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REVIEW: Running Deer and Treasure Hunt Petite Blythes

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Background

Cross World Connections (CWC) is the company behind the popular Blythe doll.  CWC, who works in conjunction with Hasbro, holds the Asian license rights for Blythe.  Blythe is produced in several different sizes, from several different materials.

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The Petite Blythe dolls we are reviewing are Treasure Hunt and Running Deer.  Both figures were released this past summer in Japan. 

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Packaging

The two figures differ in packaging.  Since the Treasure Hunt Petite Blythe seems to be more of a “deluxe” set, she is packaged in a clear plastic box showing all of her assorted accessories.

On the other hand, Running Deer is packaged in a box with a window front.  It’s probably not as impressive to display, in case you prefer keeping figures in their packaging.

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Billy Bananas…from Thunderdog

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Concept/design studio INTERspectacular and creative agency/toy brand Thunderdog Studios will unveil the much-anticipated Billy Bananas this weekend at New York Comic Con.

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On Saturday, February 24th at 3 p.m. at NY Comic Con, ToyQube Booth #124 will have an exclusive set of 30 blank and signed Billy Bananas figures (“Shooting Blanks Edition”), which will go on sale for $60 for the first time ever. ToyQube will also unveil the highly-anticipated "X-RAY Edition", which is set to drop March 2007 and is exclusive to ToyQube.

Billy Bananas is a 5” tall, injection-molded, soft vinyl designer toy made in extremely limited editions, designed by Tristan Eaton of Thunderdog Studios. A blind chase assortment Billy Bananas set will be available in Spring 2007 exclusively from ThunderdogStudios.com.

Skwak’s Maniac

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I'll admit that when I first saw French designer Skwak's Maniac vinyl figure...I had no idea what it was called, who it was by or what company produced it.  One thing i did know was that I was a fan of it.  The 8" tall Maniac vinyl was one of the highlights of Toy Tokyo's Toy Fair booth.  The estimated shipping date is April of this year, with 500 pieces produced.  There will also be several exclusive versions if you miss out on the original colorway.  We see a Toy of the Year nominee is this vinyl from MINDstyle.

Ewok 5MH – Horselington

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We first saw Ewok 5MH's Horselington last summer at San Diego Comic Con.  It was one of our favorite pieces at the show...and after a somewhat impatient wait...we'll finally be able to get our hands on him.  MINDstyle will be releasing an exclusive version at NY Comic Con, with the original color version (limited to 500 pieces) being released in May of this year.  If you're at NYCC, be aware that only 25 pieces will be released each day.