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March Madness Toy Tournament

We've set up all of the brackets for our first annual March Madness Toy Tournament.  We have assembled 64 of the top toy artists out there and have seeded them in 4 different regions (East Coast, West Coast, Asia and Worldwide).  The winners will be selected in online polling through our forum - go to the Polls section and vote in all of the matchups (they continue onto page 2). 

Round 1 voting will end on Saturday March 11th.  So go on vote..and check back in for the first round results.

The Urbanites & TADO Print

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The exclusive Horror On Tour giclee print is currently for sale through Wheaty Wheat's online store.  The 18x24" print is limited to 50 and signed and numbered by the artists - TADO and Chris Lee.

Save Huck! MAD*L – For Sale

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The MAD*L everyone has been waiting for is now available only through the Wheaty Wheat website.  The Save Huck! MAD*L will be individually numbered and signed by Huck Gee.  The run was supposed to be only 50, but due to a huge outpouring of interest...it has been upped to 100.  The figure will cost $106, with all proceeds donated to Huck's defense fund.

The Story of Kuggs

About two years ago, Andrew and Johnny (of Blackwater Toys) were going to lunch everyday in the park. And through those lunches came the idea of Kuggs.

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We were talking about how the everyday ordinary person is never really given a chance to live life to it's fullest and how only the rich can enjoy it.  It was almost like his destiny is already written for him. He was forced to play the hand he was dealt  - whether he's is forced to work because he had bills to pay or forced to steal because of he was given no opportunity.  We wanted to tell a story about that and thought Urban Vinyl was the perfect medium for us. We always thought it was another form medium where one can express himself there but the cool thing about it was it was in a form of a toy!

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Gumos Header Card

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Max Toy Company is giving us a sneak peek at the header card for their Gumos figure.  In true retro kaiju spirit, the figure looks to be bagged with a header card.

Biskup’s Alpha-Gaichou and The Foul Flock

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Tim Biskup's latest Alphabeast creature - Alpha-Gaichou - is a 7” tall vinyl bird.  The first version is set to be released this coming July.  There will be 350 of the black painted version and they will not go on sale until Flopdoodle has them in their hands. As a special offer for Biskup fans, Flopdoodle will be packaging a set of figures called The Foul Flock.  This set will feature the black painted version as well as four different unpainted versions: Glow-In-The-Dark, Light Blue, Black and Yellow. There will be 60 of each unpainted version and only 50 complete sets.

Behind Blythe – Toy Tokyo Showroom

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Toy Tokyo is proud to present Behind Blythe - an exhibition of the revival of Blythe dolls by Japan's Cross World Connections (CWC) - with photographs by official Blythe photographer Gina Garan. Find out more about the rebirth of Blythe that began in Asia and how she has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Blythe producer Junko Wong (from Tokyo) will be on hand to sign autographs with New York's own Blythe photographer Gina Garan! Be sure to bring your Blythe and camera for this exciting event!

March 3rd to March 17th
The Showroom NYC - Toy Tokyo
117 2nd Avenue 2nd Floor NYC, NY
(212) 673 5424

Opening Reception:
March 3rd (Friday) Starts at 6pm ending at 9pm
Meet CWC Creative Producer of Blythe, Junko Wong, and the official Blythe Photographer Gina Garan!

Cute and Curious Neo Blythe will be available for the first time in the US at this venue!  CWC invites you to come see this adorable new addition to the Blythe family.

Blue Berry Dr. Bombs from Kozik

Toy2R and Frank Kozik's 10" Dr. Bomb is set to be launched in a new colorway - Blue Berry Surprise.  Kozik will be offering the exclusive Blue Berry figure.  So you will need to contact Frank directly from at sales@frankkozik.net.  It will be limited to 100 pieces with the infamous cigarette and 100 pieces without.  They are to sell for $80 plus shipping.

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Gary Baseman Takes Over Raleigh

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Wootini and AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Raleigh are bringing Gary Baseman to Raleigh, NC (my town) for a lecture on Thursday, March 2nd at the NC Museum of Art.

Tickets are:
$10 for AIGA student members
$20 for AIGA members and student non-members
$30 for non-AIGA members

Times:
The lecture will begin at 7:30pm, with a reception starting at 6:30pm, in the education wing of the museum.

Exclusive workshop with Gary Baseman:

Friday, March 3 from 2pm – 4pm

It will be a creative workshop where you can learn more about Gary's techniques or just doodle with him.

PRICES
$60 - AIGA non-members
$40 - AIGA members and student non-members
$30 - AIGA student members

Gary Baseman Signing:

Friday, March 3 from 7pm - 9pm at Wootini.

And of course, Mr. Baseman will be signing at Carrboro’s Wootini.  Signing begins at 7:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm.  This timeline will be strict, so if you are concerned about making it in time - be here early.

They'll have lots of things on hand that can be signed by Gary so come on out.

Android 8: Mark Osborne’s More

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Here is a sneak look at Android 8 and Mark Osborne's figure - More.  If you haven't seen Osborne's animation revolving around this character, you are missing out.  Android 8 had this prototype on display at NYCC.  I know it's something I am looking forward to being released...you really need to watch the animation to get a true appreciation for this toy.