of 10 figures that are part cute, part freaky.

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Neth Creatures by J were the surprise hit of San Diego's Comic Con.  Tucked away in a back corner somewhere, some folks were lucky enough to catch the preview of this unique art toy line.  The first series of 9 designs were just as spectacular.

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One of the most controversial lines of the year was Camille Rose Garcia's girls from Necessaries Toy Foundation.  It's one of my favorite lines of the year (you can read more about that in a future review) although some people have issues with some of the girls tipping over.  I think the design and sculpting makes up for that.

Winner: NTF's Camille Rose Garcia Girls
I think 3 out of the 4 figures are amazing designs.  Lula, Patch and Cherry Girl are my favorites.  i have had some balance problems with the Sadie and Katie figure...but she was my least favorite of the bunch anyway.  It's actually not tha uncommon for figures this size (and this complex) to have balancing issues.  This really is a great set of toys.  I love how NTF always puts out big toys for an affordable price and, from what I've seen, they always stand behind their products.

Octocity Scarygirl – STRANGEco ed.

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Nathan Jurevicius’ beloved Scarygirl is off to the city in this great
new 10-inch version. Complete with a full set of accessories, including
2 sets of arms, basket, handbag and two bird companions.

This special STRANGEco edition features a black outfit with red graphics, and is limited to 200 pieces.  It should available soon through STRANGEco's website.

Soon…Rustboy Toy

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Android 8 has announced that later this month, they will be releasing Brian Talyor's Rustboy figure.  This characer is from Taylor's classic short film of the same name.  Collectors will want to get their hands on this piece.  You might have previously seen shots of a Glow-in-the-Dark version, however they have decided to go with a Regular (like the film character) and a Bronze version.

Mini Treehouse Series 2

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The folks at STRANGEco have dug up a photo of Nathan's Mini Treehouse 2 figures. I'm not sure which of the lot is my favorite...so many to choose from.  I also like that they are redoing the treehouse collectible stand for the second series.

2005 Toy Awards: The Readers’ Picks

We asked our readers to submit their choices for 5 categories.  These included the Best Vinyl Figure, Best Plush Figure, Best Toy Line, Best Company and Toy of the Year.  The resutls are in and there were some very close races.

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Best Vinyl Figure
This award went to Mr. Bunny from Joe Ledbetter and Wheaty Wheat.  A close second was Huck Gee's Skullhead figures.

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Best Plush Figure
The Uglydolls were a runaway winner...although folks seemed to differ as to which was their favorite (Ugly Dog, Limited Edition Wage, Mini Uglys).  Readers chose Shawnimals for second place.

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Best Toy Line
Readers were definitely fans of Kidrobot's Dunny line.  Qees, produced by Toy2r, came in a close second.

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Most Outstanding Toy Company
This was the most competitive category with Wheaty Wheat Studios (on the heels of their Ledbetter line) squeaking out a victory over Kidrobot, Toy2R and STRANGEco.

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Toy of the Year
You folks chose Mr. Bunny as your favorite toy of thise past year.  In a somewhat ironic twist, Fire-Cat (also designed by Joe Ledbetter and Wheaty Wheat) came in a close second.

New Smokin’ Joe Figure

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Frank Kozik, Shepard Fairey and Ningyoushi have teamed up for the final incarnation of Smokin' Joe.  This vinyl figure has a camo pattern and is holding an OBEY sign designed by Fairey.

This special camouflage edition is limited to 200 pieces and licensed
by OBEY. Figure and sign are made out of vinyl. They are available exclusively from Ningyoushi.

A Forum and a Mailing List!!

The New Year has brought added new features to Plastic and Plush! 

We now have a mailing list.  You can subscribe by entering your email address into the field on the right hand side of our homepage.  You will then be kept up to date with all of our contests, reviews and interviews.

In bigger news...we also have a brand spankin' new Discussion Board.  I'm hoping to build it up as a place where we all can go to discuss what's hot and new in the world of vinyl toys.  We'll be adding more discussion areas throughout the next week or so.  Also, it is through EZBoard, so your old Kidrobot usernames and passwords should work.  See you on there!