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The Godfather Marionette Release

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In addition to the Family Tradition product launch in Los Angeles on
Sunday, July 19th, MINDstyle has confirmed that there will be limited quantities of The Godfather Original version (with marionette)
available at San Diego Comic Con (booth
#4545). I don't think we've seen a price point on it yet, but if you're a fan of The Godfather...it should be on your must-have list.

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Hellboy and Abe Sapian Mez-Itz

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Series One of Mezco's 6" tall Mez-Itz designer rotocast vinyl line presents Hellboy and Abe Sapian. These figures are based on the character designs from the Hellboy
2:The Golden Army
film...and given a stylized look. I think it's going to be tough to top Mezco's Comic Hellboy Mez-Itz.

These figures are exclusive to Toy R Us and ToysRUs.com. Look for them to sell for $10.99 each.

UP & Juxtapoz – São Paulo Super Summer Contest‏

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Issue 102 of Juxtapoz Magazine, the Brazil Issue, reviews the contemporary art scene in Brazil. To celebrate its 10th Anniversary, and to coincide with Juxtapoz’s Brazil Issue, Upper Playground is giving away a paid trip to São Paulo, Brazil. The trip includes:

  • Round trip plane tickets for two to São Paulo, Brazil
  • 4 nights at a hotel in São Paulo, Brazil
  • Day tour of São Paulo with local artists William and Herbert Baglione
  • Private tour of the Choque Cultural (Culture Shock) Gallery with the curators
  • $500 Upper Playground Online Store Gift Certificate
  • There is only one Grand Prize and one winner who can choose a travel guest.

The São Paulo Super Summer trip will be scheduled for early August. To enter, fill out the registration form online. The winner can take a friend so the more friends you tell to enter, the more chances you have to win. The contest is open for 2 weeks and a winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 8th. For details, rules and more information please visit the Upper Playground website.

DGPH Tsuchi Teaser

DGPH has uploaded the above teaser video for their Tsuchi figure as part of the promotion for the World Tour and the Tsuchi figure's release at SDCC 2009. They'll be at the Munky king booth, signing toys and presenting the new TOPO comic.

Arkiv Mickey Custom

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Arkiv has put the finishing touches on their submission to Disney's Mickey Brand Halo custom project. Somewhat fitting since he just released The Metal Mickey print set that's inspired by the Disney mouse.

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REVIEW: Utapau Clone Trooper

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Background

As a part of their Militaries of Star Wars line, Sideshow Collectibles has been releasing various Stormtroopers and Clone Troopers. They often have very different secondary colors. One of the newest (and most orange) is the 212th Attack Battalion: Utapau Clone Trooper.

Denoted by the orange flashes on their armor, the 212th Attack Battalion operated under the orders of Clone Marshal Commander Cody and High Jedi General Obi-Wan Kenobi. General Kenobi led the 212th Attack Battalion to the Utapau system, storming the stronghold of Pau City in the hunt for General Grievous. While Obi-Wan battled head to head with Grievous, the 212th was able to gain the advantage, though not without heavy casualties.

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The Facts



212th Attack Battalion: Utapau Clone Trooper
Series: Militaries of Star Wars
Manufacturer: Sideshow Collectibles
Material: Hard plastic articulated body
Height: 12”
Points of Articulation: Over 30 (Prometheus body)
Accessories: Carbine blaster; Long rifle; Set of interchangeable fists; Star Wars display base; 212th Attack Battalion: Utapau display base – Sideshow Exclusive
Outfit: Black and gray bodysuit; Weathered and battle-damaged 13 piece armor outfit with helmet; Utility belt
Edition Size: 2,500 regular and 1,500 exclusive

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8 Hours and Gone

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We didn't even have a chance to drop this news on you until it was old news. Matt Walker of Dead Presidents and Onell Design teamed up to release about 100 custom Onell figures (Buildman, Crayboth, etc.).

They're painted in such a manner that they look like pieces of candy. Matt Walker does an amazing job with those smooth custom paint jobs. Alas, they all sold out. But hopefully they do something like this again.

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Toy Break Episode 82 : Smell My Box

In what might be the most disturbing title for a Toy Break episode yet, Number 82 is entitled Smell My Box. Get your mind out of the gutter, please. Check it out and let George and Ayleen expand your toy knowledge:

Join us while we check out Spencer Hibert's Miigii, Domo from Toy2R, Skullbox from Artdenka and much more!

Woodours Plush Collection

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The latest line from All New Materials, the Woodours are a collection plushies that tell the story of daddy bear, as strong as an oak tree but as gentle as the leaves, and his baby son. The Woodours family is about love and tenderness between a daddy and his baby. Wood bear and baby bear go for walks in the forest, fishing and share many special adventures together. 

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The new collection is designed in France by Anne Lelong and Ferdinand Lecomte. It has a traditional and vintage look with a designer sensibility.  The collection features 4 plush and 4 melamine dish pieces.

  • Daddy & Baby Bear Play Set - featuring large 14" Daddy Bear plush and 6" Baby Bear plush.  Other interactive elements include squeaky nose, vibrating fishing bag, velcro hands and removable fishing pole and flower accessories.
  • Baby Activity Bear - featuring 12" baby bear with 4 fun-filled pockets - each with an interactive toy.  Squeaky fish, chirping bird, rattling squirrel and a teething cracker.  Each pocket is color coded to the appropriate toy to teach colors and matching. 
  • Baby Musical Bear - Off to the fishing hole!  Pull the fish on baby bear's pole and hear a soothing European Lullaby - 7" sitting.
  • Baby Bear Plush with Teether - This 9" beanbag baby bear is the perfect size for small hands.  He comes with attached "teething cracker" for added security and love. 
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine 1:6 Scale Sneak Peek

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Hot Toys dropped a sneak peek photo of their X-Men Origins: Wolverine figure. Sculpted by Kojun and painted by JC Hong, the piece is an authorized likeness of Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine. More detailed pictures are coming soon...