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Post No Bills presents ENGLISH 101

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Post No Bills announces its first fall solo exhibition featuring premium quality multiples from America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast in its Venice Beach based print shop. ENGLISH 101 will feature exclusive new limited edition prints and hand-finished multiples by Ron English. With prices ranging from $20 to $4,000, the exhibit offers pieces for any sized budget.

The artist will be on-site and available for signings at the Opening Reception, which takes place on October 6th 2011 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

“And I’d Like to Thank…” Dragatomi

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Next month, Dragatomi will be featuring "And I'd Like to Thank..." - new works by Philip Lumbang. "And I Like to Thank..." opens on Saturday October 8th 2011 with a reception that starts at 7:00PM. If you can't get to the opening, it will run until November 5th 2011.

The artist describes the show as follows:

"This exhibition is a "thank you" speech recreated into an art show. I want to thank all of these individual characters in there own respects because they have given me so much inspiration throughout the years. No, I'm not thanking my parents or my agent, this show is a homage to all the cartoon characters, musicians and pop icons that have motivated me to peruse my passion in the arts. My trademark character known as "Awesome Bear" is dressed up as my cultural heroes of yesterday and today. Using spray paint and acrylic i further develop my Awesome Bears character's shape and form, pushing and pulling to create a perfect balance of what is my own idea and what is iconic about my inspirational heroes. I want my audience to understand how i developed such an iconic style with the influence i re-appropriate. This show is very near and dear to my heart, and it is also very important that I am having this show here in Sacramento where i grew up and developed an interest in most of the heroes i am portraying. Get ready to see my bear and many cultural icons like you have never seen them before."

REVIEW: Happy Toy Machine

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Happy Toy Machine lets you create your own cool, cute, and crazy custom plush (stuffed) toys. Design as many toys as you want for free, share them with your friends, and only buy one when you're ready. When you order (they'll) make your one-of-a-kind custom toy and ship it straight to you.

There are several “design your own toy” websites out there. Happy Toy Machine allows you to create your own design or pick one from a gallery of characters made by other users. You can start with a specific type of character (bear, monster, cat, alien, etc.) and add or swap out elements.

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You can choose from the following items: head, body, arms, legs, tail, wings, horns, eyes, eyebrows, nose, mouth, hair ears, facial features, and decorations on the front of the plush. There are also a few items currently in development, including: shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, hats, music and sounds. Then you can choose the color of those items, add text or image files, and resize or move elements.

Once you are done creating your character in the Happy Toy Machine, pay for it and wait for it to be delivered.

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Your creation comes packaged in a plastic bag with a Happy Toy Machine sticker on the front. There is a tag on the plush that reads “I made this at happy toy machine”.

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Our Opinion

I decided to create a little something for my son – hence the “Ian's Robot” label across its' chest. I named him Mr. Roboto, and, as you can see from my design, he was a fairly simple design. The plush is primarily grey, black and green.

Let's first look at the web interface. It's rather simple to create your character. I did have a few instances where I was pulled away from designing and the page timed out. So I needed to restart the design process a few times. A number of the items that they have in development, especially the sound and music, will really set them apart from other designer your own toy websites.

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As far as the plush toy's very well made. Happy Toy Machine uses plush material similar to that of Uglydolls. It's extremely soft. All of the facial elements, as well as the “Ian's Robot” star design, are embroidered. (I usually like embroidering over sewn-on patches when it comes to a plush toy that will be played with.) And it turned out pretty darn close to the character I put in to the Happy Toy Machine.

In addition to the scores below, if I had to grade the web interface, I would give it a C. Luckily, that's the easiest aspect to update and fix.

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You can pick one up at the following: Regular (10" to 15") - $29.99 Large (20" to 26") - $49.99

Happy Toy Machine Grades

Plush Quality: 8/10
    Stitching: 8/10
    Material: 9/10
Softness: 8/10
Packaging/Tag: 5/10
Cuteness: N/A
Fun Factor: 9/10
Value: 9/10

Overall: 8.4/10

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Dumny In Carbonite


DMS has released the latest customs from his 'in carbonite' series: Dumny in Carbonite. Sanctioned by The Super Sucklord, each custom figure measures 4" tall on a 9" x 6" classic Star Wars style printed blister pack card. Each one includes a display stand. The run is limited to only 40 pieces, with several of them reserved for The Sucklord. Pick one up for $50.00 shipped worldwide.


Nicole Bruckman and the Beyond Eden Art Fair

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The Beyond Eden Art Fair will take place on October 1st and 2nd 2011 in Los Angeles. One of the featured artists will be Nicole Bruckman, whose A Farewell to the Friendly Foxes by the Light of the Fireflies is pictured above. Most of Nicole's artwork feature very descriptive titles. I'd suggest checking out her site, where you can purchase original artwork or prints. And if you're in the Los Angeles area, you'll want to get to the Beyond Eden Art Fair to see all of the great artists' works.