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Beyond the Singularity – The Solo Show of Josh Taylor

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The opening reception for "Beyond the Singularity" - The Solo Show of Josh Taylor - will take place on Saturday, November 13th 2010, from 6PM until midnight. There will be a sketching session with live model from 6PM until PM, and a musical performance starting at 8PM. Everything goes down at Art Whino Gallery in National Harbor, Maryland.

"Beyond the Singularity" tells the final story of the fabled Gastonian civilization. Millenia ago a great race of technologically advanced beings visited an infant planet. They chose this planet as the site for the greatest genetic experiment ever conducted in the history of the multiverse. Experiment #57. Out of their experiment rose many forms of unique and wonderous sentient life. The existence of these "old gods" was only known through the myths and legends that arose from the collective consciousness of the sentient lifeforms they created, and eventually passed into obscurity. Then a genetic anomaly arose from the experiment. This anomaly would be known as Dingle Doppleganger and would threaten the very fabric of reality on Gastonia. Dingle threw the multiverse into a dark and terrible age. He destroyed everything, tore reality asunder and recreated Gastonia in his own image. This image included the spread of his reality to the rest of the multiverse and Dingle worked toward molding the few Gastonians left into a space faring race. Now the "old gods" have returned to their grand experiment to find something terrible...

Art Whino Gallery
122 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745

Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly – Pound Version

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Gloomy Bear beating up poor Pitty? The Gloomy the Naughty Grizzly - Pound Version is the latest incarnation from Japanese artist Mori Chack’s Gloomy Bear saga. From Kidrobot, this 5" tall figure depicts Gloomy poised over the defenseless Pitty, arm cocked back and ready to deliver a final, lethal blow.

Look for this figure to be released at Kidrobot and select retailers in November. The bloody duo retails for $29.95 (£27.00 UK; 30€ Europe).

In Living Kolor in Video

Matt Walker from Dead Presidents Designs recently posted a link to this video from the In Living Kolor show that recently took place in Japan. It featured the artwork of Matt Walker and Mark Nagata (Max Toy Co.).

Monster n°3 and Dr Walrustein Customs


The Dirty Cream (Shop + Gallery) has invited the french designer Gaël Brienne aka Nanan to customize a pair of designer toys - Greg Simkins' Walrus and Sam Fout's Project Neptoon "N°3".

These customs are entitled "Monster n°3" and "Dr Walrustein", and will be made available today - Sunday October 31st 2010 - for 250€ each (about $350).


The Great Pumpkin Slug

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The Great Pumpkin Slug (from Leecifer aka Lee Gajda) rises out of a gallery he deems the most sincere, then flies through the air delivering BEER to all the good little costumed party goers in the world. Rumor has it that if you camp out a Million Fishes Gallery Halloween night (tonight), (2501 Bryant Street, at the intersection of 23rd and Bryant in the Mission District of San Francisco) you may catch a glimpse of this elusive holiday spirit!

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Hot Toys’ 20th Century Boys: Friend

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The third of three exclusive items that will be released in celebration of Hot Toys' 10th Anniversary is the 20th Century Boys: 1/6th scale Friend Collectible Figure. The 20th Century Boys is a science fiction-mystery manga created by Naoki Urasawa. The collectible figure highlights the authentic realization of the Friend character (personally approved by artist Naoki Urasawa), and plenty of accessories and weapons, including:

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• Detailed realization of the Friend character from “20th Century Boys”
• Four pairs of interchangeable palms
• Set of grey-colored suit, white shirt and red tie
• Pair of black shoes
• Laser gun
• Robot remote controller
• Two interchangeable heads including Fukube character head and Katsumata symbolic head
• Two masks including “Ninja Hattori-Kun” mask and “National Kid” mask
• Bent spoon
• “Space Special Investigation Corps” badge
• Two books including Book Of Prophecies and New Book Of Prophecies, both made of authentic paper and wires, with original Japanese contents
• “Weekly Big Comic Spirits” magazine, featuring parts of the “20th Century Boys” story in Japanese
• Figure stand with Friend nameplate and manga title in Japanese

Hieroman Release Party

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On Friday November 5th 2010, Hieroglyphics and GoldCoin will have The Hieroman Collection Release Party at 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco. The event will take place from 5PM until 10:30PM.

