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Darkness Into Light Show

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Rivet is pleased to announce its upcoming counter-culture photography show.  Coined Darkness into Light, the group exhibition will feature select pieces by a handful on renowned counter-culture photographers.  The exhibition will be on view in Rivet from February 7, 2009 through February 28, 2009.  An opening reception will take place on the 7th from
7PM until 10PM, with a closing reception on Saturday the 28th from 7PM until 10PM.

Darkness into Light is focused on bringing the works of some of the most renowned counter-culture photographers to light in Columbus.  Industrial surrealist Jeffery Scott, neo-symbolist John Santerineross, and pinhole camera creator/photographer Wayne Martin Belger are joined by local photographer of note Chas Ray Krider and others for a truly one-of-a-kind exhibition for Columbus.

Sam and Max Resin

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Symbiote Studios has announced the release of the Sam & Max polyresin statue. The piece is based on the Sam & Max comic book first
published by Steve Purcell in 1987.

Sam is a 6-foot tall anthropomorphic dog,
based off an Irish Wolfhound, in detective's clothing while Max is a
self-described lagomorph - a "hyperkinetic rabbity thing". The characters have
been adapted into several award winning video games and now are available as a
statue.

Each 17" tall piece is hand numbered on the bottom and imprinted with the character's logo. It's limited to a run of 1,000 pieces.

2008 Toy Awards: Best Packaging

While collectors are often torn between opening or leaving their toys in the package, it always helps to have well-produced (and attractive) packaging.  So, here are our five favorites of the past year.

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5. Dookie-Poo (Chaotic Unicorn)
Designed like a little tree, this box listed the entire Dookie-Poo lineup on the back panel...even before it was released.  And that front window lets you see the cute character inside.

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4. Tricycle Terror (Scott Tolleson)
The packaging for Scott Tolleson's Tricyle Terror is sporting a retro look to it. It has some great artwork of the inside character. And the front panel allows you to display it inside the packaging.

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3. Star Wars Line (Sideshow)
The packaging for the Star Wars line always gets high grades from us.  Whether it's the photos from the films, the photos of the figure, the background info, or the magnetic front flap...it's all well done.

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2. Carrot Shake Jake (Gary Ham)
Nice and simple. That describes the Carrot Shake Jake packaging. The front window is shaped like a cup.  And there's even a recipe for a carrot shake on the back.

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*WINNER* 1. Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark (Sideshow)

Like Sideshow's Star Wars line, the Indiana Jones packaging features pictures from the film, photos of the figure and plenty of Indiana Jones reading. Then there are a pair of plastic trays to keep ahold of all of those accessories.

Monstrehero at NY Comic Con

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Monstrehero will be attending NY Comic Con this February. They'll be debuting two new sculpts - Victim #2 and Intergaladiator - and have a small sampling of their other
figures from the past year. They don't have a booth, but they should be walking around
sporting some MONSTREGEAR (so you should be able to recognize them).  And readers can email them at info@monstrehero.com for more info.

Also, they have a special collaboration with SUPER7 coming out February 7. The handmade resin Victim #1 (pictured below) will be available for $100 apiece.

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Plastic and Plush 2008 Toy Awards

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It's that time of year again!  We get to make our selections for the best toys of the past year.  But don't fret, you'll also have a chance to choose your favorites in several different categories (what we call the Readers Choice section).

The categories we'll be covering this year include:

  • Best Packaging
  • Best Sculpting
  • Best Customizer
  • Best Mini Line
  • Best Fully Poseable Male Figure
  • Best Fully Poseable Female Figure
  • Artist of the Year
  • Best Toy Line
  • Plush Toy of the Year
  • Plastic Toy of the Year

We'll be asking you, the readers, to submit your picks in each of the following categories:

  • Favorite Artist
  • Favorite Company
  • Favorite Toy Line
  • Worst Toy
  • Favorite Fully Poseable Figure
  • Favorite Plush
  • Favorite Vinyl

Please submit your answers to bcslivka@me.com and include your mailing address in the email.  That's because one lucky person will receive a Full Throttle Lara Croft (LE of 300, $169.99) thanks to TonnerDirect.com.

Entries will be accepted through February 9th at 11:59PM EST.  Everyone is eligible!