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Brent Nolasco’s Arc of Time

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Here is the first preview of Dragatomi's "5-Eyed Dragon" Show. This acrylic on wood panel painting is by Brent Nolasco and entitled Arc of Time. The 5-Eyed Dragon Show will feature paintings, customs, prints and a lot more.
The show will open on Saturday April 10th, 2010 at the Dragatomi Store and feature the artwork of SouthernDrawl, Betso, Dril1, Leecifer, and Brent Nolasco.

Dragatomi Store Retail Outlet
2317 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

REVIEW: Idolz – Gruntor

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In Ancient Times,These Powerful Beings Were Entombed, Hidden from the Clutches of Evil. Thousands of Years Later, They Have Awakened in the Modern World. Bearers of these IDOLZ Will Own Their Power. Possess Them All to Gain Ultimate Power.

Last year, Idolz Toys released their first Tiki God inspired figure – Gruntor. This is the initial design (camouflage style) in their line of stackable, wearable and customizable Idolz.

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The Facts

Series: Idolz
Manufacturer: Idolz Toys
Material: PVC Plastic
Dimensions: 3.5” tall by 3” wide
Points of Articulation: 4 (arms and feet)
Accessories: Hammer; Stand
Edition Size: 3,000 pieces

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The Idolz come packaged in classic action figure style – carded within a plastic bubble (blister pack). There’s some artwork on the back, but since you have to tear the bubble off, you won’t feel bad about throwing the packaging away.

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Our Opinion

Gruntor looks fairly similar to the Moai (or large stone statues) that speckle the landscape of Easter Island. Get about five of Idolz and put them on a hill in your backyard –recreate the scene.

The figure disassembles into seven pieces – the body, two feet, two arms (downward pointing finger arm and open hand for hammer), hammer and base stand. The body has two holes in its head so that you can weave a necklace through it. Gruntor does not actually include a necklace or lanyard, so you’ll have to supply your own.

There’s only one figure in the series released so far, with other color variants (characters) on the way. And while you can purchase several Gruntors to stack, most people will want a few different colorways to collect. And while I don’t know what Idolz Toys plans with their future releases, I’d suggest switching up the hammer accessory – maybe a torch on one…a mixed drink on another.

These are supposed to be “played with” toys, so the quality isn’t top of the notch. They use a hard plastic – not rotocast vinyl– so that they’re durable. You can see seems where the halves of the body were joined, and the arms don’t sit flush against the body (it’s slightly curved). But, again, these are supposed to be fun toys.

You can pick one up at the following:

Idolz Toys: $9.99 (Better prices if you buy multiples)

Idolz - Gruntor Grades

Figure Quality: 6/10
  Sculpt: 6/10
  Paint: 6/10
Accessories/Outfit: 7/10
Packaging: 7/10
Durability: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Overall: 7.3/10

Applehead Custom 3″ Dunny


Holly from A Little Stranger has customized a 3" Dunny - the Applehead Dunny. She also created the Applehead Dunny Cross Stitch Pattern (pictured below) which is currently available through her etsy shop.

I started by stripping him and painting with a white cellulose primer, all the colour work was done in acrylics and sealed with matte lacquer, with the ‘apple’ being finished with layers of full gloss lacquer, with metallic and pearlescent powders mixed in so it has a lot of depth. I made the vines from wire and some already tiny fake leaves that I cut down further.

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The Legend of Apollo Bust

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This Apollo Bust the first of a series of 1/6 scale sculpts, busts and action figures based on the original web series, "The Legend of Apollo", written and illustrated by Grey. The bust, which weighs 4 pounds, is available for $300 each through Carbon-Fibre Media.

You can check out the first two of The Legend of Apollo E-cell stories through the above link. "In an oppressive environment that is a caricature of the class-distinction and the division of a troubled society, a dying, desperate, father, submits himself to a radical experiment so that he may live to prevent his troubled son from traveling a disastrous path toward ruin."

Ninja of the Month: Notso Wee Ninja

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Shawnimals will be releasing their 3rd of 12 Ninjas of the Month: Notso Wee Ninja. "Notso is surprisingly agile, despite his seemingly... ahem... unbalanced physique. He loves cookies, of course, but also uses them as currency and weapons? It's all very confusing..."

These will be made available on Wednesday March 3rd, 2010 at 1PM CST. This 7" x 7" plush will run $30 and be limited to a run of 100 pieces

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Vertigo Graffiti Group Art Show


The Vertigo Graffiti Collective will migrate to South Florida to display their artist message in an exhibition at pinkghost. Opening on Saturday March 20th 2010 (from 7PM until 9PM), the artists include DEXS, OSPEN , GRIS, GAMMA, ZAS, ECKS, YURIKA, CAZDOS, & TOXICÓMANO.

There will be a live DJ, yummy treat goodness & graffiti censory overload. Admission is free.

Pink Ghost
1888 Polk St.
Hollywood, FL 33020

REVIEW: Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling

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The Azeroth Flight Master's Association is pleased to announce that two of the world's most popular and luxurious modes of transportation just got a little plusher. 

Straight from the uber-popular video game - World of Warcraft - to your collection come the Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling. Blizzard Entertainment has released this pair of plush creatures as a part of a new line of cuddly, plush WoW creatures exclusive to their online shop.

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The Facts

Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling Pets
Series: World of Warcraft
Manufacturer: Blizzard
Material: Plush
Dimensions: about 8.5" tall
Accessories: Loot code for a matching in-game non-combat pet, which once activated, applies to all present and future characters on a single World of Warcraft license; Horde or Alliance symbol embroidered shield on neck
Edition Size: Limited Edition

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Both pets come packaged within a black drawstring bag. The characters name and World of Warcraft logo is on one side, while the alliance symbol is on the reverse.

Each plush toy comes with a tag that features an illustrated version of the character as well as a code that gets you a matching account-bound non-combat companion to travel alongside you in the game. Because these creatures are too young to care about Horde and Alliance politics, they'll tag along with you no matter what faction you're on.

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Our Opinion

I have to start out by admitting that I have never played World of Warcraft. Yes...I might be one of a dozen people around the world who hasn't. I guess that would give me a rather unbiased opinion of these plush WoW pets.

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Wind Rider Cub
This Wind Rider Cub appears to be a combination of a lion and a vampire (with a little scorpion tail). The plush has polyester wings attached to the bottom of its arms, as well as faux fur hair and beard (and little tufts of its ears).

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Gryphon Hatchling
The Gryphon Hatchling is a baby griffin - body of a lion, head of an eagle and wings of a dragon. The wings are not only attached to its back, but they're also anchored to the back of the plush's head. Its also sporting a faux fur tail.

Both plush WoW pets feature an embroidered shield attached to a ribbon around their neck. The pads on their paws and eyes are also embroidered, while the claws are pieces of felt. The overall quality is average - you have a few errant strings here and there. But the characters are super cute.

Overall, I like what Blizzard is doing with this plush line. We've seen the connection between plush toys and an online universe before with other (mostly pre-teen targeted) toy lines. But Blizzard is taking the most popular multiplayer online video game and linking them up with a line of plush (and in-game companion) pets. So which of these two would you want tagging around your WoW character?

You can pick one up at the following:

Blizzard Store: $24.99 each

Wind Rider Cub and Gryphon Hatchling Grades

Plush Quality: 8/10
    Stitching: 7/10
    Material: 8/10
Softness: 8/10
Packaging/Tag: 9/10
Cuteness: 8/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

Wind Rider Cub: 8.8/10
Gryphon Hatchling: 9.0/10

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