They'll not only be showing off the toy, but the rest of the collection as well - including tees, sweatshirts, and a bunch of laser engraved wooden accessories. The first 50 people in the door will also get a free Hieroman poster.

Little Monsters invade tonight

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A cold wind has started blowing, leaves are changing color, and dark monstrosities jump from shadow to shadow, this can mean that it's Halloween.

To celebrate the holiday in style, renowned SF artists Zombiemonkie (aka Mikie from Blamo) and TaskOne have curated the "Little Monsters" show. Including over 50 artists from around the world and over 100 original pieces of art, "Little Monsters" is taking place tonight - October 31st 2010 - from 6PM until 11PM at Million Fishes Gallery in San Francisco's vibrant Mission District.

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The show is a true homage to everything creepy and crawly. In addition to an amazing collection of art, "Little Monsters" boasts live music, a homemade photo booth, a costume creation station, a horror movie lounge, and special Halloween themed cocktails mixed by SF's own "Mobile Libations."

Can't make it to San Francisco for Halloween?? Fear not, there will be an online sale of all art from the show.

Million Fishes Gallery
2501 Bryant St (at 23rd St)
San Francisco, CA 94110

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REVIEW: Destination Lubies

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The Lubies line wasn't always a licensed Major League Baseball series. They actually started out as a regular plush animal line featuring a handful of different barnyard or jungle animals. In addition to the licensed sports Lubies and the normal animal Lubies, Rocket USA has released several souvenir-style Lubies.

I'm calling these the Destination Lubies because each plush is specific to a tourist/vacation destination. And they use animals that the areas are well-known for. The three designs that we'll be looking at are the Cape Cod Lobster, Florida Flamingo and Miami Flamingo.

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The Facts

Destination Lubies
Series: Lubies
Manufacturer: Rocket USA
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 5” round
Designs: Cape Cod Lobster, Florida Flamingo, Miami Flamingo

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Each Lubie sports a tag that has an illustrated scene specific to that travel destination on the front. Inside, there is the destination's logo on the left panel and a Did You Know? factoid on the righthand side.

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Our Opinion

I'm calling these Destination Lubies because they're what you'd find in souvenir shops at tourist destinations or in airports bookstores on your way to or from the old family vacation. These Lubies are publicizing a specific city or state, using an animal that the area is known for. It wouldn't make sense to have a polar bear with New Mexico across its chest, right?

The Florida and Miami Flamingos are essentially the same, except for the embroidered logo across the chest. But they do feature the same font type and a reverse in colors on those logos. The Cape Cod Lobster (that actually sounds rather tasty right about now) is very similar to the recently reviewed Boston Red Sox Lobster Lubie. It features the Cape Cod logo across the chest, which in this case is on the lobster's underside.

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OVERALL: I'm imagining that if you stroll into a shop looking for a good souvenir for the kids, because you want them to fondly remember your family vacation...they'd probably prefer Lubies over a t-shirt or mug. I like that Rocket USA has targeted travel destinations, using Lubies that are indigenous to those specific areas.

You can pick one up at the following: $9.99 ea.

Destination Lubies Grades

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

Cape Cod Lobster: 9.1/10
Florida Flamingo: 8.8/10
Miami Flamingo: 8.8/10

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Erick Scarecrow’s Wet-Suit Maria Maguma

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On Friday November 5th 2010 (6:30PM to 8PM), Esc-Toy Ltd., 808 Orbit and Prototype will be releasing Erick Scarecrow's Wet-Suit Maria Maguma vinyl figure at Prototype in Hawaii. This is the 2nd colorway from the Wet-Suit Maria collection, with the Maguma colorway limited to only 50 pieces worldwide ($70.00 each). Free Limited Edition 8" x 10" giclee prints of the Wet-Suit Maria Maguma will be available to the first 8 customers that purchase the vinyl figure.

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Each figure will include a unique serial number that will automatically be entered in a drawing to win an ultra rare S.Maria Shiro by Erick Scarecrow. The S.Maria Shiro colorway is limited to only 10pcs worldwide, and the drawing will be done during the event via ESC's Twitter at 7:45PM PST.

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$5 raffle tickets will be available for purchase for the chance to win prizes, including Wet-Suit Maguma figure, OSK Muraida figure, and a number of other items.

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