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While You Were Dreaming

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Rivet will be opening their next art exhibition on June 5th 2010. It is a three artist show titled “While You Were Dreaming” featuring the work of Jeremiah Ketner, Johnny Yanok and Kat Brunnegraff. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, June 5th from 7PM until 10PM with all three artists in attendance. Complimentary beverages will be on hand from Magic Hat. The exhibition will run through June 30th.

Tonner’s Tamina TCF

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The second figure from Tonner Doll Company's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is the Tamina TCF. The character, who is portrayed by Gemma Arterton, is a princess who aids Prince Dastan on his quest to protect the dagger.

The Tamina TCF is dressed in harem pants and a shimmering brocade tunic. Accessories include metallic slippers and the Amulet of Time Child necklace.

This figure is limited to a run of only 500 pieces. You'll be able to pick one up for $179.99.

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VISEone has unveiled this unnamed character that he created and sculpted last year to be part of the logo of a German toystore named Hes been changed slightly from the original, to give the character some added chunkiness and cuteness.

Only 30 pieces will be cast in resin: 10 to 15 will be available through THINK-PINK-CELLE and 10 to 15 will be customized by VISEone. The original colorway will be green with a pink removable transparent brain. The customs will also come with removable brains.

The character still hasn't been named. So if you want to win a customized figure, you can send VISEone an email (contact (at) viseone (dot) de) with a suggested name that fits. A winner will be picked and notified during the next couple of weeks.

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Tonner’s Prince Dastan TCF

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Tonner has revealed photos of their Prince of Persia Tonner Character Figures. Prince Dastan, portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, navigates the lands of Persia on a quest to protect an ancient dagger containing the Sands of Time.

This highly detailed TCF comes dressed in a cotton wrap shirt, distressed twill pants, a cotton scarf, faux leather belt with working buckles, sleeveless cloak with metal adornments, and faux leather boots. Accessories include faux leather armbands, bracelets, necklace, socks, head wrap, and a painted resin dagger.

The Prince Dastan TCF is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. It will retail around $209.99.

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Brian Ewing’sThe Black Curse

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If you're into telling time - art great artwork - then you've probably heard of Vannen Watches. They recently dropped this teaser image of Brian Ewing's upcoming watch design named The Black Curse. The one pictured is the Atticus version, which will be sold exclusively at 1Louder on Melrose in Los Angeles.

The Black Curse is limited to 100 pieces worldwide and is a cross-over watch available only at and 1Louder. The design is split into two versions of 50 pieces each. Each box is signed and number by the artist. Look for this watch to be released on June 4th 2010.

REVIEW: Ricemon and Riceroar

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The London based Noodoll Studio has released stationary, bags, books, wallets, keychains, and – of course, our favorites – plushies. The products are based on the designs of artist YiYing. We were able to get our hands on a pair of their plush Rice Monster characters – Ricemon and Riceroar – from the Evil Forest section…between Noodoll Town and Rice Town.

Riceroar “likes to scare the Rice Towners especially children by opening his big mouth and roars!” Ricemon “is always hungry and is always looking for a fresh Riceapple!... but when he can't find a fresh Riceapple, he becomes a grumpy old monster.

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The Facts

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Manufacturer: Noodoll
Artist: YiYing
Material: Plush
Dimensions: Ricemon - 8.5" tall; Riceroar - 7.25" tall

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Both Riceroar and Ricemon have the same simple tag. It has the Noodoll website information and a cutout of eyes and mouth. You wouldn’t be upset if you cut these off to cuddle with your plush.

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Our Opinion

Ricemon is the tan Rice Monster – the one with the horns. The soft plush features embroidered eyes and designs on its chest. The claws on the hands and feet are a sturdy material – they almost have a hard felt feel to them. And the mouth is made of white faux leather.

The Ricemon plush is well produced and uses top of the line materials. The tan material is fluffy soft, although I would have preferred a little less stuffing inside. While it’s easy to mess up the little claws – we’ve seen plenty of plushies with fraying claws – it seems like they got the material correct.

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Riceroar is the grey Rice Monster – the guy with the wide-open mouth that some folks feel looks like OhNoDoom’s FluffyBadBad (although I don’t see it). The material used on this plush is a little softer than the Ricemon plush. It feels like a really soft fleece sweatshirt. The eyes and mouth area are embroidered, but there are many other details on the plush.

I actually like Riceroar a little more than Ricemon. There’s just the right amount of stuffing in the plush, and the outer material is a little softer to the touch. Riceroar might actually end up being the softest plush that we’ve seen – ever.

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So the only thing I am wondering is…why aren’t the Noodoll folks focusing all of their energy on the plush line? Now, we’ve only seen two characters, but they’re both pretty amazing. The price is a little much for US collectors – thanks to the exchange rate – but I’d definitely recommend picking up the Riceroar (even at that price) if you’re a plush collector.

You can pick one up at the following:

Noodoll: £12.99 (about $19.00)

Ricemon and Riceroar Grades

Plush Quality: 9/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 9/10
Softness: Ricemon - 8/10 Riceroar 10/10
Packaging/Tag: 6/10
Cuteness: 9/10
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 7/10

Ricemon: 9.2/10
Riceroar: 9.5/10

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