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The Gunslingers Return

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Upper Deck is set to release 9 new football variants over the next two months.  Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady were some of the first athletes released from the All-Star Vinyl line.  The variants will include a Black Edition, an Away Jersey Edition and a Retro Jersey Edition.  Both the Favre and Brady figures will include helmets, which the original release lacked.  Since Big Ben is wearing a reversed cap, it would be tough to get a helmet over that.

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The following release dates are for Platinum Club members and the General Public:

Favre: PC - September 4th  GP - September 5th (9:04 AM PST)
Roethlisberger: PC - September 12th  GP - September 13th (9:07 AM PST)
Brady: PC - October 1st  GP - October 2nd (9:12 AM PST)

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SURU Exclusive Minigod

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The SURU exclusive Platinum Grillz Minigod by Marka27 drops with a release and signing on Friday, August 31st from 7 to 11PM.  Limited to just 100 pieces, the Platinum Grillz MG1 is a platinum, silver, and white colorway, 15" tall and has a working speaker.  The Minigod has an internal amp (battery included) and a mini-jack connector (iPod, etc).  In addition to the Plantinum Grillz figure, Marka27's original artwork, customs, prints on spray cans, and shirts will be available.

REVIEW: Toys Are Us DVD

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There really hasn't been a groundbreaking documentary about the designer toy scene.  We need our own version of Style Wars.  Toys Are Us: A Revolution in Plastic is out to show the world about the hobby...the addiction...the religion that we practice.  Brian Stillman and X-Ray Films have put together a short film that is helpful for newbies, as well as being fun and informative for designer vinyl veterans.

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The DVD, which runs about 25 minutes, has interview segments with artists such as: Brian Flynn, Kano, Frank Kozik, Patrick Ma, Mars-1, Tara McPherson, Mark Nagata, J Neth, Jermaine Rogers, Erick Scarecrow and Voltaire.  Not only are the artists represented, but some of the more intense collectors show off their crazy collections.

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Toys Are Us is a must-see if you're new to the designer toy realm.  If I was teaching Designer Toys 101...I'd play this DVD and then give you kids a little pop quiz.  And for all of you who've been "in the game" since way back in the early 2000's...you'll enjoy hearing the opinions of many of the artists who were interviewed.

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Ninjatown DS??

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Those cuddly Shawnimals are going to be converted into not so cuddly video game form.  A game revolving around Shawn Smith's Ninjatown will be released on Nintendo DS in the fall of 2008.  They're working with SouthPeak Games and Venan Entertainment in conjunction with Cashmere Productions on the title, which is described below.

A diverse group of fun-loving Ninjas populate the vibrant yet peaceful place known as Ninjatown. However, after the eruption of a nearby volcano, Ninjatown is attacked by hordes of sinister enemies lead by Mr. Demon, who, for reasons unknown, is bent on destruction. It is now time to use each of the Ninjas’ unique skills and powers – including the Mighty Wind of Ninja Dropping and Stealth Hugs – to fight off the evil and secure Ninjatown, one district at a time. The game is played from the top down, where the player uses the stylus to strategically place Ninjas to defend each area. The action is non-stop!

SubCasts Spider-Man

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If you weren't one of the lucky 100 people who picked up the Spider-Man polyresin figure from Upper Deck, be sure to wait by the computer tomorrow.  The SubCasts line combines the characters from Marvel Comics with the stylings of miQ Willmott and TWEEQiM.  The limited edition of 2,000 pieces will be made available tomorrow (Tuesday August  28th) at 9:00AM PST through the SubCasts website.

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