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REVIEW: MLB Lubies (Part 1)

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Background

Rocket USA’s popular Lubies plush line has grown substantially with the acquisition of the Major League Baseball license. The company is releasing plushies for each of the 30 MLB teams (sometimes more than one version per team).

For this review, we’re going to take a look at four of the first series (and – of course – they’re all popular teams): the Red Sox, Cubs, Dodgers and Mets.

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The Facts



MLB Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Boston Red Sox (White and Navy); Chicago Cubs (Pin Stripes and Blue); Los Angeles Dodgers (White and Blue); New York Mets (Pin Stripes and Blue)

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Tag

Each of the MLB Lubies includes an attached tag that features an illustration of the home ballpark on the front of it. Inside, the tag has the team’s logo on the left side and a “Did You Know?” fact on the right side.

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Our Opinion

It only makes sense that a plush line that’s been touted as being “softball size” teams up with Major League Baseball for an officially licensed run. There are plans to release all 30 MLB teams through a number of releases. This first series including Lubies from 9 different teams, but we’ve split them into two reviews of 4 each (the Yankees Lubies are back-ordered).

All of the teams in this review all use bears as the base Lubies character. But if a team has an animal mascot, Rocket USA will release that team’s Lubies using that animal as the base character. For example…St. Louis will be a cardinal plush.

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Being a huge baseball fan (yes…I subscribe to MLB Extra Innings to watch the Phillies), this is a line I’ve been anxiously awaiting for. It combines the soft, cuddly Lubies plushies you love with a great license.

While I would have loved to see each team’s mascot being the base character for the plush, I think using a “generic” teddy bear makes the most sense. (Using the mascots probably would have bumped up the price, due to licensing issues) But since the Cubs mascot is a bear…that one is perfect.

Obviously, these will be collected by baseball fans. If you really like the Lubies bear, but have no MLB affiliation, then you’ll probably want a polar bear or a brown bear. But if you’re a Mets fan (I’m sorry), then these would be a perfect addition to your team collection.

You can pick one up at the following:

Rocket USA: $12.95 ea.

MLB Lubies Series 1 Grades

Plush Quality: 9/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 9/10
Softness: 10/10
Packaging/Tag: 9/10
Cuteness: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 9.2/10

Red Sox: 9.1/10
Cubs: 9.2/10
Dodgers: 9.1/10
Mets: 9.0/10

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Domo Party Lights

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Dark Horse has introduced several new Domo products...and this one is sure to "brighten up" your day. The Domo Party Lights feature five glowing colors of Domo - brown, red, green, yellow and purple (for those colorblind readers).

There are plans for these to be released on May 19th, 2010. Look for them to retail around $14.99.

Star Fleet IWG

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Well, it appears that the Star Trek inspired Star Fleet IWG series will be released at San Diego Comic Con 2010. Patrick - from Rocket World - posted up this teaser image of the figure design...well, maybe 1/3 of the design. (We can see the majority of the phaser.) I'm just wondering who will become Spock...???

Tonner’s Jessica Rabbit

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Tonner Doll Company will be releasing this Jessica Rabbit dressed doll from their Disney Showcase line. From the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, this figure is a part of Tonner's 2010 collection and will sell around $149.99 (LE of 1,000 pieces).

This Must Be The Place Art Show

"This Must Be The Place" was curated by Faesthetic magazine and featured a collection of art and oddities by eight American artists inspired by the zine's minimally toned aesthetic.

Taking place at the Scion Space Gallery in Culver City, the show featured work from Gluekit, Maxwell Loren Holyoke-Hirsch, Damien Correll, Joel Speasmaker, Matt Curry, Skull Phone, Dan Funderburgh and Jemma Hostetler, the acclaimed multimedia artists and designers explore the theme of "home" with the loose limitation of a two-toned color palette.

You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating

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This February, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating” featuring new works by New York artist David Hochbaum. For his second solo exhibition at the gallery, Hochbaum creates a total environment through a stunning mixed media display of paintings, photography, sculptures and an installation.

“You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating” is an immersion into the surreal state of consciousness between being awake and asleep and the secrets about ourselves, which are revealed in our dreams. Hochbaum explains, “In dreams, all the secrets are revealed, truths are unveiled, not just the things which we mask in order to present ourselves as functioning, moral human beings amongst each other, but the building blocks which shape our character and desires. We gather these components of dreams from each other. It is a collaboration of human interaction. Our dreams are our collective voices, the voice of the universe.”

Open to the public, the reception for “You Are Not Falling, You Are Floating” will take place on Saturday, February 13th 2010 from 7PM to 10PM.

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Powergirl Deluxe

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As a part of Tonner Doll Company's 2010 DC Stars line, they'll be releasing the Powergirl Deluxe Tonner Character Figure. When the limited edition figure (500 pieces) is released, look for it to retail around $189.99.

Mikazukin Bell Phone Charm

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The Mikazukin Bell Phone Charm - Valentine's Day Edition is designed by Itokin Park and produced by Kuso Designer Toys. The charm is about 0.8" without strap. This special Valentine's day edition has small hearts on Mika's head. Perfect for your loved ones.

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Love Me Red Print

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Poster Child Prints has released the above pictured Love Me print. From artist Curtis Kulig, the 22" x 28" print is limited to a run of 75 pieces - at $60 each. I'm thinking this would be the perfect gift for that guy/girl that you've been stalking. This print framed...maybe some roses...your ear...

The Custom Tea Tour

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Lunartik's Custom Tea Tour will be celebrating the release of Matt JOnes' New Vinyl Toys  along with an amazing selection of Tea Toys customized by some of the world's most popular artists.

Featuring artists:
Phil Corbett - Tado - Dok A - Pete Fowler - Ik'sentik - Caitlin Ashford - Triclops - Matt JOnes - Cris Rose - Kenn Munk - Guinea Pig Design - Okkle - Sichi - Mr. Scruff - Veggiesomthing - woolloomooloo - Crom - Jon Burgerman - Lou Pimentel - James Marr - Ayako - Sneaky Racoon - Burn Head - Tortoy - Toasters - TML Stars - Jo Gough - Anker

The next stop on the tour takes place at the new Ik'snetrik Store in Bath UK starting on February 13th 2010.