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Junk Food Art House presents Anthony Lister

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The Junk Food Art House opening reception will take place on Friday July 29th 2011, from 8:00PM to 11:00PM, with a special event held at HVW8 Art + Design Gallery. This event brings together Anthony Lister, HVW8 Art + Design Gallery, and Junk Food.

For the project, Junk Food Art House has teamed up with internationally-acclaimed Australian street artist Anthony Lister. Lister customized the artwork of Warner Bros.’ legendary DC Comics Super Hero characters, including Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Aquaman and The Flash in his signature style.The space will include custom murals throughout the gallery’s exterior and interior, with Lister unveiling a large-scale site-specific painting for the show. The centerpiece will be an old-fashioned ice cream truck covered in vibrant graphics painted by Lister and will serve as a mobile pop-up shop, officially launching Junk Food’s entrée into mobile retail.

HVW8 Art + Design Gallery
661 North Spaulding Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Brain Pattern Qee Bears

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Toy2R has announced the development of two highly 'active' Brain Pattern Qee Bears by Emilio Garcia. They will be releasing variants of the highly popular Brain Pattern Qee, released last year. The editions will be available in the classic GID form and the newly 'Active' White edition. Both versions will be limited edition and are scheduled to make their debut during the Emilio Garcia exhibit taking place in September 2011 at Toy Art Gallery in Los Angeles.

I Know You Art, But What Am I?

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The Pee-Wee Herman Tribute Art Show opens at Gallery1988 Venice on Saturday July 29th 2011. The opening reception will take place from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at the Santa Monica, CA location. Entitled "I Know You Art, But What Am I?", the group art show will run through August 19th 2011.

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ToyQube’s SDCC Exclusives Now Available Online

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For those of you who were unable to attend San Diego Comic, or if you just ran out of money, ToyQube has posted their remaining exclusives in their online shop. In addition to a number of customs still available, they have the 5" Batbaby Sharky for $47.99 and Deep-Sea Dracula for $64.99.

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Nerfect Plush Toys

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Nerfect has released their first series of stuffed figures. The stuffed plushies feature artwork that is digitally printed using water-based pigment inks on cotton fabric. They are stuffed with polyester fiber and most are a little over 5 1/2” tall.

Currently, there are eight different characters available (one character is available in three different colors). The three that we're showing here are named Macho, Hot Dog and Mummy. (I'll let you guess which is which) They are all handmade, so there might be some slight differences from figure to figure. They all sell for $10.00 plus $5.00 for US shipping.

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REVIEW: Uglydolls – Groody

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The first half of 2011 was fairly predictable when it came to new Uglydolls. Of course, that's because we knew exactly which characters were going to be released. The second half of the year is giving us some new surprises. One of those surprises is the recently released character named Groody.

Groody is a pretty relaxed, easy going, energetic, stressed out, moody broody mess! AAAAHHHH! Did I just close that door? It was a ghost! Did I close the garage door? Did I send that e-mail to the wrong person!!!??? You get the picture…which is exactly why Groody has chosen you to be his pal. If you are willing to help him on his quest for inner peace he will help you on your quest for whatever dealio you got going. His first though.

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The Facts

Series: Uglydolls
Manufacturer: Pretty Ugly
Artists: David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim
Material: Plush
Dimensions: 12” tall

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The Uglydoll plush line features a green swing tag with an illustrated version of the character – in this instance, Groody – on the front. Inside, there's the character background story that we reposted above.

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Our Opinion

It wasn't until I was beginning to write this review that I realized this Uglydolls' name is Groody and not Grody. I thought Grody was an interesting know, 80's slang for dirty or gross. But Groody is a much better name. I mean he's already been blessed with being called Ugly.

This bright green Uglydoll features a small pink tongue in the center of its' mouth. There's a black, oval-shaped nose in between those fairly standard white Uglydoll eyes. The ears flop down, starting around the middle of Groody's head, and the arms are pointing upwards.

As far as character designs, I'm slightly partial to Uglydolls with noses. It's a weird thing I have going on. We've seen a lot of these traits in other Uglydolls, so it's not a wildly different design. It's definitely high on the cute end of the Ugly spectrum. And I'm going to guess that this shade of green is going to be a favorite amongst many collectors.

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You can pick one up at the following: $50.00 - $20.00 - $10.00 - $6.00

Uglydoll - Groody Grades

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

Overall: 9.0/10

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Custom Arkiv by D-LuX for LCKM@

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D-LuX has released this custom Arkiv Instant, with 50% of the proceeds going to the childhood cancer charity Leukemia Can Kiss my @$$. Approximately 11" tall, the custom paint job features metallic florescent pink and yellow with tropic teal and color change flake. If you're interested, you can pick up this piece for $300.00.

Grody Shogun Wonderfest Exclusives

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Lulubell Toys has saved some of Luke Rook's Grody Shogun Wonderfest Exclusives for those not attending the event. Ojisan and Karakuri are back in milky vinyl, covered in purple, green, white, tan, yellow and brown sprays. Ojisan (shown below) has hand-painted eyes on the back of his head. You can pick up these 3.5" tall figures for $23.00 each.

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Frankie Pixel Blox

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From the evil labs of Justusproduct, Zakane has released a new paper toy character. Frankie, the monster who is always in search for true love to fill his mechanical heart, is currently available in Pixel Blox form for you to download, print, cut, paste and play with.

Captain A.M. & R.E.D. Skull

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Dennis Quijano has released the above pictured 18" x 24" limited edition print. It features Captain America and Red Skull during a very touching moment. Available via Paper Crown Gallery, the original painting is also available for purchase.